Characters / Misfile

Here's a list of characters from the Web Comic Misfile.

It's an ongoing story about an young man who woke as a woman, except the plot is treated with much more emotional depth and serious character consideration than is the norm.

If you haven't read the comic first, there you go.

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Humans

     Ash Upton 

The girl who was a boy.

Associated tropes:

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In full effect, to Ash's constant chagrin. In his/"her" own words, "What I wouldn't have given to be a flat chested no-looker that no one noticed." Not that his developed female body is that surprising given he inherits it from his mother, a former lingerie model.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ash's father Dr. Edward Upton is a gynecologist who "never forgets a vagina" (and isn't at all shy about talking about them—see Ultimate Job Security below) while Ash's mom Marie is a former lingerie model who has appeared in her fair share of racy catalogs. Ash notes that trying on bras would be awkward enough even if there wasn't a large poster of his topless mother hanging in the fitting room.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Played with: Ash relies on Don't Think, Feel for his driving techniques, but Ash's racing technique is to constantly analyze the situation until he finds an advantage he can capitalize on. Ironically, his reflexive driving skills leave his mind free to to concentrate on the race itself.
  • Badass Driver
  • Becoming the Mask: Ash fears that pretending to be a girl all the time will result in becoming one in mind as well as body. Ash has rather feminine body language and reactions, although he doesn't notice unless it goes over the top (like the swooning incident).
  • Butch Lesbian: Would come off as this, due to his sexual preferences not changing in the misfile... if people knew that Ash wasn't straight, that is. To most people, "she" is simply extremely tomboyish (though there are some who correctly suspect that Ash doesn't like guys, they haven't been able to prove it yet).
  • Butt Monkey: Ash. So far he's been changed into a girl, shanghaied into several races he'd rather not take part in (often where the odds were artificially inflated against him), and gone through a whole lot of emotional hurt without being able to do much about it. Ash was also threatened none-too-subtly with rape by two men. And left Little Harry without a diaper for a little too long.
  • Catapult Nightmare: On occasion. The latest one seemingly includes some kind of pregnancy body horror, just going by Ash's body language. The dream turns out to be equal parts hilarious and horrific.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ash reveals to Emily that this has been his mindset from day 1. Every time he manages to get his head up for air, something or someone comes along and kicks him down again. He has come to believe that "hope" is just as much a curse as everything else that came out of Pandora's Box, and catching it wasn't a good thing.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady/Boyish Short Hair: Had the same haircut as a boy.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has quite a big temper; as Rumsiel states, "Just because she needs you doesn't mean she won't kill you in a fit of rage."
  • Green Eyes
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel
  • Good Parents: Emily comments that Ash would make a good father. Ash doesn't believe it. Further, Ash's parental instincts with Little Harry are truly impressive.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: According to Emily, who actually has had sex with Ash, and to Missi's "erotic dreams," Ash is very good in bed.
  • Hates Being Touched: Due to major body disphoria. It's so bad, Ash thinks a massage is stressful. in fact, a massage at a beauty salon triggered a Freak Out. Come December 22, 2015, and Ash's phobia has reached levels usually indicative of long-term abuse.
  • If Its You Its Ok: There are only two people who can touch Ash on a regular basis without being a trigger, Emily, and to a lesser extent Missi.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: When Dr. Upton catches Ash reading a "How to Take Care Of Your Baby" book, Ash channels Obi-wan Kenobi.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ash can be brash and judgemental, hot-tempered and at times impulsive; but he's also a genuinely well-meaning person with a strong conscience, cares deeply about his family and friends, and despite his bull-headedness carries a depth of empathy and a strong moral code. In other words, just your average guy caught in extenuating circumstances but trying to make the best of them.
  • Men Don't Cry: Firmly believes this, along with a lot of other masculine stereotypes, and is distressed when he starts crying because he thinks it means he's becoming accustomed to his new sex.
  • Morton's Fork: Ash's entire life is this. Either the Misfile gets fixed and he loses out on Emily, his mother, the monster XR, the relationship with his father becomes cold and distant, Kate... etc. On the other, Ash keeps all of that, but gets stuck with a body that just does not fit, and loses out on his dream being a loving father, winds up facing discrimination against female race drivers both positive and negative, and all the horrors that being too attractive and female brings. Either way, Ash loses something big and precious.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Convinces Rumisiel to heal a guy with a fatal heart condition. Not only does the recipient chew him out for it, but the guy's girlfriend slaps him. Before that, Ash takes Missi to a family diner to prove she's not a Replacement Goldfish and gets accosted by two men waiting for them in the parking lot next to Ash's car.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Why he broke up with Missy.
  • Official Couple: With Emily. There are strong hints that were it not for the Misfile, he'd be this with Missi Fuller instead.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's much better at household chores than he lets on, or believes about himself. Although not a Supreme Chef, he's a decent enough cook that he can modify recipes to compensate for deficiencies in store bought ingredients.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Though Ash isn't thrilled about the prospects.
  • Shower of Angst: Upon learning that while Rummi's exile is not permanent, thanks to Ash's incredible efforts, it's still going to be 72 years before he can go back and try to fix the Misfile. Ash turns this into Full-Frontal Assault, with rather unusual Scenery Censor on Emily when she comes into the bathroom to try to cheer him up.
  • Tomboy: Given that Ash is a gender bended boy, he dresses accordingly. But sometimes he is put into drag.
  • Transsexual: Ash acts more like a real transgender teenager than most Gender Bender webcomic protagonists. Emily even suggests gender reassignment surgery as an option at one point. The possibility was addressed in Ask Ash, where he is worried that girl!Ash getting gender reassignment surgery prior to Rumisiel fixing everything would result in him retroactively getting gender reassignment surgery after the mistake is corrected. Not to mention F-to-M surgery is pretty damn crappy at this point in time.
  • Troubled, but Cute: To a degree, given the Missing Mom and emotionally distant dad (and of course the Cosmic Retcon...)
  • Tsundere: Mix of A and B, though more often A since it's not common to see Ash become mushy and sweet.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Very much so. From both of the significant women in his life, Emily Mc Arthur, and Missi Fuller, he's stated to be sweet, sensitive, and very, very observant.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Ash is scared of babies, or more specifically Kate's baby, Harry.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Part of his preferred swimwear, as seen in book 5.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Minor BSOD when Ash punches a girl in the face, after she hit him twice, something he would have never done prior to the misfile and something Emily had already lampshaded as being tantamount to surrendering his manhood.
  • Wrench Wench: Girl-Ash was called "Crazy Car Girl". Harry calls Ash an excellent amateur mechanic.
  • Yaoi Fangirl/Yuri Fan: Girl-Ash was apparently the prior, so logically Ash himself is the latter.
  • You Owe Me: Combined with Rage Breaking Point and Berserker Tears. Rumi takes Ash saying that (s)he doesn't want to lose memories of life as f-Ash as Ash backing off on getting the misfile fixed. When Ash points out that this is not the case and actually wants the Misfile fixed, while keeping those precious memories, Rumi tries to go to the default of "the files don't work that way." Ash flips out completely stating "You! Owe! Me!"

     Emily McArthur 

The girl who has to repeat two years of her life.

Associated tropes:

     Missi Fuller 

A high school freshman who loves cars and Ash, not necessarily in that order.

Associated tropes:

  • A-Cup Angst: At least until she gets the impression that Ash prefers small breasts.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sometimes, though as Kate said, she grows on you.
  • Big Eater: Doesn't do a thing for her chest, much to her chagrin.
  • Child Prodigy: Even though she's not old enough to even go to Driver's Ed, she is an excellent amateur mechanic and an expert welder capable of making no-chafe chain shirts from discarded soda can pull-tabs.
  • Chinese Girl: Albeit only by ancestry, since she's Tom's adopted sister. She also doesn't know martial arts.
  • Genki Girl: From time to time.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has a couple of very short pigtails.
  • Good Bad Girl: Missi is exceptionally curious about sex in general and Ash in particular. To wit, even though she does do her best to respect Ash's boundaries, she has tried to peek at Ash in the shower, being chagrined when Ash turns her down, gotten jealous when Emily got to see Ash nude first (Missi makes a fair distinction between nude and naked), and was palpably disappointed when the curtain fell closed (thanks to Rumisiel) on Emily's window just before Ash and Emily were about to have sex. Further, she has no compunction about openly discussing sex with Ash in public.
  • Graceful Loser: She is surprisingly okay with missing out on being Ash's Official Couple. The fact that Ash doesn't play favorites, and still dotes on her, albeit in a purely platonic manner, helps immensely.
  • Groin Attack: To Sheldon. The guy really had it coming, and he was warned.
  • Happily Adopted: Zigzagged. She is adopted, and she knows it, however, she is generally not happy in the Fuller family. Although she's getting food, clothing, and shelter, she knows she's not being given anywhere near the affection that her Jerkass brother, Tom, gets.
  • Hidden Depths: Which are gradually unveiled over the course of the story.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She's one of the trope namers (and provides the page image) due to saying this nearly verbatim during a Dream Sequence in which she suddenly possessed a rack equal in size to Ash's.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Deconstructed; the fact that Ash does interest her romantically (alone among all girls) is the cause of quite a bit of heartache for her.
  • Official Couple: It is strongly implied that if not for Ash's Misfile, she would be this for Ash. Even though it's purely platonic, Ash still dotes on her.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When she feared that she might be this to Ash because Emily was unavailable, she had an epic breakdown. Ash, for his part, was all too happy to cheer her up by proving her wrong, and they very nearly paid dearly for it.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Ash.
  • Stepford Smiler: Underneath that Genki Girl exterior lies a lonely, insecure, and very, very scared little girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She certainly has no problems with wearing girly colors, skirts or other stereotypically feminine apparel, and she certainly appreciates things like candlelit moments and the like. That said, her main hobby is building cars, and she's more prone to engine grease on her face than makeup.
  • The Unfavorite: The Fullers are much more interested in Tom and his college career, and Missi notes that they often leave her alone to spend time with him.
  • Wrench Wench: She doesn't have her license yet, and yet she's already capable of putting together quality racing vehicles (she was the one responsible for all of Tom's cars). What's more, she's so good at welding, she can make a chain shirt out of discarded soda can ring-tops, and the shirt doesn't chafe!

     Dr. Edward Upton 

Ash's father, the divorced gynecologist. Surprisingly chill about several strangers crashing in his home.

Associated tropes:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: It's not enough that he memorizes women's vaginas, due to his job as a gynecologist... it's the fact that he'll describe them for everyone in earshot at the drop of a hat.
  • Blackmail: Of sorts - to make sure that Ms. MacArthur doesn't prohibit Emily from spending time with Ash, he notes that he could really help Emily get into Harvard, as he knows several people there. But he'd really only go that far for his daughter's friends.
  • Control Freak: The reason that Ash's mother left him. Matured out of this for the current timeline. He matured out of it in both timelines; the difference lies in how he treats his child. As a boy, Ash was given the cold shoulder by his emotionally distant father; as a girl, she gets a Doting Parent out of the deal. Besides the relationship element, Edward probably sees even more of Marie in girl-Ash, hence his more affectionate manner. Indeed: he seems quite upset about how distant he and Ash have been since the misfile (which is no less than they were when Ash was male), and openly comments on it. Ash, of course, is too uncomfortable to really reply.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He might not have known that Ramael's an angel, but standing up to the guy (mysterious stranger with shady look about him, anyone?) was still pretty Badass of Dr. Upton. Ash, and even Vashiel, were both gobsmacked and awed by it.
  • Dirty Old Man: Though he doesn't seem to be older than late-thirties.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's perfectly comfortable acting like a perv or performing blackmail... that said, he is a loving father and even tries to help Rumisiel grow up.
  • Kuudere: Even his ex-wife admits that he has his good moments... he's just pretty distant from most people. He shows it best with his interactions with Emily, as he tries his best to encourage the friendship between her and Ash.
  • Not Good with People: That "describe vaginas at any moment" habit of his doesn't win him any friends - the fact that Missi called him "freaky creepy" is part of why the Uptons never got invited to the Fuller family Halloween party.
  • Secret Test of Character: His actual intent behind giving Rumisiel a bunch of manual labor chores during summer break.
  • Ultimate Job Security: He might be creepy, but he's apparently just that damn good at gynecology.

     Molly 

Emily's longtime best friend.

Associated tropes:

  • Calling The Old Woman Out: Though it's Emily's mother, not her own, that's on the receiving end. She then reveals that she was going to do it anyway before leaving for college, and Ms. McArthur's abrasiveness toward her own daughter has provided her with an opportunity to let loose what she really thinks of Emily's beloved smother.
  • Character Development: Goes from Alpha Bitch to Lovable Alpha Bitch
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's a very popular girl, and not always the nicest, but she obviously cares about Emily.
  • Near-Death Experience: She was in a horrible car wreck the night before she was set to leave for college that resulted in a badly-broken leg and having to postpone matriculation. It is stated explicitly that had it not been for the misfile, Emily probably would have been sitting in the passenger seat – closest to the impact and completely crumpled – and died.

     Colin 

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     Tom Fuller 

Missi's big brother and Ash's unfriendly rival in racing.

Associated tropes:

  • Aloof Older Brother: Has some elements towards Missi.
  • Jerkass: He needlessly antagonizes Ash at every opportunity, letches on multiple girls at his family's Halloween party, and the closest he ever shows to a redeeming feature is wanting to protect his sister... from Ash, but only because he's an asshole towards Ash.
  • Jerk Jock: Though more regarding racing, but yeah, he otherwise fits the criteria.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe - hasn't happened (yet), but would if Missi reveals if she did all the work on his car.
  • The Rival: He was Ash's while at High School, though even now he's the one driver who could be called his/her Arch-Enemy.
  • Parental Favoritism: Strong indications that he's favored over his sister, Missi.
  • Put on a Bus: Sent off to college.
  • Starter Villain: Not villain per se, but he fits the general criteria.
  • Straw Misogynist: Has elements of this, though it could just be a hatred of Ash.

     (Kamikaze) Kate Walsh 

An excellent racer with a chip on her shoulder, who is at least a little insane. Eventually comes to see Ash as a Worthy Opponent.

Associated tropes:

  • Ax-Crazy: At first - she was quite ready to run anyone who got in her way off the road. She still has a severe demeanor that multiple people fear that this still applies.
  • Badass Driver: Acknowledged to be the best in the cast. It was considered an incredible performance when Ash had a chance at winning their second race.
  • Blood Knight: Racing version - she would do everything in her power to humiliate anyone who raced the old road in her misguided drive for vengeance.
  • Broken Bird: Kate wasn't even the best driver in her family, not did she seem that interested in becoming the best. When her sister died, though, she became consumed with the desire to get vengeance on everyone else behind the wheel.
  • The Comically Serious: Funniest when she is completely serious
  • Cool Big Sis: Develops into this, of sorts. Mind you, she still scares the crap out of Ash.
  • Death Seeker: At first - it's not until Rumisiel exorcises her sister's soul that she discovers joy in anything and wants to live again.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: The aftermath of her second race with Ash has her realizing that there are things to enjoy in life, and she starts growing closer to multiple people. As her interactions with Missi show, however, she's still not Captain Cuddles.
  • The Dreaded: Her reputation in Tempest, which hasn't quite faded yet even though Rumisiel exorcised her sister's soul.
  • Happily Married: Her and Harry.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In her Princess Leia costume, at Halloween.
  • Red Baron: "Kamikaze Kate".
  • Replacement Goldfish: All but asked Ash to be her sister, and plenty of hints that she still sees Ash this way.
  • Spirited Competitor: Figuratively and literally.
  • Tsundere: Of the non-love interest variety towards Ash.
  • You Need to Get Laid: She flat out said this about herself to Ash to convince her to babysit little Harry while she and her husband go on a date, while her hands are dangerously close to Ash's throat.

     Harry Walsh 

Runs an auto store in town where many local racers (particularly Ash) get parts.

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     Eponine 

A fairly normal girl in Ash's class. Unintentionally becomes intertwined in the plot.

Associated tropes:

  • Ascended Extra: Originally just a friend from Ash's Gym Class, who showed up every once in a while. Now, she's become a fairly important plot character.
  • Morality Pet: Ever since befriending Cassiel, the angel has been getting less and less selfish.
  • Nice Girl: Which is noted - Ash remembers her as one of the few girls who was genuinely kind and friendly towards him/her, and she manages to avoid being a doormat despite her sweet nature. She's also apparently the only human Cassiel shows genuine regard for.
  • Pals with Jesus: Although she doesn't know Cassiel is an angel, her friendship with Cassiel is genuinely a friendship, in contrast with Ash and Emily's 'friendship' with Rumisiel, where Ash is just waiting for Rumi to correct the Misfile.
  • Token Black: Kind of, seeing as there aren't any other dark-skinned characters of importance. Still, given the centralized cast, it's not really very jarring - especially since she's not a stereotyped character.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gives one to Ash for not trusting Logan about the pictures, and not talking to her about it.
    • And then when Ash finally tries to make amends weeks later, it turns out 'Nine had let it go after only a few days and is quite willing to forgive. Nice Girl? Without a doubt.

     James 

Ash's old friend and mentor. And, in the reordered Misfile reality, a bit more…

Associated tropes:

  • Badass Driver: Ash is better, but he did teach Ash to race and drive.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Like most people, he isn't told about the misfile, which results in heartbreak as "his" Ash acts different from the one he "remembers".
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Had he not been so manic while racing Ash, who knows if he would have lost.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: At first, though justified because he thought that Rumsiel was just a jerk.
  • Megane
  • Put on a Bus: Disappeared for over a thousand strips after the Cape Cod race.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Played with, it seems that girl-Ash's 'fun' with him that one night in the car caused James to interpret that as such. Unfortunately for him, the Misfiled Ash we know wants to keep him as her best friend.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Not only was James the best friend of boy-Ash, it's revealed that girl-ash even lost her virginity to him. Unfortunately, the misfiled Ash is squicked out by this.

     Logan 

Associated tropes:

  • Anime Hair: His spiky hair was even the source of his fan nickname!
  • Aura Vision: Logan can tell the difference between humans and angel, without the angel needing to reveal themselves.
  • Badass Driver: Despite never racing before, he's very naturally gifted and proved a challenge for Ash, a more experienced racer.
  • Badass Pacifist: Logan manages to save Ash and Missi from their near rape experience, not by beating the pulp out of the two would be rapists, but by taking a picture and threatening that he'd run and tell the cops if they wouldn't leave... He just moments later reveals to the two his phone battery was dead, and he wasn't all that fast a runner.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up when Ash and Missi are being threatened by two older men who aren't particular about consent.
  • Just in Time: Saved Ash and Missi from a near rape experience.

     Marie Upton 

Ash's semi-estranged mother, who works in the fashion industry.

Associated tropes:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: She's a former lingerie model and is a little bit too pleased that Ash takes after her in the body department, constantly asking Ash to model.
  • Buxom Is Better: As one would expect from a former lingerie model. It's obvious she's where Ash gets it from.
  • Missing Mom: Discussed. Marie left Edward when Ash was little, leaving Ash to be raised by a single father, who only showed Ash a photograph of her many years later. Boy-Ash had zero contact with his mother beyond that photo… and was shocked to find that in the Misfiled universe, Girl-Ash had more contact with her. The divergence happened four years prior to the beginning of the story – both had written a letter to her, but Girl-Ash sent the letter, while Boy-Ash ripped it up because it made him feel 'like a sissy boy'.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: She met Edward Upton in a wild night, including a threesome!
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Prepares breakfast for Ash, Emily, Rummisiel, and James wearing lingerie. She's also featured prominently in racy catalogs and markets feminine undergarments in a very risque manner.

     Ms. McArthur 

Emily's mother, easily the biggest antagonist in the story who isn't an angel or a racer. Obsessed with the Ivy League. Does not like Ash.

Associated tropes:

  • Broken Pedestal: Emily is pretty shocked when she discovers that her mother has been using stimulants to maintain her job performance.
  • Education Mama: Ms. McArthur pretty much has an obsession with seeing Emily go to an Ivy League school. She prefers Harvard, although she's at least willing to consider seven other options.note 
  • Hidden Depths: She shows some unexpected appreciation and insight about cars, as she reveals when she sees the classic Mustang Emily received from Ash's winning against Burt - her father actually owned a car of the same kind when she was a girl. Emily states the next day that they talked for a good while, her mother giving Emily insight into her grandparents.
  • Kick the Dog: Rare non-villainous example: she actually yells at Emily and tears her a new one (a whole lot of new ones, in fact) for running away. This unusually abrasive act costs her Molly's respect in nothing flat.
  • Last Name Basis: Her first name has not been stated.
  • My Beloved Smother: Pretty much the degree Ms.M takes that whole 'Education Mama' thing. This eventually reaches the point where Molly yells at her to go fuck herself for grounding Emily in a fit of utter rage, then revealing that she was about to vent her feelings toward her anyway since she was about to go to college and Ms. McArthur's going off on her own daughter has given her such an exceptional opportunity.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She got pregnant with Emily in high school, which was why she didn't end up going to Harvard herself.

Angels

     Rumisiel 
Ash, this is Emily, Emily, that's Ash. I'm sorta responsible for both your situations.

An angel who had a tendency to fail at his job (including causing the titular Mis-file), which is why he's stuck on Earth.

Associated tropes:

  • Adorkable: Rumisiel, when he is sober and genuinely trying to help, has a distinct tendency towards Adorkability in social situations.
  • The Atoner: Somewhat halfheartedly at first, but he has recently started to become more proactive in his role.
  • Badass Boast: Rumisiel has one as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • The Beard
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He has no problems playing eroge (they're Ash's games, so Ash has no problems with that either), reading porn, and once boasted about getting an eyeful of Ash's lower regions when Ash was Going Commando as an alternative to a particularly uncomfortable thong, and had a high heel break, taking a tumble wearing a very revealing dress. Also, Rummi has stared down the cleavage of women on occasion. Still, Rumisiel magically closes the curtain when Ash and Emily are about to have sex for the first time, to Missi's chagrin, addresses a lingerie clad Marie, Ash's mother, by either looking her in the eyes, or admiring the food she prepared, while James, is slack-jawed and nose-bleeding, and genuinely acts like a decent human being, the majority of the time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rumisiel sometimes gets some true gems. See here.
  • Erudite Stoner: Whenever Rumisiel isn't unconscious, puking or whimpering, you can tell that he's Really An Ancient, Wise, Angelic Being. Of course, until Ash harangued him off booze and drugs at the beginning of the story, he used to spend thirty percent of his time doing each of those, so he spends a steadily decreasing percentage of his time whimpering or just slacking off.
  • False Dichotomy: Combined with Perfect Solution Fallacy. From the beginning, Rumi has insisted that "correcting" the Misfile one way or another would cause permanent irreversible changes with the recipient of said correction completely losing all memory of what came before, both in events and the previous state of the file. He uses this as an excuse to do nothing at all, and constantly tries to get both Ash and Emily to accept this state of affairs. While Emily's file is far more stable, and has a very valid reason to leave it alone, Ash's misfile continues to become more unstable with each passing moment, and has drawn the attention of various dangerous super-powered entities. As such, both Ash and Emily insist that Rumi find a way.
  • Hidden Depths: When he explains how he really felt about his job and why he screwed up, he becomes somewhat more sympathetic both to viewers and to Ash (as much as he can be, at any rate).
  • Mundane Utility: Rumisiel is an angel, and you'd expect him to have some kind of awesome holy weapon for smiting the heathens, right? Wrong. He works in filing, so he gets a "filing multi-tool" that "does all sorts of neat records-keeping stuff. It scans, records, photographs. The newest upgrade even has web access." Wait... So THAT'S where Jack Bauer got his cell phone!
    Ash: You probably just use it to look at porn.
    Rumisiel: No way!
    Ash: Let me see your bookmarks!
    Rumisiel: No! I'm sending it back to the ether! It's not for mortal eyes!
    • That multi-tool turns out to be his own access key into the filing depot. He apparently never noticed it because he's always had it on him, thus giving him the impression that the doors opened for him on their own accord.
  • Nailed To The Wagon: After an early incident where his attempt at doing good deeds resulted in a drunken bender, Ash bans him from partaking of alcohol or drugs.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: While he can generally be a bit of a moron, much of the time he acts like a nuisance when Ash is in a sour mood, he's actually hoping for Ash to vent his/her frustration on Rumi as a coping mechanism. Invoked by Rumisiel here.
  • Our Angels Are Different: He's like all others in the series - humanoid form, pointy ears, white hair, has wings and a halo that he can hide, apparently has some vague power that keeps most from immediately recognizing what he is.
  • Perma-Stubble: To highlight his slacker nature, it perennially looks like he has about a day's worth of stubble.
  • Pointy Ears: One of the hallmarks of the supernatural in the series.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His precise age isn't known, but it's in the centuries.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Feels he was being this for Cassiel, which is why he broke up with her. Turns out to be inverted when Cassiel makes her appearance, and starts being catty.

     Vashiel 
My name is Vashiel of the second order of holy swords, divine punishment division. I am here to see Rumisiel. Is he here ?

Rumisiel's loving big brother. He takes an administrative leave after Rumi was kicked out of Heaven to come to Earth and to help him get back. Since he is incapable of telling a lie, he is kept in the dark about Ash and Emily's little problem.

Associated tropes:

  • The Atoner: For past misdeeds unknown to his little brother.
  • Badass: Though his powers are partially sealed due to being based on
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vashiel is polite almost to the point of painfulness to nearly everyone he meets. However, when Cassiel hints about messing with Rumisiel, he responds with a threat to make it such that even her uncle - Satan - couldn't protect her. And he Cannot Tell a Lie - he means every word.
  • Big Brother Instinct: See above - threatening Rumisiel is the quickest way to get Vashiel into business mode. And remember, his business is vengeance.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: To the extreme - not only can he not tell a lie, he tells the truth in its entirety even if it would be better not to. He literally cannot hide falsehood nor details. It's likely the only reason he hasn't been locked away is because nothing he's said is too outlandish... and because his brother is there to prevent such from happening.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was once a hot-headed sort that committed some amount of devestation and likely murder over what he deemed to be insufficient respect from humans. He was punished for the indiscretion, but details have yet to be forthcoming.
  • Fish out of Water: He's noticeably not quite as well-adapted to life on Earth as his brother.
  • Flaming Sword: Has one, which was only shown in flashback.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: It's a punishment angel, for Heaven sake!
  • Incompatible Orientation: He's in love with Ash. Ash prefers girls. Rumisiel notes that this technically applies both ways regarding the two, although he doesn't clarify for Vash beyond "she's not your type."
  • Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality: Vashiel is an Angel of Vengeance, and is endowed with a Flaming Holy Sword that can even kill other angels. He hasn't done any "really good smiting" in centuries, so all he really uses it for is scaring televangelists.
  • Knight Templar: In his backstory - apparently he destroyed a city and smote many people, for which he was punished by the Celestial Beaurocracy. For his part, Vashiel believes the punishment was right and just.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Justified - if he knew about the misfile, he'd be compelled by his compulsive honesty to report it. If he reported it, Rumisiel would get a permanent exile from heaven and the bosses would change the files so as to make the misfile permanent.
  • Nice Guy: Absurdly so. He has a Dark and Troubled Past, but has for the most part moved past it and seems genuinely well-adjusted these days.
  • Nosebleed: Quite prone to them.
  • Our Angels Are Different: He's like all others in the series - humanoid form, pointy ears, white hair, has wings and a halo that he can hide, apparently has some vague power that keeps most from immediately recognizing what he is.
  • Pointy Ears: One of the hallmarks of the supernatural in the series.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His precise age isn't known, but it's in the centuries.

     Cassiel 

Rumisiel's ex, who has taken some time off to pop down and see how he's doing with his punishment. But not in a good way; things apparently went south between the two, and she seems quite eager to make sure his sojourn to Earth becomes a bit more permanent. She's also Satan's neice.

Associated tropes:

     Ramael 

Associated tropes:

     Xaphrael 

Associated tropes:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/Misfile