The Spirit [[BadassNormal does not have any super-powers nor does he have any special training]]. He is an excellent fighter, and survives mostly on force of will and luck. He works mainly out of Central City ([[BigApplesauce New York City]] in the first few issues) but often travels internationally. His base of operations is a crypt in Wildwood Cemetery that has been refitted for comfortable living.
His costume consists of [[CoatHatMask a blue suit, with white shirt and red tie, hat, gloves]] and [[DominoMask domino mask]]. Throughout the series he is seen in various states of undress, but he is never seen without the mask, aside from his very first adventure when he was still Denny Colt.
* ClarkKenting: When he needs to be in disguise, The Spirit dons a pair of large dark glasses and no one notices the mask.
* CoatHatMask: He IS a pulp hero after all.
* DeadpanSnarker: Definetly carries shades of this, especially in his solo adventures.
* DatingCatwoman: Touches on this with Sands Sareef and Silk Satin.
* NiceGuy: When not whaling on criminals, The Spirit comes off as the nicest guy in the world
* TheNarrator: In the stories that he isnt the main character, The Spirit will often take the role of this.
* LightningBruiser: Can dish out and take a LOT of damage, despite essentially just being a brawler.
* JamesBondage: Would often find himself tied up by his various opponents.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Borders on this on occasion, especially during one series of stories where Spirit went off the grid in the Caribbean for a while.
!Commissioner Eustace ([[EmbarrassingMiddleName Diogenes]]) Dolan
Commissioner of the Central City Police Department. Friend of Denny Colt. Dolan often competes with The Spirit in solving cases.
* AlterKocker: Invoked by name in TheMovie.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people who know that The Spirit is in fact Denny Colt.
Daughter of Commissioner Dolan and girlfriend of The Spirit. (Though not always [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend according to The Spirit himself]]). When she was first introduced, she was an upright psychology student with big ol' NerdGlasses; however, when The Spirit decided to [[TheGlassesGottaGo take her glasses off]] and give her a big smooch, she became considerably less upright.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Its on and off exactly how involved she and the Spirit are.
Black kid sidekick to The Spirit and main provider of comic relief. (He was replaced later in the series by Sammy, a white boy, mainly due to concerns over racial stereotyping.)
* DeadpanSnarker: In the reboot.
* TheDriver: ''Underage'' driver.
* UncleTomfoolery: Visually, if not characterwise.
** Undone in the Darwyn Cooke reboot for a more realistic characterization.
As the Arch-nemesis of The Spirit, The Octopus appears more often than any other non-cast member. His face is never seen: it is either obscured or hidden by a disguise. He can always be recognized by his distinctive gloves. His origin would be told, not in the original strip, but in a story penned by Eisner for a comic reprint series put out in the 1960s collecting the old Spirit stories in traditional comic format.
* ArchEnemy: To The Spirit
* TheFaceless: His face is not seen once in the entire comics run.
Con man who has a pet vulture, Julia.
Complete nobody who finds that he can fly.
!Hazel P. Macbeth
Witch with apparent magical powers who often appears in Halloween themed stories.
Spy and potential alternate love interest for The Spirit.
Crime lord with a "black widow" m.o. who often tries to seduce The Spirit.
Denny Colt's childhood friend who is, in actuality, a spy.
Evil scientist who works with The Octopus.
* HotScientist: As she says in the movie, "I run a lucrative operation and I'm great eye candy."