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  • Berserk Button: Do not trespass in graveyards if you don't want the guards to attack you.
  • Bird People: They lack wings, however, and instead seem to have Feather Fingers.
  • Blade on a Stick: Dialogue when examining a weapon rack reveals that spears are the Avians' preferred weapons.
  • Human Sacrifice: Or rather, Avian sacrifice, but Kluex does demand a sacrifice every now and then, judging from the bloodied altars you can find.
  • Low Culture, High Tech: The initial result of giving spaceship tech to a race that exiles and shuns atheists, and sacrifices their own in altars.
  • Mayincatec: Plenty of their furnishings and housing has this theme.
  • Scary Amoral Religion: Worship of Kluex seems to involve plenty of living sacrifices. When exploring planets you can also find Avians being pressured to jump off high towers. According to their faith, this is to get their wings.


The god of the Avians, heavily implied to be of the physical variety.


A ambitious Avian, and leader of the enigmatic Ring of Thorns.
  • Ambition Is Evil: "I will become an unstoppable force. And the universe shall know the name Thornwing."
  • Terrible Trio: Often found working with Greenfinger and Big Ape.


  • Ax-Crazy: Even the peaceful ones can get some stabby urges every now and then.
  • Badass: Oh yes. See Proud Warrior Race Guy.
  • Book Dumb: Played with. For the most part, Florans are illiterate due to their culture, but there are exceptions. Ones that break away like Green Finger and the PC Floran (whom initially has barren vocabulary) can be exceptionally intelligent, as shown when reading the Geometric Screen. Both a Floran and a Glitch will read the exact same thing in BINARY: 'Stab a Meatman'. Some of the Florans you meet in the Outpost can speak properly-constructed sentences as well.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Smarter Florans seem to realize their race is viewed this way. They buy into it.
    Floran PC: "Obsssidian. Black like Floran sssoul."
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Frequent practitioners, to the point examining a torture rack sends the PC into a gigglefit.
  • The Ditz: The Floran PC is by far the least cultured of them, and yet this tends to make him somewhat endearing despite his stab-happy tendencies.
  • Drop the Hammer: Despite their love of stabbing, the Floran PC's dialogue when examining a weapon rack reveals that the race prefers hammers as weapons.
  • Fantastic Racism: They never, ever pass up a chance to call Hylotl "sssstupid frogmen".
  • Genius Ditz: The Floran PC may be the most culturally inept, but said Floran is smart enough to read BINARY.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They gladly eat each other when given the opportunity. Even their funeral rites include eating the deceased as part of it.
  • Not So Above It All: Though Floran PCs are said to have grown tired of their race's ax-craziness, they certainly aren't afraid to indulge in it themselves.
  • One-Gender Race: Despite being able to have Non-Mammal Mammaries, the race is unisex.
  • Planet Looters: After some poor bastard got eaten by florans and left his ship abandoned to them, they started looting other planets for tech. The PC's spaceship is an Apex spaceship with foliage, for one.
  • Plant Aliens: They can have leaves, flowers, and even mushrooms in some cases for "hair".
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Less 'proud' and more 'omnivorous and voracious', but in the lore Florans seriously outmatch Apex in combat. Ten Apex versus ten Florans = nine surviving Florans and ten dead Apex.
  • Schizo Tech: The fully upgraded Floran ship in the Nightly Updates is cobbled together from other races' technologies and covered in vines.
  • Sssssnaketalk: They talk like thissss.
  • To Serve Man: In addition to being cannibals, they view other races as food.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Floran?: The race as a whole is stated to suffer from this, and are not malicious by nature.


A young floran huntress, and undefeated champion of the annual Ixodoom hunt for several years in a row.
  • Child Prodigy: She's claims she's "seventeen summers old", and yet is one of the best hunters among her kind.
    "I've been hunting since I was a sprout, and winning since I was a bud."
  • Cosmetic Award: Complains about this, in regards to the prize for winning the sacred hunt:
    "I don't see what all the fussss is about. I win every year, and all you get is a 'sacred bone'. It's not even chewy."
  • Sssssnaketalk: She tries to subvert this by speaking proper english, but admits that she sometimes slips back into her natural accent.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: She bemoans the fact that her people are little more than barbarians, and wants to set a better example for them to follow.
    "The Floran are not inherently evil. My father taught me to respect life; a lesson many never learn."


A Floran scientist, respected as a genius even outside his species.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally dips into this while writing his notes, particularly whenever florans are involved.
    (On Glitch teaching Florans how to write) "We are at a stage now where we now have florans running around writing words on anything and everything, with typical floran over-enthusiasm. It is, however, an improvement over the time they attempted to learn how to paint."
  • Emperor Scientist: When the Florans occasionally mention him, it's with awe and reverence that suggests this.
  • Square Race, Round Class: Florans are usually known as dim-witted and stab-obsessed. Greenfinger, meanwhile, is one of the most intelligent scientists in the galaxy.
  • Terrible Trio: Often found working with Thornwing and Big Ape.


  • Brain Bleach: They're quick to override analysis mode when examining a "Dirty Toilet" item.
  • Burn the Witch!: What they do to Glitch that evolve beyond their programming.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The PC can get damn snarky at times. It helps that it starts every sentence with how it feels about the object in question, serving as an announcement of when it enters Sarcasm Mode.
  • Eating Machine: For some reason, they can starve and are required to eat.
  • Fantastic Racism: While the Glitch PC doesn't outright hate Hyltoyl, s/he is rather critical of them, particularly how they incorporate lily pads into nearly all of their architecture.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Some of their armors and weapons invoke this.
    • Tin Tyrant: The others, including the Impervium-tier armor, tend to invoke this instead.
  • Odd Friendship: Interestingly, Glitch villages are quite welcoming towards Florans. In lore, the Glitch taught them basic literacy as well.
  • Medieval Stasis: The Glitch as a whole are literally unable to progress technologically or socially past the Middle Ages unless they... well, glitch.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Glitch are robots, but they need to breath and eat just like any other life form.
  • Multiple Head Case: The latter half of armor tiers for the Glitch have the brain of a late Glitch installed in them, complete with eyes and an extra visor in the helmet for those eyes. The Templar and Legionnaire helmets specifically have two extra brains - the Doom Lord helmet is curiously missing the third.
    • Eyes And Brains Do Not Belong There: Excluding the Crusader set, all these armors also have an extra brain and eyes installed in the chestpiece.
      • Equippable Ally: The Glitch Impervium Weapons (Minus the Dagger) have a brain installed in their hilts, possibly explaining why the Doom Lord helmet doesn't have three brains.
  • Sarcasm Mode: In a literal version of this trope, a Glitch player may start an observation on an item with the declaration 'Sarcasm.'
  • Science Is Bad: The non-self-aware (i.e. non-player) Glitch seen to think this.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Obvious. They always speak their feelings before they say their intended sentence.

Hewlett Deckard

A Glitch bounty hunter, in actuality a self-aware Glitch who helps other of his kind escape.

Professor Irondome

A Glitch professor who attempts to teach the florans literacy. This goes poorly.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His method of teaching them literacy was through books that described them as an inferior species.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: His efforts to teach florans literacy ended up spawning the novel 'Floran Peace', which was universally panned by every non-floran (and also some florans) in the galaxy. Irondrome was later found with a copy of the book shoved into his mouth, and all further attempts to teach literacy have been suspended.

Platinum Ace

A leader of the Glitch Outcasts.


  • Apes in Space: The species resemble apes, and they travel through space.
  • Beast Man: They resemble anthropomorphic apes.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Their government was inspired by that of 1984.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Apex PC frequently mentions the experience of being tortured, fear of torture, and comrades being tortured, when selecting some of the more questionable items found across planets.
    • "How many of my brothers have been strapped to this table…"
  • Crapsaccharine World: Their towns: Idealized, homey goodness circa The '70s...inside of gray, imposing military bases and torture devices.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: According to the Apex PC, life under Big Ape includes public executions, house raids, and fearing you'll hear your family members summoned for torture and experimentation when you listen to the radio. And Apex NPCs still greet you with, "Big Ape is my homeboy."
  • Everything's Better With Ape People
  • Evolutionary Levels: How they became ape-men: The Apex deliberately allowed their bodies to "devolve" into gorillas as a side effect of causing their brains to become hyper-evolved living supercomputers.
  • Evolution Power-Up: The Apex of old de-evolved themselves physically in exchange for superior intellect.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Thought Reassignment :)
  • Genius Bruiser: Both the most technologically advanced of the races, and the most physically imposing. Apex PC descriptions explain their hands and bodies are much bigger and stronger than the other humanoids.
    • "A fingerprint scanner. Smaller than an Apex hand."
    • "A cute little bath. Looks pretty small for an Apex."
  • Girls With Mustaches: Since most of their bodies are hairy female Apex have beards too.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Those NPCs who don't whisper at you to watch out for mics, get out, or take them with you, exclaim how much they ADORE Big Ape! Praise Big Ape!! Big Ape will crush that awful resistance any day!!
  • La Résistance: The PC was a member of one, until it got crushed and s/he had to make a run for it. One assumes her/his experience with certain devices one can find in Apex planets is related to this, as well.
  • Meaningful Name: "Apex", as in, the top of the food chain. And also because they're Apes, hence Apex.
  • Mighty Roar: According to NPC dialog, Apex are capable of roaring. Which is awesome.
    • Floran NPC: "If monkey roar, Floran call Green Guard!"
  • Monochromatic Eyes: According to the Wiki.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Upon examining an arcade prize counter, an Apex PC remarks that he hopes to win the Unicorn plushie.
  • Rebel Leader: The Apex PC has a message from La Résistance- a plea for you to become this, as a survivor of their failed rebellion. With a stolen Miniknog ship, you are asked to comb the galaxy for those who would help you and return with an army- to free all Apex from Big Ape!
  • Room 101: Lovely Apex torture facilities are scattered on planets in-game.
  • Science Is Bad: There is some seriously morally grey, nonconsensual genetic experimenting going on in the Apex research labs.
  • Sinister Surveillance: According to the Apex description of televisions found in Apex towns, if you watch TV long enough, you can see yourself on the TV watching you see yourself on the TV.
    • There's a mic behind every clock.
    • There's an alarm that can go off in every home, triggered by unacceptable behavior.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Some Apex are honestly sympathetic to Big Ape's regime. They are even disgusted you, the PC, would rebel against him.
  • 2 + Torture = 5: If you don't love Big Ape, friend, you will. The Apex PC claims to have nightmares about it.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Loyalist Apex would see your behavior, yon revolutionary, as terrorism against their way of life and their beloved Big Ape.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: Despite fear and brainwashing and executions, such as your failed homeworld rebellion, talk of freedom persists in every Apex town and bandit camp across the universe.

Big Ape

The supreme dictator of the Apex.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: He is the leader of the Apex government and the Miniknog.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Shown to be one in some of the lore, and his subjects are apparently expected to say things like "Big Ape is my homeboy". There's also the incident where he agreed to a boxing match with Kluex.
  • Huge Holographic Head: There is an HDTV prop that displays a gigantic image of his face when turned on.
  • Malevolent Mugshot: His is often seen in Apex buildings.
  • Shadow Dictator: No-one has ever seen the guy in person, but it's pretty clear that he exists.
  • Terrible Trio: Is apparently working with Greenfinger and Thornwing.


  • Cool Ship: In the early alpha their ship resembled a koi fish and had a Japanese theme with oriental lanterns, but as of Upbeat Giraffe it's been changed to look like a shark.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: The occasional Glitch NPC will tell you their shoulder is not for checking your own reflection in it if you're playing a Hylotl. It's unknown if it's a preemptive statement, or your character just went ahead and did that, but all considered it wouldn't be too surprising.
  • Fantastic Racism: Sort of justifiable, considering Florans, but Hylotl in general hate them, and the PC in particular despises them enough to want them exterminated to the last plant.
  • Foreign Queasine: Judging from the PC's reactions to a Hylotl restaurant sign, their food isn't exactly good for alien palates. Hilariously enough, the Hylotl PC is completely unaware of this, thinking it's beloved in the whole galaxy.
    Glitch PC: Critical. Hylotl cuisine is an... acquired taste. One which very few have actually acquired.
  • Fish People: They are amphibious and possess fins and gills.
  • Ninja/Samurai: Quite a number of their armors and weapons invoke this.
  • Not So Above It All: The PC, who sounds... quite full of themselves, to say at least, judging from their description of an arcade as something for the unwashed masses to entertain themselves. And then they spot the prize rack full of plushies and you can practically hear the Squee!.
    • This delves into Fridge Logic when you find out that most, if not all, of the arcade machine props are Hylotl-themed for the purposes of colonization.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The PC displays some rather haughty behavior now and then, but it's the other races' comments that tend to paint them as intolerable in a distinctively ...elfy way, for lack of a better word.
    • Case in point- the PC Hylotl insults every flag except their own, calling the Florans horrifying, the Glitch childish, the Avians stuck to old ways, the Apex barbaric, and the Humans crude and garish.
      • With the exception of the Novakid Flag, in which they admittely say the Novakid are a "strange, but interesting species".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The PC, whenever they break out the Cultural Posturing, if not the race as a whole. There's no denying they've got some advances, but to put them as the epitome of fine art and culture is... iffy. The other PCs never pass up an opportunity to send snark in their general direction in this regard.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: On a species-galaxy scale, they're occasionally mentioned to be one of the friendliest, most accepted races. Listening to your PC on anything hylotl-related for a while soon reveals it doesn't seem they actually like them. That, or those mentions were written by the Hylotl themselves, which is also possible.
    Human NPC: What's a Hylotl, and why does everyone despise them?
  • Third Eye: And, judging from their decoration and even their flag, damn proud of it.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-universe, they seem to have this view, what with viewing random inked words (like "bubble" or "Ribbit") in paper as so beautiful they bring tears to their eyes. The other races have definitely noticed, and use it as yet another bashing point.
  • Wutai: Even their original spaceship design had paper-screen walls and paper lanterns.

Hiraki Corale

An oblivious Hylotl adventurer, her exploits are recorded in a number of codexes.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: It seems she doesn't really understand the gravity of the situations she's in, as evidenced when she visits an apex city where she, in order, ditches her charge, accidentally walks into a resistance meeting, considers it "so rebellious" and then gives a "Big Ape" jacket to somebody who appeared to have Ape Flu.
  • Invincible Incompetent: She has managed to tame an undead dragon (though she forgot how) and somehow survived an Avian ascension (read: suicide leap).
  • Meaningful Name: Corale is one letter away from "coral"; the Hylotl are an undersea race.


  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: One of their defining traits.
  • Celestial Body: Though instead of looking like they're made of stars, they're actually made of star material. They even turn big and red when they're old, and die by way of explosion.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: By way of having low attention spans.
  • Ditzy Genius: Their introduction states that they're actually more intelligent and intuitive than "the fleshy races", but their short memory and weak attention span results in stunted technology research.
  • Energy Beings: Described to be "interstellar gas-bag people".
  • The Gunslinger: They start out with gun crafting instead of melee weapons crafting like the other races.
  • No Social Skills: Part of their short attention spans, and the reason why other races tend to dislike them somewhat. One example given during development was of a Novakid outright asking an Avian priest if his god existed. Naturally, he wasn't pleased.
  • The Seventh Ranger: The Novakid were the last race to be added to the game as of Upbeat Giraffe. Unfortunately, due to that, they're severely lacking a lore and relationships with other races.
  • Space Western: Their starting clothes and crafted armor are all wild west-themed. Their ship even looks like an old-timey locomotive train!

Other Races

  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Zig-zagged. There's a penguin questgiver at the Outpost and the Penguin Bay will sell you upgrades for your spaceship, but two bosses - Dreadwing and the Shockhopper MK1 - are penguins trying to kill you with weaponized vehicles.
  • Funny Animal: They're fully sentient, despite just being little penguins.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: The only intelligent race in the game that isn't a humanoid.
  • Series Mascot: Images of penguins are everywhere in the game, including snow-globes or as skeletal corpses at the bottom of spike pits.

  • Black Speech: Their language is apparently so alien, that the PC's Translator Microbes can't even come close to interpreting it.
    <Universal Translation error. Language not recognised. Attempting to parse.>
    • Translation Train Wreck: What 'does' come out ends up being a mishmash of alien words and severely-mangled English, though there are patterns.
      (To Glitch PC): "Hoom, clankbeast. Habba nab cartography spaceshroom."
      (To Avian PC): "Hoom flap! Bizarra no Kluex fry!"
      (To Floran PC): "Hoom! Hoom hoom shroom! Plant naturra kissface!"
  • The Corruption: According to Word of God and a few unused props, this is what they really are. The most damning evidence is a hidden prop of a half-dead, partially mutated Apex slumped in a mushroom pod, with the description musing that the Agarans and Apex apparently "aren't compatible".
  • The Dreaded: When inspecting Agaran fungal pods, the otherwise stab-happy Floran PC will react with an uncharacteristic level of fear.
  • Mushroom Man: Sentient anthropomorphic mushrooms. Lacking a unique character model, they're represented in-game by Florans wearing mushroom-themed costumes. This is not a coincidence.
  • The Nicknamer: Related to Translation Train Wreck above, rather than refer to different races by their proper names, the Agarans create a variety of weird descriptive nicknames to use. For example, Glitch are 'clankbeast', Hylotl are 'squishfish', and Apex are 'hairthing'. The only exception is 'Kluex', implying that Avian missionaries have contacted them in the past.



Erchius Horror

The first boss, encountered on Tier 2, a giant, living crystal fought in the Erchius Mining facility. It's responsible for all the pink alien horrors found throughout the level.

Dreadwing the Penguin

The game's secondnote  boss, encountered on Tier 3, a space pirate penguin riding a UFO.
  • Airborne Mook: Flies in a UFO. He summons a swarm on mini-UFOs after he's brought down to ½ health.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: If you manage to beat him, at least, as he drops a vital item to pass to the beta sector, as well as craft most metal items in the game.
  • Flunky Boss: He's got armed soldiers, minitanks and even miniufos to deploy on your hapless character.
    • Bad Boss: He can still accidentally kill them with his own UFO laser, however.
  • Flying Saucer: Pilots one, and can summon smaller ones to aid him.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down/Combat Pragmatist: Given a little thought, his strategy of attacking at any distress signals he can detect is a bit of a dick move. Then again, he's a pirate. The updated codex now states that he used to do this to test his early UFO design (as a shout out to older builds). After being shot down a lot, he learned his lesson.
  • Ramming Always Works: One of his deadlier attacks has him teleport over the player then slam his UFO down on them.
  • Salvage Pirates: Was one in earlier builds, attacking the player after the player activated a distress beacon in order to test his early UFO design. He learned his lesson after getting his craft busted one too many times.
  • Shows Damage: His saucer becomes increasingly beat-up as his health depletes.
  • Space Pirates: Is the leader of a group of penguin pirates.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Considering the less-than-adequate warnings about the risks of a distress beacon, you're bound to call him in too early and get yourself lasered to death.

Shockhopper MKI

A weaponized penguin robot based on the design of Fatal Circuit.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Defied. The penguin scientist made sure not to use a monster brain in its creation precisely because of this.
    "The old thing was crude in design and seemed to have been piloted with an animal brain. Terrible choice, who would possibly think that was a good idea?"
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Resembles a penguin and is piloted by one.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Carries a flamethrower arm that can hurt the player at mid-range. Was based on one of Fatal Circuit's attacks.
  • Flash Step: Can charge across most of the arena like this, dealing high damage if it touches you.
  • Graceful Loser: If you manage to beat him, the pilot thanks you for helping him test the Shockhopper and gives you the Heat Protection tech, allowing you to visit the final tier of planets.
  • Homing Projectile/Roboteching: Can fire out homing missiles from his back. Fortunately, they can be shot down.
  • Sequential Boss: It goes through different attack patterns as its health reaches certain amounts.
  • Shock and Awe: Its "overload" attack, where it goes into the air and fires huge spreads of electrical attacks around.


Fatal Circuit

Formerly the game's second boss, a constructed robot gone amok.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Using a monster Brain in a Jar wasn't a very good idea.
  • Brain in a Jar: The PC is even required to build a synthetic brain.
  • Dummied Out: Trying to spawn it now will spawn the Shockhopper MKI instead.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Carries a flamethrower that can hurt the player at mid-range.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The Glitch created the first one by trying to create an advanced form of Glitch. Unfortunately, it went berserk due to the monster brain.
    • Greenfinger and Big Ape tried recreating the experiment but used a Floran brain instead. It went berserk too.
  • Killer Robot: Due to possessing a monster brain it went on a rampage.
  • Power Floats: Hovers while moving.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has glowing red eyes.

The Bone Dragon

Formerly the third boss of the game, a gigantic skeletal dragon.


A remnant boss from Enraged Koala that can only be fought through cheats. Used to be the fourth boss, encountered on Tier 4, but can now be fought at any time.