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- In the first game, Shantae needs to get help from her friends and other NPCs to unlock the dungeons. The methods they choose to do so can be pretty silly:
- For the Dribble Fountain, Bolo flings his weapon which bounces around everywhere before hitting the eye above the door.
- For the Golem Mines, Sky's bird Wrench literally acts as a wrench, screwing in two gems along the wall to unlock the door.
- For the Cackle Mound, Rottytops detaches her leg and uses it as a makeshift lockpick.
- And finally for the Twinkle Palace, the Bandit Town Genie just smacks the gate with her hip, which unlocks it.
- The Cackle Mound has a set of puzzles where you must knock eyes into a robot to make it open its mouth to drop a key. One of the later robots doesn't immediately drop a key, as you need to redirect where it's staring until it's looking at a specific thing. What will make it drop the key from its mouth? The statue of a half-naked girl.
- During the ending, when the mayor learns that Shantae is only a half-genie, what is his first thought?Mayor: Could I get you for half price?
- Risky's ship is called the 'Steam-Powered Oceanic Tinker Tub'... which abbreviates to 'S.P.O.T.T.', one letter off from a hilariously common dog name.
- Shantae thanking Barracuda Joe for his generosity in Risky's Revenge.Shantae: Thanks Barracuda Joe! You're a lifesaver! (Kiss!)
Barracuda Joe: Don't say "kiss" to me unless you're actually givin' me a kiss. Otherwise it's just words. Okay?
Shantae: Ok. (Kiss!)
Barracuda Joe: Ok, yer doing it again. Get going.
- The increasingly grandiose rant of the chef girl in the Forest if you refuse to give Wobble Bell back.Chef Girl: You're right. That's probably not my pup. Oh, Wobble Bell! If only I knew where he went! He probably felt that I took him for granted and left to find some other chef to inspire! And now, they are making wondrous dishes together and traveling the world. And let's be honest. I was taking him for granted. I rarely even fed him. And when he wanted attention I'd just push him aside and focus on my culinary arts. But now he's moved on, and my fate is sealed. Sure, I'll cook, at first out of habit. But eventually I'll become a heartless automaton, marrying the first man that takes interest and I'll cook and I'll cook. People will come for miles to try my recipes, I'll be famous, and the world will become reliant on my food. Then Wobble Bell and I will meet at random and it will be awkward. I'll bury my feelings until one day I crack. And that will be it. I'll give up cooking and the world will have nothing to eat, and every living thing will starve and die out. The land will grow cold and life as we know it will cease. Oh Wobble Bell, please come back.
- Shantae's Mermaid form is unsurprisingly awkward on land, only able to clumsily flop her way along on her belly. To make things even more hilarious though it the fact that there's an actual achievement obtained by crossing an entire level, on land, as a mermaid, which is incredibly ridiculous as Shantae can only move at less than half her normal walk speed and the jumping controls are very difficult. It's bound to be a very slow journey indeed...
- After defeating the Ammo Baron in the intro mission, Shantae is arrested by the Royal Guards and has her "Scuttle Town Guardian" status revoked. They serve her a Court Summons, which she holds up cheerfully like any other key item (complete with Item Get! jingle), even though she knows she's about to be placed on house arrest.
- After the first boss battle, Shantae has been through quite a day and decides to take a nice bath to relax and unwind.Shantae: Wait...I don't own a bathtub!
- The game implies that Risky pushed Shantae, naked and trapped in a bathtub, halfway across town to Mimic's house. And no one noticed.
- Shantae raids Risky's wardrobe:Risky: Where did you find those?!Shantae: Below deck! There's all kinds of fun things to wear. Most of the clothes were much too roomy for me, though...Risky: Stay out of my personal effects!
- In Saliva Island, the path to the first Den of Evil opens up by helping a man get a Petrify Spell to bring back his wife turned into stone. Using the spell ends up turning the man into a stone as well, and the sheer weight of both of them causes a hole to open to the dungeon. Shantae can only mutter an embarrassed murmur—Shantae: ...Whoopsies.
- Sky hooking up with Barracuda Joe. Her dad comments that she could actually do a ''lot worse'' and her mother can't wait to have grandchildren already.
Sky: You want me to stay single forever!
- It gets even better when Sky's dad brings a mummy coffin and has Joe read what it says there. Joe ends up being cursed to the bone by turning into stone, which makes Sky say this:
Sky's Mom: Oh dear. Another boyfriend down the drain...
- Which is immediately followed by this, implying that something this bad has happened before:
Sky: COME BACK AND MARRY ME, YOU SCUMBAG!!!
- Later on, when Shantae helps Barracuda Joe out of his problem (while also doing a Brick Joke of the other incident she caused much earlier) and Sky voices her eternal gratitude to Shantae...Joe blankly dumps her and walks out of her house, much to her annoyance.
- In the credits of the game, Sky seems to have found a new crush in Brandon, complete with Bolo looking annoyed and her parents spying on them from behind a house.
- Piecing together the three mummy drawings has Shantae comment that they seem to be in a 'very specific pattern'... which may be at odds if the randomly-generated combination is "FISH FISH FISH"
- The Squid Baron spends the first half of the game depressed due to "post-boss syndrome" and you have to keep cheering him up until you eventually fight him at the end of the Lost Catacombs dungeon. The battle begins with him giving an impassioned speech about how he's finally embraced his destiny as a filler boss, and he gets his own frantic music as well as an armored second phase announced with "SQUID BARON 2.0" scrolling across the screen and him holding up sparklers. The battle ends up completely invigorating his fighting spirit and he becomes excited at the prospect of becoming a palette swap or a Degraded Boss.Squid Baron: Answer me this. How much map have you traveled? How full are your pockets? About half, right? Halfway full? Filler boss. It's my destiny. I see that now. I won't try to escape it.Shantae: You're scaring me...Squid Baron: You and me both. But I won't hide from fate! I'm going to be the best filler boss of all time! Old hat! Recycled moves! All of it! Bring it on, sister! Let's boogie down!
- After beating him, he insists that there's no hard feelings between himself and Shantae. Then he gives her a map to the next island, which notably contains a gateway to Sequin Land's version of Hell. Mixed messages, much?
- Shantae feeling jealous and depressed about Brandon's epic adventures. She defines herself as being a bad influence for having a bad temper and dressing inappropriately.
- Obtaining Risky's... Boots?Shantae: I found your boots... Risky Boots.
- When Risky gets taken by the Pirate Master late in the game, Shantae immediately raids Risky's closet again, complete with hilariously bad pirate-speak when commanding the Tinkertub!
- You fix the light puzzle on Saliva Island by getting two extremely white girls to take their clothes off, so that the light reflects off of them brightly enough to activate the machinery. Tell me that's something you read everyday.
- Triggering this means finding a large supply of water they can relax in. The solution? Going to the giant lizard above them and making it drool in a never-ending stream as large as a waterfall!
- They will also comment on how weird the "water" feels. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your view) you never get the chance to tell them why...
- The Tan Line Temple stage sets the stage for a hilarious joke. When Shantae enters, the temple's residents mistake her for their missing princess, and is forced into a Chainmail Bikini for her upcoming coronation (which she calls being "dressed like a Space Princess"). During her escape, she learns that Risky Boots, Sky, and Rottytops have all ended up in the same situation. After reaching the end, they find a giant statue of the princess... and she looks nothing like our girls. However, the High Priest still insists that the girls are exact doubles for his HUMONGOUS, TITANIC, ROTUND, CORPULENT princess, with Risky barely holding back on throttling him. Then the princess appears... with a bag of groceries! She'd just went shopping, half an hour ago!
High Priest: Our princess has retur-Shantae: [Angrily] Ah, shut yer yap!
- Shantae, Risky, and Sky are all rather irritated by the whole experience. Rottytops, on the other hand, is loving every second of it, happily saying that she's keeping the outfit once Shantae convinces her that they need to leave.
- At this point, Sky is fed up and is about to leave without the others, asking Shantae to never include her on an adventure ever again. Shantae demands that she wait... because she's about to miss the part where an NPC gives her an important item.
- What's also good is the dialogue when you speak to the High Priest afterward-
Sky: Promise me we'll never, ever speak of those embarrassing desert princess outfits again.
- Talk to Sky afterwards back in town.
Shantae: I promise!
Shantae: [changes into the aforementioned outfit] You mean this one, right?
- The fact that the real princess was only gone for half an hour has the potential to crank the stupidity of the temple's inhabitants Up to Eleven because, if the player, and by extension Shantae, takes more than 30 minutes to reach the end of the temple, then it means that Shantae arrived before the princess even left!
- At the end of the game, Shantae finally learns to properly speak like a pirate, and uses it to spook Ammo Baron out of Scuttle Town!
- It's rather amusing that it took several years and rereleases for the game to be re-classified as a "T" when brought to the Switch.
- For the first boss fight, Risky introduces the Part Omni-Organic, Partially Titanic, Ocean-Optional Tinkerslug. Shantae decides to compress that name into an acronym, and
Shantae: P.O.O.P.T.O.O.T.?Risky Boots: Don't call it that!TINKERSLUG (Don't call it Poop Toot!)
"Destroy the Poop Toot!"
- Shantae's pre-Boss Battle callout:
Don't Call It That! - Defeat P.O.O.P.T.O.O.T.
- The achievement for defeating this boss:
- The game itself begins with Shantae being woken and finding a strange entity beneath Uncle Mimic's workshop who tells her of an impending threat. When she wakes up she dismisses it as a dream fueled by reading comics and eating an entire tub of cookie dough ice cream before bed.
- Talking to a little boy NPC at the very beginning of the game gives us this gem:Boy: Are you a medusa? Mom always tells me to avert my eyes when you walk by.
- Going on long, involved rants seems to have a become a Running Gag for the little Chef. Just watch what happens when you don't give her the health permit for her restaurant!Chef Girl: No permit for me? Fine. Just because I scrimped and saved for years in order to pay for culinary school after being rejected from every cooking college, fast food restaurant, and greasy spoon this side of Sequin Land, why not withhold it? Forget that I had to travel to lands unknown, trading travel fare for an acting job cracking oversized plastic walnuts in some smelly squirrel costume on stage in front of a bunch of snobby dinner theatre patrons all so that I could find a teacher who would allow me to enroll despite my bad habit of eating the ingredients before the lesson, even when the ingredients were priceless eggs of endangered animals. Besides, how was I to know the difference between a culinary school and a nature preserve anyway, unless someone teaches me, which was, of course, the theme of my entire thesis! And even then no one understood. Not even my culinary instructors, who always wore gorilla suits with no discernible zippers, swinging from their tires and throwing filth. But somehow, between the cradling and hair-grooming sessions, those culinary masters who might just as well have been apes taught me that the true art of cooking is experienced by going to the store and buying stuff that already exists, such as frozen pizzas and fish sticks which come in colorful boxes with awesome artwork on them! So sure, DENY ME that HEALTH PERMIT and shut me down. Obviously I don't deserve to work hard and serve others in the noble profession of food prep.
- Shantae thinking Uncle Mimic's come down with a case of "the olds" during the part of the game where everyone in town loses their memory.
- This dialogue if you talk to the lady who carries a jar on her head during said partWoman: There's something on my head! I can't remember what it is! Get it off! GET IT OFF!!
- The Ammo Baron wants airborne troops, and decides to get magic silk from the Flying Carpet race because the Magic Silkworm is endangered... and also very cute.
- The game takes the Court Summons joke from Pirate's Curse a step further when an archaeologist sneezes on Shantae.You got sick!
- Late in the game, Hypno Baron starts summoning an Eldritch Abomination to bring about The End of the World as We Know It, a skill he picked up from Rottytop's brothers. They taught it to him... in exchange for coffee.Shantae: You guys doomed humanity for a bag of coffee?!Rottytops: Well, it was before 9:00 AM, so...
Shantae: A Squid Baron spin-off game would only appeal to a subset of the same audience, so it's gonna sell like buns!
- When you finally reach the Hypno Baron, he's seconds away from releasing the eldritch evil. Turns out it's the Squid Baron. And he's so excited to be the fifth boss, he starts musing the idea of getting his own spinoff game. Even Shantae herself gets in on the Medium Awareness.
- He also offers Shantae a "cameo" in the form of a Mythology Gag Palette Swap like some fighting games do... until she points out he's always been red and purple so wearing her colors would make no difference.
- And when Hypno Baron reveals his true plans...Shantae: What ever happened to ripping open the fabric of space-time and washing away human-kind in a sea of eternal woe?Hypno Baron: Who told you that? No, it's "gracing the fabric of leisure-time and blowing away human-kind in a sea of heavy weave 100% cotton comfort"!
- Immediately after the above, Shantae is... nonplussed.Shantae: I'm going home to take a very long, very hot bath.
- The fact that Abner and Poe have the ability to summon Squid Baron, for some reason.
- To learn the Mermaid Bubble skill, you need to find the elderly Grandma Blobfish a new, more modern hat to wear. The one you end up finding is a trucker hat that reads Foxy Grandma.Grandma Blobfish: Foxy Grandma. Words to live by. This hat is giving this ol' gal thoughts of spring time if you know what 'm getting at... In fact, I think I feel a romantic song comin' on. Now I hope this ain't too hot 'n steamy for general audiences.*Grandma Blobfish vomits up the Mermaid Bubble*Grandma Blobfish: Oh dear now that didn't go to plan.
- Shantae can find Abner in a room in Hypno Baron's Castle, and he probes her on if Shantae has something for him.Abner: You got something for me? Coffee? Brains? Coffee with brains in it?Shantae: Not really.Abner: Then get lost.Shantae: You're a butt.Abner: YOU'RE A BUTT.
- Usually when Shantae transforms, she has an appropriately excited voice. But occasionally, she'll sound bored:Shantae: Traaaaaaannnnssssss....fooooooorrrmmmm......
- If you wait around long enough in the Mermaid Factory, eventually you'll see Bolo getting carried through the factory by his foot. And yes, a fish will jump up and chomp over his head.
- During the opening segment of Mermaid Falls, Shantae explains to Bolo that innocent, beautiful maidens are being abducted from all the nearby villages. Horrified, Bolo fears that means he'll become the next victim...until Shantae points out that "maidens" applies to girls only. He then goes off on a tangent about how Shantae always leaves him out of everything and sees him as too ineffectual to do anything on his own before angrily storming off to try and be the hero for once. As described in the above example, it doesn't work out.
- When Shantae takes down the Ammo Baron's prized airship, he's distraught, lamenting that it cost 'billions of crowd-funded dollars!' The same thing happens in the Friends to the End DLC Scenario.
- The fact that the entirety of Pirate Queen's Quest is essentially Risky desperately trying to convince someone that Shantae most certainly did not beat her. No, she completely destroyed her arch-nemesis in that volcano fight. The only reason she lost was because her Tinkerbats were incompetent and didn't build the machine properly.
- At the end, it's revealed that she's saying all of this to the Tinkerbats themselves and just telling the story has enraged her enough to want to punish them again.
- When Shantae gets corrupted by the Dynamo in Risky's retelling, her friends say the following.Sky: It turned her all scary!Bolo: She looks gross!
- When Risky confronts Holly Lingerbean during Pirate Queen's Quest, Holly refuses to cooperate and let Risky move on with her plan because she wants to live forever, and as long as Risky keeps her in mind, she will. A Tinkerbat solves this by walking up behind Risky with a gigantic hammer and WALLOPING her in the back of the head for some Easy Amnesia.
- When Nega-Shantae first appears in Friends To The End, she gives an over-the-top, hammy speech about how she's going to destroy everyone and lets out a battle cry, then promptly collapses to the floor of Uncle Mimic's workshop.
- When the portal to Shantae's mind initially appears, Bolo, Sky and Rottytops all argue over who's best suited to rescuing her before all jumping in... and leaving Uncle Mimic behind in the process.Uncle Mimic: Blast it all! Now I'm stuck out here by myself! What am I gonna do if she wakes up? Fend her off with a broom handle?
- When the trio confronts Shantae's memory of Risky Boots, Risky launches into her evil speech, but it quickly degrades into "blah blah blah...", only going back to normal as the battle's about to start. While Shantae's friends are ignoring Risky as they piece together their situation, the idea that Shantae tunes out Risky's evil gloating is rather funny.
- When Risky directly threatens Sky, Bolo and Rotty afterwards, Bolo's only concern is that Risky caught him staring.
- During the visit to Mermaid Falls in Friends To The End:
Rottytops: Please. Stop. TALKING!
- The trio finds the Bolo from the memory. Their Bolo strokes his ego and is excited to hear the other Bolo about to say something heroic... only for Memory!Bolo to suddenly whine and run off, much to Bolo's chagrin and Rottytops' amusement. Apparently, Shantae thinks of Bolo as a crybaby.
- Later, the trio comes across the dazed Memory!Bolo. Naturally, Sky and Rottytops want to know what happened. Not wanting to reveal the true reason, Bolo claims that he was beaten up by the mermaids while he was defending Shantae from them and then they noticed what a "saucy guy" he was and started climbing all over him. Sky and Rottytops don't believe him at all and the latter eventually tells him to shut up.
- Thanks to Holly Lingerbean tampering with their memories in the main game, Sky and Bolo have trouble remembering the events of her story arc when they revisit it in Friends to the End. Rotty takes advantage and "helps" them remember.Sky: That was AWFUL!Bolo: Yeah, my body is aching all over. Why'd we have to swap clothes and beat each other senseless with river trout?Rotty: I TOLD you, we had to reenact the memory EXACTLY like it happened. Are you both still sucking on those ghost peppers I gave you?Bolo: Sigh. Yeth.
- In the first few levels of Friends To The End, whenever a boss's pre-battle dialogue changes, it's usually to be appropriately threatening to Bolo, Sky, and Rottytops. When the crew reaches Ammo Baron, however, his speech is completely off-the-wall, as he tries to flirt with Sky and Rottytops using a litany of Aladdin references. It seems Nega-Shantae's got a sense of humor!Ammo Baron: We're gonna soar over and under clouds, fly low and drag our fingers in a lake, all that garbage.
- The ending to "Ninja Mode". Uncle Mimic shows up to tell Shantae that... her ninja costume just came in and she wants to pick it up together. The clothing she's been wearing all this time? Her old potty training clothes (including a dirty cloth diaper) from when she was a toddler, stained green from filth and age. Mimic left it on her doorstep this morning, figured she'd like the old keepsake. How did Shantae not notice the terrible stench they probably gave off? Her ninja mask was Mimic's old odor-blocking mask. What about the ninja scrolls she's been learning from? A roll of baby wipes that served as a "potty training cheat sheet". Shantae is horrified, to say the least.Uncle Mimic: Looking back, you sure did take toilet training seriously.
- In the Mighty Switch Force!-based "Officer Mode" DLC, Shantae's motives for facing the various bosses are very different.
- Her initial reason for going after Risky Boots is because the Tinkerslug is illegally parked. She asks to see both a driver's and pet license. Risky acts like she's going to grab them, but then pulls a hilariously obvious Look Behind You to distract Shantae. And it works.
- She inquires Techno Baron about suspicious activity. Techno Baron describes Shantae's previous interference with his counterfeit mermaid facility and his dumping of waste into the sea, all of which Shantae reacts to with complete nonchalance. Then he makes mention of mackerel... which Shantae recalls are out-of-season fish, for which she prepares to arrest Techno Baron.
- Just because Shantae's Anachronism Stew wasn't rich enough, Mimic has a centuries-old computer file on Holly "Law-Breaking Space Hooligan" Lingerbean. Who apparently has tens of thousands of criminal violations. Cue her reappearance.Shantae: Where were you on the night of... the last several centuries?Holly: At home.Shantae: ...Holly: Studying.Shantae: Really.
- Afterwards, Holly asks Shantae to arrest her, record everything, plaster her face on wanted posters, and tell the whole world about her. Shantae... observes that all her crimes occurred many life sentences ago, and therefore her sentence is served. And deletes the files. No one will ever know about what she's done.NO FAAAAAIIIIRRR...
- Ammo Baron is apparently a member of the Galactic Penal Squad, investigating the carpet races at the same time as Shantae. They both claim their orders are "from the top"; Shantae's from HQ, Ammo Baron's from 60,000 feet. Shantae elects to shut him down and then call in HQ to see if he's telling the truth. (He is)
- She enters Hypno Baron's castle because she hears noises that suggest there could be Space Hooligans inside. Or worse, teenagers! When she gets to the boss fight, she discovers the barons' diabolical plan... to stay up past curfew watching PG movies with no parents around to provide guidance!
- Rottytops in Officer Mode. Shantae's friends and foes take the place of the Hooligan Girls, and while Risky Boots, Sky, Twitch, and Vinegar look appropriately worried and scared about being captured, Rottytops... chooses to strike "Woe is me!" poses with a big grin on her face like she's a Damsel in Distress.
- Risky Boots's reason for hating Shantae in Officer Mode is purely because she's a criminal and just hates cops on principle, right? Nope. They actually went to police academy together and Risky holds a grudge for being Always Second Best during their time there.
- In Bikini Mode, the "summer safety tip" explaining the sunscreen mechanic reminds us that Squid Baron is a bit of a perv.Squid Baron: There's nothing more important than sunscreen. Apply copious amounts all over your bod! Don't miss a single inch! You could even get a friend or two to help out! Maybe even draw fanart of the whole scene! I mean, why not? Send a copy to "Sequin Land Safety, post office box number 8, care of Squid Baron".
Shantae: (visibly disturbed) Ugh.
- Shantae's response?
- Holly Lingerbean (and Wilbur) are champion sand castle builders in the Beach Mode version of the campaign. The reason she disintegrates in this version? Shantae decides to help out, and Holly is horrified that her latest work has been touched by amateur hands.
- Shantae mistakes the Hypno Baron's mansion for a seaside hotel, despite the fact that everything is dark, haunted, and nowhere near the sea.
- Squid Baron starts the boss fight because he's mad that Shantae mistook him for a bellhop.
- After the fight, the Hypno Baron finally clears up Shantae's confusion, saying the hotel she's looking for is down the street. She thanks him and goes on her merry way.
- Risky's endgame goal in Beach Mode boils down to stealing volcano sand.
- In Jammies Mode, Shantae's pillow is revealed to be the most powerful weapon in the game. Turns out there's an actual explanation for that. After beating Ammo Baron, he complains that it feels a lot heavier than just feathers, so Shantae opens it to discover... Rottytops stuck herself in the pillow case. Why she decided to do this is never explained, not that Shantae bothers to ask.
- When Rottytops protests against inviting Hypno Baron and Squid Baron to the slumber party, Shantae responds with "Back in the pillow, you!", and we never hear from Rotty again.
- Before the first performance at the Half-Genie festival, we cut to Bolo, Sky, and Mimic all in the stands, eagerly awaiting the performance. Then Shantae is a few seconds late and doesn't get into position in time. Cue unimpressed looks from all three and a Face Palm from Sky.
- Shantae telling Zapple about her transformation ability, with the latter throwing out a bunch of guesses such as transforming into keys and superheroes. When Shantae elaborates that her go-to is running around as a monkey, what is the first thought that comes to Zapple's mind?Zapple: Does the monkey wear pants?
- After Shantae manages to inspire hope in the people of Tree Town, the chief gives her a key to the next area.Chief: That is a USELESS OBJECT! It was a gift to me from my own father! I do not like it! It serves NO PURPOSE! But I believe that YOU will GIVE IT ONE. My heart goes with you.
- Checking the subscreen reveals that said key has its place of use inscribed into it. Funny enough that the people of Tree Town had no idea what to do with it despite that, but a few players missed out on this hint as well when the game first launched...
- During the cutscene when Shantae is entering the Coral Siren's boss room, she seems to be struggling to get through the wires, even tripping on her way into the room.
- Said cutscene also reveals that the Coral Siren is literally just a girl in a mech, in contrast to all the other, more monstrous sirens. At first glance.
- The Metal Fish descent into the Laboratory. As it goes down, the submarine is steadily getting more and more attacked by some sort of unknown monster that rattles Shantae a lot but doesn't faze the researcher lady one bit. As the situation keeps getting worse and the submarine itself begins flooding inside for too long...Deep Sea Explorer Lady: ... ... ...Shantae: We're dead, aren't we?Deep Sea Explorer Lady: Pretty much.Shantae: THIS IS THE WORST VACATION EVER!
- Then after the submarine manages to reach the bottom, Shantae goes out and learns it was the Squid Baron making all that racket...because he really wanted to show her his video game idea.
- Bolo complains that the food in his hotel room is disgusting, especially the nuts. When Shantae trades him a piece of Melba Toast, she discovers he's been eating metal nuts and bolts. Bolo's largest complaint is still about the way it tastes when she points this out. Never mind the fact a kid in Arena Town tells you that Melba Toast you got him was stepped on and stuck on the Mayor's foot.
- A bit of a Lampshade Hanging from a scantily clad NPC in Armor town,
- Sky is treating the entire thing as a holiday, and as such, she's staying in Arena Town to catch some sun, half-genies disappearing be damned. The only time she goes out into the island was when she heard about Ammo Baron's brother Armor Baron and even then, it was so she can hope to marry him.
Shantae: Wow, you've been zero help!
- The entire armor quest sequence. Only after being turned into an action figure alongside Shantae and listening to the Squid Baron's ramblings on selling collector's items does Sky break her proposal off, but instead of beating Armor's butt, she just slinks back to Arena Town to catch up on her sun rays, citing that Shantae usually kicks their nerdy asses. Needless to say, she gave her best friend a piece of her mind over this.
- Shantae's realization when talking to Harmony in The Boiler dungeon that Fillin is really Rottytops.Shantae: Lying... attention starved... trouble making... cosplaying... zombie!?
- The Tree Town bath lady isn't into Monster Cards, but got one that reminded her of her profession. That being the Octo Siren Monster Card. Her realizing just how disguising someone floating in brain juice is prompts her to sell it to you.
- As the game goes on and the islanders realize what the situation is, the various occupants and the mayor get in on trying to provide entertainment to the masses. We don't get to see much of it, but among the replacement acts are the lady with a pot on her head who shows up in every game trying to juggle twenty before a live audience. Even better, the two cheering NPCs make fun of the fact they can't stop cheering, and the woman even admits at one point she's switched to booing.
- The Anglerfish Siren's boss intro has her teleport behind Shantae and proceed to spook her with the 'tap around the shoulder' trick.
- Mimic has some fun at Shantae's expense when she starts pulling random levers on a mysterious control panel.Mimic: Now, before you pull it -(CLICK)Shantae: I pulled it.Mimic: WHOOAAAHH! IT IS CRUSHING MY BONES!Shantae: Uncle?! Uncle!!!Mimic: Just kidding. But, that could have really happened! So don't pull any more!
- Throughout the entire game, Squid Baron is attempting to pitch his game idea to Shantae, having now fleshed it out a lot more since mentioning the Spin-Off idea in the previous game. At one point, he outlines the structure of the game to a captive Shantae... an aquatic-themed Metroidvania. Guess what Seven Sirens is?
- After defeating the Octo Siren, Squid Baron shows up and is absolutely livid that Shantae stole stole one of his boss ideas, and his insults devolve into him yelling about how she should just go and marry a "Screen Clearing Blast" and have babies on an exploding farm... before calming down and asking her to keep an eye out for his sister's kids, since he's supposed to find them for her. They're heart-shaped, can't miss 'em.
- Risky's knocked out sprite has Wingding Eyes and her tongue sticking out. Seeing someone normally so refined and serious like that is worth a few chuckles.
- In the ending, after having her latest plot foiled, been rescued and rebuffed Shantae's offer to join the good side, Risky orders the Tinkerbats to prepare a hot bath for her. She gets angry when they leave without her, so one of them immediately comes back and carries her away by the hiney, much to her protest.
- In the final cutscene, as Shantae dwells on now having a tangible connection to her mother through the gifted genie scrapbook, Rottytops whines that she wants to go home, prompting a fight between her and Sky. Bolo tries to pull them apart, asking them to get along for a change, only to get a kick to the face for his troubles; if you pay attention to the audio, Rotty and Sky are both telling him to stay out of it.
- Behold, ''Shantae: Demakeified! A demake of the original game with Atari 2600 graphics, a "De-Demakeified" mode for people who are "so over demakes", and a Retraux cover art!
- The trailer for the Half-Genie Hero DLC Pirate Queen's Quest includes Risky listing off some of the gear she gets to use. Not all of it is particularly... impressive:Risky: Grappling Gun! Bomb Power! Cannon Jump! Pistol Upgrade! Pirate... hat.
- The trailer for Friends to the End features the three heroes showing off their skills when it starts. Who's the last hero shown, and only one to get eaten by a Slime enemy? Bolo.
- As it turned out, during the Nintendo Switch launch trailer of Seven Sirens, the game got a rating of E10+, the same rating Pirate's Curse had on first release.
- Seeing WayForward's official Twitter account doing their best to deny Fillin's identity.