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LifeThe main character. He is informed about the test of Survival of the Fittest and reaching Eden at the beginning of the game by Gaia after evolving into a fish. After allowing a world of oxygen, he becomes an amphibian. After defeating the last of the giant insects, he is further evolved into a reptile. He can choose his evolutions into becoming a bird or mammal later on. While no one else seems to care about Gaia, he solves troubles caused by a Crystal that's messing with evolution.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Happens in the ending of the PC-98 version, after defeating the final boss.
- The Chosen One: Considering how much Gaia is going to revive you... However, it is outright stated that there is a Chosen One.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Thanks to Gaia reviving him, he only gets ejected to the world map and loses half of his EVO points.
- Eldritch Abomination: Can possibly become one.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower:
- The Review of Evolutions can be this.
- Two-Legged Mammal
- Fusion Dance: Does this in the PC-98 version with Gaia during the final battle.
- The Hero
- Player Character
- Ultimate Life Form: A position proven by victory.
- Video Game Cruelty Punishment: If you attack and eat the elder or the child Ikustega whose father sacrificed himself to be eaten by you for some EVO points before the Bee King's stage, you will die. Gaia still revives you, but she also chastises you for doing it. If you go back to the their place, even though you only eat one of them, they aren't there and will never return.
- The Voiceless: Except for one possible laugh during the second boss, he never has any text.
GaiaThe embodiment of the Earth. Gaia is charged by her father, the Sun, to test all of her children with Survival of the Fittest. Whoever wins get to be with her, form civilization, and basically marry her. She shows favor to the Protagonist and will revive him if he dies. She does end up with him after he defeats Bolbox, his only major competitor.
- Anime Hair
- Big Good: Although this title could also be given to the Sun.
- Catch Phrase: I am Gaia.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Gaia is naked (although she is only seen from the shoulders up).
- Interspecies Romance: If the Protagonist is not human. His only competitor... is definitely not human.
- Living Macguffin: The goal of the game is to become Gaia's consort and create sentient life on Earth. To do so, you must prove yourself to be superior to all other life forms on the planet.
- Physical God: She manifests herself on Earth a few times in the PC-98 version, first appearing in the ocean and last appearing during the final battle.
- Spanner in the Works: Accidentally took this role during the first chapter of the PC-98 version, having created the player as a countermeasure against Lucifer.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's the ocean. In the climax of the PC-98 version, her hair is green, yet the Symphonic Suite for said game still has it as blue.
All of these are Beef Gates, except for the King Bee, and decide to Never Say "Die".
- "The sea is the only world! I'll destroy anyone who helps the Strolites!"
- Ascended Extra: In the PC-98 version, he is just a regular NPC amongst other cladoselache. In the SNES version, he becomes the first boss.
- Arc Villain: Of Era 1.
- Degraded Boss: Appears as a regular enemy in the Final Ocean in Era 5.
- Properly Paranoid: The fish class is the weakest class of enemies. If anyone went onto land and evolved, they would return much stronger than him, as shown in how easy the enemy versions of him are.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Cladoselache isn't common in fiction.
- Threatening Shark
- Wake-Up Call Boss: A hint of what type of game this is.
- "You make me very angry! I am going to defeat you!"
- Acrofatic: You wouldn't expect how fast and high he can jump!
- Berserk Button: Mocking his body.
- Disproportionate Retribution: You laughed at my body? I'll kill you! To be fair, Survival of the Fittest is pretty much law.
- Meaningful Name: Debu is Japanese for 'fat', as in body.
- Real Ikustega Have Pink Skin: When Bolbox sends him out.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: While the first boss is there to show you how tough the bosses can be, you probably have a good evolution build by the time you get to him. Debustega, on the other hand, teaches you that grinding is VERY important in this game so you can get a good evolution to beat him.
- "If you feel the way we have chosen to live is wrong, then perhaps you should change it. You may only change it one way, though. By force!"
- Arc Villain: Of Era 2.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: It's not made clear whether or not he is above the Queen Bee.
- Disc One Final Boss: Of Era 2.
- The Social Darwinist: See the quote. While this is part of the Aesop of the game, King Bee is much more up-front about it than most.
- "I feel it is unfair that only our society should be destroyed! The Amphibians should be destroyed, too! I shall destroy you first for defeating my husband!"
- The Dark Chick: To Bolbox in Era 5.
- Degraded Boss: Goes from Era Boss to a regular boss in Era 5.
- The Dragon: If she's not part of a Duumvirate with her husband.
- Irony: She says she cannot let you pass in the second fight. She is also the only Skippable Boss in the game in that encounter.
- Royal "We": After being revived.
- Skippable Boss: Her second fight.
- Taking You with Me: Since she sees that the Insect community is going to be done for since her husband's dead, she plans to take the Amphibians down with her.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The last of the three. Not even having the strongest evolution builds alone can let you live; you need to make strategies.
- You Killed My Husband
Mother of Prime Frog
- "We are the Prime Frog family. Even Reptiles are scared of us."
- Flunky Boss: She gives birth to frogs throughout the fight.
- Small Name, Big Ego: The Prime Frogs... are the weakest enemies in Era 3. Notably, however, is that she's the only boss in Era 3 that isn't a Wolfpack Boss.
- "Well, I guess I have to believe you're actually here."
- Arc Villain: Of Era 3.
- The Brute: To Bolbox in Era 5.
- Degraded Boss: The survivors.
- Demoted to Dragon: They follow Bolbox in Era 5.
- The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: In Era 4 by the Yetis.
- Spell My Name with an "S"
- Tyrannosaurus rex
- Wolfpack Boss
The Three Brothers of the Mammoth
- "You look like you belong to the Yeti family. Yeah, you should be! Hey, brothers! The enemy is here!"
- "Come on, you vulgar creature! I am Bird-Man King, boss of the Bird-Man!"
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Sir Yeti in Era 4.
- Fantastic Racism: Provided by his quote.
- Load-Bearing Boss: Defeating him causes Fort Bird-Man to collapse, which gives the Protagonist access to the Yetis.
- "Destroy the creatures! Destroy! That is my destiny."
- Big Bad Ensemble: With the Bird-Man King in Era 4.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti
- The Dreaded
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to get rid of everyone who is not a Yeti.
- Sequential Boss
- Trick Boss: While he's no means easy, the boss immediately following is considered much harder.
- "I cannot forgive you for defeating my husband!"
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti
- Breath Weapon: Ice breath.
- Sequential Boss
- You Killed My Husband
- "Our Yeti humiliation will end!"
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti
- Hero Antagonist: The only reason he fights you is that you desecrated the sacred Yeti ground and humiliated (and killed) the Yetis.
- X Meets Y: It's a Yeti version of Little Mac that got the Screw Attack.
- You Killed My Ancestors
- "We cannot allow the Whales to stay. Once they evolved themselves to become creatures of land, now they have returned to the sea to oppose our rule. The sea is our territory. Well, I have a point, do I not?"
- Black and Gray Morality: Yes, they used the Crystal, but they DO have a point. The Whales DID leave.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: You could remove all of the level he's fought in as well as the cloud over Africa and the game would be the same.
- "I was once part of the Monkey-Human tribe, but they made fun of me since I had less hair and was smarter than the rest."
- Batter Up/Carry a Big Stick: His club.
- The Dragon/The Evil Genius: To Bolbox.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: The Monkey-Humans made fun of him because he had less hair and was smarter than them.
- One-Hit Kill: Subverted. It doesn't one hit kill, but if he hits you when you're to his left, you take heavy damage and are knocked straight out of the level while he fully heals.
- Punch Clock Villain: He was driven out of the Monkey-Human tribe because they made fun of him. According to Cro-Maine, Bolbox treated him much better than they did.
Bolbox/The Creature in the North and the Eight Crystals
- "You are the one trying to obtain entrance into Eden with help from Gaia. I am Bolbox, the strongest creature in this world. I have evolved into a caveman by eating the Crystals the Dino-People have collected. I will go to Eden. I am the most suitable partner for Gaia, together we will rule the future. I've got some bad news for you. You will not make it to Eden. This is the end of your journey."
- Artifact of Doom: The Crystals.
- Big Bad: Bolbox, the only one besides the Protagonist planning to enter Eden.
- Boss Rush: The eight Crystals, with occassional attacks by Bolbox.
- Degraded Boss: Pink Debustega.
- Elite Mooks: The rest of the creatures Bolbox uses to distract the Protagonist.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Resurrects several extinct creatures as his lackeys.
- Final Boss
- Interspecies Romance: Plans to with Gaia, though he's not aware of it.
- Irony: The pinnacle of evolution is a cell who thinks he's human.
- Mega-Microbes: He's basically a gigantic cell.
- Pet the Dog: Even considering what Bolbox is, his associate Cro-Maine, who has been abused and ostracized by the Monkey-Human Clan, specifically mentions that Bolbox cared for him.
- Ultimate Life Form: Self-proclaimed, but he is a candidate for the title, albeit one who has taken a directly opposite evolutionary path from you (towards a super-sized single-cell lifeform).
- Walking Spoiler
LuciferThe Antagonist of the PC-98 version
- Achilles' Heel: Can only be damaged by the tablet in the 4th Era
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the final Era
- Big Bad
- Expy: Resembles a more demonic version of Marilyn Monroe.
- Deader Than Dead: After the player defeats her in the climax, Lucifer succumbs and explodes into atoms, vanishing from the Solar System forever.
- Humanoid Abomination: Her first appearance is hinted at during the second chapter from a fallen Lunarian. The third chapter reveals her connection to the Lunarians, before she finally appears from a fallen "Lucifer-tyranno," in the form of a six-winged woman made of light energy.
- Spanner in the Works: She is one to the natural course of life throughout the Solar System, having manipulated the civilizations of Mars, Venus, and the Gas Giants to extinction, the Lunarians to near-extinction (finally dying out before the end of the game), and the destruction of Phaeton, the Fifth Planet, which now remains as the Asteroid Belt.
- Walking Spoiler
- "After all of our attempts we were not successful." "That is correct. It was our pride and I am very sorry we intervened in the evolution of this planet."
- Bigger Bad
- Easter Egg: If you can fly in Era 5, through either staying a Bird or using a Review of Evolution, you can find their UFO on Mt. Condor. Attacking them and then sparing them will result in learning their identities early.
- Foreshadowing: A few of the things they say hint at their identities and role in the plot.
- The Heavy: If not for them creating the Crystals, then a crushing majority of the antagonists of the game would have never become as monstrous and evil as they were, whereas Bolbox would have never evolved into a gargantuan, freakish amoeba.
- Mr. Exposition: A few times.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Their attitude in the Mt. Condor secret scene and ending show this.
- The Unfought: Barring the one time you can attack them. Justified in that the game is centered on Earth beings and are technically not in Gaia's power. They're not evil, anyway.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom
- Walking Spoiler
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They wanted to speed up Earth's growth. They ended up creating massive chaos, culminating in the monstrous evolutions of Bolbox.
Other (Super Nintendo)
- "Daddy! Mommy!"
LunariansA race of lizard-like aliens in the PC-98 version.
- Advanced Ancient Humans: Well more like Advanced Ancient Reptilian Humanoids.
- Ancient Astronauts: They came from an advanced civilization on the moon, which was ravaged by Lucifer's gift of her wisdom, leaving it as a lifeless white husk of its former self.
- Atlantis: Revealed in game to be a Lunarian colony.
- At the same time, Mu is revealed to be one as well and the Atlanteans' current target.
- BFG: Orichalcum Cannons and the Crust Breaker.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Their advanced civilizations on Mars, Venus, the Moon, and the "Fifth Planet" drew Lucifer's attention, leading to her manipulating the courses of their planetary civilizations to extinction and the destruction of the Fifth Planet, which now remains as the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
SugiyamanA miniboss found during Chapter 5 in the PC-98 version. A blue dinosaur who has an affinity for music. The name seems familiar...
- Author Avatar: As if the name wasn't enough and his affinity for music, he is pretty much Koichi Sugiyama, the composer of the game and the Dragon Quest series.
- Creator Cameo
- Leitmotif: The Overture from Dragon Quest
- Musical Assassin
GolemAn NPC found during Chapter 4 in the PC-98 version.
- Bamboo Technology: Since Chapter 4 is the Cretaceous Period. Averted in this case as he was from the Lunarians.
- One-Scene Wonder: In his few minutes that he is shown, he has only 9 lines of dialogue and places his unsettled score with Lucifer on you.
SlimesEnemies found during Chapter 4 in the PC-98 version. In the game, Lucifer's influence begins to corrupt the dinosaurs, turning them into gelatinous blobs.
- Baleful Polymorph: Again, Lucifer is to blame for transforming innocent dinosaurs into slimes.
- Blob Monster
- The Cameo: Since this is an Enix RPG, these enemies are obviously based on Dragon Quest's Mascot Mook.
- You Don't Look Like You: Rather than being happy-looking blobs, the Slimes in this game are angry-looking (denoted by a Vein Pulse) and have no mouth. This may have to do with the different art-style that 46 Okunen Monogatari is conveying as scientifically accurate rather than the fantastical designs by Akira Toriyama.