Characters: Beyond Good & Evil
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
- Action Girl: With a sideorder of Action Mom thrown in.
- Badass Bandolier
- Big Eater: Jade can wolf down a dozen Starkos without breaking a sweat.
- Bare Your Midriff
- 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.
- Green Eyes
- 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 BSOD: 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.
- MacGuffin Girl
- 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.
- Plucky Girl
- 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.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: From the villains' perspective...
- Fartillery/Gasshole: He has flatulence-powered jet boots. Which he's quite proud of demonstrating.
- Funny Animal
- Gadgeteer Genius
- 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.
- Honorary Uncle: Well, yeah.
- Improbable Weapon User: Also counts as an Improvised Weapon—he uses a wrench.
- 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!
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Papa Wolf: Towards Jade.
- Pig Man: Of the friendly variety.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- 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...
- Wrench Whack
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.
Jade's little AI
buddy who transfers money to her account, and digitalizes items for later use.
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.
Member of the IRIS Network, who Jade is constantly in contact with.
Another IRIS member, who is in charge of broadcasting the reports.
The 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.
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.
The Lighthouse Children
Fehn, 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 BSOD 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...
A 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.
- Cool Shades
- 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
- Large Ham
- 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".
- The Quisling
- Smarmy Host
- 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
- Armchair Military
- Bald of Evil
- Climax Boss: Not directly, but his spider tank is.
- Supreme Commander Badass: Though he doesn't get to show it until the end of the game.
- The Dragon
- 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 Kids: 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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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 shows their faces, has glowing red visors, and wears black armor with skulls painted on them.
- Kick The Oxygen 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.