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"Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness..."

The Universal Cosmic Destroyer who once again menaces Earth, and, according to Buzz Buzz, successfully obliterates it in the future. Things are... different this time.


  • Abstract Apotheosis: Has become evil itself.
  • Almighty Idiot: The Trope Namer. Porky gave him that label after unleashing him from the Devil's Machine.
  • Ambiguous Situation: He's in a lot of these at the same time. How sane was he during the timeline of the game? Was he manipulating Pokey or was Pokey the manipulator, if not both? And most of all, how the heck did he end up like this?
  • And I Must Scream: Considering how his face is permanently screaming, it makes you wonder if being inside the Devil's Machine gave him an extreme case of sensory deprivation.
  • Asteroids Monster: After Paula prays for the first time against Giygas (in his second form), his defenses suddenly become unstable, and his form wavers as well. He now transitions into his third phase, where he's literally a sea of undulating, blood-red, screaming faces. Y'know, for kids.
  • Background Boss: Played with; Giygas is the background.
  • Best Served Cold: He spent ten years planning out his revenge after his initial defeat by Ninten, and said plan opted for a more subtle and gradual approach rather than a sudden head-on invasion.
  • Big Bad: He must be defeated in order to prevent a Bad Future.
  • Body Horror: His original form wasn't nearly so monstrous, but after he let his anger and hatred consume him, destroying his original body as a result... well, what you see in the spoilered image is as close as he gets to his real shape.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: His intense psychic power utterly destroyed him, leaving behind an Eldritch Abomination that has almost no ability to perceive the world around it or sense the consequences of its actions.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: The Devil's Machine, whatever it is, seems to benefit his physical and mental health, although it also doubles as the Can in which Evil is Sealed in that if it's turned off, it releases... something.
  • Dragon Their Feet: After Ness defeats Pokey, it can be thought of that he becomes this once Pokey leaves him to kill the heroes. But this depends on how you depict it.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In some interpretations of the final battle, Pokey decides to betray Giygas by using him as a way to destroy Ness. So the moment Pokey turns off the Devil's Machine, Giygas is The Dragon and Pokey is the Dragon Ascendant. Though, it could also be believed that Pokey released him simply to show Ness that he and his friends had no possible way to beat his master.
  • The Dreaded: Until his reveal at the end of the game, his name is spoken of with blind curiosity at best and absolute terror at worst. And for good reason. He's powerful enough to destroy the universe, and he's extremely terrifying to look at. Probably the only time Pokey is telling you the truth throughout the game is when he tells you that Giygas is incredibly scary.
  • Dub Name Change: His name was changed from Gyiyg from the Japanese versions to Giygas in the English translation.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Giygas is without a doubt something of Lovecraftian proportions. He doesn't appear to have a form (though some have made him out to look like a hurricane with a screaming face), he exists in the future and the past, and his only dialogue is inspired by the trauma of viewing a violent murder scene misinterpreted by Itoi as a rape scene in a movie that scarred him as a child. His appearance is so out-of-this-world, he could make frickin' Cthulhu look like an adorable puppy.
  • Eldritch Location: It's very easy to interpret him as being this as well, as it's implied that he's just that big and distorted. Pokey even states that Giygas, in his gigantic encompassing state, is a bizarre dimension unto himself, meaning that Ness and co. are fighting INSIDE of Giygas during the final battle.
  • Evil Feels Good: One of the most bizarre examples of the whole trope. Despite being stated to be the "Embodiment of Evil", he claims to feel "good" amongst all the rest of his incoherent babbling.
  • Evil Is Visceral: It's a little hard to classify what he looks like, other than horror personified; there's a reason why Giygas's third form provides the page image for EarthBound/MOTHER Nightmare Fuel. Some could say he looks like a vortex. Others say he resembles a mist or a cloud consisting of howling faces. Others who never played EarthBound Beginnings might think he looks like a fetus. The Devil's Machine also looks like a mass of tendrils and intestines holding a large eyeball, though it's possible you're just standing on an elaborate plumbing system surrounding a spherical holding cell either way. It's portrayed as deliberately visceral. After that... we see the monster's true form.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Just look at the image and compare his form in the first game and you'll see a huge difference - aside from the ears, they look like completely different characters. Let's not mention that he literally becomes evil itself in this game, as stated by Porky. You can believe this or not.
  • Expy: Of Azathoth. He's an amorphous mindless god-like entity who babbles incoherently and is capable of devastating the universe without even knowing that he's doing it.
    • He also kind of looks like the baby from Eraserhead with the way his head looks.
  • Fetus Terrible: Played with. Giygas' third and final forms resemble a sea of screaming faces forming the outline of a fetus or swaddled-up infant... unless turned upside-down, after which it looks like a blood-red version of the first game's incarnation of him: the alien he USED to be. It's unknown how intentional this imagery is, but if it was put there on purpose, the implications are almost certainly meant to be more symbolic than literal.
    • His screaming face also looks like how fetuses in Giygas' race probably look if looked at the right way: his left eye socket a half-formed eye socket, his right eye and side of face the back, the teeth a feline paw, the extension on the right a tail and the one on the left that swirls in a vortex around the face the umbilical cord.
  • Final Boss: Giygas is built up as the ultimate evil for Ness and co. to defeat throughout the entire game, and...well, let's just say he exceeds expectations.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • For a given definition of "bug", it's actually an absolutely fiendish DRM. If the game detects forgery of any sort (including improperly-configured emulators/ROMs), then just before you actually get to fight Giygas once he is released from the Devil's Machine, the game locks up and deletes all your save files!
    • A straighter example of the trope in the Game Boy Advance version, an alternative (not intended) way to defeat Giygas is with Poison.note 
  • Giant Eye of Doom: When Ness finally meets Giygas, he is residing inside "the Devil's Machine." The machine opens a giant eye with a face in the pupil that resembles Ness (or maybe it's Ninten?), though it's unclear if this is an actual eyeball, just a machine meant to look like one, or some kind of reflection.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He wants to spread darkness throughout the world. The actual reasons are only explained in Earthbound Beginnings. note 
  • Guide Dang It!: By the time you reach him at the end of this long game, you'll probably not have used the "Pray" command and possibly even forgot that it exists. Using it is how you beat him. Without prayer, Ness and his friends will become, as Pokey said, "just another meal to him."
  • Hate Plague: Giygas's influence reaches across time and space, fostering evil in the minds of, humans, beasts and even non-living things.
  • Humanoid Abomination: His first and second forms most certainly looks like a blood-red vortex, emitting a face with thin ears similar to his original form, albeit permanently and constantly screaming as if in extreme agony. His later forms, once he starts splitting up into multiple copies of himself, forms a silhouette that looks disturbingly like a newborn baby. Looks, being the operative word. Turn the grid upside-down, however, and you see the silhouette of Giygas' original self as an alien.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's a font of evil and Nightmare Fuel personified. Once he actually appears, the game's light-hearted and silly atmosphere goes down the drain.
  • Leitmotif: Giygas' Intro, Giygas Stirs, Giygas' Intimidation, Giygas is Wounded, Giygas is Fatally Wounded, and Giygas Disintegrates. All of these are incredibly unsettling Harsh Noise backdrops and are used as BGM during the the battle against him.note 
    • The song that plays before the actual fight with Giygas, "Pokey Means Business!", is also heavily associated with him, despite the name and the fact that really, you're fighting Pokey. In Japanese, the song is known as "イナクナリナサイ!" ("Inakunarinasai!"), which roughly translates to "Cease To Exist" - a quote that aligns with Giygas' goals. Regardless of name, however, the song itself has a certain Mood Motif that matches his character - chiptune to represent his status as a returning foe after EarthBound Beginnings, and hardcore metal to tell the player that he wants you annihilated.
  • Made of Evil: He's a disembodied entity of pure evil. In EarthBound Beginnings, however, he was just an angry grey alien.
  • Madness Mantra:
    • His most known one:
    Giygas: "Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness..."
    • He also says, "...I am ...h...a...p...p...y..." and "I feel... g...o...o...d..." quite frequently.
  • Mirror Boss: While inside the Devil's Machine, he attacks with PSI Rockin, and even sports Ness's (or maybe Ninten's?) face. Also, every attack you hit him with bounces right back at you.
  • Motive Decay: Got hit with this hard. In EarthBound Beginnings, he wanted to punish the entire human race for the actions of that game's protagonist Ninten's great-grandfather George, who stole the knowledge of Psionics (PSI) from his people. Here, his goals is to bring Darkness in the whole universe. Justified, considering the fact that he's gone completely insane.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Universal Cosmic Destroyer. Also, The Embodiment of Evil.
    • The machine which he resides in, the Devil's Machine, also fits this trope.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: In all of his forms after his first one, only praying can damage him. Prayer will destabilize his defenses, and all other prayer after that will cause damage. Praying more and more cause the damage caused by it to grow exponentially until it reaches 5-digit numbers worth of damage. All other attacks deal 0 damage despite having numbers pop-up when they hit.
  • Nightmare Face: Boy, is it ever! His face when he comes out of the Devil's Machine resembles a horrifying version of The Scream and permanently frozen that way. The only reason why it's spoilered and hidden so people won't go to sleep with the image of Giygas' face screaming in their heads.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Really, how do you pronounce "Giygas"?
  • No-Sell: He reflects any attack done to him in the first phase. Notably, he reflects PSI attacks even if they were his own and bounced off of your own shields, which normally isn't possible.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The amount of info in the game you're given about Giygas equates to "he is the Ultimate Evil and you are destined to stop him." Anyone who mentions him, even Pokey, knows absolutely nothing about him other than that. You go through the entire game having no clue what to expect, making it all the more intense and terrifying when you finally confront him and see what's become of him. It's considerably more jarring if you've played through the original MOTHER and know that Giegue and Giygas are one and the same, because you'll be expecting a little grey alien in a life support pod, but instead get... this.
  • Obliviously Evil: After his powers destroy his body and mind, Giygas loses self-awareness and doesn't realize what he's doing. He can only think rationally with the help of the Devil's Machine, which Pokey made for him. Without it, he returns to a total chaotic mass with no rational thought or awareness.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: They call him the Universal Cosmic Destroyer for a reason.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He's immobile while inside the Devil's Machine, so he doesn't really have a say in the matter. But he does require it to think straight.
  • The Power of Hate: Giegue was forced to choose between the love of his adopted mother, Mary, and loyalty to his race. In the original MOTHER, he was defeated when Ninten reminded him of Mary's old lullaby, which tore him up emotionally and made him reluctant to attack Earth. It won't be so easy this time: Giegue has crossed the Moral Event Horizon since then, having chosen to wipe out humanity and resurfaced as a being of pure hate, with a new name.
  • Power Incontinence: Giygas became so powerful that his power literally destroyed his entire being, reducing him to the horrifying Eldritch Abomination he is now. He needs the Devil's Machine that Pokey constructed for him so he can retain his mind, because without it, he returns to a chaotic mass of raw power. He's so powerful now that he can't maintain sanity — or solid form — without it.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: One of the most literal examples in all of fiction.
  • Restraining Bolt: The Devil's Machine. Somewhat subverted in that the difference when the bolt is removed is minor, though the difference in question is "have some slight rhyme and reason to his actions" and "destroy everything indiscriminately".
  • The Reveal: Yes, we knew he was coming from the very beginning, but it's safe to say that nobody could have made a decent guess of what happened to his appearance following the period between EarthBound Beginnings and EarthBound. This is especially the case if you've played the previous game where he's a simple grey alien.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's clear that his conflicted loyalties between his own race and his adoptive foster mother Mary/Maria got him hit with Motive Decay and eventually made him jump into the deep end. Come the final battle, he's completely lost it.
  • The Scream: Giygas's howling face is permanently frozen like this.
  • Sequential Boss: He's first fought in the Devil's Machine (though you're really fighting Pokey at this point), then in his true form, then his true form again only closer and swirling, then when he goes Asteroids Monster after his defenses are destabilized, and when he's on the brink of defeat.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": He was called Giegue in the unproduced English translation of the previous game as well. Fandom typically accepts it as Giygas due to it being part of a final release. However, a large portion of fanworks give him the Ganon/Ganondorf treatment and use Giegue to denote his original form, saving the name of Giygas for the Almighty Idiot. Alternatively, you can go with the original name and call both forms Gyiyg.
  • Stylistic Suck: Despite being much larger than any boss faced thus far, the face he creates upon the Devil's Machine is a stretched-out, blurry copy of Ness' tiny sprite.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: More or less.
  • Tortured Monster: During the battle, Giygas moans about how nothing is right, says he's sad, and claims he is hurting amongst his insane blathering.
    Giygas: It hurts... It hurts...
  • Tragic Villain: In the first MOTHER game, he was an alien who was forced to pick between his beloved foster mother Mary/Maria, and his loyalty to his own race after Ninten's great-grandfather George studied knowledge of PSI and stole it without permission. Eventually his highly conflicted feelings made him decide to give up his humanity and become an all-powerful font of evil and hatred. By the time the final battle rolled around, his physical body was destroyed by his own power, and he completely lost his marbles to where he has little to no comprehension of his actions or his present surroundings, and in the midst of his babbling, he calls for Ness and screams how everything "hurts".
  • Turns Red: Well, he's already red to begin with, but once he is released from the Devil's Machine, he starts getting two attacks per turn. As he takes more damage, this gets bumped up to three attacks per turn. If you don't start cranking out the prayers as fast as you can, Giygas will flat out destroy you.
  • Ultimate Evil: In EarthBound. For most of the game, he isn't so much an antagonist as a generalized force of evil and malevolence manifesting in the hearts of living things. When you finally meet him, he doesn't have a battle sprite: he's literally the ''background.'' And Ness and company are just trying to survive as they battle this gigantic maelstrom of pure evil.
  • Unusual Ears: The only feature he kept in-between forms was his pair of wispy feline ears from MOTHER, which are still faintly visible on the top of his head.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Once the Devil's Machine turns off, Giygas could be thought of as this to Porky. But that depends on how you depict it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: With his increasing power, Giygas ended up going insane and turned into nothing but evil and madness itself.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: You would think a series as cartoony and (initially) light-hearted as this would provide only ordinary terror at worst, but Giygas begs to differ.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: During the fight with Pokey, Giygas resides in a floating container not unlike his MOTHER incarnation: the Devil's Machine. However, he has already lost his original form and became something that destroyed his own body and mind. The first phase of the actual fight with him lets him out of said floating container and reveals that, while he got a massive power boost that put him on a near-god level, it turned him into an insane Eldritch Abomination who constantly screams how everything hurts and has little to no comprehension of what he's doing or his present surroundings.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In MOTHER, all he really wants is his family back. In EarthBound he... well, the best equivalence humans can understand would be an extreme case of sensory deprivation; he can no longer recognize the world around him, which means he can't sense Paula's prayers being the cause of his immeasurable pain. During his final battle, he also goes on rambling about it "hurting," calling out for "friends," warning the heroes to "go back," and claiming something is "not right," with the implication of the latter quote being in the moral sense.
  • The Worf Effect: Greatest being in the universe. Able to bring the universe into complete darkness. Possibly manipulated by a cowardly, fat kid.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: He named this one too: it's his attack announcement.
    "You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack!"
    • Though unlike other examples, Giygas's attacks are actually regular attacks used in the game, only disguised. For example, he can use PSI Thunder and the much worse PSI Flash...
    • From a story perspective, this makes a lot of sense. In MOTHER, his mental power was so far beyond the protagonists they couldn't process what he was using for PSI. In EarthBound, however, as the Eldritch Abomination he's become now, he's so large and all-encompassing, you simply couldn't tell where his attacks are coming from. Either that, or he's become so immeasurably powerful now, so mind-numbingly strong, that in terms of power, his attacks are now completely beyond mortal comprehension.
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    Porky Minch 
Porky (Pokey) Minch
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Three boys, he said? Uhhh... I'm not one of those three, am I?

Ness's next-door neighbor. Seemingly harmless at first, yet well-known for being rude, obnoxious, cowardly and a downright troublemaker, his Hidden Depths have more to him than meets the eye.


  • 0% Approval Rating: He's the Foil to the ever-popular Ness. In fact, he is considered, in-game, the "worst person in the neighborhood".
  • Abusive Parents: In the Japanese version of the game, Porky glumly says that if his parents find out he and Picky were out late, he gets spanked 100 times; this had to be changed because of Nintendo's rules of content at the time. Thus, in the English version, he gets no dessert for the rest of the decade, but still gets yelled at.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Very impressed by Giygas.
  • Allegorical Character: Itoi considers Porky as a symbol of humanity's flaws.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: It can be said that the trilogy exemplifies that Children Are Innocent... well, inverted with Ness's Nightmare, but he gets that over and done with. When considering Porky, you can't tell whether or not if he was innocent to begin with.
  • Ambiguously Evil: In conjunction with Ambigiously Innocent, his character is so vague that only guesses can be interpreted to his actions throughout the whole game (even though, oddly enough, he has the most character tropes in the game because of this). Did he join forces with Giygas out of opportunity, or was he corrupted from the Mani Mani Statue as well, just like Lier X. Agerate, Mr. Carpainter, and Monotoli? Did he really consider Ness to be a friend or foe the whole time? Did he do everything out of free will or not? Was he even evil from the beginning? This is all up for you to decide.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Considering the order of power who he betrays each time.
  • Animal Motifs: Pigs, considering his name; pigs are considered slovenly, dirty creatures, and Porky is an obnoxious outcast in Onett. Come the final boss battle, spiders apply as well, as he rode a Spider Tank and possibly manipulated Giygas.
  • Apologizes a Lot: One of his actions as the Guest-Star Party Member in the beginning of the game would be to "apologize profusely".
  • Back for the Finale: After Fourside is completed, he completely vanishes and stays one step ahead of the party. They finally catch up to him at the end of the game, at which point he's in a position of considerable influence to Giygas, if not outright dominance. But it's up for interpretation whether Pokey is actually loyal to Giygas or not.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's pretty much a joke in the first half of the game. The final act sees him acting as emissary to the Universal Cosmic Destroyer himself, and possibly the one in outright control of said destroyer.
  • Big Bad Friend: He becomes the Dragon Ascendant when Giygas is destroyed, and promises this isn't the end.. However, we may really never know if he was truly friends with Ness, as evidenced from the player's decision in the beginning of the game. To Pokey, he may think he is friends with Ness, but to us, it's not so sure.
    • Heavily implied in Ness's Magicant that he can see right through his act.
  • Big Brother Bully: Implied to be this to his younger brother, Picky, during the tour in Magicant.
    Picky: "Ness! Pokey took my snack!"
  • Blinding Bangs: To the point where it can be an Eyeless Face.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Does this in the Japanese version multiple times.
  • Body Horror: Not a very drastic case, but he turns a sickly blue as a side-effect of either abusing time travel and/or becoming fully corrupted by Giygas's influence. Maybe both?
  • Boisterous Weakling: The final boss battle has him as this.
  • Catchphrase: "Spankety, spankety, spankety!"
    • The strangest thing is that he only says this once, and yet it is one of the most memorable quotes in the game.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He first shows signs of this by abandoning Carpainter when he and the rest of the cult reform, though it wasn't too bad since he was the only evil person in Happy Happy Village after Carpainter's defeat and he didn't cause any major damage. Abandoning Monotoli and stealing his helicopter to spite the party, all while mocking them, is when he gets worse. But his final backstab is the worst: he backstabs all life in existence by turning off the Devil's Machine and unleashing Giygas in all his power, content for all the "garbage" in the universe to burn as the Universal Cosmic Destroyer begins to sentence everything to neverending darkness.
  • Color Motif: As a "consultant" to Fourside's corrupt Mayor, Porky dons a snazzy striped suit. It's red and black. Just like Giygas.
  • Condescending Compassion: During the final boss battle toward the Chosen Four. Or maybe he's just laughing too hard.
    Pokey: In this bizarre dimension, you four are the only force fighting for justice... and here you stand, waiting to be burned up with all the rest of the garbage of this universe... Haaaaah! That's so sad. I can't help but shed a tear.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: His lofty position in Fourside exemplifies this. His room is embellished in gold.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Once he takes enough damage, he turns off the Devil's Machine to release Giygas out on the heroes. Either he's using the Eldritch Abomination as an attack dog, or he's confident that the all-powerful Embodiment of Evil will destroy them effortlessly.
  • The Corruptible: Somewhat. He's strongly associated with the corruptive Mani Mani Statue for the first arc of the game, but there are many hints that Porky's evil runs a bit deeper, most notably how he never reforms like the rest of the statue's victims, even after it's destroyed. Even after Giygas is killed, he's still evil.
  • Cower Power: When accompanying you in the beginning of the game, one of his actions includes using Ness as a Human Shield.
  • Creepy Child: A very obnoxious kid who goes from picking on his little brother and is noted in-game to be the "worst person in the neighborhood", to joining the Happy Happyist cult. Then he sides with an Eldritch Abomination, possibly manipulates said Abomination, and has a Kick the Dog moment with Ness before escaping through time-travel, setting up the events for MOTHER 3, all while still a kid.
  • Deal with the Devil: Is heavily implied throughout the whole game... and in the final battle.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Maybe directed towards Giygas. He buggers off with Giygas's technology and steps back as Giygas unleashes his full power upon Ness and his friends. But Pokey probably didn't think that Giygas would be meet his ultimate demise in the battle that followed.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: More on the crossover with also seeking attention, what he says before his departure in the final battle implies this towards Ness.
    "So now which one of us do you think is the cool guy?!"
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Pokey insults Giygas during the final battle, calling him an Almighty Idiot after explaining how Giygas destroyed his entire being with his power.
  • Dirty Coward: Makes it very clear that, now that he gets a taste of his own power, he's far too good for the likes of you. When you inevitably prevail, he begs for forgiveness just long enough to make a getaway.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Applied to Ness. It gets worse.
  • The Drag-Along: Pokey is not very enthusiastic about the prospect of a journey to save the world.
    Pokey: Three boys, he said? ...Uhhh...I'm not one of those three, am I?... ...'Cause... I'm not into this kind of thing at all...
  • The Dragon: Starts his villainous career as one to Carpainter, but unlike the other cultists, he stays evil after Carpainter's defeat. He's seen again in Fourside as Monotoli's Dragon before abandoning him, as well. His final affiliate is Giygas himself, though which one is dominant is a bit vague.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After Giygas is mortally wounded, Pokey becomes this, promising he'll be back.
    • It can also be thought of as Pokey became this when he decides to shut off the Devil's Machine.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: By the time you fight them, Giygas is barely sentient and clearly incapable of acting of his own accord. This could make Porky The Dragon, part a Big Bad Duumvirate, or the outright Big Bad; it's very open to interpretation, like everything else in the entire series.
    • In the original Japanese, Porky tellingly drops the "-sama" honorific from Giygas's name. Similarly, in the English translation, he drops the title of "Master" from his name. Maybe it's because he thinks no title is truly worthy of Giygas anymore, as he's become so freaking powerful. Or Porky is becoming a Starscream: as in he no longer considers Giygas his boss or his better, but as something more of an attack dog.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Either is the Dragon in question or Giygas is this to him.
  • Drama Queen: Practically acts like this once he has to follow you around.
  • Driven by Envy: While he does flat out say that he wants to obliterate the universe to a crisp, he has some underlying notion that he wants to top Ness in any way possible throughout the whole game.
  • Driven to Villainy: Debated. We are not sure if it was because of his parents that set him off or if he joined Giygas out of his own free will. It's possible that Giygas's evil influence warped Porky's mind just like all of your other foes — but if that were the case, why doesn't Porky ever snap out of it, particularly when Carpainter and Monotoli regain their free will?
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: The first part of the final boss battle explains it for itself.
  • Drunk with Power: Implied as he goes into more higher powers throughout the whole game, maybe to even top Giygas himself at the end.
  • Dumb Is Good: In the beginning. As he becomes more evil and twisted, his speech becomes more erudite as a sign of his newly earned omnipotence given to him by Giygas.
  • Establishing Character Moment: While you can argue that most of his whole character can be decided by the player, the one noticeable trait that always drags him down is being a Dirty Coward. This is fully enforced in the beginning of the game when he acts as the temporary Guest-Star Party Member.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: While it is not clear whether or nor he is really friends with Ness to begin with, it is implied.
  • Evil Counterpart: Buzz Buzz, or rather, fate, chooses Ness as his champion; Giygas chooses Porky.
  • Eviler Than Thou: If he really has been manipulating Giygas once they met, he effectively asserted himself as the Big Bad of the rest of the franchise.
  • Evil Former Friend: It can be said that he was friends with Ness before the meteorite incident if you replied "Yes" to the police officer in the beginning of the game that asks if you are both friends. Of course, if you say "No", this trope still may or may not be included because we never really know the actual backstory between the two.
  • Evil Old Folks: Was turned into this after abusing time travel in MOTHER 3.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: His sprite in the final battle clearly depicts him with blue skin and darker hair, which prior has been a trademark sign of other NPC's who've been influenced by Giygas. This was just the beginning of the transformation, as the effects of time travel made things much worse.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Debatable if he was good to begin with but either way, he once was Ness's neighbor and (possibly) friend who later became Giygas's right-hand man..
  • The Family That Slays Together: His father and him run the show for Monotoli during their stay in Fourside. Soon after, however, Porky ditches his father after his plans go sour, leaving his father to lose their newfound success.
  • Fat Bastard: Up to Eleven, to the point where NPCs always refer to him as a "pig-looking kid." Consider his name, for one.
  • Foil: To Ness.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Picky's responsible.
  • For the Evulz: By switching off the Devil's Machine, Porky removes the last vestiges of Giygas's conscious and strategic mind, returning him to his state as an all-devouring abomination. Porky must suspect he's just doomed himself, too, and confesses that he's now gone insane with fear. But he's also laughing.
  • Freudian Excuse: For starters, his parents are pretty loathsome. Either one would sell out humanity for a nickel, so it's no surprise that Porky is so susceptible. Then later, there's the possibility that he's been manipulated by Giygas for almost the entire time...
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a troubled insecure boy to a deranged lunatic bent on the destruction of the entire universe; and that was just the beginning...
  • Gonk: Unlike the chubby but cute and heroic Ness, Porky is a very fat kid who heavily resembles a pig, with the obnoxiousness to boot.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Porky's incarnation in Magicant claims to be envious of Ness. A lot of his later behavior is geared toward belittling or dominating our hero.
  • Hate Sink: You know that what he does before the final boss battle is all just to piss you off.
  • Herald: To Giygas.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: After rendering himself motionless and dumb with his immeasurable power — leaving him unable to directly affect things in the present — Giygas selected Pokey to be his physical agent. Note, however, that Giygas's original plan — before losing his mind to his own power — was to rule the universe, not destroy it. What he didn't realize was that Pokey was so consumed by envy and self-loathing that he'd be delighted to set the universe on fire, as long as his enemies all perish. But then again, after his transformation into a being that wanted to destroy everything, Giygas and Pokey probably found common ground on that subject.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Even as he pesters the cops at the meteor crash site, he tells Ness to buzz off and stop "rubber-necking".
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Pokey's Freudian Excuse for becoming Giygas' Dragon.
    Pokey: I assist only the strong and able! That's Pokey.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Porky's manifestation in Magicant is actually quite friendly and wishes to mend fences with Ness, which further adds to his Hidden Depths.
  • Improbable Age: How in the world does he know how to fly a helicopter? Let alone be a priest in Happy Happy Village, a consultant to Monotoli, AND possibly control Giygas in the final battle. Even if the latter may be interpreted in two different ways, he did orchestrate more of the misfortunes the Chosen Four come across throughout their adventure than a preteen kid / young teenager would realistically be able to.
    • Then again Porky and Giygas's alliance, no matter which way you look at it, eventually became a Deal with the Devil, so this is likely the reason he's gain so much knowledge in such a short timespan.
  • Informed Poverty: His father states this to Ness soon after bringing his boys back home, despite the fact that their house is twice as large as Ness's house.
    Aloysius Minch: "We've loaned your father a lot of money. It may have been a hundred thousand dollars or more... Well, I guess it really could have been less."
  • In the Blood: Itoi states that the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree", suggesting that Porky was shaped after his father and mother. This drives the point of Rousseau Was Right, even for the most malicious character in the trilogy.
  • Irrational Hatred: Towards Ness.
  • Jerkass: Taken to ever-increasing levels. Just when you think he can't possibly get any worse, he somehow finds a way to top himself. Again. And again. And again.
  • Karma Houdini: When Giygas is finally destroyed and his reign of terror ends, it's only a sign that Pokey's has just begun.
  • Kick the Dog: Several times, but a particularly shining example is the graffiti message directed at Ness written in the form of juvenile insults. Brilliant idea for fun, Porky.
    "Ness can eat my shorts! For a neighbor, he's a loser!"
  • Kids Are Cruel: It's implied he picks on his younger brother Picky occasionally, and did pretty bad things to warrant being called the "worst person in the neighborhood." Then after finding the meteorite, the Jerkass tendencies escalate from there. By the time the final battle comes around, you're already feeling like you want to strangle him. And don't get us started on MOTHER 3...
  • Kiddie Kid: Oddly enough, he acts quite immature and childish his age for a villain, that is, considering he is an adolescent. Take into account how he taunts the heroes throughout the whole game and his actions in his Guest-Star Party Member appearance in the beginning of the game.
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: He has control over the Devil's Machine during the final boss battle.
  • Laughing Mad: During the final boss battle, even though he admits Giygas terrifies him as much as Ness.
  • Leitmotif: Has a weird and disharmonious tune that follows him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: A rare villainous example during the final battle. Granted, he's backed up by Giygas here, but Heavily Armed Pokey on his own would've made for a rather challenging boss if he were encountered any sooner.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Even if we, the audience, doesn't get to see much of his father, it is evident that his father can be just as malicious as his son. Itoi commented that the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" in regards to Porky's relationship with his father.
  • The Load: Although he's only with you at the very beginning of the game, all he does is alternately whine, beg for mercy, hide behind Ness, play dead, and otherwise do nothing to contribute. Even Picky makes some attempt to contribute, even if it's mostly futile.
  • Mark of the Beast: As with some human enemies and the Happy Happyist cult, the whole game suggests that whoever is under Giygas's control is "blue", so to speak. Porky is no exception; in the final boss battle, he gains blue-colored skin just like the former, with the more corpse-like shade possibly indicating he's reached a further stage of this phenomenon.
  • Meaningful Name: Yeah, you can't deny he's quite porky.
  • Mobile Menace: Steals the chopper Ness is intending to use to fly to Summers. Jeff later finds its crashed wreckage in the swamp; Porky somehow managed to navigate it on foot. The kicker, though, is when he pops up in the Cave of the Past after a long absence.
    • One theory revolves around the strange metal 'tentacle tree' at the cave's starting point, which doesn't do anything. In EarthBound Beginnings, there was a rock-like structure marked with double x's (sometimes nicknamed the "God's Tail" by fans) that was left in a cave east of Podunk placed there specifically to warp Ninten to Magicant. This may be a similar-looking "tail" that was specifically placed there for Porky to bring him to Giygas.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Who better to be the herald of Giygas than Ness's annoying neighbor?
  • Never My Fault: Blames the cops for Picky's "disappearance", despite the fact it was he who chickened out and left him back at the meteor site.
    Pokey: Suddenly, I noticed that Picky was gone. I blame the cops... it certainly wasn't my fault at all.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Taunts Ness to cry out and pray to his friends for help near the end of the game which serves as a clue to Giygas's one weakness. He also disables the Devil's Machine, which would have made Giygas invincible and impossible to beat.
  • Non-Action Guy: Porky himself never once fights anybody directly in the entire series, only ever participating in combat from the safety of mechanized battle vehicles that do much of the work for him and shamelessly bowing out as soon as it becomes clear a fight isn't going his way.
  • Not as You Know Them: His appearance in the final boss battle has him rocking a totally different sprite color while showing he's also gone completely off his rocker.
  • Not Brainwashed: As demonstrated when he pretends to shake off the Happy Happyism Cult's brainwashing; however, this only occurred in the English translation.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: You didn't think that a fat, immature, and obnoxious kid would become The Dragon to an Eldritch Abomination, possibly manipulate said Abomination, and become the Big Bad for MOTHER 3, did you?
  • Nouveau Riche: Becomes this by the time Ness sees him again in Fourside. He notifies you of his success in the least classy way possible: by summoning his henchmen to 'escort' you out.
    Guard: "And don't let me catch you near Master Porky again!" *SLAM*
  • Odd Friendship: He and Ness, if you think they even had a friendship in the first place. Things suddenly all go downhill from there.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Expresses this idea very clearly during the final battle.
    "And here you stand, waiting to be burned up with all the rest of the garbage of this universe..."
  • Poisonous Friend: He very much wants to have a close friendship with Ness despite constantly threatening, aggravating, and patronizing him every other minute due to only of his jealousy and a general lack of age-appropriate social skills.
  • Poke the Poodle: His demand towards Ness to help him find his brother.
    "If you refuse me, I'll say something that'll cut you like a knife."
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His battle sprite during the final battle with Giygas has him as a brunette instead of his usual blonde self, apparently.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: While he does betray whomever he partners up with, he only does after their untimely demise by the Chosen Four. During that, he acts like the right hand man to most of them.
  • Prophecy Twist: States that the Apple of Enlightenment hasn't predicted his appearance in the final boss battle.
    "I was led by Giygas, and now I'm here. The Apple of Enlightenment couldn't predict this."
  • Psycho Supporter: Towards Carpainter, Monotoli and Giygas.
  • Put on a Bus: Happens multiple times throughout the whole game.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives Ness a particularly chilling one during the final boss battle.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He doesn't become associated with red and black until much later during the final battle with Giygas. At that point he starts wearing red-black pinstripe suits. Ironic, considering Giygas' colors.
  • Red Right Hand: See Mark of the Beast above.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In the battle versus the Devil's Machine, Porky seems to be betting on Ness exhausting his energy on targeting Giygas. Once Porky begins taking damage instead, he shuts off the Machine — setting off a chain reaction rather than let Ness win.
  • The Runaway: Considering as to what happens after the epilogue, he can be recognized as this.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Him talking about Giygas has him as this.
  • Satellite Character: A rare example. Look at Poisonous Friend above.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Giygas is mortally wounded, Pokey bails.
    Pokey: Ness! Now, I... well... It's going to seem like I'm running away... But perhaps I'll just sneak off to another era to think about my next plan.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's seen wearing a red pinstripe suit when he's encountered in Fourside. And sticks with the suit during the final battle.
  • Shave and a Haircut: The most annoying door knock in the universe.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Picky, who's more reasonable and decent while his older brother is a fat and obnoxious slob.
  • Sinister Minister: Blithely resurfaces as a Priest in the Happy Happyist cult.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports a deranged, toothy grin on his face during the final battle.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: You can notice this throughout all the times you see or notice his presence in certain areas of the game. It can be debated if he was evil all along, but his actions become more heinous as the story goes on.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He would be portrayed as one since he always comes first to the place the Chosen Four are going to next. He is trying to slow the heroes down, so it's reasonable.
  • The Starscream: One interpretation of the final battle is that Pokey is betraying Giygas in shutting off the Devil's Machine, using the Eldritch Abomination as an attack dog.
    Pokey: His (Giygas') own mind was destroyed by his incredible power. What an almighty idiot! Yep, that's what he is!
    • It can be subverted if it's believed that the reason Pokey shut off the Devil's Machine was because he believed his master could deal with him, and that his calling Giygas an Almighty Idiot was just Brutal Honesty.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: In the Japanese version, right after Carpainter's defeat, it is highly evident that Porky wanted to make amends to Ness, but took Ness's silence as a no.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: While not necessarily his Leitmotif playing, his battle music drastically changes from 8-bit to a more intense version of the theme. It's often referred to as "Pokey Means Business" for a reason, you know.
  • This Loser Is You: His entire character is symbolic of humanity's flaws according to Itoi.
  • Unfortunate Name: A fat kid named "Porky". He's just asking to be picked on.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Say, why does Ness let him get off scot-free every time they come face to face?
  • Unreliable Expositor: He is the main reason why most of the unanswered questions in the whole trilogy is shrouded in theories and guesses. The worst part? He is the only NPC who ever gives an Exposition about the major points of the game. It's your job as the player to take it to heart or not.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After you beat Carpainter, he does this.
    "What a horrible nightmare. I somehow woke up. Ness, let's be friends again. Please answer me. I promise to be good. ...uh ...okay?"
    • This was interestingly changed in the English version of the game. Immediately after he says the above quote, he says that he was kidding and runs away, insulting Ness. In the original Japanese, however, he was honest, and he even yells at Ness for not answering him.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Is implied to have been friends with Ness at some point. Though why Ness didn't hang out with Picky instead is anyone's guess.
  • We Will Meet Again: Once Giygas is destroyed, Porky uses time travel to escape into another era, but not before taunting Ness one last time.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: While it is not evident that he has been bullied, as the trope page suggests, he proves to Ness that he won't be stooped any further and can be as powerful as Ness can be during the final boss battle.
  • With Friends Like These...: His relationship with Ness.

Minor Antagonists

    Frank Fly 
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""Fail-proof" Frank can't be beaten."
Leader of the Sharks gang in Onett. He is essentially the first obstacle in Ness's journey.
  • Alliterative Name: Frank Fly.
  • Arc Villain: For Onett, being the leader of the Sharks and having the town in complete fear of him until Ness defeats him.
  • Back for the Finale: He appears as one of the people that Paula prayed for in the final battle against Giygas.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: His clay model and battle sprite sport huge grins, and so does his robot Frankystein Mark II. Averted with his regular in-game sprite, though.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He becomes nicer after he is defeated by Ness, and after disbanding the Sharks gang he is employed by a burger shop. Ness and his party can talk to him to recover HP and PP.
  • Delinquents: He's implied to be between his late teens to early twenties. Also led the Sharks gang that terrorized Onett until Ness stopped them.
  • Delinquent Hair: His hair is a combination of a shark fin-shaped mohawk and a mullet, and he's the (former) leader of the Sharks gang.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He gives up a life of crime and work in a local burger shop after losing to Ness.
  • Knife Nut: He carries two daggers in his hands, and isn't afraid to use them. One of his attacks has him "brandishing a knife".
  • Recurring Element: Like Teddy, he's a gang leader who, after getting an ass-kicking from Ninten/Ness, leaves his gangs to pursue a different career (Frank works at a local burger shop; Teddy becomes a regular singer at the Live House (at least in the international version and MOTHER 1+2)). Both also use knives as their main weapons, wear Cool Shades, and lack PSI (though unlike Frank, Teddy is a playable character).
  • Reformed Criminal: Disbanded the Sharks after his defeat, and shown to be working at the burger shop.
  • Sequential Boss: Even if you did win against him, you still have to face Frankystein Mark II which a lot of tougher, especially since you are worn out from fighting against Frank.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Is always seen wearing a dark red pinstripe suit, even while working at a burger shop. Porky seems to take after him in this regard later in the game.
  • Shout-Out: According to Itoi, he was named after the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
  • Sinister Shades: Wears a pair of black sunglasses. He still wears them even after he pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Starter Villain: The first major boss to be faced.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: This is the first battle where you can and will lose if you are not ready to fight him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He'll brutalize Ness for messing with the Sharks.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Apparently he's not old enough to have alcohol despite looking like an adult. Since the post-game, he offered to have a drink of mineral water with Ness.

    Captain Strong 
The Chief of the Onett Police Force. He has the town under lockdown since the meteorite crashed.

  • Da Chief: He's the top dog of the Police Force.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Had five of his best officers lay a beatdown on Ness for disobeying a "No Trespassing" sign.
  • Graceful Loser: He backs off and lets Ness go to Twoson after his defeat.
  • Police are Useless: The only thing they're good at is setting up roadblocks.
  • Police Brutality: Having arranged five of his men to beat up a small kid. Even taking place for an officer that chickened out.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Arranging a trap for Ness by having his officers beat him up. When his last standing officer bailed out, he took his place.

    Mr. Carpainter 
The leader of the Happy Happyist cult. He believed that the key to happiness is to color the world blue.
  • Arc Villain: For Twoson as the one who masterminded Paula's kidnapping, although it turns out the Mani Mani Statue was influencing him.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As the result of the Mani Mani Statue.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": It is just Carpainter, nothing about his real name is mentioned.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He'll use Crashing Boom Bang once in a while, but since you are equipped with the Franklin Badge, it'll just reflect back into him.
  • Shock and Awe: He used the Crashing Boom Bang (or PSI Thunder Beta) attack. In fact, he sends you away with the attack when trying to take him on without getting the Franklin Badge first.
  • Punny Name: Carpainter.
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    Master Belch 
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A large, animated pile of puke working for Giygas. He causes trouble for Saturn Village when he kidnaps and enslaves several Mr. Saturn to make him Fly Honey. After his first defeat, he evolves into Master Barf, and becomes stronger.
  • Achilles' Heel: He get distracted by the Jar of Fly Honey which makes him lose his regeneration. As Master Barf, he isn't as distracted by it.
  • Arc Villain: For Threed, being responsible for a horde of zombies and ghosts terrorizing Threed and enslaving several Mr. Saturns.
  • Blob Monster: A creature made of puke.
  • Evil Laugh: Did this a lot in his introductory blurb to Ness.
  • Gasshole: He burps... a lot.
  • Palette Swap: His clay model is dark blue despite his sprite being dark green. As Master Barf, is colored red.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fly Honey. He loves it so much that he enslaved several Mr. Saturn and forced them to mass-produce it. If Ness' party carries the Jar of Fly Honey item, he'll be completely distracted. As Master Barf, this is no longer the case.

    Geldegarde Monotoli 
The mayor of Fourside, and the most recent owner of the Mani Mani Statue.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to the Mani Mani Statue.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Already pulled one by the time you reach him in the Monotoli Building. Thanks to Paula.
  • Mayor Pain: Usurped the position from Enrich Flavor. He since resigned in the post-game.
  • The Unfought: The only antagonist you meet that you didn't fight.

    Mani Mani Statue 
A psychic statue used by Giygas to spread his evil influence. It is initially unearthed by Lier X. Agerate in Onett, but eventually becomes a recurring threat afterwards.
  • Arc Villain: Acts as a sort of Greater-Scope Villain for the Twoson segment, but it eventually takes center stage as the main threat during the Fourside arc.
  • Artifact of Doom: It's a golden statue that magnifies its target's greedy thoughts.
  • Light 'em Up: It knows the "glorious light" version of PK Flash, equivalent to the Omega level, giving it a 40% chance of One-Hit Kill. Thankfully, the Night Pendant is available in the area to No-Sell it.
  • Living Statue: It can't talk or move, but it seemingly manipulated Agerate, Carpainter, and Monotoli to execute Giygas' will. Once confronted, it defends itself.
  • Master of Illusion: Before the confrontation with it, the statue generates Moonside, a bizarre mirror of Fourside, in order to confuse Ness and Jeff.

    The Sanctuary Guardians 
Eight monsters that guard the Sanctuary from Ness and party.

Titanic Ant
Guardian of the "Giant Step" in Onett.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: It's a giant ant.
  • Flunky Boss: The Tiantic Ant is aided in battle by two Antoids.
  • Shoot the Medic First: It is advised to attack his Antoids first as they have PSI Lifeup to heal the boss.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Whoo boy is it ever. Not counting the first Starman, this is the first boss fight in the game where Ness has to face someone that uses PSI techniques. The Titanic Ant can lower Ness' defense and put up up a shield to tank Ness' physical hits. To make matters worst, it can even use PSI Magnet which drains Ness minimal PP. Even when it's not using is crazy special moves, it's regular bite attack hits hard (around 30 points of damage). This can DEFINITELY be bad when it lowers Ness' defense. Oh yeah! Don't forget about the two Antoids that can use Lifeup to heal up the Titanic Ant!

Mondo Mole
Guardian of the Lilliput Steps near the Happy Happy Village.

Trillionage Sprout
Guardian of the Milky Well in Saturn Valley.
  • Flunky Boss: It is accompanied with two Tough Mobile Sprouts.
  • Green Thumb: If it had thumbs, that is.
  • Kill It with Fire: It and the Sprouts are weak to PSI Fire.
  • Shoot the Medic First: The Tough Mobile Sprouts has PSI LifeUp to heal the boss, PSI Magnet to drain your PP, and can grow more of itself so it is advised to take them out.
  • Taken for Granite: Its gaze has the power to Diamondize a party member.

Shrooom!
Guardian of the Rainy Circle in Winters.

Plague Rat of Doom
Guardian of the Magnet Hill in Fourside.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: He sports a toothy, mischievous grin that looks like he's going to do something naughty.
  • Poison Is Evil: Hiss bite is capable of poisoning one of your party members.
  • You Dirty Rat!: A quite literal example, considering he lives in the sewer and has fungi growing out of his backside.

Thunder & Storm
Guardian of the Pink Cloud in Dalaam.

Electro Spectre
Guardian of the Lumine Hall in a cave connected to the Tenda Village.

Carbon/Diamond Dog
Guardian of the Fire Spring deep under the Lost Underworld.
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