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[[folder: Jackie Estacado]]
!!Jackie Estacado/The Darkness
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Voiced by Kirk Acevedo (1st game), Creator/BrianBloom (2nd game).

* AffablyEvil: He's a killer, but he can show kindness from time to time and he's got a sense of honor.
* AntiHero: NominalHero
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BadassLongcoat
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: A hyper-exaggerated version of the mafia code. Jackie is okay with murdering anyone involved in organized crime by the hundreds, dealing drugs, prostitution, and collateral damage. However, if he kills a civilian he gets really disturbed by it.
** In one comic, it's revealed Jackie's Good Side is of the NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters type of crook while his evil side is a monster.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Deconstructed. Jackie finds out that one of his random hits was the fiance of an FBI agent and is horrified.
* CantHaveSexEver: Jackie seems to think this, though this overlooks some obvious possibilities. He's really only forbidden sex which impregnates a woman.
** [[spoiler: In a bizarre aversion, he ''does'' attempt to solicit a Chinese prostitute to give him oral sex. It's interrupted.]]
* CelibateHero: Averted twice. Both times with nonhumans.
* ContractualImmortality: In-universe, the Darkness refuses to let him stay dead until he has produced a male heir.
* CursedWithAwesome
* FirstPersonSmartass
* HandsomeLech: Before the comics.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: At least on becoming a full-fledged hero.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Sarah Pezzini thinks he's this when it's more the fact Jackie has a very strange morality.
* HitmanWithAHeart
* HollywoodAtheist: Averted. Jackie often debates the existence of God due to the horrible things he's seen but other times seems solidly Catholic.
** In retrospect, Jackie seems more like a NayTheist who is downright angry at God more than a disbeliever.
*** It's difficult to doubt God's existence when you may or may not be part of him.
* MoralityChain / MoralityPet: Jenny.
** Deconstructed with the fact Jackie tries to make [[spoiler: Jenny's sister]] and later, [[spoiler: a rebel woman]] into his MoralityPet. He turns decides against it when he realizes it would only expose them to needless danger and/or corrupt them.
*** Sarah Pezzini [[spoiler: and their daughter, Hope,]] in a bizarre way.
* NecessarilyEvil: In the game, quite a few of the less-than-pleasant things that Jackie does is to ensure the safety of his allies; Johnny Powell certainly concurs with this belief.
* NobleDemon
* PapaWolf: Mess with Hope and he will hunt you down and kill you.
* ShroudedInMyth:Other gangsters seem to spread rumors about what Jackie is and how he prefers to work at night. One of common reactions when Jackie unleashes The Darkness on other mafiosos is [[OhCrap ''Oh God, the rumors are true!'']].
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* VillainProtagonist
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[[folder: The Darkness]]

!! The Darkness
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Voiced by Music/MikePatton

* ArchEnemy: Of the Angelus which it fought since the creation and of former Darkness bearer Aram.
* BigBad: Of the Outer Darkness/Inner Darkness arc.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: It seems to truly not understand how humans work physically, psychologically, or emotionally. All it sees humans as is fodder for creating suffering.
* CastingAShadow
* ChewingTheScenery: In the games, MikePatton is clearly having fun with the role.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: In the game, its dialogue swings from eccentric to downright weird; at one point, it even lurches into BuffySpeak by informing Jackie that it fixed his "broken head ball." However, it sobers very rapidly when it feels like making a point- or when its existence is threatened.
* ClingyMacGuffin: The BigBad of the Artifacts crossover said that it's almost impossible to separate The Darkness from it's wielder and The Darkness claims that not even death can take away it's host.
* CombatTentacles: Particularly nasty ones with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily and GlowingEyesOfDoom on the ends.
* EldritchAbomination: To the point that in the second game, he is explicitly referred to as the pre-Creation darkness.
* EvilSoundsDeep: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LZOsPBN2X0 Sweet lord...]]
* GambitRoulette: The reason for the Darkness choosing the Estacado bloodline? They hoped, eventually, they would have sex with Darkness-created concubines enough that a child would be produced.
** The Darkness may have just been taunting Jackie.
* GodIsEvil: The Darkness may well be as close to God as anything in the setting, along with The Angelus.
** Though the second game mentions God as a separate entity on multiple occasions. For instance, the origin of the universe as explained by Johnny:
-->'''Johnny Powell:''' In the beginning there wasn't shit. Literally! Nothing but void and darkness, and that's how the Darkness liked it. It wasn't until God decreed that: "Turn on the lights!", that things got nasty.
* GravityMaster
* [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]]
* KillHimAlready:
--> '''The Darkness (in regards to killing [[spoiler: Paulie]]):''' ''Take his life so that I can take yours!''
* LovecraftianSuperpower: To its host, it gives a massive HealingFactor, [[CastingAShadow darkness-based powers]] and the ability to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impale people]] with CombatTentacles. It all comes at [[CursedWithAwesome a price]], though.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
* OrderVersusChaos: The chaos to The Angelus' order.
* OmnicidalManiac
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[[folder: Comics and Game]]

!! The Brotherhood

* AdaptationDistillation: The Brotherhood in the second game is much more menacing and powerful than the one in the comics.
* CompositeCharacter: There's a similar EvilArmy version of the Brotherhood in the comic, it just worships the Angelus. Becomes FridgeBrilliance when you realize the Brotherhood has tried to use the Angelus in the games as well.
* DeaderThanDead: The only sane member of the Brotherhood has his soul destroyed by the Angelus for freeing the Darkness after they capture it. Johnny says this is the only time in history it's happened and is a poor reward for saving the world.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In the game it's implied the Darkness slowly drove them mad when they managed to capture it. [[spoiler: The first time.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: Pretty much the religion's M.O., either with [[CastingAShadow The Darkness]] or, in the game at least, [[LightTheWay The Angelus]].
* PutOnABus: Sonatine and Wenders were the only really notable members of the cult in the comic and they disappear after volume one.
* ReligionOfEvil
* XanatosGambit: The cult in the game attempts to determine whether Jackie is the Darkness' wielder by sending an army of goons to kill him. If he doesn't, he dies, but if he does, they can get it from him.

!!Paulie Franchetti

Voiced by Creator/DwightSchultz

* BadBoss
* BigBad: Of the first game.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: In the game, Paulie has his safehouse equipped with several dozen floodlights once he learns of Jackie's weaknesses.
* TheDon
* EntitledBastard
* FatBastard
* KickTheDog: A lot of what he does over the course of the game, like [[spoiler:blowing up the orphanage that Jackie grew up in and most notably, killing Jenny]].
* LargeHam: Paulie ''never'' stops shouting. He is always angry.
* ItsAllAboutMe: In the game, after he's called a hit on Jackie and tried to kill him with an explosive-rigged closet, he's inexplicably offended when Jackie retaliates by launching attacks on Paulie's various businesses.
* SmugSnake: By and large, his comics incarnation is this; the game version's too grouchy to be even remotely smug.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: When Jackie has him on the ground near the end of the first game, he starts begging with Jackie to spare him. However, this turns out to be a subversion, as it is a way to distract him so that he can grab for the nearest gun and kill Jackie.]]

!!Captain Eddie Shrote

Voiced by James Mathers

* BadassGrandpa: For a man his age, Shrote is a very fast runner.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Even more so than Paulie; rather than just setting up some floodlights in front of his lair, he ambushes Jackie with several dozen spotlights and knocks him out with a flashbang. Then, while he's torturing Jackie, he keeps him under the beam of a floodlight at all times.
* DirtyCop
* SurroundedByIdiots: Most of his fellow officers are just as crooked as he is; as much of his irritable grumbling indicates, they're nowhere near as savvy as him.
* ThisIsADrill: His torture device of choice... which breaks down halfway through the torture session.
--> Chinese piece of shit!
* ToThePain: In the game, explains how he's going to drill holes into the pain centre's of Jackie's brain, before he gets started.
* TortureTechnician: In the game, he tortures Jackie for information after capturing him, [[ColdBloodedTorture perforating his face with an electric drill]]. Apparently, he's done this ''many'' times before, and he's had time to make it his specialty.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He actually manages to keep a good rap with the media, even though everybody knows he's bent as hell.

!!The Angelus
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The Angelus entity is the embodiment of light and is the equal and opposite force of the Darkness.

* ArchEnemy: The Darkness which it fought since the creation.
* BigBad
* EldritchAbomination: Literally the Light of Creation.
* GodIsEvil: The Angelus may well be as close to God as anything in the setting, along with The Darkness.
* GrandTheftMe: The Angelus takes complete control over its host mind and body(e.g. Lauren Franchetti, Celestine Wright, and in game Darkness II [[spoiler:Jenny]]), until its HeelFaceTurn after which its lets its host keep control over their mind and body.
* HeelFaceTurn: After taking Danielle Baptiste as its host The Angelus as been on the side of good.
* HornedHumanoid: All its host have horns on their head as the Angelus.
* [[JerkassGods Jerkass Goddess]]
* LightIsGood: After her HeelFaceTurn.
* LightIsNotGood: Unquestionably a force of light and law. It just so happens that the Angelus is a completely sociopathic entity that believes the world should be run by her light and her laws.
* LightTheWay
* MsFanservice
* OrderVersusChaos: The order to The Darkness' chaos.
* OmnicidalManiac
* PsychoLesbian: It initially seemed to be something within the Angelus itself since the second Angelus hints at creating female sexual partners.
* {{Stripperific}}: The Angelus before taking Finch as a host.

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[[folder: Comics Only]]
!! Frankie Franchetti

* AffablyEvil: Or so it seems.
* AxCrazy: To an extraordinary level. He actually attacks Gotham City Police Department ''in broad daylight.'' Yes, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} that]] [[TheDCU Gotham City]].
* BigBad: Arguably, the one who hurt Jackie the most.
* KickTheDog: Killed his wife's lover with a blow torch by slow torture.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: When he realizes Jackie has rigged the warehouse he's in to explode.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Gives many of these to Jackie Estacado, thus increasing his loyalty.

!!Capris Castiglione
Jackie's twin sister.

* ActionGirl
* AxCrazy
* TheDragon: The Darkness' dragon in the Outer Darkness arc.
* EvilFeelsGood: How she feels about the Darkness.
* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]]: [[spoiler:Already beginning towards the first time she and Jackie met. It's completed by the time she next meets him, having become a psychopath in the service of the Darkness.]]
* MsFanservice: Oddly, without being Stripperiffic.
* PutOnABus: Disappears completely after volume 1.
** TheBusCameBack: She returns in a later arc [[spoiler: now the Darkness' puppet.]]
*** [[spoiler: It was also a case of BackForTheDead.]]

!! Sonatine

* BaldOfEvil: Basically looks like Lex Luthor with a tattoo.
* BigBad: Of the first volume of the comics.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: The last character in the world you'd expect for one.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Sonatine is hilarious, in a truly sick sick way.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Tries to put the Darkness in Ian Nottingham, ends up putting the Witchblade on him too.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Wenders.]] However, retconned away.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Deconstructed. Sonatine has nowhere near Jackie's level of power and often engages in quirky bizarre behavior, then he does something from behind the scenes that ruins people's lives.
* MindRape: Sonatine's favorite form of humor.
* PutOnABus: Disappears completely after the first volume.

!! Nino Wenders

* DepravedHomosexual: Not so much depraved as kind of pathetic.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: has his soul bound to Sonatine's body, which has been buried.]]
** {{Retcon}}ned away with his GrandTheftMe [[spoiler:by Sonatine]], which was itself retconned away.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: Happens to him.]] Still, retconned away.
* IncompatibleOrientation: How he sees his relationship with Jackie. To say Jackie wouldn't like Wenders even if he was gay is understating things.

!!Angelus Warriors

* ActionGirl: The female Angelus warriors.
* CoolMask: Some of the Angelus Warriors where a mask that covers part of their face.
* LightEmUp
* {{Mooks}}: They serve as the Angelus' mooks
* MsFanservice: The female Angelus Warriors.
* {{Stripperific}}: Most of the Angelus warriors are show a lot of skin.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Some of the Male Angelus warriors.

!!The Foreigner/Aman The Witch-King
An ancient wielder of the Darkness that was able to get rid of it through meditation and years of internal struggle.

* ContractualImmortality: In-universe, the Darkness refuses to let him stay dead
* DarkIsEvil: Played straight as the wielder of the Darkness.
* EvilOverlord: Once ruled all of Africa when he was the Darkness wielder.
* LegacyCharacter: A former Darkness wielder.
* NoSell: He can negate the Darkness.
* TimeAbyss: Has lived for thousands of years.
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[[folder: Game Only]]
!! Brother Victor

Voiced by William Salyers

* AdaptationDistillation: Victor is arguably a much more menacing foe than Sonatine due to the fact he doesn't stop his evil schemes to engage in oddball humor.
* BigBad: Of ''The Darkness 2''
* {{Expy}}: Of Sonatine.
* EvilCripple: He's hunchbacked, wears braces on his legs, and walks with the aid of a cane.
* EvilSorcerer: His knowledge of magical artefacts and supernatural powers put him squarely in this category; doubly so when [[spoiler: he manages to capture the Darkness.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Brother Victor can swing from insulting to condescendingly polite at the drop of a hat, all the while insisting that he's doing what he does for Jackie's own good; under this exterior, Victor is as sadistic and monstrous as they come.
* FlashStep: His powers allow him to move in this manner, handily overcoming his disabilities in the process.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Victor is a deformed hunchback covered in scars.
* HandicappedBadass
* ObviouslyEvil
* OmnicidalManiac: The implications of his speeches are that he intends to use the Darkness to bring about the end of the world.
** Hilariously, it's implied by Johnny the Brotherhood's OmnicidalManiac tendancies come from the Darkness.
* ReligionOfEvil: He and his brotherhood ''worships the Darkness.'' Enough said.
* SmugSnake
* VillainTeleportation

!! Johnny Powell

Voiced by David Hoffman

* AdmiringTheAbomination: Johnny Powell can be surprisingly... aroused by many of the artifacts you bring him.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* ConspiracyTheorist
* CrazyHomelessPeople: According to Vinnie, the "new guys" found him living under a bridge in a cardboard box. They didn't (seeing as finding him is a goal of the first mission of the "Vendettas" campaign), but he does say that he lives in such a situation.
* CrazySane: Johnny comes off as a complete nut, ''and he is'' but he's arguably the most well-informed man on the planet regarding the supernatural.
* CunningLinguist: Johnny is implied to speak multiple dead languages.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Implied to be the reason for Johnny's insanity.
* GibberingGenius
* HumansAreMorons: Grumbles that this is pretty much the case while explaining "the Fool's Phylactery."
* LargeHam: And how!
* NightmareFetishist: If he's not terrified out of his life by it, chances are that Johnny will be gushing over a lot of the Darkness relics that are brought to him. The multiplayer campaign features him being alternatively fascinated and horrified by the four character's weaponry, noting the history or the magical power behind it- and frequently asking ''why'' anyone would bother using it.
* OnlySaneMan: As the only character in the entire game with adequate knowledge as to what might be going on, this is a given- even if he spends most of the game talking to himself. The Asylum levels take this even further, in which he's one of the few patients that can help Jackie escape.
* TheSmartGuy: In the second game to Jackie's FiveManBand.
* RedRightHand: Johnny's left eye.
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[[folder: Multiplayer Characters]]
!! J.P. Dummond

* BadassBookworm: Intelligent, well-spoken and effortlessly keeps pace with a MasterSwordsman, a [[BadassIsraeli trained Mossad agent]] and a [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers drunken homicidal Scotsman]].
* BadassBeard
* BadassGrandpa
* CombatMedic: His gameplay niche
* DeadlyDoctor
* MagicStaff: His Midnight Stick
* NiceGuy: Compared to his colleagues at least and provided you're on his good side. Whenever he talks to Vinnie or Johnny on the radio he is always polite and seems happy to have found a follow scholar of the Darkness in Johnny.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Some of his abilities seem to be channelling voodoo imagery. For bonus points, the achivement unlocked after completing a mission with him is called "Voodoo is more than dolls." He is also stated to have turned to a form of Louisiana Voodoo in an attempt to help his patients.
* WitchDoctor: Definitely gives off this vibe.

!! Inugami

* AnimalMotifs: Dogs. A lot of his combat chatter has him referring to himself as "The Hound". Taken to extreme however when he actually starts howling like one.
* TheAtoner: Part of a bloodline of one. His sword [[CoolSword Kusanagi]] was once used in the slaughter of one thousand innocent souls and a such each new bearer of the sword is cursed to feed it one thousand wicked souls to redeem it. The big catch however, is that for each day Kusanagi goes with out feeding, the bearer loses one year of their life.
* AxeCrazy: A combination of his desire for revenge against the Brotherhood, along with his desire to feed Kusanagi's bloodlust has made him the most unhinged of the multiplayer characters.
* {{Badass}}
* [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight Never Bring A Sword to a Gun Fight]] Some enemies mock him for his. [[CurbStompBattle He swiftly proves them wrong.]]
* {{Ninja}}: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Dolfo]] thinks so at least.
* SwordAndGun
* YouKilledMyFather: And the his mother and his two year old little brother while he was ForcedToWatch. As a result he hates the Brotherhood with a passion.

!!Shoshanna

* BadassIsraeli: She's a former MOSSAD agent, it goes without saying.
* ConsummateProfessional: By far the most efficient and disciplined of the multiplayer characteres. Hilariously she is so disciplined that she exasperates the more relaxed Mafia MissionControl with Vinnie repeatedly telling her to [[DontCallMeSir stop calling him sir.]] It doesn't take.
* GunsAkimbo: Her speciality.
* GunKata: Has an ability called exactly this.
* SawedOffShotgun: Her Arm of the Night.
* TheUnfettered: Shows shades of this, especially points 3, 4 and 5 on the list.

!! Jimmy Wilson

* TheAlcoholic: According to his character bio, Jimmy is perpetually drunk.
* AnAxeToGrind: His Dark Axe.
* AxeCrazy: Shows shades of this. Still nowhere as bad as Inugami though.
* BloodKnight
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Axe Always Works]]: Well, when said axe can be summoned back to his hand it's a viable tactic.
* {{Troll}}: When Johnny asks when he got his Dark Axe Jimmy claims that he received it from the Lady of the Lake in a dream. In truth he apparently found it in the woods and liked the balance
* ViolentGlaswegian : His character in a nutshell.
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