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Lucas
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Cheer up!

The protagonist of the second half of the game. He starts as a shy, sheltered boy, but grows on his journey across the Islands.
  • Combat Medic: Continues the series' trend of the main protagonist being the game's primary healer, complete with a vast arsenal of healing and protection abilities to use on himself and his allies:
    • Healing Hands: Lifeup to replenish HP, and Healing to remove status effects and revive fallen party members.
    • Barrier Warrior: The various Shield and Counter techniques.
    • Super Strength/Super Toughness: Can bestow both with Offense Up and Defense Up.
    • Healing Factor: Refresh, which gives him and all his allies a fraction of their HP back every turn. Being one of his most insanely useful techniques since it can render everyone immortal in regular gameplay due to how the HP system works, it's naturally the last skill he gets by level.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Lucas was made to endure quite a bit of horror before his teen years, what with seeing his mother manhandled before his eyes, his brother disappeared after trying to get revenge on what killed her, and his father almost entirely abandoning him trying to find said brother. He's no doubt more than a little jaded after the Time Skip (though thanks to becoming a Silent Protagonist and the Gainax Ending, exactly how jaded is debatable).
  • Cosmic Plaything: His mother dies, his brother goes missing and turns up as an evil cyborg, and his father goes nearly insane with grief. Even the dog is upset about it.
  • Covert Pervert: Only one instance, but when Kumatora is showering, you (as Lucas) have to approach the door to proceed with the game. Not really a Shower Scene though, as she comes out all dressed after you try to enter.
  • The Dreaded: Lucas constantly running afoul of the Pigmasks and winning against them earns him quite the reputation among them. Especially when he beats the Masked Man. The Pigmasks who bore witness to that are so shocked and afraid that they peel out of the area at speeds that would impress Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • Gameplay and Story Integration: Not only do Pigmasks fought in cutscene events back the heck off after you beat them, but if Lucas's level is high enough, Pigmasks encountered in the field will actually flee at the sight of him like other underlevelled enemies.
  • The Hero: Not at first, but it's there by the second half of the game.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Lucas is timid and gentle, while Claus is more outgoing and excitable.
  • Simple Staff: Other than the occasional Yoyo, these are his Weapon of Choice.
  • Silent Protagonist: Assumes the role from Chapter 3 onwards. Except for a brief moment in Chapter 1, everything he says over the course of the story pre-Time Skip is the rest of the cast Repeating so the Audience Can Hear.
    • Played with in Chapter 7 when Lucas finds Kumatora and the Magypsy Doria, at which time she is trying to introduce the current party to her; she hurriedly whispers to Lucas asking what his dog's name is, and he clearly whispers back. This exchange isn't given any real dialogue.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Lucas and Claus are anagrams of each other.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His defining moment is definitely when he takes the baby and mother Dragos to save Kumatora, Salsa, and Wess from the Pigmasks.
  • Unlikely Hero: Claus's shirt is blue and yellow—the same color as Ninten's and Ness's before him. He also acts like a Hot-Blooded hero, capable of ridiculously selfless and suicidal actions on behalf of the people he cares about. Everything about him is deliberately engineered to scream "hero!"... but it's the timid Lucas who gets saddled with the position instead. Ironically, Claus's heroic traits are what lead to him ending up brainwashed and fighting against Lucas on the side of the antagonists, the Pigmasks.

Duster
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Tonda gossa.

A "thief" who doesn't do much in the way of thieving, though manages some impressive athletic feats with his permanently injured leg. He accompanies Lucas on his journey across the Islands in search of the Egg of Light and, later, the Needles. Quite an accomplished musician, as well.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He's even asleep on his naming screen! Boney has to drag him by the neck through the rain during most of his introduction scene. It's implied that he's a night owl, but still, it takes about three quarters of the cutscene for him to finally wake up.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His Thief Tools (wall staples, a scary mask, a siren beetle, a tickle stick, smoke bombs, and a hypno-pendulum) are all things he can use in fights. All of them inflict status effects similar and/or identical to Kumatora's.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He doesn't hit as hard as Lucas, his Thief Tools have lower success rates than PSI, and he's a little slower than Boney. Despite this, he's still a very versatile and useful party member.
    • Lightning Bruiser: He has the second-highest HP and physical attack and the second-highest speed, barely behind Lucas and Boney respectively. With a limp.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In chapter 4, the bassist of the DCMC, Lucky, is revealed to be Duster with amnesia.
  • Mushroom Samba: Along with quite a bit of terror.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: After the mission in Osohe Castle that Wess sends him on, he's never shown stealing anything, despite being classed as a thief. Possibly a hint toward the true nature of his "job", as Leder reveals in Chapter 8 that Wess and Duster merely took on the role of thieves in the new society to protect the Egg of Light.
  • Smelly Feet: Joked around with his smelly socks.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: Wall staples, which can be driven into the wall.

Kumatora
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Outta my way, dammit!

The brash, bold Princess of Osohe Castle. She is extremely well-versed in psychic techniques despite her young age; particularly in the branches that allow for severely injuring others. She accompanies Lucas on his journey across the Islands in search of the Egg of Light and, later, the Needles.
  • Bathtub Scene: Played with and averted (though really, what were you expecting from 16-bit overworld sprites?). It merely appears to be Kumatora (it was actually Ionia) in a hot spring, and the second time when it's actually her in the shower, she isn't actually seen and in fact gets out all dressed up the second the player tries to peek (funnily, you have to approach the shower door to proceed with the plot).
  • Bifauxnen: A little kid mistakes her for a boy at some point in Chapter 2.
  • Black Magician Girl: Is this in contrast to Lucas's skillset.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Comparing Kumatora to the other female NPC's, this can be the case.
  • Cry Cute: During the ending. Unfortunately, since it only happens on the "The End?" screen, we can't see it, but we can take Duster's words for it: she looks really cute when she cries.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She's a princess in name only.
  • Happily Adopted: As she lost both her parents as a baby before being taken away on the "white ship"; the Magypsies agreed to raise her as their own.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Kumatora is universally described as strong, tough, and masculine, and off-screen, is capable of single-handedly smacking down two bodyguards that Lucas isn't even allowed to approach because they're too dangerous. Yet in actual combat she's a Squishy Wizard who has the overall lowest physical damage ratio, even compared to a dog.
  • Girliness Upgrade: While disguised as Yoshi-Koshi ("Violet" in the Fan Translation) in Club Titiboo, she undergoes this, hating every second of it.
  • Rebellious Princess: Though she turns out not to really be the princess of anything.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In her normal attire, a little girl mistakes her for a guy. In Chapter 4, however, she has to disguise as a waitress to get behind-the-scenes at Club Titiboo in order to convince an amnesiac Duster who he really is. Suddenly, many of the men find her attractive. Even Lucas, who for all we know hadn't seen Kumatora since three years ago, has to be constantly reminded to keep a straight face because of how drastic the change is.

Boney
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Woof woof! (I can take you for a walk if you'd like, Lucas.)

The family dog of the twins. An intelligent, responsible creature who sticks by Lucas on his long journey.
  • Action Pet: He's in your party for a reason.
  • Ambiguous Gender: We never actually find out if Boney's supposed to be male or female. Averted in the English Fan Translation, which defaults to masculine pronouns.
  • Enemy Scan: His sniff ability. Some enemies either have no scent or one that Boney can't handle.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: During the Mushroom Samba on Tanehineri/Tanetane Island, Boney starts barking whenever the party encounters a hallucinatory monster. He also won't follow you into the luxurious hot spring - for good reason...

    Lucas's Family 
Claus
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...make SURE you eat the core!

Lucas's twin brother. He is Lucas's exact opposite; energetic, stubborn, and brash.

For more information, see the Masked Man's character tropes.
  • After Action, Villain Analysis: "He was just hasty... You'll forgive your hasty brother, won't you?"
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: "I'm gonna get stronger. ...I'm gonna get so strong even Dragos won't stand a chance against me!"
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Porky states at the end of the game that the Masked Man is nothing but a puppet, and there isn't a shred of humanity left in him. This is supported earlier in the game when Phrygia can sense Lucas's heart after he pulls his share of Needles, but not the heart of Claus, even though he's been pulling Needles as well. It isn't until the end of the game that Claus regains his humanity, after his mother's voice pleads with him.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He goes from a hyperactive, cheery kid to a silent, emotionless Pigmask Army Commander.
  • Harmful to Minors: His mom, for one.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Claus becomes this after attempting to avenge his mother's death with the Mecha-Drago. Eventually, he is seen face down at the end of Chapter 1, presumably dead or just barely alive. He later is used by the Pigmasks to aid the pulling of the Seven Needles.
  • Keet: He even wears bright colors!
  • Musical Spoiler: A subtle hint about the Masked Man's true identity is that the sound used for the Masked Man's sword attack is a sitar, which is the same attack sound used for Claus when he's briefly playable.
  • Never Found the Body: Well, Flint never did despite his greatest efforts. The Pigmasks, though...
  • Not Quite Dead: When the Pigmasks found him. Arguably his fate as the Masked Man as well: heartless, reconstructed and (according to Porky, at least) with no human identity of his own.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lucas, blue, and Claus, red. They switch colors following Claus's reconstruction into the Masked Man.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Lucas is timid and gentle, while Claus is more outgoing and excitable. This will prove to be Claus's downfall.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Lucas and Claus are anagrams of each other.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's very difficult to talk about him without accidentally giving away his fate by the end of Chapter 1.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: The Pigmasks found his fallen body and turned him into their cyborg commander.

Flint
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I wonder what's under that hat? Nothing. He's bald as a bean!

Lucas and Claus's father, and husband of Hinawa. Though quiet and fairly stoic, he cares for his family deeply.
  • Badass Longcoat: His design in the scrapped N64 version. This was most likely removed to make animations clearer.
  • Badass Normal: In a world where the mooks wield ray guns and the heroes wield psychic powers, he's still more than capable of making his way on his quest with nothing more than a good block of wood.
  • Bald of Awesome: That's right - he's bald as a bean.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Primarily uses sticks as weapons.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The second person controlled, and the first who does any serious fighting. The ending narration of chapter two restates that he's going to continue to be a major player on the good guy's side. However, he never takes an active role in the plot again after that. Though he does help out in the eleventh hour.
    • Compounded by the advertising campaign for Earthbound 64, where most video and screenshots were taken from the first chapter - leading many to believe, as early as 1999, that Mother 3 would be about Flint the cowboy rather than a young boy as is the series tradition. Of course, those who payed closer attention to the screenshots released could tell that Flint wouldn't be present for the entire game - though the fact that the Earthbound 64 trailer shows him clinging to the Pigmask airship at the end of Chapter 5, as well as the fact that his unused clinging sprite still exists in the GBA version, suggests that Flint really was planned to have a more active role in the later parts of the adventure during development.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Chapter 1. The forest gets set on fire, a friend of his is injured, his wife Hinawa is killed, he has a freakout that leads to him getting thrown in jail, and one of his sons tries to avenge Hinawa and is (presumably) killed. All of this within the space of a day or so.
    • Iron Woobie: Much of what applies to Lucas also applies to him.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: He has a cowboy hat that achieves this, and an early sight gag involving soot makes this more noticeable, although this wasn't the case in the scrapped N64 version. Turns out he's bald.
  • Happily Married: To Hinawa.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After the news of Hinawa's death is relayed to him.
  • Made of Iron: Special mention goes to when he takes two PK Love Ω's for Lucas. Though he's knocked out for a bit, he eventually gets up like nothing happened.
  • Nice Hat: Flint wouldn't be Flint without his signature cowboy hat.
  • Papa Wolf: A deconstruction; he gets so torn up about Claus's disappearance that he spends most of the game neglecting his other son in his rampant search for him.
    • During the final battle between Lucas and the Masked Man (who in reality is a brainwashed Claus) Flint will try and protect Lucas, taking two rounds of heavy damage for him.
  • Parental Neglect: To Lucas. While his leaving the Courage Badge (read: Franklin Badge) at home to prevent their home from getting torched by the lightning had probably saved Lucas's life a number of times, this is all he did for those three years; the rest of it was spent searching for Claus at every opportunity, and it's all but implied that Lucas and his father didn't talk much during that time.
  • Please Keep Your Hat On: Not to say he doesn't look cool without it.

Hinawa
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You must be so exhausted.

Lucas and Claus's mother, and wife of Flint. She is warm and loving, and wholly devoted to the care of her family. Even in death.
  • Back from the Dead: As a spirit, seen once in the beginning of Chapter 6, and again at the end to bring Claus back to his senses. Implied to be helping Lucas and friends out several more times during the story.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: The only color she's seen wearing is red, and she dies from a wound to the heart.
  • Happily Married: To Flint.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Lucas and Claus from the Mecha-Drago at the cost of her own life.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Sunflowers are associated with her presence throughout the game. In Chapter 6, Lucas even sees her ghost in a sunflower field.
    • Meaningful Name: Coincidentally or not, her name is a few letters off from the Japanese word for sunflower, himawari.

    Allies 
Wess

Duster's elderly father, and mentor in the Thief Arts. He is an extremely competent fighter and dancer... despite his advanced age.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: When Duster brought back the Noble Spitoon from Osohe Castle, Wess FLIPS OUT AND SMASHES IT ON THE GROUND, then comes with Duster to Osohe Castle to guide him so he gets the correct artifact (the Hummingbird Egg) this time. For the rest of the game, he refers to Duster as "Moron."
  • Not So Above It All: He has his moments.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Like Duster, he's a thief - but does very little stealing after the heist on Osohe Castle in Chapter 2. Though he does steal the Punishizer from Fassad after he and Kumatora free Salsa at the end of Chapter 3.

The Magypsies
Seven mysterious, flighty, and secretive individuals with immense power; capable of bestowing psychic techniques on those they deem worthy. They enjoy tea parties and interior decor. They guard the Seven Needles, and each Magypsy is bound to one by their lifeforce.

Salsa
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"Salsa apologized profusely!"

A cute and talented performing monkey, forced into the service of Fassad under threat of severe harm befalling his lady (monkey) love, Samba.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the star of Chapter 3, but doesn't return afterward until Chapter 7, where he and his girlfriend save Lucas from certain devouring by the Ultimate Chimera. Even then, he's only back in the party very briefly, and vanishes from the story entirely after that.
  • Apologetic Attacker: One of Salsa's skills is to "apologize profusely" to the enemy. This is a Continuity Nod to one of Porky's totally useless actions when he's a Guest Star Party Member in EarthBound. Unlike Porky's, though, it actually does something.
  • Butt Monkey: Literally.
  • Electric Torture: Constantly on the wrong side of it, to the point that it REALLY stops being funny after the first few times.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Pigmasks have his girlfriend.
  • Punny Name: Salsa's Japanese name "Sarusa" combines the Japanese word for "monkey" ("saru") with a type of dance. Appropriately, he's a monkey that has several prominent dance scenes.
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear: Perhaps the only reason he returns to the party at all is so you can try to prevent this.
  • Team Pet: Sort of fills the role in a couple places, most notably when teamed up with Kumatora.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of Chapter 3, he's left in Kumatora's care. When Lucas catches up to her 3 years later, he's nowhere to be seen. Later on, we find out that he did find his girlfriend, but at some point they were both caught by the Chimera Laboratory. Which it turns out was close to Club Titiboo, where Kumatora worked. So they did stick close to each other.
  • What Might Have Been: Salsa and his girlfriend originally had a scene in the ending during all the upheaval after Lucas pulled the last Needle, but it was strangely Dummied Out.

    Antagonists 
Yokuba/Fassad/Locria
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A suspicious travelling salesman, hawking "happiness" in the form of Happy Boxes and town renovation. He enlists Salsa's help as his assistant, shocking him repeatedly for punishment or just to spite him. He is in the service of King P and the Pigmasks, and ushers in the corruption that destroys Tazmily.

He is very strongly implied to be Locria, the seventh and final Magypsy.
  • Arab Oil Sheikh: Fassad looks like one, in any case.
    • It's also worth noting that 'Fassad' is an Arabic word that means 'corruption'. It's also a pun on Façade (no, not the game). And it's not even official - his actual name is Yokuba (based on 'greed' in Japanese).
  • Back from the Dead: After falling from Thunder Tower, he's brought back to life with two musical horns attached.
  • Bad Boss: He's horribly cruel to Salsa for absolutely no reason.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: After you defeat Miracle Fassad for the last time, he falls into a sewer, too wounded to so much as move. Since he's later revealed to be a Magypsy, this means that he's stuck, drowning, immobile, and alive, until the Needle is pulled at the end of the game.
  • Guest Star Party Member: A notable one, as it's likely that he'll be the one doing all the damage while Salsa is taking all the hits (and doing his best to disable enemies so he doesn't get hit).
  • Hate Sink: He will make you want to choke him to death before Salsa's chapter is over.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Miracle Fassad tried PK Starstorm!
  • Insists on Paying: During his stay in the Yado Inn in Tazmily Village, he insists to pay money for the night (even though the townspeople never use or heard the term "money"). Unlike most examples, this is meant to be seen as villainous rather than humble, since he's rejecting their hospitality in favor of making it a cold transaction.
  • Kick the Dog: To Salsa. Over. And over. And over. To the point of instant Moral Event Horizon.
  • Make an Example of Them: Anyone who doesn't play ball and purchase a high quality Happy Box gets their house torched by lightning.
  • Meaningful Name: Fassad's unaltered Japanese name is Yokuba, which comes from the Japanese word for "greed". His name in the fan translation comes from the Arabic word for "corruption" and coincidentally, it sounds like the word "façade". Fassad could also be something of a reference to Lier X. Agerate, a minor character from EarthBound.
    • Also Locria, which is all but stated to be the same character as Fassad. As the Magypsies are named after the modes of the diatonic scale, the Locrian mode is also known as the 'Diabolus in Musica', a Latin phrase meaning 'Devil in Music', in reference to its dissonant tone. This is likely the reason why the name "Locria" was chosen for the traitorous Magypsy.
  • Musical Spoiler: His horns the second and third time around play a somewhat messy version of the Magypsy's theme whenever he talks.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Lucas and his friends for pushing him off Thunder Tower. He actually slipped off the tower accidentally due to his careless habit of leaving banana peels around.
  • No-One Could Have Survived That: His fall off Thunder Tower, not that it stops the Pigmasks from rebuilding him. Justified in that he's immortal.
  • One-Hit Kill: He has a move where he "emits a dazzling light". It can instantly kill a party member, no matter how much health they have.
  • Pet the Dog: Locria's pet mouse, who described him as the kindest, most generous person he ever knew.
    "I don't think Locria is coming back anymore. Oh, me? I'm a mouse Locria liked to dote over. He had a creepy "Nwehehehehe" laugh, so he might've seemed like a mean person in most people's eyes, but he was very nice to me, at least. Do you think he'll be coming home soon? I'm so lonely."
    • A scene on the MOTHER 3 website depicts Fassad taking care of the mouse in Locria's home, completely confirming his identity, although for whatever reason this isn't in the final game.
  • The Reveal: While you're heading through the Empire Porky Building, you come across a Magypsy's shell home. Inside you find several banana peels, a pair of musical horns, and Fassad's clothing, and nearby you'll meet a mouse who describes the missing Magypsy's characteristic laugh.
  • Running Gag: Fassad isn't afraid to stop whatever he's doing to eat a banana then throw the peel on the floor. This turns out to be his quite literal downfall at the top of Thunder Tower.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Wouldn't YOU be happier with a Happy Box?
  • The Speechless: He requires a robotic interpreter after he is rebuilt as a cyborg, since he can only vocalize by blowing through the horns in his nose.
  • Standard Status Effects: During his boss fights, he often inflicts various status effects, such as nausea, forgetfulness, and fleas.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Fassad may be a chode, but he's an effective teammate (a lot more than Porky or Thomas), and a lot stronger than Salsa. Itoi intentionally wanted to provoke this feeling in players themselves.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Luxury Bananas. They even heal him for more than they heal your party members.
  • Turncoat: See "The Reveal."
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Inverted — the rest of the Magypsies are all psychic crossdressing guardians for good, except the comparatively conservatively-dressed Fassad (Locria).
  • We Can Rebuild Him: After he falls of Thunder Tower, the Pigmasks rebuild him into a cyborg who has horns sticking out of his nose.

Ultimate Chimera
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Created to be the ultimate killing machine, the Ultimate Chimera was released by Salsa and Samba in their attempt to escape the Pigmask Army. It chases Lucas and Boney around the Chimera Laboratory before being shut off by the monkeys. Later appears in the restroom area of the Empire Porky Building

Masked Man
Click here to see what he looks like major spoilers 

The silent, foreboding commander of the Pigmask Army. He is the only individual aside from Lucas capable of pulling the Needles, and is Lucas's main rival in deciding the fate of the world.

For more character tropes, see Claus's character entry.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Top prize for being arguably the strongest member of the army, as he was able to cast lightning to knock out the entire party (thrice, the third time, only one is left standing). Not to mention his ability to use PK Love and the ultimate sacrifice he pulls in the endgame.
  • Berserk Button: Put up any sort of damage-lessening shield, and he will respond with the Shield Killer followed by his strongest PSI attack. Revive any of your teammates in the final battle, and he'll immediately knock them back down by electrocution, followed by PK Love Ω.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Porky states at the end of the game that the Masked Man is nothing but a puppet, and there isn't a shred of humanity left in him. This is supported earlier in the game when Phrygia can sense Lucas's heart after he pulls his share of Needles, but not the heart of Claus, even though he's been pulling Needles as well. It isn't until the end of the game that Claus regains his humanity, after his mother's voice pleads with him.
  • Call Back: The background in his final battle is from Ness's Nightmare.
  • Cool Mask: His helmet. It doesn't cover his whole face, but it's enough to hide his identity.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Three of them are courtesy of him. One to the party, one to Flint offscreen, and one to the party again if you count everyone but Lucas - who won't attack - being wiped out.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Claus goes from a hyperactive, cheery kid to a silent, emotionless Pigmask Army Commander.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Dressed mainly in black, wears a Cool Mask, is a cyborg, he has his own Laser Blade. And is revealed to be Lucas's brother.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Poor Lucas...
  • The Dragon: For Chapters 7 and 8.
    • Dragon Their Feet: Even with Master Porky gone, the Masked Man is still under orders to pull the final Needle — and nothing will dissuade him from that task.
  • The Voiceless: While there are several examples given that he can speak, he never actually gets any dialogue. The only time we see him speak at all is while his back is to the screen and a Pigmask is berating a Clayman for not being able to break down a door, if only to tell that Pigmask to back away so he can bomb the door along with the Clayman.

King Porky
Click here to see what he looks like major spoilers 

The reclusive "king" of New Pork City, and leader of the Pigmask Army. He has a certain penchant for childlike and self-aggrandizing behavior.

For more character tropes, see Porky/Pokey's character entry on the EarthBound page.
  • Allegorical Character: Well, Itoi did say he represents and symbolizes humanity.
    • Embodiment of Vice: While Giygas is the "Embodiment of Evil" back in EarthBound, Porky is the embodiment of humanity's vices. Makes you think what Itoi had in mind when creating this character.
  • Allergic to Routine
  • Almighty Idiot: Although he is not, physically, an Eldritch Abomination (well, the protagonists may see him as one, maybe even a Humanoid Abomination), he did drive himself insane through his constant time travelling, as evidence from his Motive Rant. Very ironic indeed.
  • The Aloner: This can be debated whether or not everyone, except Porky, died or not in the ending. Of course, they seem to be okay, and it wouldn't make sense for the Absolutely Safe Capsule to be rolling around in their afterlife, but we don't really know for sure. But what we DO know is that Porky will exist for eternity.
    • The Pigmask music plays at one point during. the END? screen. He's still around.
  • And I Must Scream: Porky's fate at the end... though (as Dr. Andonuts says in-game) it may be exactly what he wanted. Notice that he's still sticking his tongue out at you even after it's revealed that he's trapped forever, and the capsule is described as rolling around happily during the ending.
  • Animal Motifs: Pigs, for fairly obvious reasons.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: The Friend's Yo-yo, the various fake weapons and apparel and the theater in New Pork City may be tributes to Ness.
  • Badass Mustache: Looks like a fu manchu, funny enough.
  • Bad Boss: He rules his army and the Nowhere Islands with an iron fist.
  • Big Bad: Of the 3rd game.
  • Big Entrance: When you first encounter him.
  • Blinding Bangs: Continuing the tradition of being mildly creepy.
  • Body Horror: Even worse than before.
  • Boss Remix: Has a short section of His Highness' Theme, but otherwise its original.
  • Break the Haughty: The Absolutely Safe Capsule accomplishes this.
  • The Caligula: He passes himself off as a great hero, despite corrupting the once vibrant world into an industrial wasteland, and using anything and anyone he can get his hands on as his personal playthings. At the end, he reveals his plans to awaken the Dark Dragon and see what happens, probably dooming what is left of civilization, all for a quick laugh.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Stated in-game that he thinks everything is just a big game (humorously enough that this is actually a video "game"), to him.
  • The Chessmaster: It's as though the Nowhere Islands is just a theatrical play for him.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Well, he thinks he is still one.
  • Continuity Nod: His playroom is full of small nods to EarthBound, and his first battle theme against his robots is an 8-bit throwback, just like in the previous game.
  • Depraved Bisexual: If you interpret his "fan room" as a thinly disguised harem, he has one of the kissing oxygen machines in there...
  • Dirty Coward: Although he does pack quite a punch when it comes to him as a boss, he still cowers away to his Absolutely Safe Capsule to avoid submitting to the heroes.
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He attempts to destroy the entire world simply because it contains people who won't be friends with him.
  • Dissonant Serenity: You gotta admit, his monologue is fairly creepy because of the awful amount of serenity in it. And to think it is also accompanied with chilling and disquieting laughter.
  • Dragon Ascendant: The Dragon to Giygas in the previous game until he's taken out, he then eventually makes it to the Nowhere Islands where the events of the game take place, and becomes the Big Bad there.
  • Elderly Immortal: Type E.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: There's a restaurant in New Pork City staffed by robotic replicas of his permanently estranged mother.
  • Evil Albino: Even though he is not inherently albino, as evidenced from EarthBound, he is practically drained of color and his sprite is white as snow. It is suggested it was from his constant time travelling.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Just look at him. It can be his meddling with time travel that made him look like this, but it doesn't hide the fact that he was evil while doing it.
  • Evil Old Guy
  • Evil Overlord
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: The Tazmily Villagers see him as a true hero. He himself even says this in his Motive Rant, but the word "hero" can be interpreted in several ways. Ness? Giygas? Himself, in a way? Who knows?
    "You could've been happy, if only you would've done as I did and obediently followed the visionary, selfish desires of a great hero..."
  • Fatal Flaws: If you hadn't yet noticed, he has quite a lot of vices, (yes, he can apply to all seven of the sins), and maybe even filling the role of most to all of the flaws and vices there are in this site.
  • Fat and Proud: He's pretty self-conscious about his weight. Just look at what his army is based off...
  • Fat Bastard: You have to appreciate his audacity in theming his entire empire and army around his rotund build.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Trapped in a small, indestructible capsule, while both physically and mentally ill; he will still be alive for years to come, even once the world ends.
  • Final Boss: In the sense of being the last major challenge of the game, as the fight afterwards is more of a Post Final Boss.
  • Final Solution: Look to Disproportionate Retribution above.
  • The Hermit: Maybe one of the countless reasons as to why he ducked inside the Absolutely Safe Capsule.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: What some may think the Absolutely Safety Capsule accomplished. Let's also not forget that whatever was under his control was ''probably'' obliberated after the Seven Needles were pulled.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He might look like one, but he might not even be considered one anyway, which way you look at it.
    "?!...What did Porky do?!"
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Totally noticeable, even if he doesn't say it.
  • Ironic Hell: Well, he doesn't necessarily die at the end, but his punishment, never the less, suits him. He tries to get away from the "crushing weight of boredom" all throughout the game, but would spend his eternal life in a small, invincible ball with nothing better to do until the end of time.
  • It Amused Me: Everything he did was because he was bored with omnipotence and wanted a quick laugh.
  • Jerkass: Oh, you have no idea.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Shoots a What the Hell, Hero? and Humans Are Bastards message in his Reason You Suck Speech when you first encounter him. While all of his other messages and reasons are just plain... bad, he later busts out this particular quote when addressing the Tazmily Villagers.
    ""You resorted to blanking your memories to create a new world where humanity's past failures would never be repeated... How stupid can you be?! No matter how much you change the rules, no matter how much you refuse to admit defeat, in the end, the creatures known as "people" will always sign their own death warrant by acting out of stupidity and evil. And then... mankind will be gone for good."
  • Karma Houdini: One of the many ambiguous factors of the games ending is whether or not he's ultimately punished appropriately for his sins. Is being trapped in the Absolutely Safe Capsule for eternity a fitting punishment, not punishment enough, or possibly a fate too terrible for even him? Dr Andonuts implies that he deliberately kept quite about the ASC permanently trapping its user inside so Porky never knew what he was getting himself into, but he also ponders whether it might be exactly what Porky would have wanted anyway. Since we never see Porky try to leave the capsule within the scope of the game, we never get to see his reaction to discovering his imprisonment either way, so in the end we're left without an answer.
  • Kavorka Man: There are many attractive girls (who were obviously brainwashed) in his fan room in the Empire Porky Building.
  • Laughing Mad: When Lucas confronts him in the last dungeon, he reveals that he knows what will happen if the Masked Man pulls the last Needle.... and the prospect of total oblivion sends him into a fit of gibbering, insane laughter.
  • Leitmotif: His Highness' Theme can count as one.
  • Love Hungry: He brainwashes and demands everyone to adore him as their supreme leader. Ultimately, this was one of the reasons why he wanted to destroy the Nowhere Islands, since no one truly did adore him at heart.
    "With my eternal life, I shall see the world through its end. Until everyone who won't like me is gone."
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He tries to destroy the world just for the adrenaline rush, and that's after he corrupted Nowhere Islands.
  • Reality Warper: While he himself is not able to pull the Needles, he is able to let the Masked Man do it for him instead.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Porky is between 1,000 and 10,000 years old when you finally meet him. Maybe...
  • The Reveal: All of a sudden in Chapter 8, when he has only been referred to as "King P" up to that point, an unfamiliar character walks up to the party and nonchalantly tells them that "Master Porky" requests their audience. This nonchalance is justified in that the protagonists wouldn't know about the events of EarthBound; they only know Porky Minch as an emperor, not as former friend or a minion of Giygas. Thanks to his appearance in Super Smash Bros., however, this has quickly fallen into It Was His Sled territory.
  • Spider Tank: As with before, his preferred means of combat.
  • Time Is Dangerous: The body of an invalid old man, with the mind of a deranged child.
  • Visionary Villain: He can pretty much envision the world to be burned to shreds after the final Needle is pulled.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: What did Porky do?! Porky sprayed something! Porky sucked something! Of course, this is in the tradition of MOTHER final bosses, coming after "The Form of Giegue's Attack was Inexplicable" and, of course, the Trope Namer "You Cannot Grasp The True Form of Giygas's Attack." It's mostly parodied in this game though, especially since each and every one of his attacks still have unique text notifications and can be memorized with practice.

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