The characters of Puppeteer.
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The Forces of Good
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.
- Chosen One: The Calibrus itself.
- 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.Voiced By: Rachel Atkins
- 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.Voiced By: Kerry Shale
- 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.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Has a voice reminiscent of Peter Lorre.
- 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.Voiced By: Julie Rogers
- 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!"
- Deadpan Snarker: She's very sarcastic and jokey.
- Genki Girl: She's very vocal and energetic.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She's the princess of the sun.
- Exposition Fairy: Takes on this role after Ying-Yang stays with Ezma Potts.
- 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.
- The Power of the Sun: As her true self, she has a warming aura that makes the outer planets uncomfortable when she visits them.
- Rebellious Princess: Goes against her father's wishes of letting the moon solve its own problems
- 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
- 0% Approval Rating: Damn near everyone. Even some of his generals are scared by him.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Technically he's a stuffed bear from the Moon, but whatever.
- The Antichrist: Inverted. The Moon Bear King is the complete polar opposite of the benevolent Moon Goddess, but Little Bear is not.
- Artifact of Doom: The Dark Moonstone, which drove him to insanity and gave him his power.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After he devours the souls of every last child on Earth, the Moon Bear King becomes a towering monstrosity, larger than his own castle.
- Ax-Crazy:"I don't need love. My subjects and soldiers and the people of the Moon and children of the Earth serve just one purpose — to feed... my... HUNGER!"
- Bad Boss: Incredibly so. He's impatient, uncaring and isn't afraid to strangle his servants who've displeased him.
- Bears Are Bad News: He's a real nasty piece of work.
- Big Bad: Overthrew the Moon Goddess and now rules the moon with an iron fist.
- Colossus Climb: Inverted, the final boss fight has you literally cutting him down to size until he's just a head.
- Cry for the Devil: Little Bear didn't turn to evil just because he wanted to. He just didn't want to be alone."But without this, I'm nothing. I'd... I'd just be me."
- Evil Counterpart: Considered to this to the Moon Goddess.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: As Little Bear, he was a lonely little cub. As the Moon Bear King, he's a homicidal, power-hungry maniac who steals the souls of children for his own benefit.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Turns out this is what Moon Bear King wanted all along.
- Ironic Echo: "Kutaro, will you be my friend? Pals to the bitter end?"
- Large Ham: The biggest ham in the story, in all likelihood.
- Last Villain Stand: Takes one once his castle's been destroyed. But it's easy to fight the hero when you're a freaking giant."So you destroyed my castle. Big deal. Who needs a castle when I am already invincible!"
- Near Villain Victory: If it weren't for Kutaro, he would have apparently conquered the whole universe thanks to the souls of every last child on Earth.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The death of General Dragon only ensured that the Moon Bear King could continue to devour the souls of children.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: There's no guessing who the guy is with a name like the Moon Bear King.
- Make My Monster Grow: Turns into a colossus for the final showdown, after devouring the souls of every last child on Earth.
- Obviously Evil: He has red eyes, crude patches all over his body and a vicious set of teeth.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Acts very immature most of the time. Which makes sense, since he actually is a child.
- Shoot the Messenger: He isn't above choking minions who bring bad news to him.
- This Is My Story: He actually invokes this during the game."This is my story, so just get to the part where I sound good!"
- Turned Against Their Masters: Against the Moon Goddess.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He used to be a friendly, cute animal-child prior to his corruption.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Black Moon Stone gave Little Bear incredible knowledge, allowing him to rebel against the Moon Goddess. He also went insane.
- "I'll whittle you down to size, you little gnat!"
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: He embeds them in the stone walls of the castle.
- 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.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Unintentionally gives away the location of the Knight's powers to Kutaro.
- Paper Tiger: He can be tough when he needs to be, but he's actually quite cowardly, and seems to only follow the Moon Bear King out of fear of him.
- The Dragon: Is the only general to actually be seen with the Moon Bear King for most of his screen time.
- Shock and Awe: Summons down lighting for a couple of his attacks.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Was a cute little tiger cub.
- "With just one gulp of Plum Miraculixir, you can kiss the problems good-bye!"
- 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.
- Jet Pack: Wears one in his boss fight.
- Killed Off for Real: Tries to talk his way out of punishment by saying he was going to one-up Kutaro, but is lured in and strangled to death when Moon Bear King asks him to tell him about it.
- Honest John's Dealership: His main product is poison, which he disguises as medicine.
- Technicolor Toxin: His Plum Miraculixir is the standard purple color.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Same as all of the other generals.
- 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!"
- Enemy to All Living Things: His mere presence can turn a lush forest into a desert incredibly quickly.
- Poisonous Person: His venom turns the Moonwood into a desert in the matter of a minute.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His poison is so abhorrent that it can transform a lush and beautiful forest into a dry desert.
- Killed Off for Real: Cut apart by Calibrus after Kutaro lands some hits on him in the quick time event.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was imprisoned under Castle Grizzlestein for being too dangerous to let roam freely.
- Sssssnake Talk: As with most of the other generals, he has a Verbal Tic based upon his species.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Same as all the other generals.
- "Yo ho HOINK! Another fine haul, me old salt!"
- Fat and Skinny: The fat to Sheep's skinny.
- Humongous Mecha: Pilots half of one in his boss fight.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Well, he is a pirate, so it's to be expected.
- Killed Off for Real: He is turned into what appears to be a towel hook in the Moon Bear King's washroom.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Him and Sheep.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Same as all the other generals.
- 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!"
- Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Pig's fat.
- Humongous Mecha: Pilots half of one in his boss fight.
- Killed Off for Real: Becomes a Rug for the Moon Bear King's tub
- Lean and Mean: Is much taller than Pig, and is the most obviously slim of the 12 generals.
- Talk Like a Pirate: He is a pirate, after all.
- The Scrooge: Keep in mind, the only reason he saved Pig at all was so that he could pay him money he owed sheep.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Him and Pig.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Same with all the other generals.
- Verbal Tic: Stretches his "A"s.
- "I'll teach you to look a gift horse in the mouth!"
- Competition Freak: Even as the road crumbles from beneath her, she desperately tries to win the race against Bull.
- Happily Married: Used to be with Bull, but now they constantly fight.
- Killed Off for Real: Averted, as she later shows up in General Bull's boss fight.
- Nobody Calls Me Chicken: She finally confronts Kutaro when Pikarina calls her a chicken.
- Spicy Latina: She even dresses like a salsa dancer.
- The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female general.
- Transforming Mecha: She has the ability to turn into a steam train.
- Stealth Pun: An iron horse.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: With a lollipop in her portrait.
- "My Moo-oon-stone shard? Get real, tiny. I'm not that stupid!"
- 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.
- Competition Freak: Much like his wife.
- Determinator: This guy is this personified, his entire boss fight has him get back up again and again, as he continues to overheat.
- Happily Married: Used to be with Horse. Now they're constantly fighting each other.
- Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Has the same reaction as his wife.
- Turns Red: since he is actually made of metal, this is actually more plausible than most examples.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Same with the other generals.
- Verbal Tic: Being a bull, he has a tendency to accentuate the "moo" in "moonstone."
- "I know you love me."
- 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.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kutaro's method of finishing him is ripping out his exposed brain and chopping it in half.
- 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.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And used to be a regular puppy and not a robot.
- "Good for you! I think I'll give you a special reward!"
- 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.
- Evil Genius: He's a mad scientist.
- 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.
- Mad Scientist: Is one in Hallowee-Ville.
- Maniac Monkeys: Again, mad scientist.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Same with the other generals.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He was already smart, but once he got a moonstone shard, he became smarter and crazier.
- "Am I out of tricks?"
- 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
- Magicians Are Wizards: He's able to enter pocket dimensions and summon flying playing cards.
- Nice Hat: Its where he pulls his tricks out of. And like Oddjob, he can throw it as an attack.
- Spot of Tea: He seems to be an aficionado on it, and often spends time having tea with Rooster.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: With Elmuh Fudd Syndwome to boot.
- My beautiful...plumage!"
- 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.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Used to be a cute little chick.
- "Did you seriously just cut off my tail!? Tell me you didn't just cut off my tail!"
- American Accents: He has a Brooklyn accent, which contrasts heavily from his intimidating appearance.
- Breath Weapon: Fire, of course.
- Playing with Fire: Being a dragon, of course.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: With Elmuh Fudd Syndwome.
- 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
Mr. PinkA 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.
- Though, its not entirely without reason...
- Motor Mouth: To the point that even Pikarina can't stand him.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He'll give out the latin origins of a word in the middle of a sentence.
- The Woobie: As a picture book reveals, He originally lost his job as the Land of Times clock manager and proved to have horrible luck at any other position he tried out for (For example, with the clock broken everyones time was out of wack) including being Captain Gaff's sword, sacrificing his dignity and his health for a wife who was cheating on him, and children who did not respect him (both of which eventually left him alone). After all that he goes back to the one thing that is still around, the clock tower, only to be smashed on the clocks face by the wind. After that The Moon Goddess gives him a "Reason You Suck" Speech, with the bad parts heavily outweighing the good, and tells him essentially that he can only ever be used as a clock tower piece, yes Mr. Pink is literally objectified
Mother and Father CedarThe Moonwood's guardian deities who take the form of two trees growing close to each other. They are the source of the forest, and should they fall, the Moonwood would surely die off.
- Fat and Skinny: Mother Cedar is the fat, Father Cedar is the skinny.
- Horrible Judge of Character: The two trust General Rat and believe that his miracle elixir will help Mother Cedar to lose weight and for Father Cedar to smell better.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Mother Cedar's glasses can be taken off during the battle with General Rat. The simple change in appearance causes Father Cedar to view his wife as beautiful again.
Nebula OblongataThe Mayor's Daughter in Halloween Ville. Gothic and dramatic, she helps Kutaro after she is freed from a curse.
- Ax-Crazy: Her picture book depicts her as this.
- 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.
Captain GaffVoiced By: Simon GreenallA 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.
- Expy: He bears more than a passing resemblance to Captain Jack Sparrow.
- 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 too 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.