The cast of the animated series, upon which the Pac-Man reboot is centered.
Voiced by: Erin Matthews (EN), Yuka Terasaki (JP)The namesake and hero of the series. As the leading character of the series reboot since the 30th anniversary, Pac-Man's got a different flavor than the original incarnation. However, what he brings to the table to make up for it are a whole slew of new forms and abilities, a more grounded personality, and daresay some manner of character development.
The last known "Yellow One" to exist in all of Pac-World, the young Pac possesses abilities far and beyond the rest of his kind, which he uses in superhero fashion to protect Pac-Land and the rest of the world from the ongoing attacks from the netherworld.
Tropes associated with Pac-Man include:
- Badass Adorable: A cheerful and goofy kid who eventually can take on the most dangerous forces in his universe.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Pac is a glutton with his head in the clouds and an almost naive temperament. Next thing you know, on a moment's notice, he's raining fire from the sky, pile-driving monsters in a steel body, freezing over an evil army, or taking out an apocalyptic threat by becoming a planet—all on a moment's notice. If that's a bit much to read, just note that the entirety of the Netherworld, after being free for the first time in years, ran back screaming in fear upon just seeing him.
- Big Eater: As per being Pac-Man.
- Cloudcuckoolander: At the beginning of the series, Pac is the only one who seems to support the existence of ghosts. To be fair, not like he's wrong.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: In the first episode, Pac appears to be the only one who actually believes in ghosts. Turns out they are real.
- The Dreaded: To the entire Netherrealm. The first episode had their massive invasion halted and all of them fled in terror when they saw that he was a Yellow one.Inky: The Ghost Grabber. The Monster Muncher.
- Extreme Omnivore: There is no such thing as "inedible" for Pacster, he just needs to find the right way to eat it.
- Gasshole: To the point where certain berries enable him to weaponize belches.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Pac is horrible at singing.
- Large Ham: While normally "very down to earth", as Spheros can attest to, Pac isn't always that way. In fact, most often the moment he pops a Power Berry, he goes full-steam into competing with the likes of Shatner. A prime example of such is his insanely massive Planet Pac form.
- Last of His Kind: One of Pac's major personal baggages throughout the series, though it is hinted his parents may still be alive...
- Legacy Character: If Word of God is any indication.
- Make My Monster Grow: A rare heroic version of the trope, Pac has on a number of occasions used Power Berries to scale himself up to meet tougher odds. This also itself has had several variations, including standard growth, a golem-like form, and becoming a literal planet.
- No Indoor Voice: When in the forms of Planet Pac, Granite Pac, and "Paczilla".
- Oblivious to Love: He doesn't seem to be aware of Pinky's crush on him.
- Overly Long Tongue: Pac-Man has one in this adaptation and it gets transformed into a range of useful tools depending on the berries he eats.
- Super Strength: While not as prominent as when under the effects of certain berries, Pac's strong enough to force a speeding vehicle to a halt with his bare hands. ...Well, he wears Conspicuous Gloves, but you get the idea. In addition, he's shown ability to snap a lamp post from its base and swing around a ghost shark like a flail with little issue.
- Superpower Lottery: And. How. With the berries of the Tree of Life, Pac can do virtually anything. Manipulate fire, ice, magnetism, become as stone, fly, breathe underwater, become gigantic, gain martial arts mastery, become a planet... Just as well, "Stand by Your Pac-Man" shows us that these powers can actually stack. Played with in that other Pac-Worlders can use the berries, but they regularly are less effective, they last far shorter, or something in their usage backfires.
- Timed Power-Up: His Power Berries follow this trope, but sometimes even deconstructs it, as while Pac-Man clearly prefers using Power Berries in most combat situations over his default skills and abilities, not only do power berries run on a time limit, but Pac-Man often can only carry a handful of Poweer Berries at a time, and some foes have tired to disarm him of his power berries, which has often left him vulnerable.
Voiced by: Andrea Libman (EN), Eri Inagawa (JP)Cylindria is the brains of the team and a bit of a tomboy, but she'll do anything to help her best friends, Pac-Man and Spiral.
Tropes associated with Cylindria include:
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Pac's Archie and Pinky's Veronica.
- Curtains Match the Windows: In the sense that her eyes are pink like her the streaks in her hair.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Whenever she eats a Power Berry.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Loves My Alter Ego: A minor variant; In "That Smarts," she finds Brainiac Pac "kinda cute."
- Meganekko: Wears bright red framed glasses.
- Never Mess with Granny: Said this in the Filler episode, Pac Van Wrinkle.
- Only Sane Woman: Can be this at times being more matter-of-fact, though on occasion even she has some stupid moments.
- Perky Goth: Has dark hair and an occasionally sadistic sense of humor, but is very jolly and peppy.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Skunk Stripe: Sport multiple pink ones.
- The Smart Gal
- Zettai Ryouiki: A particular odd example considering she technically isn't even wearing a skirt.
Voiced by: Samuel Vincent (EN), Anri Katsu (JP)Spiral is one of Pac-Man's friends from Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. He is a red oval-shaped Pac-Person with blue hair.
Tropes associated with Spiral include
- Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of his best friend Pac.
- Big Eater: Second only to Pac.
- The Big Guy: He's the biggest of the main three
- Dreadful Musician: Plays the harmonica poorly.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Whenever he eats a power berry
- Lovable Jock: Is a big guy with a big heart.
- Meaningful Name: His Hair has Spirals in them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Ian James Corlett (EN), Shuhei Takubo (JP)An old friend of President Spheros. He provides most of the gadgets and tech for Pac's team.
Tropes for Sir Ci include:
- Cool Old Guy: A wacky but quite wise old scientist.
- DecemberDecember Romance: With Pac's Aunt Spheria.
- Ditzy Genius: He can come off at this at times
- Einstein Hair
- Expy: Bears a striking resemblance to Dr. Elefun.
- Parental Substitute: Becomes a bit of a surrogate father to Pac-Man.
- Punny Name: His name is play on circumference.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Especially when compared to nearly every other adult on the show.
- Retired Badass: He was a former Freedom fighter.
Tropes for President Spheros include
- Alliterative Name
- Big Good: While a bit arrogant and shifty, he is still a pretty good guy and is definitely a more benevolent ruler than his brother.
- Butt-Monkey: Takes a lot of abuse from both villains and collateral damage during Pac-Man's fights.
- Cool Old Guy: Albiet not as much as Sir Cumference.
- Consummate Liar: It's becoming more obvious with recent episodes, but there's a number of subtle hints that show President Spheros is exceptionally good at lying and deceiving others. It may not be anything to worry over since his deception has mostly been towards the villains, but still, it's possible there's more to him than we know...
- Not So Different: As it turns out, both he and his brother have a penchant for deceit.
- Our Presidents Are Different: A combination of Target, Personable, and Buffoon, possibly with shades of Scheming as well.
- Punny Name: His name is based of Stratosphere
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Often downplayed considering how pompous and easily fooled he is, but can still be relied on when it counts.
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball (EN)Pac-Man's aunt, A former Freedom Fighter, and retired Pac-Pong champion. Spheria took over raising Pac-Man when his parents disappeared.
Tropes for Spheria
- The Ace: She's so skilled at Pac-Pong that the only other player that's been able to challenge her was Betrayus.
- Alliterative Name
- Cool Old Lady: She may be retired, but she can still pack a punch and has a noble heart.
- Cool Aunt: Probably the person Pac-Man can rely on the most.
- DecemberDecember Romance: With Sir Cumference.
- Mama Bear: Here's a tip: DO NOT screw Pac-Man over, Mr. Strictler learned this the hard way when Spheria intimidated him into promising to be fairer with his assessment of Pac's driving.
- Never Mess with Granny: She's shown more than once that age hasn't slowed her down.
- Retired Badass: having served as a Freedom Fighter during the Pac-World Wars certainly counts.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: In her younger days.
Voiced by: Samuel Vincent (EN), Mogami Tsuguo (JP)The primary villain of the series and Pac-Man's arch-nemesis, Betrayus was once a general beside his brother, Spheros. However, an unprecedented attack on the populous in a bid for power resulted in he and his army being stripped from their bodies and banished to the Netherworld. Upon regaining contact with the surface, Betrayus—who now rules the Netherworld—enacts nonstop attempts to defeat Pac-Man, so that he may finally conquer Pac-World.
Tropes associated with Betrayus include:
- Artificial Limbs: Since ghosts don't have actual hands, Betrayus augments this by wearing belted gloves with sharp metal fingers.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His childhood was not kind to him, and as such he displays many symptoms of childhood trauma-induced disorders.
- Amazon Chaser: He's got a thing for Spheria Suprema, a retired soldier who previously defeated him in a match of Pac-pong.
- Bad Boss: Betrayus is a jerk to almost everybody, and his minions are no exception.
- Big Bad: The main villain of the series, who commands all and answers to none.
- However, it's been implied that someone or something is on a higher level than he.
- Beware the Silly Ones: You see this hammy, overreacting villain? Yeah, we would like to remind you that he has openly displayed absolutely zero qualms with genocide en masse, torturing his enemies, and bringing about The End of the World as We Know It. As far as he's concerned, he's dead, why should he care?
- Cain and Abel: The evil, conniving brother to series Big Good, President Spheros.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At least, he used to be this; while he still had many of the flaws he currently possesses, he was also a general in Pacworld's army who started a coup and came dangerously close to succeeding. Not only that, but he was also a professional athlete who was good enough to almost defeat Spheria, a player who was very talented herself to the point of becoming a legend. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for Pac and his allies) the "hidden badass" part has more or less disappeared in current times.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Betrayus has shades of this in his look complete with Mustache and Beard of Evil.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most frequently when in the middle of a Slouch of Villainy, and most commonly to Dr. Buttocks.Betrayus: (Listening to Buttocks prattle about his latest invention.) Gosh. Wow. How will I ever come down from this techno high.
- Dirty Coward: Betrayus often runs away from Pac instead of facing him head on.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When his mother scolds him for hypnotizing Spheros and posessing her and orders him back to the netherworld, he obeys.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: To be expected, when the villain's lair is a Fire and Brimstone Hell.
- Evil Uncle: His mother offers to adopt Pac-Man as her grandson. A later episode reveals that he and his brother already have a niece by their previously unmentioned sister.
- Expy: Probably unintentional due to obscurity, but he shares a lot of similarities with Klogg from The Neverhood (hammy, sharp-fingered, red and white colors, has a good guy brother) and Lucius from Jimmy Two-Shoes (ruler of Hell-in-everything-but-name, fire powers, attached to a stuffed pink rabbit).
- Freudian Excuse: Had a Hilariously Abusive Childhood when he was little and was either ignored, outperformed by his brother, or harmed indirectly because of his brother. True, it doesn't excuse any of his current actions, but it does explain why he's a whiny, tantrum-throwing, cheating, lying, glory hog who wants to be important and DOES NOT want to fail anymore.
- Glad I Thought of It: He regularly commands someone to come up with a plan and takes credit for said plan. However if the plan goes awry, he forces all blame upon the plan's originator, who likely had no choice in the first place to concoct it.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Put him in a room with Buttocks or Pac-Man and have some popcorn handy.
- It's All About Me: Betrayus has this general mindset. He takes credit for bright ideas his minions make, throws fits when he isn't acknowledged in various schemes, and passes blame onto others when he himself fails.
- Large Ham / Evil Is Hammy: "OKAY, THAT'S IT! I'm switching to satellite!"
- Leitmotif: Has one, sort of a spooky-sounding march. Happens to be one of the best BGMs in the show too. Listen for it when he appears in the first episode!
- Meaningful Name / Names to Run Away from Really Fast: To quote this article on the series, "If your mother named you something like Betrayus, could you honestly go through life and not feel obligated to live up to it?"
- Never My Fault: Betrayus often blames others for whatever misfortune happens to him despite it usually being himself who caused it.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His name is a pun on that of former CIA Director David Petraeus.
- Perky Goth: Kind of. Even Dr. Buttocks describes his decorating style as "gothic," and while he may be the villain, he's so dang excitable and goofy.
- Playing with Fire: Despite being a touch whiny, Betrayus has been implied and supported in being the most powerful of all Fire Ghosts, perhaps even outclassing the Underworld Dragons—to the point where he can incinerate flammable materials through a touch if he's not careful.
- Power Incontinence: Betrayus is a fire ghost and can't prevent his fire from burning down letters and maps he holds before he has a chance to read them.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Betrayus often throws tantrums and blames others for his own failures like a spoiled kid. On the flipside, if his word is anything to go by, he most definitely had a hand in the near-genocide of the yellow Pac-Worlders. Not only he didn't have a hand in that, he doesn't even know who hired the Pacinator to do that job.
- Orcus on His Throne: Betrayus has outright stated that it's his job to have others do the dirty work, as he refuses to leave the Netherworld—and leave himself vulnerable—unless he sees it an absolute necessity. Justified in the fact that the ghosts were soldiers before their exile; Betrayus was the highest ranking officer of the rogue faction as a general, meaning it was literally his job to stay at the base and manage the troops.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Sleeps with a pink stuffed bunny.
- Satan: An obvious expy of this trope; being a sharp-fanged evil spirit that commands the Pac-World equivalent of Hell, and on top of it has an extreme affinity for fire.
- Sore Loser: He never got over losing a pac-pong tournament years ago.
- Villain Decay: While Betrayus has had a pretty cushy unchallenged rule in the Netherworld, it had the affect of him becoming rather lax. While he definitely still commands an undeniable level of respect from the Netherworld on the whole, many seem to only follow him in fear of his power over fire, or simply because they want their bodies back from the repository.
- Villainous Crush: Heavily implied to have this towards Spheria in "Pac-Pong Fever", and out right confirmed in "That Smarts!".
- Villainous Glutton: He is often seen dining on Netherworld food and frequently orders his butler to make him lunch.
- Worthy Opponent: Back when Betrayus had a body, he was said to be the only pac-pong player who had a chance to defeat Spheria.
- Affably Evil: He's genuinely polite to everyone, due to being a butler. Pac Man takes the time to talk to him when he tests out his brother inventions out on the field.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor old Butt-ler never gets a break.
- Embarrassing Last Name: He was known as Corporal Heineyhead, which would frequently make his last name the "butt" of many jokes...
- Identical Twin ID Tag: To differentiate from his twin brother, Butt-ler is purple, wears a hat, has a small mustache, and has a very butler-like haircut.
- Mundane Made Awesome: somehow makes a plunger one of the most awesome things to pose with when Betrayus asks him to unclog the ghosts cramming into the way to Pac-World, flipping through the air and jutting it out like a spear.
- Pet the Dog: Got one of these.
Voiced by:Brian Drummond (EN), Gunpei Sakamoto (JP)The Netherworld's greatest mad scientist and Butt-ler's twin brother. He specializes in monster experimentation in hopes of achieving Pac-World domination. He sometimes suspects that the Ghost Gang are working with Pac-Man, but has had no luck convincing Betrayus of this. Dr. Buttocks wants all of the workers to get out of his way.
- Artificial Limbs/Red Right Hand: Dr. Buttocks' right arm is a pincer.
- Beware the Silly Ones: While he may be a Butt-Monkey and stereotypical mad scientist, he also nearly wiped out all life on the planet via Ghosteroid, which he was able to summon through a scheme no more difficult than any other he's ever prepared.
- Blind Without 'Em: Dr. Buttocks can't see if he loses his glasses.
- The Dragon: For all intents and purposes, he appears to be second-in-command of the Netherworld forces.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Dr. Buttocks doesn't believe in witches or Vamp Pacs despite being a ghost himself. Nor does he think highly of Pac-Fu.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: To differentiate from his twin brother, Dr. Buttock is blue, wears glasses, has a clawed glove, a bigger mustache, and Dr. Wily-like hair.
- Mad Scientist
- Sibling Rivalry: Dr. Buttocks often doesn't get along very well with his twin brother.
Tropes associated with The Ghost Gang include:
- Adaptational Heroism: In comparison to how they were initially antagonists in the games
- Beauty = Goodness: They're a little less scary-looking than the average ghost (most notably, they're missing the jagged mouths most of their brethren have).
- Composite Character:
- Blinky is a mixture of the two Clydes from both the Hanna-Babara cartoon and the "World" series. (voice tone and attitude).
- Pinky is also a mix of both Sue from the Hanna-Babara cartoon (snarky attitude) and Pinky from the "World" series (having a crush on the main hero).
- Conflicting Loyalty: The Ghost Gang often have this when deciding whether they should follow Betrayus, especially when he asks them to personally do one of his schemes, or help Pac-Man and his friends to thwart said scheme. They usually side with Pac-Man but will sometimes do Betrayus' scheme either because they find that it'll not hurt anyone or is impossible to do, or because they were tricked into doing it in the first place due to Betrayus not divulging enough details.
- When it looked like Betrayus had a chance of winning, Inky wanted to work with the big part of it. (Luckily, the other ghosts were having none of that.)
- Four-Man Band:
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Though they may be in legion with Betrayus, they would rather be on the heroes' side.
- Older Than They Look: They act like and sound like they're about the same age as Pac and his friends but they are apart of Betrayus' army which was active and defeated by the time Pac was still in diapers.
Voiced by: Ian James Corlett (EN), Kazuhiro Fusegawa (JP)
Tropes for Blinky
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fiery Redhead: Well, technically, he doesn't have hair, but he is red!
- Hidden Depths: Blinky is a Pac-Fu master. He's never done it because of Pac-Fu's code of humility and its use being solely for Self-Defense.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude, short-tempered and mischievous, but does everything for his friends.
- The Leader: When Blinky gives an order or makes a decision, nobody's about to question it. He shows leadership traits across the board, from type I to IV. Completely the opposite of his cowardly original Hannah-Barbera self.
- The Napoleon: Blinky may be the visibly smallest member of the bunch, but he calls the shots and has a lot of chutzpah about him.
- Out of Focus: A downplayed example, but through the first half of season 2, he doesn't get any lines whatsoever for some reason. However, by mid-season, he not only speaks in virtually every episode he's in, he gets a major role in "The Pac Be With You".
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Inky.
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball (EN), Kiyono Yasuno (JP)
Tropes for Pinky
- Berserk Button: Whenever someone threatens to hurt Pac, or when he's with another girl (like Cylindra), or someone ridicules her love for him (also when he doesn't return it), or when Inky tries to flee when things are looking bad.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Pac's Archie and Cylindria's Betty. Only difference is that Cylindria doesn't have a crush on Pac, not that Pinky even care to know.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Very, unlike her tough, but stupid, evil male counterpart from the original Hannah-Barbera series.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Constantly acts like this toward Pac whenever he's around Cylindria.
- The Ditz
- Hulking Out: Can become a Pink Cyclops Ghost through combined form of jealousy and rage.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Not to the main characters, but she is the most prominently featured ghost out of the ghost gang, and is often the only member to appear in an episode.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Pinky gets rather aggressive if anyone dares harm Pac-Man, even if that someone is Betrayus.
- Yandere: Definitely shows shades of this occasionally.
Voiced by: Lee Tockar (EN), Mai Todo (JP)
Tropes for Inky
- Anti-Hero: Inky seems the least upset member of the Ghost Gang during the events of "Pac to the Future".
- Butt-Monkey: He is more often on the recieving end of adversity than his pals, especially having been eaten at least three times by Pac-man (though not on purpose).
- Deadpan Snarker: Much smarter than his Hanna-Barbera counterpart.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Blinky's red. Heck, they're even colored that way!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Blinky.
Voiced by: Brian Drummond (EN), Gunpei Sakamoto (JP)
Tropes for Clyde
- The Ditz: To a extent. His original counterpart is the leader, and much smarter and bossier.
- Gentle Giant: Clyde's kind of a big fat softy.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Clyde often splits in half vertically but remains fine due to being a ghost.
- Odd Name Out: The only one in the gang whose name isn't Inky or anything that ends in "inky".
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- You Just Had to Say It: Clyde has a tendency to accidentally give Betrayus ideas towards problems in whatever scheme he has.
- Alien Animals: The Pointy Heads are cartoonish squids, but gray and with pointy heads.
- Alien Invasion: "Invasion of the Pointy Heads". They even team up and backstab Betrayus and the rest of the ghosts.
- Expies: Of the aliens from the classic Space Invaders arcade game.
- Humongous Mecha: They use giant cyclop mecha.
- Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed given Apex and his servants are not immune to slapstick shenanigans, but still things always get more serious when the Pointy Heads are involved.
- Lethal Joke Weapon: A minor version. The weapons used during "Invasion of the Pointy Heads" malfunctioned and caused allergies in whomever was zapped. Was still able to subjugate the Pac-Worlders and even the Ghosts for a while.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: They can't stand the sight of floating eyeballs Pac belches.
Voiced by: Colin Murdock
- Hidden Agenda Villain: While he's admitted to using the power from yellow orbs, he hasn't said anything about how he's going to use them.
- Smug Snake: A very vain and smug alien.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While not without his goofy moments, Apex is a much more competent and malicious villain than Betrayus could ever hope to be.
Voiced by: Lee Tockar (EN), Kenji Utsumi (JP, Episode 9), Hideaki Tezuka (JP, Episode 40 and 41)
Pac-World's chief crime lord. He has worked for Betrayus on at least two occasions.
- President Evil: He manages to get himself elected as President (with Betrayus' help) in "Peace Without Slime" and "The Ghost Behind the Throne." His first order is to establish "peace" with the ghosts, by allowing them into Pac-World.
- The Quisling: He sides with Betrayus, helping him and his ghost army to take over Pac-World.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Obtuse being a crime lord seems to be a very well-kept secret, as no other Pac-Worlder is aware of his criminal ways. He even manages to make a successful run for President with no references to any criminal activities being brought up by the general public.
Voiced by: Kazumi Evans (EN), Ayumi Fujimura (JP)
Spheros and Betrayus' niece through their sister, who resides in Pac-Tokyo. She comes to visit Pacopolis in "New Girl in Town."
Voiced by: Matt Hill (EN), Subaru Kimura (JP)One of Pac-Man's classmates, who constantly bullies Pac.
Tropes associated with Skeebo include:
- Bring My Brown Pants: In "Meanie Genie", when he gets frightened by ghosts, for a split second a puddle appears beneath him.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: In "Heebo Skeebo", after Pac saved him from Betrayus, he complained about Pac taking so long.
- Dirty Coward: When the ghosts first invaded Pac World, Skeebo abandoned Cylindria (His then-girlfriend) to save himself.
- Fantastic Racism: His original motive for bullying Pac was because he was yellow.
- Flat Character: Like most media bullies, Skeebo exists only to torment Pac-Man. That's really all there is to him.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Shows shades of this towards Pac, particularly in "Heebo Skeebo."
- Hypocrite: He hates the color yellow, even though his hair is yellow.
- Hidden Depths: In "Invasion of the Pointy Heads", he's shown being a surprisngly good signer, the first song he sings even implies that he has some grudging respect for Pac-Man but doesn't want to admit it outright.
- Jerk Jock: Natch.
- While he may have the "jerk" part down, he's not really much of a jock, sports-wise; Every time he's shown playing a sport, he fails at it miserably.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite the fact that Pac has saved Pac World (And by extension, Skeebo), countless times, Skeebo is still a jerk to him.