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->'''Elan:''' Did you guys know that Azure City is the largest trading port in Southern lands?\\
Thousands of ships come from all around the world to barter for fine Southern goods like silk, spices, and [[SchizoTech video games]].\\
The average temperature for this season is 63° F, with average yearly precipitation of 26.43 inches.\\
'''Roy:''' Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a successful Bardic Knowledge check.

[[folder:In General]]
* CitadelCity: Azure City was a powerful and wealthy city that needed defending even before they discovered a rift to a world-ending monster.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The ''daimyo'' of Azure City are known for their rather Byzantine games of courtly intrigue.
** For starters, it's heavily implied that Miko's parents were nobles who were on the action end of an assassin's blade, leaving her an orphan.
** Shojo has to [[ObfuscatingStupidity fake his own senility]] in order to avoid assassination by other nobles.
** Last but not least, a nameless cleric's reaction to the rumor that Hinjo killed Shojo to ascend to the throne is "Politics as usual."
* DescriptiveVille: Azure City is entirely azure.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: It's basically Japan in the ''D&D'' setting. There's samurai and ninja and Sabine wears white face paint as a disguise. Although Miko has never heard of this "Japan" Roy speaks of. O-Chul's prequel story reveals that it was once part of a vast empire that absorbed a number of different cultures and ethnic groups, making it a counterpart to much of Asia.
* FarEast: Lots of Japanese influence here.
* GratuitousJapanese: Several of the names, probably to parody the random use of the language [[RuleOfCool "because it's cool"]] (Lord Shojo being a case in point, since Shojo is Japanese for "girl"[[note]]More precisely, it means "virginal maiden", which is even more hilarious.[[/note]]).
%%* LandOfOneCity
* PleaseSelectNewCityName: [[spoiler:After nearly one year of occupation by the hobgoblins, Azure City is renamed Gobbotopia City.]]
* SinglePaletteTown: It's all varying shades of blue.
* WeaponsKitchenSink: The soldiers of Azure City use Japanese Katanas alongside Chinese ''Ji'' and Greco-Roman tower-shields.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Sapphire Guard Paladins may be various shades morality, but they won't spare even children in one of their crusades, as shown in ''Start of Darkness''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: For all of Azure City's denizens, it's either this or the black-gray-white spectrum, with a few aqua green exceptions.

!The Sapphire Guard

For Soon Kim, see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheScribble The Order of the Scribble]].

For pets (Mr. Scruffy) and paladin mounts (Windstriker, Argent, and Razor), see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAnimalCompanions Animal Companions]].

[[folder:In General]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: Soon's rift was small, and capable of being contained in a single sapphire. The Azure City palace was built around this sapphire, with it mounted in the Lord of the City's throne. This allowed the Guard to hide the Gate while also surrounding it with defenses that no-one would think to question, assuming them to protect the Lord.
* MeaningfulName: With the rift contained in a single gemstone, the Sapphire Guard literally guards a sapphire.
* ThePaladin: The Sapphire Guard notably features the archetypical LawfulStupid paladin juxtaposed with several much more positive examples of Paladins. They work for the Southern Gods to smite evil.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Sapphire Guard used to be exclusively nobility which had upsides, in that it put the city's aristocracy to work defending it from threats, and downsides, in that the Guard was insular and arrogant. O-Chul was the first commoner inducted into the Guard, a move that had a dozen members resign in protest.
* SecretPolice: Of a sort. As the Gate is top secret, the order of paladins whose primary duty is to protect that Gate is also a secret. They don't do much actual policing though, at least not in the present day.
* SinsOfOurFathers: In the past, the Guard launched purges of those deemed threats to the Gate. One such purge targeted the bearer of the Crimson Mantle and wiped out the Goblin village he was living in. With his dying words, the bearer passed the Mantle to his acolyte, who would go on to be known as Redcloak. The same Redcloak that leads a huge hobgoblin army to stomp all over Azure City and whose sorcerer lich ally nearly wipes the Guard out.
* TookALevelInKindness: The Sapphire Guard of the present is a far different beast than the one that was around a few decades ago. Back then, paladins like Miko were the norm and a big reason she turned out the way she did is because she was mentored by the then-commander who was one of the worst. Now, the Guard has mellowed significantly, opened their ranks to commoners, and that same overbearing zeal has made Miko decidedly unpopular.
* VetinariJobSecurity: Even after the Guard had nearly provoked a war through their unsanctioned strikes at hobgoblin villages, Shojo immediately rejects the idea that they should be disbanded as their role in protecting the Gate is too important.

[[folder:Lord Shojo]]
!!Lord Shojo

->''"Paranoia? I rule a city where I have to [[ObfuscatingInsanity fake senility]] just to avoid being assassinated. I took [[ProperlyParanoid Improved Paranoia]] like 5 levels ago."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Aristocrat\\
'''Alignment:''' ChaoticGood

Former Sapphire Commander and sovereign of Azure City. Shojo's father, Lord Ronjo, was the first sovereign of Azure City to also serve as commander of Soon Kim's Sapphire Guard. Shojo inherited both titles, but is in no way a paladin nor member of the Sapphire Guard himself (instead, he is a 14th-level aristocrat, a NPC class). He fakes senility to keep the nobility from assassinating him while keeping them in check, and devises complex schemes to get what he wants done without ticking off the paladins and violating their code of honor.
* AntiHero: His goal is the preservation of the world, his city and his gate. He helps the heroes to make this happen, but his methods involve lies, manipulation, and subterfuge.
* ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster: He pretends to be senile so to give the impression of being easily manipulated. If one noble or other fails to convince him of something then they assume some other noble got to him first.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Averted. Despite him being an aristocrat, Belkar states in one strip [[spoiler:after Shojo died]] that he is most probably Chaotic Good. This fits with Shojo's actions in general, and Belkar has no particular reason to lie about it; he's not going to lie if the truth is more insulting.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What are you?", aimed at Belkar.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: A more subtle example, but it's clear he had to do a lot of deception and tricks to rule Azure City properly despite the DeadlyDecadentCourt while keeping the Gates safe. It's implied it wore him down and presumably why he refused [[spoiler:to come back to life when Miko killed him. Belkar figures he's happy in the ChaoticGood heaven.]]
* TheChessmaster: He arranged for the Order to come to Azure without arousing suspicion that he wanted them for a job.
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: He regularly pretends to consult Mr. Scruffy for advice.
* CoolOldGuy: Belkar thinks so because he has paladins cleaning up after his cat.
* DeadpanSnarker: His true persona is a dry-witted old man.
* DecoyTrial: He staged one to have the Order traverse an entire continent on foot to offer them a job. The judge is [[MasterOfIllusion Roy's father]].
* DirtyOldMan: Tells Hinjo in a bonus comic "not forget to knock some honey up" and offers some racy scrolls if there are any problems. [[spoiler:At Shojo's funeral]] Sangwaan comments that Shojo would often look at her breasts.
* FamousLastWords: Possibly invoked -- when it appears he's about to die, he dramatically proclaims "Everything I did, I did for my people." [[spoiler:He manages to survive the killing blow long enough to see Miko Fall for it, and add "It appears... not everyone... agrees with your analysis."]]
* FatalFlaw: His paranoia is a two-edged sword. It serves him well in avoiding assassinations by the city's daimyos, but [[spoiler:it also gets him killed, in a roundabout way. His elaborate scheme to get the Order to Azure City relies on deceiving the paladins about his true motives and staging a fake trial. Miko finally loses it when she learns the truth, and murders him. One thinks he would have done better to just send them an invitation.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: His FamousLastWords are said with a light smile on his face as it means the Gods considered his death an evil act.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Miko kills him by bisecting his torso almost all the way.]]
* HelpfulHallucination: When he appears to Belkar; it is left unclear whether it is really Shojo's ghost, an illusion created by the Mark of Justice, or a figment of Belkar's feverish imagination.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Shojo's willful deception of the paladins gets him killed. It's confirmed in the commentary from "War and [=XPs=]" that, while Shojo is portrayed sympathetically, no one forced him to use deception to attain his goals, and when the secret got out, he paid the price for his actions.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:A cleric used Resurrection on him and confirmed the spell is working properly, but Shojo stays dead. Belkar theorizes this is because he is at peace in Chaotic Good {{heaven}}, that he would have likely died of old age soon anyway, and that he had no reason to return to the world just to face arrest and imprisonment. He's not coming back.]]
* MoralityPet: His nephew Hinjo. Shojo cares deeply for Hinjo and worries about how Hinjo will handle the pragmatic choices that may come with ruling a city with a DeadlyDecadentCourt. Furthermore, when Hinjo calls him out on lying to him about the senility, it's the only time we see Shojo regret his deception.
* MrExposition: His initial role is to deliver a lot of backstory through the tale of the Order of the Scribble. And he knows it, too:
-->'''Shojo:''' Hey! Who's the wizened old man dispensing valuable plot points here? You? Didn't think so. Now pipe down!
* {{Nephewism}}: Engaged in this with Hinjo. Apparently, Shojo focused so much on running the city when he was younger he didn't make any time to sire an heir. He tells Hinjo not to make that mistake and offers him a few racy scrolls if he needs them.
* NotSoDifferent:
** From Miko, [[spoiler:the woman who kills him]]. Both of them are commented by the Giant that they believe themselves above the law.
** Also invokes this trope by name when he (or the hallucinated version of him, whatever you want to call it) speaks to Belkar during his Mark of Justice fever dream.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: He fakes senility to make others think he is easily controlled and thus avoid assassination.
* ProperlyParanoid: He took the Improved Paranoia feat 5 levels ago in order to survive assassination attempts. If nothing else, it's easy to see why he makes the decisions he does.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He believes that Soon Kim's oath is more detrimental to the Sapphire Guards' intended role than helpful. This is given further weight when it turns out that, for decades, the Sapphire Guard have been wrong about the true position of Girard's Gate.
* SpiritAdvisor: When he appears to Belkar; it is left unclear whether it is really Shojo's ghost, an illusion created by the Mark of Justice, or a figment of Belkar's feverish imagination.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: An interesting take on the topic. In essence, Shojo's character arc in the story is based on the idea that he decided Good was more important than Law and that Soon Kim's oath was pushing the Sapphire Guard into LawfulStupid territory. So he secretly hires the Order of the Stick to do what the oathbound paladins under him cannot. This is helped by the fact that he has always been, as far as we know, on the opposite side of the Ethical axis to Law. In an unusual play with the trope, the downside of this is shown when his deceptions fun him afoul of Hinjo and Miko, [[spoiler: the latter of which kills Shojo for his deceptions]].
-->'''Shojo:''' I don't have the luxury of putting Soon Kim's obsolete morality ahead of the safety of this city. It's all well and good for you paladins to stick to your convictions, but if ''I'' make a mistake, half a million citizens pay for it.
* UnreliableExpositor: An apparently unwitting example; [[spoiler:it's become increasingly clear as the strip has progressed that the information he gives the Order about the Snarl is at the very least heavily flawed and incomplete, if not outright inaccurate.]]

[[folder:Miko Miyazaki]]
!!Miko Miyazaki

->''"By the Twelve Gods and in the name of Lord Shojo, I demand to know: [[MattressTagGag Who removed the tag from this mattress]]?!?"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Monk/Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

A dutiful and powerful paladin of the Sapphire Guard whose conviction is, perhaps, ''too'' great. Reared in a monastery, she'd taken a few levels of monk before becoming a paladin.
* TheAce: She might be too blind to think straight, but she ''is'' the most powerful physical fighter yet seen, capable of taking down the entire Order of the Stick with only Windstriker at her side. Even [[spoiler: Fallen]], she's stronger than Hinjo, who's a solid paladin in his own right.
* ActionGirl:
** The most powerful (living) paladin of the Sapphire Guard. She defeated the ''entire'' Order (albeit without Durkon) twice, with only her horse. She single-handedly defeated Redcloak, who would have died without Xykon's intervention -- Redcloak, who curb-stomped Hinjo, the second-or-third most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard, and according to Durkon, could have done the same to Elan even when low on spells. And even without her paladin powers, she manages to put up a good fight against both Roy and Hinjo. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0461.html She once decapitated Jirix with a kick and killed a second goblin mook in the process.]]
** In the O-Chul backstory, [[spoiler:she beats O-Chul in a hand-to-hand fight and casually snaps the neck of her recently impeached commander when he breaks the rules of an honorable duel by attacking a third party.]]
* AlliterativeName: '''Mi'''ko '''Mi'''yazaki.
* AntiHero: She's willing to kill evil beings in cold blood, but only evil beings. Her ability to ''define'' evil beings, on the other hand, is somewhat... iffy.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:After she goes insane and kills Shojo.]]
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: One of Miko's critical flaws is she invents justifications for her actions, and refuses to contemplate for a single second that they might simply be invention. [[spoiler:This is, predictably, what causes her Fall; she would rather kill the defenceless Shojo rather than accept even for a moment that she's fallible.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Miko built on this trope, growing increasingly delusional over the course of the story arc. As her insanity increases, it changes her from a mere KnightTemplar into a total WindmillCrusader -- handwaving even the fact that [[spoiler:the Gods have stripped her of her paladin powers]].
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Discovering her liege lord was faking senility and working behind the paladins' backs and then losing her paladinhood hit her really hard.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Miko's pedestal for [[spoiler:Shojo]] breaks when she discovers [[spoiler:he's faking his senility]]. She reacts... violently.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler:Losing her paladinhood doesn't seem to affect her combat ability too much. The biggest hit she takes is no longer being able to summon Windstriker.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0212.html "Dirt Farm"]]: "The proper term is 'smite evil'..."
-->'''Roy Greenhilt:''' It's like she has that monk class ability that lets you jump as far as you want, only to her, it applies to conclusions.
* TheComicallySerious: She's serious as a heart attack about everything, even mattress tags.
* ConspiracyTheorist: She invents several elaborate theories on the spot with little to no evidence.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:Downplayed, she was specifically trying to gain redemption to be restored to the paladin class, and in her dying moments, Soon's spirit explains why and how she failed at this. However, he reassures her that her spirit will be reunited with her beloved horse, Windstriker, which suggests that wherever her soul goes in the afterlife, it'll be a Good place, or at least one accessible to such beings.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Miko is intended as a commentary and deadpan parody on people who play LawfulGood characters as [[LawfulStupid Lawful Zealous]]. This becomes especially clear when she's contrasted against other Lawful Good characters in the comic, such as Hinjo and Roy.
* DePower: [[spoiler:Her immediate punishment for killing Lord Shojo is losing her status as a paladin and its associated bonuses.]]
* DetectEvil: Tries and fails to detect any evil in the Order. Belkar, who is evil, blocks the ability with a lead sheet, and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0228.html sues her for it]].
* {{Determinator}}: Never ever gives up in her eternal quest to smite evil (or rather, whoever she considers to be evil).
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0408.html Fallsville, Population: 1"]]. [[spoiler:After losing her paladinhood for cold-bloodedly murdering her liege lord, instead of considering that this may have been an incorrect thing to do, she assumes that, somehow, the gods are doing this to test her faith.]]
* DualWielding: A dai-sho (katana and wakizashi).
* EgocentricallyReligious: She truly believes that the gods have a special purpose for her.
* FallenHero: Literally, as she [[spoiler:eventually loses her paladin powers]]. Played with it at the same time, as she never turns to evil. She keeps trying (and failing) to determine what's right.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedtoBe Bisection.]]]]
* FamousNamedForeigner: Creator/HayaoMiyazaki
* {{Flanderization}}: Her jumping to conclusions. While her initial fight with the Order is arguably an example of this, and there are a couple of early gags of her ComicallyMissingThePoint, it wasn't presented as an especially dominant trait during her initial extended period in the comic (strip #s 199-298), never cited as one of the reasons why the Order hated her so much during this period. Neither the phrase "jumping to conclusions" nor anything like it is ever even mentioned in connection to her during this period. When she returns to the comic ([[OutOfFocus after an absence of 80 strips]]), she's jumping to wrong conclusions all the time, always in ways that [[PlayedForDrama seriously]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero disastrously affects the plot.]] From then on, [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom it's the only way she affects the plot.]] This now dominant trait of hers is {{Lampshaded}} by Roy by implying [[RetCon that this has always been so typical of her.]]
* FreudianExcuse:
** Reading between the lines suggests that Miko's parents may have been murdered in Azure City's extremely nasty noble power games (she reveals she was noble-born, but orphaned in an early strip). Given that ThereAreNoTherapists, and lacking any information on whether Miko's demonstrated lack of friends is her own fault or not (did she have a swelled head to start, or was she still traumatized by her life's events and rejected by her peers due to any issues that derived from this, causing her to double down on her devotion to her gods?), and the fact that her own organization dealt with her issues by constantly sending her far away, and Miko's actions start to make a lot more sense. Even her Flanderization makes sense in this assessment, in that she encounters the Order, who are Good, but not in a way her deeply rigid idea of Good could understand, and the fallout from this encounter and the fact that life seems to support them instead of smite them unhinges her even further.
** The O-Chul backstory comic reveals [[spoiler:she spent years learning under Gin-Jun, who is arguably even more of an insane fanatic (albeit less-dangerously placed) than she would turn out to be.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: She is wholly committed to the goal of smiting evil and protecting her home....[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and she is not nice]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:She gets torn in half by the explosion of the Sapphire. Ouuuch. Unsurprisingly, she dies not long afterward.]]
* IronicDeath: [[spoiler:She bisected Lord Shojo and later dies of the same cause]].
* HealingHands: As a paladin, this is one of her skills. Belkar jokes that [[AmazonChaser Roy would love to have her use that skill on him.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Her eventual fate.
* HeroAntagonist: In the commentary, Rich wanted to know if he could pull off a LawfulGood character who is an antagonist. Miko opposes the Order and hampers their progress, but she also helps the dirt farmers without hesitation, helps to organize an evacuation of the inn when the danger appears, goes back into the inn to make sure there were no stragglers, attacked the Order as harshly as she did because her information gathering had yielded information on their evil counterparts, their genuine bad behavior (the flumphs, Belkar's actions in the barbarian guild, the weasel thrown down the troll/ogre's gullet), and certain extenuating circumstances (the crown causing its wearer to registers as strongly evil). Later on, she makes life difficult for the Order again by killing Shojo -- but again, she did it because she genuinely believed she was in the right to do so.
* HonorBeforeReason: Played with. In the battle with the ogres, she looked like she walked into the ogre camp and alerted the entire group in order to have a fair fight, but it was just an excuse to clump them all together so the spellcasters could nuke them more easily. However, when Belkar was raising havoc in Azure City dungeons, rather than call a host of troops to track him down, she let him goad her into fighting him on his terms.
* IAmXSonOfY:
-->'''Miko:''' I am Miko Miyazaki, samurai of the Sapphire Guard, loyal vassal of Lord Shojo, daughter of Eyko, and paladin of the Twelve Gods of the South.\\
'''[=MitD=]:''' Neat! It must be hard to [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard fit all that on your business cards]], though.
* InspectorJavert: For the entire Order. Borderline between Javert and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist for [[spoiler:Lord Shojo. She had him dead to rights, but went a bit OffTheRails in dealing with him]].
* InTheHood: Her initial appearance, until her face is revealed during her first fight with the Order.
* IRejectYourReality: Her conviction that she's always right escalates into outright delusion, to the point where [[spoiler:she ''still'' thinks she's right after the Twelve Gods revoke her paladinhood]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Whatever your opinion of her is, it can't be denied that she has quite a few sticks up her ass.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:She's bisected, Xs for eyes, when Soon Kim's gate explodes. Tsukiko passes her over when looking for corpses to re-animate. She's not coming back, either resurrected or undead.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Her introduction is the point where the story starts getting serious about its MythArc.
* KnightTemplar: Overzealous do-gooder that unwitting sails into antagonist territory.
* LawfulStupid: Believes she is chosen by the Twelve Gods for... something, and therefore everything she does is right. Miko is ''very'' quick at jumping to conclusions without ever slowing down to think first.
* LonersAreFreaks: She's not exactly the most social character, she's a massive {{Jerkass}}, and she's suffering from a severe case of BlackAndWhiteInsanity. [[spoiler:And that was ''before'' she [[FallenHero Fell]].]]
* MagicKnight: As a paladin, she has both sword skills and a HolyHandGrenade or two.
* TheMillstone: Vaarsuvius' opinion of Miko. Then again, that's sometimes [[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]]' opinion of anyone other than [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html Vaarsuvius]].
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' As [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated the shrew has perished]], we are no longer bound by the anchor that has hung around our neck for weeks! Let her death ring in a new era of freedom for the "Order of the Stick".\\
[[LampshadeHanging She is, naturally]], [[RightBehindMe directly behind me]].\\
'''Miko:''' Naturally.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter:
** Wanted to set up camp in the side of the road when there was a random high-class inn less than 100 feet away. She calls the Order decadent for wanting to sleep there.
** Tells the new High Priest of Thor when offered a seat that standing builds character. (Of course, she also mentions that she had been riding a horse for four days.)
* MolotovCocktail: Miko creates one out of her cloak and a bottle of dwarven brandy to escape from her force cage.
* MoralSociopathy: Her morality drives her to behave in very, ''very'' destructive ways and then act indignant that people regard them as wrong.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: She favors killing "evildoers" herself over bringing them to justice.
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: Miko is introduced as one of these before she catches up to the Order.
* NeverMyFault: Miko is so attached to her perceived status as the ChosenOne that she refuses to believe that she can make any mistake. [[spoiler:When the gods [[BroughtDownToNormal strip her of her powers]] for killing Lord Shojo, she immediately decides it wasn't her own fault, but a product of a conspiracy by the Order. When she dies, the spirit of the paladin Soon tells her that her inability to admit responsibility for her deeds is one of the reasons she will die unredeemed.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Twice; first when she kills Shojo, believing him corrupt, and then again by destroying the Gate and thus any chance of victory for the paladins during the Siege of Azure City.]]
* NotSoDifferent:
** Redcloak points out that her lack of fear due to being a Paladin makes her just as unnatural as Xykon. Though how much of this was his actual opinion and how much was part of Xykon's plan isn't clear.
** Commentary from the Giant remarks that, despite their clash, Miko and [[spoiler:Shojo]] are very much alike, believing themselves above the law.
** Her reliance on MurderIsTheBestSolution also makes her closer to Belkar than she'd ever be willing to admit, despite their opposite alignments.
* ObstructiveZealot: She believes the twelve Gods have a "special mission" for her and utterly and vehemently refuses to listen anyone or anything that doesn't fit her delusion. ''Even when the twelve gods explicitly disavow Miko by stripping her of her paladinhood and their divine favour''.
* OffhandBackhand: Kills a hobgoblin mook with her bare hands without bothering to look at him.
* PaintItBlack: In her case, Paint It Tan after [[spoiler:her Fall, since [[WordOfGod her Sapphire Guard uniform is magical and only works for a paladin]]]]. Sabine once suggests that she would look sexy in black leather, and gets non-fatally [[NeckSnap her neck snapped]] for her trouble.
* ThePaladin: This is her class; warrior in service to the Twelve Gods.
* {{Patricide}}: ''How the Paladin Got His Scar'' reveals that, [[spoiler:not only was Shojo her lord, but also ''her adopted father'', a fact which adds a whole new layer to the dynamic between them, and what it meant when she killed him. This also means that Hinjo is legally her cousin, and that she would have been a kinslayer for a second time within minutes if Roy hadn't intervened and saved Hinjo.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: She's never pleased about anything.
* PetTheDog: She gets a character scene in a bonus strip where she tries to invite a couple of acquaintances to celebrate the New Year with her, but when they ask her to come with them to a bar, her BlackAndWhiteInsanity leads her to decry it as a den of sin, which annoys the others enough to withdraw the invitation. She goes back to her quarters, where we see that she has personally prepared a nice dinner for all of them, which she ends up eating alone with her horse. It shows that even as Miko's distance from the other paladins is self-inflicted because of how judgemental and self-righteous she is, she is also deeply lonely because of it, and her holy mount is also her only friend.
* {{Pride}}: Miko is so full of herself that she will ''never'' question her actions, her judgement, or her belief that she is "special" and has a great and prestigious destiny.
-->'''Miko Miyazaki:''' The gods have a plan for me, I know it! I am special, the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard! They wouldn't do this to ME without a reason.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: "Let's just say there's a reason Miko gets picked for long missions. In foreign countries. Which keep her away from home for months at a time." Unlike typical examples of this trope, she is given assignments of actual importance at least.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Sort of. Soon Kim explains that he's pleased that she kept the Gate out of Evil hands, but true redemption means overcoming what caused her fall in the first place.]] Fitting for this trope, [[spoiler:her final words imply a sort of redemption ''was'' possible -- they're a statement of compromise, which was the one thing Miko was never able to do.]]
* {{Samurai}}: This is her ''job'', not her class. She makes that very clear. (The Samurai class in D&D was infamously useless.)
* SamusIsAGirl: The mysterious blue-cloaked, hooded figure tracking down the Order is a girl. Roy knocks off her hood in their first battle and his reaction to the revelation is "wow". He is accused of wanting to "bone" her afterwards.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:She becomes increasingly irrational and impulsive after the Order of the Stick is brought to Azure City. After she kills Lord Shojo, she goes into extreme denial and comes up with crazy (and at times contradicting) theories about the Order of the Stick.]]
* SarcasmBlind: In the words of Shojo, "Good gods, they can teach you how to detect evil, but not sarcasm?"
* SelfMadeOrphan: While her biological parents were killed by others, she killed her adoptive father (revealed as such in one of the prequel stories) in a fit of paranoia.
* SixthRanger: For the Order of the Stick, temporarily, causing lots of tension in the process.
* SmiteEvil: One of her class abilities is extra damage to evil.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: For Belkar, after his jailbreak. Despite working with heroes, Belkar is an evil criminal who is on the run from the law. Of course Miko has to bring him in.
* TautologicalTemplar: She is convinced that, being the most powerful member of the Sapphire Guard, she ''must'' have the Twelve Gods' favor. Therefore, anything she does is right by definition and anything that happens to her [[spoiler:including falling from paladinhood]] is part of the gods' greater plan for her. Later goes into InsaneTrollLogic, when Miko determines that because the gods could easily stop her from [[spoiler:breaking out of prison]] but don't, they ''clearly'' want her to do so.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Early on, she showed some clever strategy in defeating a band of ogres. She never does anything that clever again, bar maybe escaping Xykon's Forcecage. Instead, the {{Flanderization}} of her jumping to conclusions, NiceJobBreakingItHero, UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, etc. Then again, SanitySlippage is likely a factor.
* TragicFlaw: Miko's pride is by far her biggest flaw, as it keeps her from questioning her actions or acknowledging the idea that she ''might'' be wrong about some rather important things.
* TragicHero: She tries to do what's right, but her self-awareness evaporates in the face of her paranoia and zealotry. [[spoiler:They lead directly to her death, and her inability to even ''acknowledge'' her flaws means she cannot find redemption there.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: In the span of a couple days she [[spoiler:learned of an impending attack on her homeland, learned that her mentor had been lying to her her entire life, executed him for treason, learned he was innocent of said treason, lost her powers, lost her homeland, was thrown in prison, and finally died in disgrace.]]
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Lampshaded when she gives her IAmXSonOfY speech.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Just as the ghost of Soon Kim is about to finish off Xykon, Miko comes in and destroys the gate, allowing Xykon and Redcloak to escape.]]
* WarriorMonk: Because she was raised in a monastery, she has a few levels of Monk.
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana and a wakizashi, although she loses the latter later on. Being a paladin, she is a frequent user of SmiteEvil.
* WhatTheHellHero: She gets hit by several of these speeches. By Roy, and also Redcloak, in a case of a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Apparently she gets it a lot. (You'd think she'd take a hint.)
* WindmillCrusader: Her quest to smite evil takes strange turns.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: A minor example, but being the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard clearly went to her head, disconnecting her from reality. Always being far away from Azure City didn't help.
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* YouNeedToGetLaid: Roy says she wouldn't be so uptight if she were regularly receiving "treasure type O."


->''"Yeah, well, you probably shouldn't have discussed how you're going to beat the system in front of the guy charged with upholding the system. I still get to make Listen checks when I'm three feet away, you know."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

Nephew and sole heir of Lord Shojo, and therefore the new Sapphire Commander and sovereign of Azure-City-in-Exile. After his uncle's death and Redcloak's conquest of Azure City, he and most of the city's civilian population have fled into exile, and have settled in an abandoned Elven settlement on the Western Continent. He hopes to one day reclaim his home, and leads the remnants of the Sapphire Guard with that goal in mind. A powerful paladin, he is considerably more easygoing and personable than Miko and prefers mounted front-line combat with his wolf, Argent.
* {{Ambadassador}}: He's an ambassador before he joins the Sapphire Guard, which is perhaps a reason why he does far better at navigating the world of political scheming and is more affable than most of his fellow paladins.
* AttackAttackAttack: He refuses to retreat from Azure City after it has been overrun by hobgoblins, but is convinced by the Order.
* BerserkButton: "NOBODY HURTS MY DOG!!!"
* CantCatchUp: While he stays back to oversee the refugee fleet, Lien and O-Chul have leveled up.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hinjo tries to stay positive.
-->'''Lien: '''Lord Hinjo!! You're-you're alive!\\
'''Hinjo:''' As are you, thank the Twelve Gods. I guess that doubles the current resources of the Sapphire Guard.
* {{Foil}}: To Miko. Commentary in the books remarks that Hinjo's presence contrasts with Miko's [[spoiler:when Shojo is revealed to be deceiving the paladins.]] Hinjo's response is of someone "who believes in the law", while Miko's is someone who "believes herself above the law."
* GuileHero: Hinjo seems to be both intelligent and wise. When he overhears Shojo admit that he's lying to the Paladins, he puts all the pieces together and isn't fooled by Shojo's back-pedaling. Later, he realizes Elan is lying about [[spoiler:Kubota's death]], but he has Lien search for the body and he doesn't arrest Elan because he lacks evidence. Earlier in the same arc, he promotes Daigo & Kazumi Kato to nobles. It is implied that one of the reasons he did this was because none of the other nobles were trustworthy. While not downright devious, he will bend the rules so that he can accomplish his goals.
* HealingHands: A paladin power.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Cut-aways to him after the "Don't Split Up the Party" arc imply that he is having plenty of adventures of his own in [[spoiler:the new home for the refugees of Azure City]], fighting giant ant-like monsters.
* HonorBeforeReason: Not like Miko, but Hinjo is still a stickler for the rules, and his uncle states in a bonus comic that he hopes Hinjo will grow out of this mindset by the time he takes command of Azure City.
-->'''Shojo:''' Hinjo has grown up into a good, honorable man -- which unfortunately makes him singularly unsuited to the task of governing Azure City and its territories. I'm not worried, though. Give him another ten years of instruction, and his naïve idealism will fall like kobolds before a high-level fighter.
* InItsHourOfNeed: Refuses to leave Azure City during Xykon's siege despite how far victory slips away. He is ultimately convinced of the foolishness of this mindset.
* InnocentInnuendo: He never, ever notices the humor involved [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0418.html in his junk.]]
* InternalReformist: Much like O-Chul, his first encounters with the Sapphire Guard during the events of ''How the Paladin Got His Scar'' cause him to decide it's desperately in need of reform, and that he should get a perspective from inside the unit to best know how to command it in the future. In the same story, he also shows an interest in reforming the inequities of Azure City's social structure.
* MagicKnight: Due to being a paladin, he has both fighting and magic skills.
* TheMenFirst: He cares very deeply for his people, spending all of his time helping them in their exile.
* ModestRoyalty: After becoming the ruler of Azure City, he wears the same paladin armor he did before he ruled.
* {{Nephewism}}: What happened to his parents? Who knows; maybe ninjas got them.
* NiceGuy: He's always friendly and polite and when the Order is being taken to their trial, he tells them some funny stories. After Miko kills Shojo, he tries to offer her a second chance to redeem herself despite her just killing his only known living relative.
* OnlySaneMan: When dealing with his uncle's fake senility, Kubota's scheming, the zealousness of Miko and the antics of the Order, he has an aura of I'm-Not-Going-to-Tolerate-This-Nonsense.
* ThePaladin: A holy warrior that is far more sane than Miko.
* PragmaticHero: Hinjo is under no delusions. He knows that the nobles will try to assassinate him the first moment they are able. When he discovers Shojo's lies, his first order of business is to bring him in for trial. He stands in direct contrast to Miko who acts on impulse to the discovery. [[CrazyPrepared He also carries silver and cold-iron katanas for dealing with any planar trouble.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He can't condone his uncle's backroom dealing but nevertheless recognizes that the Gates must be protected.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He is front and center for the Siege of Azure City and the later settling of the refugees.
* {{Samurai}}: Like Miko, but he's closer to a WarriorPrince than a WarriorMonk.
* ShelteredAristocrat: In his younger days, he didn't see much of the city or its troubles. Un-sheltering himself was the main reason he became a paladin in the first place.
* SmiteEvil: His duty and power as a paladin.
* SupportingLeader: He's the leader of the forces opposing Xykon, but the Order are the main characters and heroes of the story.
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:After Shojo's death, he takes over Azure City. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about it.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In his earliest chronological appearance during O-Chul's prequel comic, he has training in how to fight but he's so inexperienced that O-Chul explains Hinjo would actually be a liability in combat, and thus require another member of the extremely small group to protect him. By the time of the main comic, Hinjo is a capable warrior and leader.
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana because of the fantasy counterpartness.
* TheWisePrince: Hinjo knew that his paladins probably couldn't take on Xykon, but gave them the chance anyways, knowing that [[spoiler:Soon's spirit would bring them back for the final battle.]] He also refuses to execute Shojo and wants to bring him to the courts first. When Miko [[spoiler:murders Shojo in anger and loses her paladinhood]], he tries to talk her into surrendering despite his anger. When she attacks him anyways, he arrests her when she is knocked out instead of executing her on the spot. Later on, he realizes that his uncle was right about the oath the paladins took to not interfere with the gate. He is unable to help the Order directly in their quest but he gives them his support and the resources to proceed. During the battle for Azure City, he is also shown to be effective at placing his troops.


->''"Your life is much like this TabletopGame/{{Go}} board, my friend. You have allowed yourself to be surrounded by enemy pieces -- people who wish to bend you to their will, to remove your unique voice from the board and replace it with one of... of mindless subservience.\\
But as you correctly point out, you are still holding on two empty places in the center.\\
They are your heart, and your mind. They are the places that make you what you really are."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Fighter/Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

A high-ranking and incredibly tough paladin of the Sapphire Guard, O-Chul was taken as a prisoner of war after the fall of Azure City.
* AccidentalTruth: O-Chul's lies on how Girard's gate is protected were actually pretty spot-on. An elaborate maze (in the form of the canyon and Pyramid, which are made more elaborate and confusing by the illusions of the Draketooth clan) and by answering the riddles (breaking through the LotusEaterMachine and recognizing the double bluff) can one reach the center indeed.
* AdoptTheDog: His friendship with the Monster in the Darkness leads to a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. Also see the quote.
* AndIMustScream: He spends an unspecified amount of time paralysed by Xykon, [[spoiler:while his fellow paladins killed themselves around him, Xykon took the gate, and Miko destroyed the gate when they were winning.]] Then he was blown out a window and taken to a tea party when he needed to be escaping.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: His backstory reveals that he used to be a bandit child who was given a second chance.]]
* BadassBeard: A blue beard and a huge badass
* BadassInDistress: He's put in a tank with a[[spoiler:n acid-breathing]] shark. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0542.html It doesn't go well]] [[spoiler:for the ''shark''.]]
* BadLiar: Thanks to dump-statting Charisma.
-->'''Redcloak:''' After all this time... I have finally found the very WORST liar in the entire world.
* BaldOfAwesome: A goodly and awesome paladin without a hair on his head.
* BrassBalls: "+5 Holy Cojones", as stated by [[spoiler:resident BigBad Xykon. He was genuinely surprised that O-Chul was going to fight him wearing nothing but his prisoner loincloth and wielding nothing but his paladin might.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: He started as just a high-ranking paladin, but the increased exposure he got over the Occupied Azure City arc and the popularity he gained in that time earned him his own prequel book.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Even without armor and in poor health, he can punch his way out of an acid shark tank. Xykon thinks his high constitution comes from training and spending xp on his character build instead of buffs.
-->'''Xykon:''' Hell, the idiot paladin understands better than [[DealWithTheDevil you]] do. 'Cause he got every one of those hit points I burned off of him the hard way: he earned them.
* ColdBloodedTorture: At the hands of Team Evil for fun and information. (And as a stalling tactic.)
* CoolHorse: Averted, likely due to his levels in fighter. He lacks a Paladin Mount, which disappoints Lien who hoped he had merely been saving it for a dramatic moment.
* TheCorrupter: Inverted. He spends all of his time in prison trying to redeem the Monster in the Darkness.
* {{Determinator}}:
** O-Chul manages to get a list of all (or at least most) of Xykon's spells. When asked how, he simply replies "One saving throw at a time." His Constitution score is in the mid-twenties. For reference, the average human has a score of ten and increases are not linear.
--->'''Xykon:''' He's like the Energizer Bunny, a Rollex watch, and Creator/JackieChan mixed together!
** The prequel story "How the Paladin Got His Scar" starts with O-Chul holding the line completely alone against a hobgoblin raiding party long after all his men are dead. A few dozen hobgoblins end up retreating because they just can't break him. When he gives his report, he doesn't see this event as any more important than any other fact of the battle.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: He plays Go and other games with the Monster in the Darkness.
* DoesNotLikeSpam:
-->'''O-Chul:''' Well, I was going to express a dislike of squid, but I guess [[EatsBabies babies]] top my list as well.
* TheDogBitesBack: After months of torture, [[spoiler:he nearly kills Redcloak, and puts out his right eye.]]
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: With Redcloak's holy symbol; catching the chain on his impromtu spear and pulling it off can't be anything but dramatic.
* DumpStat: Charisma -- he started as a fighter. This comes back to bite him when he tries to [[spoiler:dupe Redcloak.]]
* ExactWords: When questioned about the destruction of Soon's Gate, he says he made the decision to destroy the gate and it was his blade that did the deed. Both are true, but O-Chul made that decision prior to Soon's ghost leading a counterattack that neutralized Xykon as a threat, and the gate was needlessly destroyed by Miko after taking O-Chul's sword.
* ExposedToTheElements: Discussed with Lien while they are in a blizzard at the North Pole, since they are both wearing their modest but normal outfits. As it turns out, O-Chul purchased a magic cloak that, among other things, confers immunity to frigid environmental temperatures.
* AFatherToHisMen: Lien recalls that he insisted on walking her home after she was knocked during training. He also apologizes when he has to leave his men to destroy the gate. His prequel story, where he mentors the cowardly Zhou Bo, shows that this characteristic was already in place long before the series.
* GeniusBruiser: He has a mind for the military, and that's not all. Through months of captivity and torture, he created a running list of Xykon's spells by surviving them one at a time. He also teaches Go and espouses a philosophy centered on it to a monster who is kind of a moron. Based on the ingenuity and patience he displays in "How the Paladin Got His Scar", it's obvious his Intelligence and Wisdom scores are pretty solid, if not better than, say, Roy's.
* GoThroughMe: When asked why can't he just leave a hopeless cause to save his own life in "How the Paladin Got His Scar", his response is:
-->'''O-Chul:''' A lot of people are going to get hurt tomorrow. All we can do is stand in the way of that and say, "Not them. Me. If you need to hurt someone, hurt me."
* GuileHero: [[XanatosSpeedChess Extremely adaptable.]] When captured, O-Chul [[spoiler:takes advantage of the situation to get Xykon's spell list, nudge the Monster in the Darkness away from evil a bit, and when released, is in position to try to break Xykon's phylactery (but is stopped at the last second)]]. Also capable of using ExactWords when necessary, though usually not for manipulative reasons. In his origin story, he [[spoiler: prevents a war from breaking out between Azure City and the hobgoblins by challenging Gin-Jun to a (now outlawed) honor duel, and then using the opportunity to expose the commander's madness to his men and turn them against him.]]
* HappilyAdopted: He tells of a story where a Sergeant sent the child of two robbers to his sister for better life. In a PlotTwist, he is the robbers' child who later has a well-adjusted life that led him to become a better person.
* HealingHands: A standard paladin ability. He uses it regularly on himself to heal the wounds inflicted by Redcloak's torture regimen.
* HeroicWillpower: He is able to withstand months of torture at the hands of Team Evil without ever betraying his principles or breaking. O-Chul's reputation for this trope becomes a local legend among the rest of the Azure City prisoners.
* HolierThanThou: Played for laughs with Lien, when she tries a "Paladin off" with him. He always comes up on top, but both are never serious about it.
* HonorBeforeReason: When he learns that the Sapphire Guard has summoned a Celestial to help them attack the hobgoblin fort, his plan is reduced to "fight alongside the hobgoblins because the paladins are in the wrong." Zhou Bo calls him on how this won't accomplish anything beyond O-Chul getting himself killed to avoid a guilty conscience.
* HumbleHero: In "How the Paladin Got His Scar", he doesn't see anything special about holding the line against a hobgoblin raiding party by himself. He later puts himself into the line of fire repeatedly, [[spoiler:saves two civilizations from a bloody war]], and every time he describes it as casually as if he were deciding on what pants to wear.
-->'''General Nhek:''' He's always like this. Last time I promoted him, he apologized to me.\\
'''O-Chul:''' I still live with the burden of having failed to properly fulfill the duties of a lieutenant.
* IGaveMyWord: He thinks it's obvious that Soon Kim kept his oath. After all, he's a paladin and it's the same thing he himself would do.
* ImprovisedWeapon: He can and will use anything, from a broken cage bar to ''bare fists'', highly effectively and often powered-up with SmiteEvil.
* InternalReformist: He joined the Sapphire Guard specifically so he could be this. When O-Chul first encountered the Sapphire Guard, it was a force staffed solely by elitist nobles, many of whom were also zealots with warped priorities, and who didn't bother to consider the natural repercussions for their actions. Upon learning that the Guard could not be dismissed, O-Chul joined it in hopes of making it less extreme and out of touch.
* InterrogatedForNothing: [[spoiler:Redcloak suspected he was telling the truth even before their session on the tower, but wanted to keep Xykon in the city so the hobgoblins could solidify their position.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor: All the Sapphire Guards are, but O-Chul even ''more'' so. [[WordOfGod The Giant]] describes him as "everything right about the paladin". He was already one in all but name in his prequel story, when he was just a regular captain in the army. He is honest and humble, stern but compassionate, courageous in the face of overwhelming odds, but above all else, committed to protecting the lives of ''everyone'', human or hobgoblin.
* MadeOfIron: He survives a Castle-Shattering Kaboom, a tank of acid with a shark in it (multiple times, it's implied), being trapped in a cage filled with rabid dire wallabies, a staring contest with a basilisk (which he won, technically; he never blinked), along with months of torture. Some would argue that he borders on ImplacableMan. He has a Constitution score in the mid-twenties.[[note]]For those unfamiliar with the system: The average Constitution (health) score is ten. 18 is the ''normal 1st level human maximum''. With normal rules and without magic items you'll need to be level 8 to reach constitution score of 20, level 16 to reach score 22 and level 20 to reach score 25. All this sacrificing all the others abilities. This means he probably has the HitPoints of an average character ''twice'' his level. Also, paladins are traditionally loaded down with class features and abilities that make them rather hard to kill -- but O-Chul has mostly fighter levels. Hinjo even remarks that he is the "toughest" Sapphire guardsman.[[/note]] Statistically, he's on par with a dragon the size of a barn, and it shows.
%% MemeticBadass: Subjective trope, already in YMMV.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: He engages in some very specific wordplay [[spoiler:when Hinjo asks him if he destroyed the Sapphire Gate]] because he would {{never speak ill of the dead}}. He openly admits he's doing this.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: [[spoiler:Born to a bandit couple and hated by their victims after they were killed/arrested, O-Chul was instead adopted by the man who brought down his parents to be raised with love and dignity. This history informs most of his actions and his character.]]
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: While his opinion of [[spoiler:Miko]] is low, he doesn't speak ill of [[spoiler:her]] after a stupid act causes a tragedy.
* NotAGame: He explains to Haley, in detail, how full-scale war isn't like a dungeon.
* OddFriendship: He and the Monster in the Darkness are quite friendly. He refers to the Monster as [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics "Monster-san"]]. The Monster calls him Mr. Stiffly.
* OneManArmy: ''How the Paladin Got His Scar'' starts with a hobgoblin force retreating from a battle with Azurite troops. A battle that O-Chul was the only Azurite to walk away from. Being O-Chul, he doesn't really understand why a civilian is flabbergasted to learn that a small army retreated rather than fight him.
* ThePaladin: Holy warrior that is solidly more ''good'' than ''lawful''. His origin story shows that he holds ''both'' to equal measure. Despite being the only thing standing between two warring factions, he refuses to fight ''either'' side, [[spoiler:his overzealous countrymen, and the innocent hobgoblins who are supposed to be his enemies]]. He also refuses to just abandon his duty, which would have saved his own life at the cost of allowing weaker innocents to be hurt instead.
* TheParagon: He is considered such within the Sapphire Guard. It says a lot about how much the Sapphire Guard has progressed that he is so esteemed now, considering the circumstances under which O-Chul joined it in "How the Paladin Got His Scar". [[spoiler:O-Chul had just clashed several times with the Guard, been a factor in the death of its leader, and in general the Guard was an elitist, extremist organization made up solely of nobles. Apparently, nearly a dozen members resigned immediately when O-Chul, a commoner, was accepted into their ranks.]]
* PragmaticHero: Unusually for a character with such a strong moral compass, O-Chul tends to keep pragmatic concerns in mind regarding his actions. This doesn't cause him to compromise, but does give him justifications for some of his actions. When he unties Pangtok and Tingtox after they nearly drowned member of his party in an escape attempt, he explains that it was both wrong of him to tie them up and that if they want to escape it's better that they just run off rather than think they have to fight their way to freedom.
* ReconstructedTrope: Reconstructs paladins as a follow-up to Miko's decontruction of the class.
* ScarsAreForever: Despite receiving healing magic regularly, he's been tortured for so long that his body is literally CoveredInScars. Even more impressive, when O-Chul breaks out, Redcloak hits him with a Disintegrate, [[XRaySparks showing off O-Chul's skeleton]], which reveals that his skull has a scar matching the one along his temple -- meaning the cut made it went all the way to the bone. The prequel story "How the Paladin Got His Scar" would eventually reveal the origin of this scar. [[spoiler:Gin-Jun, a maddened, KnightTemplar[=/=]GeneralRipper former commander of the Sapphire Guard inflicted the wound on O-Chul when O-Chul [[SheatheYourSword found a non-violent way]] of preventing a war with the Hobgoblins that Gin-Jun was about to start.]]
* SmiteEvil: He charges holy power into his bare hands to assault Xykon.
* StoneWall: In contrast to someone like Miko, O-Chul rarely displays any spectacular offense, but can instead take a ridiculous amount of punishment without going down. It fits with how he sees his mission as a soldier and a paladin, which is as a defender and protector of the helpless who [[GoThroughMe will be their shield]].
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: [[spoiler:He was once the son of a murderous bandit couple, but when his father was killed and mother arrested, O-Chul was taken in by the arresting Sergeant and the man's sister. His adopted family's persistence in raising him is what gave him his strong sense of compassion for the downtrodden, as he was downtrodden once, and he will always believe in second chances for everybody.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana, like the others in the Sapphire Guard.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Why Did It Have to Be Sharks? Though in actuality he does ''not'' fear them, since being a paladin makes him immune to fear. It's more like they just make him oddly uncomfortable. The acid-breathing shark may have had something to do with this.
* WorkingClassHero: In "How the Paladin Got His Scar" he's revealed to be common-born and was the first commoner to join the Sapphire Guard, which had previously restricted its membership to members of the noble class.
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: He has a theory as to what the Monster in the Darkness is, but doesn't think Lien or the Monster himself would believe it.


->''"It was pretty easy for me to put two and two together. Contrary to [[GoodIsDumb popular opinion]], Good is not always dumb."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' [[LawfulGood Intelligent Good]]

Along with Hinjo and O-Chul, a paladin and one of the only surviving Sapphire Guard officers. As the daughter of fishermen, her weapon and celestial mount keep a connection with the sea.
* ActionGirl: During the fall of Azure City, she defends Hinjo's junk for hours from attacking hobgoblins by herself.
* TheAntiNihilist: She [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1032.html sees]] the loss of her hometown and most of her friends as just part of how the world works, but chooses to be grateful that she's alive and able to keep fighting the good fight.
--> '''O-Chul:''' Ah, so your optimism is a direct result of your relentlessly negative view.\\
'''Lien:''' Haha! I guess so! The best part about always expecting the world to bite you in the butt is sometimes you're pleasantly surprised.
* BadassBoast: When fighting a group of hobgoblins:
-->'''Lien:''' My parents were fishermen. When I was a little girl, I stood right here and learned how to clean the fish that they caught. I'm telling you this so that you know that when I say that if you take one more step, I will gut you like the catch of the day -- IT IS {{NOT HYPERBOLE}}!
* BladeOnAStick: Her harpoon.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Defied. She gets singed by Thor's Lightning when Durkon rescues her, and he preemptively apologizes for it.
--> '''Lien:''' SO not complaining.
* CoolPet: A freaking shark that she rides into battle! She's easily the most badass fisherman's daughter in fiction.
* DeadpanSnarker: Of the Azurites, easily the most sarcastic.
* DetectEvil: Standard paladin power; she attempts it on Therkla.
* ExposedToTheElements: Discussed with O-Chul during a blizzard in the North Pole, as they are wearing modest, but normal outfits. As it turns out, Lien's Ring of Water Breathing [[RequiredSecondaryPowers also protects her from frigid temperatures]], as the deep ocean is quite cold.
* GoodCopBadCop: Or Good Bard, Bad Paladin; in one of the bonus comics, she and Elan interrogate a mermaid who had known a group of aquatic hobgoblins that attacked the Azure City fleet using this technique.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Her CatchPhrase. Lien would like to remind you that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0584.html being good does not necessarily make you an idiot.]]
* GotMeDoingIt: Thanks to Elan's influence, she hopes that O-Chul had an awesome paladin mount he had been saving for the perfect dramatic reveal. He doesn't.
* FluffyTamer: Razor's a great white, and she manages to make him seem cute, especially in the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/Wallpapers.html Beach Party]] wallpaper.
* HealingHands: Paladin power.
* NotHyperbole: TropeNamer.
-->'''Lien:''' My parents were fishermen. When I was a little girl, I stood right here and learned how to clean the fish that they caught. I'm telling you this so that you know that when I say that if you take one more step, [[GuttedLikeAFish I will gut you like the catch of the day]] -- IT IS NOT HYPERBOLE!
* ThePaladin: Like Miko and O-chul she is a holy warrior for the Twelve Gods.
* RagsToRiches: She started life as the child of two fishermen, and now she's one of the strongest paladins in Azure City.
* RingOfPower: In one of the bonus comics in ''Don't Split the Party'', Lien reveals that she has a magic ring that allows her to breathe underwater. It later gets shown in the main comic. [[RequiredSecondaryPowers This also confers an immunity to frigid temperatures, as the bottom of the ocean can be very cold.]]
* {{Samurai}}: Like others on this list, a katana-wielding warrior in an Japan-ish place.
* SmiteEvil: Paladin power.
* SurvivorsGuilt: Averted. She considers her family making it out alive while all her colleagues die proof that she must be the luckiest girl alive, as there is no point believing the world is fair.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Hinjo sent Lien to guard the waterfront docks primarily because her shark paladin mount would turn any sea monsters the goblins summoned to sushi.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Due to living on the waterfront, her entire extended family, her boyfriend, and his extended family all made it out safely.
* VirginSacrifice: Inverted with the virgin part. According to the orcs, Banjo prefers someone "with experience". The sacrifice itself was narrowly avoided.
-->'''Lien:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0554.html Dammit, why does my mother keep being right about these things?]]
* WeaponOfChoice: A harpoon, unlike the katanas of the other paladins. This might have to do with her being a fisherman's daughter.
* WorkingClassHero: Like O-Chul, she's common-born and as seen above her upbringing informs both her outlook on life and her WeaponOfChoice.

[[folder:Ho Thanh]]
!!Ho Thanh

->''"Let us make hasty our escape, that we might live to fight the forces of Evil another day."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

A low-ranking Sapphire Guard member who was out of town the day of the battle. Took over leadership of LaResistance after Haley left.
* AttackAttackAttack: Averted, a rarity among paladins.
%%* BadassMustache
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Briefly dominated by Tsukiko. [[RunningGag No, not that kind of]] [[SexSlave domination]].
* HealingHands: Paladin power, and exploited by Tsukiko while dominating him. [[RunningGag It sounds bad but it wasn't like that.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Charges into a hopeless battle to distract Redcloak from noticing that a single Resistance member will survive.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: His ability to use subterfuge leaves some to be desired. [[spoiler: Although he does work well with Niu during his last act.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:He takes crushing from a golem with utmost serenity.]]
* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler:He disputes with Niu about her escape at the end.]]
* ThePaladin: Like others on this list, a holy warrior of the Twelve Gods.
* LaResistance: Would like to call it "Sapphire Liberation Front".
* {{Samurai}}: Like Lien, Miko, etc.
* SmiteEvil: Paladin power.
* ThatsAnOrder: He invokes this trope to make Niu escape.
* TurnUndead: He uses this paladin power against Tsukiko's wights. It doesn't destroy them, but does enough to prevent them from level draining.
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana, standard for Sapphire Guard members. It also doubles as a divine focus for turning undead.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Thanh feels he's out of his league, but he's the only person that the other Resistance groups could agree on since they would not allow some foreigner to lead them, ruling out Haley.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:He dies covering Niu's escape.]]


->''"In the few hours since we learned of the threat, we diviners have done our best to scry the invading army."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Wizard (diviner)\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (presumably)

A blind seer who serves as an adviser to Shojo and later Hinjo. Aside from Shojo, she is the only known member of the Sapphire Guard who is not a Paladin.
* BlindfoldedVision: Her mystic vision spells even come out of the blindfold.
* BlindSeer: A seer with a blindfold.
* CallForward: In the Kickstarer reward Therkla comic, Sangwaan comments that she's tired of everyone pitying her for her birth defect that will leave her dead by age 30. She states that "I hope when it is my time, no-one will see it coming." Note that this comic came out well after we saw her killed by an ''invisible'' zombie dragon in the main story.
-->'''Sangwaan:''' Heh heh, well played, Lord Rooster.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:She's killed when Xykon's zombie dragon bites her and then throws her off the ramparts of Azure City's outer wall.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Has a particularly funny one in a bonus comic [[spoiler:dealing with Shojo's funeral.]]
-->'''Sangwaan:''' He never treated me differently for my disability. He tried to look down my shirt like any other girl.
* MauveShirt: Like the generals.
* NonActionGuy: Seer, not soldier.
* {{Telepathy}}: She uses it at a few points to answer people's questions before they finish asking them.


->''"You have no idea what I have sacrificed for the Sapphire Guard! I have led us to glory when Shojo would have left us to wither and fade into obscurity!"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Paladin \\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

The commander of the Sapphire Guard during the events of "How the Paladin Got His Scar". An anti-hobgoblin fanatic, Gin-Jun led his forces on a crusade through the countryside in an effort to find and destroy the Crimson Mantle once and for all.
* GeneralRipper: Cares more about slaughtering the hobgoblins than protecting the citizens he's supposed to be defending. Tellingly, when Miko asks how to differentiate good goblins from bad, (she's quite young during the story and still concerned about such things) Gin-Jun acknowledges that not all goblins are evil, but believes that the simple act of living in a goblin society and contributing to it in any way effectively makes them evil, and gives Miko an answer that amounts to "Kill them all and let the gods sort them out."
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:He's fired from the Sapphire Guard by his own subordinate after O-Chul tricks him into breaking one of its rules. He's told off and duly insulted by his former second-in-command, bluntly dismissed and rejected by the celestial he had summoned to help the Guard's efforts, and finally killed by his own acolyte for his misdeeds.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: He advocates wiping out hobgoblin civilization entirely, brushing off the possibility of good hobgoblins dying because that can't get in the way of punishing wickedness, and essentially says that if any good hobgoblins survive this they can reflect on how this was for the best and how they can change their ways. When Gin-Jun is [[spoiler:kicked out of the Sapphire Guard]] for his own actions, instead of reflecting on his own wickedness, how it must be punished, or how he can change his ways, Gin-Jun simply goes into NeverMyFault, blaming both O-Chul and his own second-in-command for his own actions.
-->'''Gin-Jun:''' This is all some kind of plot cooked up between you and this soldier!\\
'''Haruna:''' I assure you I had no part in planning anything Captain O-Chul said or did.\\
'''Gin-Jun:''' But neither did you prevent me from making a mistake that would allow you to expel me from the Guard. You set me up, you traitor!\\
'''Haruna:''' If you choose to commit violence to avenge your worthless honor, then the weight of that decision rests on your conscience, not mine.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:By Miko, for attacking Zhou Bo.]]
* MaskOfSanity: The man may be an obsessed fanatic, but he's capable of keeping up a polite and courteous front, even appearing wise and mentorly to inexperienced acolytes like Miko. Not until his breakdown is happening in earnest does he abandon his courtly manners.
* MasterSwordsman: He's a powerful, highly-ranked paladin, and O-Chul explicitly says that he has next to no chance of beating Gin-Jun in a duel, as Gin-Jun has almost certainly been trained by some of the greatest swordsmen in the world.
* TheMentor: To Miko, which shows where she got some of her bad ideas and fanaticism from.
* MyGreatestFailure: Gin-Jun was a random low-ranking paladin of the Sapphire Guard during the events of "Start of Darkness", who took part in killing the prior bearer of the Crimson Mantle and wiping out Redcloak's village and family. However, at the time the Guard was not aware that the Mantle was an ArtifactOfDoom and thought it was nothing more than a signifier of rank. The fact that they missed the chance to destroy or take the Crimson Mantle on that occasion and forever end the threat posed by it has haunted Gin-Jun for over 20 years.
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:How Miko kills him.]]
* NeverMyFault: When O-Chul points out that Gin-Jun's tactics will result in hobgoblins attacking Azurite villages in retaliation, Gin-Jun just says that's on the hobgoblin's heads, not his. [[spoiler:He also blames O-Chul for him losing his place in the Sapphire Guard, even though it was Gin-Jun's own actions that caused him to be fired.]]
* NotSoDifferent: He acts very similar to the GeneralRipper on the hobgoblin side, to the point that they get upset over the same things and use similar ways and phrases to express that anger. O-Chul, when trying to convince the other paladins that Gin-Jun has lost his way, points this out and that Gin-Jun has more in common with a hobgoblin who is similarly eager for war than he does with those of his own people who aren't.
* TheProudElite: Of the type that don't have kind HiddenDepths. Gin-Jun is all too aware and proud of his societal status, rank, and personal honor. He doesn't tolerate anyone trying to point out flaws in his abilities, or anyone of a lower social rank questioning him. [[spoiler:This is also the cause of his downfall: he could have refused O-Chul's challenge, but doing so would have resulted in him losing face. Because he couldn't accept that he took part in the duel, giving O-Chul a forum to expose Gin-Jun's shortcomings and plead his case to the other paladins.]]
-->'''Gin-Jun:''' That arrogant little soldier ant! I cannot-- How dare he-- He should consider himself lucky that I am too virtuous a man to even ''think'' of slashing his throat for daring to speak that way to his betters!
* RulesLawyer: Not as much as his subordinate Sato, but he does some of this when negotiating with a disinclined celestial whom he wants to help capture the Gorge Ravine outpost. The celestial refuses to slaughter all the hobgoblins or destroy the outpost, so Gin-Jun talks him into just breaking down the front gates... at which point the Sapphire Guard can rush in and do the slaughtering themselves.
* SanitySlippage: As events of the story keep thwarting him, he becomes more and more unhinged. Others point out, and he acknowledges that, even if the current bearer of the Crimson Mantle was in the hobgoblin stronghold -- after the Guard was delayed from attacking -- the bearer would almost certainly have escaped. Despite that, he refuses to hear of any way to learn for sure if the Mantle is present, and the thought of possibly spending another 20+ years chasing the Mantle's bearer causes him to go into a full fledged breakdown, which becomes a murderous rage.
-->'''Gin-Jun:''' Not another 22 years. Not another 22 ''minutes''!
* UpperClassTwit: Gin-Jun is a noble and is enraged that a commoner like O-Chul would oppose him. He even refers to himself as O-Chul's "better".
* WouldNotShootACivilian: Oh so {{averted|Trope}}. As far as he's concerned, there is no such thing as a true civilian in a goblinoid society:
-->'''Miko:''' I have a question. I am not a paladin yet, so I cannot call upon the blessed power of the Twelve Gods to determine which hobgolbins are evil. How shall I know which are fair to attack?\\
'''Gin-Jun:''' An excellent question, and I am glad you are giving these concerns the weight they deserve. It is important to remember simply that hobgoblins are usually evil, and even those that may not be so still worship an evil god, or defend an evil social order, or grow food for evil warriors, or give birth to evil children. It is enough for us to destroy their evil society, and let any who survive reflect on the path of wickedness. Never hesitate to punish evil or support for evil, or tolerance for evil.\\
'''Miko:''' Thank you, Master. You are wise, and I will do my best to follow your example.

[[folder:Haruna Sato]]
!!Haruna Sato

->''"I am simply informing citizens of Azure City -- to whom I have also sworn an oath to defend -- of a possible danger to their lives if they should be in the area tomorrow. I have no way of knowing what you might choose to do with that information."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Paladin \\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

Gin-Jun's immediate subordinate and the second-in-command of the Sapphire Guard.
* KirkSummation: She gives several short and to the point lectures to Gin-Jun about his failings, particularly his need to save face and his valuing of that more than the lives of innocent citizens he is sworn to protect.
* NumberTwo: Commander Gin-Jun's second-in-command, at least of the detachment he was leading and possibly of the entire Sapphire Guard.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Much more so than her boss. She immediately sees some of the flaws in his assumptions about why the Crimson Mantle must be present in this particular village, cares much more about the lives of their people, and works to remove Gin-Jun when it becomes clear he's become too crazy to effectively lead the Sapphire Guard.
* RulesLawyer:
** Sato warns O-Chul what Gin-Jun is planning, but refuses to actually do anything to stop it because that would be betraying her oath. When O-Chul points out she's betraying it by talking to them, Sato says she's just warning an Azure citizen (O-Chul himself) that there will be bloodshed in the area tomorrow so he can protect himself. If he then chooses to use that information to stop Gin-Jun's plans, that's not her business.
** She also manages to oust Gin-Jun after her commander scars and almost kills the defenseless O-Chul. Attempting to kill an "unarmed common citizen" is against the paladin oath, and even though Gin-Jun acted during a duel, that technically isn't a valid exception in the oath. Gin-Jun is thus fired.

!Nobles and their servitors

For nobles who are also in the Sapphire Guard like Gin-Jun, see the above "Sapphire Guard" section.

[[folder:Daimyo Kubota]]
!!Daimyo Kubota

->''"Well done, Therkla. You managed to weasel your way out of responsibility for your own actions like a seasoned veteran. [[SoProudOfYou I couldn't be prouder if you were my own flesh and blood.]]"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Aristocrat/[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0595.html (unknown prestige class)]]\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

A scheming aristocrat and Therkla's employer, intent on assassinating Hinjo and taking over after Shojo's death.
* AffablyEvil: See his page quote. For an evil dude, he can be friendly when he's not sending ninjas after you.
* AristocratsAreEvil: A noble in Azure City and part of the reason that Shojo had to fake senility; he's a scheming asshole.
* CardCarryingVillain: Again, page quote. Also, he schooled Therkla in 'evil best practices'.
* CarryingTheAntidote: Averted and he tells Elan how stupid such a thing would be [[spoiler:after he poisoned Therkla.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: He and his minions wear purple, while the others in Azure City wear blue.
* ConsummateLiar: Not only is he a good liar naturally, but he has an unknown prestige class (probably Spymaster) that makes him immune to lie detection.
* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler: V disintegrates him, then scatters his ashes into the ocean. He ain't coming back.]]
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: He planned to use it on [[spoiler:Therkla after he killed her, but V wasn't having any of that.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:His death is fairly ignominious. Elan comments about it.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He doesn't understand why Hinjo promoted Daigo and Kazumi to nobility for their valor, and sees no value in peasants.
* EvilGloating: As Elan marches him to the magistrate, he gleefully explains how futile Elan's efforts are and how he'll turn the whole situation to his advantage. [[spoiler: These end up being his last words.]]
* EvilPlan: Assassinate Hinjo and become the ruler of Azure City.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Now come along, bring me to your master so we can begin the Trial of the Century."]]
* FillerVillain: He has nothing to do with the main plot of the gates. He's just there to fill time while the Order of the Stick regroups.
* GenreSavvy: He's aware of minions DefectingForLove and planned for it, in addition to what heroes like Elan must do when faced with a surrendering villain. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0595.html When Kubota is bragging to Elan about the sob story he's cooked up]], Elan points out that there are spells that can compel him to tell the truth. He simply retorts that he took a prestige class that makes him immune to such spells.
* KarmaHoudini: DefiedTrope; Kubota plans to invoke this, by framing Therkla and using his aristocrat talents to turn around and use his trial to slander Hinjo, but [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius defies this by simply [[ThePlotReaper disintegrating him]].]]
* ManipulativeBastard: He manipulates the magistrate to avoid punishment for sending ninjas after Hinjo during TheSiege, after that he uses Therkla and then his planned status as KarmaHoudini.
* NoodleIncident: He has levels in an aristocrat-friendly prestige class that grants immunity to lie detection. We're never quite told what that class is, though some fans have guessed Spymaster.
* {{Pride}}: In his status as a noble and his oratory skills.
* SadisticChoice: Invoked twice. [[spoiler: First he has Therkla choose between helping Elan and serving him, then he has Elan choose between saving Therkla and stopping him.]]
* SelfDisposingVillain: He cleverly realizes that an actual surrender is the best way to survive, since Elan will then be forced to bring him in for a trial that will most likely work in his favor.
* {{Slimeball}}: Almost everything he does to try to usurp Hinjo's position is just plain hateful, culminating in him ordering the assassination of a pair of former commoners who were promoted to nobility. The wife is pregnant. When the plan fails, he murders his own number two with poison just to give himself time to escape.
* SmugSnake: His status as a this is cemented by the fact that he just doesn't stack up against Xykon and Redcloak. He's also horribly naive, and thinks taking the city back from Xykon will be a trivial matter.
* TakeOverTheCity: His villainy is entirely geared toward usurping Azure City's rulership. Even when there isn't even much of a city to rule anymore.


->''"Actually, it's completely true. Our master DID order us to lure you here and kill you. I was just hoping... I was hoping you could be my boyfriend instead."''

->'''Race:''' Half-orc\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Ninja\\
'''Alignment:''' TrueNeutral
%% Alignment confirmed by Word of the Giant.

Half-orc ninja, under the employ of Daimyo Kubota. She is poisoned by Kubota so he could escape and dies in Elan's arms.
* ActionGirl: Ninja/assassin and all-around strong.
* CharacterAlignment: TrueNeutral.[[invoked]] She's an active, balancing kind of Neutral, as opposed to the disinterested kind. Her proposed solution to the fleet's struggle between good and evil is that the two groups and their respective followers split up and go their separate ways, and she seems genuinely confused that neither finds this acceptable. This becomes more explored, and more leaning toward Neutral Good, in the bonus comic. [[spoiler:She intentionally avoids killing people, taking it as priority over her single day off in fourteen months, and the one person she does kill is trying to kill both her and the people she's trying to save. She merely wants to repay Kubota for helping her when no one else would, and Kubota's fatherly facade when around her fools her from seeing just how cold-blooded her boss is. She bonds with Sangwaan about this.]]
* ChildByRape: Elan and Kubota think this is the only way a half-orc could be created but the opposite is true; her parents were SickeninglySweethearts. It's an allusion to what ''D&D'' says is often the case with half-orc children.
* CuteLittleFangs: From her orc side.
* CuteMonsterGirl: The other orcs in this comic are ugly but she's cute as a button. On one hand, she's only ''half'' orc. On the other hand, her full-orc mother could definitely also be sorted into this category.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:She was happy about it because she thought it was the only way she'd get into his arms.]]
* TheDragon: To Kubota. She's his head ninja and the most powerful minion in his employ.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: She spies on Elan because she wants to watch him, not to gather information.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Half-orc/half-human.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Elan ''almost'' convinced her to join Hinjo, then Hinjo sprang an ambush and arrested her. [[spoiler: Averted with her death, which only happened after she was forced to choose between her master and Elan, and switched sides for good.]]
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: One of the incredibly few half-orcs to be an inversion.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Elan is clearly upset about letting her die and learns how to Neutralize Poison to prevent it happening again.]]
* InLoveWithTheMark: Her introductory scene has her gushing about Elan's attractiveness.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Averted. Elan is in a relationship at this point and she wants him to break up with whoever it is for her.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:After being poisoned by Kubota, she says she would refuse to be raised unless Elan becomes her boyfriend. He couldn't betray Haley, so she decides to stay dead.]]
* KlingonPromotion: She was salutatorian at Ninja School. Guess how she became valedictorian.
* LadyOfWar: As much as the [[StylisticSuck limited art style]] can allow. As a McNinja, she always favors stealth and opportunistic strikes over direct confrontation, and in the rare moments she's in direct combat she tends to use [[SheFu acrobatic maneuvers and grappling]] far more than any other female character.
* LoveAtFirstSight: One-sided, later partly-reciprocated.
* {{Ninja}} This is her class and she does a lot of sneaking and spying.
* RapeAsBackstory: Subverted. The orc chieftan says being half-human implies a very ugly backstory, but a flashback shows that her human father and orc mother were SickeninglySweethearts.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:She starts off as an antagonist working for Kubota, but when she throws a wrench in his plans to save Elan, he kills her with poison.]]
* SatelliteLoveInterest: What would she be like without Elan? She was a subject of debate on the forums [[spoiler:when she was alive]] and her detractors often used this as an argument.
* TakeAThirdOption: She wants an outcome where her boss and her crush survive the arc. She tried to convince Kubota to separate from Hinjo and form his own kingdom somewhere else. [[spoiler:Kubota didn't like that idea and poisoned her for it.]]
* UnfortunateImplications: Satirized in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0555.html "Half-Dragons Are Even Worse"]]. [[invoked]]

[[folder:"Wizard Guy"]]
!!"Wizard Guy"


->''"I coulda been a baker, you know."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Wizard\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

A wizard whom Shojo loaned to the Order in order to teleport them to and from Cliffport.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: His drunkeness caused him to both screw up a teleport spell bad enough that he dropped the group in a roc's nest, and then to ignore it even as it noticed them.
* TheAlcoholic: Got drunk while waiting for the Order to fight the Linear Guild.
* InVinoVeritas: After getting drunk, he went on a rant about how he didn't even want to be a wizard and would rather have been a baker.
* JadedWashout: Hates his life, seeing himself as an unimportant random wizard who ferries around more important Player Characters, and wishing he'd taken the chance of going after his true passion--baking.
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: Never receives a full name in the comic, and so is just called 'wizard guy' by the other characters.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: He's a parody of this, in that [=PCs=] tend to treat [=NPCs=], no matter how important they might be, as minor assets to be ignored when not relevant. Despite the fact that he's evidently a pretty powerful wizard, the Order completely forgets about him within seconds of reaching Cliffport.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Only appears for a few panels before being killed and eaten by a roc.

[[folder:Shojo's personal wizard]]
!!Shojo's personal wizard


->''"I didn't write the laws of magic, you know!"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Wizard\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

Shojo's personal wizard, whom he loans to Vaarsuvius in order to help complete the elf's spellbook.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Vaarsuvius can't understand why he insists that they have to leave several pages of their spellbook blank after scribing a one-word spell, and Shojo's wizard isn't able to come up with a rational explanataion to mollify them.
* MrExposition: Explains some of the more nonsensical rules of the magic system to Vaarsuvius.


->''"Still, you did manage to separate her from those disgusting cats, so it should be easy for me to follow up and kill them all."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown (possibly TrueNeutral)

A mercenary working in Azure City who has a personal history with Therkla. Appears in the Kickstarter bonus story "Spoiler Alert".
* {{Jerkass}}: Consistently rude and condescending to Therkla, and happy to murder a random merchant family even though Therkla has already faked their deaths and Kohaku's master wouldn't know the difference.
* SmugSnake: In spades. Mocks Therkla throughout their fights and continually acts like the half-orc has no chance whatsoever of beating her.

[[folder:Captain Axe]]
!!Captain Axe

->''"It's my job to protect everyone aboard -- especially Hinjo. And that means getting him far away from situations where he can die heroically."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

The captain of Hinjo's junk. Very loyal to his lord, but knows when to disobey too.
* BaldOfAwesome
* TheCaptain: Of Hinjo's junk. This means he has great authority when on the ship.
* HookHand: He has a small axe replacing his left hand.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: He takes advantage of Hinjo getting knocked unconscious to order the departure of the junk. This is necessary to save all their lives, because Hinjo insisted on waiting for Haley [[spoiler:who is somewhere in the battlefield reclaiming Roy's corpse.]]
* PermaStubble: Adding to his rough sailor look.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: After Hinjo is knocked out, he disobeys orders for the ship to wait, realizing that the enemy is too strong to fight off for much longer.
* TheyCallHimSword: Axe in this case. Probably a ShoutOut to [[Literature/PeterPan Captain Hook]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Again, take a wild guess.

!Regular army

For Tsukiko, who briefly fought alongside the army, see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTeamEvil Team Evil]].

[[folder:Daigo & Kazumi Kato]]
!!Daigo & Kazumi Kato

->'''Daigo:''' ''[dying]'' Kazumi... is a pretty name...\\
'''Kazumi:''' ''[crying]'' Thank you. What's yours?\\
'''Daigo:''' [-... ... Daigo.-]\\
''[no longer dying]'' ... Uh? I, uh... I think I'm OK, now.\\
'''Kazumi:''' Wow. I guess having a name really DOES matter.

->'''Race:''' Humans\\
'''Gender:''' Male & Female (respectively)\\
'''Class:''' Fighters\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralGood
%% Alignment confirmed by Word of the Giant.

Regular soldiers in the [[RedShirtArmy Azure City army]], Daigo and Kazumi refuse to be nameless {{Red Shirt}}s like the rest of the army -- literally, by mentioning their names. They escaped Azure along with Elan, Vaarsuvius and Durkon. Daigo and Kazumi are now married, with Kazumi pregnant, and have been given the status of nobility by Hinjo. The fact that their names are known also makes them significantly more competent than regular Azurite soldiers.
* ActionMom: Kazumi [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0587.html "I'm a goddamn baby-making, life-taking MACHINE"]] Kato. [[PregnantBadass She hasn't even given birth yet!]] Her quote, "Who cares how many people I have to kill? I can just make MORE in my tummy!" is now a T-shirt.
* AlliterativeName: Kazumi Kato; plus when Daigo nearly revealed his last name, it started with "Da".
* BadassNormal: They are regular Azurite soldiers, with no special abilities or magic whatsoever.
* BattleCouple: They started the Siege as co-workers and became a couple in the midst of it.
* BetaCouple: Unusually, they have been a couple for ''less'' time than the alpha. Less unusually, their relationship is much smoother than -- they're already happily married without any plot complications.
* ButtMonkey: Daigo suffers a case of this during the Kubota arc, notably getting ninja-kicked in the face, then slammed by a door, and then broken glass is sprayed on his face.
* ChekhovsGun: Daigo's last name is as of strip 1091 unfired.
* {{Chickification}}: {{Averted|Trope}} by Kazumi during her pregnancy. She tells three hostile ninjas that she didn't forget all her military training the moment she conceived, and she tells them this while kicking their ass. Her husband, on the other hand...
* ClusterFBomb: Kazumi is prone to these when she's in MamaBear mode.
* DefiedTrope: RedShirt. They defied this trope, and saved Daigo's life, by ''mentioning their names''. Daigo keeps his last name a secret in case of an emergency.
* FlirtingUnderFire: Their first lines of dialogue is a invitiation to coffee.
* FlowerInHerHair: Kazumi, for her marriage.
* FourthDateMarriage: The time between them meeting each other and their marriage is three-and-a-half months. Not to mention that Kazumi is already eight weeks pregnant during their wedding.
* GenreSavvy: Oddly enough, their savvy is that they don't believe in Elan's genre savvy. When he tells them they're nameless mooks who are [[YouShallNotPass going to die in order to buy time for the heroes to escape]] Kazumi basically says 'that's ridiculous', says her name and then survives.
* HappilyMarried: Their marriage has withstood months on a refugee ship, ninja attacks, and relocation.
* LampshadeHanging: Their entire existence lampoons the concept of the RedShirt, and Belkar refers to them as such by name.
* LowerDeckEpisode: Such a sequence serves as their introduction.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Neither appears to have taken the other's name, but they use "Kato" for their new noble house.
* MamaBear: Kazumi
-->'''Kazumi:''' I'm a goddamn baby-making, life-taking MACHINE!
* MauveShirt: They seem to be elevating themselves to recurring characters, near the same level as Hinjo.
* NominalImportance: Deliberately invoked by Kazumi so she can save her own life and Daigo's in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html "I'll Hold Them Off"]].
* PlayingWithATrope: The purpose of their existences, as noted within DefiedTrope, LampshadeHanging, NominalImportance and SubvertedTrope.
* PregnantBadass: Kazumi's the one pictured on the trope's page.
-->'''Kazumi:''' You stupid pieces of [[SymbolSwearing @#!%]]. I was in the army, too, and I didn't forget four years of training the moment my egg's perimeter was breached. You think just because I can't see my feet right now that I can't put one of them up your cowardly ninja asses? Please.
* PregnantHostage: The ninjas thought Kazumi would be this trope. They were wrong.
* RagsToRiches: Technically, as Hinjo promotes them to nobility at their wedding.
* {{Red Herring Shirt}}s: They're more significant than they appear at first.
* SubvertedTrope: RedShirt again, naturally, along with RedShirtArmy. Even before that, their class is fighter, a character class. The majority of the [=NPCs=] are warriors (which is basically the same class without the feats), making them EliteMook by default.

[[folder:General Chang]]
!!General Chang

->''"Prepare to hold this breach at all cost, men."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Warrior\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (presumably)

A general in Azure City's regular military.
* CommanderContrarian: Criticizes V's plan to put only 13 guards at the wall opening, but soon withdraws his complaint.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"You'll never take this city while I'm alive, monster!"]]
* GoodCounterpart: To the Hobgoblin General. Both are commanding officers, the Hobgoblin General follows orders without question, but Chang questions orders that could result in casualties.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Courtesy of the Death Knight who runs him through with his sword so hard half of his arm punches through the General.]]
* MauveShirt: A minor and ultimately unimportant character, [[spoiler:but he has enough tropes to make his death more meaningful than a Red Shirt's.]]

[[folder:General Claire Nhek]]
!!General Claire Nhek

->''"The last thing we need is a war on two fronts!"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

A general in the Azurite military, and O-Chul's commanding officer before he joined the Sapphire Guard.
* OddNameOut: Her first name, Claire, doesn't exactly fit the Asian theme that otherwise dominates Azure City.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Takes O-Chul's warnings seriously and responds to them sensibly instead of either dismissing O-Chul or selling him out to gain favor from the nobles his story implicates. She is also sympathetic to the Kapoor family's problems and, though she can't legally let them into the country without permission, she agrees to support their case before an immigration court so they can get that permission.

[[folder:Zhou Bo]]
!!Zhou Bo

->''"You need good reflexes to be a truly effective coward."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Warrior\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

A soldier under O-Chul's command during the events of ''How the Paladin Got His Scar'', she deserted during a battle with hobgoblins. O-Chul later drafts her onto his mission to stop the hobgoblin raiders for good.
* ActionGirl: Completely averted. Despite being a soldier in the Azure City army, she has absolutely no fighting ability.
* AmbiguousSituation: After TakingTheBullet for O-Chul, [[spoiler:it's left ambiguous for quite some time about whether she lived or died. It isn't until the next to last page that it's shown that she survived.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: After running from danger for the entire story, she jumps into Gin-Jun's path to stop him from killing O-Chul.
* HeroicBSOD: When Hinjo reveals his true identity, she goes into one when she realizes that she let the presumed heir to the throne be wounded in an earlier encounter. It's not helped by the fact that her family are major fans of the nobility.
* {{Irony}}: Early in the story, O-Chul gives her a punishment detail of burying her comrades who died in the battle. While at the time she rationalizes her decision (if she hadn't deserted, she would have surely died too), it's clear that she does feel guilty for her actions and later she says that she is tired of digging graves for friends. [[spoiler:At the end of the story, after she gets an honorable discharge from the army, she gets a job as a grave digger and is quite happy with it. Digging graves for strangers is not the same as digging them for your friends, after all.]]
* LovableCoward: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] to the point that she boasts about how her fast reflexes help her run away faster. {{Averted|Trope}} later, when it's shown that she is quick to act to help others and, in doing so, puts herself at risk without thinking about it.
* MadeOfIron: Nowhere near as much as O-Chul, of course, but, despite being a cowardly comic relief character, she shrugs off a surprising amount of punishment during the course of the story.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: She only joins the army because she can't find a job elsewhere, and they offer 15 gold pieces as a signing bonus, which she really needs to pay for her mother's debts. Upon hearing this, Hinjo is horrified that someone joined the army and put their life in great danger for what is, to him, practically pocket change.
* OptOut: Defied. She very much wants to do this when O-Chul recruits her for their mission, offering to suffer the whipping for desertion instead or to do whatever she needs to do in order to be thrown in the brig, but O-Chul makes it clear that isn't an option for her.
* PluckyComicRelief: She identifies herself as such early in the story, while also identifying O-Chul as the "stoic, badass leader" and Saha Kapoor as "the mysterious lone wolf".
* PunishmentDetail: She gets this a lot, on account of her cowardice.
* RedShirt: Initially; her class (Warrior) is meant to imply this.
* TakingTheBullet: When she sees Gin-Jun running back to finish O-Chul off, she throws herself in the way, and absorbs several powerful attacks before [[spoiler:Miko steps in and snaps Gin-Jun's neck]].
* UncertainDoom: After she [[TakingTheBullet protects O-Chul from several dangerous attacks with herself]], we don't know whether she lives or dies [[spoiler:until the second-to-last page, where it's revealed she survives]].


->''"If the hobgoblins attack again... you know you can't count on her, right?"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Warrior\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

A soldier in the Azurite military. He is badly wounded defending a small village from goblin raiders, but survives after O-Chul escorts him home.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Parodied. He gives a detailed warning to O-Chul about Zhou Bo's cowardice, only for O-Chul to note how odd it is that Nguyen is able to speak so much despite his life-threatening wounds.
* OptOut: More like forced out. He'd probably ''opt in'' for O-Chul's mission, and O-Chul considers him a valuable enough soldier that he wants to recruit Nguyen, but the clerics need at least an extra day for him to recover from his wounds, so O-Chul is forced to leave him behind and go with only Zhou Bo and Saha Kapoor.
* SoleSurvivor: Besides O-Chul himself (and Zhou Bo, who deserted), he's the only member of their detachment to survive the first few pages of ''How the Paladin Got His Scar''.

[[folder:The Sergeant]]
!!The Sergeant

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Warrior\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

A soldier in the Azurite military. After defeating a pair of bandits, he come across their child and must decide what to do with him.
* HappilyAdopted: He ensures this happens to O-Chul.
* ThePaladin: He doesn't have this class (as far as we know), but he certainly acts this way. Instead of having the young O-Chul arrested for his crimes or even killed, he arranges for him to be adopted by his loving sister.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The other villagers want to hold O-Chul responsible for helping his parents rob and kill, but the sergeant recognizes that O-Chul was just a child and isn't at fault.
* SergeantRock: SubvertedTrope, he is more calm inspite of his rank's reputation.
* TheVoiceless: Has no lines of dialogue.

[[folder:That Guy with a Halberd]]
!!That Guy with a Halberd

->''"Wait -- was that oil hot?"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Warrior\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (presumably)

Another soldier in the [[RedShirtArmy Azure City army]]. Shows up in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0432.html one strip]] ordering boiling oil poured on the attacking hobgoblins. It turns out to be room-temperature coconut oil instead, but it drives the attackers off anyway. Turned into a MemeticBystander by [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86816 a forum thread]].
* BladeOnAStick: A Halberd.
* NoNameGiven: Why else would his character sheet say "That Guy with a Halberd"?
%% OneSceneWonder: YMMV trope.
* OnlySaneMan: In the single strip he appears in.
* OnlySixFaces: There's really no way to tell this Guy with a Halberd from ''any other male soldier in the Azurite army'', which has led to a fandom running gag that any time one of them has a significant line, it's this guy.
* WeaponOfChoice: Go on -- guess.

[[folder:High Priest of the Twelve Gods]]
!!High Priest of the Twelve Gods


->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Cleric\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

The High Priest of the Twelve Gods. In addition to his duties as a member of the clergy, he also officiates over Hinjo's coronation and helps to defend the city.
* DuelToTheDeath: His only significant scene is him having one of these with Redcloak.
* LargeHam: Announces his duel with Redcloak in an over-the-top manner.


For Ho Thanh, see his entry under "Sapphire Guard" above.


->''"Yeah, what was I thinking, not advertising ''[''I multiclassed to rogue'']'' to the team's paladin."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Fighter/Rogue\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralGood (probably)

A low-ranking soldier seconding Haley and later Thanh in the Azure City Resistance.
* ActionGirl: Double her co-workers; fighter ''and'' rogue.
* BringNewsBack: [[spoiler:Thanh tells her to escape from the Resistance base and get word to Hinjo about its destruction.]]
* HolyHandGrenade: Niu has a bandoleer of holy water vials, since she believed she was assaulting a dungeon of undead when she prepared for battle.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[spoiler:To Thanh, when he prepares to give his life to cover her retreat.]]
-->'''Niu:''' ... You're the bravest man I've ever met.\\
'''Thanh:''' And you're the slowest woman! RUN!
* LiteralMinded: Sometimes.
-->'''Niu:''' So, wait, when you said that the prison would be guarded by a [[DemBones skeleton crew]] during the speech, you didn't literally mean a--
* MauveShirt: A minor and ultimately unimportant character but look at the size of this character sheet.
* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler:She tries to fight next to Thanh at the end, but he sends her away.]]
* NumberTwo: To Haley, and later to Thanh.
* LaResistance: She prefers "Rebel Alliance".
* SingleTear: [[spoiler:After escaping from Redcloak's attack on the Resistance.]]
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Of the Resistance.]]
* StreetSmart: Haley singled her out for this quality.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: To a degree with Ho Thanh; they differ on ways to deal with problems, as Ho Thanh is very direct and Niu prefers to be subversive. However, at no point do they ever fail to work together.



->''"I thought we agreed we were going to call ourselves 'The Azure City Underground.''"

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

A member of Haley's resistance cell during her insurgency against Azure City's hobgoblin occupiers.
* FaceMonsterTurn: After being drained of his life energy by undead, he becomes a wight himself and joins Tsukiko's Black Squadron.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Killed by wights shortly after his introduction.

[[folder:Other resistance leaders]]
!!Other resistance leaders


->'''Resistance leader with topknot:''' The flame-haired trollop is an evil interloper, sent by our enemies to sow dissent!\\
'''Resistance leader with eyepatch:''' There can be no truce with the harlot who aided Hinjo's regicide.

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

Two leaders of anti-hobgoblin resistance cells which spend more time squabbling with each other than actually fighting the enemy, at least at first. The leader with a topknot thinks that the Order corrupted Hinjo and caused his ruin, while the leader with an eyepatch thinks that Hinjo was already evil and the Order helped him slay Shojo. Consequently, both are reluctant to trust Haley.
* LaResistance: They lead different factions within it.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Their problem, at least until they manage to unite.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: They don't get much screen time (or even names) before Redcloak has them both killed.