Hunter the Cheetah
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Hunter the Cheetah, known as Hunter for short, is a friend of Spyro and one of the main characters of the Spyro franchise. He first appears in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!. He is voiced by Gregg Berger up to his appearance in Spyro: A Hero's Tail, where he was voiced by Jess Harnell.
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Spyro meets Hunter and Elora when he is yanked into Avalar. Hunter is, at first, suspicious of Spyro because he had never met a dragon before. He had read a book about dragons and thought that they were dangerous and untrustworthy. After a little while, Hunter starts to trust Spyro, and by the end of Spyro's adventures through Avalar, Hunter and Spyro become friends.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Hunter goes to the Dragon Worlds to join the Year of the Dragon celebration. When all of the dragon eggs are stolen by Bianca, Hunter and Spyro go to the Forgotten Worlds to rescue the eggs. Hunter then falls in love with Bianca, and Bianca joins the good side. At the end, Bianca and Hunter kiss at Fireworks Factory.
Hunter wear pads and helmets, as well as a pair of shorts, for the skateboarding minigames. In the game's Speedway levels, if Spyro finds Hunter, he can be played as in a series of minigames, all relating to his attempt at thwarting an alien invasion.
Spyro: A Hero's Tail
In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Hunter teaches Spyro some basic skills. Hunter has a green quiver strapped to his back, and he carries a bow. Hunter also helps Spyro by shooting an arrow at a target, which opens a new area.
Spyro: Shadow Legacy
In Spyro: Shadow Legacy Hunter leaves Dragon Shores at the start of the game. Later, his whole family (Which has never even been mentioned until now) is introduced, as well as his apparent Homeworld, Savannah (Although in previous games, he seemed to follow Spyro and live with him).
Hunter is depicted as a sort of laid-back skater type. While he's a loyal friend and marginally knowledgeable with basic tasks, he seems to have trouble grasping the severity of Spyro's missions and can be relatively naive and gullible, leading him to be captured and tricked easily. Like his name implies, he is a very competent longbow hunter, and is strong and agile enough to hold his own in a fight, if need be. His physical skills also make him a phenomenal skateboarder, and he often prides himself in his applying his species' speed to everything he does, and expresses minor jealousy or pride when Spyro breaks or fails to break his skateboarding records, respectfully. He also seems to be a bit of a conspiracy buff, with an interest in space and extraterrestrials. Because he is a cat, Hunter has said that he hates to get wet.
- Hunter, like Ripto, was voiced by Gregg Berger in Ripto's Rage!, Year of the Dragon, and Enter the Dragonfly.
- In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Hunter entered in the code 2-2-4-7-5 on the Superportal keypad, claiming that it was his birthday as he entered it. Insomniac Games has affirmed it was meant as Feb 24, 1975.
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