Characters: Hero Oh Hero

A list of characters from Hero Oh Hero.

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     Main Characters 

Burk

"TAKE ME TO YOUR TOILET!"

The first protagonist of the comic to be introduced. A mysterious, shirtless man who (literally) falls from the sky in the first chapter.
  • Badass Cape: He wore one (and used it as a parachute) when he first appeared, but it apparently became a "casualty of war" while he went to the loo.
  • Badass Normal:
    Injured Guard: Your strength is . . . remarkable. What are you? A magic user?
    Burk: Nope, I'm 100% Burk!
  • Blinding Bangs: Though his eyes are visible when he's hanging upside-down.
  • Catchphrase: Saying "Nope." as he dodges attacks.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: When he hears the town has a bandit problem he immediately decides to help.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: What else could you call a man who can lose random items of clothing while going to the toilet or fleeing from an angry boar?
  • The Drifter: In the first chapter he shows up, defeats the bandits menacing a town, convinces the town's assigned hero to do his job better and moves on without any further comment.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: When he meets a group of bandits, he's able to hit five of them in the face with one punch.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Red boxers with white polka-dots.
  • Idiot Hero: For all his bravery, he doesn't come across as very bright.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When Burk starts fighting seriously (shown by him wearing a headband), he goes from casually (or not) dodging attacks to practically Flash Stepping.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast enough to dodge most attacks effortlessly, and strong enough to knock out monster boars.
  • Not Quite Flight: While he's fighting seriously, Burk moves and jumps so quickly he appears to be flying.
  • Taught by Experience: He claims not to have any formal training in combat. Just wrestling with his brother and "defeating things".
  • Twinkle in the Eye: Whenever he gets excited.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: On arriving at the town, he wears three things above his waist, one is the aforementioned cape and the other two are his gloves. After dealing with the bandits, his new outfit includes an open waistcoat (which, as his large sprite shows, still exposes impressive abs).
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: His attempts to invoke Defeat Means Friendship with one of the bandits' mounts.

Noah

"...? Do I know you people?"

The second protagonist. A snarky young man who lives in the city of Gloria, in The Empire. He's in Class F at Great Justice High, slightly aloof...and has magic powers in a society where they're strictly controlled.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He snarks freely at his classmates and has trouble remembering their names/faces, but he's quite shocked and apologetic when someone tells him he's being rude.
  • Bishōnen: His light build and ponytail make him look very feminine, even in the comic's pixel based artwork.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: He's intelligent enough that a kid who gets higher grades than him wants to sit nearby to catch his "Smart beams", but doesn't study.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His very second line is a quip aimed at the radio.
    Radio: AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, PEOPLE; THE EMPIRE LOVES YOU, AS LONG AS YOU SHOW LOVE FOR THE EMPIRE!
    Noah: [switches radio off] I'll remember that just fine, thank you.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: He's one to his classmates In-Universe. His snarkyness and the fact he barely even recognises people in the same class makes him more attractive to them.
  • Nerves of Steel: Downplayed in that he often looks surprised at first, but he otherwise reacts quite calmly to finding himself in a dark place with his own shadow talking to him.
  • Non-Action Guy: He skipped the mandatory weapons training, meaning that he's more-or-less one of the few students who can't use a weapon of some sort.
  • Not a Morning Person: The first thing he does in Chapter 2 is complain about being woken up by the radio.
  • Oh, Crap: He loses all traces of calmness when he's arrested at the end of his first chapter.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: And it makes him quite attractive to his classmates.

Tobi

"And my Grandpa's too preoccupied to bug me about it...sounds like the start of a perfect day."

The third and final protagonist. A dark skinned, pointy eared young lady who lives in the desert town of Raul (and wears blue lipstick, for some reason).

     Burk's Arc 

Bandit Gang

A gang of bandits who seem to control the town. Tropes that encompass all of them include;
  • Defeat Means Friendship: When Burk punches out five of them in one go, they consider the possibility that he might be able to help them.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The moment they realise Burk could deal with the real bandits, they immediately turn against their "leaders".
  • Lawman Gone Bad: Were apparently members of the guard, before the real bandits and the "hero" showed up.
  • Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Friendly might be stretching it, but they certainly have some loyalty to the town.
  • Mooks: Burk was able to defeat five of them with one punch.

Daryll

"Do not speak positively of that 'hero', ever. If it was not for that man we wouldn't be reduced to petty criminals."

The leader of the bandits and former Captain of the town guard.

Norman

"Do you guys remember that guy who punched all of us at once? I asked him to help us defeat the bandits!"

A member of the bandit gang. He lives in the town with his younger sister and brother.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: When he gets punched in the face by Burk, he invites him into his house (and lets him use his outhouse) and asks him to help with the bandit problem.
  • Don't Tell Mama: He doesn't want his siblings to know he's a bandit.
  • Mr. Exposition: Explains the exact situation with the bandits to Burk.
  • Promotion to Parent: Implied, since he and his siblings appear to live on their own.

Resthill Town Guard

The town's guards.

Injured Guard

"If you want to fight them, I can't stop you. Just be warned it cost those stupid enough to try an arm and a leg."

One of two men guarding the entrance to the town. He's missing two limbs.

Nervous Guard

"I uh...can't say I've been trained for a situation like this."

The second guard on the gate. His brother's apparently the leader of the gang.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He has this relationship with Daryl, who apparently became a bandit thanks to an unspecified grudge with the town's hero.
  • New Meat: He appears to still be being trained (the first thing we see him do is get coached by the injured guard on how to deal with...Burk wearing a cape over his head).

Other Resthill residents

Melany and Grandpa

Melany: Look, can you just ignore my Grandpa and tell us what you want?
Grandpa: YEAH!

A young woman and her grandfather.

The Aristocrat

"It's quite obvious I'm your only hope."

An unnamed man of obvious means. He's following an amulet which is pointing at something he hopes will make him the most powerful hero of all time.

The Real Bandits

A pair of ominous figures riding boars who the bandit gang answer to (but would rather be rid of).
  • Chain Pain: One of the bandits fights with a chain.
  • Dirty Coward: Both try to run away when it becomes apparent that Burk's a realistic threat to them.
  • Full Boar Action/Cool Horse: They ride giant acid spewing pigs. They apparently aren't that dangerous without them.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Both have large sleeves as part of their armour, combining this trope with Tin Tyrant. They seem to hide their weapons up them and their magic is projected from the cuffs.
  • I Gave My Word: They've agreed not to harm any of the townsfolk (although outsiders are fair game). Of course this is more out of fear of the hero who made them promise not to than any sincerity on their part. One also agrees not to use magic if he's defeated by mundane means (although it's left ambiguous if he'll keep to it).
  • Playing with Fire: The stronger of the two fights by flinging around fireballs.
  • Tin Tyrant: They both wear heavy armour with face concealing helms.
  • Variable-Length Chain: The aforementioned chain the first bandit to be defeated uses seems to expand from his sleeves.

Logan Alexander/"Sky Cleaver"

"You're dead!"

The "Professional Hero" assigned to Resthill. A mysterious figure who was content to let the bandits harass the town, as long as they only killed outsiders. Has a feud with Daryl which he considers "petty".
"You pale freak!"
  • Badass Bookworm: He's introduced calmly reading a book shirtless, showing off his muscles, despite apparently being in the middle of a duel with Daryl.
  • Badass Cape: His armour includes an elaborate blue one, with a clasp on one shoulder.
  • Blow You Away: He has the power to project a tornado from his hand.
  • Covered In Scars: He has a truly impressive collection when he first appears (outside of a flashback).
  • Famed In-Story: In 2 villages, 12 cities and 2 nations, apparently.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a large metal gauntlet on one hand and his cape has a clasp on one side, amongst other things.
  • Flight: He's capable of self propelled, wingless flight.
  • Gag Nose: His nose is long and pointed, in keeping with his aloof personality.
  • Honour Before Reason: The reason he allowed the Bandits to keep harassing the town as long as they only killed outsiders, as well as he agrees to start being more proactive when Burk defeats him in a duel.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When Burk pulls his own version, he decides to start fighting with his weapon it doesn't do him much good and Burk defeats him on the next panel.
  • Not So Stoic: He seems quite unflappable until Burk manages to annoy him.
  • Shirtless Scene: His first appearance outside of flashbacks. (Word of God is it was because reading a book without a shirt looks cool.)

Secretary Wu-Cha

"Wu Cha welcomes you."

Logan Alexander's "secretary". Some sort of automaton who screens visitors to his house.
  • Electronic Eyes: Pale grey eyes which are capable of glowing different (mismatched) colours when she's doing something...robot-y?
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her arms are mismatched green and blue. Her eyes have the same colour scheme when they light up, but reversed (although they can also turn red and orange).
  • Robot Girl: Her appearance is closer to a Fembot, but she was clearly designed to resemble (and acts like) a female secretary. Lampshaded when one of the guards asks about this and she thinks he's hitting on her.
    Guard: W-what's up with her? Is she some sort of human doll?
    Wucha: !!! ...you made me blush!
  • Robot Hair: A blonde Sci-Fi Bob Haircut (although the artstyle doesn't make it clear whether it's stiff or not). Justified, as she's meant to superficially resemble a human.
  • Stat-O-Vision: She is able to scan people to confirm whether they're a guard or registered hero before letting them through. Burk only gives her a partial match, but is still allowed through.

     Noah's Arc 

Great Justice High

The students and teachers at Noah's school.

Blonde Girl

A schoolgirl seen in the opening of the first Noah chapter. She's sickly looking and apparently has magic powers (with the two possibly being connected), which she is subsequently arrested for having. She is in Class C, so he doesn't know her personally.
  • Black Magician Girl: The exact nature of her powers hasn't been revealed, but she certainly has the personality (and at least some them are offensive in nature).
  • Defence Mechanism Superpower: Her powers don't appear to activate until she's threatened.
  • Famed In-Story: After being arrested for illegal magic use, everyone (even students from other schools) has heard of her.

Jean

A schoolboy seen with the Blonde Girl, also from class C.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He apparently can't resist the opportunity to slip in a quip.
    "Hey, what did you expect me to say?"
  • Dirty Coward: Runs away the moment Sam says he's only going to attack his classmate.
  • With Friends Like These...: Even before abandoning her, he was making jokes at his friend's expense.

Jash

"Personally I think you're a wierdo, but you'd do wonders for my reputation."

One of Noah's classmates who leads a Girl Posse.

July

A member of Jash's Girl Posse who she's constantly telling to shut up.

Al

Another student in Class F. He seems to be on friendly terms with Noah (or as friendly as he gets).
  • Ditzy Genius: His grades are good, but he's first seen panicking about a test and looking for someone clever to sit near and pick up "smart beams" from and insists on calling the subway the "Super Awesome Subway".
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He frequently states the obvious as if he's had some sort of insight.
    "It'd make sense to hide it if she uses her magic for illegal purposes."
  • Nerd Glasses: He gets good grades and wears round, wide framed glasses.
  • Skewed Priorities: His response to the school swarming with guards who'll only say that all will be explained in class?
    "Does this mean we won't have a test today?"

Aude

A red haired girl with a short temper.
  • The Bully: She's been suspended repeatedly for being violent towards other students.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She's first seen in the background getting angry with a guard. When she appears proper, it's reveal she actually attacked him. In a Police State.
  • Fiery Red Head: Technically only her fringe is red, but it's the most prominent part of her hairstyle and makes it resemble actual flames. She has a short temper, to say the least.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: When she's asked to pick a weapon, she chooses a massive spiked ball and chain. She assures the soldier handing them out that she knows how to use it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: All of her conversations seem to end with her swearing and storming off.
  • Healing Factor: After the elves attacked, she was left on life support, but almost immediately healed enough to storm out.

Mr. Chang

Class F (and therefore Noah)'s teacher.
  • Mr. Exposition: Neorice even points out that "he only speaks the truth" in The Rant, although he quickly defers to a visiting royal guard.
  • Skunk Stripe: He has two grey stripes on either side of his otherwise dark hair, although it's more to show his age than villainy.

Other Students

Students from other schools.

Mable

A student from another school who Noah and his classmates meet on the subway.
  • Nice Girl: At the speech, she notices that Noah's not with his friends and decides to see if he's OK.

Nail

A mysterious figure who appears to be a student, but has his face covered by a mask and hood which he refuses to remove under any circumstances.

Criminals

The criminal element of Gloria.

Shark Face Sam

A criminal with a disfigured face. Him and his gang are targeting people who appear sick for reasons unknown.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a long raincoat and he's certainly badass enough to be a fear criminal.
  • The Dreaded: He's notorious enough that Jean recognises him immediately.
  • Gonk: His deformed face is apparently the source of his nickname. The Rant for comic #224 implies that it was the result of an attack of some sort.
    "Someone carved Sharkface Sam's face in once. He wishes to return the favor to the world."

Switchblade Mickey

"'ey, pay your respects to Switchblade Mickey as well, kid!"

Sam's accomplice. He's armed as his nickname suggests.
  • Meaningful Name: As Neorice says in The Rant;
    "Unlike Sharkface Sam, Switchblade Micky's nickname can be taken to be literal."
  • And Zoidberg: He's quite annoyed when Jean only notices Sam.

The Elves

A group of magic using humans who're called elves as an insult within The Empire, which they're at war with.
  • Fantastic Slur: They're called elves as an insult because of their resemblance to mythical elves.
  • Green Thumb: Their magic mainly revolves around the ability to control plants.
  • Our Elves Are Better: On two levels; the HOH universe has at least one magic using race of humans called elves...apparently as an insult because they resembled elves that already "existed" in the Empire's mythologies.

Assassin Elf

An unnamed elf who tries to assassinate the Emperor while he's giving a speech.

Detlef

An elf who was waiting to ambush some soldiers. He's quite affable (when he isn't trying to kill someone) and enjoys a good drink or two.
  • Selective Magnetism: He's able to create a point which pulls Nails sword towards it without attracting any other metal objects in range including Nail's spare sword.
  • The Alcoholic: He's introduced drinking, his speech is slurred and he gets angry when his beer is spilled.
  • Verbal Tic: Calls other people "Bro", and apparently likes other people to address him the same way.
  • Wouldnt Harm A Child: He shows reluctance (or at least disappointment at having to) to attack Noah, Aude and Nail and was going to let them go until Aude threw her mace at him and made him drop his beer.

The Empire

People associated with The Empire's government.

Emperor Justin

"GREETINGS, MY LOYAL CITIZENS!"

The ruler of the Empire.
  • Anime Hair: Not to the extend of APtGG, but he still sports impressively tall locks.

The Royal Guard

A group of mysterious men who wear gold trimmed blue uniforms with masks. So far, the only named member is called "Eloy". Tropes which apply to them include:
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the opening, they decide to let the Blonde Girl beat up Shark Faced Sam and his gang before they arrest her for it on the grounds he has it coming.
  • Faceless Goons: Downplayed in that while they wear masks and cloaks which obscure their features, their masks have unique patterns and their eyes are sometimes visible through the eyeholes.
  • Large Ham: The guard who talks to Class F can't seem to go more than three sentences...without a dramatic pause, or even...SHOUTING!
  • Malevolent Masked Men: They haven't done anything outright evil (aside from arrest the blonde girl on trumped up/exaggerated charges), but they're certainly sinister and they work for The Empire.
  • Praetorian Guard: Their main purpose is to protect the Emperor.
  • Secret Police: They operate openly, but people are in awe of them and they seem to hunt down and arrest/conscript magic users.
  • Tykebomb: They're said to be trained from birth.

Admiral Jones

The woman in charge of the Empire's Navy.
  • Action Girl: She's introduced swearing at an elf, before subsequently shooting him in the head.
  • The Gunslinger: She's able to shoot an elf from across a dark room.

Admiral Dare

The man in charge of the Empire's Navy.

Constable Bradley

The man in charge of the Empire's police force.
  • Anime Hair: Even more so than the Emperor; he sports red, spiky hair with black roots.

Professor Null

One of the Empire's new consultants on magic.

Ms. Veda

One of the Empire's new consultants on magic.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's tall and wears a revealing dress, to the delight of Noah's classmates.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is green, not unlike the elves, but this apparently passes without comment.

Guy Juliet

"Oh...do you think they'd demote me for this...? If you wish to report me, kid, it's Police Chief Guy Juliet, that's G-U-Y..."

A famous detective who visits Noah in the hospital to grill him about his encounter with the elves. Recently promoted to a desk job he isn't too thrilled about.
  • Cigar Chomper: Right down to gesturing by removing it from his mouth.
  • Cowboy Cop: It's hard to say if he always acted like one, or if he's putting it on to get demoted, but...
  • Kicked Upstairs: He isn't too pleased with his promotion, even going as far to try and get Noah to report him and get him demoted.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He suspects Noah's a magic user, but thinks there are more important things to investigate. He more or less tells Noah he can deny everything and get off scott free. Which turns out not to be entirely true, but there we go.

Other

Ciel

A mysterious (but cheerful) person Noah meets after finding himself in an unknown location after being attacked by an elf. She denies being an elf, but she's clearly not human...
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She lets her cuffs hang over so that only tips of her fingers are visible. A combination of the "cute" and "mysterious" types.
  • Horned Humanoid: One of the less subtle signs she's not human.
  • Trickster Mentor: She's the one who explains (or rather let's Noah figure out) he has magic powers.

     Tobi's Arc 

Rauel

The village in Shira desert Tobi lives in. The inhabitants are dark skinned with pointed ears (not unlike the elves The Empire is at war with). While the surrounding desert is hostile, the village itself is well protected by Steampunk technology. It's main source of resources are raids on the dungeons which pop up from time to time.

Jake

A friend of Tobi's who pilots an airship. He's a less experienced dungoeneer than Tobi, but not a complete beginner.
  • Ace Pilot: He claims (in a roundabout way) to be able to pilot his airship in his sleep. His preferred class when dungeoneering is "Driver", which gives him more options when piloting vehicles.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: His hair and goatee are quite fair, presumably because he spends all day in the sun.
  • The One Guy: The only guy in Tobi's party.

"King" Baku

Tobi's Grandfather, who helped make the land inhabitable. He spends his time running the local museum.
  • Insistent Terminology: Apparently Jake's the only one who calls him "King".
  • Mr. Exposition: The third chapter opens with him giving a history lesson at the museum.
  • Obsolete Mentor: He becomes very insecure when Delhara points out that people think of him as as much of a relic as anything else in the museum.

Delhara

An old grey haired woman with a prosthetic eye, who appears to be one of the town's rulers.

Sari

A friend of Tobi's who's assigned to an exploration team with her.
  • Constantly Curious: She's treated as this In-Universe for asking where dungeons come from.
  • Enemy Scan: She's able to do this thanks to her choosing the scout class.
  • New Meat: In Tobi's team; she apparently hasn't raided a dungeon higher than level 1 (the second lowest of the group being level 3).
  • In the Hood: She gains a hooded cloak when she switches to the scout class.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Her dress (with pink hearts) and shorter stature mark her out as the girly girl to Tobi and Joni's Tomboy.
  • The Watson: She fulfils this role, being the least experienced of the group, but also serves as her own Ms. Exposition by looking the information up.

Joni

The most experience dungeon crawler (being one level above Tobi) and the de facto leader of Tobi's raiding party. She and Jake have some sort of gripe.
  • Aloof Ally: He's rather dismissive of his team members. Even skiving off the tutorial to get her axe.
  • An Axe to Grind: Her preferred weapon is a two handed axe almost as big as she is tall.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Enough of one to scoff at Tobi for observing enemies instead of charging at them.
  • Tomboyish Name: Her name is pronounced "Johnny", although the spelling follows the same -i pattern as other Rauelian girls' names.

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