Characters: Slightly Damned
Here is a list of the main characters from Slightly Damned. The comic's website features an FAQ and fact sheets on each of the species depicted in the story.Certain spoilers are unmarked, so read ahead at your own risk.
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Rhea SnaketailA Jerk with a Heart of Gold Jakkai, with a less than healthy skepticism regarding anything supernatural. The story kicks off after her death.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: In spades. It's all but spelled out that this is part of the reason she ended up in the Ring of the Slightly Damned. Despite that, she holds on to it after her return to Medius.
- Back from the Dead: Word of God has confirmed that she is alive again.
- Bi the Way: She's confirmed by Word of God to swing both ways, having a mild Ship Tease with Jake, but also voicing her interest in a relationship with Kieri if her relationship with Buwaro doesn't work out.
- Cool Big Sis: Agrees to take this role for Buwaro. Later she does the same for Kieri.
- Dead to Begin With: As noted, the story begins with her arriving in the afterlife.
- Deadpan Snarker: Frequently and often, mostly directed at Kieri.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Her Earth Spike spell.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sassy and rude, but she does go out of her way to do the right thing.
- Meaningful Name: As with all Jakkai, her last name states something about her appearance. In this case, it's her long tail.
- Scars Are Forever: She has a scar in the place where she was stabbed, on her chest.
Buwaro ElexionThe less than intelligent demon given charge of Rhea during her stay in the Ring of the Slightly Damned. Starts off insufferably cute and naive, but slowly matures as the comic progresses.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Buwaro has a shockingly good singing voice as shown in this page, despite the fact that he probably had never sang before in his life. Kieri blushes and gives him a hug after hearing him sing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Passive and harmless as he is, there's been at least one time where he became legitimately violent without going into berserk mode. Don't hurt Kieri around him.
- Breath Weapon: Like all Fire Demons, though he rarely uses it, likely because his isn't very potent.
- Childhood Brain Damage: Buwaro's frequent blows to the head (failed rock catches) might go some way to explain his lack of intelligence, but there are other factors, such as damage to his egg before birth and being left alone for long periods of time.
- Cute Little Fangs
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When he opens his mouth a bit wider.
- Cute Monster Boy
- The Ditz: Initially. He's become much sharper over the course of the story, though he still has some Ditz moments.
- Fish out of Water: Very much so, although he's somewhat better about it than he used to be.
- Happily Adopted: More after the fact. He was too young to know Darius, the angel who protected him, Iratu and Sakido. But when Kieri read the diary Darius had kept (it was written in the Angelic language, which Buwaro and Rhea didn't know but supposedly Sakido somehow did), and the group realized some of the lengths he went to for their sake, Buwaro came to see him as his father.
- Right before they escaped Hell and she died, Sakido asked Rhea to be the big sister for Buwaro that she never was.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts to pull one off for Kieri's sake. Fortunately, he was able to recover.
- Informed Attractiveness: Inverted. More than one person has called him ugly, and it was enough to make him self-conscious about it for a little while, but his status as a Cute Monster Boy doesn't give any of it much leverage.
- Invisible Parents: They were both killed during the war. They do actually make appearances, but by the time we've seen both of them, they're both already dead.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Demons punish the dead (usually by torture) for the sins they committed during life. The cruelest thing he's ever done on purpose was stomp on Rhea's tail. He even asked Death (who was actually Darius in disguise) if this was OK before he did it. Rhea proceeded to beat him up in return.
- Magic Pants: Getting severely electrocuted by Denevol ruined all of his clothing except for his pants, much to Rhea's relief.
- Never Learned to Read: Didn't have much opportunity to, growing up all alone in the Ring of the Slightly Damned. Though Kieri is currently teaching him.
- Playing with Fire: He's a fire demon, so this is natural. Of course, he's still learning how to control it. His berserk form uses it much more effectively.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted mostly. His eyes are always red (and he can make them glow a brighter red to see in the dark), but they're completely non-indicative of his personality. His berserk form has them by default, though, and the trope is very much in effect when that happens.
- Superpowered Evil Side: In fact, it's technically his default personality (he was even born that way). It's only due to Darius's medallion that he has a more normal self.
- Taking the Bullet: Pushed Kieri out of the way of an attack meant for her.
Kieri "Snowy" SuizahnA young angel currently lost in Medius. She's socially awkward, due to her troubled upbringing. Despite this, she's the most competent of the three when it comes to combat.
- Baleful Polymorph: Toski turned her into a snow bunny, though it wasn't applied properly and she has some control over it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Although normally sweet and shy, she does lose her temper from time to time. Also, she's the only one of the protagonists (exempting Buwaro's Superpowered Evil Side) to have intentionally killed someone in a fight.
- Cute Bruiser: That sword of hers isn't for opening letters...
- Healing Hands: When Buwaro is dying after taking an energy attack from a Seraph intended for her, she desperately tries to use healing magic on him, though she has little experience with it. The way she uses it makes it look like a Magical Defibrillator, too. Miraculously, she succeeds at reviving him.
- It has been implied that she actually is better at it than she thinks she is, due to her self esteem issues. According to her brother, she is better at it than he is. After several of her friends are wounded in battle, she heals them quite easily, although in this case their wounds were not nearly as serious as what had previously happened to Buwaro.
- An Ice Person: Her preferred method of magic.
- Making a Splash: Used less often than her ice powers, but she still has this.
- Shrinking Violet: Due to her upbringing. While she has opened up much more around Buwaro and Rhea, she still tends towards this around other people.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Subverted, as her hair, like all angels, started out white. She was required to dye it blue as part of her uniform.
CrunkyA rare golden wyvern.
- Animals Not to Scale: In-universe, Crunky is unusually small for a wyvern.
- Blow You Away: She's capable of magically generating powerful gusts of wind by flapping her wings.
- Female Monster Surprise: Although it's not that big of a deal, a Khamega hoping to buy Crunky is able to easily tell that it's a girl, even though Kieri had no idea.
- Team Pet: Belongs to Kieri, given to her by Buwaro.
Seymour SinclairAnother denizen of the Ring of the Slightly Damned, he's been trying to swim across the River Styx to Heaven for quite some time.
- Impossible Task: He certainly hasn't made any progress swimming the River Styx.
- Scars Are Forever: He retains the horrific injuries from the failed stunt that killed him.
Heathcliff "Cliff" SinclairA fairly laid-back man, who has traveled around and seen more things than pretty much everyone else in the cast who isn't a god put together.
- Baleful Polymorph: Was a victim to one in his past, similar to Kieri's.
- Bi the Way: Casually mentions an ex-boyfriend.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Heathcliff isn't in favor of Buwaro's relationship with Kieri, but it's not based on malice or prejudice. Instead, he points out several realistic (if stern) reasons why their relationship is unlikely to work out.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Somewhat more jerkish than Rhea, but still is willing to fight to protect his friends and family.
- Pals with Jesus: Subverted. Cliff knows several supernatural beings due to his travels, but when it comes to the guardians themselves, he prefers very little contact with them.
- Playing with Fire: Buwaro is but a candle to this man's blowtorch.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Briefly transforms into a lynx while battling a demon.
Miranda SinclairCliff's wife, and much nicer than he is.
- Action Mom: After her pregnancy is over and she no longer has to take it easy.
- Alchemy Is Magic: She's a highly skilled alchemist, capable of brewing the Rainbow Reverie, a set of highly powerful (and valuable) potions that individually act as status buffs.
- Badass: The woman swordfights and suplexes a demon into submission.
- Pregnant Badass: Subverted: She had to take things easily during her pregnancy, but once she'd given birth...
- Beware the Nice Ones: She seems nice, but it turns out she's quite used to fighting. Her pregnancy just prevented it.
- Mama Bear: Just ask Haury and Triska.
- Pirate Girl: Zigzagged Trope. She claims to come from a long line of pirates, but so far it's not clear if she ever actually was one.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A non-villainous version. Her eyes glow red after drinking some of the red potion of the Rainbow Reverie set, which boosts her physical strength to superhuman levels.
- Super Strength: Gets it by drinking the red Rainbow Reverie potion. She even lifts her family's wagon over her head!
Samantha "Sammy" KailumThe niece of Cliff and Miranda. Very curious and outgoing, but naturally a little naive due to being a child.
- Cheerful Child: Very much so.
- Happily Adopted: The fact that her parents are dead doesn't really affect her, and she enjoys traveling with her aunt and uncle.
- Playing with Fire: Not at the level of Buwaro or Cliff, but she can toss small fireballs around.
Jake "J" ThorndykeA lazy man who works odd jobs, and who happens to be one of Rhea's old friends.
Darius ElexionOne of the most important characters in the backstory of the comic, Darius was an angel who, after ending up in Hell, basically started raising Iratu, Sakido, and Buwaro before vanishing in an effort to protect them.
- Foreshadowing: A heck of a lot of it, regarding his continued existence as Death.
- The Blacksmith: Is capable of crafting angelic pendants.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Has earth magic.
- God Job: Hi there, Death.
- Papa Wolf: He went to incredible lengths to make sure his three children, despite being demons, were kept safe.
- Promotion to Parent: He cares for Iratu, Sakido, and later Buwaro when he finds each of them in Hell, and the recent warring between the angels and demons has killed their parents.
- Straight Gay: It's only brought up once, when Kieri finds out that he had a crush on her uncle, and has little to no significance to the story.
Kazai SuizahnKieri's twin brother, who is less studious and more adventurous than his sister. For a large part of the story, the goal of the protagonists was to locate him.
- An Ax To Grind: He has one.
- Baleful Polymorph: It turns out he and Kieri have something in common after all. Though his curse transforms him into a wolf instead.
- Fantastic Racism: He's very prejudiced against both Demons and Medians, to the extent that he thinks all Demons (and apparently Jakkai) are monsters. Naturally, being informed by his sister that she's dating a Demon is something he doesn't exactly take well.
- Fish out of Water: To say he's shocked by how St. Curtis is a Truce Zone for Angels and Demons would be an understatement.
- Gayngst: Implied and then immediately averted. The way he talks about his relationship with Sanjulo makes you think he's hung up about being gay. Then it turns out he's more bothered about the fact that he's dating an Angel of the opposite element as him (Kazai is water-aligned and Sanjulo is fire-aligned).
- Hot-Blooded: His first reaction to seeing Moonshade and Melli fighting is to ask Kieri who he should attack.
- Making a Splash: Like his sister, he's a water element angel.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While Kieri was going around helping people while trying to find him, he brought down an avalanche to block a mountain pass for some reason, and got arrested. The two also apparently had an argument prior to getting separated.
- Stockholm Syndrome: He doesn't have it himself, but he thinks his sister has it after she reveals she's dating Buwaro (though he calls it "Stockholder's Syndrome").
- Straight Gay: There is no indication of this given whatsoever until he flirts with Sanjulo in the middle of a battle, but they are indeed an item.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hairdo is an inverted version of his sister's, being mostly white with blue edges. Just like with Kieri, it's probably dyed.
DenevolA wind-aligned elderly angel, and a veteran of the Great War. Does not take well to the idea of angels and demons getting along.
- Asshole Victim: With some subtle shades of a Jerkass Woobie as well. Trying to kill Buwaro just because he's a dmon and Kieri just because she likes Buwaro was far from morally right, but given what he's already been through and what he goes through afterward, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him.
- Badass in Distress: He is currently being held prisoner by Iratu and Co. for unknown reasons.
- Category Traitor: Accuses Kieri of this for her friendship with Buwaro.
- Fantastic Racism: He hates all demons because the rest of his clan was slaughtered by demons during the war.
- Humiliation Conga: He gets roasted by Cliff, has his town of residence get razed by Iratu and co., and has since been kidnapped and brutalized by them ever since.
- Shock and Awe: He's not afraid to use it on other angels, either.
- Would Harm A Child
- Knight Templar
Zahariah SanjuloKazai's friend & partner. He's been traveling with Kazai off-panel while the protagonists were looking for the latter.
- Fantastic Racism: He seems to be similarly biased against Demons as Kazai is. His viewpoint on Medians has yet to be established.
- Killed Off for Real: His neck has apparently been slashed by Azurai, and we haven't seen him since.
- Knife Nut: Wields two knives, each with a large blade and two smaller ones.
- Playing with Fire: He's a fire-aligned angel.
- Straight Gay: As with Kazai, there's nothing that gives it away until they start flirting, and Kazai admits it later.
VerammiA seraph, currently in St. Curtis for unknown reasons. She's also apparently Kazai's and Sanjulo's superior. As it turns out, she's allied with Iratu.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She appears to be an angel of earth affinity. She uses an earth-elemental spell to imprison Kazai in stone.
- Evil All Along: She's actually allies with Iratu and the demons invading St. Curtis, and is helping with the angel kidnapping operation. She believes the forces of hell to be the "winning side" of the ongoing conflict between hell and heaven.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a pronounced one that runs across the bridge of her nose and under both eyes, but she's respected and looked up to by her angelic subordinates as a heroic figure. Too bad she's really on the demons' side.
- Shipper on Deck: Of all people, she seems to approve of Buwaro and Kieri's relationship. This is actually an indication that she thinks Kieri is also in on the demons' operations in the city.
SakidoBuwaro's older "sister", she's a wind demon with a penchant for bad poetry. Killed in the process of flying Buwaro and Rhea out of Hell.
- The Atoner: In spades towards Buwaro, for abandoning him when he was little.
- Call to Agriculture: Spends a good part of her time raising bonsai trees.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: "I see. So it really did turn out this way. So be it."
- Giftedly Bad: Her poetry.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Does so to ensure that Buwaro and Rhea reach Medius.
- Killed Off for Real
- Missing Mom: Like Buwaro's parents, she was killed in the war.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Has a number of elements of this, which is part of why she lives in the Ring of the Slightly Damned.
- Shock and Awe: Her main powers.
IratuBuwaro's "big brother", a gigantic earth demon who loves to drink.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: His tail is a cross between this and a Sinister Scythe.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite obviously being very strong physically, it was implied he was normally too drunk and happy-go-lucky to be a major threat. Fast forward to The Reveal that he and his cohorts have slaughtered an entire village without any trouble...
- Large and in Charge: Physically the biggest character in the series, and he holds the rank of general among the forces of the villains.
- Sizeshifter: Can do this if he takes off his pendant, shrinking down to about six feet tall.
- Unstoppable Rage: What happens when you try to wake him while he's sleeping off his drink.
LazuliA water demon who, along with her partner Talus, captured and tormented Kieri for a time. Despite that, she is determined to kill Kieri in revenge for her killing Talus.
- Avenging the Villain: Her current main goal.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her cruel nature, she was extremely distraught when Kieri killed her partner.
- Evil Counterpart: Seems to be shaping up to be a demonic one for Kieri.
- An Ice Person: Her main power.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Is currently going on one in pursuit of Kieri.
TalusAn earth demon who had captured Kieri along with Lazuli. He's killed shortly after encountering Rhea and Buwaro.
- A Load of Bull: He definitely evokes a minotaur-like image.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: His death is so downplayed that Soprano of Time even lampshades it.Talus' Ghost: [crying] Nobody cares that I'm dead! I've been forgotten! I'm just— [is immediately shot in the throat by Kieri]
TsavoA wind demon who is currently serving as Iratu's subordinate.
- Affably Evil: He is unfailingly polite, even when discussing topics such as murder and torture.
- The Dragon: All puns aside, he seems to be this for Iratu, giving orders to other demons when Iratu is either drunk or not present.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Sort of. He's mentioned by Azurai over 300 pages and 5 years before his first actual appearance.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His physical appearance is definitely draconic, but his character description on the site clarifies that he's not really a dragon, just a demon who looks like one.
- Pragmatic Villainy: A recurring gag in the series is have Tsavo critizing Azurai for his Stupid Evil tendency of killing humans for giggles, in disregard of their potential usefulness.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Azurai's Red.
- Shock and Awe: Only used so far to torment Azurai.
AzuraiA volatile fire demon. He was first seen in charge of punishing damned mortals in hell, but is currently serving under Iratu alongside Tsavo.
- Berserk Button: His horns, apparently. And murderously so, too, seeing how he kills Sanjulo in a fit of rage after Kazai chops off a portion of one.
- Butt Monkey: Plays this role among the villains, getting beat up frequently by Tsavo and Iratu.
- Hot-Blooded: Loves to kill people because he's evil and he can, and tends to get ahead of the others' plans.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tsavo's Blue.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: So, so much. Almost everything that comes out of his mouth is either a Precision F-Strike or a Cluster F-Bomb.
SahneA large boar demon, she's met during the flower festival and is friends with the demon Lakritz and the angel Kinako. Though she was one of the demons who was involved with the demon invasion of St. Curtis.
- Acrofatic: She's visibly overweight, and yet is considered healthy enough to go to Fragaria.
- Affably Evil: If she's anything like Lakritz and was trying to help spare angels, especially since it's implied she stays with Kinako and Tirol, along with Lakritz.
- Animal Stereotypes: Averted, Sahne is not only a female boar but is also fairly docile. Maybe.
- Beastess: She's a boar woman who absolutely towers over the main cast. As is expected, since she's an Earth demon.
- Full-Boar Action: She has a tusk that always protrudes out the side of her mouth.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Kinako sure do share a lot of screen time together.
- Stout Strength: She's fat enough it shows, but she's also an Earth demon. In case you don't know how strong Earth demons are...
LakritzAnother, lizard-like demon encountered in St. Curtis, who's acquainted with Sahne and Kinako. He's involved in the demons' attack on the city, but it's currently unknown how.
- Affably Evil: Even though he tries to capture Kinako and was involved with the demon attacks it can be inferred that he was trying to save her. Especially since it's implied he lived with Kinako and Tirol.
- The Cassandra: Though he doesn't outright say it, much of his dialogue is him trying to discreetly warn people about the imminent demon invasion in the city, and angels being abducted. His warnings are too vague for many of the people he tells, and it's not yet clear if it would've been worthwhile if they had believed him...
Ramirez BloodeyesRhea's best friend, who was there when she died. Hasn't appeared outside of flashbacks.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Has only appeared in flashbacks so far, and even then, there's been little to know talk of him since.
- Meaningful Name: Refers to his red eyes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A subversion, as he was supposedly good-natured.
Mr. MoonshadeA Jakkai of unknown origin who seems to be working with the villains. Not much else is known about him. Its been revealed that he seeks to murder the Guardians and steal their powers, as well as to find an artifact he simply calls "The Egg".
- Dishing Out Dirt: Like Rhea, he can use the Earth Spike spell.
- Evil Laugh: Tends to indulge in this.
- Last of His Kind: Thinks he is the last of his bloodline. Of course, he doesn't know that Rhea, who is implied to be of the same bloodline, is no longer dead and has returned to Medius.
- Meaningful Name: Refers to the twin moons of Medius, which happen to be the same color as his eyes.
- Sssssnake Talk: Does it from time to time. Seeing as he can transform into a giant snake, it makes slightly more sense.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can take the shape of the Guardian Moku the Snake, which is implied to be due to killing him.
GaiaOne of the three great gods, matron of the angels and embodiment of good. Revealed to have been missing for several years.
- Big Good: How the inhabitants of Medius mostly perceive her.
SyndelThe second of the three great gods, creator of the demons and embodiment of evil. Also missing.
- Driven by Envy: Was definitely not happy to find out that Gaia got most of the credit for creating Medius. This led to the Great War.
DeathThe guide of souls to the afterlife, he's the only one of the three great gods who has appeared so far.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Despite his dark dragon-like appearance, he's fairly friendly, so this seems to be in effect. Of course, that's because it's not really Death...
- Have You Seen My God?: He's one of the three great gods, while the other two have gone missing. He went looking for the other two and promptly disappeared as well.
- Promoted To Parent: He's essentially Buwaro's caretaker at the beginning of the comic, or the closest thing to one that Buwaro has, other than Sakido. Doubly so because he actually is Buwaro's adoptive father in disguise.
CerberusA servant of Death, this fearsome dog guards the gates to Hell. Despite traditionally being three-headed, it apparently is missing the middle head currently. Later revealed the the middle head, known as "Blue", is part of Darius's disguise as Death.
- Multiple Head Case: Each head has a distinct personality. The red one is mostly silent and the Straight Man, while the green head seems to be more Hot-Blooded. The blue head is friendly yet somewhat naive.
ToskiOne of the twelve Guardians of Medius, Toski the Rabbit sided with Hell during the Great War. She is responsible for Kieri's curse.
- Baleful Polymorph: Kieri's curse. Apparently it didn't work quite as well as intended.
- The Trickster: Apparently has no problem taking a human form and stealing from shops, then cursing anyone who tries to stop her.
SiaraOne of the twelve Guardians of Medius, Siara the Lynx took the side of Heaven during the Great War. Apparently Cliff has some connection to her, as his power takes on her form.
- Playing with Fire: She's one of the three guardians of fire. And judging from what Cliff did, she probably has this power.
MeerosOne of the twelve Guardians of Medius, Meeros the Mortori Bird is an...interesting character, to say the least. He once cursed Cliff with a similar curse to Kieri's.
- Clever Crows: Or mortori birds, anyways. They're his symbol/patron animals, and he's very protective of them. They used to be viewed in the standard way; bad luck, omens of death and war, etc., but Meeros put a lot of hard work into his godly PR, so now they are viewed as symbols of love and life.
- The Gadfly: He's not a bad sort, but he definitely gets a kick out of messing with Cliff. (He also tries it with Buwaro, but Buwaro misses the point.)
- Gentleman Snarker: Manages to be polite while still throwing sarcastic quips around (mostly aimed at Cliff).
MelliOne of the twelve Guardians of Medius, Melli the Fire Bee sided with Heaven during the Great War. Is something of a patron to the city of St. Curtis.
- Crappy Carnival: Runs a rigged archery game booth.
- Good Is Not Nice: Some versions of the St. Curtis legend have her setting the Jakkai's tree on fire to teach the two races a lesson. And she's a bit of a jerk to Buwaro and Kieri.
MokuOne of the twelve Guardians of Medius, taking the form of a giant snake. Was murdered by Mr. Moonshade before the events of the comic.
ThadiusBuwaro's beloved pet rock. Supposedly a girl.
- Gag Boobs: Perhaps, in Buwaro's mind. He mentions that they're much bigger than Rhea's, at least.
- Imaginary Friend: Until Rhea showed up, was pretty much Buwaro's only friend.
- Meaningful Name: The name sounds similar to Darius.
- Put on a Bus: Done intentionally, as Buwaro makes real friends and gradually forgets about Thadius.
DusterA somewhat lecherous fairy who happens to be Cliff's best friend and traveling companion.
- The Casanova: Goes to great lengths to hook up with female fairies.
- Fairy Companion: Cliff's.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cliff. They go back and forth, repeatedly tormenting each other. However, when they fight together...
- You No Take Candle: Has a mild case of this, due to poor human language skills (which are notably better than those of most fairies).