Characters: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Loads and Loads of Characters
featured in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
by Alan Moore
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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.
- Dysfunction Junction: To the point of it being a Running Gag, but considering that all of them are characters from wildly different stories by authors in different styles, it would be hard to accept it if they weren't.
- 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) and Griffin doubles as The Chick and the Token Evil Teammate.
- Landmarking the Hidden Base: For most of their history, they had a separate hidden quarter in the British Museum.
- 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
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially. Especially the Anti-English Nemo who serves alongside imperialist adventurer Allan Quatermain though he mellows out a bit. The team get on better with each other than they do with their handlers MI6.
"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 Griffen 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.
- Ascended Fangirl: Of Allan. She's immediately disappointed but later recovers her crush when Allan gets his act together. They become lovers in Vol 2.
- Badass Normal: A music teacher leading four living legends.
- Cry for the Devil: She tends to feel this way 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After dipping in the pool of immortality in Kor, she and Allan Quatermain become functionally immortal.
- Bi the Way
- 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
- Vampire Bites Suck: "Not quite the two discreet puncture marks of legend, are they?"
- Heroic BSOD: After Century 1969.
- 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
- May-December Romance: With Allan, who is quite obviously a generation older than her.
- 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.
"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.
- Badass Decay: He periodically undergoes this, being dependent on drugs and increasingly reliant on Mina.
- BFG: His elephant gun.
- Deconstruction: Of The 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.
- Great White Hunter
- Heroic Sacrifice: Against the Antichrist in Century 2009.
- Immortality: In Century
- The Lancer
- 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 though but he dies.
- May-December Romance: Noticeably much older than Mina. 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.
- 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".
"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
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.
- Anything That Moves: Hyde, in his crazier moments.
- Beast and Beauty: Hyde gets a crush on Mina in Volume II.
- Berserk Button: He's not a fan of the whole "selling out your entire species to Alien Invaders" that Griffin try to pull in Volume II, but what really gets him is the way the latter treated Mina. And it's a pretty stupid idea to piss off the creature who's already a hulked out version of another guy.
- The Big Guy: As Hyde. Though, this was not always the case.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Hyde.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Hyde. A murderous, temperamental example, but still.
- Cluster F-Bomb/I'll Kill You!: Hyde.
- Depraved Bisexual
- Depraved Dwarf: In Volume II he reveals that he once was one.
- Extreme Omnivore: Hyde, to the horror of the Martians.
- Gayngst: Jekyll. Naturally, this greatly amuses Hyde.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Volume II. or more precisely Dying Moment of Awesome since Hyde is not conventionally heroic in any way.
- Hulking Out
- 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 a Moral Event Horizon, but when the victim is Griffin...
- Poke the Poodle: Jekyll's "crimes" prior to Hyde's release, according to the later.
- 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.
- Shrinking Violet: Jekyll. It takes great efforts to get him sufficiently angry to release Hyde.
- Split Personality Takeover: Hyde becomes more eloquent during Volume 2, which, combined with Jekyll not appearing anymore, suggests that Hyde permanently took over.
- 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. Meaning than 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 or when I'm Hungry for that matter but You Should See Me Dance the Polka!
Hawley Griffin/The Invisible Man
"The only empire I'm interested in is my own: The Empire of Invisible Man the First."
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 Trio
that formed the 20th Century League in Vol 3: Century
- 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 over 3000 years.
- Bi the Way
- 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.
- Deconstruction: Orlando is a deconstruction of the immortal The Gump fantasy archetype. Despite living long and seeing and doing much, he isn't necessarily over-advantaged over the likes of younger characters like Prospero or Mina Murray, and even gets a challenge from 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: (S)he proudly holds this belief. Cracks are beginning to show by the 20th century however.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Becomes this in Century:2009 after going crazy and blindly shooting in a patrol that killed several innocent civilians and fellow 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 it happened in the land of Arabian Nights, where Sindbad, his lover had once lived in the Middle Ages.
- Unreliable Narrator: It is difficult to know exactly how much of his exploits are true, as Word of God has stated that Orlando is a compulsive liar.
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 point his raise his many-ringed index finger in outrage.
- Big Good: Occupies this role 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 Leagues 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.
- Expy: In Moore's vision, Prospero is one for the famous John Dee, Elizabethan Occultist.
- 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.
- 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.
Supporting Characters and Allies
Jenny Diver/ Janni Dakkar/ Captain Nemo II
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
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, and then in 1969 discussing the 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.
- 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.
- We Will Meet Again
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.
- 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.
- Ascended Fanboy: He stares in awe at the Nautilus and hints to Mina that he read Dracula, praising her courage.
- Cool Old Guy
- 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
- Public Domain Character
- 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's its live bats...
- Delusions of Eloquence
- 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".
- Expy: Well he's imported wholesale from Performance but he and The Purple Orchestra are quite obviously Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones.
- 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.
- 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...
MI6, 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, manufacturing and using biological weapons on the Martians was this. For the rest of the team, who didn't have any inkling about aforementioned plan, the Harry Lime orchestrated coup of England to install Big Brother was this; they cut off all ties from MI6 after that.
- Faking the Dead: Their specialty.
- 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: It seems that to be M you need to have it spell this first.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Occassionally.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: We don't know who runs MI6, but the various Ms tend to have their own plans and schemes. They also are for some reason, criminals 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 contact graver threats.
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.
"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
- 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.
- Jerk Ass: 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.
- Reliable Traitor
- Smug Snake
- 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 more unpleasant and smug than Campion. He served the government during the Big Brother regime and is a well regarded secret agent.
- 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.
- Fountain of Expies: An in-Universe example, he's such an institution that MI6 use his name and identity for different agents (all the Bond actors from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig).
- 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. Of course, 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, so its debatable how much of a Houdini he is.
- He has even become an institution by the time of Volume III.
- Take That: Let's fact it, Jimmy is essentially Alan Moore's attack on the myth of James Bond.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's a traitor to England and a rapist but is also considered a honored establishment figure, so MI6 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.
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.
- Bigger Bad: Of The Black Dossier, though he doesn't actually fight the League, preferring to work behind the scenes.
- 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?"
- 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.
- I Have Many Names: He is known to the league as that "viper" Harry Lime, he's M in intelligence, 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.
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 Steed, 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.
The first M/Professor James Moriarty
"It's James. Call me James."
The "Fu Manchu
" series by Sax Rohmer.
A mysterious Chinese Doctor who rules over the Chinese population of Limehouse.
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 / Big Bad Duumvirate: He is this for Volume III as a whole. Sharing it in Century 2009 with the Moonchild or the Antichrist.
- 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.
- Expy: 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.
- 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 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 Harry Potter books. He regrets this since the Antichrist was a total failure, at least for him.
- 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.
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.
Ayesha, Queen of Kor
The Queen of Kor, the immortal Ayesha is a recurring figure in the Nemo series as a Recurring Antagonist
to Janni. She also appears in the backstory of The Black Dossier
: Strattlemeye Syndicate's Tom Swift
The hero of the Edisonade story, the young inventor is assigned by Charles Foster Kane to recover a McGuffin
stolen by Janni Dakkar and capture her.