Tropes associated with Hanami include:
- And I Must Scream: Hanami was aware of everything N'Ktane was doing with her body while she was possessed.
- Apologizes a Lot: As befits her Shrinking Violet nature.
- Berserk Button: Any mention of her true name.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She slammed Stalker through the wall of her house using vines, throwing him a half-mile. And later she pinned a Shroud to a tree with enormous thorns.
- Country Mouse: Of sorts.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Hanami was disowned by her parents upon finding and using her Mage Flower for the first time, losing her first and last name. Following this, she was homeless for about three years. She started to put her life back together by growing crops for money, but panicked when she was investigated by the Militia and fled into exile.
- Fertile Feet: In her Goddess form.
- Flower in Her Hair: She wears the Mage Flower behind her left ear, or sometimes on her wrist.
- Fragile Flower: Oh, lordy.
- Friendless Background: She grew up alone on a farm, which explains why she's more comfortable around plants than people.
- God Job: Like Zero, she is now a keshin.
- Green Thumb: Hanami's signature ability. Interestingly, she likes conventional, non-magical gardening too.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A classical version, complete with Innocent Blue Eyes.
- The Heart: She's this to a fault.
- The Ingenue: Though she sometimes shows hints of being less naive than she lets on...
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Combined with Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
- Innocent Flower Girl: A Deconstruction of this trope.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the Japanese flower-viewing festival. If this seems like a rather obvious choice, it's because "Hanami" is not her real name at all...
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Totally averted. She's a critical source of food for the Outcasts.
- Romance Genre Heroines: The Nurturer/The Waif
- Running Gag: Never letting Faun forget the Big Lie.
- Sacred First Kiss: Hers with Zero was stolen in probably the worst and most traumatic way possible... by N'Ktane.
- White Magician Girl: In her Goddess form.
Zeromaru "Zero" Takaichi
Tropes associated with Zero include:
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Zero's usual battle plan. It tends to be rather ineffective.
- Big Brother Instinct: To the point of obsession
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the end of Book VI.
- Child Samurai: Trained by his father to wield a sword ever since he could walk.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Week of Blood incident.
- Deadly Upgrade: if he draws to heavily on the time-god's power, he could very well kill himself. He's ended up unconscious every time he's used it so far.
- Eyes of Gold: In his God Form.
- God Job: He chose to become the keshin of the God of Time in order to save Hanami's life
- The Hero: Overlaps with Big Brother Instinct.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Averted. Zero does carry a katana, but it's old and weatherbeaten until it gets rebuilt.
- Meaningful Name: "Zeromaru" means "zero zero".
- Noodle Incident: The fact that Hanami knows about his fills him with panic.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide / Seppuku: Barely averted in Book VI, thanks to Hanami.
- Romance Genre Heroes: A combination of the Lost Soul, the Swashbuckler, and the Warrior.
- Ronin: His current status.
- Samurai: Was in training as one, until Survivors Guilt drove him to run away.
- Tranquil Fury: When Attack! Attack! Attack! fails, he'll sometimes switch into this state.
- Troubled, but Cute: At least, Hanami thinks so. So does Faun.
- Survivors Guilt: The Week of Blood incident. Seventeen people died and many more were injured, including every one of Zero's brothers-in-arms. He was the only one to be completely unharmed.
- Worst Aid: He believes it a good idea to take a pulse by way of pressing his thumb against the jugular. One's thumb has a pulse, therefore he'd be feeling his own, and taking the pulse by the jugular has a chance of triggering a Vasovagal Episode.
Tropes associated with Faun include:
- Action Girl: She's perfectly willing to stuff a grenade in your face if you get on her bad side.
- Armed Legs: She has switchblades in her boots.
- Badass Bandolier: The "boom belt".
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Book VI, she falls victim to one of the mind-control bracelets.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Sensing a pattern here?
- Embarrassing First Name: Don't call her "Faunelle".
- Fantastic Racism: Faun is rather prone to racial stereotyping and slurs. Faun is also not happy when she learns that Aria is her half-sister.
- Fiery Redhead
- The Gadfly: She has a tendency to troll Hanami.
- Gargle Blaster: Faun's favorite drink, Dead God Firewater, is blood-red and causes fainting in lightweights from the fumes alone.
- Groin Attack: Delivered to Renubis.
- Hair Decorations: the red bow in her hair.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- Impossible Thief: The Tumblr page mentions that she once stole a forge.
- The Lancer
- Kleptomaniac Hero
- Lady Swears-A-Lot: Almost all of the profanity seen in the series thus far comes from Faun.
- Ms. Fanservice: The boom belt is the only thing she wears over her chest.
- Noodle Incident: subtle references to being "used" in some fashion pepper her scenes.
- Not a Morning Person
- The Nicknamer: She has nicknames for everyone.
- Romance Genre Heroines: A combination of the Crusader, the Seductress, and the Free Spirit.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl
- Stuff Blowing Up: She makes grenades.
- Stripperiffic: Again, the boom belt is the only thing she wears over her chest.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Her primary method of attack.
- Trick Bomb: She has an entire arsenal of them.
- Use Your Head: She gives a Glasgow Kiss to an amorous male in Book 1.
Tropes associated with Ashpaw include:
- Badass Bookworm: Straddles the line between this and Gentle Giant. His den houses an overstuffed library on subjects from everything from fairy tales to architecture... and also a massive forge where he makes his own weapons.
- The Big Guy: Huge compared to the other Outcasts, he's well over six feet tall.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Book VI.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Again, though his was less traumatic than most.
- Epic Flail
- Gentle Giant
- Martial Pacifist
- Mr. Exposition: In both the dialogue and the entries from his book, The Past, the Present, and What Lies Beyond.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The reason for his exile.
- The Obi-Wan
- Proud Scholar Race Guy: Type 1.
- The Smart Guy
Drake Who Walks Alone / Drake of the NightwalkerPack
Tropes associated with Drake include:
- Badass Grandpa: In the first chapter of Book III, he delivers a savage beating to Ares.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Like you couldn't guess.
- Flat Earth Atheist: He believes the Gods have abandoned him, so he has abandoned the Gods despite seeing evidence of their existence firsthand.
- Grumpy Bear: To the point that Faun's nickname for him is "Grumpy".
- Neck Snap: He was on the receiving end of one thanks to a Shadowhand assassin from the new Squad 13. It left him paralyzed, but somehow it didn't kill him... because he was already technically dead.
- Noodle Incident: His backstory is by far the longest to be revealed.
- Our Vampires Are Different: he's got lamprey mouths on his fingers instead of using his fangs.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Squad 13, his old unit, was disbanded after something called the chimatsuri. No-one but the Grand Mistress knows the details.
- Too Many Mouths
- The Undead: He's a sanguivore, the Sankami equivalent of a vampire.
- Un-Person: Despite being the first wolf in the history of the Silver Order, there is no official record of his existence or his squad's.
Tropes associated with Naole include:
- Barrier Maiden: Discovered this ability by accident.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: A mild case of this.
- Ill Girl: Her anemia occasionally causes dizzy spells.
- Japanese Honorifics: She calls Zero onii-chan, and he calls her imoto-chan.
- Plucky Girl: She hates having attention called to her anemia, and tries to downplay it at every opportunity.
- Tomboy: Of sorts.
LegionA hybrid of all eight sentient species, created by Stalker using Blood Magic. Legion was intended to be the first of a breed of SuperSoldiers, but he emerged mute, hunchbacked, and covered in open sores. Stalker promptly rejected him, and intended to have him kill Naole... but Legion also lacked any sort of predatory instinct. Naole befriended him almost immediately, and the two escaped the Black Rose Tower together.
Tropes associated with Legion include:
- Cute Little Fangs: inverted, he's got a huge set of chompers, but he's still more endearing than threatening.
- Cute Mute: Legion can't speak, but Naole is teaching him a combination of sign language and lip-reading so he can communicate.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Freakshow", courtesy of Faun.
- Foe-Tossing Charge
- Heinz Hybrid: Blood from each of the eight sentient species was used in his creation. He has a ferret's eyes, the musculature of a badger, the body shape of a wolf, an enormous tail from skunks and squirrels combined, the ears of a rabbit and a fox mixed, and a raccoon's markings.
- Is It Something You Eat?: [What 'lost?' Food?]
- The Speechless
Aria Reinaka TrailPack
Tropes associated with Aria include:
- Blessed with Suck or Cursed with Awesome: Her precognitive visions can be either of these.
- Disappeared Dad: Ara apparently died some time ago.
- For Want of a Nail: This is essentially her power.
- Gray Eyes
- Long Lost Sibling: Of Faun.
- The Quiet One
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She and Faun are more-or-less total opposites.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair And Fur: She and all other wolfoxes have steel-blue fur and hair, as a result of a genetic fluke.
Tropes associated with Lily include:
- Authority Equals Asskicking.
- Big Bad: Of Book VI ... or so we think.
- Demonic Possession: Her actions in Book VI are partly due to N'Ktane's influence. She takes complete control as the book goes on.
- Dead Person Conversation: She's been having them with Hollis, her favorite mate. At least one of those times, she was actually talking to a Shroud.
- Good Is Not Nice: She tries to be nice, but she has no qualms about murdering the outcasts if they get out of hand. May be as a result of the Sanity Slippage, see below.
- Mama Bear
- Sanity Slippage: Throughout the series, culminating in her curling up in a ball and crying her eyes out.
Tropes associated with Nadeshiko include:
- Achey Scars: Stalker left one on her shoulder.
- A Day in the Limelight: Book 6, chapter 3.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Due to her friendship with Persephone. She shares a joke with her (or at least tries to), and they call each other by nicknames.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She hates being called "Little One" by Lily.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Probably the best with a BFS you're likely to see outside of Anime.
- Good Is Not Nice: At least her mum
makesmade an effort. Nade's a bit of a dick.
- Head Desk: When her research into Drake goes nowhere.
- Lady of War
- Keigo: Her speech is usually very formal, due to the Order's protocol.
- Teen Genius: She's considered very smart by Badger standards, which is apparently really saying something.
- Shape Shifter Guilt Trip
- You Need to Get Laid: Suggested by Persephone in response to her depression over the Meaningful Funeral.
Tropes associated with Persephone include:
- And I Must Scream: She was trapped in a constant state of incoherent wakefulness when Stalker took her soul.
- Ascended Extra: Persephone was originally only supposed to appear in Book III, with another rabbit filling her role in the story afterward.
- No Sense of Humor/Late to the Punchline: She's very logical and analytical, as with all rabbits, so she has trouble understanding when someone is making a joke.
Benson and VirgilThose Two Guys who are frequently seen at Faun's favorite tavern, the Fool's Rush Inn. Benson is a raccoon, and Virgil is a fox. Both are drunkards and perverts, but Faun always gets the better of them.
ButtercupA muscular Florin (male skunk) who hangs out at the Fool's Rush Inn tavern. He has anger issues, and usually ends up having his boozing cut short by Faun's customary Bar Brawl with Benson and Virgil.
- Berserk Button: Don't laugh at his name, especially if you've spilled his beer.
- Fluffy the Terrible
- Oh, No... Not Again!: Almost word-for-word when Benson knocks over his table a second time.
- Running Gag: Benson always gets knocked into his table and spills his beer.
- The Reveal: His name.
Yuudai YamanoThe Captain of the Samurai Militia's Squad 042. He has a distinctive scar from one cheek to another across the bridge of his nose, and wears armor with a dragon motif as a mark of his rank. Yuudai is an old friend of the Takaichi family, and a fellow survivor of the Week of Blood, who credits Zero with saving his life.
Tropes associated with Yuudai include:
Tropes associated with N'Ktane include:
- And I Must Scream
- Back from the Dead: As of the end of Book III.
- Barred from the Afterlife
- Demonic Possession: She does this to Hanami, and later to Lady Lily.
- Giant Spider: With a more humanoid body than those of her children, see Spider People below.
- Hive Queen
- Mama Bear: Gets VERY angry when her children are harmed.
- Mind Rape: She has inflicted mental torture on Zero, Hanami, and Faun.
- Psychic Powers: Used primarily to control her hive, but she can also read the thoughts of others, inflict Mind Rape, cast convincing illusions, use telekenisis, and perform limited hypnosis.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Spider Person
Tropes associated with Renubis include:
- Crazy Sane: According to himself, he's stark, raving mad, but he's managed to budget his time between lucid and insane periods.
- Death Seeker: He embarked on a quest to revoke his immortality after making peace with the Outcasts.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being on the receiving end of a Groin Attack from Faun, he realized how pointless trying to conquer Sankami again would be.
- Implacable Jackal: For all intents and purposes, he's completely invincible.
- Last of His Kind
- Living Relic
- Mask of Power: He wears one based on an Egyptian headress, which conceals his eyes behind black, opaque slits.
- Our Liches Are Different
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: See the quote above. His immortality has essentially frozen his body in time as it was when he took the potion. He has no pulse or sense of touch, doesn't breathe, and can't eat or sleep.
Tropes associated with Stalker include:
- Attempted Rape
- Composite Character: He has elements of Jason Voorhees (zombie mama's boy), Freddy Krueger (huge claws on his fingertips), Michael Myers (off his rocker), and Venom (malevolent symbiote grants him spider-based superpowers).
- Eye Scream: Zero takes out his eye with a kunainote when he poisons Naole.
- Knight of Cerebus
- Mook Horror Show
- Our Zombies Are Different
- Psychic Powers: Stalker inherited hypnotic vision and limited mind-reading from his fusion with the spider, but he has less control over his abilities than N'Ktane did.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The sclera of his eyes turned red after his transformation.
- Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: level 2
- The Symbiote
- Symbiotic Possession
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
- Villain Song: He never does a song-and-dance number, but a Mad bard writes one for him.
- Wolverine Claws
- Your Soul Is Mine: His signature ability, which earns him the nickname "Soulsnatcher"
tropes associated with Gen Tsurugi include:
- Bad Ass: enough to fight his people's God of Evil and come out alive, simply because it was too impressed to kill him. In fact, it gave him a gift for managing to fight it to a standstill.
- Black Knight: Actually, his armor's grey but he fits.
- Duel to the Death: "The warrior... swore to defeat Hayayoh by his very name: Gen Tsurugi".
- Evil Weapon: The hilt of his sword is forged from a fang of the Hell Serpent, which he chopped out while fighting it.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Invoked. His tail is armored (going for the tail is a big no-no in the first place, so only the most distrustful warriors bother), which is what tips off a pair of samurai that something's amiss. The next chapter mentions Spikes of Villainy.
- Serrated Blade of Pain
- Single-Stroke Battle
- To Hell and Back
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: he straight-up murders two Samurai who can't tell him where Zero is.