Don't Care is a series of options that are present in EarthBound and Mother 3. It provides suggested names for the characters, the main character's favorite food, and the main character's favorite thing/unique PSI ability. The first name presented by the "Don't Care" option is considered to be the character or thing's official name.

In EarthBound, using the "Don't Care" option allows the player to cycle through seven names for the characters, with the first being the character's official name. For example, if the option is used once for a boy with a red baseball cap, he will be named "Ness", for a girl with blond hair and ribbons, it is "Paula", for a boy who is the son of a professor, it is "Jeff", for a prince who lives in Dalaam, it is "Poo", for a dog that belongs to Ness, it is "King", for Ness and his family's favorite food, it is "Steak", and for the main character's favorite thing/unique PSI ability, it is "Rockin".

In Mother 3, the "Don't Care" option again appears, but unlike EarthBound, there is only one name to choose from for the characters instead of cycling through various names (except Lucas's favorite food and favorite thing, which still have multiple names that can be cycled through). This is also the first time that names can be chosen for non-playable characters. The people and objects that can be named this way are Lucas, Claus, Flint, Hinawa, Boney, Lucas's family's favorite food, Lucas's favorite thing, Duster, Kumatora, and Salsa.


  • In both EarthBound and Mother 3, the only time the naming screen does not have the "Don't Care" option is when the player is inputting his or her own name.
  • One of Ness's Don't Care names is Alec, the same name as Lucas's grandfather.
  • In Mother 2, the Don't Care names are different and have distinct themes. The first set is the canon names, the second set is the character's main clothing item, the third set is based on the Japanese boy band SMAP, the fourth set is based on the Beatles, the fifth set is based on primates, the sixth set is based on the Mario series, and the seventh are commands to dogs (with the exception of the favorite food and favorite thing, which are "Dog Food" and "Champion", respectively).
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