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[[folder: Recurring Characters]]
!!John Blacksad
[[caption-width: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.
* 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 ''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
%%* HardboiledDetective
* 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
* 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: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
* IntrepidReporter: Odor problem aside, he's not a bad reporter.
%%* PluckyComicRelief
* {{Sidekick}}: To Blacksad, particularly in ''Arctic Nation''.
* WolfWhistle: At Karup's wife.
!!Commissioner Smirnov
[[caption-width: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.
* 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.]]
* 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. The taunting is what seemingly pushed Blacksad into shooting him.]]

[[folder: ''Artic Nation'']]

!!Dinah Smith

* 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:Jezebel's.]]
* ShesGotLegs: In her work uniform.
* TheStoic: Tries to be one, fails. [[spoiler: This is most likely the reason why she gets killed by Huk.]]
* 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]].
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler: Killed by Jezebel after he killed Dinah]].
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Betrays Karup in more ways than one.]]

!!Chief Hans Karup

* 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.
* 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, 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 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:Dinah's.]]
%%* WalkingSpoiler
* 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.]]


[[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 making him loyal to him.
* 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.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Escapes punishment even after trying to give state secrets to the Russians, flees to Germany and helps in the reconstruction of his country while serving as a school teacher]].
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler:With the variant that he's actually alive.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Selling secrets to the Russians]].
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: [[spoiler:At least according to Herzl.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse. [[spoiler:His Nazi past, sorta.]]
* UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace: [[spoiler:Herzl hints that Liebber was recruited by the US and worked at Los Alamos thanks to Operation Paperclip.]]

!!Samuel Gotfield

* AmbiguouslyJewish: Hinted, specially given his last name.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: The more he drinks, the more of an ass he becomes.
* 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 lef-leaning people he was financing.]]
** DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: He quickly gives in to pressure from Gallo in order to try to save his hide]].
* 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

* 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.]]
* UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust: [[spoiler:A survivor of it.]]
* 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.
* 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: He does care about his son Thomas, and wants to leave him a good legacy, even if they don't see eye to eye.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* BillingualBonus: 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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"
* 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 seeing like 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.
* 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
* 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.