Characters / Mother 4

Travis
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A thirteen-year-old boy who lives in the town of Belring. Comfortable in his older brother's shadow, he doesn't try hard to stand out, opting to be an Average Joe. He is an ordinary boy whose favorite thing is to daydream while also enjoying a good game of baseball.

Meryl
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A Spoiled Sweet fourteen-year-old girl gifted with powerful PSI and the ability to see into the future from the town of Citrus Hills. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, always seeing the bright side of things. She's confident she can take anything with her future sight and psychic powers, which makes her a bit reckless, but she means well.
  • Action Girl: As mentioned before, she's not afraid to get her hands dirty.
  • An Ice Person: Has PK Freeze. In the gameplay trailer, she used it to defeat a Melty Robot.
  • Badass Adorable: Dressed in a white shirt and a pink skirt looking ready to go to school, but can burn and freeze you at a momentís notice.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her clay model was featured on the official MOTHER 4 website with a blue background. She's also one of the four main characters.
  • Bookworm: Just like Lloyd and Jeff.
    • Badass Bookworm: Because of her love for reading and studying, she has a lot of knowledge on PSI, and she certainly knows how to use it!
    • Cute Bookworm: A very adorable lover of books.
  • The Chick: Shares this with Ana and Paula.
  • Expy: Of both Paula and Jeff. Meryl shares Paula's sweet-natured personality and knowledge of PSI, along with Jeff's love of reading and studying. Her unusual hair color and reckless confidence also have shades of Kumatora.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Uses a Jump Rope as one of her weapons.
  • Friend to Bugs: Her favorite thing is pond skaters.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
  • Girly Run: Her running animation is shown to be this in the gameplay trailer.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a white headband, though her sprite from 2012 wore a red headband. Her prototype design from 2008 (back when MOTHER 4 was headed by Chaisu) wore a blue bow in her hair.
  • Hot-Blooded: Due to her strong PSI abilities, she's confident she can take on anything by herself. However, that aspect of her originally belonged to Travis; it wasn't until 2014, where the characters underwent a second revamp, that she was rewritten as such.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: A female example. She has long locks that cover her ears, and tends to place great confidence in her psychic powers.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses a Jump Rope as one of her weapons, the concept artist of the game revealing in this gif that there were two other things besides bats (which Travis uses) in the corner: a jump rope and a rake.
  • Kid Heroine: Just like Kumatora, Ana, and Paula before her.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Old supplementary material described Meryl's parents as this trope, back when Meryl was still depicted as a wealthy, Spoiled Sweet girl. An old character description for Meryl mentioned them being very overprotective of their daughter, keeping an eye on her 24/7, homeschooling her, and also choosing which people should be friends with her. It is still unknown whether Meryl's parents are still this, since her character was redesigned with many parts of her old backstory removed.
  • Nice Girl: Despite being overconfident and reckless at times, she truly means well for the people around her.
  • Playing with Fire: Has PK Fire.
  • Plucky Girl: Always constantly seeing the bright side of things.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears purple leg stockings and a red pleated skirt with yellow lace.
  • Psychic Powers: Has been shown to use battle-oriented PSI Fire, Freeze, and Thunder, along with possessing precognitive powers, which are referred to as "future sight".
  • Purple Is Powerful: She has purple hair and wears purple stockings. She also possesses strong PSI abilities.
  • Seer: Described as having future sight. She has a vision that shows the group together, possibly being the driving force that gets them to meet. Her powers do cause her to become a bit reckless, though.
  • Shock and Awe: Has PK Thunder.
  • The Smart Girl
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: At least initially. Her prototype design originally had glasses to go along with her Cute Bookworm look, but this has since been discarded.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only girl in the main party, just like Paula and Kumatora.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Old supplementary material from the Starmen.net website had Meryl depicted as a studious and sheltered Nice Girl who is the heir of a very wealthy family. Due to the recent changes made to MOTHER 4, it is not known whether Meryl's backstory will still have elements of this in the final product.
  • Teen Genius: She's fourteen, yet she's very intelligent in spite of it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair. Averted with her first sprite, where she was depicted with blonde hair like Floyd. Her prototype design (made by FlintofMother3) had light gray hair.

Floyd
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A popular fourteen-year-old from Pennyburg who is quite the charmer, though quick to snap in frustration and has a hard time adapting to situations out of his control as well as being close-minded. Making up for these faults is the courage, dependability and charisma to get the group through tough situations.
  • Adorkable: His character has shades of an Upper-Class Twit, but his naivety in regards to the normal world and often being on the receiving end of most of the teaser trailers' humor has quickly cemented him as this trope for many of the game's fanbase.
  • Badass Adorable: More like Badass Adorkable, but same difference.
  • Badass Normal: The only teammate to not have PSI..., but he does have cash. Specifically, the party's hard-earned cash. He's also the only party member who can distract enemies just by talking to them, which can be a pretty ballsy yet awesome thing.
  • Butt Monkey: If what's been seen in the trailers and teaser so far is to be believed, Floyd is often on the receiving end of most of the game's humor. A prominent example would be nearly being put in a dumpster by Travis in the gameplay trailer.
  • The Charmer: In battle, he can have conversations with enemies to distract them, bribe them to make them leave, or perk up a party member.
  • Every Man Has His Price: His Talk ability has a few effects, bribing the enemy with your money being one of them.
  • Fan Boy: Of race cars.
  • Foil: To Travis, an average kid who is calm, quiet, introverted, and a frequent daydreamer. He's also one to Leo, who is older, soft-spoken, and more experienced.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric.
  • Guile Hero: see The Charmer above.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair, and he wants to help Travis save the world, even though he has his moments.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is stubborn, saying whatever he feels like.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses a Rake as one of his weapons, the concept artist of the game revealing that in this gif there were two items by the bats (which Travis uses) in the corner: a jump rope and a rake.
  • Kid Hero: An ongoing tradition with MOTHER protagonists.
  • The Lancer: The popular, smooth-talking hothead to Travis' calm and quiet daydreamer.
  • Muggle: A charming one at that.
  • The Team Normal: Has no PSI, but he has the unique ability to chat with (and bribe) anyone during a fight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Travis' Blue.
  • Rich Kids: Old supplementary material from the old Starmen.net website depicted Floyd as the spoiled yet heroic wealthy son of a very successful businessman who runs a global Mega Corp.. However, due to the many changes made to MOTHER 4, Floyd is now an ordinary boy from Pennyburg, a small farming hamlet-esque town with pickup trucks, cows, and wheat fields.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Using the "Talk" command sometimes has him bribe enemies with cash (specifically, the party's hard-earned cash) to make them go away.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His clay model and game sprites are shown to be more immaculately dressed than the other characters.
  • Stealth Pun: His name is Floyd, and he wears a pink attire. Put the two together, and you get... Pink Floyd.
    • He's also this game's equivalent to Jef(F) and L(loyd).
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: In the gameplay trailer, he is dragged to a dumpster by Travis, who looks at it then back at Floyd as if he's seriously considering putting him in there.

Leo
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The leader of a motorcycle gang from an unknown location, dependable despite being a wild card and is a quiet sort as well as slightly impatient. He is wanted all over the world, being a bit of a brawler with his psychic powers swinging around things like cinder blocks and stop signs.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted; he's implied to be in his twenties, but he's a psychic gang leader who personally joins Travis and his friends in their quest to save the world.
  • All There in the Manual: His biography on the current MOTHER 4 website states that his favorite thing is dishwashers.
  • Antihero: Possibly. He's the only guy of the main party who's been involved in shady activity, is the leader of his own biker gang, and he smokes. He also seems to have traits of a Byronic Hero, as he's described in the official MOTHER 4 website as "dangerous, quiet, and wild".
  • Badass Biker: Considering this is the MOTHER universe and that he's one of the four main characters, he's likely to become this.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He's said to not speak much, but he won't hesitate to kick your ass with his PSI powers if you cross him.
  • Cool Bike: He owns a Harley-Davidson cruiser that he rides around the city, through the streets and the back alleys. This is probably a Call Back to Earthbound, where the player can purchase a bike to move faster.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His first characterization (back when MOTHER 4 was under Chaisu) was that of a psychic Street Urchin. During the game's first revamp, he was redesigned as a former businessman who turned to crime, with an old character biography describing him as "The ex-businessman with something to lose". It's currently unclear if this trope will be part of his final characterization, but an unused (now deleted) music track named "Leo's Lament" heavily implies this. And if his current biography is to go by, he apparently did things in the past that warranted having the police constantly on his tail.
  • Delinquents: Implied to be this along with his biker gang. Naturally, it has shades of Greaser Delinquents.
  • Delinquent Hair: Sports a pompadour.
  • Expy: Appears to be one of Teddy and Poo, with the former in appearance and occupation as gang leaders, and the latter in flexible PSI he shares with Meryl.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: One of his idle animations has him light a cigarette this way, using PK Fire.
  • Foil: The older, soft-spoken, and experienced opposite of Floyd, who is younger, hot-headed, and a smooth talker.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: As per Greaser tradition, he wears a leather jacket.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He's one of the four playable characters, yet he's constantly hounded by the police.
  • Improvised Weapon: He's said to swing around things like stop signs and cinder blocks.
  • The Leader: Of his own biker gang, but might share this role in Travis' party.
  • Magic Knight: Can do a fair bit of damage with both his PK and physical attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: Leo's name is Latin for "lion", which indicates a noble and heroic character (despite him being a biker and gang leader)
  • Mundane Utility: His idle animation has him use PK Fire to light up his smokes.
  • Parts Unknown: We don't know what town or city he's from, since he refuses to talk about it.
    Leo: What are you, a cop?
  • Playing with Fire: PK Fire, which he uses as a lighter and as a weapon.
  • Psychic Powers: Shown to use PK Beam Alpha, PK Thunder, and PK Fire.
  • The Quiet One: He's described as a man with few words.
  • Red Is Heroic: His clay model was featured on the official MOTHER 4 website with a red background. He is also one of the four main characters.
  • Red Mage: Is adept in both healing and attack PK, but not the same extent as Travis and Meryl, respectively. Keeps from being a Quirky Bard like Poo in that he's still able to do a fair bit of damage with his offense PK and physical attacks and doesn't have specific foods you need to heal him with.
  • Rule of Cool: In the Attract Mode trailer he doesn't use a lighter to light his cigarette. He uses PK Fire.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Travis' Sensitive Guy.
  • Shock and Awe: PK Thunder. In a leaked screenshot he was using it against a sentient painting.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He's seen smoking in the old level up music video and the Attract Mode trailer. His clay model even holds a cigar.
  • Tuckerization: According to Word of God, both his name and character were based on Leo the Professional, who used to work on the team as a logo artist when Chaisu was still on board. While Leo's character had changed since then, his name stayed the same.
  • Vague Age: He is probably a young adult in his twenties, given that his clay model and in-game sprite is older and bigger than the other kids, who are teens. His response when you ask for his "actual" age, though?
    Leo: Buzz off.

Zack
Travis' older, more talented brother.
  • The Ace: He's most likely a talented athlete, as a picture posted by Word of God showed his room lined with trophies, varsity flags, Letterman jackets, a punching bag (for boxing), and football equipment (for the picture, see here).
  • Badass Normal: Despite having no PSI, Zack can get by with just his fists. He even serves as a temporary party member.
  • Cool Big Bro: Despite overshadowing Travis in the sports department, Zack is loving and supportive of his little brother. One picture posted on the MOTHER 4 blog by Word of God had this caption:
    "Best bros for life. Zack always got Travis' back."
  • Expy: Zack seems to be one for Claus, being a brother of the main protagonist. Unlike Claus he has no PSI and he continues to live with his brother in a loving family, especially with a mother who's still alive.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His old clay model describes him as an aspiring boxing champ. Later on, a screenshot posted on the MOTHER 4 blog shows a punching bag as one of Zack's possessions. It's possible that his main weapon will be his fists.
  • Good Parents: Shares this with Travis, even though his father is busy working most of the time.
  • Lovable Jock: He's a high school athlete, yet he is a Cool Big Bro to his little brother Travis.
  • Nice Guy: From what little we've seen of him in trailers and supplementary material, Zack is this to Travis, as their interactions are anything but antagonistic.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Two of his sprites before the second revamp wore a blue sleeveless undershirt.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To his father. By contrast, his younger brother Travis closely resembles their mother.
  • Tuckerization: According to Word of God, he was named after Chaisu's brother Zack.
  • Vague Age: Like Leo, no information was given about his exact age, though he's implied to be in his late teens since he's physically younger than Leo, yet older than Travis.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Zack's father works in The City, which is far away from where the family lives. Word of God says that this will become important to the plot.
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