Guy Spelunky is a returning playable Spelunker in Spelunky 2. He was the protagonist of Spelunky HD and Spelunky Classic, now the husband to Tina Flan and father to Ana Spelunky.

Background

Guy Spelunky originally had his big adventure in Spelunky HD, where he entered the cave of Olmec, fought him, and escaped with his treasure; a Giant Idol.

He enters a relationship with another character from Spelunky HD who defeated King Yama with an Eggplant, known as Tina Flan. The two marry, and have a daughter who they name Ana Spelunky.

Guy Spelunky writes about where he's been between the events of Spelunky HD and Spelunky 2 in his old Journal, intended to be read by his daughter. He writes that he ventured to the Moon in search of answers to the dreams he's been having, and discovered another massive cave on it. He later apologizes to Ana for leaving her back on Earth and insists to her that they're having fun and that she should take her time.

For months and what is likely to have been years, he and his wife, Tina Flan, have been in the moon's caves, after Queen Tiamat initially called out to the couple.

Guy Spelunky's Ghost after taking a picture of him with a Camera.

As a playable character, Guy Spelunky moves near identically to how he did in Spelunky HD, with the same expressions and movements. Although his player ghost is changed to be inline with the rest, taking a picture of his player ghost with the Camera will cause him to change back into his original ghost, seen back in Spelunky HD.

Guy Spelunky technically takes up two of the character slots in Spelunky 2, as Classic Guy is also a playable character, moving exactly how he did in Spelunky Classic.

A version of Guy Spelunky from a parallel universe made of large, flat blocks of colors.

Journal

"Wow, it's been 15 years since my last entry! So much has happened since I escaped the cave of Olmec with his treasure."

"Tina and I became parents! We named our daughter Ana. She's a strong kid... And a natural explorer!

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"The dreams began when Ana turned five. In the dream, I'd look out the window at the full Moon and see Olmec's face in it. I tried to ignore it.

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"I mean, we all saw Olmec sink into lake of lava..."

"Didn't we?"

"Our curiosity was too much to resist. With Colin's help, Tina and I built a spaceship that could take us to the Moon.

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"Ana wants to come, but it feels a little dangerous and I think she should stay and finish out the school year. Besides, we should be back before she knows it! There's probably nothing there anyway..."

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"It was hard to say goodbye. Part of me wishes we'd brought Ana with us... she loves space and we keep wanting to show her things in the ship. At least she has Monty to keep her company."

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"It's unbelievable! There's a giant Olmec on the surface of the Moon! And a cave! A feeling of deja vu swept over us, and we were drawn toward the entrance like iron filings to a magnet. A voice is calling to us... is it Olmec, or something else?"

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"We've been in the Moon for what feels like many months already, but it's hard to tell. Just like before, time and death work differently here. It feels like we've slipped into another crack in the Universe... like the Cave of Olmec... connected to it, perhaps... but also bigger, much bigger!"

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"Ana, if you're reading this, then you've probably guessed that Mom and Dad are somewhere down below, trying to find a way out. I'm sorry, we should have brought you with us! But try not to worry. To be honest, we're having fun! Take your time and don't rush. Remember, it's easier to get hurt if you're not careful. Just remember what we taught you and you'll be fine. This journal is yours now! Make the most of it and we'll see you soon!"

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"Happy Spelunky-ing!"

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Guy Spelunky is the protagonist of Spelunky who descends into the mysteriously shifting caverns beneath the desert in search of fame and fortune.
He is one of the four player characters unlocked from the beginning of the game.

Name

"Guy Spelunky" is the name given to the player character as the star of Spelunky; a game about spelunking.
He has not, however, been given a canonical name until Spelunky 2 As a result, there are a number of nicknames for him created by the fandom:

  • Iowa Jack - A parody of the name Indiana Jones, whom the character is based on.
  • Indie - Independent games like Spelunky are colloquially known as "indies", which also happens to be similar Indiana Jones' nickname (Indy).
  • Derek - After Derek Yu, the creator of Spelunky.
  • Spelunky - Used to refer to the character in his Super Meat Boy appearance . He is seen in the game as "Spelunky from Spelunky". This was the closest to a canonical name the Spelunky Guy had been given until Spelunky 2, as the name would have most likely been approved by Derek Yu himself.

Background

Guy Spelunky's background is mostly only speculated by fans.
However, there is also a little information about him that can be deduced from the inner monologues generated in the opening cutscene of the game. These sometimes allude to a deceased father, whose last words presumably referred to the caves. It is possible that finding the Giant Idol was his father's ambition, and Guy Spelunky undertakes this quest in his honor.

Additionally, there is reference to a faded photo that he keeps in his pocket, a treasured memento of someone he refers to only as 'her'.
This may refer to the Damsels found in the caves, but given his propensity to sacrifice them or otherwise treat them with relative indifference, it seems that the girl in the photo is someone he was more fond of, whom he lost a long time ago and doesn't expect to see ever again.

He also has apparent beliefs in polytheism and destiny.

In the Snake Pit level feeling, the flavour text "I hear snakes, I hate snakes!" appears, noting the Guy Spelunky's hatred of snakes, which is most likely a referrence to Indiana Jones' similar distate towards snakes.

Another flavour text appers during Spider levels as "My skin is crawling", which may infer that the Guy Spelunky has a fear or distate towards spiders.

In the trailer for Spelunky 2, he has a daughter who follows in his footsteps and becomes a spelunker like him, becoming the protagonist of the game.

Abilities

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Guy Spelunky starts each game armed with a whip, 4 bombs, and 4 ropes, which he uses along with his mountaineering skills to navigate the caves.
He is highly resourceful, capable of picking up and using a wide range of other items and utilizing them in inventive ways to dispatch enemies and evade traps.
Highly athletic, he is capable of running, jumping, climbing, swimming, crawling and dying hilariously in many, many, many ways.

Success in Spelunky requires that you use his basic range of abilities inventively and in clever combinations.

Trivia

The spelunky guy could be a reference to the term “spelunker” meaning someone who goes through caves.

The flavour texts that appear when noting certain level feelings show two different perspectives, both first person and third person. For example, while the text "hear snakes, hate snakes!" is clearly in first person from the character's perspective, while "You hear rushing water!" is third person, from an unknown perspective. Finally there are non-specific perspectives portrayed, such as "Welcome to the Black Market!" which remains neutral in perspective. This is potentially an error, or an insinuation that someone is overseeing the Spelunker's progress and narrating his journey.

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Classic Guy, as he is known as in Spelunky 2, is the protagonist of Spelunky who descends into the mysteriously shifting caverns beneath the desert in search of fame and fortune.


Name

"Spelunky Guy" is an eponymous name given to the player character as the star of Spelunky; a game about spelunking.
As of Spelunky 2, he has finally been given the name of "Classic Guy". Before this, he had no canonical name. As a result, there are a number of nicknames for him created by the fandom:

  • Iowa Jack - A parody of the name Indiana Jones, whom the character is based on.
  • Indie - Independent games like Spelunky are colloquially known as "indies", which also happens to be Indiana Jones' nickname.
  • Derek - After Derek Yu, the creator of Spelunky.

Background

As is the case with his name, Spelunky Guy's background is mostly only speculated by fans.
However, there is also a little information about him that can be deduced from the inner monologues generated in the opening cutscene of the game. These sometimes allude to a deceased father, who's last words presumably referred to the caves. It is possible that finding the Giant Idol was his father's ambition, and Spelunky Guy undertakes this quest in his honor.

Additionally, there is reference to a faded photo that he keeps in his pocket, a treasured memento of someone he refers to only as 'her'.
This may refer to the Damsels found in the caves, but given his propensity to sacrifice them or otherwise treat them with relative indifference, it seems that the girl in the photo is someone he was more fond of, whom he lost a long time ago and doesn't expect to see ever again.

He also has apparent beliefs in polytheism and destiny.

Abilities

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Spelunky Guy starts each game armed with a whip, 4 bombs, and 4 ropes, which he uses along with his mountaineering skills to navigate the caves.
He is highly resourceful, capable of picking up and using a wide range of other items and utilizing them in inventive ways to dispatch enemies and evade traps.
Highly athletic, he is capable of running, jumping, climbing, swimming, crawling and dying hilariously in many, many, many ways.

Success in Spelunky requires that you use the Spelunky Guy's basic range of abilities inventively and in clever combinations.

Other characters with similar capabilities include the Damsel (once the Changing Room has been unlocked) and the Tunnel Man (once all four Challenge Rooms have been unlocked).

Trivia

Spelunky Guy is about 5'5, a bit shorter than a block in the game.

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