Papu Papu's first appearance was in Crash Bandicoot. He could have been working for Cortex to stop Crash or he could have just been infuriated when Crash awakes him from his slumber. In either scenario, Papu Papu attacks Crash and a battle ensues. Papu Papu uses his tribal staff to fight Crash; however, the marsupial outsmarts the strong native and defeats him by knocking him out by jumping on his head when his staff is down upon the ground.
Papu reappears in CTR as the second boss in the game. His home track is Papu's Pyramid. He throws both green and red beakers to try and slow you down. In the game, Papu was one of the fastest racers at the expense of bad turning and acceleration, like Tiny and Dingodile. He can be unlocked by completing the Green Gem Cup in adventure mode or by holding L1 + R1 buttons while pressing Left, Triangle, Right, Down, Right, Circle, Left, Left and Down on the main menu.
On a side note, from CTR onwards, Papu is no longer working for Cortex.
In Crash Bash, he is the first boss of the game. His battle arena is similar to boards like Jungle Bash, etc. He is surrounded by a ring of fire for protection. He summons Crash clones to fight you. When you defeat them, Papu laughs, disabling the fire and leaving him vulnerable, so at this time you have to hit him with a block. When his HP is at its lowest, he is ultimately defeated when a block crushes him.
This was his latest appearance. He captures Cortex. After Crash frees him, Papu sends the rest of the tribe after him.
Papu is bilingual, able to speak two languages; English and his native language (possibly aborigine). In CTR, Papu speaks in third-person and with lack of pronouns, much like Tiny Tiger; i.e. "Papu move so fast, you munch tracks". In Twinsanity, however, he speaks his native language.
- One of Papu's prides is perhaps his beer belly, perhaps his most known characteristics. In the CTR epilogue (after completing at least 100% of the game), he became a wrestler and changed his name to "Mr. Bad Belly". Unfortunately, his signature move, the Bad Belly Bounce, was eventually banned because it caused some major damage to other wrestlers.
- In Twinsanity, Papu is the only villain of Crash that didn't attend Crash's "Birthday Party" (with the exception of the other Doctor characters Dr. Nitrus Brio, N. Gin, and N. Tropy).
- In the Japanese version of Crash 1, Papu had 5 hit points instead 3.