Characters: The Death Series
The characters features in The Death Series are as follows:
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The protagonists of the series. The souls of the deceased from different backgrounds, this group of unlikely heroes have been tasked to complete the 100 Trials of the Afterlife in order to be granted access to heaven.
General Tropes assosiated with these characters:
- Cursed with Awesome: Upon entering the afterlife, each of the souls gains an ability based on how they die. For instance, if they died by drowning, in the afterlife they would have the ability to breathe underwater.
- Dead to Begin With
- Death by Origin Story
- Invisible to Normals
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- Killed Off for Real: They ain't going back to the Mortal Realm any time soon, folks.
Jigrumth the TallA former member of an ancient Norse warrior tribe before he was killed in battle. Jigrumth now takes part in thee Trials hoping that they will bring him one step closer to Valhalla.
- Anti-Hero: Surprisingly, he's more of a Type II than anything else.
- The Big Guy
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Hero: Or at least the closest thing this series has to one.
- Heroic Albino
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: The fact that he died hundreds of years before the others makes it hard to relate to them at times.
- Large Ham: VALHALLAAAAAAAAAAA!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Though in this case it's most likely due to his albinism.
- 24-Hour Armor: Though since he's dead, it doesn't really matter much.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Meow.
Johnny NitroA professional stuntman and thrillseeker, Johnny met his end when one of his more elaborate stunts got out of hand and resulted in his death. Despite this, being dead hasn't phased him much, as he now looks forward to taking on the challenge of the 100 Trials.
- Affectionate Parody: Of the archetypical Hot-Blooded Shonen protagonist.
- Anime Hair: Shonen Hair, to be specific.
- Awesome McCoolname: Well...for the most part. See the Tropes below.
- Canada, Eh?: "You dudes take Canadian money, right?"
- Cool Shades: A pair of Triangle Shades as a shout-out to Gurren Lagann.
- Crazy Awesome: What he aspires to be.
- Embarrassing Middle Name / Metaphor Is My Middle Name: His middle name is literally "Distraction". His parents had real foresight.
- Hairy Hammerspace: His hair conceals a number of different useful tools, including a grappling hook, a chainsaw, and a jetpack.
- Idiot Hero
- Incendiary Exponent: As a result of dying in a fiery explosion, he is now able to set himself on fire with no ill effects in the afterlife.
- In Harm's Way
- The Lancer
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Morality Pet: Funnily enough, he appears to be shaping up to be one for Kylie
- The Pollyanna
- Sunglasses at Night: Johnny never takes off his sunglasses. Ever. Sometimes he even wears multiple pairs at once.
- Totally Radical: An intentional example.
- Vague Age: While he's presumably old enough to be living on his own and having a career as a professional stuntman, his mannerisms and short stature makes it look like he may be a teenager.
- Wreathed in Flames
Eix XieA manufacturer of leather pants, Eix was killed when he was mistaken for a monster and poisoned. The whole incident has left him rather bitter, as you would expect. He now assists the others in completing the 100 Trials.
- Ambiguously Human: Not even the player that created him knows just what he is.
- An Axe to Grind
- Anime Hair
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Since he died as a result of being posioned, in the afterlife he is immune to poisons of any kind.
- The Big Guy
- Fourth Wall Observer: Often the one referring to the fourth wall. Whether it's complaining about his author's absences or yelling something at the GM.
- Gentle Giant: When he was alive. After the incident related to his death, however, he became pretty irritable.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Possibly?
- Shout-Out: To the song from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, "Leather Pants"
Kylie StenAt first glance, one may get the impression that Kylie was just an innocent little girl. In reality, she is a deranged serial killer who was spoiled rotten by her rich parents, who were blissfully unaware of her ruthless behavior. She died in a limosine accident and is now another participant in the Trials.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV or V.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Blood Knight: A somewhat unsettling example.
- Creepy Child
- Dark Action Girl
- Deliberately Cute Child
- Enfante Terrible
- Hair Decorations: Her pink hairband.
- The Fake Cutie
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Kids Are Cruel
- Knife Nut
- Leeroy Jenkins: Her strategy for overcoming most obstacles seems to be "Poke it with something sharp until it stops moving".
- Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: Her pet Timmy, the Homicidal Teddy Bear.
- Serial Killer
- The Smurfette Principle: Up until the introduction of Elizabeth, that is.
- Token Evil Teammate
MeowA kitten who died when he was thrown the window of the higest floor of the Sears tower. He was somehow able to learn how to speak English from listening to the people inside the building talk on the way down. He is now another member of the group hoping to complete the Trials.
- Animal Superheroes: When Jorgan dresses up as a superhero to impress Renée, Meow decides to become Jorgan's Non-Human Sidekick.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Break the Cutie: If some of the most recent events concerning him are anything to go by.
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted. He's actually very sweet, but he inadvertedly causes others pain.
- Destination Defenestration
- Cute Kitten
- Flight: As a result of his death being via falling, though he can only do this while wearing his "Super Meow" costume.
- Funny Animal
- Head Pet
- Lethal Joke Character: He's just a cute, harmless kitten...with a head that's harder than rock.
- Magic Feather: According to Word of God, Meow is perfectly capable of flying without the aid of his superhero costume, but neither he or any of the other characters in-universe are aware of this.
- Morality Pet: He tries to be this for Jigrumth. It doesn't seem to be working.
- The Pollyanna
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Team Pet
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jigrumth, aka "Mr. Jiggy-Rump".
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: At least compared to his teammates.
ForestAn enigmatic man who, while alive, had the ambition of becoming a farmer. This changed, however, when he was shot by a group of thugs tresspassing on his property. Now his only goal is completing the Trials, just like everyone else.
- Anti-Hero: Type III-ish.
- Badass: Is he ever!
- Berserk Button: In his backstory, he mentions killing one of the burglars that attacked him on his property...because they trampled on one of his plants.
- Blood Knight: While he's much more subtle and restrained than Kylie, Forest still makes it clear that he enjoys what he does. Back when he was a farmer, he'd even practice using his scythe as if it were a weapon.
- Call to Agriculture: Before he died, anyways.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Doesn't Like Guns: Most likely due to the circumstances that led up to his death, he freezes up just from hearing one.
- Flash Step: His "blink" ability.
- Good Is Not Nice
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He calls out Vicente on his own cowardice and hypocrisy while trying to convince him to not kill himself. It works.
- Sinister Scythe
- The Stoic: Possibly a result of him losing his heart upon arriving in the afterlife.
- The Sixth Ranger
- Tranquil Fury: Since he claims that his loss of his heart has left him incapable of showing actual emotion, this is the closest he can get to being actually angry.
Ludwig von SchädelThe main group's guide sent to assist them in completing the Trails. Ludwig can be uptight and snobbish at times, but he is willing to lend a skeletal hand when neccesarry.
- Actual Pacifist
- Author Avatar: He often acts as the GM's mouthpiece for self-criticism.
- Cannot Tell a Joke
- The Chew Toy: Usually due to Johnny's antics.
- Dem Bones
- The Drag-Along: He wasn't exactly thrilled when he learned that he was assigned the job of guiding the others.
- Genre Savvy: Tries to be, anyway. It just happens that everything he expects doesn't happen, and it occasionally backfires on him.
- Meaningful Name: "Schädel" is German for "skull."
- Mr. Exposition
- Non-Action Guy
- Odd Friendship: With Johnny.
- Only Sane Man: By this RP's standards, at least.
- The Smart Guy / The Chick
- The Von Trope Family
- Whole Costume Reference: To Manfred von Karma.
Jorgan ErkelA hip geek from The '90s who committed suicide due to the hype of Y2K.
- Badass Computer Nerd
- Berserk Button: Due mostly to his cause of death, he gets pretty mad whenever someone mentions the year 1999.
- Composite Character: Based on Jeff and Steve Urkel, with a dose of Totally Radical.
- Cool Shades: They're also his reading glasses.
- Driven to Suicide: his reason for being here.
- Extraverted Nerd: Not at first glance.
- Playful Hacker
- Ray Gun: His weapon of choice.
- Super Hero: He attempts to become one of these to impress Renée.
- The Smart Guy
Riley SmithA writer who was killed under mysterious circumstances during his town's annual "Zombie Walk". Unlike the other souls, Riley is convinced that he is not actually dead and that he was sent to the afterlife by mistake. Since then he has been in constant denial about his death and is only participating in the Trials because they might help prove that he is alive.
- Batter Up
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: While not an actual zombie, he died while dressed as one, and he remains in-costume even after death.
- Out of Focus: Mostly due to player inactivity.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Sixth Ranger
- Unfazed Everyman: apart from his zombie getup, he is more or less the most "normal" character in the series.
Elizabeth DelfiA young woman from the 1600's who was executed after being accused of witchcraft. Being something of a loner, Elizabeth had completed twelve trials on her own before being reassigned and forced to join the other Newlydeads, much to her annoyance.
- The Ace: Well, she did complete a dozen Trials on her own. Not that she has to be so smug about it...
- Action Girl
- Affirmative Action Girl
- A Sinister Clue / The Southpaw: She's left-handed, which didn't help her case in her witchcraft trial. She was found innocent, though.
- Blessed with Suck: Her Psychic Powers (see below) might seem awesome, except for the fact that they are incredibly limited, she has no control over them, and they resulted in her being put on trial and later executed for witchcraft.
- Combat Clairvoyance
- Expy: A rather blatant one of Sarah Belfry, who was created by the same user.
- Jerk Ass / Tsundere / Kuudere: Take your pick.
- Jeanne d'Archetype: Well, she's a Lady of War, has supernatural visions, and was prosecuted and later executed for suspected witchcraft.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is a reference to the Oracle of Delphi in Greek Mythology.
- Not So Above It All: Most notably when she accidentally "breaks" the Internet.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Since she died as a result of drowning, she can now breathe comfortably underwater. Not that she considers it very useful...
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Averted. While her take on Early Modern English is still flawed, her creator is trying to be as accurate as possible.
PatrickA later addition to the Newlydeads. Patrick was an artifact hunter who "died" after he accidentally triggered an artifact that separated his soul from his body. Not a traditional death, but either way his soul wound up in the afterlife.
- Adventure Duo: With his girlfriend, prior to the incident resulting in his "death".
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Collector of the Strange
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Consisting of a Flaming Sword, Golem Battle Suit, and Anti Gravity Boots.
- Naïve Newcomer: Zigzagged. Most of the time he's not sure what's going on, but occasionally his experience from his archaeologist days will manage to bring him up to speed.
Dyana RaineA former Monster Hunter and cast member of the Monster Mashers TV show, Dyana was one of the last members to leave the show after its decline in popularity, and the only readon she had to leave was because she died. Having some of her friendly monster companions getting destroyed along with her, she can now temporarily borrow their abilities in combat in the afterlife.
CharonThe ferryman of the Afterlife, it is Charon's duty to deliver the souls who manage to reach the river Styx to the King and Queen so they can be assigned their trials. He is currently composing a petition to change the name of the River Styx to the River Aerosmith. Also one of The Seven Masters, who specializes in exploiting his opponent's weak points.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The skill he intends to teach to the protagonists.
- The Ferry Man
- Grumpy Old Man
- Hidden Depths
- Training from Hell: His first "lesson" consists of hitting the protagonists with a stick repeatedly.
- Actually, that wasn't even a lesson. He just wanted to hit something with a stick.
King SchrodingerThe King of the Land of the Dead, and the one reponsible to assigning trials to the deceased. He is described as being a large, jovial man, who appears to be rather upbeat despite having to deal with dead people all day long.
- Adipose Rex
- Badass Mustache
- Big Good
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Mission Control
- Mr. Exposition
- Lack of Empathy
Queen VeronicaThe wife of King Schrodinger and Queen of the Land of the Dead. The duties of the two rulers are often divided equally, with Veronica also reponsible for assigning trials. Unlike her husband, she appears to be much more stoic and cynical, given her line of work.
BridgetThe daughter of Shrodinger and Veronica. She is six years old and her favorite color is pink.
- Cheerful Child
- Children Are Innocent
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Foil: To Kylie, to whom she is essentially the polar opposite.
Death HimselfThe slayer of kings, the end of gods, and the player of children's games, Death Himself is the one responsible for sending the dead to the Land of the Dead.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Take a guess.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: He's a bit of a pushover when it comes to kids, apparently.
- Friend to All Children: Okay, so he's the personification of death and a borderline Eldritch Abomination, but he seems to get along with Bridget rather well.
- The Grim Reaper
- Large and In Charge: In addition to being the leader of all minor Deaths, his default form is a twenty-foot tall cloaked...thing carrying an equally large scythe.
- Lawful Neutral: To Death Himself, death is a business, and he runs it accordingly.
- Non-Human Sidekick: A raven.
- Sinister Scythe
- Spell My Name With A "Himself"
LangstonOne of the many minor Deaths serving under Death Himself. Langston first met the protagonists when they ended up saving the life of someone who was scheduled to die, and as retribution he decided to have them walk a mile in his shoes.
- Badass Biker: Which leads us to...
- Cool Bike: His main method of transportation.
- Cool Sidecar: Unfortunately subverted, as when he ends up attactching the sidecars to his ride the whole thing looks ridiculous.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dem Bones
- The Gunslinger: His "scythe" is actually a handgun.
- Hypocritical Humor: Calling Ludwig "Mr. Skellington", despite being a skeleton himself
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seems pretty aloof and distant at times, but shows genuine sympathy for some of his more unfortunate people he has to escort to the afterlife, and tries to comfort Meow after having to release the soul of the dying woman.
Albert CirclesmithThe second Master who taught the Newlydeads how to work together. He is a ghost that possessed a suit of armor to avoid going to the Land of the Dead.
- Animated Armor
- Big Damn Heroes: He shows up to stop Lannister from going back on his word and killing Demi. By punching him in the face.
- Calling Your Attacks: He calls the name of a different attack to trick people.
- Combination Attack: What he teaches to the Newlydeads.
- Detachment Combat: As a result of being a ghost in a suit of armor.
- Transplant: From Smile For The Camera.
Gregory and HerbertTwo semi-incompetent bank robbers who were caught and turned in by the heroes as one of their first Trials. Unknown to the heroes, the criminal duo are actually part of a mysterious woman's secret agenda...
- Assassin Outclassin': After recieving some help from the other side.
- British Accent
- Goldfish Poop Gang
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: To the point where their lifetimes have become literally intertwined.
- Fat and Skinny
- Minions With An F In Evil
- Neutral Evil -> True Neutral
- Those Two Bad Guys
MungoA gorilla, apparently trained in the use of firearms.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: What are his motives, exactly?
- An Arm and a Leg: He loses his arm in a fight with Forest.
- The Brute
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or apes, as the case may be.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: In addition to him being a Recurring Boss.
Jack TurboAn ex-stuntman, he holds a grudge against Johnny for constantly overshadowing him. After Johnny got killed, Jack gave up on trying to beat him and turned to a life of crime after fusing his motorcycle to his body.
- Attention Whore: His entire motivation for getting revenge on Johnny is because of how even in death, the latter always manages to steal his thunder.
- Badass Biker: He's both the biker and the bike!
- Calling Your Attacks
- Emergency Transformation: He only became a half-motorcycle cyborg after a near-deadly accident during one of his stunts.
- Evil Counterpart: Jack represents what Johnny would be if he cared more about fame and fortune than mere excitement...and was also part-motorcycle.
- Expy: Of Johnny from Chrono Trigger.
- Genius Bruiser: See below.
- Punk Rock: Played from the radio on his chest.
- The Rival: To Johnny.
- Unknown Rival: Johnny still seems to have no idea who he is, however.
- Smarter Than You Look: He may seem pretty silly, but he's apparently graduated from Stanford.
- What Could Have Been: His name was originally Johnny, until there was a player character named Johnny...
Sergio SegaleA senior member of the Segale Family (read: mafia) with a mysterious agenda. His moustache would like to be acknowledged as well.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Expy: Of the "My hair" guy.
- The Mafia
- Prehensile Hair: His facial hair is his primary weapon, consisting of a Badass Moustache and Goatee Of Evil.
Maximillion LannisterA businessman who became incredibly rich in just six months. Suspected of being a psychic, the heroes were sent to negotiate with him so he'd register with Interplanar Affairs. After his initial defeat, he returns stripped ofboth his psychic powers and his fortune. Blaming the Newlydeads for his loss, he assembles Jack, Mungo and the Segales to form a Legion of Doom to get back at them.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Composite Character: Of Maximillion Pegasus and Jaime Lannister, with a little Kristoph Gavin thrown in.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Genius Cripple / Evil Cripple: As a result of the same strain he put on his mind that led to the loss of his powers, he is now paralyzed from the waist-down as well.
- Fiction 500
- Lawful Evil
- Psychic Powers: Oh most definitely. Ranges from mind-reading to telekinesis.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Smug Snake
- Squishy Wizard: So much so that he goes down afer one hit.
- Technicolor Eyes: They're violet.
Vicente ViciousseA professional assassin hired by the mysterious woman to kill Gregory and Herbert.
- Badass: He's on par with Forest in this category.
- Badass Cape: With retractable knives hidden in the hem
- Dance Battler: He has a fighting style based on ballet, no less.
- The Dandy
- Driven to Suicide: In a twist, it's the Newlydeads who have to talk him out of it.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His signature technique.
- Implausible Hair Color: His hair's naturally green. No one seems to believe that, however.
- Kick The Kitten
- Knife Nut
- Professional Killer: Fits the trope's definition of an assassin to a T.
- Slasher Smile: Well, he smiles alot. And he's an assassin...
- The Social Darwinist: His speech after wounding Meow sggests that he has shades of this.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He's scarily good at this...
- Super Window Jump: He makes his exit this way after facing the Newlydeads for the first time, most likely for showing off/intimidation purposes.
- Villainous Breakdown: After losing his fight he actually begins to consider suicide. Justified in what his employer would most likely have in store for him otherwise.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Definately one of the toughest challenges faced by the protagonists so far.
Characters with only one or two appearances in the series and no seriously important role...so far.
Demi ArmstrongA mortal girl with the ability to see ghosts. For some reason the mafia appears to be after her, resulting in one of the souls' trials to be to prevent her assassination.
- I See Dead People
- Disability Superpower: Ludwig's explanation for how she can see ghosts is that essentially the part of her brain that controls her Weirdness Censor is defective.
- Only Sane Woman