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Crazy Ivan
RA2 Crazy Ivan
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Union

Role

Demolition specialist

Armament

Dynamite
Knives (concept art only)

Protection

Light

Tier

2

Tech level

5

Properties
Hit points

125

Armour type

N/A

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$600

Build time

0:24

Produced by

Soviet barracks

Requires

Radar Tower

Combat
Ground attack
  • 400 (600 when elite) (IvanBomb)
  • 200 (600 in RA2) (IFV) (CRNUKEWH)
Cooldown
Speed
4
Attack range
Sight range

6

Function
Abilities

Uncrushable
Explodes violently upon death

Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing

Don't play with matches!
- Crazy Ivan
RA2 Crazy Ivan Icons

"Crazy Ivan" is a code-name given to various male Soviet demolition experts employed during the first and second iterations of the Third World War. Given an unlimited amount of explosives to work with, they can cause considerable destruction if they get close enough to strap bombs to their targets.

Judging by the concept art, "Crazy Ivan" operatives were also adept melee fighters.

Background

Happy birthday!
- Crazy Ivan "congratulating" with a bomb

These skilled, obsessed and insane bombers were shown to have quite a liberal attitude to their art, and they are able to strap bombs to nearly anything: they were seen strapping bombs to enemies, strapping them to their own soldiers (presumably so the soldier could charge forward into the enemy lines when the bomb goes off), and they were even seen putting bombs on passing cows. They apparently gained immense pleasure from the sound of an explosion.

During the second iteration of the Third World War, the bombs entrusted to these psychopaths were improved enough to destroy war factories and ore refineries, making them much more valuable.

Crazy Ivans were not known to be employed during War of the Three Powers. Presumably, the Soviet leadership considered them too dangerous.

Carville's assassination

Crazy Ivan kill Carville

A Crazy Ivan sent to assassinate General Carville

General Ben Carville had just finished briefing the Allied Commander before he was sent to the Black Forest in Germany. As he opened the door of his quarters, an assassin was waiting for him with some explosives hidden under his trenchcoat. Carville was unfortunately unaware of the assassin as he said a final goodbye in German as he was killed by the explosion.

Usage

Crazy Ivans are willing to strap a bomb to anything, including their own forces. Russian commanders with large sums of cash can use attack dogs produced in massive numbers as suicide bombers - once close to a base, Crazy Ivans could place bombs on about 1-3 attack dogs and send the dogs to rush the target. Dogs without explosives can be used for cover. Make sure there are plenty of reinforcement dogs to replace dogs used.

They can also demolish bridges in a similar fashion to that of the Navy SEALs. The only unit type that they prefer to keep undamaged are transports. Flak tracks are the best solution for quickly transporting Crazy Ivans across the battlefield, best accompanied by other vehicles. Additionally, when packed into Allied IFVs, they would turn them into miniature demolition trucks.

However, Crazy Ivans had a major disadvantage. As far as technology goes, the Allied Command always issued the latest weapons to their forces, including explosives. While Tanya and Navy SEALs were equipped with C4 explosives, the Soviets still issued the older trinitrotoluene (TNT)-based weapons to the Ivan. In the field, this meant that, unlike the C4 used by the Allies, which exploded instantly and guaranteed the total destruction of the targeted building, TNT took much more time to explode and heavily armoured buildings and units could withstand the explosion, requiring another TNT charge or a conventional attack to finish off.

Counters

I lost a bomb... do you have it?
- Crazy Ivan "misplacing" one of his devices

The best defense against Crazy Ivans is to ensure that all entrances to a base are guarded (to prevent them from sneaking into the base). Pill boxes are a cheap solution for this, as they can gun down Crazy Ivans before they get close enough to do any damage. Engineers can defuse their bombs.

As their weapons are only effective at melee-range, any unit with anti-personnel weapons can easily shoot them down (and watch them explode in a spectacular manner) before they got too close.

Assessment

Pros

  • Highly destructive against buildings
  • Able to strap bombs to literally anything
  • Can instantly destroy bridges
  • Can bypass defenses by blowing up walls
  • Very effective at harassing Allied Chrono Miners, because even if they teleport back to their refinery, the bomb will not be removed unlike terror drones
  • Explodes when killed as a last resort suicide unit

Cons

  • Very poorly armoured
  • Anti-infantry weaponry can eliminate Crazy Ivans before they get close enough to do any damage
  • Must plant the bomb at close range
  • Engineers can defuse their bombs
  • Unlike Allied Chrono Miners, Slave miners and rogue Soviet War miners can gun them down before they plant bombs
  • Cannot target aircraft
  • Causes friendly fire through both bombs and own explosive death
  • Unlike the C4 used by the Allies, the TNT takes a while to explode and does not immediately destroy the building or unit it is attached to

Quotes

Yaah!
- When selected
It's too quiet here
- When selected
KA-BOOM!
- When selected
Yaah? What's that?
- When selected
Ivan's not home!
- When selected
I'm going
- When moving
Heh-heh-heh
- When moving
Ha-ha-ha
- When moving
What's over here?
- When moving
(unintelligible grumbling)
- When moving
Happy birthday!
- When ordered to attack
Here, hold this
- When ordered to attack
I lost a bomb... Do you have it?
- When ordered to attack
Don't play with matches!
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

See also

Behind the scenes

The Crazy Ivan is voiced by Neil Ross, who also voiced the Kirov airship and British taunts in multiplayer.

Trivia

  • Crazy Ivan itself is a naval designation referring to a particular submarine maneuver. As Red Alert is a parody of the Cold War, it is likely the developers appropriated the phrase to suit their needs.
  • There is some debate as to whether a Crazy Ivan or terrorist was responsible for assassinating General Carville during the Third World War; the assassin detonated explosives attached to himself, which supports the Cuban terrorist theory. However, Lieutenant Eva identifies the attacker, and their use elsewhere, as Crazy Ivans.
  • Whenever a Crazy Ivan is killed, he will violently explode leaving a skull-shaped cloud behind. The unit's own death animation consists in its body parts scattered through the area, a somewhat gory and violent death animation for Red Alert 2.
  • Their physical appearance later inspired the design for the Fanatics in Tiberium Wars.
  • As of version 3.0, the mod Mental Omega redesigned the Crazy Ivan to more closely resemble the Cuban terrorist, in appearance and movement speed, and was also made amphibious.
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