Characters / Namesake

Tropes relating to the characters of Namesake. WARNING: There are heavy spoilers past this point.

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     Main Cast 

Emma Crewe

A twenty-something web developer and the protagonist of the story. After a fire at her local library, she winds up being transported to Oz for reasons unknown.

  • Action Survivor: She handles being dumped into bad situations surprisingly well.
  • Artificial Human: created from a fairy child, a host of literature and the ghost of the "real" Emma Crewe.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Emma being work to her sister's play.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Emma and Elaine are shown together only for one scene in the first chapter before Emma is spirited off to Oz, and most of that is taken up by teasing and bickering. As soon as they're separated, though, this is turned on its head: Elaine drives herself to exhaustion trying to get her sister back, and Emma explicitly tells Warrick that she loves Elaine "more than anything". Their reunion dozens of chapters later is a gigantic, running bear hug.
  • Become a Real Boy: Despite One's intentions she wound up developing into a real person due to her love for her sister, father and Warrick. Ozma had a hidden hand in her creation as well. Unfortunately if she succeeds in restoring the "real" Emma Crewe (AKA "sleeping beauty") she'll revert back to her original changeling form.
  • Boxed Crook: Emma isn't a crook, but she is very dangerous. So Calliope gives her the choice: Prisoner or Warrior?
  • Changeling: and Emma periodically lapses into the changeling equivalent of Cloning Blues when she thinks about it.
  • Cool Sword: She gets one after she frees the spirit in order to save her friend's lives.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This seems to be Emma's coping mechanism for weird situations.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: This had to be specified by Word of God, since Emma is required to wear Hercilia in shoe form for most of the Oz arc, but Emma really prefers going barefoot for some reason. Agha actually has to inform her she can't go barefoot before Emma will put the magic shoes on.
  • Empty Shell: One intended Emma to be an empty vessel filled with others' stories but she developed a story of her own.
  • Everyone Can See It: With Warrick.
  • Foil: to Nose, a similar artificial human who hasn't been able to escape One's control.
  • For Your Own Good: Emma is hiding some of the more distressing things she's learned on her Hero's Journey from Elaine. It causes some strain in their relationship.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Done to Emma by Trinket in order to keep her compliant. and it's apparently not the first time, either.
  • Gone Horribly Right: from One's perspective thanks to Ozma's hidden hand in her creation, which resulted in her receiving the heart Warrick intended for Ozma and developing a story of her own. Emma is far too normal for his plans or her own good.
  • Humanity Ensues: As a "skeleton key" she is supposed to be more of a golem than a real person. Love conquered that particular hurdle
  • Ignorant of the Call: She had no idea she was a Namesake. Justified, as she's not really a Namesake and the Rippers have been keeping her from remembering her association with them.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Given this by Nose to make her forget OZ, and later Trinket to make her forget rebelling against her father. Emma is heavily implied to have been getting this treatment for years to cover times when she's manifested Namesake powers and then given Fake Memories to patch these holes.
  • Knight Templar Big Sister: is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Elaine, buoyed only a vague promise that "sleeping beauty" will try to save her in the end.
  • MacGuffin Girl: she's an Artificial Human created to be a Skeleton Key that can open any Namesake's world.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Universal" which fits her status as a Skeleton Key that is able to travel to all the worlds. Also, her sharing her name with her mother is definitely not a coincidence.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother appears briefly in a flashback, but it's unknown where she is in the present day or if she's still alive. It's also implied that Emma has been raising Elaine since Elaine was an infant, but the girls do have a father who's still alive though it turns out he's a Ripper and their mother has been confirmed to have been a Namesake too.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Word of God is the girls' father is French Canadian and their mother was originally from Puerto Rico.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: No, her name really, really isn't Dorothy, yes, she promises...
  • Promoted To Parent: Though their father was around, she pretty much raised Elaine after their mother left.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Fully believes she is on a suicide mission but is willing to go through with it for Elaine's sake on the vague promise that someone will try to save her at the end.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She gets prettied up attend One's "dinner". Nose is stunned.
  • The Power of Love: the ultimate cause of the difference between her and Nose.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She's understandably pretty upset to meet the "real" Emma in chapter 17 though she's gotten past the reveal and is getting on with her life.
  • The Snark Knight: See Deadpan Snarker above.
  • When She Smiles: Emma's smiles are extremely rare and usually quite small. The largest she's ever been shown to smile was in an early piece of filler art. It's quite lovely.

Elaine Crewe

Emma's little sister. She's quite tech-savvy and more social than Emma. After her sister disappears, she and Ben are introduced to Jack and placed under house arrest with Fred to guard them.

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: On occasion. Ben affectionately refers to her as the Tiny Terror.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Certainly capable of intense research and cunning thinking when she makes an effort. Not that her schoolwork is much of a testament.
  • Cute Bookworm: While she's put in house arrest by Jack, she spends the entire night doing research.
  • Determinator: Willing to stay up all night to find answers on her sister's disappearance; works herself half to exhaustion trying to save Emma and uses up literally all the blank paper in the house; refuses to take cryptic answers from Calliope and DEMANDS to know what's going on and what "Namesake" and "Writer" mean. Seriously, don't come between Elaine and the information she wants.
  • Lima Syndrome: Tries to do this to Fred.
  • Love Hurts: her heart aches over what she unwittingly did to Fred with her writer powers.
  • Older Than They Look: Actually 15, but looks several years younger. She's very much aware of this.
  • Plucky Girl: Like Emma, Elaine handles progressively weirder and more dangerous situations rather well.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Word of God is the girls' father is French Canadian and their mother was originally from Puerto Rico.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes at least to her mid-back.
  • Reality Warper: She is a writer, so she can change things. So far, we've seen her give Fred hair and make him able to speak and understand English.
    • And, apparently, make Namesakes and characters freeze in place, and possibly scrunch up swords before they can kill. According to the Djinn, she may create an entire world someday. Finally it's implied her writer powers helped humanize Emma.
  • Ship Tease: With Fred.

Ben Kench

A friend of Emma and Elaine. After Emma disappears, he and Elaine find out about Jack and Calliope.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Even after the weirdness he's seen Ben finds the existence of Captain Hook difficult to accept. "Hook is real?" Note that he is saying this while standing in the throne room of Oz.
  • Berserk Button: Nose, the creepy man with the sword, threatening Elaine - that was bad enough. But when he mentions he also knows Emma, Ben is there with a metal pipe about two seconds later.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He treats Elaine (and maybe Emma) like a little sister.
  • The Big Guy: Taller and certainly heavier than most characters. Rather unfortunate, since he's next to useless in a fight.
  • Bi the Way: Pansexual actully (We just don't have a trope for that yet)
  • Buffy Speak: When trying to describe the ghost. "And then the Emma monster got huge and there were teeth and eyes and blood and ohmygod."
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Embarrassing First Name: Ben is not short for Benjamin. It's Benoit.
  • Just Friends: Emma's best friend from college. They're clearly very close, but there's little to no evidence the relationship was ever romantic.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With both Crewe sisters, to varying degrees.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: Seen prominently in a Green Lantern shirt; frequently references geek culture; tries to get Fred to say "The cake is a lie!" when he first begins speaking.
  • Tagalong Kid: Of a sort. There's really no reason for Ben to be there, other than the fact that he drove Emma to the library at the beginning and then stayed in the house to look after Elaine when things went to Hell. He knows absolutely nothing about fighting and is even more freaked out by ghosts and magic than Elaine is; the few times he's been spurred into action has been when Emma or Elaine was threatened.
  • The Team Normal: Not TOO normal. Calliope determines that he's got above-average perception of magical creatures and offers him a career in their diplomatic corps.
  • That Came Out Wrong: No, the genie does NOT grant wishes. He will shut up now.

Warrick Chopper

The Tin Man's grandson and the Wicked Warlock of the West.

  • Adorkable: he has his moments
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Inherited the green side of his mother Adora's complexion, giving him green skin. He eventually shows Emma that his right knee is purple and tells her his sister, who inherited the purple side of their mother's complexion has a green knee.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's highly intelligent and quite well-read, and also able to hold his own in a fight.
  • Bi the Way: Offically listed as Bisexual and Demisexual. This hasn't really come up much.
  • Broken Bird: A rare male example, which makes sense in conjunction with the feminine associations of healing magic. Even after Warrick regains his sanity, Selva points out that he's a frail shadow of his former self unless Emma's around. turns out there's a good reason for this that goes beyond Emma being a Dorothy and a Skeleton Key, which he learns when they visit Tommelise.
  • Evil Twin: He and Selva play with this trope. Turns out neither is really evil, just misguided and a bit mentally unstable.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: His reputation in Oz, after losing his moral compass. Warrick's really not that bad but he does have an "ends justify the means" mentality that can lead him astray.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Having no heart makes it hard for him to control his emotions. Emma and Ozma have a grounding effect on him that can keep this in check.
  • Healing Hands: He can cast the spell that Ozma uses to keep the Ozites alive, young, and healthy, but on a smaller scale.
  • Immortality: He removed his heart in order to find Ozma, which had this as a side effect.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he does a lot of bad things without remorse, he's really this, as the lack of remorse was a side effect from removing his heart.
  • Heart Trauma: Removing his heart made him emotionally unstable.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He has a My God, What Have I Done? moment when he realizes that sending his heart to Ozma actually hurt her. revisted later when he finds out that Emma actually received his heart, as she was closer to his conception of Ozma than Ozma herself.
  • Older Than They Look: Word of God has confirmed that in the present day Warrick looks noticeably younger than Selva, even though they're twins. The curse locked his body in stasis, so even by Ozite standards he ages very slowly. Right afterwards, he and Selva both looked like teenagers. By the time Renge is overthrown, Selva is clearly a grown woman but Warrick still looks the same. Warrick's comparative emotional immaturity doesn't help matters any.
  • Ship Tease: With Emma.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Being soaked in water will melt him, as the one weakness in his immortality spell. (Which is the same one the old Wicked Witch of the West used.)
    • Though in-comic, it's depicted as water burning him like acid, complete with smoke. A spilled glass of wine leaves him with a few burns. And so does Emma's saliva!

Selva Chopper

The Tin Man's granddaughter and Warrick's twin sister. She is the Wicked Witch of the East.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: She has purple skin. Her brother tells Emma that she also has a green knee, much like one of his is purple.
  • Bi the Way: Officially Bisexual according to the comic's staff, as revealed in an image showcaseing the LGBT+ members of the cast, each with their flags.
  • Black Mage: While Warrick is a healer, Selva is much more talented at offensive magic.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Purple is her color. Emma is almost turned into a purse for accidentally wearing a purple shirt in her domain.
  • Evil Twin: She and Warrick play with this trope. Turns out neither is evil.
  • Genki Girl: Turns out, she's normally just a sweet, energetic young woman.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her own spell backfires early on, and she accidentally turns herself into a purse and gets carried around for a good eight chapters. Except she could turn herself back at any time. She was just sulking.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Her plan to prevent people from being brainwashed by poppies? Turn them into objects! You can't be a poppy if you don't have a head. She even says "It made sense at the time."
    • To be fair, Warrick's spell had messed with her head a bit at that point.
  • Large Ham: When she's in the grips of the emotional disjunction leaking over to her from Warrick, she gets very hammy. Justified, as she's likely not able to regulate her emotions anymore.
  • Shipper on Deck: Selva's taken note of the effect Emma has on Warrick and would love to see them grow closer.
  • Ship Tease: Has is bad for Alice.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She's a gifted seamstress and supported herself and her brother with it during Warrick's illness.
  • Twin Telepathy: A disturbing variety. Maybe it was simply the emotional trauma or maybe they have some sort of magic link, but when her brother cut out his heart, she went just as crazy. Worse, Warrick's recently learned that if the curse claims his life, it will drain Selva's powers too.


A Wonderland card soldier - namely, the Five of Hearts - that Jack left to keep an eye on Ben and Elaine. Suddenly began speaking broken English and developing a more concrete personality once Elaine's Writer powers began emerging.

  • Badass Adorable: No matter how cute he is, he's still a card soldier.
  • Berserk Button: If there was ever any doubt, this page is actually TITLED "Fred's berserk button".
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Bloodless Carnage: What he's used to, being made of paper and all. He's extremely confused and scared after he gets thrown through a glass window by the Ghost - not just because it hurts, but because it turns out he has blood now, and there's a lot of it.
  • The Cutie
  • Dreadlock Warrior: For some reason, his hair appears to be in little dreads. This is especially odd considering he doesn't have any hair at all until Elaine subconsciously makes him grow it - why did she choose that style?
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's still... figuring out how to have emotions. When he gets angry, it is very sudden, very intense and very frightening.
  • Love Hurts: cares deeply for Elaine but also resents her for unwittingly humanizing him.
  • Nice Hat: Had a helmet as part of his uniform. He threw it off when the hair started coming in, and it hasn't been seen since.
  • No Body Left Behind: "Cards don't bleed. Damaged cards return to the deck." This is literal - when Fred is badly hurt he actually turns into a physical paper playing card, and is transported back to the deck in Jack's pocket. Along with anyone who happens to be along for the ride.
  • Older Than They Look: Not that he looks very old to begin with, but Fred has only been in existence for three years.
  • Only One Name: Elaine made it up from "Five-Red", simply because she felt they needed to call him something. He also has his original true name (Keti), but it's only been stated in suplementory material so far.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Possibly the shortest humanoid character in the entire comic, not including Munchkins.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "How... dare... YOU!"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played with. He's a sweetheart, but also very dangerous. The red eyes come from his card-suit coloring.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Briefly, when Nose straight up impales the rest of his army by stabbing Jack's deck of cards. They'll be fine, though.
  • Spider-Sense: Discussed in the comments of this page. It's a card power.
  • Spock Speak: "Miss Namesake! I'm bleeding! Am I going to expire? Humans expire when they bleed!"
  • The Unintelligible: First spoke the indecipherable card language, then tried sounding out English words to little effect. His English is barely understandable until Elaine helps him out.

     Calliope (Present and Past)&The Writer's Guild. 

An organization dedicated to helping Namesakes, Calliope possesses a great number of magical items and intel on otherworldly beings and material. They first appear on the story to investigate a mysterious portal after Emma is transported to Oz and end taking part of important events happening in Earth. The current leader of Calliope is former namesake Jason Crawford.

The Writer's Guild is considered a separate organization despite still being allies of Calliope. Founded in 1912 by L.Frank Baum the objective of the Guild was to allow writers greater creative freedom while not being restricted by Calliope's laws.

Alice Purcell

A member of the current Calliope, and Namesake for Alice from the Alice in Wonderland books.

  • Abusive Parents: Describes them as "gobshite". She was taken to a foster home at age seven.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: One of her Wonderlander powers and the reason she avoids smiling. On rare occasions she can even appear and disappear like the Chessies.
  • Cool Sword: Has a vorpal sword. OF COURSE its Audible Sharpness goes "snickersnack".
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Occasionally.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Somewhat. Upon first arriving in Wonderland she sustained serious injuries, and three Cheshire Cats decided to give her an extra life from each of them. This had the result of making her part-Wonderlander and allowing her to open portals at will.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The other reason she avoids smiling: her Chesire Cat grin reveals a full set of triangular Chesire Cat teeth.
  • Raised by Wolves: Starting at seven, anyway - the Cheshire cats took her in. She now has a huge Wonderland family of magic cats, and considers one of the three that originally rescued her to be her mother.
  • Straight Gay: She offhandedly mentions buying drinks for pretty girls in her "interview" appearance, and clearly had a crush on her childhood friend, Suzan. Confirmed as a Lesbian.

Wendy Shepard

A member of the current Calliope and the Namesake for Wendy Darling from the story of Peter Pan.

  • Crystal Ball: Uses one at one point.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Wendy's time displacement had a profound effect on her - she's just very good at hiding it
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Alice.
  • The Heart: Undeniably the sweetest and gentlest of the Calliope members we’ve seen.
  • Everyone Can See It: Travis's (requited) crush on her is painfully obvious to anyone.
  • Older Than She Looks: She was born in 1933 (which would make her 76 years old) but the portal that brought her back from Neverland landed in 1993, making Wendy biologically 26.
  • Stepford Smiler: Under her pleasant exterior Wendy feels completely disconnected from the people around her thanks to her personal Time Skip,
    Wendy: "If I felt things like you do...would I finally be here?"
  • Team Mom: Well, she is a Wendy.

Jack Wright

A current member of Calliope and a Namesake for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

  • Butt-Monkey: Alice and Wendy tend to give him a lot of grief when they hang out together.
  • Eagleland: generally outgoing, sunny and egalitarian: Wendy calls him a "meddlesome Yank".
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Happily Married: He used to be, but so far nothing has been revealed about his wife, not even her name or if she is alive of dead (a special relationship chart created by Word of God describes her as Jack's "lost love".
  • Red Right Hand : His right hand is covered is what Word of God describes as permanent blood splatters from killing a giant.

Karen Lawson

A runaway Namesake. Her death kick-starts the plot.

  • Addictive Magic: Seems to have fallen prey to magic addiction sometime before the story starts. This is what causes her possession by a ghost.
  • An Arm and a Leg: It is heavily implied that her feet were chopped off and replaced by wooden ones due to her being the namesake of The Red Dancing Shoes.
  • Artificial Limbs: Her feet are wooden. This allows her to wear the red dancing shoes without them affecting her.
  • Broken Bird
  • Kill It with Fire: Eesh.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed in the very first chapter.

Travis Almstedt

A member of the Writer's Guild and adoptive brother of the Ripper agent Bird. He agrees to train Elaine and also acts as the main Guild representative in Emma's quest. His complicated relantionship with his sister also puts him at frequent odds with Alice, who hates him with a passion.

  • Happily Adopted: By Mikaela Almstedt.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: The reason Alice hates him so much is because Travis used his writer powers on her to make her kill Vanessa after the latter's Face–Heel Turn.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He used to be much nicer and calmer before his sister's sudden betrayal and defection from Calliope.
  • Everyone Can See It: Doesn't even bother keeping his romantic feelings for Wendy a secret, especially since she also likes him back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His first appearence has him calling Emma a magical item and "not a human" that should be handed over to the Guild for study while also revealing his feud with Alice. However, he later apologizes for his behavior to Emma while helping her and Elaine sort their powers out and also admits that he made mistakes in his past that make Alice's hate of him justified.

Reverend Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll)

The writer of Alice in Wonderland and a friend of Alice. He is a member of Calliope, but not a namesake.

Alice Liddell

A Namesake of a former generation of Calliope. After she accidentally sends her sister to Wonderland, she becomes a member ofCalliope in order to get better control over her powers.

  • Action Girl: Becomes one with Calliope.
  • Broken Bird: After going through what's implied to be a pretty hellish situation in Wonderland and accidentally causing the death of her sister, Alice grows up to be this.
  • Historical-Domain Character: A combination of Alice Liddell and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade / Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The real Alice Liddell was, by all reliable sources, a fairly ordinary woman as an adult. Namesake's Alice fought Shadows and headed Calliope. Same with her eventual husband Reginald Hargreaves, who in real life was a cricket player but in the story is a weapons instructor for Calliope.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: She accidentally sent her sister to Wonderland, with tragic results.
  • Power Incontinence: She can't control her powers at first, leading to a tragic accident.
  • Ship Tease: With Reginald Hargreaves, which is a Foregone Conclusion since in both real life and the world of the comic she wound up marrying him, something that receives a Lampshade Hanging in The Rant for the comic that introduces him by saying you'd already know this if you read the "Calliope Handbook" extra or knew anything about the real Alice Liddell.

Thumbelina "Lina"

The chief administrator of Calliope. She is very serious about making sure Namesake's powers don't run awry.

  • Fiery Redhead: She's quite a passionate leader, and not adverse to yelling at people in order to get things done. Perhaps justified in that, with her small size, she'd be quite easy to overlook otherwise.
  • Fun Size: She is Thumbelina.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: More literal on the "tiny" part than most.
  • Too Important to Walk: Justified. She's only a few inches tall, so walking for her is life-threatening.


A group of former namesakes who sold their names and now oppose Calliope. Led by the mysterious One, the Rippers have been around for a long time and so far their objectives are unknown. Just what are they planning?

1 / Henry Gale

The supposed leader of the Rippers.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Something happened to kind old Uncle Henry to make him this way
  • Bad Boss: One is definitely not above being brutally cruel to his subordinates, or punishing them severely for actions that he pre-ordained them to do.
  • Big Bad: wants to bring all of the worlds under his control
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Emma's apparent humanity puzzles him, apparently he didn't account for the love of a little sister with writer's powers in his plans.
  • Evil Uncle: What with the fact that he's the original Dorothy's uncle. Also counts in that he says that he raised 37 Emma and Elaine's father from when he was a small boy.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: More or less literally. In case you had any doubts about whether he was a bad guy.
  • Xanatos Gambit: tells Nose (fairly convincingly) after Emma's escape that everything is actually going according to his plan.


  • Affably Evil: Banshee is never seen doing anything bad and is quite polite to everyone she meets which makes sense since she's actually The Mole.
  • Rapunzel Hair: So far her hair has only been shown only in a ponytail, but seems to be at least waist length.
  • Transgender: Per Word of God, is MTF trans.
  • Token Good Teammate: When compared to the other Rippers, Banshee is quite nice.
  • The Mole: Reveals to Bird that she actually works for a figure called "The Founder" that monitors both Calliope and the Reapers.


A runaway russian Namesake who was originally named Vanessa, she killed Karen and started the library fire that kicked off the plot. As revealed later in the story, she was adopted by Calliope agent Mikaela Almstedt after awakening her powers and lived a fairly happy life before selling her name to One and joining the Rippers for an unknown reason. It is implied that she discovered some sort of secret that caused her to run away, and her past is deeply connected to the darker side of Calliope.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Got her arm chopped off by Alice's vorpal blade while she was being mind-controlled, though it was restored almost immediately.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 21 is all about her origins, her relationship with her adopted family and what she has been doing since the attack on Bramble Manor.
  • Happily Adopted: By Mikaela Almstedt, another fire user and the same woman who adopted Travis.
  • Back from the Dead: She was stabbed to death by a mind-controlled Alice, who then used one of her extra Cheshire lives to bring her back.
  • Bi the Way: Briefly dated Jack when she younger before moving on to a much serious relationship with Alice. After joining the Rippers she also had a brief fling with Nose. Later officaly confirmed with a Bisexual orientation.
  • Broken Bird: Implied to have a heavily traumatic past that she's trying to run away from. We finally learn about it on chapter 21.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Like most Rippers she is a depowered namesake who used to work for Calliope.
  • Playing with Fire: conjures a flame to light a cigarette with in her first appearance, and via Word of God was the Namesake of the Firebird myth.

37 / Daniel Crewe

A Writer and the father of Emma and Elaine, 37 was raised by One from childhood and was allowed to keep his real name. However, once familial matters get involved he begins to question his role and loyalty to One and the organization.

  • Becoming the Mask: Wound up genuinely caring for Emma despite her being a Changeling.
  • Eye Scream: in his backstory and again when One punishes him for arranging Emma's escape.
  • For Your Own Good: uses his writer's power to order Emma to escape the collapse of the Ripper's Headquarters.
  • Hidden Depths: turns out to be a Namesake in addition to being a Writer.
  • The Lost Lenore: enrages One by consorting with a ghost named Gerda, presumably his true love.
  • Papa Wolf: For Elaine and the real Emma, and then seems to come around to being this for the Emma we've followed for most of the story.
  • Reality Warper: Par for the course of being a Writer. In one page he threatens Trinket by saying he can unwrite her existence.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has the same nose as his daughters Elaine and Emma
  • Walking Spoiler: once it's made clear he's a ripper.


A slightly psychotic Ripper agent who enjoys violence and has a prejudice against humans, she was first introduced stealing the red dancing shoes from Bird in order to give them to One herself.

  • Cute and Psycho: keeps herself amused by using magic to injure innocent bystanders.
  • Badass in Distress: Nose accidentally trapped her in a bottle along with some Calliope agents and now she is currently being held hostage by them in a special vault.
  • Jerk Ass: Will not hesitate to torment anyone, not even her allies
  • Making a Splash: Her main power.
  • Put on a Bus: We haven't seen much of her ever since getting stuck in a djinn's bottle.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair.

Ina Liddell

Alice Liddell's older sister... or at least she was. Now seems to work for the Rippers.

55/Nose/Sahil/ Rumpelstiltskin

At first Nose appears to be just an ordinary henchman, but his role in the story is much bigger than anyone could have predicted. Like 37 he was also raised by One and has a deep personal connection to Emma. It is later revealed that he is a prototype Skeleton Key who failed in his role and now is used only "for storage" while being controlled by One under the name "Rumpelstiltskin".

  • Addictive Magic: Nose seems to be kept on a leash by One using addictive magical substances. At the moment it's assumed this is because of his Artificial Human status - the other Rippers don't need it.
  • Affably Evil: Generally has a very pleasant and friendly demeanor, even when threatening a teenage girl. Readers frequently confess how difficult it is to hate him the way you want to hate a villain.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Emma "habibti", an arab term meaning "my love".
  • Ambiguously Brown: His exact ethnicity hasn't been specified on page, but the fact that he calls Emma "habibti", an Arabic term of endearment, implies he's from the Middle East. This was confirmed by Word of God.
  • Artificial Human: Implied to be one in chapter sixteen. He's One's prior attempt at creating a skeleton key.
  • Bi the Way: Officially listed as Bisexual. This hasn't come up much yet.
  • Dragon with an Agenda/Dragon His Feet: It's not clear which is more appropriate: it is clear Nose attempts to subvert One as much as possible whenever he can get away with it.
  • Foil: to Emma. Nose is an example of what happens when One tries to create a skeleton key without Ozma's secret meddling.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Turns out he's met Emma before. She doesn't remember this, also making him a Forgotten Childhood Friend.
  • Horror Hunger: complains that One makes him "eat" people by consuming their stories.
  • I Know Your True Name: Seems to actually be physically hurt when One speaks his real name out loud.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Seems to have learned the fine art of manipulating people from One.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Either because he's not used to normal human interaction, or because he doesn't care. It's ambiguous.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He has a cute nickname for everybody, including those he's trying to kidnap or brainwash - "habibti", his name for Emma, being the most notable.
  • Villainous Crush: Definitely has a soft spot for Emma.

Sleeping Beauty aka Emma Crewe

A young girl who had her name sold to One and Ina as a child and is kept in an induced coma by them due to her importance to the Ripper's plans. It is later revealed that she is the real Emma Crewe and has the ability to talk to the fake Emma in her dreams. The two then form an alliance to set her free and take down One once and for all.

  • Abusive Parents: The person who forced her to sell her name was her own mother.
  • And I Must Scream: Her mind has been awake and aware of her surroundings, but as long as her body is asleep she remains trapped inside her own head. This has been going on for years.
    To Emma: Please save me.
    I've been in the dark for so long.
    There's never any dreams.
  • Broken Bird
  • Comatose Canary: Begins reacting as Emma starts causing problems for the Rippers.
  • Distressed Damsel
  • Red Herring: There was some evidence she was actually Emma's mother, including a Motherly Side Plait when she appears partially on panel, which helped obscure the real twist that she's Emma herself.
  • Walking Spoiler: though she's actually more of a lying in her bed sleeping spoiler

Emma Ramos

Daniel's wife and the mother of the Crewe sisters who disappeared shortly after Elaine was born. She was revealed to have been a Puerto-Rican Namesake in direct contact with One, but so far that is the only information known about her and her current fate is one of the biggest mysteries in the comic.

  • Abusive Parents: Selling your own daughter to be used as a test subject for an evil organization certainly qualifies you as one.
  • Chosen Conception Partner: Daniel implies their marriage was a contractual relationship based on mutual obligation to One.
  • '80s Hair: Has noticeably voluminous hair in a flashback and a photograph
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first full appearance has her callousely subjecting a helpless victim to Cold-Blooded Torture.
    While dragging the blade across the girl's face: You're going to die, Su-Ying. And I get to decide how.
  • Meaningful Name: The fact that her daughter has the same name is definitely not a coincidence.
  • Missing Mom: To Emma and Elaine, though given her nature that apparently a good thing.
  • Walking Spoiler: Pretty much everything about her, especially her name.
  • Parental Abandonment: Daniel tells of her leaving shortly after Elaine's birth in a way that implies she never considered the girls anything more than contractual obligations in her agreement with One.


Adora Chopper

Warrick and Selva's mother, and the Tin Man's daughter. Ozma created her from a purple flower and a piece of the Tin Man's heart, and she has green and purple skin as a result. Her heart was broken at one point, which caused her to become the first Neutral Witch of the West.

  • Love Hurts: So, so much. Her getting her heart broken by the twins's father changed her personality completely, making her unable to feel or demonstrate almost any emotion. Turns out what really happened was massive power loss
  • Posthumous Character: Has been dead for a few years by the time the story begins.
  • Mama Bear: This ends up leading to her death.
  • Wonder Child: Was this to her parents.


A munchkin who Emma meets soon after her arrival.

  • The Chick: Agha takes care of the group and keeps them on track.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When she requests Emma take her shirt off to keep from angering Selva.
  • Fun Size: As a munchkin, she doesn't even come up to Emma's waist.
  • Only Sane Man: For quite a bit of the Oz arc, Agha is Emma's only companion with both the necessary knowledge of Oz and the Dorothy cycle and the mental/emotional stability to do anything about it. This actually makes her a good candidate for becoming the new Wizard.
  • She Is the King: By the time Emma arrives in Oz for the second time Agha has officialy been crowned the new Wizard despite not having any magic.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Warrick and Emma
  • Team Mom: Agha is the one keeping the team together in the Oz arc.


The Good Witch of the North. She greets Emma after she arrives in Oz, believing her to be a new Dorothy.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: While under the poppy's control.
  • Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: "Some people are just born wicked, dear. It's quite unfortunate." Subverted as Anlise is being mind-controlled by Renge into doing some very questionable things, and Selva was not in her right mind when she tried to take over the East.
  • Love Hurts: Renge's betrayal still weights heavily on her a year after it happened
  • Nice Hat: Used to cover the poppies digging into her brain.


A flying... thing that follows Warrick around. He hasn't had much importance in the story, though he is actually the man who broke Adora's heart, and Warrick and Selva's father.


The previous Wicked Witch of the East. Selva turned her into a pair of shoes when she took over the East to prevent her from being poppy-fied. Emma picks her up after "defeating" Selva.

  • Baleful Polymorph: Turned into a pair of shoes by Selva. Changed back by Selva after Renge's arrest.
  • Brutal Honesty.
  • Jerkass: She is prone to temper tantrums and sulking. In Warrick's backstory, she can be seen making rude remarks towards a dead girl. At her funeral.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: There is a reason she's in charge of the East.
  • Nice Shoes: Was a pair, due to Selva's magic. She sort of filled in for the ruby slippers on Emma's journey through Oz.
    • Tricked-Out Shoes: Still has plenty of magic. She can explode away poppy vines and push Emma higher when she jumps.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Warrick.


A military commandant who once tried to take over the Emerald City but now serves Ozma loyally. When the poppies began to infest the land Jinjur took it upon herself to form an all-female army and march on the capital in hopes of stopping the invasion.

  • Determinator: After her husband and her farm get lost in the poppies, Jinjur decides to fix the entire situation herself by building and leading an army of like-minded people, and ends up playing a major role in the battle against Renge.
  • I Have Your Husband: He's trapped in the poppies. Whether or not he is alive is unknown.
  • It's Personal: One of her driving reasons for starting the rebellion is because the poppies overtook her farm and husband, and she's sick of waiting for Renge to do something about it.


Princess Ozma is the supreme ruler of the land of Oz. An extremely powerful healer who was loved by all of her subjects, her sudden disappearance caused a stir when strange poppies began covering the entire country and the spell she had cast to keep her citizens immortal began to fail. Warrick's search for her is one the major arcs in the comic.

  • The Ace: An excellent ruler who was skilled in magic and adored by everyone who met her.
  • All-Loving Hero: She loved everyone and everything equally.
  • Amnesiac God: She's actually the last living Muse, but suppressed her own memories to try and live as normal a life as she could. At the end of the chapter 24 when she awakens she apparently remembers everything and is not happy about it.
  • Comatose Canary: Has been on a coma for who knows how long, and even after being rescued there is no prediction of when (or if) she will ever wake up.
  • Flower Motifs: Always associated with poppies, her favorite flowers.
  • Love Hurts: Ozma loved all of the Dorothies deeply but thanks to her immortality spell all of them would eventually grow old on the inside while their bodies remained young, eventually killing them and leaving Ozma an emotional wreck.

Renge/ Jellia Jamb

Ruler of the Emerald City in Ozma's absence and the lover of Anlise, Renge seems to have something against Emma and is determined to stop her on fulfilling her role as the Dorothy. Just what are her motives?

  • Foreshadowing: Her real name is mentioned by Anlise during her first non-flashback appearance.
  • Genki Girl: Renge used to be this when she was Jellia Jamb, but this changed in the resulting personality shift from changing her name.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How she justifies mind control by poppy.
  • Regent for Life: It's implied she's trying to pull this. It's more complicated than that.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believes everything she's doing is to protect Oz.