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The N-Team

    Kevin Keene 

Kevin Keene

The main hero of the show, Kevin is a boy from our world who got zapped into Videoland one day. As the daring Captain N, Kevin works to help save Videoland with the help of his Power Pad and NES Zapper.
  • Academic Athlete: On top of being the one people went to for help with school assignments, he was a member of his high school's junior varsity swim team before warping into Videoland. He's also shown to be decent at football as well.
  • Adorkable: Before being transported to Videoland, he was seen as "that video game whiz" or "computer wimp" by his high school peers, despite his athletic capabilities. He was also bullied and beat up by his old friend-turned-rival. He still has his moments as Captain N, particularly when around Princess Lana.
  • Calling Your Attack: Whenever Captain N uses the pause button he'll almost always call out "Pause" or "I'll hit pause!" or some variation.
  • Captain Superhero: As the Game Master, Kevin's title is "Captain N".
  • Context-Sensitive Button: The pause button on Kevin's Power Pad would freeze different people and things depending on the needs of the moment. Similarly, the arrow keys could move just him, move everybody around him, or turn him into a morph ball with no discerning changes to his command.
  • Genre Savvy: One of Kevin's greatest advantages was that he had played all of these games and knew all of the shortcuts, enemy weaknesses and strategies. Even if it's something he couldn't possibly know from playing Nintendo games, like where warp zones between disparate games are. Kevin even seems to know everything about games released after he entered Video Land.
  • Godlike Gamer: As the name suggests, this is about the NES gamer Kevin Keene, who's warped into a NES-fantasy world where he becomes The Chosen One as told by prophecies. Knowing about these games, Kevin soon known as Captain N, uses his knowledge and gaming skills to become The Ace and The Hero who'll free Videoland from Mother Brain. He's armed with a NES controller that can hack the world and a Zapper as his main weapon against pixel creatures.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the first episode, Kevin is allowed to go home, but stays after realizing he would go back to a boring life with a nagging mother.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Kevin says things to this effect a lot. With varying degrees of accuracy.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lana explains at the end of "The Big Game" that when Kevin's friends were sent back to Earth they'd have no memory of Videoland, unfortunately the same applies to Kevin if he ever leaves Videoland.
  • Love Triangle: Kevin and Simon are both interested in Lana. In the comic both Lana and Samus are after Kevin.
  • Medium Awareness: A rare, serious version of the trope which avoids crossing the fourth wall. In "Metroid Sweet Metroid", Kevin believes he's found a warp that will take him home. However, the show's opening depicts him in live-action before entering videoland to begin with. Kevin realizes he's been fooled because he's still an animated cartoon.
  • More Than Mind Control: Astos, the antagonist of The Fractured Fantasy of Captain N, was clearly not only using mind control to take control of Kevin, but also his envy of the Prince of Final Fantasyland's luxurious lifestyle. Kevin even says "I learned my lesson" once he returns to normal.
  • Refusal of the Call: Well, Kevin tries, anyway, but The Call cuts him off pretty fast. Especially when returning home means taking out the garbage, horror of horrors!
  • Story-Breaker Power: Kevin can stop time and gains super speed with his Power Pad. Of course he tends to forget about his powers most of the time.
  • Totally Radical: Considering this first aired in 1989 going into the early 90's, Kevin's dialogue is embarrassingly littered with words like this.
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    Princess Lana 

Princess Lana

The acting sovereign of Videoland, Princess Lana isn't from any particular video game. She wants to help rescue her missing father, King Charles, from the dimension he is imprisoned in.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her navel.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Lana is running Videoland in the absence of her father, King Charles, mostly to provide a convenient love interest for Kevin.
  • Love Triangle: Kevin and Simon are both interested in Lana, even though it's made pretty clear that she has strong feelings for Kevin. In the comic both Lana and Samus are after Kevin.
  • Original Generation: Lana isn't from any game, although she is loosely based on Palutena from Kid Icarus.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Lana's outfit is mostly pink, with white trim.
  • Princesses Rule: Princess Lana is the only ruler in Videoland. Her father is still alive, he's just trapped in another dimension.

    Mega Man 

Mega Man

The hero of the Mega Man (Classic) series, Mega Man is a short robot built by Dr. Right to protect Megaland.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: One of the weirdest examples ever in "The Big Game". Mega Man wears a helmet when doing extreme sports like his teammates, even though he obviously has on a helmet that he never takes off.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Mega Man in the episode "Happy Birthday, Megaman", since his third birthday (or "turned-on" day) reminds him that he's different from humans. By the end of the episode, he actually becomes alive, and it's revealed that Mega Girl also passed the test to access the Warp of Life. This is never mentioned again.
  • Verbal Tic: Mega Man adds "mega-" to the beginning of a lot of words.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Mega Man has a very raspy voice that sounds more like it belongs to a lifetime chain smoker rather than a child. It's probably meant to be reminiscent of early speech synthesizers, but it's really not.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In Mega Man, Mega Man is blue. In Captain N, he is green instead, and his helmet is also given a visor.

    Kid Icarus 

Kid Icarus

The hero from Kid Icarus (although his name is actually Pit in that game). Kid Icarus acts as the team's long-range attacker and archer hailing from Mount Icarus.

    Simon Belmont 

Simon Belmont

The hero of the first two Castlevania games, Simon Belmont is an expert vampire hunter, though in the show he's more the bumbling comic relief. He's also the great-grandson of Trevor Belmont.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Simon gained a few of these for comedic effect. In the episode "I Wish I Was a Wombatman", a short, blonde haired and blue eyed octopus with an hourglass figure fell in love with him the moment he expressed an interest in acting. She gave him a hug, a wink and chased after him so she could kiss him. A heavy set female gorilla also fell for Simon and wanted to smooch in the episode "Queen of the Apes."
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the games, Simon was so badass that he single-handedly traversed through a demonic hell castle, killed Dracula, then brought him back to life so he could kill him again. In contrast to his game persona, Simon is more of a cowardly blowhard and a buffoon with occasional moments of competency, whose magic whip is more competent than he is.
  • Adventurer Outfit: Simon wears a pilot's outfit, with goggles and a backpack.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: In the episode "Mega Trouble for Megaland", Medusa seduces Simon with her sexy voice alone to the point where he is ready to kiss her sight unseen. Once he does see how ugly she is, Simon turns to stone.
  • Butt-Monkey: Simon is subject to numerous pratfalls and humiliation on a regular basis.
  • Camp Straight: He's very flamboyant, but openly has an interest in Princess Lana.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's definitely the comic relief, but Simon still gets the occasional moment of cleverness or badassitude.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde
  • The Drag-Along: Quite a turnaround from the guy that risked his life against the legions of darkness by himself, eh?
  • Large Ham
  • Love Triangle: Kevin and Simon are both interested in Lana.
  • The Rival: Simon of course considers himself this for Kevin, although his actual ability to measure up to the Game Master is minimal.
  • Rule of Funny: The reasoning behind making bad-ass vampire killer Simon Belmont into a cowardly ego-maniacal doofus, among other changes.
  • Team Prima Donna
  • You Don't Look Like You: Probably the most extreme example in the N-Team. In Castlevania, Simon Belmont dresses as a Barbarian Hero, complete with Barbarian Longhair. In Captain N, he wears an Adventurer Outfit and has short hair. This isn't a simple color change like Mega Man; just about the only thing the two versions of Simon have in common is the whip.

    Duke 

Duke

Kevin's pet dog, Duke was pulled into Videoland with him and becomes part of the N-Team.
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    Game Boy 

Game Boy

A Sixth Ranger added to the team later on, Game Boy is destined to be the most powerful hero in Videoland. He doesn't do much to back up this description.
  • Informed Ability: The King sends GameBoy to join the team because he believes he will one day be Videoland's greatest hero, but GameBoy never does anything to make you think the King could be right.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Game Boy is a handheld game console acting as a sidekick.

    Samus Aran 

Samus Aran

"Remember... I can do a lot worse than send you to prison, boys!"
Only appearing in the Valiant Comics adaptation, Samus is the heroine of the Metroid games and acts as a rival for Lana, often trying to sabotage her to win Kevin's affections.
  • Batman Gambit: Taken to hilarious heights in the 'Captain N Comics' when she, at one point, caught off-guard by 'Big-time' Brannigan, sabotages her own gun to back-fire, knowing he'll want the Dramatic Irony of finishing the best bounty hunter in the guild with her own side-arm. He's promptly maimed and Aran escapes. Another time, she tricks Mother Brain into handing over a more substantial bounty for turning on her allies, then she promptly betrays her, steals the Applied Phlebotinum that was the main objective of their mission and rescues her friends on top of all that! Leaving Mother with nothing! Fittingly, her character is more of an Expy combination of both Han Solo and Boba Fett.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the Veronica to Lana's Betty.
  • Foot Popping: Samus Aran, of all characters, does this in the comic A King Of Shreds And Patches, when a thirty-year-old Kevin (of a Bad Future) kisses her. While she's in full armor, no less.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the comics Samus almost goes ahead with some pretty questionable stuff to win Captain N's affections. In one issue where she and Princess Lana are in jail, she almost leaves Lana there when escaping. In another she ends up in the Bad Future and rejoices that Lana is gone and she can have Kevin all to herself, despite the fact that the bad guys have taken over every world except the garbage planet where Kevin now lives, and by not going back in time and changing one thing she's screwing over everyone in Videoland. She does go back in the end.
  • Love Triangle: In the comic both Lana and Samus are after Kevin.
  • Samus Is a Girl: When the N Team first meets Samus in the comic, they're surprised when she takes off her helmet.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Gloriously averted - Samus was depicted much more accurately than any of the other heroes, with her design resembling her appearance on Metroid's promotional art.

Forces of Chaos

    Mother Brain 

Mother Brain

The main villain of the Metroid series, Mother Brain rules the planet Metroid in the show and is constantly thinking up ways to take over the Palace of Power.
  • Big Bad: She's the main villain of the series.
  • Genre Savvy: One of Mother Brain's early plans was to research the real world Kevin and find a game he wasn't good at, thus removing Captain N's Genre Savvy. She finds that Kevin can't beat The Adventures of Bayou Billy, and sends him to its Videoland counterpart, Bayou Land. It almost worked, until Bayou Billy showed up.
  • Large Ham: Mother Brain, who was even given a face to facilitate this.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Mother Brain's voice actor is Levi Stubbs, a man.
  • Running Gag: Mother Brain's reflection blowing her a raspberry. In later episodes, doubles as a Continuity Nod.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Levi Stubbs voices Mother Brain in a manner that evokes this trope.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Mother Brain's "Metroid Mirror" apparently allows her to see anything the writers needed her to.
  • Terrible Trio: King Hippo and the Eggplant Wizard, with Mother Brain as the "boss" figure.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Mother Brain may not be as dangerous as her Metroid counterpart, but she is treated as a genuine threat by the characters. Her minions, Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo however, are total failures whose antics provide most of the show's slapstick humour. Mother Brain both verbally and physically abuses the pair constantly.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In the original Metroid, Mother Brain has narrow white eyes embedded into her brain, along with small spikes and a pair of elephant-like tusks. In Captain N, her brain looks like a normal human brain without any spikes or tusks, while she now sports a distorted human face (with eyes, lips, and teeth) stretched out and suspended in front of her brain.

    King Hippo 

King Hippo

An enemy boxer from the Punch-Out!! series, he's Mother Brain's main muscle. King Hippo isn't too bright.
  • Adaptational Villainy: King Hippo appears as one of Mother Brain's henchmen; in Punch-Out!!, he was hardly as mean as Little Mac's other opponents, even offering him out to lunch.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In Punch-Out!!, King Hippo was a behemoth to fight against, but in Captain N, he received this treatment due to policies about throwing punches in a kids cartoon.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Despite appearing human, he has blue skin.
  • Butt-Monkey: King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard suffer indignity after indignity, thanks to their own ineptitude, and Mother Brain's treatment of them.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo suck at their jobs, constantly screwing up. At one point Mother Brain even fires them.
  • Terrible Trio: King Hippo and the Eggplant Wizard, with Mother Brain as the "boss" figure.
  • You Don't Look Like You: King Hippo almost matches his in-game counterpart from Punch-Out!!, but has blue skin for some reason. It would have been forgivable if they didn't show Kevin fighting him in Punch-Out!! during the intro.
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    Eggplant Wizard 

Eggplant Wizard

An annoying enemy from the Kid Icarus series, the Eggplant Wizard acts as Mother Brain's magician and uses his magic to stymie the N-Team.
  • Ascended Extra: in Kid Icarus, Eggplant Wizards were but regular Underworld enemies who could change the player into an eggplant; in Captain N he's one of Mother Brain's henchmen.
  • Butt-Monkey: King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard suffer indignity after indignity, thanks to their own ineptitude, and Mother Brain's treatment of them.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Eggplant Wizard (whose reason for existing in Kid Icarus was to turn you into an eggplant) only ever turns someone into an eggplant once, and he has to call on a genie to do it. He uses magic based around all other forms of fruits and vegetables throughout the series, but for some reason, none of those are ever eggplants.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo suck at their jobs, constantly screwing up. At one point Mother Brain even fires them.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In one episode, the Eggplant Wizard (disguised as a TV repairman) even used a mushroom to transform into a giant escape pod so he and King Hippo (also disguised) can escape from the Palace of Power after figuring out Kevin's greatest fear.
  • Terrible Trio: King Hippo and the Eggplant Wizard, with Mother Brain as the "boss" figure.
  • You Don't Look Like You: A downplayed example. Eggplant Wizard's character artwork in Kid Icarus is much more detailed than in Captain N. However, his Captain N design closely resembles his more simplistic in-game sprite from Kid Icarus.

    Dr. Wily 

Dr. Wily

The main villain of the Mega Man series, Dr. Wily uses robots and several inventions in his attempts to take over the world, and assists Mother Brain on occasion. He's one of the more competent villains, but is foiled every time.
  • Evil Genius: Dr. Wily is an evil scientist who has created multiple sets of Robot Masters and reprogrammed Gameboy as a minion.
  • Herr Doktor: Dr. Wily speaks with a German accent in Captain N.

    The Count 

The Count

Also known as Dracula, the Count is the main villain of the Castlevania series and tangles with Simon Belmont frequently. He has a son named Alucard.
  • Public Domain Character: While he is based directly upon the villain of Castlevania, Dracula originated as the character from Bram Stoker's famous novel.
  • Vampire Vords: Like many depictions of Dracula, he speaks with a pronounced Romanian accent. As he proudly announces in the show's intro: "Velcome to Castlevania!"
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Has the ability to transform into a bat or disguise himself as the Poltergeist King.

    Donkey Kong 

Donkey Kong

The main villain of the Donkey Kong arcade game, Donkey Kong is about the size of King Kong in the show.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In a Shout-Out to King Kong, Donkey Kong is a giant in Captain N.
  • Killer Gorilla: He will attack pretty much anyone who enters Kongoland.
  • Wild Card: While Donkey Kong is typically an antagonist in Captain N and even teams up with the Forces of Chaos in "Videolympics", he is just as likely to be hostile towards Mother Brain and the other villains.

    Dragonlord 

Dragonlord

The main villain of Dragon Quest I, the Dragonlord is a ruthless dragon who plans to conquer Dragons' Den.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Three Men and a Dragon", the Dragonlord uses Mother Brain's hypnotic crystal to turn the other drgaons evil.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: Unlike the other nicer dragons of Dragons' Den, the Dragonlord is evil.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a deep and raspy voice, especially in "The Trojan Dragon".
  • Scaled Up: The Dragonlord appears in his draconic form, which was his One-Winged Angel form in Dragon Quest. Downplayed, since he never appears in his humanoid form in Captain N.
  • You Don't Look Like You: While the Dragonlord's dragon form had blue scales in the original NES game, he is depicted as red in Captain N.

    Kraid 

Kraid

A Space Pirate from Metroid, Kraid is a minor recurring villain who acts as one of Mother Brain's henchmen.
  • All There in the Script: Kraid is never referred to by name in the TV series itself, but a piece of concept art refers to one of his weapons (a gun stolen by Kevin in Metroid, Sweet Metroid) as "Kraid's Missile Gun", confirming that it is intended to be him.
  • Blade on a Stick: Kraid is frequently seen carrying a spear-like weapon.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: In Kevin in Videoland, Kraid is apparently killed when Kevin lands on him a la Goomba Stomp. He shows up again just fine in later episodes. Then again, respawning is probably a given for videogame mooks.
  • Depending on the Artist: Likely due to only being a minor character in the TV series, his comic counterpart is much more faithful to his original design from the Metroid 1 manual artwork.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: In the TV series, Kraid wears a hat and a tunic, but nothing below the belt.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Kraid has a single line of dialogue in Mega Trouble For Megaland, which is the only time he's ever been voiced in any media.
    Kraid: Work faster! Or you'll find out there's worse places to be than Mt. Mother Brain!
  • Trick Boss: In Mega Trouble For Megaland, two Kraids are visible on screen at once, which may have possibly been a reference to the "fake Kraid" Trick Boss in Metroid 1.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Based upon his design, you might expect him to have a deep-pitched dopey voice. But, in Mega Trouble For Megaland, he actually has a rather high-pitched raspy voice.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In the original Metroid, Kraid is an Exposed Extraterrestrial with yellow skin, spikes jutting out from his torso, and dark green fur on his backside. In Captain N, Kraid is a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal with orange skin, a green tunic, and a small tuft of very light green hair sticking out from under his purple hat. Unlike most examples of this trope in the Captain N series, this only applies to his TV appearance.

    Alucard 

Alucard

The Count's son, Alucard is a hipster skateboarder who helps the heroes—or so he says.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Alucard starts out on the heroes' side but proves to be a villain, which is a complete 180 from his characterization in the games.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Dracula acts like a traditional vampire while Alucard acts like a Totally Radical kid, which causes tension between the two.
  • Subverted Suspicion Aesop: A very abrupt one due to the short run time in "Return to Castlevania." Alucard is the Count's son, wait he's saving Kevin and Simon from the Count, oh wait never mind he's not. Keep in mind this happens over the span of two scenes.
  • Totally Radical: He talks in 80s slang, saying words like "dude" and "bummer". It definitely contrasts from his father.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Alucard has a traditional vampire appearance, looking rather similar to his father Dracula. In Captain N, Alucard dresses like an modern teen, has stylish blonde hair, wears bat wing-shaped sunglasses, and skateboards in his free time.

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    King Charles 

King Charles

Princess Lana's father, King Charles was imprisoned in another dimension. He sent the heroes Game Boy on one occasion to help them out.
  • Disappeared Dad: Lana's father, King Charles, is apparently trapped in some kind of alternate dimension. He shows up in one episode.

    Link 

Link

Link is the hero from the The Legend of Zelda games, more specifically the first two. He bears the same attitude and general appearance as he does in the The Legend of Zelda cartoon. Here he finally gets his long-awaited kiss from Zelda.
  • Jerkass: Link tended to be portrayed this way. As this was the same general team who had worked on the other Zelda cartoon that portrayed him this way, despite being different versions of the character and not an actual crossover, this is no surprise. In his defense, a lot of his Jerkass tendencies were prompted by jealousy. Once he knew Kevin wasn't a serious rival for Zelda's affections, he calmed down a lot.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When Link and Zelda arrive at the palace in "Having a Ball", they're announced as "Her Royal Highness the Princess Zelda of Hyrule and... uh... Link." Somewhat justified since Link doesn't have an official title.
  • The Rival: Link, as he was perhaps the only video game character who could be considered an equal to Kevin, although he and Kevin always worked together towards a common goal.

    Princess Zelda 

Princess Zelda

Zelda is the princess from the The Legend of Zelda games, more specifically the first two. She bears the same attitude and general appearance as she does in the The Legend of Zelda cartoon.
  • Bare Your Midriff: As part of her redesign from The Legend of Zelda, her outfit now exposes her navel.
  • Fisher King: Zelda is shown to be a reverse one of these in the episode "Having A Ball," when the theft of the Triforce causes both herself and Hyrule to begin dying.

    Ganon 

Ganon

Ganon is the villain from the The Legend of Zelda games, more specifically the first two. He bears the same attitude and general appearance as he does in the The Legend of Zelda cartoon. Having been killed some time between that show's end and Captain N's beginning, he's resurrected by Mother Brain in an attempt to foil the N-Team.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Averted in "The Quest for the Potion of Power." Mother Brain resurrects Ganon so that he will serve her, but he doesn't submit.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The very first instance of this trope in action by the Trope Namer, in fact. In Quest for the Potion of Power, Mother Brain resurrects Ganon thinking she could control him. It doesn't take and he ends up being the main villain for the rest of the episode.
    Mother Brain: You're supposed to work for me!
    Ganon: Ganon works for NO ONE!

    Mike Vincent 

Mike Vincent

A human from our world, Mike used to be Kevin's friend before they had a falling-out, and he became a bully to Kevin. The villains create an android replica of him to intimidate Kevin into giving up, but he's able to convince it to become friends.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In "The Most Dangerous Game Master", Dr. Wily's android looked identical to Mike Vincent from the neck down before they even knew about him.
  • Evil Former Friend: The villains didn't know Mike and Kevin used to be friends when they created an evil android based on Kevin's memories of him, so Kevin is able to make him do a Heel–Face Turn by reminding him of when they were friends.
  • Redemption Equals Death: The Mike Vincent android at the end of "The Most Dangerous Game Master".
  • The Rival: Mike Vincent is this to Kevin in the real world, though Mother Brain mistakes him for an enemy when she makes an android based on Kevin's memories of him. Kevin eventually convinces the Mike-bot that they're really just rivals, and used to even be friends, which leads to the Mike-bot making a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Technology Marches On: A self-aware badass android with 1000 whole megabytes of processing power!
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