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Abigail often dresses up as various characters during her videos, usually as a way of demonstrating the point she's trying to make. While not many of them have had more than one appearance, a few recurring roles have been featured.

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    Ian N. Drivel 

First Appearance: Is Philosophy Just White Guys Jerking Off?

An Australian Fortnite streamer and comic book fan who also does internet callouts and dabbles in philosophy. Has an extremely unfortunate taste in shirts.

    D. S. Ellis 

First Appearance: Youtube: Art or Reality?

A closeted gay Detective Sergeant turned club bouncer with a tendency towards aggression.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: In Youtube: Art or Reality? he and Strucci make a point about police officers beating the shit out of anyone who threatens capitalism.
  • Censored for Comedy: Defied. His reaction to being bleeped out in editing is just hilarious.
  • Cool Shades: Always wears sunglasses, including indoors and at night.
  • Fake Scot: Abigail (who is from Northern England) plays him with a Scottish accent.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The Bad Cop to Inspector Strucci's Good Cop.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: His tense monologue at the end of Data is the most insight we've gotten into Ellis' emotional and moral code so far, and a perfect example of the desire for individual tranquility many working-class people develop in response to the constant feeling of powerlessness under capitalism.
    "Nobody is in control of their own life. Just go in and have a pint."
  • Meaningful Name: Is named after Lindsay Ellis, who, prior to Abigail's video on Youtube authenticity, made a video about the same topic delving into the subject of emotional labor, which Ellis uses in his argumentation to call Abigail out on her privilege as a cis white man (video was published prior to her transition) with a public platform.
  • Precision F-Strike: When he realizes Abigail is censoring him.
    "Don't you f***ing censor me, you fuck!"
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He just wants to do the job and go home without having to think about the implications of it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Loves the music of Kim Petras, a trans female electropop singer, and calls a hypopthetical man who goes to Magic Mike events and her concerts "a pure braw legend".
  • Redemption Rejection: The final disarming argument by P.note  in the Data video reveals that Ellis clearly has a lot of baggage that he'd rather keep repressing.
    P.: What kind of person does it make you, that you stand here, inflicting unwelcome surveillance on people every Friday night for 13 quid an hour?!
    Ellis: You're makin' me think about myself.
    P.: ... All right?
    Ellis: I don't want to think about myself.
  • Violent Glaswegian: He has a pronounced Glaswegian accent, a short temper and violent impulses.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Explains that he really needs to put in a lot of effort into keeping his anger in check during Abigail's interrogation, which ties into arguments about emotional labor.

    The Traveling Salesman / The Arsonist / Ivan Schmitz 

First Appearance: Steve Bannon

"I say, you wouldn't happen to have... a match?"

A mild-mannered traveling salesman. A huge fan of classical music, and gravely concerned with a recent string of arson attacks.

  • Catchphrase: Whenever he addresses the audience directly, he'll end the monologue by finding some way to ask the audience if they have a match (such as putting a cigarette between his lips and then patting his own pockets in confusion.) This is the hint that, no matter how persuasive or dangerous he seems, he can't actually start any fires unless someone actually enables him to do it by giving him the means to do so.
  • Consummate Liar: Introduces himself as a travelling salesman, as a lecturer at London St. University, as having had a poor upbringing without any privileges, ... Luckily he's smart enough to keep all of his stories together, and of course perfectly feign shock and sadness over the unfortunate fires that took place everywhere he went.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Inverted. The entire point of the character is to gradually show the viewer how fascist talking points can be hidden in plain sight while slowly gaining the trust of its target audience.
  • Disappointed in You: He reacts as such when Tom enforces his bodily autonomy over the violinist's right to life, thereby abandoning his right-wing principles on abortion.
    "I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am in you, Tom."
  • Divorce Requires Death: Burned his wife and the entire clinic she was in to death after she got an abortion without his approval.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The voice Abigail gives him is slightly deeper than Abigail's normal presenting voice at the time.
  • Expy: Based on Schmitz and Eisenring, the titular arsonists from the Max Frisch play The Arsonists. They also posed as traveling salesmen, and they also used their charm and wit to get people to join them. His surname is later revealed to be Schmitz as a Shout-Out to the play.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's unfailingly polite with a gentle demeanor, and never raises his voice. However, it slowly becomes clear that this is little more than a way for him to trick others into accepting his poisonous ideals, by draping them in a garb of reasonability. Beyond this, he is also a unrepentant serial arsonist and murderer.
    • In "Abortion and Ben Shapiro," he kidnaps Tom Gently and proceeds to connect him to a master violinist with kidney damage, so that the violinist can use Tom's kidneys to clean his blood. When Tom (understandably) objects to this, he holds up a scalpel to silence him, and makes a couple of unsubtle threats against his family, never losing his affable demeanor. It's also Double Subverted at the end of the video, when he gladly, if reluctantly, honors Tom's request to be unhooked from the violinist in contradiction with his previous stance on abortion... but not before threatening his family again, and forcing Tom to admit on video that he was wrong. Possibly triply subverted if you watch Abigail's Steve Bannon video after this one, where the arsonist remarks on a man, wife and two little girls dying in a fire.
    • In his third appearance in the Climate Grief episode he's largely dropped the pretext, going on full anti-immigrant and anti-indiginous rant (casually dropping the Neo-Nazi "fourteen words" in the middle of it) with a lame disclaimer that that's what other people think tacked on at the end.
  • Foil: To Abigail herself. While Abigail writes her show around informing viewers, encouraging them to think of things in new ways and understand their own insecurities, the salesman butters up the audience, works with misinformation, and pushes the audience to agree with his worldview.
  • Foreshadowing: When he first addresses the audience, he casually mentions a distrust for journalists, and then tries to flatter the audience with positive horoscopes.
  • Freudian Slip: In Charles Darwin vs Karl Marx, he makes a point of talking about his "daughter," but occasionally slips up and refers to him as his son. It makes him even more loathsome, as it shows he's actively misgendering his son just to adhere to his beliefs.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was just a married man planning to start a family, but by the time we meet him, he's a dangerously effective serial arsonist.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted with his former wife, who had an abortion behind his back when he tried pressuring her into starting a family.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Abigail smoked when she was younger, but stopped at 17 when she saw what a smoker's lungs looked like in person. Meanwhile, the Arsonist is a proud smoker, and each video featuring him has him pull out a cigarette by the end while asking the audience for a match.
    • Jordan Peterson's Ideology also demonstrates how useful this is to his cover: he always smells like smoke, which some people (like Adelaide) write off as being due to his smoking habit.
  • Hate Sink: He's a Serial Killer that hides his regressively Fascistic views on immigrants, refuges, minorities, women's rights and basic individual autonomy under a faux-populist layer of charm that even the sleaziest used car salesman would call foul on.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Of course he is, as a fascist. When referring to his “daughter” he treats his identity as a harmful aberration, and worse tries to tie it into his arguments for eugenics.
  • Implied Death Threat: When Tom questions his "backup plan", he pulls out a scalpel. He also makes subtle ones towards Tom's family.
  • Kill It with Fire: His wife, a radio host and his family, former employers, and likely more.
  • Lack of Empathy: None at all for Tom Gently, despite being a huge fan of him, as well as Tom's show being partially responsible for his radicalization.
  • Leitmotif: Tends to be associated with Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat major, which always tends to get distorted the longer he's allowed to speak.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Claims to have been a waiter, then a lecturer at a London College, all before becoming a traveling salesman. Word of God in the credits of Abortion and Ben Shapiro says that he's a lot like the Joker, and that even his wife backstory could be a lie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His political views are explicitly based on those of Steve Bannon, although he's considerably different from Bannon in appearance, personality and background.
  • Offing the Offspring: The subtitles at least mention it in one appearance. There’s “Chopin lingers on the precipice, like a man planning to murder his own son” and “Chopin relaxes, like a man realizing that he’s killed before after all, so how different will it be this time?” It remains to be seen as to whether he will actually do this.
  • Pyromaniac: He's the serial arsonist mentioned in the newspapers, but never openly admits it.
  • Self-Made Man: He often claims to be this, spinning tales of having worked humble, low-paying jobs in his youth, possibly as a way to endear himself to the audience, but his posh, well-educated manner of speaking and behaving tells another story.
  • Shout-Out: The premise of an arsonist disguised as a salesman is ripped wholesale from Max Frisch's The Fire Raisers. Jordan Peterson's Ideology confirms his last name is Schmitz as another nod to the play.
    • His first name is Ivan, which can be shortened to Van. In conjunction with his sister's name ("Adelaide" to "Ada"), this makes them a reference to Ada, or Ardor by Vladamir Nabokov. It also serves as Foreshadowing for their Villainous Incest.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Especially in his second appearance.
  • Start of Darkness: According to him, his wife getting an abortion without telling him pushed him down a rabbit hole of right-wing ideology.
  • Straw Political: He is portrayed as embodying everything wrong with modern-day ultraconservative worldviews, as well as representing a cautionary tale of how vulnerable people are towards far-right and fascist ideas, and how you wouldn't notice most of them. In Steve Bannon, the Arsonist is used by Abigail to highlight how the far-right uses superficial charm and exploits down-to-earth rhetoric to turn people against anti-racist and anti-fascist activists and light matches(a metaphor for committing hate crimes) with the arsonist. Further videos such as Abortion & Ben Shapiro and Climate Grief reveal that the Arsonist was responsible for burning his wife to death when she had an abortion and that the Arsonist believes that draconian forms of population control directed against immigrants and refugees are totally justifiable means of fighting climate change.
  • Team Killer: He seems perfectly fine with killing those that are on his side ideologically, but are not completely committed to their right-wing beliefs. Such is the case with Tom Gently.
  • Traveling Salesman: Of course. Though it is a while before it is explained that he sells, quite naturally, petrol.
  • Unreliable Narrator: It is ultimately hard to decipher how much truth there is to his tales of his past, and it is frequently made clear that he has no qualms about lying to his audience.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As far as anyone else is concerned, he's a friendly traveling salesman, president of the Society of Music Lovers, and London mayoral candidate.
  • Villainous Incest: Not only is he a murderer, but he's revealed to have a sexual relationship with his sister Adelaide at the end of Jordan Peterson's Ideology.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's no way to really discuss him without mentioning that he was the Arsonist in Steve Bannon.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: In Charles Darwin vs Karl Marx he reveals he has a transgender child (who he goes out of his way to misgender) who became the heroic firefighter. The topic makes him ramble about the need for eugenics.
  • Wicked Cultured: Sharply dressed, has a taste for classical music, and incredibly dangerous.

    Pontius Pilate 

First Appearance: Elon Musk

A Steve Jobs-type professional yet casual tech CEO with plenty of blood on his hands.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: Based on Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea who ordered for Jesus Christ to be crucified, and who washed his hands in innocence. This allegory is used to contrast the slick and charming presentation of capitalists with the horrible crimes they commit by exploiting the working class, colonizing the planet, stealing resources and maintaining that oppressive hierarchy.
  • Bloody Hands: Used as visual shorthand to signify that this guy is nowhere near as innocent as he presents himself.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Tries to sell crucifixions as social gatherings for the community to come together, and customizable badges and hoods for "execution assistants" as a way for communities to express their unique individuality. "#Squad Goals!"
  • Dark Is Evil/Evil Wears Black: Wears a black turtleneck and gets an especially sinister black backdrop with red lighting in The Trouble With The Video Game Industry.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Spoke about how he recruited more women and minorities for his execution squads and how they wore the rainbow flag during Pride Month.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His central trait is that he uses a warm, approachable, Silicon Valley rising-star persona to sell imperialism, exploitation, and literal murder through being the face of slick public relations campaigns.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Has perfected a comforting and casual way of adressing the audience and dismantling their concerns with cleverly worded half-truths about his insidious company.
  • Mega-Corp: He's the COO of Empyre, a "content delivery platform for a more connected world" that buys up entire cities, states and countries and effectively becomes The Government, with security officers on every street corner.
    "We are Empyre. And we're always right behind you!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A parody of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Elon Musk and various tech entrepreneurs alike.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: While he did face media backlash after his decision to crucify Jesus of Nazareth, he's managed to regain public approval, not least because his outward appearance and communication is calculated and fabricated in every way. He has meanwhile also managed to use various corporate-controlled media outlets to smear Jesus as a preacher of "dangerous" and "radical" ideologies and a reckless terrorist and rebellion leader who's only goal was attempting to upset the public law and order, and who therefore deserved his fate.


Appears in: Jordan Peterson & The Meaning of Life

Thinkest thou that Hell is but a fable?
Aye, think so still, till experience change thy mind!
Why, this is Hell, nor are we out of it.
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd
In one self place; for where I am is Hell
And where Hell is, there must I ever be...

Lucifer, lord of hell, regent of the damned, the devil, the adversary, the morning star, incarnation of all the world's evil, and the only true Jordan Peterson fan.

  • Affably Evil: His politeness seems genuine, and despite being a little sarcastic he never does much worse than sassing against God.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The devil makes no bones about concealing his nature.
  • Creepy Cute: The two snakes - a python named Tigger around his shoulders, and a tiny black snake named Yoshi wrapped around his fingers are adorable. He makes a point about snakes getting a bad reputation, but actually being quite sweet.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost constantly sarcastic.
  • Evil Is Sexy: While he isn't exactly evil, he makes a point about prioritising looking good over fulfilling gender stereotypes.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Courtesy of a pair of (very real) snakes. The Hilarious Outtakes have a lot of examples of them making Abigail break character.
  • The Hedonist: A downplayed example; his core thesis is that Hedonism (or seeking to enjoy yourself) can be a valid meaning to search for in life and that seeking to maximize your pleasure on a lifetime basis (instead of in the short term) can work out for you if not taken too far.
  • Leitmotif: Much of his video is underscored with "Danse Macabre" by Camille Saint-Saëns.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Courtesy of contact lenses and highlighted by the lighting.
  • Vulgar Humor: Jokes about masturbation, pussy worship, and infidelity galore.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Oh lordy lordy, is he ever. Would go into Full-Frontal Assault territory if the camera went any lower.
  • Wicked Cultured: Discusses Brecht and regularly quotes Goethe and Milton.
  • Winged Humanoid: Black feather wings.

    Tom Gently 

Appears in: Abortion & Ben Shapiro

"Well hey there! Tonight we're gonna talk about abortion, the Democrats' attempts to subvert American politics, and why the Leftist discourse has gotten so toxic online. I'm Tom Gently; this is the Tom Gently show."

The fast-talking host of the right-wing radio show The Daily Fire.

  • Adult Fear: The Arsonist knows the names of his daughters, as well as his home address. This shakes Tom into compliance at first, and pleading for his freedom later.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While Tom's beliefs and persona are painted in a highly unsympathetic light, Abigail concedes that she doesn't believe Tom deserves to be punished in the way that he was.
  • Brutal Honesty: He discusses many abortion-related topics that he accuses leftists of not wanting to have an "honest conversation" about. This is, of course, deconstructed since Abigail then goes on to do exactly that.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Pride. When the Arsonist offers to let him go if he admits on camera that he was wrong, he can't bring himself to speak.
  • Hypocrite: He won't live up to the same moral standards that he demands pregnant people do.
  • Kubrick Stare: His default expression, which gives him a bit of an imposing air. He loses this trait during his kidnapping, both due to the previous hit in the head and blood loss and due to the camera angles not allowing him to do so properly, showing his vulnerability.
  • Motor Mouth: During his radio show, at least. It's purely performative, as he loses it during his kidnapping.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A blatant parody of Ben Shapiro.
  • Posthumous Character: He and his family are the ones mentioned having died in the arson attack at the beginning of the Steve Bannon video.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His kidnapping and forced pseudo-pregnancy with the violinist completely breaks down his demeanor and worldview.

    Mademoiselle Y 

Appears in: Antisemitism: An Analysis

"Every night before I go to sleep in my bunker, I read a chapter of The Communist Manifesto, I moisturize my face, and I bludgeon a policeman to death with a baguette."

A French member of the French Resistance dressed as a beatnik.

    The Firefighter 

Appears in: Steve Bannon

A fireman who is implied to be The Arsonist’s “daughter” that he frets about in Charles Darwin vs Karl Marx.

  • Arch Nemesis Dad: It’s implied and confirmed that the Arsonist is his dad, and that somehow he ran away and became a fireman to work against him.
  • Author Avatar: Was at first just a costume for Abigail to put on...
  • Belated Backstory: ...but then the Fireman became a heroic antifascist who saves lives against his dad's wishes!
  • Cassandra Truth: Jordan Peterson's Ideology confirms he has put two and two together that his dad is the Arsonist. Unfortunately, when he brings this up to his aunt Adelaide and tells her to cut contact for her safety, she dismisses his concerns as "cancel culture" and remains in verbal denial of the possibility, despite acknowledging the evidence stacked against her brother and pausing to reflect on how suspicious her excuses sound. With Ivan running for London mayor and Adelaide endorsing him, it seems the public doesn't accept or acknowledge the evidence either.
  • Hero of Another Story: While his father and aunt talk about him like he's delusional for putting out fires and transitioning, he's saving lives by putting out his family's fires.
  • Mysterious Past: We know nothing about him except that he somehow escaped his fascist family to be himself.
    • Adelaide mentions his "marriage [fell] apart" before he joined the fire department.
  • Transgender: Confirmed slightly by Word of Gay in the credits of Charles Darwin vs Karl Marx. Though you can still tell by the context clues during the Arsonist’s monologue. Confirmed further in "Jordan Peterson's Ideology", both by other characters and by some newspaper articles at the end with "Transgender Fireman Honored" highlighted.

    Sir Nigel Piss, Historian 

Appears in: Confucius (or What to Do When Elites Break the Rules)

"The Chinese never had a secular enlightenment, which is why they are bound by obsolete traditions and an obsession with the past... unlike Great Britain, where if you say anything bad about Churchill, I'll f**king have you!"

Ostensibly a historian studying Chinese philosophy, in reality a monarchist nationalist capitalist imperialist who distorts Confucius' teachings for his own means.

  • Catchphrase: "The Chinese never had a secular enlightenment...", almost uniformly followed by an inaccurate slam against them.
  • Hypocrite: His whole raison d'etre in the video he appears in; he will condemn pre-modernization China for having a brutal empire despite being British, sings praises about the British people for embracing freedom and rejecting tyranny despite both admitting to and tacitly endorsing the House of Lords' unelected status, and claims China is obsessed with the past and obsolete traditions while threatening violence on anyone who criticizes Churchill. Doubles as a Straw Hypocrite, and is naturally Played for Laughs.
  • Straw Character: Of an Upper-Class Twit with Conservative Party leanings.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The received-pronunciation accent, monocle, pipe, and royal décor tell you everything you need to know.

    The Vampire Economist 

Appears in: The Trouble with the Video Games Industry

"Maybe you could start by taking out a nice... big... loan."

A vampire who's an economist, a big proponent of neoliberal economics, who argues that allowing wealth and influence to be concentrated in an ever-smaller number of hands leads to a more economically prosperous (and therefore "better") society.

  • Affably Evil: He'll make slick arguments in favor of further entrenching the interests of the very wealthy... while his appearance doesn't let the viewer forget that he's doing it to suck the less fortunate dry.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Friendly to his patrons who keep his lifestyle furnished, and friendly to the less well off... whom he takes advantage of.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He's always seen drinking something expensive while wearing an impeccable suit and making his arguments.
  • Straw Character: He represents the economically-conservative "think-tank" class of experts, making arguments in favor of letting the wealthy do as they please, even if the results for the non-wealthy are horrible.

     Adelaide Sweetley-Schmitz 

Appears in: Jordan Peterson's Ideology

"This week is the one-month anniversary of the Lewisham Arson Attack: one month since an unknown arsonist savagely took the lives of five people and a homeless man."

A newspaper columnist and political commentator who rails against the anti-fire brigade and thinks wokeness has gone too far.

  • Affably Evil / Faux Affably Evil: She's sweet and milquetoast when it comes to her bigotry. She wrings her hands about how yes, arson is bad, but does everyone have to be so mean and divisive about better enforcing fire safety? She repeatedly misgenders the Firefighter, and is more upset about people being wary of fire during an arson spree than the fires themselves. It's unclear whether she's genuinely doesn't realize the harm because of her Big Brother Worship or if this is an act to make him more appealing. At the end of the video, she lights the Arsonist's cigarette, perhaps symbolizing that either way, she's complicit in his violence.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Is she fully conscious that she's in cahoots with the Arsonist, is she recklessly repressing her doubts like she is her incestuous feelings for her brother, or is she just that clueless? When she gives in to her incestuous attraction, is she admitting to herself that she's collaborating with a fascist... or is it a sign that she's overcome all her doubts about her brother and is fully committed to her delusion?
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's madly in "love" with her brother because he always took care of her.
  • Big Brother Worship: "He's always taken care of me..."
  • Brother–Sister Incest: The Arsonist is her older brother, and she's clearly in love with him. They kiss at the end of the video.
  • Dirty Coward: She shifts the focus away from arson attacks and to the "Stalinist fire safety regulations" either because she's a complacent liberal who will not tolerate criticism and fears the "woke cancel mob"... or because she's appealing to exactly that sort of audience, pretending to be one of them in order to steer them toward fascism. If it's the former, her cowardice and victim complex definitely fit with her adoration of a protective older brother who took care of her always.
  • Ignored Epiphany: There's a Running Gag that she visibly realizes just how damning the evidence against her brother is after she says it out loud to dismiss it, but then shakes it off and carries on like nothing happened.
  • Innocent Bigot / Innocently Insensitive: YMMV. She's clearly not ... fine about her nephew being a trans man, but YMMV on how much she's conscious of her bigotry and how much she's trying to be supportive. On the one hand, she exploits their relationship as evidence she's not bigoted and her comments hurt the Firefighter, who rightfully claps back. On the other hand, the Firefighter, a metaphorical expert antifascist, keeps contact with her and hopes she'll cut ties with the Arsonist if given the right information—is it misguided hope because he wants someone in his family to be good, or does he really have something to hang onto there? It's also a trope her comments about the arson killing five people and a homeless man show how completely oblivious she is to the humanity of houseless people and how comfortable she is in her position. It's sad social commentary on how her disrespect has probably gone unchallenged all her life. Her second segment is also juxtaposed with Abigail's assertion that if you don't think about your ideology, someone else will do the thinking for you, the implication being that Adelaide's letting the Arsonist do that to her. Her passivity is just as dangerous as his actions.
  • Loving a Shadow: It's ambiguous, but she might have no idea that her brother is actually guilty for the arson attacks. There are clear instances of her pausing mid-defence of him, realising just how strange she sounds defending a man who enters people's homes with cans of flamable liquid during an arson crisis, but whether this leads her to realise his guilt is left ambiguous. Either way it's clearly...
  • Mad Love: She's a succesful columnist ready to risk her credibility because she's a spineless Dirty Coward but also because she's in love with her brother, the Arsonist
  • Punny Name: Her column is called "Ms. Information" (like misinformation).
  • No Social Skills: She may be a master manipulator... but then why is she constantly blurting out unnecessary details of her attraction to her brother?
  • Obliviously Evil: Either really commited to her frail, sickly sweet act, willfully self-deluded or the smoothest tool in the shed. The subtitles while her theme plays imply her ignorance, willful or otherwise.
  • Shout-Out: Her first name is Adelaide, which can be shortened to Ada. In conjunction with her brother's name ("Ivan" to "Van"), this makes them a reference to Ada, or Ardor by Vladamir Nabokov. It also serves as Foreshadowing for their Villainous Incest.
  • Straw Political: She represents ostensible progressives who are really more concerned with not having to change anything or be inconvenienced in any way than with really helping people, and will be actively unhelpful if threatened. (If you read the subtitles over the credits, Abigail describes her as a liberal in bed with a fascist.) She also has strong shades of TERFnote  ideology, with her fixation on uteruses as a sign of womanhood and her co-opting feminist language to make the Fireman out to be sexist for not wanting to be misgendered.
  • Too Much Information: We don't want to know how handsome your brother is. We don't want to know about his smell of cigarettes. Stop it, Adelaide. Stop. It.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She might be pretending to be a scared, helpless and peace-loving person while intentionally furtherin her brother's fascist agenda (her offhand mention of the mayoral election in the second segment of the video in Jordan Peterson's ideology before she endorses him as a candidate and lights his cigarette in the third segment certainly seems to support that interpretation) but then again, her general clulessness and TMI-ness cast doubt on that interpretation too.


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