- "I'm good at one thing: noticing that everyone hates me."
Played by: Dan Harmon
Character race/class: Half-orc ranger
Fondue hails from Earthscar Village, a haven for orcs, half-orcs, and other non-human races and "rough" folks shunned by civil society. Along with the rest of the central trio, he is pulled into the quest to stop the Heralds of the Manticore's plot when the cult attacks Earthscar on the day of the centennial Restoration ritual.
- Ambiguously Gay: At first. He comes out in episode 8.
- Butt-Monkey: Takes a fair amount of crap from the other party members, especially about his cowardly streak and unresolved issues with his absent father.
- Dirty Coward: A recurring plot point from episode 2 onwards which once results in him simply abandoning his friends and running for his life in the middle of a fight, although he usually holds his own.
- Disappeared Dad: A major source of Fondue's character development and the probable cause of his sensitivity and occasional cowardice. He has a chance to confront his Magnificent Bastard father in the final episode of Season 1.
- Informed Attribute: Fondue doesn't really have that many moments of cowardice on record, but it's still a defining trait for him. Then again, Dan Harmon explicitly mentions he wants it to be a "character development thing," so it makes sense everyone roles with it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Boneweevil mentions not caring much for Fondue halfway through Season 1, and the two are at each other's throats throughout Season 2.
Played by: Jeff Bryan Davis
Character race/class: Goblin rogue
Another native of Earthscar Village and a friend of Fondue. Boneweevil is impetuous and prone to trying creative and elaborate plans in combat, some of which work out better than others.
- Book Dumb: Of a sort. According to Boneweevil goblins hate the written word, so he destroys or urinates on every book he comes across.
- Butt-Monkey: To Deepak Chopra and Hawaiian Coffee. The former targets him due to "problems with intimacy," and the latter because he thinks he's a "big man with his dagger."
- Combat Parkour: Although Fondue and Beor are the ones who are explicitly mentioned as having skill points in acrobatics, Boneweevil does a lot more climbing and jumping around in combat, making use of his small size.
- Man Bites Man: To a prison guard in episode 5, when the group's gear has been confiscated. To witk, he rips the guard's jaw right off with his teeth.
- Named Weapon: His original rapier was named Juana. (Its full name is Juana Stabadude.)
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Chad the Blue Dragon in Season 2. After they have been trapped in the demon realm together for a year they essentially act like this.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Even though he's a goblin, which makes him the smallest and frailest of the team, Boneweevil is actually pretty badass in combat, having the most success against monsters much bigger than him.
- The Smart Guy: He actually proves to be very ingenious about puzzles and riddles.
- "I have no diplomacy."
Played by: Erin McGathy
Character race/class: Half-elf barbarian
A wandering barbarian who meets Fondue and Boneweevil when she is breathlessly chased into their village by the Manticore cultists. She fights alongside them and the village's militia against the cultists, and after the village's runestone is stolen, she joins Fondue and Boneweevil on their quest to stop the cultists' apocalyptic machinations.
- The Berserker: Beor's signature skill is her "Barbarian Rage" which makes "everything a little bit extra" (granting her additional strength and speed). However, it never seems to affect her rationality or judgment; it largely just causes her to Hulk Out and sing nonsensical folk song refrains.
- Chainmail Bikini: Her standard outfit.
- Named Weapon: Her ax is named Only Friend ("Of necessity," as she says). Later she also acquires a magical short sword which she names New Friend.
- Hulking Out: The visual effect of her "Barbarian Rage," although she never really becomes especially angry or irrational.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Loves bones. Just loves 'em. Bones in her hair, bones made into sculptures, bones torn from the still-living bodies of her freshly fallen allies. She apparently has even been carrying around the jawbone of her dead twin brother, the whole time. Just loves those bones. (This becomes less played up as the series goes on)
- Only Has Same-Sex Admirers: Female guests come on to Beor pretty strongly, but she strikes out pretty consistently with men, like Sandy and Limerick.
Played By: Dan Harmon
Character Race/Class Half Elf Chainweaver
The longlost, thought dead, Brother of Beor. Brooding, dark, shadowy. He joins the fight against the Puppet King and wants to assist his sister on the quest to restore their clan to their former glory. With the overarching plan to undo the 'Helling' the apocalypse the party failed to stop mid season 2.
- The Berserker: Downplayed, however being the brother of Beor, means he has a few anger issues. Primarily when he really needs these people to die.
- Incest Subtext: Although not any fault of his own, Beor seems to have found the 4 months(read as five seconds) of supposed flirting and tension to be more of a hindrance than outright attraction. At the moment, Limerick doesn't reciprocate her feelings.
- Limerick suggests that incest taboos are a little draconian, but is extremely uncomfortable when Beor comes onto him in the bathtub.
Played by: Paul F. Tompkins
Character race/class: Half-orc (class not specified)
Appears in: Episode 1: The Quest Begins
Earthscar's village champion and captain of the town's militia. Also a friend, mentor, and role model to Fondue and Boneweevil.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Fondue and Boneweevil.
- Critical Failure: Tries to destroy the cultists using an arcane flame. Instead he rolls a 1 and sets his head on fire.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Is killed off at the end of the first episode, just as the villains begin to dominate the environment.
Played by: Chelsea Peretti
Character race/class: Dwarf monk
Appears in: Episode 2: The Stone Saw Mines
A dwarf woman the party encounters on their way through the mountains to Freshport. She seems to be the only survivor of an attack on the local dwarven community by some of the abominations unleashed by the Manticore cult's attack on Earthscar.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Gets possessed by the fire lion arcane horror. The extent of her crazy is that she sings public domain pop songs.
- Shout-Out: Her name is one to New Age author Deepak Chopra.
Played by: Steve Agee
Character race/class: Hellspawn bard
Appears in: Episode 3: Welcome to Freshport
A bard whom the party meets in Freshport, where they hope to warn Dunnan, the brother of Earthscar Village's chief, about the Manticore cult threat. Tech tags along with them because he is hoping Dunnan will give him a job working on the city's docks.
- Fantastic Racism: Tech is the offspring of a human father and a "devil-lady," and has red skin and prominent horns. Because of this he can't get a job working at the Freshport docks like all the previous generations of males in his family.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Betrays the party when this looks like it'll give him his desired job at the docks, but then feels bad and helps them escape.
Captain Rib Sanchez
Played by: Ron Funches
Character race/class: Human (class not specified)
Appears in: Episode 4: Across the Dernum Sea
A famous sea captain/smuggler one whose ship the party lands while fleeing Freshport.
- Disney Death: He's mortally wounded in the fight against the monster, and looks like he's dead (Zubag even comments "he was a guest star, you saw this coming), but at the last moment uses his Healing Hands to heal himself, making a full recovery.
- Healing Hands: The main reason why he survives the episode.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the party is captured by bad guys, he tells the bad guys that he's not with them and is allowed to just leave.
Played by: Aubrey Plaza
Character race/class: Gnome (class not specified)
Appears in: Episode 5: Manoa Prison Hole
A fellow prisoner with an escape plan and an affinity for potions.
- Ambiguously Gay: She seems to have a big crush on Beor, really enjoys watching her dance, and she makes shivs with handles shaped like naked ladies.
- Emotionless Girl: Based on her player's trademark awkward delivery, she comes across as a mix of this and a Cloudcuckoolander. The animators play it up by giving her a deadpan expression for most of her scenes.
- Hate at First Sight: Takes an instant dislike to Boneweevil and spends the episode snapping at him, even shrinking him down to miniature size for no reason other than that he was excited about a dagger he found.Boneweevil: What?! Why did you do that?
Hawaiian Coffee: Hee hee, "the big man with the dagger."
Boneweevil: I don't — I'm, I'm a little tiny thing! I'm a three foot tall goblin! I'm shorter than you are, I'm shorter than a gnome!
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the end, she decides to go "suicide bomber" to let the others escape.
Played by: John Hodgman
Character race/class: Human merchant/wizard
Appears in: Episode 6: Entering the Sandman Desert
A merchant traversing the desert with exactly one hundred sandwiches.
- Affably Evil: Well, he turns out to have turned a whole bunch of helpless villagers into sandwiches, but he's just so darned friendly and likeable that the party can't help but be charmed by him.
- HeelFace Turn: Ends up befriending the party because "these fights take forever."
Played by: Thomas Middleditch
Character race/class: Not specified, but looks like a halfling.
Appears in: Episode 7: The Doorest of Fores
A native of the Doorest of Fores who is also after the Heralds of the Manticore.
- Covert Pervert: Uses a lot of innuendoes when he speaks, and has a tendency to blow smoke rings that take the shape of a penis.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: As is appropriate for a halfling-like characters, he smokes a long pipe.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: With his Stealth Hi/Bye at the end, it's a little unclear whether he's a normal person, or some kind of spirit or manifestation.
Played by: Kumail Nanjiani
Character race/class: Kobold janitor
Appears in: Episode 8: The Dragon's Temple, Episode 20: The Sorcerer of the Storm
A kobold janitor employed by the Heralds of the Manticore to keep the temple clean. Later returns to aid the party in the second season finale.
- Humongous Mecha: Pilots one in his second appearance.
- Jerkass: The party quickly comes to realize that he's completely self-centered and is only interested in what he gets out of a deal. He's also prone to Exact Words when making deals.
- The Gadfly: Is willing to go pretty far in order to mess with the party members, just because it's funny.
- Loves Only Gold: Will pretty much only help out the party in exchange for gold. By the end, he has all the party's gold and most of the cult's gold, too.
- Pet the Dog: The one genuinely nice thing he does is to lend the party a rope so they can get Fondue out of the grease pit. They're suspicious of him and the rope the entire time, but after a bit of teasing he does lend them the rope, there's nothing wrong with it and they manage to rescue Fondue.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In his second appearance, he's become a lot more helpful and amiable — though he still likes to mess with the party just for the hell of it.
Played by: Rhea Butcher
Character race/class: Magic Sword
Appears in: Episode 9: The Secret Hideout
A sentient (and female-identifying) magical sword, capable of projecting a spirit body.
- Cool Sword: Magical, sentient, able to cast spells on her own, and can project a spell-casting spirit body. Hell yeah!
- Gender-Blender Name: Identifies as a female sword, yet is called "James."
- Talking Weapon: The only reason she didn't talk before is that she was knocked unconscious beforehand and didn't wake up until Episode Nine.
Played by: Nathan Fillion
Character race/class: Elf (class not specified)
Appears in: Episode 10: Earthscar Village
The new chief of Earthscar Village.
- Pretty Boy: Not the best village chief, but everybody agrees that he's a handsome devil.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks just a little more highly of himself than he probably deserves.
Played by: Matt Gourley
Character race/class: Orc (class not specified)
Appears in: Episode 10: Earthscar Village
Fondue's absent father. Also owes the former chief money.
- The Atoner: Introduces himself as this, but turns out to not really be telling the truth. Then at the end of the episode he becomes this for real.
- Consummate Liar: Most of the things he says is a lie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A liar, a charlatan, and a plain lousy father, but he does strive to make things right in the end.
Played by: Gillian Jacobs
Character race/class: Goblin Rogue
Appears in: Episode 11: The Quest Continues
New companion who joined the party after Boneweevil's disappearance.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Gillian's unfamiliarity with roleplay mechanics leads to Chip behaving in a very... unconventional manner.
- Breakout Character: The players discuss Chip's possibility as one, dubbing him "Middle-Earth's Urkel." The Stinger for the final episode of Season 2 features the opening credit for a (fictional) sitcom named "Celty and Chip."
- Catchphrase: "I'm Chip!"
- The Ditz: When not being the first trope.
- Fearless Fool: Totally without fear, mostly due to being totally without common sense.
- Not Quite Dead: According to "Celty and Chip," Chip survived the demon realm and moved in with Celty the Sorcerer.
- Phrase Catcher: "Oh, Chip."
- Replacement Scrappy / Suspiciously Similar Substitute: may be an intentional invocation of these tropes.
Crandularius (and others)
Played by: Rory Scovel
Character race/class: human witch
Appears in: Episode 12: Demon Realm Devilry
Resident of a swampy corner of the Demon realm. Acquainted with Boneweevil, somehow.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Alledgedly a friend of Boneweevil, except Boneweevil doesn't like him... nor, it transpires, does anyone else.
- I Have Many Names: A result of no one (including Rory) being able to retain his character's correct name.
Played by: Aparna Nancherla
Character race/class: Not specified
Appears in: Episode 13: Bonebreak Village
A Demon hunter seeking the soul of her dead partner, Spencer.
Played by: Paul Scheer
Character race/class: Tooth Beast
Appears in: Episode 14: Into the Abyss
A weird, tooth... thing, and another infernal acquaintance of Boneweevil's.
- Crazy Awesome: Paul's performance is something to behold.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: A subversion, in that rather than sharp canines in a gaping maw, he's actually a creature composed entirely of teeth, especially the more benign molar-type.
Played by: Patton Oswalt
Character race/class: Orc (class not specified)
Appears in: Episode 15: Back to Sandman Desert
Young desert villager previously saved by the party back in Episode 6.
- Broken Pedestal: Sandpole's near-death encounter with his erstwhile saviors completely disillusions him.
Played by: Janet Varney
Character race/class: Dwarf Sorceress
Appears in: Episode 16: The Barely Cursed Bazaar of Commerce
Traveling peddler of wondrous (and yes, barely cursed) items.
Gribble Grabble/Grabble Gribble
Played by: Jason Mantzoukas
Character race/class: Gnome assassin
Appears in: Episode 17: The City of Forlona
Urchin from the streets of Forlona.
Played by: Elizabeth Olsen
Character race/class: Half-Elf bomber
Appears in: Episode 18: The Keystone Obelisk
Prisoner of Forlona due to her destructive tendencies. She is released to aid the party.
- Mad Bomber: A low-key mad bomber to be sure, but still quite indiscriminate in her carnage.
Played by: Rob Corddry
Character race/class: Half-Elf barbarian
Appears in: Episode 19: The Castle of Etylai
Old flame of Beor's, from her tribe.
ChadA blue dragon hatched from en egg in Season One, who's a companion to the party for parts of Season Two.
- Deus ex Machina: Tends to play this role when the party get too deep in it.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Boneweevil. At the start of season two they've been "roommates" (AKA trapped in the demon realm together) for a year, and have developed this dynamic.