Ninten and Ness are cousins, and Giygas is actually Ness's dad.I spiraled this out of Giygas being Ninten's uncle canonically, (George is Giygas's father and Ninten's grandfather) and then I decided to throw in that Ninten and Ness are cousins. That explains how Giygas recognized Ness, and why Ness needs to call his father to save the game.
Ninten and Ness are cousins, and their respective dads are brothers.Brothers who are the grandsons of George and Maria. They also both happen to work at the same place and spend long spans of time away from their family. It would explain the physical similarities and the similar clothing (hand me downs). It would also explain why Ness's mother was so willing to let him go on the adventure, her husband told her about Giygas.
199X is 1994.199X was used as a date meaning sometime in the '90's. '94 is most likely because that is the year the game was released in Japan. Or alternatively...
199X is 2000.The X is 10 in roman numerals, and 1990 + 10= 2000.
Buzz Buzz is a older version of Ninten from Mother 1.It sounds unlikely doesn't it? However you may change your mind after seeing the evidence....
Alternatively, Buzz Buzz is Jeff.As thought up by a friend of mine: He would have the knowledge and ability to travel back in time, but due to his incomplete understanding without the Mr. Saturns, only a small life form could possibly make the journey back. So he transformed his body into that of a tiny fly. With this, he could return into the past and tell Ness what he needed to know. And with his mass all condensed into that tiny body, his attacks were able to hit much harder than they would as a human. "But wait," you might say, "Buzz Buzz used PSI!" Well, you know what they say about any sufficiently advanced technology.
Alternatively, Buzz Buzz is Paula.Both share in common the ability to use PSI/PK Shield, play defensively in battle, have very high speed and agility, and a weak consitiution [which could've been made worse in the conversion to Buzz Buzz or not at all depending on your own interpretation]. Then why can she hit for such high damage? A small body propelled at high speeds, becomes bullet-like, piercing through objects that larger masses of force at similar speeds might glance off of with only dents [and therefore lesser damage overall]. It's also possible that future Ness had died doing something that inspired Paula to take up a similar form of courage like him to undergo conversion into such a form and go back to warn a younger Ness, possibly out of respect or even a romantic type of feeling for him, creating a type of tragic sacrifice when Lardna kills her. Buzz Buzz's gender can be interpretted either way since the body that was "Buzz Buzz" could've been a different gender from the person whose mind was transferred into it [like the transfer of the characters' minds into their robot bodies, which are genderless].
Buzz Buzz isn't an insect, it's a machine.He is known to have traveled backward in time, something which in Earthbound can only be done safely by robots and machines. Buzz Buzz is probably some kind of small flying robot. It would also explain his ability to survive entering the atmosphere from space, which is not typical insect behaviour.
Giygas is an alternate future version of Ness.Ness's adventure isn't just to get strong enough to defeat the horror from the Future... it's to prevent him from becoming said Horror.
Giygas is one of the forms of Nyarlathotep.The above theory dovetails into this nicely. Ness, then, is a splinter of Nyarly's personality that rebelled and became an independent being.
Alternatively, he is Azathoth.Pokey did call him a mindless idiot, as if it wasn't obvious enough. In the final battle he is simply a mass of smoke with a horror face uttering and babbling random quotes from "questionable" movies. He is damningly idiot. Plus, the final battle stage seems it could be the Center of the Universe.
Giygas is Cthulhu.Why not? He's got power so great you can't grasp his true form, and the sprite actually looks a bit like Cthulhu's head. He's also insanely powerful, and doesn't have to move to kill all of your teammates (And You! with even more ease than is possible to imagine.
Ness's father is The DragonA powerful spirit dwelling in Magicant, he really doesn't have a physical form, hence only being on the phone. Upon being woken by Ninten in Mother 1, he battled him and found him worthy of the Song. He then took steps to ensure that Giygas was eventually reborn as Ness. Centuries later, after Ness died as a normal human, the Psi-Powers that were part of his, Paula's and Poo's lineage led humanity to try and make a Dream Utopia. The Dragon disapproved, but was chained and his own Psi-Power was used to fuel the new World.
Ness's dad is NintenNot entirely compatable with the Buzz-Buzz theory, but still fits with the Ness is Giygas theory...and makes it even more ironic!
Pokey and Giygas swapped bodies"Ness... it hurts Ness!" makes more sense as Pokey's mind crying out for help.
The Devil's Machine was built by Tabuu, who is Giygas from an alternate future.Tabuu, being the result of Giygas mastering his power rather than being destroyed by it, created the Devil's Machine in order to contain his alternate self, and instructed Pokey in its use. Really, who else has the authority over Giygas to imprison him? And how can Giygas give orders if he can't even think? Tabuu had Pokey carry out orders on his behalf - whether Pokey turned off the Devil's Machine at Tabuu's instruction was an order or not is left to be determined, but it can't have been that big a deal, since Tabuu allowed him into the Subspace Army after the events of Mother 3.
During the final battle, Giygas is a fetus, and Ness and Friends are killing him inside the wombOld, old theory that started when someone pointed out that the battle background during the fight with Giygas resembled an ultrasound. Further evidence includes the fact that Ness and Friends are sent back in time to the far past, that they're in robot bodies, and there are no familiar objects nearby to gauge the size of those bodies, that Giygas knows nothing, like a fetus or an infant, and that to get to him, you pass through a slit between two cliff faces spread like a pair of legs, then up a long, fleshy canal.
You are fighting Giygas' Ghost.Think about it. Giygas' mind and body were destroyed. What does that leave? His spirit! Why do you think he takes the form of a bloody skull? Look at the picture of giygas. It really looks like a ghost.
Giygas made contact with U-DO, which is what made him lose his mind.His change in form between Mother 1 and Mother 2 is quite drastic; he was originally just an alien with psychic powers, so where would he get enough power to mutate him into his latter form? It's somewhat more plausible if his change was caused by some outside force. Also, his swirly red background form bears a strong resemblance to U-DO (when it is shown), which is also a swirling mass of redness which damages people's sanity and causes surreal events to take place. So when Giygas was trying to gain power, he managed to develop his psychic powers enough to make contact with U-DO, which drove him insane and altered his form.
Giygas is a female.The "XX" symbols (two x chromosomes) are littered throughout the first game. In addition, it thematically fits the game that Earth would be the "good" mother while Giygas is the "evil" mother.
Giygas becomes a small universe at the end.Pokey basically says "You are the only ones in this universe fighting for justice." and I took that kind of literally. But it does make sense. The wobbling of the background is caused by distortions in Giygas, because he is inherently unstable. Later, the universe's topology changes, which explains why you see multiples of the Giygas image. The reason "you cannot grasp the form of Giygas's attack" is because you are being directly attacked by the local space. Similarly, this explains why you cannot simply defeat him: you cannot directly fight the universe itself, because you're inside it. The reason why prayer works is because it's directing energy from outside the closed space into it, which inflicts damage directly to Giygas. When you (the player) start praying for the heroes, it works even better because you are on a higher level of reality than they are, which translates directly into destructive energy.
Giygas isn't evil.His dialogue includes a lot of pleas to stop fighting. Not to mention "Friends...". Giygas wants to join Ness. Pokey lies when he talks about Giygas's evil. He's just egging Ness on to get him to fight Giygas, and he's totally sure that Giygas will kill Ness (wouldn't you assume that an all-powerful Eldritch Abomination would kill a small boy in any fight?) because he wants to get his old enemy out of the way. In short, Pokey masterminded this all.
Giygas doesn't exist and the entire final battle is metaphorical.This one requires a bit of extra speculation, but if you think about it just enough, it might actually make sense.
Giygas doesn't truly die in the end.Perhaps Giygas is givin a second chance to live life in a world where he will not have to suffer. If you pay attention Giygas seems to mantain a small amount of emotion somewhere withing, perhaps some greater force or even his own will let him be reborn in a happier place. Perhaps as a young timid boy named Lucas?
After the final battle in Earthbound, Pokey becomes Giygas' vessel.The game makes it fairly obvious that Giygas is not completely within the physical realm. After his death in Mother, his psychic abilities probably allowed him to stay in the world of mortals as a spiritual being, where he was unable to affect anything directly, relying on influencing the weak minded and the wicked of heart (perhaps the Mani Mani statue was a device he used to control the weak hearted through greed.) The Devil's Machine was a device he had some of his followers build him to give him a physical form again. During the final battle, he was physical enough to directly affect people, but not physical enough for his actions to manifest properly. In the battle, his quazi-body had been destroyed, and his psychic foothold had been completely scrambled by the prayer, pushing him into the hereafter. With one last move of desperation, he retreated into his only present ally, Pokey, who would lead the rest of his existence housing 2 souls in his body. In Mother 3, Giygas was using the same strategy to conquer the world, only with a more widespread approach: corrupt the people first, via the use of happy boxes. When Lucas and his group directly confronted him, he was forced to use the same spectral manner of attack as before, channeling it through Porky and his life support mech, knowing that he could not afford to lose his shell.
Jeff doesn't have a mother because he's a test-tube experiment and an abomination in the eyes of God.He's the project of a terrible genetic experiment and came out of a test tube. He may not actually have any of Dr. Andonutts' genetic material at all. With no emotional connection of actual parenthood Dr. Andonutts could easily send Jeff away to boarding school at a young age. While Ness and Paula are making moon-eyes at each other, Jeff is playing with gizmos, because for him, never mind girls (or Tony)—science is how you make new life!
Dr. Andonutts is Loid.Besides being a super scientist, whose to say that his white hair isn't because of old age, but rather because he's an albino. As for how Jeff is his son despite the fridge logic that comes with the 'Ninten is Ness' dad' theory, it could be possible that during one of his experiaments, something went haywire and the end result caused him to age faster. Alternatively, this could also go with the above 'Jeff is a clone/test-tube baby', and the reason Andonutts' sent him to a boarding school was because when it turned out successful, he was still too young to take care of him himself. As for why he looks so old EarthBound, it's possible that he's Younger Than He Looks, sense his age is never stated in-game.
Giygas is a Fobby, a race that became round and orange due to overconsumption of orange sharpie-tainted sweet tea. He was the only not-fat and orange one left due to detesting all things sweet-tea related, and this hatred eventually grew to encompass hating all of humanity and becoming the embodiment of evil.Oh wait.
Ness is The Scout as a child.That will explain why his likes baseball bats.
The Mother games are in an infinite temporal loop.At the end of Earthbound, Porky runs away and travels through time. A lot. At the end of Mother 3, he locks himself in the Incredibly Safe Capsule, but retains the ability to travel through time. He bounces around time, slowly going insane and shriveling up. He starts thinking about how Ness caused all this by killing Giygas and making him run away (from his perspective), and is found, shriveled into a smooth, white humanoid, repeating "Why, Ness" again and again. The couple who found him interpret this as "Giygas", and raise him as their own child, making him forget everything and believe he is an alien. The events of Mother 1 and 2 occur, and he recruits the person closest to him - himself. This would explain "Friends...", at the very least.
The real reason why the road from Onett to Twoson was closed was for construction of a better road.Think about it for moment; no two towns the size of Onett and Twoson would want just a dirt path between them, and considering they have similar roads with sidewalks, it would make sense that to allow traffic between the towns to flow smoothly, one would want a paved two lane road. And being that construction is dangerous work, the police would be there first to make sure no one would trespass before the construction company got there.
Giygas was Shigesato Itoi's attack on Munchkins.Giygas was basically a character was Min-Maxing so much, he has attacks too powerful to comprehend, and his stats are so high he can only be defeated by praying for help. Of course, in order to do so, he had to give up communication, coherent thought, a physical form...
Ness in the womb and the stable time loop.The end of Earthbound takes place in a metaphysical representation of Ness's Mom's womb. The face that appears in the Devil's Machine is Ness as a fetus calling out to the older Ness to save him. Giygas is attempting to corrupt Ness in the womb in order to remove him as the one destined to defeat him (foretold by the Apple of Enlightenment).
Ninten and Ness are NicknamesNinten's actual name is Vincent. He couldn't pronounce it correctly as a baby and instead said "Ninten". It stuck. In Ness's case, he had an ancestor named Ernest, Ness for short. Our hero Ness is named after this ancestor, and his parents decided to just call him Ness since no one called great-grandpa Ernest anyway.
Alternately, Ness is short for VanessaMaking Ness a girl. As for why the prophecy said '3 boys and 1 girl', it was either to protect Ness or out of respect for the preferred gender. Cracky yes. This troper apologizes, as she read a fic about it and the idea made her laugh.
Picky and Porky are nicknames as well.Picky's real name is Bateau, and Porky's real name is something similarly exotic. Obviously, Lardna and Aloysius were too lazy to say their full names, and stuck to giving them nicknames that suited their eating habits.
Everyone heard Paula's last prayer.Getting desprate, she called out to anyone who can hear her. The prayer was intertwined with a psychic message that basically said, "We're a bunch of kids who are far from home and in a lot of danger. Help us." Pretty much anyone could sympathise with them at that point. Even the simplest "God, please help them." adds up against Gigyas. From their odd position in time, they may have ended up calling out to every person who ever lived. Including you. Granted, you could stop and analyse how every human receiving the same psychic message at some point in their lives would affect culture or the general attitude of people, but you'd be thinking too hard then.
Mother 1 and 2 tell the same story of two universes collidingThey are the same story, with the player taking control of a different side between the two games. In Mother 1, you control Ninten with the objective to kill Giegue, who is the avatar for the other universe. In Mother 2, you control Ness as you take on Giygas, who is the avatar for Ninten's universe. It doesn't matter which universe it is, the hero still comes from the same family. The reason for the small differences between the two heroic families (and the two universes as a whole) is what separated the two worlds in the first place- a long time ago.
Ninten and Ness are half-brothersIt's obvious! Ness' dad is a cheater, and he's leading a double life! Where is Ninten's father while Giegue draws near? He's off tending to his other family! Where's Ness' father while the Happy-Happyists plan to sacrifice Paula? Spending some time with Ninten. Why would such a man lead a double life? To breed new heroes! His sperm is packed WITH awesomeness, at least for the ones that turn male.
The gap of Mother 2 and 3 can be explained by...The 2012 theory. Our world ends, and we go to the Nowhere Islands.
The "something" that the Mad Ducks make "spin around" to drain PP is... our heroes' PP meters.The ducks aren't actually mad. They're all aware that they're in a videogame and aware of its mechanics; that's why they are called "mad" by other, less knowledgeable persons in this world.
You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack!It's actually very simple if you think about it.
You can grasp the true form of Giygas' attack!You just aren't trying hard enough.
Giygas' attack isn't actually so bad when you can grasp its true formIt's basically an energy beam, or something. It's just being blown through several extra dimensions, so it looks worse than it is.
Ness is Maria reincarnatedOnce she was free from Magicant, Maria came back as Ness to stop Giygas from destroying the world. Consider:
Ness failed and the world was destroyed.Giygas was only temporarily stopped. 10 years later he returned, and no one was able to stop him. A brave warrior named Buzz Buzz traveled back in time to change history, but to no avail. Only a small group of people survived and fled to another world, but that's another story.
Ioti designed Mewtwo and wrote the backstories.Consider the common theory for Gigyas, he is raging because of being born evil from rape and look up his Mother appearance. Does it strike you as similar to any Pokemon? Mewtwo. He straight out is an expy. The designs are beyond similar and as are their backstories, just replace rape with 'a test tube'. Also keep in mind, Creatures INC is Ape INC, the makers of Pokemon and Mother respetively, just renamed
Giygas' "Birth" caught the attention of other cosmic deities and entities, the ensuing war between them and Giygas destroyed the universe in the endThe "Birth" of Giygas caught the attention of Deities old and new along with many other cosmic entities that in the reality before Buzz Buzz went back in time caused a war between them and Giygas mainly because many of the "Older" Gods (Zeus, Odin, and YHWH to name a few) felt that Giygas was a threat to their supremacy. As Cosmic bolts of Psychic energy and ancient magic were thrown, they destroyed worlds, stars and even Galaxies. However one of the Cosmic Entities sent a messenger to the past to prevent this war and the destruction of the universe from happening.
Ness's father is the game's programmer
Jeff has limited PSI
Apple Kid was responsible for the Iron Statues blocking your wayAlso, the Threed zombie invasion. He knew all his inventions were useless, so he purposely blocked the protagonists' paths just so the machines would have some kind of use.
Frank put Ness into a coma; everything from that point in the game onward is a dreamThat would explain all the crazy crap that makes Earthbound what it is.
Giygas isn't just any female. Giygas is Maria.Maria and George were abducted by aliens planning to run some experiments on humans. George managed to escape from them after some experiments and stole important information about PSI. Maria didn't manage to escape, however. The aliens mentally and physically altered her. She was turned into a shriveled, pale humanoid, and was also brainwashed by these aliens, although she eventually developed fond memories of her former self.
Paula is a descendant of Ninten, Ana or Lloyd, and she saved the world by breaking the limit of her PSI.Paula was the only one who could put a stop to Giygas' madness because she was a descendant of the boys who put a stop to Giygas before. She prayed for someone to help them, and Giygas caught whiff of Paula's familiar thoughts. This started breaking down Giygas' mind even further, warping into unintelligible forms and corrupting itself. Giygas did one last attempt to stop them by devouring Paula's thoughts. Paula panicked, and wished for anyone, anyone to help her. Her PSI powers powered a plea was so strong that it warped through space, time, dimensions and reality itself, until it reached the player. This incredible breach between reality couldn't be fathomed by Giygas, and her mind devoured itself to stop this agonizing realization, erasing the chunk of time and space where the Chosen Four were, and their souls went back to their bodies.
EarthBound takes place in the Fallout universe's Resource wars. Mother 3 takes place after 2077, in a remote island far from all the radiation.This is why the game, despite taking place in 199X, is still like 1950s America and has things like housetaker robots for rich people. Mother 3 takes place on a remote island never hit by any nukes, and not suffering nuclear fallout - the day everybody got on "The Ship" was when the bombs fell, and the ship itself is a metaphor for a flying Vault-Tec vault.
Giygas is a Pokemon/Protoss Hybrid.Giygas was a product of the Xel'Naga of Starcraft. Giygas was made from the DNA of Mew and the DNA of Protoss. Later on the scientists of the Pokemon world modeled Mewtwo after Giygas.
The Mani Mani Statue is the statue you get from Tom NookObvious with hindsight
The game is set around 1990-1992Due to the fact that the game plays the trope Two Decades Behind straight and that the game is stated to take place in The Nineties, it seems unlikely that the game is set very far into this decade.
Ness's dad is a businessman who is working abroard during the events of the game.The same applies for Ninten's father.
The Giygas you beat at the end of the game is Porky.At some point of the game, Giygas switches bodies with Porky. That would explain why is Porky so evil, why did Giygas want to befriend Ness, how did he know his name and why is Porky still evil without Giygas' influence in Mother 3. Now someone crush my theory. Beating Giygas was depressing enough, but beating him while knowing that it's Porky trapped in Giygas' body is just heartbreaking.
The 8 melodies collecting plot was all made upIn the end, going to Magicant turns out to be totally useless to Ness, as the final battle is defeated by praying. Collecting the melodies with the sound stone was an excuse by Buzz Buzz to get Ness and his friends to travel the world and befriend people who had been possessed by Giygas's evil, slowly weakening his power over the Earth and allowing him to be defeated by all the people they had met along the way praying.
Ness is a Time LordGive me one good reason why not.
Dr. Andonuts killed Ness and friends, and everybody else followed suit.Dr. Andonuts tells the children (and the audience) that the Phase Distorter III is capable only of sending non-living objects through time. So, he performs a surgery to transfer what he calls the children's "brain programs" into robot bodies. Brains are complex biological structures that don't have any "programming," and it isn't possible in the 90's to make a robot that is actually sentient, has the same consciousness as something else without a brain, and capable of psychic powers that originate from the mind and body. Using his insane "brain program" theory, Dr. Andonuts fatally damages the brains of Ness and his group during surgery, killing them. The rest of the game as we see it is one of their dying dreams. Life goes on as usual aside from the tragic loss of the four children and Dr. Andonuts most likely getting locked up, until ten years later when Giygas causes the apocalypse that kicks off the plot of Mother 3. Porky still teamed up with Giygas, however, and was still interested in kidnapping Dr. Andonuts as is canon.
Giygas exists only as a mass of psionic energy.This is explains Giygas' state at the end of Earthbound as opposed to Earthbound Zero
Praying didn't kill GiygasIt was just a diversion. When the player wasn't looking, the Chosen Four beat the everloving crap out of him. And then did the same to Pokey. For a twelve days nonstop. And recorded it. And brought it back to 199X. Then Jeff built another time machine and they went to the year 201X, where they posted it on the internet. It got 12 million views.
Poo isn't really Poo when he meets Ness.During Poo's Mu training, his ancestor was talking about taking over his mind so he won't have to think anymore. Some entity or whatnot probably took him over.
Pokey becomes GiygasPokey becomes Giygas like so:
Poo's Mu Training is all in the mind.His ancestor didn't really take his limbs, sight, and hearing. His mind was trained enough to simulate the pain caused by removal of the limbs, blindness, and deafness.
The crazy cultists attack you with paintbrushes because they`re trying to assimilate you into their vision.Think about it, anything not blue in their town is painted blue to fit their grand vision. Why else would they attack you with paintbrushes unless they were trying to force you to become blue? They`re trying to convert you by force.
In a strange, twisting Stable Time Loop, Porky, Giygas, Ninten, Ness, and Lucas are all the same being.Okay, hear me out. Just warning you, this is a bit of a mash-up of some previous guesses. (Warning: Wall of text coming up.) Porky is the first one on the scene. Due to time travel and the aforementioned stable time loop, all the previous characters exist already, leading to the events of Earthbound and Mother 3. As in a previous WMG, Porky, after fleeing into the absolutely safe capsule, travels time for who-knows-how-many years, going insane and possibly losing his memory. He eventually travels several years into the past and is found by an alien couple who take him in, renaming him Giygas, and raising him as an alien. Eventually, "Giygas" is told to attack earth because his stepfather, George, stole their technology. Cue the events of Mother 1 and Earthbound, at the end of which, Porky is defeated twice: his far past self, thus cementing that part of the stable time loop, and his future self, this time for good. However, he didn't truly die, and again, as per a previous guess, reborn. Deviating from that original theory, he is reborn as Ninten, rather than Lucas, and given a chance at redemption by defeating his past self, leading to the events of Mother 1. As per said game, he passes the test. However, shortly after this, something happens to Ninten that puts him in a coma for a few years, and kills his family. Somehow, he survives the coma (maybe he's found by one of his friends.) When he eventually wakes up, he has become amnesiac, and is adopted by a loving family that names him Ness. Said family lives in Onett, next to the Minch family, and Ness meets Porky. The reason Ness feels any affection towards Porky (remember the Porky from Magicant) is because he is unknowingly a distant future counterpart of him. The events of Earthbound happen, and Giygas's fate is sealed. Shortly after this, however, the end of the world described by Leder in Mother 3 occurs, and Ness and his family board the White Ship. On arriving on the Nowhere Islands, Ness's family's memories are rewritten, and their physical appearances changed, lest the familiar faces reawaken their memories of the original world. Their names are changed, with Ness's name changing to Lucas, his father's to Flint, his mother's to Hinawa. Something happened to Ness's sister on the way, (maybe she died in the original world's destruction) and they adopted Claus to make up for it, in a way. All this is followed by the events of Mother 3, thus finally completing the loop. If you actually read all that, you deserve a cookie.
The real reason that Nintendo is refusing to release the Mother games in America or EuropeIs that they're being manipulated by Giygas. After being defeated in Earthbound, there was still a small part of him left, and it went looking through dimensions for the reason he could possibly be defeated by four kids. Eventually, he came to our own. At this point, everyone could play the Mother games, including Europe and America, prompting him to travel back to the past and manipulate Nintendo. It started by stopping Mother 1 from being released in America or Europe (he left the Japanese version so that he would be born in the first place) and thus he wasn't defeated in those countries. Euphoric with this success, he let his guard down, allowing Earthbound to be released outside of Japan, in America, and thus, American audiences were able to weaken him by playing the game, and defeating him. Not willing to go back in time again, he doubled his guard, and didn't let Nintendo release Mother 3. He also began manipulating the population of America that had the game, making them sell it at rediculous prices once it became popular. However, unbenownst to him, there were several people that were willing to download the games illegally to play them, or to pay the rediculous prices. Because of this, Giygas is weakened to the point where he can't take over our own world. (That's right, kids, piracy makes everything better!) Eventually, enough people will have played and beaten the game (thus defeating him) that his grip on Nintendo will weaken to the point that they'll release them all around the world, thus introducing even more people to the series, and Giygas will be defeated for good.
Ness's dad is Charles Foster Ofdenson.It would explain how his dad is capable of giving him huge amounts of money whenever he wants it. As for why Ofdenson never mentions Ness or his family to the band, it's possible that he and Ness's mother divorced sometime after the events of EarthBound. Or the band just doesn't care, which is pretty in-character for them.
Pokey and Porky are a Split Personality.Porky began to exist as a result of Pokey being abused by his parents, and began growing in power thanks to Giygas' corrupting influence. After Giygas is destroyed, Porky takes complete control.
Pokey's message was intended for the player, not NessPokey knew there was the player after Giygas was defeated. He also knew the player would be where Ness was; so he sent the message to Ness, knowing the player would get it.
Giygas' appearance as a screaming human-like visage was not the first choice of the dev team.Pick his in-game portrait and flip it upside down. It looks somewhat similar to his original, alien head from MOTHER 1. There is a possibility that the first design proposal was actually that, Giygas' disembodied floating head (not uncommon in depictions of otherwordly entities), a little bit distorted maybe. When this sketch was presented to Itoi, it was either erroneously showed to him upside down or he somehow felt inspired to put it that way. In any case, it struck him that the drawing looked eerily like an anguished screaming ghost. Probably with already in mind to make the game's final battle a traumatizing, jarring experience, Itoi had a few reworkings made on the image and thus, the nightmarish face haunting anyone who has ever even heard about Earthbound came to be.
Poo and the people of Dalaam are actually biotic aliens who settled on Ness's planet.Wording this is really awkward...ahem... If you think about it, Poo is capable of using PSI, and PK Starstorm, the same one that the later editions of Starmen use. Additionally, Poo recovers ~6 HP from any food except for the Brain food lunch, which is an Elixir for him and him only. Brain food lunch. Regular Starmen drop those. Poo also gets more PP from bottles of water because Ness and company aren't so used to drinking those, while Poo's race depends on it. Poo comes out of nowhere. You eat a damn cake with "leftover" drugs, play as Poo for a while, and so on. Then he teleports to your party and says he will obey Ness. Also, Poo can equip the same equipment as the rest of the party and not get the attack or defense boosts because it's unfamiliar to him. For some reason there are armor pieces in presents around Ness's planet. Speaking of equipment, you know the Sword of kings you have to hunt for? Starmen Supers drop those. Starmen Supers. Basically, one in 128 units of Starmen Supers carry a sword with them (that they never attack with for some reason). Poo is very familiar with those. That's why it raises his offense and reduces his miss rate. Poo's name furthers this theory, because "Poo" as we know it...well. Anyways, Poo in Poo's culture means something else. He also has a "Mirror" ability that turns him into an enemy for 16 turns. Or, use the Neutralizer to return Poo to normal. It's a psychic ability, and it's exclusive to him because...well, he is a different "human" from Ness, Paula, and Jeff. The reason for the whole Mani-Mani incident in Fourside is because Giygas doesn't want Ness to eventually get Poo as a party member. Once you get him, Giygas's army finds out and retaliates by kidnapping plot-central characters who would later set up your entrance to the final dungeon. Stopping Ness from getting Poo was Giygas's last chance at victory, but Ness got him somehow, so now he tries his hardest to get his army to eliminate Ness's party. While Ness needed the last two melodies, Buzz Buzz also mentioned "3 boys and 1 girl" defeating Giygas...that last "boy" is Poo, and boy is he incredibly useful. Poo is willing to serve Ness because he knows Ness will defeat Giygas. Poo's race is pacifist. They use their powers for good. In short, Poo is a Rebel Scum extraterrestrial...but they don't tell you that.
Pokey is a Nephandus who serves Giygas, a powerful minion of the WyrmAt some point in the game, Pokey Awakens and joins the Nephandi. The Devil Machine is a caul, inhabited by an insane Wyrm-creature named Giygas. The Chosen Four are Traditions mages who take down the creature and escape the caul before they can become corrupted.
The voice during the Coffee/Tea Sequence was what was left of Giygas rational mind.Don't get me wrong it was gonna destroy humanity regardless, but after finding out what Pokey was gonna do to it to achieve it, it rather died. So it gave Ness and the gang the hints to destroy it.
Paula Jones is related to Mike Jones from StarTropicsThey both have naturally developed psychic powers and the same last name so it has to be true. They both fight alien invasions by time traveling too.
Pokey's main gripe with Ness is that he has a better set of parentsIt's fairly obvious from the get-go that one major driving force behind Pokey's hatred of Ness is jealousy, and I think this is the root of it. He makes two comments to Ness during the adventure making fun of his good relationship with his mother ("Why not say 'Goodbye' to your mom?" and "Why not call your mommy, Ness?"), and... well, we all know how bullies typically take out jealousy. Not very plot-relevant stuff or anything, but it's an interesting thing to take into account when analyzing his character in the third game.