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VA: Meagan Glaser (Shantae: Risky's Revenge), Cristina Vee (Shantae and the Pirate's Curse; Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)The eponymous protagonist of the Shantae Series. A half-genie, and the Guardian Genie of Scuttle Town, Shantae works tirelessly to thwart the plans of the nefarious lady-pirate, Risky Boots.
- Action Girl: As the Guardian Genie of Scuttle Town she fights whomever or whatever threatens the peace.
- 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-
- Ambiguously Brown: Other than the genies from the first game, most of the rest of the cast aren't as dark as her.
- Animorphism: Her magic dances can transform herself in to animals.
- Badass: Shantae, killing armies of pirates, demons and undead with her hair since 2002.
- Badass Normal: In Pirate's Curse, she has to rely on pirate equipment.
- 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; she is the guardian genie of Scuttle Town, and easily one of the nicest people there.
- 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.
- Childhood Friends: With Bolo.
- Cool Crown: Often wears a tiara. In the first game, she can get a Tiara in Water Town that adds a spin attack after a elbow dash.
- In Half-Genie Hero, it seems to be a Morphic Resonance for some of her transformations.
- The Director's Cut of Risky's Revenge has the dancer outfit have an Uraeus on her tiara. It returns as the princess outfit Shantae (along with Rottytops, Sky and Risky) wears in Pirate's Curse.
- Cute Monster Girl: Well, Cute Half-Monster Girl, at least in her normal appearance. Some of her belly-dance transformations (such as the Harpy and Mermaid transformations) play this straight.
- Dash Attack: She can do this as her elephant transformation.
- Diving Kick: In the first game, she can get a Sash in Water Town which allows her to do this after a flip kick.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Her first transformation which allows her to wall crawl on the foreground walls.
- Fragile Speedster: Shantae's Ninja costume in Half-Genie Hero gives her additional speed, agility, and magic at the cost of defense.
- Gainaxing: Just like expectations, her breasts jiggle as she dances.
- George Jetson Job Security: She's been fired (and subsequently re-hired) as Scuttle Town's Guardian Genie at least twice before- once by Mayor Scuttlebutt in Risky's Revenge, and again 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 Nice: When a person can refer to her childhood friend as "imbecile" and "worthless Mop-Head", and murder certain enemies till they explode in skeleton pieces, she seems willing to get her hands dirty.
- 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.
- 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. Also an inversion of Human Mom, Non-Human Dad since her mom was the genie.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Used as a one-off joke; the Oubliette of Suffering refuses to take her in because she smells "sweet and lovely" and hasn't done anything sinful enough to deserve their torture.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: She's blue-eyed and she's naive in the first game.
- Lighthouse Point: Her house 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.
- 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 game gives her an entire set of fire spells to play with, from fire ball projectiles to flamethrowers.
- Pointy Ears: Subtle, but helps to show she's not entirely an ordinary human.
- Prehensile Hair: Her primary way to fight is to whip her hair at her enemies.
- Rapunzel Hair: Goes hand-in-hand with the above.
- Red Is Heroic: She primarily wears a red bedlah as a nice compliment to her purple hair.
- 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. 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 a stripperific Arachne with a bow on her head and can shoot webs to wrap up enemies and can drain health from them.
- 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.
- Half-Genie Hero will introduce dances that could temporarily increase her stats.
- Stripperiffic: Her primary clothing.
- In the iOS and Steam versions of Risky's Revenge, her dancer costume is even more stripperiffic than her regular clothing. She also appropriately takes more damage in the outfit.
- In Pirate's Curse, she (and the rest of the female cast) get mistaken for the princess of a desert kingdom, and end up in rather revealing (yet regal) garb.
- Status Quo Is God: In the true ending of Pirate's Curse, it turns out that the dark magic Shantae had been gathering was indeed the magic siphoned from her by Risky in the previous game. She reabsorbs it to finish off Pirate Master, and thus is a half-genie proper once again.
- Teleporters and Transporters: In the first game she can do magic dances to teleport to the towns and the Zombie Caravan after returning baby warpsquids to the mother warpsquids in the respective places.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Keeps her hair up like this. 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.
- 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.
- Younger Than They Look: Hard to believe she's not actually a legal adult yet, isn't it? Well, at least not in the first game.
Old Uncle Mimic is one of the Relic Hunters... a consortium of explorers that attempt to advance the future by excavating secrets of the past. Mimic is the closest thing Shantae has to a family. He lives in his workshop in Scuttle Town, where he houses hundreds of ancient objects. Since townsfolk tend to be skeptical and stand-offish to Relic Hunters (and genies), he and Shantae make a great pair. Shantae makes Mimic her project, and refuses to let him grow old, sloppy, or comfortable. Although she can get on his nerves at times, Mimic genuinely loves Shantae and strives to keep her safe. Although Shantae has no idea, Mimic is a retired hero of days long gone and still contains dormant skills that could awaken if provoked.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- Chick Magnet: Shantae once asked him out, and Rottytops had some choice words for him.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The One Guy: Only of the playable cast(In Half-Genie Hero, and the cancelled GBA game), as there are other male characters.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Inverted, Bolo wants Risky.
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.
- 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.
- Cool Big Sis: Of Shantae's Nakama.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: She has blond hair that sticks out of her hood and has tan skin.
- 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.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her clothing is mostly sky blue with some pink.
- 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: By Barracuda Joe.
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: Like all other zombies, she has green skin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Meganekko: When she was still alive, as seen by talking to her soul.
- 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.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: When the girls are forced into the "space princess" outfit, all of them get embarassed... except Rotty, who's clearly enjoying herself way too much. She even wants to keep the costume afterwards.
- 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.
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.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He has green skin.
- 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.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Similar to his sister.
- Winged Humanoid: Has tiny bat wings on his back.
VA: Cristina Vee (Shantae and the Pirate's Curse)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, compared to the relatively realistic tones of the rest of the humans.
- Arch-Enemy: She and Shantae do not like each other.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes her bellybutton.
- She also gets a more revealing gold bikini for her "Princess" outfit in Pirate's Curse.
- 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 the first two games specifically. She's not the Big Bad of Pirate's Curse due to an Enemy Mine 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Guy: 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.
- 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.
- 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 significantly older than the teenage Shantae. Still, indications are she's at least a generation older than Shantae is.
- 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.
- 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 the half-genie.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Land, Sea, Sky: They mostly fight on land. In the Scuttle Town attack in first game some come by sea on boats; in Risky's Revenge they have scuba gear with harpoon guns. In the first game there are some flying with wing packs.
- Meaningful Name: They are good at making things, hence the "tinker" in their name.
- Molotov Cocktail: One of the weapons they use.
- Sinister Scimitar: One of the weapons they use.
Nega-ShantaeShantae's genie half, given form by the magic lamp. Introduced in Risky's Revenge.
- Animorphism: 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.
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Just knowing who she is spoils the finale of Risky's Revenge.
Pirate MasterRisky'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 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 regards 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 after Risky's Revenge, 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.
- 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!
- 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 is is most 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, none of them.Which one was your mother? That fire spouting hothead? Or maybe the songbird?
- Revenge: Strong enough to bring him back from the grave! But not against the genies who imprisoned him. No, he wants revenge against Risky, who betrayed him.
- 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.
- True Final Boss: His One-Winged Angel form.
- 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 Three Barons of Sequin Land
Introduced in Risky's Revenge. They are thieving bandits who pass themselves off as artifact collectors.
A 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unexplained Recovery: He explodes after you beat him in Risky's Revenge. He's back later no worse for wear, which Shantae promptly lampshades.
The leader of the Ammonian Army, he wishes to conquer Sequin Land through military prowress.
- Big "NO!": After Shantae restoring the Scuttle Town with her powers and giving it back to Mayor Scuttlebutt using a genie’s wish.
- 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.
- Gun Nut: A large caliber version. Apparently, all he and his army do is tear down houses, schools, and just about every buiding 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.
- 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 Major. Finally in the credits of the game shows a picture of him and his tank trapped in the quicksand of Tan Line Island and it’s implied Twitch and Vinegar abandoned his army.
- 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 everytime something gone wrong for him.
- 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.
- Warmup Boss: In Pirate’s Curse. He is the first boss of the game.
A shapeshifting skeleton wizard who dwells in Hypno Tower.
- 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.
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- 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: ...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.
- 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.
- Taken for Granite: In Pirate's Curse, courtesy of Sky's dad.
Twitch and Vinegar
Two teenage girls who join Ammo Baron's military. Vinegar is a Hot-Blooded gal while Twitch is a Gadgeteer Genius girl.
- All There in the Manual: Their names only appear in the Steam version character cards and wallpaper.
- Beach Episode: Their spring break at Saliva Island is meant to be one.
- 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.
- 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.
The parents of Sky. Her father is a Relic Hunter like Mimic. Introduced in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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".