Yooka the Chameleon
The hero of the story. He carries Laylee around on his head while adventuring.
- Cartoony Eyes: His eyes do not have the conjoined eyelids real chameleons possess, plus they're fixed.
- Expy: Of Banjo.
- Extreme Omnivore: No matter what he eats, whether it be honey, cannonballs, or fire, he always finds it tasty.
- Extra-ore-dinary: He can eat cannonballs to give him metallic traits.
- Fartillery: One of his special abilities is to fart out a giant bubble underwater that encases himself and Laylee.
- Hollywood Chameleons: He'll be applying his colour-changing capabilities for stealth purposes.
- An Ice Person: Swallowing a special ice plant allows him to shoot ice balls.
- The Idealist: He seems more optimistic and hopeful than Laylee, although nowhere near as forceful as her brand of cynicism.
- Kind Hearted Simpleton: Possibly, considering his name is a pun off a word that means "small-brained person." Though his dialogue seems to suggest that if anything he's naive rather than stupid.
- Lovable Lizard: A kind and optimistic chameleon who is one of the two main protagonists.
- Lizard Folk: Unlike most depictions in popular media, he's the hero and a good guy. According to Playtonic's notes with his concept art, the main reason they made him a lizard over the original tiger design was that he looked less heroic and therefore easier to push as an underdog.
- Making a Splash: Eating a water berry allows him to spew out water.
- Multipurpose Tongue: Uses it as a whip and grappling hook.
- Overly Long Tongue: Comes with being a chameleon.
- Playing with Fire: Eating a Scorchberry gives him the ability to breathe fire.
- Punny Name: Other than the obvious one when combined with Laylee's name, Yooka's name is derived from uku (which means "small-brained person").
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's quite adorable, which is natural due to being a chameleon.
- Stock Animal Diet: Being a chameleon, he enjoys eating insects and gains health from butterflies.
Laylee the Bat
A large bat that clings to Yooka's head and helps him with adventuring.
- Bat Out of Hell: Played with. While she's definitely not portrayed as a monster, much of her visual design borrows from this trope's associated imagery, leading to her big ugly nose, exaggerated pointy bat ears, prominent fangs, and unnatural purple coloration. However, she also has big, goofy smile which is not creepy at all, and combined with her generally cheerful (if snarky) disposition and cute voice, thoroughly undermines anything that would otherwise be monstrous or creepy about her appearance.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much like Kazooie before her, Laylee takes up this role.
- Deuteragonist: Pretty much in the same ways as Kazooie before her.
- Expy: Of Kazooie.
- Gag Nose: Her big red nose kind of resembles the strange-shaped noses that many species of real bats have.
- Head Pet: What she is to Yooka.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Inspired by real bats' echolocation ability, she has sonic attacks.
- Punny Name: Other than the obvious one when combined with Yooka's name, Laylee's name is derived from lele (which can mean "to fly" or "to exit a vehicle")
- Pungeon Master: While a good chunk of the cast could be considered one, Laylee is the worst offender. If she's not being snarky, she's making groan-inducing puns.
- While she may enjoy making them, Laylee seemingly hates it when others drop groaners around her, she lights into them, such as a Pagie indulging in a blizzard of ice puns.
- Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Very much. In one teaser she mocks the development team by saying they're probably going to make it a game about cars by the end.
- Stock Animal Diet: Subverted. While most bats in fiction are the vampire kind, Laylee is instead a fruit bat (which is a lot more common type in real life). Though she mentions she also likes to eat insects, like most bat species in real life.
- Unnecessarily Large Vessel: In one of the teasers she's shown lounging on a huge towel— far bigger than Yooka's, in fact, which is barely big enough for his body.
Trowzer the Snake
A perfectly honest merchant with hands who would never cheat anyone.
- Disco Dan: He carries a 1980s mobile/cell phone, so he may be this. Though it might be a walkie-talkie, going with his explorer theme.
- Expy: He fulfills the same role as Bottles and Jamjars of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, being the character who sells you new moves.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: His name, species, and design is a pretty blatant example. note
- Honest John's Dealership: Before the events of the game he apparently sold Yooka and Laylee a rather poor-quality TV set.
- Small Name, Big Ego: His career never really took off, but he thinks he's the bee's knees.
- Smug Snake: Quite literally, described by the developers as a "smug serpent salesman".
- Snakes Are Sinister: Averted. Snakes are usually portrayed as villains, but Trowzer is not one of them.
- Sssssnake Talk: He appears to speak like this.
- Visual Pun: He's a snake wearing trousers.
The Ghost Writers
A group of scattered ghosts who wrote the book worlds.
- Defeat Means Friendship: The red Ghost Writers can't be collected unless they're bested in combat.
- Expy: Their role in the game is basically the same as the Jinjos from Banjo-Kazooie.
- Food as Bribe: The pink Ghost Writers will become collectible after you feed them.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: Being the living (un-living) collectibles of the game like the jinjos from Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka and Laylee will need to be grabbing the ghoulies.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: They all have strange ghoulish appearances.
- Precursors: They were the ones who wrote the book worlds of Yooka-Laylee into being.
- Punny Name: In this case, they're literal ghostwriters.
- Reality Warper: They created the worlds that make up the game's stages.
- Rhymes on a Dime: The one line they say in the Toybox implies that they will do this.
A polygonal dinosaur from a forgotten era of gaming.
- Dumb Dinos: He's seemingly this given he speaks in broken grammar and constantly forgets who Yooka and Laylee are. But then it's revealed he managed to learn modern technology.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In fact, he's a polygonal dinosaur.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: The other characters pretty much view him as a fossil (without even factoring in the fact that he's a dinosaur) and are just as baffled by his familiar gaming conventions (memory cards, the reset button, cheat codes, etc) as he is with today's. He starts taking classes to improve his memory and catch up on modern gaming trends (though to Laylee's chagrin, the class really pushed the inclusion of microtransactions)
- Friendless Background: He had friends that he played multiplayer games with, but they all left to go play "on a line", so he plays single-player games to pass the time while he waits for them to come back. He's been waiting since 1997.
- Punny Name: A portmanteau of "retro," "sixty-four," and "Tyrannosaurus Rex".
- Retraux: He looks like he leaped right out of an N64 game. Just to drive the point home, he's covered in scan lines to make it look like he's being viewed on a CRT television. He also has an intentional over sized head which was common for dinosaurs and such on the N64 and PlayStation.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: He certainly resembles one. It's also in his name. He doesn't play the common stereotype, though.
A bearded mine cart.
- Animate Inanimate Object: He's a talking mine cart that moves around under his own power.
- Funetik Aksent: Speaks in a southern accent, using phrases like "y'all".
- Sentient Vehicle: He's a living mine cart.
- Shout-Out: Playtonic's notes on the characters concept art states that it's a 50/50 chance that he was either named after a gaming magazine making a typo when referring to the protagonist of God of War, or simply a case of them implementing the common "add -o" to the end of what it is" naming scheme. Either way, Laylee jokingly refers to him as the God of Ore.
- Weird Beard: Kartos has a moustache that appears to be made out of wood.
Capital B's right-hand man.
- Brain in a Jar: Falls somewhere in between this and Losing Your Head, being a disembodied duck head in a jar perched on a small, wheeled machine. Although his neck descends into the jar, it's unclear if any of the rest of his body remains, as some of his dialogue reveals he removed his limbs years ago.
- The Dragon: He serves Capital B as his right-hand man. Even organizing his own quiz shows to slow down Yooka and Laylee's progress.
- Dragon with an Agenda: If you beat the game, it's revealed that he was assigned to monitor Capital B and report back to the board of directors on the minutiae of his dealings.
- Expy: Of Klungo. He also brings the Professor to mind.
- FaceHeel Turn: He was not quite as bad before, but apparently Capital B's corporate takeover of his company left him a little loopy, helped along by his constant demands. Now, he's gone full Mad Scientist.
- Mad Scientist: He's the crazy genius responsible for building the various contraptions seen throughout the worlds, most notably having created the device that is being used to capture all the literature in the worlds.
- Punny Name: His name might be a pun on quack doctors.
An anthropomorphic octopus, and a defector from Dr. Quack.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Dr. Puzz is an anthropomorphic octopus with several tentacles and a human-like head.
- Expy: Of Mumbo Jumbo from Banjo-Kazooie, being the character that handles the transformations. She also defected from the enemies' side to help the main duo, though unlike Grunty who was evil from the start, Dr. Quack wasn't as bad before Capital B came into the picture.
- Mobile Fishbowl: Being an aquatic creature, she wears one on her head that resembles a space helmet. There's even an actual goldfish inside.
- Punny Name: Dr. Puzz... Doctor Puss... Octopus. Yeah.
The Blue Burrower himself, who, during his adventures, somehow ended up in the wrong game. But he isn't going to let that stop him from hunting treasure as usual.
- First Time Feeling: He's having a hard time getting used to this bizarre third dimension that doesn't exist in his own game.
- Special Guest: Hailing from his titular game.
- Shovel Strike: Wouldn't be the Blue Burrower without it.
- Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: According to his own words, he ended up in Yooka-Laylee's game because he embarked on adventure so great he ended up in the wrong game as a result.
A class of incompetents robots that serve as goonies to Capital B. One of them in particular is the host of the Toybox, and appears in the final game in Galleon Galaxy. For the boss I.N.E.P.T., see below.
- Mr. Exposition: One of them fullfills this role in the Toybox, being the giver of tutorials.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Unlike the other Inept robots, the one in the Toybox and Galleon Galaxy isn't trying to kill the duo.
- Robot Buddy: In the Toybox, at the very least.
- Take That!: Their name is Inept, and their head resembles an Xbox Kinect. Most likely a jab at how Rare was forced into developing Kinect games.
The Big Bad of the game, a giant anthropomorphic bee. He runs a ruthless organization trying to take advantage of the Ghost Writers.
- Bee Afraid: He's an anthropomorphic bee and the Big Bad of Yooka-Laylee.
- Bee Bee Gun: Or in this case, Bee Bee Grenade. In the final battle, Capital B is able to lob beehives that explode on contact, sending an angry swarm towards the chameleon-bat duo.
- Boss Subtitles: "Crowdfunded Corporate Creep".
- Big Bad: He's the CEO running the whole evil scheme, after all.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Jagged, pointy and very large, to the point of resembling devil horns a little.
- Busman's Vocabulary: Capital B loves his business-related puns and expressions.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: In all of the promotional art of him so far, he always carries a wide smile of glee. His status as a corrupt CEO who has pulled a countless number of corporate takeovers in the past very likely over profit should tell you right away he is not Big Fun in the slightest.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is a cartoony caricature of this trope, much as Gruntilda was of the classic Wicked Witch. Instead of consisting entirely of rhyme, his dialogue consists of corporate-ese speak and related jokes.
- Expy: In the overall scheme of Banjo-Kazooie parallels, he fills Gruntilda's role. Additionally, elements of his visual appearance appear to be inspired by Gru and/or the Penguin. However, Word of God confirms the latter two are not intentional and they wanted to avoid it.
- It's All About Me: His first appearance shows him unveiling a gigantic solid gold statue of himself in the company's lobby, then ordering the destruction of Dr. Quack's makeshift Vice President statue since he feels its presence ruins the majesty of his own statue.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He wears what appears to be a combo of a fine business suit with the shoulder-pads and scepter you'd expect from a warlock. Either way, expensive, looks good, and clearly not the mark of a good man.
- Mythology Gag: His overly large, bloodshot right eye is an obvious homage to his fellow Rareware platformer villain, King K.Rool.
- Large and in Charge: Literally. If this screenshot◊ is any indication, the largest of his minions only reach him to neck level at best.
- Obviously Evil: If his pointy nose, large pointy eyebrows, obese physique and hunched posture, complete lack of a dental plan and name hasnt tipped you off already, he's the bad guy.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The "banker" at the casino stage. Yooka and Laylee are initially suspicious, but still fall for his lazy explanation of who he "really" was.
- Punny Name: Multilayered, at that. The B(ee) should be obvious, and Capital for both capitalization and the monetary sort of capital. Then there's the bit more "mature" pun...
- Scary Teeth: All jagged nonetheless, and he's a bee.
- Take That!:
- His entire character and the company he owns, Hivory Towers, is seemingly one towards Microsoft and its executives what with the hostile corporate takeovers and everything.
- The small Twitter ARG before his reveal makes it fairly more obvious for fans."Playtonic Games": Smart employees eliminated. Hard workers doubled-down. It's time to leverage the anti-profit marginalisation strategy...
The boss of Tribalstack Tropics, a one-eyed stone wall who rests at the top of a large ramp, and attacks the duo after he mistakes them for annoying window salesmen.
- Boss Subtitles: Ancient Angular Stone Bloke.
- Breath Weapon: In case you manage to climb his ramp, Rampo will start breathing fire. He'll also Blow You Away if you start breaking his teeth.
- Mistaken Identity: The reason you fight him is because he believes the main character duo are annoying salesmen who try to cheat them with their deal.
- Stationary Boss: He doesn't move from his spot at the top of his slope.
The boss of Glitterglaze Glacier, who set home inside the boiler Burnie, preventing him from functioning properly.
- An Ice Person: A giant ice block thing.
- Boss Arena Idiocy: He himself lampshades this.Brrreeze Blok: I knew that buying that 'Scorchberry' Bush would come back to haunt me!
- Boss Subtitles: Bookend in Burnie.
- I'm Melting!: At one point he says this when you attack him.Brrreeze Blok: Argh! Look what you've done! I'm melting!
- Kill It with Fire: To the surprise of absolutely no one, this is how he gets defeated.
- Punny Name: His first name is derived from "breeze" with Trrrilling Rrrs to make "brrr".
- Small Name, Big Ego: For a minor boss, he's really got a huge opinion on himself, considering freezing Burnie from inside his "reign of terror".
- Trrrilling Rrrs: His name features this.
The boss of Moodymaze Marsh, a huge kraken who attacks the duo after they cause him to miss his soaps.
- Attack of the Monster Appendage: His body is never seen. Instead, only his giant tentacles and eye are visible.
- Berserk Button: The reason the duo are fighting him is because they pressed one: made him miss his soap operas.
- Boss Subtitles: Upset Kraken.
- Combat Tentacles: How he attacks. In fact, they're the only visible thing about him besides his giant eye.
- Disproportionate Retribution: For making him miss his soap operas and having the risk of it being spoiled on social media, Trev decides to squash the duo and use their remains to stir his brew.
- Eye Scream: Beating him will cause his main eye to fall off its socket.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: As his name states, he has eyes on tentacles.
- Go for the Eye: How you defeat him.
- Kraken and Leviathan: The former, although what he's doing in the middle of a swamp is anyone's guess.
- Oop North: Speaks like this, notably greeting our heroes with an "Ay up".
- Punny Name: His last name is Tenteyecle and he has eyes on tentacles.
- Spot of Tea: Very fond of his "brew".
The boss of Capital Cashino, a souped-up Inept robot who deals with anyone who hands Pagies to people without Capital B's permission.
- Blind Mistake: Happens twice. He sees in double, which resulted in him saying to Yooka, Laylee and Kartos that "You six are in huge trouble!". Later, he mistakes Yooka for "green badger" and Laylee for "his purple dragon" after defeat.
- Boss Subtitles: Sentient Short-Sighted Super-Computer.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final phase of the battle, he must be taken out with his own missiles.
- King Mook: To Inept robots.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Fires missiles at the last phase. That fly from the front of Kartos and when jumped over fly straight into his face, damaging him.
- Minecart Madness: Fought while riding Kartos.
- Mondegreen: His poor hearing makes him mishear statements said to him as insults. For example:Yooka: I think there's been a mistake... Maybe you should calm down and log off.I.N.E.P.T.: Bzzz... Bog off?! Nobody gives casino security that level of sass!Later, at the start of third phaseKartos: Give up, ya piece a' junk! Ah'm the track king!I.N.E.P.T.: My tracking's what?! A few missiles will teach you some manners!
- Shout-Out: His status as a short-sighted boss is one to a certain visually-impaired welding torch.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: Using missiles to kill your enemies is all fine and good, but when said enemies are right in front of you and the missiles try to hit them from the front, you might want to consider another attack.
- Take That!: He's a more vicious example of this than his lower brethren - he has poor vision (seeing double and thinking that Yooka and Laylee are a badger and a dragon, respectively), is responsible for destroying himself, and makes comments about his poor sensors and tracking.
The boss of Galleon Galaxy, who attacks the duo after they accidentally kill her moon husband.
- Anti-Villain: Of all bosses in this game, she is the most sympathetic, as the duo killed her husband.
- Big "NO!": Her first line, when she realizes the duo accidentally killed her "Moonie".
- Boss Subtitles: Intergalactic World Widow.
- Dishing Out Dirt: From craters of her facial side of her body, volcano on the top of her head and from her mouth, she can shoot asteroids.
- Genius Loci: She's an entire living planet.
- An Ice Person: She can shoot ice shots from her craters on ice side of her body.
- Logical Weakness: Her ice craters can only be destroyed by fire and her fire craters can only be destroyed with ice.
- No-Sell: If the player tries to attack her fire craters with flames and her ice craters with ice shots, she won't get hurt.
- Playing with Fire: She can fire jets of flame from her craters on volcanic side of her body.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female boss in the game.
- Stationary Boss: She does rotate to use different attacks, but that's about it.
- Time Abyss: In one of her quotes, she says it took billion years to form all craters on her body, which suggests she has a very long lifespan. Justified, as she's a sentient planet.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: All she wanted was to avenge her husband who was killed by the duo...