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Characters: Shantae
A list of characters in the Shantae series.
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The good guys and girls.


VA: Meagan Glaser (Shantae: Risky's Revenge), Cristina Vee (Shantae and the Pirate's Curse; Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)
The eponymous protagonist of the Shantae Series. A half-genie, and the Guardian Genie of Scuttle Town, Shantae works tirelessly to thwart the plans of the nefarious lady-pirate, Risky Boots.
  • Action Girl: As the Guardian Genie of Scuttle Town she fights whomever or whatever threatens the peace.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Other than the genies from the first game, most of the rest of the cast aren't as dark as her.
  • Animorphism: Her magic dances can transform herself in to animals.
  • Badass: Shantae, killing armies of pirates, demons and undead with her hair since 2002.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes her bellybutton.
  • Bedlah Babe: She wears a red colored bedlah as her normal outfit.
  • Belly Dancer: She has the look of one. In the first game, she can be one in a Rhythm Game mini-game to earn extra gems.
    • The iOS version of Risky's Revenge, she has an alternate dancer costume to hype-up the costume swap goal for Half-Genie Hero. The Steam version includes its own variation of said costume (with more gold adornments).
  • Benevolent Genie: Well half-genie; she is the guardian genie of Scuttle Town.
  • Braids of Action: Her alternate costume in the iOS version of Risky's Revenge, as of Sept 20, 2013, has her hair like this.
  • Cool Crown: Often wears a tiara. In the first game, she can get a Tiara in Water Town that adds a spin attack after a elbow dash.
    • In Half-Genie Hero, it seems to be a Morphic Resonance for some of her transformations.
    • The Director's Cut of Risky's Revenge has the dancer outfit have an Uraeus on her tiara.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Well, Cute Half-Monster Girl, at least in her normal appearance. Some of her belly-dance transformations (such as the Harpy and Mermaid transformations) play this straight.
  • Dash Attack: She can do this as her elephant transformation.
    • In the first game, she can get Cuffs in Water Town which allows her normal form to do an elbow dash after holding the attack button.
    • In Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, she can do this with a scimitar.
  • Diving Kick: In the first game, she can get a Sash in Water Town which allows her to do this after a flip kick.
  • Fragile Speedster: Shantae's Ninja costume in Half-Genie Hero gives her additional speed, agility, and magic at the cost of defense.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half genie, half human.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She's blue-eyed and she's naive in the first game.
  • Lighthouse Point: Her house.
  • Magic Dance: She can do this to activate certain magics. In Risky's Revenge she can only do transformation dances.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Despite not appearing in many games, she's quite popular.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: She's a blue-eyed genie who has magic powers.
  • Our Genies Are Different: Well, she is half-genie and doesn't grant wishes with magic.
  • Playing with Fire: She gets the Fire Ball in the first game, which is an improved version of the Pike Ball. The second game gives her an entire set of fire spells to play with, from fire ball projectiles to flamethrowers.
  • Pointy Ears
  • Prehensile Hair: Her primary way to fight is to whip her hair at her enemies.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Red Is Heroic: She primarily wears red.
  • Shapeshifting: Through her magic dances.
  • Shock and Awe: The Storm Puff, which lets Shantae summon a cloud to zap enemies with lightning bolts.
  • Spike Balls of Doom: The ever useful Pike Ball, which smacks enemies as it protectively revolves around her. Risky's Revenge adds two upgraded versions of this, the Super Pike Ball and the Mega Pike Ball, which deploys more spike balls around Shantae.
  • Squishy Wizard: Her Dancer Costume in the iOS version of Risky's Revenge doubles her magic power but halves her defense.
  • Status Buff: Half-Genie Hero will introduce dances that could temporarily increase her stats.
  • Stripperiffic: Her primary clothing.
    • In the iOS and Steam versions of Risky's Revenge, her dancer costume is even more stripperiffic than her regular clothing. She also appropriately takes more damage in the outfit.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: In the first game she can do magic dances to teleport to the towns and the Zombie Caravan after returning baby warpsquids to the mother warpsquids in the respective places.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Keeps her hair up like this.
  • True Blue Femininity:
    • In the original pitch for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and PC, Shantae would eventually upgraded to a triumphant blue near the end of the adventure.
    • She gains a blue dancer costume in the iOS and Steam versions of Risky's Revenge.
    • There is a blue outfit for those who pledged at the tiers where the backer gets the game in the Kickstarter for Half-Genie Hero. It's a Palette Swap and a nod to the above original pitch.
  • Video Game Dashing:
    • In the original game, the player had to hold down the B button to run instead of walk.
    • She gains a back dash in Risky's Revenge, from then on she has that move.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
  • Younger than They Look: Hard to believe she's not actually a legal adult yet, isn't it? (at least not in the first game)


Old Uncle Mimic is one of the Relic Hunters... a consortium of explorers that attempt to advance the future by excavating secrets of the past. Mimic is the closest thing Shantae has to a family. He lives in his workshop in Scuttle Town, where he houses hundreds of ancient objects. Since townsfolk tend to be skeptical and stand-offish to Relic Hunters (and genies), he and Shantae make a great pair. Shantae makes Mimic her project, and refuses to let him grow old, sloppy, or comfortable. Although she can get on his nerves at times, Mimic genuinely loves Shantae and strives to keep her safe. Although Shantae has no idea, Mimic is a retired hero of days long gone and still contains dormant skills that could awaken if provoked.


Shantae's sparring partner is a slow-witted knucklehead with a serious lack of reasoning skills. He's hardly awake until he springs into action...usually at the chance to be a hero...and begins twirling his bolo balls. As a fighter, Bolo is very efficient and skillful, as though these moments of competence are sustained by his regular state of mental hibernation.

Bolo has eyes for Risky Boots and nearly anything else remotely female, although a brotherly comfort level keeps Shantae outside his level of vision. Bolo is commonly used as a punching bag or stool pigeon by Rotty, Sky and Shantae. Mimic often uses Bolo as an errand boy, which given his single track mind works fairly well.

He is a resident of Water Town.


Shantae's life-long friend and ally, Sky is a war bird trainer whose profitable egg hunts often span the known reaches of Sequin Land. Sky can't wait for Shantae to see more of the world and life's surprises, and seems to be in a hurry to grow up. Sky is a sort of desert rat, always nesting in out of the way places at length. For this reason, Shantae and Sky tend to have more unexpected reunions than planned visits. Even apart, their friendship is a strong one, and Sky's opinions hold equal value to Uncle Mimic's in Shantae's mind. Sky keeps a war bird named Wrench, and she is rarely seen without him.

She is a resident of Oasis Town.



Rotty is a free spirit... friendly, energetic, and headstrong. However, she is also extremely untrustworthy, crafty, and manipulative. She loves ruffling peoples feathers or guiding them down the wrong path. She's a tease and a shameless flirt on a near-criminal level, and her scruples know no boundaries. As a family member in a Zombie Clan, Rotty travels the land by caravan gaining worldly skills and threatening to eat peoples brains. She has two nasty brothers (Abner Cadaver and Poe) that seem capable of bringing out the worst in her whenever they're all together. Rotty is obsessed with Shantae and the challenge of corrupting her pure nature.

Even among zombies, Rottytops and her brothers are considered bad news. Rottytops genuinely likes Shantae. Whether it's for her heroic stance or her brains is left to the player to decide.

Abner Cadaver

Rottytops' eldest brother. Introduced in Risky's Revenge.


Rottytops' other brother. Introduced in Risky's Revenge.


Risky Boots

The nefarious lady-pirate Risky Boots, Shantae's nemesis, is known throughout Sequin Land for her love of wealth, power, and all shiny things. Risky is an unchallenged and self-appointed 'queen of the Seven Seas', and will caution and toll anyone to think otherwise. Risky is a villain with the skills and luck usually reserved for the good guys. Capable, dominating, and deadly, Risky isn't afraid to claim what's not hers. She commands an endless army of Tinkerbats who follow her orders without question, building her weapons of war and scavenging the resources that make her schemes become reality.


Tinkerbats are Risky's silent shadow army. Individually they are not very formidable in battle, and therefore tend to huddle in groups of 3 or more. They are intelligent and skillful, yet skittish and non-communicative. Their loyalty knows no bounds, and like drones serving a queen they act as an extension of Risky's will. Where Risky harvests her Tinkerbats is unknown.


Shantae's genie half, given form by the magic lamp. Introduced in Risky's Revenge.
  • Animorphism: See Shantae's section above. She can transform into a monkey and an elephant.
  • Back from the Dead: One of the planned bonus chapters of Half-Genie Hero has her returning.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Final Boss: Of Risky's Revenge.
  • Enemy Without: Shantae's genie half.
  • No Name Given: In Risky's Revenge, at least. Wayforward's various comments have dubbed her Nega-Shantae.
  • Pure Magic Being: The planned bonus chapter has her reforming from collected wayward magic.
  • Secret A.I. Moves: Her rapid fire Mermaid Bubbles in the air. Downplayed with her version of Monkey Bullet and Elephant Stomp, which are the same as Shantae's moves, just with speed and agility that the player can't match.
  • Shapeshifting: See Shantae's section above.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just knowing who she is spoils the finale of Risky's Revenge.

    The Three Barons of Sequin Land 
Introduced in Risky's Revenge. They are thieving bandits who pass themselves off as artifact collectors.

Squid Baron

Ammo Baron

  • The Captain: Is the leader of his own army in the desert region, and is constantly planning strategies in his tent.
  • Cyclops
  • Egopolis: Renames Scuttle Town to Ammo Town after getting the deed in Risky's Revenge.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Does this a lot whenever he talks. Rat-a-tat! Blamity bloo!
  • The Unfought: You never do get to fight him in Risky's Revenge.
  • Verbal Tic: He peppers his conversations with a lot of firearm sounds.

Hypno Baron

  • Blown Across the Room: Is capable of doing this to you with a Finger Gun.
  • Finger Gun: One of his attacks has him shooting you with this gesture for a huge amount of knockback.
  • Losing Your Head: After you destroy his body, his skull still hops around the floor until you smack it to end the fight.
  • Our Liches Are Different
  • Squishy Wizard: While he has a lot of HP, he doesn't react well to damage and a single smack will make him flinch out of his attack animation.
  • Teleport Spam: Warps all over the place after each of his attacks.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Takes on the form and fighting style of Uncle Mimic for his boss fight, in an attempt to dissuade Shantae. She doesn't hesitate in taking him down at all.


Mayor Scuttlebutt

Mayor Scuttlebutt is the mayor of Scuttle Town, and is currently employing Shantae as its Guardian Genie.
  • Jerkass: At the end of the first game, he asked Shantae if he could pay half for her services as a Guardian Genie since she is only a half-genie. He may or may not have been joking.
  • Mayor Pain: While a reasonable enough official in the first game, after Risky successfully invades Scuttle Town at the start of Risky's Revenge, he fires Shantae from her job and later sells the town to the Ammo Baron rather than try and deal with his forces and Risky at the same time. Fortunately, Shantae's actions and her friends are able to convince him to take her back on and set things right at the end of the game.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure/Jerkass Has a Point: ...sort of. He's not a terrible politician, just a terrible person. On that note, selling the town to the Ammo Baron is shown to be the lesser of two evils since the town's treasury is about to go bankrupt.

Barracuda Joe

Barracuda Joe is a soldier in Ammo Baron's army. He claims that he did a saucy dance in order to join the army. In contrast to Ammo Baron and some other members of his army, he is a decent fellow - he gives Shantae fair warning of the dangers in the tower, and apologizes when the prize she wins there is not that great in his eyes (the Magic Seal).

His job is running Battle Tower. Barracuda Joe guards the tower, and will let any citizen in for training for a small fee. He keeps track of Shantae's record times an will give her the Forest Key upon her first completion.

First introduced in Risky's Revenge.
  • Fandom Nod: His name is one to the Shantae Let's Play by Brickroad, which called those invincible giant fish enemies in the Waterfall area Barracuda Joe after he kept getting bitten by them.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to the other soldiers in Ammo Baron's army.
  • Noodle Incident: How he joined the army.

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