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Crash×Tawna is the het ship between Crash Bandicoot and Tawna Bandicoot from the Crash Bandicoot fandom.

Canon

Games

Crash and Tawna have a long history that dates back to before the events of the first game. Prior to Crash being subjected to the Cortex Vortex, Crash had formed a close relationship with Tawna while they were in captivity. After Crash was rejected by the Cortex Vortex, he fled Cortex Castle and washed up on the shore of N. Sanity Island. The entire game's premise focuses on Crash making his way back to Cortex Castle to save Tawna from Dr Cortex. The game can end one of two ways: with either Crash and Tawna flying away on Cortex's blimp or on the back of a vulture.

Excluding cameos and Easter Eggs, Tawna's next game appearance wouldn't be until Crash Boom Bang! in 2006. Crash and Tawna have very little interaction in this game, as all of the cutscene dialogue is delivered by either Coco Bandicoot or the Viscount. It is stated on the character select screen that she is no longer Crash's boyfriend and instead in a relationship with Pinstripe. See the 'Manga' section below for more information.

A screenshot of Crash and Tawna from Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time.

In Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, an alternate universe version of Tawna was introduced from a dimension known as the Tawnaverse. This new Tawna repeatedly helps Crash and Coco on their adventure, albeit from a distance as she chooses to "fly solo." When he is first told this, Crash is disheartened to know that Tawna won't be coming along with him. Later on in the game, Crash, Coco and Cortex meet up with Tawna again and they work together to take on the Tawnaverse version of Dr N. Tropy. However, Tawna prevents Crash and Coco from doing so stating "she is not losing them in this dimension too."

After N. Tropy's defeat, Tawna goes with Crash and the rest of the group to the Sn@xx Dimension to rest; when Cortex betrays the group, Tawna gives Crash a boost up to allow him to catch up to the escaping doctor, sending him off with the message "Give him hell!" At the end of the game, Tawna goes back with Crash and Coco to their dimension to play video games and going to live woth them. It is also stated in this game that Crash and his Tawna lost contact at some point, whereas it is implied that Tawnaverse Tawna's Crash was killed by Tawnaverse N. Tropy.

Manga

An excerpt from the manga where Tawna leaves Crash for Pinstripe.

Owing to some real-world technicalities, Tawna had to be removed from the series following her first appearance. This means that she did not appear in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. However, the Japanese version of the game provided an explanation, and the manga Crash Bandicoot: Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken! was published to tie-in with the game's release in Japan that went into further detail.

Following the events of the first game, Crash Bandicoot had become completely infatuated with Tawna. However, one morning he woke up to find that Tawna had left him for Pinstripe, stating that he is more of a man than Crash is. Upon learning this, Crash is completely heart-broken and breaks down crying. Throughout the manga, his ultimate goal is to win over Tawna's heart.

This would be the only instance of Crash's relationship with Tawna ever being addressed after the events of the first until Crash Boom Bang!, which was made by a Japanese Studio. Furthermore, all instances of Crash trying to or getting back together with Tawna are only ever mentioned in Japanese ports of the games. As a result, the actual canonicity of this has been a large talking point for the Crash Bandicoot fandom.

Fanon

In spite of the tumultuous relationship, CrashxTawna is one of most popular pairings in the Crash Bandicoot community, if not the most popular. It's only true rival is Crashadena, and it is also popular for people to depict Tawna and Pasadena having a fierce rivalry over Crash. As there are officially two versions of Tawna Bandicoot, both variants of the ship are equally popular and one does not antagonize the other. If anything, IAT Tawna only strengthens the ship as it gives the fans hope that the pairing will get back together in the future.

Fandom

FAN FICTION

Crash Bandicoot/Tawna tag on AO3
Crash/Tawna on FanFiction.Net

DEVIANTART

crashxtawna tag on DeviantArt
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