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).
    • Lampshaded by the Ammo Baron in Pirate's Curse.
  • 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. Her hair style returns in the princess outfit in ''Pirate's Curse"
  • Childhood Friends: With Bolo.
  • 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. It returns as the princess outfit Shantae (along with Rottytops, Sky and Risky) wears in Pirate's Curse.
  • 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. Also an inversion of Human Mom, Non-Human Dad since her mom was the genie.
  • Gainaxing: Her chest jiggles as she dances.
  • Hidden Depths: Most of the time she's a chipper tomboy Action Girl, but when things don't go quite as planned she starts to show some significant emotional vulnerability, sometimes even doubting she's strong enough to really be a hero. Also despite her bedlah outfit and belly-dancing she claims to be rather modest, and in Pirate's Curse feels exposed in a Chainmail Bikini.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Used as a one-off joke; the Oubliette of Suffering refuses to take her in because she smells "sweet and lovely" and hasn't done anything sinful enough to deserve their torture.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She's blue-eyed and she's naive in the first game.
  • Lighthouse Point: Her house.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She effectively becomes Sonic the Hedgehog using the Sonic Boost when using Risky Boots' in Pirate's curse, becoming extremely fast, powerful, able to run on water, lava, and spikes, and invincible.
  • Magic Dance: She can do this to activate certain magics. In Risky's Revenge she can only do transformation dances.
  • Malaproper: When trying to act like a pirate and order her "crew" around. And it is adorable!
    Shantae: Moist the main snail! Keel the port blubber! Aye, Cap'n!
  • 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; at least until Pirate's Curse when she returned Scuttle Town back to normal for the mayor.
  • 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: A few in the games.
    • Pirate's Curse has the Monster Milk which increases her normal attacks.
    • 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.
    • In Pirate's Curse, she (and the rest of the female cast) get mistaken for the princess of a desert kingdom, and end up in rather revealing (yet regal) garb.
  • Status Quo Is God: In the true ending of Pirate's Curse, it turns out that the dark magic Shantae had been gathering was indeed the magic siphoned from her by Risky in the previous game. She reabsorbs it to finish off Pirate Master, and thus is a half-genie proper once again.
  • 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.
  • Took Several Hundred Levels In Badass: So, about that Pirate Master. You know, the most powerful entity in the series thus far; the one who took all the magic of every last genie just to seal away? Once Shantae has her magic restored, she practically solos him.
  • 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: Courtesy of Risky's Boots. Combined with Risky's Scimitar, it's powerful enough to make her invincible for the duration.
  • Waistcoat of Style: She wears an unbuttoned vest in Risky's Revenge and Pirate's Curse, though the former game doesn't show it in her character portrait.
  • 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 was a resident of Water Town in the first game, but moved to Scuttle Town with Sky after Shantae lost her magic.


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 in the original game, and resides in Scuttle Town starting in Risky's Revenge.



Rotty is a free spirit... friendly, energetic, and headstrong. However, she is also extremely untrustworthy, crafty, and manipulative. She loves ruffling people's 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 people's 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. Mentioned in the original Shantae and introduced in Risky's Revenge.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has green skin.
  • Bare Your Midriff: He wears an open jacket but no inner shirt.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Fiercely loyal to Rottytops, and Shantae by extension.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: In the original game, Rottytops' brothers are mentioned as being out of town when Shantae comes to visit. They appear in person in the sequel.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as aloof and abrasive to others, but he still apologizes to Shantae for helping out Risky Boots when they meet again in Pirate's Curse. He also points out that Rottytops actually seems a lot happier when Shantae's around, which is one of the first clues for the half-genie that her erstwhile undead peer might genuinely see her as a friend.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Similar to his sister.


Rottytops' other brother. Mentioned in the original Shantae and 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.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: She has light purple skin.
  • Arch-Enemy: of Shantae.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes her bellybutton.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Suffers from this occasionally. At one point in the first game, she actually manages to get Shantae Bound and Gagged at one point and completely at her mercy, but instead of just shooting her or cutting her head off, leaves Shantae alone (who a few seconds later easily escapes from the ropes). At another point, she manages to trick Shantae into falling through a Trap Door into a... battle with an unwieldy, inert giant robot that Shantae easily defeats instead of say, a furnace, gas chamber, spike pit, or any other trap that would been actually fatal. Heck, Risky could have easily won right then and there if she hadn't put a conveniently placed floating platform right under the place where Shantae lands when the floor under the platform has the ability to instantly kill her.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After the events of Risky's Revenge, she's lost all her gear that she "inherited" from Pirate Master, and can no longer defend herself as such. By the end of Pirate's Curse, however, she's been restored to her usual status and equipment.
  • Character Development: Over the course of the first game, Risky goes from considering Shantae beneath her to outright hating her by its end, and it's that hatred that motivates her in the second game...but ultimately backfires on her and forces her to come to Shantae for help. By the end of Pirate's Curse, even though they developed some odd form of friendship, Risky ultimately decides she loves being a pirate and won't give it up. However, her last scene with Shantae most definitely shows that most of their mutual animosity is gone, and perhaps they only remain enemies due to their stations.
  • Clothing Damage: In the first game after the boss battle, one of her pant legs is torn exposing her leg. Happens again after an implied torture session from the Pirate Master.
  • Compressed Hair: As shown in the first game, she has long hair but it's mostly kept under her hat. Granted, it's a big hat, but then she pulls the same trick with a bandana.
  • Creepy Souvenir: She took her captain's face and separated it to become part of her bra and pants seam like a trophy after he fell.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dash Attack: She can attack by rushing toward with her scimitar during her boss battle in the first game.
  • Dragon Ascendant: This was her motivation for letting the Pirate Master die.
  • Evil Is Bigger: She is a bit taller than Shantae, and in Pirate's Curse Shantae notes that Risky's clothes are about a size bigger as well.
  • Evil Laugh: "Ho ho ho!"
  • Final Boss: Of the original game.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even more-so than Shantae herself.
  • The Musketeer: She can fight with her scimitar and/or gun.
  • Non-Action Girl: She leaves all the action to Shantae in Pirate's Curse because she's afraid of getting possessed by the Pirate Master.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Disguised herself as Bandit Town's Guardian Genie in the first game.
  • Pirate
  • Promoted to Playable: Half-Genie Hero has her as playable.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In the first game due to limitations. The look returns as a backer exclusive outfit for her in Risky Mode in Half-Genie Hero called "Classic Risky Boots". It is a Palette Swap and a nod to the original game.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red irises.
    • Gets red scleras in her backer classic costume.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Her clothing has trimmings that gives the look of a skull. In Pirate's Curse, it is revealed by the Pirate Master it is his skull that Risky lined her clothes with.
  • Turns Red: The boss fight against her in the first game, partway she loses her hat causing her hair to come loose and begins using her scimitar like a boomerang and doing slide attacks.
  • Vague Age: She variously refers to Shantae as a "kid", remembers Shantae's mother, and is at least old enough to have once served under the Pirate Master, yet she doesn't really look any older than the teenage Shantae.
  • Villain Protagonist: In Risky Mode, in Half-Genie Hero.
  • Villains Never Lie: Yes she does, but she still tries to invoke this when she first shows up in Pirate's Curse.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has yellow scleras on her in-game sprites as of Risky's Revenge. Oddly, this is not reflected in her dialogue portraits.


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: She was borne of a magic lamp sucking all of Shantae's magic out. Even after her destruction, the planned bonus chapter for Half-Genie Hero 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.

Pirate Master

Risky's former mentor, and Big Bad of Pirate's Curse.

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When he Turns Red.
  • Bad Boss: Zigzagged. While he shows anger on behalf of his defeated minions, he will show you no mercy if you dare betray him, and his revenge will not come lightly. Just ask Risky, who ended up in iron chains and roughed up pretty badly.
  • Berserk Button: Defeat is something he can deal with calmly and competently. However... an act of mutiny brings the devil out of him like nothing else.
  • Big Bad
  • Early-Bird Cameo: We've seen the Pirate Master's face as early as the first few minutes of the first game. How? Risky's been wearing it this entire time.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Despite his swashbuckling buccaneer gear he's at his most dangerous when he's channeling dark magic.
  • Large and In Charge: He easily stands twice Shantae's height (when he isn't turning himself into a Kaiju), and he's the true master of the Tinkerbats and Cacklebats.
  • Made of Evil: He can at be at best described as a sentient, malformed skeleton held together by an oozing mass of dark magic.
  • Made of Iron: He has thousands and thousands of hit points in a game where none of the other bosses break five hundred. And even then he's just stunned; it takes the combined might of Shantae's power and Ammo Baron's siege cannons to finally bring him down once and for all. All this while he's barely at a fraction of his full power!
  • Pirate: Obviously, it is in his name.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: It took every genie to take him down the first time, and even though they were able to kill his body his dark magic could only be sealed away by sealing themselves away in turn.
  • Shoulder Cannon: An actual one on his right shoulder.
  • Relative Button: He tauntingly asks Shantae which of the genies he killed was her mother. According to Mimic, none of them.
    Which one was your mother? That fire spouting hothead? Or maybe the songbird?
  • Revenge: Strong enough to bring him back from the grave! But not against the genies who imprisoned him. No, he wants revenge against Risky, who betrayed him.
  • Villain Ball: Played with. See Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He's clever enough to take care of Risky as early as possible and not heeding a word she says, knowing full well the danger she poses to him if left unchecked. However, he fails to address the immediate threat of Shantae, who is daughter to one of the genies who physically defeated him before.

    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

Leader of the Ammonian Army.
  • 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!
  • Tank Goodness: His boss battle in Pirate's Curse. He fire's cannon balls and charges at you.
  • The Unfought: You never do get to fight him in Risky's Revenge. Pirate's Curse more than makes up for it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He's a relatively-neutral character in Risky's Revenge, as opposed to the straight up Starter Villain he is in Pirate's Curse.
  • Verbal Tic: He peppers his conversations with a lot of firearm sounds.

Hypno Baron

  • Anti-Villain or Noble Demon: Jury's still out on whether he's evil, but his reason for fighting Shantae certainly isn't: he's trying to keep the lamp sealed so it can't be used to harm her.
  • 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.
  • Comfort Food: In Pirate's Curse, depending at certain points in the game, you can give certain foods you collect from defeating enemies to him at certain amounts and he pays you gems for them. He usually gives some background story of Scuttle Town or reason associated with the food.
  • 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. In Pirate's Curse he's unable to buy the town back from Ammo Baron, which would have been understandable IF he hadn't spent the between-game interim embezzling town funds to buy more chocolate.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure/Jerkass Has a Point: ...sort of in Risky's Revenge. 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. This is promptly dropped in Pirate's Curse, where he admits to taking his candy budget out of the town's treasury.

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.

Sky's Parents

The parents of Sky. Her father is a Relic Hunter like Mimic. Introduced in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.

Techno Baron

Ammo Baron's ally who crafts expensive weapons out in Frostbite Island. Introduced in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Say what you will, but any engineer good enough for the Ammo Baron has to know his stuff.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Techno Baron hires Bolo to build a targeting module for Ammo Baron's cannons. Naturally, it malfunctions and causes the cannon to misfire and blast the Baron in his big smug face. At least Bolo looked smart with his glasses.
  • Mad Scientist: He considers his weapons "art".
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He's a bipedal skink-looking thing.
  • Slasher Smile: He's got the Smug Snake and Never Smile at a Crocodile look to him.
  • The Unfought: He doesn't actually fight Shantae, and their only moment of interaction in the game is when he hires her to deliver a part to Ammo Baron.

"Manly guy in the village of Lost Souls"

A big, brawny, deceased warrior who helps Shantae enter the Oubliette of Suffering.