Characters: The Gamer
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Han Jee-HanThe Protagonist. At the start of the story, he suddenly gained the ability to see game effects in real life, apparently at random. He eventually discovers that he has a natural supernatural ability that manifested in a very strange and useful way.
- Adaptive Ability: His Gamer ability allows him to acquire and improve skills based on his actions. Doing normal actions such as working out or studying grants him basic EXP, while using an acquired skill increases its level. Extensively using a specific attribute such as Intelligence also has the chance to improve it.
- Audience Surrogate: The fact that he's never known about the Abyss unlike Sun-Il gives plenty of opportunities for exposition about how the world of the series works.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Chapter 87 (as well as Word Of God) reveals that Jee Han's skills "Energy Drain" and "Telekinesis" are the epitome of this. While they seem awesome on paper, in actual practice, they are so conditional as to be basically useless, at least until Jee Han masters "Dual Casting" and even then, they're still very difficult to use and level properly.
- Badass: As he expands his skillset and knowledge, and builds upon them, Jee-Han slowly, but surely, is growing closer to the trope. He's already considered strong enough to live in the Abyss by a veteran.
- Badass in Distress: In chapter 115, he winds up facing an opponent far stronger than himself, and is surrounded by an army of "living metal" golems all but immune to his magical abilities.
- Bash Brothers: With Sung-Il. They work pretty well together, despite Jee-Han only having his ability for a few months.
- Batter Up: His first weapon of choice. He tries out several others later, eventually settling on a spear. He abandons weapons almost entirely soon after, opting for long-range magical bombardment instead.
- Blood Knight: Sort of. He doesn't like fighting real people, but he takes to hunting "mobs" in real life like most players take to grinding in games.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Jae Han swerves right into this in chapter 113. Lolikano has to specifically tell him that Hwan Sung Ah, Shi-Yun, and Kim Joo-Jin are interested in him before he gets it.
- Combat Pragmatist: While he does not like killing actual humans, he sees nothing wrong with looting his enemies, and often hides underground from strong opponents.
- Combat Tentacles: Looking for a way to lock down his opponents, Jee-Han created the Mana Rope ability, which can act as this.
- Deadpan Snarker: At nearly every possible opportunity, but he keeps it to himself about half the time.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His summon, Gnome, is an earth spirit. He's grinded it enough that she's able to perform multiple complex tasks with the required mana, including emergency burrows to escape attacks and moving enough earth to make a massive traphole to disable giant golems.
- Dull Surprise: A typical response to learning information from the Abyss without appropriate context or examples to compare with. For example, he wasn't really impressed with Lolikiano's claim to be one of the few sages in the worldnote until he got that it equated to a high-rank mage—which instantly turned him starry-eyed. Lampshaded frequently.
- The Empath: After a fashion, thanks to his Observe/Inspect ability also revealing the target's emotional state.
- Evolving Attack: Much to his delight, his Spinning Mana Arrow doesn't just raise in power as he trains with it, but also allows him to shoot multiple ones in a single cast, creating a small barrage.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: He has this reaction at the end of chapter 105 when he fully realizes the implications of his class representative suddenly appearing in the "Labyrinth" dungeon.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Has a defensive skill that gives his skin the strength of bronze.
- Flat "What.": After getting kissed by Lolikiano.
- Freak Out: During the early part of the story, Jee-Han couldn't see his mother's title and level, leading him to suspect she's both hiding something and is high level, so when he could somehow see his mother's title and level and see that she was a low-level housewife, he was shocked and was wondering what was going on.
- Genre Savvy: With his Gamer ability putting everything into a context most in-universe people would be hard-pressed to match his knowledge in, Jee-Han is normally able to easily deduce and work thing out in his favor, as long as it doesn't require information he'd have no way to be familiar with, like knowledge from the Abyss.
- Hammerspace / Hyperspace Arsenal: How his inventory GUI appears.
- Guile Hero: He officially becomes this in chapter 118. When he dumps all his stat points into INT, he effectively doubles his attack strength and halves his MP use. In addition, he takes down stronger opponents by analyzing their moves from a distance, and outsmarting them.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Played with. He can instantly learn new techniques by using a skillbook, then immediately use them proficiently, whereas normal people would have to struggle with the learning process then train with the skill to gain a similar level of proficiency. A wonderful example is Jee-Han learning the Yunhon Soul Recovery technique, which none of the Chunbumoon knew because they were still researching its theory. He proceeded to use it to accelerate Sung-Il's healing process from one month to one day. However, Jee-Han's skills all have levels of their own, and he has to work his butt off to strengthen them all the same. He also has to perform actions to gain new skills on his own, and Sung-Il reminded him that he still needs actual experience to be able to use the skills effectively, so he still trains with Sung-Il in order to get just that.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: While it at first seems like he missed a chance at some awesome superpowers because his love for games gave him a gamer ability, we later find out that it allows him to learn incredibly powerful techniques in meager amounts of time, and when the mechanics of it are exploited properly, he can very quickly become a force to be reckoned with. They also realize that for his ability to work the way it does, the world literally has to conform to it, meaning that he's technically a member of the rarest and most powerful class of natural ability users. To put it simply, in a world populated by generic tanks, lightning bruisers, and beam spammers, he is a Reality Warper (with limited control over it of course).
- Healing Hands: Jee-Han when using the Yunhon Soul Recovery technique.
- Gets taken to the next level in chapter 87 when he learns "Massage" as a passive skill.
- Hypocritical Humour:Jee-Han: Mom, did you go somewhere?Jung-Sook: Are you finally home?Jee-Han: Man, what kind of person answers a person's question with another question?
- Idiot Hero:
- With a wisdom-dumping stat sheet to prove it! He's actually not usually that bad (he does a good job figuring out his own abilities, at least), partially because he has the advantage of a power that recontextualizes absolutely everything into the one context he's intimately familiar with. Although this lack of Wisdom is being addressed as of chapter 66.
- Subverted by the time you reach chapter 17, when he's raised his intelligence significantly and discusses how having his special power doesn't mean he can avoid thinking about his future. More probably, he wants to live a semi-ordinary life without flaunting his gift too much due to the well-justified fear of getting way over his head and attracting the attention of vastly more powerful people than him. Not that he has a choice.
- Might or might not be a case of Misapplied Phlebotinum from chapter 47 onwards: because his intelligence is high already (and difficult to grind) and skills can be trained through grinding, he realizes it's more efficient to dump his stat points in INT and grind the rest through training, earning him a point in WIS for wise decisions. On the other hand, he hasn't even used his two potentially most powerful skills - Life Drain and Telekinesis, which could be enormously powerful both individually or when combined with other skills (for example his Spinning Mana Arrow or Mana Shield) - and seems to have completely forgotten about the ultimate Chunbumoon skill he could learn with 90 INT (He has already gained close to 150 INT). He thinks some things through quite thoroughly, while completely missing out on some of the most obvious options.
- This is later explained in that those two skills are Awesome, but Impractical, and he needs a far greater amount of training to use them effectively, and he was never meant to learn the Divine technique (it was given to him on the assumption that he couldn't learn it, and Sun Il later declares only main family members are allowed to learn it).
- He does find a use for it: holding down weak monsters to help Yoo-Jin level grind after he stumbles across her in The Abyss.
- I Know Kung-Fu: When he learns the basic Chunbumoon's martial arts techniques. He doesn't use it much after deciding to spec his points into magic.
- Immune to Bullets: Even without his shield, his multiple stat boosts make Jee-Han officially bulletproof; activating all of them made a bullet inflict only one HP's worth of damage.
- Instant Expert: Zigzagged. While he can learn basic spells and techniques simply by absorbing knowledge from a book or even inventing them, he has to practice them to make them worth using in a fight.
- Irony: When he was offered the Chunbunmoon's "Divine" skill, he wasn't anywhere near able to learn it. Now that he can meet the requirements with ease, it's no longer available.
- Kame Hame Hadoken: Learns a form of this in chapter 20.
- Level Grinding: Whenever he isn't busy with something else, this is generally what he's doing. The fact his skills ALL have skill levels means that he is basically forced to be constantly grinding in order to survive when the supernatural comes calling.
- Living MacGuffin: He's already well-known throughout the Abyss, and multiple people from there have tried to capture him so they can sell him to a Mana Farm. One can only hope that they don't discover that he can be used to farm extremely rare valuables...
- Justified because the Abyss sees the transit of money, information and human resources—and a guy with an extremely valuable ability like his would of course become quickly known because of it and appraised appropriately. See Super Power Lottery for more.
- Luminescent Blush: In full effect after getting kissed by Lolikiano.
- Made of Iron: Since his vitality is quantified in HP which replenish naturally, he easily recovers from otherwise serious injuries. His Gamer's Mind and Physical Tolerance skills also protect him from psychological and physical trauma, respectively.
- Magic Missile Storm: His current go to spell, Spinning Magic Arrow, can (as of chapter 54) fire 25 arrows at once. He can cast the spell 20 times per minute, meaning 500 projectiles per minute. Negi is proud.
- Marionette Master: As a result of grinding his skills, he has an army of Earth golems, powerful Earth golems.
- Mentor Archetype: He's on both ends of this after chapter 102. While Lolikano is his mentor, he serves this role for Kim Yoo-Jin. He even learned a powerful "tutoring" skill that allows him to teach any of the skills he's learned, or invented, to anyone with the right attributes if he so chooses, but woe be unto you if you lay hands on his student.
- Money Spider: One of the in-universe strangest aspects to his ability. Usually the monsters encountered in Instant Dungeons don't drop anything since they're just dead spirits given form. However, after fighting boss monsters Jee-Han gets things like money, skill books and healing potions - these last worth a lot of money just by themselves. Essentially, he's creating something from where there really should be nothing. Jee-Han actively grinded them to the point of having the equivalent of roughly $50,000 in his bank after buying several magical books and accessories (which each go for thousands on the low end of things).
- Muggle Best Friend: Was this to Sung-Il and Sae-Young until the story started when he got his own ability.
- Mundane Utility: He is able to improve his passive dish washing skill.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Has at least doubled if not tripled his strength and vitality stats from their base thanks to training, but hasn't gotten any bigger to show for it. This is of course, exactly like most MMO characters.
- Oblivious to Love: In Chapter 113, when a girl he was close friends with asked him to hang out sometime after spending a lot of time in his presence blushing, he was genuinely confused, and when he was told what it meant, he said it was his first time. The person who told him pointed out the two other girls he regularly hangs out with who are clearly interested in himnote . He was still confused. A few pages later, he thinks of his friends, four out of the five of which are attractive girls. note Oh, and the person who told him has also teased him.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Jee-Han, before his ability awakened. Now, not so much.
- Papa Wolf: Don't mess with any of his friends or potential love interests. He will go to war against you, and the world bends over backwards to help him too.
- Playing with Fire: One of the spells he learned from Lolikano is a massive fireball.
- Reality Warper: Technically. See Super Power Lottery.
- Scratch Damage: When testing his durability, and got shot under controlled conditions. He was damaged by a single HP.
- Status Buff: He's learned some buffs that improve his physical abilities—and it turns out he can apply them to allies.
- The Sung-Ah Effect: Basically what fuels his desire to save Sung-Ah, combined with a dose of sympathy and his own want for a purpose. This is also originally why he helped Shi-Yun (up until it turned out she can normally take care of herself), but it is much more pronounced with Sung-Ah.
- Superpower Lottery:
- Jee-Han is a natural ability user, someone who was gifted with a sort of supernatural power by chance. Natural ability users gain abilities based on what they love or are passionate about. Thus, Han's love for RPGs is why he has powers based around RPG mechanics.
- In addition, while both people that have found out about Jee-Han's ability laughed at it, almost all fans realized how absurdly powerful Game Breaking Jee-Han's ability is. He is practically immune to any damage that doesn't kill him, recovers his full health extremely quickly, and can pretty much learn ANY ability he wants. He could also potentially raise one of his stats such as Strength to god-like levels incredibly quickly. To put numbers on it, when the story began, he had a Strength of 10, and raised it to 15 with his first level-up. Since then, he has gained 3 levels, and could put 15 more points in Strength, if he wanted to. That means that in less than a month, he could have TRIPLED his base Strength.
- He later finds out that he's what's called a late bloomer. Some natural abilities are powerful to begin with. Late bloomers start off weak, but can become infinitely stronger through training—with no limits.
- Jee-Han is technically a Reality Warper. Whenever someone kills a monster in an Instant Dungeon, the corpse simply disappears, as monsters are just souls having taken on physical shape temporarily. However, whenever Jee-Han gets involved, monsters start dropping items. This is a big deal because, since they're just souls, they don't actually carry anything with them and thus have nothing to leave behind—yet they do when Jee-Han's involved. This means that Jee-Han's ability is forcing the world to conform to it and make the monsters drop items like in video games. Ergo, Jee-Han's ability belongs to the rarest strata of ability users—the ones whose abilities work because the world has to bend backwards for them. The above is just one of the several ways his Gamer ability twists reality for his benefit.
- Interestingly, it's later explained it is possible to create an Instant Dungeon with monsters that drop mana crystals. Jee-Han isn't doing something impossible, he's just subconsciously taking it to an extreme.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Jee-Han and Sung-Il will snark at, banter with, tease, mock and insult each other. They also make a formidable team, and consistently show they have a strong bond. Sung-Il has proven to be Jee-Han's most prominent ally.
Han Jung-SookHan Jee-Han's mother. Han Jee-Han was unable to see her true nature and level for a very long time. He thinks she is hiding something.
Shin Sun-IlChildhood friend of Han Jee-Han and the Chunbumoon martial arts clan's heir.
- Anger Born of Worry: Frequently towards Jae Han. Often resulting in violence, or threats of violence.
- Badass: Before Jee-Han took down his first zombie mob boss, this guy had already taken several of them down on his own.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: How he usually fights. Notably, the intense Chunbumoon training regime leaves him with a high physical-oriented stat spread, which is what tips off Jee-Han to the fact that he can raise his own in the same way without having to expend stat points in those.
- Bash Brothers: He and Jee-Han are shown to work together pretty well, and they've already been friends for years by the time they actually start fighting together.
- Berserk Button: Sung-Il nearly chokes Jee-Han to death, having (justifiably) thought that his up-until-then childhood-non-ability user friend had been replaced by someone from the Abyss. That also would have implied a potential threat to his clan, due to Jee-Han's relationship wit him. Moral of the story: if you mess with his friends and his clan, get ready to pay.
- Childhood Friend: Of Jee-Han. It's noted that despite his popularity in school, Sung-Il is apparently only really friends with Jee-Han, probably due to his family's status.
- Eyes Always Shut: Less so than most characters of this type. He opens them when surprised, serious, or when Han Jee-Han does something silly.
- Hypocritical Humor: Unintentional. He goes ballistic, including inflicting physical violence on Jae Han, when he finds out that Lolikano Mistream took Jae Han into the "DLC" dungeon. After arranging for Sae Poon Young (his cousin) to train Jae Han's physical combat abilities, one of the first things Sae Poon Young does is take him there as well.
- Lightning Bruiser: Which Jee-Han realizes at once and abuses for all it's worth. He nominates Sung-Il the party's tank so that Jee-Han can safely spam his projectiles.Jee-Han: "Everybody aboard the Sung-Il train!"
- Not So Above It All: He's normally ready to banter and snark with Jee-Han—but he's quite a video game geek himself; he's Jee-Han's best friend, after all. Whenever Jee-Han discovers something absurd regarding his Gamer ability ( and this happens rather often), he'll go tell Sung-Il, who will normally react by commenting on how ridiculous his ability is and then complain that his ability is too cheaty. Look no further than their reactions after the first time a boss dropped items.
- Rich Kids: Played with. He comes from a wealthy family of martial artists, but they're very old fashioned and value discipline so he doesn't have many of the fancy electronics or perks that come with being rich.
- Slasher Smile: Frequently sports these whenever Jee-Han disobeys him in regards to keeping a low profile or when he goes and does something stupid. Hell, he'll even sport these whenever Jee-Han is acting too cocky because of his cheating abilities, see for yourself.
- The Worf Effect: One of the strongest people Jee-Han knows is his longtime friend from school, Shin Sun-Il, who is actually a level 25 acquired ability user (raised to 28 recently). Sung-Gong easily bests both him and his 2 brothers, and lands him a projected month-long recovery time... Which Han cuts down to a day by learning one of the Yunhonmoon clan's most effective healing techniques.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Sure, they'll snark at and mock each other, but Jee-Han and Sung-Il are best friends, and it shows.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green. His brothers have blue and red hair, so technicolor hair seems to run in the family. Ironically, Han Jee-han thought it was strange that no one seemed to notice the red-headed transfer student's appearance, completely overlooking his childhood friend's abnormal hair color.
Poong Sae-YoungShin Sun-Il's older cousin and women's Taekwondo Olympic medalist. Phantom Cloud of the Chunbumoon martial arts clan. Hits on Han Jee-Han often.
- Badass: She's actually stronger than Sun-Il.
- Berserk Button: Don't point out her strength, or suggest that her Int (in the 10s, which is average) suggests she's dumb. She will react violently (emphasis on violent).
- Blood Knight: The only time we've ever seen her truly happy was when she was beating the stuffing out of the Ogre boss, and gained a level in the process. She wasn't quite as thrilled with the Kobold King as she found that guy way too weak.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields the ogre's club like it's nothing - her STR is 82, after all.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: In Chapter 101, throwing the morning star at Jae Han as a surprise attack to check his combat prowess is an unorthodox, yet time tested tradition in combat training, particularly for The Spartan Way. However, what she does next, ie, physically beat the stuffing out of him without cause or provocation, "for training" would not go over very well if the genders were reversed. For some, it goes into Dude, Not Funny! territory.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Especially when someone mentions how unfeminine it is for her to be beastly strong.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Ms. Fanservice: The most she has ever worn is a T-shirt and Hot pants.
- The Tease: So far only seen interacting with Jee-Han and her family members, but she is at least this towards Jee-Han. Constantly. She's hot and she knows it, so she plays it up to regularly put Jee-Han on the spot.
- Tomboy: Short hair, t-shirt and shorts, smashes foes with her bare fists when she has weapons available. She's definitely this.
- Tsundere: She's normally very coquettish with Jee-Han, but she can sometimes veer right into this.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Turquoise to be exact.
Phantom WindBrother of Shin Sun-Il and member of the Chunbumoon martial arts clan.
Phantom RainBrother of Shin Sun-Il and member of the Chunbumoon martial arts clan.
- You Gotta Have Red Hair: Bright Red. His brothers have green and blue hair, so technicolor hair seems to run in the family.
Shin Sun-OhThe patriarch of the Chunbumoon clan, he is very interested in what Jee-Han is capable of.
Kwon Shi-YunClassmate of Han Jee-Han and ability user of the "soul blaze fist".
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Seemed just a bit upset when Han Jae Han politely rebuffed her rather desperate offers of her body after he proved just how adept he is at using the Yun Hon recovery technique on her injured clan members.
- Cast from Hit Points: The "Soul Blaze Fist" is very powerful, but drains her own energy as fuel. It's the reason she got hit with Badass in Distress and why Jee-Han jumped in to save her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: starts to show some traces of this during the Company arc: when the Witch of Slaughter starts to flirt with Jee-Han, he starts to get warnings of blood lust being directed at him, and the only one that could be doing this is Shi-Yun, and her battle aura showing confirms it.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Her thought process is a bit strange to say the least. She calls Jae Han a pervert for pointing out what "I can pay with my body" means, and for holding her hand to use the Yun-Hon recovery technique, but she has no issue with giving Jae Han an eyeful up her skirt as long as she's wearing panties.
- The Comically Serious: To a small extent. She is 100% serious to the point that it comes across as comedic in some situations, such as when she forgot Han Jee-Han's face after claiming to have memorized both his face and name in their first meeting.
- Exact Words: When she offered her body context: , she meant as a bodyguard for Jee-Han, not what most people (including Jee-Han himself) would have in mind when hearing these words.
- Fiery Redhead: Though her temper is very much subdued in comparison to most others.
- Luminescent Blush: After realizing what her Exact Words entailed when taken out of context.
- Magic Skirt: Despite jumping down from a rooftop next to Jae Han, or flying, her skirt never rides up past her upper thigh. Jae Han finds this terribly distracting, for obvious reasons. So much so that Jae Han makes a quick stop to buy them both something more utilitarian before beginning the Company Arc.
- New Transfer Student: she joins Jae-Han's class some time after her fight with Hwan Sung-Gong.
- Not So Stoic: She reacted in much the same way Sun-Il did when first introduced to the party invite message box. She recovers rather quickly though, and her shock isn't as ridiculous or pronounced, but still very much noticeable.
- Also, she seems to be jealous when Lolikiano flirts with Jee-Han - at least, judging by his detecting her blood lust.
- Playing with Fire: Her "Soul Blaze Fist" seems to have numerous ways to use fire.
- Ship Tease: Currently (and strongly) contending for the position of Jee-Han's girlfriend with Sung-Ah.
- That Came Out Wrong: Once she realizes what her "offer" to Jee-Han sounded like, with some nudging from the man himself.
The Abyss Organization
Sung Ma-HyunKorean Abyss auction branch manager. "Dark World Dealer"
- White Hair, Black Heart: So far of the "watch out for him" variety rather than outright evil. He is the local branch manager of an auction that sells human slaves, among other things.
Groups:Various sub-factions of the Abyss organization.
The Black Rock Clan
The Black Rock Clan.A clan specializing in golem magic.
- Dirty Coward: They completely tormented Lolikano while they had the upper hand, but the moment Jae Han turned the tables, after being forced into their barrier, they fled.
- Fusion Dance: They fused with their giant golems to trade mobility for strength, and limited immunity to Lolikano's magic. Jae Han would exploit the hell out of this.
- Humiliation Conga: Their arc starts with them literally sitting pretty on top of their humongous Special Mumble Jumble golem. Once they force Jae Han to get involved, they lose an army of Jumble Mumble Golems, ten of their people are made to look like complete amateurs, Jae Han blasts their ultimate golem with their own magic staves (which he looted from the ten fools who attacked him earlier), and ultimately their prey, Lolikano manages to draw upon Aholting's "Tree of life" to show them how a giant fireball tastes. Oh, and they now have to worry about the Chunbunmoon clan since they broke their contract by attacking Jae Han in the first place.
- Marionette Master: They specialize in creating and controlling golems.
- We Have Reserves: They were willing to sacrifice half their members to launch a massive fireball at Aholting.
Black Leather Gang
One of the minor antagonists that appears by going after Kwon Shin-Yun.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: They beat up on people for shits and giggles, then sell them to the Abyss.
- Curbstomp Battle: They're on the receiving end of one when they go after Jae Han en masse in chapter 69.
- Oh Crap!: Their reaction when they realize just how insanely outmatched they are fighting Jae Han.
- Out Of Context Villain: They look like street punks out of the 70's.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: In their first encounter, they use a cursed dagger costing as much as a car against Kwon Shin-Yun in a suicidal attack. It ultimately does them no good as Jae Han cures both Kwon Shin-Yun and the leather clan member who attacked her.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Despite not knowing anything about Han Jae Han, they thought he'd be a complete pushover.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Their response to Han Jae Han saving their lives is to threaten him.
- Weapon of Choice: Many different melee weapons from daggers to swords are used by them. Doesn't bother Jae Han a bit.
- We Have Reserves: They don't mind sacrificing their members to complete their objective.
By far, the most dangerous of the antagonistic groups shown to date. They live completely at the whim of their President with one prevailing purpose. To maximize profits regardless of the means.
- Crazy-Prepared: When they came after Lolikano, Hwan Sung Gong and Hwan Sung Ah, they came fully prepared for every eventuality... except for Han Jae Han who completely, and literally overturned their plans.
- Only in It for the Money: They will do anything for profit.
- Reality Warper: The President can buy anything, including space-time.
- Resurrective Immortality: As long as the President has funds, the company's members will just keep getting back up.
- Your Soul Is Mine: If The President manages to get his mask on you, you will be absorbed into a Gestalt, and your body becomes a literal puppet.
Hwan Sung-GongThe Black Summoner and father of Sung-Ah. Became Han Jee-Han's chemistry teacher.
- Adult Fear: Imagine being the parent of a weak, helpless child. You love that child dearly, and wish only her happiness, but she has a severe health problem that forces you to isolate her for her sake. Furthermore, there are thousands of people who would jump at the chance to get their hands on her in order to exploit her for the very thing that ails her. Your child grows up friendless and lonely, chronically sick, with a short life expectancy, little to no hope of recovery, and in danger of being kidnapped at any moment by unsavory people. All while she doesn't care about what happens to herself. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the life of Hwan Sung-Gong.
- The company arc specifically reveals that she has been kidnapped before and that's how Hwan Sung-Gong knows about all this.
- Anti-Villain: To the point he can barely be called a villain, as all he's doing is being done to cure his daughter.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: With Sinister Shades to boot.
- Berserk Button: Do not touch his daughter if you value your life.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: His Summoning Magic is a way of suppressing his power so that he can accumulate the power necessary to cure his daughter. Your fate is sealed once he removes it. To be clear, he wiped out one of the strongest factions of Korea almost single-handedly, when their leader can literally buy space-time!
- Overprotective Dad: Seems to be this, when he's observing Jee-Han and Sung-Ah "date", which leads to Jee-Han involuntarily learning a skill to sense blood thirst directed at him. Which only kept getting levels throughout the whole afternoon.
- With the revelation of the nature of Sung-Ah's problem and how she could be exploited, this aspect of his personality is not only perfectly justified, but comes off less as hilarious and more as tragic.
- So much so, that when her daughter is captured by The Company, one of the most powerful factions in Korea, he goes out to take all of them on at once without thinking twice. If it weren't for the Eight Sealing Pillars weakening him, he would have destroyed them all with relative ease.
- With the revelation of the nature of Sung-Ah's problem and how she could be exploited, this aspect of his personality is not only perfectly justified, but comes off less as hilarious and more as tragic.
- Power Limiter: The ring on his left index finger is one, allowing him to accumulate mana to help cure his daughter with. When he pulls it off however... run.
- Red Baron: The Black Summoner also The Black Demon for his soul sucking powers and overwhelming combat ability.
- Summon Magic: Black Summoner is Hwan Sung-Gon's ability. Until he removes his seal: the Forbidden Root Corrosion, by pulling off his left index finger. He then becomes a supersonic Flying Brick with Gravity Master attributes along with Your Soul is Mine to boot.
- Villain Teleportation: Lampshaded by Jee-HanJee-Han: [drooling] I. Want. That. Skill.
Hwan Sung-AhThe daughter of Hwan Sung-Gong. She is victim to the Black Demon's Invasion, a very powerful curse that's slowly draining her life force and will eventually kill her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Recent chapters show that she's quite good at this.Jee Han: Is this you rewarding me?Sung-Ah: Why? Did you expect something else?Jee Han: N-No. I didn't expect anything. Nothing at all.Sung-Ah: I don't think that's true... I'll ask dad about what guys expect in this situation.Jee Han: Don't do that! Are you trying to get me killed?!
- Death Seeker: Sung-Ah has really been pushed into depression by how burdensome her curse is. She's perfectly fine with letting the kidnappers sent by the Mana farm to catch Jae-Han get her while he gets away because she's so ready to give up on life. The only thing that's kept her alive this long is most likely her father's dedication.
- Dissonant Serenity: She talks about her kidnapping, rape, enslavement and selling in pieces like one would discuss the weather. A strong example of her Death Seeker tendencies.
- Glass Cannon: Sung-Ah's stat page seems to point towards this. She has abysmal stats in vitality and strength, pointing to a very frail body, but has even more Int(elligence) than Jee-Han, along with very high Wis(dom) and good Luck, all indicative of a heavy-hitting mage. Justified, since she's been cursed since birth with an ailment that drains her life force.
- Ill Girl: The Black Demon's Invasion slowly drains her life force and will eventually kill her if not stopped. On top of a general lack of energy, the curse gradually drains the warmth from her body as it creeps closer to death. She's often lying on a hospital bed connected to machinery, and Sung-Gong keeps her close to protect her. Jee-Han can temporarily reduce the effects of the curse with the Yun-Hon Soul Recovery Technique, including restoring her energy and warming her up, and hopes to grind it enough to cure her completely.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: After meeting with Han Jae Han, and his constant use of Yun-Hon Soul Recovery on her, she adopted a kitten to take care of. After the company arc, and her cure, she's quite fond of the little furball, and can't stop talking about it.
- Morality Pet: Though Sung-Gong isn't outright villainous so much as as antagonistic as needed for Sung-Ah's sake, his daughter represents the best of him. Everything Sung-Gong does is to save Sung-Ah from an extremely dangerous curse that's slowly killing her.
- New Transfer Student: Hwan Sung-Ah suddenly transfers to Han's class not long after he encounters her. For extra comedy, Hwan Sung-Gon transfers as a teacher.
- No Social Skills: A consequence of her sheltered life, kept close under her father's wing. She demonstrates this often, but a good example is how her entire reasoning for clinging to Jee-Han's arm during their "date" is that she learned from "the sea of knowledge" (the internet) that that's just what you're supposed to do when on a date.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: She exhibits several of the characteristics, although she notably lacks the hair color you'd expect of characters like this. She's less emotionless and more socially awkward though.
- Ship Tease: She's had more of it with Jee-Han than any of his other potential Love Interests.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Generally on the "ice" side due to her usual depression and lack of energy. Normally more sugary when with Jee-Han, although that still isn't saying much. The situation described below in Tears of Joy is a notable major exception.
- Tears of Joy: After Jee-Han declares that he will save her. Especially heartwarming when the only thing that had been keeping her from just giving up was her father's dedication to save her, and now she finally realizes that there is someone else who wants her to live, and not just because they feel like they have to take care of her, like she thinks her father does.
- When She Smiles: The problem is getting her to smile, as she's rather taciturn. The situation described in the above trope is a notable example of this trope in Sung-Ah.
Temporary MagicianAlso called the "Existence Eater", the Temporary Magician is an absurdly powerful person who gave up life in the Abyss to get a government job. He has been unable to succeed, making him a "Temp". The Temporary Magician, the Chunbumoon, and the Yunhonmoon are in charge of the local territory.
Lolikiano MistreamA magical witch mercenary specializing in killing weak ability users. She's among the few sages in the world, skilled and powerful mages with vast knowledge of the magical arts. Aholting's partner.
- Badass: She's small and looks like a cute little girl dressing up as a witch. She also specializes in magic that draws from and destroys her enemies with their own life energy. When teamed up with Aholting, she can easily level very large areas with her destructive magic. The gamer ability shows her level to be 142, which puts her leagues ahead of Jee-Han. Her moniker is well deserved.
- Badass Teacher: Makes due on Jee-Han's request to teach him traditional magic to supplement his growing skillset.
- Bi the Way: Chapter 87 shows that she considers Kwon Shi-Yun "interesting" in the same manner as Jee Han. Note that her interest in Jee Han has very strong sexual undertones.
- Cute Witch: Plays up to it, too.
- Genius Bruiser: As magic is like a science, requiring much studying and dedication, but with under 30% of mages actually becoming fighters, she's this by virtue of being one of the few battle sages in the world.
- Hypocritical Humor: Complains that Han Jae Han's ability being too much like cheating is unfair... after using copious amounts of Loophole Abuse to become a near permanent resident in his home.
- I Gave My Word: She always honors her contracts, even if that puts her life, and soul, in jeopardy.
- Logical Weakness: Since she specializes in using magic that involves Life Drain, she's at a disadvantage when facing foes that are not alive—like giant golems. Made even more apparent when it turns out she was Level 142 and was still having trouble because of the nature of her magic. That doesn't mean Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors is the be-all-end-all to magic though, as she demonstrated.
- Life Drain: Lolikiano specializes in draining energy from her opponents and using it to fuel spells against them. She can also draw upon energy provided by living beings—say, a forest—to slug some extremely devastating spells.
- Older Than They Look: She looks like a child.
- Pretty Freeloaders: After chapter 95, she basically forces her way into Han Jae Han's house as a resident. Even though he's no longer her pupil, she still insists it's part of the Master/Disciple relationship. This may prove subverted as of chapter 102 as her cell phone message to Jae Han could be interpreted as her providing meals in exchange for living under his roof. At the very least they do seem to dine together.
- Punny Name: Lolikiano.
- Red Baron / Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Witch of Slaughter/Carnage.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Chapter 113 reveals that she happily prances around under clothed in Han Jae Han's home, while he's present, and in front of him.
- Sinister Scythe: Although it's only shown once in chapter 77, she can summon a huge, red, energy scythe that she uses to mow down her enemies like a lawnmower.
- Summon Magic: She seems to have a contract with demons for summoning or something to that effect, since she summons the Demon Gods from the 72 Pillars of the Ars Goetia Berith and Zagan to aid her. She's quite chummy with them too.
- The Tease: She calls herself Jee-Han's "big sister" and flirts constantly with him, like Sae-Young but with a lolicious body. She even gives him her number. Also, she, uh, stole his first kiss, claiming he's been "marked" by her. Jee-Han is suitably flabbergasted.
- In chapter 87 Lolikiano has asked Jee-Han to give her a massage saying “A disciple massaging their master is unwritten ero stories you know”.
- Token Mini-Moe: Despite this, she flirts with Jee-Han and calls herself his "big sister". Lampshaded with her name.
- Woman Child: Despite being an adult, she often acts like a Bratty Half-Pint. She sometimes even swerves into Adorably Precocious Child territory in the process.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
Horutipia AholtingA powerful wolf-fur-dressed mercenary specializing in killing weak ability users. Lolikiano's partner.
- Badass: According to Jee-Han's Observe skill, he is Level 156, making him even stronger than the Witch of Carnage.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: His charge, Lolikiano, is quite strong herself at level 142, yet he still protects her. Rather justified in their case, since their respective magics have very strong synergy, allowing for extremely destructive spells when working together.
- Body Horror: When his magic incantation spoke of turning his body into a tree, he meant it literally.
- From a Single Cell: Even if you destroy the foliage that results from his magic, as long as his roots remain intact underground, his forest will keep regenerating, and eventually so will his human body.
- Green Thumb: His magic allows him to turn himself into a tree—which leaves a vast root connection underground that allows him to rapidly regenerate, and quickly become a life-draining forest.
- Life Drain: Like Lolikiano. In his case, the trees created by his magic can drain the energy from his opponents, or he can provide the energy himself. He does so and then gives it to Lolikiano in order to give her the energy needed to prepare massively destructive magic.
- Nature Hero: He's a druid, and uses magic from nature
- Nemean Skinning: He wears a wolf-head cowl.
- Older Than They Look: Due to his magic, he looks somewhere in his early 30s, but he is actually in his 50s.
- Out of Focus: Seems to have disappeared after The Company arc. He's not even mentioned.
- The Quiet One: Rarely talks. When he does, it tends to be in Beige Prose.
Jo Jung Hwan
Jo Jung Hwan:Leader of the Black Leather Gang. He appears as an antagonist in chapter 68.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half Korean, half-black (nationality not mentioned).
- Fake Weakness: Subverted. Calls himself a weak foreigner to try and get Han Jae Han and Kwon Shi-Yun off balance. He was right about being "weak" though. Despite being a higher level, Kwon Shi-Yun takes him down rather easily.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is polite for all of two sentences before attacking Han Jae Han and Kwon Shi-Yun.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: A magical accident caused him to gain half the power of the Abyss magician that was experimenting on him.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: He's based his magical defensive abilities around leather.
- The Leader: Of the Black Leather Gang.
- Only in It for the Money: He hunts people for money.
- Orphan's Ordeal: His parents died of disease and he was abducted by an Abyss magician and experimented on.
- Smug Snake: He thought his gang could take out Kwon Shi-Yun and Han Jae Han easily. He was dead wrong.
"Muhi of Storms"
One of the two top users working for "The Company." He is also known as one of the Ten Gates of Daehan.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: He's often pushing the bridge of his glasses. Seems to be a nervous habit.
- Blow You Away: He has mastery over air magic. He can generate anything from a breeze to a tornado capable of altering a landscape.
- Did Not Think This Through: He went up against Berith, and made a good showing; however, he neglected the innocuous metal pin holding his tie in place. Berith would use this to pierce his heart, and taunt him.
- Stoic Spectacles: He wears glasses, and rarely shows emotion.
Gwan Chel Soo
Another of The Company's top ability users. Also known as one of The Ten Gates of Daehan.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Thinks he's pretty much invincible. He happens to be right.
- Badass: Went toe to toe with Zagan, and won, and that's with Zagan using the maximum amount of power he can on the material plane.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Even while fighting Zagan, his tuxedo is not dirtied in any way.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He fought Zagan barehanded.
- Deadly Disc: He rides a magical disk instead of flying.
- Red Baron: Is known as "King of Yongrin."
The top ability user of "The Company" aside from "The President."
- Affably Evil: He is quite polite, engaging in pleasant chit-chat with Lolikano, trying to convince her to turn over Hwan Sung Gon, and Hwan Sung Ah, and leave.
- Casting a Shadow: He uses darkness and shadow based attacks.
- Only in It for the Money: Like the rest of The Company, he cares about profit, and only about profit.
- Stoic Spectacles: He doesn't show much emotion, and he wears glasses.
- Summon Magic: Is able to use magic circles to summon The Company's employees.
- Villain Teleportation: Like Hwan Sung Gon, he can teleport where other shadows are.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Threatened to steal Lolikano's soul.
- You Will Be Spared: Offered to spare Lolikano if she moved out of the way.
The top ability user in The Company. Its word is law, literally.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Looks and acts like a clown, but don't let that fool you, it is very powerful and very dangerous.
- I Am Legion: Is an amalgam of souls, the original bodies are just puppets.
- Mask of Power: Wears a mask, and uses masks to force people into joining The Company.
- Monster Clown: Is dressed like a jester, but is very, very dangerous.
- People Puppets: The employees are all literal puppets that it can resurrect as many times as it likes, provided it has the funds to do so.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Is the living embodiment of this trope. It can buy anything from people's lives to space-time.
The Harem King
Another large power within the abyss, he has apparently been using his influence to protect Jae Han for reasons yet unknown.
In Hyung Jin
In Hyung JinThe antagonist starting in chapter 115. He attacks Han Jae Han while the latter was searching for Yoo Jin to rescue her from the Abyss kidnapper who took her in chapter 113.
- Badass Bookworm: When introduced, he was surrounded by books, and he's level 88.
- Genius Bruiser: His intelligence is 110, and he has powerful attacks.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Han Jae Han found out in chapter 118, that he's way too easy to provoke. In doing so, Han Jae Han was able to puzzle out his primary attack skill and counter it.
- Megane: He wears glasses.
- Marionette Master: Attacks with swarms of living metal golems.
- Oh Crap!: When he realizes that Han Jae Han is actually very dangerous, and has his own army of golems. Golems that his golems are very weak against.
- Smug Snake: From his introduction, he's done nothing but berate how "weak" Han Jae Han is, and how easily he would kill the latter. In reality, he only managed to land a devastating blow because he caught Han Jae Han by surprise.
- Villain Respect: Despite trying to kill Jae Han, he admires Jae Han's cunning, although he still belittles Jae Han himself.
- You Are What You Hate: After seeing Han Jae Han disappear underground and summon golems, he complains that summoners annoy the hell out of him. How does he attack? By summoning living metal dolls.
Do Gi-HyunHan Jee-Han's homeroom teacher. 42, single. Passionate teacher and wielder of the rod of love.
Kim Yoo-JinClass representative with excellent test scores.
- Adaptive Ability: She has acquired a minor version of Jee Han's "Gamer" ability. At least while in a party with him, she can do pretty much anything he can.
- Ascended Extra: Started out as a very minor character until chapter 102.
- Big Eater: Chapter 111 shows that she can really put food away, in a hurry. She even began eating Jae-Han's share without noticing. To be fair, this is after training in a time dilated dungeon (one hour outside, ten inside.)
- Blade on a Stick: Jae Han gives her a spear to defend herself in the dungeon.
- The Bus Came Back: The number of chapters where she hasn't even been mentioned is in the high double digits. She returns to the story in a big way in chapter 102.
- Characterization Marches On: Her Early-Bird Cameo in chapter 26 has her introduced as a level 10 character with a 54 intelligence stat. However, by the time she becomes an Ascended Extra from chapter 102 onward, the author had decided to drop her stats to starting off as a level 6 character with only 21 intelligence points, which is still considered to be high by Jee-Han's standards. However, its noted that Kim got all that back pretty quickly after Jae Han power-leveled her skills in the Age of the Great Labyrinth dungeon.
- Class Representative: Currently the only defining feature of her besides her intelligence.
- Damsel in Distress: Happens in chapter 113. She is grabbed from inside her own home by someone who forced the sliding door open on her balcony from the outside, and carried her off, flying.
- Early-Bird Cameo: A brief appearance in chapter 26 before gaining a larger role by the time chapter 102 rolled around.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Jae Han always calls her "class president" and she hates it. She specifically, and emphatically tells him to call her by name in chapter 110. Lolikano starts calling her "class president" in chapter 111, and Lolikano's not going to stop doing it anytime soon.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Is quite jealous of Jee-Han's ability, relative wealth, and freedom.
- Luminescent Blush: Sports a truly touching one in chapter 106, after safely returning home from the dungeon. While asking Jee Han to go on a date with her, and HE accepted.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses.
- Muggle Best Friend: She wasn't even aware of the Abyss until she's literally sucked into it in chapter 102.
- Perpetual Poverty: Her parents are very poor, and the reason she's always studying so hard is that her family needs her to go to a good college on an academic scholarship.
- Squishy Wizard: Her only high stat is her INT, implying she will became this soon.
- That Came Out Wrong: When she realized the implications of inviting Jae Han to her home.
- The Many Deaths of You: She apparently "died" in the DLC instant dungeon after being summoned there in her sleep in chapter 109. Good thing she was at Jae Han's house at the time, with Jae Han in the same room or she'd be a total wreck.
- Unknown Rival: She's completely unaware of the fact that Jee-Han tests his intelligence against hers. She's only used by him as an early reference though, as her above normal intelligence falls short of Jee-Han's own after he decides to make himself an Intelligence-based character. Her intelligence was stated at '54' at level 10, while Jee-han stated his was 65 at the time her Int Score was revealed. Jee-han's Int has since increased over 150, making her one feature obsolete.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Darker shade than Sun-il, but it's clearly green. Chapter 102 implies she got this from her father.
Kim Gun-Ho:One of the "lackeys" that Jae Han encountered in The Company arc.
- Abusive Parents: His father was a drunk that constantly beat him.
- The Bully: He became a thug that leeched off other students.
- Delinquent: He was marked as such in high-school, and joined a gang.
- Freak Out: Completely lost what little cool he had when Jae Han swatted his men like flies.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He would often get into fist fights for the slightest inconvenience.
- Mildly Military: Was sentenced to mandatory military service for many petty crimes, and that's when he stumbled onto The Abyss.
- More Dakka: His response to Han Jae Han having bullets bounce off him, is to shoot more bullets. His men, sadly, share this mindset.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died from a car accident when he was young.
- You Monster!: To Han Jae Han.
The great duke of hell. He is a powerful demon with a human-like appearance.
- Badass: He is not called the great duke of hell for nothing. He is very powerful, able to display great power despite being restricted by a seal limiting him to one tenth of his real power. Doesn't stop him from beating his opponent very easily, thanks to his absolute control over metal.
- Badass Mustache: A pretty long one.
- Extra Ore Dinary: His main ability. He is able to control metal freely. All metal. Including that seemingly inoffensive metal brooch keeping your tie in place.
- I Have Many Names: Berith, the great duke of hell, the devil of alchemy and the creator of lies.
- Mook Maker: Thanks to his control over metal, he is able to create metal golems.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Berith looks rather odd compared to the other characters, with a rather long head, a weird haircut and wearing medieval clothes.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He looks down on humans, calling them narcissist, weak and careless creatures.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has gold eyes, highlighting his demonic nature.
The president of hell. He looks like a winged-minotaur.
- Blood Knight: He is very eager to fight opponents and crush some skulls.
- Playing with Fire: Able to shoot fireballs from his mouth.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has gold eyes, enlighting his demonic nature.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Gwan Chel Soo one. Not surprising as Gwan Chel Soo actually beat him like drum.