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Allison Wanda ("Ally") Ruth (The Successor, Kill Six Billion Demons)
"No. I choose King."The main character, a sorority sister with self-esteem issues who is abruptly transported to Throne when a strange object is shoved into her forehead. She is largely ignorant of the world around her and lacks the skills to survive on her own, but comes to face the fact that the universe is far bigger and stranger than she had ever imagined.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite getting stabbed over most of her body by Mottom, Allison heals without any disfiguring scars.
- Chekhov's Skill: She's a sorority sister with an inferiority complex, and thus has gotten used to drinking a lot. Not exactly the most handy background in a world where everyone seems to be a trained killer, but it does allow her to best Vladok, a black-masked devil, in a drinking competition. She's also spent a fair amount of time working out and is physically quite strong, as shown by punching a hole in her shower.
- The Chosen One: Zoss the Conquering King, former God-Emperor of reality, named her his Successor, setting in motion a prophecy that states she will rise to become creation's new ruler.
- The Chosen Zero: Early on, she does not impress many people, especially not Cio: Allison has no knowledge of The Multiverse, no combat training, and didn't even particularly choose to begin her adventure. Most of the Big Bad Duumvirate can't even comprehend her being The Chosen One, thinking instead she's at best a gofer for the actual prophesied hero.
- Dare to Be Badass: Not initially, but after being dragged around Throne with no clue as to what was going on, weeping almost continuously since she arrived, Cio decides to give Allison the kick in the ass she needed.
- Deal with the Devil: She accepts Incubus's offer of power in return for becoming his emissary, putting a piece of Incubus's mind into hers. He seeks to use her as a tool to end the Enemy Mine among the other demiurges against Jagganoth and foment war.
- Drunk with Power: After making a Deal with the Devil with Incubus for power, she becomes full of herself and disrespectful of her comrades. The text below the page directly references the trope.Incubus: You and I are not common. Our anger is a hammer that can shatter gods.
- The Everyman: Thrust into the strange world of the comic without so much as a warning. She's still trying to get a grip on things.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's introduced as one, but it's later revealed she dyed her naturally brown hair in an effort to change her image. She later goes without it, shortly followed by an Important Haircut.
- Future Badass: Despite being The Chosen Zero at the start of the series Allison is prophesied to become the third ruler of creation, who will make the very pillars of heaven quake with her coming, named "Kill Six Billion Demons".
- Hysterical Woman: Complete with Inelegant Blubbering. It's justified in Allison's case, given her circumstances.
- Idiot Ball: Played for laughs and drama. The author, Abbadon, mentioned that Kill Six Billion Demons is about a girl who always makes the worst possible decisions. From going back to a Wretched Hive like Throne, to making wagers with Always Chaotic Evil Ebon Devils, to walking into the stronghold of one of her archenemies, to letting another put part of his soul in her, Allison always chooses poorly. But in the process, she also inadvertently continues along the path to becoming the biggest badass in the multiverse.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Played with. In her first visit to Throne, she wants nothing more to get home. Once she does, she takes some time to compose herself and returns the next day. She claims that she still just wants to rescue Zaid and get the Key out of her forehead, but both Cio and Zoss scoff at this.Cio: You came back. That means you chose this. Ain't it about time to stop pretending?
- Kirk Summation: Very explicitly refuses and denies Nadia / Mottom's backstory as justifying her acts, and makes clear that while she has sympathy for her, she still thinks Mottom is a monster.
- Living MacGuffin: She has the Key of Kings embedded in her forehead. Quite a few people are waiting for the chance to rip it out of her and claim its power for themselves.
- Meaningful Rename: The Conquering King Zoss addresses her as "Kill Six Billion Demons" and "The Sovereign", and Jadis' prophecy implies the same.
- Two First Names
- What an Idiot: Calls herself this after making a deal with Incubus.
82 White Chain
82 White Chain Born in Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil
"Forgive me for this violence I am about to inflict."A Liquid Angel who serves as a peacekeeper in the city of Throne.
- Ambiguous Gender: Complicated by the fact that angels have No Biological Sex and a strong taboo against claiming a gender identity. White Chain claims to be "a little feminine" and denies being female, which is the subject of some speculation in Throne.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: On this page White Chain is seen full frontal naked, but with no nipples or genitalia, since angels have No Biological Sex — and the author preferring to avoid NSFW content.
- Berserk Button: Being referred to as female tends to stress White Chain's usual calm. This has yet to result in more than sharp words and curt correction, but this is still a stark contrast to the angel's usual professional, if occasionally arrogant, demeanor.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Subverted — angels are believed to be incapable of lying, which lets White Chain get away with a fairly transparent falsehood. Lying does damage her armour, so they avoid it whenever possible.
- Defector from Decadence: Infuriated by how the other regular angels just sit there and yap all day, disdaining the pressing problems in Throne, White Chain makes a deal with Juggernaut Star.
- Determinator: White Chain has had their form destroyed and reincarnated 81 times, which is the highest of any named angel. The next closest are 52 and 75. Despite that, they are one of the few angels that still persistently follows their teachings.
- Exact Words: White Chain is a peacekeeper, not a lawman. Most people do not appreciate the distinction.
- Extra Eyes: The flames White Chain emits have eyes in them, and White Chain's true form without the stone armor encasing their body has eyes coming out of their hair and on the "palms" of their wings. And all of them can cry.
- Heroic Willpower: White Chain maintains adherence to the core values and traditions of their order, despite it being broken beyond repair and in a state of near irrelevancy, because they believe it is a righteous path.Their resolve is so strong that not even being subjected to Metatron's Brown Note, which they explicitly recognized as the voice of truth, is able to convince them to defect. Nor is the promise of power in the form of a fancy, if a bit Thornier, new body.
- Honor Before Reason: Which gets them in trouble more than once, and gets White Chain banished from the angels as well.
- The Last DJ: Even among the remaining angels, White Chain is the only one who seems to care about actually following their teachings instead of maneuvering for power.
- Last of His Kind: One of the few angels who has not turned to the "Path of Thorns," which is specifically noted as evil. Many of the shells of adherents to White Chain's path are on display, but broken so heavily that the angels whom they belonged to could not inhabit them again.
- Martial Pacifist: Hates committing violence, but will do so with exceptional skill and force if it's necessary to keep the peace.
- Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: White Chain's full name means "82 White Chain Born in Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil"; it's spoken in another language once, but multiple angels simply refer to them as "White Chain" instead. A tumblr post by Abbadon implies that the number attached to an angel's name is the number of times they have been incarnated.
- Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: A rare example that's Played for Drama. Angels are almost universally referred to as male despite technically being sexless, but White Chain is more feminine. This leads to their banishment to the Void when their mentor takes this as a sign that they've become too human.
- Transgender: In a very unconventional way. Angels have No Biological Sex and call each other "brother" by default, whereas White Chain identifies as "somewhat feminine". The other angels refuse to acknowledge this or refer to them as "defective", despite having no answer when White Chain asks why "brother" is any less inappropriate.
Ciocie Cioelle ("Cio") Estrella von Maximus the Third (formerly Yabalchoath)
"I'll tell tha a grand secret: People don't really change. They just grow thicker layers over who they really are, and pretend."A Blue Devil and an associate of White Chain, working as a bookkeeper for the Golden Cage Guild. Formerly an Ebon Devil by the name Yabalchoath, and the only being in history to successfully steal a Key of Kings.
- Almighty Janitor: Besides being a fairly skilled magician working as a bookkeeper for a brothel, she's also a self-proclaimed professional fanfiction writer. And she also happens to have once stolen a Key of Kings, a feat thought unimaginable before then.
- The Atoner: Her previous incarnation was a monster that was hated by everyone. Her current self feels she got what she deserved and does not want to ever be like that again.
- Ambiguously Bi: Encounters an ex-boyfriend, and is running from a husband, but calls Allison "kind of hot", suggests that she should find a girlfriend, and is apparently writing "fan fiction" about them already being in a relationship.
- Being Evil Sucks: The very first realization that she came to upon her resurrection as Ciocie Cioelle.
- Break the Haughty: She was once an ebon devil of unrivaled power and co-owned a mighty guild. Then she had the audacity to steal Mammon's key and use its power to indulge herself and create monuments to her glory. She became such an overt threat to the Red City that the angels rose up to oppose her, and her horribly abused slaves were only too happy to sell her out.
- Brought Down to Badass: She was such a monster as an Ebon Devil that angels rose up and put her down, and when she was brought back it was as a much weaker Blue Devil. This doesn't stop her from being a terror with her word-and-paper magic.
- Came Back Wrong: Inverted. As Ciocie Cioelle, she realizes exactly how horrible she was before she was killed, and never wants to be that monster again.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The Heretics' Court states that Yabalchoath frequently took through treachery, and warn Allison that letting them punish her is as much for her own benefit as theirs.
- Dare to Be Badass: Delivers this speech to Allison, mocking her inaction in order to get her to step up to the plate.
- Deadpan Snarker: Cio is generally unimpressed with White Chain's overblown dignity and Allison's irritating ignorance.
- The Dreaded: Back when she was known as Yabalchoath. When Princess (also a former Ebon Devil) learns who Cio used to be, she looks petrified.
- Dynamic Entry: Riding White Chain's empty armor-body into a crowd of demons to rescue Alison. One-ups herself by commandeering an airship to gatecrash Mottom's palace, then cutting off Mottom's word of death by plastering her with paper soldiers.
- Flowery Insults: She even has her own insult generator.
- Godiva Hair: Not so much now, but as Yabalchoath, she wore absolutely nothing in the way of clothes. While her body lacked detailed 'attributes' to cover, it was nonetheless styled to drape over her breasts. It certainly wasn't intended to titillate, but added a level of eeriness to her Full-Frontal Assault strategy.
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Her "fan fiction" describes herself as a mysterious and indescribably beautiful stranger whom Allison, the fated ultra-queen of the universe immediately falls for.
- Holy Halo: Her previous incarnation briefly acquired one after stealing a Key of Kings.
- I Hate Past Me: She rejects the horrible nature of her past Ebon Devil self, to the point where she implies she's capable of reclaiming its power but refuses to do so because it would make her a monster again.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It's implied her name is pronounced "See-Oh-See-Ey See-Oh-Ell-Ey". Or like one might spell out C-O-C-A C-O-L-A.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: When wearing her Coat of Arms. Also had four arms, as Yabalchoath.
- Overly Long Name: Not as bad as the angels, but her full name is Ciocie Cioelle Estrella Von Maximus the Third. Due to how devils work, her name is also a Power Limiter: devils seek to remove names from themselves, as their strength decreases with every one they have. Cio's full name is such that she's reduced to a middling blue imp, even less imposing than a baseline human.
- Paper Master: She can use paper soldiers in a fight, turning them into a giant spinning wheel of death that cuts up anyone who tries to cross it.
- Protectorate: She believes Allison has a great deal of potential and her main motive for joining Allison's group is to develop that potential and use it to protect herself.
- Rapunzel Hair: Taken Up to Eleven as Yabalchoath, who had so much hair it more closely resembled an Ominous Opera Cape then it did actual hair.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She is very much this to Allison, up to and including literally pushing her off a cliff for her own good.
- Sour Supporter: She loudly announces that she cannot believe she is helping Allison, and delivers a Dare to Be Badass speech harsh enough to double as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, but still supports her.
- Spikes of Villainy: As Yabalchoath, her carapace-like body was covered in thorny spines. She lost them when returned to life as the more benign Cio.
- The Storyteller: According to word of god, this is her main role; she is writing a fanfic about the entire universe and has strong opinions about how stories should be told. "Every metadimensional theological historical dramatization romantic slash fanfiction needs a cigar chomping, kleptomaniac, compulsive liar."
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: Speaks what appears to be a devilish version of Cockney rhyming slang.
- Take This Job and Shove It: Announces she's quitting her job at Praman Nand's brothel while summoning a giant wall of paper soldiers to cover her and Allison's escape.
- Traumatic Haircut: Yabalchoath's rather impressive mane was cut down to nothing but a bob at some point during her defeat. While it's possible that it was cut because she weaponized it somehow, she was so hated at the time of her death that it's equally as plausible as added insult to injury.
- Unwanted Spouse: Her husband is Praman Nand. While they were on better (and more equal) terms when Cio was still an Ebon Devil, any affection for her husband she might have once had has since evaporated. Justifiably so, it seems, since she'd been all but forced into slavery by him at the start of the story.
- Unholy Matrimony: Formerly with Praman Nand. While it's unknown if the two ever held any deeper romantic inclinations to one another, they were at the very least once frighteningly effective partners in crime when it came to managing their smuggling ring, and Nand seemed to care for her enough to spend months painstakingly putting her shattered mask back together after her death.
- Yuri Fan: One of her suggestions when she's making a plan is that Allison should ditch her boyfriend and get a girlfriend. (She almost certainly intends herself for that role.)
Allison's boyfriend, kidnapped by strange monsters that appeared in Allison's bedroom.
- The Chosen One: Supposedly chosen to be the successor to the Conquering King Zoss, who in turn was the successor of YISUN. Zoss himself implies Allison was always his choice of heir.
- Distressed Dude: Kidnapped and held unconscious by the Seven. After her initial, forced trip to Throne, Allison returns to attempt to rescue him.
- Jerkass: Allison's friends definitely think so. The story opens with him pressuring Allison into having sex, even when she's clearly uncomfortable, and Allison herself admits he's kind of a creep later on.
- His only other dialogue outside of the opening is a small cameo of a text sent to Allison, also pressuring her to have sex.
Mathangi Ten Meti "Maya" Mantra (Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones)
"What do you think about death?"A mysterious Mendicant Knight who Allison first spots eating some noodles. She refers to herself as "Auntie Maya", but also carried the name "Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones".According to Word of God on her character sketch, she is an antagonist and "a habitually drunk, overweight, Mendicant (begging) Knight. An insanely powerful swordswoman with a burning hunger for revenge." They also note that she wields the Maybe Sword.She was once the conqueror of 20,000 worlds and a legendary general, though she is now an overweight drunk and foulmouthed recluse.
- Absurd Cutting Power: Maya wields the sword of Maybe. It does not actually have a blade, but in her hands a single cut can divide an angel, everything in the room behind the her target, and the room itself in that direction.
- Almighty Janitor: A relative example: she was once the conqueror of 20,000 worlds and a major player in the Demiurge War, as well as the sole student of Meti. Currently, however, she is a member of the Knights Mendicant, a knightly order that takes a vow of poverty, and has said she wished she were a noodle vendor.
- Ambiguously Evil: She's pursuing Allison for reasons unclear, yet hasn't outright antagonized her yet, opting to give her vague words of advice whenever they happen to cross paths — And some of her actions (such as deflecting the bullet from Mottom's guards and cutting down Juggernaut Star as Allison flees) can even be interpreted as protecting her. On the other hand, one doesn't survive the Demiurge War without having conquered and murdered your way to power first. Alt Text implies that she wants Allison's key.
- Break the Haughty: She was one of the losers of the Demiurge War, but is also the only known survivor other than the Seven.
- Catch Phrase: "What do you think about death?"
- Clean Cut: She manages to completely bisect 6 Juggernaut Star in a single cut.
- Covered in Scars: Her robes and hairdo conceal extensive scars and burns.
- Dented Iron: Her Super Toughness can handle a point-blank explosion that tears apart a building around her, but the marks do add up.
- Dissonant Serenity: While everyone else is freaking out about the revelation that a Magus Gate is present, her reaction is, as the author points out, to really enjoy her noodles. Later, when actual violence is about to break out, her reaction is a simple "Hm."
- Drunken Master: She describes both herself and her mentor, Meti, as "habitually drunk".
- Fallen Hero: It's unclear how morally upright she actually was in her prime, but as a child she had heroic aspirations, and the pursuit of those aspirations is what led her to becoming the washed-up drunk she is today.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Known to many as Auntie Maya.
- Get It Over With: Calmly tells Juggernaut Star she's in no condition for a rematch and to "be quick about it". Fortunately for her, neither was Juggernaut.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Though she says it casually, Word of God is that she's always regretted leaving the cooking business.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: She is a master of the Art of Cutting, so of course she can do things like Parrying Bullets and cutting an angel in half, along with the room behind it. Appears to be a Charles Atlas Superpower developed from her training under Meti.
- Improbable Weapon User: She wields the Maybe Sword, which appears to be a sword that was broken off a few inches above the hilt. In no way does this make her any less lethal.
- Killer Rabbit: Looks like a fat middle-aged woman with a broken sword, but as most of the tropes in her entry will show you, appearances can be deceptive.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones.
- Older Than They Look: Despite appearing middle aged, she's a survivor of the Demiurge War, and well over 1000 years old. In fact, it's heavily implied that she was once a Demiurge herself before walking away to become a sad penniless drunk.
- Parrying Bullets: She not only parries it but cuts it in half, here.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Noodles. As seen in a Flash Back, she is the daughter of a noodle vendor, and before she become the unstoppable badass she is today, her auntie Meti berated her and called her an idiot for wanting to learn Sword Law instead of following that career path. Nowadays she wishes she had listened to her and become a noodle vendor.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Untold centuries ago, she was a trainee cook who dreamed of being a hero.
23 Liminal Blossom Punctures the Heart of the Unrepentant, Deliciously
A rogue Vapour Angel, who no longer serves the Concordance. She works for the flesh-seller Omun Vash, as as Obstacle Eliminator for his Golden Pearl Pleasure Guild.According to the notes on the corresponding character sketch, Delicious is also fond of friendly boys, classical music and flower arrangement.
- Blood Knight: Downplayed, though she obviously really enjoys fighting White Chain and don't mind handling dangerous anti-angel weaponry barehanded to do it.
- Character Death: Courtesy of 6 Juggernaut. Angels reincarnate after they die, but their memories are often hazy, unclear, or incomplete.
- Extra Eyes: Delicious has two smaller eyes, one above the other, in place of her right one.
- Fallen Angel: Seems an accurate description.
- Kiss of Distraction: To White Chain, in the middle of combat. White Chain's reaction is hilarious.
- Not So Different: Delicious, like White Chain, identifies as feminine, and her true form is nearly as humanoid in appearance as they are.
- Professional Killer: Her official job title at the Golden Pearl Pleasure Guild is "Master Obstacle Eliminator".
- Punch Clock Villain: When she's not on the clock for Vash, she's quite amicable towards White Chain.
- Transgender: So far, the only angel to openly identify as feminine, making her a bit of an outcast. Her true form is openly female as well.
2 Michael, Wielder of the White Flame, First Among the Secondborn
The oldest incarnated angel, and the only one reincarnated from among the ones who guarded the Throne before the Conquering King defeated them, 2 Michael is White Chain's master and mentor.
- Blue and Orange Morality: 2 Michael, being a Prime Angel, possesses this in spades. He believes in the preservation of order at any cost, even if that cost is the complete death and rebirth of the multiverse, and considers "mortal" concepts (such as physical form and gender) as beneath the race of angels. Seeing White Chain's extremely humanoid true face was the final straw in deciding their banishment.2 Michael: Not all acts of evil are foolish, White Chain. And not all acts of good are wise.
- Da Chief: What 2 Michael is supposed to be to White Chain. Conceptually, the author had to refrain from giving 2 Michael a badass cop mustache.
- Cynical Mentor: To White Chain, although 2 Michael's cynicism is so deep that it amounts to a certainty.
- The Evils of Free Will: 2 Michael believes that humanity having a will is what caused the world to become corrupt.
- Human Pincushion: 2 Michael still has several spears sticking through his chest from from the war between the Demiurges, when the Concordance was broken.
- Lean and Mean: His armour is sculpted to look like a terribly emaciated humanoid form, and he is very much not a nice angel.
- Pure Is Not Good: 2 Michael believes in purity and order above all else, including morality.
- Time Abyss: All the angels are really old, but 2 Michael takes the cake, dating all the way back to before the rise of the Conquering King... and he says that before that, he guarded the throne for 30 Kalpa, or roughly 130 billion years.
6 Juggernaut Star Scours the Universe
"METATRON LIVES."From the author's description:An Igneous Angel that leads the Holy Thorn Knights and believes Allison needs to be killed for the good of the universe. It rides a bio-organic motorcycle made out of living skeletons, and is fond of tea ceremonies.
- Ambiguous Gender: While biologically sexless, as with all angels, Juggernaut was assumed male-coded until it revealed an extremely feminine face under its bony disguise. Given this reveal's nature as a twist, its self-identified gender is extremely unclear as of now.
- Badass Biker: It's a fallen angel riding a flaming motorcycle made out of skeletons. You do the math.
- Blood Knight:6 Juggernaut: Prove to me you are worthy. I doubt it. The girl is close. If you don't reach her before me... It will be my incredible pleasure to DISMEMBER her.
- Dem Bones: In the void, without its armor, it appears as a flaming skeleton. Also, its motorcycle is made out of skeletons.
- The Dragon: To Metatron, as the head of the Thorn Knights. Since Metatron can't move, Juggernaut has to do most of the dirty work for them.
- Enlightened Antagonist: Juggernaut is stated by Word of God to know more than most of the other characters about the true nature of the world... and hates it.
- Fallen Angel: As the leader of the Thorn Knights, it has turned to the path of Thorns, though it sees itself as serving a higher power.
- Faux Affably Evil: Just because you're a skeletal fallen angel riding a flaming motorcycle doesn't mean you can skimp on tea ceremonies... and just because you invite someone to a tea ceremony doesn't mean you can't threaten them with a horrific death if they don't do what you say.
- Foreshadowing: In the Alt Text for its introduction, it says "Do not mistake the rider for the steed." This is because its true body isn't the humanoid shell, but rather the motorcycle it rode in on.
- Hidden Depths: The face it shows to Maya, and its extremely-implausible justification for suddenly retreating instead of killing her, implies that Juggernaut has more depth than it pretends to.
- Hypocrite: Calls White Chain a "deviant" for having a humanlike void form, but as it turns out its true void form under the spiky fire skeleton is actually quite humanoid and pretty.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: The author refers to other angels by their chosen gendered pronouns, or "they/them" if they don't identify as either. As seen in the author's description above, 6 Juggernaut is "it".
- Magic Knight: Has quite the knack for the Art of Division, which lets it teleport through the Universe and chop people's heads off bare-handed.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: 6 Juggernaut's hatred for its enemy caused it to jump the gun on putting the Prophecy in motion — Zoss was slain and Zaid was captured before he could be named the Successor, so Allison was chosen instead. Or so the angels believe. The Conquering King himself implies Allison was always his choice of heir.
- No One Could Survive That!: So, how exactly do you survive getting cut in half? Well, it helps if you're a being made from pure cold fire, but on top of that it wasn't Juggernaut's true body that got cut. It was its "steed". Its true body — the giant wheel on its motorcycle — was largely unharmed.
- Razor-Sharp Hand: Master of a martial arts technique known as Patram Sword Hand.
- Spikes of Villainy: Lots of spikes (even some coming out of its eyes). Lots of villainy. Although it may have some Hidden Depths...
- Straw Nihilist: It believes the universe and justice are lies and is offended that anyone could want to protect either.
The last of the original Prime Angels, being the only one left alive by the Conquering King during his conquest of Throne. Founder of the Thorn Knights, and bearer of the secret names of YISUN.
- And I Must Scream: After what Zoss did to them, Metatron is not in great shape right now to put it mildly.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Metatron is utterly immobilized and unable to act directly, but they're the ultimate hand behind the Thorn Knights, 6 Juggernaut's actions, and most of the plot.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Metatron originally created the Thorn Knights to "sterilize" existence, though according to 2 Michael he has since seen the error of his ways.
Vladok (Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire)
A devil whom Allison encounters shortly after her second departure from Earth. The first Ebon Devil we meet.
- Brought Down to Normal: After breaking his delimiter and transforming into a true being of Chaos, Allison smacks him in the face with a binding mask and shouts new names into his soul until he's a blue devil just like Ciocie.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Sort of. While she's hardly friendly, she joins Allison's retinue as a supporter of sorts after being beaten and diminished to a blue devil.
- The Dreaded: Solely on account of being an Ebon Devil, the rarest and most powerful of their kind.
- Gender Bender: Possibly as an effect of Allison starting his/her binding name with "Princess", Vladok goes from a male Ebon Devil to a female blue imp.
- One-Winged Angel: Rather than accept defeat, he breaks his pact with Allison: doing so reverts him to an unbound devil, a bestial thing with a mouth with multiple rows of teeth, covered in eyes.
- Overly Long Name: Once Allison is through with him.
- Phantom Thief: She somehow managed to steal Cio's book and give it to Allison unnoticed, despite the fact that all three were together during the whole time she could have stolen it.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: when he first appears, he seems short and unimpressive. Subverted in that he's actually hiding long, long limbs in his hair and beard, standing several times taller than Allison. Played straight after becoming a mere imp, claiming that even with her punier new form, she can still fight.
- Taking You with Me: Vladok would have made any hollow promise for a key to the universe. When he loses the drinking duel and the binding contract states that he has to escort a suicidal ditz to the throne room of an insane decadent goddess who can literally speak people's flesh into plants, he decides to break his mind and unleash his inner Eldritch Abomination instead.
- This Cannot Be!: As part of his Villainous Breakdown here.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he loses to Allison in a drinking contest, he becomes enraged, declaring that she must have cheated. She didn't. Faced with the prospect of keeping his bargain, he goes berserk and tries to drag everyone into the Void with him instead.
Nyave Anyadis of Mykos
A young woman from Mykos, a world within the goddess-queen Mottom's dominions. Allison saves her from being brought to Mottom by taking her place in order to infiltrate Mottom's flying city; Nyave later joins Allison's group as the pilot of their airship.
- Hidden Depths: She was extensively trained in numerous areas of knowledge in order to serve as an offering to Mottom.
- I Owe You My Life: She would have been sacrificed if she'd been brought to Mottom, and supports Allison as thanks for being saved from that.
- The Team Normal: In Allison's group, she's the one who has to rely on her wits and education alone.
- Wrench Wench: She's actually very good at managing and maintaining airship engines, among other things.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Even though Allison saved her life, she still can't return home after being sent as an offering to Mottom; this weighs into her decision to stick with Allison.
An old boyfriend of Cio's, and the (spiritual) grandson of Vladok, Oskar is a tall, easygoing Crimson Devil whose long-nosed red mask resembles a Tengu's.
- Big Red Devil: Out of all the devils in the comic, Oscar comes closest to this archetype, with his bright crimson mask, almost-curling horns and cloven hooves.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He wears a cloak with "BAD MAN" written on it, and leads a gang (who White Chain calls the "scum of the scum") called Badstar, who dress in gangbanger-style clothing and bling with the word "EVIL" on the back of their jackets and whose credo is "money and power through homicide".
- Gang Bangers: Leads a gang of demons clearly patterned after this.
- Tengu: His mask is clearly patterned after a traditional Tengu mask.
- Walking Armoury: He habitually carries around quite a few guns on his person, mostly antique flintlocks.
When the demiurges slaughtered each other in their civil war over creation, seven of them emerged victorious; their names are Jagganoth, Jadis, Mammon, Mottom, Gog-Agog, Solomon, and Incubus, although little is known about them individually so far. White Chain describes them as entirely mad.They are pictured and named in the author's blog here (the same in color), although that picture is from when they were but some of the young godlings among the many demiurges; many of them (especially Mottom) look very different today.
Tropes applying to all of the Seven:
- Big Bad: Of the entire setting.
- God-Emperor: As the winners of the civil war between the demiurges, they alone claim this title now.
- Holy Halo: Or unholy halo, as the case may be, but each of them has a halo reflecting their power.
- Mad God: According to White Chain, they are all completely mad.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Each of the Seven embodies one of them, though it's more obvious for some than others.
- There Can Be Only One: Part of why the number of demiurges was reduced to just the seven of them; each time a demiurge killed another, they would claim the power of the loser's keys, reconstructing the fragments of the Universal Voice that each one contained. This ultimately forms a Divine Word (such as Mottom's "Glory"), one-seventh of the name of God.
- We Used to Be Friends: They used to congregate together at a table and Word of God implies that they won the war because they worked together. Now... not so much.
Queen Nadia Om, the Blood Flower, Imperiatrix of the Gates of Fire, Bearer of the Word Glory, Goddess of the Seven Part World (Mother Om/Mottom)
One of the Seven, she appears in the void with the appearance of a withered crone in immense, decadent silks, constantly eating; but she displays a much more pleasant face to her followers. Her halo is gold, and unlike the others it stands upright behind her head, as if part of her costume. According to Word of God, her name means Mother Om; her original name was Nadia. She bears the word glory and represents the sin of Gluttony.
- Ambiguously Brown: In her youth, she had brown skin and white hair. This doesn't match any Earth ethnicity, but of course she's not from Earth.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: She interrupts her speech to Allison about the precarious balance of power among the Demiurges so that they can go attend a ball.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Oh yes, and with countless evil courtiers to attend her fancy parties.
- Better the Devil You Know:The reason why Mottom refuses to take Allison's key, despite it being remarkably easy for her to do so. Jagganoth is so powerful that only the combined power of the other six Demiurges could hope to stand a chance against him. While claiming the power would be a great boon to herself, it would threaten the balance of the already-precarious alliance, the sole obstacle to Jagganoth's mission to annihilate the multiverse.
- Big Eater: Each of the Seven represents a different Sin. Hers is Gluttony, and she demonstrates it with gusto.
- Boss Subtitles: Queen Nadia Om, the Blood Flower, Imperatrix of the Gates of Fire. Bearer of the word Glory, and Goddess of the Seven Part World.
- Broken Tears: Mottom cries these after Allison's escape.
- Cannibalism Superpower: An odd example. While it's a fruit that's keeping her alive and allowing her to temporarily regain her youth, it's fruit grown from the tree-corpse of her husband... Who in turn feeds off the blood of countless young women.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Why Mottom hesitates to kill Allison during their final confrontation: She needs her to be the new Mother Om. Allison realizes this, though, and is able to use it to turn the situation in her favor.
- The Chains of Commanding: She makes it clear, from the moment she starts speaking to Allison, that she feels burdened by the demands of her position, and has grown weary from the toll it has taken on her. She is also well aware of how tenuous the balance between her and the other demiurges is, and that she can no longer sustain her life with her husband's fruit. She wants Allison to preserve the balance; see Deal with the Devil, below.
- Cruel Mercy: She seems fond of this as a form of punishment. Just ask Pryan Sor.Mottom: For thy valiant concern o'er hunger, I grant thee a power. The power to tend to the hunger of others. Eternally.
- The Cynic: In contrast to Solomon David, in particular. She believes the Seven, including herself, are just waiting around for the Conquering King to return and kill them.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: This was how she looked when she was younger, and is the form she still takes among her court. Here, for example.
- Deal with the Devil: She offers Allison the opportunity to take her place among the Seven, along with her source of immortality and all the riches that come with being ruler of one seventh of the multiverse. The price: Allion would need to satisfy Mottom's courtiers and keep Hastet Om fed with the blood of beautiful virgin women, while also keeping the rest of the Seven at bay.
- Decadent Court: Justified. Mottom displays her power to her subjects by flaunting her extreme wealth at any given opportunity, encouraging her subjects to indulge in the name of divine inspiration, and demanding exorbitant offerings as a show of piety with dire consequences to those who refuse her. Among her faithful, they see these offerings as both necessary and appropriate because of the belief that all things rich and beautiful are born from her, and thus are owed to her.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Mottom has a rare humanizing moment explaining Jagganoth's growing threat to Allison. While she fully embraces her role as a gluttonous tyrant god-ruler, she is truly terrified of Jagganoth and his relentless pursuit of the destruction of the Multiverse, and refuses anything that could cause their tenuous defense against him to collapse — even when it's the Master Key of Kings.
- During her younger days, she also eventually became fed up with her husband, Hastet, and the horrific treatment of his increasingly large harem of wives, putting a knife through his eyesocket while he slept. Unfortunately, even death didn't seem to curb his perverse appetites.
- Evil Counterpart: To Allison. Mottom's role in the story so far seems to exist to show the audience who Allison could have been under different circumstances. They both struggled with the way physical beauty and the expectations of womanhood shaped their lives, had rather mundane upbringings, with mundane but achievable aspirations, only to have roles of greatness thrust upon them against their will. This is reflected in their appearances and respective color schemes during their time together in Wielder of Names — Mottom as a young woman is a dark-skinned platinum blonde, while Allison is a fair-skinned brunette, and their dresses are similarly reversed.
- Evil Old Folks: She appears ancient and withered, which is particularly noticeable among the Demiurges, who are otherwise The Ageless.
- Among her court, she still appears as a beautiful young woman, thanks to consuming peaches of immortality, which allow her to temporarily assume a younger form.
- Faux Affably Evil: She's too powerful to really care to conceal her true nature as a corrupt Goddess-Empress, and few dare to point out her hypocrisy or vague attempts at playing the righteous ruler as insincere.
- Forced into Evil: Plucked from a backwater world to become bride to a tyrant when she was barely 13. And when she tried to kill him to end his endless string of abusing his wives, she ends up burdened with his demonic corpse, instead... Along with his kingdom, his power, and his Decadent Court.
- Gilded Cage: She views her entire life this way, even now that she's one of the most powerful people in the entire universe, and it's a running theme throughout her story, from her forced marriage to Hastet Om to the way she forces Allison to participate in her feasts and balls.
- Green Thumb: As befitting her title of "the Blood Flower", she has control over plants. However, in a unique twist she can turn people into plants. This seems to extend to anything that is/was living, as she demonstrates during her rant at Allison.
- Immortality Immorality: And she knows it — when she's confronted with all the atrocities that sustain her, the best she can manage is a tearful "Look what I've become!"
- I Was Quite a Looker: Her normal form is that of a shriveled, blue-skinned crone, but when she regains her youth after eating the fruit, she becomes a beautiful young woman. She says she was chosen by her husband, the previous bearer of her Key, for being the most beautiful woman in his entire domain.
- Meaningful Name: Om is the name of the sacred sound and spiritual icon in many Indian religions—ॐ. Doubles as an Ironic Name because as a Demiurge, Nadia Om isn't a particularly peaceful person.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Subtle but a deliberate choice; as the dark-skinned hag first introduced, Mottom is crafty and acerbic. Immediately upon using the fruit to bring her age down to that of a child, she enthusiastically leads the way to a ball, and as it starts to wear off she displays melancholy and fear.
- Mind over Matter: Her city-sized palace complex floats in the sky and travels between dimensions through the force of her will alone.
- Petal Power: Is often surrounded by pink petals, at least, in her youthful appearance, and has also weaponized the skill by dissolving people into petals with a whispered word.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She describes her youth this way; she was chosen as (the horribly abusive) Hastet Om's wife due to her beautiful hair, which rendered all her other goals and desires and accomplishments meaningless.
- Trapped in Villainy: To the point where she begs Allison to take her power and kingdom because she's so miserable.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Views the rest of The Seven this way, although given that she refers to them as "the other six idiots who rule the cosmos," she thinks little better of herself.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: After Allison destroys the source of her immortality, she only sits, eyes glazed, watching the wreckage burn and letting her palace drop out of the sky.
- Villainous Glutton: She has her servants wear plates of food on their heads, and is constantly eating from them. In fact, her gluttony is so extreme that her desire for a particular fruit that grew in the forest around her home reduced the entire region to a scorched wasteland.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Doesn't seem to mind that her death or that of her peers is coming. Made more explicit later when she's talking to Allison.Mottom: Do you have any idea how old I truly am? The days are like water.
- Subverted when it becomes clear that despite her cynicism, she is utterly terrified of death and is willing to do absolutely anything, no matter how horrible, in order to avoid it.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She became a demiurge when the demiurge Hastet Om noticed her beautiful hair and forced her to marry him... and, she implies, raped her repeatedly. This makes her bitter and cynical outlook on the nature of power at least somewhat more understandable.
- You Remind Me of X: She makes it clear that Allison reminds her of her younger self.
- Your Head A-Splode: She splatters Gog-Agog's head with a word when she tires of her incessant gossip. Not that it does more than piss her off.Gog-Agog: Of course! Then it must be that awful witch, Motto—
Solomon David, God-Emperor
One of the Seven, with the appearance of a massive bald black man with a square beard. His halo is huge and purple; the light it casts down onto him gives his skin a purplish cast. He is the most self-righteous of the Seven, still believing that everything he does is right.According to Word of God: "Solomon David is regarded as just, even-handed, and incredibly brutal by most of his subjects. As god-emperor of the powerful Celestial Empire, his dictatorship has uplifted countless societies and crushed countless more into dust. Most people live their daily lives with a high degree of safety, industry, and prosperity under his rule, if not freedom."He represents the sin of Pride.
- The Ace: Being a paragon is more or less his shtick.
- Bald of Evil: He believes it, presumably, to be a Bald of Awesome, and he certainly looks the part.
- Beard of Evil: He adopts a Badass Beard in the Iranian style after the War.
- Holy Halo: While all of the Demiurges have halos (representing power rather than goodness), Solomon David's halo is notably larger and gaudier than the others', reflecting some mix of his power and his pride.
- Holier Than Thou: He is the only one of the Seven who believes himself to still be a hero, and therefore constantly radiates this.
- Meaningful Name: Plainly. He's named after the Biblical kings Solomon and David. Although, it is entirely possible that he might actually be those kings.
- Obliviously Evil: According to Mottom, he still believes himself to be a hero.
- Purple is Powerful: Solomon's color of choice seems to be purple, which from his robes to his halo only enhances his regal and powerful nature.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: A master of Ki Rata, the most difficult and dangerous martial art in the universe — which is saying something, considering the "less dangerous" martial arts forms seen so far include the skill of eviscerating enemies with one's bare hands.
- The author has implied that he gained immortality though breathing exercises, though what it entails is unknown.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: In this case, the means being total subjection to a delusional God-Emperor. Abaddon describes his domain's justice system with a twisted version of the Judgment of Solomon: the case is delegated to an imperial clerk, who heavily scrutinises the lives of both women to determine who might have conceived a child in the time frame. The liar is executed. The actual mother is punished with hard labour for having an illicit relationship with an acting military officer (although she later becomes a clerk, her education having been paid for by the state), the child is made a ward of the state, and the father is dishonourably discharged.
Gog-Agog, Queen of Worms
One of the Seven, and far more obviously insane than the others. Her halo constantly drips some sort of green ooze, and she is constantly attended to by tiny humanoid figures who help her improve her face, letting her admire it in the mirror as she changes and reshapes it; when speaking, she will frequently mimic the last person to speak, patterning her appearance and language off of them. According to word of god, she rules and controls entertainment in Throne and is considered a major celebrity there. She represents the sin of Envy.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Most of the other Seven can at least keep themselves together enough to make plans and put up a good front. Gog-Agog, not so much.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is an absent-minded, semi-coherent entertainment mogul... and a God-Emperor who survived the Universal War. If she could pull herself together and focus, she could actually be the strongest Demiurge.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Since only humans, Preservers, angels, and devils are known to have souls and true sentience, being a heap of worms who reached Demiurge status is weird even by Throne's standards.
- Meaningful Name: Gog-Agog sounds intentionally similar to Gog and Magog, the names of two tribes of humanity who will ally with Satan during the End Times.
- Painting the Medium: Her text bubbles are an unhinged green sprawl.
- Sinister Scythe: Used to wield one during the Universal War.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Mottom makes her head blow up out of irritation, and all she gets is annoyed that she has to start working on a new face.
- Uplifted Animal: She was once an actual pile of worms.
- Worm That Walks: Implied by how she regenerates from Mottom's particular way of getting her to shut up; the "pieces" turn into worm-like creatures which then merge with the stump to form a new, skull-like head.
Jadis, The Lady of Infinite Repose, Bearer of the Shape of the Universe, the Queen of Shapes
One of the Seven, she exists inside a block of glass, and — while once beautiful — is now a decaying corpse. She never moves save to whisper prophecies, which are interpreted by her attendants. She represents the sin of Sloth.
- And I Must Scream: After untold centuries sealed in glass with nothing but her terrible, perfect knowledge of the Universe for company, her most sincere wish is to die.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: She was entombed after witnessing the Shape of the Universe, which granted her unerring knowledge of the future and hit her with a Brown Note of literally cosmic scale. Whatever's behind her mask is best left unseen.
- De-Power: Used to be "terrifyingly" powerful among the demiurges, then decided to try something that once made a Goddess' eyes boil in their sockets. It didn't work out any better for her.
- Death Seeker: According to Word of God, here, she just wants to die now.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Back when she had skin, at least.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Prior to her entombing, she was the second most powerful amongst the Seven, but now does little beyond whisper prophecy.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Her priests are quite good at interpreting her "SS- ssss- ss..."
- Patricide: According to Word of God, here, she killed her own father at a young age.
- The Prophecy: Communicates through these, and is never wrong. Word of God implies that she cannot be wrong, as she understands the multiverse on a level beyond anyone else. She, however, cannot talk very much, and those that interpret her writings are fallible.
- Mad Oracle: All of the Seven are mad to some extent, but she's one of the less coherent among them.
- Magic Mirror: She is one, essentially.
- Mirror Monster: She's in a block of glass, and can do nothing but make prophecies from within it.
- The Omniscient: Jadis knows the most, in fact. Of anyone. Ever.
- Shout-Out: Jadis shares her name with another Sorcerous Overlord, the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia.
Mammon, the Great Dragon of the Glittering Vault, Scaled God of the Deep
The sole non-humanoid Demiurge amongst the Seven, who represents the sin of Greed. According to Word of God, he is the weakest of the Demiurges, even weaker than Jadis post-entombing, though only because "he's a monster".
- Dragon Hoard: As the title implies, his bank is vast enough that he can swim through his Pooled Funds.
- Large and in Charge: "Great Dragon" is, if anything, an understatement.
- Meaningful Name: Mammon is a corruption of a Late Latin word which roughly translates as "wealth". Mammon then became personified in medieval Christian theology to be a demon which tempted mankind with greed and avarice.
- Orcus on His Throne: In the treasure vaults of Yre, so much that he's spent centuries seen only by his own acolytes.
- Pragmatic Villainy: His usual strategy is to stay in his treasure vault and let his money do the talking. Consequently, his bank is the universal standard.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!:
- Unique among the demiurges, Mammon bought his Key.
- When the Ebon Devil Yabalchoath stole a small fragment of his Key of Kings to become one of the most powerful Guild mistresses in Throne, Mammon could have struck her down directly with the rest of his Key's power. Instead, he just sent his acolytes to bribe away her network of allies and minions (many of whom were already happy to sell her out due to being brutally mistreated), leaving Yabalchoath with no support when the Concordant Knights finally cracked down on her.
- The Scrooge: He likes money and runs a bank that owns 111,111 universes.
- Token Heroic Orc: Inverted. His species, the "Kind People", want nothing to do with someone as avaricious as him. For that, he killed his own family.
- Token Non-Human: Gog-Agog's personal strangeness notwithstanding, Mammon is the only one of the Seven who makes absolutely no attempt at a humanoid form, originating instead from a Servant race known as the "Kind People". This reduces his standing among the Demiurges for reasons unknown.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Isn't a natural fighter, but gets to fall back on the combat strategy of "Step 1: Be a giant dragon."
Incubus, Lord of the Golden Army, Sword King of the Middle Army, Bearer of the Word Flame and God of the Seven Part World
One of the Seven. He appears to represent the sin of Lust, and is the most visibly human of the Black Emperors. He makes his first appearance here. According to the author, his worlds are "brutal anarchy, with what little of value there picked apart by the bloody warlords he hand raised from the remnants of the most powerful army in the universe."
- Affably Evil: Drops in on the woman prophesied to defeat him and delivers a friendly, motivational pep-talk.
- Ambition Is Evil: His association with Lust is expressed more through supreme ambition than through any real interest in people. The shortcuts he can provide for people to realize their ambitions without the hard work are the basis of the Deal with the Devil he offers.
- Berserk Button: One of the few things that makes Incubus genuinely angry is being told that his throne was stolen from and belongs to Maya. The other demiurges never let up on insulting him about this, which hasn't helped things.
- Covered in Scars: His actual body is covered with numerous scars, in contrast to the immaculate body he projects in the dreams of other people.
- Deal with the Devil: Rather than offer his thralls power or wisdom, he offers them the determination to "unlock the hidden potential" in an individual by placing a small piece of himself in them, which gives them the motivation and ruthless ambition to carve out an empire with their own two hands. Unfortunately, this makes them his puppet kings and they're left to rot/bleed out in the filth-ridden cellars he calls home when their reign is over. For Allison, it's a risk she's willing to take.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The other Six mock him for usurping his way to his throne. So he hatches a plan to destroy them all where the potential collateral damage expands to entire multiverse and existence itself.
- Dream Walker: He has the ability to enter people's dreams, rummage through their subconscious without their waking minds remembering...
- Dream Weaver: ...and change them in order to "improve" people, bringing out their potential.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Can be seen conversing with Praman Nand here.
- Evil Mentor: Becomes this to Allison.
- Fashion Dissonance: In contrast to most other clothing styles seen by people from outside Allison's universe, Incubus' fashion when he appears in her dream looks very modern and trendy. It's unclear if this is an image he assumed from her memories, or is another aspect of his general mystery.
- Heroic Willpower: Exploited. He offers a Deal with the Devil to those without self confidence, giving them pieces of his soul in order to fill them the strength of will to be heroic badasses. But in the process, he also turns them into his thralls.
- Let's You and Him Fight: He seeks to end the Enemy Mine among the other demiurges to weaken them and foment war.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Incubus, after the male version of the succubus. He represents the sin of lust. Additionally, in an interview Abaddon said that his name was originally supposed to be Michael, which is the name of an archangel and means "Who is like God?"
- Mysterious Past: More so than the other demiurges; Word of God says that he just sort of is.
- Pretty Boy: He appears as a young, beautiful man with pale hair and subtly unnatural features, described by the author as his prettiest character.
- Or so he appears in dreams. While his physical form still holds a clear resemblance to his projection, in reality he is heavily scarred, modestly robed and notably unkempt.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: When he appears to Allison in her dream (in what seems to be his default appearance), he's technically wearing a button-down shirt and jacket, but they're wide open to expose his oh-so-toned chest.
- War for Fun and Profit: It's implied that this is his overall goal, and is conspiring with Jagganoth to achieve these ends. He plans to use Allison as his Emissary in order to rekindle the Demiurge war, allowing Jagganoth to more easily pick them off. Interestingly, he doesn't seem to care where he ends up in the midst of it at all. Or anything or anyone else, for that matter.
Pankrator Jagganoth, the God Eater, Lord of Rage, the Seventh Demiurge
According to the notes on his character sketch:"Pankrator Jagganoth is his own fortress of blood and horn. He is the greatest warrior creation has ever known, a brutal tyrant-king, unconquerable and unassailable, the sign of his passing the crack of bones being turned to jelly and blood boiled to vapor. Men do not know true terror until they have faced the ultimate monstrosity."Word of God (here) states that Jagganoth is as strong as the rest of the Seven combined. He represents the sin of Wrath.
- Animal Motifs: His character design takes some visual cues from elephants, such as the shape of his mask and his sheer size and build.
- The Brute: Averted. For becoming an embodiment of wrath, he is clearly not simple minded.
- Complete Immortality: Per Word of God, thanks to nails that he forged from angel feathers and drove into his flesh, he cannot be harmed. Combined with his terrifying destructive power, it makes him the ideal object of worship for the Belligerent Knights.
- The Dreaded: Even by the standards of the Seven, mad god-kings of infinity that they are, he is infamous and widely-feared.
- Formerly Fat: He went from a fat man in an elephant mask to a buff warrior to a 30-foot-tall demigod.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Being totally indestructible means he doesn't need to bother with armor. Or any other clothing, for that matter. His only normal accoutrement consists of his mask, a gauntlet of unknown function, and what looks to be a speedo for modesty.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a lot smarter than he seems; in particular, he's the only one of the Seven who actually works to reverse-engineer and understand the technology of the worlds he conquers.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being an indestructible warmonger, he likes tinkering and writing poetry.
- Human All Along: Given Jagganoth's monstrous size and the general aura of menace coming off him, one could be forgiven for initially assuming Jagganoth to be something other than human and the elephant/skull-mask he wears as his actual face. Word of God confirms that he's a human, albeit a gigantic one, and his human face can be seen in some of the in-story flashbacks.
- Large and in Charge: He is thirty feet tall and the strongest reigning demiurge by a huge margin.
- Large Ham: His text bubbles are huge, booming red text, and his words tend to match.
- Meaningful Name: "Jagannath" means "Lord of the Universe", and is the name of a Hindu deity, as well as the source of the word juggernaut.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As far as titles go you don't get much more threatening than "The God-Eater", especially when its owner happens to be a nigh-immortal, warmongering colossus with a reality-warping superweapon implanted in his forehead.
- Nigh Invulnerable: He's incapable of being harmed thanks to nails forged from angel feathers that he drove into his flesh.
- Omnicidal Maniac: According to Mottom, his goal is to annihilate the entire multiverse.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Word of God, here, is that Jagganoth is this.
The Heretic's Court
HimselfThe king of devils. Not much is known of him, as he resides in a black iron coffin lashed with forty chains at the Heretic's Court. Despite being locked in a prison, most all major devil syndicate activities require his approval.
- The Don: All "organized" devil-based crime in the city is run by him. While he is sealed in a box.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He "loves formalities", offers his supplicants A Spot Of Tea, and has a very well-appointed office — though what he does with a writing desk is anybody's guess.
- Meaningful Name: His name suggests that he is not subject to the naming rules of ordinary devils. This also implies that he is an unbound devil.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Zig-Zagged. On one hand he's unable to get out of his tiny coffin, on the other hand he still actively rules over devilkind and decides what syndicate activities can or cannot happen.
- Satan: The closest equivalent in the comic's verse.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Kept in place by a chained coffin. The primary function of the Countil of Thirteen is to keep him from getting out.
- Wrong Context Magic: He is an intelligent devil without a mask. His true name of "Himself" means that reality does not apply to him.
The Council of Thirteen in general
The Council of ThirteenThe main governing body of devils, composed of the thirteen most powerful Ebon Devils. They keep their seat in a sprawling lair under a pleasure house called the White-Eyed Woman, and they keep watch of Himself, as well as relay his commands to devilkind.
- 13 Is Unlucky: There are thirteen of them, and indeed they don't bode well.
- All There in the Manual: So far, their names haven't been uttered in the comic proper, but they are given by Abaddon in the Alt Text of their debut.
- Bad-Guy Bar: The White-Eyed Woman pleasure house holds the entrance to their lair.
- Decadent Court: They treat everyone around them as chattel, spend their free time devouring human souls to sustain their parasitic soul flames, and apparently backstabbing isn't uncommon among them.Cio: Old devils roost here. Like me. And old devils have only one way... of lookin' at the world. As meat.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: The most powerful leaders of all devils, right after Himself.
- Flowery Elizabethan English: The preferred syntax for most of them.
- Horror Hunger: The Devils of the Heretic's Court don't much like being bound by pacts to humans. So they with the help of Yalbachoath/Cio built the White Eyed Woman in order to sustain themselves in...other ways.
- Humanoid Abomination: Being Ebon Devils, they're naturally this.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: They watch over every shadowy deal that devils get up to in Throne.
- Rule of Seven: The Inner Council of Seven comprises the seven most powerful of their ranks. Apparently their power is on par with that of the Prime Angels.
- "Beg! How rich! How pleasing, that word, coming from thee. It pleases me to see thee such a broken thing, Yabalchoath. Or is it "Cio" now?"
- "Begone. The last time this court granted thee audience, thy foolish machinations shattered our peace with the charlatan kings of man."
- Ambiguous Gender: Has visible breasts, but is based on the appearance of Baphomet, a male demon.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Astarion has eyes in place of nipples.
- Horned Humanoid: To complete the Baphomet look.
- Meaningful Name: Likely named after Astaroth, a powerful demon from the Ars Goetia.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For an Ebon Devil, anyway. They seem to be mostly concerned for devilkind's safety, and refuse Cio's request for that reason instead of out of pure spite.
- The Stoic: Always has a stern expression on their face.
- Winged Humanoid: Has three pairs of wings wrapped around their body, similarly to how Seraphim are described in The Bible.
- "Thou keepeth company most interesting, dear Yab."
"Liar. UPSTART PEST!"A member of the Inner Court of Seven. Aggressive and monstrous.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: His whole face is covered in eyes.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes flash a blinding red when uttering his words of power.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The mere presence of Cio in the Court enrages him to the point of attacking her.
- Large and in Charge: The most active of the Court so far and also the most physically imposing.
- Modest Royalty: In a sense. For being one of the most powerful devils in the multiverse, all he wears is a tattered orange robe similar to a Buddhist monk's, and a necklace.
- Pitiful Worms: Refers to Cio as a pest.
- Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: A variant. He shuts Allison up by fusing her hands to her mouth.
- Words Can Break My Bones: SILENCE.
- "It was always thy fashion to take by treachery."
- Big Red Devil: So far he comes the closest of all Court members to looking like a traditional devil figure, with a gargoyle-like appearance and giant bat wings. He's still black, though, as all of his Ebon comrades.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Carnifex was the title of a public executioner in ancient Rome.
ThraxAn odd-looking devil sitting next to Carnifex. It's unknown which Court they belong to.
- "Throw her into the Lake of Abaddon."
- Eldritch Abomination: By far the most surreal-looking member of the Council, with a cherubic body plan, raven wings and a mass of tentacles in place of a head.
- Hot-Blooded: Jumps to suggesting brutal punishment the moment the Council starts discussing what to do with Cio.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Immediately suggests that the Council should "throw [Cio] into the Lake of Abaddon". Whatever this implies, it's likely not pleasant.
- "Have pity, my peers, upon this wretched thing."
- Badass Long Robe: Its entire body is covered by a long black robe.
- Condescending Compassion: While it's willing to listen to Cio and urges its fellows to have pity on her, it still clearly views her as an insect.
- Multiple Head Case: Appears to have two heads.
- Shoulders of Doom: Wide shoulder pads to complement its Badass Long Robe.
- "'NONESUCH! My carapace still bears the scars from her dagger.
- Evil Is Petty: Holds a grudge for centuries.
- It's Personal: It's unwilling to take pity on Cio because it was apparently betrayed by Yabalchoath in the past. It doesn't let go of its grudge even when she crawls in front of it as a weakling Blue Devil hundreds of years later.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: NONESUCH!
"Let there be no Genesis, for beginnings are false and I am a consummate liar."God. YISUN may or may not actually exist, but it doesn't matter much as they committed holy suicide to create/become the cosmos. They are talked about extensively in the Liturgy, usually involving their apocryphal interactions with Un-Hansa, the God of Cynics.
- Deadpan Snarker: In legends, they're often this, subtly mocking people like Ogam.
- Non-Linear Character: YISUN exists outside causality — or, more accurately, causality is an illusion perpetuated by YISUN's holy suicide. Certainly in liturgy, YISUN has no problem appearing in the universe that they killed themselves to create.
- Pieces of God: This would appear to be the case, due to the nature of the holy suicide.
- Posthumous Character: In a very ultimate sense, since everything came into existence as a result of YISUN's holy suicide. Nonetheless, stories generally have YISUN speaking to and interacting with others, even though this is impossible.
Either a goddess who thinks she is a collection of birds or a collection of birds who think they are a goddess, it isn't quite sure but the answer is most likely both. She usually comes to ask for reader input and appears to be the one recounting the events of the comic.
Ys Pree Ashma
Also known as Aesma, she is the Goddess of aspiration, greed and self-sufficiency, and the creator of humanity. She is one of YISUN's disciples and the focus of numerous stories drawn from the scripture and mythic history of the setting.
- Achievements in Ignorance: How she defeated the masters of Space, Ethics and Aesthetics — she was too impatient to listen to their teachings, too ignorant to understand their value and too violent to allow silly things like physical possibility get in her way.
- Beyond the Impossible: Many of her feats. At the end of Aesma and the Red-Eyed King, she defeats the titular king by picking up the multiverse itself and threatening to beat him to death with it. This is after hitting him with the battlefield, the moon, several stars, and a black hole.
- Blood Knight: One of the qualities YISUN liked most about her was her penchant for violence and destruction.
- The Brute: A subversion- her willful ignorance and tendency to react with violence is supposed to be one of her positive qualities.
- God Is Dead: Like most of the other gods. On the map of Throne◊, "Aesma's Spine" is a minor landmark.
- Humiliation Conga: Inverted in the tale of Aesma and the Three Masters — it's the Three Masters, not Aesma, that are on the receiving end of one of these, although Aesma herself has no idea that she did it.
- Interpretative Character : According to word of god, her worshippers have drastically differing interpretations of what her stories mean.
- The Maker: Of humanity... which was actually a shoddy, talentless rush-job of Aesma's, created out of sheer jealousy for the praise the Multiplicity's regular creator-god, Koss, was getting. It's for this reason that humans in the KSBD setting can't reincarnate upon death, unlike Koss's creations such as Servants and Angels.
- Sociopathic Hero: If not a Villain Protagonist within her own story.
- The Unfettered: What she wants, she takes; this unrelenting drive leads YISUN to declare her the greatest of their disciples.
- Unholy Matrimony: In Aesma and the Red-Eyed King, the priests convince her to seek a husband. This turns out to be a mistake when she turns around and releases a giant world-destroying demon in order to marry him.
"I heard it said you must be tender with your sword grip, as though with a lover. This is patently false. A sword is not your lover. It is a hideous tool for separating men from their vital fluids."A swordswoman of incomparable skill, Meti wrote one of the most famous manuals on swordsmanship, which declared that the sword was an ugly piece of metal and its adherents idiots and attempted to convince the reader to take up farming instead. She took only one apprentice, the fallen general Maya.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Her training consisted of three years of following a "strict vegetarian regimen, and harsh training of barefoot sprints (five) between cities, squats and breathing exercises (two bells), and sword drills and resistance training (three bells)." This made her powerful enough to fight ten thousand men at once. While naked.
- Combat Breakdown: Her first serious fight (against the Colossus of Pardos) lasted half a day, during which she says that "my sword was shattered into thirty pieces, my right leg was almost torn from its socket, and my honed body was broken pathetically in a hundred and forty places." She won anyway. With her thumbs.
- The Cynic: She thinks everyone is an idiot and that swordsmanship (which she devoted her life to) is worthless. She even lives in a barrel in the marketplace, a reference to one of the original cynics.
- Cynical Mentor: To Maya. Word of God is that Maya's philosophies are mostly a result of her contentious relationship with Meti.
- Death Seeker: After concluding that swords are worthless and everyone around her is an idiot.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: She says that she was frequently mistaken for a man, so she took to letting her hair down and unbinding her breasts.
- Lady of War: One of the most powerful swordswomen to ever live, and a power on par with the demiurges through her personal skill alone.
- Master Swordsman: She was nearly unbeatable by the time she was sixteen.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Meti viewed her companions and her one student this way.
- Training from Hell: Considering her first task for Mathangi was to make her shave her head with a rusty sword, it's safe to say she inflicted this on her student.
- Wax On, Wax Off: Subverted. Her training manual instructs you to do all sorts of useful daily tasks, then says that now that you have mastered them and built a house, you don't need to master the sword and should forget about it.
Zoss, the Conquering King
"Heads. Yes, the beast has seven. Slay it, kingling, free us all! You are my redeemer! [...] Quick Alice. The Sovereign. Alice. Kill Six Billion Demons."A legendary hero, first of the Demiurges and the original conqueror of Throne. Once he discovered that the gods were long dead, Zoss' first act was to claim dominion over the multiverse by defeating the Prime Angels, last attendants of the gods' reign. As more Demiurges found their way to Throne from their own universes, Zoss became their king and ruled Throne in a golden age of enlightenment and philosophy. As the reign of the Demiurges eventually descended into madness and brutal civil war, Zoss abandoned his kingship and disappeared, although the Seven believe that he still survives.
- Accidental Misnaming: He calls Allison "Alice", which, as she says, is not quite her name. His confusion may be because UN is one of the names of the first-divided god and therefore a common prefix and suffix in the setting, leading him to believe she is Alice-Un.
- Artificial Limbs: Word of God mentions that his right arm is a prosthetic limb made from living wood.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He claimed the universe itself by right of conquest after personally stealing a fragment of the divine song, cutting his way into Heaven, and laying waste to the last attendants of the gods. In setting, he's officially considered the King of the second era of Throne, a title which puts him on a level equivalent with the creator of the multiverse.
- The Atoner: He sought to appoint an heir to fix his past mistakes, and asks Allison to be his redeemer.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: The Conquering King, who claimed the throne of god and the universe itself by right of conquest.
- Badass in Charge: As the Ruling King.
- The Conqueror: As his name implies, he conquered the universe itself by being the first to claim the empty throne of god.
- The Chooser of The One: Names Allison his Successor by giving her the Key of Kings.
- The Chosen One: Although everyone believes that Zoss found his way into Throne by himself, Word of God implies that there's more to the story than that.
- Dare to Be Badass: Delivers a speech of this nature to Allison at a climactic point in Wielder of Names.
- Dramatic Unmask: In Allison's conversation with him at the end of the first volume, revealing that he was the one who gave her the Key of Kings.
- The Dreaded: The only thing that the Seven still fear. They think that he could kill them if he wanted to.
- Expy: He's clearly based on Zeus, although In-Universe it seems to be the other way around.
- God-Emperor: Like all the demiurges, but he was a king even among kings and the first Physical God to claim that status.
- Holy Halo: He has a bright white halo floating above his head. Noticeably, it merely represents his power; it doesn't mean he's a good person.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: He is the one who gave Allison the Key of Kings at the start of the story before he was beheaded, an event he had already foreseen.
- Posthumous Character: He disappeared in the backstory, then dies the moment the story started, but some part of him still lingers somehow. Word of God implies that as one of the most ardent students of the Gods, death is not significant to him anymore.
Hastet OmAn ancient demiurge who was known for keeping an enormous number of wives, including Nadia Om, AKA Mottom of the Seven. Currently deceased.
- And I Must Scream: Well, he does still have a mouth, but he uses it exclusively to consume the blood of his wives, or to demand more wives to consume. However, he's literally rooted to the place where he was buried, and seems to have been consumed by his desire for more wives.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Although covered by the veneer of legitimacy afforded by marriage, it's implied quite heavily that Hastet was essentially a prolific serial rapist, whose appetites only became more depraved as time went on.
- Deadly Decadent Court: Mottom inherited this from Hastet, although it's implied it was actually worse under Hastet's rule.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: After he "sprouted" in death, the trunk of the Tree of Woe emerged from where his lower abdomen and groin once were, and his branches appear to produce the fruit that Mottom uses to sustain her youth — literally feeding on the fruit of his loins. The fact that that he's fed constantly by the blood of beautiful virgin women only makes the imagery more apt.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As Hastet's desires become more and more horrifying, Mottom finally decided he'd crossed a line and killed him in his sleep. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have quite taken...
- Gilded Cage: Mottom clearly felt this way about being married to Hastet, a feeling that only intensified as he began taking more and more wives, and treated them worse and worse.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In death, he became the Tree of Woe, a corpse-like plant (or perhaps a plant-like corpse) that must constantly feed on the blood of his wives to sustain itself.
- Nothing Is Scarier: It's never exactly stated what he did to his wives as he became more "sadistic and monstrous," but Mottom's description of his behavior is juxtaposed with a statue of a woman seemingly in prayer, but missing several fingers, an eye, and her nose. Also, the statue itself appears to be stained with blood leaking out of its eyes, nose and mouth...
- Posthumous Character:
- By the time he's introduced by Mottom, he's long dead. She's the one who killed him, although it did little to quell his appetites.
- He has become a giant corpse tree, with a visible mouth and legs and the tree's trunk sprouting where from his midsection and groin once were.
- Predecessor Villain: Without Hastet Om, there would have been no Mottom, for better or worse. And without Hastet's fruit, Mottom could not sustain her eternal youth.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Subverted. Hastet Om is far from the only person in the multiverse to engage in sexual slavery, or to force beautiful women to become his wives. Hell, in Throne, all women are assumed to be a man's property by default. However, even by the standards of Throne, his treatment of his wives was considered ghastly, eventually resulting in Nadia murdering him.
- Royal Harem: Even by the standards of Throne, his appetite for women was rather extraordinary, causing him to take countless wives. And his desire for women did not end with his death, as he feeds upon them constantly in his current form as the Tree of Woe.
Residents of Throne
A gigantic sphinx-shaped Gold Devil who runs the Gilded Cage Guild out of Hell 71 in Throne.
- Breath Weapon: Ends the Battle of Hell 71 by turning up and breathing fire into the crowd.
- Eye Beams: Along with the fire-breathing.
- Fusion Dance: He somehow merged with a sphinx-like servant.
- The Don: Heads up a powerful guild which deals in slaves and other unsavoury business.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The flashback showing Cio's past as Yabalchoath also shows that Nand used to be fairly attractive, and also humanoid.
- Unholy Matrimony: To Yabalchoath.
- Unwanted Spouse: To Cio. They used to be on a more even footing when she was Yabalchoath.
A goblin, head of the Golden Pearl Pleasure Guild, and employer of 23 Liminal Blossom.
- The Don: Another guildmaster of Throne.
The PursuersA group of 108 mercenaries and sellswords who are chasing after Allison and company to get a bounty from Praman Nand.
- 108: Their number, which, interestingly, is also the number of "burning stars" Jadis foresaw as following the Rising King.
- Carnival of Killers: They're all competing against one another to capture Allison and company for the bounty. In the words of Eris-Lo Kai:"The gate's a short trip from here. And then, finally, we can get back to killing each other!"
Eris-Lo Kai, Vatra
One of the Pursuers, an old man with a third eye in his forehead.
- Badass Grandpa: He survived the Battle of Hell 71 and the War of Teacups despite looking to be in his mid-sixties at the earliest.
- Beard of Evil: Sports a pointy one.
- Black Magic: He's a Vatra, practitioner of several forbidden arts.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Goes around barefoot.
- Evil Old Folks: Clearly getting on in years, and also a practitioner of illegal magic.
- Sword Plant: Makes his introduction by hopping over several people, planting his sword in the ground and balancing on top of it.
- Third Eye: In his forehead.
Layla Brimstone, Gun Witch
One of the Pursuers.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Layla Brimstone is incredibly cool.
- Boyish Short Hair: More noticeable when she's taken her hat off.
- Flying Broomstick: Well, actually, rifle.
- Guns Akimbo: Regularly uses guns in both hands.
- Mage Marksman: With a title like "Gun Witch", what else would you expect?
- More Dakka: During the War of the Teacups, she's seen using a pair of machine-gun pistols.
- Nice Hat: Has a wide-brimmed hat.
- Walking Armoury: She's carrying a lot of guns.
INGSVLD, Geas Knight
A Geas Knight working for the Haberdashers' Guild and Coalition of Wax Drippers who joins the Pursuers.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He is a living book that somehow acquired a body.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Another shoe-spurning Pursuer.
- Holy Halo: As seen in his picture. Although it's probably not holy.
- Losing Your Head: On one page of the War of the Teacups, his head can be seen flying past White Chain. Don't worry, he gets it back.
- Non-Human Head: A book with one large eyeball, to be precise.
- The Unpronounceable: We can only guess how to pronounce his name.
One of the Pursuers, a would-be Belligerent Knight.
Another one of the Pursuers, notable for looking like a giant golden baby.
- Enfante Terrible: According to Word of God, his species takes a long time to grow up, so even though he's over a hundred years old, he's still a baby by his species' standards. And he's a mercenary.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Albeit with a loincloth for modesty's sake.
- Really 700 Years Old: His species takes one thousand years to grow up, and 900 of them in infancy.
- There Was a Door: Smashes through a wall at Mottom's palace, probably because he's too big to fit through the door.
Kierinsaval of the Golden Feather
A Peregrine Knight who is a member of the Pursuers.
- Cool Helmet: He has one styled like classic European armour with a golden feather plume.
Krismayana of the Hearth Stokers' Guild
One of the Pursuers.
- An Arm and a Leg: He's missing his right arm.
Another Pursuer with an odd-looking head.
One of the Pursuers.
- Power Fist: He uses a pair of gauntlets in combat.
10 Vigilant Gaze
10 Vigilant Gaze Purges the Horizon
"Ho there! Coming or going?"An angel who spends his time in the impression of Koss' Workshop in the Void watching for anyone coming and going.
- Meaningful Name: He spends all his time vigilantly gazing at the horizon. He also might be nearsighted.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the leader of the angels who congregate in the Void at Koss' Workshop, and he's sympathetic to White Chain, but since he spends all his time meditating on the infinite blackness, he's become somewhat judgmental.
- Some of My Best Friends Are X: His attitude towards humans.
One of Allison's roommates, the first one to run into her after her first return from Throne. She appears to be Hispanic.