Sgt. James Byrd

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Sgt. James Byrd, or Sgt. Byrd is a character in the Spyro the Dragon series and a friend of Spyro the Dragon. He first appears in Spyro: Year of the Dragon. He is a penguin who is a secret agent and is dressed in military gear and is experienced in using weapons and gadgets. Sgt. Byrd speaks with an English accent and has a personality based on James Bond, although Sgt. Byrd is named after Richard E. Byrd.

Sgt. Spyro: Year of the Dragon, he is "the world's only flying penguin", reason being he was raised by hummingbirds who taught him how to get airborne. After joining the Air Corps, he proceeded to help out in the war against the Sorceress. Previously, he was captured by her when he was spotted letting off rockets outside her fireworks factory but, is soon freed by Spyro after the latter pays a fair share of gems to the malicious Moneybags. Byrd owns two Bird To Air Missile launchers in Spyro: Year of the Dragon, he mentioned they were DVX-9 types) which he developed himself and with these mounted on his shoulders he causes havoc amongst his enemies. Clearly being a fine soldier with his English accent and military jargon, Sgt. Byrd will uncomplainingly head out on any mission to help Spyro.

In Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy and Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Sgt. Byrd uses a jetpack to fly around.

Sgt. James Byrd is voiced by Tom Kenny in Spyro: Year of the Dragon and its Spyro: Reignited Trilogy remake. In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Sgt. Byrd is voiced by Michael Gough.