Dr N. Gin (his full first name is never revealed), became the assistant to the villainous Dr Neo Cortex in Crash Bandicoot 2, replacing the former assistant, Dr N. Brio, who would then go on to re-replace him in Crash Bandicoot 3.
He is quite clearly identified by the stable, but not quite de-activated missile lodged in his cranium, the result of a weapons project gone awry. N. Gin, as a man of extreme intellect, was able to prevent the missile exploding, and even turn it into a personal life support machine for himself. The drawback of this being that any time the Doctor experiences extreme emotions like anger or stress, the missile becomes more active, leaving him with painful headaches. This entire ordeal caused N. Gin to become insane.
As with Neo Cortex, and Nitrus Bio, N. Gin was a pupil of Madame Amberley's Academy of Evil, but graduated as a good man, preferring a life of science and research to the evil aspirations of his classmates. He worked in a factory for a few years, before progressing onto his dream career as a physicist, working on national defense schemes.
This career eventually led to his downfall, as a missile project went wrong, leaving him a troubled, insane shell of his former self, and quickly leading to life of evil as Doctor Neo Cortex took him on as a new assistant.
Role in Crash Bandicoot 2
Upon being appointed as the new right hand man of Doctor Cortex, N. Gin is given the responsibility of studying the recently discovered Master Crystal. He quickly learns that 25 Slave Crystals are needed for the Master Crystal to achieve full power and be of any use to Cortex. Crash collects the Slaves and battles N. Gin, who uses a large robot in the fight. Crash wins, resulting in the Doctor being cast into space.
Role in Crash Bandicoot 3
N. Gin returns in Crash 3, no longer as the assistant of Cortex, simply as a man out for revenge against the troublesome Bandicoot. He has spent his time crafting a superior robot that he believes will be too much for Crash, however he never actually encounters the eponymous hero, instead doing battle with Coco Bandicoot on the moon, losing the fight once again.
Role in other Crash games
- He appears as a racer in both Crash Nitro Kart, Crash Tag Team Racing, and Crash Team Racing, having his own track, "The N. Gin Labs" in the latter.
- He also makes something of a cameo appearance in Crash Bash, not in any playable capacity, he simply pops up in one of the levels.
- He appears in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, attending the Bad Guy Convention with a host of other Crash villains.
- He appears again as a boss fight in Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure.
- In Crash Twinsanity, he creates a Robot Bandicoot in yet another attempt to defeat his nemesis, once again failing.
- Has a cameo appearance in Crash Boom Bang!
- Returns as more of a prominent character in Crash of the Titans, having his own lair inside a giant statue of himself. He eventually decides to help Crash in this game, in the hope that Crash will free Doctor Cortex and the pair can be reunited to do battle with the Bandicoots once more.
- Returns again in Crash: Mind over Mutant, spends his time spying on the Bandicoots and reporting to Cortex, in the hope that he will eventually be rewarded with his own island. He is once again defeated by Crash.