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- Played by The Doomsday Architect
Tropes that apply to Umbra:
- Always Chaotic Evil: Averted with Umbra specifically, and the aversion is used the defining characteristic of his personality: Demons are SUPPOSED to all be like this, but Umbra was an anomaly that got him locked up for thousands of years and tortured.
- Ascended Demon
- Badass Longcoat
- Big Brother Mentor: To Theo, especially after Alex dies. He's just shy of being Promoted To Parent. Also Ignis.
- Big Brother Worship: He followed around Asmodeus as a child, and the two were very close until Lilith got involved.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Asmodeus's Cain.
- The Cape
- Cool Shades
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Death Is Cheap: Umbra can die as many times as he likes, because he's a demon and doesn't have a soul.
- Defector from Decadence: Joins the Resistance because he doesn't agree with demons. At first it's an awkward and strained relationship but now he's one of the family.
- Did You Just Have Sex?: With Nicholas. Umbra was trying to teach him how to fight in hand-to-hand combat. Nicholas displays much more prowess then Umbra had anticipated and throws him into a wall and falls to the ground moaning in pain. Nicholas starts frettting over him and starts repeating the words "Oh" and "Umbra". Cue Bezaliel and Veronica, who are standing on the other side of the wall. All they hear is sex. Bezaliel then moans about how his son is going to hell. Could be considered a Crowning Moment of Funny.
- Fate Worse Than Death: He was tortured for 5,000 years by his own family.
- The Fettered
- Foil: To Oblivion. Inverted because Umbra was introduced first.
- Friend to All Children: Despite being a demon and generally having a sinister appearance, Theo immediately latches on to him and looks up to Umbra as a big brother.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Somewhat of a subversion in which Umbra's wings are black, but he is a hero.
- Hellish Pupils: His pupils had orange pentacles in them. These are kept after he becomes an angel, signifying his demonic origins. Averted since Umbra isn't evil.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Starts out as this.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: It's his unwavering moral code coupled with his heroic sacrifice that makes the Resistance realize he's on their side.
- Licked by the Dog: Children are mysteriously drawn to Umbra and seek comfort in his presence—this was apparently immediately with Theo, who orbited Umbra like a moon when they first met. Less so with Jez, but she was older and more focused on the war.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: His hometown being Hell, this really sucks. Also, since he doesn't have a soul, when he dies he gets sent back to Hell, where they all hate him and will gladly torture him. This is fixed upon becoming an angel.
- Official Couple: With Nicholas.
- Our Angels Are Different: After turning.
- Our Demons Are Different
- Power Gives You Wings: After Nuriel gives him to drink of the angelic Holy Relic called the Soul Chalice, which transforms him into an Ascended Demon, Umbra sprouts four black-feathered wings.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are maroon.
- Reluctant Monster: A sentient version.
- Later becomes My Species Doth Protest Too Much with the introduction of Ignis, Umbra's little sister who also joins the rebel cause despite being a demon.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: When he saves Nicholas from being tortured by Lilith.
- Scars Are Forever: Averted—Umbra should be covered in them from his torture, but all that remains after escaping are little white lines on his back, that eventually fade.
- Sibling Team: Was this with Asmodeus until the two eventually wandered down different paths, before ending up in the Cain and Abel territory they currently reside.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Once, when Theo was endangered, Umbra turned into his true demon form—and promptly blew up a section of the city. It's only been revealed once, because he then became an angel and the demon form was lost.
- Technicolor Eyes: His irises were maroon. After becoming an angel they grew gold flecks in them.
- Trade Mark Favorite Food: Cinnamon buns.
- The Stoic
- The Unfavorite: Lilith never liked him, even before Umbra spoke out.
- White Sheep
"YES! HEAVEN! DO YOU HEAR ME? TREMBLE, FOR YOUR SATAN IS COMING!"The Big Bad of Shadowhunter Peril, Valentine is a Nephilim gone bad who brought about the near-destruction of his own race and is now the subsequent ruler of the planet. He remained largely invisible during the first half of the story, but has since begun to take a more active role.
Tropes that apply to Valentine
- Badass Boast: His quote at the top of his page.
- Black Eyes of Evil
- Fallen Hero
- Fate Worse Than Death: Word of God says that the book Valentine becomes trapped in forces him to relive that last 30 seconds of his life—meaning he's being dragged down eternally by tendrils of demonic energy.
- Hero Killer
- Meaningful Name: "Morgenstern" means "morning star" - signifying, of course, Lucifer.
- Omnicidal Maniac
- One-Winged Angel: Becomes a six-winged Angel of Anarchy and nearly destroys Heaven before being brought down.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His eventual fate.
- The Dreaded
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Valentine loves using these. A lot. Much to the irritation of the Resistance.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Unfortunately, his plan to reform the Clave to protect against demonic threats involves raising a massive demon army and slaughtering them all. He eventually succeeds, setting the stage for Shadowhunter Peril.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Lilith.
- Weak, but Skilled: Lampshaded in-universe by many characters, Valentine is easily the weakest of the Big Bad Ensemble. Every other villain can run circles around him and would be able to kill him quite efficiently. However, he makes up for his lack of muscles by being EXTREMELY crafty. This changes when he goes One-Winged Angel, and becomes to most powerful character period.
Tropes that apply to Niccolo
- Affably Evil: He's pleasant to all, if a bit condescending to those lower than him.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Or in his case, selfish.
- Black Eyes of Evil
- First-Name Basis: He's rarely referred to as "Machiavelli", both in-universe and to the reader. It isn't until the climax he starts being called by his last name.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: IMMENSELY.
- It'sAllAboutMe: He only cares about himself, but doesn't obnoxiously broadcast his selfishness. He sees his callousness as pragmatic, not awful.
- Lack of Empathy: Fortunately for him, he's good at pretending to care.
- Vampiric Draining: He uses an advanced form of alchemy to drain the life forces of other humans to prolong his own life. Once finding out Etzel is a vampire, he plans to steal Etzel's life force to become truly immortal.