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The League: Murray Group and Associates (From Late 19th Century onwards)
The Team in General
"The British Empire has always encountered difficulties in distinguishing between its heroes and its monsters."
— Campion Bond
The protagonists of the first two volumes, and the most iconic League. The leaders of this league, Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain, play an active role in shaping the League's activities of the 20th century as well, working with associates like Orlando, Thomas Carnacki, A.J. Raffles, Andrew Norton, Janni Dakkar and Galley-Wag.
- Anti-Hero: Each one of them, to varying degrees, is a hero with flaws and vices.
- Dysfunction Junction: Practically everybody in each incarnation of the team has issues that frequently put them at odds with their teammates. Considering that all of them are characters from wildly different stories by authors in different styles, it would be surprising if it were any other way.
- Faking the Dead: Everyone save Mina, since they're supposed to have died in their original stories. In universe, Mina and Allan are disturbed at the implication of a government agency so comfortable with this kind of subterfuge. This is taken to the levels of faking the death of Moriarty at the expense of Sherlock Holmes who survived by chance.
- Five-Man Band: Mina Murray is the established Leader, Allan Quatermain is her Lancer, Nemo is The Smart Guy, Hyde The Big Guy (while Jekyll has some elements of The Heart), Orlando is The Chick (half of the time, anyway), and Griffin is the Token Evil Teammate.
- Landmarking the Hidden Base: For most of their history, they had a separate hidden quarter in the British Museum.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Hyde refers to Captain Nemo as "darkie", while Captain Nemo has a strong hatred of the English.
- Precursor Heroes: When M in Vol. 1 compiles the League he states that it's been done before. The backstory expands on the adventures of the first League founded by England by Queen Gloriananote and was led by Prospero, a second league in the 18th Century was led by Lemuel Gulliver. Keepsakes and paintings of their adventures is on display in their headquarters.
- Psycho for Hire: The original league includes both heroes like Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain and characters who are villainous like Hawley Griffin, Edward Hyde (the "good" Dr. Jekyll is hired mostly for the uses of his Superpowered Alter Ego) and Jules Verne's Anti-Hero Noble Demon Captain Nemo would certainly be considered a terrorist today. Even the "good" guys like Allan Quatermain is a Mighty Whitey imperialist from the modern perspective.
- Public Domain Characters: All of them are in the public domain, having originated from 19th century literature.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: It's a miracle any of the members of the League manage to function as a group.
- Sociopathic Hero: Hyde and Griffin both have no problems hurting and killing people to accomplish their goals.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially. Especially the anti-English Nemo, who serves alongside imperialist adventurer Allan Quatermain. But for the most part, the team get on better with each other than they do with their handlers MI-6.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Mina and Allan set alongside the original Victorian League are underwhelming, as they are normal people in comparison. Much of Mina's second League suffer from having no remarkable abilities and are relegated to defending themselves with pistols and swords.
"Thankfully, my former husband's feelings are no longer my concern."
The matriarch of the league, Mina is a mysterious woman with "a past" involving a certain foreigner. She's the recurring leader of the league on all three volumes and The Black Dossier.
- Action Girl/Action Survivor: Smacks "Jimmy" in the face with her purse (which contains a brick) when he tries to put the moves on her. She doesn't fare as well against Emma Peel in The Black Dossier, who judo flips Mina then kicks her in the face, and is savagely beaten by Griffin in Volume 2. In general, as a leader she doesn't get involved with violence and killing but rather leads by temperament, intelligence and initiative, showing a gift at organization and management.
- The Ageless: After bathing in the pool of immortality at Kor, she doesn't age.
- Ascended Fangirl: Of Allan Quatermain. She's immediately disappointed but later recovers her crush when Allan gets his act together. They become lovers in Vol 2.
- Badass Normal: A dainty, slightly-built music teacher rubbing shoulders with the likes of Captain Nemo and Edward Hyde!
- Bi the Way: In Century, she "interrogates" Julia Gallion by having sex with her and later makes love with Orlando while she is female. This is after it's been well established that she and Allan are in a relationship.
- Chickification: She's a lot more vulnerable in Century: 1969 than we've seen her before. Explained as a result of the strain of being immortal finally starting to catch up with her. It's true she was a Damsel in Distress in her source material, but that situation wasn't entirely on her own fault.
- Closer to Earth: She's probably the closest thing the League has to an Only Sane Man. The supplemental stories, even the ones set in space, keep reminding us that she's a music teacher.
- Deadpan Snarker: She will occasionally make remarks about her teammates not making sense.
- Deconstruction: She's the heroine of Dracula, a work where she is the Damsel in Distress, here she is a divorced ex-Music Teacher, a depiction in contrast to the loving marriage we see in the narrative of the book but follows on the more feminist interpretations of the book, as seen in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation. It also heavily subverts Angst? What Angst? with her, while she acts cool and collected, she is secretly scarred (mentally as well as physically) and traumatized by what happened to her.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After dipping in the pool of immortality in Kor, she and Allan Quatermain become functionally immortal.
- Faux Action Girl: She's introduced as an iron-willed Lady of War. By the end of the first book, she's begging Allan to save her. In the second book, she's nearly raped and serves as little more than Allan's love interest. Any strength she may have had is gone.
- Freakiness Shame: She is ashamed of her scars from her encounter with Dracula and always keeps them covered with her iconic scarf, even while otherwise nude.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Century 1969, she's become a wreck over her failure to stop Oliver Haddo from carrying out his plan.
- Ice Queen: Towards Allan Quatermain and the rest of the League at first. Justified as from her view, she's a middle class divorced woman who is asked by the government to associate with criminals and deviants, including an unashamed sex offender like the Invisible Man.
- Immortality: In Century, she has become immortal.
- Innocent Bigot: Starts out this way, though it's also a case of Values Dissonance as she's actually fairly liberal for the Victorian era. That said, she says some very rude things on occasion, especially some of her notes in The New Travellers Almanack, where she occasionally makes some pretty racist and classist remarks about foreign societies and even lower-class British citizens. After becoming immortal, she makes a serious effort to keep up with the times, but this has mixed results.
- Lady of War: She will go into battle when she needs to.
- May–December Romance: With Allan, who is quite obviously a generation older than her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Has become this by the 1960's as she tries to keep up with the times.
- Pimped-Out Dress: She's worn a few, given what was expected of high ladies at the time.
- Sympathy for the Devil: She tends to feel sorry for monsters like Edward Hyde. She also reveals that she felt this way for Dracula, that she did feel attracted to him and feels guilty for his death. The guilt is so bad that she hallucinates the Count in bat form accusing her in 1969, nearly 80 years after the incident.
- Totally Radical: Allan and Orlando makes fun of her attempts to fit in the 60s. Although for her part, she was trying to fit in to her times after several decades of speaking in increasingly Antiquated Linguistics. In earlier times, a lot of contemporary figures she meets, including Sal Paradise from Jack Kerouac's On the Road, note that there is something old fashioned about her.
- Trauma Conga Line: She endures this a lot but she also survives and heals from it far better than the rest of the league.
- Truer to the Text: She's celebrated and commemorated for her part as the protagonist of Dracula rather than the Count, Van Helsing and other elements which have supplied the cottage industry of vampire films, who by contrast are barely referred to and alluded to. Likewise, unlike more modern neo-victorian takes like Penny Dreadful or the film adaptation, Moore makes it clear that Mina did not retain any powers from Dracula's bites after his death. In the original source she wasn't turned into a full vampire and was cured completly of it by Dracula's death. Moore also portrays a much grizzlier look at what a bite from a being with teeth of a vampire bat would look like.
- Vampire Bites Suck: "Not quite the two discreet puncture marks of legend, are they?"
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: By the end of the Century trilogy, she's grown weary of not being able to die.
- Women Are Wiser: She's generally the calm, sane, rational one in contrast to the messed-up Jerkass male heroes.
Source: The works of H. Rider Haggard.
"Only my demise was a sham, a ruse to grant me freedom from my suffocating reputation."
Once a national hero, now an elderly drug addict, adventurer and explorer Allan Quatermain finds new purpose in the Murray Group.
- The Ace/Broken Ace: A recurring problem with him is living up to his reputation of being a highly skilled adventurer.
- Adaptational Wimp: He's imagined here is a timid, strung-out old junkie who is often ashamed of himself. Even when he regains some of his old verve, he's never quite the bold and confident adventurer he is in the original. It was true Quatermain became more vulnerable throught his original stories he never sunk to the levels he is here.
- The Ageless: Thanks to bathing in Kor's pool of immortality, he becomes youthful and no longer ages.
- Badass Decay: He periodically undergoes this, being dependent on drugs and increasingly reliant on Mina.
- BFG: His elephant gun.
- Bi the Way: Sleeps with Orlando in both his gender states.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He puts up an impressive fight against the Antichrist, but at the cost of getting horribly killed.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Action Hero character in modern fiction. His primary function in battle is to shoot down things with a gun which along with thinking with his feet is his main skill. This leads to problems because he needs a big adventure to be a hero and without one he's a drug addict who relies heavily on Mina.
- Deconstruction: Rather than the stereotypical Great White Hunter, he's initially The Load of the League because of his crippling opium addiction, rather than the sure hero of popular imagination and he constantly relapses into his old behavior.
- Fountain of Youth: He becomes significantly younger after bathing in the immortality pool of Kor.
- Great White Hunter: He is a heroic big game hunter.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to face the Antichrist in Century 2009.
- Immortality: In Century, he and Mina have become immortal.
- The Lancer: He serves as second-in-command to Mina.
- Last of His Kind: His death at the end of Century 3. His passing marks the end of the heroic male character who represented real virtues, rather than the false ones of James Bond and Harry Potter, who have become the popular adventure heroes of modern times.
- The Load: His drug addiction is a constant problem and he relapses badly after Century Vol 2 when Mina disappears after the Hyde Park concert.
- Losing the Team Spirit: At the end of Century 2 and Century 3, he has given up the League, becoming a homeless addict. Even meeting Mina again doesn't convince him to come back. He does pull a Big Damn Heroes moment, but he dies.
- May–December Romance: He forms a relationship with Mina and is notably much older than her. Until he rejuvenates from the Fountain of Youth.
- Mighty Whitey: One of the archetypes for this kind of character though Moore noted that the original contained a lot of Unbuilt Trope which he brings back in this book.
- Nailed To The Wagon: He gets locked in his cabin to purge the opium from his system, though his addiction would last another issue. Cruelly, his cabin was aboard the Nautilus, so only half of what he saw were hallucinations.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Initially he is this. But he loses that during his collaboration with Captain Nemo, becoming less of a colonialist hero than before, even criticizing England's role in the Mahdi crisis.
- Pretender Diss: He's on both ends of this. When facing Professor Moriarty at the end of Vol. 1, he is told that Sherlock Holmes thought him "a weakling" and that he's a poor successor as England's most beloved public hero compared to him. In The Black Dossier, Quatermain expresses the same sentiment to James Bond regarding him as a poor successor of the "adventure hero".
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Eternity's not so much fun when you have to struggle with a drug addiction.
"Bond believes we are his pawns. He thinks no-one observes his game. But I am no-one. I observe everything... and to play games with Nemo is to play games with destruction."
A Sikh pirate, and captain of the Nautilus.
- Adaptational Villainy: Moore's Nemo voices racist epithets towards "Mohammedans" in Book 1 when he and Mina are rescuing Allan from Africa. While such an attitude would not be unknown for Sikh aristocrats of Nemo's background, Jules Verne's Nemo explicitly makes it clear that he is a descendant of Tipu Sultan of Mysore, a Muslim ruler (who was a real-life Emperor Scientist who invented and used rockets and developed automatons), and he cites his ancestor with pride. On some level, Moore is a little more authentic than Verne (in that Verne never made it clear how a Sultan of Mysore, which is in South India, would be related to a Sikh Prince of Bundelkhand, from North India) but on another level, it is misrepresenting the Nemo of the books.
- Ax-Crazy: Has his moments of being psychotically violent. Quatermain comments that he's somehow worse than Hyde.
- Badass Beard: He has an impressive beard.
- BFG: His rapid-fire harpoon gun.
- Cool Ship: The Nautilus is an awesome sea vessel.
- Defector from Decadence: He is enraged when he learns that the British government killed off the Martians by deploying biological weapons in a city, and quits the team on the spot.
- Enemy Mine: A complex example. He was a revolutionary in the Indian Mutiny of 1857, then a N.G.O. Superpower and Science Hero who terrorized English ships, but becomes part of the League created by the British Empire to combat even greater threats (albeit with Teeth-Clenched Teamwork and barely repressed contempt).
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he is a ruthless terrorist vocally committed to killing as many Englishmen as creatively as possible, he draws the line at using poison gas. Or bioweapons.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: How he views his collaboration with the English (and how they view theirs with him.)
- Jumped at the Call: In Vol 1, he and Allan briefly bond, and Nemo confesses that the real reason he joined the League was that he was searching for another adventure.
- More Dakka: His rapid fire harpoon gun.
- N.G.O. Superpower: His Lincoln Island commune of Pirates and Renegades combined with his modern submarine make him The Captain of his Private Army. He's an exiled Prince of Bundelkhand and after the Mutiny, he gives up all remaining ties to any nation or ideology though he reserves animosity towards the English because It's Personal.
- Noble Bigot: VERY prejudiced against the English for the understandable reason that he was a former revolutionary during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. He also has biases against Muslims to a lesser extent. Though he flip flops, he admits to admiring English resolve in the face of Martian invasions and comes to respect Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain greatly.
- Noble Demon: A more accurate description of his character. He is not a conventionally good person by any definition but he has a strict code of honor that he does abide by and has many Pet the Dog moments along the way.
- Pet the Dog: He rescues a young Jimmy Grey during the invasion of London after his parents are killed when the Martians attacks the railway bridge. He even tries to comfort him, apparently even Nemo cant quite hate English children, no matter how much he despises the nation itself. Grey would eventually build his own underwater vessel as an adult, which was part of the abysmally failed 1950's version of the League, though he had more success on his own.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: In addition to his aforementioned prejudice against Muslims, he also expresses very misogynistic views, putting him at odds with Mina at first. Although his views are not any worse than that of Victorian Englishmen who are also very condescending to Mina.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Volume I, he says this before killing a bunch of people."Come forward! Come forward, men of England! Tell the gods that Nemo sent you!"
- The Smart Guy: He's often the most intelligent and resourceful of the group.
- Steampunk: All his technology evokes highly advanced 19th-century technology.
- Token Minority: In accordance with his backstory given in The Mysterious Island, he's Indian. Moore and O'Neil made him a Sikh and gave this version of the Nautilus detailed Indian motifs.
- Also on a wider note, he is the only character outside of English literature to be part of the League, being a character written by Jules Verne (a French author).
- Truer to the Text: His background as a Sikh Prince and a N.G.O. Superpower ruler of his own island nation gets restored from The Mysterious Island, in a sharp departure from the European and White Captain Nemo played by James Mason which was previously the most influential take on the character.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though he seems to have grown more pragmatic by the times of the comic.
Dr Henry Edward Jekyll/"Edward Hyde"
"Henry isn't home. I'm Edward."
Since his apparent death, Hyde has evolved from the pale, dwarfish figure described in the original novella, to a massive ape-like creature. Also, he no longer needs his potion to transform. Any stress will do. Basically The Incredible Hulk in Victorian times.
- Adaptational Badass: In the original book, Hyde is a "dwarfish" man who is sometimes comical to look at and whose personality swings between bold and timid. In the comic, he's a towering juggernaut with Super Strength and Super Senses as well as a powerful personality. Jekyll admits in the comic that Hyde used to be smaller than him, but that Hyde grew as that personality gained dominance. Both these changes can be somewhat justified based on an interpretation from the original book It is mentioned Hyde grew in "stature" but that can be interpreted in literal size which could make him grow to the comics proportions or just in terms of becoming the more heartier persona. (At first Jekyll was a hearty man, Hyde the sicker smaller man) After the first transformation Stevenson writes: "There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably new and, from its very novelty, incredibly sweet." This could be interpreted as Hyde having somewhat different senses from an ordinary person.
- Anything That Moves: Hyde in his crazier moments.
- Ax-Crazy: Hyde is not invariably a murderous lunatic. But when he's in a murdering mood, gore abounds.
- Beast and Beauty: Hyde reveals a crush on Mina in Volume II.
- Berserk Button: He was already planning to kill Griffin for selling out to Alien Invaders, but when he realizes Griffin brutally battered Mina, he makes the man's death hideous and lingering.
- The Big Guy: As Hyde - both literally and in terms of team dynamics. One variation from the source material is that Jekyll has grown ever more miserable and sickly over the years, while Hyde has grown both huge and vigorous.Hyde (with ogreish amusement): You see, without me, Jekyll's got no drives. But without him, I've got no limitations.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He's got a hairy, scowling, ape-like face, so his eyebrows are prominent.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: Edward Hyde can see people's body heat - including Griffin's.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A murderous, temperamental example, but he's still the only member of the League who usually regards their adventures as a rollicking good time.
- Cluster F-Bomb/I'll Kill You!: In some moods he's barely verbal and says little other than death threats littered with foul language.
- Deconstruction: Mr. Hyde is essentially The Hulk, which Moore notes is the literary origin of the Marvel character. This is partially justified since it is noted that Hyde did grow through Stevenson's original story and he could conceivably have achieved Hulk proportions if he and Dr Jekyll lived long enough. Even Hyde being able to see and smell Griffin could be justified, because Dr Jekyll's account in Stevenson's book speaks of new sensations and how the world seemed different when he changed into Hyde. That Mina finds Mr Hyde terrifying but far from the worst she has seen is also justified. Stevenson points out that Hyde is natural, though representing the very worst in nature. Bram Stoker points out that his Dracula is utterly unnatural. There is, though, no hint in the Stevenson's book that Hyde was particularly xenophobic, like Moore's version. Also, while Dr Jekyll says the the sins which embarrassed him terribly were no worse than what some men might have boasted about, it was probably a little bit more than not returning a borrowed book and occasionally masturbating over homosexual fantasies, as Moore's Hyde claims.
- Depraved Bisexual: He's attracted to Mina, yet he later rapes Griffin, so he's definitely this. Unless that was Hyde's idea of some perverse karmic justice.
- Depraved Dwarf: In Volume II he reveals that he once was a dwarf as in the original novel.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In a 'sort of' example, Hyde does not appreciate what Griffin the Invisible Man has done regarding either Mina or selling everyone out to the Martians... but his response is even worse. Here, it's less because Hyde would never do such a thing (it's suggested he already has, many times), it's because he has some kind of regard for Mina personally.
- Extreme Omnivore: Hyde ends up eating a Martian alive.
- Faux Affably Evil: Whilst not evil, he’s a perfect example of this with his Blue and Orange Morality, frequent dog shooting, and his Poisonous Friend attitude. The most notable example of this is where he maintains a polite demeanor, observes the London cityscape, and discusses how lucky and chipper he feels whilst he pummels and rapes Griffin because he assaulted Mina. This is then further added to in a later scene, where he maintains a conversation even when he notices that he is covered in the gradually appearing invisible man's blood (due to his recent demise). He even deserves bonus points considering that, upon seeing the horrific aftermath of the above event, Captain Nemo tries to kill Hyde in disgust whilst Hyde continues eating his dinner. Of note, he appeared to be pantomiming eating dinner up until then, because the main course was Griffin's leg which, like his blood, only became visible after he died.
- Gayngst: Jekyll created Hyde partly out of shame from being attracted to men. Naturally, this greatly amuses Hyde.
- Genius Bruiser: The transformation has no impact on intelligence. Hyde may be amoral, but he's eloquent, cultured and quick thinking.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Hyde is no hero, but he does choose to die heroically at the end of Volume II.
- Hulking Out: Jekyll is terrified of the transformation, which no longer requires a triggering formula - just elevated stress.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Obviously and a major deconstruction of the same. Notably where Hyde is initially The Brute and Jekyll is a nervous Adorkable doctor, as time goes on Hyde proves to be very intelligent and articulate in his own right, showing his strength and development.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Normally, beating and raping someone to death is unforgivable, but considering the victim is Ax-Crazy serial rapist Griffin, this trope applies.
- Pet the Dog: Hyde, otherwise portrayed as a cheerful villain, receives one in Volume Two when he has a heart-to-heart with Mina. As with most things in the series, comes complete with a literary allusion.Hyde: I believe you do not hate me. I believe you have perhaps met someone worse than me. Would that be right?Mina (softly): Yes.
- Poke the Poodle: Jekyll's "crimes" prior to Hyde's release, according to the latter. Hyde mocks Jekyll because the worst he did prior to causing his transformations was keep an overdue library book and masturbate.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Calling him a "hero" may be a tad generous, but he refers to Nemo as "darkie".
- Put on a Bus: Jekyll disappears entirely at the beginning of Volume 2. Hyde states that he refuses to submerge again due to fearing that Jekyll will get himself, and Hyde along with him, killed by the invading Martians. It becomes a moot point after Hyde's sacrifice.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hyde gives an epic one to...Jekyll. Noting that the good doctor created him by his sexual repression and denial of his desires until he became such a milquetoast that he couldn't function without Hyde. Unusual in that the doctor isn't around to hear it, and the speech is directed at Nemo as a sort of Motive Rant.
- Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: Jekyll's great problem which led to the creation of Hyde is being unable to come to terms with his sexuality.
- Shrinking Violet: Jekyll. It takes great efforts to get him sufficiently angry to release Hyde.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Hyde refuses to 'let Jekyll out' at all during the Martian invasion.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Volume II focuses on Hyde, while Jekyll only appears in the first few pages, though this is justified since his arc deconstructs the Jekyll-Hyde story by asserting that Hyde is not a separate person from Jekyll, but the very same man and that it is Jekyll who enables Hyde and not the other way around.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Hyde is way stronger than any human and has keener senses, including thermal vision. Incidentally, this means he can "see" Griffin.
- The Unfettered/The Fettered: Hyde gives a Character Filibuster explaining the relationship between the two extremes and how the creation of the same and repression leads to the Unfettered being stronger in the long run.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: In fact, odds are good that you won't like him in any mood.
Hawley Griffin/The Invisible Man
"The only empire I'm interested in is my own: The Empire of Invisible Man the First."
A sociopathic former scientist who managed to create a process to turn himself invisible, which he has used to commit all manner of horrible crimes.
- Adaptational Villainy: Griffin was nowhere near a paragon of virtue in the original book, but this incarnation commits far more heinous atrocities than his literary counterpart ever did.
- Asshole Victim: He is raped and killed by Hyde in Volume II. Given that he himself was a rapist and got a kick out of hurting people, he was asking for it.
- Annoying Laugh/Verbal Tic: Aheheh. Useful, otherwise the reader wouldn't know he's here.
- Ax-Crazy: Favors assault over actual murder, presumably because the terror of living victims feeds his ego.
- Combat Pragmatist: Always strikes first often without justification.
- Deadpan Snarker: Understandably, he's the one person not afraid to say exactly what he thinks to the likes of Captain Nemo or Mister Hyde.
- Deconstruction: He's gotten so used to the freedom Invisibility allows that he now considers himself completely immune to consequences. He kills a constable to wear his coat, not caring that it makes him very noticeable, and when Hyde reveals that he's always been able to see Griffin, Griffin can only stand there in shock and protest that it "isn't fair".
- Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced taking advantage of his invisibility to rape schoolgirls, including Pollyanna
- Evil Albino: Subverted. The albino described in Wells' story was his test experiment.
- Giggling Villain: See Annoying Laugh.
- Invisible Jerkass: As an adaptation of the Trope Codifier, you'd expect him to be an unpleasant fellow.
- Invisible Streaker: His Required Secondary Powers do not include invisibility for his clothes, so he tends to go naked.
- It's All About Me: Considers anyone on Earth disposable. This leads to a conflict of interest in Volume II.
- Karmic Death: He pisses off Hyde, who as it turns out, can see him despite his invisibility. He then beats and rapes Griffin to death.
- Karmic Rape: His rape by Mr. Hyde is treated as a fitting punishment, given that he himself was a rapist and it was done in retaliation to harming Mina. May overlap with Pay Evil unto Evil depending on whether you consider Hyde an Anti-Hero or just another villain.
- Kick the Dog: He repeatedly uses his invisibility to do cruel things to other people.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He pisses off the one member of the team who has no qualms about killing him and who can detect him despite his invisibility. It... doesn't end well for Griffin at all.
- Don't worry, "His end was quite comfortable."
- Mad Scientist: In his backstory. Within the series there are far more reliable scientists available to the League.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Humans exist for him to molest, ambush or torment when he pleases.
- The Mole: He spies for the Martians in Volume II.
- Named by the Adaptation: The original book only named him Griffin. Here, he is given the first name "Hawley" as a reference to turn-of-the-century murderer Hawley Crippen.
- The Sneaky Guy: Griffin's M.O. seems to be recon then make a bloody exit.
- The Sociopath: As the quote suggests, he has little empathy for others.
- Stupid Evil: In stark contrast to Hyde, he doesn't fully think the consequences of his misdeeds through. This ends up being his undoing when his assault on Mina drives Hyde to beat and rape him to death in retaliation.
- Token Evil Teammate: It's quite a feat that he's the most unscrupulous member of the group, given his teammates include Nemo and Hyde.
- Source: Virginia Woolf's Orlando: A Biography but also Roland from the "Song of Roland" and other similar legends.
Orlando first appeared in The Black Dossier which had a lengthy biography of some of his exploits during his long life of 3000 years. Functionally immortal and capable of changing his sex from male and female, Orlando became part of the Power Trio that formed the 20th century League in Vol 3: Century.
- Anything That Moves: As a side effect of his/her immortality, Orlando has become VERY well versed in human sexuality. If his own accounts are true, he's been involved with, among others, Ramses II (though not exactly by choice), Aeneas of Troy, Romulus (and Remus, there was a bit of a mixup there), Sindbad the Sailor, Merlin, and many many many more.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He's prone to going off tangent on current situations by citing some famous event and personality he witnessed and met in person, which irks Mina and Allan to no end.
- Baleful Polymorph: Spent some time as a Marmalade Cat, a reference to the Orlando and the Marmalade Cat children's books by Kathleen Jane.
- Been There Shaped Literature: He's the son of Tiresias the Blind Prophet and he's met everyone and anyone of consequence in literary and cultural history for over 3000 years.
- Bi the Way: (S)he is bisexual.
- Blood Knight: Orlando is very refined and culturally sophisticated but is also very good at war, having fought in major conflicts from The Trojan War in The Iliad to Iraq War in the 21st century.
- Cool Sword: THE Cool Sword, Excalibur, which he filched from King Arthur's corpse after he was killed by Mordred. It's also Durandal, and Orlando himself is in fact Roland.
- Deconstruction: Orlando is a deconstruction of the immortal The Gump fantasy archetype. Despite living long and seeing and doing much, he isn't necessarily advantaged over the likes of younger characters like Prospero or Mina Murray, and is even challenged by the likes of Oliver Haddo and the Moonchild. Being immortal has frozen him into the eternal 20s.
- Gender Bender: Like his father Tiresias of Thebes, cursed by the Gods to change his sex for a brief period, Orlando changes his sex from male to female involuntarily. In 2009, he comes back from Iraq and finds herself changed when she undergoes her period.
- The Hedonist: As part of his attempts at keeping his/her immortal life interesting, Orlando has indulged in nearly every sexual act known to man.
- I Have Many Names: His birth name was Bio and he later became Bion, then Vita, Vito and eventually Roland before swearing to remain "Orlando for all my days."
- Living Forever Is Awesome: He proudly holds the belief that his immortality has its advantages. Cracks are beginning to show by the 20th century however.
- Made a Slave: Was sold into slavery very early in life by her father Tiresias, because he couldn't stand being reminded of the gender-bending curse Orlando had inherited from him. Across the millennia, Orlando would be a slave several more times (kind of unavoidable considering the kind of cultures that existed in those days).
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Becomes this in Century: 2009 after going crazy and blindly shooting in a patrol that killed several innocent civilians and comrades. The army thinks it was an act of heroism and he gets a medal but Orlando is appalled at what happened, even more so that it happened in the land of Arabian Nights, where his lover Sindbad had once lived in the Middle Ages.
- Unreliable Narrator: It is difficult to know exactly how many of his exploits are true, as Word of God has stated that Orlando is a compulsive liar.
Arthur J. Raffles
Source: The Ides of March (1898)
British gentleman thief and cricket enthusiast.
- The Atoner: Raffles admits to Carnacki that he's been a "bit of a bastard" in life, and that if war does break out in Europe, he feels he has to enlist to make up for his life of crime.
- Gentleman Thief: Pretty much one of the trope codifiers, along with his French counterpart Arsène Lupin.
- Tuxedo and Martini: Likes to go on missions dressed like this, complete with cigarette holder.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in Century I (aside from being mentioned in supplementary materials), and dies fighting in WW1.
Source: Carnacki The Ghost-Finder (1913)
An occult detective, medium and psychic.
- Non-Action Guy: Is too ill and frail to participate in active missions, and instead serves as the teams Mission Control.
- Odd Friendship: He's closer to Raffles than any of the other team members.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: His vision of the first World War led to a series of events that ensured it would come to pass.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets even less screentime than Raffles and dies between Century I and II
Source: The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg (1895)An alien adventurer, airship pilot and former slave. He usually appears alongside his lovers, the Dutch Dolls, a pair of artificial humanoids originating from Toyland.
- Cool Ship: Serves as team transport for the surviving League members after the 1930's using his balloon ship which can even travel into space.
- Big Damn Heroes: Rushes to the defence of Mina and Alan when they're almost cornered by Jimmy Bond and Emma Night, knocking both agents out flat with his roar. Bulldog Drummond only avoids the same because he was falling behind.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Supplementary material in Century reveals that Galley-Wag's race is essentially living dark matter, meaning they're enormously heavy and dense.
- Fair for Its Day: His personality is actually pretty in line with how he was portrayed in the original books, heroic and personable.
- Humanoid Abomination: A rare heroic example, the Galley-Wag's design is taken directly from the old racist "gollywog" toys with their bushy hair, giant lips and grotesque proportions. Justified since, unlike the Gollywogs which were just racist caricatures of Africans, the Galley-Wag isn't human at all.
- Made a Slave: Born a slave actually, Galley-Wag was born into slavery on a space galley ship, eventually escaping when he reached adulthood.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Has an incredibly destructive roar he uses as a weapon that can deafen and even knock people out, even at a distance.
- No Name Given: Presumably his name isn't really Galley-Wag, but it's doubtful his former masters even gave him a name.
- Only You Can Repopulate My Race: The Amazon Moon Women that appear in the Century supplementary stories about Mina's activities between chapters mention that they had hoped to ask the Galley-Wag to help repopulate their race due to all the men dying off from a plague. Unfortunately, despite being humanoid and perfectly capable (and willing) of sex, he isn't biologically compatible with them.
- Race Lift: Galley-Wag is based on the shockingly offensive children's book character Gollywog, but in this version isn't even human, explaining his bizarre proportions and inhuman behavior.
Prospero, the Duke of Milan
The exiled Duke of Milan was secretly employed by Queen Gloriana and tasked to found the first League. He eventually retires to the Blazing World and serves as an adviser to later iterations of the League.
- The Ace: Orlando, usually full of himself and/or herself, considers Prospero the greatest magician he ever met.
- All There in the Manual: He makes brief on-panel appearances in The Black Dossier and Vol 3. Century but he's a prominent presence in the expanded lore.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: What he eventually did, leaving the mortal plane for the Blazing World, an extra-dimensional world where all of fiction becomes ageless and immortal.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Speaks in Shakespeare's iambic pentameter. Shakespeare is his biographer. Amusingly, he continues to call Orlando his "squire" well into the 21st Century.
- Berserk Button: He's usually calm but Orlando's laziness and general disinterest in century-long quests makes him raise his many-ringed index finger in outrage.
- Big Good: Occupies the role of highest-ranking authority figure for the League as a whole, well into the 21st century.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: His Character Filibuster at the end of The Black Dossier essentially has him admit to knowing the true nature of the entire series and directly address the readers on the theme of the series, namely that fiction inspires reality as much as reality inspires fiction. This recaptures the spirit of his famous closing soliloquy at the end of The Tempest.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being the reason for the League's existence, and being the driving force behind the plot of the Black Dossier, he only makes two brief appearances during the last chapter of Century to get Orlando to resume her search for the Moonchild, and doesn't even appear to support the remnants of the League during their final battle.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Is seen briefly communicating with Nyarlathothep in his Crawling Chaos incarnation on fairly even terms, which unnerves Mina.
- Happily Married: To Doll Common. Her death saddened him greatly.
- I Have Many Names: While staying in England, Prospero takes the name of Johannes Subtil, the titular Alchemist from Ben Jonson's play. He marries another character (Doll Common) from the same play.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: In Moore's vision, Prospero is one for the famous John Dee, Elizabethan occultist.
- Our Founder/The Leader/The Mentor: He's the founder and leader of the original league and served as The Mentor to Orlando despite the former being two thousand five hundred years older than him. He serves as one to Mina and Co. as well.
Prospero's League (17th Century)
Prospero, Duke of Milan
- See entry under Murray's Group
Caliban and Ariel
- Source: The Tempest
Magical familiars conjured up by Prospero, serving as his bodyguards and assistants. Caliban is a massive, powerful ogre-like brute, while Ariel is a "sprite of Air", a fairy-like being. Being magical creatures, they do not age.
- Ambiguous Gender: Ariel has a very feminine face and name, but lacks breasts, not to mention his/her Barbie Doll Anatomy. Being a magical creature probably makes gender moot anyway.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Caliban's Big Guy to Ariel's Little Guy.
- Immortality: They, like Prospero himself, never grow old.
- Non-Human Sidekick: They are both this.
Don Alonso Quixote
- Source: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
A Spanish nobleman and adventurer who became obsessed with stories about the knights of old, and set out to become one himself.
- Source: The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
A mysterious mute rescued by Prospero from a London madhouse in 1678, Christian is not a normal human, but instead originates from a strange, allegorical world corresponding to the Judeo-Christian religion.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: How Christian eventually returns to his own world.
- Bedlam House: Was locked up in one of these because of his mutism and strange behavior.
- The Voiceless: According to Prospero, Christian has never spoken during their entire partnership. He's surprised when Christian becomes Suddenly Voiced before disappearing into the Blazing World, telling Prospero to "follow me".
- Teeth Clenched Team Work: One-sided on Christian's side, he is not happy at all with working for Prospero due to him being a sorceror, which is a big no-no in Christianity, but has little choice in the matter since Prospero is the best chance he has to find a way home. He's not particularly hostile about it, though.
- Trapped in Another World: This is what happened to Christian during his pilgrimage. During his journey to the City of Destruction, Christian suddenly found himself in London in the 1670's, with no way to return to his own realm.
Captain Robert Owe-Much
- Source: The Floating Island by Richard Head
An impoverished ship captain who spends most of his time at sea to avoid his creditors. Serves as the main transport for Prospero's League.
- Cool Ship: Owned three ships, the Pay-Naught, the Excuse and the Least-In-Sight.
- Deadpan Snarker: His logs in The Traveller's Almanack contains quite a bit of snark about the locations he visits. Fitting as the novel he comes from was a parody of adventure stories.
- Perpetual Poverty: Just look at his name.
Amber St. Claire
- Source: Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
Born the illegitimate daughter of the Earl Of Rosswood, Amber St Claire is a courtesan well-versed in the intrigues and power plays of the British aristocracy, and uses her sexuality as a weapon.
- The Chick: The only female member of Prospero's League, and with little to no combat abilities.
- Dirty Old Woman: Reappears in the memoirs of Fanny Hill, where she's now well into her 70's, and running a brothel.
- Heroic Bastard: Though her parents were supposed to be married, their engagement was broken up by their families taking different sides during the English Civil War. However, before being split up, they slept together, and Amber's mother Judith died in childbirth while using a false name. Amber herself was raised by the Goodegroome family with no idea about her true origins.
- Honey Trap: During her relationship with the highwayman Black Jack, she'd lure rich targets to a secluded spot with this tactic, where Jack would rob them.
- Really Gets Around: Uses her beauty and sexuality to manipulate the rich and powerful.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Had three children over the course of the novel, with her oldest son born very early on in the story. None of them are even alluded to.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Her name in the novel is actually St Clare, but like Tom Swyfte and Jimmy, the minor name change exists to avoid copyright.
- See entry under Murray's Group
Gulliver's League (18th Century)
- Source: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Badass Grandpa: While he's not as badass as the younger members, he still actively participates in some very dangerous missions such as the Giant Wars.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite being well into his 80's by the time the League is formed, he remains an accomplished, skilled adventurer.
- Due to the Dead: After his death, the League fulfills his last request and brings his body back to Lilliput, where his grave becomes a grassy hill for the tiny populace to lounge on.
- Dirty Old Man: Still very appreciative of women despite his age, and in fact dies during a sexual encounter with Orlando.
- Father Neptune: Still an experienced, fearless sailor despite his old age.
- Out with a Bang: Dies while having sex with Orlando, presumably from the strain.
- Time Dissonance: Is somewhat distressed to discover this to be the case for the Lilliputians when the League visits them, as it appears much more time has passed for them than for Gulliver and it's been generations since his original visit. As such, they either have no memory of him, or his visit is just legends to them, leading to understandable panic among the population when a group of giants show up. Their second visit is more successful, but by that point, Gulliver himself has died.
Sir Percy and Marguerite Blakeney
- Source: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy
- Action Girl: Marguerite.
- Battle Couple: Fight alongside each other as part of the team.
- Bi the Way: Both of them, Marguerite with Fanny and Percy with the male Orlando.
- Happily Married: Very much so.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Percy has one of these when he finds out that some of the nobles he saved during the Reign Of Terror are the degenerate monsters from 120 Days Of Sodom.
- Three-Way Sex: Percy and Marguerite become very close with Fanny Hill.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Percy once used this during his days as the Scarlet Pimpernel, but has dropped it as he operates in the open as part of the League.
Captain Clegg/The Scarecrow/Dr Christopher Syn
- Source: Doctor Syn: A Tale Of the Romney Marsh by Russel Thorndike
- Anti-Hero: Did some really shitty things both as Captain Clegg and The Scarecrow.
- Badass Grandpa: Is in his mid-60's as a member of the League.
- The Cowl: As The Scarecrow
- Guns Akimbo: As the Scarecrow, Syn uses two pistols.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Began his activities as the Scarecrow to help the township he lived in avoid the government's oppressive taxes on foreign goods.
- Source: Memoirs Of a Woman Of Pleasure by John Cleland
- Anything That Moves: Goes far beyond the original novel's raunchy content, which mostly stuck to monogamous, hetereosexual encounters (with one lesbian one). In this version, Fanny happily engages in threesomes, lesbian orgies, and even sex with non-humans such as the subterranean Vril-Ya.
- Already Met Everyone: Not all of them, but before her Time Skip, Fanny had one-night-stands with then-middle aged Gulliver, and Dr Syn in his Captain Clegg identity.
- Bi the Way: Hell, she probably sleeps with more female characters than male ones.
- Ethical Slut: Very promiscious, and very moral and good-natured.
- Happy Ending Override: Unlike the novel which was told in retrospect by a happily married middle-aged Fanny with children, The Black Dossier reveals that her marriage fell apart when she discovered her husband Charles had cheated on her multiple times with Amber St. Clare's prostitutes.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: While living in the magical realm of Horselberg (from The Story Of Venus and Tannhauser), Fanny ages very slowly, and ultimately returns there at the end of the League's adventures, so she'll never grow old. The end of The Black Dossier reveals that she's still alive and young as of the 1950's.
- Time Skip: Inadvertently experiences one, due to the strange way time works in Horselberg. While to her, it seemed only a few months had passed, in reality decades passed in the outside world. As a result, by the time she meets the League, she finds that her former lovers Gulliver and Dr Syn are well into old age.
- Three-Way Sex: With Percy and Marguerite, they're almost the Official Couple of this incarnation of the League.
- Source: Leatherstocking Tales by James Cooper
- Egomaniac Hunter: To the point that the other League members have to stop him from shooting rare and beautiful animals during their travels.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Fanny Hill notes that Bumppo is kind of a dick.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: One of the best marksmen in fiction.
- Mighty Whitey: To an uncomfortable degree.
- Red Baron: "Hawkeye", "Pathfinder".
- Weapon of Choice: While he's good with a lot of weapons, his preferred one is rifles.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The New Traveller's Almanack reveals that he killed a few intelligent humanoid animals for sport during the League's travels, forcing the group to flee before the crime was discovered.
- See entry under Murray's Group
Time Traveler's League (19th Century, pre-Murray's)
The Time Traveler
- Astral Projection: How he summons Allan and the others.
- Entertainingly Wrong: His original assumption, that the Morlocks were evolved from humanity, was this. He now knows that they are actually the Mi-go, servants of the Great Old Ones.
- Hero of Another Story
- Mysterious Past: The others aren't around long enough to find out about where he comes from.
- No Name Given: As in the book he originates from, his name is never revealed.
- Only Sane Man: Allan is so drugged up that he doesn't care anymore, and John and Randolph are too busy bickering and distracted by their own journeys, leaving him the only one really concerned about defending the Earth.
- Time Machine: Uses the Trope Codifier.
- See entry under Murray's group.
- Source: The Statement of Randolph Carter and other works by H.P. Lovecraft
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Neither he nor Quatermain remember their encounter during The Sundered Veil when they meet in the real world in 1899, aside from a strange feeling of familiarity.
- The Load: Is the least helpful of this League.
- Non-Action Guy: Despite being a veteran of the French Foreign Legion, Carter is meek, cowardly and inassertive, much to the disgust of his ancestor John Carter.
- Related in the Adaptation: To John Carter.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His encounters with the paranormal have made him resemble this.
The Seven Stars (1964)
A man named Jim Logan who can give himself powers via electricity that he can summon by shouting "Galap". He was given this ability by a group of science-mystics that have transcended reality.
Source: Captain Universe comics by Mick Anglo
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Has a giant "U" on the front of his costume.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: Shouts "Galap" to gain many superhuman abilities.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He finds the idea of Vull the Invisible being effeminate troubling. (Not knowing that Vull is really a woman.)
- Post Modern Magick: The source of his powers.
- Related in the Adaptation: To other comics character Jet-Ace Logan.
- Superpower Lottery
Vull the Invisible
- See "Wilhelmina Murray" in Murray's League.
A Martian explorer who came to Earth to study its social life and civilization, and ended up fighting crime.
Source: Marsman Comics
Zom of the Zodiac
Sorcerer whose magic grants victims of crime the power to stand up to criminals.
Source: Big Win Comics
A glamorous criminal from the future.
Source: Whizzer Comics
A hero with super-speed.
Source: Captain Zenith Comic
A superheroine who got electrical powers from her father's experimental machines.
Source: G-Boy Comics, Whizzer Comics, Super-Duper comics
Ingsoc Replacement League (Warralson Team) (20th Century)
Captain Joan Warralson
Captain of Britain's Women's Air Force, recruited by MI-5 to lead a League to replace Murray's, which ended up folding after only one mission.
- Source: Worrals series by W.E Johnson
- Ace Pilot: Why she was chosen to lead.
- Adaptational Sexuality: She's a lesbian here, which was not stated in the original stories, although she always did refuse the advances of men.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: She ends up settling down with companion, Betty "Frecks" Lovell, who she was only friends with in the original stories.
- Butch Lesbian: She is one for the time period, doing traditionally "masculine" things like being a pilot.
- Hide Your Lesbians: She had to keep her sexuality on the down-low, given the time period.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In-universe: She was meant to be a replacement for Mina.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Her name is spelled Warralson instead of the original Worralson.
William Samson Jr.
Agent of British Intelligence who fought in Afghanistan. His father is William Samson Senior, who assisted Murray's League during the Martian Invasion.
Source: Wolf Of Kabul and other stories by D.C Thomson
- Grandfather Clause: In-universe: He tries to hit on Warralson in order to recreate the Quatermain/Murray relationship. It doesn't work, see below.
- Sorry, I'm Gay: His attempts to get together with Warralson fail because she's a lesbian.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In-universe: He was meant to replace Allan Quatermain.
Dr. Peter Bradey
A British scientist. Unlike his counterpart Griffin, he became invisible by accident.
Source: H.G Well's Invisible Man TV Series
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He chainsmokes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Frequent, see the entry for Mr. Vice Guy.
- Mr. Vice Guy: While he is much nicer than Hawley Griffin, his chainsmoking is his vice. It causes him to frequently cough and give himself away, making for an ineffective invisible man.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In-unverse: He was meant to correspond to Hawley Griffin in Murray's League.
Professor James Grey
A genius scientist who built a versatile submarine called the Iron Fish.
Source: The Iron Fish by D.C Thomson in The Beano
- Adaptation Origin Connection: He was inspired to build the Iron Fish by Nemo and the Nautilus.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Prior the formation of the Warralson League, he appeared as a child in Volume II during the Martian Invasion, being rescued by Nemo after his parents were killed. Nemo's submarine inspires him to build his own someday.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Sub Story: The Iron Fish is his most useful invention.
- Super Hero Origin: In Volume II, as a child, he and his parents were on a train that was crashed into the Thames during the Martian Invasion. His parents were killed, but he was rescued by Nemo. Nemo's submarine inspires him to build his own someday.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In-universe: He was meant to be the equivalent of the Murray League's Captain Nemo.
The Iron Warrior
A prototype robotic man created by Rodney Dearth. Used to find treasure in Africa before it was brought into the League.
Source: Thrill Comics #1
- An Axe to Grind: Aside from raw power, the Warriors main weapon was a giant axe.
- Epic Fail: The Warrior was in such disrepair by the time it was brought into the League that it spontaneously exploded during their first mission, aborting the whole thing.
- Mecha: One of the earliest examples in fiction.
- Powered Armor: It can function as this if necessary.
- Super Strength: The specific reason it was brought into the League, to replicate Hyde's strength. Unlike the other members, the Warrior doesnt fall under Suspiciously Similar Substitute because strength is all they have in common, and the text even refers to recruiting the Warrior as "faintly desperate".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He explodes during this League's first and only battle.
Jenny Diver/ Janni Dakkar/ Captain Nemo II
Source: Original Character for the most part, but initially patterned and referred to as Pirate Jenny from Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera.
Janni Dakkar is the daughter of Captain Nemo. She resented her father's conservative nature and his Heir Club for Men attitude. However, he nominates her as his successor after her death and despite initial reluctance, she becomes his successor as the second Captain Nemo.She becomes the star of her own spin-off trilogy - Nemo: Heart of Ice, Nemo: Roses of Berlin, Nemo: River Of Ghosts.
- Arch-Enemy: Her main nemesis is Ayesha, Queen of Kor... "She who must be obeyed..."
- Born in the Wrong Century: She felt out of place in the sexist world of her father and the Victorian world, but she's equally out of place and on the margins in the 20th century. Her ideas of science and adventure is closer to that of her father (i.e. nature full of wonders, discoveries and the chance for adventure) than to the 20th-century dystopian vision of science.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She is conflicted about becoming this and taking on the Nemo mantle but she sets about going her own way doing it.
- The Dreaded: She becomes a terror to rival that of her father and perhaps exceed him... even the likes of Dr. Mabuse is impressed with her.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She is the daughter of The Dreaded Captain Nemo but she becomes The Runaway and tries to work as a waitress in London's docks. After she's beaten and gang raped, she takes up her Daddy's mantle and indeed seems to be worse than him.
- Happily Married: To Broad Arrow Jack, who served on her father's crew. She cites her love for her husband, who dies in Nemo:Roses of Berlin as the real reason for not wanting to live forever.
- Hero of Another Story: Her crew has a series of adventures and Crisis Crossover hijinks that mirrors and parallels those of the Mina Murray led League.
- I See Dead People: In River of Ghosts as a result of brain tumor, she takes pills but they don't work anymore.
- Kill 'em All:"Kill them slow, or quickly?""Kill them slow."
- Legacy Character: She refuses to become this, disliking her father's cold nature and violent lifestyle. But alas, The Call Knows Where You Live Her grandson ends up taking up the mantle after her death at the end of the Nemo trilogy.
- Meaningful Name: She is known as Jenny Diver in the expanded lore of Volume 2 and takes the name in Vol 3, Part 1 as an alias. It's the same name from Brecht's Threepenny Opera and the one who sings the famous "Pirate Jenny" ballad in the play.
- Pet the Dog: A more noble figure than her father, Janni has more Pet the Dog moments alongside her wanton slaughter of enemy ships by the dozen. She returns the corpse of King Kong to Skull Island and fights on the side of the Allies during World War II.
- Pirate Girl: She is Pirate Jenny herself.
- Rape and Revenge: She is raped by bar patrons at her place of work and in retaliation, fires a signal flare to the Nautilus in the Estuary and becomes Pirate Jenny.
- Refused the Call: Didn't want to take her father's mantle, choosing instead to work as a lowly waitress. At first...
- Retired Outlaw: At the end of Nemo: Roses of Berlin.
- Science Hero: A more direct example than her father, since she becomes a Techno Pirate that fights all kinds of science fiction monsters and threats in the 20th Century, including Godzilla.
- Shed the Family Name: When she runs away from her father, she calls herself Jenny Diver to disassociate herself from her father's legacy.
- Skinny Dipping: When we first see her in the first part of the Century trilogy, she is swimming in the nude.
- The Last Dance: River of Ghosts is this. She admits to Hugo Hercules, that she's suffering brain tumor, that her pills don't work and she expects to die at the end of this adventure, and she does.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Ayesha offers her immortality and a We Can Rule Together but Janni refuses, strongly. She finally dies at the end of River of Ghosts, at the age of 80, on her own terms and with a smile on her face.
- Source: Hugo Hercules by Wilhelm Heinrich Detlev Körner
The very first of America's iconic superheroes, now making a living as a mercenary and bodyguard for hire. Is hired by Janni Nemo for her expedition in River Of Souls.
- Anything That Moves: Is shown to have a very active sexuality, and it's implied that his sleeping around is responsible for America's disproportionate amount of metahumans. He even hits on Janni, who is in her 80's at this point. She politely declines.
- Big Eater: Eats enormous amounts of food in a single sitting. For breakfast he ate an entire bull baked into a pie, much to the anger of Janni's Hindu crew. After being forced to leave behind his beef, he ends up killing a dinosaur and keeping its meat for food.
- Immortality: Or close to it, as he has barely aged for almost a century.
- Meta Origin: See the entry for Anything That Moves.
- Super Strength: Is incredibly strong, to the point where he kills a charging T-Rex with a single punch.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: He can't breathe underwater, but he CAN hold his breath for a very, very long time.
- Proto-Superhero: Quite possibly THE first superpowered crime fighter.
Professor Augustus Van Dusen
Known widely as "The Thinking Machine", Augustus Van Dusen is regarded as one of the most intelligent of his, or possibly any generation. After many adventures solving mysteries using his intellect and wit, Van Dusen would join Janni Nemo in her expedition to the Mountains Of Madness in 1925.
- Source: The Problem Of Cell 13 and other stories by Jaques Futrelle
- Heroic Sacrifice: Allows himself to be killed by Tom Swyfte to trick him into going further into the Mountains, allowing Janni to escape
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Appears alongside many others of Janni's long-dead friends and allies in River Of Souls. It's ambiguous whether he's actually a ghost, or if it's Janni's brain tumor playing tricks on her.
- Red Baron: "The Thinking Machine"
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Is the only one of Janni's crew to wear glasses, and is also one of the most intelligent men of his time. Even his ghost wears them.
- Prison Escape Artist: Famously escaped from the reportedly inescapable Chisholm Prison.
Supporting Characters and Allies
Source: Iain Sinclair's Slow Chocolate Autopsy.
Andrew Norton is the Prisoner of Time, a figure trapped in a fixed location in space (the city of London and its suburbs) but can visit the city at any point in time, past, present and future. This allows him to interact with the League over several different centuries across time.
- Author Avatar: He's drawn to resemble his creator, Iain Sinclair.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: He does this throughout all his appearances, which greatly disconcerts Mina and Orlando, specifically addressing their fictional nature (even going so far as to tell them that he enjoyed Volume 2). In 1969 he discusses life of Donald Cammell, who directed Performance, whose characters are real figures in the story we are reading and also talking, like author Iain Sinclair about the real-life coincidences and associations of King's Cross stationnote including the "Franchise Express" gathering steam a quarter over platform ten and the fact that it served as the location of an opium den for Johnny Depp.
- Britain Is Only London: For him it's a literal trope, as he is trapped in London and its suburbs physically but can visit the space in any point of time. This is the reason he doesn't accompany Orlando and Mina when they visit Hogwarts in Scotland.
- Future Slang: His appearances throughout history, his 20th-century trenchcoat and modern spectacles make him stand out in pre-modern times but then he opens his mouth and speaks in a very contemporary syntax with multiple cultural references that are outside the comprehension of 19th Century Characters like Mina.
- The character has a lot in common with Doctor Manhattan, in that he seems to experience all of the history of London at once on a quantum level. Past, present, and future all seem to bleed together for him. His dialogue indicates random references to things that either have happened or will happen.
- Ominous Message from the Future: He delivers this to Mina and Co. over the course of Vol. 3, first in 1909 and 1969. First time, it's far too cryptic and Reference Overdosed. Second time it's even more ominous, even telling them that when they meet again in 2009, it will be too late. He's right.
Charles Auguste Dupin
"I only know what I have deduced."
An elderly French detective who comes out of retirement when a former case of his reopens. Prostitutes in the vicinity of the Rue Morgue are being killed by what is described as a large, ape-like creature.
- Ascended Fanboy: He stares in awe at the Nautilus and hints to Mina that he read Dracula, praising her courage.
- Badass Grandpa: A diminutive centenarian. Doesn't stop him from shooting an antiquated pistol at point blank range at Mr. Hyde the moment he appears, while Allan Quatermain is too busy being knocked out.
- Cool Old Guy: He's aged a lot, but he's still got his old spark.
- French Jerk: Totally averted. Indeed he's one of the most respectful treatments of original creations in the volume. A wonderful gentleman with good manners who treats Mina without judgment and condescension.
- Great Detective: The original.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's rather short.
- Public-Domain Character: He's yet another character that Alan Moore was allowed to use because he originated from 19th century literature.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Subjects Allan to a very justified one when he abandons his watch on Mina to get a bottle of absinthe.
The lead singer and song-writer of the Purple Orchestra. He's bored by his lifestyle of casual hedonism and has an interest in occultist Kosmo Gallion and the works of Oliver Haddo.
- Allohistorical Allusion: The climactic concert at the end of Century 2: Paint It Black is a recreation of the famous Hyde Park Concert (of which a documentary video exists), with Terner dressed in the same costume as Mick Jagger at the time. This was the first post-Brian Jones Stones concert and as a tribute Jagger unleashed a flurry of moths after reciting Percy Shelley's Adonais. Here it's live bats...
- The Face Of The Band: For the Purple Orchestra, though the public visibly miss Basil Thomas (here made into a Brian Jones expy) and regard the new version as The Band Minus the Face.
- The Hedonist: Oliver Haddo as Kosmo Gallio is visibly jealous of his lifestyle...which is why he wanted to hijack it.
- Epic Rocking: He may be a fop and pretentious tosser but like his real-life counterpart he sets the stage on fire with Alternate Universe "Sympathy for the Devil".
- Grand Theft Me: The original target for Oliver Haddo, he's foiled by Mina and settles for the poor replacement of Tom Riddle. Weirdly, Terner laments the defeat, feeling he had "lost his daemon". This is a Whole Plot Reference of course, to Performance whose famous Gainax Ending finally gives Terner the transformation he wanted.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Well, he's imported wholesale from Performance but he and The Purple Orchestra are quite obviously Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones.
- Prequel: His sub-plot essentially serves as one for the events of Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg's Performance showing the manner in which Turner "lost his daemon".
- Writing Around Trademarks: For copyright reasons, Turner and Pherber from Performance are renamed Terner and Phurber...
Dr. Alphonse Moreau
Source: The Island of Doctor Moreau
A surgeon who conducts unethical experiments where he transforms animals into grotesque human hybrids. He plays a major role in Volume II, where he creates a hybrid bacterium of anthrax and streptococcus to kill the invading Martians.
- Affably Evil: Deranged he may be, but he's as cordial as can be to Allan and Mina.
- Mad Scientist: He creates hideous animal men and is confused as to why people would be repulsed by his work. He's also a pioneer in the field of biological warfare, having extended his obsession with fusing species to bacteria and viruses.
- Historical In-Joke: He mentions having a nephew named Gustav who paints pictures of his creations and refers to them as "chimera".
- Motherly Scientist: He refers to his creations as his own children.
- Named by the Adaptation: He did not have a first name in the original novel.
Queen Gloriana I
Queen of England in the 17th century, part-fairy. Had Prospero form the first version of the League to watch over her kingdom.
- The Fair Folk: Is related to them.
- The Magic Goes Away: Forms the first League at least partially to stop this from happening. It doesn't work.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Is a magical version of Queen Elizabeth I.
- Inadequate Inheritor: She's succeeded by her puritanical nephew Jakob, who became King James VI, the man behind the King James Bible, who proceeded to purge all supernatural creatures from Britain, leading to the fairy realms severing contact with Earth.
- Public-Domain Character
- Uneven Hybrid: Her mother was a Half-Human Hybrid of human and fairy.
The mysterious aid to the League against the Antichrist in Century.
- Badass Boast: Gives out a string of these as she's facing off with the Antichrist:The Antichrist: Who the fuck are you?
Mary Poppins: I have a great many responsibilities. Foremost among these, however, is my concern for the children. I am concerned regarding their wellbeing, and the healthy development of their imaginations. I am concerned regarding their behaviour... And I'm afraid, young man, that I don't care for you at all.
The Antichrist: I'm well famous, actually. I'm in a book of the Bible!
Mary Poppins: Tsk. Just one book? I'm on every page. Who did you think you were talking to?
I rocked the fretful baby gods to sleep before time started... and I am companion to the women who paste up the stars. The quarters of the world bound unto my compass. I have taken tea with earthquakes. I know what the bee knows... and you really are a dreadful little boy.
- Big Damn Heroes: Swoops in to help stop the Antichrist in 2009.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Briefly appears in the Blazing World in Black Dossier.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gets one against Harry Potter. Yes, really.
- Humanoid Abomination: A rare benevolent example.
- Physical God: Is implied to be a physical incarnation of the God.
- Reality Warper: Can change the fictional world around her, up to and including turning the Antichrist into a chalk drawing.
- Sdrawkcab Speech: Talks like this when she appears in the Blazing World.
- Writing Around Trademarks / Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Is only ever called "Mary".
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Turns out to have been right about the Great Old Ones' plot.
- Grandfather Clause: In-universe, his rivalry with Doctor Sachs is because of his grandfather's rivalry with Fu Manchu, Sachs's grandfather.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: As in the source material, he is a stand-in for beatnik cultural figure Neal Cassady.
- Related in the Adaptation: To Professor James Moriarty.
- The Rival: To Doctor Sachs, their grandfathers' rivalry having become something of a tradition.
- I Should Write a Book About This: He ends up chronicling his, Moriarty's, Mina's, and Allan's battle with Doctor Sachs in a beatnik novella called The Crazy Wide Forever.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: As in the source material, he is a stand-in for beatnik author Jack Kerouac.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Here, his name is spelled Sal Paradyse instead of Paradise.
MI-6, British Military Intelligence
The handlers of the League in its many incarnations. The League's various individuals regard their motives with mistrust and said mistrust is usually justified.
- Face–Heel Turn: From the point of view of Nemo, their casual acceptance of civilian casualties when they used biological weapons against the Martians was this. Later, the rest of the team, who didn't have any inkling about that plan, cut off all ties with MI-6 after its leader, Harry Lime, orchestrated Big Brother's coup.
- Faking the Dead: Their specialty is to fabricate someone's demise.
- Government Agency of Fiction: A real life organization that literally plays this role, locating and identifying exceptional characters, creating whole new lives for them and making them agents.
- Grey and Gray Morality:"The British Empire has always encountered difficulty in distinguishing between its heroes and its monsters."
- Manipulative Bastard: Every person to hold the office of 'M' has been one.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Occasionally, their need to go by regulations inconvenience others.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: We don't know who runs MI-6, but the various Ms tend to have their own plans and schemes. For some reason, 'M' is also usually a criminal, like Moriarty and Harry Lime.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their general idea is to ally with difficult and unpleasant individuals like Hyde and even political enemies like Nemo to deal with graver threats. Ironically, they're far more restrictive about who they employ than the French and German counterparts, who staffed their teams with monsters to a man.
The second M/Mycroft Holmes
Griffin: "Aheh. Well, that solves the mystery of the detective's disappearance: his brother ate him."
Sherlock Holmes' brother.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He's not an outright villain like Moriarty, but he's still a pretty amoral character. In the supplemental material of Vol 2, Mina comments that he's a kind of intellectual monster.
- Adipose Rex: Head of British Intelligence, and extremely fat.
- Sibling Rivalry: It's implied that he and his brother do not get along at all.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's willing to use biological warfare to stop the Martians, even if it risks deaths of other Londoners. In Vol 3. Part 1, he orders an execution of Jack MacHeath for the Ripper murders without a trial and is appalled when the Earl of Gurney takes the blame for all the killings (he had only killed one) letting Jack become a Karma Houdini much to his disgust.
Source: Original character. Though you can probably guess whose ancestor he is.
"We live in troubled times, where fretful dreams settle upon the Empire's brow."
Campion Bond is the liaison between the league and the mysterious M. A fat slob with no redeeming qualities.
- Fat Bastard: He's overweight and not the least bit pleasant.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: He alternates between a thin beard with a pencil line mustache, and a simple handlebar.
- In the Blood: The Bond family, whether Sir Basildon Bond in Prospero's time or his more famous grandson in the 20th Century are generally shifty scumbags who are condescending, macho and full of themselves.
- Jerkass: He's not especially evil or rude but he's very condescending, manipulative and a real toady. He also condescends to Mina and thinks she's not fit to lead the League because she's a woman.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He's corrupt and careerist but isn't otherwise a villain.
- Smug Snake: The size of his ego isn't justified.
- Vetinari Job Security: He seems to have this in Vol. 1; even after basically being a henchman to James Moriarty, he keeps his position in Vol. 2 with no rebuke. Averted in The Black Dossier and Vol 3. Century; the former book has him noting his loss of favor while the latter book has him serve as waiter to the second M and the League, with nothing to do but sulk off-panel.
"Jimmy" / James Bond
A descendant of Campion Bond, Jimmy is the same kind of weaselly slimeball that the League dealt with in the Victorian era though even more unpleasant and smug than Campion. He served the government during the Big Brother regime and is a well regarded secret agent.
- Adaptational Villainy: The original James Bond, at least in the more prominent film franchise, had noble intentions and was often shown to value the girls he slept with as more than just one-night stands. This one is a rapist at worst, pick-up artist at best, and absolutely without any scruples.
- Ax-Crazy: Most notable when he hijacks a civilian's hovercar and charges after Mina and Allan with an absolutely batshit insane look on his face.
- Dirty Old Man: The glimpse of him in Century 2009 being attended by a ridiculously bosomed blonde nurse suggests this. Hardly surprising.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He's touted as a great secret agent but his use of gadgets in a fight are shown to be Awesome, but Impractical and only make him look foolish. It's revealed in the end that Jimmy is in fact a traitor to England, having murdered Emma Knight's father and being in the pocket of Americans.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He becomes the new M in The Tempest.
- Handsome Lech: A good-looking guy who also happens to be a misogynist rapist.
- He-Man Woman Hater: In Alan Moore's view, this was the unpleasant undercurrent of the original stories and Jimmy makes even The Comedian seem like a feminist by comparison, being a rapist who uses torture instruments as foreplay.
- Karma Houdini: Murders Emma Knight's father, betrays England for America, rapes many women and is a thug, and when confronted by Bulldog Drummond rubs it in that he's going to kill him and get away with it and have sex with Emma Knight too. He has even become an institution by the time of Volume III. However, by 2009, he's a crippled old man, riddled with painful STD's, and there's the implication that Night is keeping him alive to ensure he suffers. However, the teaser for Volume 4 shows him becoming the new "M" of MI-6 who is implicitly in charge of hunting down Orlando, Mina and Emma (the previous M).
- Legacy Character: He's such an institution that MI-6 use his name and identity for different agents (all the Bond actors from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig).
- Take That!: Jimmy is essentially Alan Moore's attack on the myth of James Bond, especially the idea that a misogynist dinosaur of the Cold War became England's greatest adventure hero despite having a career where he spies for the government, kills and lies to people for a living, neither being heroic from the author's anti-authoritarian perspective.
- Truer to the Text: Moore's take on Bond is a lot closer to the original Fleming version, and mainly highlights why exactly Bond needed Adaptational Heroism since there's no way a faithful take on Book Bond would ever have been franchise material.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's a traitor to England and a rapist but is also considered a honored establishment figure, so MI-6 keeps younger stand-ins like J3 and J6 to do field work, while the original is tended to by a buxom blonde nurse.
- Writing Around Trademarks: It's pretty clear who he is but for copyright reasons isn't actually referred to as James Bond, or 007.
Emma Night/ M
- Action Girl: Mina realizes that Emma knows Indian wrestling and Judo.
- The Atoner: How she feels in Volume III, Part 3, especially after learning that her father was murdered by Jimmy who was an American spy the whole time.
- Cruel Mercy: She eventually discovered that Bond murdered her father, and, by 2009, is forcibly keeping him alive despite his STD-ruined body and declining health to ensure he suffers.
- Expy: Not only of Emma Peel, but also Tracy Bond, both of whom are played by the same actress, Diana Rigg; her appearance in Vol III makes her resemble the Judi Dench M in the Bond films.
Mother/ M/ Harry Lime/ Robert Kim Cheery
By the time the Second World War ended, a character called Harry Lime became M and Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain decided to leave England. In the meantime, Ingsoc established Big Brother as Dictator of England with Lime's willing support and aid.
- Allohistorical Allusion: His middle name is Kim after his famous grandfather. It's also a reference to real-life Soviet spy Kim Phillby, a friend of Graham Greene who wrote the screenplay of The Third Man of whom Harry Lime is an Expy. Kim Phillby by the way was in fact named after Kipling's Kim. Yup, Alan Moore thinks things through with his allusions.
- Big Brother Is Watching You: Harry Lime does the watching for Big Brother and even watches him in turn and later kills him to replace Ingsoc when he realizes that it's not working.
- Faking the Dead/That Man Is Dead:"Jimmy, you can call me M. Behind my back, you can even call me Mother. But Harry... Harry died a long time ago in the sewers under Vienna. Let's leave it like that, shall we?"
- Famous Ancestor: He's descended from Kimball O'Hara.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Formerly Bob Cheery of the Famous Five. He and his gang go on to install Ingsoc and create a Stalinist dictatorship in England.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of The Black Dossier, though he doesn't actually fight the League, preferring to work behind the scenes.
- I Have Many Names: He is known to the League as that "viper" Harry Lime. He's M in intelligence, and Emma Night calls him Mother. Big Brother calls him Bob. His real name is Robert Kim Cheery
- Karma Houdini: He remains M after Mina and Allan leave for the Blazing World.
- The Man Behind the Man: Served as this to Ingsoc and the Big Brother regime. Big Brother being Harry Wharton, his old classmate from Greyfriars.
The first M/Professor James Moriarty
"It's James. Call me James."
- Arch-Enemy: Arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes and in Vol. 1 to the Doctor/Fu Manchu.
- Bad Boss: Not above using his sergeant as a human shield.
- Bald of Evil: Bald and evil.
- Becoming the Mask: Discusses this with Campion Bond. He was recruited by MI-6 to serve as a criminal to keep the London Underworld under his thumb but over time seems to have confused his vocation."Am I, for example, a director of military intelligence posing as a criminal or a criminal posing as a director of military intelligence or both?"
- Big Bad: He is the main villain of the first volume.
- Cool Airship: Owns a nice one, powered by Cavorite.
- Disney Villain Death: An interesting variation: he "falls" up into space while holding onto the Cavorite.
- Entertainingly Wrong: He notes that Sherlock Holmes understood his activities as a criminal but somehow never reached the conclusion that his criminal empire was on a scale that could only be enabled by The British Empire, never realizing that he, the Great Detective, was ultimately an Unwitting Pawn for MI-6.
- Evil VS Evil: His conflict with the Doctor, since neither of them are good people.
- First-Name Basis: Insists Campion Bond refer to him as "James".
- Ironic Nursery Tune: He sings "Twinkle, twinkle, little star" as he prepares to bomb Limehouse.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: There is absolutely no way you can read everything following Volume 1 without knowing that Moriarty was M.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Campion Bond.
- Only You Can Repopulate My Race: 70 years after his death at the end of Vol. 1, his embalmed corpse is harvested for sperm to repopulate the Amazon Women on the Moon's population. Watch this space...
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Expresses scorn towards Mina, and calls her a "lesbian" for her position as leader of the league. He also flips out and calls Sherlock "a drug addicted sodomite" when the latter defeats him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his personal opinion, he's quite sharp about what can make a team work, even arguing to the sexist Campion Bond for Mina to lead the team on the grounds that a woman in a squad of strong males would be ideally placed to keep a lid on the inevitable Dysfunction Junction.
- Public-Domain Character: He's Moriarty.
- The Spymaster: Somebody in Her Majesty's government thought it would be a good idea for the world's most notorious crime lord to have this post.
- Villainous Breakdown: After falling down Reichenbach Falls and before realizing that he's Not Quite Dead, he goes quite berserk, even more so at the end of Vol 1.
- Worthy Opponent: His relationship to Sherlock Holmes.
Source: The "Fu Manchu" series by Sax Rohmer.
A mysterious Chinese Doctor who rules over the Chinese population of Limehouse.
- Ambiguously Human: The Doctor does not look entirely human, but no explanation of his nature appears.
- Cool Airship: Was in the process of constructing one.
- The Dreaded: Quatermain, who's Seen It All, is utterly terrified just by a glimpse of him.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Sports a classic "Fu Manchu" mustache.
- Hellish Pupils: Has semi-rectangular, goat-like eyes.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Quite obviously supposed to be Fu Manchu, but never referred to by name.
- Torture Technician: We first meet him punishing a subordinate... by practicing calligraphy on said subordinate's skin in acid paint.
- Yellow Peril: Chinese and very perilous.
Jack The Ripper/ Mack The Knife
- Anti-Hero: Is portrayed as an unusually dark version.
- Composite Character: Combines Jack the Ripper with Macheath from The Threepenny Opera.
- Historical-Domain Character / Public-Domain Character: Is a combination of the two, see the Composite Character entry.
- Karma Houdini: Is never punished for all his horrible crimes, as the demented Earl Of Gurney takes credit for all the murders, despite only being responsible for one.
- Knife Nut: It IS Jack The Ripper after all.
- Red Herring: Has absolutely nothing to do with the overarching plot about Oliver Haddo and the Moonchild.
- Teens Are Monsters: His identity as Mack The Knife reveals that his actions as the Ripper were committed when he was around 19-20
- Serial Killer: Kills a number of prostitutes.
- Society Is to Blame: The character is used to highlight that, as awful as his crimes are, they pale in the face of the atrocities committed by The Ruling Class and the pretensions and snobbishness of his self-proclaimed social betters, and he is little more than a symptom of their opression. Even his victims tend to agree with him.
- Source: William Somerset Maugham's The Magician.
An occultist who first confronts the League in Century 1910, he goes on to be the recurring Big Bad of Volume III.
- Big Bad: He is the main threat for Volume III as a whole.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He shares his position as the central antagonist in Century 2009 with the Moonchild or the Antichrist.
- Body Surf: This is how he attains immortality, bringing a disciple/inheritor next to him on his deathbed then switching bodies, the previous dying a few seconds later.
- Depraved Bisexual: Don't get in his way, or you'll find yourself on the end of his blasting rod. No, not the magical kind.
- Didn't See That Coming: His convoluted plans collapse when Carter shoots his body in the head while his spirit is in the Astral Plane trying to possess Terner/Mick Jagger. As a last resort he possesses the body of a creepy dude named Tom Riddle.
- Disappointed in You: He expresses this constantly and frequently to The Antichrist, Harry Potter.
- Evil Sorceror: For much of his appearance he is this. He undergoes severe Badass Decay in century 2009.
- Fate Worse than Death: After the Anti-Christ plot fails, Harry Potter keeps his still living severed head with him in a cage at Grimauld Place. On top of everything else, it appears to be decaying and is infested with flies
- Grand Theft Me: He keeps hijacking different hosts through the centuries, each of them being an expy of him. He pulls a very dickish one on Kosmo Gallionnote , hijacking him on his own death bed and then boasting of sleeping with his fiancee while Gallion dies in Haddo's decrepit body.
- Though eventually he becomes a victim of this. His plan of hijacking Terner's body at Hyde Park fails when he's killed by Carter (Michael Caine in Mike Hodges' film) and is forced to take over the body of Tom Riddle, the future Lord Voldemort of the Harry Potter books. He regrets this since the Antichrist was a total failure, at least for him.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Oliver Haddo was a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Aleister Crowley who appeared in W. Somerset Maugham's The Magician. Crowley being a Fountain of Expies inspired several works in the 20th century and Volume III and the expanded lore has him taking on several alternate guises and forms of each of his expies throughout the century; a short list includes Karswell from M. R. James' Casting the Runes, Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff) from Edgar G. Ulmer's film The Black Cat, Adrian Marcato from Rosemary's Baby and Kosmo Gallion from a famous episode of The Avengers.
- As Gallion, he is also a nod towards some of Crowley's real-life disciples, including Karl Germer (Crowley's immediate successor as OHO, note the initials), Jack Parsons (both he and Gallion were rocket scientists), and Kenneth Anger (with Terner's concert standing in for Anger's experimental films).
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He claims that the occult is a way to get away from conservative sexual repression but tends to regard his women followers as concubines. He even makes vulgar misogynist remarks to Mina, even threatening to take advantage of her by pulling a Grand Theft Me on her body, though Mina stops him from achieving that.
- Really Gets Around: Haddo tends to be surrounded by lots of semi-naked followers and even makes creepy overtures to Mina.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: He noted that his plan on starting a new aeon failed and that the Moonchild he wanted turned out to be a whiny Spoiled Brat strung out on prescription drugs.
- Victory Is Boring: He thwarts the League in Vol. 1 and 2 and manages to create The Antichrist but is sorely disappointed and even regretful at the entire thing, though it's hard to say if what he achieved could be counted as a victory since his plans for the "new aeon" was a total flop.
- Uncertain Doom: Haddo's ultimate fate is unknown, he is still alive after the Antichrists destruction, but is still trapped as a rotting head, and Mary Poppins takes him with her as she leaves, with Haddo begging her not to
The Moonchild / Harry Potter
The Moonchild or the Antichrist is one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate of Volume III. His fate is to bring about the end of the world. He is a parody of the Harry Potter character and is roundly defeated by God/Mary Poppins.
- Adaptational Villainy: Unlike his counterpart in the original books, this incarnation of Harry Potter was destined to be the Antichrist and becomes a murderous psychopath after learning of this.
- The Antichrist: Also known as "The Moonchild".
- Bald of Evil: His adult form is shaven bald.
- Big Bad: He serves as the main threat in the final part of Century.
- Dark Messiah: Was intended to be this and bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
- Delusions of Eloquence: Thinks being The Antichrist is special because he's "like in The Bible".
- Evil Former Friend: Murders Ron and Hermione when they beg him to spare their lives. He also rapes Professor McGonagall and kills Ginny.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Eyes tend to sprout all over his head.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Let's say he didn't take the revelation of his true nature and his purpose in life very well. Specifically that all his adventures were a ruse to prevent him from facing his true purpose.
- Humanoid Abomination/Eldritch Abomination: Was initially a normal black-hair bespectacled boy; after he goes nuts he cuts off his hair, scratches off the "mark on his head" with his fingers, and starts sprouting eyes all over his body and becomes giant size.
- Important Haircut: Has a significant buzz of shorn hair and the room he is in is filled with cut black hair and a pair of broken glasses.
- Jerkass: Even aside from the terrible things he does, he's a whiny little ingrate drugged up on prescription pills and looks down on Mina and Orlando for not being great heroes, "like Jesus" and that they're "just women".
- Kill 'em All: Murders the entire Harry Potter supporting cast, and the people of Hogsmeade including Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Draco, Hagrid, McGonagall, Snape, Dumbledore and Hedwig.
- No-Sell: When facing against Mary Poppins he boasts of being The Antichrist:"I'm well famous, actually. I'm in a book of the Bible."
- Speaking Like Totally Teen: Pretty much how he talks all the time.
- Take That!: His appearance and form is Moore's opinion of modern fantasy franchises with their male adolescent protagonists who tend not to be especially intelligent and are frequently Unwitting Pawns.
- Teens Are Monsters: Of the School Shooter variety.
- That Man Is Dead: The fact that he erased all visible traces of his former identity suggests that the Moonchild no longer identifies himself as Harry Potter.
- Truer to the Text: Zigzagged. Moore's portrayal of the character does bring out aspects of his personality neglected in the movie adaptations, especially the fifth book, namely his greater stress, short temper (which he unleashes on his friends), and general paranoia about not having control and being a Pinball Protagonist. In the novel, however, this was played for pathos and dramatic tension, while Moore pushes it to extreme Flanderization. Likewise, this version of the character has Green Eyes which the movies removed because of the actor having issues with the contacts.
- Underestimating Badassery: Looks down at Mina Murray and Orlando as being ineffectual heroes against him because they are "just women"; you know, people who have fought the likes of Dracula, James Moriarty, the Martians and The Trojan War.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Not a sympathetic example, indeed a pathetic example, but he was basically created for a purpose and function he did not ask for and tried to resist with anti-depressant pills and hiding himself from the world.
- Writing Around Trademarks: His appearance is completely different from his popular identity. For one thing he's bald, he's broken his glasses and there's a bandaid in place of the lightning bolt scar of Harry Potter. The only thing left are his distinct green eyes.
Big Brother/ Harry Wharton
- Big Brother Is Watching: The Trope Namer, yet ironically most of the actual watching was done by Bob Cherry, his old schoolmate.
- Dystopia Is Hard: Found this to be the case, as the Party's brutal methods were ultimately inefficient, and Ingsoc crumbled after less than a decade.
- Fascist, but Inefficient: Unlike in the novel, Ingsoc's methods don't work.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Harry Wharton was just a popular, adventurous school boy before resurfacing as Big Brother at the end of the war
- Happily Married: Surprisingly yes, he was married to Billy Bunter's sister Bessie.
- Klingon Promotion: It's heavily implied that he was assassinated and replaced with O'Brien as leader in a last-ditch effort to salvage the failing Ingsoc government. It didn't work.
- Puppet King: It's implied that for all his power, the true authority of Ingsoc lay with the Thought Police like O'Brien and Bob Cherry.
- The Unfought: Despite presenting a considerable threat, the League never actually fights him, or any of the active Ingsoc operatives, since they're not in the UK during its reign.
- The Unseen: Never appears on-page, as the surviving League members abandon Britain at the end of the war, having been warned of the Government Conspiracy plans by the then-Prime Minister. By the time they return, Big Brother is already dead.
Ayesha, Queen of Kor
The Queen of Kor, the immortal Ayesha is a recurring figure in the Nemo series, serving as the antagonist to Janni Dakkar. She also appears in the backstory of The Black Dossier.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Janni's grandson Jack Nemo thought one of the Ayesha clones was truly good and tried to save her, but then she tried to kill him as well, until Tacarigua/Ishmael II saved him just in time.
- Ax-Crazy: She has an apetite for violence, and enjoys breaking the necks of birds as a form of relaxation.
- Arch-Enemy: She serves as the nemesis of Janni Dakkar.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Totally, completely subverted. Her beauty is proportionate to how vile she truly is.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Why does she hate Janni and wants her dead at all costs? She stole some of her things in a pirate attack, sixteen years ago.
- Foil: To her Arch-Enemy, Janni Dakkar, who is a genuinely feminist and multi-cultural Action Girl and Science Hero, whereas Ayesha, despite being a woman, perpetuates the patriarchy, being a brutal ruler of her people, and then allying with wealthy tycoons, fascist dictators and mad scientists.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In the Nemo Trilogy. The only time she and Janni actually fight is in Roses of Berlin, while in River of Ghosts, Janni fights against attempts to revive her legacy via android duplicates.
- Hot Consort: Apparently to Charles Foster Kane.
- Mighty Whitey: Though so tyrannical her subjects apparently depose her, according to Janni Dakkar.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Years after her death, ex-Nazis try and create clones of her, via the same method they created The Boys from Brazil.
- Off With Her Head: Her present fate as of the end of Nemo: Roses of Berlin. Hildy Johnson asks if she could have survived that considering her immortality, but Janni assures her that she's dead, and Vol 3 confirms it. Also counts as something of a Karmic Death, considering her habit of beheading innocent doves out of apparent boredom.
- Villain Team-Up: She forms an alliance with Adenoid Hynkel.
- Source: Strattlemeyer Syndicate's Tom Swift books.
The hero of the Edisonade genre, the young inventor is assigned by Charles Foster Kane to recover a McGuffin stolen by Janni Dakkar and capture her.
- Adaptational Villainy: Presented in a much darker light than his original stories, with Moore following on the darker implications of the books as per Values Dissonance.
- Allohistorical Allusion: Thomas Swift's Electric Rifle was the real world inspiration for the Taser note . It's featured here and Swyfte boasts of how it will one day be used for urban law enforcement.
- Dirty Coward: He will fully abandon colleagues to save his own life.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: His eventual fate when he confronts the Shoggoths At the Mountains of Madness. He survives the events of the novel and makes it back to civilization, but has been driven irrevocably insane and is abandoned in an asylum by his employers
- It's All About Me: He doesn't care about anyone but himself.
- Only in It for the Money: His inventions are made for this, in contrast to the For Science! attitude of Wright, Van Dusen and others.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: His portrayal highlights the racism in his original stories. He also looks down on Janni for being a woman and refers to her as "darkie".
- Writing Around Trademarks: Tom Swyfte instead of Tom Swift.
Charles Foster Kane
- Source: Citizen Kane
- Collector of the Strange: Fancies himself one at least, among the items seen in his collection are The Steam Man Of The Prairies and The Maltese Falcon.
- Foregone Conclusion: Since he doesn't die in the story, his fate likely played out the way it did in the movie.
- Non-Action Guy: His role in the story is limited to financing Tom Swyfte and hosting Ayesha at Xanadu, his giant mansion.
- Laughably Evil: As portrayed in the movie, and like his real-life counterpart, while Hynkel is a despicable monster, he's only dangerous because of his power base. As a person, he's a buffoonish little man full of pretensions and delusions. As pointed out by Mabuse, alone he is just one despot, he needs allies to be a true threat to the world.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He is quite obviously a Adolf Hitler stand-in.
- You Cloned Hitler!: In a reference to The Boys from Brazil, several clones of the original Hynkel are being raised by survivors of the Reich in a hidden jungle base. They're killed trying to flee Nemos attack after they accidentally stumble into the nesting ground of The Creatures of the Black Lagoon
- Villain Team-Up: Aside from his alliance with Ayesha, he's also formed an Axis Power with Meccania and Bacteria.
Dr C.A. Rotwang
- Source: Metropolis
- Hidden Villain: Rotwang and his teammates operated in secret for most of their existence, manipulating their French and British counterparts from behind the scenes.
- Mad Scientist: One of the first of his kind.
- Posthumous Character: Is already long dead by the time of Nemo: River Of Souls, presumably in a similar manner as shown in Metropolis. His creation Maria carries on his twisted designs.
- Red Right Hand: Had a mechanical hand to replace the one he lost in a failed experiment.
- Source: Metropolis
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: While she's exactly as intelligent as Rotwang had intended, this turns out to be far too intelligent for the tastes of Hynkel and his party, as Maria has Turned Against Their Masters and is effectively running Metropolis. Rotwang's work was later used for the creation of the Ayesha clones and The Stepford Wives, with their intelligence turned down so they're unable to rebel.
- Does Not Like Men: Doesn't seem to think much of her aging, decrepit allies, an attitude she shares with Ayesha.
- More Dakka: Mabuse reveals that while Maria is highly resistant to damage, to the point where she just shrugs off an explosive, she might be vulnerable to this type of attack. This is how she meets her end at the hands of Dr Caligari's Sleepwalker soldiers, after Caligari is killed mid-order, they indiscriminately open fire on the closest target, Maria.
- Hero Killer: She kills Broad-Arrow Jack by bashing his head in with her bare hand.
- Robotic Reveal: She initially appears as a beautiful blonde woman, albeit with a creepy Uncanny Valley expression, but after Janni shoots her with an incendary weapon, her skin begins to melt, revealing her true nature.Maria: This form has lost its propaganda purpose.
Dr Helmut Caligari
- Source: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- Boom, Headshot!: Janni kills Caligari mid-order, leading to his Sleepwalker soldiers gunning Maria to pieces
- Evil Cripple: Due to his age, Caligari is restricted to a Steam Punk wheelchair and is forced to wear a gas mask-like breathing apparatus.
- Evil Old Folks: Caligari was already pretty old by the time the movie took place, and that was in the 1910's. By the time of Rose Of Berlin, he's positively ancient.
- Keystone Army: The Sleepwalker soldiers are useless without Caligari around to give them instructions, and upon his death they mindlessly open fire on the closest target, Maria, then collapse into catatonia
- Mass Hypnosis: Caligari has created an army of hypnotized soldiers to serve as security for Metropolis. While asleep, the soldiers will obey any order, and posseses nearly superhuman senses.
- Named by the Adaptation: He didn't have a first name in the movie, he's named "Helmut" here.
- Real After All: The original movie ended with the reveal that it was All Just a Dream the insane protagonist was having, explaining the surreal setting, and Caligari was just the head doctor at the asylum. Here, it seems the events of the movie really happened.
Dr Werner Mabuse
The third surviving member of The Twilight Heroes, Mabuse is one of Adenoid Hynkel's head strategists, though unlike his fanatical co-workers, Mabuse is only in it for himself, not the Reich.
- Dirty Old Man: Janni and Jack finds him in the Metropolis Staatbordell (state bordello).
- Fish Eyes: Mabuse has an incredibly unsettling pair of huge, staring eyes. Presumably, this is a reference to his Hypnotic Eyes from the movies, but he never uses hypnosis during the story, as that is Caligaris specialty.
- Family Eye Resemblance: A middle-aged woman, presumably his daughter, appears in River Of Souls, and a young man, possibly his grandson, 12 years after that. Both share his distinct, bulging eyes.
- Evil Old Folks: Though ironically, he's probably the youngest human member of the Twilight Heroes
- Heel–Face Turn: Sure, he doesn't turn good, but he does turn against both the other Twilight Heroes and the Reich because their continued existence and the death of Janni Nemo does not suit his own purposes. He gives Janni vital information and leads her to the location of the Moloch Machine where her son-in-law is held prisoner.
- River Of Ghosts reveals that a woman with the same creepy eyes as Mabuse, presumably his daughter, is an ally of Janni 30 years after Rose Of Berlin, and she mentions that the "House Of Mabuse" is loyal to her.
- Karma Houdini: Gets off scot-free for all the horrible things he's done both on his own and as part of the Third Reich. He can be seen alive in the ruins of Metropolis, having survived Janni bombing it to pieces at the end.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Was likely recruited as a counterpart to Les Hommes Mysterieux's Fantomas.
Captain Jean Robur
The leader of Les Hommes Mysterieux, and French counterpart to Captain Nemo, Robur is the captain of the airship Albatross, one of, if not THE first machines capable of heavier-than-air travel.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His airship is shot down during the Battle of Somme during the first World War.
- Cool Air Ship: The Albatross. His son has his own version, the Terror.
- How Unscientific!: How he views the cavorite-powered airships from the first series and other such esoteric flying machines. The Albatross is powered entirerly through mundane means.
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike Nemo, he doesn't involve himself in the action much personally, from what little is known of his activities.
- Overlord Jr.: His son is married to Janni's daughter, unifying the two bloodlines.
- Red Baron: "Robur The Conqueror"
- Unwitting Pawn: Unbeknownst to him, his fight against the British League played right into the hands of Germany and the Twilight Heroes.
- Science Hero: One of the earliest ones at that.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Was specifically hired to counter Nemo and his technology.
- Source: Le Mystère des XV (1911)
- Cyborg: Possibly the first one in fiction.
- Hero Killer: Comes close to killing Mina during the Opera House battle, but is stopped by Raffles.
- Immune to Bullets: During the battle in the Phantoms tunnels beneath the Paris opera house, the Nyctalope is shot in the heart by A.J. Raffles, who later reports that the bullet made a "clanging" sound when it hit the target. We find out later that, yup, the Nyctalope's heart can't be injured by bullets and all Raffles did was give him a fleshwound.
- Innate Night Vision: The Nyctalope's most famous ability is the power to see perfectly in the dark, which makes him a nightmare to fight.
- Secret Identity: His real name is Léo Saint-Clair.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: One of the Nyctalope's main abilities. You can probably guess why it's useful for a stealth specialist.
Monsieur Zenith The Albino
- Source: Sexton Blake
A master swordsman and gentleman thief, Zenith is an exiled Romanian nobleman, and originally the arch-enemy of French detective Sexton Blake. As a member of Les Hommes Mysterieux, his role in the battle was to confront Orlando.
- Source: The Arrest Of Arsene Lupin (1905)
Arguably the most infamous gentleman thief of all time
- Gentleman Thief: He could be the page image.
- Master of Disguise: His second most famous ability.
- Nice Hat: Along with his High-Class Glass monocle, his top hat is one of his most distinct features.
- Non-Action Guy: Doesn't participate in the Opera House battle. The text mentions that he's involved in some sort of cat-and-mouse games with his rival A.J. Raffles across the rooftops of Paris while the fight goes down, but is completely absent when Raffles show up to save Mina.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Was likely recruited to counter Britain's A.J. Raffles.
- Token Good Teammate: By far the most benevolent member of his team.
- Source: Fantomas (1911)
Arch-criminal, mass murderer and sadist, Fantomas is by far the most monstrous and dangerous member of Les Hommes Mysterieux, to the point that one wonders how the French government managed to recruit him at all.
- Humanoid Abomination: An odd aspect about Fantomas is that none of the League members can recall any defining characteristics about him, aside from his mask. Mina remembers him being broad and stocky, while Alan remembers him being very tall and lanky. Raffles even says that something about Fantomas's body language suggested he might be a woman.
- Mina considers him to have been even more disturbing than Dracula. While Dracula had at least been human at some point, she felt that Fantomas "was a thing. Had always been a thing."
- Malevolent Masked Men: Wears a black hood that completely covers his face.
- Oh, Crap!: Mina has this understandable reaction when she finds herself alone with Fantomas.
- The Sociopath: Openly and proudly.
- Suddenly Voiced: One of the more unsettling aspects of Fantomas is the way he remains completely silent, which is why it's a shock to Mina when he suddenly speaks a single line before detonating the explosives in the Phantom's tunnels.Fantomas: I win.
Source: Greyfriars by Charles HamiltonItalian master criminal and one-time foe of the failed Warralson League.
- Adaptational Villainy: Unlike his original appearance in Greyfriars where his crime mostly boiled down to committing a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax, here he's become enough of a criminal threat to warrant goverment investigation.
- Villain Team-Up: With fellow Greyfriars villain, the pirate-slaver James Soames
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is only battled once by an inferior League and disappears afterwards
Source: Doctor Sax by Jack KerouacGrandson of Fu Manchu, he kidnaps Dean Moriarty, descendant of his grandfather's enemy James Moriarty, and partakes in a plan to help the Great Old Ones unleash a virus into the world.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original book, he was a good, if sinister, guy.
- Grandfather Clause: In-universe, his rivalry with Dean Moriarty is because of his grandfather's rivalry with James Moriarty, Dean's grandfather.
- Red Right Hand: His skin turns mossy green at night.
- Related in the Adaptation: To Fu Manchu.
- The Rival: Dean Moriarty, whom he kidnaps to continue their grandfathers' rivalry.
- Villain Team-Up: With the Great Old Ones.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Doctor Sachs instead of Sax.
The world's first consulting detective. A minor, but important, player in the first volume.
- Demoted to Extra: Only appears in a flashback to his duel with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. This was deliberate, as Moore didn't want hugely iconic characters like Holmes or Dracula to completely overtake the story if they appeared in person.
- Entertainingly Wrong: According to Moriarty, Holmes never figured out that he was working for the MI-6 and the British Empire, seeing him as a simple criminal mastermind.
- Faking the Dead: Faked his death despite Sebastian Moran attempting to make it a real one, and retired to Sussex where he spent his later years keeping bees. Mina eventually finds him there.
- Gag Nose: Is drawn with a pretty big schnozz.
- Pretender Diss: If Moriarty is to be believed, he disliked Allan Quatermain seeing him as a disgrace to the idea of the "British adventure hero", seeing him as a downgrade from him, in the same way Quatermain saw Bond and Harry Potter as downgrades from him.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He and Mycroft apparently don't get along very well. Mina Harker in one of her notes in The New Travellers' Almanac speculates that this is because both of them are too similar.
An ancient vampire from Mina's past.
- Death by Origin Story: Mina's origin story, to be exact.
- Eldritch Location: Castle Dracula in Romania. Mina and Allan explore it in the early 1900's, with Mina half-hoping, half-dreading that Dracula might wait for her there. The castle turns out to be long-abandoned and in ruins, but there is one unsettling find left: someone has left several letters written in blood behind, reminiscing about atrocities committed in the castle when the Count was still living there.
- Hallucinations: Appears to Mina during her Mushroom Samba at the end of 1969, which is the final straw in pushing her into a nervous breakdown.
- Humanoid Abomination: Mina describes him as such.
- Posthumous Character: Is dead before the comic starts, and his memory haunts Mina throughout.
Alice Liddel (A. L.)
An unfortunate young girl who disappears to other dimensions, which eventually gets her killed.
Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol.
- Adult Fear: London goes into a frenzy when she disappears.
- Arc Welding: Her two adventures and Snark Island from The Hunting of the Snark are combined into unsettling inter-dimensional events that are investigated by MI-6. There's little they can do about it, as whatever dimension "Wonderland" is part of is very difficult to reach and any hapless travellers are pretty much on their own.
- Body Horror: While having the side of your hair switch places is one thing, having your entire biological makeup reverse is another. Not only did all her organs move, the way they work did as well.
- Death by Adaptation: After her internal organs are reversed by going through the looking glass.
- Hotter and Sexier: A teenage, topless version of her appears in Mina's hallucination in Century: 1969.
The Doctor (Doctor Who)
A time-travelling alien and vigilante who changes his appearance when he is close to death.
Source: Doctor Who
- The Cameo: His second incarnation appears in a street scene in Century: 1969, and both his first and eleventh incarnations appear together in Century: 2009.
- Hero of Another Story
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Is only ever scene or hinted at, and never explicitly identified. Same with the TARDIS, which is never referred to as such and looks only like a police box in the Blazing World.
- My Future Self and Me: In 2009, both his Eleventh incarnation and First incarnation are seen together.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, Fu Manchu is often referred to as "the Doctor."
- The Nth Doctor: Several of his various regenerations make appearances.
Director of Communications for the Government of the United Kingdom in 2009.
Source: The Thick of It
A mystic shaman who lives at the North Pole and delivers gifts to all homes on Earth on the winter solstice.
Source: Santa Claus legends
- Accidental Murder: His familiars kill ambassadors from the Coca-Cola company when they breach a yearly ritual. Santa gets very upset about it.
- Badass Santa: Is a powerful shaman with an army of spirits at his command.
- Death by Adaptation: In supplementary material for Volume II, his skeleton and sleigh can be seen on the moon. It's unknown if this actually happens or not, or if it's just a joke.
- Familiar: Has several spirit familiars, which he calls his "little helpers".
- No Name Given: Is never actually referred to as "Santa Claus".
An immortal soldier who fights alongside Orlando in Q'Mar during 2009.
Source: Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo? by Gerald Kersh
- Ax-Crazy: Not shown onscreen, but see the entry for "Who Wants to Live Forever?".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Averted, despite his name.
- The Confidant: Is an ancient, immortal soldier, and as such is the only one Orlando can talk to that truly understands the price of living much longer than natural.
- Immortality: Was made immortal at the Battle of Turin by a Paracelsus formula.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Is no stranger to the bouts of bloodlust that immortality brings.
The students and staff of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They are all slaughtered by the Antichrist.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Snape is older than in canon and bald, but you can immediately tell it's him by his dismissal of Harry as he's killed.
- Adaptational Wimp: Dumbledore and McGonagall don't even put up a fight, and beg for their miserable lives.
- Adult Fear: The whole things is very reminiscent of a school shooting.
- Canon Foreigner: Worzel Gummidge, Thomas the Tank Engine, Ivor The Engine, Will Stanton, Anjelica Button and others all have small appearances or references. Justified as Moore is using Hogwarts to comment on a lot of children's literature, not just Harry Potter.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Snape gets one by calling Harry "a little shit" right to his face, even when he's about to kill him.
- Tom Riddle/Oliver Haddo gets one as well, though in his case it turns out to not be quite fatal, as the Antichrist takes his still-living severed head with him.
- Kill 'em All: They are all killed by the Antichrist. Except for Harry, of course, who is the Antichrist.
- It's not just Hogwarts either; the Antichrist wipes out every living thing in Hogsmeade, and the train station, including magical beings like the living trees and the portraits. The dialogue implies that either it's a reflection of the modern world's lack of magic, or that its destruction led to its lack of magic, Orlando can only guess.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: None of their names are said, and the school itself is only called "the invisible college".
- We Used to Be Friends: Not even Harry's friends are spared in his rampage.
A wildly popular band of the 1960s, stand-ins for the real-life Beatles.
- All There in the Manual: While the Rutles appear in 1969, Nemo's chronicles in The New Traveler's Almanack discuss the yellow submarine and related events.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: As always, they are a parody of The Beatles.
- The Rival: Are rivaled by Terner's Purple Orchestra, mirroring the rivalry of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
- Sub Story: Nemo glimpses the yellow submarine while traveling the ocean floor, which startles him as he thought the Nautilus was unique.
The Pirates' Conference
A gathering of the seas' most powerful pirates at Rose Island.
Source: Doctor Syn: A Tale Of the Romney Marsh by Russel Thorndike (Captain Clegg), Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor by Mervyn Peake (Captain Slaughterboard), Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Long John Silver), the Captain Pugwash series by John Ryan (Captain Pugwash), Peter Pan by James M. Barrie (Captain Hook), Captain Blood: His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini (Captain Blood), Zap Comix (Captain Pysse-Gummes)
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul / Adaptational Sexuality: In the original storybook, Captain Slaughterboard and the Yellow Creature are master and servant, here it is revealed that they are "bunkmates".
- Hook Hand: Captain Hook, of course.
- My Nayme Is: Captain Pissgums is here spelled "Pysse-Gummes" making it slightly more realistic. The original character originates from the very sexually explicit Zap Comix series "Captain Pissgums And his Pervert Pirates".
- Mysterious Past: Hook is strangely evasive about exactly where it is he comes from.
- Nice Hat: A few of them are shown to have these.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Clegg wonders why on Earth Captain Pugwash decided to become a pirate, as he's far too nice and meek for it.
- Slap Fight: Clegg mentions that the Conference ended after the captains all got drunk and rowdy and got into a "foppish slap fight":
- Villain Team-Up: Many of them are evil, and they're all... well, pirates.
- Would Hurt a Child: Heavily implied with Hook, who is shown next to a terrified cabin boy, and obvious if you've ever read Peter Pan.
Billy Batson/Captain Marvel
An American superhero who shifts from a little boy into a superpowered man with an incantation.
Source: Shazam comic books
- The Cameo: Is briefly shown in the Black Dossier files in his Billy Batson form, and later he appears as Captain Marvel in the Blazing World.
- The Cape: One of the few genuine examples in the League-verse.
- Cousin Oliver: To Mina and Allan.
- Funny Background Event: Whenever Batson says his catchphrase to become Captain Marvel, the sound of thunder accompanies his transformation, and vice versa. When he poses with Allan and Mina for a picture, seemingly having just transformed, there is a crowd of people in the background who are pulling out their umbrellas and puzzled why there's no rain.
- Hero of Another Story
- Kid Hero: In his Batson form.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Is never named, and his transformations are not directly shown.
Stardust the Super Wizard
An alien who used interplanetary science to defeat his enemies and put them through creatively sadistic living deaths. He was eventually stopped by Captain Universe.
Source: Stardust the Super Wizard comics by Fletcher Hank
- Adaptational Villainy: He is treated as a sadistic monster in this comic book, though the things that make him villainous were arguably there from the start.
- Allohistorical Allusion: He is mentioned to be drunken, which enabled Captain Universe to defeat him and freeze him. His creator, Fletcher Hanks, was purportedly an an abusive drunk who, after abandoning his family, became a vagrant and froze to death.
- Ambiguously Human
- And I Must Scream / Fate Worse than Death: What he did to his enemies in various ways.
- Human Popsicle: After defeating him, Captain Universe froze him.
- Shout-Out: Ended up being frozen in Ice-9.
- Take That!: His whole appearance was one both to his comic and its creator, see the entry for Allohistorical Allusion.
- Uncanny Valley: In-universe: Both Moore's text and O'Neill's illustration for the piece emphasize just how warped a Fletcher Hanks creation would look in real life, with its enormous stature, tiny head, and compacted rippling muscles.
Queen Olympia and Frankenstein's Creature
The Princess and Prince of Toyland.
Source: The Sandman by E. T. A. Hoffmann (Queen Olympia), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Frankenstein's Creature)
- Adaptation Origin Connection: It is revealed that Doctor Frankenstein was inspired to make the Creature by Doctor Coppelius from The Sandman.
- Belated Happy Ending: Moore gives this to Frankenstein's Creature, while the original novel ended with him wandering the Arctic preparing to kill himself, here it is revealed that he found Toyland, met Queen Olympia, fell in love with her, and became her prince.
- Crossover Ship: In-universe: Olympia and Frankenstein's Creature rule Toyland as Prince and Princess.
- Happily Married
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Justified, given their different origins.
Deputy Barney Fife
A sheriff's deputy in the small town of Maybury, North Carolina, who encountered Galley-Wag and the Rose of Nowhere.
Source: The Andy Griffith Show
- Clueless Deputy
- Corrupt Hick: He and the sherrif's office are implied to be this when they accuse Galley-Wag of morals charges and imprison him.
- Dissimile: He describes the Rose of Nowhere as "exactly like one of them there hot air balloons, ‘ceptin it weren’t."
- No Name Given: Is only referred to as a sheriff's deputy.
- Writing Around Trademarks: The town he lives in is here spelled Maybury, instead of Mayberry as in the TV show.
Creatures and Species
- Accidental Misnaming: The main characters belive that the invaders are Martians due to the strange eruptions observed on the surface of Mars prior to the invasion. They're right in the sense that the aliens CAME from Mars, but thats only because they had been occupying that planet before leaving. The true origin of the invaders is never revealed.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Major ones, and it's not even just against humans. Before attacking Earth, they had been occupying Mars for years, but are eventually forced to abandon the planet due to the actions of John Carter of Mars and Gullivar Jones who rallied the native Martian races against them.
- Aliens in Cardiff: The Martians first land in Horsell Commons in Woking, England.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the traitorous Invisible Man.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While Britains forces have some initial luck destroying a few of their Tripods with artillery, this is short-lived, and the majority of the fights against the military are complete massacres.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Mr Hyde survives getting shot with a heat ray, destroys the Tripod that hit him, and eats the alien inside.
- No Biochemical Barriers: The invasion is thwarted when it turns out the Martians have no immunity to basic Earth viruses like the common cold. This is a coverup: the British government actually released a bioweapon created by Dr Moreau in London, killing all the Martians alongside any remaining humans.
- Starfish Aliens: They basically look like red brains with tentacles.
- Playing with Fire: Their preferred weapon is their invisible heat rays, which can torch hundreds of people at a time.
- Weaksauce Weakness: While their Tripod vehicles are powerful, they have two major weaknesses; they can be trapped fairly easily by rubble, and because they only have three legs, they collapse if one is disabled.
- And of course, their famous weakness to the common bacteria of Earth which is just a lie by the government.
Source: Rupert Bear, The Wind in the Willows, Tiger Tim, and various other works with anthropomorphic animal charactersDr. Moreau's creations, who are all animals transformed into barely humanoid forms.
- Bears Are Bad News: H-9, who is a more ferocious incarnation of Rupert Bear. He's very ill-tempered and tries to assault Allan and Mina.
- Beast Man: They're human/animal hybrids.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: See the entry for Shout-Out.
- Body Horror: While their bodies work better than they have any right to, the hybrids are monstrous and twisted, nothing at all like the graceful humanoids from the novel. Among other things, a giraffe hybrid requires a neck brace because his spine can't support his neck weight.
- Death by Adaptation: If you keep your eyes peeled, you can see Peter Rabbit getting eaten by wild foxes.
- Furry Denial: H-9 (Rupert Bear) scolds H-14 (Tiger Tim) for crawling on all fours and lapping up water and is also angered by Mina insisting he and the other hybrids are beasts and therefore don't deserve to be treated with courtesy.
- Killed Offscreen: By the time of Century, they are seen stuffed in the Secret Annex, indicating that they were killed some time after the events of Volume II, possibly having been euthanized after Moreu died of old age.
- Meta Origin: Their creation is this for several Funny Animals.
- Shout-Out: Dr. Moreau mentions that he keeps H-9 in check by hiring a Gypsy grandmother to "placate" him, which is a reference to the obscenity trial of an underground magazine called "Oz", which got in trouble for its "Schoolkids" issue featuring a comic strip that depicted Rupert Bear raping an unconscious "Gypsy Granny".
- Speech-Impaired Animal: Some of them can't talk especially well.
- Uncanny Valley: In-universe: Mina comments on how unnatural and wrong all the animals look.
- You No Take Candle: The hybrids' grasp on grammar is tenuous at best.
Great Old Ones
- Animalistic Abomination: One is mentioned to have manifested in Springfield, Massachusetts... as The Cat in the Hat.
- All There in the Manual: Supplementary material in "The Black Dossier" written by Oliver Haddo reveals a lot about the Great Old Ones history in the League's world. According to Haddo's theories, the Great Old Ones were among the first extradimensional beings to make contact with Earth, where they came into conflict with another pantheon entirely, the ethereal forces of the Elohim, which became the foundation of the Judeo-Christian faith. The conflict between these two forces is what eventually gave birth to the various gods, monsters and Titans of human myth over the course of millions of years.
- Blue and Orange Morality: They're utterly monstrous by human standards, but are essentially alien forces beyond our understanding. However, this dosnt apply to the Old Ones who are in regular contact with humanity like Yog-Sothoth and Nyarlathotep, who have their own agenda.
- Eldritch Abomination: They're the originals.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Nyarlathotep appears in the Blazing World on a diplomatic mission for Yuggoth.
- Grand Theft Me: One does this to Allan in the text story "Allan and the Sundered Veil".
- Greater-Scope Villain: Despite their power, they only make short infrequent appearances, usually just in the text pieces accompanying the main comics.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Like their age-old enemies, the Elohim, the Old Ones created hybrid offspring with humanity.
- The Legions of Hell: It's heavily implied that they're the true source of demons and other malevolent spiritual entities, and if Haddo's theories are correct, the Abrahamic myths about God and Satan might be inspired by vague ancestral memories of the war between the Old Ones and the angelic Elohim. This would also fit with Haddo's theory that both pantheons originate from some other, singular creation.
- Meta Origin: See the entry for All There in the Manual.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Alan really doesn't like these creatures, both due to the events of The Sundered Veil (which Alan doesn't remember much of), and because of his and Mina's encounter with one in Arkham in the early years of the 20th century, which made Mina extremely ill. He's obviously displeased to see Nyarlathotep in the Blazing World.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Not beautiful by any means, but their conflation with the Morlocks has them look a lot more natural and humanoid than Lovecraft's original Mi-go (who are described as half-etheral dragon/crab/molusk things).
- Animalistic Abomination
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Are implied to be the sources of Yeti myths.
- Composite Character: They are a combination of the original Mi-go from Lovecraft's stories and the Morlocks from The Time Machine, along with Yetis.
- Evil Albino: They all have albino skin and fur.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: They have these.
- Killer Space Monkey: They resemble large apes.
- Mooks: For the Great Old Ones.
- The Morlocks
An ancient pantheon who dwelt in Earth before the Great Old Ones arrived.
Source: The Bible
- Götterdämmerung: By the time the Great Old Ones arrive on Earth, the Elohim had allegedly already undergone one of these, reducing them to "mere" Elder Gods, which is the reason for why the Old Ones invasion didn't result in a Curb-Stomp Battle. The war reduces them even further, creating the pagan gods of Earths early prehistory in the process. The Great Old Ones gets it even worse, as they're defeated and sealed away for millions of years, leaving only a handful of them free outside normal reality.
- Meta Origin: The conflict between them and the Great Old Ones is what eventually gave birth to the various gods, monsters and Titans of human myth over the course of millions of years.
- God: Haddo theorizes that the Elohim and Great Old Ones might both originate from the same source, possibly an omnipotent diety, but can only guess about this. Their connection to God/Mary Poppins from Century is anyones guess
- God Is Good: Haddo describes the Elohim as "generally benevolent", which is saying a lot considering how gods in this setting tend to act.
- Half-Human Hybrid: According to Haddo, a certain class of Elohim interbred with early humanity, creating supernatural bloodlines that would have great impact over the aeons.
- The Old Gods: Were on the planet before the Great Old Ones or mythological deities.
- Our Angels Are Different: They resemble angels and beings from the Bible.
- Precursors: They are inactive by the time of the League, but they have left a lot of influence on the Earth.
The various mythical gigantic beings of the League world. Many of them are extinct by the time of the League, but some live on in secret.
Source: Celtic Mythology, The Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, and various other works with giants
- All Myths Are True: Giants from almost every mythology and literature with giants in it is mentioned at some point.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The bigger ones are this.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Many of them are hybrids of humans and the Great Old Ones or Elohim.
- Masquerade: Officially, they're extinct, but several are still alive and hidden in various places around the world.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: They vary greatly in size.
- Tempting Fate: When Mina hears about sightings of giants during her travels, she is alarmed, but her guide assures her that giants are all extinct.
Humanoid Fish People in various places in the League universe. Some inhabit the Black Lagoon in South America, which the Creature from the Black Lagoon was one of. Others dwell near Innsmouth, Massachusetts.
Source: Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, Doctor Who, The Lost World (1912) by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Bullying a Dragon: The New Traveler's Almanack tells of a group of explorers cheerfully kill one and keep its body as a trophy. None of them survive their expedition.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Nemo and her crew see them while traveling, they show up later to destroy the escaping clones.
- Fish People
- The Music Meister: The Deep Ones were taught to sing and dance by the captain from H.M.S. Pinafore, and have adapted human musical culture as part of their own.
- Last of His Kind: When they appear in River Of Ghosts, it's revealed that this is their last remaining breeding ground (or at least the last breeding ground for the variation the Creature belonged to). When the fleeing Hynkel clones stumble into their nest, the Creatures tear them to shreds for harming their eggs
- Related in the Adaptation: It is implied that the Black Lagoon Creatures, the Silurians, and the Deep Ones are all related.
Inhabitants of the Moon
The various tribes and creatures that live on the Moon. Mina and the Galley-Wag are sent to stop an imminent war between them.
Source: True History by Lucian (the Hippomyrmices), The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells (the Selenites), The Clangers (the Clangers and the Soup Dragon), Harold Hare's Own Paper by John Donnelly (the Moonies), Amazon Women on the Moon (the Lunites), Planet Comics (Mysta), Maza of the Moon by Otis Adelbert Kline (Maza and the Nak-Kar), Moonbird series by Mike Higg (the Moon-Fowl), Marvel Comics (Uatu the Watcher)
- Amazon Brigade: The Lunites.
- Amazonian Beauty: Many of the Lunites.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The Clangers appear to be made out of fabric.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The Selenites resemble giant insects, and the Hippomyrmices look like hippo-sized ants.
- Bug War: Mina and Galley-Wag are sent to prevent one, with the Selenites being the bugs.
- Dying Race: The Lunites are dying out without their males, who were wiped out by plague.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: The Lunites wear little clothing.
- The Ghost: Despite his influence and references, Uatu is never actually seen.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Besides the green skin, the Lunites are all this.
- Hive Mind: The Selenites. It's the reason for why they're obsessed with Cavor's body as he is the only mind they have ever met that wasn't part of their own.
- Human Aliens: The Lunites all look like human women.
- Insectoid Aliens: The Selenites and Hippomyrmices.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Many of the creatures from copyrighted works aren't actually named and only briefly described.
- One-Gender Race: The Lunites are all women. Justified, as all the males were wiped out by a plague.
- Only You Can Repopulate My Race: The Lunites intend to use the preserved body of Selwyn Cavor to impregnate themselves, they end up using Professor Moriarty's body instead. Prior to this, they had hoped to ask the Galley-Wag for help, but while he was certainly willing, it turned out to be impossible due to him being biologically incompatible with the Lunites (the same issue prevents them from asking Uatu the Watcher). They also couldnt nab a few human men from the nearby moonbase as this would expose their secret existance, which the Lunites feared to do due to humanity's poor track record with non-human species.
- Sand Worm: The Soup Dragon is described as a friendly variety of this trope.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The Selenites, who have formed a religion around the frozen body of Professor Cavor. This has led to war between them and the Lunites who desperately need his genetic material to replenish their race.
- Shapeshifting: The Moonies can do this.
- Stalker Without A Crush: The other inhabitants of the moon view Uatu as this.
- The Watcher: Uatu is the Trope Namer.
Inhabitants of Mars
(Not to be confused with the Martians, see above, which on Mars are called "Molluscs".)The various tribes and creatures of Mars. The Mollusc invasion leads them to combine forces to fight them off.
Source: Gullivar of Mars by Edwin Lester Arnold (the Hither People), John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (The Green Martians and Red Martians), The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis (the Sorns)
- Big Damn Heroes: When the Hither and Green Martian forces are losing against the Molluscs, the Sorns show up and turn the tide.
- Composite Character: The Sorns are implied to be the same race as one the Martians used for food in War of the Worlds.
- Descriptively-Named Species: The Green and Red Martians.
- Enemy Mine: They usually fight and war amongst themselves, but the Mollusc invasion forces them to team up to save their own skins.
- Human Aliens: The Hither People are this.
- Humanoid Aliens: Almost all of them.
- Little Green Men: Zig-zagged with the Green Martians, who are green, but definitely not little.
- Sdrawkcab Speech: If you look at the alien language mirror-reversed, you can make out some English words.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The Sorns.
Toys of Toyland
A society of Living Toys and Nursery Rhyme characters that live in a town near the North Pole, ruled over by Queen Olympia and Frankenstein's Creature.
Source: Babes in Toyland, Noddy Goes to Toyland by Enid Blyton
- Animate Inanimate Object: They all are this, specifically toys.
- Beary Friendly: The Teddy Bears, of course.
- Bizarrchitecture: All of Toyland's buildings are made of toy building blocks.
- Land of One City: Toyland consists of one town.
- Living Toys
- Namedworld and Namedland
- Nursery Rhyme: Many of the toys are based off these.
- Sliding Scale of Living Toys: They fall on the "Real and Living to Everyone" end of the scale.
- Teddy Bear: Some of them are this.
- Utopia: Toyland appears to be this.
A race of winged, humanoid beings that live in a ravine beneath Newcastle.
Source: The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
- Beneath the Earth: Where they live.
- Boldly Coming: How Gulliver's League, especially Fanny Hill, greets them. They are happy to reciprocate.
- Pun: After Fanny's... interactions with them, she realizes the real reason why they're called "the Coming Race".
- Take That!: "Nania" is their word for evil or sin.
- Utopia: Their country is this.
- Winged Humanoid: Their species looks like this.