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The Battletoads

    In General 
The franchise's titular trio, the Battletoads. They reappear 25 years later after being found inside an underground bunker living in a simulation. After living in poverty and with no respect, they decide to look for the Dark Queen to defeat her again and restore their fame and reputation.
  • Ambiguously Related: A Running Gag in the reboot brings up on whether the Toads are brothers or not since they never talk about it.
  • Was Once a Man: The original backstory of the Battletoads, all three of them were formerly human video game testers working for the Psicone Corporation who got permanently trapped inside of the virtual world of the Battletoads video game they were working on thanks to sabotage by he game's jealous creator.
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    Rash 

Rash

Alter ego: Dave Shar

Voiced by: Eric Bauza (2020)

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The cool one, he's vain, egocentric, glory-seeking and the one that convinces the others to find and defeat the Dark Queen again to restore their reputation.


  • Attention Whore: In the reboot, he admits to the others he wanted to become famous as they did in the past despite they're just propaganda for the Topians.
  • Cool Shades: Rash is almost never seen without them.
  • The Face: While Zitz is the team's actual leader, Rash is arguably the most well-known of the Battletoads due to his trademark Cool Shades and Totally Radical demeanor.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The arcade game portrayed Rash as being the fastest of the trio.

    Zitz 

Zitz

Alter ego: Morgan Ziegler

Voiced by: Ryan Ridley (2020)

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The team leader. A tech expert and the most grumpy of the group. He's been playable in all of the series' games save for Battlemaniacs, in which he was kidnapped by Silas Volkmire


  • Continuity Nod: He mentions that he was captured once before in the 2020 Reboot.
  • Genius Bruiser: Arguably the smartest of the 'toads, and just as good at fighting as the other two.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In the arcade game, Zitz as presented as the "average" Battletoad, stronger than Rash (but not as fast) and faster than Pimple (but not as strong). The 2020 Reboot seems to have him trade this role with Rash, becoming something of a Lightning Bruiser instead.

    Pimple 

Pimple

Alter ego: George Pie

Voiced by: Echo Kellum (2020)

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The muscle, he's also a pretty calm and sensitive guy.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: The most gentle member of the team who can fly into unbridled rage when pushed to far.
  • The Big Guy: Easily the largest of the toads.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's definitely not the brightest of the toads, but he more than makes up for it with his brute strength.

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    Professor T. Bird 

Professor T. Bird

The Battletoads' mentor. An eccentric anthropomorphic Vulture who helps guide the Battletoads in their battle against the Dark Queen.


  • Good Is Not Nice: Sure, he helps the Battletoads, but that won't stop him from making jabs at them (or their foes) when they fail.

The Dark Queen's Forces

    The Dark Queen 

The Dark Queen

Voiced by: Siobhan Hewlett (2020)

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The primary villain of the series. An immortal sorceress wielding dark and powerful magic who leads an army of mutant animals, robots and other creatures in her quest to conquer the universe. In the 2020 reboot, it's revealed that she was stripped of her powers by a alien race with cosmic powers known as the Topians and forced to work for them by making monsters and releasing them to cause chaos and destruction.


  • Adaptational Modesty: Her original design was of a femme fatale in a tight, strapless Leotard of Power with a black cape, in the reboot she's dressed more like a mad scientist.
  • Big Bad: Of most games except the reboot.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The Topians stripped her of her power in the reboot. At least until the end where they're tricked into giving it back.
  • Buxom Is Better: Her original design was particularly busty.
  • Enemy Mine: Forms a team-up with the Battletoads to fight the Topians.
  • Evil Brit: Has a noticeable British accent in the reboot.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She's called The Dark Queen for a reason.
  • Hartman Hips: Her reboot design, not that her original design was lacking in the hips department.
  • Playing with Fire: In Battletoads and Double Dragon, she attacks by throwing fire balls and transforming into a patch of fire that moves along the ground, damaging the Battletoads or Lee brothers on contact.
  • Spin Attack: In the original game, she transforms into a tornado and spins around the stage to attack the Battletoads.
  • Will-o'-the-Wisp: She transforms into a glowing wisp-like energy form to move around the arena during her fight in ''Battlemaniacs", and after her defeat.

    Robo-Manus 

Robo-Manus

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A monstrous cybernetic mutant armed to the teeth with deadly weapons. One of the Battletoads' deadliest foes, he serves as one of the Dark Queen's main bodyguards and is likely her second in command.
  • Arm Cannon: Artwork for Robo-Manus usually depicts him with a pair of blaster cannons mounted on his forearms. He actually uses them in the Gameboy game.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: While Robo-Manus is one of the taller characters in the series by default, especially in the Gameboy game, his appearance in the arcade game takes it Up to Eleven, with him clocking in at 76' 8" tall and weighing 12,931 lbs for his appearance as the final boss. He's shown in another gargantuan form during the flashback in the reboot comic.
  • Backpack Cannon: He has one in the arcade game which launches a spread of three projectiles upward. He also seems to have one that functions as a mortar in the Gameboy game.
  • Co-Dragons: With Big Blag.
  • Combat Tentacles: He's regularly depicted with some kind of metallic tentacles growing from the cracks of his shoulder plating in his character artwork, though he never uses them in-game.
  • Cyber Cyclops: He's typically depicted with a Cylon-like visor with a red or purple light serving as an eye. His appearances in Battletoads and Double Dragon and the arcade game give him a more angular visor with two eyes.
  • The Dragon: While he shares the role with Big Blag, Robo-Manus is definitely the more dangerous of the two. Further supported by the fact that he serves as the final boss in the Dark Queen's stead in the Gameboy game and the arcade game.
  • Eye Beams: He can fire lasers from his visor in Battletoads and Double Dragon. It's also implied that he does this as his final parting shot in the arcade game.
  • Final Boss: In the Gameboy and arcade games.
  • Goomba Stomp: He's notorious for this, especially in the original game where him landing on the player amounts to a One-Hit Kill.
  • I Shall Return: Declares "I'll be back!" after his defeat in the arcade game. The new reboot-based comic shows that he indeed made good on that promise, as he's shown fighting the Battletoads in a flash back prior to the events of the reboot.
  • Long Neck: Barring the NES and arcade games, he has an extensible, ball-jointed neck that allows him to swing his head about freely. Mainly seen in Battletoads & Double Dragon, but he also seems to have it in the Gameboy game as well as severalpieces of artwork.
  • Long-Range Fighter: He fights almost exclusively at range using his varied arsenal. That doesn't stop him from occasionally stomping on the 'toads though.
  • Made of Iron: Perhaps literally. He's capable of fighting on even after he's been dismembered and even decapitated, as demonstrated in the Gameboy and arcade game. He also returns in Battletoads & Double Dragon none the worse for wear after being completely blown apart in the Gameboy game prior.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a cybernetic mutant monster infused with the Dark Queen's Black Magic, referred to as a "Mutant Biogen" species-wise in the game's lore..
  • Shoulders of Doom: One of his recurring features. Often featuring some grotesque fleshy brain-like tissue that can be seen through the cracks in his armor.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts this on the Battletoads at the end of the arcade game by critically-damaging their Space-Cruiser with before exploding. Of course, the Battletoads survive because they're the heroes.
  • Turns Red: In every game he's in. Whether it's changing the pattern of his attack, jumping faster and more often, or simply increasing the speeed at which he attacks, Robo-Manus always seems to fight much harder as he nears defeat.
  • Verbal Tic: BZZT He hasz a particularly FZZT noticeable one.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He suffers a complete systems breakdown after his brain takes enough damage in the arcade game, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, offering a cup of coffee and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas before exploding.
  • Walking Arsenal: Blaster cannons, visor blasts, missiles, exploding drones, hand-flung electric fire balls and mortar blasts all seem to be a part of Robo-Manus' built-in arsenal.
  • What Could Have Been: Concept art for Robo-Manus shows he had a smaller, less-monstrous humanoid form resembling RoboCop, as well as his sprite in the original NES game. Additional concept art for an unreleased toy indicates that he would've undergone a horrific mutation (complete with his torso splitting in half to become his signature Shoulders of Doom) into his more recognizable form for battle. This was likely left out of the earlier games due to technical limitations at the time.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Rare could never seem to settle on a specific design for Robo-Manus, leading to him looking rather different in each subsequent game. Possibly justified in that he's likely getting rebuilt/improved upon each time he's destroyed by the 'toads.

    Big Blag 

Big Blag

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A stout, obese mutant rat with a morning star tail who leads the Dark Queen's mutant rat pack. The second of the Dark Queen's bodyguards.


  • '80s Hair: Big Blag has what can best be described as a cross between a mullet and a pompadour.
  • Acrofatic: Big Blag is a lot more agile than he looks, and is capable of jumping very high. Used in tandem with his weight to crush the 'toads underneath him
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: His most stand-out feature apart from his immense girth is the spiked morning star at the end of his tail, which he appropriately uses like a flail.
  • Counter-Attack: In the arcade game. Attempting to strike Big Blag with a smash hit a second time will usually result in him yelling "Sucker!" before immediately striking the player with his morning star tail.
  • Dumb Muscle: While Big Blag is strong, his profile information states that he can't count or use a yardstick.
  • Fat Bastard: He's a fat, greasy-looking rat that loves brawling with and stomping on the 'toads.
  • Goomba Stomp: One of Big Blag's main attacks is leaping on and crushing the 'toads with his immense bulk.
  • Inflating Body Gag: After being defeated in his giant form in the arcade game, his belly button pops out and he begins to fly around the room as he deflates back to his normal size.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In the arcade game. Big Blag's capable of delivering hits surprisingly fast and rolling around the arena to attack the 'toads.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Big Blag gains the ability to grow to an immense size in the arcade game.
  • Stout Strength: Big Blag is nearly as muscular as he is fat, and he's more than capable of brawling with the Battletoads.
  • Turns Red: Literally as well in the Arcade game. His jumps become much quicker and harder to avoid after he's been roughed up a bit

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The Topians

    UTO and PIA 

The primary antagonists of the 2020 reboot. A pair of egomaniacal, hedonistic cosmic entities that, like the Dark Queen, seek to conquer the universe.


  • Big Bad: Of the Reboot.
  • Evil Is Petty: They want to conquer the universe because... because they are powerful and they want to.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Their overall attitude towards the Dark Queen.


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