- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Played with. Their Resurrective Immortality means they don't have any real issue with killing each other. However, they do take the destruction of one's jurisdiction (i.e. permanent death) seriously: the author notes that when they eliminated the ancient human race, they avoided going down the easy route of just blowing up their planets, as doing so would kill the gods of those planets as well.
- Complete Immortality: As long as a god's jurisdiction exists, they will regenerate and come back from the dead as many times they need. Averted in the case of smaller-scale gods whose jurisdictions only encompass a single planet: If their planet is gone, they are gone too.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Gods - save for the primeval ones - have a single source attribute. Suras, in turn, always have at least two. If Indra were to face a Garuda, for instance, he'd be in trouble, as their clan attribute is the same as his, Sky. A possible way to overcome this is to win by raw power, but they then run into another problem as the average nastika overpowers the average god.
- Death Is Cheap: As per their Resurrective Immortality mentioned above, they behave like this. In fact, they find it funny when Agni goes berserk and kills them all. When it comes to humanity, their mentality is the same; that's why it took them so long to finally decide to do something about Gandharva. It was only when he began destroying the souls of those he killed that they decided to do something.
- God Is Flawed: Essentially, their main issue. They're neither saints nor evil. They complain about work, want vacations, get jealous over each other's cool toys, have people they like, have people they don't like, etc. As Brahma puts it (after observing Agni and Yama's quarrel), you'd never believe these are enlightened beings.
- God Is Neutral: The stance many of them take, provided the universe itself isn't threatened. They don't go out of their way to be dicks, most of the time, but if it doesn't bother them, then whatever.
- Informed Attribute: While the gods are established to generally be Jerkass Gods, most of the ones we see are comparatively good; partially this is because the better gods are presumably more likely to answer summons.
- Inhumanly Beautiful Race: They are gods, after all. They can even adjust aspects of their appearances (although only a select few can change their gender.)
- Jerkass Gods: Boy howdy, are they ever. Most gods wouldn't spare a thought if nastikas go around destroying entire planets for kicks (like a certain nastika king (*cough* Gandharva *cough*) used to do), and only move their collective ass when they think it's getting threatened - see Opportunistic Bastards below. Agni, being an exception to this rule, feels like an outcast among his own.
- Lack of Empathy: Enlightened beings can access the "top", where they're able to leave certain memories and feelings behind. Agni criticizes the entire system as it was meant so that the gods could become closer to humans, but the other gods abused it by getting rid of whatever made them suffer, making them less compassionate in the process. Visnu (or at least implied to be) acknowledges that the system was probably a mistake.
- Opportunistic Bastards: It's becoming clearer and clearer that the divide between suras and gods is not nearly as clear-cut as they would have you believe. This, specially, comes into play: At first, as they are weaker than nastikas, they allied with the ancient human race. However, when it became clearer that humanity was growing powerful, far too powerful, they concluded that humans would end up ruling the universe, and thus joined the nastikas to destroy them.
- Resurrective Immortality: So long as the aspect they embody exists, they will resurrect. Agni, for instance, was once napping at a star when Gandharva swallowed it whole. It killed him, but he simply ressurrected.
- Time Abyss: The natural gods were born at the dawn of the universe. That's not to say they're the only ones; all gods are born as their jurisdiction comes into being.
- Unscrupulous Hero: What generally makes them A Lighter Shade of Grey than the suras. While they have no issue with overlooking the suras' penchant for destruction, they're less prone to that tendency for rampant slaughter. Ultimately, they're devoted to their duty—it's just that their duty is to the universe, not to humans.
- Complete Immortality: Up to Eleven, even when compared to the other gods. They will outlive the universe. Death is simply not a possibility for them. Even 5th-stage gods can be killed permanently if their jurisdictions are completely destroyed (however, that would be impossible; to kill Agni, for instance, you would have to destroy all fire in the universe), but there is simply no way in absolute to destroy primeval gods. Even if they lose their corporeal form, they only have to wait a bit to recover it.
- God Is Neutral: Brahma and Shiva take the explicit stance that, unlike Visnu, they won't try and extend the universe's lifespan once they're done creating it.
- Hypocrite: They criticized Menaka for falling for Kali's lies, but they're not so infallible to her deception either.
- Nonindicative Name: Zigzagged. They are called "gods" and have jurisdictions and worshippers, not unlike the proper gods themselves, but they are a completely different type of being altogether.
- The Old Gods: They are older than the universe. In fact, they created it.
- Team Switzerland: As a whole, the primeval gods do not take a side in the gods vs sura conflict. Except for Kali, who adopted a nastika name and rule a sura clan herself, but Kali is an exception to many things.
- Time Abyss: Again, they are older than the universe.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Of sorts. If you think about it, they are kind of responsible for the extinction of the first human race. Why? Since they retained the memories of their past lives in their souls, suras saw them as a threat as it meant humans took suras killing any of them badly, and the gods feared humans would one day rule the universe. Said concern is justified in the sense that, as per Shess' flashback, humans were already working on weaponry aimed at destroying nastikas. What the primeval gods have to do with all this? Well, they could have prevented the situation from going this far if they wanted. Kubera calls them out on this, noting that they should've molded the universe to suit the ancient human race, rather than expect them to mold themselves to the new universe.
- On the other hand, while it's unknown how the others felt, Brahma is revealed to have disliked them, so it's doubtful she even had any inclination to prevent this.
Jurisdiction: Creation, Source Attribute: Creation
Goddess of Creation, known for being extremely neutral on the subject of fighting the sura.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Gives precisely zero fucks about the state of the universe. If Kali wants to destroy it, so be it. She'll just create another one anyway. She wasn't always this way; at the beginning of it, she was still willing to help Visnu out.
- Arch-Enemy: Maybe not to the same extent as Visnu, but Brahma doesn't seem at all to be fond of Kali. She deeply resented the fact that humans allied with her in the past universe, and seems more worried about keeping her sealed than about the state of the universe itself. Of course, the latter may be because she simply gave up on the current one.
- Jerkass God: While Brahma used to be a more proactive force in maintaining the universe, she now considers it to be unsalvageable and is mainly just waiting for it to end so she can get started on the next one.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Agni wonders if that is the case. After discovering that Menaka had made a deal with Kali, she told her to focus on Gandharva's redemption as much as possible. However, a few millions of years later, she gave Agni a sword meant to kill him without much protest. Menaka believed that Brahma had simply given up on the universe entirely, and thus didn't care anymore about what happened to it.
- Neutral No Longer: Implied. If she was the one who gave Laila her new weapon, then her reputation as a neutral goddess is put under question. It doesn't help that she gave Agni the Sword of Hellfire and created a weapon for Kinnara to take away Airavata's name. Of course, she could just be balancing both sides...
Brahma: I'm going to the sura realm. Looks like the playing field is too unlevel for me to just sit back chewing gum.
- Official as of 3-159/444:
- No Hero to His Valet: A pissed off and overworked Yama has no qualms about yelling at her. Agni himself also doesn't have that high of an opinion on her either.
- The Power of Creation: The source of it, specifically.
- Sins of Our Fathers: The more it's revealed about her, the clearer it becomes that Brahma has not forgiven humanity for allying with Kali in the past universe. God Kubera claims that they were the former universe's "victors", and that she should have created an universe to suit them, as they had earned that right. Brahma isn't having any of it - victors or not, she never forgave it, and thus didn't stop the gods and nastikas when they decided to wipe out the original human race. One wonders if her decision to remake them weak as they are now (and thus being indirectly responsible for them becoming the suras' punching bag) wasn't a form of vengeance.
- Team Switzerland: Maintains neutrality at all times. She set up the barrier system so that humans would be protected against sura attacks, but made the barriers dependent on humans so that the sura would have a chance to attack. This may or may not be changing.
- Those Two Guys: Frequently seen helping Yama out with the Underworld's massive amount of paperwork.
- Torment by Annoyance: Most gods get her to make what they want using this trope.
Jurisdiction: Resurrection, Source Attributes: Resurection + Unknown
The God of Preservation, he is most known for his ability to see the future. He was also largely friendly to everyone and everything he met. It was thanks to his protection that humanity was able to fend off the sura. He separated the realms during the Cataclysm, and then disappeared along with Shiva.
- A Million Is a Statistic: When Asha asked him to save Carte. He claimed that he had witnessed the death of universes and asked why Carte deserved be saved.
- He displayed the same behavior towards Menaka in the past. When she begged him to help her stop Gandharva's senseless destruction (not only because of the sheer brutality of his actions, but also because she knew very well that it all would backfire on him eventually), Visnu refused. After all, Gandharva was never supposed to hold so much power; it should have gone to Menaka instead. Gandharva's slaughters were, as far as Visnu was concerned, all fine and good: as long as kept doing it, he would end up dying at some point, and then Menaka would become king, just as he had planned. It were just some trillions of souls, after all.
- Visnu worries about the universe as a whole; everything in it can be sacrificed to ensure the survival of the universe itself.
- Arch-Enemy: Kali's, somewhat, although we never see any of them show any enmity towards the other aside from Kali once referring to him as "that blasted Visnu". It's more of a natural thing: Kali always works to destroy the universe, Visnu is the sole of the primeval gods that works to ensure its survival.
- Armor-Piercing Question/Armor-Piercing Response: Delivered both to Menaka in the same breath. When she begged him to help her stop Gandharva's slaughters, he refuses, as Gandharva would end up dying at that pace, which would make Menaka king, thus giving them a chance of defeating Kali if Menaka achieved enlightement some day. Menaka disagrees with his reasoning:Menaka: Does it not matter to you how many are sacrificed... For the sake of extending the life of the universe...?
- Blinding Bangs: His eyes are always covered by his hair. Considering his eyes are called an indescribable, ever-changing color in The Finite, this makes some sense.
- The Chessmaster: It certainly helps your cause when you can see all potential outcomes. The sole piece he can't control on the board is Kali, as even his insight has trouble with seeing futures related to her. And boy, does she milk this for all it is worth or what.
- Exact Words: He told Gandharva to wait as an ocean would be created for his clan one day. It's still pretty much a lie by deliberate misdirection, but he never specified that he (or Varuna) would lend a hand. Eventually, an ocean is created—by Gandharva, upon realizing no help is ever coming.
- Another Gandharva-related instance that involves a bit of Foreshadowing. In a flashback, Gandharva and Visnu are talking to each other, and the nastika complains about the pressures of kingship. He wonders what would have happened if the name Gandharva hadn't gone to him. Visnu points out that Menaka would still be Gandharva's wife, except that said "Gandharva" wouldn't be the one we know. Because it would be Menaka herself. She was supposed to have received the name "Gandharva" at the beginning of the universe; through undisclosed means, the Gandharva we know and love stole this name, and that's one of the reasons Visnu hated him so much. So yes, a nastika named "Menaka" would marry another called "Gandharva", who would be the one we know as Menaka.
- False Friend: It's later revealed that he actually hated Gandharva and merely pretended to be his friend because Gandharva's existence was necessary for the best future. May or may not explain the whole lie about making an ocean for his clan.
- The Gadfly: His interactions with Taksaka in the finite mainly consist of him trolling the latter at every possible opportunity.
- Have You Seen My God?: He disappeared before the start of the story, leaving many things unfinished. Said disappearance happened during the Cataclysm, or so it is believed by many; other believe that the very fact that Visnu and Shiva went missing was the Cataclysm itself, so great was their influence.
- Kick the Dog: To Asha on Carte. When she loses an arm after disobeying him, he tells her he could fix it, but she disobeyed him so he won't.
- To the human race as a whole in the past, and to Menaka at the same time. As per A Million Is a Statistic above, he refused her pleas to help with the Gandharva situation simply because it would better fit his plans.
- Mad God: Chandra calls him one, though he's a bit unhinged himself.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated everyone for his own ends, but it's not clear what those ends are.
- No Hero to His Valet: Due to his easygoing nature, many suras treated him rather casually despite him being the creator of the universe. The gods themselves don't seem to hold him in that high regard, as they went along with God Kubera's "Let's-kill-Ananta" plan despite it displeasing the primeval gods.
- The Omniscient: Is treated as this thanks to his ability to see all possible futures.
- Omniscient Morality License: He may or may not be in ownership of one, but he at least behaves like he does. Almost every major action he has taken has resulted in suffering for the main characters (in particular, the deal he made with Asha basically destroyed both Asha and Leez' lives, which had a domino effect of causing lots of other horrible things to happen as well), but according to him it is all to ensure the preservation of the universe.
- Oracular Urchin: His preferred appearance is that of a child and he has a potent ability to see the future.
- The Old Gods: Even more so than the other Primeval Gods, as he can remember past universes.
- Parental Substitute: To Kalavinka. Being Garuda's close friend, he was entrusted with raising one of his kids to take them away from the dangers of the Power of the Name (whatever this means). He also briefly acted as one to Kasak, when there was a real fear he'd be killed under Taksaka's care.
- Shipper on Deck: Deliberately orchestrated Taksaka and Ian coming together, as means of quelling Taksaka's temper.
- Not So Omniscient After All: While Visnu's Insight is incredibly potent, he doesn't actually control the future. Kali in particular is a massive blind spot.
- Time Abyss: Primeval Gods exist regardless of the current universe. Visnu, however, is a special case: he alone can remember the past universes.
- Time Master: But if he does it too much, he loses his material form.
Jurisdiction: Destruction, Source Attribute: Destruction
The God of Destruction. He disappeared during the Cataclysm.
- Armor-Piercing Response: After the primeval gods find out about Menaka's deal with "Visnu" (actually Kali in disguise), Shiva asks her if she regrets it, since she will die. She says that it's okay as long as she can change Gandharva. Because poor Menaka can't catch a break with this, Shiva promptly says the following in the bluntest way possible:Shiva: You won't even be able to change him completely. You will die before you can.
- The Faceless: He's only shown in silhouette, or with Hidden Eyes.
- Have You Seen My God?: He vanished during the Cataclysm along with Visnu.
- Large and in Charge: Subverted. Shiva is very tall and a primeval god, but he doesn't give two shits about the universe as a whole, just like Brahma.
- Minor Major Character: He's a Priveval God and one of the greatest forces in the universe; he's also completely irrelevant to the narrative's main conflict.
Jurisdiction: Entropy, Source Attributes: Chaos + Unknown
The Goddess of Chaos, considered mad by the rest, and for good reason. She's Yuta's original mother. She created Taraka to protect him in her absence.
- 0% Approval Rating: No one likes Kali, not even her own son. Note that Yuta has expressed several times his love for Taraka, dangerous and insane as she may be; Kali is just that much of a bitch. It also helps that she left him when Yuta was very young.
- Abusive Parent: Oh, where to start? Pretty much everything that went wrong in Yuta's life can be traced back to Kali somehow. He even calls her out on it in one of her monologues, claiming she knew very well that he would end up being miserable.
- Let Kali herself explain, shall we?Kali: My son would never want to see me. I'm sure all he remembers of me is abuse of all kinds.
- Let Kali herself explain, shall we?
- Arch-Enemy: Visnu's. He tries to keep the universe functioning, she wants to destroy it.
- Ax-Crazy: Kali may be a character of many mysteries, but one thing was never in question: she's completely off the rocker. In a dangerous way.
- Beauty Is Bad: Look at her. Now look at the rest of her tropes.
- Berserk Button: She's very offended by Leez "changing" Yuta's name, reacting violently and ripping the offending party limb to limb.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: According to Yuta, she doesn't believe that doing bad things is wrong. She even lampshades it, noting that no one will ever understand her idea of justice.
- Comes Great Insanity: She's a primeval goddess and madder than a hatter. Or maybe not: see the trope above. Kali may be the literal embodiment of chaos but she has a moral code of her own, as confusing as it may be, and she follows it. It's implied that the whole destroy-the-universe thing is part of it, not just something done for fun. On the other hand, some of her actions, like creating the Taraka clan out of names that were dangerous and/or defective, can hardly be explained as stable.
- Complete Immortality: Kali's a primeval goddess, meaning that her jurisdiction - and thus herself - can never be destroyed.
- Consummate Liar: She regularly lies about her Insights. She was also able to convince the other gods about her innocence of giving Gandharva the power to destroy souls, claiming he had stolen it. No one doubted her.
- The Corrupter: She has a persuasion skill that makes her able to do this to anyone, as shown with what she did to Siera.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She wipes the floor with Leez in Konchez. She even lampshades it, noting that it wasn't even using her true body, but Yuta's double.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. In her conversation with Leez in Konchez, she remarks that she knows very well the dangers of love, and that giving her son a loveless life was the greatest gift she could present him with.
- Deal with the Devil: Offered this to Menaka, taking Visnu's form. She would allow Menaka to bear Gandharva's sins, thus ensuring his redemption, in exchange for Menaka's remaining time. When Menaka died, she was turned into Kali into an entity designed to protect her son - Taraka herself.
- She also offered this to Leez, promising her a name that would allow her to stand above everyone else. It fails, as Leez has no interest in power.
- Determinator: Say what you want about Kali, but she'll stick to her goals. Billions of years and countless sealings haven't done anything to threaten her convictions.
- Didn't See That Coming: She thought Leez would choose to kill Asha instead of Maruna when she sent her to the past.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Implied. When God Kubera addresses her as "Primeval Goddess Kali", she remarks that no one had been so respectful in a long time. Trying to destroy the universe several times will do that to you.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Hard to say. One could construe her relationship with Yuta as one of love - that is, Kali's brand of love. She did create a caretaker for him in the shape of Taraka, which makes sense as Yuta is a fundamental part of her plans, but she did give Taraka her own face, that only Yuta could see. She seems genuinely impressed by how Leez worried more about Yuta's feelings than about her own survival during their confrontation at Konchez. She considers love to be evil and dangerous, possibly because of personal trauma, and thus made sure that Yuta would never be able to love anything. So, if not love, one can say that, to some level and in a very, very alien way, she does care about him.
- Evil Is Petty: Delivers the above mentioned curbstomping to Leez because she dared to give Yuta another name, despite the fact that she remarked herself that Leez's interference would amount to no more than a small detour in her plans.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Boy howdy, no. She wants Yuta to be a merciless king that will know no love and care for no one. But, like pretty much everything else regarding Kali herself, this is quite complicated, starting with the fact that she doesn't consider herself evil. Yes, she wants her own son to be a universe destroyer, but, to Kali, the universe is evil - as is love, as is honour, as is everything else that is part of it. So, does she want Yuta to fit the conventionall view of good? Absolutely not. Does she want him to fit her own view of good? Yes.
- The Dreaded: In-universe, anything regarding her is bad news. While she's worshipped by humans, the few records about her aren't exactly praising her kindness.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Kali only seems to be this, and In-Universe too. Most characters only see her as a batshit insane goddess that wants to destroy the universe because that's her nature as a Chaos being. Yuta, however, says that his mother is guided by her own sense of justice, as weird as it may be, and that this is the reason behind her actions; a flashback of her supports this. Even if no one ever understands her sense of justice, Kali keeps fighting for it anyway. It just so happens to entail the end of everything.Leez: ...What do you define as evil?
- Grand Theft Me: On Konchez, she takes over Yuta's remote body.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The more we learn of her, the clearer it becomes that she's this. She created the Taraka clan, the ones responsible for all the shit that's going down in season three. Yuta's birth seems to have happened as a result of one of her plans as well, given how linked he is to them, and how she went out of her way to have a caretaker for him in the form of Taraka. She may not have had anything to do with Ananta's death, and therefore the whole conflict of the first two seasons - or so it seems. As Sagara remarks, the Taraka clan allied themselves with the gods to attack the Ananta clan, which ended up with the nastika king dead. If Kali had anything to do with it (which seems likely), then she definitely fits this trope, given that Ananta's death screwed over the whole universe, as without him the best possible future was no longer possible.
- She's also this to Gandharva. As it turns out, there was a nastika created with the goal of killing her: Menaka, Gandharva's wife. Kali tricked Menaka into making a deal with her, and, as a consequence, Menaka eventually passed away. The role of being Kali's bane then fell onto Gandharva. Furthermost, Menaka is Taraka herself - and the Taraka clan attack was the main factor behind Gandharva being separated from Shakuntala.
- Have You Seen My God?: She disappeared long before the Cataclysm, shortly after giving birth to Yuta. She's been sealed away by the gods and nastikas.
- Hot Goddess: Kali may be many things, but ugly she is not. Lampshaded: Taraka's fake beauty was based on Kali's own appearance.
- It's All About Me: The reason she's so set on ending the universe? She cannot stand the existence of any beings stronger than her. Or so it seems; see Comes Great Insanity above.
- Jerkass Goddess: As Leez puts it:Kali: What is your honest impression of me?Leez: ...You are childish, petty, arrogant and cruel.
- Karma Houdini: She's a primeval goddess; in other words, she's basically unkillable - even if she destroys the universe, there isn't really any way to punish her, except sealing, but even that never lasts: she has escaped sealing several times already.
- Love Is a Weakness: And evil, according to Kali. It's one of the reasons why she wants to destroy the universe, among many other things. She even claims to have created Yuta simply to eradicate all the things she finds 'evil'. Although this strong dislike of love is implied to be because she knows the pain of love from personal experience.Kali: (to Leez) A life without love is the greatest blessing... I know too well the harms of love, and I wanted my son to be free of it.
- Mad God: According to Gandharva, she's so bad she's had to be sealed over a hundred times over the history of the universe. And that's coming from the guy that used to destroy planets for kicks.
- Manipulative Bastard: She took advantage of Menaka's compassion - as someone who could eventually become her bane - to orchestrate her ultimate death.
- She also showed her manipulative skills millions of years in the past during the Gandharva situation. God Kubera convinced her to give Gandharva a name that would allow him to destroy souls so as to convince the gods to finally deal with him for good, and then kill someone who was stronger than her (her ultimate goal). When they asked her if she had been the one to give him said power, she remarked that no, of course it wasn't me, I don't like beings stronger than I am, why would I empower one of them even more? And they fell hook, line and sinker.
- Missing Mom: To Yuta. At least she left him a simalucrum to act as his mother in her stead, who is... completely... crazy... okay, maybe not a good thing. Yuta even says she knew he would be miserable. Seems like she did it on purpose in order to shape her son.
- Mysterious Parent: Yuta's. Although he does seem to know more about her than most, he's still in the dark regarding several of her plans.
- Occult Blue Eyes: A marvelous pair of turquoise eyes that appear to indicate the use of Insight.
- Omnicidal Maniac: She's considered one In-Universe.
- Playing Both Sides: She would neglect to nullify some skills and then sit back and watch as other destroyed themselves with them.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: A particularly ineffectual example, as she was sealed and then escaped sealing more than a hundred times since the beginning of the universe. Her latest disappearance happened because she was sealed once again; she remains as such even now, and seems to have given up on getting her physical form out.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: When God Kubera comes to talk to her about Gandharva, she's completely naked.
- Shipper on Deck: Completely inverted. She considers love to be a disease, and thus she's made sure to give Yuta a compulsion to eat anything he loves.
- Spanner in the Works: To Visnu, as his insight is imperfect when it comes to her, meaning that she can mess up his plans.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The universe has beings stronger than her? Just destroy it all.
- Villain Respect: Kali is moved by Leez's thoughts concerning Yuta's fate, and decides to give Leez the "prize" of an opportunity to kill either Asha or Maruna in the past. Somewhat downplayed in the sense that her "prize" was one that would end in no losses for Kali herself. It's possible that her respect was genuine regardless.
- We Will Meet Again: Inverted; the last time Yuta saw her, she told him they would never meet again.
Jurisdiction: Nature, Source Attribute: Earth
The God of Earth, and the god whose name Leez bears; his domains also encompass gravity, wealth, and strength.
- The Atoner: His current motivation seems to be to atone for killing of Ananta, although he is clearly increasingly conflicted.
- Big Damn Heroes: He shows up to save Leez during the Test of the Sword - from his own ally, no less. Sagara is not pleased.
- Broken Pedestal: More like shattered. After coming back from the sura realm, Leez doesn't seem to be on good terms with any god (save for Agni and maybe Vayu), but given how personal their relationship was, it seems she has it particularly bad with him. It is subtly implied that the memories she recovered have something to do with this as well.
- The Chooser of The One: In a play on this, he, unable to decide, puts the choice in the hands of someone else. However, he doesn't explain the full consequences of the choice.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: During the day, it's white, but it's golden at night.
- Death Seeker: An alternate interpretation of what he's up to can be summarised as "the universe's most convoluted, indirect suicide attempt" — Agni, for one, worries this is the case. Sagara, too, picks this vibe up... and, just doesn't care: as long as he doesn't peg it until she's finished with him, she's fine with it.
- To Ananta. See his entry.
- To Sagara as well.
- Let's see, what do they have in common? Well, both have an Earth attribute. Both have a deep personal history with Ananta that heavily influences how they behave and are working to bring him back, and are similarly willing to take drastic measures to strengthen their firepower. Both will work with people that would normally be considered their enemies to achieve bigger goals.
- But that's about it. Compared to other nastikas, Sagara is weak, whereas Kubera is one of the only seven gods to ever achieve 5th-zen, and is considered an Ace among his peers. Sagara is pure emotion, Kubera rarely shows what he thinks. Sagara loved Ananta more than anything in the world, and is willing to damn everyone and everything to bring him back - Kubera betrayed the king's trust and had him killed. Sagara is a Pintsized Powerhouse, Kubera is Large and in Charge. She harbours no doubts about her plan, despite being repeatedly told that she should. As time goes on, he becomes more and more conflicted towards the same thing. Both have personal relationships with people far younger than them; however, Sagara has a The Men First attitude towards the rakshasas under her command. Kubera, on the other hand, willingly allows Leez to join fights she doesn't even understand. And yet, he seems to care about her, not unlike how Sagara cares about her own underlings.
- Godzilla Threshold: You know that Onion headline, "Man Always Carries Gun In Case He Needs To Escalate Situation"? That's his troubleshooting process in a nutshell. In the past, when Gandharva was out of control slaughtering humans left, right and center, he and Agni were the only two gods that cared about the lives lost and tried to do anything about the situation. After Agni's attempt of appealing to the other gods' compassion fails (miserably), God Kubera decides that he will make the problem so big that even they will care for it. His solution? To ask Kali to give Gandharva a name that allows him to destroy the souls he kills, thus creating a situation so dire that even the gods themselves will feel the need to step in. As he puts it himself in chapter 3-56/341:Kubera: The reason they are doing nothing is because the situation causes them no direct harm. So... The problem has to be exacerbated until they feel threatened.
- Good Is Not Nice: ...Maybe so? Neither "good" nor "evil" are the right way to characterize him. As of now, what he is truly up to is a complete mystery; it seems he's trying to make up for what he did to Ananta, but it's hard to tell. In the past, at least, he was this: just as taciturn as he is now, and willing to let Gandharva destroy trillions so that he may not cause even more destruction in the future.
- Gravity Master: He is the god of Earth and wealth, after all.
- The Heavy: Averted from a point of view, played straight from another. Yes, he's the one behind Sagara's scheme, the one responsible for bringing most of the big shots into the game by opening portals into the sura realm, the one that gave Leez most of her items, and is implied to have been the god that she summoned to boot. Besides, he was the one behind Ananta's death, thus kickstarting the whole plot. But, as Sagara complains in season two, he's not very cooperative. He opens portals, but takes no part in the battle. He knows where every Kubera is, but takes no steps to have them killed, and even goes around saving one of them from to time. As a god, he's the one with the most influence in human society; if he had told humanity to do something, it most certainly would have been done. His importance on the plot is undeniable, but most of the time he seems to not be sure whether of not he wants said influence to grow.
- Manipulative Bastard: He is behind the sura searching for Leez... as well as the one who gave her his name in the first place. Not to mention also saving her hide, just to complicate everything in the process and shorten her life expectancy in the long run. Yay?
- When he approaches her regarding Gandharva's slaughters, Kali even lampshades it. Your manipulation game must be at another level to have a primeval god remarking on it.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Everybody who deals with him for any length of time winds up complaining about this. Agni, Gandharva, Sagara, Leez, every recorded Priest of Earth who spent quality time with him or his objects...
- During the Test of the Sword, afte he tells her to simply go back to the sura realm and forget everything, Sagara even lampshades it:Sagara: HEY!!!!!!!! Have you gone mad? You have a split personality or something? You're the one who opened the door and called for me!
- During the Test of the Sword, afte he tells her to simply go back to the sura realm and forget everything, Sagara even lampshades it:
- My Greatest Failure: It's implied that he deeply regrets his killing of Ananta; he specifically warns Leez not to repeat his mistakes, and to stand by those who give her their trust.
- Lap Pillow: Although the gesture is not appreciated due to feeling like a "wooden pillow" he serves as one to Leez after saving her from a brutal battle with Sagara. He claims that she had crawled on to his lap when she asks why...
- Take Away Their Name: It's implied he literally gave his name to Leez. He told her father to name his child Kubera, and from then on refused to use it for himself. He tells Leez that she can only call him 'mister', and even then, only if she doesn't attach any particular significance to it as a name.
- Pet the Dog: To animals and Leez.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: His normally white-ish hair turns gold at night, along with his eyes.
- The Stoic: Agni notes that he's never seen him smile, and thinks he's lonely. Leez kinda-almost gets a smile out of him on a few occasions, but... there are the ever-present caveats attached.
- The Unreveal: After the Cataclysm, gods of all kinds were secluded in their own realm, and could only inhabit the human realm if they were summoned by a human. If that is so... who summoned him?
- Season 3 heavily implies it was Leez.
Jurisdiction: Nature, Source Attribute: Fire
The incomparably silly God of Fire, summoned by Brilith when she was a child. His easy-going nature is largely an act, meant to reduce the strain on her.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He's regarded as an outsider among the gods due to his emotional nature.
- Being Good Sucks: Both Menaka and Shakuntala made their Last Request to him to not lose faith in Gandharva, knowing that Agni is his only chance for redemption. Thus, Agni does his best to honour that wish, but he knows it costs him a lot of goodwill from his allies and Brilith, and Gandharva constantly letting him down wears on him. Also, not killing Gandharva when he had the chance ultimately leads to Agni giving up his right to enter Paradise.
- Berserk Button: When Gandharva claims he killed a certain woman, he immediately goes white fire (10,000+ degrees), nearly killing Brilith in the process. The other gods even refer to his "ex" as a button they can press to make him mad.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Brilith notes that she's never seen him mad in all the years she's known him, and likewise his fellow gods find him difficult to anger (Berserk Button aside). Actually pissing him off, though, is a bad idea.
- Big Eater: It helps when food just burns up inside of him. During a meeting, he suggests they get something to eat, to which Brilith points out they just had lunch.
- Birds of a Feather: He was friends with Menaka, which is unsurprising when you consider their similar personalities and positions among their kind.
- Butt-Monkey: Among the gods. When Death Is Cheap, they treat pushing him until he snaps and kills them as a joke.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Despite being obviously head over heels for Brilith, the complications of a god-human romance prevent him from making it explicit. Also, the millions of years' worth of baggage. He ultimately loses his chance.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: He's stated to be rather popular among the goddesses, but notices none of them due to his Single-Target Sexuality.
- Covert Pervert: The books he likes to read in his spare time, Desperate Witches and its sequel Desperate Priestess, are implied to be of... explicit nature.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Subverted. It might seem this is his reason for driving away all of Brilith's suitors, but it has more to do with her being cursed with misfortune. Past experience has likely shown that any relationship will only go poorly for her.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: On one hand, his alias literally means "idiot" and he acts the part. On the other hand, a Physical God.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He proper debuts as Agni later in that same chapter, but you can catch an early glimpse of him as Babo Kim when Brilith is looking out at the crowd.
- Elemental Hair: He's the fire power and he's got orange hair.
- Endearingly Dorky: Despite being a god, he's a giant dork, both in human guise and out of it.
- One of the greatest examples would be when he fakes being one of Brilith's fans and asks for an autograph. He's later shown truly saddened by the fact that he accidentally burned it.
- In the special chapter "I Love You, I Love You Not", Brilith's past life as Nameless makes it more explicit, thinking about how his jokes aren't really funny but he's so earnest about trying to cheer her up that she can't help but be endeared.
- Fan Boy: His initial disguise when the temple guards find him is to pretend to be Brilith's fanboy. Turns out it wasn't completely an act; he's very disappointed when he accidentally incinerates her autograph a few minutes later.
- Fiery Redhead: In the literal sense. Figuratively, it's actually inverted, as his anger is more likely to manifest itself as Tranquil Fury.
- The Fog of Ages: He implies he doesn't even remember his childhood, he's so old.
- Foil: To Vritra. See his entry.
- Also to Gandharva:
- Both are among the oldest and most powerful members of their kind. This allows them to occupy top spots in their respective species' social scale, but neither feels this is much consolation for all they have to endure.
- Agni is the strongest god with a fire attribute, Gandharva is the strongest nastika with the water clan attribute.
- Both are considered physically attractive by other characters, but as stated below, Agni is mostly unaware of how his appearance is perceived, while Gandharva has no qualms in exploiting it for his sake.
- Both deeply loved a woman for a very long period of time. However, the ways their relationship with said people developed are starkly contrasted: Gandharva and Menaka started with Belligerent Sexual Tension and eventually became Happily Married. Agni and Brilith, on the other hand, had an initially positive relationship that soured as time passed.
- Both were once outcasts among his own, but for very different reasons. Agni, as the sole god to not play the Jerkass God card straight, kept being driven apart from his fellow deities, while Gandharva, as a murderous tyrant, was once feared even by other Gandharva nastikas.
- The relationship each of them has with God Kubera can also be described as completely opposite. Agni and Kubera were once the two sole gods to give a damn about human suffering, and seem to be on mostly good terms even if they aren't quite friends. Gandharva, on the other hand, is used and abused by Kubera, knows it, hates it, and can't do a single thing about it.
- Both were once close to Menaka, but in different ways. Agni and Menaka were Birds of a Feather, while Gandharva was once the very opposite of Menaka's kind personality. They also respected her enough to try to follow her wishes even long after her death - but while Agni kept his promise to give Gandharva an opportunity to redeem himself because he came to truly understand what Menaka wanted for him, Gandharva followed Menaka's words without giving them much thought, and never understood the spirit of her wishes as much as the letter.
- The ways they behaved in regards to humanity are also sharply contrasted. Agni is the most compassionate of all gods, and tries his hardest to shield humans from as much suffering as possible. Gandharva, on the other hand, is only now beginning to truly understand Menaka's lessons about compassion, and is having a very hard time at it. Interestingly, being what he is only makes Agni's life worse; Gandharva, on the other hand, is currently going through his own Trauma Conga Line in no small part due to how he behaved in the past.
- Speaking of humanity, both have a complicated relationship with a human priestess that went from positive to negative when said women discovered the ways they had been dishonestnote . The death of said women is a sensitive enough issue for them to drive both ballistic.
- Also to Gandharva:
- Foreshadowing: As stated above, Agni's so old he doesn't even remember his childhood. But, as a god created when the universe began, he shouldn't have had a childhood, right? Except that apparently he did. It seems Agni, as well as God Kubera and possibly others, survived the destruction of the past universe. Siera implies that God Kubera wasn't a god originally; if the same can be said about Agni, than it makes perfect sense for him to have been a child once, whatever he was, and also for him to not remember much about it. After all, save for Visnu, even the primeval gods have trouble remembering about past universes.
- Go and Sin No More: It never actually happens, but for most of the first two seasons he's trying to do this to Gandharva. He's not very cooperative.
- God Is Good: Out of all the gods, he seems to be the only one actively dedicated to protecting humans, such as (ironically) being the only one in the past who cared about Gandharva's slaughters. When he tried (and failed) to protect a small, remote planet from him, the local god even thanked him for bothering to look out for a relative speck in the universe he oversees. In the present, once he reveals himself to the populace, he takes a proactive role in helping them out.
- Also deconstructed: Agni is one of the very few (and we mean very few) deities in the Kubera universe to not play the Jerkass God card straight, but at the end of the day, this only makes his life worse, as he worries for things that no other god gives a shit about. And it limits his effectiveness, too: How can he protect a whole universe worthy of human beings from a species of Cthulhu-esque beings (that are, as a general rule, more powerful than him) on his own, when his brothers and sisters don't bother with even trying to do the same?
- Good Is Not Dumb: Don't be fooled by his Obfuscating Stupidity. As Agni outright states to Gandharva, he's no idiot, and he won't give people the benefit of the doubt for no reason. He may also be far more soft-hearted and sentimental than the cold and ruthless Chandra, but that doesn't necessarily make his actions less reasonable. He knows what he's doing, for the most part, and is simply willing to take the harder route to achieve it.
- Good Is Not Soft: A sane enemy would rather face Agni than Chandra, but at the end of the day, Agni's duty is to protect the universe and he'll put that above just about anything else—and it would be unwise to forget that.
- Honor Before Reason: He often refuses to go along with anything that goes against his sense of fairness (e.g. holding The Dreaded's child hostage). It's noted that he's sometimes left out of plans because of this, and that if the others knew just how much Agni's let the enemy walk free, he'd probably be straight up imprisoned.
- A very clear example of him doing this was in regards to Menaka and Gandharva. He refused to kill the latter, even after going through countless years worth of trouble to find out a way to do it, because he promised the former that he would. And he's still keeping this promise, even centuries after she died. Gandharva is getting his shit together now (well, trying), but even before he decided to be Agni's ally, the God of Fire still kept his promise.
- Hot God: More than one person's first reaction to Agni is to ogle him. Brilith even asks that he wear his "weird glasses" to a meeting at one point, so that Ruche's squealing doesn't disrupt it.
- Hot Wings: He can manifest wings of fire to fly around during combat.
- I Have Many Names: Played for Laughs. Babo Kim is one that's stuck, to the extent that even the other gods and the nastika use it at times, but he also comes up with nicknames at random that are Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Good-Eyes Kim, Artistic Kim, etc...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Played straight and subverted from time to time. He kept his engagement with Brilith's soul, leading her to reincarnate over and over again, despite the fact that the memories from all of her previous lives were too much for her to bear. At the same time, he doesn't stop her when she wants to die after receiving her traumatic past life memories. Even then, he does not respect her final wish- to never see or meet him ever again.Brilith: As always, my last wish... is never to be involved with you again.
- That's possibly not his fault. After all the other gods decided to curse her, one of the very few blessings Brilith's soul received was to meet Agni as often as possible. She was cursed to meet misfortune in all of her lives; it's possible that Agni believes that he's the sole thing standing between Brilith and everlasting doom, and it's not unlikely that he is right.
- Ultimately, it's implied that the heart of Brilith's wish is more specifically not to be in a relationship with Agni again, and he honours that by never actually accepting her feelings. As he tells Gandharva, doing so would answer her buried desire but mean breaking his promise to her.
- Jerkass God: Averted, for what little good it does him.
- King Incognito: Babo Kim is Agni's alter ego for when he wants to go around Atera unnoticed.
- Lady and Knight: The Knight to Brilith's Lady. As with most things in this series, this eventually gets torn apart.
- Lonely at the Top: When Gandharva laments that as a king and enemy to the gods, there's no one he can look to for support, Agni silently wonders who Gandharva thinks a god looks to, in that case. As a whole, Agni doesn't really seem to have any friends, given that Yama was the last one he could openly talk to and they lost that friendship long, long ago.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: More of a Hunk than the usual example, but more than one fan reported swooning when he showed up in a flashback with his Rapunzel Hair in a ponytail.
- The Lost Lenore: Long ago, there was a human woman he loved. However, he hesitated to start a relationship with her, and she died before he could resolve himself. Not so lost, as it turns out, because she's Brilith. The woman referred her is one of her past incarnations.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Inverted. As Laila tells Brilith, her relationship with Agni can surpass any human one she has, as Brilith never has to worry that one wrong word will ruin things. After all, Agni has already heard her most private (and not always flattering) thoughts without judgment, so he's hardly about to take offence to what goes through her mind now.
- Morality Pet: A bit of one to Gandharva, who tries to repay Agni's sincerity with sincerity when he can. As of the Frozen Tears arc, his main motivation now that he accepts Shakuntala as dead is to be worthy of the right to fight by his side.
- Nice Guy: Gandharva notes that he's the only decent god. In an universe where pretty much every one is one type of Jerkass or another, Agni stands out as someone who's well and truly nice.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Not all of it's faked, but every once in a while he drops the mask and you remember he is very, very old and unspeakably powerful.
- He makes it clear that more of it is faked than you might expect at first after Gandharva interferes with his confrontation with Sagara — although he seemed to have been completely taken in by Sagara's sob-story, his conversation with Gandharva, who he views as more of an equal, is much colder and makes it clear he wasn't actually buying any of it.
- It's eventually implied this is how he remains in control of his power. He burns up when he's serious, so he plays the fool both to not overexert Brilith and so that he doesn't accidentally destroy anything in a fit of rage.
- Obliviously Beautiful: As a Foil to Gandharva, who takes advantage of his Bishōnen appearance, Agni's a Hunk but doesn't seem to realize that women tend to swoon in his presence (at the very least, it's not intentional).
- Odd Friendship: With Chandra. Agni a tall, handsome Nice Guy that tries his best to be kind and understanding to his summoner, greatly values human life and tries to solve conflcits with diplomacy before appealing to violence. Chandra is short, looks like a 14-year-old vampire, is completely willing to maim his summoner if she becomes a problem (as he has advised Agni several times to do with Brilith), doesn't give a shit about humanity (or at least not about individual lives) and has an attack-first-ask-second approach to conflict, particularly if it involves suras. Even their fighting styles mirror each other's: Agni is offense-based, Chandra's powers are mostly of the support kind. Despite all this, Agni is shown at the beginning of season three to hang out around Chandra and Laila when his relationship with Brilith goes south. They also have a fairly good amount of teamwork and seem to respect each other's opinions, even if they disagree about (many) things.
- One True Love: With Brilith, though with a lot of complicated feelings involved. See her section for more details.
- Only Sane Man: He's just about the only player who doesn't have a major grudge and/or isn't completely dismissive of one side, and therefore tends to act as mediator. As soon as he's out of the picture, expect arguments to break out.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: With hand drawn swirlies.
- Playing with Fire: He is the God of fire.
- The Prankster: He's fond of playing jokes on people.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As a god, Agni could do whatever he wanted and no one would be allowed to complain. Because this is Agni, though, he tries to be as fair as possible and avoids jumping straight to distrusting or using people, in sharp contrast to Chandra. It's little wonder Leez despises Chandra but has no issue cooperating with Agni.
- Redemption Equals Death: It damn doesn't. Gandharva can't wait for the moment that Agni finally runs out of good will and ends his suffering for good. However, Agni refuses to do so - after killing so many people, does Gandharva really thinks that simply dying will be enough? After the whole Taraka-Siera business (chapter 3-59/344), he even begs for death, to which Agni answers:Agni: Don't use death as an escape. Instead, think about how you will atone for your sins. Dying is the ultimate sin for you, now.
- Resurrective Immortality: As a god, he has this. He's died at least a few times by Gandharva's hands in the past.
- The Scapegoat: Knowing that Leez will be pissed to realize she's going on an expedition with Maruna, Agni offers to take responsibility for the decision, so that she won't hate Yuta who actually suggested it. Yuta, who's trying to put some distance between him and Leez, declines.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: When he used insight on her, Agni saw some major shit going down in Leez's future. However, she remains unaware of the fact. When Chandra asks him about it, he simply says that it would be better for him to remain in the dark.
- Yuta claims at some point that Agni "thinks about [Leez] a lot". One wonders if this is why.
- See You in Hell: Played straight and inverted. It's meant literally: Agni hangs out in Hell often, so if he says you'll see him there, you know he means it. However, it's common for Agni to tell people the opposite—that they'll never see him again after their death—therefore blessing them with the knowledge that they're not going to Hell.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He's "betrothed" to a human, meaning that her soul will constantly be reincarnated—currently in the form of Brilith. This has been a constant source of grief, seeing as how it never ends well for either of them, but he still can't let go of her. Note that this only will only keep happening as long as both sides still love each other; if remaining in love with someone for billions of years doesn't make you this, nothing does.
- Terrible Artist: Despite his claims of greatness, he's so bad at art that even the nastika know he sucks at it.
- Trademark Favorite Food: While Agni likes all food, he's most often seen eating dried persimmons.
- Tragic Bromance: What his relationship with Gandharva was shaping up to be, at least at first. Him being a god and Gandharva being a nastika - and a king, at that - made it difficult for said bromance to even exist at first. Their allegiances at the present time also put them at odds, no matter how clear it is that neither wants things to be the way they are. Gandharva finally making up his mind in season three may put them on the road to avert it, if he manages to truly earn Agni's trust.
- Backstory-wise, them being leading members of enemy species was not even the cherry of the cake. Season 3 flashbacks reveal that Agni despised Gandharva the most of all the gods, and only gave up on killing him for Menaka's sake. It seems his hatred calmed down at some point before the current time, which only makes his current conflict with Gandharva even more tragic to behold: despite the fact that Agni decided to spare his life and to stick to this decision even after Menaka passed away, despite the fact that Gandharva truly respects him, despite them not wanting it, he and Gandharva still end up opposing each other.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In his human guise, he wears a hooded sweatshirt. In his more "godly" attire, he instead wears an open robe (sometimes forgoing the top entirely).
- Worthy Opponent: To Gandharva. It got into some really convoluted and complex frenemy territory maaaaaany centuries ago, and just keeps getting more... solid.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Water
The God of Water. She is known for her extreme ruthlessness against the sura.
- Action Girl: A Fifth-Zen goddess who battled and killed many suras.
- Celibate Hero: Mentioned in the author's afterword that she has no interest in dating.
- The Dragonslayer: Although it was due to elemental advantage (as she's the Goddess of Water and the Vritra clan has Fire as their shared attribute), Varuna once managed to kill a Vritra nastika all on her own.
- Elemental Hair: Blue, for water.
- Fantastic Racism: She has killed the most sura out of all the gods.
- Foil: To Gandharva.
- Both are among the strongest users of the Water attribute in the whole universe; however, Gandharva's An Ice Person, whereas Varuna would rather Make a Splash.
- Both have record kill counts of members of other races: Gandharva killed the most humans out of all nastikas, whereas, as per Fantastic Racism above, Varuna is the number one sura killer. Both initially had a very indifferent view of human suffering: while Gandharva went around, well, Gandharving human planets to vent his anger or simply relieve his boredom, Varuna can be seen as one of the gods mocking Agni for trying to stop him. However, at some point, both were driven by circumstances beyond their control to change their minds: Varuna became one of the gods pushing the most for Gandharva's death after he began destroying souls, while Gandharva became relatively more compassionate towards mankind due to Menaka's influence.
- Both have almost no fear of death, but Varuna doesn't because, as a goddess, for her Death Is Cheap; Gandharva, on the other hand, never feared annihilation, and nowadays is going full Death Seeker.
- Both are capable of changing their appearance to be either male or female, but while not every god is capable of it, like Varuna, this is a basic skill among nastikas, such as Gandharva.
- When it comes to Agni's betrothal, both behaved in ways they regarded as positive but that really weren't: Varuna was among the gods trying to convince Agni to sever his connection to Brilith, arguing that he could find "a better human" later (Chandra's words), while Gandharva spared one of Brilith's past lives when he destroyed her planet.
- Finally, the ways they are seen by humankind mirror each other: Varuna, as a 5th-zen goddess, is worshipped by humans, while Gandharva, as a nastika king (and one with a remarkably bloody reputation), is hated and avoided, even as he tries to gain their trust.
- Gender Bender: According to the author, Varuna is one of the gods capable of this; however, her gender identity and preferred form is female.
- Jerkass God: Among the gods seen mocking Agni for empathizing with humans in flashbacks.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though she is someone who killed off the most suras and was described unfavorably by Makara, she was one of the few gods who actively went against Gandharva's many killings and annihilations of humans along with Agni and Kubera.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Is usually shown wearing a tiered dress. As some flashbacks suggest, this doesn't seem to stop her from wearing them to battle.
- Somewhat downplayed as the dress in question appears ripped in an implied battle scene as well (although this was in silhouette). Also, she usually wears armor on top of these outfits.
- Making a Splash: Varuna-attribute magic allows one to control and freeze water. One wonders why.
- Neutral No Longer: Although she was initially indifferent to the suffering of humans, when Gandharva started annihilating human souls, Varuna began to speak up against it. When her offered solution was argued over by the gods, Varuna, along with Agni and Kubera, began pushing for the death of Gandharva.
- Smurfette Principle: She is the only female 5th Zen god.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: In nearly every appearance she makes in a flashback, she has long hair tied into a ponytail.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Can change into any outfit she pleases, as she's a god. However, Varuna generally prefers to wear hanbok-like clothing, and when in combat, wears armor.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Wind
The God of Wind. Currently helping the Kinnara Clan against the Tarakas in the Sura realm.
- Arc Words: "There is always a reason for the misfortune we must bear."
- Blow You Away: His element.
- Energy Bow: The god-level item he created (the Neutral Bow) is this.
- God Is Good: He answered a relatively recent summon to save the people of Carte, is used as an example of a lenient god who's okay with people modifying his items, gave Rao (who by all accounts was a good guy) the Neutral Bow, and is willing to assist reasonable sura such as the Kinnara Clan (and as soon as he finished with that, he asked which human planets needed help). He's also one of the few gods who tried to bless Brilith's soul as the Sole Survivor of the ancient human race, rather than curse it like most gods.
- Mismatched Eyes: In flashbacks, his right iris appears to be dark, while his left is light, possibly white.
- The Mentor: Implied to be one for Leez. Apparently he taught her much about fighting and even earth silent magic while she was in the sura realm, and even gave her a bit of life advice. It's unclear how close the relationship was, however.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Sky
The God of Sky. He was appointed to be the king of the gods by the Primeval Gods.
- Broken Pedestal: Very downplayed among humans, but here. According to the wiki, Indra was previously seen as benevolent, but refused to answer a single summon since the Cataclysm. He's still the second most popular god, just behind Visnu, though.
- Foil: To Ananta. See his entry.
- Hypocrite: At least according to Manasvin.
- Jerkass God: Among the gods seen mocking Agni for empathizing with humans in flashbacks. Manasvin's words in a flashback also hint he's this. Keep in mind that said words grouped Indra with Varuna and Kubera, the greatest sura killer and the one who killed Ananta, respectively. We know nothing of Indra's actions, but to be put under the same umbrella as these two gods, he must not be an angel.
- All but confirmed by recent revelations. Indra and Chandra were the first 5th-zen gods to join the lower gods in their efforts to extinguish the first human race. That alone is bad enough, but when all gods but Agni joined it, it doesn't really make them look so bad. Except that they did it before even knowing if Brahman would be able to remake humanity. That's right, they joined an extermination campaign against fucking billions because they kinda-sorta thought Brahma would create humanity again. The chance of her doing it was very high, but still.
- Light Is Not Good: The God of Lightning is, from the little we know of him, one of the worst Jerkass Gods in a story that goes out of it's way to portray how almost every god is a jerkass. Take this with your preferred amount of salt, however, as the one who claims he's so bad is Manasvin, a nastika. Although, to be fair, Agni's flashbacks support this too.
- Shock and Awe: Indra-attribute magic is electricity-based. No wonder, as he's the God of Lightning.
- Top God: He's the king of the gods. (Although it's possible the Primeval Gods dubbed him such just as an excuse to dump work onto him.)
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bluish-silver, as described in the finite.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Light
The God of Light. During the Cataclysm, he provided Saha On with an oracle. The contents of the oracle are currently unknown.
- God Is Good: At the very least, based off flashbacks and mentions of him, he's one of the only gods who sympathizes with Agni's compassion and believes in humanity's autonomy. And, like Vayu, is one of the few gods to bless Brilith's soul rather than curse it.
- However, he refused Saha's three attempts at summoning; having Surya around could probably be of great help, even more with Saha as his summoner. Had Surya accepted, who knows if Saha would have even died. So yeah, Surya is no Kali, but he's no Agni, either.
- Good Is Not Soft: You know the device Laila received in season three? He created it. And used it to hand Chandra his ass. The catch? Said device deals damage based on how much the target repents their sins. Agni even calls it unreasonable. To this day, merely seeing it makes Chandra afraid. Surya may be nice (for a god), but he's not to be trifled with.
- Light Is Good: The God of Light seems to be a pretty nice guy. He's certainly no Kali.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long hair and very easy on the eyes.
- Refusal of the Call: Answered none of Saha's summons. It's never explained why, although his belief that humans should be self-autonomous may play a part.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink-haired.
Jurisdiction: Nature, Source Attribute: Darkness
The God of Darkness. He was summoned during the Cataclysm, but accidentally killed his summoner by using up their lifespan because the rules of summoning had changed.
- 0% Approval Rating: Chandra is a god, which means he has worshippers. But out of those that know him personally, Agni is the only one that shows him any kind of respect that isn't forced to do so. Face it, Chandra is a bitch - an opinion Leez doesn't even bother hiding. The worse case of this is probably Laila herself, that only shows him a modicum of respect (and he refuses to see that this is what their relationship is based upon).
- Accomplice by Inaction: Inverted. Accidentally killing humans through collateral damage is a sin but failing to save them isn't, making Chandra hesitant to act as he fears being further blocked from Paradise.
- Anti-Hero: Utterly ruthless and unpleasant, but there's no denying that at the end of the day, he's out to do his duty.
- Boring, but Practical: Gandharva can turn into a giant shrimp-looking thing that dwarfs planets, Agni can literally banish any being into nothingness, Sagara can destroy mountains with a movement of her wrist... Chandra creates magical amplifiers with his darkness. And they're damn effective. Any attack that's amplified by his powers increases manifold.
- Casting a Shadow: As the God of Darkness.
- Cold Equation: Oh, yes. Chandra very much upholds this mentality, which is one of the reasons he's so unpleasant; he's very much willing to sacrifice the few to save the many. Case in point, when Shess goes berserk due to a psychological transcendental in season three, he's completely fine with letting Leny die to bring him back, as an out-of-control stage four Rakshasa in the middle of a human city isn't quite great.
- Creepy Good: Face it, few of the people he's defending would volunteer to spend a whole hour near him without other reasons, god or not. Chandra. Is. Creepy.
- Creepy Shadowed Under Eyes: Guy looks like somebody who doesn't know the meaning of the word "sleep".
- Dark Is Not Evil: The God of Darkness may be an utterly insufferable ass, but he's not evil. Most of his more questionable acts were not out of malice but rather out of a ruthless sense of pragmatism, and, ultimately, he's still out to do what will benefit the majority.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's rather frustrated that Laila doesn't treat him like a god, whereas even Agni gets respect. It completely flies over his head that her treatment of him is very much a result of his treatment of her (and everybody else).
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Eerie to the point of downright creepy.
- Establishing Character Moment: Seen kissing Laila, shirt unbuttoned, approximately 5 minutes after she summoned him. When Claude interrupts them, he calls him a "lower life form" and threatens him. All of this happens within three panels.
- Face Death with Dignity: Despite the fact that he could easily overpower Laila, he lets her kill him, accepting that she's found a better card to play and no longer needs him—as well as the fact that she hates him, letting go of his denial.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While he has plenty of worshipers, among the main cast (who actually have to interact with him and work with him), only Agni is actually friendly with him.
- Hidden Depths: When Laila obtains a weapon that harms those who feel guilt over their sins, Chandra of all people is notably afraid.
- He was also the first astika to reach enlightment. Take that as you may. It's shown in full force when Kadru attempts to devour him. They initially brush off enlightenment as overrated... before they find themselves overpowered by what they find, proving that no matter how immature Chandra may act, he does in fact deserve his position as a god.
- How dare Laila not swoon over him when all he did was to kill her mentor and not even blink about it. And of course he has the right to despise Gandharva for killing humans and not giving a shit about it.
- On a lesser note, Chandra wastes no opportunity to criticise Agni for being too lenient towards his summoner and actually caring about her opinons, when Chandra himself is completely in denial over how much Laila despises him.
- He doesn't spare two fucks about individual human lives, but dislikes Leez for not being "pious enough"; keep in mind that she only adopted said stance after seeing this very attitude in several gods and nastikas.
- Fugue-state Leez also calls out his Cold Equation thinking by asking him if he would be willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good the same way he sacrifices others. He doesn't have an answer.
- Immortal Immaturity: For all that Chandra likes to act like he's the sole adult in the room, there's more than a bit of this to him. He becomes fixated with favorite "toys" despite his best judgement, dismisses and belittles others like he's telling them the hour of the day, tends to think the whole world should kiss the floor where his shadow touches, believes no one matters as much as him, and thinks he's completely right about all things all the time. The way he treated Laila's mentor, too, is very reminiscent of a child discarding a broken toy. Besides, his constant complains about Laila not treating him like she should treat a god, despite the fact that he treats her like shit, has much in common with a child being pissed that they won't be treated as an adult because of their own immaturity. This becomes even more evident when compared to Agni, who's no fool despite being kind, and gives just as much thought about the situation they are in as Chandra himself. Laila can easily respect Agni because he earned such respect, something that Chandra seems incapable of understanding. Chandra is, in other words, much like an arrogant teenager that is sure of his superiority to every one else and simply cannot see why "adults" don't treat him like a "grownup" despite his constant fuck-ups.
- Jerkass God: Chandra embodies everything that people (those who know, at least) hate about gods: callous, unempathetic, and believes A Million Is a Statistic. He's even a jerk to his summoner, although less in comparison to others. It must be said, however, that compared to a few (*cough* Brahma *cough*) that not even try to stall the universe's end, Chandra is almost a saint. That alone should tell you all you need to know about gods in the Kubera universe.
- You thought he couldn't get any worse? Check out Indra's entry.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
Chandra: So basically you want me to see you as a hero for saving people? (Beat) I appreciate your efforts, but you failed to protect the most important thing...
- His Cold Equation thinking often has shades of this. Sacrificing Leny to stop a berserk Shess is horrifying, but he's completely correct that more people will die if they don't act fast, and nobody else has any better ideas.
- When he calls out Ruche's bragging, he points out that Saha should have been protected.
- Kick the Dog: In a series where many characters try their hardest to kick as many dogs as possible, Chandra is close to being the utter king of this trope. From treating everyone else like shit to being okay with letting Samphati nuke Atera in order to take her down, sometimes it seems he moves heavens and hell to mistreat people. Laila, however, is the on the receiving end of this trope more often than anyone else. The worst instance can be argued to have happened around the time of the Cataclysm, when Laila's mentor summoned him to deal with a horde of suras attacking Rindhallow - Chandra had her killed due to using too much power, and, upon seeing what he had done, badmouthed the dead woman in front of her crying disciple, claiming that the then young Laila would one day end up summoning him as well. He did this for no reason.
- Lack of Empathy: He thinks Laila should just "get over" the fact he accidentally killed her mentor during the Cataclysm. He also suggests that Agni should just let Brilith die and get a new summoner.
- Mad God: He's a bit unhinged. Compared to others in the setting (looking at you, Kali), however, he's as good as you get of a god. Agni is, after all, the exception to the rule.
- Not So Above It All: As is noted, he tries to be The Spock and usually succeeds, but he loses sight of this whenever something catches his interest (e.g. Laila, as he's in denial over her true feelings towards him).
- Odd Friendship: See Agni's entry.
- Pet the Dog: Well, okay, the warning he gave Laila (to never tell anyone she's a Kubera) when she was a child could be seen this way. He seems to genuinely care about her to a certain level.
- Puny Earthlings: He considers humans to be lower lifeforms. Said attitude is the root for Leez's despisal of him (and every god or sura that holds the same opinion).
- Rapunzel Hair: One of the most extreme cases seen in the series. A shot in season three (3-73/358) shows his hair going all the way down to below his knees.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed. He's a jerk, but he's not evil.
- The Spock: Motivated by cold logic, unlike the more sentimental Agni. Or so it seems; Chandra's no robot, and has feelings of his own that sometimes guides his decisions - he only accepted Laila's summoning because she interests him, after all.
- Support Party Member: While he does have offensive transcendentals of his own, it's more effective if he amplifies others'.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
- With Agni, at times. For the most part, Agni doesn't mind Chandra, but they're on opposite ends of the empathy spectrum and it shows. Also, Chandra kind of ruined his life and is unapologetic about it, so there's that. However, they are also friends of a kind; see Agni's entry under Odd Friendship.
- With Laila, who loathes him utterly for killing her mentor.
- The Unreveal: We never really learn if he was among the deities that cursed Brilith's soul. The way it was portrayed makes it seem that he didn't, but, considering Chandra's personality and the reason the others did it in the first place, it's far from unlikely. Recent implications that he may feel guilty for his sins only muddle the water further.
- Walking Spoiler: That he has a role at all reveals that Laila ends up summoning him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's okay with letting Samphati nuke Atera out of existence if it means killing her, as a Fifth Stage Garuda Rakshasa could prove to be a pain in the ass in the future. Chandra is this to the max, although he's more of the "roll with what he's given" kind than of the "plans atrocities for a good goal" kind. That's one of the things that make him such a bitch.
- Would Hurt a Child: Or rather, Would Guilt-trip a Child into Allowing Herself to Be Killed For The Greater Good, as poor Leny found out. That's not to say that Chandra wouldn't hurt children personally - or anyone else. Chandra has a goal in mind, and that goal is protecting the universe and the biggest amount of lives possible; if he has to kill children, adults, the elderly, or literally whatever else to do it, you can bet he'll hardly give the matter a second thought.
Jurisdiction: Death, Source Attribute: Death
The God of Death. He holds final dominion over all mortal souls; not even the Primeval Gods can oppose him.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of the times he was shown, he was being this. He's normally so overworked that it leaves him almost permanently stressed out. Agni recently beat his ass to get him to do something that his conscience would never allow him to do normally. Other gods that do agree to help him with his work frequently end up leaving due to some distraction. In the past, they kept asking him to sever Agni's connection to Brilith. The recent Taraka attack caused his already high amount of work to skyrocket, and he's being constantly pestered by summonings that he refuses to accept. Instead of spending his time in the beautiful god realm, he's mostly in the very unpleasant Underworld. The very nature of his job means that he can't allow himself to be as compassionate as Agni is. No wonder he's almost perpetually irritated; being Yama is not easy.
- By-the-Book Cop: Other gods are constantly harassing him to extend the lives of favored mortals, and he is constantly denying them. It's not that he's cruel, he just wants everyone to follow the rules.
- Death Takes a Holiday: After Agni beats him up to extend Brilith's lifespan, he goes on strike, forcing his assistants to work extra hard.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Averted. Yama is stern and unfriendly but treated with no less respect than the others (aside from his job perhaps being a thankless one) and is portrayed sympathetically. It's clear he has compassion and that's exactly why he's so strict: it'd be painfully unfair to favour one human over another in his case.
- Jerkass God: To a much lesser extent than some other gods we know ofnote , but Yama eventually decided to let go of most of his feelings (including compassion), which Agni criticizes him for. However, Yama verbally deconstructs this to the Fire God: He's the God of Death. If he cared so much about individual lives like Agni does, he would have gone insane eons ago. If he wasn't this, how would he manage to do his job?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grumpy and strict, but takes his job seriously compared to the more hedonistic lifestyle of the other gods (and he's one of the few who doesn't use the "top" to make his life easier). His By-the-Book Cop attitude also means that although the other gods want him to break Agni and Brilith's betrothal, as he's the only one other than the two who can do so, he refuses even though he seems to disapprove of the relationship nowadays.
- Red Herring: He's not the god Claude made a deal with, though that should have been obvious taking into account Yama's personality, as said deal went against everything he stands for.
- Refusal of the Call: Never answers a single summon. As he puts it, he can't weigh one human's plea against another, and so if he can't answer all of their calls, then he might as well answer none of them.
- Shipper on Deck: Of sorts. Despite his current exasperated attitude towards Agni and Brilith, he was the one who tried to bless Brilith's soul so that she could at least be reunited with Agni as often as possible.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the past. He used to be more openly compassionate, but grew cold to cope with his job. Agni admits that he can't fault Yama for it, but also can't help but lament losing the last person who understood how he felt.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Agni used to be good friends, but as Yama hardened his heart to deal with his job, they seemed to have drifted apart.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Time in his residence travels much slower than in the human realm.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Resurrection
The God of Restoration. She filled in for Visnu after his disappearance during the Cataclysm.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Destruction
The God of Decay. She filled in for Shiva after his disappearance during the Cataclysm.
- Cute and Psycho: Seems to look and act like a Genki Girl from what we see of her, but she has the same enthusiasm towards the idea of dying and all of the spells associated with her are notably unpleasant.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has these at the beginning of the universe.
- Jerkass God: She and Chandra are among the most outspoken against Agni's attitude.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Unknown (probably Dawn)The Goddess of Dawn.
- God Is Good: One of the few gods who blessed Brilith's soul rather than cursing it like most other gods.
- Light Is Good: The Goddess of Dawn, and blessed Brilith's soul instead of cursing it like most gods.
- Night and Day Duo: Is literally this with Ratri, the Goddess of the Night.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Is seen wearing a decently layered strapless dress, accompanied by large earrings.
Jurisdiction: Unknown, Source Attribute: Unknown (probably Night)The Goddess of the Night.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being the Goddess of the Night, and having a rather sinister and mostly hidden appearance, she is one of the few gods who took pity on Brilith's soul and blessed it.
- God Is Good: One of the few gods who blessed Brilith's soul rather than cursing it like most other gods.
- In the Hood: Is seen wearing a hood and mask in a flashback. Fitting, seeing as she's the goddess of the night.
- Night and Day Duo: Is literally this with Ushas, the Goddess of Dawn.