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Rottytops is a family member of a Zombie Clan. Rotty travels the land by caravan, threatening to eat peoples' brains. She has two brothers (Abner and Poe Cadaver). Rotty is obsessed with Shantae's brains and the thought of eating them.

Even among zombies, Rotty and her brothers, like Risky Boots, are considered bad news, but Rotty genuinely cares for Shantae. Her true feelings for Shantae are revealed through her former identity when Shantae visits the Village of Lost Souls in The Pirate's Curse.

Like Bolo and Sky, Rotty is an NPC who becomes playable in the Friends to the End DLC from Half-Genie Hero.

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Rotty is a free spirit, being friendly, energetic, and headstrong. However, she is also extremely mischievous, unpredictable, and manipulative. From their first encounter, Rotty builds a complicated but mostly friendly relationship with Shantae. Although she initially threatens to eat her brains, she grows fond of the half-genie, mainly because Shantae doesn't run away from her like other people. Rottytops is subsequently both helpful and unhelpful over the course of the series, although it is revealed in The Pirate's Curse that she genuinely considers Shantae her best friend, but has trouble communicating it. In Half-Genie Hero, she also gets to know Sky, Bolo and Mimic. While she does like teasing Bolo from time to time, she and Sky generally don't get along, although they can work together when it comes to helping Shantae.


Rottytops has green skin, choppy dark green hair, and red eyes. She has stitches on her left arm and right leg. She has a curvy yet slim figure and wears a short purple tank top, a yellow headband, skull earrings, a matching skull buckle on her brown belt, navy blue jean shorts, a black choker around her neck, purple socks and brown boots. Her idle sprite animation has her hands on her hips as she swings back and forth in place; her eyes are closed while she does this in Risky's Revenge and The Pirate's Curse, but in Half-Genie Hero and Seven Sirens, they're open, and she occasionally blinks.

Game Appearances


Rottytops first appears once the player arrives at the Zombie Caravan, which only appears at night in the Swamps.

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Shantae meets Rottytops in a wagon that reads "KEEP OUT". Shantae asks for the location of another dungeon but Rottytops refuses to answer unless Shantae agrees to race her. They bargain that if Shantae wins, Rottytops will open the dungeon and if Shantae loses, Rottytops gets to eat her brains.

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Once the player agrees, they enter another stage in which Rottytops and Shantae race. This stage contains obstacles the player must jump over and slide under using perfect timing.. If Shantae loses, Rottytops offers to either try again or give her the brains. The player can race an infinite amount of times. If the player wins the race, Rottytops opens the next dungeon by removing her leg and using the tip of its bone as a key. If the player talks to her again, she mentions what direction you must go and her love for brains. Shantae can also race Rottytops when the player feels like it as a bonus mini-game.

The Zombie Caravan only appears at night unless the player obtains the dance steps that transports Shantae to Caravan. As this dance automatically sets the in-game clock to nighttime, it's a nifty trick if the player is searching for fireflies.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge

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In the sequel, Shantae meets Rottytops in the forest where she is apparently traveling on her own with a wagon that's pulled by a skeleton horse. She tells Shantae that she is traveling around and sampling the local cuisine. She then gives Shantae a sample which is a dog named Wobble Bell. Shantae takes the dog back to return it, then asks Rottytops if she has heard of the Magical Seals. Rottytops says no but sends her Chit Chat Spider out into the "World-Wide Web" to ask the other zombies if they've heard of it. Everyone responds no, but there are several mentions of Risky Boots searching for their whereabouts, which leads to Rotty warning Shantae about the three Barons she is in search of. Rottytops also mentions her two brothers who appear later on in need of Shantae's help for "zombie coffee".

Later in the game, she and her brothers kidnap Mimic for Risky Boots in exchange for a large supply of coffee (and in Rotty's case, Shantae's brains). After delivering Mimic to her, Risky backs out on the deal. The siblings begrudgingly leave not wanting trouble, and Rotty runs off crying before Shantae reaches Risky, having betrayed the half-genie for nothing. In the end, Bolo remarks that Rotty and her brothers are still out there alongside Risky and her Tinkerbats.

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Rottytops plays a large role in the events of Pirate's Curse. She is first met by Shantae on Spiderweb Island, where she and her brothers have lived since leaving the Zombie Caravan. Despite betraying her in the previous game, the zombie girl manages to appeal to Shantae's heroic nature by tricking her into carrying her through a monster-infested forest. While Shantae is angry with her at first, Abner takes her aside to apologize for his family's previous betrayal. He later admits that he's grateful for Shantae always making Rottytops smile.

During the events of Tan Line Temple, Rotty is among the girls that the palace guards have mistaken for their princess. Unlike the others, Rotty likes the skimpy princess outfit she is made to wear, enjoys that she and Shantae have matching outfits, and insists she's going to keep it. However, after the temple incident is resolved, she's never seen wearing it again. Later on, Shantae visits Rotty with a Lost Soul from the Village of Lost Souls and asks for her help in identifying who it belongs to.

A major moment of character development occurs when Shantae visits the Village of Lost Souls and meets a girl who greatly resembles Rottytops - they have the same eyes, both wear yellow headbands, and have similar poses when happy. (Their sprites are also very similar, and share the same idle animation, although the girl lacks Rotty's green skin and wears a different outfit). The girl is unable to remember who she is but mentions that she has frequent dreams of happily living outside of the village. When Shantae gives her a Locket, the girl begins to remember her past life and that she had two caring brothers, similar to the ones watching out for her in her dreams. The girl also mentions that in her dreams, she has a friend that is always by her side in spite of all the tricks she plays on her, which flatters Shantae when she realizes whom she is referring to. When Shantae visits Rottytops after visiting the Village of Lost Souls, she tells her that no matter what happens between them, they will always be friends.

At the end, it is revealed that the zombies have moved back to the mainland, she has a sleepover at Shantae's Lighthouse, while her brothers go in search of their former identity, as well as the Zombie Caravan to re-join it.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Rottytops is playable in Half-Genie Hero for the first time in the Friends to the End DLC.

Rottytop's Pit Crew Outfit

This new costume (right) for Rottytops, The Pit Crew outfit, debuts in Half-Genie Hero. She wears a yellow headband skull headset, a checkered bandeau, a red jacket tied around her waist, gray sweatpants, yellow gloves, and red and yellow sneakers.

In Shantae's story, Rottytops appears in Scuttle Town after Shantae defeats Wilbur. She's excited about the flying carpet race at Cape Crustacean and wants Shantae to find two tickets. Once Shantae learns that a crime is going to be committed there, Rotty changes into her Pit Crew outfit to infiltrate the race and help Shantae out. At the end of the race, she declares Shantae the winner by default, as the Ammo Baron has stolen everyone else's flying carpets.

Throughout the game, she's grown fond of saying, "Gotta enjoy life while we still can!", and after Cape Crustacean, she reveals that the reason for this is that the Hypno Baron is bringing about the end of the world. She heads off to Hypno Baron's Castle to enjoy the ensuing chaos.

After the Hypno Baron has been defeated, Rotty returns to Scuttle Town and recommends that Shantae return to the Hypno Baron's Castle to seek out her brothers (who are renovating it), in order to get the zombie hamster needed to complete Mimic's invention. When Shantae is ready to face Risky Boots, Rotty wishes her luck but calls dibs on Shantae's brains in the event that she fails. During the good ending after the fight with Risky, Rotty shows up at the lighthouse with the rest of Shantae's friends to congratulate the Half-Genie after she thwarts Risky's plans and escapes from the resulting explosion, and invites Shantae along for a 'zombie road trip' that she's planning. She also reminds Shantae to take care of Poe's zombie hamster.

Costume Pack DLC

In Officer Mode, Rotty appears as one of the Space Hooligans whom Shantae has to collect on each stage. She appears to be having a good time, unlike the rest of the Hooligans.

In Jammies Mode, it's revealed that Rotty is hiding inside of Shantae's pillowcase after the fight with Ammo Baron, which is why the pillow does so much damage. She protests against inviting Hypno Baron and Squid Baron to the slumber party, but is shot down and shoved back into the pillow.

Friends to the End

Rotty, alongside Bolo and Sky, enter Shantae's mind and try to undo the effects of the dark magic. While trying to help Shantae, Rotty and Sky often fight while Bolo tries to keep the team together. In one of Shantae's memories, it is revealed that Shantae views Rotty as a normal human and not as a zombie; she assumes this is why Shantae's always so nice to her, while others tend to avoid Rotty. At the end of their adventure, Rotty forgives Sky for being bossy and demanding during the journey, but their behavior towards one another ultimately doesn't change, as seen in the next game.

As a playable character, her combat abilities usually involve using body parts.

  • Head Throw - Rotty can throw her own head and reform in the place where the head was thrown to. When aiming her head, her surroundings appear to freeze, except for some moving platforms. Throughout the entire attack, she is immune to damage. She will lose health if her head is thrown down a pit or towards spikes. While this move deals a solid five damage, its main use is as a platforming ability to get past dark magic barriers.
  • Leg Pull - Rotty pulls out her leg and uses it as a weapon. It is the strongest weapon and can deal eight damage points at maximum level.
  • Regeneration - By using Special Move that consumes her Dream Magic, Rotty can eat a brain and heal herself and the whole team.
  • Loyalty - It is revealed by Bolo in the battle against Nega-Shantae that, despite her recklessness and unpredictability, Rotty will never quit if the case concerns her friends.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens

In Shantae and the Seven Sirens, Rottytops appears early in the beginning of the game disguised as a half-genie named Fillin the Blank. It is later revealed that she stowed away in Shantae's luggage before showing up at the Half-Genie Festival, because she mistakenly believed she would not be invited along for her friend's vacation. In truth, Shantae wanted to invite Rotty, but couldn't find her (as she was hiding in the luggage).

Unlike the rest of Shantae's allies, Rotty helps her a great deal, both accidentally and purposefully. During the Half-Genie Festival, she inadvertently prevents Shantae from being kidnapped by Empress Siren along with the other half-genies, as Risky had lied to her that Shantae's magic was the weakest of the group. Since Rotty has no genie magic to contribute due to being a zombie, Shantae is able to defeat the Empress during her boss battle. After Shantae frees her from the Squid Pit with the help of Sky and Bolo, Fillin reveals herself to be Rotty before giving Shantae the Octo Jet Fusion Coin. She then guides Shantae to the control room of the siren battleship after the Octo Siren is defeated.

Unreleased Games

Risky Revolution

Rottytops was going to be playable in the game's multiplayer battle mode, but the game was canceled.


  • Rottytops is a play on the words Rotten Tops since her undead brain is assumedly rotten.
  • Abner states in '”Pirate's Curse” that Shantae is a positive influence on Rottytops, and that he appreciates the Half-Genie keeping his sister out of trouble.
  • Rottytops enjoys dressing up. During Half-Genie Hero, she's overjoyed with the prospect of acting as Shantae's pit crew and wearing the outfit for it. Similarly, in “Pirate's Curse”, she's the only one who enjoys wearing the royal outfit on Tan Line Island. It's to the point that Shantae considers it a core part of her character in Seven Sirens, and helps her realize that 'Fillin' is a disguise.
  • Rottytops frequently enjoys teasing both Shantae and Bolo. However, with the exception of the ending to Friends to the End, she rarely gets along with Sky.
  • Rottytops is known for pulling tricks on Shantae. During "Pirate's Curse", she makes Shantae believe her legs are bad and convinces her to carry her home through Spiderweb Island's many horrors. It is later revealed by Abner that Rottytops' legs were fine all along, prompting Shantae to nearly snap at her.
  • In Shantae and the Seven Sirens, by using the Refresh Dance on Rottytops, she will momentarily transform into her human form.



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