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Lucas
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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.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: An interesting case in that the trope literally didn't even exist in MOTHER 3's setting... at least not at first. After the time skip, however, when Tazmily begins to mirror a more present-day world and Lucas doesn't go along with it, this trope is in full effect.
  • 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.
  • Badass Adorable: Once Character Development kicks in.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: It even gets mirrored in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Classical Anti-Hero
  • 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 is made to endure quite a bit of horror before his teen years, what with seeing his mother fatally manhandled before his eyes, his brother disappearing 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 exactly how jaded is debatable, and the ambiguous ending doesn't make it any better).
  • 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.
  • Cutscene Incompetence: "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!"
  • 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.
  • Farm Boy: His father is a shepherd, even!
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Even as Tazmily changes, Lucas sticks to the old ways of the village, much to everyone's frustration.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Heart Beat-Down: PK Love!
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Lucas, though his father is technically still alive, does by all intents and purposes fulfill the role of an orphan due to the tragedy of his father's despondency and his mother's death. He still does things to earn his likability, though.
  • The Hero: Not at first, but it's there by the second half of the game.
  • Heroic Mime: As is standard for the Mother series, but with an added twist: while he doesn't talk during the prologue, he does speak a fair bit during the first three chapters, and it's heavily implied that his silence post-Time Skip is due to the trauma from his mom's death and his brother's disappearance. Significantly, his semi-verbality only dissipates at the very end of the game, after he erases the Pigmasks' influence from the world and comes to terms with his grief.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He really makes a name for himself with his friends when they fight the Pigmasks, and doing what's right really doesn't make him popular with the residents of his hometown, with most of them labeling him as an outcast and the mayor's wife outright telling him that she hates him.
  • Hurting Hero: Big understatement.
  • 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.
  • Light 'em Up: PK Flash and (possibly) PK Love.
  • Lovable Coward: Until the Character Development kicks in.
  • 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.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He's this to Kumatora. Whereas Kumatora is a brash tomboy who casually swears and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, Lucas is an emotionally sensitive and quiet boy who directly contrasts his baseball-loving counterparts from the previous two games.
  • Meaningful Name: Though never brought up in the story, the name "Lucas" translates to "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.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Though Lucas is never shown to have visible musculature, if Lucas wins against the Mini-Porky in the balloon-inflating minigame, he will deem Lucas' arms too "tough" for him to see Master Porky, implying some form of musculature. Lucas also has the highest Offense stat in the party.
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: Not getting a Happy Box and refusing to modernize his house gets him labeled as an outcast in Tazmily. It doesn't get better when he tries to stop the Pigmask Army's actions, with people seeing him as a nuisance to the town's progress. Heck, Elmore outright says to his face that she hates him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reality Warper: Through the Dark Dragon after he finally awakens it, though to what extent and for how long remain a mystery, as its awakening marks the end of the game.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lucas is blue to Claus's red. Becomes tragically inverted after Claus is reconstructed as the Masked Man.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After all of Lucas's fellow party members and Flint are struck down, he finally musters up the will to attack the Masked Man. It doesn't really affect the outcome of the fight, however, though it does produce a couple of Easter Eggs.
  • Shrinking Violet: Lucas is a very shy kid, but he eventually has to step up.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Lucas is timid and gentle, while Claus is more outgoing and excitable.
  • Simple Staff: Other than the occasional Yoyo, these are his Weapon of Choice.
  • 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.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Implied. During the Mushroom Samba at Tanetane Island, the party sees hallucinations of their fears and insecurities. One of the Claus hallucinations asks Lucas to "switch places" with him, implying Lucas thinks he should've been the one to die.
  • The So-Called Coward
  • 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.

Duster
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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.


  • Armed Legs: Duster attacks enemies by kicking with a clubbed foot.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't need any PSI to take down Chimeras or otherwise, being a trained thief.
  • Butt-Monkey: On the receiving end of his father Wess most of the times. Even Fassad states that he looks stupid.
  • 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 7.
  • 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.
  • Missing Mom: We only see his father Wess, but there is never a single mention about Duster's mother.
  • 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.
  • Smelly Feet Gag: Joked around with his smelly socks in chapter 1.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: Wall staples, which can be driven into the wall.

Kumatora
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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.


  • Action Girl: Kumatora, with her gloves made for punching and Psychic Powers.
  • Badass Adorable: Kumatora looks pretty cute who can kick their asses, isn't she?
  • 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.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Comparing Kumatora to the other female NPCs, this can be the case.
  • Cry Cute: During the ending, Duster says she looks really cute when she cries.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her ultimate PSI technique, PK Ground. It attacks with an earthquake, and it is a Percent Damage Attack that hits multiple times with a chance to immobilize the enemy by tripping.
  • 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.
  • The Lad-ette: Kumatora has this sort of personality and attitude, though she does not exhibit any of the behavior commonly associated with it other than swearing.
  • 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. This translates further to English, where "Bearcat" is old fashioned slang for a woman with a spirited or fiery 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.
  • Ore Onna: She use the very masculine pronoun ore in Japanese.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Completely averted. Despite the wealth of pink on her, Kumatora is very masculine and tough.
  • Raised by Natives: Kumatora is an orphan, so the Magypsies took her in when she was a baby. It explains a lot, actually.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is said to be the princess of Osohe castle, and she can and will kick your ass if you get in her way. Subverted as she is not actually a princess and was only given that role by the Magypsies.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy: Compare her to either Ana or Paula and you get the idea.
  • Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: Disguises herself under the much girlier identity "Yoshi-Koshi" ("Violet" in the Fan Translation) in Club Titiboo, hating every second of it.

Boney
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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.
  • Running Gag: Other characters telling Boney to shake even though he doesn't actually know how to shake on command.

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

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


  • 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. Too bad that’s thrown out the window the moment he becomes the Masked Man...
  • 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.

Flint
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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."
  • Happily Married: Flint and Hinawa, without a doubt. Which is impressive, since we only see them interact face-to-face once, and that was in a flashback. Sadly, she dies soon after.
  • 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.
  • 2xFore: Flint uses a 2-by-4 as his weapon of choice to beat the stuffing out of everything in his way. When he goes into an Unstoppable Rage over his wife's death, Lighter has to whack him in the back of the head with it to knock him out. It was the only way to get him to stop attacking the other villagers as they try to comfort him and reign in his fury.

Hinawa
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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.
  • Killed Offscreen: Flint and the other Tazmily Villagers are simply told about her death. Her body isn't shown either.
  • Leitmotif: She Was Like a Sunflower, which plays in scenes after her death in which she's important.
  • The Lost Lenore: Her death completely breaks Flint. He has a violent freakout once he learns of it. Afterwards, it drives his desperate, year-long search for Claus, causing him to neglect Lucas.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She dies in the very first chapter of the game, and yet her death is the reason why Claus went missing in an attempt to avenge her, and is the kickstarter of Tazmily being slowly corrupted as a result of its villagers not being able to deal with emotions such as grief among other factors.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Sunflowers are associated with her presence throughout the game. In Chapter 6, Lucas even sees her ghost in a sunflower field.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is a kind hearted woman who is Happily Married to Flint, is liked by everyone in the village she lives in and is a good mother to her children. She is also violently killed (and thankfully it is not shown) in the very first chapter of the game.
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    Allies 
Wess
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Duster's elderly father, and mentor in the Thief Arts. He is an extremely competent fighter (and dancer) despite his advanced age.
  • Anti-Hero: He's quite a big dick to Duster, and his role as a thief certainly isn't the most moral, but Wess is a good guy deep down.
  • 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.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In the second halves of chapters 2 and 3.
  • Not So Above It All: He has his moments.
  • Old Master: He's in his 60's (or thereabouts), and he's so tough, the game nerfs him by making him attack rarely during the short time he's in your party. One of his rarer attacks is enough to one-shot anything you can encounter at the time.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Like Duster, he's a thief — but does very little stealing after the heist on Osohe Castle in Chapter 2. Though he does steal the Punishizer from Fassad after he and Kumatora free Salsa at the end of Chapter 3.

The Magypsies
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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 other characters, mainly Kumatora, refer to them as male, suggesting it's up to the characters' interpretation. note  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.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each of the Magypsy's clothing has a color associated with a region of the color spectrum:
    • Aeolia = Red.
    • Phrygia = Orange.
    • Lydia = Yellow.
    • Ionia = Green.
    • Mixolydia = Blue.
    • Doria = Violet.
    • Locria = It's a little hard to tell, but they appear to wear white. Makes sense; white is considered the absence of color, which fits Locria's status as a traitor.
  • Cool Shades: Doria wears a pair.
  • Funny Afro: Aeolia dons a medium-sized pink afro.
  • Girly Run: Ionia, during the short amount of time that she's a Guest-Star Party Member, runs in an absurdly feminine manner.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Phrygia. In chapter 7 she anticipated that she'd be asleep by the time the heroes arrived to pull her needle, so she decided to leave written down any important information they might need.
  • Leatherman: Doria looks like this, resembling the Manly Gay stereotype of a biker or trucker.
  • Meaningful Name: The locrian mode is considered to be a dissonant mode. Guess what Locria did.
  • Musical Theme Naming: The Magypsies are named for the modes of the diatonic scale.
  • Nice Hat: Doria and Phrygia.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: The Magypsies — and how!
  • Parental Substitute: All of them, but especially Ionia, to Kumatora.
  • Purpose-Driven Immortality: A Magypsy will only truly "die" if their Needle is pulled.
  • Say It with Hearts: Only in the Fan Translation. Translator Clyde Mandelin said this was done to emphasize the "girly" diction they use in Japanese.
  • Sexophone: The leitmotif of the Magypsies.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Phrygia tends to do this.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Each Magypsy leave a memento (a lipstick and a razor) behind when they disappear. The items are used to Auto-Revive the character holding them.
  • Wholesome Crossdressers: The Magypsies are all psychic guardians for good except Locria/Fassad.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In-Universe example. When meeting Mixolydia in chapter 7 she looks like a blonde woman, nothing like when you see her in Aeolia's house in chapter 1. Subverted as it is a result of the heroes going through a rather spiteful Mushroom Samba at the time after being forced to consume some funny-looking mushrooms in order to survive. She goes back looking like her usual self after making the heroes snap out of the effect.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In their case, their hair is hot pink.

Salsa
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"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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Literally. Salsa spends the entire Chapter 3 being abused and electrocuted by Fassad.
  • 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. They threaten to have her killed if Salsa doesn't obey Fassad.
  • Joke Character: Salsa is a monkey who starts at Level 1. He has low status (except speed) and most of his tech are about distracting the enemy by dancing or apologizing. When playing as him, you have to defend and hope that Fassad cooperates and attacks the enemies for him.
  • 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.

    Antagonists 
Fassad (Yokuba)
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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.


  • 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.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Electric Torture and verbal and physical abuse aside, Fassad also threatens to have Samba killed if Salsa doesn't obey him.
  • 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.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: He shock Salsa and badmouth him, most of the time, for kicks and threaten to kill Salsa's girlfriend if he doesn't obey.
  • 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.
  • Black Sheep: Of the Magypsies, since he betrayed them to serve King P.
  • The Corrupter: Serves as this to the entire population of Tazmily, selling them modern technology that ruins their idyllic lives. And he enjoys his job very much.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Inverted — the rest of the Magypsies are all psychic crossdressing guardians for good, except the comparatively conservatively-dressed Fassad (Locria).
  • Crutch Character: In Salsa's chapter, Fassad helps out enough to make up for Salsa's limitations, though only when he feels like it.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls off of the Thunder Tower to his uncertain doom entirely as a result of his own actions. Later subverted; they rebuild him into a cyborg.
  • The Dragon: To a mostly-offscreen King P. At least until the Masked Man shows up and takes his place.
  • Evil Laugh: "Nwehehehehehehehehe!" That's one "Nwe" and eight "he"s.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Suggested to be one of the Magypsies, which implies he betrayed them at some point in the past.
  • Fat Bastard: His sprite is noticably fatter than everyone else's, and he's a greedy, hedonistic, obnoxious bastard.
  • 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.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In his final fight, it turns out he was hiding his real powers all along. Miracle Fassad tried PK Starstorm! It's likely that he was hiding his powers because the only source for humans to gain such powerful Psi in the setting is the Magypsies, so he outs himself by using it.
  • 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.
  • Not Brainwashed: He is possibly the only one working for Porky out of his own free will.
  • 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.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Wouldn't YOU be happier with a Happy Box? In the long term, his happy boxes do not make people happy. At all.
  • The Speechless: He requires a robot interpreter after he is rebuilt as a cyborg, since he can only vocalize by blowing through the horns in his nose.
  • 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 (never mind the fact that Kumatora is a girl though).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Luxury Bananas. They even heal him for more than they heal your party members.
  • Turncoat: He is actually a traitor from among the Magypsies.
  • 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 off Thunder Tower, the Pigmasks rebuild him into a cyborg who has horns sticking out of his nose.

Ultimate Chimera
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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.


Masked Man
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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.


  • Anti-Villain: Since he was Forced into Evil, he is Type 4.
  • Arm Cannon: One of his arms has been replaced with a cannon.
  • 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.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies this way at the end of the game, in Lucas's arms.
  • 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. Nothing except Hinawa pleading to him from beyond the grave.
  • Driven to Suicide: Kills himself by intentionally bouncing a lightning bolt off of Lucas' Franklin Badge.
  • Dying as Yourself: It works. Yep, Porky's brainwashing of him was so bad that he had to kill himself in order to be freed from it.
  • Evil Redhead: Subverted — he's just Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Foreshadowing: In Chapter 5, Lucas is mistaken as the 'Commander without his mask on'. Also, one may notice that the Masked Man's "battle sound" is the same as the one Claus had when he was briefly playable in the prologue.
    • The way the Masked Man flourishes his Laser Blade as shown in these gifs mirrors the way Flint brandishes a stick during his breakdown after Hinawa's death, something Claus and Lucas witnessed.
  • 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.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Near the end, it's revealed that he's actually Lucas' brother.
  • Musical Spoiler: People with very good ears and memory may recognize that the tones for his attack sequence are the same as Claus' from the first chapter.
  • 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.
  • That Man Is Dead: King P gloats that this is the case when you learn that he is actually Claus.
  • 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 / Porky
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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 his entry on the EarthBound page.


  • Actually a Doombot: When you finally reach the top floor of the Empire Porky Building, you face a young Porky at the other end of the room. Which then explodes following a dialogue prompt. Three more drop from the ceiling, and a battle against several mechanical Porky's ensues.
  • Adipose Rex: The King of the Pigmask Army and ruler of New Pork City, and just as rotund as he was in Earthbound.
  • Age Without Youth: He's become immortal thanks to his abuse of time travel, but now he's so frail he can't even sit up on his own.
  • Allergic to Routine: He's motivated by trying to alleviate the boredom he has as an omniscient and immortal being with a time machine. He messes with chimeras and roboticizes animals for his own entertainment, and he wants to cause the destruction of the world because he was getting bored after asserting his reign over the people of the Nowhere Islands.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Of the 3rd game being responsible for the creation of the chimeras, and by that extent, Hinawa's death driving the plot forward.
  • Boss Remix: Has a short section of His Highness' Theme, but otherwise it's original.
  • Break the Haughty: Subverted. After spending much of the Empire Pork Building bragging about how great he is and boasting that your enslaved robotic brother Claus is ready to start the apocalypse under his command, you finally defeat him and cause his machine to power down. This doesn't deter him, and instead, he continues boasting about his immortality as he enters the Absolutely Safe Capsule. While oblivious to the fact that he can never leave, Dr. Andonuts can't help but think he still got what he wanted in the end.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: Retains his signature "Spankety spankety spankety" taunt from Earthbound. The gap between this incredibly childish insult and his decrepit old body makes it all the more jarring this time around.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Stated in-game that everything is just a big game to himnote .
  • The Chessmaster: The start of his plan was to have Fassad introduce new concepts like monetary gain, Happy Boxes and the threat of seemingly-natural thunderstrikes to convince the people of Tazmily Village into following his standards. Bringing technology from other time periods to back his vision and army, he lays the foundations for a civilization made with his own preferences in mind. As the Dragos are naturally-peaceful creatures, it's his experimentation that transforms one of them into the aggressive monster that kills Hinawa, setting much of the plot into motion. He revives Claus after the boy rushes off to get revenge for her death and is separated from his family. Knowing of the ability to pull the Needles, Porky intends to see the end of the world with such power now under his command. It's as though the world of the Nowhere Islands is just a theatrical play for him.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Well, he is one mentally.
  • Complete Immortality: According to Itoi, not even the heat death of the solar system will kill him.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • His playroom is full of small nods to EarthBound, and the museum on one of the higher floors of the Empire Porky Building is dedicated to things from Ness' previous adventures.
    • His first battle against his robots, accompanied with an 8-bit throwback of a theme, gives them moves where they waste their turn by doing things like call for help, just like when he joined Ness in the previous game.
  • The Cynic: Because of his traumatic past, he views concepts like love and altruism with contempt.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: There's a restaurant in New Pork City staffed by robotic replicas of his permanently estranged mother.
  • Evil Cripple: His actual body is so ancient and withered that he's confined to a life-sustaining mechanical bed.
  • Evil Is Petty: He doesn't benefit at all from ruining Tazmily Village or, for that matter, from any of the things he does. He simply does them to spite everyone else.
  • Evil Laugh: In-between his mad ramblings against the heroes and humanity, he lets these out, and gets interrupted by coughing fits.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: His withered appearance, especially now that he's basically trapped in his mechanical bed, makes him look horrifying. It could be his meddling with time travel that made him look like this, but it doesn't hide the fact that he was evil while doing it.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's very old and a very evil person.
  • Evil Overlord: Amasses an army and seemingly endless resources in technology and reach, coming to overhaul Tazmily Village into his preferred vision for humanity.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: His unhappy childhood made him forget the concepts of kindness and love, thus letting bitterness and hatred take over his already twisted mind.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was already one in Earthbound, having turned from some cowardly fat kid into the right-hand man of Giygas, but Mother 3 manages to take it a step further by turning him into a time-travelling, immortal, barely-human thing who succesfully created a massive Cult of Personality devoted to himself and single-handedly orchestrated the ruin of the Nowhere Islands out of pure boredom. It can be a bit jarring to go back to the prologue of Earthbound after having finished Mother 3 and seeing just how low Porky falls.
  • Glorious Leader: The Pigmasks and denizens heap praise upon praise for King P, with Isaac eventually becoming a Pigmask and warning Lucas and co. to avoid opposing their leader. If the Happy Boxes don't convince you, other brainwashing technology will.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Why else was all of the Nowhere Islands remodeled to how the world looked back in EarthBound?
  • Hates Everyone Equally: He's a misanthrope, what did you expect?
  • The Hedonist: His machinations are to reshape the setting of the Nowhere Islands up to his standards, forces people to sing his praise, he sates his ego with a harem of brainwashed girls in the Empire Porky Building, and the extremely unhealthy junk food of the restaurant in New Pork City reflect his gluttony. His biggest motivation is to alleviate himself of his recurring boredom with everything.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Even if he doesn't say it, this is why he's so Love Hungry. He never had the best home life with Abusive Parents and creates monuments housing the adventures of Ness and his friends, implying some sort of attachment to the boy he could've called his Only Friend. Deprived of any experiences for love and compassion in his youth, he constructs an entire cult of personality surrounding his image and takes effort to see a world that worships him against its will.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Despite being an extremely old man, he still acts like the bratty child that he was in Earthbound.
  • Immortality Hurts: He can still take damage and has coughing fits from time to time. Then there's his predicament in the Absolutely Safe Capsule; Shigesato Itoi has confirmed that he will still be alive 5.5 billion years from now, isolated forever.
  • Inferred Survival: After the "The End?" screen, it is implied that the Absolutely Safe Capsule is still intact.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Mentally unwell and unhinged to the point where he's willing to see the destruction of the remaining world and see the end of time out of boredom.
  • In Their Own Image: Inverted. He first plans on overhauling the lives of those in the Nowhere Islands to better suit the city life he'd grown so fondly of, and training to become a Pigmask involves building up a lot of bulk from unhealthy food. Later, he gathers the people up in the metropolis of New Pork City modeled after both his standards and his ego, so they can all witness the end of the world together, lamenting that mankind could never be more like him.
  • Ironic Hell: Though he doesn't necessarily die at the end, his punishment nevertheless suits him. He tries to get away from the "crushing weight of boredom" all throughout the game, but will spend his eternal life in a small, invincible ball with nothing to do, even after the end of time.
  • It's All About Me: Why there are monuments and other images made in dedication to how he perceives himself, with denizens and armies brainwashed into worshiping him. He admonishes humanity for not being more like him in trying to follow the "selfish desires of a great hero".
  • It Amused Me: Everything he does is because he's bored with omnipotence and wants a quick laugh.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: He sees the Masked Man as nothing more than a robotic slave and appropriately refers to him as "it". Even after learning of his previous humanity and his past as Claus, Porky still continues to call him "it".
  • 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: 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.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • His roboticization and genetic modification of animals is purely done for his own amusement.
    • His resurrection and control over the Masked Man is thanks to Claus' ability to pull the Needles, and he can't help but refer to him as a "slave" and "lifeless son" during his Motive Rant. With The Reveal, he disparagingly calls him a "monster" to taunt Lucas and the party.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The game takes on an even darker turn by Chapter 8, and his misanthropic ranting and demeaning of Claus as a monster serve to further drive both how utterly insane he is and everything at stake.
  • 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.
  • Lonely at the Top: He has all the technology from several exploits across time and the appraisal from the people of this world, and whenever there's someone that won't give him the attention or love he craves, he simply brainwashes them. Despite reigning as "King P", he still echoes some sentiment towards his lost friend Ness, and is stranded in this time period after being locked out of all other timelines.
  • Love Hungry: He brainwashes and demands everyone to adore him as their supreme leader. Ultimately, this is one of the reasons why he wants to destroy the Nowhere Islands, since no one truly does 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."
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: While it's debatable on whether or not he joined willingly or otherwise, Giygas had influenced Porky up to a point, and the proceeding abuse of travel across space and time ultimately didn't help his sanity. Now driven by his pride, he has chosen to lash out against humanity, both for refusing to be friends with him and for his belief that people are far too childish to ever move past their worst impulses.
  • Manchild: Mentally, he's just a bigoted kid bully, with the solipsism to match.
  • Man in the Machine: Because of his physical condition, he spends all of his time in a bed with spider legs.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: He's disgusted with knowing how the people of the Nowhere Islands tried to escape the end of the world and reset their memories to start everything anew, and tries to bring forth the destruction for last of this world from both pure boredom and in response to humanity's folly.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Played strangely straight, considering that he has the mentality of a childish teenager.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He already expressed his belief in EarthBound that Giygas should destroy the universe. His real motivation all along: to eradicate everyone who doesn't like him. (Admittedly a big field to go after, but still...)
  • Only Friend: Among the few places in New Pork City which aren't designed around Porky's own Cult of Personality are the rooms dedicated to chronicling the adventures of Ness, which are treated with utmost respect despite Porky's actions in the prequel. This calls back to to his appearance in Magicant which strongly implied that Porky greatly admired Ness and wanted nothing more than to be his friend.
  • 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. Acording to Dr. Andonuts, the capsule actually protects everything outside it from what's inside it.
  • Shadow Dictator: Not referred to by his real name until the final chapter, and there's not a single picture of his face visible across the Pigmask Army's territories. He also never appears in-person until you reach the very top of the Empire Porky Building, instead taunting you over the intercom as you make your way up.
  • The Sociopath: He doesn't care who gets hurt as a result of his actions. He doesn't care about the bonds he has destroyed. He doesn't care about the numerous living beings that had to die and suffer in order to be turned into hideous, murderous chimeras. He doesn't care about destroying the ecosystem of the only habitable place left on the world. It's all a game for him.
  • Spider Tank: Even with all the time travel he's done, this is still his preferred means of combat.
  • Straw Nihilist: He sees humanity as self-destructive, with every effort to avoid their mistakes inevitably ending in failure because of this. It's his perception of a mankind that drives his decision to destroy the world, condescendingly referring to humanity's "puny minds" and "feeble hearts" for rendering mankind's struggles as completely pointless.
  • Time Abyss: Porky has lived for centuries due to his abuse of time travel and near immortality. He honestly doesn't know how old he is himself, although he suggests he may be 1,000 or 10,000. And it's only going to get worse from here.
  • Time Is Dangerous: Definitely given that he has the body of an invalid old man, but the mind of a deranged child.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The selfish and vain ruler of the encroaching Pigmask Army and plotting the destruction of the world for both his own amusement and in response to a perceived slight on his ego, goes by "Porky".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Yes, Porky is even worse than he was in the previous game.
  • 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.
  • Unishment: He's happy being stuck in the Absolutely Safe Capsule forever — at least in the short term.
  • Vader Breath: He coughs, wheezes, or gasps nearly every time he talks.
  • Vague Age: As a result of constant abuse of time travelling, Porky hasn't aged like a normal person. His age is estimated to be somewhere between a thousand and ten thousand years old, but not even Porky himself is sure of how old he really is.
  • 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.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Not to the infamous extent of Giygas, but the gap between how sweet and wholesome the people of the Nowhere Islands are to how much of a despicable, callous monster King P is is rather unsettling.
  • Villainous Glutton: Double-chocolate fried pork chips for one.
  • Villains Out Shopping: King P himself, clearly, has a lot of childish hobbies. Justified, since he's mentally in his early teens, and it still doesn't diminish his villainy.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Almost everyone believes King P to be some sort of benevolent God when in reality he is anything but.
  • Visionary Villain: He can pretty much envision the world being burned to shreds after the final Needle is pulled.
  • Walking Spoiler: His identity is hidden for much of the game, referred to by the handle of "King P", and his motivations and appearance come as a shock after Mother 3 seemingly distances its setting from much of Eathbound.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Even after the heat death of the solar system, Porky will still be alive.
  • While Rome Burns: The reason he built New Pork City and reunited the humans of the Nowhere Islands there is so everyone can enjoy seeing the Dark Dragon destroy what little remains of the world.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Now has white hair from advanced aging caused by his abuse of time travel, and is a sadistic misanthrope that only wishes to serve himself.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Granted immortality and retains the omnipotence Giygas gave him, later forging an agreement with one of the Magypsies to shape the world as he sees fit. Now with every resource at his disposal, he's scheming to awaken the Dragon because the world contains people that don't and won't like him.
  • 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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Tazmily Villagers
The residents of Tazmily village
  • Alcohol Hic: Matt constantly has this. Subverted near the end of the game as it is revealed that it is only a bad case of the hiccups.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Anyone in Tazmily that doesn't own a Happy Box and doesn't follow their new capitalist lifestyle is looked down upon. Just ask Lucas and his family.
    • Nana doesn't seem to be liked by anyone in Tazmily (except for Lucas), simply because she talks too much.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Most of them become this after the modernization of Tazmily done by the Pigmask army following the three year Time Skip. They don't care that the houses of those who don't own a Happy Box are mysteriously being destroyed by lightning, they don't care that the Pigmask army is destroying the ecosystem of the islands, and they don't care that their elders are thrown into a retirement home that is a prison by any other name.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Bud and Lou are a parody of this.
  • Brainwashed: Everyone in Tazmily village did this to themselves after arriving to the Nowhere Islands following the humans' destruction of the world in hopes of preventing themselves from destroying what little was left of the world, taking new identities with made up pasts in order to prevent themselves from destroying what little was left of the world. But alas, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", which lead to the villagers being easily manipulated by Fassad and the Pigmask army, leading them to get brainwashed again by the happy boxes.
  • Bread and Circuses: Most of the villagers don't bother worrying about anything as long as they have a Happy Box at home, which opiates them and makes them accept the changes the Pigmask army does in Tazmily.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: All of them are named, have an established personality and unique sprite each.
  • The Corruptible: Everyone in Tazmily. The only exceptions among the villagers are Reggie, Nippolyte, Nana, Lighter, and Fuel.
  • Distressed Dude: Fuel Has to be rescued from his burning house early on in Chapter 1.
  • Elder Abuse: Following the three-year Time Skip, the elderly are thrown into the so called "Old Man's Paradise", which is anything but. With the exceptions of Nan and Linda, who work there, the people in the retirement home are ignored by everyone as their relatives almost never come to visit them. Some of the villagers even state that they think the elders should be locked away from the rest of the people!
  • Global Currency Exception: You don't have to pay for anything in the first three chapters because the people in Tazmily don't know what money is. All of this is changed starting from chapter 4 onwards with the introduction of Dragon Power (DP for short).
  • Gossipy Hens: Lisa, Jill, and Brenda.
  • Happily Married: Abbot and Abbey seem to have a pretty solid relationship
  • It's All About Me: Completely averted... during the first three chapters. Starting from chapter 4 onwards, the new lifestyle has made the residents of Tazmily uncaring assholes.
    • Pusher, Tazmily's mayor, may be the strongest embodiment of the trope. Even before the Pigmask army's modernization of Tazmily, Pusher only shows concern for himself and his possessions. He is also one of the first people interested in the concept of money and asks Fassad more information about it, to the point in which he expects people to give him money for free. His wife Elmore doesn't trail too much behind his beliefs.
  • Jerkass: Almost everyone becomes this after the Time Skip. The introduction of money, ambition, and Happy Boxes lead to them becoming colder and distant, with some of them constantly making passive-aggressive comments towards Lucas and his friends while others outright insult them for not following the town's new lifestyle.
  • Motor Mouth: Once Nana starts talking, there is no way to make her stop. This is the reason why she doesn't seem to be liked by anyone in Tazmily.
  • Nice Girl: Tessie, who takes care of Lucas and Claus after they are rescued in Sunshine Forest in chapter 1. Even after almost everyone else becomes a Jerkass following the Time Skip, Tessie is still rather nice. Caroline is also a very pleasant person at all times regardless of the situation.
  • Nice Hat: Abbot, Bob, Mike, Jonel, Mapson, and Ed.
  • Obnoxious Entitled Housewife: Elmore. She is rude, she is snobby, and she looks down upon everyone because of her social position as the mayor's wife. It gets to the point where she outright tells Lucas that his family is weird and that she hates him (the other villagers at least make passive-aggressive comments). She even wants her son Ollie to be succesful just so he'll be able to make her life easier.
  • Preacher Man: Downplayed with Jonel. He is one of the most religious people in the village, to the point in which in chapter 1 he doesn't allow Flint to investigate the forest fire unless he prays to the Gods first.
  • Punny Name: Mapson marks key destination in your maps.
  • Rich Bitch: Elmore is the mayor's wife, has a rather accomodated lifestyle, and is a total jerk to boot.
  • Theme Naming: Abbot and Abbey.
  • Those Two Guys: Bud and Lou.
  • Token Minority: Reggie.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Almost everyone in the village after they let Fassad and the Pigmask army modernize it. They become distant from their neighbours, they are overall more self-centered, and they look down upon anyone that refuses to embrace change.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Downplayed with Pusher and Elmore. They are not evil per se, but they are easily the two most unpleasant people in Tazmily.
  • Ungrateful Townsfolk: It says a lot when the people in Tazmily are willing to turn others into social pariahs for refusing to get a Happy Box and modernize their houses.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Thomas runs like this.

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