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     Minutemen 
  • Badass Crew: They are the seven deadliest people in the United States, each of them capable of taking waves of people by themselves.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: They can all be seen wearing some sharp, black suits.
  • Badass Normal: No one in this series has superpowers, and yet, they do some of the most badass things in comics.
  • Blood Knight: The most of the crew love killing and violence, while the rest are just fine with it except for a few exceptions.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Attempting to kill an heir of a family means that the Minutemen will have to kill all heirs in a brutal and disproportionate way. Partly to send a message and partly because most Minutemen are just that violent
  • The Dreaded: Just the name of the Minutemen strikes fear into the Trust.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: They'll kill everyone the Trust ask them to in the most gruesome way, even women and children, but taking another country is off the table.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: After years of being hunted by the Trust, they turn the tables and launch a full-scale attack which succeeds in destroying the trust.
  • Implacable Man: If one of the rules are broken, the Minutemen will stop at nothing to serve 'justice'.
  • One-Man Army: All of them are worth a dozen of guards.
  • The Snark Knight: The whole crew snark their asses off.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: Their main job is to make sure the Trust, who rules the country, play nice with each other. They also make sure the influence of the Trust stays inside America's border.
  • Would Hurta Child: Attempting to kill an heir of another Trust's family means the Minutemen are obliged to kill the heirs of the attacker even if they are children. Few of them have hung up about it.
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     Agent Philip Graves 
The former Warlord of the minutemen with a vendetta against the Trust.
  • Ambiguously Evil: One of most dangerous and dreaded men alive, but where he falls on the moral spectrum is debatable.
  • Big Bad: Manipulates the whole plot in order to get his goals.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Was working with Augustus and Vasco the whole time.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: He is motivated by giving people the ability to choose, no matter how twisted and bad the consequences are gonna be. Lono calls him out that he is just bullshitting himself without being aware of it and in the end he realizes that he had more principles than he thought as Medici giving the Trust a "choice" to kill his son disgusts Graves.
  • Brutal Honesty: Graves is the only character who never lies in the series. Doesn't mean he tells everything though, as he kept his alliance with Medici hidden for most of the stories.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted and Lampshaded. Many characters believe he's this, but he corrects them.
  • Designated Bullet: This kicks off the whole plot.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Subverted. Graves taunts Jack, telling him that he's the only person who screwed his life over. Instead of killing him, Jack breaks down.
    Graves: That's all you are, a passive-aggressive pussy.
  • The Dreaded: The mere sight of him causes shivers in hardened men.
  • Everyone Has Standards: His plan made tons of collateral and he exploited the trust his associates had in him for his own goal but he is disgusted by Augustus sacrificing his own son for power.
  • A Father to His Men: He went through a lot of trouble to conserve the Miutemen and care deeply about Dizzy, his youngest protégée, with Lono being the only one he couldn't care less about. Most Minutemen likes or at least trusts him after reactivation with Milo and Lono being the exceptions.
  • The Fettered: Zigzagged and eventually deconstructed. The quest to enforce his principles is what puts him in a situation he can no longer control (Lampshading by Dizzy at the end). Contrast with the true Unfettered of the story: Augustus Medici (Graves can't forgive Augustus for killing his only son, even having everything to gain).
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: After years of being personally targeted by the Trust, he manages to destroy it.
  • The Spymaster: The Hitmen Master!
  • Sweet Tooth: Always seen chomping on some popcorn or candy while planning his next step.

     Mister Joseph Shepherd 
Former Warlord of the Trust, liaison agent between them and the Minutemen.
  • Badass Bookworm: Surprisingly capable in a gunfight.
  • Badass Gay: He is gay and is undeniably badass.
  • Badass Longcoat: Seen in nearly every scene he's in.
  • Character Death: Accidentally shot by Dizzy.
  • Cool Old Guy: Benito and Dizzy view him as this.
  • The Gunslinger: Saves Benito's life from gangsters, all of whom he killed before they could even turn around to try and get a shot off. He was a former Minuteman.
  • The Mentor: To the Minutemen, especially Lono, who he placed under his wing when the Dog was fourteen.
  • Respected by the Respected: When Loop ask who he is, Lono calls him the biggest of O.G and every other Minuteman in the car simply nods in approval.
  • Retired Badass: After his promotion he sees noticeably less action but he can still handle himself in a gunfight.
  • Semper Fi: Served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. It's implied he was dishonorably discharged from the military due to his homosexuality.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Smokes a lot, with some people even lamp shading it.

     Wylie Times/The Point Man 
Wylie Times, his deactivation made him a slacker who works at a gas station. He was considered the leader among the seven and their best shot.

     Cole Burns/The Wolf 
Cole Burns, after his deactivation he was made an ice cream truck driver who also sell illegal cigarettes. He has keen reflexes and a Devil-may-care attitude.
  • Blood Knight: Just take a look at the way he toys with Megan before they die. He's also showed a great prowess and enjoyment of killing those who are lesser fighters.
  • Catch and Return: Does this with a baseball without looking, to foreshadow his reflexes.
  • Character Death: Drops his lighter in a room full of gasoline. He had the chance to pick it up, but decided it'd be best to just die.
  • Designated Bullet: Gets a hold of some from Graves.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Takes Megan with him in the explosion.
  • Friend to All Children: He was deactivated as an ice cream man because he likes children, he is really nice and now all of the kids on his beat's preferences.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His target set a nursing home on fire, killing Cole's grandmother, but after his reactivation. He kills more people than his target ever did, and some with fire.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The fastest and most reactive Minuteman.
  • Odd Friendship: He considered Branch his friend and made a point to avenge his death.
  • Smoking Is Cool: After being reactivated he starts smoking like a chimney.
  • Super Reflexes: This man is capable of dodging a bullet!
  • Undying Loyalty: Not to the same extent as the Rain or the Point Man but he doesn't question Graves. Until Wylie's death.

     Lono/The Dog 
Lono, he was purposefully left off the Atlantic city job and so was never deactivated. The meanest Minutemen with an unpredictable behavior.
  • Animal Motif: Aside his nickname the artwork makes him look like an ape when he gets mad.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Exaggerated. Lono rapes or attempt to rape close to every women he takes a liking too.
  • The Atoner: After the events of the finale, Lono travels to Mexico to become a brother in the church. It doesn't work.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kills, Rapes and maims for his amusement.
  • Badass Preacher: By Brother Lono.
  • Blood Knight: Kills and tortures in the most over the top and unnecessary ways.
  • The Brute: He is hired for the messier work and is the second strongest Minutemen.
  • Cop Killer: Guns down several cops when Shepherd framed him for a hold-up, the corrupt prison guards make a point that they intend to make his life hell for it.
  • Creepy Awesome: He is a beastly bastard assassin who going to kill and rape for fun, but every apparition of the man is indescribably awesome!
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of his fights in the series.
    Lono: You hit me with your car. I didn't die. I'm gonna use my hand. You will.
  • The Dragon: To Medici when he is promoted to Warlord of the Trust he suggests more than simple violence and helps reinforcing Augustus' hold on the Trust.
  • The Dreaded: Most Minutemen are this by people who knows what a Minutemen is, Lono is this to anyone who gets a good look at his eyes.
  • Dumbass No More: Both the Trust and Minutemen are surprised by how cunning he became, pointing out he is less crazy now and meaner instead.
  • Every One Has Standards: He is a depraved rapist but anal sex turns him off.
  • Evil Mentor: To the Boy, he doesn't care much about him he just wants someone to back him up if he needs to shoot the other Minutemen.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Tries in Brother Lono but the violent environment he is in plus is subconscious mocking him makes it hard.
  • Hero Killer: Kills many side characters, unnamed characters and one of the closest characters to a 'hero', Milo.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Several times in the series.
  • It Amused Me: He has more than enough money to retire but just like bullying people. After breaking Branch's fingers for snooping around he reveals everything about the Trust and the Minutemen just to show he can do whatever he wants.
  • Large and in Charge: When he takes control of the Minutemen, he towers above everyone else.
  • Made of Iron: Shot, beaten and stabbed at once and he still manages to fight. He also manages to survive a fall through barbed wire and a window and keep going.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Always orders coffee and when Medici warns him about Cuban coffee being stronger Lono says he doesn't sleep anyway.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His fight with Jack, for both sides.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's happy to take money, or be given responsibility, but serves his own agenda above any other and his agenda include gratuitous violence. Megan says that when he worked for the Trust it wasn't unlike a men eating lion being held back by a whip and that it brought a lot of peace of mind once he was gone.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Brother Lono, even when he comes back to his old ways he is less of a jerk and spare a few people.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Saw the Bastard as the only Minutemen he gave two shit about because of how much of an asshole he was to Graves. The Bastard didn't seem to care much about him though. Ironically, Lono was the one to kill Milo, though Lono was unaware of who he was dealing with until after the fact.
  • Wild Card: Why Shepherd chose him as a successor, he is smart, has no loyalty to anyone and can make the Trust uneasy simply by his presence.
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     Jack Daw/The Monster 
Jack Daw, after his deactivation became a hobo and alienated his whole family and loved ones. The physically strongest Minuteman.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Thinks of the captured tiger as a majestic beast and unleashes it upon the town.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Starts fights for no reason, and barely succeeds to survive. Until the finale.
  • Action Survivor: Stuck in a farm with a rampant tiger, three crazy mobsters out to kill him while he's high and managing to beat them qualifies him for this. Not so much later when he is reactivated and shown to be an Implacable Man.
  • Ax-Crazy: Endangers a whole town by unleashing a vengeful tiger. He also kills everyone save his friend in his hobo den.
  • Badass Beard: During his hobo days.
  • The Big Guy: Lono points out none of the Minutemen called him the Monster ironically.
  • Blood Knight: Is seen fighting many people in the series, most are people he doesn't need to fight.
  • Character Death: Implied to have been eaten alive by the alligators while fighting Crete.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes out many of these, except for his last one.
  • Death Seeker: An odd version, he wants to die but doesn't have the guts to actually kill himself, preferring jumping in fistfight and drugs with the hope one of those lay him out.
  • Designated Bullet: Gets 100 of them when he only needs one.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Fights Crete all night, and Crete is a pretty big guy. They didn't stopped fighting even as the alligators showed up.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Hijack, because of his drug addiction, he is usually to messed up to care however.
  • Implacable Man: When he isn't high he is pretty much unstoppable, being a trained Minuteman with size and muscles on his side. He even laid out Lono.
  • Never My Fault: The attaché case shows he is the one who ruined his life. He has difficulty accepting it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His fight with Lono, for both sides.
  • Stone Wall: His fight clubbing tactic is to let the opponent punch him until he gets tired, it's part of his self-destructive tendency but none of the fighters, even Lono, can lay him out for the count.
  • Super Toughness: Subtle. He took baseball bat and punches from people as big as him without flinching.
  • World's Strongest Man: Surely there are not many people able of give him a physical fight.
    • The hulking bodyguard of Medici Family, Crete, also counts. In the assault of house of Medici, Jack recognize him as an opponent, not just a mook ready to be crushed. Both men get into a fight that ending with both dead.
    • A special nod to Lono. Not so strong in the same league of the two men above, but he’s able to involve Jack in a fight that would kill a less tough person.

  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Crete as this, when they meet he takes off his jacket and readies himself for the first even fistfight he had.

     Remi Rome/The Saint 
Remi Rome, after his deactivation returned to live with his mom and works at a meat packing factory thanks to his brother Ronnie. He is an immature prick.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Ronnie, to the point his brother can't rise into the crime family he is in and therefore is still expendable.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Kills needlessly to the point where he's nicknamed "the Saint" for irony.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kills brutally and savagely for no apparent reason.
  • Blood Knight: It's a Minutemen thing but Remi's Slasher Smile as he guns down awhole security staff takes the cake.
  • Cain and Abel: Subverted, when he finds out Ronnie's attaché that proves Remi ruined his brother's life he tries to use the gun to kill him before he kills him. They eventually talk it out with Remi feeling sorry for ruining Ronnie's life while Ronnie considers his brother and family part of his life more than what Remi screwed.
  • Character Death: Jumped off of the hospital roof when receiving incorrect news of his mother's heart attack.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kills the Trust's henchmen with ease and joy.
  • Establishing Character Moment: First we see of him is playing a prank on his boss right and make a bunch of crass jokes, the he is confronted by his brother for screwing with the local don's meat racket while he was suggesting stealing from houses of people busy at funerals. After sideway talking his brother they reconcile and Remi asks what Ronnie's planning on giving for their mom's birthday. Cementing the Saint as an immature troublemaker who likes his family.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The most needlessly violent Minutemen, or character really, but he cares about his mom and brother.
  • Evil Is Petty: It’s implied that he killed Wylie by jealous of his skill as a shooter.
  • The Gunslinger: A very good shooter, not as good as Wylie, but still good. He steamrolls through Trust's security with no problem.
  • Hero Killer: Of all the Minutemen Remi is the one with zero finesse and favors direct assault, giving him a high bodycount compared to the Rain who limits himself to the targets while Remi kills everyone including bystanders when Graves starts attacking the Trust openly.
  • Hidden Depths: after being accused of steeling meat from his workplace by his brother, Remi asserts his innocence, and easily guesses who the actual culprit is, and takes Ronnie there just in time to catch the guy in the act.
  • Hot-Blooded: He acts on instinct and gets angry fast. This backfire when he rushes his assault on D'Arcy's hideout because he heard his mom had a heart attack, Coop successfully take out his hands by exploding his air canister and the injuries makes him jump off a roof out of despair.
  • Jumped at the Call: He was on board with the Atlantic City job and unlike the other Minutemen it was less for loyalty to Graves and more the fun of it.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Even Lono, despite his ax-craziness, can be pragmatic if the situation requires. Remi on the other hand is reckless and requires constant vigilance of his colleagues, besides being unnecessarily violent all the time and always be seeking to be the center of attention. He is strangely attached to his family, which eventually becomes his fatal flaw later
  • Relative Button: Getting his face sliced pissed him off but the man who shot his brother's leg ended up on a meat hook.

     Milo Garrett/The Bastard 
Milo Garett, after his deactivation he became a private detective. While other Minutemen were hard to handle Milo was the main contrarian.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Starts fights with people bigger than him just for the thrill. He finally finds the person he can't beat. Lono.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Just read his first conversation with Echo.
    Echo: Are you available?
    Milo: Honey I could be blessed with a pair of adorable kids, a white picket fence, a dog that brings me my slippers with the paper and a teenage nymphomaniac for a wife an' for you, the answer would still be yes.
  • Ax-Crazy: A subtle example. Kills many of Megan's party guests and guards upon being reactivated
  • Badass Bookworm: A very capable P.I. and an even more capable fighter.
  • Bandage Mummy: Due to a car accident he spends most of the stories his face covered.
  • Because I'm Good at It: Played straight and Averted. He enjoys his job as a P.I. because he's good at it. But he despises his job as a Minuteman because he's good at it.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: When his on and off again date asks him if he is really him under the bandages, he unzips his pants.
    Barmaid: Twelve.
    Bartender: On a scale a what?
    Barmaid: I get off at twelve.
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed. He enjoys fighting, but is horrified when he realises his true past.
  • Character Death: Rather than go back to working for Graves, Milo manipulated Lono into shooting him in the face and killing him.
  • Commander Contrarian: Lono says no one, even himself, gave more grief to Graves than Milo.
  • Cool Mask: His bandages give him an advantage with scaring people, concealing his identity and making him pretty badass.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes these to every character he fights. Lono could have received one too, if Milo wasn't trying to die.
  • The Cynic: Per Noir tradition.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Bump him or freak out at his bandages? He is gonna harass you until you try to fight him, and he is gonna lay you out.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Milo is a talented boxer and can lay out people bigger than him with little effort.
  • Grumpy Bear: Milo dislikes a lot of things and unless he is punching or having sex he's gonna spend his time frowning.
  • Hardboiled Detective: His job after the Atlantic City incident.
  • Jerkass: His distinctive trait as a Minutemen. He picks fight with people on the street when he has free time, insults everyone he is talking to and constantly in a foul mood.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: He is not a nice person even after his deactivation but unlike Remi or Lono he is not a straight up sadist.He was called the Bastard affectionately by the other Minutemen and Shepherd.
  • Private Detective: Quite enjoys his life as one.
  • Rated M for Manly: Loves fisticuffs, women and his P.I trench coat.
  • Smoking Is Cool: One of the coolest characters in a series full of cool characters, who is nearly always seen smoking.
  • Suicide by Cop: Unlike the other reactivated Minutemen Milo had no intention to go back to this life and decides to kill himself by provoking the Dog.
  • Survival Mantra: "Be Numb"
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only lasts one volume and appears in some flashbacks.

     Victor Ray/The Rain 
Victor Ray, he was reactivated before the story begins but was left on stand-by by Graves. The most professional of the Minutemen who was raised by the former Minuteman Will Slaughter.
  • All Men Are Perverts: The only time he breaks out his stoicism is when he act like a lech.
    Victor: C'mon... Don' tell me you wouldn' Pfft pfft pfft all over it [Megan's ass], if the opportunity arises.
  • Blood Knight: Enjoys torture and killing.
  • Brutal Honesty: He doesn't mince his words, he admits having lied to a woman solely so he could sleep with her, tells Loop he doesn't trust him since he never saw him work and tells people he will break them if they try punching.
  • Consummate Professional: Takes over his mentor Will Slaughter, he wants the job to be done perfectly and cleanly, he'll still joke and snark a bit but he expects results.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Casually monologues about the Trust's history while serving one.
  • Epic Battle Boredom: Casually recites the Trust's history while his heist partners are dying.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Victor stops Lono from raping his girl. He also turns on Graves when he finds out he was using them to rob the Trust with Medici.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The second best gunman in the minutemen. Manages to shoot Megan one inch above her heart.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a blunt asshole who has no problem torturing and lying to a woman for a one night stand (and half-heartedly stopped Lono of raping her because they need to move) but saves an abducted child and tries to teach the Boy about how bad this life is. It's mostly the job he does that makes him bitter.
  • Stealth Expert : Just like his father, Victor is able to go unseen to complete his missions.
  • Tranquil Fury: After hearing about Wylie's death he stares at his murderer and throws a bottle at him out of nowhere.
  • Undying Loyalty: Shepherd says Vic would throw himself off a bridge if Graves asked him with no reason. However when he finds out about Graves playing along with Augustus and Javier's plan for the Trust he is done with him.

     Isabella 'Dizzy' Cordova/The Girl 
A Hispanic woman from Chicago who constantly flips between Graves and Shepherd's sides. Later promoted to Agent of the Minutemen.
  • Abusive Parents: Verbally abused by her mother.
  • Accuser of the Brethren: Disregards her husband killer's apologies.
  • Action Girl: Does a lot of hand to hand combat and gets in gunfights often.
    • Action Mom: Even though she's very young and her child is dead, she is still a kick-ass mum.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: It's never explained how but Graves programmed her during her training, she doesn't even know the martial arts she is doing and shoots Shepherd when she hears the word Croatoa.
  • Character Death: One interpretation of the ending.
  • Crusading Widower: This is her first plotline.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Branch notices this and bets on her in a French fight club.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Knows a range of martial arts, such as Karate and Hapkido.
  • Designated Bullet: Finds out that these bullets aren't exactly made for one person.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Kills the two cops and her brother after their numerous taunts, beatings and attempted rape.
  • Chick Magnet: Female version, almost every male character she met either wants to sleep with her or have an instant liking to her.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Stuck in a burning mansion while being paralysed with Graves who just killed Augustus. Instead of using Graves to escape, she kills him instead, which would take her to Unfettered position.
  • Gang Bangers: At the beginning of the series. Implied to have tried to go legit before her incrimination.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Gets revenge against her husband's killers.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Participates in the fight club wearing her expensive designer clothes and gets into gunfights wearing dresses.
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     Louis 'Loop' Hughes/The Boy 
  • Abusive Parents: Loop's father first words upon meeting his son is how he should have beat Loop and his mother for letting him become a gang banger.
  • Action Survivor: Stuck in a prison with Lono and Nine-train with both gunning for him and he managed to survive both.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Bodyguards Lono.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Is on the receiving end of one by Tommi, but manages to beat her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lampshaded by almost everyone in jail that he should stop with the sideways talking if he wants to live longer.
  • Designated Bullet: Receives 100 for his father that abandonned his mom. He used the opportunity to know him instead.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Beats Nine-Train, arguably the toughest guy in the prison, for taking his apple. This nearly marks him for death as Nine-Train wants revenge and puts him on the jailer's shit list because he did that in the open,therefore making him and his crew look incompetent.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Loop has a disdain for rape.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Kills Nine-Train by stabbing him in the stomach and gutting him.
  • Freudian Excuse: One of the reasons he joined the Minutemen is because he is pissed how all of them knew his dad better than him. He also share his father's hang up that no matter how good he is people still deny him because of his skin.
    Erie: You're a righteous stand up con...
    Loop:...For a toad muthafucka.
  • From Bad to Worse: Since Grave gave him a briefcase he accidentally caused his father's death, have his cousin killed by Lono, bribed Lono with what would be his ticket for an easy life, get arrested, blindly broke the toughest guy in jail's trachea, who survives and promise Loop a cruel death, the chief of the prison guard is on his case so he can't arm himself without making a deal (something that'll destroy his street cred and makes his life in jail even harder) and if that wasn't enough Lono shows up at the prison. He survives all this with luck and cunning only for getting conscripted by the Minutemen the next minute.
  • Gang Bangers: At the beginning of the series, until he starts hanging out with his dad.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Instead of waiting for Nine-Train to heal, Loop devises a plot to kill him.
  • Only Sane Man: Of all the main characters, Loop just try to survive and has a Heel Realization when he realizes after his first One-Man Army rampage that he just killed a bunch of people for reasons he doesn't know nor care.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Unlike Dizzy Loop is a few leagues under the former Minutemen, he can still gun down mooks and a quick-thinker but takes a lot of punishment and barely survives his encounters with more experienced killers.
  • Prison Rape: Makes his hardest to be a stand up con to avoid it, even breaking Nine-Train's trachea over taking his apple because letting it go would mean his ass can be next. When Lono shows up in jail he is afraid of becoming his punk.
  • Street Smart: He didn't have a good upbringing but he is a quick thinker and adapt rather fast to new environments. He even helps a skinhead studying for his GED.
  • Would Hit a Girl: At first he tells Tommi to leave since he had no personal grudge toward her, then she reveals herself to be a Bodyguard Babe that almost kill him if he didn't slice her throat.

The Trust

     Trust 
  • 13 Is Unlucky: There are thirteen Houses (one for each of the original 13 colonies) and they're constantly being targeted for betrayals and assassinations by each other and the Minutemen.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The thirteen families are basically thieves and the true founders of the United States, making sure no other kings or lords take what is theirs. Publicly they are just corporate magnate but secretly they control everything. The hundred untraceable bullets come from one of their resources.
  • Honor Among Thieves: They have one golden rule: Nobody, even us, fucks with us. Any attempt to move against another family or someone with potential to threaten their power is greeted with a Minutemen going all out on them.
  • A House Divided: Even with the Minutemen they would try moving against each other and none really shed tears when they absorb fallen houses. By the end it's the younger head of houses screwing Medici, Graves and Vasco's plan which Medici retaliates by creating a power vacuum with the rampaging Minutemen and Graves end up illing him for it. Destroying the Trust permanently.
  • Ironic Name: Lampshaded by Augustus Medici;
    Augustus: I always found it ironic that our founders name this organization the trust, and ever since we'd held only mistrust for each other.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Exactly how the Trust maintains it's control over America (and exactly what they do with that control) are only lightly touched upon as they focus more on trying to survive against the Minutemen throughout the series.
  • The Syndicate: According to Branch and Victor they are the oldest and strongest criminal organisation in America, teaming up in colonial time so they can run the country's underworld. By the start of the series all the houses are billionaire and control all the American industries public or private from the shadow.
     Megan Dietrich 
The resident Femme Fatale of this book.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: As Lee Dolan finds out. She can erase someone's from civil existence or make them billionaire in an instant.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: She's often pretty acid-tongued towards Benito. Mia Simone speculates that this is the reason for it, and there is some support for that throw from Megan's actions.
  • Buxom Is Better: She has noticeably large breasts that serve to accentuate her already strong sex appeal which she in turn uses to seduce men.
  • Character Death: Killed in an explosion when Burns failed to catch his lighter.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays many of the characters she comes across.
  • Femme Fatale: Tricks and deceives many characters in the series.
  • Luxurious Liquor: Constantly seen sipping on some Champagne.
  • Not Me This Time: Despite her main role in the series, in The Counterfith Detective she isn't behind any of the murders and is merely caught between factions trying to get at the (admittedly stolen) painting she bought and various secrets she has.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: When Graves appoints Dizzy Agent of the Trust, Megan objects on the grounds that she is a woman and Hispanic.
  • The Resenter: Daniel Peres' theory about her nastiness towards Benito is that she's bitter about how she was forced into her seat at a young age, without any preparation for it, and had to struggle hard to learn the job and survive, while he has the luxury of being gradually prepared for it, but doesn't treat the idea of sitting on The Trust with much seriousness or appreciation.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Normally she's pretty good at facing down Minutemen, but she's left absolutely quaking with terror at the prospect of being burned alive in the final issue likely because of what happened to her dad.
  • You Killed My Father: Her dad was the target in Atlantic City.

     Augustus Medici 
De facto leader of the Trust and therefore America, he solidified his position by getting rid of the Minutemen and forcing a peace between the other houses.
  • Badass Boast: Tells a prostitute who asks if he works for the power company that "I am the power company."
  • Big Bad: He is the one behind the decommission of the Minutemen and took over the Trust. Graves started his game as a way to get back at him.
  • The Chessmaster: He manipulated the Minutemen and the other Houses to gain more power. He even play Graves for his last attempt to be the only family of the Trust, which would have worked if Graves wasn't so disgusted by Medici sacrificing his own son.
  • Dirty Old Man: He is introduced having sex with a prostitute that seems to have the same age as his son and seduces Megan.
  • Papa Wolf: Subverted, he has a problem forgiving an attempt on his son's life (forgiving here meaning don't kill everyone responsible and their children) but when it comes down to it Benito is as expendable as anyone else in his quest for power.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: It's implied by the attaché Graves wanted to give to Curtis that he is the one who objected to a black Minutemen.

     Javier Vasco 
Head of the Vasco's house and the most provocative member of the Trust.
  • Commander Contrarian: He is really influential among the Trust and opposes Medici's peace and directions. He is actually in cahoot with him and Graves, playing the troublemaker so the Trust don't know what side to take and be killed by the rogue Minutemen.
  • Cool Shades: Sometimes wears them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
    Augustus: Look at us now, on the same new page.
    Javier: Yes, one written on Medici Stationery.
    Kotias: Augustus persuaded us that the grass could be greener without you (Graves).
    Javier: And we think the Trust needs some yard work.
    Carlito: C'mon Graves, you may play your cards close to the vest, but you wear your heart on your sleeve.
    Javier: And frankly, it's what's up it that has us concerned.
  • Hypocrite: Graves accuses him of this for wanting to fight Augustus over his disbanding of the House of Peres while refusing to consider reinstating the house, and later arcs reveal that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Only Sane Man: Feels like this towards Graves and Augustus, as they consider what has become of their plans.
  • The Starscream: Planned an assassination on Augustus with Kovias and Fluvio.

     Joan D'Arcy 
A young head of the Trust and America's bigger import export company.
  • Anti-Villain/ A Lighter Shade of Black: She's not that hard to root for when put into conflict with Augustus, Vasco and Graves. and ultimately is just trying to survive as members of the Trust are being killed left and right.
  • Cutting the Knot: Does what Benito suggested early in the series about stopping Graves by removing his means to play the game. Killing his supplier was considered a big no-no by Augustus since he is one of the reason the Trust can keep their power over America but the main reason was that Graves was working with him and he is gonna be pissed, which means the Minutemen are gonna be pissed.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She has a father-daughter relationship with her old bodyguard Coop, feeling safe when he is there and worries about his health problem.
  • Foil: To Megan, both are young, cunning and attractive member of the Trust. Megan uses her sex appeal and social skills to beat the other families at their own game and become one of the most powerful family. D'Arcy stand in the background, keep tracks of potential assets in case things go bad and has no real problem sharing her power with other families like Vermeer and Dietrich. It also means she has no problem breaking taboos if she feels endangered which leads to her hiring Will Slaughter to kill the manufacturer of the 100 bullets and kill Vasco to show she is done playing.
  • Graceful Loser: Zigzagged, she's impressed and relaxed after Augustus yanks the rug out from under them by insisting Benito succeed him as the head of House Medici but implies that it isn't over yet, and that they should make a move to counter that.
  • I Hate Past Me: Downplayed, but she expresses some frustration and awkwardness upon realizing Augustus, Graves and Vasco's endgame, as she’d been a supporter of the movement to absorb the Houses whose leaders died (out of a combination of greed and a fear of Graves that left her wanting to strengthen her defenses) only to eventually run out of the infrastructure for that and realize the dangerous, unstoppable precedent eliminating those houses set.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair is often brushed down so that it drapes over her right eye.
  • Pet the Dog: Mentions that she'd known where Will Slaughter was for years, but she never made a move against him, despite the potential that he might seek revenge on the Trust for his son Victor, who was believed to have been killed at Atlantic City. She also expresses sincere interest in the situation of Victor being raised to replace his father and wonders if he'd have taken the job if he understood everything it would entail.
  • Properly Paranoid: When she approaches Slaughter, he notes that it would be suicidal just to ignore how many Trust heads were being killed and not suspect that she was next, and in fact, while she's off meeting Slaughter, Remi is making an attempt to kill her than only fails because she was meeting Slaughter instead of at her office.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Megan in the final issues, while attempting to pack her bags and Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, for letting Augustus play them and also possibly because she suspects Megan of killing Benito.

     Daniel Peres 
A contemporary of both Graves and Augustus, and one of the first Trust leaders to be introduced.
  • Big Fun: he's more serious than most versions of this, but he's introduced lounging by the pool with Benito and Megan, and never displays any cruelty or snobbery, unlike so many of the others.
  • Oh, Crap!: He is seen visibly recoiling in shock when Cole Burns appears to join him and Graves, and starts sweating and asking for permission to leave.
  • Only Sane Man: works hard to keep the peace among the others, and has a keen understanding of how much of a threat the Minutemen pose which is why they kill him first. He also urges Graves to just walk away from the fight instead of starting it in the first place.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Or rather, sympathy for Megan Dietrich, who he recognizes had a tough time being handed her father's house at such a young age.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He agrees with Augustus that the existence of the Minutemen was harmful to the Trust, but he seems to have wanted them retired rather than killed. He also expresses belief that Augustus's direction for the Trust is making the world a better place.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He sees himself as the statesman preventing a war through back door negotiations when really he’s the Shoot the Messenger used to start the war. Although to be fair, Graves hadn’t been on the all-out attack yet, so Daniel had reason to hope for the best, and in fact Graves kills him first so he can’t stop the war with his level-head and diplomacy.

     Fulvio Carlito 
A member of the Trust allied with Javier Vasco.
  • Badass Boast: Makes one after Graves tells him and the others that reinstating the Minutemen would take some doing.
    Fulvio: Good thing we're in the business of doing, then.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Impressively pulls this off despite being a Non-Action Guy. He tends to wear a well-pressed tuxedo, and is willing to go to war against Augustus Medici, while remaining defiant towards Lono even as he's cutting off Fulvio's fingers.
  • Cigar Chomper: He's puffing away at a cigar during the sit-down he has with Vasco, Kotias and Graves.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Graves asks how the House of Peres was broken up after Daniel's death, Fulvio sardonically says that "The rich get richer," and most of the Trust doesn't look past that.
  • Honor Before Reason: He goes through a lot of Cold-Blooded Torture before revealing the names of his coconspirators even after one or both of them used him as The Scapegoat.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Very cynical, unhappy and suspicious. He only loses his frown as he is tortured.
  • Only Sane Man: Although far more sinister in appearance and methods, he actually fills in this role after Daniel's death. He, Vasco, and Kotias are willing to reinstate the Minutemen and disband the House of Medici, actions which might have stopped the war, but of the other two, Vasco has ulterior motives and it's implied that Kotias is simply habitually following Vasco's lead, while Fulvio is sincere.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Lono kills his two sons, although it's unclear if he had other heirs.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: According to Lono, the Carlito's are infamous for hiring lots of people, mostly some already indebted to him, to kill someone so he clears a few debts on top of having overkill.
  • The Scapegoat: He is blamed for the attempted murder of a Trust heir, which is taboo under their code, even though Vasco was the one who actually gave the order.

     Benito Medici 
Augustus's enigmatic son, and the future of the Trust.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Clearly cares about and feels loyalty towards his father, but isn't unsympathetic towards the other Trust factions, or the Minutemen, especially after falling for Dizzy.
  • Mafia Princess: He's a male version for most of the series. He does some work for the Trust but is mostly just slacking off playing games and flirting.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Enjoys gambling, and is a bit of a playboy, but is one of the only Trust members who can't be considered a villain.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Or rather, nice to the very important henchmen. He's on friendly terms with the family bodyguard Crete, and Mr. Shepherd.
  • Pet the Dog: After learning that a man he cleaned out gambling needed the money to pay for an operation for his dying wife, Benito offers him the choice between taking the money he lost to Benito, or a betting slip for a much larger amount which, being a Professional Gambler himself, the guy can't help but take. After the man leaves, it's revealed that the betting slip was for a team that's sure to win, and so Benito was making sure the guy would get something either way.
  • Professional Gambler: And a very lucky one. After he begins to take an active role in the Trust, he considers strategies through a gambler's lens, with a surprising amount of success and insight.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to walk away from everything, and ride the whole mess out in Mexico with Wylie, Dizzy and Branch, but Graves has other plans.

     Axel Nagel 

A member of the Trust who promoted Graves to agent of The Minutemen in the sixties.

  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Swallows a handful of pills after Vasco hints that he'll still die whether he does or not.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: It depends on how you view the series and the characters, but his decision to promote Graves over the objection of Mr. Shepherd's predecessor ended poorly.
  • Honest Advisor: more of an equal than an advisor, but he shows some cautiousness and doubt in Augustus's plans even as he supports them.
  • Pet the Dog: Sends away his bodyguard when he sees Javier Vasco waiting for him in the elevator that he never leaves alive.
  • Parents as People: His last actions were taken for the benefit of his children, yet ended up doing more harm than good for them.

     The Nagel Twins 

The son and daughter of Axel Nagel, they are the only Trust heirs in the series we actually see get offered their father's seat rather than have it dissolved -apparently as the result of a promise Vasco made to Axel before he died-, Lono works to pit them against each other.

  • The Good Chancellor: What Lars hopes he can be to Anna when he says their father's seat is hers.
  • Incest Subtext: Anna has a bit of this towards her brother.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Lars is one good terms with the bartender at the restaurant Vasco and Vermeer approach him in, and Anna seems to trust and value her father's bodyguard Otto when he reveals that Axel was alone with Javier Vasco right before he died.
  • Refusal of the Call: while initially conflicted about letting Anna have his seat, Lars ultimately decides that he doesn't have the right temperament for it, even after Vasco and Vermeer urge him to step up.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Anna falling for Lono's lies that Lars is cooperating with the people who killed their father and plotting to kill her as well. It's followed immediately afterwards by My God, What Have I Done?.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Implied that the entire reason they were offered the chance to remain part of the Trust was so Augustus could engineer a way for them to screw it up and then still keep disbanding Houses while appearing as if he'd tried to stop that practice.

     Mia Simone 

A friend of Megan, Daniel and Benito, and the head of what is described as the Trust's weakest house.

  • The Chains of Commanding: Implied to feel this way at Axel Nagel's wake, questioning whether the Trust leaders control their houses, or their houses control them.
  • Cool Old Lady: is first seen in an Atlantic City Casino, telling Benito to call her by her first name now that he's grown up, and suggesting they go a a more quiet restaurant afterwards. Much later in the series, she is willing to offer some meaningful words of comfort to Lars and Anna Nagel.
  • Disney Villain Death: Remi threw her off a roof.
  • With Friends Like These...: She's shown to have been close friends with Daniel Peres, but apparently didn't protest to dissolving his house and depriving his heirs of their inheritance, although given her feelings about The Chains of Commanding, perhaps she thought she was doing them a favor.

     Sigmar Rhone 
A womanizing Trust member based in Nevada.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports an impressive white beard on his chin and seems to be somewhat avaricious and callous in regards to his fellow Trust heads.
  • Benevolent Boss: Reacts badly to an employee at his casino being assaulted by an irate gambler, and reacts even worse when that same gambler murders another employee who'd been sent to escort him out of town, setting out to ruin the guy.
  • Cigar Chomper: Often helping himself to a cigar.
  • Dirty Old Man: married to a much younger woman, he still has at least three mistresses.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is a devoted father.
  • Properly Paranoid: Has a spy on Megan Dietrich's staff.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always seen in a snazzy suit.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: He and his wife donate to worthy causes (although it might just be his way of getting her out of the way for his affairs).
  • Your Cheating Heart: To an unsettling degree.

     Helena Kotias 
An ally of Javier Vasco, with Lono claiming that her house might as well be a cadet branch of his.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Lono speculates that she was in on Vasco using Fulvio as The Scapegoat. And isn't really interested in stopping Augustus or restoring the Trust to what it should be, but that's never confirmed one way or the other and she seems angered when Augustus speaks about having punished the House of Carlito.
  • Due to the Dead: Toasts Sigmar Rhone after his murder at the hands of Victor and Remi, although her general demeanor isn't too morose or respectful in that scene.
  • The Mistress: to Sigmar Rhone.
  • Villainous Friendship: with Constance Von Hagen, who she goes shopping with.
  • Yes-Man: According to Lono she wouldn't even go to the toilet without Vasco's permission, which is how he knows he is involved in the coup against Augustus when Carlito rats out Kotias.

     Tibo Vermeer 
A younger member of the Trust who is overlooked until late in the series.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Darker-skinned than any of this contemperaries, although he could just be well-tanned.
  • Heel Realization: Was initially willing to go along with Houses being eliminated, but after the third time it happened, supports Vasco's apparent. opposition to that strategy.
  • Hidden Depths: proves to have an astute grasp of the situation in the final issues, and offers some good insight about what their next steps should be.
  • Token Good Teammate: Assuming he's innocent of Benito's death: then he probably has the cleanest hands of anyone in the Trust, save perhaps Daniel Peres.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Forms this with Joan and Megan in the last few issues.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Approaching Lars Nagel to ask him to succeed Axel turns Lars's sister against him at the worst possible time and further ruins the efforts to preserve houses, although from what we see Lars would have made a good Trust head and Vasco and Augustus had deliberately engineered all of that anyway.
     Rose Madrid 
Wylie's former girlfriend, who tried to move against the House of Medici.
  • Posthumous Character: Killed before the Minutemen were ever disbanded.
  • Red-Headed Hero: In hindsight, her attempt to move against Augustus (although her exact methods and motives aren't elaborated on) was a smart one, and it probably would have made things turn out better for a lot of the cast if she'd succeeded.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Wylie.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Implied to have been this, given that Augustus wanted an excuse to drive a wedge between Anwar and the Minutemen and Graves used her fate to drive Wylie into taking part in the Atlantic City job, and rallying Milo and Victor to help.

     Anwar Madrid 
Rose's father, a New Orleans based Trust member with a history with Wylie
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he thinks Wylie is coming to kill him (ironically he's actually after Shepherd) he frantically offers him lots of money an Shepherd's job.
  • Bald of Evil: A somewhat sleazy character without a hair on his head.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Tells Shepherd to his face that he doesn't trust him or really understand his motives, and that he appreciated always knowing where he stood with Graves back in the old days.
  • Jerkass: One of the more ill-tempered and ruthless members of the Trust.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter Rose has been dead for a long time, although it's implied he may have had other children.
  • Papa Wolf: Deeply resents Shepherd bringing up his daughter, and is stated to have been sympathetic towards keeping the Minutemen before one of them killed her.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Loved Rose, but always underestimated her ability to participate in Trust affairs.

     Roland Deitrich 
Megan's father and predecessor as the head of House Deitrich. He was one of the people who approved Graves' accession to Agent of the Minutemen.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Graves claims that he was behind Rose's attempt to kill Augustus (which isn't necessarily a heinous act itself) and then hung her out to dry, but we never see any actual proof of this and it's also hinted that Augustus or Vasco might have been responsible.
  • Badass Mustache: A fairly authoritative character, and a leader of the Trust, with a mustache.
  • Posthumous Character: he was the victim at Atlantic City.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Voices sound reasons for making Graves the agent which doesn't turn out well for him and was against retiring the Minutemen and only did so because Graves asked him to, in order to help provoke the Minutemen into killing him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Graves played him from the start.

     Constance von Hagen 
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: She's a supporter of Augustus and his policy absorbing more houses, but sometimes visits Helena Kotias (an opponent of Medici's policies) and goes shopping with her.
  • Only One Name: Her last name only comes from Word of God.
  • The Mistress: To Sigmar Rhone.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appears in only three or four issues, only gets a name and dialogue in the last of them and has little characterization.

Others

     Echo Memoria 
A woman on with an obsession with a painting.
  • Anything That Moves: Justified. She sleeps with as many people possible for her to get her picture.
  • Character Death: Shot in the head by Cole in retaliation for Branch's death.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Milo, Branch, Lono. The list goes on and on.
  • Femme Fatale: Is aware of her sex appeal and uses it to trick characters.
  • The Vamp: She doesn't have the influence of the Trust nor the skills of a Minutemen but she can outplay the both of them simply with her charm and sex appeal.
     Ronnie Rome 
Remi's brother and footsoldier to a crime family.
  • Knee Capping: Is shot in the leg by gangsters and spend the rest of the story walking with a cane.
  • Mouth of Sauron: To Mimo, Remi goes collecting the money, send message and kill people that doublecross Mimo.
  • Outranking Your Job: He has been in the family for a long time and has proved himself a while back but since he covers for Remi's thievery which means he can't be lieutnant and has to do job where he could get killed easily.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Graves points out that Remi did ruin his life.
    Ronnie: Remi... is family an' you know what? If family ruins yer life, well, that's what family is... yer life.
  • The Unfavorite: Feels that way as his mom cuddles Remi, a carefree free loader, more than him.
     Crete 
Medici's hulking bodyguard.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is remarkably fast for a man his size, to Lono's surprise.
  • Undying Loyalty: To house Medici, he refuses being a Minutemen for he'll rather serve them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: When off the clock he has a more snarky relationship with Benito, calling him Benny and wondering about his eloping with Dizzy in a less than professional manner.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Jack as this. They only meet once in theproper story but the exchange implies they see each other as rival.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Fights Jack all night when the Minutemen are attacking the mansion and the Monster is steamrolling through the security, even the alligators closing on them doesn't stop the fight.
    Mr. Branch 
A down on his luck reporter who stumbled in the Trust's conspiracy when Graves gave him the bullets.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Speaks in French when hiding in France. He even corrects someone in a pardon my French joke.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor guy can't catch a break.
    Branch: (In French) Sometime I think the world is against me
    Grocer: Sometime my friend... it's true.
  • Designated Bullet: Receives 100, the only character to not use it to kill another human being.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: He has a big heart but is also a pervert, a gambler and a bit greedy.
  • Noodle Incident: We never learn who was his target in the attaché and according to him he probably had even more reason to kill that person than Dizzy.
  • Prefers Rocks to Pillows: Tries this as a way to show Megan he isn't for sale by staying in a cheap hotel and inviting her in a less fancy club to talk but he doesn't decline the first class air plane ride.
  • Shoot the Dog: His way of testing if the 100 bullets work is to kill a dog he just bought with one in a public park. When the police let him go and give him back his gun he starts freaking out a bit.
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