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Lady Death/Hope

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Queen of All That Is Dead and Dying
Click to see Hope in her human form. 
The main protagonist. Once an innocent young woman named Hope from the Dark Ages who was wrongfully burned at the stake, she rose up to become Death Incarnate in the underworld. Or this is how the general story goes... She was conceived as a supporting character for Brian Pulido's Evil Ernie, serving as his guide and love interest, but eventually she gained her own focus and over the course of her publication, she went through several re-imaginings that altered her background and character. In the Chaos! publication, she is a Swedish noblewoman who gets sent to Hell and manages to overthrow Lucifer and take his throne, but due to a curse laid by him, she is unable to return to Earth as long as humanity exists, so she turns Evil Ernie into her champion. The Avatar publications retool her origin story, removing her connection with Evil Ernie, changing her birthplace from Sweden to Austria and Hell to the Labyrinth, a dark domain in the afterlife, of which she becomes its guardian.

Tropes in common for all incarnations

  • '90s Anti-Hero: She has the skimpy outfit and was initially depicted as a villain.
  • Action Girl: Hope is an immortal magic user and a swordswoman who has battled several abominations and demons, as well as other supernatural beings. At the height of her power, she is considered a Physical Goddess.
  • Anachronism Stew: Across all three continuities, Lady Death originates from the medieval times in Sweden, Russia and Austria respectively, yet her real name is always Hope (a modern English word) where the correct equivalent should be Hoffa or Nazheda.
  • Blood Knight: She is often very quick to violence and has been shown to get a huge thrill out of fighting.
  • Born of Heaven and Hell: According to Lucifer, Hope's father was an evil sorcerer who was descended of fallen angels and her mother came from a bloodline "so pure it reached Heaven". It is was revealed in The Crucible, that her mother held a portion of Odin's power in her; this power was passed on to hope when she was born.
  • Break the Cutie: Her backstory reveals she endured a hellish childhood under a vicious warlord for a father and ended up being punished for his crimes.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Now and again, people really don't take her as seriously as they should. One instance in the Chaos continuity where one minor demon took over Hell after Death's disappearance. When she returns to claim her throne back, he tried to force her into his harem instead. This is the woman that had previously destroyed the King of Hell and predictably, said demon dies horribly.
  • Burn the Witch!: Burned at the stake during the peasant uprising against her father's brutal rule.
  • Chainmail Bikini: She has sometimes ditched them... for "armor" made of bones and such that cover the same amount.
  • Collared by Fashion: Usually she wears a choker fastened with a skull emblem, but sometimes her cape has a high enclosed collar.
  • "Darkness von Gothick" Name: Subverted and played straight. She goes by "Lady Death", but despite her decidedly gothic appearance, her real name is Hope.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Before becoming the Queen of All That Is Dead and Dying, she was just a young innocent girl burned at the stake. Probably overlaps with Demon of Human Origin as well due to her powers being infernal in origin.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She killed Lucifer and claimed his realm as her own. This was subverted when it was revealed he only faked his death. Played straight in every other instance where she defeats a number of high-ranking demons, angels, gods and primordial forces.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Her standard attire consists of black leather lingerie adorned with skull emblems, opera gloves, a choker, and high-heeled boots.
  • Even Bad Girls Love Their Mamas: She spends most of her adventures in the Avatar Press comics seeking to free her mother. And even at her most villainous such as in the Chaos continuity, her mother is still her Morality Pet.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She generally pulls three reactions from women: seething jealousy, attempts to destroy her, or seduce her (and they're not mutually exclusive!). In Purgatori's case, she wants to both seduce and destroy Lady Death.
  • Fluffy Tamer: She has a knack for taming demonic beasts into her Loyal Animal Companions such as two nameless wolves (one of which was skinned and had its hide turned into a suit by a secondary villain), a Hellish Horse named Vassago that wouldn't let anyone else ride him and a feline-monster known as Oncagon.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: She was subjected to this treatment across the different continuities:
  • The Grim Reaper: In some stories, he's sort of her boss. In others, she is the Horseman of Death during the Apocalypse.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Hope was sweet, naive, pure and gentle in her youth. The moment she loses her innocence, her hair turns white.
  • Named Weapons:
    • In the Chaos contiuinty, her original sword "Darkness" which was forged by the Cremator. She later gained a new one named "Nightmare" which was forged by the Asgardian Brock to defeat Genocide and a third sword named "Apocalypse" which was forged from pure chaos by Cremator. She also had a Morph Weapon that could change between a sword and a chain with a scythe blade at the end called "Scynister".
    • In the CrossGen continuity, she has a sword called "Blackheart" which was created from melting down Brimstone and Challenger, the swords of her father Tvanus and her mentor Wolfram.
    • In the Avatar continuity, she uses a sword named Deathbringer which was specifically created to channel her power.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Not always, mind...
  • Lady of Black Magic: An undead demigoddess of questionable morals as well as a master of arcane magic.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Her blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin all turned into white after she ended up in Hell / the Labyrinth.
  • Magic Knight: She has the power to wield arcane forces very efficiently, but is pretty handy with melee weapons such as swords and scythes.
  • Most Common Superpower: Oh yes. One sketchbook of Pulido's established Lady Death as officially a 38D, though it varies depending on artist and continuity; that figure (ahem) dates to the later Chaos days. She was even larger when she first started, rivaling other titans of the industry like Power Girl and She-Hulk.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Hope is extremely voluptuous and prefers to wear very Stripperiffic outfits with black opera gloves and Combat Stiletto boots that only enhanced her outstanding figure. She is also something of a female Chick Magnet In-Universe.
  • Motifs: As might be expected, bones and skulls are quite common; most commonly, the metal bits of her clothing (usually fasteners and the like) are almost always golden skulls.
  • Mystical White Hair: White-haired and white-skinned, she is an undead demigoddess.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A person who calls herself Lady Death is not one to be trifled with. Those who do not realize this immediately find out the hard way.
  • Physical Goddess: As result of absorbing nearly all of Lucifer's power, she became practically a goddess in her own right.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Understandable, as Lady Death usually starts with no control over her powers and she has to learn it. One particular version:
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not necessarily a princess, but she has an aristocratic background and managed to become a formidable asskicking Action Girl.
  • Prophet Eyes: As Lady Death, Hope's eyes are pure white with no pupils.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Her outfits are usually adorned with golden skull decorations and she even wears skull ear rings.
  • Red Baron: "The Pale Queen", "The Godslayer", "The Diva of Death" and "The Goddess of All That Is Dead And Dying".
  • Sociopathic Hero: She's really only the protagonist because everyone arrayed against her is worse.
  • Superpower Lottery: Tends to vary between incarnations, but she had frequently boasting a multitude of superpowers.
    • Intangible Woman: After returning from the Void in the 2010 revival, she gained the power of phasing through solid objects.
    • Functional Magic: The most common theme with her powers revolves around her magical ability and what is commonly termed as her "energy arcane" or arcane energy.
    • Healing Factor: Because of her immortality, she also is capable of healing wounds over time.
    • Necromancer: The classic incarnation depicted her with the power to raise the dead, more specifically to reanimate dead warriors across the ages to fight for her.
    • Super Strength: Downplayed example, but she has been able to perform clean cuts through armor and bone with a single swing of her blades.
  • Stripperiffic: Outside of Cross Gen "Medieval Lady Death", all of her outfits have been consistently skimpy.

Tropes exclusive to Chaos! and Coffin Comics

  • Amnesiac Dissonance: In Alive, Lady Death is turned mortal and stripped of her memories. She displays a kinder and less hostile attitude than she was when she had her memories, best displayed when she saves a girl named Sarah Wilson. When she regains her memories in Last Rites, she is so horrified and disgusted by her past actions that she tries to trap herself along with two villains in a soul-containing orb so she can't be a danger to anyone else.
  • Anti-Villain: She desires nothing more than to leave Hell and return to Earth. Unfortunately, because of Lucifer's curse, she is unable to return as long as the living walk the world. Also next to her enemies, she comes across as positively saintly...
  • Benevolent Boss: To her blacksmith Cremator, her horse Vassago, her Nameless Wolves and her undead army. When the Horseman War questions the loyalty of her army of souls, one soldier says that Lady Death allowing them to rest in peace save for the moments when she needs them the most is a far better deal than the forces of Heaven who would enslave them or Hell who would torment them for eternity.
  • Berserk Button: She does not tolerate people trying to control or manipulate her. Given she was abused as a human girl, this isn't surprising. She also hates any harm being brought to those few that she does care about.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Lady Death frequently wound up in situations where her powers were diminished or removed entirely, requiring her to rely on her cunning, determination, and luck to survive and win.
  • Characterization Marches On: In her earlier appearances in Evil Ernie's book, Lady Death was depicted as seductive and manipulative. When she became the protagonist of her own story, these traits were toned down to the point of almost being removed altogether and she was depicted as a standard action fantasy heroine who was often quick to anger and violence.
  • Cosmic Plaything: She frequently ends up a pawn for all manner of gods and cosmic forces. Lucifer specifically targeted her because he wanted to see if he could transform such a kind and benevolent soul into a cruel and vicious person. Ironically, she herself tried to turn Ernie Fairchild into one for herself, something she acknowledges and comes to regret.
  • Dark Action Girl: Dark, evil and very deadly in combat.
  • Determinator: Her will power and refusal to accept defeat might be her greatest power.
  • Discard and Draw: Lady Death had a real knack for gaining and losing weapons in the Chaos continuity. Her first sword, Darkness which was forged by Cremator, was lost for most of the Between Heaven And Hell arc. She regained it only for it to be snapped in two by one of Genocide's minions in Asgard. Fortunately, Brock was able to melt down the remains into a new sword called Nightmare. Unfortunately, Nightmare's bloodlust became too much for Lady Death to deal with and she discarded it leading to Purgatori claiming it. Cremator forged a new sword out of pure chaos energy for her called Apocalypse. During a fight with Morgana, her bond with Apocalypse was temporarily severed requiring Brock to yet again make a new weapon for her - a short sword which could transform into a chain with a scythe blade at the end called Scynister. During her time as the Avatar of Death she gained the Scythe of Eternity
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: One of Hope's redeeming qualities is that she genuinely cares for the people around her; she regards Cremator as a surrogate father, genuinely loves Evil Ernie and is strongly attached to her mother's memory. This is also extended to her living relatives such as her older half-sisters Vandala and Vulnavia. Her nameless wolves and her steed Vassago are counted among those dear to her heart.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In her Chaos! days, even though she was an Omnicidal Maniac driven to kill all humans, she expressed disgust towards certain individuals such as the priest who burned her alive who turns out, had discovered her father's library and used his spells to extend his own lifespan until modern times.
  • Exposed to the Elements: In Alive, Lady Death is rendered mortal and loses most of her powers. She still continues to wear her usual scanty ensemble despite briefly addressing how cold she feels. When warned about running in the rain, her response is that if the rain will avoid her if it knows what is good for it.
  • Fatal Flaw: Lady Death's temper and impatience make her very predictable and easy to manipulate.
  • Femme Fatale: Lady Death seduced Ernest Fairchild and promising her eternal love and affection if he destroyed all mankind for her. The only thing keeping her from being The Vamp is that she still has redeeming qualities and she genuinely loves and cares for him.
  • Hell Has New Management: Lady Death was originally a mortal woman named Hope who made a bargain with a demon to renounce her humanity and serve Hell if the demon rescued her from death. Arriving in Hell, she discovered a civil war was raging. Lady Death led an uprising against the Lords of Hell. During the final battle, Lucifer cursed her never to return to Earth while the living walked. Lady Death swore an oath that she would circumvent Lucifer's curse by exterminating all life on Earth. Lady Death finally ended Lucifer's control over her by casting him through Heaven's Gate (a place where evil cannot go), and in doing so became the new ruler of Hell.
  • Lady Macbeth: Lady Death started out as this kind of character in Evil Ernie, using her seductive wiles to goad its Villain Protagonist to commit genocide after he became an undead serial killer.
  • Lady and Knight: She is the Dark Lady to Cremator and Evil Ernie's Black Knights.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Growing up as the daughter of a brutal warlord despised by his subjects, it's not surprising she wouldn't have any friends. The only one she had in life was an old maid in the castle named Agnes. Unfortunately, because she was Hope's friend, she was murdered by the peasants during their uprising against Matthias.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: To the Lucifer Engine after its rampage across Las Vegas in Judgement War:
    "I am Lady Death. You have slain my subjects and brought devastation on my domain. Prepare to die."
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Lady Death wishes to destroy all of mankind so she can return to Earth and uses Evil Ernie as her agent.
  • Semi-Divine: Odin infused some of his power into Hope's mother. When Hope was born, this power was passed on to her. She also has angelic ancestry on her father's side.
  • Sexy Scandinavian: She was born in Medieval Sweden and she was definitely sexy. Her human form fits the trope like a glove since she has long blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin as the stereotypical Swedish woman.
  • Summon to Hand: Her sword Apocalypse, the Scythe of Eternity and the Morph Weapon Brock made for her can be summoned this way.
  • Sins of the Father: She was hated by the villagers as much as her father despite having done nothing wrong to them and being a victim of her father's cruelty as well.
  • That Man Is Dead: Whenever someone referred to her as Hope she would remind them she answers only to the name Lady Death.
    "All Hope is gone! All that is left is death! Call me death. Lady Death!"
  • Villain Protagonist: By design since her primary goal is to Kill All Humans.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Most definitely in her introduction where she planned mankind's extinction. She became less evil with different incarnations and as time went on.
  • Will Not Be a Victim: Her abuse from her father and death by paranoid villagers hardened her heart.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Lucifer outright states that he targeted Hope because he wanted to see if he could corrupt such a kind and loving girl into a cold-hearted monster.

Tropes exclusive to Medieval Lady Death

  • Adaptational Heroism: Easily the most heroic depiction of the character.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Aside from a bit of cleavage, this version of Lady Death has the least skimpy outfit of her incarnations.
  • Appropriated Appellation: In this version, she gained her "Lady Death" title from a couple of gremlin-like creatures insulting her.
  • Flaming Sword: Her sword Blackheart does this in #9 while fending off attackers.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She is half-human, half-Eldritch (a race akin to The Fair Folk).
  • Heroic Bastard: Since both her father and mother weren't married to each other in this incarnation, she was born out of the wedlock. And she is the most heroic incarnation of all three.
  • Hybrid Power: She is blessed with an Eldritch's super-strength and magical ability, but also invulnerable to Cold Iron.
  • Sensual Slavs: Hope is Russian in this incarnation instead of Scandinavian, and still considered very beautiful albeit not as scantily-clad as her previous incarnations.
  • Spy Catsuit: She wears a medieval version of one. In one hand, it covers her entire body but on the other hand, its very form-fitting and hugs her curves very tightly.

Tropes exclusive to Avatar and 2010 Boundless continuity

  • Abdicate the Throne: After defeating the Death Queen, Hope refuses to govern the Underrealm and passes it over to her younger sister Tormina. This turns out to be a bad idea in retrospective since she leaves a ruined realm at the hands of someone completely inexperienced which leads to Tormina seeking Satyricon's advice.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Unlike the Chaos!, who is explicitly said to prefer men, Hope in this incarnation indicates she swings both ways. She shows attraction to male characters and has relations with them, but she also casually kisses a barmaid in the lips (though she treats it as nothing).
  • Brought Down to Normal:
    • After getting ousted by the Death Queen, who steals her powers and banishes her back to the human world.
    • She finds out to her horror that her powers do not work while she is in the Void. But this turns out to be a case of Your Mind Makes It Real.
  • Came Back Strong: Following her visit to the Void and embracing it, she became the avatar of death and her powers were augmented a hundred-fold.
  • Good Is Not Nice: At her really best. She is driven to liberate the underworld from very evil beings, but that doesn't stop her from being callous and bitchy.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Among Satasha and Wargoth, she is the one in-between. Very willful and strong-headed, but also fairly heroic.
  • Self-Made Orphan: She kills her own mother - who had turned into the omnicidally insane Death Queen and wanted to destroy all life in the Underrealm.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: At her worst, she veers into this territory.

Allies

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    Cremator 

Cremator

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Cremator and his mistress
A denizen of hell, he was the Blacksmith for the Archdukes, but betrayed them when he discovered Hope. The two became friends and he assisted her on her journey to become Lady Death, being both a bodyguard and father figure to her.
  • Anti-Villain: He doesn't engage in any Kick the Dog moments and is genuinely loyal to Hope.
  • The Blacksmith: He is the finest one in Hell, being able to forge many impressive demonic weapons.
  • The Dragon: To Lady Death.
    • Co-Dragons: Shares this role with Evil Ernie, her earthly agent.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is a skilled blacksmith and fighter. He also came up with a way to take apart Lucifer's doomsday machine.
  • Hell-Fire: Cremator can generate and control hellfire either for attacking enemies or forging weapons and armor.
  • In the Hood: Always wears a hood over his head.
  • Lady and Knight: A non-romantic version in Cremator's case, with him being the Black Knight to Hope's Dark Lady.
  • Morality Pet: He had an unnamed wife in his human life. When he was sacrificed by Matthias, a couple of demons offered him a choice between him or his wife going to Hell to spare the other. He chose himself so she could go to Heaven instead.
  • Parental Substitute: He was much nicer to Hope than her own father ever was.
  • Villainous Friendship: He loves Lady Death in a very platonic way and the feeling is mutual.

    Vandala 

Vandala

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Exclusive to the Chaos! continuity, she is a Valkyrie and Hope's older half-sister, born on Medieval Sweden. Before their mother Mary was forced to marry Matthias, she fled with her two daughters Vandala and Vulnavia from the Christian armies converting the Swedish pagans. The girls were taken and raised by Odin himself after their mother prayed to keep them safe, and they were turned into valkyries. She runs into Lady Death while searching for The Chosen One who will play a key role in Armageddon and after finding out the truth of their relationship, they join sides.
  • Action Girl: She is an ass-kicking Valkyrie.
  • Angelic Beauty: While not necessarily an angel herself, she is the closest thing to one from a Nordic background. And there is no denying she is beautiful.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vandala is far kinder than her sister, but she is a Valkyrie warrior.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She is only Hope's half-sister, but she looks after her safety.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her standard costume is a golden bra, thong and long boots. She wore a small short/miniskirt in her introduction, but is featured with a thong in her standalone comics.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Vandala looks positively heavenly with her fair-skin, gold armor and angelic appearance.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is easily the kindest among Lady Death's inner circle.
  • The Lancer: Serves as a nice foil to her sister, being a divine being in contrast to a corrupted soul from Hell. In fact, this is not easily accepted by Hope's more demonic allies.
  • Last of Her Kind: Following Purgatori's assault on Asgard, Vandala is the last surviving Valkyrie that wasn't turned into a vampire.
  • Light Is Good: A golden being of light in form of a beautiful young woman who is introduced trying to redeem Hope when she seem to have lost her way. And that was before she learned they were related.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Frigga reveals to both Hope and Vandala that they are half-sisters.
  • Mercury's Wings: Her helmet is stilled with nordic wings.
  • Morality Pet: Due to being one of her still-living relatives, she is one of the few people that Chaos!Lady Death genuinely loves, as seen here.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Vandala is a gorgeous Nordic babe in a golden Chainmail Bikini.
  • Sexy Scandinavian: Just like her sister, she is a Ms. Fanservice of Swedish origin.
  • Sibling Team: Had one initially with Vulnavia, and later becomes The Lancer to her sister.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Despite being mutually attracted to each other she and Azrael frequently face roadblocks to becoming an Official Couple.
  • Thicker Than Water: Even though she is initially aligned with the forces of light, she takes her sister's side when their relationship is revealed.
  • Valkyries: A warrior-maiden raised by Odin himself.
  • Winged Humanoid: She sports a pair of wings and is capable of flight.

    Azrael/Ravenheart 

Azrael

The Archangel of Death. Azrael serves Lady Death who has taken the Death Scythe, and is the personification of Death. He falls in love with Lady Death's half-sister Vandala. When the world was recreated he was altered. No longer an angel but a man with death-touch, he renamed himself Ravenheart. He continued to help Lady Death in the new world.

    Brock 

Brock

The Blacksmith of Asgard. Under Odin's instructions he forged the sword Nightmare for Lady Death.

    Wofram Von Bach 
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Exclusive to the CrossGen continuity, Bach is a Teutonic knight that has fought against the Eldritch and took Hope under his wing.
  • Action Dad: Wolf has two children whom he hasn't seen in a long time.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • A Teutonic knight like him would likely not have any jurisdiction whatsoever in an Eastern Orthodox state as the Novgorod Republic. In addition.
    • He claims to serve under Pope Paul V, even though the Pope from that time period would be Honorius III and Paul V wouldn't be born for a couple of centuries.
    • The Teutonic order was supposedly founded to fight the Eldritch rather than protect pilgrims like the Knights Templar.
    • He wears a red cross instead of an iron cross befitting the Teutonic knights.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Wolfram" means "Wolf Raven" in German while "Von Bach" translates to "Son of stream".
  • Badass Normal: He has no magical powers but is still a clever and skilled fighter. He also taught hope how to fight with a sword.
  • Cain and Abel: The "Abel" to his brother Cai's "Cain".
  • Defector from Decadence: Wolf turned his back on the church (but not God) because their corruption and hypocrisy.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: While a bit stern, he is very gallant and noble.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Wolf is rarely referred to by his full name, Wolfram.
  • Mentor Archetype: To Hope in Medieval Lady Death.
  • Religious Bruiser: He is still a devout Christian even though he is no longer with the church.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Wolf and Hope develop feelings for each other during the "War of the Winds" arc.
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    Wargoth 

Wargoth

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An albino sorcerer who becomes a mentor to Hope in the Avatar Press continuity.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Wargoth is revealed to have nurtured feelings for Satasha, but alas, she is a lesbian.
  • Cain and Abel: He is the Abel to Sagos Cain.
  • The Casanova: Wargoth is shown taking several women to his bed in certain occasions and had many romantic trysts.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The fact he is an albino indicates that he came from Earth just like Hope, meaning he might have been a Evil Sorcerer in the past along with his brother Sagos. Also several characters reference the fact he was a slaver too, which he is not very proud of.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first scene when Lady Death she asks him advice on how to deal with an charging enemy army, he pretty much tells her "Figure it out yourself, bitch".
  • Good Is Not Nice: While he is ultimately driven to protect the realm's well being and wants to help Lady Death out, he is extremely dickish about it.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: As an albino like Lady Death, he can heal most grievous injuries such as when Lady Death lashed out at him for too many Jerkass moments, burning his entire body to the bone. It takes a crystal imbued with Satasha's magic to permanently destroy him.
  • Jerkass: Though he mellowed out eventually, Wargoth was initially an unhelpful prick, frequently leaving Hope to fend for herself in the face of mortal danger.
  • Magic Knight: Wargoth is a physical fighter with superhuman strength who can wield magic efficiently.
  • Mentor Archetype: He is one to Hope while in the Blacklands.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Wargoth is killed by his brother Sagos, but he is quickly revived by a group of friendly demons. He is not so lucky in the 2010 revival when he is murdered by Behemoth, and he stays dead this time.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Long-haired with a Heroic Build and his chest is always uncovered. Its as if he is a Spear Counterpart to Lady Death.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Among Lady Death and Satasha, he is the mean one.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: His common outfit is a sleeveless coat with his chest exposed.
  • Rebel Leader: When Hope is banished by the Death Queen, he becomes the leader of the resistance.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His main method of teaching Lady Death when introduced was pitying her in mortal danger and expect her to find a way out. One particularly jerkass moment was arranging to sell her student as an concubine to a warlord to steal his Cool Sword, placing her in a very degrading situation with an extreme likelihood of being raped and killed. After successfully taking the sword for her own and fighting off the attackers, it's revealed said king and Wargoth were friends and working together to test if she could pull this off.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wears skulls as shoulder pads.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compare his original introduction with how he acts in the 2010 revival and you realize he isn't the same asshole as before.

    Satasha 

Satasha Raventhorne

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The exiled princess of Abberffraw and a human native of the Blacklands. She mentors Hope in the magic arts.

  • Abdicate the Throne: Following Fenn's death and New Abberffraw's devastation, she surrenders the throne out of guilt for falling her subjects.
  • Badass Gay: She is revealed to be a lesbian in the 2010 revival and she is an extremely powerful sorceress.
  • Cool Big Sis: Serves this role to Lady Death in the Avatar comics.
  • "Darkness von Gothick" Name: Even though she is not a goth, her name definitely sounds like one.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Satasha crosses it after her kingdom is destroyed by Death Queen's minions in a battle against the rebels, which lead to her wife Fenn being murdered in the crossfire. She loses it so badly that she abdicates the throne out of guilt.
  • Easily Forgiven: Satasha has never been accountable for her part in Wargoth's death by Behemoth.
  • Fallen Princess: In her introduction at least, she lives in exile in the Maklu temple.
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted, she is a calm, cool and collected redhead in contrast to Hope, who is bull-headed and impulsive.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Extremely gorgeous and capable of wielding magic.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Satasha is every bit the Ms. Fanservice as Hope is and revealed to be in relationship with a woman named Fenn.
  • Hidden Backup Princess: Following the death of her father and brothers, she is the only heir left for Abberffraw's throne.
  • The Mourning After: Satasha never recovers the death of her wife.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit hardly covers anymore than Lady Death's.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Among Lady Death and Wargoth, she is the nice one.
  • Oh My Gods!: She frequently swears by Maklu, the patron deity in the Blacklands.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: More of an Hot Princess, both figuratively and literally.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In the 2010 series, Satasha holds Wargoth responsible for the destruction caused to New Abberffraw and ends up assisting Death Queen's minions to get revenge.
  • You Killed My Father: Her mother was killed by Sagos and only comes out of her exile to help Hope because she can assist her in taking him down.

     Marion 

Marion

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Hope's mother. In the Chaos! comics, she was a female Viking who was forced to marry Matthias and she was sacrificed along with many others victims to demons in his mad quest for power. In Avatar Press, she plays a much bigger role, being alive at the beginning of the story and after being kidnapped by Sagos, the search for her drives the story.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the Avatar Press, Hope's search to rescue her mother fuels her desire to defeat Sagos. While she succeeds in killing him, she fails in saving her mother at the end.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: In the Chaos! continuity.
  • Good Parents: To Hope in both incarnations. She was also one to Vandala and Vulnavia, since she delivered them to Odin to keep them safe.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Marion becomes the Death Queen.
  • Morality Pet: She is arguably the only person that Hope is unambiguously kind and gentle to.
  • Parents in Distress: Most prominently in the Avatar comics.
  • Posthumous Character: In the Chaos! comics and the animated movie, Marion was murdered by Matthias when Hope was still a child before the start of the story.
  • Rape as Drama: As if being bed-tricked by Sagos wasn't bad enough, she was horribly tortured and raped by demons for years after being captured by wraiths. Becomes a case of Rape Leads to Insanity when she becomes the Death Queen.

    Tormina 

Tormina

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Death Queen's daughter and Lady Death's half-sister. She is a dampener, a mage capable of weakening other individuals.

  • Anti-Villain: She has more Pet the Dog moments than any other villains and her mother's treatment of her makes her sympathetic. She then drops the villain part altogether and joins the heroes.
  • Boring, but Practical: Her power of dampening may not seem very impressive, but it's very helpful in preventing anyone from harming her.
  • Child by Rape: Heavily implied to be one, but never outright confirmed; Tormina's father is never identified, but it's unlikely that he was Marius since he died before the series' events, and Marion was brutally raped during her imprisonment before becoming Death Queen.
  • The Dark Chick: To her mother.
  • Dark Magical Girl: A magical girl in service to the Big Bad? Check. Endures some emotional abuse from her mother? Check. Ultimately pulls a Heel–Face Turn and helps the heroes out at the end? Double check.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Tormina turns on her mother when she realizes that she is being sentenced to die, as she doesn't have the same protection as Death Queen's other servants have from her Doomsday Device.
  • Foil: To Vandala, from the Chaos! publications. Both of them are the main protagonist's half-sisters who are initially in oppsition to her, but quickly switch teams once their relation between them is revealed. The difference is that Vandala was a holy warrior, while Tormina is implied to be a half-demon.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Just look at the pic. Though she lets her hair loose after the Time Skip.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tormina pretty much stops being a villain after discovering that Lady Death is her half-sister, and then saves her life by giving some of her power crystals allowing her to escape, and from then on out, does everything to undermine her insane mother's plot.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Satyricon runs her chest with an iron rod, killing her almost instantly.
  • Mana Burn: Her natural ability is to weaken other individuals, both physically and magically.
  • Puppet Queen: Becomes one to Satyricon following the Time Skip. She manages to re-stabilize the Blacklands in the aftermath of the war, though at expense of demonkind being brutally enslaved and repressed.
  • Sketchy Successor: She ends up succeeding her sister, who abdicates the throne in her favor. Unfortunately, Tormina is not experienced in ruling nor is she as powerful as Hope and to make matters worse, she has to look over a kingdom that was devastated by a previous war. She ends up seeking out the advice of Satyricon, who actually succeeds in healing the realm at cost of demonkind being horribly repressed and enslaved.

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Villains

    Matthias/Marius 

Matthias/Marius

Hope's father. In the Chaos! comics, he is named Matthias, a vicious Feudal Overlord plotting to overthrow the Devil. In the Avatar Press, he is named Marius, a crusader possessed by a demon named Sagos.

    Lucifer 

Lucifer

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The ruler of Hell and Lady Death's predecessor. He arranged Hope's corruption of her innocent soul, but he didn't account that the power within her would prove to be too much for him to handle. She defeated him in single combat, stole his power and his hellish throne, though it's revealed that he managed to survive and as the end times approach, he wants to claim his old domain back.

  • Arch-Enemy: In the Chaos! continuity, he was Lady Death's biggest and most persistent foe. Her rise to power was result of seemingly destroying him in the first place, and he kept returning to pester her.
  • Beard of Evil: A pretty bushy one in his first appearance, but all subsequent ones featured him with a nice goatee.
  • Big Bad: He was the primary antagonist in the Chaos! comics as well as the animated movie.
  • Big Red Devil: Your typical devil with red skin, hooved legs and horns.
  • Composite Character: In the animated movie, his role is combined with Matthias, as he is revealed to have possessed her father and performed many atrocities in his guise.
  • The Corrupter: It's the devil, it's kind of his thing. He turned the innocent girl that Hope used to be into the ruthless seductress she is now.
  • Horny Devils: He has had numerous lovers and is obsessed with making Lady Death his bride. In Judgement War, he disguises himself as God but Lady Death is quickly able to see through his disguise when he starts hitting on her.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: During the Judgment War, Lucifer managed to abduct Lady Death and tried to press her into becoming his bride.
  • Really Gets Around: Unsurprising given how old he is, Lucifer had an untold number of concubines and lovers, including Purgatori, Leviatha and many demon slave girls.
  • Satan: Obviously.
  • Staying Alive: He manages to survive death a ridiculous amount of times.
  • Villainous Crush: More pronounced in Judgment War which shows Lucifer desiring Lady Death and trying to claim her as his bride. The sentiment was definitely one-sided.

    Purgatori 

Purgatori

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Originally born as Sakkara in Ancient Egypt, she is a vampire demigoddess, former consort of Lucifer and frequent rival to Lady Death. See her own page for more details

    The Dark One 

The Dark One

The emissary of the Chaos Lords on Earth. His goal is to corrupt souls for his masters. He crosses paths with Lady Death when he kidnaps her new friend Sarah Wilson.

  • And I Must Scream: When he is defeated by Lady Death for the first time, the Chaos Lords punish him by having his face devoured by flies. Since he can heal, this process goes on repeatedly. He neither screams nor begs for mercy as his replacement fails them as he predicted.
  • The Corrupter: His job as servant of the Chaos Lords. He did this to Morgana in the past.
  • Dark Is Evil: He can manipulate dark matter, wears black clothing and, well, look at his name.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He pretends to take no joy in wanting to wipe out Virgil before dropping the act entirely.
  • The Heavy: For the Chaos Lords.
  • I Have Many Names: The Dark Ones says that he and Ravenheart "have known each other in other days and other names".

    Morgana 

Morgana

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The Dark One's lover and mistress and the Chaos Lords' former champion. The Dark One convinces the Chaos Lords to revive her when Lady Death proves too much of a problem.

  • Bond Villain Stupidity: She defeats Lady Death but chooses to take her sweet time humiliating her just to spite the Reaper whom she knows cannot act directly to save Lady Death. However, this gives Reaper just enough time to summon Lady Death's allies who take her to safety. The Dark One even scolds her foolishness which she does not take kindly to.
  • Bright Is Not Good: She has bright red hair and wears bright green and gold clothing. She is also evil.
  • Empathic Weapon: A dark variant. She transforms Lady Death's friend Virgil, who is a ghost, into a sword. Every time she and Lady Death clash blades, Virgil feels pain.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lady Death. Both were young women who made a deal with a supernatural entity upon a death and both ended up corrupted by power. But while Lady Death had been moving closer and closer to being a hero at this point, Morgana remained a villain.
  • Fiery Redhead: Her temper could give Lady Death's competition.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: She was the Reaper's handmaiden before Lady Death. Then she met the Dark One and was corrupted by him.
  • Redhead In Green
  • Psychopomp: This was her original role as the Reaper's handmaiden. However, she began feeding on souls instead of ferrying them into the afterlife.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Reaper imprisoned her in a coffin at the bottom of the sea for her betrayal.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She murder's Sarah Wilson's little brother Tommy to draw out Lady Death. She attempts to do it again when the kid comes back to life.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Morgana learned this ability from the Dark One. She does this to Sarah's Uncle Ralph after killing him. She tries to do the same to Tommy but he eludes her.

    Sagos 

Sagos

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A demon who possessed the body of Hope's father and took her mother prisoner to the Blacklands. There he starts a genocidal campaign to destroy all life on the realm to gain his own dark domain in the Labyrinth.
  • Bed Trick: Pulled it on Marion while he was pretending to be Marius. Its not known how long he was pretending to be her husband, but apparently long enough to sleep in their bed and grow fond of her comfort.
  • Big Bad: In the Avatar Press continuity.
  • Cain and Abel: He is the Cain of Wargoth's Abel. He actually succeeds in killing his sibling, albeit temporarily.
  • Demonic Possession: He took control of Marius' body for an unknown amount of time and used it to consort with other demons.
  • Expy: To Lucifer/Matthias in the animated movie, being a demon posing as Hope's father and kicking off the story's events. The inspiration is made clear since the movie preceded the Avatar publication and Sagos' conception.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: The reason why he kidnaps Marion was because he "grew fond of her comfort" while possessing her husband's body.
  • Kill and Replace: He did this to Marius.
  • Off with His Head!: Lady Death decapitates him at the end.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Sagos plans to offer all life on the Blackhands as sacrifice to obtain his own dark domain in the Labyrinth.
  • Our Liches Are Different: While he is never outright referred to as one, he bears physical semblance to a lich and he is virtually invincible unless if the source of his power is destroyed, just like a phylactery. Its only after destroying it that Hope stands a chance at fighting with him.
  • Skull for a Head: As result of his face melting as the story progressed, leaving behind only his skull.

    Stigmata 

Stigmata

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A recurring enemy from the Avatar continuity. Like Lady Death herself, Stigmata came from Earth and used to be Wargoth's wife, but now she serves as The Dragon to Sagos. She has the ability to manipulate and control blood efficiently, using to transform herself and take control of other people's bodies.

  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Despite being full-blown naked, she doesn't have nipples or genitalia. But then again, given she is a highly malleable shapeshifter...
  • Bloody Murder: Her main power is to transforms herself into blood and use it in many differing ways.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of the most deadly enemies faced by Hope, though unlike most of them she turns into an Action Girl once she becomes good.
  • The Dragon: She has traits of The Dark Chick, but given she is the most powerful and dangerous of all Sagos' minions, she more than qualifies as this trope.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Stigmata used to be in love with Wargoth (and still sorta is), though during her re-appearance in the Boundless comics, she pinned Hope to the ground and licked her neck, gloating how she will take control of her gorgeous body.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In her first appearance, she looked like a somewhat-normal woman covered in blood with Godiva Hair and red eyes. Her re-emergence in the Boundless revival depicts her as a Humanoid Abomination composed completely of blood and glowing white eyes.
  • Femme Fatalons: Whenever she wants to get in physical combat
  • Grand Theft Me: Her most dangerous ability is to possess a person using her blood to manipulate her body. She can do that to countless people at once and it also came extremely in handy to provide Lady Death with a power boost in her final battle with Death Queen.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: After sensing Wargoth's death at the hands of Behemoth, she joins Hope and the rebellion against the Death Queen to take revenge. It's very notable that she is one of the few villains faced by Lady Death to become her ally and also happens to be female.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stigmata sacrifices herself using her powers to contain a magical explosion designed to destroy the Blacklands.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Despite having a very voluptuous and feminine form, Stigmata is a Blob Monster with the power of blood manipulation which he uses to take control of other people spontaneously. Justified, since she used to be human before.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Because of her liquid constitution, it's virtually impossible to harm her with conventional physical attacks or magic. It takes a Fantastic Nuke to actually permanently destroy her.
  • Slime Girl: Made out of blood to be precise.
  • Was Once A Woman: Stigmata was a mortal human that was sentenced to the Labyrinth and becoming a monster as a result.

    Death Queen 

Death Queen

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A mysterious magic user who lead a demonic horde and succeeded in ousting Lady Death from the Blacklands after stealing all of her arcane power. She is revealed to be none other than Marion's Lady Death own mother.
  • Abusive Parents: Towards her daughter Tormina. At really best, she acts completely dismissive of her daughter and outright physically and emotionally abusive at worse, slapping her and calling her a little bitch - and that is her favorite daughter. To say nothing, how she feels about Lady Death.
  • Axe-Crazy: It goes without saying.
  • Bad Boss: Her followers live in absolute fear of her because of her madness and fearsome magical power.
  • Big Bad: In the 2010 Boundless series.
  • The Caligula: She is an extremely unstable ruler.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After a group of her warriors reports directly to them that they failed to capture the rebels, she executes them by magically exploding their heads.
  • Evil Matriarch: She is Lady Death's mother and absolutely determined to ruin her daughter's life.
  • Freudian Excuse: After Marion was kidnapped by the three wraiths, she was unspeakably tortured and raped by demons. Her resentment at her daughter for failing to save her drove her to madness and the desire to destroy the Blacklands could be considered payback for all the torment she endured at the demons' hands.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Let's just say she lives up to her name.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Back when she used to be Marion, she used to have blonde hair before the torture turned it into white.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: She wears a white mask with a grin in her face that at first glance appears to be makeup.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not to the same extent as Lady Death since her outfit is way more modest. With that said, she has a tendency to strip down to her undies during magical rituals.
  • Offing the Offspring: She attempted to make her daughter Lady Death suffer before destroying her.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Her end goal was to destroy all life on the Underrealm. First, she intended to use an infernal engine that would vaporize everyone except her followers (who were branded with her protection), but after the machine was trashed by Wargoth, she changes it by commanding her undead forces to butcher everyone, both enemies and allies. Finally, she intended to detonate a fire demon, using Satasha as fuel to kill everyone.
  • Physical Goddess: As a result of stealing Lady Death's power for herself, she holds all the arcane magic and can be considered a deity in her own right.
  • The Usurper: Removed Lady Death from power and became ruler of the Underrealm.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Very evil and insane, and with long platinum blonde hair.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Quite literally. The torture and abuse under the demons broke her and she decided to pay back by destroying their dimension.
  • You Have Failed Me: Currently the trope image with good reason. She is fond of destroying her generals for failing to carry out her orders and does this during her Establishing Character Moment, no less. She even quotes Darth Vader word-for-word when one of her minions begs her to teleport him away after Lady Death defeats him.

    Behemoth 

Behemoth

General of Death Queen's forces and her lover. He is a brutish demon with a bone to pick with Wargoth.

    Satyricon 

Satyricon

A very ancient, very powerful demon that was defeated by Wargoth many ages ago.
  • Big Bad: In Apocalypse.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He had Tormina declare the persecution of all demonkind in the Underrealm, demanding their births to be controlled. He basically ordered genocide against his own kind with the purpose of preventing anyone of getting in his own way.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone who knows him fears him for good reason since he nearly destroyed this world singlehandedly - when Sagos and Death Queen required an army to do so.
  • Evil Chancellor: Becomes Tormina's secret adviser who assists her in governing the Underrealm.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The resistance against Death Queen considered releasing him to fight against her, despite him being imprisoned for almost destroying the Blacklands.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite his extremely brutish appearance, he turns out to be a extremely devious manipulator and schemer.
  • Final Boss: He serves as this for the Avatar continuity, being the final villain fought by Lady Death.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Tormina.
  • Predecessor Villain: He use to terrorize the Underrealm ages ago long before Lady Death's time.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was locked away inside a cave by Wargoth.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After being beaten and mutilated by Lady Death, he begs to be spared. Unfortunately for him, he had previously killed her sister Tormina, which means she has no mercy to give.
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