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Disbanded / New Noob GuildThe worst guild in Horizon in Season 1, which gets a little better later but maintains a fairly poor reputation.
Gaea and Gaëa
- "I need lots of slaves... I mean, guildmates to achieve my final goal."
Main: Gaea, summoner
Reroll: Gaëa, archer
Guild position: Nuker (Gaea) and Distance DPS (Gaëa)
Real life name: Gabrielle JolivetLatest addition to the guild for the two first seasons, she joined only because Horizon cannot be played solo. She's set on accumulating as many credits (game currency) as she can, to the point that looting dead enemies behind her guildmates' backs, charming her way out of contributing to the guild's common funds, refusing to engage in a battle under the pretext that expensive repairs are sure to be needed, scamming and blackmailing are not beyond her.
Played by: Anne-Laure Jarnet (Season 1, 2, 4 and 5 credits)/ Gabrielle Jolivet (Season 3 credits)
- Adaptational Heroism: In the novels and series, Tenshirock decided that all/most of the guild was off the hook during novel / Season 3 due to them indirectly serving his cause. In the comic, Gaea negotiated that immunity as part of their business relationship, while the extent to which she cares about her guildmates is usually ambiguous. The only part of the deal that doesn't make the trope too strong is Omega Zell's non-inclusion.
- Almighty Janitor: Her blackmail has given her leverage on people that should normally be above her in the pecking order.
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: A possible inversion or aversion, best summed up by paraphrasing Ivy's Lampshade Hanging from Season 5:Ivy: What do you want to get yourself that's so expensive? Because whatever you're "saving up" for, you should be able to afford it by now.
- The Beastmaster: In the novels and comic. Two creatures have been seen: a giant pig-like creature and a bird that she actually stole.
- Blackmail: Omega Zell, Fantöm, Horizon's creators for more or less mild cases.
- Brainy Brunette: A little less of a brunette in the comics.
- Characterization Marches On: It took a few episodes for her way of managing credits and selfishness to be even hinted at.
- Celebrity Lie: Zig-zagged. It's part of the few times she's seen trying to scam someone else than her own guildmates, except that she has dropped the names of Fantöm and Tenshirock, whom she's actually acquainted with on some of these occasions.
- Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: Her neighbor's Wifi in Season 2.
- Con Woman
- Cower Power: People she pulled this on include Tenshirock, Golgotha, Sparadrap and later Meuhmeuh.
- Dirty Coward: One of the few female cases. Reaching level 100, however, stimulates her to willingly challenge Omega Zell to a duel.
- Double Play: Has an archer on a different account. Becomes quite literal when she keeps said archer active in the Empire while her summoner joins the Coalition.
- Dream Sequence: Of Fantöm and Omega Zell having a romantic moment. The way it's depicted is quite unrealistic since Omega Zell tends to go almost mute in the presence of Fantöm who either ignores him or looks at him as if he's crazy. The dream ended up being semi-accurate: it had Omega Zell promise to still love Fantöm despite the aftermath of the Wham Episode, help him clear his name, and assist him in getting back to level 100. Omega Zell turned out to be so superficial that he only goes into "mute mode" in front of a level 100 and part of a Prestige Class Fantöm, making him perfectly capable of talking normally to Elementalist!Fantöm while he was getting levelled up by the Noob guild.
- Face–Heel Revolving Door: Gaëa the archer lets her keep a foot in the Empire.
- Face–Heel Turn: Some fans also speculated that she was TheMole from the beginning of the series, but this is Jossed in the fourth novel.
- Fangirl: As one can guess, she really likes of the idea of a female former top player and is hence a big fan of Mist.
- Freudian Excuse: She's a Starving Student in real life, explaining her Gold Fever in game (according to Tenshirock, at least).
- Gender-Blender Name: Possibly not as intentional as for Morgan/Omega Zell, but her real name is homophonous to the masculine "Gabriel".
- Gold Fever
- Heroism Incentive: Both a nasty side effect and a flip side of her greed. The nasty effect is that her own guildmates sometimes have to pay her for stuff that a decent friend or guildmate would do naturally (like not running away from a battle or giving someone else a message on their behalf). The flip side is that if one can afford to give her a bunch of credits or real life money, she'll accept to do odd jobs, including some with a positive impact on the plot.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: If she can help it, she'll avoid using any of the powerful items she owns. Make her angry enough to want to fight against you and she'll use anything that can help her win and she will be mad at you for forcing her into it, further motivating her to defeat you.
- Instant Expert: She manages to force Ivy into using her kamikaze ability right after getting the ability to use her People Puppets spell (if it's not that trope, then it's Crazy-Prepared). Making Omega Zell punch himself in the face and run into walls multiple times makes more sense both because it's probably something she was dreaming of doing after realising the ability's potential (and would have hence done her homework in perspective of the opportunity showing up) and she had control of his avatar during part of Mortegarde dungeon.
- It Amused Me: It seems like only one other thing besides money can make her do something: the opportunity to humiliate Omega Zell. Even better if she can do both at the same time.
- It's All About Me
- I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: She was quite mad when she had to wake up from a dream of Omega Zell and Fantöm having a romantic moment.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk:
- She's outraged when Roxana kills Sparadrap's pets... because she was planning to steal them from him and sell them.
- That side of her shows up in the comic also, where she gets Sparadrap motivated during the Fluxball game by promising him to buy him a smourbiff for each time he scores a point. She however intends to buy the pets with the already virtually non-existent guild's funds.
- In the fourth novel, Sparadrap asks her if she actually considers the other members of the guild friends after she gets a Face Heel Revoving Door on her record and thinks her positive answer is sincere. But it seems like she doesn't consider this incompatible with treating the guild common fund as a free money reserve.
- Karma Houdini
- Kill Steal: She's not above it if it can help her win credits or experience.
- Lady of Black Magic: Sports the attitude from time to time.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Miser Advisor: Regularly takes credits from the guild's common fund without ever contributing and sometimes swindles money directly from her guildmates.
- Misplaced Sorrow: The first entry on Jerk with a Heart of Jerk says it all.
- Money Fetish: Greed is without doubt her deadly sin.
- Never My Fault: Frequently complains about the guild being out of money despite never contributing to its fund.
- Ninja Looting
- Not Me This Time:With all the scams that she's orchestrated, everybody, Arthéon included, first had no doubt that she was the one who posted the video that caused the Wham Episode to happen, fact that it ended on her blog not really helping. Lucky for her, she had a solid alibi and the player who actually did it insisted on gloating about it despite knowing she frequently records things happening in-game.
- Off-Screen Scamming: The blackmail and scams she pulled on Fantöm, Omega Zell or Sparadrap (novel and comics) are implied to be the tip of an enormous iceberg. She's seen scamming random passers-by two or three times in the comic, but that's about it.
- People Puppets: She gets the ability to control avatars from the same faction for ten seconds in episode 2 of Season 4 and the possibility extends to avatars from the other factions in episode 11 as part of her level 100 abilities. The fact her victims can still complain about it is justified by the fact the spell has no reason to cut off their microphones.
- Personality Powers: She's a Manipulative Bastard and has a People Puppets power.
- Playing the Victim Card: Unless there's another name for her doing her Puppy-Dog Eyes while telling a sob story that is Metaphorically True at best.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Her Puppy-Dog Eyes are meant to exploit a variation of this.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Tenshirock was a great help on the two occasions Games Masters got on her case.
- The Scrooge: Maximal hoarding of both credits and expensive items, yet acts as if she were in Perpetual Poverty.
- The Smurfette Principle: Before Golgotha's and Couette's arrival.
- Summon Magic
- Sure, Let's Go with That: This is basically her attitude towards the Guild of Gaea Admirers' belief that she's a Double Agent.
- Squishy Wizard: Probably true of any nuker and healer in the series, but she gets special mention for using it as a semi-legitimate excuse to have hiding be her first reflex at any sign of danger and thinking of other players as human shields in the novels.
- Token Evil Teammate: While her position as this was unclear for most of the series, she definitely holds it now that the core membership of the guild has moved to being her, Sparadrap, Ivy and Couette.
- Trash of the Titans: Her flat is very messy in the comic book.
- Trick Arrow: She's seen using element-imbued arrows as Gaëa.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: In Season 3:Gaea: "Everyone, do what I just wrote on the discussion board."
- Welcome Back, Traitor: Shown to happen in the fourth novel and implied in the webseries. Played with as Sparadrap asked her if she actually considers the rest of the guild friends in the novel and the webseries hints she had to promise to straighten up her act if she wanted to come back.
- Welcome Episode: Early Season 1 episodes.
- With Friends Like These...: Her arguments with Omega Zell have been countless since the very first time they met.
- Yaoi Fangirl
Guild position: Tank / Guild Master
Real life name: Stanislas 'Stan' ChâtelainAfter getting his account reset as punishment for Real Money Trade and finding no other guild that would accept him at level 1, he was chosen as successor to Master Zen when he ended up in jail. Team parent without completely falling into Team Mom or Team Dad, he's both the glue holding the guild together and its mentor. As a level 100 character, he was part of Justice guild, the top guild of Horizon.
Played by: Jonathan Fourcade
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: His comic version has more visible Foreshadowing of his upcoming Rage Breaking Point. His debut in comic one shoes him have a moment of doubt when alone, but brush it off for the sake of maintaining his role of Only Sane Man. In comic 7, he releases a Limit Break he intended for a boss on bunch of Mooks while yelling at them (actually surprising Gaea) because he needed to blow off steam.
- Badass Beard
- The Big Guy
- Bottomless Bladder: He was closed up in the garage of Master Zen's hiding place for a whole week.
- Or his escape may have been precisely because Master Zen forgot to tie him up correctly after letting him go to the bathroom.
- Cynicism Catalyst:Kary breaking up with him led him to question how genuine his friendship with the rest of the Noob guild was and decide it wasn't, in turn leading to his rage breaking point and its consequences.
- Demoted to Extra: In the webseries, he's started creeping closer and closer to secondary character by being kidnapped for part of Season 2, going to boarding school in Season 3, his mostly off-screen quest of Sourcelame and the consequences of finding it. This has been reflected by having him disappear from later photomontages and early movie-related montages focusing only on Gaea, Omega Zell and Sparadrap.
- Didn't Think This Through: When people complained about putting him Omega Zell in charge while he was searching for Sourcelame with Kary (which qualifies for this trope in itself), his solution was to put Gaea in charge instead.
- Dual Wielding: His swords as of late Season 2 and until Season 4.
- Felony Misdemeanor: He considers Judge Dead's reaction to his Real Money Trade to be that.
- Geeky Turn-On: He falls in love with Kary upon finding out she's interested in the game's background and dreams of finding a unique object and wants to marry her after finding Sourcelame.
- Love Before First Sight: He's implied to have never met Kary in person, or to have even seen a picture of her. This does not prevent Arthéon from "really loving her".
- Love Hurts
- My Beloved Smother: His mother is very meddling, so he had to give up social activities like sports according to the novels. She also used to make Artheon stop playing at 8.00 PM every night. She also sent him to a Boarding School of Horrors in Season 3.
- Only Sane Man: Before reaching his Rage Breaking Point, which is basically caused by a deconstruction of the trope.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know something is wrong when he actually calls for Judge Dead despite his phobia of Game Masters.
- Not Good with Rejection: When it comes to him, it's probably the biggest Understatement of year 2012.
- Performance Anxiety: He turns out to suffer from it in one of the comic's stories. It however seems to be a Compressed Vice as the first story of the same comic briefly showed him taking down a monster with his temporarily unbanned level 100 avatar while the rest of the guild was watching (Saphir and Ystos were the audience in one of the flash-backs showing occurrences of said anxiety). Check My Beloved Smother for the possible cause if it's permanent.
- Playing Sick: He has often done the trick to his controlling mom, so he was able to play all day long, also using it to miss class.
- Rage Breaking Point: At the end of season 4: after years of taking care of the "Noob" Guild, having to deal with Sparadrap's incompetence, Omega Zell's misogyny and opportunism, and Gaea's cupidity, and after enduring Master Zen's manipulations and in real life kidnapping, Arthéon completely snaps after he was more or less left at the in-game altar by the one girl he fell in love with. See Unstoppable Rage for the consequences.
- Reluctant Ruler: Word of God and the comic hint towards him fitting the trope after Master Zen ended up in jail, by taking leadership because he thought Omega Zell and Sparadrap could only do worse than him. His Rage breaking point deconstructed it along with Only Sane Man.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The guild getting involved in the second novel's plot relies on him being this in an early chapter.
- The Roleplayer: Especially when when comes to his interest in the background, that makes him Mr. Exposition in the novels.
- Seeker Archetype: He's very interested in Horizon's background. One of the short stories in the comic has him talking to everyone in a new town while the rest of the guild sitting on a bench waiting for him to finish.
- Skewed Priorities:
- When he tells about Tenshirock wiping out his former guild's accounts, he mentions that some players "killed themselves or worse, stopped playing Horizon".
- After getting kidnapped and detained in a garage for a whole week and managing to escape, the first thing he does is go back on Horizon. Somewhat falls into This Is No Time for Knitting in that case since Master Zen was just about to get Judge Dead to give the Noob guild's leadership back to him under the pretense that Arthéon hadn't shown up in a week.
- The Strategist: Used to hold that position in Justice guild according to the novels and is quite obviously keeping it up the Noob guild.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Inverted in his case, given that Master Zen is hinted to have been quite a tyrant.
- Unstoppable Rage: At the end of Season 4, once he reached his Rage Breaking Point. He goes after Master Zen and kills his avatar (despite the fact that, for once, Master Zen wasn't responsible for his misfortune), reaches the 100th level by the same occasion, almost knocks out Couette, and finally loses it in front of his fellow members of the Noob Guild, where he calls them out on their attitude. He then promptly dissolves the guild, and decides to become a solitary and vengeful player.
- Wham Line:
- While the name of his former guild is still unknown and the existence of Justice has been revealed by Omega Zell, Arthéon gets asked by him to send a message to one of his old friends that has information they need:Arthéon: I've tried already. Fantöm isn't replying to me.
- And in Season 4 finale:Arthéon: As leader, I declare that the Noob guild no longer has a reason to be. I wish to disband it right now.
- While the name of his former guild is still unknown and the existence of Justice has been revealed by Omega Zell, Arthéon gets asked by him to send a message to one of his old friends that has information they need:
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He refuses, even if it's a matter of life or death, to ask Game Masters anything. He has a phobia of them since they erased his level 100 character.
- With a Foot on the Bus: The webseries version did this with him leaving for boarding school, but fortunately managing to install Horizon on the school computers on his first day there.
Guild position: DPS / Self proclaimed ace
Real life name: Morgan LavandeReporter for a Girl-Show Ghetto channel by day, Olydri's most sexist and egocentric assassin by night, his dream is to join Justice guild and be good enough to beat Fantöm. The main obstacles on his way as far as he's concerned? The presence of a Noob and a girl (later three of them) that drags his guild's level down and his tendency to get into embarrassing situations while trying to be well liked by his ideal colleagues... or just because Tenshirock needs a lab rat.
Played by: Julien Guellerin
- Ambiguously Gay: There's his job, his name, but also his real life behavior, especially his food choices (organic salads according to the first novel). Add Tenshirock who likes punishing him by blocking his avatar in dancing mode and Gaea's insinuations that his hero worship of Fantöm is actually a Celeb Crush. He also sides with Sparadrap when he gives liking the way his clothes look as a reason for not changing them (to something with better stats) for a long time. His sister added an extra layer by mentioning he took classical dancing when he was nine.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: At the beginning of the webseries.
- Berserk Button: According to the first novel, the best way to make him angry is to address letters meant for him to "Mrs. Morgane Lavande". The thing may get torn into too many pieces to be readable.
- Catch-Phrase: "Girls can't play MMORPG!", "Arthéon will never believe me..." and "Girls aren't genetically programmed for X".
- Celibate Hero: Invokes the "deliberately avoiding all relationships with the opposite sex" variation to explain the "no girlfriend" aspect of his Ambiguously Gay characterisation in Season 4.
- Combat Aestheticist: In addition to inverting the "using charisma as Dump Stat" stereotype, he sometimes takes poses mid-battle. Reactions of other charcters to them imply that his mind in the only place where these poses look any good.
- Culture Blind: Despite being The Team Wannabe to Justice, he was several times shown to know very little about the requirements to join them aside from reaching level 100. To add insult to injury, Gaea seems to know more about these requirements than he does.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He got on the losing side of one when he wanted to have a fight with Saphir to prove he was worthy of the Justice guild.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dream Sequence: The first has him winning a duel against Fantöm... using powers an assassin can't possibly have. The second one has him confronting Tenshirock after being given the combined powers of Fantöm and Judge Dead and asking him to put an end to what he assumes to be his current "getting people off MMORPG" plan: having girls start playing them.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Slips into this with his misogyny combined to his Ambiguously Gay characterization.
- Everyone Has Standards: Some of his criticism of Gaea hints that he'd have a problem with her Manipulative Bastard and The Scrooge tendencies even if she were a man.
- Gender-Blender Name: In real life.
- Gender Scoff: Obviously.
- Gibberish of Love: Put him close enough to Fantöm and he'll go in The Not-Love Interest counterpart to this.
- He-Man Woman Hater: The reason may be that girls make him suffer a lot at his job.
- Hero-Worshipper: To Fantöm, big time.
- Highly Visible Ninja: During her brief time at his avatar's control in Season 1, Gaea notices he only has 3 points in stealth at level 10 and points out that white is a lousy color for an assassin (he's hinted to have chosen the color only so his clothes would match the Justice Guild tabard he was wearing during the first episodes). In the second novel, he fails to take his cursor in consderation while following a group of people.
- Involuntary Dance: Tenshirock loves doing that to him.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery/I Just Want to Be You: He's either an exaggerated version of the first of a downplayed version of the second. According to the novels, Fantöm was an assassin before the first time he became a Twilight warrrior, hence his class choice. His lifelong dream is to attain Fantöm's status, but he stays enough of is own person to not completely qualify as I Just Want to Be You (for starters, he talks way too much to be imitating Fantöm personality-wise).
- It's All About Me: To a lesser extent than Gaea, but enough for him to not be a much better team player than her and be a big factor their conflictual status quo. He's only in the guild while waiting to qualify for Justice, who only takes level 100 players, after all.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Surprisingly averted during the Curb-Stomp Battle with Saphir (he let it pass because of the level difference). Played straight in Season 4 finale after his defeat to Gaea.
- This trope comes up during a tournament in the third comic, during which he ends up fighting against Golgotha. The fact that he seemingly considers her One of the Boys comes in full bloom as he obviously considers she has a chance of beating him, but is determined to not let it happen due to her still technically being female.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- In his rantings about the guild, he frequently points out actually existing flaws (while still ignoring his own).
- When Arthéon shows up after snubbing the guild for several weeks in early Season 4, he calls him on it even after he and Kary take the time to explain everyone what they've been doing.
- In Season 4, after Gaea tells him he'll have to start respecting women sooner or later, he's clearly uncomfortable with the idea of respecting someone who has no morals and spends her time scamming other people. He leaves the guild that's currently under her command when Gaea replies that respecting her would actually be a good place to start.
- The Lancer: Despite officially not caring about any member of the guild except Arthéon, he knows his progress is dependant on them and ends up putting minor efforts of his own into making it function, including being a second opinion on Arthéon's decisions and making sure he doesn't fall for Gaea's schemes. His personality also makes him a natural Foil to Arthéon, and he's the one who picks up the Sanity Ball the few time Arthéon drops it. The fact that his actions remain self-serving at the end of the day however makes him a lousy leader in Season 4.
- Listing The Forms Of Degenerates: He's sometimes seen doing this. The long version from the novels has him mention all the banes of MMORPG players and add "girls" at the end of what would otherwise be an exhaustive and accurate list. The short version seen in the other media reduces it to Noobs and women as a direct jab to his own teammates: it ends up being a double one to Couette and encompassing everyone except Arthéon and Fantöm during the latter's time in the guild.
- Megane: Morgan wears glasses in real life.
- Mistaken for Gay: Gaea seems to believe it, but a discussion with Saphir in Season 4 revealed that in addition to the mentioned above He-Man Woman Hater issue, he's delibarately avoiding any relationship with the opposite sex to be able to focus on the game until he reaches the top.
- Neat Freak: His flat looks like a model one.
- Never My Fault: Blames anything that goes wrong on Sparadrap and Gaea, even when he has a part in it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Season 2 finale.
- The One Guy: At his workplace.
- Politically Incorrect Hero
- Pride: His deadly sin without hesitation.
- The Scream: Upon finding out about the enhancements made on Fantöm's avatar.
- Sour Supporter: He pretends to be an enthusiastic feminist around his coworkers and in front of his boss.
- Sticks to the Back: His sword in the comic.
- Straw Misogynist
- The Team Wannabe: For Fantöm's team, when he's not picturing himself as his successor. Moves to Ascended Fanboy in Season 4.
- To Be a Master: Pictures himself as Fantöm's sucessor as the Horizon number one player.
- Wham Line: In the Season 4 premiere:Omega Zell: Just before he logged off, [Arthéon] made me the guild leader.
- It turns out Arthéon only made him interim first officer, which that enables him to manage the guild in his absence, but some Master-only actions are not allowed, such as kicking people out. And he did it mostly because Omega Zell had been pestering him about it for a while.
- Yaoi Guys: With Fantöm, in Gaea's imagination.
Sparadrap and Spärädräp
- "I usually hate fighting against other players. I prefer inviting them into my guild so they can become my friends."
Main: Sparadrap, priest
Reroll: Spärädräp, warrior
Guild position: Healer / Self-appointed recruiter (Sparadrap), back-up tank (Spärädräp)
Real life name: Kevin LepapeBoth a Noob and a Manchild, with a lousy memory to top it off. Despite being as eager as anyone else to reach a higher level (when not convinced he's already at the top), his main focus in Horizon is his pet collection and trying to get players to join the guild, regardless of the faction to which they belong. In battle, his aiming trouble frequently makes him heal enemies instead of his teammates.
Played by: Frédéric Zolfanelli
- The Alleged Boss: He did mature a little after taking over the guild command. However, between the character traits that have stayed the same, Ivy being the de facto second in command, Ystös' more efficient method of enforcing the rules and Golgotha remaining the guild's honorary true companion, his authority can become a big question mark.
- All-Loving Hero: He eventually becomes more pragmatic while staying as nice and caring for other as he has always been. It the literal sense of the trope, his case is so bad that it's easier to list the people he does not like. Roxana, Kary, done.
- Badass on Paper: He may not be doing it on purpose, but "bullying" one of the worse Player Killers until he quits the game in the webseries storyline is quite a feat.
- Berserk Button: Three things can actually make him mad: hurting his friends, insulting his grandmother, and killing his pets. Do the three things to him at the same time, and you can actually get him to act serious enough to impress his teammates.
- Break the Cutie: While his obssession with collecting pets was played as a comical and ridiculous thing for most of the series, it suddenly turns into an actual Tear Jerker in season 3 final episodes when they are killed in front of him.
- Catch-Phrase: "Do you want to join my guild?"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Averted. Dark Avenger and Précieux believe he's either this or Obfuscating Stupidity, but he's just a real moron with incredible luck.
- Characterization Marches On: He started out with all characteristics of a typical Noob, but ended up only keeping part of it (mostly orverestimating his talent from time to time) and Stupid Good currently fits his later of playing much better. Even later in the story, he's converging towards All-Loving Hero.
- The Chosen Zero: Invoked when Tenshirock arranged for him to get the hacked staff.
- Coincidental Dodge: Almost mandatory if Dark Avenger is around.
- The Cutie: He's pretty much the closest thing the franchise has to a young child.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: One of the many reasons insults directed at him fly over his head, especially considering that the people he spends the most time around use sarcasm like they breathe.
- Dream Sequence: A Sugar Bowl version of things such as they were in Season 4, with his guildmates being friendly to each other and a complete collection of Smourbiffs to his name.
- The Fool
- Forgetful Jones
- Fur and Loathing: Possibly because of this trope, he refuses to wear fur items in-game (the fur also happens to be from the same species as his pets), even if the alternative is slowly losing HP and healing himself every ten seconds. Gaea had to point out that the smourbiffs that were used to make the items would be dead for nothing if he didn't wear them to change his mind.
- Go Through Me: During the tournament in Season 5, he does this to protect Golgotha from Roxana. Granted that he did this as Spärädräp, but the person he was protecting still would have kicked his ass if they were fighting each other instead of on the same side.
- Hates Being Alone: He always seeks company (his recruiting attempts can be seen as being part of it), hates seeing people leave the guild even when they're jerks and/or never meant to stay forever in the first place and a scene from the third novel has him state that he plays with his pets when none of the other guild members are logged in.
- Iconic Item: His staff has become that, to the extent of having its own T-Shirt.
- Idiot Hero: He qualifies for this during his progression away from The Fool. Threatening to hurt his friends turns out to be one of the few things that can anger him in Season 3 finale. Starting later Season 4 and the fourth novel, Putting The Band Back Together definitely qualifies as an idealistic goal.
- Invincible Incompetent: Dark Avenger and occasionally high level enemies tend to trigger that in him.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Inverted. He frequently either hits the wrong target (enemies with healing, allies with attacks) or misses entirely. The only consolation is that Revive Kills Zombie exists in Horizon.
- I Want My Grandma
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Probably the "nice person" trope from the list that fits him best. Gaea is shown taking advantage of it in the novels and comic.
- Literal-Minded: He often mixes up the real life and MMORPG meaning of terms and sometimes needs a mini English lesson along with the explanation of non-French terms. He also has trouble with figures of speech in general.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "It's ____ (insert adjective) of the dead!" The "of the dead" part is Gratuitous English in the original language.
- Magic Staff: He's actively working on using it as a melee weapon in Season 3 and his obliviousness to its actual length tends to be a factor in his accidental beatings of Dark Avenger.
- Meaningful Name: "Kevin" is often considered to be interchangeable with "Noob" in France while his last name is the French equivalent to ThePope. It doesn't take much twisting to change it into "the Noob priest".
- The Medic: "Eventually" is both the nicest and most accurate word for his case.
- Messiah Creep: With The Fool as a starting point and going towards All-Loving Hero.
- The Millstone: His lack of healing ability was responsible for more than one Total Party Kill.
- Missing Mom: His mother is quite conspicuously absent from his ramblings about his family and conversations with his brother.
- Naïve Animal Lover: A running gag is his inability to understand that if something attacks him, he can't make it into a pet.
- No Hero to His Valet: In Season 3 and the second novel, he turns out to be a semi-professional tennis player known to be immune to pressure. However, in Season 2, he stated that his father and his grandmother would rather have him be in front of the computer than doing anything else when he's at home because it means he's not doing anything foolish (in the real world, at least).
- No Sense of Direction
- Noob: Duh. Even after he reaches level 100.
- Not So Weak: Considering that hurting people he cares about is his Berserk Button and he's an All-Loving Hero...
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Averted. Dark Avenger and Précieux believe he's either this or Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, but he's just a real moron with incredible luck.
- Paralysis by Analysis: He's implied to be completely immune to this in the webseries and novels (pressure is mentioned to have no effect on him), which makes him a great tennis player in real life.
- Phrase-Catcher: Being called a noob by random people. He has a standard reaction to it, which is to be amazed that so many people know of the guild.
- Practical Taunt: Has one a Spärädräp.
- Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: His warrior reroll has a feature dedicated to delivering these (as part of a Practical Taunt) and he keeps accidentally activating it. The one-liners in themselves are always hilarious.
- Raised by Grandparents: He often mentions his grandmother and his dad (who doesn't live with them according to the second novel), but never his mother, implying that she's missing.
- Series Mascot: If one character has to be picked to represent the franchise in a lineup with other mascots, it tends to be him.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Dark Avenger alone shows that his overly friendly attitude can make him an in-universe case.
- Signature Move: Healing the enemy (which can turn into Revive Kills Zombie on a "good" day) as his healer, accidentally activating his Practical Taunt as his warrior.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: As much of an idiot he is, one may agree with him when he calls out Arthéon for his Unstoppable Rage in the season 4 finale.
- Smart Ball:
- He gets it on two notable occasions in the webseries. In Season 1, when Arthéon and Omega Zell have to explain him how the Galamadriabuyak tower works, he asks why it has ten floors when nine should be enough for it to fill its role of unlocking 10 new levels per floor if 100 is the maximum and players who have never entered it are stuck at level 10 (but still shows to be bad at math in the process). In Season 3, in retaliation to Omega Zell's insults, he threatens to tell Ystos, points out that it would make Fantöm know about it before long, and even lets Omega Zell think that Ystos can hear him... when he's actually asleep on the couch right behind him. The second one alone can give the impression that Dark Avenger actually figured him out quite well.
- He also does surprisingly well when he ends up on his own with no other company than Saryahblööd in the second novel. When short on time (albeit partly by his own fault), he states out loud a string of key words likely to make Sin react rather than trying to have a real conversation with him.
- Staff of Authority: His staff doubles as that in the later part of the series.
- Stock "Yuck!": When he resorts to a badly planned attempt to kidnap Stanislas/Arthéon to get him to care for the guild again, he admits having planned all sorts of tortures that include forcing him to eat vegetables.
- Stupid Good: Offers players from other factions to join the guild and tried to adopt an enemy monster as a pet at least once.
- Super-Powered Alter Ego: The avatar being taken over by his younger brother, who's much better at the game than him, tends to play out like that trope.
- The Team Benefactor: In earlier installments, the guild is stuck with him because they can't find another healer and when they eventually did, the girl wasn't much better at the job than him and seldom showed up. In addition to that, he's the only member of the guild that can enable them to contact Justice Guild directly without having to locate them due to having one of its members playing on the couch behind him in real life.
- Trademark Favorite Food: His grandma's custard. It often works as a Delicious Distraction.
- Unexpected Successor: He managed to make a better replacement leader than Omega Zell and Gaea and is officially Noob's Guild Master by the time Season 5 starts.
- The Watson: Quite a lot of exposition happens because someone else has to explain how something works to him.
- White Mage: Literal with his first outfit.
- With Friends Like These...: He considers all his guildmates to be his friends. While it may be understandable when it comes to Arthéon (and later Couette and Ivy), Omega Zell frequently insults him and Gaea isn't that nice to him either.
Class: Elementalist (affliated primarily to water, secondarily to earth)
Guild position: Second healer
Real life name: Angélique FleurA teenage beauty queen who pretty much fulfills Omega Zell's idea of female video game players. The second Noob of the guild while not having it as bad as Sparadrap, her main flaw is a mild case of Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! that accompanies her frequent girl talk. Combat wise, she's much better at aiming than Sparadrap, but also shows up much less often than him.
Played by: Manon Morand
- Characterization Marches On: She started off with enough in common with Sparadrap to be his Distaff Counterpart. She's now more self-centered about her appearance and informed about in-game fact among other things, making her similarity with him is now closer to what exists between Gaea and Omega Zell.
- The Cutie: Somehow gets overshadowed by a male in his early twenties in that domain.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Shown to be able to do it with her earth build.
- Distaff Counterpart:
- She started out as one for Sparadrap and it stuck a little longer in the comics and novels than in the series. Even if Divergent Character Evolution took place personnality-wise, she shares quite a few features with him: healer that seldom switches to tank, questionable talent for said healing, a naive yet charming personality, great real-life success in a highly competitive domain, enough of a Noob to be part of Tenshirock's Season 2 plan, only other member of the guild given a pet in the comic... even her outfit colors somewhat match Sparadrap's starting Season 4.
- In Season 4, when Arthéon gets pleasantly surprised of how well Sparadrap is managing things in his absence compared to Omega Zell and Gaea (who both had a brief time as replacement guild leader before him), he ends up basically saying "Gee, maybe I should have put you in command from the start". Couette replies that she would have done the job just as well as Sparadrap if she had been given the chance.
- Divergent Character Evolution: She started off with enough in common with Sparadrap to be his Distaff Counterpart. She's now more self-centered about her appearance and informed about in-game fact among other things, making her similarity with him is now closer to what exists between Gaea and Omega Zell.
- I Broke a Nail: Overlapped with Minor Injury Overreaction. She was considering going to the hospital before Arthéon told her it wasn't that serious.
- Ice Magic Is Water: She mentions that she can produce an ice shield in a webseries episode.
- Informed Attractiveness: She's shown winning a regional "miss" contest in real life in the comic and is stated to have done the same in at least another one in the webseries. In the comic, where she's one of the super-deformed characters, yet has been voted cutest avatar on Horizon.
- Informed Attribute: One of the most frequent changes of the novel and comic coverage of the post fall of Fantöm period is to include her in portions of the story from which she's absent in the webseries. This gives her an informed repeated absence status similar to Ivy's in the webseries.
- Girlish Pigtails: "Couette" is the french word for said pigtails. And of course, she wears them.
- Glacier Waif: She's one with her earth build, that is meant for tanking.
- More of a Stone Wall waif (per T-Man in the webseries Tournament Arc).
- Kawaiiko: Has shades of this, including the fact that she's looking for "kawaii" clothing items for her avatar by her own words. The shopping she does in her real life scene from the comic confirms this.
- Literal-Minded: Gets her moments, but can tell the difference between the real life and MMORPG meaning of a term much more often than Sparadrap.
- Making a Splash: Her attack spells in the comic.
- Noob: Zig-zagged. She can go from being well-informed and well-aware of what she's supposed to do to completely lost, sometimes in the same scene.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her avatar in the comic. The (shorter) hair length she's seen with in the series is shown to be the one she maintains in real life.
- Stupid Good: Her comic version shows a little of it, due to the personality separation from Sparadrap being a little slower. She has among other things chosen to heal Gaea's summon creature over Omega Zell "because it's much cuter" and asked her guildmates to not hit a boss too hard because he happened to be a possessed good guy.
- Vague Age: It's hard to tell if she's in her early teens or older but short and childish for her age. Manon Morand herself is actually a short adult (the actor playing Sin in the movies is the current junior of the cast).
- Wardrobe Wound: She's occasionally seen complaining about her outfit being damaged.
- White Mage: Even started out wearing white before moving to blue in Season 4.
Class: Neomancer (used to be translated as neogician)
Guild position: Second nuker / Distance DPS
Real Life Name: Fanny BlanchetSleepy Head par excellence, she frequently loses track of what's happening in the game. Very laid back and puts both her gunslinger and bomb-builder talents in good use when awake. She's frequently the one who fills in the rest of the guild on game features and facts that they encounter for the first time, making her the Horizon expert in Arthéon's absence.
Played by: Johanna Fournier
- Action Bomb: Potentially, but only seen that time Gaea forced her into it via People Puppets and when she gave up her tournament victory in favor of Omega Zell.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Despite her almost catatonic attitude, she is one of the most effective fighters in the guild.
- Bio-Augmentation: A perk her class gets from being part of the Empire, that possesses the secret of technology. The second novel, however, states that it keeps her from using magic (implicitly to keep the class from becoming a Game-Breaker).
- Character Exaggeration: Just read the novel in which she's introduced. Yes, that's her building something other than a bomb in the underground forest scene.
- Composite Character: On a meta level. After Arthéon, Omega Zell and Gaea leave, she's both the member of the team with the most sanity and game background knowledge (a trait of Arthéon's) and the Lancer who's following the footsteps of a famous player (a trait of Omega Zell's). In addition to these, her personality in general is basically how Gaea would turn out if she had better moral standards.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. She's the only blonde girl in the Noob Guild, yet not only is her avatar a technology expert, but she's also one of the most lucid players in the Guild.
- The Engineer
- Fangirl: Towards Mist, who's the reason she's playing a neomancer and wants to reach their legendary class according to the comic.
- Flash Step: The most frequent way her Super Speed is depicted.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Aside from one occurrence in the second novel, she uses it to build bombs.
- The Gunslinger
- Informed Flaw: Happened twice. Upon her introduction, Arthéon mentioned she didn't show up much. However, aside from the three first episodes of Season 3 during which only novel readers would know she's supposed to be part of the guild, she ended up being present so often that she functionally became a full-time member of the guild while Couette and Golgotha were both seen less frequently than her. In Season 4, Gaea mentions that she's sleeping even more than before because she stopped taking her narcolepsy medication; she's not seen falling asleep much more on screen, but it happening off screen is supposed to be the reason the guild breaks its record of failed quests during Season 4.
- Her tendency to not show up briefly became relevant in Season 4, where she was absent during the whole Dungeon of Chaos arc and the first two-thirds of the finale.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When she judges a situation desperate enough, she may decide to leave the scene before the thought even crosses Gaea's mind. One of her webseries lines that ended up on other official material can be paraphrased as "Oh, looks like we're going to be harassed by player killers. I'm going to the movie theater, see you guys in two or three hours."
- The Lancer: Slips into that role in Season 5.
- Mad Bomber: A heroic version.
- Only Sane Woman: When she's not sleeping, she's the female member of the guild that is the most in touch with reality. And she pretty much becomes the sanest person in the group after Arthéon snaps.
- Sleepy Head: Season 4 reveals that she actually has narcolepsy.
- Super Speed: Thanks to genetical enhancement.
Former/Short Lived members of Noob Guild
Guild position: Former nuker/Guild Master
Real life name: Robert DumoulinThe Hair Trigger Tempered Noob guild founder and former master who ended up in jail after an appliance defenestration went horribly wrong. He eventually escapes only to get the guild back, then to make its members' lives hell when it fails.
Played by: Lionel Tagliavini
- Accidental Murder: In a fit of rage after Sparadrap's screw-up, he actually threw his computer out of his apartment window... which landed on an old lady a few floors below and killed her.
- Ax-Crazy: Or at least he claims to be so; while he is definitely crazy and does regularly threaten to find other people in real life and kill them, he has yet to actually do it. He still does kidnap and hold people prisoner, though.
- Black Mage
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Gets jointly mentioned by Sparadrap and Omega Zell as early as episode 3, and his escape serves as the final scene of Season 1 finale. The novels and the comic have him already part of the Order by the time he becomes relevant.
- The Chessmaster: Subverted in the Season 2 finale. When he shows up, Arthéon assumes he was this. Master Zen, however, immediately admits he hasn't planned everything from the beginning; he just happened to be spying on them and had the idea of calling Judge Dead on the fact they had an illegal item on the spot.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Granted, one can't blame him for hating Sparadrap (even if it wasn't intentional, Sparadrap did cause him to accidentally commit murder and go to jail). On the other hand, kidnapping Arthéon and trying to get all the guild banned merely because they didn't want him to take his Guild Master title back seems a bit overreacting.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Wrath comes to mind as his deadly sin.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:In the Season 2 finale, he asks for a Game Master right when Sparadrap and Arthéon reach the place that could get them rid of the hacked staff and decides to keep them busy until he shows up, expecting the possession of the staff to get them kicked out of Horizon. When Judge Dead finally arrives, he's quick to reveal that possession of hacked equipment is no longer punished since it had been discovered that Tenshirock was the actual guilty party. Master Zen's first reaction to that news is to try using the staff to destroy his former colleague's avatars, causing him to get banned by someone he had summoned in the first place.
- Ironic Name: He's probably the least zen character in the whole franchise.
- Knight of Cerebus: His appearance contributes a lot to the series's Cerebus Syndrome as previous villains were no longer dangerous once logged out of the game. His absence from the comic outside Arthéon's flashback until comic number 7 seems to contribute to it starting out both with a Lighter and Softer tone and chronologically after Season 2.
- Mean Boss: He's hinted in Season 1 to have been quite a tyrannical Guild Master, Omega Zell was unwilling to see him replace Arthéon in Season 2, and those who know him were surprised when he seemingly accepted their refusal to have him as leader again.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot
- Sudden Name Change: His player's first name is Alexandre in the first novel, but is changed to Robert in the second and the comics.
Guild position: Second tankHired to replace Arthéon in Season 3, she disappears after events of the Wham episode. She eventually reappears as an Order cartomancer, which was her real character all along; check second Walking Spoiler of Relic Hunter guild for her permanent incarnation.
Played by: Floria Noel
- Adapted Out: Subverted. After getting demoted to mere anecdote in the novel version of the story, she doesn't appear at all in the comic version in her original role, but she briefly becomes relevant in the ninth comic.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Appropriately seen again as an enemy after leaving the guild.
- Evil All Along
- The Mole
Grobin des Doigts
Grobin des Doigts
Class: ArcherThe character created by a video game tester trying out Horizon 2.0, that Arthéon accepts into the guild due to the lack of new Empire players at the time. He runs into Ash a short time after that, buys credits from him without realising that real money trade isn't allowed in the game and gets kicked out by a Game Master.
Played by: Marcus
Season 3 temporary recruit (Spoilers)
Class: ElementalistFirst meant to do the game solo all over again, but ended up having to join the Noob guild when faced with the lack of low level Empire players that made forming a Pick-Up Group impossible when it was needed. Has left by the time Season 4 starts, presumably because the guild's help was no longer needed.
Played by: Fabien Fournier
- Broken Pedestal: Later subverted.
- Clear My Name: The reason he didn't want any help from his former teammates, even after being assured he had become number one on his own the first time.
- Guest-Star Party Member
- Jack-of-All-Stats: An unspecialized elementalist is apparently the closest he could get to a polyvalent Twilight warrior with a standard class. According to the novels, he can tank, nuke, DPS and heal decently, but not as well as if he had specialized in any of them.
- NEET: He's pretty much freeloading off his parents during that period.
- Sudden Humility: Both turning out to have been illegally enhanced without knowing it and having to start over again had quite an effect on him.
- Temporary Substitute: During that period, his situation was strangely close to Arthéon's: Tank, former level 100 Justice guild member, back to level 1 because of cheating, most experienced player of the guild, joined due to a lack of options. He showed up right when Arthéon was having exams and was temporarily going from playing an hour per day to not playing at all. The "replacing a character whose actor isn't available" aspect is somewhat present, given that the "Arthéon in boarding school" plotline exists because the actor playing him moved far away enough to be less available than in the two first seasons. The only difference is that Fantöm didn't appear just to replace him.
- Walking Spoiler: The reason he spent time in the Noob guild is tightly linked to one of the story's big twists.
- Weak, but Skilled: Low level avatar, great player.
Justice GuildThe top guild of Horizon until Season 3, whose top group ends up getting a lot of focus in the story as Arthéon's old one, Omega Zell's dream and later current one and having Sparadrap's brother among them among other things.
Class: Twilight Warrior
Guild position: Tank / Ace
Real life name: Max MiddleTop player of Horizon and Ace of Justice guild, notably famous for beating the top boss of Horizon 1.0 by himself. Admired by many players including Omega Zell, who becomes completely startled when he's around. While perfectly capable of being a One-Man Army, he frequently does dungeons and quests with three other players of his guild.
Played by: Fabien Fournier
- The Ace: Up to Season 3, still working on getting back there in Season 5.
- Alliterative Name: In real life.
- Always Someone Better: He was this to Amaras in his backstory.
- Art Evolution: He's the most obvious case in the comic, where he started out with a slightly muscular upper body and ended up with so much muscle and so thin legs that one must wonder how his real life self manages to stand.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: The novels explain that he can beat bosses meant for a full Player Party due to figuring out their behaviour patterns and planning for them no matter how complex they are.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appeared in the Horizon ad from the first episode long before being established as a regular character.
- Debt Detester: He considers himself indebted to the Noob guild and both debts he's shown repaying onscreen happened without him actually asking Omega Zell and Arthéon if that's actually the way they want the favor to be "spent" (even though it's hard to see what else Omega Zell would have wanted). The fact that he considers he owes Amaras for the few years he should have top player becomes relevant in Season 5 finale.
- Deus Exit Machina: In the Dungeon of Chaos arc, he broke off from the rest of the group to go after Tabris. That left rest of the group having to do the boss fight without him. He also spent a big chunk of Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions unable to control his avatar.
- Genius Bruiser: While his avatar is pretty much a powerhouse, all the group battles he won by himself involved a lot planning that shows that he's quite smart.
- Locked Out of the Loop: When it comes to the enhancements given to his avatar each time he got close to losing to Amaras.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": For both Spectre and Mist.
- Mistaken for Gay: He crossed the line between being the Love Interest in Gaea's personal "Omega Zell is gay" scenario and that trope when she decided Omega Zell must have pulled the casting couch on him to get into the Justice guild.
- The Not-Love Interest: To Omega Zell, who tends to act like someone with a Celeb Crush around him. Omega Zell is stated to have chosen to be a Celibate Hero to explain his lack of interest in relationships (with women at least) in Season 4, but Gaea's Yaoi Fangirl antiques mixed with a drive to humiliate him have made the waters really muddy prior to this. There's also Spectre's general Worthy Opponent attitude towards him.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't speak much, and his "I see" Verbal Tic seems to have developed as a way to tell people "Yes, I heard what you told me, but I have nothing special to say about it".
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Albeit with a quite short delay between breaking and rebuilding when it comes to his teammates. The rebuilding to the eyes of anyone else is still in progress, but it went past an important step when Omega Zell reverted to having a fanboy-ish attitude in his presence.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Season 3 events made his drop the insufferable part of his somewhat Insufferable Genius attitude from the earlier part of the story.
- Ultimate Gamer 386: With a few twists due to the fact that he's meant to last longer than a single episode. Including a cynical deconstruction and double subversion.
- Un-person: How Judge Dead deals with the public discovery of the enhancements given to him behind his back. He not only actually erases his avatar (the biggest punishment is usally permanent ban that keeps the avatar from being used but still in existence), but also erases any trace of what he ever accomplished. In a nutshell, players will remember he existed, but from the game's point of view, Judge Dead puts it quite well: "The famous Fantöm no longer exists. He has never existed."
- Verbal Tic: "I see". That tic popped up when Sparadrap wanted to imitate him and a piece of paper with these words written on it became part of the mannequin Omega Zell maked to prepare for an interview with him.
- Wham Line:
- In Season 4:Fantöm: Saphir, give [Omega Zell] a chance.
- Another in Season 5 finale, in the midst of his battle against Spectre and Amaras:Fantöm: Amaras?
Fantöm: Prepare to become a legend.
- In Season 4:
- Yaoi Guys: With Omega Zell, in Gaea's imagination.
- "If I gave a second chances to every loser like [Omega Zell], we'd be at the bottom of the rankings."
Guild position: Preemptive healer / Buffer / Admissions
Real life name: Eléna Pénélope GonagalIn charge of the Justice guild's admissions, she will only let the very best join, going as far as bashing anyone who dares to apply without fitting her criteria. She has a general disdain for low-level players and considers Arthéon starting again from level 1 as a cruel punishment. Her helpful side tends to show up only when her teammates are in danger.
Played by: Amandine Train
- Barrier Warrior
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Omega Zell once offered to have a fight with her to prove that he was worthy of joining the Justice guild. She shot him with an energy projectile before he could even pull his sword out.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Shows elements of this when it comes to Omega Zell's training.
- Hypocrite: What generally comes out of the details about her real life. She has a job running an Internet café with her sisters and apparently has a boyfriend from whom she got pregnant around Season 5, having given birth by the time the first movie rolls around.
- Iron Lady
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her refusal to give Omega Zell any special treatment may be cruel from his point of view, but she probably had to deal with plenty of other players that considered themselves entitled to special treatment and just sees no reason to treat him differently.
- The Lancer: Foil to Heimdäl, heavily implied to be second in command.
- The Perfectionist: In addition to what she expects from applicants, she'd rather have Ystos resurrect a random player than interview someone in Dead Character Walking form.
- Properly Paranoid: When she notices an applicant also has a Coalition avatar, she outright asks him is he's a spy. The applicant was T-Man using an Empire Avatar.
- Real Name as an Alias: The public and her guildmates know her player as "Pénélope", which is her real middle name.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: To Omega Zell.
- The Smurfette Principle: Even in the six-person configuration of the team shown in Season 4, she's the only female member.
- Status Buff
- Sudden Name Change: Subverted by Word of God. Max Middle called her player "Pénélope" in his interview in Season 3. Fast forward to her Day in the Life in comic 10, her sisters are calling her "Eléna". Word of God eventually explained that "Pénélope" is her middle name, which she uses a her public alias (including with her guildmates).
- You Know I'm Black, Right?: Omega Zell once tried to present the fact that he's a misogynist a good thing because she refuses any applicants that have girlfriends. Her reply to that was to remind him that she's a woman herself.
Ystos and Ystös
Main: Ystos, druid (Justice guild)
Reroll: Ystös, assassin (Noob guild)
Guild position: Healer (Classic) (Ystos; Justice) and DPS (Ystös; Noob)
Real life name: Thomas LepapeTeam Fantöm's level-headed and stoic healer. Much less snobbish than his guild mates, he has no problem speaking to Arthéon on a casual basis and helps out the Noob guild several times, making him the first member of Justice to warm up to the guild's members.
Played by: Matthieu Zecchini
- Big Brother Mentor: He's half-way between that role and Honorary True Companion for the Noob guild and an example of mental age counting more than physical age, especially when it comes to Sparadrap.
- Big Little Brother: In the comic, all level 100 avatars have human proportions while lower level characters are super-deformed and shorter. One of the consequences of the convention is that he's almost twice as tall as Sparadrap.
- Combat Medic
- Communications Officer: Basically turned into that during the Season 3 finale, largely due to his easy contact with both his colleagues and the Noob guild. Even outside that episode's context, the second novel hints he's the best means the Noob guild has to contact Justice's higher ups if needed.
- Crazy-Prepared: In Season 2 finale, he had a second laptop next to him just in case he needed to take control of Sparadrap.
- Creepy Monotone: He can get quite close to this when he's using his assassin.
- Face Palm: In Season 2 premiere, upon seeing Sparadrap convinced that Horizon 1.1 installed itself on their home computer on its own, right after kicking him off it under the pretense that he doesn't know how to play.
- Guest-Star Party Member: With his help being mostly in the logistics domain and the fact that he has easy access to the computer Sparadrap usually uses, he only formally joined the Noob guild's party once.
- Honorary True Companion: Downplayed compared to Golgotha's situation, but enough for his reroll in the Noob guild to fit in perfectly the second it's created.
- Instant Costume Change: The battle mask he sometimes wears usually appears on his face in a split second.
- Not So Stoic: His in-game stoic self is implied to be part of him roleplaying as a healer (hence his attitude change when playing as an assassin). In the webseries, this has led him to bursting into tears over being reminded of Fantöm's absence and being obviously overjoyed when Sparadrap reaches level 100. The few scenes in the comic that show him at home have him wearing context-appropriate expressions and just happening to have a calm and composed personality.
- Raised by Grandparents: Implied by the fact that he's Sparadrap's younger brother, but he never mentions the fact himself.
- Sixth Ranger: A fully fledged one for the Noob guild as his assassin.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He has a habit of doing this as his assassin.
- Smoke Out: He fails spectacularly the only time he's seen trying it, as he's still seen walking away at normal pace by the time the smoke dissipates. Fourtunately, he was just leaving after coming to announce his victory at the lower level tournament to Heimdäl.
- Weak, but Skilled: His assassin has yet to catch up with the rest of the Noob guild in terms of level, but he won the tournament in which he participated with very little effort.
- White Mage
- White Sheep: His father is actually a mafia big wig and Thomas explicitly avoiding too much involvement in the family activities.
- Work Hard, Play Hard: Sneaking up behind Ivy is the first thing he does after creating his assassin alt. An even better example of that side of him is how crazy he went in real life along with Sparadrap when he reached level 100. Once the celebration is over, Sparadrap seems to have trouble believing it actually happened and Ystos hints he'd better have it not leave their house.
Guild position: Nuker / Guild Master
Real life name: Stéphane AgenthommeMaster of Horizon's top guild and team Fantöm's strategist, whose distinctive sign is a white (later gold) mask covering his face. If provoked, he will usually be the first of the team to lose his temper, Saphir being the one who calms him down just as easily.
Played by: Benjamin Masnières
- Berserk Button: Being someone who got to the top via hard work, he hates cheating, whether it's from other people or being accused of it. He was very angry at Fantöm before the latter was proven innocent.
- Black Mage: Literal during Season 2 and in the openings.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: He has shown to appreciate certain qualities in other people, even if they happen to otherwise be far from Justice guild material by Saphir's standards or in disgrace. In the novels, he backs up Arthéon and tells people to listen to him when he comes up with a valid strategy and praises the Noob guild for sticking to the Empire on an occasion that had many players defect from it. In Season 4, Saphir seems to consider not veoting Omega Zell's entry in the guild as laxism on his part. Some outside canon information hints that his somewhat relaxed standards of what makes a good player are the reason Saphir is the one taking care of admissions and not him.
- Cool Mask
- Expressive Mask: Averted in the series, but played straight in the comic.
- Honor Before Reason: He apparently takes honor very seriously, to the point of allowing Fantöm to pay his debt to the Noob Guild even if it might weaken the Justice Guild.
- The act may have been at least partly reason-oriented: according to the novels, Fantöm was in another guild than Justice during his time as an assassin, but eventually left it because its members had no regard for his wishes (the leader notably wouldn't let him get the Twilight warrior class if the opportunity came). Not letting Fantöm pay his debt may therefore be akin to getting on his bad side. And in a way, Heimdäl owes the Noob guild also for their part in Fantöm's return in Justice. He could have been invoking his sense of honor just to avoid a long explanation in an already slow-paced episode.
- The Leader
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's the best mage on Horizon and leader of the game's top guild, but also Fantöm's teammate. In Season 5, Gaea mentions that he's the one with the best chance of winning a tournament happening while Fantöm, Amaras and Spectre are busy elsewhere.
- The Rival: He used to be that to Coalition!Spectre.
- The Roleplayer: Shown mostly in the novels, where he even states to hate Amaras for having the Play the Game, Skip the Story approach to Horizon.
- The Smart Guy
- The Strategist: According to the novels.
- White Mask of Doom: Averted. However played straight with the mask's origin, that is a drop from the Source of Chaos and stated to be one of its personal items.
Real life name: CastorgaLeader of Empire's troops in Season 3 finale and acting as a sixth ranger to team Fantöm in Season 4.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: The webseries introduced him during the Centralis battle, which was one of the consequences of Fantöm getting deleted. The comic introduced before the latter happened.
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Deadpan Snarker: That side of him starts showing up in the movies. Omega Zell tends to be on the receiving end of it.
- Fanboy: Turns out to be one to Mist in the comic.
- Replacement Goldfish: Probably. He's Sixth Ranger to Fantöm's team, mild-mannered, is trusted to lead a whole army when the others can't do it, plays a tanking-capable class. If he turns out to be filling the slot Arthéon left open when his level 100 character got banned, it will hardly be a surprise.
Season 4 new meat (Spoilers)
Class: Assassin > Twilight berserker
Guild position: DPSJoined the guild thanks to Fantöm who also signed him up in the main roster. Much weaker than the rest of the group and with no experience of high-level playing, he quickly starts feeling like "the group's Sparadrap" by his own words. While he's tolerated by most of the team, Saphir doesn't plan to leave him in peace. He gets better after the Dungeon of Chaos arc, however.
Played by: Julien Guellerin
- Ascended Fanboy: The mere fact that he has a second sheet in Justice says a lot.
- Black Swords Are Better: He even lampshaded the fact they match his clothes.
- Combat Aestheticist: That aspect of him comes up when he finds out about his future as a berserker, which happens to be more damage-resistant than an assassin. One of his very first reactions to the news can be paraphrased as "Hey, does that mean I'll be able to strike charismatic poses without risking getting killed on the spot?"
- Dual Wielding
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Check Sore Loser for more info.
- Katanas Are Just Better: The first loot he gets from fighting a boss at the guild's side.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Saphir is pretty much treating him the way he used to treat Sparadrap.
- The Load: Played with depending on the storyline:
- In the webseries, Saphir's words right after reluctantly letting him into the guild say it all: "You know having him with us will lower our statistics, right?" He proves to be at least a little bit useful in the Dungeon of Chaos arc.
- In the fourth novel, Saphir invokes the fact to have him "supervise" the Noob guild while she, Heimdäl and Ystos go do the high-level stuff.
- Sore Loser: How could he take losing to Gaea well?
- Took a Level in Badass: His status as The Load only lasts until the end of the Dungeon of Chaos arc in the webseries. The stat bonuses he gets just for being part of Justice and his new equipment help a little also. Taken even further when he gets a Twilight class.
- You, Get Me Coffee: Saphir likes giving him menial tasks when the group isn't dungeon crawling.
Real life name: Anna GonagalSaphir's younger sister who replaces her for the last few episodes of Season 5 and during Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions.
Played by: Petulia
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Anna is seen during Saphir's Day in the Life from the comic version, that is shown to happen before the Centralis battle, which is the central event of Season 3 finale. Her avatar was introduced in Season 5 in the webseries.
- Family Theme Naming/Rock Theme Naming: As you may have guessed, "saphir" and "rubis" are the French words for "sapphire" and "ruby".
- Iron Lady: Quite similar to Saphir in personality.
- Real Life Writes the Plot/Temporary Substitute: Amandine Train (Saphir) had a baby during the break between episodes 6 and 7 of Season 5, while a plotline involving her was left hanging. Hence Saphir's sudden off-screen quest while letting her sister Rubis take care of things. She's seen filling in for Saphir again in the first movie. Subverted as she sticks around when Saphir comes back in the second movie.
- Wham Line: She has a quite high ratio of these given her screentime. The first was at the end of Season 5 when she tells Omega Zell that she and Saphir are Mist's younger sisters within moments of meeting him for the first time. The second is her single scene in the first movie, when she explains Saphir's absence: Miss "no relationships in real life" is on maternity leave.
- Played by: JBX
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Comic ten has an important pre-Centralis battle conversation between Roxxor higher-ups being overheard by a hooded figure wearing a familiar black gold-trimmed robe and bearing a familiar Online Alias.
- I Have Many Avatars: He mentions using several avatars for his spying purposes and changing his voice via microphone for each of them.
- Punny Name: The "Jibe" part can have the same pronunciation as "JB" in French and "dix" is the French word for "ten" (X in roman numerals).
Real life name: Linda Gonagal
Class: TeknögradeSpectre's predecessor as top Horizon player. The novel storyline has her come back in the fourth one to help Fantöm prepare for his duel against Spectre and Amaras. The webseries has her join offscreen in late Season 5. The comic has her join much earlier, around the equivalent of Season 3 and the first half of the third novel.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: She joins Justice a little before the Centralis battle in the comic, while the battle in question was long over when the novel introduced her. The live-action version has her be The Ghost as of late Season 5.
- Bio-Augmentation: Being an advanced neomancer and all.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Her first mention was in the second novel, long before she actually showed up.
- Decomposite Character: She's absent from most of Season 5 in the webseries, so her role in helping Fantöm with Spectre is divided among other players that knew Spectre's Coalition incarnation: Heimdäl, Ash and Tenshirock. Saphir can be added to the list, as Mist is the one who fills in for Fantöm instead of her in the comic version.
- Distaff Counterpart: She has a personality much like to Fantöm's after he took his level in kindness and Gaea as a fangirl.
- The Ghost: There isn't even an actor cast for her yet, limiting her late Season 5 and first movie appearances to people talking about her.
- Odd Name Out: She's Saphir and Rubis's older sister, making her alias not only an English word instead of a French one, but not gemstone-related.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Spectre became such a Living Legend during his time in the Coalition that she got all but forgotten about.
- Quickly-Demoted Woman: Subverted. The first time she's mentioned makes her situation look like this (e.g. her accomplishments have been overshadowed by Spectre's and all three of her successors are male), but she later turns out to have spent her time on other online games and has done quite well for herself.
- Short Hair with Tail
Other Empire Players
Real life name: Catherine MourruA mercenary and Gaea's childhood friend who's mainly interested in the game's killing enemies aspect. Fifth (up to eighth with Ivy, Couette and non-overlapping temporary members) member of the Noob guild at heart, she frequently joins the party for free, sometimes without being asked, to be able to spend time with Gaea and other members to whom she's warmed up.
Played by: Amandine Tagliavini
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: A rough equivalent of the trope name even happens to be her Catch-Phrase. This tends to be a side effect of the Leeroy Jenkins and Blood Knight combo, but a pure case of this can be found in the fourth comic where she doesn't let multiple deaths in a row stop her (remember Continuing Is Painful in Horizon and the healer to which she has easiest access is the most incompetent in the game).
- An Axe to Grind
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Gaea. It's a bad idea to even threaten Gaea if she's around (or at the other side of the game map, for that matter). The free jobs she does for the Noob guild frequently start with her showing up to beat the pulp out whoever is bothering Gaea and forgetting to leave.
- Blood Knight: She considers any non-battle quests, or even too short battles to be boring. In Season 3 premiere, she even chooses to wait for an enemy to respawn over collecting the reward for killing it.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A female case that doesn't fit into The Lad-ette.
- Demoted to Extra: In the novels. She gives the Noob guild a freebee and gets mentioned in Gaea's backstory in the first one. Her appearance in the second one boils down to "Remember Golgotha? She still likes giving people nicknames and lives with Gaea now". The third one isn't much better, as she's mentioned a few times in the part adapting Season 3 and only randomly appears near the end in the novel-only half of the story. In the fourth, she's seen sleeping in Gaea's apartment and later noticed by Fantöm during the climax. "Demoted to recurring One-Scene Wonder" may be more appropriate, however.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: In the two visual media, her friendly gestures towards Gaea seem to genuinely harm the latter. Gaea lampshaded it in the comic, with such lines as "you almost killed me just saying 'hi'" and "she would have probably killed me for real if she weren't channeling her energy into video games."
- Glad He's on Our Side: Gaea explicitly says this about her in the second novel.
- Hair Decorations: She's seen wearing bow-shaped ones in Season 2 and the fifth comic.
- Honorary True Companion: Despite not actually being part of the Noob guild, it has become hardly surprising to see her hanging around with its members. Official photomontages and surveys supposed to include only Noob guild members tend to throw her in. Even some members of the Justice guild seem to have caught onto it: when plans to enlist the Noob guild's help are made, her participation seems to be taken for granted.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She's Honorary True Companion to a guild named Noob, after all. Season 3 premiere shows a scene from her point of view where she focuses on the first enemy she sees while Arthéon explaining the strategy is perceived as unintelligible.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: In the first two seasons. Starting Season 3 and the sixth comic book, she drops the shield and prefers using her axe with both hands.
- Morality Pet: If Gaea has a genuine friendship with someone, it's with her. Since Gaea is a Dirty Coward, Golgotha is the one that goes Mama Bear when needed.
- No Indoor Voice
- One of the Boys: The way Omega Zell apparently views her. She never got a single misogynistic comment from him and he even went through a brief period of being convinced that the player behind her is actually male in the webseries and novels, in addition to calling her "a man trapped in a woman's body" in the comic. When they have to fight each other in a tournament in the comic, Omega Zell obviously thinks she has a chance of beating him, while he usually assumes that his female peers have zero chance of being better than him. When she wears a dress for his in-game wedding, Arthéon remarks that she "disguised herself as a girl".
- Out-of-Character Moment: She seems quite enthusiastic about the fact that her mage is more "princess-like" the first time it's seen.
- Psycho for Hire: In theory, at least. She only mentions money during her introduction, on an occasion during which she says she'll join for free if she gets to kill something and when Couette asks her why she doesn't replace Arthéon in Season 3. It comes back on the table in Season 4, when she becomes the much-needed fourth member of the group after both Omega Zell and Gaea have left the guild.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Her webseries-only mage reroll that she dresses in nice clothes and the Hair Decorations she's sometimes seen wearing in the webseries and comic. Her real life clothing style isn't conspiciously masculine either.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Her early appearance. It was let go of about the same time as her shield.
- Secret Keeper: She was the only regular character to know about the video Gaea used to blackmail the game creators to get her banned avatar back for quite a while.
- Smack on the Back: Happens frequently due to her strength.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Her general attitude towards people she likes. It can even be hard to tell if she likes someone or not until she slips in something along the lines of "happy to see you!"
Real life name: Camille LavandeOmega Zell's sister who took over one of his old Cross Playing attempts and seems to get along with Gaea quite well. Has so far only appeared in Season 3's triple-length finale and the episode right before it.
Played by: Audrey Garotte
- Amazingly Embarrassing Sibling: The character in a nutshell.
- Continuity Nod: To the fact that Omega Zell had a female avatar lying around.
- Remember The New Girl: Doesn't get any appearance or mention in portions of the comics and novels in which Omega Zell's family life is touched upon. Averted in the Le Blog de Gaea comic, where Camille is briefly seen.
- Schrödinger's Gun: The first novel has a few paragraphs about Omega Zell's childhood and the comic showed him having a family dinner. Neither of them show or mention a sibling, but don't outright state that he's an only child either.
Real life name: Nadir RafaleNadir Rafale is a real life professional acquaintance to Kevin Lepape (Sparadrap) who loses a promotion opportunity to the latter in an early scene of Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions. In Noob: La Quête Légendaire, he turns out to have created an avatar on Horizon in hope to beating Sparadrap at fluxball in retaliation.
- Cast from Lifespan: Nadir's secret tennis move. Using it shaves a year off his lifespan.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the first movie, Nadir seems to exist only to give Kevin an opponent.
- Cooperation Gambit: Sparadrap refuses to accomodate his request for a fluxball game until he's done with a certain questline, but happens to need his help for one of the quests.
- Contrived Coincidence: Considering the purpose for which his avatar was created, the Noob guild is lucky he's a tank and that Golgotha was the person they were trying to replace.
- Forgettable Character: Despite their temporary cooperation in the second movie and being the one who noticed how lousy he is as a tank, Gaea doesn't remember him when she runs into him in the third movie.
- Incoming Ham: How he introduces himself as Rafale.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: To tennisman Rafael Nadal.
- Third-Person Person: Only from time to time, but it doesn't keep Ivy for noticing it.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He got a his hands on a high-level avatar thanks to Ash, but only has a few days of actual playing experience. It shows in both his gameplay and knowledge of how things work.
- We Named the Monkey "Jack": An accidental inversion on his part. An early comic has Omega Zell purchase a flying mount, which he's confirmed to still have in one of the novels. That flying mount is named "Rafale" as well.
Roxxor GuildThe top Coalition guild whose main roster is rival to Justice guild's. It's also top in the guild hierarchy that it managed to impose inside the faction. The main illustration of that is a tax all other Coalition guilds have to pay them.
Class: Twilight Warrior
Guild position: Tank / Guild MasterCoalition top player, and his faction's best hope of beating Fantöm some day. He inherited the Roxxor guild from his master Spectre, who was number one in his time. Since then, he has annexed all the other guilds of the Coalition and made his party out of the masters of three of the top ones.
Played by: Mikael Berthet
- The Ace: For the Coalition then game-wide starting Season 3.
- Always Second Best: Subverted in Season 3 when both the revelation that Fantöm's avatar was secretely enhanced and its disappearance make him number one. Double subverted when it turns out that the enhacements only started after the first duel Fantöm won against Amaras. He's still number one by the time the fourth novel happens, but Fantöm is back in the top ten.
- The Leader
- Replacement Goldfish: After Fantöm's first avatar is deleted, the comics and novels heavily imply that his face is pretty much everywhere Fantöm's used to be, from television advertizements made for sponosors to a life-sized statue in the looby to Donteuil's office.
- The Rival: To Fantöm.
- Out of Focus: Not that much was seen of him in the first place, but the "preparing for the three champions duel" portion of the story focuses so much on the Worthy Opponent relationship developping between Spectre and Fantöm that Amaras isn't seen preparing for it at all. When he does appear, it's as Roxxor's leader rather than its top player.
- Passing the Torch: Near the end of the first movie.
- Ultimate Gamer 386: He's able to keep up with Fantöm up to Season 3 despite the illegal enhancements that were done on the latters's avatar at the time.
Guild position: DPS (team Amaras) / Guild Master (unseen Howling Shadow guild)A member of team Amaras who's been mostly seen in combat and accompanying Roxana so far.
Played by: Jacky Fasel
- Distracted by the Sexy: At some point in the comic, Couette apparently managed to use her looks to distract him for a short while.
- Dual Wielding: Uses a pair of katars in battle at the end of Season 2 two and in the second novel.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He upgraded to one during the time skip between Seasons 2 and 3.
- Satellite Character: According to the novels, he's the leader of another guild just like Roxana, but his role in the story has mostly been "being the DPS in Amaras' roster".
Guild position: Healer (team Amaras) / Guild Master (unseen Dead Wood guild)A member of team Amaras who's been mostly seen in combat and accompanying Roxana so far.
Played by: Florian Beaume
- Combat Medic
- Dropping the Bombshell: When he, Roxana and Decklan decide to confront the Justice main roster about Fantöm being cheated in the webseries version, they start off with a You Know What You Did-like speech. At this point, the audience knows that Amaras discovered something that made him furious and nothing more. Since the Justice main roster is Locked Out of the Loop on the subject, their response is basically "What the hell are you guys talking about?" Battos is the one who let Justice know that the conversation wasn't pure taunting by uttering verbatim "Strange, they don't seem to know."
- The Roleplayer: He turns out to have at least a smidge of it in the first movie, by preferring to have messengers bring him news rather than using the guild chatroom.
- Satellite Character: According to the novels, he's the leader of another guild just like Roxana, but his role in the story has mostly been "being the healer in Amaras' roster".
- The Quiet One: His comic version has his first line of dialogue in Comic 10, despite debuting in Comic 4.
- White Mage
Class: WarriorA Coalition player the Noob guild frequently runs into during the course of the series, alone or as part of random groups of Coalition players. Who beats who tends to depend on plot necessities and the numbers either side has at the time.
Played by: Guillaume Durand
- Ascended Extra: Much more of him is seen in the movies.
- Blood Knight
- Double Play: Also has character in the Empire, but apparently stopped using it after it was refused entry in the Justice guild.
- Recurring Extra: In the webseries and comic.
- Servile Snarker: He supports Gaea as a leader for Roxxor, but hates her as person, resulting in a lot of verbal frustration venting.
Player Killer "PK" GuildPresumably Exactly What It Says on the Tin. One of the Roxxor guild's main allies, the guild Roxana is head of and of which Dark Avenger and Précieux are members.
Class: Elementalist (affiliated primarly to fire, secondarily to water)
Guild position: Nuker (team Amaras) / Guild Master (Player Killer Guild)Spokesperson and second in command for the Roxxor guild, leader of the Player Killer guild. She's just as ruthless as her positions suggests.
Played by: Laure Mattei
- All There in the Manual: The fact she's number five on Horizon before the fall of Fantöm and can double as a healer if the usual one get taken down is only mentioned in the novels.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The way she treats killing Sparadrap's pets in Season 3 finale, when Sparadrap confronts her about it in Season 4.
- Cool Mask
- Iron Lady
- Kick the Dog: Her killing Sparadrap's pets is one of the rare scenes not played for laughs, and pretty much removes any possible sympathy for the character.
- Knight of Cerebus: For Sparadrap's individual storyline. She's the first player with whom he gets genuinely antagonistic while both Dark Avenger and the Relic Hunter guild leader have failed to get the "hey, we're enemies you idiot" message through.
- Lady of Black Magic
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Season 5 finale states that if she had let Saphir complete the quest whose side effect would have been putting Justice back to its former top guild position, the webseries would have ended with a better outcome than the faction of Chaos just about to invade Olydri.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Killing Sparadrap's pets. In the webseries version of the scene, she pushes Sparadrap's Berserk Button. In the novel version, the bullying of which the killing was part gave Ystos, Saphir and Heimdäl time to find the Noob guild before her team got around killing them.
- Player Killing: Well, she's the leader of the guild specialized in the activity after all.
- Playing with Fire
- Prim and Proper Bun
- The Smurfette Principle: In team Amaras.
- Team Killer: She has no qualms about killing a bunch of other Coalition players in an attempt to deal decent damage to Tabris.
Real life name: Antoine GibbsThe most feared Player Killer of all Horizon. After getting accidentally beaten by Sparadrap or having someone else keep him for doing him any harm several times, he has gotten convinced that his one-sided Friendly Enemy attitude is part of a subtle strategy meant to destabilize his opponents. As a consequence, he's half-way between fearing Sparadrap and considering him a rival of some sorts.
Played by: Rodolphe Toucas
- Back for the Finale:One of the things seen during the Season 5 final speech are him and Sparadrap having their fist duel during which Sparadrap is aware that they're having a fight
- The Bus Came Back: He's also seen in the first movie.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He has the kind of job where this is likely to develop in real life and is seen singlehandedly stopping both a bank robbery and a suicide attempt while walking home from his workplace in the comic.
- Continuity Cameo: Reduced to that in the novels, where he's mentioned twice.
- The Dreaded: At least until Sparadrap ruined his reputation.
- Driven to Suicide: Actually just left the game, but illustrated it by having his avatar jump off a cliff. Précieux treated the whole thing as if where an actual suicide, including asking him to not jump and promising to avenge him after the act is done.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His storyline exists in part because it's apparently impossible for him to grasp the idea that a player from another faction is genuinely trying to be friendly to him, though Sparadrap's strange mix of clumsiness and luck doesn't really help in the present case.
- Fan of the Past: Implied by putting together his early 20th-century style interior and the fact that he's playing in the low-technology faction of Horizon.
- Freudian Excuse: The Yet Another Christmas Carol Episode reveals he was mocked by other players on his debut, leading him to become a Player Killer.
- Inspector Lestrade: In real life he's the police inspector tasked with getting Robert Dumoulin (Master Zen) back in jail. He's also intimately convinced that Sparadrap is smarter than he looks.
- Licked by the Dog: Sparadrap likes him and Antoine's profession hints that he may actually be a good person using the Dark Avenger persona to blow off steam.
- Long Bus Trip: From episode 2 of Season 4 to Season 5 finale
- The Mentor: To Précieux.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Named after a famous virus writer .
- Player Killing
- Put on a Bus: Got fired from his guild due to his superiors suddenly getting fed up with the situation and quit the game when the actor playing him had to move to China.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: When asked why an elite player would act like Sparadrap, one of the explanations he offers is that he could be a spy for the Justice guild. Given the position held by Sparadrap's avatar-borrowing brother (who's heavily implied to be Justice's main source of information about the Noob guild), he's technically right. Not to mention that his actual opponent was Sparadrap's brother three times (once in the webseries, twice in the comic).
- Villain Decay: Played straight when in comes to Sparadrap, but he's also shown to give Arthéon difficulty. The phenomenon is also happening In-Universe, but the consequences don't become visible until Season 4.
- Villainous Breakdown: Sparadrap causes him to lose it more and more as the story goes on.
Class: MageDark Avenger's student who stays loyal to him despite his cumulating mishaps and is frequently seen acting as an assisstant to other Coalition players. He has broken his microphone by the time Season 2 starts and uses the text chat function to speak.
Played by: Xavier Picchi
- Avenging the Villain: He dedicates himself to avenge Dark Avenger after he left the game by trying to prove that Sparadrap actually is a good player.
- Classy Cravat: An obvious component of his renaissance nobleman style outfit.
- Black Mage
- Continuity Cameo: Shares Dark Avenger's second one in the novels.
- Only Friend: To Dark Avenger.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: His Talking with Signs gimmick in the live-action versions is actually an ascended one-time gag. In the comic version, the chat function is very seldom used, so the author just has him speak like everyone else.
- Suddenly Voiced: Manages to zig-zag this in the movies. He has his first spoken line in several years near the end of Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions, but has switched back to normal by the beginning of Noob: La Quête Légendaire. He drops his Talking with Signs again during the latter, but only because a Non-Player Character Body Snatcher is involved.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:Even if his motive is vengeance, it's quite obvious that he inherited the storyline that was meant for Dark Avenger before he had to be written out of the webseries.
- Talking with Signs
- Undying Loyalty: He's the only one to stay respectful and loyal to Dark Avenger, even after his humiliation from Sparadrap.
- The Voiceless: Due to his microphone being broken.
- Played by: Yves Jarnet
- Badass Grandpa: Supplementary material hints that he bounces in and out of the top ten player list.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He has the stereotypical sweet old man personality, but the comic shows he knows how to fight.
- Cool Old Guy: He deserves the title just for being an old guy playing MMORPG.
- Foreshadowing: Both in the webseries and comic, he thanks Gaea for her "defection" of the Empire long before the guild of Gaea Admirers is even known to exist. He also either mentions that she has many fans in the Coalition (webseries) or the rumors that she's actually The Mole (comic).
- Miniature Senior Citizen: Depicted as such in the comic.
- Technologically Blind Elders: An aversion, given that he seems to be handling the game much better than Sparadrap.
Guild of Gaea Admirers (used to be translated as Gaea Worshipper's Guild)Season 3 events caused Gaea to get a few fans in the Coalition, including the creation of guild of Bit Characters who are conviced that she was The Mole for the Coalition all along and admire her "accomplishments". Gaea's Face Heel Turn was possible because of its existence.
Real life name: Hector Cow
Class: Assassin (novel 4) or warrior (Season 5 equipment)The player who frequently shows up to (quite inefficiently) help Gaea in early Season 4. According to the Le Blog de Gaea comic, his player is part of Gabrielle's close circle as well.
Played by: Serwan Melk
- Adaptational Early Appearance: The guild as a whole gets introduced prior to the Centralis battle, and the role of the guild's mouthpiece is moved from a random other member to him.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Basically Gaea's.
- Implied Trope: Hector's identity as Meuhmeuh's player. Hector has yet to be shown actually logging into Horizon, but he shares enough physical and personality attributes with Meuhmeuh that him not being his player would be the plot twist rather than the other way around.
- Instant Fan Club: While other members of the guild have been seen helping Gaea on select occasions, the cases of "helper appearing from nowhere" have so far been him alone.
- Hammy Herald: Becomes one for Gaea after she becomes head of Roxxor guild.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: He's willing to protect Gaea from any threat, including other Coalition players. The issue got resolved as of episode 5 of Season 4, however.
- Mauve Shirt: The guild has an unspecified, presumably two-digit, number of members, yet he's the only clearly recurring one.
- Speech Impediment: Hector, possibly due to still having braces as a university student.
- Two Aliases, One Character: He seems to be maintaining this for some reason in regards to Gabrielle/Gaea. When Horizon comes up in a real life conversation, he claims to not be interested in online games at all. However, his Online Alias is the header of the sole comment on one of Gabrielle's unsuccesful blog posts the same day, thus excluding the possibility that he was simply introduced before he started playing. In addition, Hector has a quite bad Speech Impediment, while Meuhmeuh is quite articulate, which indicates he may be deliberately avoiding Recognizable by Sound.
Other prominent members (Spoilers)
Guild position: Guild MasterAfter a reputation deficit made her lose her Empire affiliation, she decided to join the guild and made the Coalition her new faction in the process. The Coalition ends up being the faction in which she excecutes the plan for which she has been saving credits for most of the webseries.
Played by: Anne-Laure Jarnet
- Arson, Murder, and Admiration: When she tried to complain about the tax Amaras has on Coalition guilds, she ended up telling him that coercing a whole faction into collecting credits for him was a genius idea.
- Dark Is Evil: Despite actually being blue, the new late Season 4 outfit has a bigger dark surface than the one it replaced.
- Double Agent: She pretends to be one around the guild. Sparadrap points out it's technically true since she has two avatars in different factions by Season 5.
- Evil Costume Switch: Technically averted, but her reaching level 100 post Face Heel Turn had the new outfit she got for the occasion only be worn after she joined the Coalition.
- Face–Heel Revolving Door: Within her fist half-season in the Coalition, she did more or less of an Enemy Mine in favor of her former guildmates twice. As of the fourth novel and Season 5, she regularly joins the New Noob Guild as Gaëa.
- Honorary True Companion: Gaea admirers can be considered to be her Coalition guild even after she technically leaves it, as its members are still wrapped around her finger.
- Magic Staff
- Merchant Prince: Over the course of Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions, she becomes a merchant and uses the perks to become leader of Roxxor.
- Mystical High Collar
- People Puppets
- Playing the Victim Card: She basically does this when she tells Justice about her debt to Amaras.
- Rank Up: Becomes Roxxor's leader in Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The outfit she gets at the end of the first movie is more appropriate for her new affiliation.
- Still the Leader: A variation according to the novels and the webseries in that she still has the guild's members pretty much under her orders despite having technically abandonned them and made someone else the official leader in the process. That makes sense since they were protecting her before he formally joined the guild.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Sparadrap's brains, Golgotha's dedidcation to protect her, the early Noob guild's team spirit and little to non-existent sense of initiative sum up the rest of the guild well. And that's being nice.
- Amazingly, she admits herself her Admirers' Guild is even worse than the Noob guild.
- Take a Third Option: Deconstructed. When given the choice between paying the tax Amaras has on Coalition guilds out of her own pocket as a Guild Master duty, having her incompetent suborbdinates come up with the money, or having her avatar locked up in a cell for not paying, she decides to leave the guild. It however soon turns out that leaving her guild just to escape her duties keeps her from ever joining another Coalition guild until she pays up.
- Team Killer: She accomplished her Face Heel Turn by killing members of the Noob guild while in a pick-up group with Meuhmeuh and another member of the guild.
- Took a Level in Badass: She was on par with Omega Zell during their duel and even won it.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: With Meuhmeuh as the laughable lackey.
Other Coalition Players
Real life name: Definitely not something ChineseThe clearly Asian gold famer from whom Arthéon bought credits before being banned and an old friend of Tenshirock, whose plans he somethimes has trouble understanding. When called a "Chinese farmer" (literal meaning of the French equivalent to "gold farmer"), he takes offense to the "Chinese" part, because he isn't actually Chinese.
Played by: Phanat Pak
- Bare-Fisted Monk: With no weapon of his own, it's all he has if he actually needs to fight.
- Catch-Phrase: "I am not Chinese".
- The Confidant: He's attempting to exploit this with few results. At first look, Tenshirock is always telling him about his plans in the early part of the story and the different media depict various levels of Villainous Friendship with him. Then in Season 5, it turns out that Ash has been gravitating around Tenshirock for several years precisely in hope to finding out the reason for which he had left their former guild to become a hacker and had gotten Spectre to quit the game.
- Confusion Fu: This was his specialty when he was a more legitimate player.
- Dragon with an Agenda: "Closest thing Tenshirock has to a Dragon" would be more appropriate. His customer pool would be drastically reduced if any of Tenshirock's plans ever worked while, in turn, the banishment of his customers by Game Masters serves Tenshirock's cause. The fact that they're old friends seems to be the only reason why they don't get in each other's way.
- He's more of The Dragon to Tenshirock in the comic, where they seem to be getting along better.
- Knowledge Broker: This aspect of his trade becomes very plot-relevant in late Season 5 and the movies.
- Real Money Trade
Relic Hunter GuildThe antagonists of Season 3 and the closest thing Noob has to a rival guild after this.
The Leader (Spoilers)
Guild position: Nuker / Guild MasterHis part in the Season 3/Novel 3/Comic 7 Wham Episode events permitted him to be guaranteed that the Coalition would never bother his guild, permitting him to fully focus on his main objective: dragging the Noob guild down.
Played by: Lionel Tagliavini
- Accidental Murder
- Ax-Crazy: Or at least claims to be so. He claims to want to kill people in real life but has never gone further than kidnapping in the webseries. Actually shown in the comic, where the step between trying to get the Noob guild back and ruining its in-game life involved trying to run over Kevin in a car and throwing a grenade at Morgan's car.
- Black Mage
- Caught on Tape: Gloating about his part in the Wham Episode events in front of Gaea isn't a good idea.
- The Chessmaster: Basically responsible for the Season 3 / third novel / comic 7 Wham Episode.
- Circular Reasoning: Omega Zell once suggested he should have something better to do than bothering the Noob guild. His response was to point out that he was an escaped convinct, couldn't leave his (actually Nazetrîme's) place without risking being caught and hence needed something to keep him busy during the day. Trying to get the guild back was the reason he escaped from jail in the first place.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He's hinted to have chosen to post the video from Gaea's computer just because of a single time she made the enemy running after her attack him instead. The video posting itself is pretty much stated to have meant to make the Noob guild's reputation even worse.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Only the webseries and comic storylines bothered to tell the audience that he was out of jail some amount of time before the Wham Episode events happened (or at least made known to the reader). In the novel storyline, he's an aversion of Offscreen Inertia.
- Evil Laugh: He's prone to this in the comic.
- "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: When Arthéon came to find him in Season 4, he had just managed to genuinely elimitate his anger after working on it with Elyx for months. Getting accused of having sent Kary to Arthéon when he actually didn't know her caused him to snap back.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hazy Feel Turn: Since he was already plotting against the Noob guild in Season 2 (during which he was part of the Empire), the switch to the Order didn't change a single thing when it came to his intentions towards them. All it really did was give him the liberty to implement a plan that had an impact the whole Empire without being part of the collateral damage.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: As much as a Mean Boss he is, he doesn't take kindly to Ivy making Valentin explode in the webseries version.
- Mean Boss: Confirming what was hinted at in Seasons 1 and 2, he went up to having his guildmates take turns day and night to help his new avatar level up after Judge Dead banned his first (Order) one because of the video incident.
- Not Me This Time: Kary seemed likely to have something to do with him, but he didn't recognize the name when Arthéon told it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: See Caught on Tape.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Even lampshaded by Couette. Toned down in the other media compared to the webseries.
Another member (Spoilers)
Class: CartomancerA young woman who considers her Guild Master to be a genius. She owns the house in which Master Zen is currently hiding and seems to be helping out the guild because Stockholm syndrome.
Played by: Floria Noel
- Death Dealer
- A Match Made in Stockholm
- Significant Anagram: Her original name is an angram of "Maître Zen"; the name she's given in the English subtitles is an anagram of "Master Zen".
- Mad Love: For Master Zen, who is aware of it and shows to be flatterd by it in front of the Noob guild. The comic reveals that his actual feelings about it are along the lines of "That's nice, now please stay away from me".
Guild position: HealerA woman Master Zen met during his jail time, who escaped as the same time as him and knows a few tricks to keep his hair-trigger temper under control. According to the comic, she was staying in the psych ward of his jail. Despite this, she's probably the most normal-acting person in the guild. Her backstory gets revealed in the second movie.
Played by: Alexia Sireuille
- Amicable Exes: With Abraham.
- The Lancer: Acts as the guild second-in-command and has a personality radically different from that of her guild master.
- Lobotomy: The reason she was in the psych ward in the first place, apparently. She has no memories of her life before it.
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Rare female example for Ystos, Sparadrap and a third brother of theirs, thanks to the Lobotomy above.
- Only Sane Man: Backstory and company she keeps set aside, she seems to be the best adjusted member of the group.
- Playing Gertrude: We don't know Simon's age, but Sparadrap is hitting his mid-twenties by the time he turns out to potentially be her son, and the novels make Ystos only three years younger.
- Team Mom: She's quite ready to calm down Master Zen when he seems about to have an outburst and is seen shutting up Valentin once or twice.
- Walking Spoiler: Both the reason she's in the story in the first place and what's later revealed about her once she gets a little focus are plot twists. The only safe things to reveal about her are her existence and her affiliation to Relic Hunter.
- You Do NOT Want To Know: Invokes this when Valentin asks how she managed to escape the jail's psych ward in the comic.
Real life name: ValentinA Casanova Wannabe who was roommates with the guild's leader at some point and has taken a certain interest in Ivy. Also the member with the least screentime.
Played by: Nicolas Curty
- Be Careful What You Say: Trying to pick up the series' Gadgeteer Genius by telling her she must be a bomb in real life: Bad idea.
- Be My Valentine: Given that Valentin is the French "Valentine" and his Casanova Wannabe tendencies, there's little chance the name is an accident.
- Casanova Wannabe: He goes up to asking Ivy if she has a webcam despite the fact that she's clearly not interested. The novels, the comic and Season 4 finale also indicate that he regularly tries to seduce random female players, sometimes while the guild is in the middle of something else.
- Dumb Blonde
- The Load: Hinted to be this to the guild, due to constantly trying to pick up female players and being the only member capable of making Master Zen angry on a daily basis, possibly making him Relic Hunter's equivalent to Sparadrap. Interestingly, a couple of incidents imply that the latter lacks some knowledge in the matters of love.
Real life name: Abraham LepapeSparadrap and his brother's father. Prior to his debut in the second movie, all the info we get about him is a couple of mentions of him being a priest from Sparadrap. His avatar is implied to technically be a reroll of Relic Hunter's guild master, who happens to be busy elsewhere in real life.
- Accidental Misnaming: A running gag with him, but somewhat justified by his bad memory and the fact that he has at least three other sons besides Sparadrap and Ystos.
- Amicable Exes: With Elyx.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Stick Sparadrap's personality on a mafia big-wig passing as a priest, and you get this.
- Forgetful Jones: He keeps getting his sons' names wrong and can't remember whose mother Elyx is.
- Laughably Evil: He may come off as an older Sparadrap, but he's still a member of the mafia. He even treats the distance Ystos takes from family activities as a bad thing, worrying he will end up in the police.
- Like Father, Like Son: In regards to Sparadrap, who definitely got his general goofy attitude and Forgetful Jones side from him.
- Nun Too Holy: The subversion variant that is only pretending to be a priest in the first place.
- Smack on the Back: Upon his introduction.
- Villain of Another Story: He's a mafia higher-up pretending to be a priest to escape the police. Finding people in whose eyes he's the bad guy must be quite easy in the real world.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: In regards to Ystos, who has a Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling dynamic with Sparadrap.
- Wham Line: If there is such a thing as a walking Wham Line, he qualifies for it. Within his first few minutes of screentime, he reveals the identity of one of the women with whom he had a son and reveals he has a third son in the process of trying to remember which son she gave birth to. As Ystos knows more about his life than Sparadrap does, merely showing up causes the former to utter one or two whammys of his own while having a casual conversation with him.
Other Order Players
- "Horizon isn't a game, it is a science. It is a science I alone have mastered."
Class: Necromancer of the EternalAmaras's master who got in the mood to start playing again with the Order's introduction. Is currently letting his former student and Fantöm prepare for a battle during which he expects to fight and beat them both at the same time to show the world that he's still the best Horizon player.
Played by: Patrice Blanc
- The Ace: For the Order.
- Animate Dead: A given for the necromancer class.
- Back in the Saddle: Of the getting out of retirement and out of boredom kind.
- Bald of Awesome: For those on the Order's side.
- Bald of Evil: For those not on his side.
- Cast from Hit Points:Applys to his player rather than his avatar. Tenshirock heavily implies that there is a trade-off between how invested he is in the game and his health.
- Challenge Gamer: Shows this side of himself in Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions, where he chooses to make even more complex an in-game narrative that has already gotten so dire that some player and in-game characters are already starting to give up trying to resolve it.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: In the novels: mentioned in the second, showed up the third.
- Cooperation Gambit: When Fantöm single-handedly beat the Source of Chaos for the second time, he owed his surviving a recently added explosion only to Spectre's help. The explanation given was that he couldn't stand to see him fail so close to his goal. The third novel reveals he was secretly filming Fantöm's progression to be able to show the public that he really is a good player and make his future victory against him even more spectacular.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Fantöm and Amaras had to cooperate to manage this, but they did it.
- Go Out with a Smile: How the battle against Fantöm and Amaras ended for him.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Used to be in the Coalition.
- Hyper Awareness: The fact that it's due to low latent inhibition just like a certain Prison Break character is a plot point in the webseries storyline. Tenshirock's wife had the same condition and he was able to diagnose it via playing alongside him.
- In the Hood: When he pulled The Worf Effect on Ystos in the webseries.
- Living Legend: Explicitly said to be this on Horizon.
- The Mentor: To Amaras.
- Spanner in the Works: Explicitly called this in the novel version of the Centralis battle, as he kept Amaras from joining his teammates on an important battle against Fantöm's team.
- Ultimate Gamer 386: The guy could almost put Fantöm and Amaras in an Overshadowed by Awesome position, he definitely deserves the title.
- Worthy Opponent: To Fantöm, to the point of slipping into Foe Romance Subtext.
Class: DruidArthéon's girlfriend in Season 4. Little is known of her aside from the fact that she shares his interest in the game's background and his dream of discovering a unique object. Sparadrap hates her for keeping Arthéon away from the guild.
Played by: Laura Fondacci
- The Ghost: She doesn't appear in the fourth novel, but she's a notable conversation and Inner Monologue subject in the first part of it.
- Love Across Battlelines: With Arthéon, of course. Season 4 finale however hints towards her not taking the relationship seriously and seeing it as a roleplay element.
- Innocently Insensitive: Given that she viewed the wedding as just a fun way to celebrate finding Sourcelame, chances are that she doesn't realize how much she hurt Arthéon by leaving the ceremony to attend another event.
- Meaningful Name: The fact that her name sounds just like the French word for a tooth cavity has been pointed out twice. She triggered the Rage Breaking Point that eventually lead Arthéon to disband the Noob guild.
- Morality Chain: Given how Arthéon reacted to her giving more importance to a game-wide event than to their wedding, she apparently became a milder version of that without anyone noticing while they were together.
- Runaway Bride: More like left Arthéon at the altar because she preferred discovering new game content to finalising the in-game marriage that she was taking less seriouly than him.
- Satellite Love Interest: Downplayed, as she bonded with Arthéon over a common interest in the game background and dreams of finding a unique item. However, nothing of her life before meeting Arthéon is known, outside of the fact that she somehow knows Spectre. And again, he could have been the one who approached her given the circumstances in which it's revealed.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Innocently Insensitive act above can be held responsible for many of things that go wrong in the movies.
OTHER HORIZON USERSThe story is set in a MMORPG, which needs plenty of people who are not players to keep the wheels turning. A select few of these has made appearances in the story.
Reroll: Dead, archer (Order)
Real life name: Théodore SaquebienThe Game Master who banned Arthéon's level 100 character and shows up whenever a Game Master request is made. Strictly by the book, he enjoys banning avatars that break the rules. Also happens to be the head Game Master.
Played by: Lucas Robert (for portrayal of Théodore and all versions of Dead)
- Ascended Fanboy: He was a player before becoming Game Master.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: "Hey dad, I know I've been a bratty son, but could you do me one last favor? Log on with that cheezy avatar of yours so I can have a little fun banning it and put you back in your place as a boring old geezer."
- Big "NO!":He didn't react very well to finding out that his father was playing Horizon also.
- Black Cloak: The Grim Reaper style. Actually a very dark purple.
- By-the-Book Cop: His judgement of player's actions is based on a simple dichotomy: whether they respect the game chart or not. It leads to hilarious situations such as letting Golgotha insult Master Zen because the name she calls him isn't a chart-recognized insult. This is subverted in the overall story given the presence of Secret Keeper a little further down.
- Create Your Own Villain: Same remark as Be Careful What You Wish For.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": His real name got revealed when Donteuil logged in to tell him they needed to speak urgently during the Wham Episode. His first reaction was to insist on being called Judge Dead.
- Emo Teen: In real life. His style is called "Goth" when he's first seen, but his actual look in both the novels and webseries fits Emo Teen better; the term ended up being used in the webseries Season 5 making-of. He can also be excused for having part of the attitude that comes with it since his job does include quite frustrating moments, he still misses his dead mother and his father's idea of trying to reconnect with him is besting him in activities that interest him.
- Evil Laugh: He's not actually evil, but he enjoys delivering a psychopath-like laugh.
- Guy Liner: Part of his real life Emo Teen style.
- Hanging Judge: Arthéon considers him to be this.
- In the Hood
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: It turns out that while trying to get him interested in something else than MMORPG, Tenshirock had built a pattern of being better than him at anything they did together. Understandably, he wasn't happy when Tenshirock's try at Horizon had him end up among the top three players and in Spectre's roster. He didn't take finding out he was the hacker that kept breaking into the game well either.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner
- Large Ham: Let's just say he takes his role as a Game Master very seriously.
- Like Father, Like Son: In the first movie, Tenshirock points out that his investment in his Game Master role is quite close his own investment in his hacker role.
- Missing Mom: Confirmed to be dead the second we hear of her.
- Morality Pet: For better and for worse, Tenshirock does care about him.
- No Hero to His Valet: The "being family" variant if the reason for which Tenshirock has zero respect for his authority as a Game Master.
- Rules Lawyer: Very likely to be part of his job description. Even moreso in the novel version, where Donteuil mentions he actually wrote the current version of the game's chart.
- Secret Keeper: The way he deals with the Fantöm issue shows he was aware of the situation before it got leaked.
- Shout-Out: His name and behaviour are an obvious spoof of Judge Dredd. He even says "I am the law" at some point in the webseries.
- Sore Loser: Comes with the Inferiority Superiority Complex.
Reroll: Rock (Order)
Real life name: Philippe SaquebienA hacker who wants to get people to stop playing MMORPG and go back to real life via multiple forms of in-game reality warping, but none of his plans have worked so far. The fact that Gaea would do anything for credits, the fact that Sparadrap gave him the idea for one of his plans and his frequent urge to punish Omega Zell for playing too long make him Friendly Enemies with the Noob guild. He's also an old friend of Ash's.
Played by: Pierre-André Grasseler
- Ambiguously Bi: His backstory requires him to be interested in women to an extent. However, one of his big favorites along with forced dancing is stripping male avatars to their underwear. Those who really piss him off have both happening at the same time. He sometimes stays to watch and seems to quite frequently time things so that Gaea, known for making videos, can enjoy them.
- Anti-Villain: He's a Well-Intentioned Extremist with his own standards and has no personal hate for the protagonists.
- Archnemesis Dad:To Judge Dead.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: May be blending in because of the neomancer's (Ivy's class) existence. Quite obvious in the webseries due to only two technology-related characters appearing in it at all, less in the novel and comic in which the Schizo Tech is more visible.
- Badass Longcoat
- Call on Me: In Season 2, Ash could have him show up by calling his name three times. Gaea is hinted to have had that possibility also, but it has never been shown to actually work since he was hiding nearby the only time she's seen trying it.
- Clark Kenting: Implied with The Reveal about him. He hasn't changed his Online Alias between his actual gaming avatar and his hacker one and the webseries shows no sign of him using a voice-altering microphone. Judge Dead knows who was behind Tenshirock the Coalition player. However, this very same person is shown to not have figured out who Tenshirock the Hacker is.
- Cool Shades
- Cool Sword
- The Cracker: Though a very sympathetic version of it.
- Defector from Decadence: He first seems to have truly started his crusade after visiting Spectre's home and finding it empty oustide of what was strictly necessary for surviving, playing Horizon and planning strategies. Subverted, as his gaming avatar existed as an attempt to undestand his son's world in the first place.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones
- Even A Hacker Has Standards: He draws a line at publicly revealing information that he considers too sensitive, even if it would make many people leave Horizon.
- Friendly Enemies: With the Noob Guild; he considers them sympathetic, occasionnaly talks with them and eventually gives up having them leaving the game when he realizes they cause so much damage that they are much more useful to him when they are staying on the game.
- This is restricted to Gaea in the comic and their business partnership is a surprise to the rest of the guild. The fact that Tenshirock has done them no harm so far is due to the fact that Gaea negotiated immunity for everyone except Omega Zell.
- Involuntary Dance: Seems to have a soft spot for doing this to avatars as a means of trying to get people to stop playing.
- The Lost Lenore: His wife's death is a major factor in his and Judge Dead's current situation.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Yes, he actually said the line to Judge Dead in an in-game flash-back. It got a Call-Back in a later present-day scene.
- Monster Protection Racket: He used to do a mundane variation with his real life job, by hacking computers of local businesses by night and "resolving the problem" by day.
- Multilayer Façade: Played with. An episode has him give Gaea his sunglasses, only to have a new pair on by the time she looks up to see what he looks like without them.
- Open-Minded Parent: He qualifies when compared to Arthéon's mother. He actually tried to find out more about the game his son was playing, gave having his own character a try and even made it to the top three before revealing his identity in-game. Judge Dead's reaction to this was retire as a Horizon player. See the Inferiority Superiority Complex entry on Judge Dead's sheet for further details.
- Reality Warper: When it comes to in-game reality, at least.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Considered in Season 5 finale, but refused as he's come to enjoy hacking and he thinks his son may get bored without a decent challenge. In Noob Leconseil Des Trois Factions, The Watson for his situation initially assumes that this happened before being corrected. The Noob Reroll prologue hints to this eventually happening to an extent, as his real name is dropped as one of the people behind Horizon Reborn only being playable during hours during which most people are not working.
- The Reveal: Judge Dead is his son and the person he's actually trying to drive away from Horizon.
- Sinister Shades
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: He admits to have bested Judge Dead in their father-son activities in hope to make him proud of him. The problem is that Judge Dead is the Sore Loser type.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sees himself as a savior to the No-Life, as he attempts to disgust them of MMORPG so they will go back to real life. Which he accomplishes by erasing their avatars, making their life impossible in the game or tricking them into being banned. Arthéon once mentioned that it has caused people from his old guild to commit suicide.
- Played by: Fabien Peres
- Adaptational Villainy: In the webseries, he seems to regret what happened with Fantöm's "cheating", leaves Judge Dead making the harsh decisions in dealing with the issue and makes amends to Fantöm in Season 3 finale. In the novels and comic, he apparently took the harsh decisions in question himself with no second thought. Notably, the fourth novel has his office completely devoid of any trace of Fantöm's time of glory and everything looking as if Amaras had never left the number one rank.
- Anti Big Good: As creator of the game, he's pretty much Tenshirock's opposite number in terms of ambition and the person who makes the Noob guild's story possible. His Corrupt Corporate Executive side however make him the Big Good on the same level that Tenshirock is the villain.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A downplayed version, given that he's hinted to have had people enhance Fantöm's avatar behind his back just to make Horizon sell better and current players spend more time on it. In the webseries this is subverted when it comes to covering up his part in it, as Judge Dead is the one to make the harsh decision of blaming everything on the Locked Out Of the Loop Fantöm.
- Played straight in the comic and novels, where he seems to not regret what he did a single bit and to be completely OK with the decision to blame everything on Fantöm.
- Minor Major Character: The whole story is possible because of him. However, he only gets a couple of short (but important) scenes in the webseries. He's a little more active in the comic.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: He was secretly getting his star player's avatar enhanced beyond what game mechanics allow for while an anti-MMORPG hacker that the Game Masters have trouble getting rid of was on the loose. It's well-known that these two factors mix well.
Fargöth's chosen one (spoilers)
Arthéon of Fargöth
- Played by: Jonathan Fourcade
- Cool Sword:Sourcelame
- Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow: During his interview with Donteuil, he promised that he would start permanently roleplaying next time he logged into Horizon. For the rest of Season 5, he appears in about half a dozen scenes and ends up breaking character in at least four of them.
- Jumped at the Call: He got the job offer just around the time he was realizing that giving up on his previous commitments left him with not much to do during the day.
- Talking Weapon: Sourcelame again.
- That Man Is Dead: An in-game equivalent. His avatar is actually an extremely enhanced version of the one his controller was using when he got "chosen" by Fargöth. Reinforced by the fact that his controller is acting differently than before, since permanent roleplaying is required of him and he's a post-Rage Breaking Point Arthéon.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compared to his original player avatar, due to now having stats fit for a boss. His Hit Point count alone is stated to be bigger than those of Fantöm, Amaras and Spectre added together.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Between the way Kary left him, lingering bitterness towards Justice guild and the feeling that his investment in the Noob guild yielded little to no return, his outlook has gotten much more pessimistic.
- Wild Card: He's one by design, as he can temporarily ally with players if it can help him accomplish his goal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He seems to have taken that route in Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions, as his solution to the Divine Conflict between the Sources involves Olydri and an asteroid getting way too close for comfort.
Real life name: RicardoBalakior is player-controlled Non-Player Character, much like the character just above. His main difference with the other one is that Balakior is Ricardo's avatar when he's logged in, but becomes an ordinary Intrepid Merchant Quest Giver when Ricardo is offline.
RECURRING NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS (Multiple media)
- Played by: Stéphane Beretti
- The Blacksmith: One of his many jobs.
- Intrepid Merchant: Sometimes found as a travelling merchant in hostile areas.
- Man in a Kilt: His training ground incarnations.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: The only difference with most characters who fall into that trope is that he has all the jobs at the same time rather than quitting one to take the other.
- Renaissance Man: The entire idea of his character requires him to be this, as he's competent in all his jobs.
- Shopkeeper: He'll be running any shop the Noob guild visits.
- Super-Stoic Shopkeeper: A variation is seen in the comic. His reaction to having a stuffed monster resurrected in his shop and said monster attacking his customers? Trying to sell the customers healing items. When Omega Zell points it out, his aswer is that he already sold to worse.
- You ALL Look Familiar: He's a handwaved version of that trope. When people recognize him, he states to indeed be the same guy... who would have to be many places at the same time for that to be true.
Bartémulius and Nostariat
Bartémulius and Nostariat
- Played by: Philippe Cardona (Batémulius) and Florence Torta (Nostariat)
- Canis Latinicus: Whenever they talk about plants, they call them by Latin-sounding names (as a parallel to real-life scientific names).
- The Dividual: Meant to be that, but Florence Torta not being available for shooting made Bartémulius appear alone twice in the webseries. Played straight in the novels and comic.
- Entitled Bastard: Their dialogue when accosted can be summed up as "Why are you waiting to help us, you bunch of idiots? We are too important to be ignored!"
- Escort Mission: They get introduced as the charges of one in the webseries.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Nostariat's dress is different colors on the right and left side.
- Fat and Skinny: The comic has Nostariat be the fat one and Bartémulius the skinny one. This is also true for the actors themselves to a lesser extent.
- Insufferable Genius: And they take the bragging part Up To Eleven.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the sixth comic, Nostariat claims to have never heard of "Enpeecees" (say it out loud if you don't get it) while eavesdropping on a player conversation.
- Nice Hat: Bartémulius starts wearing one in Season 3 and the sixth comic.
- Platonic Life-Partners: No indication has been given about them being siblings or a couple, leaving this as the most likely nature of their relationship.
- Ungrateful Bastard: One can wonder if the words "thank you" are even part of their vocabulary. The good news is that their monetary rewards seem quite decent.
- Quest Giver
- Played by: Carmen N'Guyen
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": There are also Phoenixes for air, water, and earth according to the novels. That makes her the only whose link with the lengendary bird is not completely in name only.
- Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: When Ystos starts chatting with other people in the middle of a questline involving her, she repeats that the world is in great danger multiple times. When this fails, she goes silent and starts playing with the fake vines on his armour instead.
- Killed Off for Real: Tabris, some random forest, Season 5 finale.
- Killed Offscreen: We only know of her getting killed from Gaea pointing it out.
- Mauve Shirt
- Playing with Fire
- Unexplained Recovery: In the first movie.
- Quest Giver
TabrisA technology-created experiment who escaped Centralis during the energy strain caused by the Empire-Coalition war of Season 3 finale. He now seems to be pursuing an obscure plan that is known to involve killing off a quite powerful NPC and setting the being that was the Horizon 1.0 ultimate boss free.
- Big Bad: Seems to be heading towards this in the Horizon universe, especially considering he seems to have The End of the World as We Know It in mind.
- Blue and Orange Morality:
- He seems set on destroying Olydri and the total war that started in Season 4 finale is part of it according to the third novel. In the meantime, how about a Hopeless Boss Fight or two and giving some players powerful new armour?
- In his introduction from the third novel, he mentions killing a bunch of people... then teleporting their bodies elsewhere because they tarnished the beauty of the the place. He also gets mad at someone he's fighting for destroying a well-made statue in the process of trying to stay alive.
- Cool Mask
- False Flag Operation: His murder of General Helkazard. He arranged to make it look like he was killed by Empire and Order members. In the novel version, the framed parties were the Noob guild (for the Empire) and the Relic Hunter guild (for the Order).
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Pretty much hinted at in the third novel that has him kill the Coalition's leader and confirmed in Season 4 where Fantöm's Cataclysm doesn't even seem to do Scratch Damage to him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Prior to the Centralis battle.
- Super Prototype: According to the novels, he's technically the very first neomancer. That serum allegedly made of the DNA of various creatures that is injected into ordinary humans to make them neomancers? That's cells taken from him, which still makes it technically true.
- Unwitting Pawn: Orders were coded into his genetic material when he was made. He's subconsciously following them despite his makers having lost any kind of direct control over him. One of these orders is helping the Empire find more rosaphir, which was a side effect of him opening passages to other planets and moons in the fourth novel.
- Played by: Brice Lemaire
- Played by: Eric Legrand
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Over the course of the second novel, the impression he gives shifts from "Poor guy, his students let the Coalition capture him so they could escape" to "Oh, this is where Bartémulius and Nostariat got that attitude of theirs."
- Genre Savvy: In the second novel, he's just aware enough that he's in a video game to expect The Guards Must Be Crazy to apply to the jail in which he's held.
- Insufferable Genius
- The Mentor: To Bartémulius and Nostariat.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: For the wizard hat part.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: In the second novel, he casually mentions that he knows how to make an elixir that would make him immortal, but doesn't drink it because he'd rather die than spend any more time with his former students.
HUMAN NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS (Novel and movie only)
Emperor Keynn Lucans
Emperor Keynn LucansLeader of the Empire and descendant of the person who first mastered technology.
- Bio-Augmentation: Technically a neomancer.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": He doesn't like being addressed as "emperor" very much.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: He's the only faction leader that has never been seen in an actual fight, but Arthéon suspects him to be this.
- Emperor Scientist: How his family ended up in power, with a few hints of being one himself.
TörkAn old explorer that is also a long-time friend of the Lucans family, known to be the person thanks to whom the shape of the Contient Without Return aka Syrial is known.
- Played by: Anne-Laure Jarnet
Töne FörkA Coalition native and Helkazard's former heir of choice. Various reasons made him choose to become a neomancer. Before this, he had a type of high natural magical power so rare that it only shows up in a person about once every thousand years. He hopes to achieve peace between the factions.
- Always Someone Better: To a younger Saly. In Neogicia, Saly got sponsored into a prestigious neomancer school because she developed Telekinesis after her first injection (before this, a subject was considered precocious if it developed it on its third injection). Try to beat still being able to use magic.
- Bio-Augmentation: Like all neomancers.
- Blessed with Suck: Seeing his exceptional magical power as this is one of the reasons he became a neomancer.
- Child of Two Worlds: Sees himself as one due to having grown up in the Coalition, but currently being part of the Empire.
- Master of All: He gave up a natural predesposition to be the magic equivalent of this, which is very rare, upon becoming a neomancer.
- It's Personal: His parents were killed by Lorth Kordigän's men.
- Lesser of Two Evils: At some point, he ended up in a situation where he had the choice between getting killed or captured by Lorth Kordigän's men and seeking help from the neomancers that he had been taught to hate. He chose the latter.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Bio augmentation and magic: both cool, and thought to be mutually exclusive until he showed up.
- Puppet King: He assumes he would have become this to Lorth Kordigän if he had stayed in the Coalition and been left alive.
Kavan ObérionA daylight berserker affiliated with the Empire debuting in the first movie who initiates the questline leading up to the tri-faction council. Being also the Sole Survivor of a unit that died in the fight agains the faction of Chaos, he intends to avenge his comrades as well.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He starts out as the Quest Giver who initiates the tri-faction council. He shows up again to finish off the general from the faction of Chaos who killed his comrades.
- Sole Survivor: Of his battle unit.
- Time Master: According to Neogicia, his natural magic talent is the most attuned to time magic.
- Unstoppable Rage: Comes as the standard berserker Limit Break.
Nox LucansKeynn's brother and Psycho Sidekick. He's in charge of the less savory aspects of running the Empire. While necessary, his position caused him to be disliked by many and to develop personality traits that make him an unpleasant person to be around.
- The Cynic: Part of his job is to assume the worst from people and various situations.
- Necessarily Evil: What he considers himself to be when he acknowledges the fact that some of his actions come across as evil.
- Psycho Sidekick: Is in charge of all the more fishy aspects of running the Empire, and mandated to do so by Keynn.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears a black suit with a few touches of red, in contrast to Keynn's white and gold colours.
General HelkazardThe leader of the Coalition up to the third novel.
- The Archmage: Stated to be the most powerful character of Horizon outside of the Sources.
- A Death in the Limelight: In the novel version.
- Dual Wielding
- Magic Knight: He can pull his weight both in physical combat and magic.
- Posthumous Character: In the webseries, he's already deceased the first time he's even mentioned.
- The Worf Effect: Served as that to Tabris who killed him.
- Played by: Benjamin Masnières
- Accidental Truth: He wasn't present when Tabris revealed to Helkazard that his cells where in the serum used to make people into neomancers. However, he calls Töne Förk a "Tabris ersatz" upon finding out he became a neomancer. Even if Keynn's idea that he's the one who got Tabris to kill Helkazard is true, the trope applies due to the fact that Tabris and Töne Förk are the only neomancers able to use magic.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a hallberd.
- Emperor Scientist: A little more hands-on than Keynn, with one of the novels explicitly mentioning that he uses Empire and Order prisonners for magical experiments.
- Evil Laugh
- False Flag Operation: He killed all the other members of the council that was initially replacing Helkazard, while Glacesang was being attacked by the faction of Chaos. He then blamed it on the Empire partisans that were helping the Coalition fight back because the faction of Chaos was a threat to them as well.
- The Fundamentalist
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Helkazard was no saint, but at least he didn't see technology and magic coming from Sin as inherently evil.
- Team Killer: See False Flag Operation above.
King DéhimosFounder and short-lived leader of the Order, he's originally the king of a civilization that got frozen in time then woke up only to find the Empire and the Coalition competing to invade its home.
- Played by: Manon Morand
- Easter Egg: Despite it having no reason to be in her programming, she seems to get offended when Sparadrap calls her an old lady after realizing her chronological age.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Including short-range teleportation.
- Video Game Cruelty Punishment: When some Coalition players kill her time-frozen companions for fun, she kills them all in retaliation.
Ashentäk OracleA Syrianian with precognintion skills higher than those of most of her kin who lives in a dangerous swamp and knows how to get to Sin's hiding place.
- Blessed with Suck: Has great predicting abilities, but had to leave the city because everyone was harassing her.
MalifuriaThe Syrianian royal family's alchemist. Stated to be an attractive young woman.
- May–December Romance: When seen in the second novel, she seems to be heading towards this with Moulinof. Deciding who's way too old for the other may take all day.
SOURCES AND THEIR SERVANTS
Lys (life)Creator of life in Olydri. Co-ruler of the world along with Ark'hen
- Fertile Feet
- Mystical White Hair: Her hair is decribed as white in the fourth novel and shown as such in Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions. It's blond in her first novel description.
- Physical God
- Really 700 Years Old: She's described as looking like a woman in her teenage years by narration and Golgotha called her a "kid" while describing her.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Source we know of.
Ark'hen (death)Cause of death and anything generally considered bad (e.g disease and destruction) in Olydri. Co-ruler of the world along with Lys. Having a Twilight related class means serving him.
- Cool Mask
- Katanas Are Just Better: What he get instead of a Sinister Scythe in the movies.
- Physical God
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Pretty much everything about him got toned down in Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions compared to his novel description. The most noticeable change is his Sinister Scythe getting replaced by a long-handled katana.
- Sinister Scythe
Dortös (void)Ruler of Olydri while it was an empty land called Nös that got sealed away by Lys and Ark'hen. Horizon's Myth Arc apparently consists of keeping him from returning and turning Olydri back into Nös.Horizon 1.1 has him as its final boss.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Normally, using Void magic is a direct trip to becoming a Soulless. The second novel has people his possesses during his Boss Battle come out of it with the ability to use Void magic as a Desperation Attack without such a penalty.
- Body Surf: If Noob: La Quête Légendaire is anything to go by, this can let him survive on olydri.
- Physical God
- Possession Burnout: When leaving Gaea's group, he explicitly says he intends to use Précieux's body until its ressources run out. It seems to be on the slow side, as he can afford to look for a more compatible body for his next host.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
Saralzar (chaos)Known to have been sealed away by Lys and Ark'hen little time after becoming a Source combining life, death and void. Horizon 1.0 has participating in the Stable Time Loop that had this outcome be the ultimate challenge to players before Horizon 1.1 introduces tougher bosses. He's the boss Fantöm is known to have beaten on his own. Tabris sets him free in the 2.1 update.
- Deity of Human Origin: His backstory can be summed up as human > soulless > Source.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Almost a literal case. His was the strongest boss in Horizon 1.0, but got overshadowed by the ones added in some of the later expansions of the game.
- Marathon Boss
- The Worf Effect: For Fantöm. Twice
- Played by: Pierre Zecchini
Fargöth (creation)The creator of the entire world in which Horizon takes place and forger of Sourcelame. Technically ceased to exist a long time ago, but remanents of his conscience were hiding somewhere so he could share his last will with whoever completed a specific quest.
PhoenixesServants of Lys, named Dorsa (air), Pironess (fire), Coronae (earth) and Nereïde (water). Elementalist players affiliate themselves with one of them when they choose their specialty. Pironess has made an appearance in the webseries and has a separate file in the recurring NPCs section.
ShadowsServants of Ark'hen and basically counterparts of the Phoenixes. Their names are Berenor (time), Brokken'kraft (souls), Duhkel'kard (darkness) and Loss'drakor (suffering).
ArksThe habitants of Nös and servants of Dortös who can't survive on Olydri as it currently is. They got imprisonned inside the planet when Dortös got sealed away.
MorkenSupreme leader of the Soulless in the first novel only.
SoullessPeople who attempted to exploit forbidden magic sources and ended up in a state akin to being undead. They are currently uniting under Morken's command and working towards making Olydri viable for Dortös and the Arks. Saralzar was one of them before becoming the Source of Chaos.
- Black Cloak
- Elite Mook: They are stated to be more of a challenge than most mooks and rarely found outside quests.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: In Horizon 1.0, they were quest givers for fetch quests.
- In the Hood
- Treacherous Quest Giver: Doing their fetch quests in Horizon 1.0 was helping the first villain.
- The Undead
Syrial exploration party
Syrial exploration partyThe four other people from the Syrial exploration party the Noob guild was part of in the second novel: Görth the warrior, Alaskia the assassin, Athreyü the Necromancer and Shaadö the neomancer.
- Animate Dead: Athreyü.
- The Cassandra: Görth was this upon his introduction until Arthéon decided to take him seriously.
- Man in a Kilt: Görth
- BFG: Shaadö. The thing is stated to be two meters long.
- Compensating for Something: Omega Zell's explanation for Shaadö's big gun.
- One-Shot Character: They have yet to show up again in the story.