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A character sheet for the main cast of the Italian Western comic series Tex Willer.

Tex Willer

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    Tex Willer 
The main lead, whose lifestory the narrative follows.

  • The Ace
  • Agent Scully: Aliens, dinosaurs, black magic, zombies, ghosts, people returned from the dead. He has met them all, some multiple times. Yet he keeps claiming "I don't believe in anything I can't stick my finger into."
  • Badass
  • Back in the Saddle: After an eventful youth he left the adventuring life of violence for some years to live with his wife Lilyth in the Navajo reservate. Some ten years later Carson came to ask him to return to the Texas Rangers. At that point Tex was already so full of the "nice and quiet" ordinary life he pretty much Jumped at the Call.
  • Beneath the Mask: Looks like and is often dismissed as a mere hardened though guy; is both intelligent and gold-hearted.
  • Berserk Button: Questioning his honor or abusing a weaker person, such as being racist towards someone of minority.
  • Born Lucky: And he knows it, to Carson's chagrin.
  • Celibate Hero: The only one to ever win his love was Lilyth, and she's dead. His comment on the issue was "my road will never end again", hinting he finds relationships restricting. Compare this to how he generally dislikes being controlled in any way.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: According to himself, he has faced so much injustice during his life he hates it in all of its forms. His lower class origins might have much to do with this.
  • Cool Horse: Dynamite during the early years. He tamed Dynamite himself when he was part of a wandering rodeo circus.
    • Meaningful Name: Considering Tex' love and skills with explosives, his horse couldn't have had a more appropriate name.
  • The Cynic: While he at first might seem like a rather optimistic guy, that's only him having great faith in his own skills. His view of the world and the humankind is rather bleak, and counts as A World Half Full at best.
  • Determinator: Never ever gives up. Ever. That's why he's still alive.
  • The Dreaded: The whole quartet is extremely fearsome, but Tex is by far the most feared, with criminals describing him as worse than plague and cholera put together. At least one gang leader who had dealt with him was so shaken by the experience he would allucinate Tex chasing him for the rest of his life.
  • Going Native: From the start he found no place in the white society, being restless and reckless. He only settled down when finding a home among the Navajos.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Tex is always nice to women and kids. For the rest: "I'm a forgiving man... but never twice for the same person."
  • Guile Hero: Uses both his wits and his guns to solve problems.
  • The Gunslinger
  • Farm Boy: He was born in a poor cattle ranch.
  • Fastest Gun in the West
  • Fictional Texas Ranger: Tex has had a rather on-off relationship with the Rangers: quitting and re-joining in turns according to in how good terms he happens to be with the bosses. Now he has been in good terms with the organization for a long time.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Tex has self-admitted troubles dealing with authority, or any kind of control laid on him by the society.
  • A Friend in Need: Helps his friends and uses their help. A great part of the stories start with such a help request, and his network of friends covers all of North America, and one in Argentina.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: Originally from Texas, until moved to live in the Navajo reservate in Arizona.
  • Happily Married: With Lilyth, for as long as it lasted.
  • The Hero
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Hidden under thick layers of macho stoicism.
  • Honor Before Reason: His own code of honor, that is.
  • Hot-Blooded: His true nature is passionate, but he doesn't allow himself to show his "weak" emotions, only anger. For a The Hero Tex is easily provoced into violence, gets insulted and insults others, and shows no respect for the poor jaws of even the people high in the society's pecking order.
  • Hypocrite: Tex lies without a second thought to drive his own goals, but if anyone dares to call him out, immediate asskicking is quaranteed. He also expects everyone else to respect the law and has special kind of hatred for the rich people who believe themselves to be above the laws - yet he's more than happy to break them himself, though usually for a good cause.
    • Pragmatic Hero: As he explained to a lady early on, he found out that such a lawless and violent approach is the more efficient way to stop the people he fights, otherwise he would fail.
  • I Work Alone: Originally Tex avoided company or long-standing relationships of any kind. Carson was the first one to manage to break his isolationism, and even that required some real work. Years later Tex would still claim Carson was clinging to him and impossible to get rid of, while it's obvious he was always happy to see him when they met.
  • In Harm's Way: Growing middle-aged hasn't cured his adrenaline addiction. While he wishes the wild west would be less wild for the sake of the people living there, he acknowledges he couldn't enjoy living in a peaceful surrounding.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Not only because he has to, he enjoys it. Then again, the ones subjected to it more often than not had it coming.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Tex and Carson, I'm looking at you.
  • The Lost Lenore: Lilyth to him.
  • Magnetic Hero
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Married a Native woman. Has had troubles for it from both the European settlers and by the other Natives, some of whom refuse to accept him as one of them.
  • Men Don't Cry: No, not even when their beloved dies. We're macho here, okay?
  • Mighty Whitey: Joins a Native American tribe, ultimately becomes its leader. Subverted in that he only becomes the chief via marriage - in this fictionland Navajos have high chiefs, and the position is hereditary. Therefore marrying the chief's daughter and only child makes him the "crown prince".
  • The Mourning After: Ah, true love and peaceful family life... how uneventful you are. Instead, heartbrokedness makes for more interesting heroes. Adios, Lilyth!
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Never Gets Drunk
  • No Holds Barred Beat Down: Tex is not above beating the loving life out of who ever he considers to be in the need of it.
  • Oblivious to Love: Sometimes to such extends one wonders if he's just pretending he doesn't get it as his modus operandi to deal with the ladies.
  • Papa Wolf: Played with. He first allows Kit into the most dangerous of places and situations, and then worries his heart out for his safety. (Though he has very little success when trying to keep Kit out of the danger's way, so perhaps he just doesn't bother any more.) If anything then does happen to Kit...
  • Parental Abandonment
    • Disappeared Dad: His father, Ken Willer, was murdered by cattle thieves when he was a young adult. Naturally, retribution followed.
    • Disappeared Parental Substitute: On the Willer home ranch lived also a man called Gunny Bill, a veteran of the Mexican war, who taught Tex to shoot. Yes, he was killed too.
    • Missing Mom: His mother died at some point during his early life. All we know of her is her name: Mae Willer.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Tex originally married Lilyth to save his skin, but soon realized she was just the right woman for him.
  • Pet the Dog: There are moments where Tex can be incredibly sensitive and kind to ladies.
  • Playing with Fire / Stuff Blowing Up: Tex gets MythBusters levels of excitement when he gets to burn or explode something, therefore he eagerly finds excuses to do so. He once bragged he'd be able to teach use of dynamite to college students, if they actually studied it.
  • Rags to Riches: After being poor for all of his life, he becomes first a member and then the leader of the Navajo tribe. Later gold is found from the Navajo mountains, and in the precent Tex always has as much money as he needs.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Grows up to be one, even though (or because) he himself has had so much problems dealing with authority figures in his life.
  • Rescue Romance: How he and Lilyth met? He had been caught by the Navajos, was tortured by them and about to be killed when Lilyth stepped in and proclaimed he belongs to her.
  • Retired Badass: Tried it, when he married Lilyth and finally seemed to find a place he could call a home in the Navajo reservate. Of course, the universe didn't let it last.
  • Retired Outlaw: He was often on the wrong side of the law when younger (but those dead guys totally had it coming), but switched the sides and joined the Texas Rangers.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: To revenge first his father, then his brother, and most notably his wife. And some other times too, when situations have required it.
    • So far the most epic ones are the one to avenge his wife (particularly for the ending: the stuff he did to the last survivor of the murderers when he finally tracked him down is pure Nightmare Fuel) and the one in Navajo Blood (two Corrupt Hicks murdered four Navajo boys For the Evulz, and the governor and the local military authority tried to pass it as self defence. Tex started an Indian War, and won).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Once again, he doesn't only do this out of necessity, but he actively enjoys breaking the rules.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: His Dead Little Brother Sam was a sensible, cautious man who just wished to live a quiet, honest life running his ranch. Tex... not so much.
  • The Stoic: His outer appearance.
    • Not So Stoic: He never shows happiness beyond a faint smile, and sadness not even that much; but he can and will show emotion in the form of anger.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he loses his temper. It happens a lot. It's up to Carson then to try to minimize the casulties.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Carson. He's always very respectful towards Tiger.
  • Walking the Earth: In his troublesome youth. He's now all settled down in the Navajo reservate, only leaving it when a need arises, or some of his friends calls him for help.
  • Working-Class Hero: While he is both very aware and very proud of it, he also has high esteem for real education, and has made sure his son is going to be better read than he himself.
  • Wouldnt Hit A Woman: Despite having faced his share of evil ladies, Tex doesn't harm women, though he's not afraid of defending himself if his life is in danger or to insult them.

    Kit Carson 
More than a friend: a hermano. Met Tex in the Texas Rangers, and over the years became unseparatable with him.

    Kit Willer 
Son and the only child of Tex and Lilyth.

  • Ambiguously Brown / But Not Too Foreign: How light or dark his skin is varies.
  • Badass
  • Badass in Distress: It's very common of Kit to get kidnapped (justified by many people specially seeking to use him against his father) or injured in a way that's totally life-threathening but won't leave a scar. If we were unforgiving readers, we'd be wondering how can he be in such a good health with both lungs full of bullet holes... However, he doesn't lose his Badass credibility, as he often finds a way to help himself instead of needing to be saved.
  • Boarding School: To ensure his education, Tex sent him from the reservate to various schools, the first of which was a missionary school kept by Catholic monks, and last of which was a Military Academy. However, Kit dropped out and came back home.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Enjoys life. Especially life filled with gun fights.
  • Character Development: Started out extreemly wild, has matured and calmed down to some extend.
  • The Chick: The other three have practically brough him up together. While they shrug off their own wounds and mostly stay calm about each other's injuries, something happening to Kit allows them to show more emotion. Also he sometimes acts as a mediator between the friendly arguing of Tex and Carson
  • Cunning Linguist: English, Spanish and Navajo. Here, those are his native languages. He can also speak at least French and some German, plus various Native American languages, such as Lakota.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Expect Carson is still alive and kicking.
  • Depending on the Writer: His personality and how much attention he gets as a character varies greatly on who is writing the story in question. This is partly because some writers feel if given too much attention he starts robbing it from his father.
  • Disguised in Drag: A couple of times, due to his youthful appearence, much to his dismay.
  • Doom Magnet: Anyone who becomes either a close friend or a lover to him is quaranteed to die or be Put on a Bus.
  • Enfante Terrible: As a child he had the habit of shooting people's hats from their head with an arrow, his excuse being that his father had told him to not shoot at people and dogs and "Little Hawk never misses".
  • Fearless Fool: Has grown out of it somewhat, but sometimes still pulls off stunts running mostly on Rule of Cool and Conservation of Ninjutsu. The others aren't amused by them.
  • Foil: Word of God says all the three compadres are foils to Tex: Carson is the older Tex, Tiger is the Native Tex, and Kit is the younger Tex.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Being born poor into a violent world where the strong rule, Tex wanted Kit to have something better. He sent him to schools, wishing him to get a career in the army. However, Kit wanted to be a The Gunslinger like his dad, dropped the school and came back.
  • Good Parents: Tex tries his best. Most notably accepts (after some objects) Kit's decision to turn down the respectable life he had arranged for him, letting him follow his own dreams.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Hero worships his father, has every right to. Yet sometimes there's signs of more mixed feelings. Kit is also trapped under the gigantic shadow of his father, both as a character and a person.
    "Fine then! You've decided for me. And as usual, it's impossible to change your mind."
  • Hidden Depths: Seems carefree and laidback, but sometimes is seen questioning his life and what he wants from it. He is well aware the lot he has chosen isn't the rosiest one.
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: His goal in life: to become a hero of the frontier just like his dad and his dad's friends.
  • In Harm's Way: An adrenaline junkie extraordinaire.
  • Jumped at the Call: Not only waited by the phone, but made calls for the call.
  • Knife Nut: As a gift from Jack, he hides a knife in a special scabbard on his back.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Go on and tell it to him, hearing it never gets old for him.
  • Missing Mom: Lilyth.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half European, half Navajo. While looks more like a white, identifies himself as a Navajo.
  • Nice Guy: All around likeable.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Eternally in his late teens/early twenties.
  • Plucky Guy: People keep dying around him but he continues to be cheerful.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Often when in a tight spot, he scolds himself saying something along the lines "You're a Navajo, you should do better than that."
  • Raised by Natives: Grew up in the central Navajo village.
    "It takes a village to raise a child."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tiger's blue.
  • Smarter Than You Look
  • The Smart Guy
  • Someone To Remember Her By: He's all that Tex has left of Lilyth.
  • Young Gun
    "I heard you're already a better shot than your father." "I practise a lot."
  • Warrior Prince: Not too often but sometimes we're reminded Kit is the rightful heir of becoming the next chief of the Navajo tribe after his father.

    Tiger Jack 
A Navajo warrior and the other "brother" Tex has.

Firstly introduced as a mexican desperado who helped Tex in his quest, he later became a Governor. He often appears to help our heroes when they head to Mexico.

    Jim Brandon 
Officer of the "Red Jackets" (the Mounties), Jim Brandon is Tex' main ally and friend in Canada along with Gors Jean.

    Gros Jean 
A massive mestizo trapper of great strength and courage, initially sent as a hired gun against Tex, he eventually befriended him and became one of his recurring allies in Canada.

  • Bad Ass
  • Big Fun
  • Boisterous Bruiser: The most iconic example before the introduction of Pat.
  • Butt Monkey: During his first appearence he tends to be a bit of a comic relief.
  • Dumb Muscle: Not very brillant. Probably the most iconic moment is when he's seen demolishing the last pillar of a tavern while he's still inside (he gets out in time though).
  • Gratuitous French: Most of his catchphrases are in french.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Originally was on the bad guys' side, but was soon hired by Tex when said bad guys dropped him.
  • Made of Iron
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Jim Brandon.
  • Stout Strength: He has quite a pot belly, but is also very strong.
  • Telephone Polearm: In a memorable example, he fended off the attack of hungry wolves by throwing the massive logs composing the hut they were blocked in at them.
    "I'm going to turn those hairy devils into jam!"

    Pat Mac Ryan 
A giant of an Irish boxer who joined Tex and Carson after they helped him against some thugs. He often reappears as a recurring ally, notorious for his enormous strength.

    El Morisco/Ahmed Jamal 
An Egyptian scholar now residing in Pilares, Mexico, in a sinister-looking mansion along with his creepy butler, Eusebio. He's a wise man who well versed in science and magic. Tex will often look for his help when he has to deal with "mysterious" facts.

  • Agent Mulder: Unlike Tex, he's more open to the supernatural.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: An easygoing and happy man, who once had an evil wizard devoured by a demon.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Has a reputation as a brujo (witchcraft practitioner), and the people of Pilares and surrounding fear him. That in spite of regularly helping people with his extensive medical and magical knowledge-in fact, people who fear him will sometimes admit he saved a relative of theirs before reiterating there's no way he could dabble with magic so much without becoming evil.
  • Nice Guy: His sinister reputation is undeserved, as he's one of the nicest people in the cast.
  • Non-Action Guy: He can't use guns and is fat, meaning that he can't help in a fight (though he still dares to join Tex and co in dangerous mission himself.)
  • Not So Harmless: On the magical side, he's the one who destroyed Rakos and humiliated Yama when the latter tried to use magic to spy on him.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist
  • Only Known By His Nickname: We discover his real name and origins only in his latest appearence.
  • White Mage: He's seemingly well-versed in the arts of white magic, as opposed to Mefisto and Yama.

    Mefisto/Steve Dickart 
Tex's most tenacious and dangerous foe, he first appeared as Steve Dickart, a spy working for the Mexican government, and later reappeared several times as a full blown sorceror. Upon his death, he tried to use his son Yama to continue his work, and eventually was resurrected by his sister.

  • A God Am I: He passes himself as a divinity to the Hualpai.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Tex.
  • Back from the Dead: By doing a Grand Theft Me on the shaman who tried to summon his corpse.
  • Beard of Evil: Goattee and mustache of evil.
  • Berserk Button: During their fourth encounter, Tex manages to send Mefisto into a frothing rage by reminding him of the asylum he was recovered after his defeat at the hands of Padma.
  • British Teeth: The guy has some terrible teeth.
  • Crystal Ball: Uses one (sometimes mirrors or smoke) to scry the scenery, looking for his enemies.
  • Evil Sorcerer: While most of the other magicians are actually a hoax, Mefisto's power are genuine.
  • Exact Words: During their second encounter, Mefisto mentioned that according to what's written in his destiny, he won't die by a man's hand. In the end he's eaten alive by rats.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Trapped in a collapsing castle's dungeons and being mauled and devoured by large rats.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: During his first appearence he's just a spy who occasionally stages as a magician named Mefisto and dressed like a devil. The next time we see him, he's become a full-fledged warlock.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During his third appearence, Padma gives him a taste of his own medicine and uses nightmarish illusions of dragons, serpents, rats and giant spiders to drive him to madness.
  • Large Ham: Usually when displaying his powers.
  • Magical Eye: Of the hypnotizing variety, which he uses successfully on Carson and Kit.
  • Master of Illusion: His power mostly relies on illusions and ghosts.
  • Not Quite Dead: During his second appearence he apparently dies by falling to his death from a cliff in the middle of the desert. Turns out, Padma saved him.
  • Obviously Evil
  • Sue Donym: The first time as "Doctor Anatas", later as the slightly more elaborated "Doctor Fiesmot from Golconda". Subverted in his latest appearence, where he takes the alias of "Doctor Parker".
  • Spirit Advisor: To Yama, his son.
  • Squishy Wizard: He's a frail old man and can be killed normally.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From a Smug Snake spy to a full blow Sorcerous Overlord.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He can't conjure anything solid. Then again, his illusion can be pretty effective.

    El Muerto/Paco Ordoñez 
One of the most famous villains, El Muerto is an horrorifically scarred mexican gunman who holds a grudge against Tex. He threatens his friends and challenge him to a duel.

  • Body Horror: His face is scarred by fire, and he often takes advantage of it to intimidate other people.
  • It's Personal: His vendetta against Tex Willer, who killed his bandit brothers and caused the fire which disfigured him.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Which doubles as a Meaningful Name.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motivations.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During the famous duel against Tex he holds up a memento from that night, a faulty carillon watch, and states that the duel will start as the music stops. However, while Tex keeps his cool for all the wait, Paco is sweating and getting more and more impatient. Eventually this leads to his death.

    Yama/Blacky Dickart 
Mefisto's son, a former wandering artist who took up his father legacy, power and revenge against Tex. He fought the ranger three times with the aid of Mefisto's powers.

  • Brought Down to Normal: After his last defeat, he was briefly seen in a cameo where he apparently lost his powers and went back with his mother.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Like father, like son.
    • Sorcerous Overlord: The first time he's helped by some voodoo priests, later he gets some subjects in the form of local natives impressed by his display of magic.
  • Jumped at the Call: He left his squalid life as a wandering artist to become an evil wizard.
  • Lean and Mean: He's as thin as a rake.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Gets one in his third appearence in the form of Ahriman, the Lord of the Third Circle (who looks like a giant bat with a man-like face.)
  • Not Quite Dead: The first time he seemingly drowns when his ship's washed away in the storm. Then he falls into a not-so bottomless pit and finally, when hit by an amulet worn by Tex, disappears in a blazing flare. Turns out, he survived in each occasion.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Compared to his much more formidable father.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge

    Prince Sumankan/The Black Tiger 
A malasyan prince who lose everything because of the white man and was Made a Slave. He escaped and tried to took his revenge on them using secret organizations to bring down the country.