- "Ya hire me to do something, ya let me do my job. I don't do it pretty, and I don't do it nice. But I do what I'm hired for. So long as ya don't get in the way'a that, we'll be fine."
The notorious rattlesnake outlaw who's known as the Grim Reaper of the Mojave Desert. One year after his first encounter with Sheriff Rango, he's sought out and hired by the chameleon to protect the town of Mud against shady mercenaries. While performing this task, Jake makes acquaintance with Grace Glossy while having to protect her, her farm and her son along the way. By human-standards, he's in his forties.
- Above the Influence: He refuses to take advantage of Grace when she's drunk, even though she flirts with him and kisses him before passing out.
- Adaptational Heroism: Has been changed from a Psycho for Hire Noble Demon into an Unscrupulous Hero with a traumatizing backstory and more Pet the Dog moments.
- Anti-Hero: Of the Unscrupulous Hero variety.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's at the top of the pecking order of the Gunslinger Court he founded. Irvin Worst and his collaborators don't dare to try their luck with him until they're provided a hawk by Dufayel.
- Badass Boast: When Dufayel is done with his first vis-à-vis threats towards the townsfolk of Mud, Jake grabs the fox and makes a promise of his own before letting him go.Jake: Yer damned lucky the Sheriff's so soft. What's the matter, boy? Yer shakin' a little. How's it feel to be so helpless? In the face of death, it don't matter whether yer rich or poor, we all die in the end. Don't you ever forget that, 'cause one day I'm gonna be the one who comes callin' to claim yer soul. Now look into my eyes... I want you to remember them for the rest of yer life. 'Cause next time you see them this close, it'll be the last thing you ever see.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and the straighter Grace start out on hostile terms, but as they're forced to spend time together, they slowly develop feelings for each other.
- Berserk Button:
- He dislikes liars as much as before, which is why Rango's habitual pretentiousness annoys him. However, he's absolutely livid with Grace when she nearly kills Bad Bill's gang; the woman who has harped on to him about upholding the law for the entire time he has known her turns out to be capable of killing as mercilessly as him and has actually killed a group of outlaws and acted in a superior way toward them afterwards.
- Seeing Grace beaten by Benjamin Hares (like his mother was by his father) infuriates Jake into killing him.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: He has a gatling gun in the place of a rattle-tail.
- Blood Knight: He enjoys violence.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: When Jake notices Henry lurking near Grace's property, he attempts to sneak away at night before any of the bad guys come there for him. Grace catches him and pleads him to stay, so he says cruel things to make it easier to leave with her angry at him. He succeeds, sadly.
- Catchphrase: It's revealed that whenever someone tells him to go to hell, he asks where do they think he comes from.
- Choice of Two Weapons: He uses both his venom and his gatling gun to kill his targets.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Jake becomes this once he has started his relationship with Grace. Benjamin showing up when Grace's present riles Jake, and her (reluctant) toleration of her estranged husband's presence angers him further. He notes to himself that he has never been possessive over the hookers he previously slept with.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Jake lost his rattle as a child when a hawk tried to eat him, and he gained his tail gun in its place through an operation that might have killed him. He's eventually revealed to have been raised by a drunkard father who beat his mother every night. One night he was Forced to Watch one of those beatings. It led to his father being driven out of town, and his dying mother was "put out of her misery" by an unsympathetic deputy. Jake was left on his own and he lost his rattle only a day after. He was then caught for a rattlesnake round-up and witnessed other snakes being killed and skinned. While escaping, he made the sadistic human his first kill.
- Dark Secret: The Hell he came from was a rattlesnake round-up he was caught for after he lost his mother and tail.
- Deconfirmed Bachelor: Jake has never had other than one-night stands with hookers and believes marriage to be a waste of time due to his father. When he starts hitting it with Grace, however, he finds himself drawn to her in a way like never before with any woman. Though they don't become married in the end, Jake sticks around as Grace's mate.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He says this to Grace after revealing more about his traumatic past.
- The Dreaded: As per canon, anyone with common sense knows better than to mess with the Grim Reaper.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Grace has thrown Jake out following Benjamin's death, Rango finds Jake in the saloon... furiously sulking and holding a glass of untouched glass of whiskey which he eventually smashes.
- Give My Regards in the Next World: He tells one of Tomson's mercenaries to say hi to the Devil for him before shooting him.
- Handicapped Badass: He lost his rattle to a hawk when he was a child and Reth operated his gatling gun onto his tail.
- Hellish Pupils: His slit pupils accentuate his intimidating appearance.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Grace's Tiny Girl.
- I Am Not My Father: Jake refuses to ever drink himself into drunkenness due to his father who was an Alcoholic Parent and a Domestic Abuser. When he finds Grace beaten by her husband, his resulting Unstoppable Rage is partly influenced by the memory of his parents and his father's words of Jake becoming a man like him. In the following chapter, Jake continues acting on this trope by ultimately deciding not to drink in order to cope with his strained relationship with Grace.Jake: My daddy had his weakness. It destroyed him. Now I've got my own.
- I Gave My Word: It's not one of his habits to go back on his contracts, at least not as the first one.
- Intimate Healing: After rescuing Grace from drowning, he's forced to hold her in his coils and keep her from freezing until she recovers consciousness and can be warmed properly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's irascible, blunt and intimidating, but he grows protective and respective of Grace and Teddy.
- Lecherous Licking: Whenever Jake's making out with Grace, he licks her to make her receptive.
- Love Is a Weakness: Jake berates himself for doing what he considers stupid and wouldn't otherwise do because of his pull to Grace.
- Noble Demon: Jake is a remorseless contract killer, but he has personal code of conduct, which includes doing his job well and honoring his contracts, even when he doesn't like them one bit. As Grace admits, Jake is someone who's not perfect and doesn't pretend to be.
- Not So Different: As with Grace, he's reluctant to allow anyone to get too close to him due to his past. They can also both be utterly terrifying when provoked, with Grace admitting that as much as she hides it, she's just as capable of taking a life in utter fury as Jake is.
- Only in It for the Money: He accepts Rango's request to protect Mud only because he's been between jobs lately and is offered the belongings of Tortoise John as the reward.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Jake's reaction to finding Grace battered by her husband is to murder the assailant in vengeful rage.
- Pet the Dog: When it becomes clear to him that Teddy has an impairment in visual perception that causes him to stumble, Jake feels familiarity despite himself and teaches the boy to use the scents gained from his environment with his tongue in order to navigate.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: He gives one to Tomson and his mercenaries when he first meets them.Jake: Ya boys was real stupid in thinkin' you could claim hell without payin' the devil his due. I don't like sloppy work... and you boys just made one hell've'a mess.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
- Gives one to Benjamin before injecting venom into him.Jake: Burn, asshole.
- He gives another one to Dufayel whom he fills with bullets.Jake: My turn.
- Gives one to Benjamin before injecting venom into him.
- The Protagonist: Though the plot's driven by Rango trying to stop Dufayel's attempts to claim Mud, the main focus is on Jake, his background and gradually developing romance with Grace Glossy.
- Red Baron: Is known as the "Grim Reaper".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes' color is described to be like hellfire.
- Reminiscing About Your Victims: In the first scene portrayed from Jake's POV, he remembers with sadistic satisfaction how he killed Tortoise John for his betrayal.
- Shadow Archetype: Grace realizes that Jake is this to her after he kills her husband for hurting her. She knows she has the same capacity to kill in righteous fury (like she did to the robbers who killed nearly all her babies) and is terrified at how a small part of her relished in what Jake did.
- Snakes Are Sinister: He retains much of his sinister traits from the movie, but now he's portrayed as an Anti-Hero.
- The Social Darwinist: He shows sights of this trope with the way he thinks little of the townsfolk of Mud for being merely "good people" who resign themselves to pack mentality.
- Something Else Also Rises: When Grace first kisses Jake, his excitement is empathized by the rattling of his tail.
- The Teetotaler: Downplayed. While Jake does indulge once in a while, he always makes sure he never becomes intoxicated, refusing to be ruined by alcohol like his father.
- This Means War!:
- After he's injured by a hawk and learns of how Irvin Worst and Ramirez Arvenga are using that to advance their agendas with the Gunslinger Court, Jake decides to prepare for a big retribution.
- When Jake learns that Dufayel has both Grace and Teddy, he gives a line that's borrowed from True Grit.Jake: Them boys are gonna have to think of the wrath that's about to set down on 'em...
- Token Evil Teammate: He works with Grace and the people of Mud against Dufayel, but he's still the ruthless Grim Reaper of the West.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Finding Grace abused and at the mercy of her husband causes Jake to have one of his mother beaten by his intoxicated father.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Jake is an outlaw and a murderer with a code of conduct. Though he remains in his profession, he keeps that dark side of his life out of Mud and the Glossy farm he protects.
- Unstoppable Rage: Jake's reaction to Grace getting battered by Benjamin Hares is murderous rage that leads to Benjamin's death.
Grace Mary GlossyA female glossy snake who lives in a private residence close to Mud. She's known to be a boar-farmer, a respectable citizen and a devoted single mother of her son Teddy. When her farm seems to become a target of the mysterious force behind the attacks on Mud, she's forced to rely on Rattlesnake Jake's protection. By human-standards, she's in her thirties.
- Adult Fear: She constantly fears for her son's safety, and justifiably so with the threats directed toward them both.
- Alliterative Name: Grace Glossy.
- And Your Reward Is Edible: When she's forced to ask for Jake's help in fixing the damages done in her farm, she rewards him with a meal. At first he's not that pleased, but decides her food is worth the trouble. Later she makes him another meal for teaching Teddy to overcome his visual impairment. She gives him regular meals afterwards.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives Jake one in the 31st chapter for purposefully saying cruel things to her in order to make her angry with him and thus, his departure easier.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: She and the more roguish Jake start out on hostile terms, but as they're forced to spend time together, they slowly develop feelings for each other.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Grace is a civil woman and a devoted mother, but she won't allow herself to be pushed around. If you push her Mama Bear button, she can rival Rattlesnake Jake in vindictiveness.
- Black-and-White Morality: She believes in the law and is quite biased toward outlaws, treating Jake scornfully until she gets to know him better.
- Daddy's Girl: Grace's mother died when she was a girl, leaving her father as her role model.
- Dark and Troubled Past: After one year of blissful marriage, Grace's husband suddenly disappeared and left her pregnant, penniless and homeless. That betrayal has discouraged her from trying other men. When robbers smashed nearly all of her unhatched eggs, she killed the ruffians in blind fury. Though she covered her act and had Teddy, the experience made her very prejudiced towards outlaws.
- Dark Secret: She killed in blind fury robbers who smashed nine of her ten unhatched eggs. Burying the bodies, she attempted to make up for it by presenting herself as a respectable follower of the law.
- Determined Homesteader: She takes good care of her livestock, her son and the farm inherited from her father and grandfather. She has absolutely no intention to give up her home to Dufayel.
- Deuteragonist: The second greatest focus of the story are Grace, her past and the internal soul-searching she undergoes as her relationship with Jake develops.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: Grace's husband Benjamin Hares suddenly left her before Teddy was born and high and dry, no less. She hasn't tried her luck with other men afterwards, even if she'd sometimes like to have another child or two.
- Get Out!: Attempts this on Benjamin following his attempt to sell her out again. Unfortunately for her, she only manages to make him violent. After Jake rescues her and kills Benjamin, the battered and traumatized Grace is so hysterical that she throws Jake out.
- Good Parents: Grace raised Teddy pretty well all by herself.
- Hates Being Touched: After she's abused by Benjamin, Grace develops this problem as part of her Heroic BSoD.
- Heroic BSoD: She suffers one following Benjamin's assault on her and Jake's murder of him in front of her eyes.
- Heroic Fire Rescue: She saves the wife and baby of the owner of the Convenient Store of Mud when it's set ablaze by the Hellhounds. The townsfolk pipes down its prejudices toward her after this, and Jake's esteem toward her grows.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Jake's Huge Guy.
- Hypocrite: Jake calls her this when she's revealed to have killed a group of outlaws, kept it a secret and afterwards sported the image of a law-abiding citizen and acted in a superior attitude toward outlaws like him.
- Kissing Under the Influence: She first kisses Jake when she's sodden, passing out immediately afterwards.
- Mama Bear: She's fiercely protective of her only child. The only reason she accepts Rango's request to have Jake protect her farm is the possibility that mercenaries will target her son. Later she nearly kills Bad Bill and his cohorts for beating up Teddy. In the past, she killed a group of robbers for killing nine of her ten unhatched babies.
- Not So Different: As with Jake, she's reluctant to allow anyone to get too close to her due to her past. They can also both be utterly terrifying when provoked, with Grace admitting that as much as she hides it, she has the same capacity to take a life in utter fury as Jake.
- Please, I Will Do Anything!: When Dufayel has both Grace and Teddy as his prisoners, she tries to bargain for her son's freedom by offering Dufayel anything he wants, even her farm. Unfortunately, the fox's at this point too incensed to listen to her.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: She gives one to Bad Bill's gang when she finds them beating her son and they believe Jake to be their main concern.One of the thugs: The Grim Reaper...Grace: It's not him you should be afraid of...
- Snakes Are Sinister: Averted. Grace is a law-abiding honest worker and a devoted single mother.
- Species Surname: A Glossy (snake).
- Tail Slap: She weaponizes her tail this way several times, like against a rustler and several members of Bad Bill's gang.
- Unstoppable Rage: Teddy's beat up at the hands of Bad Bill's gang leads her to brutally beat them up in turn. The murder of nearly all her unhatched babies caused her to slaughter in blind fury the culprits.
Theodore "Teddy" Abraham GlossyGrace's only child through her estranged husband Benjamin Hares. He is ten years old.
- Birdcaged: He's kidnapped and put in a birdcage during the climax.
- Family Eye Resemblance: The only outward similarity Teddy has with his mother are the brown eyes.
- Hero-Worshipper: After witnessing how Jake helps driving away the rustles from their farm, Teddy starts looking up to him. This bothers Teddy's law-abiding mother before she gets over her prejudices regarding Jake.
- In-Series Nickname: He's called Teddy by everyone.
- Mixed Ancestry: He's born from a union between a glossy snake and a gopher snake.
- Momma's Boy: Grace has been Teddy's sole care-giver for his entire life. He loves her more than anything in the world and would do anything for her.
- Nice Guy: Teddy is excited, friendly and dedicated to his mother. That tells how well Grace has managed as a single parent.
- Precision F-Strike: When he's first introduced to his father Benjamin Hares, Teddy's not pleased to meet him and asks what the hell Benjamin is doing there.
- Shipper on Deck: Becomes this for his mother and Jake when Priscilla asks if they're going to be married.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Averted. Teddy's one of the most innocent characters of the story.
- Sole Survivor: He's Grace's only child, but she's revealed to have birthed ten eggs instead of one. The fate of Teddy's siblings isn't revealed until later on: before they had hatched, their eggs were smashed by a group of outlaws who attempted to rob Grace. Before the ruffians could smash Teddy's egg, they were killed by Grace.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Teddy looks a lot like his gopher snake father, except that he has his mother's eyes.
- You're Not My Father: He outright declares this in Benjamin's face when they first meet.Teddy: I want what's good for my momma and me.
Benjamin: So do I.
Teddy: No. You don't. That's why I'm not your son. Momma always said I was a gift from God. I'm gonna believe that instead.
Sheriff RangoThe chameleon who saved the town of Mud (formerly known as Dirt) one year earlier from Tortoise John and has been its sheriff ever since. The plot starts with him seeking out and hiring Rattlesnake Jake to protect Mud against mercenaries who have been attacking for unclear reasons.
- Beta Couple: He and Beans are this to the main pairing between Jake and Grace.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Rango would prefer to solve things peacefully, but the bad guys' continued harassment stretch his patience bit by bit. Eventually, Ramirez Arvenga destroying the home of Beans motivates Rango to actually kill the coyote.
- Bond One-Liner: He gives one that doubles as a Meaningful Echo after he has blown to smithereens the head of Ramirez Arvenga.Rango: Try me.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He's described to be a lightweight, and it's explained by the fact that he had never had a drink during his time as a pet.
- Cowardly Lion: He's as easy to unnerve as before, but he still takes action to keep up his hero imago.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he Took a Level in Badass in the movie, he's still a seemingly ditzy oddball who talks himself into trouble and gets out by bluffing. However, he still shows occasionally how he is the one who defeated Rattlesnake Jake just a year ago. In the climax, he kills Ramirez Arvenga and takes Dufayel's bullet for Grace and Teddy.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: After rustles storm Grace's farm and steal half of her livestock, Rango believes them to be the same mercenaries whom he has Jake to keep away from Mud and adds to Jake's duties protection over Grace, Teddy and their home. While Grace thinks the sheriff has too many screws loose to not consider it to be a coincidence, Rango turns out to be right.
- Cucumber Facial: When the panicked townsfolk rush to inform Rango of the lake's suddenly blocked water supply, he's napping with cucumbers over his eyes and a facial cleanser on his scales.
- Cultured Badass: He quotes several times Shakespeare.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Rango doesn't like remembering his time as a pet living in a glass container, isolated from the rest of the world.
- Deal with the Devil: His recruitment of the services of Jake, which is something the rattlesnake notes. Rango replies with the old saying "Better the Devil You Know".
- Good Counterpart: Like Benjamin Hares, Rango's cowardly and tends to get into trouble with his bluffing. However, the climax proves Rango's moral superiority by having him rescue the wife and son of the posthumous Hares from a bullet with his own body, atoning that way for (well-meaningly) lying to Beans.
- Look Behind You: He escapes in the 1st chapter from Tomson and his cronies by tricking them into covering themselves by shouting "Hawk".
- My God, What Have I Done?: After the Hellhounds burn Beans' home, Beans blames Rango for it because he lied to her by saying that Dufayel's no longer a problem. His face and reaction say it all.
- "Shut Up!" Gunshot: He uses this technique twice to silence the townsfolk of Mud when they're on the verge of losing it. The first time is when he returns to town with the hired Jake. The second time is when the panicked townsfolk rush to his office to inform him of the sudden stop of the lake's water flow.
- Taking the Bullet: When Dufayel aims at Grace and Teddy, Rango jumps in the bullet's way. He survives.Rango: Wounded Bird was right... ow... that was a bad idea...
- Tempting Fate: He does this in the 20th chapter by assuring Beans that he won't be needed on duty, only for frantic doorknocks and callings of his name to ensue.Beans: You were sayin'?
BeansThe female desert iguana who owns a ranch outside Mud and is Rango's love interest. Through her Rango and Jake learn of the existence of Grace Glossy, with whom Beans has made business in the past.
- Anger Born of Worry: She reacts several times this way toward Rango, like when he nearly gets himself shot during his first encounter with Tomson and his cohorts.
- Beta Couple: She and Rango are this to the main pairing between Jake and Grace.
- Character Tics: When she stresses out, her broken defense reflex causes her to freeze in place and go momentarily catatonic.
- Determined Homesteader: She proves that she's this as much as before when Dufayel attempts to claim her ranch as well.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She feels this way when the loss of her home to the Hellhounds' arsons proves that Rango lied to her about talking Dufayel to back off once and for all.Beans: Ya couldn't try and tell me the TRUTH? I've had it, Rango! I can't take no more of yer lies. I can't... I can't...
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: She has to slap Rango when he's angsting over the upcoming court against Dufayel.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Jake mocks her with this trope when they meet just one year after he threatened to squeeze her eyes out.
DufayelThe main antagonist. A wealthy French-speaking fox who invested the Evil Plan of the late Tortoise John. He attempts to make the residents of Mud and anyone else in the area to leave any way he can so that he can harvest the great underground gold deposit and avoid the bankruptcy looming over him because he invested nearly everything he had on Tortoise John's plan.
- The Alcoholic: As the story progresses, Dufayel is shown drinking brandy again and again to cope with his anxiety over the stalemate.
- Bad Boss: He's proven to be this after the below-mentioned Shoot the Messenger moment.
- Big Bad: The major conflict of the story and Mud's recent problems revolve around Dufayel's campaign to claim the gold underneath Mud.
- The Chessmaster: He manipulates events to claim the heroes' lands for himself. Too bad for him that his schemes are foiled due to factors he didn't foresee.
- Classy Cane: Owns one, but he eventually smashes it into splinters during his meltdown. He has another one, though.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Tortoise John was the mayor of Dirt's desert town who was good at hiding his villainous nature with charisma. Dufayel is a wealthy inhabitant of cities who, despite his politeness, never really hides his motives or condescending nature. They both attempted to put an end to the town of Dirt/Mud, but for different reasons; Tortoise John was a Visionary Villain who wanted to create a modern city, while Dufayel's entire motivation is to claim the underground gold he was promised and needs to avoid becoming broke. Tortoise John turned Rango into his pawn by making him Dirt's sheriff and hired the services of Rattlesnake Jake, pitting them against each other until he attempted to kill Jake. Dufayel in turn makes himself an enemy to both Rango and Jake who work together against him right from the beginning.
- Cunning Like a Fox: It certainly feels that he fills the villainous side of this trope.
- Disney Villain Death: His death is a downplayed example of this trope, for Jake fills him with bullets, after which he falls into a dark engine pit of his car hideout.
- Evil Plan: Have Mud's area cleared out and harvest the great underground gold deposit to avoid bankruptcy.
- Evil Uncle: To Angelique.
- Fatal Flaw: Arrogance. Whenever he makes his moves, he believes that he has planned everything to his advantage, leading him to underestimate the heroes' cleverness and resilience at crucial moments.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts in a polite and sophisticated way, and he prefers handling things in a civilized way. However, when his charm fails or you refuse to cooperate, he makes it clear how ruthless he can be. As a due date he dreads draws nearer and nearer, his polite facade crumbles.
- French Jerk: He speaks with a heavy French accent.
- A Glass of Chianti: He indulges in a glass of brandy. A lot.
- Hidden Villain: It's not until the 13th chapter that he's introduced.
- I Own This Town: He says that since he was Tortoise John's business partner, all the business assets of the late Mayor now belong to him, including Mud. Angelique confirms this later.
- I Want Them Alive: He hires Mon Hellsing to hunt down Benjamin Hares and bring him back alive.
- Is That a Threat?: Says this line during his private meeting with Rango.Rango: For your own sake, I'm asking you to leave us be.
Dufayel: Is that a threat, Monsieur Rango?
Rango: You don't wanna corner a wild animal.
Dufayel: And you had best not attempt to outfox a fox. It goes badly for you in your cause.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He dresses immaculately even under the desert's hot sun and dislikes uncivilization from his henchmen and others.
- Never My Fault: He blames his imminent bankruptcy and his harassment of the heroes on Tortoise John who asked him to invest the mayor's Evil Plan in exchange for the big gold deposit.
- Rage Breaking Point: He's unable to hold back his anger when he's informed of Bad Bill's failure, prompting him to shoot Tomson. Also, his Villainous Breakdown in the 28th chapter is triggered by Ramirez telling him to stop drinking.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears a burgundy suit even though Mojave's sun is hot.
- Shoot the Dangerous Minion: Dufayel has Ramirez injure and push Henry out of his office window when the fox gets fed up with the kingsnake's volatileness. Henry survives though and flees to have his revenge another day.
- Shoot the Messenger: When Tomson brings him news of the failure of Bad Bill's gang, the new setback makes Dufayel so angry that he shoots Tomson in the head.
- This Means War!: When he receives the word that there's no more funds in his account, he orders his cronies to pull out all the stops in driving the heroes away.Dufayel: Assez! I will no longer be patient. C'est la guerre — It is war!
- Villainous Breakdown: The continuous failures stretch Dufayel's patience bit by bit, culminating in him smashing objects with his cane following the death of Benjamin Hares. When he's later informed that his account is empty, he throws his chair against the wall and orders Ramirez to drive the heroes away anyhow he can. By the time the final showdown's about to occur, Dufayel's once immaculate appearance has become severely ragged.
- Visionary Villain: According to himself, he's following the same path as the late Tortoise John in modernizing the West, only with using in it gold instead of water. In reality, he's only trying to avoid becoming broke.
- Would Hurt a Child: Following his Villainous Breakdown, he has Teddy kidnapped to lure Grace (as well as Jake and Rango) into his trap. After all his henchmen are defeated, he holds Teddy at gunpoint and threatens to kill him if he's not allowed to leave.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: He has golden eyes that sparkle with intelligence.
- "You could call us 'fixers'..."
A rat mercenary under Dufayel's service.
- Back for the Dead: He makes only a couple of appearances in the first few chapters and returns for a later chapter, only to be killed off in it.
- Bald of Evil: At the very least he's balding.
- Boom, Headshot!: He's killed this way by Dufayel when the news of the failure of Bad Bill's gang become too much for the fox to bear.
- Mexican Standoff: He ends up into this during his first appearance, with Rango pointing a gun at his face and his two cronies pointing their guns at Rango.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He tells Rango that he's searching for a snake without being more specific. This leads to Rango seeking out Rattlesnake Jake and hiring him to protect Mud, which is a major obstacle in Dufayel's plans.
- Oh, Crap!: He reacts this way during both of his encounters with Jake.
- Starter Villain: He appears before Dufayel or any other hireling of the fox.
- Toothy Issue: His buckteeth are crooked.
- You Dirty Rat!: He's a rat mercenary in service to the Big Bad.
Ramirez ArvengaA Mexican coyote who leads a mercenary group called the Hellhounds and serves as Dufayel's main henchman. He has ambitions of gaining membership in the Gunslinger Court.
- Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Rango, of all people.
- Creepy Souvenir: He decorates his belt with teeth and claws.
- The Dragon: He's Dufayel's highest henchman.
- Ear Notch: His left ear is torn in a shape that resembles a bullet hole.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: He gets his head blown up while he's scoffing at Rango's willingness to kill him.Ramirez: You won't do it! You don't have the stomach for
- Knife Nut: He wields a knife.
- Molotov Cocktail: Uses this while burning the ranch of Beans.
- No True Scotsman: Jake hasn't allowed Ramirez to join the Gunslinger Court because he considers the coyote to be too much of a Miles Gloriosus to be a true outlaw.
- Red Baron: He prefers to call himself "El Azote Negro" or "The Black Scourge". Jake considers him too spineless to live up to the title.
- Terms of Endangerment: Every time Ramirez meets Grace, he calls her amiga.
- Those Wily Coyotes: According to Jake, Ramirez fills the portrayal of pretentious coyotes.
- Villain Has a Point: When Rango threatens Ramirez with the killer-in-the-eyes posture, the coyote rightly tells him that being ready to kill another being and afterwards coping with the sensation of having killed are two different things.
- Wolverine Claws: He wears black leather gloves with metal blades sticking out of the ends.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me:
- When Rango holds Ramirez at gunpoint, the coyote laughs and questions if the sheriff can live with actually killing him. Rango does see Ramirez's point, but doesn't back away.Ramirez: Poor lizard. You are loco, aren't you? You know how to kill a man, si? But could you really stomach it? Go on. Find out. It's one thing to pull the trigger. It's another to watch your kill die.
- During the climax, he starts using this trope on Rango again, but the now maddened chameleon just shoots the coyote.
- When Rango holds Ramirez at gunpoint, the coyote laughs and questions if the sheriff can live with actually killing him. Rango does see Ramirez's point, but doesn't back away.
- "I'm beginning to think I might be a little sorry killing you. Ya like being alive. Hmmm? Ya also like to feel a man's touch all over you. You like it. Even if it's the man who killed your husband, am I right? What a little tramp. Tell me: if I killed the rattlesnake, would you bed me to?"
A Mojave kingsnake and one of the Hired Guns of Dufayel. He wants to kill Jake for killing his brother.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: He arms himself with a silver revolver.
- The Bus Came Back: After Henry's nearly killed by Dufayel, he's absent for twelve full chapters before he's spotted in a distance during the 31st chapter.
- Composite Character: He's an Expy of Frank from Once Upon a Time in the West, but he gets his motive to avenge his brother from the character of Harmonica from the same movie.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: He has clear blue eyes and is a Psycho for Hire.
- Destination Defenestration: He's thrown out of the window of Dufayel's office, but he survives.
- Disney Villain Death: A subverted example occurs with his above mentioned Destination Defenestration incident.
- Expy: He's based on Frank from Once Upon a Time in the West. Nearly the entire quote above is borrowed from Frank.
- Foil: Henry's one for Jake. They are both big, short-tempered and dangerous snake cowboys for hire who show interest toward Grace. However, Henry is younger than Grace, and his scales are smooth and vivid with their black and white pattern. Jake in turn is older than Grace, more grizzled, and his scales are darker and rougher. Henry's interest toward Grace is just plain lecherous, while Jake comes to appreciate Grace for more than just her appearance. Their differences are foreshadowed with the way Grace feels their touches on her scales; Henry's touch feels too uncomfortable while Jake's touch feels quite right.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The wounds he receives from Dufayel's bullets and the blades of Ramirez leave him with scars that help him look more evil.
- Lightning Bruiser: Being a member of a snake species that preys on other snakes, Henry's rather fast and strong. He also survives a fall of several storeys right after he's shot and sliced.
- Nice Hat: He wears a white hat.
- The Power of Hate: He's able to keep himself moving through his hatred and desire for revenge after he's pushed out of a window down several storeys.
- Psycho for Hire: He's impatient, eager for a showdown with Jake and doesn't show much respect toward his employer. Eventually Dufayel decides that Henry is too much of a psycho to be kept around and gets rid of him with the help of Ramirez (or so they think).
- Sequel Hook: He still hasn't faced Jake to avenge his brother. Also, Grace owes him a favor (for telling her where Dufayel is keeping Teddy) which he promises to claim someday.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Played straighter than with the more anti-heroic Jake.
- Terms of Endangerment: He calls Grace "sweetcheeks".
- You Got Spunk: He expresses lecherous interest in Grace's defiant attitude. He later gives her the location of Dufayel's hideout, saying that he's doing the favour because he likes her spunk.Grace: I want you out.
Henry: Ooh, this one's got bite. I like her.
- You Killed My Father: Henry's brother was killed by Jake and he wants to kill the rattlesnake for that. Ironically, Henry's paragon Frank was targeted for the same reason by Harmonica.
- You Owe Me: He tells Grace the location of Dufayel's hideout so that she can find Teddy, saying that she owes him a favour in turn. He tells her that he will one day appear to claim the favour.
Bad BillA Gila monster, leader of a gang of thugs and former henchman of Tortoise John. He's hired by Dufayel to intimidate Grace to sell her lands.
- Blood from the Mouth: Grace's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him makes him spit blood.
- The Brute: Big, crude and vicious.
- Demoted to Extra: He was in the movie Tortoise John's most important henchman after Rattlesnake Jake. He appears in one chapter only in this fic.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bill and his goons disappear from the story after they're left injured by the battering they received from Grace and then Jake. The author has stated here that as soon as they were healed, they decided to skip town.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He appears in one chapter only, but his actions lead to Jake (and the readers) finding out what happened to Teddy's nine unhatched siblings.
- Would Hurt a Child: He attacks Teddy with his gang in order to motivate Grace to sell her lands. This doesn't end well for them.
- "I prefer to kill them scummy worms, not keep 'em alive for ya. The price just doubled. 'Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.' Luke 10:19."
A mongoose bounty hunter whose real name is Justin Montgomery. He's hired by Dufayel to hunt down and bring him Benjamin Hares.
- As the Good Book Says...: He has a habit of citing the Bible.
- Fantastic Racism: He seems to disdain snakes very much, using quotes from the Bible that decrease snakes and demanding a raised price for capturing Benjamin Hares instead of killing him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Treats Benjamin Hares roughly after capturing the conman. Given what a slimeball the gopher snake proves himself to be, Mon Hellsing's claim of Hares deserving it comes off as reasonable in hindsight.
- Lean and Mean: He's described to be tall and broad, yet lean instead of muscular.
- Red Right Hand: His chest and legs miss patches of fur, and this is implied to have been caused by restraints from a time of captivity.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He has a reputation of being the best at locating snakes he's been hired to find.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in two chapters, but his act of bringing Benjamin Hares on board starts a darker part at the end of the story.
- Wicked Cultured: He quotes the Bible at different points while naming the sections accurately (Luke 10:19, Peter 2:4 and Micah 7:17).
Benjamin HaresGrace's gopher snake husband who abandoned her before Teddy was born. He returns when Dufayel convinces him to help in snatching Grace's lands.
- Affectionate Nickname: He calls Grace "Gracie", but she doesn't like that anymore. She has also stopped calling him "Bennie".
- Asshole Victim: After Benjamin tries to sell out Grace's lands and beats her up when she confronts him, Jake kills him with venom.
- Black Eyes of Evil: He has black eyes, and he ends up serving as an antagonist.
- Con Man: His penchant for selling the wrong thing to the wrong people ran him into debts that caused him to sell everything he owned with Grace and run off. When he's first introduced, he mistakes Dufayel to be after the money he owes.
- Dirty Coward: It becomes clear from the beginning that Benjamin is a spineless scoundrel who'd do anything to save his own hide. This is proven with the way he acts haughtily while beating Grace and becomes filled with terror when the murderous Jake attacks him.
- Disappeared Dad: To Teddy, which is why the boy cares nothing for Benjamin when they first meet.
- Domestic Abuse: When Grace has had enough of Benjamin's crap and tries to throw him out, he resorts to violence to make her compliant.
- Evil Counterpart: Like Rango, Benjamin is cowardly and has a tendency to get into trouble and bluff. However, Benjamin is much more selfish and honorless than Rango. This fits their species because Rango is a chameleon while Benjamin is a gopher snake, a species that mimics rattlesnakes to ward off predators.
- Foil: To Jake. Benjamin is outwardly respectable, but he's actually a honorless con artist. Jake in turn is a notorious outlaw who does have a code of honor. Benjamin seduced Grace by first showing her niceness, but he showed her his bad qualities after they were married. Jake in turn starts out on hostile terms with Grace before gradually showing her his kinder side. Fittingly, Benjamin is a member of a non-venomous snake species that mimics the venomous rattlesnakes to ward off predators.
- Fragile Speedster: In comparison to Jake, Benjamin's slightly faster but much less muscular. He can't do anything to wriggle himself out of Jake's grip.
- Hate Sink: Benjamin is easier to hate than the other villains due to being a selfish and cowardly liar who deeply betrayed Grace in her backstory and attempts to do so again, assaulting her without a shred of remorse.
- Hypocrite: He accuses his wife of unfaithfulness after finding out about her affair with Jake, ignoring the fact that it was he who first abandoned her for ten years.
- It's All About Me: As Grace states.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After charming Grace to marry him despite her father's protests, Benjamin vanished suddenly and left his pregnant wife penniless and homeless to escape his debts. He then appears ten years later, acting like he's concerned about Grace and Teddy and wants a chance to make everything up. He then attempts to sell Grace's lands, claiming it to be for their own good. He loses all credibility of sincereness and proves himself to be worse than just a liar and a coward by trying to guilt-trip Grace for his own undoings and reveals his darker side by unashamedly assaulting her.
- Knight of Cerebus: He appears only in four chapters, but his act of subjecting Grace to domestic violence is one of the darkest moments of the story. Though he gets his comeuppance, the once happy relationship between Grace and Jake becomes more troubled than before with the Heroic BSoD Grace has in the following chapters. Also, Dufayel decides that with Hares' failure to legally sell him Grace's property, it's time to throw aside the pretenses of lawfulness and utilize more drastic measures.
- Lack of Empathy: He asks Grace to consider his side of things, but he doesn't do likewise with her, reacting with anger when she refuses to be walked over by him again. When he first smacks her, he's triumphant and unremorseful.
- Lean and Mean: He's a slimeball, and apparently gopher snakes are naturally skinny.
- Manipulative Bastard: He swept Grace off her (metaphorical) feet with charm, leading her to marry him against her father's wishes. He attempts ten years later to win her over with his old tactics of playing on her emotions, but she knows from experience to be wary.
- Never My Fault: While he was still with Grace, he used to guilt-trip her during their arguments. He still hasn't grown out of this habit, but Grace knows better.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when he realizes he has incited the vengeful rage of Rattlesnake Jake.
- Oral Fixation: He has a toothpick in his mouth when he first shows up to swindle Grace.
- Shadow Archetype: Like with Rango, Benjamin's vices include pretentiousness and cowardness. Rango was exposed as a fraud but returned to save Dirt as a true hero, and even though he hasn't fully lost his vices, he attempts to do the right thing as a sheriff. Benjamin in turn is an incorrigible conman who cares firstly about himself and his own safety. He charmed Grace to marry him and left her penniless to escape his debts, returning ten years later with false regrets to sell her out again and get his debts covered. In short, Benjamin is what Rango could have become if he had never risen above his vices and instead continued his life as a fraudster on the move. In the climax, Rango does something Benjamin wouldn't have likely done: jumping in front of the bullet aimed at Grace and Teddy.
- Smug Snake: Rather literally. Benjamin acts self-assured when he first goes to the heroes, but his plan to use his marriage to Grace to sell her out fails in the bullpen due to bureaucracy, and his nerves quickly crack when it's becoming clear that he no longer has the same hold on Grace he once did.
- Snakes Are Sinister: He may not be physically as formidable as Jake or Henry, but he's not a good guy either, proving himself to be nastier than originally appeared.
- The Sociopath: A short-sighted conman prone to blameshifting and running away from his own troubles? Check. Has charmed a young lady to marry him against the wishes of her father, then betrayed her by abandoning her without leaving her anything, only returning ten years later to sell her home in order to save his own hide again? Check. Shows a hidden violent side when his flattery, guilt-tripping and feigned concern have failed him? Check. Benjamin's quite a realistic example of this trope.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Teddy looks much like Benjamin.
- Teeth Flying: One of his teeth comes off during the beatdown he receives from Jake.
Irvin WorstA black-collared lizard outlaw and arsonist known as "the fire breather". He's Jake's most prominent rival in the Gunslinger Court, which is why Dufayel enlists his aid in getting rid of Jake.
- An Axe to Grind: He arms himself with a small hand axe.
- Breath Weapon: He can set on fire the air he's about to spit out.
- Freudian Trio: He's the Ego in the one between himself, Johan Quall and Kepper. While Worst is cocky and ambitious, he does question the chances they have against Jake before agreeing to Dufayel's proposal to get rid of the Grim Reaper.
- Molotov Cocktail: Attacks Jake with one of these.
- Spiteful Spit: He does this during his first appearance when Dufayel mentions Jake's name.
- The Starscream: Though Worst isn't even the third highest member of the Court, he has for years been vocal about his ambition to take over Jake's throne. It is for this reason that Dufayel approaches him.
- Terrible Trio: Leads the one he has formed with Johan Quall and Kepper.
Johan QuallA ring-tailed cat outlaw known "the fickle thief" and a prestigious member of the Gunslinger Court. He works with Irvin Worst in the conspiracy against Jake.
- Dirty Coward: Jake uses Quall's fear of his wrath to make him abandon Worst and flee while he still can.
- Freudian Trio: He's the Superego in the one between himself, Irvin Worst and Kepper. Quall's the most composed of them and needs the most persuasion before he agrees to go against Jake.
- Guns Akimbo: He arms himself with two revolvers.
- Loud Gulp: He does this when Dufayel presents a hawk as a means to getting rid of Jake.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He bolts in the climax when Jake convinces him that he can't possibly survive against the maddened Grim Reaper who wasn't supposed to survive the assassination attempt of Quall and the others.
- Terrible Trio: With Irvin Worst and Kepper.
KepperA zebra-tailed lizard outlaw known "the knife nut" and a prestigious member of the Gunslinger Court. He works with Irvin Worst in the conspiracy against Jake.
- Disney Villain Death: Downplayed, for he's shot in the heart by Delilah, after which he falls off a balcony.
- Forceful Kiss: He gives one to Delilah during their fight. When he dies, she comments how unwise it was to kiss the Scalet Kiss.
- Freudian Trio: He's the Id in the one between himself, Irvin Worst and Johan Quall. Kepper's the least inhibited and careful of them.
- Giggling Villain: Kepper is quick to giggle.
- Knife Nut: Carries every kind of knife imaginable, and he's even known by the trope name.
- Maniac Tongue: He's first described as having his tongue sticking out, and he's called knife nut for a reason.
- Terrible Trio: With Irvin Worst and Johan Quall.
AngeliqueA fox and the town secretary of Mud, wife of Chuck and mother of four daughters.
- Happily Married: She and her husband Chuch love each other much despite their superficial differences and are parents to four daughters.
- Oh, Crap!: The instant she hears that her Evil Uncle Dufayel is the mastermind behind Mud's recent troubles, she pales and drops her glass of water.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Fearing that Dufayel will start an open war to get Mud's people out of the area, she decides to take her children away from the conflict and convinces Chuck to come with her.
Charles/ChuckA fox from somewhere north, Angelique's husband and father of four daughters. He is Mud's "do-whatever-man".
- Happily Married: He and his wife Angelique love each other much despite their superficial differences and are parents to four daughters.
- Nice Guy: He's quite a friendly man and one of the few people in Mud who can look past a snake's species and treat one in a civilized way.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Angelique decides to take their children away from Mud before Dufayel causes an open war, she begs Chuck to come with her and he concedes reluctantly.
- "Oh, honey, I'm men's worse nightmare. I'm their last little kiss goodbye before they leave this world... but no one can resist luscious red lips."
The infamous female bobcat outlaw known as "the Scarlet Kiss". She's the third highest member of the Gunslinger Court and the real killer of the Jenkins Brothers.
- Bond One-Liner: After Delilah kills Kepper with Grace's help, she comments about the Forceful Kiss he gave her during their duel.Delilah: Should've listened to the stories, Kepper. No one survives a scarlet kiss.
- Calling Card: Her nickname comes from her habit of leaving a bright red lipstick-kiss on the cheeks of her every murder victim.
- Cats Are Mean: She acts in a condescendingly placid way toward Grace and Beans in her first appearance.
- Cats Are Snarkers: As shown in her first scene.Delilah: Surprised you don't know me, honey... and here I thought I was quite infamous. Well, I was until this new Sheriff stole my thunder.Beans: Stole your?Delilah: Don't worry, sweet-eyes, it went over your head.
- Dark Action Girl: She knows how to use a gun, and she's the third highest in the pecking order of the Gunslinger Court.
- The Dreaded: Grace and Beans both become alarmed as soon as they realize who is the sly bobcat perching on Grace's fence.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Delilah is a murderous outlaw, but she doesn't believe it'd be good news to have Irvin Worst at the top of the Gunslinger Court. She also comments about the ruthless acts Dufayel has taken up just for gold.
- Expy: She has more than a passing resemblance to Kissin' Kate Barlow.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a cocky murderer, but she helps in rescuing Grace and Teddy.
- Kiss of Death: She's known for her habit of leaving a red kiss on her every murder victim. After she kills Kepper who gives her a forceful kiss during their duel, she makes a Bond One-Liner about this trope.
- Makeup Is Evil: She wears bright red lipstick and uses it to leave a red kiss on the cheek of her every murder victim.
- Mexican Standoff: In her first appearance, she comes to Grace's property in order to report Jake her progress and pays no heed to Grace's warnings to stay away from her lands. Beans points her shotgun at Delilah, only for the bobcat to whip out her revolver and point it back at Beans. The stalemate is broken when Jake arrives.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Jake enlists her to seek out the Hellhounds' hiding place due to his contract with Rango preventing him from doing that himself.
- Shrouded in Myth: Like with Jake, her origins and exploits are this trope.
- Undying Loyalty: She refuses to switch her loyalties from Jake to Irvin Worst.
- Woman Scorned: One of the versions of her origin story says that she shot her unfaithful husband as revenge and became addicted to the killing sensation.
- Would Rather Suffer: She states that she'd rather screw an exhaust-pipe than accept a bribe from Irvin Worst and endure Male Gazes from his part.
RethAn old desert iguana outlaw known as "the Carpenter". He's the second-in-command of the Gunslinger Court who taught Jake survival when he was a child. He's also responsible for operating a gatling gun to replace Jake's rattle.
- Calling Card: His alias is earned from his habit of leaving a little wooden figure for every thing he steals.
- Gold Tooth: Only few of Reth's teeth remain, but they're adorned with gold.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Reth is an outlaw and a thief, but he saved Jake when the boy was captured by humans for a rattlesnake round-up and taught him to survive. He also helps Jake and Rango in rescuing Grace and Teddy.
- Number Two: For Jake in the Gunslinger Court.
- Rugged Scar: A scar passes over Reth's lifeless left eye.
- Undying Loyalty: He refuses to switch his loyalties from Jake to Irvin Worst.