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Veranda "Maytag" Kingfisher
A nymphomaniac in a jester costume who is an expert on all things related to sex and sexuality. She's also athletic, a master of potion use, wise beyond her years and has placed all her skill points into Bluff, Diplomacy, Intimidate and Sense Motive. Her only weakness is that her incredible confidence comes from the jester suit that she wears, and without it she reverts to a shy, timid shadow of her former self.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She's got some kind of mental issue. Her stage performance shows that her "Jester" and "shy girl" personalities are both just an act.
- An Arm and a Leg: She allows Bloody Mary to chew her arm off from the wrist up (she'd already eaten the hand) in a play for time.
- Anything That Moves: She deconstructs this trope; she starts out the series an unabashed hedonist but gets less and less willing to take sexual risks as the consequences of her actions threaten her relationship with Bernadette.
- Armor-Piercing Question: She uses one to force The Thin Man to reconsider his self-righteous position.
- Mayag: "Is it morally justified to sacrifice so many lives on a gamble?"
- Bookworm: She used to be this as a child. She would always go off into a corner and read long, thick, and very difficult books.
- Bag of Holding: She has a "Dimensional Bag".
- Battle Couple: With Bernadette.
- Blithe Spirit: Before she compromises herself with Bernadette.
- Breaking Speech: Delivers one to Bloody Mary after she ate her arm, albeit a kind one.
- Broken Bird: Her entire character is a downplayed version of this; despite her traumatic past, she's so much of a Blithe Spirit as to nearly be The Unfettered but there are hints of a darker side underneath.
- Can Not Tell A Lie: Zigzagged. While all her statements are technically true, Crest points out that faking her personality is a lie in and of itself. She does not take this well.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Subverted. Up to Chapter 30: Blackbird, her often absurd self-confidence was directly tied to her jester outfit. In that chapter, it's revealed that she has always been self-confident and the two personalities are simply part of her performance.
- Creepy Child: Her fellow orphans certainly thought so.
- Emotionless Girl
- Eye Scream: Combined with Deliberate Injury Gambit. She gouges out her own eyes to get past "phase three" of the Dark Cell.
- Feel No Pain: How she was able to "resist" pain.
- Good Bad Girl
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her primary motivation in life is to make as many friends as possible.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: She willingly sacrifices her arm to give herself time to talk Bloody Mary out of killing her.
- Living Lie Detector: She can see through any lie or con almost instantly.
- Loners Are Freaks: She got a lot of grief as a child for this.
- Lovable Rogue
- Magic Feather: Her costume.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She really enjoys playing this role, most prominently for Regina and Crest.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Marshmallow Hell: In Chapter 4: Sexual Tension, she pushed Crest's face to her chest when trying to get him to open up.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Hat
- Orphan's Ordeal: Her parents died when she was very young, and most of her fellow orphans were horribly cruel to her because she couldn't show emotion.
- Rape as Drama: She's not above submitting to rape, if it's the only way to save the ones she loves. She states outright that her attitude to sexuality makes rape much less traumatic to her than to the average person.
- Selective Obliviousness: Her lack of, and complete inability to understand, modesty.
- Sexy Jester
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Understands the nudity taboo most people have, but doesn't believe in it. Extends it from "no nudity taboo" to "no sexuality taboo". Remains mostly tamed due to being in a relationship. Best summed up here.
- Showing Off the New Body: Her first action while possessing Regina was groping herself.
- Talking Is a Free Action: One sometimes wonders if one of her magical powers is to get people to stop fighting as long as her mouth keeps moving. This is also done a lot in the second fight scene between Bloody Mary and Bernadette.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Her MO is to be so bluntly matter of fact about her ability to defeat you that you hesitate... often fatally.
- Talking Your Way Out: After being captured by Bloody Mary.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She has learned to accept pain rather than fight it, allowing her to be virtually impervious to torture and even mutilation. One scene has her smiling gently as her arm is being eaten, much to the dismay of the person doing the eating. It becomes much more jarring in "the dark cell" saga as she cheers when she gets to phase two and is subjected to illusions that deliver physical pain, much the dismay of "The Thin Man" and his underlings.
- Warrior Therapist: Especially in the chapters dedicated to Bloody Mary.
A Lady of War and Maytag's long-time companion and friend. She is a master of the Split Rose Dual Wielding technique, which focuses entirely on parrying and counterattacking your opponent.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Not realizing that the "Split Rose" technique is purely a child's technique designed to teach children the basics of self-defense, she has honed it into an advanced fighting style that is hers and hers alone.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She is always aware of her surroundings and adversaries, not only allowing her to exploit any weakness even if none seemed to exist, but also making her very difficult to deceive, even out of a fight, much to Maytag's surprise. Her duel with Bloody Mary, seen from her internal monologue perspective, could put Sherlock to shame.
- Badass Normal: She doesn't use sorcery, but that doesn't keep her from taking on sorcery-enhanced opponents.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Her father's anti-sorcery swords prove especially useful in the gladiator arc.
- Battle Couple: With Maytag.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild version, but she's averse to anyone seeing Maytag naked.
- Counter Attack: The "Split Rose" technique is based on this. She eventually gets put in a situation where she uses said counter attacks barehanded to great effect.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In Chapter 4: Sexual Tension. Voulger stood no chance. She wound up on the receiving end later that same chapter from a misogynistic knight who couldn't handle the fact that a girl could beat him in a fair fight, and used Voulger's magical artifact against her.
- Daughter of a Whore
- Dual Wielding
- Fighting Your Friend: Chapter 16: Man-Eating, from Book Zero, is the introduction of Clairen, an old acquaintance of Bernadette. In this chapter, and the next, Chapter 17: The Battle Of Old Friends, Bern is forced to battle against her, as part of her deal with Seraph.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A scar on her cheek.
- Honor Before Reason: Her Refusal of the Call
- Leonine Contract: She's the victim of this in the latest chapter of the "Gladiatorial Arc." When Poly is poisoned by an opposing gladiatorial team, despite the fact that the Arena failed in their obligations to use magic to keep her alive, the Arena Manager "offers" to ressurect Poly at a cost of a whopping 250,000 marks, which would take a minimum of six years of fighting at A rank level to clear. Bern is immediately aware of the trap she's in. Before she can answer, the Warden arrives with a very loud objection to the promoter's "offer."
- Refusal of the Call: She chooses to come out of the closet rather than join the Knights.
- Skunk Stripe
- The Worf Effect: She can't do well against spellcasters and magically-enhanced fighters despite being invincible against any normal swordsman.
A young skilled rogue, and the son of a famous knight. In an effort to raise enough money to pay for an operation to restore his mother's eyesight, he falls into the dangerous world of underground gambling. When he is caught using sleight of hand at a high stakes poker game, his life as he knew it would change...
- Calling the Old Man Out: He does this on Orransong, by telling exactly why he quit the Knights.
- Card Sharp: He's this in the first chapter, but it goes wrong for him in the same chapter.
- Cartwright Curse: Even though he's sweet, sensitive, and treats women with respect, his luck with the ladies is atrocious. He had a girlfriend, and she cheated on him. Then he was attracted to Maytag, only to find out, in public, that she's not the kind of woman she was pretending to be. (Not to mention the whole Bernadette thing.) And lastly, Suspira, who he's sweet on, gets kidnapped, has something done to her and winds up a Brainwashed and Crazy abomination who is absolutely convinced that her parents are dead and slaughters the Conclave in revenge.
- Cool Shades: Wears them to play poker in the first chapter, then dons them again after the level up.
- Demoted to Extra: For most of the time, Crest's importance to the story was next to null. It's gotten so bad that in later chapters, other characters seem to be actively ignoring his existence.
- Does Not Like Women: Although he is explicitly heterosexual, he's always been unnerved by women. It's now at the point that ''women are chthulhu" to him. For example, he sees Moby as Nyarlathotep. Considering the "cartwright curse" entry above, can anyone blame him?
- Empowered Badass Normal: After being given a magical sword capable of healing any wound, and curing most illnesses.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Crest's eyes seem to acquire a strange banded look as the series progresses. Whether this is a specific plot point, or just Art Evolution remains to be seen.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: He had a girlfriend prior to meeting Maytag. She cheated on him, and he did not take Maytag offering to cheat on Bern with him very well.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Despite having no formal education (which isn't rare in the world setting), he's highly intelligent. He's been a card shark, giving Maytag a run for her money, literally. He's outsmarted Suspira, a level 3+ sorceress, which requires a great deal of intelligence in itself, repeatedly. As of the most recent updates, he's winning a debate with a very well experienced group of phalanx hunters.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Suspira's Face–Heel Turn.
- Luminescent Blush: Whenever a pretty girl flirts with him.
- Pinball Protagonist
- Ship Tease: First with Maytag, and then with Suspira.
- Stalker with a Crush: His original goal for going with the party is to wait until Maytag and Bern have a breakup and steal her away for himself. Granted, this was before he was demoted. He's mostly over it in more recent chapters.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he gets un-demoted, he roughs up the gang from the first chapter for practice.
Allies and friends
Self-proclaimed "toughest mercenary" of Vestige Town, and self-appointed "bodyguard" of Maytag. He only appears in Book Zero.
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Maytag.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Mistaken for Gay: In the last panel of this strip.Asylum local: Hi there, handsome. Would you like to make me feel like a woman?Britannus: Gah!
- Out of Focus: A very minor character. He only appears in the first chapters of Book Zero.
- Tempting Fate:
Maytag: So you want to be my bodyguard, right? That's fine with me... but I'll have to take you out for a test-run first, of course, before I say yes!
- In the first chapters of Book Zero, Maytag wants to know if all the skills he says he has is real. So, she drags him to The Asylum first...
Maytag: I would like to see how well you perform with a sword...Bernadette: I'll have you know my skill with a sword is top-notch, thank you very much!!!Maytag: Shall we put that to test? I'd like you to meet some friends of mine... this is Prim, Ashley and Lilia.
- ...and later she makes him confront against the Black Poison Angels.
- Ascended Fangirl: Of Maytag.
- Covert Pervert: She enjoys using Glyph's scouter, after he loaned it to her.
- Inept Mage: The main source of her insecurities.
- Naïve Everygirl
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In book 0. Which causes her to fail her rank up test.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Thanks to Glyph, she briefly runs around town naked. She finds it liberating.
- Shrinking Violet: Prior to meeting Glyph anyway. She's still somewhat shy when not around him.
- Virginity Makes You Stupid: In Book 0; then double subverted in Chapter 23: Silhouette.
Umber and Dirk
- Easily Forgiven
- Eyepatch of Power: He wears an eyepatch, and is one of the best official Knights of he Order.
- Heteronormative Crusader
- Loophole Abuse: A positive example. It would be a crime for Crest or his mother to go get her magically inflicted blindness fixed by seeing a magical healer. This isn't an issue if he's paying the bill for it.
- Retired Badass: Gave up being a Knight of the Order due to old age.
A genius Level 3 sorceress with an ego to match. Is hit hard after Kin is killed, and is more regretful of her previous arrogance.
- Battle Couple: With Kin.
- Body Horror: After the Thin Man experimented on her. She doesn't seem to mind much.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Thin Man's experiments have convinced her that her parents are dead, and the conclave killed them. What's worse, if Q'talda can be believed, is that she mind-controlled the Conclave to confess to it, and try to murder her, so she'd be "blameless" when she rebounded Q'talada's ultimate spell back on them.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In regards to Kin. She once agreed to a threesome, only to get so jealous afterwards that she magically shaved the girl bald and turned her skin blue.
- Expressive Hair
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Kin is killed.
- Insufferable Genius: When she was introduced. She gets better when she learns that Crest is at least as smart as her, if not smarter.
- Mundane Utility: She does this a lot. The very first thing we see her doing is using a magic forcefield umbrella.
- No One Could Survive That!: Suspiria falls victim to this with respect to Bloody Mary in a truly epic example of Genre Blindness. Or maybe it's because she's an Insufferable Genius. Or both...
- Suicidal Overconfidence: She rushed ahead to face Bloody Mary before her phalanx reinforcements, especially her senior Q'tlda, were in place. On the one hand, it saved Bernadette's life. On the other, both she and Kin paid dearly.
- Too Clever by Half: More than once, her massive overconfidence in her own abilities has been painfully undercut by her corresponding lack of practical experience (specifically, a tendency to overextend herself and run out of juice before the job is done).
- Unwitting Pawn: Under careful scrutiny, her story about the conclave being responsible for her parent's death, and the Conclave's response completely falls apart. While it's not certain who is directly responsible for manipulating her into this series of actions, the primary suspect is The Thin Man.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her magic hair in particular.
- Battle Couple: With Suspiria.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died protecting Suspira.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: Loves to draw nude paintings of beautiful women.
- Killed Off for Real: Falls to Mary's claws, and Suspira's too drained to extract the venom.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He loves painting females in nude, erotic poses. Suspira fully supports him in this endeavor, even occasionally hiring prostitutes for it. They were both thrilled when Maytag allowed him to paint her, for free.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Chivalrous Pervert: While he may have, and freely use, a device that allows him to see through women's clothes, often without their consent, he is otherwise a perfect gentleman, and truly treasures the female form, as well as the personality that goes with it.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a pervert Butt-Monkey... and also a member of the Phalanx, and he's the first to wound Moss' uncle.
- Gag Penis: If Regina's reaction to seeing him nude is any indication.
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: As perverted as he is, he was shocked, outraged, and horrified when Moss's uncle drugged his food, took control of his body, and tried to make him have sex with Bernadette when she was also under the effect of a powerful magical aphrodisiac without her knowledge or consent.
The former leader of the Steel Serpent Gang and Bernadette's old crush. She reformed and now works as an Enforcer in Marvollo.
Spoiler Eye and Black Hole Cat
The little girl living in the center of the Dark Cell and her jailor. She holds the secrets of the world... and is the central pivot of a literal zone of suffering. Because of the danger she presents to the world, she has been kept imprisoned, waiting for someone with the resolve or innovation to overcome the Dark Cell to free her and become her guardian. Thousands have tried, and of the hundreds that could overcome their primal fears and the dozens that could walk through a wall of fishhooks, none could continue the fight past soul-crushing despair.Then Maytag stabbed out her eyes and forgot despair even existed.
- Cursed with Awesome: Eye is protected by a very powerful and near impenetrable Fog of Doom, and all her needs for food and shelter are met by Black Hole Cat. She even gets to watch the outside world through a magic mirror. The price? The same thing that protects her from harm, also cuts her off from people who want to be her friend.
- The Faceless: The Black Hole Cat is a cat with a black hole for a face.
- Glass Cannon: If anything, or anyone, manages to breach The Dark Storm, Eye is completely helpless as neither she nor Black Hole Cat have anything in the way of offensive or defensive abilities. Black Hole Cat can't even summon a shield of any kind.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Eye is desperately lonely, only being able to see the world through a magic mirror that Black Hole Cat summoned. When she meets Maytag, and is promised to visit the outside world in person, she's ecstatic.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is Eye and she lives in the Eye of a magical storm.
- Power Incontinence: The Dark Storm, a vortex of fear, pain, and despair, is directly linked to Eye. Wherever she goes, so does the Dark Storm. She has no control over it.
An old friend of Bernadette, who turned into a deadly assassin. She has a tattoo covering the right part of her body.
- Blood from the Mouth: Blood can be seen in and around his mouth while he's unconscious on the ground after Bern defeats him.
- Defeat by Modesty: How he was able to submiss Maytag.
- Fake Difficulty: He's introduced as someone far too strong for the local Knight Order to take down. Even Orransong, who is no pushover, was swept aside with ease, using an Offhand Backhand with the hilt of his sword. Bern shows up, and completely curbstomps him, literally, using a single counter-attack.
- Fragile Speedster: His only advantage in battle is the raw speed granted him by the "pactio" collar. If anyone manages to land a blow on him, he crumples like a napkin.
- The Nudifier: His sword "Thread-Reaper", which he used to submiss Maytag.
- Straw Misogynist: The only thing revealed about his backstory is that he had a habit of raping women until they're completely broken and then killing them because he's bored that they're too traumatized to resist, and he publicly proclaimed the intent to do the same to Maytag, calling her a "dog to train" until Bern showed up.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Combined with Tempting Fate and Mugging the Monster. When Bern challenged him to battle, not only did he think he'd already won, he called Bern "a dog to train", complained that she had too many clothes on, and insulted her ability because she told him to attack her first. One counter-attack later and he was literally on the end of a Curbstomp Battle.
- Attempted Rape: Using a magic collar he stole from Voulger, he beats down Bern, rips her clothes off and tries to rape her, for the "crime" of beating him in a duel that he demanded himself.
- Heman Woman Hater: This character is highly misogynistic. Not only does he try to rape Bern for daring to defeat him in a sword duel, that he himself demanded, but when Maytag comes to Bern's rescue, he uses Bern as a hostage to demand that Maytag cut off her own breasts with a knife. Even Maytag was visibly shaken by that demand.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: He took his loss to Bern very, very poorly.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: On both ends of this. Nobody cried for Voulger after what he did to Maytag, and nobody cried for Derrick after what he tried to do to Bern.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Like most of the Knight Order, his sword skill isn't anywhere near as good as he thought it was.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: This is the official cover story used for why his "pactio" collar "mysteriously exploded," and he winds up a laughing, drooling loon, unable to complete a coherent thought.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first glance, he appears like an affable inn-keeper. In reality, he's a particularly depraved agent of The Thin Man.
- Carry a Big Stick: His weapon of choice is a magic staff that he can magically extend or retract at will. At least until Glyph disables it.
- Expy: Of Josuke Higashikata, or possibly of Araki characters in general. He even shouts "ORA! ORA! ORA!" when attacking.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks in polite, cheerful tones, and acts like an affable inn-keeper at all times, but is an utterly depraved individual who throughly exploits and abuses anyone and everyone unfortunate enough to become his "guest" and when he's done, either pawns them off to The Thin Man, or simply kills them and destroys their bodies. Considering what we've seen of the Thin Man's organization, the latter is likely to be the more merciful alternative.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: According to Moss, his favorite hobby is drugging people with potions of possession without their knowledge or consent, controlling their bodies, and then using them to have sex with their companions. He displays this in graphic detail with Glyph, who was drugged into trying to have sex with Bern while she was also under the influence of a magical aphrodisiac without her knowledge or consent. What's truly horrific about all this, is that the people controlled in this manner are fully aware of what their bodies are doing, but completely helpless to do or say anything about it.
The Thin Man's trusted minion. He was the one who brought in Bloody Mary and gave her advice on killing.
- Artificial Human: According to The Thin Man, he is one of these.
- Badass Longcoat: The collar is so high it often hides the lower part of his face.
- Faux Horrific: Melter's "disturbing" images in Intermission 19.
- Loophole Abuse: Combined with Disproportionate Retribution. When ordered to seize Maytag, he was told to make it a "clean" capture, that means "no witnesses, no innocent deaths." When Maytag was being stalked by an invisible man who sabotaged her costume so it would disintegrate on stage to ruin her chances at the comedy festival, Melter considered that sufficient to exempt him from the "no innocent deaths" clause.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He will obey The Thin Man's orders without question, even or especially, if it involves kidnapping and murder.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He doesn't appear very often, and his scenes are small. Still, every time he appears, the story changes in a big way.
The first character met by Bern and Poly when they arive at the Arena to pay off Bern's sentence.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He would ultimately prove to be this when he rigs a match by supplying the team that are Bern and Polly's opponent with fast-acting poison darts to force Bern into a Leonine Contract.
- Implausible Deniability: Tries to claim that he had nothing to do with Polly's poisoning and the group responsible would be "punished." The Warden doesn't buy it.
- Mr. Exposition: He's the one who explains the rules and environment of the Arena.
- Neck Snap: Or something close to it. The Warden seizes him around the neck with her chain, slams him to the ground, and then after ordering the guards out of the room, either crushes his windpipe, chokes him to death, or shatters his neck. The panel is not exactly clear, although the result is that he dies.
- No Name Given: His name is never mentioned. Up until The Warden reveals the fate of Harker, his predecessor, many forumites believed that he was Harker in an Enemy Within, Split-Personality Takeover, Sharing a Body, or even That Man Is Dead sense.
- Perpetual Smiler: The man just does not stop smiling, ever, not even when The Warden has a chain around his neck. At least, not until The Warden Orders the Arena guards out of the room, and he starts to panic, but even then he goes right back to smiling up until the Warden actually kills him.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he's in charge of the Arena. The Warden would ultimately prove him wrong.
- Villains Want Mercy: His last words were begging The Warden to relase him. She doesn't comply.
The Black Poison Angels
An Amazon Brigade of three women, Prim, Ashley and Lilia, who appear in Book Zero.
- Bare Your Midriff: The three of them.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lilia, Ashley, Prim.
- Blood Knight: The three of them.
- I Shall Taunt You: Directed to Britannus:Ashley: Don't waste your breath, Maytag... I think he's afraid to lose with a woman.
- The Lad-ette: The three of them.
- Swords Are Just Better: Prim.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Prim, Type-A.
A Level 3 wizard, who's also the master of both Regina and Lucient. He hires Bernadette in Book Zero in order to grant them protection.
- Kill It with Fire: How he killed Clairen in Chapter 18: Many Plans Come To Fruition, from Book Zero.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Though not actual mindreading, his talent has the same implications.
- Blessed with Suck: His curse allows him to see everyone's weaknesses has left him a bitter misanthrope.
- Hidden Eyes: Initially, this was assumed to be because he was always so horribly depressing, emo, sarky, goth, etc. It turns out that he had magical eyes which caused him to only see the worst in people, causing both his BAD attitude and his hiding of his very weird-looking eyes.
- Jerk Ass: Though not without justification.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: He pulls this on Maytag in Chapter 23: Silhouette. Subverted when he doesn't follow through.
A cannibalistic monster created by The Thin Man. She terrorized the town of Brahma, but gives her tragic story after an encounter with Maytag.
- Apologetic Attacker: At first. When her Horror Hunger took over, she apologized to her victims. After a while, she was Driven to Madness.
- Barehanded Blade Block: She catches a blade with her teeth.
- Black Eyes of Evil: After The Thin Man's cruel, horrific "experiment," her eyes are solid black.
- Bloody Murder: She can use her blood as a weapon.
- Emotion Bomb: The "Fear Demon" conjured by Bloody Mary, from her vomit.
- Eye Scream: One of the first things Maytag does while fighting her is throw a dagger through her eye, hoping to pierce her brain. It doesn't even slow her down.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Unwillingly.
- Healing Factor By consuming human flesh, she can regenerate from just about any injury.
- Horror Hunger: Bloody Mary's Bloodlust curse, which requires her to consume human flesh.
- Incompletely Trained: Her current form is not her "true" form. Accordin to Lehm, she's going to have to consume lots, and lots of human flesh to achieve what Lehm intended her to become.
- Nigh Invulnerable: At least her vital organs, anyway. The rest of her can regenerate.
- No One Could Survive That!: When captured by the Conclave, she was cursed with "Morioh Mortis", which summons a flesh eating bacteria. Somehow, she survived. And now has two clones. Before that, Suspira hit her with a meteor. All it did was inconvenience her a bit as she dug out from underneath it.
- The Power of Friendship: Maytag manages to find Mary's humanity after letting her eat her arm.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not by choice. Among the first people she ate were her own parents, after her Horror Hunger compelled her to do so.
- Shrinking Violet: What she was like before her transformation.
- Tragic Monster: She was kidnapped, conned, and turned into a monster, compelled to eat her own parents. She never asked to become this way.
The Thin Man
- The Adjectival Man: Though his real name is Lehm.
- The Alleged Boss: His organization lets him think he's in charge. He's not. If any of his psycho supporters get it into their heads to "play" with the people he "recruits" (ie kidnaps and cons), they will, the moment he turns his back. He willingly turns a blind eye to it, as long as his "goals" are met.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: While he claims that all his test subjects were experimented on, willingly, and he gives people the choice to refuse participation, one has to remember that nearly all of them were kidnap victims, he tried to outright con Maytag when she arrived, and he adamantly refuses to release any of his test subjects, if they adamantly decline to participate. What's worse is that he's well aware that he's surrounded by a Psycho Supporter group, and he sees nothing wrong with letting his "guests" be violated by if they're not useful to his agenda, whatever agenda that is.
- Art Attacker: The Thin Man has a magic paint brush. Subverted, in that this isn't use to "attack" so much as expose the truth.
- Affably Evil: or possibly Faux Affably Evil, but he cheerfully greets his captives in a room full of stuffed toys.
- As time goes on (notably past the Dark Cell chapter), he seems to be shaping up more like an Anti-Villain. His methods are unethical, but his primary goal appears to be to expose the truth about magic, and the results of his experiments were accidental. At least, if everything he says is to be believed.
- And Then What?: Presuming he's telling the truth about his intent to pay his debts to the people he experimented on, and turn himself in to the authorities, he's still leaving the world a considerably worse place than when he came into it. His "burning passion for the truth" has led him to build a very large and very well-funded organization of kidnappers, rapists, thieves, murderers, and various types of madmen, all of whom have committed atrocity either under his orders or for fun, if not both. None of them are going to be eager to hand over their ill-gotten gains, or let themselves be taken into custody. In fact, the organization has enough funds and personnel to be its own country, and when the Thin Man turns himself in, it could well start a war.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Taking full advantage of the Laser-Guided Amnesia to which he subjects his "candidates," he has fervently not paid any of them the money he promised for their "consent" to his organization's experiments. He has rationalized that "showing up after having been missing for days with bits of their memory missing" would be made worse if they showed up with bags of money too. Like a compulsive gambler with a massive debt, he "promises" that "once the truth gets out," he'll not only pay what he owes, but turn himself in. Maytag is right to believe that he's lying to himself.
- Big Bad: At least so far.
- Consummate Liar: For a man "with a burning passion for truth," he is very quick to lie to anyone and everyone, the moment it's convenient. In fact, his first words to Maytag were a bald faced lie. The reason he usually gets away with it is that he makes himself believe his lies are true.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His minions (two of whom are stoic, another who calls him master against his will, and another who alternates between crazed and a sweet cook), his penchant for toys, the ridiculous mask he wears, insistence on snacks (to the point where Maytag literally tells him to stop), and some of the gestures and mannerisms he has lend to the impression that he and his group are more goofy than evil.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": He repeatedly reminds Corona this, to no avail.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: He tends to use his pointer finger alot, anyway. But especially this scene.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Whule he claims Mary is a failure, he doesn't mean she became something undesirable. He means that the manner by which she became what she is is undesirable, meaning that in order to reach her true intended form, she's going to have to consume lots and lots of people, and he couldn't think of another way to do it.
- Knight Templar: While it is revealed that he is actually guilt-ridden due to the deaths his "experiments" have caused, he's wholly convinced that he's justified in doing it because he's "seeking the truth of magic." That is, until Maytag points out that he's gambling with those lives and hits him between the eyes with a powerful Armor-Piercing Question. The shock doesn't last.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After a long history of kidnapping people and conning them into letting themselves be experimented on, Maytag decides to have Eye help her give him a taste of his own medicine, by tying him up, robbing his organization blind, and maybe kidnapping him. To further highlight how this is the right decision, she finds out that The Thin Man takes advantage of altering people's memories to specifically get out of paying them what he promised.
- Loophole Abuse: He hasn't actually paid any of his "willing" test subjects because altering their memories to erase their knowledge of what they experienced in his organization's clutches effectively nulls his contractual obligations to them.
- The Man Behind the Man
- Moral Sociopathy: His self-righteous nature goes beyond all reason. When it's pointed out to him that he's committed so many atrocities that nobody is going to care if he's a man that pays his debts, and turning himself in will only lead to his public execution, he admits that the population should and would hate him, but he pays it all no mind "because he's doing what he thinks is right."
- Non-Standard Character Design: His moniker, "The Thin Man" is well deserved. Not only is he of such a slim build one would accuse him of anorexia, his fingers, hands, and all his limbs are exceptionally long and thin.
- Obliviously Evil: He fully understands that he's legally responsible for the atrocities his "experiments" have done, but doesn't comprehend how turning kidnapped people into monstrosities in the first place is wrong. Especially since those people have their memories altered, thus making any concept of "consent" rather dubious.
- Principles Zealot: He thinks that his "burning passion for truth" not only makes him immune to deception, "you can't lie to one whose burning passion is the truth," but morally absolves him of his actions, and the consequences. Even in reality, history is littered with many people who had the same mindset, and have been tricked into commiting atrocity, because their deceivers only told them what they wanted to hear.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: While he cliaims he doesn't need any more experiments, "now," he is insistent that he must complete his work, or else the people who've been killed either in his experiments, or as a result of what his experiments have done will have died in vain. Thus, if he can't get Maytag to fully cooperate in helping him open "Dark Cell," he may just have to start "experimenting" again. Maytag, being well aware of this, claims it's the only reason she's still in the Thin Man's HQ.
An especially cold and harsh woman who runs the prison/colliseum where Bern finds herself during the Gladiatorial Arc.
- Chain Pain: Her Weapon of Choice is a long, magically enchanted chain that she can manipulate in just about any way she wants.
- Deal with the Devil: If she offers a service or favor, the price tag is going to be very steep.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Other characters only refer to her as "Warden."
- I Gave My Word: She promises Bern that Polly will be revived regardless of Bern's personal opinion regarding the Arena, so that Bern would answer her honestly.
- For Justice: She reminds Bern that the vast, vast majority of prisoners in the Arena are truly violent and depraved individuals who have all more than earned their punishment as gladiators.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: She was shocked when Bern won the "rank up" match without sacrificing her ideals in the process, especially considering that said match was rigged so that Bern's opponents could deliberately kill her without penalty, while if she killed them, even accidentally, she'd be penalized. She even goes so far as to admit it, and apologize to Bern.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Her long experience as the Arena's warden has given her a very dark and cynical view of humanity.
- No Name Given: She's merely addressed as "Warden." Her name is never mentioned.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To the surprise of many fans, she would ultimately prove she is when she goes after the Arena's promoter for rigging a fight and poisoning Poly to death just to use a Leonine Contract against Bern.
- Stealth Mentor: All she's done in to Bern in the Arena has purely been for the sake of making Bern a better warrior, and it looks like she succeeded.
- Tattooed Crook: She's got some rather striking facial tattoos and all evidence to date is that she's also prisoner in the arena.
- Think Nothing of It: When Bern officially thanks her for dealing with "the promoter" and promising to revive Polly, The Warden deflects the praise.
- "Hmph... Don't thank me for obeying the rules... That is what a person ought to do. If you really wish to thank me... simply remember my words."