The villains of Gold Digger
The Big Bad of the series. Originally an iron dragon who tyrannized dragon society with the Time Raft, he was sent hurtling through time and space by Gina when he tried to force her to fix the device. He was pulled out by Ancient Gina as a pawn in her plan to save the universe. He is currently battling her to get full control of the Infinity Engine, a device the two are building that allows control of reality.
- Ambiguously Brown: His human form has brown skin, though what nationality or race this might be is open to debate. It might just be a case of Color-Coded for Your Convenience, as Ancient Gina's skin is very fair.
- Assimilation Backfire: Absorbing the two were-rats not only resulted in their kleptomania affecting him (in addition to their spirits hanging around), and leaving him vulnerable to the Death Glare effect were-cheetahs like Brittany have on were-rats, but his reliance on the attributes gained rendered him helpless when Benji emerged from his hiding place deep within their shared form and managed to undo the fusion.
- Ax-Crazy: Whenever he does anything, you can bet he'll try to do it in the most violent and needlessly cruel way possible.
- Bad Boss: Views all his subordinates as minions/slaves, and threatens and abuses them. This backfires on him when Array arranges his downfall with the aid of some of his other disgruntled minions.
- Big Bad: He's the series' first villain and its central antagonist.
- Big Bad Wannabe: It should be noted that, despite the danger he represents, he has never managed to have a definitive victory in anything he does. He almost always fails due to the actions of the heroes, his own incompetence and lack of foresight, or just plain bad luck. And whenever he does manage a success, it either taken away from him or comes back to bite him in some way.
- Cosmic Plaything: Pretty much every major event in his life up to his first defeat by Gina was this.
- Depower: His attempt to steal the Ancient One's power resulted in him being split from Benji, the wererats and Suprema. This resulted in him turning back into his original, boneless dragon form.
- The Dog Bites Back: Ancient Gina hoped that the fear of her would keep Dreadwing in line; however, Dreadwing knows that Ancient Gina needs him alive and powerful enough to help her finish the Infinity Engine, so he openly defies what she wants him to do whenever the opportunity arises.
- The Dreaded: Much like Voldemort, dragons and non-dragons who've crossed his path shudder at the thought of him and fear to speak his name. And that's how he wants it.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Ties in with his sociopathy. He assumes the altruistic actions of others, on his behalf or otherwise, hide malicious ulterior motives, regardless of if it's true or not, because it's how he'd treat them.
- Fusion Dance: Uses the "Fusion" spell to absorb several other beings to increase his powers after learning about it from Peachbody.
- Humiliation Conga: Went through a beautiful one recently, losing his kingdom, his treasures, his minions, his hybrid body, and control over Array/the Summoner in short order. He's now back in his ruined, boneless body and at the mercy of his former slave, Summoner.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Dragons today, and seasoned readers, shudder to hear his name.
- Orcus on His Throne: He would love nothing more than to just go and kill Gina and her friends personally, but Ancient Gina would prevent him; this isn't to say he isn't actively trying anyway, but it does mean that he can't be as directly involved as he would like.
- Out-Gambitted: Tricked by his underlings into undoing his fusion, leaving him weak, boneless and at their mercy.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While Dreadwing would rather just murder and torture everyone to get what he wants, the situation he's in requires alliances and subtlety.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Wanting to remove any sort of love T'mat had for him, he tortured her and finally raped her. He hoped to impregnate her, so she would be reminded of him every time she looked at their child. While T'mat loathes Dreadwing to no end, she loves her daughter unconditionally.
- The Sociopath: Has no empathy at all, tends to assume the altruistic actions of others are covers for malicious purposes, and torments his slaves gleefully.
- Stripped to the Bone: How it seemed he was defeated, but it turned out to be inverted.
- Time Master: When he had the power of the Time Raft.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: After Peachbody fused with him, he eventually took over their body and forced him out.
- Or forcing dragons to ritually mutilate their own mates as a show of loyalty...on pain of murdering their entire clutch of hatchlings.
- Villain Ball: Despite the threat he poses, few of Dreadwing's plans have actually succeeded, usually due to some error or posturing on his part. And the few successes he does have usually end up getting undone or backfire on him.
- Your Size May Vary: His demi-dragon form can be anywhere from slightly larger than his human form to slightly smaller than Debra, the largest dragon.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Absorbed a probability manipulation ability from the two were-rat thieves that he uses to increase the odds of his survival in life-threatening situations. It does have consequences, though...
Once, he was the creator of the the werewolves and other lycanthropic races, but when his favorite slave, Sherisha, wanted freedom for her people, Iceron had her punished. Sherisha then killed him, but he got better, and in return, he created the were-cats to hunt down the were-rats. When he discovered one breed, the were-cheetahs, could catch rats faster than any of the other types, he gave them an ability called the "Doom Gaze" that could freeze were-rats and shock them out of their hybrid forms. However, Iceron was unaware that Sherisha had infected him with lycanthropy, which didn't kick in until after he finished his project, meaning he suddenly became a target of his own creation. As a were-rat, Gothwrain sought the destruction of the were-cheetah clan and nearly succeeded, but Theodore Diggers intervened, saving the last one.
- Came Back Strong: With all the strength, speed, and cunning befitting a were-rat.
- The Chessmaster: He is quite possibly the most ingeniously dangerous villain in the Gold Digger universe. Pretty much every terrible thing that happened in Theodore Diggers' life was set up by him, especially making sure Jonathan Diggers became the Lich King.
- Demoted to Dragon: Once Dreadwing found him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He has an air of sophistication and is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth, but this only serves to further heighten the feeling of dread that surrounds him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He created were-people and was killed by his favorite were-rat after he began to abuse his creations. He had charmed himself to come back to life and upgraded were-cats to kill were-rats, especially were-cheetahs, but the lycanthrophy he was unknowingly inflicted with turned him into a were-rat, not only making him a target of the were-cheetahs but also a slave of Sherisha, and thanks to the "ageless shell" spell, the only way to gain control back was to kill himself. And after he regained independence, the "paradise" he thought he was escaping to was really Dreadwing's realm.
- Made a Slave: By Dreadwing.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays everyone in the series like a fiddle and a bonafide expert in hitting everyone's Berserk Button like he was playing piano.
- Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to the ageless shell, he and Sherisha's bodies only age a season every 20 years. He later made the two of them even younger with a youth spell.
- Restrained Revenge: Despite everything Sherisha did to him, Gothwrain still loved her, but he still wanted revenge. So when he found a way to escape his curse and enter what he thought was paradise, he offered to take her with him if she accepted his part of the pain that would occur during the obliteration needed to get there.
- Stealth Mentor: His harsh training on Lydia and the other Mall Rats was to prepare her to rule Dark Home, the kingdom of the were-rats. Notably, the training forced the trio to overcome their culture's case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and become True Companions — a priceless asset for a young ruler.
Sherisha, the near-immortal leader of the were-rat clan and co-founder of a giant criminal empire.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: One of Iceron's original generation of were-creatures, and his personal servant — until she betrayed and killed him, which led to him becoming her were-rat thrall.
- Really 700 Years Old: Sherisha may be slightly younger than Gothwrain, but is still a looker.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Despite having full control of Gothwrain, she mostly left him alone and allowed him to carry out his plans in privacy.
Former tyrant ruler of the Ork Republic and attempted genocidal conqueror of Jade-Realm. Fifty years ago, he took over the Dwarven people's land, and twenty years after that, he attempted to take over Jag's Lair. Julia and G'nolga were able defeat him, but Dreadwing freed him to gain his assistance in his conquest of Jade-Realm.
- Abusive Parent: When Julia had him chained up, his own daughter was so scared of him that she would only bring him food once or twice a week.
- Assimilation Backfire: If he draws too heavily from one person, it can affect him, like giving him the munchies if that person is starving, or causing feedback from soul char if they are a lycanthrope and come into contact with silver.
- Black Magic: Reaper magic, a type of magic which uses the auras of others instead of one's own. He is the sole known user.
- Death by Irony: Dies and becomes a lich when the person who hates him most forgives him when he needs her anger to hold an Artifact of Doom that kills anyone that touches it.
- Demoted to Dragon: Another of Dreadwing's.
- Last of His Kind: The last known Reaper mage, having killed the only other one, his adoptive mother, to take her powers for himself.
- Our Liches Are Different: Became a lich after G'nolga let go of her hate for him and his body was killed.
- The Power of Hate: Serpentus has a good reason to make everyone, even his own people, hate him. His power comes from literally ripping hate out of a person's aura and forging it into a weapon. So, the more people hate him, the more powerful he becomes.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He knows that the best way to betray Dreadwing is to suck up to him until the time is right.
- Reminiscing About Your Victims: Remembers G'nolga well enough to recall when he killed her father.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Can get pretty powerful if someone hates him enough, but, by his own admission, was never formally trained in Reaper Magic.
- Vampiric Draining: His Reaper Magic draws energy from the auras of others instead of his own. Dr. Diggers compares it to the difference between "charging" a spell to one's auric "credit card" and drawing from the entire neighborhood's, causing likely irreversible damage to their auras (or "credit rating") in the process.
The former William Justice of the Wonder Friends. After his parents were killed battling a super villain, he took up a new name and became a villain himself.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He finally understood why his parents did what they did.
- Blackmail: Initially his MO. In order to get Crush to work for him, he threatened her family. He did the same towards Avenger, but she defied him almost immediately (within the span of four pages), getting Crush to work up the courage to do so as well.
- Character Development: He went from generic villain, to being reasonably sympathetic, to dying by Heroic Sacrifice.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He originally rescued Array because of the horrible injustice of her captivity, and she was constantly by his side as he became a more and more dangerous villain, their love for each other eventually paving the way for his redemption.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even during his supervillain days, he found what Sherisha was doing to Array horrible, and chose to rescue her instead of taking what he came to steal.
- Expy: Initially, he appears to be inspired by Lex Luthor in appearance and being a schemer. His later appearances swiftly unmoor this.
- Freudian Excuse: As a boy, he was there when his parents died fighting a supervillain, and he discovered that he comes from a long line of supers who died young. He realized that it was expected for him to do the same, and he decided that such a life wasn't going to be for him. So much for that.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from being a gang leader appearing as the Arc Villain of a two-issue storyline to almost gaining the power to conquer Jade-Realm, and died as a major character.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: He started out as a superhero like the rest of his family, went bad when he became determined to escape the fate of his forebears, then proved he was a hero all along by making the ultimate sacrifice to save Array.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The entire reason Tirant became a supervillain was that after his parents died, he learned that every member of his family since the 1920s died in the name of justice and that (he thought) everyone expected him to be willing to do the same.
- He would later willingly give his life in order to save Array and their allies from T'mat. Array was subsequently blackmailed into working for Dreadwing with the promise of him bringing Tirant back to life.
- Rescue Romance: With Array, after he freed her from the lab where she was held captive.
Array a.k.a. Summoner
The girlfriend of Tirant and one of the ancient Enigmas of Merlin. She has the power to materialize alternate personas at will, with almost any powers and abilities she wishes — all cooperating in fulfilling Tirant's plans. She eventually discovers each persona she creates is also an ultra-powerful magend — a living draconic spell. She spent some time working for Dreadwing in exchange for his promise of bringing Tirant back to life.
- Dragon Ascendant: Tricked Dreadwing into separating from those he has fused with, leaving him weak and boneless and allowing her to use both him and his resources to her own ends.
- Evil Knockoff: As a side benefit of helping Brianna restore Raphiel to life, she was able to create her "Shrike" persona, a pink-and-purple-furred were-cheetah persona suspiciously like Britanny.
- Identity Amnesia: Array is one of the Enigmas Merlin created to give magic to dragons and allow them to rise up against their oppressive creators. At some point, she lost her memories and was captured by Sherisha.
- Me's a Crowd: Every time Array summons a new persona, it continues to exist in her mind, allowing her to summon it again whenever it's needed. There's currently over one hundred personalities in Array's head, all somehow working in sync with one another.
- Morphic Resonance: All of Array's personas have pink hair; Shrike's were-cheetah forms have a mixture of pink and purple fur.
- They also tend to resemble famous figures in the departments of their talents. For example, an archaeology personality looks like Gina.
- Pet the Dog / Even Evil Has Standards: Array becomes sympathetic to Brianna and Raphiel's various flavors of Cloning Blues while her judge and sheriff personas are throwing the book at Brianna in Jade-Realm, so she breaks Brianna out and figures out how to use her ability to create a new body for Raphiel. Of course, in exchange, Array receives a pair of heroes in the right place to coincidentally stop Tirant from using a giant golem to conquer Jade (and ruining all her work subverting it for both of them). Plus, this apparently also helped Array create her were-cheetah persona, Shrike.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Freed from being a test subject for Sherisha, only to work against her (and the heroes who weren't able to go against Sherisha).
- Power Perversion Potential: Has multiple bodies, all of whom both love Tirant and can shapeshift to different women. This has been noted in-universe.
- Rescue Romance: When Sherisha found the amnesiac Summoner, she proceeded to spend years tearing off her body parts in the hope of creating her own magends. And since political connections and the law were on her side, no hero could stop her. Luckily, Tirant came across Array while trying to rob Sherisha's lab and rescued her. They've been in love ever since, and Array gained a healthy disrespect for the forces of law and order in the process.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The reason Sherisha was allowed to continue with her experiments on Array was because Array is technically not human, and therefore has no rights.
Formerly an infamous dragon thief and criminal, now human after crossing the wrong wizard. A member of the World Explorers Society, he hopes to find a way to return his draconic powers. Thanks to his father, when he was executed for his crimes, he was really reincarnated as V'ayt, a student in Gina's Extranormal Archaeology class at Georgia State University.
- Bold Explorer: Fauntleroy is this at his core.
- Humanity Ensues: After trying to rob a rather powerful wizard, Fauntleroy was stuck in human form, although he still had enhanced strength.
- Humans Are Special: Despite having found a way to regain his dragon form, Fauntleroy chose to stay human to see what else he could learn from being one.
- Identity Amnesia: His ultimate fate. See Raise Him Right This Time.
- Informed Attribute: He apparently has committed enough crimes to warrant the death penalty, despite his on-screen crimes not being any worse than other villains who were just sent to jail. Possibly a result of differences between the human and dragon legal systems.
- Raise Him Right This Time: Fauntleroy's father felt personally responsible for how he turned out. So at his son's execution, he used illusion magic to fake Fauntleroy's death and proceeded to use a Reversion spell on him, purging him of all memories and evil influence and reverting him to a teenager. He left Fauntleroy, now renamed V'ayt, in Gina's care to ensure he turned out better.
- True Companions: He actually does care about his wives and kept his promise about turning them into dragons. He also told them that they no longer had to follow him if they wanted, which they refused.
Dr. Peachbody and Benji
Dr. Alfred Peachbody, an evil, time-traveling talking dog and his pet human, Benji. Hailing from an alternate universe where dogs are the dominant species, they were one of Gina's earliest major recurring foes.
- Assimilation Backfire:
- After Peachbody fused with Dreadwing, the dragon spent years slowly and secretly gnawing away at his soul until Dreadwing grew strong enough to take control of their body and Peachbody's knowledge. Dreadwing then ejected Peachbody's mutilated essence from their body and into early Earth, where he was found and manipulated by the Saurians.
- It was assumed that Peachbody's control of his body caused Benji's consciousness to fade away into nothingness. In reality, it lay dormant, too weak to stop Dreadwing from ejecting Peachbody from his body. However, when Dreadwing attempted to drain the Ancient One's power reservoir, it gave Benji enough strength to take back control of his body and force Dreadwing out.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Benji is the human equivalent of a well trained attack dog. He's cute and friendly most of the time, but quickly goes into a Berserker Rage when ordered or when aggravated by someone.
- Body Snatcher: Peachbody and Dreadwing do this to Benji. In fact, Dreadwing spends most of the series inhabiting Benji's body.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
- Cosmic Plaything: Much like Dreadwing, most of the events of Peachbody's life were engineered by Ancient Gina.
- Death of Personality:
- After being ejected from Benji's body by Dreadwing, Peachbody's tattered remnants were taken and manipulated by the Saurians, who eroded his mind and convinced him that he was a Saurian named "Befadoc" in order to use his genius to advance their technology. After "Befadoc" was defeated in the Amonian/Dragon rebellion, his broken, mindless essence was left to wander a draconic mymior until Gina put him out of his misery.
- Benji. Or not, as it turns out.
- Drunk with Power/FaceHeel Turn: Peachbody originally used his knowledge of the Chronoverse to keep his reality from collapsing in on itself. He then decided to use this knowledge to rewrite his reality so that dogs ruled the world as tyrants and humans were their pets and slaves.
- Fusion Dance: Peachbody use the "Fusion" spell to fuse with both Benji and Dreadwing to try and gain more power.
- Jerkass: When Dreadwing told him the story about how he raped and mutilated T'mat, Peachbody responded to it with approval and amusement, something that understandably pissed off Brianna and Gina when they looked through his memories.
- Killed Off for Real: Peachbody was mutilated by Dreadwing, had his memories overwritten by the Saurians, and was left broken and mindless after a battle with the Dragons and Amonians. When Gina and Brianna found what was left of him wandering around a mymior, they decided to put him out of his misery.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Dreadwing and Ancient Gina decided to not involve Peachbody in their plans for the Infinity Engine. Ancient Gina claimed even if Dreadwing told him about it, he wouldn't be able to understand.
- Obliviously Evil: Benji isn't inherently evil or malicious; he's just following Peachbody's orders like a loyal pet.
- Unperson: Peachbody attempted to inflict this on the Diggers sisters by going back in time and attempting to sterilize their parents. He himself barely avoided this fate when the heroes attempted to take one of his ancestors to the vet to get neutered.
- Unwitting Pawn: Peachbody to Ancient Gina, Dreadwing and the Saurians.
The Pirate Ninja Leprechauns
No, we are not making this up. A group of pirates, led by former royal accountant McMorgan and former Princess O'Mommah.
- Buxom Is Better: O'Mommah. At least McKeith of the Vaultron Force seems to think so.
- Combining Mecha / Humongous Mecha: Like the Vaultron Force, they have one of their own, albeit pirate-themed (and ninja-themed). However, it's only humongous by Leprechaun standards, being about the size of a tall human.
- The Dragon: O'Mommah is second-in-command after McMorgan.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Vaultron Force. They even have their own Combining Mecha and Leprechaun princess crew-member.
- Expy: Captain McMorgan to Captain Morgan. Also, one of the ninjas wields three swords simultaneously like Roronoa Zoro (but instead of carrying the third in his teeth, it's strapped to his crotch).
- Love Makes You Evil: McMorgan was originally the Leprechaun royal family's accountant. When he was blamed for the loss of a huge sum of the Leprechauns' gold and exiled, Princess O'Mommah, who was attracted to him, chose to go with him (although she had reasons of her own to want to leave as well).
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Pirate. Ninja. Leprechauns. Who also pilot a Voltron-esque robot.
- Shout-Out: Between McPumped's awesome guitar-based attacks and O'Schwing's pelvic prowess, these pirate-ninjas truly display Real Ultimate Power.
- The Starscream: McPumped, who is constantly seeking to overthrow McMorgan.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Princess O'Mommah was in love with McMorgan, the Leprechaun royal family's accountant. In an attempt to help him during negotiations with their rivals, the Uompa-Luompians, she forged the royal seal on a document. The Uompa-Luompians were then able to use the forgery to steal almost the entire Leprechaun treasury. McMorgan was blamed, accused of treason, and exiled. O'Mommah, feeling guilty, chose to leave with him.
An Eldritch Abomination that seeks to devour all of reality.
- Bad Boss: It creates and devours alternate realities and tricks the survivors into aiding it, making them think they can save their already destroyed eras by helping it destroy the prime era.
- Create Your Own Hero: The Ginas that make up the Collective are the remains of the realities it devoured.
- Eldritch Abomination: It's an anti-quantum being so alien it can only manifest fully in reality if unobserved.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to eat the universe.
- Orcus on His Throne: The Umbra is an anti-quantum entity, meaning it cannot exist in the prime era if it's being observed. Therefore, it enlists the help of alternate realities to kill those who would observe it.
- Power of the Void: It has the ability to fragment the prime era to make and devour alternate realities.
- She Knows Too Much: It devoured Evil Gina when she learned the truth about what happened to her reality.
- Spacetime Eater: Consumes existence.
- Time Abyss: Is older than the universe itself.
- Ultimate Evil: Implied to be the formless evil that Ancient Gina seeks to stop.
The vampire queen and ruler of the realm of the Undead.
- Bad Boss: Her subjects are just there for her own whims, and she has no qualms about punting them around. One of her subordinates, Spiderette, especially loves trying to pin the blame on two others if Natasha gets pissed.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: As much of a spoiled brat as she is when it comes to royalty, she does have some amount of power and cunning to her.
- Immortal Immaturity: Hundreds of years old, but has the mentality of a spoiled kid.
- It's All About Me: While a lot of villains exemplify this, she displays it the worst with her main goal to be all-powerful. Heck, when she got a power boost during an accidental portal transfer and underwent Temporary Bulk Change, she pretty much spouted this word for word while slinging Vlad around.
- Lazy Bum: More or less. She'll put in some effort when it comes to schemes and manipulation, but her character is mainly about trying to gain power through shortcuts.
- Mysterious Past: She apparently has one, but the series never really goes into it. It's implied was that she was likely a powerful human sorceress before her turning, which would explain her rancid personality.
- Never My Fault: Constantly. She is not one to admit to any of her own faults, no matter how obvious they are.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Again, acts like a petulant child for a good chunk of her appearances.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Her consort Vlad goes through the trouble of breaking her out of prison, then having Gina save her when some power she absorbed nearly killed her. In return, she carries on like it's their fault and displays no gratitude whatsoever. This is ultimately the last straw for him, and he figuratively and literally dumps her.
- Vampire Monarch: As stated, she the Queen of the Undead in the Gold Digger universe.
Evil Elvis impersonator, fine singer, and powerful wizard. Wants to be the most beloved and powerful figure in existence.
- Acrofatic: His "Burger Stand", Za Oiled, which channels the vast amounts of grease and cholesterol in his veins, keeping his real body thin.
- Compelling Voice: Can seemingly charm any woman he wants with his singing and good looks. In earlier issues, he made liberal use of his 'male siren' psionic magic to control women, but in later appearances, he's apparently just that charming, and he's stopped using his siren voice due to "negative consquences". This comes back to haunt him when he reflexively uses his voice, powered up by "Endgame" energy, to protect himself from the heroes. The use of it accidentally seduces a reality-devouring monster, who claims him as her own...
- Elvis Impersonator: A good chunk of his schtick, and how he started his career before a wizard for whom he was an opening act took pity on him and taught him real spellcraft.
- It's All About Me: Wants nothing more than to be the biggest star in existence, no matter the cost to others.
- The Casanova: When he's not brainwashing women, he's seducing them based on how useful they are to him at that moment. He seduced a skeleton warrior woman and led her on until he met vampire queen Natasha.