Pop Cultured Badass: His Signature Move is called PSI Rockin' for a reason. (It's actually named after whatever the player put in as their "favorite thing" on the character naming screen- "Rockin" is the default.)
Mighty Glacier: Has extremely high offense and hit points, but is the slowest party member by far. Once he overcomes the evil in his heart and gains the power of the Sanctuaries, his HP and PP increase to truly ludicrous levels and his speed improves, though he is still somewhat slow.
Heck, it's the one sole piece of clothing he keeps on in the Japanese version of Magicant where he's running around nude. He must really be attached to it a lot if it's the one thing he didn't lose and kept on even at that point of the game after losing the rest of his articles of clothing.
Out-of-Clothes Experience: In the Japanese version, Ness is naked in Magicant, complete with Barbie Doll Anatomy. (Remember that, in Japan, nudity is used as a symbol of purity.) This was changed in the US version, where he's in the pajamas he was wearing at the start of the game.
Pajama Clad Hero: Twice in the beginning parts of the game and once in the tour to Magicant.
Chekhov's Skill: Her unique ability, 'Pray', is generally useless in battle, as its effects are completely random — a full-party heal is nice, but do you really want to risk reviving all your defeated enemies or having everyone start feeling strange? You use it to call out to the whole world for help in the final battle against Giygas.
Heart Is an Awesome Power: Paula's Pray ability produces unpredictable results throughout the game. However, it's absolutely essential to defeating the final boss, Giygas. When Paula prays during the final battle, it deals five digit damage to Giygas and eventually kills him.
Spoiled Sweet: Surely the most compassionate and soft-spoken member of the team.
Squishy Wizard: Easily two-shotted due to her low level at first, and then two-shotted at later levels due to her mediocre defense and terrible HP growths. She has around 250HP at LV60-LV70, and that's if the game was generous with RNG and if you're not (ab)using the game breaking rock candy + sugar packet trick. The other party members' HP will be double (or triple in Ness' case) that. She has the best offensive spells (and a couple good defensive spells too), and is fast enough to get them off before her foes can act, but she'll always trail behind the other party members in terms of HP and defense.
Tin Can Robot: When travelling back in time, the Chosen Four are all transported to robotic bodies.
White Magician Girl: Subverted. Has the personality of one, but almost all of her PSI are destructive in nature. Ness and Poo are the ones who get healing powers.
The Sky Runner... I guess it took a little damage when landing.
A child prodigy attending a boarding school in Winters. Comes to Ness and Paula's rescue after they are captured by zombies, after receiving a telekinetic message from Paula.
Gadgeteer Genius: Jeff lacks the psychic powers of his friends, but he can take things you'd find in most typical junkyards, such as broken harmonicas, irons, pipes, and antennas, and somehow retrofit them into highly advanced laser guns, psychic shield destroyers, and slime blasters.
Jumped at the Call: He had absolutely no knowledge of Ness and Paula, yet he went to rescue them anyway when Paula called on him. Also, he's the only one of the four lacking PSI, so that enforces the point a bit.
Magikarp Power: He starts out as having very limited capabilities beyond firing bottle rockets due to low offense and defense. By the time he gets the later items, he holds up well with the other three.
Mr. Fixit: Can turn broken junk you find lying around into laser guns, psychic field neutralizers, bazookas...
Bare-Fisted Monk: At least if you don't pick up the notoriously rare Sword of Kings. Even then, the command isn't changed to slash. Either he equips it because he becomes stronger just having it, or only uses the hilt. (Or the "Sword" part was symbolic.)
Barrier Warrior: He's actually superior at shielding than Ness is, since only he can learn the sigma and omega levels of Shield, which cover the entire party, while Ness can only cover one at a time.
Quirky Bard: Oh, boy... his PP is low, but he can restore it by drinking cheap bottles of water. He isn't used to Western food and gains minimal HP restoration from it. He can only use certain pieces of equipment, and any others will lower his stats — he has exactly ONE weapon, and it's an incredibly rare drop from an enemy in a one-time-only area. It's also extremely difficult for him to catch up level-wise because he requires the most EXP for each individual level up.
The Red Mage: Has access to a variety of both healing and offensive PSI, unlike specialists Ness and Paula.
Training from Hell: His Mu training, at the end of which he is ritually, symbolically killed by the spirits of his ancestors.
Tin Can Robot: When travelling back in time, the Chosen Four are all transported to robotic bodies.
Unfortunate Name: It isn't as unfortunate in Japan, as his name is read as "Puu" there. It's intended to be Asian-sounding, but the North American release Romanized it differently... and unfortunately. Pre reIease images indicate it was almost Romanized as "Pu"; you have to wonder whether the change had anything to do with the game's unfortunate advertising campaign.
Ness's faithful little pet dog. He's a Guest Star Party Member early on in the game, and does substantial damage. He chickens out and runs away when Buzz Buzz appears, because the party limit is four.
BUT! It was meant to be five! That's right, King was meant to be a permanent party member. This model does, however, return in Boney.
"Goody! My brother is back! You've got a lot of catching up to do with your schoolwork, *hyork*! If you have any problems with your assignments, I'll help you. Don't get freaked out. Did Escargo Express, my old company, help you? I've saved some money, so we'll do the lunch thing sometime. You also got a new girlfriend? Your adventure must have been pretty good! Do you need help with anything other than your schoolwork? Okay, you relax now."
A race of cute, innocent creatures that live in the secluded Saturn Valley. Actually highly intelligent in spite of their goofy personalities, they help Dr. Andonuts create the time machine necessary to reach Giygas.
Work Off The Debt: They're not too great with contract negotiations. The party has to bail them out twice. Though they do repay the favor by giving them rides in their tour bus, and by bailing Ness and Jeff out of a harrowing boss fight.
Would you like a donut?
A brilliant scientist from Winters. He is Jeff's father, and helps the party on numerous occasions with his inventions; from the flying Sky Runner to the time machine necessary to reach Giygas.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: After executing his revenge on Porky, he demonstrates just how safe the capsule is by whimisically rolling it around.
Cloudcuckoolander: Upon seeing his son for the first time in ten years, he asks him whether he would like a doughnut. If Jeff answers in the affirmative, Dr. Andonuts wistfully comments that he'd like one, too.
An aspiring inventor that Ness & Co. inadvertently start funding. His odd (and oddly-specific) inventions come in handy throughout the game. He proves himself capable by helping Dr. Andonuts and the Mr. Saturns create the time machine necessary to reach Giygas.
Fat Bastard: Played with and averted nicely. He's perceived as one by the people of Twoson owing to his bulk, lack of self-hygiene, and poor social skills... but he proves himself to be anything but and is critical in Ness's success.
0% Approval Rating: He's the foil to the ever-popular Ness. In fact, he is considered, in-game, the "worst person in the neighborhood".
Abusive Parents: In the Japanese version of the game, Porky glumly says that if his parents find out he and Picky were out late, he gets spanked 100 times; this had to be changed because of Nintendo's rules of content. Thus, in the American version, he gets no dessert for the rest of the decade, but still gets severely punished.
Ambiguously Evil/Enigmatic Minion: In conjunction with Ambigiously Innocent, his character is so vague that only guesses can be interpreted to his actions throughout the whole game (even though, oddly enough, he has the most character tropes in the game because of this) Did he join forces with Giygas out of opportunity or has he been manipulated from the Mani Mani statue to? Did he really consider Ness to be a friend or an enemy the whole time? Did he do everything out of free will or not? Was he evil or just been corrupted to the bone? This is all up for you to decide.
Beware the Silly Ones: He's pretty much a joke in the first half of the game. The final act sees him acting as emissary to a cosmic destroyer, and possibly the one in outright control of said destroyer.
Big Bad: It's quite possible that he ended up usurping Giygas by the time you fight them.
Big Bad Friend: He can be considered the outright Big Bad in the final battle, but, as the trope states, Porky has been working for the Big Bad the whole time. However, we may really never know if he was truly friends with Ness, as evidenced from the player's decision in the beginning of the game. To Porky, he may think he is friends with Ness, but to us, it's not so sure.
Big Brother Bully: Implied to be this to his younger brother, Picky, during the tour in Magicant.
In the original Japanese, Porky tellingly drops the "-sama" honorific from Giygas's name. Similarly, in the English translation, he drops the title of "Master" from his name. Porky no longer considers Giygas his boss or his better, but as something more of an attack dog.
Driven by Envy: While he does flat out say that he wants to obliterate the universe to a crisp, he has some underlying notion that he wants to top Ness in any way possible throughout the whole game.
Driven to Villainy: Debated. We are not sure if it was because of his parents that set him off or if he joined Giygas out of his own free will. It's possible that Giygas's evil influence warped Porky's mind just like all of your other foes — but if that were the case, why doesn't Porky ever snap out of it, particularly when Carpainter and Monotoli regain their free will?
Et Tu, Brute?: While it is not clear whether or nor he is really friends with Ness to begin with, it is implied.
Evil Counterpart: Buzz Buzz, or rather, fate, chooses Ness as his champion; Giygas chooses Porky.
Eviler than Thou: If he really has been manipulating Giygas once they met, he effectively asserted himself as the Big Bad of the rest of the franchise.
Evil Former Friend: It can be said that he was friends with Ness before the meteorite incident if you replied "Yes" to the police officer in the beginning of the game that asks if you are both friends. Of course, if you say "No", this trope still may or may not be included because we never really know the back-story between the two.
Evil Is Cool: Hinted at as to why he agreed to work for Giygas. Yep. That's his stake in everything.
Evil Makes You Monstrous: During the final battle, he comes off as a sickly blue boy. This is just the beginning of that transformation.
The Family That Slays Together: His father and him run the show for Monotoli during their stay in Fourside. Soon after, however, Porky ditches his father after his plans go sour, leaving his father to lose their newfound success.
For the Evulz: By switching off the Devil's Machine, Porky removes the last vestiges of Giygas's conscious and strategic mind, reducing him/it to an all-devouring abomination. Porky must suspect he's just doomed himself, too, and confesses that he's now gone insane with fear. But he's also laughing.
Freudian Excuse: His parents are pretty loathsome. Either one would sell out humanity for a nickel, so it's no surprise that Porky is so susceptible.
Humans Are the Real Monsters/Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Giygas — who is rendered motionless and dumb and can't directly affect things in the present — selects Porky to be his physical agent. Note, however, that Giygas's plan was to rule the universe, not destroy it. What he didn't realize was that Porky was so consumed by envy and self-loathing that he'd be delighted to set the universe on fire, as long his enemies all perish.
Hypocritical Humor: Even as he pesters the cops at the meteor crash site, he tells Ness to buzz off and stop "rubber-necking".
Hypocrite: He very much wants to have a close friendship with Ness despite constantly threatening, aggravating, and patronizing him every other minute due to only of his jealousy and a general lack of age-appropriate behavior.
Improbable Age: How in the world does he know how to fly a helicopter? Let alone be a priest in Happy Happy Village, a consultant to Monotoli, ANDcontrol Giygas in the final battle. Even if the latter may be interpreted in two different ways, he did orchestrate some of the misfortunes the Chosen Four comes across throughout their adventure and have to fix.
Aloysius Minch:"We've loaned your father a lot of money. It may have been a hundred thousand dollars or more... Well, I guess it really could have been less."
In the Blood: Itoi states that the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree", suggesting that Porky was shaped after his father and mother. This drives the point of Rousseau Was Right, even for the most malicious character in the trilogy.
Kiddie Kid: Oddly enough, he acts quite immature and childish his age for a villain, that is, considering he is a teenager. Take into account how he taunts the heroes throughout the whole game and his actions in his Guest Star Party Member appearance in the beginning of the game.
Let's Get Dangerous: A rare villainous example during the final battle. Granted, he's backed up by Giygas here, but Heavily Armed Porky on his own would've made for a rather challenging boss if he were encountered any sooner.
Mobile Menace: Steals the chopper Ness is intending to use to fly to Summers. Jeff later finds its crashed wreckage in the swamp; Porky somehow managed to navigate it on foot. The kicker, though, is when he pops up in the Cave of the Past after a long absence.
One theory revolves around the strange 'tree' at the cave's starting point (which doesn't do anything). In MOTHER 1, the "God's Tail" was left in a cave specially for Ninten, placed there to warp him to Queen Mary. A similar-looking "tail" in the Cave of the Past may have been placed there for Porky, to bring him to Giygas.
Poisonous Friend: It's implied that he really admires Ness, but feelings of jealousy and resentment is what likely caused their "friendship" to turn into a violent rivalry. Perhaps Giygas was the only one to offer Porky the chance to show Ness how powerful he could be, until he pushes himself too far.
Revenge Before Reason: In the battle versus the Devil's Machine, Porky seems to be betting on Ness exhausting his energy on targeting Giygas. Once Porky begins taking damage instead, he shuts off the Machine — setting off a chain reaction rather than let Ness win.
Slowly Slipping Into Evil: You can notice this throughout all the times you see or notice his presence in certain areas of the game. It can be debated if he was evil all along, but his actions become more heinous as the story goes on.
Smug Smiler: He has a ridiculous and stupid looking smirk when you encounter him in Fourside.
Smug Snake/Smug Super: Considering that he has the Ultimate Cosmic Destroyerbending to his whim at the final battle, there's no reason why he shouldn't act all smug about it. But, his overconfidence of Giygas goes a bit too far...
Reformed but Rejected: In the Japanese version, right after Carpainter's defeat, it is highly evident that Porky wanted to make amends to Ness, but took Ness's silence as a no.
Theme Music Power-Up: While not necessarily his Leitmotif playing, his battle music drastically changes from 8-bit to a more intense version of the theme. Its referred to as "Pokey Means Business" for a reason you know.
Ungrateful Bastard: Say, why does Ness let him get off scot-free every time they come face to face?
Unreliable Expositor: He is the main reason why most of the unanswered questions in the whole trilogy is shrouded in theories and guesses. The worst part? He is the only NPC who ever gives an Exposition about the major points of the game. It's your job as the player to take it to heart or not.
We Used to Be Friends: Is implied to have been friends with Ness at some point. Though why Ness didn't hang out with Picky instead is anyone's guess.
We Will Meet Again: Once Giygas is destroyed, Porky uses time travel to escape into another era, but not before taunting Ness one last time.
Who's The Cool Guy Now?: While it is not evident that he has been bullied, as the trope page suggests, he proves to Ness that he won't be stooped any further and can be as powerful as Ness can be during the final boss battle.
Dragon Their Feet: Arguably, after the first form of the final battle, he becomes this once Porky leaves him to kill the heroes.
The Dreaded: Giygas: a physical manifestation of people's fear.
Dub Name Change: His name was changed from Giegue/Gyiyg from the Japanese versions to Giygas in the English translation.
Spell My Name with an S: He was called Giegue in the English translation of the prequel as well. Fandom typically accepts either Giegue or Giygas.
Eldritch Abomination: He doesn't have a form, he exists in the future and the past, and his only dialog is inspired by the trauma of viewing a violent murder scene misinterpreted by Itoi as a rape scene in a movie that scarred him as a child.
Eldritch Location: It's very easy to interpret him as being this as well, as it's implied that he's just that big and distorted.
Evil Feels Good: The most oddest example of the whole trope. Really, he is stated as the "Embodiment of Evil", and Giygas himself states he feels "good".
Evil Is Visceral: He looks like this when the Devil Machine is active. After that... it's a little hard to classify what he looks like, other than horror personified. Giygas's first form provides one of the page images.
Fetus Terrible: Played with. Giygas's final form resembles a sea of screaming faces forming the outline of a fetus.
According to an infamous fan-theory, Giygas is a monstrous fetus, and the main characters have traveled back in time to destroy him in his weakest fetal form. Not entirely nonsensical since he was justforced out of the cervix-shaped Devil's Machine when you finally find him.
Game-Breaking Bug: For a given definition of "bug", it's actually an absolutely fiendish DRM. If the game detects forgery of any sort (including improperly-configured emulators/ROMs), then just before you fight Giygas's second form, the game locks up and deletes all your save files!
A straighter example of the trope in the Super Famicom version, an alternative (not intended) way to defeat Giygas's third form is with Poison. He's supposed to be technically invincible despite the damage numbers shown from attacking him, but Poison doesn't check for this and instead kills him in a few turns. After this, the game either hangs or goes into the Playable Epilogue as per normal. This was fixed in all later versions.
Giant Eye of Doom: In the first phase, Giygas opens a giant eye with Ness's face in the pupil.
Guide Dang It: By the time you reach him at the end of this long game, you'll probably not have used the "Pray" command and possibly even forgot that it exists. Using it is how you beat him.
Hate Plague: Giygas's influence reaches across time and space, fostering evil in the minds of both humans and beasts.
Love Makes You Evil: It's suggested that his highly conflicted feelings of love for Mary and hate for mankind, his weakness in MOTHER, are what pushed him over the edge to turn him into his present form.
Orcus on His Throne: He's immobile while inside the Devil's Machine, so he doesn't really have a say in the matter.
The Power of Hate: Giegue was forced to choose between the love of his adopted mother, Mary, and loyalty to his race. In the original MOTHER, he was defeated when Ninten reminded him of Mary's old lullaby. It won't be so easy this time: Giegue has since resurfaced as a being of pure hate.
Power Incontinence: Once Porky shows his dominance by simply shutting the machine off, Giygas's power spills out and he loses all cohesion.
Turns Red: In his third form, he starts getting two attacks per turn. As he takes more damage, this gets bumped up to three attacks per turn. If you don't start cranking out the prayers right away, he will slaughter even an overlevelled party.
Porky and Picky's incredibly abusive and sadistic father who chastises both of them after they are escorted home by Ness.
Abusive Dad: Big time. In the Japanese version, he actually spanks Porky if the offscreen sounds are to be believed. In the American version, this is replaced with the sound when enemies attack by shouting due to Nintendo's rules of content. Porky then says "I get no dessert for the rest of the decade."
The local treasure hunter residing in a shack next the hill where the meteorite crash-landed. His latest discovery is the strangest yet; a certain artifact would that later set a series of unsettling events in motion for Ness on his journey.