For the people of this world! For every man, woman, and child! I will shut you up once and for all!
The original protagonist, Arle is kind and, despite fighting Satan over and over and knowing his common goals, doesn't seem to hold a grudge with him. She, along with Carbuncle, are the most recognizable characters of the series.
Bag of Spilling: After she gets kidnapped by Schezo in Madou Monogatari II, she wakes up trapped in a dungeon with most of her power gone. It's possible Schezo did take her powers, but the bag spills again in III with no explanation.
Bokukko: Note that this trope was not prevalent back in 1989.
Call Back: Arle's dropset consists entirely of pairs as a Call Back to the first four games, which lacked L-shaped and giant Puyo.
In 20th Anniversary, Arle regains her spell sequence from Tsu ("Ei!", Fire, Ice Storm, Diacute, Brain Dumbed, Jugem, Bayoen), making her the only character in the game to use six spells. She even references the Madou Monogatari games by stuttering the spell that is used after Diacute.
Limited Wardrobe: She says that she wears the same outfit 365 days a year in Tsu, which The Banshee Trio has a good laugh at. Come 15th Anniversary, she states that she's been doing this for 15 years. (Despite the fact that she underwent slight design changes in between.)
The yellow rabbit Mascot of the original series, Carbuncle began to accompany Arle after the original Madou Monogatari. Though all he can say is "Guu", everyone seems to know what he says. He was originally Satan's pet rabbit, though, and he remains a favorite of the demon king.
Heh...a beauty contest? You seriously think that I would challenge you to a beauty contest??
A green-haired dragon-woman that uses Kung Fu alongside Rulue. She is obsessed with defeating Arle in beauty contests and Puyo Puyo.
Beauty Contests: Her fascination with them is her defining trait, though she seems to spend as much time denying that she is challenging someone to a beauty contest as she spends participating in them. In 20th, her obsession is exaggerated to the point that she mistakes a Puyo match for a beauty contest.
A Day in the Limelight: Becomes the main character of Sun's Easy course. Unfortunately for her, she returns to her original status as a Warmup Boss the very moment that her story finishes.
Depending on the Artist: The size and color of Draco's wings. From Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 to Puyo Puyo Sun, she has giant red wings. As part of her Yon redesign, she is given small green wings. She is given giant brown wings in 7, and her design as of 20th returns to small green wings.
Divergent Character Evolution: Draco uses Rider's Fever rule dropset and stats in 7; in 20th Anniversary, she receives a new dropset while Rider retains hers.
A Dog Named Dog: Draco Centauros is a Mook species in the Madou Monogatari series. The recurring Draco that appears in Puyo Puyo is named...Draco Centauros.
Signature Roar: Does a girlish dragon's growl ("Gao!") whenever she is angry or frustrated. "Dragon Woman", on the other hand, gives us GAAAAAOOOOOH!.
Spell My Name with an S: The Compile-era games alternated between "Draco" and the more literal "Doraco". There's also the issue of Centaur (English) vs. Centauros (Latin/Japanese).
Tail Slap: Draco Tail from her Puyo Puyo~n attacks.
Took a Level in Badass: She went from the first (Normal) boss in the original game to sitting on the penultimate floor with Minotauros in Tsu...then she drops back down to Warmup Boss status in Sun.
Trash Talk: She actually does not have a Spell Theme in Sun; instead, she does a lot of boasting and taunting.
Warmup Boss: Draco's AI level was all over the place throughout Compile's run, but Sega has adopted her original, weak AI in 7 and 20th. Her lack of Puyo Puyo prowess is exaggerated whenever her Core AI mode is enabled: it does absolutely nothing in 7, while she doesn't rotate her Puyo while using it in 20th.
White Flag: Pulls one out in her 7 and 20th Anniversary defeat animations.
Feminine Women Can Cook: Subverted, if Draco's story in 20th is anything to go by. Draco comes across Rulue's "Doro Doro (Syrupy/Muddled) Soup", takes a sip, and declares that it's terrible. So terrible, that she decides to blow it up when Rulue explains that she made it "with love" for Satan.
Signature Move: Joou Ranbu (Queen Dance) is her strongest attack in pretty much every game. In YON it's her Limit Break, in which she flips (not rotate) her field upside down and clears all her nuisance Puyo at the same time.
Suddenly Voiced: Rulue is the only character in the first arcade game that does not have a voiced catchphrase, either due to space limitations or laziness on Compile's part. This is rectified in Puyo Puyo CD.
This Is Unforgivable: "I won't forgive you!" is her lose quote in 20th. This is also what Rulue says to Draco after having her soup destroyed.
The Unfought / Non-Action Big Bad: She was this in the MSX and PC-98 versions of Madou Monogatari III. Puyo Puyo is the first time that Arle battles Rulue directly. Averted in the Game Gear version of III, where she is indeed the final boss.
A young man/demon with long green hair and horns, Satan is the neighborhood villain. A Deadpan Snarker when it got down to it, Satan's plans were laughably evil and honestly made no sense when you got to the heart of it. His affection for Arle wasn't added when Sega was doing Puyo, believe it or not, and was intended from the start.
Bowdlerise/Dub Name Change: He is renamed "Dark Prince" in Western releases; likewise, Masked Satan becomes "Masked Prince." This change is both the only element from the English arcade game to show up in the NGPC/GBA Puyo Pop translations and the only permanent name change overall.
Card-Carrying Villain: If anything went wrong, he was the first guess. Hell, he was the villain for Compile.
Yu: "Satan? So then you're a star?" Satan: "You refer to the old name of Venus, "Lucifer"? No, I'm no star in the sky."note Lucifer is his twin brother, who happens to be Arle's teacher. It's also worth mentioning that Lucifer is possibly Oshare's love interest.
And Satan mentions this tidbit in 7.
Ringo: "Alright! We're at the school!" Satan: "You know, I may not look it, but... I'm also the headmaster of another school!"
Nice Guy: While usually for selfish purposes (if and only if it involves Arle), he often offers his assistance and he honestly never comes across as someone who'd hurt another. He freely offers his assistance to Ringo in 7 and later shows a friendly relationship with her in 20th Anni, is incredibly nice to Arle in particular, and most of the plots he has are of good intentions, if poorly executed.
Dogged Nice Guy: Of course, he tries too hard in getting Arle's attention. He made tickets to a Hot Spring for her (which she tore up), has tried to impress her on multiple occasions, and even assisted in purging her of Ekoro.
Nothing Personal: Literally. Satan doesn't seem to mind that Carbuncle's left him.
Prepare to Die: His voiced catchphrase in both versions of the first game is "Die!"
Punch Clock Villain: We'd love to say "it's as if he just wants Arle's attention", except that's what he really does want.
Badass Cape: You rarely see him without one, and in Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician, he wears two of them. He wears a capelet over his cape in Puyo Quest, once he's fully evolved to Gold. Oh, and he learned his signature spell before he earned his Dark Wizard title when he was only 14.
Angry Fist Shake: He sometimes has it during some cutscenes, but is usually seen as his defeated animation.
Anime Hair: It was... rather poofy in the Discstation animation shorts.
Attractive Bent-Gender: As "Sherry", who has only made an appearance in Shin Madou Monogatari (a novel series of the game).
Badass Unintentional: Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician simply begins with a quest for power. But then it escalates into fighting Dark Matter, who defeated Wish off screen, then possess her after getting defeated once by Schezo. Schezo eventually wipes him out on the second battle, freeing Wish and prevented impending destruction.
Enemy Mine: He may be a rival, but he is willing to ally alongside Arle to punish Satan.
Evil Versus Evil: In the first arcade game, he planned to use Arle's power to take Satan's place as the ruler of Puyo Hell. Retained in the English translation, just replace "ruler of Puyo Hell" with "Prince of the Black Kingdom".
Exact Words: The main reason Schezo's wish got corrupted. Because his pronunciation of the word "pervert" was very specific, the medal assumed that specific pronunciation and granted it from there. The translation works around the end result by using "weirdo" instead of the regular pronunciation.
Fingerless Gloves: Some of his costume designs has him wear these, but he seems to be wearing them regularly since 15th Anniversary.
Get Out: And don't disturb his peace and quiet time! Klug wanted the cave's crystals for himself, Sig made a mess with Schezo's belongings just to find a bug, and Risukuma finds the climate suitable for his experiments. Schezo was not happy and promptly chases themnote Well, Sig left on his own to chase the bug. out. Then he ends up getting caught in the mess Arle planned to stop. Poor Schezo doesn't get a break.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He does curse in the original script at times, but it gets translated to "Confound it!".
Heavy Sleeper / NPC Roadblock: You're going to need to wake him up to get past that bridge in BOX's Quest mode. How? Hot tea. The resulting awakening makes him jump frantically from burning his tongue and eventually falls into the river.
Heel-Face Turn: He comes to Arle's aid when she confronts Satan in the Game Gear Madou Monogatari II.
Then he tells Rulue Satan might be fearful of her physical prowess as a result of her lack of magic. The latter sets her off and proceeds to beat the crap out of him.
Irony: The Space-time Crystal he encountered in the prologue of Waku Puyo? He attempted to take its power, only for his own power to get stolen. He wasn't happy about that, and ventured into Waku Puyo Land to get his power back.
It's Probably Nothing: He gets stabbed on the back of the head with a syringe by Honey Bee, shrugs it off after failing to find her, and passes it off as a figment of his imagination. Then you realize she's your next opponent.
Large Ham: Not as a whole, but he has one particularly over-the-top moment here.
The Rival: Well, one of Arle's straighter examples.
Foe Romance Subtext: Considering how much he wants Arle's power, it might be more than that. Even if Schezo clearly told Risukuma he wants advice on taking Arle's power, Risukuma interprets it as him being unable to spit it out and suggests he should confess his love to her in person.
Shirtless Scene: You have to fight him half-naked in BOX's Quest mode. There's even another portrait to reflect this!
Signature Move: Areiado; the technique even serves as his voiced catchphrase in the first two games.
Spell My Name with an S: The early games couldn't decide on whether his name was spelled "Schezo", "Shezo", or "She-zo".
The English arcade game changes Areiado to "Areiad"...maybe...
Fake Special Attack: One of the Puyo Puyo anime shorts depicts a battle between Witch and Arle. After Witch knocks Arle to the ground, she casts Meteor; unfortunately for Witch, only a single tiny star falls to the ground.
Fire, Ice, Lightning: Her Puyo Puyo CD spells include Fire and Thunder (as opposed to Arle's Fire and Ice Storm), and she uses Icefreeze in the aforementioned anime short.
Flying Broomstick: She's seen with one in Sun and carries it over for an animation in 20th.
Giggling Villain: One of her recurring traits, even when she's not doing something mischievous. Most notable in the first game:
Witch (while laughing): Hooo ho ho ho, what an idiot, coming to this place.
Arle: How convenient for you to insult me!
Witch: Well then, it looks like I have an opponent.
Bowdlerization: Dark Elf loses her wings and wears a darker dress. (Comparison◊) Given that the English arcade game doesn't meddle with any of the other characters' designs, this is just about the only possible explanation. It doesn't happen in Puzlow Kids, though.
Flower in Her Hair: Her alternate version "Songstress Harpy" has one, but it gets switched out with a hair ribbon upon evolving to gold.
Giftedly Bad: Shown when she teaches Seriri how to sing "correctly". Everyone within earshot was not spared.
Luck-Based Mission: AI Harpy starts each match by lining the left and right walls with Puyo in hopes of creating surprise chains. Though not as crazy as Suketoudara's stacking method, it is nowhere near as effective as Nohoho's.
Musical Assassin: Her spell theme consists of her singing. Her skill in Puyo Quest causes a power reduction on blue-colored cards, while Songstress Harpy's skill (Which translates to Melodic or Horrific Chant) outright does direct damage.
Declaration of Protection: Subverted in the fact that, despite being in love with Rulue and acting as her bodyguard, Rulue has no romantic interest in Minotauros at all.
Demoted to Extra: Minotauros is the final boss of the MSX and PC98 Madou Monogatari III and was a high-level opponent in the first two games. He is reduced to an NPC in Sun and Yon, and his only appearance after Minna is in the Puyo Puyo!! Quest spinoff.
Suddenly Voiced: Inverted, as far as called attacks go, in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n. The game recycles voice clips from the console version and Sun; since Minotauros wasn't playable in either game, he gets absolutely nothing.
Lost in Translation: "Nasu" is the Japanese name for an eggplant, which his Catch Phrase makes reference to. Whoever was behind the English arcade game decided to keep the insult without trying to work in the pun, resulting in "Blue Ghost" greeting the player with "Moron!"
Unexpected Character: Reappears in 15th Anniversary despite being absent since Tsu, beating out recurring "Beginner" character Skeleton-T to boot.
Verbal Tic: Adds "Nasu" to the end of his sentences.
Warmup Boss: He served as the Lesson 2 boss of the first Puyo Puyo's Beginner mode. It's referenced in 15th; Arle tells him that he probably can't win the tournament, which he responds to by asserting that he's not as weak as he used to be.
You Fool!: Calls pretty much everyone that he comes across a fool.
Flying Seafood Special: She swam through the air when she was a Madou mook, but the creator eventually forgot this, pinning her underwater. Then she starts carrying a magic stone which allows her to move around out of the water.
Palette Swap: Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 and the Roux games give us a red Uroko Sakana Bito named Merrow. Tsu introduces a blue Uroko Sakana Bito, Seriri. In Box, which features both, Merrow is a recolored Seriri.
Joke Character: His Super Attack in Yon is an ever-increasing Nuisance Bonus...that requires the player to avoid rotating their Puyo. To put this in perspective, other powers include blocking Nuisance Puyo for 15 seconds (Arle), removing Nuisance Puyo altogether (Kikimora), and reshuffling every Puyo on the field (Nohoho), none of which have extra conditions like Skeleton T's power.
Played with in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n, where his default power instead locks the other player's rotation. Luckily, his AI is as dimwitted as ever.
In Minna, Skeleton T tells Arle that she fell into a trap by drinking his tea. Turns out that he made it with used teabags.
Took a Level in Badass: In Minna, he randomly shows up in the last area, which features Zoh Daimaoh and the recurring antagonists. Subverted in that he's not much more difficult that he was at the beginning of the game.
Warm Up Boss: He's the first opponent in almost every single Puyo game that features him. This is likely a Continuity Nod to Madou Monogatari I, where a Skeleton-T is the first "forced" encounter in the game.
Jerkass: In the first three games, at least. He snaps at Arle when she tries to talk to him in the first game, brags on his human appendages in Tsu, and hogs an oasis to himself in Sun. He pays for it in the latter case.
An Indian elephant whose name literally translates to "Elephant Demon King." He is known for his fits of rage, which are triggered by nearly everything.
Attack Theme: All of his attacks use the word "Gekido" which, of course, means "rage."
Burning with Anger: In Sun, the heat makes him so angry that he melts a hole into the ground. In Schezo's story, after he climbs out of the ground, Schezo refers to him as a "demon from the depths." This makes Zoh Daimaoh so angry that he grabs Schezo and creates a second hole.
Unexpected Character: Though slightly less surprising than Nasu Grave (prior to the Fever series, Zoh Daimaoh only missed Puyo Puyo~n), he is still re-introduced to the series before notables such as Draco and Witch.
Hey, That's My Line!: They second time they meet, Arle immediately (and correctly) assumes that Zoh will follow up with "None shall pass unless we play Puyo Pop." Unsurprisingly, stealing Zoh's lines makes him very angry.
The protagonist of the Fever series, Amitie is nice, but a bit ditzy. Her heart is in the right place, and though she's better at reacting to things than Raffine or Sig, she still ends up jumping to wrong conclusions.
Spell Theme: Shares her first three spells with Arle; Flame, Blizzard, Lightning Bolt. As well, she has her own special in Fairly Fair, which is usually animated as a pillar of light. Subverted when Blizzard is replaced with Blast Beat in 15th Anniversary, and then Cyclone Whirl in 20th Anniversary.
Meaningful Name: A Baldanders is a German shape shifting creature with the upper body of a human, the legs of a goat(or a leg of a goat and one of a bird), has bird wings, and has a fish tail. May be subverted, since we don't know if Baldanders is a shape shifter.
Evil Is Not a Toy: Collected the items needed to release the demon within his book on choice.
Doesn't help that he covers up his mistake to Amitie at the end of her Hard Course in Fever 2, saying that it was "an experiment to see what would happen if one was possessed".
Exact Words: His wish in 15th was to have his success written in a 16 page spread in the Monthly Kuromage, the town's local magazine. Popoi acknowledges how specific it is, but his hopes get shot down after Ms. Accord points out he'll get his wish if he becomes successful, which he failed to mention. So much for that spread, eh?
Humanity Ensues: Inverted; The Ocean Prince is a prince that turned himself into a dolphin by magic to get away from his duties at the castle and be free, thus why his butler is always looking for him. During Raffine's WakuWaku course in Fever 2, he's captured and returned to his human form, playing it straight. He returns to normal though when he gets the Lantern of the Stars back from Strange Klug, though.
A flamboyantly gay skeleton who is very interested in fashion, and often criticizes the appearances of those around him. He's currently awaiting the day when he can finally reunite with his long-lost lover. Also, in Puyo Puyo Fever 2, he runs the item shop.
All Gays Are Promiscuous: While no sex is mentioned, he shows interest in multiple characters all within the same game despite having a lover he's waiting to reunite with. (In 15th Anniversary, there's Lemres, Zoh, Satan, not to mention a win quote against Ocean Prince:)
"Be sure to invite a lot of nice gentlemen to the ball."
Meaningful Name / Punny Name: Oshare means "Stylish". It's all he cares about. Also, his Japanese name, Oshare Koube, contains "sharekoube" which means skull.
Memento MacGuffin: The "Memory of Chu" item in Fever 2 was given to him as a gift by his now-missing lover. However, he threw it into the sea so that he wouldn't be reminded of his lover's disappearance, and once it is found he gives it to Raffine, feeling he no longer deserves to own it.
Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Refined and prideful as she is, her story in 20th shows she's a little self-conscious of her magic power, running off when Lemres points out her waist pouch is her main power source.
Bitch Alert: The most noticeable thing she's ever done is say "Damn! If it isn't Mr. Goody Two Shoesnote Klug". In an E-Rated Game.
Sig is everything but emotional. He's very quiet and isn't moved by anything at all, save for bugs. He doesn't mind that he's part demon, either. Obsessed with bugs, but this wasn't brought up in his first appearance at all.
Hair Antennae: Which twitch. They seem to be hypnotic or unsettling, depending on the person.
Heart Trauma: Implied. In the same book you can find the history of Strange Klug, it's stated that, whatever remained of Sig's ancestor, was very absent-minded and stoic. It seems that missing half your soul runs in the family or something.
Alternately, his name is, in Japanese, pronounced "Shi-guu"; Shig is a word often used to start Japanese names and means "luxuriant"... which also doesn't fit Sig.
Protectorate: At the end of Raffine's Hard course in Fever 2, Sig appears and tells Raffine not to advance due to Strange Klug. Raffine, being Raffine, proceeds to call him greedy and challenges him to a fight.
Fans like to hope he becomes something like this to his Love Interest, Amitie.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Inverted. He's pretty nice, never gets angry, and never raises his voice. The demon heritage that he has seems to just be a set back.
Red Right Hand: Literally and averted, but he does wonder why it starts glowing when he's close to his evil ascendent.
Spell My Name with an S: In-Universe; Ringo spelled his name as "Shigu" when she meets him in 7.note To clarify, Sig's name is spelt in Katakana but she spelt it in Hiragana. Hiragana can be translated straight at face value, while Katakana usually requires some interpretation.
Spell Theme: Cyan, Paraiba, and Robin's Egg are blue items; a color, a blue stone, and a blue-colored egg. Lapis Lazuil is another blue stone, replacing Paraiba in 20th. Celestial is a term used to describe the sky, and Hydrangeas are often a blue color as well.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His position as the easygoing boy was taken over by Sig, while his nature-loving personality was given to Rider. Ms. Accord lampshades this, stating that he's absent from school.
Divergent Character Evolution: Originally looked identical to Arle and used identical spells. Later games change the color of her clothes and give her different spells, such as Chaos, Abyss, and Ragnarok.
Mook Promotion: Doppelgangers were random encounters in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3. Doppelganger Arle would go on to serve as the last opponent of Arle no Roux, a midboss in the Mega Drive remake of Madou Monogatari I, a late-game boss in Madou Monogatari: The Final Test, and finally the last boss of Yon.
Palette Swap: Depending on the game. Subverted (to an extent) in Box: Doppelganger Arle gets a redrawn mugshot while the other Evil Counterparts play the trope straight.
The true villain of Puyo 7 and eventually 20th, Ekoro wanted to flood not just Primp Town, but the Earth with Puyo. How is this bad? It was going to kill everyone. He only appears in the climax though, and is barely mentioned up until then. In 20th, he gains an alternet humanoid version named "Unusual Ekoro".
Aesop Collateral Damage: Playing tricks isn't good, but playing matches is! Then you possess Satan to make your point...
Bittersweet Ending: At the end of 20th Anniversary, Ekoro remembers everything; that he's a spacetime traveller with no time or place to call home. He decides to go travelling again, saying that he had fun and that they'll see each other again, although they probably won't remember him.
The Chessmaster: Especially when you take into account that he tricked Ringo into practically dooming the world by getting her to play seven Puyo matches that would open a rift in space-time.
Crazy Jealous Guy: Has shades of this when he saw Maguro and Ringo having (what he thought was) an inappropriate conversation.
Mind Screw: Very close to What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?. Among stealing animations from Ringo, Feli, and Klug, (Arle and Amitie's in 20th Anniversary) Unusual Ekoro is full of this. For instance, one of Unusual Ekoro's animations has him blasting into the sky like a rocket.
The Nicknamer: Justified in that he knows no one's names except for Ringo's. Some examples include "Tail Fly Girl" (Draco) "Miss Straight Bangs" (Feli) and "Pointy Hat Girl" (Witch).
Ms Accord's black cat puppet, Popoi is usually an assistant. He, much like Accord, is shrouded in mystery, and little is known about who or what he is, though he claims to be "The Prince of Darkness". Takes the place as Fever's villain, appearing suddenly at the end of the WakuWaku and HaraHara courses.
Heh, dare you demand I return your classmate's body?
A demon possessing Klug's book, Strange Klug is very different than the nerd everyone's used to. Takes the place as Fever 2's villain, appearing at the end of all three HaraHara courses. He grew popular though, and made comebacks in future titles, but never as important as he was before(if you can call him important).
Concepts Are Cheap: Double Subverted; Strange Klug states several times that he took the three items and took over Klug's body to bring his body back, but he never states "why".
Dark Is Not Evil: Subverted. As a spirit sealed in Klug's book, the demon takes on a very cartoony look, with small gold eyes and a flat-toothed grin. During Fever and, until you find how he really acts in Fever 2, this gives the impression that it's some sort of prankster spirit sealed in a book.
Evil Costume Switch: Turns Klug's suit from purple to red, unties his bowtie, dons a cape, untucks his shirt, and messes up his hair.
Expansion Pack Past: If you read the Library in Fever 2, you'll find a story titled "Record of the Sealing". According to the book, a man bought a book that was used only for sealing souls, and would seal any one soul when opened. Upon showing it to his friends, they decided to travel up to the castle nearby to seal the demon that lived there, knowing he liked books and would read anything without question. When the demon fell for the trick of opening the book, only the "evil soul" was sucked in; what remained of the "good soul" became Sig's ancestor.
Expressive Accessory: Both the Living Shadow and Klug's spirit have expressions alongside him, even matching his surprise when Sig and Raffine walk off with his items.
Laser-Guided Karma: Inverted. The man who wrote Record of the Sealing stated that he didn't know what evil deeds the demon had ever done. If this is the case, he just lived alone in his castle, doing nothing noticeable until he was sealed away.
Living Shadow: Has a giant red one that looks nearly identical to his form in the book.
Loners Are Freaks: Record of the Sealing stated that he lived alone in his castle. Judging from how he acts, he really fits a description.
Humanity Ensues: Reversed. He went from being "human" to a soul trapped in a book.
Magic A Is Magic A: Defied. Even if we're never given a clear image of what the magic in this world is, all things that fly/float often have wings or "flying" in the name, like "magical flying cane" or characters like Draco, Harpy, and Satan. However, Strange Klug's book is floating without any source of magic around it.
Motor Mouth: In both Fever 2 and 20th Anniversary, he manages to fit in at least seven words within one or two seconds.
Neat Freak: His special skill listed on Fever 2's website is "cleaning".
Nerd Glasses: Large oval frames, just like Klug's. They're really an entirely different pair, though, even if they look exactly the same.
Scary Shiny Glasses: One eye is almost always obscured by a flashed frame, and can be viewed as more unsettling than both frames.
No, Except Yes: He's not exactly Klug, even if his posture when he's laughing or pointing is exactly the same.
No Name Given / Only Known by Their Nickname: He's never properly named, called "Demon" and "evil spirit" in Record of the Sealing , and is known only by Strange Klug. Sega apparently gave up trying to develop any story that spans multiple games.
Shaped Like Itself: Played with. It takes Strange Klug to reveal his plans to both Raffine and Amitie for the two to realize that the man that looks like Klug that's wearing different colors and altered his outfit isn't exactly Klug... and yet they still call him Klug.
Spell Theme: Played with. He shares Nebula and Ignis with Klug, but then uses Nyx. A new spell from 20th, Anima, can bring you to severaldifferentthings. "Rubor Vini" is "Wine Red"; you can either take this as a color for red or a sin. His final spell, Hydrangea, he shares with Sig, but has a very different animation for it, with all of his power going into the demonic Living Shadow.
Mythology Gag: As for Nyx, Ignis just had to be followed by another word ending with an "s" sound — just like most of Doppelganger Arle's spells (Abyss, Chaos, Labyrins, Eclipse, Grand Cross).
The Villain Makes the Plot: Played With. He did create the plot for all the Hard Courses, and his defeat is the true resolution to the plot. However, freeing Klug is only done on accident, and really all Raffine and Sig wanted were the items he was using to power himself up.
This Is Gonna Suck: When he loses, he either looks to the sky and sighsnote In Fever 2, though you could see as him about to fall down. or just sits down on the floornote In 20th Anniversary.. In the ending cutscenes for all the HaraHara courses, he doesn't yell or try and run away, but just seems to accept being sealed once more.
Unexplained Accent: The Nexus Wiki states that Strange Klug has a "unique voice pattern". Interestingly enough though, even if this states it's for Fever 2(and he's since then made more appearances), he pronounces "ichi", "roku", and "hachi"note one, six, eight very differently than Klug, pronouncing them as "ee-ch", "rouk", and "hah-ch" instead of "ee-chi", "rouk-u", and "hah-chi".