The Goblin Adventuring Party are the main characters of our story. After their warcamp is destroyed by a human adventuring party, five goblins set off on an adventure to gain class levels and become strong so that they can better defend their clan.
Heroic Sacrifice/Senseless Sacrifice: He faces Kore alone, knowing well that he will probably die, to buy the others time to run away. Ultimately, he fails, because Kore realizes this and starts torturing him to make him scream and have the others turn back, which they do.
One of the members of the Goblin Adventuring Party, he fought Minmax in the latter's attack to the village and swore to find and kill him. His class is Barbarian, since it benefits from his bad temper.
Battle Aura: Complains's IME when raging is that his eyes glow purple and give off a Lens Flare. After becoming part-demon, he also gains an ethereal purple demon tail.
Berserk Button: Lots of things. But don't you dare hurt other goblins, if you value your life.
Thaco is the oldest goblin in the Goblin Adventuring Party, which is why he's named after an outdated Dungeons & Dragons defense mechanic. He's also Complains's father. Thaco already had a lot of combat experience at the start of the story, and when the others chose character classes, he became a monk because he had once been prisoner of DellynGoblinslayer and never wanted to be bound again (monks can escape bindings).
The Chosen One: Subverted. He was actually the one destined to be the clan chief but he willingly gave up the position in favor of Chief (the previous chief's son) in order to avoid dividing the clan between people who supported him and people who thought the clan chief's title should be passed to his son.
Revenge: Defied. When they infiltrate the city to rescue Fumbles, Thaco meets up with Dellyn Goblinslayer again, the man who captured and repeatedly tortured him, cutting off his ear before he managed to escape. In their climactic duel Thaco defeats Dellyn and cuts off his ear as even payment. Dellyn taunts Thaco, claiming that he's Not So Different and triumphantly proclaims that by killing him Thaco will just make him a legend, feared archenemy of the great Thaco. Thaco responds by leaving him alive, proclaiming Dellyn to be just "some no-name adventurer who cut off his ear back in the early days of his adventuring career", then chucks his ear in the sewer and walks off. The no-named loser's anguished cry is awesome.
Weak, but Skilled: Despite the facts that he's much older than the other goblins, who have a hard time taking anything out of their weight class, Thaco usually lasts the longest against the current opponent simply through skill.
Fail O'Suckyname: Yeah, he lives up "Fumbles," and no one really takes him seriously.
Leeroy Jenkins: While running away from Kore, the rest of the party argues whether to turn back to save Chief or not, when Fumbles just runs straight back, with the Battle Cry shown above.
Mary Sue: invoked He writes his alter-ego of Senor Vorpal Kickasso as one, complete with an over-the-top conflicting backstory. The other other goblins don't hesitate to call him out on it.
Master of None: Trying to master 11 D&D classes at once meant he has 1/11th of a level in each of them. He can hide 1/11th of his body in shadows (useful if the enemy is only looking for his ankle), or cast 1/11th of a sleep spell.
Soon after the massacre of the warcamp, Dies Horribly is captured and enslaved by the goblin Viper Clan. Their leader, Duv, sends Dies and a few other slaves on a quest into the Well of Darkness to retrieve an artifact to ensure her prophesied rise to power.
Dies Horribly is a timid, fearful goblin who is separated from the Goblin Adventuring Party during the attack on the warcamp.
Artificial Limbs: He loses an arm during the attack on the goblin warcamp by the Drow, but Klik makes him an artificial arm in its place. He cuts the artificial one off when it develops an evil personality and considers hurting Saves-A-Fox, but Fox uses the Orb of Bloodlight to make him another new one.
Cowardly Lion: Despite his outward cowardice, when it comes down to the crunch Dies proves repeatedly at he is capable of overcoming his (perfectly understandable) fear of a hideous death. When fate finally comes for him, he accepts it without thinking. He should have thought.
Empathic Weapon/Morph Weapon: Dies' left arm has shapeshifting abilities that respond to his emotions, but since fear is his most common emotion, it mostly just makes spikes.
Evil Hand: The artificial limb that Klik makes him eventually turns into this.
Unfortunate Names: Lampshaded numerous times by people aware of the fact that it's a prophetic name. The name alone has basically ruined his entire life.
Honor Before Reason: Duv offers to make him her right-hand goblin and chief of his clan, telling him that history could remember him as a great goblin chieftain; he tells her that he'd rather be remembered as the goblin who turned her down.
Puppet King: What he will be to Duv if she has her way.
Senseless Sacrifice: Subversion! While it looked like he was going to sell his soul for the artifact he needed but Exact Words ended up meaning he sold it for a worthless bauble, thanks to Loophole Abuse, he inadvertently got out of the deal and was resurrected.
Superpowered Evil Side: The badassery he shows in the Well of Darkness has shades of this, his arm more or less controlling his actions while he kills the demons. He doesn't remember his actions after he snaps out of it, and the alternate personality also seems to be very possessive of its "father" (whether that's Klik or Dies himself hasn't been revealed).
Took a Level in Badass: After fulfilling (what he believed was) his fate, Dies Horribly finally had enough of everything making his life (and even death) miserable and took several levels of Bad Ass. On the spot.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: From his point of view. To lizardfolk in this 'verse, fighting, eating, and mating are aspects of the same thing, so he's horrified to find himself forced into fighting things which he can't eat.
Extreme Omnivore: If it's made of meat, he'll try to eat it. Even clearly decaying, or even undead, meat.
Heel Face Turn: Sort of. He goes to run and leave the others to their fate when they futilely try to blockade a door holding back a monster, and had made clear up to that point that he considers the rest of the party to be expendable. He comes back, blockading the door and giving the rest of the party a chance to escape.
An orc who was imprisoned in the Well of Darkness in order to provide a constant source of food for the Orb of Bloodlight's demonic guardians. He assists Dies and Saves-a-Fox after they (inadvertently) secure his freedom.
I Owe You My Life: His sense of honor dictates that he must risk his own life to protect Dies and Fox if it comes to it.
Last of His Kind: The rest of his clan, the Roak, were hunted to extinction 200 years ago.
Life or Limb Decision:He is afflicted by Mr Fingers' flesh-rotting curse after standing on a severed finger torn from the monster's body. He opts to cut the cursed leg off with an axe.
Living Lie Detector: Justified due to the Goblins universe being governed by Dungeons & Dragons mechanics; Sense Motive (the skill which lets you know when someone is lying) is based off a character's wisdom, and creatures gain a bonus to wisdom as they age. Biscuit is over 600 winters old, so his bonus to wisdom is larger than average...
House Rules: In the Goblins world (their world specifically, others in the multiverse don't always work this way), you get a stackable bonus to Wisdom the longer you live, above and beyond the normal bonus for going up an age category (either that, or they get more older age categories beyond the standard three). That means the six-hundred year-old orc has a very high Wisdom bonus, and a corresponding Sense Motive skill.
One-Man Army: He is easily one of the strongest two characters in the comic. He manages to single handedly wipe out most of the Viper clan's warriors.
Warrior Poet: The warrior part is imprinted there, and while we still have to see how much of "poet" he is, he can be very eloquent when he wants to be and his Wisdom score is stated to be very, very high, which has got to count for something.
Human Adventuring Party
"Human" isn't really the best descriptive word for this adventuring party, seeing as how it consists of one human, a dwarf, two drow and a sort of drow/halfling hybrid. Still, they are a group of accepted demihuman races and they were the ones who first massacred the goblin warcamp. During the fight, the three drow were slain and only Forgath and Minmax survived. While the other three PCs have since been reincarnated, they have yet to encounter Forgath and Minmax again and the two groups have been going in different directions.
A dimwitted human fighter, Minmax lives for treasure, fighting and excitement. The muscle of the triad of himself, Forgath and Kin.
Achievements in Ignorance: He manages to create a sword made from Oblivion, the concept of nothingness, which is only able to exist because he can't comprehend all the universal and multiversal laws he broke by creating it.
Battle Aura: His IME seems to be similar to Complains of Names, with his eyes making a violet lens flare. His eyes seem to go dark when he does so, but this may be a result of Art Shift rather than anything meaningful.
Big Ol' Eyebrows: To the point where out of all of his Maze Of Many incarnations, the eyebrows are the one thing that remain consistent.
Heroic Sacrifice: In the Maze of Many, he jumps down alone onto the platform with the keys to the treasure room and chucks them up through the opening just before it closes, cutting himself off from Kin and Forgath with hundreds of alternates coming for him.
Stupid Sacrifice: However, if he'd looked around before grabbing the keys, he might have seen the sign telling him which one to grab, and he could have gone back up.
Minmax gave up his ability to read for a +1 to hit bonus, and our Kin and Forgath could not see the riddle telling them which key is correct from the opening, so he had no way of figuring the correct key on his own.
Hidden Depths: More emotional then mental — despite his minmaxer nature and fervent belief that the only point of monsters is to be killed by adventurers, Minmax was still so horrified to discover what Dellyn Goblinslayer was doing to Kin that he immediately attacked him in outrage. Later, he tried to come up with any excuse he could to avoid having to kill Kin in the way that he said was natural, even going to the extent of using his non-existent non-combat skills to try and make a birthday party for her so that he could claim there was something "normal" about her and, thusly, she wasn't a monster. He's also surprisingly understanding of Kin's emotional trauma, taking no offense when she hesitates to take his hand to enter the Maze of Many.
Minmax also pointed out the ridiculousness of Drowbabe's very existence.
And he came up with the idea of pushing over a tree made of dead wood to crush the goblins that had him and Forgath pinned. Even Forgath couldn't believe Minmax could come up with something that clever.
Mismatched Eyes: His right eye was injured but healed back up, and the iris has been white ever since.
Morph Weapon: His new sword seems to be an unusual variant of this, where it can take on the properties of other materials that it touches. He breaks it by trying to get it to mimic a hole in reality, and now it's stuck in its current form forever.
Power of the Void: Minmax's new sword Oblivious. Originally a Morph Weapon, it permanantly copied nothing after Minmax sticks it into an oblivion hole. As a result, it cannot be affected spatially or temporally unless Minmax wields it, and is powered by ignorance.
Real Men Wear Pink: Subverted. Minmax's new suit of magical armor is bright pink... and he hates it. However, it's able to change to any color the wearer likes; he just hasn't realised this fact yet. During the battle with Not-Walter he finally (accidentally) turns it red.
Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The whole point of minmaxing is that Minmax has traded away just about every simple non-combat trick he can think of for more combat prowess. These include the ability to read for a +1 to hit bonus, the ability to wink for Weapon Proficiency: Furniture, and the ability to rhyme on purpose for Improved Unarmed Strike. As mentioned however above, it comes back to bite him sometimes.
A dwarven cleric, definitely the brains to Minmax's brawn. He worships Herbert, the Game Master, and was the nominal leader of the band. The first of the group to start questioning if their attack on the goblin warcamp, or even the racism towards goblins, orcs and other such monstrous humanoids, is really alright.
Because Destiny Says So: He is fated to die at the hands of another dwarf. Given he is currently travelling with a Yuan-ti, Kore may be involved.
Mundane Utility: His favorite magic item, the Anymug, is capable of repeatedly producing any mundane room-temperature fluid that can't inherently destroy the acid-vulnerable stone mug (so no liquid nitrogen, acid or magma). However, as he is quick to prove, it becomes Awesome Yet Practical if you're clever enough to see the potential in it — like creating an endless supply of the ultra-flammable fuel "dragon lung" to soak enemies with to burn them alive.
My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction when he realises he and his party have basically massacred an innocent band of warriors who want nothing more then to keep their women and children safe. He even races to use his Cure Light Wounds power to prevent Thaco from dying as a result.
Running Gag: Tackles Minmax whenever the latter does or is about to do something stupid.
A yuan-ti who was held prisoner by Dellyn Goblinslayer as his "pet", somewhat accidentally freed by Forgath and Minmax. She continues to accompany them, in part because they have a bargain with her that she will let them use the Jade Teapot she's been sent in search of to find the Goblin Adventuring Party and so they are willing to help her in the Maze of Many.
Berserker Tears: She cries as she stabs the Goblinslayer to death with a broken sword-hilt in a rage.
The Dog Bites BackWhen Forgath accidently drops her magic leash and Minmax knocks Dellyn unconscious during a brawl, she takes the opportunity to stab him in the neck with a broken sword. Multiple times.
Half The Woman She Used To Be: Her tail was liquefied by Psionic Minmax when she tried to break his neck with it. She survived, but neither he nor Forgath believed it possible, assuming she died instantly.
Hates Being Touched: Goblinslayer used to sadistically rape her every night while she was in captivity. It's an understandable consequence.
Morality Pet: Kin seems to serve this role for Minmax; all of his most likeable moments have stemmed from his desire to protect her, and arguably to grow for her.
Restraining Bolt: Her collar, which kept her from acting violently as long as someone was holding the leash.
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Yuan-ti have very high natural intelligence, so she tends to talk this way. She gets even more wordy when she's nervous.
The Smart Girl: Aside from her sizable vocabulary, she evidently has a formidable mind, usually being the first to figure out a puzzle. This appears to be a common quality among her alternate selves too; three of them in the Maze of Many figured out the same thing Psionic Minmax did; that the pocket universe has simplified physics which can be tampered with.
Originally a blatant derivative of Drizzt Do'urden, he died when Thaco cut him down to -3 hit points, then left him to bleed out over seven rounds. As Baka, he becomes a human of pseudo-Japanese nature and a member of the Samurai class.
Meaningful Name: The name of his second character means "idiot" in Japanese. This is appropriate because... see above.
Rules Lawyer: After seeing Evil Klik kill Tuck, all he can think of doing is complaining that it never rolled initiative, so the battle didn't officially start.
Shout Out: Tries to prove his ring is a Ring of Summon Monster by summoning a Geodude.
Too Dumb to Live: Goes into a Rules Lawyer rant and then attacks Evil Klik, even after seeing it one-shot Tuck and as Yodette screams at him to run. Is promptly killed.
Occidental Otaku: As Baka, is obsessed with Japan and tries to work it into every conversation, despite the fact, as his exasperated companions keep telling him, Japan doesn't exist in this world.
Like Seth, Drasst was a blatant rip-off of Drizzt, only in his case short and fat, which he attributed to being raised by stereotypical hobbits. He cut off the arm of Dies-Horribly, and was then fatally Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Klik. As Tuck, he becomes an actual halfling, specialising in the usage of a longbow.
Possibly a man roleplaying a female PC, Drowbabe was a voluptuously endowed and spectacularly dimwitted drow sorcerer, who ended up killed by Big-Ears during the attack on the goblin warcamp. As Yodette, is a somewhat less big-breasted yet still dimwitted human cleric.
Achievements in Ignorance: As Drowbabe, she shrugs off wounds while under the effects of a Mage Armour spell because she doesn't understand its mechanics (she thinks it provides damage resistance, when it actually makes attacks more likely to miss you).
Brainless Beauty: Partially explainable on a meta level: Sorcerers need a high charisma score, so a common Min-Maxing strategy is to dump intelligence. Clerics benefit from both high wisdom and charisma, making the same dump stat even more helpful.
Genre Savvy: Surprisingly enough. Even tries to warn Baka and Tuck from messing with the wounded but not yet dead Evil Klik because it's certain to get them killed and leave her to do the "dumb blonde who runs away screaming from the monster until it eats her" routine.
Big Bad Wannabe: He clearly thinks he's the Big Bad, but he's wrong. After Thaco defeats him in a humiliating manner and leaves him alive, he is roughed up in a meaningless barfight, but doesn't really die until Kin, one of his victims, finishes him off.
Broken Pedestal: To Minmax. When he first meets him, he's gushing over him like a fanboy, before he hears that he rapes Kin every night. Minmax normally hates monsters, but after a few beat panels, he gets mad enough to throw him out of the bar and fight him to the death.
MagitekHollywood Cyborg: He looks to be a half wood-golem. That is, a human with bits and pieces of a wood golem added to his body to make him stronger.
Pet the Dog: He is visibly grief-stricken when he sees Sarral Caine's decapitated corpse. Normally that wouldn't be so much of a Pet the Dog moment except it's the only humanizing moment he has the whole story.
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: What he did to Kin was enough to make Minmax, normally of the type to consider all monsters worth killing for the XP, go ballistic on his ass.
Rasputinian Death: Being humiliatingly defeated by his favored enemynote For those unfamiliar with Dungeons & Dragons, Rangers get a ton of combat bonuses against their favored enemy type, having his Breaking Lecture turned on its ear, being told by one of his oldest opponents he's Not Worth Killing, and losing an ear right before he loses his position, his pride, and is reduced to an angry drunk. Shortly thereafter Dellyn is thrown through a window, slashed and pummeled, set on fire, beaten over the head with a table, and finally stabbed to death repeatedly.
Wooden Swords are Even Better: since his body is partially made of some sort of magical wood, he can quickly grow wooden weapons of it when he needs to. His wooden swords are strong enough to sunder metal ones.
The mysterious Dwarven Paladin who slays any member of an evil race he encounters... or anyone that he thinks is tainted by contact with a member of an evil race.
Badass: Very much so. Doesn't make him sympathethic in the slightest, though.
Big Bad: He is thus far the closest thing to a Big Bad for the entire series, dramatically overshadowing even Dellyn Goblinslayer in power and perhaps even cruelty, and a living avatar of everything the Goblin Adventuring Party stands against. He is also the first villain to have killed a main character and member of the G.A.P, namely Chief.
Establishing Character Moment: Brutally and efficiently slaughters all the patrons of a tavern in the first scene he appears in, displaying both his incredible skill with weapons and his Knight Templar philosophy in the process.
Evil Counterpart: He could be seen as this to Big Ears. Kore is an extraordinarily brutal example of Lawful GoodKnight Templar Paladin, who implicitly only maintains the alignment of Lawful Good because of his utterly warped world view. Compare Big Ears, who is a genuinely kind and heroic example of a Paladin who believes in Good Feels Good.
Fantastic Racism: He believes that certain races of creature are simply evil by default, and need to be hunted to extinction for the good of the world.
Fights Like a Normal: He can kill most things he comes across without resorting to using his paladin powers.
Good Powers, Bad People: Uses his paladin powers to heal a creature he intends to torture, in order to prolong the victim's suffering.
Good Wings, Evil Wings: When he finally proves he can cast paladin spells, he displays a very singular Individual Magical Effect (aura) which roughly looks like a pair of angel wings, but they are made from chains of light with the heads of his past victims attached... including one that uncannily resembles the little dwarf child he has slain. Very fitting for someone who is superficially a paladin, but evil within.
How brutal and Templarish is he? You know that thing about killing people "tainted" by contact with an evil race? That includes people who were kidnapped by members of said race. And he doesn't even spare kids who fall into their hands.
Tautological Templar: He is on a quest to eradicate evil from the world. He either doesn't notice or doesn't care that he's going about it by performing some of the most evil acts seen on-screen, including torturing a helpless opponent so the latter's anguished screams will draw his fleeing companions.
The Unfettered: Kore's beliefs aren't currently known to be changeable. And it's probably not a good idea to call him on them.
Dark Messiah: She is the chosen champion of the goblin god. She plans to unite all the goblin clans under her banner and visit destruction upon all the non-goblin races.
Failure-to-Save Murder: Blames Saves a Fox when she is told that her son died trying to retrieve her orb and considers killing her.
Fantastic Racism: Hates not only the humans that attacked her, or even humans in general, but all non-goblins. And while she doesn't hate goblins, she does tend to look down on goblins not from her own clan.
Final Solution: What she plans to do to the non goblin races, to make the world safe for her own.
It's All About Me: Her morality is extremely myopic - with the idea that her and those her follow her are the only just and important people in the world. While the Vipers show this constantly, this is most obvious for her when she deceives and attempts to kill Biscuit, then attempts to kill Dies and Fox when they decide not to follow her doctrine. When the whole murderous attempt goes wrong and ends with her battered and defeated, she whines to Biscuit for picking on her like a spoiled child. When Biscuit points out that it was all the result of her short sighted and unjust actions towards others, she flies into a rage for daring to insinuate she could be at fault.
Power Gives You Wings: The goblin god, Maglubiyet, blessed her with superior intelligence, strength, speed, and longevity. But the most markable of her gifts were a pair of wings, which granted her flight.
Reason Before Honor: When her son expresses unease at making people die for another's cause, she claims not to like it either, but would rather sacrifice a crazy lizardfolk and a goblin from a dishonered clan than her own son.
Scars Are Forever: The left end of her body is blackened and it seems to have stunted the left side of her body's growth.
Ha ha! Yeah, right. As if "Walter" would be the name that the ancients gave me before time began! Ha ha! That gag never gets old!
A huge, hulking demon who appears due to an ill-timed request by Forgath and co. for more challenge. By the rules for demons in the Goblins setting, anyone who did know his true name would gain control over him. Minmax tried to guess it and failed (although the demon briefly tricked him into thinking it was "Walter," leading to his common Fan Nickname).The demon is later seen in the Maze of Many, where an alternate Minmax guessed correctly. He deliberately tells Kin his true name so that she can banish—and therefore free—him.
Punch Clock Villain: More like a Punch Clock Antagonist (he's still genuinely evil, after all); he outright says he has nothing personal against our Minmax and Forgath, he's just required to kill them because the guy who knows his true name ordered him to.
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: His initial appearance was based on the 'Grudge Monster' variant of this trope, though the heroes successfully fled.
The primary villain of the 'Maze of Many' story arc. A version of Minmax from an Alternate Universe with formidable psionic powers, whose goal is to erase the Maze, and everyone inside it, from existence.
Apologetic Attacker: Apologises to The Kin from his universe after killing her for the 817th time, shortly before death #818.
As You Know: Explains his goals, and how devoted he is to them, in a speech to someone who should already be aware of them.
Blue and Orange Morality: He identifies as Neutral despite exploding heads and trying to retroactively erase an entire pocket universe from existence. He considers this to not be a contradiction because his motivation for doing so is a desire to remove himself from existence, away from the notions of Good, Evil, Law and Chaos. He doesn't seem to know or care that nobody else would want this.
Clock King: Unlike the other parties travelling through the Maze, he's found a way to retain his memories from his previous attempts. This has allowed him to become intimately familiar with the Maze and its mechanics, and how each of the parties travelling through it will behave, though logically there must be one party he has no prior knowledge of.
Not So Omniscient After All: At one point he makes a prediction that he has roughly eight minutes to finalise his plans before any of the other parties can interrupt him, not realising that Forgath and Kin found a Dungeon Bypass that placed them close to the end of the maze.
Dungeon Bypass: Able to do this easily within the Maze of Many. He has no intention of reaching the end, however.
Hypocrite: "I wonder what it's like to see yourself with such omnipotent importance", said the man attempting to reprogram reality.
I Reject You, Reality: Considers reality itself to be to blame for all suffering. After all, when he hits someone, it's their nervous system which enables them to feel pain. Nobody ever asked for it to work that way, so why is reality forcing everyone to conform to its "rules"?
Red Right Hand: His arms are skeletally thin, purple, and end in clawed fingers.
Story Breaker Power: Because he remembers his previous runs through the maze, he has apparently also retained the xp he earned through all of those runs. Assuming he was level 2 when he entered, and even if he only killed his Kin and Forgath each time, that still puts him far ahead of any other version of himself likely to be running the maze, as he has run the maze hundreds of times.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims that his goal is to eliminate suffering, by destroying reality in which suffering can take place.
Forgath:You can go to hell! Psionic Minmax: I'm trying to get us out of hell.