[[caption-width-right:300:The cast of Ruby Quest. Not pictured: [[BodyHorror Daisy]], [[EleventhHourRanger Jay]], [[LovecraftianSuperpower Tom Nook]], [[RunningGag Mr. Water Cooler]]]]

Characters of the RPG style story ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''.

Beware of spoilers!

(Could use some character description improvement)


[[folder: Patients]]
!!'''Ruby''' / Subject #7

[[caption-width-right:158: To lighten the mood, Ruby does her best pirate impersonation, complete with the voice.]]

--> ''My mother told me once of when''
-->''A young hare ventured from her den''
-->''And as she danced in field and glen ''
-->''The world sang joy about her. ''
-->''But wicked hateful things abound''
-->''And that young hare these evils found.''

A female rabbit who wakes up in a box, and main character of the story. The players take control of her for the majority of the game. [[spoiler:Develops a third eye allowing her to see a darkened view of the world, where certain things stand out.]] She is rather clever, somewhat agile, and able to figure out how to work computers and puzzles with relative ease. Her figure is admirably girlish and she can perform most feats an ordinary person could be reasonably expected to do.

* ActionGirl / ActionSurvivor: Ruby has a mean [[{{Pun}} left hook]].
* ACupAngst: One player suggests that Ruby should flash Tom to get him to cooperate with her escape, but Weaver replies with "Oh no! Unfortunately for all parties involved, Ruby is flat as a board! That probably won't work."
* BadassNormal: Unlike Tom, she doesn't even make use of her [[spoiler:crazy, new mutations]] in combat. She just uses her [[FistOfRage fists of concentrated kick-ass]].
* BerserkerTears: Cries when assaulting Filbert.
* [[GirlInABox Bunnygirl in a Box]]: The quest begins with Ruby waking up in a box.
* ExpressiveEars: They droop when she's shocked or upset.
* {{Fanservice}}: In the April Fool's day gag, the other half of her skirt is missing (and she is apparently not wearing any underwear). And another ''big'' one at the end.
* FlippingTheBird: Does this to Filbert.
* GenreSavvy: "Ruby throws away the FOOTY SOCK PAJAMA FOOT. Her genre instincts tell her she won't need it."
* HeroicAlbino: Perhaps. The ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' character she's based on is albino, and she is referred to as being white once. Other than that, the black-and-white artwork makes it hard to tell.
* HeroicBSOD
* ImprovisedWeapon: Ruby has used a longshoreman's hook, a scalpel, a crowbar, a combined cane and shovel head, and a glove wrapped in barbed wire as weapons.
* MacGyvering: Ruby is very good at using what she has to improvise solutions to puzzles, and she has created several [[ImprovisedWeapon improvised weapons]] like the Bludgeony Caneshovel and the Prickly Fist (heavy-duty gloves wrapped with barbed wire).
** Parodied in an early post, after an anon suggested that she try to combine the stuff she had on her in a way that wouldn't destroy any of it. Weaver responds thusly:
-->Using one COIN, the RUBBER GLOVES, the TINY CHEST, and a piece of the BUTTON DIAGRAM, Ruby fashions together the JUNKOTRON MISSILE LAUNCHER! This baby could break through a steel wall!

-->Too bad, I thought you were really on to something there.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: She accidentally poisons Tom by feeding him arsenic-contaminated fish.
* PainfulTransformation: [[spoiler: When her ThirdEye first appears]], she gets a horrible headache, and her head starts bleeding.
* RighteousRabbit: Is a rabbit (or at least has rabbity UnusualEars) and is TheHero of ''Ruby Quest''.
* TheSouthpaw: Is likely left-handed, although she might be ambidextrous.
* SplitPersonality: Ruby, mostly by being controlled by the HiveMind known as Anonymous: Hundreds of people telling her to do things.
* SuperWeight: She's Type 0, as she has no particular powers or skills and isn't very strong. [[spoiler: With her ThirdEye, she's Type 2.]]
* TalkLikeAPirate: At one point, to cheer up Tom who was ''not'' feeling well at the time.
* [[spoiler: ThirdEye: Her mutation. It lets her see a darkened view where certain things are emphasized. This is what led to her finding the Group Picture, but it also nearly led her over a railing and hurt her when she tried to look at Cjopaze's symbols.]]
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: [[spoiler: ''[[ShootTheDog Poor]], [[TheresNoKillLikeOverKill poor]] [[InnocentBystander Stitches...]]'']]
* WeaponOfChoice: The improvised "bludgeony caneshovel," or her scalpel.
* WeirdnessMagnet: She usually experiences more of the bizarre occurrences than Tom, [[spoiler:mostly due to her third eye/ psychic powers.]]
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject Seven]]

!!'''Tom / Subject #5 [[spoiler: actually #6]]'''

[[caption-width-right:182: Tom recieves the CROWBAR!]]
-->''But the cat stood up and shook his head''
-->''And rising from his metal bed ''
-->''He said "For now, I am not dead,''
-->''And I will not die in vain!"...''

A male cat who is found in the brig, and Ruby's companion through most of the adventure. The only other character the players take control of. He is not as smart as Ruby, but is significantly stronger. Despite the horror around him, he does not always take his trials as seriously as he ought to.

* AscendedExtra: According to Weaver, he was not intended to be an important character, and only existed to facilitate a puzzle, before he decided to make him a constant partner.
* AxCrazy: Apparently, his earlier state of being, as stated in one of the medical notes.
* TheBigGuy: The brawn to Ruby's brains.
* BloodFromTheMouth: When suffering arsenic poisoning, he vomited blood.
* CatFolk: As close as the Ruby Quest style can get to one, anyway.
* CharacterNameAlias: "Rover" in the April Fool's day gag.
* CovertPervert: He was very enthused when she asked him for the condom he'd found in his pocket.
* CrowbarCombatant: He usually wields a crowbar, and often uses it to smash up everything players [[DungeonBypass don't feel like finding the keys for]].
* CuteLittleFangs: It's not usually apparent, but he does have fangs.
* DamselOutOfDistress: In the April Fool's Day gag, he was captured, but engineered his own escape and met up with Ruby.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: To Ruby's protagonist.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: [[spoiler:''Maybe'' poking the Dummy in its [[{{Squick}} squishy]] eye was a bad idea?]]
* DumbMuscle: Downplayed, but Ruby is the one more likely to solve puzzles and Tom's the one more likely to [[CuttingTheKnot bypass them]] with his crowbar or the bludgeony caneshovel.
* EyePatchOfPower: After losing one of his eyes. He later puts a DO NOT OPEN sticker on it.
* {{Facepalm}}: His frustrated response to /tg/'s "flooding of the thread with pointless comments".
* TheFool: Probably not considered a true "Fool"; but he ''is'' known for thinking more with his crowbar than he does with his head.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
* LargeHam: On occasions.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: [[spoiler:He has two small arms on his abdomen. They're usually hidden under his shirt, but he does use them in combat with Filbert.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted, as both he and Tom Nook are patients. Tom Nook therefore tends to be called Subject #6 [[spoiler: (Even though he's really #5)]] or just Nook.
* PunnyName: On "tomcat".
* TheQuietOne: Ruby does most of the talking.
* RageBreakingPoint: A ''huge'' one near the end.
* SuperStrength: He's probably the second-strongest being in the Metal Glen, behind Ace. His MANLY PHYSIQUE lets him do a lot of things Ruby can't, like move heavy items, [[DungeonBypass bypass]] [[CuttingTheKnot puzzles]], [[spoiler: rip Filbert's arms and head off...]]
* SuperWeight: With his MANLY PHYSIQUE, he's Type 1. [[spoiler: He's Type 2 with his extra arms, as they do give him an advantage in combat.]]
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Subverted. He thinks that [[spoiler: killing Filbert by ripping his head off]] was pretty cool.
* WeaponOfChoice: His crowbar, or the Bludgeony Caneshovel.
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject Five]]: [[spoiler: ...Or should I say, 'Six'?]]

!!'''Stitches''' / Subject #1

[[caption-width-right:159: Stitches in the Group Portrait, before everything went to hell]]

-->''The bear cried "this is just our lot",''
--> ''and surrendered to his pain.''

A bear, first discovered as a monstrous and bloody mass in a closet. He chases Ruby and ends up decapitated by the Z-hatch. He gets better, although he's still horribly mutated and barely lucid at the best of times.

* BearyFriendly: Before the Metal Glen went to hell in a handbasket, he was this.
* BearsAreBadNews: Subverted when he's lucid, as he's actually a pretty nice guy. Played straight most of the time due to his deteriorating mental state.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Tackles [[ImplacableMan Ace]], preventing Tom from having to stay in the facility to make sure Ace doesn't follow them out.]]
* BodyHorror: When he's first discovered, he's a head, a spine, a few organs, and a mass of blood. Even when he gets sewn together, it's pretty bad. His head splits open from top to bottom to reveal a mouth.
* FanNickname: The players called him "Stitches" because of how he'd been sewed back together. It then turned out to be his actual name.
** His original form was called the Bear Zombie.
* GetItOverWith: [[spoiler:After he had been left ''very'' badly mutated and barely able to think, he shrieked and cried for death.]]
** Averted when [[spoiler:they simply tranquilize him and stow him in the locker.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: See BigDamnHeroes. Could never have happened if the players hasn't gone OffTheRails.
* InnocentBystander: Hi, Ruby! How's it goi-
* KnightOfCerebus: Well, not really in that he's evil ([[spoiler:he actually saves the heroes at the end]]), but it was his first appearance that heralded the [[GenreShift reveal of the actual genre]].
* NoIndoorVoice: He is often known for screeching something horrible when addressing Ruby or Tom in the later parts of the story.
* OffWithHisHead: As the Bear Zombie, he is defeated by being decapitated by the Z-Hatch.
* PropheticNames: It seems that his name was "Stitches" even ''before'' [[spoiler:he was [[UnfortunateNames shredded to pieces in a giant fan and sewn back together... ]]]]
* RevealShot: Woah, who's that? Maybe they'll be friends wit'''OH MY GOD AJJHGFGJ'''
* ScaryStitches: Held together by stitches.
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject 1]]

!!'''Daisy''' / The Hound / Subject #8
[[caption-width-right:147: Daisy in the Group Portrait]]

-->''The hound was still''
Daisy was found in the Dummy Room, and when Ruby smashed the maintenance room's window in desperation, she attacked, becoming the first true 'boss' of Ruby Quest. She was killed by the combined efforts of acid and being thrown into an electrical panel. [[spoiler: The last scene in Ruby Quest is Daisy waking up in a coffin, mirroring the opening.]]

* BodyHorror: The fact that /tg/ called her beginning form "Plant Zombie" speaks for itself.
* FaceRevealingTurn: Jesus Christ there's someone behind that mirror! Oh well, maybe this time they'll be fr-''' HOLY SHIT'''
* FanNickname: Hound Zombie, Hook Zombie, Plant Zombie, and Bellsprout. Also Maddie, although that was more a case of mistaken identity.
* [[spoiler: [[GirlInABox Dog-girl in a box]]: The quest ends with Daisy waking up in a box.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: TheStinger hints that she will be the protagonist of [[SequelHook the next attempt to escape the Metal Glen]].
* MistakenIdentity: Was called the Hound until a note mentioning Subject #2 aka Maddie appeared, and was referred to as that until another note which revealed that Maddie had died and never came back, but that same note revealed her name to be ''Daisy'', which has confirmed to be her real name.
* SequelHook: TheStinger has [[spoiler:Daisy wake up in a coffin, just like Ruby at the beginning.]]
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject Eight]]


* BuffySpeak
* DeadpanSnarker/ RageQuit: ''"Ferget this, I'm going t'eat my spaghetti..."''
* [[MistakenIdentity Identity Confused]]: At first, Daisy goes by "Maddie" and later storms away, [[spoiler:coming back wearing a pig mask[[note]](likely referencing the lost patient "Lucy," who is thought to be a pig)[[/note]], calling herself "Ruby" and that everyone should trust her because of that.]]
* NoFourthWall: In "[=NotWeaver's=]" mini-installment, Daisy directly converses with /tg/.
* [[RealityWarper Space-Time Fucker-uper]]: As pointed out by Anonymous.
* WrongGenreSavvy: "Maddie" had mistaken "{{Yandere}}" as French in the fore-mentioned interlude.

!!'''"Tom Nook" / Subject #6 [[spoiler:actually #5]]'''
[[caption-width-right:215: Tom finds the light switch (spoilers): [[note]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tom_finds_the_light_switch.gif]] [[/note]]


A shriveled, handless, legless, and eyeless raccoon locked in the Upper Lab B. [[spoiler:His fleshy growths have taken over his entire room.]] He is delusional and rather creepy, and seems to believe that Ruby is his girlfriend Lucy. He is highly afraid of Ace. [[spoiler: The second-to-last panel of Ruby Quest reveals that he was actually Subject #5, instead of #6 as the players believed. His blindness came from an accident.]]

* AffablyEvil: Subject 6 is possibly the creepiest character of them all. He's dangerous, violent and apparently delusional, but is also capable of having a [[SarcasmMode nice friendly chat]] with Ruby without harming her, [[spoiler:as well as providing her with an important key.]]
** [[spoiler: And fans would think this to be true up till the game ended. But one of the ripped notes thrown into the water proves otherwise -- that the character they thought to be '6' turned out to be Subject '''FIVE'''.]]
** [[spoiler: Tom was Subject 6. Back before things went to hell, he began acting violent FIRST, thus the "dangerous" description he was given. This also explains why he busted up so much stuff on the player's whims.]]
* {{Determinator}}: He's shown to be very much in love with someone named "Lucy" and has been waiting for her probably as long as he's been without her. He has even become so deluded that he believes ''Ruby'' is "Lucy".
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Tom finds the light switch.]]
* ExtraEyes: [[spoiler:If you thought Ruby was bad...]]
* EyelessFace: There's two dark pits where his eyes should be. [[spoiler: And no, that's not a contradiction of the above�]]
* IWantMyMommy: When he's afraid that Ace is coming for him.
* LastRequest: Scissors. (Although he wasn't ''exactly'' dying)
* LovecraftianSuperpower: [[spoiler:The fleshy growths.]]
* MadnessMantra:
** It's later overridden by "[[TheDreaded ACE]] [[OhCrap IS COMING]]"
* MistakenIdentity: [[spoiler: The players believed that he was the Subject #6 referred to in notes. Turns out that he was actually Subject #5, and the ''other'' Tom was Subject #6.]]
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: He's not evil so much as insane and delusional.
* ThePigPen: Having no arms and no legs and being locked into a room does not make for very good hygiene. Upper Lab B smells so bad that Ruby needs to use an oxygen mask to breathe properly.
* [[OneSteveLimit One Tom Limit]]: His name is coincidentally also Tom, but most people just call him Subject #6 or by his (presumed) last name "Nook" to avoid confusion.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Upper Lab B is ''covered'' with fleshy growths, all of which are connected to him.]]
** [[spoiler: and later, at the very end of the quest- He's not Subject 6, he's Subject ''5''.]]
* SpockSpeak: In a way, along with his voice being "strange and hollow".
* TomTheDarkLord: Quite literally, as his name is Tom.
* {{Yandere}}
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject 6]] [[spoiler:... oops, I mean, Subject Five.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He calls Ruby "CHILD" even though they are most likely about the same age.
** Probably justified in that Ruby [[spoiler:has been "reset" recently]], something that can't be said for #6.

!!'''Jay''' / Subject #4
[[caption-width-right:184: Jay in the Group Portrait]]

-->''And the birds all cried''

A bird [[spoiler:stuffed in the water filtration system in cold storage, his blood contaminating all the water. Consequentially, his powers consist of being able to astrally project himself into rooms around the glen. His astral projection is seen twice by Ruby and Tom, and they meet him in person in the water filtration in Cold Storage. He asks for them to MercyKill him, but Ruby instead frees him, leading to him escaping the Metal Glen along with them.]]

* AndIMustScream: You ever wonder why the faucets in the Metal Glen pour blood? [[spoiler: It's because Jay was trapped in the water filtration system and bleeding into the water supply.]]
* AscendedExtra: He was never supposed to be a major character. He appeared twice as [[spoiler: his astral projection, the white-eyed black bird]] and his only in-person appearance [[spoiler: was supposed to end with a MercyKill]]. And then the players went and [[spoiler: decided to make him their EleventhHourRanger]].
* CastingAShadow: When Ruby speaks to [[spoiler: his astral projection]], it ends up plunging the room she's in into darkness.
* {{Emo}}: Although it's rather justified, considering what he's been through.
** ADarkerMe:[[spoiler: Quite literally, as his other form.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: [[spoiler:Shows up in the second-to-last thread and joins the party in the last one.]].
* {{Expy}}: Jay's [[spoiler:other form]] is comically mistaken by a player for a [[LeftForDead Witch]] at one point.
* FanNickname: Emobird
* GetItOverWith: Averted.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: What Weaver intended to happen to him. The players had other ideas, and decided to save him. Weaver went with it, so Jay escapes the facility along with Ruby and Tom.]]
* NonActionGuy: No wonder, really, since [[spoiler: he's been trapped in the water filtration for who knows how long, and it's done a number on his health]].
* TheQuietOne
* SparedByTheAdaption: 'The birds' in ''The Metal Glen'' have passed the DespairEventHorizon, do not join in on the cat and hare's escape attempt, and presumably remain trapped. Jay, on the other hand, [[spoiler: ends up as Ruby and Tom's EleventhHourRanger and escapes the Metal Glen along with them.]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler: Spent a long time in pain stuck in the water filtration system, but got rescued by Ruby and Tom and escaped the facility with them.]]
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject 4]]


* IdentityImpersonator: It is revealed at the end of the April Fool's day gag that Jay had apparently [[spoiler:been impersonating Ace the whole time.]]

!!'''Lucy''' / Subject #3

A patient who was in love with Tom Nook. Thought to be a pig. Tom Nook mistakes Ruby for her, but she has never actually been seen during the quest, and may have left the Glen before it was locked down.

* TheGhost: Is mentioned, but never seen. She might be a pig, as that's what her Animal Crossing counterpart is.
* TheLostLenore: Tom Nook is very much in love with her, but there's no indication that she's still in the facility.
* MistakenIdentity: Tom Nook mistakes Ruby for her.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: On account of being TheGhost. We only know about her from Tom Nook's ramblings, so the only thing we get of her personality was that she was Tom Nook' lover.
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject 3]]

!!'''Maddie''' / Subject #2

Presumably a dog. She is only mentioned through notes, although for a while /tg/ mistook Daisy/the Hound Zombie for her. [[spoiler: The reason she's never seen is because prior to the Metal Glen's lockdown, Filbert euthanized her to test the limits of the cure. Since she had been off the Cure for a while by that time for test purposes, she remained dead.]]

* TheGhost: Is mentioned but never seen, [[spoiler:because she died and never came back as a result of Filbert experimenting with the treatment on her.]] She might be a dog (her Animal Crossing counterpart is one), but we don't know.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Filbert killed her to test the limits of the Cure. She didn't come back.]]
* MistakenIdentity: After her first mention in a note she was thought to be the Hound Zombie (who was really Daisy), but that changed when another note revealed she had [[spoiler:died and never came back]].
* [[spoiler: PosthumousCharacter: The reason she only appears in notes is because she died around a year before the game's beginning.]]
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Subject 2]]

[[folder: Staff]]


-->''The birds said naught...''

->''"Ace will get you! He won't listen to his orders anymore -- he won't even listen to HER! But he is still obedient. I don't know who, but I know he is still listening to SOMEONE! He will GET you!"''
-->--'''Filbert's''' warning towards Ruby, paraphrased

A massive, bird-esque creature employed at the facility as an orderly, janitor, and security guard.

* AlmightyJanitor: The janitor is literally the most threatening thing there is at the facility.
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BadassPacifist/ TechnicalPacifist: Even though he is the most feared creature in the facility, and even being known to charge around the facility with a freakish spear-hook, he is never actually seen harming anyone. More likely, he gets his fearsome reputation by sheer intimidation, which, for him really isn't that hard. WordOfGod even states that Ace is ''not'' to harm (or at least ''kill'') any of the patients or other staff, himself, [[spoiler:due to his mind being controlled by the CJOPAZE]].
** Though, in one of Weaver's half-discontinuities, he is seen stunning Ruby with an electric prod.
* BattleAura: Near the very end, he is outlined--presumably glowing--with a blood red color.
* BrokenAce: He's the strongest person in the facility and seems to have been well-trusted. Too bad he was suborned by an EldritchAbomination.
* ChestInsignia: Had a Spade symbol on his shirt back when he was a normal order.
** Lampshaded after the discontinued wearing of his ♠ shirt after the facility's transition.
** And near the end he briefly changes it for [[spoiler:what seems the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Barbed]] [[ArcSymbol Wheel]]]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: [[spoiler:It is revealed that Ace had been collecting the various artifacts from around the facility and hiding them in his personal cold storage room.]]
* CoolMask: At some points, players almost constantly told Weaver that Ruby should take Ace's mask and wear it.
* [[spoiler: TheDragon: Since the discovery of his secret storage room and the contents within, this is most likely.]]
* TheDreaded: Almost everyone in the facility, including the staff, fears Ace. Even the deranged EldritchAbomination "#6" cringes at the thought of him!
* [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination]]: ''Maybe''.
* {{Expy}}: Pyramid Head from ''Franchise/SilentHill''.
* FacelessGoons: That's because he is wearing a mask. [[spoiler:When it is taken off, it's not pretty]].
* FanNickname: He was referred to as "Spade" for a time, due to the famous symbol ♠ attributed to him. This mistake was corrected later when it was made clear that "Ace" was his true name.
* TheHeavy: While [[spoiler: Cjopaze]] is responsible for the Metal Glen's condition [[spoiler: and directs Ace's actions]], Ace is the the most direct threat to the heroes.
* ImplacableMan
* InexplicablyAwesome: Ace. Literally nothing is known about him [[spoiler: except that he obeys ''someone else'' and is quite possibly TheWormThatWalks]].
* LightIsNotGood: He is entirely clothed in white, and is TheDreaded.
* MeaningfulName: The Ace of Spades is also commonly known as the '''"death card."'''
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: One of Filbert's notes says "he has always been loyal, unquestioning". Shame he isn't serving the same master now...
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: See MeaningfulName.
* [[spoiler:NoFaceUnderTheMask]]: Subverted during the April Fool's day gag, where he is shown to have a [[spoiler:''normal'', anthro bird-man's face.]]
** [[spoiler:Played somewhat straight in the canon; there's definitely something under the mask, [[TheWormThatWalks but it ain't a face...]]]]
* NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat
* NotHimself: Subverted FromACertainPointOfView.
* SuperStrength: He's the strongest thing in the Metal Glen, being powerful enough to straight-up tear the Z-Hatch open.
* SuperWeight: He's strong enough to be a Type 3.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Is that Ace's mask? So we'll finally be able to see his fac-'''[[TheWormThatWalks HGHVGFACAAXDFAADFAGXGDGHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA]]''']]
* TheSpeechless
* UnfortunateNames: Due to incompatibility with his symbol in the facility's new font type, his name had to be changed from "♠" to "?".
* [[spoiler:[[WasOnceAMan Was Once a Bird]]: He used to be a perfectly normal orderly, but TheCorruption hit him the worst (probably because he died the least).]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Some sort of improvised, hook/spear thing.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom
* [[spoiler: TheWormThatWalks]]: The other explanation for what he is.
* YourSizeMayVary: At times, he is seen to be twice as tall as Ruby and the rest of them; other times, he is only slightly taller.


* AccidentalPervert: In the April Fool's day gag.
* DumbJock/ DumbMuscle: Portrayed as such in the April Fool's day gag.
* IShallTauntYou: Once, to John from John Quest, though not specifically canon to Ruby Quest.
** More than likely just a TakeThat to the players to constantly suggested '''"READ NOTE".'''
* LargeHam: In the April Fools day gag.
* NiceGuy: In the April Fool's day gag, Ace is apparently accompanying Ruby to help aid her in finding her missing boyfriend, "Rover".


-->''The fox denied he had been caught...''

Chief diagnostician and head of research. He's the second non-horribly mutated person Ruby meets at the facility. He's creepy and doesn't like questions, but he is helpful to Ruby. [[spoiler: Before everything in the facility went to hell, he was the one who originally suggested the Cure, as well as the first person to suspect that something was up with it. Red eventually commits suicide by shoving stakes through his head, and then obliterating his remains with a makeshift bomb.]]

* AgentMulder: He is the first one to suspect that something supernatural and bad was up with his medicine.
* AmbiguousDisorder: There's definitely ''something'' wrong with him, but it's hard to say what.
* TheBadGuyWins: As WordOfGod says: "You know, from Red's point of view, he won. He never got caught. He never got beaten. He never gave up. [[spoiler:And he exited on his own terms. And most of all, he died with a smile on his face."]]
** HeroOfAnotherStory: Because saying "The Bad Guy Wins" implies that Ruby's and Tom's success depended on Red's defeat and vice versa. Thankfully for all parties involved, this wasn't the case.
* BerserkButton: Best advice? Do ''not'' ask Red too many questions.[[note]](though, actually a little more gradual than an average BerserkButton)[[/note]]
* CaneFu: [[spoiler:To Ruby, ''hard''.]]
* DirtyCoward: He describes his actions as such in one of his last journal entries.
* DissonantLaughter
* EvilLaugh: ''Oh, god...''
* {{Expy}}: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and in addition, the closest one to his Animal Crossing counterpart. He even uses one of his Animal Crossing counterpart's lines at one point.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn/ HeelFaceTurn]]: Incredibly hard to truly determine.
* GlasgowGrin: [[spoiler:Ruby]] gave him one prior to the events of the game. He ''seems'' to have healed from it, [[SlasherSmile not that it makes him any more pleasant...]]
* HearingVoices: His notes reveal that he has heard voices at least twice.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Before the main quest even started, he [[spoiler: re-discovered that the Cure was behind the chaos in the facility and what it did, figured out that enough time without a dose would clear it from his body, and both avoided death and hid from [[ImplacableMan Ace]] long enough to become clean.]] The only hints of this the readers got were his journal from before the disaster, the existence of his RoomFullOfCrazy in the space above the monitor room, and the cereal box inside ([[spoiler: showing that he had been off the Cure long enough to need to eat again]]). The only part of his plan the audience got to ''see'' was the very end, [[spoiler: when he used materials scavenged around the facility (including two coins Ruby gave him) to [[MacGyvering MacGyver]] up a bomb and killed himself, using the bomb's explosion to obliterate his body beyond possibility of resurrection.]]
* JerkassFacade
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: And he made sure he was.]]
* LaughingMad: Red begins to laugh.
* MacGyvering: He manages to make a bomb out of materials he scrounged, including two coins he borrowed from Ruby.
* MoodDissonance/ DissonantSerenity: Red is known for this.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: As shown when he laughs.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he realized the Cure's side-effects.
* NonActionGuy: He is never seen fighting, and while he has a cane, his only use of it as a weapon was when [[spoiler: he snuck up on Ruby and killed her, since she had already lost her mind due to the Cure's effects]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He was ''trying'' to fix the patients' bindness when he recommended the Treatment, but ended up being the catalyst that plunged the Metal Glen into horror and madness.
* [[spoiler:NotEvilJustMisunderstood: He was originally one of the better staff members.]]
* [[spoiler:ResistTheBeast: Red had attempted to avoid consumption of the new medication, but Filbert would not have it. He's spent most of his time in the locked-down Metal Glen avoiding getting administered the Cure by hiding from Ace in his secret loft.]]
* RiddleMeThis:

* SlasherSmile: Eep.
* [[spoiler:ThanatosGambit: He figured out a way to commit suicide so that Ace couldn't possibly bring him back.]]
* TheSmartGuy
* SuperWeight: Type 0, as he is mostly normal and has no real combat ability.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: It was originally his idea to obtain and administer the new "cure" which had unintentionally caused the unfathomably catastrophic meltdown of the facility.]]
* VillainByDefault: Besides Tom whom ate the tank fish, Red is the only one in the story blatantly established to be a predator, by nature.
** Though, he most always seems to be in control of this--lampshaded by the cereal--and this is handwaved after he states that he was "just kidding" after threatening to bite Ruby's throat out.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Red is occasionally mistaken to be much older than he actually is; often due to the use of his cane, which was sort of implied as an elderly crippling. WordOfGod states that he is just as old as Ruby and Tom.


* NiceGuy: Apparently, he had been a very nice man--er, fox--before [[spoiler:his first suicide]]. By "Maddie's" accounting, he even told good jokes.
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Psycho-Nut with a Heart of Gold]]: At least by "Maddie's" account, [[NiceGuy Red actually treated the patients nicely]].
* SharpDressedMan: Often portrayed as such in fanart. [[note]](Furthermore, is often his general perception among the fandom -- Possibly canonized when Weaver posted the second image in his ''Daisy Quest'' thread)[[/note]]

[[caption-width-right:123: "You're infected. Most everyone here has succumbed to the infection. Except for me."]]
->''"I am going to cut the bad out of both of you. Until you are as clean as I am."''
-->'''Filbert''' before his first attack on Ruby and Tom, paraphrased.

A male squirrel and the head doctor at the facility. He's more than a little unhinged, and has become obsessed with removing the 'infection'([[spoiler: really the Cure]]) from the denizens of the Metal Glen. He believes that he is the only one not infected, and will go to drastic measures to keep it that way, such as [[LifeOrLimbDecision cutting off his own hand]]. [[spoiler: He persists in this belief even when he's been turned into a incoherent mass of BodyHorror.]]

* BadBoss: Even before everything went to hell, he disobeyed Red's wishes to avoid consuming the cure by having Ace slip it into his food. He's now completely insane, making his BadBoss tendencies even worse.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: It's strongly implied that this is how he can so strongly deny [[spoiler:his infection.]]
* BerserkButton: Disobeying a direct order is a ''definite'' no-no.
* [[spoiler:BodyHorror: He keeps mumbling about how he's "clean" even after he turns into a horrific mess of mixed-up body parts.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* DrJerk: He is so paranoid that he believes he is the only one allowed to leave the facility.
* EarlyBirdCameo: His first appearance is in the Dummy Room while Ruby is trying to figure out the things in the Maintenance Room next to it. This is notably the first instance of a character appearing for a single panel, then scurrying off after the audience notices, but before the main characters do.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: It seems that Filbert will not resort to violence if it does not involve either medical research, or the "cutting of badness" out of others.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Seems nice at first, but the mask covering his true insanity slips pretty quickly.
* ForScience: [[spoiler:He had Subject 2 killed to test the limits of what the treatment can do.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* IRejectYourReality: Believes that he's the only one not infected, despite the fact that he happily took the Cure before its side effects were known. He persists in this belief even [[spoiler: after he's been turned into a mass of BodyHorror]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler:''"'''I'M''' THE ONLY ONE CLEAN! '''I'M''' THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN ESCAPE!"'']]
* KnightTemplar: He thinks he's the only clean one and that he's doing the others a favor by cutting their bad out.
* LackOfEmpathy: His only reaction to [[spoiler: Maddie's death because of one of his experiments]] is annoyance.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: He cuts off his own hand to prevent himself from becoming infected. [[spoiler: {{Downplayed}}, as it didn't help and never would have, since there was no infection to begin with, just the Cure.]]
* [[spoiler: LovecraftianSuperpower: After he gets turned into a mass of BodyHorror wielding a bonesaw.]]
* MadDoctor: He's the Metal Glen's head doctor and is very unstable.
* MadScientist:[[spoiler: has Maddie, and later Daisy, killed to test the limits of the Cure. Daisy comes back. Maddie [[KilledOffForReal doesn't]].]]
* MadnessMantra: Filbert would like you to know he is clean. And he needs to cut the bad out of you.
* ManipulativeBastard: As seen when Ruby first meets him, he can easily fake sympathy and gain pity without even trying. He can also fool others into thinking he's a competent doctor and most often manipulate them into doing nearly anything he wants.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Filbert is the Metal Glen's head doctor and wasn't the best of persons even ''before'' the "infection"/cure spread and he went insane.
* NonActionGuy: He carries a bonesaw, but his only use of it is for surgical operations. [[spoiler: He fights physically after being heavily mutated.]]
* NoteToSelf: ''"Well, this explains a lot."''
* [[spoiler: OneWingedAngel: of the BodyHorror variety. By the second time Ruby meets Filbert, he's mutated badly.]]
** [[spoiler: ClippedWingAngel: Doesn't stop Tom from ripping his arms and head off.]]
* [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead: Tom kills him by ripping his head off.]]
* OnlyAFleshWound: He had been assaulted ''hard'' by Ruby's barbed-wire glove, but gives almost no recognition to this injury and continues his attempts to make Ruby acknowledge his commands and wild rantings.
* OnlySaneMan: He ''believes'' this, but most of the other tropes here beg to differ.
* TomTheDarkLord: Filbert the MadDoctor.
* WeaponOfChoice: A medical bone-saw, which he uses to cut the bad out of people.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He desires to remove the infection from everyone in the facility and to escape, but his [[IRejectYourReality madness]] twists those goals beyond all recognition.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Filbert constantly defines himself as ''"clean"'' and everyone else ''"infected"'', while few others recognize such statuses.


* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: From "Maddie's" (Daisy's) point of view that [[spoiler:the "cure" Filbert was giving the patients had apparently just been him having some ''sick fun''.]]
* StockPhrases: Something very close to "Don't worry, I'm a doctor".

!!'''Dr. S'''
[[caption-width-right:272:What is assumed to be Dr.S's remains]]
[[caption-width-right:272:Click to see what Weaver planned to be Dr. S:[[note]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1284518879_theweaver_drs_660.jpg]][[/note]]

->''"To whatever staff member or patient fancies himself a prankster: you've had your fun. Some of us have work to do."''
-->--From Dr's S's note

Another doctor at the facility, though not apparent through the course of the adventure. His/ her presence was confirmed by a formal notice of complaint seen by Ruby. [[WildMassGuessing It has been speculated that the goat head found in the cabinet belonged to him.]] It turned out that Weaver had something entirely different in mind for Dr. S, but didn't find a good place to put him in.

* AgentScully: He's skeptical of the voices he hears (believing them to be the work of a prankster) and is annoyed by Red's suspicion of the new medicine.
* EldritchAbomination: What he was planned to be, see the noted picture.
** BodyHorror
** ExtraEyes
** EyesDoNotBelongThere
* FanNickname: Fans usually refer to him as Sven, to fit in with the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' theme (Sven being a goat villager from that game)
* TheGhost: The most that's seen of him is a a note written by him and a skull (which may or may not have been his).
* [[HearingVoices Hearing Strange Laughter and other Voices]]
* MoreThanMindControl: Was meant to try and bring Ruby over to his side via this, before he was cut.
* MrExposition: Was supposed to reveal plenty of important information.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He's the reason why Filbert found out that Red wasn't taking the medicine and hid it in Red's food, foiling Red's first suicide attempt.
* OnlySaneEmployee: If his note's any indication, he's this.
** Averted by his planned appearance, as Weaver has stated that he's possibly more far gone than anyone else, despite being able to act cognizant.
* PosthumousCharacter: Possibly.
** {{Jossed}}: Turns out that Weaver just never found a good place to put him into the story, so Dr. S was almost completely cut save for a few references.
* TheSpock
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Never made it into the story proper besides some references. Weaver states that Filbert filled in for most of Dr. S's purposes.

->''"I am not in charge here. I am merely acting on orders my superiors issued before they abandoned the facility. I simply cannot open the surface hatch for you. Those are my orders."''
-->'''Bella''' telling Ruby and Tom why she can't let them out, paraphrased.

Bella is a mouse and the receptionist/head systems manager of the Metal Glen. She maintains the facility's lockdown, and surveys the place through monitors.

* AndIMustScream: She can't move away from her station because of her life support, and for over a year, she's had to watch the facility degenerate and see the outside world just out of her reach. She is the ''only'' person in the facility who's [[OnlySaneMan completely sane and aware of what's going on]], but she can't change anything or escape. No ''wonder'' she [[spoiler:wants Ruby and Tom to kill her]].
* BigNo: [[spoiler: When she thinks that Ruby isn't going to MercyKill her.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: Her body is/was so badly damaged that the only way she could stay alive to continue her duty was with immensely heavy life support.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Her face appears on a monitor for one panel directly after Red's suicide.
* FanNickname: Monitorface, or Monitorhead. Both of these refer to her first few appearances, wherein all the players saw was monitors showing her face.
* {{Foil}}: To Filbert. Bella really is what Filbert claims to be- the only one in the facility untouched by the Cure.
* [[spoiler:GetItOverWith]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Since she wasn't exposed to the "cure".]]
* IronicName: 'Bella' means 'Beautiful', which she isn't.
* LoopholeAbuse: How she can help Tom and Ruby get through the facility (So that they can reach her [[spoiler: and kill her]]) without going against her orders, which were to keep them inside. She was ordered to ''keep them from leaving'', not ''avoid keeping them alive''.
* [[spoiler: MercyKill: The players kill Bella on her demand.]]
* OnlySaneEmployee: She's probably the only employee of the Metal Glen with no delusions and/or creepy mannerisms. She's also the only one never exposed to the Cure, which is probably the cause of this.
* SeenItAll: Several times over, in fact. She's been overseeing the cycle of attempted escape for a ''long'' time.
* SuperWeight: She's Type -1, as she is trapped on her life support.
* UndyingLoyalty: Bella has been tasked with maintaining the lock-down of the facility and will continue to do so until her death.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Bella is trapped at her station by her life support. To make matters worse, her room is near the surface and there's a window that she faces, so she's always reminded of what she ''can't'' have, since she's stuck in the Metal Glen.

[[folder: Inanimate Objects]]

!!'''The Dummy'''


A leather-bound scarecrow/ dummy found in the same room the Hound Zombie was (which was named the Dummy Room after it). While it isn't as directly hostile as her, it is ''definitely'' creepy. It can move on a rotating pivot, and seems to turn to look at the players.

* ArtifactOfDoom: As stated from the last of Filbert's notes, the Dummy--along with several other malevolent artifacts--were retrieved from the recently excavated, lost chamber at the bottom of the facility.
** It's implied that the dummy [[spoiler:is a conduit for the EldritchAbomination inside the facility.]]
* BeamMeUpScotty: As a sort of MemeticMutation; Red's schizophrenic, graffiti-messages are often attributed to it.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Dummy]]
* DemonicDummy: Literally. The dummy (originally in the room named after it, but later found in [[spoiler:Cold Storage]]) is absolutely, positively evil. It turned to look at them when it was tied to the post, and if that's not creepy enough, later its nature was absolutely confirmed when [[spoiler:it grew tentacles on the ceiling of Cold Storage, Ace's room]]. It was excavated from below the station in the first place. Considering the stuff apparently imprisoned down there, that alone comfirms its evil nature.
* [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination]]: In part; lampshaded.
** '''Dummy in the dark''' and '''''[[spoiler:FUCKING CJOPAZE!!]]'''''
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: It isn't staring at the character, it's staring at you.
* {{Irony}}[=/=]FridgeLogic: "The Dummy's skin was made of leather" is technically a contradiction, by the definition of leather.
* [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan The Dummy Behind the Bird]]]]
* [[spoiler: PsychicPowers: It is implied that The Dummy, itself, had a sort of special psychic-control over Ace, influencing his actions and causing him to take it from its original place to Ace's hideaway in cold storage.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Only in the dark, though.
* TheSpeechless: Well it is just a dummy, [[spoiler: or is it?]]

!!The Water Cooler
[[caption-width-right:92:''[-"Mr. Water will go out like the champion of neutrality he is. [[DefiantToTheEnd Judging ever eternally from under the rubble.]]"-]'']]

A water cooler found in a room that was likely the Metal Glen's cafeteria. Became memetic among Ruby Quest's players due to the position of its taps, which look an unimpressed expression.

* AffectionateNickname: "Mr. Water Cooler"
* ChekhovsGun: For most of its run, the water cooler was a background object (and meme material). Near the end, it turned out to contain the last piece of a key Ruby needed to enter Cold Storage.
* RunningGag: He is disappointed in us all.[[note]](Because of the position of the water cooler's taps, many players have referenced it as an appearance of a vexed expression. It has since become a sort of running joke by the Ruby Quest players and have referenced the fact many times during later parts of the game, often as a sort of AnimalReactionShot)[[/note]]
* TheSpeechless
* TheStoic


[[folder:The Barbed Wheel]]
The great, ancient, unseen Eldritch Horror responsible for all the reality-bent chaos within the Metal Glen facility.

* ArcSymbol: The 'Barbed Wheel' seen pretty much everywhere is thought to be its symbol.
* BerserkButton: It's probably not a coincidence that when Tom and Ruby gave Bella her MercyKill Ace flew into a blind, ''[[OhCrap glowing]]'' [[UnstoppableRage fury]].
* BigBad: What ever the hell is going on in facility is this thing's fault.
* TheCorruption: The reason why everyone went crazy.
* EldritchAbomination: What ever it looks like, it can't be pretty.
* [[MindRape Mind Rapist]]: Drove everyone in the facility violently insane.
* IWantThemAlive: It is never made clear just why Ace is ordered to resurrect everyone just to have them destroy everyone, but the dark entity seems to need them for ''some'' reason other than just ForTheEvulz.
* ManBehindTheMan: It is very heavily implied to be the one Ace, who serves as the most direct threat Ruby and Tom face, is taking orders from.
* NoNameGiven: At least not until the Mushroom Forest special.
** IHaveManyNames: Cjopaze, Perogra, the Bound Watcher, He Who Slumbers in the Buried Dark, and the God of the Green Throne. Cjopaze is the one most commonly used.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: If you consider the filmy, red "cure" and the black void relative to it, then it counts.
* TheSpeechless: It may or may not talk, but we never hear.
* UltimateEvil: What it is, we do not know. All we know is that it's from beneath the Metal Glen and is very bad news.
* WalkingSpoiler: You do know why this is kept in a separate folder from the other characters.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: In theory, Ruby quite possibly could have in the cold-storage room if her third eye wasn't hurting so bad (of course, trying to use her super-power to view such an other-worldly force directly would probably leave her in a permanent state of insanity)

-->''And what became of cat and hare?\\
Did they break free to purer air?\\
To guess their fate we shouldn't dare\\
Perhaps their tale closed well...''