A boy spirited away to the Moon by the Moon Bear King, transformed into a puppet and decapitated, Kutaro is tasked with collecting the Moonstones and overthrowing Moon Bear King with the power of Calibrus, the magic scissors of the Moon Goddess.
Cranium Chase: Taking damage makes Kutaro's current head pop off, causing him to frantically gesture while the player tries to steer him in the head's direction before it disappears.
Losing Your Head: Kutaro has his head torn off by the Moon Bear King in the intro; soon after, he is found by Ying Yang and given a new one with no particular ill effect. Should Kutaro take damage during gameplay, the head will fall off and the player will have a few seconds to grab the head again before it disappears. If Kutaro doesn't have any more heads (up to three can be carried), he loses a life.
Silent Protagonist: Kutaro, on account of having lost his head in the intro, does not speak for the duration of the game. He does, however, emote quite a bit.
It's explained in the head collection that the person playing Kutaro's acting was so bad that it nearly ruined the whole production, so all of his lines were cut.
The Unchosen One: Zig-Zagged; while Ezma and Ying Yang let slip that Kutaro is only the latest of many, many children whom they've tried sending against the Moon Bear King by telling them they're the Chosen One, and that they at this point are quite surprised to see someone get far enough to even be sent off on the quest, Kutaro does find himself the wielder of Calibrus, a pair of magic scissors that are only supposed to be used by the Chosen One.
A witch working in the kitchens of the Moon Bear King, she has been plotting to overthrow Moon Bear King by enlisting brave child puppets into trying to steal Calibrus back from the tyrant.
Baleful Polymorph: She's actually the Moon Goddess, transformed into a witch by the Moon Bear King, although she does not remember this until a few moments before she is changed back to normal.
Good Is Not Nice: She's a cranky old witch who has sent numerous puppet children to their doom to get Calibrus, and forces them to help her in the kitchen if they refuse, all while constantly screaming and berating them.
Hair-Trigger Temper: She's capable of speaking calmly, but it doesn't take much to set her off into another fit of yelling and screaming.
Lethal Chef: Ezma's cooking is absolutely horrible, and Ying Yang only eats it because there is nothing else. In one of the picture books, she is tasked with making a meal to make the Moon Bear King's minions "happy". To accomplish this, she makes a stew of a number of happy-sounding fruits and vegetables, as well as a secret ingredient. The soldiers, wary of Ezma's reputation, refuse to eat the stew unless someone else tries it, so Ying Yang reluctantly tastes it for them. Unfortunately, while the stew is excellent, Ezma's secret ingredient is Snake's venom — the single most poisonous substance in the solar system — resulting in Ying Yang losing the eighth of his nine lives.
Not So Different: As Ying Yang says, her strategy of sending the children trapped as puppets to retrieve Calibrus (Or, in his words, "into certain mewtilation") makes her just as bad as the tyrant.
Unlimited Wardrobe: Throughout the entirety of the game, she shows up dressed up in various outfits, including knight armor, a ninja outfit, a pirate outfit, scuba diving gear, and a luchador outfit. It's possible that they're all conjured up by magic, though.
Ezma Potts's flying cat, formerly belonging to the Moon Goddess, Ying Yang acts as a snarky guide for Kutaro.
Cats Have Nine Lives: However, by the time the game starts, he's only got one left. He spent seven of them trying to resist the Moon Bear King's rule and raising a rebellion. He lost the eighth by eating Ezma Potts's stew (seasoned with Snake's venom).
Deadpan Snarker: He doesn't take anything too seriously, often making jokes even in dangerous situations.
Exposition Fairy: Ying Yang is responsible for providing backstory to the audience, and spends most of the first act explaining what is going on as he flies around and guides Kutaro.
Verbal Tic: Ying Yang pronounces certain words with cat sounds; "magic" becomes "meow-gic" and "moon" becomes "mewn", for instance. He makes every kind of cat pun possible, to the point that there's one in almost every sentence he speaks.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He prods Little Bear into taking the dark Moonstone, and starting the story. Its a little odd as well, considering he had no reason at all to do so. It's possible that it was out of jealousy for the Moon Goddess' affections, but it's never really explained.
The Princess of the Sun, Pikarina was transformed by the Moon Bear King into a pixie when she came to investigate what happened to the Moon Goddess. After being rescued by Kutaro, she assists him in the quest to retrieve the twelve Moonstone pieces.
Baleful Polymorph: Transformed into her current state by the Moon Bear King at the start of the game.
Big Eater: Whenever something related to food comes along, she's sure to start fawning over it. This eventually causes trouble for her, as she chows down on a gingerbread house with Kutaro, and she becomes too fat to even see her toes, though this was party because of Monkey's hypnotic gas.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: She's one of the few characters to interact with the narrator, and at times makes it clear that she's aware that it's all just a stage production, and that she's just an actress.
Cuteness Proximity: Whenever a cute and innocent animal appears, you can expect her to go "Awwwwww!"
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's whiny, wise-cracking, hypocritical, pretty violent, and just downright rude (intentional or not) towards nearly everyone in the game (some being more deserving of it than others) but shows genuine concern for others and has her heart in the right place, and tries to do what she can to help Kutaro.
Playing with Fire: As her true self, she has a warming aura that makes the outer planets uncomfortable when she visits them.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: While her father was content to just let the Moon sort out its own problems, she stepped in to find the Moon Goddess once she heard what had happened.
Valley Girl: Talks very much like this, although it seems that it's only in her pixie form. When she's in her normal form, she's a bit more regal in her manner of speaking, although by the end of the game, her speech seems to be somewhere in between. Compare...
Pikarina:(Regular form, whilst being kidnapped by Grubs) Where is the Moon Goddess!? I demand to know where you have taken her! Ah, unhand me you louts, how dare you!
Pikarina:(Pixie form, exiting Tiger's mouth) Like, oh my gosh! That was so totally gross! I am covered in Tiger slobber, do you know how much I already pay for dry cleaning!? UGH!
Pikarina:(Regular form, after the final battle) Hush now, Little Bear. You have a friendship, and that is a ship that can sail anywhere! Once tight, always tight! (Giggles)
Wag the Director: There are times where she'll break the fourth wall, which includes speaking to the narrator, or, when she gets plumped up in Act 5, talking about calling her agent and lawyer when Kutaro gets returned to normal and she doesn't.
Pikarina: Omigosh, I'm serious! What about me!? You DO still have my other costume? Gonna presto change-o during the scene change or something? Right!? Hey! Are you trying to wreck my career!? So NOT cool. I have an image. You know what? Tell the manager that I've already called my agent AND lawyer! Tell him!
The Moon Bear King's Forces
The Moon Bear King
I'll devour the whole Moon if that's what it take to get rid of you worms! Voiced By: Nick Ellsworth
The main antagonist of the story and new tyrannical ruler of the Moon. Once a servant to the Moon Goddess, he overthrew her and established himself as king with the power of the Black Moonstone. Impatient, power-hungry and easy to anger, the Moon Bear King is responsible for all the recent woes of the Moon's people.
Voiced By: Christopher FairbankThe first general Kutaro must face. General Tiger is a giant, well, tiger. He appears to be Moon bear King's right hand man, but is easily taken down by Kutaro in the first Act. He was apparently a complete coward before the rise of the Moon Bear King, and still is, beating the weak, but cowardly serving the powerful.
Cats Are Mean: He's cowardly when it comes to talking to the Moon Bear King, but he's still a threatening figure.
Epic Flail: The end of his tail is one. If Kutaro has the Spiked Ball head with him during Tiger's boss fight, it can be transformed into a soft ball of fluff that does absolutely no damage to Kutaro.
Killed Off for Real:Gets skinned and made into a rug by the Moon Bear King after Kutaro defeats him.
Kill It Through Its Stomach: If Kutaro has the Pikarina head during the boss fight, he can trigger Pikarina (Whom Tiger previously swallowed) to start knocking around in his stomach, stunning him and allowing Kutaro to skip the fight straight to the QTE finisher sequence.
"With just one gulp of Plum Miraculixir, you can kiss the problems good-bye!"
Voiced By: James GoodeThe second general Kutaro must fight. Rat is the smallest of the generals, which fits his cowardly nature. A true dirty rat, Rat is every shady business man ever, using slick talk to trick the inhabitants of the Moonwood into poisoning them selves with his Plum Miraculixir. Despite his loyalty to the Moon Bear King, as soon as someone more powerful than himself comes along, he immediately gives up.
A Taste Of Their Own Medicine: Literally gets this in Act 2, Curtain 3, where you have to ride him through General Snake's stomach, which is full of his Plum Miraculixir.
Rat: I am not liking the taste of my own medicine!
Dirty Coward: After his boss fight, he's only concerned about saving his own skin, whether it means forging a fake alliance with Kutaro, or merely running away.
You Dirty Rat: He's a dishonest salesman who sells poison in a ripped up purple suit. He also seems to have his poison covering his body.
"This time I will CHEW FIRST!"
Voiced By: David HoltThe third general Kutaro must battle. General Snake is the second largest general, next to General Dragon. He was locked under Castle Grizzlestein due to his venom being so incredibly toxic that it can destroy any organic object in a matter of seconds. He is bitter and resentful of his imprisonment, but is still loyal to the Moon Bear King.
Voiced By: Richard RidingsOne part of the pirate general duo, General Pig is the second smallest general. As a pig, he is incredibly greedy, which is doubled due to his piracy. He isn't particularly bright, and is helped along by General Sheep. Though he and Sheep still fight over their booty, they still work well together.
Verbal Tic: Always replaces the last "Ho" of his "Yo ho ho"s with a "Hoink".
"Think of the time we might waste... and the electric bill!"
Voiced By: David HoltThe second half of the pirate general duo. As greedy as Pig, but is less willing to let his wealth go to waste. Is more intelligent than Pig, making the rational thoughts for the duo. He and Pig may fight sometimes, but they still work together well as a team.
"I'll teach you to look a gift horse in the mouth!"
Voiced By: Jules de JonghThe 6th general Kutaro must confront. The wife of General Bull, they were once lovers, but due to the Moonstone Shards, they became locked in an endless racing tournament. She is incredibly self confident, and refuses to lose once she gets locked into any type of conflict. She and her husband barely notice Kutaro at first, though.
Competition Freak: Even as the road crumbles from beneath her, she desperately tries to win the race against Bull.
"My Moo-oon-stone shard? Get real, tiny. I'm not that stupid!"
Voiced By: Luis SotoMarried to General Horse, General Bull (due to the moonstones, and some food from Ezma Potts) has become locked in an endless race with his wife, and has - in general - become a Jerkass who refuses to accept a loss of any kind.
Animal Mecha: He doesn't transform like his wife does, but he's clearly designed to resemble a piece of construction equipment combined with a piece of steampunk technology.
Verbal Tic: Being a bull, he has a tendency to accentuate the "moo" in "moonstone."
"I know you love me."
Voiced By: Mark Lewis JonesThe General in charge of Guarding Hallowee Ville. General Monkey has Replaced much of his body with robotics, but he still retains his rather innocent personality. After his first defeat, Monkey transforms him into a full-on robot powered by the moonstone shards Kutaro had collected thus far.
Big Friendly Dog: You really wouldn't guess it from just looking at him, but he actually is this. He says before his boss fight that he wants nothing more than someone to scratch behind his ears, and even offers his moonstone shard to Kutaro and Pikarina as a reward for beating him out of his own will. Even as Robo-Dog, he snaps out of his killer robot persona long enough to (try) and enjoy a bone and play fetch with a bomb.
Brain in a Jar: His weak spot in his first boss fight is his exposed brain.
Robot Dog: Appears to be a cyborg in his first boss fight, and by the second he has become mostly machine, thanks to Monkey.
Too Dumb to Live: His boss fight involves tricking him three times into snacking on a bone in order to expose his weak spot.
"Good for you! I think I'll give you a special reward!"
Voiced By: James GoodeThe seventh General Kutaro encounters, General Monkey is the inventor of most of the technology used by Moon Bear King and the other generals. His intellect and cunning makes him one of the most difficult of the generals for Kutaro to defeat and indeed, he is the last one to go down.
The Dragon: Monkey is easily Moon Bear King's most reliable General.
Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in General Bull's boss fight in disguise as a luchador referee. He ends up giving Kutaro a champion belt upon his victory, which ends up being a trap, as it was actually a device that sprayed hypnotic gas at Kutaro and Pikarina.
Get Back Here Boss: In Act 7, where he's trying to get away from Kutaro via a spaceship and prevent the moonstone from being completed. If it weren't for Yin-Yang giving Kutaro transport, he probably would've gotten away with it.
Japanese Ranguage: It's not clear what exactly his weird accent is supposed to be, but it sounds very much like someone dubbing a Kung-Fu movie.
Killed Off for Real: After numerous attack on his ship by constellations, losing his helmet, and crashing into the sun, His ship explodes, and Monkey is lost in space.
Voiced By: Timothy WatsonA French rabbit magician who works with General Rooster to take control of the Land of Time's Clock Tower. Though he could've probably easily done it already, he mostly wastes time by enjoying tea with Rooster and hanging out in his own private Pocket Dimension.
Death by Irony: After you get up to the mystery boxes hanging above his stage and cut one of the ropes, one of his previous tricks will damage him for you. One of said tricks is what actually finishes him off in the quick time event.
Death Dealer: Not in the usuall way. Instead of outright thowing them, he flips them and makes them drop when they are platforms during his fight. Considering there are Spikes Of Doom beneath your feet, this actually works well for him.
French Jerk: A French magician working for the main villain.
Knife Nut: Tosses throwing daggers throughout his fight to permanently take out the platforms from under your feet. His ears also double as these when he decides to go all out on Kutaro
Voiced By: Daniel CurshenA strange General who works with Rabbit. He seems rather stuck up and effeminate, wasting his time with tea alongside Rabbit in the Land of Time's topiary garden maze. He searches for Mr. Pink to put The Clocktower's time at midnight, and trap the children of earth in a nightmare.
Ambiguously Gay: He wears a corset with heart designs all over it; and switches between talking like a gentleman, and talking like an effeminate lady.
Death by Irony: Uses fire in a lot of his attacks, and ends up getting cooked.
Karmic Death: After using fire to try and torch Kutaro, the puppet cuts off the plume on his head and the wing Kutaro sent flying earlier in the event cooks him alive.
Mr Seahorse: He can apparently lay eggs despite not being a female chicken.
Pikarina: Wait, these are your eggs? I thought you were a boy chicken.
Rooster: I can be whatever I want! I'm a peacock!
Spot of Tea: Often spends time goofing off from his duties as a general by having tea with Rabbit.
"Did you seriously just cut off my tail!? Tell me you didn't just cut off my tail!"
Voiced By: Kerry ShaleGeneral Dragon is one of the [[Moon Bear King]]'s twelve generals, and is apparently the most powerful of them all. He is the second to last General Kutaro fights and is the biggest of them all. He is also the one who steals the soul's of children's on his masters behalf.
American Accents: He has a Brooklyn accent, which contrasts heavily from his intimidating appearance.
Vocal Dissonance: He's the largest of the generals, with one of the most intimidating appearances and his job is to steal the souls of children, and what does he sound like? A weak and whiny little man from Brooklyn.
The Moon's Inhabitants
A Flamingo in the Land of Time who serves to keep its Clocktower running smoothly, so that the Land of time won't spin out of control, and so dreams that children have run smoothly. His a bit of an intellectual chatterbox, and can overload a person listening to him.
Jerkass: He's annoyed by nearly everything, and hates having to explain himself.
Motor Mouth: To the point that even Pikarina can't stand him.
Baleful Polymorph: Took on the form of a gigantic, candy obsessed Pumpkin Monster with a male voice. Although it seems that she preferred being the monster than herself.
Do Not Call Me Paul: Her real name is Susan, though she demands that her father call her Nebula. He thinks she's just being silly, and still calls her Susan.
Large Ham: One of the biggest in the game, and that's saying a lot. She acts like she walked out of some kind of soap opera by Tim Burton.
Punny Name: A pun on medulla oblongata, the lower half of the brain stem.
A legendary pirate whose ship is stolen by General Sheep and Pig. After being freed from captivity by Kutaro, he joins forces with him in a bid to retake his ship.
Badass Normal: He engages both Pig and Sheep in battle, going head to head to head with both generals at once. He has no magical powers, no special abilities, no secret powers — he's just a normal human... and he fights them both to a standstill multiple times, with nothing but his sword. In his storybook, it's indicated that he is a legendary pirate who created so many problems that the Moon Goddess had to come down and curse him personally, since literally no other force on the moon could defeat him.
No Accounting for Taste: He thinks that Moon Witch Ezma Potts is the most beautiful woman in the world. And justified in universe. He used to charm and/or kidnap beautiful buxom women to be a part of his massive harem. He eventually goes to far, and set fire to entire villages that tried to stop him from expanding his harem, so the Moon Goddess cursed him to see all beautiful women and pirate crew-mates as hideous monsters. Since Ezma Potts was already hideous, he sees her as beautiful, and when she becomes the Moon Goddess again, he's devastated that she is now ugly to him.