The cast of the Klonoa series. Be prepared for spoilers, marked or unmarked!
Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe / Eric StittKlonoa 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.
- 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
- 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".
- 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.
- Fake Memories
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: His original design, plus a Ring Around the Collar.
- Happy Ending: Finally gets one in his Klonoa Heroes interpretation.
- Improbable Weapon User: The Wind Bullet ring.
- Kid Hero
- Killer Rabbit: Or rather, killer cat-rabbit... thing.
- Nice Hat: Has a Pac-Man-adorned blue cap.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Shock and Awe: He has the Thunder Hurricane attack in Klonoa Heroes and Namco X Capcom.
- Super Drowning Skills: It's revealed that Klonoa can't swim.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers (without tomatoes, of course).
- True Companions: Forms this with Lolo and Popka in majority of the games. In Klonoa Heroes he forms this with Guntz and Pango.
Voiced by: Fujiko Takimoto (Japanese, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile) / Akemi Kanda (Japanese, Klonoa Wii) / Laura Bailey (English, Klonoa Wii)
- Living Weapon: Type 2.
- Prince Incognito
- Raymanian Limbs: Before his Wii redesign, floating gloved hands.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Hewpoe, in the remake.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Was It All a Lie?
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- Distressed Damsel: In Heroes.
- He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Right before Klonoa leaves Lunatea, she does this. Granted, he did a lot of crying back in Door to Phantomile, so he's probably used to it by now.
- Little Bit Beastly: She has a monkey-like tail and rather big ears, but other than that is one of the more human-looking characters in the series.
- Living Weapon: Type 2.
- 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: 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.
- Red-Headed Heroine
Voiced by: Wasabi Mizuta
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Precious Puppies
- Green Eyes: They look more like emeralds than eyes, though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Limit Break in Klonoa Beach Volleyball.
- Tagalong Kid: Subverted; a second player can use him to throw Klonoa thus giving Klonoa another jump.
- 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
- Beware the Silly Ones
- 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.
- Never mind that, in the first two boss fights he points out the first two bosses weaknesses by warning them to watch out for attacks that can get at their weak spots.
- 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
- Greed: He's GOT to have... money...
- 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.
- Laughably Evil: At first anyway, this continuously chips away until Ghadius confronts him on his failures.
- 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.
- OOC 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.
- Raymanian 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
- 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 OOC 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.
GhadiusOne of Phantomile's nightmare creatures who seeks to destroy it.
Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo / JB Blanc
- All of the Other Reindeer: Life as a Nightmare wasn't kind to Ghadius, and it culminated in him being sealed away. His release is what kicks off the plot of the first game.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Of what little we see of his skin (or whatever skin he even has to begin with), it's completely white.
- Badass Cape: Apparently, it contains a portal into some void where he keeps things. Including Lephise.
- Big Bad: Of Door to Phantomile.
- Bullet Hell: His Boss Battle takes place in one of his own creation, known as the Wheel of Woe.
- Cool Mask: He wears (or perhaps is) a gold-plated bird mask that covers only the top half of his face.
- Dark Is Evil: Pretty self-explanatory, as he is known as the King of Darkness.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Sounds Deep
- High Collar of Doom
- Mook Maker
- Raymanian Limbs: His entire being is made up of a cape, his mask and his gloves. The Wii remake averts this by physically attaching everything to the cape.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Only on his mask though, not that it makes him look any less creepy.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: By the time of Door to Phantomile's events, Ghadius is so incredibly fed up with the world and its inhabitants that he just wants it gone, and thinks nothing of his own inevitable demise as a result.
- Summon Bigger Fish: His plan: summon Nahatomb so that it can destroy the world. The first part succeeds, not so much the second.
- Technicolor Fire
- Voice of the Legion: Much more prevalent in the Wii version; in the PlayStation version, you only hear it through his Death Cry Echo.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Final Boss: Of Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
- Hellish Pupils
- Made of Evil
- Purple Is Powerful
- Summon Bigger Fish: The "Bigger Fish" summoned by Ghadius.
- Womb Level: The second part of its boss battle takes place inside its stomach.
Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki
- Ambiguously Brown
- Ambiguously Human: The closest of any character, along with the High Priestess.
- Evil Red Head: At first.
- Heel-Face Turn
- 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
- "If sorrow is so unwelcome here...""Who cares if the world is destroyed..."
- 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.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep / No Name Given
- 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... so yeah.
- Heel Face Door Slam
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He is the final boss.
- 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.
- Scarf of Asskicking
- 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: 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The "Destroyer of Worlds" part comes full swing after he loses his cool...
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.
- The Big Guy
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 I great detail about it and even gets mad at Klonoa for recklessly touching it.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Not even when he's driving.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Jerkass Fašade: 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
- 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. *
- The Rival
- 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.
JangaA 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.
- Abhorrent Admirer: In Namco X Capcom, he seems to have an attraction to Felicia from Darkstalkers, she finds him despicable.
- Ascended Extra: Went from a passing mention in the Beach Volleyball spin-off, to one of the main villains of Klonoa Heroes.
- Cats Are Mean: He's probably one of THE nastiest characters in this franchise.
- Disney Villain Death: how he's offed in Klonoa Heroes.
- Poisonous Person: His claws are very venomous, and can inject someone with so much as a scratch.
- Purple Is Powerful
- Red Baron: "Poison Claws" Janga
- Scarf of Asskicking
- 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.
GarlenAnother recurring villain in the series, who was based on Dr. Eggman.
- 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
- Laughably Evil
- Mad Scientist
- Red Right Hand: As well as the aforementioned eyepatch, he also has a metal claw for a hand.
ChippleA recurring hero, Chipple is a kangaroo who loves boxing and strives to get better at it.
- Blinding Bangs: His helmet covers the whole top half of his face.
- Boxing Kangaroo
- Red Is Heroic
Emperor JilliusA 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?
- Cool Crown
- The Insomniac
- Purple Is Powerful: Not only are his robe and crown purple, but his fur is also lavender.
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.
- Jerkass: He seems a little eager to punish Klonoa. When Jillius decides not to, Bagoo is clearly surprised.
- Obviously Evil: Let's face it, there's something very... off about him. He's not fooling anyone.
- One-Winged Angel: In the final battle, he turns into a giant winged monster.
- Walking Spoiler: As you may have already noticed.
Tenebrae HueThe main antagonist of the short-lived webcomic. He is an evil lion who seeks to use the powerful Noctis Sol for his own ends.
- Big Bad: Of the webcomic
- Blinding Bangs: His mane covers his eyes.
- Dark Is Evil
- Evil Overlord
- Obviously Evil
- Panthera Awesome
- We Have Reserves: Has no qualms about sacrificing his Mooks.