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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 becomes the primary agent for the BPRD.Tropes associated with Hellboy:
- 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.
- Anti Anti Christ
- 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
- 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 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fertile Feet: Or in this case, fertile blood.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: In the comics.
- Red Right Hand
- The Right Hand of Doom: The Trope Namer.
- 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**
- Trademark Favorite Food: "Pamcakes." In fact, the very first time he ate them, he was lost to the forces of darkness forever.
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.Tropes associated with Liz:
- 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.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Memnan Saa really just wants to warn her. If only she would listen…
- Dull Surprise: Liz Sherman's default expression for most of the Hellboy comics. 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.
- Expy: Of Charlene McGhee (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 Company and Hellboy instead of her father.
- Finger Snap Lighter: Liz Sherman uses her pyrokinesis to light her cigarettes on occasion.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.Tropes associated with Abe:
- 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 a few times, and might be the avatar or rebirth of Oannes.
- Identity Amnesia
- 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. Kate and Hellboy are exes and good friends and she blames herself for encouraging him to leave the bureau.Tropes associated with Kate:
- 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.
- Badass Normal
- 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.
- 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
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.Tropes associated with Roger:
- 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 Daimio
- Shell-Shocked Senior
- 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.
Professor Trevor BruttenholmThe director of the B.P.R.D. and Hellboy's adoptive father.Tropes associated with Prof. Bruttenholm:
- Badass Bookworm: Back in the 1940s certainly. He once even parachuted out of a rocket filled with vampires!
- 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: ...before calmly accepting his fate. Kroenen fatally stabs him after Rasputin assures him that his death will be quick.
- 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.)
Thomas 'Tom' ManningDirector of the BPRD since Trevor Bruttenholm resigned in 1982.
- 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...
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Johann KrausA German medium who was reduced to an ectoplasmic form after a seance gone wrong.Tropes associated with Johann:
- Our Ghosts Are Different: According to Kate Corrigan, Johann isn't really dead. He just doesn't have a body anymore.
- Psychic Powers
- Restraining Bolt: He has to be kept inside a special containment suit or he will fade away.
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.
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.
Grigori RasputinThe head of Project Ragna Rok and the one who originally summoned Hellboy to Earth. Based on the real-life Russian mystic.Tropes associated with Rasputin:
- 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.
- And now he's back again thanks to the Ogdru Jahad reincarnating the piece of his soul they held onto into a new body.
- 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.
- Historical-Domain Character
- 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.
Ogdru JahadThe Dragon of Revelation, destined to bring about The End of the World as We Know It. Only Hellboy and his Right Hand of Doom can set them free to do so.Tropes associated with the Ogdru Jahad:
- 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.
- Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate: The universe is threatened with destruction by seven duck-billed dinosaurs.
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.Tropes associated with von Klempt:
- 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.
- 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.Tropes associated with Kroenen:
- Adaptational Badass Villain: In the films, he's a skilled killer and swordsman as opposed to a meek scientist.
- 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.
- 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."
- Expy: His movie incarnation is basically an evil version of G Gundam's Schwartz Bruder.
- 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.
- 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.
Ogdru HemThe 369 Offspring of the Ogdru Jahad.
- Eldritch Abomination: Just like their parent.
- 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 the King of Hyperborea and while he was asleep broke into his forbidden garden which contained...
- 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 *Nightmare Fuel in her long ascension to become patron Goddess of Witches. To date, her forms include a woman with a snake's lower body, an iron-maiden with glowing blue eyes,a strange robotic hybrid of the first two forms and a dessicated corpse barely clinging on to consciousness (when last we saw her, in her conversation with Grey).
- Rasputinian Death/*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 by becoming a...
- 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 FlameNotable for being surrounded by impossible black flames, the Black Flame has a connection to the Ogdru Hem.
- 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.
- Heel Face Door Slam: After realizing what his actions have unleashed, Pope is repentant. He apologizes to Liz for killing Roger... who, unaware he'd been responsible, 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. His suit and remains were recovered 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.
- 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.
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.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.
- Anti-Hero: A solid Type 3 Pragmatic Anti-Hero.
- Cult Classic: Both film series are notoriously terrible, but many enjoy them anyway, including Hellboy.
- Made of Iron:
- Masked Luchador: "Lobster Johnson" in the Mexican wrestler pictures.
- Mysterious Past: But it was probably dark and troubled.
- Nazi Hunter
- 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
- Zorro Mark
Memnan SaaMemnan Saa was born Martin Gilfryd in 19th Century London and has interacted with Edward Grey, the Lobster and the BPRD.
- Villains Never Lie: Repeatedly claims that he has never lied to Liz.
- 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.
- Yellow Peril: His look has deliberate shades of this and Mighty Whitey.
Daryl The Wendigo
- Wendigo: Daryl provides the page picture.
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.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Subverted, as Nuada is in the wrong despite his valid concerns.
- Can't Argue with Elves
- 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
- Fantastic Racism: Nuada despises humans, though he has reasons for doing so. However he is reasonable, even friendly, to non-humans.
- The Fair Folk
- Fragile Speedster
- Half-Identical Twins
- Incest Subtext
- Kill All Humans
- Knight Templar
- Morph Weapon / Blade on a Stick
- 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.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives several in the film.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Villainous Friendship: With Wink. He was dismayed by Wink’s death and sought to avenge him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: See Anti Villain