This is a list of characters who appear in EarthBound.
Ness is a boy gifted with psychic abilities who plays the role of the main protagonist in EarthBound. Born in the town of Onett, in the fictional country of Eagleland, Ness is a seemingly ordinary boy whose fate would be radically altered on the night of a meteor shower. Out of curiosity, he and his next-door neighbor, Pokey Minch, inspect the meteor landing site. There Ness learns from the time-traveling alien, Buzz Buzz, that he has been chosen by the Apple of Enlightenment, a prophetic fruit, to destroy the evil alien, Giygas, who in the future destroys all of reality. To do this, he must travel to eight sanctuaries and absorb their psychic energies in order to unite his power with the Earth's. At each sanctuary, he records a fragment of a melody in his Sound stone and experiences a personal sense memory. During the flashbacks experienced via the Sound stone, it is revealed that Ness was born with psychokinetic abilities, and they manifested when he was an infant.
Ness has appeared in every game of the Super Smash Bros. series to date. He first appeared in Super Smash Bros. as a hidden character. In this game, Ness possesses none of the PSI powers that he possessed in EarthBound, but instead, he possesses three powers that his partner Paula knows: PSI Fire, PSI Thunder, and PSI Magnet. It is notable that Ninten, Ness's predecessor from Mother, didn't know any of these moves either, and his female counterpart, Ana, did. Ness appeared again in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a starting character. This time, Ness's own PSI Flash move was added to his arsenal. Most recently, Ness has appeared as a hidden character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii, alongside Lucas, the protagonist of Mother 3. In Brawl, Ness and Lucas share a powerful move known by Poo and Kumatora, PSI Starstorm, which causes meteor-like stars to jet down on enemies. In The Subspace Emissary, Ness helps Lucas defeat Pokey (referred to here by his Japanese name, Porky) but sacrifices himself so Lucas can escape from Wario. Later on, he joins Luigi and King Dedede to stop Tabuu. They are able to rescue everyone because the badge that King Dedede attached to the trophy had the power revive them, though it took some time for the badge to take effect. Ness is voiced by female seiyū Makiko Ōmoto in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Paula Polestar is a girl who joins Ness after he saves her from the Happy Happyist cult. Paula's family runs the Polestar Preschool that Paula works at, and is very popular with the children due to her kind nature. Paula's main weapon arsenal consists of frying pans, but she can also make use of yo-yos and slingshots like the other kids. She also possesses extraordinary psychic abilities, one of which is her ability to telepathically contact people, even if they are in another part of the world.
In Fourside, she is kidnapped by the Department Store Spook and is not released until Ness and Jeff complete a number of tasks, including going through the abnormal mirror world of Moonside, defeating the Evil Mani Mani, and making their way up to Monotoli's room. Paula's unique "Pray" command is a key part of the game, as the player must use it nine times during the third stage of the final battle to defeat Giygas.
Paula appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Jeff Andonuts is from the Snow Wood Boarding School in Winters. His traits are those of a stereotypical nerd or whiz kid; he wears glasses and lacks physical ability, but is great with mechanics. Jeff wears glasses to correct his myopia. He wakes up in the middle of the night at a point receiving a telepathic message from Paula informing him that she and Ness need help. At that time, Ness and Paula were taken under captivity by zombies during their investigation of the undead-infested town Threed. Jeff breaks out of his dormitory with help from his friend Tony. Dr. Andonuts, Jeff's father, lets him use a machine called the Sky Runner (called the Sky Walker in the Japanese version of the game) in order to travel the distance to reach Ness and save them from their imprisonment. Apparently, Jeff and Dr. Andounuts had not seen each other for 10 years before this, with the doctor saying they should get together 'in another 10 years', showing Jeff had been at Snow Wood since infancy. Once he joins them, he becomes the third member of the party. By self admission, Jeff claims to be shy, and a geek, but is a willing and dedicated friend. Jeff is the only member of the four that cannot use PSI power, but he can repair broken items, making them into useful weapons and items.
Jeff appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee and also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an Assist Trophy, launching bottle rockets at his opponents.
Poo, the Crown Prince (プー Pū) comes from the mystical land Dalaam (Ramma in the Japanese version). He has undergone strict martial arts training, and has a special diet. In EarthBound, this means he can't eat any Western-style foods, such as hamburgers or pizza and expect to recover much hit points or psychic points. However, he can drink bottles of water to recover psychic points, and Eastern foods will recover his HP more than they will the other characters. He also loses less health when hit by fire and ice PK attacks. Very late in the game, he learns one of the most powerful PSI attacks: PK Starstorm. He also has a mirror ability, which allows him to become any enemy in the game during battles.
He is first introduced after Ness eats the "magic cake," and he completes his training by meditation, which he maintains despite a spirit breaking various parts of his body. Poo then teleports to Summers and declares his allegiance to Ness. Poo is taken from the party after they come up from the exit of the Pyramid in Scaraba by the Star Master, who shows him the powerful PSI Starstorm, which he uses to defeat Master Barf. Poo is a solemn dedicated warrior, but is loyal to his friends and bringing peace to the world. Interestingly enough, Poo is very popular with the girls in Dalaam. Poo is the final party member, and also the most well rounded. He has a wide variety of offensive and defensive PSI, along with being decent at attack and defense, but his drawback is that he can only wear protection from the "of kings" set. Poo cannot use any weapons except his fists, the yo-yos, slingshots (which both lower his attack) and one special item, the Sword of kings. Unfortunately there is only a one in 128 chance of finding the Sword of kings after defeating a Starman Super.
Poo appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee and also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker.
Other important charactersEdit
Dr. Andonuts is Jeff's father. When Jeff leaves Snow Wood Boarding School and finds his father's lab, Dr. Andonuts reveals that he hasn't seen Jeff in 10 years. In Mother 3, he was taken from his time to the future by Pokey Minch and forced to work for him, creating the Ultimate Chimera and other inventions.
He also invented the Sky Runner, a UFO-styled aircraft. Jeff uses it to get to Threed to rescue Ness and Paula. It crashes, but is later fixed up so the gang can make their way to Summers. However, it crashes again, and while Ness and his friends are unhurt, a few chunks of debris are all that remain of it.
The Phase Distorter is Dr. Andonuts's last invention in EarthBound. He works in conjunction with the Mr. Saturn population and Apple Kid, another inventor. The first Phase Distorter is stolen by Pokey before Ness and friends have a chance to use it. Dr. Andonuts and the gang have to construct another Phase Distorter, called the Phase Distorter 2.0. The Phase Distorter 2.0 takes on the appearance of a Mr. Saturn and requires Zexonyte to operate. Ness and friends must have their souls transmitted into robotic bodies to use this invention, as it would destroy their human bodies. Once the Phase Distorter is used and Ness and friends arrive at their destination, it can be used to repair the robot bodies and to call Ness's father.
Giygas is a mindless, cosmic entity and the true antagonist of EarthBound. Known as both the "Embodiment of Evil" and the "Universal Cosmic Destroyer," Giygas is an evil alien that intends to sentence all of reality to the horror of infinite darkness. With an army of Starmen, UFOs, and other deadly war machines, Giygas also used his immense power to influence the evil parts of the Earth's beings to assist him.
In EarthBound, Giygas was the primary antagonist, though he vastly differs from his appearance in Mother. Giygas gains such tremendous evil power that it destroys his entire being, including his mind, henceforth losing all semblance of life. As such, Giygas manifests as what can only be described as "pure evil"; in Pokey Minch's words, "he is the Evil Power." Due to the loss of his mind, Giygas becomes irrational, and incapable of thought; in the final battle, Pokey points out that Giygas isn't aware of himself, or what he is doing, referring to him as "an all-mighty idiot". This is highly reminiscent of the Lovecraftian god Azathoth, who is referred to as the "Blind Idiot God".
Now wielding vast cosmic power, Giygas becomes a threat to the existence of the universe. Ten years after the beginning of EarthBound, Giygas initiates the apocalypse. The only known being who manages to escape destruction is an alien insectoid named Buzz Buzz, who travels back in time 10 years and warns Ness of the impending catastrophe. In Ness's present-day, Giygas's influence is seen throughout the Earth, mainly in the form of enemies that Ness encounters. Now existing as the whole of evil power in the universe, Giygas is able to manipulate the evil in the minds of living beings, both human and animal, and he can apparently manipulate even the forms of inanimate objects.
In the final battle, Giygas is held within the Devil's Machine, an eyeball-like machine (with an image of Nes's face inside) created to contain Giygas's tremendous power. During the battle, Pokey shuts it off, causing all of Giygas's power to be unleashed; an event that creates a chaotic, bizarre dimension all around them in which only Giygas, Pokey and the four robots remained trapped in darkness. His attacks are random and incomprehensible, and his speech is erratic and mindless. After taking some damage Giygas's defenses be come unstable. One Paula prays a couple of times he will go into a second phase in which an outline of a fetus is visible He is eventually defeated after Paula calls out to the people of the Earth to pray (including the player), and the combined prayers reach Giygas and exploit his weakness, which turns out to be human emotions (possibly due to his loss of Maria). He fades into nothingness, and the end of all things is averted.
Shigesato Itoi stated that his inspiration for Giygas's speech came from a traumatic childhood experience where he thought he viewed a rape scene in the 1957 film The Military Policeman and the Dismembered Beauty. That was not the case, however.
Pokey Minch is another boy from the suburbs of Onett; he is Ness's portly, obnoxious next-door neighbor. His family seems to hold a grudge against Ness's, because Pokey's father, Aloysius Minch, allegedly loaned a few hundred thousand dollars to Ness's father (though he admits it could have been a lot less), and was never repaid. When a meteor shower occurs in the mountains north of their houses in Onett, Pokey and his younger brother Picky sneak out of their house to investigate.
When Picky turns up missing, Pokey turns to Ness, pleading him to help him find his younger brother, clearly because he is too cowardly to go alone. After sweet-talking Ness's mother and pretending to be Ness's friend while hiding his obvious contempt of him, Ness agrees to help him. At the meteorite landing site, Ness, Pokey, and Picky meet Buzz Buzz, an alien from 10 years in the future. Pokey learns of the impending destruction of the universe at the hands of Giygas, but convinces himself that he is not one of the heroes that the alien speaks of. When they are confronted by one of Giygas's cohorts, a Starman Junior, Pokey cowers in fear while Ness and Picky, assist Buzz Buzz in defeating the alien. After Ness escorts Pokey and Picky safely home, Pokey isn't seen again for some time. At some time, Pokey joins the Happy Happyist cult, and becomes a high priest. When Ness confronts him, he orders two of the cult's followers to attack Ness.
After the cult is disbanded, he and his father end up working as business consultants for Mayor Geldegarde Monotoli. He uses the money to live a luxurious life, but he eventually steals Monotoli's helicopter after Monotoli is confronted by Ness. That helicopter is shown to have been crashed in the Deep Darkness swamp, and Pokey (now discolored from time travel) is not seen until he appears with Giygas, where he claims that Giygas was leading him the whole time, and that he only serves "the strong and able". He expresses to Ness his new belief that Giygas should destroy the universe. He appears in an organic spider-like machine, and battles Ness and his friends (in their robotic forms) alongside Giygas. Once Giygas is destroyed, Pokey uses time travel to escape into another era (were mother 3 kicks in) , but not before taunting Ness one last time. His last message comes through Picky in the form of a note that says "Come and get me, loser! Spankety spankety spankety!"
Pokey returns in Mother 3 as The Pig King, drastically aged due to his abuse of time travel, but still mentally immature. The Pig King also makes an appearance as a boss in the Adventure Mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where he attacks Ness and Mother 3's Lucas. In Brawl he is referred to by his Japanese name, "Porky".
Aloysius Minch is the father of Pokey and Picky, two other boys from the suburbs of Onett. Because Aloysius allegedly loaned a few hundred thousand dollars to Ness's father (though he himself admits it could have been a lot less), and was never repaid, he and his family seem to hold a grudge against Ness and his own family for this reason alone.
Apple Kid is a fat, dirty slob, but extremely intelligent and useful to Ness's quest. His first contribution to the quest is the Pencil eraser, which he makes in exchange for some food and $200.00. When Ness reaches Threed, he invents "zombie paper," which Ness and Paula use to capture the town's zombies. After Ness defeats Evil Mani Mani, and searches for a way to rescue Paula, he invents a machine that makes trout-flavored yogurt, which Ness gives to Pokey's maid Electra to bargain for access to the penthouse. He later goes to Dr. Andonuts's lab in order to build the Phase Distorter, which he concluded is needed to defeat Giygas. During his visit to Dr. Andonuts's lab, he also constructs the Eraser Eraser. Apple Kid also has a mouse assistant. However, since it has no name, it is called the No Name Mouse.
Brick Road is a self-proclaimed dungeon master. He creates a dungeon in a cave near Winters, creating a cave with various signs about the principles of dungeons. He asks if Jeff liked it, and then leaves to become "Dungeon Man,". The party encounters Dungeon Man past the pyramid in Scaraba's desert, and after the party navigates a more complex dungeon, they learn that Brick Road has taken control of the dungeon. Brick Road accompanies the party for a while as an allied NPC, and in battle, he delivers extremely powerful physical attacks on the enemy. He is eventually stuck between two palm trees and unable to continue farther, but the party uses a submarine stored within him to reach Deep Darkness.
Bubble Monkey is a monkey which first appears in the Winters drugstore when the player first controls Jeff. If Jeff gives him bubble gum, the monkey will join Jeff, and will be able to float over certain obstacles. He leaves Jeff for a female monkey near the end of Jeff's story, but appears later in the game when Ness and his friends travel through Winters. He also has a sense of humor.
Buzz Buzz is a bee-like creature from ten years in the future. He arrives in Ness's time via the meteorite that crashed into the mountain behind Onett. He informs Ness of Giygas's plan, and gets him started on his adventure. Buzz Buzz fights alongside Ness on the journey down the mountain, defeating a Starman Jr. who was sent after him to prevent him from changing the past. During this battle, Buzz Buzz will cast PSI Shield Σ on the party, rendering them all immune to the Starman Jr.'s psychic attacks, and will also occasionally attack the Starman Jr. with physical attacks as well. He was defeated when Lardna Minch (Pokey and Picky's mother) swats him, mistaking him for a dung beetle. Before Buzz Buzz dies, he gives Ness the Sound stone and tells him to seek the eight sanctuaries.
Captain Strong is the chief of the Onett Police Force. One of his men catches Ness after he had trespassed into the sealed off Onett caves to reach Giant Step. Strong sends five of his best policemen against Ness, and stands in for the fifth one to fight Ness directly. Ness prevails and Strong orders the roadblock opened up.
Carpainter is the leader of the Happy Happy cult, and has bought the Evil Mani Mani statue. While under the influence of the statue he believed the key to happiness was to paint everything in the world blue. He has kidnapped Paula and uses powerful lightning attacks, which are deflected through the use of a Franklin Badge given to Ness by Paula.
The Carpainter and the Happy Happy cult seems to be based on Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, as the Carpainter is also a cult leader who moves with his followers to an isolated town.
Mr. Everdred is a hustler and thief whom Ness runs into at Burglin Park in Twoson. He attacks at first, attempting to rob Ness, but when he loses, Everdred gives him information about where the kidnapped Paula is being held. The next time he appears is in Fourside, where he is found lying wounded outside Jackie's Cafe. He claims that he got too close to the Mayor's secrets, and tells Ness about how to get to Moonside. Ness can ask him to repeat what he said twice, but the third time Everdred will lose his patience and stagger out of sight. His fate is unknown (though there exists an unused ghost sprite of Everdred), but he appears in Ness's dream.
Evil Mani ManiEdit
Evil Mani Mani is a glorious, golden statue that brings out the evil in human beings. First found in possession of Lier X. Agerate, it is bought by Carpainter and used to control the minds of the Happy Happy cultists. It is later found in Moonside, as a living entity that attacks Ness. Once defeated, it is broken forever and Moonside vanishes. Ness's Nightmare, which is fought in Magicant, looks exactly like it. Since the Mani Mani is implied to mean "Dark Side" (such as in the creation of Moonside), the connection is referring to the dark side of Ness's mind. After Mani Mani's destruction, it is implied the whole Moonside sequence was just an illusion, or a dream generated by the evil statue's power.
Frank Fly is the leader (and later, ex-leader) of the Sharks street gang. A misguided youth, Frank is adept with a switchblade, and sends out his robot Frankystein Mark II after he is defeated. When Ness defeats both of them, he changes his ways and starts working at the local fast-food shop. After Giygas is defeated, he reveals his age, or, at least that he's underage to drink.
George Montague is the brother of Gerardo Montague, a construction worker who discovers the Diamond during an excavation in Dusty Dunes Desert. On Ness's way back to Fourside, George brings him the Diamond his brother found, and mentions Gerardo still promises Ness a greater treasure.
Gerardo Montague is a construction worker who first appears as a famished construction worker in Dusty Dunes Desert. After Ness offers him food, he begins an excavation in which he ultimately discovers a Diamond. On Ness's way back to Fourside,his brother George brings him the Diamond, and mentions Gerardo still promises Ness a greater treasure.
King is Schanks's pet dog, whose thoughts Ness can understand. When spoken to before setting out in search of Picky Minch at the beginning of the game, King will join Ness's party for a short while, until he becomes scared and remains home after the night is over. As with the main characters, King's name can be chosen by the player before the game begins. It is possible that King was an inspiration of Boney's major role in Mother 3.
Lardna Minch is the mother of Pokey and Picky, other boys from the suburbs of Onett. Because her husband Aloysius allegedly loaned a few hundred thousand dollars to Ness's father (though he admits it could have been a lot less), and was never repaid, she and her family seem to hold a grudge against Ness and his own family. Lardna swats Buzz-Buzz, mistaking him for a dung beetle, which causes the alien to succumb to his wounds soon after.
Lier X. AgerateEdit
Lier X. Agerate is an acquaintance of Ness's, and has something to show him. When Ness has no one with him, if talked to, he'll show Ness the Evil Mani Mani statue he has under his house. Eventually, Carpainter buys it from him, leading to subsequent trouble that lasts through part of the game. His name is also an attempt at making a pun ("Liar Exaggerate").
Master Belch is a large, animated pile of vomit. Master Belch is one of Giygas's most esteemed minions, is addicted to Fly Honey, and is lord over smaller piles of vomit. He enslaves the Mr. Saturns at one point to mass produce Fly Honey. He can be distracted by the Fly Honey when the party fights with him in the factory. He reappears in Deep Darkness as Master Barf and attacks the party, but after he suffers enough damage, Poo defeats him with PK Starstorm.
Mr. Saturn is a friendly species that aids the player's party. All individuals of the species are named Mr. Saturn, except for the friendly Dr. Saturn. They are identical in appearance, each short, peach, with an overlarge nose, whiskers, and a bow on its one hair. They speak Saturnian (composed of odd looking English letters), and erratically use the words "boing," "ding," and "zoom" at the ends of their sentences. The Japanese font is said to be inspired by the handwriting of the young daughter of EarthBound's designer, Shigesato Itoi. They make a return appearance in Mother 3, the sequel to EarthBound. In both games, they help with repairing or building various machines.
The Mr. Saturns make their home in Saturn Valley, in Eagleland. Their village has round homes which resemble flying saucers and/or the planet Saturn and strange furniture, such as ATMs which bounce up and down in place and resemble Mr. Saturns. Some of the Mr. Saturns's preferred foods are "peanut cheese bars" and "piggy jelly", goods that can be purchased in the Saturn Valley shop. According to Shigesato Itoi, the Mr. Saturn race are the symbolism of innocence in the game.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mr. Saturn appears as an item. He walks around the stage harmlessly until someone picks him up, allowing the player to hurl him at opponents. The player can earn bonuses based on Mr. Saturn, like "Mr. Saturn Fan" (using only Mr. Saturns), "Mrs. Saturn" (holding on to a particular Mr. Saturn for 30 seconds or more), "Saturn Siblings" (using three or more different Mr. Saturns) and "Saturn Ringer" (catching a Mr. Saturn thrown by another player). Mr. Saturn also returned for the sequel, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Mr. Saturn also makes an appearance in the sub-game The Great Cave Offensive from the game Kirby Super Star as a treasure chest item.
Ness's unseen father, a reference to the creator's plight in work-centered Japan, only appears as a voice on the telephone. Even in the ending credits, a telephone appears in his place. To save the game, it is necessary to locate a phone and call dad. Dad also deposits all the money Ness earns into his bank account. At the end of the game, Ness's dad stops saving the game and states how he will be home in time for Ness's fourteenth birthday. It is stated in EarthBound that Ness's dad works in the Hamburger Industry.
Ness's mother must be called by Ness regularly, otherwise he becomes homesick. If Ness calls her when he is not homesick she tells him that while Ness is having his adventure she is giving excuses to his teacher. She can also feed Ness to recover his health. Originally, it was assumed that her name was Mrs. Helena.
Orange Kid is a smart kid who is much more popular with the girls of Twoson than Apple Kid, whom everybody thinks is a total loser. Paying him to fund his inventing is worthless, as all he does is exult in his own 'greatness' and never does anything worthwhile; he invents a device, the Suporma, that sings "Ode to Orange Kid," and works on a way to unboil an egg.
At the end of the game, if you invested in him, his "company" has gained an enormous amount of money, and Ness has become a millionaire from him.
Photo-man is a photographer that spins down from the sky at important times to take pictures of Ness and his friends. Before taking a picture he says "Say Fuzzy Pickles" as opposed to "say cheese" (although in EarthBound's Japanese counterpart, Mother 2, he tells Ness to say "cheese sandwich"). Photographs of these occasions are shown behind the closing credits, but the pictures are semi-pre-generated standard images, however they will reflect what characters are in Ness's party at the time, if they are dead, and if there are any Teddy bears in the party's inventory. The character's position when the photo is taken will not affect the final picture in the end credits.
Picky Minch is the younger, though far more mature brother of Pokey. He plays a small role during the beginning of the game when he is lost on the mountain behind Onett. He temporarily joins Ness's party after he finds him on the mountain and Ness brings him home. Unlike Pokey, Picky provides some small aid to Ness in battle during this initial part of the game, although his attacks only cause 1 point of damage, and sometimes he chants a completely useless spell.
The Runaway Five is a band that performs in Twoson and, later, Fourside. Despite being called Runaway Five, the band is actually composed of six members: two singers (who also dance on stage) and four instrumentalists. In Twoson, Ness frees the band from a large debt to the owner of the Chaos Theater with a wad of bills acquired from Mr. Everdred. In return, the band gives Ness a ride to Threed. In Fourside, the band has incurred an even larger debt to the owner of the Topolla Theater which Ness pays with a large diamond. They repay this second act of charity by aiding Ness in the Monotoli Building by pushing a button on the invincible Clumsy Robot, deactivating it and saving Ness and Jeff. They also pray for Ness and his party during the final battle.
Many believe them to be an homage to the Saturday Night Live band The Blues Brothers as they are often caught in a pinch with money and resemble the characters.
Starman DX is a powerful and high-ranking Starman in the employ of Giygas. He abducts several characters, including Apple Kid, Tony, a New Age Retro Hippie and a Mr. Saturn, and imprisons them in the Stonehenge Base. He is ultimately defeated by Ness and his companions, and all his captives are freed.
The Tendas are first encountered in the aptly named Tenda Village. Initially, they are extremely shy and will not talk to Ness until they are given the book Overcoming Shyness. There is a second, extroverted tribe of Tendas living in the Underworld who believe that the area outside their village is a cage (despite the fact that the Underworld is incredibly large and completely surrounds this Tenda tribe).
Tessie is a friendly, long-necked monster which lets people ride on its back to cross the lake in Winters when summoned by the Bubble Monkey. She was inspired by Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.
Tony is Jeff's best friend and roommate. He joins Jeff's party during the period of the game the player controls Jeff and gives Jeff the boost needed to jump the fence of the boarding school. Shortly after the player makes a reservation for Club Stoic, he asks the player for his or her name, then calls to confirm it later after being rescued from the Stonehenge base. This information comes into play when the player prays to defeat Giygas. At the end of the game, he attempts to contact Jeff, but is unable to get a response.
Tracy is Ness's younger sister. Shortly after his adventure begins, she begins working with Escargo Express, and answers the phone when he calls to pick up or store items. If a party member leaves the party with an important item, she will call to notify Ness that the member left the item with her, regardless of the circumstances in which the party member leaves (for example, if Poo has the Hawk eye when he is summoned to his training, Tracy will hold it for Ness at Poo's request).