Baccano: Characters Who Appeared In The Anime
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Isaac and Miria
Isaac Dian and Miria Harvent
"Miria, there's these people on the other side of this screen staring at us! Why do you suppose that is?"
"We'll, we're disguised as magicians, so... I think they want to see us put on a show!"
Two less than brilliant
partners in crime whose hyperactive enthusiasm for their work is only matched by their staggering lack of common sense. Their history isn't very well known, seemingly appearing out of the blue a couple of years ago and starting one of the most bizarre crime sprees known to man. They've also somehow managed to become literally immortal along the way, a feat which even they are unaware of.
Currently, they're attempting their "redemption" by going down the Robin Hood path and stealing the ill-gotten gains of The Mafia
... Yeah, no one else quite gets it either.
- Abstract Apotheosis: The Big Bad of 2002 calls Isaac and Miria the embodiment of hope, and excludes them from the hijackings.
- All Loving Heroes: Or, as the title of one episode puts it, "Isaac and Miria Unintentionally Spread Happiness Around Them."
Firo: If there were more people like them, the world would probably become peaceful and harmonious.
- The Atoner: By 1930, Isaac and Miria decide they should "atone" for their (previously rather harmless and silly) crimes Robin Hood style. They mean well but, as the narrator points out, most people would consider that things like stealing the Genoard family inheritance so the family wouldn't fight over who gets what as worse than what they've been doing before.
- In the anime yes, but in the novel it's made clear that it worked perfectly, Dallas settled down, and all was well despite the families lack of funds. If Gustavo hadn't killed Raymond and Jeffery due to his own idiotic short-sightedness of what was going on (Gustavo wanted to cut out what he saw as the middle men in the Runoratas drug business to impress his boss, ignorant of the fact that Bartolo and Eve's Grandfather were old friends and were perfectly ok with the business arrangement they had set up), the Genoards might never have come up again in the series. (Dallas came back to New York to look into what happened to his Father and Brother out of a desire to protect Eve and without money took to mugging people to survive which is how he got involved with the plot).
- Bad Habits: Isaac and Miria dress up as a priest and a nun as one of their many, many pairs of disguises.
- Beta Couple: To Firo and Ennis. No intimacy problems here!
- Birds of a Feather: Both harmless robbers with a staggering lack of common sense.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being about as odd as they come, they are still extremely competent thieves.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Say, Isaac?" "What's that, Miria my dear?"
- "I'm so excited!"
- Character Overlap: They show up in Durarara!! as members of the Dollars.
- Chewbacca Defense/Logical Fallacies: Played for laughs with a lot of Isaac's arguments for behavior. A shorter list would involve lines where this does NOT apply.
- The second episode has an amusing argument for theft, where he asserts that since cows eat vegetables, if you eat steak you're eating vegetables too; thus, if you steal a purse, whatever is inside the purse belongs to you.
- No, Miria, you can't "win" conversations. Even if the other guy starts crying.
- Cloudcuckoolander: They once stole a museum door to prevent people from entering. Additionally they continued on their cuckoolander robberies for 70 years without even being aware that they were immortal, until they suddenly realized in 2001 that they didn't appear to be aging. As you can expect, they had a Freak Out and then invented an explanation that was even more impossible than 'immortality elixer'.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: and Cosplay Otaku Guy. No, the fact that the term "cosplay" wouldn't even be coined for the next fifty years or so doesn't stop them from partaking in it. A pair of life-long fancy dress party goers.
- The Ditz: Realizing 70 years later that they haven't aged a day since the 1930s, and freaking out about it.
- The Dividual: Twindividual type.
- Drives Like Crazy: Never let Isaac drive your car. It'll only end in pain; horrible, hilarious pain.
- Dumb Blonde:
- Isaac is debatable only in whether or not you can consider him blond.
- Miria sometimes question Isaac's bizarre logic but she's very credulous in accepting his explanations afterward.
Isaac: We've committed eighty-seven robberies these past months. Has there ever been a time that I exposed you to danger?
Miria: Er, about eighty-seven times.
Isaac: ...See? It hasn't even been a hundred yet!
- Played with earlier, Isaac explains his train-robbery scheme after a year of failing to strike gold, she looks briefly skeptical... then gives him an enthusiastic thumbs-up.
- Dumb Is Good: They are still thieves, so it's for a given value of "good", but that nevertheless puts them at as good if not better than the entire rest of the cast, and the universe certainly seems to rewards their tireless and infectious optimism.
- Eternal Love: An immortal Outlaw Couple who are in constant company for about 75 years.
- Felony Misdemeanor:
- They consider some of their petty crimes as big hits.
- "NOOO! We forgot to buy Ennis a present!"
- The Fools: They are SO clueless and blessed by luck that they become Type III immortals accidentally mere moments before the Big Bad pulls out a machine gun.
- From a Single Cell: Just like everyone else but it took seventy years to realize it.
- Genius Ditz: Isaac and Miria share a surprising amount of foreign literary knowledge — they're inexplicably fluent in Japanese and can name one of the few true female Samurai in history, for example — considering the fact that they are blithering idiots otherwise. They also mix up details a lot such as when they claim Billy the Kid is the hero of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- Genki Girl: Miria is full of energy.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Yes, even in a series written in Japanese. In The Slash Firo manages to massively piss them off enough note that they start yelling at him in Japanese. Firo was just as confused as you are.
Isaac and Miria: わああん!フィーロの唐変木!無知蒙昧!底抜け凡愚の世間知らずーっ!note
Firo: Wuh, where’re... What?
- Happily Married: Kinda sorta; the short of it is they enthusiastically love each other and stay together for at least seventy years.
- Hero with an F in Good: Downplayed, but as mentioned before, they haven't quite got the whole Atoner part quite right.
- Hidden Depths: As evidenced in Alice In Jails, Isaac isn't quite as airheaded as he looks.
- Miria as well, as it's implied that she realizes that Isaac isn't right about everything but she follows is lead anyway.
- Horrible Judge of Character: After briefly chatting with him in Alcatraz, Isaac decides that Ladd Russo is a real swell guy and most definitely not Axe Crazy in any way.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: While blue isn't at all an unusual color in this series, they tend to be given to minor or Ax-Crazy characters. However, Isaac's blue eyes are meant to highlight his innocence and simple mind.
- Insane Troll Logic: Due to being The Ditz.
- If we can't steal a whole museum...what if we just steal the entrance? Then nobody can get in! Cue door theft. Except that stealing the door would cause the police to shut the museum down for an investigation, which means that it worked perfectly.
- So how does one commit a train robbery again? Oh that's right! Take the train somewhere, commit a robbery in town, and then take the train again to escape!
- Keet: Isaac similar to Miria.
- Kindhearted Simpletons: Definitely not the brightest crayons in the box, but certainly the nicest.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Isaac. For example, he says in one episode that since cows are herbivores, eating beef means eating meat and grass together. Miria's response is predictable. He's an interesting example, because rather than this being an irritating flaw, it's actually kind of endearing, in a weird sort of way.
- Large Hams: It's part of MO in their crimes, and elsewhere.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: It takes them 70 years to realize it, then they freak out, then they're estatic.
- Lovable Rogues: Yes they're robbers, but they're so friendly and charming and harmless.
- Monumental Theft: They've stolen several buildings, such as a museum... kind of...
- Ms. Fanservice: Miria, considering her various nice dresses, pretty face, and friendly personality, it isn't that surprising.
- Mundane Made Awesome: A good bit of humor comes from the fact that they're idiots who take things too seriously.
- Mysterious Past: Isaac is implied to have a bad relationship with his family in San Francisco. Miria, meanwhile, is hinted to have a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- Alice in Jails where Isaac spots an undercover cop and sends Miria to go retrieve a missing wallet just before he's arrested suggests that he's not quite as profoundly stupid as he usually acts.
Man: You could've gone and gotten it yourself. You're lazier than you look, friend.
Isaac: Maybe... Alright, then. Let's go and see what you've got in your store.
Man: Hmm? What, you're not going to wait for your lady friend?
Isaac: Of course not, silly. Why would I want to bring her along to the police station?
- It's implied in the same story that Miria's partially figured out the truth about Ronnie.
- The Other Darrin: Played by Sam Riegel and Stephanie Sheh respectively in Durarara!!.
- Outlaw Couple: Instead of killing people, they dress up in funny costumes, and are convinced their various robberies are acts of heroic justice.
- Playing Card Motifs: The opening styles them as the Joker, representing how kooky they are and how likely they are to shake up any situation they find themselves in.
- Plucky Comic Relief: The funniest non-violent characters in the series and also the most immune to physical harm.
- Poke the Poodle: They've committed the heinous crime of non-illegal hat shop robbery (which was, in their opinion, a dangerously close call).
- Refuge in Audacity: Invoked. This is why their crimes work. They are so hammy and their outfits so outlandish bystanders think they're DADA artists and leave them alone.
- Single-Minded Twins: Lovers instead of twins, but they share the same wacko train of thought nonetheless.
- Spanner in the Works: To Szilard in 1930.
- They were nice to Ennis, resulting in her betraying him at a crucial moment to save their lives.
- Later, they mugged a group of his pawns and stole the complete Elixir that said pawns were delivering to him. Having no idea what it was, they took it to the Martillo family, thus enabling Firo to devour Szilard.
- Inverted in 2002, where their absence from the cruise ships is what Huey believes is the cause of Fermet's Evil Plan being derailed.
- Supporting Protagonist: Given how much screen time they get, and the fact that they serve to unify the otherwise disjointed plot strands, they may be the closest thing the show has to central protagonists. Yet their main accomplishment lies in helping other characters, who act more like traditional heroes, succeed.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Inverted (too mild for yog whomever). While Ladd's favorite sort of person to kill is someone who never sees it coming, he has no urge to kill Isaac, as the man is simply too oblivious for killing him to be any fun. After all, what's the point laying a man's mortality out before him if he can't tell it from a horse's ass?
- Totally Radical: Dabbled in it in 2001.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Isaac and Miria love donning new and outlandish "disguises" for every caper. Seeing which ones they're currently wearing is the easiest way to sort through the Anachronic Order of the series.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Isaac has eyebrows that evoke the shape of a hand-scythe.
The Martillo family and associates
An uprising Camorrista
that may as well have "MAIN CHARACTER HERE
" written on his face, given his brash, cocky nature
and talent for kicking people's ass. Firo grew up on the streets of Hell's Kitchen before a run in with the Camorra's primo voto
sends him up the ranks as one of their best street fighters. Things become even more
interesting after a chance run-in with a mysterious suit-clad woman
leads him spiraling unwittingly into a scramble for two wine-bottles that happen to contain the Elixir of Life...
- Actually, I Am Him: The first book is framed as a story being told in the present day to a nameless Japanese tourist by a glasses-wearing camorrista whose description leads the tourist, and the reader, to assume that he's Maiza... until the end of the book, when he reveals that he's actually Firo, seventy years of immortality and a pair of Purely Aesthetic Glasses later.
- Adorkable: He has his moments. Especially when he's around Ennis.
- The Artful Dodger: Before joining the Camorra, he stumbled into the organization while attempting to pickpocket the organization's primo voto.
- Badass Adorable: He looks like he's still in his teens and can be rather sweet, and he can kick any given man to next month. Lampshaded by Graham in Another Junk Railroad.
Graham: That damned capo... Firo, or whatever his name was… Who could have expected such a cute face to ever be capable of such horrifying cruelty?
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He has to look nice to run a dangerous business.
- Beneath the Mask: While he puts up a good front, he isn't as trauma-free about having Szilard's Ghost Memory as he lets on. He's terrified that Szilard's sadism might eventually affect his own personality.
- Berserk Button: Firo hates being called baby-faced. Ennis recalls that he once broke a man's fingers for doing that.
- Bishōnen: Regularly noted in the light novels to look rather young and feminine, much to his annoyance. This did not do him any favors during his stint in Alcatraz.
Inmate: Welcome to Broadway, doll.
- Book Dumb: Inverted. By the end of the anime, as well as the first novel, Firo's head is a veritable database of alchemical knowledge. Firo claims he's too dumb to make sense out of most of it but he seemed to have eventually sorted it out, as Maiza is considering asking for Firo's help in dealing with a homunculus made by Szilard's grandchild in 2001. Firo also figured out Huey's way of communication within and outside prison after a few hints being dropped, as Huey merely perfected a method that Szilard researched.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Italian and raised in an ethnically segregated neighborhood in New York.
- Card Sharp: Comes with managing the Martillo Family casino.
- Celibate Hero: He is implied to be one in the novels. The woman he's in love with is asexual and he's terrified of the whole deal. It took about 50 years or so for her to agree to marriage and he's suffering from a case of Twice Shy on their twenty-years belated honeymoon.
- Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.
Edward Noah: That's exactly why we are overlooking your excessive self-defense.
Firo: ... My tears of gratitude won't stop flowing.
- Decoy Protagonist: When Gustav and Carol debate who the hero of the series is, Firo is Carol's pick on account of being "Main Character-ish." There is no main character.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Firo has been smitten with the asexual Ennis from day one. While he never pressed the issue beyond mentioning to her that he was attracted to her, he did "save himself" for her on the minuscule chance that she'd come around. She does, but not for a long time.
Firo: I ended up spending a damn long time in the blind pursuit for marriage... Only, what... 50 years...?
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Firo is rather feminine looking and is very unhappy with it. This has not gone unnoticed by his enemies in the NYPD and FBI, who love calling attention to it just to piss him off. It's also caused him more serious problems as a child, as it once led him to be kidnapped by a pervert who mistook him for a young girl.
- Empowered Badass Normal: What happens when someone spikes the celebratory wine at your Capo promotion party with the Grand Panacea.
- Enemy Within: Firo admits to Maiza in The Slash that he's terrified that consuming Szilard might eventually lead to this. While his fears don't ever come true, a "test" he tried to see if was true set off a chain of events leading to the climax of the story.
- Eternal Love: In 2002, he and Ennis are on their honeymoon.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Because of his unassuming form, others don't realize he's an immortal ass kicker.
- Eye Scream: At the end of 1934.
- Fedora of Asskicking: Special attention is drawn to it by dedicating a scene to how Maiza bought it for him to celebrate his new position in the mob.
- Fool for Love: Prone to Undying Loyalty in general, but Ennis is first in line.
- From a Single Cell: Like all immortals in Baccano!
- Ghost Memory: Of twenty-odd people, by way of Szilard.
- Happily Adopted: Firo considers the Martillo Family to be nothing less than his true one, and has been noted to have nothing less than a nigh-suicidal loyalty for them.
- Happily Married: To Ennis. After a fifty year delay, they tied the knot.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Well he is the most "main character-ish" of our "heroes" and defiantly wants the red-headed Ennis.
- Honorary Uncle: To Charon and Claudia Walken.
- Idiot Hero: He's aware that he is one and even plays it up on occasion — such as explaining to Maiza that he can't go and die on him simply because he's too dumb to take his place as the Martillo family bookkeeper.
- Immortal Immaturity: 2002 Firo tries to avert this; Tries.
- Improbable Age: Probably one of the more realistic examples, but still commented upon since he is pretty young considering his position in his family and how he looks younger than he is as well.
- Innocent Cohabitation: With Ennis, after the 1930 arc. This lasts for upwards of fifty years.
- Just a Kid: Dallas's reaction before being curb-stomped.
- Justified Criminal: Back when he was a Street Urchin. He stayed in organized crime afterwords because he considered the Martillo clan the closest thing he had to a family.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Because the whole "bleeding in reverse" is a party trick that never gets old — even after seventy-two years. He even talked his world weary mentor into enjoying life again.
- Love at First Sight: Firo professes falling in love with Ennis at first sight and goes through the longest courtship process ever because she's all but asexual.
- Magnetic Hero: Ennis notes in Bullet Garden that Firo has a knack for getting people on his side, as he's demonstrated with Angelo, Christopher, and Ladd.
- Mistaken Age: He's annoyed about the time he was detained for trying to leave the country with a "fake" passport that stated he was seventy. Victor's got him a legit ID that conveniently has an error in his birthdate to make it look like he's twenty-five, but even that gets raised eyebrows, as most people assume that he can't be any older than sixteen.
- Mouthy Kid: Firo's a little too old to truly match the trope, but gives everyone he comes in contact with the impression of one.
- Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters: As Luck puts it, Firo is "someone who is perfectly suited to being a camorrista, and incredibly unsuited to being a criminal."
- Nice Hat: Comes with the job. Maiza bought it for him.
- Nominal Hero: As affable as he is in the presence of his friends, Firo has absolutely no issue with causing excruciating pain to anyone who bothers the Martillos - cheating in his establishment earns anything from a crushed trachea to ten broken fingers.
- Not so Above It All: When it comes to Isaac and Miria's dominos. Initially he was annoyed that took up so much space in his business, but in the end he was as excited as they were.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Firo is prone to deliberately playing up his Idiot Hero status because he's Genre Savvy enough to know that Dumb Is Good.
- Oblivious to Love: Firo is as oblivious to Liza's obvious crush on him as Ennis is to his.
- Occidental Otaku: He mastered Japanese by reading raw manga.
- Older Than He Looks: Pre-immortality, he was an eighteen to nineteen-year-old frequently mistaken for around fifteen. Post-immortality, he's upwards of ninety and still being mistaken for midpubescent.
- Only Sane Man: Firo can't help but notice that a good deal of friends are very, very weird and tend to do things like emptying his speakeasy without permission for the sake of a giant dominoes structure.
- Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Hand-holding is terrifying, okay?
- Professional Gambler: Firo is disturbingly good at games of chance, thanks to decades of managing a casino. He once did a Self-Imposed Challenge at a casino aboard the Entrance to see how much he could rake in without cheating. He started with a hundred and ended with a hundred thousand. It took less than two hours.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: After he takes Maiza's place as conta è oro. He says they're there to make him look smarter and older.
- Satisfied Street Rat: As a child he did well with a criminal lifestyle. Then he grew up and joined the big boys.
- Sexless Marriage: He and Ennis eventually get married, but Ennis still hasn't quite caught on to the sex thing.
- Shameful Strip: Has this happen to him at one point in Alice in Jails. Not only did he get strip searched, he had to be walked to his cell naked while other prisoners made suggestive comments. He makes a mental note to kill them later.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Holding out fifty years for your nigh-asexual crush to reciprocate against the odds, or try your luck with someone else? Celibacy it is!
- Straight Man: To Isaac and Miria. The domino scene wouldn't be half as funny if he weren't there to look confused.
- Tsundere: Type A variety. He's a confrontational smartass unless he's around people he likes, where he's goes deredere. When Maiza gets him his hat, Maiza even thinks to himself that it's hard to imagine that the Firo he is talking to now was the same one threatening the police only five minutes ago.
- Twice Shy: With Ennis; he's afraid of sex and she's doesn't understand sex.
- Uke: Whether he is one is up to the Yaoi Fangirls to decide but, as Detective Edward notes, he certainly looks like one. Maiza does not respond to this well.
- Underestimating Badassery: As Czeslaw puts it, Firo has "a face that could make children see him as someone to be trifled with."
- Undying Loyalty: It's been noted that Firo would do anything the Martillo family asks of him, up to and including killing himself.
- Waif-Fu/Pint Sized Power House: Discounting the permanently prepubescent Czeslaw, Firo is the second-smallest man in the cast. This will not stop him from kicking your ass.
- Weirdness Magnet: If Firo has a significant role in a book, then it's a given that the craziest guy in the area will gravitate towards him. This is taken to its logical conclusion in Deep Marble, wherein Ladd, Graham, Christopher and Claire all wind up visiting Firo's casino at the same time.
Firo's mentor, and the current bookkeeper of the Martillo family. Maiza's a seemingly unflappable and serene man who rarely seems phased by anything. It might have something to do with that past he never talks about for some reason...
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with Firo in any way, shape, or form. Even insulting him will provoke Maiza to a physically harmless but terrifying Tranquil Fury, and implying, as Victor does in 1934, that you may have harmed him will get you implied death threats in return.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Firo. Sylvie mentions that Firo is a bit like Maiza's late brother, which might explain why.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Firo, whom he teaches the ropes of mafia life to.
- Blue Blood: In 1705, we find out he's the son of a Spanish aristocrat.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Advena Avis incident, followed by 200-odd years of massive guilt issues. Considering that in 1705 he was a delinquent and the son of a drug-dealing aristocrat, it may go even farther back than that.
- Delinquent: In 1705 he was not the polite and friendly gentleman he becomes by the 1930s.
- Eyes Always Shut: Most likely as foreshadowing his mysterious past and imply he is wise or at least hint that he isn't as young as he looks.
- Fail O'Suckyname: "Avaro" means "miser" in Spanish and Italian; "Maiza" sounds similar to the same word in English. This is lampshaded by him in 1705.
- From a Single Cell: Like all immortals in Baccano!
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Attempted in 1930 in the novels, but Firo refuses.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: He takes up this attitude a few years of Szilard's death. By 1934 he's quite content with the idea of being an eternal gangster.
Ronnie: Do you wish you were still an alchemist?
Maiza: ... No. No, I don't. There was a time when I regretted ever summoning you on that boat... but I do not for a second regret my place here right now.
- Mercy Kill: In the epilogue of The Drugs and the Dominoes (set in 2002), Maiza contemplates doing this to Begg, who seems doomed to be in a coma for all eternity, but decides against it when he realizes that Begg is in his Happy Place.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: He's the head bookkeeper. No one except Firo has ever won an initiation fight against him.
- My Greatest Failure: The Advena Avis incident, particularly the death of his brother.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: The Children of Bottle makes a point of noting that Maiza is entirely unaffected by Sylvie's incredibly distracting sexiness.
- Obi-Wan Moment: In the light novels, takes Firo aside and politely asks the kid to kill him. Firo's response? "Hell, no!"
- The Older Immortal: The Martillo family all become immortal but he is several hundred years older than them.
- OOC Is Serious Business: The first time Firo ever sees Maiza lose his composure is when Szilard arrives at Alveare in 1930. Firo immediately realizes that if Maiza is visibly alarmed, then the situation must be serious.
- Really 700 Years Old: He looks like thirty to forty but he's closer to three hundred.
- Seen It All: Weary traveler type, though he's been known to dip a bit into Smug Know-It-All after getting over his dead brother.
- Stoic Spectacles: Mostly when we see him on the Advena Avis.
- Tranquil Fury: A detective once made the mistake of calling Firo the Camorra's Uke in the presence of Maiza. Maiza proceeds to terrify the everlasting shit out of the cop by walking up to him with a polite smile — giving the distinct impression that he'd slash his throat then and there if he said another word ("We could take what you just said as an insult, you know...").
- Walking the Earth: Sometime around 1970, Maiza decides to embark on a journey to reassemble the survivors of the Advena Avis and gives Firo his position as conta è oro.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: "The harshness of living for eternity..."
The Martillo family's chiamatore
, and one of the few in the group that knew of Maiza's past. In reality he's the "demon" (he considers the term a misnomer) summoned aboard the Advena Avis that granted Maiza and the other alchemists immortality. Partly due to Elmer's request and mostly out of boredom, he's assumed human form and has been hanging around Maiza for the last two hundred years or so. Word of God states that Ronnie is the strongest character in the entire Baccano! series, tied only with Claire Stanfield.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Do you want him to die of boredom?
- Chessmaster Sidekick: To be fair to Maiza, it's hard to compete with omnipotence.
- Curtains Match the Window: When fashioning a human form, why bother creating different colors?
- Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster: So good even Eldritch Abominations want in on it!
- Deadpan Snarker: As best demonstrated when he decides to have a man-to-man chat with Huey.
Huey: At first, I had only planned on observing Maiza. It is purely coincidence that I happened to stumble upon you as well, demon... Or do you prefer Ronnie Schiatto? Is that your true name? Immortals cannot use false names when talking to one another, but I would have only your word that the same law applies to demons as well.
Ronnie: ... My name is Elmer C. Albatross.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Got to admit, watching him set up dominoes was hilarious.
- The Dreaded: Ronnie can freeze a room simply through sheer fear.
"Mister Ronnie's quite... intimidating, when he's on the job."
- Eldritch Abomination: Closer to this than an actual demon.
- Expy: A less overtly evil version of Nyarlathotep.
- The Faceless: His true form. Normal humans can't grasp it anyways.
- Fluffy the Terrible: When's the last time you met an omniscient, amoral, reality-warping Eldritch Abomination named Ronnie?
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: His true form is too weird for humans to comprehend. He manifested as a smoke cloud first and then as a human.
- Humanity Is Infectious: As Huey comments.
Huey: Though I must say that all things considered, you are surprisingly human.
- Humanoid Abomination: Downplayed. He's taken a human form that is indistinguishable from real humans.
- Intrigued by Humanity: His reasons for sticking around even though he's already followed Elmer's request to stick by Maiza until he could smile again.
- It Amused Me: Why he does anything.
- I Was Just Passing Through: When Elmer recognizes Ronnie and realizes he followed his request to stay by Maiza's side as a human, Ronnie says it was mostly because he was bored.
- Mundane Utility: Rather than doing anything useful with it, Ronnie typically whips out the omnipotence for inane things like repairing broken bottles, scaring small children, and sparing himself the cost of a transcontinental train ticket.
- The Omnipotent: His power enables him to do whatever he wants, which is why he doesn't bother looking for challenges.
- The Omniscient: He finds the whole deal tremendously boring, so he usually keeps it turned off.
- Our Demons Are Different: Ronnie doesn't consider himself to be one. The truth is that Our Homunculi Are Different he is a "true homunculus" with omniscience and omnipotence who was once confined to a bottle, and was created around 300 BC. He eventually found a way out and became what he is today.
- Prescience Is Predictable: Ronnie ignores his own omniscience for this reason.
- Reality Warper: He refuses to use his powers for anyone besides the Martillo family and inane tasks.
- Really 700 Years Old: Created around 300 BC and he was an alchemist before then.
- Secret Keeper: Maiza's. The roles reverse after 1930.
- Smoking Is Cool: Subverted — Smoking Is Cool only until somebody surprises you and makes you choke on your cigarette.
- Something Only They Would Say: Ronnie is all but revealed as the demon from the Advena Avis when it's shown that he shares the aforementioned demon's Verbal Tic.
- Spell My Name with an S: Ronnie/Lonnie, Sukiart/Suchiato/Suchiart.
- Time Abyss: Implied, although his true age is never given.
- Touched by Vorlons: "Strictly speaking, I am no demon... Just an alchemist who had obtained too much knowledge during ancient times..."
- Tsurime Eyes: Frequently described as sharp/fox-eyed, much like Luck.
- Verbal Tic/Catch Phrase: Typically ends his speech with " well, no matternote ."
- Walking Spoiler: Why are there so many spoiler tags here? Because he's not an ordinary gangster.
- The Watcher: Ronnie puts large self-imposed restrictions on his own abilities to keep things interesting. He's sticking around to watch, not act.
- World's Strongest Man: Canon and Word of God contained in Narita Saikyou Q&A confirms that Ronnie is one of the strongest characters in his home series and one of the top five in The Verse. The other four are: Shizuo Heiwajima and Claire Stanfield rivaling him at 3rd place; Hawking from Vamp, who is essentially a black hole fond of leaping through the universe; and No.37564 "Mob Combatant" from Hariyama-san, Center of the World, a Mook who went From Nobody to Nightmare, topping all of them simply because Narita made "strongest man in the history of time" the basis for his character.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: A man once demanded from Ronnie proof that he was a demon. He obliged by showing him his true form. Immediately afterwards, the only thing said man can remember about it is the overwhelming feeling of fear he experienced.
The Gandor family and associates
An up-and-coming mafia family in New York led by Keith Gandor and his two younger brothers, Berga and Luck.
- Affably Evil: They still do the violent things like a normal mafia, Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters notwithstamding.
- Badass Family: The three (technically four) brothers are formitable in the underworld.
- Card Games: The Gandors brothers are usually seen playing these in their spare time. Keith always carries around a deck of cards, and spends most time shuffling or playing solitare with them.
- Even Evil Has Standards: All of the Gandors, particularly Keith, have lines they refuse to cross — particularly on the matter of drugs.
- From a Single Cell: Like all immortals in Baccano.
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Adorably, Luck and Berga call Keith "Kii-nii" in the Japanese-language dialogue, though it's mostly left out of translations due to not having any good English equivalent.
- The Mafia: Much humor is derived from how unlike Mafia they are despite their business.
- Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters: Even lampshaded by Firo when asked about them: "Yup, real men: just like the outlaws in movies. That's the key reason why these three guys aren't like the Mafia."
- Power Trio:
- Keith (Super-Ego) because of his rule setting
- Berga (Id) because he's muscle
- Luck (Ego) because he's The Face of the three.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Hilarity Ensues in Drug & the Dominos when they realize they have to punish one of their speakeasy waitresses for insubordination while trying to get around the fact that hitting women back then was something that you just didn't do. Luckily for them, Tick worms his way into the conversation and suggests a Traumatic Haircut, while Claire wonders to himself how they can possibly call themselves gangsters. To top it off, the haircut improved the woman's hairstyle.
- Youngest Child Wins: Firo believes that Luck, the youngest of the Gandor siblings, is the one best fit for running their family.
The oldest of the brothers, Keith is the head of the Gandor family. He strongly believes in using traditional mafia rules, as well as refusing to deal with drug dealing. Also has a tendency to go without speaking for long amounts of time. However, he seems to be quite talkative over the phone.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: During his fight against Maria in Drug & the Dominoes, Claire mocks her for taking pride in her status as an assassin and goes on to say that there's no point in clinging to Evil Virtues or believing in Honor Among Thieves. Anyone who disagrees with him can fight him over it. Keith takes him up on the offer, and becomes the only man to make Claire back down and apologize.
- Card Sharp: Keith cheats the hell out of poker. At least one of the decks he carries is composed of 52 jokers for this very purpose.
- Face of a Thug: "A man who, no matter how one looked at him, didn't seem like he did proper business."
- The Fettered: Operates by a number of rules. One of which is no drug running.
- Happily Married: To Kate. She's the only one who can break his silence.
- Perpetual Frowner: Which helps establish him as the serious, silent, stoic type and makes him seem even more intimidating.
- The Quiet One: Keith does not speak often, and even then he never says more than four or five words. The only person that can get him to say more than half a sentence is his wife, Kate — and even then, only very rarely. Kate, an accompanist for silent films until the advent of "talkies" put her out of work, describes Keith as being "just like a silent movie." The Daily Days waive their usual fee for information if a matter is so important as to cause Keith to speak, meaning his words have monetary value.
- The Stoic: Since he doesn't talk much, doesn't change expressions much and doesn't react too much to others he is very stoic.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Keith isn't exactly ugly - just intimidating and suspicious-looking - but Eve is nonetheless surprised to discover that his wife is fricking gorgeous, as well as willing to accept that her husband isn't running one of the most legitimate businesses.
- The Voiceless: In the anime, which doesn't include any of the very rare instances in which he speaks aloud.
The second oldest, Berga is more rough-and-tumble than his brothers and prefers to use his physical strength against opposing forces.
Although the youngest of the siblings, Luck does most of the talking and business for the family.
He's acquainted with Firo, leading the Gandors and Martillos to have good relations.
- Affably Evil: Luck is so fettered for a Mafia executive, and so generally likable and polite to everyone, that it's easy to forget that he would not hesitate to arrange a Fate Worse than Death for anyone who crosses him. —Although he would give his condolences to their family.
- Berserk Button: Laying a finger on any of Luck's subordinates is tantamount to assisted suicide.
- Big Damn Heroes: He comes to Firo's rescue in the 1930 arc, and to Eve's in Drug & the Dominos, rationalizing all the way.
- The Face: Keith doesn't talk much, and Berga isn't too bright, so Luck is the one who does the talking for the brothers.
- A Father to His Men: Luck is good friends with many of his subordinates, and tends to get very, very cross when people attack them — especially unprovoked. If you're lucky, he'll just beat you to death with a chair. If you're not...then you end up like Dallas Genoard.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Killed a guy with his own arm.
- Improbable Age: Luck's just about the same age as Firo, and has been shown to have been in an executive position of the Mafia for at least five years before that. The difference is that, while Firo clawed his way up from the bottom for his position, Luck landed his mostly due to family connection — a fact that he's painfully aware of.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Luck rationalizes his more heroic actions, even if the excuses only serve to convince himself. At the end of Drug & the Dominos, he finally admits that he's fooling himself, but feels he's gone too far to be redeemable.
- Jerkass Façade: According to Firo.
Firo: He definitely knows he's not cut out to be a Mafioso, so he persists in forcing himself, intentionally pretending to be a "ruthless person" to trick himself. But don't get me wrong, I don't really hate him for it...
- Just a Kid: In the light novels that reveal Luck's early teenage years in the Gandors' business.
- Karmic Death: What he gives to Dallas Genoard; see the latter's profile, under And I Must Scream.
- Man Wearing The Kingly Mask: Luck goes through great lengths to be taken seriously as a mafioso, both because he knows he's not naturally cut out to be that ruthless and out of a deep-seated fear that not being so could get him killed.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Luck would rather guile his way out of a situation than fight. However, when sufficiently motivated, he performs insane feats that'd make Chuck Norris's jaw drop — like, say, killing a man three times his size with his own severed arm...
- Nepotism: Luck didn't have an executive position in the mafia because he was great at it, but because his brothers were in charge.
- Papa Wolf: Never hurt any of Luck's men. If you do, and he ever finds you, you are fucked.
- Post-Victory Collapse: In Drug & The Dominos, Luck manages to take out Gustavo with a severed arm, reattach it, make a pithy Bond One-Liner, and even make sure the resident Ingenue hasn't been completely and utterly traumatized before he finally passes out from the pain.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In episode 6, he explains to Dallas Genoard what a waste of space the Gandors think he is.
- Shoot the Dog: In Drug & the Dominos, he kills Gustavo Baggetta after deliberately preventing Eve Genoard from doing so.
- Team Dad: After the Gandors acquire Maria. Keeping her in line is a lot like babysitting.
- Tranquil Fury: He scares Berga with his fury but he remains calm and polite the entire time.
- Tsurime Eyes: The novels call attention to it regularly; the most common description given of him is "fox-eyed."
- Younger than They Look: Luck's Improbable Age isn't immediately obvious because he doesn't look or act like he's under 20.
- Youngest Child Wins: Luck is both the youngest and most focused upon of the three Gandors, and also the one running the family business.
A young man working for the Gandors to take care of
their enemies. He was taken in by them as a child after his step-father sold him to pay off an overdue loan. Tick has a strangely chipper demeanor for his job, as well as constantly carrying around multiple pairs of scissors.
- Aloof Big Brother: His younger brother seems to have considered him one.
- The Barber: He's usually cutting flesh...
- Big Brother Instinct: Dallas gets a pair of scissors to his shoulder, his side, and his spine for threatening to throw Tack off a skyscraper.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Look at the picture.
- Creepy Child: He even weirded out Luck when they first met as kids.
- Dissonant Serenity: Chic is constantly smiling, no matter what he's doing.
- Extreme Doormat: Villainous version. He promises Luck he'll do anything to prove his worth to the Gandors. He'll also do anything that lets him use his scissors.
- Eyes Always Shut: Which make him appear constantly happy, suspicious and creepy at the same time.
- Holding Hands: With Maria, at the end of the 1933 novels.
- Leitmotif: A quirky and faintly creepy whistling theme accompanies his appearances in the anime.
- Parental Abandonment: His step-father sold him to the Gandor family in exchange of not being able to pay them back $1200. He doesn't mind, knowing that his dad will do okay with his younger brother.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He keeps his chipper child-like expressions and quirks even when he's he on the job.
- Shear Menace: Tick tends to forget he has his scissors in hand and they became part of his body.
- Smarter Than You Look: His step-father, his brother and even Tick himself consider him to be dumb; this isn't entirely true, Tick has shown that he is aware of his surroundings and situation. His interactions with young Luck and later with Maria proves this.
- Spell My Name with an S: Is it Chic or Tick? Is his brother's name Tock or Tack?
- Verbal Tic: He has a tendency to elongate words. "Uuum, Dad borrowed money from youuu. Then I've been sold to you as collaaateral for the debt, right? To Mr. Luuuck-"
Claire Stanfield/Felix Walken
"The power of immortality can do nothing for me. Because you see, there's no way I can possibly die."
Claire Stanfield, also known as Vino and the Rail Tracer
, is the little-known "fourth Gandor Brother" that decided to forgo the career in The Mafia
for one much, more ruthless. Claire is the
most effective assassin in America, known to strike anytime, anywhere, and with his only trace being the exceedingly bloody remains of his targets. He also has been rumored to have something of a warped sense of justice. Hope to God that you never end up violating it. Word of God
states that Claire Stanfield is the
strongest character in the entire Baccano!
series, tied only with Ronnie.
Did we mention that he's convinced that he's
- The Ace: Claire fits all the criteria as diversely and immensely skilled individual that is either well liked or well feared by others. Unsurprisingly, in the series' merchandise deck of playing cards, Claire is literally an ace—the Ace of Spades.
- Adorkable: When outside of his "Rail Tracer" mode as seen when asking Rachel for romantic advice.
- A God Am I: His philosophy is less "god complex" and more of an extreme form of solipsism: basically, instead of thinking himself as God and everyone else as mortals, he thinks that he is the only person who truly exists and that every other person and thing is just some illusion/show, so it is thus impossible for him to die. Whenever someone tries to disabuse him of this notion (that is, by killing him), they fail. Miserably.
- Amazon Chaser: He appreciates Chane's prowess with knives and purposes after seeing them.
- And This Is for...: Ladd's buddy Dune gets a particularly gruesome death - even as compared to Claire's other victims - after he gleefully admits to having killed Tony, the old man who mentored Claire in becoming a conductor.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV. He may be an assassin who works for criminals but he works for criminals to kill other criminals. He even has a code to never harm innocent people. It's ironic that one of the most brutal characters in the series is one of the most heroic, too.
- Case in point: During the Flying Pussyfoot incident, Ladd Russo and his white suit gang wanted to kill the passengers, the black suits and Chane planned a kidnapping (Chane didn't agree to this but still participated), Jacuzzi Splot's gang planned a robbery, Cezlaw planned to kill the innocent passengers, Rachel boarded the train without buying a ticket. The most heroic person was Claire Stanfield. What did he do? He was just doing his job as a conductor until the bad guys ruined the peace. After that, Claire killed most of the white suits and black suits, tortured Cezlaw, saved the "good customers" of the train, warned Jacuzzi... and asked Rachel for her ticket.
- Badass: The man manages to scare a two hundred year old immortal into running away screaming; by talking.
- Badass Grandpa: A conversation in one of the books set in 2002 indicates that Claire's spending his 90th entirely mortal year on a Caribbean treasure hunt for long-lost pirate treasure. Firo can't help but be annoyed at the unfairness of it all.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The conductor suit.
- Badass Longcoat: Default attire, when he's not wearing that blood-soaked conductor's uniform.
- Badass Normal: Claire has absolutely no use for the elixir of immortality, a point which he cheerfully uses as part of his effort to convince Chane to marry him. Books set at the later end of the timeline confirm that he never takes it and is still kicking ass at the age of ninety.
- Berserk Button: Claire really does not like it when people suggest that his talents are God-given, as this would imply there's something in the universe that has power over him. As far as he's concerned, any God that exists answers to him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite his unsavory career path and solipsism, Claire is an extremely likable, laid-back, and even sometimes goofy guy who gets along with anyone that can put up with his bizarre quirks. Unless you upset him, in which case he will hurt you in ways you didn't know were possible.note
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: When not on the job, Claire seems to be a flighty, overly energetic Cloudcuckoolander with a habit of proposing to women he barely knows. Granted, he's pretty kooky on the job too, but in a much more violently proactive way.
- The Butcher: His most common alias, "Vino", refers to his tendency to go so way overboard on the bloodshed that his crime scenes look they're drenched in red wine.
- Ceiling Cling/Wall Crawl: On the outside of a moving train, no less.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: The most severe case in the entire series; he outclasses everyone from humans to any other supernatural being, except Ronnie, in terms of pulling off the absurd.
- Anime — Kicking at ludicrous speeds, dodging bullets, effortlessly pulling a rope with 3 people hanging on the other end, on the top of a moving train no less. Able to swing around while holding other passengers including grinding them under train wheels without a bit of effort while also able to hold onto the side of the train himself.
- Novels — Parrying swords with scissors, parrying spears with two fingers, reading the trajectory of projectiles fired from behind him by looking at their reflection in the eyes of the opponent in front of him, and then catching said projectiles to fire them back. Tearing a security door off it's hinges with one hand (twisting like almost like play-dough), effortlessly holding a similarly sized opponent up with one hand like they're nothing.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Remember that redheaded train conductor in the second episode, and how it totally looked like he got the Red Shirt treatment just before all hell broke loose? Well...
- Circus Brat: Grew up as one. He gained his Charles Atlas Superpower on the highwire.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not as bad as, say, Isaac and Miria but he does tend to act like flighty oddball when off the job.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Claire Stanfield versus anybody except maybe Ronnie because Ronnie is a demon.
- Curtains Match the Window: Not the Rail Tracer kind. In a page spread for Another Junk Railroad, Claire literally has red eyes, the same shade as his hair. He also appears to have red eyes in some of his Rail Tracer scenes in the anime.
- Deus Exit Machina: Word of God states that Claire isn't allowed to have his own book because he could solo the entire Baccano! universe in less than thirty pages if properly motivated. Luckily, he's a rather flighty, irresponsible Wild Card, so he's easy to write both in and out of the story.
- Dodge the Bullet: On the Flying Pussyfoot.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Claire's back-up plan in case Chane didn't think anything of him when he finds her. Claire admits that he would make her love him even if it would take a long time for her to reciprocate. Luckily for him, Chane is a lot faster at reciprocating his feelings than Ennis is at reciprocating Firo's feelings.
- The Dreaded: Tied with Ronnie for the position of the most terrifying entity in New York.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Claire is like this with every woman ever, to the annoyance of his stepbrothers.
- Engaging Conversation: All the time. Chane's just the first person to (eventually) accept the proposal.
Claire: I just thought of something. If you and I marry, I will become Huey's son. Then I will be your family as well, so the problem will have disappeared. You can think of it as a joke if you will, but I'm serious. Unlike your "friends," I won't betray you. I won't try to obtain the secret of immortality from Huey either because I don't need something like that. Knowing that whether I am immortal or not, I won't die no matter what... That's what I believe, so keep silent and just believe me. I am a guy who will never die.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The fandom universally refers to the redheaded conductor that shows up in the second episode and credits as Young Conductor. It's eventually revealed that he does have a name — Claire Stanfield — but the reveal of it is so spoileriffic that people usually refer to Young Conductor and Claire as if they're entirely different people until The Reveal.
- Eye Scream: One of Claire's feats that did not make it into the anime was him gouging Spike's eyes off, right after the scene where Claire proposes to Chane and saves her from getting shot in the back by Spike.
- Fearless Fool: He's convinced that he's immortal so he does outrageous things.
- Finger Wag: Claire does this in the middle of episode 13.
- Five-Finger Fillet: Does this for fun with his own hand and Chic's scissors in ''Drug & Dominos".
- Gender-Blender Name: No wonder he goes by so many different nicknames. Turns out he was named after his grandfather—Claire was a masculine name before the 1900s. This is indirectly lampshaded in The Grand Punk Railroad by Isaac and Miria when discussing Frankenstein's monster (or, as Isaac calls him, "Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelly")
Miria: You're so smart, Isaac!... But isn't 'Mary' a girl's name?
Isaac: There are plenty of men out there with feminine names! Besides, there's no telling what kind of name a monster might have!.
- The Gift: Something he is loathe to have pointed out.
Claire: D'you really think that I just sat there and had this strength handed to me on a silver platter?"
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: As the Rail Tracer, supposedly a monster of the night.
- Happily Married: To Chane. They're still married when he's ninety.
- Heroines Want Redheads: Eventually Chane towards our show's resident Crazy Awesome Anti-Hero.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Christopher seemed to be fighting against Claire on equal grounds and they had a lengthy conversation during their bout; Claire taking care of his front while Chane watched his back against Liza, it looked like he needed help as Chris was enough of a problem to him. It turned out they weren’t. Claire prolonged the fight on a whim because he wanted to fight alongside Chane for as long as possible; as soon as Claire told her to leave and assist their friends, he overthrew Chris and Liza in an instant.
- I Have Many Names: Much to the annoyance of the Gandors, who have trouble keeping up with all of them. After the 1931 incident, he settles for the name "Felix Walken" and enforcing that no one may call him Claire ever again, except for Chane.
- Improvised Weapon: Claire isn't picky with what he uses to hurt people. Past examples include guns, knives, scissors, train tracks, his own teeth...
- Informed Ability:
- Claire is supposed to be a genius. The prologue for The Slash arc had Huey very interested in a rumor about a "red-haired kid adopted by The Gandors" who could assimilate any knowledge or ability properly taught to him fast. Because of this, Huey himself tried to recruit Claire for his purposes. Unfortunately for Huey this happened after Claire had already left for the Circus.
- Also his overall strength; Narita seems to be fond of placing Claire at an immensurable pedestal when asked just how strong Claire really is. In the 3rd book Narita says Claire is the strongest character in the series by far, and in The Verse he is comparable to Eldritch Abomination. In fact, Claire is often used as indicator of strength in the series by being compared to other characters, with them being weaker, comparable or an equal to him.
- Insane Troll Logic: Claire's theory as to why the world revolves around him is built upon this. Firo and the Gandors have long ago given up on trying to prove him wrong.
- Insufferable Genius: Claire will not let you forget that he is better than you.
Nick: Please, I'm beggin' you! Just havin' you on our side'd make us almost invincible!
Claire: Take out the "almost" part.
- Irony: Claire (as Felix) only allows Chane to still call him Claire. The irony of a mute woman being the only person in the world allowed to use such a "sacred" name has not gone unnoticed by other characters, although no one's been bold enough to comment on it to Claire's face.
Felix: Claire is the name of my soul. Only Chane's allowed to call me that. What part of that don't you understand?
- It's All About Me: Claire is literally convinced that the world revolves around him, much to the dismay of everyone around him.
- I Will Find You: Towards Chane after he's forced to separate from her. He eventually finds her in Episode 15.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: Katsumi Enami had varying colors for Claire's eyes during the Light Novels run.
- Keet: When off the job he is very upbeat and talkative.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: For anime fans the fact that the Young Conductor is Claire Stanfield is the ultimate spoiler for the series; it is revealed on the 9th episode of a 13 episode anime (sans the extras), so it should be discussed with caution. In Japan however, where the novels fared better than the anime, this is no big deal; the Rail Tracer is revealed in the 3rd book of a series that has surpassed more than a dozen of volumes and he is one of the most popular characters to boot, and since the reveal Claire has done too many notable things to be kept in secrecy on discussions.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Unthreatened or off the job, Claire tends to behave more like an energetic Cloudcuckoolander than a notoriously infamous assassin. Then he bites your fingers off.
- Lightning Bruiser: He has shown Super Strength and he is extremely fast; fast enough to dodge bullets. It's unknown how much damage he can take, but at one point, when he was holding back almost all of his strength against Christopher, he managed to get shot in the shoulder, and this did not slow him down at all. To Claire's credit, he has yet to face a foe who can even come close to damaging him if he doesn't want them to, and if he ever does, it looks like they would have to hit him quite a bit before he went down.
- Love at First Sight: Claire believes that when he first told Chane that he would save her, it was Love at First Sight for him. Granted, he thinks this for every cute girl he meets...
- Luminescent Blush: Has one when gushing over Chane at one point. It's weirdly adorable.
- The Mad Hatter: He knows he's nuts. He even lampshades it.
Rachel: (after Claire gushes about Chane) Y'know, this is the first time I've ever seen you as human...
Claire: (with an adorkable grin on his face) You didn't think I was human at first? That's okay, sometimes even I wonder!
- Madness Makeover: Covering himself in blood when he becomes the Rail Tracer.
- Make Sure He's Dead: Claire is very thorough with his kills to make absolutely sure there's no way his target couldn't be dead.
- Man Bites Man: Claire severs Czeslaw's fingers with his teeth on the Flying Pussyfoot.
- Meaningful Name: He soaks himself in his victims' blood, which is described as red as wine. "Vino" means "wine" in Italian.
- Meaningful Rename: To Felix Walken, since the legally dead Claire can't marry anyone.
- Mutilation Interrogation: To put it simply, there was a lot of blood and screaming. Not that, you know, the series was short on either blood or screaming.
- Not Named in Opening Credits: An interesting case: he goes unnamed in the credits, but still appears in them as a seemingly bit character.
- One-Man Army: The train contained two groups of a dozen or so armed thugs apiece. Claire slaughtered most of them singlehandedly with what seemed like very little effort, and still found time to torture Czeslaw for trying to get more innocent passengers killed, convince Ladd to throw himself off the train, save Isaac and Miria, and propose to Chane while covered in blood.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Although very brutal, Claire has a personal code of honor and reserves most of his horrors for the people who violate it in some way — for instance, by threatening the safety of the passengers of the Flying Pussyfoot while he's on the job as a conductor. He also rethinks his original plan to wait out Ladd and Chane's fight and kill the winner, instead siding with Chane after learning that she's opposed to the Lemures' plan, and he goes out of his way to save Isaac and Miria because they're good customers.
- Playing Against Type: Masakazu Morita is generally known for straight-up heroes like Tidus, Ichigo and Maeda Keiji, which are all rather different from Claire.
- Playing Card Motifs: Is associated with the Ace of Spades, the death card. Fitting for a top-ranked Professional Killer.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner/Shout-Out: When Claire decides to finally pull one out in Drug & the Dominos, he decides to make it count — by quoting the first spoken lines of dialog in the history of film.
- Professional Killer: A well known assassin.
- Reality Warper: Believes himself to be one and he just might be right...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Rail Tracer he resembles a red-eyed monster.
- Red-Headed AntiHero: What happens when you have a literal Red-Headed Stepchild as one of your "heroes".
- Red-Headed Stepchild: The literal redheaded stepchild of the Gandor family before running off to the circus.
- Red Herring Shirt: Masquerades as a Red Shirt up until The Reveal, at which point he cuts loose and instantly doubles the show's body count.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Claire goes on one after discovering that one of the white-suits killed his conductor buddy, Tony, starting with the murderer and extending to anyone who's vaguely associated with said murderer.
- Sacrificial Lamb: A subversion: He initially starts off as a textbook case — he shows up in both the OP and ED (though never quite as a named character), is voiced by a particularly well known seiyuu, gets a fair number of lines in his introductory episode, and finally gets unceremoniously killed off at the very end of episode 2. Then episode 9 rolls along and...
- Samus Is a Girl: Inverted.
Ennis: From what you're saying, I suppose Miss Claire must be a strong-willed, outgoing person.
Luck: ... Firo? Looks like you forgot to tell the lady something important.
- Serial Romeo: Claire's a bit too invested in the idea of Love at First Sight for his own good ("You proposed to a complete stranger again, didn't you?"). His dating strategy consists of falling madly in Love at First Sight with a random woman, proposing to them within their first conversation, getting rejected, and then quickly moving on to his next One True Love. Much to the Gandors' surprise, this eventually ends up working.
- Showy Invincible Hero: Only played straight in the novels. Claire has won every single fight he has been in, and by this trope's sake all of them with little to no effort at all, and exploited by being often the final and/or decisive battle of a particular arc. Lord may help any future villains if Narita ever drops Claire's resident status as the Wild Card and makes him pull the Let's Get Dangerous card for the first time ever.
Claire: When you’re fighting demons in those fairy tales, you’ll need the hero in fairy tales! In other words, me.
- Sixth Ranger: He would partially count for the Gandors, working for them at request, but Claire was always a Gandor by a technicality. The real example comes when he becomes Felix Walken. He swore loyalty towards Chane and extended it to Jacuzzi's gang, which Chane is part of.
- Slasher Smile: When he begins the torture, he flashes a brief one to show subtlely how much fun he's having.
- Stalker with a Crush: The Light Novel narration points that the measures he takes in order to pursue Chane would be known today as stalking. Rachel wat a bit unsettled to hear it then.
Rachel: I'm starting feel sorry for the girl he's in love with.
- Super Strength: Though not often demonstrated, The Slash: Bloody to Fair shows that he's capable of warping a steel door by simply pressing his hand against it.
- That Man Is Dead: Claire Stanfield is legally dead, as he was counted as one of the victims of the Pussyfoot massacre. He bought the Felix Walken name from the retired assassin to legally marry Chane without complications, and insists that people call him Felix Walken instead of Claire.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He makes a point of doing a 'thorough job' when killing someone.
- Torture Technician: Knows how to inflict pain in ways not even Fermet thought of in 100 years.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Claire's penchant for erratic name-changing leads to a situation where someone hires him to kill himself. He plays along. Violent hilarity ensues.
Claire: Those who are strong can afford to show compassion... and I am strong!
- The Unfettered: His only rule seems to be 'no hits on family members' but he'll pretend to for kicks.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Chane. They're Happily Married.
- Unscrupulous Hero: His moral code is quite heroic, if you put aside the fact he kills for a living and employs countless methods of torture.
- Vague Age: "Around twenty years old" in 1932, and "Around ninety years old" in 2002.
- Voice For The Voiceless: Despite Chane's muteness, Claire has managed to hold surprisingly long conversations with her, much to the confusion of onlookers. He's not sure how he does it either, and just chalks it up to The Power of Love.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: While covered in blood and standing on top of a speeding train too.
- Walking Spoiler: It's really hard to talk about the series without revealing that he is the young conductor and the Rail Tracer.
- What a Drag: Inflicts this on various mooks (and Czeslaw) in 1931, off the back of a train no less.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: While Clair was an unpopular boy's name at the time he was born, Claire was a significantly more popular girl's name at the time of the series proper. The Grand Punk Station: Express Episode notes his annoyance with this.
- Wild Card: The only loyalties he has are towards the Gandors, Chane and by proxy Jacuzzi's Gang — and he's even willing to dick around with the former for shits and giggles. Luck still doesn't like to rely on him that much. Claire is too much of a Wild Card that Luck deliberately refuses many of Claire's offerings for help, claiming that it would make their henchmen useless and lazy to do anything.
- World's Strongest Man: Canon and Word of God contained in Narita Saikyou Q&A confirms that Claire is the strongest characters in his home series and one of the top five in The Verse. The other four are: Shizuo Heiwajima and Ronnie rivaling him at 3rd place; Hawking from Vamp, who is essentially a black hole fond of leaping through the universe; and No.37564 "Mob Combatant" from Hariyama-san, Center of the World, a Mook who went From Nobody to Nightmare, topping all of them simply because Narita made "strongest man in the history of time" the basis for his character.
- Would Hit a Girl: Claire Stanfield supports gender equality.
The Russo family and associates
Ladd Russo is a man of few wants. He likes to talk a lot and he likes to kill a lot, and anything beyond that is superfluous. He works as the hitman of the Russo family because they figured that if they had
to deal with his constant homicidal tendencies anyway, they might as well put them to good use. Even the regular opportunities for gratuitous slaughter are sometimes not enough for him, and he has to go search for his own means of bloody amusement. Hijacking the Flying Pussyfoot
, for example...
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He's not "ugly" per se, but he's very Bishōnen in the manga whereas in the anime and the light novels...Look at the picture above and compare it to this.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Or just Lua. Although Caitlin Glass (Miria's VA) also admits some Perverse Sexual Lust for him on the DVD Commentary.
- Artificial Limbs: Gets one before his stay in Alcatraz in the Alice in Jails arc.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Ladd shows off his love for Lua — in his own psychotic, demented way— during his Life or Limb Decision to save her.
- Ax-Crazy: He gets called on it by his uncle but he just takes it as a compliment.
- Badass: He's the go-to hitman for Russo family.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wouldn't think of getting his sick kicks without doing so in style.
- Badass Normal: In a world of immortals and people with Super Strength and super reflexes, he still manages to be one of the most dangerous characters.
- Beast and Beauty: With Lua. Ladd being Ladd, love is usually professed through gratuitous death threats.
- Bishounen: In the manga, he seems to be much more than in the show and novels where he is closer to a rougher image.
- Bi the Way: In the game, you can make him marry Claire. He admits that he still loves Lua, but not as much as Claire.
- Averted in the books, where he specifies that he only likes women after meeting someone similar to Lua.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Averted. While he is both blonde and monstrously violent, he is rivaled by someone with brown hair (Ferment) and red hair (Claire).
- Blood Knight: Of all the characters, he loves violence the most.
- Break the Haughty: Invoking this trope is his forte; he hates the arrogant. When people try it on him, he just takes it in stride.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He takes pride in being a mafia family's greatest assassin.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His seemingly one and only rule is that he only likes killing people who don't think they will ever die. This is why he spared Graham's life when the two fought; Graham had given up and said Ladd was free to kill him, which ruined all of Ladd's fun. This is because he detests the arrogant.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He spared his uncle because they were family.
- Averted in the novels, where he spared his uncle simply because it's best to enjoy killing on "an empty stomach." Also averted in the manga where he goes back in and kills his uncle anyway.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Headshotting ten-year-olds is hilarious, amirite?
- Expy: More than one viewer has compared him to The Joker.
- For the Evulz: All the killing, maiming, and other assorted horrible deeds that Ladd gets up to are generally because of this and nothing more.
- Freudian Excuse: Inverted. Ladd was a homicidal lunatic to begin with, but the death of his first girlfriend Leila limited his range of targets to people who don't believe they can be killed.
- I Call It Vera: in the novels and manga, his shotgun is named "Blasty"
- Implausible Deniability: Ladd Russo always pleads self defense to his murders or assaults, even when he commits them right in front of the guards. In his defense, he doesn't really seem to think they'll buy it.
- Incoming Ham: "THANK YOU! FUCK YOU! THE STAR IS HERE!" All while posing and flailing dramatically.
- Insult Backfire: "Your attempts at flattery are so ham-handed..."
- Kick Them While They Are Down: ''47'' times.
- Knife Nut: Along with a shotgun and his bare fists, knives seems to be one of his preferred weapons.
- Lady and Knight: A very weird example with Lua. Ladd has traits of the white knight (attraction to Lua because of her gentle personality, protects her at the cost of his arm and is engaged to her) but he doesn't wants anyone to kill her because he wants to be the one to do it.
- Large Ham: From his shouting, to his shooting, to punching someone while listing famous american boxers, his presence is huge.
- Laughably Evil: He's very energetic and hammy, so he's still somewhat likable even when he's dancing on someone's corpse.
- Life or Limb Decision: Ladd sacrifices his left arm in preventing Claire from killing Lua.
- Made of Iron: He punches a rail post so hard that it (and his arm) explodes. In a flashback, he takes a high-speed wrench to the gut without flinching.
- Man in White: Invokes the trope because white looks the most appealing when covered in blood.
- Mask of Sanity: Bizarrely enough, Ladd is capable of acting as if he's completely and perfectly sane for long periods of time - he served as a model prisoner for two years until he discovered that he could get himself transferred to Alcatraz (and thus closer to his target, Huey), if he fell back on his usual antics.
- Motor Mouth: While not quite so bad as Graham, he still talks more than anyone else in the anime and gets very passionate.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ladd's specialty is to beat someone to pulp and then kill them.
- Odd Friendship:
- During Alice in Jails, he forms a good friendship with Firo and Isaac, of all people.
- Along with his childhood friend Who.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Both to Lua and Graham. It's his sick little way of showing his love.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In the novels, Lua speaks out when he doesn't kill his uncle, saying it's "unlike him." Of course, it turns out he had his own sick reason behind it, but if something's enough of an issue for Lua to speak out, it's probably a big deal.
- Playing Against Type: In English, Ladd Russo's voice actor Brian Massey is... Oolong the pig? No seriously, he is.
- Psycho for Hire: Ladd's an interesting variation in that he gets work because he's the nephew of the head of the Russo family.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Can get pretty child-like in his homicidal glee, and is usually shown skipping, babbling excitedly, dancing in pools of blood, or any combination of the three.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Ladd finds murder to be very entertaining.
- Slasher Smile: As a hammy pyschopath this is his default expression.
- Sociopathic Hero: He's a sadistic gangster hitman but the lemures are a Kill 'em All terrorist cult.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: His first girlfriend Leila was from the family of an influential politician. Ladd is the nephew of the Russo Family boss. She was killed during elopement.
- Villain Protagonist: Everyone is technically a protagonist but he serves this role to Claire on the Flying Pussyfoot.
- White Shirt of Death: The Plan was to get it splattered with other people's blood. That didn't work out too well.
- Would Kill A Child: Ladd blows off a $10,000 job just to demonstrate that, yes, he would hurt a child.
You're just so
sure I'm not going to do this * BOOM*
- Would Hit a Girl: Leeza would have learned the hard way, if not for Firo's intervention.
- Younger Than He Looks:
- His looks and voice (either in Japanese or English) doesn't make one realize that he just turned 25 years old.
- Averted in the manga, where he really does look twenty-five (if not a bit younger).
- You Will Be Spared: "I'll kill you last" is Ladd's way of telling you he likes you.
Ladd's fiancee, a soft-spoken and docile Death Seeker
. Ladd has promised to kill her after he's killed everyone else, being uninterested in killing people who want to die.
- Beast and Beauty: Look at her fiance, and then at her.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both are a soft brown; like her. The anime changes her eyes to green.
- Dissonant Serenity: Never appears to be bothered by her lover's carnage but she looks a bit disgusted when Ladd starts messing with Dune's corpse.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: The novels emphasize that despite her beauty, there is absolutely no life in her eyes. The only time she looks "alive" is when she's trying to save Ladd from the Rail Tracer.
- Hidden Depths:
- In the novels she seems to understand Ladd's emotional dependency on her and stays around because she loves him.
- She's also implied to be implacable and quite intelligent, since she can put together several hundred pieces of blank puzzles at once.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: The novels clarify that "suicide is a foolish option for her," for whatever reason.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: At one point Ladd brags about how many people he's going to kill while tightening his fist as though he's strangling someone. Lua's response? To stare at his fist with an enormous grin on her face.
- Lady and Knight: A very weird example with Ladd. Lua would be a Bright Lady (beauty, innocence, emotional support for her knight) if she weren't looking forward to being killed by him.
- Mad Love: To her and Ladd, "I'll kill you last" means "I love you."
- Meaningful Name: Her last name, at least, means "small" in Dutch and German, which is a good indicator of her personality and her frame.
- Morality Pet: While she's in the near-perfect position to be the morality pet, she serves to underscore Ladd's crazy rather than cull it. Ladd sacrifices his arm to save her.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Towards her ax crazy finance.
- The Quiet One: In contrast to her lover, she rarely speaks and it's always in a soft voice. The only time she raises her voice is when she's trying to tell Ladd to run from the Rail Tracer.
- Rapunzel Hair: To better resemble a regal beauty.
- Spell My Name with an S: Mostly averted, because the opening theme reveals her name as "Lua Klein." There is still some confusion however, and some fansubbers have called her "Rua."
- Spider-Sense: Mild version. In the novels, Ladd claims that Lua's intuition had saved him from death multiple times. Unfortunately for him, Lua warns him of danger just as she is climbing onto the roof of the Flying Pussyfoot.
- Woman in White: She wears a white evening gown during the Flying Pussyfoot incident to match her fiance's suit.
One of Ladd's loyal underlings. After being defeated by Ladd in battle, Graham decided to follow him. His favored weapon is a gigantic wrench, and he had the uncanny ability to strip cars down to nuts and bolts in mere seconds. Also, he never stops talking
- Affably Evil: Oddly polite, even at his most psychotic.
- Amazon Chaser: He appreciates Chane's prowess with knives.
- Ambiguously Gay: Some fans suspect this might be the case, mainly because of his fanboying of Ladd and his disrespect for other men's personal space◊. He also seems to really like Jacuzzi.
Graham: [to Jacuzzi] I like you. You can use this warehouse any time you want. It's my property. Later! Let's meet again someday. When that annoying redhead isn't there, that is.
- He also comments that Firo has a "cute face".
- Ax-Crazy: Rivals Ladd's. While he'll never kill, he's as likely to dislocate all of your bones as Ladd is to shoot you.
- Badass: Claire commented that he was stronger than Ladd (although Graham denied this). Whether he is or not, Graham easily took down the Lamia and later held his own against Christopher.
- Bi the Way/Depraved Bisexual:
- Probably. Graham's bromantic fanboying of Ladd — and liking Jacuzzi — certainly says much, but he also stated that he prefers older women. Also, his "first love" was his sister. He briefly takes a liking to Chane, but it has probably has more to do with Chane being a Worthy Opponent and Graham having a In Love with Your Carnage moment while they were fighting. note
- In the light novels, he briefly falls in love with Huey's homunculus, Sickle.
- Bishōnen: He looks like a J-rocker.
- Brother-Sister Incest: A line in the novels say that Graham's "first love" was his sister. No other information has been released about her yet. This has lead fans to speculate that Graham may be bisexual.
- Catch Phrase: "Let's make a sad, sad story..." is the most common. Graham's rants tend to fixate on certain topics and all have their own special catchphrases.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Possibly the most extreme example after Claire in that he can use his wrench to smash a ten-foot-wide crater, deflect bullets, and even take apart a car in seconds. In fact, he's so good at taking things apart that his default fighting style is to grab an opponent's joints with his wrench and dislocate them, and he can do this with ease.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: His default expression, although it oftentimes turns into a Slasher Smile.
- Chewing the Scenery: This guy doesn't have a 'low key' mode.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Chris Patton: The DVD Commentary notes that this is just "a very Chris Patton kind of role."
- Defeat Means Friendship: How did Ladd Russo become his bestest friend in the whole wide world? By kicking his ass.
- Fanboy: # 1 fanboy of Ladd Russo and proud of it.
- Fetish: For disassembling or just flat out breaking stuff.
- Gratuitous English: In the Japanese dub. LAVU AND PEEEEEEES!
- Graham is convinced that Ladd is the second coming of Christ.
- He idolizes Raz Smith and Elmer C. Albatross as well, but Ladd will always be his number one hero.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Let us reiterate: Hero Worships Ladd Russo (among many others, too).
- Implausible Fencing Powers: A monkey wrench he can use to catch shotgun bullets.
- Improbable Hairstyle: As the cast commentary notes, there is no way to justify how Graham — a loony mechanic living in the 1930s — is capable of maintaining that J-rocker haircut of his.
- Improbable Weapon User: A monkey wrench
- Insane Troll Logic: Not very noticeable in the anime where he only demonstrates his extreme bipolar tendencies, but prone to it during some of his longer rants in the novels.
- Keet: He's almost always doing something very active onscreen, usually either running, dancing or jumping around and babbling nonstop.
- Large Ham: You know he never stops talking? He never talks quietly either and he tends to be constantly moving and breaking things while monologuing.
- Laughably Evil: Even moreso than Ladd, due to how utterly random he is.
- Let's Get Dangerous: He shares one of these moments with Christopher in the Light Novels. Neither of them like killing, which forces them to constantly hold back, but when they come face to face with a small army of half-immortals, they let loose because it's impossible for them to kill any of their opponents, no matter how brutally they fight. Needless to say, they won that one.
- Likes Older Women: This is his claim.
Graham: Kidnapping a growing woman is exciting in itself, but unfortunately, I am into older women!
- Mad Artist: Graham thinks taking apart things - and people - is a beautiful goal in life.
- Made of Iron: Survives his battle with Ladd. He also fights and defeats Christopher, one of Lamia's best fighters.
- Moment Killer: He tries to kill the moment for Claire. Claire doesn't let him.
- Mood-Swinger: Rapidly cycles from one emotion to another and always expressing it in its extreme.
- Motor Mouth: Damn near to the point of full out schizophasia.
- Noble Top Enforcer: He's still as nuts as Ladd, he can even be selfish at times, and he really enjoys "dismantling" anybody who pisses him off (read: dislocating every joint in their bodies), but his thing is he never kills. Unlike Ladd, he doesn't enjoy it one bit, and actually feels extremely guilty about it afterwards. He's also noted to be very quick to help any of his friends.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He likes getting in people's space.
- Peek-a-Bangs: See page image.
- The Philosopher: One who changes his philosophy as it suits him but nonetheless.
- Playing Against Type: His Japanese voice actor is Tomokazu Sugita. That would be Kyon and Yuuichi for those in the know, and Graham is about as far from those as you can get.
- The Rival: To Christopher as of 1935.
- Talkative Loon: Graham loves to talk and keeping track of his rants is a feat.
- Technical Pacifist: Graham's not a pacifist by any means, but he'll never kill anyone because it makes him feel guilty afterwards.
- Warrior Poet: We have no idea what the hell he's saying, but it sounds poetic...
- "Time spent in boredom is good." This, following a long rant about "DEATH TO TEDIUM". True wisdom, Graham.
- Wrench Whack: Graham engages in a more refined form of this: instead of just whaling on people, he grabs their joints with a wrench and dislocates them.
Shaft aka Sham
That one guy whose personal space Graham invades in the anime.◊
He plays a slightly
bigger part in the novels. He's revealed to be a vessel of Sham, one of Huey's homunculi.
Jacuzzi and Nice's gang
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Sanguine: Nick- An friendly enough guy who tends to be in charge of crowd control.
- Choleric: Nice- The Hot-Blooded explosives expert who loves her job a bit too much.
- Melancholic: Jacuzzi- The panicky, shy, Crybaby "leader" who will do whatever it takes to protect or avenge his friends or those around him.
- Phlegmatic: Donny- The silent and calm Big Guy of the group who acts as the muscle.
- Leukine: Chane- A new member who is hard to read and is very effective in hand-to-hand combat.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Led by a Nervous Wreck crybaby and his Mad Bomber girlfriend, and their ranks consist of immigrants expelled from their own communities, delinquents, and general outcasts. The narration also tends to describe the group as one.
How he reacts to everything.
Nice's long-time boyfriend and co-leader. Jacuzzi may look
like a sniveling, hopeless coward, but that's only because he is
a sniveling, hopeless coward...most
of the time. It's not a good idea to piss him off, or else you might find out just why the Russo family has such a high bounty on his head
- Adorkable: He's cute, awkward and cries a lot.
- All-Loving Hero: Jaccuzi makes a point of trying to be nice to anyone and everyone he meets, provided they're not looking to hurt his friends.
- Apologises a Lot: Jacuzzi offers apologies for things including being run into and introducing himself.
- Awesome McCoolname: Only a badass can make this name cool and Jacuzzi certainly delivers.
- Badass Adorable: Jacuzzi's a timid, adorkable, baby-faced teenager who can out-badass many of the badasses in a World of Badass.
- Badass Normal: He's not immortal, he doesn't have Charles Atlas Superpower, he's just a kid.
- Badass on Paper: He's The Leader of a gang of bootleggers, destroyed 18 Russo Family speakeasies in a single night, survived the Pussyfoot Train incident that included fighting with a single, tiny bomb against someone with a flamethrower, stood up to Ladd Russo, willingly confronted Claire, sacrificed himself to protect someone from being harmed, and has a sword tattoo on his face. He's also a timid Shrinking Violet who cries all the time, not the least bit physically intimidating, has no special skills, and one of the nicest characters in the entire cast.
- Berserker Tears: He cries
even especially while kicking ass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The reason he has a bounty on his head.
- Chastity Couple: Even though they've effectively been "together" for ten years, Jacuzzi doesn't kiss Nice until he goes to drive the Lemures off the train and thinks he might not be coming back.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Nice. In the anime we see a heartwarming flashback.
- Cowardly Lion: While capable of outstanding bravery when needed, he is incredibly awkward around people he doesn't know and is easily scared by everything to the point of tears otherwise. The title of episode five sums it up - "Jacuzzi Splot Cries, Gets Scared, And Musters Reckless Valor".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don't fuck with this kid! He looks like a crybaby (and he is) but he earned that bounty on his head.
- Distinguishing Mark: The sword tattoo on his face.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Jacuzzi treats his facial tattoo like one. If you're wondering why Jacuzzi of all people would get a ginormous tattoo on his face, it does get addressed.
- Expecting Someone Taller: This guy robbed eighteen Mafia owned speakeasies? In one night!?
- Fail O Sucky Name: Don't let it fool you; he's much more dangerous than his name implies.
- Foreign Sounding Gibberish: His name in a nutshell. Not the only one, as you may have noticed, but certainly the most amusing example.
- Fragile Flower: The other party doesn't have to do anything; he'll cry just introducing himself.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Tends to beat himself up over every mistake, including ones that weren't his.
- Let's Get Dangerous: "Jacuzzi Splot Cries, Gets Scared and Musters Reckless Valor."
- Magnetic Hero: There's a reason he's co-leader.
- Martyr Without a Cause: Has demonstrated this tendency on a relatively regular basis. For example — attempting to turn himself in to Graham in return for Chane's safety, even though he's known her for mere hours at most.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Shy timid Boy to Nice's Masculine outgoing aggressive Girl.
- Nervous Wreck: He's wracked with nerves whether he's meeting someone new or confronting a guy with a flame thrower.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest, but also one of the most dangerous.
- Not So Weak: Part of the reason the Lemures failed; they underestimated him.
- Older Than He Looks: While the disparity between apparent age versus real age starts off small (maybe a year or two), Jacuzzi's boyishness persists over the course of the series. By Alice in Jails he's in his early twenties, but still looks like he's in his mid-teens. note
- One-Man Army: Once again, he raided eighteen Russo speakeasies single handedly, in a single night.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Unfortunately for his enemies, this is his battle cry.
- She Will Not Cry, so I Cry for Her: Towards Nice after that incident with explosions that left her scared.
- Shrinking Violet: Shy, awkward, timid. It's why no one takes him seriously.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Jaccuzi once broke down crying trying to introduce himself, but crippling social anxiety doesn't prevent him from single-handedly raiding eighteen mafia-run speakeasies in one night.
- Tattooed Crook: A sword over his face makes it easy for bounty hunters to ID him.
- Turn the Other Cheek: If he's threatened, he'll willingly take the beating. If others are being threatened, he'll insist on taking their beating for them with very little consideration for who they are.
- Unfortunate Names: Jacuzzi Splot. Jacuzzi Splot! JACUZZI! SPLOT!
Burn scars have never looked this good.
One of two leaders of a small-time gang of delinquents and rum-runners. Nice's highly apparent scars hint at her sometimes dangerous fondness for explosions and by fondness, we mean full-blown fetish. Best not to let this girl near a lighter.
- Awesome McCoolname: Compared to Jacuzzi Splot.
- Cargo Ship: In-universe. Nice really likes explosives. Yes, in that way.
- Chastity Couple: Even though they've effectively been "together" for ten years, she and Jacuzzi had never kissed before he goes to drive the Lemures off the train and thinks he might not be coming back.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Jacuzzi. In a flashback, they have a heartwarming scene.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts this way towards most of Jacuzzi's gang.
- Eyepatch of Power: She hides a bomb in it.
- Eye Scream: That explosives fetish of hers has caused problems in the past...
- Fetish: For explosions.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Anti-Hero scars.
- Mad Bomber: Did we mention she likes to see things go boom? Because she really likes to see things go boom, fire safety be damned.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The impulsive crazy Masculine Girl to Jacuzzi's nervous but calmer Feminine Boy.
- Ms. Fanservice: The straightest example in the series. Jacuzzi's a lucky dog.
- Scars Are Forever: After her disastrous experiments with explosives as a child.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: On occasion when she's feeling more explosive than usual.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Men don't come nicer than Jacuzzi.
- Specs of Awesome: Has a nice looking pair of glasses in addition to being an awesome explosives expert, even though she only has one eye and she needs to take them off to access her emergency "eye bomb".
- Stuff Blowing Up: If she's in a scene then an explosion will be too.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Stabbed a mook in the head with a knife and left a bomb attached to the hilt.
- There Was a Door: Nice does not care if your door was already open — she will blow it up anyway. This is Lampshaded by Donny and Nick in Episode 15:
Donny: Nice, the place was open. Why'd you blow it up?
Nick: Now Donny, what kind of question is that? The boss likes to blow stuff up.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Have we mentioned she likes explosives?
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She becomes tomboy to Chane's Girly Girl once Chane falls in with the gang because of her masculine outfit and explosions.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her actions, attitude, and appearance she still has her "girly" moments.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Keeps bombs there too, naturally.
Gangmember: Precisely where around her chest did she get it from?"
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Hurt Jacuzzi, and she'll give you a bomb. Fortunately for you, really hurting Jacuzzi is very, very difficult.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Everything can be solved through the liberal application of explosives.
He's every bit as tough as he looks.
Originally from Mexico, Donny traveled by himself to the US. As a member of Jacuzzi and Nice's gang, he's responsible for taking out anyone who threatens the gang.
A member of Jacuzzi's gang. Nothing is known about Chaini aside from her infamous Hyahah~
moments. It's unknown if she's greeting
anyone like it appears in the dub, or if it is just one of her tics
The Genoard family
A young lady on the lookout for her older brother, Dallas, after he disappeared from the Genoard household two years beforehand after her family was robbed of their money by a pair of thieves.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Once she learns that Gustavo murdered her father and brother in Drug & the Dominos, Eve loses all semblance of her ingenue status and immediately tries to blow off his head with a discarded revolver. The only thing that stops her is Luck deliberately taking the bullet and finishing off the guy himself.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her average brown eyes match her plain but pretty brown hair.
- Damsel out of Distress: A lady who escapes her kidnappers and doesn't hesitate to avenge her father. She may not know about the family business, but she has the same iron will.
- The Ingenue: A sweet and polite young lady. Trying to use her for his own ends gets Nick into trouble with Claire. Subverted in Drug & the Dominos — see Beware the Nice Ones and Not So Different.
- Lonely Rich Kid: It's implied that her older brother is her only friend. When Issac and Miria stop by, the house is empty except for her and a few servants.
- Mafia Princess: She believes her family makes most of its money from textiles.
- Morality Pet: To Dallas because she is the only person he's not an absolute jerkass to. Once he finally sticks around at home, she helps reform him.
- Not So Different: After trying to call Luck out for what he did to Dallas, Eve realizes that she can be just as remorselessly vengeful as he. This happens when she responds to the discovery that Gustavo murdered her father and oldest brother by trying to blow his head off. She admits as much, and apologizes to Luck for her previous words, just before pulling the trigger.
- Oblivious Younger Sibling: She has no idea what Dallas is up to when he's not home.
- This Is Unforgivable: In Drug & the Dominos after Gustavo Baggetta brags that he killed her father and oldest brother. See Beware the Nice Ones.
He's an asshole. This is the truth.
Eve Genoard's missing brother and grade-A asshole. Spent most of his time picking fights, pissing away money on booze, and generally being a dick. The one chink in his armor is his sister Eve, of whom he is protective
- And I Must Scream: Since they can't be killed by any normal means, Luck resorts to stuffing Dallas and his friends in barrels filled with cement and dumping them in the Hudson river, where their Healing Factors keep them constantly drowning to death. However, their incomplete version of the elixir means they would have eventually died of old age, and a couple years later Luck lets Eve drudge them out as long as they don't mess with the Gandors anymore.
- Asshole Victim: If he weren't an asshole, the audience might feel bad for the crap that happens to him.
- Big Brother Instinct: He slugs a fellow for suggesting they use his sister for money but, as with everything else he does, he fails at acting on it.
- Butt Monkey: Dallas gets kicked around by everyone. Given what kind of person he is, we might enjoy it.
- Cement Shoes: Luck does this to him for crossing the Gandors and Martillo families.
- Eviler than Thou: He's terrified of Szilard after he devours one of his partners. The only reason he's working for him is because Szilard promised him money.
- Healing Factor: Dallas is an "incomplete" immortal, meaning he'll recover from any sort of physical harm, but still ages naturally.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: High on the "ineffectual", low on the "sympathetic."
- Iron Buttmonkey: Dallas when his deaths are Played for Laughs. It's justified in that he is immortal.
- Jerk Ass: He's rude, arrogant, bullies people weaker than him, and seeks revenge for self-inflicted slights. However, once he is pulled out of the river in The Slash and finally returned to Eve, he turns over a new leaf and becomes a beloved philanthropist.
- Kick the Dog: Dallas has many of these which is why he gets his ass kicked so often.
- Living MacGuffin: In Drugs & the Dominoes/the 1932 arc, though it's debatable if someone in a state of perpetual drowning can really be considered "living".
- Out-Gambitted: After murdering some of the Gandors' men, Dallas figures he can pin it on that Street Urchin that kicked his ass earlier that day — two birds with one stone, right? Not when said Street Urchin is Luck Gandor's childhood friend, you can't.
- Pet the Dog: His only redeeming quality is his affection and protectiveness of his little sister, Eve.
- Smug Snake: His ego far exceeding his ability and sense is what gets him in trouble time after time.
- Straw Loser: When you get right down to it, half of his purpose in the story is to suck at everything and make the Gandor family members look good.
- Unknown Rival: Ever since their fight, and especially since being fished out of the river by the Larvae, Dallas considers Firo to be his arch-nemesis and the root of all that is bad in the world. Firo, on the other hand, considers him an annoying dick.
- With Great Power Comes Great Asshattery: Though he doesn't go crazy, Dallas does turn his Jerkass behavior up to eleven once he realizes he can't be killed for it.
The Runorata Family and Associates
The Don of the Runorata Family.
- The Chessmaster: This is why he is the leader of the Runorata family.
- The Don: Head of the Runorata family.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bartolo has designated the Martillo Family off-limits to his men because he is from the same town as Don Molsa Martillo.
- Immortality Seeker: His motive for seeking Dallas out.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Gustavo.
- Shoot the Dangerous Minion: Bartolo sets Gustavo Bagetta up against the Gandor Family in order to get rid of him after Gustavo becomes more trouble than he's worth. In the anime, Don Bartolo blows Gustavo away personally as a gesture of good faith to Eve Genoard; in the Light Novels, Luck Gandor does the honors, but not before pointing out to Gustavo that Don Bartolo is aware of his shenanigans and will be glad to be rid of him.
- You Have Failed Me: In the anime, he executes Gustavo for this reason and to patch his relationship with Eve's family.
- The Brute: He's muscle for Bartolo and nothing more.
- Death by Adaptation: In the anime, he is unceremoniously shot and killed by Bartolo Runorata. In the novels, Gustavo is beaten by Luck and stabbed in the neck with Luck's severed arm, but survives… only to go to jail and get trounced by Ladd.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not much good for anything other than shouting and shooting.
The Beriam family and associates
A US Senator. His wife and daughter were passengers on the Flying Pussyfoot and were taken as hostages to force Manfred use his political power to free Huey from prison. He does not comply
. In the anime, Beriam's main goal seems to be becoming immortal, for which purpose he and Don Runorata hope to find and experiment on Dallas
. In the novels, he wants to destroy all immortals
for reasons unknown, possibly in cooperation with the Nebula corporation
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In the anime Beriam seems very uncaring towards his family, even when they were safely rescued. In the novels he wonders why Rachel didn't like receiving his reward money. His wife calls him on it, saying that he should be happy to have his family back in one piece. Manfred thinks about it for a moment, and he does feel happy as he sees his daughter smiling.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: At least is a morally ambiguous Politian though much more evil in the novels.
- Fantastic Racism: In the books, he hates all immortals for unknown reasons aside from being a proud human himself.
- The Stoic: Nothing that passes through his mind seems to move the muscles of his face, not even his family being held hostage.
- The Unfettered: He doesn't care who may get hurt by his actions or choices, even if it's his own family on the line.
- Villain with Good Publicity: A corrupt senator who is in cahoots with the mafia. In the anime, he shows no concern for his family's well-being.
Manfred's wife and a passenger on the Flying Pussyfoot. When the train is hijacked, the Lemures
take her and Mary hostage in the hopes of persuading the Senator to arrange Huey's release.
Manfred and Natalie's daughter. Taken hostage along with her mother.
- Distressed Damsel: With her mother.
- Morality Pet: For Czes in the novel, where he decides to not hand her over to the white suits because he didn't want to betray a child like he was betrayed by Fermet.
- Satellite Character: Just like her mother.
Immortals and related characters
One of the original immortals on the Advena Avis.
He fights with Maiza over whether or not to share the secret of immortality with the world at large, and after Maiza and the others reject his plans, he murders several of them and escapes with half the formula for the immortality elixir. Since then, he's experimented to try and recreate the entire elixir. He's also dabbled in creating Homunculi, including his current servant, Ennis.
- Above Good and Evil: Would argue this in the name of science but it's really bull because he's just a ghost-memories junkie.
- Arch-Enemy: To Maiza because the events on the Advena Avis set them against each other.
- Arc Villain: For the Rolling Bootlegs/1930's arc, he's the main villain.
- The Assimilator: He's spent the last two hundred years hunting down other members of the 1711 group so he can devour them and absorb everything they have. He gets devoured by Firo after having fire burning on his head.
- Badass Grandpa: The old man can take machine gun fire without flinching.
- Elderly Immortal: Among the 1711 immortals, he was already old.
- Evil Old Folks: Lampshaded. Szilard mentions that he actively mistrusts anyone younger than himself. Ennis points out that this means everyone.
- Evil Plan: Driven to acquire the "Finished Product"/complete elixir. This is the catalyst for everything in in the 1930 storyline.
- Eviler than Thou: The terrified look on Dallas' face when Szilard devours one of his partners says it all.
- Feel No Pain: In the novels, he is stated to have alchemically modified his body so that he does not feel pain.
- For Science!: According to him, this is his motivation for everything he does, although in truth he's just as driven by straight power-madness and a personal grudge against Maiza.
- From a Single Cell: Like all immortals.
- Ghost Memory: He has more ghost memories than legitimately acquired memories. The same can be said of Firo once he devours Szilard.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Szilard is killed when his creation, Ennis, teaches Firo (granted immortality by an elixir Szilard sponsored the creation of) the method of killing other immortals — meaning that Szilard is destroyed by two of his own creations working together. All of which only happens after he gets run over by his own car.
- I Control My Minions Through...: fear and the promise of immortality.
- Identical Grandson: His several-greats grandson in the 2001 novel looks a lot like him.◊
- I'm a Humanitarian: Technically speaking "consuming" immortals isn't quite cannibalism, but he has once commented that he enjoys the taste of spinal fluid.
- Implacable Man: "Maiza... why is that old guy still standing?" Said after Szilard gets hit with enough Tommygun ammo to reduce his surroundings to matchwood. He barely flinches.
- Mad Scientist: Originally he was a garden variety scientist, but then he started eating his fellow immortals.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly to Leó Szilárd, Hungarian physicist who patented the concept of a nuclear reactor with Enrico Fermi.
- Omniscience: His goal, if the fact that he was researching "true" homunculi which would be omniscient at the price of being confined to a bottle is anything to go by.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Why does Szilard prefer to have not hit Isaac and Miria with a car? Only because running over random pedestrians attracts attention, which when you're a mad immortal running a top-secret Elixir-brewing operation is the last thing you need.
- Rasputinian Death: Shot full of holes, hit by a car, stabbed in the back, set on fire, getting his arm sliced in half the long way, and then finally consumed by Firo.
- Really 700 Years Old: The only immortal to look like an old person.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Maiza in 1930; also the closest he gets to a Motive Rant.
- Truly Single Parent: Ennis is the only the latest servant he's created from himself.
- Villain Ball: Had he taken father lessons from Huey, then his creation wouldn't have revealed the method of killing him after all the abuse she's taken.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Give this man a means of advancing his knowledge by "eating" other people and he goes absolutely nuts.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness/You Have Failed Me: Somewhat more justifiednote than most other frequent perpetrators of these in that he gains something from killing his subordinates.
Szilard's Homunculus and reluctant servant, only following his orders because he could kill her with a single thought should she ever refuse. Deeply troubled by what she is forced to do, she is touched by a brief encounter with Isaac and Miria and their kindness towards her. Now if only she can protect them from getting all caught up in this with her...
- Action Girl: Acquits herself well against thugs.
- Action Girlfriend: Before Firo met her, he was an ordinary gangster. After meeting her he's an immortal ganster with centuries worth of alchemic knowledge.
- Artificial Human: Homunculus created by Szilard.
- Asexual: Much to Firo's dismay. She eventually reciprocates his feelings and they get married... fifty years later.
- The Atoner: Ennis blames herself for not being brave enough to stand up against Szilard. Her eventual retaliation against him for the sake of Isaac and Miria was a deliberate attempt at Redemption Equals Death. Luckily, Firo proved that that wouldn't be necessary.
- Battle Butler: She is Szilard's driver and does dirty work on his behalf.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: Is reluctant to forgive herself for those she's killed under Szilard's command. The fact that he could and would kill her with a single thought only makes her feel worse for not being brave enough to die for others.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: To Isaac and Miria. Their enthusiastic niceness to her during a chance meeting leads to her being willing to sacrifice her life to buy them time to escape from Szilard.
- Bifauxnen: A very masculine looking female, and wearing that suit all the time doesn't help.
- Blank Slate: She was "born" as one of these. She's generally grown out of it by the start of the series, primarily because Szilard was able to directly transfer any information to her as he wished (and she developed a conscience from that one guy she "devoured"), but she's still lacking in at least one department.
- Born as an Adult: Szilard didn't want to raise a servant that was likely to betray him as that would be a waste of time.
- Cool Big Sis: Ends up as one for Czeslaw Meyer after Isaac and Miria get it into their heads they should get her a little brother for a vacation souvenir. Turns out rather well, all things considering.
- Demoted to Extra: In the second half of the 2002 arc.
- Devoted to You: Part of it is that Firo's prone to unconditional Undying Loyalty towards loved ones in general.
- Emergent Human: On the tail end of this, as devouring an immortal under Szilard's command helped her jump from barely sentient and Obliviously Evil to a self-aware and functional, if emotionally underdeveloped, human being.
- Emotionless Girl: At first because she wasn't created to have emotions.
- Eternal Love: With Firo once she works out what love is. See his entry.
- From a Single Cell: A similar deal as the immortals.
- Happily Married: To Firo. See his entry.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She doesn't think highly of herself, being an artificial life form made by a crazy immortal does that to a person.
- Innocent Cohabitation: With Firo, after the 1930 arc.
- Little Black Dress: Wears one when going aboard the Entrance in 2002.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: While she does betray her 'father' and fall for the decoy protagonist, they're seperate events. She betrayed for the sake of Issac and Miria, not The Protagonist.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: If Szilard didn't treat her like crap she wouldn't have betrayed him at the worst possible moment.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Once devouring an alchemist gave her enough self-awareness to recognize what she'd been doing.
- Mysterious Waif: Starts out as a mysterious woman that Firo follows to return something.
- Nice Girl: The reason for all her guilt is that she's a genuinely good person forced to do terrible things.
- Obliviously Evil: Up until devouring Victor's alchemist friend. After that, she was very aware of what she was doing, and not at all happy about it.
- Oblivious to Love: She doesn't realize Firo's in love with her for a while. For that matter, she doesn't realize she's in love with him for a while.
- Only One Name: "Just Ennis"
- Our Homunculi Are Different: A 'incomplete one' that functions as a slave with a kill switch.
- Redemption Equals Death: She intended it to, but Firo had better ideas.
- Red-Headed Heroine: Her hair is red and she is another one of our "heros".
- Rei Ayanami Expy: A pale-skinned, short-haired Artificial Human created by a major antagonist (who considers her replaceable at any time), who starts off as emotionless but slowly gains emotions over the course of the story, and who betrays her creator when his plan is about to come to fruition. For bonus points, she and Rei are both voiced by Brina Palencia.
- Sexless Marriage: As of 2002, she and Firo have been married for about twenty years and still haven't gotten as far as second base.
- Single-Target Sexuality: After a really long time of being very much asexual, Ennis comes to reciprocate Firo's feelings and never shows interest in anyone else. However, she still has to learn about the whole sex thing.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's a kind and affectionate person, with a quiet outer coating.
- Trapped In Villainy: There's not many other options when your evil Mad Scientist boss can kill you with a single thought.
- Twice Shy: With Firo. In her case it's because she doesn't understand intimacy.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Even though Ennis is an Artificial Human, she was still created from Szilard's own cells. Firo comments that she's way too hot to be related to Szilard.
- Vague Age: The only real hint to her age, chronological or biological, is that she identifies Firo to be "her age, maybe younger" when they first meet. Given that disproportionately youthful looks are Firo's defining physical characteristic, this helps jack shit.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Ennis understands and experiences the concept of love. However, she has a great deal of difficulty comprehending the difference between different types of loves, particularly stroge and eros, and thus can't tell the difference between what she feels for Firo from what she feels for Isaac and Miria. It took her awhile to grasp the concept of romantic love.
The mute daughter of Huey Laforet, with whom she shares a psychic connection. Ruthlessly loyal to her father, she is also a skilled fighter with daggers. Chane is uncomfortable with friendly relationships, but starts to warm up to Jacuzzi
's offer of friendship and Claire
's love proposals as time goes on.
- Action Girl: Knife Nut that fought to a draw with Ladd Russo.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's beautiful, dark-haired, pale-skinned, and acts as The Stoic most of the time.
- Badass Normal: An ordinary girl who can hold her own with people like Ladd and Graham.
- Battle Butler: For her father.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She becomes deeply attached to Claire and Jacuzzi's gang because they were the first people to genuinely care about her without expecting anything in return.
- Berserk Button: Even mentioning Huey's name wrong or claiming to know any of his secrets (such as his immortality) can press her buttons.
- Charm Point: According to Claire, it's the remembrance of the note she left for him, when she killed the White Suits, being a Cute Mute, and how she's an Emotionless Girl that makes Claire fall in love with her even more.
- Composite Character: The anime combined some elements of her little sister with her character (specifically Leeza's use of birds to relay orders from Huey while he was in captivity in New Foundland).
- Cute Mute: Claire thinks her inability to talk is hot.
- Dark Action Girl: Ruthless, stoic, dark color scheme, etc.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts as emotionless and solely devoted to her father, but later warms up thanks to Jacuzzi's friendship and Claire's love for her.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She is extremely pale with really dark brown or black hair in addition to seeming rather off at times.
- Emotionless Girl: Played with. She doesn't show emotion but there's plenty of it in her telepathy with her father.
- Engaging Conversation: With Claire. They become informally engaged after just two meetings — and right after they try to kill each other.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Her greatest fear is that she'll be forced to choose between Claire and her loyalty to her father.
- Happily Married: To Claire. See his entry.
- High Heel-Face Turn: The only female member of the Lemures is the one who turns and lives.
- Inner Monologue: The only times we hear her "talk" (aside from the flashbacks of back when she had a voice) is inside her head, having "conversations" with her father. This may seem like telepathy, but in the novels it's made clear that she simply knows her father well enough to figure out roughly what he would say and want her to do.
- Knife Nut: Her specialty. She has holsters in her dress.
- Love Martyr: Towards her father. Huey doesn't even consider her human, but she'll still bend over backwards to please him. She was actually perfectly willing to die in service to the Lemures if it meant they would manage to free her father (who she had absolute faith that he would easily outsmart them once he had escaped).
- Love Revelation Epiphany: She only fell in love with Claire because he told her he loves her and proposed to her, which showed her that someone could love her without gaining anything from it. They end up Happily Married.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: She's afraid of the 'betrayal' aspect of this trope. Otherwise she fits perfectly.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Whatever her father says, that's what she does.
- Not So Stoic: Chane remains expressionless up until Claire shows up at which point she's warmer. She also becomes very, very pissed off when Ladd insults Huey.
- Odd Friendship: With Miria, after Isaac is arrested in the Alice in Jails arc; The Stoic and the Genki Girl.
- Parental Abandonment: Chane's mother left her to be raised by Huey and skipped off without a care. The only resistance she put up was a complaint about the fact that Huey called her too clumsy to raise a child.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Claire has one sent to her as a gift. He had it thoughtfully custom-made to include a holster for her knife.
- Platonic Life Partners: Chane is just as homicidally loyal to Jacuzzi as she is to her love interest Claire and - it's entirely platonic.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: After she begins to open up more and moves away from the creepier cousin of this trope.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Short hair? Check. Pale skin? Check. Supernatural Gold Eyes? Check. Eerily stoic and quiet behavior? Check. Deeply devoted to her evil father? Check. Warms up thanks to her love interest and friends? Check.
- Sixth Ranger: Officialy joins Jacuzzi's gang after defecting from the Lemures.
- The Speechless: She's mute, but we do hear her voice when she "talks" to her father in her mind.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's pretty nice, but still mainly very quiet, aloof and ruthless.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: She's the daughter of an immortal and her yellow eyes remark her mysterious and unsettling nature.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: After falling in with Nice, Jacuzzi, and co., she becomes a sort of Girly Girl to Nice's tomboy because her feminine manner of dressing and quiet personality.
- Tranquil Fury: Often and is likely her maximum range due to lack of emotions.
- Tykebomb: Technically speaking, Huey didn't initially intend for her to be a living weapon. However, discovering that she had a natural inclination towards trying to make him happy gave him... ideas.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards her father. It seems to be a natural tendency of hers, as she develops the same obsessive "protect at all costs" loyalty towards Jacuzzi's gang once she joins them.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Claire. They end up quite Happily Married.
- Well Done Daughter Gal: Everything she does is weighed on whether or not it would make Huey happy.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Chane has a good deal of difficulty understanding that relationships don't have to be utilitarian. When Claire proposes to her despite him having nothing tangible to gain from it, her mind breaks.
- Woman in Black: When working with the Lemures she wore a black evening gown to match their suits.
- Woman in White: During Episode 15 and 16, Chane wears a white Pimped-Out Dress given to her by Claire, who wanted to express his love for her. He even had it custom-made to include a holster for her knife. D'aww...
Chane's father, and considered by the other surviving Advena Avis
passengers to be the creepiest one of their kind. Huey is a self-proclaimed man of science that doesn't let silly, intangible concepts like "ethics" or "sanity"
get in the way of a good experiment. Currently, he's been imprisoned for acts of treason and terrorism against the United States. He's also the figurehead of a Cult
known as the Lemures, who are convinced that Huey can give them the secret to immortality.
- Above Good and Evil: Everything is For Science!.
- Abusive Parents: Emotionally abusive towards his daughters, and physically too, if you count homunculi created by him as his children.
- Age-Appropriate Angst: In 1705, fifteen-year old Huey's angsty Straw Nihilist ideas are pointed out by the narration to be an extremely teenaged line of thought.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Huey claims that his ultimate goal is to either create or become a demon like Ronnie. His actual goal is to attain ultimate knowledge so he can (hopefully) resurrect Monica, even if it means becoming a demon himself.
- Bigger Bad: In the 1930s because he is nominally the head of the Lemures but he doesn't care about their train hijacking and is otherwise involved except for some telepathy with Chane.
- Bishōnen: So pretty he's more attractive than genuine women, while still clearly a man.
- Break the Cutie: Huey was ten when his mother was arrested and tried for witchcraft. His mother's accusations, in turn, are what led to the trials that wiped out the entire village that Huey trusted.
- The Chessmaster: His experiments require this type of maneuvering and especially the ones involving social science rather than alchemic science. If all are raw materials than it is equally true that all are chess pieces.
- Chick Magnet: Back when he was studying alchemy at the Third Library. Troubled, but Cute worked on girls back in 1705 as it does in 1935 and later.
- Combat Pragmatist: Is Huey strong or skilled in combat? Not really. Is he willing to use every dirty trick there is? Yep!
- Corruption by a Minor: He began the counterfeiting operation in Lotto Valentino before he turned fifteen.
- Cult: Has one dedicated to him; the lemures.
- Demolitions Expert: Turns out the first time bomb wasn't invented by David Bushnell - Huey beat him to it by 65 years. And puts them to good use.
- Dissonant Serenity: of the "say something horriric casually" variety.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: "It's a man... I think."
- The extent of Huey's androgyny is shown in The Children of Bottle. After not seeing Sylvie or Huey for centuries (and not realizing that Sylvie waited a few years before taking the Elixir of life), Elmer mistakes the former for the latternote . Huey does not get mistaken for a beautiful woman — beautiful women get mistaken for him.
Elmer:You're Huey! Huey Laforet, aren't you! Why're you dressed like a woman?
Sylvie: I'm not!
Elmer: Eh, you're not? I'm wrong? I could've sworn that Huey was the only one on that boat who was this pretty...
- Even Evil Has Standards: Huey will not let any harm befall anything that is outside the designated parameters of his experiments. He also refuses to take hostages.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Huey does not look like a beautiful woman - beautiful women look like him.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: He's French and he has many fans, both in-universe and real life.
- Eye Scream: Later in the novels, Firo takes one of his eyes. He inflicts this on Renée at the end of 1934.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: When Chic's brother Tack encountered him, he took him to be an angel due to his looks and ethereal appearance. Dear lord, was he wrong...
- Faux Affably Evil: Huey Laforet is invariably polite and well-mannered, even when he's just screwing with people.
- For Science!: Huey's excuse for everything.
- French Jerk: He speaks with a french accent in the dub and, as noted elsewhere on this page, has little regard for anyone else's well being.
- From a Single Cell: Like all immortals.
- Gentleman Snarker: Huey is sure to always be courteous and polite even when mocking someone relentlessly.
- Harmful to Minors: At about ten, Huey got to get an eyeful of both his mother dragged out in front of the populace naked and extensively mutilated and all of his village's people burned at the stake after they were outed as witches by his mother's confession.
- Hates Everyone Equally: As a teenager. Now he just doesn't give a damn about anyone (except Elmer).
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Elmer. According to Huey, Elmer's the only human being that he saw as something beyond "experimental guinea pig," and Elmer's been noted to be one of the only men in the world not creeped the fuck out by him.
- Hot Scientist: Alchemist and social scientist whose prettier than beautiful women.
- Identical Stranger: Fans have noticed that Kasuka Heiwajima (from a different series, but in the same 'verse) looks like a brown-eyed clone of Huey despite the fact that they're not even the same ethnicity, much less related. Volume 8 of Durarara confirms that people in-universe get the same impression, as Saki notes Huey's strangely identical grandson looks a hell of a lot like a younger version of the Japanese model/actor in question.Considering by the usual implication this 'verse places on people who look like Huey Laforet...
- It's All About Me: Huey's gone on record to say that the only person he even considers human besides himself is Elmer C. Albatross. Everyone else is prospective "raw materials."
- Le Parkour: Demonstrates its use in Dr. Feelgreed.
- Locked Out of the Loop: For most of 1705, Huey doesn't realize that every named character knows about his counterfeiting operation. He also doesn't know the true identity of the Mask Maker until the very end.
- Long Haired Prettyboy: In the 1700s, both as a teenager and an adult.
- Mad Scientist: A low key one for sure but he still has done horrible experiments.
- Manipulative Bastard: Elmer is the one person exempt from his Manipulative Bastardry.
- Misanthrope Supreme: As a teen. Now he's just apathetic towards the world.
- Odd Friendship: With Elmer considering Elmer is For Happiness and he is For Science!. Considering they're both sociopaths, maybe it's not so odd.
- Offing the Offspring: He's considering getting rid of Leeza, just to see how Hilton will react to losing her favorite vessel and her blood relation to daddy.
- Orange And Blue Morality: In Huey's book, "good" is defined as "whatever produces the most intellectually stimulating result."
- The Promise: In the 1711 story, he takes Monica's dying words ("Let's meet again") as a promise and intends to keep it by finding whatever way he can to "find" and reunite with her.
- Pyro Maniac: A more subdued one than, say, Nice, but his inclination towards fire has been noted.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Where do you think Chane got it from? She's a beauty because she's a female version of him.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like All 1711 immortals.
- Renaissance Man: Huey's field of research doesn't just extend to alchemical science, but social science as well. His current experiment is to see what kind of impact an immortal could make on the country. He's also fond of collecting and reading the blueprints of genius inventors.
Huey: I have no interest in humans, but I truly delight in seeing their ideas.
- Smug Snake: He'd probably be a little more magnificent if he weren't so dang full of himself.
- Start of Darkness: Monica's death in 1710 in the start of his social experiment evilness. There's a prequel book for this.
- Straw Nihilist: As a teenager, Huey had what the narration calls "extremely normal thoughts for a fourteen-year-old."
- Strong Family Resemblance: Huey has several children/grandchildren/great^x grandchildren over the course of the various Light Novels. They're pretty easy to pick out too, as they all look exactly like him - male or female. The only known exceptions are Luchino, who got all his looks from the Campanella family side; and Claudia, who took all her looks from her great-grandfather Felix. Both Aging and Elmer note that Luchino does have some noticeable resemblance to Huey. Luchino finds this a bit ridiculous, as the two are three hundred years removed.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: Being perpetually twenty-one, Huey looks close enough to his daughter's age that a number of Lemures assumed Chane was his Hot Consort rather than daughter.
- Teen Genius: When he was a teen in 1705, he was already highly intelligent.
- Troll: Sometimes, instead of For Science!, Huey just screws with someone for the Hell of it. Mostly Victor, but also Firo.
Huey: I did tell you that sometimes I get the urge to play childish pranks, did I not?
Firo: ... You weren't very popular with the other alchemists back then, were you.
- The Unfettered: There's nothing he won't do For Science!.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Monica, sometime after 1705.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The first line in the 1705 novel is a quote from his mother talking about how innocent he was. Now compare that to a few hundred years later...
- Weak, but Skilled: Huey's not particularly strong, but his lack of mercy and hesitation makes him a dangerous fighter nonetheless.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Unlike most examples, he encourages this sort of behavior in his children.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His motivation as a teenager. He looks back on the mindset as rather silly now.
We have no reason to fear death, for we have become ghosts while still alive.
Leader of the Lemures and one of Huey's cohorts.
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: He fancies himself as the former, but he's really the latter.
- Cult: The Lemures, which he leads.
- The Dragon: To Huey, in the grand scheme of things, he sees himself as carrying out Huey's will.
- Eyes Always Shut: He only opens them during his Villainous Breakdown.
- Fire Breathing Weapon: He wields a flamethrower at the climax.
- Immortality Seeker: He serves Huey in the hope that he will be rewarded with immortality. Huey and Chane believe this to be true of all the Lemures.
- Jerkass: As if hijacking a train wasn't enough, he has to a dick about it.
- Karmic Death: He's killed when he's thrown off the train and his flamethrower explodes.
- Kick the Dog: He enjoys telling Mrs. Beriam his plan, which involves murdering her daughter, a little too much.
- Lack of Empathy/It's All About Me: He makes it clear that he doesn't care about how many people die because of his plan, as long as he gains immortality.
- Laughing Mad: While chasing Jacuzzi with the flamethrower, he can be seen laughing maniacally with a massive Slasher Smile.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Twice! Once when he claims he's "too much of a gentleman" to have his men strip search Nice, giving her the perfect opportunity to attack them with hidden explosives. Then when he fights Jacuzzi with a flamethrower... while Jacuzzi's desperately trying to light Nice's cherry bomb.
- Satellite Character: Everything about him is related to Huey and immortality.
- Smug Snake: Just listen to his speech to Mrs. Beriam. It can easily be translated to, "I'm the greatest terrorist on Earth and anyone who tries to stop me is an idiot!"
- The Stoic: Keeps up a calm if not extremely arrogant demeanor at all times, until his Villainous Breakdown.
- The Starscream: Chane and Huey assume him to be this; although he does not specifically plan to bring about Huey's downfall, Huey knows that he would if said downfall would enable him to become immortal himself.
- Straw Hypocrite:
- He isn't really devoted to Huey. He just wants immortality.
- He also claims to be "too much of a gentleman" to let his men search a woman yet, he shows no remorse at the possibility of killing one or a little girl.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when he's beaten down by Jacuzzi.
- Would Hurt a Child: He plans to murder the senator's daughter and leave her body on the side of the railroad as a terrorist threat against Senator Beriam.
Elmer C. Albatross
Looks like a nice guy, eh? You're sort of right, but don't get too comfortable.
An old friend of Huey's, and a very weird one at that. A constantly cheerful British man that, rather than bringing happiness to people, seems to unnerve or disturb them. Most believe that there's a seriously messed up mind behind that omnipresent smile of his, and chances are that they're right...
- Adorkable: As a gangly teenager in the 1710 arc.
- All-Loving Hero: Except not really hero. He wants to make everyone smile, no matter who they are or what they've done. With Czeslaw Meyer he makes a serious case of demonstrating the Power of Friendship and Trust.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Elmer openly proclaims that he finds no meaning or purpose in life, but uses this perspective as a reason to indiscriminately spread happiness throughout the world.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Elmer, for one, doesn't really understand why a lot of people don't smile more when they hurt others. After all, his parents were always smiling when they hurt him.
- Covered with Scars: From his childhood, when he was routinely tortured by the Cult into which he was born.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Elmer was born into a Cult in which his only purpose of existence was to suffer. He wasn't rescued until he turned ten.
- Dissonant Serenity: Elmer maintains his cheerful demeanor no matter the situation.
- Eyes Always Shut: He has blue eyes when they're occasionally unshut.
- Artistic License - Economics: States that he originally began studying alchemy in order to create enough gold to go around for everyone and bring happiness to people by eliminating poverty. He gave up after realizing that the economy does not work that way.
- For Happiness: His motto for living is "Make everybody smile".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Huey. See his entry.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He's best friends with Huey, of all people and thinks Szilard is redeemable but on the other hand, (he picked up on Monica's homicidal misanthropy long before Huey did.) He just doesn't care in the slightest whether they're are good, evil or completely insane. In his eyes, everyone deserves happiness.
- Identity Impersonator: For Monica and the Mask Maker.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Elmer isn't incorruptible because he's an iron-willed force of good but because there's nothing to corrupt. He's a sociopath and doesn't care about anyone's well-being. Smiles just make him feel good, so he tries to make people happy.
- It's All About Me: Admits it outright to Huey.
Huey: "What is it that you want? What do you gain from making people in the world laugh? Why don't you just find your own happiness? 'Your world' can't extend much farther than what you can reach your hands out to. Isn't your own happiness enough? You can just laugh your way through your own life..."
Elmer: That's exactly what I'm planning. You see, I want to see people smile sincerely, but it's all just for myself.
- Keet: Very optimistic, friendly, energetic and almost child-like in his "innocence".
- Lack of Empathy: Elmer cares about people's happiness. The actual people, on the other hand, he cares nothing about. Suffering and the loss of a life mildly disappoint him at most. Even then it's only because it makes other people sad, and thus he loses his source of happiness.
- Living Lie Detector: A variation in that he can see through fake smiles.
- The Matchmaker: In 1705, he tries to get Huey and Monica together.
- Morality Chain: To Huey; he once disclosed to Chane the only reason he isn't conducting experiments in mass and screwing with other people's lives in general is because: "Elmer would be sad". In addition, Huey has asked Elmer to serve as his link to his old self by remaining exactly the same as he was in their youth. In Huey's mind, there would be no point in bringing back Monica if he had changed completely from what he once was by then. Elmer has the job of bringing a little bit of his old self back to him.
- Moral Sociopathy: People matter to Elmer only in the sense that it feels good to see people happy - he has no consideration for anyone's actual feelings. He's perfectly willing to let people harm or torture others if that's what makes them happy. His only rule is that he'll neither personally kill nor die for someone else.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: We have no clue what it stands for and considering the "no false names around other immortals" rule it may become important later on.
- New Transfer Student: He joins Huey and Monica's alchemy class early on in 1705.
- The Nondescript: It's noted that his only distinguishing physical feature is that he's constantly smiling.
- Odd Friendship:
- Orange And Blue Morality: Elmer's brand of utilitarianism can be a little... off:
Elmer: You should smile more when you hit someone.
Delinquent: ... What?
Elmer: People aren't normally happy to get hit, so at least the person doing the hitting should laugh, right? I think that might at least strike a balance. In your case, you like beating people, right? My teacher told me... looking down on other people is generally a source of pleasure, so it's understandable. I don't really get it myself, though. Anyway, I want you to smile when you hit someone, just so I won't have any trouble knowing that you're having fun."
- Only Friend: Stated by the narration in 1933 to be Huey's one friend in the entire world.
- Perpetual Smiler: He smiles all time to make others happy. His goal is to make everyone this trope.
- Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Elmer isn't willing to die a permanent death for someone else's happiness, but Immortal Life Is Cheap. Anything for a smile, right?
- The Pollyanna: His "smile and look on the bright side of life" attitude sometimes comes off to others as oblivious, unhelpful and insensitive at times: for example, expecting Sylvie to cheer up and laugh with him just after she discovered her fiance was killed and was nearly murdered herself.
- Secret Keeper: Elmer finds out the Mask Maker's true identity within days of coming to Lotto Valentino, and decides to help her win Huey over.
- The Sociopath/Sociopathic Hero: While Elmer may be a complete and utter sociopath on levels that terrify Fermet, he nonetheless strives only For Happiness. Why? why not?
- Spanner in the Works: One of the reasons Fermet hates him; he ruins plans.
- Static Character: Brought up in series - From age 15 to 312, Elmer's character has not changed in the slightest. It's one of the many things that most of the other immortals find unsettling about him.
- Stepford Smiler: Nobody's quite sure if he's an Empty Shell or Cute and Psycho under the mask. The light novels reveal that he's neither, though the former isn't far off.
- Stupid Good: Let Szilard live because he want to convince him to atone for his acts. This led to a lot of death and pain because Szilard has zero interest in redemption.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: Hasn't quite gone this far in action, he certainly has the mentality for it.
Elmer: I'd sell the souls of all humanity to the devil if I thought it'd get us a happy ending.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Fermet is so utterly terrified and repulsed by his existence that he is incapable of devouring him - his mind rebels at the mere thought of Elmer, blocking the mental incantation needed to initiate the process.
The fiancee of Gretto and one of the Advena Avis
passengers. In the 1930s she makes her living as a singer; in the 21st century she joins Maiza on his quest to reunite the survivors of the Advena Avis incident
- Best Served Cold: She drank the elixir for the sole and express purpose of devouring Szilard. She let herself age a little before drinking so that he would not recognize her when she tracked him down.
- Curtains Match the Window: Silver eyes to match her silver locks.
- Damsel in Distress: Once in 2001, courtesy of Felt, and once again in 2002 by SAMPLE and Bride.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Sylvie drank the elixir solely for the purposes of killing Szilard and avenging Gretto's death. Unfortunately, someone else got the job done for her. She's not quite ready to die just yet, though, so she decided that she'll try to find a new Goal in Life, using "What Would Gretto Do?" as a sort of makeshift one until she can find it.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Sylvie attracts quite a bit of attention on the Exit, from men and women alike.
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Her job in the 1930s is in speakeasies.
- Gray Eyes: To match her hair and fits both her "innocent" teenage self before her immortality and her beautiful but colder vengeance seeking adult self afterwards.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Following the death of her fiance Gretto, she looks for something to do with her eternal life.
- Meganekko: As a teenager to look more "innocent" before she changed her look.
- Mystical White Hair: An immortal woman with white hair.
- She Is All Grown Up: Sylvie waited a while until she drank the elixir so that she could kill Szilard while unrecognized by him.
- Shrinking Violet: As a teenager in 1711.
- '20s Bob Haircut: Sports one in her 1930's look.
- Uptown Girl: The 1711 - Whitesmile story reveals that Sylvie (and Gretto) were not alchemists. Sylvie was a maid at the Avaro manor, and Gretto's father did not approve of their relationship. Gretto later convinces Maiza to allow them passage onto the Advena Avis, posing as "assistants".
- What Would Gretto Do?: Her emotional crutch while she's Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: She says that this was her goal in becoming an alchemist and seeking eternal life. Which was true until 1711, at which point her goal in life became revenge for her murdered fiance.
The younger brother of Maiza
and the fiance of Sylvie.
Don't try cheering him up. You can't do it.
The youngest passenger to be made immortal on the Advena Avis.
He was taken in by a fellow immortal, Fermet, who experimented on him, testing the limits of their immortality until Czeslaw finally snapped and ate him. Despite his cynical, tough exterior, Czes is still struggling to trust anyone and constantly fears that other immortals are going to kill him.
- And I Must Scream: He was strapped down for those 'experiments'.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: After the extremely horrific "experiments" Fermet put him through for 200 years, Czes is quite screwed-up and will do anything in order to survive.
- Berserk Button: Because other immortals are the only thing that can truly kill him, Czes tends to go completely nuts around them and especially if any try to touch him with their right hand.
- Blessed with Suck: You can argue the whole immortality before puberty thing as this.
- Break the Cutie: One hundred years of torture by his 'caretaker' Fermet.
- Crazy Survivalist: Thanks to 200+ years of bad experience, Czeslaw tends to go to extremes to preserve his own safety.
- Creepy Child: Over two hundred years of constant, barbaric torture enacted by a man he trusted has had less than a positive impact on him. The result is a paranoid survivalist mentality that ranges from callous (ditching Mary because he thought she would get in the way) to flat out murderous (bargaining with Ladd to kill everyone in his passenger car to weed out the other immortal on the train).
- Cry Cute: His meeting with Issac and Miria and reunion with Maiza. It's only here when he looks his appearance instead of his age.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Not the decades of daily torture, surprisingly enough, but rather the realization that Fermet did it solely because he liked to watch him suffer.
- Deliberately Cute Child: He does this both to throw people off of his true nature and to get what he wants.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: While it's fairly obvious that he was abused by Fermet, a lot of their interactions and the psychological consequences the whole thing had on him (trust issues, fear of physical contact, etc.) are also remniscient of rape...
- The Dog Bites Back: How Czes brought about Fermet's well-deserved demise.
- Enfant Terrible: Prior Character Development and Redemption Equals Life, he was a creepy and ruthless child.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Pre-Heel-Face Turn. Due to his own experiences, Czeslaw will compromise for one rule, which is that he will never betray a child. (He was, surprisingly enough, expecting to come back for Mary after his negotiation with Ladd). He admits he readily Would Hurt a Child if it meant securing his own safety (he has no belief that Children Are Innocent), but he absolutely refuses to sink as low as Fermet.
- Freudian Excuse: Given the horrible daily tortures he had to endure for a couple of centuries, it's understandable that he ended up as a paranoid Crazy Survivalist.
- Ghost Memory: Formerly belonging to Fermet.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Or, considering those last 200 years of living hell, maybe not.
- Happily Adopted: By Firo and Ennis, though it takes him a long time to feel that he at all deserves it.
- Harmful to Minors: Czeslaw was not only at the receiving end of two-hundred years of torture, but he escapes by consuming Fermet and assuming all of his past knowledge, meaning he now has memories of gleefully torturing himself running around in his head. No wonder he's messed up...
- Immortality Hurts: He was tortured by Fermet for 200 years under the pretenses of "testing the limits of immortality". The "experiments" included being stuck in the eyes with a pair of heated tongs, put in an acid bath and thrown into a fireplace alive.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: Fermet spent a couple hundred years taking advantage of Czeslaw's immortality to perform every kind of gruesome "experiment" on poor Czes that he could think of.
- Mouthy Kid: Even when not in Crazy Survivalist mode is often this and it's why Ladd blew his head off; arrogant.
- Never Be Hurt Again: His motivation for hunting down and eating other immortals before they can do the same to him, after being cruelly tortured by Fermet for years.
- Out of the Inferno: In 2001, he throws himself into a fireplace to burn off some ropes that were binding him. See the series CMOA page.
- Power of Trust:
- A part of throw the dog a bone involves Czes learning this when Issac and Miria rescue him during the Flying Pussyfoot Massacre.
- The novels (Children of Bottle specifically) go further with this trope with Elmer forcing Czes's right hand on his head as a way to show that trust is a virtue. This turns into a major CMOH.
- Puppy Love: He still often thinks fondly about his time spent with Mary, decades after the Flying Pussyfoot.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like all the 1711 immortals, but more so because he was a child at the time.
- Taking the Bullet: For Claudia at the end of 2002.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After the shitstorm that was the Flying Pussyfoot massacre, Czeslaw finally gets something resembling a real, functional family when Isaac and Miria invite him to join the group as Ennis's "little brother".
- Walking the Earth: Traveled the world with Maiza between 1970 and 2002.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Being terrified of another immortal "devouring" you? Understandable. Making a deal with Ladd Russo to kill everyone on the passenger car so you can find out who you need to get rid of? Not cool, Czes. The Rail Tracer calls him out on this, by biting off his fingers.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Firo's a bit confused as to why Czes has a pathological fear of redheads. The readers/viewers are aware though *cough*Claire*cough*.
Fermet Full name: Lebreau Fermet Viralesque
One of the original alchemists aboard the Advena Avis
who sought immortality. After the incident with Szilard Quates, he lives with his young charge, Czeslaw Meyer, and spends his immortality torturing the boy in the most gruesome ways.
In the novels, Fermet somehow managed to survive being devoured by Czes, and is revealed to be the Big Bad.
- Abusive Parent: The majority of his characterization in the anime is his abuse of Czes.
- The All-Concealing I: The opening color pages of the 1705 novel is a series of questions posed to multiple characters between 1700 and 2002. At the end of the color pages, the questioner is revealed to be Fermet, hinting at his mysterious return from death.
- Arch-Enemy: To Czeslaw and Huey. Doubly so for the former after he comes back.
- Back from the Dead: In the 2002 novel it apparently turns out that Fermet came back from getting eaten by Czes, got eaten by an alchemist who was later eaten by Szilard, came back from that, and then proceeded to become one of the major antagonists of the novel.
- Berserk Button: Elmer, of all things - Elmer's bizarre form of Moral Sociopathy basically makes him a warped form of Incorruptible Pure Pureness entirely indifferent to any sort of suffering Fermet tries to pile on him. This drives Fermet utterly nuts.
- Big Bad: According to Word of God. Indeed, a good chunk of the horrible things in the series are his fault to begin with. For instance, he's the reason Huey is the sociopath he is today.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When Czes was orphaned in 1705, Begg commented that Fermet was too nice to be able to raise a child.
- Blinding Bangs
- Break the Cutie: Fermet's stated favorite hobby. He finds "toys" like Czes to play with and torment.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the anime as it stands, he remains a satellite character; later in the novels, he turns out to be the Big Bad.
- Cult: A member of the one that tortured Elmer.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Fermet intentionally sets one up for the 1710 arc.
- Double Agent: He's working with all three of the main factions involved in the 2002 hijacking case—as Life of the Mask Makers, Angelo's ally the Demolisher, and Viralesque of SAMPLE.
- Dramatic Unmask: At the end of 2002, Angelo takes off Life's goggles and discovers that he is the Demolisher.
- For the Evulz: Fermet caused most of the 2002 incident, which resulted in mutiple deaths and would have sunk two cruise ships if The Plan had been successful, just so he could torment Czes.
- For Science!: Subverted. He makes this claim as he uses torture to test the limits of immortality. After Czes gets back at him, his Ghost Memory reflects that he just did all that for kicks.
- Hannibal Lecture: Gives one to Luchino before he escapes.
- Hidden Eyes
- Hijacked By Fermet: In the later novels it's revealed that with the exception of Szilard's actions, Fermet's responsible for practically everything bad that's happened to the immortals. Consider how much trouble Huey alone is responsible for, and recall that Fermet is the one who caused him to go bad in 1710.
- Loophole Abuse: Gets past the "no false names" clause by going by parts of his full name. Thus, he's "Fermet" to the 1711 immortals, while other times he goes by "Lebreau" or "Viralesque".
- Mad Scientist
- Manipulative Bastard: Upham, a surviving Lemures mook that encountered him on the Flying Pussyfoot, describes him as an "audience member" whose words can sway The Powers That Be quite a bit.
Upham: That voice just spins round and round, reaches an actor or a writer's ears, and controls their actions without them even noticing. That's how he directs the play the way he likes, from a total safe zone as an audience member.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly to Enrico Fermi, an Italian-American physicist who patented the concept of a nuclear reactor with Leó Szilárd.
- Multiple Aliases One Character: Somehow, despite the "no false names" rule. In addition to the names derived from his full name "Lebreau Fermet Viralesque", he is also "Life" from the Businessmen who hijack the cruise ships, and the "Demolisher" who is working with Angelo.
- Offing the Offspring: Repeatedly. For upwards of 200 years.
- Promotion to Parent: When his alchemy teacher died in 1705, Fermet took in his teacher's orphaned grandson Czes. It's implied that he was the cause his teacher met an early end.
- Sarcastic Confession: Fermet has a habit of giving entirely accurate statements of his character framed as Self-Deprecation, which everyone takes to be humility.
- Satellite Character: He's only significant because of how miserable he made Czes; otherwise he has barely any characterization at all.
- The Sociopath
- Torture Technician: We've only gotten bits and pieces of what was done from Czeslaw. Considering the immortality thing, he might be the best example of this in a show filled with this trope.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Since his ultimate goal - screw people over for fun and profit - is rather simple and open-ended, Fermet is not adverse to changing or switching out plans on the fly when the opportunity presents itself.
The Daily Days bunch
The Daily Days
An information agency in Chinatown, hiding behind a newspaper business.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: The boss of the Daily Days is never seen. The desk he sits behind is covered in so much paperwork and money that it completely obscures him.
- Nicholas and Elean freak out a bit when the guy who eats the sugarcubes goes behind the paperwork (thus seeing the President) and gives him some sugarcubes.
- Chinese Laborer: There are several Chinese men working in the offices, mostly because of its proximity to New York's Chinatown.
- Crazy-Prepared: The front office is designed with trench warfare in mind, and every employee has a loaded gun under their desk.
Gustav St. Germain
The Vice President of the Daily Days. He is a well-spoken man who prefers to be on the scenes of the incidents he covers.
Gustav St. Germain's assistant. She is an inexperienced young photographer working at the Daily Days who is prone to bouts of anxiety when facing authority figures. In 1934, she befriends Rail and Frank, but is taken hostage by the Russo Family.
One of the informants for the Daily Days
. Has a habit of hitching a ride on trains, since her father, a train conductor who was screwed over by the train companies, taught her a contradictory love for trains and hatred for the train companies.
- Action Survivor: All of Rachel's skills are intended for laying low and getting out of the fray.
- Big Damn Heroes: Rachel ends up responsible for more rescues than anyone else in the show.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Rachel's first appearance is during the three-way cabin hold-up, where she slips out unnoticed and goes ignored for about an episode or two. She becomes surprisingly important, both in the events of the Flying Pussyfoot itself and in relaying the story later.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly around Claire.
- Femme Fatalons: Rachel is noted in the books to have long, blade-like fingernails — some of which are even serrated. She files them like this just to make sure she always has something sharp on hand.
- Heroic Bystander: Railway stowaway turned Big Damn Hero.
- Knowledge Broker
- Odd Friendship: with Claire, the novels note make it clear that Rachel and Claire eventually became good friends, case in point she cleaned up twice to meet him; to settle it the man himself states that concerning female relatives and acquantaces, Rachel is second only to Chane, for obvious reasons.
- Only One Name: She probably has a last name, unlike Ennis, but damned if we know what it is.
- Only Sane Woman: On the Flying Pussyfoot. Claire certainly thinks so — he asks her for relationship advice!
- Rail Enthusiast: Which what leads her to being the Big Damn Hero.
- Red Herring: 1931- The Grand Punk Station: Local Episode presents Rachel in a way that heavily implied she was Claire Stanfield, the assassin aboard the Flying Pussyfoot that the Gandors were bringing in. This charade goes on until the very last few pages of the book, when Ennis refers to "Miss Claire", and Firo realizes he forgot to mention something important.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As evidenced in the image above and here◊, Rachel knows her fashion out of the average work clothes. In the novels, she got rid of said work clothes as soon as she got off the train.
- Tsurime Eyes: Strong willed and courageous. Claire likes this kind of women.
Another of the Daily Days
informants, usually working at the front desk. Has a tempestuous relationship with Rachel. Nicholas is responsible for leaving the Daily Days well-protected (read: heavily armed); a remnant of his days in military intelligence. He also has a bit of a mercenary streak, and is willing to sell or buy information from anyone.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Perpetually when dealing information but especially after outgambitting a pair of mafia thugs.
- Composite Character: The anime version of Nicholas is a composite of two characters from the Light Novels. Nicholas in the novels is a less morally dubious character; the other character, Henry, is the one who gets into trouble with Claire for trying to use Eve Genoard as a pawn.
- Knowledge Broker: He is the one most seen doing the dealing.
- Manipulative Bastard: When people come to him for information, they usually end up giving him information.
- Oh Crap: It seems the only way for Nicholas to learn not to manipulate The Ingenue Eve Genoard from getting into dangerous situations anymore was from a serious "persuasion" by our favorite Sociopathic Hero, Claire Stanfield. Nicholas should be grateful that he didn't lose any limbs or his life.
- Poisonous Friend: Not exactly friendly to his coworkers (Rd: Rachel) nor his clients.
- Running Gag: Nicolas frequently mentions Rachel's habit of getting a free ride on trains, much to the President's disapproval.
- Those Two Guys: With Elean.
Works the front desk at the Daily Days
along with Nicholas. However, he shows a bit more compassion than Nicholas, especially to Eve Genoard. He's also the editor of the Chinese edition of the Daily Days.