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HellboyThe central character, summoned to Earth by Grigori Rasputin and a group of Nazi occultists in the final months of World War II as part of Project Ragna Rok. Found by the U.S. Army, he was raised by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm in an Air Force base in New Mexico. In adulthood, he became the primary agent for the BPRD, until he left in 2001 to find his destiny.
- The Alcoholic: Realises in "The Storm And The Fury" that he's been drinking solidly for six years and has made a lot of bad decisions, so he quits.
- The Antichrist: Though he's not too keen on the idea and becomes an Anti Anti Christ which ultimately costs him his life.
- Anti Anti Christ: Poster child for it. The only demon that doesn't want Hellboy to bring about The End of the World as We Know It is Hellboy himself.
- Apocalypse Maiden
- Artifact of Doom: His Right Hand of Doom, the key that will release the Ogdru Jahad and bring about the Apocalypse.
- Ascended Demon: He's so heroic that his spilled blood causes lilies to sprout.
- Big Eater
- Big Red Devil: His general appearance, though he tries to downplay it by filing his horns down.
- BFG: The Good Samaritan in the films, and its inspiration, the Hand Cannon given to him by the Torch of Liberty when he was younger. He eventually loses this at the bottom of the sea, and replaces it with a Colt 1911, which he loses fighting giants a year or two later. Beyond these he has a tendency to lose any firearms he's given. It doesn't bother him, because he's actually a rather lousy shot by his own admission:"I'm a lousy shot...but the Samaritan here fires really big bullets."
- Cosmic Plaything: Much to his displeasure and annoyance, he seems to be fated to continuously be reminded of his eventual apocalyptic destiny, often as violently as he could possibly be reminded. Even other BPRD agents mention that regardless of how tame the case seems to be, when Hellboy shows up things get violent, and he always catches the worst of it.
- Catch Phrase: "Oh, crap!" Stories often end with "That's all for you!" (generally after he's killed something), and "There you go." Also, "Son of a—" is uttered whenever things go to hell.
- Cigar Chomper
- Dark and Troubled Past: As he puts it:"I like not knowing. I've gotten by for fifty-two years without knowing. I sleep good not knowing.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite having horns and being half-demon, Hellboy is an utterly regular, decent, rather noble blue-collar guy, who doesn't have much patience for people telling him he should be evil.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fertile Feet: Or in this case, fertile blood.
- Gentle Giant: Hellboy is gentle with children, even sometimes when it's against his better judgment.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His preferred method of fighting.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Happily Adopted/Interspecies Adoption: By Professor Bruttenholm.
- Heroes Love Dogs: He had a beloved dog named Mac when he was young.
- Hide Your Otherness: Hellboy keeps sawing off his devil horns in an effort to fit in and deny his very, very evil heritage.
- Horned Humanoid: He files them down.
- Horrifying Hero: Hellboy is the demon who was supposed to bring about the Apocalypse, and he probably would have become a straight Eldritch Abomination if not for being raised like a human. He's personable enough that he isn't treated like the abomination he is, but by his very nature he was supposed to be evil.
- Human Mom Non Human Dad
- Inhumanable Alien Rights: Hellboy was granted "honorary human" rights by the UN in 1952, after his field mission in Brazil.
- Interspecies Romance: With Liz in the films, and Alice in the comics.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Hellboy adores cats and they love him right back.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's gonna be sore in the mornin'.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: The damn thing's enormous
- Made of Iron: He's ridiculously hard to kill, and is able to absorb huge amounts of punishment and remain standing. He'd almost be Nigh Invulnerable if it weren't for the fact that he still tends to feel a great deal of pain and bleed everywhere when he does get injured.
- Mundane Fantastic: In the comics. Given his status as a big red demon-person and relative fame as a paranormal investigator, you'd think more people who met Hellboy in the comics would react with more surprise to his presence when he suddenly shows up to investigate things, but almost everyone he meets treats his appearance like nothing special at all, and frequently fail to even remark on it at all.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Hellboy's usual look in the comics.
- Older Than They Look: Hellboy's appearance is inhuman enough to make an apparent age not readily determinable, but he doesn't really seem to show his 60-80 years in which he has been on Earth (he was technically "born" in the 1600s, but doesn't seem to have aged until he left Hell). Alice Monaghan also looks about twenty years younger than she is, due to the influence of the fae.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted.
- Red Right Hand: Left hand, too.
- The Right Hand of Doom: The Trope Namer.
- The Stoic
- Super Strength: He's awfully strong, which makes being hit by his hand hurt even worse then it already would.
- Screw Destiny: As seen in Wake the Devil:Hecate: Accept the truth of your existence or be destroyed! You cannot escape your destiny!Hellboy: Gonna try.Hecate: Time is coming to ring down the curtain on man. Already, the four horsemen are loose in the world. It is for us to darken the sun, turn the moon to blood, and put out the stars. Then you and I alone, forever, in the dark—Hellboy: Shut up! Not gonna happen... 'cause you're very, very ugly... and... you have a giant snake body!**impale**
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Trademark Favorite Food: "Pamcakes." In fact, the very first time he ate them, he was lost to the forces of darkness forever.
- Trenchcoat Brigade: One of his trademarks is a coat and a big cigarette.
- The Unchosen One: Hellboy
Elizabeth 'Liz' ShermanPyrokinetic Liz Sherman, a young woman suffering from Power Incontinence as well as struggling with self-esteem issues over childhood trauma stemming from when her powers first manifested. She was taken in by the bureau in 1974 where she learned to control her powers to some degree. Her trauma has left her bitter and she often left the bureau – only to return some time later.In B.P.R.D., she managed to gain control over her powers after living with a society of monks for a few years, and has gradually become significantly more powerful.
- Amplifier Artifact: The Hyperborean artifact Liz uses on the mountain-sized Ogdru Hem spikes her flame powers to the levels of a short radius nuke.
- Pregnant Badass: During the second film.
- Blessed with Suck: Having been raised Catholic, she often views her powers this way.
- Can't Stay Normal: Has ditched the BPRD numerous times only to come back.
- Cursed with Awesome: Congrats Liz, you're one of the most unstoppable forces on the planet, if you can control your powers.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Memnan Saa really does want to warn her, even if he's got his own purposes in mind. If only she would listen…
- Dull Surprise: Liz Sherman's default expression for most of the Hellboy comics and movies. Justified, as she's supposed to be depressed and heavily medicated due to her tragic past, and in the later BPRD series, she gets better.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the films.
- Expy: Of Charlene McGee (from Stephen King's Firestarter). Has the exact same powers, a similar backstory, and even manifested her powers during roughly the same time period. Basically, she's what Charlene would be if she had the BPRD instead of The Shop and Hellboy instead of her father.
- Finger Snap Lighter: Liz Sherman uses her pyrokinesis to light her cigarettes on occasion.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: A gothy girl who happens to be pyrokinetic.
- Playing with Fire: Sadly, it also comes with Power Incontinence.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Intergenerational Friendship: Soon became good friends with a thousands-of-years-old mummy named Panya.
- Kill It with Fire: Liz uses this a lot, obviously.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Princess Nuala's Light in the movie sequel.
- Mundane Utility: Liz Sherman lighting her cigarettes with pyrokinesis.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: She is used to power a machine in a BPRD issue.
- Power Incontinence
- Psychic Powers: She seems to have some sort of power like this. She called Abe for help after her soul was used to fuel a machine; she has visions ad dreams of the future and has apparently visited this future herself.
- Self-Made Orphan: Destroyed an entire city block and killed her parents, her brother and her dog, albeit entirely by accident.
- Survival Mantra: The fire is not my enemy, it is a part of me, it is mine.
- Took a Level in Badass: She was always powerful, but her lack of control over her abilities made her effectiveness questionable at best. Over the years she steadily gains more control. In Reign of the Black Flame she takes on the eponymous villain (who himself Took a Level in Badass to become a Physical God) and had a high powered brawl throughout New York City, destroying skyscrapers and giant monsters alike while her body became living fire. Holy shit.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Further understanding of her powers (and learning how to blow up Ogdru Hem) has significantly mellowed Liz out and made her more sociable.
- Warrior Monk: Lived with a group of these and learned how to control her powers from them. Liz was very upset when they were killed.
- Wreathed in Flames: Liz can do this.
Abraham 'Abe' SapienA super-intelligent "icthyo sapien" and Hellboy's best friend. He began his life as Langdon Everett Caul in the 19th Century. Being involved with the Oannes Society, an occult organization who believed in life and all knowledge having come from the sea, he transformed into a fish man after an incident. He was found in 1978 in an abandoned laboratory beneath a Washington, D.C. hospital. After some efforts to wake him up (and some grueling tests from curious scientists) the amnesiac fish man took a new name and became an agent.After an encounter with the Black Flame, getting shot by Fenix Espejo, and a second mutation, Abe left the B.P.R.D. and started wandering the post-apocalyptic United States. His travels are chronicled in the spinoff book Abe Sapien.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. Abe went from reasonably handsome◊ (if fishy) in the comics and animated movies to a much more inhuman, fish-like appearance◊ in the films.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Abe Sapien spinoff could be considered this and "Garden of Souls" is almost completely devoted to Abe Sapien with some supporting action for Daimio.
- Chrome Dome Psi: In the movies.
- Fish People: Duh...
- God in Human Form: Hinted. He is called "fish god" once or twice, and it's increasingly heavily hinted he might be an avatar or rebirth of Oannes the sea god.
- Identity Amnesia: At first, but investigating his past led to Abe remembering his past life.
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- Made of Iron: He's nearly as tough as Hellboy is, having survived being shot three times by an angry monkey, tortured with iron brands, impaled through the chest twice, and once tossed around like a ragdoll by the Ogopogo Lake Monster.
- Mysterious Past: Not that mysterious anymore, but now he has a mysterious future (as seen in several of Liz’s visions, he will play a role in the apocalypse).
- Non-Action Guy: In the films, Abe is shown as a solid non-action member of the team, and his fighting scenes often get him thrown around and barely managing to survive whatever they are facing. If anything, he only looks good in dodging maneuvers and aiming.
- The Ophelia: Caul’s wife Edith Howard always had an instable psyche. But after he disappeared, she went mad and drowned herself. She continued to haunt their house and tried to coax Abe into staying with her and becoming Caul again. He shows her her reflection in a mirror and she makes peace with her death.
- Psychic Powers: In the films.
- Put on a Bus: This happens to Abe in an awesome way in the B.P.R.D. story "The Dead". He returns to field duty... but not for long.
- Recurring Dreams: Abe had a weird one in the Plague of Frogs story arc.
- Super Strength: It's downplayed in the films, but Abe appears to be extremely strong in the comics, once even capable of tearing a stone block the size of his torso out of a castle wall he was chained too.
- Stable Time Loop: After being stabbed and going into a coma, he somehow ended up in Victorian London and by watching and touching his former self somehow caused his transformation into a fish man in the first place.
- Shout-Out: As a humanoid fish man who apparently is still undergoing the process of further mutation into an even more fish-like state and his origins tied to a mysterious undersea city, Abe is something of a Deep One analogue for the Hellboy universe, especially with the revelation that Abe is effectively a highly evolved version of one of the Frog Monsters.
- Touch Telepathy: In the films, he has vaguely-defined psychic powers involving his "unique frontal lobe", and they are based on touch - he can do psychometric readings of objects, and share the images he gains from these telepathically. He can also detect life and read memories or emotions through his hands.
- Tastes Like Friendship: After saving Abe from being vivisected, Hellboy gives him a sandwich.
- They Would Cut You Up: Curious scientists wanted to dissect him, but he was saved by Hellboy. He later saved Roger from the same fate.
Professor Katherine 'Kate' CorriganKate was a professor of history at New York University before joining the B.P.R.D. in 1984 as a consultant. She is specializing in folklore and has a vast knowledge of anything occult, mystical or folklore. Kate became a regular cast member of the B.P.R.D. spinoff series where she acts as the special liaison to the ‘'enhanced talents'’ agents before eventually getting promoted to director. Kate and Hellboy are exes and good friends and she blames herself for encouraging him to leave the bureau.
- A Day In The Lime Light: B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine is all about her searching for a way to bring Roger back to life.
- Badass Bookworm: In B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine Kate is captured by an ageless marquis who wants to trade her for either Roger’s corpse or Abe Sapien. While unable to get the book she needed from the marquis to restore Roger back to life, she did manage to escape on her own in an awesome way – she recognized the ring of the marquis as a ring belonging to King Solomon and by destroying it she released a demon who was a prisoner of the marquis and who promptly took him to Hell.
- Big Good: Kate is the one running the B.P.R.D.'s attempt to stop the apocalypse.
- Break the Cutie: Trying to save humanity with limited success has slowly chipped away at Kate's friendly attitude and empathy.
- Badass Normal: One of the few non-superpowered, non-military trained agents, but can still hold her own.
- Geek: Kate Corrigan is a occult/mythology geek (it was her day job before she joined the BPRD).
- I Want Grandkids: In the (probably) non-canon Curse of the Haunted Doily, the ghost of Kate Corrigan's mother bugs her about this.
- Interspecies Romance: Hellboy and Kate dated for a brief time before ending the relationship on good terms.
- Klingon Promotion: Is essentially running the B.P.R.D. since all of her superiors kept getting killed.
- The Team Normal
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from an academic who was deeply unnerved by her first contact with a ghost in "The Wolves Of Saint August", to effectively the coordinator of humanity's fight against the Apocalypse.
- Team Mom: For the special agents, then the entire bureau.
Roger The HomunculusRoger, a big energy-absorbing homunculus, was discovered in 1996 in Romania by B.P.R.D. agents Liz Sherman, Bud Waller and Sidney Leach. He was activated when Liz (who subconsciously wanted to get rid of her pyrokinesis) touched him. Liz went into a coma and Roger into a killing spree. Roger felt guilty and prayed to God to be killed. He then encountered his "brother" who was trying to get revenge on humanity by sacrificing Kate and using a giant homunculus made of human fat. Roger saved Kate, used Liz’s power to melt the giant body and killed his brother. He restored Liz’s pyrokinesis and – being without an energy source again – went into a coma for three years. He was restored by Abe Sapien using an overdose of electricity and became an agent. Roger was killed in the B.P.R.D. spinoff series by the villain Black Flame.
- Artificial Human
- Back from the Dead: Subverted. They even spend an entire story arc letting you think it's gonna happen.
- The Big Guy
- Collector of the Strange: A harmless version. Roger collects all sorts of stuff and junk and hangs it up on strings from his ceiling. One of his collected things turns out to be very important in order for Liz to burn Katha-Hem to dust.
- Gentle Giant
- Kindhearted Simpleton
- Last of His Kind: The last of the Mischrasse homunculi.
- Man Child: Roger is very childlike. He looks up and wants to please Ben Daimio like he were his parent. He collects all sorts of stuff and his spirit even becomes a child in a dreamlike world after he died.
- No Nudity Taboo: Roger only wears his boots. Played for Laughs at least once.
- Our Homunculi Are Different
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He wants his body to be buried in the ground like a man.
- Really 700 Years Old: More than 500 years…
- Sacrificial Lion: His whole team was blown to pieces in the B.P.R.D. spinoff series.
- They Would Cut You Up: Abe prevented some B.P.R.D. scientists from doing so.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Sadly no, Kate, you can’t.
- Why Am I Ticking?: The bureau puts a bomb in Roger for fear of him going rogue. This is a reason for Hellboy to leave.
Capt. Ben DaimioField director of the B.P.R.D. following Bruttenholm's death and Hellboy's departure, the one in charge of leading missions. Daimio was in the marines, but was killed, then brought back to life. Eventually had to be killed when the were-jaguar spirit keeping him alive starting killing agents.
- Back from the Dead: Under originally mysterious circumstances. He died, and cut himself out of a body bag three days later, with half his face missing.
- Bait the Dog: Played with. He seems to be a good, decent person, respected and even looked up to by everyone on base. And he is. But the jaguar inside of him is not. As Mignola once said, despite being a good man, he was one of the worst things that ever happened to the B.P.R.D.
- Crazy Survivalist: By New World, he's ended up here.
- Death Seeker: Once he realizes he'll never be free of the jaguar curse.
- Demonic Possession: Plays a major part in Daimio's backstory.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Notably subverted with Daimio. He has hideous scarring along the left side of his head, and is missing an ear and most of his left cheek. Blame the jaguar demon that's now inhabiting his soul.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Eventually revealed to be the source of his rebirth. But he has no control over his werejaguar form, and kills countless B.P.R.D. personnel in Killing Ground before he escapes.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's had a rough time of it. He was dead for three days, wouldn't you be too?
- Superpowered Evil Side: Thanks to the aforementioned Demonic Possession. In Killing Ground, it wakes up.
- Tragic Monster: He never asked to become the host of the jaguar cult's assassin, and he endured a lot in his ultimately futile quest to contain it.
Professor Trevor BruttenholmThe founder and director of the B.P.R.D. and Hellboy's adoptive father. Is killed by the frog creatures at the beginning of the first Hellboy comic and in the middle of the movie.
- Badass Bookworm: Back in the 1940s certainly. He once even parachuted out of a rocket filled with vampires!
- Big Good: Was this for the B.P.R.D. when he ran it.
- Defiant to the End: In the first film, he makes it clear to Rasputin and Kroenen that no matter what, he will always see Hellboy as his son.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Subverted. He doesn't die in anyone's arms, but the first thing Hellboy does when he finds him is just hold him.
- Face Death with Dignity: In the first film, Kroenen fatally stabs him after Rasputin assures him that his death will be quick. Trevor calmly accepts it.
- Fatherly Scientist: Professor Trevor Bruttenholm adopts Hellboy after he was summoned into this world.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Averted. Where the Professor is a major character, at least Once an Episode someone attempts to pronounce "Bruttenholm" as it's written and are told it's pronounced "Broom." (This is real phenomenon with certain English names.)
- Posthumous Character: Trevor is only shown in flashbacks and prequels, which show how important he was to the team.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death alerts the Bureau to the dangers of the frog creatures and Rasputin.
Thomas 'Tom' ManningDirector of the BPRD since Trevor Bruttenholm resigned in 1982. When the team relocated to Colorado he disappeared.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: At first, he tended to follow the directions of his superiors in opposition to the opinions of his team. This included (unwillingly) planting a bomb in Roger, which drove Hellboy to resign. After this he gradually evolved into a...
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Put on a Bus: Manning went somewhere when the team went to Colorado. Whether he's alive or dead is unknown.
Johann KrausA German medium who was reduced to an ectoplasmic form after a séance gone wrong - he was the only spiritual medium worldwide lucky (or perhaps unlucky) enough to be outside his body, on the astral plane, when a mysterious Chinese artifact incinerated every other powerful medium, all at once, leaving him with no body to go back to.
- Adaptation Name Change: Became Johann Krauss in the film, purely so Hellboy could crack an "SS" joke.
- Astral Projection
- The Blank: Due to his lack of a physical form.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Johann is a very good person, but he has some deep flaws. His desire for a real body has sometimes overriden his good judgement, and being dead has made Johann somewhat callous.
- End-of-Season Upgrade: At the very start of Hell On Earth he replaces his containment suit with one similar to Iosif Nichayko's armoured suits. And towards the end of Hell On Earth he replaced that with the Sledgehammer armour!
- Empathic Shapeshifter: At the end of Killing Ground, his ectoplasmic form is temporarily that of his recently-destroyed new body, but reverts to his old one as he realizes just how much his selfishness has cost others.
- Gratuitous German: When he loses his temper. Allmachtiger!
- The Hedonist: In Killing Ground, when he (temporarily) finds a new, super-powered body, he spends as much time as he can working out, masturbating, and eating huge amounts of food (so much that the custodial staff complained he was single-handedly raising their monthly garbage tonnage). Many of the issue's problems could have been solved, and innocent people saved, if he hadn't snuck off-base to carouse with pretty ladies and booze at the worst possible moment.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: As Kate Corrigan points out, Johann isn't actually dead. He just doesn't have a body anymore.
- Powered Armor: Starts wearing the Sledgehammer armor at the end of the "Modern Prometheus" story, allowing him to one-shot Ogdru Hem and fight off the Black Flame.
- Psychic Powers
- Restraining Bolt: He has to stay inside a special containment suit to interact with the world.
PanyaPanya is an ancient mummy who was unwrapped by the Heliopic Brotherhood Of Ra in the late 19th century, before being kidnapped by Abe Sapien's old colleagues, the Oannes Society. She was taken in by the BPRD after Abe tracked down the society in "Garden Of Souls."
- Friend to All Living Things: She has a psychic rapport with animals (and certain humans), and has a great affection for them, particularly the Oannes Society's chimeras.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She quickly hit it off with Liz Sherman and Fenix.
- Mission Control: In any other series, the ancient prophecy spouting mystic would be allowed to putter around the secret base until exposition was needed. But Kate gets sick of Panya's freeloading and sticks her in front of the all the monitors watching the news.
- Vagueness Is Coming: What her original role was.
Andrew DevonAn accountant that gets promoted to field agent and goes on a few missions, the biggest one being following Fenix Espejo across country.
- Fantastic Racism: He does not trust Abe because of his appearance.
- Mauve Shirt: Not a really important agent, but not dead meat either.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Agent Devon was turning into one before he got Reassigned to Antarctica.
- JerkAss: He is really dickish to Abe Sapien.
- Jerkass Has a Point: But he's right that simply ignoring Sapien looking almost exactly like the frog creatures is silly.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Got stuck with following Fenix around the US, probably for insulting Abe.
Professor O'DonnellA very easily excited Bureau scientist who seems to know a great deal about the Ogdru Jahad. He tends to freak out whenever the case relates to the Ogdru Jahad, and often launches into gothic prophecy about whatever they seem to be facing.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Whatever fried his brain left him with a tenuous connection to reality. To the point that his co-workers are somewhat tired of O'Donnell's rantings, which in this universe of prophecies being worth everything is saying something.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: He comes off across as one of those Lovecraft protagonists who went crazy after reading the Necronomicon or something similar, only he's still lucid enough to speak with (most of the time) because the BPRD can help manage his psychosis with medications.
Ted Howards / Gall DennarOnce, agent Ted Howards was a rational, friendly, and perfectly mundane Bureau agent, sent with two companions to investigate what turned out to be a nineteenth-century occultist temple in Chicago. Here he discovered and picked up an unimaginably old sword - while in the distant past, a primitive warrior chief named Gall Dennar is handed the same sword when his father is killed in battle. Both lose consciousness and, from that point on, their destinies merged: when Howards is found by his companions, his personality has undergone a complete change into that of a stoic, silent, and unfriendly berserker warrior, yet more competent than old Howards ever was.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His sword is perfectly capable of cleaving through a man's skull even when thrown.
- The Berserker: He wears no armor and wields no other weapon than his sword, simply launching himself at his foes and tearing them to pieces.
- Mauve Shirt
Fenix EspejoA teenage Seer that can predict when Ogdru Hem would attack and other calamities. Fenix initially led a group of other survivors around, protecting them from monsters before getting recruited into the B.P.R.D. Has a pet rottweiler named Bruiser.
Lobster Johnson"The Lobster" has two histories. The real Lobster was a New York vigilante in the 1930s, and fought Nazis, spies, gangsters, saboteurs and villains like Memnan Saa and the Black Flame, branding their foreheads with the "Lobster's Claw" after their death. He was hired by the US government on the eve of the Second World War and died in a secret assault on the headquarters of the Nazi space programme. He proved as tenacious in death as in life and his ghost held on for years, eventually aiding Roger and Liz in the modern age as a ghost.None of this is known to the public however, and the US government denies the existence and any knowledge of "The Lobster." Eventually he became a Pulp Magazine star, written by a hack who claimed to have met the real deal. A series of abysmal film serials followed, starring Vic Williams. Then, in the 50's, Mexican director Eduardo Fernandez created somewhere between nine and twelve low-budget films about Lobster Johnson, portraying him as a luchador hero. In fact, these were the source of the name "Lobster Johnson." Before the world ended and Hell On Earth began, rumours abounded that a reboot might be in order, possibly directed by Guillermo del Toro.Has his own spinoff comic, Lobster Johnson.
- Anti-Hero: A solid Type 3 Pragmatic Anti-Hero. Throughout his short career in the 30s he personally killed hundreds of gangsters, Nazi saboteurs, cultists and monsters. And he only gets more dangerous when he's dead.
- Cult Classic: Both film series are notoriously terrible, but many enjoy them anyway, including Hellboy.
- Expy: Of The Spider (branding villains), Doc Savage (team of helpers), and The Shadow (mysterious and threatening).
- Incoming Ham: The only time Lobster shows any emotion besides seriousness is when he's attacking.Fear the Claw!
- Made of Iron
- Masked Luchador: "Lobster Johnson" in the Mexican wrestler pictures.
- Mysterious Past: But it was probably dark and troubled.
- Nazi Hunter: Both before and during World War II.
- Secret Identity: The pulp novels claim he was crippled millionaire William Johnson. The real-life reader has never seen him without his mask.
- Shrouded in Myth: Until Roger and Hellboy meet his ghost, even Hellboy had only heard rumours of his real existence, from the GIs who raised him.
- True Companions: His gang. Unfortunately, the group as a whole had a high turnover rate.
- Two-Fisted Tales
- Unfinished Business: Seemingly what kept him hanging around after his death. He eventually finds a sort of happiness back where he died.
- Urban Legend: This is the main reason why all the in-universe stories about him are pulpy and wildly incorrect.
- Zorro Mark: His lobster claw.Lobster Johnson: "Here is the claw!"Those Wacky Nazis: "Nein! Nein!"
Daryl The WendigoA Wendigo case the B.P.R.D. had to deal with. Unfortunately due to the nature of the Wendigo curse Hellboy couldn't simply kill Daryl or else the curse would move to someone else, so they had to lock him up.
- And I Must Scream: His imprisonment. They can't kill him without passing on the Wendigo curse to his killer, so they have to lock him up. They give him a picture of his family in the hopes it'll give him comfort before he gradually forgets his former life and becomes the Wendigo inside too.
- Wendigo: Daryl provides the page picture.
- The Woobie: One of the series' biggest.
Alice MonaghanA child Hellboy rescued from fairies. Years later she would return to help Hellboy.
- Changeling Tale: Her first appearance as a baby in "The Corpse". Notably, her changeling replacement would also go on to be a major character.
- Older Than They Look: She refers to it as "something the fairies left her." When she reappears in Hellboy's life the late 00s, she's roughly 49-51 years old, but looks to be in her mid to late-20s.
- The High Queen: Revealed in the newest Hellboy in Hell. She seems to have taken on the role of the departed Queen Mab.
VarvaraA demon that takes the appearance of a little Russian girl. Varvara helped Trevor Bruttenholm after World War II by giving cryptic but helpful warnings. In present day Varvara's been captured by the Russian Special Sciences Services and imprisoned in a magical bell jar.
- Big Red Devil: Her default appearance. Interestingly in her own daydreams she still imagines herself as a little girl.
- Nominal Hero: At least she likes to help out the heroes in-between mocking people with their horrible fates.
- Light Is Not Good: In Mike Mignola's dark, Chiaroscuro-filled artwork, Vavala is drawn with a bright white dress, bright blond hair, pale white skin, and is seemingly unaffected by shadows at all. She probably does it deliberately to mess with everyone.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Implied to be why she likes humans so much and sides with them.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed by the SSS.
- Token Evil Teammate: The only malevolent demon on team humanity.
Iosif NichaykoIosif Nichayko is the field direct of Russia's Special Sciences Service, the Russian equivalent of the B.P.R.D., and a magical zombie in a special containment suit. Has helped the B.P.R.D. fight off a number of Ogdru Hem and considers many of them his friends. Is also Varvara's jailer.
- The Alcoholic: Between Armageddon, his own death, and Varvara, Iosif has a lot of reasons to drink vodka.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Iosif Nichayko was just some kind-hearted grunt in the Soviet military before joining the Special Sciences Service for extra pay, babysitting a healing artifact, dying, being brought back as a zombie, and eventually overthrowing freaking Varvara as the Director of the SSS decades later. Guy developed some serious Chessmaster abilities.
- Kid with the Leash: Not a kid, but same idea. He is in charge of containing Varvara, and is absolutely terrified of her getting out because he knows she will exact terrible revenge on him.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He is not happy with his continued unlife, but can't kill himself until the world is safe.
- Our Zombies Are Different: A magically revived Soviet Soldier that was initially mindless and in charge of protecting a magical set of armor. Once the Bureau stole that he regained sentience.
Sir Edward Grey, WitchfinderSir Edward Grey is an agent working for Queen Victoria as a one man equivalent of the B.P.R.D. in Victorian England. In present day his ghost acts as a Spirit Advisor to Hellboy. Stars in his own spinoff comic Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Owns the Hyperborean sword that will eventually make its way to Ted Howards.
Ogdru JahadThe Dragon of Revelation, the Seven Who Are One, destined to bring about The End of the World as We Know It. Created by Anum, given life by the darkness, then sealed away by Anum, but not before giving birth to the Ogdru Hem. Only Hellboy and his Right Hand of Doom can set them free to do so.
- Crystal Prison: They're trapped inside a giant, cloudy yellow crystal.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Their true forms resemble dinosaurs. Specifically hadrosaurs of all things. Mignola may have chosen hadrosaurs for their elaborate crests, representing the crowns worn by the Dragon in the bible.
- Eldritch Abomination: Anything related to them, including the mere sight of them, can induce madness as Professor O'Donnell found out the hard way.
- Greater Scope Villains: Many of Hellboy's enemies seek to set them free.
Ogdru HemThe 369 Offspring of the Ogdru Jahad, imprisoned on Earth at the dawn of time. Hellboy and co. are able to fight off a few of them, but their mass reawakening kicks off the aptly titled Hell on Earth series.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Unlike the demons of Hell, the Ogdru Hem are all horrible monster animals.
- Eldritch Abomination: Just like their parents.
- Kaiju: Their smallest offspring are about the size of train cars, they are or usually as big as skyscrapers.
Grigori Yefimovich RasputinThe head of Project Ragna Rok and the one who originally summoned Hellboy to Earth. Based on the real-life Russian mystic.
- Back from the Dead: Quite a few times. He seems truly dead now, the last fragment of his soul used by the Baba Yaga to strengthen Koschei the Deathless.
- Bad Boss: Surprisingly averted. While all serve in his machinations to unleash the Dragon and bring about the end, he doesn't treat his followers badly unless they explicitly fail him, as Roderick Zinco finds out.
- Big Bad: In the first movie. His attempt to summon Ohgru Jahad brought Hellboy instead, and after his resurrection, he wants to attempt it again.
- Historical-Domain Character
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Obviously. He had some contact with Baba Yaga while he was alive, but he got a real upgrade when he threw in with the Cosmic Horror Story crowd after his (first) death.
- Rasputinian Death: Obviously. In "Seed Of Destruction", he's impaled by Abe, burned by Liz and finally crushed by Hellboy. Over the next few years his spirit gradually dwindles away as his schemes fail.
- Resurrective Immortality: In the film. Every time he died, he was resurrected with a part of his god inside his body.
Herman von KlemptA recurring Nazi Mad Scientist villain who often appears to menace Hellboy and friends with his army of cybernetically enhanced gorillas known as the "Kriegaffes", despite being nothing but a floating head in a jar. He was a childhood friend of Kroenen's and was responsible for turning him into a cyborg after he lost most of his body in a lab accident, but Rasputin refused to let him into Project Ragna Rok because even Rasputin thought he was too crazy. Nonetheless he eventually found himself working for the Ogdru Jahad anyway.
- Argentina Is Naziland: Lived in a secret lab in the jungles of South America after WWII.
- Brain in a Jar: He's lucky enough to still have his face, at least.
- The Bus Came Back: Appeared in early Hellboy stories back before the series got serious and was killed off, only to reappear in Hellboy's prequel series over a decade later, and his head showed up in B.P.R.D.
- Expy: Bears a (possibly coincidental) resemblance to Mazinger Z's Count Brocken, or to the Doom Patrol's nemeses the Brain and Monsieur Mallah, given Von Klempt's rampant obsession with gorillas.
- Facial Markings: Has a swastika on his forehead, Charlie Manson-style.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Starts out as an independent evil mastermind but winds up serving the Ogdru Jahad just like every other bad guy in the series.
- Maniac Monkeys: His favored minions. BPRD 1946 gives him bionic chimps in addition to the usual gorillas.
- Meaningful Background Event: His head seems to be part of Mr Pope's office collection of Nazi supervillain memorabilia.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Kroenen revives him he starts criticizing his latest evil plan and insulting him.
- Villainous Friendship: With Kroenen. He really doesn't get along with the others, though.
Karl Ruprecht KroenenA Nazi scientist who was part of Project Ragna Rok. The one character who has the biggest difference between the comics and the movie, in the comic Kroenen is an unimportant scientist, in the movie he's a undead clockwork Nazi assassin.
- Affably Evil: His comic incarnation is actually a pretty nice guy, despite being a Nazi who wants to sacrifice the world to an Eldritch Abomination. He's friendly and polite to his colleagues and goes out of his way to help his best friend Herman even when he knows it might get him in trouble.
- Freak Lab Accident: In the comics he was blown up in a lab explosion and turned into a cyborg by his friend Herman von Klempt.
- Adaptational Badass Villain: In the films, he's a skilled killer and swordsman as opposed to a meek scientist.
- Alien Blood: Over the decades, the blood in his veins dried up into dust.
- All There in the Manual: Kroenen's film backstory is revealed in a series of comic panels in Hellboy: The Art of the Movie and in the special features on the DVD.
- And his comic version's in the companion book.
- Blade Behind The Shoulder
- Body Horror: His movie incarnation surgically removed his own eyelids, lips, fingernails, and toenails, as well as repairing himself with a clockwork heart, a robotic hand, and a steel rod in place of a broken piece of his spine. His comic incarnation may be even worse off, considering that gas-mask like face is his actual skull.
- Combat Sadomasochist: His backstory in the films stated that every day, he'd whip himself with a branch of oak and find pleasure in the pain. And let's not forget his "surgical addiction."
- Darth Vader Clone: Dressed in all black, including a black mask, prominently wields blades, is a cyborg with an artificial hand, and he's the chief enforcer of the Big Bad. There's also the comparison of him being a Nazi while the Galactic Empire relies on their style.
- Expy: His movie incarnation is basically an evil version of Mobile Fighter G Gundam's Schwartz Bruder.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Genius Bruiser
- Lightning Bruiser
- Immune to Bullets: In the films, he simply shrugs off being shot on account of having no vital organs to hit and his blood turned to sand.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: In the first film he can not only block bullets with his blades, he can also deflect back at the shooters.
- Master Swordsman
- Terrified of Germs: Hence his signature gas mask.
- In the movie. In the comic that's his actual face.
GruagachAn evil fairy creature that hates Hellboy for thwarting his plan to kidnap Alice Monaghan. Eventually threw in with Nimue, the Queen of Blood.
- Changeling Tale: The actual changeling of "The Corpse".
- Chekhov's Gunman: Nobody expected him to come back after his first appearance, but he went on to become one of the most important characters in the series.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Nice job destroying England, the world, your own people, and the human race, Gruagach.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: At first, his plan is to attack the human world to stop the slow fade of the fairies. When he learns that this can never work, he instead decides to simply not die quietly. The great irony being that he ends up bringing about a situation where humanity must do the same thing.
HecateA witch from Hyperborean times that Hellboy has fought several times.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Hecate is in crazy stalker love with Hellboy. Unfortunately, he's not the kinda guy who goes for metal-skinned vampire snake women who want to kill every living thing on Earth.
- Honey Trap: Hecate's backstory involves her using a variation on this. She was an ascetic who lived in the mountains until she came down to the main city of the (soon to be doomed) kingdom of Hyperborea. She seduced King Thoth of Hyperborea and while he was asleep broke into his forbidden garden.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of the many ways she dies, courtesy of Hellboy.
- Information Broker: Hecate proceeds to the nearest Hyperborean temple and pisses out all the knowledge the ingested angels had given her and PAINTS the walls with it, effectively giving away world-killing knowledge for free.
- I Know Your True Name: Due to some shenanigans with Giurescu and the conditions of her last resurrection, Hecate now has the body of (and thus in a way, true name) of Ilsa Haupstein. It comes back to bite her, bigtime.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Has this for Hellboy's 'destined' role as Anung Un Rama, World-Ender. Hellboy doesn't reciprocate.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to the Queen of Blood, anyway. This isn't saying much.
- Monster Progenitor: Hecate may have started out as a mortal caster, but swiftly becomes...
- Why Won't You Die?: Godhood usually is not guarantee of immortality in this series. Gods like Perun can be bumped off in just a few pages, but Hecate takes the cake in terms of being tough to kill. Or, at least, keep dead. While not quite as persistently resurrected as the Grigori himself Hecate has returned to relevancy at least four separate times and in increasingly bizarre ways.
- Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Three cast off angels. Then-mortal Hecate didn't like the king keeping all this knowledge from his people, so quite rationally she ATE the three angels and with them all their knowledge and decides to share it with everyone.
- Never My Fault: She claims she gives knowledge freely, what people do with it is their business. Seems fair, until you remember that the last time she did the this people of Hyperborea used her knowledge to destroy themselves.
Koschei the DeathlessLegendary Russo/Slavic lich. Lived in Baba Yaga's 'Russia that never quite was', a parallel dream dimension. He is literally impossible to kill unless his soul is exposed or drained. Serves as Baba Yaga's (reluctant) Dragon in "Darkness Rising".
- Badass: Like you wouldn't believe. He even has Hellboy on the back foot for a time, due to his healing factor and skill with a sword and axe.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Uses both sword and bow with equal levels of skill.
- The Dragon: Serves, grudgingly, as Baba Yaga's throughout his story arc. Her leverage over him is that she will allow him to die after he's killed Hellboy, which makes Koschei a...
- Death Seeker: He cannot die unless his phylactery is exposed and only Baba Yaga knows where it is. He longs to die, and it is implied the world bores him.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Serves as this to Baba Yaga, as Koschei has in his own words 'Done a hundred black deeds' but doesn't seem proud of them. He does Kick the Dog a bit by killing Vasilisa with an arrow.
- Noble Demon: Despises Baba Yaga's sadism and tells Hellboy to die quickly, to rob the witch of her 'sport' during their final confrontation.
- Our Liches Are Different: Koschei keeps his soul inside a needle which is inside an egg which is inside a duck which is inside a hare which is inside a goat, which puts him deep into Properly Paranoid territory. The original legend manages to go EVEN FURTHER: His soul is inside a duck which is inside a hare which is inside a goat which is inside a steel/iron chest on an island that is either moving or impossible to locate unless you've been there.
The Black FlameA recurring moniker, notable for being surrounded by impossible black flames. The earliest Black Flame that we know about was called Raimund Diestel and fought Lobster Johnson and the Sledgehammer Armor during World War II. The second Black Flame is Landis Pope, head of the Zinco Corporation, who allied with the Frog People and later took over Manhattan.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Sledgehammer armor, whoever is wearing, since it seems to be one of the few things that can stand up to him. Also to Liz, whose firepower matches his but isn't evil.
- Captain Ersatz: Mr. Pope is a pretty blatant parody of David Xanatos.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Pope is carried away by the frogs after the destruction of Katha-hem. When he reappears, what sanity Pope had left seems to be gone.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Diestel's wife is killed he abandons the fight to go to her, and allows himself to be arrested.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Pope believes that he can control both the powers of the black flame and the frogs. He is wrong.
- Expy: According to the notes in the back of the first trade he appears in, Pope's Black Flame costume is based on the Red Skull and Doctor Doom.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: After realizing what his actions have unleashed, Pope is repentant. He apologizes to Liz for killing Roger... who, unaware till now he'd been responsible at all, responds by allowing him to be dragged away.
- The Juggernaut: The original Black Flame was immune to anything less than a cannon shell, and that didn't kill him either.
- Legacy Character: The first Black Flame, Raimund Diestel, appeared in the 1930s, and was a mystical assassin until he was killed by the Sledgehammer in 1944. His suit and remains were recovered decades later by Landis Pope, who had a (at least partially) nonmagical copy of the suit created to allow him to interact with the frogs more easily.
- Technicolor Fire: It's in the name. Notably, Pope's initial version of the costume burned blue, and turned black after the frogs empowered him and he became the real Black Flame.
- The Undead: He looks like he has a skull for a head. Pope's was initially a helmet, and after he returned it appeared his head has become mummified; it's not clear if this was the case for Diestel.
- Took a Level in Badass: He is revived in Return of the Master. In Reign of the Black Flame, we discover that he's now practically a Physical God whose life force is connected to every living thing in the ruins of New York City, hence making it impossible for Liz Sherman and the BPRD to kill him without resorting to mass murder.
- Unwitting Pawn: His true purpose is just to burn, and light the way for the Ogdru Hem. The frogs allowed him to "control" them so they could get him to take on this role.
Memnan SaaMemnan Saa was born Martin Gilfryd in 19th Century London and has interacted with Edward Grey, the Lobster and the BPRD. Spent most of the first part of B.P.R.D. tormenting Liz with apocalyptic visions of the future.
- Dark Messiah: This is how Memnan Saa sees himself.
- Evil Sorcerer
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Memnan Saa began his long life as Martin Gilfryd, a mortal curator for the British Museum's Egyptology Department. He would go on to study multiple ancient magicks and lost arts from teachers across the globe, even in places unknown to modern man, gaining a great deal of untold power. At the height of his ability he's basically unstoppable.
- Mighty Whitey: Invoked, but ultimately subverted.
- Villains Never Lie: Repeatedly claims that he has never lied to Liz. It eventually becomes obvious this is at best only metaphorical truths and at worst simply his own delusions of messiah-hood.
- Visionary Villain: He plans to save (and later, rule) the world, because he doesn't believe the BPRD have the nerve to make big decisions in the coming apocalypse.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Memnan Saa's primary motivation was to preserve the human race and civilization. He was willing to resort to any means necessary, however, and he even dismissed Kate Corrigan's offer of an alliance between himself and the BPRD by claiming that the latter was not ruthless enough. Of course, his secondary motivation is to rule over the survivors as a god, so there's that too.Memnan Saa: Your bureau, your governments, will try to save all of this earth. That is childish! The war has already begun. You believe you've had your victories. You will believe that again. While the truth is, little by little you are losing. So, there is only one question.. a question you will never be able to answer. How much are you willing to lose... to win?
- Yellow Peril: His look has deliberate shades of this as he is essentially a wannabe Mighty Whitey trying to be Fu Manchu.
Exclusive to the films
Prince NuadaThe main villain of the second Hellboy film, Nuada Silverlance is the crowned prince of the Clan Bethmoora elves (also known collectively with the other magical races as 'the sons of the earth') and the last of the warrior elves. Nuada is anti-human and focused on preserving his own kind and other non-human life by destroying all humans, and has returned from exile to awaken the Golden Army to carry out the genocide of humanity.
- Anti-Villain: Nuada; he is sympathetic because, though his methods are excessive, his motivations are understandable. He's spent centuries, possibly millennia, watching the mythical creatures that once ruled the world fade into the background as humans expanded and the royal family has been reduced to ruling from sewers. Furthermore, humans violated the ancient, eternal treaty between them and the magical beings; a treaty Nuada’s father King Balor made because he regretted the slaughter and decided not to commit genocide on humanity... then the descendants of those people (perhaps unknowingly) threw Balor's mercy back in his face and violated the treaty's terms. Nuada wants to take the planet back from the humans in the name of the fey beings before their kind dies out completely.
- Badass Normal: Although he is an elf with a psychic link to his sister, none of his racial traits seem to actually help directly in combat, save perhaps, being an elf.
- Big Bad: In the second movie. His desire to reawaken the Golden Army and restart the war against humanity drives the plot.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Subverted, as Nuada is in the wrong despite his valid concerns.
- Can't Argue with Elves: He makes some really good arguments against humans that Hellboy is unable to refute.
- The Determinator: He waited hundreds, if not thousands, of years to call upon his army to wipe out humanity and return his people to their rightful place.
- Evil Albino: Though whether he is evil is debatable.
- The Evil Prince: See above, though he did kill his own father to obtain a piece of the crown, yet showed regret for it.
- The Exile: Self-imposed in protest over the peace treaty between his people and the humans.
- Fantastic Racism: Nuada despises humans, though he has reasons for doing so. However he is reasonable, even friendly, to non-humans.
- Pet the Dog: Several moments including his Villainous Friendship and a literal one where he kills the guards at the entrance to the B.R.P.D headquarters but spares the guard dogs after persuading them not to attack him, petting one.
- Polar Opposite Twins: While both are very dedicated to their people and culture, they go about it in the exact opposite way: Nuada believes destroying humanity after humans forgot a sacred pact with the Elves and destroyed the forests is the right thing to do, while Nuala wants no bloodshed and wishes to help humans prevent a war. He does much of his fighting himself, having been training for years alone, while Nuala can't fight, but is willing to work with the BPRD to stop him.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives several in the film.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears a red-and-black samurai-like outfit during the climactic scene.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like Hellboy, alluding to his magical heritage.
- Villainous Friendship: With Wink. He was dismayed by Wink’s death and sought to avenge him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: See Anti Villain
Princess NualaNuada's twin sister, also psychic, who shares a bond with him. She is, however, entirely against his plan to destroy humanity, and is willing to fade away if it means keeping the peace as her father wanted. She meets Abe Sapien and teams up with the BPRD to stop him, developing mutual feelings for the fish man in the process.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Despite her people's somewhat creepy appearance, she's very pretty and delicate-looking- the novelization describes Abe as "thunderstruck" when he first sets eyes on her.
- Color Motif: Her main gown is blue to symbolize her future relationship with Abe, with gold to hint at her magical nature and heroism. She also takes interest in a poetry book the exact color of her gown, enjoying a particular poem Abe also loves.
- Damsel in Distress:
- Nuada eventually takes her back and tells Abe if he wants to see her again he'd better give up the crown piece.
- Played with; when they first meet and Nuala is on the run from her brother with the crown piece, Abe assumes she needs his assistance, but she assures him it's the other way around.
- DatingWhatBroHates: Nuada is 'not' happy to see her even refer to Abe by his first name, inferring she is fond enough of him to do so.
- The Determinator: Like her brother, she refuses to give in- but her agenda is the exact opposite of his.
- Friend to All Living Things: She was implied to be this in the original script, with a pet monster guard dog protecting her and feeding fruit to magical creatures in a cage.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's very kind and forgiving, with platinum blonde hair.
- Lady and Knight: The Bright Lady to Abe's White Knight.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Light to Liz's Dark.
- Love at First Sight: How Abe fell for her. For Nuala, however, it was more when they had a LoveAtFirstPsychicTouch moment.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Has three: her main blue gown with gold accents, a black and red gown she wears during her first appearance, and a pale golden Japanese-style gown in the climactic scene.
- Polar Opposite Twins: While both are very dedicated to their people and culture, they go about it in the exact opposite way: Nuada believes destroying humanity after humans forgot a sacred pact with the Elves and destroyed the forests is the right thing to do, while Nuala wants no bloodshed and wishes to help humans prevent a war. He does much of his fighting himself, having been training for years alone, while Nuala can't fight, but is willing to work with the BPRD to stop him.
- Our Elves Are Better: Nuala is considerably kinder to humans than The Fair Folk tend to be in folklore...
- Proper Lady: Nuala is the picture of grace, manners, and kindness (initial mistrusting of Abe aside when they met), not holding a grudge at all against humanity for shoving her people into the background.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Strongly averted. She wears one red and black dress but is as far from evil as it gets.
- Silk Hiding Steel: The picture of elegance, but she threatened Abe with a knife to the throat when she caught him following her around the market.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like Hellboy, alluding to her magical heritage.
- True Blue Femininity: Her main dress is a lovely shade of blue, and she's very genteel.