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[[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheStick The Order of the Stick]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTeamEvil Team Evil]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheLinearGuild The Linear Guild]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheScribble The Order of the Scribble]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity Azure City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickGreyskyCity Greysky City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood The Empire of Blood]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickNorthernLands Northern Lands]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAnimalCompanions Animal Companions]] | '''Divine Beings''' | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickOthers Others]]

!Divine Beings

[[folder:The Snarl]]
!!The Snarl

[-[[caption-width-right:150:The Snarl (or just a fragment of it), with a few humans for scale.]]-]

->'''Lord Shojo:''' The world took shape, but for every argument, a new snag would develop in the fabric of the world. A new snarl in the threads of reality. And the gods, blinded by their petty squabbles, did not see the Snarl growing every day... Growing more complex... growing more intelligent... growing more hateful.

An immensely powerful god-killing EldritchAbomination whom many of the main villains wish to harness, each for their own reasons. Born from the dissensions and frustrations of the gods during the first creation of the world. That's the story the heroes have been told, anyway -- their own interactions with the rifts to its realm show their information is inaccurate, or at least incomplete.
* ApocalypseHow: Class "Universal/Physical Annihilation".
* BeyondTheImpossible: Annihilated the Eastern pantheon, when killing gods should be impossible.
-->'''Durkon:''' Wait a minute, ye cannae kill tha gods. Tha's impossible.\\
'''Shojo:''' For mere mortals like you or I, certainly, friend dwarf.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Its mindset is unfathomable.
* ContinuitySnarl: Literally the embodiment of one.
* DeaderThanDead: The fate of anyone killed by the Snarl, because even souls are destroyed.
* EldritchAbomination: Even gods are baffled by its existence and nature.
* EvilOverlooker: In the poster illustrating the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters of ''[=OotS=]'', the Snarl takes this role.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The only distinguishable feature in the scramble of threads that is its body.
* GodzillaThreshold: The only way the gods found to stop it was to let it destroy the world and recreate one around it. [[spoiler:The Godsmoot seems to be about deciding whether the gods would destroy the current world themselves to avoid losing another pantheon as well as the souls of mortals.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: It's far more powerful than Xykon and overshadows the entire setting, but isn't personally involved in the plot and probably cares nothing for it.
* HeroKiller: Aside from the numerous heroes it ''has'' killed, it also gives this impression, both in its own time and in the time of the Order of the Stick. Even the gods are afraid of this thing.
* ManOfKryptonite: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0274.html It is theorized]] that due to its origins, the gods are ''more'' vulnerable to being killed by the Snarl than mortals of comparable level would be. Though "comparable level" is a subjective term. Gods in that edition of ''D&D'' usually have at least 60 levels even before level adjustment.
* MindControlEyes: The people that stare into the rift for a long period of time get purplish eyes. [[spoiler:Just ask Blackwing. Or Laurin. Oddly, it's not permanent, and it only seems to have an effect at very close range - an entire platoon of goblins was staring straight into the rift in Azure City from an adjacent rooftop and nothing happened to them.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: Most likely, though [[spoiler:the revelation of ''a freaking planet'' within its rift opens all kinds of cans of worms.]]
* TheScottishTrope: The gods themselves don't dare say its name directly (except for Hel), using euphemisms like "the danger of which we dare not speak" or "You-Know-Who".
* SealedEvilInACan: Unusually, the can is ''the whole world''. [[spoiler:And it is starting ''to get out of it''.]]
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Artwork in stories told of it (in ''Start of Darkness'' and "The Crayons of Time") only portrays it as a ball of crayon scribbles with glowing eyes and clawed "limbs". [[spoiler:Strip #945 does not use crayon scribbles, but still conveys this trope.]]

[[WMG:Northern Pantheon]]

[[folder:In General]]
!!Northern Gods and Demigods

The pantheon that are primarily worshiped and has domain in the Northern Continent.
* GodsHandsAreTied: Like any other gods in-universe, they have strict rules that even they can't break without causing infighting between them. For example, any clerics can cast spells that take from an element of a god even if he is working against said god's interest. The reason is because they need to work together and make concessions, otherwise they might create another Snarl.
* JerkassGods: Not all of them, but many of them voted to either save the world or destroy it for self-serving reasons.
* PublicDomainCharacter: They are based off the Norse Gods.
* SadlyMythtaken: Enforced. Burlew has stated that they have more in common with Creator/MarvelComics than actual Myth/NorseMythology.
* ShootTheDog: Some Gods would prefer destroying the world before risking the Snarl's release, not because they are assholes but because to them the Snarl is too much of a threat to handle carelessly.



->''"With my ultimate power of the thunders, I, Thor, smash this entire dungeon to shattered ruins, each piece no larger than a man's fist. Then, I return to Asgard to woo goddesses and drink an ocean's worth of beer. Huzzah!"''

->'''Race:''' God [Northern]\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' ChaoticGood (probably)

The god of Thunder, a major power of Asgard. Patron god of Durkon and of most dwarves.
* BoisterousBruiser: Check out his page quote. That's what he would do.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: As standard for a God of thunder.
* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler:The ImagineSpot in ''Start of Darkness'' of the Dark One's plan to blackmail the other gods into granting racial equality has Thor getting attacked by the Snarl, saying that Loki was right, and he really [[DoNotTauntCthulhu shouldn't have taunted the god-killing abomination]].]]
* DropTheHammer: Being Thor, he has one.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Durkon is a LawfulGood cleric of Thor, a (presumably) ChaoticGood deity. This shouldn't be possible based on core ''D&D'' rules. (Clerics can only be a "step" away in alignment to their patron deity so a cleric of Thor would need to be ChaoticGood, ChaoticNeutral, or NeutralGood.) Although ''[=OotS=]'' Thor is distinct from both Nordic Thor and ''D&D'' Thor, so his alignment might not be ChaoticGood at all. He certainly ''acts'' Chaotic in his page time to date but there is nothing definitive.
* GodsHandsAreTied: [[spoiler:Why he can't nix the High Priest of Hel's spell to cancel his warning storm below -- if he did, he would violate the terms of a treaty that allows clerics to use the general spell list unmolested by the gods, and would allow Hel to rain, say, the Black Death on the Dwarven lands without fear of reprisal.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: [[spoiler:His vote during the Godsmoot is that he believes they owe it to their followers to give them a last chance at fixing the gates, even if he knows that it means losing many followers to the Snarl if it breaks free. It's more based on a noble sentiment than pragmatism.]]
* LightningCanDoAnything: He allows Durkon to use Control Weather in order to create a lightning strike resulting in a powerful sonic attack, just because he thinks it's a cool idea.
-->'''Thor:''' BOOYAH! Direct hit!\\
'''Planetar:''' Lord Thor, I've been reading the description of Control Weather... and I'm not sure it can actually DO that.\\
'''Thor:''' I'm sorry, I didn't hear you just there. What did you say, again?\\
'''Planetar:''' [=*sigh*=] I said, "Nice shooting, sir."
* {{Horny Viking|s}}: Yes, he has the stereotypical horned helmet. [[WordOfGod According to the Giant]], "Thor is distinct from both Nordic Thor and ''D&D'' Thor," so it's okay.
* MissConception: He should learn to recognize [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0501.html fertility goddesses]] before impregnating one.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Thor from ancient myth.
* {{Psychopomp}}: In two panels, he disputes with Hel over dwarf souls. Apparently he does this for both those dwarves who die in battle, and those who die of liver-related diseases.
* RuleOfCool: He will bend the laws of reality on behalf of his worshipers, if he thinks the result will be particularly awesome. The Twelve Gods of the South do not approve (though it was mainly because he did so on their home turf).
* ShockAndAwe: "With my ultimate power of the thunders!"
* SmarterThanYouLook: Despite generally acting like a frat boy, [[spoiler:he figures out Hel's scheme either immediately when the High Priest of Hel crossed into his domain, or before, and that if the High Priest of Hel reaches the dwarvern homelands, the dwarves could be in a lot of trouble. He decides to warn the Order with a storm.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: [[DropTheHammer Mjölnir]], as per myth.
%%* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer


[[caption-width-right:150:Loki (speaking), with his high priest for scale.]]

->''"Bring it on, Thunder Geek!"''

->'''Race:''' God [Northern]\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' ChaoticEvil (probably)

The god of Flames and Chaos, rival of Thor. Patron god of Hilgya and the Greysky Cleric.
* AffablyEvil: Loki is an amusingly snarky and pretty chill guy and despite his role as enemy/obstructor to Thor, never really does anything that evil and is actually more often a friend or ally.
* BadassCape: In keeping with his fire theme, he wears a cape that looks like (or perhaps is made of) flame.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's quite the sarcastic deity, especially toward Thor.
-->'''Loki:''' She has flowers in her hair and bluebirds singing around her head. Who did you think she was, the bringer of pestilence?
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: He warns Thor against his verbally lashing at the Snarl.
-->'''Loki:''' Dude, don't taunt the god-killing abomination.
* EvilVersusOblivion: Despite his presumed Evil Alignment, Loki opposes the world being ended because he finds the current crop of sentient beings entertaining.
* FriendlyEnemy: Seems to have this going with Thor. The onscreen moments they have are either them fighting or making snarky comments to each other. He apparently even helped Thor keep Hel away from the Godsmoot dealings.
* GenreSavvy: Recognizes a "premature villain gloat" when Hel uses one, expecting her plan to fail, while snarking, "I'm a failure as a parent."
* PublicDomainCharacter: Loki, from ancient myth.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: As the God of Fire and Chaos, he has flaming red eyes.
* RousingSpeech: Surprisingly subverted, given Loki's general portrayal in media. While his plea to not destroy the world because of the Snarl is pretty logical (even noting they can make a provision to destroy it if the Snarl gets free as they'd have time to do so), it's frankly not as convincing as Heimdall's. And then Roy outdoes them both. And his argument is pretty much just procrastination and think seeing the mortal cleaning it up would be funny.



->''"Ooooo! Doggie!"''

->'''Race:''' God [Northern]\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (probably)

The All-Father; head of the Northern gods; Thor's father.
%%* BladeOnAStick
* CleverCrows: Hugin & Munin
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: "Aww, but I like puppets!"
* EyepatchOfPower: Like the mythical Odin, he's missing an eye and is wearing an eyepatch. It's unclear how much "wisdom" this version earned out of the deal, though.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Odin, from ancient myth.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Generally a goofball and almost instated a hand puppet into the Pantheon, but he seems to know more about the Snarl and the [[spoiler:world inside of the rifts]] than almost anyone else.
-->'''Odin:''' I see worlds within worlds and yarn winding yarn.


[[caption-width-right:150:Hel (seated), with a couple of dwarves for scale.]]

->''"And now, as High Priest of Hel, you will finally bring this world to ruin -- and drive that buffoon Thor to his knees in the process."''

->'''Race:''' God [Northern]\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralEvil (probably)

Goddess of the Dead in the Northern pantheon.
* AntagonisticOffspring: She's Loki's daughter, but she's opposed to her father's (as well as her uncle Thor's) stance [[spoiler:over the survival of the current world]].
* BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler:She joins the ensemble of major villains for the comic in Book 6, and so far is much more concerning than Tarquin.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: She appears first in two gag panels arguing with Thor over the fate of a dwarven soul, [[spoiler:with no hint whatsoever that she could be behind yet another faction until the end of Book 5]].
* CreepyShadowedUndereyes: Her eyes have faint grey rings around them, giving this impression.
* EverybodyHatesHades: An extremely evil goddess of the dead. Unlike even other evil gods, she does not have any followers among the living. Her followers are exclusively undead. [[spoiler: And her EvilPlan would see her as the new TopGod of her pantheon, flooding the nascent new world with undeath.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Seemingly to Thor.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Her EvilPlan hinges on [[spoiler: drawing the souls of every dead dwarf in the world into her domain.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Specifically, the Goddess Behind the Vampire -- vampire Durkon is her servant and high priest, not just Durkon-but-evil.]]
* ThePlan: [[spoiler:She wants the Godsmoot to vote yes for destroying the world, so she can claim the souls of every dead dwarf in the world and make herself the new TopGod of the Northern pantheon when they rebuild it. She apparently convinced the demigods to vote on her side (or at least, got the demigods who would vote alongside her to go, since most don't bother sending priests to the event) and her high priest provides the tie to make it happen.]]
* {{Psychopomp}}: She has custody of the souls of dwarves who died of disease (other than livers-related) and other non-battle deaths.
* TheRival: Seemingly to Thor, if not full ArchEnemy.
* SmugSnake: The moment she [[spoiler:arrives at the Godsmoot]], Hel partakes in tons of EvilGloating and boasting about her EvilPlan, especially toward Thor and Loki. The latter calls out her [[GenreBlind poor judgment]] in indulging in the [[BondVillainStupidity "premature villain gloat"]].
* VillainBall: Stops to gloat over her plan [[spoiler:at the Godsmoot]] in rather excruciating detail, allowing Roy to work things out and attempt to intervene.
* WomanInWhite: Wears a long flowing white robe reminiscent of a shroud, suggesting both the evil as well as ghost-like aspects of the trope.


[[caption-width-right:150:Heimdall (speaking), with his high priest for scale.]]

->''"My fellow deities, we must protect ourselves from the danger of which we dare not speak."''

->'''Race:''' God [Northern]\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (probably)

The God of the Watch, Heimdall speaks up in support for destroying the world to deal with the threat of the Snarl.
* GodsHandsAreTied: Like everyone who [[spoiler:voted yes at the Godsmoot]], he can't change his vote regardless of falling into Hel's plan. And if the High Priest of Sunni is not just an isolated case, he will have to support the High Priest of Hel if another representative of the pantheon interferes in the fight.
* GoodIsNotSoft: He makes the case for [[spoiler:destroying the world, and killing everyone in it, to contain the Snarl.]]
* HornyVikings: He is a viking god and his helmet has horns.
* PragmaticHero: Heimdall supports [[spoiler:destroying the world]] not out of malice or personal power, but because it is the most cautious option and guarantees the survival of the gods and the souls of mortals. [[spoiler:The gods can always create a new world and all the mortals would go their respective afterlives instead of ceasing to be if the Snarl gets free.]]
* PublicDomainCharacter: Based on the god from Norse Myth.
* UnwittingPawn: His caution [[spoiler: plays right into Hel's hands. Such an action, while sensible, is honorless, and would doom every dwarf in creation to an eternity in the gloomy bowels of her domain, making her the new TopGod of their pantheon and the strongest deity in the new world.]]


->'''Race:''' Demigod [Northern] (formerly dwarf)\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood (probably)

The first king of the Dwarfs who was made into a demigod.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Or dwarven origin, in this case.
* IGaveMyWord: While still mortal, he made a vow not to act without consulting the heads of all dwarven clans.
* LawfulStupid: Despite the fate of his entire race being at stake, he insists on keeping an oath that he made as a mortal king where he consults all of the clans on any issue affecting all of them. This gives the High Priest of Hel time to manipulate the clan heads. The resident dwarf gets upset that Dvalin is the last vote for this very reason.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Technically a king, but he functions as a President Focus Group. Dvalin never made any major decision without consulting the clan heads, despite having the authority to do so.

[[WMG:Southern Pantheon]]

[[folder:The Twelve Gods]]
!!The Twelve Gods

->'''Dragon:''' We all now know what happens should we ever come to direct conflict over how to run this new world. I therefore suggest that each of our three pantheons be granted special dominion over one-third of this planet, to guide as we see fit.

The pantheon with dominion over the Southern continent, including Azure City. Based on the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac: Dragon (the leader of the pantheon), Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, and Hare.
%%* DragonsUpTheYinYang
* EasternZodiac: Specifically the ''Chinese'' zodiac.
* FantasyPantheon: One of three.
* PillarOfLight: Manifested to shut down someone that breaks a covenant with them. (spoiler: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0407.html "Fading"]])
* StealthPun: [[spoiler:Rat was one of the gods who detailed for the Dark One the gods' plan for goblins and the nature of the Snarl. He ratted them out.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: Rat is portrayed as an ally of the Dark One and other evil gods.

[[WMG:Western Pantheon]]


->''"Well, there are those rules for [[MonsterAdventurers monster PCs]]--"''

->'''Race:''' God [Western]\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

The leader of the Western pantheon (equivalent to Odin or Dragon in this regard). Marduk can be seen in Lord Shojo's tale about the making of the World and the origins of the Snarl.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Has red-brown, brique skin.
* ExtraEyes: Has four eyes.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Four arms.
* PublicDomainCharacter: A version of the late-generation Myth/{{Mesopotamian|Mythology}} deity.
* TheQuietOne: For the whole [[{{Backstory}} "Crayons of Time"]] arc, he doesn't say a word. Both of his lines are in ''Start of Darkness''. The first is a simple procedural question about Dragon's world-guiding idea. The other is an attempt to placate The Dark One, who interrupts and shoots it down.


->''"RRAWWR!!"'' [[VoiceOfTheLegion (×5)]]

->'''Race:''' God [Western]\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

The five-headed dragon goddess, progenitor of all evil dragons. One of the few allies of the Dark One. She grants the Oracle his powers.
* BreathWeapon: In five flavors: acid, cold, fire, poison gas and lightning.
* CycleOfRevenge: Is livid about [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius killing one-fourth of all black dragons.]]
* MonsterProgenitor: Of all evil dragons.
* MultipleHeadCase: Tiamat has five heads, each of a different color: white, green, black, blue, and red. The colors correspond to the five kinds of chromatic (evil) dragons.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Progenitor of all evil dragons.
* {{Physical God}}dess: Of dragons.
* ReachingBetweenTheLines: Her five breath weapons go through the Lower Planes' telephone lines, badly singing Lee.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: With five heads, what do you expect?
-->'''Succubus secretary:''' Director? Ms. Tiamat is holding on lines 2, 3, 5, 8, and 11.

[[caption-width-right:150:Statues of Nergal (left) and his wife Ereshkagal (right).]]

->'''Malack''' His fiery rage brings the end of all things.

->'''Race:''' God [Western]\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown

The Western Pantheon's God of Death. Malack is one of his clerics.

* TheGhost: Despite one of his clerics being a prominent character in the "Empire of Blood' arc" Nergal himself has not yet actually appeared.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Has a lion head and a human body.

[[WMG:Eastern Pantheon]]

[[folder:The Eastern Gods]]
!!The Eastern Gods

[[caption-width-right:150:Left to right: Zeus, Ares, and Pan]]

->'''Durkon:''' Whoa thar. Gods o' tha East? Never heard o' them.

The gods of Olympus, who (as their name implies) ruled the east of the previous world. They were the first victims of the Snarl, who killed them all to a man. Known members of their pantheon included Zeus (the top god), Ares, Pan, Apollo, Hades, Poseidon, Demeter and Aphrodite.

* CurbStompBattle: The Snarl cut through them incredibly quickly.
* DeaderThanDead: Like all victims of the Snarl, they aren't coming back. And no-one save a select few even know they ever existed at all.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: As a necessity, the remaining gods can't let anyone know about these guys, in case someone learns about the Snarl in the process.
* PublicDomainCharacter: They're the Ancient Greek gods.
* TheWorfEffect: Ares, their god of war, died in the first round of combat against the Snarl. Lord Shojo even speculates that their godly nature made them more susceptible to the Snarl's attack.

[[WMG:Infernal Forces]]

[[folder:The Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission]]
!!The Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission
->'''Nero:''' Well, that went fairly well.\\
'''Lee:''' [[AllAccordingToPlan Everything is coming together quite nicely.]]\\
'''Cedrik:''' Yes, we've certainly thrown our chips in the pot now, haven't we?

->'''Race:''' Devil (Lee), Daemon (Nero), Demon (Cedrik)\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil (Lee), NeutralEvil (Nero), ChaoticEvil (Cedrik)

Lee, Nero, and Cedrik: three powerful beings from the lower planes dedicated to uniting the factions of evil. So far this has meant appearing to Vaarsuvius in a desperate moment and granting V unprecedented arcane power by "splicing" V with the souls of three evil mages. Their long-term plans remain mysterious, but they require V to stay alive and involve the Gates.
* AffablyEvil: They were nothing if not polite to Vaarsuvius during their deal making. They even offered the elf an alternative solution that didn't involve [[spoiler:leasing V's soul]].[[note]]It must be noted they ''had'' to come up with an alternate plan for V so that V had a real choice, or there would be room for him/her to claim that the deal was done under duress.[[/note]] They also seem to be very pleasant employers. They hire Qarr immediately for his help in preparing their deal with Vaarsuvius, and while they're understandably unhappy about Sabine breaking their very nice television [[spoiler:after Tarquin kills Nale]], one simply comments that it's coming out of her holiday bonus, and the next strip shows Sabine cleaning up the mess.
* BenevolentBoss: They hire Qaar because they like a go-getter and treat him and Sabine with a lot of respect for being made of evil.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Or Triumvirate. They lead the IFCC equally, though each is answerable to superiors on their own plane. Whether or not they're ''real'' {{Big Bad}}s or just another competing faction remains to be seen.
* ChekhovsGunman: First seen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0380.html "While the Fiend's Away..."]], but not formally introduced until [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0632.html much later]]. Heck, they were mentioned ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0062.html way]]'' back near the beginning -- Sabine explicitly said that she'd been sent "by the archfiends" to be Nale's consort/sidekick. These guys are the archfiends in question.
* {{The Chessmaster}}s: They are shaping up to be Chessmasters in a grand style, not only [[spoiler:manipulating V, and the Order through them, but also Team Evil and the Linear Guild as well.]] Lampshaded with the title of strip #668, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0668.html "Moving the Pieces"]].
* CirclingMonologue: They do this once during their [[DealWithTheDevil deal pitch]] to Vaarsuvius.
* ColorCodedCharacters: All three look identical except for the color of their eyes, which is also reflected in the text of their speech bubbles and the color of their magic auras. Lee's is yellow, Nero's purple, and Cedrik's orange.
* {{The Corrupter}}s: They are collectively this for Vaarsuvius. Sabine states that she'd seen them "take down" mortals way more righteous than the TrueNeutral wizard.
* CosmopolitanCouncil: The Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission is a "community-based grassroots organization dedicated to building bridges between the diabolic, demonic, and daemonic populations."
* DealWithTheDevil: As well as the Daemon and Demon. They made one with Vaarsuvius: power in exchange for a time share on his soul.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: They are. Both kinds. Plus a Daemon director.
* TheDividual: They always talk and act as a trio. They're basically interchangeable, and despite being supposedly of different evil alignments, don't really have distinct personalities. Sabine describes their team dynamic in #903, but they'd still be identical without the color-coding.
* EarlyBirdCameo: First show up in a flashback commissioning Sabine to let them know of anything that might tip the balance of Good and Evil in their favor. It's well over three hundred strips later that they get a proper introduction.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html They consider pedophiles acceptable targets]].
** They were briefly shocked speechless [[spoiler:when Vaarsuvius used the Familicide spell.]]
** While they may neglect to correct V on any assumptions made (such as [[spoiler:being able to take possession of their soul before they die]]), they will not violate their contract (like by [[spoiler:putting another soul in V's body, as their contract did not give them possession of it]]). They may be evil, but they pride themselves on ''fantastic'' customer service.
* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: The {{Trope Namer}}s, they both play with this trope in several directions. On one hand, they aren't going to ally with or openly assist Xykon just because he's evil, because to them he's just another piece in the game; on the other, one of their long-term goals is to unite the three warring races of Fiends into a single alliance.
* EvilPlan: They seem to have one of these going but for the first several hundred pages it's a HiddenAgendaVillain thing.
* {{The Faceless}}es: Their robe hoods shadow their face except for their glowing eyes.
* FalseReassurance: During their whole speech to entice Vaarsuvius into making a deal with them, they are honest. Everything they say is perfectly true, including the fact that V would keep control during the Soul Splice, save for the feelings of omnipotence it could induce. Even their stated long-term goal is probably the entire truth; since it wouldn't unfold before millenia, they certainly weren't worried that V would care enough about it to refuse. They just omitted some critical details, like ''when'' they would take custody of V's soul afterward (not correcting the elf's assumption it would be after death), nor what is their ''short-term'' goal (which involves the Gates). The only outright lies were that Vaarsuvius just happened to be next in line for requesting a deal, when they targeted the wizard specifically, and that all they wanted out of the deal was to prove their concept.
* FootnoteFever: They put footnotes in their ''speech''.
-->'''Cedrik:''' Magical powers beyond your wildest imaginings[=!*=]\\
'''Nero:''' [-*[[ReadTheFinePrint Based on typical wild imaginings of previous customers matching your demographic profile. Additional terms and restrictions may apply]].-]
* GambitRoulette: The IFCC really did get lucky with their plan. Expecting that [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius would attack Xykon with the powers they gave the elf]]? Reasonable. Hoping that [[spoiler:the attack would be effective enough to piss off Xykon, not powerful enough to kill him ''and'' that V would still be able to escape Xykon?]] Yeah, there was a lot that could've gone wrong. The IFCC even admits that they had no way to interfere and that their plan wasn't perfect.
* GlowingEyes: Yellow for Lee, orange for Cedrik, and purple for Nero. That's the sole facial feature that can be seen in the shadow of their hoods.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: They briefly discuss their goals with Qarr, but ultimately decide it's too much exposition to reveal now. [[spoiler:They involve V, the Gates, and Xykon]]. Sabine has been on their side from the beginning and even she only knows half of what they're up to.
* LoopholeAbuse: Their contract with Vaarsuvius dictates that each of them are granted a claim on V's soul. The contract never said that V had to be ''dead'' for them to call upon their claim.
%% Magnificent Bastards: YMMV trope.
* {{Manipulative Bastard}}s: Through use of ReversePsychology, they try to convince Vaarsuvius to make a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with them]] in the most blatant way possible... and they succeed. Then they imply that the spliced souls have the ability to influence him, even though they [[MagicFeather actually have no control at all]]. "We simply don't need to trick you if we can get what we want by playing it straight" sounds a LOT like "We're being honest" without actually meaning that at all.
* {{Meaningful Name}}s: LE, NE, and CE are the abbreviations ''D&D'' uses for the three evil alignments.
* MrExposition: Being Messrs. Exposition is a good part of their role in the story, but they know when to stop before giving spoilers.
* NumberOfTheBeast:
** Averted (inverted?) with their address, which is "9 Hells Plaza, Lower Planes 00999".
** Note also that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0668.html "Moving the Pieces"]], the strip where they enunciate their sinister mobiles, would have been strip #666 if not for the tribute pages to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.
* OminousLatinChanting: By courtesy of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html the choir of dead pedophiles]].
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They consist of a [[LawfulEvil devil]], a [[ChaoticEvil demon]], and a [[NeutralEvil daemon]]. Their challenge is proving that different kinds of fiends can work together.
* PassThePopcorn: While scrying on soul-spliced Vaarsuvius, one of them prepares popcorn.
* ThePlan: The [[DealWithTheDevil Deal with a Mortal]] they made is just the ''start'' of it. It could be a GambitRoulette altogether, since they admitted themselves that they couldn't control all aspects of their plan. The ultimate goal is (apparently) to put an end to the [[EvilVersusEvil Blood War]] in favor of uniting their respective races to overrun the heavens.
* PowerTrio: Although it's not too evident for the times we see them, according to Sabine, Lee (Lawful Evil Devil) is the careful planner, Cedrik (Chaotic Evil Demon) is the intuitive, gutsy one, and Nero (Neutral Evil Daemon) keeps them working together.
* TimeStandsStill: From the moment they step on the island to offer Vaarsuvius their deal, time is stopped for the rest of the world, as they don't like to rush this kind of transaction.
* WhamLine: "Now." [[spoiler:After not appearing for several hundred strips, they call in Vaarsuvius's debt just when s/he's trying to stop Roy from destroying Girard's gate]].

[[folder:Ganonron, Haerta Bloodsoak, Jephton the Unholy]]
!!Ganonron, Haerta Bloodsoak, Jephton the Unholy

[[caption-width-right:200:Ganonron (left), Haerta (middle), and Jephton (right)]]

->'''Ganonron:''' Your doom is here.\\
'''Haerta Bloodsoak:''' Your doom is here.\\
'''Jephton the Unholy:''' Your doom is here.

->'''Races:''' Spirits (formerly human)\\
'''Gender:''' Male (Ganonron, Jephton), Female (Haerta)\\
'''Class:''' Wizard [Conjurer] (Ganonron), Wizard [Necromancer] (Haerta), Sorcerer/Archmage (Jephton)\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil (Ganonron), NeutralEvil (Haerta), ChaoticEvil (Jephton)

Three evil spirits which the IFCC bound to Vaarsuvius, dramatically bolstering the elf's magical prowess.

* EvilLaugh: All of them have one, which V at first confuses for his.
* MassTeleportation: Ganonron's specialty was to teleport his army in front of his enemy's gates. Vaarsuvius is able to teleport the entire fleet of Azure city with it.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Haerta is mentioned to be the strongest, which is why she is the first to break out of the soul splice.
* SmugSnake: As far as Xykon is concerned, being the strongest spellcasters to be sent to Hell in a world where ImmortalityImmorality is common just means you're a chump who couldn't stay in the game.

See [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheLinearGuild The Linear Guild]]


->''"See, the first lesson of being 18-inches tall is: Find someone more powerful than you are, and glue your lips to their ass."''

->'''Race:''' Imp\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Sorcerer\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

An imp, the IFCC's latest employee and former minion of Kubota (and an unknown devil).
* AffablyEvil: A given, considering his line of work is butt-kissing and temptation.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Being a go-getter is the reason the IFCC hired him.
* CharmPerson: He can charm dozens of monsters to attack good-aligned characters.
* DealWithTheDevil:
** Tries to make a simple one with V -- he would give the elf tips on evil spell components in exchange for helping him find an evil artifact. V's response is "Disintegrate!" [[spoiler:However, he's the link to V's actual deal.]]
** He tries another one on Blackwing, but instead tips his hand and reveals crucial information. The familiar notes that he kinda sucks at the temptation thing.
* DirtyCoward: Qarr will ''not'' stay around if confronted by anything stronger than him unless he has powerful help. [[spoiler:Despite being his familiar, he leaves Zz'dtri to die at Vampire Durkon's hands without a second thought.]]
* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:As Zz'dtri's familiar. He's only serving Zz'dtri so he can attempt to lead V further astray.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: If he was a decent adviser to Kubota, Qarr has much less success in tempting the heroic types. He nearly gets disintegrated by Vaarsuvius for his effort, and later, when attempting to bargain with Blackwing, all he manages to do is leak out vital information to the bird.
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:The literal devil to Blackwing's "[[TheConscience good angel]]".]]
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: He finds the revelation of [[spoiler:the full effect of the Familicide spell]] to be ''uproariously funny''. [[spoiler:Then again, he knows it was Vaarsuvius who did the Familicide, and is the only one aside from V and the IFCC to understand the true {{Irony}}.]]
* {{Flight}}: With bat-like wings. In fact, it's quite rare to see him on the ground.
* {{Familiar}}: [[spoiler:To [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0790.html Zz'dtri]], though it's mostly so the fiends have someone keeping an eye on Vaarsuvius for them.]]
* HornedHumanoid: Being an imp.
* TheImp: Since imps are embodiments of LawfulEvil, [[InNameOnly the trope does not apply]].
* ProfessionalButtKisser: He's small, kinda weak, around the right size to punt into a wall, and as a fiend lives in a world where the strong have all the power. He states that this is how his kind gets around.
* SarcasmBlind: He has some trouble understanding Vaarsuvius's heavy sarcasm during their exchange.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:When Durkon reveals that his newly evil alignment ''doesn't'' affect his loyalties (only making him more ruthless) and he goes after Zz'dtri, Qarr says he's out and wishes the drow good luck.]]
* {{Telepathy}}: He used this to rely Kubota's orders. He can also sense "feelings" in people while relying them too.
* VillainTeleportation: He uses it liberally during his fight with Blackwing, noting that it's useless trying to outrun him.
* TheWatson: Similar to Jirix, the author's commentary implies he was kept on the cast so the archfiends could have someone they could explain their plans to.
* WingedHumanoid: For a given value of "humanoid"; his tail and shape make him rather look a bit monkey-like.

[[WMG:Other Gods]]

[[folder:The Dark One]]
!!The Dark One

[[caption-width-right:150:The Dark One (right), with a regular hobgoblin for scale.]]

->''"I LIVE AGAIN!!"''

->'''Race:''' God (formerly goblin)\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Unknown (rumors of a prestige class)\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

The evil god of all goblinoids. Originally a goblin warlord born with purple skin, he united many tribes in a mighty army threatening the human lands. He was killed through treachery, but had so many followers that he rose to godhood. Now he plans to upset the status quo between PC and monster races by using the Snarl as a bargaining chip. He's working to this end through his true prophet, the bearer of the Crimson Mantle.
* AggressiveNegotiations: Back when a mortal, was killed during them.
* AntiVillain: He wants a better life for his people. Before he was betrayed, he didn't do much in the way of evil. He gathered the various goblins tribes under one banner but didn't order an attack. He planned to talk things out instead. [[spoiler:According to Right-Eye, he may have been this at first, but soon degenerated into "a petty spiteful god" who doesn't truly know, or care, about the goblin people more than revenge.]]
* AnAxeToGrind: His weapon of choice, both as a mortal and when about to fight with other gods.
* BeardOfEvil: Sports a goatee, and is listed as Evil.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: More exactly, Deity of Goblinoid Origin -- the number of his followers allowed him to transcend his mortality and become a god.
* {{Flashback}}: So far has only appeared through [[ArtShift "crayons"]] flashbacks, never in the current action.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from just another goblin to be slain for XP (albeit one with better-than-usual stats) to a warlord, and then a god.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: It was hoped assassinating the Dark One would demoralize and dissolve his followers. Instead, it enraged them enough to embark on a year-long crusade of vengeance, which allowed the Dark One to ascend to godhood and learn about the Snarl.
* GreaterScopeVillain: To Redcloack. He is unable to personally involve himself in the plot, leaving Redcloak to carry out his will. His only known message to him is "Don't screw this up."
%% HardWorkHardlyWorks: The interpretation of "elite array" within ''D&D'' is too open to interpretation and source of speculation on the page. Do not put it back unless there's a really undeniable trope example.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's the goblin god behind the goblin high priest, namely Redcloak.
* NobleWolf: His mount while a mortal is a wolf. Redcloak and other goblins would insist that it is a noble creature bearing the savior of his people.
* KilledMidSentence: By an assassin while negotiating with the leaders of the humans, elves and dwarves.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "His real name has been lost to antiquity."
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Not initially, because his beef was with his fellow mortals (humans, elves, etc.). Then he became a god himself and learned the truth about his race's destiny -- and he was pissed.
* SavageWolves: His mount while a mortal is a wolf. Humans would argue that is is one more mark of a villainous warlord that will destroy their civilization.
* {{Ubermensch}}: What he wants to be -- rewriting the very nature of existence itself to be more fair.
* VaguenessIsComing: {{Averted|Trope}} with his message for Redcloak -- [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0704.html "Don't screw this up."]]
-->'''Redcloak:''' Well, as theological revelations go, I guess that's refreshingly direct.\\
'''Jirix:''' Then he added, "No pressure, though," which I thought was nice.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He threatens all of creation with extinction in order to make a better life for the goblins.



->'''Race:''' God (unaffiliated) / Puppet\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' (probably) Chaotic Good

A small hand-puppet carried around by Elan, Banjo is the God of Puppets. Although made up on the spot by Elan one day, Banjo still just barely counts as a god due to the sheer strength of Elan's belief in Him.

* AnimateInanimateObject: Make no mistake, Banjo is definitely a god. He just happens to come in the form of a googly-eyed hand-puppet.
* ArchNemesis: Giggles, the puppet God of Slapstick and his evil brother, who manages to have a whole island of worshippers, compared to Banjo's Elan.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Banjo is a god of peace and love, but even he isn't above smiting non-believers (like Roy).
* CannotTellALie: Banjo will not lie, even to defend his only worshipper from the accusations of the Sapphire Guard.
* CargoCult: Since Banjo is an inanimate puppet, by definition any cult of his is a cargo cult. The same applies for Giggles.
* EldritchAbomination: Banjuhlu, who looks oddly similar to Banjo, save for the fact that he has tentacles for a face. What relation Banjuhlu has to Banjo is as yet unknown.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Banjo sure does. The last time he tried to smite someone (Roy), he could only summon an incredibly tiny thunderbolt.
* HealingHands: At some point after the Empire of Blood arc, Banjo has acquired a doctorate and healing abilities. Considering a whole island of orcs believes in him, if only as the GoodCounterpart of a much more important god.
* HumanSacrifice: The tribe of orcs tried to sacrifice Lien to Banjo. Whether he would have accepted the offering is unclear.
* MeaningfulName: Always carries a banjo on his person. That's why he's called Banjo, as Elan helpfully makes clear.
* OddlySmallOrganisation: He has a grand total of one worshiper, and that's Elan. He did have a small island of orcs, for a time, but they soon decided to convert to Giggles.
* OrangeBlueContrast: Banjo wears a blue robe, while his brother Giggles wears an orange one.
* PerpetualSmiler: No matter the situation, Banjo is always smiling. This is in direct contrast to his brother Giggles, who is a perpetual scowler.
* TradeYourPassionForGlory: He almost got into the Northern Pantheon, but Elan decided otherwise on Banjo's behalf, much to Odin's disappointment. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1027.html And now it's a]] PlotPoint.