|Native Timezone||1969 - 1972|
|Related Characters|| Swinging Tipper (Alternate outfit)|
Kitten Celeste (Girlfriend)
Christine Malone (Co-worker)
Archibald Khallos (Arch-Nemesis)
TimeSplitters Future Perfect
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!"|
TimeSplitters 2 as the lead protagonist of the Atom Smasher story level, alongside his sidekick and girlfriend, Kitten Celeste. He also appears in two arcade league matches, as well as four bot sets. In this installment, Harry wears a blue suit and sports his usual shades and moustache.
TimeSplitters Future Perfect He wears a white shirt, a blue vest with matching trousers, a belt, brown shoes, and his trademark shades and moustache. The story levels in which he appears are set in 1969, his earliest chronological appearance to date. Outside of story mode, he stars in two challenges, and makes an appearance in three bot sets.
- 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 defenses 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. Finding 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 confronting Khallos himself. The two then eventually stopped the train just before it ran over Kitten Celeste.
- Main article: Chinese (Story)
In the original 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 and Lieutenant Christine Malone raided a Chinese restaurant, that served as a front for a criminal ring. 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 TimeSplitters 2, Harry's voice clips are shared with Beetleman, Accountant and a civilian from NeoTokyo.
- He is one of few characters in the series to have more than one voice set to himself.
- He was named after Rare Ltd. facilities manager Allan Tipper.
- In TimeSplitters Future Perfect, Harry Tipper's portion 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.
- At the beginning of The Russian Connection, Tipper informs Cortez that Khallos stole a missile from the French. However, near the end of the next mission, The Khallos Express, Tipper says "A French missile?", hinting he did not know it was French. This is most likely an oversight.
- At the beginning of the story 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.
- 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", hinting that they must both at least be in their 40's.
- Interestingly, Cortez asks Tipper "Who are you?" when they meet in TimeSplitters Future Perfect, 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, though Cortez had only possessed Tipper after 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.
- 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.