This page details the characters in Fanfic/Overlady and how they differ from their canon equivalents. Characters sorted roughly by order of appearance.
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Characters from Familiar of Zero
Louise de la ValliereThe daughter of two Heroes, Louise has a quite unexpected natural talent at Evil. Perhaps that's because of the way that every single relative on her father's side, apart from her father, is a depraved villain - and often very successful ones at that. Certainly her blood has passed down a natural preference for staying inside her body which most of the other villains in the world seem to lack.Currently trying to crush the Regency Council of Tristain beneath her steel boot, as part of a secretly not-evil plan.
- Animals Hate Her: Well, ponies do.
- Bad Boss: She treats the minions with disgust and contempt. Ironically, this is pretty much the only way they can function effectively.
- Chainmail Bikini: The notion was pushed to Louise by Jessica at first, but Louise averted it in the end by having a full set of armor that only exposes a small area around her mouth. This turned out to be the better option for both the overlord and the blacksmith.
- Evil Overlord: Perhaps the cutest, shortest one currently extant in Halkeginia. Also quite naturally skilled at it.
- Big Bad: Emerging as one, if nomination as the Best Newcomer is any indication.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: In her own narration. Louise is attracted to Henrietta, and completely in denial about it.
- She Who Must Not Be Seen: A side-effect of Louise's public appearances in her suit of armor at first, but Jessica then works to push this as her image.
- Villain Protagonist
ScarronOriginally a minor character from the series. Here, Scarron is an incubus prince of The Abyss, but he has been locked in the surface world due to the actions of Jessica's mother. He operates the inn/bar in Bruxelles, a hotbed of adventuring activity.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Scarron is definitely Evil, but he cares about his daughter deeply and sincerely.
- Horny Devils: An Incubus.
- Informed Ability: His Eye Beams, which the reader only knew via Jessica's comparison to hers.
- Knowledge Broker: His main occupation, although he deals in rare physical stuff too.
JessicaOriginally a minor character from the series. Here, Jessica is the half-incubus daughter of Scarron, and a skilled blacksmith. She acts as a liaison between Louise and Scarron at first, but later goes to live in the tower as the resident blacksmith/couturier.
- The Blacksmith: She also does couture for our protagonists.
- Eye Beams: Notably weaker than her father's.
- Evil Genius: Shares this role with Gnarl. Her armorer and couture skills are top-notch, since Louise's first costume earned her a nomination for an abyssal award.
- Fantastic Racism: Faces this amongst her peers in The Abyss due to the blood of her Hero mother.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Born from the union of Scarron and a heroic woman, making her a half-incubus.
- Hulking Out: She can turn buff when angry or excited.
- I Didn't Mean To Turn You On: Turns girls on whenever she's excited or incensed.
- The Nicknamer: "Lou" for Louise, and "Henri" for Henrietta so far.
- Non-Action Guy: Despite having considerable might, she prefers to stay in the tower and ensure the quality of Louise's armor and fashion.
Count MottOriginally a minor villain in the series. Here, Count Mott is one of The Regency Council alongside Wardes and two other nobles. The Council have the power second to the queen of Tristain herself, and with the queen's mental instability they pretty much run the country nowadays.
- Agent Peacock: A dandy person, but not averse to combat in general.
- Deus ex Machina: The fight concluded with a timely cannon shot from minions manning the airship ripping him in half. Notable, since minions aren't really all that competent to begin with.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: After getting hit with cannon fire.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: At that time, Louise has just mastered hellfire whereas Mott is a skilled water mage. Their duel goes about as well as it can be expected.
- Killed Mid-Sentence
- The Man Behind the Man: The Council as a whole.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He is arguably the first antagonist who poses a legitimate threat to Louise.
Cattleya de la ValliereLouise's sister from the series, she was sickly since she was young. The wasting disease was only a ruse for her vampirism. After the whole business with Louis is concluded, Cattleya and her personal maid moves to the tower with Louise. Over the course of the story, she recruited another maid.
- BFS: Gets one when Louise and her prepares to storm Louis' lair.
- The Brute: While not as mindless as some Brutes, she nevertheless constitutes most of the physical brawn in Louise's party.
- Demonic Possession: She is sired by Louis, after all. Later turned the table on Louis and drained him, to Louise's horror.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Tries hard to be this, but results are mixed due to native vampiric instincts.
- Friend to All Living Things: Despite being a vampire! She brought a loyal flock of wolves when she moved.
- Lesbian Vampire: Strongly implied.
- Sdrawkcab Name: She reflexively signs a letter as Ayelttac.
- Unskilled, but Strong: How she manages with the greatsword.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Can turn into a flock of bats, mist, or a big wolf; possibly a shout-out to Alucard.
- Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: A problem later rectified by Jessica's armor. Still a problem on some non-enchanted clothes, though.
- Weaksauce Weakness: As with classical/Stokerian vampires, she has many mundane weakness (plus fire). Later on she gets an armor that functionally negates her weakness to sunlight, courtesy of Jessica.
Henrietta de TristainTristain's crown princess and Louise's childhood friend. She was held captive for pledging herself to Wales Tudor, thus getting Tristain into a political tangle because she was publicly pledged to a prince of Germanian origin; The Tudors were later usurped from Albion's throne, further complicating matters.
- Chainmail Bikini: Concedes that she needs at least this, after nearly being killed in an ambush within the tower.
- Damsel in Distress: The planning of her eventual rescue was a major part of the storyline.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: A test dress she wore when the ambush happened. It protects about as well as it can be expected to.
- Ludicrous Gibs: She turns an assassin into a pile of mush by turning the water in his body to mist.
- Voice of The Overlady: Takes up this role to further the mysterious image of Louise's Overlady persona, plus she is more skilled in public speaking and oratory than Louise. In-costume, Jessica nicknamed her Voxi.
Characters from Overlord
GnarlNasty, sinister, conspiratorial and willing to act without telling Louise, Gnarl is nonetheless vital to Louise's schemes and operations. He plays basically the same role for her as he does for the canon Overlords.
- Affably Evil: And unusually verbose in his affability for a minion. Louise suspects he has stolen all of his race's natural intelligence.
- The Dragon: Definitely Louise's second-in-command as well as the day-to-day administrator of life in the tower.
- Evil Chancellor: He is Louise's chief advisor, and seems quite determined that he keeps that role.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Though in this case, the standards apparently consist of not selling all your evil artifacts simply to have the funds to to buy expensive clothes.
Unnamed VampireThe vampire in the ruined tower and the previous Overlord before Louise put an end to his reign.
- Bad Boss: To an even greater extent compared to Louise. The tower fell into disrepair on his reign, due to parts of the tower pawned off to fuel his vanity.
- The Dandy: A fop, and not much else.
Louis de la ValliereLouise's ancestor and quite possibly the progenitor of the Valliere line.
- Bastard Bastard: His Start of Darkness is that he was the illegitimate son of a Tristain king, who in the end got a comparatively small dukedom instead of the throne. He's about as villainous as it can be.
- The Chessmaster: To a frightening degree.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Semi-sealed, since apparently it doesn't stop him from amassing a lesser vampire army.
- False Flag Operation: Hinted at. He'd ride to exterminate undead outbreaks, but always after the outbreak has decimated his rivals.
Emperor LeeThe current ruler of Cathay and possibly the most powerful man in all Halkeginia.
- Catch Phrase: "Objectively suboptimal."
- Crazy-Prepared: A desirable trait for him, apparently.
- Evil Chancellor: His exploits as this and eventual ascent to the Cathayan throne earns him an award.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: A minor case. He spoke passable Romalian, and his quirks in that is rendered in-story as English with weird vocabulary.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Anything else would be objectively suboptimal.
Markgraf Blitzhart von ZerbstPartriarch of the Zerbst family and Kirche's father.
- Dynamic Entry: A favorite of his, if self-defenestration are to be trusted.
- Expy: Of Lord Flashheart from Blackadder.
- In the Blood: Many of his children takes after him, and it extends to his illegitimate ones.
- Kavorka Man: Maxed out in Bluff and Seduction skills.
- Large Ham: Ooo yeah.
- Verbal Tic: Rrrrraaawr!
LillyHead of the Dark Elves, which is actually a sort of a Greenpeace-esque organization.
- Overly Long Name: She greatly prefers the simple 'Lilly'.
- Shrinking Violet: Despite the formidable organization name, she is actually quite shy.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She is mortified to find that children in Tiffania's orphanage can suggest schemes more evil than what her subordinates can muster.