Crasher Wake debuted in Cream of the Croagunk Crop!, where he met Ash, Dawn, and Brock in front of his Gym, but said that he couldn't battle that day because he was going to be one of the judges of the Pastoria Croagunk Festival. After the festival, Wake said that Ash's Pikachu seemed to be a strong Pokémon, and said he would be happy to battle him the next day.
In A Crasher Course in Power!, Ash defeated Crasher Wake without losing a single Pokémon and earned the Fen Badge.
He also reappeared briefly in flashbacks in DP120 and For the Love of Meowth!.
- His Japanese Leader title is ウォーター ストリーム マスクマン.
- Crasher Wake's use of his prize money to help the disadvantaged is a common cliché in tales of fictional luchadores, inspired by the real-life luchador Fray Tormenta.
- Crasher Wake is a Water-type trainer with a pastime involving fighting, in comparison with Brawly, a Fighting-type trainer with a pastime involving water.
- Despite the game claiming that he uses Defog for Pastoria City, none of the Pokémon he uses in battle can learn it. Though it is possible he has a Pokémon capable of using it he doesn't use in battle, he would not be the only Gym Leader to do so if this was the case, as Fantina has a Drifblim she only uses in Contests and not battles.
- With the release of Pokémon Platinum, the order of three Gym battles in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are now shifted: instead of being fourth, Crasher Wake is now fifth in the line-up.
- Crasher Wake is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader whom Ash defeated without losing any of his own Pokémon during the match.
- Crasher Wake is the only Gym Leader who doesn't present himself with his real name, but rather his stage name.
- In the anime, like some of the characters in the Diamond & Pearl series, he has a catchphrase he uses when calling out a Pokémon. His catchphrase is On the water.