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Cheer up!

The protagonist of the second half of the game. He starts as a shy, sheltered boy, but grows on his journey across the Islands.

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Claus goes missing early into the game, leaving Lucas to wallow in sadness for years until he goes to find the Needles.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Comes out of nowhere when Salsa, Kumatora, and Wess are cornered by Pigmasks and Lucas calls the mother Drago to decimate the Pigmasks surrounding them.
  • Break the Cutie: The game really goes out of its way to mess up Lucas. If you listed all of the traumatic things that happen to him over the course of the story, you'd more or less have a summary of the plot of the game.
  • Combat Medic: Continues the series' trend of the main protagonist being the game's primary healer, complete with a vast arsenal of healing and protection abilities to use on himself and his allies: Lifeup to replenish HP, and Healing to remove status effects and revive fallen party members, the various Shield and Counter techniques, can bestow both with Offense Up and Defense Up, and use Refresh, which gives him and all his allies a fraction of their HP back every turn. Being one of his most insanely useful techniques since it can render everyone immortal in regular gameplay due to how the HP system works, it's naturally the last skill he gets by level.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Lucas was made to endure quite a bit of horror before his teen years, what with seeing his mother fatally manhandled before his eyes, his brother disappeared after trying to get revenge on what killed her, and his father almost entirely abandoning him trying to find said brother. He's no doubt more than a little jaded after the Time Skip (though thanks to becoming a Silent Protagonist and the ambiguous ending, exactly how jaded is debatable).
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Ninten and Ness have a Mom that they sometimes call home, and a cute little sister, while their Dads are away from town and is the one who gives them money and saves their games. They also don't have trouble talking with people and spend their adventures with kids around their age. Lucas, on the other hand, has his Mom killed before he realizes what happens, a slighter older twin brother who gets brainwashed and he has to fight, and he has to save his game through frogs. He's also described as somewhat shy and a bit of a crybaby, and his party consists of his dog and two older people he never met before.
  • Cosmic Plaything: His mother dies, his brother goes missing and turns up as an evil cyborg, and his father goes nearly insane with grief. Even the dog is upset about it.
  • Covert Pervert: Only one instance, but when Kumatora is showering, you (as Lucas) have to approach the door to proceed with the game. Not really a Shower Scene, though, as she comes out all dressed after you try to enter.
  • The Dreaded: As in the previous game, this can be invoked: enemies in the overworld will try to flee from Lucas if his level is high enough. This eventually happens as part of the story after the Masked Man battle, as seeing their boss defeated causes every Pigmask on the scene to run for their lives.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Even as Tazmily changes, Lucas sticks to the old ways of the village, much to everyone's frustration.
  • Harmful to Minors: Yeah, the death of his mother and brother just isn't enough for this kid. Then he has to see the world end. Jeez...
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A rare male variation, this blond boy is purer than anyone else. May in part be due to how sensitive he is.
  • The Hero: Not at first, but it's there by the second half of the game.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: When you reach the Masked Man in front of the seventh Needle, he immediately knocks out everyone in your party with his lightning except for Lucas (due to the Franklin Badge) and will immediately do so again should he revive them.
  • Jumped at the Call: He certainly didn't need any convincing to call in a Drago to curb-stomp a gang of Pigmasks in a great moment. And three years later, when Wess informs him the currently-missing Duster might have been found, he wastes no time getting started with searching.
  • Kid Hero: Following the tradition of Ness and Ninten before him, he's implied to be around 12 by the time he picks up the role of main protagonist and fights the Pigmasks.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After the Pigmasks attack Osohe Castle and corner Salsa, Kumatora, and Wess in the forest, Lucas decides he's had enough of sitting on the sidelines. He becomes the main protagonist from then on.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: It is heavily implied, specially during the first chapter, that he feels responsible for letting Claus go alone to fight the Mecha-Drago that ended their mother's life and caused his apparent death. During the end of the game, it gets subverted, where it is revealed that Claus never died, but was knocked unconcious by the Mecha-Drago and found by the Pigmasks, who rebuilt him into the Masked Man.
  • Made of Iron: Post-time skip, he's hit with a stray lightning bolt from a generator so powerful it can project house-destroying lightning anywhere on the Nowhere Islands. Not only does this merely accomplish Ash Facing him, but he gains a new PSI ability as a result.
  • Magic Knight: Has a great deal of healing, shielding, and buffering moves, but also has the most damaging PSI attack in the game and the second-highest HP and highest physical attack power. Much like Ness, however, he is the slowest out of the party.
  • Meaningful Name: Though never brought up in the story, the name "Lucas" translates to "Light" or "Bringer of Light", which is very fitting given how Lucas symbolizes and is referenced a few times as the "sun", through his actions to persevere through his hardships and redeem the world in a story and world as dark and cruel to him as the world of Mother 3 is.
  • Missing Mom: She is found dead halfway through the first chapter, and not long after we meet her for the first time, too.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother is killed by the Mecha-Drago. Angst ensues. Later, his father spends years looking for his "missing" son out in the mountains, and it's implied he hasn't spoken to Lucas much in that time.
  • Plot-Induced Stupidity: Hey, look, the Pigmasks are arriving to pull the Needle we just beat a boss for. Might as well stand here and let them set up!
  • Primary-Color Champion: Following with Ness and Ninten's tradition, he wears a red and yellow striped shirt, as well as blue shorts.
  • Psychic Powers: As per tradition, Lucas is psychic like the main protagonists before him, complete with his own unique special PSI attack, PK Love.
  • The Quiet One: Is often described as quiet and shy in-game. And then he gets saddled with the role of Silent Protagonist for the rest of the game save the ending.
  • Silent Protagonist: Assumes the role from Chapter 3 onwards, after earning his role as the primary lead character. Except for a brief moment in Chapter 1, everything he says over the course of the story pre-Time Skip is the rest of the cast Repeating so the Audience Can Hear. Played with in Chapter 7 when Lucas finds Kumatora and the Magypsy Doria, at which time she is trying to introduce the current party to her; she hurriedly whispers to Lucas asking what his dog's name is, and he clearly whispers back. This exchange isn't given any real dialogue.
  • The Chosen One: Lucas is never officially name-dropped as this, but it's heavily implied that he's the Chosen One because he is one of only two people in the whole world who can use PK Love, and by extension, pull the 7 Needles that would awaken the Dark Dragon and rebirth the world, as prophesied.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Lucas and Claus are anagrams of each other.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His defining moment is definitely when he takes the baby and mother Dragos to save Kumatora, Salsa, and Wess from the Pigmasks.
  • Twin Telepathy: Not in the usual sense, though. Moreso the fact that it's later discovered that his twin Claus can also use PSI, once Lucas and co. realize he is the Masked Man who's been pulling Needles. He's also the only other person who can use PK Love. Every time Lucas comes into contact with the Masked Man, he and the Masked Man get these weird light flashes that imply they recognize each other.
  • Unlikely Hero: Claus's shirt is blue and yellow — the same color as Ninten's and Ness's before him. He also acts like a Hot-Blooded hero, capable of ridiculously selfless and suicidal actions on behalf of the people he cares about. Everything about him is deliberately engineered to scream "hero!"... but it's the timid Lucas who gets saddled with the position instead. Ironically, Claus's heroic traits are what lead to him ending up brainwashed and fighting against Lucas on the side of the antagonists, the Pigmasks.
  • When He Smiles: Lucas never (visibly) emotes in the story due to graphical limitations, but when you choose to continue on the Game Over screen, he gets up and smiles adorably.

Tonda gossa.

A "thief" who doesn't do much in the way of thieving, though manages some impressive athletic feats with his permanently injured leg. He accompanies Lucas on his journey across the Islands in search of the Egg of Light and, later, the Needles. Quite an accomplished musician, as well.

  • Disability Superpower: He walks with a limp, and it's noted by several characters. Surprisingly, he incorporates it into his Secret Thief Arts combat style. Duster's weapons are shoes, and he kicks enemies in combat. He can make preemptive attacks at the start of random encounters, and he can even negate sneak attacks by flipping the enemies around (thus making it a preemptive attack for your whole party). When your party puts on Pigmask suits in Chapter 5, you can tell which one is Duster's by watching him move.
  • Distressed Dude: Is held captive in the siege of Saturn Valley in Chapter Seven.
  • Family Theme Naming: Cleaning utensils. He's named after a duster, obviously.
  • Handicapped Badass: That leg must really have a lot of velocity in order to deal that much damage to enemies. He's even the second-strongest physical attacker of the party, after Lucas.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He's even asleep on his naming screen! Boney has to drag him by the neck through the rain during most of his introduction scene. It's implied that he's a night owl, but still, it takes about three-quarters of the cutscene for him to finally wake up.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His Thief Tools (wall staples, a scary mask, a siren beetle, a tickle stick, smoke bombs, and a hypno-pendulum) are all things he can use in fights. All of them inflict status effects similar and/or identical to Kumatora's.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He doesn't hit as hard as Lucas, his Thief Tools have lower success rates than PSI, and he's a little slower than Boney. Despite this, he's still a very versatile and useful party member. He has the highest HP and second-highest physical attack and the second-highest speed, barely behind Lucas and Boney respectively. With a limp.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In chapter 4, the bassist of the DCMC, Lucky, is revealed to be Duster with amnesia.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: After the mission in Osohe Castle that Wess sends him on, he's never shown stealing anything, despite being classed as a thief. Possibly a hint toward the true nature of his "job", as Leder reveals in Chapter 8 that Wess and Duster merely took on the role of thieves in the new society to protect the Egg of Light.

Outta my way, dammit!

The brash, bold Princess of Osohe Castle. She is extremely well-versed in psychic techniques despite her young age, particularly in the branches that allow for severely injuring others. She accompanies Lucas on his journey across the islands in search of the Egg of Light and, later, the Needles.

  • Bathtub Scene: Played with and averted (though really, what were you expecting from 16-bit overworld sprites?). It merely appears to be Kumatora (it was actually Ionia) in a hot spring, and the second time when it's actually her in the shower, she isn't actually seen and in fact gets out all dressed up the second the player tries to peek (funnily, you have to approach the shower door to proceed with the plot).
  • Bifauxnen: A little kid mistakes her for a boy at some point in Chapter 2.
  • Black Magician Girl: Is this in contrast to Lucas's skillset. She's the only playable character that can use the elemental PSI attacks.
  • Cry Cute: During the ending, Duster says she looks really cute when she cries.
  • Foil: She's this to Ana and Paula. All three of them are Squishy Wizards that have offensive PK powers. But while Ana and Paula have parents that worry about their child, Kumatora is an orphan. Kumatora is tougher than her traditionally girly predecessors and she's not the Implied Love Interest of the main character.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Subverted. You can actually get a Fake Frying Pan as a weapon for Kumatora, as a nod to Paula, but it's just a Joke Weapon and is far from Kumatora's strongest piece of equipment.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: When Kumatora's introduced for the second time, she launches a PK Freeze blast at Duster. After that cutscene and she joins your party, she starts with full HP, but her PP is 5 points short of full, which is the exact amount of PP that PK Freeze is worth.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Kumatora is universally described as strong, tough, and masculine, and off-screen, is capable of single-handedly smacking down two bodyguards that Lucas isn't even allowed to approach because they're too dangerous. Yet in actual combat, she's a Squishy Wizard who has the overall lowest physical damage ratio, even compared to a dog.
  • Happily Adopted: As she lost both her parents as a baby before being taken away on the "white ship", the Magypsies agreed to raise her as their own.
  • An Ice Person: Kumatora is the only character who can use PK Freeze. Also has a chance to solidify the opponent as well.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Although what profanity there is in the fan translation isn't very strong, most of it comes courtesy of Kumatora.
  • Meaningful Name: Kumatora means "bear" (kuma) "tiger" (tora) in Japanese, obviously suiting her brash personality.
  • Modest Royalty: For a Princess of Osohe, she dresses in simple clothing.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her name means bear-tiger.
  • The Not-Love Interest: While her role in the party is exactly the same as Ana and Paula before her, there's no indication of any attraction to the protagonist Lucas, or vice versa.
  • Raised by Natives: Kumatora is an orphan, so the Magypsies took her in when she was a baby. It explains a lot, actually.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In her normal attire, a little girl mistakes her for a guy. In Chapter 4, however, she has to disguise as a waitress to get behind-the-scenes at Club Titiboo in order to convince an amnesiac Duster who he really is. Suddenly, many of the men find her attractive. Even Lucas, who for all we know hadn't seen Kumatora since three years ago, has to constantly be reminded to keep a straight face because of how drastic the change is.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, she only appears in Lucas's Final Smash, but she was the one who taught Lucas his PK powers.
  • Squishy Wizard: Kumatora. Despite how she's portrayed in-story as being very masculine and physically strong, even one time knocking out some guards that Lucas was specifically prohibited from talking to because of how strong they were, in actual gameplay, she really doesn't hit that hard. Her PSI is powerful and can rip the Pigmasks a new one, but she has the second-lowest HP of the party (about 100+ HP less than Lucas or Duster) and lowest Defense of the party, so she can't take too many hits before taking Mortal Damage.

Woof woof! (I can take you for a walk if you'd like, Lucas.)

The family dog of the twins. An intelligent, responsible creature who sticks by Lucas on his long journey.

  • Action Pet: Lucas' dog Boney, he's unique in that he sticks with you for the rest of the game and is the first animal to be a permanent party member in a MOTHER game.
  • Enemy Scan: His sniff ability tells you enemies' weaknesses. Some enemies either have no scent or one that Boney can't handle.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: During the Mushroom Samba on Tanehineri/Tanetane Island, Boney starts barking whenever the party encounters a hallucinatory monster. He also won't follow you into the luxurious hot spring — for good reason...
  • Fragile Speedster: Boney is one of the fastest party members in the game, but he can't take a lot of damage.
  • Item Caddy: Boney's high speed but not-as-high offense usually leads to many players relegating him to supporting with items in battle, until he gets strong enough to keep up with other physical attackers.

    Lucas's Family 
...make SURE you eat the core!

Lucas' older twin brother. He is Lucas's exact opposite; energetic, stubborn, and brash.

For more information, see the Masked Man's character tropes.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Porky states at the end of the game that the Masked Man is nothing but a puppet, and there isn't a shred of humanity left in him. This is supported earlier in the game when Phrygia can sense Lucas's heart after he pulls his share of Needles, but not the heart of Claus, even though he's been pulling Needles as well. It isn't until the end of the game that Claus regains his humanity, after his mother's voice pleads with him.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He goes from a hyperactive, cheery kid to a silent, emotionless Pigmask Army Commander.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's the main character for chapter one, but is replaced by Lucas for the rest of the game after being seemingly killed off.
  • Fiery Redhead: Brash, energetic, and red-headed.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Claus becomes this after attempting to avenge his mother's death with the Mecha-Drago. Eventually, he is seen face-down at the end of Chapter 1, presumably dead or just barely alive. He later is used by the Pigmasks to aid in the pulling of the Seven Needles.
  • Musical Spoiler: A subtle hint about the Masked Man's true identity is that the sound used for the Masked Man's sword attack is a sitar, which is the same attack sound used for Claus when he's briefly playable.
  • Never Found the Body: Well, Flint never did, despite his greatest efforts. The Pigmasks, though...
  • Not Quite Dead: When the Pigmasks found him. Arguably his fate as the Masked Man as well: heartless, reconstructed, and (according to Porky, at least) with no human identity of his own.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Lucas is timid and gentle, while Claus is more outgoing and excitable. This proves to be Claus's downfall.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Lucas and Claus are anagrams of each other.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's very difficult to talk about him without accidentally giving away his fate by the end of Chapter 1. Or mention his revival as the Masked Man later in the game.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: The Pigmasks found his fallen body and turned him into their cyborg commander.

I wonder what's under that hat? Nothing. He's bald as a bean!

Lucas and Claus's father, and husband of Hinawa. Though quiet and fairly stoic, he cares for his family deeply.

  • Badass Normal: In a world where the mooks wield ray guns and the heroes wield psychic powers, he's still more than capable of making his way on his quest with nothing more than a good block of wood.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Primarily uses sticks as weapons.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The second person controlled, and the first who does any serious fighting. The ending narration of chapter two restates that he's going to continue to be a major player on the good guys' side. However, he never takes an active role in the plot again after that. Though he does help out in the eleventh hour. Compounded by the advertising campaign for Earthbound 64, where most video and screenshots were taken from the first chapter — leading many to believe, as early as 1999, that Mother 3 would be about Flint the cowboy rather than a young boy as is the series tradition. Of course, those who paid closer attention to the screenshots released could tell that Flint wouldn't be present for the entire game — though the fact that the Earthbound 64 trailer shows him clinging to the Pigmask airship at the end of Chapter 5, as well as the fact that his unused clinging sprite still exists in the GBA version, suggests that Flint really was planned to have a more active role in the later parts of the adventure during development.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Chapter 1. The forest gets set on fire, a friend of his is injured, his wife Hinawa is killed, he has a freakout that leads to him getting thrown in jail, and one of his sons tries to avenge Hinawa and is (presumably) killed. All of this within the space of a day or so.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: He has a cowboy hat that achieves this, and an early sight gag involving soot makes this more noticeable, although this wasn't the case in the scrapped N64 version. Turns out he's bald.
  • Family Theme Naming: He shares a firearm theme with Hinawa. Flint is named after a "flintlock."
  • Heartbroken Badass: Flint is reduced to anger and silence after his wife and son vanish.
  • Heroic BSoD: After the news of Hinawa's death is relayed to him, he refuses to speak, grabs a piece of wood, and attacks the townfolk until they knock him out and put him in a cell until he calms down.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: It is heavily implied that he feels responsible for Hinawa's death.
  • Made of Iron: Special mention goes to when he takes two PK Love Ω's for Lucas. Though he's knocked out for a bit, he eventually gets up like nothing happened.
  • Nice Hat: Flint wouldn't be Flint without his signature cowboy hat.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • A deconstruction; he gets so torn up about Claus's disappearance that he spends most of the game neglecting his other son in his rampant search for him.
    • During the final battle between Lucas and the Masked Man (who in reality is a brainwashed Claus), Flint will try and protect Lucas, taking two rounds of heavy damage for him.
  • Parental Neglect: To Lucas. While his leaving the Courage Badge (read: Franklin Badge) at home to prevent their home from getting torched by the lightning had probably saved Lucas's life a number of times, this is all he did for those three years; the rest of it was spent searching for Claus at every opportunity, and it's all but implied that Lucas and his father didn't talk much during that time.
  • Taking the Bullet: Flint takes a PK Love Ω for Lucas in the final battle — twice. Flint being taken out by the second one removes Lucas's unwillingness to attack.
  • Tragic Dream: He spent three years scouring the mountains looking for his missing son. He would never find him there — because the Pigmasks abducted him on day one. Made even more tragic in the ending of Chapter One, where it's shown Claus is just down the cliff from Flint, but he is too busy dealing with the Mecha Drago to search.

You must be so exhausted.

Lucas and Claus's mother, and wife of Flint. She is warm and loving, and wholly devoted to the care of her family. Even in death.

  • Arms and Armor Theme Naming: Believe it or not, she is named for hinawajū, a type of matchlock gun, which matches her husband's name.
  • Back from the Dead: As a spirit, seen once in the beginning of Chapter 6, and again at the end to bring Claus back to his senses. She's implied to be helping Lucas and friends out several more times during the story.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: The only color she's seen wearing is red, and she dies from a wound to the heart.
  • Family Theme Naming: Shares a firearm name theme with Flint. Her name is derived from the Japanese name for a matchlock. Coincidentally or not, Hinawa also just so happens to be a few letters off from the Japanese word for sunflower, himawari.
  • Good Parents: Hinawa is loved by both her children and treats them with absolute kindness, even when they're silly or annoying.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Lucas and Claus from the Mecha-Drago at the cost of her own life.
  • Leitmotif: She Was Like a Sunflower, which plays in scenes after her death in which she's important.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Sunflowers are associated with her presence throughout the game. In Chapter 6, Lucas even sees her ghost in a sunflower field.


Duster's elderly father, and mentor in the Thief Arts. He is an extremely competent fighter and dancer... despite his advanced age.

  • Abusive Parent: He constantly belittles his son, Duster. At one point, it is mentioned that some of the villagers believe that he actually gave Duster his limp. In Chapter 7, the hallucination of Wess says he gave Duster that limp. How true this is is still somewhat uncertain, given how out-of-character the hallucination characters generally are.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he's a Support Character in battles, he has a chance of pulling out an attack that does triple digit damage, handily outclassing anything you can dish out at that point in the game.
    Wess: I'd like to join the search, but they told me to stay here because I'm old. Seems nobody's aware of just how strong I really am.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: When Duster brought back the Noble Spitoon from Osohe Castle, Wess FLIPS OUT AND SMASHES IT ON THE GROUND, then comes with Duster to Osohe Castle to guide him so he gets the correct artifact (the Hummingbird Egg) this time. For the rest of the game, he refers to Duster as "Moron."
  • Family Theme Naming: Cleaning utensils. In Japanese, "wes" (derived from the English word "waste") refers to a type of cloth or rag used for cleaning.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Old Man Wess wants to save the world and teach his son to be strong, but he does so in a borderline abusive way.

The Magypsies
Seven mysterious, flighty, and secretive individuals with immense power, capable of bestowing psychic techniques on those they deem worthy. They enjoy tea parties and interior decor. They guard the Seven Needles, and each Magypsy is bound to one by their life force.
  • Ambiguous Gender: They are neither man nor woman, nor even human. In the Fan Translation, they usually refer to themselves as female, but Kumatora refers to them as male, suggesting it's up to the characters' interpretation. Villain Locria seems unambiguously male, though.
  • Camp Gay: Their mannerisms and dialogue are very effeminate, contrasted to their masculine appearance. While this is symptomatic of their genderless nature, it's clear that some stereotypes were humorously played with.

"Salsa apologized profusely!"

A cute and talented performing monkey, forced into the service of Fassad under threat of severe harm befalling his lady (monkey) love, Samba.

  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the star of Chapter 3, but doesn't return afterward until Chapter 7, where he and his girlfriend save Lucas from certain devouring by the Ultimate Chimera. Even then, he's only back in the party very briefly, and vanishes from the story entirely after that.
  • Apologetic Attacker: One of Salsa's skills is to "apologize profusely" to the enemy. This is a Continuity Nod to one of Porky's totally useless actions when he's a Guest-Star Party Member in EarthBound. Unlike Porky's, though, it actually does something.
  • Electric Torture: Constantly on the wrong side of it, to the point that it really stops being funny after the first few times.
  • Fragile Speedster: Salsa is the fastest party member in the game, but he has pathetic defenses.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Pigmasks have his girlfriend.
  • Punny Name: Salsa's Japanese name, "Sarusa", combines the Japanese word for "monkey" ("saru") with a type of dance. Appropriately, he's a monkey that has several prominent dance scenes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of Chapter 3, he's left in Kumatora's care. When Lucas catches up to her 3 years later, he's nowhere to be seen. Later on, we find out that he did find his girlfriend, but at some point, they were both caught by the Chimera Laboratory. However, the Chimera Laboratory turns out to be close to Club Titiboo, where Kumatora worked, so they did stick close to each other. Salsa and his girlfriend originally had a scene in the ending during all the upheaval after Lucas pulled the last Needle, but it was strangely Dummied Out.

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A suspicious travelling salesman, hawking "happiness" in the form of Happy Boxes and town renovation. He enlists Salsa's help as his assistant, shocking him repeatedly for punishment or just to spite him. He is in the service of King P and the Pigmasks, and ushers in the corruption that destroys Tazmily.

He is very strongly implied to be Locria, the seventh and final Magypsy.

  • Accent Slip Up: In the Japanese version, Fassad briefly slips into a noticeably more feminine speaking style, hinting at his origin, when he is left terrified as the Drago approaches him at the end of Chapter 3. Due to the way the languages differ, this is not as apparent in the English version.
  • Arab Oil Sheikh: Fassad looks like one, in any case. 'Fassad' is an Arabic word that means 'corruption'. It's also a pun on Façade (no, not the game). And it's not even official — his actual name is Yokuba (based on 'greed' in Japanese).
  • Back from the Dead: After falling from Thunder Tower, he's brought back to life with two musical horns attached.
  • Bad Boss: He's horribly cruel to Salsa for absolutely no reason.
  • Berserk Button: He completely blows his lid after you destroy his horns in his final battle.
    "Miracle Fassad tried PK Starstorm!"
  • Big Eater: Fassad loves eating bananas. So much that they're the only item that you can get after defeating him.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Inverted — the rest of the Magypsies are all psychic crossdressing guardians for good, except the comparatively conservatively-dressed Fassad (Locria).
  • Evil Laugh: "Nwehehehehehehehehe!" That's one "Nwe" and eight "he"s.
  • Fate Worse than Death: After you defeat Miracle Fassad for the last time, he falls into a sewer, too wounded to so much as move. Since he's later implied to be a Magypsy, this means that he's stuck, drowning, immobile, and alive, until the Needle is pulled at the end of the game.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: A notable one, as it's likely that he'll be the one doing all the damage while Salsa is taking all the hits (and doing his best to disable enemies so he doesn't get hit).
  • Hate Sink: He will make you want to choke him to death before Salsa's chapter is over.
  • Insists on Paying: During his stay in the Yado Inn in Tazmily Village, he insists to pay money for the night (even though the townspeople never use or heard the term "money"). Unlike most examples, this is meant to be seen as villainous rather than humble, since he's rejecting their hospitality in favor of making it a cold transaction.
  • Jerkass: Fassad corrupts Tazmily Village for his own profit while torturing an innocent monkey.
  • Kick the Dog: To Salsa. Over. And over. And over. To the point of instant Moral Event Horizon.
  • Make an Example of Them: Anyone who doesn't play ball and purchase a high-quality Happy Box gets their house torched by lightning.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Fassad's unaltered Japanese name is Yokuba, which comes from the Japanese word for "greed". His name in the fan translation comes from the Arabic word for "corruption" and coincidentally, it sounds like the word "façade". Fassad could also be something of a reference to Lier X. Agerate, a minor character from EarthBound.
    • Also Locria, which is all but stated to be the same character as Fassad. As the Magypsies are named after the modes of the diatonic scale, the Locrian mode is also known as the 'Diabolus in Musica', a Latin phrase meaning 'Devil in Music', in reference to its dissonant tone. This is likely the reason why the name "Locria" was chosen for the traitorous Magypsy.
  • Musical Spoiler: His horns the second and third time around play a somewhat messy version of the Magypsy's theme whenever he talks.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Lucas and his friends for pushing him off Thunder Tower. He actually slipped off the tower accidentally due to his careless habit of leaving banana peels around.
  • No-One Could Have Survived That: His fall off Thunder Tower, not that it stops the Pigmasks from rebuilding him. Justified in that he's immortal.
  • One-Hit Kill: He has a move where he "emits a dazzling light". It can instantly kill a party member, no matter how much health they have.
  • Pet the Dog: Locria's pet mouse, who described him as the kindest, most generous person he ever knew. A scene on the MOTHER 3 website depicts Fassad taking care of the mouse in Locria's home, completely confirming his identity, although for whatever reason, this isn't in the final game.
    "I don't think Locria is coming back anymore. Oh, me? I'm a mouse Locria liked to dote over. He had a creepy "Nwehehehehe" laugh, so he might've seemed like a mean person in most people's eyes, but he was very nice to me, at least. Do you think he'll be coming home soon? I'm so lonely."
  • Rasputinian Death: Fassad falls off the Thunder Tower at the end of Chapter 5, but he reappears as a boss later, named "New Fassad". After he's defeated, he appears again later on, this time dubbed "Miracle Fassad". After that boss defeat, he's finally dead. For good.
  • The Reveal: While you're heading through the Empire Porky Building, you come across a Magypsy's shell home. Inside, you find several banana peels, a pair of musical horns, and Fassad's clothing, and nearby you'll meet a mouse who describes the missing Magypsy's characteristic laugh.
  • Running Gag: Fassad isn't afraid to stop whatever he's doing to eat a banana, then throw the peel on the floor. This turns out to be his quite literal downfall at the top of Thunder Tower.
  • The Speechless: He requires a robotic interpreter after he is rebuilt as a cyborg, since he can only vocalize by blowing through the horns in his nose.
  • Standard Status Effects: During his boss fights, he often inflicts various status effects, such as nausea, forgetfulness, and fleas.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Fassad may be a chode, but he's an effective teammate (a lot more than Porky or Thomas), and a lot stronger than Salsa. Itoi intentionally wanted to provoke this feeling in players themselves.
  • Tactful Translation: His interpreter makes him sound a lot more polite compared to how he would talk previously, calling Lucas and company "kind sirs", among other things.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Luxury Bananas. They even heal him for more than they heal your party members.
  • Turns Red: The final battle against Miracle Fassad. After halving his HP, his "heart fills with hatred", and he busts out his incredibly powerful PSI abilities, including Starstorm.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: After he falls of Thunder Tower, the Pigmasks rebuild him into a cyborg who has horns sticking out of his nose.

Ultimate Chimera

Created to be the ultimate killing machine, the Ultimate Chimera was released by Salsa and Samba in their attempt to escape the Pigmask Army. It chases Lucas and Boney around the Chimera Laboratory before being shut off by the monkeys. It later appears in the restroom area of the Empire Porky Building.

Masked Man
Click here to see him unmasked for MAJOR SPOILERS 

The silent, foreboding commander of the Pigmask Army. He is the only individual aside from Lucas capable of pulling the Needles, and is Lucas's main rival in deciding the fate of the world.

For more character tropes, see Claus's character entry.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Top prize for being arguably the strongest member of the army, as he was able to cast lightning to knock out the entire party (thrice; the third time, only one is left standing). Not to mention his ability to use PK Love and the ultimate sacrifice he pulls in the endgame.
  • Berserk Button: Put up any sort of damage-lessening shield, and he will respond with the Shield Killer followed by his strongest PSI attack. Revive any of your teammates in the final battle, and he'll immediately knock them back down by electrocution, followed by PK Love Ω.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Porky states at the end of the game that the Masked Man is nothing but a puppet, and there isn't a shred of humanity left in him. This is supported earlier in the game when Phrygia can sense Lucas's heart after he pulls his share of Needles, but not the heart of Claus, even though he's been pulling Needles as well. It isn't until the end of the game that Claus regains his humanity, after his mother's voice pleads with him.
  • Call-Back: The background in his final battle is from Ness's Nightmare.
  • Cool Mask: His helmet. It doesn't cover his whole face, but it's enough to hide his identity.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Three of them are courtesy of him. One to the party, one to Flint offscreen, and one to the party again if you count everyone but Lucas — who won't attack — being wiped out.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Claus goes from a hyperactive, cheery kid to a silent, emotionless Pigmask Army Commander.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Dressed mainly in black, wears a Cool Mask, is a cyborg, he has his own Laser Blade, and is revealed to be Lucas's brother.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Even with Master Porky gone, the Masked Man is still under orders to pull the final Needle — and nothing will dissuade him from that task.
  • Laser Blade: The Masked Man's sword looks like it's made of blue light. As a bonus, it can fire bolts of lightning.
  • Logical Weakness: Doesn't register a heartbeat, which renders your combo system useless.
  • Long Lost Sibling: Claus is the Masked Man.
  • The Chosen One: Like Lucas, he is one of the only people in the world who can use PK Love and by extension, pull the Needles that will awaken the Dark Dragon and change the world.
  • The Voiceless: While there are several examples given that he can speak, he never actually gets any dialogue. The only time we see him speak at all is while his back is to the screen and a Pigmask is berating a Clayman for not being able to break down a door, if only to tell that Pigmask to back away so he can bomb the door along with the Clayman.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about the Masked Man without giving away the many instances of foreshadowing that he's actually Claus.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: One interpretation as to why Claus committed suicide is that his mind control recognized that Claus would soon break free and be of no use to King P.

King P
Click here to see what he looks like for MAJOR SPOILERS 

The reclusive "king" of New Pork City, and leader of the Pigmask Army. He has a certain penchant for childlike and self-aggrandizing behavior.

For more character tropes, see Porky/Pokey's character entry on the EarthBound page.

  • Almighty Idiot: Although he is not, physically, an Eldritch Abomination (well, the protagonists may see him as one, maybe even a Humanoid Abomination), he did drive himself insane through his constant time travelling, as evident from his Motive Rant. Very ironic indeed.
  • The Aloner: This can be debated whether or not everyone, except Porky, died or not in the ending. Of course, they seem to be okay, and it wouldn't make sense for the Absolutely Safe Capsule to be rolling around in their afterlife, but we don't really know for sure. But what we do know is that Porky will exist for eternity.
  • Ambiguous Situation: He's pretty happy after being sealed in the Absolutely Safe Capsule: Is he only happy because he hasn't yet discovered he can't get out? Does he actually genuinely enjoy the isolation as Andonuts speculated? Has he gone Laughing Mad from realizing his fate? Is he already too far gone to care?
  • And I Must Scream: Porky's fate at the end... though (as Dr. Andonuts says in-game) it may be exactly what he wanted. Notice that he's still sticking his tongue out at you even after it's revealed that he's trapped forever, and the capsule is described as rolling around happily during the ending, though whether this is before or after he's discovered he can't escape is ambiguous.
  • Animal Motifs: Pigs, for fairly obvious reasons.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: The Friend's Yo-yo, the various fake weapons and apparel, and the theater in New Pork City may be tributes to Ness.
  • The Caligula: He passes himself off as a great hero, despite corrupting the once vibrant world into an industrial wasteland, and using anything and anyone he can get his hands on as his personal playthings. At the end, he reveals his plans to awaken the Dark Dragon and see what happens, probably dooming what is left of civilization, all for a quick laugh.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Stated in-game that everything is just a big game to himnote .
  • Depraved Bisexual: If you interpret his "fan room" as a thinly disguised harem, he has one of the kissing oxygen machines in there...
  • Dirty Coward: Although he does pack quite a punch when it comes to him as a boss, he still cowers away to his Absolutely Safe Capsule to avoid submitting to the heroes.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He attempts to destroy the entire world simply because it contains people who won't be friends with him.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His monologue is fairly creepy because of the awful amount of serenity in it. And to think it is also accompanied with chilling and disquieting laughter.
  • Dragon Ascendant: The Dragon to Giygas in the previous game until he's taken out, he then eventually makes it to the Nowhere Islands where the events of the game take place, and becomes the Big Bad there.
  • Dying Alone: Played with. After sealing himself away inside the Absolutely Safe Capsule, it appears that he has subjected himself to this. However, he's immortal. So he's going to remain in that unbreakable, inescapable capsule for the rest of eternity. Alone.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: There's a restaurant in New Pork City staffed by robotic replicas of his permanently estranged mother.
  • Evil Albino: Even though he is not inherently albino, as evidenced from EarthBound, he is practically drained of color and his sprite is white as snow. It is suggested this was from his constant time traveling.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: The Tazmily Villagers see him as a true hero. He himself even says this in his Motive Rant, but the word "hero" can be interpreted in several ways. Ness? Giygas? Himself, in a way? Who knows?
    "You could've been happy, if only you would've done as I did and obediently followed the visionary, selfish desires of a great hero..."
  • Fat and Proud: He's pretty self-conscious about his weight. Just look at what his army is based off...
  • Fat Bastard: You have to appreciate his audacity in theming his entire empire and army around his rotund build.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Trapped in a small, indestructible capsule, while both physically and mentally ill; he will still be alive for years to come, even once the world ends.
  • Final Boss: In the sense of being the last major challenge of the game, as the fight afterwards is more of a Post-Final Boss.
"?!...What did Porky do?!"
  • Immortality Hurts: Shigesato Itoi has confirmed that he will still be alive 5.5 billion years from now.
  • Inferred Survival: After the The End? screen, it is implied that the Absolutely Safe Capsule is still intact.
  • Ironic Hell: Well, he doesn't necessarily die at the end, but his punishment, never the less, suits him. He tries to get away from the "crushing weight of boredom" all throughout the game, but would spend his eternal life in a small, invincible ball with nothing better to do, even after the end of time.
  • It Amused Me: Everything he did was because he was bored with omnipotence and wanted a quick laugh.
  • Jerkass: King P's only motivation is a selfish desire for ownership and a complete disregard for the good of anyone besides him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Shoots a What the Hell, Hero? and Humans Are Bastards message in his Reason You Suck Speech when you first encounter him. While all of his other messages and reasons are just plain... bad, he later busts out this particular quote when addressing the Tazmily Villagers.
    ""You resorted to blanking your memories to create a new world where humanity's past failures would never be repeated... How stupid can you be?! No matter how much you change the rules, no matter how much you refuse to admit defeat, in the end, the creatures known as "people" will always sign their own death warrant by acting out of stupidity and evil. And then... mankind will be gone for good."
  • Karma Houdini: One of the many ambiguous factors of the game's ending is whether or not he's ultimately punished appropriately for his sins. Is being trapped in the Absolutely Safe Capsule for eternity a fitting punishment, not punishment enough, or possibly a fate too terrible for even him? Dr. Andonuts implies that he deliberately kept quiet about the ASC permanently trapping its user inside so Porky never knew what he was getting himself into, but he also ponders whether it might be exactly what Porky would have wanted anyway. Since we never see Porky try to leave the capsule within the scope of the game, we never get to see his reaction to discovering his imprisonment either way, so in the end we're left without an answer.
  • Kavorka Man: There are many attractive girls (who were obviously brainwashed) in his fan room in the Empire Porky Building.
  • Lack of Empathy: Hey, he's a sociopath for a reason, you know.
  • Laughing Mad: When Lucas confronts him in the last dungeon, he reveals that he knows what will happen if the Masked Man pulls the last Needle.... and the prospect of total oblivion sends him into a fit of gibbering, insane laughter.
  • Leitmotif: His Highness' Theme can count as one.
  • Love Hungry: He brainwashes and demands everyone to adore him as their supreme leader. Ultimately, this was one of the reasons why he wanted to destroy the Nowhere Islands, since no one truly did adore him at heart.
    "With my eternal life, I shall see the world through its end. Until everyone who won't like me is gone."
  • Manchild: Mentally, he's just a bigoted kid bully, with the solipsism to match.
  • Man in White: To the point where he almost looks like a corpse. No, that's not an exaggeration, he's that bleached.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He tries to destroy the world just for the adrenaline rush, and that's after he corrupted the Nowhere Islands.
  • Reality Warper: While he himself is not able to pull the Needles, he is able to let the Masked Man do it for him instead.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Porky is between 1,000 and 10,000 years old when you finally meet him. Maybe...
  • The Reveal: All of a sudden in Chapter 8, when he has only been referred to as "King P" up to that point, an unfamiliar character walks up to the party and nonchalantly tells them that "Master Porky" requests their audience. This nonchalance is justified in that the protagonists wouldn't know about the events of EarthBound; they only know Porky Minch as an emperor, not as a former friend or a minion of Giygas. Thanks to his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, however, this has quickly fallen into It Was His Sled territory.
  • Sanity Slippage: Considering the beginning of the prequel, EarthBound up to the boss battle with him here, it is surprising to see.
  • Satanic Archetype: Whereas Porky in Earthbound was one in training, King P is unabashedly Satan. First of all, Word of God has described him as the embodiment of Humanity's vices, and his personality fits all the Seven Deadly Sins well. Additionally, he was originally a friend of Ness before he sided with Gigyas, fitting him closely with Lucifer's origins, and everything he does is motivated out of his own selfish desires.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Absolutely Safe Capsule, in which the user is indeed Absolutely Safe, but can never leave.
  • Spider Tank: Even with all the time travel he's done, this is still his preferred means of combat.
  • Trapped in Another World: Leder states that Porky time-traveled to the world of the Nowhere Islands and speculates that he cannot escape because he was kicked out of other time periods.
  • Victorious Loser: Even when his plans bite the dust, he thinks he will be victorious once "his son" pulls the final Needle.
  • Victory Is Boring: Seeks to destroy the entire Earth because he wants to cure himself of his extreme case of boredom.
  • Visionary Villain: He can pretty much envision the world being burned to shreds after the final Needle is pulled.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: "What did [P] do?! [P] sprayed something! [P] sucked something!" Of course, this is in the tradition of MOTHER final bosses, coming after "The Form of Giegue's Attack was Inexplicable" and, of course, the Trope Namer "You Cannot Grasp The True Form of Giygas's Attack." It's mostly parodied in this game, though, especially since each and every one of his attacks still have unique text notifications and can be memorized with practice.


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