Friday, September 18, 2009

Tingle: Creepy or cute?

I'm a bit of a fence-sitter when it comes to Tingle, Nintendo's fairy-loving loser. On the one hand, he can be awfully cute--as he is in the image to the right. On the other, he can be awfully creepy, too--as he is, well, whenever he opens his mouth and says, "Tingle, Tingle, Kooloo-Limpah!"

Meagan VanBurkleo over at seems to be as indecisive as I am when it comes to this unitard-clad character. Don't believe me? Take a look at the list she included in her recent article, "Creepy or Cute? These Characters Walk the Line."

The Culprit:
Tingle. Evidently love and adoration for Tingle was lost in translation, as most North American gamers find Tingle decidedly disturbing. Not so in Japan, were he has his own breakout title, Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland.

The Pros:
• Rosy cheeks and smiling eyes
• Assumedly punctual
• Family man
• Travels in a balloon
• Owns an island

The Cons:
• Middle-aged man in a unitard
• Red underoos
• Resembles a toddler with facial hair
• Fairies don’t even like him
• Has done hard time
• Money hungry

The Verdict: Creepy (In an eternal child kind of way)


Anonymous said...

He's creepy in every sense of the word.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I find him incredibly creepy, but as a character, it's endearing. I like him a lot and think he's pretty much perfect in his creepiness.

Bryan Ochalla said...

"Endearingly creepy" - I like that, Justin :) Seems like the perfect way to describe Tingle...