Characters / Ruby Quest
The cast of Ruby Quest. Not pictured: Daisy, Jay, Tom Nook, Mr. Water Cooler

Characters of the RPG style story Ruby Quest.

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Ruby / Subject #7
To lighten the mood, Ruby does her best pirate impersonation, complete with the voice.

My mother told me once of when
A young hare ventured from her den
And as she danced in field and glen
The world sang joy about her.
But wicked hateful things abound
And that young hare these evils found.

A female rabbit who wakes up in a box, and main character of the story. The players take control of her for the majority of the game. Develops a third eye allowing her to see a darkened view of the world, where certain things stand out. She is rather clever, somewhat agile, and able to figure out how to work computers and puzzles with relative ease. Her figure is admirably girlish and she can perform most feats an ordinary person could be reasonably expected to do.

  • Action Girl / Action Survivor: Ruby has a mean left hook.
  • A-Cup Angst: One player suggests that Ruby should flash Tom to get him to cooperate with her escape, but Weaver replies with "Oh no! Unfortunately for all parties involved, Ruby is flat as a board! That probably won't work."
  • Badass Normal: Unlike Tom, she doesn't even make use of her crazy, new mutations in combat. She just uses her fists of concentrated kick-ass.
  • Berserker Tears
  • Bunnygirl in a Box
  • Fanservice: In the April Fool's day gag, the other half of her skirt is missing (and she is apparently not wearing any underwear). And another big one at the end.
  • Flipping the Bird: Does this to Filbert.
  • Genre Savvy: "Ruby throws away the FOOTY SOCK PAJAMA FOOT. Her genre instincts tell her she won't need it."
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.
  • Improvised Weapon: Ruby has used a longshoreman's hook, a scalpel, a crowbar, a combined cane and shovel head, and a glove wrapped in barbed wire as weapons.
  • MacGyvering: Ruby is very good at using what she has to improvise solutions to puzzles, and she has created several improvised weapons like the Bludgeony Caneshovel and the Prickly Fist (heavy-duty gloves wrapped with barbed wire).
    • Parodied in an early post, after an anon suggested that she try to combine the stuff she had on her in a way that wouldn't destroy any of it. Weaver responds thusly:
    Using one COIN, the RUBBER GLOVES, the TINY CHEST, and a piece of the BUTTON DIAGRAM, Ruby fashions together the JUNKOTRON MISSILE LAUNCHER! This baby could break through a steel wall!

    Too bad, I thought you were really on to something there.
  • Righteous Rabbit: Is a rabbit (or at least has rabbity Unusual Ears) and is The Hero of Ruby Quest.
  • Running Gag: GIRLISH FIGURE
  • The Southpaw: Is likely left-handed, although she might be ambidextrous.
  • Split Personality: Ruby, mostly by being controlled by the Hive Mind known as Anonymous: Hundreds of people telling her to do things.
  • Super Weight: She's Type 0, as she has no particular powers or skills and isn't very strong. With her Third Eye, she's Type 2.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: At one point, to cheer up Tom who was not feeling well at the time.
  • Third Eye: Her mutation. It lets her see a darkened view where certain things are emphasized. This is what led to her finding the Group Picture, but it also nearly led her over a railing and hurt her when she tried to look at Cjopaze's symbols.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Poor, poor Stitches...
  • Weapon of Choice: The improvised "bludgeony caneshovel," or her scalpel.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She usually experiences more of the bizarre occurrences than Tom, mostly due to her third eye/ psychic powers.
  • You Are Number Seven

Tom / Subject #5 actually #6
Tom recieves the CROWBAR!
But the cat stood up and shook his head
And rising from his metal bed
He said "For now, I am not dead,
And I will not die in vain!"...

A male cat who is found in the brig, and Ruby's companion through most of the adventure. The only other character the players take control of. He is not as smart as Ruby, but is significantly stronger. Despite the horror around him, he does not always take his trials as seriously as he ought to.

Stitches / Subject #1
Stitches in the Group Portrait, before everything went to hell

The bear cried "this is just our lot",
and surrendered to his pain.

A bear, first discovered as a monstrous and bloody mass in a closet. He chases Ruby and ends up decapitated by the Z-hatch. He gets better, although he's still horribly mutated and barely lucid at the best of times.

Daisy / The Hound / Subject #8
Daisy in the Group Portrait

The hound was still
Daisy was found in the Dummy Room, and when Ruby smashed the maintenance room's window in desperation, she attacked, becoming the first true 'boss' of Ruby Quest. She was killed by the combined efforts of acid and being thrown into an electrical panel. The last scene in Ruby Quest is Daisy waking up in a coffin, mirroring the opening of Ruby Quest.

  • Body Horror: The fact that /tg/ called her beginning form "Plant Zombie" speaks for itself.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Jesus Christ there's someone behind that mirror! Oh well, maybe this time they'll be fr- HOLY SHIT
  • Fan Nickname: Hound Zombie, Hook Zombie, Plant Zombie, and Bellsprout. Also Maddie, although that was more a case of mistaken identity.
  • Mistaken Identity: Was called the Hound until a note mentioning Subject #2 aka Maddie appeared, and was referred to as that until another note which revealed that Maddie had died and never came back, but that same note revealed her name to be Daisy, which has confirmed to be her real name.
  • Sequel Hook: The Stinger has Daisy wake up in a coffin, just like Ruby at the beginning.
  • You Are Number Eight


  • Buffy Speak
  • Deadpan Snarker/ Rage Quit: "Ferget this, I'm going t'eat my spaghetti..."
  • Identity Confused: At first, Daisy goes by "Maddie" and later storms away, coming back wearing a pig masknote , calling herself "Ruby" and that everyone should trust her because of that.
  • No Fourth Wall: In "NotWeaver's" mini-installment, Daisy directly converses with /tg/.
  • Space-Time Fucker-uper: As pointed out by Anonymous.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: "Maddie" had mistaken "Yandere" as French in the fore-mentioned interlude.

"Tom Nook" / Subject #6 actually #5
Tom finds the light switch (spoilers): note 


A shriveled, handless, legless, and eyeless raccoon locked in the Upper Lab B. His fleshy growths have taken over his entire room. He is delusional and rather creepy, and seems to believe that Ruby is his girlfriend Lucy. He is highly afraid of Ace. The second-to-last panel of Ruby Quest reveals that he was actually Subject #5, instead of #6 as the players believed. His blindness came from an accident.

  • Affably Evil: Subject 6 is possibly the creepiest character of them all. He's dangerous, violent and apparently delusional, but is also capable of having a nice friendly chat with Ruby without harming her, as well as providing her with an important key.
    • And fans would think this to be true up till the game ended. But one of the ripped notes thrown into the water proves otherwise — that the character they thought to be '6' turned out to be Subject FIVE.
    • Tom was Subject 6. Back before things went to hell, he began acting violent FIRST, thus the "dangerous" description he was given. This also explains why he busted up so much stuff on the player's whims.
  • Determinator: He's shown to be very much in love with someone named "Lucy" and has been waiting for her probably as long as he's been without her. He has even become so deluded that he believes Ruby is "Lucy".
  • Eldritch Abomination: Tom finds the light switch.
  • Extra Eyes: If you thought Ruby was bad...
  • Eyeless Face: There's two dark pits where his eyes should be. And no, that's not a contradiction of the above�
  • I Want My Mommy: When he's afraid that Ace is coming for him.
  • Last Request: Scissors. (Although he wasn't exactly dying)
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The fleshy growths.
  • Madness Mantra:
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: He's not evil so much as insane and delusional.
  • The Pig Pen: Having no arms and no legs and being locked into a room does not make for very good hygiene. Upper Lab B smells so bad that Ruby needs to use an oxygen mask to breathe properly.
  • One Tom Limit: His name is coincidentally also Tom, but most people just call him Subject #6 or by his last name "Nook" to avoid confusion.
  • The Reveal: Upper Lab B is covered with fleshy growths, all of which are connected to him.
    • and later, at the very end of the quest- He's not Subject 6, he's Subject 5.
  • Spock Speak: In a way, along with his voice being "strange and hollow".
  • Yandere
  • You Are Number 6 ... oops, I mean, Number Five.
  • Younger than They Act: He calls Ruby "CHILD" even though they are most likely about the same age.
    • Probably justified in that Ruby has been "reset" recently, something that can't be said for #6.

Jay / Subject #4
Jay in the Group Portrait

And the birds all cried

A bird stuffed in the water filtration system in cold storage, his blood contaminating all the water. Consequentially, his powers consist of being able to astrally project himself into rooms around the glen. His astral projection is seen twice by Ruby and Tom, and they meet him in person in the water filtration in Cold Storage. He asks for them to Mercy Kill him, but Ruby instead frees him, leading to him escaping the Metal Glen along with them.

  • Ascended Extra: He was never supposed to be a major character. He appeared twice as his astral projection, the white-eyed black bird and his only in-person appearance was supposed to end with a Mercy Kill. And then the players went and decided to make him their Eleventh Hour Ranger.
  • Casting a Shadow: When Ruby speaks to his astral projection, it ends up plunging the room she's in into darkness.
  • Emo: Although it's rather justified, considering what he's been through.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Shows up in the second-to-last thread and joins the party in the last one..
  • Expy: Jay's other form is comically mistaken by a player for a Witch at one point.
  • Fan Nickname: Emobird
  • Get It Over With: Averted.
  • Mercy Kill: What Weaver intended to happen to him. The players had other ideas, and decided to save him. Weaver went with it, so Jay escapes the facility along with Ruby and Tom.
  • The Quiet One
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Spent a year in pain stuck in the water filtration system, but got rescued by Ruby and Tom and escaped the facility with them.
  • You Are Number Four


  • Identity Impersonator: It is revealed at the end of the April Fool's day gag that Jay had apparently been impersonating Ace the whole time.

Lucy / Subject #3

A patient who was in love with Tom Nook. Thought to be a pig. Tom Nook mistakes Ruby for her.

  • The Ghost: Is mentioned, but never seen. She might be a pig, as that's what her Animal Crossing counterpart is.
  • The Lost Lenore: Tom Nook is very much in love with her, but there's no indication that she's still in the facility.
  • Mistaken Identity: Tom Nook mistakes Ruby for her.
  • Satellite Love Interest: On account of being The Ghost. We only know about her from Tom Nook's ramblings, so the only thing we get of her personality was that she was Tom Nook' lover.

Maddie / Subject #2

Presumably a dog. She is only mentioned through notes, although for a while /tg/ mistook Daisy/the Hound Zombie for her. Filbert had her euthanized to test the limits of the Cure. As it turned out, her case went beyond them, and she didn't come back.

  • The Ghost: Is mentioned but never seen, because she died and never came back as a result of Filbert experimenting with the treatment on her. She might be a dog (her Animal Crossing counterpart is one), but we don't know.
  • Killed Off for Real: Filbert killed her to test the limits of the Cure. She didn't come back.
  • Mistaken Identity: After her first mention in a note she was thought to be the Hound Zombie (who was really Daisy), but that changed when another note revealed she had died and never came back.



The birds said naught...

"Ace will get you! He won't listen to his orders anymore — he won't even listen to HER! But he is still obedient. I don't know who, but I know he is still listening to SOMEONE! He will GET you!"
Filbert's warning towards Ruby, paraphrased

A massive, bird-esque creature employed at the facility as an orderly, janitor, and security guard.


  • Accidental Pervert: In the April Fool's day gag.
  • Dumb Jock/ Dumb Muscle: Portrayed as such in the April Fool's day gag.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Once, to John from John Quest, though not specifically canon to Ruby Quest.
    • More than likely just a Take That to the players to constantly suggested "READ NOTE".
  • Large Ham: In the April Fools day gag.
  • Nice Guy: In the April Fool's day gag, Ace is apparently accompanying Ruby to help aid her in finding her missing boyfriend, "Rover".


The fox denied he had been caught...

Chief diagnostician and head of research. He's the second non-horribly mutated person Ruby meets at the facility. He's creepy and doesn't like questions, but he is helpful to Ruby. Before everything in the facility went to hell, he was the one who originally suggested the Cure, as well as the first person to suspect that something was up with it. Red eventually commits suicide by shoving stakes through his head, and then obliterating his remains with a makeshift bomb.


  • Slasher Smile
  • Thanatos Gambit: He figured out a way to commit suicide so that Ace couldn't possibly bring him back.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Super Weight: Type 0, as he is mostly normal and has no real combat ability.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It was originally his idea to obtain and administer the new "cure" which had unintentionally caused the unfathomably catastrophic meltdown of the facility.
  • Villain by Default: Besides Tom whom ate the tank fish, Red is the only one in the story blatantly established to be a predator, by nature.
    • Though, he most always seems to be in control of this—lampshaded by the cereal—and this is handwaved after he states that he was "just kidding" after threatening to bite Ruby's throat out.
  • Younger Than They Look: Red is occasionally mistaken to be much older than he actually is; often due to the use of his cane, which was sort of implied as an elderly crippling. Word of God states that he is just as old as Ruby and Tom.


"You're infected. Most everyone here has succumbed to the infection. Except for me."
"I am going to cut the bad out of both of you. Until you are as clean as I am."
Filbert before his first attack on Ruby and Tom, paraphrased.

A male squirrel and the head doctor at the facility. He's more than a little unhinged, and has become obsessed with removing the 'infection'( really the Cure) from the denizens of the Metal Glen. He believes that he is the only one not infected, and will go to drastic measures to keep it that way, such as cutting off his own hand. He persists in this belief even when he's been turned into a incoherent mass of Body Horror.

  • Bad Boss: Even before everything went to hell, he disobeyed Red's wishes to avoid consuming the cure by having Ace slip it into his food. He's now completely insane, making his Bad Boss tendencies even worse.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: It's strongly implied that this is how he can so strongly deny his infection.
  • Berserk Button: Disobeying a direct order is a definite no-no.
  • Body Horror: He keeps mumbling about how he's "clean" even after he turns into a horrific mess of mixed-up body parts.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy
  • Dr. Jerk: He is so paranoid that he believes he is the only one allowed to leave the facility.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance is in the Dummy Room while Ruby is trying to figure out the things in the Maintenance Room next to it. This is notably the first instance of a character appearing for a single panel, then scurrying off after the audience notices, but before the main characters do.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It seems that Filbert will not resort to violence if it does not involve either medical research, or the "cutting of badness" out of others.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seems nice at first, but the mask covering his true insanity slips pretty quickly.
  • For Science!: He had Subject 2 killed to test the limits of what the treatment can do.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • I Reject Your Reality: Believes that he's the only one not infected, despite the fact that he happily took the Cure before its side effects were known. He persists in this belief even after he's been turned into a mass of Body Horror.
  • Lack of Empathy: His only reaction to Maddie's death because of one of his experiments is annoyance.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: He cuts off his own hand to prevent himself from becoming infected. Downplayed, as it didn't help and never would have, since there was no infection to begin with, just the Cure.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: After he gets turned into a mass of Body Horror wielding a bonesaw.
  • Mad Scientist: has Maddie, and later Daisy, killed to test the limits of the Cure. Daisy comes back. Maddie doesn't.
  • Madness Mantra: Filbert would like you to know he is clean. And he needs to cut the bad out of you.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As seen when Ruby first meets him, he can easily fake sympathy and gain pity without even trying. He can also fool others into thinking he's a competent doctor and most often manipulate them into doing nearly anything he wants.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Filbert is the Metal Glen's head doctor and wasn't the best of persons even before the "infection"/cure spread and he went insane.
  • Note to Self: "Well, this explains a lot."
  • One-Winged Angel: of the Body Horror variety. By the second time Ruby meets Filbert, he's mutated badly.
  • Off with His Head!: Tom kills him by ripping his head off.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: He had been assaulted hard by Ruby's barbed-wire glove, but gives almost no recognition to this injury and continues his attempts to make Ruby acknowledge his commands and wild rantings.
  • Weapon of Choice: A medical bone-saw, which he uses to cut the bad out of people.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He desires to remove the infection from everyone in the facility and to escape, but his madness twists those goals beyond all recognition.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Filbert constantly defines himself as "clean" and everyone else "infected", while few others recognize such statuses.


  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: From "Maddie's" (Daisy's) point of view that the "cure" Filbert was giving the patients had apparently just been him having some sick fun.
  • Stock Phrases: Something very close to "Don't worry, I'm a doctor".

Dr. S
What is assumed to be Dr.S's remains
Click to see what Weaver planned to be Dr. S:note 

"To whatever staff member or patient fancies himself a prankster: you've had your fun. Some of us have work to do."
—From Dr's S's note

Another doctor at the facility, though not apparent through the course of the adventure. His/ her presence was confirmed by a formal notice of complaint seen by Ruby. It has been speculated that the goat head found in the cabinet belonged to him. It turned out that Weaver had something entirely different in mind for Dr. S, but didn't find a good place to put him in.

"I am not in charge here. I am merely acting on orders my superiors issued before they abandoned the facility. I simply cannot open the surface hatch for you. Those are my orders."
Bella telling Ruby and Tom why she can't let them out, paraphrased.

Bella is a mouse and the receptionist/head systems manager of the Metal Glen. She maintains the facility's lockdown, and surveys the place through monitors.

  • Big "NO!": When she thinks that Ruby isn't going to Mercy Kill her.
  • Cyborg: Her body is/was so badly damaged that the only way she could stay alive to continue her duty was with immensely heavy life support.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her face appears on a monitor for one panel directly after Red's suicide.
  • Fan Nickname: Monitorface, or Monitorhead. Both of these refer to her first few appearances, wherein all the players saw was monitors showing her face.
  • Get It Over With
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate
  • Killed Off for Real: Since she wasn't exposed to the "cure".
  • Ironic Name: 'Bella' means 'Beautiful', which she isn't.
  • Loophole Abuse: How she can help Tom and Ruby get through the facility (So that they can reach her and kill her) without going against her orders, which were to keep them inside. She was ordered to keep them from leaving, not avoid keeping them alive.
  • Mercy Kill: The players kill Bella on her demand.
  • Only Sane Employee: She's probably the only employee of the Metal Glen with no delusions and/or creepy mannerisms. She's also the only one never exposed to the Cure, which is probably the cause of this.
  • Seen It All: Several times over, in fact.
  • Super Weight: She's Type -1, as she is trapped on her life support.
  • Undying Loyalty: Bella has been tasked with maintaining the lock-down of the facility and will continue to do so until her death.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Bella is trapped at her station by her life support. To make matters worse, her room is near the surface and there's a window that she faces, so she's always reminded of what she can't have, since she's stuck in the Metal Glen.

     Inanimate Objects 

The Dummy

An unnaturally-tightly leather-bound scarecrown/ dummy bolted to a rotating pivot that seems to always be staring toward the players.

  • Artifact of Doom: As stated from the last of Filbert's notes, the Dummy—along with several other malevolent artifacts—were retrieved from the recently excavated, lost chamber at the bottom of the facility.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: As a sort of Memetic Mutation; Red's schizophrenic, graffiti-messages are often attributed to it.
  • Chekhov's Dummy
  • Demonic Dummy: Literally. The dummy (originally in the room named after it, but later found in Cold Storage) is absolutely, positively evil. It turned to look at them when it was tied to the post, and if that's not creepy enough, later its nature was absolutely confirmed when it grew tentacles on the ceiling of Cold Storage, Ace's room. It was excavated from below the station in the first place. Considering the stuff apparently imprisoned down there, that alone comfirms its evil nature.
  • Eldritch Abomination: In part; lampshaded.
    • Dummy in the dark and FUCKING CJOPAZE!!
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: It isn't staring at the character, it's staring at you.
  • Irony/Fridge Logic: "The Dummy's skin was made of leather" is technically a contradiction, by the definition of leather.
  • The Dummy Behind the Bird
  • Psychic Powers: It is implied that The Dummy, itself, had a sort of special psychic-control over Ace, influencing his actions and causing him to take it from its original place to Ace's hideaway in cold storage.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Only in the dark, though.
  • The Speechless: Well it is just a dummy, or is it?

The Water Cooler
"Mr. Water will go out like the champion of neutrality he is. Judging ever eternally from under the rubble."

A water cooler found in a room that was likely the Metal Glen's cafeteria. Became memetic among Ruby Quest's players due to the position of its taps, which look an unimpressed expression.

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Mr. Water Cooler"
  • Chekhov's Gun: For most of its run, the water cooler was a background object (and meme material). Near the end, it turned out to contain the last piece of a key Ruby needed to enter Cold Storage.
  • Running Gag: He is disappointed in us all.note 
  • The Speechless
  • The Stoic


    The Barbed Wheel
The great, ancient, unseen Eldritch Horror responsible for all the reality-bent chaos within the Metal Glen facility.

  • Berserk Button: It's probably not a coincidence that when Tom and Ruby gave Bella her Mercy Kill Ace flew into a blind, glowing fury.
  • Big Bad: What ever the hell is going on in facility is this thing's fault.
  • The Corruption: The reason why everyone went crazy.
  • Eldritch Abomination: What ever it looks like, it can't be pretty.
  • Mind Rapist: Screwed around with everyone for no apparent reason.
  • I Want Them Alive: It is never made clear just why Ace is ordered to resurrect everyone just to have them destroy everyone, but the dark entity seems to need them for some reason other than just For the Evulz.
  • No Name Given: At least not until the Mushroom Forest special.
    • I Have Many Names: Cjopaze, Perogra, the Bound Watcher, He Who Slumbers in the Buried Dark, and the God of the Green Throne
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: If you consider the filmy, red "cure" and the black void relative to it, then it counts.
  • The Speechless: It may or may not talk, but we never hear.
  • Ultimate Evil: What it is, we do not know.
  • Walking Spoiler: You do know why this is kept in a separate folder from the other characters.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: In theory, Ruby quite possibly could have in the cold-storage room if her third eye wasn't hurting so bad (of course, trying to use her super-power to view such an other-worldly force directly would probably leave her in a permanent state of insanity)

And what became of cat and hare?
Did they break free to purer air?
To guess their fate we shouldn't dare
Perhaps their tale closed well...