Baccano / Novels Only Characters

Characters who appear only in the Baccano! light novels. Some of them have been Demoted to Extra or cameo in the anime, but most of them have been Adapted Out.

For the characters who appeared in the anime, go here!

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    The Gandor Family and associates 

Maria Barcelito
One of the assassins hired by Gustavo Bagetta in 1932 to destroy the Daily Days, Maria is a battle-loving Blood Knight. After losing to Claire, she somehow ends up joining the Gandor Family as one of their bodyguards. Along with Tick, she is one of the major players of the 1933 arc.

  • The Cameo: Makes an extremely brief (blink and you'll miss it) appearance in the anime's first episode, in the same scene as Adele.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Miria is opposed to any plan that doesn't have "attack immediately" as its first step.
  • McNinja: Maria is sometimes described as a "Mexican Samurai".
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Maria will take any excuse she can to cut someone down.
    Maria: Tick, can I slash them?"
    Tick: Nope. We're only going to talk today.
    Maria: I'm telling you, there's no way things'll turn out okay, amigo! It's going to end up in a fight anyway, so why don't you let me cut down maybe three or so of them before they can do anything? They'll calm right down, I promise!
  • Verbal Tic: Says "Amigo" every other line, even if she's talking to a woman.

A speakeasy waitresses for a bar owned by the Gandors, Edith is the only woman among four siblings enamored with the newspaper industry. Edith went through a lot for being Roy's girlfriend and ensuring he doesn't waste his life by being a drug addict; from trying to talk the Runoratas out of pressing Roy with their drug trafficking operations, to insubordinating the Gandors by taking responsability for all of the problems Roy brought with him.

  • Love Martyr: A major part of Edith's entire character. There's a long list of things she's done for Roy, whether he's aware of it or not.
  • Plucky Girl: When it comes to helping Roy, Edith will never throw in the towel. Taking a once in a lifetime chance to earn a Fate Worse Than Death by resident Torture Technicians Claire and Tick? No problem if Roy is forgiven.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tick. Edith became one of his few friends after the "torture" event. In 1933, it's mentioned that she often sends him bouquets of flowers. She's on good terms with Claire as well.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: After being horribly mistreated at the Daily Days for trying to gather information on Roy and the Runoratas, she brought Claire with her when paying the newspaper a second visit. Unsurprisingly, Edith was treated very differently this time around.
  • Taking the Heat: For almost any of Roy's wrongdoing.
  • Traumatic Haircut: A subversion. Tick thought that cutting short Edith's beautiful long hair would be proper punishment for insubordination. Edith herself considered this to be a Poke the Poodle and grew to like the haircut.

    The Russo Family and associates 

Ricardo Russo (Lydia Russo)
Placido Russo's only grandchild and heir to the Russo Family. Ricardo is a calm boy who has no interest in being a mafioso, especially since his parents were killed by a car bomb just for their Russo connection.

  • Bifauxnen: Looks like a cute little boy, but she really is a girl.
  • Bokukko: Uses male pronouns when talking. Justified since she had to hide her true gender.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: At the end of 1934, Ricardo plans to rebuild the Russo Family, on her own terms.

    The Beriam family and associates 

Former Felix Walken

An assassin whose abilities, infamy and success account are comparable to that of Vino himself. In 1932, he is hired to finally put an end to Vino's legacy and leave him as the only most efficient assassin in the United States.

Not to be confused with the Felix Walken that Claire bought his name from.

  • Shrouded in Myth: The legends of his feats as an assassin spread freely for too long, and people began to compare Felix with Vino—Felix himself admits that he is long past his prime.

    Lamia and Larva 

"E-Excuse me… Tim, is this person really okay? He’s really glaring at us hard."

A member of Lamia. Adele is an apprehensive woman of few words who has trouble maintaining eye contact with strangers. Despite appearances, however, she is a formidable fighter with unquenchable bloodlust.

  • The Cameo: Makes an extremely brief appearance in the anime's first episode.
  • Cute and Psycho: She'll also blush and stammer her way through some of her more violent outbursts.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Averted. The only reason that all of her opponents are female is because the only combatants that happen to be present are women. The second time around, it's a case of I Am Your Opponent.

Tim/Tack Jefferson
"All righty, let’s redo our introductions. I’m Tim. I’ve been put in charge of this lot, something like their leader."

The leader of Larva, and the only human within the group full of homunculi. Something of a genius, Tim was taken in by Huey while he was still in his teens. He is dedicated to his missions and following Huey's orders.

  • Parental Abandonment: His biological parents are dead. His stepfather just didn't care about him.
  • That Man Is Dead: He changed his entire appearance to cut himself off from his past.

Christopher Shouldered
"Hey, wanna be friends?"

A member of Lamia, a group within Larva. Christopher likes to follow his own agenda and often plays Rules Lawyer with Tim's orders, doing as he pleases. Chris has constant blood-shot eyes and razor-sharp teeth.

  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Often wears clothes about a century out of date.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Claire describes his gun-knives as such, as the weight of the blades throws off one's aim when shooting and the shape of the gun makes it difficult to stab. Christopher acknowledges this but doesn't seem to care much because the tradeoff for the impracticality is that he can shoot and stab people at the same time
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In one particular instance, he walks along Broadway, singing and twirling his umbrella.
  • I Am a Monster: Jokes with it ("Would you believe me if I said I wanted to do that by destroying you, a man obviously gifted by Him, and in doing so overcome a massive inferiority complex left inside me by the fact of my artificial creation?"), but it's implied that he does have more than a few hangups with being so obviously unnatural.

Hong Chimei "Chi"

The oldest homunculus within Lamia. He may not be the strongest, but is the most rational and most experienced. Hong is a close range fighter, and easily the fastest whithin Lamia. He's part of the team that comes to New York in 1933 to back up Tim, and shows up again in 1934 as part of Huey's experiment in Chicago.

  • Mistaken for Gay: Christopher appears to be under the impression that Chi likes him in not entirely platonic ways.
    Christopher: Oh, let me make it clear, though. I don't have a thing for men, just so you know. Wouldn't want you to get disappointed.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Those bandages sure are suspicious for a homunculus.
  • Straight Man: Part of his role is ofsetting Christopher's Bunny-Ears Lawyer.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Christopher.
    Chi: ...I just realized that I don't think of you as a friend at all.
    Christopher: W-what?! Does that mean you think of me as a lover, then?!
    Chi: You're someone I'd love to kill, but circumstances prevent me from doing so. For almost four decades now, come to think of it...
  • Wolverine Claws: His giant tiger claws.


A member of Lamia created less than 15 years ago. Rail is an explosives specialist with an outspoken hatred of his master and creator Huey. He hero-worships Christopher, who befriended him after a particularly traumatizing experiment.

  • Anti-Villain: The only thing really "villainous" about Rail is the fact he's part of Lamia. That is, until Frank is captured by Nebula and Rail pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Bifauxnen: At the end of the 1934 novels, Rail is revealed to be a girl.
  • Body Horror: Rail's scars are from experiments that robbed her of most of her sense of touch.
  • Glasgow Grin: A variation. The surgical scars stretch out Rail's face and pulls his mouth into a faint smile.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Later in 1934, Rail leaves Huey's side after befriending Nice and joining Jacuzzi's gang.


A member of Lamia whose body is proportioned like a child, but is over 7 feet tall. Frank is one of Rail's closest friends.

  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite his size, Frank's really just a kid.
  • Distressed Dude: He is kidnapped by Renée's team of scientists during the raid on Russo Manor, but is recovered by Huey at the end of 1934.

"so troublesome..."

One of the last members of Lamia to be introduced along with Rail, Frank and “The Poet” after The Slash arc. Sickle is a fighter well-versed in kick-based attacks with her main style being (admittedly) not-quite-Capoeira; her mission is to intervene with the Russos' sudden meddling with Lamia affairs.

  • Dance Battler: A fighting style that is kick based and "not-quite-Capoeira".
  • Kick Chick: Capoeira is her base style after all.
  • Straight Man: To the Poet. Sickle often resorts to physical violence to shut down his poetry recitals.

"The Poet"
"Just passing by"

“The Poet” is Lamia's resident wannabe gentleman. As his name suggests he is very fond of poetry and likes to recite them at any time given, and much to everyone's dismay, he happens to recite them or make his conversation into a rhythmic banter any time he opens his mouth. Graham seems to be the only one who appreciates his poetry.

  • Nice Hat: White fedoras are basically synonymous with the trope.
  • Odd Friendship: With Graham, who is so moved by his poetry that he buys him a drink.
  • Warrior Poet: Graham looks like a silent fighter compared to him.

Leeza Laforet (Hilton)
"Daddy, daddy, can I kill him? Pretty please?"

Huey's younger daughter and Chane's sister. She is a little girl who is viciously loyal to her father and practically worships him. In 1933 and 1934, Leeza is with Huey in his cell in Alcatraz, but is somehow able to know of things that are going on outside the prison. When not in Alcatraz, Leeza appears as a disembodied voice. Leeza is actually Hilton's first vessel. Huey had the infant Leeza drink the water that contained the consciousness of Hilton, which overrode Leeza. Didn't make much of a difference as far as personality and intellect goes, as Hilton was also newly-made at the time.

  • Berserk Button: Leeza reacts rather violently to anyone hurting, or even threatening Huey.
  • Daddy's Girl: Like her sister, Leeza adores her father, Huey.
  • Hive Mind: She's Hilton's first vessel.
  • Killer Rabbit: Leeza is just as violently protective of her father as Chane is.
  • Precocious Crush: On Firo after her saves her from Ladd. Of course, he's completely oblivious.
  • The Voice: When she's on the field with the other members of Lamia, she's just a voice.

"The Twins" Sham and Hilton

A pair of twins who, within Lamia, are in charge of information and communication. They are seemingly omnipresent, appearing in multiple places at the same time.

  • The Beastmaster: Hilton controls not only women, but about a hundred female falcons as well.
  • Double Agent: Sham's vessels include Graham's right-hand man Shaft and a Nebula researcher, among many others. He's playing them all for his own ends.
  • Identity Absorption: Pulls this on anyone who drinks their water. However, there is a (yet-undocumented) chance that the reverse may occur.
  • Hive Mind: They are the consciousnesses contained within a "water"—whoever drinks it either consumes or is consumed by the consciousness. Sham only consumes males, while Hilton is in charge of females. Together, they are in control of hundreds of people across the country.
  • The Mole: Sham's been feeding information to Nebula and the Daily Days.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Huey notes that while Hilton is fiercely protective of her first vessel Leeza and values Leeza's blood relation to Huey, Sham personally destroyed his first vessel and considers all of his vessels to be of similar value.

    Immortals and related characters 


One of the 1711 immortals. After becoming immortal, he began to frequent battlefields so that he would never forget the meaning of death, but ended up desensitizing himself to it instead. Usually calm, collected, and stoical, but once he gets angry, watch out. In 2001, he is traveling with Maiza, Czes, and Sylvie in search of the remaining 1711 immortals.

  • The Cameo: Has one line in the 1934 novel. Turns out he was passing through Chicago.
  • Character Overlap: Elmer alludes to a fight Nile got into with Shizuo Heiwajima during the year they both spent in Japan. The same fight is referenced in the fifth Durarara!! book, when Shizuo comments that Chikage was almost as hard to take down as that one foreigner he fought a couple years back.
  • Cool Mask: Implied to have been wearing one since the Cold War
  • Frozen Face: Years of war trauma killed Nile's ability to show emotion on his face. It disturbs him enough that he never wants to look at it again, hence the Cool Mask.
    “Yet... there was one thing that had changed. My face. I cried out at my own helplessness. I thought that my mind would explode from rage, or be crushed by sadness. But the face that stared back at me from the lake’s mirrored surface was... nearly expressionless, with only a hint of sourness about it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: If something annoys him, Nile will consider killing it.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Anyone who brings up issues that he wants buried gets an iron claw to the face.
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: When they first meet and trade stories about why they're in Lotto Valentino, Victor tells him, Zank and Denkuro about how he got kicked out of England: He told the South Sea Company charterers that they couldn't justify an African slave trade with the notion that they were savage barbarians when, according to his own extensive research, race theories were complete BS. Hearing this story, Nile offers to help:
    Nile: Give me the names of these men of influence. I will flay them alive and hang their skins on treetops.
  • Straight Man: Elmer decides that he's his new Straight Man after they meet up. Nile is not amused by this.
    Nile: I say this: Die, Elmer. No, I will kill you myself.
  • Verbal Tic: Prefaces statements with "I say this".

Denkuro Tougo

One of the 1711 immortals. A Japanese man who, after the Advenna Avis landed in America, decided to get back to his homeland via Siberia. He was trapped in ice for about 250 years, but after a great deal of grief during the Cold War, he manages to find his way back to Japan. Finally joins up with the surviving 1711 immortals in 2002.

  • And I Must Scream: Denkuro was stuffed into a box and thrown into a crevasse. He was stuck there for 250 years, courtesy of Fermet.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Being trapped in a crevice for 250 years puts one's vocabulary on ice, so he speaks in an ancient fashion.

Victor Talbot

One of the 1711 immortals, Victor is part of the immortal-monitoring division at the FBI. Because his best friend, a fellow 1711 immortal, was the alchemist that Ennis devoured, Victor has a grudge against her and Szilard.

  • Character Filibuster: Perp Sweating allows him the opportunity, much to the interrogated's annoyance. They're much less eloquent than the usual fare, and he hasn't mastered breath control.
    Firo: "Sheesh, don't rant 'till you run out of breath, dumbass. And twice? What are you, twelve?"
  • The Exile: Victor originally came from the UK. Then he decided to voice his sincere thoughts on the South Sea Company to the guys drawing up the charter in typical Victor fashion. They did not agree with his opinion.
  • Friend on the Force: Albeit an incredibly abrasive, ill-tempered "friend" who's helping out only because tweaking Firo's passport is a significantly smaller pain in the ass than getting called in to vouch for the ninety-year-old teenager's true age.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes across as a jerk, but Victor shows concern for the children of Lotto Valentino since he considers the adults a bunch of rotters. He also cares for his subordinates, and at one point nostalgically looks back to eating with Nile, Zank and Denkuro.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Lucrezia left Victor ignorant on her Faking the Dead plan for trolling purposes.
    Huey: "My apologies, Victor. Lady Lucrezia specifically instructed me to remain silent, wishing to see your surprised face when the time came."
  • Loophole Abuse: Uses it to, among other thing, troll Firo upon their first meeting.
    "The demon's rules had a few loopholes, you see. I can't give a false name, but someone else can certainly introduce me with one. Neat, isn't it?"
  • Motor Mouth: When he gets excited, he'll keep talking and talking until he runs out of breath.
  • Pet the Dog: Victor is, generally speaking, a demanding and verbally abusive boss. After a suicide bomber sent by Huey endangers his subordinates, Victor shows genuine concern for their well-being and relief that they are unhurt. The subordinates are duly surprised and make snarky comments about it.
  • Rabid Cop: Comes across as short tempered and dangerous to Firo.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his Jerkass tendencies, Victor refuses to stoop so low as to take revenge on Ennis for devouring his friend. In fact, he refuses to kill another immortal for personal reasons, on the grounds that this would make him Not So Different from Szilard. In addition, he's willing to abuse a few loopholes to provide technically legal ID cards (same name, government issued, different date of birth), mostly so he doesn't have to deal with Firo getting arrested for his "obviously fake" passport again.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: It's even noted in the Dramatis Personae that he swears all the time.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Why did he work for House Dormentaire back in 1711? Because Lucrezia.

Begg Garott

One of the 1711 immortals, Begg works for the Runorata Family. Even before 1711, he's been creating all sorts of drugs to bring people "ultimate happiness". He and Fermet studied together under the same alchemy teacher.

  • Happy Place: After Bartolo Runorata's death, he's gone to one of these with no signs of recovery.
  • Immune to Drugs: He's injected himself with so much drugs that's he's developed an immunity to them.
  • Pet the Dog: After Czes loses the explosives he was going to use to negotiate with the Runoratas, Begg reveals that he was the Runorata buyer, and that Czes won't be held responsible for the loss of the explosives. The whole negotiation was set up by Begg so that he could help Czes financially without arousing suspicion.

A mysterious newcomer to the crime world with connections to the Runorattas and a suspicious physical resemblance to Maiza's late brother, Gretto. Cold and vindictive, Melvi bears a strong grudge against Firo for stealing what he sees as rightfully his - Szilard's memories - and is more than happy to make him suffer for it.

  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Melvi's cruel behavior is a stark contrast to his boyish appearence.
  • Identical Stranger: To Gretto, a fact which disturbs both Maiza and Firo.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Held this view towards Szilard Quates. He was anything but happy to discover that Firo beat him to the chase.
    Melvi: You stole my future, Firo. I'm just taking it back.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Melvi has no qualms attacking people close to Firo in order to get at him.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Bites his lip hard enough to bleed when introducing himself to Firo and assuring him that he wants "nothing more, nothing less" than Szilard's Memories, turning the act into a veiled death threat.
  • Smug Snake: Melvi is very secure in knowing that he's under Claire Stanfield's protection. Unfortunately, "bodyguard" is not synonymous with "attack dog", to say nothing for Claire's plans for Melvi once the contract's been completed.

    Nebula Sky 

Renée Palamades Brinvillier

A scientist working at Nebula. Renée is a clumsy and forgetful woman who is nevertheless devoted to science, to a frightening degree. Her attractive figure is the subject of much attention from her fellow researchers, but Renée doesn't seem to care about anything not related to her experiments.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: On Elmer's first day at school, she left him standing outside the classroom all day, forgetting to call him in for introductions at the beginning of class.
  • Eye Scream: Courtesy of Huey, in exchange for taking his eye. No anesthesia.
  • For Science!: Renée is basically a Distaff Counterpart to Huey, except she doesn't even try to hide her scientific curiosities.
  • Hot Scientist: Her gorgeous figure is frequently pointed out by both the characters and the narration.
  • Immortality: Renée is from a generation of immortals even earlier than the 1711 group, though details on that are still sparse.
  • Lack of Empathy: From the human race at large to her own children, Renée's ditzy manner masks an incalculably callous disregard for the feelings or well-being of others.

    Lotto Valentino Inhabitants 

The Mask Maker
A masked Serial Killer who terrorizes the city of Lotto Valentino in 1705. Very little is known about him—not even his gender or approximate age. The Mask Maker's victims are all stabbed to death with a stiletto and their faces are covered with the same white mask worn by the killer himself. It is said that anyone who witnesses the Mask Maker will become his next target.

  • Dramatic Unmask: Inverted. The Reveal of the Mask Maker's identity comes when Monica puts on the mask in front of Huey, Elmer, and Niki.
  • Knife Nut: The Mask Maker's signature weapon is an eight-inch stiletto.
  • Legacy Character: Long after the events of the 1700s, the Mask Maker's legacy lives on as a group of assassins-for-hire.
  • Samus Is a Girl: "His" true identity is Monica Campanella, a student at the alchemy school. She had been targeting key members of the Lotto Valentino drug trade and the slave children who acted as runners in order to increase profits for Huey's counterfeiting operation.

Monica Campanella / Maribel Boroñal
An alchemy school classmate of Huey and Elmer, Monica is a friendly girl who works at a nearby patisserie. She has a massive unrequited crush on Huey, and the aftermath of her confession starts off the 1705 story.

  • Death Faked for You: After Monica killed Gardi Dormentaire, her death was faked and she took up the name Monica Campanella. Later, Huey and Elmer attempts to fake her death a second time, but they are too late and she dies for real.
  • Decoy Damsel: After witnessing the Mask Maker and becoming a potential target, Monica gets Huey to walk her home from school. Of course, Monica is the Mask Maker. Elmer set up the situation to help Monica get together with Huey.
  • Doomed by Canon: Monica's death is first mentioned in the 2002 story, two books before she actually dies.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Monica smiles at Huey as she disappears into the water.
  • Longing Look: If Huey is within eye shot, Monica will constantly glance back at him even in lectures or when talking to others ("How does she not get tired of staring at the same face for nearly five years?"). The one time she doesn't do this is a sign to Huey that something is off (namely, House Dormentaire has arrived at Lotto Valentino with the stated mission to find a murderer - her).
  • The Lost Lenore: The Mask Maker's legacy is one of the driving forces of the 2002 plot, and Monica's death in particular is part of Luchino's main motivation.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Started her killing spree in order to facilitate Huey's counterfeiting operation. Without his knowledge.
  • Serial Killer: She is the serial killer, the Mask Maker.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: The 1705 novel starts five days after she confesses to Huey (with no clear answer).

Esperança C. Boroñal

An eccentric count who governs the city of Lotto Valentino. Esperança is a famed womanizer who will go above and beyond the call of duty in order to serve a woman's needs, be she old, young, fat, skinny, rich, poor, etc. In 1705, he is hosting Elmer, who had come to Lotto Valentino in order to study alchemy.

  • Celibate Hero: Despite his overwhelmingly frequent declarations of love for all womankind, Esperança will not lay a hand on any one of them.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He treats his maids with a great deal more respect than any other noble would.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He genuinely cares about Lotto Valentino and the safety of its inhabitants. Likely more for the women than the men.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Will allow any woman to walk up to him like a friend, despite being a count. Men as well, but only if they happen to be close friends.


A witness of the Mask Maker's serial killings. Niki meets Huey and Monica during an unfortunate run-in with a group of thugs. She is later saved by Elmer from those same thugs, and ends up staying at Esperança's estate as Elmer's guest.

  • Made a Slave: One of the young slaves that the residents of Lotto Valentino use as tools for a lucrative drug trade.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In the 1711 story, she falls for Fermet and volunteers to take his place under the guise of a Mask Maker as a distraction to Advenna Avis escape and dies in the process. Tragically, she never realizes that this is all orchestrated by Fermet.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Niki considers her time at Esperança's estate to be one such moment.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Niki drank the immortality elixir while she was still recovering from the severe burns she received from Fermet's trap. Not the best idea, it turns out.

Dalton Strauss
The headmaster of the alchemy school in Lotto Valentino. He is an elderly man who commands a great deal of respect from his students. Dalton knows about the truth behind many of the events that are occurring in Lotto Valentino in 1705, and discloses his knowledge to the visiting Denkuro and Zank.

  • An Arm and a Leg: His right hand, which he lost post-immortality - in order to show Archangelo that he pose no threat to him or Renee, Dalton cut it off and nailed it down, making it impossible for him to devour anyone.
  • Artificial Limbs: His right hand is made of wood.
  • Cool Old Guy: Student needs to break their girlfriend out of jail? Glad to be of service!


The leader of the Rotten Eggs, a gang composed of disgruntled aristocratic youth.

  • Bad Boss: Stabs the hand of a gang member who got into a fight of which he did not approve.
  • Death Glare: The narration goes on about how "sharp" his eyes are and how intimidating it is to meet his gaze.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Do not call him Maiza.
  • Neighborhood Friendly Gangster: He wants what's best for Lotto Valentino; what his subordinates want is less clear.
  • Noble Demon: Despite the harsh manner in which he does so, his motives for warning various people to stay out of Lotto Valentinian politics appear to be altruistic. Elmer calls him on it, and he doesn't deny it.
  • Young Future Famous People: In-universe, as he's Maiza Avaro.

    Members of House Dormentaire 

Carla Alvarez Santonia

Loyal bodyguard of Lucrezia Dormentaire. She was sent to Lotto Valentino in 1711 in order to find the fugitive who killed Lucreza's brother ten years prior. In 1711 she's also tasked with discovering the identity of the rogue bomber terrorizing the city.

  • Action Girl
  • Ambiguously Gay: It isn't specified if Lucrezia takes her to bed like she does many of her other servants, but given Carla's care for her mistress and the way Lucrezia usually talks or refers to her, it's far from unlikely.
  • Berserk Button: Have a problem with being commanded by a crossdressing woman in 1710? Then you'll also have a problem talking, walking, and/or fathering children.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is polite and reasonable when she has no reason to be angry. Give her a reason, and you may very well lose a body part.
  • Bifauxnen: Is one chestwrap away from being a Wholesome Crossdresser
  • The Chains of Commanding: Runs into a tough decision when Monica turns herself in as the fugitive Dormentaire was looking for, hoping to end the search before they can connect her to the Mask Makers and Huey's counterfeiting ring. The problem is, searching for the fugitive was only a cover story, as well as Dormentaire's only justification for remaining in the city. Lucrezia's order is to do what she wishes with the girl, so long as she finishes her true mission. Monica's original crime against Dormentaire was purely in self-defense and already settled in secret through her falsified death, so Carla doesn't feel comfortable killing what she believes is an innocent girl. However, Monica's identity as the fugitive is already highly suspected by the public, so quietly releasing her is likely to end with her lynching. Carla tries to Take The Third Option and keep her in custody in secret until she can complete the actual mission... Which backfires spectacularly when Huey discovers her location takes action with a very pyrotechnic-heavy jailbreak.
  • Complete Immortality: Implied, as Lucrezia has shared the Elixir of Life with her subordinates.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Maiza. Sure, House Dormentaire is basically taking over his city solely for personal gain, but that's no reason to hate anyone.
  • Lady and Knight: Knight to Lucrezia's Lady.
  • Legacy of Service: Her family has served the Dormentaires for generations
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Like Victor, Lucrezia didn't let Carla in on her Faking the Dead plan because she wanted to see the look on her bodyguard's face when she found out. The answer is Tears of Joy, quickly followed by an angry lecture.
    Lucrezia: Carla! Your face is so much more adorable than I was ever expecting, sweetheart!
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: In her own words, she "will do anything to get a hold of the objects of [Lucrezia's] desire," even if she doesn't always approve of the request.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is usually very level-headed.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Even with the ulterior motive, she's not terribly scornworthy
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Lucrezia's Girly Girl.

Lucrezia de Dormentaire

Spanish noblewoman of House Dormentaire who sends Carla (and later Victor and Szilard) to Lotto Valentino in order to uncover alchemical research on immortality and counterfeit gold. An unrepentant hedonist whole loves all the world.

  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Lucrezia doesn't give a damn that qipaos won't be created for two-hundred and ten years - she's gonna wear one anyway.
  • Anything That Moves: She loves all the world.
    Victor: Don't get me wrong, though. I'm not gonna cheat on you — you're still the best. Although you're probably going through men and women every night.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Most of her servants would be perfectly happy to hear her read out a phonebook.
  • The Beautiful Elite: A lovely noblewoman in an anachronistic qiapo.
  • Blue Blood: Spanish noblewoman of House Dormentaire
  • Complete Immortality: Since Huey joined Dormentaire as part of a deal he cut with Lucrezia, both Huey and Elmer only drank half of their shares (any amount of the Grand Panacea will grant immortality) and sent the rest to her. Lucrezia drank Huey's, while Niki and other House Dormentaire associates got Elmer's
  • Faking the Dead: Lucrezia wasn't anywhere near her alleged transport ship when it was blown out of the water - she was hanging out at Esperanza's in disguise. The whole thing was a ruse to justify seizing the city so they could find the research they wanted
  • The Gadfly: Why didn't she let Carla and Victor in on her plan to fake her own death? Because she wanted to see the looks on their faces when they found out.
  • The Hedonist: Loves everything in the world in a selfish and pleasurable manner.
  • Qipao: A mandarin style dress Two-hundred (lampshaded) years ahead of fashion and in Spain no less.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Lucrezia disregards the age's propriety pretty much just for the hell of it.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: How can a woman be openly bisexual and polyamourous at a time when those should call for her execution? Because House Dormentaire is just that damn powerful.
  • Sex God: Lucrezia is very, very good at getting people into bed, gender or sexual orientation be damned.
  • Sexy Man, Instant Harem: Female example. And at least one's in her bed every night.
  • The Team Benefactor: Funds and provides tools for Victor, Szilard and Huey's alchemy research.
  • The Unfettered: Ready to do anything she wants, whenever she wants, propriety be damned.

    The Children of Bottle Characters 


Five identical girls, all calling themselves Phil, who live in the castle with Elmer. Prior to his taking up residence in the castle, they lived in the village, where they were regarded as demonic by the villagers.

  • Flawed Prototype: Her bodies do not visibly age, but have very short lifespans.
  • Hive Mind: She's a "water" being with five bodies.
  • Human Sacrifice: The girls were given up by the villagers as "living sacrifices" to appease the supposedly demonic Elmer. Phil is 100% okay with this, as she likes Elmer and hates the abusive villagers.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Technically, Phil is a consciousness from another plane of reality about which nothing is known. Elmer speculates that she could be nonsentient and mimicking human behavior to survive, but chooses to believe that she is a person.

Dez Nibel

The mayor of the village. Highly suspicious and hostile toward outsiders.

NOTE: This character is treated as two separate people, Dez and Felt, throughout most of the book. After the character's true nature is revealed, he is referred to exclusively as Felt. Tropes that apply to the character throughout the book will be duplicated on both sheets. Tropes that only occur after the reveal will be listed on Felt's sheet.

  • Freudian Excuse: He truly snapped when his wife died due to the outdated medical practices of the village, with Dez knowing that modern technology such as the lab used could have saved her.
  • Hive Mind: Dez, his son Felt, and a couple of flesh-blobs are all controlled by one consciousness.
  • Identity Absorption: Tries to do this to the villagers, then Czes, then Elmer.
  • Our Homunculi Are Different: A homunculus/water being who escaped from the Quates family's lab.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: After the death of his human wife, he had a bit of a breakdown and became determined to destroy the village and its creators.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The villagers love him, which allows his to use their paranoia to his advantage, incite them to abuse Phil for no reason, and after his Dez body dies, use his Felt persona to whip them into a vengeful/fearful frenzy that drives them to capture Czes for him.

Felt Nibel

Dez's son. He is kinder and more open-minded than his father.

  • Forbidden Fruit: This appears to be part of the appeal of the outside world to him. Although it's definitely not all-see Dez's sheet.
  • Gender Flip: At the end of the story, his/her only body is one of Phil's little-girl bodies.

The Peddler/Bild Quates

  • The Atoner: For the misdeeds his ancestors committed to create the village.
  • Fatherly Scientist: To Phil, although rather ineffectual for most of her life.
  • I Am Not My Father: Nor is he his grandfather. Or his great grandfather. Or his...
  • Identical Grandson: To the point that Elmer initially mistook him for Szilard.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Self-inflicted. Maiza also reacts rather badly upon first hearing his name.
  • White Sheep: All the Quateses from Szilard on down seem to have been amoral mad scientists except for him.

    The Walken Family 

Claudia Walken
"From the moment I was born, the world's belonged to me!"

A world-renowned actress who is aboard the luxury cruise liner Entrance to promote her new movie, Mode Gears 2—Shark Flight. Claudia is an outgoing 14-year old solipsist, and is the great-granddaughter of Claire and Chane.

  • Above Good and Evil: Claudia doesn't care whether someone is good or bad, as long as they're honest.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In the same unsettling way as her great-grandfather, she is eccentric.
  • A God Am I: Just like Claire, Claudia is of the opinion that the world exists for her sake, and that if she wants something to happen, she will make it happen.
  • Generation Xerox: Her personality is basically the same as Claire's.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Eye color aside, Claudia's practically an Opposite-Sex Clone of her great-grandfather Claire, and is growing up to resemble him more and more.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Inherited Claire's solipsism. Firo remarks that Claudia's not the first one to take after Claire in that sense, but so far she's the one who resembles him most.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: In-universe. Claudia puts heart and soul into each one of her roles, even if they happen to be trashy B-movies.

Charon Walken

Claudia's younger brother, Charon is a 13-year old stuntman known for his incredible athletic capabilities. He is aboard the Entrance along with Claudia to promote the new movie. He is the great-grandson of Claire and Chane.

  • Spanner in the Works: Charon helps bring about the conclusion of the 2002 hijacking by telling Angelo that Life and the Demolisher have the same speech patterns, and are thus the same person.
  • The Stoic

    Bobby's Gang 

Bobby Splot

The leader of a small gang of delinquents. He (along with the gang) stows away on the Entrance in order to get revenge on the Martillo Family for taking back the camera they stole. Bobby is the great-grandson of Jacuzzi and Nice, though he has none of Jacuzzi's crybaby attitude. He has what seems to be some of Jacuzzi's Magnetic Hero-ism, though.

  • Chekhov's Gunman or Destined Bystander: Bobby is first mentioned offhand by Firo in the 1930 novel (even earlier than Jacuzzi!), and finally makes a proper appearance in the 2002 story. It's not known if Narita had always planned for Bobby to be Jacuzzi's descendant.
  • The Nicknamer: Gave nicknames to all three of his gang members.
  • Tsundere: He's definitely not joining the Martillo Family because Carnea is there. Nope.


A member of Bobby's gang.



Carnea Kaufman

A stowaway girl who runs into Bobby's gang while trying to find a hiding place. She stowed away on the Entrance in order to find Angelo.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Carnea is actually the only living blood relative of Angelo's boss, who was recently assassinated. Carnea never knew about her father's involvement in the drug industry, but became the organization's leader after his death.
  • Charm Point: According to Troy, Bobby has a thing for dark-skinned blondes.

    Mask Makers 

Luchino B. Campanella "The Rookie Warlock"

The head of the group of assassins known as Mask Makers, Luchino is a stage magician who boards the Exit under the cover of a performer. He is the Boss of the Mask Makers. However, he dislikes the feeling of killing, to the point of physical sickness (usually manifested in a great deal of vomiting). He wants to find Huey and demand answers from him why he killed a certain Campanella.

  • Ancestral Weapon: The Mask Maker's stiletto. It's not known if it's the very same one used in 1705, however.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Subverted. Luchino's stuck in his Magician suit on the Exit because he wasn't planning to take an active part in this particular mission.
  • Beneath the Mask: Whenever Luchino kills, he puts on a mask of uncaring coldness. Then he takes off his mask and throws up in disgust.
  • Cultured Badass: Luchino's both a skilled stage magician and an experienced assassin.
  • Improbable Age: 17 years old as of 2002, and leader of a group of assassins.
  • Knife Nut: Luchino uses the same stiletto as the original Mask Maker.
  • Mutilation Interrogation: Threatens to use this against Life, but he gets away.
  • The Reveal: He's a descendant of Huey and the only woman he ever loved, Monica.
  • Revenge: His main motivation is to avenge his ancestor Monica, whom he believes was killed by her own husband Huey.
  • What a Drag: Inflicts this on Bride by tying him to Entrance as it skids by Exit.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: A Rare Male Example. Everyone treats Luchino with respect befitting the leader of the Mask Makers, and Luchino himself lives up to his reputation of being a merciless assassin. What he doesn't show his team, though, is the fact that he has a great deal of psychological difficulty in killing people.


A member of the Mask Makers, Illness is one of the main combatants of the group. She befriends Czes and Claudia on the trip despite her actual reason for being on the ship. Like Luchino, she has a tendency to get nauseous after a killing spree.

  • Abusive Parents: Illness's parents were part of the SAMPLE branch that tortured her. Her father was one of the people who personally inflicted horrific injuries on her.
  • Break the Cutie: All the torture she went through. This gives her common ground with Czes.

A member of the Mask Makers. She is noticable for her well toned body and huge stature of over 2 meters, or about six feet and a half. Aging is in her late twenties to early thirties. She is the brute force of the squad who is bold and fearless in combat, as she knows that there are very few people who are actually good enough fighters to lay a scratch on her. She loves to fight and is always seeking new challenges.

  • Boobs of Steel: The unlikeliness of this is lampshaded by Sylvie, who wonders how she manages to have them when she has no body fat anywhere else.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: And has the body to prove it. Specifically, she can jump ludicrous heights.
  • Kukris Are Kool: If not her BFG, an 80-centimetre Kukri is her weapon of choice.
  • The Tease: She often teases Luchino. His gentle, unretaliating nature only encourages her.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge Girl to Luchino's Tiny Guy. Luchino barely even reaches to her chest.


The most experienced member of the Mask Makers, and according to Aging, the only member who's from a background as a proper mercenary. He is shot and killed by Angelo at the beginning of 2002.

  • The Last Dance: Because he was dying of an undisclosed sickness, Death wanted to be killed on the battlefield by a Worthy Opponent. He got his wish.

A member of the Mask Makers. He constantly keeps his face hidden, and is in charge of smuggling weapons onto the Entrance and planting poison gas in the ventilation systems. Life ends up chasing after Bobby and Carnea when they accidentally stumble on his poison gas setups.

  • Dramatic Unmask: Angelo takes off his goggles and finds out that Life is also the Demolisher.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: Life is actually Fermet, working as a Triple Agent who is also working with SAMPLE as well as Angelo.
  • Wall Crawl: Life jumps off the Mask Makers' cruiser, onto the hull of the Entrance, and crawls up to a window.

    Drug Cartel 

A professional assassin currently working for a South American drug cartel, Angelo is seeking revenge for his recently-assassinated boss. He is working with the Demolisher to fight the Mask Makers on the Entrance. He runs into Firo at the ship's casino, and upon finding out about Firo's immortality, teams up with him against the Mask Makers.

  • Dashing Hispanic: Born in Spain, working in South America, and eventually went to New York to work for his new bosses, The Martillos.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A self-proclaimed man of principle, Angelo won't shoot women, children or elders.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Angelo practically calls upon the narrative gods to kill him by deciding that he's going to take his family on a trip to Venice after he's done with this one job, along with invoking a Million-to-One Chance of his own death while the narrative helpfully points out that that probably means it's closer to fifty-fifty. He lives.


The 43rd and current leader of the Cult known as SAMPLE. "Bride" is likely not his real name, but a title given to the leader, who is the "bride" of the cult's current god. He is normally a slightly shy but affable man, but becomes a charismatic leader when he injects himself with dextrose. Seems to enjoy playing video games. With the cooperation of the cult's supervisor, Viralesque, he leads the cult in the hijacking of the cruise ship Exit.

  • An Arm and a Leg: His arms are cut off when he gets caught between the Entrance and the Exit as they skid past each other.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Viralesque offers the dying Bride the incomplete elixir of life, but he refuses and jumps into shark-infested waters.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Bride ditches the glasses whenever he's in the role of the dextrose-high cult leader.
  • Lolicon: Discussed and Defied. Bride prefers older women, it seems.
  • Marriage to a God: Par the course for the leader of SAMPLE. Bride explains that "marriage" in this cult, however, is not necessarily what the legal definition means.
  • Old Man Marrying a Child: Bride isn't old by any stretch of the imagination, but he mentions that most (if not all) of his wives so far have been ten-year old girls.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: SAMPLE's dress code involves a lot of black and red, it seems.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: He's planning to kill his temporary "wife" once SAMPLE obtains Sylvie, the permanent-wife candidate.
  • Villains Out Shopping: His very first words he says upon showing up at SAMPLE's most recent meeting is, "Oh, sorry about this, everyone! I can't believe I was late! The final boss was much tougher than I'd expected. I had to start over five times!"


Nader Schasschule

A Con Man and an ex-member of the Lemures following his attempted uprising against them. He dreams of being the Ideal Hero his Childhood Friend thinks he is, but is afraid that such a dream is impossible.

  • Artificial Limbs: He has a prosthetic metal hand, which replaced his right hand after Chané Laforet cut it off in 1931. Goose would argue that Nader was simply Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
  • Con Man: He's been conning people ever since he was a teenager for a livelihood.
  • Guilt Complex: Every time he thinks about schmoozing someone powerful and working his way up in a hierarchy, not to mention every time he thinks about his childhood promise. Ties in with Heroic Self-Deprecation, since he constantly engages in self-loathing.
  • Silver Tongue: The reason for his success in conning people.