Cuphead is the main protagonist and one of two playable characters in the 2017 video game Cuphead: Don't Deal With the Devil! by StudioMDHR Entertainment.

Cuphead prst
Cuphead's in-game appearance
Background information
Origin Cuphead: Don't Deal With the Devil!
Hero information
Full name Cuphead
Occupation Soul Contract Collector (formerly)

Worker for The Devil (determinant)

Powers / Skills Rapid fire, using his finger as a gun, dodging, dashing, parry slapping, charms, super attacks, ex-shooting
Hobbies Gambling, exploring
Goals To collect The Devil's Soul Contracts, defeating King Dice, defeating The Devil (determinant), becoming a demon (determinant)
Family Unnamed parents (presumed deceased)

Mugman (twin brother)

Elder Kettle (caretaker)

Friends / Allies Mugman, Elder Kettle, Porkrind, The Devil (determinant), Legendary Chalice, Canteen Pilot, Barbershop Quartet, Ribby and Croaks, Hilda Berg, Cagney Carnation, Baroness Von Bon Bon, Djimmi the Great, Beppi the Clown, Grim Matchstick, Rumor Honeybottoms, Werner Werman, Captain Brineybeard, Cala Maria, Sally Stageplay, Blind Specter
Enemies The Devil (determinant), King Dice, Moe Tato, Weepy, Psycarrot, Ribby and Croaks (former), Goopy Le Grande, Hilda Berg (former), Cagney Carnation (former), Baroness Von Bon Bon (former), Djimmi the Great (former), Beppi the Clown (former), Wally Warbles, Grim Matchstick (former), Rumor Honeybottoms (former), Werner Werman (former), Captain Brineybeard (former), Cala Maria (former), Sally Stageplay (former), Blind Specter (former), T-Bone, Blaze Brothers, Head of the Phantom Express, Dr. Kahl, Dr. Kahl's Robot, Tipsy Troop, Mr. Chimes, Mr. Wheezy, Mangosteen, Phear Lap, Pip and Dot, Pirouletta, Chips Bettigan, Hopus Pocus
Type of Hero Justice Seeker



Cuphead is an anthropomorphic teacup with a humanoid body and a teacup as a head, hence the name cup-head. He appears to have a red and white striped bent straw protruding out the back of his head, along with an unknown liquid filling his head. He has large half-circle eyes and a small red nose. He wears white Micky Mouse-like gloves, a black long-sleeve shirt, red shorts, and brown shoes.


Cuphead is shown to be very confident, fearless, and slightly greedy (as opposed to his brother Mugman, who is very self-conscious of the environment around him). As well as slightly greedy, he is also shown to be a bit arrogant, as in the game's introduction, Cuphead becomes very cocky and overconfident after winning every gamble, and accepts The Devil's risk when given the opportunity to take all of the casino's loot should the roll be successful. Despite his flaws, however, he seems to be kind-hearted and overall has good intentions, such as in the good ending, where he and Mugman burn all the soul contracts, setting everyone free.

Powers and Abilities

Physical Abilities

Dash: Cuphead can swiftly get out of harm's way by dashing. Best used when Cuphead needs to get out of the way of an immediate attack

Parry Slap: Cuphead has the ability to slap pink objects using parry slaps. Each successful parry slap grants one card on Cuphead's super meter.


Cuphead can fire various projectiles using his index finger. Each projectile is different from one another. Cuphead's default weapon is the peashooter, but better projectiles can be purchased with gold coins at Porkrind's Emporium.

Peashooter: Cuphead's starting projectile, fires small light-blue long-ranged projectiles with average damage.

Spread: Fires high damage-dealing but low-ranged red projectiles that spread into 3 perpendicular directions

Chaser: Fires small green homing projectiles. Does not require aiming but deals low damage

Roundabout: Acts as a boomerang, fires large blue projectiles. The Roundabout will first travel the direction it was initially fired, but almost instantly reverts the opposite direction. Deals high damage

Lobber: Fires dark blue projections that travel upwards in an arc shape, but then travel back downwards. Deals above average damage, but has low range

Charge: Fires chargeable yellow projectiles that, when charged, deal high damage. However, uncharged projectiles are considerably smaller and deal low damage.


Smoke Bomb: Allows Cuphead to dash without taking any damage.

Heart: Grants Cuphead a fourth heart, but reduces his attack power.

Coffee: Automatically fills Cuphead's super meter.

Whetstone: Doubles Cuphead's parry as a damaging axe attack.

P. Sugar: Cuphead's first parry slap is automatic.

Twin Heart: Grants Cuphead five health points, but lowers his attack damage slightly more than the Heart charm.


  • In the Steam Store artwork for Cuphead: Don't Deal With the Devil!, Cuphead appears to be wearing red shoes, despite him wearing brown shoes in-game.
  • His parents have never been seen or mentioned, hinting that Cuphead is orphaned.
  • Cuphead's age is unknown, but it is possible he is in his early to mid 20's.


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