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Characters that appear in ''Literature/GoodOmens''.

!!Angels and Demons

The angel who guarded the gates of Eden with a flaming sword, Aziraphale has lived among humans for thousands of years, and has become quite fond of them as a result. Due to his friendship with Crowley and all those years among free-willed mortals, he's not quite as pure-hearted as he should be.
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially when he simply cannot help but do good, but tries (awkwardly) to hide it.
* DemonicPossession: Angelic possession, rather. He body surfs to a few people attuned to be mediums, hijacking their bodies for a time.
* {{Asexuality}}: The way it's phrased is a little ambiguous, but the implication is that being sexless unless he really wants to make an effort means he doesn't normally have a sex drive ''or'' the parts to act on it with.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Crowley at the end. Nothing comes of it, though.
* BadassBookworm: Owns a bookstore, and while that's what he truly enjoys, he is still a soldier of Heaven and expected to fight in the coming Apocalypse.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Technically, angels and demons don't need to breathe.
* BeingGoodSucks: His ChronicHeroSyndrome often inconveniences him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: See MuggingTheMonster below.
%%* CareBearStare
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Bibles with interesting misprints.
* CosmicPlaything: Ineffably so. He and Crowley spend most of the novel attempting to avert the Apocalypse, but [[spoiler:when it comes down to it, the most significant work in stopping it was that of Anathema, Newton, and the Them. In the epilogue, Aziraphale and Crowley speculate that the last few days' events had been the actual divine plan all along.]]
* TheEmpath: Aziraphale, when they're trying to find TheAntiChrist, is puzzled when he doesn't [[DetectEvil detect any evil]] in the area; the only thing he senses is [[ThePowerOfLove pure love.]]
%%* EnergyBeings
* FlamingSword: Well, briefly. He gave it away to Adam and Eve after they were banished from Eden, because they were defenseless and cold and he wanted to help keep them warm.
* FriendlyEnemy: With Crowley. They're basically enemies in name only.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Rather, he tries to be.
* GoKartingWithBowser: An angel frequently having meals, getting drunk with, and all around hanging out with a demon.
* GoingNative: Like Crowley, after spending most of creation on Earth, he winds up liking it more than the alternative.
* GoodIsNotNice: He's aligned with the forces of good, but he's perfectly willing to do some quite unscrupulous and unpleasant things if it's needed to save humanity.
* GoshDarnItToHeck: He doesn't swear. Well, he does. [[PrecisionFStrike Twice]].
* HealingHands: "Lord, heal this bike."
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Crowley. (Although "non-sexual" might be a more accurate term, since the narrative makes it clear that neither of them even have a technical gender, let alone sexual orientation)
* ICantDance: The only dance he knows is the gavotte. Being immortal, he doesn't bother trying to keep up with the modern dances.
* InnocentBigot: Despite all evidence to the contrary, and despite basically considering him a friend, he's still convinced that Crowley is incapable of feeling love or loyalty, simply because he's a demon. To him, it's not prejudice, it's just a fact. In complete fairness, it's ''supposed'' to be, but Crowley's been around humans too long.
* IResembleThatRemark: Shadwell calls him a southern pansy. Aziraphale later asserts that he is not just ''a'' southern pansy, he is ''The'' Southern Pansy.
* KnightInSourArmor: He can snark with the best of them.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:After the events of the climax, like most characters in the book, he forgets what happened.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: The FlamingSword. "Once you learn, you never really forget how." Aziraphale's MomentOfAwesome.
* LightIsNotGood: See NotSoDifferent.
* MindOverMatter: He is capable of changing reality with his thoughts (for instance, his repair of Anathema's bike), though he is often rather bashful about it if someone points out that he's done so.
* MistakenForGay: It's stated that pretty much everyone's first impression of Aziraphale, among other things, is that he's "gayer than a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide". Him hanging around with Crowley all the time certainly doesn't help.
* MuggingTheMonster: Members of TheMafia who threaten his bookstore mysteriously fail to do so again. He probably doesn't ''harm'' them, but there's always that ambiguous little possibility...
%%* MundaneUtility
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Maybe. "Wouldn't it be better to just..."
* NationalStereotypes: [[BritishStuffiness The posh British gentleman.]] He is not, in fact, British, but it just seems to rub off.
* NoBiologicalSex: Angels are sexless unless they feel like making an effort. He's male by appearances, though.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Even Gaiman and Pratchett fell victim to this.
-->'''Pratchett:''' It ''should'' be Azz-ear-raf-AE-el, but we got into the habit of pronouncing it Azz-ear-raf-ail, so I guess that's the right way now.
* OddFriendship: With Crowley. Stuffy angel and stylish demon.
%%* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* PetTheDog: Yes, from an angel, and one he feels vaguely guilty about - he "lost" his flaming sword because he gave it to Adam and Eve, feeling sorry for them.
%%* ThePhilosopher
* PlayingWithFire: Aziraphale makes a traffic ticket spontaneously combust. Not to mention his original weapon, a flaming sword.
* PrecisionFStrike: He swears twice in one chapter, which the book points out is something he hasn't done in six thousand years.
* PunchClockHero: Not doing a lot to actually destroy the forces of Hell. He even agrees with Crowley, if Heaven wins, things would be boring.
* RealNameAsAnAlias[=/=]StevenUlyssesPerhero[=/=]SueDonym: Ezra Fell and A. Ziraphale
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Only a tiny bit older than the earth itself.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Comes with being an angel. He can't help but help people he passes.
* ScrewDestiny: As an angel, he's supposed to be working towards Armageddon. He has other ideas.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: He's called "Azraphel" in a 2007 Italian translation.
* StayingAlive: Well, he's not mortal, so he can't die - he just gets discorporeated.
* SweetTooth: He seems to like hot chocolate as much as he likes liquor.
%%* {{Telepathy}}
%%* TeleportersAndTransporters
* TemptingFate: "It's over, don't you think?"
* TimeAbyss[=/=]FishOutOfTemporalWater: Aziraphale hasn't updated his wardrobe since the 50s.
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Miraculous near-escapes work like this.
* WingPull: When preparing for the final battle.


Crowley was the Serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Having lived on Earth for past six thousand years, he's become rather fond of humanity. His friendship with Aziraphale means he's not quite as evil as a demon should be, though he was never very evil to begin with.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Aziraphale
* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]ManOfWealthAndTaste: His taste in his human persona.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: As mentioned above, angels and demons technically don't need to breathe.
* BlowYouAway: Crowley toys with the idea of conjuring up a hurricane to eliminate rival job applicants.
* CareBearStare: When filling in Aziraphale's job, which he does sometimes to maintain the status quo.
* CatchPhrase: "Ciao!"
* CoolCar: The Bentley.
* CoolShades: Which he wears ''all the time''. It emphasizes his shady nature.
* CosmicPlaything: Applies equally to Crowley as it does to Aziraphale.
* CrazyPrepared: Kept a container of incredibly deadly holy water just in case.
* DarkIsNotEvil: See NotSoDifferent.
* DeadlyPrank: The bucket over the door [[spoiler:filled with holy water]] trick.
** Subverted when [[spoiler:he turns the paintball ammunition into actual bullets, because he also uses his powers to ensure that no one actually dies as a result. Apart from his entry in the Dramatis Personae, this is one of the earliest hints in the novel that he's really not particularly evil.]]
* DeathGlare: [[PsychoactivePowers when deployed by Crowley]] [[RealityWarper reality tends to realign accordingly.]]
* TheDeterminator: He manages to hold his flaming wreckage of a Bentley intact through sheer force of will in the climax.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Something of a [[IncrediblyLamePun speed demon.]] He never actually ''hits'' anyone, but it's really not for lack of opportunity.
* EnergyBeings: Converts to energy to travel through a phone line.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After getting praise from downstairs for his work in Spain, despite not having worked there recently, he went there to find out about this thing called the Spanish Inquisition that the humans created all by themselves without any hellish influence. After finding out, he drank himself into a stupor.
* EvilIsPetty: The type of evil he likes to inspire in people; nasty, petty, small-minded little cruelties fueled by bad tempers and off days. It doesn't require much work on his part to get to thousands in this way, and - in his opinion, the best part - people will come up with the evil ''themselves''. People are so much more creative than demons.
* FaceHeelTurn: Crowley is said to be one of the fallen angels, [[{{SubvertedTrope}} but it turns out that he's not really evil per se.]] It's less that he became evil, and more that he just hung out with the wrong people. It's right there in the Dramatis Personae introduction:
--> ''Crowley (An Angel [[LampshadeHanging who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards]])''
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Crowley's reaction to his immediate superiors being rather underwhelmed by his demonic influences (i.e. traffic jams and telemarketers) on the mortal world. It's something of an example of quality vs. quantity, with his superiors focusing on the former and Crowley the latter because Crowley believes the former is outmoded.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He seems to switch between idly resurrecting suffocated doves and trying to drown ducks.
** Note that he only really tries to drown ducks when Aziraphale is around to tell him he has to stop. This seems to run on the same sort of logic of "well, if we go out to dinner together, we're both technically stopping the other from doing good/evil deeds, and therefore doing our jobs"
* FriendlyEnemy: With Az. They're closer to friends than enemies, but on paper are still foes.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: He's the only really good demon shown. On the other hand, the narration also notes that most other demons resemble Crowley more than they resemble [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Hastur and Ligur]], who are the only two demons besides Crowley to feature significantly in the narrative.
* GlamourFailure: His HellishPupils, his snakeskin boots that might be his ''feet'' and his tendency to hiss when he forgets himself.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: When he's using his demonic power.
* GoKartingWithBowser: All things aside, he and Aziraphale really are quite good friends.
* GoingNative: After living on earth for thousands of years, humanity has started to rub off on him.
* GuileHero: Neutralizes two much more powerful demons by outwitting them, the latter with a ploy he ''[[IndyPloy made up on the spot]]''.
* HealingHands: Breathes life back into a squashed dove.
* HellishPupils: Quite literally. They burn when he's using his demonic power.
* HeroicResolve: He holds his burning car together through '''[[{{Determinator}} sheer force of will]]'''.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Aziraphale. (Again, "non-sexual" is more accurate, since neither of them is technically straight.)
* IGaveMyWord: A demon of his word. Hell is pretty proverbial for enforcing its agreements.
* IndyPloy: Does this when the Dukes of Hell are after him.
--> Plan A had worked; Plan B had failed. It was time for Plan C. The problem was that he had only ever planned as far as Plan B.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When he was contacted by his superiors and complimented on TheSpanishInquisition, he went to Spain to try to figure out exactly what it was he was taking credit for. He then came back and spent a solid week either drinking or passed out.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Occasionally uses a tire iron to good effect.
* InWithTheInCrowd: His StartOfDarkness. It's stated that Crowley "...didn't so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards.", and that he only really picked up with Lucifer's rebellion because his friends did and he didn't really have anywhere else to go.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's in very deep denial for most of the book about actually being a kind of sweetheart.
%%* KickTheSonOfABitch
* KnightInSourArmor: Like Aziraphale, he's quite sarcastic.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Like most of the characters in the book, he doesn't remember the events after the resolution.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:His beloved car ends up totaled when he has to drive it through the M25... ''after'' said highway starts emanating a bizarre and dangerous energy field. Which he set it up to do.]]
* TheLegionsOfHell: Works for Hell. Not the average worker, though.
* LoveableRogue or LovableTraitor: He's a traitor to the forces of Hell. For which most of the rest of the characters in the book would be quite thankful, if they knew who he was.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Scares off the paint-balling corporate commando by turning into something ''dreadful''... "I think the maggots were a bit over the top, myself."
* MeaningfulName: Crowley, a reference to occultist Aleister Crowley. It also references his original role as the serpent ("Crawly") that tempted Adam and Eve.
** For a large part of the book, it's insinuated that Crowley actually ''is'' Aleister Crowley. [[spoiler: It turns out the initial "A." actually stands for "Anthony"]].
* MindOverMatter: When he needs his Bentley to drive, it ''drives'', even if it happens to be a burnt-out ruin at the time.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: More like a Minion who's actively trying to fail the Evil class. He's good at his job, but doesn't want to be ''too'' good because he likes being on Earth.
* MoreThanMindControl: Temptation. In his own words, he looks into people's minds and gives them what they really ''want''. If people wants such dreadful things so often, well, is that his fault?
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Doesn't see eye to eye with the rest of the demons.
* NervesOfSteel: Given that he can keep driving his Bentley ''while it's on fire''. Which, we might note, requires his psychic powers for him to continue doing.
* NobleDemon: A literal example, from one standpoint. However, despite being a demon, he's not actually a villainous character.
* OnlySaneEmployee: He's seemingly the only demon who considers planning in the long-term, believes subtle acts of mass-corruption are the way forward and thinks that the Apocalypse is a ''bad'' idea for business.
** He also tried to introduce technology to Hell, thinking it would be a better way to contact him. Unfortunately, instead of adopting telephones like he'd wanted, they instead decided to contact him through his car radio, satanically twisting whatever he was listening to at the time.
%%* OurDemonsAreDifferent
%%* [[spoiler:OutOfTheInferno]]
* PartialTransformation: Despite being an accomplished shapeshifter, even when he's in human form he likes to retain HellishPupils and it's implied that his trademark snakeskin boots are actually just his feet.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: "He never meant to fall, he just ran with the wrong crowd."
* ThePhilosopher: "The point is...the point is...''dolphins''".
* PokeThePoodle: He's a [[BadBoss merciless, ruthless taskmaster]] who likes to {{make an example|of them}}... of his houseplants, when they don't grow fast enough.
* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Demon]]: He does his best to cause chaos and corrupt souls, but is more fond of the earth and humans than just about every other demon.
* RealNameAsAnAlias[=/=]StevenUlyssesPerhero[=/=]SueDonym
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The same age as Aziraphale.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When he's pissed off.
* RedRightHand: Crowley has snake eyes, a forked tongue he can do weird things with, and snake skin boots that may or may not be actual boots.
* RipVanWinkle: Slept through most of the 19th Century. Hey, he ''is'' sort of a snake.
* ScrewDestiny: Like Aziraphale, he's supposed to be working towards Armageddon (but on the other side), but has other ideas.
* SnakesAreSexy: He's indicated to be the snake that tempted Eve.
* SpeechImpediment: [[SssssnakeTalk Crowley tends to hiss when agitated.]]
%%* SpotlightStealingSquad
* StayingAlive: With the exception of holy water, nothing can kill him.
%%* SuperSenses
* TallDarkAndSnarky: A ''lot'' more sarcastic than his angelic friend.
%%* {{Telepathy}}
%%* TeleportersAndTransporters
* ThatPoorPlant: Crowley is one of the premier window gardeners in the world... because he keeps his plants in a state of perpetual fear of him. His favourite motivational tool is to flush one down the toilet in front of its peers.
%%* TricksterArchetype
* UnusualEuphemism[=/=]GoshdangItToHeck: "Oh for Go- Sa- Somebody's sake!" Also uses "Bless!" instead of "Damn!", or at least tries to. Alternately, [[TakeThat "Manchester!"]]
%%* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WeaksauceWeakness: Like all demons, holy water will destroy him.
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Miraculous near escapes work like this.
* WingPull: When preparing for the final battle.


!!Duke Hastur
A Duke of Hell and a nasty piece of work.
%%* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: As mentioned above, angels and demons technically don't need to breathe.
* EnergyBeings: Converts into energy in order to travel through phone lines.
%%* TheLegionsOfHell
%%* LovecraftianSuperpower
%%* OurDemonsAreDifferent
%%* PlayingWithFire
* ProperlyParanoid: At one point, it's mentioned that Hastur is paranoid, which is in fact a very reasonable thing since as he is a denizen of Hell where everyone really ''is'' out to get you.
%%* StayingAlive
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Ligur.
* TimeAbyss[=/=]FishOutOfTemporalWater: 14th Century mindset.
%%* UnusualUserInterface
%%* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WeaksauceWeakness: Holy water is exceedingly dangerous to him, like all demons.


!!Duke Ligur
Likewise a Duke of Hell, and an equally nasty piece of work.
%%* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: As mentioned above, angels and demons technically don't need to breathe.
%%* BigEater
%%* TheLegionsOfHell
%%* OurDemonsAreDifferent
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Hastur.
* TimeAbyss[=/=]FishOutOfTemporalWater: 14th Century mindset.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Holy water completely destroys him.


!!The Four Bikers of the Apocalypse

!!Death a.k.a. Azrael

The greatest and leader of the Horsemen.
* BadassBiker: The most badass of the Horsemen, and like the rest, has changed to a bike rather than a horse.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: He's one of the Four Horsemen, Death. He's referred to as the Pale Rider, but much more obliquely than the others.
* BoldInflation: He speaks IN ALL CAPS, WITH NO QUOTATION MARKS.
* CelestialBody: His wings are described as black holes cut out of space with a scattering of lights gleaming in the darkness, which might be stars or might be something else entirely.
* DontFearTheReaper: He's not as kindly as other personifications of death created by the same authors, but he's not truly malicious or destructive, and only seems to be going through with the apocalypse because he must be there. [[spoiler: Once the other three are defeated, he leaves without putting up any fight. In the epilogue, he's briefly seen feeding ducks in the park.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of Death from Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series. They're practically the same character and even use the same manner of speech.
* TheFaceless: The only member of the Horsemen who keeps his helmet on, hiding his face until the climax.
%%* FlamingSkulls
%%* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* TheGrimReaper: He's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of death.
* SkullForAHead: Under his helmet.
* TokenGoodTeammate: He's more in touch with humanity than his comrades and by many leagues the most powerful. The evils of War, Famine, Pestilence and Pollution might someday come to an end, but Death has always walked in the footsteps of life and always will. The others are always a little wary of him.
* WillNotTellALie: When the bikers gather, Death is busy playing a trivia game he had been winning, until he refuses to answer one specific question, which he knows is inaccurate.

[[folder: I don't care what it says, I never laid a finger on [[Elvis Lives him ]]


!!War a.k.a. Carmine Zuigiber a.k.a. Scarlett.

The only female member of the Horsemen.
* BadassBiker: Like all the horsemen, now uses a motorcycle rather than a horse.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: She's ''the'' Red Rider, War, for crying out loud.
* BloodKnight: She pretty much lives for violence (or perhaps the other way around - violence exists because she lives). Her reaction to receiving her sword was ecstatic.
* CoolSword: Not fancy, but it looks well-designed for the sort of thing that swords do, which is killing a very large number of people. [[spoiler:And it's not just any sword, it's the one Aziraphale gave away. You hand a divine weapon to the two first humans, you don't go expecting a personification of ''peace'' to wind up wielding it, do you?]]
* DarkActionGirl: As deadly as she is beautiful.
* EvilRedhead: She's a redhead and she's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of war.
* FemmeFatale: She uses her seductiveness to incite men to fight.
* FingerLickinEvil: Carmine ends the slaughter of a bar full of rebels on a war-torn tropical island by licking blood off her fingers.
* IntrepidReporter : Her day job is a (terrible) journalist who does work on war stories.
%%* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste
* MaleGaze: Inasmuch as is possible in a print medium; see below. As the personification of conflict and violence, she would naturally be alluring and seductive until you get too close.
* MeaningfulName: The names she uses in human form, (Carmine and Scarlett) are both shades of red.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: She has red eyes, and she's very dangerous.
* [[ShesGotLegs She's Got Legs]]: Which are mentioned rather frequently, usually with an adjective such as "long".
* SlasherSmile: As her human façade cracks, War's teeth start to gleam "like beautiful bullets."
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's the only female of the horsemen.


!!Famine a.k.a. Dr. Raven Sable

The Horseman who has proven most adept at blending in with humanity, in the worst way.
* AndADietCoke: He's observed this in his restaurants, and indeed supports it.
* BadassBiker: Like the other Horsemen, he now rides a bike instead of a horse.
* BadBoss: Resolves to have [[ElvisLives one of his employees]] fired for singing while on the job.
* BadassInANiceSuit: He's shown a love for the finer things, like exquisite suits.
* BeardOfEvil: A stylish goatee.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: Well, Biker of the Apocalypse. He's the Black Rider, AKA Famine.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Though there's no sign his business practices themselves are more than ''typically'' evil, the products sold are designed more for inflicting suffering than turning a profit, although he may be the only one to realize it.
%%%* LeanAndMean: As one would expect.
* LouisCypher: The Black Rider using two words for "black" as his human alias.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Actually, he never had a doctorate. He's much older than doctors. Knows enough to fake one anyway.
* NumberOfTheBeast: His street address is spelled out in [[DevilInPlainSight giant red numbers]] on his building. The number actually has no significance to him at all, but he finds it amusing to be reminded of the meaning humans assign to perfectly ordinary numbers.



The Horseman who retired following the invention of Penicillin.
* BitCharacter: Doesn't actually appear, with his retirement before the novel's events serving to explain Pollution's presence.
* LightIsNotGood: The "White" Rider before Pollution. It's unknown if Conquest ever existed in this mythology.
* ThePeteBest: InUniverse. Left the Horsemen before the Apocalypse actually happened.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Quit being a member of the Horsepeople in 1936, "muttering about penicillin". Pollution thinks he gave up too early, but doesn't mind taking his place.


!!Pollution (a.k.a. Chalky, Mr. White, etc.)

The replacement for Pestilence.
* AffablyEvil: He's wistful and a bit cheery to pretty much everybody.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: Well, Biker of the Apocalypse. He's the replacement for Pestilence.
* InsultBackfire: He ''loves'' it when people drop garbage all over the place.
* LightIsNotGood: The White Rider. His purpose is to bring the world's end.
* PerceptionFilter: He has an ability to make people forget about his presence, which makes it fairly easy for him to get away with his heinous acts of pollution.
* ThePigPen: Anything he touches becomes encrusted with corrosion and filth.
* PrettyBoy: Described as looking like a beautiful, tragic Victorian Romantic poet before the tuberculosis really starts setting in.
* TheReveal: For whatever reason, the fact he's Pollution and not Pestilence is made intentionally ambiguous until the big confrontation. For example, when he signs for the parcel containing his crown, it's noted that his signature is so messy that, while it definitely starts with "P", it's difficult to tell whether it ends in "-ence" or "-tion".
* TagalongKid: The youngest of the horsepersons. Pestilence retired after the invention of antibiotics.
* {{Technopath}}: One of his special gifts is making machines do just what he wants them to do, regardless of fail-safe interlocks or foolproof backups. What the machines do isn't even that consequential, usually, unless you discover they're the other end of a long chain of such inconsequential events that lead to toxic waste disasters and oil spills.
* WalkingWasteland: Pollution follows him wherever he goes.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: His hair is almost fantastically white, and he basically exists to destroy the world.


!! Humans

!!Agnes Nutter

An exceedingly powerful prophet who lived centuries ago, her prophecies drive much of the plot.
* AwesomeButImpractical: She was the only perfectly accurate prophet in all of history. ''However''... she can only see the things that happen to her descendants. Not only is this pretty useless to ''everyone else'' (for example, on 22 November 1963, she predicted a house in the British countryside collapsing, not the JFK assassination... her descendants could've been near that house, but they'd be nowhere near Dallas), it's also pretty useless to ''her descendants'' because the predictions generally have very little context. There's also the problem of her almost indecipherable wording choices, which lead to a high number of prophecies only being figured out after they happen.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Happily hops up onto the stake because she knew she was going to die.
* TheCassandra: No one believed her in her own time, even though she was perfectly accurate.
* GoodIsNotNice: Even Anathema thinks she was a ornery old hag with a nasty sense of humor.
* PsychicPowers: She was capable of predicting things that would happen seven hundred years later. Her family just gets the interpretations wrong.
* TakingYouWithMe: When the MedievalMorons decide to BurnTheWitch, it doesn't go as planned... [[spoiler:she turned herself into a nail-bomb and took out the entire village when they set her to the torch]].
* ThanatosGambit: She knew of her impending death, took it in stride (and took out those who killed her), and left her prophecies so her descendants will be happy.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Parodied. Her descendants often can't decipher her prophecies because of her language.


!!Witchfinder Private Newton Pulsifer

The most junior member of the Witchfinders (as well as second most senior), he sort of stumbled upon the job.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Him and Anathema both name their modes of transportation.
* DatingCatwoman: With Anathema. A witch's descendant and a witchfinder.
* DoomItYourself: As a WalkingTechbane, anything he attempts to fix will end up working ''worse''. [[spoiler:As mentioned below, he ends up using this to his advantage.]]
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Subverted. When he takes his glasses off, he ends up looking ''less'' handsome because he keeps running into things and ends up covered in bruises and bandages.
* InTheBlood: Newt's ancestor was the one who laid the torch to Agnes Nutter (who was, in turn, Anathema's ancestor).
* OccultDetective: He's one of two remaining Witchfinders in England.
* OddCouple: Him and Anathema. She's a witch, he's a witch hunter.
* UnfazedEveryman: As things get crazy and crazier, he seems to stop caring.
* UnluckyEverydude: Probably the most normal of the cast, and hilariously unlucky [[spoiler: until the end, where he and Anathema become an OfficialCouple]].
* WalkingTechbane: To a truly spectacular extent. He's obsessed with electricity, machines and computers and desperately wants to be an expert - but his destiny has something different in store.
** [[spoiler:ChekhovsSkill: Or lack thereof. To prevent the Apocalypse through destruction of a computer, the way he manages to make it cease to function is to attempt to make it work ''better''.]]
** EpicFail: Newt once tried to assemble a [[BuffySpeak joke electrical non-working thingy]] designed for the most hamhanded tech-deficient beginner; if hitting the on-switch does absolutely nothing, that means it's "working". When Newt finished it and turned it on, it picked up Radio Moscow.


!!Anathema Device

The last descendant of Agnes Nutter, Anathema is a witch, hippie, and all around New Age liberal, who makes quite an impression on young Adam. She's also one of the few people with any chance of sorting through the prophecies her ancestress left behind.
* AuraVision: An offshoot of her psychic powers. It's somewhat troubling for her when she can't see a certain person's aura.
* BirdsOfAFeather: She gives her bike a name, just like how Newt names his car.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Lives much of her life by this, since Agnes' prophecies lay out a fair amount of her life.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: While not that eerie once she becomes a major character, she has the coloration and she does start off as a bit of a strange girl.
* InTheBlood: The narration notes that she is as close to actually ''being'' Agnes Nutter reincarnated as genetically possible.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Like most of the other characters, she has no recollection of the novel's oddest supernatural events in the epilogue.]]
* OddCouple: With Newton. Basically UptightLovesWild.
* ProphecyTwist: The world doesn't end because there are no more prophecies, there's just [[spoiler: another book out there]].
* PsychicPowers: Some prophetic, some AuraVision. But it's there.
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:While it's not explicitly stated, OffscreenInertia strongly implies that, despite the existence of a second book of prophecies, she ultimately decides not to pay attention to it because, as Newton argues, "Do you really want to be a descendant for the rest of your life?" Of course, FridgeLogic suggests that Agnes would have known this as well, so it's likely to end up being useful to ''someone'', or else she wouldn't have gone to all the trouble of writing it and then making sure it would end up in Anathema's possession.]]
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: A witch, and psychic by inheritance.


!!Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell

The ranking officer of the Witchfinder Army, due largely to being the only officer in the army.
* BadassNormal: Old, delusional and with a tendency to ramble, but still more than willing to go toe-to-toe with the forces of Hell armed with a Bible, Bell and Candle... or, for that matter, a Ronson lighter, a doorbell and a paperback novel.
%%* CrazyPrepared
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Touched upon, "I never used to dream when I was a kid..."
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler:With Mme. Tracy at the end of the book.]]
* TheFundamentalist: Almost-but-not-quite PlayedForLaughs.
* FunetikAksent: His grumblings are transliterated quite precisely.
%%* GrumpyOldMan
* HatesEveryoneEqually: He's a racist, a sexist, what have you, but no one's really offended--they even find it endearing--since he obviously hates ''everyone''. Best exemplified by the following line:
-->Shadwell hated all Southernors, and by inference was standing at the North Pole.
* LastNameBasis: If Shadwell has any other name than Shadwell, it's never so much as hinted at.
%%* LordErrorProne
* MysteriousPast: And probably a tragic one at that.
%%* OccultDetective
* TheRemnant: For a time, the last of the Witchfinders.
%%* SmokingIsCool
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Madame Tracy, bordering on {{Belligerent|SexualTension}} on his end. [[spoiler:The end of the novel highly implies that it will soon be resolved, however.]]
* ViolentGlaswegian: Sort of. Who knows where he's from.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Shadwell doesn't have an accent. Rather, he ping-pongs between all British accents stereotypically associated with unpleasant and mean old men, seemingly at random.


[[folder:Madame Tracy]]
!!Madame Tracy

A fake psychic who works down the hall from the Witchfinders.
%%* CoolOldLady
* DatingCatwoman: Winds up [[spoiler:dating the highest ranked Witchfinder in England (granted, there are only two).]]
* {{Dominatrix}}: Implied to be one of her jobs.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Invoked, she decorates her flat this way because she believes it's how people think a girl's place should be.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Semi-retired these days, since her clients are the same age she is and tend to prefer a spot of tea or her services as a psychic, but still maintains it as a sideline. No shame about it whatsoever - actually likes it when Shadwell calls her a "harlot" at the top of his lungs, since she considers it free advertising.
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: She has a few moments of genuine prophecy when Aziraphale is around. And apparently is a suitable vessel for possession.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Shadwell, as mentioned above.

[[folder:Sister Mary]]
!!Sister Mary "Loquacious" Hodges

A Satanic nun who participated in switching the babies to ensure the Antichrist ended up in properly evil hands.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: While, as mentioned below, her airheadedness results in [[spoiler:the Antichrist being misplaced for eleven years]], she ultimately ends up being extremely competent at business, as described under DumbassNoMore. Her second appearance doesn't last long enough to make it clear if this is one specific area of competency for her or whether she's become more competent all around.
* CloudCuckooLander: Her first appearance definitely qualifies, given her cooing over the baby Antichrist's teensy-weensy little hoofikins ([[spoiler:which he hasn't got]]) and various quirks of her internal monologue. By the time of her second appearance, she has become substantially more grounded in reality, however.
* DumbassNoMore: When Crowley and Aziraphale revisit her eleven years later, she turns out to have discovered herself as a competent manager and to have made the site of her old convent into a successful corporate retreat. Which, somewhat unfortunately for the supernatural duo, means that they have to dodge adrenaline-crazed power-hungry paintball-shooting executives on the way to finding her.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: She's not really evil, for a Satanic Nun. And she's really bad at the whole evil plot thing.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Her accidental switching of the babies wound up being the best thing that could happen for humanity.
* NunsAreSpooky: Subverted. In Crowley's mind Satanic Orders are more annoying than spooky. Mr Young does appear to be rather unsettled by her, however, though he doesn't seem to be able to elucidate why.
* PunchClockVillain: The book goes into detail on how most Satanists aren't any more devoted to evil and Satan than Christians are devoted to good and Jesus, with her as the specific example. The narrative also mentions that she is, above all else, a nurse, which substantially restricts the amount of actual ''evil'' she can do.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Her incompetence is what caused the events of the book, as she accidentally gave the Antichrist to the wrong family. Then her competence trips up Aziraphale and Crowley a tad because it gets in the way of them relocating him.


[[folder:Mr. Tyler]]
!!Mr. R. P. Tyler

A very opinionated old man living in Adam's town who encounters its unusual visitors one after another.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Crowley's car when he pulls up to ask for directions.
* GrumpyOldMan: A pensioner with little to do but complain and yell at people he sees.
* IgnoreTheDisability: Well, [[spoiler:one's car being ''in flames'' while you're driving it]] ''is'' something of a disability, wouldn't you say? But Tyler's not going to say a word.
* MoralGuardian: Complains about the decline of morals in the youth of today. In one case, those he perceives as "the youth of today" happen to be four harbingers of Armageddon as old as humankind, because they ride motorbikes.
* StronglyWordedLetter: Known for sending these to the local paper on pretty much every topic.
* TalkAboutTheWeather: When Crowley rolls up to him in his [[spoiler:flaming Bentley]], this is the only way he finds himself able to react.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: With everything he encounters up until he meets Crowley.



One of the babies switched with the Antichrist. Perfectly ordinary, though due to some confusing winking, everyone thought he was the spawn of Satan.
* EagleLand: His family (and their bodyguards) are quite trigger-happy.
%%* MissedTheCall
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Apparently his father got talked into it by a Satanic nun.
* RoyalBrat: Not royal, but the son of a diplomat. And fairly realistically bratty.
* SwitchedAtBirth: With Adam.


[[folder:Mr. Young]]
!!Mr. Young

Unknowingly adoptive father of the Antichrist.
* TheComicallySerious: He reacts to all the oddness surrounding the Antichrist with the bewilderment you'd expect.
* StandardFiftiesFather: {{Enforced|Trope}}, thanks to raising a RealityWarper with traditional notions of what a father figure should be.
* SupernaturalProofFather: Even after Adam comes into his full powers, he still obeys his father.


[[folder:The International Express Man]]
!!The International Express Man

An unusually reliable deliveryman who makes sporadic appearances throughout the novel.
* BadassNormal: There's no clear indication anywhere in the novel that he has any supernatural abilities, but as mentioned under Determinator, he fulfils some particularly demanding jobs without flinching.
* {{Determinator}}: He'll do whatever it takes to make his deliveries. Even if that includes travelling through a war zone -- [[spoiler:or ''dying''.]]
** [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: ...but fortunately, someone (most likely Adam) undoes his death at the end of the novel.]]
* NoNameGiven: He's never given a name, only a job description.
* StiffUpperLip: He performs his tasks with typical British stoicism.

!!The Them

* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: They {{discuss|edTrope}} this, in a way, in one of their {{Seinfeldian Conversation}}s. They ultimately conclude that if they were to permanently defeat their rival gang, Greasy Johnson's Johnsonites, they'd probably end up fighting each other, and they conclude that even if they ''could'' defeat the Johnsonites, they wouldn't want to. The parallel to the actual looming Armageddon is clearly evident.
* GoodCounterpart: They are this to the Horsemen of the Apocalypse (except arguably Adam, since the novel's Death, as in other works by both of its authors, isn't particularly ''evil''). Specifically, Adam corresponds to Death, Pepper to War, Wensleydale to Famine, and Brian to Pollution.
* NamedByDemocracy: They tried to give themselves a number of different names over the years, but everyone else always, invariably called them "The Them", so eventually they settled on it too.
* SeinfeldianConversation: They do this ''constantly'', though it's arguably subverted in that a lot of the seeming nonsense they're discussing ends up being real in the novel's setting. It's strongly implied that this is [[RealityWarper actually Adam's doing]] in most, if not all, cases.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: It's "the Them", not "Them".

!!Adam Young

The Antichrist, the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. Also leader of a small gang of ruffians and one of the most human people on the planet.
* AntiAntiChrist: What Aziraphale wants him to be. [[spoiler: Ultimately, he does become it, but not in Heaven's name. It's for humanity]].
* TheAntiChrist: He's the son of the Devil, born to lead the Four Horsemen.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Ultimately, he is perfectly human. Neither good, nor bad, but human.
* TheChosenOne: Subverted. He's the chosen one, but got SwitchedAtBirth.
* DramaticWind: [[spoiler:Happens around Adam when his powers begin to manifest.]]
* DrunkWithPower: Once his powers manifest and he gets mad.
* ForbiddenFruit: [[spoiler:The penultimate scene of his book, in a deliberate CallBack to the first scene (as well as the Literature/BookOfGenesis), depicts him stealing apples, indifferent to the impending punishment this will incur, because "there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got in for stealing it."]]
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: There's a lot of wisdom in his words, despite being a kid.
* IKnowYourTrueName[=/=]MeaningfulName: It's made clear with Dog that names influence what a thing becomes. It's more subtle in this case, but maybe if anyone in the book had gone on calling him TheAntiChrist, the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness, instead of Adam (which just means Man) then he wouldn't have turned out so perfectly human.
* IgnorantOfTheCall: He has no idea that the forces of Heaven and Hell are out looking for him.
* TheKidWithTheLeash: Despite seeming like a normal dog, Dog does still have much of his power.
* MeaningfulName: Adam means "man," and was, of course, the name of the first human according to the Bible. [[spoiler:In the end, Adam Young isn't good or evil -- he's human.]]
* PsychoactivePowers: Do not upset the Antichrist.
* RealityWarper: When his powers manifest, he unconsciously makes his beliefs true.
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:He's supposed to be the catalyst for the Apocalypse. Like Crowley and Aziraphale, he has other ideas.]]
* ShinyNewAustralia: Dog has dibs on this section of Earth.
* SlouchOfVillainy: He ''is'' a prepubescent boy.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: TheAntiChrist the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.
* YouWillBeSpared: [[spoiler:When his powers manifest, Adam decides to destroy and recreate the world, bringing about the apocalypse. However, he affirms that his friends and Dog will be spared, allowing them to each rule a portion of the new world.]]


!!Pepper, a.k.a. Pippin Galadriel Moonchild

Daughter of a hippie and angriest of all the boys in town.
* ActionGirl: Emphasis on the "girl" part. She's the toughest in her group of kids, and even [[spoiler: goes toe to toe with War using nothing but a wooden sword. Of course, having a reality warper backing her helps that]].
* BerserkButton: Her real name, being treated like a girl.
* EmbarrassingFirstName[=/=]EmbarrassingMiddleName: Pepper's real name is [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Pippin Galadriel]] [[Literature/TheNeverendingStory Moonchild]]. It's also her BerserkButton.
* FieryRedhead: Redhaired and tomboyish, and quick to start a fight.
* GoodCounterpart: She's the good counterpart to War, having red hair, being the only female member of the group, and being quick to start fights.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Wields a handmade "sword" (a pair of twigs tied together) in the final battle.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Like most of the characters at the end of the book, she does not remember what happened earlier.]]
* OneOfTheBoys: In reaction to her name, she had to grow up to be very tough. One character mentally describes her as "marginally female." It's strongly hinted that when she isn't around the rest of Them she has much girlier interests, which is something she won't admit to having.
* ShoutOut: Her names are references to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', though the latter is likely also a reference to British occultist Creator/AleisterCrowley, after whom the novel's Crowley is named.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female member of the Them.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: She's very tomboyish and has grown up as being OneOfTheBoys, but it's hinted that she secretly has girlier interests that she won't tell the other Them about.
* YouthfulFreckles: Parodied. Her face is "one big freckle with bits of skin" under it.


!!Jeremy Wensleydale

One of Adam's friends, who acts more mature than most of the adults in the story.
* GoodCounterpart: He's the good counterpart to Famine, having a meticulously neat appearance and being very businesslike in personality.
* LastNameBasis: Nobody refers to him as Jeremy, not even his parents. (They call him Youngster, in the hope that [[WiseBeyondTheirYears he'll take the hint]].)
* NeatFreak: In contrast to Brian, he's always meticulously tidy.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: "All that separated [him] from chartered accountancy was a matter of time."



Another of Adam's friends. The smelly one.
* GoodCounterpart: He's the good counterpart to Pollution, being...well, [[ThePigPen very unhygienic]].
* ThePigPen: He gives Pollution a run for his money.



A Hellhound sent to Adam on his birthday. Unlike everyone else, he identified his master with perfect accuracy, which is what alerted Aziraphale and Crowley that something had gone wrong.
* ABoyAndHisX: He's Adam's CanineCompanion.
* ADogNamedDog: Which basically causes him to ''[[TrueName become]]'' a dog, rather than a hellhound. A little sort of mongrelly terrier thing.
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: He was supposed to be a hellhound, but Adam had other ideas.
* HellHound: His original form. He gets turned into a regular dog by Adam's reality warping abilities when he hears Adam musing aloud about what kind of dog he'd like to have.
* IKnowYourTrueName[=/=]MeaningfulName: Adam assigning him a name is what gives him his true purpose. If he had been named Killer, or Walks-by-night, the hound's personality would've changed to match. But then Adam named him ''Dog'', turning him into a fairly normal...dog.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: His name may have been the final nail in the coffin, but the book makes it quite clear that changing his shape to fit Adam's description of his dream pet was the major contributing factor behind Dog's... [[ShapedLikeItself doggishness]].
%%* PreciousPuppies
* SealedEvilInATeddyBear: He's a hellhound and still marginally aware of that, but due to being forced into the form of a real dog he's far too easily distracted and excitable to do anything about it.
* TeamPet: For the Them.