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Stanley H. Tweedle
May His Merciful Shadow fall upon ... me, preferably.Played by Brian Downey.
- Casanova Wannabe: The poor guy just can't catch a break in the sex department, and if he ever does, it usually ends in disaster.
- The Cassandra: If the rest of the crew ever listened to Stanley, their journeys would be a lot less interesting.
- Cowardly Lion: Stan never gets over his instinctive fear of any and all potential and real threats but if Zev/Xev is in real danger he will always at least try to help her. The first evidence of this is as soon as "Supernova" when he refuses and even punches Giggerota when she tries to get him to abandon Zev and Kai on the doomed Brunnis and escape with her on the Lexx.
- Dirty Coward: Downplayed. Until you finally back him into a corner.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: He ends up on the Lexx by avoiding this, refusing to let a ship with the wrong clearance code land at his docking station despite the captain (who outranks him) browbeating him for it. Apparently maintaining terrible security is strictly enforced on the Cluster.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Stanley isn't exactly responsible with the Lexx's Wave Motion Gun — and it sometimes misfires when he tries to be.Stan: For example, if I was to say, "Lexx, destroy that planet - "Lexx: As you request, Stan. (Blows up planet)
- Nice Hat: And he gets really sulky when he loses it.
- Really Gets Around: Subverted - he would sleep with any and every beautiful woman he encountered if he could, but usually things rarely go his way.
- Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the series, Stanley is a cowardly sneak who will sell out anyone to keep living. As the series progresses, he becomes noticeably braver. Some prominent examples are arriving in the nick of time to shoot the Gigashadow, choosing to stand and fight against Mantrid's army of drones, killing Vlad after she murdered Xev and deciding to make a last stand against the invading plants.
Zev / Xev Bellringer of B3K
It's not easy being programmed for love and never finding it.Played by Eva Habermann (as Zev), Xenia Seeberg (as Xev) and Lisa Hines (pre-love slave Zev).
- Anything That Moves: With a hyper-accelerated libido, Xev is not particularly choosy as to whom she sleeps with
- Bare Your Midriff: From Season 3 onwards. She removes the lower portion of her top to stay cool on the deserts of the planet Fire, and never goes back.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She may be one of the nicest, most moral and compassionate people in either universe but she's also part Cluster Lizard and will not hesitate to hand you your ass if you get her genuinely mad.
- Cartwright Curse: Every guy she ends up with tends to end up dead or disappeared by the end of the episode.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Her death in "Terminal". She is liquefied.
- Death Is Cheap: She dies in "Terminal", but is regenerated in "Lyekka".
- Everything's Better with Spinning: As part Cluster Lizard, she is capable of curling into a circle ouroborus-style and rolling around.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Upon hearing that she would become a love slave as punishment for her "crime", she begs to be executed.
- Fiery Redhead: From Season 2 onward, once she came back from the dead.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She was turned into one of these when her love slave transformation process went wrong. Her other half comes from Cluster Lizard DNA.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In "Terminal", in order to save Kai. She is resurrected in the next episode, however.
- Howl of Sorrow: She lets out one of these (combined with a Cluster Lizard screech) when Kai "dies" in "Giga Shadow".
- Idiot Ball: She keeps a firm grip on this as she's pretty much the one responsible for getting the crew into almost every situation for the show's entire run; disregarding perfectly good advice, walking into dangerous situations and ignoring signs that things aren't right are standard for her. Partially justified due to her upbringing as she's not familiar with normal behaviour and is desperate for new experiences and adventure.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In "Terminal", after being tortured nearly to death, she transforms from her normal human form into that of a Cluster Lizard, before proceeding to devour her captors. Also in Season 4 when she enters her mating cycle.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Is able to transform into a Cluster Lizard form on a few occasions. See I'm a Humanitarian above.
- Love Slave With A Heart Of Gold
- Longing Look: At Kai, especially when she was Zev.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Both of her dresses, combined with knee-high boots. (Her first outfit starts out as a long dress, but that doesn't last.)
- Naked on Arrival: When Zev is regenerated into Xev, she emerges completely stark naked, save for her old rubber harness (and thick goo to censor her lady parts).
- The Nth Doctor: She sacrifices her life in "Terminus", but is resurrected in the following episode "Lyekka". She has a new appearance and personality as the person who resurrected her was working from the imperfect memories of the rest of the crew.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents sold her to the Wife Bank as an infant because she didn't meet their expectations.
- Really Gets Around: Subverted. She would screw anything that moves if she could, but sadly for her it rarely works out (usually due to the fact that most of the objects of her affections tend to get killed horribly before she has the chance to get it on with them).
- Shower Scene: Several, with the first one being especially loaded with fanservice.
- Sleeps with Everyone but You: Absolutely refuses to have sex with Stan, although she does come close on one occasion due to desperation. There was also that one time they were gender-swapped.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually reaches this with Stan. She's the first to insult him and point out his shortcomings but she'll also be the first to leap to his defense. She even once killed what she'd believed to be a living version of Kai because he attacked Stan.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As Zev, her hair is white with a blue-ish/purple-ish tint.
Kai, Last of the Brunnen-G
I am well qualified to speak for the dead.Played by Michael McManus.
- Ax-Crazy: In "Wake the Dead", due to a protoblood malfunction.
- Precision F-Strike: In "Wake the Dead", during his temporary ax-craziness.
- Badass Baritone: Kai has a rather deep and smooth voice.
- Evil Costume Switch: Kai is originally seen wearing a brightly-colored costume with a big emphasis on hot pink. In his Divine Assassin incarnation, he wears an identical costume which is entirely black. Subverted in that he wears the same costume after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His end in the first movie and "Yo Way Yo". Of course, after all of six thousand years he's wanted to be dead for real all along, but the scene is a Tear Jerker anyway.
- Implacable Man: With the ability to regenerate and the whole "being dead" thing, Kai is almost impossible to stop.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: His brace. It's amazing. And he apparently controls it with his mind.
- Mind Hive: He has all the memories of all the people he killed for His Divine Shadow.
- Mr. Fanservice: In-series, and he was of course the main reason the show had quite a few female viewers.
- Our Zombies Are Different
Prince: "Why, you're just a biochemical machine."
- Cyborg: His body has been stripped of carbon and some mechanical parts have been added.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: He does have a habit of getting his head lopped off/getting dismembered/sliced in half. It's only a minor inconvenience for him.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: In "Supernova". It doesn't do any lasting damage, of course.
- Healing Factor
- Losing Your Head: Has happened to him on a few occasions.
- Super Drowning Skills: Kai doesn't need to breathe, but because his body is decarbonized he's too heavy to swim. This influences decisions by the main cast when they visit an ocean planet: sinking to the core of a planet where he'd be irretrievable threatens his otherwise indestructible nature.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- The Stoic
- Brutal Honesty: Likes to tell new aquaintances right away that he is an undead assassin.
- Catch-Phrase: "The dead do not (insert action)."
- The Comically Serious
- Deadpan Snarker: On a few occasions.
- Only Sane Man: On many an occasion.
- Spock Speak: He's a true master. With a nice voice.
- The Quiet One: Usually only relates information when other characters directly ask him for it.
- When He Smiles: Sadly, it only happens about five times throughout the entire series.
Tweedle, you give carbon molecules a bad name.Voiced by Jeffrey Hirschfield.
- Asshole Victim: It's difficult to feel much sympathy for his abuse considering the lengths he'll go to for the affection whoever he desires.
- Butt-Monkey: The victim of the most abuse on the show, minus Stanley.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Anyone who isn't his one, true love is unworthy of being treated honorably.
- Cranial Processing Unit: Being that he is just a head from almost the beginning onward.
- Deadpan Snarker: Biggest example in the show
- Jerkass: He's definitely the least pleasant crew member, but his Jerkass tendencies are seriously cranked up in Season 3 onwards.
- Love Makes You Evil: Goes to great lengths to get rid of possible romantic interests that come between him and his obsession.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: As he gets more deranged he increasingly takes this attitude to the point where literally any sentient being could potentially be a rival and therefore fair game.
- Say My Name: "Zeeeeeeeeeeeev!!"
- The Smart Guy: As Lexx itself is dumb as a post, he essentially serves the role of the ship's computer, occasionally doubles up as Mr. Exposition
- Token Evil Teammate: Particularly in Season 4.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Following his reset that causes him to imprint on Kai instead of Xev, 790 gets far more homicidal. Kai even rejects an idea to reset him back to Xev, even though it's a simple fact that he was never so aggressive when in love with her.
- He did also take serious damage to his limited brain tissue at a few points which helped make him progressively less clever and helpful.
My captain is Stanley Tweedle. I blow up planets for him.Voiced by Tom Gallant.
- The Ditz: Is not the brightest tool in the shed, and the show's writers have stated that they intended it to be a bit like a "big, dumb dog".
- Living Ship: And very living, most metal and control bits are clearly installed later. And the ship's living nature means it needs to eat.
- Planet Eater: The Lexx feeds itself by stripping organic material from planets; in "Eating Pattern," when it lands on a planet where the surface is mostly barren, it seems to sift through the dirt for nutrients buried within; while in "Dutch Treat," it flies low over the surface and sucks up the more obvious nutrients (trees, grass, animals, the population of Holland) like a vacuum cleaner. On a few occasions, the Lexx will eat bits of planets it blows up, but doesn't get very much out of it since it's "just a snack".
His Divine Shadow / Giga Shadow
First will come the Cleansing, which will feed the Rebirth. The Giga Shadow is the new life beyond order. A time of pain and rejoicing. Our destiny.Voiced by Walter Borden.
- Bad Boss: Prone to murdering subordinates for the slightest interruptions.
- Arch-Enemy To Kai. According to the Time Prophet Kai is destined to kill him. Kai is the last of the Brunnen-G who defeated the insects and the Divine Shadow is the last of the insects. Even in the final series, Kai searches for the Divine Executioner Vlad, one of the last representatives of his Divine Shadow.
- Body Surf / Grand Theft Me
- Dark Is Evil: He is evil. You can tell, because his title has the word "shadow" in it and he and his Mooks dress all in black.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: As the Giga Shadow, he propels himself through space this way.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Deepest and most sinister voice of any character in the show.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: "Mantrid" establishes that the line of Divine Shadows, God-Emperors of the Light Universe, began when a bored miner named Rockhound, longing for something exciting to happen, ventured into the depths of the Cluster on a mineral survey and was taken over by the Insect Essence.
- God-Emperor: Revered as an immortal god while being an Evil Overlord.
- Kill All Humans: His ultimate goal, inspired by his insect urges.
- One-Winged Angel: When he becomes the Giga Shadow.
Overkill? It is my style! I think ... big.Played by Dieter Laser.
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: When he's shouting (ie. most of the time) he talks like this a lot. When he's talking in a lower, creepier voice, not so much.
- And Then What?: Kai calls him out on his lack of an end-goal in regards to destroying the universe. Surprisingly, Mantrid has a pretty good response, if a rather simplistic one. Once he's consumed the Light universe, he'll open a portal to the Dark Zone, consume that universe, then rest.
- Badass Boast: I DESTROYED A UNIVERSE!
- Bald of Evil: No hair and even fewer morals.
- Boomerang Bigot: He has a strong desire to exterminate all human life, in spite of the fact that he himself was fully human until he merged with the Insect essence, which is the cause of his desire to Kill All Humans.
- Creepy Monotone: On a few occasions, he'll start talking in a very low, creepy, emotionless manner
- Cyborg: By the time the crew of the Lexx meet him, the only organic parts of him left are his head and a few of his internal organs.
- Flowery Insults: Proves himself to be quite adept at this in "Brizon".Mantrid: You, my friend, are a leaking boil on the anus of a cancerous rodent, squeaking from a damned corner of oblivion!
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Mantrid would have been doomed to remain on his ice prison planet forever, until the crew of the Lexx arrives....Now, he's a omnicidal cyborg who has the means and desire to end the universe.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Part human, part Insect, part cyborg.
- Humongous Mecha: His essence is transferred to one, after his original body is killed. Though it is really more of a rocket with legs.
- Incoming Ham: His first scene. And how.
- Laughably Evil: He may be a planet (and universe!) destroying maniac, but he's a damn entertaining one.
- Man in the Machine: As previously mentioned, the only organic parts of him left are his head (attached to a floating jar) and some of his organs (contained and preserved in said floating jar), and he uses mechanical drone arms to do everything. Later, when his jar is destroyed, his head is transported to the inside of a four-legged Humongous Mecha instead.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Due to the crew's actions, he became a composite part-evil scientist-part-Insect essence-all Big Bad planet-disassembling, sun-eating, universe-destroying superweapon superbeing. He was also already mostly mechanical to begin with.
- Omnicidal Maniac: With the actual power to accomplish it.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When he promises to save the crew of the Lexx for last, he's not kidding; he waits until he's converted the entire universe into Mantrid Drones, then chases them with those drones. All of them.
- Villainous Breakdown: "I destroyed a universe! I destroyed a universe! I DESTROYED A UNIVERSE!!"
- Would Hurt a Child: He uses his drone arms to create the illusion of a space station made of candy to entice Norb into getting within his reach, before using the drones to chase after the poor kid and kill him, before using more drones to impersonate him.
Prince of Fire / Isambard Prince
I'm very good with pain.Played by Nigel Bennett.
- Bad Boss: Prince willingly has his minions kill themselves on the slightest whim.
- Badass Longcoat: A very regal one.
- Berserk Button: "You are not important!"
- Brutal Honesty: Prince weaponizes this, combining it with his manipulative nature. This makes him excellent at manipulating others by playing on their fears and desires.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Prince openly admits and takes pride in being completely evil.
- Catchphrase: "Cheery-bye!"
- The Corrupter: Particularly successful with Stanley.
- Death Is Cheap: In Season 3, he dies and comes back ten times in the space of thirteen episodes.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Prince always keeps his word, never backs out of a deal and always tells the truth.
- He also is disturbed by the plants' ravenous and destructive hunger.
- Evil Overlord: Of the Fire planet. Making him Satan, essentially.
- Faux Affably Evil: Polite, sophisticated, charming and utterly evil.
- Gender Bender: In one episode, he impersonates Xev.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the show was never particularly light, seasons 1& 2 did have a considerable amount of Black Comedy to lighten the mood. Prince's introduction ultimately leads to the cast being confronted with the morality of their actions, condemning Stanley to Hell and Kai's revival and death at the end of the final season.
- Made of Iron: In "P4X," he falls a good 50 feet or more onto a metal floor and basically just walks it off.
- The Man Behind the Man: In Season 4, he secretly rules the United States from his post as director of the ATF.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: In Season 4, he wears a classy suit.
- Manipulative Bastard: VERY good at this.
- Resurrective Immortality: He can return after being killed, once a certain time period had elapsed. Worse, he can choose where he will reappear, and what his appearance will be, making him a de facto shapeshifter.
- Satanic Archetype: The planet Fire is a hot, barren world where people can only survive by living in cities built on top of tall pillars that hold them in the slightly-cooler higher altitudes. The planet is ruled by the Faux Affably Evil Prince, and it turns out to be the afterlife for people who make bad decisions in life. Prince himself often claims ignorance of his origins and purpose, but understands that his job is to make sure the people of Fire suffer forever.
- Time Abyss: He claims he doesn't remember the exact moment when time began but that he has been here ever since.
- We Have Reserves: Well, on Fire, at least, he really does: any of his minions who die will just be resurrected later.
- You think you can destroy me? You think you can hunt the hunter?
- Badass Cape: Adding to her vampire motif.
- Cyborg: She was created in much the same way as Kai.
- Dark Action Girl: She spends all of her screen time utterly curb-stomping the Implacable Man Kai.
- The Dreaded: It's a testament to her skill that Kai doubts his own skills.
- For the Evulz: She agrees with Kai that there is no point in pursuing her directive to destroy now that His Divine Shadow is dead, but keeps doing it because it brings her pleasure.
- Hero Killer: Not only is Vlad the only character to beat Kai in all of her fights, she also kills Xev.
- Implacable Woman
- Improbable Hairstyle: Even more so than Kai. Apparently the power of killers in the service of His Divine Shadow is denoted by the goofiness of their hair. The bigger the badass, the crazier the 'do.
- Our Vampires Are Different: She is the source of all vampire mythology on Earth.
Recurring and Minor Characters
Giggerota the Wicked
- Put on a show for Giggerota!
- Ambiguously Human: She looks human, and technically wouldn't be a "cannibal" otherwise, but her long, prehensile tongue and superhuman physiology (she's incredibly strong and capable of surviving a fall of what looked like several hundred meters) make her species ambiguous. No other similar entity appears in the series. Well, other than the several dozen other cannibal women, but they're not connected either.
- Arch-Enemy Even though she dies in the second episode, she's reincarnated to continue to haunt Stan. First as a queen on Planet Fire and the Pope in Series 4. 'Patches in the sky' confirms this as she's used to represent Stan's nightmare and she takes over the Narco-Lounger.
- Extreme Omnivore: She will eat just about anything that can be classified as "organic". Including bits of the Lexx.
- Karmic Death: First she gets abandoned on a planet with the sun about to go nova because she kept ripping pieces off her moth to eat and telling it to shut up when it protested and then ends up being eaten when she reincarnates on Earth after getting a carnivorous plant excited about eating people.
- Today, I, Thodin...
LyekkaPlayed by Louise Wischermann.
- Blue and Orange Morality: A predator to the core, she eats people without any moral qualms at all, and Kai, in season 4, sees no reason to stop "Lyekka's twin sister Lyekka" from eating a chunk of the planet.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While childish and seemingly innocent and benign, she is nearly as dangerous as Kai and has a portfolio of powers.
- Face–Heel Turn: While not the same character, the Lyekka from season four is far more sinister and antagonistic than the entity from season 2.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: How she prevents her prey from struggling as she consumes them.
- Woman Child: She has a very childish, slow way of speaking and reacting to things, such as calling things she wants to eat "yummy."
- Morality Chain: Lyekka is an amoral predator, but she has a soft spot for the crew, especially Stanley.
- Nice Hat: She wears an odd, cylindrical pop-corn-bucket-like cap "Apocalexx Now."
- No Biological Sex: Although she takes on a female form and mannerisms.
- Planet of Steves: There are a couple of Lyekkas - "Lyekka" the nicer one in Season 2, "Lyekka," created by the Gardeners on Water in Season 3, and "Lyekka's twin sister Lyekka," the antagonist from season 4. Every Lyekka is named Lyekka, and uses the same form, the girl from Stanley's dreams.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: For most of her on-screen time she takes the form of a girl Stanley once had a crush on, having learned of the girl's name and appearance from his dreams. She also tends to shift into outfits that feature in Stanley's dreams, too (which, given that this is Stan we're talking about, are rather tight and quite revealing outfits).
- Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: She is very matter-of-fact about this: she'd "prefer" not to eat her human friends, but deprived of other food sources, she would.
- It's not rocket surgery!
- Flanderization: In the third season she was far less stupid than in season 4.