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[[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheStick The Order of the Stick]] | '''Team Evil''' | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheLinearGuild The Linear Guild]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheScribble The Order of the Scribble]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity Azure City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickGreyskyCity Greysky City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood The Empire of Blood]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickDivineBeings Divine Beings]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickOthers Others]]
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!Team Evil
->'''Xykon:''' (''to the [=MitD=]'') We're seriously evil badasses here. I'm a mighty lich sorcerer, Redcloak is high priest of his evil goblin deity, and you -- well, we all know how powerful you are.

[[folder:In General]]
* ArchEnemy: To the Order of the Stick. Played with in that they're {{Unknown Rival}}s as far as Xykon is concerned, while Redcloak recognizes they're a threat not to be overlooked, but not until the Empire of Blood Arc.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Xykon is Choleric, Redcloak is Melancholic, Monster in the Darkness is Phlegmatic, Tsukiko is Sanguine.
* FreudianTrio: Before Tsukiko joins the team, and after [[spoiler:Tsukiko's death]], Xykon is the Id, Redcloak the Superego and the [=MitD=] the Ego.
* InSeriesNickname: No, "Team Evil" isn't just a FanNickname; it's used in the webcomic.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Monster in the Darkness notes that hardly any members of Team Evil use their real names.
* TheNecrocracy (Type III)
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!!Xykon
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->''"I think I just had an evilgasm."''

->'''Race:''' Lich (formerly human)\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Sorcerer\\
'''Alignment:''' ChaoticEvil

An epic-level ChaoticEvil [[TheUndead lich]] sorcerer with dire plans for the world and a serious lack of empathy for living things. He has a constant need for amusement, and often kills people or generally does evil acts to fulfill it, as he can't enjoy coffee (which he loved as a human) any more now that he is a lich. Don't let how at-ease he is fool you: he's stone-cold evil.
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* AccidentalMisnaming: He thinks Roy's name is Bluepommel, Redblade, or Orangescabbard, when he can remember who he is at all.
* TheAgeless: As an undead lich he's unaging and immune to most attacks affecting living beings.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Subverted; Roy and Eugene originally thought Xykon killed Fyron Pucebuckle and stole a crown Fyron possessed because it was a powerful magical artifact. But it turns out Xykon stole it solely because wearing it makes him look cool. However, Xykon's worn it for so long that some of his evil's rubbed off on it, and anyone else who wears it will register as evil when Detect Evil is used on them, regardless of their actual alignment.
* AnimateDead: One of his favorite powers as a lich sorcerer.
* AntagonistAbilities: He can regenerate from a single cell, has access to teleportation, can paralyze his foes with a single touch, and has access to epic-level spells.
* AntiMagic: Xykon can use the epic spell ''Superb Dispelling'' to deal with enemy magic.
* {{Badass}}: He's an epic-level lich sorcerer. It's literally impossible for him to ''not'' be a badass.
* BadassGrandpa: He was fairly old when he became a lich.
* BadBoss: "Sacrificing minions... is there any problem it can't solve?"
* BerserkButton:
** Xykon is big on being in control, so completely in control that he doesn't even need to bother to take things seriously. As a result, nothing infuriates him more than his control of things slipping away, especially due to an actual mistake. [[spoiler:His reaction to the loss of his phylactery, which results from the fact that he was messing around with "harmless" prisoners who proceed to completely ''humiliate'' him, is a perfect example -- especially considering his haste to hang all the blame on Redcloak.]]
** He didn't react well in the backstory when he discovered becoming a lich meant he couldn't taste coffee anymore. Here it was more a ''TranquilFury'' button, making it all the more unnerving.
** Don't call him "Zykon".
* BigBad: The reason the Order of the Stick was formed is to take him down.
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* BigBadEnsemble: As the comic has progressed, it is now unclear who's the true BigBad, and it seems to be a toss-up between Xykon, the IFCC, and [[spoiler:Redcloak]].
* BlackComedy: Just how he manages to be both the most evil character in the series and one of the funniest.
* BookDumb: Xykon failed math three times as a kid. Even as a lich, he's not too fond of academic knowledge and leaves this to Redcloak. This hardly means he's stupid, though, or even ignorant, since he gained lots of practical knowledge and experience over more than a century.
* BoringButPractical: Big fan of Energy Drain. As he says to a hapless Dorukan:
-->'''Xykon:''' All you need is power, in as great a concentration as you can muster, and style. And in a pinch, style can slide.
* BreakThemByTalking: Occasionally tries to do this, sometimes almost playfully, other times not so much, and often successfully. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Except once.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Is by all means an actual threat, but prefers to [[OrcusOnHisThrone faff about]] until he's given proper motivation (or his BerserkButton is pushed).
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Why was that Bluepommel guy so mad at him, again...?
-->'''[=MiTD=]:''' You killed more than one guy named Fyron in Cliffport?\\
'''Xykon:''' Five, actually.
* CardCarryingVillain: He's out to be as evil as possible and thinks that anybody with [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]] is a wimp.
* CastFromHitPoints: ''Superb Dispelling'' is such a spell; [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0653.html the one time we see Xykon using it,]] more damage hints appear on him.
* CasualDangerDialog: In spades. When a superpowered Vaarsuvius makes a destructive, impressive entrance, Xykon mildly comments that V might have more entertainment value than the Teevo.
* CombatPragmatist: Averted while he's toying with his opponents. If for whatever reason he gets fed up with screwing around, he plays this deadly straight. Sometimes he'll play it straight ''while'' toying with his opponents, like casting an symbol of insanity on a bouncing ball and tossing it in a room full of paladins.
* ContemplativeBoss: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0662.html Once.]] Then he lays down the law to Redcloak and reinstates their (as in his) true goal.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: He's well aware of the genres of being an EvilOverlord, but goes along with it anyway because he thinks it makes it more challenging for him to win, and thus more fun.
-->'''Xykon:''' My dear Redcloak. Please don't confuse not caring with not knowing.
* CrystalBall: Xykon's crystal ball has a wide-screen and gets picture-in-picture.
* DemBones: He's a walking, talking skeleton. Occasionally {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Xykon is only interested in world domination because that's what villains are supposed to do.
* DracoInLeatherPants: InUniverse; Tsukiko seems to think he's NotEvilJustMisunderstood sex-symbol just waiting for the right woman (who would, of course, be her) to fall in love with so he can sweep her away in his arms. Words cannot even ''begin'' to explain how misguided this belief is. Xykon himself is absolutely disgusted with her, starting with the fact that she's alive, and he's... [[TheUndead not]]. An neither he is some "creepy biophiliac" (a pun on [[ILoveTheDead "necrophiliac"]]).
* {{Dracolich}}: He used a zombified silver dragon as a flying mount during the invasion of Azure City. [[spoiler:After Roy decapitates it (which doesn't actually hurt it much), Xykon Meteor Swarms both Roy and the dragon.]]
* EmergencyTransformation: He undergoes the tranformation to lichdom willingly, because [[spoiler:Lirian inflicted him with a magical disease which saps his spellcasting power while he remains alive]].
* EnfantTerrible: Was a {{Jerkass}} since he was 4. [[spoiler:[[SelfMadeOrphan Killed his parents at 13]].]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Defied in the prequel comic. [[spoiler:When Redcloak approached him with the possibility of becoming a lich so they could break out of Lirian's prison, he tells Redcloak that for all his horrible actions in life, he could never stoop to that level of depravity. Five seconds later, Xykon admits he was just screwing with Redcloak.]] At the end of the comic, he states that having standards is for pussies. See also PragmaticVillainy.
** Played straight once in the main comic. Xykon isn't one if those [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0446.html disgusting]] [[ILoveTheDead biophiliacs]].
* EvilerThanThou:
** ''Start of Darkness'' ends up as something of a struggle between Redcloak and Xykon over who's the BigBad and who's TheDragon. Xykon was TheDragon while alive, but once Redcloak gives him lichdom, things change: Xykon overpowers him, outmaneuvers him, [[spoiler:forces/tricks him into killing his own brother]], and tops it off with [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a speech]] whose end was that trope's page quote. [[spoiler:Since Redcloak never told him that the gate ritual doesn't work the way he advertised, however, he's had a piece of leverage Xykon is unaware of all along.]]
** Also, he explains that [[spoiler:the souls spliced to V]] are nothing compared to him, seeing as they couldn't achieve any form of immortality like he did.
* EvilIsPetty: In addition to the various horrific atrocities he's racked up, Xykon is also quite simply a prick. For example, during the attack on Azure City, he tells a paralyzed O-Chul that when re-animating his fallen paladin comrades, he's going to start with the women because he figures O-Chul is the kind of guy who would be offended by that. Invoked intentionally by the author: not only is it funny, but it's also an attempt to prevent the fact that his charm and charisma [[MisaimedFandom let people forget that]] [[DracoInLeatherPants he's a very bad guy]], since he's clearly evil in big, apocalyptic "E" and little, petty "e" fashions alike.
* EvilLaugh: Averted. He decided to opt out of it because he can't do this decently without actual lungs.
* {{Evil Old Folk|s}}: Before becoming undead. Reminiscent of the BadassGrandpa when you consider that Xykon has no problem killing, maiming, or traumatizing anyone he meets, and yet the good guys never stopped him from racking up 80 years of age before his transformation.
* EvilOverlord: Sort of. He's on the move a lot and is less interested in ruling [[spoiler:Azure City]] than in tormenting a paladin. He pushes that boring adminstration stuff on Redcloak.
* EvilPlan: Getting control over the Gates and use the threat of the Snarl to take over the world.
* EvilSorcerer: Epic-level sorcerer and capital "E" evil.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Due to VoiceOfTheLegion. The first thing he does after becoming a lich is use his new voice for James Earl Jones impressions.
* EvilUncle: Played Claudius in an ''[=OotS=]'' retelling of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Not only does the RunningGag of not remembering Roy or his father (who play Hamlet and the dead king, respectively) carry over, he also has no idea why he married Roy's mother the queen.
-->'''Xykon:''' Maybe I got her pregnant?\\
'''Redcloak:''' Sire, you're an undead monstrosity and she's likely post-menopausal.\\
'''Xykon:''' And those two don't cancel each other out, right?\\
'''Redcloak:''' No, sire.
* ExactWords: Xykon promises not to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0543.html put the paladin in any enclosure with with any animal, magical beast or aberration in an attempt to entertain himself.]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0548.html He plans on putting him in one with undead humanoids and an ogre, which is a giant.]]
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: "''Redcloak: Check it out, I totally conducted [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0446.html a job interview in the middle of a battle]].'' -- Xykon"
* [[ExpressiveMask Expressive Eyesockets]]: He has a surprising degree of facial expressions for a skull.
* {{Facepalm}}: Even though he doesn't have a face or palms, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0196.html he manages]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Xykon is not only totally evil, but a ''complete tool'', lording his power over all and continually acting like a massive prick. He only pretends to be charming for fun.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: He often makes his spellcasting look like that. Also literally: he's a big fan of the spell [[OneHitKill Finger of Death]]. Plus, his paralyzing touch.
* {{Flight}}: With the Overland Flight spell.
* FlippingTheBird: "Oh look, I regrew a finger. Guess which one."
* ForTheEvulz: Honestly, this seems to be Xykon's main motivation. Sure, he wants to TakeOverTheWorld, but that seems to be more like a long-term goal. In the here and now, he just wants you to suffer for his own amusement. Since he is immortal, he has a rather long time to take over the world, so why rush when you can plan everything out and make sure it works? Not like he has a set schedule or anything.
* FromASingleCell: Xykon, as long as his [[SoulJar phylactery]] is intact, can regenerate from nothing but his soul. (This is standard ''Dungeons & Dragons'' behavior for liches.)
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Started off as just a CreepyChild with sorcerous powers in an "one-horse town" over a hundred years before the start of the series. Is now the prime threat to the continued existence of the planet.
* GeniusDitz: Failed math three times as a kid, and is highly lazy with a short attention span, but despite this, he's an extremely powerful lich sorcerer who can get ''very'' dangerous when push comes to shove, and [[ObfuscatingStupidity is actually much more intelligent than he lets on.]]
* GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath: Xykon's are red.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: One of Redcloak's hopes in turning Xykon into a lich was an attempt to gain additional leverage on him. It backfired and left him with less. [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0830.html But he seems to be coping with it.]]]]
* GrammarNazi: And not just about his name.
-->'''Tsukiko:''' We need a new Head Executioner, you know. Xykon killed the last one for spelling "guillotine" wrong on his daily reports.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:After being caught in the explosion of Girard's Gate]]. Being a lich, and being able to fly and regenerate from ''nothing'', however, means it barely slows him down. Though it does take him several minutes to find his pelvis.
* TheHeavy: He's not the ''only'' BigBad anymore, or even the most powerful, but he is the one the story is most concerned with.
* HeroKiller: Killed [[spoiler:Lirian and Dorukan]], along with the vast majority of the Sapphire Guard and [[spoiler:Roy Greenhilt]].
* HilarityEnsues: Though he likes to say this, he's usually the only one laughing.
* ImmortalImmaturity: He's basically that creepy kid who amuses himself by tearing the wings off of flies and burning ants with a magnifying glass... except in the body of a 100-year-old skeleton with massive magical power.
* ImmortalityInducer / SoulJar: His phylactery, which happens to be Redcloak's (un)holy symbol.
* INeedYouStronger: To Roy, during the Battle of Azure City. Roy is so far below him at that point that the fight wouldn't be any fun.
* InspectorJavert: In the ''[[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Haleo and Julelan]]'' [=StickTales=] PDF, Elan briefly portrays Xykon as Inspector Xavert in an [=OotS=] retelling of ''Literature/LesMiserables'', but the story flounders on the fact that Inspector Xavert [[RunningGag has no idea who Roy Valroy is]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Not content with being evil on a truly grandiose scale, Xykon is also an ''unbelievable dick.''
* KarmicDeath: At the end of the first arc, Xykon is killed by a spell cast on Dorukan's Gate by Dorukan, the guy he killed to acquire the Gate. [[OurLichesAreDifferent Being a lich]] it doesn't stick.
* KickTheDog: Xykon has a habit of torturing or killing people just because he's bored.
* [[KungFuWizard Kung-Fu Sorcerer]]: While not technically a martial artist, and preferring absurd arcane power to brawling in combat, he has shown to be a very capable bare-handed fighter by relying on his inhuman lich strength and the occasional improvised weapon when the situation demands, or as a demonstration that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a big pile of spells isn't enough when the other guy has a big pile of spells AND the strength to crush your windpipe with his bare phalanges]].
* LargeHam / EvilIsHammy: Xykon loves his dramatic flairs.
* LaughablyEvil: Xykon gets some of the best lines and great comedic moments, which despite making him very entertaining does not detract from the very real and horrifically evil threat he presents.
* LetsGetDangerous: Xykon seems very like any other crazed megalomaniac, who doesn't understand tactics and is in it all ForTheEvulz; then he gets serious.
* LevelDrain: Energy Drain is his favorite spell.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: He only has one regret about becoming an immortal lich; he can't enjoy coffee. He enjoys the invulnerability, the regeneration, and the fact that he doesn't have fleshy problems anymore.
* MustHaveCaffeine: He was incredibly fond of coffee when he was living. He had a speech on why he liked ''bad'' coffee. When he became a lich and thus unable to taste, this left him with the suffering of others as the only thing he could enjoy.
* NeckLift: He's done it when pissed off (notably, to Vaarsuvius and Jirix). And don't try to change the subject with trivial concerns, like breathing.
* {{Necromancer}}: It's his forte; [[spoiler:in fact, the very first spell he cast (at four years old) was necromantic]]. Though he also uses Evocation spells and others as the situation requires.
* NiceHat: He considers his crown this; in fact, the reason he originally killed Fyron Pucebuckle, setting the entire plot into motion, wasn't because the crown was a source of magical power, but just because it upgraded his look from "Badass", to "Really Badass". However, he's now worn the crown for so long some of his evil has rubbed off on it, causing anyone else who wears it to register as evil regardless of their actual alignment when Detect Evil is used on them.
* TheNicknamer: He does this regularly because he rarely bothers to remember people's real names. Or just to be demeaning, which he does very well. For example, by calling Redcloak "Wrong-Eye" or "Red-Eye", [[spoiler:to remind him of his brother Right-Eye, whom he killed]].
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Underestimating Xykon because of his laid-back attitude would be ''a terrible mistake''. Roy's first victory over him at Dorukan's Gate was a massive stroke of luck. One arc in particular provides a perfect example of this: he delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Vaarsuvius, and then [[spoiler:when V and O-Chul nearly destroy his phylactery, causing it to fall into the sewers, he reacts by blowing up a huge part of the tower, attempting to execute the two of them by firing a Meteor Swarm directly into their mouths, and then punishing Redcloak for the incident by refusing to let him regenerate the eye he just lost.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Xykon acts the way he does because he's got a short attention span, is much more interested in satiating his whims than indulging in long-term planning, and because he is so damn powerful that he is (justifiably) confident that no-one is really a threat to him, and therefore [[ContractualGenreBlindness he is willing to let tactics slide for the sake of style]]. However, he is far more clever than people give him credit for. As he once told Redcloak, "Don't confuse not caring with not knowing."
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Xykon" isn't his real name; he chose it because it [[XtremeKoolLetterz sounded cool]] as a teenager while cutting every link to his family [[spoiler:[[SelfMadeOrphan by murdering them all]]]].
* OrcusOnHisThrone: So long as he has something to entertain or occupy him, he's content to just lounge around.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: He's a stick figure skeleton.
* TheParalyzer: His touch, as typical for ''D&D'' liches, can paralyze the victim indefinitely. Notably used on O-Chul.
* PetTheDog:
** Subverted in Xykon's first appearance in ''Start of Darkness''. We first see him as a four-year-old crying over his dead dog Barky; when his sorcery powers activate and resurrect Barky, he is overjoyed. The subversion comes when the newly zombified Barky eats a bird, which entertains the kid and makes him want to find more birds to feed to Barky.
** Played straight in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0662.html strip #662]], where he commands Redcloak to resurrect Jirix. But that could be just as much about riling up Redcloak as it was to reward Jirix.
* PragmaticVillainy: When he was alive, Xykon had no interest in kidnapping virgins: it's much more interesting with someone who's had experience. He was also willing to let Roy walk away from their fight, because of how obvious the level difference was, so he could do some level grinding and come back later... Roy rejected that offer.
* PsmithPsyndrome: Don't call him "Zykon". [[MediumAwareness He can tell the difference]].
%%* PsychopathicManChild: See Immortal Immaturity.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: He can respawn if his body is destroyed as long as his phylactery is intact.
%%* SeenItAll
* SelfMadeOrphan: He got his career as a villain started by [[spoiler:having the zombies of his grandmother and the parody of [[Franchise/XMen Professor Xavier]] he just killed eat his parents]].
* SenseLossSadness: He was already pretty bad before being turned into a lich, but he became much worse after discovering he couldn't taste coffee anymore.
* SerialEscalation: If there was a comic strip where Xykon woke up and said "How can I top yesterday's evilness?", no-one would be surprised. Ever since he became a lich, he's been looking for worse atrocities to commit and new ways to be an asshole.
* ShutUpKirk: When facing off against Lirian, or the soul-spliced Vaarsuvius. And then there's how he ended his second battle with Roy after the latter delivered a WorldOfCardboardSpeech:
-->'''Xykon:''' I should point out three factors that I think you failed to fully consider, though. Factor one: I can fly under my own power, thanks to the Overland Flight spell I cast this morning. Factor two: a zombie dragon that lacks a bite attack isn't especially valuable to me. Factor three: [[TalkToTheFist Meteor Swarm]].
* TheSociopath: He knows just enough about empathy to be a bigger dick to everyone around him, and no more.
* SoLongSuckers: He very nearly gets defeated [[spoiler:by the ghost-martyr of Soon Kim]], but makes his escape as Miko intervenes.
* StartOfDarkness: The prequel book containing his and Redcloak's is the TropeNamer.
* SuperStrength: Is capable of [[NeckLift holding people up by the neck with one arm]], and has used a large piece of rubble as a weapon before. Squishy this sorcerer ain't.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His end goal.
* TookALevelInBadass: By becoming a lich -- not that he wasn't already very powerful as a human sorcerer. [[spoiler:Oddly, the most badass part of the upgrade was in his increased Int and Wis scores, which made him vastly more dangerous than before, as Redcloak discovers to his horror.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: He was always an evil bastard, but it was becoming a lich that made him Capital E Evil. As Right-Eye put it, when he was human he killed goblins out of carelessness; after he became a lich he killed them ''for fun''.
* ToThePain: After defeating [[spoiler:Lirian]], he traps her soul inside a gem, so she can't be resurrected, and then turns her body into a zombie, knowing how much she despises undead. He later plans to [[spoiler:make her watch an ogre eating her zombified body, to lure out Dorukan]].
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: ''Start of Darkness'' shows the first time his sorcerer powers manifested; [[spoiler:when he was four years old, he found the corpse of his dog and childhood friend, Barky, and his grief caused him to accidently cast an animate dead animal spell, resurrecting Barky as a zombie.]]
* TheUndead: A skeletal lich.
* UnequalRites: When he was alive, people tended to insult him in two ways: referring to him as a tactically inept dimwit far more concerned with self-gratification than forethinking (which was, admittedly, accurate), or... by proclaiming that, as a sorcerer, he was naturally inferior to wizards, due to the fact he has magic "in the bone" instead of needing to study and learn in order to acquire his powers.
* TheUnfettered: Believes that along with overwhelming force, a good villain should be able to go as far as they need to go to achieve their goals, no matter how depraved.
* UnskilledButStrong: To Xykon, all one needs are "Force in as great a concentration as you can manage, and style. And in a pinch, style can slide."
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:The IFCC want him to gain control of a gate, for some unspecified reason, and made their deal with Vaarsuvius as part of a BatmanGambit to "knock him out of his comfort zone". Meanwhile, it appears Redcloak has been pulling his strings for ''years''. However, those who have read ''Start of Darkness'' know he's a lot more cunning than people give him credit for, and has at least one known on-screen contingency for if and when Redcloak betrays him -- the Monster in the Darkness is programmed to eat Redcloak if that ever happens.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Averted. He was evil since he was around ''four'' and [[spoiler:killed his own parents and a handicapped man (albeit a very condescending one) when he was twelve]].
* VictoryIsBoring: Elements of this show up in Xykon's character, especially how he offered to give Roy a chance to level up and have the fight be a challenge. To imagine what might happen if he took over the world, just look at the games he invented with O-Chul to keep himself entertained.
* VillainDecay: Conspicuously averted by the author, who wrote his origin story, ''Start of Darkness'', with the intent that the audience would not gain ''any'' sympathy for him. [[invoked]]
-->''Writing a story centered around your main antagonist is sort of difficult, because you risk "[[PerfectlyCromulentWord devillainifying]]" them. [[LampshadeHanging Yes, I just made that word up]]. What I mean though, is that once an audience has read all about a character's life, with all of their personal struggles and trials and tribulations and such, it's more difficult to see the character as the BigBad. My challenge here was to tell the story of Xykon's life without making Xykon even slightly sympathetic. I mean, he's wholly and unapologetically Evil, but more to the point, [[EvilIsPetty he's kind of a dick.]]''
* VillainousBreakdown: Xykon loses his cool in a major way each time his phylactery is threatened. He drops what he is doing and goes into a dead rush for the darn thing if there's a chance it will be damaged, eyes wide and shouting all the way. If it is ever destroyed, we're probably going to get a shining example of a villainous breakdown in the style that only ''[=OotS=]'' can deliver. Justified in that as long as the phylactery is intact, Xykon is {{immortal|ity}}.
* VillainousFriendship: Seemed to have had one with the wizard Yydranna, wishing each other luck with the role of head lackey for the Unholy Master, having respect for each other, and when she was promoted over him, didn't hold it against her (Keith Baker on the other hand...). When Xykon left, she gave him some genuine advice so that he wouldn't end up getting foiled (he probably ignored this advice until much later in his life). She also threatened that if she ever saw him again, she'd have to crush him ruthlessly, but his reaction indicated that's standard fare for being remorselessly evil and on different teams.
* VillainProtagonist: In ''Start of Darkness'' he shares this role with Redcloak since it's their origin story.
* VillainsOutShopping: Xykon's caught doing this multiple times. Including actual shopping, for a large-frame crystal ball (with [[SchizoTech picture-in-picture]]) and a Teevo.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: In ''Start of Darkness'', shortly after becoming a lich, he comments on the "nice reverb" of his new negative-energy-induced voice.
%%* WeHaveReserves: See BadBoss.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Due to being evil since childhood, Xykon never really understood any kind of intimacy outside of a purely sexual relationship. He has two joys in life: Coffee, and killing people, and as a lich, he can't enjoy coffee anymore.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: As a sorcerer, Xykon has a relatively small selection of spells, but can cast those he does know as often as he needs them (more or less), and so he goes for an approach of blasting an enemy until they are crushed under the sheer volume of his spells. This "blunt force" approach is why wizards look down on him, but Xykon sees it as a strength -- his whole credo is that there is always a level of force against which no amount of skill or tactics can stand.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Yes, that's why he's called "Xykon". Zs are for pussies.
* YouMeddlingKids: He references it in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0196.html "The Diary"]].
* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Xykon looks down upon "disgusting biophiliacs". Whether this refers to living people sexually attracted to other living people (the normal/taboo) or undead attracted to living necrophiliacs is unclear.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Redcloak]]
!!Redcloak
[[quoteright:79:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/redcloak_8972.png]]

->(to his reflection in the mirror)\\
''"It'll all be worth it. You'll see."''

->'''Race:''' Goblin\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Cleric\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

A goblin cleric with a bone to pick with human society and a sympathetic backstory. Xykon's right hand man, and the guy who keeps the [[TrainsRunOnTime evil trains running on time]]. He is far more organized, but not as evil, as Xykon. He is presently the supreme leader of a large army of hobgoblins and undead. He is confirmed as newly level 17 in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0826.html strip #826]].
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* TheAgeless: Thanks to the Crimson Mantle, he's immune to aging and disease.
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome / ArtifactOfDoom: The Crimson Mantle was created by the Dark One and makes the wearer immortal.
* AnimateDead: Thanks to this magic, he's a big contributor to building Team Evil's partly-undead army.
* AntagonistAbilities: Though not as powerful as his master Xykon, he can kill his enemies instantly with Implosion, is an EnemySummoner, and is capable of VillainTeleportation.
* AntiVillain: Combination of [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I, II and III]] at different points. He has a very good reason to hate the gods -- which does not necessarily excuse setting up a scheme that might destroy the planet, but it makes it understandable.
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:To Hinjo after the battle of Azure city.]]
-->'''Redcloak:''' ''Your'' city? Oh, I'm sorry, I thought someone would have told you by now. See, this is MY city now, paladin! I figure you owe me one village plus 35 years interest, so this is a good start!
* BadassBookworm: He's a cleric; it comes with the territory.
* BadassCape: The Crimson Mantle, again.
* BadassPreacher: High Priest of the Dark One and capable of one-shoting a paladin leader.
* BadBoss: Will freely sacrifice any number of minions to achieve his goals. This trait remains even after his MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and after he resolves to be a GoodShepherd. Goblin or not, his minions are still resources to be expended in pursuit of his goals.
* BeleagueredAssistant / HypercompetentSidekick: More the former, in spirit anyway. If Xykon didn't have Redcloak around, the world would be a lot safer simply by virtue of Xykon being tactically stupid and having a hard time getting anything done.
* BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler:It seems to be a toss-up between Xykon, the IFCC, and Redcloak.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Instead of lying about [[spoiler:the fact he killed Tsukiko]], Redcloak outright reveals to Xykon that [[spoiler:he murdered her, brutally]].
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Anti-Villain]]: In ''Start of Darkness'', Right-Eye arranges a blind date with "an intelligent and sexy woman who shares his interests" but Redcloak is too focused on his MissionFromGod to formally meet her.
* CharacterDevelopment: Went from being racist against hobgoblins and humans alike to being [[InsistentTerminology speciesist]] against humans when he realizes that he was acting more and more like Xykon (a thought that visibly ''terrified'' him). Also, [[spoiler:following the loss of his right eye, Redcloak seems to have become more focused, actively working in order to create his goblinoid utopia, and overall acts more collected... and deadly.]]
-->'''Redcloak:''' [[spoiler:What I have lost in depth perception, I have gained in perspective.]]
* TheChessmaster: Strips #825-830 have him [[spoiler:crushing the Azure City Underground, recovering Xykon's phylactery, and destroying his largest rival for the position of Xykon's Dragon. He follows this up by calmly admitting he's been playing Xykon since the beginning.]]
* ChessmasterSidekick: [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan to Xykon, pulling his strings as ManipulativeBastard via being selective about what he lets Xykon know.]]
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Most of his family was killed by the Sapphire Guard, and Xykon tricked him into killing his little brother, Right-Eye, to ensure his loyalty.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:. Unlike Xykon, he uses military tactics instead of relying on brute strength; he refuses to rely on classic elementals as {{Giant Mook}}s, and instead uses stronger and rarer ones; after some CharacterDevelopment, he refrains from using the WeHaveReserves tactic. [[spoiler:Finally, he uses LaResistance to get his boss' SoulJar, before ambushing them with a group of summoned devils and giving them a TotalPartyKill, and simply orders one of his aforementioned elementals to kill a Paladin trying to goad him into a duel.]] He even points out he's not taking stupid risks any more in doing so. [[spoiler:He also kills everyone who knows that he has possession of the phylactery (''and'' makes sure they won't be resurrected) to ensure the success of ThePlan. He also made a perfect forgery of the phylactery, knowing that Xykon would no longer let him hold onto it.]] After realizing the Order of the Stick is protecting the gates, he simply decided to wipe them out himself as soon as he could. When Xykon [[GenreBlind tells him to drop it]], he [[spoiler:summons a high-level elemental to kill Roy.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:DoomedHomeTown, no more family except for his brother, whom he later killed for the sake of ThePlan....]] The man's got some baggage.
* DarkMessiah: Serves an evil god who wishes to bring equality to the AlwaysChaoticEvil creatures.
* DeadpanSnarker: Expresses his disdain for the rest of Team Evil (and others) with sarcasm and cutting remarks
* DisintegratorRay: Disintegrate is his favorite offensive spell.
* TheDogBitesBack: Most of his life to date has been spent pulling strings for a very long-term, very secret plan to bite back at basically everybody. Ever.
* DoomedHometown: [[spoiler:A quaint, isolated goblin village housing the (former) Public Enemy #1 of the Sapphire Guard. Perfect.]]
* TheDragon: He's Xykon second in command of the evil plan and the one getting things done while he's off somewhere else. [[spoiler:Ironically, their relationship was reversed before Xykon became a lich, and now he's a DragonWithAnAgenda. Although #830 has him claim to Tsukiko that he's still pulling Xykon's strings; he's just doing so in a very subtle, complex fashion...]]
* DragonInChief: In terms of planning and administration, Redcloak is the true mastermind behind Xykon's EvilPlan.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: He works for Xykon but his plan is different.
* TheDreaded: Among the resistance, judging from their reaction when he invades their base.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: One of the reasons that Xykon considers him a spineless wimp.
* EvilerThanThou: [[spoiler:When it comes down to it, he proves to Tsukiko that he's worse than she could ever be.]]
* EvilGenius: Xykon's a brute force kind of guy so Redcloak supplies the depth and breath of knowledge. He can be a smooth criminal -- eloquent and intellectual. Kinda gives off the vibe he'd enjoy fancy cheeses and grapes over a book discussion. He's also become one of the most powerful pieces on this proverbial chessboard, packing some heavy punches [[spoiler:and approaching epic level]].
* ExactWords: [[spoiler:Uses this to convince Xykon that Tsukiko was planning to betray them.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: After the below encounter with O-Chul. Xykon, at least, seems to approve of this development:
-->'''Xykon:''' I like you this way. It's like we have a grumpy pirate on the team.
* EyeScream: O-Chul does this to him in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0655.html "With a Critical Eye"]]. He could easily regenerate it, but Xykon has forbidden him from doing so.
%%* FakinMacGuffin
* FangsAreEvil: Any time he opens his mouth, [[NaturalWeapon fangs]] are visible.
** Tusks protrude from his bottom lip, too.
* FantasticRacism: As a goblin, he's a victim of it by humans, who assume his people to be {{Always|ChaoticEvil}} NeutralEvil. (Going by the backstory, Goblins ''are'' Always Neutral Evil by definition and cruel destiny.) He also despises humanity, which he considers not racist but ''speciesist'', since he hates all races of humans equally (an ironic statement, given he seems to have a particular hatred of Azure City). He himself was racist against the more warlike hobgoblins until halfway through the battle of Azure City (see MyGodWhatHaveIDone).
* FatalFlaw: Refusal to turn back, because otherwise, [[SunkCostFallacy everything he's sacrificed will have been in vain.]]
* FreudianExcuse: He's evil because [[spoiler:the Sapphire Guard killed his family.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Xykon, naturally. He's an Anti-Villain instead of a ForTheEvulz monster and a cleric instead of a sorcerer.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Started out as junior acolyte of the Dark One in a goblin village out in the sticks. Right now, the messiah of the goblin race.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Redcloak was the one who turned Xykon into a lich, hoping that holding his phylactery would allow him to control Xykon. He was horribly wrong, [[spoiler:and the decision cost him his brother and a horrible lot of unnecessary goblin casualties. It also forced him into servitude (albeit a feigned one at this stage) to Xykon instead of being his partner.]]
* GoodPowersBadPeople: As a cleric, he can cast healing spells. Most of the time, he just does this to heal his minions (or uses reversed versions to [[ReviveKillsZombie "heal" Xykon]]), but later on, he puts it to an evil use in performing ColdBloodedTorture on O-Chul, as he can heal him after each session.
* GoodShepherd: For the goblin species he is a spiritual leader and connection to their diety. Failing to live up to this for ''all goblin races'' is part of his MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
--> ''I'm the high priest of the Dark One! I'm supposed to shepherd the goblin people-all goblins!''
* HealingHands: As a cleric, he can do this.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle Crushes the Resistance]] by planting a goblin infiltrator, disguised as a human with a polymorph spell. When the spy manages to recover Xykon's phylactery, [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves instead of receiving the promised reward, he is sent to his death]] to cover up the details behind the battle. Redcloak considers this an unfortunate necessity, because he can't afford to have anybody alive who knows what he's done with the phylactery. Although the spy is technically killed by Resistance members, Redcloak doesn't raise him and admits he'd have killed him anyway.]] He then did it again, with [[spoiler:Tsukiko.]]
* HighPriest: As Xykon's quote at the top of the page states, Redcloak is the high priest of the Dark One.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] says that in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0372.html "Pot vs. Kettle"]], Redcloak is ignoring how his magical cloak has been letting him live an unnatural existence himself.
* IgnoredEpiphany: [[spoiler:Pride and stubbornness kept him from ending his deal with Xykon before turning Xykon into a lich, or leaving ThePlan behind during Xykon's disappearance, or helping his brother take Xykon out after Right-Eye tried to show Redcloak just how out of touch Redcloak is.]] May be more of a [[spoiler:delayed epiphany than an ignored one considering later events. He admitted that's he's pulling Xykon's strings and seems to be taking steps to backstab him, such as killing Tsukiko and choosing to hide the fact that he's recovered Xykon's phylactery. But he still apparently intends to go through with The Plan first.]]
* ILied: Slightly more verbose one from Redcloak when he tells Tsukiko [[spoiler:his real plan for the Snarl]].
-->'''Tsukiko:''' That... that doesn't help Xykon at all!!\\
'''Redcloak:''' Yes, I know. That's why I kept it from him from more than 30 years.
* ImmortalImmaturity: Right-Eye calls him out on a variant of this, claiming that since he hasn't aged in decades, he's basically frozen in the past and refuses to move on like he (Right-Eye) was forced to do.
* IveComeTooFar: [[spoiler:As Xykon points out to him at the end of ''Start of Darkness'', he can't back away from the Plan now, because that would mean admitting that he did it all -- including murdering his brother -- for nothing.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Redcloak [[spoiler:losing an eye -- and being forbidden to regenerate it -- just so he could remember his brother every time he looks at a mirror.]]
* LineOfSightName: To avoid Xykon blasting him for giving him a long, complicated name, he uses "Redcloak" to introduce himself to the sorcerer when they first met.
* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Goblin Behind the Lich]]: [[spoiler:All that kowtowing and submissiveness to Xykon? Redcloak's just manipulating the lich in his own way by subtly guiding Xykon in the direction he wants.]]
* MetaphoricallyTrue: When he explains [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0833.html why he killed Tsukiko]]]], strictly speaking everything he says is true -- it's just that he skips a few details along the way. Details that would have gotten him brutally killed by Xykon, naturally.
* MissionFromGod: The Dark One in this case. It's to elevate the lot of the Goblin People from fodder for paladins and adventurers to something dignified.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: One of the reasons Redcloak killed [[spoiler:Tsukiko]] was because she wouldn't stop disrespecting him and trying to undercut his authority.
* MoralMyopia: Redcloak really gets angry when people try to reanimate those he cares about as undead but he has no problem when it gets done (or indeed, doing it himself) to those he doesn't care about. Sadly, Xykon knows how to play him in such a way that he is unable to bring himself to defy it when it happens.
* MustMakeAmends: [[spoiler:[[WeHaveReserves Redcloak ordered thousands of hobgoblins that he was in command of into certain death without thinking or feeling anything because of the ancient grudges between goblins and hobgoblins]].]] After a hobgoblin saved his life during the battle, Redcloak reacted with horror to everything he he had done and become, and promptly [[spoiler:led the hobgoblins to a smashing victory, even putting his own life at risk in order to save those of his men]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** This happens after a hobgoblin sacrifices his life to save Redcloak from a catapult during the battle for Azure City. At this point, he becomes significantly more considerate for his hobgoblin army and personally leads them through the attack.
** Has another one in ''Start of Darkness'' [[spoiler:after killing Right-Eye and having Xykon call him out on it.]]
* NeverMyFault: His actions in serving Xykon, who kills anyone who happens to be in his field of vision at any given moment for fun, including a whole lot of Goblins are all "for the greater good", but when Right-Eye suggests betraying Xykon he refuses on the basis that it would be a waste of goblin lives. Right-Eye actually calls him on it, what little good it's done. Xykon makes it pretty clear that Redcloak is completely aware of this fact, and taunts him with the knowledge that if Right-Eye had succeeded in killing Xykon it would mean having to admit that he (Redcloak) was wrong, and that it was his fault that all those goblins died. Serving Xykon gives him an excuse to look the other way and say it's out of his hands.
* NonActionGuy: Sorta; aside from epic characters like Xykon, the Order of the Scribble, and possibly Tarquin he's probably the most powerful character in the story but he is never shown engaging in physical combat even when drawn in melee by another character. Instead he relies on magic despite the fact that his class has decent melee abilities.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The Crimson Mantle stops him from aging. He's only 50ish, but by goblin standards that's like 120, and he still looks like a teenager.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: He adopted the name of "Redcloak" after seeing Xykon kill a lizardman because of his [[OverlyLongName long]], [[TheUnpronounceable hard-to-pronounce]] name. His real name is never given, and the only hint we know is that it's harder to use in the heat of battle, even by other goblins.
* OnlySaneMan: Between Xykon (ForTheEvulz), the Monster in the Darkness (spacey wuss) and Tsukiko (ParodySue), he's the only one in Team Evil that can pass a sanity check.
* PointyEars: Because he's a goblin.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: ThePlan in a nutshell. [[spoiler:His Mission from the Dark One is a plan to blackmail the other gods into making the goblinoid races something other than XP fodder.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: With [[TheLancer Jirix]]
* TheReliableOne: Which he lampshades, saying that while everyone else is out having fun he's making sure the trains run on time.
* ReligionIsMagic: Comes with being a cleric.
* ScarsAreForever: Although clerical magic could have fixed his eye with ease, Xykon orders Redcloak to [[YouHaveFailedMe keep that particular wound]] as a reminder of what happens when they [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0662.html "sit on their lazy asses".]]
* ScaryTeeth: Tusks and fangs and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0901.html pissed off]], oh my!
* StartOfDarkness: The comic book containing his and Xykon's is the TropeNamer.
* StealthInsult: He hands a few of these out; typically in Xykon's direction.
* StormOfBlades: The Blade Barrier spell.
* TheStrategist: Unfortunately for the good guys he uses legit military tactics when invading and isn't bothered by LaResistance.
* SummonMagic: Fond of conjuring chemical elementals and fiendish creatures.
* SunkCostFallacy: One of the primary reasons he's still following ThePlan, though it's still possible (and, arguably, it's becoming more and more likely) that the ThePlan will pay off, so Redcloak hasn't yet fallen into the true fallacy (which only arises when you do something that has little or even negative utility based on the fact that you've already paid). He has, however, done so with respect to Xykon, whom he insists on remaining shackled to when, theoretically, ''any'' reasonably high-level arcane caster should be able to handle that half of the ritual.
-->'''Redcloak:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0544.html ...I pushed my chips to the middle of the table a long time ago, so I might as well play my hand to the end.]]
* TakingUpTheMantle: Redcloak takes up the Crimson Mantle of the previous HighPriest of the Dark One in book #-1: ''Start of Darkness''.
* TalkingToTheDead: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0701.html To Right-Eye in #701]].
-->'''Redcloak:''' It'll all be worth it. You'll see.
%%* ThenLetMeBeEvil
* ThroatLight: The first time he put on the Crimson Mantle, in ''Start of Darkness''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Redcloak was always a powerful character, ever since he took the famous Crimson Mantle, but he's still taken more than anyone else over the course of the comic. Strips #824 to #827 demonstrate that [[spoiler:not only has he become ''more'' powerful thanks to his 17th level, he also became wiser, refusing to let Thanh duel him, for very sound reasons:]]
-->'''Redcloak:''' [[spoiler:Stupid risks are just that: Stupid.]]
* TragicVillain: Well-intentioned, tragic backstory, FatalFlaw; yes.
* TurnUndead: As an evil cleric, he can bolster or rebuke undead, but he gets also the opportunity for a standard (sort of) turn undead against [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0459.html the ghost-martyrs of the Sapphire Guard]].
* TheUnfettered: He is willing to sacrifice any number of goblins, his entire family, and even the world itself to ensure that he fulfils the Dark One's plan by [[spoiler:specifically using Xykon as his pawn.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: ''Recap/StartOfDarkness'' introduces him as a well-meaning teenage acolyte who "just wants to serve the community in some small way".
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: He's putting the entire cosmos at risk on the chance that he can make a better world for the Goblin People.
* VillainProtagonist: In ''Start of Darkness''.
* VisionaryVillain: Redcloak sees a world where goblins and humans would be on equal standing before the gods.
* WeHaveReserves: His initial attitude toward his hobgoblin armies. He becomes more considerate during the battle of Azure City, though it's still applicable. Redcloak's still Evil, and sacrificing minions is still okay -- ''wasting'' them is where it gets racist.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Xykon mocks him for his need of a justification for his acts, something that Xykon himself would never bother with.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Once you've read his backstory in ''Recap/StartOfDarkness''. [[spoiler:Family and village, except his brother, massacred by the supposedly LawfulGood Sapphire Guard. Teamed up with Xykon, who took over Redcloak's own team and demoted him to number two after Redcloak himself turned him into a Lich. Forced to kill his brother by Xykon as a twisted loyalty test]]. Recently lost an eye to one of the Sapphire Guard and was forbidden by Xykon (again) from healing it. He remains in service to a potentially world-destroying evil plan which is the only part of his old life that remains.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: To Tsukiko, right before [[spoiler:he kills her.]]
-->'''Redcloak:''' [[spoiler:Because, let's be clear: if I tolerated your humiliating attemps to undercut my authority before, it was only because killing you would've upset the delicate puppet strings upon which "Lord Xykon" unknowingly dances. But if you're going to stand here, and tell me that you'll expose one of those strings to him? [[TooDumbToLive If you're going to be THAT stupid?]] There can only be one rational response to that.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: He has the power to inflict this on enemies with the [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/implosion.htm Implosion spell]], probably the most {{Squick}}-tastic form of death yet seen in this comic.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Monster in the Darkness]]
!!The Monster in the Darkness

->''"So... can I have some stew? ''[...]'' Can I get toys? ''[...]'' Can I be let out of the box?"''

->'''Race:''' Unknown\\
'''Gender:''' Male ([[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0549.html presumably]])\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' TrueNeutral

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a creature perpetually surrounded by darkness because Xykon wants to dramatically reveal it as his trump card... which hasn't happened yet. He isn't actually evil and has a childlike personality, but has incredible strength and can laugh off most attacks.
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* AndCallHimGeorge: He pretty much adopts the paralyzed O-Chul, using him (along with Roy's corpse) as doll for a tea party -- and calls him Mr. Stiffly.
-->'''[=MitD=]:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0477.html Mr. Stiffly! You came back! I knew you were't like the others!]]
* AntiVillain: Type IV; He's only considered to be on the side of Evil because he's Xykon's pet monster.
%%* BigEater
* TheBrute: He's implied to be tremendously powerful and works as a trump card for Xykon.
* BuffySpeak: Sometimes.
-->'''[=MitD:=]''' ...everyone here tells me that I'm as dumb as things that are really dumb.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: His glowing yellow eyes are all that is ever seen of him.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: His mysterious magic powers seem to work that way. For a long time he isn't even conscious he could have them, but by wishing very, very hard that O-Chul and V [[spoiler:would escape Xykon, he teleports them away]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Likes tea parties, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', and watching [[BreadEggsMilkSquick dwarf porn]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: It's not just his incredible strength; [[spoiler:if [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0700.html strip #700]] is anything to go by, then whilst he may be TheDitz most of the time, he has the potential to be pretty damn brilliant beneath it.]] Definitively proven by strip #901.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: The Monster rehearsing his lines in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0103.html "Practice Makes Perfect"]]:
-->'''[=MitD=]:''' Order of the Stick! Your broken corpses will taste delicious lightly seasoned with nutmeg!\\\
'''[=MitD=]:''' Order of the Stick! I will bathe in your blood with lavender bath gel and a good loofa!
* DarkIsNotEvil: All he's seen as is a formless lump of darkness, but he's childlike and friendly to everyone.
* TheDitz: He doesn't have to be-- when O-Chul challenges him to really and truly think for four seconds straight, he admits that he doesn't mostly because it's hard.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Demonstrated when he plays "Who Can Hit the Lightest?" with Miko. He punches her through a wall and a fairly great distance away. Her horse follows her through the air (due to the Monster hitting it too).
* EatsBabies: Defied; Xykon tries to make the [=MitD=] more evil by feeding him small children and babies, but the [=MitD=] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0549.html just hides them and throws them out.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows: [[InvokedTrope Under orders to first reveal himself this way]], and has to stay in shadows until then.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Monster in the Darkness"
* ExtremeDoormat: He's a wuss that lets everyone walk over him because he doesn't have anything by himself.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Likes gruel and stew, but doesn't eat live babies. He has been known to eat other random objects, including popcorn, important letters, TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}} tiles, and a months-old cheeseburger found behind a goblin's sock drawer.
* TheFaceless: It's shrouded in darkness, like the rest of him.
* {{Fartillery}}: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0651.html Not seen, but implied.]]
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Him "trying to hit the lightest" or "stomping his foot" can cause incredible damage. With a single stomp, and probably not a very strong one, he caused a tremor that Haley and Belkar mistook for an ''earthquake''.
* GenreSavvy: Uses this to convince Xykon [[spoiler:O-Chul is the real threat, not the Order of the Stick, by calling Roy some random fighter he already offed once, and O-Chul as the last of his people, full of revenge.]]
* GlowingEyes: The only part of him that's visible in the darkness. He apparently has feet, though.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: You could think this trope applies on [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0023.html his very first appearance]], but he gets much less threatening very fast.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Invoked by Xykon so he can be properly intimidating when he's released.
* IgnorantMinion: He works for Xykon and has no idea what's going on at any given time. He didn't even know what the Order of the Stick looked like until the Battle of Azure City.
* LovableCoward:
-->'''[=MitD=]:''' I don't wanna go! There might be something scary in there!
* MakeMeWannaShout: His voice can be extremely powerful.
* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler:Xykon embedded a command in his mind in ''Start of Darkness'' to devour Redcloak and spit out his holy symbol if he ever betrays Xykon.]]
* MinionWithAnFInEvil:
-->'''Xykon:''' Look, there's nothing in there any scarier than you are.\\
'''Redcloak:''' Sir, he's about as scary as musty styrofoam.\\
'''Xykon:''' Correction: any scarier than you SHOULD be.
* MonsterDelay: Parodied. Circumstances constantly come up to make sure he isn't shown until it is dramatically appropriate. He was going to be shown early, but Roy defeated Xykon before he could be seen, and he's been defined visually by his darkness ever since.
* MoralityPet: O-Chul, which is why [[spoiler:he helps him escape.]]
* NighInvulnerability: He's very difficult to harm, which further implies that he must be a powerful creature. When Miko attacked him, his response was that it tickled, and he didn't even seem to ''notice'' Belkar was trying to stab him.
* NoNameGiven: Even he doesn't know what could be his name, or even what species he belongs to.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Monster in the Darkness may be playful and childish, but he's NighInvulnerable and has devastating strength. [[spoiler:As well as unknown magic powers that even ''he'' may be unaware of.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: While most of his childishness is genuine, in strip #901 he deliberately amps up the tendencies while [[spoiler:tricking Xykon and Redcloak so they won't suspect. He even makes sure not to refer to O-Chul by name after a slip.]]
* OddFriendship: With O-Chul, a paladin.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** The normally lazy and silly Monster gets seriously frightened for [[spoiler:the fate of O-Chul, and even calls his friend by name.]]
** In strip #901 he [[spoiler:grabs the SmartBall to save "O-Chul's friends"]].
* OstentatiousSecret: His identity is so secret not even he knows it.
* ParasolOfPrettiness: More to show his gentle nature than femininity, the parasol is also to keep his true form hidden from sight until the right moment.
* PassThePopcorn:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0082.html "Oh, I'm watching two dwarves having sex on Level Fourteen."]]
** Then again later while watching the fight between Miko and Redcloak.
* PokeThePoodle: His attempted acts of villainy tend to be more like this than anything.
* RunningGag: "Gate? What Gate?"
* ShockwaveStomp: He can cause an earthquake by stomping -- without even meaning to. And he had no idea he could do that (a demon-roach directed him).
* StockYuck: Babies.
* SuperStrength: Even when he hits as softly as he can, he still sends [=PCs=] flying.
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:After Tsukiko is killed, he laments that it's sad: What she wanted (to be loved) wasn't that terrible, and not one of his companions actually cares that she's gone. Which is the real sad part for him.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: He doesn't want to take over the world or wipe out paladins or partake in sadistic torture for entertainment. He'd much rather have a peaceful tea party or play Scrabble.
%% The fact he's True Neutral is meaningless for the definition of "Token Good Teammate", which isn't about D&D alignment.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Stew; he has [[BlatantLies very high standards]] when it comes to stew.
* TheUnreveal: He's constantly waiting to get out of the darkness, but he hasn't had any luck so far. [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] states there ''will'' be an eventual Reveal, and it won't be an original creation, but rather a monster with abilities largely consistent with what's been shown in the comic.
* TheWatson: He often fulfills this role with Xykon and Redcloak, although they only answer his questions when hounded enough. Plus, he rarely understand or remember anything about the explanations.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: {{Pun}}s aside, strip #901 shows just how not-evil he truly is. [[spoiler:O-Chul would likely never know his friends had been killed, or even if the Monster had been involved, but he saves them anyway because their being friends of O-Chul means something to him.]]
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious:
** He calls O-Chul "Mr. Stiffly" most of the time; when he finally addresses O-Chul by his real name, it's a sign he's finally starting to listen to what O-Chul's been telling him and thinking.
** By strip #901, he does it again, this time correcting himself with "Mr. Stiffly" when Xykon asks what he's talking about.
* YourOtherLeft: In ''Start of Darkness'', he's shown having this problem.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Demon-Roaches]]
!!Demon-Roaches
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->'''Right-Eye:''' The real problem is the structural damage they do.\\
'''Redcloak:''' Yeah, they really rip up the walls. Especially the fourth wall.\\
'''Demon-Roach:''' That joke is dedicated to all you fans out there!

A group of fiendish insects who follow the villains around, making sarcastic comments and pop culture references along the way.
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%%* AffablyEvil
* BreathWeapon: They have a small fire breath, though it's used more often as a lighter than as a weapon.
* CharacterAlignment: Being fiendish creatures from the Abyss, most definitely ChaoticEvil. [[invoked]]
* {{Fourth Wall Observer}}s: Even moreso than the Oracle, if only because they get more screen time.
* GreekChorus: They're part of the story but they spend most of their time commenting on it instead of partaking.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:After Xykon, Redcloak and the Monster leave Gobbotopia, one roach comments to Jirix that now he can whip the place into shape without all of the distractions... then Jirix stomps the roach.]]
* NoBodyLeftBehind: They "pop" out of existence when killed, returning to the Lower Plane they're originating from.
* {{Pungeon Master}}s: "He besieged me with science!" is just one example.
* [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Snarky Non-Human Sidekicks]]: The character relationship chart in book four list them as this, specifically to the Monster in the Darkness.
* {{Talking Animal}}s: Vocally snarking roaches.
* {{Team Pet}}s: They follow Team Evil around.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tsukiko]]
!!Tsukiko
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->''"Besides, they were the ones who threw ME into prison for being different -- for understanding that a pulse is not a prerequisite for being loved! They all got exactly what they deserved!"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Wizard (necromancer)/Cleric/Mystic Theurge\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralEvil
%% Tsukiko is a Necromancer by Word of the Giant -- although he readily admitted not having paid enough attention to her prohibited schools. Also, alignment confirmed by the Giant.

A young mystic theurge recruited during the battle of Azure City to create undead {{Mooks}}. Her love of the undead ([[{{Squick}} yes, in that way]]) and impressive spellcasting ability led her to become Xykon's top enforcer, much to the annoyance of Redcloak.
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Dies telling her wights that she loves them and not understanding why they didn't love her in return. Gets this reaction from the [=MitD=]. While Redcloak [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing is visibly happy]], Xykon considers offing uppity minions a "cost of doing business" and the roaches are blasť, the [=MitD=] is upset about her dying.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Monster in the Darkness:''' I'm just really sad now, thinking about Tsukiko. She just wanted to be loved.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Demon-Roach:''' So what? Who cares?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Monster in the Darkness:''' Exactly. That's why I'm sad.]]
* AnimateDead: Her main job for Team Evil.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: When confronted with selling out her civilization by Ho Thanh, she counters that she got a good price for it.
* BullyingADragon: Despite him being a more powerful cleric than her, she still fails to give Redcloak any respect whatsoever, seeing him as a "spineless coward squirming under Xykon's heel". [[spoiler:Needless to say, it didn't end well for her. Also see UnderestimatingBadassery. Though Redcloak had been cultivating that image for decades.]]
* CommonMarySueTraits: Heterochromatic eyes, great beauty, skimpy clothing, unusually skilled for her young age, [[AwesomeMcCoolname Japanese name meaning "moon child"]], oppressed by a stuck-up society not understanding her greatness... check.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Life-drained completely by the wights she loved so much, and then devoured.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Her official job is reanimating corpses but she can create the corpse itself just as easily.
%%* DarkChick
* DarkIsNotEvil: Parodied. Since she thinks that death is the opposite of life and the undead are therefore caring and misunderstood -- and Xykon will eventually grow to love her. Even the Monster in the Darkness tries to tell her that it doesn't work that way. Eventually Redcloak proves her wrong in a particularly cruel way [[spoiler:by killing her with her own beloved minions.]]
* DeathByIrony: In two ways: [[spoiler:First because she is drained to death and eaten by her beloved wights, and secondly she is killed by Redcloak (who she considered a spineless wimp) using nothing more than his Command Undead class feature and a ''Dispel Magic'' to counterspell her ''Shout''.]]
* [[BigBadWannabe Dragon Wannabe]]: She thinks she has what it takes to be Xykon's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Unfortunately, the spot's already taken by Redcloak, who in fact had met him long before she had. [[spoiler:When the two throw down, he shows her exactly how outclassed she is.]]
* DualityMotif: Tsukiko has a blue eye and an indigo eye. This reflects her dual-caster prestige class, the color of her aura when casting spells being blue for divine magic and indigo for arcane. As a joke, it carries over as a theme to her slippers too.
* EnergyBall: She uses a number of non-core "orb" spells (''Electric Orb'', ''Fire Orb'', ''Lesser Acid Orb'', ''Cold Orb'') in order to counter Haley's evasion skill.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: Tsukiko sleeps with a Xykon plushie -- and yes, the fans started begging for one as soon as they saw it.
* {{Evil Sorcere|r}}ss: Nercomancer, mystic, and a hard on for evil.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"I love you all! I love you! I love you! Why don't... [-you love... me?-]"]]
* FatalFlaw: Her arrogance, pride, and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter complete misunderstanding of people's true characters]]. [[spoiler:Specifically, all three of them lead her to gloat to Redcloak's face that she is going to expose his treachery to Xykon under the over-confident belief that he is too spineless to do anything to stop her. It also fools her into believing that her wights are children who would never hurt their "mommy" as opposed to easily-dominated drones who will instantly turn on her if someone who is also capable of controlling them overrides her orders.]]
* {{Flight}}: One of her abilities. Belkar thanks her for combining it with a short dress.
* FluffyTamer:
-->'''Tsukiko:''' (''to a newly-created undead'') Hello, little one. I'm your mommy.
* GirlishPigtails: Both for cuteness and immaturity.
* {{Goth}}: True to stereotype, she wears black and talks about her "dark allure". Haley (who had such a phase) mocks her for it.
* GraveRobbing: Two years experience as an intern graverobber on her resume.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler:When she realizes that the Ritual doesn't do anything Redcloak says it's supposed to, she goes to confront (and taunt) Redcloak about it ''before'' telling Xykon her suspicions. She believes that she'd be able to bully him into silence again or teleport to Xykon if things went bad. [[CharacterDeath That didn't work]].]]
* HealingHands: "Inflict Critical Wounds". More often than not she does this for the undead.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist by Her Own Petard]]: [[spoiler:Her own wights drain her to death (and eat her corpse) after Redcloak steals control of them. It's also a DeathByIrony since it's a combination of her arrogance, lack of character judgement and belief that her undead "children" are people who won't hurt her that kills her.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: A significant flaw of hers. She believes that the dead are better than the living [[InsaneTrollLogic because she thinks the living are all]] [[HumansAreBastards bastards]] [[InsaneTrollLogic and the dead are their exact opposites]]. She thinks that Xykon is an [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen-style]] paranormal romantic hero just waiting for the perfect girl (i.e. her) to "heal" him and she thinks that Redcloak is an ineffective spineless wimp who is just going to passively let her get away with absolutely everything [[spoiler:including outright informing Xykon of Redcloak's treachery. Redcloak brutally proves her wrong.]]
* HumansAreBastards: She believes this thoroughly and, in what may be an example of InsaneTrollLogic, uses it to justify her belief that [[DarkIsNotEvil the Undead are really nice creatures]], as they are "the antithesis of life". See [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0700.html "They Would Likely Both Disagree with That Sentiment"]] for the full conversation.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Toward Xykon, who doesn't just ignore her sentiments but actively avoids thinking about them ('cause he's "not one of those disgusting biophiliacs").
* [[ILoveTheDead I Love the Undead]]: Yes, in that way. *wink*
* InsaneTrollLogic: Her "reasoning" behind preferring the undead to the living is so warped that even the Monster in the Darkness is calling her out on it.
* IronicEcho: During her battle with Haley and Thanh, she uses both their weaknesses against them, causing her to nearly succeed in defeating them both. She also attempts to goad Belkar into performing a FaceHeelTurn, which almost succeeds as well. [[spoiler:Later on, Redcloak does the same to her in order to destroy her once and for all.]]
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Ends up being eaten by the wights she created]].
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:She betrays Azure City for the reasons outlined under DarkIsNotEvil, and later tries to do the same to Redcloak, and eventually the latter commands her own undead minions to kill her, while explaining how deluded she was to think they were anything more than tools. She dies begging them to stop and wondering why they don't love her.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:After Redcloak uses her wights to level-drain her to death, he then instructs them to devour her corpse, thus preventing a resurrection.]]
* MakeMeWannaShout: The ''Shout'' spell.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Tsukiko acts like this to her undead minions. From her perspective they're only a few days old and need looking after. Consequently, the elite squad of wights is organized like they're on a school trip, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0513.html complete with whistles and a buddy system.]]
* MistakenForGay: Her... flustered reaction to an AccidentalInnuendo by the Monster in the Darkness.
* NaiveNewcomer: A teenager who wanted in on the latest evil organization.
* {{Necromancer}}: Animates the dead as her main job and chief passion.
* NightmareFetishist: More literally than most; ''Xykon'' is her definition of "a hottie".
* PantyShot:
-->'''Belkar:''' Oh, and hey, Tsukiko. On behalf of all the men in the city: Thanks for [[SkirtsAndLadders wearing a short skirt while flying]]. You've given me a lot to think about. Heh.
* ParodySue: She has CommonMarySueTraits (see above) and acts as if in her own self-insert fanfic. It's all to better point out how WrongGenreSavvy she truly is.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Far more upbeat and happy than her evil coworkers or boss.
* PetTheDog: The [[AFatherToHisMen motherly]] way she treats her creations. (Given her [[ILoveTheDead proclivities]], [[ParentalIncest that may be even squickier]].)
* PrestigeClass: [[TheRedMage Mystic Theurge]].
* TheQuisling: She sells out her entire city to Xykon and the goblins, and is thoroughly unapologetic about it. [[spoiler:Her comeuppance is suitably horrible.]]
-->'''Thanh:''' You have sold out our entire civilization to outsiders!\\
'''Tsukiko:''' Yeah, but at least I got a good price for it. What can I say? It was a seller's market.
* TheRedMage: Being multiclassed allows her to cast both divine and arcane spells which gives her a wider breadth of casting ability and spellcraft knowledge than a single-classed character would have, but neither of which are at the depth a single-classed caster has.
* ReligionIsMagic: Due to her levels in cleric, Tsukiko possesses divine magic.
* SanityHasAdvantages: As a Mystic Theurge, Tsukiko has high scores of both Intelligence and Wisdom. However, she doesn't benefit of those as much as she should... because she's utterly insane, leading her to make foolish mistakes, [[spoiler:like underestimating Redcloak.]]
* SmarterThanYouLook: Don't let the pigtails, her love for the undead or her Xykon doll fool you: she's dangerous. She found some creative ways to counter Haley's evasion, and unlike Xykon she discovered that [[spoiler:Redcloak's ritual doesn't have the intended purpose that he led them to believe it had (although with some unexpected help from the [=MitD=]).]]
-->'''Tsukiko:''' I was expelled from some of the best wizard academies in the South, you know.
* SmugSnake: She's far from the perfect MarySue she imagine herself to be.
* TheStarscream: Not towards Xykon, but Redcloak. In fact, her behavior sometimes may resemble the TropeNamer -- despite that Redcloak is higher than her in the hierarchy, she constantly disrespects him, tries to undercut his authority and mocks him, [[spoiler:and her attempt at taking his position backfires spectacularly. Too bad for her that Redcloak doesn't have any tolerance for betrayal]].
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: When you think about it, she acts like she's the heroine of one of those ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''-esque books, where evil creatures are really NotEvilJustMisunderstood and Xykon is [[YouSexyBeast this perfect guy]] whose heart she is destined to win at the end. [[spoiler:Suffice to say, she's incredibly wrong about this, and finds out the hard way.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:She thought that Redcloak would stay idle while she crushed his decades-long plan. She really thought that gloating about how she were going to usurp his place in front of him was a smart move, and she didn't make sure that his personal sanctum wasn't barred against teleportation despite the fact that he's big on pre-planning. Redcloak himself lampshades it:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Redcloak:''' Because, let's be clear: if I tolerated your humiliating attempts to undercut my authority before, it was only because killing you would've upset the delicate puppet strings upon which "Lord Xykon" unknowingly dances. But if you're going to stand here, and tell me that you'll expose one of those strings to him? If you're going to be THAT stupid? There can only be one rational response to that.]]
* TokenHuman: She is the only human member of Team Evil, unless you include Xykon, who formerly was a human.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler:She probably thought that, if nothing else, that between her wights, her ability to teleport and her huge spell selection, she could escape Redcloak before he could do anything to stop her -- which is why she spent so much time taunting Redcloak and spelling out her plans. Unfortunately, Redcloak nullified all her advantages in short order (warding his sanctum against teleportation, controlling her wights, having them grapple her, and counterspelling the few spells that she could cast while grappled) and Tsukiko soon found herself way over her head.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: She thinks she's the MarySue heroine of a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''-style supernatural romance. Oh, how wrong she is.
* ZombieAdvocate: They're not evil in her opinion; just misunderstood. They should be cared for like children.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Trigak]]
!!Trigak

->'''Species:''' Chimera\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' ChaoticEvil

A chimera sent by Xykon to kill the Order of the Stick early on in their adventures. They were jokingly supposed to be a recurring plot-relevant villain, but Belkar killed them before they could finish their "I'll be back!" speech.

* BreathWeapon: Their dragon head breathes fire.
* MeaningfulName: Their name indicates the sound the three heads make upon dying.
* MixAndMatchCritters: As normal for a chimera, Trigak is a three-headed monster that is one-third lion, one-third goat, and one-third dragon.
* MultipleHeadCase: Each of their heads appears to think independently (they use plural pronouns like "we" to refer to themselves), though they don't fight amongst themselves.
* PsychoForHire: Xykon describes them as "discount mercenaries"
* StarterVillain: Trigak is the first villain with a name that the Order goes up against.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Xykon Decoys]]
!!Xykon Decoys

->'''[=MitD=]:''' How did you get them to look exactly like Xykon?\\
'''Redcloak:''' I didn't. They're human skeletons. I put a blue robe on them and called it a night.\\
Heck, I had to put those colored pendants on them just to tell them apart.

Three skeletal undead -- a Death Knight, a Huecuva, and an Eye of Fear and Flame -- created by Redcloak for the battle of Azure City, to sow confusion within the enemy ranks by having them look identical to Xykon.
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* AntiMagic: The Death Knight has some serious Spell Resistance, to Vaarsuvius's great annoyance.
* {{Badass}}: All three to different extents, but the Death Knight in particular. [[spoiler:It cuts its way through three giant soldiers, blasts through several normal soldiers, kills General Chang, and nearly defeats a weakened V.]]
* BadassBoast: The Death Knight: "Let the Reaping Begin!"
* BattleStrip: The Death Knight rips its Xykon robe, revealing its heavy armor, before charging at the breach.
* BloodKnight: The Death Knight. See his Badass Boast.
* {{Body Double}}s: Skeleton Doubles at least. Redcloak made them for the Shell Game at Azure City.
* DemBones: All of them are animated skeletons.
* DeusExMachina: The Death Knight [[spoiler:getting crushed by a falling dragon head, from Vaarsuvius's viewpoint, is exactly this because it falls from the sky at the last moment]].
* DirtyCoward: Skullsy-- ahem, the "Eye of Fear and Flame".
-->'''Redcloak:''' I think I got a little too much "fear" and not enough "flame" on that one.
* [[ExpressiveMask Expressive Eyesockets]]: Like the original.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Belkar intimidates Skullsy to serve him and fight off Hobgoblins. Skullsy continues to do so, until Belkar mentions keeping it and using it for many different things. When he mentions a chamber pot, Skullsy snaps and says that it has finally found something worse than death, and promptly betrays them. Haley smashes the skull on a rock and they run from the guards that were attracted by the commotion.]]
* FearlessUndead: Defied by Skullsy who is still scared of destruction, but played straight by the two others.
* {{Fireballs}}: One of Skullsy's two powers, to Belkar's delight.
* ForTheEvulz: Both the Huecuva and Death Knight's main motivation; they don't care that they're just decoys.
* GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath: All of them due to their respective natures.
* IgnoredEnemy: The Huecuva being distracted from killing Hinjo by a pair of ninjas.
-->'''Huecuva:''' Well, you got your contract killing in my hatred of all that's good and pure!
* InSeriesNickname: The Eye of Fear and Flame is soon called "Skullsy" by [[TheNicknamer Belkar]].
* KansasCityShuffle: What they were created for in the first place: distraction. Haley even refers to it as a shell game.
* KillItWithFire: All three undead have fire powers used to lay waste to their enemies.
-->'''Death Knight:''' Choose your doom, then, chicken-mage: Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?
* LargeHam / EvilIsHammy: The Death Knight is clearly enjoying the theatrics that come with slaughtering an army.
* LosingYourHead: Skullsy's fate two rounds after meeting Belkar.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: Technically not liches, but unfortunately not ''visually'' different from one.
* PowerCrystal: The Eye of Fear and Flame's gemstones.
-->'''Skullsy:''' Stay back! I can shoot Fireballs and Fear beams out of my magical eye gems!
* PreMortemOneLiner: The Death Knight quips one to General Chang (and to V, almost).
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Not what they were made for, but they serve the purpose by fighting Red Shirts and keeping [=PCs=] busy.
* SinisterScimitar: The Death Knight's weapon.
* TouchOfDeath: The Huecuva uses various damaging contact clerical spells, like ''Poison''.
* TheUndead: Like Xykon, but different forms.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hobgoblin General]]
!!Hobgoblin General

->''"Truly, there has never been a more impressive display of magic in the annals of warfare."''

->'''Race:''' Hobgoblin\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown (probably Warrior)\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

The General of the hobgoblin Forces, and loyal second-in-command of Redcloak.
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* BeardOfEvil: He's more evil than the beardless mook goblins.
* DeadpanSnarker: The above quote was his reaction to the underwhelming battle between the head Azure Cleric and Redcloak.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:When Miko destroys the gate, a hobgoblin reports that the General was in the Courtyard, and presumably died.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To General Chang (though they never meet). Chang questions detrimental orders, while The Hobgoblin General is blindly loyal.
* MookLieutenant: For Redcloak. He's only a little different than the mook goblins.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Goes along with Redcloak's careless slaughter of hobgoblins because he is the supreme leader.
* NumberTwo: To Redcloak, which makes him Number ''Three'' overall.
* PointyEars: As a goblin.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Redcloak, like all hobgoblins. Cemented when Redcloak stops wasting troops, [[spoiler:and leads them to a smashing victory.]]
* TheWatson: Redcloak explains his plans to the General. [[spoiler:After his death, Jirix takes this role.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jirix]]
!!Jirix
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->''"Thank you, thank you. And thank you, Supreme Leader, for those kind words. I didn't mind the Resurrection spell, either."''

->'''Race:''' Hobgoblin\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Cleric\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

Redcloak's hobgoblin second-in-command, following the conquest of Azure City, and now Prime Minister of the newly-formed state of Gobbotopia.
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* AerithAndBob: On two levels. Most hobgoblins have names like "Goblin Cleric #2." Also contrasts Redcloak (who presumably has a more golbin-esque name, but we never hear it).
* AffablyEvil: Normally upbeat and polite, complimenting Redcloak, and wishing him luck when he leaves the city. Invoked during his speech to the Goblins, where he's quick to make jokes and praise their efforts, later telling Redcloak that he did so to project a more relaxed image to help transition to a more peaceful time.
* BackFromTheDead: At least twice by strip 700.
* FangsAreEvil: Possesses quite a pair of chompers, like Redcloak and other goblinoids.
* ItIsNotYourTime: [[spoiler:Jirix is sent back from the afterlife by the goblinoid god, The Dark One, because he has more work for the hobgoblin in the mortal realm.]]
* KilledMidSentence: Happened twice already, and each time he was OHKO by a paladin (technically, an ex-paladin and Creator/ChuckNorris incarnate, but still -- it may become a RunningGag). While TemptingFate, to boot, the first time:
-->'''Jirix:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0461.html Trust me, we're a LOT safer staying right]]-- ''*POW!*''\\
(''Miko beheads him with a kick'')
:: Roughly 200 strips later...
-->'''Jirix:''' [++[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0656.html XYKO]]-- ++]''*splurnkth!*''
* MauveShirt: The only properly named Hobgoblin (as in, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0703.html not named something like Hogoblin Cleric #2)]], and one of the few ones with significance. [[spoiler:Also one of the few still-living members of Team Evil outside of the main three and the roaches.]]
* MookLieutenant: He acts as the leader of the hobgoblins.
* MookPromotion: [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] states that Jirix was the nameless cleric who fought besides Redcloak in the Azure City throne room.
* NumberTwo: To Redcloak, another Number Three.
* PointyEars: As with all hobgoblins.
* RedOniBlueOni: [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Literally]], with Redcloak
* PunchClockVillain: Although a member of Team Evil, he is not shown to be particularly malicious, although at one point [[spoiler:he decides to step on a demon cockroach.]]
* ScaryTeeth: But he hasn't made scary faces.
* ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:Jirix steps on one of the Demon-roaches once Xykon, Redcloak and the Monster teleport out of the city. It's probably to strengthen the goblins' hold over the city.]]
* TurnUndead: Like Redcloak above, he attempts using negative energy to turn the ghost-martyrs. However, being lower level it doesn't work since [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0459.html he can't overcome the consecration of the throne room]].
* TheWatson: Jirix serves largely for Redcloak's exposition on things he would not be able to talk about to the other members of Team Evil.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Booted Wight]]
!!The Booted Wight

->''"...Can I have his shoes?"''

->'''Race:''' Wight (formerly human or goblinoid)\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

Tsukiko's sidekick and the face of her undead army.
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* InfantImmortality: Probably the reason it was kept "alive" was because it has the personality of a child (and was only four weeks old when it was first introduced). Until [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0830.html Redcloak orders it and Tsukiko's other wights to self-destruct after killing and eating her]]]].
* {{Irony}}: Tsukiko gives a speech to her newly dominated paladin about having to walk a mile in her undead's shoes. Instead it takes the paladin's shoes and puts them on.
* LevelDrain: By touch.
* LiteralMinded: Why it's wearing shoes in the first place -- from not understanding Tsukiko's metaphor.
%%* MookPromotion
* NoNameGiven: Worth noting, it has the most appearances out of all unnamed characters.
* PersonWithTheClothing: It took the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy dominated]][[labelnote:gag]][[RunningGag No, not that kind of domination.]][[/labelnote]] Thanh's shoes, hence the name.
* [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Turned Against Its Mistress]]: [[spoiler:Not on his own volition, but under Redcloak's control.]]
* TheUndead: A wight.
* {{Zombie Mook|s}}: Created by Tsukiko to fight her battles.
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[[folder:Right-Eye]]
!!Right-Eye

->''"You know what your problem is, Big Brother? You never seize the moment."''

->'''Race:''' Goblin\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Rogue\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralEvil → TrueNeutral

Redcloak's younger brother and conscience. While Right-Eye only appears in the ''Start of Darkness'' prequel and doesn't live through it, he's one of the original founders of Team Evil and very important to Redcloak's backstory.
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* AntiVillain: Moreso than his brother because he's more focused on living a happy domestic life than the whole "equality with humans" thing so he doesn't approve of ThePlan.
* AnAxeToGrind: His favorite weapon is the axe. As he himself states, when they were young and their mother distributed chores, he always picked chopping wood. [[spoiler:And then he demonstrates on a treant.]]
* {{Badass}}: Chopping a ent long ways in one swing in the first moment. Also, he has the cajones to sneak attack Xykon while he's fighting a flock of angels summoned by Dorukan. All of these people would like to kill him.
* TheBrute: Complicated case. Before Xykon, he was more or less equal with his brother. After Xykon's lichification, he was pushed into the "evil strongman" role because he didn't have Redcloak's intelligence.
* CharacterDevelopment: Spells this out for Redcloak, who he thinks needs some in spades:
-->'''Right-Eye:''' Life is about growing -- growing older, growing wiser, growing closer to your loved ones. But you, you're frozen in time. You're still the same angry kid who took that artifact off of your master's corpse that day.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: He abandons Team Evil because he feels it has sunken into ForTheEvulz depravity and lost touch with the original goal.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfHate: [[spoiler:Delivered an unusually subtle and downplayed example to his brother as he lay dying. He considers the title of "Redcloak" to be demeaning, essentially a slave name. So when the final exchange between the brothers, is Redcloak saying "Goodbye, brother." and Right Eye responding with "Goodbye... Redcloak..." there's a definite StealthInsult in his final words. And Redcloak may not have even noticed because he was so used to being called Redcloak at that point.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: He lost an eye during the paladin attack that wiped out their village, and has always worn an eyepatch since then.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:He tried to be family man but Xykon vetoed that. He tried to kill Xykon but Redcloak vetoed that.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"[[IHaveNoSon Goodbye... Redcloak]]."]]
* FatalFlaw: His impulsiveness, according to Redcloak. From what we see of him during the comic, it usually (with one very, very, VERY big exception) works out for the better for him. [[spoiler:Ironically, the first well-formulated plan we see him make kills him.]]
* GeniusBruiser: In his later years he develops the tactical mindset to complement his fighter muscles. {{Justified|Trope}} because growing older gives you mental ability score bonuses in ''D&D''.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: He was the one who suggested allying with Xykon in the first place, although to his credit he realised what a bad idea it was much sooner than Redcloak.
* IHaveNoSon: Rather, I Have no Brother -- [[spoiler:Right-Eye's last words aren't a sad farewell to his brother or anything like that. It's his rejection that Redcloak is his brother at all by calling him "Redcloak" where previously he always called him "brother".]]
* InTheHood: To meet with Eugene.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:When Redcloak killed him, he planned on burying him. Thus, the only person with any motive to revive him is not interested. Since his body was reanimated for a guard in Dorukan's Dungeon, it was probably destroyed when the gate exploded.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Unlike Redcloak. Especially noticeable with his refusal to keep investing in Xykon, even though ''he'' suggested allying with Xykon in the first place.
* TheMoralityMortalityEquation: He's ultimately the victim of this. Redcloak can't die because it's a prequel, so his brother ends up paying for their evilness instead.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Just like Redcloak, his real name is never revealed.
* PointyEars: As with all goblins.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's dead by the main narrative.
* RedOniBlueOni: Plays the role of the impulsive, emotional red oni to his brother's blue.
* ScaryTeeth: The ridiculous amount of sharp things in his mouth; shown off when angry.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Pulled it on ThePlan, and by extension Redcloak and Xykon. It worked for fourteen years too, until Xykon stumbled across him by accident and enslaved him and his entire village.
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