|“||Don't be cute. Hand over the brat!||„|
|~ The Trio's first quote upon the reveal of their actual appearances.|
|“||A combined attack by Ronk, Papes, and Snips can be pretty tough to handle! Ronk is rock, Papes is paper, Snips is scissors! That's too obvious! Sheesh!||„|
|~ The Trio's Toy Description.|
The Terrible Trio, individually known as Snips, Ronk, and Papes; are the secondary antagonists of the DS game The Legendary Starfy. They are (former) members of Mashtooth's pirate squad, whose objective was to capture Bunston under Mashtooth's orders.
Snips is the serious leader of the Terrible Trio. When Ruby healed papes and Ronk, she was angry. Her age is 17, yet her developed appearance could suggest that she is relatively older compared to Ronk and Papes. Her outfit is composed of a hot pink mask with large bunny ears, a cape, white gloves, and a blue suit which covers most of her body. During battle, Snips uses bombs as her means of attack and protects herself with a forcefield immune to Star Spins. As a result, Starfy cannot directly hit her with the move but must instead reflect her bombs, which can come in contact with her barrier to inflict damage to her. As Snips' health goes down, she will begin to repel the bombs if little force is applied to them. She can also teleport to change position, despite that, she doesn't use her teleportation ability besides the battle.
"Snips is the leader of the trio chasing Bunston. Everything goes through her! She drops more bombs than a bad stand up comedian!"
The strongest member of the Terrible Trio, Ronk is dim-witted, yet powerful and greatly sympathetic towards his allies. Like Snips, his age is unknown, although it is possible he could be fifteen years of age. Being the brawn of the team, he is a muscular and bulky character; he has large yellow teeth, spiky green hair, purple overalls and thick yellow arms with brown stripes.
In battle, Ronk attacks by punching repeatedly while running. As his health goes down, he will proceed to run faster, making it more difficult to avoid his attacks.
"For such a big lug, Ronk is pretty quick. Not the smartest baddie around, but his heart is as big as his fists!"
Papes is the younger brother of Snips and the planner of the Terrible Trio. A short and talkative guy, he is responsible for coming up with most of the group's plans, which in most cases, are foiled by Starfy's and Starly's heroic actions. Papes is light purple in color and wears green tights, as well as a long blue lobster tail-like hat on the top of his head.
When fighting against Starfy, he uses a shield and tries to barge into him with it, but can easily be blown backward by his Star Spin. Unlike his colleagues Ronk and Snips, he is only capable of jumping small distances.
"Papes has a big mouth that always gets him in trouble. Lucky for him, he's got a sheild that's as big as his yapper!"
Role in the game
The trio first appear in the opening cutscene The Adventure Begins, where they attempt to capture Bunston, but are quickly defeated by Starfy, they then lose Bunston out of range, so they swear revenge against Starfy and leave Pufftop.
Stage 1: Gluglug Lagoon
In the third cutscene A Sudden Flashback, they are indirectly mentioned by Mashtooth, where he orders them to capture Bunston.
Stage 3: Chillydip Cove
In the seventh cutscene The Big Find, Bunneara Castle is under attack by Mashtooth. The Trio finds Bunston while he is hiding.
Stage 9: Pufftop
The events in this stage take place while Starfy, Moe, and Bunston are traversing Hotcha Springs and Chillydip Cove.
In the ninth cutscene Don't Mess with Starly, the Trio's actual appearances are finally revealed. They are seen raiding Pufftop, while being accompanied by a large army of Swabbies. They order the Swabbies to attack the Pufftop Guards and find Bunston, despite him not actually being there. An enraged Starly appears, and sends a Swabbie flying. She then defeats Konk (who was also invading Pufftop on his own, only to be defeated in areas 9-3, 9-4, and 9-7, with the last two encounters being optional by the player) and various small groups of Swabbies before defeating the Trio's members (in order: First Papes in 9-3: Papes! much after Konk was defeated for the first time, then Ronk in 9-4: Ronk!, Snips in 9-5: Snips!, and finally the whole Trio at once in 9-6: Starly's Final Battle). After a hard fight, Snips pretends that they give up and asks Starly if she's seen Bunston, as she has a "special present" for him. This does not fool Starly, although she does accidentally reveal the whereabouts of Starfy, Moe, and Bunston. The Trio runs off, and Starly realizes her mistake. She uses a pearl to teleport herself to Sogwood Forest. Moe is angry that Starly revealed where Bunston is. As the heroes run off, Starly warns them to be careful, and teleports herself back to Pufftop.
Stage 4: Sogwood Forest
4-2: Three's a Crowd
The heroes finally encounter them at the end of the level, where they discuss their plans about capturing Bunston. Papes finds a crystal shard; which he later makes a shield out of. They then flee.
4-3: The Papes Chase
At the end of the level, they are seen in a conversation, when it ends, Snips and Ronk leave, and just at that moment, the heroes fall on Papes. Bunston recognizes him as one of the goons that attacked his planet and tries to attack him, only to be stopped by Moe, telling him that it would be all over if they caught him too, so he takes him to safety and tells Starfy to follow them. When Papes wakes up, he recognizes Starfy as the one who defeated them in Pufftop in the opening cutscene, and then Papes, full of anger, begins to chase Starfy with a large shield with spikes. After the persecution Papes surrenders, not without first swearing revenge against Starfy.
4-4: The Terrible Trio
This time, the trio finally meets the heroes face to face. Snips commands Papes and Ronk to capture the heroes, but Shurikit appears in time to save them because she owes Starfy a favor for saving her. Shurikit uses her ability to make a clone of herself and attacks Ronk and Snips, causing them to flee and leaving Papes alone to fight Starfy with the shield made of the crystal shard, but he defeats Papes easily by pushing him back five times to the Spikes.
Stage 5: Glitzem Grotto
5-3: Get Ready to Ronk
Starfy fights Ronk at the depths of Glitzem Grotto, and when defeated, Ronk flees after a door.
5-4: Stay on Track
The heroes encounter Ronk again and this time, he and Papes use a train-like mine cart in an attempt to defeat them, but the heroes defeat them using another mine cart before they all fall to the sea. When falling, Bunston realizes that the crystal shards are actually pieces of his spaceship, too much for Moe's confusion.
Mashtooth is then seen in the custcene Meanwhile..., angry that Snips, Ronk, and Papes have still not captured Bunston.
Stage 6: Skydye Heights
6-2: End of the Rainbow
The heroes find Ruby and some badly wounded Papes and Ronk. Ruby asks Starfy to get a Rainbow Droplet to heal both of them. He succeeds and apparently Papes and Ronk become "friends" of Starfy.
6-4: Snips and Tricks
Snips puts her new plan to capture Bunston in action, kidnap Ruby for Starfy and Moe to exchange her for Bunston, but just before they do, Papes and Ronk appear and free Ruby, enraging Snips and the latter escapes after a door with the crystal shard. Starfy follows and fights her by returning five times the large bombs that she throws to him.
After this, The Terrible Trio return to their spaceship to regroup. Snips says that Ronk and Papes were 'absolutely awful' and asks if anyone were hurt, to which Ronk and Papes replies 'they healed us' (thanks to Ruby and the Rainbow Droplet). Snips is shocked that their 'enemies' would heal Ronk and Papes and 'patch them up'. Ronk and Snips begin to sniff up (possibly crying) and reply 'that was so nice'. The Terrible Trio begin to feel guilty about what they have done; beating up 'innocent weaklings' such as Bunneran Soldiers and Pufftop Guards just because Mashtooth told them to. However, Ronk and Papes are frightened that if they don't follow Mashtooth's orders, he'll "crunchify" and "smushimise" them.
Meanwhile, Starfy and friends knew they had to go on and explore the S.S. Logwater that Snips thought she saw a Shard in earlier in Stage 6-4.
Stage 7: S.S. Logwater
7-2: Shooting Star
Following on from the cartoon A Heavy Conscience (the one after Skydye Heights), Snips decides that they must call Mashtooth. Snips presses a button on a machine with a monitor, hoping that Mashtooth will be in a good mood. The screen shows the Bunnera Castle in ruins, with several Bunneran Soldiers wounded. In shock, Snips, referring to Mashtooth, says 'what has he done'. Soon after, one of the Bunneran Soldiers hits the screen pleading for help and calling Prince Bunston's name. Mashtooth then appears sitting on his chair and talks to The Terrible Trio, asking 'where have they been?!' and 'where's Bunston?!'. Snips reply they have been thinking that perhaps "conquering the galaxy" isn't a good idea. She says it isn't very nice, hurting 'all those bunnies' just to steal their special powers. Angrily, Mashtooth replies "What?! You question me?!" and says "Listen up! Power is strength. Strength is everything!" He says that he'll give them 'mucus brains' one more chance to capturing Prince Bunston, saying that if they mess up he'll 'squeeze them like a puff pastry'. Ronk asks 'now what?', to which Snips replies 'No clue. But we have to do something'.
7-4: The Trio Returns
After getting all the shards, the heroes find the Terrible Trio once again. The latter are in a last attempt to kidnap Bunston for Mashtooth. This time, the three of them fight Starfy at the same time, but Starfy emerges victorious once more, and together with Moe and Bunston they go to a safe place to gather the shards to fix Bunston's spaceship. The Terrible Trio then appear in a wounded state. Snips says 'sorry guys, if we go back without Bunston, he'll mashimize us.', so they ask Starfy, Moe and Bunston to 'bring it on!', saying that despite 'being on crutches' they can still beat them. The Terrible Trio then use their 'super-secret special move'; the Paper-Cut Crusher to attack Starfy and others, but Starfy beats the trio in a Rock-Paper-Scissors game. After this, the trio and the heroes ear the voice of an angered Mashtooth that starts attacking the Terrible Trio with laser beams for failing, leaving them badly injured.
Stage 8: Planet Bunnera
8-4: Mashtooth's Last Stand
During the final battle against Mashtooth, the latter eats Bunston and transforms into Mega Mashtooth, and things look bad for Starfy and Moe, but the trio appears just in time to save them and they start attacking Mashtooth with the Paper-Cut Crusher, freeing Bunston and giving Starfy the strength he needs to defeat Mashtooth.
After defeating Mega Mashtooth, the stolen powers from the Bunnerans begin to fall from the sky and return to Bunston and the Bunnerans. The fallen Bunneran Soldiers happily stand up again and they gather around Bunston, cheering for him, proud of the young prince.
Starfy catches Moe's eyes as he falls from the sky, so Moe jumps up to catch him on top of his clam. He is badly hurt however from the battle with Mega Mashtooth. Many people crowd around Starfy, worrying for him and Moe asks if he is OK. A Bunneran Soldier asks who Starfy is, and Bunston replies, telling the Bunnerans of his great adventure and how Starfy helped him in a strange language. They reply, "Wow! So this is the Prince Starfy? We've heard so much about him!" Starfy is hurting from the battle and the Bunnerans reply "We have to help him, fast!" Two Bunnerans use their powers to transform into butterflies and heal Starfy's injuries.
The Terrible Trio appear and say "It's them! Haven't you done enough?" A Bunneran Soldier then says "Prince Bunston! Now's our chance!" and they seek payback from The Terrible Trio. One of the Bunneran Soldiers shoots The Terrible Trio with his gun and Moe says "HOLD IT!" He explains that The Terrible Trio aren't exactly "good eggs", but if it wasn't for their help, they would be nothing but snacks in Mega Mashtooth's belly. He urges the Bunneran Soldiers to find a place in their hurt to forgive them, as they know they messed up. The Terrible Trio then say, "we're sorry! we messed up." but Moe says he isn't going to let 'them off the hook' for all the trouble they caused that easily and Moe has the idea of The Terrible Trio beating Starfy in a game of rock-paper-scissors and The Terrible Trio agree to play.
Moe tells Starfy not to go easy on them, but Starfy loses to all three members of The Terrible Trio on purpose. Moe jokes 'Starfy! I'm onto you, kid!" for losing on purpose. Starfy smiles and Moe laughs, saying "That's Starf for you...". Moe looks back on everything and says "good thing it all worked out", "everything's nice and quiet again", "almost as quiet as Pufftop". Moe says it's about time they set off for home and Starfy agrees. They both smile happily.
During the credits cutscene, The Terrible Trio along with Bunston, Modo and Junior say goodbye to Starfy and Moe while they go home.
- As shown by their Paper-Cut Crasher Battle with Starfy in S.S. Logwater, their names and concepts are derived from the game "Rock-Paper-Scissors"; Ronk refers to a rock, Papes resembles paper, and Snips is based on scissors.
- In Japan, Snips, Ronk, and Papes are each known as Jan, Ken, and Pon, respectively, with their collective name being Jankenpon.
- When two players are fighting Papes at Sogwood Forest, he can be attacked on the back by one of them while he's chasing the other player.
- In fact, when fighting the three at once (either with one or two players), this is the only way to defeat Papes.