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"I had chosen to walk the dark path in life...And I'm still on it."
Blacksad is a hardboiled and successful private detective
. He can be cynical and harsh but he has a good heart and is dedicated to justice. He is incredibly unlucky in matters of the heart, but has a wide network of connections.
- Hurting Hero: often enough to give him an existential crisis by the beginning of Amarillo.
- Mr. Fanservice: In universe, this is played for humor. Otherwise, it's played straight.
"Your good friend Week is here full of good vibes."
An intrepid reporter
with an odor problem
and a perverted mind
. Weekly befriends Blacksad during the latter's child abduction case in 'The Line.' Despite Blacksad's initial dislike of Weekly the two have become good friends and they work together often. His name comes from an office rumor that he changes his underwear only once a week.
- Aside Glance: After Blacksad and Alma 'borrow' his apartment.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Averted. Weekly has proved very useful to Blacksad.
- Casanova Wannabe: Hilariously played for all it's worth in Hell, Silence: Week gets women coming on to him all over the place but is too busy snooping to pay any attention to theľ (BUMP) "Oops, pardon me."
"Truth is, John...I used to see clearly, but now..."
A police commissioner and friend of Blacksad. Because Smirnov realizes the failings of the justice system, he helps Blacksad to reach criminals that he himself cannot.
Somewhere Within The Shadows
- She's Got Legs: In her work uniform.
- The Stoic: Tries to be one, fails. This is most likely the reason why she gets killed by Huk.
- You Killed My Father: The reason why she wants revenge upon Karup, her own father, is for their leaving her mother to her death. Unlike her sister however, she has obvious doubts because the plan puts her daughter Kylie in harms way.
Chief Hans Karup
Jezebel Karup nee Smith
- Best Served Cold: The reason why she did everything to get at Karup, including using her own niece in a kidnapping plan.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: She teamed up with Huk, in more ways than one, to bring down Karup.
- Byronic Hero: From a Certain Point of View, and a failed one at that.
- The Chessmaster: She had a great plan. It worked, but she lost more than she bargained for.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The abandoned daughter of Karup.
- Disappeared Dad: Her dad is not mentioned at the start of the story, then we find out who her father is.
- Distinguishing Mark: She has a black mark on her chest.
- Heel Realization: Upon realizing that her vengeance cost Dinah's life, and made Kylie an orphan, which was the whole reason she wanted revenge on Karup.
- Lysistrata Gambit: There's a reason for this: she's Karup's daughter, which he's unaware of.
- Manipulative Bitch: She orchestrated Karup's fall.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is Jezebel, what did you expect?
- My God, What Have I Done?: Upon realizing that her plan ended up killing her sister, Dinah, thus leaving her niece, Kylie an orphan, just like she once was.
- Parental Incest: Played with. The lengths she went to to get at her own father included seducing and marrying him. Although they actually never have sex.
- You Killed My Father: The reason why she wants revenge upon Karup, her own father, is for their leaving her mother to her death. Unlike her sister however, she becomes completely consumed with revenge.
- Your Cheating Heart: Played with. She never loved Karup, given that he's her father, but still cheats on him with Huk.
- The Atoner: Twice. His first failure was becoming a supporter of the Nazi regime. The second is when he passes nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union in hopes of restoring the balance of power. He ultimately returns to Germany to help with rebuilding his destroyed country.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He and his father helped John during his childhood, thus making him loyal to him.
- Dirty Communists: Believed to be one given that he's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield. He was actually a Nazi.
- Freak Out!: When he goes back to his old neighborhood and sees the rundown state it is in.
- Herr Doktor: Yeah, he's German, yeah, he was a Nazi, yeah, he even worked with and met Hitler. But he's atoning for that.
- Karma Houdini: Escapes punishment even after trying to give state secrets to the Russians, flees to Germany and helps in the reconstruction of his country while serving as a school teacher.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: With the variant that he's actually alive.
- The Mole: Selling secrets to the Russians.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: At least according to Herzl.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe. His Nazi past, sorta.
- The Space Race: Herzl hints that Liebber was recruited by the US and worked at Los Alamos thanks to Operation Paperclip.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Hinted, specially given his last name.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: The more he drinks, the more of an ass he becomes.
- Dirty Communists: Is the benefactor of twelve left-leaning intellectuals. Spills the beans on them when pressured by Senator Gallo.
- Freak Out!: Suffers one during and after spilling the beans on his benefactees.
- The Informant!: He spills the beans to Senator Gallo on all the activities of the lef-leaning people he was financing.
- Dirty Coward: He quickly gives in to pressure from Gallo in order to try to save his hide.
- Sanity Slippage: The Red Scare really scares him.
- Stepford Smiler: He appears confident in public, but he is highly insecure and prone to being an idiot once inebriated.
- Dirty Communists: Believed to be one given that she's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Granted, originally she was all business.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Well, she was pretty, but she bloomed after she changed her hairstyle.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Alma and John were supposed to hook-up at Niagara Falls once everything was over, but because he's caught by the FBI, and made it seem he betrayed Liebber, she disappears. Whether she kept John's child, or even carried to term is never revealed.
- Woman Scorned: Although John never intended that to happen.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Gotfield with John.
- Defiant to the End: Which is why the truth serum kills him.
- Dirty Communists: Believed to be one given that he's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield. Actually a Communist.
- The Mole: Was selling Liebber's secrets to the Russians.
- Murder by Mistake: He accidentally dies at the hands of the FBI when they use truth serum on him.
- Retired Badass: Being a former russian soldier.
- Title Drop: The painting which he was gonna use to give the H-bomb secrets to the Russians was titled "Red Soul".
- Dirty Communists: Believed to be one given that he's a left-leaning benefactee of Gotfield.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Has a rivalry with Liebber. Most think it's because the scientific community like Liebber more than Herzl, in reality it's because Liebber is a former Nazi, and Herzl is a Holocaust survivor.
- The Holocaust: A survivor of it.
- Jewish and Nerdy: A renowned chemist.
- Karma Houdini: Never really got his comeuppance for his involvement in Otero's murder. Or at least it's never seen.
- Nazi Hunter: As a Holocaust survivor, he's been keeping tabs on Dr. Otto Lieber for his Nazi past.
- Corrupt Politician: It is revealed his program was gonna save only those close to him.
- Expy: Of Senator Joseph McCarthy, even acts like him.
- Punny Name: Gallo means Rooster in spanish.
- Red Scare: Uses it to wield his power in Washington.
A Silent Hell
Faust LaChapelle Dupre
- Big Bad: He set things in motion that ends with several musicians dead.
- I Have No Son: He does care about his son Thomas, and wants to leave him a good legacy, even if they don't see eye to eye.
- Incurable Cough of Death: He has cancer and is dying.
- Manipulative Bastard: Being the guy that kickstarted the main events.
- Meaningful Name: He's a very Faustian character.
- Snake Oil Salesman: The person of Life Everlasting, a supposed health product responsible for many cases of birth defects, including Lenoir and Fletcher.
- That Man Is Dead: Tries really hard to move away from his past as Dupre and all the bad things he caused, and he is not afraid to do anything to stop you if start sniffing around.
- Title Drop: He mentions his idea of Hell is a place where everything is silent, where there is no music.
Sebastian "Little Hand" Fletcher
- The Dutiful Son: Tried to be this, but it always seemed it was never enough for Faust.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's jealous of Sebastian, but he does care about him and Hannah.
- Red Herring Shirt: It's made seem that he's the bad guy initially, but is later revealed he cares about both Hannah and Sebastian.
- The Unfavourite: He always felt his father would dote more on Sebastian.
- Instant Birth, Just Add Water: With the help of Thomas and a midwife.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She is the person that starts this whole thing rolling by showing Faust the new lyrics for a song Sebastian and Lenoir were working on, a song about Faust's old life as Dr. Dupre and the damage his product, "Life Everlasting" did to the children of Caldonia.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Gives birth to a child the same night Sebastian dies.
"Big" Bill Lenoir
- An Arm and a Leg: Was born without one of his legs.
- The Drifter: Being pretty much poor, he spends his time "walking" through all of New Orleans.
- The Pollyanna: Despite being poor, in poor health including missing a leg, he seems to be a happy fella'.
- Putting the Band Back Together: Tried to with his childhood friends, but failed.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After he found out the truth about "Life Everlasting" and the origin of his condition, he reached out to his friends, which resulted in his friends getting killed and his own life threatened.
- Accidental Murder: Gets accidentally killed by Chad.
- Amoral Attorney: Averted. Despite seeing like an ambulance chaser, he's a really jovial guy.
- Blood from the Mouth: As he's dying.
- Die Laughing: Starts laughing at John's joke before passing away.
- Friend to All Children: Despite looking like a slimy lawyer, he's a good guy and and gets along well with Ray, John's nephew.
- Handsome Lech: Hits on several women, including John's sister.
- Nice Guy: Despite being a lawyer, he is really nice, even happily hanging out with Jay, John's nephew.
Luanne Eva Lange
Donna & Ray
- Accidental Murder: Falls of a train when attacking both John and Chad.
- The Hypocrite: Wanted to execute Chad for killed a fellow circus member, but was quickly to jump at the chance to turn in Luanne for a big reward. Gets called on it by Simon, the circus manager.
- Knight Templar: Will stop at nothing to make sure the circus survives, even if he gets expelled from it.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Dies in a lousy way after betraying his own circus code by trying to capture Luane for a reward.
- Sad Clown: Only while on the job.