Characters / The Devil's Carnival

The characters on The Devil's Carnival include:


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     The Devil's Carnival 

Lucifer

  • Affably Evil: Unless the topic of God and His followers comes up, he's rather soft-spoken and polite. That said, he's still the Devil and will be the first to admit he's no saint.
  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator/Greek Chorus
  • Berserk Button: Do not ever accuse Lucifer of killing an innocent child.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While being in the business of punishing the wicked, Lucifer seems to be more concerned with the fate of innocents and the redemption of sinners than God though this is a very new development.
  • Foil: A clear-cut one to God. God is a heavy-set, human man who dresses in white. He's leaner, demonic man who dresses in black. God keeps a constant watch over his kingdom but it's portrayed as sinister while Lucifer gives his carnies near-constant freedom with a few orders in between and he's clearly the one you're meant to root for. God seeks perfection in all his followers and has them wear uniforms, while all of Lucifer's carnies are different and very much disinterested in perfection. The most noticeable difference however, is in how both leaders treat their second in command. God sends The Agent off to be killed in Hell without hesitation and even mocks him (through the gift), while Lucifer hates the idea of someone sacrificing themselves for him and refuses to let the Ticket Keeper become a martyr in his name.
  • The Leader: The Mastermind.
  • Villain Song: "Grace for Sale".

The Ticket Keeper

  • Affably Evil: Aside from working for the Devil, he's a genteel and polite man. Even when people break the rules he loves so much he only gently reprimands. In the sequel, despite being irritated with Heaven throwing their unwanted down to Hell, he's very gentle with June when she's cast out.
  • Berserk Button: Don't break the rules, he won't fly off the handle but will know and admonish immediately.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • The Lancer: To Lucifer.
  • Only Sane Man: In the sequel, while Lucifer holes himself up in his chamber and largely ignores the carnival and the carnies spend their time drinking and fooling around, he's the only one who seems to understand how serious a war against God should be taken.
  • Undying Loyalty: Becomes apparent in the sequel, his persistence at snapping some sense into Lucifer despite the Devil refusing to give him any orders to work with, snapping at the Ticket Keeper just for asking for said orders and generally ignoring the carnival does not go unnoticed by his boss.

The Tamer

The Painted Doll

The Scorpion

The Twin

Hobo Clown

The Magician

  • Adorkable
  • Giggling Villain: Sometimes and in his promo for Alleluia!
  • A Dog Named "Dog": His bunny pet is named "Mr. Bunny".
  • Magic Wand: Apparently.
  • Meaningful Name: Is often see with the Fool, like the Tarot cards.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The Magician comes off as a goofy, childish innocent in the middle of the creepy carnies. He still wants to join in the "fun" of punishing sinners, but his disappointment when he's not called up to participate in one of the acts is so sincere and pouty that you kind of want to hug the guy and tell him his time will come. The Disney-pink sparkles from his wand, his goofy dancing, and his habit of talking to his stuffed rabbit don't help.
  • Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: His modus operandi.

The Fool

Wick and The Woe Maidens

     Non-Carnies 

John

  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: With Lucifer's blessing, no less... but it's all part of Lucifer's plan.
  • Driven to Suicide
  • Epiphany Therapy: Of the three damned souls, he's the only one who manages to renounce the sin that led him to Hell, uncontrollable grief leading to suicide. It's a bit abrupt, coming at the end of Lucifer's morose song about the fable of Jupiter's water.
  • Excessive Mourning: John's motivation for committing suicide, the death of his son.
  • Foreshadowing: Of a sort. In "666," the only one of the rules specifically mentioned in the lyrics is "No cutting in line." Guess which rule John breaks later.
  • Grief Song: John's song is appropriately titled "Grief".
  • Kick the Dog: John's tricked into believing he sees his son a couple of times, the first of which turns out to be a doll, another turns out to be the Fool, who literally kicks him in the shin before running away.
  • Papa Wolf

Tamara

Ms. Merrywood

  • Humiliation Conga: When she fails every one of her tests she gets her jewels and clothes stolen and ends up semi-naked and whipped by the Tamer in front of all the Carnies.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine
  • No Name Given: Her first name is never revealed, at least not in the film. At the Chicago showing, Terrance Zdunich and Darren Lynn Bousman were asked by a fan if they could give her a first name. They agreed, giving Merrywood the first name "Kathleen", after the fan who asked.
  • Pretty in Mink: She had a gray rabbit jacket.
  • The Bus Came Back: Surprisingly, she has been shown in trailers to be returning in The Devil's Carnival 2, unlike the other sinners.
  • The Mole: Possibly, given her smile despite being disciplined by the Translators.

     Heaven 

God

Played by Paul Sorvino

  • Fat Bastard: Portrayed as a heavyset man and makes it clear he sees his creations as possessions and will not hesitate to throw one out if it shows the slightest "imperfection".
  • Foil: A clear-cut one to Lucifer. He's a heavy-set, human man who dresses in white. Lucifer is leaner, demonic man who dresses in black. God keeps a constant watch over his kingdom but it's portrayed as sinister while Lucifer gives his carnies near-constant freedom with a few orders in between and he's clearly the one you're meant to root for. God seeks perfection in all his followers and has them wear uniforms, while all of Lucifer's carnies are different and very much disinterested in perfection. The most noticeable difference however, is in how both leaders treat their second in command. God sends The Agent off to be killed in Hell without hesitation and even mocks him (through the gift), while Lucifer hates the idea of someone sacrificing themselves for him and refuses to let the Ticket Keeper become a martyr in his name.
  • God Is Evil: Heavily implied and confirmed in the sequel. Not that any of his followers know this as Heaven is littered with propaganda and conditioned to sing his praises.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He spends the penultimate scene of the sequel buttering up The Agent so his follower will more willingly go down to Hell and be killed. Then he goes to Heaven's radio station and tells everyone he's allowing Lucifer to send condemned souls back to heaven after we watched him complain about them for an entire movie.

The Agent

The Librarian

The Translators

  • State Sec: It's not clear which one they fall under, but it's clear they aren't just keeping the peace.
  • Police Brutality: They aren't afraid to resort to it to keep Heaven ideologically pure.

Cora and The Applicants

  • Twinkle Smile: Cora sported one in her character trailer.
  • Girl Posse
  • Last-Second Word Swap: A hint that Cora might have a dirtier mind than she appears is when she states in a trailer that an applicant's fingers are for...praying.

The Watchword

The Publicist and His Ladies Of Virtue

The Designer

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