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Full name Jimmy Thang. Jimmy is one of Wario's oldest employees at WarioWare, Inc. He's a cool cat with a passion for disco dancing and a massive afro, just like the rest of his family.
- Alliterative Family: Jimmy's brother and sister are named James and Jamie respectively.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His mustache is shaped like musical notes, which is fitting for a dancer.
- Camp Straight: Jimmy comes with all the usual tropes of disco dancers, even having his own aerobics program in D.I.Y, but he's a notable ladies' man.
- Chick Magnet: His opening in Gold shows he's quite a hit with the ladies. Subverted in that they were just interested in the cat in his hair.
- Childhood Friend: Is rumored to be this to Wario.
- Cool Shades: Never seen without them.
- Cuteness Proximity: In Gold when the girls who have been taking pictures of him during his set reveal that they've actually been taking pictures of the cute cat that snuck its way onto his afro, this is his reaction.Jimmy: Huh? Awww, kitty.
- Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. While Jimmy does have his own stage in Smooth Moves, he does not have any of his own microgames in said installment. Instead, his stage compiles microgames from previous stages.
- Disco Dan: He's the disco master of Diamond City.
- Family Man: Is shown to be very close with his family, dancing with them in two appearances.
- Funny Afro: His afro is so big that it's used as a landing pad for flies.
- Gag Nose: It's actually similar to Wario's, but red instead of pink.
- Graceful Loser: When he discovers that the two girls who came up to him are actually taking pictures of the cat that jumped into his afro, he takes it well and decides to take the cat with him.
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence: His cutscene intros before his microgame marathons feature this. Taken Up to Eleven when his family joins him in the sequels.
- Head Pet: The kitty that takes shelter in his afro in Gold.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: In Smooth Moves, he gives a kitty his umbrella so it won't soak in the rain, then he grooves all night with an entire litter of them. In Game & Wario, he's briefly seen walking alongside two cats in the intro movie. In Gold, a kitten hops into his afro without him noticing, and he lets him stick around after discovering that the cat gets a lot of attention from the ladies.Jimmy (after completing his stage in Gold): What can I say? I love myself a little feline.
- Limited Wardrobe: Wears the same red disco jacket and white pants in every game, with the exception of Snapped! where he wears a new uniform for Wario's Park.
- Odd Friendship: How he became friends with somebody like Wario is a Riddle for the Ages.
- Sunglasses at Night: He never takes them off, especially not when clubbing all night.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Hates flies getting into his hair.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's actually a wig. He dons red and yellow afros in the original for his remix levels.
An energetic high school student from Diamond City, Mona works a variety of part-time jobs around town, including for WarioWare, Inc. She's also a cheerleader and the bassist in an amateur rock band, and owns a cool red scooter.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Implied. Mona has explored a temple in D.I.Y and has even stated in the manual of the first game that Wario takes her with him on his treasure hunting adventures. though aside from D.I.Y, we never actually see her treasure hunting nor alongside Wario. Gold also says she aspires to be a real treasure hunter, which is apparently the reason she admires Wario.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her interest in Wario supposedly comes from the fact that he's "wild".
- All There in the Manual: According to the website for the original WarioWare, her mom is a world-travelling fashion model who rarely sees her and her dad is a Reclusive Artist. It's even referenced again in the Japanese Smooth Moves website where she relates with how lonely Ashley is.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her very first outfit seen in Mega Micro Game$ and Mega Party Game$.
- Biker Babe: In her first few games. A downplayed, sweeter, and more kid-friendly version at least.
- Characterization Marches On: The first game depicts her as an incredibly spunky and fiery girl with a bit of a rebellious anti-authority streak, with her stage showing her speeding and then taking out a bunch of police cars in an effort to get to her job on time. This was only really the case in the first game, as although she remained an Genki Girl, her more fiery and rebellious qualities were toned down to the point that later games dont acknowledge them.
- Cool Bike: Mona drives a red moped.
- Dude Magnet: A football player in Smooth Moves ends up having eyes for Mona (It's even implied that he only joined his football team for the sole sake of impressing her), and Gold reveals Mona is quite the hit with the guys, attracting a lot of boys to Club Joe after showing off her dance moves.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The headset-wearing monkey that flings Banana Peels at cops to keep them from arresting her in the first WarioWare game.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a very energetic character with multiple jobs and hobbies.
- Genki Girl: She's peppy, cute, and a go-getter.
- Lonely Rich Kid: She's the daughter of both a model and an artist, and is wealthy enough to own a mink coat. That said, her folks aren't usually around.
- Morality Pet: Subverted. You'd think Mona having a crush on him would stem his greedy tendencies, but Wario is more than willing to rip her off just like everyone else. He does still think she's "cute", as shown by his level 3 clear intermission in the first game.
- Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed, but is noticeably the most voluptuous girl in the cast and has a lot of different outfits that are form-fitting and expose her legs. Her archaeologist costume in DIY even exposes some of her cleavage. Further downplayed in Gold where her clothing has become more conservative and her shapely figure has been toned down.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: She's been a gelato worker, a pizza delivery girl, a bandleader, a cheerleader, an explorer, an expert paparazzi... Gold actually averts this for once, as her story is just about trying new dresses in Joe's boutique for a party.
- Nice Hat: She owns a variety of distinctive headgear, with her biker helmet being the most recurring headgear.
- No Accounting for Taste: Mona, for reasons unknown to man or beast, thinks Wario is "way cool" (the Japanese version even has her referring to him as "oujisama"!). That said, she does acknowledge that he's incredibly greedy, as seen in the first game when Wario tries to take off with all of their money. She still thinks he's cool, though, with her intro scene in Gold having her gush about his fashion sense and mustache to a bewildered Joe.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her Microgame set in Gold has her trying out a series of dresses, a new one with each game completed, with the final dress being the most extravagant.
- Precocious Crush: She apparently has a crush on Wario (of all people). It should be noted that Mona is a high school student while Wario is a grown man.
- Redhead In Green: She wears a green uniform in WarioWare: Snapped!.
- She's Got Legs: A number of her outfits have her slim legs exposed.
- Teens Love Shopping: Her whole stage in Gold is centered around her shopping at Joe's Clothes for her perfect party dress. Also stated in her Rank C card in the game: "This high school student also makes time for her friends. And shopping!"
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's stated to be a spunky tomboy, but has also shown a clear interest in more feminine things and has no problem wearing dresses. Her level in Gold is all about her finding the perfect party dress, trying a different one on every time a microgame is completed (unless you fail one, then she briefly wears a shoddy tracksuit, not looking the least bit pleased).
- Unlimited Wardrobe: With the exception of the first two games, Mona has a different outfit with every new appearance. Justified, as she's usually at a different job each time.
- What Does She See in Him?: Why she has a crush on Wario of all people is never really explained.
Dribble & Spitz
A bulldog and cat, respectively, who work as cab drivers in Diamond City when not designing microgames for Wario. Dribble is a hot-heated speed freak, but Spitz's cool head keeps him out of trouble. They have a souped-up taxi cab that can even fly in outer space.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Spitz wears no footwear, unlike Dribble.
- Beast Man: Dribble is an anthropomorphic bulldog while Spitz is a anthropomorphic cat.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Even Spitz's cool head has its limits, as shown in Gold.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Dribble respects Spitz greatly, the latter being the boss. However, Dribble is always the guy who cheers/laments during microgames.
- Brooklyn Rage: They both have the typical Noo Yawk accents for taxi drivers in media, but Spitz has a temper simmering under his surface that gives him the drive to wipe out two opposing armies in he and Dribble's set in Gold.
- Bully Bulldog: Subverted. Dribble is a bit gruff, but he's a pretty nice guy for a cab driver.
- Cats Are Mean: Also Subverted. Spitz is also rough around the edges, but nowhere near mean.
- Cat Folk: Spitz, though he really isn't any different from a human.
- Cool Car: Their taxi is a tricked-out monster truck. And it can turn into a spaceship too.
- Demoted to Extra: They don't get a microgame set in Touched, so their only role is retrieving Mike at the end of his scenario. They go back to hosting a set in Smooth Moves.
- Drives Like Crazy: Dribble is stated to be a speed demon. You can definitely see traces of this in some minigames, such as Gold's "Cruise Controls".
- Eyes Always Shut: Spitz, though occasionally subverted in some games.
- Face of a Thug: Dribble is quite the scary looking bulldog, but from what we've seen he's a pretty cool guy.
- Funny Animal: They're a cat and a dog who get along pretty well.
- Geek: Their minigames are often sci-fi themed. In fact, science fiction is Spitz's hobby, which probably rubs off on Dribble.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Spitz wears a pair that he never actually uses for anything. Gold's cards reveal that they're actually bath goggles, so in hindsight, he can't do much with them anyway.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: A cat and dog pair working a taxi gig.
- Hidden Depths: The dolls of Spitz inside the taxi were made by Dribble. He also takes up an interest in sewing in general.
- Hypocritical Humor: After their stage in Gold, Spitz talks about staying cool... even though he flipped out in the intro cutscene. Lampshaded by Dribble.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: They're both anthropomorphic animals who live alongside humans, aliens, robots, etc. just fine.
- Nerves of Steel: By default, this is Spitz. He keeps his cool even when, in Gold, a customer stiffs the duo and when they get lost in the middle of an intergalactic battle. He even teaches Dribble the importance of this trope in being a taxi driver... seconds before losing it.
- Rage Breaking Point: Spitz's temper is pretty level, even keeping his cool in Gold after a customer stiffed the duo on the bill, but once he's had enough he's had enough. As it turns out, getting their space-cab damaged by a stray laser was "enough."
- Real Men Wear Pink: Dribble's hobby is sewing, according to the Japanese Smooth Moves website and Gold.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Dribble is the red hothead contrasting with Spitz's blue coolness. This gets flipped in Gold when Spitz loses his cool.
- Running Gag: Their passengers tend to be supernatural. In fact, the supernatural nature distracts the duo to the point they realize they did not collect the fare.
- Seen It All: In their Gold stage, they've got so used to driving through space that they consider an intergalactic war as no worse than a nasty traffic jam.Dribble: Aw, not again!
- Theme Naming: They're named after various drool-based terms. It's also a reference to the pet food brand "Kibbles n' Bits".
- Top-Heavy Guy: Dribble, who is 90% upper body.
Voiced by: Reiko Ninomiya, Melissa Hutchison (Gold; English), Cristina Hernández (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Makoto Koichi (Gold; Japanese)
9-Volt is a little boy with a major love of all things Nintendo. He works at WarioWare, Inc. (Diamond City apparently having very lax child labor laws) designing microgames inspired by classic Nintendo products. When not fanning over Nintendo, he enjoys skateboarding.
- Ascended Fanboy: In-Universe, and in a fourth wall breaking kind of way. He loves Nintendo games, and in the WarioWare games, he designs them!
- Adorably Precocious Child: He's still in elementary school, and he's already an accomplished game designer.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: It's sometimes hard to make out due to his hardhat, but he has thick eyebrows. It's most noticeable in his design in Gold.
- Cat Smile: Only reinforces his age.
- Celebrity Paradox: He's a character in a Nintendo series, even though he's a big fan of the company itself and all of their games.
- The Collector: If it's something Nintendo related, he has to have it!
- Cool Helmet: Whatever that thing on his head is supposed to be, it's pretty neat.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: The conflict of his stage in Gold is that he's having trouble figuring out math problems.
- FaceHeel Turn: 18-Volt's stage in D.I.Y. Showcase shows 9-Volt as a villain, as a reference to 9-Volt leaving WarioWare to work for Diamond Software.
- Fanboy: Specifically called a "Nintendo Fanboy" in many of his descriptions, and the shoe fits.
- Geek: He knows all games retro to present.
- Good with Numbers: Despite hating math, 9-Volt is actually pretty good at calculating as long as the numbers are inserted into a video game context, like a Role-Playing Game. Fronk uses this to help him out in math class by telling him to just contextualize his schoolwork as an RPG in its own right.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With 18-Volt.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Somehow with Wario. Subverted with him and 18-Volt, as they're actually around the same age.
- Meaningful Name: His name comes from the operating voltage of the Nintendo Entertainment System, nine volts.
- Mr. Imagination: 9-Volt has a very hyperactive imagination, and "Gamer" is the result. Once the player clears his level, 9-Volt adds "By the way, my mum isn't this scary in real life. She's pretty cool most of the time."
- Nice Hat: A hardhat with flashing lights and a visor.
- Oh, Crap!: He has this whenever he sees his mom's angry face.
- Otaku: Of all things Nintendo.
- Theme Naming: 9-Volt's mother is named 5-Volt, and his best friend is 18-Volt.
- Tiny Schoolboy: Especially in comparison to his partner 18-Volt. In fact, he is barely taller than Kat & Ana, who are in preschool.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Afraid of his mom during bedtime.
Voiced by: Edward Bosco (Gold; English), Alfonso Obregón Inclán (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Subaru Kimura, (Gold; Japanese)
9-Volt's best friend and fellow hardcore gamer, 18-Volt is a comically huge elementary school student who looks like a grown adult. He's never seen without his green jumpsuit and 3D glasses.
- A Day in the Limelight: In D.I.Y. Showcase and Gold, he has his own microgame collection. Arguably, this also happens in Smooth Moves.
- Ambiguously Brown: 18-Volt's skin is noticeably darker than the rest of the (human) cast's. The art for "Gamer" in Game & Wario also shows that his hairstyle is supposed to emulate tied cornrows.
- Ascended Extra: Started as 9-Volt's "Player 2", but nowadays can stand on his own.
- Battle Rapping: Engages in this against 13-Amp in Gold.
- Catchphrase: "Word!"
- Gentle Giant: Overall a very nice person, despite his stature. In Smooth Moves he immediately tries to get a replacement for 9-Volt's Game & Watch, and in Gold he challenges 13-Amp to a rap battle just to win a random kid's 3DS games back for him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With 9-Volt.
- Huge Schoolboy: Very large and mature looking for his age. He even says that he's 9 years old in the Japanese Version of Gold.
- Limited Wardrobe: Always seen in a green tracksuit with white stripes.
- My Greatest Failure: Breaking 9-Volt's Game & Watch in half puts the guy in the slumps, but they both patch things up at the end of the level.
- Otaku: Like 9-Volt, he's a huge Nintendo fan. Also, he apparently listens to anime soundtracks, according to Gold.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: Gold uses this motif for his duel with 13-Amp, with him as the tiger.
- Younger Than They Look: He looks like an adult, but is actually just a massive 9-year old fourth grader.
9-Volt's mother, who discourages her son (and 18-Volt) from playing too much video games and focus on school. She goes on to host microgames of her own in Gold; like her son, she focuses on classic Nintendo games.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She doesn't look very old, for a parent. This could be a case of Generic Cuteness.
- Almighty Mom: She can be scary, to say the least. She also acquires Super Strength at the end of her stage in Gold.
- Ascended Extra: She appeared from the knees down in Twisted! and as a silhouette in Touched! before Game & Wario gave her a full model, and she goes to host her own set of microgames in Gold.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: After only a few minutes of exercise, she can lift a massive kitchen cabinet with one arm. Which she translates to lifting the blasted television set, stand and all, in "Sneaky Gamer".
- Death Glare: Gives one if she catches 9-Volt in bed playing games.
- Determinator: She will stop at nothing to make sure her son is sleeping properly.
- Distracted by the Sexy: In Gold, she realizes that she needs to cook dinner since her son will be home soon, but decides to watch more TV when Mr. Sparkles comes on.
- Dub Name Change: Called 5-Watt in Japanese.
- The Faceless: Up until Game & Wario.
- Firemen Are Hot: Her husband is apparently one of those.
- Gamer Chick: She used to be one of these before she largely gave it up to raise a family. Apparently, she still got it since in Gamer's intro cutscene in Game & Wario, she's revealed to have beaten her son's high score by a massive margin while she confiscated his handheld. And she's embarrassed about it.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: 5-Volt's eyes glow yellow while she's watching her son in "Gamer". If she sees 9-Volt playing his game while her eyes are glowing, it's game over.
- Hidden Depths: She can outclass her own son at video games, something she's very embarrassed of. She was just as much of a gamer herself in her youth, and she said in Gold that her minigames are based on the Nintendo Classics she enjoyed as a kid.
- Humanoid Abomination: Portrayed this way in "Gamer", thanks to 9-Volt's "feverish imagination". Outside of that, she looks just as cute as the rest of the cast.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Implied. Game & Wario states that she used to have a "crazy hairdo".
- Muscles Are Meaningless: After her stage in Gold, she's able to lift a heavy cabinet with one arm, even though she doesn't look any more muscular than she did before her workout. As such, she can also lift the entire television stand, TV included, in "Sneaky Gamer".
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Her methods of checking up on her son at night in Game & Wario embody almost every possible horror trope and will surely scare the shit out of you. It's only so he doesn't stay up late since he has school the following morning, so she means well, but some of her methods definitely go too far and would certainly wake him up, like smashing through his window. Though, the disclaimer for "Gamer" states that it is born out of 9-Volt's feverish imagination and 9-Volt states that 5-Volt is not THAT scary in real life.
- Promoted to Playable: Gets her first microgame set in Gold, over a decade after her first appearance.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When enraged in "Gamer".
- Soft Glass: In "Sneaky Gamer", she can either punch through the window to check on 9-Volt or jump through it.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Besides her Hidden Depths, she sports the same Cat Smile as her son, at least in Game & Wario.
- Super Window Jump: One way she enters 9-Volt's room in "Sneaky Gamer" is to jump through his window.
- Supreme Chef: Said to be one of these. Her stage in Gold uses cooking as its framing device, and a later stage has her hosting a potluck.
- Surprise Creepy: Her appearance in Gamer is a downplayed version. Her appearance in the gamemode is darker than other game modes, but her goal is to make sure 9-Volt goes to bed on time.
- Vague Age: While it's easy to tell how old 9-Volt and 18-Volt are using their names'(?) numbers, applying the same logic to 5-Volt would be horribly inaccurate, to say the least.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All those freaky night terrors she's giving you in Gamer? They're only for making sure her son doesn't stay up late before a school day.
Voiced by: Tim O'Leary, Kyle Hebert (Gold; English), Beto Castillo (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Kensuke Matsui (Gold; Japanese)
A Mad Scientist, Dr. Crygor busies himself with bizarre but mostly benign experiments on his private island base outside Diamond City. He's replaced most of his body with cybernetic prostheses for some reason and dresses like a superhero. Dr. Crygor is assisted in his lab by his energetic robot, Mike, and his cute granddaughter, Penny.
- Badass Cape: Dons one in Smooth Moves.
- Bald of Awesome: Prior to getting a full cybernetic head implant.
- Butt-Monkey: In Gold, Crygor just can't catch a break, be it in his scenario, Penny's or even the Dancing Team's.
- Camp Straight: Crygor is super flamboyant, but he still has a granddaughter and all.
- Cloudcuckoolander: To be fair, nearly everyone in Diamond City is one, but Crygor stands out. He built Mike, specifically made as a karaoke robot, to clean his laboratory.
- Cool Old Guy: He's an old Mad Scientist, but is more of a quirky fellow instead of an evil lunatic. He also claims to be supportive of his granddaughter's dream to be an Idol Singer in Gold, albeit somewhat reluctantly.
- Cyber Cyclops: Instead of eyes, he has a robotic visor that features a single red dot.
- Cyborg: A few of his limbs and part of his head have been replaced by robotic parts. This is to complement his suit, which has cryogenic properties, letting him live longer.
- Demoted to Extra:
- Downplayed. While Dr. Crygor does have his own stage in Smooth Moves, he does not have any of his own microgames in said installment. Instead, his stage compiles microgames from all microgame designers (Excluding Orbulon's, whose games require the Nunchuck).
- Played straight in D.I.Y.. Not only does he lack a stage in either version, but his only appearance in either is the beginning of the DS game.
- Ditzy Genius: His inventions are wacky and insane, but they have scientific basis.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He only gains a full robotic mask during his introductory cutscene in Touched. Before that, it only covered one half of his upper face. The same goes for his arms and legs.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Dr. Crygor comes up with a new invention or two every game. He is also responsible for creating some of the other characters' belongings, like Wario's bike, Mona's scooter and Kat & Ana's swords.
- Gag Nose: Red and round, like a clown's.
- Half-Human Hybrid: After he fuses with an apple, he's a cyborg with apple DNA.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Crygor is a terrible singer, much to his robot Mike's chagrin.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He gets one in Game & Wario. Gold subverts this by giving him an outfit that looks like a lab coat at first glance, but is actually just one of his typical jumpsuits.
- Mad Scientist: A benevolent, but very eccentric example.
- Minor Major Character: While he doesn't appear in D.I.Y outside of the opening cutscene, he is directly responsible for the game's main gimmick of creating your own microgames via the Super Makermatic 21, an invention that he created.
- Mr. Fixit: Wario treats Dr. Crygor like this, looking for him whenever he needs some of his stuff fixed.
- Nice Guy: Mad Scientist tendencies aside he's a pretty nice fellow and very supporting of Penny. In WarioWare Gold he rescues his abandoned creation, Doris 1, from the forest even after she (understandably) flips out and chases after him.
- Really 700 Years Old: While he looks like a middle-aged adult, one of his character cards in Gold states he is over a hundred years old.
- Something About a Rose: He will often pull out a rose from nowhere when performing dance moves.
- Vague Age: He's said to be over a hundred years old in Gold. He's also stated to wear a cryogenic (thus his name) suit that supposedly slows down his aging, and the parts of his body that aren't covered by the suit simply get replaced with robotic implants.
Voiced by: Tim O'Leary, Robbie Daymond (Gold; English), Alfonso Obregón Inclán (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Shinya Hamazoe (Gold; Japanese)
After trying and failing to take over the world, Orbulon settled down in Diamond City, befriended Wario, and joined his minigame company. Orbulon travels through space in a pig-shaped starship called the Oinker, which he's not very good at driving, accompanied by his Alien Bunny minions. He has shapeshifting powers that he sometimes uses to pass as a human.
- Aliens Steal Cattle: In his case, he abducts pigs in Gold, due to misunderstanding that hamburgers are made with "hams".
- Alien Lunch:
- A strange variation in Gold. Orbulon loves Earth food, but his favorite things from here include frozen french fries and chili pepper milkshakes. Even stranger is that the local burger joint happily serves those to him as if it were the most normal thing in the world.
- He also brings a giant, blue, alien carrot (which he claims to be radioactive) for the potluck stage in the final league.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: When he has a minigame or microgame set, it tends to stand apart from the others in some way. Mega Microgame$ and Twisted both have his games be the only ones with double-length timers, his multiplayer game in Mega Party Game$ is the only cooperative game, he's the only one to use the Nunchuck in Smooth Moves, and he has the only multiplayer minigame out of the original Mega Microgame$ cast in Game & Wario.
- Badass Cape: A black and grey one that looks similar to Batman's.
- Big Eater: Even after eating the aforementioned chilly fries and chili shake in Gold, Orbulon still has enough space in his (alien) stomach for 10 mega-sized burgers.
- Butt-Monkey: Usually on the receiving end of some form of abuse in his cutscenes. In Touched! he accidentally runs into Ashley and almost becomes an ingredient for her potions. In D.I.Y. a bolt of lightning strikes his spaceship and drops him on a rocket that's about to be launched, all he can do is scream in panic during the post-boss cutscenes. In Smooth Moves the Balance Stone hits his spaceship and knocks him back to Diamond City in the Temple of Form, to complete the mess after picking the Form Baton and Balance Stone the temple launches into the sky with a panicked Orbulon trying to understand what he got himself into and then after he wins he tries to claim the Temple of Form as his own only to be violently denied by the Splunks living there.
- Cat Smile: It's more prominent in Gold.
- Cool Shades: They're much too big for his head, but they do look cool. He never takes them off.
- Demoted to Extra: A single-game case. He doesn't get a microgame set in Touched, but instead plays a small role in Ashley's story. His spaceship floats around the level select screen, but he's not in it and while you can drag the spaceship around, it doesn't actually do anything.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: Up til Gold, Orbulon had a much taller and lankier design◊. He also wore boots unlike his current design, which has him barefooted.
- Galactic Conqueror: Used to be one, but had a HeelFace Turn, though the cards in Gold claim he still wants to take over the Earth (he's just doing it really slowly).
- The Greys: Orbulon seems to be overall inspired by this particular depiction of extraterrestrials, although he is drawn in a way that makes him resemble a living bowling pin.
- Final Boss: Technically, in Smooth Moves. Orbulon is the last employee to be unlocked in that game and his stage wraps up the "story" of Smooth Moves.
- HeelFace Turn: He wanted to conquer the Earth, but decided to just settle down after he accidentally crash landed in Diamond City.
- Literal-Minded: In Gold, he thinks (regular) hamburgers are made with "hams" (pigs), going off to collect some so that the fast food restaurant he frequents may "burger" them for him.
- Machine Monotone: In the games prior to Gold, he used Apple's built-in speech synthesis program for his voice.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's said to be 2,003 years old in Mega Party Game$! (which was released in 2003) and 2,018 years old in Gold (which was released in 2018), which means he was born in the year 0.
- Running Gag: Every time in the series (excluding Twisted which involved decoding a password, Touched in which he didn't have a level and Gold where he's looking for pigs to make hamburgers) Orbulon has hosted microgames have involved him ascending somehow, with him descending every time the player failed a game and dropping Orbulon back to where he started when the game is over. And since microgames keep going endlessly until the player loses...
- The Smart Guy: Orbulon has an IQ of 300 and all his minigames involve puzzles.
- Take Over the World: What he originally wanted to do. Some character descriptions imply he still wants to do so, however.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He was a lot more arrogant in Mega Microgames and Twisted, believing himself vastly superior to anyone around him (especially earthlings) and was the only character not to congratulate the player in the first game. Come Gold however he has gotten much more polite and has completely dropped the aliens are superior to earthlings shtick (perhaps he caught on that he himself is quite the bumbler).
- Voice of the Legion: A non-villainous example. His voice always has a funny echo to it.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Utilizes shapeshifting powers to disguise himself as a human at times.
- Your Size May Vary: His height relative to his ship and the rest of the cast is not consistent between games, or indeed, within the same game. Then again, he can shapeshift.
Kat & Ana
Kat voiced by: Leslie Swan, Stephanie Sheh (English; Gold), Annie Rojas (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Maya Enoyoshi (Gold; Japanese)
Ana voiced by: Sara Rades, Fryda Wolff (English; Gold), Annie Rojas (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Yui Matsuyama (Gold; Japanese)
A pair of twin ninjas-in-training who attend Diamond City Kindergarten, Kat and Ana are Wario's youngest employees. Kat, the older, can be bossy and overbearing, but she still loves her gentle younger sister. Both are very polite and love nature.
- Action Girl: They're ninjas.
- Art Evolution: Starting with Gold, their eyes changed from blue to brown. note
- Assist Character: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, where they repeatedly slash across the stage in a crisscrossing pattern upon emerging from an Assist Trophy.
- Badass Adorable: They're kindergarteners who tackle evil ninja-style.
- Badass in Distress: In Mega Microgame$!, Ana gets held captive along with the possessed player after she and other ninjas failed to take down Boneheads.
- BFS: Kat uses one in the first game. Plus, their katanas seem to be as large as they are. Granted, they're only six.
- Big Eater: Both of them eat their way through several sushi dishes in Gold, thinking it was a ninja test.
- Big "WHAT?!": After learning the test they were taking in Gold was actually a gourmet test.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played straight, especially in the first game, where Ana + a pack of Red Shirt Highly Visible Ninja get a Total Party Kill for their efforts while Kat defeats the demon that beat them singlehandedly. (Granted, with her dog that turned into a sword)
- Cute Bruiser: Kat, who is able to effectively wield a giant sword.
- Fiery Redhead: Ana inverts this with Shy Blue-Haired Girl. Interesting, her outfit is primarily blue.
- Friend to All Living Things: These girls are very quick to befriend the animals they run into, especially if they're cute, usually giving these animals a red scarf as a sign of that friendship.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Several phrases they said in the earlier games were in Japanese. Since Smooth Moves, they shout things like "Katana" and "Ninjitsu". Good luck knowing what microgame you're on in their section the first game if you can't read Japanese numbers.
- Informed Flaw: Kat is stated in Mega Party Games to be a bit of a bossy bully, however she never displays any bully or bossy traits towards anyone.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Wario, who should be around a good two decades older than them.
- Limited Wardrobe: They're almost always seen in their inverted blue and purple ninja garb. Averted in WarioWare: Snapped! where they wear new uniforms for Wario's Park.
- Little Miss Badass: Kat single-handedly defeated a demonic skeleton samurai in the first game. That's pretty badass.
- Ninja: Ninja kindergarteners, at that. Kat and Ana are really quite good at the ninja tricks, enough to stand against an angry oni by themselves.
- Not So Above It All: Kat is more bossy than Ana, but she still loves nature and adores small animals like puppies.
- Punny Name: Put their names together and you get "katana". Also, their names can also reference that Kat likes cats and Ana likes flowers.note Furthermore, ana and kata are Greek for "up" and "down".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kat's a bossy, impulsive go-getter. Ana's passive, thoughtful, and a little timid.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Thematically. Just look at them.
- Skilled, but Naïve: Kat is seemingly the more skilled and powerful ninja out of the two, given she singlehandedly defeats Boneheads in her debut appearance. However, she is very naive, impulsive, and prone to making reckless mistakes at times. Unsurprising given she is only a kindergartner.
- Strong Family Resemblance: They look near-completely identical except for the hair.
- Terrible Artist: Yes, they are pretty good at the whole ninja thing, but their artwork reflects that they are preschoolers in the end.
- Theme Twin Naming: Punny Names; specifically, combining their names forms the word "katana".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kat is the tomboy to Ana's girly girl, Kat being a bossy and impulsive go-getter and Ana being more passive and timid by comparison. Twisted even has Kat wear the boy's school outfit, while Ana wears the girl's one.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In Smooth Moves, Ana transforms into four turtles.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Ana especially. Kat, not so much.
- Worf Effect: Happens to Ana in the first game.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kat's hair is pink, and Ana's is a bright shade of orange-red.
- Young Entrepreneur: Mona and Ashley are at least teens, Kat and Ana are part-time game designers who are still in kindergarten.
Ashley & Red
A young witch from Diamond City and one of Wario's employees. When not creating new microgames, Ashley spends her time brewing potions with her imp-like familiar, Red.
- Absurd Phobia: One of Reds character cards in Gold reveals that he is terrified of his own reflection in the bathroom mirror at night.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's younger than most examples, but she's pretty composed, doesn't socialize much, and she has very long black hair.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: Ashley's Japanese theme is rather different from the American version. To give an example, the first line translates to "She's everyone's favorite person in the world!" and the song is about how everyone likes Ashley. Ashley also has a young, childish voice. In contrast, the American version is about how scary Ashley is. Ashley also sounds much more mature.
- The Apprentice: She is stated to be a witch-in-training several times, particularly in the NTSC-U description of her Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy, with a story from the Japanese badge arcade confirming that she's a witch apprentice.
- Assist Character: In the Super Smash Bros. series.
- Berserk Button: Mess up her spells or bump into her, and she'll want you dead or in one of her potions.
- Big Eater: Her games in D.I.Y. are all based upon food, and her Gold trading cards mention this outright.
- Bragging Theme Tune:
- She can rule the world and still finish all her homework/Everyone knows that I'm the greatest/A-Ashley!
- The original Japanese version of the song as well — although more along the lines of a poppy, sitcom-theme-esque "look how wonderful Ashley is" than the "fear my might" although some parts are sung differently.note
- Breakout Character:
- Following the release of Game & Wario, Ashley has been extensively merchandised by Nintendo, having her own Nintendo 3DS theme and badges sets in Nintendo Badge Arcade, and appearing by herself in games like Band Brothers P and Super Mario Maker. The Japanese version of Nintendo Badge Arcade even introduces her as "by far WarioWare's most popular character." Her popularity has grown so much that she has even gotten to do crossovers with other franchises by cosplaying as other characters.
- Her popularity is alluded to in-universe in Gold, where dialing the code "CAFE" in one of the unlockable phones in the Toy Room will give a message where someone says putting an Ashley doll in his cafe lead to a rush of new customers. This doubles as a reference to Rhythm Heaven Megamix, which had a stuffed Ashley sitting on a desk in the rhythm museum.
- Canis Latinicus: Pantalones giganticus!note
- Cowardly Sidekick: Red is much more cowardly and reluctant to head into potential danger compared to his master.
- Creepy Child: Mostly Played for Laughs.
- Cute Witch: She's a young witch-in-training of Vague Age with Mega Twintails who spends her time learning spells and mixing things in her Magic Cauldron from her Haunted House. WarioWare: Smooth Moves clears away any doubt about what she is when she's depicted riding on a broomstick.
- Dark Is Not Evil: While she does study and use dark magic, has an interest in things considered to be macabre, and is not the friendliest individual out there, Ashley is depicted as being mostly harmless (unless angered or in battle, then she can become quite dangerous) and who more or less seems to use and study witchcraft more for her own personal use than for any real villainous means. She even takes on a fully heroic role in Gold, as she voluntarily saves the demon realm from starving under Lord Hum Gree and causes him to revert back to his old kind self with no real selfish intent in doing so.
- Dark Magical Girl: Ashley does not try to hide that she studies dark arts, but she also wants to be friends with people.
- Deadpan Snarker: She tends to be one in the west. Not so much in Japan though.
- Death Glare: Prone to giving this when she's angered, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In a non-romantic example, Ashley is shown to be aloof and distant from the rest of the series cast in Touched!, Game & Wario and the Japanese website for Smooth Moves (in the former two, she just stands there while everyone is dancing at the end-of-game party and in the latter, she coldly tells off the other characters when they try to be supportive about her parental issues) but she is starting to come out of her shell as of Gold, as she's shown playing cards with everyone else in the Potluck Gang stage and the stage's ending cutscene implies she's actually enjoying herself.
- Does Not Like Spam: She does not like candy.
- Dub Personality Change: Downplayed, while her core characteristics are kept intact, the English localization downplays and removes many of her cuter and more innocent traits (Most notably her Third-Person Person speech) and puts more emphasis on the aloof and scarier aspects of her character, while making her more of an aloof Deadpan Snarker compared to how she's depicted in the Japanese versions.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Her default look as of Gold.
- Emotionless Girl: Downplayed, she isn't completely emotionless, as she is capable of smiling and can be prone to anger, however she doesn't express as much emotion when compared to the other more livelier characters.
- Eye of Newt: Her potions often need strange ingredients in order to work (up to the more potent recipes demanding people), and her song lyrics even mention this trope explicitly. Her first appearance saw Ashley deciding that Orbulon was the final ingredient for her potion, causing Red to try chasing the alien down.
- Familiar: Red is one to Ashley, although Ashley considers him more of a friend (a very close one even) than a servant.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She sleeps with a rabbit skeleton doll.
- Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing: Ashley tends to be moody, aloof and quiet, while Red is more friendly, cheerful and upbeat.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When angry or about to cast a spell.
- Iconic Outfit: Her red dress, orange headwear and neckerchief, with a golden skull brooch.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: It's implied in the English version of her theme song, but outright stated in the Japanese version :The sea of the night sky has plenty of starsI am all alone.I want to make friends with everyone.What should I do?
- Game & Wario cements the message for real. Her little info card says she wants to have friends.
- The Imp: Red is a shapeshifting one. He can turn into a broom or Ashley's staff.
- Inept Mage: Downplayed. Shes not a bad witch by any means and can use magic rather effectively as shown in Game & Wario and Gold. However, its shown in a couple of games that she isnt the best at spells and according to her profile in Game & Wario, they only work 40 percent of the time.
- Killing Intent: As seen in the below entry, Ashley does not appreciate getting knocked over. She scared Orbulon into running due to how much pain he was going to go through if he didn't.
- Little Miss Badass: Small, cute and very handy with magic. In Gold she defeats a giant gluttonous monster basically on her own.
- Looming Silhouette of Rage: In Touched!, after Orbulon accidentally bumped into her.
- Mega Twintails: She wears her hair in high pigtails about as large as her body.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Crazy Galaxy April Fool's prank for Nintendo Badge Arcade has Ashley become a guitar player who also attends "astronaut school". Which would make Ashley a guitar-wielding astronaut witch who also (used to?) program video games.
- Older Than They Look: According to the Western Touched! website, she is a 15-year-old teenager and is shown to have the attitude and voice of one in the English localizations, despite resembling a young child ala Penny and 9-Volt more than a teenager. It's unknown if she's also this in Japan since since her age was never specified in Japanese media.
- Parental Abandonment: One of the Japanese blogs reveal Ashley's parents live elsewhere.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Her hair turns white whenever she's about to deal some serious magical damage.
- The Quiet One: Ashley doesn't talk a lot (less obvious in the English translations, which replace some of Red's lines by new quips said by Ashley) and speaks in short, to-the-point sentence when she does.
- Rapunzel Hair: Ashley's hair reaches her knees and would likely touch the ground if they weren't held up as pigtails.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes indicate you should tread carefully with her, lest you incur her wrath.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ashley is the blue oni to Red's... red oni, being a lot more aloof and cold compared to Red, who by comparison is more energetic and kind.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Ashley has a large tendency to gloat about how amazing she and her magic is (even having an entire song that is literally about how great she is). However, in reality, she is a mediocre witch who can only get spells right 40 percent of the time. That said, she isn't bad though and both Game & Wario and Gold shows that she can back up at least some of her ego.
- Sudden Anatomy: Red's Gold design features bat wings that he didn't have before.
- Third-Person Person: In the Japanese script of the games (most prominently Gold), Ashley talks in this manner.
- Took a Level in Badass: Ashley in Game & Wario is capable of shooting magic blasts from her hands and with enough spell orbs can unleash a spell that can destroy all enemies on-screen. This is all stuff that she has never done in previous games beforehand. Even the title artwork shows her under a more badass light than in most of her appearances.◊ Taken further in Gold, where she battles against a gluttonous demon lord several times her size and wins!
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Gold, Ashley volunteers to help the hungry demon she summoned eat by fighting Dark Lord Hum Gree, who has been eating everything in sight and causing him to starve.
- Tsundere: In Gold where she sheepishly denies that she's having fun with the Potluck Gang and looking forward to the next gathering.Ashley: Did you say "next time"?
Red: It sounds like Ashley's in!
Ashley: [blushing] ...No it doesn't.
- Vague Age: While she has no officially stated age in Japan, the Western website for WarioWare: Touched! states that she's fifteen, and she's regularly alluded to being as such in Western localizations by way of a teenage-sounding voice in both the English version of her theme song and WarioWare Gold). Crazy Galaxy◊ (a fictional game created as an April Fool's joke via the Nintendo Badge Arcade) stars an older Ashley according to its description, but the only difference from her usual appearance is that she's slightly taller and has a new outfit.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Red can morph into Ashley's staff or broom at will.
- When She Smiles: She smiles a few times throughout the games.
- Wolverine Publicity: One piece of promotional art◊ for the game Tank Troopers has Ashley posing with the game's cast even though she doesn't actually appear in the game or its online comic.
- Yandere: Implied by her English theme:But I think you're nice and maybe we could be friends!...And if you say no, you're toast.
Voiced by: Robbie Daymond (Gold; English), Alan Prieto (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Ryōta Suzuki (Gold; Japanese)
A high-spirited cleaning robot built by Dr. Crygor using parts from a karaoke machine. Mike loves one thing and one thing only: music. He often rebels against his programming to have fun with karaoke.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Once, while cleaning the lab, Mike went nuts, traveled to an alien planet, and held a karaoke tournament. He mellows out afterwards, but is still pretty uncooperative throughout the series.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: At the end of Crygor's scenario in Gold, Mike states that ghosts do not exist, despite occasionally hanging out with an alien, a witch and her imp companion (which actually happens later in the same game during the final league, when they all go camping in bigfoot-populated woods). This is sorta downplayed though as Mike is visibly frightened by the supposedly haunted Agate Forest, which points to him not being that sure about his statement.
- Demoted to Extra: After Touched!, Mike doesn't have much relevance other than being an important background character around Dr. Crygor and Penny. He does get to host a multiplayer minigame in Game & Wario, though. Gold finally brings back his mic microgames, though there's only five of them and he doesn't host a level on his own, instead serving as a curveball in the two Ultra League stages alongside Fronk.
- "I Am" Song: Quoted in the caption.
- Machine Monotone: Speaks this way in Gold. One of his trading cards mentions that, despite his love for karaoke, he has trouble with pitch.
- Meaningful Name: In WarioWare: Touched, all of Mike's games use the DS's built-in microphone.
- "Second Law" My Ass!: Mike is not keen on obeying Crygor's commands if they'd put him in danger, outright saying Not on your life, buddy when Crygor asks him to retrieve mushrooms from a supposedly haunted forest in Gold.
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: Mike falls under "Average Joe Android".
- Troll: He deliberately puts Crygor on edge by sneaking up on him and pretending to sense ghost signals in Gold, telling him that he was faking it once they make it back to the lab.
- Turned Against Their Masters: He briefly leaves Dr. Crygor after hearing his bad singing. He gets over it, though, but if Gold is anything by, he still holds some slight contempt towards his creator.
Dr. Crygor's cute-as-a-button granddaughter, Penny loves her grandfather and wants to be a great scientist just like him, though she also wants to be a famous singer. She's just as skilled--and eccentric -- an inventor as her grandfather.
- Ambiguously Absent Parent: The fact that Penny is Dr. Crygor's granddaughter must mean he has a son or daughter that acts as the former's father/mother. Penny's parents are not even alluded to in the franchise.
- Apologises a Lot: As seen in the tutorial in D.I.Y.. To Wario of all people.
- A Day in the Limelight: While Penny is normally a supporting character in the series, she became the Deuteragonist in D.I.Y as she is responsible for teaching the game's mechanics and is typically shown alongside Wario in official artwork for the game.
- Badass Bookworm: One of her character cards reveals that Penny's heart ornament is capable of shooting missiles.
- Cat Smile: Has a small one in Gold.
- Child Prodigy: She is only a middle schooler and she has already been shown to be a skilled inventor on par with her much older grandfather. Even beating him in a competition in Smooth Moves.
- Deuteragonist: She becomes second in importance behind Wario himself in D.I.Y.
- Deadpan Snarker: Downplayed, but she is shown to make sarcastic remarks towards Wario in D.I.Y. (Although as stated above, she tends to apologize if she actually makes him mad.)
- Dreadful Musician: While she is rather good at singing note , if the record-making tutorial is anything to go by, she is absolutely awful at composing music.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She is Dr. Crygor's granddaughter. Her story in Smooth Moves even has her participate in an "Invent-Off" against her granddad, which she wins.
- Genki Girl: She's a lot more energetic than her grandfather.
- Hidden Depths: Penny has a hobby of singing and wants to also be an Idol Singer when she grows up, but she prefers to keep it a secret, though she doesn't mind pulling out a mic in celebration every once in a while. In Gold, she blurts out to her grandfather that she invented the Tonally Transformative Elixir to help her become a singer and later puts her pipes to work in the Ultra League's Dancing Team level. To say it works would be an understatement, as a lot of people cheer for her.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Has sky-blue in Gold, as opposed to her brown/black eyes from previous designs.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Another one of Wario's kid friends/employees. Her case is a bit more justified though, since her grandfather (who incidentally fits the trope as well) was already part of Wario's circle of friends.
- Mad Scientist: She's got the scientist part down to the point where she's on par with her grandfather. As for the mad part... "All experiments are guaranteed to be 100% Not-Entirely Lethal". Granted she'd probably apologize profusely if anything did go wrong.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Well, extremely cute granddaughter of the Mad Scientist Dr. Crygor.
- Meganekko: Befitting her cuteness and smarts. They're pretty big, to make her look extra cute.
- Messy Hair: Has gained this as of Gold.
- Ms. Exposition: In D.I.Y., she explains the basics of game, music, and comic creation to you and Wario.
- Nice Girl: She's very polite and none of her experiments intends to harm anyone. In WarioWare Gold the moment she notices her potion to enhance her voice starts to give Dr. Crygor stomach pains she gives him an antidote.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the other characters, she is a lot more grounded.
- Raised by Grandparents: Penny's primary parental figure is her grandfather Dr. Crygor. Her parents are never acknowledged at any point.
- Tomboyish Voice: Her English voice is far raspier than her feminine Japanese counterpart.
Young Cricket & Master Mantis
Master Mantis voiced by: Owen Thomas (Gold; English), Beto Castillo (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Shinya Hamazoe (Gold; Japanese)
Two travelers from faraway lands, Master Mantis and his protege, Young Cricket, roam the world in search of cool new martial arts poses to perform. Cricket also appears as a player character in Rhythm Heaven Fever's "Kung-Fu Ball" minigame.
- Amusement Park: Where they train during Gold by riding a merry-go-round.
- Big Eater: Despite being martial artists, all they ever seem to do is eat dumplings. Game & Wario shows that Mantis actually trains Cricket by making him eat dumplings.
- Bishōnen: In a series where every male character is weird looking, Cricket stands out due to actually being handsome.
- Bottomless Pit Rescue Service: Cricket can ride on a cloud if he misses an unrecoverable jump in Kung Fu.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Eccentric though they may be, both are absurdly skilled martial artists, Mantis especially.
- Calling Your Attacks: Most of Cricket's dialogue involves him shouting "Dragon Crush!". Despite this, we never actually get to see the technique.
- Canon Character All Along: Cricket shows up in sister series Rhythm Heaven (Fever). He is one of the player characters in Kung-Fu Ball, but he's not identified as Cricket there, taking a Wario Ware Gold character trailer to confirm it.
- Chick Magnet: Gold shows Cricket is popular with women, gaining an admirer in Lulu and attracting a lot of women to Club Joe after showing off his dance moves.
- The Comically Serious:
Cricket: (Referring to the 'Precious Prancers' merry-go-round) I see. A trial like no other! I must step into the spinning stampede and tame these untamable beasts!Mantis: Prepare! Will you chase death? Or death, chase you!?
- Both of them (Cricket especially) come off as legitimately serious characters in their introduction. In reality, all they ever seem to do is obsess about eating dumplings to ridiculous levels.
- Gold paints them both as taking even the silliest things seriously, as Mantis takes Cricket to a funfair of all places to train. It doesn't take much to convince him the rides are special trials.
- Convection Schmonvection: In stage five of Kung Fu, Cricket needs to jump through lava plumes, but he will be just fine so long as he does not touch any of them.
- Eccentric Mentor: Most of Master Mantis' "instructing" amounts to making Young Cricket get him food. In Gold he tricks his student into taking him to a funfair by convincing him that it is a hardcore training ground.
- Fantastic Fighting Style: The two are masters of Wii Form Style, and are currently interested in Quick Switch Style.
- Goomba Stomp: Cricket does this to get to the front of the line in their story before being reprimanded by Mantis.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Provided by Mantis when submitting your game design tests in D.I.Y..
- Growling Gut: As of Game & Wario, Cricket can't ever do training with an empty stomach. Clearly shown in the mentioned game where a cartoon version of a stomach indicates how much time he has before succumbing to hunger in his minigame.
- Gullible Lemmings: All it takes is a small amount of prodding from Master Mantis to convince Young Cricket that a funfair is a center for Training from Hell.
- Hot-Blooded: All of Cricket's lines have him screaming in a shrill voice.
- Kavorka Man: Mantis is apparently popular with women and even has his own fan club. However, his dance moves in Gold only help to keep the crowd away from Club Joe, in sharp contrast to Cricket's, which draw in hoards of adoring fangirls.
- Kiai: Most of Cricket's dialogue is mostly him screaming attack names. Averted in Gold, where he has proper dialogue in cutscenes. He still occasionally does the shouting, though.
- Ki Manipulation: Subverted by Master Mantis, who instead creates a dumpling.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Mantis is about half the size of Young Cricket.
- Old Master: Mantis is a parody of one. He seems to be legitimately skilled, but he seems more interested in eating than training Cricket and uses training as a cover for going to an amusement park. To be fair, Cricket also seems more interested in eating.
- Perpetual Poverty: The source of their Big Eater status. They never have any money for food and are always starving.
- Pummel Duel: They frequently engage in this.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Upon completing his "training" on the Precious Prancers merry-go-round, Cricket states he enjoyed riding the white pink-maned horse the most.Cricket: Nice horsey...
- Serious Business:
- Both of them take eating dumplings incredibly seriously, to the point where it seems to be all they do.
- They also think a funfair is a perfect place to train. At least, Mantis does. Cricket needs to be convinced that the rides and attractions will help him train.
- Shonen Hair: Cricket's whispy black hair lends itself to his 'anime hero' appearance.
- Shout-Out: To Kung Fu, appropriately, where "grasshopper" was a common term from a master to a student.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite his Bishonen appearance compared to other male characters in the series, Young Cricket's voice is rather high-pitched and some of his voice clips seem to have voice cracks. Averted in Gold where he instead sports a deeper voice.
- Wax On, Wax Off: A variant in Gold: Mantis tells an initially skeptical Cricket that an amusement park is the perfect place for them to train. While it's all but stated that this was just an excuse for Mantis to have fun there, Cricket later ends up using a move based off of the merry-go-round ride to stop Wario from making off with everyone's money.
- Wizard Needs Food Badly: Cricket needs to eat a dumpling every five seconds to keep moving in his minigame in Game & Wario.
Voiced by: Todd Haberkorn (Gold; English), Alan Prieto (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Kazuya Yamaguchi (Gold; Japanese)
A yellow, square-headed, bespectacled(?) creature owned by 9-Volt. He started out as a background character before gradually getting more prominence and finally getting a supporting role in Gold. There are also a species of look-alikes that come in a variety of colors and make cameos in microgames.
- Ascended Extra:
- Gold features Fronk in a prominent role in his stage and the Ultra League stages, complete with a small microgame collection.
- Game & Wario also has the species featured in their own multiplayer minigame.
- Cartoon Creature: They certainly don't resemble any typical household pets.
- Dub Name Change: A delayed case. In Mega Microgame$, 9-Volt's pet was named Shag. As of Twisted, he was renamed to Fronk. Also, later localizations started calling the species Fronks until Gold, where they are now "mini Fronks".
- Older Than They Look: Parodied in Gold, where 9-Volt is surprised to learn that Fronk is a whopping one year old. "8-bit yoga" makes him look younger.
- Retraux: Fronk's design is meant to emulate blocky 8-bit sprites, so it's only natural that 9-Volt keeps him as a pet.
- Rush Boss: None of the Fronk microgames are particularly complex, but they all have extremely short timers; you either figure out what to do quickly or you lose a life. They randomly show up in the middle of other microgame sets in both Twisted and Gold, so you have to stay prepared for them.
- Vocal Dissonance: Fronk has a surprisingly suave voice.
Voiced by: Alexandra Cazares (Gold; English), Leyla Rangel (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Mako Muto (Gold; Japanese)
A mysterious little girl from Luxeville, who is attempting to retrieve an important golden relic that Wario stole from her village.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Lulu gets easily distracted during her preparations to take on Wario. Justified in that she's just a kid, so a short attention span is expected.
- Bag of Holding: She can fit anything she needs to carry in her ribbon.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up midway through the final stage to lend the player a hand by preventing Wario Deluxe from cheating further.
- Big Eater: One of the cutscenes featuring her has her "carbing up" to take on Wario.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're as big as 9-Volt's.
- Blush Sticker: She has these.
- Cheerful Child: Lulu's pretty cheery when she's not thinking about dealing with Wario. In her cutscenes, she gets distracted by a rainbow she makes with her own water gun, feeds a little stray dog (and naps with him) and happily (also literally) sticks with Young Cricket.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She's pretty cute, but you better steel your eardrums if she starts screaming.
- Distracted by the Sexy: This happens to her when she sees Young Cricket.Lulu: (clinging to his arm) Yeah, nice horsey! (giggles smittenly)
- Draw Aggro: What Lulu does in the final stage of WarioWare Gold. While she tries to forcefully retrieve the Golden Pot from Wario Deluxe she also acts as a timely and much-needed distraction to prevent him from cheating.
- Hero Antagonist: Despite not being the main character, Lulu is the closest thing the series has had to a hero figure, and is rightfully trying to give Wario a lesson for stealing her village's belonging. The antagonist part is ultimately subverted when Wario turns out to be the genuine Big Bad of Gold and tries to cheat the player out of the prize money, leading Lulu to become the player's ally.
- Heroes Love Dogs: She befriends a dog (named Ruffington) at the park. The dog then accompanies her back to Luxeville in the epilogue.
- Kid Hero: The self-proclaimed "Hero of Luxeville".
- Little Miss Badass: Puts up a good fight against Wario Deluxe.
- Missing Child: Is mistaken for one by Young Cricket after he discovers her clinging to his arm at the end of his level.
- Mouthy Kid: Boy, does she have a thing or two to say to Wario.
- Multishot: Does one with her bow to lower Wario Deluxe's balloon and fight him.
- Pintsized Kid: Lulu is so small and light that she can cling to Young Cricket's arm without the latter noticing. She also clings to Wario Deluxe as if she were a small monkey or squirrel.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Capable of struggling with Wario, you know that guy that pummels monsters thrice his size with little to no effort.
- Potty Emergency: Applies to the whole of Luxeville: the whole reason Lulu went after Wario was that the treasure he stole is actually her village's only toilet. Subverted in that Luxeville bought a new toilet shortly after Lulu left.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Delivers a good one upon showing up to retrieve the Golden Pot and aid the player against Wario Deluxe.Lulu: Fun's over! I'm taking back what's mine!!
- Precocious Crush: Takes a liking to Young Cricket, who just sees her as a child, much to her dismay.
- Spanner in the Works: Although she made her presence known to Wario he didn't take her seriously. This comes to bite him in the back as Lulu appears in the final level to personally deal with Wario and help the player.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: In The Stinger, it's revealed that the people of her village had ordered a new, modern toilet while she was gone, making all her efforts pointless.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She might be a hotheaded fighter, but she also loves rainbows and cute animals like your typical little girl.
- Tomboyish Voice: In the English dub.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Slabs o' fried meat and extra-nutty cookies.
- Vague Age: She's seemingly the same age as Kat and Ana, but is as big as 9-Volt.
- Water Guns and Balloons: Her main "weapon" is the Hydrocannon XL, which is just a toy water gun. A good jet from it is what knocks the Golden Pot off Wario's head.
- Youthful Freckles: Combined with Blush Stickers for maximum cuteness.
Other Recurring WarioWare Characters
A dog who runs various industries in Diamond City. He appeared in the first game in the series and has remained a minor recurring character throughout. He also happens to be Mona's employer, which may explain why she's constantly changing jobs.
- Benevolent Boss: He is an easy-going guy and is even good friends with Mona.
- I Have Many Names: Or rather, job titles. He's gone from Gelato Joe, to Pizza Joe, to Manager Joe, to Editor Joe. Now he's just Joe.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Just your typical anthropomorphic dog owner of several businesses.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: He's seen in a different profession in every game, just like Mona. However, since he's the one running the businesses, it may be why Mona herself keeps changing jobs too.
A reporter who frequently works on the news in Diamond City.
- Expy: Not him, but almost every WarioWare game after the Mega Microgames introduces a new dog reporter styled after him.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Another anthropomorphic dog with a variety of occupations.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears shortly in a handful of cutscenes, but it was his report on Pyoro selling well that inspired Wario to make his game company.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: He becomes a anchorman in Twisted and VJ in Touched for some reason, before returning to his reporter job in Smooth Moves (albeit as a sports announcer).
A bird character that stars in its own successful microgame series, inspiring Wario to copy it.
- Expy: Of Kyorochan, a popular Japanese bird mascot for Morinaga chocoball products.
- A Kind of One: Smooth Moves implies Pyoro is a species instead of a single individual bird.
- Overly Long Tongue: Pyoro's microgames involve the use of its extendable tongue to pick up and gobble down beans.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Pyoro's success inspires Wario to form his own microgame company.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Beans, which are always featured in his games.
- Unlockable Content: Pyoro's microgames can often be unlocked after the player manages to go through every single microgame within an WarioWare entry.
Strange alien rabbit creatures that work under Orbulon.
- Adorable Evil Minions: Orbulon's cute rabbit minions, although Gold has them working for Wario instead. Even Mr. Sparkles has a few of them as well.
- Early Installment Weirdness: They're referred as "Space Hares" in Mega Microgame$! and Twisted!.
- Economy Cast: They are usually cast in filler roles whenever there's a need for multiple background characters. It helps that they all look the same.
- Intelligent Gerbil: They appear to be just bunnies with space helmets.
- Moon Rabbit: Their concept as space-faring bunnies invokes this.
- Punch-Clock Villain: They're villains as much as Orbulon is a villain, which is to say not much.
- The Stoic: Their faces rarely change from a neutral expression.
The Thang Family
Jimmy's family, who are just as fond of disco as he is. It consists of Jimmy's parents, Papa T. and Mama T., and his younger siblings Jamie and James T..
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They never appeared again after Touched.note
- Disco Dan: Just like Jimmy.
- Funny Afro: Every one of them, though Jamie's has pigtails and Papa T's looks more like Marge Simpson's hair.
- Gag Nose: Every single one of them has a red nose.
- Theme Initials: Jimmy and his siblings are all JT.
Diamond City's most popular Idol Singer.
- Black Bead Eyes: She had dot blue eyes until Game & Wario gave her more detailed eyes like the other main human characters.
- Damsel in Distress: She replaces the princess as one in the Wario Where? version of Super Wandering Samurai from Rhythm Heaven Megamix.
- Demoted to Extra: Her appearances after Twisted reduce her presence to only being an occasional background character.
- Dub Name Change: Was originally called Nao Komori in Japan before being renamed to Sal-Out in the English localization. Depending on the country, shes also been called Harley Gueuler (French), Senta Uri (German) and Aaley Holler (Italian).
- Idol Singer: Her speciality is this and is the most popular one in Diamond City.
- The Klutz: Implied in Twisted, as screwing up a microgame will cause her to fall down.
- Punny Name: Her name is a pun on the word "Sell-Out". A person who sacrifices their integrity for fame and fortune. Its unknown if Sal herself is one though.
- We represent Pizza Dinosaur!
We got the most stores in the world!
Our crust is tough and our sauce is thin,
But we're everywhere so you gotta give in!
The primary rival to Mona Pizza, which proudly takes a quantity-over-quality approach to their business. That, and attacking rival deliverers with dinosaur machines.
- Animal Motif: If the name isnt obvious, their motif is shown to be a Dinosaur.
- Lethal Eatery: Their locations are known for serving awful pizza and theyre proud of it. Even boasting about it when they interrupt Sal-Outs song.
- Our Product Sucks: They freely admit their pizza tastes bad, but they have stores everywhere so they get business even if their pizza is sub-par.
- The Rival: Pizza Dinosaur is shown to be one to Mona Pizza, having a lot more stores, but often prioritizing quantity over quality unlike Mona Pizza. Its also implied that Vanessa, who is shown to be a rival to Mona herself, works for the joint as theyre shown to be working with her to sabotage Mona.
- Take That!: Their entire conception is practically one to corporate fast food chains, who prioritize having more stores over the quality of their food and often sabotage smaller local restaurants in the process.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The Dinosaurs have all but disappear from the franchise after Smooth Moves and hadnt even been acknowledged since.
A disco dancer who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jimmy T.
- The Cameo: Appears in Jimmy T.'s character trailer for Gold.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: He has tanned skin and a yellow afro.
- Demoted to Extra: Was introduced with his own stage in Smooth Moves, but completely vanished from the franchise afterwards save for the ocurrence described in The Cameo.
- Disco Dan: Just like Jimmy T.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Gives a small puppy a bone while on his way to Club Spice, then later dances with a whole group of them.
- Identical Stranger: He looks exactly like Jimmy T., has a similar name to Jimmy T. and shares the same interests as Jimmy T. (save for an association with dogs intead of cats), yet he's not Jimmy T. or related to him as far as anyone knows.
- Palette Swap: Pretty much a clone of Jimmy T., but with a different color scheme.
- Precious Puppies: Featured in his Smooth Moves stage.
Voiced by: Cristina Valenzuela (English), Cristina Hernández (Gold; Latin American Spanish), Yui Matsuyama (Gold; Japanese)
A young female rapping phenomenon, who acts as the opponent in 18-Volt's Microgame set, with the two having a rap battle over a kid's game that she took in a previous rap battle.
- The Bully: 13-Amp steals a little boy's game console solely because she could.
- Graceful Loser: She takes her loss against 18-Volt pretty well, and honors their agreement by giving the kid's game back. She's also just surprised that 18-Volt beat her despite being only 9 years old, but not sore.
- Meaningful Name: The number in her apparent nickname may or may not be her age, just as 9-Volt's and 18-Volt's. She is definitely in her teens though, since she laments being defeated by 4th grader 18-Volt.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down to her feet.
- Worthy Opponent: She considers 18-Volt to be one by the end of his set.
Dark Lord Hum Gree
A large gluttonous demon lord famous for his insatiable hunger. Ashley takes him on in order to help a demon she summoned.
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: Ashley defeating him cures his Horror Hunger, now all he desires is a big hug.
- Big Eater: He eats, and eats, and eats. Did we mention he eats?
- FaceHeel Turn: His character card reveals he used to be nice, but then was consumed by darkness and become a gluttonous horror. Ashley helps him return to normal.
- Horror Hunger: Hum Gree cannot stop eating, and nothing can ever satisfy him. Ashley ends up curing him by the end of her story.
- Incidental Villain: His insatiable hunger results in other demons starving, such as Ashley's demon friend.
- Punny Name: His name is meant to sound like the word "hungry", which is very fitting given his Big Eater tendencies.
- Tragic Monster: His character card says he wasn't always hungry. Hum Gree was consumed by darkness and wishes to be defeated in order to be who he was before.
A robot maid who was abandoned by her creator in the forest. Turns out her creator was Dr. Crygor, so when she was found by him and Mike, she recognises the doctor which leads to her chasing him down.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It doesn't take long for her to recognize Dr. Crygor and try to beat the shit out of him. Not that she's really in the wrong to...
- Broomstick Quarterstaff: She uses her mop to whack Dr. Crygor if the player messes up in the microgames and a lot if they game over.
- Cute Machines: She's at least cute when she isn't chasing Dr. Crygor with a murderous look on her face.
- Demonic Possession: The European and Japanese script implies that Doris-1 was being possessed by something when she attacked Dr. Crygor.
- Easily Forgiven: In the end, she's still taken back to Dr. Crygor's lab. Justified as Crygor was the one who abandoned her and he feels bad about doing so.
- Evil Sounds Deep: More like Anger Sounds Deep, as Doris' voice becomes far deeper when she's chasing Dr. Crygor.
- Machine Monotone: Speaks this way for the most part, but breaks out of it when she's screaming at Dr. Crygor.
- Nightmare Face: When she gets angry at Dr. Crygor her face becomes... freakish.
- Robot Maid: Her purpose.
- Volumetric Mouth: Gains an absurdly huge mouth when angry.
- "You!" Exclamation: "My creator... WAS YOU! YOU LEFT ME TO DIE!"