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


Overview Edit

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.

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 Edit

Unreal Tournament Edit

"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

Malcom Edit

Main article: Malcolm
Main article: Malcolm
Malcolm's ' character card
UT99-Malcom

Name: Malcolm
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."

Othello Edit

Othello's ' character card
UT99-Othello

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."

Riker Edit

Riker's ' character card
UT99-Riker

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."

Azure Edit

Main article: Azure
Main article: Azure
Azure's ' character card
UT99-Azure

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."

Aryss Edit

Aryss's ' character card
UT99-Aryss

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."

Annaka Edit

Annaka's ' character card
UT99-Annaka

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."

Annaka also appears in the DeathMatch ladder (DM-Turbine). In that match, she is classified as a Demolitions Expert, and her favorite weapon is the Ripper.

"Never send a man to do a woman's job. Annaka is a premier demolitions expert. She masterminded over 20 covert structure hits against the Skaarj in less than a year and advises the NEG 'WetWorks' Board on Amphibious Arms Deployment."
- Character description

Tamika Edit

Tamika's ' character card
UT99-Tamika

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."

Ryanna Edit

Ryanna's ' character card
UT99-Ryanna

Name: Ryanna
Race: Human
Classification: Warrior

"No description available."

Unreal Tournament 2004 Edit

"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 Edit

Main article: Malcolm
Main article: Malcolm
Malcolm's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Malcolm

Name: Malcolm
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash Leader
Birth date: 2261

Accuracy: 96
Agility: 94
Aggresiveness: 96 (UT2003)/73 (UT2004)
Team tactics: 97

"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."

Othello Edit

Othello's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Othello

Name: Othello
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2269

Accuracy: 70
Agility: 79
Aggresiveness: 76
Team tactics: 86
Preferred weapon:

"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."

Jakob Edit

Jakob's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Jakob

Name: Jakob
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2272

Accuracy: 73
Agility: 76
Aggresiveness: 64
Team tactics: 77
Preferred weapon:

"Little is known about Jakob's origins, except that he grew up in the fringe mining worlds along the Centaur Rim."

Taye Edit

Main article: Taye
Main article: Taye
Taye's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Othello

Name: Taye
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2269

"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."

Azure Edit

Main article: Azure
Main article: Azure
Azure's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Azure

Name: Azure
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2264

Accuracy: 74
Agility: 87
Aggresiveness: 64
Team tactics: 84
Preferred weapon:

"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."

Aryss Edit

Aryss's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Aryss

Name: Aryss
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2276

Accuracy: 78
Agility: 83
Aggresiveness: 69
Team tactics: 80
Preferred weapon:

"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."

Riker Edit

Riker's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Riker

Name: Riker
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2272

Accuracy: 75
Agility: 75
Aggresiveness: 70
Team tactics: 75
Preferred weapon:

"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."

Picard Edit

Picard's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Jakob

Name: Picard
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2271

"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."

Annika Edit

Annika's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Annika

Name: Annika
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2275

Accuracy: 84
Agility: 64
Aggresiveness: 67
Team tactics: 72
Preferred weapon:

"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."

Tamika Edit

Tamika's ' character card
!UT2004-ThunderCrash-Tamika

Name: Tamika
Race: Human
Classification: Thunder Crash
Birth date: 2278

Accuracy: 66
Agility: 86
Aggresiveness: 79
Team tactics: 92
Preferred weapon:

"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."

Trivia Edit

  • Malcolm's name is misspelt "Malcom" in Unreal Tournament.
  • 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 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.

Background Continuity Edit

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." This inconsistency is further compounded by having Othello appear in Unreal Tournament 3 as a member of the Ronin with no connection to Thunder Crash.

Gallery Edit

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

External links and references Edit


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See also Edit


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