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!Azure City

->'''Elan:''' Did you guys know that Azure City is the largest trading port in Southern lands?\\
Thousands of ships come from all around the world to barter for fine Southern goods like silk, spices, and [[SchizoTech video games]].\\
The average temperature for this season is 63° F, with average yearly precipitation of 26.43 inches.\\
'''Roy:''' Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a successful Bardic Knowledge check.

[[folder:In General]]
%%* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign
* CitadelCity: Azure City was a powerful and wealthy city that needed defending even before they discovered a rift to a world-ending monster.
* DescriptiveVille: Azure City is entirely azure.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: It's basically Japan in the ''D&D'' setting. There's samurai and ninja and Sabine wears white face paint as a disguise. Although Miko has never heard of this "Japan" Roy speaks of.
* FarEast: Lots of Japanese influence here.
* GratuitousJapanese: Several of the names, probably to parody the random use of the language [[RuleOfCool "because it's cool"]] (Lord Shojo being a case in point, since Shojo is Japanese for "girl"[[note]]More precisely, it means "virginal maiden", which is even more hilarious.[[/note]]).
%%* LandOfOneCity
* ThePaladin: The Sapphire Guard notably features the archetypical LawfulStupid paladin juxtaposed with several much more positive examples of Paladins. They work for the Southern Gods to smite evil.
* PleaseSelectNewCityName: [[spoiler:After nearly one year of occupation by the hobgoblins, Azure City is renamed Gobbotopia City.]]
* SinglePaletteTown: It's all varying shades of blue.
* WeaponsKitchenSink: The soldiers of Azure City use Japanese Katanas alongside Chinese ''Ji'' and Greco-Roman tower-shields.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Sapphire Guard Paladins may be various shades morality, but they won't spare even children in one of their crusades, as shown in ''Start of Darkness''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: For all of Azure City's denizens, it's either this or the black-gray-white spectrum, with a few aqua green exceptions.

[[WMG:The Sapphire Guard]]

For Soon Kim, see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheScribble The Order of the Scribble]].

For pets (Mr. Scruffy) and paladin mounts (Windstriker, Argent, and Razor), see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAnimalCompanions Animal Companions]].

[[folder:Lord Shojo]]
!!Lord Shojo

->''"Paranoia? I rule a city where I have to [[ObfuscatingInsanity fake senility]] just to avoid being assassinated. I took [[ProperlyParanoid Improved Paranoia]] like 5 levels ago."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Aristocrat\\
'''Alignment:''' ChaoticGood

Former Sapphire Commander and sovereign of Azure City. Shojo's father, Lord Ronjo, was the first sovereign of Azure City to also serve as commander of Soon Kim's Sapphire Guard. Shojo inherited both titles, but is in no way a paladin nor member of the Sapphire Guard himself (instead, he is a 14th-level aristocrat, a NPC class). He fakes senility to keep the nobility from assassinating him while keeping them in check, and devises complex schemes to get what he wants done without ticking off the paladins and violating their code of honor.
* AntiHero: His goal is the preservation of the world, his city and his gate. He helps the heroes to make this happen, but his methods involve lies, manipulation, and subterfuge.
* ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster: He pretends to be senile so to give the impression of being easily manipulated. If one noble or other fails to convince him of something then they assume some other noble got to him first.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Averted. Despite him being an aristocrat, Belkar states in one strip [[spoiler:after Shojo died]] that he is most probably Chaotic Good. This fits with Shojo's actions in general, and Belkar has no particular reason to lie about it; he's not going to lie if the truth is more insulting, as is the case when he berates the random cleric for being too dense to realize why Shojo [[spoiler:doesn't want to be raised]].
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What are you?", aimed at Belkar.
* TheChessmaster: He arranged for the Order to come to Azure without arousing suspicion that he wanted them for a job.
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: He regularly pretends to consult Mr. Scruffy for advice.
* CoolOldGuy: Belkar thinks so because he has paladins cleaning up after his cat.
* DeadpanSnarker: His true persona is a dry-witted old man.
* DecoyTrial: He staged one to have the Order traverse an entire continent on foot to offer them a job. The judge is [[MasterOfIllusion Roy's father]].
* DirtyOldMan: Tells Hinjo in a bonus comic to "not forget to knock some honey up" and offers some racy scrolls if there are any problems. [[spoiler:At Shojo's funeral]] Sangwaan comments that Shojo would often look at her breasts.
* FamousLastWords: Possibly invoked -- when it appears he's about to die, he dramatically proclaims "Everything I did, I did for my people." [[spoiler:He manages to survive the killing blow long enough to see Miko Fall for it, and add "It appears... not everyone... agrees with your analysis."]]
* FatalFlaw: His paranoia is a two-edged sword. It serves him well in avoiding assassinations by the city's daimyos, but [[spoiler:it also gets him killed, in a roundabout way. His elaborate scheme to get the Order to Azure City relies on deceiving the paladins about his true motives and staging a fake trial. Miko finally loses it when she learns the truth, and murders him. One thinks he would have done better to just send them an invitation.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: His FamousLastWords are said with a light smile on his face as it means the Gods considered his death an evil act.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:How Miko kills him.]]
* HelpfulHallucination: When he appears to Belkar; it is left unclear whether it is really Shojo's ghost, an illusion created by the Mark of Justice, or a figment of Belkar's feverish imagination.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Shojo's willful deception of the paladins gets him killed. It's confirmed in the commentary from "War and [=XPs=]" that, while Shojo is portrayed sympathetically, no-one forced him to use deception to attain his goals, and when the secret got out, he paid the price for his actions.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:A cleric used Resurrection on him and confirmed the spell is working properly, but Shojo stays dead. Belkar theorizes this is because he is at peace in Chaotic Good {{heaven}}, and he would have likely died of old age soon anyway. He's not coming back.]]
* MrExposition: His initial role is to deliver a lot of backstory through the tale of the Order of the Scribble. And he knows it, too:
-->'''Shojo:''' Hey! Who's the wizened old man dispensing valuable plot points here? You? Didn't think so. Now pipe down!
* NotSoDifferent: From Miko [[spoiler: the woman who kills him.]] Both of them are commented by the Giant that they believe themselves above the law.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: He fakes senility to make others think he is easily controlled and thus avoid assassination.
* ProperlyParanoid: He took the Improved Paranoia feat 5 levels ago. It has served him well.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He believes that Soon Kim's oath is more detrimental to the Sapphire Guards' intended role than helpful. This is given further weight when it turns out that, for decades, the Sapphire Guard have been wrong as to the true position of Girard's Gate.
* SpiritAdvisor: When he appears to Belkar; it is left unclear whether it is really Shojo's ghost, an illusion created by the Mark of Justice, or a figment of Belkar's feverish imagination.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: An interesting take on the topic. In essence, Shojo's character arc in the story is based on the idea that he decided Good was more important than Law and that Soon Kim's oath was pushing the Sapphire Guard into LawfulStupid territory. So he secretly hires the Order of the Stick to do what the oathbound paladins under him can not. This is helped by the fact that he has always been, as far as we know, on the opposite side of the Ethical axis to Law. In an unusual play with the trope, the downside of this is shown when his deceptions fun him afoul of Hinjo and Miko, [[spoiler: the latter of which kills Shojo for it.]]
-->'''Shojo:''' I don't have the luxury of putting Soon Kim's obsolete morality ahead of the safety of this city. It's all well and good for you paladins to stick to your convictions, but if ''I'' make a mistake, half a million citizens pay for it.
* UnreliableExpositor: An apparently unwitting example; [[spoiler:it's become increasingly clear as the strip has progressed that the information he gives the Order about the Snarl is at the very least heavily flawed and incomplete, if not outright inaccurate.]]

[[folder:Miko Miyazaki]]
!!Miko Miyazaki

->''"By the Twelve Gods and in the name of Lord Shojo, I demand to know: [[MattressTagGag Who removed the tag from this mattress]]?!?"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Monk/Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

A dutiful and powerful paladin of the Sapphire Guard whose conviction is, perhaps, ''too'' great. Reared in a monastery, she'd taken a few levels of monk before becoming a paladin.
* ActionGirl: The most powerful (living) paladin of the Sapphire Guard. She defeated the ''entire'' Order (albeit without Durkon) twice, with only her horse. She single-handedly defeated Redcloak, who would have died without Xykon's intervention -- Redcloak, who curb-stomped Hinjo, the second-most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard, and according to Durkon, could have done the same to Elan even when low on spells. And even without her paladin powers, she manages to put up a good fight against both Roy and Hinjo. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0461.html She once decapitated Jirix with a kick and killed a second goblin mook in the process.]]
* AlliterativeName: '''Mi'''ko '''Mi'''yazaki.
* AntiHero: She's willing to kill evil beings in cold blood, but only evil beings. Her ability to ''define'' Evil beings, on the other hand, is somewhat... warped.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:After she goes insane and kills Shojo.]]
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: One of Miko's critical flaws is she makes up stuff to justify her actions and can't see the errors in her own logic. [[spoiler:This is, predictably, what causes her Fall; she would rather kill the defenseless Shojo rather than accept even for a moment that she's fallible.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Miko built on this trope, growing increasingly delusional over the course of the story arc. As her insanity increases, it changes her from a mere KnightTemplar into a total WindmillCrusader -- handwaving even the fact that [[spoiler:the Gods have stripped her of her paladin powers]].
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Discovering her liege lord was faking senility and working behind the paladins;' backs and then losing her paladinhood hit her really hard.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Miko's pedestal for [[spoiler:Shojo]] breaks when she discovers [[spoiler:he's faking his senility.]] She reacts... violently.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0212.html "Dirt Farm"]]: "The proper term is 'smite evil'..."
--->'''Roy Greenhilt:''' It's like she has that monk class ability that lets you jump as far as you want, only to her, it applies to conclusions.
* TheComicallySerious: She's serious as a heart attack about everything, even mattress tags.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:Downplayed, she was specifically trying to gain redemption to be restored to the paladin class, and in her dying moments, Soon's spirit explains why and how she failed at this. However, he reassures her that her spirit will be reunited with her beloved horse, Windstriker, which suggests that wherever her soul goes in the afterlife, it'll be a Good place, or at least one accessible to such beings.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Miko is intended as a commentary and deadpan parody on people who play LawfulGood characters as [[LawfulStupid Lawful Zealous]]. This becomes especially clear when she's contrasted against other Lawful Good characters in the comic, such as Hinjo and Roy.
* DePower: [[spoiler:Her immediate punishment for killing Lord Shojo is to lose her status as a paladin and its associated bonuses.]]
* DetectEvil: Tries and fails to detect any evil in the Order. Belkar, who is evil, blocks the ability with a lead sheet, and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0228.html sues her for it]].
* {{Determinator}}: Never ever gives up in her eternal quest to smite evil (or rather, who ever she considers to be evil).
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0408.html Fallsville, Population: 1"]]. [[spoiler:After losing her paladinhood for cold-bloodedly murdering her liege lord, instead of considering that this may have been an incorrect thing to do, she assumes that, somehow, the gods are doing this to test her faith.]]
* DualWielding: A dai-sho (katana and wakizashi).
* EgocentricallyReligious: She truly believes that the gods have a special purpose for her.
* FallenHero: Literally, as she [[spoiler:eventually loses her paladin powers]]. Played with it at the same time, as she never turns to evil. She keeps trying (and failing) to determine what's right.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedtoBe Bisection.]]]]
* FamousNamedForeigner: Creator/HayaoMiyazaki
* {{Flanderization}}: Her jumping to conclusions. While her initial fight with the Order is arguably an example of this, and there are a couple of early gags of her ComicallyMissingThePoint, it wasn't presented as an especially dominant trait during her initial extended period in the comic (strip #s 199-298), never cited as one of the reasons why the Order hated her so much during this period. Neither the phrase "jumping to conclusions" nor anything like it is ever even mentioned in connection to her during this period. When she returns to the comic ([[OutOfFocus after an absence of 80 strips]]), she's jumping to wrong conclusions all the time, always in ways that [[PlayedForDrama seriously]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero disastrously affects the plot.]] From then on, [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom it's the only way she affects the plot.]] This now dominant trait of hers is {{Lampshaded}} by Roy by implying [[RetCon that this has always been so typical of her.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Reading between the lines suggests that Miko's parents may have been murdered in Azure City's extremely nasty noble power games (she reveals she was noble-born, but orphaned in an early strip). Given that ThereAreNoTherapists, and lacking any information on whether Miko's demonstrated lack of friends is her own fault or not (did she have a swelled head to start, or was she still traumatized by her life's events and rejected by her peers due to any issues that derived from this, causing her to double down on her devotion to her gods?), and the fact that her own organization dealt with her issues by constantly sending her far away, and Miko's actions start to make a lot more sense. Even her Flanderization makes sense in this assessment, in that she encountered the Order, who were Good, but not in a way her deeply rigid idea of Good could understand, and the fallout from this encounter and the fact that life seemed to support them instead of smite them unhinged her even further.
* GoodIsNotNice: She is wholly committed to the goal of smiting evil and protecting her home....[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and she is not nice.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:She gets torn in half by the explosion of the Sapphire. Ouuuch. Unsurprisingly, she dies. However, it's not all bad. See DeathEqualsRedemption above.]]
* IronicDeath: [[spoiler:She bisected Lord Shojo and later dies of the same cause]].
* HealingHands: As a paladin, this is one of her skills. Belkar jokes that [[AmazonChaser Roy would love to have her use that skill on him.]]
%%* HeelFaceDoorSlam
* HeroAntagonist: In the commentary, Rich wanted to know if he could pull off a LawfulGood character who is an antagonist. Miko opposes the Order and hampers their progress, but she also helps the dirt farmers without hesitation, helps to organize an evacuation of the inn when the danger appears, goes back into the inn to make sure there were no stragglers, attacked the Order as harshly as she did because her information gathering had yielded information on their evil counterparts, their genuine bad behavior (the flumphs, Belkar's actions in the barbarian guild, the weasel thrown down the troll/ogre's gullet), and certain extenuating circumstances (the crown causing its wearer to registers as strongly evil). Later on, she makes life difficult for the Order again by killing [[spoiler:Shojo]] -- but again, she did it because she genuinely believed she was in the right to do so.
* HonorBeforeReason: Played with. In the battle with the ogres, she looked like she walked into the ogre camp and alerted the entire group in order to have a fair fight, but it was just an excuse to clump them all together so the spellcasters could nuke them more easily. However, when Belkar was raising havoc in Azure City dungeons, rather than call a host of troops to track him down, she let him goad her into fighting him on his terms.
* IAmXSonOfY:
-->'''Miko:''' I am Miko Miyazaki, samurai of the Sapphire Guard, loyal vassal of Lord Shojo, daughter of Eyko, and paladin of the Twelve Gods of the South.\\
'''[=MitD=]:''' Neat! It must be hard to [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard fit all that on your business cards]], though.
* InspectorJavert: For the entire Order. Borderline between Javert and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist for [[spoiler:Lord Shojo. She had him dead to rights, but went a bit OffTheRails in dealing with him]].
* InTheHood: Her initial appearance, until her face is revealed during her first fight with the Order.
* IRejectYourReality: Her conviction that she's always right escalates into outright delusion, to the point where [[spoiler:she STILL thinks she's right after the Twelve Gods revoke her paladinhood]].
* IThoughtItMeant: She thinks that "bump uglies" is an euphemism for SmiteEvil.
* {{Jerkass}}: Whatever your opinion of her is, it can't be denied that she has quite a few sticks up her ass.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:She's bisected, Xs for eyes, when Soon Kim's gate explodes. Tsukiko passes her over when looking for corpses to re-animate. She's not coming back, either resurrected or undead.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Her introduction is the point where the story starts getting serious about its MythArc.
* KnightTemplar: Overzealous do-gooder that unwitting sails into antagonist territory.
* LawfulStupid: Believes she is chosen by the Twelve Gods for... something, and therefore everything she does is right. Miko is ''very'' quick at jumping to conclusions without ever slowing down to think first.
* MagicKnight: As a paladin, she has both sword skills and a HolyHandGrenade or two.
* TheMillstone: Vaarsuvius considers Miko to be this. Then again, Vaarsuvius [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html sometimes]] thinks that anyone who is not [[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]] is this.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' As [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated the shrew has perished]], we are no longer bound by the anchor that has hung around our neck for weeks! Let her death ring in a new era of freedom for the "Order of the Stick".\\
[[LampshadeHanging She is, naturally]], [[RightBehindMe directly behind me]].\\
'''Miko:''' Naturally.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter:
** Wanted to set up camp in the side of the road when there was a random high-class inn less than 100 feet away. She calls the Order decadent for wanting to sleep there.
** Tells the new High Priest of Thor when offered a seat that standing builds character. Played with, since she also mentions that she had been riding a horse for four days.
* MolotovCocktail: Miko creates one out of her cloak and a bottle of dwarven brandy to escape from her force cage.
* MoralSociopathy: Her morality drives her to behave in very, ''very'' destructive ways and then act indignant that people regard them as wrong.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: She favors killing "evildoers" herself over bringing them to justice.
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: Miko is introduced as one of these before she catches up to the Order.
* NeverMyFault: Miko is so delusional about her (perceived) status as the ChosenOne that she refuses to believe that she can make any mistake. [[spoiler:When the gods [[BroughtDownToNormal strip her of her powers]] for killing Lord Shojo, she immediately decides it wasn't her own fault, but a product of a conspiracy by the Order. When she dies, the spirit of the paladin Soon tells her that her inability to admit responsibility for her deeds is one of the reasons she will die unredeemed.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Twice; first when she kills Shojo, believing him corrupt, and then again by destroying the Gate and thus any chance of victory for the paladins during the Siege of Azure City.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Commentary from the Giant remarks that, despite their clash, Miko and [[spoiler:Shojo]] are very much alike, believing themselves above the law.
* ObstructiveZealot: She believes the twelve Gods have a "special mission" for her and utterly and vehemently refuses to listen anyone or anything that doesn't fit her delusion. ''Even when the twelve gods explicitly disapprove Miko by depriving her of her paladinhood''.
* OffhandBackhand: Kills a hobgoblin mook with her bare hand without bothering to look a him.
* PaintItBlack: In her case, Paint It Tan after [[spoiler:her Fall, since [[WordOfGod her Sapphire Guard uniform is magical and only works for a paladin]]]]. Sabine once suggests that she would look sexy in black leather, and gets [[NeckSnap her neck snapped]] (non-fatally) for her trouble.
* ThePaladin: This is her class; warrior in service to the Twelve Gods.
* PerpetualFrowner: She's never happy.
* PetTheDog: She gets a character scene in a bonus strip where she tries to invite a couple of acquaintances to celebrate the New Year with her, but when they ask her to come with them to a bar, her BlackAndWhiteInsanity leads her to decry it as a den of sin, which annoys the others enough to withdraw the invitation. She goes back to her quarters, where we see that she has personally prepared a nice dinner for all of them. Which she ends up eating alone with her horse. It shows that even as Miko's distance from the other paladins is self-inflicted because of how judgemental and self-righteous she is, she is also deeply lonely because of it, and her holy mount is also her only friend.
* {{Pride}}: Miko is so full of herself that she will ''never'' question her actions, her judgment, or her belief that she is "special" and has a great and prestigious destiny.
-->'''Miko Miyazaki:''' The gods have a plan for me, I know it! I am special, the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard! They wouldn't do this to ME without a reason.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: "Let's just say there's a reason Miko gets picked for long missions. In foreign countries. Which keep her away from home for months at a time." Unlike typical examples of this trope, she is given assignments of actual importance at least.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Sort of. Soon Kim explains that he's pleased that she kept the Gate out of Evil hands, but true redemption means overcoming what caused her fall in the first place.]]
* {{Samurai}}: This is her ''job'', not her class. She makes that very clear.
* SamusIsAGirl: The mysterious blue-cloaked, hooded figure tracking down the Order is a girl. Roy knocks off her hood in their first battle and his reaction to the revelation is "wow". He is accused of wanting to "bone" her afterwards.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:She becomes increasingly irrational and impulsive after the Order of the Stick is brought to Azure City. After she kills Lord Shojo, she goes into extreme denial and comes up with crazy (and at times contradicting) theories about the Order of the Stick.]]
* SarcasmBlind: In the words of Shojo, "Good gods, they can teach you how to detect evil, but not sarcasm?"
* SixthRanger: For the Order of the Stick, temporarily, causing lots of tension in the process.
* SmiteEvil: One of her class abilities is extra damage to evil.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: For Belkar, after his jailbreak. Despite working with heroes, Belkar is an evil criminal who is on the run from the law. Of course Miko has to bring him in.
* TautologicalTemplar: She is convinced that, being the most powerful member of the Sapphire Guard, she ''must'' have the Twelve Gods' favor. Therefore, anything she does is right by definition and anything that happens to her [[spoiler:including falling from paladinhood]] is part of the gods' greater plan for her. Later goes into InsaneTrollLogic, when Miko determines that because the gods could easily stop her from [[spoiler:breaking out of prison]] but don't, they ''clearly'' want her to do so.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Early on, she showed some clever strategy in defeating a band of ogres. She never does anything that clever again. Instead, the {{Flanderization}} of her jumping to conclusions, NiceJobBreakingItHero, UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, etc.
* TragicHero: She tries to do what she believes is right but looses sense of herself due to paranoia and zealousness. [[spoiler:Then she dies without being able to redeem herself.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: In the span of a couple days she [[spoiler:learned of an impending attack on her homeland, learned that her mentor had been lying to her her entire life, executed him for treason, learned he was innocent of said treason, lost her powers, lost her homeland, was thrown in prison, and finally died.]]
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Lampshaded when she gives her IAmXSonOfY speech.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Just as the ghost of Soon Kim is about to finish off Xykon, Miko comes in and destroys the gate, allowing Xykon and Redcloak to escape.]]
* WarriorMonk: Because she was raised in a monastery, she has a few levels of monk.
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana and a wakizashi, although she loses the latter later on. Being a paladin, she is a frequent user of SmiteEvil.
* WhatTheHellHero: She gets hit by several of these speeches. By Roy, and also Redcloak, in a case of a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Apparently she gets this a lot.
* WindmillCrusader: Her quest to smite evil takes strange turns indeed.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: A minor example, but being the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard clearly went to her head, disconnecting her from reality. Always being far away from Azure City also helped.
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* YouNeedToGetLaid: Roy says she wouldn't be so uptight if she were regularly receiving "treasure type O."


->''"Yeah, well, you probably shouldn't have discussed how you're going to beat the system in front of the guy charged with upholding the system. I still get to make Listen checks when I'm three feet away, you know."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

Nephew and sole heir of Lord Shojo, and therefore the new Sapphire Commander and sovereign of Azure-City-in-Exile. After his uncle's death and Redcloak's conquest of Azure City, he and most of the city's civilian population have fled into exile, and have settled in an abandoned Elven settlement on the Western Continent. He hopes to one day reclaim his home, and leads the remnants of the Sapphire Guard with that goal in mind. A powerful paladin, he is considerably more easygoing and personable than Miko and prefers mounted front-line combat with his wolf, Argent.
* AttackAttackAttack: He refuses to retreat from Azure City after it has been overrun by hobgoblins, but is convinced by the Order.
* BerserkButton: "NOBODY HURTS MY DOG!!!"
* CantCatchUp: While he stays back to oversee the refuge fleet, Lien and O-Chul have leveled up.
* {{Foil}}: To Miko. Commentary in the books remarks that Hinjo's presence contrasts with Miko's [[spoiler:when Shojo is revealed to be deceiving the paladins.]] Hinjo's response is of someone "who believes in the law", while Miko's is someone who "believes herself above the law."
* GuileHero: Hinjo seems to be both intelligent and wise. When he overhears Shojo admit that he's lying to the Paladins, he puts all the pieces together and isn't fooled by Shojo's back-pedaling. Later, he realizes Elan is lying about [[spoiler:Kubota's death]], but he has Lien search for the body and he doesn't arrest Elan because he lacks evidence. Earlier in the same arc, he promotes Daigo & Kazumi Kato to nobles. It is implied that one of the reasons he did this was because none of the other nobles were trustworthy. While not downright devious, he will bend the rules so that he can accomplish his goals.
* HealingHands: A paladin power.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Cut-aways to him after the "Don't Split Up the Party" arc imply that he is having plenty of adventures of his own in [[spoiler:the new home for the refugees of Azure City]], fighting giant ant-like monsters.
* HonorBeforeReason: Not like Miko, but Hinjo is still a stickler for the rules, and his uncle states in a bonus comic that he hopes Hinjo will grow out of this mindest by the time he takes command of Azure City.
-->'''Shojo:''' Hinjo has grown up into a good, honorable man -- which unfortunately makes him singularly unsuited to the task of governing Azure City and its territories. I'm not worried, though. Give him another ten years of instruction, and his naïve idealism will fall like kobolds before a high-level fighter.
* InItsHourOfNeed: Refuses to leave Azure City during Xykon's siege despite how far victory slips away. He is ultimately convinced of the foolishness of this mindset.
* InnocentInnuendo: He never, ever notices the humor involved [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0418.html in his junk.]]
* MagicKnight: Due to being a paladin, he has both fighting and magic skills.
* TheMenFirst: He cares very deeply for his people, spending all of his time helping them in their exile.
* ModestRoyalty: After becoming the ruler of Azure City, he wears the same paladin armor he did before he ruled.
* {{Nephewism}}: What happened to his parents? Who knows; maybe ninjas got them.
* NiceGuy: He's always friendly and polite and when the Order is being taken to their trial, he tells them some funny stories. After Miko kills Shojo, he tries to offer her a second chance to redeem herself despite her just killing his only known living relative.
* OnlySaneMan: Early on, to compare to Miko.
* ThePaladin: A holy warrior that is far more sane than Miko.
* PragmaticHero: Hinjo is under no delusions. He knows that the nobles will try to assassinate him the first moment they are able. When he discovers Shojo's lies, his first order of business is to bring him in for trial. He stands in direct contrast to Miko who acted on impulse to the discovery. [[CrazyPrepared He also carries silver and cold-iron katanas for dealing with any planar trouble.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He can't condone his uncle's backroom dealing but nevertheless recognizes that the Gates must be protected.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He is front and center for the Siege of Azure City and the later settling of the refugees.
* {{Samurai}}: Like Miko, but he's closer to a WarriorPrince than a WarriorMonk.
* SmiteEvil: His duty and power as a paladin.
* SupportingLeader: He's the leader of the forces opposing Xykon, but the Order are the main characters and heroes of the story.
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:After Shojo's death, he takes over Azure City. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about it.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana because of the fantasy counterpartness.
* TheWisePrince: Hinjo knew that his paladins probably couldn't take on Xykon, but gave them the chance any ways knowing that [[spoiler:Soon's spirit would bring them back for the final battle.]] He also refused to execute Shojo and wanted to bring him to the courts first. When Miko [[spoiler:murdered Shojo in anger and lost her paladinhood]], he tried to talk her into surrendering despite his anger. When she attacked him anyways, he arrested her when she was knocked out instead of executing her on the spot. Later on, he realizes that his uncle was right about the oath the paladins took to not interfere with the gate. He is unable to help the Order directly in their quest but he gives them his support and the resources to proceed. During the battle for Azure City, he is also shown to be effective at placing his troops.


->''"Your life is much like this TabletopGame/{{Go}} board, my friend. You have allowed yourself to be surrounded by enemy pieces -- people who wish to bend you to their will, to remove your unique voice from the board and replace it with one of... of mindless subservience.\\
But as you correctly point out, you are still holding on two empty places in the center.\\
They are your heart, and your mind. They are the places that make you what you really are."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Fighter/Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

A high-ranking and incredibly tough paladin of the Sapphire Guard, O-Chul was taken as a prisoner of war after the fall of Azure City.
* AdoptTheDog: His friendship with the Monster in the Darkness leads to a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. Also see the quote.
* AndIMustScream: He spends an unspecified amount of time paralysed by Xykon, [[spoiler:while his fellow paladins killed themselves around him, Xykon took the gate, and Miko destroyed the gate when they were winning.]] Then he was blown out a window and taken to a tea party when he needed to be escaping.
* BadassBeard: A blue beard and a huge badass
* BadassInDistress: He's put in a tank with a[[spoiler:n acid-breathing]] shark. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0542.html It doesn't go well]] [[spoiler:for the ''shark''.]]
* BadLiar: Thanks to dump-statting Charisma.
-->'''Redcloak:''' After all this time...I have finally found the very WORST liar in the entire world.
* BaldOfAwesome: A goodly and awesome paladin without a hair on his head.
* BrassBalls: "+5 Holy Cojones", as stated by [[spoiler:resident BigBad Xykon. He was genuinely surprised that O-Chul was going to fight him wearing nothing but his prisoner loincloth and wielding nothing but his paladin might.]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Even without armor and in poor health, he can punch his way out of an acid shark tank. Xykon thinks his high constitution comes from training and spending xp on his character build instead of buffs.
-->'''Xykon:''' Hell, the idiot paladin understands better than [[DealWithTheDevil you]] do. 'Cause he got every one of those hit points I burned off of him the hard way: he earned them.
* ColdBloodedTorture: At the hands of Team Evil for fun and information. (And as a stalling tactic.)
* CoolHorse: Averted, likely due to his levels in fighter. He lacks a Paladin Mount, which disappoints Lien who hoped he had merely been saving it for a dramatic moment.
* {{Determinator}}: O-Chul manages to get a list of all (or at least most) of Xykon's spells. When asked how, he simply replies "One saving throw at a time." His Constitution score is in the mid-twenties. For reference, the average human has a score of ten and increases are not linear.
-->'''Xykon:''' He's like the Energizer Bunny, a Rollex watch, and Creator/JackieChan mixed together!
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: He plays Go and other games with the Monster in the Darkness.
* DoesNotLikeSpam:
-->'''O-Chul:''' Well, I was going to express a dislike of squid, but I guess [[EatsBabies babies]] top my list as well.
* TheDogBitesBack: After months of torture, [[spoiler:he nearly kills Redcloak, and puts out his right eye.]]
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: With Redcloak's holy symbol; catching the chain on his impromtu spear and pulling it off can't be anything but dramatic.
* DumpStat: Charisma. This comes back to bite him when he tries to [[spoiler:dupe Redcloak.]]
* ExposedToTheElements: Discussed with Lien while they are in a blizzard at the North Pole. As they are both wearing their modest, but normal outfits. As it turns out, O-Chul purchased a magic cloak that, among other things, confers immunity to frigid environmental temperatures.
* AFatherToHisMen: Lien recalls that he insisted on walking her home after she was knocked during training. He also apologizes when he has to leave his men to destroy the gate.
* GeniusBruiser: He has a mind for the military, and that's not all. Through months of captivity and torture, he created a running list of Xykon's spells by surviving them one at a time. Finally, he teaches Go and espouses a philosophy centered on it.
* GuileHero: [[XanatosSpeedChess Extremely adaptable.]] When captured, O-Chul [[spoiler:takes advantage of the situation to get Xykon's spell list, nudge the Monster in the Darkness away from evil a bit, and when released, is in position to try to break Xykon's phylactery (but is stopped at the last second)]]. Also capable of using ExactWords when necessary, though usually not for manipulative reasons.
* HealingHands: A standard paladin ability. He uses it regularly on himself to heal the wounds inflicted by Redcloak's torture regimen.
* HeroicWillpower: He is able to withstand months of torture at the hands of Redcloak without betraying anything of value. It is only when Redcloak threatens to sacrifice his fellow countrymen dozens at a time that he relents - but even then he is unwilling to lie for the sake of saving their lives. After Redcloak gives up in disgust, O-Chul's reputation for this trope becomes a local legend among the rest of the Azure City prisoners.
* HolierThanThou: Played for laughs with Lien, when she tries a "Paladin off" with him. He always comes up on top, but both are never serious about it.
* IGaveMyWord: He thinks it's obvious that Soon Kim kept his oath. After all, he's a paladin and it's the same thing he himself would do.
* ImprovisedWeapon: He can and will use anything, from a broken cage bar to ''bare fists'', highly effectively and often powered-up with SmiteEvil.
* InterrogatedForNothing: [[spoiler:Redcloak suspected he was telling the truth even before their session on the tower, but wanted to keep Xykon in the city so the hobgoblins could solidify their position.]]
* {{Irony}}: O-Chul's lies on how Girard's gate is protected were actually pretty spot-on. An elaborate maze (in the form of the canyon and Pyramid) and by answering the riddles (breaking through the LotusEaterMachine and recognizing the double bluff) can one reach the center indeed.
* KnightInShiningArmor: All the Sapphire Guards are, but O-Chul even ''more'' so. [[WordOfGod The Giant]] describes him as "everything right about the paladin".
* MadeOfIron: He survives a Castle-Shattering Kaboom, a tank of acid with a shark in it (multiple times, it's implied), being trapped in a cage filled with rabid dire wallabies, a staring contest with a basilisk (which he won, technically; he never blinked), along with months of torture. Some would argue that he borders on ImplacableMan. He has a Constitution score in the mid-twenties.[[note]]For those unfamiliar with the system: The average Constitution (health) score is ten. 18 is the ''normal 1st level human maximum''. With normal rules and without magic items you'll need to be level 8 to reach constitution score of 20, level 16 to reach score 22 and level 20 to reach score 25. All this sacrificing all the others abilities. This means he probably has the HitPoints of an average character ''twice'' his level. Also, paladins are traditionally loaded down with class features and abilities that make them rather hard to kill -- but O-Chul has mostly fighter levels. Hinjo even remarks that he is the "toughest" Sapphire guardsman.[[/note]] Statistically, he's on par with a dragon the size of a barn, and it shows.
%% MemeticBadass: Subjective trope, already in YMMV.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: He engages in some very specific wordplay [[spoiler:when Hinjo asks him if he destroyed the Sapphire Gate]] because he would {{never speak ill of the dead}}. He openly admits he's doing this.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: While his opinion of [[spoiler:Miko]] is low, he doesn't speak ill of [[spoiler:her]] after a stupid act causes a tragedy.
* NotAGame: He explains to Haley, in detail, how full-scale war isn't like a dungeon.
* OddFriendship: He and the Monster in the Darkness are quite friendly. He refers to the Monster as [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics "Monster-san"]]. The Monster calls him Mr. Stiffly.
* ThePaladin: Holy warrior that is solidly more ''good'' than ''lawful''.
* ReconstructedTrope: Reconstructs paladins as a follow-up to Miko's decontruction of the class.
* {{Samurai}}: Like the other paladins of the Sapphire Guard, except he is just as good (or better!) with his bare hands as a sword.
* ScarsAreForever: Despite receiving healing magic regularly, he's been tortured for so long that his body is literally covered in scars. Even better, when O-Chul breaks out, he charges Redcloak with a metal bar ripped from his cage; Redcloak nails him in the forehead with a Disintegrate, [[XRaySparks showing off O-Chul's skeleton]]. Not only does O-Chul shake off the hit like it was nothing, if you look closely, his skull has a scar matching the one along his temple -- meaning the cut that made it went all the way to the bone. (The goblins may not be responsible for that one, since [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0403.html he has the scar even before the Battle of Azure City]].)
* SmiteEvil: He charges holy power into his bare hands to assault Xykon.
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana, like the others in the Sapphire Guard.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Why Did It Have to Be Sharks? Though in actuality he does ''not'' fear them, since being a paladin makes him immune to fear. It's more like they just make him oddly uncomfortable. The acid-breathing shark may have had something to do with this.
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: He has a theory as to what the Monster in the Darkness is, but doesn't think Lien or the Monster himself would believe it.


->''"It was pretty easy for me to put two and two together. Contrary to [[GoodIsDumb popular opinion]], Good is not always dumb."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' [[LawfulGood Intelligent Good]]

Along with Hinjo and O-Chul, a paladin and one of the only surviving Sapphire Guard officers. As the daughter of fishermen, her weapon and celestial mount keep a connection with the sea.
* ActionGirl: During the fall of Azure City, she defends Hinjo's junk for hours from attacking hobgoblins by herself.
* TheAntiNihilist: She [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1032.html sees]] the loss of her hometown and most of her friends as just part of how the world works, but chooses to be grateful that she's alive and able to keep fighting the good fight.
--> '''O-Chul:''' Ah, so your optimism is a direct result of your relentlessly negative view.
* BadassBoast: When fighting a group of hobgoblins:
-->'''Lien:''' My parents were fishermen. When I was a little girl, I stood right here and learned how to clean the fish that they caught. I'm telling you this so that you know that when I say that if you take one more step, I will gut you like the catch of the day -- IT IS {{NOT HYPERBOLE}}!
* BladeOnAStick: Her harpoon.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Defied. She gets singed by Thor's Lightning when Durkon rescues her, and he preemptively apologizes for it.
--> '''Lien:''' SO not complaining.
* CoolPet: A freaking shark that she rides into battle! She's easily the most badass fisherman's daughter in fiction.
* DeadpanSnarker: Of the Azurites, easily the most sarcastic.
* DetectEvil: Standard paladin power; she attempts it on Therkla.
* ExposedToTheElements: Discussed with O-Chul during a blizzard in the North Pole, as they are wearing modest, but normal outfits. As it turns out, Lien's Ring of Water Breathing [[RequiredSecondaryPowers also protects her from frigid temperatures]], as the deep ocean is quite cold.
* GoodCopBadCop: Or Good Bard, Bad Paladin; in one of the bonus comics, she and Elan interrogate a mermaid who had known a group of aquatic hobgoblins that attacked the Azure City fleet using this technique.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Her CatchPhrase. Lien would like to remind you that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0584.html being good does not necessarily make you an idiot.]]
* GotMeDoingIt: Thanks to Elan's influence, she hopes that O-Chul had an awesome paladin mount he had been saving for the perfect dramatic reveal. He doesn't.
* FluffyTamer: Razor's a great white, and she manages to make him seem cute, especially in the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/Wallpapers.html Beach Party]] wallpaper.
* HealingHands: Paladin power.
* NotHyperbole: TropeNamer.
-->'''Lien:''' My parents were fishermen. When I was a little girl, I stood right here and learned how to clean the fish that they caught. I'm telling you this so that you know that when I say that if you take one more step, [[GuttedLikeAFish I will gut you like the catch of the day]] -- IT IS NOT HYPERBOLE!
* ThePaladin: Like Miko and O-chul she is a holy warrior for the Twelve Gods.
* RagsToRiches: She started life as the child of two fishermen, and now she's one of the strongest paladins in Azure City.
* RingOfPower: In one of the bonus comics in ''Don't Split the Party'', Lien reveals that she has a magic ring that allows her to breathe underwater. It later gets shown in the main comic.
* {{Samurai}}: Like others on this list, a katana-wielding warrior in an Japan-ish place.
* SmiteEvil: Paladin power.
* SurvivorsGuilt: Averted. She considers her family making it out alive while all her colleagues die proof that she must be the luckiest girl alive, as there is no point believing the world is fair.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Hinjo sent Lien to guard the waterfront docks primarily because her shark paladin mount would turn any sea monsters the goblins summoned to sushi.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Due to living on the waterfront, her entire extended family, her boyfriend, and his extended family all made it out safely.
* VirginSacrifice: Inverted with the virgin part. According to the orcs, Banjo prefers someone "with experience". The sacrifice itself was narrowly avoided.
-->'''Lien:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0554.html Dammit, why does my mother keep being right about these things?]]
* WeaponOfChoice: A harpoon, unlike the katanas of the other paladins. This might have to do with her being a fisherman's daughter.

[[folder:Ho Thanh]]
!!Ho Thanh

->''"Let us make hasty our escape, that we might live to fight the forces of Evil another day."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

A low-ranking Sapphire Guard member who was out of town the day of the battle. Took over leadership of LaResistance after Haley left.
* AttackAttackAttack: Averted, a rarity among paladins.
%%* BadassMustache
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Briefly dominated by Tsukiko. [[RunningGag No, not that kind of]] [[SexSlave domination]].
* HealingHands: Paladin power, and exploited by Tsukiko while dominating him. [[RunningGag It sounds bad but it wasn't like that.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Charges into a hopeless battle to distract Redcloak from noticing that a single Resistance member will survive.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: His ability to use subterfuge leaves some to be desired. [[spoiler: Although he does work well with Niu during his last act.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:He takes crushing from a golem with utmost serenity.]]
* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler:He disputes with Niu about her escape at the end.]]
* ThePaladin: Like others on this list, a holy warrior of the Twelve Gods.
* LaResistance: Would like to call it "Sapphire Liberation Front".
* {{Samurai}}: Like Lien, Miko, etc.
* SmiteEvil: Paladin power.
* ThatsAnOrder: He invokes this trope to make Niu escape.
* TurnUndead: He uses this paladin power against Tsukiko's wights. It doesn't destroy them, but does enough to prevent them from level draining.
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana, standard for Sapphire Guard members. It also doubles as a divine focus for turning undead.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Thanh feels he's out of his league, but he's the only person that the other Resistance groups could agree on since they would not allow some foreigner to lead them, ruling out Haley.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:He dies covering Niu's escape.]]


->''"In the few hours since we learned of the threat, we diviners have done our best to scry the invading army."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Wizard (diviner)\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (presumably)

A blind seer who serves as an adviser to Shojo and later Hinjo. Aside from Shojo, she is the only known member of the Sapphire Guard who is not a Paladin.
* BlindfoldedVision: Her mystic vision spells even come out of the blindfold.
* BlindSeer: A seer with a blindfold.
* CallForward: In the Kickstarer reward Therkla comic, Sangwaan comments that she's tired of everyone pitying her for her birth defect that will leave her dead by age 30. She states that "I hope when it is my time, no-one will see it coming." Note that this comic came out well after we saw her killed by an ''invisible'' zombie dragon in the main story.
-->'''Sangwaan:''' Heh heh, well played, Lord Rooster.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:She's killed when Xykon's zombie dragon bites her and then throws her off the ramparts of Azure City's outer wall.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Has a particularly funny one in a bonus comic [[spoiler:dealing with Shojo's funeral.]]
-->'''Sangwaan:''' He never treated me differently for my disability. He tried to look down my shirt like any other girl.
* MauveShirt: Like the generals.
* NonActionGuy: Seer, not soldier.
* {{Telepathy}}: She uses it at a few points to answer people's questions before they finish asking them.

[[WMG:Nobles and their servitors]]

[[folder:Daimyo Kubota]]
!!Daimyo Kubota

->''"Well done, Therkla. You managed to weasel your way out of responsibility for your own actions like a seasoned veteran. [[SoProudOfYou I couldn't be prouder if you were my own flesh and blood.]]"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Aristocrat/[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0595.html (unknown prestige class)]]\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

A scheming aristocrat and Therkla's employer, intent on assassinating Hinjo and taking over after Shojo's death.
* AffablyEvil: See his page quote. For an evil dude, he can be friendly when he's not sending ninjas after you.
* AristocratsAreEvil: A noble in Azure City and part of the reason that Shojo had to fake senility; he's a scheming asshole.
* CardCarryingVillain: Again, page quote. Also, he schooled Therkla in 'evil best practices'.
* CarryingTheAntidote: Averted and he tells Elan how stupid such a thing would be [[spoiler:after he poisoned Therkla.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: He and his minions wear purple while the others in Azure City wear blue.
* ConsummateLiar: Not only is he a good liar naturally, but he has an unknown prestige class (probably Spymaster) that makes him immune to lie detection.
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: He planned to use it on [[spoiler:Therkla after he killed her, but V wasn't having any of that.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:His death is fairly ignominious. Elan comments about it.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He doesn't understand why Hinjo promoted Daigo and Kazumi to nobility for their valor, and sees no value in peasants.
* EvilGloating: When Elan marches him to the magistrate he gleefully explained how futile Elan's efforts were.
* EvilPlan: Assassinate Hinjo and become the ruler of Azure City.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Now come along, bring me to your master so we can begin the Trial of the Century."]]
* FillerVillain: He has nothing to do with the main plot of the gates. He's just there to fill time while the Order of the Stick regroups.
* GenreSavvy: He's aware of minions DefectingForLove and planned for it, in addition to what heroes like Elan must do when faced with a surrendering villain. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0595.html When Kubota is bragging to Elan about the sob story he's cooked up]], Elan points out that there are spells that can compel him to tell the truth. He simply retorts that he took a prestige class that makes him immune to such spells.
* KarmaHoudini: DefiedTrope; Kubota plans to invoke this, by framing Therkla and using his aristocrat talents to turn around and use his trial to slander Hinjo, but [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius defies this by simply [[ThePlotReaper disintegrating him]]]].
* ManipulativeBastard: He manipulates the magistrate to avoid punishment for sending ninjas after Hinjo during TheSiege, after that he uses Therkla and then his planned status as KarmaHoudini.
* {{Pride}}: In his status as a noble and his oratory skills.
* SelfDisposingVillain: He cleverly realizes that an actual surrender is the best way to survive, since Elan will then be forced to bring him in for a trial that will most likely work in his favor.
* {{Slimeball}}: Almost everything he does to try to usurp Hinjo's position is just plain hateful, culminating in him ordering the assassination of a pair of former commoners who were promoted to nobility. The wife is pregnant. When the plan fails, he murders his own number two with poison just to give himself time to escape.
* SmugSnake: His status as a this is cemented by the fact that he just doesn't stack up against Xykon and Redcloak. He's also horribly naive, and thinks taking the city back from Xykon will be a trivial matter.
* TakeOverTheCity: His villainy is entirely geared toward usurping Azure City's rulership. Even when there isn't even much of a city to rule anymore.


->''"Actually, it's completely true. Our master DID order us to lure you here and kill you. I was just hoping... I was hoping you could be my boyfriend instead."''

->'''Race:''' Half-orc\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Ninja\\
'''Alignment:''' TrueNeutral
%% Alignment confirmed by Word of the Giant.

Half-orc ninja, under the employ of Daimyo Kubota. She is poisoned by Kubota so he could escape and dies in Elan's arms.
* ActionGirl: Ninja/assassin and all-around strong.
* CharacterAlignment: TrueNeutral.[[invoked]] She's an active, balancing kind of Neutral, as opposed to the disinterested kind. Her proposed solution to the fleet's struggle between good and evil is that the two groups and their respective followers split up and go their separate ways, and she seems genuinely confused that neither finds this acceptable. This becomes more explored, and more leaning toward Neutral Good, in the bonus comic. [[spoiler:She intentionally avoids killing people, taking it as priority over her single day off in fourteen months, and the one person she does kill is trying to kill both her and the people she's trying to save. She merely wants to repay Kubota for helping her when no one else would, and Kubota's fatherly facade when around her fools her from seeing just how cold-blooded her boss is. She bonds with Sangwaan about this.]]
* ChildByRape: Elan and Kubota think this is the only way a half-orc could be created but the opposite is true; her parents were SickeninglySweethearts. It's an allusion to what ''D&D'' says is often the case with half-orc children.
* CuteLittleFangs: From her orc side.
* CuteMonsterGirl: The other orcs in this comic are ugly but she's cute as a button. On one hand, she's only ''half'' orc. On the other hand, her full-orc mother could definitely also be sorted into this category.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:She was happy about it because she thought it was the only way she'd get into his arms.]]
* TheDragon: To Kubota. She's his head ninja and the most powerful minion in his employ.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: She spies on Elan because she wants to watch him, not to gather information.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Half-orc/half-human.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Elan ''almost'' convinced her to join Hinjo, then Hinjo sprang an ambush and arrested her. [[spoiler: Averted with her death, which only happened after she was forced to choose between her master and Elan, and switched sides for good.]]
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: One of the incredibly few half-orcs to be an inversion.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Elan is clearly upset about letting her die and learns how to Neutralize Poison to prevent it happening again.]]
* InLoveWithTheMark: Her introductory scene has her gushing about Elan's attractiveness.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Averted. Elan is in a relationship at this point and she wants him to break up with whoever it is for her.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:After being poisoned by Kubota, she says she would refuse to be raised unless Elan becomes her boyfriend. He couldn't betray Haley, so she decides to stay dead.]]
* LadyOfWar: As much as the [[StylisticSuck limited art style]] can allow. As a McNinja, she always favors stealth and opportunistic strikes over direct confrontation, and in the rare moments she's in direct combat she tends to use [[SheFu acrobatic maneuvers and grappling]] far more than any other female character.
* LoveAtFirstSight: One-sided, later partly-reciprocated.
* {{Ninja}} This is her class and she does a lot of sneaking and spying.
* RapeAsBackstory: Subverted. The orc chieftan says being half-human implies a very ugly backstory, but a flashback shows that her human father and orc mother were SickeninglySweethearts.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:She starts off as an antagonist working for Kubota, but when she throws a wrench in his plans to save Elan, he kills her with poison.]]
* SatelliteLoveInterest: What would she be like without Elan? She was a subject of debate on the forums [[spoiler:when she was alive]] and her detractors often used this as an argument.
* TakeAThirdOption: She wants an outcome where her boss and her crush survive the arc. She tried to convince Kubota to separate from Hinjo and form his own kingdom somewhere else. [[spoiler:Kubota didn't like that idea and poisoned her for it.]]
* UnfortunateImplications: Satirized in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0555.html "Half-Dragons Are Even Worse"]]. [[invoked]]


->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown (possibly TrueNeutral)

A mercenary working in Azure City who has a personal history with Therkla. Appears in the Kickstarter bonus story "Spoiler Alert".

* {{Jerkass}}: Consistently rude and condescending to Therkla, and happy to murder a random merchant family even though Therkla has already faked their deaths and Kohaku's master wouldn't know the difference.
%%* SmugSnake: In spades.

[[folder:Captain Axe]]
!!Captain Axe

->''"It's my job to protect everyone aboard -- especially Hinjo. And that means getting him far away from situations where he can die heroically."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

The captain of Hinjo's junk. Very loyal to his lord, but knows when to disobey too.
* BaldOfAwesome
* TheCaptain: Of Hinjo's junk. This means he has great authority when on the ship.
* HookHand: He has a small axe replacing his left hand.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: He takes advantage of Hinjo getting knocked unconscious to order the departure of the junk. This was necessary to save all their lives, because Hinjo insisted on waiting for Haley [[spoiler:who was somewhere in the battlefield reclaiming Roy's corpse.]]
* PermaStubble: Adding to his rough sailor look.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: After Hinjo is knocked out, he disobeys orders for the ship to wait, realizing that the enemy is too strong to fight off for much longer.
* TheyCallHimSword: Axe in this case. Probably a ShoutOut to [[Literature/PeterPan Captain Hook]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Again, take a wild guess.

[[WMG:Regular army]]

[[folder:Daigo & Kazumi Kato]]
!!Daigo & Kazumi Kato

->'''Daigo:''' ''[dying]'' Kazumi... is a pretty name...\\
'''Kazumi:''' ''[crying]'' Thank you. What's yours?\\
'''Daigo:''' [-... ... Daigo.-]\\
''[no longer dying]'' ... Uh? I, uh... I think I'm OK, now.\\
'''Kazumi:''' Wow. I guess having a name really DOES matter.

->'''Race:''' Humans\\
'''Gender:''' Male & Female (respectively)\\
'''Class:''' Fighters\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralGood
%% Alignment confirmed by Word of the Giant.

Regular soldiers in the [[RedShirtArmy Azure City army]], Daigo and Kazumi refuse to be nameless {{Red Shirt}}s like the rest of the army -- literally, by mentioning their names. They escaped Azure along with Elan, Vaarsuvius and Durkon. Daigo and Kazumi are now married, with Kazumi pregnant, and have been given the status of nobility by Hinjo. The fact that their names are known also makes them significantly more competent than regular Azurite soldiers.
* ActionMom: Kazumi [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0587.html "I'm a goddamn baby-making, life-taking MACHINE"]] Kato. [[PregnantBadass She hasn't even given birth yet!]] Her quote, "Who cares how many people I have to kill? I can just make MORE in my tummy!" is now a T-shirt.
* AlliterativeName: Kazumi Kato; plus when Daigo nearly revealed his last name, it started with "Da".
* BadassNormal: They are regular Azurite soldiers, with no special abilities or magic whatsoever.
* BattleCouple: They started the Siege as co-workers and became a couple in the midst of it.
* BetaCouple: Unusually, they have been a couple for ''less'' time than the alpha. Less unusually, their relationship is much smoother than - they're already happily married without any plot complications.
* ButtMonkey: Daigo suffers a case of this during the Kubota arc, notably getting ninja-kicked in the face, then slammed by a door, and then broken glass is sprayed on his face.
* ChekhovsGun: Daigo's last name is as of strip 830 unfired.
* {{Chickification}}: {{Averted|Trope}} by Kazumi during her pregnancy. She tells three hostile ninjas that she didn't forget all her military training the moment she conceived, and she tells them this while kicking their ass. Her husband, on the other hand...
* ClusterFBomb: Kazumi is prone to these when she's in MamaBear mode.
* DefiedTrope: RedShirt. They defied this trope, and saved Daigo's life, by ''mentioning their names''. Daigo keeps his last name a secret in case of an emergency.
* FlirtingUnderFire: Their first lines of dialogue is a invitiation to coffee.
* FlowerInHerHair: Kazumi, for her marriage.
* FourthDateMarriage: The time between them meeting each other and their marriage is three-and-a-half months. Not to mention that Kazumi is already eight weeks pregnant during their wedding.
* GenreSavvy: Oddly enough, their savvy is that they don't believe in Elan's genre savvy. When he tells them they're nameless mooks who are [[YouShallNotPass going to die in order to buy time for the heroes to escape]] Kazumi basically says 'that's ridiculous', says her name and then survives.
* HappilyMarried: Their marriage has withstood months on a refugee ship, ninja attacks, and relocation.
* LampshadeHanging: Their entire existence lampoons the concept of the RedShirt, and Belkar refers to them as such by name.
* LowerDeckEpisode: Such a sequence serves as their introduction.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Neither appears to have taken the other's name, but they use "Kato" for their new noble house.
* MamaBear: Kazumi
-->'''Kazumi:''' I'm a goddamn baby-making, life-taking MACHINE!
* MauveShirt: They seem to be elevating themselves to recurring characters, near the same level as Hinjo.
* NominalImportance: Deliberately invoked by Kazumi so she can save her own life and Daigo's in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html "I'll Hold Them Off"]].
* PlayingWithATrope: The purpose of their existences, as noted within DefiedTrope, LampshadeHanging, NominalImportance and SubvertedTrope.
* PregnantBadass: Kazumi's the one pictured on the trope's page.
-->'''Kazumi:''' You stupid pieces of [[SymbolSwearing @#!%]]. I was in the army, too, and I didn't forget four years of training the moment my egg's perimeter was breached. You think just because I can't see my feet right now that I can't put one of them up your cowardly ninja asses? Please.
* PregnantHostage: The ninjas thought Kazumi would be this trope. They were wrong.
* RagsToRiches: Technically, as Hinjo promotes them to nobility at their wedding.
* {{Red Herring Shirt}}s: They're more significant than they appear at first.
* SubvertedTrope: RedShirt again, naturally, along with RedShirtArmy. Even before that, their class is fighter, a character class. The majority of the [=NPCs=] are warriors (which is basically the same class without the feats), making them EliteMook by default.

[[folder:General Chang]]
!!General Chang

->''"Prepare to hold this breach at all cost, men"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Warrior\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (presumably)

A general in Azure City's regular military.
* CommanderContrarian: Criticizes V's plan to put only 13 guards at the wall opening, but soon withdraws his complaint.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"You'll never take this city while I'm alive, monster!"]]
* GoodCounterpart: To the Hobgoblin General. Both are commanding officers, the Hobgoblin General follows orders without question, but Chang questions orders that could result in casualties.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Courtesy of the Death Knight.]]
* MauveShirt: A minor and ultimately unimportant character, [[spoiler:but he has enough tropes to make his death more meaningful than a Red Shirt's.]]

[[folder:That Guy with a Halberd]]
!!That Guy with a Halberd

->''"Wait -- was that oil hot?"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Warrior\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (presumably)

Another soldier in the [[RedShirtArmy Azure City army]]. Shows up in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0432.html one strip]] ordering boiling oil poured on the attacking hobgoblins. It turns out to be room-temperature coconut oil instead, but it drives the attackers off anyway. Turned into a MemeticBystander by [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86816 a forum thread]].
* BladeOnAStick: A Halberd.
* NoNameGiven: Why else would his character sheet say "That Guy with a Halberd"?
%% OneSceneWonder: YMMV trope.
* OnlySaneMan: In the single strip he appears in.
* OnlySixFaces: There's really no way to tell this Guy with a Halberd from ''any other male soldier in the Azurite army'', which has led to a fandom running gag that any time one of them has a significant line, it's this guy.
* WeaponOfChoice: Go on -- guess.

[[WMG:Resistance and anti-resistance forces]]

For Tsukiko, see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTeamEvil Team Evil]].

For Ho Thanh, see his entry under 'Sapphire Guard' above.


->''"Yeah, what was I thinking, not advertising ''[''I multiclassed to rogue'']'' to the team's paladin."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Fighter/Rogue\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralGood (probably)

A low-ranking soldier seconding Haley and later Thanh in the Azure City Resistance.
* ActionGirl: Double her co-workers; fighter ''and'' rogue.
* BringNewsBack: [[spoiler:Thanh tells her to escape from the Resistance base and get word to Hinjo about its destruction.]]
* HolyHandGrenade: Niu has a bandoleer of holy water vials, since she believed she was assaulting a dungeon of undead when she prepared for battle.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[spoiler:To Thanh, when he prepares to give his life to cover her retreat.]]
-->'''Niu:''' ... You're the bravest man I've ever met.\\
'''Thanh:''' And you're the slowest woman! RUN!
* LiteralMinded: Sometimes.
-->'''Niu:''' So, wait, when you said that the prison would be guarded by a [[DemBones skeleton crew]] during the speech, you didn't literally mean a--
* MauveShirt: A minor and ultimately unimportant character but look at the size of this character sheet.
* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler:She tries to fight next to Thanh at the end, but he sends her away.]]
* NumberTwo: To Haley, and later to Thanh.
* LaResistance: She prefers "Rebel Alliance".
* SingleTear: [[spoiler:After escaping from Redcloak's attack on the Resistance.]]
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Of the Resistance.]]
* StreetSmart: Haley singled her out for this quality.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: To a degree with Ho Thanh; they differ on ways to deal with problems, as Ho Thanh is very direct and Niu prefers to be subversive. However, at no point do they ever fail to work together.



->''"I thought we agreed we were going to call ourselves 'The Azure City Underground.''"

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

A member of Haley's resistance cell during her insurgency against Azure City's hobgoblin occupiers.

* WeHardlyKnewYe: Killed by wights shortly after his introduction.


[[folder:Other resistance leaders]]
!!Other resistance leaders


->'''Resistance leader with topknot:''' ''"The flame-haired trollop is an evil interloper, sent by our enemies to sow dissent!"''\\
'''Resistance leader with eyepatch:''' ''"There can be no truce with the harlot who aided Hinjo's regicide."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

Two leaders of anti-hobgoblin resistance cells which spend more time squabbling with each other than actually fighting the enemy, at least at first. The leader with a topknot thinks that the Order corrupted Hinjo and caused his ruin, while the leader with an eyepatch thinks that Hinjo was already evil and the Order helped him slay Shojo. Consequently, both are reluctant to trust Haley.

* LaResistance: They lead different factions within it.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Their problem, at least until they manage to unite.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: They don't get much screen time (or even names) before Redcloak has them both killed.