WMG / Shantae

Risky Boots is actually Shantae's mother.
Could explain why there's an obvious connection between the two.
  • Genies are Always Female in this 'verse, though, and Risky's not a genie. Since Shantae is half-genie, it would have to be her father who was mortal.
    • Risky's not a Genie now. In fact, we don't really know what she is, and was most likely transformed by the Pirate Master when she joined his service(or in order to serve him)
  • Risky also has extremely long purple hair, convincingly disguised herself as a genie in the first game, and has a very similar colour scheme as Nega-Shantae. And although she was old enough to be the Pirate Master's lieutenant before Shantae was born, she doesn't seem to have aged much, so she may not be human. On top of that, she more than once refers to herself as Mommy jokingly, which fits Matt Bozon's sense of humour.
  • Jossed. According to the end of Half-Genie Hero, Shantae's mother is still in the Genie Realm.
  • And at the end of Pirate's Curse, Risky goes out of her way to tell Shantae that she's just like her mother. The two of them obviously have very little in common, and she wouldn't go out of her way just to lie to her about that.

Risky Boots and Shantae are half-sisters.
They share their father. With the age gap, it explains Risky knowing Shantae's mother. It also might add an extra reason for her to resent Shantae after initially meeting her, as well as for her eventual friendliness after working together. Also, they both have purple hair.
  • I can get behind this. My half-sister is about twenty years older than me (I'm guessing Risky's probably ten to fifteen older than Shantae, depending on when the events that left her an orphan occurred), so it's entirely possible that the reason Shantae's dad isn't around (and isn't mentioned) is because he was rather old when helping to make Shantae...

Risky Boots is Shantae's aunt.
On her father's side, of course.
  • Then wouldn't Uncle Mimic recognise her? Besides, Pirate's Curse hints that whatever Risky is, it's probably not completely human.
    • Uncle Mimic is an Honorary Uncle rather than a literal uncle - as far as we know. And even if he and Shantae are actually related by blood, that wouldn't mean he knows everything about the side of the family he's not a part of.
    • Never understood where people got the idea Mimic was an Honorary Uncle. All four games and one of the manuals describe him as though he's her biological relative, and his physique even somewhat resembles the shadowy warrior guy in the Village of Lost Souls, who's hinted to be Shantae's father. And this theory would therefore mean that Risky, Mimic, and Shadowy Warrior Guy are all siblings (and would probably recognize each other as such) - Shantae's mother is a genie, so Mimic can't be from her side of the family.

Risky Boots and the Tinkerbats set up a blockade on the nearest source of coffee.
It would certainly explain why there's exactly one source of coffee beans in the entirety of Risky's Revenge, and it's a long-abandoned storage area. The purpose is, naturally, to more easily manipulate the intelligent zombies, seeing as coffee is the only thing keeping them that way.
  • She is still hoarding it to manipulate Rotty and her siblings in the future.

Nintendo will create a full console Shantae game rather than just a small download one.
And if it does well, they'll turn it into a big franchise.
  • Semi-Confirmed. Way Forward are currently kickstarting a Shantae game for Wii U, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1, and Steam.

The next game, Half-Genie Hero, will feature Shantae going into the Genie World.
The Genie World has been mentioned but never really explored, and multiple times Shantae has expressed a desire to learn more about her genie heritage.
  • Semi-Confirmed. Half-Genie Hero features several appearances of The Genie World. However they're all quick peeks, seen during a boss battle, and last only for one screen.

Shantae still had a little magic left in her at the end of Risky's Revenge.
As evidence by her retaining her hair-whipping ability. Uncle Mimic was wrong about the hair whipping not being a genie power.
  • Alternatively It's Magic She got from her father who was an Oni (Japanese Demon) making her full Oni in Pirates Curse and why she could use the Pirate Master's gear as her native Oni magic kept her safe.

Shantae takes place After the End
The Lost Technology Uncle Mimic finds all sounds like stuff we have now. Something must have happened that destroy the world and brought back monsters.

The shadowy brawny man in the Village of Souls is actually Shantae's dad
  • He states he is looking for his daughter but doesn't know how she looks like. Since people at the village don't fully remember their pasts...
    • It's worth noting that his memories seem to return a bit when he meets Shantae, just like Rottytops remembers a bit more about herself when she gets her locket back.
    • And his physique does somewhat resemble Uncle Mimic's.

The mysterious light guiding Shantae in Half-Genie Hero is the spirit of her mother.
  • Her mother comes up more often in this game than any other. Their familial bond would likely also help her reach out to her daughter from the Genie Realm in order to inform her of the danger and kick-start the plot.
  • The mysterious light is also quick to reassure Shantae that her mother is alive and well in the Genie Realm and loves her very much, tells Shantae how proud they are of her selflessness, and that her family is "not as far away as (she) thinks.
    • This troper has considered that, too, but then why wouldn't she just tell Shantae? You could say she kept quiet about it at first because she needed her to destroy the Genie Realm without hesitation if it came to that...but the voice speaks to her again during the ending, after the threat of that has passed, and she still only acts as a messenger from her mother.
    • Simple - it's because she has to return to the Genie Realm. For her to reveal herself only to leave immediately afterwards would just be cruel.
    • It's possible, but it still sounds a little too predictable. Risky tells Shantae that she's "just like her mother" (only shorter...and more annoying) in Pirate's Curse, whereas the genie speaking to Shantae here doesn't seem particularly like her, from what little we see of her. And if she were Shantae's mother, wouldn't Mimic have recognized her voice?
    • Mimic's kept information about Shantae's magical heritage secret from her before. It's practically par for the course for him at this point.

Shantae is the reason Risky Boots gets so much character development in The Pirate's Curse.
  • Risky has Shantae collect all the stray Dark Magic in her lamp and figures that her positive influence will change it back into Light Magic. Risky's the same ghoulish purple as the Genies she corrupts using the Dynamo, as well as Nega-Shantae, and is likely corrupted by dark magic herself. What's to say that Shantae's influence wasn't working its way through the magic corrupting Risky? They're traveling together for nearly the entire game, after all.
    • If this is true, then Shantae's lack of presence could be a key factor in why Risky snaps back to scheming so quickly for Half-Genie Hero - there's nothing actively fighting her corruption anymore.

Shantae is still riding off the magical high from the end of The Pirate's Curse, and that's why Half-Genie Hero feels so easy.
  • She's just gotten her magic back in a glorious surge and taken down the Pirate Master - a.k.a. the Biggest, Baddest Pirate that Sequin Land has ever known - practically on her own. Of course anything after that is gonna feel like a cakewalk!

Shantae was fighting Nega-Shantae from the inside at some points.
  • That would explain why the realms in which Shantae's friends were trapped in were actually not inescapable: Shantae had enough influence to make escaping them possible.
    • Likely confirmed - in the main game, we saw Shantae trying to convince herself to back down after she'd been corrupted, even before the arrival of her friends gave her the strength to actually accomplish it.

Scuttlebutt will lose his position as mayor.
  • After all, it's kind of his fault that Ammo Baron took over Scuttle Town, and that Holly stole everyone's memories.
    • He sold the town to the Ammo Baron because it was bankrupt and he needed to do something to keep it from falling apart. And Holly probably would've stolen everyone's memories whether the mayor had hired her or not. Now, he could be docked points for firing Shantae from her job in two different games, but he does rehire her both times by the end. And even Shantae acknowledges that he does care about the people of Scuttle Town.