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Satan

  • Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Zigzags the two. To most people, he's Faux Affably Evil, often utilizing Exact Words to make people think he's about to give them what they want before making their torments even more painful. To other supernatural beings and the handful of humans he respects, he's Affably Evil; he'll still torture them if they become annoying, but when he's not doing so, he's fairly friendly and can sometimes even act as a caring presence.
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  • Anti-Hero: Type V.
  • Bad Boss: He's not much nicer to his demons than to his captives. He once made Scumspawn eat himself.
  • Bad Liar: Ironically, he's terrible at coming up with believable lies.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He's borderline suicidal as a result of running Hell.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Gets offended at the suggestion that he's not the ultimate evil humans believe him to be.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: At least nowhere near as evil as you'd expect him to be, especially compared to Thomas.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The main hook of the show is "Andy Hamilton voices a snarky version of the devil."
  • Demonic Possession: He mentions doing this a couple of times in early seasons, but later on he claims to find the very idea of entering a human body repulsive. He knows what they get up to.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: He's a rather whiny, borderline-suicidal fellow who uses torture and corruption mainly as a mechanism to cope with his own self-hatred.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Usually involving Thomas.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He gets a one-shot love interest named Hope in one Christmas special. He also cares more about Scumspawn and the Professor than he lets on.
  • Evil Redhead: Possibly. Since it's revealed in Series six that all redheads are of angel descent and vice versa, it stands to reason that all angels are also redheaded. Satan himself says that only the junior angels were redheads, and that as an archangel he had golden hair - but of course he's been demoted quite a bit since then. In the animated pilot he's bald, though he does literally have a red head.
  • Fallen Angel: He can still remember the pain when God tore off his wings.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The Professor often notes (to the point of it being a catchphrase) that Satan torments humans because he wants to bring everyone down to his level- he hates himself and his situation and wants everyone to be as miserable as he is. For extra points, Satan is actually described as having green eyes.
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  • Horrifying the Horror: He horrifies all the other demons, and is himself frightened of the wrath of God.
  • Hypocrite: One of the main reasons for his hatred of humans is their refusal to own up to their mistakes, yet he continually objects to any attempt to blame him for his own rebellion against God and subsequent banishment from Heaven.
  • I Have Many Names: Satan, Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Old Nick, Old Harry and Simon Cowell.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Most of the punishment he inflicts upon Thomas would be disgusting, but given how Thomas is a monster it's hilarious. Case in point: trapping him under an incontinent hippo for most of an episode before he eventually removes it... only to dump an incontinent and heavier rhino in its place. The rhino then tramples him before it goes off.
  • Louis Cypher: We always know who he is, we just don't know who he's pretending to be.
  • Missing Reflection: Offhandedly mentions this at one point.
  • Mood Ring Eyes: At one point when Satan is losing his temper, the Professor notes that his eyes have gone purple; then, a little later, completely black.
  • Noble Demon
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He may be able to change his shape, but humorously, doesn't do much (or often anything) to change his voice. At one point he complains that God saddled him with inflexible vocal cords, so it's likely he actually can't.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His whole job description, and the reason he doesn't like having "the undeserving damned" around; they cramp his style.
  • Pet the Dog: Every now and then.
  • Satan: Well, yes.
  • The Sleepless: One episode of series four is dedicated to him trying to experience sleep, which he never has before. He's specifically interested in dreaming in order to relive his days as an angel. He succeeds...only to have a nightmare about the fall and swear off sleep altogether.
  • Shrouded in Myth: He wasn't the snake in the Garden of Eden, nor was he responsible for Job's misfortunes.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He is the devil, after all.
  • Villains Never Lie: Whenever he makes a claim about science or history that contradicts our current knowledge, it will turn out to be accurate.
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: His default form is a stereotypical red devil with goat legs, but he can make himself look extra demonic to intimidate people and frequently impersonates human celebrities.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Satan has strict standards of not possessing anyone who isn't old enough to make moral choices, and is thus in one episode is shown to be enraged at fundamentalists who believe a child is possessed by him, and want to beat Satan out of the child.

Thomas Quentin Crimp

Gary

  • Affably Evil: Quite polite despite his love of cruelty.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • The Starscream: Thomas goads him into becoming this in the penultimate episode of season one. Satan nearly lets him succeed out of apathy, but his pride ultimately wins out.

Scumspawn

  • Ambiguously Gay: For Satan. Even Thomas thinks he's a bad picker.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Again, to Satan. He's desperate to please, but comically loses control of his powers when he gets nervous (which is pretty much his default state).
  • Chaste Hero: His love for his master is totally non-sexual. Then again, it kind of has to be.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: The one demon with a scary name is, by demon standards, a total wuss.
  • Extreme Doormat: He once ate himself because Satan told him to.
  • Fallen Angel: Was expelled from Heaven for supporting Satan's rebellion.
  • Foil: To Gus Hedges, also played by Robert Duncan in a show by Andy Hamilton. Both are Butt-Monkey suck-ups to a Big Bad whose attempts at flattery go unheeded, but Scumspawn is more of a Minion with an F in Evil who is liked by the main characters.
  • Genius Ditz: He is totally naive and incompetent, but is secretly an incredibly talented musician and artist. At one point, he is able to BUILD ROBOTS.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He tried to terrify the Professor by turning into a monstrous squid...and turned into a giant prawn. Complete with a bed of lettuce. In his downtime, he donates to a donkey sanctuary, collects Furbies and watches Glee. Oh, and he "torments" A.A. Milne by...keeping his teddy bear.
  • Morality Pet: For Thomas in later seasons. Just about every time Thomas shows genuine compassion, it's directed at him.
  • Non-Indicative Name: A guy named "Scumspawn" who's a complete Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only good demon.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of his powers. Unfortunately, he has a bad case of Performance Anxiety and almost never turns into what he was actually going for.

The Professor

God

  • Affably Evil: Is generally respectful of those he speaks to, wishes his angels were more willing to lighten up and joke around and frequently sends people to Hell for little-to-no reason.
  • Attention Whore: He gets pretty stroppy if he thinks people aren't grovelling sufficiently.
  • Berserk Button: Don't question whether he's the one true god or not, or call him by his real name-Nigel.
  • Jerkass
  • Shrouded in Myth: He's not actually omniscient, and most of the miracles in the Bible never actually happened.

Edith Cordelia Barrington

  • Cool Old Lady: She has a very Stern Teacher-esque attitude, and maintains it even around Satan.
  • Death Glare: Satan notes that she has a pretty good severe look.
  • Determinator: As Satan notes 'arguing with her is like... well, it's like cornering a badger'.
  • Outdated Name: In Satan's opinion, at least.
  • The Perfectionist: Has a bad case of this. After completing Satan's biography, she convinces herself that it's garbage and demands another writer in Hell find some criticism of it. When he tentatively suggests deleting one adverb, she tears the whole manuscript to shreds.
  • Renaissance Man: An Olympic fencer, award-winning historian and noted humanitarian - plus a cross-country skier, scuba diver and the first woman to walk solo to the North Pole. Her father had high standards, apparently.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: introduced after the Professor leaves and plays a similar role. Played with in that there are notable differences between the two characters; where the Professor's idealism comes from trying to find the bright side of every situation, Edith's comes more from romanticizing certain people, ideas, and events while seeing no good in others. Also, while The Professor came to be fairly well-liked even by the villains, Edith is tolerated at best by most of the other characters.
  • Straight Man: Inherits the role from the Professor, though she's not terribly happy about it.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied to be why she's such an overachiever.

Jane Austen

  • Ax-Crazy: After a lifetime of repression, she's ready to punch anyone in sight.
  • The Lad-ette: Has a scorpion tattoo on each arm, "hate" tattooed on her knuckles, and is generally foul-mouthed and violent.
  • Shrouded in Myth: She's absolutely nothing like you'd expect from her work, or even from historical accounts.

Adolf Hitler

  • Never My Fault: He maintains that the Holocaust was merely overreacting to being filmed in the shower, and he blames his failed invasion of Russia on Jesse Owens. When the Professor was interviewing famous dead people to write a history book, he mentions talking to a Nazi who claimed he was just following orders; three guesses which Nazi this turned out to be.
  • Ultimate Evil: He's the most frequently mentioned out of all the historical figures, but he never speaks, is never spoken to, and other than one scene where he is explicitly in disguise, is never even spoken about in such a way that one can infer his presence.

Nero

Chuckles the dolphin

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