Characters: The Protomen
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- Ascended Meme: Did a mostly-Wood Man Due Vendetta, then promised to do an all-Wood Man one another time.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Panther wears Western-style clothing, has Cool Shades, and an NES Zapper Gun in his holster.
- Back from the Dead: Panther was dead for weeks when the robots infected him with strep throat, but came back.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: A possible explanation for the above.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Co-writes the Newsletters with Commander, which are amazingly off the rails.
- Compelling Voice: Fans have done many things because he tells them to.
- Cool Shades: Wears these a lot.
- Drives Like Crazy: This destroyed their first tour bus.
- Fingerless Gloves: He wears these as Joe.
- The Hero: He's the leader of the band.
- Heroic Mime: He became this when he lost his voice due to fire-throwing ninjas stealing his growl.
- Hot-Blooded: Plays Megaman and Joe, and is this in real life.
- Mushroom Samba: According to some sources, some very special cookies found their way to Panther at Nerdapalooza. He subsequently missed a full show that night.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He and Turbo Lover accidentally wrecked their tour bus, Jesse Christine.
- Panthera Awesome: In his codename, and KILROY described him as a dangerous jungle cat.
- Perma Stubble: He can't grow a beard, so when he doesn't shave, he has this.
- Super Reflexes: Caught a Megabuster being tossed directly at his head from stage right.
- Voice of the Resistance: Briefly had it stolen by Ursula the Sea Witch.
- Badass Beard: Has one of these.
- Badass Biker: Seen riding one in Dead Of Summer.
- Bear Hug: He's fond of giving these.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He co-writes the newsletters with Panther, which are amazingly off the rails.
- Colonel Badass: Commander, actually, but he totally fits the trope.
- Commanding Coolness: His codename and sense of authority invoke this.
- Cool Bike: Given his attire, it wouldn't be wrong to assume he has one.
- He had one in Dead Of Summer.
- Cool Shades: Wears cool clip-on shades.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often makes witty remarks in interviews.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His fighting style, even though part of his uniform is a strap of bullets.
- Hot-Blooded: Known for passionate news posts about whatever the band is up to.
- Manly Tears: These were shed when the robots took his beard from him. It got better, thankfully.
- Prehensile Hair: His beautiful long locks will strangle you if you don't watch out.
- Shout-Out: His full name, Commander Hawk, may be a reference to G.I. Joe's General Hawk.
- Vocal Dissonance: He can hit surprisingly high notes with a falsetto.
- Voice of the Resistance: He handles PR and usually writes the news posts.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He can say some pretty weird things at show intros.
- Compelling Voice: If he asks the crowd to cheer, they'll cheer, no questions asked.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fond of witty remarks, especially if a show mishap occurs.
- Drop the Hammer: In live performances of Act II, he wields a sledgehammer.
- Eye Beams: One of his super fighting robot powers.
- The Faceless: No one has ever seen him with his mask off. Those that have have never lived to tell about it.
- Frozen Face: More literal than usual, as he's a robot. And thus can't emote with his face.
- Fun with Acronyms: 'KILROY' is actually an acronym. His full name is Kingsley Ivan Lamarck Rodrigo Othello Youngblood.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Fond of peppering his speeches with Spanish phrases.
- Made of Iron: Justified, as he's a machine.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: KILROY is so human you'd swear he was wearing a mask.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: According to a news post.
- Shout-Out: To the graffiti 'Kilroy Was Here' and the Styx Rock Opera of the same name.
- Super Strength: He can bend steel with his bare hands.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As of the single release show for "This City Made Us", had a two-tone baby blue and pink mullet/mohawk dealie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It takes a lot to make him angry, but if you do, you're dead.
- Grumpy Old Man: According to KILROY, he's this, but it's closer to Cool Old Guy.
- The Nick Namer: He named the Nightwalker and Ringo Segundo.
- Older Than They Look: According to his Facebook page, he's 100 years old. He doesn't look a day over 90.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to RoboCop; specifically, the character, Alex Murphy, and his actor, Peter Weller.
- Voice of the Resistance: He handles PR, selling merchandise.
- Action Girl: Has featured roles in Acts II and III.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead.
- Cool Shades: Wears these on occasion.
- Fiery Redhead: Has reddish brown hair.
- Happily Married: To Sir Robert Bakker.
- Professional Gambler: It's in her codename; she's known for playing in seedy casino halls.
- Shout-Out: Her name is a reference to the Kenny Rogers album of the same name.
Sir Robert Bakker
- Adventurer Archaeologist: A paleontologist is a type of archaeologist.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
- Happily Married: To the Gambler.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Married to The Gambler.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He's a knight, among many other job descriptions.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A robot knight paleontologist musician.
- Shout-Out: His name is in reference to renowned paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker, who helped write Jurassic Park.
- Badass Beard: Semi-subverted, it's painted on.
- Badass Mustache: Also with sideburns!
- A Day in the Limelight: Though a guitarist, he got a solo verse in the cover of Queen's "I Want It All."
- Also as Ringo Bowie during some performances of Under Pressure.
- Gratuitous Spanish: His name means "The second ringer".
- Nice Hat: Sometimes wears a cowboy hat.
- Ascended Extra: Was a rarely-seen chorus member before voicing Wily.
- Compelling Voice: There's a reason he plays Wily.
- Evil Is Petty: At a Halloween show, he remarked that it was his favorite time of the year... and that he hoped the crowd would get cavities.
- Heel-Face Brainwashing: The band kidnapped Dr. Wily from the past and brainwashed him to sing about his own deeds. This is the end result.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: When not acting as Wily he's quite the nice guy to hang around with.
- Mr. Fanservice: Sometimes unbuttons his jacket, as well as wearing a spandex leotard.
- Nice Hat: He wears a fedora. He's also one of the only band members to have an actual hat as opposed to a bandanna or helmet.
- Shirtless Scene: During covers of "Death On Two Legs". He also strips his jacket down to a unitard.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the song "Turbo Lover" by Judas Priest.
- Time Paradox: See Heel-Face Brainwashing, above.
- Token Evil Teammate: He plays Dr. Wily. He helped wreck their tour bus. This has not gone unnoticed by fans.
- Not only that, when Panther lost his voice, he took over his lines. Theories have spawned about him wanting to take over the world, or the band.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Has these both as Wily and as a chorus member.
- Ascended Meme: Get down from there Reanimator has resulted in anything but.
- Back from the Dead: Part of his job description.
- Badass Beard: Has one of these on and off.
- Combat Medic: His drumbeats are known to heal people.
- I Have the High Ground: Climbing to high places and then jumping from them for drum cues is his signature move. Also standing on his drum kit while drumming.
- Shirtless Scene: At shows where it's really, really hot, he will have no qualms about playing shirtless.
- His Queen show costume.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the movie Re-Animator and Reverend Lovejoy.
- Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Constantly breaking sticks and other drum parts and throwing them at people.
- Could alternately be attributed to The Power of Rock.
- Badass Mustache: Definitely had this.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: The band has made T-shirts in memoriam.
- When Makeup And Vanity Set did his take on Act I, he named the penultimate song The Sons Of Doug Fetterman.
- Nice Hat: His memorial t-shirt shows him with a cowboy hat.
- Sacrificial Lion: He was the first member to be declared R.I.P.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Averted; while they may have been scary at times, they were see-through. Unless lighting made them shiny.
- Shout-Out: His name is the same as a character from Jaws 2.
- Shrouded in Myth: Nobody knows of the circumstances of his death. It's possible he's still around...
- Token Evil Teammate: If Dead Of Summer is to be believed, he filled this role before Turbo Lover.
- Warrior Poet: A quote from him was featured in the Act II CD booklet.
- Shout-Out: Possibly to Styx's Mr. Roboto. Or RoboCop.
- Shrouded in Myth: Very little is known about him.
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member and as Emily.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Unquestionably blonde.
- Cool Shades: Wore these at times.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: She sold the band's merchandise.
- Fatal Method Acting: In-universe. She played the role of Emily exactly once, when the Sniper killed her.
- Badass Beard: Had this as well as very long, curly hair.
- The Cameo: While officially listed as a casualty, his spirit has been known to frequent the band's shows in Nashville, participate in the songs, and sign autographs.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He saved his disco records from the burning Thundercon at the cost of his own life.
- Kill It with Fire: This is how he died.
- Prehensile Hair: His hair was so fluid it was practically alive.
- Real Person Fic: One can be found here detailing his experience as a P.O.W. (He was listed as such before being declared R.I.P.).
- Note that this was written before Act II was released, and before his cause of death was made known.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Sweeney Todd.
- Badass Beard: Notably, he was the one who told the rest of the band about Whiskerino.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the replicants in Blade Runner.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Like the replicants in Blade Runner, his life expectancy was four years.
- Drop the Hammer: He wields a magic hammer. No, he is not The Mighty Thor.
- Faking the Dead: After his apparent death, he was revealed to be alive and affiliated with a different band.
- Not Quite Dead: Turns out, he's alive and affiliated with the band Magic Hammer.
- Shout-Out: His signature in autographs had what looked like a Dragon Ball in the 'O'.
- Badass Beard: Had one that rivaled Murphy's.
- Combat Medic: He decided to become a pharmacist.
- Master of Unlocking: A master of keys and unlocking.
- Shock and Awe: He could hold his hands up during a storm and eventually summon lightning bolts to strike a random location.
- Shout-Out: His codename is the same as a character from Ghostbusters.
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member and as Emily.
- Fatal Method Acting: In-universe. She voiced Emily on the vinyl/demo, and was swiftly killed by the Sniper in a live performance.
- Shout-Out: Her codename is one to Ellen Aim from Streets of Fire.
- An Odd Place to Sleep: Scartoe is famous for sleeping in odd places. Among other things, he slept under the band's merchandise table.
- The Quiet One: Didn't talk much in interviews.
- Warrior Poet: When he did talk he was often very prolific.
- Back from the Dead: Returned to play a show in Baltimore, and shows where the Nightwalker isn't around to play trumpet.
- No Name Given: At first he didn't have a codename. Murphy gave him one.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the duo Master and Blaster, from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. They are usually referred to as Master Blaster in the film.
Heath Who Hath No Name
- Celebrity Resemblance: To Heath Ledger; originally his codename was Heath Ledger.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fond of quips during interviews.
- No Name Given: He hath no name.
- Perpetual Smiler: Perpetual Smirker, but yeah.
- Prehensile Hair: He could sculpt his hair into almost any style.
Cobra T. Washington
- Badass Beard: At his first show. He shaved soon after.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the Sylvester Stallone action flick Cobra. And Booker T. Washington.
- Badass Bystander: He was an audience member called into service by KILROY to play keyboard on The Stand.
- Born Lucky: Admit it, you wish this had happened to you.
- Heroic Bystander: Helped the band out when Panther was struck down.
- Born Lucky: He sang as Megaman in Vengeance when Panther fell ill.
- Heroic Bystander: Helped the band out when Panther fell.
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member and played instruments.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A mix of blonde and brunette.
- Phantom Thief: Averted; she may break into places, but she never steals. She just breaks in for the sake of being there.
- Stealth Expert: Known for breaking into houses for the sake of it, without anyone being the wiser.
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member at the Act I vinyl release show.
- Shock and Awe: Her facepaint was a lightning bolt across one eye.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Laser with a 'z'!
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member at the Act I vinyl release show.
- '80s Hair: Had a very eighties hairstyle.
- Shout-Out: To Dr. Beverly Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member at the Act I vinyl release show.
- '80s Hair: Like Crusher, had a fabulous eighties hairdo.
- Action Girl: Sang onstage alongside the band.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: His name is Panda.
- Cool Shades: Wore a cool pair of sunglasses.
- Replacement Goldfish: Subbed for Ringo on the last 3 Warped Tour shows.
- Rhymes on a Dime: His name rhymes.
Objects Of Note
- Darkest Hour: When it was destroyed, the Protomen were left without a base of operations.
- Elaborate Underground Base: This was the Protomen's base of operations.
- Kill It with Fire: It burnt down, along with Demon Barber.
- Base on Wheels: The Protomen used her as their mobile base.
- Cool Car: Almost literally; the bus had no heat. Going to Detroit in February almost destroyed the band.
- Darkest Hour: The back of the bus was eaten by a Graboid from Tremors. Soon after, she broke down completely, and was recently replaced with The Skyhammer.
- Last Of Her Kind: She was the last of the V8 Interceptors.
- My Car Hates Me: She seemed to break down at the worst possible times. Luckily, she also made a handy barricade when the band was attacked by Killer Robots.
- Base on Wheels: Used as the Protomen's second mobile base.
- Cool Car: 26 passenger bus with several beds and seats that don't place you five inches from the person in front of you.
- According to the band she also has a bowling alley.
- Last Of Her Kind: The last of the Super V8 Interceptors.
- My Car Hates Me: Attempted to kill the Protomen by blowing an expensive tire on her way out of Ohio.
- The Skyhammer once got in a wreck, then lost a tire; fortunately no one was injured. The truck that hit her, on the other hand, was vaporized.
- At the very start of part 2 of their 2010 tour, the Skyhammer blew another tire, lost a trailer fender, and broke her fuel pump, leaving the band stranded in Texas.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Jesse Christine.
Dr. Thomas Light
- The Atoner: By the time of "Light Up The Night," he tries to fix his mistakes. He fails. He later tries again by building Protoman to fight Wily. This also fails.
- Badass Beard: This trait is seen in the games, posters, booklet art, and fan art, and is the subject of "Beard's Going Nowhere."
- Because I Said So: He tells Megaman not to fight. There's not much he could do to stop him from leaving.
- Despair Event Horizon: Has definitely crossed this by the time of Act III. He appears for the final third of "Hold Back the Night" to counter the female lead's idealism and duets over fragments of her lines that, taken out of context, sound defeatist rather than hopeful. It's clear that after Mega Man abandoned the city, Light lost his final shred of idealism.But all of your heroes are gone. And the blood that they spilled is on my hands. A darkness will blot out the sun. Not a thing can be done with so few men, that a hero couldn't do!
- The Hero: In Act II.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: In Act II. By the time of Act I, it's implied Wily kept him around because he still made for a good scapegoat.
- Humans Are Special: Light believes this. Unfortunately, this only seems to be true for a few individuals.
- It's All My Fault: "They will punish me for what he did to you/but either way, it's all my fault/because I made the man who laid his hands on you..."
- Knight in Sour Armor: After Protoman dies, he outright says that "Mankind deserves the hell that they have brought upon themselves." However, this doesn't stop him from building another son and leaving inspirational words on Protoman's grave.
- Made of Iron: In "Father of Death," he breaks his arm in a fall... and apparently walks it off, as it's never brought up again.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction in "Father Of Death," and again in "Funeral For A Son."
- Nice Guy: He built his machines in order to help ease the workload of his companions.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Breaks things repeatedly in Act II by activating the robots, then sending Joe to blow up the tower.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He stops Joe from killing the Sniper, finishing the job himself.
- Tragic Hero: Light's passion for saving the city and its people made the entire plot possible, including the deaths of Emily and Joe, Wily's takeover, and Protoman and Megaman's disillusionment with the City.
- Voice of the Resistance: Along with Joe, in Light Up The Night.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Between the releases of the Acts, it was never established if he died with the crowd or if he somehow escaped. The lyrics in "Hold Back The Night" and Panther's testimony show that he left before the slaughter.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He believes in the good of people. However, he underestimates the power the media has over the people, and since Wily takes advantage of this, it leads to his downfall.
Dr. Albert Wily
- Big Bad: Across the whole series.
- Charm Person: He convinces the entire City to go along with his words, including trying to kill Dr. Light.
- The Chessmaster: Some kid on a bike attacking the control tower? It's no problem; you have another one. Protoman attacking your complex? No problem, send out all the Robot Masters to attack him at once. Megaman attacking, this time getting to the fortress gates and possibly threatening you? Send out Protoman to deal with him.
- Consummate Liar: He admits as such.It doesn't matter where you hear it from; whether truth or lies, it gets said all the same!
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He built another control tower in case the one he was using was attacked, and then used that as an excuse to declare martial law. He then sent all the robots out at once to attack Protoman, then sent him out against his brother.
- Emperor Scientist: Rules the city and possibly the world, and is a roboticist.
- Evil Is Petty: One of his reasons for killing Emily was because she wouldn't be with him.
- Humans Are Flawed: Wily believes this. He's mostly right.
- If I Can't Have You: The reason he kills Emily.
- That, and she caught him stealing Light's stuff.
- Kick the Dog: A band member revealed that he later called the Sniper robots "Joe", like in the games, for an extra jab at Light.
- Kill 'em All: His order to the army of robots at the end. In some live performances, he actually says the line.
- Large Ham: Throughout Act II, but especially in The Hounds.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Throughout both Acts. It's lampshaded in Act I.Wily had no power on a field of battle.
- Suddenly Voiced: He had no spoken lines until Act II.
- The Unfought: Light never gets to the part of the plan where he confronts him, and Megaman abandons the City before he reaches him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In Act II, everyone loves him and believes his every word.
- Visionary Villain: Most of his lines in Act II drip with this sort of behavior, as the man has his ambitions.
- The Voiceless: In Act I.
- You Can't Fight Fate: In The Hounds, he states that he and Light were destined for their paths in life; it had been building from the moment they met.
- Badass/One-Man Army: He manages to put a sizable dent in Wily's forces singlehandedly.
- Beige Prose: Somewhat, in Vengeance.
- Bring It: "All you wounded, those of you who can, pick yourselves off the ground, hurry back, tell your leader you need more men!"
- Despair Event Horizon: After killing his brother, he turns his back on humankind as well.
- In some live performances of the song, he's the one that shouts the line "Kill them all!"
- The Hero: In Act I.
- Hope Bringer: He actually drives the crowd to cheer him on, rather than just watch his demise.
- Hot-Blooded: If only in The Will Of One and Vengeance — the latter pretty much consists of him screaming for the enemy to fight better.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: After being forced to kill his brother, he shares Protoman's viewpoint on humanity and leaves the City to die.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Protoman, who Light retroactively saw as a son.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: He's capable of crying, and the liner notes describe his heart hurting under the weight of what Dr. Light told him about Protoman.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After killing Protoman, he turns his back on the city and leaves its people to their fate.
- Voice of the Resistance: In Act I. He's also the only resistance.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He thinks that he can turn Protoman back to his side by getting the crowd's help at first. They then tell him to kill his brother.
Humanity In General
- The Alcoholic: Once Wily takes over, they crowd the bars.
- Angry Mob: They try to lynch Dr. Light at Wily's behest.
- Apathetic Citizens: In all Acts.
- Despair Event Horizon: Their response to Megaman abandoning them is to simply wail "We Are The Dead" as the robots slaughter them all.
- Taken even further in Act III. In "Hold back the Night", they outright say "No one will come... The City is dead."
- From Bad to Worse: Their mindset gets worse as time goes on.
- Gullible Lemmings: They believe Wily's lies and attempt to lynch Dr. Light when the courts find him innocent.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The crowd establishes that, by the end of Act I, they're almost as bad as the forces supressing them.
- Spontaneous Crowd Formation: They gather to lynch Dr. Light, and crowd around Joe's body after his Heroic Sacrifice in Act II. In Act I, they gather at Protoman's assault on Wily's fortress, when Megaman reads the words on his brother's grave, and when Megaman attacks the fortress.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yes, growing up in a police state does tend to mess with the heads of the populace, but all the same, what could possibly make them think that telling their single, superpowered defender, currently mourning his brother who he just killed on their behalf, that said brother deserved to die is a good idea?
- Torches and Pitchforks: In Give Us The Rope.
- Back from the Dead: Post Hope Rides Alone, Wily brought him back to serve as his commander.
- Broken Pedestal: For Megaman.
- Dark Messiah: The Stand goes over this pretty thoroughly. Protoman sings about how man once looked to him as their "hero", but they really only cared about martyrs.
- Death Seeker: May have become this; if the crowd stood and fought like he told them to, they'd have to kill him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: His death in The Sons Of Fate, at least outside of live performances.
- The Dragon: To Wily in Act I, post Face-Heel Turn.
- Evil Laugh: In live performances, at least.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep robotic voice in both albums and live shows.
- Face-Heel Turn: After "dying" in Hope Rides Alone, he changes sides and decides that if humanity deserves to live they should fight for themselves.
- Fallen Hero: Changed sides after his death, when his beliefs were crushed.
- The Fatalist: Subverted in that, while he's a fatalist, he desperately wants not to be and is constantly fighting to have his philosophy proven wrong. It's too bad that every time he does, the crowd's actions just reinforce it.
- I Call It "Vera": His latest arm cannon is named 'Life Ruiner'.
- Large Ham: Live, at least. A couple of times he imitated pro wrestler Rick Flair.
- Machine Monotone: His lines in The Stand begin to be consumed by one as he goes from talking with his brother to trying to kill him. By the time The Sons Of Fate begins, his voice is deeper and more hateful.
- Never Found the Body: Only his helmet was recovered after his death.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In Hope Rides Alone, the cause of his "death".
- The Paragon: He intended to fulfill this role, but ultimately failed.
- Warrior Poet: Some stuff he says in The Stand is fairly poetic.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's turned his back on the people he was meant to protect. Sadly, with good reason.
The Robot Army
- Adaptational Badass: Could apply to any one of the re-imagined characters in the rock operas, but if the music video footage of 'Hope Rides Alone' is to be believed, the Robot Masters have become terrifying figures; Elec Man in particular.
- Kill 'em All: Wily tells them to kill the crowd at the end.
- Killer Robot: All of them.
- Losing Your Head: Cutman gets his head cut off in the music video.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Snipers.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Robot Masters 'kill' Protoman. Probably helped that, unlike the games, they attacked at once.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Robot Masters, like in the games.
- Shock and Awe: Elecman electrocutes Protoman's face in the video.
- Skull for a Head: Elecman in the music video.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The Robot Masters disappear after Hope Rides Alone, the first song on the album. Only time will tell if they make an appearance in Act III.
- Whole Costume Reference: In the music video, Bombman is basically a robotic Wez. For◊ comparison◊.
Emily A. Stanton
- Dead Woman Writing: Via her letter to Dr. Light.
- Determinator: She rebukes Wily, telling him that Light's the better man.
- Dying Alone: Underscored by her funeral, which no one attended.
- Historical In-Joke: On the Father of Death wanted poster, Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War for the Lincoln Administration, vows to bring her murderer to justice.
- The poster itself was an altered version of the one about Lincoln's assassination.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: In "Father of Death"."No matter how dark this City gets, there will be—"
- Meaningful Name: The name Emily means someone who is earthy, strong-willed, and a hard worker.
- Emily can also mean 'rival', or trying to equal or excel. It still fits rather well, considering what got her killed.
- Original Character: Doesn't have a game counterpart.
- Slashed Throat: This is how she dies.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Emily was an unambiguously good person to the end. Tragically, it's also what got her killed.
- Tragic Funeral: No one attends, and the priest's words are drowned out by Wily's broadcast.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We hear her in the middle of Father Of Death, just in time for her to be faced with Death by Origin Story.
- Wrench Wench: According to the liner notes, she worked in the factory."The one I love, she works so hard, she works her fingers till they bleed. Some of the pain that she endures would bring a strong man to his knees. I only want to help."
- The Alcoholic: Possibly, given that we first hear him in a bar and everyone else seems to be Drowning Their Sorrows.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Shows up as a viewpoint character in the latter half of Act II when before the story had focused on Dr. Light.
- Cool Bike: Has a motorcycle inherited from his father.
- Fingerless Gloves: Panther wears these as him in live shows, and fan art has Joe wearing them too.
- Hot-Blooded: Shouts at a literal killing machine to come out and face him, armed with a lead pipe.
- Improvised Weapon: Tries to fend the Sniper off with a pipe.
- Kiss of Death: The second meaning, as his hours are numbered.
- Large Ham: He has a bit of this in Breaking Out, in which he declares he's getting the hell out of dodge to a girl that he barely knows, and then kisses her.
- Loveable Rogue: Even though he's part of the riff-raff, he's easily the most admirable person we meet in the post-takeover generation.
- Only One Name: His last name is never revealed.
- Original Character: He has no game counterpart, though his name is taken from the Joe robots in the games.
- Parental Abandonment: They were killed.
- Senseless Sacrifice: His sacrifice in "The Fall" only makes things worse.
- Voice of the Resistance: Tragically, at the time he and Light were the only members of the resistance.
The Sniper/Light's Monster
- Cyber Cyclops: It has one glowing red eye.
- Degraded Boss: Mass produced Sniper Joes are released into the city at the very end of Act II once the tower is destroyed.
- The Dragon: To Wily in Act II.
- The Dreaded: He single-handedly kept the city in line through fear alone.
- In-Series Nickname: "Light's Monster."
- Karmic Death: It dies in the same manner Emily did.
- Killer Robot: Kills Emily and presumably many other humans.
- Knife Nut: Even though he has a gun, he prefers to use the knife.
- Machine Monotone: If we take the singing at the end of Keep Quiet to be him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red eye, in this case.
- Slashed Throat: How it checks out.
The Girl in the Bar
- Chekhov's Gunman: Possibly; we never find out what, if anything, happened to her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She was ignoring Joe all night until he whispered in her ear, even stealing a kiss from her.
- No Name Given: The only thing we know about her is that she's apparently around Joe's age.
- Schrödinger's Cat: Could be alive, could be dead.
- The Voiceless: Has no spoken lines or lines in the notes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Never mentioned post Breaking Out.