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Thorgal and his family
Son of Varth and Haynee, a pair of Ancient Astronauts who returned to Earth, abandoned by their ancestors, in search of new energy sources. After the conflict between his father and grandfather over what to do with the Puny Earthlings, Thorgal was cast down onto the Earth in a water-proof capsule and found by the Vikings. He became a foster son of the Viking chief Leif Haraldsson, but never felt fully a Viking. He is the husband of Aaricia (with a three-year gap) and father of Jolan, Louve and Aniel. Has always had a love-hate relationship with the gods.
- Back from the Dead: As many as four times.
- Can't Stay Normal: Would like nothing more than to live a normal and peaceful life with his wife and children. Destiny always finds a way to send him and his loved ones into peril.
- Badass Unintentional: All the time.
- Chick Magnet: For too many chicks to count, but he only has eyes for Aaricia.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Aaricia.
- Good Is Not Soft: Though he does not believe in the Viking tradition of killing your neighbors and stealing their possessions, he is no weakling. Wor-the-Magnificent and many, many other enemies learn this the hard way.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A nice-looking one on the cheek, courtesy of Gandalf-the-Mad.
- Meaningful Name: He was named 'Thorgal, son of Aegir' after Thor, god of storm, and Aegir the sea giant, because he was found at the seacoast just after the storm.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: Found in a vessel on a shore after a raging storm.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's often shirtless or in briefs for the female fans.
- Nice Guy: Why Aaricia loves him. Or, as she tells their son Jolan, "Because he's simple, strong, brave and good."
- Papa Wolf: Jolan and Louve should never be menaced in his presence.
- Paradox Person: It is even stated that from the gods' point of view it is like he existed and not existed at the same time.
- Reluctant Warrior: He fights only when he has to supply food or defend his family (which means: all the time).
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Aaricia.
- Telepathy: With Jolan.
- Tranquil Fury: Occasionally.
- Troubled Child: As Gandalf prohibited him from learning how to fight and sail along with the other boys, he trained to be a bard, which was not exactly his cup of tea.
- Unstoppable Rage: When someone threatens his family.
Daughter of Gandalf, sister of Bjorn and a Viking princess born with two tear-shaped pearls in her hands, she disobeyed her father and married Thorgal, for whom she was destined from birth by the goddess Frigg. Having been a Pregnant Hostage more than once, she is the mother of Jolan and Louve as well as the foster mother of Aniel.
- Action Girl: In Thorgal's absence she is able to deal with dangers by herself if needs be.
- Adrenaline Make Over: A couple of times, but most notably before the journey to Qa.
- Action Survivor: She isn't a trained fighter like Thorgal and usually doesn't fight physically but she's often practical and smart enough to deal with dangerous situations. However, when push comes to shove, she isn't above entering the action. For instance, she killed Brek Zarith's tyrant, Shardar herself, even though she was tied up and hanging over a very high cliff, tripping him over the ledge with her legs.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When someone threatens her children and Thorgal is not around, or when some other woman seems to like Thorgal too much.
- Betty and Veronica: To Kriss's Veronica.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Thorgal.
- Distressed Damsel: Quite often, particularly in the early volumes.
- Faux Action Girl: In the Qa story, she reminded Kriss that she's a Viking princess and is able to fight. After she got an Important Haircut and grabbed a knife, she only used it once to save Kriss' life by stabbing her assailant...from behind.
- Feminine Women Can Cook
- First Girl Wins: And there were many competitors.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Defied. She doesn't take kindly to being groped by Kriss in a bathtub and violently shoves her away.
- Green-Eyed Monster
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The most golden-haired and innocent of all the female characters in the series.
- House Wife: When with Thorgal, she is a classic house wife:
- Important Haircut: She cuts her hair when preparing for the journey to Qa in order to show Kriss that she is not only a Princess Classic but a VIKING princess as well.
- I Will Wait for You: Followed by I Will Find You.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: To Kriss's Dark.
- Mama Bear: Threatening her kids is a good way to bring this out in her. When Kriss of Valnor had Jolan kidnapped to the Land of Qa, she was very willing to torture the mercenary in order to find out her son's whereabouts.
- Mark of Shame: She is branded with hot iron after the Vikings realize that Shaigan and Thorgal are the same person. She gets better, though, courtesy of her son's powers.
- Rebellious Princess: Though in a Rebellious Rebel way.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: with Bjorn.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Thorgal.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Obviously inherited her looks from her mother, judging by her mother's appearance in "Odin's Mountain" ( which was a demon disguised as her mother).
- White Sheep: When you have Gandalf-the-Mad as a father and Bjorn as a brother...
The son of Thorgal and Aaricia, brother of Louve and half-brother of Aniel, he inherited psychic abilities from his father and, unlike Thorgal, learned to use them in a controlled way. He offered his life to the half-god Manthor in exchange for the life of Thorgal and was sent by Manthor on a dangerous mission to Asgard.
- Bratty Half-Pint: As a child.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: In Qa and then in Manthor's realm. And then again in Kriss' series where he becomes a Viking lord. He initially keeps his face hidden to avoid people not taking him seriously due to his age.
- Girls Have Cooties: A mild case. He gets over it by the time he reaches his teens.
- Give Him a Normal Life: They tried, but, of course, he turned out like his father.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: To the degree his imaginary friend almost killed him.
- Mind over Matter: He's not exactly telekinetic, but he can cut the bonds between atoms with his mind, essentially vaporizing objects at will and it's shown that with enough experience he can rearrange the atomic structure of things in order to heal wounds, age or de-age people, transform objects or vaporize/kill people with a thought.
- Mouthy Kid: From time to time.
- Power Incontinence: But not incurable.
- Spoiled Brat: For a while, when in Qa where he was regarded as a god.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the Kriss series where he uses threats to make clear to everyone who's the boss.
Daughter of Thorgal and Aaricia, sister of Jolan and half-sister of Aniel. Later (in the spin-off) becomes more of an Action Girl.
- The Cassandra: Sometimes.
- Children Are Innocent: This allowed her to save Thorgal from Arachnea.
- Daddy's Girl: With Thorgal.
- Girls Have Cooties: even though she often behaves like One of the Boys, she does not perceive herself as such.
- Meaningful Name: 'Louve' means 'She-Wolf' in French.
- Raised by Wolves: In a sense. She was born next to two wolf-pups and their mother's scent has forever been mixed with that of hers.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Especially with the Canidae.
- Weapon Jr.: Her bow.
- Xenafication: In her spin-off series, she became a lot more tomboyish and insolent than she used to be in the main series.
- Wild Child: Thanks to her supernatural connection to wild animals.
The son of Thorgal and Kriss of Valnor, who, when dying, left him under the care of Aaricia. His grandfather Kahaniel, anticipating his own death, prepared his soul to enter the body of his first male descendant, who turned out to be Aniel. He was made mute by his owners while learning to make jewellery as a slave in the tin mine.
- Fetus Terrible: At the beginning of his career.
- Happily Adopted: by Aaricia, at Kriss's request.
- Like a Son to Me: To Aaricia.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As a result of supernatural factors in Aniel's genealogy.
- Reincarnation: Aniel is an incarnation of his grandfather, who used the forbidden Red Magic to be born again in his body.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: In Kriss of Valnor, he's two years old. By the time of The Shield of Thor, he's claimed to be near his fifth birthday. Only a few months happen between the two albums. Yves Sente admitted he did it on purpose because his grandfather will reincarnate into him on his fifth birthday.
- The Speechless: His vocal cords were cut by the slave-owners who did not want him to disturb them with crying.
- Walking Spoiler: His existence pretty much spoils the entire Shaigan arc.
Varth / Ogotay:
The father of Thorgal and husband of Haynee. His conviction that the Star People should take over the Earth instead of sticking to the rule of non-exposure with regards to its inhabitants led him to the rebellion against Xargos. After landing on Earth and the destruction of the expedition, he became the god and tyrant of the Chaam people and declared war against their neighbors. He was killed by Kriss just after he realized that Thorgal was his son.
- The Conqueror: Sought to conquer the Earth as a god. He already wanted to take over the world when the Star People were still in space.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: And Varth has Haynee.
- God Emperor: Rules the city of Mayaxatl as its god, constantly demanding bloody sacrifices.
- Mind over Matter: Has the same psychic powers as Jolan and a brainwave amplifier to strengthen them. This allows him to read minds, induce heart attacks from a distance and instantly age people.
- Motive Decay: Originally wanted to take over the Earth so that his planet could be supplied with energy sources. The loss of his friends and family drove him to madness, so that he now only wants to take revenge on the Earth for taking his wife and son away from him.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has arguably undergone a continuous one ever since the destruction of his expedition and the loss of his family. But he really loses it when Thorgal reveals to him that he is his son.Ogotay: "LIES! ALL MY FAMILY ARE DEAD! DEAD! DEAD! DEAD! ALL DEAD ON THIS CURSED PLANET!"
Xargos / Tanatloc:
The father of Haynee and grandfather of Thorgal, the leader of the expedition of the Star People in search of new sources of energy. After the conflict with Varth, in which he defended the rule of non-exposure and non-interference with regards to the inhabitants of Earth, he was overthrown, fell to Earth and led the Xinjin against Varth under the name of the god Tanatloc.
The guardian goddess keeping watch over the gates between the worlds. She has a crush on Thorgal from the first time they met, when he decided to protect her from his crooked companion even though she was the opponent of both of them.
- Achilles' Heel: Thorgal.
- Clothes Make the Superman: her belt.
- Older Than They Look: she does not even know her exact age.
- Samus Is a Girl: Thorgal and rivals expected a male guardian.
The prince of Brek Zarith, whom Thorgal helped to regain the throne usurped by his evil cousin Shardar.
A girl who fell in love with Thorgal and lied to her fellows to make them expel him in revenge, which resulted in the destruction of her village and the supposed death of Aaricia. Being left by Thorgal in the ruins of the village, she took care of him when he was out of his mind due to the despair, and went with him to the Otherworld where she gave her own life for that of Aaricia and was trapped forever in Niflheim.
- Just a Kid: Thorgal's words, when he defended her from Caleb's anger.
- Ret Gone: The end of Beyond the Shadows implies Thorgal is the only one who remembers her after her sacrifice.
Jorund the Bull:
A Viking chief who became the king of the Vikings of the North after Gandalf's death. His attitude towards Thorgal is decidedly positive, which cannot be said about some of his countrymen.
- Easily Forgiven: He left Thorgal and Bjorn to die on a barc in the middle of the sea. The next time Thorgal sees him, they act like good friends and never bring up the incident.
Aaricia's best friend, she helped her after the Vikings exiled Thorgal's family in revenge for Shaigan's deeds.
- The Caretaker: to Thorgal's family.
- Childhood Friends: to Aaricia.
- Determined Homesteader's Wife
- Domestic Abuse: her second husband used to beat her.
- Satellite Character: to Aaricia.
Arghun the Pegleg:
The uncle of Tjall and a friend of Thorgal and Jolan. He was a professional archer in the past, but after his accident became a weaponsmaker specializing in bows and arrows. He was forced by Kriss to accompany Thorgal in his journey to Qa, where he later decided to stay.
- Dirty Old Man: the Indian girls do not seem to mind, though.
- I Choose to Stay: Believing himself too old to return to his homeland, he eventually decides to settle in the land of Qa.
- The Mentor: to Jolan and, presumably, to Tjall.
Tjall the Reckless:
The nephew of Arghun and a great archer, he travelled to Qa with Thorgal and Aaricia to rescue his uncle and Jolan. Because of his infatuation with Kriss, he abandoned Thorgal - only to later redeem himself and die while saving him.
- Admiring the Abomination: Namely, Kriss.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Is scatter-brained, a bit clumsy and easily swayed by a pretty face... and almost as lethal an archer as Thorgal.
- Death Seeker: Arghun implies to Thorgal that Tjall became this out of despair for his betrayal of Thorgal in the jungle.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Thorgal's.
- The Corruptible: To Kriss, of course.
- Weak-Willed: Allowed Kriss to talk him into abandoning a feverish Thorgal and Aaricia in the jungle on the way to Mayaxatl.
Being the youngest and bravest of dwarfs, he was sent by the dwarf king Ivaldir to seek the non-existing metal which was to be given to Nidhogg in exchange for Ivaldir's name, and young Thorgal helped him to fulfil the task by giving him the screw from outside the Earth and joining him in his journey.
- Paradox Person: because of his constant moving between worlds, he exists, but not really.
- Really 700 Years Old
A minor deity and the messenger of Odin. He was helped by young Aaricia after being blinded by Hrun the giant during his journey to Midgard, and later returned the favour.
- Anyone Can Die: according to him, not all gods are immortal.
- Messenger: to Odin.
A Svear boy, the brother of Lehla and a friend of Jolan. He met Jolan when they were both enslaved and joined him in escape. He settled in Arachnopolis to stay with his beloved Siloe.
A Svear girl, the sister of Darek and the love interest of Jolan, rescued from prison by Darek and Jolan. She came to live in Arachnopolis along with Darek.
- Betty and Veronica: probably, in a way, to Kriss' Veronica in a future album.
- The Bus Came Back: Sa reappears seven albums after "The Blue Evil" and still seems to have strong feelings for Jolan.
- The Chick
- Conveniently an Orphan
- Designated Love Interest: to Jolan.
- Distressed Damsel
- The Exile
- First Love: with Jolan.
- Girl Next Door
- Made a Slave: twice.
- My Girl Back Home
- Plucky Girl
- Put on a Bus: Stayed behind in Arachnopolis along with her brother and Jolan's dog, much to Jolan's grief.
Kriss of Valnor:
The daughter of the evil warlock Kahaniel of Valnor and Olgava, a peasant girl, she loves and hates Thorgal at the same time. During Thorgal's divinely induced amnesia she made him believe that she was his wife, which was why he spent three years at her side under the name of Shaigan, leading a fleet of pirates. She was the mother of Aniel. She died covering the retreat of a wounded Thorgal and his family. In the spin-off it is revealed that she had a Dark and Troubled Past, including Rape as Backstory and then Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Action Duo: as well as Battle Couple - with Sigwald and later with Shaigan.
- Action Mom: very shortly, though.
- All Amazons Want Hercules
- Ambition Is Evil
- Archer Archetype
- Back from the Dead: by the Walkyries.
- Badass in Distress
- Broken Bird
- Classy Cat-Burglar
- Combat Pragmatist
- The Corrupter: poor Tjall...
- The Cynic
- Dark Action Girl:
- Depraved Bisexual: She's in love with Thorgal, but she has no problem whatsoever with groping Aaricia's breasts in the bathtub.
- Easily Forgiven: Jolan's attitude towards Kriss changes a lot over the series. He initially despises her. In "Ogotai's Crown", his future self even throttles her while shouting he should have killed her for what she did to his family. Kriss responds by fatally stabbing him in the gut. Seven albums later, he has developed a reluctant respect for her bravery and perseverance and in the fourth Kriss album he not only expresses relief to see her alive, but also enters into an arranged marriage with her to cement his claim to the Vikings' throne.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her only friend Sigwald, Thorgal (whom she loves to hate) and her son Aniel.
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Heartbroken Badass
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: After her resurection, she's not allowed to kill anybody and thus became more sympathetic helping Brunhild. However, after the latter's death and once the Walkyries allow her to kill again, she takes the throne and goes back to her former self.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: to Aaricia's Light.
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Everytime she saves, spares or helps Thorgal's familly, it is soon revealed she did so to use them for her own purpose. Subverted with her Heroic Sacrifice to save their lives.
- No Sympathy:
- Only in It for the Money
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Pirate Girl
- Redemption Equals Death
- Statuesque Stunner
- The Unfettered
- The Vamp
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: After being resurrected, she's forbidden to kill any kind of living being, not even a fish.
- Vanity Is Feminine
- Betty and Veronica: to Aaricia's Betty.
- Villainesses Want Heroes
- What You Are in the Dark
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Gandalf the Mad:
The father of Aaricia and the king of the Vikings of the North. In his youth he was quite a warrior, but later became a cruel, greedy and paranoid ruler. He usurped the throne after the death of Leif Haraldsson, the foster father of Thorgal.
- Beard of Evil
- Drunk with Power
- Entitled Bastard
- Ermine Cape Effect
- Evil Laughter
- Heel–Face Turn: He accepted Thorgal as his son-in-law after the latter spared his life.
- Horny Vikings
- Idle Rich
- No Sympathy
- Predecessor Villain: for Bjorn.
- The Starscream: Was this to Leif Haraldsson, going so far as trying to have him killed under the guise of a sacrifice to the gods during the storm which culminated in Leif and the others finding an infant Thorgal. Afterwards was content to wait for Haraldsson's death, following which he usurped the latter's power.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: by the time of The Black Galley, Jorund succeeded him.
- Trash Talk
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His late wife was a beauty, as shown in "Odin's Mountain."
- The Usurper
- Ungrateful Bastard: Hated and persecuted a young Thorgal throughout his life, even though it was the light beacon of baby-Thorgal's capsule that guided him and the other survivors of Leif Haraldsson's expedition to safety through a raging storm. Then there was the time a young Thorgal saved Aaricia from falling to her death (in "Odin's Mountain")... Then again, he was known as "The Mad" for a reason.
- Warrior Prince
- Would Hurt a Child: the child being Thorgal.
The only son of Gandalf and thus Aaricia's elder brother.
- Big Brother Bully: For Aaricia. He gleefully taunts her about Thorgal's impending death when he hears that he left the village following Leif Haraldsson's funeral.
- Child Soldiers: Challenged Thorgal to the "Holmganga" duel when they were both kids, as part of a plot by Gandalf to get rid of Thorgal legally.
- Incest Subtext: He hates Thorgal because he's close to his sister...
- Kids Are Cruel: Was this towards Thorgal when they were children, both as a result of his father's hatred of Thorgal and his own resentment at Thorgal being so close to Aaricia.
- My Little Panzer: For Gandalf.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Firmly believes this, which is yet another reason why he hates the far more peaceful Thorgal.
- Royal Brat: In contrast to his sister, who never really cared much about her title.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The bad elder sibling to Aaricia's good younger one.
- Spoiled Brat: Used to having his way on account of being the king's son and heir.
A descendant of the Star People, she was known among the Vikings as the evil sorceress from the Island of Frozen Seas. She forced the native inhabitants of the island to work in her coal mines in order to gain energy necessary for the maintenance of the starship, but her main goal was to repopulate the Star People by marrying Thorgal with her daughter. Kidnapped and imprisoned by Gandalf, she sought her revenge on him with the help of Thorgal and returned to her fortress for the rest of her life.
- The Aloner
- Broken Bird: Her terrible experiences in her life left her this.
- Canine Companion: Her wolf.
- Cool Pet: Again, her wolf.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was part of the Atlantean expedition that crash-landed on Earth, most of her surviving companions either perished from disease or were killed in the shipwreck (except for Varth), and she was captured by Gandalf-The-Mad and held prisoner in a tower for many years, losing one of her eyes in the process.
- Driven to Suicide: When her daughter is killed.
- Emotionless Girl: Her years of suffering have arguably made her into this.
- Evil Redhead: For a given degree of 'evil.'
- Eyepatch of Power: Courtesy of losing one of her eyes to an enraged Gandalf, many years previously.
- Ice Queen: Both in personality and almost literally, as she rules over the Inuits in the far north.
- I Want Grandkids: Wanted Thorgal to be her daughter's mate.
- Last of His Kind: Is one of the last surviving Atlanteans on Earth, along with Thorgal, Varth and Xargos.
- Living Relic
- Man in the Iron Mask: during her imprisonment in Gandalf's tower.
- Mr. Exposition: Is the first one in the series to explain Thorgal's past and background.
- Terrifying Rescuer: For Thorgal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She has done some very bad things in her life. However, all she ever wanted was the survival of her people.
Volsung of Nichor:
One of Aaricia's suitors during the adventure in Aran. Defeated by Thorgal, he spent a long time in the void. He was rescued from there by Nidhogg, who magically gave him Thorgal's looks and made him seduce the Key Guardian in order to steal from her the magical belt - but he failed to bring the belt to Nidhogg and, as a result, was changed into a frog.
- Beard of Evil
- Combat Pragmatist: Prefers to shoot his foes in the back.
- Con Men Hate Guns: He prefers subterfuge to outright attack.
- Consummate Liar: Is very skilled in manipulating people to his advantage.
- Dirty Coward: When he uses Jolan as a hostage.
- Evil Minions: To Nidhogg.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Banished with Nidhogg between the worlds with an atrocious appearance.
- Lean and Mean
- No Sympathy
- Only in It for the Money: His avarice is his other defining trait, along with his cruelty.
- Smug Snake: Is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is, which ultimately leads to his downfall.
- Too Clever by Half
- Ungrateful Bastard
- Would Hurt a Child: Threatens both Jolan and baby Louve.