Playback is the Hardy's pet parrot. They confiscated him from Wings' Maletta, a criminal who the Hardys apprehended at around the time of their American Teens Against Crime mission, called Extreme Danger.
- Playback has been known to ruffle his feathers if a hurricane is coming. He did this in the time leading up to Hurricane Joe.
- As most parrots can, Playback has the ability to learn words and repeat them, such as his most famous quote: "Wimps. Wimps. Wimps." which he picked up from Brian Conrad, a local bully at Bayport High School.
- The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #1 Extreme Danger
- The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #2 Running on Fumes
- The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #11 Hurricane Joe
- The Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #7 The Opposite Numbers