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A list of characters who appear in the fanfic God’s Humor.

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Main Characters

     A.E.D 

A 16 year old, who also goes by "D", with the powers of death and erasing memories. Throughout the plot he attempts to use his abilities for good, though things don’t tend to work out for him very well.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He’s dark-skinned, but his actual race hasn’t been revealed.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He seems to occasionally dissociate, but it’s not clear whether this is just due to stress or something more psychological.
  • Asexuality: D is asexual in canon, and it seems like he is also asexual in God’s Humor.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: D tries very hard to use his powers for good.
  • Cradling Your Kill: D does this to Izm after putting him out of his misery.
  • Emotional Powers: D initially thinks that he needs to be in a certain emotional mindset to use his powers. Turns out he doesn’t.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When D thinks he is going to die in chapter 16, he doesn’t freak out, choosing to focus on Izm instead.
  • Let Them Die Happy: D confesses his love for Izm, though the love confession was a lie he told in order for Izm to die happy.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: He has good intensions, but he’s still willing to break laws in order to do what he believes is right. Biggest examples? Training to be a vigilante and digging up graves.
  • Survivor Guilt: D goes through this being one of the few survivors of the Hedone High explosion.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Killing Izm doesn’t paint D in a bad light.
  • Trauma Conga Line: D goes through so much in this story. He survives the explosion, but all 4 of his closest friends don’t. He holds on to the loss of his friends and his inability to save the 707 victims of the explosion. He accidentally murders someone while finding out about his horrible death powers. He ends up living with Rire who constantly gives him bad vibes. He repeatedly has conflicts with Rire only to feel guilty about them in the end. When he thinks he’s going to do something good and resurrect a few of the victims of Hedone, they turn into zombies. And then he has to kill his best friend while lying about being in love with him. And that’s not even all the things D went through.
  • Zombie Advocate: D wanted to keep the zombies safe until he reluctantly decided that they were constantly in pain and they would be better off dead.
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     Rire 

The 38 year old former Headmaster of Hedone. He has the powers of healing, resurrection, and teleportation. Despite his kind and friendly demeanour, he has some dark secrets.

  • Ambiguously Bi: It’s hard to say whether his attraction to women is physical or aesthetic. Though he thought Val was pretty, he ultimately dated her so people wouldn’t notice that he was attracted to teenage boys.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: He acts much nicer than he actually is, and he managed to keep up the act throughout the entire story. The only reason why the audience knows that he’s awful is because we see things from his perspective every once in a while.
  • Consummate Liar: When pressed, he can even make people who know that he’s lying be persuaded into believing that he is telling the truth.
  • Cool Teacher
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Downplayed because he wasn’t sad exactly, but in chapter 3 Rire gets drunk because he felt the deaths of a group of people who died in a house fire close to his home.
  • Ephebophile: Much of the plot revolves around him being this and trying to hide it from others.
  • Forgot About His Powers: This only happens in one chapter, and in in Rire’s defence he was panicking, and had just woken up from a burning car crash.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Rire has no interest in using his powers to help others.
  • I Love the Dead: D accuses Rire of being like this. Specifically, D accuses Rire of touching him while he’s dead. Though Rire denies that he has any attraction to dead people in general, and is very repulsed when he sees a dead body at the cemetery, he never actually says that he doesn’t touch D while he’s dead.
  • Immortality Hurts: Throughout the fanfic it’s made clear that Rire can get hurt. This detail gets hammered in when Rire is ruthlessly attacked by Izm.
  • Infraction Distraction: Tells D that Val killed herself because she found about that he told other people about her mental issues. Though it is true that he did tell other people, it’s possible that she didn’t know about it. In actuality, Val killed herself because she found out that Rire was an Ephebophile.
  • Karmic Death: Averted due to D saving him.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed. It’s not that Rire never gets in trouble, it’s just that his punishments or any conflict he gets into ends up resolved or undone in one way or another.
  • Last-Name Basis: Rire is mostly referred to by last name.
  • Manipulative Bastard: It’s amazing how good he is at manipulating people.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Rire is very good at having people believe it’s a mistake.
  • Mixed Ancestry
  • Remembered I Could Fly: By the time Rire remembered that he could use his powers to get out of the burning car, he and D were already safe for a while. Rire, to his credit, is very annoyed with himself after this.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's almost always in a suit, and in chapter 13 he mentions that he always dresses like that.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Rire did a good job acting like one towards Val.
  • Wine Is Classy: Rire drinks wine a lot in the fanfic.

Plot Important Minor Characters

     Monroe Trask 

A 39 year old Scottish tattoo artist and lead singer of an indie band. One of Rire’s high school friends, initially introduced to the plot as “piebald” due to his piebaldism.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Rire jokes about Monroe lacking attraction to women. Though it’s clear that Monroe isn’t straight, it’s much harder to figure out whether he’s bisexual or whether Rire is right about him being gay. He seems to have only married his wife for the money. And it’s also hard to tell whether he slept with Val because he was physically drawn to her, or it he did it as a favour to her because she asked him to.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Downplayed and zigzagged. He’s not straight, makes deadpanned jokes about sucking Rire off, doesn’t act overly macho, and has kissed Rire a few times. However, he flip flops between being okay with his intimacy towards Rire and chastising him for acting gay. The reason the occasional aggression towards “acting gay” steams from gaining a crush on Rire when he saw him in high school for the first time. When that first happened, he didn’t react well to it because he thought he was straight.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Monroe did not enjoy being married. Though he does admit it had it’s perks, those perks did not involve his wife.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Finding out that Monroe likes breaking into people’s homes and killing their pets makes it easy to believe that he’d accept Rire’s vices.
  • Brave Scot: We don’t get to see him fighting much, but he doesn’t seem at all worried about the zombies, and is completely willing to help Rire kill them all.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He implies as much when he talks about not wanting to treat his son the same way his parents treated him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares for Blair despite what he may say, and unlike Rire, he seems to be genuinely upset that Val killed herself. Keep in mind that this is the same person who likes torturing animals and is totally okay with Rire being sexually interested in teenage boys.
  • Friendship Denial: Monroe denies that Aidan, Rashawn, Braylon, and Bishen are his friends because he believes they only ever associated with him because of Rire. It’s unclear whether the others really don’t like Monroe.
  • Gay Best Friend: If he is gay, then he’d be this to Rire.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Downplayed. Monroe seems to always be annoyed all the time.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: His talk about not wanting Rire to be arrested because people like the two of them need to stick together makes Monroe come across, in a highly disturbing and twisted way, as someone who wants a friend he can relate to.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: To Rire’s group of friends. Whether he is actually liked is another story.
  • Loving Bully: For roughly a year, Monroe bullied Rire while they were in high school because he had a crush on him.
  • Offing the Offspring: He refuses to kill his son Blair despite Blair wanting him to do it.
  • Papa Wolf: Despite his claims about not caring much for Blair, he tends to go out of his way to make sure he’s okay. The only reason why he didn’t try to kill Rire is because he knew Rire didn’t touch his son.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Monroe does this to Rire in chapter 17.
  • Sixth Ranger: He was the last person to join Rire’s group of friends in high school.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Because he used to bully Rire in high school, the other boys in Rire’s group of friends didn’t like him at first, going as far as to make sure Monroe was never alone with Rire as much as possible. Over time, they warmed up to him, but it’s not stated whether their changed feelings were genuine or if they learned how to hide their dislike of him. Monroe thinks they're only friends with him because of Rire.

     Issac “Izm” Tanner 

One of A.E.D’s friends. He died early on in the story but doesn’t stay dead for long.

     Val Rire/Valériane De La Fontaine 

Val was Rire’s girlfriend when Rire was still a teacher at Hedone. She was the school nurse. She killed herself after finding out Rire’s secret.

  • Abusive Parents: Her mother was aggressive towards her and her father was emotionally distant.
  • Ambiguous Gender: When she’s first introduced in chapter 8, D had a hard time figuring out what her gender was.
  • Broken Bird: Life was never good to her, though she was sometimes able to hide her mental issues.
  • Bungled Suicide: Rire assumes Val wanted this to happen. It didn’t.
  • Bury Your Disabled: Val suffers from depression and possibly other mental issues. Though she isn’t the only one with mental health issues, she is the only character who’s mental issues are blatantly pointed out in the narration that ends up dying.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Her first appearance is in chapter 8, though she isn’t given a name and her physical appearance isn’t detailed. She’s just described as someone who looks like she dated Rire. She becomes much more important close to the end of the fanfic.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Finding out Rire’s secret is what drove her to kill herself.
  • Disabled Love Interest: She suffered from depression and possibly other mental illnesses.
  • Driven to Suicide: Killed herself because she found out Rire’s secret.
  • Dying Alone: What makes this more tragic is that there’s a good chance she didn’t want to die at all, much less die alone. Rire suspects that she slit her wrists at the park in the hopes that someone would find her and save her, but by the time anyone did she was already dead.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Writes a suicide note on the back of photos. It’s not discovered for years.
  • Interrupted Suicide: What Val might’ve been hoping would happen to her. It didn’t.
  • School Nurse: She a nurse at Hedone before she died.
  • Sex for Solace: Sleeps with Monroe after finding out Rire’s secret and shortly before she decides to kill herself.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: You can’t blame her for cheating on Rire all things considered.
  • The Beard: Though she didn’t know she was the beard for Rire at first.
  • The Un Favourite: It’s never directly stated this was the case, but considering that her sister didn’t seem to get the same treatment that she did, it’s easy to assume Val was this.
  • Posthumous Character: She was dead long before the beginning for the story.
  • Walking Spoiler: There is a lot about her character that doesn’t get explained until the second last chapter, hence why she is a Walking Spoiler.
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Other Adults

     Aidan Boyle 

One of Rire’s high school friends. As an adult, he is a language translator and currently works as a deaf interpreter for a student at Lotus Eaton.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Says that Rire is attractive, but is married to a deaf woman.
  • Last-Name Basis: Aidan always refers to Monroe by his last name. This may possibly be due to not actually liking Monroe.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: He can do vocal impressions and sound like anyone.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Dresses in a boater hat, floral blazer, and dress pants. According to him, he always dresses like that.
  • The Alcoholic: Maybe. His comment about his wife not wanting him to drink so much, and his desire to drink off half of the alcohol Rire brought to the reunion, could imply that he is an alcoholic.

     Braylon Davis 

One of Rire’s high school friends and Rashawn's younger brother. As an adult, he is a police officer. He was first introduced in chapter 1, but we don’t find out who he is until chapter 9.

  • Big Fun: Braylon is a pretty nice guy, and he’s big.
  • Big Little Brother: Maybe not in height, but definitely in weight.
  • Fat and Proud
  • Formerly Fit: He wasn’t fat in high school, but as an adult he gained enough weight that Rire didn’t recognize him at first.
  • No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: Of all of Rire’s group of friends, he is the only would who has drastically changed enough for Rire not to recognize him right away.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: In high school, he and Bishen were the youngest of Rire’s group of friends. It’s not clear which one of the two was the youngest one.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: He became a police officer just like his dad.

     Bishen Signh 

One of Rire’s high school friends. As an adult, he is a painter living with his boyfriend in England.

  • Converting for Love: Bishen converted his boyfriend into sikhism.
  • Gay Best Friend: Of all the friends, he’s the only who is definitely gay.
  • Teen Genius: As far as art is concerned. He was a very talented artist when he was younger.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: In high school, he and Braylon were the youngest of Rire’s group of friends. It’s not clear which one of the two was the youngest one.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Not only is he the only religious person in Rire’s group, but he is also the only character specifically stated to be religious in the story.

     Estelle Trask/ Estelle De La Fontaine 

Monroe’s wife and Val’s sister. Apparently she’s not a very nice woman.

  • Offing the Offspring: She tried, but was stopped. She did it because Blair was telepathically telling her to kill him.
  • Rich Bitch: She may not be that rich but she is wealthy. She treated her husband like a conversation piece and tried to kill her son.
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     Lyla Cox 

A kickboxing instructor and physical therapist. She trains D how to be a better fighter and helps Desmond learn how to walk again.

  • Action Girl: She’s a kickboxing instructor who constantly tosses D on his ass. She also singlehandedly killed a zombie. It would be more impressive if the zombie wasn’t just an average teenage boy in a decaying body.
  • The Lad-ette: Some comes across as this.

     Rashawn Davis 

One of Rire’s high school friends and Braylon's older brother. As an adult, he is a police dispatcher. Based on his various descriptions, he seems to be a part of the punk subculture.

  • Chocolate Baby: He left the woman he was dating after she gave birth to a baby that didn’t look like him.
  • Daddy DNA Test: How Rashawn found out that he wasn’t a father after all.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Averted. He tried to become a police officer like his father, but if didn’t work out. It’s not too bad though, since he became a police dispatcher instead.

Other Teenagers

     Blair Trask 

Monroe’s son. He was a student at Hedone who not only managed to survive the blast, but also gains powers as well. However, he doesn’t seem to use his powers much.

  • And I Must Scream: He has Locked In syndrome, meaning that he can’t move. He was so distressed by this, that he tried to get his mother and father to kill him.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Wanted to die because of the state he was in, but couldn’t do it himself so he tried to get his parents to do it for him.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He is described as average. He gains superpowers later on.

     Desmond Porter 

A 16 year old student of Hedone and Izm’s roommate. He managed to survive the explosion but was badly hurt as a result.

  • Angst? What Angst?: With the exception of what happened to Izm Desmond brushes off most of the trauma that happens to him.
  • Generic Graffiti: His wheelchair and cane are graffitied and covered in stickers.
  • May–December Romance: He isn’t in a relationship with Lyla, but he has a crush on her and playfully considers her to be his “future wife”.
  • The Pollyanna: Downplayed, but for the most part- excluding what happened to Izm -he seems to deal with Hedone getting destroyed and being crippled rather well.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Averted, though he does get a bit better over time. The explosion messed up his back, so although he isn’t paralyzed, he still needs physical therapy in order to get out of his wheelchair. At first, he mostly stayed in the wheelchair since it was too painful to move without it. By the final chapter, he is able to move around with a cane, but he still uses a wheelchair when indoors.
  • Wheelchair Antics: Does a backflip off his wheelchair despite not being in the best physical state to do so.

     Eden Gilroy 

A year 12 student from Hedone High. He is one of the zombies in chapter 15.

     Nissa Blum 

A deaf girl from Lotus Eaton. Aidan is her translator.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: We don’t get much in terms of a description, but her name sounds very Jewish.
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