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    Yooka 

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.

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    Laylee 

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.

Supporting Characters

    Trowzer 

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 

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.

    Rextro 

Rextro Sixtyfourus

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.

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    Kartos 

Kartos

A bearded mine cart.


  • 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.

    Dr. Quack 

Dr. Quack

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.
  • Face–Heel 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.

    Dr. Puzz 

Dr. Puzz

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.

    Shovel Knight 

Shovel Knight

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.

    Inept 

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.

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Boss Characters

    Capital B 

Capital B

The Big Bad of the game, a giant anthropomorphic bee. He runs a ruthless organization trying to take advantage of the Ghost Writers.


    The Great Rampo 

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.

    Brrreeze Blok 

The boss of Glitterglaze Glacier, who set home inside the boiler Burnie, preventing him from functioning properly.


    Trev the Tenteycle 

The boss of Moodymaze Marsh, a huge kraken who attacks the duo after they cause him to miss his soaps.


    I.N.E.P.T. 

The boss of Capital Cashino, a souped-up Inept robot who deals with anyone who hands Pagies to people without Capital B's permission.


    Planette 

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...


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