Characters / Klonoa

The cast of the Klonoa series. Be prepared for spoilers, marked or unmarked!

Klonoa

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Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe / Eric Stitt

Klonoa is the young protagonist of the series who, as the "Dream Traveler", is destined to travel to different dream universes and save them from destruction. He is kind-spirited and has a strong sense of justice; he's able to make friends wherever he goes, but he is also shown as naive.

  • Anti-Hero: In Klonoa Heroes, sort of. He is a bounty hunter alongside Guntz and only reaches the Hero Medal Rank of Silver. In all the other games, however, he is pure good.
  • Art Evolution: The original game gave him a younger, more feline design with trousers and a collar. The second game gave him a more standard anthro design (as pictured right), and while the Wii remake of the first game was originally planned to have a total redesign (comparison here, proposed design on the right, final design on the left), fan backlash and overall lack of support from the developers led them to make a third design, which looks like Klonoa meets Mega Man Legends in terms of design.
    • His appearance in the webcomic seems to borrow from all the different designs at once. He now wears his collar from the original game, as well as the shoes from Lunatea's Veil, and a shirt similar to the one he wore in the Wii remake. His irises have also gotten smaller and more slender, to resemble how they looked in the original game.
  • Badass Adorable: Being a fluffy bunny/kitty doesn't stop him from regularly taking down evil Eldritch Abominations
  • Bash Brothers: Is this with Guntz in Namco x Capcom; they even have the brotherly bond to go with it.
  • Blessed with Suck: Because of his duties as the Dream Traveler, Klonoa goes to several fantastical dream worlds, where he embarks on adventures and makes all sorts of close friends along the way... all of which he has to leave behind in the end, and return to wherever it is he resides when not saving anything. Every time. And it's questionable if he even gets to retain the memories of past worlds or the people he met there, considering that he never brings up Huepow or the events of the Door to Phantomile in any subsequent games.
  • Blow You Away: His main move is the "Wind Bullet", and he also has the enemy-freezing Hurricane ability in Door to Phantomile.
  • Break the Cutie: The entirety of the first game is this for him.
  • Catch Phrase: Wahoo!
    • There's also Rupurudu!note  in the games where the everyone speaks "Phantomilian".
  • Costume Evolution: He gets a new outfit every game.
  • Cute Little Fangs: His more recent appearances have these. His original one, on the other hand...
  • Depending on the Writer: Klonoa noticeably tends to be a lot more brattier and short tempered in the GBA games as opposed to his All-Loving Hero status in the main console games.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Klonoa isn't too fond of carrots or tomatoes.
  • Dream Walker: His main character trait is that he's a Dream Traveler who's summoned to dream worlds that are in trouble to save them. His choice in the worlds he visit doesn't seem to be something he can control, and similarly, once he's saved the world, he's usually kicked out against his own will as well sometime later. However, the game leaves it rather ambiguous as to whether this is true or the game series is just a bunch of different dreams a person is having.
  • Drop the Hammer: One of his weapons in Klonoa Heroes.
  • Ear Wings: He can fly with his big, floppy ears for a short period of time, allowing him to clear bigger gaps.

Huepow

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Voiced by: Fujiko Takimoto (Japanese, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile) / Akemi Kanda (Japanese, Klonoa Wii) / Laura Bailey (English, Klonoa Wii)

  • Becoming the Mask: At first, he's only pretending to have been Klonoa's lifelong friend. But as time goes on, he starts to really become friends with him, and is very saddened by the knowledge that Klonoa will have to leave him.
  • Floating Limbs: Before his Wii redesign, floating gloved hands.
  • Living Weapon: He provides Klonoa with the ability to shoot Wind Bullets.
  • King Incognito: More like Prince Incognito. Huepow is actually the prince of the Moon Kingdom, who pretended to be Klonoa's friend to get him to defeat Ghadius and Joka.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He may be a prince, but he still helps Klonoa defeat several nightmare creatures.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Hewpoe, in the remake.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The orb-like form you see throughout most of the game isn't his true form. When he is revealed to be the prince of the Moon Kingdom, we see that his true form is more humanoid.

Lolo

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Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami

  • My Greatest Failure: As revealed during the Maze of Memories level, Lolo failed to become a full priestess by herself in the past, and she was often ridiculed for being weak and a failure. This led to her becoming a...
  • Poisonous Friend: Downplayed. Barring the fact that he was needed to save Lunatea, the real initial reason Lolo agreed to go along with Klonoa was because his power would allow her to finally gain full priestess status. This definitely changes by the end of the game, though, when she gives up her title so that she can earn it again on her own, and breaks down in tears upon finding out that Klonoa can't stay in Lunatea.

Popka

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Voiced by: Wasabi Mizuta

  • Green Eyes: They look more like emeralds than eyes, though.
  • Tagalong Kid: Subverted; a second player can use him to throw Klonoa thus giving Klonoa another jump.

Joka (Joker)

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Voiced by: Bin Shimada / Dave Mallow

A giggling clown-like creature that is one of the main villains in the Klonoa series, appearing in the first game and its spinoffs.

  • Affably Evil: In Namco x Capcom he talks to everyone in a nice tone (most of the time).
  • Archenemy: He could be considered this to Klonoa due to being the most recurring villain in the series.
  • Axe Crazy: He is prone to yelling and committing acts of violence.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He certainly doesn't seem like the type who would commit murder via Frickin' Laser Beams, does he?
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Has black cross/star shaped eyes with no pupils or irides.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Just before the Boss Battle with Baladium, Joka is piloting some kind of flying machine that can launch missiles. Joka has the perfect opportunity to kill Klonoa but he chooses to shoot the corners of the bridge Klonoa is standing on instead. This causes the bridge to become detached and swing back and forth, but leaves Klonoa himself unharmed.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: One of his most recognizable features. It gets creepier in the Wii remake. See Frozen Face below.
  • The Dragon: To Ghadius in Door to Phantomile.
  • Frozen Face: In the Wii remake, he is always smiling, even when scared or angry. Averted in other games, in which he is able to make other facial expressions.
  • Giggling Villain: He has a distinct giggle, contrasting with Ghadius' ominous Evil Laugh.
  • Greed: In the spinoffs, he loves money, and strives to gain more of it.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: a peculiar case, as Klonoa never seems to remember him or what he has done, he plays volleyball with him and calls a truce at the end of one of the games to take a photo.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Detonates into oblivion with a smile on his face in the original game. Same happens in the remake, though he has a perpetual smile anyway.
  • Laughably Evil: At first anyway, this continuously chips away until Ghadius confronts him on his failures.
  • Magical Clown: He may be a bit incompetent, but don't let that fool you! Throughout the course of the series, he exhibits a wide range of magical abilities.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: That is, if those are teeth. It's a little hard to tell.
  • Mundane Utility: Has powerful magic abilities that, in Klonoa Beach Volleyball, he uses to gain more money.
  • The Noseless: In most games except for the Wii remake, in which he is given a small pair of nostrils.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the first game, he becomes a giant floating lizard/turtle-like creature during eclipses.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The scenes before and after his fight in the first game, becoming deadly serious in his bid to hold on to his pride and defeat Klonoa.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Whenever there's a new villain, chances are he's working for them. Despite being the most recurring villain in the series, he has never been a Big Bad, and seems content being the right-hand man.
  • Floating Limbs: He has these in almost every game except for "Door to Phantomile" where he has stick-figure arms and legs.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In the Northern Express world of Dream Champ Tournament, it's stated he's paying off the Moos to hamper his opponent, a tactic which Garlen allows. In his note in Garlen Castle, he claims he'll pay anything to avoid becoming a gear.
  • Slasher Smile: His creepy clown smile is certainly fitting for his wicked personality.
  • Tranquil Fury: As he prepares to face Klonoa in the first game, his demeanour becomes eerily settled and calm as he vows not to let you pass alive, with his voice becoming increasingly deep and echoed. It's at this point we realise he really means business.
  • Villainous Breakdown: You can tell that he is getting increasingly irritated at he continues to meet and hamper Klonoa's progress culminating in an OOC moment.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Throughout most of the series, he is portrayed as an incompetent villain in the same vein as Jessie, James, and Meowth. See O.O.C. Is Serious Business above for a time when he leaned more strongly towards the Monster Clown trope.
  • You Killed My Father: Kills Grandpa for the pendant by blasting him and his home with a giant laser.

Ghadius

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One of Phantomile's nightmare creatures who seeks to destroy it.

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo / JB Blanc

  • Voice of the Legion: Much more prevalent in the Wii version; in the PlayStation version, you only hear it through his Death Cry Echo.
  • You Have Failed Me: Bellows this out at Joka (word for word in the remake) for failing to dispose of Klonoa. He claims he is uninterested however, confident his plans will succeed regardless (much to Joka's relief).

Nahatomb

Leorina

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Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki

  • Ambition Is Evil: Was a priestess who got fed up waiting for power or recognitions, turning to villainous methods to get it.
  • Ambiguously Human: The closest of any character, along with the High Priestess.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lolo, another priestess who wanted recognition; who was utterly broken upon realizing how selfish her motives were, something Leorina didn't care about until she got a harsher realization.
  • Evil Red Head: At first.
  • Leitmotif: A very sophisticated, yet dark theme played on a harpsichord.
  • The Rival: She goes so far as to make a fake Wind Ring in the real one's likeness.

The King Of Sorrow

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"If sorrow is so unwelcome here..."
"Who cares if the world is destroyed..."

The main antagonist of Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil. As his name suggests, he is the ruler of Hyuponia, the Kingdom of Sorrow, and the fifth kingdom of Lunatea that was hidden away from the world when the other Lunateans refused to accept sorrow.

  • Big Bad: Of Lunatea's Veil.
  • Creepy Child: With the creepy eyes, monotone, and emotionless-ness to boot.
  • Death Equals Redemption: After the battle with him, he fades out of existence in Klonoa's arms, albeit knowing that the Lunateans won't forget sorrow anymore. It appears that the King was reborn and can now be happy, as he is shown smiling while the High Priestess holds him in the credits.
  • Evil Counterpart: Not evil, per se, but he could be definitely be seen as a parallel to Klonoa, being of a similar species and even wearing a collar like Klonoa used to. In addition, both have (or had) important occupations that involve taking care of a lot of other people (the Dream Traveler and the ruler of the Kingdom of Sorrow), both are pretty young to be doing such things in the first place, and both have kinda suck-ish lives in hindsight... One big difference would be that while Klonoa must always leave his home to continue with his duties, the King of Sorrow's job actually prevented him from leaving Hyuponia, and so all the citizens either abandoned him or died out. Another could be that while Klonoa chooses to put his own feelings and sorrows on hold for the sake of others, the King is completely driven by his own sadness and hatred.
  • Knight Templar: He will bring sorrow back to Lunatea, even if doing so destroys the world in the process.
  • Last of His Kind: He's the ruler and sole resident left in the entire Kingdom of Sorrow.
  • No Name Given: He's only referred to by his title, with no indication of what his name actually is.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: In a series where final bosses tend to be monstrous Eldritch Abominations, the King of Sorrow stands out as being a Cartoon Creature who's only slightly taller than Klonoa himself. Even so, he's the final boss for a reason.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He may look cute from a distance, but then the camera zooms up close to his face when Klonoa first encounters him. His pupils are disturbingly tiny which makes him look much less cute and much more murderous. The reason why his eyes are deep red is because of the mass amounts of crying.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He was secretly manipulating Klonoa (and everyone else) so that they would make the Kingdom of Sorrow reappear and allow it to become part of Lunatea again. He also has no problem with personally destroying the world when this backfires.
  • Slasher Smile: It's small and easy to miss, but boy is it unnerving when he gets it.
  • Tragic Villain: All the King really tried to do was make the rest of Lunatea remember sorrow (which they had previously shunned) and by extension his kingdom and he himself, so that Lunatea would be in balance again, Hyuponia would be saved from ruin, and he would no longer have to take in all the world's sorrow alone. He was just having a really hard time getting this to work out towards the end. Put yourself in his shoes for a moment. All of the pain that the entire world could ever feel, is what you end up feeling on a daily basis, and you can't confess your sorrows to anyone else. Yeesh.
  • Walking Spoiler: Look at all the white spaces. It's very, very hard to talk about his true role in Lunatea's Veil without giving away a large portion of the plot. His name alone invokes massive spoilers to his role in the game.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Leorina gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal!, he loses it and goes Axe Crazy. Granted, putting up with all the sorrow in the entire world by himself might also have been a factor.

Pango

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I think he's some kind of armadillo...maybe

Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka

  • Berserk Button: Here you have a guy who could give Klonoa a run for his money in the kindness department, but bad mouth his sick son and let's just say you have to be a real beast to be able to out-swear and scare Guntz.
  • Cool Old Guy: Not that old but is the oldest of the group and a father but that does not stop him from being Cool or Fun.
  • Gentle Giant: That is if he isn't pushed to far.
  • Mad Bomber: A nice and gentle version. That is unless you badmouth his sick son.
  • Papa Wolf: His main goal in Klonoa Heroes is to find a cure for his comatose son.
  • Power Trio: Part of one alongside Klonoa and Guntz.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A pangolin.

Guntz

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Guess what he's named for.

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

  • Adorkable: Seeing his sea sickness as well as his fanboy tendencies when involving guns and he is up there with Klonoa on the adorable chart.
  • Bash Brothers: Is this with Klonoa in Namco x Capcom
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad was actually killed by Janga, which prompts Guntz to hunt down the latter for revenge.
  • Expy: His black fur, tragic backstory, and use of guns, among other things, makes him very similar to Shadow the Hedgehog.
  • Fanboy: Believe it or not he shows it in Klonoa Heroes where he flips out about a gun. He goes into great detail about it and even gets mad at Klonoa for recklessly touching it.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Not even when he's driving.
  • Jerkass Façade: In Klonoa Heroes at least. When introduced he steals a flower from Klonoa but took good care of it before giving it back to him because he knew it was rare. He does some Jerk things during the game but all are fueled by his desire to avenge his father or feeling that he is in a situation where he has to do what he has to in order to protect himself and others. When he drops the mask he is shown to deeply care for his friends especially Klonoa. It is also supported by Janga before Guntz attempts to kill him that Butz (Guntz's Father) raised him right and to be a hero and would not approve of killing even his enemies.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: More so in the Klonoa heroes interpretation where he warms up to Klonoa a lot quicker and shows general concern for his safety in Namco x Capcom.
  • Noble Wolf: He may be a bit rude and aloof, but this wolf is definitely a good guy.
  • Punny Name: Guntz. Guess what his weapons are.
  • Roaring Rampageof Revenge: A calm case in Klonoa Heroes where he is hunting down Janga at all costs. It shows up again when he decides to let Janga live because his father would disapprove of Guntz killing him but when Janga turns around and sneak attacks him but got Klonoa instead all of Guntz's mercy officially ran out and he shoots to kill.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Also called Gantz.
  • True Companions: Becomes this in Klonoa Heroes with Klonoa and Pango
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He's a well-known and feared bounty hunter... who cannot stomach being on boats in the slightest. Swimming is just fine, but boats are out.

Janga

A foul-mouthed, feline-like purple creature who wears a coat, scarf, and Nice Hat. He was once a Hunter along with Guntz's Father, Butz but killed him at the request of Garlen. He seeks to harvest nightmare for his own purposes.

  • Poisonous Person: His claws are very venomous, and can inject someone with so much as a scratch.
  • Red Baron: "Poison Claws" Janga
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a very impressive, long scarf.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Lets just say that in Japanese, he could probably use a swear-jar.
  • You Killed My Father: He worked with Butz, and eventually they found the Darkness of Nahatomb, when Butz refused to awaken the monster, Garlen had him killed by Janga.

Garlen

Another recurring villain in the series, who was based on Dr. Eggman.

  • Butt Monkey: More so than any other villain. For example, in Klonoa Beach Volleyball, Hewpoe complains that it's unfair that Garlen gets to ride in a machine. So Garlen gives the other competitors machines too. Cue Gilligan Cut to show that Garlen was easily beaten.
  • Cartoon Creature: He looks human-like for the most part, but he has ears like a dog.
  • Expy: Of Eggman, as mentioned above.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Subverted. Although he does wear an eyepatch, he's kind of an incompetent weakling.
  • Green and Mean: Wears a green coat.
  • Laughably Evil: Even In-Universe, few take him seriously.
  • Mad Scientist: He can build all sorts of robots and giant mechs to use for his nefarious plans.
  • Red Right Hand: As well as the aforementioned eyepatch, he also has a metal claw for a hand.

Chipple

A recurring hero, Chipple is a kangaroo who loves boxing and strives to get better at it.

Emperor Jillius

A disgruntled emperor who is plagued with insomnia. Because he cannot sleep, he has forbidden dreaming from his empire. Klonoa and Huepow run afoul of him when they enter his empire by dreaming. His first and only appearance is in Klonoa: Empire of Dreams.

  • Cartoon Creature: What is he? A koala? A fox?
  • Classy Cravat: Tops off his fancy robe with a frilly cravat adorned with a purple jewel.
  • Cool Crown: A deep purple crown bearing his empire's insignia.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Zig-zagged. When Klonoa first meets him, he is rather rude, and punishes Klonoa for dreaming, but is willing to spare his life. Later, Klonoa is led to believe that he was the villain. Then Bagoo reveals himself as the true Big Bad, and after Klonoa defeats him and saves the empire, Jillius realizes what he's done, lifts the ban on dreaming, and ultimately becomes a kindly ruler.
  • Heel Realization: When Klonoa saves him and his entire empire, he realizes how cruel he's been and becomes a much better emperor.
  • The Insomniac: The reason why he's so cranky. It turns out that Bagoo was the one who caused his insomnia.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Not only are his robe and crown purple, but his fur is also lavender.

Bagoo

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Emperor Jillius' advisor. His biggest role is in Klonoa: Empire of Dreams, though he also makes cameos in Klonoa Beach Volleyball and Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament.

  • Big Bad: Of Empire Of Dreams.
  • The Cameo: He makes an appearance in one of the ending cutscenes of Klonoa Beach Volleyball.
  • Cartoon Creature: You could argue that he takes this Up to Eleven. While Jillius and most of the other Cartoon Creatures in Jillius' empire are at least somewhat easy to identify, it's hard to tell what animal, if any, he is supposed to be. An anteater or aardvark? Some kind of reptile?
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He appears in the intro and is never seen or mentioned again until the end, when he is revealed to be the villain.
  • Evil All Along: He was the one who placed the curse on the empire.]]
  • Evil Chancellor: To Emperor Jillius.
  • Final Boss: Of Empire of Dreams.
  • Green and Mean: He is the true villain, and he wears a green robe and hat.
  • Jerkass: He seems a little eager to punish Klonoa. When Jillius decides not to, Bagoo is clearly surprised.

Tenebrae Hue

The main antagonist of the short-lived webcomic. He is an evil lion who seeks to use the powerful Noctis Sol for his own ends.

Nightmare Klonoa

An evil version of Klonoa who only appears in the webcomic. He first appears bullying Lolo, and later teams up with Tenebrae Hue.

  • Balloon Belly: Falls victim to this when Klonoa inflates him with his Wind Ring.
  • The Bully: In his first appearance, he is taunting Lolo and telling her that Klonoa is gone forever.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: His use of grays and blacks contrasts Klonoa's brightly-colored clothes, and emulates how the universe of the particular game he comes from has no color. The only exceptions are his eyes.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Klonoa.
  • Fangs Are Evil: His fangs are more prominent than Klonoa's.
  • Fur and Loathing: Has fur-trimmed clothes.
  • Jerkass: Not only does he spend most of his appearance in the webcomic tormenting Lolo just for kicks, he has a more smug, juvenile-delinquent-esque attitude than other villains in the series.
  • Obviously Evil: Justified, as he was created to be an evil version of Klonoa and is pretty much an amalgamation of various villainous tropes with Klonoa's appearance. This even extends to the logo on his hat, which is one of the ghosts from Pac-Man rather than Pac-Man himself.
  • Smug Snake: He's visibly pleased with himself for making Lolo cry. That smirk stays on his face until the real Klonoa shows up and fights back.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His shoes are cleats with cartoonishly large spikes on them, his collar is spiked, and even the fluff on his ears and cheeks is spikier than Klonoa's. He also has noticeable claws underneath his gloves.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: The only part of his body with color are his sinister yellow eyes.
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