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The worst guild of Horizon in Season 1, which gets a little better but keeps a quite bad reputation later on.
Gaea > Gaëa
Class : Summoner > Archer
Guild position : Nuker > Distance DPS
Reroll: Gaëa, archer that becomes her Empire main after her summoner joins the Coalition
Real life name : Gabrielle Jolivet
Played by : Anne-Laure Jarnet (Season 1, 2, 4 and 5 credits)/ Gabrielle Jolivet (Season 3 credits)
Latest addition to the guild for the two first seasons, she joined only because Horizon cannot be played solo. She's set on cumulating as many credits (game currency) as she can, to the point that looting dead enemies behind her guildmate's 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. Also check Walking Spoiler in Gaea worshipper's guild section.
Adaptational Heroism: In the novels and series, Tenshirock decided that all/most of the guild was off the hook during book / Season 3 due to them indirectly serving his cause. In the comic, Gaea negociated 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.
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 joined 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 gets in "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.
Gender-Blender Name: Possibly not as intentional as for Morgan/Omega Zell, but her real name is homophone to the masculine "Gabriel".
Genre Savvy: When she has to fight against Master Zen in the Season 3 finale, she refuses Couette and Ivy's help on the grounds that It's Personal since he broke into her appartement and framed her by posting the video tha caused the Wham Episode from her computer. She however doesn't let them leave the scene because she's aware she may need help later.
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.
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 whith treating the guild common fund as a free money reserve.
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 passer-bys 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.
Instant Expert: She manages to force Ivy into using her kamikaze ability right after getting the ability to use the 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.
Squishy Wizard: Probably true of any nuker and healer in the series, but she gets special mention for using it as 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 books.
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.
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 acutally 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.
After 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 completley 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.
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.
Demoted to Extra: In the webseries, he's started creeping closer and closer to secondary character by being kidnapped for part of Season 2, goingto 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.
Dual Wielding: His swords as of late Season 2 and until Season 4.
My Beloved Smother: His mother is very meddling, so he had to give up any social occupation like sports according to novels. She also used to make Artheon stop playing at 8.00 PM every night. She also sent him to Boarding School of Horrors in Season 3.
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 misoginy and opportunism, and Gaea's cupidity, and after enduring Master Zen's manipulations and in real life kidnapping, Arthéon completly 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.
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.
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.
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 already tried. But Fantöm isn't answering.
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.
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.
"No really, Arthéon, they let a girl do the Justice Guild's recruitment. At this rate, they're going to end up with the Tokio Hotel fan club in the guild ! (Beat) What ? What's happening ? Is she behind me ?"
Class : Assassin
Guild position : DPS / Self proclaimed ace
Real life name : Morgan Lavande
Played by : Julien Guellerin
Reporter 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 ? The presence of a n00b and a girl (later three of them) that drags his guild's level down and his tendency to get in embarassing situations while trying to be well seen by his ideal colleagues... or just because Tenshirock needs a lab rat.
Ambiguously Gay: There's his job, his name, but also his real life behavior, especially his food choices (biological salads according to the first book). Add Tenshirock who likes punishing him by blocking his avatar in dancing mode and Gaea's insinuations that his hero worship of Fantöm is acutally a Celeb Crush. He also sides whith Sparadrap when he gives liking the way his clothes look as a reason for not changing them (to something with better stats) in a long time. His sister added an extra layer by mentionning he took classical dancing when he was nine.
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" sterotype, 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 requirments 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.
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.
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 book, he fails to take his cursor in consderation while following a group of people.
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.
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. 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.
Omega Zell: Before logging off, [Arthéon] made me Guild Master.
It turns out he just gave him a second in command rank ("Main Officer" would be the literal translation) that enables him to manage the guild in his absence, but some Master-only actions are not allowed, such us kicking people out. And he did it mostly because Omega Zell hand been pestering him about it for a while.
"I usually hate fighting against other players. I prefer inviting them into my guild so they can become my friends."
Class : Priest
Guild position : Healer / Self-appointed recruiter / Guild Master
Reroll : Spärädräp, warrior
Real life name : Kevin Lepape
Played by : Frédéric Zolfanelli
Both a Noob and a Man Child, 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.
All-Loving Hero: 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.
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 way of playing much better.
The Chosen Zero: Invoked when Tenshirock arranged for him to get the cheated staff.
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 loosing 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.
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 book 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.
Insane Forgiveness: His reaction to Omega Zell and Gaea leaving the guild ? Putting their names in parentheses on the list of guild members in case they come back. Especially for Gaea, who left by Face Heel Turn. Justified because Kindhearted Simpleton and Stupid Good aren't on his sheet for nothing.
Kindhearted Simpleton: Probably the "nice person" trope from the list that fits him best. Gaea is shown taking advatage 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.
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 n00b priest".
The Medic: "Eventually" is both the nicest and most accurate word for his case.
No Hero to His Valet: In Season 3 and the second novel, he turns out to be a semi-professional tennisman known to be immune to pressure. However, in Season 2, he stated that his father and his grandmother would better 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).
Paralysis by Analysis: He's implied to be completly immune to this in the webseries and novels (pressure is mentionne 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.
Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: His warrior reroll has a feature dedicated to delivering these (whose concrete function is attracting the enemy's attention) 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 dosen't live with them according to the second novel), but never his mother, implying that she's missing.
He gets it on two noticeable 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 suprisingly 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.
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 to have 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: The guild is stuck with him because they can't find another healer and when it did happen, the girl wasn't much better at the job than him and seldom showed up ; he's actually meant to be an inversion of the trope's World of Warcraft metagame example. 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.
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 Fleur
Played by : Manon Morand
A teenage beauty queen who pretty much fufills Omega Zell's idea of female video game players. The second n00b 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.
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 keeps quite a few common 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 supried of how well Sparadrap is mananging things in his absence compared to Omega Zell and Gaea (who both had brief time as replacment guil 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 given the chance.
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 series. 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.
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 seperation from Sparadrap being a little slower.
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 (Ystos will be holding the title of cast junior until Sin, whose designated actor is his younger brother, shows up in the webseries or movie).
White Mage: Even started out wearing white before moving to blue in Season 4.
Class : Neogician
Guild position : Second nuker / Distance DPS
Real Life Name : Fanny Blanchet
Played by : Johanna Fournier
Sleepy Head by excellence, she frequently looses track of what happens 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.
Action Bomb: Potentially, but only seen that time Gaea forced her into it via People Puppetsand when she gave up her tournament victory in favor of Omega Zell.
Beware the Quiet Ones: Despite her almost catanonic 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 it keeps her from using magic (implictly 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 else than a bomb in the underground forest scene.
Informed Attribute: Happened twice. Upon her introduction, Arthéon mentionned 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 being present so often that she functionnally became a full-time member of the guild while Couette and Golgotha remained sixth rangers. 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 happenning off screen is supposed to be the reason the guild breaks its record of failed quests.
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 two first 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 her webseries lines that ended up on 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.".
Flash Step: The most frequent way the speed in question is depicted.
Former / Short Lived members of Noob Guild
Class : Mage
Guild position : Former nuker / Guild Master
Real life name: Robert Dumoulin
Played by : Lionel Tagliavini
The Hair Trigger Tempered Noob guild founder and former master who ended up in jail after an appliance defenestration gone horribly wrong. He eventually escapes only to get the guild back, then to make its member's life hell when it fails.
Ax-Crazy: Or at least he claims to be so ; while he is definitely crazy and does regularly threaten others to find them in real life and kill them, he has yet to actually do it. He still does kidnap and sequester people though.
Bad 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 of having him as leader again.
Chekhov M.I.A.: Gets jointly mentionned by Sparadrap and Omega Zell as early as episode 3, and his escape serves as the final scene of Season 1 finale. The book 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, immediatly 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 intentionnal, 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.
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 cheated 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 cheated equipement 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 less zen character of the whole franchise.
Knight of Cerebus: His appearance contributes a lot to the series's Cerebus Syndrome as previous villains where no longer dangerous once one logged off of the game. His absence from the comic outside Arthéon's flash back until comic number 7 seems to contribute to it starting out both with a Lighter and Softer tone and chronologically after Season 2.
Hired 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 Tracker's guild for her permanent incarnation.
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.
The 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 little time after that, buys credits from him witout realising that real money trade isn't allowed in the game and gets kicked out by a Game Master.
First 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.
Jack of All Stats:A unspecialized elementalist is apparently the closest he could get to a polyvalent Twilight warrior with a standard class. According to the book, he can tank, nuke, DPS and heal decently, but not as well as if he had specialized in any of them.
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.
The top guild of Horizonuntil 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 Middle
Played by: Fabien Fournier
Top 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 completly 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.
The Ace: Up to Season 3, still working on getting back there in Season 5.
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 plannning for them no matter how complex they have been made.
Badass: This guy is one of the few people who actually succeeded in reaching the Legendary Class. Twice. And the second time, he did it in a short amont time while being in the Noob Guild.
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 become 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.
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 loosing to Amaras.
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 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 has developped 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.
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.
"If I had to give a second chance to all losers of [Omega Zell's] kind, we'd be rock-bottom in ranking."
Guild position : Preemtive healer / Buffer / Admissions
Real life name : Penelope
Played by : Amandine Train
In charge of the Justice guild's admissions, she will only let the very best join, going up to 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.
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.
Hide Your Pregnancy: She got a mild case before Rubis got introduced. The episode that had her use a Gaea look-alike avatar in-game had a few shots of Penelope behind the computer, but only her face was shown.
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.
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.
Guild position : Healer (Classic)
Reroll : Ystös, assassin (Noob guild)
Real life name : Thomas Lepape
Played by : Matthieu Zecchini
Team 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 both via control of his older bother's avatar and his own character. Sparadrap is convinced to be the one who taught him to be such a good healer, making him treat Ystos like an inexperienced disciple.
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.
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 book 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 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.
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 his assassin). In the webseries, this has led him to burst into tears over being reminded of Fantöm's absence and be obviously overjoyed when Sparadrap reaches level 100. The few scenes of the comic showing him at home have him wear context-appropriate expressions and just happen 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 full fledged one for the Noob guild 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.
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 : Franck Garcia
Played by : Benjamin Masnières
Master of Horizon's top guild and team Fantöm's strategist, who's distinctive sign is a white (later gold) mask covering his face. If provoked, he will usually be the first of the team to loose his temper, Saphir being the one who calms him down just as easily.
Black Mage : Literal during Season 2 and in the openings.
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 a 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 regards 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 hence 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.
Overshadowed by Awesome: He's the best mage on Horizon, leader of the game's top guild and most importantly 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.
Early-Bird Cameo: In the comic, he appeared near the end of the sixth book, that covers a period between Season 3 premiere and Episode 4 (Arthéon knows he's going to boarding school but hasn't left yet, Sparadrap is still levelling up his warrior).
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 and is shown to get along with Omega Zell despite possibly knowing him for a shorter time than everyone else. 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.
Guild position : DPS
Played by : Julien Guellerin
Joined 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.
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 paraphrasedd as "Hey, does that mean I'll be able to take my charismatic poses without risking getting killed on the spot?".
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 loosing to Gaea well ?
Took a Level in Badass: His status as The Load only lasted 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.
You, Get Me Coffee: Saphir likes giving him menial tasks when the group isn't dungeon crawling.
Played by: Petulia
Saphir's younger sister who replaces her for the last few episodes of Season 5.
Real Life Writes the Plot/Temporary Substitute: Amandine Train (Saphir) had a baby during the break between episodes 6 and 7 od 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.
Played by: JBX
A spy for Justice guild.
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 prononciation as "JB" in French and "dix" is the French word for "ten" (X in roman numerals).
Other Empire Players
Class : Warrior
Real life name : Catherine Mourru
Played by : Amandine Tagliavini
A mercenary and Gaea's childhood friend who's mainly interested in the game's killing enemies aspect. Fifth (up to eigth 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.
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 a row stop her (remember Continuing Is Painful in Horizon and the healer to which she has easiest access is the most incompetent of the game).
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 whatever 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.
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 mentionned 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 appartement 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 geuninely harm the latter. Gaea lampsahed 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 canalizing her energy in video games.".
Hair Decorations: She's seen wearing bow-shaped ones in Season 2 and the fifth comic.
Hide Your Pregnancy: The reason she was playing a mage wearing a baggy dress in the Season 3 final episodes.
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.
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 series 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 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.
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 !".
Class : Assassin
Real life name : Camille Lavande
Played by : Audrey Garotte
Omega 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.
Continuity Nod: To the fact that Omega Zell had a female avatar lying around.
Remember The New Girl/Schrödinger's Gun: The first novel has a few pararagraphs 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.
The 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 Master
Played by : Mikael Berthet
Coalition 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 the top guilds of the Coalition and made his party out of the masters of three of them.
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.
Badass: He's Fantöm's rival. What did you expect ?
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 Donteuil's office.
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.
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.
A 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.
Double Play : Also has character in the Empire, but apparently stopped using it after it was refused entry in the Justice guild.
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 whith whom he gets geuninely antagonistic while both Dark Avenger and the Relic Tracker's guild leader have failed to get the "hey, we're enemies you idiot" message through.
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 of gave Ystos, Saphir and Heimdäl time to find the Noob guild before her team got arounf killing them.
Player Killing: Well, she's the leader of the guild specialized in the activity after all.
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 Gibbs
Played by : Rodolphe Toucas
The 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.
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 one the act is done.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His stroyline exists in part because it's apparently impossible for him to grasp the idea that a player from another faction is geuninely trying to be friendly to him, though Spardrap's strange mix of clumsiness and luck isn't really helping in the present case.
Fan of the Past: Implied when putting his early 20th century style interior and the fact that he's palying in the low-technology faction of Horizon together.
Put on a Bus/Long Bus Trip: 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.
Back for the Finale/The Bus Came Back: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. He's also announced to appear in the movie.
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.
He gets a few Genre Savvy moments, notably by attacking someone else if Sparadrap isn't alone when he runs into him or promising a reward to whoever kills him on a battlefield.
Class : Mage
Played by : Xavier Picchi
Dark 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.
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.
Quite possibly the senior member of the Player Killer guild, but might as well be part of Gaea Worshipper's guild in terms of beliefs.
Badass Grandpa: Supplementary material hints that he's bouncing in and out of the end 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 Gaea Worshipper's guild 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).
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.
Class : Assassin (novel 4) or warrior (Season 5 equipment)
Played by : Serwan Melk
The player who frequently shows up to (quite inefficiently) help Gaea in early Season 4.
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 around a dozen members (maybe more), yet he's the only clearly recurring one.
Class : Summoner
Guild position : Short-lived Guild Master
Played by : Anne-Laure Jarnet
After a too big reputation deficit made her loose her Empire affiliation, she decided to join the guild and made the Coalition her new faction in the process. She however leaves soon after joining, upon discovering that Amaras has 100 000 credit tax on Coalition guilds and that her new subordinates aren't even capable of credit farming without her direct supervision.
Adrenaline Makeover: At the end of season 4 she gets a dark outfit complete with a scepter. Until that time she didn't have weapons and her early clothes were modest.
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.
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.
Dark Is Evil: Despite actually being blue, the new outfit has a bigger dark surface than the old one.
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.
Genre Savvy: After winning the duel aganist Omega Zell, a rematch is out of the question for her.
Honorary True Companion: Gaea Worshipper's can be considered to be her Coalition guild even after she technically leaves it.
Still The Leader: A variation according to the novels. She's not backseating the current leader, but still has the guild's members wrapped around her finger despite having technically abandonned them. 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 Worshippers' 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.
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.
The clearly asian gold famer from whom Level100!Arthéon bought credits before being banned and an old friend of Tenshirock, whose plans he somethimes has trouble understanding. When called a "Chinese farmer" (litteral meaning of the French equivalent to "gold farmer"), he takes offense to the "chinese" part, because he isn't actually Chinese. He is, on the other hand, one of Spectre's former teammates
Bare-Fisted Monk: With no weapon of his own, it's all he has if he actually needs to fight.
The Confidant: He suprisingly subverts this trope. 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 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.
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 serve Tenshirock's cause. The fact that they're old friends seems to be the only reason 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.
An Order guild made of people Master Zen met in jail and during his escape that becomes a recurring Griefer to the Noob guild in Season 3.
Class : Mage
Guild position : Nuker / Guild Master
Played by : Lionel Tagliavini
His 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.
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.
Bad 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.
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 whole thing happened. In the novel storyline, he's an aversion of Offscreen Inertia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Significant Anagram: Lost In Translation, even on the present page. "Master Zen" is "Maître Zen" in French.
Mad Love: For her Guild Master, 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".
Class : Druid
Guild position : Healer
Played by : Alexia Sireuille
A 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 at the pysch ward of his jail.
Only Sane Man: Backstory set aside, she seems to be the best adjusted member of the group.
Team Mom: She's quite reactive to calming down Master Zen when he seems about to have an outburst and is seen shutting up Valentin once or twice.
You Do NOT Want To Know: Invokes this when Valentin asks how she managed to escape the jail's phych ward in the comic.
Class : Warrior
Real life name : Valentin
Played by : Nicolas Curty
A Casanova Wannabeand Master Zen's former cellmate who took advantage of his escape tunnel to get out of jail himself who took a certain interest in Ivy. Also member with the less screentime.
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.
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 Tracker's equivalent to Sparadrap. Interestingly, pre-Flanderization Sparadrap was hinted to be oblivious to sexuality, notably by thinking that "gay" means "jolly", suggesting Gaea to try a Stripperiffic outfit on because it had good stats according to the merchant and not seeing the problem with the dad is a priest + having a young brother equation ; that almost puts the two in Evil Counterpart territory.
Other Order Players
"I cannot be vanquished. This is my curse."
Class : Necromancer of the Eternal
Played by : Patrice Blanc
Amaras'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.
Chekhov M.I.A.: In the novels : mentionned in the second, showed up the third.
Enemy Mine : When Fantöm signlehandedly beat the Source of Chaos for the second time, he owed his survival to a recently added explosion only to Spectre's help. The explantation given was that he couldn't stand to se 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.
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.
Arthéon'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 to discover a unique object. Sparadrap hates her for keeping Arthéon away from the guild.
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.
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 over finalising the in-game marriage that she was taking less seriouly than him.
Satellite Love Interest: Downplayed, as she bonded with Arthéon over 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.
OTHER HORIZON USERS
Real life name : Théodore Saquebien
Played by : Lucas Robert (for portrayal of Théodore and his former player avatar)
The 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 and Tenshirock's son.
Be Careful What You Wish For/Create Your Own Villain: "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.
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.
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.
Evil Laugh: He's not actually evil, but he enjoys delivering a psychopath-like laugh.
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.
Large Ham: Let's just say he takes his role as a Game Master very seriously.
Missing Mom: More relevant to the story than Sparadrap's implied case.
Morality Pet: For better and for worse, Tenshirock does care about him.
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The way he deals with the Fantöm issue shows he was well aware of what was going on yet only did something about it when it got discovered.
Shout-Out: His name and behaviour are an obvious spoof of Judge Dredd. He even said "I am the law" at some point in the webseries.
Sore Loser: It turns out that he's a multiple offender in Season 5.
Real life name : Philippe Saquebien
Played by : Pierre-André Grasseler
A 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 , one of Spectre's former teammates and Judge Dead's father.
Ambiguously Gay: 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 Gaea, known for making videos, can enjoy them. The fact that he's Judge Dead's father indicates that he may actually be straight.
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.
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.
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.
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 suprise to the rest of the guild. The fact that Tenshirock has done them no harm so far is due to the fact that Gaea negociated a 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.
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.
The Reveal: Judge Dead is his son and the person he's actually trying to drive away from Horizon.
Speak of the Devil/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.
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 mentionned that it has caused people from his old guild to commit suicide.
Played by : Fabien Peres
Horizon's creator who seldom appears in the overall story.
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.
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 player 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, where he seems to not regret what he did a single bit and to be completly 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.
Arthéon of Fargöth
Played by : Jonathan Fourcade
Basically a player-controlled Non-Player Character who doubles as a raid-level boss who appears in Season 5. His in-game role is to assist Fargöth, one of the Sources whose ambitions are sometimes at odds with most Player Character's best interests.
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 commitements also left him with not much to do during the day.
That Man Is Dead: An in-game equivalent. His avatar is actually a 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.
Super-Stoic Shopkeeper: A varaition 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.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: 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.
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
Played by : Philippe Cardona (Batémulius) and Florence Torta (Nostariat)
A pair of arrogant alchemists that frequently need ingredients for whatever they're preparing to be found for them or protection from some kind of danger.
Altum Videtur: Whenever they talk about plants, they designate them with latin-sounding names (as a parallel to real-life scientific names).
The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: 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.
The Dividual: Meant to be that, but Florence Torta not being available for shooting made Bartémulius appear alone twice. Played straight in the novels and comic.
The Phoenix of fire who is looking for the escaped Source of Chaos and the Quest Giver that the Noob guild helps out during the first part of Season 4. In Season 5, members of the Justice and Roxxor main roster are sometimes seen in her company.
Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: When Ystos starts chatting with other people in the middle of a questline involving her, she reapeats 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.
A 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.
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 ?
Punny Name: His last name is a homophone of "C'est par où ?" an informal way of saying "Which way is it ?" in French.
Played by: Eric Legrand
Bartémulius and Nostariat's mentor. At some point, his students let him get captured by the Coalition so they could escape. He's currently working for the Order.
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.".
The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Despite it having nothing to do with the quest, she seems to have a subtle reaction to being called a "grandma" by Sparadrap after he realizes her chronological age. Her going bersek when some players decide to slaughter her time-frozen companions may count also, or may actually be Video Game Cruelty Punishment.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Depicted as such in the memory stone cutscene from the first novel. Her gold hair comes along with a youthful appeareance and the fact that she's basically Olydri's godess of good.
Mystical White Hair: Her hair is decribed as white in the fourth novel. No reference to its present-day color is made in the first novel as the characters just recognize her from the cutscene.
Ruler of Olydri while it was an empty land called Nös that got sealed away by Lys and Ark'hen. Horizon'sMyth Arc apprently consists of keeping him from returning and turning Olydri back into Nös.Horizon 1.1 has him as its final boss.
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.
Olydri's third Source that combines life and death due to sort of being Lys and Ark'hen's child who decided to side with the Order, of which he's the main asset. Having an Eternal related class means serving him.
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 found Sourcelame.
Servants 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 series and has a seperate file in the important NPCs section.
People 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.
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.
Quickly Demoted Woman: Subverted. The first time she's mentionned 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 doing quite well for herself.