|Native Timezone||1969 - 1972|
|Related Characters|| Swinging Tipper (Alternate outfit)|
Kitten Celeste (Girlfriend)
Christine Malone (Co-worker)
Archibald Khallos (Arch-Nemesis)
TimeSplitters Future Perfect
Harry Tipper is one of the few characters of the TimeSplitters series who has reprized his role in all three games. In TimeSplitters 2 and TimeSplitters Future Perfect he attempts to foil the evil plans of his arch-nemesis, Khallos.
Very little about Harry Tipper's backstory has been revealed, but we can assume that he may have been born into a wealthy family. It is unknown if he has any personal motivations for being a detective or his reasons for becoming a spy. He is the joint owner of the Disco known as "The Big Tipper", and always has a wide selection of clothing, both male and female, at hand. In every appearance and attire, Harry sports his shades and his moustache.
|Det. Harry Tipper|
|Gesture||Takes a comb out of his gun holster and combs his hair back while saying "Oh yeah... that's right!"|
Harry appears in the original TimeSplitters in a 1970s cop outfit. This includes a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a blue tie, blue jeans and smart brown shoes. He appears as one of the male protagonists of the game's Story.
Harry Tipper returns in TimeSplitters Future Perfect wearing a white shirt and blue trousers. He wears a belt, brown shoes, a blue vest and his trademark shades and moustache. His attire is set in 1969, his earliest chronological appearance to date.
- Main article: The Russian Connection
When Sergeant Cortez met Harry Tipper, he was spying on Khallos, who was angry at Tipper for ruining his plans for world domination so he kidnapped Harry's girlfriend, Kitten Celeste. Cortez and Tipper worked together to sneak through the defences and managed to evade Khallos's Henchmen. Harry decided to traverse some sewer pipes and rendezvous with Cortez under a water tower. To get past the security cameras at the front gate Harry went to the barracks and stole some henchman uniforms. As he no Henchman outfits that fit, he was stuck wearing a Henchwoman's outfit. Posing as guards while wearing Henchman uniforms, the duo restarted the power inside the base and fought their way to the sub-levels. They were separated when Harry had to rescue some hostages, but both managed to board The Khallos Express and continue their hunt for Khallos.
- Main article: The Khallos Express
|"Woo-hoo! This is the most fun I've had with another guy!"|
— Harry Tipper
Tipper helped Cortez board the train and the two then traveled from car to car searching for Khallos, in the hope of preventing the launch of a nuclear weapon he had stolen from the French and was planning to use to start World War III. They battled two Helicopters and deactivated the missile just before engaging Khallos himself. The two then eventually stopped the train just before it ran over Kitten Celeste, Tipper's girlfriend.
- Main article: Chinese (Story)
In TimeSplitters, Tipper is not acting as a secret agent, but rather as a police officer. If we are to assume that the Tipper in all three games inhabit the same unbroken timeline, this would suggest that something happened that caused a temporary demotion, or there may have been a personal decision to perform a lower echelon job. The 1970 Tipper, however, may occupy a divergent timeline caused by the TimeSplitter War, and may never have been a secret agent at all. In 1970, Detective Tipper raided a Chinese Restaurant, alongside Lieutenant Christine Malone, that is a front for a criminal ring that includes Mister Big. They gathered the gang's files, and escaped.
- Main article: Atom Smasher
Two years later, Harry was once again acting as a secret agent, or so it would appear. Captured by Khallos, he managed to free himself from his prison, saved himself from an almost certain death, and deactivated various explosives around the Atom Smasher base before ensuring that Khallos met his final demise once and for all, or so it seemed. He is aided by his girlfriend, Kitten Celeste, and the two of them escaped together.
- In the mission "The Khallos Express", Harry Tipper throws a henchman off the train and says, "No ticket" as a reference to either Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or the Kevin Smith film Dogma, which had this line as a reference to Last Crusade.
- The Harry Tipper part of the Story Mode features elements from various spy films. Some elements include Tipper's arch-nemesis, Khallos, who is a suitably generic-looking villain, and the ridiculous uniforms which may be a partial reference to the Austin Powers series of films.
- Harry Tipper's voice is radically different in TimeSplitters Future Perfect than when compared to the previous games, in both sound and manner of speaking.
- Interestingly, Cortez asks Tipper "Who are you?" when they meet in Timesplitters 3, despite having inherited Tipper's body in Timesplitters 2 (this had not yet happened in Tipper's timeline, but for Cortez, it had). Cortez also does not appear to recognize Khallos, despite fighting him in Timesplitters 2 (and possibly being captured as well, although it could be that Cortez had not possessed Tipper during the "torture scene" sequence). However, Khallos does look considerably different in Timesplitters Future Perfect, and Cortez can only see him from a distance when he asks, suggesting that Cortez simply did not recognize Khallos. This still does not explain why he had to ask who Tipper was, although Tipper, too, appears slightly different, and Cortez may have simply missed the chance to note what Tipper looked like while he possessed him in the previous game.
- While the game's creators insist that The Russian Connection happened after Atom Smasher, several in-game things contradict. Most obvious is that The Russian Connection is set in 1969 as opposed to 1972 for Atom Smasher; and while Khallos is alive in The Russian Connection and doesn't die in The Khallos Express (at least, his death isn't seen), he is gunned down and his corpse is presumably destroyed in Atom Smasher. So although Atom Smasher clearly happened after the The Russian Connection for Tipper, The Russian Connection in fact happened after Atom Smasher for Cortez, resulting in potential confusion over perspective.
- Despite being one of the chief characters in the series, Tipper's contribution to the TimeSplitter War only amounts to four years. Cortez meets up with Tipper, who is an agent in the story mission 1969 " Russian Connection" and helps lead him all the way onto a train where Khallos is waiting for them. Cortez ends up fighting Khallos, but does not kill him; Khallos's jet pack malfunctions and shoots him into the sky. While this is happening, Khallos yells " I will have my revenge!" Harry Tipper then (for unknown reasons) becomes a police officer in 1970, then back to a secret agent in 1972, where Khallos is (seemingly) finally defeated.
- Dialogue in The Khallos Express reveals that Khallos has been scheming for roughly 20 years, and that he was "foiled every time by that damn Harry Tipper".
- Ben Newman confirmed that in Timesplitters: Future Perfect, there was an idea for alternate costumes for the characters. One of Harry Tipper’s was supposed to be his original ‘sabotage’ inspired New York detective outfit.