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    Ninten 
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Age: 12
Height: 5'0" / 152 cm
Weight: 92½lbs / 42 kg
Blood type: A
Hair color: Black
Defense: Light

A twelve-year-old American boy with a love of baseball. He lives with his mother Carol, his younger twin sisters Mimmie and Minnie, and their pet dog Mick on the northern outskirts of the town of Podunk, which is known as Mother's Day in Japan. He sets out to find the Eight Melodies and possibly uncover secrets about his mysterious great-grandparents. Not much information is given about his personality, but he seems to be a kind, brave kid, if with a bit of a temper. He occasionally suffers from asthma.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Saori Kumi's novel switches Ana and Ninten's hair colors. It turns out that there was a reason for that later on.
    • In the Japanese live-action commercial for MOTHER, he has brown hair.
  • Adaptation Name Change: He's known as "Ken" in the novelization. It is sometimes argued that this is due to Ninten being intended as a placeholder for the player rather than an official name.
  • The All-American Boy: He's a bat-wielding Everyman boy from a small American town.
  • All There in the Manual: According to Encyclopedia MOTHER, his favorite food is Prime Rib, loves penguins, and is a big fan of the San Francisco Giants.
  • Badass Adorable: Much like his fellow MOTHER-series playable characters, his adorableness hides the fact that he's skilled with bats and can beat you to death with them.
  • Barrier Warrior: He gets PSI Shield α and β, as well as Power Shield. α and β halve all damage, the former targets one ally and the latter targets all allies. Power Shield blocks and reflects all damage back to the attacker.
  • Batter Up!: Uses baseball bats as weapons.
  • Battle Boomerang: Although his main weapon type of choice is baseball bats, a savvy player will have him equipped with a boomerang instead for a large portion of the game. This is because the boomerang is the second-strongest weapon Ninten can equip; the strongest being Hank's Bat, which isn't obtained until the Mt. Itoi caves. The boomerang, however, can be bought fairly early in the game (Merrysville; and one can be obtained even earlier than that in a gift box in Queen Mary's Castle) and can be equipped by every party member, so you'll actually be spending most of the game having everyone use boomerangs instead of their personal specialty weapon types.
  • Berserk Button: Lying about his mother calling him is not a smart move, hippies.
    • According to the MOTHER 1+2 Fan Translation (which is generally more literal and polished than the official), the real reason why he gets so mad is because the hippie actually says he's a disgrace to his mother.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When his sisters get attacked by the lamp and doll during first few moments in game, he will endeavor to destroy whatever harms them to save them.
  • Combat Medic: He has a powerful physical attack stat, the strongest of all permanent members, but all of his PSI are assist and healing. He doesn't even get a Signature Move that deals massive damage like Ness's PSI Rockin or Lucas's PK Love. note 
  • Dimensional Traveler: 4th-D Slip (じげんスリップ, or "Dimension Slip" in Japanese) is most likely this, unless you take the "fourth dimension" to be time.
  • Escape Battle Technique: His signature PSI move, the aforementioned 4th-D Slip.
  • invokedFountain of Expies: His appearance (especially his trademark striped shirt) set the standard for MOTHER series protagonists.
    • Ness is the most obvious example, as he is almost an exact copy of him except with a yellow backpack, larger shirt stripes, and different color shoes and socks. As Ness is more well-known, this sometimes leads to confusion.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's asthmatic, and polluted air triggers it. This serves as a status ailment when fighting sentient trucks, which incapacitates him unless you have an asthma inhaler on you. He's still willing to fight aliens and save the world.
  • The Hero: Naturally; he's the series' very first.
  • Heroic Mime: The notable exception being the original Family Computer manual, which was written in first person (hence the constant use of "boku" and more information describing himself than his friends such as his age).
    • Also, in EarthBound Beginnings and MOTHER 1+2, he has a few brief lines of dialogue during the ending.
  • Hot-Blooded: At least in the novel.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Unlike Ness and Lucas in the sequels, Ninten isn't held back by a horrible Speed stat, and actually only gives the illusion of being a tank due to spending most of the game next to Lloyd and Ana, who both lean more towards the lightweight, fragile side. Ninten himself is as balanced as the game's engine allows for; aside from HP and PP, his base stats are all 5 across the board, with identical level-up growth rates to match. On the flipside, his PSI movelist is less well-rounded than Ness' or Lucas', being comprised exclusively of healing and supportive PSI, with no damaging techniques in sight. Unless Power Shield is counted as it reflects any damage that Ninten would normally have taken.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The novelization written by Saori Kumi portrays him as this.
  • Magic Knight: Has access to a wide selection of healing and assist PSI, as well as good physical attack and defense stats.
  • Nice Hat: The baseball cap that he convinced his dad to buy for him.
  • No Name Given: He was this originally. The name "Ninten" comes from what the manual named him in screenshots, which is based on Nintendo's own name and reused in strategy guides. Since the intention was for the main character's name to be up to the player's preference, the novelization gave him the name "Ken." MOTHER 1+2 also leaves his name out while providing defaults for the other three characters, suggesting that Ninten is basically a Permanent Placeholder. Thus, Japanese fans either refer to him as Ninten or Ken, while he's largely known as Ninten practically everywhere else. His sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl finally settled this and put "Ninten" as his Canon Name.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His outfit is entirely red, yellow, and blue.
  • Psychic Powers: Unlike Ana's, Ninten's PSI is mostly supportive, with moves like LifeUp, Healing, Telepathy, OffenseUp, DefenseUp, and PSI Shield.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Ninten states in the combat section of the original game's manual that he hates violence.
    Ninten: When you leave for an adventurous journey, you’re going to have to fight. I hate violence, but this is to protect my mom and sisters, so I guess I gotta.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: The live-action commercial for MOTHER has Ninten wearing a red neckerchief. Most fan artists tend to draw Ninten with this, sometimes with said commercial's different shirt pattern, in order to help distinguish him from Ness.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Lloyd's Sensitive Guy. He becomes the Sensitive Guy in comparison when Teddy takes the latter's place.
  • Signature Move: While he doesn't have a strong PSI ability that deals massive damage like his successors in EarthBound and Mother 3, a lot of Ninten's healing and supportive buffs are unique to him. Specifically, the PSI technique 4th-D Slip, which no one else in the entire series can use, is usually taken to be Ninten's equivalent to Ness's PSI Rockin and Lucas's PK Love. It allows the user a 100% chance of escaping from battles (meaning no experience points) at the cost of 16 PP - not quite the same as dealing damage to the enemy, but still very useful in a game with a high encounter rate like EarthBound Beginnings.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": A Japanese example. Ninten's name is written in either hiragana or katakana depending on the source (the screenshots in the instruction booklet and his sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl both use hiragana, but Encyclopedia MOTHER instead uses katakana). Overall, the hiragana spelling seems to be the most common.
  • Status Buff: Exclusive to him in the game is Offense Up, Defense Up, and Quick Up, which temporarily boosts him and his allies' offense, defense, and speed respectively.
  • Support Party Member: Although his physical attack power is the second-strongest of the four main characters by a significant margin, his PSI pool consists exclusively of support and recovery techniques.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Prime ribs, according to Encyclopedia MOTHER. This (along with Ninten's own name) is still left blank by default in MOTHER 1+2, and if one video of an ''Earth Bound'' cartridge is to be believed, "Pizza" was going to be the localization. According to the EarthBound Beginnings eShop trailer, the official localization is "Steak" to match the sequel.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Will end up getting one of these from a cop if he accepts a drink from a woman at the Live House. The cop will chastise Ninten for drinking under age, and arrest him and his friends. The cop also confiscates his weapon and you need to buy it back.
  • White Mage: Only has support and healing PSI.
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    Lloyd 
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Age: 11
Height: 4'10½" / 149 cm
Weight: 80lbs / 40 kg
Blood type: AB
Hair color: Gray
Time spent sleeping: 3 hours

An eleven-year-old boy genius from Merrysville, called Thanksgiving in Japan. Lloyd is brilliant, but is often bullied by his classmates for being a nerd and a weakling. From all the bullying, he developed a tendency to hide in trash cans to avoid confrontation. Despite this, he has a great deal of determination. Bullying had left him very shy and cowardly at the time of when he joins Ninten, but over the course of the game, he grows stronger and becomes more confident in himself.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was bullied by the other kids in his hometown simply for being a nerd. Their bullying was to the point where he hid himself in a trashcan, and it's implied that if Ninten hadn't found him, Lloyd would've eventually snapped from the constant torment.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the Encyclopedia MOTHER, he is one year younger than Ninten, has a dread of gym class, and likes rockets, science, computers, and Superman.
  • Badass Bookworm: After his Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Battle Boomerang: Although guns are his personal weapon type, for most of the game, a savvy player will actually have him equipped with a boomerang instead. This is because the boomerang is Lloyd's second-strongest weapon in the entire game, his strongest being the Air Gun, which can by purchased from the store in Youngtown.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In one scenario, he saves Ninten, Ana, and Teddy from being slaughtered by R•7038, but is too late to save the critically-wounded Teddy. He still manages to destroy R•7038, however.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets bullied a lot at school, and everyone calls him a weakling. When Teddy is recruited, the first thing he does is kick Lloyd out of the party. He finally gets his moment to shine via a Big Damn Heroes where he uses a tank to save Ninten, Ana, and Teddy from getting pulverized by R•7038.
  • Child Prodigy: According to MOTHER Encyclopedia, he made his first invention, the "Bathroom TV", when he was just four years old. He built a time machine for a science fair when he was eight (though no one knew it was him because he was hiding from bullies in a trash can). He also demonstrated an astounding memory, which allowed him to win first place at the Pan-American Concentration Convention, a contest that tested a person's intelligence.
  • Demolitions Expert: He is the only party member able to use explosive attack items such as bottle rockets and bombs. Notably, in the sequels, anyone is able to use bombs but in this game they are exclusive to Lloyd.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Was able to fix up the boat on Mt. Itoi. Also, see Child Prodigy above.
  • Geek Physiques: Referred to as a weakling by his peers, and even his own father! Also invoked by his overall low stats. Adding to this, the encyclopedia states that he hates gym class.
  • Heroic Albino: Never explicitly stated to be albino, however, fans like to portray him as this, given his white hair and poor eyesight.
    • Lloyd could be leucistic, as albinos are intolerant to the ultraviolet radiation of sunlight.
  • Item Caddy: Lloyd's party role. While he can't use PSI abilities like Ninten or Ana, and he can't quite reach the devastating physical damage output that Ninten and especially Teddy provide, there are a slew of powerful attacking items in the game that only Lloyd can use. His status as this is exemplified by the fact he has the highest Wisdom stat in the party, which increases the chance of items working successfully.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like Lloyd, his father can also be found hiding in a garbage can. The MOTHER Encyclopedia states that both Lloyd and his father have the same exact likes and dislikes, including food.
  • Lovable Coward: Ninten meets Lloyd hiding from bullies in a garbage can. He later gets over his cowardice through Character Development.
  • Meaningful Name: Lloyd's name comes from the Japanese "roidomegane", a term for "round glasses with thick plastic rims". This is believed to be named after Harold Lloyd. Additionally, Lloyd is a Welsh name meaning "grey", which matches the color of his hair on the clay model.
  • Momma's Boy: Implied. The MOTHER Encyclopedia stated that as a baby, he would let only his mother coddle him.
  • Nerd: Like his successor Jeff, Lloyd is one; the MOTHER Encyclopedia states he has a dread for gym class, loves all things related to science (and rockets), and his idol is Albert Einstein. He also has the weakest stats of the main party, though that can be solved through level-grinding.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: To the point where the MOTHER Encyclopedia states that nobody has ever seen his eyes, not even his own mother.
  • Optional Party Member: Technically this, but only if using a specific exploit in the Family Computer version involving having Pippi use Bread Crumbs to skip the melody collection. In normal gameplay, he is actually the only main party member who needs to be recruited to complete the game; a few key points, such as using the rocket in Duncan Factory to blow up the rocks blocking the train tracks, using the tank in Advent Desert, and activating the speedboat on Mt. Itoi to access EVE, cannot be completed without him.
    • Guest-Star Party Member: While the glitch allowing him to be skipped outright is no longer present from EarthBound Beginnings onward, with a little sequence-breaking, it's possible to keep Teddy through to endgame instead of Lloyd in any version of the game. It's also possible, by Teleporting or using the Onyx Hook at a very precise moment, to simply ditch Lloyd after completing Teddy's arc and ascend Mt. Itoi without him.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears a red T-shirt. He's also a main party member.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Ninten's Manly Man.
  • The Smart Guy: In Ninten's party. Besides being a Gadgeteer Genius, he is stated to be very intelligent.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": MOTHER merchandise lists his name as "Roid," but his sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl calls him "Lloyd". Tomato's retranslation of MOTHER also gives Lloyd as his default name. While unofficial, some parts of the fandom also interpret his name as "Loid." The eShop trailer for EarthBound Beginnings also confirmed it to be Lloyd.
  • Stun Gun: The first "gun" weapon available to him is a stun gun. Actually, it's one of only two. The other is the Air Gun, which is actually a gun whereas a stun gun is in fact not a gun.
  • Tank Goodness: In his Big Damn Heroes moment, he uses a rented tank to save his friends from R•7038, though he's unable to save the critically injured Teddy.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has a pair of three red dots, one on each cheek.

    Ana 
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Age: 12
Height: 4'8" / 143 cm
Weight: 79 lbs / 36 kg
Blood type: B
Hair color: Blonde
Zodiac sign: Capricorn

Sweet yet timid twelve-year-old Ana hails from the wintry town of Snowman, living in a church (called a "chateau" in the English version but is clearly meant to be a church) run by her pastor father. She wishes to look for her missing mother who had taken a trip to Youngtown (called Easter in the Japanese version) but never returned, however is afraid to because she had never ventured out of Snowman alone. She began to have trouble sleeping due to having odd dreams about a boy named Ninten, whom she joins forces with to find her mother when he and Lloyd did indeed show up at her home.


  • Action Girl: With her Frying Pan of Doom, as well as her Psychic Powers.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a brunette in the novelization.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: In the Encyclopedia MOTHER, she is stated to dislike using her powers.
  • All There in the Manual: According to Encyclopedia MOTHER, she is the same age as Ninten, never ventured out of her hometown alone, is deeply religious (one of her favorite possessions being a Bible), is a skilled piano player, collects stamps and envelopes, is a lover of all animals (she once released all the frogs set to be dissected at her school with her mind), and she's the only character in the entire series with a canon birthdate, December 23rd (it says she was born the night before Christmas Eve).
  • Badass Adorable: This adorable little girl in pink and pigtails has some powerful PSI.
  • Barrier Warrior: Like Ninten, she gets all of the shielding PSI, but learns them faster than he does.
  • Battle Boomerang: Although frying pans are her personal weapon type, for most of the game, a savvy player will actually have her equipped with a boomerang instead. This is because the boomerang is Ana's second-strongest weapon in the entire game, her strongest being the Iron Skillet, which isn't obtained until the Mt. Itoi caves.
  • The Chick: Of Ninten's party. She's feminine, very religious (in a good way), has a strong moral compass, pacifistic, and a very Nice Girl - all traits that a Chick would have.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Prior to the start of the game, Ana had been having dreams about Ninten, whom she joins forces with later.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Uses frying pans as weapons.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Only with her hat off. When it's on, she has a single ponytail.
  • Glass Cannon: She'll be dishing out One-Hit Kill moves like it's nothing once she gets some levels on her...as long as she doesn't get one-hit killed herself due to her abysmal HP and defensive stats.
  • Good Parents: Her parents seemed to have raised her very well, as she turned out to have a sweet personality.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Definitely not intentional, but it's possible, by using Teleport or the Onyx Hook at just the right moment, to ditch her before starting the dance scene and ascend Mt. Itoi with only Ninten.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A kind and gentle-hearted blonde girl who just so happens to be a Kid Heroine.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her clay model shows that she has blue eyes. She's also a Kid Hero.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's 12-years-old. And armed with very strong PSI powers.
  • Missing Mom: One of the big reasons she offers to join Ninten is to find her mother. And she does.
  • Nice Hat: Returning it to her is what gets her to join the party.
  • Official Couple: With Ninten, as suggested by an optional scene in which they dance together and confess their love.
  • Optional Party Member: While it's possible to complete the entire game without ever even visiting her hometown of Snowman, recruiting her into the party is absolutely worthwhile. Players looking for 100% will also permanently miss Magicant upgrades for her and Lloyd.
  • Preacher's Kid: She's the daughter of a local priest in Snowman Village. Her father's compassion while raising her influenced Ana to be just as kind.
  • Psychic Powers: Her PSI, which is even better than Ninten's. She is also able to see things yet to come in her dreams, much like Paula from the sequel.
  • Red Mage: Her support and healing PSI is even better than Ninten's, and she's the only party member who can use offensive PSI.
  • Scratch Damage: A little infamous for this. Being the main mage of the party, her physical offense stat is so low, that her regular attack all-too-often results in this, even if she has the Iron Skillet equipped. You are much better off having her attack using PSI.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female character in the party.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": A less prominent example in comparison to other characters who got hit with this trope in this series, but Ana is actually written as "Anna" in MOTHER merchandise. However, her sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl spells it with one 'n', as does the most direct translation of her katakana.

    Teddy 
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Age: Unknown
Height: 6'2" / 188 cm
Weight: 172 lbs / 78 kg
Blood type: Unclear
Hair color: Black
Special technique: Right Hook

Unlike the other members of the party, Teddy is not a kid; rather, he appears to be around his late teens to early twenties. Leader of the Bla-Bla Gang (Black Blood Gang in Japan), he is the kingpin of Ellay (Valentine in Japan) until some kids come in and start messing with his crew. After he is beaten by Ninten, he joins the party to avenge the death of his parents.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: According Encyclopedia MOTHER, he started acting like an adult when he was three, buying chocolate cigarettes and listening to rockabilly music, much to the amusement of the repairmen who worked at his father's car repair factory.
  • All There in the Manual: According to Encyclopedia MOTHER, he likes smoking "Horse Shit" brand cigarettes, fighting, rock and roll, and (implied) drinking, and his "Bla-Bla" Gang is short for "Black-Blood" Gang. It is also stated that his parents were killed in a car accident, but he blamed the strange creatures of Mt. Itoi.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have PSI like Ninten and Ana, and isn't able to use explosives and special gadgets like Lloyd. To make up for it, he is a Lightning Bruiser with the highest attack and speed stats in-game. For a normal human, he can take out animals, robots, and other weird creatures fairly easily.
  • The Big Guy: He's in his late teens / early twenties, so it's only natural he looks like this in comparison to the cast of kids you play as. Encyclopedia MOTHER says he's 188 cm (or about 6'2") tall. Also has the single highest Strength and Speed stat growth of all the characters in the game, and can easily one shot a lot of enemies in Mt. Itoi should you spend some time leveling him up.
  • Cool Shades: He wears a pair of black sunglasses, which is listed by the MOTHER Encyclopedia as one of his "favorite things". However, his clay model and in-game boss sprite wears red shades, and due to graphical limitations, many fans interpreted his glasses as red Triangular Shades. The MOTHER Encyclopedia also states that he got his sunglasses from the owner of an eyeglasses store that only started selling sunglasses after Teddy punched the guy's front teeth out.
  • Crutch Character: Subverted. His damage output, lack of PSI, and inability to use Lloyd's special weapons makes you think he only exists to help grind Ninten and Ana up to withstand the dangers of Mt. Itoi, at which point he starts to fall behind in comparison to their abilities... but his raw damage output quickly grows to eclipse anything the party can do outside of Instant Death Attacks. The only thing that keeps him from becoming a Game-Breaker is the fact that he's taken out of commission shortly after making it through the Mt. Itoi caves. Still really useful for leveling Ana and Ninten up during the short time you have him though, as well as fighting the dragon in Magicant with.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Gains respect for Ninten and the others once they manage to hold their own in a battle against him and he calls off their fight.
  • Delinquents: Seems to be based more on the Japanese variety than the American ones seen in EarthBound though, with shades of Greaser Delinquents thrown in.
  • Delinquent Hair: His clay model depicts him with a pompadour, but his in-game sprites, possibly due to graphical limitations, show him with a mohawk. Most fans draw interpretations of him sporting a Japanese-style "Regent" pompadour or something similar.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: If you play through the game the intended way, at least.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: One of his "favorite things" is his black Schott-Perfecto leather jacket, which he keeps as a memento to his dead father.
  • Heroic BSoD: What his reaction was upon learning his parents died on Mt. Itoi. To specify, he went to the Live House, got himself drunk, and started a bar fight in an attempt to distract his grief.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Teddy's two strongest weapons are the Sword (found in Magicant) and the Katana (found in Mt. Itoi, one of the hardest parts of the game).
  • Hidden Depths: The MOTHER Encyclopedia implies that, despite being a gang leader, he actually hates the Bla-Bla Gang, and wears his father's leather jacket instead of the ones provided by his gang so he won't have to spend time with them.
  • Ironic Name: Not him, but the city Teddy lives in is named "Valentine Town" in the original Japanese port for MOTHER. There's nothing ironic about a city named after the holiday of love being a terrible, gang-ridden place.
  • Irony: When you recruit Teddy, the first thing he does is kick Lloyd out of the party on the basis that Lloyd is a weak person not suitable for fighting. Guess who saves Teddy's ass when he, Ninten, and Ana are critically wounded in Mt. Itoi?
  • Knife Nut: In the Japanese Famicom version of MOTHER, Teddy's sprite was depicted holding a knife, which established him as a violent gang leader (the knife was removed in both the English version and the MOTHER 1+2 port). After you recruit him, he is the only person who can use the Butter Knife and the Survival Knife, although there isn't much reason to equip him with either, considering the far-superior Sword can be acquired long before he joins the party, and the Katana not long after.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Has both the highest attack and speed stats in the game.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to graphical limitations, he appears like Ninten but is actually in his young adult years.
  • Optional Party Member: Yet another character that can be passed up, only he requires two additional slots (namely Lloyd and Ana) before he can even be met. While he can be a worthy asset, his character arc (which can also be skipped) is likely meant to hint that Giygas cannot be subdued by raw strength.
  • Parental Abandonment: According to MOTHER Encyclopedia, Teddy's parents died when they decided to drive a newly-repaired truck through Mt. Itoi, causing Teddy much grief. The news reported it as an accident, but Teddy believed it was caused by monsters living in Mt. Itoi and wanted to avenge his parents. Since Mt. Itoi is known to be Harder Than Hard, he may be right.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Ninten's Sensitive Guy once Lloyd leaves the party.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His red shirt doesn't have any sleeves at all.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Is stated to be a frequent smoker since he was ten. Doesn't make him any less appealing to the fans.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Sort of. While he wasn't explicitly stated to have died in the Japanese Famicom original, later releases of the game added extra details to clarify his survival in the ending.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His clay model shows him with a massive upper torso with muscular arms and shoulders, compared to his legs which are skinny. Looks like someone skipped leg day.
  • Triangle Shades: He was doing Kamina's shades over a decade before Kamina (or Squirtle). Though this trope may be due to graphical limitations (you can't really see black sunglasses against a black background).
  • Uncertain Doom: Due to a failure to follow up on the injuries he sustained on Mt. Itoi, his final fate was left ambiguous in the original Famicom release. EarthBound Beginnings and MOTHER 1+2 clarify that he made a full recovery.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to an NPC in Ellay, he was actually a very nice boy before his parents' deaths.
  • Vague Age: It's been theorized by fans that Teddy is either in his late teens or twenties, at the least. The unofficial novelization pegged him as an adult in his forties.
  • You Killed My Father: He claims his parents were killed by someone or something on Mount Itoi, and he joins Ninten in order to avenge them.

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    Pippi 
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A pigtailed young girl who goes missing after she disappears in the local cemetery. Ninten must find and save her before the zombies there get to her.

    Flying Men 
The Flying Men are friendly, humanoid birds that reside in Magicant. Ninten has the option of recruiting them in his party, but there is a price...
  • Bird People: Walking, talking humanoid birds.
  • Final Death: The price in question. Should all 5 die, Ninten cannot recruit any more.

    Ninten's Family 
Ninten's (semi-)nuclear family consists of his mother Carol, younger twin sisters Minnie and Mimmie, and an oddly bipedal pet dog named Mick. Much like Ness's family, Minnie can store items, his at-home mother supports him by cooking his favorite meal, and his perpetually-away father is only spoken to over the telephone.
  • All There in the Manual: The name of Ninten's mother is Carol, somewhat in keeping with the holiday naming scheme seen throughout the game. This information is present in the manual, but oddly not Encyclopedia MOTHER.
  • Dub Name Change: Ninten's Dad is called "Ninten's Papa" in MOTHER.
  • The Faceless: Ninten's Dad. Though, we do get to see him from behind in the ending of EarthBound Beginnings and MOTHER 1+2.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Both Minnie and Mimmie wear pigtails like Ana.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: To get the key to the basement, you need to check Mick since it's around his collar. If you talk to him before taking the key, he will give you a hint towards that by telling you to CHECK him out.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Minnie and Mimmie are identical twin sisters; Minnie wears red and has red hair, and Mimmie wears purple and has purple hair.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Minnie and Mimmie have alternate romanizations ("Minny" and "Mimmy") in Encyclopedia MOTHER.
  • Trauma Inn: Carol's function. If you go home and talk to her, she'll cook your favorite food (whatever you name it) and let you rest, completely restoring your health and PSI points.
  • Unnamed Parent: Ninten's Dad.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Just what was that "something" that Ninten's Dad was fretting over at the end of the EarthBound Beginnings and MOTHER 1+2 versions?

    EVE 
A powerful, feminine-looking robot that Ninten finds in an underwater laboratory in Mt. Itoi. Due to being a highly advanced piece of technology, she quickly proves herself to be one of the most powerful members of Ninten's party.
  • Crutch Character: While EVE is with you, she can destroy any enemy you encounter immediately, dealing around 1,000 damage per hit in a game where no regular enemy has more than three-digit HP. She isn't with you for long.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Not something she herself has done; rather, she is the light that George flung into the future for Ninten.
  • Gentle Giant: She's a Humongous Mecha, yet she's very protective of the children she travels with.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: She joins Ninten and company for a time as they scale Mt. Itoi.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Self-destructs to take out the R7038XX.
  • Humongous Mecha: And every bit as disproportionately powerful as you would expect, next to a trio of children.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: EVE is an enormous robot, and far and away the most powerful party member in the game.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She almost always gets the first action in normal encounters, and she will invariably use it to eliminate an enemy from combat with her ridiculously powerful physical attacks.
  • Mama Bear: She was built by George as some sort of protective motherly figure for Ninten, knowing that aliens would come looking to hurt him. When Ninten's party encounter R7038XX, EVE decides to protect them by blowing herself up to take R7038XX down.
  • Plotline Death: Her aforementioned Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Taking You with Me: She dies protecting the party from R7038XX... but the ensuing explosion destroys R7038XX, as well.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's a robot George built as a guardian to protect his future great-grandson, Ninten. She also sacrifices herself to save Ninten and his friends from the powerful R7038XX. Bringing up EVE would result in being whited out.
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    Queen Mary 

Queen Mary / Maria

The ethereal, beautiful queen of the mysterious land of Magicant. She has trouble recalling something important to her, and the only thing that will help her remember are the Eight Melodies. In reality, she is Ninten's great-grandmother, Maria, who was the deeply-beloved foster mother of Giygas. She passed away sometime after George escaped with the secrets of PSI.
  • Good Parents: To Giygas in her backstory, whom she treated as her own son despite him being an alien. Even after she's gone, Giygas thinks rather fondly of her, and Ninten's direct relation to her may be why he wanted the boy to board his mothership.
  • The High Queen: Of Magicant, where she is the ruler of all who live there.
  • Identity Amnesia: She somehow got trapped inside her own mind, unable to pass on and losing her memories of what she used to be, causing her endless grief. It's not until her great-grandson Ninten comes along and helps her that she finally starts to remember her old life, and with that she dies, taking Magicant with her.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She is Ninten's great-grandmother, who disappeared a long time ago and has been trapped in her own mental world ever since.
  • Meaningful Name: In Japanese, her name is spelled "マリー" (Marii), which later in the game changes to "マリア" (Maria). It references how she had a hard time remembering her former identity, her alien foster son Giygas, and the Eight Melodies she used to sing to him until Ninten's party helped her.
  • Parental Substitute: To Giygas, whom she saw as her own son.
    "Oh! Giygas! I loved him, as if he was my own child... He was always wagging his tail, just like a pup..."
  • Posthumous Character: Technically.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Or queens, anyway. Her dress is pink to match the pink clouds covering the Magicant realm where she resides in.
  • Older Than They Look: Is implied that Queen Mary looks youthful while in Magicant, it's unknown if this is because she died young or that's how she projected herself there unconsciously. However, once she remembers, she talks as if she died of old age, just like her husband.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's nearly impossible to bring her up without mentioning Giygas or her relation to George and Ninten.

    George 

George

Mentioned only in the prologue and at the end of the game, he is the reason for the alien invasion, as he stole a secret from Giygas' species. He is the husband of Maria and the great-grandfather of Ninten.

    Giygas 
Gyiyg / Giegue (Renamed Giygas in the English version of EarthBound)
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The grim leader of the invading alien forces. He leads the invasion to take revenge for the human theft of his race's secrets, but his resolve crumbles when confronted with the memory of his beloved foster mother, and swears to come back to finish the job.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Sort of. While official translations use exclusively masculine pronouns when referring to him, a gag line in EarthBound was translated into English a bit oddly, leading to an NPC appearing to seriously speculate about Giygas' gender, when said NPC was originally wondering if Giygas was able to amass so many followers due to being The Vamp.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The aliens' reasoning for abducting humans is never specified, and what they would have done with Earth had George not come into the picture is unknown. The sequel indicates that it most likely wasn't anything good, since the Hieroglyph Copy talks about how the invaders will "attack again".
  • Big Bad: He and his kind are responsible for almost every single single thing that's happened in the series.
  • Boss Banter: The first phase of the fight is simply surviving his barrage while he monologues about his past and motives before offering to spare Ninten. When he realizes Ninten won't join him, he'll take back the offer and stay silent until you start singing, when he'll try to stop you with increasing difficulty.
  • Call a Human a "Meatbag": Will not hesitate to call humans "ugly Earth people".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His attack on Earth spans, at the very least, all of Rural America, even though George was the only one the aliens really have reason to be angry at.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His lingering love for his foster human mother Maria turns out to be his Achilles' Heel when Ninten and friends confront him.
  • Expy: Mewtwo of Pokémon fame may have been based on his design—and depending on the Pokémon canon in question, other similarities crop up, as well—which makes sense, considering some of the developers of the MOTHER series (the first and second installments, at least) APE inc. went on to become Creatures inc.
  • Fun with Palindromes: The Japanese spelling of his name, Gyiyg, is one.
  • The Greys: He bears vague resemblance to one in MOTHER, although his appearance is pretty distinct from typical depictions of aliens in fiction. In Earthbound... not so much. The details of how he went from the first form to the second are, thankfully or not, left up to our imaginations.
  • Happily Adopted: Maria loved him like her own son despite his being an alien. As a result, Giygas still thinks rather fondly of her.
  • Insectoid Aliens: Described as one in the novelization, although his in-game sprite is ambiguous, and it's debatable whether or not the aforementioned novel is canon, as it was not written by Itoi.
  • Kill All Humans: It soon becomes apparent that he has entirely forsaken any love for humans he may once have had, though he still seems to show some form of respect for Ninten, which is illustrated during his confrontation with Ninten and friends:
    “Ninten! I am grateful to your family. Your Great-Grandparents, George and Maria raised me. But, George stole vital information from our planet that can be used to betray my people... And now, one of his descendants is obstructing our plans, and must be stopped!! Ninten! I am talking about you! Go home now! Perish with the rest of the ugly Earth People. Foolish one, you cannot do a thing with your meager powers... Powers worthy of a lowly insect. Ninten! You alone, I may save you. Just you alone. Board our Mother Ship with me. ...then, fall into long sleep with your friends and the other ugly Earth People.”
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Given his upbringing with George and Maria, Giygas, for all intents and purposes, is Ninten's great-uncle. Because of this, he is actually willing to spare Ninten at first, but decides to kill him with everyone else when he refuses.
  • Momma's Boy: He was one in his youth. He's still very much one even now, even if he won't admit it.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He cannot be defeated through force; only reminding him of the love his human mother gave him can destroy his will to fight.
  • Not So Stoic: In the first part of the fight, he comes across as a standard alien conqueror. He tries to keep it up as the song is sung in the second part, but he quickly loses his composure and is reduced to begging until the song is finished, at which point he's forced to leave as he can't bear to continue his conquest.
  • Psychic Powers: So powerful that the main characters can't even comprehend the attacks he uses.
  • Red Baron: Bears the title "Universal Cosmic Destroyer" in EarthBound.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: His kind were initially curious of humans, but would neither forgive nor forget George and Maria fleeing back to Earth with knowledge of PSI. They ordered Giygas to personally hunt down and destroy humanity. This created such turmoil in the alien's psyche that culminated in a terrible end-result neither party truly wanted.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on the translation, his name has been translated a number of different ways: consistently "Gyiyg" in the Japanese versions of the games he appears in, later changed to the well-known "Giegue" in the original English prototype of EarthBound Beginnings before it was scrapped and retooled much later on, before being changed again years later to "Giygas" in EarthBound. For the record, the Fan Translation of MOTHER 1+2 went with Giygas for consistency's sake for English audiences, although this same change wasn't made for Beginnings once it was planned to be finally released.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Or singing the monster to flight, as the case may be.
  • Tragic Monster: Especially once you learn what happens to him later...
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If Maria's opinion of him is any indication; she grew to love the young Giygas as if he were her own child, and relates to Ninten and friends that he was always wagging his tail, only stopping when she would sing him lullabies.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts off as a generic conqueror. It doesn't last, and he gets worse as the song is sung.
    "Stop singing. STOP singing! STOP! Stop the song! STOP IT!! STOP THAT SONG! You puny little Earth bugs! Shut up, and STOP singing!! The SONG... STOP IT!!! Stop... Pleeease, stop! ........ How could I be defeated by a song like that? I will... sometime... Ninten! We SHALL meet again!"
  • Walking Spoiler: At least in this game.
  • We Can Rule Together: He offers only Ninten a place on his mothership because he's the great-grandson of his surrogate mother, Maria. Once Ninten makes it clear he will not abandon his friends and Earth to their fates, he starts trying to kill him, too.
  • We Will Meet Again: He makes this exact promise to Ninten, although it's never actually followed up on.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His We Will Meet Again moment goes unfulfilled. The rest of his race also apparently never bothered with Earth anymore after his ultimate death in Earthbound.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Even before his trope-naming sequel appearance, though it may be due to being such a powerful psychic that his powers appear incomprehensible to humans.
    "The form of Giegue's attack was inexplicable!"
  • You Will Be Spared: He expresses willingness to spare Ninten, likely due to his relation to Maria. Of course, when he refuses the offer, he just decides to kill him along with everyone else.

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