A list of characters in the Shantae
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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.
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.
- Anything That Moves: Including (in the first game) the undead.
- Childhood Friends: With Shantae.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Bolo has eyes for literally any girl - save for Shantae - but, as of Pirate's Curse, he's clearly practiced keeping a lid on it when he's needed.
- Epic Flail: His weapon.
- Idiot Hero: It's even in his character title.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He gets hit with this hard in Pirate's Curse, after being the only member of the cast to get left behind (even behind the series antagonist, no less) after Ammo Baron's initial attack. Even Shantae teasing with mention of their risque Tan Line Island outfits wasn't enough to snap him out of his funk.
- Incest Is Relative: In the first game there's a line where Bolo briefly pervs out to his grandmother's sparkling eyes.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Got eyes for any girl, except Shantae.
- Martial Arts Headband: Wears a yellow one.
- Promoted to Playable: One of the successful stretch goals for Half-Genie Hero has him, Sky and Rottytops be playable.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Wears a shirt with torn-off sleeves, and starting in Pirate's Curse, he wears a short vest on top of it.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Giving him the X-Ray Specs in Pirate's Curse renews his self-esteem, allowing him to identify a fossil for you with rather exact detailing.
- Magic Feather: The aforementioned X-Ray Specs. Downplayed in that he's actually nearsighted. Also quickly subverted, as after the moment of competence with the fossil he tackles an engineering project. The result is built upside-down, backwards, and inside-out.
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.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She has green skin.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes her bellybutton.
- Cannot Spit It Out: You learn from her dead human soul in the afterlife that she really wants to be Shantae's friend, but feels she keeps screwing up.
- Cute Monster Girl: For a member of the undead, she's quite a looker.
- Detachment Combat: Half-Genie Hero's concept art gives her this fighting style.
- Eat the Dog: When you first meet her in Risky's Revenge, she was planning to eat the pet dog she found in Tangled Forest before Shantae stops her.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a yellow hairband. It's one of the clues as to the identity of her human soul.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Or so she would like to think. For all her talk of a troublemaker and rabblerouser and for all her threats to eat people, she hasn't so much as harmed a fly during her entire screentime... unless you count thinking about eating a puppy (which she returns as soon as Shantae asks her to) or kidnapping Mimic (which she regrets almost immediately and runs off crying).
- She's firmly settled into Face territory by the end of Pirate's Curse.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: It's revealed in Pirate's Curse—both from one of her brothers, and from her human soul—that Rottytops is a lot happier around Shantae, even if she mostly shows it by being mischievous.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Possibly a mix of Revenant Zombie and Flesh-Eating Zombie. She retains her intelligence by drinking coffee, but would still eat brains.
- Promoted to Playable: One of the successful stretch goals for Half-Genie Hero has her, Sky and Bolo be playable.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted—yes, she's a troublemaker, but she's not really evil.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Another mainstay of her outfit.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.
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
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.
- 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.
Nega-ShantaeShantae'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.
Risky's former mentor, and Big Bad
of Pirate's Curse
The Three Barons of Sequin Land
Introduced in Risky's Revenge
. They are thieving bandits who pass themselves off as artifact collectors.
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.
- 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.
- 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 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 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
The parents of Sky. Her father is a Relic Hunter like Mimic. Introduced in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
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.