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.
Secret Character/Dressing as the Enemy: In the first game, an optional transformation, when playing the game in the Game Boy Advance and paying 500 gems at Bandit Town, lets her turn into a Tinkerbat. With this transformation she can fight with a scimitar. This transformation is set to return as a Kickstarter transformation for Half-Genie Hero for those who pledged $55 or more.
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.
As of Sept 20, 2013 in the iOS version of Risky's Revenge, her dancer costume is even more so 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.
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.
Honorary Uncle: Shantae's adopted uncle and he seems to know Shantae's mother.
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.
Badass Cape: In sequels after Risky's Revenge, her hood now has a short cape.
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.
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.
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.
Clothing Damage: In the first game after the boss battle, one of her pant leg is torn exposing her leg.
Compressed Hair: As shown in the first game, she has long hair but it's mostly kept under her hat.
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.
Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has yellow scleras; except in the first game graphics due to limitations and the character portraits of Risky's Revenge.
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.
Gadgeteer Geniuses: They are very good at making things such as the Tinkertank and Tinkertub and making Tinker Tools for Risky.
Land, Sea, Sky: They mostly fight on land. In the Scuttle Town attack in first game some come by sea on boats; in Risky's Revenge they have scuba gear with harpoon guns. In the first game there are some flying with wing packs.
Meaningful Name: They are good at making things hence the "tinker" in their name.
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.
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 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 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 ShantaeLet'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.