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The Dungeon Master

    The Dungeon Master (Chris Perkins) 
  • Catchphrase: "Three (sometimes as high as 'Five')... two... one..." at the beginning of most episodes.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Whenever he grins you know something bad or at least very odd is about to happen.
  • Cool Old Guy: The oldest of the cast by a significant margin, and loved no less for it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Averted; aside from over-arching plot threads, Chris claims to do the bare minimum of planning per session (pretty much nothing past the first 15 minutes). Not that you would ever guess.
  • Creator's Favorite: Given that the Crew have ended up there more than once, Barovia might qualify.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both in-character and outwith.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: There are a few times they would not survive without his leniency, and while he's harsh he's not malicious past what's expected for good conflict.
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The Waffle Crew

    General 
  • Cartwright Curse: You don't even have to be a love interest. If you are a guest character or friendly NPC you should probably have your funeral arrangements in order.
    Evelyn How did she (Lafaria) die?
    Strix Giants killed her!
    Diath She stayed around us.

    Diath Woodrow (Jared Knabenbauer) 
"Welcome back to the Waffle Crew!"
Jared, whenever something bad happens, almost Once per Episode
  • Angel Unaware: Revealed to have the soul of one, as of Episode 78.
  • Badass Normal: Lacking magic or magic weapons Until he acquires Gutter, he survived a direct encounter with Strahd himself early in the first season.
  • Bi the Way: While discussing his past prior to meeting Strix, Diath revealed that he had been in a polyamorous relationship with two of his past adventuring partners, one female, the other male.
  • Character Overlap: Diath headed out to Red Larch to find the Rings of Protection that has pieces of Evelyn's soul. This made him come into contact with K'thriss and Walnut of the "C" Team, appearing in an episode of that show. This episode helped set up the whole crossover between both parties called Waffles Inc.
  • Combat Parkour: Since he’s the only one in he party that can’t fly, he often has to resort to this. Prime example is when he had to save Strix in episode 86 by running up a wall.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Really, the multiverse seems to go out of its way to fuck with him. Probably has something to do with being the last Lorcatha.
  • Crime of Self-Defense:
    Izek: He murdered the guard!
    Evelyn: The guard was trying to murder him!
    Izek: The guard's allowed to do that.
  • Determinator: Not only has this as a personality trait (When his friends are in danger he will not give up trying to save them) but as an actual Feat, Human Determination.
  • Easily Forgiven: After Killing Arabelle even Evelyn gives him only a mild scolding.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Realist although as the series progresses he slides towards the Cynic
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic, pragmatic leader
  • Fragile Speedster: High Dex combined with low Strength and Con make him this.
  • Heroic BSoD: Watching the prisoners he was trying to save get burned alive by a fire primordial did not do any good for his mental health. Suffers a second one after destroying Port Nyanzaru's harbor (and it's Dragon Turtle guardian) with a magical bomb. He gets another one when the dwarven clans’ ambassadors confront him.
  • Kick the Dog: His killing Arabelle in order to enchant Mr. Shambleface for the purpose of trapping Strahd
  • Knife Nut: Knives are his chosen weapon, especially thrown.
  • The Leader: Not officially until around the end of Season 1 but the others tend to defer to him mostly due to his status as Only Sane Man and The Strategist.
  • The Needs of the Many: Basically why he killed Arabelle, in order to get something to destroy Strahd
  • Never Live It Down: Being beaten unconscious by animated brooms.
  • Only Sane Man: Definitely the most level-headed and commonsensical member of the group. Of course, when you companions are a sometimes functional alcoholic, a pessimistic and panicky devil spawn and The Pollyanna this isn't all that hard.
  • Signature Move: Uncanny Dodge.
  • Silent Snarker: Jared/his facial expressions when someone is saying/doing something dumb, and especially when Evelyn is pontificating about Lathander are epic.
  • The Strategist: The most likely, often the only, member of the crew to come up with a coherent plan both in and out of combat.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Tends to go with being a Rogue but also because of his low Strength and Constitution scores and with his tendency to pick Feats (Dungeon Delver and Human Determination) instead of improving those scores.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: As of Episode 109, Diath is the new Xanathar, having killed the previous Xanathar

    Evelyn Marthain (Anna Prosser Robinson) 
  • Action Girl
  • Ambiguously Bi: She canonically has a crush on Paultin but she has at least a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship going on with Dee and seemed to be cultivating the same sort of thing with Ireena. She also literally squees when she is saved from drowning by the kiss of a beautiful mermaid.
  • Animal Companion: Juniper, her pet mouse and Morning Glory, her horse..
  • American Accents: Anna adopts a thick Dixie accent for the character.
  • An Axe to Grind: Lightbringer and Treebane, her axes.
  • The Big Guy: The main direct fighter of the group
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loud and cheerful, kicking ass or otherwise.
  • Catchphrase: "By the light of Lathander!"
  • Cuddle Bug: Just loooves to hug people, especially Strix.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Thankfully averted post-her rescue from the Soul Monger and subsequent resurrection inside a dwarven-made robotic construct.
  • The Ditz: At times. She's certainly not the smartest member of the team.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Of the gender-flipped Low Key Yearning variety toward Paultin.
  • Drunk On Power: Evelyn really didn't want to give up her curse of lycanthropy.
  • Dumb Blond: Blond and definitely the least smart of the PCs
  • Flight: Thanks to her winged boots.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Turns into a sun while being devoured by the Soul Monger, dealing it a hefty blow and lifting the Death Curse from Diath and Strix in the process.
  • Female Gaze: At Paultin when he comes out of his room wearing a robe sized for dwarves.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist, sometimes to a ridiculous, even dangerous degree
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: As the perpetually cheerful and optimistic Boisterous Bruiser she is definitely Sanguine
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a brief one when Lightfall is destroyed but, being The Pollyanna, it does last long.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: If someone is going to sacrifice themselves for the party it’ll be her
  • I Call It "Vera": Has named all her weapons. Lightfall and Treebane for her axes. Later when she acquires a flaming magical sword she names it The Heart of Spinelli.
  • Innocent Bigot: Mocks the Verbal Tic of a group of Dwarves. To be fair it seems to bother Strix and Diath more than it does them.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Doesn't seem to realize that Lathander is not the only good god in the universe. This leads to her doing things like commending the souls of dead dwarven allies to Lathander even though they rightfully belong to Moradin.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It took Chris a few sessions to finally pronounce "EEEvelyn" properly.
  • Large Ham: By the Light of Lathander, she sure is!
    • (kicks open door) "HELLO FRIEND OR FOE!"
  • Magic Knight: As a Paladin, she wields both magic and blade.
  • Motor Mouth: Especially early in the series, but even today she can be quite the Chatty Cathy.
  • Neat Freak: Hates tp get dirty and has a deep love for the color white.
  • Odd Friendship: With the cynical, snarky Strix, who is generally reluctant to call it friendship.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Evelyn is typically cheerful and optimistic to the point of tooth-rotting nausea, so when she becomes so distraught in Episode 79 that she drops to her knees, hums to herself, and then lets out a teary-eyed prayer to Lathander, you know things are getting dire.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: After she gets bitten by a werewolf during Season 1, Anna insists that Evelyn is a were-Pomeranian.
  • Overly Long Name: Reveals her full name to be Evelyn Avalona Helvig Marthain near the end of Season 1.
  • Pint-Size Powerhouse: She has a distinct lack of height but is powerful both in magic and fighting prowess.
  • The Pollyanna: Her biggest personality trait is an eternal optimism based on her faith in Lathander.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Dee whenever they're together.
  • Sense Freak: After her resurrection back into a (non-construct) human, Evelyn becomes a little too enamored with having a sense of touch and smell again.
  • Southern Belle: Subverted. She has the accent and the mannerisms but she's also an axe-wielding, spell chucking badass.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Pre-series towards Paultin. Whenever he’d get kicked out of a tavern she’d follow.
  • Stupid Good: A mild example, as her Pollyannish tendencies sometimes get the better of her. Diath and Strix have to bully her into getting her lycanthropy removed because she thinks she can do a lot of good with her werewolf powers, ignoring that she has to be tied up every night in order not to kill her teammates.
  • Taken for Granite: In episode 109. Then Paultine accidentally drops her

    Paultin Seppa (Nathan Sharp) 
  • The Alcoholic: Any time there's wine he can be found drinking it and tends to get depressed when there's none available. Has been used as an in-game excuse for being incapable when Nathan is missing.
    • It’s clearly triggered by stressful situations and trauma as there was several episodes that he seemed to be getting better only to be brought right back down.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: He often casts Suggestion on others to get himself or his friends out of tight situations. "Greater good" being "his interests." When he gets it he also uses Crown of Madness in this way.
  • Catchphrase: A string of them, most of them monosyllabic:
    • "Huh."
    • "Yup"
    • "Hmmm"
    • "Cool"
    • "Okay"
    • "Interesting"
    • "MY SON!"
    • "So", sometimes drawn out and always followed by a request for information from Chris
  • The Charmer: Zigzagged. He's this when the party first goes to the inn in Barovia then it fades away then comes back out of necessity when he's trapped in Castle Ravenloft.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's mainly just... there... for most of the adventure. But when his balls are to the wall, or he's angry enough, he can become a hardened manipulator or an unfettered killer. The time he was isolated from the rest of the party in Castle Ravenloft comes to mind. The two separate times he single-handedly overpowered Rudolph Van Richten, the legendary vampire slayer, in a single round do as well.
  • Crusading Widower: As it turns out, Paultin actually had a wife for two years only for her to have been brutally slaughtered by someone Paultin made enemies with. Suddenly, not immediately responding to Evelyn's romantic approaches makes a lot of sense.
  • Deflector Shields: can cast Leomund's Tiny Hut, dubbed "The Waffle Hut", an impenetrable forcefield where the Waffle Crew can take a rest. Once called "Paultin's Hut of Nope" by the Twitch chat when he used it during a battle.
  • The Ditherer: The most criticized aspect of Paultin's character is his inability to make decisions, to the point that he attempted to stall the Big Bad long enough to anger both the vampire and the youtube comments section (not that that's difficult). He's gotten better, but it's still a common aspect of his character.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair was originally blonde, but as the Ring of Winter took hold of him and began to corrupt him into the Dark Lord of his own Barovia-like Realm it turned black. It remained black even after Paultin was rescued and redeemed by the rest of the Crew.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Apathetic
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: As The Quiet One and The Alcoholic he's definitely Melancholic.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Every so often, especially if he's really drunk, Paultin makes comments to or about the audience (Usually the chat room, or the Reddit subreddit.) to the confusion of everyone.
    • Literally when he died. He watches the show from a theater with all their dead friends.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: While, so far, he's always come back to the crew he has been known to flirt with the Dark Side. The closest he's come to a genuine Face–Heel Turn was with the Ring of Winter. His flirtation with Strahd was mostly a matter of survival.
  • Helping Hands: is given a mummified hand by an Eldritch Abomination which turns out to be animate and eager to please.
  • Heroic BSoD: After the events of the previous episode where he accidentally shattered Evelyn, Paultin spent most of 110 either curled up in a ball or simply going through the motions in a distant, shaky way.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Subverted due to Nate being the most likely to have things to do that interfere with his attendance. When he's absent, Chris usually just has him drunk and/or brooding in a corner. He also has a disturbing tendency to get kidnapped or diverted by NPCs with their own agenda.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Of Murderbot.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Is the only crew member who consistently uses modern slang.
  • The Load: During the first season at least where he spoke little, had about one move in combat, Dissonant Whispers, and spent a lot of time drunk. Has improved with time. To the point that Holly didn’t think the party could take him down when he turned evil through the ring of winter’s influence, though a good part of that was just that he so unpredictable.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His Signature Move is Thunderwave.
  • Medium Awareness: Paultin is aware that he's a character in a roleplaying game, and constantly references the dungeon master, dice rolls, character sheets, the season of the show, the episode title, and even visual elements from the stream he's a part of in character to the point that Evelyn believes "Perkins" is some deity Paultin has begun praying to.
  • Morality Chain: For Simon, ironically so since he's the most amoral member of the crew.
  • Parental Abandonment: Lost his parents when young, due to their being killed by van Richten
  • The Quiet One. Oddly for a bard, tends to talk only when he has to. Leads to O.O.C. Is Serious Business when he talks with Van Richten.
  • Signature Move: Dissonant Whispers, later Thunderwave.
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    Strix (Holly Conrad) 
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"I know magic!"
  • Animal Companion: Her cranium rat, Stinky, later Hooty McHootface and then Hooty's hatchling Waffles
  • Broken Bird: Stemming from Parental Abandonment, growing up in a Wretched Hive and having her first surrogate family slaughtered.
  • Catchphrase: She has several:
    • "Aah!", plus or minus an a.
    • Calling Lathander "Butthander". She even does this on the rare occasions she's actually asking for his help.
    • "Don't touch me!", usually directed at the touchy-feely Evelyn.
    • "EVERYTHING'S FINE!"
    • "I KNOW MAGIC!"/"I CAN DO MAGIC!"
  • Character Overlap: When Strix is whisked away from the main party in episode 60, she moonlights for Acquisitions Incorporated for a couple episodes. It turns out that AcqInc's boss Omin Dran has obtained an infernal contract once signed by Strix's ancestors that allows its owner to summon and bind said family's most powerful member for a specific task. She also makes one appearance -also on Omin Dran's directive- in Jerry Holkins' own game, The C Team.
  • Creepy Good. She's a perpetually unkempt devil spawn but is definitely one of the good guys.
  • Cowardly Lion: Often panics and runs away but then will return to fight. It’s part of her character arc.
  • The Cynic
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Grew up in a Wretched Hive without any family and when she did find a family of sorts they all got slaughtered by a demon. Rather than getting tough to survive, she became so wretched trouble would pass her by. She still got tough, just in case of trouble took notice anyway.
  • Fan Nickname: Trash Witch
  • Foil: To Jim Darkmagic when she briefly serves as a contractor for Acquisitions Incorporated. Besides being spellcasters, nearly everything about them is the exact opposite of each. While Jim is vain and self-absorbed and mostly motivated by personal interest, Strix is extremely unkempt and is genuinely interested in helping the people around her. As a wizard who was raised in highly privileged surroundings, Jim looks down on Strix, who as a sorcerer never received a formal education in magic, even calling her a pervert for her sorceress nature. Jim is a people person, Strix Hates Being Touched. Jim is a Lovable Sex Maniac, Strix is asexual, etc.
    Omin: Do you do that completely without warning? Are your friends occasionally near you?
    Strix: But I can be careful. I can make it go around them.
    Jim: That's not possible, no. It can't be done!
    Jim: It's a foundational element of the Fireball spell. It can't be diverted in any way.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Cynic, mostly focused on her own and, although she doesn't like to admit it, her companions' survival
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Cynical and snarky, she is definitely Choleric.
  • Goth: Lampshaded by Holly who describes her at a party as "Standing in a corner, looking like a sad mall Goth"
  • Hates Being Touched: Especially by Evelyn.
  • Improbable Weapon User: On the rare occasions she doesn't use magic she throws thing like dead rats and yak horns. This has yet to be effective.
  • Interspecies Adoption: By Rosie Beestinger, out of necessity.
  • Large Ham: A cranky contentious one but yes.
  • Nay-Theist: Acknowledges the existence of Lathander and other gods but doesn't consider them worthy of worship referring to them as "powers" rather than deities. To her Lathander is a power but so is Strahd.
  • Nice Hat: Subverted as her witch hat is, like everything else she wears, on the ratty side.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Strahd and the werewolves come to Krezk for Ireena he mind controls Ireena and is riding off with her on his nightmare when Strix casts Hold Person on her which causes her to fall off, from fifty feet in the air, to her death.
  • No Indoor Voice: Zigzagged. She seems to have only two voice settings, a low grumble, and a piercing shriek.
  • Odd Friendship: With the ever cheerful Evelyn.
  • Older Than They Look: Learns to preserve her youth and vitality for 50 years from Baba Lysaga.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When she hugs Ezmerelda just before Paultin executes her with the Sun Sword
  • Parental Abandonment: Doesn't know what happened to her parents but presumes them both dead.
  • The Pigpen: There's no sign that she has ever voluntarily cleaned either her self or her robes.
  • Playing with Fire: Is fond of both Fireball and Fire Bolt as attacks.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: If you can count her tathered rags as "robes".
  • Sour Supporter: She spends a lot of time screaming at people, especially Evelyn, and predicting doom but she genuinely cares about the team. Even when she runs off she will always come back to help the party.
  • Signature Move: Misty Step, often followed, once she's up out of danger, by Fire Ball.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Holly originally confirmed that Strix was asexual and aromantic. However, when she was in Barovia for 50 years, she started to feel a heavy pain when she was making the doll of Diath, and had a nightmare of the real Diath (while everyone else in the dream were dolls) asking why she ran away, leading her to make a promise never to run for his sake. Since then, Holly updated that Strix is no longer aromantic, and Strix's behavior towards Diath changes a little due to these new feelings. She's still extremely unfomfortable around any other possibly romantic gestures from other characters, however.
  • Squishy Wizard: Not as much as Diath, but her stats definitely lean elsewhere.
  • Stepford Snarker: As the series progresses it becomes clear that her cynical, snarky attitude stems from having grown up alone in a Wretched Hive.
  • Witch Classic: acquires a pointy hat and a flying broom during the Waffle Crew's adventures, and even starts brewing potions in the swamp after Diath, Evelyn, and Paultin are executed.

Guest Characters

     Falkon (Chris Trott) 
  • Naked on Arrival / Naked People Are Funny: When he turns into a raven his clothes all fall off of him into a heap on the floor instead of being absorbed into him. Since his animal form is so handy for travel and reconnaissance, he always appears naked as a human and most of his time human is spent looking for something to wear. Much hay is made of this by the GM, the other players and Chris himself.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: He's a were-raven.
  • Straight Gay: Turns out he's Escher's ex, which leads to discomfort when Paultin calls upon both of them for help.

     Ezmerelda D'Avenir (Mark Hulmes) 
  • Brainwashed: After being turned by Strahd she's compelled to obey him but resists whenever she can.
  • Driven to Suicide: After the Strahd is trapped inside Mr. Shambleface, she asks Paultin to end her vampiric unlife.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Until turned into a vampire by Strahd.

     Dee (Erika Ishii) 
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     Emil Toranescu (Aram Vartian) 

     Arabelle (Liisa Lee) 
  • Fortune Teller: tries to be. Unfortunately, Liisa gets some bad rolls when Arabelle consults her cards.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Diath kills her so her blood can be used in a ritual to destroy Strahd.

     The Mad Mage (Sam Witwer) 

     Lafaria (Satine Phoenix) 

     Harshnag the Grim (Joe Hills) 

     Kozin Xorlarrin (Sam Sykes) 
  • The Bus Came Back: Resurfaces in episode 107 attempting to play everyone against everyone else.
  • Character Tic: Winks a lot
  • Combat Pragmatist: A Drow that will do anything to not get offed like most every other temporary party member they have had, and will employ any tactic to do that. Succeeds when he runs away from Ironslag.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Is a Drow, which is basically a Dark Elf.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the Xanathar arc, he decides to cut his losses when The Crew's fight seems to be going badly, he's badly injured himself, and he hasn't even seen his mark yet.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He may work with the crew but it's purely for his own agenda.

     Lilith (Allie Gonino) 

     Xandala (Dani Hartel) 
  • Dragon Ancestry: Distantly. A Sorcerer whose power comes from a distant Gold Dragon ancestor. It really only physically manifests as a smattering of golden scales.
  • Overt Operative: pretty quickly decides to trust the Waffle Crew with her secret mission for the Harpers.
  • Sky Pirate: Perhaps not a pirate, but she does captain an airship.
  • Evil Twin: Xandala has a twin sister named Wandala. She looks just like her, and the Waffle Crew meet her in Waterdeep. However, it's actually Xandala who is the evil twin between the two.

     Chumba (Geoff Robinson) 
  • Sibling Murder: Killed by his brother, Wumba, in order to break their fall.

     Wumba (Ross O'Donovan) 
  • Never My Fault: After he kills Chumba, he proceeds to plan revenge against the Waffle Crew for it.
  • Sibling Murder: Kills his brother to break his fall to escape a crumbling dungeon, then blames the Waffle Crew.
  • Troll: As stated by Ross, he's was made as a character people would want to see die. To that effect he goes out of his way to piss people off, such as insulting Evelyn's god, annoying Strix to no end, and constantly attempting to punch Diath in the dick.

     Kerrek (Patrick Rothfuss) 
  • Accidental Misnaming: Gets his name confused for 'carrot' - he runs with it.
  • Call-Back: When he first encounters the Mercy Killer and it's crew trying to capture Strix, he simply states "One chance, boys; let her go.". Just before taking the Mercy Killer out for good, he says "I told you, boy..." *splat*
    • When Diath asks his name as the end of the session he gives the misheard version.
  • Older and Wiser: While he may not be older than Strix given that she's a tiefling, he physically appears older than the rest of the Waffle Crew and acts as such, calmly using diplomacy and wisdom to convince Strix not to turn herself in to the Mercy Killers after he and they all went through a lot to protect her from them.
  • The Cameo: Originated by Rothfuss in Critical Role
  • Unfazed Everyman: Kerrek has seen some shit, and it shows. Throughout his entire appearance, he reacts to every unexpected event with weary acceptance and a steady hand.

    Xopa (Mark Hulmes) 
  • Race Name Basis: Paultin refers to him as "Turtle" after repeatedly failing to pronounce "Xopa".
  • Turtle Power: Or Tortle, as they're known in-universe.

     Bag of Nails (Matthew Lillard) 
  • Cat Folk: Or a Tabaxi, in D&D-speak.
  • Death Seeker: Is actively seeking a warrior's death and will throw himself into any situation that looks dangerous enough
  • Large Ham: Matthew doesn't appear to have a setting lower than eleven while playing this guy.
  • Not Quite Dead: Averts the usual guest star curse by ending his last session with a single hit point.
  • Screaming Warrior: Lets out war cries all throughout his fights.

     Miranda (Rachel Seeley) 
  • Face–Heel Turn: During episode 84 she takes advantage of a stop time spell cast by Strix's artifact to steal the Ring of Winter, then makes a deal with Paultin's Shadar Kai allies to get away from the fight by accepting their offer to cut her face off. (turns out they were joking) Arguably a case of brainwashing due to the ring's malevolent nature.
    • Subverted in episode 126 where it is revealed Miranda has spent months researching how to destroy the ring.
  • Sole Survivor: Introduced as having recently lost all but a handful of her vegepygmies, who were basically her family.

     Omin Dran (Jerry Holkins) 
Co-Founder and CEO of the Waterdeep-based Adventuring Guild Acquisitions Incorporated. He has secured the services of Strix on a few occasions by use of a cheaply-acquired infernal contract with the Skizziks written long before Strix was born. Appears in person in DCA in the finale for Season 3 to repay Strix for her services.

For tropes associated with Omin Dran, see the character sheet for Acquisitions Incorporated.

     Magnus Burnsides (Travis Mc Elroy) 
Magnus is from The balance campaign of The Adventure Zone.

For the tropes generally associated with him, go to The Adventure Zone Balance Arc page.

The following tropes relate to Magnus in relationship to the characters of DCA:

  • Badass Bystander: Was minding his own business at Chair Con when assassins from the Xanathar guild attacked the party.
  • Crutch Character: Acts as this for the party's first foray against the Xanathar Guild. This ends up actually causing problems for the group, as Chris Perkins upped the difficulty of enemies in order to challenge Magnus.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Magnus is much higher level than the Waffle Crew. So being a fighter with three regular attacks and an action surge (allowing him to attack six times once per long rest) using a ridiculous weapon with massive bonuses lets him tear through enemies like a hot knife through butter.
  • Older and Wiser: At Diath's lowest point of stress and grief, Magnus gives him a story of some of his own failures, notably an entire town that was burned to the ground because of his own faults. He gives Diath advice to not try and "make up for it" because he would never be able to, and never let these things hold him down, because he has friends that care too much about him. Diath proceeds to break into tears as Magnus (and Strix in rat hoard form) give him a comfort hug.
  • Parental Substitute: He's a better father figure to Diath than Ashton ever was. Lampshaded by Jared/Diath in their battle against the mindflayer and its cronies:
    Diath misses a dagger throw
    Magnus: You tried, and I'm proud of you!
    Diath: Thank you, fath-... Magnus!
    Strix: We all heard that.

     The "C" Team 
The "C" Team is a Red Larch faction of Acquisitions Incorporated that the Waffle Crew meet up with when Omin attempts to invite Evelyn to the Dran & Courtier. Rosie and K'thriss visit Strix and Diath in Waterdeep, while Evelyn and Paultin go to Red Larch and meet up with Donaar and Walnut. This leads to the events of the crossover episodes of Waffles Inc.

For tropes associated on these characters, see the "C" Team section of the Acq. Inc. character section.

     Sister Narae (Brooks Donahue) 

     Binwin Bronzebottom (Scott Kurtz) 
Binwin Bronzebottom is a former member Acquisitions Inc, who has split to start his own brand. He was felled by the Xanathar after attacking its main eye.

His tropes can be found in the Acq. Inc. character section.

     Gwyneth (Erika Fermina) 
  • An Ice Person: More specifically an ice construct.
  • Les Yay: Miranda created Gwyneth with the Ring of Winter to keep her company and added her own magic to give Gwyneth sentience. The two fall in love and Miranda is torn because destroying the ring will destroy Gwyneth.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Created by Miranda with ice wings.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Gwyneth is able to create an ice rapier.

NPCs

     Strahd von Zarovich 
  • A God Am I: In Barovia, at least.
  • Big Bad: During the "Curse of Strahd" arc.
  • Classical Movie Vampire
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Mister Shambleface the Puppet (in which he had been imprisoned) is lost and he frees himself, he arranges to confront the Waffle Crew to exact his revenge before returning to Barovia only to be handily defeated by the Crew and permanently destroyed instead! After all, they were much higher level than they were when they confronted Strahd at the end of Season 1.
  • Deal with the Devil: How he became a vampire although the deal wasn't with the Devil but, in his words, Death itself.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When the crew sneak up on him in his parents tomb the find him weeping over his mother's crypt.
  • Expy: Of Dracula.
  • Morality Chain: Sergei and Tatyana function as this when the Waffle Crew, traveling back in time, fail to prevent Strahd from becoming a Darklord, but do prevent him from killing Sergei and Tatyana.
  • Fisher King: Barovia's being a Crapsack World is directly tied to his running it.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Why he killed his brother and made a Deal with the Devil.

     Izek Strazni 
  • The Atoner: When he reappears in Season 3, he states that he regrets his behavior during Curse of Strahd, and apologizes to the Waffle Crew for it. Well, all except Diath, anyway.
  • The Dragon: To the Burgomeister of Vallaki.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to genuinely care about Strix, his sister.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Once the situation with the Ring of Winter is dealt with in Season 3, he demands that Strix have nothing more to do with Diath, citing his belief that Diath is from the Skizzix's long-lost nemesis family.
  • Red Right Hand: Naturally, being a Tiefling. He has bright red skin and an oversized demon-arm.

     Rahadin/Kasimir 

     Escher 

     Dr. Rudolph Van Richten 

     Murderbot/Simon 
  • Become a Real Boy: Exactly what happens to him in episode 121.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Justified, as he seems to have the mentality and sense of humor of a five-year-old.
  • Creepy Child: Diath and Strix find him quite unsettling. Eventually his mouth is upgraded so he can talk. This replacement is described as looking like something from a Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation at which point even Paultin finds him unnerving. Even after he's turned into a real human boy via a True Polymorph spell, he still shows signs of being far more intelligent and calculating than he lets on.
  • Evil Orphan: Blatantly obvious to everyone but Paultin and Evelyn.
  • Monster Clown: Is a pint-sized golem made up and dressed as a clown. Kills a child in its first episode.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: This is the third joke he tells:
    Q: How do you make a clown sad?
    A: Kill his family.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: It was revealed eventually that Simon wanted to become a real boy. He eventually got that wish.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Small but quite deadly.
  • Raised by Humans: Adopted by Paultin and Evelyn, much to the rest of the party's dismay.
  • The Speechless: Until The Raven Queen gave him the power of speech as a "consolation prize" to Paultin for his loss of Dread Lord status when the Ring of Winter was stolen. Averted fully when he is permanently transformed into a real human boy.
  • Token Evil Teammate: I mean, when you kill a child in your first episode you kind of get stuck with this label.

     "Waffles" the Owlbear 
  • Team Pet
  • Action Pet: Once she grows up at least.
  • Badass Unintentional: Along with Juniper and Stinky in episode 44 when, still a cub, they accidentally destroy the Colossus the Fire Giants have been building and kill the hell hounds that have been pursuing them for much of the episode
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 44, again along with Stinky and Juniper, which focuses entirely on them.

     Zog Splintershard 

     Sir Godfrey Goodwin 
An undead cleric of The Morning Lord that Strix met while she lived in seclusion in Barovia. He was killed in the battle of Argynvostholdt, and returned to life as a Revenant. Later, he was part of the force that invaded and secured The Amber Temple, allowing the dead members of The Waffle Crew to return to life.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's an undead, and is described as an skeletal knight with eyes that are pinpoints of red fire. And yet, he remains a noble and good ally to the Crew.

     Artus Cimber 
A former Harper who has dedicated his life to making sure the Ring of Winter stays out of the hands of those who would abuse its power or fall to it's corruption.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Ring of Winter eventually takes over his mind and he attacks the Waffle Crew
  • Celebrity Resemblance: His official art in Storm King's Thunder resembles Nicholas Cage. The chat latches on to this immediately.
  • Determinator: The Ring of Winter is a powerful Dominator Artifact that corrupts most bearers quickly. Artus has held the ring for years.
  • Hero of Another Story: Artus' travels with The Waffle Crew is a tiny fraction if his quest to secure and hide the Ring of Winter, and he clearly had adventures before and after he left their presence.
  • Noble Fugitive: Is pursued by a number of factions who want to claim the Ring of Winter, including the Zhentarum, the Harpers, and Xandala who all want to use it for their own purposes.

     Klauth 
A red dragon who chases after The Crew in pursuit of the Ring of Winter.

     Karas the Invincible 
  • Names to Run Away From: Karas the Invincible. It doesn't help that he's a Mercykiller.
  • Voice of the Legion: Chris uses a voice modulator at points for Karas' words to emphasize them, which has a powerful reverberation effect.
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops one when Kerrek lands the blow that puts him down for good.
    Karas the Invincible: Who the fuck are you!?

     Dragonbait 
  • The Speechless: Doesn't talk at all, instead communicates through smells.

     Ring of Winter 
A powerful magic ring with a personality and agenda all of its own.
  • Artifact Domination: Gives the wearer great power, but takes over their will
  • An Ice Person: As the name might suggest, this is the flavour of power the ring grants
  • Manipulative Bastard: To the point of tailoring what it says to different wearers; the ring's interactions with Paultin are simple and casual, whereas the interactions with Miranda in episode 84 are far more elegant by comparison.

     Umbril 
A half-orc cleric of Torm that briefly traveled through Chult with the crew with her steward, Chumba

     Shemeshka the Marauder 
An Arcanaloth that Diath sometimes finds himself forced by circumstance to deal with. He can trade one of a number of magical keys in his possession to her for answers to questions. She appears as a fox-like woman in elaborate evening gowns and spectacles, her outfit always including a wreath or wrap made of a particularly vicious planar thorned plant called a Razorvine.
  • Deal with the Devil: She has not directly made a play for anyone's soul, but Diath sees any dealing with her as this.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: As might be expected. She has a store of valuable information to share, and has even been called upon to provide services other than providing information. She often makes things easier, but rarely makes them better.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Evelyn and Paultin immediately decide that there's something romantic between her and Diath. Diath is horrified by this.
  • Petting Zoo People: The preferred form is an elegant fox-woman.

     The Awful Crew 
Evil clones of Diath, Paultin and Strix that were made by a coven of hags. They are later joined by an evil counterpart of Evelyn who worships Shar.
  • Evil Is Petty: Paultin 100%
  • Evil Is Sexy: Diath and Paultin are explicitly stated as dressing more provocatively than their good counterparts, and Evil Diath is stated as being more attractive since he didn't suffer the Death Curse and thus have all his old wounds raised as scars, albeit around 10 years older. Averted by Evil Strix, who somehow cares even less about her appearance and hygiene than Good Strix.
  • Evil Twin: Of Diath, Paultin and Strix. They are less heroic adventurers and more (poorly hidden) serial killers.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Were sent to Port Nyanzaru by the hags specifically to kill people for the hags to eat, and towards this end were given a magic sack that could only send the corpses of evil people to them.
  • Shapeshifter: Umpox, the imp that the hags sent with the Awful Crew as a handler. He can appear as a rat, spider or raven, depending on which of the Crew he is dealing with.

     Commodore Warrington Munt 
A military-minded Giff, a race described as having hippo-like features. Rescued from a shipwreck during the Crew's journey from Port Nyanzaru to Waterdeep
  • Accidental Misnaming: Does this to both Paultin (Pippin) and Diath (Ding-Dong). Diath is not a fan.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Chris plays him pretty straight, meaning that much of the Crew's banter goes straight over his head
  • Fate Worse than Death: Goes through ceremorphesisnote  and turns into a huge mindflayer. The Waffle Crew is forced to battle and ultimately kill him in his new form. It turns out he was infected before the Crew ever met him.
  • Gun Nut: Is this, in a rather blatant manner. He gets separated from the crew while trying to procure one in Waterdeep
  • No Indoor Voice: Is half-deaf, which may explain why his voice is always so booming
  • The Bus Came Back: Warrington sticks with the Waffle Crew much longer than most NPCs, but he splits from the group on episode 97 to look for ammunition, seemingly as a way to be Put on a Bus. By surprise, Diath finds him again 12 episodes later, dueling a minotaur in fisticuffs - and winning. He rejoins the group and stays in the Waffle Crew's basement.

     Noska 
  • Arm Cannon: A crossbow variation. The problems that would arise from this is lampshaded by Magnus.
    Magnus: How do you shower?
    Noska: I don't!
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Starts off with Xanathar's ready to attack the crew until Evelyn gives him loving words, making him question his life choices. He aligned with the Waffle Crew for a while, thinking he was part of it, until he showed up at their house uninvited, causing a heated arguement with Paultin. This led to him being kicked out of the house. In his anger, he kidnapped Waffles when the crew was out of the house. But he still had some good left in him, as he gave the kids trying to save the owlbear an opportunity to escape with her.
  • Killed Offscreen: The Xanathar decided to tear Noska's head off his body after his betrayal. His corpse was sent to the Waffle Crew to send a message.
  • Stalker with a Crush: This dwarf clearly has a crush on Evelyn. He followed the Waffle Crew back to their house and lived in their basement without them noticing. Of course, Paultin promptly kicked him out once he was discovered.

     The Xanathar 
  • Ax-Crazy: In both DCA and the books he stars in, the Xanathar seems to throw out disintegration rays on anything that could possibly kill him, sometimes even his own shadow.
  • Big Bad: The main threat to the Waffle Crew during their time in Waterdeep.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: After Binwin attacks him with a javelin, the Xanathar immediately petrifies and disintegrates him
    • Happens again to Evelyn, minus the disintegration.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "Xanathar" is a title belonging to the Beholder who runs the Xanathar Guild. If he has any other name, it is never revealed.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Like Paultin, the Xanathar breaks the fourth wall regularly. Examples include knowing one of Nate's songs, boasting about his challenge rating, and knowing what's on Chris's notes.
  • Human Resources: It's implied his seemingly never ending supply of Beholder corpses come from previous Xanathars
  • Morality Pet: Sylgar, his goldfish and the only thing in the universe Xanathar seems to care about. The Waffle Crew get wrapped up in a plot to kidnap the fish in order to use it as leverage.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Originally had no idea who Diath was, despite having in depth knowledge of the rest of the Waffle Crew. Slightly averted since he seemingly "gets his sheet" later on though, as he seems to know that killing Strix would give Diath misery. Ironically, Diath ends up being the one to take him down.
  • Oculothorax: As a beholder, Xanathar is a creature that falls into this category.
  • Yandere: While the Xanathar may not love anything more than himself, he has taken a very notable liking to Evelyn. He plans to kill everyone and everything she loves so she would love nothing but the Xanathar himself. Paultin seems to be the top of his to-kill list.

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