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"By the way, I would be happy if you left sometime soon. I'm tired of your family living next door. We've loaned your father a lot of money. It may have been a hundred thousand dollars or more... Well, I guess it really could have been less, but because of the loan, my family and I now live in poverty!"
— Aloysius Minch, EarthBound

Aloysius Minch (Japanese: アンブラミ・ミンチ Umbrami Minch) is a character in EarthBound. He is the father of Pokey and Picky Minch, and the husband of Lardna Minch. He and his family seem to hold a grudge against Ness and his own family. Aloysius claims it's because he allegedly loaned a few hundred thousand dollars to Ness's father and was never repaid. He also claims that the loan resulted in he and his family living in poverty, but it's heavily implied that this is not true and is just an excuse, due to them living in a house that was significantly larger than Ness's house as well as Aloysius and Lardna being able to afford to go out to an elegant restaurant in the beginning.

He is seen again in Fourside at the Monotoli Building with his son, in the lap of luxury. But, when the Evil Mani Mani statue is defeated, Pokey flees the scene by hijacking the helicopter and flies away, leaving his father behind.

After defeating Giygas, you can find him drowning his sorrows in Jackie's Café.

Trivia[]

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Artwork from Mother 2 Himitsu no Takarabako.

  • The game's translator, Marcus Lindblom, explained in an interview with Giant Bomb that Aloysius's name is a reference to the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Beanstalk Bunny," in which Daffy provides it as a fake name.
  • In the Japanese version of Mother 2, when Ness takes Pokey and Picky home, Aloysius takes his sons upstairs to punish them by spanking them, shown by a sound effect not heard anywhere else in the game that sounds like spanking. In the English version, it plays the sound effect used for certain attacks used by enemies, such as the Annoying Old Party Man's "grumble about today's youth," implying that he instead lectured them. Talking to Pokey afterward in the Japanese version has him say that his butt hurts, but in the English version, Pokey says that his dad isn't letting him have dessert for the rest of the decade.
  • Also, in Mother 2, when Aloysius tells Ness that his family is in poverty, he states that they are "a jillion dollars" in debt. They changed the wording to "a hundred thousand dollars" to seem more realistic.
  • At the end of EarthBound, Aloysius tells Ness not to tell his wife in Onett that he was spending time in Jackie's Café. However, in the Japanese version, Aloysius tells Ness "to keep it an absolute secret to his wife that he's been boozing it up there", which is a reference to drinking.
  • Also in the ending, since Aloysius refers to Lardna as his wife, the man that can be found in their home, Mr. Prettyman, refers to Lardna as a Ms., hinting to the fact that either Aloysius and Lardna split up in the ending, or they're still married and that Lardna was having her affair with Mr. Prettyman.
  • If you enter Pokey's house directly after the meteor crash, both Pokey's parents are not in the house. Picky tells Ness that they went out to an elegant restaurant.
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