Characters: Exterminatus Now
Harold Quentin Eastwood
A lazy, womanizing fox with a caffiene addiction, pretty much functions as the Designated Hero
- Accidental Aiming Skills: He's a terrible shot, except when he aims to miss, whereupon his shots suddenly become inconveniently accurate.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Eastwood claims to have a younger brother that he has to have had to bail out of trouble. Whether he was just saying that to get a rib on Lothar remains to be seen.
- Badass Longcoat: Eastwood started out with a black leather trench. These days, his outfit seems to be based off of Columbo's.
- Berserk Button: What will happen if you either insult, try to take, or stand between him and "her" (i.e. his Nescafe)
- Brilliant but Lazy: Okay brilliant would be pushing it, but Harry can be surprisingly competent...when he wants to be. Or when his life is on the line. Being really lucky helps.
- Casanova Wannabe: If he's lucky, the least he tends to get is a slap around the face for his efforts. If he's unlucky, he's been known to receive a mace to the face instead. And he's not talking about the kind that's a type of spray, either.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Ha, ha, ha, no.
- Fantastic Racism: His first reaction to meeting Rogue was assuming he was part of a Daemon worshipping sect simply because he was a cat. His attitudes towards other cultures and societies are also... not exactly politically correct. However, Virus points out that Eastwood's behaviour isn't out of any genuine hatred on his part, far from it. He's just really ignorant and stupid.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: He learned how to make mechanical attack chickens from World of Warcraft. And the cock apparently thinks it's the Engineer.
- Informed Attribute: He claims that people call him "Dirty Harry" due to his unorthodox methods, his large collection of porn, and that he smells like he hasn't washed in over a week. They're all right, of course, except that no-one has actually called him that throughout the comic.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever Morth becomes involved in the plot, East gains a sudden burst of competence.
- Or anything stands between him and his coffee.
- Must Have Caffeine: Being reminded that standing between him and his coffee supply is an army of giant spiders is enough to convince Eastwood to charge straight on through. He refers to Nescafe as "her", and when Lothar suggests that he take away his coffee to give Eastwood a chance to give up, he threatens to break Lothar's arm. His cybernetic arm. Said incident was also one of the few times Lothar was visibly scared.
- Not So Different: To Silas Morth. First noted in the most deadpan way possible, however.
Virus: [describing Morth] A vile wretched creature, who only associates with the most evil and depraved things of this world.
Eastwood: He's also my oldest and dearest friend.
Rogue: Oddly enough, that revelation makes complete sense.
Lothar: Hey, I was about to make a joke along those lines, but he beat me to it.
- Porn Stash: So large it brought the CABAL network down for a week once.
- Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: While Eastwood has probably had to dodge these, he himself became one, when his former girlfriend (who still sends him gifts ironically enough) got together with someone else. He had the new beau declared a heretic and executed on false pretenses in response. Of course, it turns out said beau was, indeed actually a dangerous heretic, but that was only found out after the fact.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Wields a .44 modded with seven chambers. Possibly because he wants to be Dirty Harry.
- Smooch of Victory: He hoped to have one of these from Jamilla after their first major conflict against Silas Morth. Unfortunately for him, saving her involved himself accidentally shooting her in the arm, so he ends up receiving a punch to the jaw instead.
- However, he did get one from her earlier when he distracted the assassin holding her hostage long enough for the retiring Inquisitor to perform a Click Hello on him.
- Trigger Happy: Once shot a suspect four times, though he claims it was only three (the second shot just grazed him), whilst he was in the process of surrendering. According to Harry, they were supposed to be warning shots. Supposed to be.
- Unreliable Expositor: Tries to claim that he and Inquisitor Nadia Meryl Deket had a thing, as the flashback panel would indicate he pinched her butt and was assaulted in response. He tries to claim that he and Wildfire also had a thing, when the people involved were there. He backpedals and asks them to forget it but claims that he totally nailed the red head.
- Why Did It Have To Be Spiders: His hatred of spiders is only outweighed by his addiction to coffee.
Syrus "The Virus" Zuviel
A cowardly rat with no common sense, is sometimes the Smart Guy
as he has some book sense.
genetically-engineered cyborg echidna who'd have a criminal record spanning pages and pages if he weren't recruited by the Inquisition as a mercenary. Nice Hat
, though. Pretty much is The Big Guy
of the group (or perhaps more accurately The Brute
, since he is a lot more ruthless than most big guy heroes).
- Big Brother Instinct: By the gods, do NOT mess with his family. Not even your soul will make it out in one piece.
- Big Eater: His new cybernetics run on his own metabolism, so he needs to eat a lot to keep his blood sugar up. During the Red Herring arc, Lothar is desperately looking for sugary food and drink since the war going on between soft drink companies at the same time has cut him off from his favorite source of sugar and caffeine.
- The Big Guy
- Extreme Omnivore: As a Big Eater he's not picky. He'll even drink a vat of Cool-Ade with a dead guy floating in it that is made of more dead people, his only complaint being that there wasn't enough sweetener.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- Hidden Depths: he is interested in TV shows for kids. Justified in-universe as trying to make up for his nonexistant infancy, and then Zigzagged when you hear his "theories".
- Jerkass: All of the main characters are dicks, but this guy is easily the meanest of the group.
- Last of His Kind: Lothar, as an echidna, has stated more than once that he is the last of his kind (being a cyborg to boot, it really doesn't help him blend into a crowd). Considering that in the various Sonic-based continuities, echidnas as a race generally are absent and/or extinct until their presence is required for storylines, and that there's been absolutely no references to Knuckles or any other echidnas existing in the same world as the group (and most likely never will be), Lothar could very well be the absolute only echidna left in-universe.
- Heck, if the Warhammer 40,000 elements are any indication, Exterminatus Now is probably set a long time after the Sonic the Hedgehog series. (It helps that the series makes references to locations that exist in the Archie Sonic series, such as Mercia, and the Kingdom of Acorn.)
- The hard-to-find materials for the group's previous attempt at a Sonic / 40K crossover state that the Echidnas of that universe were completely and utterly wiped out by Fernex along the lines of the Eldar and Tzeentch. Lothar was cloned from fossils.
- Lightning Bruiser: While not as agile as Rogue, Lothar is faster than both Eastwood and Virus and the physically strongest of the four.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The original backstory was that he was created by an Overlander genetic lab, from which he escaped, and later was captured by Robotnik and partially roboticized. When the comic started, the part about being a genetic experiment was kept (though it was no longer an Overlander experiment), but the origin of his bionics was changed to that listed on the "Does That Sound Like Fun To You?" page. However, Eastwood and Virus thought it odd that he was experimented on twice, so they asked his adoptive father for the real story and found out he stepped on a land mine.
- Nice Hat: And you will suffer if something happens to it.
- Psycho for Hire
- Red Right Hand
- Swiss Army Weapon
Ryoushi "Rogue" Nekkitou
Feline member of a daemon-hunting order who seems to be the most well-balanced person on the entire team. Not that that's saying much. (And he has a lot of arrogance and overconfidence to make up for it.) He was temporarily cycled out, but soon returned to the team (and by "soon", we mean "two arcs".) His common sense and lack of idiotic behavior have him function as The Lancer
A bear who serves as the cast's superior and Commander-In-Chief of the Meridian Sector of the Mobian Inquisition. Likes to think of himself as an all-seeing, all-knowing, calculating chessmaster
, when in reality he is a blustering, incompetent pervert who only manages to get anything done thanks to his eternally put-upon adjutant, Inquisitor Riktor Simmons.
That said, Schaeffer might be a moronic sexual deviant, but he’s an Inquisitor, and part of that involves being nigh-on impossible to kill and having a punch that can cold-cock a rhino.
A stoat acting as Schaefer's Aide and right-hand man. Summed up as essentially being very good at his job, but otherwise a snarky git. Has more faith in the team's abilities than Schaefer does, even if that faith is based more on considering them incredibly
lucky rather than being legitimately good at their jobs (which admittedly has quite a bit of truth to it).
Jamilla "The Elusive Camel" Townsend
A penguin spy working for the Inquisitors, though she has worked with the main characters before. Though she was offered a chance to join the group, she declined, citing that she didn't want to end up being a cliche
. She had a little something for Eastwood, but after being shot by him (accidentally), their relationship has hit a snag.
- Everything's Better with Penguins
- Non Indicative Name: Her codename is "The Elusive Camel", but she's actually a Penguin. When asked if she couldn't have picked a better one, she explains all the good code names were taken, and it was either that or "Urinating Flounder". She made the right choice, it seems.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: And they have not gone unnoticed in-universe either.
- Only Sane Penguin: Frequently the voice of rationality when in the company of the four main characters.
- Rescue Romance: Eh, kinda. She warmed up to Eastwood much more after his actions helped save her from one of Morth's assassins, even kissing him on the cheek (described by Simmons as "the only woman who had ever kissed him without the influence of excessive amounts of alcohol", no less). Unfortunately, him accidentally shooting her in the arm when it came time to rescue her from Morth himself (whom was Eastwood's actual target) seems to have ruined his chances with her for now.
- The Smurfette Principle: The reason she refused to join the team. Strongly refused, at that.
A badger who turned to becoming a rogue Inquisitor and daemon-worshipping cult-master. Once Eastwood's best friend and partner, Morth went rogue and is considered one of the most dangerous heretics on the planet. A villain of the old school, he has been defeated by the cast once, but escaped before they could finish him off.
A top flight Inquisitorial warband made up of a bunch of consummate professionals that represent the opposite of the main heroes in every way.
- The Ace: An entire team of this, to the point where they are able to get away with ignoring their superiors.
- Badass Crew: Are seen as this in-universe, and every storyline featuring them confirms this.
- Cowboy Cop: How they are usually portrayed, or at least Inquisitor Damien. However, they are so successful, they can get away with it.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: The text book definition of this trope, they are probably the poster boys.
- Famed in Story: Well respected by their superiors and other Inquisition teams.
- True Companions: As opposed to the main characters who are Vitriolic Best Buds at best and constantly at each other's throats, Team Damien are real friends and comrades, and are intensely loyal to each other.
- We Do the Impossible: In a different sense from the main characters. While Team Harry are Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder, Team Damien are really that awesomely badass and competent.
Inquisitor Damien Jonson
The leader of the B-team, and its true leader, as opposed to designated hero. The exact opposite of Harry, he is a consummate lady's man and a very successful inquisitor who has become the poster boy for the Inquisition. Just who trained him to be that good?
- The Ace: And he has the arrogance to go along with it.
- The Captain: Subverted, though he carries himself around as the leader of his group, his rank is no higher than any other inquisitor's, unless there are other ranks we are not yet aware of.
- The Casanova: Unlike Harry, he is quite successful and doesn't need to be underhanded, but apparently doesn't like keeping the same woman for extended periods of time and considers them expendable, making him an exaggeration of Eastwood in this sense.
- The Charmer: And unlike Harry, he is legitimately charming. His official profile even lists "Charm, wit, and sexual magnetism" as his primary weapons!
- Chick Magnet: Also as opposed to Harold, the women are drawn to him.
- Expy: Of Various Cowboy Cop archetypes, but also has the makings of classical casanova's like James Bond (such as bedding intelligence agents).
- Foil: To Harry
- The Hero: The most straight example in the comic.
- Ideal Hero: A subversion. He is treated like this in-comic, and he does have most if not all the traits of a classical hero. But this isn't Ancient Greece and his personality leaves something to be desired...
- The Leader: Unlike Harold, he is completely in command of his warband. He is a definite Type IV.
- Multi-Ranged Master/ Multi-Melee Master: Apparently has experience with multiple types of infantry weapons.
- Sex Face Turn: While, in this particular case, it is unknown whether sex directly results from it, this particular comic indicates that, indeed, Damien uses his charm and sexual magnetism as weapons.
- Sociopathic Hero: Has shades of this, as he has a certain degree of callousness that his teammates lack.
- Surpassed the Teacher: Apparently, he is succeeding despite who trained him, not because of him (whoever that was).
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Inverted! Schaeffer practically dick rides him in his official bio, and even defends his amorous personal life, expressing something a little greater than simple admiration, almost a fondness for him.
- Throw Away Guns: Apparently considers all his weapons in this sense, since he doesn't keep any for long.
Inquisitor Xandius Blackwing
Second in command and Damien's most trusted soldier, is obviously meant to be a parallel to Syrus, though much more competent. He actually graduated in the same class as Eastwood and Silas Morth
- Foil: To Syrus.
- Laser Blade: Interestingly, he wields one, though he doesn't appear to a Daemon Hunter.
- A Glass of Chianti: Pulls it off here.
- Cultured Badass: Carries himself very formally on the above occasion. And is definitely badass.
- It's All About Me: Seems a little self absorbed outside of combat.
- Number Two: Is definitely this for Damien, as the two inquisitors seem much closer to each other than to the rest of their team, and Damien is willing to talk to Xan about his insecurities.
- Officer and a Gentleman: A capable Inquisitor, a true gentleman.
- Old Friend: Seems to see himself as this to Eastwood. Eastwood does not agree.
- The Smart Guy: Appears to be the smartest member of the team, as Damien goes to him for information.
A Porcupine and possibly a mercenary working for the warband. Is apparently from another country that the other main characters are not, due to his accent. A direct foil to Lothar.
- The Big Guy: A relatively straight example.
- Foil: To Lothar
- Friendly Sniper: Apparently takes this role, as he is always seen with his ubiquitous sniper rifle.
- BFG: Which is as tall as him.
- Funetik Aksent: Obviously, he is not from around these parts. Also has a tendency to sprinkle his speech with non-English words.
- Nice Guy: Despite being a warrior, he is very friendly, especially when compared to Lothar.
Quan "Tempest" Wukong
A Daemon Hunter who recently rejoined the team after an indeterminate amount of time away. Unlike Rogue, he is much nicer and much less high-strung.
- Big Fun: Subverted. He is definitely a very lively and jovial fellow, but is a skinny monkey and not necessarily the The Big Guy of the group, though he is a Boisterous Bruiser.
- Foil: To Rogue.
- The Lancer: Is clearly not as serious as his teammates, who note that things weren't the same without him, offering a point of contrast to them.
Originally the 'fourth member' of the team... till he was bitten by a "not zombie".
Another alternate team for the main cast, they are the exact opposite of both other teams. For one, they are mostly female (only one of the four members is male). And also, while the "A-team" are known for their luck, and the "B-team" are known for their skill, the "C-team" are carving their own niche for themselves being lovers of excessive violence.
Inquisitor Nadia Meryl Deket
Leader of the team, she is a violent, brutally effective Inquisitor who, despite lacking any semblance of self control, seems to get the job done.
- Action Girl: HELL YES!
- Ax-Crazy: She takes no prisoners...
- The Berserker: Has shades of this in how she rushes into battle.
- Blade on a Stick: Her primary weapon is a vibro-glaive.
- Church Militant: Exaggerated Up to Eleven! While most of the cast are technically religious, if not church, militants, she is the most zealous member of the bunch, earning her special mention.
- Fiery Redhead: Unbelievably so!!!
- Final Solution: Use Exterminatus to wipe out every single heretic in existence, or barring that, surround yourself with mass murdering Leeroy Jenkins warrior women.
- Foreshadowing: Possible one in the character bios. It's mentioned in Syrus's bio that Schaeffer hopes he'll "cross paths with an intolerant Tyrusian inquisitor who will remove him from our concerns." Guess how Nadia is described (in very exact words). Deket was also mentioned by name in the Coca-Cola-Pepsi War Arc (see Hollywood Personality disorders below) and was seen briefly during Wildfire's last arc with her first inquisition team
- Godzilla Threshold: Apparently, even the mere existence of a heretical cult is cause for this.
- Guilt-Free Extermination War: Her own personal crusade against all things heretical.
- Hollywood Personality Disorders: Possibly Paranoid Personality Disorder. Remember that whole arc where the main characters had to go behind the battle lines of the Coke-Pepsi War to investigate the idea that the war was the cover for some kind of daemon plot? Yeah... she was the one who first proposed that idea, because apparently, to her, a war isn't just a war. That being said, being an Inquisition member, she's probably Properly Paranoid more often than not.
- Ice Queen: All but said by her official bio.
- Knight Templar: To put it bluntly, in an organization that prides itself on being zealous in its pursuits to one extreme or another, she is too extreme for them. They had to pass a law because she called Exterminatus too much!
- The Lad-ette: Definitely has the makings of one.
- The Leader: Definitely, though whether or not that is a good thing...
- Leeroy Jenkins: Enemy forces be damned...
- Omniscient Morality License: Though the Inquisition by law has this, she abuses it more than anyone else in the comic, and in a cast of assholes, that is truly an accomplishment.
- Principles Zealot: While she is a true believer in the ways of the Inquisition, she takes it way too far in upholding their duty, to the detriment of everyone else.
- Sociopathic Hero: She likes using weapons of mass destruction.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Seems to be on her way to being this, if she isn't one already.
- The Squadette: The most militant inquisitor yet, and she's female!
- The Unfettered: Little to no self-control and she surrounds herself with people like this, or at least those with limited self-control.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite her... lack of self-control, she's probably one of the most loyal inquisitors in the comic.
- Vibroweapon: Her personal weapon is a Mk. IX ‘Gungnir’ Series Vibro-Glaive with a retractable handle.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Well, she is fighting insane cultists, she is just a little too over-zealous in her mission...
The Fourth team member and a mercenary. Though she has the least amount of focus, we already have a set personality for her.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cute Bruiser: D'awwww! It's adorable how she fires her guns into the air when she's happy.
- Everything's Worse with Bees: Actually, she's a wasp! In fact, according to the creators themselves in the page comments, she was made a wasp specifically because of how aggressively nasty and violent they are.
- Genki Girl: She gets really excited...
- Guns Akimbo: Apparently her favorite method of combat.
- The Gunslinger: While every other character in the series uses guns, she seems to be the most dedicated gunslinger in the cast.
- Hot-Blooded: Gets very over-zealous in her duties as an inquisitor, but this is just a reflection of a very energetic personality all around.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Birds of a feather...
- Military Maverick: Back when she was still military. They eventually kicked her out because she was too much to handle. Strangely, she was only discharged despite hitting a record for the largest number of disciplinary offences racked up during a tour of service.
- More Dakka: carries two guns for the sher purpose of blowing people full of lead even when it's unnecessary.
- Nice Guy: Seems to be a very nice person, aside from the whole "brutally murdering people as part of her job" bit.
- Nominal Hero: The only reason she is fighting these cultist is because she is being paid to do it. No more, no less.
- Only in It for the Money: She has no allegiance to the Inquisition's mission, all she wants is money.
- Professional Killer: Is a rather excited mercenary.
- Psycho for Hire: Definitely has shades of this.
- Punch Clock Hero: Is a hired mercenary who seems to have little respect for the Inquisition, but is a good guy regardless.
- Rebellious Spirit: Hates authority, despite working for the government.
- Survivalist Stash: Has several scattered around the continent filled with weapons. How Section 9 of her.
- Trigger Happy: Demonstrated when she perforates a poor sob who was already dying from a single shot by Sebastian.
- The Unfettered: More so than anyone else in the cast, but subverted in that her primary goal seems to be Money, Dear Boy instead of any higher goal.
- Walking Armory: Subverted. Has an army's worth of weapons, but has only appeared with two guns. Whether this trope will be played straight remains to be seen.
Interrogator Sebastian Thomas Poe
The first dinosaur in the comic, Sebastian is the exasperated only male and Only Sane Man
- Chick Magnet: He doesn't want to be, though, and in his own words is "a Crazy Magnet". Hard not to consider yourself one when your team consists of nothing but destructive Leeroy Jenkins.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Upon the massacre of heretics he wanted to question, "I'm an interrogator, not a necromancer!"
- The Lancer: By virtue of being...
- Morality Pet: is supposed to be this for Nadia. Yeah, that isn't working...
- Only Sane Man: Poor Sebastian.
- The One Guy: And contrary to what some others think, he ain't happy about it.
- Raptor Attack: Subverts the typical stereotype of being a ferocious bloodthirsty carnivore, but he plays the lack of feathers straight.
- Surrounded By Leeroy Jenkins Who See No Kill Like Overkill The Way Most People See Hammers: And worse, he shares a team with Wildfire.
- Torture Technician: Possibly. He is an interrogator, after all.
- Warrior Monk/ Badass Preacher: Dresses the part, possibly the attire that comes with being an interrogator.
Yuri "Wildfire" Keila
A new female feline character that was introduced in Rogue's absence, who doesn't appreciate Eastwood's misogyny/constant flirting and doesn't appear to be the best at listening to instructions. By which we mean considers "Instruction" to mean "Gentle suggestion". If her team is lucky
. Impetuous and inexperienced, with no patience for complex plans and ideas, she is prone to making hasty decisions that make the rest of the team look positively wise in comparison. She was returned to Taika in a body cast, after being chloroformed by Virus, to prevent her from destroying even more stuff. Later recruited by Inquisitor Deket, who appreciated her penchant for destruction better.
The Dark Gods
- Animal Motifs: Canines, him and his demons.
- The Brute: Looks the part, anyway. His demons certainly are.
- Later makes an effort to update his image to that of the modern day Armchair Military general, as his old image sooner brought to mind "drunken slapfights in pub car parks" rather than "war".
- Dumbass No More: Fernex notes that he's become a lot more eloquent since his change to an embodiment of an Armchair Military general. It seems to be a result of his worshippers now consisting primarily of military officers, historical re-enactors and angry nerds, all of which would be slightly more intelligent than your average Berserker.
- Expy: of Khorne.
- In fairness, he's just the God of Warfare, rather than war, blood, and skulls.
- Hell Hound
- Butt Monkey: Not him (He's probably the most powerful of the Big Four), but his followers, who are constantly made fun of thanks to Fernexite demons' affinity for toasters.
- The Patterner is prone to making fun of him. Word of God says Fernex, being a god of technology, came much later than the other three and mocked by others for being The New Guy.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- Expy: of the Void Dragon.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He manages to come dangerously close to wiping out both the Inquisition and the Daemon Hunters in the Taika arc.
- Overall, his minions tend to be among the more grandiose and successful villains shown in the comic. This may have something to do with his whole being an evil god of technology, and in an age of technology would truly be powerful.
- Animal Motifs: Spiders. His demons are quite spider-like and his body (though mostly off-panel) seems to have a spider's abdomen.
- Berserk Button: The Patterner doesn't appreciate the suggestion that he has a tell.
- Expy: of Tzeentch. And they hate each other for it.
- Faceless Eye
- I Lied: Apparently a requirement to be one of his cultists.
- Trickster God: He's supposed to be, anyway.
The Justice Gods
Gruss, The Benevolent Machine God
Tyrus, The Law God
- King of Beasts
- Proud to Be a Geek: Quite proud of his Dark Dungeons campaigns and asks one of his followers to go easy on fellow gamers.
- Religion Is Wrong: Not entirely, but he does rip apart his own holy book due to mistranslations, bad context, someone putting in stuff he never approved, or simply because he was in a weird mood when he wrote some of the passages. And when he tried to get the thing edited, he's somewhat surprised to hear how his prophets were executed as heretics. It does fit his prior characterization as a pedant.
Ahriman, God of Knowledge
Mort, The Death God