Spyro is a brave and mischievous little purple dragon with a big attitude, which leads him to be quite cocky and hotheaded. He is extremely curious and hardly ever cautious, which can get him into trouble. He enjoys toasting sheep as a hobby and sometimes looks for any bad enemy to fry. He can be irresponsible, but when the innocent are threatened, he develops a sense of duty. He can become so arrogant that he even denies help from someone who looks like they can't reward him. Despite this, he still saves the world. He is really calm and a generally nice guy, He has made friends and rivals along the way, along with his best friend, Sparx the Dragonfly.
In the Legend of Spyro continuity, Spyro is young and compassionate for others and he is always willing to help them no matter what happens. Spyro doesn't asks for rewards and is just happy to be a big help to those in danger. He is adventurous, curious about his past and eager to shape his future. Spyro shows the recklessness of an adolescent at times, but is slowly growing into the role of a leader of a proud species. He is a little naive about the ways of the world, but is eager to learn and grow. He even saves Cynder from being destroyed when Convexity was collapsing, even gaining affection for the black dragoness. Later in Dawn of the Dragon, he ended up falling in love with her.
As told in an interview with Sparx by The DNN (Dragon News Network), some details of Spyro's past are known. Sparx used to crawl around Spyro's egg when he was a larvae. There was peace in the Dragon Realms at this time.
However, unknown to the Dragons, two thieves were running off with two eggs. One was a Dragon egg while the other was a Dragonfly egg. Suddenly, the Dragons discovered the thieves who ran off and they dropped the eggs. The red Dragon egg became hot, as if something was on fire from the inside. Spyro hatched from the red egg and Sparx hatched from the yellow egg.
It is not known where they came from or who their parents are (Except in The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, where Sparx's parents are shown). Spyro rescued Sparx from a bird and they became the best of friends.
In Spyro the Dragon, Gnasty Gnorc attacked the Dragon Realms, freezing all the Dragons in crystal statues after being called ugly. Spyro and Sparx were the only ones that Gnasty's magic spell failed to affect, due to Spyro playing hooky that day, and they set out across the Dragon Realms to free the resident Dragons and recover their treasure. After traveling through all five Dragon Realms (Including Gnasty's Realm, the Dragon Junkyard), freeing all 80 Dragons, recovering all 14,000 treasure, finding all 12 Dragon Eggs and disposing of all of Gnasty Gnorc's minions, Spyro and Sparx challenged, pursued and defeated Gnasty Gnorc.
In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, several weeks after defeating Gnasty Gnorc, during an extended period of rainy weather, Spyro and Sparx decided that they needed a vacation from the Dragon Realms. Noticing a portal to the location of "Dragon Shores", they entered the portal to escape the bad weather.
However, to their surprise, they arrived in a realm called Avalar because The Professor, Elora the Faun, Zoe the Fairy, and Hunter the Cheetah had redirected the portal to bring them there instead. After a confusing moment, they encountered a dictator named Ripto, who was enraged that the residents had brought a Dragon to Avalar. A brief tussle ensued, ending with Ripto's escape to Avalar's Summer Forest after his magical scepter fell into the maw of his dinosaur-like mount, Gulp. At Elora's request, Spyro and Sparx visited the realms of Avalar and recovered several Talismans, then pursued Ripto and fought against one of Ripto's minions, Crush.
After Crush was crushed under a pile of rocks, Ripto and Gulp escaped to Autumn Plains, and Spyro and Sparx collected the rest of Avalar's talismans and pursued them. Spyro and Sparx caught up to Ripto, and fought against his mount, Gulp. Elora assisted by providing weapons to use against Gulp; Ripto fell off the battle area after the battle, and Elora gave Spyro a place to rest while she returned to The Professor to check up on a portal to return Spyro and Sparx home.
Spyro and Sparx decided to search for Elora and found themselves in Winter Tundra, they were met with news that Ripto was still alive, and had locked Elora and the others out of the Tundra's palace. Once more, Spyro and Sparx were asked to travel through the local portals, and this time, to recover enough Orbs to challenge Ripto with. They both succeeded, and challenged Ripto to a duel. Zoe informed Spyro and Sparx that The Professor was working on new types of Orbs, and a fierce battle ensued, with both Spyro and Ripto using powers from the Orbs for attack. Ripto used one Orb to create a large, mechanized version of his steed Gulp. When Spyro destroyed that, Ripto used another Orb to transform the arena floor into lava, while creating a large mecha-bird to help finish Spyro and Sparx off. Spyro combatted them in an aerial duel, however, and defeated him, sending him to his (supposed) demise in the pool of lava. Spyro and Sparx were then sent back to Dragon Shores.
In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, the Dragon Realms were celebrating an important event: the Year of the Dragon Festival. Every twelve years during this time, the Fairies deliver 150 Dragon eggs to the Dragon Realms, which will become the next generation of Dragons. The Dragons celebrated until they fell over from exhaustion and slept. While they were asleep, a mysterious rabbit girl named Bianca came with an army of Rhynoc creatures to steal the Dragon eggs. The Dragons woke up to notice their newest Dragon egg brood gone, and found Bianca trying to steal the last remaining Dragon egg. Spyro, Sparx, and Hunter attempted to stop Bianca, but it was too late. She took the egg back through a wormhole to the realm where the Dragons once lived: the Forgotten Realms. Her master, known as The Sorceress, was beginning to lose her powers, due to the fact that the Dragons, the source of the world's magic, had migrated to the other side of the planet. She took the Dragon eggs, planning to use them in a spell to give her eternal life and power.
Since the older Dragons couldn't to fit through the wormhole, they determined that only Spyro, Sparx, and Hunter were small enough to go to the Forgotten Realms and recover the 150 eggs. The Sorceress, along with Bianca, created monsters to fend off Spyro, but he defeated them. Along the way Spyro recruited four new allies, including Sheila the Kangaroo, Sgt. James Byrd the flying Penguin, Bentley the Yeti, and Agent 9 the Space Monkey, all of whom were being held prisoner by Moneybags at the behest of The Sorceress. As Spyro and Sparx arrived in the Midnight Mountain world, Bianca realized how far her master would go to achieve power. She betrayed The Sorceress and went to Spyro's side, releasing Hunter from a trap he had fallen into and opening the door to The Sorceress's lair (after Spyro found 100 eggs). In a great battle, Spyro defeated The Sorceress. She was not killed, however. He had to recover 149 of the missing eggs, as well as 20,000 gems to fight her again in a secret region of the Forgotten Realms. After taking control of a spaceship, Spyro shot down The Sorceress once and for all, recovering the final egg and saving the Dragons from extinction.
Fairy Realms CrisisEdit
In Spyro: Season of Ice, after Spyro saved the Dragon Eggs from the clutches of The Sorceress, Spyro, Hunter, and Bianca returned from the Forgotten Realms. The three decided to take a vacation. Bianca was researching vacation spots in The Sorceress' library, but dropped her magic book. It was found by the lowly librarian Grendor. Unfortunately for him, he read the spell wrong, prompting him to grow another head with a pounding headache. Grendor then used his newfound magic to freeze all the fairies, and scatter them across the Fairy Realms.
When Zoe found out, she quickly alerted Spyro in her letter. Spyro, Sparx, Hunter, and Bianca ascended up to the Fairy Realms, to rescue all one hundred frozen fairies including Zoe. As Spyro entered the first world, he found that the Fairy Realms had been infested by Rhynocs. Spyro was able to defeat all of the Rhynocs, and ultimately Grendor, and freed all of the fairies.
In Spyro 2: Season of Flame, upon Spyro and Sparx's return from the Fairy Realms, Ripto returns for his ultimate revenge on the Dragons by scattering all of the Fireflies, the beings whose magical properties give the Dragons their flame breath, all over the Dragon Realms. The Dragons' breaths have now become icy cold as Spyro and Sparx embarks on a quest to find the fireflies. Eventually, after saving all of the Fireflies, Spyro once again defeats Ripto, where he is banished by the Dragon Elders.
Later, in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, Spyro and Sparx returned victorious after saving the Fireflies, prompting the Dragon Elders to begin celebrating the previously saved baby Dragons obtaining their Dragonflies. Unfortunately, Ripto escaped banishment and crashed the party and scattered ninety of the one hundred and fifty-one Dragonflies across the Dragon Realms. Spyro and Sparx were once again tasked with tracking them all down.
Eventually, Spyro and Sparx cleared all nine worlds attached to the Dragon Realms, and entered Ripto's portal with the combined magic of all of the Dragonflies. They entered Ripto's portal, and Ripto creates a shield for himself resistant to fire. Spyro destroyed the shield and beats Ripto. But when Spyro thought he had Ripto on the verge of defeat, Ripto used a magic spell to grow twice his size. He then erected a flame barrier, making Spyro's flame breath useless.
Spyro used his ice breath to bring down the barrier, and freeze Ripto. Finally, in one last act of desperation, Ripto used his magic to grow even bigger and incorporate pieces of Crush and Gulp into his body. Spyro easily brought down the monster with his electric breath. As Ripto was defeated, he cursed Spyro. Spyro discovered that Ripto's magic doesn't work properly because he was a dinosaur, and as such, their magical properties could not sustain the proper use of magic. This has lead to Ripto's hate of Dragons, and is the reason why he is so relentless in destroying the Dragons.
The Dragon Elders banished Ripto once again, and the Dragon Realms were safe again.
The Stolen LaboratoryEdit
In Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs, Ripto attempted another invasion, and was successfully able to take over The Professor's laboratory and drove Spyro and Sparx out; Spyro and Sparx were tasked with traveling throughout the Realms to recover twelve 'Hearts', in order to open a passage back to The Professor's lab and confront Ripto again. Spyro and Sparx did so, and re-entered the lab and engaged in combat with Ripto once again. After they defeated him, Ripto was once again banished to Chateau Ripto, until he met with Doctor Neo Cortex.
Hero Team UpEdit
In Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy, Ripto teamed up with Dr. Neo Cortex to get rid of their foes. Spyro and Sparx met Crash Bandicoot and Aku Aku, and they paired up to go through the infested homeworlds, defeating whatever the evil pair threw at them. Eventually, Spyro, Sparx, Crash, and Aku Aku defeated both Cortex and Ripto.
The Traitorous ElderEdit
In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Spyro discovered that the Dragon Realms were being plunged into darkness, this time by an evil Dragon Elder from long ago named Red. Spyro and Sparx teamed up with Hunter, Sgt. Byrd, and Blink the Mole in order to take down Red and his unholy alliance of Gnasty Gnorc and Ineptune. The five heroes battle their way through new homeworlds, and eventually defeat Red. Red escaped, and built an army of robots.
Finally, Spyro tracked down Red in his secret laboratory, where Red had become a robot himself. Spyro defeated him,again,and The Professor shrank Red down to a very small size, so he won't be able to attack the Dragon Realms again.
The Shadow RealmEdit
In Spyro: Shadow Legacy, Spyro and Sparx returned back to the Dragon Realms to find them in ruins. They soon discovered that The Sorcerer was attempting to seize control of the Dragon Realms using dark, shadowy mirrors of each Dragon Realm (called the Shadow Realms). Spyro learned the art of "Dragon-Kata" and the use of magic from the Dragon Elders, and set out to rescue those The Sorcerer held captive, and defeat The Sorcerer himself.
After clearing the Dragon Realms and Avalar of the shadowy influences, Spyro found Red in the Forgotten Worlds. After defeating Red, it became apparent that Red was merely a pawn in The Sorcerer's plan to destroy the Dragon Realms. Spyro then battled his way through the rest of the Forgotten Worlds and fought and defeated The Sorcerer.
The Legend of SpyroEdit
A New BeginningEdit
Spyro is a Dragon of prophecy, a rare purple Dragon born once every ten generations. As an egg, the Dragon Temple where the unborn Spyro rests was attacked by the forces of the Dark Master, who are intent on destroying all the Dragon eggs. Ignitus, the Fire Guardian Dragon, escaped with the purple Dragon's egg, and left it to drift down the Silver River into a Swamp, hoping for the best. The egg was discovered by a family of Dragonflies, Nina and Flash and upon hatching, Spyro was adopted into the family and raised as one of their own, alongside Sparx, a young Dragonfly who was born on the very same day.
One day, when Spyro and Sparx were under attack by a group of apes and discovered that Spyro can breathe fire, he was told that he was not a Dragonfly himself, but a stranger from a distant land; Spyro decided to leave the Swamp in search of his true home; Sparx, though reluctant at first, decided to follow along. Spyro was pursued by hostile forces, but eventually came into contact with a distraught Ignitus, who although pleased that Spyro is alive, feared that with the Dragon Temple under occupation by their enemy, led by a large black Dragon named Cynder, their war was already lost.
Spyro convinced Ignitus to lead him to the Temple, and was able to drive Cynder's forces out, after which Ignitus told Spyro more about their war against the Dark Armies, offered Spyro some training in the art of fire, and then sent Spyro off to rescue three other Dragon Guardians from Cynder's forces. First, he flew to Dante's Freezer to find Volteer, the Electric Guardian Dragon.
When Spyro and Volteer returned to the Temple, Volteer trained Spyro the art of electricity and explained to Ignitus that he lost some of his electric powers inside a crystal Cynder stored. Ignitus expected that Cynder may be planning to do something with the Guardians' powers, but he doesn't know what for, so Ignitus sent Spyro to Tall Plains, home of the Attlawa tribe, to find Cyril, the Ice Guardian Dragon.
After Spyro and Cyril went back to the Temple, he taught Spyro the secrets of ice and discussed with the other Guardians more about Cynder's possible plans. Ignitus hypothesized that Cynder was trying to gain all the Guardians' elemental powers to open a portal that must never be opened. Spyro questioned Ignitus of what is he talking about, but Ignitus told him that doesn't concern him now, but sent Spyro to Munition's Forge, where Terrador, the Earth Guardian Dragon, was held.
When Spyro was ready to leave with Terrador, Cynder attacked and chased Spyro throughout Munition's Forge. When Cynder was about to catch Spyro, Ignitus intervened to fight Cynder, but was captured. Spyro tried to help Ignitus, but Terrador stopped him and told him that he is not ready to take on Cynder. Spyro felt guilty and ashamed that he let Ignitus down and was frightened to see Cynder. Terrador told him that there's no shame for all warriors to have fear, and trained Spyro how to master the element of earth and his own fear.
After Spyro's training, Terrador explained to Spyro, Volteer, and Cyril about Cynder's lair, possibly where she took Ignitus. Spyro flew to Cynder's lair and found Ignitus, confined and his powers was draining inside a crystal. Cynder stopped Spyro from destroying the crystal and escaped with it. Spyro noticed that there was something familier with Cynder, and Ignitus told him the truth. Cynder was actually born from the same brood of eggs as Spyro (they are not siblings), and she was taken by the Dark Master's forces and was corrupted by his poisonous powers, and became his tool of destruction. The Dark Master was using Cynder to gain the Guardians' powers so she can unlock the portal, which serves as his prison. As the vortex to the world of Convexity opened, Ignitus feared that they are too late, but Spyro refused to give up and followed Cynder through the portal.
When Spyro caught up with Cynder, she already put the final crystal inside the portal and was ready to face Spyro in a showdown. Eventually, Spyro used all of his power in a final attack and defeated Cynder, which freed her from the Dark Master's influence and she returned to her true form, a young Dragon the same size and age as Spyro. As the realm began to collapse in on itself and the portal started to suck the three inside; Sparx insisted on making a quick exit, but Spyro declared he will not leave Cynder behind with the Dark Master; though barely, Spyro was able to grab Cynder and escaped safely.
Though victorious, the battle cost Spyro much of his own strength and powers, and both Spyro and Cynder suspected that the Dark Master is still alive somewhere; the war was still not over.
The Eternal NightEdit
Spyro followed Cynder through the jungle surrounding the Dragon Temple. Spyro caught up with her and asked her not to leave, revealing that he does have feelings for her. Cynder left saying she doesn't want to cause pain and suffering to anyone, especially Spyro. When Spyro was about to chase Cynder, he collapsed. A voice emitted in his dream and helped Spyro regain his fire element and showed him a vision of a great tree.
After Spyro woke up, an Ape army attacked the Temple. After Spyro repeled the attack, Ignitus tried to locate Cynder, but found a vision of Spyro by the base of a great tree. Spyro claimed that he kept seeing haunting visions of a mountain draped in shadow and darkness, beneath the two moons. Terrador realized that was the Mountain of Malefor. Spyro also claimed that a voice, called The Chronicler, came to his dream and showed him that tree. The Guardians were shocked and Ignitus told Spyro that The Chronicler is an ancient dragon of immeasurble wisdom and was often interwoven with tales of doom. The Guardians became incresingly worried about the Celestial Moons coming into an eclipse. Ignitus sent Volteer and Cyril to the mainlands to learn what news they can, and sent Terrador to the Shattered Vale to warn everyone living there about the darkness spreading in the mountain, while Ignitus stays behind and went to search for Cynder.
Spyro had been assigned to go to the Ancient Grove to seek out the tree that he saw in his dream. While searching, he was summoned into a dream by The Chronicler again to regain his ice abilities and showed Spyro a vision of a terrible king-like Ape, leading an huge army of Apes going to the Mountain of Malefor, shouting, "...The Well of Souls!", another name of the mountain. After Spyro woke up, he eventually found the great tree, but it later turned out to be a monster called Arborick and Spyro defeated it. After that, a group of Pirates, led by a captain named Skabb, wanted Arborick for "entertainment" in a fighting arena, but that changed when the Pirates wanted Spyro to "cooperate", so they knocked him unconscious. Spyro later awoke, finding himself in a cell.
Battle after battle, Spyro had defeated many challenges that the Pirates threw at him. Spyro was summoned yet again by The Chronicler to regain his earth powers and told him more about the Well of Souls and the Night of Eternal Darkness and told Spyro to find him in the Celestial Caves of the White Isle. After that, Spyro recieved a message from another prisoner called Hunter of Avalar, saying that he had become Spyro's ally. Later on, Spyro was forced to fight Cynder in a final match, but she told him about her plan for escape, but it was cut short when an Ape army attacked and captured Cynder. With Pirates on their ships in chaos, Spyro managed to defeat Skabb, and escaped.
After he escaped from the Pirates, The Chronicler summoned Spyro in his dream again to regain the power of electricity and showed him a vision of Cynder in chains. When he arrived at the White Isle, Spyro overcame tough challenges of his elemental skills and he eventually found The Chronicler, who told him about Gaul, an Ape King who led the raid at the Temple at the night of Spyro's birth and stole Cynder's egg. Spyro insisted The Chronicler on what will happen to Cynder and learned more about her past and where was she taken. The Chronicler told Spyro about Malefor, the Dark Master. According to him, Malefor was the first purple dragon to exist; his raw power allowed him to master practically every elemental power. When his growth failed to stop, he was exiled by the Dragon Elders, but after that, he built an army of Apes and taught them how to use dragon magic. Malefor's sheer wage of his malice splitted the earth and created the Well of Souls; where the Apes have established, in effort to revive Malefor at the Night of Eternal Darkness. The Chronicler wanted Spyro to hide from the Apes until a later time, but Spyro insisted on going to Cynder’s aid.
When he got to the mountain, Gaul ordered Cynder to attack Spyro. When she attacked Gaul instead, he knocked her out and challenged Spyro himself. During the fight, the lunar alignment came, and the evil energy it generated was channeled through Spyro. He used his immense power to turn the Ape King into stone and then to kill Gaul, and then leaped back into the beam of evil energy. Cynder awoke and knocked Spyro out of the beam, freeing him from the beam's power. When the alignment passed, the mountain crumbled around Spyro, Sparx and Cynder. Spyro used his Time Fury power to encase them in a golden time-crystal to protect them.
Dawn of the DragonEdit
During Spyro, Sparx, and Cynder's three-year hibernation, she and Spyro has undergone a growth spurt that has given them a new "teen look". He and Cynder are tied by a invisible string generated by two glowing green snakes tied to their necks. They are attacked by a massive Golem and can't handle him until Hunter sends him in a painful retreat after he shot him in the eye. They escape the Catacombs and rip the Golem's arm out. Hunters tells them that Malefor has returned and covered the land in shadow. They are taken by Hunter's Tribe. After saving the village, they save a villager named Meadow. Hunter leads them through the Forbidden Passage to the Dragon City of Warfang. The city is under attack by the Golem and a army of creatures known as the Grublins. They repelled the attack, killing the Golem in the process. Spyro and Cynder reunite with the Guardians. Malefor gives them a message that night that says that he has awakened The Destroyer, a beast that renews the world by bringing about it's destruction. Before this can happen, it has to complete a circle around the world called The Belt of Fire. Ignitus makes a plan to stop it from underground. Cynder thinks of a plan to destroy the Dam, flooding the valley and halting it's progress. They manage to do so and enter The Destroyer's heart destroying the Dark Crystal. It manages to complete its Circle. The rest hide underground, while Ignitus escorts Cynder and Spyro through the Belt of Fire, but Ignitus dies along the way. Spyro almost loses himself to Darkness he fell into three years ago and turns himself into Dark Spyro, but Cynder's words pull him out. After a few final fights, they confront Malefor who says to Spyro that the destiny of the Purple Dragons is to destroy the world. He tells Cynder that she tricked Spyro and lured him to the Well of Souls to free Malefor. She denies this and Malefor taps into the Darkness inside her, turning her against Spyro. She does not kill him after Spyro doesn't strike her. Malefor attacks, but he is defeated and dragged away by five Dragon Spirits. As the world is being destroyed, Spyro says to Cynder that she should leave him after Ignitus's spirit gives him hope. She stays with him and whispers to him "I love you". The world is saved by Spyro's desperate endeavour; and as the survivors resurface, they gaze at the stars as they form a shape of a Dragon. The Chronicler, before giving Ignitus his job, searched through the book that records of the death of each Dragon and Spyro was not among them. The last time we see Spyro and Cynder, they are wheeling through the sky with grins and no chain.
Spyro's main attacks consist of ramming his opponents with his long horns or breathing fire at them. Because he is young, Spyro can't fly very well and can't breathe a continuous stream of fire, instead, he just spits fan-shaped fire bursts. As Spyro gets a little older, he learns how to use his wings as a shield, swim underwater, double jump, horn dive, and breathe a stream of fire. In Ripto's Rage, and Year of the Dragon, there are gates that temporarily give Spyro the ability to be invincible, fly, spit massive fire blasts, breathe ice, supercharge, and a combination of superflame and flight. In Enter the Dragonfly, Spyro gets ice, electric, and bubble breaths. In A Hero's Tail, Spyro gets ice, electric, and water breaths.
In the Legend of Spyro continuity, he has the ability to master the elements of fire, electricity, ice and earth, as well as many other abilities that other Dragons cannot, even control time itself (to a certain point). He like all purple dragons can even master convexity.
Spyro makes a cameo appearence in Crash Twinsanity were he appears in the Evil Twins Treasure room and he breathes fire at the scientists.