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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.

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.

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.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Bathtub Scene/Shower Scene: Played with and averted twice (though really, what were you expecting from 16-bit overworld sprites?). The first time is in a hot spring when someone merely appears to be Kumatora (it was actually Ionia), 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.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • 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.
  • The Lad-ette
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Although what profanity there is in the fan translation isn't very strong, most of it comes courtesy of Kumatora.
  • Mushroom Samba: With a bit of horror mixed in.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her name means bear-tiger.
  • Psychic Powers
  • 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.
  • Squishy Wizard
  • Tomboy
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair

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's the only one that won't follow you into the hot spring. And for good reason...

    Lucas's Family 
...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.
  • Decoy Protagonist
  • Fiery Redhead
  • 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...
  • Nice Guy
  • 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.
  • Twin Telepathy
  • 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.

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.
  • Rancher
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear: He's never playable again after Chapter 1. Then again, none of the equipment you find at that point is particularly noteworthy.
  • Supporting Protagonist
  • Taking the Bullet: Flint takes a PK Love Ω for Lucas in the final battle - twice. Flint being taken out by the second one removes Lucas's unwillingness to attack.
  • Tragic Dream: His three years of searching the mountains for Claus amounted to nothing... because the Pigmasks found him on day one. Suffice it to say Claus isn't merciful when they finally meet again.

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.


Duster's elderly father, and mentor in the Thief Arts. He is an extremely competent fighter and dancer... despite his advanced age.

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 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.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • 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.

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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 and Killed Off for Real: After falling from Thunder Tower, he's brought back to life with two musical horns attached. Much later, after the third encounter, he plummets into the sewers and either dies from drowning or disappearing when his Needle is pulled.
  • Bad Boss: He's horribly cruel to Salsa for absolutely no reason.
  • The Barnum
  • Berserk Button: He completely blows his lid after you destroy his horns in his final battle.
  • Big Eater: Fassad loves eating bananas. So much that they're the only item that you can get after defeating him.
  • Black Sheep: Of the Magypsies.
  • The Corrupter: Serves as this to the entire population of Tazmily. And he enjoys his job very much.
  • Crutch Character: In Salsa's chapter, though Fassad only helps out when he feels like it.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted; they rebuild him into a cyborg.
  • The Dragon: At least until the Masked Man shows up.
  • Evil Laugh: "Nwehehehehehehehehe!"
    • That's one "Nwe" and eight "he"s.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Suggested to be one of the Magypsies.
  • Fat Bastard
  • 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").
  • Jerkass
  • 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.
  • Recurring Boss
  • 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

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
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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.

King Porky
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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.