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    Mister Traveler/Quote

The Playable Character. An amnesiac who awakes in a small cave in the depths of a strange island.


    Curly Brace 

Mimiga Ally
A mysterious young woman who seems to know a bit about our hero.

    Sue Sakamoto 

Looks up to her brother
A fiery young girl being pursued by the Doctor's henchmen.


The Leader

The leader of the Mimiga village and Toroko's brother-figure.
  • Always Someone Better: While he is a very powerful warrior, Arthur is always implied to be stronger and more celebrated. King is also said to be trying to prove he is just as strong.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective towards Toroko.
  • Backup from Otherworld: The fully upgraded Blade is less Mister Traveler launching Sword Beams, and more King's spirit swiping at anything he's targeting.
  • Cool Sword: And he passes it onto your hands after taking a fatal blow from The Doctor.
  • Face of a Thug: He certainly looks rather sinister, but he's a case of Good Is Not Nice at worst.
  • Glass Cannon: He beats Balrog, who is a Stone Wall, in a single blow. However, all it took was a single hit from The Doctor to defeat him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a nasty scar on across his face, which adds more to his Face of a Thug, but he's unarguably good.
  • I'll Kill You!: Utters this to Doctor when he meets him.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: As mentioned above, the third level power for the sword is not as much throwing the sword as it is sicking King's soul at the enemy.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted in that he's a good guy regardless of this trope applying for him. This is because Pixel confirmed that King indeed ate red flowers, but cooked them, which gave him strength but didn't turn him.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Is the leader and strongest resident of the Mimiga Village, but is killed off in the Sand Zone.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Which he got from eating cooked red flowers.


Misery's punching bag
A strange—if happy-go-lucky—monster under the command of the Doctor


The Doctor's servant

A young witch under the command of the Doctor.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Has a penchant for this. She transformed Sue and Itoh into Mimiga, and Balrog into Balfrog.
  • Boss Bonanza: With the Doctor and the Undead Core.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: When she made Ballos create the Demon Crown, he responded by forcing her to serve whoever wears it.
  • The Dragon: Technically shares this role with Balrog, but she's by far the most proactive of the two.
  • Demonic Possession: Is possessed by the Doctor in the final battle.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Basically the way that she reacts when the Doctor cheats death.
  • Evil Albino: Though she lacks the white hair.
  • Familiar: She's unwillingly bound to the wearer of the Demon Crown.
  • Forced into Evil: She's forced to obey whoever wears the Demon Crown. When freed, she quickly pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Appears to undergo one in the end, due to the Doctor betraying her. In the good ending, it's revealed that she sent Balrog to rescue Quote and Curly Brace from the Seal Chamber the moment Ballos was destroyed. Due to the fact that the Demon Crown can no longer regenerate now that he's dead, she doesn't have to follow orders from anyone else, and so she underwent a real Heel–Face Turn.
  • Jerkass: As a recurring enemy throughout the story, she's directly responsible for sending multiple characters (including Balrog) to the Labyrinth, and clearly enjoys some of her moments of reveling in what she does. The fact that she had the Demon Crown made in the first place cements this further, albeit with a case of Laser-Guided Karma. The best ending reveals her to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, however, when she near-immediately sends Balrog to save Quote and Curly from Ballos' chambers.
  • Karmic Transformation: For someone with a penchant for Baleful Polymorphs, it's fitting that she gets turned into a vaguely amphibious/reptilian form.
  • Just Following Orders: Overlaps with Forced into Evil.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • So the Doctor is not as dead as you thought, and is now an omnipotent Energy Being of pure evil? Clearly, the best course of action is to attack him in frustration!
    • The voice in the Sacred Grounds reveals that she's the one who created the Demon Crown in the first place. As Balrog points out in the ending, this makes her enslavement to whoever wears it a lot less sympathetic.
  • Living Weapon: She is one for whoever wears the Demon Crown.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her name is Misery, for crying out loud.
  • The Starscream: Heavily implied to have been one for her uncle Ballos.
  • Unexplained Recovery: From her Demonic Possession, in the credits.
  • Villain Teleportation: She sure loves to Teleport Spam during her boss fight.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark blue hair on her sprites and green hair on portraits, though later releases changed her hair in portraits to blue.

    The Doctor/Dr. Fuyuhiko Date 

The power-snatching betrayer

The cruel tyrant of the island. Formerly the research group's medic, he discovered the Demon Crown and went mad with power.

Important Characters

A Mimiga warrior, and Toroko's brother. He was killed by the Doctor.


Nice and Courageous
A young Mimiga and Sue's friend.

    Kazuma Sakamoto 

Sometimes reliable brother

Sue's older brother.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is mostly seen trapped in a warehouse whining, and his younger sister Sue beats the crap out of him often.
  • Dirty Coward: Of all the characters, Kazuma is the most cowardly. At the beginning of the game, he's begging for help from his little sister, who is in actual danger. Near the endgame, he decides to abandon the island, leaving behind his sister and the rest of his companions. Accepting his offer to go with him leads to the game's worst ending.
  • Distressed Dude: He's first met locked up inside a Bushlands shelter.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Both in his overworld sprite and portrait.
  • Mr. Fixit
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Has one on his left cheek.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.


Keeper of the Sand Zone

An old lady who lives in the Sand Zone. She has five lost puppies, and requests that the hero find them for her.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: She's just as powerful as Ballos and could have killed him when he lost his mind, ending the drama before it began... but she couldn't bring herself to kill him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She is Ballos' sister, and the one who sealed him away after he went out of control. She is also Misery's mother.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She's the same height as the hero, who's half the height of most humans.
  • Retired Badass: Again, she sealed Ballos. Assuming he was powerful back then as well, that must have required really strong magic.


The Mimiga-like coward engineer

A cowardly engineer transformed into a Mimiga.

    Professor Booster 

Sue's grandfather figure

The former research party's technician.
  • Jet Pack: He gives one to you over the course of the game.
  • The Professor: Of course.
  • Red Herring Mole: Professor Booster appears as a grumpy-looking, old scientist in a white coat wearing opaque, signal red glasses. It doesn't help that the game's main antagonist throughout the story is also a doctor in a white coat. Nonetheless he never switches sides, and even stays loyal until his death in one continuity of the game, giving away an item to the protagonist with his last bit of strength that he could otherwise have used to save himself.
  • Violation of Common Sense: There is a point where he falls and gets major injuries. Ignore him completely and he will come back alive and well with an improved Booster 2.0.

    Momorin Sakamoto 

Sue's mom

The mother of Sue and Kazuma.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Momorin's commentary on the Doctor trying to throw her off the island once she's done her job for him is to dryly retort about how "chivalry is dead, let me tell you," or to snark about how it was "not very nice" in the Nicalis translation. Sue definitely got a bit of her attitude from Momo.
  • Mama Wolf: Not that she could personally do anything about it herself, but Momorin does take particular offense to the Doctor taking Sue with intent to feed her red flowers with the rest of the Mimiga. Consequently, she near-immediately sends the One-Man Army that is Mister Traveler right to the Doctor's doorstep.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Doctor had Momorin tossed off the side of the island not long after the group's arrival, once she confirmed the existence and location of the red flowers. Somehow she survived just fine and snuck her way into the Plantation anyway, helping Mister Traveler directly in reaching the Doctor as a bit of payback.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, just like her son Kazuma and the human form of her daughter Sue.

Once Jenka's kind and loving brother, now a mad sorcerer trapped in the depths of the island.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Averted. His eyes keep proper colors no matter what direction he faces.
  • And I Must Scream: His powers are beyond even his control now, and has been living a long time with that in mind.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one during the first phase of your battle against him, and just like the Doctor, loses it at the second phase of the battle.
  • Boss Bonanza: Comes right after the Heavy Press.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: he was tortured until his massive magic reserves exploded and destroyed the city he loved. His mind couldn't take the strain. Since that moment, he's been a danger to himself and everyone else.
  • Death Seeker: He waits for the person who can finally kill him and subdue his powers.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While he's not directly commanding the Doctor, he created the Demon Crown, and as long as he's alive, the Demon Crown will always regenerate after being destroyed.
  • Hate Plague: His rage and insanity, coupled with his out-of-control powers, causes both the Demon Crown and Demon Flowers to exist.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The last thing he says to you before his death is "Now kill me... or I... shall kill you!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's extremely tough, deals a lot of damage with each hit, and surprisingly fast for his size in all forms.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Inverted. His magic is what's pulling the island down after the Core has been destroyed. Killing him causes the island to stop falling. Played straight when the walls of the room you fight him in start to close together after you beat him.
  • Mad God: Driven insane by the brutal torture his king subjected him to, he now lies within the island as his infinite powers continue to grow, waiting for someone to kill him (while he also tries to kill them). His powers have grown far out of his control and, coupled with his rage, have created a number of dangerous objects around the island as well as constantly pulling the island downwards.
  • Nice Guy: Used to be one. His sincerity and unfailing devotion to helping out his fellow people are what led to his jealous king sentencing him to insanity-inducing torture.
  • Nightmare Face: His last form is a giant ball with his face on it, with the eyes and mouth open, vacant, and filled with screaming red faces. It only gets worse in Halloween Mode.
  • Physical God: He possesses power far beyond normal beings.
  • Sequential Boss: You face his default form, then a giant version of his head, and finally a giant bloody version of his head.
  • Shock and Awe: One of his attacks is to rain down lightning bolts.
  • The Ageless: He cannot die naturally, instead needing someone to kill him.
  • True Final Boss: You only face him at the end of the "True Ending" route.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds



Rabid Mimiga who kidnapped Sue

A frenzied Mimiga. He kidnaps Sue in the Egg Corridor. It is implied he was the caretaker of the Dragon Eggs, as the 3DS version reveals the ID Card is his.
  • Degraded Boss: An identical frenzied Mimiga appears on The Balcony as a slightly stronger regular enemy, jumping higher and firing off more projectiles.


Machine-monster that lurks in the sand

A robotic monster that lives in the Sand Zone. Prior to its appearance, Misery was going to fight the hero. Upon noticing him about to rise from the sand, she leaves dealing with the hero to him.

    Puu Black 

Ghost in the clinic

A "ghost" that haunts an old clinic in the labyrinth.
  • Kaizo Trap: After killing him, it is still possible to take damage and even die if you touch his remaining bubbles.
  • Palette Swap: Of Balrog, for the most part. There are subtle differences between Balrog's sprite and Puu Black's.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled "Pooh Black" in the Aeon Genesis Fan Translation.

    Monster X 

Big boss in the labyrinth

A large "X" shaped tank that appears in the Labyrinth. Upon defeating it, the player can see who was driving it: A cat.

    The Core/Undead Core 

Heart of the island

A large, multi-segmented monster that lives in the center of the island. Its power keeps the island floating in the air. If it is destroyed, the island will fall. After defeating it the first time, it's about to be destroyed, but Misery and the Doctor arrive and save it. It becomes the Undead Core and is a possible Final Boss.


Big fish in the island's artery

A masked fish that lurks in the Waterway.

    The Sisters 

Twin dragon surprise attackers

A pair of dragons that attack the hero if he decides to pick up the missile upgrade in the destroyed Egg Corridor.

    Ma Pignon 

A tasty mushroom

A mischievous mushroom that lives in Mimiga Village's graveyard. He gives the hero the Mushroom Badge if he saves Curly and tells him about her amnesia. The badge itself does nothing; the actual cure is Ma Pignon himself. However, he won't go down without a fight.

    The Red Ogre/The Red Demon 

True heroes meet the...

A red monster that appears in Last Cave (Hidden). It's implied that this is the creature that Arthur drove away from Mimiga Village.
  • Bonus Boss
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Briefly mentioned by Jack in an optional dialogue in the Assembly Hall earlier in the game.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Barely averted, since he gets a optional mention. His appearance in the Last Cave (Hidden) is rather sudden, though.
  • Oni: What his design is based off of. His original Japanese name is even Akaoni (red oni).
  • Palette Swap: Of the generic enemy Droll.
    • The plus version takes it a step further and gives him a Head Swap as well, making him look more like an actual demon.
  • Spam Attack: Like the Drolls he throws blades, but he throws three at a time, pause, then three more, rinse and repeat.

    Heavy Press 

The swollen mech

A giant Press. It appears as a boss in Sacred Grounds.

A mysterious machine within the Wind Fortress that produces clones of Curly.
  • A.I. Breaker: The Mooks it spawns won't attack you when you stand on the block at the very left.
  • Bonus Boss: Boss of the Wind Fortress.
  • Mook Maker: Curly clones, to be precise. Naked ones, at that, which attack by grappling you




Mimiga Village's second-in-command. He guards the entryway to the graveyard.


The cowardly loner

A resident of the Bushlands. He lost his key, so he asks the hero to find it for him.


The colorful Mimiga
A Mimiga who resides in the Bushlands. The fireplace in her house contains a passageway that leads to the second half of the Bushlands.


Power Supply Bot

A robot that oversees the power room in the Bushlands. He helps break Kazuma out of a house.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Despite his initial aggression, Malco helps Mr. Traveler after the latter helps him out.
  • MacGyvering: He can make a bomb out of charcoal, gum, and jellyfish juice.
  • Robo Speak: In the fan-translation he SPEAKS IN ALL-CAPS ALL THE TIME.
  • Tin-Can Robot: He certainly gets crushed like one thanks to Balrog.


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