Students and staff of Kings Dominion
Marcus Lopez Arguello
A young immigrant from Nicaragua who was orphaned when a suicidal bridge-jumper crashed on top of his parents. Homeless, starving, and the subject of a police manhunt, he is finally brought to Kings Dominion... an environment even more dangerous than the streets he left behind.
- Death Faked for You: Saya sets things up to look like she executed him. In reality, she helped him escape Kings Dominion.
- Faking the Dead: Marcus ends up faking his death to live a peaceful life.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a huge scar over his eye, but managed not to lose said eye.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: He has a Nicaraguan father and a white American mother, which means he gets slammed by both the white supremacists in the Dixie Mob and the cartel kids in Soto Vato.
Maria Esperanza Salazar
As a young girl, Maria was abducted by the cartel boss El Alma Del Diablo and given to his son Chico Salazar. Now in Kings Dominion she serves Chico as both a member of his Soto Vatos gang and his girlfriend. When Marcus arrives, Maria moves to get him on her side so she can get her revenge on the cartel members that ruined her life.
- Action Girlfriend: She begins dating Marcus early on and saves his life on several occasions.
- The Cartel: She has helped Chico carry out attacks for El Alma Del Diablo's branch of his cartel, and is now a member of the Soto Vatos, a gang of cartel kids.
- Dance Battler: A lot of her moves, particularly those involving her metal fan, involve dancing.
- Rank Up: After she returns from exile, she becomes the leader of the Soto Vatos gang at Kings.
- Spicy Latina: A Hispanic girl who is prone to passionate mood swings and erratic behavior.
The daughter of a Yakuza boss, Saya was kept out of her family's activities by her father's insistence on her leading a normal life. Following some family drama she ran away to Kings Dominion, where she took up a position as the leader of the local Kuroki Syndicate kids.
- Action Girl: She is ruthless and deadly with her sword, easily able to kill legions of police, Yakuza thugs, and her fellow classmates.
- Action Girlfriend: She saves the life of Marcus, whom she intermittently sleeps with, on numerous occasions.
- Fingerless Gloves: She often wears a leather pair.
- Fingore: She chopped off two fingers in an attempt to save her father from the other Yakuza.
- Foil: To Willie. She's an Action Girl who came to Kings Dominion against her father's wishes, while he's a pacifist who was forced to attend by his mother.
- Mafia Princess: Saya Kuroki is the daughter of a Yakuza boss and is the heiress of Kuroki Syndicate (or Kuroki-gumi), the largest and most powerful Yakuza syndicate in Japan. She's a mix of this and Action Girl.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her dress shirt has the sleeves cut off, exposing her tattoos.
- Yakuza: She's the daughter of a Yakuza boss and wants to join up full-time when she gets older. Couple that with the fact that she has her entire body tattooed and the fact that she chopped off two of her fingers to try to save her own father.
William "Billy" Bennett
A spiky-haired kid with an exuberant attitude, Billy is one of the only people who doesn't seem to let the gloom of Kings Dominion get to him. Like Marcus, he's not a legacy and hangs out with the other loners at Kings Dominion. He enlists Marcus and a few other friends to help him kill his abusive father.
Leader of the Final World Order gang at Kings Dominion. Willie talks tough, but few people know that his reputation is a lie and he's far more squeamish about killing than he'd like to admit.
- Actual Pacifist: Before going to Kings Dominion, he never deliberately killed anyone.
- Dark Secret: His reputation says that, when he was just a small child, he shot and killed five adult gangsters in retaliation for them killing his father. When the gangsters broke into his house he began shooting wildly and accidentally killed his own father, after which his uncle killed the gangsters and set things up so Willie could take the credit.
- Foil: To Saya. He's a pacifist who was forced into Kings Dominion by his mother, while she's an Action Girl who came there against her father's wishes.
- Miles Gloriosus: He talks a lot about how tough he is. However, in actual fights—or even just executions—he tends to freeze up.
Leader of the Dixie Mob, a gang of Nazis, neo-Confederates, and white supremacists.
- Bubblegum Popping: She does this a lot.
- Knife Nut: She fights with razor blades hidden inside her cheerleader pompoms.
- Made of Iron: Even after being shanked in the gut, she's still able to fight well enough to kill several Yakuza and Petra, as well as cut off Tosahwi's fingers.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: And how. She's openly racist towards various groups, including Hispanics, black people, Asians, and Irish people. And, as of issue 39, gay people.
A member of Final World Order who is disappointed to hear that the reputation of its boss, Willie Lewis, is overblown.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: While his actual death isn't shown, his brutalized body is seen tied up to a flagpole.
Another member of Final World Order who decides to target Willie.
- Kick the Dog: He shoots Scooty, the dog mascot of Kings Dominion, in anger.
Maria's new roommate after her return.
- Latin Lover: Marcus refers to Stefano as a 'guido' and guesses Maria was set up as his roommate in order to test his (Marcus's) relationship with her.
The son of Stalin's most feared assassin, Viktor is a powerful and brutal student. He scorns anyone who does not measure up to his toughness and strength, which is almost everyone.
- HeelFace Turn: After being Marcus's enemy for almost the entire series, he defends Marcus and his friends from the Federales and Yakuza while the others try to escape Mexico.
- Husky Russkie: He is an extremely strong and durable Russian.
- Made of Iron: He survives a lot of horrible injuries, including being slammed in the back with a massive concrete block.
- Straw Misogynist: While he works well with Brandy, he also insists that she be 'submissive' to him and that she shouldn't say 'feminist bullshit.'
Yorseph and Yussef
Two of Viktor's minions.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comic, they are called Yorseph and Yussef, but in the television show, the credits of the episode they're introduced them names them as Yuri and Ivan.
- Evil Minions: They serve as this to Viktor.
- Husky Russkie: They both appear to be strong, though ultimately Viktor is stronger.
One of Saya's minions.
- Warhawk: She repeatedly pushes Saya to seek bloody revenge for Yukio's death.
A Yakuza operative.
- The Mole: He infiltrates Kings Dominion to report on Saya's movements.
A bald student who hangs out with Lex.
- Archer Archetype: An expert with bow and arrow, particularly explosive arrows.
- Cold Sniper: He acts this way after he starts taking shots at Marcus and his friends.
- Drugs Are Bad: His refusal to take drugs is so well known that he's literally nicknamed 'Straight Edge' by others.
- Off with His Head!: Saya kills him this way.
- Revenge: After Lex dies, Dan resolves to kill the people he blames for that: Marcus and his friends.
- Trick Arrow: His arrows tend to have bombs tied to their heads.
A British student who wants to kill the rich in order to make the world a better place.
- Demolitions Expert: His specialty, and why Marcus and his friends bring him along to fight Chester Wilson's gang.
A nihilistic goth whose life collapsed after her parents joined a death cult. Petra is one of the loners at Kings Dominion and is a late addition to Marcus's circle of friends. Unfortunately, when Freshman Finals begin, her own fear of death flares up and drives her to commit a horrific betrayal.
- Eye Scream: Not her own eyes, but she describes being freaked out when she came home one day and found her mother's eyes in the refrigerator.
- Goth: She dresses the part, at least until she has a mental breakdown. And then again after she finally fights Brandy and leaves the student council.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: While there's no magic in the series, Petra's genius with poison is treated similarly. She is repeatedly able to kill people by tossing a couple household chemicals together.
- FaceHeel Turn: She was never really heroic, but she was at least a decent person who didn't want to kill anyone... until Freshman Finals.
- Master Poisoner: Her specialty. She uses her skills to devastating effect on poor Billy Bennett.
- Stepford Smiler: After killing Billy, she starts dressing nicely and greeting everyone with a blank, terrifying smile.
The leader of the preps, a gang consisting of the children of spies.
- Blackmail: He is a victim of this after Shabnam obtains proof that he, Kendal, is in a homosexual relationship.
- Bury Your Gays: During Freshman Finals, he is shot and killed by his lover Stephen.
- Truth Serum: His plan for dealing with Shabnam involves juicing him up with stolen truth serum in order to extract the location of his blackmail material.
Another member of the preps.
A fat girl who uses Shabnam to gain power at Kings Dominion.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Often called "Troll."
One of Shabnam's minions.
- Evil Minions: He gathers information for Shabnam.
A sycophantic student who joins with Shabnam for his own gain.
- Lovable Traitor: He tries to be this; he sold people out to Viktor and everyone knows it, but he tries to be peppy and pleasing to those around him. Almost everyone else, though, finds him barely tolerable at best.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: His dialogue is mostly just him praising whoever the strongest person around him is.
- Third-Person Person: He usually refers to himself as 'ol' Pauly.'
An overweight, ugly, and unpopular student who winds up as Marcus's roommate. Scorned by almost the entire rest of the student body, Shabnam decides to exploit the talents he does have and proves startlingly effective at manipulating those around him.
- Ambiguously Jewish: He and his family fit several Jewish stereotypes. His family works in finance, and Shabnam says they don't celebrate Christmas but eat Chinese takeout instead.
- Blackmail: One of the ways he gets people to do what he wants.
- The Chessmaster: How he works. He doesn't kill people himself, but he blackmails or manipulates others into doing it for him.
- Desperately Craves Affection: His major weakness is his lust for Kelly, who barely tolerates him.
- Embarrassing Nickname: A lot of people call him "Pig," and even his sort-of girlfriend calls him "Shabby."
- Facial Horror: His face is horribly scarred after the incident at the pep rally.
The head of the Soto Vatos gang, and the son of a feared cartel boss.
- The Cartel: He leads a gang of cartel kids.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets murderous when he thinks Marcus is trying to take Maria away from him.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's the first major villain that Marcus and his friends have to fight.
- Jerk Jock: Billy outright compares him to the thuggish jocks who rule normal high schools.
- The Rival: The first episode of the TV series establishes him to be Marcus' rival after Marcus takes offense to his treatment of Maria.
Another member of the Soto Vatos gang.
- The Danza: His actor is also named Juan.
A metalhead from East Germany.
- An Axe to Grind: He fights with gigantic battle-axes.
A rockabilly kid from Southeast Asia with a leather jacket, a comb, and a really sharp knife.
- Fingore: Kenji starts cutting off his fingers once he goes to Japan.
- Knife Nut: He prefers to fight using a pocket knife.
- Regretful Traitor: He deeply regrets helping the Yakuza capture Saya.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After he betrays Saya and the rest of his friends to Kenji, he's eventually taken back to Japan—at which point Kenji enslaves him and cuts off one of his fingers every time he makes a mistake. Then he betrays Kenji for Saya... and she ultimately stabs him in the chest and pushes him off of the boat they're using to escape.
A Comanche skater.
- Fingore: He loses several fingers during the 'escape from Mexico' arc.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Zenzele describes him this way in one of her early letters — nobody likes him so he hangs around his roomate Helmut's friends.
- Malcolm Xerox: He is like this at first, constantly expressing hatred towards white people and the American government. He eventually mellows out after realizing nobody else can stand him.
A new freshman following the Time Skip, Zenzele claims to be a Christian who sincerely wants to do good. However, the secrets in her past tell a much different story.
- Dark Secret: After her parents tried to sell her into sexual slavery, Zenzele snapped and murdered them. She still writes to them and acts as if she loves them, though.
- Drop the Hammer: She fights with giant hammers.
- The Fundamentalist: A strict Christian, to the point of insisting that even her character in an RPG must be Christian as well and can't worship any of the faiths in the game.
An Irish student who tries to suck up to Shabnam. It doesn't go well.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: He tries to be this to Shabnam, but Shabnam sees through him and blows him off.
- What an Idiot!: Despite knowing that American racists tend to look down on Irish people as well, he decides to trust Brandy in the hopes of getting to have sex with her. She effortlessly manages to get him expelled.
The star quarterback of the Kings Dominion football team.
- Fail O Sucky Name: His name includes the word 'dung,' among other things.
A boy who serves detention with Marcus.
- The Stoner: He is excited to try the new drugs Petra whips up.
A 'rat' at Kings Dominion.
- Asshole Victim: No sooner does Billy save her life than she tries to kill him so she can become a legacy student.
Another student at Kings Dominion.
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes to his girlfriend Jessica as he tries to kill her during the finals.
A member of the Death Spirit Squad.
- Black Dude Dies First: He's black, and he's one of the first students to die in the finals.
Marcus's new roommate after he returns to Kings.
- Australian Slang: He peppers his dialogue with this.
- Innocently Insensitive: She doesn't have any animus towards black people, but her questions to Zenzele make it clear that she thinks of Africa as having two parts: the part ruled by tyrannical warlords and the part where everyone is starving. Zenzele eventually tells her to shut up and stop annoying her.
The ruthless headmaster of Kings Dominion.
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: His training of Saya shows that he's good at martial arts.
- Master Poisoner: He's skilled with poisons, as shown when he takes out Maria after she drinks just a few sips of tea.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The backstory that he explains to Marcus in the TV series. According to him, after his wife and child were killed in a car accident, he killed the drug-addicted driver of the car, the mechanic that claimed the brakes of said car were fine, and the judge who ruled the death to be an accident.
A professor of poisons.
A physical combat instructor.
A professor of villainous psychology (in the comics) and of both martial arts and weapons (in the television series).
- Adaptation Name Change: The television series changes her name slightly to de Luca.
- Eyepatch of Power: She has an eyepatch in the comics, and she's strong enough to survive as a teacher for a school of assassins.
- Hot Teacher: She's beautiful enough that some of the other characters comment on it. Quan even flirts with her.
A professor of psychology. He teaches the 'fundamentals of psychosis' class.
Family of Kings Dominion staff and students
Mr. and Mrs. Arguello
Marcus's dead parents.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: They were abruptly and unexpectedly killed by a suicidal person falling on their heads.
Billy's abusive father.
- Fat Bastard: Overweight, and also a horrible person.
Saya's elder brother.
- Eye Scream: Quan puts out one of his eyes during his and Saya's escape from Japan.
- Patricide: He does this indirectly by killing another Yakuza boss in his father's house, thus ensuring that his father will be blamed and will be obligated to kill himself.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He makes horribly misogynistic comments to Saya and calls Quan, who is biracial, a 'half-breed.'
- Straw Misogynist: He explicitly tells Saya that her only value to the Yakuza is as a prostitute. She then proves him wrong by earning more money than he and ultimately becoming a far more deadly fighter than he is.
- The Unfettered: He feels that the Yakuza need to become more brutal, engaging in activities they had previously sworn off (such as dealing drugs) and no longer showing leniency to those who fall behind in their protection payments.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: She is by Saya's side once Saya wakes up as a prisoner of the Kuroki, and it is implied that she blames Saya for some of the disasters that have befallen the Kuroki family. But then she learns of Kenji's true intentions, tries to escape with Saya, and is quickly killed off.
A girl who seems to have an interest in Marcus. She turns out to be Willie's sister, and to be seeking revenge for his death.
- The Vamp: She is very flirty with Marcus and openly tells him Maria should be worried about Marcus's fidelity as long as he, Jayla, is around.
Willie's loving dad.
- Posthumous Character: He was killed by his own son before the series began.
Willie's gangster mom.
- The Ghost: She hasn't been seen, although it's been conveyed that she's a powerful and well-known gangster.
An uncle who saved Willie's life and allowed Willie to take the credit in order to establish his reputation.
- The Ghost: He haven't been depicted either, although Willie did report some of his actions.
Lin's younger sister, and the head of the guild of assassins that supports Kings Dominion.
- Principles Zealot: She seems to see herself as this. She also refuses to bend on the Guild's rules even when Lin argues convincingly that it would be justified, and her rebuttal is just that they have to stick to their principles no matter what.
The father of Lin and Gao.
- Badass Mustache: He has one.
Master Lin's young daughter.
- Faking the Dead: Lin told people she was dead in order to hide her from his assassin guild.
Brandy's two older brothers.
- Posthumous Character: Brandy says they were both blown up.
An infamous neo-nazi who murdered several civil rights leaders.
- Straw Misogynist: Brandy mentions that her father never thought she could inherit his mantle.
Lex's two brothers.
- Toxic Friend Influence: This lure Lex into a life of theft, which blows up in their face when they're almost caught and their father is arrested.
- Taking the Heat: He takes the blame for the thefts and murder committed by his sons.
The wife of the feared cartel boss El Alma Del Diablo.
- Vengeful Widow: She brutally tortures Maria in retribution for Maria's actions against her husband and son.
"El Alma Del Diablo"
A cruel cartel boss. His name roughly translates to "the soul of the devil." He adopted Maria after having her real parents killed.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After Maria's father steals a small amount of money from him in order to feed his family, Diablo has his entire family killed except for Maria, whom he essentially enslaves. He also boasts of this to Maria after he catches her with Chico's decapitated head, saying he will deliberately hurt her in a far more brutal way than she acted towards Chico.
Gilbert and Leticia Esperanza
Maria's biological parents.
Shabnam's mother and father.
- Made a Slave: Chester enslaves them after taking over their house.
Stalin's top assassin.
Petra's mother and father.
A cartel associate of Chico and El Alma Del Diablo.
- Boom, Headshot!: How Chico kills him.
One of El Alma Del Diablo's hitmen.
Chester Wilson, better known as "Fuckface," was Marcus's roommate at the Sunset Boys Home until Marcus set off a bomb and escaped. Wilson followed him out, slaughtering the entire complex as he went, but found to his dismay that all his killings were attributed to Marcus. He thus set out to reestablish his reputation as a famous Serial Killer by, among other things, killing Marcus.
- Ambiguous Start of Darkness: His first kill was his father, for supposedly killing his dog. It's not clear whether this is vengeance for losing the pet he loved, or anger at not being able to rape said dog.
- Attention Whore: Marcus diagnoses him as this, and Chester ultimately agrees.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: He rapes animals and is one of the most evil characters in the series.
- Cop Killer: It's heavily implied he killed the investigator who was working on catching Marcus.
- The Dog Bites Back: He's ultimately killed by the dogs he raped.
- Serial Killer: What he is.
An older woman who works with Chester.
- So Proud of You: She expresses pride after Chester uses a trap to kill Shabnam's father.
One of Chester's cousins.
- Butt-Monkey: His screen time is entirely him being manhandled and abused by Chester, and in the television series, Slasher.
The cruel headmistress of the Sunset Boys Home.
Another member of Chester's gang.
- Mooks: She serves as one to Chester.
A young Yakuza gangster.
- Evil Former Friend: He got along well with Saya when Saya was demonstrating her courage and her skills, but after Kenji tricks him into thinking Saya murdered his father, he holds Mr. Kuroki accountable and pushes him to kill himself in penance.
- The Hedonist: He tells Kenji that he just wants to have a good time and doesn't care about how much money it costs him because he is already rich.
A friend of Saya's father and another Yakuza boss.
- Minor Role Major Impact: He only has a few scenes and is quickly killed off, but his death leads to Saya's estrangement from her family and her seeking shelter at Kings Dominion, which puts her in position to save Marcus and enable him to start his own adventures at the school.
One of Kenji's thugs.
- Staircase Tumble: This is how Quan kills him.
A suicidal woman who accidentally kills Marcus's parents when she jumps.
- Posthumous Character: She is dead long before the story begin, though her suicide is shown in flashbacks.
A guy who runs a military surplus store. Lex gets explosives from him.
- Arms Dealer: His function in the story.
A metalhead and drug dealer.
- Made a Slave: By the time Shabnam's parents find him, he's been literally leashed by Wilson.
A young customer at the comic shop where Marcus works.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He spends most of his scenes whining that Marcus won't draw him a picture.
The president when the story begins. Marcus hates him and blames his cuts to the mental healthcare system for the bridge-jumper that killed his parents.
- The Ghost: He never shows up in the story itself, but Marcus's hatred of him drives some of the plot.
- Historical Domain Character: The real-life 40th President of the United States has a role in Marcus' motivations.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Marcus blames his cuts to the mental healthcare system for the deaths of his parents.
A homeless man that Marcus interacts with before going to Kings Dominion.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics he's a homeless vet, and while he implies he may have done horrible things in Vietnam, Lin notes that they haven't been able to find any evidence of this. In the television series he's a Serial Killer.
- Serial Killer: In the TV series, he murders homeless people who provoke him, and gets away with it because the cops don't care.
- Starter Villain: He's the first major antagonist confronted by Marcus.
A police officer.
- Butt-Monkey: His one scene features him being mocked and badly defeated by Chester Wilson.