[[folder:Thorgal and his family]]
!Thorgal Aegirsson:

Son of Varth and Haynee, a pair of AncientAstronauts 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 PunyEarthlings, Thorgal was cast down onto the Earth in a water-proof capsule and found by the Vikings. He became a [[MuggleFosterParents foster son of the Viking chief]] Leif Haraldsson, but never felt [[RapePillageAndBurn fully a Viking]]. He is the [[HappilyMarried husband]] of Aaricia (with a [[AmnesiacLover three-year gap]]) and [[GoodParents father]] of Jolan, [[DaddysGirl Louve]] and Aniel. Has always had a [[ResignedToTheCall love-hate relationship with the gods]].

%%* ActionHero
%%* ArcherArchetype
* BackFromTheDead: As many as four times.
* CantStayNormal: 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.
* BadassUnintentional: All the time.
%%* BowAndSwordInAccord
%%* CarpetOfVirility
* ChickMagnet: For too many chicks to count, but he only has eyes for Aaricia.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Aaricia.
* GoodIsNotSoft: 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.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: A nice-looking one on the cheek, courtesy of Gandalf-the-Mad.
%%* HomeSweetHome
%%* IdealHero
%%* IJustWantToBeNormal
%%* ImmuneToFate
%%* ImprobableAimingSkills
%%* LastOfHisKind
%%* TheProtagonist
* MeaningfulName: 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.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Found in a vessel on a shore after a raging storm.
* MrFanservice: He's often shirtless or in briefs for the female fans.
* NiceGuy: Why Aaricia loves him. Or, as she tells their son Jolan, "Because he's simple, strong, brave and good."
* PapaWolf: Jolan and Louve should ''never'' be menaced in his presence.
* ParadoxPerson: It is even stated that from the gods' point of view it is like he existed and not existed at the same time.
* ReluctantWarrior: He fights only when he has to supply food or defend his family (which means: all the time).
* StarCrossedLovers: With Aaricia.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: His facial features bear a resemblance to Varth, Haynee and Xargos. Only natural, since Varth and Haynee were his parents, while Xargos was his maternal grandfather. The family resemblance between Thorgal and his grandfather is clearer in the flashback sequence showing the Star People in space, when we see a younger and cleanshaven Xargos, back when he commanded the expedition to Earth. He basically looked like a middle-aged Thorgal with short hair.
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome
* {{Telepathy}}: With Jolan.
* TranquilFury: Occasionally.
* TroubledChild: As Gandalf prohibited him from learning how to fight and sail along with the other boys, he trained to be a [[TheBard bard]], which was [[DreadfulMusician not exactly his cup of tea]].
* UnstoppableRage: When someone threatens his family.
%%* WeirdnessMagnet

Daughter of Gandalf, sister of Bjorn and a Viking princess born with two tear-shaped pearls in her hands, she [[ParentalMarriageVeto disobeyed her father]] and [[HappilyMarried married]] Thorgal, for whom she was [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destined from birth]] by the goddess Frigg. Having been a PregnantHostage more than once, she is the [[GoodParents mother]] of Jolan and Louve as well as the foster mother of Aniel.

* ActionGirl: In Thorgal's absence she is able to deal with dangers by herself if needs be.
* AdrenalineMakeOver: A couple of times, but most notably before the journey to Qa.
* ActionSurvivor: 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Unlike most names in the series, Aaricia isn't a nordic one.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When someone threatens her children and Thorgal is not around, or when some other woman seems to [[ClingyJealousGirl like Thorgal too much]].
* BettyAndVeronica: To Kriss's Veronica.
%%* TheChick
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Thorgal.
%%* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DistressedDamsel: Quite often, particularly in the early volumes.
%%* TheExile:
* FauxActionGirl: In the Qa story, she reminded Kriss that she's a Viking princess and is able to fight. After she got an ImportantHaircut and grabbed a knife, she only used it once to save Kriss' life by stabbing her assailant...from behind.
* FeminineWomenCanCook
* FirstGirlWins: And there were ''many'' competitors.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Defied. She doesn't take kindly to being groped by Kriss in a bathtub and violently shoves her away.
* GreenEyedMonster
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: The most golden-haired and innocent of all the female characters in the series.
%%* HerosMuse
* HouseWife: When with Thorgal, she is a classic house wife:
* ImportantHaircut: She cuts her hair when preparing for the journey to Qa in order to show Kriss that she is not only a PrincessClassic but a VIKING princess as well.
* IWillWaitForYou: Followed by IWillFindYou.
%%* LetsHaveAnotherBaby
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: To Kriss's Dark.
%%* LongHairIsFeminine
* MamaBear: 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.
* MarkOfShame: 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.
%%* ModestRoyalty
%%* MyGirlBackHome
%%* PrincessClassic
* RebelliousPrincess: Though in a RebelliousRebel way.
* SiblingYinYang: with Bjorn.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Thorgal.
%%* TenderTears
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Obviously inherited her looks from her mother, judging by her mother's appearance in "Odin's Mountain" ([[spoiler: which was a demon disguised as her mother]]).
* WhiteSheep: 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, [[BroughtDownToBadass 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.

* BrattyHalfPint: As a child.
* AChildShallLeadThem: 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.
%%* TheChosenOne
* GirlsHaveCooties: A mild case. He gets over it by the time he reaches his teens.
* GiveHimANormalLife: They tried, but, of course, he [[TurnOutLikeHisFather turned out like his father]].
* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: To the degree his imaginary friend almost killed him.
%%* JumpedAtTheCall
%%* KidHero
* MindOverMatter: 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.
* MouthyKid: From time to time.
* PowerIncontinence: But not incurable.
%%* PsychicChildren:
* SpoiledBrat: For a while, when in Qa where he was regarded as a god.
%%* {{Telepathy}}.
* TookALevelInJerkass: 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 ActionGirl.

%%* AnimalThemedSuperbeing:
%%* TheBeastmaster
* TheCassandra: Sometimes.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: This allowed her to save Thorgal from Arachnea.
* DaddysGirl: With Thorgal.
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings
* GirlsHaveCooties: [[{{Tomboy}} even though]] she often behaves like OneOfTheBoys, she does not perceive herself as such.
%%* LittleMissBadass
* MeaningfulName: 'Louve' means 'She-Wolf' in French.
%%* NatureHero:
%%* PassionateSportsGirl
* RaisedByWolves: In a sense. She was born next to two wolf-pups and their mother's scent has forever been mixed with that of hers.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Especially with the Canidae.
%%* TurnOutLikeHisFather
* WeaponJr: 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.
* WildChild: 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.

%%* BornIntoSlavery
%%* CreepyChild
%%* DarkAndTroubledPast
* FetusTerrible: At the beginning of his career.
* HappilyAdopted: by Aaricia, at Kriss's request.
* LikeASonToMe: To Aaricia.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: 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.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: 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 [[spoiler: his grandfather will reincarnate into him on his fifth birthday]].
* TheSpeechless: His vocal cords were cut by the slave-owners who did not want him to disturb them with crying.
* WalkingSpoiler: His existence pretty much spoils the entire Shaigan arc.

!Varth / Ogotay:
The father of Thorgal and husband of [[TheLostLenore Haynee]]. His conviction that the Star People should [[TakeOverTheWorld 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 [[ScamReligion became the god]] and tyrant of the Chaam people and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm declared war]] against their neighbors. He was killed by Kriss just after he realized that [[LukeYouAreMyFather Thorgal was his son]].

* AGodAmI: He initially planned to dominate earth by using his PsychicPowers to pass as a god. After too many losses and some SanitySlippage, he end up believing it himself.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Varth's ambition ultimately resulted in misery for him, his loved ones and countless others.
%%* BlackCloak
%%* TheCaligula
* TheConqueror: Sought to conquer the Earth as a god. He already wanted to take over the world when the Star People were still in space.
%%* CrusadingWidower
%%* DangerousDeserter
* DarkMessiah: Is this to the city of Mayaxatl.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: And Varth has Haynee.
* EvilOverlord: sporting a [[SpikesOfVillainy spiky helmet]] and [[BlackCloak dark robes]].
* GodEmperor: Rules the city of Mayaxatl as its god, constantly demanding bloody sacrifices.
* MadScientist: His scientific expertise gives his armies an edge in their conquests; he developed the technology for the airships used by his forces, among other things.
* MindOverMatter: 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.
* MotiveDecay: 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.
* NonActionBigBad: Rules his empire in a distant and godlike manner, rather than engaging in action directly. Nonetheless, he is more than capable of defending himself, as Kriss of Valnor learns the hard way.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Wears a spiky helmet as part of his [[EvilOverlord evil overlord]] garb. Its practical purpose is to hide the brainwave amplifier that he salvaged from the shipwreck and which strengthens his already prodigious psychic powers.
* TragicVillain: Despite his evil acts, in the end one cannot help but pity him on account of all that he has lost.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: To the extent that said peaceful villagers became his shock troops in his bloody conquests.
* VillainousBreakdown: 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 [[LukeYouAreMyFather that he is his son]].
%%* VisionaryVillain
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Xargos claims that the madness was already lurking within Varth back when they were in space. By the time Thorgal confronts him, however, such hidden madness has bloomed into full-blown, grief-fueled insanity and megalomania.

!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.

%%* BigGood
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: He erased Thorgal's memories of their first encounter in the hope of giving him a normal life. It didn't work.
%%* CategoryTraitor
* GodEmperor: How the Xinjin see him. Only his closest advisor knows the truth.
%%* GrandpaGod
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He opposed Varth plans for Earth domination; eventually he ended up also adopting a GodGuise to counter him.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo.
* KingOnHisDeathbed: In the ''Land od Qa'' storyline, he's only seen lying.
%%* LonelyAtTheTop
%%* MentorOccupationalHazard
%%* MrExposition
%%* MysteriousBacker
%%* NonActionGuy
%%* OldMaster
* PassingTheTorch: To Jolan.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
%%* ReluctantRuler
%%* RetiredBadass
%%* TheWatcher
* WizardBeard: Not exactly a wizard, but close.


[[folder:Thorgal's friends]]

!Key Guardian:
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 [[LoveAtFirstPunch she was the opponent]] of both of them.

* AchillesHeel: Thorgal.
%%* AncientKeeper
%%* BarrierMaiden
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: her belt.
%%* DiamondsInTheBuff
* GodivaHair: Apart from her belt, her long dark hair are her only clothing.
%%* GuardianEntity
%%* HotWitch
%%* LoadBearingHero
%%* MysteriousWaif
%%* MysteriousWoman
* OlderThanTheyLook: she does not even know her exact age.
%%* PowerCrystal
* RavenHairIvorySkin: And a lot of skin to show ...
* SamusIsAGirl: Thorgal and rivals expected a male guardian.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: see GodivaHair above.
* ThresholdGuardians: She's not named the Key Guardian for nothing.

The prince of Brek Zarith, whom Thorgal helped to [[RightfulKingReturns regain the throne]] usurped by his evil cousin [[TheUsurper Shardar]].

%%* BeingGoodSucks
%%* TheChainsOfCommanding
%%* TheCynic
%%* DontYouDarePityMe
%%* TheGoodKing
%%* ImpoverishedPatrician
%%* KnightInSourArmor
%%* TheLeader
%%* LonelyAtTheTop
%%* NobleFugitive
%%* RightfulKingReturns
%%* RoyalBlood
%%* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
%%* WarriorPrince
%%* TheWisePrince

A girl who fell in love with Thorgal and lied to her fellows to make them expel him [[LoveMakesYouEvil in revenge]], which resulted in the destruction of her village and the supposed death of Aaricia. Being [[CruelMercy 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 [[LoveRedeems gave her own life]] for that of Aaricia and was [[RedemptionEqualsDeath trapped forever]] in Niflheim.

* TheAtoner:
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: to Caleb.
* TheChampion: to Thorgal.
* DaydreamBeliever:
%%* HeroicSacrifice
%%* HotBlooded
* JustAKid: Thorgal's words, when he defended her from Caleb's anger.
%%* LoveMartyr
%%* RebelliousSpirit
%%* TheResenter
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RetGone: [[spoiler:The end of ''Beyond the Shadows'' implies Thorgal is the only one who remembers her after her sacrifice.]]
%%* SmittenTeenageGirl
%%* YouthfulFreckles
* WomanScorned: She didn't take rejection well.

!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.

* AnAxeToGrind: his WeaponOfChoice.
* TheBerserker
* BoisterousBruiser: He's not nicknamed "The Bull" for nothing.
%%* TheCaptain
* EasilyForgiven: 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.
* HornyVikings: He sports an impressive horned helmet.
%%* LargeHam
%%* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* SeadogBeard: appropriately for a viking captain.
%%* UnfitForGreatness
%%* WarriorPrince
%%* WhatsUpKingDude

Aaricia's best friend, she helped her after the Vikings exiled Thorgal's family in revenge for Shaigan's deeds.

* TheCaretaker: to Thorgal's family.
%%* TheConfidant
* ChildhoodFriends: to Aaricia.
* DeterminedHomesteadersWife
* DomesticAbuse: her second husband used to beat her.
%%* AFriendInNeed
%%* MuggleBestFriend
%%* TheReliableOne
* SatelliteCharacter: to Aaricia.
%%* SecretKeeper
%%* TheStoic
%%* UndyingLoyalty
%%* WidowWoman

!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.

* ArtificialLimbs: His pegleg.
%%* BadassGrandpa
%%* BaldOfAwesome
%%* CoolOldGuy
* DirtyOldMan: the Indian girls do not seem to mind, though.
%%* FormerTeenRebel
%%* HandicappedBadass
* IChooseToStay: Believing himself too old to return to his homeland, he eventually decides to settle in the land of Qa.
* TheMentor: to Jolan and, presumably, to Tjall.
%%* OlderSidekick
%%* RetiredBadass
%%* TheSmartGuy
%%* TrickArrow

!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 [[FemmeFatale Kriss]], he abandoned Thorgal - only to later redeem himself and die while saving him.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: Namely, Kriss.
%%* TheAtoner
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Is scatter-brained, a bit clumsy and easily swayed by a pretty face... and almost as lethal an archer as Thorgal.
%%* BraidsOfBarbarism
%%* DeadSidekick
* DeathSeeker: Arghun implies to Thorgal that Tjall became this out of despair for [[spoiler: his betrayal of Thorgal in the jungle.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: In Thorgal's.]]
* TheCorruptible: To [[TheCorrupter Kriss]], of course.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: he can't see how evil Kriss is.
%%* HotBlooded
* ImprobableAimingSkills: As demonstrated in ''The Archers''
%%* RecklessSidekick
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* SkilledButNaive
* WeakWilled: Allowed Kriss to talk him into [[spoiler: abandoning a feverish Thorgal and Aaricia in the jungle]] on the way to Mayaxatl.
%%* YouthfulFreckles

Being the youngest and bravest of dwarfs, he was sent by the dwarf king Ivaldir [[TheQuest to seek]] the [[ImpossibleTask 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 [[ClarkesThirdLaw the screw]] from outside the Earth and joining him in his journey.

%%* CharacterWitness
%%* FairyCompanion
%%* LilliputianWarriors
* LittlePeople.
%%* MoleMen
%%* NonHumanSidekick
* ParadoxPerson: because of his constant moving between worlds, he [[PuffOfLogic exists, but not really]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
%%* SquishyWizard
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Subverted, as he looks nothing like the usual modern depictions.

A [[TheWoobie minor]] deity and the messenger of Odin. He was [[PowerOfFriendship helped]] by young Aaricia after being blinded by Hrun the giant during his journey to Midgard, and later [[MundaneUtility returned the favour]].

%%* AFriendInNeed
* AnyoneCanDie: according to him, not all gods are immortal.
%%* CoolLoser
%%* DistressedDude
%%* DivineRanks
%%* GravityMaster
%%* HeroicWannabe
%%* IJustWantToBeBadass
%%* ImaginationBasedSuperpower
%%* IWantToBeARealMan
%%* LeeroyJenkins
* {{Messenger}}: to Odin.
%%* NonActionGuy
%%* PhysicalGod
%%* SpoonyBard
%%* VoluntaryShapeshifting

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.

%%* BigBrotherInstinct
%%* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
%%* {{Determinator}}
* TheExile
* HeroicWannabe
* HomeSweetHome
* KidHero
* MadeASlave
* SatelliteCharacter: to Jolan.

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.

* BettyAndVeronica: probably, in a way, to Kriss' Veronica in a future album.
* TheBusCameBack: Sa reappears seven albums after "The Blue Evil" and still seems to have strong feelings for Jolan.
* TheChick
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* DesignatedLoveInterest: to Jolan.
* DistressedDamsel
* TheExile
* FirstLove: with Jolan.
* GirlNextDoor
* MadeASlave: twice.
* MyGirlBackHome
* PluckyGirl
* PutOnABus: Stayed behind in Arachnopolis along with her brother and Jolan's dog, much to Jolan's grief.


[[folder:Thorgal's enemies]]

!Kriss of Valnor:
The daughter of the evil warlock [[DisappearedDad Kahaniel of Valnor]] and Olgava, a peasant girl, she [[JerkassWoobie loves and hates Thorgal]] [[ParadoxPerson 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 [[MandatoryMotherhood mother]] of Aniel. She [[DyingMomentOfAwesome died]] [[YouShallNotPass covering the retreat]] of [[BadassInDistress a wounded Thorgal]] and his family. In the spin-off it is [[FreudianExcuse revealed]] that she had a DarkAndTroubledPast, including RapeAsBackstory and then RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

* ActionDuo: as well as BattleCouple - with Sigwald and later with Shaigan.
* ActionMom: very shortly, though.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules
* AmbitionIsEvil
* AntiVillain
* ArcherArchetype
* BackFromTheDead: by the Walkyries.
* BadassInDistress
* BrokenBird
* ClassyCatBurglar
* CombatPragmatist
* TheCorrupter: poor [[TheCorruptible Tjall]]...
* TheCynic
* DarkActionGirl:
* DepravedBisexual: She's in love with Thorgal, but she has no problem whatsoever with groping Aaricia's breasts in the bathtub.
* {{Determinator}}
* EasilyForgiven: Jolan's attitude towards Kriss changes a lot over the series. He initially despises her. [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Her only friend Sigwald, Thorgal (whom she loves to hate) and her son Aniel.
* TheFightingNarcissist
* HeartbrokenBadass
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: 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.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: to Aaricia's Light.
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Everytime she saves, spares or helps Thorgal's familly, it is soon revealed she did so to use them for her own purpose. [[spoiler: Subverted with her HeroicSacrifice to save their lives.]]
* NoSympathy:
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* PayEvilUntoEvil
* PirateGirl
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* StatuesqueStunner
* TheUnfettered
* TheVamp
* ThouShaltNotKill: After being resurrected, she's forbidden to kill any kind of living being, not even a fish.
* VanityIsFeminine
* BettyAndVeronica: to Aaricia's Betty.
* VillainessesWantHeroes
* WhatYouAreInTheDark
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds

!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.

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: It's noted that he used to be quite a warrior in his youth and even after years of an idle life as king, he's still a strong fighter.
* BeardOfEvil: Sports a big beard and is a bad guy.
* DrunkWithPower
* EntitledBastard
* ErmineCapeEffect
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He does love his son and his daughter, even though he's not father of the year material.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's a greedy bastard, but he also respects SacredHospitality. In two different instances, he gives food and shelter to a stranger that asked for it.
* EvilLaughter
* HeelFaceTurn: He accepted Thorgal as his son-in-law after the latter spared his life.
* HornyVikings
* IdleRich
* KickTheSonOfABitch: He kept Slive a prisoner for 10 years. The same Slive who enslaved an entire people and captured all the sailors unlucky enough to be found by her ship to force them to work in her coal mines.
* NoSympathy
* PredecessorVillain: For Bjorn.
* TheStarscream: 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.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:By the time of ''The Black Galley'', Jorund succeeded him.]]
* TrashTalk
* UglyGuyHotWife: His late wife was a beauty, as shown in "Odin's Mountain."
* TheUsurper
* UngratefulBastard: 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.
* WarriorPrince
* WouldHurtAChild: The child being Thorgal.

The only son of Gandalf and thus Aaricia's elder brother.

* BigBrotherBully: For Aaricia. He gleefully taunts her about Thorgal's impending death when he hears that he left the village following Leif Haraldsson's funeral.
* ChildSoldiers: Challenged Thorgal to the "Holmganga" duel when they were both kids, [[spoiler: as part of a plot by Gandalf to get rid of Thorgal legally]].
* IncestSubtext: He hates Thorgal because he's close to his sister...
* KidsAreCruel: 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.
* MyLittlePanzer: For Gandalf.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Firmly believes this, which is yet another reason why he hates the far more peaceful Thorgal.
* RoyalBrat: In contrast to his sister, who never really cared much about her title.
* SiblingYinYang: The bad elder sibling to Aaricia's good younger one.
* SpoiledBrat: 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 [[OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace marrying Thorgal with her daughter]]. Kidnapped and imprisoned by Gandalf, she [[BestServedCold sought her revenge]] on him with [[ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive the help of Thorgal]] and returned to her fortress for the rest of her life.

* TheAloner
* AntiVillain
* BrokenBird: Her terrible experiences in her life left her this.
* CanineCompanion: Her wolf.
* CoolPet: Again, her wolf.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: 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.
* DrivenToSuicide: When her daughter is killed.
* EmotionlessGirl: Her years of suffering have arguably made her into this.
* EvilRedhead: For a given degree of 'evil.'
* EyepatchOfPower: Courtesy of losing one of her eyes to an enraged Gandalf, many years previously.
* IceQueen: Both in personality and almost literally, as she rules over the Inuits in the far north.
* IWantGrandkids: Wanted Thorgal to be her daughter's mate.
* LastOfHisKind: Is one of the last surviving Atlanteans on Earth, along with Thorgal, Varth and Xargos.
* LivingRelic
* ManInTheIronMask: during her imprisonment in Gandalf's tower.
* MrExposition: Is the first one in the series to explain Thorgal's past and background.
* TerrifyingRescuer: For Thorgal.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: 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 [[BedTrick 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 [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment changed into a frog]].

* BeardOfEvil
* CombatPragmatist: Prefers to shoot his foes in the back.
* ConMenHateGuns: He prefers subterfuge to outright attack.
* ConsummateLiar: Is very skilled in manipulating people to his advantage.
* DirtyCoward: When he uses Jolan as a hostage.
* EvilMinions: To Nidhogg.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Banished with Nidhogg between the worlds with an atrocious appearance.]]
* LeanAndMean
* NoSympathy
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: His avarice is his other defining trait, along with his cruelty.
* SmugSnake: Is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is, which ultimately leads to his downfall.
* TooCleverByHalf
* UngratefulBastard
* WouldHurtAChild: Threatens both Jolan and baby Louve.

A powerful, mythological monster creature, which Thorgal dared to go against in his youth with the help of the goddess Frigg. Based on Níðhöggr from Norse mythology.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu ?
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent