Residents of Heaven
The creator of the universe. God has abandoned His seat in Heaven and gone missing on Earth.
- Berserk Button: Do not question His methods or insist that He has no grand plans.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Or rather, the guy in the dalmatian suit was.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: When He first appears before Tulip without His mask on, he looks just like Fake God (AKA Mark Harelik). If we are to take His word literally, He chose this look. After Tulip angers Him, He grows larger to intimidate her.
- God Is Flawed: God has abandoned Heaven and gotten into a dog-suit to take part in sex acts. When He reveals to Tulip that everything is by His design, including her family curse, she is not amused, thinks He's full of shit and is simply neglecting His role just to screw around. He also quickly reveals Himself to be a deeply petty individual.
- King of All Cosmos: He's an eccentric deity that wanders among humanity dressed up in a dog-suit. After Tulip angers Him by questioning His plans, He gives Tulip plenty of reason not to doubt His omnipotence.
- Omniscient Morality License: He claims to be an all-loving god, but some of the things He claims are "by His design" could be easily considered undesirable. When He claims that the main characters' misfortunes are among these things (and insisting that Tulip is destined for misfortune), Tulip is not having His platitudes.
- Physical God: God is both tangible and human-like, and He's just as powerful.
- Voice of the Legion: Once He starts to speak in Season 3, He has a reverb to His voice.
DeBlanc & Fiore
Strangely mysterious government agents DeBlanc and Fiore are heading up a top-secret investigation that has led them right to the doorstep of Jesse Custer. They're quickly revealed to be angels, sent from Heaven to recapture the entity giving Jesse his power.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Less so than other cases in that they still had the same essential role in the story, but it's still there. The comic book versions of the two, while certainly incompetent, were a lot less loopy.
- Ambiguously Gay: Fiore and DeBlanc are teased as a romantic couple, though the concept of angel sexuality makes this a bit nebulous. DeBlanc calls Fiore "my dear" and strokes him on the cheek. He also risks threatening the travel agent to hell rather than let Fiore pay for their fare with sex. They both consider being separated from each other to be almost as bad as visiting Hell. In the season finale, after the bus drops Fiore off at the pick-up spot, he looks to be on the verge of tears, as DeBlanc may be dead. Made less ambiguous by Fiore in 2x02 when Cassidy asks if they slept together and Fiore responds in the affirmative, as well as Word of Gay confirmation after the episode aired.
- An Arm and a Leg: Cassidy turns Fiore's own chainsaw on him to saw through his shoulder and chop off the arm, still carrying the bladed weapon.
- Bald of Awesome: DeBlanc.
- Butt-Monkey: Fiore's turning into a little bit of onehe's been on the receiving end of not one, not two, but THREE Groin Attacks in the two major fights he and DeBlanc have been in, and he's had at least one more onscreen death than DeBlanc, more than a few of which were played for laughs.
- Bury Your Gays: DeBlanc is killed after affectionately calling Fiore "my dear" and cradling his face, and Fiore is killed a few episodes later after telling Cassidy he and DeBlanc slept together.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: After DeBlanc's death Fiore becomes a Vegas sensation that cannot leave his hotel room without getting swarmed with fans. He's miserable.
- Cloudcuckoolander: They are both rather odd in mannerisms, mostly explained by the fact that they have little idea of how Earth's culture works. Fiore takes it beyond even that at times.
- Deadpan Snarker: DeBlanc is the more cynical and humorous of the two.
- Death Is Cheap: These two are pretty much butchered and have the crap fatally beaten out of them every single day, but the fact that they can resurrect after death simply means that for them, it's just another day. Their fight with the Seraphim takes this to truly absurd levels, being killed dozens of times over only to come back for round two with her within mere moments.
- Death by Adaptation: DeBlanc is seemingly killed permanently by the Saint of Killers. Fiore is also killed by the Saint at the beginning of season 2. In the comics neither of the two died.
- Driven to Suicide: Fiore commits suicide repeatedly at the beginning of "Mumbai Sky Tower" but because he is an angel, he keeps coming back. He ultimately successfully commits suicide via the Saint of Killers, while under the command of Genesis to "find peace".
- Killed Off for Real: DeBlanc gets shot by the Cowboy in "Finish the Song". He doesn't rejuvenate.
- Fiore was shot by the Saint of Killers at the end of "Mumbai Sky Tower", and he didn't rejuvenate either.
- Manchild: Fiore, who lacks social skills and needs looking after by DeBlanc.
- The Men in Black: They appear during the aftermaths of the power targeting preachers and being able to enter the crime scene displays their level of government authority. They are later revealed to be government representatives for Heaven.
- No Social Skills: DeBlanc is the talker of the two for good reason; Fiore is blunt, impatient and blank-faced.
- Not Quite Dead: A running theme:
- Despite being killed and thoroughly dismembered via chainsaw by Cassidy, DeBlanc and Fiore both inexplicably return for the end of episode 2, talking with Sheriff Root.
- After being killed again by Cassidy, this time via being run over by a van, they're back within moments, and even have a conversation with Cassidy next to their former corpses.
- "Sundowner" opens with a brawl that results in them, and the Seraph sent to take them down, dying over and over, leading to their motel room being covered in a pile of corpses a few feet deep by the time the fight's over.
- Averted after "Finish the Song" for DeBlanc and "Mumbai Sky Tower" for Fiore.
- Our Angels Are Different: The duo lack wings and seem to be of human-level strength and endurance. They also "respawn", which brings them back to life whenever they die, though there is variation in the time and place of their resurrection.
- Running Gag: Whenever asked for payment, they hand over their wallets.
- Suicide by Cop: In a manner of speaking. At the end of "Mumbai Sky Tower", Jesse uses Genesis on Fiore and tells him to "find peace". Fiore, still heartbroken over the loss of DeBlanc and fed up with his new life as a tourist attraction, asks the Saint of Killers to shoot him. He obliges.
- Those Two Guys: They're always seen together, and they clearly have a very close relationship.
- Unreliable Expositor: DeBlanc informs Root that he and Fiore are "with the government" ... after we've seen them try to coax Genesis out of Jesse using an old can and a folk song, attempt to kill him with a chainsaw, and die. They do clarify this a bit when dealing with Cassidy; namely, it's not our government they work for. It's Heaven's.
A seraph from Heaven sent to track down Jesse.
- An Arm and a Leg: Fiore & DeBlanc hack her arms and legs off to restrain her.
- Glacier Waif: She's a Terminator in a soccer mom's body.
- Killed Off for Real: She ends up being the only survivor of the methane explosion that wipes out Annville. However, she is killed by The Saint of Killers while wandering the destroyed town. Since she failed to respawn, she appears to be dead for good.
Fake God aka Mark Harelik
An actor who pretends to be God to hide from the world that He is missing.
- Have You Seen My God?: He's put in place to keep from humans that God is missing.
- Not So Omniscient After All: Despite claiming to be the all-knowing creator, Jesse's questioning reveals this to be a front, as the stand-in had no idea about Genesis or Eugene being sent to Hell.
- Walking Spoiler: Being privy to the details of Heaven's running, shortly after he appears Jesse is able to discover that God is missing. Made more poignant in Season 2 when it's revealed he's actually an actor, Mark Harelik himself, who has been hired to play God and then killed to get him to Heaven.
Residents of Hell
- Adaptational Badass: The comic version is a sullen, non-too-bright creature whose reign in Hell is disrupted by the Saint of Killers' very existence. This version is suave, in control and plans to capitalise on God's absence in a big way. As an example of the difference, both versions of Satan has the Saint brutally whipped, but Comic!Satan does it personally in a futile attempt to make the Saint feel anything other than hate, while Show!Satan has his assistant do it on general principle and For the Evulz while he happily sits back and watches.
- Bad Boss: As expected from the Devil. When he sees that his right-hand woman Sydney was missing her eyes, he gives a double-take before moving on, remarking that she "probably deserved it".
- Big Red Devil: A red humanoid with goat-like features and furred legs. The only way he could be more stereotypical is if he had a pitchfork.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: In season 3, with Marie L'Angelle, Eccarius and Allfather D'Aronique.
- Boom, Headshot!: Once the Saint of Killers is given his guns back and he learns of how both Satan and God engineered his family's deaths, the Saint wastes no time putting one of his immortal-killing bullets in Satan's skull.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Unlike Mannering, his voice stays perpetually ethereally deep.
- Faux Affably Evil: He puts on a chummy, overly friendly demeanor, like an annoying corporate manager. He, however, makes no attempts to seem genuine and takes great pleasure in watching his victims suffer."I can assure you, this is not my favorite part...hehehe...WHO AM I KIDDING! This is totally my favorite part."
- Totally Radical: Uses outdated terminology to come off as chummy. Considering he's talking to a deceased cowboy, he's probably just trying to annoy him.
The Angel of Death and Satan's personal assistant.
- Adaptational Villainy: Aside from a case of Go-Karting with Bowser in the comic, there isn't any hint to villainy on part of the angel of death in the comic. On the show, she works for Satan full time and is complicit in breaking the rules of who gets into Hell because of God's absence.
- Badass Baritone: She has a very deep voice.
- Bullying a Dragon: On the bus trip back to Hell, she mocks the Saint of Killers by reminding him of what happened to his family. It should be noted that the Saint has killed angels before. He doesn't kill her because he doesn't have his guns at the time, but that doesn't stop him from finding other ways to punish her.
- The Dragon: Satan's most trusted servant.
- Eye Scream: After insulting him over how his family's corpses were picked apart by crows, the Saint of Killers gouges out her eyes.
- Gender Flip: The Angel of Death is male in the comics.
- The Grim Reaper: Satan refers to her as "the Angel of Death," suggesting that she's this trope.
- I Have Many Names: She lists a couple of them; Abaddon and Azrael, though she's called Sydney by Satan, and then there's her job title.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Responds to Satan giving a film quote by asking if it was from "Midnight Runs".
- The Stoic: Shows almost no emotion during her first appearance, except for mild aggravation at not getting to the Saint of Killers during his torture session.
- Torture Technician: Puts a whip to good use for Satan's pleasure, flaying the Saint of Killers after prolonged torture.
- Whip It Good: She uses her whip for combat, for subduing people and for torture.
The warden of hell.
- Bad is Good and Good is Bad: She sternly informs Eugene that his Nice Guy tendencies will not be tolerated.
- The Baroness: She's the tough Rosa Klebb-type.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Herr Starr and the Saint of Killers in Season 2. She is the source of all troubles for Eugene in his Hell-subplot.
- Evil Is Petty: Wants to keep Eugene in hell despite knowing he doesn't belong there out of pure spite for breaking her stuff.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Her voice sometimes drops into a distorted, guttural register, especially when threatening the damned.
Charon the Ferryman
The ferryman of the river Styx.
- Punch-Clock Villain: In stark contrast to Mannering, he really seems just to do his job without any personal sense of cruelty, and he immediately complies with helping Eugene out of hell when the latter tells him he doesn't belong there.
- Vocal Dissonance: He does not sound like you'd think he would. He only briefly goes into Evil Sounds Deep territory when Mannering oversteps her bounds.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed by Mannering after maybe 2 minutes of screentime.
One of Hell's residents, who greets Eugene the moment he figures out where he is.
- Affably Evil: Hitler comes off a lot... nicer than you would expect. Something which Eugene questions him about.
- Ambiguously Evil: It seems that Hell has changed him, but how much is unclear. Given that he immediately runs off after being back in the world of the living, and even violently pushes a disabled man to the ground who wanted to help him, it's implied that he really wanted to save his own hide all along. Season 3 confirms that he is still the same old bastard, as he plans on building a Fourth Reich and exterminating the Jews after coming back from Hell.
- The Atoner: Maybe. He somberly tells Eugene that he has "done many terrible things," and he seems to be trying to stand up for the weaker of his fellow damned.
- Defector from Decadence: Possibly. He claims that, upon arriving in hell, hell's management had high hopes for him and hired him. Somehow, he managed to wind up in an eternity of torture like most of hell's residents instead. Whether this is because he tried to atone or tried to escape is unclear.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Tyler repeatedly expresses disgust at the evilest man of all time being just a scrawny middle-aged German without any fight left in him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He goes from a simple turned-down artist then to one of history's most infamous dictators. After his death, he's another inmate in Hell. After escaping from Hell, he's working in a sandwich shop trying to build a Fourth Reich out of white supremacists in the southern U.S. After the Saint of Killers brings him back to Hell and kills Satan, Hitler takes up the throne of Hell.
- Historical-Domain Character: He is, by all accounts, Adolf Hitler.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Though the entirety of his worst memory hasn't been revealed, the implication of a 1919 lunch date where he is nervous about showing his artwork to a gallery owner implies that the owner may have rejected, even mocked him, making this a Start of Darkness for him and presumably My God, What Have I Done? for the gallery owner.
- Another possibility is that his interest in German politics was sparked by his date's hatred of anarchists and communists, and his worst memory was ever choosing to take part in politics (and eventual genocide) in the first place.
- Weve seen more of it now. It seems to have more to do with failing to stand up to the Communist Revolutionaries than anything.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He tries to protect Eugene from Tyler, which gets him gang-beaten up by Tyler and the rest of the inmates and then Eugene himself.
- Out of Focus: He is still billed as a main character in the Season 3 opening credits, but only starts appearing in the 7th episode, and hasn't had much screentime.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: He may be a Retired Monster but he'll remind the prisoners that he's not the sort to be taken lightly.
- Retired Monster: Years of Hell have taken a mental toll on the former dictator. So much so, the viewer can actually sympathize with Adolf Hitler when he's isn't willing to put up a fight against other inmates.
- Start of Darkness: On a nondescript day in 1919, he suffered a Humiliation Conga. Being bumped into by a Jewish man, having his art rejected by a homosexual gallery owner, and cowering when trying to stand up to a violent group of communists. And then the Jewish man got the last slice of plum cake. The last bit is what finally makes him snap.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Granted, the guy before him wasn't much better to begin with, but he still ends up taking over Hell.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: His "worst memory" shows him as a timid artist in 1919 who's polite to a Jewish man and seems uncomfortable with expressing hostility towards Communists (but half-heartedly does it anyway when his date pressures him).
- Villain Decay: The dictator of Nazi Germany is now Hell's resident punching bag. In Season 3, he tries to build a Fourth Reich through working in a low-wage sandwich shop (both for funding and networking). This is then subverted when it's revealed that the Neo-Nazi supporters he gained from his networking have access to at least a tank, but even after they are wiped out by the Saint of Killers, he ends up becoming the lord of Hell after Satan is killed.
An inmate of hell, who was sent there for raping four different women.
- Actor Allusion: He's in hell for raping four different women. Justin Prentice has experience playing a serial rapist.
- The Bully: He enjoys abusing other prisoners.
- Insistent Terminology: He didn't commit rape four times, it was Date Rape. He insists that because those women said yeah to a date he was entitled to have sex with them too.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: While he was alive, he got away with raping four different women with the help of his father's lawyers. But then he died, and, well... here he is.