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Voiced by: Meagan Glaser (Shantae: Risky's Revenge), Cristina Vee (Shantae and the Pirate's Curse; Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)
Appears in: Shantae, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroThe eponymous protagonist. A half-genie and the Guardian Genie of Scuttle Town, Shantae works tirelessly to thwart the plans of the nefarious lady-pirate, Risky Boots, and anyone who would threaten the world.
- Action Girl: As the Guardian Genie of Scuttle Town, she fights whomever or whatever threatens the peace.
- Adorkable: This side to her is played up a lot in Pirate's Curse, especially with her expressiveness, the mention of some of her odd habits ("I nibble when I'm nervous!") and her attempts at talking like a pirate.Shantae: Moist the main snail! Keel the port blubber!
- Ambiguously Brown: Other than the genies from the first game, most of the rest of the cast aren't as dark as her. There are cultural references pointing towards her being Turkish, however.
- Animorphism: Her magic dances can transform herself into animals.
- Badass Adorable: Shantae, killing armies of pirates, demons and undead with her hair since 2002.
- Badass Normal: In Pirate's Curse, she has to rely on pirate equipment since her magic was stolen in the previous game.
- Brought Down to Badass: At the end of Risky's Revenge, she loses her genie powers, but can still fight with her hair and items, which she does throughout Pirate's Curse.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her default outfit is a red bedlah ensemble that exposes her belly.
- She also has an alternative "Dancer Shantae" outfit in Risky's Revenge, and it's even more revealing.
- And her gold bikini "Princess" outfit in Pirate's Curse.
- Some of her transformations (such as her humanoid spider form in Half-Genie Hero) also show off her stomach.
- 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, who think she's a belly dancer sent to him to celebrate him wrecking Scuttle Town.
- Benevolent Genie: Well, half-genie. Regardless, she is the guardian genie of Scuttle Town, and easily one of the nicest people there. When she gets her magic back at the end of Pirate's Curse, she grants the mayor's wish by restoring the town to before the Ammo Baron destroyed it.
- Braids of Action: Her alternate costume in the iOS version of Risky's Revenge has her hair like this. Her hair style returns in the princess outfit in Pirate's Curse.
- Chainmail Bikini: One of the upgrades in Half-Genie Hero is Bikini Armor.
- 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.
- In Half-Genie Hero, after collecting all the Gallery Keys and unlocking all the Art Gallery doors, you can receive a Magic Tiara that gives you unlimited magic.
- 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.
- Determinator: While she's plagued by self-doubt from time to time, she rarely if ever gives up and keeps fighting the good fight no matter the odds.
- Diving Kick: In the first game, she can get a Sash in Water Town which allows her to do this after a flip kick.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Sings the main theme of Half-Genie Hero, "Dance Through the Danger".
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Briefly happens in Half-Genie Hero after being hit with the Dynamo's magic-reversal beam.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Her first transformation which allows her to wall crawl on the foreground walls.
- Final Boss: Of "Pirate Mode" in Half-Genie Hero.
- Fragile Speedster: Shantae's Ninja costume in Half-Genie Hero gives her additional speed, agility, and magic at the cost of defense.
- Gainaxing: Just as expected, her breasts jiggle as she dances. Or walks. Or crawls. Or does basically anything.
- George Jetson Job Security: She's been fired (and subsequently re-hired) as Scuttle Town's Guardian Genie three times. Twice by Mayor Scuttlebutt (once in Risky's Revenge and once in Half-Genie Hero), and once by the Ammo Baron when he takes over the Town in Pirate's Curse.
- Giant Spider: In the first game, her third transformation which allows her to wall crawl on the background in certain places and can spit venom.
- Good Is Not Soft: Shantae is somewhere between this and Good Is Not Nice (though mostly the former). While she's normally nice and friendly to others, she has a steely demeanor when facing villains, has no problem with fighting to the death (even making them explode into skeleton pieces), and can be quite callous to certain people like Bolo in the first game.
- Shantae: (to Bolo) You worthless mop-head!
- Harping on About Harpies: In the first game, her fourth transformation which allows her to fly. This returns in Half-Genie Hero.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sky and Rottytops.
- Hero Antagonist: For Half Genie Hero: Pirate Queen's Quest.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: She's been fired from her job as protector of Scuttle Town three separate times. In each case, it's more that mayor blames her for everything; the people of Scuttle Town don't really seem to think Shantae is at fault.
- 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.
- Honorable Elephant: Her second transformation which allows her to break certain objects by rushing or stomping.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half genie, half human.
- Human Dad, Non-Human Mom: Genie mom, human dad.
- Hurting Hero: By Half Genie Hero, her constant failures and mess ups have taken a serious toll on her self-esteem.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: 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.
- Even when Risky used the Dynamo against her to force her into becoming Evil Shantae, it only takes her three best friends for her to snap out of it.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: She's blue-eyed and she's naive in the first game.
- Lighthouse Point: Her house in Pirate's Curse resembles one.
- Lightning Bruiser: She effectively becomes Sonic the Hedgehog using the Sonic Boost when using Risky Boots's...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: The fact that her default outfit is a red bedlah that exposes a lot of her body is enough, but she's also prone to belly dancing and Gainaxing.
- Occult Blue Eyes: She's a blue-eyed genie who has magic powers.
- Our Genies Are Different: 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 after the Ammo Baron had previously rebuilt it into a massive fortress.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: In Risky's Revenge, her third transformation- which allows her to swim and breathe underwater, and shoot bubbles to attack. It returns in Half-Genie Hero.
- Plant Person: In Half-Genie Hero, there is a transformation that lets her turn into a Dryad that lets her make fruit.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Bolo- but only mostly, considering she apparently asked him out once.
- Playing with Fire: She gets the FireBall in the first game, which is an improved version of the Pike Ball. The second and fourth games give her an entire set of fire spells to play with, from fireball projectiles to flamethrowers.
- Pointy Ears: Subtle, but helps to show she's not entirely an ordinary human.
- Power Pincers: In Half-Genie Hero as a crab, she can snip at enemies and certain obstacles.
- Prehensile Hair: Her primary way to fight is to whip her hair at her enemies.
- Rapunzel Hair: Despite having her hair in a huge ponytail, the tip of her hair almost touches the ground.
- Red Is Heroic: She primarily wears a red bedlah as a nice compliment to her purple hair.
- Secret A.I. Moves: As the Final Boss of Half Genie Hero: Pirate Queen's Quest, she can do moves that you can't do playing as her, including summoning giant waterfalls, rapid-firing bubbles, and Teleport Spamming in her normal form.
- Secret Character: 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, and carries abilities equivalent of all the other transformations, making them all unnecessary. This transformation is set to return as a Kickstarter transformation for Half-Genie Hero for those who pledged $55 or more.
- Shapeshifting: Through her magic dances.
- Shock and Awe: The Storm Puff, which lets Shantae summon a cloud to zap enemies with lightning bolts.
- Spider People: The Spider transformation returns in Half-Genie Hero but now Shantae would look like an Arachne with a bow on her head. She retains the venom-sptting, but her background-wall-crawl is exchanged for walking around on ceilings.
- 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 damage and the Super Monster Milk that increases it even further.
- Stripperiffic: Her primary clothing barely covers her torso.
- 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.
- In Half-Genie Hero she can warp to previously cleared areas in the respective worlds using the Warp Dance.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Keeps her hair up like this. It helps her whip her enemies.
- Took a Level 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.
- In the end of Pirate's Curse, after her magic and half-genie nature is restored, Shantae states she's bustling with ideas for new dances. Come the next title and she's put her words into practice, carrying more transformations than ever before.
- 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, though it's not really considered all that bizarre in-universe, considering two of her close friends have green and blue hair.
- Younger Than They Look: In the first game, she's supposedly 15, but looks more like a young woman in her early 20's. The sequels make her age a lot more obvious thanks to their Animesque art style.
Voiced by: Cristina Vee Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Appears in: Shantae, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroThe 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.
- Accidental Hero: In the Pirate Queen's Quest DLC, she ends up saving the Mermaid Queen from Techno Baron, who had recaptured her. Risky Boots angrily declares that she's a villain, that she only did it to stop her from attacking her, and that the giant mermaid owes her. She also beats up Wilbur and stops Holly from reemerging.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She has light purple skin, compared to the relatively realistic tones of the rest of the humans. She is described as being under the effects of dark magic.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She leads a bunch of pirates and is more than capable of holding her own against Shantae.
- Arch-Enemy: She and Shantae do not like each other.
- Bad Boss: She's quite abusive of her Tinkerbat minions, and in Pirate Queen's Quest she actually attacks them for attacking Scuttletown before she gave the order to.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In Risky's Revenge, she actually succeeds in stripping Shantae of her genie powers at the end. The part where she tries to destroy Shantae with them doesn't pan out, but she's more or less neutralized as a threat for her next attack... or would've been if not for the Pirate Master's untimely revival.
- Ultimately subverted in Pirate Queen's Quest. Risky successfully completes her Dynamo and actually kills Shantae, but due to her Tinkerbats' incompetence, the Dynamo ends up being destroyed anyway, ruining her plans at the very last second. Of course, given that the DLC is basically Risky telling her own, fabricated version of Half Genie Hero's story, it's pretty obvious that she never actually beat Shantae in the first place.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes her bellybutton. You seeing a pattern here?
- She also gets a more revealing gold bikini for her "Princess" outfit in Pirate's Curse.
- Batman Gambit:
- Pirate's Curse has her telling Shantae to find all of the corrupted Tinkerbats and collect the dark magic that they release upon being defeated. If Shantae finds them all, the good ending shows that it was Shantae's magic the whole time. Risky knew that Shantae's goody-two-shoes nature would change the dark magic back into light magic, allowing Shantae to defeat the Pirate Master.
- In Half-Genie Hero, Risky Boots knew that Shantae would come after her to recover Mimic's plans for his device. So Risky swapped the plans for a fake set that built a doomsday weapon for her instead.
- Better the Devil You Know: She'd rather let Shantae get her magic back than let the Pirate Master have his way. Then again, the Pirate Master was going to place her under a dark curse, whereas Shantae is just a thorn in her side.
- Big Bad: Of the entire series, and of every game except Pirate's Curse due to an Enemy Mine situation with Shantae.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: At one point in the first game, she actually manages to get Shantae Bound and Gagged and completely at her mercy, but instead of just killing her, she leaves Shantae alone (who a few seconds later easily escapes from the ropes). At another point, Risky 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, 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: There's no Freudian Excuse here — Risky is fully cognizant of the horrible things she does, but by her admission it's just who she is, it's what she enjoys, and she sees no reason to change that course.
- The Chessmaster: Once she realizes brute force won't stop Shantae, she proves to be an expert at this, so good in fact that she wins in Risky's Revenge. She really gets to shine in Pirate's Curse with a Batman Gambit, knowing full well that magic reacts to the heart of its wielder and that Shantae's Chronic Hero Syndrome would cause her mutated dark magic to turn back into light magic, preventing the Pirate Master from getting his hands on it. She shines again in Half-Genie Hero by "losing" to Shantae during their first fight, dropping off fake blueprints in order to trick Shantae and Mimic into building her a doomsday machine.
- 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 respect for one another, Risky ultimately decides she loves being a pirate and won't give it up. However, her last scene with Shantae shows that most of their mutual animosity is gone, and they only remain enemies due to their occupations.
- Shades of this still exist in Half-Genie Hero. Risky's entire plan relies upon her having faith in Shantae's ability to succeed, for one. When they battle at her island lair, Risky makes it evident that she's just keeping Shantae busy and isn't actually interested in killing her. Even when the Dynamo has been destroyed and her plot undone, Risky only goes into an infuriated Villainous Breakdown before leaving to let Shantae escape the island's collapse, a clear contrast to her bloodthirsty Taking You with Me from the first game.
- 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: Risky herself is actually quite a remarkable fighter, and has no trouble taking Shantae head-on when the situation calls for it. Aside from when she's at particular risk, such as when the Pirate Master was reawakened.
- 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 Genius: Look at all of the technically-superior steampunk weaponry and machines her forces are regularly armed with. Who do you think designs it all, the Tinkerbats? This trope is admittedly downplayed, with usually only the existence of these things giving the idea apart from her Chess Master tendencies. By Half-Genie Hero, however, she's accomplished such things as creating a second fully-functional design for the highly-advanced Dynamo on her own, that she switches out and leaves the heroes to construct thinking it's still their design.
- Evil Laugh: "Ho ho ho!"
- Final Boss: Of the original game. Has the honor of being the first of the final fights in Half-Genie Hero as well.
- Flunky Boss: One of her abilities in Half Genie Hero: Pirate Queen's Quest. It lets her summon Tinkerbats to march forward and attack. Not only they attack, they can get items for her. Upgrading it to the max lets you summon four Tinkerbats.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Has one in Half Genie Hero: Pirate Queen's Quest.
- Laughably Evil: Her comedic behavior makes it hard not to get a laugh out of her.
- Made of Iron: She's been beaten by Shantae in a direct fight, twice, but never seems any the worse for wear. She also takes an absurd amount of punishment by having far more health than any other boss in Half-Genie Hero, even the last one.
- Manipulative Bastard: Nevermind being in control of a near limitless army of Tinkerbats or being good at fighting, being good at steering people to do what she wants, one way or another, is the reason why Risky is so dangerous.
- Ms. Fanservice: Even more-so than Shantae herself.
- The Musketeer: She can fight with her scimitar and/or gun.
- Near Villain Victory: At the end of Priate Queen's Quest, she's defeated Shantae, and the Dynamo is ready to turn the Genie Realm into a realm of evil... if the tinkerbats hadn't screwed it up. Of course, since she's an Unreliable Narrator, it's to be taken with a grain of salt.
- Never My Fault: The entire plot of Pirate Queen's Quest is basically her refusing to accept that Shantae legitimately beat her and instead puts all the blame of her plan's failure on the Tinkerbats.
- Nice Hat: Her hat is big enough to use as a makeshift parachute.
- Non-Action Guy: She leaves all the action to Shantae in Pirate's Curse because she's afraid of getting possessed by the Pirate Master.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Pirate's Curse she decides to accept Shantae's help. Things are that bad.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Disguised herself as Bandit Town's Guardian Genie in the first game.
- Pirate Girl: The captain of a crew of evil minions called "Tinkerbats." She even works for a malevolent entity called the Pirate Master. Or at least she did before having Shantae dispose of him.
- Promoted to Playable: Half-Genie Hero has her as playable due to Kickstarter goals being met.
- 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 Pirate Queen's Quest 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.
- Recoil Boost: Her cannon not only lets the user attack bellow but also lets them get mid-air jumps.
- 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.
- Trick Bullet: In Half Genie Hero: Pirate Queen's Quest, her pistol has special ammo she can use in addition to her normal shots. Unlike the normal shot which have Unlimited Ammo, these need to be restocked.
- 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.
- The Unfought: She's never fought directly in Risky's Revenge, and due to more pressing matters in Pirate's Curse she aids Shantae to fight an even bigger threat.
- Unreliable Narrator: Pirate Queen Quest has her telling her side of Half Genie Hero's story. To say that it's rather different from what actually happened would it putting it lightly.
- 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 significantly older than the teenage Shantae. Given Risky regularly handles dark magic and her humanity is in question this may be normal aging for her specifically. Still, her various statements indicate she's at least a generation older than Shantae is.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In Half-Genie Hero she has an Evil Plan that nearly turns Shantae and all the genies evil, and forces Shantae to destroy the Genie Realm.
- Villain Protagonist: In the Pirate Queen's Quest DLC of Half-Genie Hero.
- Villains Never Lie: She does lie, but she still tries to invoke this when she first shows up in Pirate's Curse.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one after Shantae thwarts her plans in the first game, and again in Half-Genie Hero.
- Worthy Opponent: She comes to view Shantae as a respectable replacement for her mother in the Golden Ending of Pirate's Curse, though Risky stops just shy of outright complimenting her.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has yellow sclerae on her in-game sprites as of Risky's Revenge. Oddly, this is not reflected in her dialogue portraits.
The good guys and girls.
Appears in: Shantae, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroShantae'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.
Appears in: Shantae, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroShantae'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.
Appears in: Shantae, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroOld 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.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Mimic manages to create the Dynamo in Half-Genie Hero, but when he realizes Risky fed him with the wrong blueprint so he could create an invention for her, Mimic also creates a countermeasure based merely on very vague clues.
- Honorary Uncle: He's Shantae's adopted uncle, and seems to know Shantae's mother from the past.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: Becomes one in Risky's Revenge.
- Meaningful Name: He is called Mimic due to making copies of what he finds as a Relic Hunter.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: A Relic Hunter, and inventor.
- Parental Substitute: He is one to Shantae and is ever worried about her especially because of her dangerous occupation as Guardian Genie. The plot of Half-Genie Hero is kicked when he decides to create a machine that would help Shantae with her job.
- Retired Badass: He used to be a formidable relic hunter back in the day, and the fact that he still goes on expeditions shows that he's still got it.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Opaque ones that hide his eyes.
- The Noseless: Like most guys in the series, but his facial hair makes it look really weird.
Voiced by: Nathan Sharp (Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)
- Anything That Moves: Including (in the first game) the undead.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted with his crush on Risky Boots, who he knows is Shantae's foe. Shantae even calls him out for helping her in this in the first game.
- Butt-Monkey: As much as he tries to be a good guy, he just... sucks at it. At one point, his attempt to save some maidens ends with his head getting swallowed by a huge tuna.
- Chick Magnet: Shantae once asked him out, and Rottytops had some choice words for him, calling him out, as "snack cakes".
- 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.
- Dumb Muscle: Though the muscle part is mostly seen in cutscenes being an NPC.
- 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.
- This aspect is brought to light again in Half-Genie Hero, where he laments the fact that Shantae is always the hero while he's left behind and labeled useless.Bolo: Ever since we were kids, you get to be the hero and I'm always the GOOF-UP!
- This aspect is brought to light again in Half-Genie Hero, where he laments the fact that Shantae is always the hero while he's left behind and labeled useless.
- 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: Pretty much a G-rated version, he's got eyes for any girl, except Shantae.
- Magic Feather: The 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.
- 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. Earlier, he was to be playable in Shantae Advance's Link cable multiplayer.
- Ship Tease: In a sprite comic made by Matt Bozon during Shantae GBC's release called Bolo gets taken Out, Shantae wanted to invite him to a romantic festival dance. However Bolo already invited Risky, and Shantae boots him into the sky.
- He's noticeably jealous of Sky and Brandon during the credit sequence in Pirate's Curse...
- 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.
- Spanner in the Works: He accidentally saves the day in Pirate's Curse while working for the Techno Baron. He bungles the targetting module for Ammo Baron's cannon so badly it winds up missing its target completely and instead blows up the Techno Baron. Shantae initially assumes that Bolo intentionally sabotaged the module and is briefly in awe of his heroics before talking to him afterwards reveals it was just a lucky blunder.
- The One Guy: Of the playable cast, at least, in Half-Genie Hero, Watch Quest, and the canceled GBA title, Risky Revolution.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Inverted, Bolo wants Risky.
Voiced by: Karen Strassman (Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Her glove will switch hands depending on which direction she's facing.
- Badass Cape: In sequels after Risky's Revenge, her hood now has a short cape.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes her bellybutton.
- She also gets an even more revealing "Princess" costume (a gold bikini) in Pirate's Curse.
- The Beast Master: Is a war bird trainer. She's always wearing a falconer's glove, and is followed by her pet bird Wrench.
- Christmas Cake: She seems dead-set on finding a husband soon, and her parents start talking about grandchildren the moment Sky starts showing even passing interest in a potential boyfriend.
- Cool Big Sis: Of Shantae's Nakama.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: She has blond hair that sticks out of her hood and has tan skin.
- Fantastic Racism: She really hates Zombies, and constantly mocks and insults Rottytops, as well as Shantae herself for being Rotty's friend.
- Hollywood Pudgy: In-Universe by both her own mother and Risky Boots in a short-lived running gag. It's not exactly visible to the player, though.
- In the Hood: Often wears one.
- Make My Monster Grow: She has a trick that enlarges Wrench for use as a mount in Half-Genie Hero. Apparently, it involves a special salted caramel recipe.
- Only Sane Man: In the Friends to the End DLC, she's the most rational of the trio, though that isn't saying much.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her clothing is mostly sky blue with some pink.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: In the Friends to the End DLC, she attacks by throwing birds like boomerangs.
- Promoted to Playable: One of the successful stretch goals for Half-Genie Hero has her, Bolo, and Rottytops be playable.
- Show Girl Skirt: In the first game and in Risky's Revenge. She switches to pants in the sequels.
- Stripperiffic: In the first game and in Risky's Revenge, she wears a loose top with an open skirt. In the sequels, she wears tight pants and her top seems to be a corset.
- Woman Scorned: When Barracuda Joe comes back to life, he dumps Sky, saying there's other fish in the sea.
- Younger Than They Look: You can't tell by looking at or talking to her, but she "can't wait to grow up", despite being the most mature of Shantae's friends by far.
Voiced by: Cherami Leigh (Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Like all other zombies, she has green skin.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Her stitched limbs will flip depending on direction she's facing.
- Attractive Zombie: For an undead girl, she's surprisingly cute.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit is a purple tank top and shorts that exposes her bellybutton.
- She also gets an even more revealing gold bikini for her "Princess" outfit in Pirate's Curse. She's the only one of the girls who actually likes it.
- And then in Half-Genie Hero, Rotty gets a checkered tube-top and sweatpants for her flying carpet-racing outfit.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Death has been really kind to her. Abner is missing his nose and has clawed hands; Poe is halfway between The Igor and Frankenstein's Monster and even has bat wings. Rotty has some of her limbs stapled together, and she looks like she had a bad encounter with a can of green paint but otherwise she's practically identical to her living appearance. Undeath even fixed her eyesight, seeing how she doesn't wear glasses anymore as a zombie.
- Bi the Way: Flirts constantly at Shantae... but throws Bolo a quick line, too.
- Brain Food: In Friends to The End, she has the ability to eat brains to fully heal the team.
- 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 like she keeps screwing up.
- Character Tics: She's always swinging her hips. Even her soul does it.
- Cute Monster Girl: Much like every other monster in the series, though she's the only female zombie that's been seen onscreen thus far.
- Detachment Combat: In Friends to the End, she attacks by ripping off her leg and whacking people with it.
- 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.
- 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.
- Informed Flaw: Supposedly, Rottytops and her brothers are at their worst when they're together, as they apparently bring out the worst in one another. This isn't really reflected in any of the games, however. Abner and Poe are absent in the first game, and in later games, Abner attempts to keep Rottytops reigned in more than anything.
- Losing Your Head: Her special ability in the Friends to the End DLC is to remove and throw her head, which allows her to reform from wherever it lands.
- The Medic: Weirdly enough, she takes this role in Friends to the End, with a full heal she can activate by chowing down on some brains.
- Meganekko: When she was still alive, as seen by talking to her soul.
- Must Have Caffeine: In addition to the example mentioned under Our Zombies Are Different below, a more traditional form of the trope shows up in Half-Genie Hero. Rottytops and her siblings teach the Hypno Baron how to summon an unspeakable, world-ending horror in exchange for a bag of coffee. When Shantae calls her out on it, Rottytops justifies their actions by saying that it was before 9:00 AM.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Possibly a mix of Revenant Zombie and Flesh-Eating Zombie. She retains her intelligence by drinking coffee, but would still prefer to 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.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: When the girls are forced into the "space princess" outfit, all of them get embarrassed... except Rotty, who's clearly enjoying herself way too much. She even wants to keep the costume afterwards.
- Token Evil Teammate: While she's one of the good guys, she's still a zombie that constantly asked to eat Shantae's brain, and she once considered eating a puppy. That said, she has pulled a full Heel–Face Turn by the end of Pirate's Curse.
- Villainy-Free Villain: For all her talk of being a troublemaker and rabblerouser, and for all her threats to eat people's brains, she hasn't so much as hurt a fly during the entire series. She thinks about eating a puppy she finds, but returns it as soon as Shantae asks her to. The one actually villainous thing she's ever done is kidnapping Shantae's uncle Mimic, which she regrets almost immediately and runs off crying out of guilt.
- By the end of Pirate's Curse, she's gotten a lot of backstory and some sympathetic characterization. As such, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and tries genuinely becoming friends with Shantae.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In Pirate's Curse, she pretends to have been bitten by a huge spider, just so Shantae would carry her home.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has yellow sclerae in the original GBA title and Risky's Revenge. However, they're mysteriously absent in Pirate's Curse and Half Genie Hero.
Appears in: Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroRottytops' eldest brother. Mentioned in the original Shantae and introduced in Risky's Revenge.Abner is rough around the edges, but deep down he's a decent guy who looks after his family and will do anything to protect them or keep them happy and has a soft spot for his little sister Rottytops. While he once made a deal with Risky and kidnapped Mimic in exchange for a lifetime supply of coffee, he'd come to bitterly regret this decision and try to make amends with Shantae, in his own way, later on.
- 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.
Appears in: Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroRottytops' other brother. Mentioned in the original Shantae and introduced in Risky's Revenge.Poe is a polite, gentle and caring member of the Cadaver family and is in charge of keeping their caravan in good shape and running.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He has green skin.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: He likes his coffee with rotten eggs mixed into it. Abner and Rottytops never express any similar inclination, suggesting that it's unusual even by zombie standards.
- 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.
- Drives Like Crazy: He has to, to get through the Ghost Forest in one piece. "Hold on tight!" Shantae doesn't seem to mind.
- Nice Guy: Unlike his mischievous sister and his stand-offish brother, Poe is always friendly and polite to Shantae.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Similar to his sister.
- Proper Gentleman: Unlike Abner he's very, very polite.
- Winged Humanoid: Has tiny bat wings on his back.
- Baleful Polymorph: They are turned into Cacklebats in Pirate's Curse.
- Gadgeteer Geniuses: They are very good at making things such as the Tinkertank and Tinkertub and making Tinker Tools for Risky.
- The Corruption: In Pirate's Curse some of them becomes monstrous due to the corrupting effect of the Pirate Master's magic turning them into Cacklebats giving them a much more menacing appearance and the ability to fly.
- Henchmen Race: Never really explained what they are or where they come from. All we know is that they're all pirates, and they all serve Risky Boots.
- 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.
- Mascot Mook: To a certain degree.
- Meaningful Name: They are good at making things, hence the "tinker" in their name.
- Molotov Cocktail: One of the weapons they use.
- Sinister Scimitar: One of the weapons they usually carry.
- Starter Villain: In the original game, Risky's Revenge, and Half-Genie Hero, they're the first enemies you'll fight. You fight them in the very last stages of each of these games, too.
- Visible Silence: If they ever do get dialogue boxes, it's always an ellipsis and nothing else.
Appears in: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
A half-genie for hire who appears in Half-Genie Hero. She initially replaces Shantae as Scuttle Town's Guardian Genie.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: It's how she maintains her physical form. As long as she's on peoples' minds, she continues to live.
- Dead All Along: She's actually a memory of a person who lived centuries ago, who now only lives on as long as people remember her.
- Deader Than Dead: After Shantae frees everyones' memories from Wilbur, she just goes poof. The Pirate's Queen Quest DLC shows that she's far from gone, however. But then Nega-Shantae erases her permanently for failing to kill Bolo, Rotty and Sky within Shantae's mind.
- Ghost Memory: Literally what Holly is. So long as people keep thinking of her, she can maintain a solid form. To truly ensure that she stays on everybody's minds, Holly takes all the memories of Scuttle Town's citizens and feeds them to her pet sandworm Wilbur. After Shantae kills Wilbur and the stolen memories return to where they belong, Holly loses all her power and vanishes.
- It's All About Me: Holly's entire hometown of Tassel Town practically worshiped and adored her, until a centuries-long sandstorm buried the entire town and left her with nobody to stroke her ego. This led to her stealing the memories of all the citizens of Scuttle Town, replacing them with only thoughts about her so that she wouldn't be forgotten.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: She's only really around for two levels before being disposed of, and only really serves to introduce Tassel Town. She otherwise has no effect on the plot. She's around for even less time in Pirate Queen's Quest, due to the fact her effects only encompass Tassel Town, and is more or less disposed of by a Tinkerbat.
- Punny Name: Holly Lingerbean, who's actually a lingering memory.
- Redhead In Green
- Resurrective Immortality: As long as somebody thinks of her her, she'll always come back. Risky found this the hard way, requiring a Tinkerbat to give her some Easy Amnesia so she could be rid of Holly.
- The Unfought: Holly is never directly battled, as she delegates her boss fight to Wilbur.
- Walking Spoiler: Well, look at all those things marked as spoiler!
Appears in: Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Shantae's genie half, given form and controlled by the Magic Lamp.
- Animorphism: She can transform into a monkey, bat, spider, mermaid and an elephant.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: She claims she will lock away Bolo, Sky and Rotty in an inescapable realm of eternal torment and agony, yet she seems to have designed these very realms of torment to be escapable for each of them based on their respective skills, seeming outright surprised when the actualy make it out.
- Dark Is Evil: She's powered by dark magic instead of light magic. And whether it's by Risky's magic lamp or the Dynamo, she's merciless.
- Evil Is Hammy: When Shantae is transformed into Nega-Shantae in Half-Genie Hero, her speech is appropriately over-the-top with how threatening it is."I know what you can do... You can suffer! You can squirm like the pathetic maggots you are! Wallow in torment and pain forever in oblivion! Now beg! Beg for your very lives!"
- Evil Redhead: Instead of ginger red, her hair is blood red.
- Final Boss: Of Risky's Revenge as well as the Friends to The End DLC of Half-Genie Hero.
- Enemy Without: Shantae's genie half, corrupted by Risky Boots into fighting her.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike the typical villains of the series, she is played completely seriously when given a speaking role in Half-Genie Hero. Even more so in the Friends to The End DLC, where she tries to trick Shantae's friends into thinking she had killed Shantae, more than once.
- Lack of Empathy: It's hard to tell if she is even capable of emotions in Risky's Revenge, where she is a being created from Shantae's magic by Risky's Magic Lamp. However in Half-Genie Hero, Shantae is turned briefly into Nega-Shantae by Risky's Dynamo and almost goes nuclear on Scuttle Town.
- No Name Given: In Risky's Revenge, at least. Wayforward's various comments have dubbed her Nega-Shantae. The name seems to be official as of the Friends to The End DLC in Half-Genie Hero.
- Pure Magic Being: She was born of a magic lamp sucking all of Shantae's magic out. Even after her destruction, a canned bonus chapter for Half-Genie Hero had her reforming from collected wayward magic.
- Restraining Bolt: Whoever has the magic lamp and the magic seals can enslave genies. Since it's Risky who has both, she commands Nega-Shantae to kill Shantae.
- Secret A.I. Moves:
- Risky's Revenge: 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.
- Half-Genie Hero: She's got the same AI-only tricks that Shantae does for her boss battle against Risky in Pirate Queen's Quest.
- Shapeshifting: Has this ability in Risky's Revenge thanks to being Shantae's genie-half. But it also means that because she has it, Shantae doesn't.
- Superpowered Evil Side: In Half-Genie Hero, she becomes this to Shantae after she's corrupted by the Dynamo's energy. She's much more unrestrained about her power than Shantae is.
- Turns Red: Becomes much more aggressive and faster with attacks and dancing transformations after getting hit enough times.
- Walking Spoiler: Her mere appearance is a huge spoiler for Risky's Revenge.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Completely evil magic being who threatens to take over Shantae's body, and seemingly kills Shantae, twice!
- You Have Failed Me: She erases Holly from Shantae's mind, thus killing her off for failing to defeat the team of Sky, Rotty and Bolo.
The Pirate Master
Appears in: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Risky's former mentor, and Big Bad of Pirate's Curse.
- Affably Evil: Bizarrely enough, Pirate Master qualifies. When you first meet him, he's bellowing at the top of his lungs and possessed by rage. When you finally reach him for the final battle atop Sequin Land Palace, however, it seems having his face and freedom back has mellowed him out a fair bit. He's still a monster, but he's a more jovial sort of pirate to Risky's no-nonsense cutthroat attitude, and shows no real personal interest in harming Shantae until he gets duped again by Risky. He treats her challenge more like a sparring match than anything else.
- 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: Of Pirate's Curse.
- Conflict Killer: Despite Risky having Shantae nice and vulnerable, she forgoes the opportunity and teams up with Shantae immediately after she suspects this guy might be coming. He's that nasty.
- Death Is Cheap: It's not just in appearance. Risky mentions early on that Pirate Master is physically dead, it's just that he more or less ignored it and kept going. The only thing actually stopping him is the seal keeping him in his grave.
- 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 Mentor: Used to be Risky's.
- Eviler Than Thou: He is a major reason why she turned on him.
- Evil Sorcerer: Despite his swashbuckling buccaneer gear he's at his most dangerous when he's channeling dark magic.
- Fantastic Racism: Really hates him some genies, but he's actually pretty good at keeping a lid on it until his Berserk Button gets tapdanced on.
- Final Boss: Of Pirate's Curse.
- Humanoid Abomination: He's not even close to mortal when he's at full power.
- Inexplicably Awesome: There is no explanation as to what he is where he came from, he's simply a pirate with vast supernatural powers who is so dangerous it takes the intervention of magic to stop him.
- Knight of Cerebus: Things get serious very fast whenever he appears, especially in the endgame.
- 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 best be 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!
- Me's a Crowd: One of his moves is making clones of himself to attack Shantae.
- Non-Human Undead: Shantae is surprised that he is not human, despite knowing that he was undead. He comments that the pirate weapons are growing on his body, though whether they started that way or not is unknown.
- One-Winged Angel: Downplayed in that it is mostly a matter of size. He grows larger and more powerful when he gets serious.
- Pirate: Obviously, it is in his name.
- Relative Button: He tauntingly asks Shantae which of the genies he killed was her mother. According to Mimic, she wasn't among the dead genies. Half-Genie Hero all but confirms her mother is still alive too.Pirate Master: 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.
- 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 and it's not just for show; he fires gigantic cannonballs from it!
- True Final Boss: His One-Winged Angel form.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While Risky is certainly no angel this guy is pure evil.
- Worthy Opponent: Zigzagged. While he remarks that Shantae "doesn't pack much of a punch", in the true ending path, he decides she warrants enough challenge to face him in his true prime, as opposed to the bad ending route wherein he decides she's not worth his time and effort.
- 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.
- To further the point, during the final confrontation, he taunts Shantae over believing Risky's theories about the gathered dark magic actually being Shantae's own scattered magic, and is flabbergasted when it turns out to be the truth. It apparently hadn't crossed his mind that Risky just hates him that much.
The Barons of Sequin Land
Introduced in Risky's Revenge. They are thieving bandits who pass themselves off as artifact collectors.
Appears in: Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroA warp squid, Squid Baron is greedy, rude and dishonest. But he cares very much for his family (and property).
- Big Eater: Both for plot purposes and during his boss fight.
- Badass Normal: Seems to be one by the standards of his own species. He's a Warp Squid, which means that he should have teleportation magic as a natural ability. However, he only uses teleportation magic in Risky's Revenge with the aid of a Magic Seal. After losing it, all of his subsequent fights have him rely entirely on his physical abilities.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Squid Baron seems to give off an anti-fourth-wall aura, seeing as the only instances of anybody breaking the fourth wall happen around him.
- Brought Down to Badass: From Pirate's Curse onwards, he no longer has his Magic Seal and so can't use his teleportation or summoning attacks from Risky's Revenge. He makes up for them with new, non-magic moves.
- Covert Pervert: In Pirate's Curse his only goal seems to be to find a beach with "young co-ed girls" "rubbing each other up with sunscreen" (paraphrased).
- He also gives Shantae his X-Ray Glasses. You can only guess what he was planning to do with these.
- Death from Above: He will either warp above you in an attempt to crush you, or his children will do it en masse.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He's a friend of Shantae's, not to mention comic relief character, in Pirate's Curse.
- Denser and Wackier: In his first appearance he was somewhat threatening and had the power of a Magic Seal which made him less of a joke. However, while he remains a good challenge as boss, he becomes sillier and sillier as a character with each subsequent game.
- Flunky Boss: You face him together with his many children in Risky's Revenge.
- Forced into Evil: Is fighting Shantae in Risky's Revenge only to protect his children from Risky.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: In Pirate's Curse. He knows full well he's a video game character and Recurring Boss.
- Friendly Enemy: He's still a Boss Battle in Pirate's Curse and Half-Genie Hero.
- Heel–Face Turn: Helps Shantae get into Risky's hideout in the end of Risky's Revenge.
- Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: In Pirate's Curse he's afraid of this after his vacation doesn't go as planned. Shantae knocking him around helps snap him out of it.
- It's All About Me: In Half Genie-Hero, he thinks nothing of tearing down other people's artwork to make room for pictures of himself.
- Made of Explodium: It's become a Running Gag with Squid Baron that he'll always explode In-Universe after Shantae defeats him, only to show up again no worse for wear.
- Mascot: In Half-Genie Hero, Hypno Baron intends to turn Squid Baron into an In-Universe example for evil in general. Hypno Baron's plan is to sell Squid Baron merchandise and use it to fund his future evil plans.
- Powered Armour: During the second phase of his Pirate's Curse boss fight, he can summon a set of robotic armour that makes him impervious to all attacks, except for the scimitar.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's a nice guy who's doing a job because he's got kids to take care of (or because Risky's threatening said kids). Unlike the other Barons he's really not evil at all.
- Recurring Boss: So far the only Baron who had the honor of being fought in all games since his first appearance.
- Token Good Teammate: As opposed to most of the barons being straight up villains, he's more of a Friendly Enemy.
- Unexplained Recovery: He explodes after you beat him in Risky's Revenge. He's back later no worse for wear, which Shantae promptly lampshades. In Half-Genie Hero, he waves these things off, saying that you get over the explosions after a while.
Appears in: Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroThe leader of the Ammonian Army, he wishes to conquer Sequin Land through military prowess.
- Affably Evil: Sure he's a megalomaniacal warlord, but he's friendly to everyone he meets, even those that constantly foil his plans like Shantae.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: During his boss fight in Half Genie Hero, the patches on his slacks change position when he turns around.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: In Pirate's Curse he pilots a huge tank in his boss battle and in Half-Genie Hero he's by far the toughest opponent you fight in his army.
- Big "NO!": After Shantae restoring Scuttle Town with her powers and giving it back to Mayor Scuttlebutt using a genie’s wish.
- Bi the Way: While he does tend to flirt whenever a cute girl shows up on screen, Barracuda Joe mentions that he got into the Ammo Baron's army by doing a saucy dance for him.
- The Captain: Is the leader of his own army in the desert region, and is constantly planning strategies in his tent.
- Cyclops: Notably one of the few mono-eyed people in Sequin Land.
- Clothes Make the Superman: In Half-Genie Hero, Ammo Baron crashes a magic carpet race with a fleet of airships to steal all the carpets from the contestants, then re-knits the magical thread into special uniforms that allow him and his soldiers to fly.
- Egopolis: Renames Scuttle Town to Ammo Town after getting the deed in Risky's Revenge.
- Flunky Boss: In Half-Genie Hero. He uses his newly crafted uniforms made of Magic Carpet to fly and command his men to fight Shantae directly.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Not only the Ammo Baro, but the entire Ammonian Army wears pint-heart boxers.
- Gun Nut: A large caliber version. Apparently, all he and his army do is tear down houses, schools, and just about every building they can find, and then build giant cannons on top of what's left. He's also really fond of his tank, which according to him was a gift from his mother.
- Large and in Charge: Not so much in the earlier games, but in Half-Genie Hero he's more than double the size of his soldiers.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tried to use Mayor Scuttlebutt’s dumbness to legally own Scuttle Town but after days of hard work building new facilities and weapons for the town, Shantae uses a genie’s wish to return the town to the Mayor. Finally, the credits of the game shows a picture of him and his tank trapped in the quicksand of Tan Line Island.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In Pirate’s Curse, he takes the control of Scuttle Town by force and renamed it to “Ammo Town”, but all of his actions are legal since he bought the town from Mayor Scuttlebutt.
- Oh, Crap!: Makes this expression every time something gone wrong for him.
- Pet the Dog: He only resorts to stealing magic carpets in Half-Genie Hero because the alternative would involve threatening an endangered species.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Does this a lot whenever he talks. Rat-a-tat! Blamity bloo!
- Take Over the World: His stated goal as of Pirate's Curse.
- Tank Goodness: His boss battle in Pirate's Curse. He fires cannon balls and charges at you.
- The Unfought: You never do get to fight him in Risky's Revenge, but 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.
- Warmup Boss: In Pirate’s Curse. He is the first boss of the game.
Appears in: Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroAn enigmatic shapeshifting skeleton wizard who dwells in Hypno Tower. While absent in Pirate's Curse he makes his return in Half-Genie Hero now owning a haunted castle where he intends to summon a creature that may very well threaten all of Sequin Land...
- 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 in Risky's Revenge 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.
- Non-Indicative Name: In all his appearances he does nothing like hypnosis, nor hypnotizes anyone.
- He makes an attempt in Risky's Revenge, but Shantae immediately calls him out, so he settles for a traditional battle instead.
- Our Liches Are Different
- Poor Communication Kills: In Half-Genie Hero, he wasn't actually trying to destroy the world. He was summoning Squid Baron to exercise his merchandising rights. That said, it's not completely benign, since he admits that the whole thing was to use the profits to fund his future evil machinations.
- Put on a Bus: He is nowhere to be seen in Pirate's Curse.
- Squishy Wizard: In Risky's Revenge. 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.
- Summon Magic: In Half-Genie Hero, he learns how to summon an eldritch horror from Abner in exchange for coffee, and he uses the spell he learned when Shantae shows up. He winds up summoning Squid Baron, and they become a Tag Team boss.
- Teleport Spam: In Risky's Revenge he 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 Risky's Revenge, in an attempt to dissuade Shantae. She doesn't hesitate in taking him down at all.
Appears in: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroAmmo 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.
- Humiliation Conga: After his defeat in Half-Genie Hero he's sentenced A BILLION hours of community service note .
- 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.
- I Ate WHAT?!: In Half-Genie Hero, Techno Baron runs a giant canned-food processing plant that captures mermaids and cans them into food for monsters. When he doesn't have enough supply to meet demand, he uses normal girls dressed up as mermaids instead. Thankfully, Shantae stops him before he can make his shipment, saving the maidens and the mermaids.
- Longer-Than-Life Sentence: One billion hours = 41,666,666 days = 114,155 years of community service. All the whistling in the world won't speed that one up.
- 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 in either of his two appearances, and their only moment of interaction in Pirate's Curse is when he hires her to deliver a part to Ammo Baron.
- 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: On the verge of being a Running Gag.
- 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 eating the cheap waxy chocolates bought with the money he got for the deed.
- In Half-Genie Hero, after Risky's attack leaves Main Street in flames, he fires Shantae again and gives her post to Holly. Even when Holly is erased, Shantae is never officially re-hired until the end of the game.
- Moving the Goalposts: The Mayor's satisfaction with Shantae's job as Guardian Genie seems to drop with every game. In the first game, he was happy just having the pirates driven off, despite the Steam Engine getting stolen. In Risky's Revenge, he fires Shantae after the magic lamp is stolen. Pirate's Curse gets a free pass on the grounds that he's not the one who does the firing. Come Half-Genie Hero, despite driving off Risky and seemingly stopping her from taking off with the Dynamo Blueprints, she gets fired again because she didn't stop the attack from happening in the first place. He should consider himself lucky she's an All-Loving Hero.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As loosely as the term can be used. 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 selling the town and spending the money on a box of chocolates (and not even good ones). And then he fires Shantae in Half-Genie Hero even though she managed to thwart Risky's attack once more.
Appears in: Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate's CurseBarracuda 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.
- Ascended Meme: 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. We know it involved a saucy dance, most likely for the Ammo Baron.
- Put on a Bus: Doesn't appear in Half-Genie Hero at all.
- Taken for Granite: In Pirate's Curse, courtesy of Sky's dad.
Twitch and Vinegar
Appears in: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroTwo teenage girls in Ammo Baron's military. Vinegar is a Hot-Blooded gal while Twitch is a Gadgeteer Genius girl.
- All There in the Manual: In Pirate's Curse, their names originally only appeared in the Steam version's character cards and wallpaper and not in the game itself. Half-Genie Hero introduces them by name when they appear to fight Shantae.
- Beach Episode: Their spring break at Saliva Island is meant to be one.
- Combining Mecha: Not a mecha, but rather two combat jets, and when combined they can use a Wave Motion Gun against Shantae.
- Dark Chick: Both of them.
- Early-Bird Cameo: You don't know much about them when you first see them, but they're part of the Ammo Baron's army.
- Fangirl: Both of them are smitten with Brandon/Bran-son so much. Before his transformation, their Tsundere conversations highly complement his physique. It should be noted that they plan to give his secret identity to his evil rival.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: They are clearly way more competent than Ammo Baron and his entire army combined. Why they continue to serve him is anyone's guess.
- Mad Bomber: Twitch has shades of this. In their boss battle in Half-Genie Hero she even attacks Shantae by relentlessly chucking bombs at her.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Their arms are noodles, yet they're able to easily hoist the very big, and very muscular, Ammo Baron on a stretcher.
- Nothing Personal: Twitch and Vinegar do not seem to hold any ill will against Shantae throughout the series even though they have fought against each other before, and can usually be seen conversing casually with the half-genie when they are not acting in their official capacity as Ammo Barron's soldiers. On the other hand, Shantae is naturally quite wary around the pair, as their appearance is usually accompanied (eventually) by some form of trouble.
- The Nicknamer: They usually call Shantae "girlfriend" whenever they meet.
- Stealth Pun: During their boss fight in Half Genie Hero, Twitch has a ten second delay when doing stuff.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Twitch seems to be fond on blowing things up. Her uniform artwork has her carrying a bomb and she's in charge of firing missiles at locations or the Pirate Master fighting Shantae atop the palace.
- Sycophantic Servant: Sort of; how Twitch and Vinegar ever came under the employ of Ammo Barron remains a mystery, but it appears that no coercion or blackmail was involved. They also clearly respect him enough to remain loyal to him, as Risky Boots would find out in Pirate Queen's Quest; the battle between them is triggered by Risky Boots suggesting they cast their lot with someone more worthy of their capabilities.
- Tag Team: In Half-Genie Hero, the pair appears as bosses during a high-speed magic carpet race and take turns attacking Shantae in flying fighter-jets.
Appears in: Shantae and the Pirate's CurseThe parents of Sky. Introduced in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.Sky's father is a Relic Hunter like Mimic.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Sky's dad.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sky feels this way about her mom.
- Foreshadowing: When Shantae first meet the librarian, he asks if she's the daughter of that one Relic Hunter: she precises he's actually her uncle. At first it just seems like a cute nod to her relationship with Mimic, but considering the guy has really poor eyesight and that she presented Sky's library card...
- Overprotective Dad: He rigs up a mummy curse to turn Barracuda Joe to stone so he can't marry Sky. To say Sky is not amused by this is an Understatement
- Pungeon Master: Sky's mom loves bird puns, which combined with an I Want Grandkids attitude causes no shortage of embarrassment for Sky.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Sky's mother is pretty while her dad's face looks like a horse.
"Manly guy in the village of Lost Souls"
Appears in: Shantae and the Pirate's CurseA big, brawny, deceased warrior who helps Shantae enter the Oubliette of Suffering. He was in search for daughter, but forgot nearly everything about her.
- Disappeared Dad: For somebody, at least. When you talk to him, he says that the reason he's in the Village of Lost Souls is because he's looking for his daughter. Meeting Shantae seems to stir up a few memories for him...
- Dumb Muscle: He's a big beefcake with below-average oratory skills (though he doesn't go into outright Hulk Speak).
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: He's Karnov in all but name, which is never even revealed. His silhouetted figure resembles Karnov's, he describes events that are not unlike Karnov's gameplay, speaks in a vaguely Russian manner of broken English, and his Leitmotif is highly reminiscent of the Karnov level theme.
- No Name Given: His name is never given.
- Rated M for Manly: Even his musk is manly.
- Signature Scent: MANLY MUSK
- Sinister Silhouettes: While actually not that bad of a guy, his whole body is obstructed in shadow. Plus the Oubliette of Suffering finds more than a hint of sin in his "manly musk".