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Vox Machina

Our heroes, a group of adventurers who travel the land in search of riches, knowledge, and general do-goodery. So, you know, the usual for D&D. All played by well-known figures in the world of English-language voice acting.

    In General 
  • Anti-Hero Team: Pretty standard for a D&D adventuring party, best emphasized in Episode 26. Keyleth means well, but is a Classical Antihero with her self-doubt and awkwardness; Tiberius is a classist loner without remorse for buzz-sawing an old woman to death; Vax and Vex are prideful (nearly to the point of self-destruction in Episodes 24/25) and money-obsessed, respectively; Percy seemed level-headed, but is hiding a survivor complex among other psychological issues that are only getting worse with time; Grog doesn't even bother with a pretense of Good, being a Blood Knight hedonist with a Chaotic Neutral alignment and only his alignment sets him apart from Scanlan. Even Pike slit an unconscious guard's throat once (and paid for it). The Whitestone arc also has a lot of the team getting darker and darker, with enemies who are running away being executed, being tortured, and instigating a violent, bloody revolution.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Played straight, in that they got seats on the Tal'Dorei council for saving the Emperor's life. Subverted in that the indiscriminate ass-kickings in Episode 25 actually got them pulled off the council. And then double-subverted in Episode 37 when Uriel drops all charges against Vox Machina after being freed of Sylas Briarwood's charm effect.
  • Badass Crew: Again, D&D adventuring party, notable for its sheer variety of badass flavours.
  • Bag of Holding: This is a tried and true item for adventuring parties, and Vox Machina is no exception. The Bag is usually carried by Grog, but in episode 15, Tiberius also purchased his own Bag of Holding, usually to keep his Wheel of Mending on hand.
    • Vex also gets in on the action by obtaining a Bag of "Colding", based on the number of "organic" trophies the party seem to amass from fallen enemies and just how gloopy those various body parts get in a non-chilled environment ...
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: All of them, though Scanlan stands out, are eccentric and tend to draw odd looks to their antics. That said, any who know of their reputation and skills trusts in them to handle difficult tasks and they, one way or another, come through.
  • The Bus Came Back: They've all been brought back for one-shot adventures well after the commencement of the Mighty Nein campaign.
  • Central Theme: The theme of family defines most of the team, one way or another:
    • Vax and Vex never really recovered from losing their mother at a young age and abandoning their father at the same time. The two really only truly relied on each other.
    • Percy also never quite recovered from the traumatic loss of his family (he still hasn't), and the legacy of Whitestone haunted him alongside his drive for vengeance until the Whitestone arc's completion.
    • Scanlan never had a family to begin with, thanks to his father disappearing and his mother dying at a young age. It also meant that he never properly matured. That has changed upon connecting with his long-lost daughter.
    • Grog was exiled by his family when he chose to help Pike's grandfather, forming a new family with Pike and eventually Vox Machina.
    • Pike regards her holy work as a means of redeeming her family's name and sees Grog as her brother.
    • Tiberius, like Percy, has his hands tied often with his familial obligations - which eventually cause him to leave the party.
    • Part of the reason Keyleth is adamant on finishing her quest is that the last person to attempt it was her mother, who vanished on her own journey. She regards her people as a massive extended family that it will one day be her job to care for.
  • Character Alignment: In-Universe, team is mostly Chaotic Good or Neutral Good. The two known exceptions are Grog (at character generation) and Tiberius (who shifts from Chaotic Good because of his actions). Vex has her alignment shift from Neutral Good to Chaotic Neutral, after stealing from an ally, and then to Chaotic Good after several actions, with her display of sympathy towards a pair of slaves being the event that finally causes the shift.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Take a close look at their mini bases and their avatar borders.
    • Vax: Black
    • Vex: Teal
    • Pike: Yellow
    • Grog: Dark Red
    • Percy: Purple
    • Keyleth: Green
    • Tiberius: Light Blue
    • Scanlan: Pink
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: They are officially sponsored by Glorious Gilmore's Goods. Keyleth has a permanent mark on her leather armor and they are supposed to promote his business while they travel. In exchange, they get a discount in his store.
  • Corpsing: It's impossible not to with this group. Grog, Scanlan, and Tiberius are especially good, but they all have their moments.
  • Family of Choice: Vax refers to Vox Machina as his family multiple times, and many of their members don't have any other family to turn to, for various reasons.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Save for the twins, as well as Pike and Grog, none of the others knew each other until forming Vox Machina (formerly the Super High-Intensity Team), and probably didn't become friends until their first serious battle. Taryon became friends with the party after a hazing ritual and by proving himself against them and by helping in fights on the way to the Water Ashari.
  • Hope Bringer: Not initially, but compare the Kraghammer Arc with the Whitestone and Chroma Conclave Arcs, and you'll see how they've evolved.
  • Luke Nounverber: Half the party falls into this. The exceptions are Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia (who don't use their given surnames), Keyleth (who doesn't even have a surname), and Percy.
  • Parental Abandonment: A common thread among the party members:
    • The twins were all but disowned by their father, then they found out their mother died when a dragon attacked their village.
    • Grog's uncle Kevdak cast him out of his herd when Grog refused to kill Pike's great-grandfather, and his father, Stonejaw, disowned him at the same moment.
    • Percy's entire family was slaughtered by the Briarwoods with the exception of Cassandra.
    • Keyleth's mother disappeared while undertaking the same quest Keyleth is currently on.
    • Scanlan's mother was killed when goblins invaded his hometown.
      • And it turns out Scanlan himself abandoned his own child without realizing it.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A wide and varied group of races are represented here, all of whom have some backstory that makes them an outcast or outsider in some way.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Vox Machina has no real problem being naked around each other. At most, it is usually just a slight annoyance, and the only exception to this are Vax and Vex, who, being siblings, refuse to see each other naked.
  • Shipper on Deck: They don't need prompting to be each other's wingmen. For instance, they all tried to help Grog impress Lady Kima, even Keyleth, who felt great animosity for the paladin.
  • Stealth Pun: The team name "Vox Machina" is Latin for "voice machine," which refers to how the party (and DM) are all voice actors.
  • True Companions: Despite their varied origins and motives, they're not just a solid team, they consider themselves a family, and despite getting on each others' nerves at times, there's no denying the unbreakable bonds that exist between all of them. It doesn't just apply to the party in-universe, but also the players and the DM as well. Liam O'Brien himself considers the other players to be a second family in addition to having his own. More than this, upon Orion Acaba's departure, which sparked no small amount of gossip over his "love him or hate him" character's actions and his own tendency to metagame, Matt started the episode by announcing said departure and reminding the chat room to be respectful of Orion's decision. He later expanded on that sentiment by saying that everyone on the show still loved Orion unconditionally and wished the best for him.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Averted. While they're all indeed staying in the same inn when the (pre-stream) campaign starts, that's because they're lodged there together, and have already been travelling together for several years. The exceptions are Percy, who was imprisoned for then-unclear reasons and was busted out, and Pike, who was picked up to help rescue Grog (who she had known for years and was incredibly close to.)

     Tropes involving some, but not all members of Vox Machina 
  • Action Dad and Action Mom: Percy and Vex have had a daughter together (Vesper Elaina de Rolo!) by the time of the Dalen's Closet Reunion one-shot.
  • Alliterative Name: Aside from "Keyleth Kraghammer" which was more of an off-hand, one-off joke, Vax and Vex's surname is eventually revealed as Vessar. Also, Scanlan Shorthalt.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Vax'ildan and Keyleth.
    • Vex'ahlia and Percy.
  • Best Woman: While Keyleth has no compulsions about the title of Best Man at Vex and Percy's wedding, Tary labels himself the Man of Honor.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Pike, Vex and Keyleth respectively - also Ashley, Laura, and Marisha, since their hair colours match those of their characters.
  • Brother–Sister Team: The twins. They sneak around, kill baddies, and even share a minor sibling rivalry.
  • Central Theme:
    • Vex and Percy share a secondary theme of forgiveness — forgiving themselves for past mistake and forgiving others who have hurt them — in their personal arcs post-Whitestone, which eventually evolves into the stated central theme of their romantic sub-plot.
    • Percy and Keyleth have had vengeance as a specific theme in their character arcs, with each having to choose whether to seek it out (even if it lead to their ruin), or learning forgiveness.
  • The Champion: By the final arc, several members of the party turned into champions for a god.
    • The Champion of The Raven Queen: Vax'ildan.
    • The Champion of Sarenrae: Pike, naturally.
    • The Champion of Pelor: Vex'ahlia.
    • The Champion of Ioun: Scanlan.
  • Death by Sex: Both Vax and Vex suffer this fate within 24 hours of being intimate with Keyleth and Percy, respectively. Fortunately, both were reversed.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: It is still ambiguous as to whether or not Vax and Keyleth ever became intimate with each other during Episode 42. Regardless of when exactly it happened down the road, it still did because Keyleth's first time was with Vax as mentioned on an "After Dark" segment of Talks Machina. Matt reveals this while Sam is present.
    Sam: (upon being told the party used to have a virgin in their group) Wait, who was a virgin?
    Matt: Keyleth.
    Sam: (to Liam while half in-character) You?! You took her— Wow, I didn't know that. You better stick by her, friend!
  • Foil: Percy and Keyleth. One favours science while the other favours nature. Whereas Percy is much more pragmatic and seeks an "end justifies the means" approach, Keyleth seeks an approach that does not defy her morals nor require sacrifices. They even undergo similar character arcs that revolve around the need for vengeance and eventually realizing how selfish it is, except whereas Percy learned to forgive his nemesis, Keyleth instead wished to bring hers to justice.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling:
    • Vax'ildan is the former, prone to rushing into dangerous situations and taking risks, while Vex'ahlia - being money-conscious and more strategic about battle - is the latter. However, they do swap from time to time.
    • In a surrogate sense, we have Grog and Pike. The former is a Manchild that runs into danger and doesn't do well in situations that don't involve smashing things with a hammer while the later is much more considerate of others.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Being a D&D world, these are a given. Three of the party are all the half-elven flavor of this trope.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A platonic example; Grog is over eight feet tall, and is best buds with Pike, who barely tops three feet.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In most official art, Keyleth and Marisha look very similar, as do Ashley and Pike. Percy's hair in fanart tends to reflect the hairstyle Taliesin has that week (and changes just as frequently). Travis has also stated that he picked Goliath as his character's race because he's The Big Guy in real life (Travis is 6'4"). Starting in Episode 44, Taliesin invokes this by dying his hair white like Percy's. Fan artists also occasionally invoke this by modeling the characters' faces after their players, or by modeling certain NPCs after Matt.
    • Gets really obvious in episode 50, which introduces a live-action opening with all the players in full costume as their characters, with some clever camera work done to make Travis's already-impressive height even more accurate to Grog's, and also portraying the Gnomes as appropriately short (without just making the actors walk around on their knees).
  • Knight Knave And Squire: Percy, Grog, and Scanlan fit this trope pretty well.
    • Percy (Knight): Insightful, well-read, Blue Blood.
    • Grog (Knave): Kills without much forethought, Blood Knight, morally and ethically ambiguous.
    • Scanlan (Squire): Most light-hearted during tense situations, rarely uses physical weapons, typically surprised when getting a killing blow.
    • Vax'ildan most identifies with the Knave, as befitting his Class.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Not an obvious example, but Vex'ahlia represents Land, with her favored terrains, Pike represents Sea, having spent time after her pre-stream death on the Broken Howl to toughen herself up, and Keyleth representing Sky, as that she is an Air Ashari Princess. The dynamic has become a bit more blurry between Vex and Keyleth as the former begins flying around on her broom and the latter has a tendency to transform into earth elementals.
  • Last Minute Hookup: Pike and Scanlan begin dating and eventually get married in the finale.
  • Meaningful Name: Half the group has them, the other half pointedly avert them. On the meaningful side, the twins have Theme Twin Naming going on, Pike's last name "Trickfoot" came from her scheming ancestors, and Percy's Overly Long Name hints at his noble lineage and counts as a Running Gag to boot. But on the other hand, Travis admitted that Grog was the the first name that came to him when he was asked under pressure (he credits a youth spent playing Monkey Island), and Sam got Scanlan from an online fantasy names generator to complement the punnery of "Shorthalt".
  • Old Shame: invoked Several of them are embarrassed by their original name, Super High-Intensity Team. For instance, Keyleth reminds the group that they shouldn't tell the Fire Ashari about it.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: Percy is The Smart Guy (an inventor and self-professed nerd, with the highest intelligence score to boot), and he ends up interested in Vex'ahlia who, while she doesn't fit The Smart Guy archetype as clearly, is clever, perceptive, quick-thinking, prone to strokes of strategic brilliance, and generally painted as the smartest one besides Percy himself.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: Since neither of them are certain they'll survive, Percy and Vex engage in this the night before the final battle with Thordak.
  • The Promise: Vax'ildan and Keyleth both promise to settle down together once everything is said and done, a promise that Keyleth reiterates during Vax's resurrection ritual.
    Keyleth: I know you can hear me. I know you’re still in there. And I’m sure [the Raven Queen] can hear me, too. But your sister is right. You’ve held up your promise to her. And you’ve made a promise to me. We have to settle down and live happily together, remember? You promised me Zephra. So I want to give you a little bit of light to follow in the darkness. (casts Daylight into the handprint scar on his back) And besides... you know I’m in love with you, right?
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Percy is a lord of Whitestone, but he's not one for staying put at home, thus why he continues to travel with Vox Machina.
    • Keyleth, especially after becoming the Voice of the Tempest.
  • Secret Identity: Group 2 of the Trial of the Slayer's Take (Vax'ildan, Tiberius, and Keyleth) adopt these to speak with a very powerful business man (along with Thorbir and Kashaw).
    • Scanlan. Burt Reynolds, The Kingslayer, The Meat Man, Francois Beltran Jean-Luc Australia, among many others.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Grog, Vax'ildan, and Percy loosely fall into this:
    • Grog (Adventure): Cares little for authority or anything else if it isn't the two great loves of his life: combat, women, and ale.
    • Vax'ildan (Authority): Usually takes point when faced with combat situations (sometimes to the chagrin of everyone else), and usually takes a leadership role with Vox Machina.
    • Percy (Wisdom): Book-learned, quieter and more thoughtful than his male counterparts, very utilitarian in his combat style.
    • Scanlan the most balanced, with shades of all three faces.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The main female characters loosely fall into this:
    • Keyleth (Child): Adorkable, idealistic and a little high-strung.
    • Pike (Wife): Devoted, kind and wise.
    • Vex (Seductress): Passionate, slightly flighty and the occasional butt of Fanservice jokes.
  • Too Much Alike: Vax'ildan and Keyleth were kept apart for some time by (among other things) their shared self-loathing and fear that they do not deserve happiness. This doesn't stop them from confessing their love several times, eventually culminating in their official They Do in episode 65.
  • Triang Relations: Gilmore (A) is in love with Vax'ildan (B) who is in love with Keyleth (C) who isn't sure about Vax, and presumably doesn't have feelings for Gilmore, making this a Type 5 which eventually becomes a Type 4.
    • Also, strangely enough, it seems like Keyleth (A) is infatuated with Vax'ildan (B) and Kashaw (C) and both of them reciprocate the feeling, but have no significant feelings for each other, making this a Type 7. (For now.)
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Deconstructed with Percy and Vex. At first, it appears like a conventional example: He's a Blue Blood Cultured Badass who acts relatively reserved, while she's a cheery Ms. Fanservice with a pet bear and a flying broom, who kisses the uptight noble half-a-dozen times on a whim. Eventually, it's revealed that their positions are reversed when it comes to their deeper issues. Percy can be dangerously impulsive and arrogant, which leads to - among other things - a mistake where he almost gets Vex killed. Meanwhile, Vex is so worried about making a good impression on the elves in Syngorn that she has a full-on tearful breakdown in front of Percy. In the end, they come together not because they bring the uptight and wild sides of each other out, but because they bond over the importance of forgiving themselves for the mistakes they've made by being too reckless or self-critical.


Grog Strongjaw

Played by: Travis Willingham
"I would like to rage!"
Race: Goliath
Class: Barbarian (Path of the Berserker)/ Fighter (Battle Master)

Grog is a brawny goliath Barbarian with a heart of partially gold and partially smashing things. He was beaten and exiled from his nomad tribe after intervening to save the life of Pike's grandfather, and has been best friends with Pike ever since she helped nurse him back to health. Grog is not very intelligent but is by far the strongest (melee) fighter in the group.

  • Admiring the Abomination: Grog definitely admires really killy things when he's not on the receiving end. For instance, he thought Percy going all smoky when he got mad was awesome, and he's always pleased when the party encounters something gigantic and vicious.
  • The Alcoholic: Always carries a cask of ale in the Bag of Holding. Just don't drink it all or crush it.
  • Amazon Chaser: The quickest way to turn Grog's head (and probably get splashed with a few flecks of drool) is to kick ass in his presence, as evidenced by his instant infatuation with Lady Kima and The Siren.
  • An Axe to Grind: Not that he really needs it, but he is the physical damage-dealer of the team. Seems to no longer need it upon receiving his magic weapons... until "liberating" the Bloodaxe from Kevdak during Episode 52 and has kept it since.
  • Authority in Name Only: Percy offered him - Mostly as a joke, really - the title of Grand Poobah de Doink of All Of This And That. It comes with no land and no responsibilities, but it is an official title. Grog likes to use it to boss around the kitchen staff.
    Tal'dorei Campaign Guide: No one knows if [it] is a real title at all, or if Percy was just joking when he gave it to him. Grog likes it, and that's good enough for most people.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice. The first time against K'Varn the Mad, the second time due to Craven Edge. Both times his soul was sucked from his body, but both times Pike brought him back.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Berserker Rage! But he's a friendly and reliable guy outside of that.
  • Badass Beard: Has a magical item that lets him grow one, despite it not being a natural goliath trait. Vax shaves half of it it in Episode 24, but it's coming back in by Episode 27.
  • Badass in Distress: Even with his ability to take hits and dish them out, there have been times where even Grog found himself on the receiving end of an ass-kicking.
    • The first time he got his intelligence drained by a monster, bringing it down to zero and leaving him in a vegetative state. Thankfully Keyleth knew Greater Restoration.
    • The second time, he got kidnapped by the duergar queen while mind-controlled.
    • The third time, Grog falls in the battle against K'varn (twice).
    • A fourth time in episode 50 when fully powering up Craven Edge leads to the sword temporarily absorbing his soul.
    • A fifth time in Episode 51 and 52 when he found himself outmatched and nearly overwhelmed by Kevdak and the Herd of Storms.
    • A sixth time in Episode 54 and 55 as he found himself dangling from Umbrasyl with the Bloodaxe embedded in its hide attached to the Chain of Returning.
  • Bald of Awesome: As a goliath, he has no natural body hair. Thanks to the Belt of Dwarvenkind he now has a beard.
  • Bar Brawl: With two of his three favourite things are fighting and drinking, it's no surprise he'll happily get into one at the drop of a hat. Vex goads him into starting one towards the end of Episode 58, and a good time is had by all.
  • Batman Gambit: Pulls an impressive one (remember that Grog has six Intelligence) on Vex and Percy in episode 40 in an attempt to take the skull for a wish. His plan only failed when Travis rolled a natural one at the last second.
  • Becoming the Mask: Played for laughs. When Scanlan turns Grog into a cow, he makes mention that he eats some grass.
  • Berserk Button:
    • As Travis put it best in episode 11: "You don't fuck with Grog's cask of ale." Tiny the Fomorian learned this the hard way: drinking all its contents made Grog mad enough, but destroying it when it was done made him snap, run forward, and headbutt the giant.
    • Shaving off any newly grown beards of his is also a fine way to piss him off. Considering that Travis broke a mechanical pencil in anger when Vax/Liam announced that he was going to shave off Grog's beard, it seems that this is a Berserk Button for both the player and the character.
  • The Berserker: Always prefaced by his request to the DM: "I would like to rage."
  • BFS: Craven Edge is a large sword even by his goliath sized stature.
  • The Big Guy: As a goliath barbarian, he is perfectly suited for the role of smashing obstacles in the party's way and dealing the most physical damage. In Episode 11, he reveals he is 8 feet, 7 inches.
  • Biggus Dickus: Grog being a goliath, it's assumed his is probably bigger than the rest of the party's, but when Kashaw wakes up in Episode 44, and goes to pee near where Grog is. He gets a little scared, and decides not to pee next to him. Then there's the time Doty drew a portrait of him:
    Tary: ...Doty, I thought she [Pike] said realism. [Doty nods] Really? [Doty nods again] How does he walk?!
  • Bishie Sparkle: Believe it or not. Keyleth gives him this magically in episode 13, helping play wingwoman for Grog with Kima.
  • Blood Knight: As straight of an example of this trope there can be, as can be expected by his Chaotic Neutral alignment. Loving the thrill of the fight? Check. Looking for people to fight? Check. Being as brutal as he can be with his attacks? Check. He always prefers a straight fight as opposed to forming a plan. Also the least likely to be merciful to a fallen foe.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Grog is a seven foot tall man-child who shifts from comic relief to murderous rage with ease. He spends a lot of his free time in bars and whorehouses and buys things like a silly hat he thinks makes him look dignified, but he also loves to fight and in his frequent fits of rage is capable of tearing a persons jaw off his skull.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Given that he isn't the most mentally fortuitous of the gang, Grog has an unfortunate tendency to be overpowered by enemies that can manipulate minds.
  • Break the Haughty: Kurn the Hammer did a number on Grog's pride after their first pit fight. The rest of that session was a massive roller coaster of suck for Grog.
  • Butt-Monkey: The target of Vax'ildan's pranks. But also, save for perhaps Pike and Keyleth, there have been comments about his less-than-stellar intelligence. It's okay though, he has an intelligence of six, he knows what he's doing.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Jokingly played with, when Grog called one of his attacks against Kern The Hammer. An Elbow drop is named after the great legendary woodsman fighter known as "Mah Choman Rand Savage."
  • Catchphrase: When battle ensues, "I would like to rage" is his. So polite! And it's not just to satisfy Rule of Cool, either. "Rage" is actually a Barbarian character trait which grants increases to damage, advantage on strength checks and saves, resistance to most common damage, and outright immunity to fear or enchantment.
  • Character Development: As the campaign progressed, while still being the reckless Blood Knight he usually is, Grog has been showing more restraint in his approach to things, even going as far as sparing his cousin Zanror and making him the new Thunderlord of the Herd of Storms. In fact, throughout the Chroma Conclave arc, he's shown that even he is capable of change, including calling Vox Machina his new family and that his strength comes from his friendship with them, being a lot more clever regarding tactics and strategy, and even managing to convince a vengeful Keyleth that she needed to exercise patience, that despite her desire to kill Raishan instead of forging an alliance, they would benefit more from their temporary truce compared to making an enemy of her right away. He's still the same lovable barbarian with plenty of heart and lacking in smarts, but it's clear that he's not the same man he used to be. In Episode 85, after defeating Earthbreaker Groon, Grog declares that he intends to work with Vox Machina to make the world a better place.
  • Childhood Friends: He grew up with Pike after he was kicked out of the Herd of Storms, and so the two are especially close. Wilhand is basically his great-great grandfather.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A mainstay of Grog-related gags. If there's a way he can possibly misinterpret an instruction or statement in such a way that inconvenient (at worst) hilarity will ensue, it'll happen.
    Vax: Do you know what math is?
    Grog: Mathis?
  • Crutch Character: Served this role early on, being incredibly powerful early on, and contributed to the victories of the group for a while because he was just really hard to kill. Once the others leveled up more, Grog was still a powerful member, but the others managed to become very powerful in their own ways. That being said, Grog is still very, very strong, and is acknowledged in the Battle Royale as being one of the most dangerous adversaries by everyone involved, to the point where he is often the one they target first.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: In the battle royal episodes. Due to his high Constitution stat, Grog has an unholy amount of HP, and when raging all physical damage to him is halved anyway. Add the resistances granted by his various gear and Grog can take a ridiculous amount of punishment.
  • Damage Reduction: When raging, Grog only takes half damage from physical attacks. With the Titanstone Knuckles, he gains Elemental resistance against fire, cold, and lightning damage.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: With a Nymph pre-stream. Only Matt and Travis knew this until the post-campaign wrap-up, but... they didn't.
  • Disappointed in You: Pike's disappointed face will always make Grog question his current course of action, which is normally almost impossible once he's got an idea in his head.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Episode 11, Grog headbutts a fomorian giant after it drinks all of Grog's ale. To Grog's credit, the fomorian did essentially take what was a friendly gesture from Grog's cask and ruin it without a care in the world.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Attempts twice, once with Tremaine in Kraghammer and once with a peddler in Vasselheim. Both end in failure, especially regarding the instance in Vasselheim, where he ended up trading even more items than what the peddler was asking for. This leads to Vex becoming shell-shocked to the point of drowning her sorrows in ale.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Two episodes after having a nightmare in which he murders Pike, he accidentally impales Pike on Craven Edge as he's trying to escape from a portal.
  • The Dragonslayer: Delivers the final blow against Umbrasyl the Hope Devourer, member of the Chroma Conclave, in Episode 55.
  • Drop the Hammer: Picked up the Firebrand Warhammer in the Underdark, which acts as a secondary signature weapon of his. Seems to have become his primary weapon in later episodes, and back to a secondary weapon once he obtains Craven Edge and, after getting rid of Craven Edge, the Bloodaxe. He later acquires a Dwarven Thrower (which he was allowed to wield due to the Belt of Dwarvenkind despite not being a dwarf) from Thordak's hoard and uses it to great effect during the final battle with Raishan.
  • Dumb Muscle: Played entirely for laughs. He hates thinking with his head, but he loves thinking with his axe. Made funnier by the fact that Travis Willingham is quite built, but unlike his character is also quite intelligent. The episode 10 Q&A highlights this when it's pointed out that Grog's intelligence is only two points higher than Trinket's. Even considering Trinket's boosted intelligence... wow. That's not to say Grog hasn't had his rare moments of genius, such as bringing up the idea of using the terrain to their advantage or identifying at a glance a stone giant fortress, or using a stone giant strength potion to give him an edge against Kurn the Hammer. Sometimes a straightforward idea is precisely what's necessary, and it's hard to get more straightforward than Grog.
  • Easily Forgiven: Because of the strong bond between Pike and Grog she easily forgives him after Grog accidentally stabs Pike with Craven Edge.
  • Elemental Weapon: In addition to the aforementioned Firebrand Warhammer, Grog has the Javelin of Lightning (which is activated by whispering the magic word "Penelope"). Said weapon is lost in Episode 66 when combating a cobalt golem summoned by J'Mon Sa Ord due to him throwing the javelin, the weapon bouncing off with no effect and flying out the window into the cityscape below.
  • Evil Weapon: He gets two rather malicious swords through out his journey. First Craven Edge and then the sword of Kas. Due to his lack of intelligence, this is often played for laughs, much to the swords' frustration, though the former ends up sucking out his soul and the latter dominates his mind. As a result both are taken from him for his own good.
  • Face Palm: His reaction for when Lyra does or says pretty much anything is a shameful hand over his eyes.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Played for Laughs in Episode 75, when Grog tries to learn to read after drinking an intelligence-boosting potion. He gets as far as the first two letters in his own name before the potion wears off. Liam even alludes to the Trope Namer.
    Liam: Awww... it's "Flowers for Grogernon!"
  • Gag Penis: Makes mention that while swimming in the cold lake his penis shrivels up. He also used to carry a troll's severed member, though it has since been lost.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite everything else about him, Grog has a surprisingly sweet side. After all, he refused to kill a defenceless old gnome, which led to him meeting Pike. And he's fiercely loyal to the rest of the party.
  • Gold Fever: Before Critical Role, Grog once "rage looted." He does it again looking for Vorugal's hoard.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Was typically the bad cop during interrogations, because he is a big scary goliath. This is taken Up to Eleven after the acquisition of "Craven Edge" because the evil sword gives him advantage on intimidation checks.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Bears a large, gnarled scar on his chest after a phylactery was removed from his body pre-stream.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • A relatively short one when Grog loses to Kern in the Crucible during Episode 17. He was in a funk for the rest of that session.
    • Suffers from a far more serious one near the end of Episode 49 after accidentally impaling Pike with Craven Edge while trying to save himself from being lost in an elemental plane. It's hard to say who felt worse about it, Grog or Travis.
  • Heroic Rematch:
    • Kern vs. "Grog the Vengeful" in Episode 23. Thanks to the newly learned Relentless Rage, Grog wins this round.
    • His rematch with Earthbreaker Groon in Episode 85, where he bests the Dawn Marshal in single combat.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Episode 11 reveals that Grog apparently speaks the language of giants (though it should be noted this is a racial trait of all PC goliaths). Considering his intelligence is six and he probably barely speaks Common, this is noteworthy.
    • He also tends to roll really well on stealth checks. He's overshadowed by stealth experts like Vex and Vax, but despite being eight feet tall his track record at staying hidden is considerably better than, say, Scanlan.
    • Because, as aforementioned, Travis Willingham is much smarter than Grog, he occasionally can't resist coming up with clever battle plans or advice, which he will then share with the group until they start running with it.
    • He tends to be able to beat Vex'ahlia sometimes when it comes to calculating numbers, but it's mostly Played for Laughs because she really doesn't want him to.
      Matt: (As a shopkeep) That's impressive for a Goliath.
      Grog: It's Professor Grog, actually.
    • Thanks to some really damn good rolls for intelligence checks, Grog can sometimes offer surprising details that, since they come from him, shock everyone in the party, from remembering the design of a stone giant fortress to pointing out the purpose of anti-scrying glyphs even before the other party members with arcane experience (and much higher intelligence) could do so. He phrased it as "this room doesn't like bein' looked at".
    • Despite his violent tendencies, he's also shown that he can offer occasional pearls of wisdom. That, and he has a lot of patience, only channeling his rage when it is needed. Moreover, he views Vox Machina, his family, as the source of his strength.
    • Whether or not Narrative Telephone is canon, you'd think that an experienced physical warrior like Grog should at least be familiar with muscle groups and exercise and other healthy lifestyle techniques - and you'd be right.
    • Even though he's typically the most aggressive member of Vox Machina, Grog's shown on several occasions that he's actually very kind. From defending Wilhand from his own herd, to refusing to take money from the people of Whitewall after spending weeks doing hard labor to help them rebuild, to giving Kima a sword that he really liked when he found out that it had religious engravings and thought she might like it too.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Almost word for word when losing an argument with Vex'ahlia about the platinum. Complete with a storming off screen moment.
  • Ignored Epiphany: When Grog tries to take some of Percy's instruments, he feels his hands burning, and placing them in water only made it worse. Instead of learning the lesson that he should not touch his friends' stuff without permission, especially stuff belonging to the friend who frequently handles explosives and sulphuric acid, he only learns that water burns.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: As evidenced when he sees Kima use a weapon for the first time, Grog is turned on by violence.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grog's big, strong, loud, straightforward, and understands violence better than anything else, especially emotions. Travis has talked about playing him as essentially too big and strong to suit the world he's in - thus, he's often blunt to the point of being an asshole or recklessly violent and "breaks" things and people where a lighter touch would have served. He cares deeply about his friends, especially Pike and Scanlan, and he always wants to help out Vox Machina, but by no means will he go about it in the most sensitive or sensible way. He undergoes a realization of how much his friends mean to him in Episode 43 while fighting Earthbreaker Groon in Vasselheim. More specifically, the ones he asks for to aid him in the fight are Pike (who is not there), Scanlan, and ...Vax, who was afraid that Grog hated him.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Grog may be a badass, but even he admires Earthbreaker Groon. Groon is the only person Grog shows respect to without the others making him.
  • Large Ham: Travis Willingham goes full Boisterous Bruiser when he plays Grog.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Relentless Rage allows for surviving a fatal blow with a single hit point.
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
    • His preferred method of attack is to dash forward in a RAGE and hack everything to pieces even if it means leaving his allies behind. Whether or not it actually works depends on the whims of the dice and the Dungeon Master. During the Kraghammer arc, it got him ambushed by duergar crossbowmen and an intellect devourer, which rendered him brain dead for a while.
    • His tendency to use Reckless Attack against numerous enemies also gets him into trouble.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Grog is a fearsome warrior, but he's normally pretty laid back and treats combat like an exciting hobby. During the Westruun Arc, in which he faces his old herd, he becomes deadly serious.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Grog can move when he wants to. He's got the highest natural movement speed in the party (50 feet per round) and advantage on initiative rolls thanks to the Barbarian's "Feral Instinct" ability. On top of that, he can make three attacks per turn while in a Frenzied Rage, which gives him an impressive overall ability to cover a lot of ground and dish out the pain.
  • Magic Hair: The Belt of Dwarvenkind allows Grog to grow a beard. Ordinarily, goliaths do not grow body hair.
  • Manly Tears: When he reunites with Pike, and when the giant crushes his cask of ale.
  • Misery Builds Character: In Episode 17, Grog loses to Kurn "The Hammer" and became totally miserable until Episode 23, when he demanded a rematch and won.
  • Like Brother and Sister: He and Pike have lived together for most of their lives, and it really shows in how they interact.
  • Morality Pet: The whole rest of Vox Machina, really, but especially Pike (his best friend) bring out the gentle in this chaotic neutral giant.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realises that he accidentally impaled Pike with Craven Edge, he spends the rest of the fight paralyzed in horror that he hurt his best friend.
  • Named Weapons: Grog takes Sylas Briarwood's sword after Vox Machina liberates Whitestone; it turns out to be an intelligent, telepathic, and sinister-sounding sword called Craven Edge. It's audibly frustrated by Grog's stupidity.
  • Never Learned to Read: A consequence of his Barbarian upbringing and his Intelligence being six. He's still good with shapes and colours though. He tries to learn how to read with Pike's help in Episode 75, even trying to use a potion of Fox's Cunning to enhance his intelligence, but when the potion fades, his efforts are forgotten, leaving him thoroughly depressed.
    Travis: I have the Belt of Dwarvenkind that lets me speak and read Dwarven!
    Matt: If... you could read.
    (Travis looks downcast)
  • Nice Hat: He receives a hat that resembles a large, metal horn in Vasselheim in Episode 57.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His backstory contains a subversion of this trope: his uncle beat him bloody and disowned him for showing mercy to Wilhand Trickfoot, but then Wilhand's great-great-granddaughter healed him and became his best friend. After that, Vox Machina became his new family.
  • No-Sell: A berserker barbarian's Mindless Rage feature negates fear and charm spells. This was very useful when Sylas Briarwood tried to charm him, and Travis remembered this feature.
  • Noodle Incident: His first encounter with Nahla the nymph in the Feywild. His fellow party members (and players) are curious, but he's not saying anything.
    Travis: A goliath never kisses and tells.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Again, with Pike. He adores her as his dearest friend and any time they meet again he greets her with an enormous hug.
  • Playing with Fire: The Firebrand Warhammer deals additional fire damage.
  • Power Fist: The Titanstone Knuckles. They're artifacts of the god Kord, and boost Grog's strength to a whopping 24 and later 26 (when the normal maximum is 20!).
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Many times when Travis makes an observation that's too intelligent for Grog, it's explained away as Grog suddenly getting a nosebleed from the overexertion.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: It's strangely adorable. He views fights as "play time" and enemies as "play-mates", imitates the abilities of other party members he admires (check out his pride at doing "magic" like Tiberius or rolling around in a hole he dug to pretend he was Keyleth as an Earth Elemental), enjoys bright colours and shiny things, touches stuff that he probably shouldn't, acts on impulse, gets easily bored, and generally has to be prevented from wandering off and getting into trouble by the rest of the party as though he's a toddler.
  • Red Baron:
    • First, as Phillip "The Terrible"
    • Then as Grog "The Vengeful."
    • Finally, as Grog "The Victorious"
    • Now he's becoming known to his herd as "The Bearded King".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Definitely the Red to best friend/surrogate sister Pike's Blue because he is impulsive and bloodthirsty.
  • The Rival: Definitely has one in Kern the Hammer. They've begun trading a "2nd place" medal as a traveling trophy of shame.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Has happened a few times. Notable times include (but may not be limited to):
    • Episode 36, after losing to "Trish the Dish" in the arm wrestling contest, he splashes ale on his face to hide he's crying, played for laughs.
    • Episode 48, after speaking with Pike about their adventures in Westrun, letting her know that his family has taken over, and that the fate of Wilhand, Pike's great-great-grandfather who was in the city is unknown. He claims it's pollen, and later that it's raining.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Totally played for laughs in episode 22 when Grog complains about not getting kissed during the Rimefang bounty hunt whereas Keyleth got her first from Kashaw, and then suddenly Vex simply cuts him off with a surprise kiss. Made even funnier considering Laura and Travis are married.
  • Simpleminded Wisdom: The general result any time he rolls a Natural 20 on an Intelligence check, given that he still has only six intelligence points.
  • Squee!: Probably something blood or badassery related, right? Nope. It's more Travis's reaction than Grog's, but when Percy kisses Vex in Episode 72, he lets out a tiny high-pitched squeal.
  • The Smart Guy: His introduction is a parody of this trope. In the words of "Professor Grog" himself, he is, "easily the brains of the group, and often consulted for his vast knowledge of shapes, colors and shiny things....Also, ale."
  • Status Buff:
    • Rage, what else? When raging, he gains benefits such as an extra modifier for his attacks, resistance to physical damage, and more. Taken Up to Eleven when he goes into a FRENZIED RAGE, where he can do 3 attacks per action!
    • With the Titanstone Knuckles, he can enlarge himself to become bigger in battle, much like how Kevdak did in their battle. And in their Exalted form, he gains resistance to fire, cold, and lightning damage.
  • Stone Wall: Grog has the highest HP of the party and as the party's levelled up his defensive capabilities have only increased.
  • The Strategist: Becomes a Battle Master, much like his uncle, upon reaching level 18.
  • Taken for Granite: Was petrified by pixies while in the Feywild and was almost claimed by them as punishment towards Vox Machina in Episode 61.
  • That Man Is Dead: His retort to being called "Phillip" in his rematch against Kurn.
    Grog: NO! Phillip is dead. There is no Phillip. There is only... GROG, THE VENGEFUL!
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Grog's specialty!
    • Kills the Bulette in Episode 4 by biting its tongue out and executing a Jawbreaker.
    • Kills the duergar interrogator in Episode 6 by impaling him on a rack of his own torture implements, pulling a Jawbreaker again, and pummelling the body with its own jawbone.
    • He gets the killing blow on the Behir in Episode 28, and basically pummels it into jelly.
    • He's very fond of impaling enemies once he picks up Craven Edge, and pulls a couple of particularly brutal examples on a Goliath mook named Horace and an Orc war-chief in Episodes 48 and 49, respectively.
    • Gets his revenge against Kevdak in Episode 52, and finishes him by falling 50 feet through the air and splitting him in half with his uncle's own Bloodaxe.
    • Delivers the final blow against Umbrasyl in Episode 55 by cleaving apart the wyrm's throat.
    • As part of a deadly team up with Lady Kima, he finishes off Yenk the goristro in Episode 71 by grabbing the demon's legs and wishboning him.
    • He actually uses Pike as a weapon to finish off an ember roc in Episode 77.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works:
    • Can throw his melee weapons at a distant enemy and retrieve it thanks to the weapon being connected to a magic item known as the "Chain of Returning" that was crafted by Tiberius.
    • The Dwarven Thrower, by default. It can be thrown and subsequently teleported back to him, allowing for multiple attacks.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: Why Craven Edge is marginally safer in his hands than in anyone else's. Travis has said during a Q&A that Grog doesn't even realize Craven Edge is trying to corrupt him, he just thinks it's a cool sword that happens to talk. (He treats it like a kid would treat a battle-effects Lightsaber toy.)
  • Toilet Humor: Travis is a guy who likes his fart jokes.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Ioun gave him supernatural blacksmithing knowledge, letting him make the Divine Trammels out of fragments of the gods themselves.
  • Unstoppable Rage: It wouldn't be Grog without Rage.
  • Voice of Reason:
  • Walking Armory: Carries a war hammer, greataxe, greatsword, javelin and several full sets of armour in his Bag of Holding.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In his official character design and most of his fanart, he's shirtless except for a single furred pauldron.
  • What Would X Do?: The others ask him what Vex would do when trying to get a potion from the peddler in episode 22. The natural answer would be, of course, to haggle...but he does it completely the wrong way.
  • The Worf Effect: Grog is one-hundred percent pure unadulterated Badass and a general hit-point sponge. At times, he is the measure in which villains are compared to, so when Grog gets downed, Vox Machina knows they're up against something pretty nasty.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Is considered this by Kurn and several others after his fight in the Crucible. It's little consolation. And apparently, Kurn and the Crucible were impressed enough to send Grog/Travis a consolation prize upon his return to Vasselheim after Vox Machina visited the home of the Fire Ashari. The Barbarian was not amused, and by extension, neither was Travis. Taken further after the rematch where Kurn truly acknowledges Grog's strength and declares that he will have another rematch with him one day.
    • Pointedly averted with Goran Vekmire, another Goliath and one of the "New Nobles" of Whitestone (who are dethroned by Vox Machina). After Vekmire is eliminated from the arm-wrestling contest at the Winter's Crest festival:
    Vekmire: A shame, really. I had looked forward to our contest.
    Grog: Yeah? Well, get used to disappointment, shithead.
    • Earthbreaker Groon. Grog would never bow in respect after a battle with anyone else. Worthy Opponent, indeed.
    • Used as a Bait-and-Switch in his fight with Kevdak. Realizing that the fight is going south, Grog lowers his arms and admits that his uncle is the superior fighter... right before shouting to the rest of the team to spring their ambush.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Employs several wrestling moves against Kurn the Hammer.
  • Your Soul Is Mine:
    • K'varn sucks his soul out during the climactic battle of the first arc, killing him... temporarily, before Pike casts Revivify and brings him back.
    • Happens again in Episode 50 when Craven Edge steals Grog's soul and kills him before Pike revives him again.
    • And again in Episode 115 when he draws the Void card from the Deck of Many Things. It takes the party two weeks of travel through Pandemonium in order to reclaim it.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Pretty much a given as a barbarian, but special props go to Episode 10, when he frightened a Cloaker which had frightened more than half the current party. Just an episode later he headbutts a giant who he's dwarfed by into submission out of vengeance for the giant drinking all his ale and destroying the cask.


Keyleth of the Air Ashari

Played by: Marisha Ray
"I think faith and trust are not mutually exclusive."
Race: Half-elf
Class: Druid (Circle of the Moon)

An introverted and awkward half-elf druid of the Air Ashari, one of the four elemental druid tribes that safeguard the barriers between the Material and Elemental planes of existence. Due to her talents in the druidic arts, Keyleth has been (unwillingly) nominated to undergo the Aramenté, a grand pilgrimage to the four Ashari tribes that will eventually crown her as the new Headmaster of the Air Ashari. Keyleth is earnest and perseverant but struggles to control her self-doubt.

  • Adorkable: She didn't have much opportunity to show it in the first main arc (due to the tense situations and unforgiving environment), even though her intro video describes her in such a way. The time she tried to masquerade as a dwarf still springs to mind as an example. From episode 14 onward it comes out a lot more — consider all of her interactions with Kashaw, her attempted performance of "Be Our Guest", her confusion over the purpose of gambling, her total awe at a street magician, her initial reactions to the Feywild, her child-like joy at getting and trying out the Spire of Conflux, and her rather... "inspiring" speeches.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Occasionally called "Your Highness" by Tiberius.
    • Also called "Kiki" by Vax'ildan starting in Episode 22, and eventually called as such sometimes by the rest of the party.
  • The Alcoholic: Not to the extent of Grog, but she definitely loves having drinks.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She is very much in love with Vax, but she's always had a bit of a fascination with Vex. But as she is still new at relationships, she's still trying to figure things out about herself.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: After 30 episodes of complications, missed opportunities, and much, much tragedy and anguish, Keyleth finally finds the courage to confess her feelings to Vax'ildan in Episode 65 upon realizing that her fears are purely based on an unwritten future, much to the relief and excitement of both the two of them and the fandom.
    Keyleth: I love you, Vax. I have for a long time. And I'm sorry for being me and that it took me this long to say it.
  • Arch-Enemy: Considers Raishan to be hers.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Keyleth is given the mantle of leadership and is ordained Voice of the Tempest and leader of the Air Ashari in Episode 90.
  • Back from the Dead: She ends up dying instantly in Episode 97 after a reckless swan dive off a cliff. She is fortunately revived by Vex using a coin infused with Tary's Revivify.
  • Badass Adorable: One second, she's staging Be Our Guest with magical cutlery. The next, she's transforming into a sabre-toothed cat and savagely biting a demon from hell. If not that, she's unleashing fierce elemental magic on large groups of enemies or transforming into mighty elementals.
  • Badass Cape:
    • Briefly donned Vax's Cloak of Displacement in Episodes 54 and 55, and was given it to wear starting in Episode 70. It was later loaned to Kerrek, who did not return it and he has kept it since.
    • She is given the Mantle of the Tempest in Episode 90 upon becoming the Voice of the Tempest.
  • Badass in Distress: Despite her level of power, there have been times where she was on the verge of death, most notably in the Nine Hells.
  • Baleful Polymorph: As a user of the Polymorph spell, Keyleth can inflict this on others, and has used it quite effectively such as turning a wyvern into a bunny while it was flying.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason Keyleth started having feelings for Vax, as mentioned here during an episode of Talks Machina, was because he was the first person to stand up for her.
  • Berserk Button: Do not remind Keyleth that she's killed an innocent kid in her past. Raishan also pushes hers by calling her a child.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Keyleth is introverted, well-meaning and generally the most naïve of the bunch, but when she gets angry she shows it, usually with both her spells and her Wild Shape abilities.
  • Black-and-White Morality: After the events of Episode 25, Keyleth feels that all the things they did on that night were subtextually evil. Following this, Keyleth almost seems incapable of seeing any shade of moral gray. Such as her resistance to making a bargain with the Clasp, who wanted Vox Machina to assist in opening up a branch of their clandestine business in Vasselheim in exchange for their assistance in keeping the people of Emon provided for and spying on Thordak, who razed Emon. Percy in particular scolds her for being unwilling to make a deal.
  • Blow You Away: Her tribe is the Air Ashari, and she has strong spells that are associated with wind (Wind Wall, Skywrite, Wind Walk, Gust, Whirlwind, etc.) as well. She can also change into an Air Elemental.
  • Character Development: As the campaign has progressed, Keyleth has definitely been shedding her naivete and her self-imposed shell, speaking out a lot more, growing a bond with those she calls family (including falling in love with Vax'ildan), learning to be more flexible regarding her morals while staying true to herself, and gaining more confidence in herself despite her self-doubt as she progresses throughout her Aramenté, a fact that Marisha even mentions during Talks Machina. She even managed to learn to restrain herself when it came to Raishan which ultimately paid off in Episode 83 as she confronted the dragon before the battle and gave one hell of a speech in addition to a chance to surrender peacefully and face trial for her actions. And not once did she give in to her rage. Her development comes full circle in Episode 90 as she is formally given the mantle of leadership and is titled "Voice of the Tempest". She's still growing as a person and as the new leader of her people, but deep down she's still the same awkward and adorable druid.
  • Child Prodigy: She was considered so by her father, and as such she was groomed to become the new leader of her people. She even began her quest at the tender age of 20 (half-elves can live longer than 180 years).
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Out of the entire team, only Keyleth thinks that there might be some impure motivations behind Lady Kima's want to destroy K'varn. After discerning her intentions, though, Vax believes Keyleth's suspicions may bear some weight. Though ultimately, Kima turns out to be as trustworthy as any paladin should be.
  • Cuddle Bug: In a trait carried over by the actors, Keyleth has a tendency to cling on Percy whenever possible.
  • Damsel in Distress: Invoked and Played for Laughs in Episode 87 when Keyleth tries to reach out to Taryon:
    Keyleth: In this moment, I am a damsel and I am in distress. So cross it off, bitch! Come on!
  • Death from Above: When she goes into her earth elemental form while in the air, she can ignite her hands, curl up into a ball, and turn into the equivalent of a meteor. It's eventually coined the "Keyteor" in Episode 67 when Keyleth and Vax team up to sink Dr. Ripley's boat.
  • The Determinator: Throughout the campaign, whether due to lucky dice rolls, sheer endurance, or her Wild Shape making her a tank (or a combination of all three), Keyleth has managed to endure harsh punishment several times over and still keep fighting. In fact, she has had quite a few close calls:
    • Nearly dying from possession twice.
    • Narrowly resisting being sucked into the siphon within the Ziggurat.
    • Enduring Dr.Ripley's explosive trap on the isle of Glintshore and, instead of healing herself, focusing on keeping Percy alive. Not even getting knocked unconscious twice slows her down.
    • Getting repeatedly grappled and even swallowed by a kraken, and still managing to survive.
    • Falling into a river of lava that would've killed her flat if she lacked the hit points to survive and managing to crawl out.
    • Getting struck down by a bone devil in the prison of Mentiri due to forgetting to heal after taking severe damage from the battle with Utugash, while being the party's only way out of the Nine Hells.
  • Did Not Think This Through:
    • A bit of a recurring trend regarding her spellcasting. She often has some pretty good ideas for what effect she wants her spells to have, and whenever she learns a new spell she's eager to use it to help the party. Unfortunately, she's usually so eager to help that she casts her spells without a full understanding of their effects, at inopportune times, or both. Episode 39 offers the strongest example when she casts Wind Walk on a majority of the party during a battle, thinking it would protect them from damage and allow them to move faster, which it does. What escaped her is that those under the effect of the spell can only Dash or revert to normal - they can't attack, heal, speak or cast spells. Justified by Marisha herself in the fact that she has a lot of spells to memorize, and even then many of them depend on Matt's interpretations due to how they are worded in their descriptions.
    • Everything involving her spontaneous Pocahontas cliff dive in Episode 97, starting with her decision to do it in the first place to her last-second Wild Shape into a goldfish (under the rationale that a goldfish would be more likely to land in water than a half-elf. It was not.)
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Episode 8 reveals she trained for a while with the Earth Ashari, and learned some of the techniques of the Earth Elemental spirits, including the ability to phase through the earth as an Earth Elemental. She's also demonstrated the ability to use Stoneshape, which bends rocks to her will, and Wall of Stone, which has had various practical uses throughout the campaign. She has also used Move Earth, Earth Bind, Bones of the Earth, Transmute Rock, and Earthquake.
  • The Ditz: As noted in Gameplay and Story Segregation below, she tends to show little in the way of common sense.
  • The Dragonslayer: Played With. Even though she didn't kill Raishan in the physical sense, what Keyleth did was the next best thing. With a single casting of Feeblemind, she stripped Raishan of her intellect, cunning, pride, and her very identity, effectively killing the Diseased Deceiver as they knew her, leaving behind a feral shadow of her former self.
  • Elemental Powers: Being a druid with strong elemental ties, many of her spells revolve around elements such as air (and lightning), fire, earth, water, ice, and thunder. She can also turn into any of the four main types of elementals (air, fire, earth and water).
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Can transform into Elemental Beings.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: To quote Zahra and Kashaw and Vax and Vex, Keyleth is "fucking hot".
  • Fartillery: Uses a "poo attack" as an eagle unintentionally on a palace servant in Episode 25. Said servant turns out to be a future ally of Vox Machina in disguise.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her self-loathing. According to the vision she had when she visited the Earth Ashari, lack of faith in herself as a warrior and future leader will get her killed.
  • Fiery Redhead: Literally since she can use several fire spells.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Has access to several spells of these elements. It's also reflected in her usage of the Spire of Conflux.
  • First Kiss:
    • Despite being, as Kashaw stated "the most annoying person I've ever met," she receives her very first from him.
    • Her first kiss from Vax'ildan happens in Episode 33.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Calls her tiger form "Minxy".
  • Foreseeing My Death: In Episode 22, Keyleth had a vision while visiting the Earth Ashari that depicted Vox Machina trying to continue on after Keyleth's death.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Druid who worships nature itself rather than a specific god, talks to trees and animals, has a personal garden, and in general inspires the rest of the group to make hippy jokes whenever possible.
    Taliesin: You're going to kill him with hugs. That might be the most Keyleth thing I've ever heard.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In terms of ability scores, Keyleth has the highest wisdom in the entire party, however, she tends to show barely more common sense than the likes of Tiberius, such as casting Windwall in an attempt to blow away what she assumed was poisonous gas without realizing that it trapped the gas in a section of the room with several of her party members making it more likely for them to get poisoned (fortunately, it was a vampire the group was fighting in a gaseous form rather than poison like Keyleth initially thought) or transforming into a goldfish after a reckless swan dive off a cliff, believing that a goldfish would be more likely to land in water than a half-elf.
  • Guilt Complex: Ties into her Fatal Flaw. If there's a way Keyleth can make something be her fault in her mind, she'll make it her fault. The destruction of Pyrah and Raishan temporarily killing Vex and Scanlan in Episode 80 are the most notable examples.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Same as the twins and her parents Korren and Vilya, she's a half-elf.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Keyleth realizes how dangerously close she came in regards to her struggles with Raishan and even tells the dragon that she hopes that during her long life she never becomes like her.
  • Healing Hands: Knows Cure Wounds, Healing Word, and Mass Cure Wounds. She can also use Greater Restoration and Heal. She also mentioned that she could have used Reincarnate to resurrect Percy, but didn't want to due to the unpredictability of the spell.
  • The Heart: She typically acts as this when Pike isn't around, though it later takes a turn for the dark. While Keyleth does strive to stop Vox Machina from engaging in morally-grey actions, she's become so distrustful of their motives and personalities that she has trouble seeing any kind of "white" in moral-grey.
  • Heartbroken Badass: She never quite gets over Vax's death. It's a long, long, long time before she thinks she's ready to maybe start dating again.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: This gets brought to the forefront in Episode 56, where she reveals to Vex and Kerrek that she's firmly under the belief that people like her don't deserve happiness and that she does not think of herself as a hero due to all the things that have happened ever since she set out on her quest and met Vox Machina.
  • Hurting Hero: Although it's largely Played for Laughs because of the nature of the live show, it's very clear during The Search For Grog that Vax's death hit her hard. She seems to be suffering from Survivor's Guilt over being powerful enough to, for instance, regrow Percy's arm fairly effortlessly, but being utterly helpless to do anything about Vax.
  • Hypocrite: Calls out Tiberius for needlessly murdering an enemy who gave up and attempted to flee, but not too long afterwards, incinerates a guard who gave up, attempted to flee, and then stopped fleeing to surrender. Unlike Tiberius, however, she does show signs of guilt for it.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Confides in Kerrek the blacksmith in Episode 56 that she never wanted the destiny that was forced upon her by the Air Ashari, and that she just wants to go back to a life of blissful ignorance.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: More than once she's taken a gulp of Grog's ale stock after a stressful battle.
  • An Ice Person: She can use ice-based spells such as Sleet Storm and Ice Storm, the latter of which can be cast through the Spire of Conflux as well.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Timeless Body which she gained upon reaching level 18. This ability, however, is what scares her the most, especially since it means that she will eventually outlive Vax.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In Marisha's own words, Keyleth has "shitty charisma" note  and so she has a tendency to cause offense without meaning to.
    Keyleth: So, Kashaw, if you're the only one who knows about this goddess, that means she also killed your parents?
    Kashaw: Yes.
    Keyleth: ...Huh.
    Kashaw: Thank you for bringing that up.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: With Shapechange, she can become adult dragons. She demonstrates this in Episode 89 once she finishes her Water Ashari trial.
  • Intimate Haircut: Receives one from Vax in Episode 81 due to most of her hair being burnt off during the battle with Raishan.
  • Irony: Everyone in the cast has died at least once, but Keyleth went the longest without dying. The irony? She did so by jumping off a cliff and hitting the ground hard enough to die instantly. That's right. Everyone else died in combat, while Keyleth died outside of combat.
  • It's Personal: Ever since Raishan released Thordak from the Plane of Fire which resulted in the destruction and decimation of Pyrah and the Fire Ashari, the dragon has ended up on Keyleth's "shit list", something that she reminded Raishan herself of when they interacted in Episode 70.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Both played straight and averted.
    • Being a druid, she has a large variety of spells and combat abilities that make her very versatile in nearly every situation. The only real drawback is having to prepare spells ahead of time on top of an already extensive spell list, thus potentially leaving her lacking in certain situations. This drawback was the most prevalent when Scanlan left the party temporarily.
    • Averted in that, unlike most of Vox Machina, Marisha never multi-classed. Putting levels into another class makes for a more balanced character, but one has to start from the beginning of that class, as opposed to the higher levels and bigger bonuses of one's original class had they stayed the course. By playing a pure druid, late game Keyleth is less balanced but ultimately more powerful for it.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Both Matt and Marisha form the classic stance from Dragon Ball when Keyleth casts Sunbeam.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Keyleth is convinced that she and the rest of Vox Machina are awful people who don't deserve happiness; partially due to all of the creatures they've killed (even justifiably), partially because of the genuinely horrible things they've done. This is brought to the foreground in Episode 56, where she interprets every action by Vox Machina as a selfish one: taking a fraction of the dragon's hoard is stealing from Westruun, convincing Westruun's citizens to stay is condemning them to death, and documenting the town's survival in a mural is purely to immortalise themselves. Percy later convinces her to think otherwise on all of that.
  • The Leader: Her ultimate destiny is to become headmaster for her people. She ultimately fulfills that destiny in Episode 90, becoming the Voice of the Tempest and even gaining the Inspiring Leader feat.
  • Light 'em Up: Uses the Daylight spell.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Explicitly so with Percy, to the point where Vex makes a point to ask Keyleth about starting a relationship with him.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She was not happy when she finds that she was one of only two party members that were unaware of Craven Edge changing Grog for the worse (the other being Vex).
    • It happens again in Episode 105 when she figures out that Vex'ahlia and Percy- the woman she idolizes and her best friend- did not just get secretly engaged during the Time Skip, but secretly eloped. Having already been driven close to a mental breakdown, she does not take the news well.
  • Love Interest: For Vax'ildan. However, while she does love him, she's scared of committing due to her fear of losing him as well as outliving him because eventually, she'll have an extended lifespan compared to him. However, as of Episode 65, she chooses to overcome her fears and confess her love for Vax, admitting that she had loved him for a long time.
  • Lunacy: Knows the Moonbeam spell, as well as being a Druid of the Circle of the Moon (which empowers her Wild Shape ability, tying into the werewolf symbology that the term "lunacy" comes from).
  • Magic Staff: Her druidic staff that she can also use for melee sometimes. She later claims the Spire of Conflux after the rematch with Vorugal the Frigid Doom in Episode 71.
  • Make Them Rot:
    • Has access to the Blight spell which lets her send out negative energy to drain the vitality from a living target. It's the most devastating against plant-based creatures.
    • She also can use the Contagion spell, which can inflict a creature with a disease of her choice. She normally never uses this spell unless she absolutely has to.
  • Making a Splash: She's shown some mastery of water-based spells such as Create or Destroy Water, Control Water, Watery Sphere, Tidal Wave, and Tsunami. She can also transform into a Water Elemental.
  • Missing Mom: Episode 16 reveals this. Her mother Vilya disappeared twenty years prior while undertaking the same quest Keyleth is currently on, and she later discovers that Vilya had died a few years prior to her own arrival at the Water Ashari city of Vesrah. It’s not until Episode 102 of the subsequent campaign— twenty years later in-universe and five years in real life— that Vilya is revealed to have survived as an amnesiac named Viridian on the island of Rumblecusp, off the coast of Wildemount.
  • Morality Chain: For the rest of the group throughout episode 26. Although at that point it was certainly needed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Upon realizing that her visit to Pyrah may have inadvertently set free Thordak and killed the town's population. Thankfully, Allura sets her straight and tells her that the incident isn't her fault.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Sometimes happens to her while in animal form. She'll often nuzzle others or roll over asking for belly-rubs as a tiger, for example.
  • Nay-Theist: Keyleth acknowledges the gods as powerful entities and doesn't seem to hold anything against their worshipers (i.e. Vax'ildan, Pike, Kashaw, and eventually Lady Kima). However, she seems to regard the beings themselves with something between mistrust and outright hostility. It was revealed in a Q&A that it's because she has seen enough examples of corruption within those of the faith to justify that kind of mindset. It's also part of the reason why she and Kima butted heads in the past, as well as the fact that Kima was far too reckless and ended up dragging Vox Machina into her own circumstances. As such, their two opposing mindsets clashed. However, due to several events, she eventually becomes more comfortable with her dealings with the gods, especially Melora the nature goddess.
  • No Social Skills: To say her lack of social grace has gotten her in trouble with strangers and has caused misunderstandings would be an understatement. However, as seen with her interactions with the Fire Ashari, when among her sister tribes she's much more capable. She's gotten better at this, though, such as in Episode 64 when negotiating with Tooma in the ruins of Draconia and in Episode 65 when she managed to convince the guards of the Cerulean Palace of Ank'Harel to allow them entry inside to speak to J'mon Sa Ord. Even the party was impressed.note 
  • Odd Friendship: She is surprisingly close with Percy despite the two of them being on opposing ends of both the hero-antihero spectrum and the Mother Nature, Father Science spectrum. They do notably butt heads every now and then, so it's debatable whether this is genuine or from Marisha and Taliesin's friendship bleeding into their characters
  • Playing with Fire: Completes her training with the Fire Ashari in episode 22. She uses the Sparkstone acquired from this on herself in episode 28, allowing the punching or slashing attacks of her transformations to have fire damage, and has since also conjured the Flaming Sphere spell and (after leveling up to 13) the 7th-level spell Fire Storm, which was used to great effect both combat-wise and RP-wise in Episode 42. All of them being good for burning. She can also turn into a Fire Elemental. After obtaining the Spire of Conflux, she can cast Fireball from the Vestige in addition to the aforementioned Fire Storm.
  • The Power of the Sun: She's capable of using the Sunbeam spell. She's killed at least four vampires (including Lord Briarwood) so far with it. Also, Sunburst.
    Keyleth singing: Let the sun shine....Let the sun shine in!
  • Precision F-Strike: Episode 40, during a needed "What the Hell, Hero?" rant to the rest of the team.
    Vex'ahlia: Keyleth, you don't know what's happening.
    Keyleth: I would if any of my fucking party would for once tell me something!
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Keyleth was possessed in this way at least twice. And both times, she nearly died.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: In the second Q&A, the cast explains how Keyleth's party members initially didn't know that she was an Air Ashari princess. The reveal came after a significant amount of time adventuring with them.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a blistering one to Raishan that leaves the rest of the table gaping in awe.
  • The Red Mage: Being a druid, she is capable of fulfilling several roles as needed by the party, with access to offensive spells in addition to defensive spells, healing, and general utility including fast transportation.
  • Resigned to the Call: For the longest time she was very hesitant to accept her destiny of becoming headmaster, but in the end she chose to embrace it and became the Voice of the Tempest.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Keyleth has been teetering on the edge of this since the group encountered and made a temporary alliance against Thordak with Raishan, the green dragon responsible for releasing Thordak and the destruction of the Fire Ashari. Grog of all people talks her down not once but twice. Over time, she learned how selfish her desire was which showed in her confrontation with the dragon in Episode 83, instead offering Raishan a chance to surrender and face trial.
  • Running Gag: The Druid tends to get arrested a lot.
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • When Kashaw fell down a slide, likely to his death, she can't resist going down the "Super Fun Happy Slide." But only after Tiberius did so.
    • In Episode 82, when examining a brazier within the lair of a necromancer, she uses her fire hands to light it at Grog's insistence. Said act triggers an explosion that damages those within the radius, including her. She doesn't even get to make a Dexterity save since she was in the epicenter of it.
  • Shock and Awe: She can use spells that use lightning such as Call Lightning. She can also cast Chain Lightning through the Spire of Conflux.
  • Single Tear: The end result of her using Fire Storm against a bunch of wyverns and lizard folk in Episode 42, after channeling the rage of her fallen brothers and sisters in the Fire Ashari.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Getting beaten to a pulp while she's shapechanged as an elephant, faceplanting into a lava stream, jumping off a cliff and dying, then being brought back as a bloody mess at 1 hit point, getting punched in the face by Chod - Amusing Injuries do not spare Keyleth.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Episodes 20 & 21, Keyleth is the only female party member of the Second Group of the trial of the Slayer's Take.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Marisha dumped charisma when creating her, so Keyleth is incredibly awkward on her adventure. She displays greater self-confidence when wrestling a beholder than talking to a given NPC. Even around her party members, she gets nervous and unsure when talking. She does best in highly formal situations with her own people, because such situations are both familiar and ritualized.
  • Status Buff: Has access to several spells that can give varying boons to allies or herself. Such spells include Enhance Ability, Stoneskin, and Protection From Energy.
  • Stupidity-Inducing Attack: Can use the Feeblemind spell. It reduces the target's Intelligence and Charisma to 1, neutralizes their spellcasting abilities (if any), and renders them feral and dumb. It's what turns the tide during the party's final battle against Raishan, the spell destroying everything that made her who she was.
  • Team Chef: Thanks to the Heroes' Feast spell. It cures diseases, grants immunity to poison and fear, gives advantage to Wisdom saving throws, and increases hit points for 24 hours.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Is resigned to ally with Raishan despite their mutual hatred for each other. In fact, the others had to calm her down and convince her to accept the alliance.
  • Teleportation: Knows Cloud Walk, Transport via Plants and Plane Shift. She is essentially Vox Machina's main mode of long-distance transportation.
  • These Hands Have Killed: In Episode 9, she laments over the fact that she had taken so many lives, including the child that accidentally died when they fought the Dread Emperor, and subsequently breaks down. In fact, the child's death ended up becoming the catalyst for her resolve beginning to falter regarding her personal quest, as is revealed in episode 22. It happens once more in Episode 104, this time with Velora Vessar. And once again, it was an accident.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
    • Memorably, to Raishan as she retorts against her:
    Keyleth: You unleashed the mad dog, you bitch!
    • And once more, again, to Raishan as she destroys the corpse of the dragon:
    Keyleth: That was for Scanlan, from the Ashari, you bitch.
    • She does this again in Episode 87, this time to Taryon:
    Keyleth: In this moment, I am a damsel and I am in distress. So cross it off, bitch! Come on!
  • Time Abyss: Starting at 18th Level her Druid class causes her aging to be reduced by 1/10 (for every ten years that pass, she only ages by one), causing her no amount of distress because she realizes that this means she will vastly outlive Vax despite them both being Half-Elves. The decision is ultimately rendered moot when Vax offers his life in service to the Raven Queen and she comes to collect after Vecna is defeated, but it does take Keyleth a much longer time to finally reunite with him than it would have normally.
  • Together in Death: At the end of her lifespan Keyleth becomes one with the Raven Tree, allowing her to reunite with Vax in the afterlife.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Keyleth's death, unlike any of the others, leaves the players laughing thanks to the poor decisions that led up to it. To wit; she dives off a massive, sloped cliff, and after barely blowing herself away from slamming headfirst into it, decides to turn into a goldfish hoping it would somehow help her land in the water, because she's like a God.
    Sam: Goldfish are not magnetically attracted to water...
    Travis: You jumped from a thousand feet in the air! Totally logical! You can't even see the water or rocks but you're like "Yep, I'm a GOLDEN GOD!".
  • Trauma Conga Line: Keyleth undergoes this the instant that Vax was disintegrated in Episode 102 with no sign of stopping. From there, she discovers that: the Raven Queen brought Vax back but only until Vecna is defeated, depriving her of a Happily Ever After; she meets Sprigg whom she sees as a reflection of her worst nightmares come to life (being someone who outlived all of their friends, causing him to Go Mad from the Isolation); and then figures out Vex and Percy had gotten married in secret, which only served to remind her of the future she would never get to have with Vax.
  • Undercover as Lovers: She and Vax'ildan pose as a married couple during their Slayer's Take trial.
  • Undignified Death: Keyleth dives off a massive cliff to retrieve a diamond in episode 97. Rather than an elemental or a bird, she chooses to Wild Shape into a goldfish, of all things, due to a last-minute panic and is killed on impact. Certainly not her finest moment.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tends to clash with Vex'ahlia from time to time, mostly due to Vax's crush on the druid. They still trust each other regarding things other than that. That changed during Episode 56, however. She also disagrees with Percy very frequently, but the two consider each other best friends.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Has a multitude of spells (Polymorph, Alter Self, Animal Shapes, Shapechange) and abilities (Wild Shape) that render her capable of shifting form into a variety of animals, elementals, and other creatures, especially after her completion of her Aramente grants her access to Shapechange.
  • Warrior Princess: Her title isn't actually "princess" but her standing in her druid society is effectively the same (she's to inherit sovereignty from her parents), and she was referred to specifically as "Princess" by one of the Fire Ashari in episode 22, presumably to hammer the point home for her party. Tiberius affectionately refers to Keyleth at times as "Your Highness" whenever he conveys respect or wants to comfort her when in times of great stress, as shown in episode 9. Despite this, she's not entirely fond of being called as such.
    Vax'ildan: (after cutting her hair) Look at you. Don't you look like royalty?
    Keyleth: (smiles) I'm not a princess, remember?
  • Weather Manipulation: After reaching level 15 in Episode 67, she debuted her new Control Weather spell with magnificent results, parting a lightning storm that threatened to slow down Vox Machina's pursuit of Dr. Ripley.
  • Whip It Good: Uses a Thorn Whip spell in a few episodes in addition to Grasping Vine.


Percival "Percy" Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III

Played by: Taliesin Jaffe
"Your secret is safe with my indifference."
Race: Human
Class: Fighter (Gunslinger)

Percy is a human gunsmith and tinkerer with a noble upbringing. He was forced to flee his hometown after his family were slaughtered in a coup, barely escaping captivity and torture. He continued to stay undercover until he was visited one night by a dark spirit of vengeance who inspired the creation of his first firearm and a resolve to take revenge on those who had wronged him. As a classically-trained intellectual, Percy is mostly disillusioned with the noble lifestyle but knows exactly how to exploit it to achieve his ends.

  • Adorkable: In Episode 42, due to the sheer glee in his voice at the thought that the party could steal an airship, and at the beginning of Episode 59, when he's just thrilled to be in the Feywild.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Despite usually being The Stoic, he's had at least three panic attacks: one in Episode 57, when he nearly drowns in the Raven Queen's temple, one in Episode 59 when he's temporarily blinded, and one in Episode 70 after speaking with Raishan. Considering what happened to his family, he's likely suffering from PTSD and/or some kind of panic disorder.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In The Search for Grog, Percy ends up getting his arm ripped off by five bugbears, forcing Keyleth to cast Regenerate to grow him a new one.
  • Arch-Enemy: Lord and Lady Briarwood draw out special hatred in his heart because they betrayed his parents, killed his family, and drove him from his home. Their associates qualify as well. The List has barrels specifically marked for all of them.
  • Arrow Catch: Courtesy of the Gloves of Missile Snaring that were retrieved from Rimefang's lair.
  • The Atoner:
    • More generally after the Whitestone Arc, but very specifically after his negligence kills Vex in Episode 44. He spends the majority of the next episode apologizing to both the twins in various ways.
    • Comes back in full force after Episode 66 upon discovering that Dr. Ripley stole Cabal's Ruin and is hunting down Whisper. To that end, he wants to atone deeply for the damage he unwittingly caused by allowing her to live and eventually invent a new gun and hand.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Trick Shot. Can target the head, arms, wings, torso, or feet of an enemy. These attacks have differing effects from knocking targets prone to pushing them back to giving them disadvantage.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Having heard Vex'ahlia's fears of appearing in Syngorn still a commoner, and being berated for their history within Syngorn and earning the contempt of her father, Percy names her "Lady Vex'ahlia, Baroness of the Third House of Whitestone and Grand Mistress of the Grey Hunt." This was in no small part given to her so she could rub it in Syldor's face.
  • Babies Ever After: He ends up having at least five children with Vex.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice. He's killed by Ripley in Episode 68, and resurrected in Episode 69. It differs from Vex and Grog's resurrections in that he had to be convinced to return. And then after being gutted and slain by Raishan in Episode 83, he is just barely revived by Pike.
  • Badass Bookworm: Most of his badassery stems directly from the fact that he invented, designed and built his own guns. Then again, he had a little help.
  • Badass Cape: Once acquiring Cabal's Ruin.
  • Badass Longcoat: Has a very dapper blue one in his official art.
  • Badass Normal: The only human on the team, and lacks any magical skills. Until he got Magic Initiate, that is.
  • Battle Aura: It's not technically an "aura" because it's not light, but when facing down people on The List in combat, his body is wreathed in black smoke.
  • Becoming the Mask: In a somewhat literal fashion near the end of Episode 29; while killing Sir Kourian Stonefell, the smoky entity that Percy made a deal with became prominent. It recurs when he battles/kills other individuals on The List.
  • Best Served Cold: Spent four years avoiding his family home and "waiting for a sign" that he should take vengeance on the Briarwoods. In Episode 27, after encountering them again, he finally decides to take the fight to them.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Percy is relatively quiet and soft-spoken, but when he's pushed too far? Run. Far. Away.
  • BFG: The aptly-named "Bad News", an enormous sniper rifle. Percy used to roll a Strength check after every shot to avoid being blown off his feet, and it's been known to turn its victims' heads into fine mist.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Definitely after finding and rescuing his younger sister, Cassandra and not wanting her to get involved in their rebellion in Whitestone, but she has a point when she says that she's been involved for far longer than Percy. Even when her loyalties are dubious, he refuses to allow the rest of the party to harm her. Said instinct, interestingly, also helps him fight off the influence of the shadow demon Orthax. When it amended The List of individuals to take vengeance upon to include Cassandra, Percy wouldn't have it, and wound up forcing the demon to manifest physically so it could be cut down.
  • Big Damn Kiss: In the climax of Episode 72, as he walks away, Percy turns around, walks up to Vex'ahlia, and kisses her. He then says, "We'll talk later." And then he walks away.
  • Big "NO!": In Episode 35, of the refusal variety rather than grief or denial. It's pretty epic.
  • Birds of a Feather: In contrast to his Odd Friendship with Keyleth, he has a lot in common with Vex, in terms of fighting style (ranged attackers, with limited pools of magic), backstory, and personality. They both lean towards the Pragmatic Hero side of the spectrum and occasionally bond over their mutual money-consciousness and love of explosive arrows. Both of them have even died and come back to life. Following both of them inspiring each other to move past the pain that haunts them, they do end up becoming a couple.
  • Black Comedy: Probably Taliesin talking more than Percy, but he will occasionally justify his decisions in combat - using his sharpshooter feat, or killing someone without looking at them, for example - with the phrase "because it's funnier."
  • Blood Knight: Unlike Grog, Percy's violent tendencies aren't obvious, but he does lean towards swift and sometimes chillingly brutal solutions to problems where another character might simply threaten rather than fight. It becomes more straightforward during the Briarwood saga. To be precise, he won't instigate a fight when he feels one is unnecessary... but if he does feel it's necessary, he will stop at nothing until his opponent is dead - and sometimes even that won't be enough.
  • Blue Blood: If his incredibly long name wasn't a big enough clue, he is appropriately educated and well-mannered. The party fields Scanlan when they need a convincing lie, but if they need a respectable face, Percy's their man. It adds an interesting degree of obligation to his vengeance against the Briarwoods beyond the purely emotional and moral outrage - they've stolen his birthright and dishonored his family name. He's also more conscious of class distinctions than others in the party might be.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The preferred method of killing people who have no sense of honor. It's also an actual mechanical skill he picked up early in the stream, used to great effect against K'Varn.
  • Boring Insult: When Sylas comes back in the Dalen's Closet one-shot, Percy tells him the whole affair is just boring along with a Not Afraid of You Anymore.
    Percy: Honestly, Sylas, is this your plan? Is this what you're planning to do with us, just toss us off a cliff? [...] I used to fear you. Know that when I die, you will bore me.
  • Born Lucky:
    • Statistically, Taliesin's had a lot of luck in rolling Natural 20s (without counting advantage or disadvantage) which is even Played for Laughs during the Rimefang bounty hunt.
    Taliesin: I sacrificed a small child to these dice.
    • Episode 18 is a noteworthy example, where he rolled three of them in a single encounter against three separate enemies, leading to an awesome display of unloading three shots into a knocked-down orc/ogre hybrid (Critical #1), one shot into an orc flanking him (Critical #2), and the last two shots in his pepperbox into an orc that was dominated by Scanlan (Critical #3).
    • Percy blasted Vex's Natural 20 record out of the water in episode 33 with a staggering seven of them (and repeated the feat in Episode 55 - note that the record for Natural 1s is held by Wil Wheaton and Travis Willingham, at six each in Episode 21 for Wil and The Screw Job for Travis). Even when changing dice, he was still rolling 20s! It's eventually suggested con-going fans bring Taliesin their dice so he can lick them for luck. It's at the point where he has mostly set his lucky "Golden Snitch" die aside unless he really feels a good roll is called for.
    • Just Percy in general. From being the (supposedly) sole survivor of his family to his chance encounter with Vox Machina that would prove to be one of the best things to happen to him to the many, many Natural 20s he's rolled to resisting the smoke demon trying to possess him and overcoming it, he's one of the luckiest people in all of Exandria.
  • Brains and Bondage: Percy is, of course, exceptionally intelligent, well-read, and well-spoken. He also rather casually mentions that he enjoys being on his hands and knees - and, when Grog successfully Insight-checks him, says he's never been so honest about anything in his life.
  • Brick Joke: Suffers from a meta-canon one. In Episode 115, after skimming over saving Grog from the Pandemonium Plane, Scanlan mentions that "Percy lost an arm!" Flash-forward to The Search for Grog one-shot over a year later, and Percy actually ends up losing his arm, having it be ripped off by five bugbears.
  • Broken Ace: He has the highest stats in the party, excellent luck with his dice, and he keeps a level head in more dire situations... and he's been heavily traumatized due to the death of his entire family plus a dose of Cold-Blooded Torture, to the point where he goes Ax-Crazy when confronted with his past in Episode 25. He eventually realizes how bad it is, and in Episode 57 brings it up in the context of his Deal with the Devil to the Matron of Ravens.
    Percy: Did it choose me because I was broken, or did it break me?
  • Canon Immigrant: Somewhat, as the Gunslinger class was transferred and reworked from Pathfinder to fit this world.
  • Catch Phrase: "I have a thought" is used whenever he has an idea about some kind of tool or weapon.
  • Casting a Shadow: Hex. It's described as Percy manipulating the shadows (or in some cases, smoke and/or mist) around his foes to cling to them, marking them for his attacks and enabling him to deal out necrotic damage in addition to his own. When Orthax is exorcised, he loses the "Battle Aura" associated with Hex but the spell retains its smoky appearance as a reminder of his brush with darkness.
  • Character Development: Plenty throughout the Whitestone Arc. At the beginning, he's in danger of crossing a Moral Event Horizon in trying to get revenge for his family. By the end, he has realized his vengeance made nothing better, and he has also exorcised the smoke demon that pushed him to revenge in the first place.
  • Chick Magnet: Vex and Pike are/were in love with him, Tary had a crush on him, and Lilith had some level of interest, judging by her parting letter to him.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He had absolutely no idea that Vex, Pike, and Tary were crushing on him.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture:
    • Was subjected to it at the hands of an assistant to the Briarwoods, Dr. Ripley.
    • All the way back in Episode 3, a captive the group intends to interrogate is bleeding to death. The typically-quiet and task-oriented Percy's solution is to use his gun's scalding-hot barrel to cauterize the wound. As he notes disturbingly casually, "There's more than one way to make a person talk."
    • In Episode 25, he dishes it out, shooting three fingers off the hand of an incapacitated carriage driver.
    • Gets worse in Episode 29: he brands a man's forehead with his gun, and then orders his tongue be removed. Grog complies immediately, by hand, with gusto, by which Percy is thankfully shocked enough that he comes back to himself a little.
    • As of Episode 30, due to the effects of the corruption in Whitestone, if he gets a killing blow, he will be compelled to torture his victim before finishing them off. Pike's intervention cleanses some corruption before this occurs, but it obviously only bought him time.
  • The Comically Serious: His quiet disposition, upper-class mannerisms and slight prissiness make him a prime target for goofy scenarios, such as being ambushed in the middle of the night and thus flailing around shooting things up in his pyjamas with the butt-flap down, or trying to negotiate the purchase of black powder from a deranged merchant.
  • Cool Mask: A beaked one that resembles a Medieval plague mask (complete with something that smells nice in the beak). It also resembles the demon he contracted with.
  • The Corruptible: Especially in the Whitestone Arc. The smoky entity and the cursed land of Whitestone is definitely corrupting Percy. Once the arc ends, he is no longer possessed by Orthax, but the skull found in General Krieg's house can still tell that he's been "touched by darkness." Percy even lampshades it on occasion:
    Percy: I am a little evil magnet.
  • Cowardly Lion: Supplemental information on the character says that Percy believes himself a coward for fleeing from the massacre in his home. He even says as much to Keyleth in Episode 27 - he acts scary (the badass lines, the brutality and so on) as a means to hide his fear of the people who hurt him. Yet his class essentially weaponizes bravery and daring, he clubbed the crap out of an invisible stalker when both his guns jammed, he once flung himself off a building to save another party member with zero hesitation, and he hurled a demon out of his soul with nothing but force of will.
  • Cultured Badass: Polite, well-spoken, well-read, trained in the History skill, speaks Celestial, has excellent handwriting, enjoys sketching the strange landscapes of Exandria, has the highest Intelligence stat of the party, and if crossed he will happily blow your brains out at close range with the guns he built himself. It's probably the closest you can get to summarizing Percy in two words.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: While all the characters have a little bit of this in some form or another, Percy's seems overly like this trope. It apparently took the entire two years before any hint of it was brought up in the campaign.
  • Dead Man Writing: Subverted. He writes a letter to Vox Machina in case of his death, and Vex discovers it on his body when he dies, but the group actually reads it after his resurrection.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Befitting his serious and aristocratic nature, he has a very dry sense of humor.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • According to Percy's backstory, a smoky entity offered him a way for vengeance. After that, Percy began to build his first gun. The demon in question — Orthax — reveals himself and is defeated (temporarily) in episode 35.
    • Makes a literal deal with a devil in Episode 91 and 92 all for the purpose of getting the party access to the reforming Hotis so they could finish him off.
  • Designated Bullet: The List, which is engraved with the names of the five people he blames for the death of his family. When the individual behind a name dies, that name fades from the barrel. The sixth barrel has been blank since he built the weapon. He believes it represents the souls of all those he'll have to kill before his vengeance is fulfilled - everyone who will die, every part of himself he will lose, and everything he will destroy. He's wrong. In Episode 34, a new name appears: Cassandra de Rolo.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Noted in a Q+A by Taliesin as part of what makes Percy who he is - Taliesin wanted to explore what would drive someone to make such a horrible mistake as inventing the gun.
  • Double Take: Did one in episode 18 when reading the contract.
    Percy: The quarry, one adult White Dragoone adult White Dragon?!
  • Dramatic Unmask: He'll at least try to conceal and then reveal his identity to anyone on The List before killing them, though the antics of his party sometimes get in the way.
  • Dying Dream: Not in reality, but Percy views the events of the campaign like a Dying Dream while he was starving in jail. Adventures, getting revenge on his enemies, killing monsters, falling in was like a fun experience happening to someone else. On the downside, this helped distance himself from some of his more questionable choices, like giving Grog Craven Edge. Coping with reality and moving forward was an important part of his epilogue in the finale.
  • Elemental Weapon: He can use Ice Shot and Fire Shot. His elemental shots are done away with when Scanlan tosses The List into an acid pool.
  • Enemy Without: Orthax gets out after Percy denies the vengeance being turned against Cassandra after the Ziggurat. He presumably wrought havoc by joining with Ripley and helping her create more gunslingers.
  • Evil Weapon: The List was inspired by Orthax and used by the shadow demon as an anchor to Percy's soul. It also commanded him to kill his sister and tried to literally force his hand to do so.
  • Face Palm: Percy's reaction for pretty much anything Vox Machina does. As a player, Taliesin also is prone to doing this when things go off the rails.
  • Foreshadowing: As Percy reveals his backstory in Episode 28 he mentions that he prayed to "whatever it is I pray to" that he would get some sign for the right time to take his vengeance. At the time it was a fairly innocuous comment. A few episodes later we find out exactly what he's been praying to.
  • Friendless Background: When asked why he he is fluent in Celestial, he replies "I had not a lot of friends growing up. There was a lot of quiet time".
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Percy took an interest in mechanics even before the murder of his family. Learning to make and use guns only honed his skills.
    • Overall, he's made quite a few toys. To date, he's crafted four explosive arrows, a bolo arrow, and a grappling arrow for Vex, and expressed his intention to "Hawkeye [her] up". He's also made a saddlebag bomb, a grenade, and the aptly-named Bad News.
    • In Episode 24, he makes a shock glove that does lightning damage on contact. He calls it "Diplomacy."
    • In Episode 37, he makes an additional barrel to go with Ripley's pistol that can fire explosive rounds. However, it has not been put to use yet.
    • In Episode 54, he designs and oversees the construction of a giant spring trap to capture the ancient black dragon Umbrasyl.
    • From Episode 48 to Episode 58, after seeing Vex fall from a great height off her newly acquired Broom of Flying (later renamed "Death From Above"), Percy decided to retrofit and modify the broom with a tether that prevents her from falling, leg grips, and a saddle that assists her her aim, negating disadvantage on her attacks.
    • In the epilogue, Percy gives up on making weapons and realizes his long-forgotten dream of being a clock maker, creating a beautiful clock tower in front of Whitestone Castle, and begins an annual festival inviting tinkerers and artisans from across Exandria to come to Whitestone and showcase their talents.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Thanks to two bad rolls and one timely levelup.
    • In Whitestone, Percy was the only character to fail his saving throw against corruption, and did so twice. This is where Orthax was asserting itself more over him, and his revenge was front and center.
    • Simultaneously, he leveled up and gained the Magic Initiate feat. He chose three spells that were well-themed, as Hex manifests as cursed black smoke, Minor Illusion is a supernatural power to begin with, and Friends sweet-talks someone as Orthax did to him.
  • Give Me a Sign: Mentions that he prayed to any god that might have been listening while in prison, despite not necessarily being a man of faith - and then Vox Machina showed up to free him.
    Percy: I've been trusting that Vox Machina will take me where I need to go.
  • The Gunslinger: It's his class, transplanted from Pathfinder. He manages to fit right into the world of the game while still carrying the appropriate tropes.
  • Happily Married: During Vox Machina's year off, he and Vex proposed to each other on a whim, and eloped (with Keeper Yennen officiating). The rest of Vox Machina was not told until Episode 106.
  • Hates Being Touched: "Hate" is a strong word, but Percy is occasionally shown to be uncomfortable with physical contact, once explaining to Tiberius that "We didn't touch in my family." It's telling that Vex's Cooldown "Hug" during the Whitestone arc actually involved holding his hand. (It's also notable as a trait Taliesin absolutely doesn't share — he and Marisha are borderline Cuddle Bugs during the stream, particularly when under stress.)
  • Hearing Voices: As of Episode 27 Matt states that Percy is hearing a demonic spirit whispering in his metaphoric ear, "Vengeance...Vengeance...Vengeance". This goads him into traveling to Whitestone for that purpose. The voice is later revealed to be Orthax, a shadow demon of vengeance, who is exorcised fully in Episode 35.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • The murder of his family, compounded by seeing his sister shot down in front of him, left Percy traumatized for a full two years before he began building guns. Taliesin later confirmed on Twitter that this also turned his hair white.
    • Percy has one in Episode 26, where he locks himself in his workshop for the duration of the episode. A case of Real Life Writes the Plot, as the Episode was set to be pretty Percy-centric, but Taliesin was too sick to play that week.
    • In Episode 29, after killing the first person whose name is engraved on The List, he mentally checks out for several minutes - failing to respond to his team-mates' questions, furiously scratching out the engraved name, tearing up the deceased's property, and generally acting odd even for Percy.
    • Played for Laughs and less severe is his reaction to The List being destroyed by Scanlan tossing it into an acid vat in Episode 35. It wasn't so much that it was his finest work but that it was very costly to build and enchant that broke him. He was willing to reach into the acid to retrieve it but couldn't due to Keyleth's Hold Person restraining him.
    Percy: It was so expensive!
    • Yet again in Episode 44, although it's harder to spot, when he accidentally kills Vex by setting off an arcane trap. After she's brought back, aside from responding to a handful of direct questions, he says almost nothing for the rest of the session.
    • And he gets another one in Episode 67 upon realizing just how much he screwed up when he had chosen to spare Ripley in Whitestone, as that allowed her to construct a replacement gun, steal Cabal's Ruin, and currently hunt down Whisper. To say nothing about Keyleth pointing out something he had missed: a faint magical essence from Retort that allowed Ripley to listen in on everything Vox Machina and Percy himself have talked about, including the Vestiges, the situation with the Chroma Conclave, and the current status of Whitestone.
    • Seems to fall into one in the latter part of Episode 80 following Vex's death and subsequent revival. The fact that this event is then followed up with Raishan, currently the greatest threat to Whitestone's safety, escaping cannot have helped matters, and Percy remains noticeably unsettled for the entire ending of the episode.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: With all of episode 25 and episode 26 in mind, Percy may need to be reminded that he doesn't have to be as bad as the Briarwoods in order to fight them. Vax and Keyleth give him exactly that reminder in Episode 29 and it sinks in over the rest of the story arc.
  • Hidden Depths: Although it hasn't come up on stream yet, alongside being a capable fighter, inventor and craftsman, Percy can DANCE.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: A variation in Episode 30. Percy insists that if the smoky entity ever causes him to turn on Vox Machina, they should immediately (in Grog's words) "bop him on the head and take him to a temple."
  • I Call It "Vera":
    • Aside from his standard pepperbox which he had named "The List", he's named his BFG "Bad News" and his taser-gauntlet "Diplomacy".
    • The pistol he took from Dr. Anna Ripley was also jokingly named "Lil' Sparky" by Scanlan. Percy renames it "Retort" by Episode 51.
    • The pepperbox that Dr. Anna Ripley had built to replace Retort is known as Animus.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: "Life needs things to live", which is used to explain that a corrupted tree must be feeding on something to stay alive. Scanlan mercilessly mocks him for it.
  • The Insomniac: When he's really into his work, he might keep right on tinkering until he collapses at his desk from exhaustion. Of course, it's not always his focus that sways him from proper rest, and it's not just diligence that drives his obsession. Fan artists often depict him with tousled hair, chin-scruff and shadows under his eyes.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Percy has the Sharpshooter Feat, which allows him to ignore half and three-quarters cover. It also allows him to take a -5 to his attack bonus in order to give himself a +10 to damage. His Gunslinger archetype also allows him to aim at specific portions of his opponent to induce various effects, from disadvantage on attack rolls, dropping what they're holding, etc.. The fact that he pulls these shots off with some fairly primitive versions of normal firearms makes this trope stand out even more.
    • Episode 22 is perhaps the strongest non-spoiler example. Percy sees the group being targeted by Ettins hurling boulders, whips out Bad News, fires just so to make his target drop a boulder on its own head, then slings the gun back over his shoulder without even breaking his stride.
  • Indy Ploy: True to his class as a Gunslinger, Percy often tries to use his wits in the heat of battle, rather than just shooting his enemies in the face:
    • In Episode 4 he lets a bulette grapple his gun hand so he can fire straight into its mouth.
    • In Episode 11, he shoots the chain holding K'varn's mind-control device so that it swings down ''into'' K'varn.
    • He pulls an acrobatic arm shot in Episode 22 to get an Ettin to drop a boulder on its own head.
    • He takes out the wheels on the Briarwoods' carriage and nearly stops them from escaping in Episode 25.
    • Moved to confront the Briarwoods apparently alone so the rest of the party could position themselves. Also swiftly devised a system of weight and counterweight to move Vex's unconscious body to a safer spot in Episode 34.
  • Irony: By the end of the third arc, he's the party member with the closest ties to dark powers - just look at his trope list - and he speaks Celestial. note 
  • Insufferable Genius: Probably aggravated by his noble upbringing. He's self-aware enough that it's rarely a problem (and he pokes fun at himself for it occasionally; "I am a vain dragon," "I am paranoid rich people!") but it does get him into some really big messes.
  • Kill Streak: Percy can restore his Grit by killing an enemy in a fashion similar to this. Thus, during combat situations with more enemies, Percy's main strength is his ability to finish off an enemy, then expend Grit to attack another, and aim to kill to restore his Grit. During the final battle with Vecna, he targets the undead skeletons attacking the party specifically to get his Grit back so he can attack Vecna.
  • Knighting: He makes Vex a Baroness of Whitestone in Episode 60.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Dreamed about visiting the Feywild for his whole life, so when he gets to visit in Episode 59, he immediately starts acting like a hyperactive child.
  • Kubrick Stare: Taliesin has a great one that he breaks out when things get real. Watch his expression after he takes the aimed shot at Sylas Briarwood's face in Episode 25.
  • Laughing Mad: Tends to start laughing hysterically when he rolls really well/does something awesome. Episode 18 is a good example.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Official art by Kit Buss indicates he was born with darker brown hair, so it's possible that the change is the result of the trauma of losing his entire family or because of the strange gun-fashioning accord he made with the unknown magical being of vengeance. In Episode 24 he alludes to this, saying he looked different when he was younger.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Excels in using firearms. Bad News, in particular, has an insanely long range. (In Taliesin's words, The List has a range of one hundred and fifty feet, Retort has a range of four hundred feet, and Bad News has a range that is "disgusting" - listed on the Gunslinger resource as having a maximum range of 1200ft) For melee, he does have a sword, but he rarely resorts to it unless he has to.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He loses his entire right arm during The Search for Grog due to a random comment Scanlan made in the finale. Percy's mostly just annoyed at the ridiculousness of the whole thing.
    Lieve'tel: You all seem so zen about this moment, it's terrible.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Percy is the third of seven children. Or he was, anyway. He didn't expect to inherit any responsibilities.
  • Meaningful Name: Likes to give them to his weapons. For example, Diplomacy works with a handshake, and nothing travels faster than Bad News.
  • Menacing Stroll: On occasion, he makes a point of walking at a leisurely pace around the battlefield before/while shooting things, as befits a character steeped in The Wild West and Heroic Bloodshed tropes.
  • Mic Drop: After he asks Syldor to watch his manners around "Lady" Vex, Taliesin picks a pencil case off the table so he can mic-drop it. He does it again at the end of Episode 72, after Percy kisses Vex.
  • More Dakka: In a world that, as of yet, has only bows and crossbows, Percy has built his own firearms.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He uses his gloves of missile snaring to defend himself from a wet willy.
  • The Musketeer: Percy usually only uses close-quarters weapons in an emergency, but his high Dexterity allows him to wield certain ones (rapiers, scimitars, and shortswords, among others) quite capably.
  • My Greatest Failure: Twice over. Originally he believes his inability to stop the Briarwoods from destroying his family was this, but later comes to believe letting Ripley and her knowledge of firearms get away was even worse. Sure enough, while he was able to help bring down the Briarwoods and their master, the second campaign reveals he was ultimately unable to prevent guns from spreading out into the world.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Not for what you think. By inventing firearms and seeing people like Ripley potentially using them, he's very worried he's unleashed something evil; so much that he begs the Raven Queen in Episode 57 for some way to "fix" it.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Has this reaction when Scanlan looks to be flirting with Cassandra in episode 33.
  • Nay-Theist: Generally wishes to live in a way where the gods are "hands-off" in regards to him. This unknowingly came to the forefront in Episode 69, during his resurrection ritual. Taliesin had told Matt that Pike or Vax successfully using their divine favors to aid in the ritual would cause Percy to choose to remain dead - Pike did try Divine Intervention, but thankfully failed. In the post-timeskip arc, Percy is reconsidering his stance a bit, as he's now met multiple deities in person. Notably, he is poised to become a champion of Ioun, the Mistress of Knowledge - a perfectly thematic choice for The Smart Guy who went into a state of bliss upon entering her nigh-infinite library...and then her blessing went to Scanlan instead. Ultimately, Percy accepts himself as the counterpart to the faithful and finds peace in that.
  • Nerf: Something actually namechecked by Taliesin himself in reference to the effectiveness of his weapons. Their primary nerfing comes in two parts: Taliesin has to prove to Matt it's possible to create a given gadget with the available materials and technology, and everything he makes has a non-zero chance of spontaneous explosion or malfunction.
    • Part and parcel of being a homebrew archetype; Matt has had to rebalance the Gunslinger class on more than one occasion, most notably nerfing the headshot aspect of his Trick Shot ability after it essentially made him the MVP of the K'varn fight by imposing a nigh-constant stream of disadvantage on attacks.
  • Nerves of Steel: The end of episode 64. He's the only one who notices Tiberius's corpse impaled on a spike of ice, and not only does he keep perfectly silent about it for twenty minutes, he manages to keep his composure while asking Tooma to bring his body down, and almost single-handedly keeps the party together for the rest of the episode. Also subverted in Episode 70, when he manages to out-talk Raishan by himself - and then has a panic attack immediately after she leaves.
  • Not a Morning Person: When he allows himself to sleep he apparently dislikes waking up. Vex fondly describes him as "grumpy."
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Quiet and level-headed he might be, but he's been known to indulge in pranks, wisecracks and petty revenge almost as much as Vax. Mostly by abusing his reputation for being quiet and level-headed. He has a really good poker face.
    • When they have a cannonball contest, Percy initially doesn't want to participate - until he decides it's a dare. Then he's the only one to physically injure himself trying to win.
  • Odd Friendship
    • Has quite a close friendship with Keyleth, which is curious considering they embody basically the opposite ends of both the hero-antihero spectrum and the Mother Nature, Father Science theme. It's unclear how much of this is the characters, considering they've butted heads on multiple occasions, and how much is Taliesin and Marisha's friendship bleeding over into their characters.
    • He and Trinket get along very well - Percy's defended Trinket in combat on multiple occasions, objected to him being covered in ribbons by Keyleth and Vax, and Taliesin has a notable habit of arguing the rules with Matt to try and protect Trinket. In return, Trinket seems content to be used as a coat rack, helped to kill Orthax, acted as a 'therapy bear' at the beginning of the Whitestone arc, and even lets Percy ride on his back and use him as a seeing-eye bear in episode 59. According to Taliesin on Talks Machina, they've always gotten along ever since the early Pathfinder days.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that he has accidentally killed Vex by triggering an arcane trap he gives a very blunt "Oh, shit." She gets better.
  • Only Sane Man: A low-key, cautious, serious and reasonable personality in contrast to his quirkier team-mates. Mostly. It's telling that the least weird member of the team had to be busted out of jail when they met him, and suffers from severe trauma and a strange spiritual affliction. Leans towards deconstruction in later episodes, as a Q&A mentioned "a conviction that he's the only adult in the room" as one of his major flaws.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Percy is almost always the most level-headed person in Vox Machina. He spends the entirety of Episode 25 getting progressively more and more violent and crazed, until he's roaring the names of enemies and blowing baseball-sized holes in people who cross him. With the continuation of the Whitestone arc, these outbursts are becoming more frequent, intense and disturbing...
  • Overly Long Name: Introduces himself to strangers by his full name. The others chiming in afterwards to call him by his nickname is a Running Gag. Incidentally, it seems the long name is a fusion of both parents' family names, and he's the only one of his siblings so impressively designated, since he wasn't expected to inherit much or be married off.
  • Perma-Stubble: Depicted in both official art and most fanart with stubble of some degree, often explained as being a result of his habit of spending late nights tinkering in his workshop.
  • Pistol-Whipping:
    • He clubs an invisible stalker with the butt of Bad News in Episode 27.
    • Also did it in Episode 7 with The List to knock out a duergar. With a Natural 20, no less.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: For a time, Percy suffered from this ever since losing The List. In more than a few instances, his nonmagical bullets from Retort and Bad News have had very little effect in certain battles (or, in one case, no effect to the point where only the necrotic damage from Hex would register). After acquiring Animus, this seems to have been resolved.
  • Pragmatic Hero: It's becoming something of a theme that Percy is willing to pay for the well-being of others with his own soul. When he refuses such bargains, it's not because he won't compromise his morals, but because he won't be cheated.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: The trauma involved in the death of his family is why his hair is white despite him being a human in his twenties.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • When Percy is attacked by assassins while he is sleeping in his personal room in Whitestone's castle, which had been restored to his family's control and everyone in town loves him, Talesin and Matt have this exchange, which demonstrates how safe Percy feels in such a secure situtation.
    Talesin: I do keep my small pistol under my pillow.
    Matt: Of course you do (laughs). Yes, you would, Percy.
    • As soon as Percy hears that someone other than he himself has been buying black powder from Victor, he suspects who the other customer is and what they are doing with it. He's right, it is definitely Dr.Ripley. It starts to come to a head when it's revealed that not only did she murder Mistress Asharru and steal Cabal's Ruin, she has also constructed a firearm similar to his old pepperbox to replace Retort, which she had placed a "bug" into to spy on Vox Machina.
  • Psychic Powers: Animus deals out psychic damage, but Percy can also suffer psychic damage if the gun misfires.
  • Pungeon Master: Taliesin tends to make puns often.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Was possessed by a Ghost while the party was in pursuit of the Briarwoods beneath Castle Whitestone. Later on, the smoky entity starts trying to manipulate him this way after more subtle methods have failed.
  • The Quiet One: The least talkative of the group. He begins to interject more as the campaign proceeds, but he's very much a "speak when something needs to be said" type. This worked to his advantage in episode 14, after he realized the mention of the Briarwoods having passed through Emon, Percy kept quiet until the conversation was over and then asked about it.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: After the Raven Queen takes Vax, Percy is the most vocally furious at her, and talks about destroying the temple he made in Whitestone.
  • Reality Ensues: Demonstrated in the second (Mighty Nein) campaign's Episode 14 without him actually being present. Try as he might to guard his shameful invention of firearms, Anna Ripley sold several of them and even gave blueprints to tinkerers. Add on another two decades, and rifles are present on the continent of Wildemount, since he couldn't have found all of them in time to prevent its proliferation.
    Taliesin: Literally everything's coming back to haunt me. Okay.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Twice with Vex. In Episode 69, she confessed her love to his corpse while the whole group was around, while in Episode 72, he reciprocated in private. Episode 104 took it a step further, with Percy (in her absence) revealing to the whole group and Pelor that they were betrothed, and Episode 105 (thanks to Scanlan being Scanlan) having it come out that they had actually eloped, presumably during the time skip between Episodes 94 and 95.
  • Reliably Unreliable Guns: A necessity, or he'd be wielding modern firearms in a swords-and-sorcery setting. Specifically, whenever he rolls to hit using his guns, he has a chance of rolling a "misfire" alongside the usual hit, critical hit, and miss outcomes. He must then either use his action to fix it (and possibly forfeit the chance to attack during that round) or fire again and risk breaking the weapon. Ammunition is also definitely a concern. Nobody sells bullets, so Percy must procure the materials and build them himself. This is all pretty easy to swallow; Percy's guns are, as far as anyone knows, the first guns anyone has ever made in the world and even he needed supernatural help.
    • The misfire chance is also a core mechanical flaw of early firearms in Pathfinder, hence Matt re-using the mechanic for his 5e version of the Gunslinger.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His entire character development in the Whitestone arc is about him realizing how far down that road he's come and whether he's willing to go further. By the end of the arc's climax, he let Ripley get away, gave Delilah a Restrained Revenge, and came to believe his vengeance made nothing right. He later admits that he was so driven to destroy the Briarwoods that he chose to fight them rather than prevent Ripley's escape, despite recognizing that she presented the bigger threat to the world at large and would probably be responsible for many more deaths, as well as the spread of gun-making technology, if allowed to go free.
  • Sanity Slippage: Percy definitely rides the line between genius and insanity, much to the audience's amusement.
  • Say My Name: "SYLAS!" This turned out to have a practical purpose - when he turned to look, Percy got off a clear shot at his face.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: In his first official portrait and frequently in fanart, especially when he's depicted reaching down into the depths of his rage.
  • Shipper on Deck: As of episode 58, he seems to be gently pushing Keyleth and Vax towards each other.
  • Shirtless Scene: Jokingly referenced by Matt and some of the other players in Episode 74, after Percy spent the entire day working on a trebuchet.
    Liam: Shirtless. Covered in soot.
    Sam: ...wipes his brow...
    Matt: he slowly takes his glasses off...
    Travis: ...takes the waterskin and just - (mimes pouring water all over himself)
  • Shock and Awe: Not a spell-based ability, but after acquiring Cabal's Ruin, Percy gains the ability to partially-absorb spells used against him and later expend those charges in an electrical attack. He can also use Diplomacy, his tazer-gauntlet that functions much like Asami's glove.
  • Shouting Shooter: Occasionally, if he's surprised. See the pyjama rampage in Episode 18.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Wipes the smug look off Lord Briarwood's face with a bullet at one point.
  • Spare to the Throne: A spare to the spare, in this case; he wasn't taught how to really run things. Cassandra, who was to be married off, was taught how to lead, which is probably why Percy hands Whitestone's administration off to her once the Briarwoods are dethroned.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Percy is mostly portrayed as level-headed and calm. Mostly.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Pulled when arguing with Orthax. The other party members are, to put it mildly, disturbed, especially because they can't see or hear what he's arguing with. Neither Orthax nor the rest of the party realise, however, that the gun was broken and would not have fired to begin with.
  • Survivor Guilt: Perhaps his defining and most enduring characteristic. Since he didn't die with his family, perhaps he should have died avenging them. Vex's death and Vax pledging his soul to the Raven Queen to bring her back has not allayed his guilt one single bit.
  • Temporary Blindness: Episode 59, Played for Laughs but for a brief panic attack on Percy's part. Trinket becomes his seeing-eye bear.
  • Theme Naming: His three tinkered weapons and one that he took from Dr. Ripley all run on a language/communication theme - The List, Bad News, Diplomacy, and Retort.
  • The Smart Guy: Doesn't do as much damage on a hit as Vax or Grog, but has concocted a number of cunning plans, strategies and gadgets, all of which have saved the team more than once. Also, he can speak/understand Celestial, and (with Vex and Keyleth's help) he solves the majority of the Androsphinx's riddles in Episode 49. Matt even permitted him to make an intelligence check regarding Elven history specifically "for being a nerd."
  • Throw Down the Bomblet:
    • Tinkered a grenade in episode 18 that could be triggered by shooting it.
    • Or by slamming a tail directly upon it, which was the case with Rimefang in Episode 19.
    • He's also tinkered together explosive gunpowder arrows for Vex more than once.
    • He built a smoke bomb used in Episode 34.
    • As of Episode 37, he's made some improvements to the pistol he took from Ripley, adding a barrel for explosive rounds. We haven't seen it in action yet.
  • Token Human: Take a look at the rest of the cast. Notice something? That's right, Percy is the only normal human on the team. Taliesin Jaffe outright calls Percy "the token human" in the tenth episode Q&A session. This changes when he gets the Magic Initiate feat.
  • Too Clever by Half: Percy is possibly the smartest member of Vox Machina, but his dubious decisions and tendency to keep things to himself have rebounded on him and the people around him in the past, sometimes quite messily. Vax and Keyleth in particular rebuke him harshly in Episode 50:
    Vax: Percy, you are clever. (Percy: I know.) It doesn't mean you're always right.
    Percy: I know.
    Keyleth: And you have this terrible habit of liking to push problems on other people.
    • These traits are ultimately why Ioun rejects him as her Champion despite otherwise seeming perfect for the role.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gains Magic Initiate as of Episode 31, which gives him the ability to cast two cantrips (Minor Illusion and Friends) and a once-a-day 1st-level spell (Hex) of his choice.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the Whitestone Arc ends, he's much nicer, and acts diplomatic and accommodating towards almost anyone the party meets. He even cracks casual self-deprecating jokes about his "poor decisions" in the previous arc.
    • He also had a bit of a Jerkass Realization in the finale, acknowledging he wasn't really worrying about the consequences of his actions and how they affected his friends. He properly apologizes for some of the things he did to the group.
  • Tranquil Fury: If he's not screaming, his rage is ice-cold.
    Vex: Do you recognize [Ripley], Percy?
    Percy: (very quietly) Yes.
    • Later:
    Vex: (cautiously) Percival... how are you?
    Percy: (smoke-wreathed and covered in blood) Fine.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: It's telling how often recounting his backstory is punctuated by him helplessly repeating, "I don't know." He wasn't even completely sure which of his family members died in the massacre of his house until he confirmed with another source.
  • Trick Bullet: Some of his Gunslinger abilities and his designs allow him to use more than just the standard shot.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • Episode 25. Holy shit, Percy. It's even more frightening in Episode 33, when he moves to kill Professor Anders... and his weapon jams. He lets out a guttural, supernaturally twisted roar of thwarted bloodlust and scares the crap out of the rest of the team.
    • Also seen in Episode 55 when he goes into a frenzy with the Dragonslayer Longsword against Umbrasyl.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: He's been slowly coming to this realisation with every name scratched off The List, from his reflection that killing Sir Stonefell and Professor Anders didn't feel good to his Restrained Revenge on Delilah Briarwood.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to pause for very loud, long sighs.
  • The Von Trope Family: Percy takes it Up to Eleven by having both "Von" and "de" as part of his name, and fitting into both the dark and light interpretations of the trope at various times.
  • Wall Crawl: More like a Wall Walk, but he acquires a pair of Boots of Spider Climb from Vorugal's hoard that allow him to scale walls, an ability he put to great use during the Raishan fight, where he barely took any damage despite multiple other party members being knocked unconscious or even dying.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Asks this of Orthax in episode 35. Killing off the List's targets did not bring him peace or happiness. In fact, he doubts that he even wanted revenge before speaking with Orthax in the dream.
  • Xanatos Gambit: From Episode 73, "I stab Seeker Asum three times in the back". That action had one of two possible results. Either Raishan was in the room, which would have resulted in a crippling advance attack being dealt to a dragon, while the dragon was trapped in a room where she couldn't fly with the entirety of Vox Machina as well as Drake Thunderbrand, Allura, Gilmore and Cassandra - all of them combatants in their own right, with more than enough firepower to take Raishan down. The alternative is what ends up occurring: Raishan is actually projecting an illusion of Asum, and attacking it reveals that. Since there is no reason for the real Asum to fake his presence, Raishan is forced to reveal her identity to the others, and she also divulges some extra information about the ritual that freed Thordak from the fire plane, since she no longer has any reason to hide how she knows it. At the moment, it seems like such a risky move that the entire table is thrown into shock, and it is very risky - but it also ends in a victory for Percy either way.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: To Vex in Episode 59, when she's worried about being judged by the nobility in Syngorn. He underlines the point by making her a Baroness in the next episode. A few episodes later, Vex gives him the same pep talk when Percy's struggling with the guilt of letting Anna Ripley live. He also quotes the trope nearly word-for-word ("I'd like to think we're all better than we think we are") a few moments before he kisses Vex in Episode 72, making this phrase a central theme of their relationship.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has very fair hair, depicted as white or off-white in art, though he doesn't fit into any of the other tropes regarding it - he's not a villain, he doesn't have mystical powers, and he's not albino. Although he suits the trope more as time goes on; by Episode 30, it's clear that even if Percy isn't evil, he's definitely brokered a deal with something sinister.
    • Confirmed by Taliesin on Twitter that his white hair is due to trauma.
  • Younger Than They Look: The white hair and Only Sane Man attitude belie the fact that he's in his "early 20s" (according to a Q&A), making him one of the youngest members of Vox Machina, if not the youngest. His white hair in particular is just due to his traumatic past, as his natural hair color is brown.


Pike Trickfoot

Played by: Ashley Johnson
"I don’t think any of us can fully understand. If we did then we would be gods."
Race: Deep Gnome
Class: Cleric (War Domain, previously Healing Domain in Pathfinder)

A pious gnome cleric of Sarenrae (a minor goddess of Healing and the Sun). Pike comes from a long line of tricksters and brigands, but was gifted a different destiny when she was whisked away as a child by her grandfather after he received a divine vision of her future. She works hard to rehabilitate her family name and is often regarded as The Heart of Vox Machina, though occasionally indulges in her own vices. She is best friends with Grog, who saved her grandfather's life.

  • Adorkable: Mostly when she's seen the party again after been gone for a while or when she's trying to assist Grog with something.
    Pike: I rolled a 9. Tink!
  • Advertised Extra: Pike was an active member of the party pre-stream, but as a full-time actress who primarily works out of New York (Critical Role is filmed in Los Angeles) there have been long stretches where she has been unable to participate, most notably when she was cast as one of the main characters in Blindspot
  • Affectionate Nickname: Occasionally called "Pickle" by Vax or "Monstah" by Grog.
  • Armor of Invincibility: The Plate of the Dawnmartyr, which adds +3 to her AC, grants fire resistance and immunity to fear, and auto-revives her with 5 HP once per day.
  • Astral Projection: When she's so far away from the party, Sarenrae does give her the chance to aid the party through this ability. Of course, the connection isn't always great.
  • Back from the Dead: Well, it's a D&D world, this is a given. She died and resurrected before the show aired, and now determined not to fail again.
  • Badass Adorable: Episode 32 definitely shows her off. The tiny and angelic gnome destroys more skeletons in a single action than several of her party members combined.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pike is genuinely sweet, but she kicks ass with the rest of Vox Machina, make no mistake. Also, do not betray her trust or she will never forgive you, a lesson that her cousins learned the hard way when their con was exposed.
    Pike: JB is going to stay here with me. [...] We’re going to teach her things, I will put her through school, and her and I together will change the Trickfoot name. But if I ever see any of you again? I will fucking kill you all.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Following the end of Episode 31, the party went off to slay a zombie giant near the Sun Tree, and then they are being chased by dozens of skeletal monsters. Even worse, they're severely weakened and low on spellcasting abilities. But just when it seems darkest for them, Pike returns in the nick of time and proceeds to kick the shit out of them! She even got the "How do you want to do this?" finisher against one of the zombie giants, a first for her on the show!
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Guiding Bolt, in a nutshell, is a small-scale version of this; the might of Sarenrae channeled through a substantially less powerful vessel.
  • But Now I Must Go: She momentarily leaves the party in Episode 16 to help excavate an ancient temple of Sarenrae near Vasselheim.
  • Can't Catch Up: Averted. Pike may not be as strong as the rest of the party due to her hiatus from the adventuring life, but she's still incredibly valuable in a fight. She even reaches level 18 before the final battle.
  • Childhood Friends: With Grog.
  • Church Militant: Worships Sarenrae, specifically a War Domain, wears Plate Armor, armed with a Morningstar and a Mace of Disruption, and has no problem doling out justice to evil-doers.
  • Combat Medic: Standard fare for a cleric, and even more so as a War Domain Cleric, but in Pike's particular case, she did a lot of combat training to make sure she didn't die again.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Episode 22 was the first time Pike temporarily returned after her long absence. She shows up again in Episode 32, 34, and 35 via a sort of Astral Projection for the climax of the Briarwood arc in Whitestone, and then actually in-person for Episodes 37-42 as well as 48-59 (Episodes 37 and 50-59 with Ashley being in the studio, and the rest either through Skype or through Matt playing as her) when Vox Machina returns to Emon and the Chroma Conclave arc begins. She also makes sporadic reappearances in several episodes afterward, be it in-person, on Skype, or with Matt (or even sometimes the other party members) controlling her.
  • Crisis of Faith: A small one when Pike's holy symbol of Sarenrae was cracked. They later patch things up.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pike has been appearing less frequently because of Ashley Johnson's other commitments.
  • Disappointed in You: Her disappointed face can make any of the party rethink their bad choices: she's even able to convince Grog to give the party Kevdak's head just by giving him a look. This also applies to her cousin JB.
  • The Determinator:
    • Ever since she was killed in battle against a Glabrezu, Pike became determined to not fall again.
    • In Episode 52, despite being pummeled by so many attacks against the Herd of the Storm and being close to death again, she refused to give up and stuck it out to the end, focusing only on one thing: defeating Kevdak.
    • Happens again in Episode 58 where, despite having no equipment other than her holy symbol, shield, and mace and suffering from heavy wounds, she barely survived an assassination attempt on the party and was able to finish off a reincarnated Hotis with her Flame Strike spell.
    • Once again in Episodes 79 and 80 where she manages to not only survive the battles with Thordak and Raishan, but she even attempts two solo resurrections (and succeeds at both) when the party battles the latter.
  • The Dragonslayer: Killed a white dragon before the stream began. Said feat is referenced during the stream when Grog shakes off the fear-inducing roar of another white dragon in episode 19, planning to kill it "like his friend Pike did".
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Loses Percy to Vex'ahlia before anyone (in-universe or out) even knew she was in love with him.
  • Drop the Hammer: Pike has a morning star, and a Mace of Disruption. She prefers to use her cleric spells, however.
  • Dynamic Entry: Her reappearance in Episode 32. How does she pull it off? By running full sprint to the party, making a Leap of Faith off Keyleth's Wall of Stone into a horde of skeletons after rolling a Natural 20, and annihilating 36 of them with Destroy Undead!
  • Easily Forgiven: Because of the strong bond between Pike and Grog she easily forgives him after Grog accidentally stabs Pike with Craven Edge.
  • Elemental Weapon: Her Frostbrand Shortsword deals cold damage.
  • The Gadfly: Despite being a nice person, she isn’t above some sillier actions, such as insinuating that her astral form can see if Taryon is studying her flash cards every night.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Just because she is a cleric of redemption does not mean she is soft.
    • Demonstrated when she cuts the throat of a knocked-out duergar to make sure he can't sound the alarm later. The party is surprised by this change in character. Later, it's revealed her holy symbol, a medallion of her goddess Sarenrae, has begun to display some minor cracks. It's implied said goddess may not be entirely pleased with Pike's shift in character either. Once Pike gets back to civilization and spends some heavy time praying and self-reflecting, though, she re-enters her goddess' favor.
    • Demonstrated again in Episode 96 when she threatens her own cousins because of a con they tried to pull on Vox Machina.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Albeit not shown in her official artwork, she's stated to have a scar down her left eye as shown in Ashley Johnson's cosplay of her during the live action intro. Where and when she received it is unknown.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's possible Scanlan's attraction might be reciprocated, though it might also have been the alcohol - Episode 22, very briefly, while at a tavern, she complained that Scanlan isn't there because he was going to get a "massage."
  • Happily Married: In the epilogue, she and Scanlan start dating, and finally she asks him to marry her. With Grog's approval, Scanlan says yes.
  • Healing Hands: Being a cleric, it's to be expected. CURE WOUNDS!
  • The Heart: Whenever Pike is with the rest of Vox Machina, she draws out the party's more positive qualities. And, like Vax, she thinks of the party as her family. It's very noticeable in Episode 16. It's also very prevalent when she rejoins the party via astral projection in Episode 32 to assist in slaying the Briarwoods. The party, as well as the players themselves and the chatroom, were freaking out as she made her Dynamic Entry.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Being a War Domain (previously Life Domain) cleric, Pike is the personification of this trope, wielding such destructive and combat-oriented abilities as "War God's Blessing" and "Divine Strike". Her "Destroy Undead" ability is described as an explosive shock wave that turns a large number of attacking undead into ash. There's also Divine Intervention which finally worked in Episode 71 against Vorugal the Frigid Doom, dealing 50 radiant damage to the wyrm.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Pre-stream the recap video shows a Gory Discretion Shot of Pike being run through while the team reacts with horror. In-series, a non-lethal version in episode 49. Grog flung Craven Edge through a portal to try and prevent himself from being sucked into the elemental plane. He succeeded, but only because the blade struck Pike.
  • Important Haircut: Pike cuts her hair with Vex's dagger and uses the severed locks as an offering to attempt to resurrect the ranger in Episode 80 mid-combat. She succeeds.
  • Last Chance Hit Point:
    • Pike's Death Ward spell, which manages to save Grog from being killed by one of K'Varn's eye rays... only for K'Varn to attack him again, resulting in getting his soul sucked out. He still gets saved.
    • She has the Plate of the Dawn Martyr, which, when the user drops to zero hit points, can once a day bring them back to 5 hp and deals fire damage to all enemies in a 15ft range. It's what saves her from being disintegrated by Raishan in Episode 83 and from being disintegrated by Vecna in episode 102.
  • Leap of Faith: Pike does an amazing one, with sparkles of feather wings into a horde of undead skeletons. She's trusting in the power granted to her by Sarenrae to destroy them.
  • Light 'em Up: Can use light-based spells such as Light and Daylight.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Grog started long before the campaign. Humorously, she's like the mature older sister looking after a goofy brother.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Ashley Johnson confirmed on Talks Machina that prior to her death pre-stream, Pike's hair was actually black with a purple streak. After her resurrection, it turned white. Artwork in the Vox Machina Origins comics shows this to be true.
  • The Matchmaker: For Vax'ildan and Keyleth. It's her encouragement towards Keyleth in Episode 58 that later gives the druid the confidence to confess to him seven episodes later, especially after they had discovered Tiberius' remains and Keyleth had a wake-up call regarding her fears.
  • My Greatest Failure: Dying was hers and she spent months training with pirates to make sure it never happens again.
  • Nice Girl: Although she's shown a few signs of hardening post-resurrection, she's still incredibly pleasant and helpful and everyone in the party loves her.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being a cleric, she's had her fair share of moments where she proves as ridiculous and ethically dubious as the rest of the party, such as visiting brothels when Vox Machina is not with her. She also isn’t against engaging in some of the sillier actions of the party, albeit with a straight face.
    Vex'ahlia: (shocked) You've been to a brothel, Pike?
    Pike: Well, where do you think I go when you guys leave all the time?!
  • Odd Friendship: She's friends with Scanlan even though they're night and day and he's really in love with her. She doesn't return his feelings and her heart may belong to another, but she cares about him regardless.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Grog. The two are best friends. Also a platonic case of Huge Guy, Tiny Girl, and exaggerated as well due to their respective races. Pike's Spotify playlist even says that she sees Grog as a brother and will always help him as much as she can no matter what.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Once Grog obtains the Titanstone Knuckles, he gifts Pike his old Gauntlets of Ogre Power, which significantly boost her strength score to 19.
  • Playing with Fire:
    • Flame Strike and Fire Storm.
    • Inverted and played straight with the Plate of the Dawn Martyr, Which gives her resistance to Fire damage and when hit by a physical attack deals some fire damage to the attacker. Also deals Fire damage when she drops deals fire damage to enemies within 15 feet of her.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Her plea to Scanlan during her attempt to resurrect him in Episode 80.
    Pike: Scanlan, your letter to me was wonderful. And I want to do what you've asked. But I can't raise Kaylie alone. I need you to come back!
  • Power Gives You Wings: In her astral form. She gets them for real in Episode 104 upon getting Sarenrae's blessing, but they can only be used once every seven days.
  • Properly Paranoid: She is extremely distrusting when it comes to the box that contains Senokir's wife's ashes in Episode 84. She is so convinced that by burying it, things will end up being worse. Then again, considering how many times they were blindsided in the past, her paranoia is justified.
  • Put on a Bus: Stays behind at a temple of Sarenrae at the end of episode 16 to help rebuild it (out of universe, Ashley had to go to New York to film Blindspot). Happens once again at the end of Episode 58, but this time she remains in Whitestone.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Definitely the Blue to her surrogate brother Grog's Red because she is far more considerate and empathetic and less bloodthirsty.
  • Running Gag: Consistently fails her Stealth checks. Always Played for Laughs when it happens... even when she does not fail. She finally overcomes this in Episode 95 thanks to training with Vax during the time skip.
    Ashley: What would it be without some clanging?
  • Second Love: Scanlan is this for her. After the campaign, Ashley revealed that the person Pike was in love was Percy - however, after seeing Percy and Vex's relationship grow, she came to realise that she returned Scanlan's feelings and ultimately married him.
  • So Much for Stealth: See [1]. However, thanks to her training with Vax and the Boots of Elvenkind, she's fared much better.
  • Status Buff: She has several spells that grant additional benefits, such as War God's Blessing which helps her party members land attacks.
  • Team Chef: Like Keyleth, she has access to Heroes' Feast.
  • Team Mom: She's the maternal loving mother of Vox Machina who cares for everyone and brings out the best of them. Upon meeting Taryon she makes sure to get him to appreciate the rest of Vox Machina and learn their names and be part of the team.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • To train herself up, she spent months at sea with pirates to get tougher. Since she managed to find her way into the caverns beneath the dwarven mines on her own, it seems to have worked.
    • When Pike came back in Episode 22, she was also level 11 alongside the rest of Vox Machina. While there's no in-universe explanation for this level-up, it's assumed it was to keep up with the party.
    • Episode 32 has her returning in prime form in Vox Machina's time of need by annihilating 36 skeletons with Destroy Undead. She even gets a HDYWTDT against one of the remaining zombie stone giants.
    • Episode 52 was definitely one of the most intense battles she took part in, especially when despite taking a lot of damage against Grog's former herd, she kept focusing on fighting Kevdak.
    • Upon reaching level 13, she one-upped her previous HDYWTDT by finishing off the Rakshasa who returned to kill Vax with a 7th-level Flame Strike. And this was right after barely managing to fend off an assassin's attempt to kill her.
    • Pulling off two solo resurrections mid-battle in Episode 80 and succeeding.
    • She reaches level 15 by Episode 82 and level 16 during the one-year Time Skip.
    • She reaches level 17 in Episode 103 after the ill-fated battle with Vecna and level 18 before the final battle in Episode 104.
  • Turn Undead: She's a cleric so of course the undead fear her. She destroyed 36 skeletons while doing it!
  • White Magician Girl: As the team's primary healer, as well as the Team Mom, this naturally falls to her.
  • Undying Loyalty: She has this to Sarenrae as her goddess, to Vox Machina as her family, and to Grog as her best friend and surrogate brother.


Scanlan Shorthalt

Played by: Sam Riegel
"You will leave when Burt Reynolds tells you to leave!"
Race: Forest Gnome
Class: Bard (College of Lore)

Scanlan is a gnome bard who considers himself more of a lover than a fighter. Raised by a single mother until she was killed in a sudden goblin attack, Scanlan trained as a musician and scoundrel under a travelling troupe led by the charismatic Dr. Dranzel. Having left his share of broken hearts in his past, Scanlan is trying to turn over a new leaf and prove himself as the kind of gnome worthy of someone else's love.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Not to the extent of Tiberius, but Scanlan does have above average intelligence, and below average Wisdom.
  • Action Dad: Kaylie tells him he's this, to the shock of absolutely everyone.
  • Ass Kicks You: Scanlan will occasionally channel his spells through his backside, because it's funny. These spells run the gamut from Hold Person to Lightning Bolt.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Scanlan dies in Episode 80 after being frozen solid by Raishan's Cone of Cold, but Pike performs a fast Revivify ritual and manages to bring him back.
    • He dies once more against Raishan again in Episode 83. This time, it takes a Resurrection to bring him back in Episode 84.
  • Badass Mustache: As Burt Reynolds, of course.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Sam Riegel has said in interviews that at the time of character creation he asked Liam what the dumbest class was ("probably a bard") and what the dumbest character race was. Scanlan is pretty ridiculous, but thanks in part to Bards getting a massive buff in 5th Edition, endgame Scanlan is a spellcasting monster with a lot of badass moments to his name.
    Scanlan: You leave when Burt Reynolds tells you to leave!
    • In Episode 6 he outright threatens Lady Kima into cooperating and accepting Clarota as an ally.
    • Episode 31 is perhaps Scanlan at his most badass: he rampages through an enemy manor as a triceratops, then teleports up to the roof and sets the building ablaze with a potion of fire-breath, punches a goliath off the roof with Bigby's Hand, and then trust-falls onto the hand and escapes the blaze. As a distraction.
    • He has a clutch contribution in episode 34, where he Counterspells Delilah Briarwood's attempt at a Dimension Door, which is one of the first things that genuinely worries one of the Briarwoods. When she attempts to escape again, she specifically moves out of Scanlan's sight to do it.
    • In Episode 52, he moons Kevdak with his Cutting Words while casting Hold Person on him. Using Mythcarver's special ability, he causes Kevdak to fail the saving throw needed to resist the effect. Kevdak then proceeds to spend nearly two-thirds of the battle paralyzed, while Vox Machina just wail on him.
    • In Episode 69, he instigates the absolutely brutal HDYWTDT of Dr. Ripley. All with a chillingly calm expression.
    • In Episode 76 he gets the HDYWTDT against the pit fiend with his newly Awakened Mythcarver.
    • In Episode 102 he pulls off a counter spell against Vecna, allowing the party to escape with their lives.
  • Blade Spam: Mythcarver, when awakened, grants Scanlan the equivalent of a Fighter's level 20 Extra Attack boon: four attacks per round. All with advantage if he Inspired someone beforehand.
  • Bullying a Dragon: On occasion:
    • He makes fun of Aldor a lot in Episode 17, despite the fact that Aldor is pretty clearly the authority in the situation. Unfortunately, he doesn't actually make fun of Rimefang.
    • In Episode 28 he actually does it to Matt, making fun of his mispronouncing of "sigil", but all it takes is one threatening roll behind the DM screen for Scanlan to back down.
  • Calling Your Attacks: BIGBY'S HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!!! Also done with other spells on occasion.
    Scanlan: What a lovely dinner we ha-LIGHTNING!
  • Casanova Wannabe: Loves the ladies, though we haven't seen him have much luck outside of, as Grog calls it, "places where you pay for lady favors."
  • Character Development: Throughout the series, Scanlan has become less sleazy and a little more noble. He's still sometimes a creep and a womanizer, but it's no longer his defining character trait nor his only approach to interacting with women. He's also taken a more central role in combat and aided the party in attaining many victories when once he was relegated to support. His development comes full circle upon discovering that he has a daughter, which makes him realize what he's been doing wrong. He even finally gives up on chasing Pike, even going as far as absolving her of the marriage proposal he offered.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early on Scanlan was more or less the Deadpool of the cast, being a meta-humor focused character who didn't really take things seriously. This can be seen at how many fourth-wall breaking jokes he made without care. Overtime however, Scanlan's humor was changed to be that of a Stepford Smiler, making him go from a silly Joke Character, into a more realistic character.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Sure, he has the hots for Pike, but he does genuinely care about her and wants her to actually fall in love with him, not just sleep with him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Many of his awesome moments are about tricks and cheap shots
  • Confusion Fu: Scanlan has a diverse arsenal which makes it difficult to predict what he'll do in a fight. The cast have also said during the battle royal episodes that Sam/Scanlan would be very dangerous because of his ability to improvise and his quick thinking.
  • Consummate Liar: As befits The Face, Scanlan is a terrific liar. (Mechanically speaking, he's got an outrageously high Deception modifier (+13), as seen in Episode 61 when he manages to roll a 30 — with disadvantage.) It is, however, one of his biggest flaws, something that is brought to the fore when Scanlan leaves the group in Episode 85.
  • Convenient Coma: Falls into this following his second resurrection. It's convenient considering Sam Riegel was not even present for the episode.
  • Cool Sword: Mythcarver, especially after it powers up in Episode 76.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he describes his skills with "fighter a distant third," this bard proves to be anything but spoony in combat. His greatest achievement may well be decapitating King Murghol, or wreaking havoc on a manor in Whitestone all by himself in Episode 31, or saving all of Vox Machina from the wrath of the City of Brass in Episode 76.
  • Death from Above: In Episode 58, when seeing Vax in danger of being killed by Hotis the Rakshasa, he decides to leap off the balcony with Mythcarver and do a jumping stab attack that would make Link proud.
  • The Determinator: When it comes to winning Pike's heart. Or getting in her pants. He made a very serious effort to save her life during the climactic escape sequence from the Underdark.
  • Devoted to You: He may seek out lady favors at brothels. He may constantly charm the pantaloons off of women. He may be a conniving and at times selfish gnome. But if there's one thing about Scanlan Shorthalt, it's that he will drop everything, including all of the aforementioned things, to be with and protect the one true love of his life: Pike Trickfoot. And despite how he sometimes gets on everyone's nerves, there's no denying that he's devoted to his friends in Vox Machina. And now that he's discovered that he's a father, he has someone else to fight for: his daughter Kaylie.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Scanlan shocked friend and foe alike during the final battle by not using the book as planned, instead seemingly wasting his turn by just moving closer and Inspiring Grog. After the group wrote his turn off as a panicked lapse of judgement during a stressful fight, everyone, including Matt/Vecna, was shocked by his clutch Counterspell, which he had only just gotten in range to cast. Matt had to stop and applaud.
    Scanlan: That's why I moved closer, motherfucker!
  • The Ditz: Not to the extent of Tiberius, but he does have a tendency of not paying attention when the party is discussing plans or when people mention important details and he has to be reminded of what was discussed.
  • Doting Parent: He has loads of love for Kaylie. That time they bluffed barbarians in Westrunn has been compared to a guy coaching and encouraging their kid at some competition, and he praised her efforts afterward.
  • The Dreaded: To VECNA of all people. By the end of the fight he was using everything to try and take Scanlan out of the battle, almost screaming incoherently with rage every time the gnome countered one of his spells.
  • Elemental Powers: Often uses lightning (Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning) and thunder attacks (Thunderwave).
  • Everyone Has Standards: Expresses offense at the insinuation that he'd use a scrying potion to spy on Pike naked... and promptly subverted when Vex can answer "yes" to every one of his "Have I ever" questions.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Has transformed into both a Pterodactyl and a Triceratops with the Polymorph spell.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Scanlan is not just a lover of ladies, if his comments about fire giants being "fuckable" and his reactions to being kissed by Vax are any indication. No matter his preferences, Scanlan Shorthalt is not 100% heterosexual.
  • The Face: So long as his more... risqué comments don't get him in trouble, he talks for Vox Machina. Whenever the team needs a person to present a story, truthful or otherwise, Scanlan is typically the first person they go with due to his high charisma and his proficiency with persuading others. Quite a few confrontations have been avoided due to his silver tongue and convincing bald-faced lies.
  • Fartillery: He has a tendency to fire Lightning from his rear end in addition to his crotch. In fact, The Legend of Vox Machina opening theme shows him doing just this.
    Scanlan: I have practice aiming things with my ass...
  • Fireballs: Possesses a wand that lets him conjure these.
  • Gag Penis: Magically made his bigger when distracting Lady Kima while Keyleth airs out her concerns about Kima's motives. Being a gnome, it is usually not this trope.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: It's Bigby's Hand, Bigby's Hand, you know it, shamone!
  • Glass Cannon: Had the lowest HP for a while but is remedied after hitting level 12 and picking up the Tough feat. However, due to the limit of attunement items, his AC is a meager 14.
  • Handsome Lech: At times, Scanlan skirts the line between this and Chivalrous Pervert, but never stays here for too long.
  • Happily Married: In the epilogue, he and Pike start dating, and finally she asks him to marry her. With Grog's approval, Scanlan says yes.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: When he gets that feeling he gives musical healin'. Giving inspiration, and many of his spells are created by music and singing.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: While Scanlan doesn't use a weapon very often, if he does, expect it to be a longsword — especially now that he's picked up the Mythcarver.
  • Hidden Depths: They may not always work out the best, but he has done a fair amount of strategizing with the party, showing that he's definitely smarter than he appears to be (reflecting his decent Intelligence stat, compared to his low Wisdom). He's also proven to be capable of platonic relationships with women. He mentions a "sleepover" with three tiefling ladies... and then goes out of his way to elaborate it was an actual sleepover, with hair-braiding and gossiping. He's also surprisingly wise (despite his low Wisdom) as shown during certain interactions with Vax.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: As expected of a bard, he has plenty of tricks up his sleeve that can potentially turn the tide.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": His is "the Cube".
  • I Have Many Names: Scanlan Shorthalt, Burt Reynolds, The Kingslayer, Kenny Rogers and many others.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Once he's realized that the was more in love with the idea of Pike and never actually got to know Pike as a person, being so focused on getting together with her, he accepts that she doesn't feel the same way, rescinds the offer of marriage and encourages her to be happy. Ultimately averted in the finale, when the two gnomes finally reciprocate their feelings for each other and even become husband and wife.
  • Indy Ploy: He's remarkably good at coming up with on the fly plans, as well as creative uses for his spells, ranging from setting a mansion on fire all by himself, to paralyzing Kevdak and Greenbeard for most of the fight, to punching his way out of a dragon's stomach.
  • In Love with Love: Scanlan had spent the better part of three years feeling as though Pike is his soulmate, and trying a wide myriad of ways to win Pike's heart; Scanlan had always known that there was something in his life, something worth caring for. After meeting his daughter, Kaylie, and feeling more fulfilled in his life than he had ever been before, Scanlan realizes that while Pike may still be his soulmate, she's not the one who gives him purpose, and admits that he was more in love with the idea of Pike (her beauty, smartness, etc.) without ever really getting to know Pike as a person. Scanlan admits that Kaylie was the gnome that gives him purpose.
  • Invisibility: One of his bard skills enables him to walk unseen, which means he can follow Vax during stealth scouting and infiltration.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Both played straight and averted.
    • In a fight, he can't cast spells as powerful as those of Keyleth or Tiberius, he can heal and buff but not as well as Pike, he can shapeshift to deal more damage but never quite as much as Grog, he's less light on his feat than Vax or Vex, and he doesn't have Percy's gift with gadgetry or ranged weapons. But he can do well enough in all those roles, at least for a little while, to be surprisingly useful in combat. It's even a class feature of his.
    • Averted in that unlike most of Vox Machina, Sam never multi-classed. Putting levels into another class makes for a more balanced character, but one has to start from the beginning of that class, as opposed to the higher levels and bigger bonuses of one's original class had they stayed the course. By playing a pure bard, late game Scanalan is less balanced but ultimately more powerful for it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a serial womaniser, has a bad habit of making creepy and perverted comments, and has a tendency to object to several of the party's plans, but deep down he's loyal to Vox Machina, genuinely loves Pike and over time has become a better person.
  • Ladykiller in Love: While his ladykilling skills might be in dispute, he's definitely smitten with Pike. He also averts Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest by a country mile.
  • The Lancer: Often when Vax went scouting in the Underdark arc, Scanlan (equipped with Invisibility) was his partner.
  • The Leader: Even when it was mentioned in jest (and even after he left the party), Scanlan is considered the party leader.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever Scanlan drops all pretense and gets serious. Most notably:
    • In the first half of Episode 31, Scanlan - who usually only plays a supporting role in combat - destroys an entire manor full of guards by himself.
    • When Percy is killed in Episode 68, Scanlan coldly tells a trapped Dr. Ripley, "Percy is killing you today, not us."
  • Let's Mock the Monsters: His spell Vicious Mockery has been used more than once, and has even killed several enemies. Vicious Mockery basically insults a target cruelly enough to cause it physical and psychological pain. As of this point it has killed:
    • A duergar soldier, by causing it to drown itself out of shame after he called it ugly.
    • A vampire spawn that, in addition to being mocked, was also pissed on by Scanlan - fulfilling the running water requirement.
    • Most glaringly a ghost that, as Percy aptly put it, was shamed back to death.
  • The Loonie: Typically tries to be the comedic relief more than the others. Also tends to be the instigator, especially with Vex'ahlia/Laura to leave Trinket behind, because he knows that Trinket is The Load.
  • Make a Wish: In the late game, he gains the Wish spell. He loses it at the end of the Dalen's Closet oneshot, after briefly summoning back Vax so he could be there for Vex's wedding.
  • Magic Missile Storm: Possesses a Wand of Magic Missile that can release up to nine missiles in one blast.
  • Magic Music: As a bard, this is natural. Primarily used for buffing and healing.
  • Magic Wand: Has a Wand of Fireballs and a Wand of Magic Missile.
  • Meaningful Name: The name he uses as a crime lord in Marquet, Aes Adan, is Sindarin (Elvish) for 'Meat Man.'
  • Meaningful Rename: Upon marrying Pike, he becomes "Scanlan Shortfoot."
  • Mind Manipulation: Is quite fond of using spells such as Friends, Suggestion, Dominate Person/Monster, and Modify Memory to turn the tide whether in social encounters or combat encounters.
  • Moment Killer: Vex kisses Percy on the cheek at one point, and Scanlan immediately kills the moment by suggesting Percy might have syphilis.
  • The Münchausen: Outright stated in his intro is that he "sings songs about as much as he sings his own praises". He thinks very highly of himself, even constantly trying to get the last word in during a discussion or coming up with rather unorthodox tactics while also objecting to those of the others, which is funny considering Sam is usually the only one of the party to try to keep everyone focused on what's happening.
  • Necktie Headband: Donned by Sam during Scanlan's solo assault on the manor in Episode 31. Seen again near the end of episode 50.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: According to Sam, Scanlan's backstory is essentially Eminem's.
  • No-Sell: Once Tiberius leaves the party, Scanlan learns how to use Counterspell, and uses it to great effect to shut down enemy mages. His greatest use is unquestionably in the final fight with Vecna, where he keeps shutting down some of the most broken spells Vecna has, saving the group repeatedly. The look on Matt's face as he does it sells how frustrated both Vecna, and even Matt are.
  • Now Buy the Merchandise: In-Universe, Scanlan is the one who is always pushing Gilmore's Glorious Goods. (Usually on enemies who are about to die.) Out of Universe, Sam typically breaks the fourth wall whenever there's a lull or Matt is looking up a rule by telling the audience to go to Geek and Sundry or buy merch, and also does an advertisement at the start of the show for Lootcrate while they sponsored the show.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to the lifespan of gnomes, Scanlan looks no older than most of Vox Machina despite being 70.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Offers Kaylie this option after he discovers she is his daughter and wants to kill him for being a Disappeared Dad. Thanks to a timely Natural 1, she doesn't have the heart to go through with it.
  • Playing with Fire: When drinking the Potion of Fire Breathing in Episode 31.
  • Playing Cyrano: For Grog in Episode 59 when he speaks with Nala the Nymph. The players even name-drop Cyrano during the scene.
  • Pungeon Master:
    • Matt deemed his "cow-maflague" pun in episode 26 to be bonus experience-worthy.
    • Inverted in Episode 39, where his "Yelping" pun was so bad that Matt briefly considered home-brewing a counterpart to inspiration die and Taliesin noted he retroactively felt better about every pun he'd ever made.
  • Put on a Bus: Scanlan leaves Vox Machina so he can be with Kaylie and deal with the growing emotional issues he's been dealing with. The bus comes back in episode 99, over a year later, when he discovers the existence of a second ziggurat.
  • Quirky Bard: It does not take very long for the audience to learn this about him. Almost to the point of being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • Really Gets Around: Slightly lampshaded by Grog in episode 18, but this really hits when it's revealed he's unknowingly impregnated at least one woman.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He alludes constantly to being the oldest member of the party, even older than Vex, Vax, and Keyleth who have naturally longer life spans. Subverted in the epilogue of the campaign when he off-handedly mentions that he hopes to finish his book by the time he hits seventy-one, revealing that he was sixty-nine at the start of the campaign, and seventy after the time skip. While old by human standards, gnomes can typically live in excess of three-hundred years, making him the gnomish equivalent of his thirties and far younger than he let on.
  • Refuge in Vulgarity: Whether it's leaving a nasty surprise in duergar beds, showing Kima his magically-altered genitals, or rescuing Pike while going into detail about how he's creepily smelling her hair, Sam plays this to the hilt.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Surprisingly, he's the strongest advocate for making gory examples of the bad guys in Whitestone during the rebellion. At the beginning of Episode 30, he pushes for it even harder than Grog does.
  • Rule of Three: Thanks to the luck of the dice, Scanlan ends up with three uses of Wish in the post campaign bonus episodes: first to find where Grog is in The Search for Grog, second to create a bejeweled bowl for Heroes's Feast, and third to briefly bring back Vax for Vex's wedding.
  • Sad Clown: Scanlan comes across as the most fun-loving and lighthearted member of the team, always cracking jokes and doing a bunch of other silly things, but since his discovery that he has a daughter, he has been struggling to cope with the extra responsibility and lives in fear of screwing it up, and it takes a darker turn after he finds out about Tiberius' death. Some of his antics (particularly gambling excessively and trying to acquire drugs in Ankh'Harel, and later from Jarrett, and attempting to mind wipe Lady Kima) are somewhat desperate and mean-spirited, and display a confused state of mind. He finally admits to Jarrett in Episode 73 that he's struggling, and it gets even worse after his death in Episode 80, when he uses his drugs for the first time and later modifies Jarrett's memory to convince him to acquire more.
    • It all comes to a head in Episode 85, when Scanlan throws one hell of a verbal beatdown at the rest of the party for marginalizing his fears, breaking his promise to Kaylie by letting her see his corpse, and defiling his recently revived body with an oversized nightgown, rope bindings and several gallons of pudding. All in plain view of his daughter, no less. His outburst is completely devoid of humor and absolutely vicious, hitting the other party members' emotions right where it hurts the most. It's an incredibly stark demonstration of just how miserable and betrayed the "jolly" little gnome feels on the inside.
  • Sadistic Choice: Perhaps the most extreme example in the entirety of the campaign. During the final battle with Vecna, Scanlan is put into an extremely tough situation: Either save his last 9th level spell to cast Wish, allowing him to revive Vax, or use a 9th level Counterspell to stop Vecna from teleporting and escaping, since Vecna escaping would make all their hard work All for Nothing. Faced with no good way to handle it, Scanlan casts Counterspell to make sure Vecna pays for everything he's done, all while Sam begins to break down into tears.
  • Shipper on Deck: Usually more Sam than Scanlan.
    Laura: I get (Percy) up against the wall. I look him straight in the eye—
    Sam: And kiss him.
  • Shoo the Dog: He is always the first to suggest leaving Trinket behind on their adventures.
  • So Much for Stealth: Very notably in episode 50, where he uses Thunderwave on a group of goliaths while invisible... but forgets that despite being Concentration, the basic Invisibility spell ends early if the invisible target attacks or casts a spell. Net result: ten really annoyed goliaths chasing one gnome. Time to run...
  • Spanner in the Works: It wouldn't be a stretch to say he was this for Vecna during the final battle. Scanlan was basically the reason the group succeeded.
  • Stealth Expert: With such spells as Invisibility and Seeming, he is very good at sneaking around. His deception modifier also means he can pass himself off as someone harmless.
  • Stone Wall: Not to the extent of Grog, but he has second-highest HP in the party, with a respectable Armor Class and access to defensive spells like Otiluke's Resilient Sphere to boot.
  • The Storyteller: Comes with being a Bard. It's what draws Ioun to choose him as her Champion over Percy.
  • Stupidity-Inducing Attack: Uses Feeblemind (via Wish) to neutralize Keyleth's spellcasting and reduce her to the equivalent of a feral animal in the level 20 battle royale. Unfortunately, it didn't affect her ability to shift elemental forms.
  • Talk About That Thing: Scanlan pulls Lady Kima aside to show her his magically superfluous third nipple, and other... "abnormal growths" so Keyleth can air out her suspicions about Kima.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: This is an actual skill of his (called Vicious Mockery), where he can insult an enemy to deal damage. Even better, it can actually kill a target, and has.
  • Team Dad: He is considered so, especially by Vex who saw him as a father figure. Fitting considering he himself is a dad.
  • Toilet Humor: Scanlan has found a dismaying number of uses for his own bodily waste.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Par for the course when it comes for D&D, but Scanlan might be the best example among Vox Machina. As the series has gone on, Scanlan has become a much more capable combatant and their back-up magical powerhouse behind Keyleth. He even took out an entire house of enemies single-handed in the Whitestone arc. His prowess as a fighter is definitely no longer a distant third (after lover and performer). Scanlan has definitely come a long way since the pre-stream campaign - remember that he only got his first kill during the first episode, and since then his combat prowess and capabilities have advanced by leaps and bounds. The levels he takes are so immense he becomes the main reason the group even defeats Vecna in the end, something he managed to do with help from his trusty Counterspell.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Earns a sincere kiss on the cheek from Pike after he puts his life on the line to rescue her.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Given that a goblin invasion was responsible for the death of his mother, his statement right before the first episode's fight could be defined as this.
    Scanlan: I don't like goblins...they will all die. Don't spare any of them.
    • There's also his demeanor leading up to the brutal death of Dr. Anna Ripley.
  • Try Not to Die: He makes a promise to Kaylie that he will come home alive. Honoring the promise is what leads to Mythcarver's awakening.
    • Breaking the promise, on the other hand, and moreover allowing Kaylie to see him having broken the promise, is a massive part of the reason why he leaves Vox Machina.
  • Vibroweapon: Mythcarver, the vestige Scanlan received has so far been shown to deal extra damage thanks to this trope. It emits an audible high pitched hum, doesn't make a sound as it passes through enemies like a hot knife through butter and cleans itself of any blood and gore that sticks to it. It gets even better once it awakens.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to always annoy the hell out of Tiberius. Mostly played for laughs. This is only between the characters, of course - Riegel has described his relationship with Orion Acaba as "friends in real life, frenemies ingame." However, he shows nothing but the utmost respect for Tiberius while mourning his death.
    Scanlan: Goodbye, old friend. We'll come back and we'll fix this. 'cause this is... poppycock.
  • Voluntary Transformation: Prefers to turn himself into a fly or pterodactyl with Polymorph if he needs to scout or fly. Taken Up to Eleven upon reaching level 17 and learning True Polymorph.
  • Word of God: According to Sam, Scanlan took on the surname "Shortfoot" after marrying Pike.
  • Worth It: During the end of the Dalen's Closet, Scanlan casts Wish to let Vax return briefly for his sister's wedding. Even though his failed check means Scanlan can never cast the spell again, Scanlan has no regrets.
    Scanlan: It's okay. It's worth it.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Despite being keen on certain things and coming up with clever solutions, he's also prone to coming to the wrong conclusions, more so than the rest of the party, especially regarding the Sun Tree being a spawning point for the vampires in Whitestone (it was the ground itself), or the Briarwoods making guns (it was Anna Ripley making a single gun and keeping it all to herself), or "spice" being street slang for drugs (instead of a regular word for... spice).
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Has used Counterspell on more than one occasion to cut off a foe's magically-enabled escape. As he says during the fight with Professor Anders:
  • Your Mom: Tends to insult his enemies and other Vox Machina adversaries in this way. The first one in the stream was at a druegar under Kraghammer, "You ugly! You ugly! Your momma says you ugly!" Special props to the Cutting Words given to Kurn "the Hammer."

    Taryon (and Doty) 

Taryon "Tary" Darrington

Played by: Sam Riegel
"Doty, take this down..."
Race: Human
Class: Artificer (Alchemist/Battlesmith)note 

A pompous nobleman and writer. Aspiring to become a famous adventurer, he travels the lands of Exandria alongside his personal golem and scrivener Doty with the goal of eventually publishing a grand book of his exploits. He initially meets Vox Machina in Ank'harel, where he was looking to hire an experienced group of adventurers as his (new) travelling party.

  • Bad Boss: He makes it sound like he got a bunch of mercenaries killed protecting him in battle. Apparently, they just got annoyed with him and left.
  • Badass Gay: Revealed in Episode 94, when he confides to Vox Machina over drinks the only romantic relationship he's ever had, detailed below in Hot for Teacher. An unknowing barmaid, however, sets him up with the guard Trish for the night...and Tary discovers that women are absolutely for sure not for him.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Tary's a little odd and pretty eccentric, and his inexperience makes him stick out like a sore thumb among the veteran adventurers of Vox Machina, but he develops quickly as a fighter and has a big bag of tricks that makes him much less predictable than the others' more defined skillsets. Exemplified when during the Level 17 Battle Royale, his seemingly comparative harmlessness makes the others ignore him while he uses various hiding methods to remove himself from combat priority, until the very end when his enchanted armour allows him to finally put down Grog and win the combat.
  • Bling of War: Decked head to toe in expensive, shiny, new-looking armour, complete with two very rare and powerful magical items that are also very flashy.
  • But Now I Must Go: After eliminating his family's debt, he comes to the conclusion that it's time for him to leave Vox Machina and stay in Wildmount with his family to restore the honor of their name and work to truly become a family. He also plans to work with his mother to start an adventuring party of his own to protect Wildmount. Naturally, he has loose ends to tie up in Whitestone, so he doesn't leave Vox Machina immediately, but he says what seems to be his final goodbye to Vex before Vox Machina leaves for the Shadowfell.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's really easy to make fun of.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's shown to have a surprisingly keen mind for business when he isn't distracted by trying to act rich or spending all his money on magic items that help him keep up with the rest of Vox Machina.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After taking care of the family's debts, he called out his father for not being a good father and that while he provided for them financially that was all he provided.
  • Camp Gay: A very subdued version, much like Dorian in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Tary certainly isn't cartoonishly feminine, but his accent, his long, luxuriant blonde hair, and his prissy, dandylike persona lend themselves to the basics of the trope.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: When asked about his abilities, Tary's first response is: he has a lot of money and has bought/crafted a lot of cool magical items, like his Morph Weapon. He follows up by casually accepting Vex's high-ball fee of 50,000 gold per day. This is largely a bluff, as Tary has far less money than he implies when first meeting Vox Machina.
    • As an Artificer, Tary specialises in using disposable magic items in battle, which he has to spend money to craft and prepare.
  • Daddy Issues: This is what causes Vox Machina to accept him once he tells them.
  • Foil: An obvious foil to Percy: both well-educated young noblemen with a penchant for tinkering and engineering. Where Taryon is boastful, immature, and sheltered, Percy is quiet, vastly more experienced (despite probably being younger), and wracked with trauma. Taryon also combines his engineering with magic, which Percy does not.
  • Gay Best Friend: After the Time Skip, he's become one to Vex. To the point she asks him to be her "man of honour" at her wedding.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Strangely enough, his personal golem, Doty, who is his best/only friend and scrivener.
  • Hot for Teacher: Once fell for his tutor, Lawrence. Downplayed as Tary was twenty, though there was still a ten-year age gap. Tary's father was not pleased when he found out about the relationship.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Inadvertently consumes a human soul in the City of Dis. He enjoys it until he casts Identify on his meal, and the realization makes him puke (again).
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He wants to be a hero like the ones in fantasy stories. Also so he can win his father's respect and get his inheritance.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Characterised with painful accuracy by Grog as "like a llama being mauled by a pack of wolves".
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His updated character portrait for the Darrington Brigade oneshot bears an uncanny resemblance to Sam Riegel.
  • Insists on Paying: For a while after joining Vox Machina, Tary was insistent upon paying for meals and boarding and the like in order to ingratiate himself to the group. He had varying degrees of success as far as the paying goes, but the group makes it clear that he doesn't have to throw money around to win their loyalty or friendship.
  • Irony: Taryon tends to throw up when stressed out, usually to the disgust and almost always to the detriment of his teammates (he rolls a Natural 1 and spews his chunks in the water plane, for instance, and immediately attracts the attention of the kraken). When Doty ends up knocking out two guards during a shopping trip in Vasselheim, and he and Grog attempt to make it look like they had nothing to do with it, Grog intimidates him into throwing up over them both. Tary then rolls a Natural 20 on a constitution saving throw and is unable to actually do it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's pompous and thoughtlessly rude, he is at heart more ignorant than malicious and apologises (or at least, tries to) for his rudeness when Vox Machina befriends him.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Tary describes the fictional adventures and battles he and Doty act out with toy figurines, it sounds an awful lot like D&D...
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He led a very sheltered life before leaving home; his only friend growing up was a robot he built himself, and the only person he ever fell in love with was sent away (and maybe killed?) when his father found out about the relationship.
  • Mauve Shirt: Sam stated several times on Talks Machina that he fully expected Taryon to die after a couple of episodes. Thanks to luck and ingenuity, he managed to survive every ordeal and undergo Character Development, though still not to the extent of the rest of Vox Machina.
  • Morph Weapon: He carries a Rod of Mercurial Form, which can take the shape of multiple weapons, including a Flaming Sword, a battle-axe, and a crossbow.
  • The Münchausen: Constantly attempts to make himself sound like the hero of the book he's writing. When Vox Machina does something cool, he assigns himself much of the credit; whenever he does something less-than-heroic, he directs Doty to remove it and dictates something more daring.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When the others introduce themselves with him around, it goes "We're Vox Machina, except that guy." Eventually averted, however.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Compared to the rest of Vox Machina, Tary's lack of experience means that he's a little out of his league.
  • The Nicknamer: Outright admits he doesn't normally ask for people's names and refers to the other members of Vox Machina by various nicknames. This is because he genuinely does not know most of their real names. Vex and Vax are Little Elf Girl and Little Elf Boy (later abbreviated to LEB), Keyleth is Antlers, Grog is Jumbo (which due to a Sustained Misunderstanding causes Grog to refer to him as "Tary Jumbo"), and Percy is Four-Eyes until they bond over their shared love of tinkering and Tary deigns to ask Percy's name - and gets the full version right on the first try!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: On some level, his 'bad with money' act is just that, an act. He plays up the loss of Doty as having lost his only way of keeping track of his finances so Vex doesn't hound him on paying, and easily weasels his initial offer down by a few tens of thousands of gold.
  • Obliviously Evil: As nice as Tary is, it's clear that some of his father's business practices have rubbed off on him. He accepts Vex's retainer fee of 50,000 gold but later weasels it down to 10,000 without a bit of hesitation, albeit to hide the fact that he has far less money than he's letting on. At another point he casually suggests acid as a means of speeding up an interrogation.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Darrington Brigade, composed of himself, Doty, Chod, K'ryyn, and Lawrence. Though the epilogue establishes they'll eventually succeed, Sam's post-epilogue letter reveals they'll have a rocky road getting there.
  • Reality Ensues: In the post-epilogue letter, it reveals that Doty 3.0 was slain. Though Tary manages to build a Doty 4.0, Tary's lack of funds only allows him to build him out of an arm, an eye, and a tricycle.
  • Take a Third Option: When given the choice of being married off to some rich family's daughter to clear his father's debts or refusing and his family being homeless and destitute, he took the option of negotiating with the Myriad to keep his family home and clear the debt in a way that benefits both his family and the Myriad.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He says his sister Marian is a total jock and far more aggressive than him with his bookish ways.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Vax tells Taryon that he has some incredible abilities. He just needs to gain some actual experience as an adventurer.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Tarry claims he is due to become famous once his book is finished, but acts like he's already a big deal.
  • Stress Vomit: A Running Gag. Tary has a very weak stomach and throws up a lot. Ironically, he fails to do it on command when Grog needs vomit to disguise some knocked-out guards as merely drunk.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He's of sheltered and privileged birth, like Percy. Unlike Percy, nothing has yet knocked him out of the mindset.
    • Subverted after the timeskip and his Character Development, when a year of being broke and relying on his new friends has lead to him becoming much wiser about his family and the rest of the world
  • Walking Spoiler: Talking about him in any real detail or even mentioning who plays him requires the reveal that Scanlan left Vox Machina indefinitely.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Tary is low-level on paper, but the items he makes and his unpredictable strategies boost his power significantly. Best exemplified in the third Battle Royale, which he won, again gunslinger Percy, powerful spellcaster Keyleth, well-equipped ranger Vex, and freaking Grog - though his level was equal to theirs for the fight.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His primary motivation is to become a great hero so that he will earn his father's respect (and vast inheritance).


Race: Construct
Class: Mechanical Servant/Steel Defender note 

Tary's robotic companion who chronicles all of his adventures.

  • The Comically Serious: As a robot he can't really emote, which can lead to some interesting interactions.
  • Hidden Depths: In addition to being able to take down (and correct) Tary's story and keep track of his finances, he's also a capable artist, trained in drawing both caricature and realism at the very least.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Its name is pronounced "DOE-tee", not "DAW-tee" or "DOO-tee", as Tary insists.
  • Literal-Minded: He is a robot, after all. Often, having been commanded to write everything in a conversation, writes everything, to Tary's frequent dismay. Also notable is when Pike asked him to draw portraits of the party in Vesrah, leading to him breaking into their rooms at night due to her open-ended request.
  • Not Quite Saved Enough: After Utugash is killed, Tary rushes over to try and fix Doty, with Percy coming to help, only for them to realize that they don't have the tools necessary to repair him with them, and then a small army of devils arrive to arrest Vox Machina. Despite Percy's attempt to manipulate the devils into bringing Doty with them, he gets left behind, and Vox Machina isn't able to go back and retrieve him before leaving the hells.
  • Only Friend: Up until meeting Vox Machina, he was Tary's only friend, Tary being as sheltered and awkward as he was.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Vox Machina has to make a trip to Vasselheim, it occurs to them that an arcane construct walking around might not be very welcome. Their solution? Throw a cloak over him, glue some hair to his head and face, and then put a mask on him. (Yes, they gave him facial hair and then hid it.)
  • Phrase Catcher: "Doty, take this down..."
  • Robot Buddy: Doty carries Tary's gear, keeps his records, and writes his book for him as he dictates it.
  • Self-Destructive Charge: During the battle with Utugash in the City of Dis, Tary calls for Doty to come help him. Naturally, Doty obeys...but Tary failed to consider that Doty, already having taken some damage during the fight, would have to walk through a wall of fire to get to him. Doty hits the flames and immediately collapses, his HP down to zero.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After the Time Skip, the rebuilt Doty 2.0 can say "Tary" and only Tary.
  • Tagalong Chronicler: He takes down the story of Tary's adventures as dictated to him.


Tiberius Stormwind

Played by: Orion Acaba
"No one threatens a goddamn Stormwind!"
Race: Red Dragonborn
Class: Sorcerer (Draconic Bloodline)

Tiberius is a red dragonborn sorceror from the far-off land of Draconia. A prodigy of the magical arts and son of a powerful Draconian noble house, Tiberius has become obsessed with a collection of tomes detailing a number of powerful magical artifacts and has set off on a journey to investigate their veracity. While extremely intelligent, Tiberius can prove to be a bit scatterbrained.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Has high Intelligence, but only a four in Wisdom. Tiberius is smart, and charismatic, but has little in the common sense department. After leveling up to level 12, this is increased to six. Still pretty dense with little common sense.
  • Adapted Out: His role in the campaign is being removed in the animated adaptation of Vox Machina, most likely due to Orion leaving the group and the mutually distancing both groups have done.
  • Agent Mulder: His introduction video makes the homage very clear: he's a super-talented practitioner in his field who became fascinated by a forbidden and forgotten collection of tomes which were locked away because nobody believed the magical artifacts they described actually exist. His character intro even has verbatim the words "I believe the truth is out there."
  • The Aloner: Tiberius was the member of Vox Machina most likely to split from the party and go off on his own adventures, usually without telling anyone. He would even leave in the middle of conversations that did not interest or involve him. He eventually leaves Vox Machina en-route to Whitestone so he could petition Draconia for aid, and later leaves permanently so he could prioritise his own personal goals.
  • Ambadassador: An official ambassador from Draconia who regularly murders big things with fireballs.
  • Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Tries to invoke this, through his father, against the Briarwoods. It doesn't take. This seems to be a personal conviction of his, given his justification of killing the incapacitated old witch.
  • Badass Long Robe: The only spellcaster on the team to wear one. When Orion received a real one during a Critmas, he said it helped him get into character. It's turquoise in official art.
  • Black Sheep: Out of four siblings, Tiberius is the only one with chromatic scales according to tweets from Orion Acaba. Explained in a tweet on May 20th, 2015 that brother Faeryn is silver dragonborn, brother Jerahd is copper, and sister Drakka is bronze. This makes Tiberius the only chromatic Dragonborn out of all his siblings, who are all metallic. Official word is that they're still close-knit.
  • Blade on a Stick: After the battle with the Rakshasa (which was immune to magic attacks), Tiberius decided to purchase a bladed quarterstaff for melee fighting, something that he was lacking up to that point.
  • Born Lucky:
    • Subverted. Prior to Episode 22, Orion/Tiberius had yet to mention that he rolled a Natural 1, but if he indicated that his roll was bad without revealing what it was, it meant that he rolled either a 1 or his abysmal Wisdom modifiers sent the final score into the negatives. He did both in episode 22.
    • Also subverted due to the fact that in the pre-stream days, Tiberius had traded a portion of his luck to the hag Trysta beneath Emon in exchange for the Wheel of Mending. It ended up becoming a one-time guaranteed Natural 1 for Tiberius to be used at Matt's discretion.
  • But Now I Must Go: He leaves Vox Machina because both his ambassador position and personal quest have fallen to the wayside and he feels he needs to work on them before he can adventure with Vox Machina, and he is unsure when he will be able to return to them. He never does.
  • Bus Crash: An offscreen casualty of the Chroma Conclave.
  • Catchphrase:
    • While not an in-universe catchprase per se, fans of the show are fond of saying "Poppycock," as a result to his background video.
    • He's also prone to referring to their enemies in combat (and sometimes his friends and allies) as "buttholes".
    • "Hello. I'm Tiberius Stormwind. I'm from Draconia!" He said it five times in one episode to the point that Scanlan actually finishes it for him.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: In Episode 26, he drank Vax's flask of god-knows-what and became a slurring mess.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Tiberius has a tendency to over-prepare for adventures and get very grouchy if there is a situation he does not have a solution to.
  • Death by Irony: He killed several enemies, including the zombie K'Varn, by impaling them with Glacial Blast. He ends up dying via impalement on an icicle.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Tiberius has so many ill-considered moments that Orion's comment on one of them "I realize what I'm doing and I stop" became a chatroom meme.
  • The Ditz: Tiberius almost always seems to be the one who pays the least amount of attention to whatever happens to be going on at the time, even in times of high stress. Given his intelligence, however, he might be more accurately called a Ditzy Genius.
  • Ditzy Genius: Has a high Intelligence stat, but a Wisdom of 4. (To put this in perspective, that gives a penalty to Wisdom checks so big that they've often ended up going negative) He's a brilliant spellcaster and very knowledgeable about the arcane, but has little in the way of common sense.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Wasn't able to help much against the Briarwoods in episode 25 due to Delilah casting a spell that brought his Intelligence and Charisma all the way down to 1 (leaving him in a primal state and unable to cast magic until it was reversed by a cleric later).
  • Draconic Humanoid: This is what dragonborn are all about, being humanoids descended from dragons (or whatever).But seriously... 
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Upon realizing the impact his actions in episode 25 had on Allura and being prevented from trying to make things right for the moment, he asks Vax for some alcohol.
  • Due to the Dead: Is subjected to this when he is given a burial in the ruins of Draconia in Episode 64 after Vox Machina finds his impaled corpse outside of Vorugal's lair.
  • Elemental Powers: Other than his fire-based spells, Tiberius has used other elemental ones such as Glacial Blast, a homebrew ice spell by Orion and Matt and has used water-, lightning- and earth-based spells.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Doesn't take kindly to being called "Tibber-hoods" by Vax, which led to the latter being silenced at one point.
  • Familiar: Adopts a sickly pseudodragon in episode 22, naming it Lockheed.
  • First-Person Perspective: Tiberius is the only character who is introduced in this way during character background.
  • Fish out of Water: Tiberius expects the name "Stormwind" to carry a lot more weight than it does outside Draconia, and occasionally seems confused by certain foreign customs and traditions.
  • Flight: One of his favored spells is Fly, which he uses on Grog or Tricket most often after himself. It leads to shenanigans of many varieties.
  • For Science!: The magical equivalent of this serves as his motivation. He doesn't seem to care too much about the power or glory finding lost magical artifacts would bestow upon him; rather, he's interested in discovery for discovery's sake.
  • Glass Cannon: Before episode 20, Orion lampshaded that Tiberius was this due to his middle of the road AC and big damage dealing. After that though, he became more of a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his absentmindedness, he's the most cautious about directly confronting K'varn, and a throwaway line implies he has military training. Orion confirmed this on Twitter, and mentions his buffoonish act is partly a case of Obfuscating Stupidity. ...Partly.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Tries to pass off his brutal killing of the unconscious, defenseless old woman in Episode 25 as this, reasoning that as someone who had attacked Vox Machina, she deserved to die, and that if they let her live, she would only come back to attack them at a later time. However, the other members of the group, in addition to Uriel and Allura, do not buy it, which in turn leads to his Morality Adjustment below.
  • Improperly Paranoid: Tiberius was often terrified of dying in battle and this resulted in a very defensive playstyle where he would often act to safeguard himself first before anyone else. On a meta level, Orion has said in interviews that he mistook Matt for a Killer Game Master and played accordingly, not realising that Matt's challenges were ultimately designed to be overcome.
  • Invisibility: He can use Greater form of it, letting him cast spells while remaining invisible.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When the party discovers his body in Episode 64, he's been impaled on a spike of ice.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his loyalty and support of Vox Machina and everyone in it, he tends to be very grouchy and can be very rude when he's dealing with people who don't give him the respect he feels he deserves like Guardian Tofor from the Council or Huntmaster Vanessa. He also has a habit of not working with the others and just doing his own thing as well. Mechanically speaking, he has high Charisma but dreadful Wisdom which leads to him being full of himself.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Tiberius leaving Vox Machina early is knowledge among fans who haven't even watched the first campaign.
  • Literal-Minded: Occasionally, playing up his low Wisdom. When a dwarf mentioned that Lady Kima "stepped on some toes" while in Kraghammer, he immediately asks "Ooh, was she clumsy?"
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Dwarvish sounding when he played as Laduger (god of the duergar), Sharp, dark and whispery when he spoke through a Lich illusion, very soft-spoken and proper as a financial adviser.
  • Morality Adjustment: Although he had been shown to have taken several levels in jerkass up to that point, his actions in episode 25 finally caused him to cross the line from Neutral Good to Chaotic Neutral.
  • Mundane Utility: Episode 15 sees him use his staff as a selfie stick.
    Matt: You use Prestidigitation to temporarily capture an image of you guys at the top of the tower. In doing so, the DM imposes disadvantage on your next two rolls.
  • Noodle Implements: Has a habit of making strange purchases to construct items to aid in eccentric plans, such as getting several knives fused together into a buzzsaw-like implement (which he later weaponized via Telekinesis) or, at one point, trying to buy practically every mirror in Emon. (The second happened shortly before he left the show, so what he intended to do with them is a mystery)
  • No-Sell: His Counterspell Reaction. It can immediately cancel out level 3 spells or lower, plus any spells that are cast lower than the level it is used with (i.e. level 4 Counterspell against a level 4 spell). Any higher, however, and he must roll against the DM for the result. The most epic usage of this was no doubt against the Rakshasa in episode 21 where it was a level 6 against a level 7 Plane Shift, followed by an epic one-liner.
    Tiberius: No one threatens a goddamn STORMWIND!
  • Odd Friendship: Seems to have taken a liking to Clarota, who also wields arcane magic, although the "friendship" part might be a bit one-sided. Clarota betraying the team and being summarily killed put a damper on that.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Keyleth told the group what K'varn was, he took the threat the most seriously and refused to get close to K'varn during the battle. Despite this, he ends up dealing the finishing blow to its undead form. Realizing that he asked for alcohol when he never drinks it in episode 26 showed just how upset he was about becoming a Broken Pedestal to his crush.
  • Playing with Fire: He has flame breath as a dragonborn, and has fireballs and Fire Bolt as his go-to combat spells. And as a sorcerer of the red draconic bloodline, he gets bonus damage to his fire attacks.
  • Poor Communication Kills: More than once Tiberius damages team members with his Fireball spell, which could have been avoided had he communicated better with the DM. Played for laughs when a fan sent him a set of area effect markers so that in the future he would be able to check his spell ranges properly, to make sure no one who's not supposed to is in the way.
  • Put on a Bus: Tiberius suddenly left the party in Episode 28 so he could return to Draconia and directly petition them for aid against the Briarwoods. In reality, this was done as a quick aside by Matt so things didn't become complicated while Orion was taking a hiatus from the show. When it became clear Orion was not returning any time soon, Tiberius was officially written out in Episode 37 as moving back to his home in Draconia so he could focus on achieving his personal goals. In Episode 64, the party find his body in Draconia.
  • Running Gag:
    • He'll often use Light either when no one is ready for sudden brightness or after the battle that would require it is over. He also tends to butt in on conversations, trying to introduce himself.
    • In episodes 20 and 21 he had a habit of speaking his native Draconic when panicked.
    • As of Episode 24, he introduces himself to everyone, even at the most awkward times, with "Hello, I'm Tiberius Stormwind, from Draconia!"
    • He also likes to casually "saunter on ahead" a lot.
  • Schmuck Bait: When Kashaw fell down a slide, likely to his death, he gets the urge to slide down as well, citing it seemed fun.
  • The So-Called Coward: Was quite offended that Scanlan accused him of not helping in the battle with K'Varn, since he said that he wasn't going anywhere into his lair before the fight.
  • Sue Donym: When disguised as a resident of Kraghammer, he went for the alias "Tiberius Kraghammer", and when Keyleth transforms herself into a dwarf, Tiberius makes an off-hand comment saying her name was "Keyleth Kraghammer".
  • Taken for Granite: Was petrified by one of the duergar king's basilisks. The next episode, Pike uses Greater Restoration to reverse it.
  • The Teetotaler: He always orders water when the team hits an alehouse. Justified, as Sorcerers need to have clear minds to focus on spellcasting.
  • Teleportation: Knows Teleportation Circle, which he uses to reassure the group when they head into dangerous territory. He just needs a minute or so and he can open a door to safety. At first he only had two (Emon and Draconia) but he later learned the sigils for Kraghammer and Westruun.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As time goes on, Tiberius becomes a lot more grouchy, rude and quick to anger. This is largely due to the slow realisation that he does not carry as much power, respect and influence (as a member of the noble Stormwind family) as he assumed. For example, he considered the entire Slayer's Take arc to be a personal insult and beneath him; his prized Mending Wheel was unable to restore the enchantment of their Flying Carpet; and his father refused to provide military reinforcements against Whitestone. He did seem to be turning a corner after he ruined his chances with Allura and hit rock bottom, but then suddenly left the party when Orion went on hiatus.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tiberius certainly has issues with Scanlan. Mostly it's played for laughs, but they become closer in later episodes once Tiberius asks for lady advice.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The rest of Vox Machina calls him out on executing the old woman who was defenseless and no longer a threat. Though they acknowledge that they all kill people, it's usually in direct response to an attack in the heat of battle.
    • Scanlan calls him out on refusing to participate in their fight against K'varn. Tiberius had been excessively paranoid about fighting the beholder within its lair, believing that K'varn had enchanted its territory to give itself magical advantages. Instead of acquiescing to the party consensus, Tiberius let the others fight the Arc Villain without him while he stayed outside the lair watching for reinforcements, only entering the fray just in time to see Vex deliver the (first) killing blow.
    • He feels the need to call out Vax for his Tough Love lesson with Kainen, but ultimately concedes the point.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Episode 10 is where K'Varn is revealed to be a beholder. When it became clear as to what it was before Keyleth identified him, Orion (and by extension Tiberius) was legitimately terrified of the mere thought of fighting one, as proven by both his reactions and even mentioned as such in the second Q&A.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite his stuffy mannerisms, he's only 26 years old. Of course, dragonborn only live to be around 80, so that slightly justifies it.


Vax'ildan "Vax" Vessar

Played by: Liam O'Brien
"Dagger, dagger, dagger."
Race: Half-elf
Class: Rogue (Assassin) / Paladin (Oath of Vengeance) / Druid

A serious and focused half-elf rogue with a weak spot for practical jokes. He is the twin brother of Vex'ahlia, with whom he shares an almost inseparable bond. After cutting all ties with his elven homeland, which discriminated against himself and Vex for their human heritage, he took to the streets and trained as a thief and assassin.

  • Adaptive Armor: The Deathwalker's Ward, which grants Vax'ildan advantage on death saves, an additional +2 to his AC, one hour of flight per day, and the ability to resist one of five types of elemental damage note  of his choice once per short rest.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Pike occasionally calls Vax "Stringbean" to complement her nickname "Pickle."
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Not explicitly, but this is the vibe given off when the Raven Queen takes him into the afterlife. There's a strong implication that he'll become something more than a mere mortal even after death, and there's No Body Left Behind— only feathers.
  • Back for the Finale: Despite Ascending To A Higher Plane Of Existence in the finale, Scanlan's Wish spell let's him briefly return in the Dalen's Closet one-shot to see his sister's wedding.
  • Back from the Dead: After being killed by the Kraken in Episode 88, a resurrection ritual is successfully performed — with an appearance from the Raven Queen, no less — in Episode 89.
    • He dies a second time to a Disintegrate spell cast by Vecna, and returns as a Revenant when a deal is proposed by the Raven Queen. Once his purpose is complete, however, he will return to her side for good.
  • Back Stab: Can inflict even bigger damage against an enemy if his allies are flanking it with Sneak Attack, but only once per action. Even better if he gets a crit.
  • Badass Cape:
    • The Cloak of Elvenkind, which gives him advantage on Stealth checks. It's come in handy more than once. In Episode 33, however, he gives it to his sister for her protection, telling her that he "had a bad feeling".
    • The Cape of the Mountebank allows him to cast Dimension Door once a day. However, it was lost when Vax used it to seal the portal leading to the Plane of Fire in Episode 46.
    • The Cloak of Displacement, which imposes disadvantage on attacks against the wearer until one hits. However, it was given to Keyleth for her safety in episode 70.
  • Badass in Distress: Tends to be a running theme with Vax, especially when he sneaks ahead and gets in over his head without any backup.
    • In Episode 7, Vax falls unconscious during the escape from Emberhold and his foot is submerged in lava. If not for Trinket pulling him out, he would'be been incinerated and burnt to ash.
    • In Episodes 24 and 25, he gets caught by the Briarwoods and had to attempt an escape but quickly found himself overwhelmed by his captors.
    • In Episode 33, he tries to save Cassandra de Rolo from Professor Anders but quickly found himself outmatched by two Helmed Horrors and a dominated Grog. If not for Keyleth and Vex's quick healing, he would've died.
    • In Episode 39, he gets swallowed by a purple worm and had to be cut out of it by Grog and Craven Edge.
    • In Episodes 54 and 55, Not only does he end up trapped within Umbrasyl's stomach along with Scanlan, thus forcing him to cut his way out, he also snuck ahead into the Hope Devourer's lair, only to bump into the wyrm while he was invisible.
    • In Episode 57 and 58, he's cornered by a reincarnated Hotis without his weapons and armor and is nearly killed.
    • In Episode 71, he quickly gets in over his head and is nearly torn apart by Vorugal the Frigid Doom, being one saving throw away from death. If not for the Deathwalker's Ward, he would've died even after the battle ended.
    • In Episode 80, Vax falls to Raishan's brutal attacks, especially after losing the benefits of Heroes' Feast due to Raishan's Dispel Magic. He ends up plummeting to the ground just 1 foot away from lava and would've been incinerated if it weren't for Keyleth in her fire elemental form managing to push him away.
    • In Episode 88, Vax is swallowed by a kraken and falls unconscious as a result. He then fails two death saves and is eventually spit out thanks to Grog... but he still fails his final death save.
  • Bargain with Heaven: In episode 103 he accepts a deal from the Raven Queen to come back to life, but only until he kills Vecna. He gets some boons to help, but in exchange he's Killed Off for Real once the mission is over.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's extremely protective of his sister. Hotis got shot out of the sky and his throat slit for threatening her.
  • Big Damn Kiss: With a Love Confession no less, to Keyleth in Episode 33. Another to Gilmore in Episode 38, which doubles as their Last Kiss since he's in love with Keyleth.
  • Born Lucky: Zig-zagged. Vax has the "Lucky" Feat, which allows him 3 times per long rest (which is expanded to 4 due to the Fortune's Grace feature associated with being a fate-touched) to re-roll any d20 roll that either he makes or his opponents make. Also, out of all the players, he's also rolled quite a high total of Natural 20s, but on the other hand, he's also rolled just as many Natural 1s. He's also had a lot of exceptionally close calls regarding almost dying, at least eight times now: in the Emberhold fortress, against Lord Briarwood, against the Helmed Horrors controlled by Professor Anders, against a purple worm, against Umbrasyl, against a reincarnated Hotis, against Vorugal, and against Raishan. In particular, Vax did come dangerously close to death during the battle with Vorugal, though, and was only saved thanks to the Deathwalker's Ward granting advantage on his death saving throws. He does finally die for the first time in Episode 88 during a fight against a Kraken during Keyleth's Aramente but he was able to be resurrected. His luck finally runs out, however, in Episode 102 when he is disintegrated by Vecna and when he accepts a deal with the Raven Queen that, as he explains to Keyleth, he had to accept or else he couldn't come back. However, once Vecna is defeated, he's gone for good.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Shown in Episode 43, especially because he spent half the episode drunk and ended up vomiting due to the earlier drinking and being pummelled repeatedly by Earthbreaker Groon during Grog's test of character.
  • Catchphrase: "Dagger Dagger" or even "Dagger Dagger Dagger" (when hasted) has become his.
  • Child of Two Worlds: He and Vex had a human mother and an elven father, with the former being a peasant and the latter nobility - meaning this trope is doubly so.
  • The Chosen One: The Raven Queen picks him as her Champion after he offers to give up his life for his sister, and the Queen describes him in a dream as "fate-touched". Episode 57 reveals to an extent that the Raven Queen had her eye on him the entire time and wanted to claim him as her champion before the other gods could. In fact, all the things that have happened to Vax'ildan throughout his life have led up to the moment where his sister died and he made the deal, after which the Raven Queen made her move and accepted it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Vax'ildan, being a rogue, rarely gets himself into an up-front fight (and when he does without back-up things tend to go badly for him), preferring sneak attacks and remaining as stealthy as possible for maximum damage.
  • Cool Uncle: To Trinket since Vex calls him Trinket's uncle. He gives Trinket chocolate and lets hims do things that Vex won't let him do, like licking his face.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: The intent with Kynan, which was called out by Tiberius and Vex'ahlia. It comes back to bite him later.
  • Designated Point Man: Being a master of stealth, and dealing the most damage against unaware enemies, usually Vax'ildan fills this role.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: This has been a big part of Vax'ildan's life. But after accepting his role as champion of the Raven Queen, he seems to have found it.
  • The Dragonslayer: Killed Brimscythe prior to the start of the stream, and is also the one to kill Thordak.
  • Dual Wielding: When he's not throwing daggers, he's using them in this manner to stab his foes. It's even a feat of his, which means he gets a bonus +1 to his AC when fighting this way.
  • Due to the Dead: He does this twice for a farmer named Reginald who helped them in Westruun, first by removing his dead body from its scarecrow position and bringing it to the others so they can ask him questions with Pike's Speak With Dead spell in Episode 50, and second by properly burying him with the help of his daughter Amelia in Episode 56. And then, he does this for Tiberius in Episode 64.
  • Easily Forgiven: Outside of a single discussion where he makes no apologies, he faces no in-game repercussions from the group, and feels no guilt for launching the attack on Raishan that got Vex and Scanlan killed. This is actually Justified from a meta perspective. The cast are all friends with each other, and Liam had gotten a truly horrible amount of hate from the internet for the decision.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When he's called to the Raven Queen's side, he doesn't beg, protest, or argue, and even gently attempts to calm down Percy when he reacts poorly. He reassures everyone that he'll never be far away and goes to meet his mother.
  • Fearless Fool: He's usually first through the door, and often he doesn't think about what might be on the other side. For instance, an attempt to spy on the Briarwoods without any back-up nearly got him killed.
  • Flipping the Bird: It's basically his call-sign and delivered to enemies such as the druegar army underneath Kraghammer when he's luring them into a trap.
  • Fragile Speedster: Vax doesn't have a very high Constitution score and his HP maximum can't hold a candle to Grog or Percy, but thanks to a combination of his roguish talents and his magical items, he's naturally evasive and has an unmatched top speed. How fast exactly? 
  • The Gadfly: He loves pulling pranks on Grog, Vex and Scanlan, especially Grog.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Downplayed with his foot that was dipped in molten rock in Episode 7 that effectively reduced his speed by 5 and gave him Disadvantage to his Stealth Checks. However, with his Cloak of Elvenkind (which normally gives him Advantage on those Checks), he can negate that. It's fully healed in Episode 15.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite his high damage potential and high AC, he has only 11 Constitution and relatively low HP compared to most of the party.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Usually is the bad cop during interrogations.
  • Green Thumb: In Episode 115, he takes a level in Druid at level 20 and Druidcrafts a field of snowdrops as he goes to the Raven Queen's side.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-elf. Comes with the territory.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Vex'ahlia, to the point when someone asked him what his sister looked like, he just pointed to himself. Official art tends to portray the twins with fairly similar features as well.
  • Handicapped Badass: From episodes 7 to 15 when his foot was dipped in molten rock, he was still more than capable of holding his own in a fight.
  • Healing Hands: As a paladin, he now has access to Lay On Hands.
  • Heroic Bastard: While it's never explicitly stated on-stream, it's pretty obvious that the twins' parents weren't married. And while Vax usually tends more towards the Pragmatic Hero-Anti-Hero side of the spectrum, he does have his moments of genuine heroism, especially as the show progresses.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one when Vex dies in episode 44. After she's revived, he says exactly one word in-character for the rest of the session.
  • The Hero Dies: In the end, is one of two original party members to die for real.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Developed an infatuation with Keyleth, and proving it when he eventually kissed her.
  • He's Back: After a very long period of time following the Conclave's attack and his oath to the Raven Queen, Vax begins to return to his old self, more prankish and cheerful, in Episode 95. He even says as much (to Trinket, of all people).
    Vax: I'm back, Trinket. I'm fucking back, buddy.
  • Hypocrite: After Percy’s recklessness caused Vex to die for a short time, Vax hits him and spends weeks enraged at him for it. When Vax’s recklessness causes Vex to die for a short time, however, he does not address or react to it at all, even more out of character when one considers how much of his character is guilt driven otherwise.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Shuts down Keyleth's idea of using his sister's name while posing as his wife because it would be "too weird." He then turns around and declares that his own cover will be "Lord Scanlan of the Shorthalts."
  • I Shall Taunt You: Despite his serious nature, Vax seems to like this, such as telling a duergar about to be attacked by Grog "you are so fucked," or projecting the image of him flipping the bird into the mind of an enemy with psychic powers.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Picked up the Sharpshooter feat by Episode 33, meaning he ignores an enemy's cover and does not suffer disadvantage when throwing his daggers beyond the normal range of 20 feet. It came in handy when he dealt a very large amount of damage to Professor Anders while he was holding Cassandra de Rolo with a knife to her throat.
  • Intimate Haircut: Gives one to Keyleth in Episode 81 following the druid having most of her hair burnt off during the battle with Raishan. He uses Whisper to cut off the burnt ends and clean them.
  • Invisibility: He obtained a Ring of Invisibility in Episode 72 but it is given away in Episode 93.
  • Irony: He has a crisis of faith throughout the first three arcs, and eventually starts wearing a symbol of Sarenrae, a goddess of healing and life. And then, by offering his own life up to save his sister, he ends up becoming the champion of the goddess of death instead. Oops.
    • Becomes less ironic the more we learn about the goddess of death, who is more of a Don't Fear the Reaper type, whose main concern is in guarding the transition at death from being perverted by those who make the dying into unwilling undead (she is fine with the dead being resurrected as long as it is willing, and isn't being done through evil methods). As such, The Raven Queen is actually more likely to be an ally of Sarenrae than an enemy.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Invokes this twice. In Episode 4, he tells Scanlan this word-for-word before they set up their attack on the duergar warcamp. However, in the second instance right before the K'varn fight when he tries to say this to the rest of Vox Machina, Keyleth and Percy immediately tell him to shut it.
    • His last words with Vox Machina is this before he departs with the Raven Queen and reciprocated by the group.
  • Killed Off for Real: The price Vax paid once Vecna was defeated and sealed for good as a Revenant. He got to say some last words to all of Vox Machina and walked into the afterlife with his mother and the Raven Queen.
  • Knife Nut: Vax's preferred weapons of choice. He carries several of them which he swaps out to match the situation: the Keen Dagger (now wielded by Kynan Leore), the Flametongue, the Dagger of Venom, the Dagger of Life Stealing, and Whisper. He doesn't have any of the ax-crazy connotations; it's just the weapon of choice for his class. And even better, they can teleport back to him after he loses his grip on them or throws them.
  • The Leader: While not officially in any position of authority, Vax falls into the role at times, generally in terms of organizing plans and making sure everyone gets a word in. Given that, in real life, the campaign began as a birthday gift for Liam O'Brien, this seems fitting. And considering he is fate-touched, Vax's fate has intermingled with the fates of those around him.
  • Life Drain: His Dagger of Life Stealing, which can give Vax 10 HP back upon rolling a Natural 20 on the attack roll.note 
  • Long-Range Fighter: Whenever he throws his daggers thanks to the weapons teleporting back to him. Before his most effective range was 20 feet, but with Sharpshooter added to his arsenal, he can now throw daggers for a maximum of 60 feet and ignore cover.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Keyleth. They only knew each other a few years (and loved each other even more briefly) before his death, but it leaves psychological scars on Keyleth for decades if not centuries.
  • Love Confession: Declares his love for Keyleth in Episode 33.
  • Magic Knight: Upon becoming a paladin, Vax'ildan has gained the ability to use divine magic. More specifically, he can use Lay on Hands to heal his allies, cast spells to grant benefits to the group (Shield of Faith, Bless, Heroism, etc.) or cast Hunter's Mark much like Vex'ahlia, and can even use Divine Smite to deal additional damage with his melee attacks.
  • My Fist Forgives You: Socks Percy in the jaw after the latter sets off a trap that gets Vex killed, albeit temporarily in Episode 44. Ultimately subverted, as later conversations prove that Vax still hasn't forgiven Percy for the event.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: When Vax'ildan fell unconscious to the Briarwoods, he thought about Keyleth and Vex'ahlia.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Vax is very possessive of Vex when it comes to her close friendship with Percy especially after Percy accidentally gets Vex killed. Nominally, this is because he believes Percy's dark past will hurt her in the long run. As of Episode 72, Vax seems to have changed his mind, at least a bit, as he has a conversation with Vex, telling her to admit her feelings to the recently revived gunslinger.
  • Never Live It Down/Once Done, Never Forgotten: He's the only member of the party who doesn't realize that their Dwarven ally "Larkin" is a throwaway disguise for Raishan, something that the party, the actors, and the fanbase will never let him live down.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to do this with his allies. Among many others, he occasionally calls Keyleth "Kiki", and apparently called his slightly shorter twin "Stubby" while they were growing up.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Played for Laughs by Liam, who seems to like putting Vax in deadly situations and once joked that Matt is trying to kill Vax. He apparently has a second character ready to roll. In an interview, he plays it straight - Vax is absolutely willing to die for "any and all" of the members of Vox Machina.
  • Not Enough to Bury: Vecna reduces Vax to ash with a Disintegrate spell in Episode 102.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Does this to Keyleth in Episode 54 the night before they face Umbrasyl, the Hope Devourer.
    Vax'ildan: (to Keyleth) I don't know if it's the food you made, or the fact that we're going to die tomorrow, but I want to kiss you.
  • Only One Name: It took 59 episodes for the twins' surname to be revealed as "Vessar", as neither of them actually use the name themselves - likely down to a poor relationship with their father.
  • Opposites Attract: The two people Vax has shown the greatest attraction and devotion to, despite being sullen, withdrawn and shadowy, are the boisterous and colorful Gilmore and the ray of sunshine, Keyleth. Zig-zagged a bit with Keyleth, when she and Vex have the same conversation that Vax and Pike do about the former not believing that they deserve happiness, showing that they have some similarities.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: He's described as being neither truly alive nor necessarily undead by Matt after becoming a Revenant.
  • The Paladin: He accepts his role as the Raven Queen's champion by Episode 55, revealing that he has multiclassed into one.
  • Playing with Fire: His Flametongue dagger.
  • Poisonous Person: His Dagger of Venom.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In Episode 58, it's revealed that the Deathwalker's Ward armor grants Vax'ildan the power of flight for an hour once per day... with actual raven wings, much to Vex'ahlia's utter shock.
    Vex'ahlia: He can fucking FLY?!
  • Pragmatic Hero: Has his moments. To wit:
    Vax: I would never think to ask the gods for help if I wanted a shiny new sword or a pile of riches, but this is something different.
    Grog: Unless they could get us a pile of riches.
    Vex: Or a shiny new sword.
    Vax: (immediately) Good point.
  • The Prankster: Has a fondness for practical jokes, including shaving half of Grog's beard and putting ribbons on Trinket while Vex is away.
  • Precision F-Strike: This comes up more often with Vax'ildan than any other character, specifically during interrogations.
  • Pun: Vax'ildan makes one in Clarota's presence, and gets mentally bitchslapped for it.
    Clarota: I. Hate. PUNS!
  • Psychic Powers: In addition to dealing piercing damage, Whisper can also deal out psychic damage.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Vax'ildan was briefly possessed in this way twice by ghosts. The second time, he had a helping hand in breaking free of his possession.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Absolutely and gloriously averted. Despite Vax being both male and relatively stoic, he's frequently given out hugs and kisses to party members and allies. Really, he's almost a Cuddle Bug.
  • The Red Baron: Vax'ildan, Champion of the Raven Queen.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Vex'ahlia's Blue because he is more impulsive and more likely to act without thinking.
  • Running Gag:
    • From Episode 7 to Episode 15, Liam/Vax'ildan puts his foot up right in Laura/Vex'ahlia's general area for Pike to heal. (Much to Vex'ahlia's — or possibly Laura's, it's hard to say — chagrin.) There's also his tendency to sneak off ahead of everyone and being reckless.
    • He also has the running gag of walking away from people a lot, to the point that Scanlan mocks him by doing it to him.
  • Shadow Walker: Can choose to pull a Nightcrawler and "bamf" towards wherever Whisper lands upon impact.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Being the party rogue, Vax is the one who sniffs out traps and scouts ahead. Also a Stealth Expert, by necessity of class. During the lead up to the final battle with Vecna, he rolls a natural 4, but his stealth bonus is so high that it ends being over 30 anyway.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Speaks with a drawling, pseudo-posh English accent, which makes it funnier when he cusses like a sailor.
  • Status Buff: His Boots of Haste, which grants him +2 to his Armor Class, advantage on Dexterity saves, double speed, and an extra action. Also, the aforementioned Deathwalker's Ward armor.
  • Take Me Instead: Invoked word-for-word when he offers his life to the Raven Queen in exchange for his sister's during the resurrection ritual for her in Episode 44. He's still alive, but he did eventually become the Raven Queen's champion.
  • Taken for Granite: Ended up petrified by a pixie in Episode 61.
  • Team Dad: Most obviously in the Whitestone arc, to the point where Critters have started calling him "Vax'ildad" in the chat.
  • The B Grade: Takes so much pride in his stealth skills that he viewed getting an 18 for stealth in episode 11 as pitiful.
  • Tranquil Fury: Vax interrogates a guard in Episode 31 and finds out that the guard was partially responsible for the death of the child hanging in the sun tree. Without saying anything else, he immediately slits the guard's throat.
  • The Trickster: Oh, Vax'ildan. When will you learn not to mess with Grog?
  • Twincest: Played with, and averted in the same sentence. In Episode 43, when Vex'ahlia was talking to Vax'ildan about the relationship between he, Kashaw, and Keyleth. After getting annoyed that "everyone seems to be attracted to Keyleth."
    Vex'ahlia: (Clearly annoyed) Yes, yes. She is so. Fucking. Beautiful!
    Vax'ildan: (also clearly annoyed) Well, so are you, but what the fuck am I going to do with that?
  • Undercover as Lovers: He and Keyleth decided to act as though they were married. Vax'ildan is Mr. Scanlan of the Emon Shorthalts.
    • Suggested that he and Vex act as though they were married as well, which Vex shot down for obvious reasons.
  • Undying Loyalty: To all of Vox Machina, but especially towards his sister Vex'ahlia (who's also his best friend) and Keyleth.
  • Unfinished Business: The Raven Queen brings him back to life with the mission of killing Vecna, but Vax will be Killed Off for Real when he's done.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: He gets very frustrated with the Raven Queen's vague dreams once he becomes her Champion.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Played for laughs. Vax states that the friendship between him and Grog is a "contentious one." Vax loves pranking Grog, especially when it comes to his beard. Played straight in his relationship with Percy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: After the events of episode 7 where his foot was briefly submerged in it, it's stated that Vax developed a phobia of lava as shown in episode 22 during the party's visit to Pyrah, home of the Fire Ashari. However, when it was time to take on Keyleth's trial, he swallowed his fear and made the jump to the Elemental Plane of Fire. He also conquered his fear when he aided in sealing the tear in the planes by jumping towards it with the Cape of the Mountebank in Episode 46.
  • You Are Not Alone: Gives this speech to Keyleth in Episode 9 to reassure her that they would always be there for her, and that they would see the mission that they are on is completed.
  • You Are Not Ready: Tells Kynan, an in-universe Vox Machina fanboy, that he is not ready to actually be part of Vox Machina. Vax'ildan then tells Kynan that the life of Vox Machina is actually somewhat shitty and that the boy should do some true training, if he is truly serious about joining. That said, he does also promise to personally train Kynan if the time comes.

    Vex'ahlia (and Trinket) 

Vex'ahlia "Vex" Vessar

Played by: Laura Bailey
"We don't do anything with dignity."
Race: Half-elf
Class: Ranger (Beast Master)/Rogue (Assassin)

A skilled half-elven ranger and archer with a particular love of money. She is the twin sister of Vax'ildan, with whom she shares an almost inseparable bond. Along with him, she cut ties with their elven homeland after they were discriminated against for their human heritage. She went on to train as a Ranger within the wilds, befriending a bear named Trinket as her animal companion.

  • Action Mom: Her first child, Vesper, was born at some point between the Search for Bob and Dalen's Closet one shots.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Laura admits that Vex was attracted to some of Percy's darker traits.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's kissed Percy (and Grog, although that was Played for Laughs), and appeared to be attracted to several male NPCs, but she also claimed to have a crush on Zahra.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: During Percy's resurrection ritual, she confesses that her heart belongs to him.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averts this, as rangers are damn good at taking out foes with arrows. For example, that time Vex took out half a throne room's worth of guards in one attack. This was played for laughs one time, though, when the twins both attacked the same guard. Overkill ensued, and the DM described the duergar, already killed by Vax, slumping down the wall only for two arrows to land in him.
  • Arch-Enemy: Dragons in general because one of them killed her mother. They are her Favored Enemy as a ranger.
  • Archer Archetype: Wields a bow in battle.
  • Arrows on Fire: Her Flaming Arrows thanks to Tiberius's Blazing Bow String.
  • Authority in Name Only: A soft example: Percy names her as the Baroness of the Third House of Whitehouse and Grand Marshall of the Grey Hunt. Vox Machina killed two of the existing barons, and a third was executed, so there is a vacancy. However, she doesn't have a manor in Whitestone (Scanlan burned it down), or any money from the title. There's just a crypt that's being used for other things. Percy still intends for her to be a real Baroness, though, and it's likely her station will improve as Whitestone heals.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: As of Episode 104, her full title is Baroness Vex'ahlia de Rolo of the First House of Whitestone, Champion of the Dawnfather and Grandmistress of the Grey Hunt.
  • Babies Ever After: She ends up having children with Percy.
  • Back from the Dead: Thrice. The first time happens in Episode 44 when Percy opens a sarcophagus and Vex'ahlia gets blasted by necrotic energy. The second time happens in Episode 80 when she fails her final death saving throw during the party's second battle with Raishan. The third time happens in Episode 102 when she is targeted by Vecna's Power Word Kill spell. Fortunately, for all three times, she was brought back by a Revivify spell, first by Kashaw and then the other times by Pike.
    • She died one more time in the Dalen's Closet oneshot, drowning after being thrown into the ocean by Sylas Briarwood. Thankfully Pike was able to successfully Revivify her again.
  • Back Stab: Can use Sneak Attack like her brother after multiclassing to Rogue by the time of Episode 40.
  • Badass Cape: A Cloak of Elvenkind, previously worn by Vax until Episode 33.
  • Bargain with Heaven: Her offering to the Raven Queen for Vax's resurrection ritual. The bargain? Bring back Vax, and Vox Machina will fight and kill Orcus, a god of undeath and the Queen's arch nemesis. And she accepts!
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She started falling in love with Percy from the moment she received her first custom arrow from him, a genuine act of kindness that would be followed by many more to come.
  • Berserk Button: Don't bring up the flying carpet or waste money. And if you really wanna see what she's like angry, not just annoyed, mess with her brother, or any member of Vox Machina really, but especially her brother. There won't be enough of you left to fill a thimble.
  • Birds of a Feather: With her brother, of course, but also with Percy. She and Percy are both ranged attackers with limited access to magic. They tend to take the Pragmatic Hero side of most debates - for example, they both agree on how the revolution in Whitestone should be conducted - and, due to their fairly good persuasion scores, both can act as the party face when Scanlan isn't around. Both like to make things explode. As the series goes on they gain even more things in common, such as both of them dying and being brought back to life, and learning to forgive and move on from the pain that others have caused them. These connections are what helps them get together later on.
  • Black Comedy: Often accompanied by Open Mouth, Insert Foot. She tells Desmond, a carriage driver who is missing three fingers, that if he wants to take up a new career it shouldn't be lute playing. There's also this:
    Vex: Well, I'm really tired from being dead, so I'm going to sleep.
  • Broken Bird: Beneath all the flirtation, haggling, and self-confidence she exhibits, in reality she's just as broken as the rest of the party, something that Saundor uses to exploit so that he can attempt to take her heart by force in Episode 63.
  • Call of the Wild Blue Yonder: The carpet, the potion of flying, and now the broom - Vex is obsessed with trying to find ways to fly.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In Episode 60, she directly confronts Syldor about the things he had done and not done in regards to the twins' existence as well as their upbringing from when they were younger.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: During Percy's resurrection ritual, she admits that she "should have told him" that she loves him. Come the next episode, she becomes an Adorkable mess and can't get the words out, despite having a fairly good opportunity.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Averted. Percy kisses her in Episode 72, confirming their feelings are mutual, and she gives him a smack on the ass two episodes later.
  • Character Tic: The flirtatious Vex wink. Occasionally appropriated by other characters. She also likes telling party members "I love you" to get them to do things she wants, like Percy crafting experimental or specialty arrows, or getting Tiberius to help transport Trinket over perilous surfaces or locations.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Much like Vax, of course. The two lived with their mother in childhood, only to be brought to the elven court where their father lived. The reception they faced from him and the other elves of the city was icy at best, leading them to seek their destiny elsewhere.
  • Cool Big Sis: Plays one to Lyra briefly and even saves her stuff from being stolen in the tavern. Much more prominent when she is reunited with her half-sister Velora Vessar in Syngorn during the party's journey in the Feywild. She loves doting on Velora.
  • Cooldown Hug: A variant - she holds Percy's hand in Episode 33, after he kills Professor Anders and turns into smoke, to get him to calm down and take off his mask.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Shortly before she tells Syldor how she really feels, she says "headphones, dear" and plugs the ears of her younger half-sister, Velora
  • Damage Reduction: Through the Blessing of the Dawnfather, she gains resistance to necrotic damage.
  • Death by Materialism: The sound of gold leads Vex'ahlia to a necromantic trap that she would have otherwise avoided entirely. She dies in Episode 44, to the surprise of all who were present in that temple. She is quicky revived.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Completely and totally, much to the frustration and chagrin of Gilmore's assistant. Or really anytime Vox Machina wants to shop... or more to the point, whenever money is involved. For her, getting a Nat 20 in persuasion against a shopkeeper is equivalent to a critical hit in battle.
  • The Dragonslayer: An Invoked Trope, as dragons are her favored enemy. Fulfills the trope in full when she is the one that eventually fells Vorugal the Frigid Doom in Episode 71.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Does this in Episode 85 after Scanlan leaves the party with Kaylie.
  • Drunk with Power: Played for Laughs when she starts bossing the guards around after Percy makes her a Baroness.
  • Elemental Weapon: Her Lightning Arrow spell and her Blazing Bowstring allow her arrows to deal additional lightning and fire damage respectively. Her Longbow of the Sky Sentinel (and later, Fenthras) can also deal lightning damage.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she's usually unsentimental about stripping bodies for their gear or squeezing money out of merchants, Vex refuses to loot Whitestone because it's Percy's home. She also refuses the reward gathered by the peasants in Episode 26, although Vox Machina was trying very hard to be good that day, and she didn't look too happy about it.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her greed. Well, near-fatal at any rate. To elaborate, after discovering a temple dedicated to the Raven Queen, Percy opened a sarcophagus and found one of the Vestiges of Divergence, as well as other assorted gold and loot inside. Vex, hearing about the gold, immediately ran from helping her brother out of a pit to the sarcophagus containing the gold. Percy, however, unknowingly triggered a trap that sent out a wave of death energy that managed to bring her Hit Points to 0 and, in this case, kill her. She's very fortunate Kashaw was there to revivify her.
  • Flying Broomstick: Acquires one by stealing it from Gern in Episode 46, which is later modified and renamed "Death From Above" by Percy.
  • Forest Ranger: Justified in the fact that one of her favored terrains is "Forest."
  • Freudian Excuse: Her Gold Fever stems in part from her difficult upbringing. Apparently, she and Vax were harshly judged as children in Syngorn, and when she returns there, she's so desperate to appear "well-off" that she bursts into tears from worry. It's also worth noting that Vax doesn't seem nearly as traumatized by the situation as Vex does.
  • Friend to All Living Things: When Trinket falls unconscious to the abomination in episode 8, she freaks out. So there's that — and this is a ranger specialty, of course. Also, after Tiberius's death is discovered in Episode 64, she's the one who makes a point of taking care of Lockheed, his familiar. She later spends 15,000 gold just to free two Aasimar boys from bondage in the City of Brass with the act bringing her back to Chaotic Good.
  • Glass Cannon: Much like her brother, she has high damage potential and AC, but only 10 Constitution and an HP maximum that is just above Vax's.
  • Gold Fever: Considering her obsession with finding treasure and looting bodies. She even gets mad when her team that is sent to hunt down a white dragon discover the bulk of his treasure trove frozen in the walls of his lair, out of their reach.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: A Grappling Hook Arrow, courtesy of Percy.
  • Greed: Coveting and acquiring wealth is a defining feature of her character. She is Vox Machina's treasurer. She haggles every purchase from every merchant on principle. She makes "gimme" gestures whenever the group finds magic items or gems. It's even her Fatal Flaw.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Of the Human Mom Nonhuman Dad type, though elves are similar to humans anyway.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Vax'ildan. The two are depicted as looking very similar in official art, and are even referred to as 'identical' a couple times throughout the series.
  • Happily Married: During Vox Machina's year off, she and Percy proposed to each other on a whim, and eloped (with Keeper Yennen officiating). The rest of Vox Machina was not told until Episode 106.
  • Healing Hands: Knows Cure Wounds.
  • Heroic Bastard: It's all but outright stated that the twins are illegitimate, which likely played a role in the elves' less than stellar treatment of them. And while Vex is less traditionally heroic than her brother, she'll still go out of her way to help those in need.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Twofold in Episode 40. The first time was upon witnessing the savagery of the Chroma Conclave in this episode and the last one and wondering if this carnage was what her mother Elaina saw before she died, and the second time was when Allura Vysoren confirmed that the dragon who killed her and the one who currently rules over Emon are one and the same.
    • She has another in Episode 68 and 69 while Percy is dead, moving from Tranquil Fury when she kills Ripley alongside the rest of Vox Machina to heartbroken defeat until he is resurrected.
  • Hidden Depths: She writes an absolutely kick-ass limerick in Episode 42. She's also much smarter than people give her credit for, largely because Percy fills the role of The Smart Guy and tends to get the recognition for it. She's the one who comes up with the plan to pit Yenk and Vorugal against each other, for example. Percy even admits she'd be "the clever one" if he were to die.
  • Hypocrite: She secretly got married despite specifically telling her brother not to do so. She admits she forgot.
  • Important Hair Accessory: Her trademark blue feathers, given to her by Vax during one of her darkest moments. She braids them into Vax's hair during his resurrection ritual in Episode 89.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After hearing the carpet had lost its enchantment, Grog giving away a bunch of dragon parts (and Percy not stopping him), and not getting a kiss... she goes for it Episode 22. The resulting scene of Vex drowning her sorrows in ale was likely a one-episode trope, but Laura Bailey plays it hard and plays it well.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She confesses to Percy in Episode 59 that she deeply wants to stand out around people, specifically wanting to look like she comes from money and is well-off, a contrast to her treatment from growing up in Syngorn. The following episode, Percy grants her wish by giving her a title in front of her father, effectively making her nobility.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Depending on her dice rolls. Becomes more apt upon finally obtaining the Sharpshooter feat at level 17.
  • The Joy of First Flight: Okay, to be fair, it's not Vex'ahlia that's flying, but the broom. Having said that, she shows almost child-like glee and joy when she learns how to make it fly.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Formal and Fancy Dinner clothing doesn't slow her down; she scores a pair of critical hits from her bow in episode 25.
  • Ladykiller in Love: She's very flirtatious, happy to wink at strangers or flash a crowd, but by Episode 63 she's fallen in love with Percy.
  • Light 'em Up: Upon becoming Pelor's champion in Episode 104, in addition to natural resistance to necrotic damage, once every seven days she can cause herself to emit a large radius of light around her. Anything that harms her within this radius is dealt radiant damage and is knocked prone.
  • Long-Range Fighter: As expected of a Ranger with the Archery fighting style.
  • Mama Bear: To Trinket. She will not let him charge into battle unless absolutely necessary. To elaborate, after putting his mother out of her misery, Vex adopted Trinket when he was just a cub. The two have been inseparable ever since and Vex never wants to go anywhere without him, much to Sam's/Scanlan's chagrin. She never even told Vax about how she met him.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Played with in Episode 1, Scanlan mentions that he got hickies from a "whore dwarf," and Vex'ahlia off-handedly mentions that she has hickies too. After a short but very noticeable pause, Percy wisely changes topic to comment cards.
    • Played for laughs in Episode 8, when kitty Trinket took enough damage and the players envision him bursting out of Vex's armor.
    • And again in Episode 9, when Laura was pretending to take off her armor, complete with Travis/Grog hastily drawing a picture of it. (Again, played for laughs.)
    • Once again in Episode 23, Vex'ahlia lifts her shirt up to flash Grog in an attempt to distract Kurn and inspire Grog! Based on the crowd's reaction, Grog isn't the only one who was, ah, "inspired."
    • And again in Episode 51, when she briefly flashes him to inspire him once again, just before fighting Kev'dak.
    • Inverted in Episode 54, when she and Scanlan trade armor. Scanlan's the one who does the sexy strip tease - she just strips her armor off efficiently and flings it at him.
    • Continues in episode 59, when she takes off her armor so Keyleth can cast Dispel Magic - much to the delight of everyone except Vax.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Initially seems to disapprove of Vax's crush on Keyleth, giving Keyleth "the evilest eye she's ever given anyone" when Vax grabbed her hand in Episode 29, but ultimately averted. After Vax's confession, she's consistently teasing but supportive.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Do you really want to screw with someone titled Grandmistress of the Grey Hunt?
  • Nice Hat: She's given a witch's hat by Scanlan in Episode 58 to match her using her broom. She stops wearing it in Episode 86 due to Scanlan leaving the party.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Said word for word by her in Episode 47, in the aftermath of her brief brush with the other side in Episode 44.
  • Not So Different: She butted heads with Zahra when they first met, but later somewhat bonded over their shared loss of a parent and jerkass fathers.
  • Offered the Crown: Percy makes her a Baroness in no small part because Vox Machina killed two of the previous Barons of Whitestone and there's nobody to replace them.
  • Only One Name: It took 59 episodes for the twins' surname to be revealed as "Vessar" by the guards in Syngorn, because neither of them actually use the name themselves - likely down to a poor relationship with their father. She eventually ditches it to take Percy's name.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: She advised Desmond, whose fingers Percy blew off, not to take up a career in lute-playing. Her horrified expression after the words come out of her mouth is as darkly funny as the line itself.
  • The Power of the Sun: Becoming Pelor's Champion gives her a light-emitting radiant power. This is specifically considered sunlight, which comes in handy when vampires attack in the Dalen's Closet one-shot.
  • Rain of Arrows: Conjure Barrage and Hail of Thorns.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Vax'ildan's Red because she is more cautious and more reserved in her personality and interactions (unless money is involved).
  • Relationship Upgrade: Twice with Percy. In Episode 69, she confessed her love to his corpse while the whole group was around, while in Episode 72, he reciprocated in private. Episode 104 took it a step further, with Percy (in her absence) revealing to the whole group and Pelor that they were betrothed, and Episode 105 (thanks to Scanlan being Scanlan) having it come out that they had actually eloped, presumably during the time skip between Episodes 94 and 95.
  • The Rival: Appears to be forming a rivalry with temporary party member, Zahra. This was squashed when they had some time to sit and find some commonality.
  • Running Gag: Forgetting to use her Hunter's Mark spell. It got to the point where it was written on a chalkboard within Laura's view as a constant reminder. Over time, she's gotten better at remembering it.
  • Say My Name: "Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo the Third, you will fight this monster inside you!"
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: The darker side of Vex's status as Ms. Fanservice is that she met Trinket when a pair of human traffickers kidnapped her and one tried to sexually assault her. She also had a stalker in the past that Vax attempted to thwart by joining the Clasp.
  • The Scrooge: As part of her Gold Fever, Vex is ridiculously frugal and always attempts to haggle. She's the official treasurer of Vox Machina, and the easiest way to push her Berserk Button is to needlessly relinquish money.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Vax and Keyleth pretty much since the moment Vax confessed. Once she advised Keyleth not to lead him on, she's been nothing but (teasingly) supportive and has encouraged Keyleth in particular not to hold back due to fear.
  • Stealth Expert: The twins are both pretty sneaky. Vex also has Pass Without Trace, which has proven to be a great boon towards the group's Stealth checks many times over. She later dons Vax's Cloak of Elvenkind note  and takes a level in Rogue.
  • Stepford Smiler: Due to her Dark and Troubled Past, she puts up a front of being strong and confident, hiding her insecurities behind teasing and flirtation. However, due to later events, the masks that she put up for herself start to crack.
  • Taken for Granite: Was petrified by a basilisk during the pre-stream days.
  • These Hands Have Killed: She took her first life around the time she met and rescued Trinket when he was a cub, by killing the two poachers who had captured her, Trinket's mother, and Trinket himself. She never told Vax or anyone else about this, keeping the exact story of how she obtained Trinket a secret... until Saundor alludes to it in Episode 63.
    Saundor: ...You never left that bloodied girl, dagger in hand, body at your feet. You're a killer, run as you may.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Pulls one off when she manages to drag a feral Raishan to the ground with Grasping Vine.
    Vex'ahlia: Stay down, bitch!
    • And again when she deals the final blow to Delilah Briarwood in Episode 113.
    Vex'ahlia (while miming Finger of Death): How's it feel, bitch?
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Her Explosive Arrows, thanks to Percy's tinkering.
  • Trauma Button: The idea of returning to Syngorn has her staying up all night to try and fix her clothes and bursting into tears in front of Percy, because she's so afraid of being judged by the nobility.
  • Tranquil Fury: Laura is absolutely deadpan when she describes how Vex kills Ripley in vengeance for Percy's death.
  • True Love's Kiss: She kisses Percy and admits her love for him during his resurrection ritual, and rolls a Natural 20 on the resulting persuasion check to help bring him back.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Vax (twin brother) and Trinket (beloved familiar), there is nothing she won't do.
  • Verbal Tic: "Dear" and "darling" to people she's friendly towards or trying to charm. She's not above an "I love you" to party members she's trying to get something out of either, like Percy pre-confession when she wants a specialized arrow, or Tiberius to get him to magic Trinket across a treacherous piece of terrain.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: In episode 8, when Trinket is Polymorphed into a Persian kitten, Vex'ahlia decides to place him in her chest.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She's good friends with Keyleth, but also rather jealous of her, especially after Keyleth and Vax went undercover as a married couple. And there seems to be a bit more friction between them ever since she realized that Vax had a crush on Keyleth and she was seemingly oblivious. However, as of Episode 56, this changed when she tried to encourage Keyleth to just be happy with her life.
  • Whip It Good: Knows the Grasping Vine spell.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Does this for Percy in Episode 67 as he breaks down over his guilt of sparing Anna Ripley, despite knowing that allowing her to live would eventually cause more damage to the world.


Race: Grizzly Bear
Class: Ranger's Companion (Thief in the Honey Heist one shot)

Vex's animal companion. He's a bear. He gives excellent massages.

  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Most bears only have an intelligence score of 2 according to 5th edition's Monster Manual. Trinket has a 4, since he's a ranger's companion. Also he tends to disregard his own survival instincts to protect Vox Machina and Vex'ahlia in particular. This makes him, rather literally, smarter than the average bear.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: A strong and intimidating war bear sounds like a good idea for a ranger's animal companion, until you need to sneak somewhere, or cross a wide gap or climb a cliff, or....(etc.) The fact that Laura has to use one of Vex's actions for him to attack makes this worse.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a big and armored bear who can tear heads off, but he's also a sweatheart and loyal companion. Vex thinks so, at least.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • ...for the team's enemies. Technically averted for the most part, since he doesn't attack very often in combat, and usually doesn't perform very well when he does.
    • Played straight in Episode 18 where he decapitates an orc with his bite, Episode 27 where he manages to fend off some invisible stalkers to aid Percy (and without Vex giving him commands!), and Episode 31 when he, once again, decapitates a very dangerous enemy. He even got a "How Do You Want To Do This?" moment! And then he got a second (combined with Grog) against a demon!
  • Beary Friendly: As long as you're not an enemy, he'll nuzzle you and maybe even give a massage.
  • Big Eater: Trinket participated in the Pie Eating contest during the Winter's Crest Festival and ate five entire pies, tying with another competitor.
  • Cute Kitten: Was polymorphed into a Persian kitten in episode 8.
  • A Day in the Life: Done twice for Trinket in two Marisha-run one-shots. Matt is able to give more definition to Trinket as he can talk animal-to-animal here.
    • "Marisha's Honey Heist" has Vex unable to bring Trinket to the "Happy Food Festival" due to him clearing out Pike's "Slayer's Cake" honey stash twice. At the edge of the Bramblewood Forest, though, he finds honey badger Liam Las Vegas (Brian W. Foster), panda Peddy Tuxpin (Sam), and two brown bear brothers, Cookie Sweet (Liam) and Waffle Sweet (Taliesin). Together they conspire to raid the honey stash at the Festival.
    • "Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo!" was for a stretch goal that was met for a charity fundraiser Critical Role got involved in. This time, the Bear-Ho-cuda Ninja Bears and their leader, Hattori Bongo has taken over Fort Lox, a major honey depot, and Tova of the High Bear Nation needs Trinket and his team to retake Fort Lox from them. Trinket ends up Putting the Band Back Together and they end up in another major undertaking.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Apparently, the audience was this way when Zahra cast a spell that allowed her to speak with Trinket, and Trinket's voice (courtesy of Matthew Mercer, of course) came off as sexy.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: "Trinket" isn't the most intimidating name for a bear. Anyone attacked by him will likely forget that, especially when their heads are torn off.
  • Forgot About His Powers: In Episode 27, when fighting the invisible stalkers, Laura forgets that with the new bullete armor, Trinket's AC is now 20, rather than the 18 he had with his old armor. She also sometimes forgets the armor's resistance to nonmagical bludgeoning damage, though this has improved over time.
  • Glass Cannon: Trinket has a very high AC and Strength score, but he only has 60 HP as of episode 43. This is one of the reasons why Laura/Vex tries to keep Trinket out of the fray as much as possible unless there is no other choice.
  • Hidden Depths: In the "Honey Heist" and "Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo!" one-shots, he can organize several animals together to pull off honey-based antics (two honey bears, a panda and a honey badger). He's also got thief-based abilities as "The Thief" like his "papa-in-law" Percy.
  • Informed Ability: Trinket gives the best massages. Episode 9 shows off this ability when he gives Grog a massage, subverting the trope. Also gave another one to Grog after he threw his back out in Episode 33.
  • The Load:
    • For the longest time, he barely contributed to the group's exploits in a meaningful way. On the contrary, the group frequently has to go out of its way to make sure he isn't left behind since he's too big to fit on the flying carpet, or to save his bacon when Vex actually does send him into the fray (which she usually avoids; he could get hurt, after all!). Scanlan constantly lampshades this, even when Trinket contributes in battle. This begins changing a little in later episodes and is eventually averted in Episode 45 upon Vex receiving a magical item that can make Trinket compact and easy to carry. He's also given a boon in Episode 60 after protecting his companion from a large bear spirit.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: According to the backstory written by Laura Bailey, Trinket has been with Vex since he was a cub and she rescued him from poachers who had captured his mother. It was too late for the mother bear that Vex killed to spare her further suffering, but the ranger took the cub along with her. When given the opportunity to speak with Zahra, he even says he'll do anything for "my Vex".
  • Off with His Head!: Seems to be Trinket's go-to method of finishing off whoever is unlucky enough to become his prey.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: When polymorphed into a kitten in Episode 8, and as a Red Panda in Episode 41.
  • Rolling Attack: The Cannonball attack, learned in episode 24.
  • Team Pet: Vex'ahlia's animal companion, and quite possibly Grog's Second Best Friend, after Pike.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: In Episode 24, Trinket takes six days to learn a new trample attack in his new bulette hide armor! He also gets another upgrade in Episode 60 after protecting her from an angry bear spirit.
  • Took a Level in Badass: downplayed after protecting his companion from a large bear spirit he gets considerable more powerful, though calling him useful would still be an exaggeration.
  • Undying Loyalty: He has this to Vex after she rescued him as a cub from poachers and told Zahra through Speak to Animals that he would do anything for his Vex. Vex naturally was happy to hear this. Vex gets to hear this for herself once she learns the same spell with Keyleth's help.
    Trinket: (to Zahra) I'll do whatever it takes to protect my Vex. If [Rimefang] tries anything, I will tear its throat from its head.


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