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Characters that appear in Good Omens
Angels and Demons
The angel who guarded the gates of Eden with a flaming sword, Aziraphale has lived among humans for thousands of years, and has become quite fond of them as a result. Due to his friendship with Crowley and all those years among free-willed mortals, he's not quite as pure-hearted as he should be.
- Adorkable: Especially when he simply cannot help but do good, but tries (awkwardly) to hide it.
- Demonic Possession: Angelic possession, rather. He body surfs to a few people attuned to be mediums, hijacking their bodies for a time.
- Asexuality: The way it's phrased is a little ambiguous, but the implication is that being sexless unless he really wants to make an effort means he doesn't normally have a sex drive or the parts to act on it with.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Crowley at the end. Nothing comes of it, though.
- Badass Bookworm: Owns a bookstore, and while that's what he truly enjoys, he is still a soldier of Heaven and expected to fight in the coming Apocalypse.
- Flaming Sword: Well, briefly. He gave it away to Adam and Eve after they were banished from Eden, because they were defenseless and cold and he wanted to help keep them warm.
- Friendly Enemy: With Crowley. They're basically enemies in name only.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: An angel frequently having meals, getting drunk with, and all around hanging out with a devil.
- Going Native: Like Crowley, after spending most of creation on Earth, he winds up liking it more than the alternative.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: He doesn't swear. Well, he does. Twice.
- Healing Hands: "Lord, heal this bike."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Crowley. (Although "non-sexual" might be a more accurate term, since the narrative makes it clear that neither of them even have a technical gender, let alone sexual orientation)
- I Can't Dance: The only dance he knows is the gavotte.
- Innocent Bigot: Despite all evidence to the contrary, and despite basically considering him a friend, he's still convinced that Crowley is incapable of feeling love or loyalty, simply because he's a demon. To him, it's not prejudice, it's just a fact. In complete fairness, it's supposed to be, but Crowley's been around humans too long.
- Mistaken for Gay: It's stated that pretty much everyone's first impression of Aziraphale, among other things, is that he's "gayer than a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide". Him hanging around with Crowley all the time certainly doesn't help.
- Mugging the Monster: Members of The Mafia who threaten his bookstore mysteriously fail to do so again. He probably doesn't harm them, but there's always that ambiguous little possibility...
- Pet the Dog: Yes, from an angel, and one he feels vaguely guilty about - he "lost" his flaming sword because he gave it to Adam and Eve, feeling sorry for them.
- Playing with Fire: Aziraphale makes a traffic ticket spontaneously combust.
- Precision F-Strike: He swears twice in one chapter, which the book points out is something he hasn't done in six thousand years.
Crowley was the Serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Having lived on Earth for past six thousand years, he's become rather fond of humanity. His friendship with Aziraphale means he's not quite as evil as a demon should be, though he was never very evil to begin with.
- Blow You Away: Crowley toys with the idea of conjuring up a hurricane to eliminate rival job applicants.
- Breakout Character: In case you can't tell, he's considered quite attractive by the fanbase.
- Care Bear Stare: When filling in Aziraphale's job, which he does sometimes to maintain the status quo.
- Catch Phrase: "Ciao!"
- Cool Car: The Bentley.
- Cool Shades: Which he wears all the time. It emphasizes his shady nature.
- Even Evil Has Standards: After getting praise from downstairs for his work in Spain, despite not having worked there recently, he went there to find out about this thing called the Spanish Inquisition that the humans created all by themselves without any hellish influence. After finding out, he drank himself into a stupor.
- Evil Is Petty: The type of evil he likes to inspire in people; nasty, petty, small-minded little cruelties fuelled by bad tempers and off days. It doesn't require much work on his part to get to thousands in this way, and - in his opinion, the best part - people will come up with the evil themselves. People are so much more creative than demons.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Crowley's reaction to his immediate superiors being rather underwhelmed by his demonic influences (i.e. traffic jams and telemarketers) on the mortal world. It's something of an example of quality vs. quantity, with his superiors focusing on the former and Crowley the latter because Crowley believes the former is outmoded.
- Friend to All Living Things: He seems to switch between idly resurrecting suffocated doves and trying to drown ducks.
- Note that he only really tries to drown ducks when Aziraphale is around to tell him he has to stop. This seems to run on the same sort of logic of "well, if we go out to dinner together, we're both technically stopping the other from doing good/evil deeds, and therefore doing our jobs"
- Laser-Guided Karma: His beloved car ends up totalled when he has to drive it through the M25... after said highway starts emanating a bizarre and dangerous energy field. Which he set it up to do.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Scares off the paint-balling corporate commando by turning into something dreadful... "I think the maggots were a bit over the top, myself."
- Meaningful Name: Crowley, a reference to oculist Aleister Crowley. It also references his original role as the serpent ("Crawly") that tempted Adam and Eve.
- More Than Mind Control: Temptation. In his own words, he looks into people's minds and gives them what they really want. If people wants such dreadful things so often, well, is that his fault?
- Only Sane Employee: He's seemingly the only demon who considers planning in the long-term, believes subtle acts of mass-corruption are the way forward and thinks that the Apocalypse is a bad idea for business.
- He also tried to introduce technology to Hell, thinking it would be a better way to contact him. Unfortunately, instead of adopting telephones like he'd wanted, they instead decided to contact him through his car radio, satanically twisting whatever he was listening to at the time.
A Duke of Hell and a nasty piece of work.
- Properly Paranoid: At one point, it's mentioned that Hastur is paranoid, which is in fact a very reasonable thing since as he is a denizen of Hell where everyone really is out to get you.
Likewise a Duke of Hell, and an equally nasty piece of work.
The Four Bikers of the Apocalypse
Death a.k.a. Azrael
The greatest and leader of the Horsemen.
- Badass Biker: The most badass of the Horsemen, and like the rest, has changed to a bike rather than a horse.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: He's one of the Four Horsemen, Death.
- Bold Inflation/Painting the Medium: He speaks IN ALL CAPS, WITH NO QUOTATION MARKS.
- Celestial Body: His wings are described as black holes cut out of space with a scattering of lights gleaming in the darkness, which might be stars or might be something else entirely.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: He's not as kindly as other personifications of death created by the same authors, but he's not truly malicious or destructive, and only seems to be going through with the apocalypse out of a sense of duty. Once the other three are defeated, he leaves without putting up any fight. In the epilogue, he's briefly seen feeding ducks in the park.
- The Grim Reaper: He's the anthrmoporphic personification of death.
- Token Good Teammate: He's more in touch with humanity than his comrades and by many leagues the most powerful. The evils of War, Famine, Pestilence and Pollution might someday come to an end, but Death has always walked in the footsteps of life and always will.
War a.k.a. Carmine Zuigiber
The only female member of the Horsemen.
- Badass Biker: Like all the horsemen, now uses a motorcycle rather than a horse.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: She's War, for crying out loud.
- Blood Knight: She pretty much lives for violence. Her reaction to receiving her sword was ecstatic.
- Cool Sword: Not fancy, but it looks well-designed for the sort of thing that swords do, which is killing a very large number of people. And it's not just any sword, it's the one Aziraphale gave away. You hand a divine weapon to the two first humans, you don't go expecting a personification of peace to wind up wielding it, do you?
- Dark Action Girl: As deadly as she is beautiful.
- Hot Scoop: Her day job is a journalist who does work on war stories.
- Male Gaze: Inasmuch as is possible in a print medium; see below. As the personification of conflict and violence, she would naturally be alluring and seductive until you get too close.
- She's Got Legs: Which are mentioned rather frequently, usually with an adjective such as "long".
- Slasher Smile: As her human fašade cracks, War's teeth start to gleam "like beautiful bullets."
Famine a.k.a. Dr. Raven Sable
The Horseman who has proven most adept at blending in with humanity, in the worst way.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Well, Biker of the Apocalypse. He's the White Rider, AKA Famine.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Though there's no sign his business practices themselves are more than typically evil, the products sold are designed more for inflicting suffering than turning a profit, although he may be the only one to realize it.
- Lean and Mean: As one would expect.
- Louis Cypher: The Black Rider using two words for "black" as his human alias.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Actually, he never had a doctorate. He's much older than doctors. Knows enough to fake one anyway.
- Number of the Beast: His street address is spelled out in giant red numbers on his building. The number actually has no significance to him at all, but he finds it amusing to advertise.
The Horseman who retired following the invention of Penicillin.
Pollution (a.k.a. Chalky, Mr. White, etc.)
The replacement for Pestilence.
- Affably Evil: He's wistful and a bit cheery to pretty much everybody.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Well, Biker of the Apocalypse. He's the replacement for Pestilence.
- Insult Backfire: He loves it when people drop garbage all over the place, actually.
- The Pig Pen: Anything he touches becomes encrusted with corrosion and filth.
- Pretty Boy: Described as looking like a beautiful, tragic Victorian Romantic poet before the tuberculosis really starts setting in.
- The Reveal: For whatever reason, the fact he's Pollution and not Pestilence is made intentionally ambiguous until the big confrontation. For example, when he signs for the parcel containing his crown, it's noted that his signature is so messy that, while it definitely starts with "P", it's difficult to tell whether it ends in "-ence" or "-tion".
- Tagalong Kid: The youngest of the horsepersons. Pestilence retired after the invention of antibiotics.
- Technopath: One of his special gifts is making machines do just what he wants them to do, regardless of fail-safe interlocks or foolproof backups. What the machines do isn't even that consequential, usually, unless you discover they're the other end of a long chain of such inconsequential events that lead to toxic waste disasters and oil spills.
- Walking Wasteland: Pollution follows him wherever he goes.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is almost fantastically white, and he basically exists to destroy the world.
An exceedingly powerful prophet who lived centuries ago, her prophecies drive much of the plot.
- Awesome but Impractical: She was the only perfectly accurate prophet in all of history. However... she can only see the things that happen to her descendants. Not only is this pretty useless to everyone else (for example, on 22 November 1963, she predicted a house in the British countryside collapsing, not the JFK assassination... her descendants could've been near that house, but they'd be nowhere near Dallas), it's also pretty useless to her descendants because the predictions generally have very little context. There's also the problem of her almost indecipherable wording choices, which lead to a high number of prophecies only being figured out after they happen.
- The Cassandra: No one believed her in her own time, even though she was perfectly accurate.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even Anathema thinks she was a ornery old hag with a nasty sense of humor.
- Psychic Powers: She was capable of predicting things that would happen seven hundred years later. Her family just gets the interpretations wrong.
- Taking You with Me: When the Medieval Morons decide to Burn the Witch!, it doesn't go as planned... she turned herself into a nail-bomb and took out the entire village when they set her to the torch.
- Thanatos Gambit: She knew of her impending death, took it in stride (and took out those who killed her), and left her prophecies so her descendants will be happy.
Witchfinder Private Newton Pulsifer
The most junior member of the Witchfinders (as well as second most senior), he sort of stumbled upon the job.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Subverted. When he takes his glasses off, he ends up looking less handsome because he keeps running into things and ends up covered in bruises and bandages.
- In the Blood: Newt's ancestor was the one who laid the torch to Agnes Nutter (who was, in turn, Anathema's ancestor).
- Occult Detective: He's one of two remaining Witchfinders in England.
- Odd Couple: Him and Anathema. She's a witch, he's a witch hunter.
- Unfazed Everyman: As things get crazy and crazier, he seems to stop caring.
- Walking Techbane: To a truly spectacular extent. He's obsessed with electricity, machines and computers and desperately wants to be an expert - but his destiny has something different in store.
- Chekhov's Skill: Or lack thereof. To prevent the Apocalypse through destruction of a computer, the way he manages to make it cease to function is to attempt to make it work better.
- Epic Fail: Newt once tried to assemble a joke electrical non-working thingy designed for the most hamhanded tech-deficient beginner; if hitting the on-switch does absolutely nothing, that means it's "working". When Newt finished it and turned it on, it picked up Radio Moscow.
The last descendant of Agnes Nutter, Anathema is a witch, hippie, and all around New Age liberal, who makes quite an impression on young Adam. She's also one of the few people with any chance of sorting through the prophecies her ancestress left behind.
- Aura Vision: An offshoot of her psychic powers. It's somewhat troubling for her when she can't see a certain person's aura.
- Birds of a Feather: She gives her bike a name, just like how Newt names his car.
- Because Destiny Says So: Lives much of her life by this, since Agnes' prophecies lay out a fair amount of her life.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: While not that eerie once she becomes a major character, she has the coloration and she does start off as a bit of a strange girl.
- In the Blood: The narration notes that she is as close to actually being Agnes Nutter reincarnated as genetically possible.
Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell
The ranking officer of the Witchfinder Army, due largely to being the only officer in the army.
A fake psychic who works down the hall from the Witchfinders.
- Dating Catwoman: Winds up dating the highest ranked Witchfinder in England (granted, there are only two).
- Dominatrix: Implied to be one of her jobs.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Invoked, she decorates her flat this way because she believes it's how people think a girl's place should be.
- Not-So-Phony Psychic: She has a few moments of genuine prophecy when Aziraphale is around.
Sister Mary Loquacious
A Satanic nun who participated in switching the babies to ensure the Antichrist ended up in properly evil hands.
- Minion with an F in Evil: She's not really evil, for a Satanic Nun. And she's really bad at the whole evil plot thing.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Her accidental switching of the babies wound up being the best thing that could happen for humanity.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Subverted. Crowley says that he sees her order of Satanic nuns are seen as annoying, rather than spooky.
- Punch Clock Villain: The book goes into detail on how most Satanists aren't more devoted to evil and Satan than Christians are devoted to good and Jesus.
- Spanner in the Works: Her incompetence is what caused the events of the book, as she accidentally gave the Antichrist to the wrong family.
Mr. R. P. Tyler
A very opinionated old man living in Adam's town who encounters its unusual visitors one after another.
- Elephant in the Living Room: Crowley's car when he pulls up to ask for directions.
- Grumpy Old Man: A pensioner with little to do but complain and yell at people he sees.
- Ignore The Disability: Well, one's car being in flames while you're driving it is something of a disability, wouldn't you say? But Tyler's not going to say a word.
- Moral Guardian: Complains about the decline of morals in the youth of today. In one case, those he perceives as "the youth of today" happen to be four harbingers of Armageddon as old as humankind, because they ride motorbikes.
- Strongly Worded Letter: Known for sending these to the local paper on pretty much every topic.
- Talk About the Weather: When Crowley rolls up to him in his flaming Bentley, this is the only way he finds himself able to react.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: With everything he encounters up until he meets Crowley.
One of the babies switched with the Antichrist. Perfectly ordinary, though due to some confusing winking, everyone thought he was the spawn of Satan.
- Eagle Land: His family (and their bodyguards) are quite trigger-happy.
Unknowingly adoptive father of the Antichrist.
- The Comically Serious: He reacts to all the oddness surrounding the Antichrist with the bewilderment you'd expect.
The Antichrist, the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. Also leader of a small gang of ruffians and one of the most human people on the planet.
- I Know Your True Name/Meaningful Name: It's made clear with Dog that names influence what a thing becomes. It's more subtle in this case, but maybe if anyone in the book had gone on calling him The Antichrist, the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness, instead of Adam (which just means Man) then he wouldn't have turned out so perfectly human.
- Ignorant of the Call: He has no idea that the forces of Heaven and Hell are out looking for him.
- The Kid with the Leash: Despite seeming like a normal dog, Dog does still have much of his power.
- Meaningful Name: Adam means "man," and was, of course, the name of the first human according to the Bible. In the end, Adam Young isn't good or evil — he's human.
- Psychoactive Powers: Do not upset the Antichrist.
- Reality Warper: When his powers manifest, he unconsciously makes his beliefs true.
- Shiny New Australia: Dog has dibs on this section of Earth.
- Slouch of Villainy: He is a prepubescent boy.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: The Antichrist the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.
- You Will Be Spared: When his powers manifest, Adam decides to destroy and recreate the world, bringing about the apocalypse. However, he affirms that his friends and Dog will be spared, allowing them to each rule a portion of the new world.
Pepper Galadriel Moonchild
Daughter of a hippie and angriest of all the boys in town.
- One of the Boys: In reaction to her name, she had to grow up to be very tough. One character mentally describes her as "marginally female." It's strongly hinted that when she isn't around the rest of Them she has much girlier interests, which is something she won't admit to having.
- The Smurfette Principle
- Youthful Freckles: Parodied. Her face is "one big freckle with bits of skin" under it.
One of Adam's friends, who acts more mature than most of the adults in the story.
Another of Adam's friends. The smelly one.
A Hellhound sent to Adam on his birthday. Unlike everyone else, he identified his master with perfect accuracy, which is what alerted Aziraphale and Crowley that something had gone wrong.
- A Dog Named Dog: Which basically causes him to become a dog, rather than a hellhound. A little sort of mongrelly terrier thing.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: He was supposed to be a hellhound, but Adam had other ideas.
- Hell Hound: His original form. He got turned to a regular dog by Adam's reality warping bodies.
- I Know Your True Name/Meaningful Name: Adam assigning him a name is what gives him his true purpose. If he had been named Killer, or Walks-by-night, the hound's personality would've changed to match. But then Adam named him Dog, turning him into a fairly normal...dog.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: His name may have been the final nail in the coffin, but the book makes it quite clear that changing his shape to fit Adam's description of his dream pet was the major contributing factor behind Dog's... doggishness.
- Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: He's a hellhound and still marginally aware of that, but due to being forced into the form of a real dog he's far too easily distracted and excitable to do anything about it.
- Team Pet: For the Them.