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Overview

The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament. The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004. The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict.

Thunder Crash (sometimes written ThunderCrash, and mocked as Thunder Cash) is a team from the Unreal series.

Overview[]

Thunder Crash is a team of human Liandri Grand Tournament competitors with a military theme. Thunder Crash armor is green, sometimes accented with gold, and often features the image of a bird of prey or wings.

Although led by Othello in the original Unreal Tournament, later entries of the franchise have featured Malcolm as their leader. The team is well known throughout the UT series and the only team that is represented consistently by at least one member in every Unreal Tournament and Unreal Championship title.

Thunder Crash is well known throughout the universe, mostly because of their success in the Liandri Grand Tournaments.

In Unreal Tournament 3 it is implied they can be hired, but their services cost a lot, therefore the team is often called "Thunder Cash" behind their backs. It is not known whether Thunder Crash are mercenaries or it's NEG that decides where to send them, taking the money as a bonus. Cast member Othello is not related to the team's own Othello.

During the Corporation wars Thunder Crash forces fought for the New Earth Government in at least one instance. It is not known if they were hired, or are fully owned by the NEG.

Roster[]

If you're looking for the full character roster, including other characters who use the "Marine" costume, you might want to check Thunder Crash/Character cards.

Unreal Tournament[]

"Thunder Crash is the current big city favorite, sporting a calculated balance of strength and style, they always manage to crush the opposition and look good at the same time."
Team description

Retail/GOTY roster[]

Othello's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Othello
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Once a trader for the Curan Financial Commission, Othello became a suicidal pit fighter following the mysterious death of his wife."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Azure's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Azure
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Born in to an extremely rich family, Azure has had the benefit of training from the top fighters of her time. Physical engineering from the best hospitals has enhanced her abilities to the limit of perfection."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Aryss's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Aryss
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"A former hotshot pilot, Aryss found that her skill and agility worked well on the battlefield, earning her a spot on the Thunder Crash team."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Malcom's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Malcom
Race: Human
Classification: Chem Killer



"FenTech's finest creation, Malcom is an engineered warrior enhanced by chemicals. Adrenaline stimulants, synaptic catalysts, and impulse regulators combine to create a superhuman killing machine."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Riker's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Riker
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Riker is a walking fusion of tactics and style. He always tries to find new ways of killing his opponents and has won multiple awards for creative improvisation."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Annaka's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Annaka
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Annaka's sister, a miner, was killed due to incompetent Liandri management in the depths of Vulcana 32. She joined the Thunder Crash to help win the Tournament so she can bring a class action lawsuit against the corporation and make them pay for the death of her sibling."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Tamika's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Tamika
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Tamika's mother left her at an early age and she was raised in a house full of men where she was hardened by years of abuse. Bitter beyond belief, she is a hard combatant with a penchant for obliterating male contestants."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Ryanna's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Ryanna
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"No description needed."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Demo roster[]

Othello's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Othello
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Once a trader for the Cyron Financial Commission, Othello became a suicidal pit fighter following the mysterious death of his wife."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Johnson's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Johnson
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Johnson was hired out of the black market slave trade to serve as bodyguard to the powerful arms smuggler Jihan Nyhn. He is strong and has an extreme amount of endurance."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Malcom's Unreal Tournament character card
UT99-Malcom.png

Name: Malcom
Race: Human
Classification: Chem Killer



"FenTech's finest creation, Malcom is an engineered warrior enhanced by chemicals. Adrenaline stimulants, synaptic catalysts, and impulse regulators combine to create a superhuman killing machine."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Kulgan's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Kulgan
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Kulgan's combat abilities are second only to his presense of character. When he's not trying to seduce the ladies, he'll be in the arena, pulse gun in hand."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Riker's Unreal Tournament character card
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Name: Riker
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior



"Riker is a walking fusion of tactics and style. He always tries to find new ways of killing his opponents and has won multiple awards for creative improvisation."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament.

Unreal Tournament 2004[]

"Following his well publicized break-up with long-time teammates Brock and Lauren, Malcolm has returned to lead his old team, Thunder Crash. Malcolm is currently rehabilitating an injury sustained in last year's championship match, but he is expected to be healthy in time for the Tournament Finals."
Team description

Thunder Crash makes a comeback in UT2004 as one of the three finalist teams, of course, standing in your way to fame and victory. A balance of aggression and speed, the team can be nailed by outright offense. If this team is your opponent in the Finals, them you will have a 1-on-1 grand final match against Malcolm.

Malcolm's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
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Name: Malcolm
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 42 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-100.png 96
Agility: Meter-good-100.png 94
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-75.png 73
Team tactics: Meter-good-100.png 97
Average: 90

"Needs no introduction - most famous veteran of the Tournaments, recognized on every planet. With the typical calm pride of the Earth-born, and strong sense of loyalty, Malcolm is a true survivor and born leader."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Othello's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Othello.jpg

Name: Othello
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 34 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-75.png 70
Agility: Meter-good-81,25.png 79
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-81,25.png 76
Team tactics: Meter-good-87,5.png 86
Average: 77.75
Preferred weapon:
Flak Cannon

"Othello's superior combat abilities were evident at an early age, and he was trained to become a member of the elite ThunderCrash force from the age of nine."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Jakob's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
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Name: Jakob
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 31 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-75.png 73
Agility: Meter-good-81,25.png 76
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-68,75.png 64
Team tactics: Meter-good-81,25.png 77
Average: 72.5
Preferred weapon:
Shock Rifle

"Little is known about Jakob's origins, except that he grew up in the fringe mining worlds along the Centaur Rim."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Taye's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Othello.jpg

Name: Taye
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 34 yrs.


"Othello's twin brother, Taye's superior combat abilities were evident at an early age, and he was trained to become a member of the elite ThunderCrash force from the age of nine."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Azure's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Azure.jpg

Name: Azure
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 39 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-75.png 74
Agility: Meter-good-87,5.png 87
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-68,75.png 64
Team tactics: Meter-good-87,5.png 84
Average: 77.25
Preferred weapon:
Bio Rifle

"Born into an extremely rich family, Azure has had the benefit of training from the top fighters of her time. Physical engineering from the best hospitals has enhanced her abilities to the limit of perfection."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Aryss's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Aryss.jpg

Name: Aryss
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 27 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-81,25.png 78
Agility: Meter-good-87,5.png 83
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-75.png 69
Team tactics: Meter-good-81,25.png 80
Average: 77.5

"A former hot shot pilot, Aryss found that her skill and agility worked well on the battlefield, earning her a spot on the ThunderCrash team."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Riker's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Riker.jpg

Name: Riker
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 31 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-75.png 75
Agility: Meter-good-75.png 75
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-75.png 70
Team tactics: Meter-good-75.png 75
Average: 73.75
Preferred weapon:
Rocket Launcher

"Riker is a walking fusion of tactics and style. He always tries to find new ways of killing his opponents and has won multiple awards for creative improvisation."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Picard's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Jakob.jpg

Name: Picard
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 32 yrs.


"Picard is wanted by the Izanagi corporation for the theft of secret new space fighter designs. His status as a Tournament competitor grants him immunity from arrest."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Annika's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Annika.jpg

Name: Annika
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 28 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-87,5.png 84
Agility: Meter-good-68,75.png 64
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-68,75.png 67
Team tactics: Meter-good-75.png 72
Average: 71.75
Preferred weapon:
Lightning Gun

"Annika's sister, a miner, was killed due to incompetent Liandri management in the depths of Vulcana 32. She joined the ThunderCrash to help win the Tournament so she can bring a class action lawsuit against the corporation and make them pay for the death of her sibling."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Tamika's Unreal Tournament 2004 character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Tamika.jpg

Name: Tamika
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Age: 25 yrs.

Accuracy: Meter-good-68,75.png 66
Agility: Meter-good-87,5.png 86
Aggresiveness: Meter-good-81,25.png 79
Team tactics: Meter-good-93,75.png 92
Average: 80.75
Preferred weapon:
Rocket Launcher

"Tamika's mother left her at an early age and she was raised in a house full of men where she was hardened by years of abuse. Bitter beyond belief, she is a hard combatant with a penchant for obliterating male contestants."
The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

Trivia[]

  • Malcolm's name is misspelt "Malcom" only in the PC version of Unreal Tournament. In the console versions, where he's also a playable character, his name is well-written, and this is also true for the rest of his appearances.
  • Annaka is called Annika in Unreal Tournament 2004.
  • Jakob is apparently a convict, due to the barcode on his forehead with the numbers "021136".
  • Despite being part of a Godlike team, Jakob is a playable character in the single player mode of Unreal Tournament 2004. In fact, one of the early plans for the future Unreal Tournament 3 was the appearance of a team called "Jakob's Team".
  • In Unreal Tournament 2004, albeit reformed, this team is the only returning team from the first Tournament game, alongside Iron Guard and Iron Skull.
  • It is worth notice that the team retains most of it's veteran members, unlike other organic teams in UT2004.
  • In UT2004, Thunder Crash is one of the three Godlike enemy teams, the other two being Iron Skull Skaarj and The Corrupt.
  • Tamika and Jakob appear alongside Dominator, on the box art of UT2004 standard package.
  • Unreal Tournament 3 reveals that the team has a nickname, "Thunder Cash". This is referenced when Reaper meets Malcolm in the introduction of With Caesar's Coin.
  • Riker and Picard may have been named after William Riker and Jean-Luc Picard, from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • The post-game ladders of Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict mention that Malcolm reformed Thunder Crash alongside Lauren (mentioned in her ladder as one of the founders of the team), Sapphire (who, in her ladder, formed her own team, which was disbanded due to low ratings and non-appeal, only to get a tryout at the 'Crash) and Anubis (as part of his deal with the Liandri Mining Corporation). There's also a "Thunder Crash B" team, whose only known member is Szalor.
  • In Unreal Tournament, there is a bot named "Tamerlane" which is modeled like Riker. This bot is one of the most deadly bots that the player can encounter in custom matches, as he has 95% accuracy and very aggressive playing style.

Background Continuity[]

Backstories for members of the Thunder Crash team vary based on the title. It is unknown whether characters present in Unreal Tournament are intended to correspond exactly to same-named characters in later titles.

For example, the Unreal Tournament backstory for Othello, indicating he is an "ex-trader for the Curan Financial Commision" apparently contradicts the backstory presented in Unreal Tournament 2004 where it is indicated he was "trained [for Thunder Crash] from the age of nine."

Gallery[]

If you're looking for the pictures and artwork regarding Malcolm, you might want to check Malcolm.

External links and references[]

See also[]


Unreal Tournament teams
Thunder CrashIron GuardNecris Black LegionDark PhalanxBlood ReaversRaw SteelVenomIron SkullRed ClawThe Corrupt
Unreal Tournament 2004 teams
Black LegionBlood FistFire StormHellionsIron GuardSuper NovaIron SkullJuggernautsGoliathSun BladeThe CorruptThunder Crash
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