Characters / Fear Effect

Hana Tsu Vachel (Mei Yun)

  • Absolute Cleavage: Hana's green party gown in Fear Effect 2. As Rain said, "You're wearing that?! Why don't you just walk in there naked?!"
  • Action Girl: Routinely fights and wins against thugs, criminals, robots, soldiers, demons, and zombies.
  • Anti-Hero: She kills people for profit, but she also willingly gave up the EINDS cure for free.
  • Berserk Button: Harming Rain in any way is a good way to set her off.
  • Bi the Way: In an established relationship with Rain, she sleeps with a man at the start of Retro Helix, and Inferno would have seen her developing feelings for Glas as well.
  • Black Widow: Is not above using the Honey Pot to accomplish her goals.
  • Broken Bird: Just look at the trope below.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She is a mix of French and Chinese.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first game, Hana outright calls Jin a friend, and when they run into each other in Hell, she is glad to see him. Retro Helix meanwhile, which is a prequel, she's downright hostile to him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Hana's rejoinder to Rain's statement about her dress. "Don't be silly. I'd only be able to hide one gun naked."
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents were murdered by Triads and she was sold as a sex slave at the age of 5.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She readily fires off quips all throughout Retro Helix.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: An effect that has saved her life from time to time.
  • The Hero: Is easily the main character of the series, she is the one who moves the action and plot forward.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She changes outfits more often than anyone else, including running around in nothing but a towel at one point.
  • Oh Crap!: Flying off a bridge in a train or facing a guy with a semi-auto rocket launcher elicits this response.
  • Plucky Girl: She has elements of this. She has a lot of bad stuff happen to her, but she does not quit. She also displays optimism before going out on missions, unlike pessimistic Glas. She tends to give people the benefit of a doubt, which Glas would certainly not do.
  • That Man Is Dead: After the demonic Madam Chen calls her Mei Yun one too many times, Hana introduces her to a circular saw.
  • Universal Driver's Licence: Hana either drives or flies in order; a gyrocopter, a military helicopter, a limo, a train, a speed boat that doubles as a submersible, and a motorcycle.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until her parents were killed in front of her and she was sold into slavery by the Triad.
  • Younger Than They Look: She appears to be in her early 20s. However, there is a puzzle in the first game that reveals quite a bit about her age. She was 5 years old when her parents were killed right in front of her. She is currently 18 years old. She will reach the age of 35, and may even get married and have children by then. She will finally become 88 years old, where she will live on the island that the Eight Immortals live in. Then she will die either at age 88 or sometime afterwards. Are you amazed or surprised?

Royce Glas

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his left arm in Madam Chen's brothel, courtesy of Mr. Lam. It grows back in the good ending though.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After mocking one of the Eight Immortals for challenging him to a simple child's game by asking if he should also be crawling through lava, she looks ready to make it so. Glas responds "look I'm rolling!"
  • Buttmonkey: He tends to take the most abuse between the four.
  • Character Development: He starts off Retro Helix as a borderline suicidal alcoholic, cleans up his act and develops a purpose by the end, and becomes a true friend of Hana's by the first game.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He bounces off a few jokes with Hana.
  • Death Seeker: Well, let's think for a minute. He engages in binge-drinking (more like drinking himself to death). He plays Russian Roulette. He engages in these activities in his spare time. What do you think?
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He has 7 empty whiskey bottles with him in the opening scene in Retro Helix.
  • The Dutiful Son: His father was apparently his commanding officer when he was still a spy.
  • Handicapped Bad Ass: Glas won't let a little thing like a severed arm stop him from storming the very gates of Hell itself.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: In the second game, one of the Eight Immortals notes that "[his] cold face can not hide the warm heart that still beats beneath." He tries to dismiss it, but she still points out he was kind to her when he didn't need to be.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Glas justifies slitting Wee Ming's throat thinking that would end the madness he and Hana had been subject to over the last 24 hours. It doesn't take however.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He claims he is hardened beyond caring, but his actions speak louder. In fact, one of his deaths in Fear Effect is shooting an innocent woman, and being so stunned he allows a mook to shoot him.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Glas definitely is this. When Hana said that she has faith in Rain not being a back-stabber, he goes off on this rant about how "Faith is for the weak!" Would it have killed him to explain why he thinks that?
  • Only Sane Man: Glas comes across as this during the second game. Quickly and correctly deducing it's a setup at the Temple of Xi'an, he tries to leave on several occasions, but keeps getting pulled back in, and voices his disbelief during some of the more absurd moments while everyone else just acts like talking to an Immortal is an everyday occurrence.
  • Perma-Stubble: He has the Homer Simpson "2 day growth permanently painted on" look.
  • The Lancer: Only Rain has Hana's trust more than him.
  • Sanity Slippage: He starts to lose it when he has his arm cut off.
  • Shoot the Dog: He tried to kill the young girl and Anti Anti Christ (Wee Ming) to save the world as well as try to get revenge for Deke's death (that, and Glas seemed to have become mentally unhinged). He shot his brother Drew, but it was an accident. Drew was going to shoot him first (For money and for leaving him with only one arm). Really, Glas should have just punched that whiny brat out.
  • Sibling Rivalry: His brother was on his squad, until he lost his arm on a sucide mission, who then betrayed Glas by killing his surviving men.

Jacob 'Deke' DeCourt

  • Awesome Aussie: To the point didgeridoos start playing once he breaks out the sawn-offs.
  • Bad Ass Beard: Grows out his facial hair in every sequel.
  • Body Horror: His face after being killed in Fear Effect is not a pretty sight.
  • The Big Guy: He ain't fat, he's husky. His words.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second game, to the point that the last time you play as him it's actually a demon in disguise.
  • Face Heel Revolving Door: Probably because there is more than one of him running loose. Each one of him would have a different personality.
  • Hidden Depths: He definitely has this. One of the Eight Immortals reveals to Glas that Rachel Kazra dabbled in Creating Life, and there were a number of failures. A lot of the failures were flesh-eating zombies that Glas and Hana fought against. Deke is one of the failures. The Immortal points out to Glas that Deke is a puppet of greater forces, but that is not explained or expanded on. Besides, he cannot be all bad if he truly likes Hana, Glas, and Rain. He has not tried to kill them at any rate.
  • Losing Your Head: Is killed in the first game when he has his throat slit by Madam Chen, then is thrown out a window onto a pointed statue face first.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a slouch hat for most of Retro Helix.
  • Psycho for Hire: A frequent description of his personality.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Deke spends most of Retro Helix in a green tank top.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He really only has two motives; getting paid, and sating his blood lust.
  • Token Evil Teammate: When this applies to a team mostly made up of protagonists listed under Sociopathic Hero, that's saying a lot about how brutal this guy is. Deke ends up as a boss fight in both games.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He comes back in the canon ending of the first game, complaining of a bump on his head.

Rain Qin

  • Action Girl: Starts to come into her own towards the end of Retro Helix, single handedly stopping her sister Mist from taking over the world.
  • Amnesiac God: A demigod at least. After she left the Void, she has no memory of her past.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Her response to being strapped to a machine straight out of La Blue Girl is basically "pfft, whatever."
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Rain comes from one. To wit:
    • Her mother, Rachel Kazra, injects herself with the DNA of Qin Zhang in a bid to create the perfect being and inadvertently releases the EINDS virus. By the time Fear Effect 2 rolls around, she's become an Abomination.
    • Rain's father, Qin Zhang, is the immortal first emperor of China.
    • Her sister Mist, is an Evil Twin demi god with plans to take over the world.
    • Rain herself is an amnesiac demi god gun for hire. It says a lot that the mercenary is the most normal of the bunch.
  • The Chick: She gets left home twice by Hana because she's not quite at her level in fighting skill.
  • Distressed Damsel: She tends to get captured in Retro Helix a lot.
  • Girly Run: Rain definitely runs like this. Hana does not. This serves as a contrast between the characters, with Hana being more masculine and Rain being more feminine.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Rain drops a few "darn its" when everyone else is saying something much stronger.
  • Honor Before Reason: The final boss fight in the good ending of Fear Effect 2 has Rain fighting her twin sister Mist one on one, when it could have been 4 on 1 if she had allowed it.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She only has eyes for Hana.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: She is a hacker extraordinaire, and a first rate biologist.
  • Physical God: On an important note, her last name is Qin. She is the daughter of 秦始皇 (Qín Shǐ Huáng), the very first emperor of China. The one who burned books and buried scholars in the name of stability in the country. The one who wanted immortality. The one whose tomb contains an army of soldiers made of terracotta. The one who became a god, but is basically in an And I Must Scream state - at least in this game.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With her twin sister Mist, who tries to take over the world.
  • The Smart Guy: Is the group's tech head.

Jin (Yim Lau Wong)

  • Big Bad: The one behind everything in Fear Effect, he's also a minor antagonist in Retro Helix. Inferno also would have had him involved in some way.
  • Disney Villain Death: Both his defeats in Fear Effect sees him falling down a pit.
  • Japanese Ranguage: His preferred manner of speaking in human form. Quite odd, considering that he is Chinese (Which is far different from Japanese).
  • Physical God: The literal king of Hell, he is able to interact with people on Earth.
  • The Chessmaster: He grants Mr. Lam his massive wealth, but only if he takes on Wee Ming, so that in 16 years, he can bring Hell on Earth so that he no longer has to judge every person who comes into his domain.
  • You Have Failed Me: Turns Mr. Lam into a monster for not killing Glas when he had the chance.

Wee Ming Lam

  • Anti Anti Christ: She runs away from home as soon as she learns the truth about her existence.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: She was created from a paper doll to basically make Hell on Earth.
  • Body Horror: Wee Ming has the power to turn people into monsters just by looking at them.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Wee Ming bounces back from having her throat slit remarkably fast.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wee Ming is at level B.

Madam Chen

  • Evil Matriarch: Essentially raised Hana, but also forced her (and the other girls at her brothel) into the sex trade at a very young age.
  • Smug Snake: Even after being defeated and chained up in Hell, she still is arrogant and condescending.

The Foreman

  • Ax-Crazy: He massacres almost his entire work force, tried to blow up the entire downtown district of Hong Kong, and straps Rain to a device straight out of the most demented doujinshi.
  • Dirty Old Man: Creepily calls Hana and Rain "kitties", strips Rain down to her underwear after knocking her out and straps her to a device for the sole intention of raping her, and tries to do the same to Hana.
  • For the Evulz: Just about everyone of his actions is done for seemingly no other reason than because.
  • Gonk: Living in the sewers has not been kind to him.
  • Guttural Growler: Speaks in a deep growl.
  • Implacable Man: Even after being shot into an electrified wall 3 different times, it takes blowing himself up to actually kill him.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Just look at what all does.
  • Rape as Drama: He straps Rain to some kind of bug machine that rapes her.

Mist

  • A God Am I: Attempts to rule the world by kill off a good portion of the population with the EINDS virus, making a takeover by her that much easier.
  • Evil Twin: Clearly evil to Rain's Anti-Hero.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Kills a good portion of the world's population via EINDS as part of her scheme.

Mr. Lam

  • Body Horror: He is subjected to Wee Ming's power to turn people into what they see themselves as, and it's not pretty.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to genuinely care for Wee Ming, despite her not really being his daughter. Or even really human.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after an alien that was a spiritual guide to occultist Alistair Crowley.
  • Money to Burn: He literally burns money to accumulate his wealth.
  • Papa Wolf: He does not care for mercenaries attempting to ransom his daughter back to him.
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