Badass Bookworm: Dominic has an admittedly weak body, to the point that physically speaking just about anyone else in the comic could beat him up if they wanted to, but he's able to more than make up for this with mental powers, first demonstrated when he banishes a demon lord when they fight on a mental plane.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His two biggest fears are undead and Alterists. One because a powerful necromancer attacked his family as a child, and the other because of a mean-spirited prank that exposed Dominic to some visions of alterism gone wrong.
Big Good: Dominic's the viewpoint character, but Miranda's the biggest benevolent power in the series except possibly Rilian.
Death Glare: Has a range of half a mile, can go around corners, through dimensions, and can intimidate all but the most hardened foes.
The Dreaded: Milov is really, really scared of Miranda.
Eldritch Abomination: While she's not one herself, her fellow Archmagi are all friendly ones, as the recent story arcs have revealed. And she can send people who piss her off to a dimension crawling with them...
Happily Married: To Donovan. Even though they're both middle-aged, their relationship is as strong as it ever was.
Pregnant Badass: She helped save the world from the Storm of Souls while she was pregnant with Jacob. If it's not already obvious, Miranda is one tough lady.
Dominic's sidekick, girlfriend, eventual Fiancee, and finally Wife, Luna is a girl from the wealthy Travoria family that was hated by her mother for being born with unsightly tusks. Dominic saved her life in the comic's first real story arc and helped her through her suicidal and depressed phase. Luna's Character Development has been a major element of the comic's run.
Abhorrent Admirer: Word of God is that Luna was conceived as a deconstruction of this before it was decided she'd be a main character, simply posing the question of how someone would react to being immediately and harshly rejected by someone they liked because of their looks.
Badass Bookworm: Is just as big a nerd as Dominic, but one who can cast some very powerful magic.
Cain and Abel: Her relationship with her sisters was also like this for a while, but the three eventually decided to try and at least tolerate each other after the rest of their family got themselves killed with their petty fighting.
Chosen One: Entirely by accident, but Her tusks are the sign of an orcish curse that needs to be returned to Maltak for it to be reborn.
Determinator: Develops into one after overcoming her initial confidence issues.
Driven to Suicide: Her mother's plan to get her to kill herself was how she was introduced.
Mighty Whitey: Unfortunately falls into this during the Maltak arc, having to be the medium through which the land is saved instead of any of the orc characters.
Progressively Prettier: Her tusks have gotten steadily less prominent over the series' run, although this also coincides with Luna being less self-conscious about them.
Dominic's father and Miranda's husband, a bard famous for his sword skills and wearing pink.
Author Avatar: Mookie has admitted that he very much modeled Donovan after himself with his appearance, taste in music, and sense of humor.
Badass Grandpa: Still one of the great swordsmen in the land even though he's past his prime.
Beware the Silly Ones: He's mainly comic relief, but he's one of the most skilled sword fighters in the comic. Also, as Serk Brakkis found out, much to dismay, if you threaten anyone that Donovan cares about, he will literally bring everything he has and kick your ass, whether that be something physical like swordfighting, or something political, like Lars Sturtz's skill in navigating paperwork.
Heroic BSOD: Shadow Of Siegfried is full of this for her; she's entered a permanent silence in its aftermath. However after her pilgrimage to Eldariat she has finally snapped out of it and started to forgive herself.
True Companions: As a Spellwolf, he formed a Pack with Jayden and Siegfried, and drew criticism from the other werewolves over it; when the Pack breaks after Jayden's infidelity is revealed, there's big repercussions.
What the Hell, Hero?: He gets pissed when he realizes Dominic kept Siggy's damnation a secret for an entire year, yelling at him for not even trying to help in that whole time. Later in the arc, he gives one to himself when his rage very nearly leads to Jayden being killed.
Worf Effect: Milov is one of the most powerful among all of the werewolves, a master spellcaster, and a Juggernaut in battle... who is summarily beaten by every single opponent (from Jacob To Siegfried) to show how badass they are.
An orc woman working at Miranda's academy. Has a veryDark and Troubled Past that has prevented her from returning home. Becomes one of Luna's closest friends.
Berserk Button: Mistreating women or women showing a lack of self-reliance. This is rooted in her own suffering due to the absurdly misogynistic ways of her old tribe.
Genius Bruiser: Extremely strong, has elemental powers, but is also employed at an academy and has a strong understanding of magic.
Rape as Backstory/Rape as Drama: Deliberate Values Dissonance between Orc tribes meant that Melna would be put to death unless she was able to "satisfy" Stonewater. Since Melna had just watched her parents die in front of her, she was in no shape to give consent before her time was up. This has given her serious issues in the present day.
Loving Force: Averted. Melna is rather disturbed to find that Stonewater is attractive to her in the present, given that he was the one who raped her in the past, but discussion with Luna has her decide that what she's actually attracted to is the ideals that Stonewater has embraced, which reminded her of her father. She has since shown no romantic interest in Stonewater, although she has forgiven him for what happened.
Mayor of Barthis, and Greg's Hot Librarian ex, at the start of the "Built to Resist" arc, girlfriend.
The Medic: One of the few that is not a white mage, which winds up being rather important given that several heroes are Resistants who can't be treated magically.
Only Sane Woman: Sometimes slides into this territory, both with the Deegans and with the rather corrupt government of Callan.
Reasonable Authority Figure: As Mayor, she protests the absurd legal abuses of corrupt antagonists, but doesn't turn a blind eye to the main characters when they behave irresponsibly, either.
What the Hell, Hero?: She is furious with Dominic and Greg for their irresponsible behavior during the Snowsong arc, and even though the punishment she gives isn't that major, it's one of the first times Dominic is taken to task for being manipulative and needlessly secretive.
One of the major Orc characters of the series and a friend of Dominic's. Stonewater has a troubled past with Melna, but the two work together several times to help save their home of Maltak.
Chosen One: Again, among the other orcs, anyway. His unique ice powers are vital to purging the demonic influences killing Maltak.
Deliberate Values Dissonance: Evidently his tribe has much more tolerant views on women than the Doma do, hence his plan to rescue Melna from execution by marrying her, but Melna later pointed out that the Doma chieftain decided to enforce the Doma "marriage" laws Stonewater had been unaware of mostly out of spite.
Rape as Backstory/Rape as Drama: When Melna was about to be put to death as an orphan girl, Stonewater tried to save her life by claiming her as his wife to adopt her into his tribe. Unfortunately, being on Doma land meant that Melna had to immediately satisfy Stonewater or the execution would proceed, and Melna was unable to give consent. This has forever tainted the word "save" with the snarkers.
Supporting Leader: To the other orcs, anyway, since Dominic's just some crazy foreigner wandering around their land.
A childhood friend of Greg's. She breaks things with her face.
The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: He could tell Gregory's first band was not likely to do well long before Gregory did. Sadly, his attempts to invoke this with his "detective skills" are rarely as helpful.
A Resistant former athlete turned also former, at the start of the "Built to Resist" arc, Sheriff of Barthis.
Anti-Magic: Cannot be harmed or healed by magic. Powerful magic can still really hurt, though.
Badass Beard: It comes and goes, but helps Dex distinguish himself from Dominic.
Determinator: The single biggest one in the series. He fought The Infernomancer head-on to give Gregory, his wife, and the townsfolk time to escape and managed to survive the unholy mangling he got through pure willpower.
Identical Stranger: He looks a lot like Dominic, only athletic, not wearing glasses, and with differently-colored eyes in color shots. Dominic says he doesn't see the resemblance.
My God, What Have I Done?: He has never forgiven himself for hitting his wife while they were together; he became the morally upright character we were introduced to to prove to himself he wasn't that person anymore, but when he thought he was dying, he begged his wife to forgive him.
Redemption Equals Death: Averted this. While his wife wasn't able to say she forgave him when he was dying, she realized she should have. However, because he didn't hear this, Dex was able to pull through purely on willpower.
A former student at Miranda Deegan's school, he was the one who told The Infernomancer where she was to save the rest of the students. Adept at seasonal spells, he transferred to the Coldfire Academy, apparently to feel like the "big dog".
Thus, why it is so significant when, after being nearly totally desensitized to naked women, he sees KATYA in the nude... and realizes that it "affects him."
The First Necromancer and one of the heroes that first sealed the Storm of Souls, Rilian is an ancient, mysterious, and grim person that acts as the "final option" in world-threatening situations.
Age Without Youth: He's been alive for thousands of years, but he was already rotting by the time he knew Acibek and has gotten worse since then.
Big Damn Heroes: Comes to Gregory's rescue during the Storm Of Souls arc, although when Luna is in danger later he comments that it's not his concern if she lives or dies.
Big Fun: He used to be one, back when he was still mortal.
Big Good: A distinctly darker take on this, he's one of the few in Miranda's league, but he's less directly involved and his brand of good is distinctly less pleasant than hers.
Body Horror: His body is in an advanced state of decay and apparently has been for millenia.
Cynical Mentor: To Dominic during the Storm Of Souls arc. He intended to "correct" Jacob, but Jacob rejected his teaching out of resentment over Rilian forcibly depowering him first.
Dark Is Not Evil: The major standout case in the comic, although Dominic is fairly slow to accept this.
Does Not Know How To Say Thanks: After the Storm of Souls is beaten, Rilian is able to congratulate Dominic for doing so with so few casualties, but mostly just says Dominic will be seeing him again if there's further trouble.
Knight in Sour Armor: He is a bitter, humorless revenant, but still as dedicated to saving lives as any other hero.
Time Abyss: Claims to have witnessed the birth of the Dragon Gods, and predates Acibek; Rilian may well be immortal, since his pupil Helixia's necromancy was too strong for her to be killed by anyone but Miranda.
Windows of the Soul: His face is too far gone for there to be any readable expression on it, but his eyes tend to have three modes; hidden in the shadows of his hood, a stern, featureless glare, and, precisely once, a look of immense sorrow as he was forced to kill his last surviving friend for her Heroic Sacrifice to take effect.
Ilario "Bumper" Ciarenni
Pickpocket and street magician who becomes The Atoner in the "Two Thief or not Two Thief" Arc.
The Atoner: Grows disillusioned with life as a thief and still feels immense guilt over murdering Amanda in retribution for brainwashing him.
Determinator: Even when he's been savaged by The Infernomancer, to the point his hands are both gone, he is able to temporarily blind TIM and try to escape to get the Treasure back to his friends. Unfortunately, TIM impales him from behind and takes the treasure before anyone can help him.
Viewer Gender Confusion: For several comics, it was unclear whether Bumper was male or female, cleared up only by Stunt's misogyny, and the two's close friendship.
Lawrence "Stunt" Mondane
A misogynistic thief and murderer who is also the rare Karma Houdini of the comic. "Stunt and Bumper" act as the Goldfish Poop Gang until the end of the "Two Thief" Arc.
Anti-Hero: Type V, but now more in the Type IV with shades of Type III.
The Atoner: Becomes this during the pilgrimage to Eldariat with Jayden to forgive himself for accidently killing his mother in a rage when he was younger.
Character Development: Has undergone a significant amount as his past was revealed especially in the first part of the "I Do" arc. He has certainly backed off from his tough guy persona and his misogynist tendencies and opens up to trust people more and more.
Heel-Face Turn: At the end of "Two Thief", compared to Bumper's at the beginning.
He-Man Woman Hater: He really hates women. Both because of remenants of his father's harsh religious teachings and because he can't forgive himself for accidentally killing his mother when he was young.
Camp Gay: Although pointing it out will simply earn you scoffs of disbelief from the snarkdom.
Evil Feels Good: Szark can never fully trust himself again after remembering how he reveled in his depraved, murderous life, and still feels guilt about enjoying the terrible things he did.
Flanderization: He was originally a master swordsman and a sadist. Following his Heel-Face Turn and admittance to having a crush on the title character, he eventually became "Szark (who is gay)", according to one forum that follows the comic.
Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Ever since he came out of the closet nary a panel has gone by with him in it that hasn't made a joke about his sexuality or referenced it in some way.
My God, What Have I Done?: He was horrified when Dominic finally broke through to his buried inner goodness to realize all the terrible things he'd done while being hedonistic.
Dominic's older brother and the black sheep of the family, Jacob is a necromancer who will go to great and terrible lengths to further his studies of death. After his revelations about the nature of death in the March Across Maltak arc, he's quit being a bad guy and just become a selfish jerk, even cooperating with Dominic to a certain extent.
Arch-Enemy: Has apparently become one to Celesto, who is determined to hunt him down and put an end to him.
Bad Ass: One of the most dangerous and powerful of all Dominic's baddies, and certainly the hardest to contain.
Deal with the Devil: He sold his soul to Karnak and became his Infernomancer because he feared death.
Determinator: He's lost his eyes and soul to infernomancy, been devestated by holy magic and chaos infused Black Magic, banished to an alternate dimension full of Eldritch Abominations by an arch-mage, and sent straight to Hell. So far, it has only served to piss him off. It takes the magic of the first and most powerful necromancer in the world to crumble his body and soul to dust and finally put him down for good.
Dirty Coward: Karnak once called him a pathetic wretch because he feared death so much he was willing to sell his own soul to avoid it.
Last of His Kind: The war in Hell killed off many if not all of the world's infernomancers. After Karnak won it, he took away the surviving demon lords' rank, making it impossible to empower mortals anymore. But since THE Infernomancer managed to free himself of his bond to Karnak, he avoided the same fate and earned the right to call himself that name.
Mysterious Past: Word of God indicates that the name and backstory of the Infernomancer will not be part of the comic, partially because it would cheapen the character as a villain to see who he'd been before becoming who we know of today.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Maintaining his role as king and warden of Hell by beating the crap out of everyone that stands up to him.
Arch-Enemy: To the Deegans in general, but to Dominic and Donovan in particular.
Probably not anymore. As of his last appearance, he had made peace with his past and present, had say goodbye to Miranda for the last time and apparently destroyed the only "link" to the mortal word, embracing his future in Hell.
Bad Ass: He's taken on Hell by himself and won at least twice now.
Big Bad: Was for several story arcs but pushed out of the limelight by The Beast.
I'm a Humanitarian: Hell flavor. Really, Karnak is a fanatic believer in "waste not, want not".
Ironic Hell: He sneers at Seigfried's desire to "command hell as father and son", explaining to him that all the beings, including the Lords, suffer one way or another.
Ignored Epiphany: Karnak has no interest in redemption, even when he's aware of the only way out of Hell.
Subverted in his last appearance. He had finally realized his role in hell and embraced wholeheartedly his, if a little unorthodox, epiphany.
Implacable Man: So far, nothing has been able to slow him down more than a panel or two, if at all. It needed the combined might of all the Lords of Hell to give him pause but he fought all of the Lord to become the literal embodiment of punishment in Hell. Even Siegfried "glorious comeback" resulted in a brutal beating two out of three times. When he use a termonuclear-like soul explosion as weapon to take down an entire army that rose up to oppose him and survives to gloat seconds later, he really deserve the title.
Nigh-Invulnerability: He was the Lord Of Wounds, meaning almost nothing can hurt him. What can hurt him (i.e. Siegfried) only make him bleed a little and makes him stop for a panel or two before he return in full force.
One-Man Army: And this is against demonic armies, far beyond what normal armies could pack.
Physical God: He was one of the Lords of Hell and then destroyed the other Four and their armies single handely. Then he did it again with his ''own army" and back. Outside of the psychic plane, Karnak is by far the strongest being in the entire series. Probably the beast at full force would be able to face him... probably.
Would Hurt a Child: He attacked Dominic and Szark in their youth and left Szark with the infernal wound that would lead Szark into depravity.
Easily Forgiven: Honestly, it was past disgusting and to creepy how easy his friends would forgave and defend his brutal beatings again and again until the vision of why he was sent to hell.
Establishing Character Moment: Take your pic: when he was loudly sickened by Luna tusks that send her to suicide, when he beat Dominic up for giving him a "wrong answer" of his future or when he brutally beat a crippled Gregory with his own crutch for trying to defend his brother.
Fantastic Racism: He loathes orcs and is quite happy to slaughter them left and right, regardless of age or sex. Reason why he ended in hell.
Fake Ultimate Hero: Ziggzagged. He is as strong, fearless and bound by duty as he stated. The problem is he is far, far from the noble, selfless, kind, and compasionate knight he and his (ex)friends make him out to be.
The Starscream: After his mask broke, he went from doing Karnak's will to trying to kill him. Somewhat understandably, given that Karnak had been using him as a pawn, but fans still groaned at Siggy's villainous behavior while doing so.
This Is Unforgivable: In canon when he hanged an entire Orc family, children included as a birthday gift to his father, along with another atrocities and the reason he ended in hell. As put by Karnak
Karnak: You were unrepented mass murderers until it was too late.
What Happened to the Mouse?: After his failed battle with Karnak, he let's his temper get the better of him again and eats his father's soul. He realizes what he has done and cries out for help. The chapter ends with Loxo looking on, planning to use him, and we never see him again.
One of the current BigBads, the Beast is a creature that was born from the refuse of the Elemecca, the cosmic machine that creates and orders all reality. First seen as a giant eye that appears in the same Limbo that Miranda Deegan banished the Infernomancer, it takes a more active role in the series after the War in Hell frees the Infernomancer and sends him back to the physical plane. From what little Dominic and others have been able to learn about it, its goal seems to be devouring all of the magic in all of the planes.
No Sell: Capable of avoiding all of Dominic's attempts to directly scry on him and recently demonstrated the ability to depower him at will.
Power Parasite: It has the power to cut out and claim the magic of others for itself. Its harbinger steals Gregory's white magic and the Beast itself steals Dominic's third sight.
Villain Decay: Subverted. While Dominic has come out on top against the Beast multiple times it gets harder and harder for him and the same trick never works twice. Later it's revealed that the only reason the tricks even worked in the first place was because the Beast had already depleted its power after killing Miranda's old mentor Mu'rri, anotherEldritch Abomination that was one of the most powerful beings alive. Then played straight in the end, to the point that Dominic can't believe he was ever scared of it.
Over time, knowledge of The Beast has diminished it. From a disembodied, eldritch god-fiend from an unknowable place... to the discarded eyes of a mad king, given parasitic life in a planar garbage dump.
King David Johann
The King of Callan, recently revealed to be working alongside The Beast. Miranda's predecessor as the Fifth Circle Archmage, and one of the most powerful human mages ever to live.
Absolute Xenophobe: Hates all non-human races and even looks down on humans outside of Callan. He eventually tries to use a Fantastic Nuke to destroy every nation on the planet except Callan.
Authority Equals Asskicking: He was a knight of Callan, one of the single most powerful mages in its history, and founder of the Fifth Circle of Archmagi; his biography states he is also Callan's first "elected" king.
Bad Ass: When a crew of Eldritch Abominations decide to expand their club to include humans completely because they're that impressed by you, you know you're a Bad Ass. Though it turns out he enchanted them. Which is still pretty badass.
Big Bad: Some have put forth the possibility that he's the one using the Beast instead of the other way around, and now he has sidelined Karnak for the position of main antagonist.
Recent flashbacks revealed that he created the Beast by accident, with his own eyes.
Blind Seer: He has powerful second sight, and effortlessly obliterated Dominic when Dominic accidentally scried on him. In his old days, he wore a blindfold after being blinded in an "arcane accident", but now just goes with his Milky White Eyes.
Child Prodigy: He came from a poor family, but worked his way into college on a scholarship and went on to become the most powerful man in Callan.
Compelling Voice: Not so much a voice, but he is a master at mind control, even turning the Archmagi, the most powerful mortals alive into his unwilling slaves. Thanks to The Beast's corruption, he can even enchant Seers, who are normally immune to such things, though as he is starting to realize, not without deadly side effects.
Deal with the Devil: Disturbingly enough, with what was once his own eyes. In exchange for the Beast's help empowering humanity with the Heart of Magic, he will allow the Beast to consume all the non-human parts of the world. He makes a second one with it when he needs its help to harness the Heart of Magic's power. The Beast forces David to acknowledge it as his new lord and master.
The Dreaded: Miranda is afraid of him. The knowledge that the king of Callan is in league with The Beast has left the heroes desperately trying to find a new approach to fighting it that won't let him kill them all.
Elective Monarchy: Apparently the first, by virtue of his sheer popularity and having quietly mind controlled the previous, heir-less king and queen into committing regicide against one another.
Enigmatic Minion: We know he calls The Beast "master", but we don't know a whole lot else about the dynamic between them.
Eye Scream: Put out his own eyes since they didn't work anymore anyways and placed them into the Elemecca to study it. But instead, they became the Beast.
Fantastic Racism: He views humanity as the greatest race. As the elves were tyrants, the dwarves and halflings wasted their magic slaughtering each other, and the Eld squandered its magic, he believes only humanity deserves the Heart of Magic's power. Unsurprisingly, the Orcs were the next race meant to inherit magical dominance as Callan declines. Since he perceives them as violent savages, he went to war in order to retain Callan's magical dominance.
Fisher King: As seen in Ara's flashbacks, everything the King's magic touches becomes warped, corrupted, and putrid. So it's quite fitting that Callahan's government has become infamous for it's corruption.
Go Mad from the Revelation: He was probably always a little off, but when he sees the Heart of Magic for the first time, he pursues it with fanatic devotion. Later, he even outright states that glimpsing the Heart of Magic makes it an obsession, which is why he trusts Dominic, who has also seen it, to help him find it.
Hypocrite: Claims that the reason that mankind (more specifically, the human nation of Callan) is best suited to wield the power of the Heart of Magic is that they never misused it on a racial scale like previous races did before their magic declined (using it to wage war, etc.). However, once he found that Maltak (and by proxy, the nature magic using orcs) was the next nation destined to receive the Heart's power he declared war, using mages and even infernomancers to render Maltak lifeless so he could try and capture the Heart, keeping it bound to Callan.
The Unfettered: His quest to capture the Heart of Magic has been incredibly ruthless.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: His original goal was to give all of humanity access to magic. But if it has to come at the expense of all non-humans, then so be it.
A Mongrelfolk of the Wild Edge territories that Dominic, Luna, and Stunt meet during their trip there. He appears to be made of spare parts of a dozen different creatures assembled in a rather haphazard fashion (one Shirtless Scene he has shows an eye on his chest, for example).
Body Horror: It doesn't hurt him at all, but his biology is very bizarre-looking, even compared to another Mongrelfolk we've seen.
In Love with Your Carnage: Seeing the mongrelfolk girl he had a crush on slaughter the hunters after them just furthered Bort's attraction to her.
Talking with Signs : Given his jaw's structure, it's not that surprising he's only said one word on panel. He's somehow able to speak after he and Celesto are transported to the Elemecca. He's as surprised by this as Dominic.
Bad Ass: He seems to be quite capable of tearing things apart on the material plane, something Dominic can't do.
Cutting the Knot: Whereas Dominic uses his powers to defeat the villains through cunning and intractably complex plots, in a way that leaves everyone he cares about safe and happy, Celesto prefers to simply identify the wicked and irredeemable, and kill them dead. He genuinely believes that he is doing Dominic a favor here.
Depraved Bisexual: Although this hasn't been mentioned since his initial appearance, and he's never demonstrated any serious attraction to men.
Evil Counterpart: Very similar to Dominic, but has an intensely negative view of humanity and prone to very brutal methods.
Friendly Enemy: In a very strange way, he fills this with Dominic; when they become opposing champions, Celesto tries to convince Dominic to team up with him to change the world instead of destroying it, and afterwards has made several "peace offerings" to Dominic and attempted to work with him against The Beast. Celesto's extreme misanthropy and grim outlook means that these attempts to make amends with Dominic tend to be extremely brutal and often widen the gap between them more than anything.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Unlike Dominic, Celesto chose to keep the massive power boost he recieved during the Storm of Souls arc. While this makes him far stronger than Dominic outside of the mental planes, mere mortals are not built to be wielding that sort of power. As such, Celesto grows increasingly unstable during his tenure as Champion of Chaos, especially as he starts wielding the powers of the Beast.
A smiley face made of newspaper clippings Quilt keeps on Dominic's wall. A quiet but valuable partner in Quilt's detective work due to important information hidden among the clippings.
Chekhov's Gun: Always has something valuable to Quilt's deductions hidden in the clippings making him up.
Companion Cube: Quilt was rather sad Gerald wouldn't be involved in his latest case, even turning Gerald's smile into a frown. He was also rather dismayed when Dominic tried to take Gerald off the wall, tackling Dominic to save the day.