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In the quiet PortTown of Scuttle Town, in the far-off MagicalLand known as Sequin Land, a {{cute|MonsterGirl}} purple-haired half-genie with magical dancing powers at her disposal fights off evil. Released in 2002 near the extreme end of the GameBoyColor's lifespan, ''Shantae'' is Creator/WayForwardTechnologies' love letter to the {{Metroidvania}} genre. The series stars the eponymous Shantae, a sassy half-genie who works as the guardian of the town of Scuttle Town. Her arsenal? Her PrehensileHair and her [[DanceBattler magical belly-dancing]]. Seriously.

There are currently two games in the series, with two more coming in the future (one for 3DS and one for... well, everything else).

* ''Shantae'': One day, the evil pirate captain Risky Boots raids Scuttle Town with her army of [[{{Mooks}} Tinkerbats]] and steals the Steam Engine, one of the creations of Shantae's GadgeteerGenius Uncle Mimic. With it, she plans to build an enormous machine with which she can use to take over the world--but in order to do so, she needs the [[MacGuffin Four Elemental Stones]]. It's up to Shantae to track them down before she does. The game is available on the Nintendo3DS Virtual Console.
* A sequel called ''Shantae: Risky's Revenge'' was released on Nintendo's [=DSiWare=] service for the {{Nintendo DS}}i on October 4, 2010. This time around, Risky has her sights set on a magic lamp recently unearthed by Mimic. Despite failing to prevent its theft and getting fired as the town's guardian genie, Shantae vows to recover the magic seals on the lamp and prevent Risky from using it herself.([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyJlQp-BjYk&feature=popt14us0f Trailer here]], [[http://www.ign.com/videos/2010/09/28/shantae-riskys-revenge-soundtrack-video?objectid=32321 soundtrack trailer here]]) In early September 2011, [[Creator/WayForwardTechnologies WayForward]] released a teaser e-mail implying that a Shantae title would soon be released on [[IOSGames iOS devices]], which was later revealed to be a port of Risky's Revenge. A Steam release of ''Risky's Revenge'' for PC has been greenlit, but as of yet has no release date. [[http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=94588574 here]].
* ''Shantae and the Pirate's Curse'', a [[http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=189769 direct sequel]] set for a "sometime between now and June" release date, starts off with Shantae adjusting to her new lifestyle when Risky reappears. Due to the events of ''Risky's Revenge'', 30 of Risky's Tinkerbats have gained magical powers, overthrew Risky and plan to resurrect her former mentor, the Pirate Master. As per usual in situations like this, Shantae and Risky must [[EnemyMine join forces]] and defeat the Tinkerbats to prevent this from happening. An InternationalCoProduction with Inti Creates. Currently stuck in DevelopmentHell.
* ''[[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero?ref=live Shantae: Half-Genie Hero]]'', a brand new HD installment in the series, which is being funded via Kickstarter. It is set to be released on all [[WiiU major]] [[PlayStation4 home]] [[XboxOne consoles]] of the eighth generation, as well as PC (through Steam), PlayStation3, PlayStationVita, and {{Xbox 360}}. Like ''Pirate's Curse'', it's being co-developed by Inti Creates.

Now has [[Awesome/{{Shantae}} Awesome]], [[AwesomeMusic/{{Shantae}} Awesome Music]], [[Heartwarming/{{Shantae}} Heartwarming]], [[Funny/{{Shantae}} Funny]], [[Tearjerker/{{Shantae}} Tearjerker]], [[NightmareFuel/{{Shantae}} Nightmare Fuel]], and [[Characters/{{Shantae}} Characters]] pages in progress.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The water dungeon, Dribble Fountain, definitely has elements of this.
* ActionGirl: Shantae herself, natch.
* AirVentPassageway: In the final dungeon of the first game.
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: When describing the Dribble Fountain boss to her uncle in her CharacterBlog.
--> '''Shantae:''' [[https://twitter.com/Shantae_WF/status/25729737875 I had to fight a huge slimy tentacle monster like in your anime shows. Oh so gross!]]
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Played straight. The aren't just part of the scenery -- you'll take damage if you touch them.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: {{Gender inverted|Trope}} with Bolo, who despite being Shantae's friend, will actively help her {{Archenemy}} Risky Boots.
* AllMenArePerverts: Subverted/Parodied by an NPC at the Zombie Caravan:
-->"All Zombie Guys are pigs, they only like girls for their brains!"
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The first game begins with Risky attacking Shantae's lighthouse and Scuttle Town. [[spoiler:She gets the Tinkerbats to fix her lighthouse at the end]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown / DependingOnTheArtist: Shantae's skin tone has not been consistent but she's noticeably paler in the pre-release material for Half Genie Hero. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDQUa_96N7E&t=1h46m10s Matt Bozon explained in an interview]] that [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=80691113&postcount=722 this was a mistake caused by the lighting engine they're using]], which was easier to tinker around with if the base color of the test character was light, and was never intended to be part of the final image. Alas, the uncolored test model was what the initial pre-release material based their art on, leading to a pale Shantae. Wayforward have confirmed they will fix this based on fan feedback and later pre-release images has her AmbiguouslyBrown again.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Well, aside from a palette-glitching trick that causes [=NPCs=] to turn funny colors, Risky Boots is almost as purple as Shantae's hair.
** Rottytops has green skin, because she's a zombie.
* {{Animesque}}: The games' style is interestingly eclectic -- like sticking Japanese characters into Disney's version of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* {{Animorphism}}: Shantae can turn into animals in order to access new areas.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: Risky Boots gets her own story in ''Half-Genie Hero''. One of the stretch goals would have given Rottytops, Bolo, and Sky their own story modes too.
* ArtShift: Half Genie Hero has a cuter artstyle where everyone has larger heads and shorter necks possible due to GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed.
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler: The Magic Lamp can enslave any genie and force them to become a classic, wish granting genie to whoever holds the lamp, making the genie do anything they want. Shantae was only a ''half''-Genie, so the lamp extracted said half and tried to kill her.]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end of the first game, [[spoiler:Shantae is invited to the Genie Realm to become a full Genie. However, as this would mean leaving her adopted family and friends forever, [[RefusingParadise she refuses]]]].
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Your ChargedAttack, while very powerful, takes a long time to charge and is difficult to control.
** Also, Storm Puffs. Lots of power, but a bit long of a start-up time.
* BackgroundBoss: The boss of the Golem Mines.
* {{Badass}}: Shantae, killing armies of pirates, demons and undead with her hair since 2002.
** BadassNormal: [[spoiler:She loses her powers at the end of ''Risky's Revenge'' and in ''Pirate's Curse'' has to rely on pirate equipment.]]
* BagOfSpilling: It's not explained where Shantae's equipment, items or health went between the first two games, but her lack of transformation dances is justified by her being out of practice.
* BareYourMidriff: Every single one of the major female characters is young and cute enough to get away with this. Even some of the female ''mooks'' get into it.
* [[spoiler:BattleshipRaid: The enormous mechanical Tinkertank near the end of the first game.]]
* BeefGate: Going immediately West of Scuttle Town in the beginning of the game will send you headlong into the game's naga enemies--who all have a ton of health, fairly quick movements, and a homing [[MakeMeWannaShout screech attack]] that can kill you dead even from a distance. Since Shantae's main attack never gets stronger, you'll want to stock up on items, get a few Heart Holders, and maybe pick up some Fighter's Equipment before blazing into them. (If you make it past using either brute force or Vanish Cream, you'll find a typical BrokenBridge in the form of a monkey-climbing wall.)
* BellyDancer: This is actually how Shantae casts spells.
* BettingMiniGame: The lizard races.
* BewareMyStingerTail: The scorpion people in the desert outside Oasis Town in the first game. The female variant just swipes at you when you come close, but the males will jab their stinger through the ground to hit you from farther away.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Sky, a falconer, trains these. Her favorite bird is Wrench ([[MeaningFulName who can act as a wrench]]). He was at an absurd size in the GBA demo.
* BigBoosHaunt: The third dungeon, full of zombies and creepy-crawlies.
* BitchInSheepsClothing:
** [[spoiler: Rottytops. Subverted at the last second.]]
** [[spoiler:Ammo Baron, judging by the information about the upcoming third game, ''Pirate's Curse''. In ''Risky's Revenge'', he's TheUnfought on account of being a pretty nice guy behind that boisterous attitude. In ''Pirate's Curse'', he's a recurring antagonist who tries to conquer Scuttle Town by force with an army of tanks.]]
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: There are a few upside-down pyramids floating in the skies above the desert, [[spoiler:one of which is the legendary Spy Scope, which you need to find in order to enter the final dungeon]].
* BlobMonster: A MiniBoss in the Dribble Fountain labyrinth. The Mud Bog is also filled with various monsters of this type. In the second game ''Risky's Revenge'' there are small green slimes that [[ReverseShrapnel spew bits of themselves]] as an attack.
* BondVillainStupidity: Near the end of the first game, Risky manages to get Shantae [[BoundAndGagged tied up and totally helpless]], but [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim leaves her behind unscathed and unsupervised]], allowing Shantae to break free from the ropes in about four seconds after Risky leaves.
** Later, Risky also decides to have Shantae be destroyed by the Tinkertank in what she thinks would be a HopelessBossFight. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for her, the Tinkerbats hadn't finished installing weapons or a defense system on the tank, resulting in a very easy PuzzleBoss and all her plans for world domination going up in smoke.]]
* BookEnds: ''Risky's Revenge'' begins and ends with a pan of the sky above Shantae's lighthouse.
* BossArenaIdiocy: The Cackle Mound boss in the first game, who fights in a room filled with {{Pit Trap}}s [[spoiler:that you could activate by using the Spider form on the switches on the wall]].
* BottomlessPits: ''All. Frigging. Over.'' Interestingly, the Float Muffin item actually renders them harmless to you for a short period of time--and you actually ''need'' to use it in one place to cross a long, un-jumpable Bottomless Pit to reach a HeartContainer. In ''Risky's Revenge'', they conveniently emit skulls with crossbones.
* BottomlessPitRescueService: Float Muffins, mentioned above.
* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler:When Risky steals the Relics, she ties Shantae up as she takes them. It's not very effective, as Shantae gets loose a little after Risky leaves.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Shantae questions how the [[spoiler:Squid Baron]] returns with the following statement:
--> "And besides, didn't you die in a giant 'Stage Clear!' explosion?"
* BrokenBridge: In Risky's Revenge, golems are scattered in various parts of the world, preventing Shantae from entering those areas until she learns the Elephant Dance.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Shantae, at the end of ''Risky's Revenge'', where she beats the hell out of her magic-half in order to prevent Risky from using it. She doesn't get better...[[CliffHanger yet.]]]]
** ''Pirate's Curse'' begins [[spoiler:in the aftermath of ''Risky's Revenge'' and Shantae's powers are still nullified, forcing her to learn how to fight like a pirate from Risky when a mutual threat rears its head.]]
*** [[https://twitter.com/WayForward/status/443461664726208512 Based on what we know from their official Twitter]] [[spoiler:her powers will be returned by the end of ''Pirate's Curse''.]]
* BubbleGun: Shantae's Mermaid transformation can attack like this.
* ButThouMust: At the end of ''Risky's Revenge,'' you're given the choice of whether or not to trade the magic seals for [[spoiler:Uncle Mimic]]. Saying no makes Shantae announce that she doesn't have a choice, and she hands the seals over anyway.
* ChainMailBikini: [[http://i.imgur.com/G3JoABV.png New outfit present in Risky's Revenge is very much this, though as a dancer outfit the armour is mostly aesthetic. But it's still skimpy enough compared to her regular outfit to only provide half the defensive coverage (though offers twice as much magic).]]
* ChainReactionDestruction: That happens to the Squid Baron in ''Risky's Revenge'' when he's defeated.
* TheCameo:
** Shantae in her monkey form made one in a ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' minigame.
** For those who backed with pledges over $12 on Kickstarter will get a code and The Drifter from ''VideoGame/HyperLightDrifter'' will make a cameo in ''Half-Genie Hero'' in Risky Mode to give her a quest. In exchange, backers of ''Hyper Light Drifter'' will get a Risky cameo and sidequest in that game.
* CharacterTitle[=/=]ProtagonistTitle
* ChargedAttack: The Fighter's Cuff allows you to perform one of these.
* TheChick: Keeping with the game's whole "girl power" theme, [[TheOneGuy Bolo]] serves as this.
* ChickenWalker: Risky's Steam Powered Oceanic Tinker Tub in ''Risky's Revenge''.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Anyone with enough money, Genie or otherwise can just buy the Fighter's equipment from Water Town and [[InstantExpert immediately become a martial arts master]].
* ClowncarGrave: Zombies endlessly spawn from the ground in the Swamp area.
* CollectionSidequest: Shantae can collect Fireflies in the first game hidden all over the world, unlocking a secret dance once she catches all 15 of them.
* CollisionDamage
* ContinuityNod: Guess they never got around to fixing the bridge to Shantae's lighthouse that Risky shot full of holes in the first game.
* CoolShip: Risky's Steam Powered Oceanic Tinker Tub.
* {{Cosplay}}: An NPC boy says his mom dressed up as Risky for his dad. *wink*
* CreepyCemetery: The first game had one to the right of the swamp containing the [[BigBoosHaunt Cackle Mound]], complete with ghosts haunting the gravestones and the surrounding trees.
* CuteMonsterGirl: For starters, there's Shantae herself, including some of her alternate forms. Then there's people like Rottytops and other members of the Zombie Caravan. Also quite a few female {{Mook}}s, like the Nagas and the Archers... Basically, {{Cute Monster Girl}}s are kinda all over the place.
* CutsceneIncompetence: Sometimes Shantae just stands there during cutscenes.
* {{Cyclops}}: The Ammo Baron.
* DarkActionGirl: Risky Boots, Shantae's archnemesis.
* DashAttack: The Elephant transformation can do this to destroy obstacles and enemies.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Dying sends you back to the beginning of a room, while getting a Game Over sends you back to the last save point. All of your items and progress are saved, so the only penalty is time lost walking back to the last area. If you die transformed, you'll even stay in the same animal form. This only applies to the first game.
* DeathMountain: Oddly, lava-free.
* DeletedScene: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8JFp0lGY1A That's what WayForward calls it, but you can tell it's just for fun.]]
* DirectionallySolidPlatforms
* DoomedHometown: Half of Scuttle Town is set on fire by marauding pirates in the first stage of the game. Risky attacks specifically because Mimic and, more importantly, his Steam Engine are both located there. Subverted because the town recovers quickly.
* DragonRider: The boss of the Twinkle Palace.
* EasterEgg: The Tinkerbat transformation, which is only available if you play the game on a Gameboy Advance.
** DummiedOut: In the Virtual Console release. That is if you know how to access Debug Mode.
* EatTheDog: Rotty. But Shantae saves the dog to be returned to her owner in a quest.
* EnemyMine: Shantae and Risky in ''Pirate's Curse''.
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler: The last boss in the second game.]]
* EpicFlail: Bolo's weapon.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The first spell you get turns Shantae into a monkey.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods:
** Warp Squids and Warp Squid-like objects are common finds in Sequin Land.
** The sequel has the Squid Baron. [[spoiler: He has a HeelFaceTurn and will help you in exchange for finding his golden babies.]]
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler: Rottytops and her brothers kidnapped Mimic in exchange for cash, the chance to eat Shantae's brain and a lifetime supply of coffee, though that last bit is not as petty as it seems; zombies in this continuity can only retain their cognitive brain functions by drinking coffee. Still doesn't excuse Rotty selling out her best friend, though.]]
* EvilLaugh: The "Ho ho ho!" Risky lets out whenever she does something dastardly doesn't sound like most villains' Evil Laughs, but it still qualifies.
* ExplodingBarrels: The boss battles against Risky's ship would be a lot harder if she didn't put these [[AttackItsWeakPoint within hair whipping distance]].
* ExposedToTheElements: Characters won't fear cold despite being rather inappropriately dressed in icy places.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Rottytops and her brothers, for a ridiculous reason (Shantae's brains and lifetime supply of coffee). They are visibly regretful when Risky refuses to pay up.]]
* FakeDifficulty: There's plenty of it in the first game. The most obvious example being the enemies in the first real area that love to jump out of the ground directly below you, damaging you. There is absolutely no way to avoid it aside from never being close to the ground, which happens to be impossible until very late in the game. Some enemies like to use homing shockwave attacks before you can see them. Due to how little of the surrounding area the game shows, since the sprites are so big, there are a lot of [[LeapOfFaith Leaps of Faith]]. Some enemies hover just above where you can see them, so if you're unlucky and jump near them, you get an unavoidable hit. Sometimes it's impossible to tell where you can land, meaning you can hit enemies or other, instant death-inducing, hazards. Averted in ''Risky's Revenge'', which even shows you which holes that are harmful.
* FetchQuest: Finding baby squids and coffee.
* FirstTown: Scuttle Town.
* FlashOfPain: Some enemies and bosses do that when hit, others don't. In ''Risky's Revenge'', all the enemies flash.
* FriendlyEnemy: [[spoiler: The Barons in the second game. The Squid Baron was fighting because its children were being held hostage. The Ammo Baron is never fought, and the Mayor says he'll just talk with him to reclaim the deed to the town. The third Baron may have been actively trying to warn and help Shantae.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: And how!
* [[GameOverMan Game Over Woman]]: Risky shows up on the GameOver screen in the first and second games.
* GenreSavvy: In ''Risky's Revenge'' Shantae was expecting Risky to show up and swipe the Magic Seals like last time.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Barracuda Joe mentions he got his job by doing a saucy dance.
** This risque comment from Risky, after swiping the lamp:
-->'''Risky Boots:''' "Now hoist my booty into the air, and put your back into it."
* {{Gainaxing}}: It actually really shows off both games' gorgeous animation, especially considering the limits of the Game Boy Color. Shantae will even adjust her top if you stand idle for a while in ''Risky's Revenge''.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Humanoid crustaceans serve as {{Elite Mook}}s in the Dribble Fountain labyrinth.
* GiantSpider: Shantae herself after gaining the Spider transformation in the first game.
* GogglesDoNothing: Uncle Mimic.
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: Happened in [[https://twitter.com/Shantae_WF/status/25510214821 her Twitter posts]]. [[spoiler:Turns out, [[DumbMuscle Bolo]] [[https://twitter.com/Shantae_WF/status/25523369088 buried them]] after taking one look at her EmptyPilesOfClothing and thinking that she melted]].
* TheGoomba: Tinkerbat pirates and their variations are pretty easy to defeat. Lampshaded in the manual which describes them as pretty lousy pirates. Surprisingly however the Easter Egg Tinkerbat transformation is extremely powerful and versatile.
* GoombaStomp: The DragonRider boss is vulnerable to this, in a sky battle reminiscent of ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}''.
* GreenHillZone: The areas outside Scuttle Town--at least, toward the east. Toward the West, and it's more of a DeathMountain.
* GroundPound: The Elephant transformation gains one of these if you hunt out its super attack.
* GuideDangIt: It is a Metroidvania, after all, but it's moreso needed for the plethora of items you are looking for to get 100% rather than a complex labyrinth maze you need to navigate.
* HailfirePeaks: The third dungeon, part BigBoosHaunt and part TempleOfDoom.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Shantae is half-human, half-genie. And all adorable!
* HappilyAdopted: Shantae and her beloved Uncle Mimic.
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: Boss battles in the games are often simple affairs save for the FinalBoss, in contrast to the levels that are filled with painful enemies and tricky jumps over pits and spikes.
* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: A transformation in the first game.
* HeartContainer: Heart ''Holders,'' actually.
* HeelFaceTurn: One of the bosses in ''Risky's Revenge'' does that.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: In ''Risky's Revenge'', enraged over Shantae's failure to stop the lamp heist, Mayor Scuttlebutt not only fires her from the guardian job, but starts up an aggressive public smear campaign against her.
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Every time something bad happens that Shantae was unable to prevent, she beats herself up over it because she thinks her Half-Genie powers are no good for protecting anyone.
* HiddenElfVillage: The Zombie Caravan, which is... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pretty much exactly what it sounds like.]]
* HollywoodNight: Although this one is purple, instead of blue.
* HostageForMacGuffin: Risky captures [[spoiler: Uncle Mimic]] and wagers his life for the three Magic Seals.
* HotWind: Seems that even the wind likes Sky.
* HubLevel: Scuttle Town in ''Risky's Revenge''.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Inverted. Shantae's mommy was a genie and her daddy was human.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Most of the females.
* IdleAnimation: In Shantae Advance demo videos, she would re-tie her waist and adjust her top. In ''Risky's Revenge'', she adjusts her top in a different way.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: They're present in ''Risky's Revenge'' and for some reason no one has opened them yet.
* InterchangeableAntimatterKeys: In dungeons.
* InterfaceSpoiler: The sequel averts this by having spots on your inventory screen simply not exist until you have the item that goes there. The original, however, played it straight: It was pretty obvious from the start there were twelve items, four dungeons, and four other things. The dance screen also shows you all the transformations and towns ahead of time.
* InUniverseGameClock: Monsters ramp up the cheap in the night, and towns change. This is dropped in the sequel.
* IslandBase: Serves as the TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of the first game.
* ItemGet: In ''Risky's Revenge''.
* JekyllAndHyde: Sort of. [[spoiler: Shantae's "Mr. Hyde" is essentially herself, her Genie-Half, but only at the end of ''Risky's Revenge'', where Risky rips it out of her and assumes control over it.]]
* JustifiedSavePoint: Save Guys (yes, ''Save Guys'') appear on the overworld in various locations, keeping track of our heroine's progress.
* KamehameHadoken: The Flashbolt attack and the Fireball magic family.
* KeepTheReward[=/=]RefusingParadise: At the end of the first game, [[spoiler:Shantae is given the chance to become a full genie like she's always wanted, but she refuses as it would mean leaving her family and friends forever]].
* KungFuWizard: Uses a lot of powerful magical items and spells, but is still a kick-ass unarmed fighter while in human form after purchasing the fighter's equipment.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Odd in that the game hasn't been released yet but, [[spoiler:Shantae appears to have her Genie powers back by the beginning of ''Half Genie Hero'' meaning she gets them back during the course of ''Pirate's Curse''.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: The first few seconds of the title theme are reused quite a bit in ''Risky's Revenge''.
** Risky Boots has her own Leitmotif in the first game. [[spoiler: It's one of the clues that the guardian genie of Bandit Town isn't what she claims to be. [[PaperThinDisguise Not that it wasn't obvious already...]]]]
* LetsPlay: On Website/YouTube, a user named Brickroad did a 59-part Let's Play of Shantae. You can find it [[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=41D0DFF62BCAFA50 here]]. [=WayForward=] actually linked to this LP on their official site... and when they heard that Brickroad would be unable to play ''Risky's Revenge'' because he didn't have a [[NintendoDS DSi]], '''[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments they bought him one.]]''' Several of the LP's injokes even make it into ''Risky's Revenge!''
** A guy called [=SilverDSlite=] did a Let's Play of the sequel on Website/YouTube, claiming it to be the first ''Risky's Revenge'' LP on the site. It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71D9440839FFC4D1&feature=view_all here]].
** Brickroad has also done his own Let's Play of ''Risky's Revenge'', using the iOS version, apparently at the behest of [=WayForward=].
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Bolo sees Shantae like sister so she is out of his level of vision.
* TheLostWoods: Lots of 'em one of which being Tangle Forest in ''Risky's Revenge''.
* [[LovableSexManiac Lovable Girl Maniac]]: Bolo, pretty much. He has a crush on Risky, thinks Rottytops is cute, and brags that good looks run in his family -- just look at his grandmother...
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: [[spoiler:Risky steals all the Relics from Shantae after Shantae collects them all.]] Shantae expects it to happen again in the sequel, but is surprised when she doesn't.
* MadeOfExplodium: The Squid Baron in ''Risky's Revenge''. [[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better]].
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Nagas in the first game and their homing sonic screams.
* MagicCarpet: ''Half-Genie Hero'' will have a chapter revolving around an annual Magic Carpet race.
* MagicIsRareHealthIsCheap: In the first game, the only way to refill skills was to manually purchase more refills. The second game added fairly common magic jar drops instead.
* MascotMook: Risky's Tinkerbat pirates, though they're not so much traditionally cute as much as [[UglyCute strange]] and amusing. You can even turn into one if you play the original game on the GameBoyAdvance.
* MeaningfulName: Wrench the bird, as pointed out by Brickroad.
** Mimic is called "Mimic" due to him making copies of everything he finds as a Relic Hunter, according to an NPC in the fist game in Water Town at night.
* MechanicalMonster: The boss of the Cackle Mound.
* MercyInvincibility
* {{Metroidvania}}
* MiniGame: There are three in the original game: a RhythmGame, a BettingMiniGame, and a RacingMiniGame (the second variety).
* MiniMecha: In the first game, there are some Tinkerbats who pilot steam powered "mini-tinkerbots".
* [[spoiler: MirrorBoss: The final battle in ''Risky's Revenge''.]]
* MsFanservice: Shantae herself and ''especially'' Risky.
* MoneySpider
* MonsterTown: The Zombie Caravan, a traveling town full of... zombies. Also Bandit Village, many common enemies can be seen in its bar.
* MookMaker: The holes in the walls that continuously drop snake enemies on you.
* MoralDissonance: After you bring Wobble Bell back to the Chef, you can "kill" it for an easy 100 Gems.
* MultiMookMelee: The Ammo Baron's Battle Tower.
* {{Mummy}}: An enemy type in ''Risky's Revenge''. They explode when defeated.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Rottytops and the other zombies keep their human intelligence with coffee.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Rottytops wasn't too keen on selling Shantae out in the first place, but when Risky refuses to keep her end of the bargain, Rotty breaks down and runs off weeping.]]
* NintendoHard: Shantae's default attack is somewhat short-range. Add in the fact that many enemies require multiple hits to beat, and that her normal attack never gets stronger.
** In the first game, Shantae did not restart the room with full health after dying, and enemies in the overworld had twice as much health at night.
** Largely alleviated in the sequel; Shantae has much more health, enemies overall have less health, magic items are much more helpful, and her basic attack has a much longer range and can be upgraded at the store.
* NonNudeBathing: Shantae does this when healing herself in the bath houses.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist[=/=]RenaissanceMan: Mimic, who is apparently a historian, an engineer and an ''archaeologist'' -- he found Shantae's lamp while on a dig.
* OneGenderRace: Genies are AlwaysFemale in this universe.
* OneTrueSequence
* OrbitingParticleShield: The Pike Balls.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: In the sequel, mermaids appear as enemies in the fittingly-named Mermaid Cliffs. They can hide in puddles of water and turn into small fish when killed. Shantae herself can learn a belly dance that transforms her into a green-skinned mermaid, a pretty standard version for the most part, but can also shoot exploding bubbles.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Rottytops and the other zombies are as intelligent as anyone else, and maintain their intelligence and sanity by consuming coffee. However, they are not above eating brains, [[EatTheDog or in Rottytops case, puppies.]]
* PaletteSwap: The Scarecrows and Knights get one in RR. Also [[spoiler: Dark Mimic and Shantae's genie side]].
* PalmtreePanic: Polyp Bay and Mermaid Cliffs in ''Risky's Revenge''.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: ''Risky's Revenge'' ends with this.
* PaperThinDisguise: Risky disguises herself like this at one point of the game.
* ParentalAbandonment: Shantae's mother was apparently raptured away into the Genie Realm; her father's absence, however, remains a mystery.
* {{Pirate}}s
** PirateGirl: Risky Boots, and in ''Pirate's Curse'' Shantae herself is pressed into becoming one [[spoiler: to make up for her lost magic.]]
* PortTown: Scuttle Town.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Sky and Bolo decide to help Shantae in her job as the newfound Guardian-[[spoiler: Human]] of Scuttle Town.
* PrehensileHair: Take that, VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}, this gal was doing it ''long'' before you, and she doesn't even have to get naked to do so! According to the [[MagicAIsMagicA rules of the 'verse]], half-genie powers are almost always "quirky," such as having prehensile hair or being able to shoot milk out of your eye. [[spoiler: ''Risky's Revenge'' suggests her prehensile hair was inherited from her father, and is not a half-genie power; her belly-dancing transformations are.]]
* PromotedToPlayable: If certain stretch goals are reached, certain characters can become playable with their own story and abilities in ''Half-Genie Hero''.
** $500,000 has been reached, Risky Boots becomes playable with her own story line.
** If $900,000 is reached, Rottytops, Bolo, and Sky can become playable.
* PublicBathHouseScene: Shantae heals herself by bathing in city bath houses.
* {{Pun}}: Zombies communicate with each other via spiderwebs, in a manner resembling a message board or forum. Cue web, net, bug, and worm jokes.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The end of ''Risky's Revenge,'' for both parties. Shantae had to destroy her genie half, and is thus now entirely human. Meanwhile, Risky took the opportunity to flee. The beginning of ''Pirate's Curse'' reveals, however, that the remains of said genie half have merged with her tinkerbats, who became superpowered and overthrew her.]]
* RainbowSpeak: Important items and innuendo are marked with different color in the dialogue of ''Risky's Revenge''.
* RedIsHeroic: Shantae's outfit.
* RevengeOfTheSequel: ''Shantae: Risky's Revenge''
* ReverseShrapnel: The Pike Ball and Fireball items.
* RhythmGame: The Dance Hall minigame.
* RollingAttack: The EliteMooks in the Golem Mine use one to get around, as does the boss of the Cackle Mound whenever you damage him.
* SandWorm: One of the enemies in the desert near Oasis Town in the first game.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud
-->'''Barracuda Joe''': Take [this key]. It's yours.\\
'''Shantae''': Thanks, Barracuda Joe! You're a lifesaver! (''Kiss!'')\\
'''Barracuda Joe''': Don't say "kiss" to me unless you're actually givin' me a kiss. Otherwise it's just words. Okay?\\
'''Shantae''': Okay. (''Kiss!'')\\
'''Barracuda Joe''': Okay, yer doing it again. Get going.
* ScaryScarecrows: Enemies in the games. In the first game they come out from the tall background grass in certain areas continuously. In ''Risky's Revenge'' they can either walk, throw exploding pumpkins, or spew some sort of gas.
* SchizoTech:
** Scuttle Town hasn't reached steam power yet, but there's an automatic coffee machine, and the friendly neighborhood zombies have ''plastic explosives''?!
** The 4 year old in Scuttle Town who somehow has a digital watch.
** One of Shantae's remarks in the [[http://twitter.com/#!/Shantae_WF/status/25729737875 recap]] mentions how the first labyrinth boss [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles looks like something from her Uncle's animes]].
* SecretCharacter: The Tinkerbat transformation.
* SelfDeprecation: The first game had an infamous part when both [[CoolBigSis Sky]] and [[HonoraryUncle Mimic]] told you to go East to reach [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Mount Pointy]] and the Twilight Dungeon since going West to that place will make you hit an impassable wall. As every player who followed this found out, [[NoSenseOfDirection they had their directions backwards]]. Wayforward pokes fun at this error near the end of the Risky's Revenge sequel, which has Bolo confusing East with West while discussing the location of Risky's hideout, leading to the following exclamation.
--> '''Sky''': [[HypocriticalHumor What kind of moron doesn't know EAST from WEST]]?
* SeashellBra: The problem behind this idea is demonstrated in the following post in Shantae's Website/{{Twitter}} [[CharacterBlog account]] when she was trying to find something to cover herself [[GoneSwimmingClothesStolen after someone stole her clothes while she was swimming]].
--> '''Shantae:''' [[https://twitter.com/Shantae_WF/status/25517291070 Well, Iíve tried wearing all sorts of aquatic creatures and am pretty badly hurt at this point]].
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:''Risky's Revenge'' ends with Shantae being BroughtDownToNormal. WordOfGod says this is why they want to produce a title for the WiiU.]]
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Shantae was rather self-conscious about her appearance during the official recap, while Risky was flat-out stated to ''hate modesty'' in the OST Trailer.
* ShiftingSandLand: The game ''does'' have a vaguely Arabian theme, so deserts are all over the place.
* ShoutOut:
** Many other [=WayForward=] games pay tribute to Shantae in them somewhere; ''Risky's Revenge'' features several references to other games developed by the company.
*** One of the alternate costumes in ''Half-Genie Hero'' is the uniform of Patty Wagon from ''VideoGame/MightySwitchForce''.
** Thanks to Brickroad's LetsPlay, there's a character in the second game called Barracuda Joe.
*** If you watched BR's LP, you should remember the point where he threw a fit after realizing that Sky told him to go the wrong way. In ''Risky's Revenge'', Sky scolds Bolo's sense of direction: "What kind of moron doesn't know EAST from WEST?"
** Several of Matt's favorite game's also show up in one way or another: Shantae's drinking animation resembles Link's from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''/''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', while her death animation follows Samus' movements from several ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games.
** "[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest And grabbing the white crystal in hand, I knelt for several seconds at what appeared to be an ordinary cliff face...]]"
** In ''Risky's Revenge'', the shop's description of the Flamethrower spell is "[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Kids love it!]]"
** When Mimic is describing his adventures in ''RR'', he talks about [[Franchise/IndianaJones replacing a relic on a pressure plate]] by [[ToiletHumour emptying his bowels]].
** Matt Bozon reveals in an [[http://www.girlgamer.com/zine/article/2985/ interview]] that the title of ''Shantae: Half-Genie Hero'' was inspired by ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
** The sequel's TitleDrop ends with the line [[VideoGame/{{Contra}} "Let's attack aggressively!"]]
* [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Purple Haired Girl]]: Hinted at in ''Risky's Revenge''.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Mount Pointy in the first game.
* SmellsSexy: In the first game, Bolo starts following Risky, just by following her perfume scent.
* SnakePeople: The Naga enemies. Prior to the release of ''Half-Genie Hero,'' a Naga form was even demoed and concepted for Shantae herself.
* SpikesOfDoom: They are in some places. Instant kill.
* SpikeBallsOfDoom: Shantae's Pike Balls, which orbit around her body when used.
* SpinAttack: The Fighter's Tiara in the first game allows you to perform one as an upgrade to your {{Charged Attack}}. It's actually [[ForMassiveDamage pretty strong]], but [[DeathOrGloryAttack it's very easy to kill yourself using it]], since it flings you off uncontrollably at high speed, often past the initial bounds of the screen in a game where [[BottomlessPit bottomless pits]] and [[SpikesOfDoom spikes of doom]] are everywhere.
* SpriteComic: There is one made by Matt Bozon in the [[http://s111111919.onlinehome.us/shantae/GG_Index.htm original Shantae website's]] Gallery called "Bolo gets Taken Out". In short, it is about the girls of ''Shantae'' trying to get a date with Bolo for the Harbor Town Festival the next day but he already is going with Risky. Shantae kicks him in the end.
* {{Steampunk}}: Actually, the onset of Steampunk technology is something you're trying to ''prevent.'' [[TheWorldIsNotReady Sequin Island is not ready.]]
* StockFemurBone: Some of the enemies in the original game and ''Risky's Revenge'' disintegrate into these when killed.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: ''Egads.'' There's even a stripperiffic ''zombie.''
* SuperDrowningSkills: In the first game. She has learned to swim in ''Risky's Revenge'' though.
* TeaserEquipment: It's unlikely you'll be able to afford Water Town's powerful Fighter's Equipment when you first come across the shop.
* TeleportSpam: One of the bosses in ''Risky's Revenge'' can do that.
* TempleOfDoom: The third dungeons of both games.
* TitleDrop:
--> "Heave to, boys! It's time for Risky's Revenge, so [[{{Contra}} let's attack aggressively!]]"
* TransformingMecha: Risky's Steam Powered Oceanic Tinker Tub in Risky's Revenge, which can go from CoolShip to ChickenWalker and back.
* TrapDoor: Risky sends you to one to meet Tinkertank.
* {{Trilogy}}: The original game, ''Risky's Revenge'' and ''Shantae and the Pirate's Curse'' are considered the "sprite trilogy".
* UnderwaterRuins: The Sunken Cavern in ''Risky's Revenge''.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The [[UnexpectedShmupLevel Shoot 'em Up]] section in the Sunken Cavern in ''Risky's Revenge''.
** In the first game, the ([[ThatOneLevel very unforgiving]]) RacingMinigame against Rottytops.
* TheUnfought:
** [[spoiler: The Ammo Baron, since he turns out not to be a villain at all. He gains ownership of Scuttle Town without a fight, and doesn't do much other than rename it Ammo Town.]]
** Risky and Shantae fight one-on-one in the first game but not in the second. In the second game Risky ''does'' attack Shantae with her ''ship'', though.
* {{Unwinnable}}: It's possible to reach the fourth dungeon boss early, without having picked up the Harpie transformation dance. Cue HopelessBossFight, as the only way to make the boss damageable is to first fly above it and smack it in the head. Dying puts you in the same room, so the only way to get out is to get a Game Over or reset, meaning you have to play the whole dungeon again.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In ''Risky's Revenge'', you could kill the forest chef's beloved pet dog for 100 gems, and unlike the {{Mook}}s you face, [[FridgeHorror he will never respawn]]. As 100 gems is quite a lot of money, most speed runners encourage this.
* VideoGameFlight: The Harpie transformation. You can fly anywhere, but you don't get it until the last level, and it has no attack to begin with. Finding the Harpie's Talon, however, bestows upon it the single most powerful singular attack in the game that doesn't require charging. Still hard to use, though.
* VillainEpisode: Risky Mode in ''Half-Genie Hero''.
* VoiceGrunting: In ''Risky's Revenge''.
* VolcanoLair: Risky's hideout in the first game. [[spoiler:Naturally, [[CollapsingLair it erupts after you beat Risky]]]].
* WallCrawl: Shantae can do this in her monkey or spider transformations but in different ways for each.
* WarpWhistle: Warp ''dance,'' actually. You learn them from a warp ''squid''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Various stretch goals weren't reached for ''Half-Genie Hero'': two levels; additional story modes for Rottytops, Bolo, and Sky; voice work; and animation. They may still be possible if [=WayForward=] gets enough Paypal donations.
* WorldOfActionGirls: Keeping to the game's flavor, the vast majority of strong characters and a lot of the stronger monsters in this game are female. Of the few major male characters, Mimic is [[DamselInDistress rather helpless]], and Bolo is a [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief character]]. Also, genies are {{Always Female}}.
* WrapAround: The overworld wraps around horizontally. The world is even stated to be shaped like a ring. On a smaller scale, all the towns do this, too.
** Averted in the sequel, where the map has distinct end-points.
* WrenchWench: Of all people, [[spoiler: Sky.]] Spoiler worthy if you never played the first game.
* XtremeKoolLetterz[=/=]Letters2Numbers: The Leetspeak-esque "ret-2-go". They used it again in the announcement of a release date for the sequel. In a sense, it is a sort of inside joke for [=WayForward=]; they used the same line in their lesser-known game Xtreme Sports.
* YouGetMeCoffee: Shantae has to retrieve coffee in one quest. [[spoiler: It turns out it's what keeps Rottytops and her brothers from becoming regular, slow and dumb zombies.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: Shantae and Risky Boots (although Risky's sprite in the first game has purple skin and black hair, thanks to the GBC's limited palette); Rottytops has green hair.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Shantae is actually 15/16 years old, despite what the fanbase would want you to think.

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