From the front, the face and underbelly of the penguin are white. His back and wings are black. The penguin has a white eye outlined in black, and a pointed orange beak. A sword is seen strapped to his back, and on his feet are a pair of black and white sneakers.
Ripple Dot Zero's health starts out at two hearts when the player begins a level, with a maximum capacity of four at default. In some levels, pickups may be available where Ripple Dot Zero can hold a maximum of five hearts. These remain part of the penguin's health until the player exits the game.