Niko is the playable protagonist of OneShot. They have blue hair, yellow catlike eyes, a blue scarf wrapped around a brown overcoat extending over their arms, a brown hat with catlike ears, and what appears to be tanned skin which sometimes look black when in darker areas. They are tasked with returning the Sun to the Tower and saving the World from dying out.
Niko contacts the Player throughout most of the game when in need of help or simply conversation about Niko's and the Player's origins.
Niko first awoke in a bedroom in a house in the Barrens. They encounter the "Entity" by the computer, who tells them that the World isn't worth saving and asking them if they still want to try saving it. Niko soon finds the lightbulb and brings it with them upon exiting the house. They encounter the Prophetbot and inquire to them regarding the World, the lightbulb, the Player and for directions on how to return home. After receiving answers, Niko continues on their quest.
Niko is kind and caring. Being the messiah that the prophecy has foretold, they became determined to reach the Spire and bring the sun back to it in order to save the World, even despite what others say that the sun won't stop the World from dying. Niko is also helpful. A few instances of their helpfulness are seen in the game such as where they repair the rowbot at the dock part in the Barrens and volunteer to find Alula and return her to Calamus. Upon reaching the Refuge, they began to express indecisiveness, as seen where they have trouble choosing whether to bring back the World's sun but risk losing their only chance to return to their home world or whether to shatter the lightbulb, destroying the World instantly and for them to return to their home world. Niko also tends to be curious. They often turn to the Player to ask questions, most of them are regarding any information about the Player.
- It is seen through dream sequences and dialogue that Niko's favorite food is pancakes. Their favorite pancakes are made by their mother, who grinds hazelnuts into the batter.
- Niko has been stated by Eliza to have an ambiguous gender, and Nightmargin an unknown gender.
- Nightmargin stated during a livestream that her headcanon for Niko is that they are actually really tiny and the seemingly huge lightbulb they carry is the size of a regular lightbulb.
- Night also made plenty of joking statements about Niko's canon along with the chat during said livestream, such as them actually having 100 ears, the game taking place in a coma, and Niko having a love for throwing Molotov cocktails.
- Night has also stated that Niko is "Ness", a combination of Niko and Tess during a livestream and in this post, referencing the controversial Game Theorists video Sans's SECRET Identity that claimed that Sans from Undertale was Ness from Earthbound.
- As a running joke, Niko consistently and repeatedly denies being a cat, despite having many features and similarities to one. These similarities include pointy ears on their hat, whiskers extending from their hair, and large yellow eyes. Niko's name is also heavily similar to ネコ neko, cat in Japanese.
- According to Night, Niko comes from Nico, a gender-neutral name.
- Also according to Nightmargin, Nico was changed to Niko as a reference to Nikola Tesla and his work on lightbulbs. On top of the ネコ reference, the name is a triple reference (the third one being to 日光 nikko, meaning sunlight).
- During another livestream, Night referred to what seems like their skin as fur.
- One of the tracks in the OST is titled "On Little Cat Feet."
- During a Solstice run, at one point Niko makes "confused cat noises"
- During the pancakes and chess cutscenes (and probably some others), there was a sprite error with Niko having human ears. It has been vetoed since this update.
- In this post Night made, Niko's age is more or less 8 years old.
- According to one of Night's posts, Niko's birthday is on December 28. Though this may or may not be true in-canon. So by the start of 2017, Niko would be "Like, 9"
- When you interact with the fox plush more than once, Niko mentions that they have an owl plush back at their home.
- Niko makes an official appearance in the platform fighting game, Indie Game Battle.