Aesop Amnesia: He is prone to this... most prominently never ever truly learns to notInstant Cosplay Surprise the others. But he is capable of subverting the trope occasionally like in the Second Vacation Arc he did not repeat any mistakes of the First despite of everybody counting on it (he committed entirely new ones).
Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Oh, how proud, vain and arrogant he is while being a small name in both the supernatural and the mortal world at best thought of as nuisance worst a total loser. He is also, well look at this trope list, has more things hidden than anybody would guess. Deep down he has a lot of problems but basically is really a Nice Guy... and a true Fair Folk.
Department of Child Disservices: His court in many ways is the magical equivalent. He takes unwanted children (probably other creatures too) in a wellmeaning attempt to give them a better life, but being his misguided, screwed up and clueless self makes it questionable how much he actually helps.
Fan of Underdog: To a ridiculous extent. He roots for all people who aren't treated well / fairly in / by their story (no matter how ditzy or otherwise flawed they may be). He isn't the king of "The Unwanted" for nothing.
Fauxreigner: While he doesn't deny being fae but acts and identifies as British so much that Sarah even got roped into the British Boyfriends Are Better club. In reality his only connection to Britain seems to be Actor Allusion and AuthorShout-Out on his mother's side but also... what should we call someone Half-Charnian, Half-Scandinavian/Germanic?
Agent Peacock: Even more than canonically, he is proud and vain and known to suffer breakdowns when he notices that others are tallernote (He is the only one NOT ridiculously tall from the main cast, but he can float!) or thinner than him.
How Do You Like Them Apples?: Averted. Or maybe Subverted. His trademark mystical fruit is peach. Either the guy has some oriental relatives too, or he chose it to screw with expectations or reflect his own Fan of Underdog standing. (This poor neglected fruit needs more credit!)
I Just Want to Have Friends: He's always happy when he thinks he's helping them and loves doing things like taking them to the beach, but as seen at the end of the "Wild Hunt" arc he isn't so sure of his ability to hang onto them, given his nature.
Insistent Terminology: He doesn't steal children he just babysits. Helps his case that by his rules taking a child seems to be only possible if a caretaker wished her away (not that he can't twist and rules lawyer this).
Reluctant Monster: He is a highly powerful fae lord, who tries hard to subvert his very nature. Make no mistake, this doesn't make him weaker or less dangerous. Not to mention what (or who) happens when he pushes himself too hard to be good... or could happen if he lost his Morality Chain.
Reluctant Ruler: He really tries to do as little as (non-)humanly possible to rule his court.
Skewed Priorities: Being a fae this isn't much of a surprise but let just say that his fun and clothing tends to take top priorities, even to possible mortal danger. And also his friends and love interest top supernatural obligations... but this one can be negotiated. So when he found himself in a fantasy dreamland his first question wasn't "How did I get here?" or "What does this talking dragon do here?" but "Why am I in armor?".
Thicker Than Water: Averted. He feels no love, compassion or obligation for his family in general and parents in particular (they can still blackmail him into things though or just pay him). For his friends on the other hand...
Troubled Abuser: Do you see all these tropes about his tragic backstory and being a fan of the underdog? Well, he tends to let out his frustrations (also inhumanity and dysfunction) on his minions... who by the way are the same as him just weaker, if not outright children turned goblins. He also has Jerkass Woobie on YMMV.
Unskilled, but Strong: Sure he is insanely powerful but has control issues and rarely thinks about the possible consequences bordering on Lethally Stupid at timesnote His power level would require a whole lot of wisdom he doesn't have, or to be at peace with his nature, which quite frankly wouldn't get rid of the lethal part.
Casting a Shadow: He was shown to be able to catch people with shadows. Not exclusively but mostly this is a power his Dark side likes to use... even his resurfacing is accompanied by tendrils of dark energy.
Geas: Outside of the vows taken in his magically binding voice, he also has some other magical bindings like what he can or can't tell people about his magic. Example: He can't tell you the Right Words even if he wanted to.
Magical Gesture: His primary way of spell-casting, he even uses Badass Finger Snaps sometimes. Seems like the range of movement he requires is inversely proportional with the needed fine control and directly proportional to the power level of the spell so sometimes (like in battles) this turns into full blown Full-Contact Magic.
Magic Mirror: He hadone. The first is the end of the Second Vacation arc, where he severely overexerted himself and his magic. The second is the beginning of the Dark!Jareth arc where he pays the price. It also returns in Such Stuff.
Mark of the Supernatural: He has several traits that show his otherness but his left eye with the permanently dilated pupil is the main symbol of his fae nature. Like that's the one his father sealed when he intended to depower him.
Voice Of Truth: He can't lie or break his word given this way. This magic has a safeguard/exaggerated property though namely makes him literally unable to promise things he can't keep as he can't even err in it. So even if he doesn't know why it would be a problem to keep his word... if he for some reason won't be able to do it he won't be able to promise it.
Voice Of Magic: What he declares or commands in this tone becomes reality (Telling a soul to "Go home" sends it back to it's owner. Declaring "We'll meet again" will make it happen. etc.).
Friendless Background: No friends no family and he was never to enthusiastic about this whole friendship thing, but for his misfortune he met Jareth in a bar... and they drowned their sorrows together. What did you think?
Merlin Sickness: Contracted with the first re-imagining of his original story. He ages backwards (slowly). As fictional character he doesn't really age much... but fan expectations change (at least the executives say so) and because of this almost every new Phantom remake (re-imagining) has a younger and younger Erik and this affects the one in the 'verse of the comic.
Acquired Poison Immunity: Being a practicing alcoholic for a long time made him extremely resistant to most substances that could knock him out (including Jareth's magic peaches). He isn't perfectly immune but will get over such effects a lot faster than most people.
Good Is Not Soft: He is the only genuinely good and nice main cast member and he is underestimated a lot because of it, but he is also Badass Normal navy officer, who proved himself against pirates, undead and sea monsters (and is more dangerous with ropes and nooses than Erik).
Unknown Rival: Of Dr. Jones. He is the poor history teacher whose classes are empty because everyone goes to the archeology lecture.
Weirdness Censor: At the beginning at least he tried really hard not to acknowledge that this place is weirder than his own movie. (For example when he first met Jareth what he first noticed was that the guy is shirtless not that he is clearly supernatural.) He reached the Fantastically Indifferent stage since.
Bizarre Taste in Food: He is the only person in existence, who happily, knowingly and willingly eats Mrs. Lovett's "Worst Pies In London". Being the son of a Lethal Chef probably severely influenced his opinion on what counts as edible.
By-the-Book Cop: He will lecture a demon (Crowley) about not smoking in the library.
I'm not sure about this contradicting the Brick - Javert is always described as very tall, whereas average height for male Europeans at the time was around 5'3". So Valjean may be burly and muscular, but he's unlikely to have been as tall as Javert (and I don't remember his height being specifically mentioned, either).
Punch Clock Hero: He is just doing his job as security guard. He even contemplates pulling a Villain Exit Stage Left stunt when he realizes that the university doesn't pay him enough for all the troubles... but he is too stubborn to give up. He also has some other "heroics" to do for some yet unexplored reason like one (1) honest-to-goodness good deed per year... naturally he tries to get rid off it as early as possible.
Sherlock Scan: He developed this skill in the course of the comic. The most obvious is where he and Sherlock play "Detect-Off".
True Sight: The one clearly supernatural ability he has here. (This addition to his canon traits was justified by his gypsy (later outright supernatural) ancestry. It would be a useless ability in his original story anyway... here, on the other hand...)
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: He normally is quite oblivious to such matters (he doesn't recognize other people's love problems either). Since the omake he got partially over it, but can still be quite oblivious.
Morality Chain: It's implied that she is this for Jareth and that his Dark Side would take over without her.
The Nicknamer: The best example. She named Mrs. Norrington Mrs. N. after their first meeting, has some colorfull "nicknames" for Jareth (like Glittertwit) calls James Jamie, Christine Chris etc. not that bad considering that she isn't even member of the main cast.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: As currently stands all her supernatural problems can be traced back to her acts in the Kid!Jareth arc where she was basically just nice to a small child.
Weirdness Magnet: More than it's normal for the 'verse. She is the chosen of a powerful fae and that makes her interesting for anything supernatural, also her special powers include very vivid dreams with direct connection to the more established Dream Lands. (Like the Limbo from Inception.)
The Extranormal Institute where most of the cast works and studies. Jamie teaches history, Erik teaches music, Javert is on security staff etc. (Trivia: Saint Jude is the Patron Saint of lost causes and desperate situations, amongst others.)
Knight of Cerebus: Not strictly a villain (even if she is the evilest character here) because the series is quite blurry on the concept but her (and her ex's) arrival marked the beginning of a lot darker stories.
Glamour Failure: He has (slightly) pointy ears even in his human disguise, it's unknown if this is an actual failure an accident or he thought he looks cooler this way. (From his ringtone being Figlio Perduto probably the later.)
Knight of Cerebus: Not strictly a villain because he doesn't have the outright malice for it and also the series is quite blurry on the concept but his (and his ex's) arrival marked the beginning of a lot darker stories.
The Tease: A rare heterosexual male example, as many readers put it the guy is a "bloody flirt"!
Translator Spell: Word of Ashe that he doesn't speak any other language except the magical being's, but he still can communicate in English so he probably has a translation spell. He still speaks in a runic looking font so probably still has an accent.
The Wonka: Can appear as this. Incredibly powerful and awesome fae noble... as far as we can tell even his own kind questions his sanity (probably related to him being Intrigued by Humanity, amongst other things).
Cute Kitten: Only the characters with True Sight (to be more precise fae sight, so this is the only time when the GO guys don't count) seem to be able to resist him and see his Cat Boy form. So Jareth and Javert.
Court Mage: He doesn't seem to be actively part of Jareth's court but he still plays the role of a magical advisor enough to qualify as this. (Also makes sense if we consider what kind of a mage he is and what kind of court Jareth rules.)
Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: A weird subversion. Ashe's style to draw women tends to be highly (many times impossibly) curvy and this didn't change but "Odile" also has a lot of sharp lines (more than most if not all male characters) which gives her a "living crystal" look.
Revenge Before Reason: Let's just say that she took that pan very personally, which isn't too professional for a mercenary. (For her misfortune she run into someone violently protective.)
Waif-Fu: She is comparatively small and looks fragile but has uncanny (maybe magic enhanced) reflexes and fights barehanded... can fight three armed Badass Normal characters simultaneously without problem. Later revealed that they just stalled her, but it's still impressive.
Animal Stereotypes: And the rest. Sarah's is a swan. And shock of all shocks... The Erkönig's shadow is human.
Bond Creatures: They can act like this. The Erlkönig lent their power to the cast in Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On. They share their motifs and can turn their partners into an Animal Themed Superbeings.
Nonstandard Character Design: This is a comic in fairly lifelike animesque. Now He/She/It looks like a collection of scribbles in a vaguely humanoid shame (if you can make out words, those are probably plot important to boot), which is a jarring change.
Characters that only appeared in Extras (Cover arts, Bonus pages etc.) so aren't in continuity. If they appear on any regular page they'll be moved to an appropriate section. Currently no character is in this section.
The Many Faces of...
Almost if not all of the characters in these folders are Walking Spoilers so for sanities sake no marked ones. If you don't want to know these secrets: DO NOT OPEN.
There were several versions of Jareth appearing in the comic justified by his powers (Time Master) and heritage (The Fair Folk).
Little Jareth is cute!
Kid!Jareth Appeared in the Kid!Jareth or Little Time Traveler arc and he is Exactly What It Says on the Tin really. He is a small kid Jareth from the past. Also appeared in a the dream / flashback sequence in Such Stuff... ... how long did his dad manipulate his life again?
Dark!Jareth Appeared in the Dark!Jareth arc and also in Such Stuff As Dreams are Made On. He is basically Jareth's Superpowered Evil Side and read Evil as Fair.
Big Bad Wannabe: Actually he would be the Big Bad of the Dark!Jareth arc, but he is defeated pretty easily. Basically because you can't tell an epic story about the clash of good and evil if the other characters don't comply.
Blue and Orange Morality: He thinks in trope and measures moral questions in the terms of the Theory of Narrative Causality. He would kill if that was the story, maybe feel remorse about the life lost but would think and feel that that was the right thing to do. To clarify he seems to have some idea about what humans call "good" or "bad" but he thinks of them as storytelling devices not morality and as such doesn't value them over any other trope.
Monochromatic Eyes: A lot like his fathers... and a lot darker than his normal eye color. The most telling mark that you're dealing with him. On the black-and-white pages it looks like Black Eyes of Evil, but it isn't.
No Sense of Personal Space: He has his moments. Not that he is friendly. He knows perfectly well how awkward intrusion in their personal space can be for others.
Superpowered Evil Side: Technically he would be Jareth's original fae personality... but his love and gratitude for the girl he chose, the camaraderie he feels for his friends and his own desire to change makes him suppress it.
Peek-a-Bangs: After the appearance of Fake!Sarah and in Dream Sequences his hair hides his eye or eyepatch. (Works well with concealment, shyness, vulnerability (he was never this weak and vulnerable in his whole life) and the supernatural interpretation of the trope.)
Ring of Power: Again inverted mostly. A claddagh and his mother's seal it's also a lot more Clingy than his eyepatch. See also "Odile"'s tropes.
Sometimes we see other versions of the others... you can guess this has to do with all The Tricksters around.
Aloof Darkhaired Girl: Which isn't much of a surprise when you gender flip a Tall, Dark and Snarky guy, who for some reason takes the change more gracefully and maturely than the others. (She was the one stopping Erik from murdering the cause of their misery, and generally the voice of reason.)
Female!Legolas (We don't see enough form her for any tropes.)
The "Shadow" cast
The two faces of the Shadow!Main Cast.
of Such Stuff Dreams are Made On. At the surface they look like muggle versions Brought Down to Normal like Jareth, but it becomes apparent quite quickly that they are a lot more. The Erlkönig lent them the power of his minions. See also: The Shadow Beasts in the Magical Community folder.Tropes for all
Cape Wings: His "Fae Animal Superhero" outfit has a feathered cape that can act as fully functional wings or the other way around and he has wings in this form that can look like a feathered cape. So wings or cape?
Koan: All Shadow!Cast members like to talk in riddles but HE is a walking talking Fortune Cookie. Like what does "Day and nighthold twilight war in the court of seasons." even mean (Pot Holed with in story meaning for convenience)? Or the more profound and the same time more literal: "There is no man in the mirror but the one you imprison there yourself."