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Jackie Estacado/The Darkness
Voiced by Kirk Acevedo (1st game), Brian Bloom (2nd game).
- 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: Of the Nominal Hero variety.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always wearing a dress shirt and slacks, even when killing people.
- Badass Longcoat: Where he keeps a rather impressive array of guns.
- Benevolent Boss: Besides just respecting his men, he also treats them well, giving them all the liquor they can drink, and the ammo they can burn through. Additionally, when one of their own falls, Jackie makes sure that all of their expenses are paid and that the families are taken care of, completely out of pocket, expecting nothing in return. This has created Undying Loyalty from his crew, who all say that Jackie is a better mob boss than his uncle Paulie could ever hope to be.
- 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.
- In one comic, it's revealed Jackie's Good Side is of the Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters type of crook while his evil side is a monster.
- 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.
- The Casanova / The Pornomancer: Before he bonded with the Darkness, Jackie was shown to engage in large amounts of anonymous sex with various beautiful women. He lost his virginity to a female police officer when he was only 14 years old! He still gets asked for various trysts from a variety of women throughout the story.
- 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: He views the Darkness as this, even if he takes advantage of the power it gives him.
- First-Person Smartass: When Jackie talks to himself, it's often about how dumb anyone would be to try and oppose him.
- 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. He'll only ever be an Anti-Hero at best.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Sarah Pezzini thinks he's this, when it's more the fact Jackie has a very strange moral code.
- Hitman with a Heart: Jackie only ever intentionally goes after other mobsters and crooks. He tries to avoid killing innocent people at all costs, and he's shown to treat his crew with a great deal of respect.
- 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: The closest thing to an outright hero in the crime world he lives in.
- Papa Wolf: Mess with Hope, and he will hunt you down and kill you. Mess with one of his crew, and he'll kill you even faster.
- 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!
- Villain Protagonist: Though how much of a "villain" he is can sometimes be debatable, Jackie is ultimately a very dangerous man.
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.
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.
- Though the second game mentions God as a separate entity on multiple occasions. For instance, the origin of the universe as explained by Johnny:
- 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.
Paulie FranchettiVoiced by Dwight Schultz
- Bad Boss
- Big Bad: Of the first game.
- The Don
- Entitled Bastard
- Evil Uncle
- 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 ShroteVoiced by James Mathers
- Badass Grandpa: For a man his age, Shrote is a very fast runner.
- 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. Apparentlyf, 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.
- A God Am I: She was worshiped as a sun goddess by the Incans and the Shinto. And she claims God and Jesus are both redundant in her presence.
- Angelic Beauty: Despite the name, she is not an actual angel but her design is evocative of this trope.
- Arch-Enemy: The Darkness which it fought since the creation.
- Big Bad: The most common antagonist faced by Jackie when he is not fighting normal mobsters or people trying to steal or use his powers for their own ends.
- Eldritch Abomination: Literally the Light of Creation.
- Humanoid Abomination: After taking a human host.
- God Is Evil: The Angelus may well be as close to God as anything in the setting, along with The Darkness. It claims that both God and Jesus Christ are redundant in its presence.
- Grand Theft Me: The Angelus takes complete control over its host mind and body(e.g. Lauren Franchetti, Celestine Wright, and in game Darkness II Jenny), until its Heel–Face Turn after which its lets its host keep control over their mind and body.
- Heel–Face Turn: After taking Danielle Baptiste as its host The Angelus as been on the side of good.
- Horned Humanoid: All its host have horns on their head as the Angelus.
- Jerkass Goddess
- Light Is Good: After her Heel–Face Turn.
- Light Is Not Good: Unquestionably a force of light and law. It just so happens that the Angelus is a completely sociopathic entity that believes the world should be run by her light and her laws.
- Light 'em Up: Naturally as the incarnation of light, she has complete control over it.
- Logical Weakness: While the Darkness doesn't have power in the presence of light, the inverse is applicable to Angelus. Jackie defeats her for the first time by luring her to a dark cave, deprived of light which weakened her so much that she rapidly aged in matter of moments.
- Mama Bear: While possessing Lauren Franchetti, she retains the love and affection she had for her daughter.
- Ms. Fanservice: For a primordial force of light that could easily count as an Eldritch Abomination in her own right, her female host turns into this trope when taken over by the Angelus. For instance the old and invalid Lauren Franchetti is rejuvenated into a smoking hot bombshell when she becomes the second host. Even when she wears something that covers her completely, it tends to be extremely form-fitting.
- Order Versus Chaos: The order to The Darkness' chaos.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In at least one alternate future, she managed to destroy Earth. Singlehandedly.
- Psycho Lesbian: It initially seemed to be something within the Angelus itself since the second Angelus hints at creating female sexual partners.
- Stripperific: The Angelus before taking Finch as a host.
- 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.
- Domestic Abuse: While he didn't necessarily hit his wife, when he caught her cheating on him, he tied her up into a chair and slowly murdered her lover with a blow torch in front of her. The trauma rendered Lauren catatonic for many years.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Frankie is a vicious and brutal mobster, but even he was disturbed by Jackie's father Danny Estacado, who was a sadistic hitman that also had the power of Darkness, infamous for his degenerate and self-destructive ways. Frankie noted he never hired him and he was relieved to hear his death.
- Kick the Dog: Killed his wife's lover with a blow torch by slow torture. He also murders Jenny, films her death and sends the tape to Jackie.
- Oh Crap!: When he realizes Jackie has rigged the warehouse he's in to explode.
- Villainous Incest: At one point, he kisses his daughter in the lips. While she is catatonic no less.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Gives many of these to Jackie Estacado, thus increasing his loyalty.
- Would Hit a Girl: Obviously, to be expected from a psychotic mobster like him. Not to mention he is the one to personally gun down Jenny.
- Would Hurt a Child: One of his nicknames which he actually refers to is Frankie "Kill the children too" Franchetti.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Jackie most certainly remember her this way.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Appolonia is unquestionably a ruthless bitch, but she loved her mother and never forgave her dad for breaking her so badly.
- Freudian Excuse: She once saw her father torturing her mother's lover to death, causing her to have a nervous breakdown.
- Harmful to Minors: No child should ever watch a man being blow-torched to death, much less by her own father - although in all fairness, Frankie never intended for see this.
- Kick the Dog: She snaps her own cat's neck just to prove a point how she will get rid of anyone that gets in her way.
- Mafia Princess: Desconstructed. Being the daughter of a particularly vicious mobster like Franchetti is not going to be good for a child's mental health.
- Obfuscating Disability: While she does get genuinely catatonic because of Jackie's actions, she is healed thanks to the Madgalena, but spends a couple of time faking it.
- Right-Hand Cat: Appolonia is introduced carrying a cat of high breed that she raised since she was a kitten. Appolonia promptly kills it in front of Jackie to show she means business.
Capris CastiglioneJackie's twin sister.
- Action Girl
- The Dragon: The Darkness' dragon in the Outer Darkness arc.
- Evil Feels Good: How she feels about the Darkness.
- Face–Heel Turn: Already beginning towards the first time she and Jackie met. It's completed by the time she next meets him, having become a psychopath in the service of the Darkness.
- Ms. Fanservice: Oddly, without being Stripperiffic.
- Put on a Bus: Disappears completely after volume 1.
The MagdalenaDescended from Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ, The Magdalena is an assassin born and bred to serve the Vatican in times of duress.
- The Fundamentalist: The Sister Marielle incarnation is fanatically devoted to her faith due to being sheltered all her life and constantly spits off Holier Than Thou dogma while fighting
- Holy Hitman: The Vatican's finest
- 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.
- Depraved Homosexual: Not so much depraved as kind of pathetic.
- Fate Worse Than Death: has his soul bound to Sonatine's body, which has been buried.
- Grand Theft Me: Happens to him. Still, retconned away.
- Incompatible Orientation: How he sees his relationship with Jackie. To say Jackie wouldn't like Wenders even if he was gay is understating things.
- Action Girl: The female Angelus warriors.
- Cool Mask: Some of the Angelus Warriors where a mask that covers part of their face.
- Light 'em Up
- Mooks: They serve as the Angelus' mooks
- Ms. Fanservice: The female Angelus Warriors. Justified since they also double as concubines for their mistress when outside of battle.
- Stripperific: Most of the Angelus warriors are show a lot of skin.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Some of the Male Angelus warriors.
- Artificial Human: A woman of flesh and blood created Jackie using the Darkness power to be his companion.
- Back from the Dead: Despite supposedly dying while giving birth to a pure darkness being, she is revealed to have recovered.
- Cute Monster Girl: She is the same kind of being as the Darklings, i.e. the shadow beings summoned by Jackie, except she is human looking and more attractive.
- Death by Childbirth: Elle becomes pregnant with Jackie's son, a being of pure, concentrated darkness, whose birth tears her apart. Subverted when its revealed she had survived.
- Ms. Fanservice: Justified: Elle serves this role In-Universe because Jackie can't have sex with normal woman without risking impregnating them and himself dying, so he creates a courtesan for himself to curb his flesh desires.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Combine the fact Elle has a consistently childish mindset (an adult-looking Artificial Human won't necessarily act mature) and fact she is a humanoid being created out of primordial darkness with murderous impulses and you have this trope).
The Foreigner/Aman The Witch-KingAn ancient wielder of the Darkness that was able to get rid of it through meditation and years of internal struggle.
- Contractual Immortality: In-universe, the Darkness refuses to let him stay dead
- Dark Is Evil: Played straight as the wielder of the Darkness. He's changed after being separated from it and now wants the Darkness destroyed.
- Evil Overlord: Once ruled all of Africa when he was the Darkness wielder.
- Legacy Character: A former Darkness wielder.
- No Sell: He can negate the Darkness.
- Stealth Mentor: Spends more time mentoring Jackie of the full potential of his powers, than actually combating him whenever they meet.
- Time Abyss: Has lived for ten thousand of years.
The SovereignA once mighty Roman Emperor who was killed by a wielder of the Darkness alongside his family, The Sovereign is a human-turned-archdemon wishes to exact vengeance over the Darkness both for the fall of his kingdom and the deaths of himself and his family.
- A Man Of Wealth And Taste: He tries to enjoy the fancier things in life despite being an animate statue.
- Archenemy: To Jackie
- Devil's Job Offer: He made a deal with the authorities of Hell in order to obtain a privileged position as a keeper of damned souls and as a lord of a corner of Hell itself
- Narcissist: His narcissism was such that he had multitudes of artists craft stone statues in his image. The Fates bound his soul after death to the many idols made in his image as a means of ironic punishment for his vanity.
- Taken for Granite: He can manifest his soul through many specially carved statues of his himself. Most of them tend to be made of durable stone.
Brother VictorVoiced 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
Johnny PowellVoiced 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.
- Badass Bookworm: Intelligent, well-spoken and effortlessly keeps pace with a Master Swordsman, a trained Mossad agent and a drunken homicidal Scotsman.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa
- Combat Medic: His gameplay niche
- Deadly Doctor
- Magic Staff: His Midnight Stick
- Nice Guy: Compared to his colleagues at least and provided you're on his good side. Whenever he talks to Vinnie or Johnny on the radio he is always polite and seems happy to have found a follow scholar of the Darkness in Johnny.
- Hollywood Voodoo: Some of his abilities seem to be channelling voodoo imagery. For bonus points, the achivement unlocked after completing a mission with him is called "Voodoo is more than dolls." He is also stated to have turned to a form of Louisiana Voodoo in an attempt to help his patients.
- Witch Doctor: Definitely gives off this vibe.
- 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.
- The Berserker: His skill set enforces this by giving him short invincibility bursts when Inugami performs melee executions.
- Never Bring A Sword to a Gun Fight Some enemies mock him for his. He swiftly proves them wrong.Mook: What you're gonna do with that? Slice me open?!Mook: Hey numbnuts! People use guns nowadays!
- 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.
- Badass Israeli: She's a former MOSSAD agent, it goes without saying.
- Consummate Professional: By far the most efficient and disciplined of the multiplayer characteres. Hilariously she is so disciplined that she exasperates the more relaxed Mafia Mission Control with Vinnie repeatedly telling her to stop calling him sir. It doesn't take.
- Guns Akimbo: Her speciality.
- Gun Kata: Has an ability called exactly this.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Her Arm of the Night.
- The Unfettered: Shows shades of this, especially points 3, 4 and 5 on the list.
- 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.