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A character page for the cast of Environmental Station Alpha. Contains unmarked spoilers. And note that the antagonists are all walking spoilers.


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    The Protagonist 

"The Robot"

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A robot sent to Environmental Station Alpha in order to understand what caused it to malfunction decades ago.
  • Ambiguous Robots: They sent a robot on this mission to avoid putting human lives in risk, but one ending screen reveals there's a brain inside its helmet.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Gets infected by the Virus after the final fight, either taking it to destroy mankind or attempting to wander off to where it can never be found again.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: On the Alien ending, the Council rewards the Robot by apparently transforming them into a Eldritch Abomination. The Robot explodes into a pillar of light which tears the Station apart, but what they become is not shown.
  • Brain in a Jar: Appears to have one inside their helmet, as seen in their prior designs and one of the ending pictures.
  • Cool Bike: The Robot can find one to ride around the station with, as silly as that sounds.
  • Cool Crown: The very last item that can be collected is a white crown that floats above the robot's head while breaking reality just for being there.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Is powerful enough to take on Mwyah's true form. Mwyah even assumes the Robot wants to replace them.
  • Doomed Protagonist: The villain turns out to be a virus who can consume any machine, so it's not hard to predict how the story normally ends. The Robot can subvert this by taking their mission off the rails and attemping to defeat Mwyah instead, which leads to the cliffhangers of the Usurper and Alien endings.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: The aptly named Hookshot can be used to swing and climb over obstacle courses.
  • Heroic Mime: The robot talks to themself on a couple of scenes but never speaks to others.
  • No Name Given
  • Orbiting Particle Shield: One of the last powerups that can be found is a shield of three orbiting particles.
  • Ray Gun: The Robot's gun can be upgraded to charge and to fire spread triple shots.
  • Video Game Dashing: Can get the ability to Flash Step both horizontally and vertically.

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    Antagonists 

The Virus

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An advanced computer virus that was uploaded through uncertain means to the Environmental Station Alpha from the cargo ship A152 and infected its A.I., causing the disaster when it made the security robots hunt down the Station's personnel.
  • Big Bad: It is the being responsible for the Station's deactivation.
  • Background Boss: His true form is one. First you damage its hands, then you go for the head.
  • Contagious A.I.: To ensure its own survival, the Virus seeks sources of electricity to infect and absorb.
  • Dem Bones: The infected A.I. appears as an energy skull.
  • Final Boss: Fighting it at its mainframe grants either the Normal ending or the Asteroid ending.
  • One-Winged Angel: Inside its mainframe, the virus proper takes on a more humanoid giant form.
  • Orbiting Particle Shield: When first fought, the Station A.I. is surrounded by spiked balls.
  • Recurring Boss: Fought twice through the game.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In the Planet ending, the Robot refuses to take it to human civilization. The Virus reasons it can endure on the Robot's databanks long after they break down, so it can wait until someone finds them.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Every machine in the station is influenced by the virus. And once you turn the security systems on, the Virus' forehead eye appears on certain monitors to keep track of the Robot.
  • The Virus: Can access and take control of any machine.

Mwyah

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A powerful alien being that was revered by the inhabitants of what became the Station as either a ruler or a god.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one in their normal form.
  • Bald of Awesome: Seems to be a common trait among aliens like them.
  • Background Boss: During the entirety of the second fight.
  • Bond One-Liner: "Two can play this game." They say this if you fall for their humiliating sneak attack.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Mwyah's true form has the alien symbol for the letter M on their forehead.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Statues of them are seen all over the Temple area (one even has 4 pillars around it) and they are referenced in many of the alien journals.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: During the first phase of the second battle, colored flames hover around Mwyah, indicating which one out of 5 attacks they're going to use. On the third phase, their eyelights alternate between blue and red as well.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Attempts to insta-kill the Robot with a sneak attack as the second fight begins. They also prevent the player from using the game-breaking Booster X and Supercharge Module upgrades.
  • Dem Bones: Can shift their face into a skull. Moreover, their true form has exposed ribs.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Their true form, complete with Combat Tentacles.
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Sometimes displays those in their true form.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Subverted, as Mwyah doesn't seem particularly villainous or involved in the Virus' creation. They just don't take kindly to some robot pursuing them in order to kick their ass and usurp them.
  • Humanoid Abomination: When not using their full powers, Mwyah manifests as a tall caped humanoid.
  • Madness Mantra: After being defeated twice, they declare over and over that they will hunt the robot down.
  • Nightmare Face: Mwyah is quite the expressive fellow. They're the only character who emotes in the dialogue box.
  • One-Winged Angel: Their true form is dozens of times bigger than the robot, has numerous tentacles and a shifting, melting head.
  • Recurring Boss: Fought twice through the game.
  • Sequential Boss: The battle against true Mwyah has three phases.
    • Firstly, Mwyah attacks from the background with 5 different attacks.
    • Secondly, Mwyah moves higher and starts attacking with grasping hands and pillars of dark mist. The player must jump at their head by maneuvering over the conveniently placed platforms.
    • Lastly, they lose their body and appear as a large smiling head instead. They only have two simple attacks in this form, but at low hp they start turning the player invisible too.
  • True Final Boss: Of both the original version of the game and the Research Outpost expansion.

"The Council"

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"Your deeds are arrogant, but brave. Peharps they should be rewarded...?"
An omniscient god-like creature that lurks deep within the alien homeworld.
  • Eldritch Abomination: They either look like a mass of many heads or a group of massive faces in a spherical formation surrounding a halo. The main face has a X over their mouth. They're able to bestow transformations upon people or just make them spontaneously explode.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The recurring decaying face motif aside, the one time their existence is hinted at is when Mwyah asks if the Robot is attempting to please their superiors by besting them.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Subverted, as those people seem reasonable enough and even grant power to those who they deem worthy. There's nothing to imply they've been involved in the creation of the Virus, either.
  • Holy Halo: When the council appears on the Usurper ending, what seems to be a white halo is seen at their center.
  • I Am Legion: Refers to themselves as "We" and "Us".
  • No Name Given

    Minor Characters 

"Secret Creatures"

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A group of aliens that appear during the post-game.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The one that is a plain talking eagle speaks in normal letters. They hint at how the alien symbols can be converted.

"Party Guy"

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A person who wishes you a happy birthday.

"Fisherman"

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A fisherman who appears in a closed-off spot and in some post-credits pictures.
  • Easter Egg: Appears in an error handler room, so you have to mess with the coordinates in your save to get to him.

"Skull Aliens"

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Floating purple skulls immersed in a gooey substance.

The Anteater

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A shy anteater who has been watching the Robot's quest.

"Bee Guy"

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A hidden blue person of not much importance.
  • Bilingual Bonus: He speaks an... interesting line in the alien language: "bzz bzz bzz im a bee".
  • Easter Egg: He's hidden in the Derelict Ship.

"Mega Sad"

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A person who's very distressed about something.
  • Easter Egg: Found in a secret room near the end of the Dash Booster X death course.
  • Madness Mantra: MEGA SAD! MEGA SAD! MEGA SAD! AS4X#$RWEFÜY$5DF$%Y$#%YF$F1$%YG&%U$%FT#WRS AA AAAA AAA AA A AAAAAAAAA
  • Nightmare Face: It gets faceless with crooked teeth before turning into a glitchy mess.

Hempuli?

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A guy who's presumably the developer's in-game avatar. Gives messages in a couple of secret rooms.
  • Easter Egg: Appears in certain rooms to inform the player they've found a secret.
  • Nightmare Face: Flashes creepy blank eyes at you every few seconds.


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