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Jackie Estacado/The Darkness
Voiced by Kirk Acevedo (1st game), Brian Bloom
- A Father to His Men: It's hard to deny the respect his men have for him, and he treats them very well in turn.
- Affably Evil: He's a killer, but he can show kindness from time to time and he's got a sense of honor.
- Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Badass Longcoat
- Blue and Orange Morality: A hyper-exaggerated version of the mafia code. Jackie is okay with murdering anyone involved in organized crime by the hundreds, dealing drugs, prostitution, and collateral damage. However, if he kills a civilian he gets really disturbed by it.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Deconstructed. Jackie finds out that one of his random hits was the fiance of an FBI agent and is horrified.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Jackie seems to think this, though this overlooks some obvious possibilities. He's really only forbidden sex which impregnates a woman.
- In a bizarre aversion, he does attempt to solicit a Chinese prostitute to give him oral sex. It's interrupted.
- Celibate Hero: Averted twice. Both times with nonhumans.
- Contractual Immortality: In-universe, the Darkness refuses to let him stay dead until he has produced a male heir.
- Cursed with Awesome
- First-Person Smartass
- Humanoid Abomination: The end result of what happens when an Eldritch Abomination becomes a part of you. Plus there are his powers
- Handsome Lech: Before the comics.
- Heel Face Door Slam: At least on becoming a full-fledged hero.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Sarah Pezzini thinks he's this when it's more the fact Jackie has a very strange morality.
- Hitman with a Heart
- Hollywood Atheist: Averted. Jackie often debates the existence of God due to the horrible things he's seen but other times seems solidly Catholic.
- In retrospect, Jackie seems more like a Nay-Theist who is downright angry at God more than a disbeliever.
- It's difficult to doubt God's existence when you may or may not be part of him.
- Morality Chain / Morality Pet: Jenny.
- Deconstructed with the fact Jackie tries to make Jenny's sister and later, a rebel woman into his Morality Pet. He turns decides against it when he realizes it would only expose them to needless danger and/or corrupt them.
- Sarah Pezzini and their daughter, Hope, in a bizarre way.
- Necessarily Evil: In the game, quite a few of the less-than-pleasant things that Jackie does is to ensure the safety of his allies; Johnny Powell certainly concurs with this belief.
- Noble Demon
- Papa Wolf: Mess with Hope and he will hunt you down and kill you.
- Shrouded in Myth:Other gangsters seem to spread rumors about what Jackie is and how he prefers to work at night. One of common reactions when Jackie unleashes The Darkness on other mafiosos is ''Oh God, the rumors are true!''.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Villain Protagonist
Voiced by Mike Patton
- Ax-Crazy: Has a rather unhealthy and very enthusiastic approach to tearing people apart.
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Angelus which it fought since the creation and of former Darkness bearer Aram.
- Big Bad: Of the Outer Darkness/Inner Darkness arc.
- Blue and Orange Morality: It seems to truly not understand how humans work physically, psychologically, or emotionally. All it sees humans as is fodder for creating suffering.
- Casting a Shadow
- Chewing the Scenery: In the games, Mike Patton is clearly having fun with the role.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In the game, its dialogue swings from eccentric to downright weird; at one point, it even lurches into Buffy Speak by informing Jackie that it fixed his "broken head ball." However, it sobers very rapidly when it feels like making a point- or when its existence is threatened.
- Clingy MacGuffin: The Big Bad of the Artifacts crossover said that it's almost impossible to separate The Darkness from it's wielder and The Darkness claims that not even death can take away it's host.
- Combat Tentacles: Particularly nasty ones with More Teeth than the Osmond Family and Glowing Eyes of Doom on the ends.
- Eldritch Abomination: To the point that in the second game, he is explicitly referred to as the pre-Creation darkness.
- Even Evil Has Standards; Finds the Angelus' ways of doing things a bit unnerving.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Sweet lord...
- Gambit Roulette: The reason for the Darkness choosing the Estacado bloodline? They hoped, eventually, they would have sex with Darkness-created concubines enough that a child would be produced.
- The Darkness may have just been taunting Jackie.
- God Is Evil: The Darkness may well be as close to God as anything in the setting, along with The Angelus.
- Though the second game mentions God as a separate entity on multiple occasions. For instance, the origin of the universe as explained by Johnny:
Johnny Powell: In the beginning there wasn't shit. Literally! Nothing but void and darkness, and that's how the Darkness liked it. It wasn't until God decreed that: "Turn on the lights!", that things got nasty.
- Gravity Master
- Jerkass God
- Kill Him Already:
The Darkness (in regards to killing Paulie): Take his life so that I can take yours!
- Lovecraftian Superpower: To its host, it gives a massive Healing Factor, darkness-based powers and the ability to impale people with Combat Tentacles. It all comes at a price, though.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- Order Versus Chaos: The chaos to The Angelus' order.
- Omnicidal Maniac
Comics and Game
- Adaptation Distillation: The Brotherhood in the second game is much more menacing and powerful than the one in the comics.
- Composite Character: There's a similar Evil Army version of the Brotherhood in the comic, it just worships the Angelus. Becomes Fridge Brilliance when you realize the Brotherhood has tried to use the Angelus in the games as well.
- Deader Than Dead: The only sane member of the Brotherhood has his soul destroyed by the Angelus for freeing the Darkness after they capture it. Johnny says this is the only time in history it's happened and is a poor reward for saving the world.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: In the game it's implied the Darkness slowly drove them mad when they managed to capture it. The first time.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Pretty much the religion's M.O., either with The Darkness or, in the game at least, The Angelus.
- Put on a Bus: Sonatine and Wenders were the only really notable members of the cult in the comic and they disappear after volume one.
- Religion of Evil
- Xanatos Gambit: The cult in the game attempts to determine whether Jackie is the Darkness' wielder by sending an army of goons to kill him. If he doesn't, he dies, but if he does, they can get it from him.
Voiced by Dwight Schultz
- Bad Boss
- Big Bad: Of the first game.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In the game, Paulie has his safehouse equipped with several dozen floodlights once he learns of Jackie's weaknesses.
- The Don
- Entitled Bastard
- Fat Bastard
- Kick the Dog: A lot of what he does over the course of the game, like blowing up the orphanage that Jackie grew up in and most notably, killing Jenny.
- Large Ham: Paulie never stops shouting. He is always angry.
- It's All About Me: In the game, after he's called a hit on Jackie and tried to kill him with an explosive-rigged closet, he's inexplicably offended when Jackie retaliates by launching attacks on Paulie's various businesses.
- Smug Snake: By and large, his comics incarnation is this; the game version's too grouchy to be even remotely smug.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Jackie has him on the ground near the end of the first game, he starts begging with Jackie to spare him. However, this turns out to be a subversion, as it is a way to distract him so that he can grab for the nearest gun and kill Jackie.
Captain Eddie Shrote
Voiced by James Mathers
- Badass Grandpa: For a man his age, Shrote is a very fast runner.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Even more so than Paulie; rather than just setting up some floodlights in front of his lair, he ambushes Jackie with several dozen spotlights and knocks him out with a flashbang. Then, while he's torturing Jackie, he keeps him under the beam of a floodlight at all times.
- Dirty Cop
- Surrounded by Idiots: Most of his fellow officers are just as crooked as he is; as much of his irritable grumbling indicates, they're nowhere near as savvy as him.
- This Is a Drill: His torture device of choice... which breaks down halfway through the torture session.
Chinese piece of shit!
- To the Pain: In the game, explains how he's going to drill holes into the pain centre's of Jackie's brain, before he gets started.
- Torture Technician: In the game, he tortures Jackie for information after capturing him, perforating his face with an electric drill. Apparently, he's done this many times before, and he's had time to make it his specialty.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He actually manages to keep a good rap with the media, even though everybody knows he's bent as hell.
The Angelus entity is the embodiment of light and is the equal and opposite force of the Darkness.
- Affably Evil: Or so it seems.
- Ax-Crazy: To an extraordinary level. He actually attacks Gotham City Police Department in broad daylight. Yes, that Gotham City.
- Big Bad: Arguably, the one who hurt Jackie the most.
- Kick the Dog: Killed his wife's lover with a blow torch by slow torture.
- Oh, Crap: When he realizes Jackie has rigged the warehouse he's in to explode.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Gives many of these to Jackie Estacado, thus increasing his loyalty.
Jackie's twin sister.
- Bald of Evil: Basically looks like Lex Luthor with a tattoo.
- Big Bad: Of the first volume of the comics.
- Heel-Face Turn: The last character in the world you'd expect for one.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sonatine is hilarious, in a truly sick sick way.
- Gone Horribly Right: Tries to put the Darkness in Ian Nottingham, ends up putting the Witchblade on him too.
- Grand Theft Me: Wenders. However, retconned away.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Deconstructed. Sonatine has nowhere near Jackie's level of power and often engages in quirky bizarre behavior, then he does something from behind the scenes that ruins people's lives.
- Mind Rape: Sonatine's favorite form of humor.
- Put on a Bus: Disappears completely after the first volume.
The Foreigner/Aman The Witch-King
An ancient wielder of the Darkness that was able to get rid of it through meditation and years of internal struggle.
Voiced by William Salyers
- Adaptation Distillation: Victor is arguably a much more menacing foe than Sonatine due to the fact he doesn't stop his evil schemes to engage in oddball humor.
- Big Bad: Of The Darkness 2
- Expy: Of Sonatine.
- Evil Cripple: He's hunchbacked, wears braces on his legs, and walks with the aid of a cane.
- Evil Sorcerer: His knowledge of magical artefacts and supernatural powers put him squarely in this category; doubly so when he manages to capture the Darkness.
- Faux Affably Evil: Brother Victor can swing from insulting to condescendingly polite at the drop of a hat, all the while insisting that he's doing what he does for Jackie's own good; under this exterior, Victor is as sadistic and monstrous as they come.
- Flash Step: His powers allow him to move in this manner, handily overcoming his disabilities in the process.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Victor is a deformed hunchback covered in scars.
- Handicapped Badass
- Obviously Evil
- Omnicidal Maniac: The implications of his speeches are that he intends to use the Darkness to bring about the end of the world.
- Hilariously, it's implied by Johnny the Brotherhood's Omnicidal Maniac tendancies come from the Darkness.
- Religion of Evil: He and his brotherhood worships the Darkness. Enough said.
- Smug Snake
- Villain Teleportation
Voiced by David Hoffman
- Admiring the Abomination: Johnny Powell can be surprisingly... aroused by many of the artifacts you bring him.
- Conspiracy Theorist
- Crazy Homeless People: According to Vinnie, the "new guys" found him living under a bridge in a cardboard box. They didn't (seeing as finding him is a goal of the first mission of the "Vendettas" campaign), but he does say that he lives in such a situation.
- Crazy Sane: Johnny comes off as a complete nut, and he is but he's arguably the most well-informed man on the planet regarding the supernatural.
- Cunning Linguist: Johnny is implied to speak multiple dead languages.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Implied to be the reason for Johnny's insanity.
- Gibbering Genius
- Humans Are Morons: Grumbles that this is pretty much the case while explaining "the Fool's Phylactery."
- Large Ham: And how!
- Nightmare Fetishist: If he's not terrified out of his life by it, chances are that Johnny will be gushing over a lot of the Darkness relics that are brought to him. The multiplayer campaign features him being alternatively fascinated and horrified by the four character's weaponry, noting the history or the magical power behind it- and frequently asking why anyone would bother using it.
- Only Sane Man: As the only character in the entire game with adequate knowledge as to what might be going on, this is a given- even if he spends most of the game talking to himself. The Asylum levels take this even further, in which he's one of the few patients that can help Jackie escape.
- The Smart Guy: In the second game to Jackie's Five-Man Band.
- Red Right Hand: Johnny's left eye.
- Animal Motifs: Dogs. A lot of his combat chatter has him referring to himself as "The Hound". Taken to extreme however when he actually starts howling like one.
- His name is based on a Dog Yokai of the same name that's said to grant its blessing and power to those who seek revenge.
- The Atoner: Part of a bloodline of one. His sword Kusanagi was once used in the slaughter of one thousand innocent souls and a such each new bearer of the sword is cursed to feed it one thousand wicked souls to redeem it. The big catch however, is that for each day Kusanagi goes with out feeding, the bearer loses one year of their life.
- Axe Crazy: A combination of his desire for revenge against the Brotherhood, along with his desire to feed Kusanagi's bloodlust has made him the most unhinged of the multiplayer characters.
- Never Bring A Sword to a Gun Fight Some enemies mock him for his. He swiftly proves them wrong.
- Ninja: Dolfo thinks so at least.
- Sword and Gun
- You Killed My Father: And the his mother and his two year old little brother while he was Forced to Watch. As a result he hates the Brotherhood with a passion.
- The Alcoholic: According to his character bio, Jimmy is perpetually drunk.
- An Axe to Grind: His Dark Axe.
- Axe Crazy: Shows shades of this. Still nowhere as bad as Inugami though.
- Blood Knight
- Throwing Your Axe Always Works: Well, when said axe can be summoned back to his hand it's a viable tactic.
- Troll: When Johnny asks when he got his Dark Axe Jimmy claims that he received it from the Lady of the Lake in a dream. In truth he apparently found it in the woods and liked the balance
- Violent Glaswegian : His character in a nutshell.