List of Splatoon manga characters

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The Blue Team with their weapons out, ready for their counterattack.

This is a list of characters in the Splatoon manga.

Some of the characters' current English names are from fan translations. The official English translations from VIZ Media are used when available.

Protagonists

Team Blue

Team Blue

A group of low-level, supposedly idiotic Inklings who are the main protagonists of the manga. They use a blue ink color. This team consists of four members:

  • Goggles, a Rank C- male Inkling who wears the Pilot Goggles, Armor Jacket Replica and Hero Runner Replicas.[1] He takes on shooter weapons, having a Tentatek Splattershot set. He is the mascot of the manga.
    • Goggles is silly, immature, and quite naïve. It is even mentioned in issue 4 that Goggles mixes up toothpaste and wasabi. He tends to mostly ignore anyone else except for Bobble Hat, showing that she and Goggles have a special bond.
    • He often can be found pantsing other Inklings, mainly Rider, and often gets naked in public.
    • A topic about Goggles from the squid profiles in the manga reads: "He can't hear his alarm clock very well, so he always leaves his house tired and disorientated. He also has a bad sleeping posture." This might mean that Goggles cannot hear well, which is why he sometimes ignores people. Another topic states the lunch he brings to practice is usually pickled plums made by his grandmother.
    • He is shown to be the strongest member of the Blue team, being able to carry Helmet and Stripe from the Dark Green team.
    • In the first issue, he wore the Pilot Goggles, Zink Layered LS, and Purple Hi-Horses; and used the Splattershot.[1]
    • In one of the chapters, his Armor Jacket Replica rips, so he goes to the store to buy new clothes. One of the outfits included a Power Mask, Black LS and Red Sea Slugs, but he got caught stealing the Power Mask from another customer. Luckily he did not get arrested. He switched back to Pilot Goggles for the next three outfits:
    • His favorite food is Onigiri - Japanese rice balls.
    • In Chapters 8 and 9, he is assigned as Agent 3 and wears the default Agent 3 set, wielding the Hero Shot Replica, plus the Pilot Goggles for the secondary headgear.
    • In the Splatoon 2 manga, he wears the Eggplant Mountain Coat and drawstring cargo pants along with his Pilot Goggles and Hero Runner Replicas since his clothes burned up upon Super Jumping to his team from the top of Deca Tower and crashing into the Crust Bucket. He now uses the Splattershot.
Main article: Goggles (character)
Main article: Headphones (character)
  • Bobble Hat (Knit Cap-chan or Bobble-chan in Japanese), a Rank C female Inkling who wears the Bobble Hat, Green Zip Hoodie, and Purple Sea Slugs.[1] She takes on slosher weapons, wielding the Slosher.
    • Unlike most of her teammates, Bobble Hat seems to enjoy Goggles' actions. She and her big smile show her innocence and is pretty much always happy, even in in the face of danger.
    • Although she is always smiling, when beaten by Skull, her eyebrows are seen to be angry and annoyed.
    • In the first issue, she wore the Bobble Hat, Green Zip Hoodie, and Cream Hi-Tops; and used the Splat Roller.[1]
    • In the Splatoon 2 manga, she sports the "Haircut" hairstyle and wears the Gray Hoodie with her Bobble Hat and her usual Purple Sea Slugs. She still uses the Slosher.
    • In the escape portion of the Octo Expansion arc, she wields the Tri-Slosher.
Main article: Bobble Hat (character)
  • Specs (Glasses-kun in Japanese), a Rank C+ male Inkling who wears the Retro Specs, Shirt & Tie, and Plum Casuals.[1] He mostly utilises brush weapons, wielding an Octobrush Nouveau set (and a few other brushes).
    • Specs is a nerdy Inkling who can be very anxious but tries to hide it as best as he can. He tries to come across as level-headed and tends to flaunt his knowledge a lot but becomes upset if no one is listening to him.
    • In the first issue, he wore the Retro Specs, Vintage Check Shirt, and White Kicks; and used the Inkbrush.[1]
    • In the Splatoon 2 manga, he wears his Retro Specs along with the Baby-Jelly Shirt & Tie and Smoky Wingtips. He still uses the Octobrush, but he still has a few other brushes, like when he used the Inkbrush Nouveau set during the battle against Team Emperor.
    • In the escape portion of the Octo Expansion arc, he wields the Undercover Brella.
    • He is the actual leader of the Blue Team, despite Goggles being the main character of the manga.
Main article: Specs

Supporting

Team Yellow-Green

Team Yellow-Green
Item/Ability: Currently unknown, most likely the Triple Inkstrike (三連トルネード San-Ren Torunēdo) attack.
  • Rider, an S+, male Inkling who wears Fake Contacts, a Black Inky Rider, and Octoling Boots. He debuted in Issue 1 and uses the Gold Dynamo Roller,[1] but it is later mentioned in Issue 7 that he also practices with other weapons.
    • According to his topics:
      • Believing in himself is his training philosophy.
      • He takes good care of his weapon.
    • In Chapters 8 and 9, he is assigned as Agent 3.5 and wears the default Agent 3 set wielding the Hero Roller Replica, plus the Black Inky Rider for the secondary clothing. This alias is used again in the Octo Expansion arc, taking the role as Agent 3 from the game, and is wearing the Agent 3 cloak and wielding the Gold Dynamo Roller.
    • For the duration of the Square King Ranked Cup arc, he joins as a member of Team S4, replacing Army for a while. During his match against Team Blue-Per, he uses the Kensa Dynamo Roller.
  • He has been pantsed repeatedly by Goggles, and he gets very angry with him when he does it, often rolling over Goggles with the whichever dynamo roller he has on hand. During the battle with him as Agent 3 in the Octo Expansion, as Goggles pulls Eight's pants down, he trembles and looks "traumatized".
  • Stealth Goggles (Night-vision-kun in Japanese). A male Inkling who wears the Stealth Goggles, Camo Zip Hoodie, and Pro Trail Boots. He uses the Jet Squelcher.[1] He is said to love airsoft sports from Chapter 7 of the Splatoon 2 manga.
  • School Uniform (Blazer-chan in Japanese). A female Inkling who wears the Inkling Girl amiibo gear set, which consists of the Squid Hairclip, School Uniform, and School Shoes. She uses the .52 Gal Deco,[1] but uses the Heavy Splatling during the battle against Team Emperor. She is said to be a class representative, indicating that she attends school, from Chapter 7 of the Splatoon 2 manga. She is also seen to be good friends with Bamboo as she only joined back with Rider if Bamboo would join as well.
  • Bamboo Hat. A female Inkling who wears the Bamboo Hat, Navy Striped LS, and Blue Slip-Ons. She uses the Heavy Splatling.[1] She is said to have a hobby in wood carving from Chapter 7 of the Splatoon 2 manga.
  • A group of friends, despite Rider hating teamwork from his initial appearance, he brought them together so he could compete.
  • When Rider was training the Blue Team to take on Skull, it is revealed that they became friends and started battling together.
  • This tournament was their first time battling together.
Main article: Team Yellow-Green

Other

  • The Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie. They are the commentators for the battles and act as Agent 1 and Agent 2 during the Hero Mode issues.
  • Judd
  • Other Inklings
  • Jellyfish
  • Sheldon, who made a non-speaking cameo in Issue 3.
  • Annie and Moe, who both managed to make a cameo appearance in Issue 3.
  • Jelonzo, who appeared in Issue 3. Unlike Sheldon, Annie, or Moe, he made a major appearance rather than a cameo.

Antagonists

Octarians

S4

A group of four S+ Inklings, being considered "god-like". They each lead a team of their own.

Team Orange

Team Orange

A team of Orange Inklings wearing the same headgear, a Special Forces Beret.

Item/Ability: Inkling Army Manual (イカアーミーユアル Ika Āmī Yuaru)
  • Army, one of the S4. A male Inkling, who wears the Forge Inkling Parka and Punk Cherries. He uses the N-ZAP '85.[1]
    • Debuted in issue 2.
    • According to his Topics:
      • He applies his face paint.
      • He comes from a noble family.
    • In the Splatoon 2 manga, while his outfit is still the same, Army now wears the drawstring cargo pants instead of the classic shorts.
    • He is temporarily replaced by Rider for Team S4 for the duration of the Square King Ranked Cup arc.
  • B-Sailor (Sailor B-kun in Japanese). A male Inkling who wears the Blue Sailor Suit and Shark Moccasins. He uses the Splatterscope.[1]
  • Octarian Jacket (F-10-chan in Japanese). A female Inkling who wears the Forge Octarian Jacket and Punk Whites. She uses the Rapid Blaster.[1]
  • W-Sailor (Sailor W-chan in Japanese). A female Inkling who wears the White Sailor Suit and Mawcasins. She uses the Dual Squelcher.[1]
  • They are all very punctual and also clean up themselves after their battles.
  • They follow their Inkling Manual to read their enemy's actions and tactics. It works every time, except when something unexpected happens or no tactic is involved, like in Issue 3 where Goggles ate curry rice in the middle of the match, which confused Team Orange because they have never seen this action before.

Team Pink

Team Pink

Defeated by the Blue Team in Issue 4 by Idiotic Syncnication Power. All members, except Aloha, wear the same clothing, the Logo Aloha Shirt.

Item/Ability: Disco Ball Dance (ミラーボールダンス Mirā Bōru Dansu)

Team Cyan

Team Cyan
Item/Ability: Sub Weapon Hell (SW地獄だ SW Jigokuda)

Team Purple

Team Purple

The first team to beat Team Blue in a match, but were later defeated in a rematch.

Item/Ability: Skull's Territory (スカルエリア Sukaru Eria)

Other

Team Green

Team Green

They are a supporting team of Rank B Inklings.

Team Yellow

Team Yellow

Team Dark-Green

Team Dark Green
Item/Ability: Blaster Gatling Gun (ブラスターガトリングガン Burasutā Gatoringu Gan)

New characters in the Splatoon 2 era

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Team Gloves

Team Gloves
Main article: Team Gloves

A major team of neon green Inklings who had plans to practice in the mountains after being inspired by Gloves' trip, but takes too long to get in the campgrounds.

Team Emperor

Emperor, leader of Team Emperor
Team New Emperor

A group of sun yellow ink colored Inklings. All members wear the same gear except shoes, with Emperor and Prinz also wearing the shoes from this set. The gear is the following: the Eminence Cuff, Milky Eminence Jacket and Milky Enperrials. After appearing in the manga, this set was released in Splatoon 2 on 15 December 2017. They are considered the main antagonists of this era and are considered god-like (being able to get 99.9% in Turf War), even beating the entire S4 playing as one team. The parents of the members have known each other long ago and their team practice begins with all members naturally gathering around Emperor, without him having to say a word.

Tactic: Emperor's Road (王道 / エンペラー ロード Ōdō / enperā rōdo)
  • Emperor, a male Inkling who sports a custom hairstyle similar to the "Hipster" hairstyle with his tentacles swept to the side and leggings. His main weapon is the Enperry Splat Dualies. He first appears as a silhouette in the second issue of this era, and later fully appears in the third issue. He is also known as "The Emperor".
    • According to his topics:
      • He appears to have come from a rich family.
      • He seems to be having fun discovering new things outside of battle recently.
    • For the duration of the Square King Ranked Cup arc, he joins as a member of Team Blue, replacing Specs for a while and renaming the team to Team Blueperor. His clothing is the Black Velour Octoking Tee while the rest remains the same.
      • In Chapter 40, he adds the Retro Specs for the secondary headgear.
Main article: Emperor
  • Prinz, a male Inkling with a custom hairstyle similar to the "Slick" hairstyle with one side-swept tentacle. His main weapon is the Enperry Splat Dualies. He, along with N-Pacer and Squidkid Jr., first appeared in the third issue of this era. He is Emperor's younger brother.
    • According to his topic: He displays things he receives and treats them with care.
    • When Emperor joins as a member of Team Blue for a while, he is the current leader of Team Emperor, renaming the team to Team New Emperor/New-peror
Main article: Prinz
  • Squidkid Jr. (Eging Jr. in Japanese), a dark-skinned male Inkling with the "Buzz-Cut" hairstyle. He wears the Red & Black Squidkid IVs. His main weapon is the Clash Blaster. He, along with Prinz and N-Pacer, first appeared in the third issue of this era. He is described as the "son of a star player". His name comes from a type of fishing lure for squids, which originally inspired his unused custom hairstyle.[3]
    • According to his topic: He gave Prinz a pair of his favorite shoes, but can't quite get him to wear them.
  • N-Pacer, a female Inkling with the "Double-Bun" hairstyle. She wears the N-Pacer Ags. Her main weapon is the Splatterscope. She, along with Prinz and Squidkid Jr., first appeared in the third issue of this era. She is described as the "cool female knight" in the seventh issue.
    • According to her topic: She likes listening to her teammates' conversations while drinking black tea.
  • Laceless, A male Inkling with the "Top Knot" hairstyle who temporarily replaces Emperor for a while. He wears the White Laceless Dakroniks. His main weapon is the Splash-o-matic.
    • According to his topics: The son of a gardener at Emperor's household. An acquaintance of Emperor and his brother, and of course, Jr. and N-Pacer.
    • He was called out by Prinz when Prinz himself saw him practicing, thus forming Team New Emperor/New-Peror.
Main article: Team Emperor

Team Eight

Team Hachi (fan translation)

A group of magenta Octolings who first debuted in the Octo Expansion portion of the manga. They recently developed an interest in music bands. Even though they do not use their real names, especially when Eight restored his memories, they prefer using the ones Goggles named them.

  • Eight (Hachi in Japanese, which also means 'eight'), a male Octoling with the "Punk" hairstyle. He is referred to as Agent 8 by Cap'n Cuttlefish. He wears the Squidlife Headphones, the Agent 8 clothing and the Null Boots Replica. After his team escapes to Inkopolis, he wears the Squidlife Headphones, Red Cuttlegear LS, Suede Gray Lace-Ups, and denim shorts. His main weapon is the Blaster. He first appears at the end of Issue 14 from the Square King Cup arc. He is seen by Cap'n Cuttlefish that he was listening to the Squid Sisters' album through his headphones and is shown as having a hand in creating weapons as he makes a Splattershot for Goggles to use.
    • According to his topic: Thanks to Goggles and Cap'n Cuttlefish's influence, he has started to pickle things.
Main article: Eight
  • Seven (Nana in Japanese, which also means 'seven'), an Octoling Girl with the "Tentacurl" hairstyle. She wears the Agent 8 clothing and shoes but wears the Black FishFry Bandana, Annaki Drive Tee, and Punk Cherries after her team escapes to Inkopolis, and she wields the Octo Shot Replica (though she wielded the real one during the events of the Octo Expansion). She first appears in Chapter 24 briefly. It was revealed in Chapter 26 that she was Eight's teammate who got captured by the Kambo Corporation and has not been freed ever since. She is one of Eight's teammates.
  • Ponytail (Pony in Japanese), an Octoling Girl with has the "Pony" hairstyle. She wears the Agent 8 clothing and shoes but wears the FishFry Visor, Squid Squad Band Tee, Red Hi-Tops, and a skirt with black shorts after her team escapes to Inkopolis, and her main weapon is the Dualie Squelchers. She is one of Eight's teammates.
  • Burns (Afro in Japanese), an Octoling Boy with the "Afro" hairstyle. He wears the Agent 8 clothing and shoes, but wears the Tennis Headband, Dakro Golden Tee, and N-Pacer Aus after his team escapes to Inkopolis, and his main weapon is the Krak-On Splat Roller. He is one of Eight's teammates.

Team X-Blood

Vintage, leader of Team X-Blood

A group of light blue Rank X Inklings that first appeared as silhouettes in Chapter 29. They have a major role as the main antagonists in the Square King Ranked Cup arc.

Tactic: X-Fall
Main article: X-Blood

Fishskull/Fierce's Team

A group of yellow Inklings who are the antagonists of Sheldon's Adventure. They serve as the guardians of Sheldon's treasure and test Goggles and Sheldon via one-on-one turf wars. Also, a fourth one, Hivemind, announced the Final Fest splatfest in the manga.

Team Hockey

Team Hockey

The team's Japanese name is Ikarus Team. Their ink color is orange. All of the team members were in favor of Hockey coming up with the name 4DS. They appear in the second issue of this manga.

Tactic: 4DS / 4 Dead Shots (4DS / 4 Ninde Syuugeki)

Team Outcasts

Team Outcasts

(Stray Squids in Japanese) A supporting group of dark orange Inklings who hide their true faces and they have yet to show those faces to each other. All members wear the same clothing, the Crimson Parashooter. They appear in the fifth issue of this manga.

Team Inkfall

Team Inkfall

A supporting group of light blue Inklings who love to be clean, so they always have a nice soap odor around them.

Team School Cardigan

Team School Cardigan

A supporting group of pink ink colored, cross-dressing Inklings. All members wear the same gear, namely the Inkling Girl 2 set: the Squid Clip-Ons, School Cardigan and Fringed Loafers. They all have the first four female Inkling hairstyles. They went to buy clothes for women. They first appear in the third issue of this era, facing against the Yellow-Green Team. They are named after their hairstyles but it is revealed to be wigs and they all have the "Buzz-Cut" haircut, which is revealed when Goggles blew them away with his sign that was used to cheer on Rider who was battling against the team.

  • School Asymmetry(School Metry-chan (kun) in Japanese), a female-looking male Inkling with the "Wave" hairstyle. His main weapon is the Splash-o-matic.
    • According to his topic: It seems that he sneaks to practice at doing a girl voice during the night.
  • School Short, a female-looking male Inkling with the "Haircut" hairstyle. His main weapon is the Splattershot Jr.
  • School Bun(School Dango-chan (kun) in Japanese), a female-looking male Inkling with the "Double-Bun" hairstyle. His main weapon is the Tri-Slosher.
  • School Long, a female-looking male Inkling with the "Hippie" hairstyle. His main weapon is the Inkbrush.

Team Retro Gamer

Team Retro Gamer

A supporting group of dark blue ink colored Inklings who tried to convince girls to join their practice, but only four boys show up. All members have the same "Buzz-Cut" hairstyle and wear the same clothing, being the Retro Gamer Jersey, as well as some sort of headband for headgear. They first appear in the third issue of this era, facing against Gloves' Team.

Team Costume Lovers

Team Costume Lovers

A supporting group of light purple Inklings who love costumes and appears in Chapter 30. They are always looking for a costume-loving fourth member. All members wear certain amiibo gear sets.

Team Worker's Head Towel

Team Worker's Head Towel

A supporting group of light orange Inklings who work hard and appears in Chapter 33. All members wear the Worker's Head Towel, Garden Gear and Angry Rain Boots. They are diligent with their laundry since they all sweat a lot. They are very particular about their fabric softener.

  • Towel Buzzcut, a male Inkling with the "Buzz-Cut" hairstyle who uses the Tenta Sorella Brella.
    • According to his topic: The decorative bandage is apparently from his younger sister, who stuck it on him as a protective charm in hopes that "he won't get hurt".
  • Towel Hipster, a male Inkling with the "Hipster" hairstyle who uses the H-3 Nozzlenose.
  • Towel Topknot, a male Inkling with the "Topknot" hairstyle who uses the Glooga Dualies.
  • Towel Slick, a male Inkling with the "Slick" hairstyle who uses the Explosher.

Team Iromaki Rangers

Team Iromaki Rangers

A supporting group of Inklings with a Midnight Pink ink color who strike cool and intensifying poses and appears in Chapter 36. They seem to struggle with exercise, but they enjoy practicing their poses. All members wear the Null Visor Replica and the Takoroka Rainbow Tie Dye, and they all use the Dapple Dualies.

  • Iromaki Red, An Inkling Boy with the "Topknot" hairstyle wearing the Red Iromaki 750s.
    • According to his topic: He Works with his teammates to research cool poses.
  • Iromaki Green, An Inkling Boy with the "Buzzcut" hairstyle wearing the Green Iromaki 750s.
  • Iromaki Yellow, An Inkling Girl with the "Hippie" hairstyle wearing the Yellow Iromaki 750s.
  • Iromaki Purple, An Inkling Girl with the "Wave" hairstyle wearing the Purple Iromaki 750s.

Trivia

  • Most squids are named by a piece of their gear, mostly headgear. The honorific '-kun' or '-chan' at the end of their names are added in Japanese.
    • Some of these squids, like Rider, are named after their clothing and other squids, like Cleats, are named after their shoes.
  • As shown in a CoroCoro video about Splatoon Volume 1, the author, Sankichi Hinodeya drew the mascot, Goggles, in squid ink.
  • All teams in the first Splatoon era of the manga consist of two male Inklings and two female Inklings, with the captain always being male, and the bios for each team, except Dark Green Team, list them in the order 'male, male, female, female'.
  • The Inklings' and Octolings' eye color are based on their current ink color, such as Gloves having green eyes when he has green ink, while he is seen with blue eyes during the Salmon Run session, where he had blue ink.
  • Some Inklings are not named after what they are wearing, such as Prinz and Emperor.

Names in other languages

English Name FlagJapan.svg Japanese Meaning
Goggles ゴーグルくん
Gōguru-Kun
Goggle-Kun
Headphones ヘッドホンちゃん
Heddohon-Chan
Headphone-Chan
Bobble Hat ニットキャップちゃん
Nittokyappu-Chan
Knit Cap-Chan[note 1]
Specs メガネくん
Megane-Kun
Glasses-Kun

Translation notes

  1. Sometimes in translation, because "Knit Cap-Chan" was too long to be used, she gets renamed to Bobble-Chan.

References