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    Shantae 
  • The game's opening is one for both Shantae and Risky. Shantae singlehandedly fends off a pirate attack and saves the burning Scuttle Town, but Risky gets away with her real objective, Mimic's Steam Engine.
  • After Shantae beats the fourth dungeon, Risky sheds her genie disguise, ties her up, and absconds with the Stones needed to power her steam engine.
  • Shantae storms Risky's volcano hideout alone and not only manages to take out a huge chunk of her Tinkerbat forces, but also stops the Tinkertank from rolling into Scuttle Town before it even starts, followed by a fierce fight with Risky. And after she does all of that, she also escapes the volcano hideout as it erupts! Not bad for a half-genie 'scrawny kid'!

    Shantae: Risky's Revenge 
  • The ending is a big one for Risky Boots. She manages to force Shantae to surrender the magic seals and stalls her with a fight against her repaired ship until her plan really hits its stride. She uses the Magical Lamp to steal Shantae's genie half and to make it fight Shantae. Even when the genie half is destroyed by fight's end, Risky escapes unharmed and leaves Shantae as a nearly powerless human...
  • Shantae manages to defeat her genie half with nothing but her hair whip ability and any items the player may have at that point.
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    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse 
  • The Pirate Master offers you a devil's choice, either to give up the magic that you spent so long to collect, whereupon he will use it to destroy you, or give up Risky Boots. Seems like being caught between a rock and a hard place... Until you remember WHOSE magic you were collecting.
  • When she does choose to "give up" the magic, Her normal powers are restored, and her attacks are so powerful, they do 999 damage per hit in the final part of the fight! Note that Shantae, with nothing but the magic of a half-genie, manages to do what the entirety of the genie species couldn't.
    • And Risky Boots gets in on the action by firing a gigantic cannon at him.
    • Regarding Risky, she couldn't even take a single Cacklebat on her own at the start of the game. The endgame areas between Ammo Town and Sequin Palace were presumably still full of the tougher monsters seen after the Pirate Master set up shop, and she likely wasn't feeling her best due to whatever she experienced during her captivity. All that, and she still made it back to town in time to help demolish her former boss.
    • Also regarding Risky - it's likely that the targeting module is still damaged, thanks to Bolo botching the job on Frostbite Island. Risky either fixed it herself ... or is calculating for the offset in real time, completely eyeballing those shots!
    • Give the Pirate Master credit too; IT TAKES A LOT TO PUT HIM DOWN. At a FRACTION of his full power. Yikes.

    Shantae: Half-Genie Hero 
  • Every Boss Battle has Shantae herself telling you to Attack Its Weak Point Gradius style as the Boss Subtitles appear and the epic boss theme starts playing. Enough to rile up the player.
  • The fights against the Barons of Sequin Land are nothing short of awesome. After three games you finally face nearly every single one of them in direct combat:
    • Ammo Baron is fought after trying to heist magic carpets. The catch? Unlike Pirate's Curse he doesn't hop into some sort of war machinery as one would expect, but rather uses a magic powered uniform to fly and command his army to fight Shantae directly.
    • Squid Baron makes his returns as the creature summoned by Hypno Baron.
    • Hypno Baron is finally fought directly here and he uses his magic to devastating effect especially when tag teaming with Squid Baron against Shantae.
  • Though you don't fight Techno Baron directly this time, the battle against his titanic captive Giga Mermaid makes up for it, especially in the second round where she's trying to crush you with her own body, smash you with her tail, and zap you with magical lasers.
  • The first part of the Final Boss battle has a mano-a-mano showdown between Shantae and Risky Boots, in which Risky pulls out all the tricks from Pirate's Curse!
  • After completing the Dynamo, Shantae becomes Drunk on the Dark Side when Risky's plan to trick her into getting the wrong plans plays out. Just when it looks like Nega-Shantae is going to cover Scuttle Town in dark magic, all of Shantae's friends use The Power of Friendship to pull her back from the depths of darkness.
    • Didn't like how it was defeated in an Offscreen Moment of Awesome? In the Friends To The End campaign, Guess what? You're playing that moment!
  • It stands to reason that in Pirate Queen's Quest, you'd fight Shantae as the final boss - and you do. But she pulls tricks with her transformations that the player would never be allowed to use, and it is amazing.
    • The same fight is reused for Nega-Shantae in Friends To The End and it is just amazing, if not even more suspenseful as you have less health this time.
  • After three games of having his discoveries and inventions stolen, sabotaged, and used against him, Mimic manages to reverse-engineer a device that helps undermine Risky's latest scheme and single-handedly saves the Genie Realm from destruction.

    Shantae and the Seven Sirens 
  • This game gets its own animated opening. Animated by the folks over at Studio Trigger, whose notable claim to fame are Little Witch Academia and Kill la Kill, and Lab Zero Game's Indivisible, among other projects.
    • While the in-game cutscenes are handled by a different company, it's still mesmerizing to watch Shantae and her friends animated in a game like this. It goes extra if you were a person who hoped Half-Genie Hero would have enough funding to get its in-game animated cutscenes. Not every cutscene is treated to animation, but when they do happen, it's a treat to watch.
  • Shantae being so determined to save the other Half-Genies, even when everyone is telling her to stay put for her own safety. Doubles as heartwarming.
  • At the end of the game, Shantae has to face off against the restored Empress Siren. After defeating her relatively human form, she goes full power and grows into an insanely large and powerful form. Thanks to the power of the other half-genies, however, and a Batman Gambit from Risky Boots, Shantae was able to defeat even this monstrosity by herself. Afterwards, the Empress falls after the half-genies (and Rottytops) regained their magic and life force back. Shantae, still being as much of an All-Loving Hero as she was, rescues Risky from a watery grave, much to the chagrin of Sky.
    • Even the preceding events to this fight was awesome by itself. Risky's disguise as the Mayor of Arena Town was absolutely foolproof in contrast with her Guardian Genie disguise from the GBC title, leading to Shantae being trapped in a cage. Then the rather emaciated Empress uses the little life force she absorbed from the Half-Genies (and Rottytops) to rob Risky of nearly all her life force, returning to her physical and magical prime. She then orders her entire army of Sirens to attack the island. In what seems to be a portion of Controllable Helplessness, Shantae uses a Quake Dance(or any dance) to annihilate the Siren army and free herself, setting up the final battle between the Half-Genie Hero and the Queen of the Sirens.
  • Give the sirens credit as well. They came up within a hair of winning and if it hadn't been for the Lobster Siren going to Shantae's side, they would have blown up the island and everyone on it.


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