|Missions||Welcome to Bullworth|
Go See The Principal
|Voice Actor||Ralph Gunderman|
- "Remember, you will have a clean nose, so keep it clean, or we'll clean it for you."
- — Dr. Crabblesnitch
Dr. Crabblesnitch, whose first name is Ralph, is a very stern looking man, apparently in his late 50s. He has brown hair that is well into the process of graying, a perpetual 5 o'clock shadow, and a cleft chin. He wears a brown suit many years out of style, and adds a fedora hat to it in the wintertime.
During development, Crabblesnitch was originally intended as the main antagonist of the game; a corrupt, authoritarian and abusive headmaster. However, by the game's release in 2006, was switched to Gary Smith as an antagonist and Crabblesnitch became an oblivious, rather than malignant, authority figure.
In an early article, he was described as having attended Bullworth as a child. He served as a prefect and upon graduating, became the history teacher. When his predecessor died or retired, the school board selected Crabblesnitch as the new headmaster. His private residence is described as being quite spartan and having contributed to his outlook on life. Crabblesnitch's background was not addressed in the final game.
He was described as taking great enjoyment from keeping permanent records of students on hand, and reciting from them when the students were sent to his office as punishment. This particular trait stuck with him into the final version of the game.
It has been implied from student gossip and in the cutscenes that Dr. Crabblesnitch is in a secret relationship with Miss Danvers somewhat akin to the relationship of Mr. Galloway and Ms. Philips, or at the very least they appear to be fond of each other.
A townsfolk claims the only reason he keeps Mr. Burton in a job is because Mr. Burton has something over him.
In a few early gameplay pictures, Crabblesnitch was seen roaming the campus.
Dr. Crabblesnitch's first name, Ralph, is given in the manual included with the NTSC version of the PS2 edition of the game. The manual starts with a letter from Dr. Crabblesnitch to the player, and he signs the letter as Dr. Ralph Crabblesnitch.
Crabblesnitch believes that "fixing" problem children is his calling in life. He is self-righteous, pompous and condescending to students, and keeps extensive permanent records of all their misbehavior, both minor and major. However, he is oblivious to some of the goings on in the school. He refers to bullying as "old spirit", ridiculing the idea that it is a problem. It is also insinuated that he isn't above giving concessions to people who donate to the academy.
Despite his negative traits, Dr. Crabblesnitch does seem to be at heart a decent person. When confronted with undeniable evidence of wrongdoing from his faculty members, he does not hesitate in firing them. Crabblesnitch sends Mr. Burton, Mr. Hattrick and Gary Smith out the door, and sees to the reinstatement of Jimmy Hopkins and Zoe Taylor into Bullworth after they were railroaded and falsely accused.
Role in game
Dr. Crabblesnitch plays a limited role throughout the game but first appears in the mission Welcome to Bullworth, warning Jimmy to keep his nose clean. He claims Jimmy is making himself a nuisance in The Setup. Throughout most of the game he remains closed in his office, only speaking on those occasions Jimmy gets sent to see him after being caught by the Prefects, and once at the beginning of Chapter 2 following Jimmy's fight with Russell, when he tells Jimmy to stop being a pugilist.
Crabblesnitch continues to give Jimmy this reminder, until he expels him for spraying graffiti onto the town hall. However, when he realizes that Gary, not Jimmy, was the cause of all the trouble, he finds Jimmy's mission to bring order to the school admirable and calls him a 'lone wolf'. He reinstates Jimmy and expels Gary. Crabblesnitch later appoints Pete Kowalski as head boy, despite not knowing who he is, and he refers to Algie as the least popular student in the school.
The first time Jimmy is busted (assuming he is not sent to class or his dorm), he is referred to Crabblesnitch and given a warning. About every third time after that, he will be given a lecture and sent to Seth Kolbe, the punishment prefect, for a detention.
Mrs. Lisburn occasionally states she used to babysit Dr. Crabblesnitch and how he used to wet the bed a lot.
There was originally a mission where Jimmy would place Dr. Crabblesnitch's paddle inside Damon's bag, take a picture of it, and show Dr. Crabblesnitch to get him in trouble.
- During the mission Hattrick vs. Galloway, he can be seen following Mr. Hattrick around the Main School Building. He can't be greeted but he can be taunted, wedgied, or shoved, although he can be punched and hit with projectiles. He is an authority figure and able to bust Jimmy.
- A grey plaque of Crabblesnitch's character artwork can be found behind his desk in his office. His appearance in it is much uglier, with a prominently large nose, hawkish frown, and thinner hair.
- Dr. Crabblesnitch's first name was likely picked as a reference to his voice actor, Ralph Gunderman. According to a beta version, his first name was Thaddeus.
Meeting Dr. Crabblesnitch in Free Roam
- Play the mission "Hattrick vs. Galloway". As the cutscene ends, head to the trophy cabinet, then you can see Dr. Crabblesnitch talking to Mr. Hattrick, the only way to interact with him is to taunt, shove or attack him. Since he is an authority figure, he will attempt to bust you if your Trouble Meter is at a full 1/3rd or higher. Although this isn't technically free roam, it's the only time his character model can be seen roaming around.
- Meet Crabblesnitch, Bully Nemesis - early Bully article at IGN.com