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This is a list of Puyo Puyo characters that were created by Compile and, while not being as prevalent as the main characters, appear in a large number of entries or are otherwise more notable than the rest of the cast.

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    Doppelganger Arle (Pierrot) 

Doppelganger Arle
First Appearance: Madou Monogatari I
Voiced by: Reiko Kurusu (Madou Monogatari 1-2-3), Kotono Mitsuishi (Madou Monogatari I: Honoo no Sotsuenji), Mami Inoue (Madou Monogatari I Mega Drive), Minako Ozawa (Madou Monogatari: The Final Test), Emi Motoi (Puyo Puyo~n), Mie Sonozaki (Puyo Puyo!! Quest)note 
So, you think you can win? If I am will do what I say!

Doppelganger Arle is...well...a Doppelgänger. Specifically, she's the doppelganger of series protagonist Arle Nadja. While Doppelganger Arle was a Mook in the early Madou Monogatari games, and a prominent character in Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux and the Mega Drive Madou Monogatari I, the most notable Doppelganger Arle appears as a major figure in Puyo Puyo~n, attempting to become the one true Arle at our heroine's expense.

  • Ascended Extra: An extreme example. Doppelganger Arle started as a early (albeit hard-hitting) random encounter in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 before being reimagined as a major antagonist in multiple games.
  • Backstory Horror: Doppel is introduced in Yo~n when Dark Prince opens a box hidden in the archives of his personal library, where he finds her unsuccessfully attempting to enter the Madou world.
  • Barrier Warrior: Uses a more powerful version of Arle's Barrier super attack in console Yo~n and Box.
  • Canon Foreigner: Originally from the Madou games as a boss, with that version being in purple armor with the name 'Warle'. A different Doppelganger Arle appeared in Madou Monogatari: The Final Test and was implied to be the remains of Lilith, Dark Prince's wife. Yo~n would go on to introduce what can be best described as the "definitive Doppelganger Arle", with a new look as the final boss. She disappearing, leaving behind a number of Expies such as Possessed Klug and Dark Arle, until returning in Puyo Puyo!! Quest.
  • Cessation of Existence: Following the final battle between her and Arle in Yo~n, she fades away due to a rule in Dark Prince's world wherein two versions of the same unique person cannot exist at once. Doesn't explain how she's alive and well in Quest, though...
  • Demonic Possession: Did this to Dark Prince in Yo~n.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed in Box: she appears as one of the final opponents in the 20-man and 30-man Scramble Mode courses, but slots in between Schezo and Rulue despite being the final boss of Arle no Roux and Yo~n. It's especially interesting in the 30-man course, where everyone at the end except Masked Prince uses Yo~n rule.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Originally looked identical to Arle and used identical spells. Later games change the color of her clothes and give her different spells, such as Chaos, Abyss, and Ragnarok. In Puyo Quest, instead of copying Arle's current design, she's closer to her Yo~n appearance.
  • Dramatic Unmask: How she reveals herself in Yo~n and Puyo Quest. The clown costume, however, is rendered down into shreds, and Quest's version has the shredded costume swirling around her.
  • Doppelgänger: It's right there in her name.
  • Driven by Envy: She wants to take Arle's place in the current reality, and turns against Dark Prince in order to challenge Arle for the right to exist.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Arle.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Every appearance gives her a noticeably lower voice then Arle.
  • Fan Nickname: Doppel, as an Affectionate Nickname.
  • Fountain of Expies: The first Evil Counterpart in the franchise, though out of Compile's interpretation of this character type it's mainly Doppelganger Schezo who is comparable, initially debuting as a mook in ARS and as a individual character (and main antagonist) in Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon. SEGA would follow up with Possessed Klugnote , Dark Arlenote , and Rafisolnote , who all take after Doppel in their own ways.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She possessed Dark Prince for an extensive period of time, with no one but Rulue being any the wiser (and even she wasn't able to fully determine the cause of Dark Prince's odd behavior), and Dark Prince himself had virtually no memory of his actions in the timeframe between Doppel's ambush on him in the beginning of Yo~n's story and Arle freeing him near the end of said game's story. Mind you that Ecolo pulls a similar stunt, possessing Dark Prince in 20th, and even then, Dark Prince admitted to having some level of awareness of his actions.
  • Giggling Villain: Very prominent in her in-game voice overs. She even laughs when she's defeated!
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Turns Arle's Heroic Blue to a Blood Red.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Arguably an attempt at this in Yo~n. While most end bosses in the series tend to fit the comedic tone of each game, Doppelganger Arle's appearance and theme towards the end of the fourth game is much more serious and somber compared to the rest of game. Her motivations (wanting to kill Arle out of pure rage) and actions (using Dark Prince's power to capture Carbuncle and lure Arle into a trap) were also taken more seriously as a result, being a stark contrast from what's a rather light-hearted series for much of its existence.
    • There's also the fact that during the entire duration of being possessed, Dark Prince had virtually no memory of his actions following Doppel's ambush on him. It should be noted that Ecolo pulls a similar stunt in 20th, yet Dark Prince admitted to having some level of control over his own actions.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Puyo Puyo!! Quest spoils the reveal that Pierrot and Doppelganger Arle are the same person.
  • Man Behind the Man: The one behind Dark Prince in Yo~n.
  • Mysterious Watcher: If Quest is of any indication, Doppelganger Arle is implied to have been spying on Arle and her (SEGA-era) friends for quite some time, to the point of having some semblance as to the identities of said friends, not to mention their likes and hobbies. However, this gets a bit subverted when it's implied that she hasn't fully discerned just who is who, as seen when she tries to gift Amitie (who initially confuses her for the real Arle, but later has suspicions to the contrary) with a stag beetle. It should be noted that Sig is the bug lover, not Amitie.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: She ceases to exist because of the Madou world's rule that only one unique version of a person can exist at a time in said world.
  • Palette Swap: Depending on the game. Subverted in Box; unlike other Evil Counterparts, Doppelganger Arle's portrait is entirely different from her base character's. Having said that, she has both traditional and Yo~n portraits, which play the trope straight.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Arle has brown eyes. If you see Arle with red or purple eyes... It's not Arle.
  • Reincarnation: The Doppelganger Arle in The Final Test is the remains of Lilith, Dark Prince's wife. Arle herself is implied to be a reincarnation of her.
  • Rocket-Tag Gameplay: The easiest way to defeat a Doppelganger Arle in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 is to keep using Diacute (which Doppelganger Arle will mimic) until Arle can defeat her in a single magic attack. Of course, you're done for if Arle whiffs on that attack.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Well, more like Sealed Evil in a Box, and she herself isn't exactly EVIL as much as she is bitter and a tad... insane. That said, trying to kill somebody to prove your existence isn't exactly a good guy thing.
  • SNK Boss: In Yo~n. Her match has a gimmick where the player is tasked with digging through nuisance in order to get the Point Puyo on the bottom and dump a ludicrous amount of garbage at Doppelganger Arle before she does the same to you. However, she exploits this by having a blatantly overpowered form of Arle's Barrier by protecting her from Nuisance Puyo falling onto her field for 30 seconds to prevent garbage from disrupting her digging, and already having her Super Attack accessible at the start of the match. Also, since she can't be hindered by garbage slowing her down, she can quickly charge up another Super Attack and repeat the process. To add insult to injury, Arle can't do the same in this match.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once she is defeated, she freaks out over being unable to beat Arle, screaming that she is the real Arle before fading away into nothing.
  • Villainous Harlequin: As Pierrot.
  • Warm-Up Boss: In Pocket Puyo Puyo~n, as Pierrot, she is the first opponent in the game's story mode. This is also marks the first time Skeleton-T is NOT the first opponent/cannot be selected as a possible first opponent (like in Tsu).


First Appearance: Madou Monogatari III
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (Puyo Puyo CD), RIU (Puyo Puyo SUN, Discstation Shorts, Madou Monogatari: The Final Test, Madou Monogatari Saturn), Satomi Koorogi (Puyo Puyo~n), Risa Taneda (Puyo Puyo!! Quest onwards), Wendee Lee (Puyo Puyo Champions, English)
What? You'd like to hear me sing? Gladly! Okay! Get ready to be moved to tears! Here I go!

A pink-haired harpy (apparently). Though she acts rather innocent, she is infamous for her really abysmal singing. So abysmal, in fact, she's capable of weaponizing it when needed. Despite this, she's seemingly oblivious to her tone deafness, and loves to sing blissfully to herself or others.

  • All There in the Manual: The instruction booklet to the Mega Drive version of the first arcade game claims that her name is actually "Yoko Tamura." This is never referenced in the games themselves. Though for what it's worth, All About Puyo Puyo has a laugh at this particular factoid, which suggests that the manual's Lemony Narrator is just having fun at our expense.
  • Always Identical Twins: The N-Gage Puyo Pop uses Harpy's sprite twice and passes them off as sisters.
  • Angelic Beauty
  • Bowdlerization: The English arcade game strips her of all of her angelic qualities and renames her "Dark Elf" for good measure.note  These changes don't carry over into Puzlow Kids, much less anything afterwards.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Brainwashed by a Yog in Saturn, causing her to sing constantly before she is defeated.
  • The Cameo: Alongside Witch in 7.
  • Catchphrase: Sings a solfège with the lyrics: "Ha-ra hire ho-re ha-re."
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Perhaps not to the level of The Banshee Trio, let alone Mandrake, but her songs are still an unpleasant surprise to anyone who happens to hear them.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Once you get past the off-key notes. The sole exception is the Darker and Edgier PC98 port of Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, where she resembles a traditional harpy.
  • Depending on the Artist: Her hair color switched between pink and light orange in early Madou and Puyo games, possibly due to color palette limitations. She eventually settled with having pink hair by the time SUN was released, until 7 changed her hair to more of a magenta.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • Dreadful Musician: The exact source of annoyance (tone-deafness, constant singing, or noisiness) varies from game to game. See also Musical Assassin below.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: A minor example, but in the first iteration of Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 on the MSX, she had talons instead of normal human feet like she would have in future games.
  • Giftedly Bad: Shown when she teaches Serilly how to sing "correctly". Nobody within earshot was spared.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In Madou Monogatari Saturn after Suketoudara, until the boss fight against Incubus.
  • Harping on About Harpies
  • Luck-Based Mission: AI Harpy starts each match by lining the left and right walls with Puyo in hopes of creating surprise chains. Though not as crazy as Suketoudara's stacking method, it is nowhere near as effective as Nohoho's.
    • Her console Yo~n and Box powers turn her Nuisance Puyo into random colors.
  • Musical Assassin: Her spell theme consists of her singing. Her skill in Puyo Quest causes a power reduction on blue-colored cards, while Songstress Harpy's skill, Shivering Chant, outright does direct damage. As a party member in Madou Monogatari Saturn, she has two spells that weaponizes her singing: Grand Song, her Limit Break, and Shock Voice, which stuns enemies.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite her name referencing the mythical harpy, her appearance and mannerisms is more comparable to an angel. The sole aversion is in the PC98 version of Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, where it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
    • Not only does she look nothing like a "Dark Elf," you face an actual elf two stages later.
  • Ship Tease: There exists official art of her and Draco holding each other. What's interesting about this is that this specific pairing has never been seen anywhere else.
  • Vocal Range Exceeded: Quite easily, since she doesn't have any vocal range to speak of.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In the first game, her stage features the first major drop speed increase.
  • Winged Humanoid


First Appearance: Madou Monogatari III
Voiced by: Tachibana Tasogare (Puyo Puyo SUN arcade/Saturn), Kotatsu (Puyo Puyo SUN N64/PSX/PC, Madou Monogatari Saturn), Yasunori Matsumoto (Puyo Puyo~n), Hisayoshi Suganuma (Puyo Puyo!! Quest)

A womanizing demon who seemingly wants to romanticize with any girl he meets, Arle being the most common target. Though he tries to keep up a suave persona, for multiple reasons his approaches fail to impress.


First Appearance: Madou Monogatari: Strange Story
Voiced by: Sakanaya-san (Puyo Puyo SUN, Discstation Short), Yumi Hikita (Puyo Puyo~n), Akane Fujikawa (Puyo Puyo!! Quest)

Right after I clean it up so carefully, you come along and cover it with footprints!

Kikimora is a (very loose) interpretation of the Slavic spirit of the same name. She's a maid who is utterly obsessed with making things clean, so much so that merely stepping on an area near her can drive her furious. Despite this she is surprisingly wise, occasionally helping out Arle with useful advice.

  • Berserk Button: In SUN, Arle learned the hard way what happens when you step all over an area she had just cleaned up. In Yo~n, Arle yet again comes to realize what happens if you refer to her as an old lady.
  • Blush Sticker: In her SEGA-era redesign.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By a Yog in Saturn, causing her to think of all people as trash she needed to personally dispose of.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Kikimora's Clean Up from the PC98 incarnation of Disc Station.
  • Evil Twin: Has one named "Black Kikimora." While Black Kikimora turns the opponent's unmatched Puyo into Nuisance, standard Kikimora cleans hers off her field.
  • Idiot Hair: That single bang she has didn't stand completely up back then, though.
  • Improbable Weapon: Uses a mop to attack her foes.
  • Informed Species: You would be forgiven if you assumed she was In Name Only, but she's a very loose interpretation of the traditional kikimora. She embodies the housework-assisting nature of the spirit, but that's about it.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: Despite Arle accusing Kikimora of being a "stingy old cleaning lady", Kikimora only heard "Old lady" in her insult, which truly set her off.
  • Ma'am Shock: Not exactly the brightest idea to call Kikimora "a stingy old cleaning lady", Arle. For the record, Kikimora only heard "Old lady" in her insult.
  • Meido: Dresses like a stereotypical maid.
  • Ms. Exposition: She appears in the Information building in Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon, explaining how various parts of the game work. As mentioned below she also explains new mechanics to Arle in the GBA Puyo Pop.
  • Mundane Utility: Wanted to use Witch's magic broom to clean the beach in a Disc Station short. Witch was not amused.
  • Neat Freak: In this girl's mind, cleanliness is VERY Serious Business. Poor Arle found out the hard way in SUN when she steps across a patch of cobblestone Kikimora had just cleaned up. Kikimora proceeds to give her a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown over it.
    • This is referenced in her Yo~n Super Attack, which erases all garbage (Nuisance Puyo) from her side of the field.
  • Older Than They Look: Although she looks like a teenager, it's implied she's actually much older, since her age is never specified and Arle refers to her as an "old lady" as mentioned above.
  • Rapunzel Hair: During Compile's run, she occasionally switched between having short, shoulder-length hair and long hair that hung midway down her back. As of Yo~n, she's stuck with short hair going forward.
  • Training Boss: Her story segments in the GBA Puyo Pop are all about getting used to various types of Puyo. By the end, Arle flat-out asks for the new rules immediately upon seeing Kikimora.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Because of her Super Attack in Yo~n, she can give players who can't grasp chaining Puyo a lot of problems because her Nuisance Puyo won't stay for too long. One would have to bombard her with a large enough chain that sends more than she could clean up.
  • Wipe the Floor with You: Does a literal case of the "mop the floor with you" idiom to Arle in SUN, as payback for dirtying some cobblestone she just cleaned up.

    Minotauros (Minotaur) 

First Appearance: Madou Monogatari III
Voiced by: Kyouji Amako (Puyo Puyo CD), Nobuyuki Hiyama (Puyo Puyo CD Tsu), Murasaki-shu (Puyo Puyo SUN, Discstation Shorts), Yuichi Nagashima (Puyo Puyo~n), Hiromichi Tezuka (Puyo Puyo!! Quest)

Mooo! I won't have you badmouthing my Rulue! I shall avenge Rulue's honor by defeating you! Mooo!

Rulue's personal servant is a giant minotaur with a hopeless Bodyguard Crush. Though he tries to pull off an intimidating personality, in reality he's fairly sensitive and nice. He only acts aggressive for the sake of trying to impress Rulue.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He's this to Rulue.
  • The Artifact: He was originally designed to be a bodyguard for Rulue, hence why he served the role of the Final Boss in Madou Monogatari III instead of Rulue. However, when later games showed that Rulue was perfectly capable of holding her own, Minotauros' purpose became less relevant and as a result he was Demoted to Extra. He still stuck around for a while simply because he's heavily associated with Rulue, but not surprisingly, SEGA, starting with 15th, didn't bother to bring him back to the major games despite Rulue returning.
  • An Axe to Grind: Is often seen with a giant axe.
  • Berserk Button: Early in Minna, he and Arle have a normal conversation up until the latter accuses Rulue of being selfish. Minotauros' response is the above quote.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Why does Rulue, the Fighting Queen, have a bodyguard that she can easily pummel into submission in five seconds? We'll never know.
  • Bodyguard Crush
  • The Cameo: In Puyo Puyo~n. He was one of five characters who wasn't playable, but could be battled in Mission Mode.
  • Catchphrase: "Ichigeki!" ("Strike!") is his voiced catchphrase in the first arcade game, which becomes "Who are you?!" in the English version.
  • Declaration of Protection: Subverted in the fact that, despite being in love with Rulue and acting as her bodyguard, Rulue has no romantic interest in Minotauros at all.
  • Demoted to Extra: Minotauros is the final boss of the MSX and PC98 Madou Monogatari III and was a high-level opponent in the first two games. He is reduced to an NPC in Sun and Yo~n, and his only appearance after Minna is in Puyo Puyo!! Quest.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the FMV Puyo Puyo Sun opening, a particularly-Fanservicey shot of Rulue causes Minotauros to fan her with a giant leaf so hard that she is tossed out of her beach recliner.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A minotaur(os) named Minotaur(os).
  • Dogged Nice Guy
  • Dub Name Change: "Max Minotaur" in the English arcade translation.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, he was overall less muscular, having a more average height and build. Later games would buff him up to his more familiar appearance.
  • Fanboy: According to the Shin Madou light novels, Minotauros runs a Rulue-fanclub in secret, of which he is the president. The other members consisted of Samurai Mole, Incubus, Zoh Daimaoh, Wizard, Sasoriman, Zombie, and supposedly even more...
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite his crush on Rulue, he fully supports Rulue's crush on Dark Prince.
  • A Load of Bull
  • Mighty Roar: Two variations; Saturn Madou's increases his own attack power, and "Roar of Love" in Puyo Quest lowers purple cards' attack power.
  • Nothing Personal: He flat-out tells Arle that he doesn't hate her; he's just following orders.
  • Power Echoes: His catchphrases in both the Japanese and English versions of the first arcade game have a notable echo.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Despite his antagonistic actions, he only acts evil for the sake of impressing Rulue. Otherwise, he has no issues with casually talking to his "enemies", like Arle.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In one of the anime shorts, Minotauros is shown wearing stereotypical pink cleaning attire. The same short also shows he's able to sew boots.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: His *5, *6, and *7 cards in Quest.
  • Species Surname: As Max Minotaur in the English arcade game.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": As with Draco, Sega dropped the "-os" suffix in the international version of Minna. And as with Draco, the fandom promptly ignored Sega's spelling in favor of Compile's original romanization, and even more like Draco, SEGA would relent by Champions.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted, as far as called attacks go, in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n. The game recycles voice clips from console Yo~n and console Sun; since Minotauros wasn't playable in either game, he gets absolutely nothing. DA! is the first Puyo game to give him voice clips, and thus plays this straight: these voice clips seems to be the basis for his voice in Minna.
    • Played straight in Quest. His card is one of the voice acted ones.

    Nasu Grave 

Nasu Grave
First Appearance: Madou Monogatari I
Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (Puyo Puyo CD), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary), Makoto Yasumura (Puyo Puyo Quest)


A glasses-wearing eggplant with stubby arms and legs. He is on-edge around humans, who he believes are out to eat him.


First Appearance: Madou Monogatari II
Voiced by: Sachiko Sugawara (Puyo Puyo CD TSU), Kerol (Puyo Puyo SUN), Kenichi Ogata (Puyo Puyo~n)

Regardless, you still have to buy something. Store policy.

A traveling amphibious merchant. He enjoys curry, despite the fact that he's allergic to it.

  • Catchphrase: His name doubles as this.
  • Dirty Business: It says something that he's shady enough to run a curry smuggling ring, as seen inTsu.
  • The Gambler: Nohoho's overall character can be described as this. Not only does he consider luck a skill, but his Yo~n Super Attack, "Nohoho Slots", shuffles his Puyo columns like the reels of a slot machine.
  • Hidden Depths: His Quest bio claims he's surprisingly speedy at calculating with an abacus.
  • Intrepid Merchant
  • Luck-Based Mission: Nohoho drops all of his Puyo into the right side of the field. Unlike Harpy's and Suketodara's luck-based stacking methods, Nohoho's also keeps the critical third-from-left column empty for as long as possible.
    • Additionally, his Yo~n Super Attack reshuffles his Puyo, column-by-column.
  • Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: He's willing to endure it to eat curry.
  • Signature Laugh: "No ho ho!" Yes, his name is his laugh.
  • Sore Loser: In Minna, if you defeat him while you have his Rucksack, he argues that the Puyo match didn't count. Arle makes him admit defeat before she hands over the sack.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: The aforementioned Sore Loser entry above. Only occurs during the Item Trading sidequest, though.
  • Theme Naming: Nohoho, like most (but not all) Madou Monogatari/Puyo Puyo merchants, has a three-syllable name with the final two syllables repeating. Other examples include Momomo, Parara, and Fufufu.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Curry. It causes him to break out in very unsightly bumps.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Very much so in Tsu.


First Appearance: Madou Monogatari III
Voiced By: Noriko Hidaka (Puyo Puyo CD), Wasabi Mizuta (Puyo Puyo~n), Asuka Kakumoto (Puyo Puyo!! Quest)

People like you who don't appreciate artistic genius...SUCK!

A mischievous young elf with a cheeky personality. He loves playing his flute, but demands that others appreciate his music as much as he does.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair was originally depicted as brown, but it changed to blond starting with Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon. However, considering how he's depicted with blonde hair in official artwork as early as the original arcade game, it seems more likely that he was always meant to have blonde hair.
  • Agitated Item Stomping: His lose animation in Tsu, where he repeatedly stomps on his own flute.
  • Black Bead Eyes: On the rare occasion that he opens his eyes, he can be seen sporting these.
  • Berserk Button: People who don't appreciate his music really make him angry. Slightly modified in the English arcade game, where he is instead set off by Silvana telling him that he needs practice.
  • Blush Sticker: In his 6-star form in Quest.
  • Bratty Half-Pint
  • Commuting on a Bus: Moreso than most characters. He's missing in Sun, comes back for Yo~n, and then disappears aside from Box and Quest, which both contain nearly every character of note.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Shades of this in the first arcade game, particularly in the English version where his vocal catchphrase from the original version ("Wah!") is replaced with vaguely-demonic laughter.
  • Cute Little Fangs/Fangs Are Evil: In earlier games, he's commonly seen with a pair of sharp fangs.
  • Dreadful Musician: Either he's not very good or Arle is holding the Jerkass Ball (which is not without precedent) in Tsu. She compares his flute-playing to buzzing flies. In Waku Puyo Dungeon, Rulue compares it to "absurd noise," while Schezo describes it to be so bad it makes his ears corrode.
  • Dub Name Change: Becomes Johnny in the English arcade game. It's inexplicable enough to get called out by one of Compile's artists in an interview in All About Puyo Puyo Tsu.
  • Eyes Always Closed: In the vast majority of his appearances.
  • Interface Screw: His power in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n, Slowdown, disables manual dropping for the opponent.
  • Magic Music: In the Saturn/Playstation version of Tsu, he plays a song that forces Arle to perform a dumb dance against her own will. Naturally, he gets a real kick out of it.
  • Pointy Ears
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Especially in the English arcade game, where he tells Silvana that he is the absolute best.
  • Sore Loser: If his Tsu defeat animation is anything to go by. He gets so angry that he stomps on his precious flute.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He plays a much more benevolent role as a supportive NPC in Saturn Madou, occasionally appearing in towns and providing the party with free healing.

    Ragnus Bishasi (Lagnus) 

Ragnus Bishasi
First Appearance: Puyo Puyo SUN
Voiced by: Sakanaya-san (Puyo Puyo SUN), Tomoko Miura (Puyo Puyo~n), Akira Miki (Puyo Puyo!! Quest onwards), Spike Spencer (Puyo Puyo Champions, English)

(To Schezo) Aren't you the perverted magician?! Stay right there, don't move!!

A warrior from another world clad in gold armor, known as Ragnus the Brave or the Golden Hero. In both Puyo Puyo and Madou Monogatari, he's commonly portrayed as Schezo's rival or foil, having light magic and a heroic personality to contrast Schezo's dark magic and more shady practices. Unfortunately, he also suffers from a curse that forces him to age down when he doesn't have enough power to resist it, forcing him to look for enemies to gain enough EXP to restore himself.

  • Adaptational Comic Relief: In Madou Monogatari, his heroism and curse are played straight, but in Puyo Puyo, they are instead Played for Laughs.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In SUN, his hair started out as black and flipped-flopped between that and dark brown. Quest settled for the latter, and persisted in Chronicle.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of traditional RPG protagonists. He resembles the early Heroes from Dragon Quest, receives 50 EXP from killing a Puyo (Puyos themselves being Slime expies), and one of his attacks is named Level Up. Amitie even lampshades his strong resemblance to typical heroes found in old books upon first meeting him in Chronicle, while Arle is left confused at his declaration of obtaining experience points and leveling up.
    • Following his first defeat to Arle and her party in Chronicle, Ms. Accord suggests he traverse to every area Arle and her party had come across prior to Purplune, in order to gain even more EXP from defeating the various enemies that inhabited them.
  • Amnesiac Hero: In Shin Madou Monogatari Gaiden, Ragnus assumed the name of "Kassim" while suffering from amnesia. He still suffers from this, but for different reasons involving Rune Lord and Patty.
  • Anime Hair: Downplayed in Yo~n but brought back in Sega's run, where it became very fluffy.
  • The Bus Came Back: Prior to his return in Chronicle, his last non-spinoff Puyo game appearance was in Minna. Harpy and Witch got away with cameos in 7.
  • Bad Liar: In Saturn. It's become apparent the person who seems to be Schezo helping you is not Schezo at all. Once Arle and Rulue begin to try to grill him on details of Schezo's life, he's unable to make up any convincing lies and finally gives up his true identity.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Involuntarily transforms into a child form due to a curse.
  • Ball of Light Transformation: As a soul, he only appears as a ball of floating light.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example in the Waku Puyo Dungeon manga, in spite of being an armor-wearing warrior.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a kid.
    • Is disgusted by what he sees as Schezo's perverted ways in both Sun and Saturn.
  • BFS: According to official Compile art, the Reactor Blade is almost as big as Ragnus himself is. Downplayed in the SEGA games, which make it a similar size to Schezo's sword.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: By Puyo standards anyway. They're noticeably thicker than the rest of the cast, which are defined by simply a stroked line.
  • Butt-Monkey: So, this guy's pants can't stay on him after he ages up, and he ages down after his attack on Schezo, of all people, falls flat. Is this how you're supposed to introduce a character?
  • Curse: He's forced to age down to 10 years old due to different reasons depending on the game. Ragnus is 17 by default.
  • The Cameo: In Puyo Puyo~n. he was one of five characters who wasn't playable, but could be battled in Mission Mode.
  • Canon Immigrant: He started as a novel-only character before making it into Puyo games, and into the main RPG series after that.
  • Cast From Hit Points: In Saturn, the Reactor Blade can store Ragnus's life force as attack power, or store it and return it to him to heal him at a later time. Unfortunately, this means when Ragnus loses it, he transforms into a kid. He returns to his normal form once he retrieves the sword.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: For some inexplicable reason, his trousers fall down when he ages up to his default form in SUN. And this was supposed to be his game debut.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Is very much the Big Good of Saturn Madou Monogatari, with much of the story revolving around Ragnus and him using Schezo to help Arle and Rulue, even while separated from his own body. Once he joins the party he pretty much takes the spotlight for the rest of the game, to the point where the last portion of the final boss even plays his theme song.
  • Decoy Protagonist: You play as him in the prologue of Madou Monogatari Saturn, but that's it. He does become one of your party members at the climax of the story, though.
  • Determinator: Takes one of Yoggus's most powerful attacks head-on and manages to survive with one hit point, then fires off an attack that drains away nearly the rest of his life in the Saturn prologue to defeat the Yog. He's barely able to move by the end of the fight, and the game implies he likely would have died had he not been pulled into a temporal distortion.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: In Chronicle, while he is met multiple times he only joins the party at the very end of the game due to butting heads with Arle over her being the "true" hero.
  • Evil Counterpart: Inverted, he is the unquestionably good counterpart to Schezo's Anti-Hero. Made more prominent in Saturn, where Schezo's body is the only body his soul can resonate with, but their souls' magic clash and thus he can't stay in it for long.
  • Fail O Sucky Name: In-universe, according to Schezo, his name sounds like a bug being splattered. Ragnus doesn't react well to this. In a meta example, the characters for his name are similar to the Japanese word for Eggplant, and so fans will sometimes refer to him as such.
  • Foil: To Schezo. While both use magic and can wield swords, Ragnus is a light warrior, while Schezo is a dark mage. Ragnus may know magic, but it's not nearly as plentiful as Schezo's repertoire, if one were to look back at all the spells Schezo has cast in the games. Ragnus has a heroic and kind personality to match his light affinity, while Schezo is an abrasive Anti-Hero. Even speaking in game mechanics, they're tailored to oppose each other. Ragnus is an HP Type in Puyo Quest, Schezo is an Attack Type. In Champions, Schezo's chains are stronger in higher numbers, while Ragnus' are stronger in lower chain counts when playing Fever rules despite being Moveset Clones to each other.
    • Also to Arle. While Arle primarily engages in heroics to stop Dark Prince's antics (who is essentially the god of the Puyo incarnation of the Madou world) and travels through other worlds due to accidents, Ragnus was chosen by a goddess in his own world to become a great hero and save other realms from evil.
  • Grand Theft Me: While his own body is encased in crystal in Saturn he takes Schezo's to try to fight the Yogs and contact Arle.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In Saturn, seeing as every time Schezo willingly helps you out it's really this guy.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's the main protagonist of many Shin Madou novels and a very important piece of the Madou Monogatari timeline in general. For example, he is the Golden Hero who sealed away Rune Lord, the dark wizard who eventually grants Schezo his powers.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Like Schezo, he has a special sword as his companion called the Reactor Blade.
  • Heroic RRoD: In Saturn, his curse is the result of him storing too much power in the Reactor Blade and then losing the sword, forcing his body to revert to a child's.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Reactor Blade allows him to store up his own life energy to fire in the form of holy power at his foes.
  • Hot-Blooded: As befitting an Affectionate Parody of a traditional RPG protagonist.
  • It's Personal: He sealed Rune Lord, the original Dark Wizard, after Rune Lord captures Patty, his crush.
  • Kid Hero: When he's aged down, anyway.
  • Knight Errant: Shin Madou Monogatari Gaiden depicts him as one. He has the knightly, heroic disposition, but because of his monster slaying reputation, the people he saves end up fearing his might, causing a disconnect between him and the town folk he helps out. As a result, he comes in, does his heroics, then books it as quietly as possible.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Near the end of Minna, he offers to protect Arle when she ventures into Dark Prince's castle. Arle responds by calling him a kid.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He was the golden hero that sealed off Rune Lord, the original Dark Wizard. However, doing so made him forget who Patty is and wander for nearly 300 years.
  • Leitmotif: "Ragnus's Theme", a triumphant orchestral track befitting a heroic person.
  • Light 'em Up: His primary element.
  • Light Is Good
  • Magic Knight: He packs some powerful light spells, as well as superb healing magic. He's leans towards the Knight side, as he's seen using his sword more in Shin Madou Monogatari.
  • Moveset Clone: Of Schezo, fittingly, in Champions. His Fever dropset is completely identical to his foil.
  • Nice Guy: As fiery as he can get, he does have moments where he's caring to his companions. Many of his lines in Puyo Quest express concern and encouragement towards the player, and never really expresses ill will against Schezo despite butting heads with him in Madou Monogatari Saturn.
  • Official Couple: He and Arle were in an on-again/off-again relationship in the Kadokawa Madou Monogatari light novels. This was never shown in the games.
  • Older Than They Look: When he's under his curse, he looks around 10, but his true physical age is 17.
  • Our Souls Are Different: His was separated from his body, and occasionally possesses Schezo's to communicate.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Via leveling up. Really. His aged down form is due to a curse.
  • Promoted to Playable: Had a cameo in the console version of Yo~n, became playable in the GBC version.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Dons a flowing purple cape as the very powerful Great Hero Ragnus.
  • Really 700 Years Old: By the same technicality as Schezo; while he's physically 17, doing math on the Madou Monogatari timeline reveals he's over 300.
  • Recurring Boss: He is fought three times in Chronicle, before finally joining Arle's party.
  • The Red Baron: He is also known as the Golden Hero in the Madou world.
  • Screaming Warrior: Especially true in the Compile Puyo games, his voice clips consist of him yelling his attacks. In Madou Monogatari Saturn, he screams FINAL CROSS! when he performs it.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: His armor only fits properly on his default age of 17. When he ages down, his armor doesn't shrink down with him, leading to some problems with mobility and, as showcased in Yo~n, comical pictures of aged-down Ragnus swamped by his own clothes.
  • Sharing a Body: He "borrows" Schezo's body at his expense to communicate with Arle and Rulue. However, he can't take control of him for long stretches due to his soul clashing with Schezo's dark magic. Additionally, Schezo is unconscious while Ragnus is in charge. The result? Whenever Ragnus gets booted out, Schezo wakes up to find himself in really bad scenarios he's completely unaware of.
  • Significant Birth Date: April Fools' Day, poking fun at his Butt-Monkey status.
  • Signature Move: Final Cross. It serves as his Limit Break in Madou Monogatari Saturn.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Puyo Puyo Champions localizes his name as "Ragnus", despite the "Lagnus" romanization that's been there for a long time.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Well... maybe not a Jerkass, but compared to his appearances in Madou Monogatari and his earlier Puyo Puyo appearances, the Hot-Blooded aspect of his personality is played up to the point that it almost totally consumes his Nice Guy traits during Chronicle.
  • Trapped in Another World: The end result of Saturn Madou's prologue. Dark Prince helps him return to his world once the Yogs are defeated by returning the Azorecrack to him, a pendant with a blue gemstone that lets him teleport.
  • Wistful Amnesia: In the Madou Monogatari novels, Arle's face invokes this. It involves Patty, his forgotten crush.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: In the English version of Minna.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Averted in Saturn. He can perform Schezo's dark magic while he is in Schezo's body, but the strain of it clashing with his light magic ends up kicking him out of Schezo's body.

    Serilly (Seriri) 

Serilly (Seriri)
First Appearance: Puyo Puyo Tsu
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Puyo Puyo CD TSU), Eriko Kawasaki (Puyo Puyo~n), Haruka Yoshimura (Puyo Puyo!! Quest onwards), Christine Marie Cabanos (Puyo Puyo Champions, English)

I knew it! You're here to eat me because I'm a mermaid, right?

A very shy mermaid who is somewhat of a crybaby. She believes that everyone is out to bully her or eat her based on an ambiguous myth about mermaid flesh granting immortality. This causes her to be constantly paranoid about any stranger she meets. However, she also has a strong desire to make new friends due to being constantly alone.

  • Characterization Marches On: Played with. In Tsu, she is afraid of being teased, not eaten. However, Arle's retort about any type of seafood being delicious could be seen as the basis of her future character traits.
  • Chocolate of Romance: Has a bag of homemade chocolates as Lovestruck Serilly in Puyo Quest. Actually a subversion in that she doesn't quite understand how Valentine's Day works.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Serilly's Happy Birthday" for the Windows version of Disc Station, a raising simulator where you help her develop social skills and form bonds with people, in hopes that they'll show up for her next birthday.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Subverted. She is called "Uroko Sakana Bito" ("Scaly Fish Person", her species name) in Tsu, but her real name is noted in Tsu's instruction manual and is used in subsequent games. In fact, she and fellow mermaid Merrow are the only Madou Monogatari Mooks that manage to escape both this trope and Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Dreadful Musician: After Harpy's "lessons" in one of the animated shorts.
  • Enthralling Siren: When she sings naturally, she's able to hypnotize most of the Puyo cast into coming to her side so she can make friends with them.
  • Flying Seafood Special: She swam through the air when she was a Madou mook, but the creator eventually forgot this, pinning her underwater. Then she starts carrying a magic stone which allows her to move around out of the water. Then it gets even more flip-flop in Chronicle where her overworld model uses the washbin, yet floats around in combat screens.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: The water in Yo~n.
  • Hair Antennae: Two small ones.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Despite this, she's afraid of getting eaten.
  • Love at First Note: Apparently, Serilly can make ANYONE fall in love with her voice.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: She is seen in a wooden tub in Tsu. Outside of Compile-era promotional artwork, she uses this again during her appearance in Chronicles, with Suketoudara and Risukuma carrying it in order to help her get around.
  • Mind-Control Music: Her natural singing voice hypnotizes people. She seems unaware of her powers.
  • Nervous Wreck: She's always paranoid about being bullied or eaten by everyone she meets, and has a habit of jumping to conclusions because of it.
  • One-Person Birthday Party: The opening and the bad ending of Serilly's Happy Birthday. Well, not exactly one person in the ending.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Can't shapeshift, but obtains a trinket that allows her to traverse dry land in Serilly's Happy Birthday.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Makes an unusually hostile appearance as a mook in Madou Monogatari: Final Exam.
  • Palette Swap: Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 and the Nazo Roux games featured a more aggressive, pink-haired Uroko Sakana Bito named Merrow, who would be referred to as Uroko Ningyo (Scaly Mermaid) in certain ports of Madou Monogatari I. Tsu introduces a blue and shy Uroko Sakana Bito, Serilly, who would eventually replace Merrow in later Madou Monogatari games. In Box, which features both, Merrow is a recolored Serilly.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Waist-length during Compile's run, and is even longer in Sega's run, nearly reaching her tail fin.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Several characters, including Arle herself, have expressed interest in eating her, not to gain immortality — which it's not clear is anything but an odd delusion of hers in this setting — but because she's technically seafood.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: She's terrified of being eaten, and Arle didn't seem to balk much at the idea.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Fits the bill with a side of paranoia towards any strangers.
  • Significant Birth Date: She is a Pisces.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: From the "Ultimate Singing Ability" DiscStation short, she shows that her singing voice is captivatingly beautiful...until Harpy ruins it, anyhow.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Serilly's name was romanized as "Seriri" for the longest time, and even appeared in Minna, a game that was localized. The Puyo Puyo Champions localization instead spells her name as "Serilly".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Yo~n's artbook shows her hanging out with Arle and the other girls without trouble, finally developing the friendships she so desired.
  • Unusual Ears: Fins.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has long and wavy blue locks.


First Appearance: Madou Monogatari I
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Puyo Puyo CD), Guts Nakamatsu (Puyo Puyo SUN arcade/Saturn), Yoshinori Fujita (Puyo Puyo SUN N64/PSX/PC), Kenichi Ogata (Puyo Puyo~n), Chikara Ousaka (Puyo Puyo 7)

Ocha! note 

A skeleton who enjoys sipping tea. He generally has a rather lax outlook on life, preferring to simply sit around and sip hot tea all day, though that doesn't stop him from occasionally pulling off some dirty tricks.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A minor one from 7 to Puyo Quest. The body stripe on the main skeleton goes from red to blue.
  • Artificial Stupidity: His AI never rotates his puyos.
  • Berserk Button: Predictably, he loses it when Draco causes all of his tea to evaporate.
  • Dem Bones
  • Difficult, but Awesome: In Yo~n. While the Super Dynamic Ocha Bomber has an extreme penalty for at first a meager reward, players who can adapt to it are capable of extremely devastating chains that can quickly end matches in a game notorious for taking forever. Still, losing the ability to rotate or giving up a nuisance multiplier can be far too perilous, as players who use the Bomber put themselves at the mercy of the Random Number God.
  • The Dividual: In 7, where a trio of Skeleton-Ts serve as Starter Villains.
  • Dub Name Change: Simply called "Skeleton" in the English arcade translation.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: For some reason, his tea is changed to an "herbal potion" in the arcade translation.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Tells Arle that he has "a bone to pick" with her in the GBA Puyo Pop.
    • From 7:
    Skeleton T Trio: "It's 'T' time!"
    Ringo: "That's just lame!"
  • Joke Character: His Super Attack in Yo~n is an ever-increasing Nuisance Bonus... that requires the player to avoid rotating their Puyo. To put this in perspective, other powers include blocking Nuisance Puyo for 15 seconds (Arle), removing Nuisance Puyo altogether (Kikimora), and reshuffling every Puyo on the field (Nohoho), none of which have extra conditions like Skeleton T's power.
    • Lethal Joke Character: However, as mentioned under Difficult, but Awesome, someone who takes advantage of his Nuisance Bonus can easily crush an opponent while giving them no time to respond.
    • Played with in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n, where his default power instead locks the other player's rotation. Luckily, his AI is as dimwitted as ever.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In Minna, Arle points out that Skeleton-T shouldn't be able to enjoy tea, considering he doesn't have a tongue with which to taste it.
  • Punny Name: See Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": That hyphen in his name shows up when it feels like it. It's there for Minna, but is not present for Champions.
  • A Spot Of Tea: You never see him without a cup of it.
  • Suspicious Videogame Generosity: He offers you a cup of tea that fully heals you in Waku Puyo Dungeon, at the end of the first dungeon. After that brief cutscene, you go into battle with him, being a boss. You can decline his offer, but why would you reject his hospitality?
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Attempts to feed Arle drugged tea in Tsu, with Arle guessing correctly that it is a trap. (She uses a You Just Told Me ploy to confirm this in the fan translation.)
    • In Minna, Skeleton T tells Arle that she fell into a trap by drinking his tea. Turns out that he made it with used teabags.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Minna, he randomly shows up in the last area, which features Zoh Daimaoh and the recurring antagonists. Subverted in that he's not much more difficult than he was at the beginning of the game.
  • Warm-Up Boss: He's the first opponent in almost every single Puyo game that features himnote . This is likely a Continuity Nod to Madou Monogatari I, where a Skeleton-T is the first "forced" encounter in the game.

    Zoh Daimaoh 

Zoh Daimaoh
First Appearance: Madou Monogatari III
Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (Puyo Puyo CD), Yasutoshi Akiyama SSS (Puyo Puyo SUN), Hiroki Yasumoto (Puyo Puyo! 15 Anniversary)

Great Rage!

An Indian elephant whose name literally translates to "Elephant Demon King." He is known for his fits of rage, which are triggered by nearly everything.

  • Attack Theme: All of his attacks use the word "Gekido", which, of course, means "rage."
  • Burning with Anger: In Sun, the heat makes him so angry that he melts a hole into the ground. In Schezo's story, after he climbs out of the ground, Schezo refers to him as a "demon from the depths." This makes Zoh Daimaoh so angry that he grabs Schezo and creates a second hole.
    Schezo: "Like a human could possibly do that?!"
  • Catchphrase: "Dai Gekido!" ("Great Rage!") in the first arcade game. Becomes "Now I'm angry!" in the English version.
  • Demoted to Extra: He served as an opponent in the first three arcade games, but in Puyo Puyo~n, he's absent in console versions and only cameos in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n.
  • Difficulty Spike: In the first game, he is the last Mook-based character. The game's drop speed is kicked up another notch and he goes for more chains than most of his predecessors.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Said nearly verbatim in the English arcade game, after Silvana complains that his earth-shaking stomp is scaring away the surrounding animals.
  • Dub Name Change: "Elephant Lord'' in the English arcade game.
  • Funny Animal: He's an elephant, as the description of him above says.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: His defining trait.
  • Hidden Depths: The Saturn and Playstation versions of Tsu reveals he has a fondness for birds.
    • His wish in 15th is to be a king who would bring peace in a rich country, in a future with hope.
  • Leitmotif: "I'm the Zoh Daimaoh".
  • Mistaken for Gay: By way of Trans Equals Gay in 15th. Dapper Bones thought Zoh was one because he wears a bindi, which is typically worn by married women.
  • Painting the Medium: Zoh is known for his rage-fueled strength. To convey this, he has the unique distinction of having his Puyos make a loud CRASH instead of its usual squishy noises. Some games also causes his field to shake.
  • Super Strength: He's powerful enough to cause quakes with his raging stomping.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": A minor example compared to the above, but his name is officially spelled Zo-Daimaoh. Interestingly, the fandom does not use this spelling despite the fact that it is used in the first game.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Emphasized in a few games, where he moves at top speed and the screen actually shakes as his Puyo hit the floor.
  • Verbal Tic: Adds "zou" to the end of his battle phrases.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Tells Arle that "none shall pass" on two separate occasions in Minna.
    • Because I Said So: His reasoning on the first encounter.
    • Hey, That's My Line!: They second time they meet, Arle immediately (and correctly) assumes that Zoh will follow up with "None shall pass unless we play Puyo Pop." Unsurprisingly, stealing Zoh's lines makes him very angry.
    • In 15th, he informs Lidelle that the Dark Prince has horns like her, but she must defeat Zoh first, with Zoh adding "But I must warn you: None shall pass!" Lidelle accepts the challenge, determined to meet Dark Prince.

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