Some of the notable characters from Draw Your Own Story. For a more complete (and much more detailed) list, see its own wiki.Needless to say, spoilers abound.
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An adventurer/soldier of misfortune in his early appearances. In DYOS 10 onward, he became the leader of La RÚsistance after the Eastern Union invaded Canada; when this stalled, he went back to thrill-seeking.
Canada, Eh?: He'll occasionally play to stereotypes for humour. Other times he'll engage in in-jokes suited to a local audience.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Coruscant is initially skeptical of the Union's invasion of Canada, but after Captain2 joins the Space Nazis in DYOS 10.5, New Port pledges unconditional support to the occupation.
Brother of fellow occasional contributor kill fire. Maintains a spontaneous and light-hearted tone to his comics, and manages to stay sort of relevant to the main story even during long bouts of inactivity. He was zombified in DYOS 10 and is currently the front-runner in the search for Toyoda in DYOS 10.5.
The creator of Draw Your Own Story. He was very active in the early years and has returned again; although like many others recently, new additions have been infrequent.
The Bad Guy Wins: In DYOS 10, CivCube's evil avatar killed him off and has remained his main character since.note He's still called CivCube by the other characters, though. May represent a shift to Villain Protagonist.
A veteran of the series, he has participated in every installment since the beginning. By tradition he is the leader of the Republic of Coruscant (drawn heavily from, but not a total parallel to the Galactic Republic/Empire), at least in a military role. In DYOS 11 he seeks to resurrect his bounty hunter image prevalent in older stories. In contrast to other contributors, CivGeneral tends toward Darker and Edgier comics as he claims he Cannot Tell a Joke.
Creator Breakdown: A layoff in December 2009 spiralled into clinical depression in 2010, leading to frequent fights with fellow contributors and chronic Creator Backlash. His work's quality nosedived as his plots became blatant Wish Fulfillment, possibly as a coping mechanism.
Creator Recovery: His depression slowly began to ease in latter 2010, and a dramatic turnaround occurred in 2014.
Guns Akimbo: Does this a lot, either with himself or his characters
The Hero: He's the main protagonist in every major story arc.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: A reflection of his depression in 2010. Combined with jealousy toward his fellow contributors it briefly made him The Resenter (especially of Thorvald), becoming so bad that any praise for colleagues' comics would spark passive-aggressive begs for attention. In one scene during the time travel arc, his character reacts furiously after learning that Thorvald kills Wesker in Bad 2011.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Reached its peak in 2010, again stemming from depression. Still a trademark of the character, although the forumer has since mellowed considerably.
Human Popsicle: He justified his delayed entry into DYOS 10 in-universe as a result of his character being imprisoned by cryostasis. By the time resistance fighters free him, the Avatar Wars are well underway.
A participant from the early years. While still active on the forums, he hasn't contributed since DYOS 5. Even so, he carries considerable star power, and is still referenced in new installments. Curt is in real life the creator of the independent comic series King Evil and Total Fear.
Anyone Can Die: Brutally and unapologetically. Supporting characters have been bumped off with little-to-no warning, and even Spongebob and Sandy bit the bullet (although they both earned a reprieve later).
Another veteran and hobby cartoonist. While he tries to remain active in new stories, he tends to drop out if the plot becomes overly convoluted. Even so, he carries a similar reputation as CurtSibling.
Brave Scot: Subverted not in that he isn't brave, but that he's not in-your-face about it.
Scars Are Forever: An abrupt comic by Nuclear Kid had Kan' taken hostage and his left leg amputated. While he admitted to sometimes forgetting which leg he'd lost, in all future stories Kan' depicted himself with a peg leg.note Following his DYOS 11 regeneration, however, it's flesh-and-bone once more.
A frequent contributor in later threads and the initial Big Bad of DYOS 10, although he's only been seen once since. He proposed the DYOS Consul and its prototype ruleset.
Lost Episode: Virtually all his comics in DYOS 10 were lost when the CivFanatics database was hacked. Especially devastating considering they were regarded to be some of the funniest.
lord_joakim (a.k.a. Angst)
He kicked off the Gem storyline in mid-DYOS 10; while he hasn't been as involved in its development in subsequent threads owing to Continuity Snarl between threads 10.5 and 11, his character remains one of the driving forces of the plot.
Genre Shift: Most notable example. His early comics were comedic shorts; when he got involved in the Gem arc, he took on a much darker tone and the trappings of a psychological thriller. After flirting with the funny pages again, he's settled on existential black comedy.
Sporadic contributor since DYOS 6. Following DYOS 10, he suggested he would not contribute to future instalments and donated his character to the public domain, although he has recently voiced interest in returning to the fold.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Although he followed the story closely, months often passed between contributions, and with the notable exception of DYOS 10 his subplots rarely reached meaningful closure.
Another DYOS 1 veteran, although even at the best of times his comics rarely follow the immediate story.
Affectionate Parody: His involvement in recent threads is often a lighthearted play on other contributors taking themselves too seriously.
Brother of Stylesrj. When they first joined in DYOS 5, they took turns writing what was essentially the same comic. While they continue to share characters, over time they came to develop divergent styles. Stylesjl's comics are primarily dialogue-driven shorts that often include references to current events.
Bizarro Episode: Most of his comics, especially the more recent contributions, are treated as this.
Fourth Wall Mail Slot: Midway through DYOS 11, he devoted half his comic to fan letters, typically from comic characters.
Brother of Stylesjl. When they first joined in DYOS 5, they took turns writing what was essentially the same comic. While they continue to share characters, over time they came to develop divergent styles. Stylesrj's comics carry a campy action feel and elements of a sitcom.
Loads and Loads of Characters: specifically in his pre-DYOS 10 days. He took a lot of flak because it was hard for everyone to keep track of them all. It still hasn't been easier, but there's less flak.
Fairly regular contributor with a penchant for historical humour. In his early days of DYOS 5-6, he was a corrupt communist dictator. Now he's a wandering adventurer, his powergamey past incarnated in the character Rocket.
Het is Ew: An off-hand comment led to a Running Gag where his character suffers from "heterophobia".
Ho Yay: If you don't give him an excuse, he'll make his own.
Thorvald of Lym
The overall manager, or "consul" of the comic from DYOS 10 onward. He first emerged in DYOS 6 as king of a fictional Scandinavian country seemingly caught in a time warp; fairly shortly afterwards he led a coup in Russia to found the Soviet-esque Eastern Union, which he has preferred to use in subsequent instalments.
Canon Welding: Many of the characters introduced after he started drawing herald from an unpublished personal project, and Toyoda's inclusion in particular has led to extensive revision of DYOS history.
Literal Split Personality: In DYOS X, he explains his avatars as each embodying a different aspect of his soul; unlike the other heroes, he defeats them by assimilating them back into himself.
Permanent Elected Official as head of the Eastern Union. It's actually unclear how he got into power the first time, although he did run an election campaign in DYOS 8. His official title is "Supreme Prime Minister for Life"; everyone knows he's a dictator, but he's kept a positive spin on it.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: As King of Lym in DYOS 6, he led the expedition to recover the Fridge of the Mods, tried to conquer Scotland, fought alongside the Republic of Coruscant at Pripyat, and sparked a Ukrainian invasion of Russia.
Heel-Face Turn: Two female clone soldiers, Fifteen and Seventeen, defect to the heroes after growing fed up with the Hacker in DYOS 11.
Laughably Evil: General Valorum seemed to be heading in this direction when he was first introduced, until taillesskangaru started putting him in his stories.
DaemonDD' s main character, an "Essential Being" whose ultimate aim is to rebuild the universe in his image. Despite the name, he shouldn't be confused with the Biblical Satan, who has appeared as a character in his own right.
Bastard Understudy: Originally recruited as The Apprentice to Mara Jade, she uses Umbrella's attack on New Port to assemble her own army. She betrays Mara during evacuation, leaving her for dead and absorbing what remains of Umbrella into the Second Empire.
An enigmatic Japanese businessman introduced in DYOS 10. Surprisingly little is known about him by the main characters, but he seems tied up in some grand conspiracy regarding the Gem.
Been There, Shaped History: choxorn's sleuthing links a handful of military bases built by him to major events in DYOS (specifically, Quiet October and the War of the Steppes in DYOS 6), although whether he was personally involved isn't made clear.
Chekhov's Gunman: Toyoda first appeared early-ish in DYOS 10, completely silhouetted; he was not named until half a year later, not identified for longer still, and even now is important for reasons not yet known.
Shrouded in Myth: One half hates him. One half loves him. The protagonists still can't figure out exactly who he is even after meeting face-to-face, and the people who do know skirt the question at every opportunity.
Pul Wat Aa, The Great Hacker
Chief villain of DYOS 11, at least at the outset, controversial for remaining the focus of the main story despite rapid onset of Villain Decay. Initially believed to be a Chaotic Evil marauder, the character pursued by the heroes is revealed to be a decoy as the true Hacker toils to create his own universe.
Affably Evil: As demonstrated by his interactions with the Narratorspace Gang, at least until Haruhi's antics collided with the canon.
Depending on the Writer: Perhaps more so than any villain previous. e350tb's original Sequel Hook portrayed him as a ruthless strategist about to launch a concerted assault. CivCube showed him as pitiless, but also playful. The Styles brothers loaded him with interpersonal relationships such that he almost came across as a Punch Clock Villain. In short, every contributor had a different take... CivGeneral's, despite being the most prevalent, was arguably the least interesting.
Hannibal Has a Point: In an exceptionally rare instance of the villain having the last laugh, Hacker Prime challenges whether CivGeneral's pursuit is motivated by anything more than petty revenge. The revelation that Hackergeddon was the work of android doubles means his true culpability remains ambiguous, and he questions what purpose his death would serve given the rest of the world assumes his last stand was at Wetickra. CivGeneral kills him anyway just as Zheng He attempts to intervene, then immediately admits that the admiral would have wanted to take him to trial.
In the Hood: Kinda lost its impact when his face was shown.
Self-Duplication: Employed as a diversion tactic when the heroes corner him on Wetickra. Hacker Prime reveals that previous encounters throughout the story were similarly android doubles.
Trick Boss: Played completely straight with the introduction of Hacker Prime. As very few contributors were aware the plot twist was in the works, CivGeneral's surprise was all too genuine.
▄bermensch: In his villainous monologue to CivGeneral, Hacker Prime lambastes a world that has enslaved itself to technology, boasting that in realizing and harnessing its "true" potential, he became a literal God from the machine. Now he seeks to exercise that boundless creativity by building his own reality.
Villain Decay: At the start of the story his actions were dangerously unpredictable; he'd commit random assassinations and in one instance obliterated downtown Sydney, Australia. Over time inaction on his part and the heroes' victories diminished his perceived threat. Barely halfway through the story he lost the villainous spotlight to Wesker, and his beatdown by Marsha Conrad pretty much shattered any remaining air of menace.
Dr. Breen was pulled straight from Half-Life 2 as the leader of the Combine Empire. In DYOS 10, he emerges shortly before General Grievousnote Yes, that Grievous is killed to supplant kulade as the Big Bad. Breen becomes the president of the Enclave in DYOS 10.5, only to face a string of successive defeats that lead to his capture.