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

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     Original Characters 

Emma Crewe

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 in bad situations surprisingly well.
  • Artificial Human: Heavily implied to be this in chapter sixteen. Later on seems to be a case of Changeling Fantasy
  • All Work vs. All Play: Emma being work to her sister's play.
  • Cool Sword: She gets one after she frees the spirit in order to save her friend's lives. It's unknown whether or not she will keep it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This seems to be Emma's coping mechanism for being dumped into really weird situations.
  • Empty Shell: Was evidently supposed to be this and be "filled" with other stories, but gained a mind of her own
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Done to Emma by Trinket in order to keep her compliant.
  • 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 thus also getting Fake Memories to patch these holes.
  • 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...
  • Pygmalion Plot: Despite One's intentions she wound up developing into a real person because of her love for her sister, father and (it's been implied) Warrick.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She gets prettied up attend One's "dinner". Nose is stunned.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She's understandably pretty upset to meet the real Emma in chapter 17
  • The Snark Knight: See Deadpan Snarker above.

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.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: With Fred.

Ben Kench

A friend of Emma and Elaine. After Emma disappears, he and Elaine find out about Jack and Calliope.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • Embarassing 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.
  • That Came Out Wrong: No, the genie does NOT grant wishes. He will shut up now.

     Calliope 

Alice Liddell

A Namesake of a former generation of Calliope. After she accidentally sends her sister to Wonderland, she becomes a member of Calliope 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.

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.


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.

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.
  • Cool Sword: Has a vorpal sword.
  • 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.
  • 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 original three her mother.

Wendy Shepard

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


Jack Wright


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


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.
  • Artificial Limbs: Her feet are wooden. This allows her to wear the red dancing shoes without them affecting her.
  • Kill It with Fire: Eesh.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Based on what little we saw of her, Karen was a sweet librarian with a love of classical music and children.

     Rippers 

46

A runaway Namesake who was originally named Vanessa Amsel. She killed Karen and started the library fire that kicked off the plot. Also known by the nickname Bird.


  • Broken Bird: Implied to have a heavily traumatic past that she's trying to run away from.
  • 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.

1 / Henry Gale

The supposed leader of the Rippers.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Something happened to kind old Uncle Henry to make him this way
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: His treatment of Emma and Nose and his end goal puts him firmly in evil territory.
  • 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.

72

A Ripper who collected the shoes from 46. Of course, she wasn't the one who was sent to collect them, but she never said she was, did she? Also known by the nickname Fish.

55

A Ripper who is sent to collect the red shoes from 46. However, 72 got there first. Also known by the nickname Nose and the fake name Sahil, and was give the name Rumpelstiltskin by 1.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Turns out he's met Emma before. She doesn't remember this.
  • 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.

37 / Daniel Crewe

Trinket

Banshee

Ina Liddell

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

     Residents of Oz 

Warrick Chopper

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


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has green skin.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's highly intelligent and quite well-read, and also able to hold his own in a fight.
  • Evil Twin: He and Selva play with this trope. Turns out neither is evil.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Oz thinks of him as this. He's not actually so bad.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Having no heart makes it hard for him to control his emotions.
  • Healing Hands: He can cast the spell that Ozma uses to keep the Ozites alive, young, and healthy, but on a smaller scale.
  • Immortal: 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.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: With Emma.
  • Sympathetic Criminal: He's a protagonist, but he's committed a few crimes (including burning down an ancient forest). He's pretty casual about it, though, since losing most of his morals was another side-effect of removing his heart.
    Agha: I know you've been through a lot, and you treated your sister pretty badly, but why do Ozites hate you?
    Warrick: Oh, it's because I burned a few things. And stole a bunch of stuff, too.
  • 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.)

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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She's normally a seamstress, and a rather gifted one.
  • Twin Telepathy: A slightly disturbing sort. 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.

Agha

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 the only one in the team who both knows current events and history and is emotionally stable enough to apply it practically.
  • Team Mom: Agha is the one keeping the team together in the Oz arc.

Anlise

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


Chiseri

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.

Hercilia

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.
  • Blondes are Evil: Although in Hercilia's case, she comes off as more self-centered and selfish than evil, this applies as she's officially a Wicked Witch.
  • 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.

Ozma

From The Wizard of Oz.

Jinjur

From The Wizard of Oz.

  • Badass: Implied to have no formal military training, Jinjur is still an effective general and a strong fighter.
  • 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.

Renge/ Jellia Jamb

  • 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.

Scarecrow

From The Wizard of Oz.

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.

Sabion

Jinjur's sister-in-law.

Nick Chopper/The Tin Man

From The Wizard of Oz.

     Other 

The Dorothies

From The Wizard of Oz ... sort of. A Namesake who comes to Oz every couple of years and becomes Ozma's companion. However, Ozma's healing spell doesn't work on her entirely, so while she never ages, she always dies.

Fred

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.

  • The Ageless: Technically paper, so he doesn't really have an age. He acts fairly childlike, but part of that is simple confusion and wonder at strange human things, like hair and sandwiches. The jury is out on why he's so short.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Only One Name: Elaine made it up from "Five-Red", simply because she felt they needed to call him something. Traditionally, he shouldn't even have the one.
  • 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.

The Spirit

Sleeping Beauty aka Emma Crewe (the real one)

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