[[WMG: Ninten]]
A twelve-year-old American boy who lives with his mother, younger twin sisters, and pet dog outside the town of [[StealthPun Mother's]] Day. He sets out to find the Eight Melodies and possibly uncover secrets about his mysterious great-grandparents. Not much information is given about his personality, but he seems to be a kind, brave kid, if with a bit of a temper. He occasionally suffers from asthma.
* TheAce
* AdaptationDyeJob: Saori Kumi's novel switches Ana and Ninten's hair colors. It turns out that [[HairColorSpoiler there was a reason for that]] later on.
* AdaptationNameChange: He's known as "Ken" in the novelization. It is sometimes argued that this is due to Ninten being intended as a placeholder for the player rather than an official name.
* TheAllAmericanBoy: He's a bat-wielding {{Everyman}} boy from a small American town.
* AllInTheManual: According to the MOTHER Encyclopedia, his favorite food is Prime Rib, and he loves baseball and penguins.
* BadassAdorable
* BatterUp: Uses baseball bats as weapons.
* BerserkButton: Lying about his mother calling him is not a smart move, hippies.
** Of course, he got mad when his sisters are attacked.
* BigBrotherInstinct: When his sisters are attacked the first few moments in game, he will endeavor to destroy whatever harms them to save them.
** KnightTemplarBigBrother
* CombatMedic: He has a powerful physical attack, the strongest of all permanent members, but all of his PSI is assist and healing. He doesn't even get a SignatureMove like Ness's PSI Rockin or Lucas's PK Love.
* [[invoked]]FountainOfExpies: His appearance (especially his trademark striped shirt) set the standard for ''MOTHER'' series protagonists.
** Ness is the most obvious example, as he is almost an exact copy of him except with a yellow backpack, larger shirt stripes, and different color shoes and socks. As Ness is more well-known, this sometimes leads to confusion.
* TheHero
* HeroicMime: The notable exception being the original Family Computer manual, which was written in first person (hence the constant use of "''[[JapanesePronouns boku]]''" and more information describing himself than his friends such as his age). [[spoiler:However, in ''MOTHER 1+2'' and the English prototype, he talks to himself during the ending.]]
* HotBlooded
* JackOfAllStats: Contrasting Ness and Lucas in the sequels, Ninten isn't held back by a horrible Speed stat while still throwing around physical attacks just as hard, [[HandicappedBadass which is pretty impressive for an asthmatic]]. On the flip-side however, his massive PSI movepool is all support and no Offense-grade skills.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The novelization written by Saori Kumi portrays him as this.
* MagicKnight: Has healing and shield PSI, with strong attack and good defense.
* NiceHat: The baseball cap that he convinced his dad to buy for him.
* PrimaryColorChampion
* PsychicPowers
* ScarfOfAsskicking: The live-action commercial for the game has Ninten wearing a red neckerchief. [[FanArt Most fan artists tend to draw Ninten with this along with white shirt stripes in order to help distinguish him from Ness]].
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Lloyd's Sensitive Guy. He becomes the Sensitive Guy when Teddy takes the latter's place.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: A Japanese example. Ninten's name is written in either hiragana or katakana depending on the source (the screenshots in the instruction booklet and his sticker in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' both use hiragana, but the MOTHER Encyclopedia instead uses katakana). Overall, the hiragana spelling seems to be the most common.
* SupportPartyMember: Has only support/healing PSI, but is capable of powerful normal attacks.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Prime Rib, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the MOTHER Encyclopedia]]. This (along with Ninten's own name) is still left blank by default in ''MOTHER 1+2'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j8NWSrNTJ4 and if one video of a physical ''Earth Bound'' prototype is to be believed,]] "Pizza" was going to be the localization.
* WhiteMage: Only has support and healing PSI.

[[WMG: Lloyd]]
The boy genius from Thanksgiving. Lloyd is brilliant, but is often bullied by his classmates for being a nerd and a weakling. He developed a tendency to hide in trash cans to avoid confrontation. Despite this, he has a great deal of determination. Bullying has left him very shy and cowardly when he joins Ninten, but over time he becomes stronger and more confident in himself.
* AllInTheManual: According to the MOTHER Encyclopedia, he is one year younger than Ninten, has a dread of gym class, and likes rockets, science, computers, and ''{{Superman}}''.
* {{Badass|Adorable}} {{Adorkable}}
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:In one scenario, he saves Ninten, Ana, and Teddy from being slaughtered by [[HopelessBossFight R•7038]], but is too late to save the critically-wounded Teddy. He still manages to destroy R•7038, however.]]
* ButtMonkey: He gets bullied a lot at school, and everyone calls him a weakling.
* GadgeteerGenius
* HeroicAlbino: Never explicitly stated to be albino, however, fans like to portray him as this, given his white hair and poor eyesight.
* ItemCaddy
* LovableCoward: Ninten meets Lloyd hiding from bullies in a garbage can. He later gets over his cowardice through CharacterDevelopment.
* MeaningfulName: Lloyd's name comes from the Japanese "''roidomegane''", a term for "round glasses with thick plastic rims". This is believed to be named after Harold Lloyd.
* NerdGlasses
* OptionalPartyMember: ''Technically'' this, but only if using a specific exploit in the Family Computer version involving Pippi's Bread Crumbs to skip the melody collection. In normal gameplay, he is the only recuit necessary for a few key points such as using the rocket in Duncan Factory, using the tank in Advent Desert, and activating the speedboat to access Eve.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Ninten's Manly Man.
* TheSmartGuy
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' merchandise unfortunately translates his name as "Roid," but his sticker in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' calls him "Lloyd". Tomato's retranslation of ''MOTHER 1'' also gives him Lloyd as his default name. While unofficial, some parts of the fandom also interpret his name as "Loid."
* YouthfulFreckles

[[WMG: Ana]]
The only permanent female member of the group, Ana hails from the wintry town Snowman. A sweet, but timid girl, Ana has never ventured out of Snowman alone. She is described as kind at heart, with a great sense of direction. Before the start of the adventure, Ana was unable to sleep due to odd dreams, and sets out with Ninten in hopes of finding her abducted mother.
* AdaptationDyeJob: She's a brunette in the novelization.
* AllInTheManual: According to the MOTHER Encyclopedia, she is the same age as Ninten, never ventured out of her hometown alone, is deeply religious (one of her favorite possessions being a Bible), is a skilled piano player, [[FriendToAllLivingThings is a lover of all animals]] ([[FreeTheFrogs she once released all the frogs set to be dissected at her school]] with her ''mind''), and also collects stamps and envelopes.
* BadassAdorable: This adorable little girl in pink and pigtails has some powerful PSI.
* TheChick
* GirlishPigtails: Only with her [[NiceHat hat]] off. When it's on, she has a single ponytail.
* TheIngenue
* LittleMissBadass
* MissingMom: One of the big reasons she offers to join [[TheHero Ninten]] is to find her mother.
* NiceHat
* OfficialCouple: Her and Ninten, as suggested by an optional scene in which they dance together and confess their love.
* OptionalPartyMember: She is not necessary to complete the game, although she ''certainly'' gives an edge in battle. Players looking for 100% will also [[LostForever permanently miss]] Magicant upgrades for her and Lloyd.
* PsychicPowers
* RedMage: Her support and healing PSI is even better than Ninten's, and she's the only offensive PSI user in the party.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: A less prominent example in comparison, but Ana is actually written as "Anna" in MOTHER merchandise. However, her sticker in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' spells it with one 'n', as does the common sense rendition of her katakana (see [[GannonBanned Gannon]]).
* SpoiledSweet
* SquishyWizard: [[GlassCannon Boy, is she ever]].
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Subverted. She has the typical personality of one, but is actually a RedMage.

[[WMG: Teddy]]
Unlike the other members of the party, Teddy is not a kid; rather, he appears to be around his late teens to early twenties. Leader of the Bla-Bla Gang, he is the kingpin of Valentine until some kids came in and started messing with his crew. [[DefeatMeansFriendship After he is beaten by Ninten, he joins the party to avenge the death of his parents.]]
* AllInTheManual: According to the MOTHER Encyclopedia, he likes [[SmokingIsCool smoking]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "Horse Shit" brand cigarettes]], fighting, rock and roll, and (implied) [[TheAlcoholic drinking]], and his "Bla-Bla" Gang is short for "Black-Blood" Gang. It is also stated that his parents were killed in a car accident, but he blamed the strange creatures of Holy Loly Mountain.
* {{Badass}}
** PopCulturedBadass
* TheBigGuy
* CoolShades / TriangleShades: He was doing [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's shades]] over a decade before Kamina ([[Anime/{{Pokemon}} or Squirtle]]).
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* [[{{Delinquents}} Delinquent]]
** [[GreaserDelinquents Greaser Delinquent]]
* [[spoiler: GuestStarPartyMember]]
* LightningBruiser
* OptionalPartyMember: Yet another character that can be passed up, only he requires two additional slots (namely Lloyd and Ana) before he can even be met. [[CrutchCharacter While he can be a worthy asset]], his character arc (which can also be skipped) is likely meant to hint that Giygas cannot be subdued by raw strength.
* [[spoiler:PlotlineDeath: Implied in order to get Lloyd back, but only in the original Family Computer version; in the English prototype and the ''MOTHER 1+2'' port, he recovers and becomes inspired to become a singer (regardless of whether or not he actually joined your party).]]
** [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Ninten's Sensitive Guy.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: A NPC will tell you that, before his parents' deaths, he was a very nice boy.
* YouKilledMyFather: He claims his parents were killed by someone or something on Holy Loly Mountain, and he joined Ninten in order to avenge them.



[[WMG: Pippi]]
A pigtailed young girl whom Ninten must save from zombies.
* ActionGirl
* BadassAdorable
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Unused data]] suggests you would have had to fight a brainwashed or zombified Pippi before she joined you.
* CuteBruiser: You wouldn't expect her to have ''the exact same stat growths as Teddy''.
** If you realize she's Literature/PippiLongstocking, then yes, yes you would.
* FieryRedhead: In a good way.
* GirlishPigtails
* GuestStarPartyMember
** CrutchCharacter: Though she does turn an unintended encounter group location into a PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Of Literature/PippiLongstocking. Her mother's name ([[AllThereInTheManual according to the MOTHER Encyclopedia]]), Lindgren, is also the same last name as the author of the ''Pippi Longstocking'' books, Astrid Lindgren.
* LightningBruiser
* LittleMissBadass
* LittleMissSnarker
* PintsizedPowerhouse
* PrecociousCrush: She's apparently 7 years old ([[AllThereInTheManual according to the MOTHER Encyclopedia]]), and they way she talks to the 12-year old Ninten, it's clear she has a thing for him.
* RhymesOnADime: Her quote in the [[AllInTheManual MOTHER Encyclopedia]] rhymes, and note that it was ''after it was translated to English that it rhymed.''
-->''"I'm Pippi. Who're you? What is it you're up to? I'm off on an adventure every day. Don't think of me as boyish, OK?"''
* SuperStrongChild
* YouthfulFreckles

[[WMG: Ninten's Family]]
Ninten (semi-)nuclear family consists of his Mama, Papa, twin sisters Mimmy and Minny, and an oddly bipedal pet dog named Mick. Much like Ness's family, Ninten's sister Minny can store items, his at-home Mama supports him by cooking his favorite meal, and his away Papa is only spoken to over the telephone.
* AddressingThePlayer
* TheFaceless: Papa, [[spoiler: though we at least see ''some'' of him in the translated ending.]]
* [[spoiler: SequelHook]]: Though it never goes anywhere. Understandable, since it was added in an unreleased prototype.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Mimmy and Minny ([[AllThereInTheManual his sisters' official romanizations in the MOTHER Encyclopedia]]) are alternatively spelled "Mimmie" and "Minnie" in ''Earth Bound'' and English fan-translations.
* TraumaInn: Mama's function.
* UnnamedParent: The parents are generically named Mama and Papa, but that is shared with Ness's similar parents in Japanese and they are (likely) different characters.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Just what was that "something" that [[spoiler:Ninten's dad was fretting over at the end of the ''Earth Bound'' and ''MOTHER 1+2'' versions]]?

[[WMG: Queen Mary]]
The ethereal, beautiful queen of the mysterious land of Magicant. She has trouble recalling something important to her, and the only thing that will help her remember are the Eight Melodies. [[spoiler:In reality, she is Ninten's great-grandmother, Maria, who was the deeply-beloved foster mother of Giygas.]]
* TheHighQueen
* [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather Ninten, I Am Your Great-Grandmother]]]]: [[spoiler:She is Ninten's great-grandmother, who disappeared a long time ago and has been trapped in her own mental world ever since.]]
* [[spoiler: PosthumousCharacter]]: Technically.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Or queens, anyway.
* [[spoiler: StockholmSyndrome]]
* WalkingSpoiler

[[WMG: George]]
Mentioned only in the prologue and at the end of the game, [[spoiler: he is the reason for the alien invasion, as he stole a secret from Giygas's species. He is the husband of Maria and the great-grandfather of Ninten.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: According to the MOTHER Encyclopedia, he was the most popular guy in town before the abduction, but when he escaped, [[CameBackWrong he sealed both his doors and his mouth shut]] and [[BerserkButton blew his top whenever Maria was mentioned]].
* [[spoiler:TheAtoner]]: He took steps to protect Ninten from [[spoiler:the consequences of his actions.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: [[spoiler: He built Eve.]] This is particularly impressive considering his time period. [[JustifiedTrope He must have learned a lot from the aliens.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Though it is never seen nor mentioned how he died.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom]]: If you think about it, [[spoiler:he is responsible for every negative event of the entire series]]. He does not live to see any of this.
* WalkingSpoiler



[[WMG: Giygas]]
The grim leader of the invading alien forces. [[spoiler:He leads the invasion to take revenge for the human theft of his race's secrets, but his resolve crumbles when confronted with the memory of his beloved foster mother, and swears to come back to finish the job.]]
* AntiVillain
* BigBad
* DisproportionateRetribution
* {{Expy}}: Mewtwo of ''{{Pokemon}}'' may have been based on his design, and depending on the ''Pokémon'' canon in question other similarities crop up. Which makes sense since the creators of the ''MOTHER'' series (at least this and the second one) APE inc. went on to become Creatures inc.
* GalacticConqueror
* TheGreys
* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Feeling [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas hurt over the loss of Maria]], he now desperately wants Ninten to join him. This beckoning may just be a taunt, however.
* KillAllHumans: It soon becomes apparent that he has forsaken love from humans entirely, which is seen during the confrontation with Ninten and friends:
-->''"Ninten! I am grateful to your family. Your Great-Grandparents, George and Maria, raised me when I was very young. But, George stole vital information from our planet that can be used to betray my people... And now, one of his descendants is obstructing our plans, and must be stopped!! Ninten! I am talking about you! Go home now! Perish with the rest of the ugly Earth People. Foolish one, you cannot do a thing with your meager powers... Powers worthy of a lowly insect. Ninten! You alone, I may save you. Just you alone. Board our Mother Ship with me. ...then, fall into long sleep with your friends and the other ugly Earth People."''
* LoveMakesYouEvil
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Giygas's race abducted Maria and her husband George. The alien himself was raised from infancy by them. During this time, George studied the alien's unspecified secrets (thought to be PSI and/or technology) without their permission, culminating with their escape back to Earth. Once he matured, Giygas was tasked by his people to ensure that the secret never spread onto Earth. However, Giygas did not want to betray those who raised him. In the end, he was forced to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo detach himself from Maria and begin preparations for the invasion of Earth]].
* NighInvulnerability: He cannot be defeated with force or with weaponry. Only reminding him [[ThePowerOfLove that his human adoptive mother loved him can damage him mentally]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Depending on the translation, his name came up as: Giegue in the NES ''Earth Bound'' prototype, Gyiyg in Japan, and in ''Videogame/EarthBound'' and Starmen.net's FanTranslation as [[MyNaymeIs Giygas]].
* StartOfDarkness: His role here lay the foundation for what he became in ''Videogame/EarthBound''. Ninten rejecting his offers of companionship, coupled with his memories of his adoptive human mother used against him, tore Giygas up inside until eventually [[EldritchAbomination there was nothing left]].
* [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Singing the Alien to Death]]
* TragicMonster: Especially once you learn what happens to him later...
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Maria grew to love the young Giygas as if he were her own child. She said that he was always wagging his tail, and would only stop whenever she sang her lullabies.
* WalkingSpoiler: At least in this game. [[ItWasHisSled Not that anyone cares.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: He vows to return to Ninten, [[AbortedArc except there is no direct reference to this subsequent encounter]].
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Even before his trope-naming sequel appearance.
-->In the prototype: "The form of Giegue's attack was inexplicable!"
* YouWillBeSpared: He says he's willing to spare Ninten due to being indebted to Maria.