|This article is about the character from the Classic series. You may be looking for the character from the Skylanders series.|
|Role:|| Neutral (RR; ETD)|
Ally (AHT; SL)
|Appearances:|| Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!|
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Spyro: Season of Ice
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
Spyro 2: Season of Flame
Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs
Spyro: A Hero's Tail
Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy
Spyro: Shadow Legacy
|Family Members:|| Minibags |
|English Voice Actor:|| Milton James (1999) |
Neil Ross (2000, 2002)
|Japanese Voice Actor:||Masuo Amada (2000)|
- "I haven’t made such easy money since the Sorceress bought that mayonnaise for sunscreen."
Moneybags (マネーバッグ Manēbaggu in Japanese) is a bear from Avalar and a minor antagonist who first appeared in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!. He is an upper-class, money-grabbing and somewhat deceitful con man who is infamous for charging Spyro exorbitant fees, paid in Gems, in order for Spyro to learn a new skill or to pass through a door. The costly prices are eventually paid by Spyro, much to the delight of Moneybags (in one instant he refused to admit a password to a door until Spyro coughed up; when he did, Moneybags revealed the password to be "Gullible").
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!Edit
Moneybags first encountered Spyro in Glimmer, where he charged gems in order for Spyro to cross a bridge. He appeared several more times during Spyro's journey in Avalar. In each instance, he imposed a hefty price (or in his own words "a small fee...") for a certain service, such as opening a portal or teaching Spyro a new ability. Moneybags was apparently already quite wealthy at this point, as is indicated by his fine appeal and the bag of gems he always carries with him. After Ripto's defeat, Moneybags was forced to give back all the gems he had taken from Spyro. In the epilogue, Moneybags had swindled the Bonebuilders in Skelos Badlands one too many times and they had their pet Lava Lizard chomp on him.
Year of the DragonEdit
Moneybags continued to annoy Spyro by charging him for services in the Forgotten Realms the following year. He was also keeping Sheila, Sgt. Byrd, Bentley and Agent 9 inside cages for the Sorceress and made Spyro pay for their release. In response, each of the captured characters gave the ursine some well-deserved punishment. Moneybags also displayed numerous skills during this time, such as a mastery of haiku and magic, all of which he used to make more money.
However, he pushed Spyro one step too far by plotting to sell a dragon egg, which resulted in the purple dragon chasing him at Midnight Mountain and forcing Moneybags to give up the treasure he had taken. After that, Moneybags said that he would retire to Spooky Swamp to become a haiku poet, but he disappeared through the portal to Crystal Islands (after that, he is no longer seen anywhere in the game, not even in Crystal Islands or Spooky Swamp).
However, in the epilogue, it is revealed that Moneybags somehow got to the Dino Mines and became an easy target for the Bailey Gang.
Enter the DragonflyEdit
Moneybags was later seen in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly in the Dragonfly Dojo, making Spyro pay to cross a bridge. He is dressed in a blue robe with pink flowers and stands nonchalantly by one of the frozen dragon masters. He mentioned in this game that the shine of gems "helps him to write his poetry," showing that he may still be a haiku poet. However, unlike in previous games, Moneybags disappears after this encounter, and never repays Spyro.
A Hero's Tail and Shadow LegacyEdit
In A Hero's Tail, Moneybags seemed to have developed a completely different voice which resembles an Egyptian accent, opposed to his former well-spoken British accent. He also wears a fez. At this point, he had gained a good deal of business by starting several shops across the Dragon Realms. In A Hero's Tail, when you come close to a Remote Shop Pad, he talks to you saying things like "Go ahead, Spyro! If you have money to spend, I am here to relieve you of the burden!".
In Shadow Legacy, it appeared he has a wife and four sons who are not as obsessed with gems as he is. His sons are Maxwell, Marvin, Merton and Marshall. He is not seen much in Shadow Legacy, but his sons are around to sell items to Spyro.
Moneybags made a few appearances in Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs with his own level called Moneybags' Mansion and his nephew Minibags, both of whom wear the same sort of glasses and move about as the characters in that game do from side to side. Minibags seems to always be in two places at once, as he appears in the Main Hall and the Entrance outside the mansion. The music for this level is the same as that for Moneybags' Vaults in this game. All of Moneybags' Vaults have to be opened by pressing two red switches in a period of time. Obviously, Moneybags still had his intention of taking Spyro's gems.
- In Crystal Islands, Moneybags threatens Spyro to turn him into a blue hedgehog if he doesn't hand over the gems required to lower the bridge. This is a refrence to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog.
- His appearance has changed several times. In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, he dresses with an Indian style and talks with an accent. In others, he dresses more for the higher class with a suit and a monocle.
- Moneybags' appearance in the first game's sequel is similar to that of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol.
- In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, everytime Spyro released one of the other playable characters, Moneybags would always get attacked by them and forced away: Sheila kicked him into a wall after pretending to forgive him for keeping her in a cage, Sgt. Byrd used one of his BAM missiles to blast him away, Bentley whacked him angrily with his club (even asking Spyro for one more whack), and Agent 9 humiliated him by using his lazer to "make him dance".
- Through glitching, many of Moneybags' areas and required payments are skippable, most of them being possible in Year of the Dragon. Note, however, that these areas will still be locked until you complete the game, and Moneybags will not drop any gems when you chase him because you did not give him any.
- The Japanese voice actor of Moneybags, Masuo Amada, also voiced Jecht in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy X. It's also interesting to note that Jecht's English voice actor also voiced Hunter and Ripto in the English version of Ripto's Rage!
- Neil Ross, Moneybags' English voice actor in Year of the Dragon, also voiced Bentley in the same game.
- In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, when you get your money back from Moneybags, all previous places where Moneybags asked a fee, and you didn't pay for, get unlocked.
- It's also possible to bypass Moneybags, with the Swim-in-the-Air and (for Evening Lake) Dead Mode glitches, to enter Sheila's Alp, Sgt. Byrd's Base and Bentley's Outpost. Once these worlds are completed, their sub-areas in other worlds are automatically unlocked.
- It is also possible to bypass some events in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! by various methods.
- In the Skylanders series, the character Auric, bears a striking resemblence to Moneybags, and may have been based off of him.
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah|
Bianca the Rabbit - Spirit - Zoe
Crush - Gulp
|Alligator Farmers - Bartholomew - Bears - Dragons - Dragonflies - Moneybags - Monkey Monks - Rodtikiney - Pigs - Professors - Thieves - Yetis|
Dragonfly Dojo - Crop Circle Country - Luau Island - Cloud 9 - Monkey Monastery - Honey Marsh - Thieves Den - Jurassic Jungle - Chateau Ripto
|Dragonflies - Gems|
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx - Ignitus - Bianca - Hunter the Cheetah - Blink the Mole - Professor - Moneybags - Crash Bandicoot - Aku Aku - Coco Bandicoot - Crunch Bandicoot|
|Dragon Castles - Arctic Cliffs - Fire Mountains - Wumpa Jungle - Tech Park|
|Credits - Trading Cards - Riptocs - Gems|
|Spyro the Dragon - Hunter the Cheetah|
Sparx the Dragonfly - Sgt. James Byrd - Blink the Mole
|Red (Mecha Form)|
Gnasty Gnorc - Ineptune - Mammoth
|Amp - Aqua - Astor - Bentley the Yeti - Ember - Flame - Fredneck - Freezia - Ice Princess - Lily - Magnus - Mergatroids - Moneybags - Mother Turtle - Mrs. Shoutfire - Otto - Peggy - Phil - Professor - Teena - Titan - Tomas - Trina - Wally - Zoe|
|Dragon Kingdom - Lost Cities - Icy Wilderness - Volcanic Isle|
Dragon Village - Crocovile Swamp - Dragonfly Falls - Coastal Remains - Cloudy Domain - Sunken Ruins - Frostbite Village - Gloomy Glacier - Ice Citadel - Stormy Beach - Molten Mount - Magma Falls - Dark Mine - Red's Lab
|Gnasty's Cave - Watery Tomb - Red's Chamber - Red's Lair|
|Island Speedway - Cloudy Speedway - Iceberg Aerobatics - Lava Palaver|
|Gems - Dark Gems - Light Gems - Dragon Eggs|
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah|
Bianca the Rabbit - Blink the Mole - Tomas
Red - Ice Minion - Fire Minion
|Amp - Aqua - Astor - Bandit - Bears - Bonebuilders - Cho-Lei - Dragons - Ember - Fairies - Flame - Magnus - Moles - Moneybags - Ooga - Rabbits - Sensei - Titan - Trina - Wizards - Zoe|
Dragon Shores - Dragon Dojo - Dragon Village - Wizard Peak - Bear Forest - Cliff Town
Savannah - Tree Tops - Skelos Badlands
Lost Fleet - Moleville
|Dragon Kata - Shadow Realm - Gems - Eggs - Shadowstone - Relics|