The protagonist and main character of the game. She works as a photographer, and lives in a lighthouse on the planet Hillys with her uncle Pey'j, and a group of orphans. At first she just wants to make a little money to get out of Perpetual Poverty, but she quickly gets caught up in a resistance movement, a Government Conspiracy, and an Alien Invasion.
- Big Eater: Jade can wolf down a dozen Starkos without breaking a sweat.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly around Pey'j. She's a lot more serious around Double H, since she's nowhere near as comfortable with him... At first.
- Friend to All Children: She runs an orphanage.
- Human Alien: It is revealed at the end of the game that she is a Shauni, which may or may not be an alien race.
- Healing Hands: Which she uses to bring back Pey'j.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: When she returns home to her lighthouse, she discovers that it's been destroyed, and all of her adoptive children have most likely been killed. She breaks down and delivers a heart-wrenching soliloquy about her uselessness. Said soliloquy was so impressive that they even included it on the official OST album under the trackname "Enfants Disparus".
- Hot Scoop: She even used to be the page picture for that trope!
- Humanoid Abomination
- In-Series Nickname: Shauni which she chooses as her penname, but turns out to be her real name, Miss Thyrus (by Double H until his brain unscrambles enough to start calling her Miss Jade instead) and Little Rookie (by the race announcer.)
- Intrepid Reporter: Ditto.
- Lotus Position: She meditates in this in the game's opening.
- Mama Bear: Get close to the lighthouse orphans at your own peril.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Her eyes glow when the DomZ priest infiltrates her mind.
- Orphanage of Love: She runs one for war orphans, along with her uncle.
- Simple Staff: And she kicks a lot of ass with it.
- Stealth Expert: Despite having no training in it, Jade is pretty stealthy. In fact she's practically a female Solid Snake.
- Team Mom: At least, to the orphans.
- Voice of the Resistance: At least, she seems to be one of the main reporters for the IRIS Network.
Jade's uncle, who's a Sus Sapien (an evolved pig). He works as a mechanic at the lighthouse, spending time repairing the hovercraft, or building oddball things like his prized Jet Boots.
- Beneath Notice: So good at hiding his identity as the chief of IRIS, that not even his second-in-command (Hahn) knew who his boss was. The Alpha Section pulled the needle out of the proverbial haystack when they captured him.
- Boisterous Bruiser: CHILI CON CARNE!
- Deadpan Snarker: Constantly.
- Disney Death: After spending weeks in a Domz torture device, he's dead by the time Jade manages to free him. Luckily her healing powers manage to revive him.
- Fartillery: He has flatulence-powered jet boots. Which he's quite proud of demonstrating.
- Genius Bruiser: He can throw a punch—er, wrench—better than you'd think. He's also probably the smartest member of Jade's crew.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It's never explained how he got his eye scar, but given the implications he makes about his past, one can make a few assumptions.
- Improbable Weapon User: Also counts as an Improvised Weapon—he uses a wrench.
- Interface Spoiler: We can see his Jet Boots in his S.A.C. before he introduces them.
- Large Ham: Pun not intended.
- My Nayme Is: Yes, it's spelled Pey'j.
- Mr. Fixit: He repairs the hovercraft, but it only lasts long enough to make it to Mamago Garage. He's also capable of repairing an elevator, and an orbit-capable small spaceship!
- Rebel Leader: He's the secret leader of the IRIS Network.
- Retired Badass: We don't know what he got up to with Jade's parents, but indications are, it was pretty hardcore, and Pey'j has a surprising knowledge of buttkicking.
- Southern-Fried Genius: If his accent is anything to go by, he comes in spicy Texan flavor.
- Take Care of the Kids: He was Jade's parents' best friend; they put her under his care to save her.
- Weekend Inventor: The Jet Boots, the hovercraft, the Beluga, and who knows what else...
An agent/reporter for the IRIS Network. Went missing in action a while back, but becomes one of Jade's allies after she saves his life.
- Accidental Misnaming: Refers to Jade as "Miss Thyrus" during his initial Cloud Cuckoolander episode when Jade brings up the IRIS Network.Jade: Jade! My name is Jade!Double H: I'm at your service, Miss Jade Thyrus!
- Battle Cry: "Carlson & Peeters!"
- Big Book of War: Carlson & Peeters, which he quotes constantly.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Almost to Emotional Bruiser levels.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Primarily during his Easy Amnesia stint, but even when he recovers, he's still a little... out there. But it's in more of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer sense.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: When Jade first discovers him, he's being tortured with some sort of DomZ machine.
- Defector from Decadence: He's ex-Hyllian Army, and it's a shame his former comrades spend most of game with their hands tied by the influence of Alpha Section, because Double H demonstrates that these guys can kick some ass in a pinch.
- Dork Knight: Though no one seems to comment on it.
- Easy Amnesia: From the Cold-Blooded Torture he receives. It doesn't last long though.
- Electric Torture: He's first found caught in it.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Although Jade's IRIS teammates call her by her name most often, Double H is only called by his codename... except for when he's dying. Then, they call him "Hub." Word of God confirms that his full name is Hubert.
- Fire-Forged Friends: While it's not that she actively dislikes him, at first, Jade is clearly a lot less comfortable while working with Double H than she is working with Pey'j. However, the trials they endure together in the Factory unite them, and they become true friends. She's still a little less sure of him than she is of Pey'j, but even that begins to change.
- First-Name Basis: As befitting his Knight in Shining Armor personality, he always politely refers to Jade as "Miss Jade." However, shortly after the lighthouse is destroyed, he kills the "Miss," cementing their Fire Forged Friendship once and for all.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his military-minded exterior, he's ultimately kind-hearted—and even, if the credits are anything to go by, as much a Friend to All Children as Jade and Pey'j.
- Glad He's on Our Side: He remarks this about Jade after watching her single-handedly beat up several monsters.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. He never goes into battle without first donning his helmet, which he apparenly keeps in Hammer Space the rest of the time.
- I Owe You My Life: The reason for his fierce loyalty—at first.
- Just in Time: Double H saves Jade just as she's about to fall to her death.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Which, by the way, will be handy for several puzzles in the Slaughterhouses.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Large Ham: CARLSON AND PEETERS!
- Perpetual Frowner: At least at first. He starts to smile more in the later portions of the game.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Less so than Pey'j though.
- Smooch of Victory: Tries to plant one of these on Jade after she wins the last hovercraft race. Her reaction and if he succeeds are ambiguous.
- Sorry I'm Late: He comes to your aid in the middle of a boss battle.
- Space Marine: More of a parody than a traditional take, though.
- Take My Hand: His rescue of Jade in the optional rooftop chase scene.
- Use Your Head: His main attack seems to be ramming things with his head.
- When He Smiles: After being dour-faced for the entire game, he finally smiles after seeing Jade break out of her Heroic B.S.O.D.. Cue "awwwws."◊
- You See, I'm Dying: At the end of the dungeon where you save him, you find out he's dying due to DomZ infection, and you have to get him back to HQ in five minutes.
Jade's little AI buddy who transfers money to her account, and digitalizes items for later use.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: He speaks with... some sort of accent, but whatever it is, it's awesome.
- Bag of Holding: He scans all of Jade's items and turns them into data. to be reconfigured upon actual use... Or something like that.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His major appearances are mostly near the beginning of the game. However, in the end, he's able to hack into the computer on the moon base.
- Hard Light: He's able to push buttons, somehow. And yet, he can't be high-fived or shoulder-slapped. Odd.
- Hollywood Hacking: He has no problems hacking the entire communications satellite. Of course, it could be that he simply put the moves on the female AI.
- Poirot Speak: Sort of just mashes Spanish, French and Italian words into his speech.
- Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: He and Pey'j have a tendency to argue with one another.
Member of the IRIS Network, and the one who contacts Jade. He is usually the one in charge, so he might be second in command after the chief.
- Rebel Leader: Although not quite the leader.
Member of the IRIS Network, who Jade is constantly in contact with.
- Team Mom: She seems to be this within the IRIS cell, and it shows especially when Double H comes back injured.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Not as often as Nino, but she takes the role on occasion.
NinoAnother IRIS member, who is in charge of broadcasting the reports.
- The Generic Guy: Since he's most often in his "business" persona, he's probably the most normal of the IRIS members.
- Large Ham: Tones up the ham a bit in his public bulletins about the Alpha Section's criminal activities.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: He is explicitly a radio and communications officer, and sends most of your mission data.
PeepersThe front man for IRIS, who works in the Akuda Bar as the master of Three Shell Monty. However, he also spends his time scouting for new talent—and signaled out Jade.
- Blind Seer: In a more modern version of this trope, he's the one who recognizes Jade's inherent talent and first realizes there's more to her than there is on the surface.
- Informed Attribute: He is probably blind given that he never seems to look anyone in the eye and his Ironic Nickname, but he then drops this line:Peepers: You'd have to be blind not to see it. [Jade's talent]
- There's also the fact that he calls out a picture of a spirit eater that shows up in the first debriefing, even though nothing's said beforehand to suggest what it is.
- Ironic Nickname: Although he's called "Peepers," he is, in fact, blind.
Hal, Issam, and Babukar
A group of (supposedly related) rhino people who work at Mammago's Garage, who all talk and act like Jamaican stereotypes. They are the only ones who accept pearls in the game, which you can use to upgrade your hovercraft or spacecraft.
The Governor of Hillys
Helps out the IRIS Network, and gives out important information about the Alpha Section.
- Hollywood Hacking: To an extent; you'll have to take pictures of barcode-scanner locks and wait for her team to decrypt the passcode for you.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She not only knows the Alpha Sections are bad, but she and her team of hackers are actively willing to help IRIS.
The Lighthouse ChildrenFehn, Pablo, Oumi, Yoa, Kip, and Zaza are a group of six children whom Jade watches over. They are all orphans of the war against the DomZ. Jade's desire to provide for them kickstarts the plot as she takes a risky job for the sake of helping them. They eventually get kidnapped by the Alpha Sections, which drives Jade to a Heroic B.S.O.D. before coming back around to save them.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Kip, who takes a lot of responsibility for the other kids despite seemingly being one of the younger ones. Oumi is female, but has many of the same personality traits.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Yoa, who is, inexplicably, bright blue. She's supposedly a human, but that's up for debate.
- Cool Big Sis: Fehn has an especially close relationship with Jade, so he views her in this light much more strongly than the other kids.
- Facial Markings: Yoa has white ones on her cheeks, beneath her eyes.
- Funny Animal: Fehn and Oumi are both goat people, or Capra sapiens.
- The Heart: Oumi tries very hard to be this, and seems to worry about Jade a lot.
- Heartwarming Orphan
- Mr. Imagination: Fehn, who has a fondness for pretending to be a knight, and even wants to grow up to be a soldier.
- Possibly Pablo as well, since he seems to enjoy telling stories of Woof doing impossible things.
- Mysterious Waif: Yoa, in addition to being blue, speaks an unknown language and has been spying on Pey'j. Or she can see into the future. It's not clear which, but either way, she's mysterious and drops some vauge hints about impending plot events if you talk to her.
- One Steve Limit: The orphan Fehn is not to be confused with the Jerk Ass news anchor Fehn Digler.
- Parent with New Paramour: Initially, Fehn seems to think this is the case between Jade and Double H. He seems... skeptical. However, the end credits Photo Montage shows that he eventually comes to like Double H a lot—and probably has Jade set him straight.
- Shrinking Violet: Zaza. This is probably because her parents were only killed recently, so it's understandable that she's still in a state of shock.
- Troubled Child: Poor Zaza...
Fehn DiglerA smarmy Hillyan News reporter/anchor who spends most of the game being a propoganda mouthpiece for the Alpha Section.
- Confused Bystander Interview: Tries to pull this on Jade after the lighthouse attack. Pey'j is not amused.
- Gonzo Journalism: If you subscribe to the Hillyan News, you can be treated to his efforts to slander the IRIS "terrorists" after every major plot event (often immedeately afterwards). Satisfyingly twisted in your favor right before the endgame.
- Kent Brockman News
- One Steve Limit: See above.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: If he isn't outright in the Alpha Section's pocket, he sure does love buttering them up. Thus, when you blow the lid off the entire conspiracy at the end, he somewhat sheepishly spends his last broadcast singing the praises of the "proud journalistic profession".
- Propaganda Machine: One arm of it for the Alpha Section. When they broadcast audio of his interview with Jade, they include Pey saying "You guys are not what I'd call as fast as a speeding bullet!" They conveniently cut his follow-up, "Keep doing nothing, and next time, there'll be nothing left to save!" Also, they omit the "not".
- Totally Radical: "Hey pop! Stay zen! Don't get your snout bent out of shape!"
- War Was Beginning: "The war has arrived at the gates of Hillys!"
The Supreme Commander of the Alpha Section. Appears on televisions all across Hillys reassuring the population (badly) that everything is under control.
- Almost Dead Guy: After Jade crashes his ship, he clings to life just long enough to deliver a Dying Curse to her face-to-face.
- Armchair Military: While he'll sometimes do some fighting in the relative safety of a gigantic Spider Tank, he's never seen personally fighting the DomZ in battle, only broadcasting propaganda to the masses. Makes sense considering he's their ally. He also takes this literally in one instance, piloting a flying, weaponized chair that he uses to try to kill Jade with during an optional quest.
- Bald of Evil: A very bald and unapologetically evil man.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Privately, he doesn't even pretend to act like he's serving anyone's best interests but his own. He wipes out species along with the DomZ just to ensure his own immortality, and his final words are even, "May the angels of darkness rise to glory."
- Climax Boss: Not directly, but his spider tank is.
- Colonel Badass: Though he doesn't get to show it until the end of the game.
- The Dragon: As the leader of the Alpha Section he's the right-hand man to the DomZ Priest, and is apparently secure enough in his position that he's able to tell the Priest that it needs him as much as Kheck needs it.
- Dying Curse: He curses Jade and tells her why she's doomed to fail, because he thinks she's already lost everything important to her—her uncle, her kids, and even her parents. Jade stares him down until his death, because she knows how wrong he is.
- General Failure: There's really nothing excusing his handling of the military. On the other hand, considering his allegiances, he's not exactly in a position to care...
- I Have Your Wife: He kidnaps the orphans from the lighthouse.
- Implacable Man: In his optional sidequest encounter, he's riding a heavily armed, fast jetpack with equally-heavily armed troops backing him up. Run or Die.
- Large Ham: Most apparent during his propaganda broadcasts where he really tries to oversell the evils of the IRIS Network and just how safe everyone is thanks to the Alpha Sections. He also seems to be enjoying a lot when trying to kill Jade in an optional quest and later on the moon.
- Immortality Immorality: Is willing to aid the DomZ in wiping out entire species by draining them of their fluids, just so he can live longer.
- Obviously Evil: Wears black armor. Has no hair. Makes hammy speeches on the television about how "Great" it is to be a member of the Alpha Section, while lunging his arm forward in a Hitler-like fashion.
- Optional Boss: Of the Alpha Section HQ sidequest; he follows up a hair-raising stealth sequence (evade detection at all costs or die instantly) with a Jump Scare and a memorable Roof Hopping escape.
- Propaganda Machine: Which he uses constantly, and loudly.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one as he's about to die.
- Spider Tank: He pilots something similar to this ON THE MOON.
- Vampiric Draining: Turns out, he and the DomZ have been kidnapping people to "drain their fluids" so they themselves can live longer.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has the Alpha Section abduct the orphans from Jade's life house, and when they meet face-to-face, he mocks her about how they're already dead.
The Alpha Section
The Faceless Mooks under the command of General Kheck. They've recently converted the Nutripils factory and the Old Slaughter House into their military bases on Hillys.
- Drop the Hammer: Their weapon of choice.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Without their helmets on, the Alpha Section troops look downright grotesque.
- Eye Beams: Though in this case they're for scanning the environment, and not igniting their enemies.
- Gas Mask Mooks: In order to hide the grotesque corruption that the DomZ have afflicted them with.
- Mighty Glacier: If you're not able to exploit their obvious weak point (below) or just choose not to, you can take one out in a straight fight with some Bullfight Boss-like tactics. However, their hammers hit damn hard if you mess up, and they can take a lot of punishment. Fighting a crowd of them is usually unwise unless you're very good with melee combos.
- Obviously Evil: That the Alpha Section doesn't mean well is really no big surprise. Beside the traits that General Kheck shows, the average soldiers never show their faces, have glowing red visors, and wear black armor with skulls painted on them.
- Shoot the Fuel Tank: Kicking it once causes them to run around uncontrollably until they get it repaired. Kicking it twice causes the tank to fly into air, taking it with them higher and higher, unless they hit a ceiling or something else and explode.
- Powered Armor: It's even better than the regular army's laser proof armor.
- Space Base: A base on the moon.
The DomZ Priest
The apparent leader of the DomZ and the Final Boss of the game, who seems to have a specific interest in Jade. He appears as a strange squid-lobster hybrid... thing with a particularly screwed-up voice.
- Big Bad: It is the thing responsible for the main conflict.
- The Corruption: If the pod on Pey'j's hand and the grotesque faces of the Alpha Section soldiers are anything to go by, the DomZ Priest can cause something along the lines of this.
- Deadpan Snarker: Isn't really one, but how he says "the pig" (referring to Pey'j) gives off vibes of this.
- Death by Irony: Before she was "taken away" and turned into a human, Shauni (Jade) was the source of his powers, and he wants her back. She's the one that kills him. Ends up pulling double-duty as Hoist by His Own Petard, in that sense.
- Eldritch Abomination: Yeah, it doesn't look all that threatening, but... seriously, what the hell is it? Where did it come from? How was it created? What the fuck is with the giant humanoid statue that it rests on? What's with the statue's deformed, almost holographic face? What's its gender? In what way is it a "priest"? Did it create the other DomZ? Are there more like it? Nobody knows, at least until we get some answers at the second game.
- Also, it basically looks like a floating head with something resembling tendrils and mandibles. The very first utterance of a line it ever had was a cough, followed by him saying that he's dying. If we may be so blunt as to ask, "Your Excellency", what happened to the rest of your body?
- Evil Overlord: Inverted. He's secretly in command of an interstellar military force, not the planets' own security forces. He wants to drain the population of its life energy, not lord over it, and his existence is seemingly top-secret to all those that know, even enemies.
- Evil Plan: As above, its draining life energy.
- Fantastic Racism: He almost derisively refers to Pey'j as "the pig" at one point. Might've just been a jab at the individual in question, however, seeing as how Pey'j was apparently among those that took away the source of his powers; it's somewhat understandable that he might hold a grudge over that.
- Flunky Boss: He primarily lets that giant statue spawn crystal shields to protect him from attacks by Jade. Said statue also captures Pey'j and Double H, projecting copies of them to attack her, after the regular DomZ minions are out of the way. The only time he's ever fought directly would be after he drowns the entire area (apart from the triple elevator platform), where he literally comes face-to-face with Jade, lunging his entire figure at her to literally throw her off her feet.
- For the Evulz: He wants to live longer and restore his original level of power back. Okay, so maybe he wants to accomplish something important to him? ... nope, he just wants to live longer. Not a very good reason for him causing something along the lines of mass murder.
- I'm a Humanitarian: When he attacks Jade by basically head-butting her, it almost looks like he's trying to eat her.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Tries to do this to Jade, more or less. He's killed in this way.
- Interface Screw: Subjects you to this in epic fashion when he's on his last legs.
- The Man Behind the Man: The real leader of the Alpha Section.
- Obviously Evil: Although introduced in the very last level of the game, the Priest makes its debut standing in front of the commander of the Alpha Section, who refers to the Priest as "Your Excellency". Hell, appearance notwithstanding, its echoing, almost sickly voice tone, on top of how he orders said commander to find Jade and bring her to it, clinches it.
- Puzzle Boss: You're supposed to defeat him by never missing a beat in hitting him whenever he turns up in a regular pattern. People who don't get this end up whaling on him only to get struck and returned to the start of the pattern, in a truly Sisyphean task.
- Teleport Spam: Does this every time Jade attacks him.
- Voice of the Legion: Very diseased-sounding voice, echoing each time it utters a phrase.
- We Can Rule Together: A variation.