“ A little mischievous monkey. He will teach you tricks and help you out with your adventure. Of course, nothing is free. You may be able to find him by looking to the trees above the regular path. ”
—The North American manual of the first game
Charles (known as Santa (サンタ) in the Japanese version) is a talking monkey and Tomba's best friend. He meets Tomba in the first game and later befriends in Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return. He is voiced by Peter Kepler.
He is loyal to Tomba and his friends and can sometimes be impulsive, as shown in the second game, where he runs off to help people out whenever someone needs help.
Charles is a talking monkey who can be found immediately in the beginning of the first game in a tree in Village of All Beginnings. When talking to him, Charles states he is hungry and Tomba's hair is giving him a headache.
After obtaining some bananas for him, he apologizes and admits that he was rude because he was too tired from starvation. In return, he teach Tomba the Animal Dash. Tomba and Charles later meet throughout the game during events.
He gives Tomba a parasol, on the mountains, for helping him. Later, in the jungle, he teaches Tomba how to swim.
Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return
Though Charles is seen with Tomba in the beginning cutscene and intro, he does not travel with Tomba and Zippo. Instead, he is found all over the game for events, just like in the first game.
Whenever Tomba and Zippo finds Charles, he is in a pinch and is in need of help. After Tomba has helped Charles, he runs off to continue the search for Tabby. In the end of the game he states that he "worked behind the scenes" when Zippo confronts him for taking some credit for finding and rescuing Tabby.