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[[folder: Recurring Characters]]
!!John Blacksad
[[caption-width-right:220:"I had chosen to walk the dark path in life...And I'm still on it."]]

Blacksad is a hardboiled and successful {{private detective}}. He can be cynical and harsh but he has a good heart and is dedicated to justice. He is incredibly unlucky in matters of the heart, but has a wide network of connections.
%%* {{Badass}}
* BadassBoast: Emphasis on ''Badass''
-->''(a large member of a black gang moves to put black paint on Blacksad's white muzzle)''\\
'''Blacksad:''' ''(pokes his gun into the guy's belly)'' You give me so much as a freckle and I'll end you.
* BadassLongcoat: One that he is very fond of.
* BavarianFireDrill: He has a bunch of fake badges that he flashes when convenient. He admits this is a cheap trick and seems to have abandonned it when his custom worker one didn't work.
* CatsAreMean: Averted. He's polite and genial until you hit his bad side.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Always, but especially [[VitriolicBestBuds with Weekly]].
* CombatPragmatism: When the odds are against him, best example is in the first book where he has to deal with two MadeOFIron security guard who already beaten him badly once, Blacksad knock them with a fire extinguisher by surprise.
* CoolUncle: Revealed to be one to his sister's son in the fifth album.
* CulturedBadass: He appreciates the finer things and is often quite eloquent.
* DarkAndTroubledPast:
** In ''Somewhere Within The Shadows'' he said he had learned one or two tricks in the slums. Then proceeds to parry his assailant's knife and headbutt's him.
** In '' Arctic Nation'' we learn that he was a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII soldier and from what he says he wasn't glad about it.
** In ''Red Soul'' we learn that Blacksad had a rough childhood and grew up in a rough neighborhood.
** In ''Amarillo'' we learn that for some reason he and his sister have mostly lost contact with their father.
%%* GreenEyes
* GuileHero: His best attribute is not his fist or his aim with a gun, it's his quick thinking. He explains it in ''Red Soul'' that the only reason a rich and powerful man like Gotfield would sell his friends to the government is if he was promised something better not made public, [[spoiler: in this case a place in a bomb shelter reserved only to the senator Gallo's friends,]] and therefore has one last recourse in case he is caught. Comes with being a good detective.
* HardboiledDetective: A private investigator, with a somewhat cynical outlook, prone to the occasional PrivateEyeMonologue, and his stalwart determination and ability to think quickly helping him through most situations? He is pretty much the trope to a T.
* HurtingHero: often enough to give him an existential crisis by the beginning of ''Amarillo''.
* MrFanservice: In universe, this is played for humor. Otherwise, it's played straight.
* ScaryBlackMan: In a sense. The way his black fur is perceived by other persons, especially in ''Arctic Nation'', has many allusions to how African-Americans was perceived in the 50's, and there is the fact he often employs his looks for intimation.
* SmokingIsCool: Smoking was fashionable in the [[TheFifties 50's]] after all.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: He is one big and handsome black cat, as most female characters would attest.

[[caption-width-right:220:"Your good friend Week is here full of good vibes."]]

An [[IntrepidReporter intrepid reporter]] with an [[ThePigPen odor problem]] and a [[ChivalrousPervert perverted mind]]. Weekly befriends Blacksad during the latter's child abduction case in 'The Line.' Despite Blacksad's initial dislike of Weekly the two have become good friends and they work together often. His name comes from an office rumor that he changes his underwear only once a week.
* AsideGlance: After Blacksad and Alma 'borrow' his apartment.
* BumblingSidekick: Averted. Weekly has proved very useful to Blacksad.
* CasanovaWannabe: Hilariously played for all it's worth in ''Hell, Silence'': Week gets women coming on to him all over the place but is too busy snooping to pay any attention to theľ ''([[MarshmallowHell BUMP]])'' "Oops, pardon me."
* ChivalrousPervert: He finally meet a cute skunk girl that admires him but he just got a lead for Blacksad that can stop a murder so he has to keep it in his pants.
* IntrepidReporter: Odor problem aside, he's not a bad reporter.
* ThePigPen: His weird personal odor is commented much upon.
* PluckyComicRelief: He lightens the mood a lot, even accidentally cheering up Blacksad after the [[BittersweetEnding Arctic Nation]] case
* {{Sidekick}}: To Blacksad, particularly in ''Arctic Nation''.
* WolfWhistle: At Karup's wife.

!!Commissioner Smirnov
[[caption-width-right:220:"Truth is, John...I used to see clearly, but now..."]]

A police commissioner and friend of Blacksad. Because Smirnov realizes the failings of the justice system, he helps Blacksad to reach criminals that he himself cannot.
* FriendOnTheForce: Given that he's the police commissioner. [[spoiler: Notably, he provides Blacksad with a pretty waterproof alibi after he has shot and killed Statoc.]]
* HappilyMarried: "Red Soul" shows us his family, a wife and two kids.
* HeroicDog: A damn good police officer.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: With him being the police commissioner.
* SmokingIsCool: Believe us when we say that a German Shepherd letting out a drag of smoke is pretty darn cool.

[[folder: ''Somewhere Within The Shadows'']]
!!Natalia Wilford

%%* TheBeautifulElite
* BodyguardCrush: Reason why she fell in love with John.
* OldFlame: Was John's lover in the past.
* PosthumousCharacter: Given that the comic starts with her death, we only get to known her in flashbacks.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: How she died. Despite being shot point blank in the face, her visage was still untainted.
* StalkerWithACrush: Was the victim of this, which is when she hired Blacksad to deal with the guy.

!!Ivo Statoc

* BigBad: The one behind [[spoiler: Natalia's murder.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He tries to pass off as magnanimous and polite but is nothing but a slimy cold blooded sociopath. He laughs at the concept of conscience since such scruples are why his foe can't stop him while he tortured his mistress' lover before killing him without any feelings.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler: How he died.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: He thinks he can get away with [[spoiler: murder]] because he's rich. John proves him otherwise.
* YouWouldntShootMe: [[spoiler: Statoc tries this on Blacksad. Ironically, his smug EvilGloating is what Blacksad himself attribute for making him decide to shoot him.]]

[[folder: ''Arctic Nation'']]

!!Dinah Smith

* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Gets her daughter involved in a convoluted revenge scheme against the girl's grandfather by staging her disappearance, but starts to feel guilty about it.]]
* BestServedCold: [[spoiler: The reason why she went along with the plan to frame Karup. Things went wrong though and didn't get to live to see the results.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: Being one of the abandoned daughters of Karup.]]
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler: We do find out who her father is later on.]]
* DistinguishingMark: She has a white mark on her chest.
* MamaBear: Only in name.
* PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler: She is hot-tempered and impulsive compared to Jezebel. Further punctuated by the opposing color schemes, including their birthmarks.]]
* ShesGotLegs: In her work uniform.
* TheStoic: Tries to be one, fails. [[spoiler: She eventually finds herself unable to keep her emotions bottled-up and considers backing out of ThePlan, which leads to Huk killing her.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: The reason why she wants revenge upon Karup, her own father, is for their leaving her mother to her death. Unlike her sister however, she has obvious doubts because the plan puts her daughter Kylie in harms way.]]


* ChildrenAreInnocent: The only one innocent in this whole fiasco, and what's worse [[spoiler: it leaves her orphan.]]
* DisappearedDad: With her being raised by her mom.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: She is just adorable.


* DragonAscendant: Karup's right hand man.
* TheKlan: Is part of it.
* PedoHunt: [[spoiler: Frames Karup for Kylie's disappearance and by planting rumors about Karup being a pedophile.]]
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Betrays Karup in more ways than one.]]

!!Chief Hans Karup
* BearsAreBadNews: Supremacist, corrupt, [[spoiler: abandoned his wife and unborn cubs in the woods to die]] and it's a bear so few can go one on one with them when he is pissed.
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Betrayed by Huk, his right hand man, in more ways than one.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: Played for drama, as it causes people to believe that he's a pedophile.
* HappyMarriageCharade: Jezebel charmed him but made it clear that it is to keep a W.A.S.P image in front of his friends, saying she isn't into men [[spoiler: the real reason is that it's a revenge scheme and Karup is her father.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With his wife. [[spoiler: Both of them.]]
* TheKlan: The grandmaster of it no less.
* LargeAndInCharge: He is huge, and he is not only the local police chief, but also the grandmaster of TheKlan.
* LysistrataGambit: Victim of this. [[spoiler: For a [[ParentalIncest good reason]].]]
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: Although he was unaware of it and her daughter made sure that it would be a platonic marriage.]]
* PedoHunt: Becomes the victim of this.
* PedophilePriest: The director of the church's children choir. He may or may not be a pedophile... point is, by the end all the townsfolk believe it.
* TheSheriff: He is the police chief at his town.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler: Used to be a genuinely nice guy in his youth, until he started to buy into the whole racial purity thing.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Of Huk and Jezebel's machinations.]]

!!Jezebel Karup [[spoiler: nee Smith]]

* BestServedCold: [[spoiler: The reason why she did everything to get at Karup, including using her own niece in a kidnapping plan.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler: She teamed up with Huk, in more ways than one, to bring down Karup.]]
* ByronicHero: [[spoiler: FromACertainPointOfView, and a failed one at that.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: She had a great plan. It worked, but she lost more than she bargained for.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: The abandoned daughter of Karup.]]
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler: Her dad is not mentioned at the start of the story, then we find out who her father is.]]
* DistinguishingMark: [[spoiler: She has a black mark on her chest.]]
* HeelRealization: She gets this during her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. [[spoiler: Specifically, upon realizing that her vengeance cost Dinah's life, and made Kylie an orphan, which was the whole reason she wanted revenge on Karup.]]
* LysistrataGambit: [[spoiler: There's a reason for this: she's [[ParentalIncest Karup's daughter]], which he's unaware of.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: She orchestrated Karup's fall.]]
* MeaningfulName: Her name is Jezebel, what did you expect?
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Upon realizing that her plan ended up killing her sister, Dinah, thus leaving her niece, Kylie, an orphan, just like she once was.]]
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: Played with. She went to great lengths to get back at her own father, including seducing and marrying him. Although it's hinted they never had sex.]]
* PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler: She is more cold and calculating than Dinah. Further punctuated by the opposing color schemes, including their birthmarks.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to discuss her because of how central she is to the plot, even if she's just in the periphery of the story for the most part.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: The reason why she wants revenge upon Karup, her own father, is for their leaving her mother to her death. Unlike her sister however, she becomes completely consumed with revenge.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Played with. She never loved Karup, given that he's her father, but still cheats on him with Huk.]]

!!Miss Gray

* AdultsAreUseless: Averted. She knows Dinah's coldness toward Kylie's kidnapping makes no sense and contact Blacksad to find the girl.
* CoolTeacher: Mixed with CoolOldLady, in that she cares enough about her students to hire a private detective when one goes missing.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Kylie, in that [[spoiler: she is the only adult figure in the girl's life who legitimately cares about her well being and contacts Blacksad to find her when Dinah refuses to do anything.]]
* SilkHidingSteel: Blacksad's narration refer to her as a person that looks frail but with firm and dignified spirit. The illustration makes a good job to show it too.


[[folder: ''Red Soul'']]
!!Otto Liebber

* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Twice. His first failure was becoming a supporter of the Nazi regime. The second is when he passes nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union in hopes of restoring the balance of power. He ultimately returns to Germany to help with rebuilding his destroyed country.]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: He and his father helped John during his childhood, thus earning John's loyalty.
* DirtyCommunists: Believed to be one given that he's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield. [[spoiler: He was actually a Nazi.]]
* FreakOut: When he goes back to his old neighborhood and sees the rundown state it is in.
* HerrDoktor: [[spoiler: Yeah, he's German, yeah, he was a Nazi, yeah, he even worked with and met Hitler. But he's atoning for that.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Less of character and more of ideology, he caused a lot of problem by putting his mind at the service of people who claimed to bring a better world like [[spoiler: the Nazi and Litvak (who wasn't evil but his communism fervor blinded him a bit)]].
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: With the variant that he's actually alive.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Selling secrets to the Russians.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: [[spoiler: At least according to Herzl. Giving the H-bomb formula based on a weakly idealistic opinion enforces it.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse. [[spoiler: His Nazi past, sorta.]]

!!Samuel Gotfield

* AmbiguouslyJewish: Hinted, specially given his last name.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: The more he drinks, the more of an ass he becomes.
* DrivenToMadness: Oh boy, [[spoiler: he ends up digging in his backyard to make a bomb shelter and hear sirens of imminent attack.]] Blacksad is saddened by that view.
* DirtyCommunists: Is the benefactor of twelve left-leaning intellectuals. [[spoiler: Spills the beans on them when pressured by Senator Gallo.]]
* FreakOut: Suffers one during and after [[spoiler: spilling the beans on his benefactees.]]
* TheInformant: [[spoiler: He spills the beans to Senator Gallo on all the activities of the left-leaning people he was financing.]]
* SanitySlippage: The Red Scare really scares him.
* StepfordSmiler: He appears confident in public, but he is highly insecure and prone to being an idiot once inebriated.

!!Alma Mayer

* DirtyCommunists: Believed to be one given that she's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Granted, originally she was all business.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Well, she was pretty, but she bloomed after she changed her hairstyle.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Alma and John were supposed to hook-up at Niagara Falls once everything was over, but because he's caught by the FBI, and made it seem he betrayed Liebber, she disappears. Whether she kept John's child, or even carried to term is never revealed.]]
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:Although John never intended that to happen.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheats on Gotfield with John.

!!Sergei Litvak

* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Which is why the truth serum kills him.]]
* DirtyCommunists: Believed to be one given that he's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield. [[spoiler: Actually a Communist.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Was selling Liebber's secrets to the Russians]].
* MurderByMistake: [[spoiler:He accidentally dies at the hands of the FBI when they use truth serum on him]].
* RetiredBadass: Being a former russian soldier.
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:The painting which he was gonna use to give the H-bomb secrets to the Russians was titled "Red Soul".]]

!! Otero

* DirtyCommunists: Believed to be one given that he's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield.
* RetiredBadass: Being a former spanish soldier.
* LastNameBasis: His first name is never revealed.
* MurderByMistake: He was murdered when the assassin mistook him for Liebber

!!Laszlo Herzl
* AntiVillain: He goes through despicable means to kill Otto because [[spoiler: Otto is a nazi that got absolved during operation paperclip thanks to his scientific talents. A former nazi gets zero comeuppance and a nomination for a Nobel prize because he built the H-Bomb didn't sit well with Herzl.]]
* DirtyCommunists: Believed to be one given that he's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield.
* GreenEyedMonster: Has a rivalry with Liebber. Most think it's because the scientific community like Liebber more than Herzl, in reality [[spoiler:it's because Liebber is a former Nazi, and Herzl is a Holocaust survivor.]]
* JewishAndNerdy: A renowned chemist.
* KarmaHoudini: Never really got his comeuppance for his involvement in Otero's murder. Or at least it's [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never seen]].
* NaziHunter: [[spoiler:As a Holocaust survivor, he's been keeping tabs on Dr. Otto Lieber for his Nazi past.]]

!!Senator Gallo

* CorruptPolitician: It is revealed his program was gonna save only those close to him.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He's a stand-in of Senator Joseph [=McCarthy=], being a fanatical anti-communist U.S. Senator in the 1950s with a supposed list of names on suspected Communists.
* PunnyName: Gallo means Rooster in spanish.
* RedScare: Uses it to wield his power in Washington.


[[folder: ''A Silent Hell'']]
!!Faust [=LaChapelle=] [[spoiler:Dupre]]

* BigBad: [[spoiler: He set things in motion that ends with several musicians dead.]]
* IHaveNoSon: Subverted. Even if he doesn't see eye to eye with his son Thomas, he still cares about him and wants to leave him a good legacy.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: He has cancer and is dying.
* ManipulativeBastard: Being the guy that kickstarted the main events.
* MeaningfulName: He's a very Faustian character.
* SnakeOilSalesman: [[spoiler: The person of Life Everlasting, a supposed health product responsible for many cases of birth defects, including Lenoir and Fletcher.]]
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: Tries really hard to move away from his past as Dupre and all the bad things he caused, and he is not afraid to do anything to stop you if start sniffing around.]]
* TitleDrop: He mentions his idea of Hell is a place where everything is silent, where there is no music.

!!Sebastian "Little Hand" Fletcher

* AddledAddict: Zig-zags between this and FunctionalAddict. [[spoiler: His SurvivorsGuilt doesn't help.]]
* DisabledLoveInterest: He is Hannah's.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Has a smaller right arm and hand, still plays a killer piano and a great jazz musician.
* MeaningfulName: Or nickname, which refers to his shorter right arm and small right hand.
* PerfectPoison: [[spoiler:They tainted his heroin, making it seem like an overdose]].
* SurvivorsGuilt: [[spoiler:In the sense that he's the most well-off and famous of his friends, all thanks to the person responsible for all their birth defects.]]
* TroubledButCute: For varying degrees of cute.

!!Thomas [=LaChappelle=]

* CallingTheOldManOut: He pretty much abandon his father after one too many dispute.
* TheDutifulSon: Tried to be this, but it always seemed it was never enough for Faust.
* GreenEyedMonster: He's jealous of Sebastian, [[spoiler:but he does care about him and Hannah.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Wants Blacksad to drop the asearch for Sebastian since his family's fortune is slowly eroding and they need all the funds they can get. When Blacksad calls him out on not caring about Sebastian he says that he does like him but Sebastian abandoned his pregnant wife which doesn't exactly give him sympathy points.
* RedHerringShirt: [[spoiler:It's made seem that he's the bad guy initially, but is later revealed he cares about both Hannah and Sebastian.]]
* TheUnfavourite: He always felt his father would dote more on Sebastian.

!!Hannah Fletcher

* InstantBirthJustAddWater: With the help of [[spoiler:Thomas]] and a midwife.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: She is the person that starts this whole thing rolling by showing Faust the new lyrics for a song Sebastian and Lenoir were working on, a song about Faust's old life as Dr. Dupre and the damage his product, "Life Everlasting" did to the children of Caldonia]].
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Gives birth to a child the same night [[spoiler: Sebastian dies]].

!!"Big" Bill Lenoir

* AnArmAndALeg: Was born without one of his legs.
* BilingualBonus: Speaks Gullah when angry, you can kind of get what he says if you know English.
* TheDrifter: Being pretty much poor, he spends his time "walking" through all of New Orleans.
* ThePollyanna: Despite being poor, in poor health including missing a leg, he seems to be a happy fella'.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Tried to with his childhood friends, but failed.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: He is pretty shaken up after [[spoiler: killing Leeman.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:After he found out the truth about "Life Everlasting" and the origin of his condition, he reached out to his friends, which resulted in his friends getting killed and his own life threatened.]]

!!Ted Leeman

* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: [[spoiler: Tries to convince John to blackmail Faust together]],
* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit: More like brownsuit, but you get the idea.
* ImplacableMan [[spoiler:Takes 3 shots and close range to the gut and is hardly worse for the wear; it takes Lenoir hitting him with a pickaxe to the back of the neck to kill him.]]
* LeaveNoWitnesses: [[spoiler: Reason why he started to kill Faust's musicians]].
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Originally working for Faust [=LaChapelle=], but once he found out about "Life Everlasting" he thought of blackmailing him instead.]]
* StoutStrength: Despite his weight, he's incredibly strong, as befits a hippo.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Tells John that the two could have blackmailed [=LaChappelle=] over "Life Everlasting".]]


[[folder: ''Amarillo'']]

!!Chad Lowell

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Kills Abraham in a fit of rage. Is involved in Polyphemus and Elmore's deaths. Accidentally kills Neal.]]
* TheAtoner: Tries to. [[spoiler:succeeds in the end.]]
* CradlingYourKill: [[spoiler:Neal, after accidentally pushing him to a bus.]]
* DoomMagnet: See AccidentalMurder. Kid really can't catch a break.
* HairTriggerTemper: [[spoiler: Kills Abraham in a fit of rage after the latter took away his manuscript and tried to mail it to the Dalai Lama]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: He is a jerkass that only cares about himself and his novel. Part of this is mostly because he has a bad case of nerves.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Four times.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He is based on Creator/JackKerouac
* PoisonousFriend: Of Abraham. Put the two together, and inebriated, and they're completely [[spoiler:self-destructive]].
* RescueRomance: With Luanne after they rescue each other.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: He is directly responsible for two deaths, and involved in the accidental death of two others. Given the circumstances, you can't help but to feel at least bad for some of what happened to him]].

!!Abraham Greenberg

* ChekhovsGunman: Thanks to his early cameo in "Red Soul"
* EarlyBirdCameo: Appears in "Red Soul" in a couple of panels, but hardly is of consequence in that story.
* DirtyCommunist: Was one of Gotfield's benefactees, and was even arrested in "Red Soul", he's also a complete asshole.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He is based on Creator/AllenGinsberg.
* PoisonousFriend: To Chad. [[spoiler:All Chad learns from him is how to be auto-destructive.]]

!!Neal Beato

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Gets accidentally killed by Chad.]]
* AmoralAttorney: Averted. Despite being an ambulance chaser, he's a really jovial guy.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:As he's dying.]]
* DieLaughing: Starts laughing at John's joke before passing away.
* FriendToAllChildren: Despite looking like a slimy lawyer, he's a good guy and and gets along well with Ray, John's nephew.
* HandsomeLech: Hits on several women, including John's sister.
* NiceGuy: Despite being a lawyer, he is really nice, even happily hanging out with Jay, John's nephew.
* TheHyena: Subverted, a racist parrot notes that for a Hyena he doesn't seem to have a sense of humor, he does the guy was just not that funny and Neal could see Blacksad's anger.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to Chad after one too many self loathing idiocy from him, being sick of his angsty artist persona and tells him that he can't just drag people with him.

!!Luanne [[spoiler: Eva Lange]]

* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: Was 14 when she ran away from home after her family [[MyGirlIsNotASlut forced her into an abortion]]. Also, she's the granddaughter of a newspaper magnate.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: [[spoiler: Actually forced into one by her family in order to avoid a scandal.]]
* MsFanservice: Part of her job at the Circus.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: When she kills Polyphemus, her would be rapist, saving Chad in the process.]]
* RescueRomance: With Chad, after they rescue each other.

!!Donna & Ray

* ChildrenAreInnocent: Ray, he has childlike admiration of guns and really enjoys Neal's music.
* DisappearedDad: Donna's father, as well as Ray's. Donna and John's father just fell off the map. Ray's moved away after the divorce.
* GreenEyes: Both Donna and Ray.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Donna triggers this from John when Neal wolf-whistles at her.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Ray is just adorable.

!!Elmore Kupka

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Falls of a train when attacking both John and Chad.]]
* TheHypocrite: [[spoiler: Wanted to execute Chad for killed a fellow circus member, but was quickly to jump at the chance to turn in Luanne for a big reward. Gets called on it by Simon, the circus manager.]]
* KnightTemplar: Will stop at nothing to make sure the circus survives, even if he gets expelled from it.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler: Dies in a lousy way after betraying his own circus code by trying to capture Luane for a reward]].
* SadClown: Only while on the job.