Seeing as this is a story in the Pantheon, it's only natural that there are a boatload of characters. Characters will be grouped by series they came from when applicable, otherwise playing into certain roles throughout the arc. All tropes here are exclusive to this story arc.
- Focus Charactersnote
- The Darkness Proxynote
- Asylum Guardsnote
- Mystery Kidsnote
- The GUADnote
- The GUAMnote
- GUAG White Hats
- Play Station Castnote
- The World Ends With You
- Fairy Tail
- Steven Universenote
- Dragon Ball
- Kamen Ridernote
- My Little Ponynote
- Other Heroes
- Residents of Limbonote
- Mirror Pantheon
Need some muscle for a story? The Pantheon has a variety of wrestlers to choose from!
- Everyone Has Standards: In The Friendship Asylum, Randy Orton (a self-proclaimed a-hole) has to slap John Cena across the head when Cena's attempt to cheer Rarity up (after she has seen Spike sacrifice himself by letting himself be devoured by zombies) is to comment on the scarf she knitted him (the same scarf that she used like a noose on Mitsuzane in the last story).Cena: I was just trying to cheer her up!Orton: Subtlety isn't your strongest point, you know.
- Humans Are Flawed: These guys are the ones that raise more and more trouble to the stories, highlighting that godhood does not mean all-knowing or all-powerful with most of them focused on their desires (Ambrose, Paul London, both Hardys) or they judge too early (Ambrose again, Daniel Bryan) or they don't give a shit about it at all and just want to watch the madness ensue (Bray Wyatt).
- The Narrator: Bray Wyatt for Muse Hysteria.
- Once an Episode: Many of the problems get complicated whenever a wrestler causes trouble.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If you're a wrestler and you get involved in the stories here, you end up making things worse.
- From Muse Hysteria: Daniel Bryan thinks Ricky Fitness is brainwashed and about to beat up a puppet-transformed Mitsuzane Kureshima. But by knocking Ricky out, he leaves Mitsuzane helpless against a brainwashed Ruby Rose.
- From The Friendship Asylum: Dean Ambrose concluding that a (sanity slipping) Kaiba is "not that important" means no one can protect Kaiba from Yugi making Kaiba his puppet, commanding the CEO to kill Kairi and cause Sora to snap, unleashing the Undead Uprising that contributes a good portion of Act 4. Not that important indeed.
- From Through Darkness and Mirrors Dean Ambrose (again) chewing out Alt!Gentaro, fused to the Core of Limbo, not only derails a two month investigation, but also flings almost every god involved with the Limbo operation and have an Angry Mob form around his feet.
Paul London and Brian Kendrick
Bit characters who appeared in Muse Hysteria for one act before gaining their own characters in Through Darkness and Mirrors
- Aesop Amnesia: Even after London went through in the last story, he still remains a Cloudcuckoolander in search for the true White Rabbit. Kendrick can sadly sigh as London heads off to the mortal realm and just hopes that London can find peace in those delusions. Those who watched Lucha Underground will know that's not gonna happen and London will only get worse off
- Ascended Extra: Went from appearing in just one chapter in Muse Hysteria to becoming major players in the final story.
- Break the Cutie: London was traumatized during the Iron Giant's rampage in The Friendship Asylum and then gets this even more after learning that he just sent three little girls to be used as a sacrifice in Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- The Chosen One: Paul London is the chosen to be the leader of the Rabbit Tribe and to follow the White Rabbit to the Gates of Limbo. Deconstructed in that "Chosen" does not mean "Powerful" or "All-knowing" as Akato points out. And the reason he was chosen was The Darkness within Limbo can use him as a pawn to get the CMC into Limbo to be used as a fuel source, not because he was brilliant or brave or strong or anything.
- It's later revealed that London really is a Rabbit Tribe member, however, his goal was to seek the White Rabbit for different task, namely one involving the war of the Seven Aztec Tribes.
- Cloudcuckoolander: London after becoming a Rabbit Tribe member. In fact, he's so loony that Akato (a full-fledged demon) thinks he's nuts.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: The Brian Kendrick to both London and Kakashi. Deconstructed because there's only a limit to how far he can actually keep both sane and in the end, London has gone Down the Rabbit Hole over his delusions and he can't do anything about it.
- Drop the Hammer: Kenrick wields a self-igniting hammer, a Mythology Gag to the time he unleashed the most dangerous wrestling move, the Burning Hammer.
- I Warned You: Kendrick has told London time and time again that his chosen one status is a sham. When London realizes this, Kendrick does not rub it in, but rather comforts London before the latter tries to kill himself.
- Man in White: London in Through Darkness And Mirrors wears an Elvis Presly-esque sequined suit.
- Adaptational Modesty: In real life, that outfit has a sequins around the crotch, but it's omitted in the descriptions.
- Mythology Gag: Kendrick's Burning Hammer is a reference to his fight against Kota Ibushi in the Cruiserweight Championship in which he uses the infamous move (which is so dangerous that its inventor used it less than ten times throughout his career and guaranteed to end a match there and then) in an attempt to win only for Ibushi to kick out of it.
- Never Heard That One Before: Kendrick rolls his eyes when Kakashi starts humming "This Fire", which is also a Development Gag as Kendrick was once supposed to sing its chorus as a Madness Mantra.
- No-Sell: London is immune to Limbo's corruption because Rabbit Tribe members traverse through Limbo on a regular basis.
- Only Sane Man: The Brian Kendrick, albeit he's also cynical.
- Sanity Slippage: London as he goes from normal, if not generic, character in Muse Hysteria to a Mad Hatter-esque character seeking the White Rabbit and, as shown in Lucha Underground, committing murder.
- Those Two Guys: In Muse Hysteria, before becoming separate characters two stories later.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Kendrick is much more cynical in Through Darkness and Mirrors as London's turn to the White Rabbit has damaged their friendship.
The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns)
A trio of anti-hero wrestlers based on a military group. The three have their own problems to sort by the time Through Darkness and Mirrors takes place.
Rolins has his own entry in "Asylum Guardians".
- The Atoner: Like Jeff, Ambrose has this mindset, believing that him returning to Limbo to return Perry the Parasol to Kaiba would clean him of how he caused the Undead Uprising to happen.
- The Big Guy: Reigns isn't known as "The Powerhouse" for nothing, as he is the one that goes after BROKEN Matt in Through Darkness and Mirrors when the elder Hardy unleashes "The Ultimate Deletion".
- FaceHeel Turn: Ambrose turns Heel months later in Year Two.
- Handicapped Badass: Reigns is going through the final story while fighting leukemianote and didn't tell anyone until after the shit that is Act IV.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Ambrose calling Kaiba "not that important" in The Friendship Asylum...and it's this judgement that causes Yugi to command Kaiba to kill Kairi, cause Sora to snap, and send an undead swarm to kill gods. Lampshaded by Reigns:Reigns: (imitating Ambrose) He's not that important, now is he?Ambrose: SHUT. UP.
- In Through Darkness and Mirrors it's him accusing Alt!Gentaro for all of his troubles, not realizing that Alternate!Gentaro is reformed — somewhat — and this causes Alt!Gentaro (fused to the Core of Limbo) to kick everyone out.]
- Ironic Echo: Ambrose being called "not that important" in the final story is a dark Running Gag, which turns worse when he finds a portal to Limbo and enters it to save Perry, but at the risk of him dying.Reigns: Ambrose, don't you dare!Ambrose: Don't stop me! Besides...I'm not that important, now am I?
- Irony: Dean "Ironic" Ambrose
- The guy who lambasts Kaiba on throwing away his life repeats that same thing when he goes to save Perry in the final story.
- Also, the guy who stated that Kaiba wasn't "that important" is also petitioning to get Mokuba into the Pantheon. Mokuba notes the hypocrisy of this.
- And the guy who is the Phrase Catcher of not being important is important—because he fucked up the Limbo mission.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Nice Job indeed, Ambrose.
- In The Friendship Asylum: Kaiba's "not that important", now is he? He is, and you just caused an Undead Uprising.
- In the final story it's he who causes the Limbo rescue mission to fail, because he couldn't shut up for a second when chewing out Alt!Gentaro.
- Not So Stoic: After two stories of hardship, Reigns utterly blows up at Ambrose when he reveals that he's going through leukemia again but has kept it secret because Ambrose was going through depression as it was.
- Pet the Dog: Ambrose isn't the nicest guy around, but he does his best to be a Big Brother Mentor to Mokuba in the final story, having delivered chocolate parfaits (The boy's Trademark Favorite Food) once after hearing the type of shit his older brother put him through and even going so far as to protect the boy from The Slasher's machinations.
- Phrase Catcher: Ambrose is "not that important, now is he?"
- Put on a Bus: Reigns is recuperating in the GUAG Medical Division due to his leukemia resurfacing in Year Two.
- Static Character: Reigns is still Reigns by the time the trilogy ends in that he's trying to keep Ambrose from going insane and notes that he'll forgive Rollins one day. Ironic considering that it's Rollins who is The Heart of this trio.
- Talk to the Fist: Reigns' infamous "Superman Punch" is his way of dealing with baddies.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Ambrose and Kaiba do not get along due to Ambrose's judgment on Kaiba in The Friendship Asylum. The only things that get them to work are: 1) their vendetta against the Slasher, 2) Mokuba's safety and 3) rescuing Perry from Limbo
- Those Two Guys: In The Friendship Asylum after Rollins becomes an Asylum Guardian.
Matt Hardy, later BROKEN Matt
Elder brother of Jeff Hardy, who goes through a mental breakdown throughout the trilogy before becoming BROKEN and kickstarting most of Through Darkness and Mirrors
- Affably Evil: He warmly greets the Kureshima brothers and Pinkie Pie to his humble abode...right before he massacres them with Roman candles.
- Ascended Extra: His role in the first world stories boil down on how he is worried about his brother. The final story has him kickstart the plot by thrusting the CMC into Limbo and remain a force to be reckoned with.
- Attack Drone: Vanguard-1, capable of teleporting others and firing Roman Candles.
- Break the Cutie: Oh boy did he break...
- Freak Out!: Unleashes a scream of terror upon seeing his brother's zombie-eaten corpse in The Friendship Asylum.
- Good All Along: Through Darkness and Mirrors reveals that he's actually a good guy as his premonitions saw how the Crusaders would save the Pantheon. The only reason he didn't tell a lot of gods? Because no one was going to believe a prophet.
- Karma Houdini: He gets off lightly for kickstarting the plot of getting the Crusaders into Limbo in the final story.
- Large Ham: Oh boy is he ever. From shouting "DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!" to his laugh and more.
- Laughing Mad: Has a Signature Laugh that he unleashes when he's in the mood.
- Light Is Not Good: He proclaims that he is on the side of the light...but he sent three girls into Limbo, broke his brother, helped knock someone into his Lake of Reincarnation to drown and absolutely detests mustard.
- Mad Oracle: Has very powerful "premo-NEE-tions" but he's also an absolute nutcase. It's actually because of this trope that he didn't reveal to a lot of gods about what was to come in the final story.
- Manipulative Bastard: While he wasn't the one who caused the Crusaders to be dragged to Limbo, he uses this to his advantage to get everyone to fill out the holes of his "premo-NEE-tion" that he was unable to figure it out.
- Mythology Gag: His fights in his temple are a references to his trilogy of TNA fights in his house: The Final Deletion, Delete or Decay and Tag Team Apocalypto.
- Poor Communication Kills: Really Matt, so your premonition about what would happen in Through Darkness and Mirrors was something you decided to not tell everybody? "No one would believe a prophet" is no excuse.
- Sanity Slippage: Became BROKEN before the final story and stays that way even after it ends.
- Would Hurt a Child: Sent three little girls into Limbo and threatened to send Mokuba into the Lake of Reincarnation to drown.
Gangrel and Luna Vachon
A pair of vampire wrestlers who find themselves somewhat involved thanks to three certain ponies.
- The Cameo: Appears in the prologue of Through Darkness and Mirrors when the Cutie Mark Crusaders say their farewells to the House of Ambiguity.
- Properly Paranoid: Gangrel gets this in Muse Hysteria. When he wakes up in Act 2 and realizes that the Crusaders are not knocking on his door on schedule, he suspects something is wrong. When he goes to their temple and finds their unconscious bodies, his suspicions are right on the money.
- Put on a Bus: TDAM has them working on ascending André the Giant as a god.
- So Proud of You: The epilogue of The Friendship Asylum has the two so proud of the Crusaders obtaining their Cutie Marks.
A luchador who should never be underestimated who joins in the chaos of The Friendship Asylum at Murray's request.
- Berserk Button: Does not like those who messes with his sword collection. The Aquabats! have a huge debt to pay after the last time it got destroyed.
- Innocently Insensitive/Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Questions the idiot who would disregard Kaiba's Sanity Slippage and let the Undead Uprising commence...with Ambrose (the guy who caused it all) standing right behind him.
- Laser Blade: Gains a beam katana courtesy of Travis for the final showdown.
- Masked Luchador: Duh! And he's the god of this trope.
- Put on a Bus: Is at Boyle Heights when the third story rolls around.
Originally the Hacking Trio, the group is a renowned collection of technological experts dedicated to use their skills to help figure out the secrets of the Asylum, and later Limbo.
The Hacking Trio (Bentley Turtle [Sly Cooper], Hal "Otacon" Emmerich [Metal Gear], Radical Edward [Cowboy Bebop])
The original three involved in both Muse Hysteria and The Friendship Asylum. Their adventures will eventually create what is now known as the GUAG White Hats.
- Canine Companion: Ein is this for Edward. At one point in "Muse Hysteria", he even assists Sora, Donald, and Goofy as a Guest-Star Party Member.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: Bentley still has feelings for Penelope, and remains upset of her betrayal. A talk with Quasimodo, who is also disabled and with unrequited feelings towards Esmeralda, allows Bentley to move on.
- Genius Cripple: Bentley has been wheelchair-confined since the end of Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Implied with Edward, who's Genki Girl nature caused the Proxy to mistake her for a Princess of Heart. Sora debunks this by detecting darkness in her heart.
- Morality Chain: During their brief team-up in Act Two, Edward becomes this to Jak. Namely, one touch from her gave Jak's Heartless enough hope to keep him from berserking when separated from his own body... if only for a little while.
- Non-Action Guy: Compared to Bentley and Edward, Otacon isn't a fighter (and in fact, he's the god of this trope) and acts as Mission Control for the first two tales.
- Playful Hacker: All of them, with Edward being the goddess of this trope.
- Put on a Bus: It is stated that Ed and Ein, along with Faye, returned to their world to continue their search for Ed's father in Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- Ship Tease: Ed gets this with Noah Kaiba in The Friendship Asylum from how the two blush at each other when Noah checks upon her to how Ed is willing to let Noah possess her (just like he did to Mokuba) when the Iron Giant's rampage causes a blackout and the epilogue of The Friendship Asylum has them playing chess. Through Darkness and Mirrors has the Virtual Team even note how Noah seems to miss how Ed isn't in the Pantheon for the time being (which he denies with a blush on his face).
- During "The Friendship Asylum", Ed also had a crush on Sora. It's one-sided though.
- Two Guys and a Girl: The original trio.
- Working with the Ex: Bentley has to work with his ex-girlfriend, Penelope Mouse, in the first two stories. He's not happy with the slightest, but knows that he has no choice for the time being (and it doesn't help that Penelope accidentally caused the first act of Muse Hysteria due to inadvertently sending her record feed to every single broadcasting station in the Pantheon)
Tron/Rinzler (Tron)A computer program who resides in the Grid. He is the leader of the programs loyal to Cosmos.
- Adult Fear: Sora's impeding death from his curse is what causes Tron to break free of corruption.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite having the appearance of male in his 40s, Tron is one of the oldest programs in the pantheon, being written in 1982, making him 36 in outer years, and 1,700 in Grid years.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Becomes corrupted in Muse Hysteria but breaks out of it in The Friendship Asylum. While his appearance is unchanged, everyone still calls him Rinzler during this time.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can make a snarky comment or two when needed.Ruby: Stupid eye coverers. How the heck does Riku see in them?Tron: Maybe you should ask him when you see him.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Joins Ruby as a party member in Muse Hysteria. And later to Jak's Nobody in The Friendship Asylum.
- Noodle Incident: Tron mentions at one point just before Jak dies that the Game Grid is still off-limits because of a virus Ralph and Vanellope keep running into.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Spending at most 20 years as Rinzler, and dealing with soul-breaking hardships beforehand really warped Tron into the cynical program he is today. Sora is the only reason he didn't continue to be an Anti-Hero in the first place.
- Undying Loyalty: To Sora, to the point where learning about the curse snaps him out of Gears' rectification.
- Unexplained Recovery: He's alive and well in the pantheon after being thrown into the Sea of Simulation by Clu.
- You Remind Me of X: Tron reminds Ruby of her deceased friend Penny Polendina, as both are artificial beings with a heart. It's reached the point where Tron being captured caused Ruby to shout Penny's name in terror.
Jinx, Mog, and Grim (Jak and Daxter)A trio of programs who work alongside Tron. They're not the same trio Jak knew in the past; just based on them.
- Adaptational Heroism: Somewhat. Their counterparts worked for Krew before joining the Freedom League.
- Guest-Star Party Member: The trio become party members for Ruby during the second act of Muse Hysteria.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The trio have a right to be suspicious of Ruby on account that her Tron Lines are red as opposed to cyan, which implies alliance with the MCP or Clu.
- Not as You Know Them: They're computer programs based on the trio Jak knew in the past. They have the same personalities as their counterparts, though. Oddly enough, Jak never encounters them in The Friendship Asylum.
- Smoking Is Cool: Jinx is always seen with a cigar in his mouth.
- Those Two Guys
- Uncertain Doom: They are last seen about to deal with programs under the proxy's control to give Tron and Ruby some time to escape. "Diamond Adventure" reveals they survived unscratched.
The Virtual Team
The secondary group of the GUAG White Hats, who can enter The Grid and fight off against any and all threats in the virtual world. Lead by Noah, they appear in Through Darkness and Mirrors in order to figure out what's going on in the Mirror Universe version of the Grid.
Noah Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh)
Appears as a guide in The Friendship Asylum to provide a safe-haven for Jak rather Sora, it's kinda complicated and helps process what's going on with Jak's memory loss. Becomes Mission Control for Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- Adaptational Heroism: He was a brat in the anime, but he's willing to work alongside the GUAG in order to stop the Asylum threat and the threat on the Grid. He's considered an honorary member by the White Hats.
- Big Damn Heroes: Noah's first onscreen appearance in The Friendship Asylum has him save Edward from being hurt when Jak goes insane after being separated from his body.
- Everyone Has Standards: Honestly disliked the asylum incident in general, but even he thinks that having a brainwashed Kaiba kill Kairi is going too far. And this, we should remind you, is coming from someone who brainwashed Mokuba and tried to use him as a Human Shield
- He detests The Slasher for using Mokuba as a hostage and is only working with the former because The Slasher has info involving Limbo.
- Lampshade Hanging: Notes the utter strangeness of Kaiba taking care of a talking parasol in Through Darkness And Mirrors
- Mission Control: For Through Darkness and Mirrors, he's the one mobilizing the troops.
- Older Than He Looks: Looks 12 years old but is actually the same age as Kaiba (being dead in the real world and having his mind uploaded into the Virtual World is the reason)
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Denies that he has feelings for a certain red-haired hacker that has a male name and a Data Dog. Unfortunately for him, everyone can see it.
Sam Flynn (Tron: Legacy)
Kevin Flynn's son. A 'User' with influence over the Grid that carries over to other, more specialized virtual worlds.
- Badass Biker: Is one of these in real-life and also on a Light-cycle.
- Deadly Disc: An Identity Disc is his Weapon of Choice.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Tron himself. In fact, he even jokes that he's doing this to give Tron a break (seeing as the computer program has already been in three stories prior to this one).
- Tron Lines: Well, duh, considering where he comes from.
The Lyoko Warriors (Code Lyoko)
A group of six teens who mainly keep to themselves while keeping watch over the virtual world of Lyoko.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: They're pretty much numb to the horrible things going on thanks to XANA's constant attempts to kill them.
- Deadpan Snarker: All of them.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Odd is constantly confused for being a girl due to his preference for the color purple, Anime Hair, and scrawny (He claims he's svelte) build.
- Experienced Protagonist: Downplayed since everyone in the Pantheon has ascended with the experiences of their home worlds, but as the Virtual Team's investigations eventually focus on the Mirror Lyoko specifically, this element comes up more since Lyoko hasn't been explored by other virtual deities thanks to XANA installing towers into The Grid itself. In addition, Lyoko has a very difficult terrain to navigate through, particularly in the Forest Sector.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Leader: Jeremie, who is also the group's Mission Control
- The Lancer: Yumi
- The Big Guy: Ulrich
- The Smart Guy: Aelita. Similar to Sam, she has a connection to the virtual world, which in her case is thanks to the Keys of Lyoko her father created.
- The Chick: Odd, despite him being a guy.
- The Sixth Ranger: William, though thankfully for him, XANA has his eye set on Yui this time.
Kirito and Asuna (Sword Art Online)
Two players from SAO, recruited for extra muscle and their combat skills.
- Mama Bear / Papa Wolf: They're quite protective of their daughter and are outraged when XANA manages to take control of her.
Yui (Sword Art Online)
An AI from SAO who is Kirito and Asuna's adopted daughter and XANA's latest virtual minion.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She gets attacked by the Scyphozoa, which implants a mind-control virus into her. Later, she fully falls into XANA's control after he destroys the Mirror Lyoko, scattering her corrupted data and giving him the opportunity to completely reformat her.
Yuuki Konno (Sword Art Online)
A player from ALO, recruited for her combat skills and an ally of Kirito and Asuna.
- The Big Guy: In terms of combat ability and strength, she's the strongest.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Joshua's personality in the pantheon is more akin to his portrayal in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Rhyme being Beat's sister is an open spoiler here.
Natsu DragneelThe Hot-Blooded Salamander. He ends up, through a series of events, starting the resistance attempt against the threat of Limbo in Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- Achievements in Ignorance: He had no idea that a regular Fairy Tail brawl would start a riot...nor that stopping said riot would result in teams being formed to combat the current threat.
- Character Witness: In regards to Yugi at least. Natsu had met up with him several times before the Asylum business had started and found him to be a swell guy with a strong belief in The Power of Friendship. As such, while the majority of the Pantheon have shunned Yugi, Natsu's still willing to give him, and by extension, the rest of the Darkness Proxy a chance. Plus, there's the fact that they were all brainwashed and not in full control of themselves.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Brings up how, unlike Homura in The Great Upheaval, none of the Darkness Proxy actually chose to be evil since they all got corrupted, while Homura turned against everyone out of her own free will.
- Everyone Has Standards: In a scene lifted from the Alvarez arc, he explains to the Crystal Gems that while he enjoys fighting, he doesn't enjoy unnecessary bloodshed and slaughter, which has become distressingly commonplace ever since Year One began.
- Hope Bringer: He normally doesn't count, but the Pantheon's so desperate for something positive in all of the recent doom and gloom that him leading the charge to stop Acnologia from killing everyone helps spark something resembling hope in everyone again.
- Odd Friendship: With Steven. Natsu loves fighting, while Steven does not, but they both have similar views in regards to friendships and families.
- What the Hell, Hero?: While the Pantheon is normally too diverse to count as this, a good portion of the rioting gods are on the good part of the morality spectrum. Natsu points (Well, yells at them in typical Natsu fashion) out that none of the Darkness Proxy willingly turned evil, and automatically blaming them for causing three ponies to fall into Limbo is just biased.
Erza ScarletOne of Fairy Tail's S-Class Wizards. Due to the curfews put into place, she takes charge of the Guild hall when Makarov is negotiating.
- Berserk Button: Do. NOT. Destroy. Her. Cake. She will hunt you down if you do.
- The Dreaded: To Natsu. It also means she's able to reign everyone in if their antics get too chaotic.
Gildarts CliveOne of the guild's strongest members. Is currently investigating the GUAD through Acnologia.
- The Worf Effect: Gets his ass handed to him by Acnologia...though unlike the last time, his injuries aren't as severe.
Defenders of humanity. With quite a bit of emotional baggage as it is, and it only gets worse from here.
Steven UniverseA fun-loving, cheerful boy who ends up inspiring the Pantheon to get its act together to deal with the Darkness only to get corrupted by it himself thanks to a psychopathic computer program
- Actual Pacifist: He really doesn't like fighting. This does not help him in the slightest when XANA uses the Mystery Kids to attack him.
- Break the Cutie: Dear lord...the trauma he goes through rivals what happens to Gentaro and the Crusaders! To wit, his friends, the Mystery Kids, are possessed by XANA, and nothing he does breaks them out of it. They proceed to physically and verbally assault him, chipping away at his resolve so that the darkness will be attracted to him...which is capped off by horrific Mind Rape that forces him to relive the more traumatic parts of his life and his own insecurities, as well as moments from other universes and what other Gods suffered during Year One. He gets possessed by the darkness as a result, only to become a test subject for the Vex immediately afterwards. And when he's freed thanks to Alternate!Gentaro's temper tantrum...he just ends up catatonic, the weight of everything going on finally getting to him. And unlike those two examples above, this happens throughout one story!
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: His home series' conflicts are caused by personal issues, NOT by people who are genuinely evil or are purely motivated by a cause. The actions of Year One completely confound him as a result.
- Hope Bringer: Unlike Natsu, he plays it much more straight, and after Natsu's berating of the crowd, Steven throws in a more straight-to-the-point speech about everything going on and how they need to be able to step up and fight it together, not fight each other.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: He tries to get the Mystery Kids to fight against XANA's influence...which does nothing whatsoever.
- Odd Friendship: With Natsu. Steven hates fighting and prefers talking out issues, while Natsu loves fighting and prefers to resolve issues by fists. Yet they manage to strike up an alliance between one another and together, stop the Riots in Act I from getting worse.
- Shout-Out: His friendship with Dipper and Mabel takes a few cues from Universe Falls. So it should not be surprising that a traumatic event that emotionally strains them all occurs.
- Stepford Smiler: He puts up a brave face, but the stress of everything that's happened in his home world up to Kevin Party along with the crap that's gone in the Pantheon itself, is really eating him up inside.
- Unwitting Test Subject: Ends up as one for the Vex so that they can study the darkness. They also plan to rip out his gem and experiment on that later.
The Crystal GemsSteven's guardians, members of a race of sentient gemstones.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Loses her fun-loving attitude the moment she learns that Steven is stuck in Limbo in Act IV of Through Darkness and Mirrors
GarnetThe current leader of the Crystal Gems
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulu: She literally punches Acnologia right in the face, which actually causes him to stagger a bit.
- Psychic Static: Her future vision can't be used in Limbo, much to her annoyance.
- The Stoic: As per usual
- Not So Stoic: This cracks to pieces when she learns that Steven is stuck in Limbo, and she angrily punches whatever she can find and nearly clocks Dean Ambrose's head off upon learning that he got Steven stuck in the first place..
PearlA tall, white Gem, and easily the most protective of Steven.
- Adult Fear: Is the most vocal about it when learning that Steven is trapped in Limbo. As she states...Pearl: Steven's stuck in Limbo...Steven's stuck in Limbo...Steven's stuck in Limbo!
- Break the Cutie: See what she said above.
- My Beloved Smother: This remains regardless. She even extends this to the Mystery Kids and is thus horrified seeing them under XANA's control.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Fears that Natsu could be this to Steven. This proves to not be the case.
VegetaThe self-proclaimed rival to Goku. He joins in as muscle and plays a surprisingly larger role than one might think...
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives one to Dean Ambrose after learning that he's the one who rendered the efforts of the Limbo teams worthless.
- Blood Knight: Part of the reason he was interested in the Mirror Pantheon and formed the Saiyan team. He wanted to see what opponents it had to offer.
- It's Personal: He gets more invested in the mission when he learns that Zamasu (One of his most hated enemies) has been spotted.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: While he still recognizes that Limbo is a threat, he starts to become bored as the mission drags on...and then he learns that Zamasu was spotted and 'immediately snaps into shape. From that point onward, he's much more focused and precise.
- The Leader: Of the Saiyans investigating the Mirror Pantheon and Limbo.
- Papa Wolf: Do not hurt his son or student. Or help cause them to get hurt, as Dean Ambrose found out.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Is notably much calmer in this Tale than in his home series. Justified as it takes place post-Dragon Ball Super, i.e. the major showcase of Vegeta's Character Development, so it makes sense as to why Vegeta's a bit more reasonable here. Although he doesn't show this kindness to Dean Ambrose, but he has a pretty good reason to be pissed off at the wrestler.
GokuOne of the most powerful fighters in the Pantheon...who is sadly away training with Beerus and Whis.
- The Ghost: Is mentioned several times, but does not appear.
- Put on a Bus: Is currently training with Beerus and Whis after Beerus's battle with YHVH and as such cannot participate in the story.
- Story-Breaker Power: If he was actually involved in the last story, the runtime would have been cut in half.
Future TrunksThe future version of Vegeta's son.
- Berserk Button: Wasted landscapes due to reminding him of the Bad Future he comes from. When he learns how the Mirror Pantheon was left in ruins, he steps up his game.
- It's Personal: Very much like his father, he becomes more focused (And horrified) when he learns that Zamasu (Who destroyed Future Trunks' timeline) has gotten involved.
- Only Sane Man: Vegeta is Vegeta even with Character Development, Cabba is a bit nervous, and Kale is a Shrinking Violet. It's only natural that Trunks would take up the role.
CabbaA Saiyan from Universe 6. Not an actual god yet, but is instead Vegeta's herald.
- Adorkable: As per usual.
- Badass Adorable: Remember that he's a Saiyan, though.
- Nice Guy: Is polite and soft-spoken and, in comparison to Vegeta, doesn't hold ill will for Gangrel's outburst in the final story, even if it did injure him.
KaleA Saiyan from Universe 6 and with a most unusual transformation.
- The Big Guy: Her Super Saiyan transformations are much more powerful than the majority, and so, she counts as this.
- Irony: A Shrinking Violet seems a good target for the Darkness to corrupt...but it never manages to do so and she comes out with little emotional baggage compared to the CMC.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Saiyan in the group.
Characters from the Kamen Rider franchise who get involved due to one thing: Gentaro's death.
The Kamen Rider Club (Kengo Utahoshi, Yuki Jojima, Miu Kazashiro, JK, Shun Daimonji, Tomoko Nozama, Chuta Ohsugi [Kamen Rider Fourze])
Gentaro's closest friends and allies, who break hard upon learning what happened to their friend.
- Berserk Button: Hurt Gentaro? Get ready to see sparks fly when these guys fight.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The Kamen Rider Club's mission is to befriend everyone and help Gentaro out in fighting off bad guys. But DO NOT think that they're pushovers as the final story has the teens with guns blazing in mowing down their enemies and Ohsugi leading the charge despite having little to no training at all.
- Eureka Moment: Ohsugi's sarcastic reply on trying to get "prayers through a crowdfunding site" is what gives Kengo the idea to use Elena's spiritual powers to transfter all of the bonds of hope and friendship from other gods to empower Gentaro during the final story's Darkest Hour.
- The Gunslinger: The teens, thanks to training with Koro-Sensei, but Miu especially since she actually has wielded a gun in her series.
- Karma Houdini: They don't suffer as many reprecussions for aiding Gentaro and Elena in the final story — in particular, lying to the Mane 6 in regards to the CMC's plans — although they believe that they deserve to be equally punished since witholding such crucial information and subjecting three girls in what was practically a suicide mission, not to mention not knowing that Gentaro was corrupted by the darkness would make them accomplices.
- Let's You and Him Fight: As they initiate Operation: Inside Out in Through Darkness and Mirrors the darkness corrupts their allies, the Kyoryugers, and they have no choice but to fight back.
- Mission Control: Ohsugi acts like this in the final story. Justified in that he's no fighter, but a simple geography teacher.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Ohsugi is just your normal bumbling suspender-snapping teacher. He uses this to his advantage by being the one who communicates between the KRC and BROKEN Matt because no one would suspect him of the Kamen Rider Club deities to withold such important info.
- Papa Wolf: Ohsugi is no fighter, but he will jump into battle if his students are in danger. As he says to a swarm of zombies in Act IV:"Nobody harms my students!"
- The Power of Friendship: They're what fuels Kamen Rider Fourze into battle and they use their bonds to create three new Masked HERO cards — based on Fourze, Meteor and Nadeshiko — for Fourze's fight against Rudolf.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: They try to infiltrate the Friendship Asylum in Muse Hysteria, but fail. It's stated that even if it was successful, they wouldn't have stopped Alternate!Gentaro.
- Sixth Ranger: Ohsugi doesn't arrive until Through Darkness and Mirrors; justified in that the Kamen Rider Club didn't have a group portfolio at the time.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the final story, the teens all have Dresspheres which they use to great effect. Kengo makes a reference to how they trained under Koro-sensei ever since the Asylum was destroyed so they could take care of themselves and not rely on Gentaro all the time. And while Ohsugi is still Ohsugi, it still takes balls to jump into battle when a Zombie Apocalypse is going on.
- True Companions: They are friends till the end and they will help Gentaro no matter what; even if it means pretending to think that Gentaro and Elena vanished and help plan out most of "Operation: Inside Out" and lie to the Equestrian Gods as to the fates of the Cutie Mark Crusaders
Ryusei Sakuta/Kamen Rider Meteor (Kamen Rider Fourze)
The secondary Kamen Rider in Fourze, he is accused of killing Gentaro prior to the trilogy's beginning. It's not him, but rather Queen Chrysalis taking his form.
- Berserk Button: HATES Mitsuzane almost as much as Alt!Gentaro. Why? Mitsuzane's desire to break Gentaro reminds Ryusei of the time he made a Deal with the Devil to kill Fourze—and succeeded—in order to bring his friend back to life. By Through Darkness and Mirrors he's not willing to team up with Mitsuzane even after Mitsuzane has seen his brother be knocked into BROKEN Matt's Lake of Reincarnation.
- Demonic Possession: Gets possessed by the darkness in Act IV of Through Darkness and Mirrors, using the anger and distrust he has on Mitsuzane as a fuel source so that the darkness and make Ryugen scream in pain for everything he's done.
- More Than Mind Control: Accepts the darkness in the final story because the darkness uses the lingering hatred Ryusei has for Mitsuzane as a reason to kill the kid.
- Mythology Gag: In Through Darkness and Mirrors, he allies with Interpol agent Carmelita Fox. In Movie War Ultimatum, he's an Interpol agent in the future.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His distrust towards Mitsuzane is what causes him to be corrupted in the final story, preventing him from stopping Jeff Hardy from being corrupted.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: When possessed by the darkness, he forgoes any of the Funny Bruce Lee Noises he usually makes when fighting in favor of going in for the kill all while calmly telling Mitsuzane that he's a failure.
- Not So Different: With Mitsuzane, but Played for Drama. They both held friendly facades to the main Kamen Rider but had shady motives (Ryusei wanted to revive his friend, Mitsuzane originally wanted Kota to be ignorant of what was going on with Yggdrasil) and eventually went on the path of murder. However, Ryusei gradually loved being around the Kamen Rider Club and was in a Deal with the Devil conflict when he killed Fourze. Mitsuzane showed no qualms in killing is own brother and the eventual path that would have the girl he crushed on be vivisected. These differences is what causes Ryusei to not forgive Mitsuzane since the younger boy's "idea" to drive Gentaro into despair is something not even he would consider.
- Odd Friendship: Ryusei is somehow able to befriend Eric Draven. The brilliance comes because they have a connection: Bruce Lee. Ryusei uses Bruce Lee's Jeet kwon do fighting style, Eric Draven's avatar was Brandon Lee, Bruce's son.
- The Power of Friendship: Uses his bonds with Gentaro to create the Masked Hero Meteor monster.
- Put on a Bus: Isn't seen at all in the first two stories. Word of God states that he was getting ready to move out of the Toku Base and into the House of Costumes at the time and was defending the Toku Base during the Undead Uprising.
- The Bus Came Back: He's prominently kicking ass again in Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- Slasher Smile: When possessed by the darkness within Limbo in the final story.
Mitsuzane Kureshima/Kamen Rider Ryugen (Kamen Rider Gaim)
A boy with an angelic face and the desire to just be evil after seeing his best friend be oblivious to everything that happened in their home world. He regrets this when someone eviler than him enters...
- The Atoner: By the end of The Friendship Asylum he's taken on this role, helping to defeat Funny Valentine once and for all and fully cements it in the final story when he prays for Fourze to return safe, his bond creating a Masked HERO card for Gentaro to use.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Alternate!Gentaro did not give this guy mercy when the two meet. Penelope Mouse practically vomits on the descriptions of Alt!Gentaro stabbing the boy, slicing his throat, opening his torso and stuffing the boy's detatched head into the cavity and more.
- Easily Forgiven: Both Gentaro (and Kota, who makes a cameo in The Friendship Asylum) forgive him for his actions, despite the fact that the former was traumatized and sent into Limbo due to his actions.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: The Kamen Rider Fourze gods not named Gentaro do not trust him at all. Ryusei despises him the most, as he sees Mitsuzane as nothing more than himself back when he was evil (well not "Evil" but more doing things for his own self-interest)
- Foil: To Jeff Hardy. They're younger brothers who both became corrupted into something else (Jeff was forced into his Willow persona and Mitsuzane just got Drunk on the Dark Side) and both of them are freed by the influence in The Friendship Asylum. By the third story, Mitsuzane is trying to redeem himself but Jeff has just decided to succumb into being as BROKEN like his older brother.
- Hate Sink: In-universe. During the first two acts of Muse Hysteria, he's being targeted by half of the pantheon for his supposed role in Gentaro's fall. By the end of The Friendship Asylum, he aids Gentaro against Valentine, rescuing Sora in the progress, and regains some prestige, while the angry crowd moves on to target Prince Hans.
- Karmic Death: Wanted nothing more than to see Gentaro be put into despair. Then he meets with a Gentaro Kisaragi who was successfully killed by an evil Mitsuzane and, well, it's not pretty...
- Not So Different: To Seth Rollins, who also betrayed his friends and then felt horrible for what he did.
- The Scapegoat: Gods blamed him for Gentaro's death and "resurrection" into Alternate!Gentaro since he was the last significant person Gentaro talked to before the friendly delinquent "died" and in Muse Hysteria the story starts with him getting beaten by everyone and their grandma.
Takatora Kureshima/Kamen Rider Zangetsu/"Kakashi" (Kamen Rider Gaim)
Mitsuzane's older brother, who essentially acts like a scapegoat for his brother's evil.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: States that his "experience" in The Friendship Asylum forced him to strengthen his mind from mental assaults in the future.
- Aloof Older Brother: And this attitude cost him a lot.
- The Atoner: Is doing his best in the final story to show that he's atoning for his brother's actions. Like his brother, he too makes a Masked HERO card for Gentaro and asks for forgiveness.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: As Kakashi he is constantly grinning, which is absolutely unnerving for such a stoic guy like Takatora.
- Foil: To Seto Kaiba. Both are elder aloof older brothers who's single-target mind makes them oblivious to everything around them and causes more trouble than good (Takatora didn't notice his brother's evil side, Seto's focus on getting Yugi out of the asylum made him a gullible lamb for the Proxy to use to kill Kairi) with the difference being that in the final story, Kaiba steps up to the plate in order to fight off Limbo while Takatora is seemingly brainwashed and under BROKEN Matt's thumb.
- Speaking of Matt, he's the foil to Matt Hardy too. Both of them have different reactions to their little brother's turning to the dark side (Matt is horrified, Takatora is in disbelief) and both are broken (Takatora in the first story, Matt at the end). The difference is that Takatora is trying to redeem himself for not helping his brother whereas Matt is satisfied to make his little brother become his obsolete mule.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Turning a blind eye to his brother's evil turned out badly for him and everyone never forgives him for that.
- Mind Rape: Was hit with one prior to the beginning of Muse Hysteria.
- Mythology Gag: If you think Takatora having a connection to Fourze is weird, it isn't. Zangetsu has a Fourze-based Lockseed that he used in the past.
- Scary Scarecrow: BROKEN Matt transforms him to one of these as one of his "expreiments" in using the Light of Limbo. It's a lie; Takatora is faking it alongside a Warrior Dressphere The Brian Kendrick has on hand.
- Sword Cane: As Kakashi, he wields one that he can also turn into a makeshift umbrella for easy travel.
Since Friendship is Magic, then surely it can be good in this story right?
The Mane 6 (Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy [and Spike])
- Break the Cutie: Due to the fact that they're outclassed and outside circumstances hindering their progress, they get this. (Although it's nothing compared to the Crusaders)
- Cassandra Truth: Pinkie Pie get this in the stories prior to Muse Hysteria, when she tried to tell gods that she saw Gentaro killing Mitsuzane. Unfortunately, not only does no one believe her (due to her being, well, Pinkie, but it's said that she told Jeff Hardy, Tsukasa Kadoya and Eric Draven...the three who would eventually become members of the Darkness Proxy. And when she tried to tell this to the PWF, the wrestlers all laugh at her.
- Faux Action Girl: Ironically, the Mane 6 end up like this despite their pedigree in the show. None of them survive the onslaught of terrified souls from Limbo that Jeff Hardy unleashed on the Pantheon.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Spike lets himself be eaten by zombies in The Friendship Asylum so Rarity can get to safety.
- My God, What Have I Done?: All of them get this in the final story when they realize that Derpy Hooves has been warning of them of what's to come, and they are ill prepared to fight off against the flood of zombies about to attack the Pantheon!.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Rainbow, maybe listening to the googly-eyed pegasus was a good thing in Through Darkness and Mirrors. It would've saved you a lot of trouble in the long run.
- The Power of Friendship: They once tried to use the Elements of Harmony in the story of the Asylum's uprising to defeat Alternate!Gentaro...it failed and instead empowered him.
- Useless Protagonist: The Mane 6 (and Spike) here end up doing nothing throughout the story arc, despite their best efforts. The closest they get is trying to fight off the zombie wave in Act IV of Through Darkness and Limbo and only half of them survive since they weren't prepared for anything that was to come.
- That said, Rarity does find the Keystone for Lucario for his showdown against an Asylum-corrupted Ash in The Friendship Asylum so she's not as useless as the others. Fluttershy did have Discord save Gangrel in Muse Hysteria too.
The Changeling Queen who will do all that she can to feed off of other gods' love.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Of the Asylum's creation story. Word of God is that she's framed by Funny Valentine to take the blame for everything.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: She has this look after stating that she was the one who took the guise of Ryusei to kill Gentaro...all while Alice (who likes Gentaro) is in within earshot.Alice: (sobbing) You...you killed Gentaro! (cue "Die for me?!")
- The Ghost: Is briefly mentioned in the final story having gone into hiding and Princess Celestia and Luna are investigating where she went.
- Smug Snake: Just loves to gloat about she's invincible even after she was exposed for her crime
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her good idea to feed off of Gentaro's "love" for his friends ends up with a clusterfuck that brings Alternate!Gentaro to the Pantheon. Nice one.
Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony who can warp reality with a snap of his talons.
- Berserk Button: Has one and that is the form of hurting Fluttershy.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Fluttershy from being eaten by zombies in the final story.
- Deus Exit Machina: Is traveling through the past in the final story to figure out what's going on.
- Reality Warper: It goes without saying.
- Story-Breaker Power: Could just cause a lot of trouble to vanish with a snap of his talons. However, his magic is useless against the asylum and Through Darkness and Mirrors has him traveling through the past to untangle the potential snarls that's happened throughout Year One (and the comics reveal that he is unable to alter the timeline).
A googly-eyed mail-delivering pegasus with a love of muffins well known for causing more trouble than good.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Why the fuck would you trust BROKEN Matt Hardy to recover your letter?
- Mythology Gag: When explaining her story as to what happened to her letter, she states "I just don't know what went wrong." which is the first line she spoke in the show.
- Skewered Priorities: Puts delivering her muffins above the chaos of Limbo about to let loose. She was trying to get people to see the messages inside said muffins.
- Took A Leve In Jerkass: While a ditzy but endearing pegasus, she coldly slams the door of her temple to the Mane 6 once the latter realizes that she's been trying to warn them about Gentaro and Elena's plans for Limbo. As it's stated.Pinkie Pie: Derpy, please tell me you still have some message muffins on you
Derpy: (through her temple door) I'm sorry, but I've already given them to someone who cares!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Muffins; she's seen in the last story delivering them and insisting that they eat them in front of her. Because she's delivering coded messages in them.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Derpy just delivered the letter to the CMC to not go to the PWF in the last story (or at the very least, double checked that BROKEN Matt actually gave her his letter to begin with instead of a fake), then the Crusaders would never have been sent to Limbo in the first place. However, BROKEN Matt states that the CMC would have been in Limbo no matter what; Derpy just sped things along.
- Walking Spoiler: Gee, how does this googly-eyed pegasus play a role in the final story?
Yes, even characters from the kid-friendly franchise gets involved in the chaos.
- Big Good: One of two in The Friendship Asylum.
- My Greatest Failure: Like Murray, Mickey blames himself for Sora's leg amputation, especially given that it broke the status quo. Mickey also thinks this could've been avoided if he had let someone else (like Ash Ketchum) watch over Sora while Donald and Goofy were needed elsewhere. Daxter's wish in a later tale fixes the status quo.
- Expy: During the "Crazy House raid" in Muse Hysteria, Donald's role is very identical to that of Hoggle from Labyrinth, in that both stopped Humongous by taking over the controllers from a goblin pilot.
- The Ghost: He's referenced many times in Through Darkness and Mirrors by his uncle and nephews.
- Kill It with Fire: Incinerates a Courtney Gears lunchbox with a Fira attack in Muse Hysteria.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: Donald is the "mean" of his group, with Goofy and Clank as the "nice", and Daxter as the "in-between".
- Cowardly Lion: Wants nothing to do with the Friendship Asylum, as he states at the end of Muse Hysteria, but decides to tackle the problem head on when Sora is revealed to be on the verge of dying.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: He and Clank share the role of "nice" in their group, contrasting Donald's "mean" and Daxter's "in-between".
Aladdin and GenieA street rat turned Prince of Agrabah via marriage to Princess Jasmine, and an all-powerful genie set free. Aladdin was Sora's first ever Guest-Star Party Member (legally).
Ariel and Melody (The Little Mermaid)Ariel was born a mermaid, but gave it up to marry Prince Eric. Melody is their only daughter.
- Alternate Continuity: This version of Melody comes from a timeline without Morgana. It is implied that Morgana was a witch who was erased when Madoka made her contract with Kyubey, as Ursula does not have a sister.
Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)The Pumpkin King, and the face of Halloween. Jack also has an ongoing issue with Neyla, who keeps stealing from Halloween Town.
Peter Pan and Tinker BellThe Boy Who Never Grew Up, and his pixie friend.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Tinker Bell still gets jealous when it comes to Peter interacting with females, particularly 13-year-old Melody.
Fa MulanA Chinese heroine who stole her ill father's army, joined the Imperial Army, and defeated Shan-Yu in battle.
- Gender Flip: She has one in Li Ren of Team JNPR, and they are allies. Mulan also knows about Pyrrha's death, and finds it hard to tell any of her fellow Disney heroes about her.
Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)A infamous Pirate Captain and Lord.
- Only in It for the Money: Jack only agrees to spy on Courtney Gears when Mickey promises him a few kegs of rum.
Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)Although never a party member, Quasimodo met Sora in the Sleeping Worlds. He was once the bell ringer of Notre Dame until Esmeralda came into the picture.
- Love Hurts: When Quasimodo finds out that Bentley also lost the girl (to evil instead of another suiter), they speak of their mutual heartbreak. This helps Bentley to get over any remaining feelings he had to Penelope.
Winnie the PoohThe silly ol' bear from the 100 Acre Wood. Yes, even he gets involved in this madness.
- Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Pooh bear...
- Heroic BSoD: Can only say "Sora..." when he sees Sora and the Asylum Guardians.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Fluttershy asks Pooh to come with her to get honey, he glumly states that he's not hungry. And then, he breaks down in tears when he discusses his friendship with Sora.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Pooh innocently trying to talk to Sora/Jak in Act IV of The Friendship Asulum is what makes them realize that he was going past the point of no return.
The Princesses of Heart
Seven maidens, five of whom are Disney Princesses, who have no darkness in their hearts, and have the ability to open the Door to Darkness. They are: Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Alice, Jasmine, Cinderella, and Kairi. All except Cinderella and Kairi are later Brought Down to Normal.
- Changing of the Guard: Five of them started to gain darkness in their hearts as a result of Through Darkness and Mirrors, with Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna, and two other unnamed girls taking their place.
- Good Is Not Soft: When finally freed in Muse Hysteria, Cinderella commands her crow friends to peck the eyes of Courtney Gears' backup dancers.
- Light Is Good: Combined, their light is capable of stopping the corruption process from the Asylum. So when all but Cinderella are depowered, and Kairi is sent to the Alola region in Diamond Adventure! The Dark Mystery, set in the end of October, the darkness in Limbo is capable of worming is way into the Pantheon in Through Darkness and Mirrors, set in December.
- Meganekko: Snow White is shown wearing glasses in her sole scene in Muse Hysteria because she's short-sighted.
- Princess Classic: Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora are purely this, making the first two easy targets for the proxy.
- Properly Paranoid: Even in spite of being a Princess Classic, Cinderella is known to hide guns borrowed from Ratchet in the event that her evil stepmother attempts to attack her (again).
- Rule of Seven: There are seven Princesses of Heart.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Cinderella is the first of the Princesses to be captured, and at the beginning, no doubt. Jasmine follows by the end of the first act.
Ralph (Wreck-it Ralph)
The Guard in the House of Ambiguity, a laid-back guy when off the clock who uses his fists to solve any and all problems that come his way.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: When compared with Gangrel, considering that Ralph is 8 feet tall.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He's a huge fan of André the Giant (who happens to be Luna Vachon's godfather) and suggests to pay a round of drinks between the two (to which Luna replies "No" to because André was well known in real life to pay for all of his meals.)
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Vanellope and the Crusaders.
- Odd Friendship: With Gangrel and Luna Vachon; he's the god that usually converses with the two.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Has to tell 'Grel that his idea to recklessly enter the Proxy's Palace in Muse Hysteria was absolutely stupid and agrees with Vegeta that chewing Alternate!Gentaro out was a bad move.
One of the Three Managers of the House of Commerce, who takes charge to make sure the curfews are being followed.
- Badass Grandpa: Manages to hold down Sota by constantly beating him with his cane.
- Old Master: Unlike Natsu, he's not fazed at all by Erza. Not to mention that when Natsu rushes by, Scrooge is the one who catches up to him first and beats him with his cane.
- Papa Wolf: Hurt a feather on his nephews and he'll tell you how he got to be tougher than the toughies.
- Weapon of Choice: His pogo-cane, of course.
Huey, Dewey and Louie
Nephews of Donald Duck, who team with their Uncle Scrooge in the last story after The Slasher raises cain.
Ash's PikachuAn unusually powerful Pikachu who is Ash Ketchum's starter and main Pokémon.
- Blessed with Suck: Pikachu is unable to age, has stats on par with Legendary Pokémon, and has been worshiped like a god in certain communities. Unfortunately, because Status Quo Is God, he's reset to Level 5 whenever Ash visits a new region. He also lacks Medium Awareness, and will forget adventures quickly.
- Odd Friendship: He becomes fast friends with Meow Wow, probably because they're both mascot mons.
Meowth (Team Rocket)A talking cat who is a member of Team Rocket.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Misty explains that Greninja would be resistant to the corruptions for being Water/Dark, Meowth brings up Riku, who was still corrupted, and shouts out that Riku is immune to darkness!
- Talking Animal
Jessie's WobbuffetA strange Pokémon that Jessie accidently traded her Lickitung for back in Johto. He mainly just pops out at random.
- Chekhov's Gag: Him popping out of his Pokeball to say his name accidently sets off the laser connected to Otacon's computer, warping Wobbuffet into Space Paranoids. An angry Jessie then blames Riku for the incident.
LucarioOne of two Pokémon recruited by Misty and Brock to enter the asylum if it means saving Ash.
- Super Mode: Lucario Mega-Evolves to counter an Aura Sphere fired at the party by a corrupted Ash. The Mega Evolution was triggered by Greninja sneaking a Key Stone into Neku Sakuraba's hand.
GreninjaMisty recruited Greninja to help find Ash, knowing that being Water/Dark would give him some immunity. This is not the same Greninja that Ash once owned.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Part Dark-type. Misty believes that Greninja would have some resistance to the asylum's corruptions, despite Meowth's objections.
- Making a Splash: Is Water type too.
AudinoA Pokémon who works at the GUAG Medical Division alongside Black Jack.
- The Heart: She's very gentle with her patients, and even uses the bonuses of her Mega Evolution to calm down those who are stressed out.
- Super Mode: She's capable of Mega Evolution, but mainly uses this when dealing with stressed-out patients or Team Rocket.
AbsolA white cat-like Pokémon known for predicting disasters, and being blamed for them. Riku is her trainer.
- Androcles' Lion: Since Clank believed her when she predicted the asylum disaster, Absol is loyal to him.
- Badass Pacifist: Absol isn't keen on fighting, but she puts her moves and "Pressure" ability to use against the asylum without needing to attack or Mega Evolve.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Clank is one of the first besides Riku and the Court of the Gods to take her predictions seriously, and worked hard to stop them. Absol quickly warms up to him.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's a Dark-type, but is no doubt a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
- Mysterious Watcher: She watches over the Crusaders and Nanako in the first chapter of Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- Plucky Girl: She's surprisingly positive and open towards others, unlike others of her species. Riku hints that she probably spent too much time with Sora at one point (and she's not the only one).
- Super Mode: Averted. Absol can Mega Evolve, but she doesn't like taking on the form because her aura would kill fainthearted people. She doesn't Mega Evolve until Diamond Adventure.
- Undying Loyalty: To Riku. And later, Ratchet and Clank.
RaltsA wild Pokémon who was caught up in the Undead Uprising, but rescued by Ratchet, who accidently catches her. Sora later adopts her, and she eventually evolves into a Kirlia, and then a Gardevoir, in Diamond Adventure.
- Two Guys and a Girl: She joins Ratchet and Clank towards the end of The Friendship Asylum.
The Victory Pokémon who is partners with Gentaro Kisaragi. Decides to join the search to figure out what happened to his partner.
Artix von Krieger (AdventureQuest)
A paladin who smites the Undead with his Blinding Light of Destiny and the leader of the GUAG Sacred Knights. Has a fear of the color pink.
- An Axe to Grind: His Weapon of Choice, a golden axe called the Blinding Light of Destiny.
- Big Word Shout: "PINK!!!!!" whenever his fear of that color is shown.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His axe is a brilliant gold color, mostly because his axe has absorbed the souls of so many slain undead.
- The Cameo: Appears in The Pantheonic Rebellion, leading the charge against some undead and commenting about the Undead Uprising that happened in The Friendship Asylum.
- Catchphrase: "The power of an Undead Slayer compels you!" whenever he fights off a brainwashed opponent.
- Composite Character: This Artix specifically has his Champion of Darkness/Undead Slayer origins.
- Creepy Good: While he's a normal knight type character when not fighting, when it comes to the Undead, he will gleefully throw himself into battle and smite every single last one of them while singing a song, or even asking someone to command the dead to go to him just so he can defeat them. In his universe, Undead Uprisings are common (mostly on Friday the 13th) and he once killed off twenty million Undead with his bare hands alone.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Apparently steam-rolled through CarnEvil in Through Darkness and Mirrors to the point that he detonated Tokkentaker's temple with nothing more than a Holy Hand Grenade.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Can unleash these with a drop of a hat and even paraphrases the verse where the Trope Namer comes from.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Gets to team up with his idol, Ash Williams in The Friendship Asylum.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you haven't played AdventureQuest Worlds, you're in for a shock.
- Light Is Good/Dark Is Not Evil: Is a paladin, yes. In truth, he's the Champion of Darkness but trained to use his powers to become an Undead Slayer, who is supposed to help souls move on into the afterlife/obtain power from them
- Nightmare Fetishist: He loves fighting the Undead and is the only god during the Undead Uprising in The Friendship Asylum to be happy on doing so.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Whenever he appears, he adds much needed humor in these dark dark stories.
- Properly Paranoid: In Muse Hysteria, Artix thinks that Courtney Gears isn't as good as she makes herself out to be, but Voltaire notes that it's only because Gears likes pink. It turns out Artix was right to be afraid of her, and the use of pink lights in her temple nearly killed Sora.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hyperactive red to Voltaire's blue.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: His hyperactive behavior is gone in the final story as he learns the origin of Alternate!Gentaro.
- Soul Power: His power actually depends on the souls he collects because he's not a true Paladin. The more souls he gains, the stronger he gets, until he can unleash his strongest weapon—the Ultimate Dragon Soul Spear of Ten Million Spirit Orbs.
- Story-Breaker Power: If he entered Limbo in the final story, his powers would be magnified due to all the souls he could collect and Word of God states that he could actually have a chance to defeat Akato since any soul he purifies gets added to his already exponential power! Instead, he is learning the story of Alternate Gentaro and how he came to be.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is deathly afraid of the color pink. It doesn't matter what it is or who it is, but if you wear/are pink, Artix will run away as if you have the plague.
A Perky Goth musician who usually makes sure to keep Artix in line.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Was hit with this in Muse Hysteria with the intent of beheading Mitsuzane on live television.
- Casting a Shadow: His Keyblade lets him travel through the shadows.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Is the one to keep Artix calm whenever the paladin sees something pink/starts smiting Undead.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very snarky, particularly around Artix.
- Nice Hat: Always goes into battle with a nice top hat.
- Perky Goth: In real life too!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue, calm, rational and sarcastic one over Artix's hyperactive red.
- Weapon of Choice: The Vorutanian Keyblade, which lets him use the shadows to move about.
- In Name Only: It's not a true Keyblade, so he doesn't qualify to become a Keyblade Master.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: At the end of Muse Hysteria, after seeing Jack and Annie use their Wand of Dianthus to hurl the Darkness Proxy back to the Friendship Asylum, he questions why the two just purify the group then and there. It's revealed in the final story that Jack and Annie should've heeded his advice because most of The Friendship Asylum wouldn't have happened if they did what he asked.
The Guardians of the Galaxy (Peter Quill, Gamorra, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot)
A bunch of a-holes who decide to get involved in order to do "something good, something bad, a bit of both."
- Black Eyes of Evil: In the final story, Quill gains these when the darkness possesses him, similar to when Ego did this in the second movie.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Sensing a pattern? Quill becomes corrupted by the darkness in Through Darkness and Mirrors to prevent the Guardians from detonating the PWF (again)
- Brutal Honesty: Drax, seeing as his species does not understand metaphors or the like, has to tell Joey what his best friend did in The Friendship Asylum. It's not pretty.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Get torn to shreds in less than ten seconds by Acnologia along with the Aquabats!
- Foil To the Aquabats! The Aquabats are earth-based superheroes with reputations as Super Zeroes (barring the one case with Space Monster M in their show) whereas the Guardians are a bunch of a-holes Anti-Hero Team in space. The Aquabats! were involved in the conflicts from the beginning while the Guardians get involved in The Friendship Asylum. Unlike the Aquabats, who only had one casualty (Crash McLarson), all of them got incinerated by the Winged Dragon of Ra. Also, the Aquabats are mostly human (Jimmy the Robot being the exception) whereas Quill is the Token Human of their group.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Even if Yugi was brainwashed when he killed them, the Guardians aren't willing to forget this travesty.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Groot is 1-foot tall in the story, spoiling that Groot I died at the end of the first film.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: On both the giving and receiving end of this: they were incinerated by the Winged Dragon of Ra in The Friendship Asylum and Rocket decides to incinerate Yugi with his Hadron Enforcernote upon seeing the CMC sent to Limbo.
Leader of The Ravages and adopted father of Peter Quill who arrives in the final story as a surprise Christmas gift for the Guardians.
- Big Damn Heroes: Stops a Darkness-possessed Peter Quill from killing the other Guardians in the final story.
- Badass Boast: When asked by the Darkness just who the hell he is, he responds:"I'M MARY POPPINS, Y'ALL!"
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned early on in the third story, when Gamorra and Drax get into a Rhetorical Question Blunder.Gamorra: (in regards to The Slasher fighting a Limbo-corrupted Yugi) Where's Yondu when you need him?
Drax: Mantis stated that she is in the process of bringing him to the—
Gamorra: I was being rhetorical!
- Mythology Gag:
- His Badass Boast comes from the second Guardians movie, when Quill compares him to Mary Poppins.
- He introduces himself to the darkness with, "Well hi there, jackass!" which is what he said to Ego in the climax.
- Weapon of Choice: His Yaka Arrow, of course.
The Aquabats! (MC Batcommander, Crash McLarson, Ricky Fitness, Eaglebones Falconhawk, Jimmy the Robot)
A superhero band who travels the land in their Battletram, who get involved in this chaos after a run-in with Fashion Zombies.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Courtesy of Acnologia in the final story.
- Friendly Rival: To the Guardians of the Galaxy since they have similar dynamics and are the Plucky Comic Relief in these dark, dark stories.
- It's Personal: Crash in the final story still resents being incinerated by Ra and tells Rocket Raccoon (wielding his Hadron Enforer) that he "saw him first".
- Noodle Incident: Prior to Muse Hysteria, they once fought Big Time Rush in a hockey game on Friday the 13th...which resulted in them destroying Rey Mysterio's sword collection and had the luchador chase after them with a go-kart equipped with a Blue Shell.
- The Power of Rock: Are able to restore the fashion zombies back to normal in Muse Hysteria by singing their song, "Fashion Zombies". Eaglebones weaponizes this with his laser firing guitar.
- Plucky Comic Relief: They, along with Artix, mostly appear for a laugh or so.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Crash McLarson dying at the hands of Yugi in The Friendship Asylum and the glum expressions from the remaining Aquabats! signal that there's no more humor to be found for a while.
- They get killed by Acnologia in the first act to highlight the seriousness of Through Darkness and Mirrors, although they arrive later on in Act 4 to set things right.
- Story-Breaker Power: Crash is capable of growing up to 50 feet tall whenever he's GETTING EMOTIONAL!!! and was able to go toe-to-toe with a very pissed off Iron Giant. For comparison: Crash is a Lesser God, the Iron Giant is a Greater God but shoots to Overdeity status if pissed off. Hence, he and said Giant have to be incinerated by the Winged Dragon of Ra before Crash could destroy the Friendship Asylum with a stomp of his foot.
- Working Off The Debt: They launch a pizza delivery business ("Pizza Friday") in order to pay off their debts.
The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant)
A friendly Gentle Giant who, unfortunately, gets caught in a war that he is unable to fight off against.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The minute a gun is in his sighe, you better run for your goddamn life.
- Does Not Like Guns: As the Trope Namer and god of this, Hhe does not. Unfortunately, Elena (who has been depressed and didn't realize this fact) showing off the Grape Lockseed's power (which gives a gun as weapon) accidentally sets him off on a rampage.
- Gentle Giant: He's the Pantheon's god for this and dislikes all types of guns.
- Story-Breaker Power: A pissed off Iron Giant is on Overdeity levels, which is why Yugi kills him off in The Friendship Asylum before things get serious.
- The Worf Effect: If he goes down for the count, you know things are serious.
Yuna (Final Fantasy X)
Auron (Final Fantasy X)
- Fourth-Wall Observer: He makes this quip about Mitsuzane in The Friendship Asylum."Mitsuzane isn't the Big Bad of this tale. He just thinks he's one."
Balthier and Fran (Final Fantasy XII)A Sky Pirate duo from Ivalice.
- Celebrity Resemblance: He looks similar to David Bowie, to the point that the Fiery Guardians think that he's Goblin King Jareth (guess who he was played by).
- Genre Savvy: Balthier is the "leading man", after all.
- Mistaken Identity: Balthier is often mistaken for Nathan Drake by the villains, and vise versa. The Fireys even mistake him for Jareth.
- The Voiceless: Fran has no lines at all in The Friendship Asylum.
Sazh (Final Fantasy XIII)
Fang and Vanille (Final Fantasy XIII)A pair of young women from the ruined Pulsian village of Oerba, and believed to be the last of their kind.
- Berserk Button: Putting Vanille in danger will make Fang charge through the asylum to save her.
- Damsel in Distress: The Asylum Guardians kidnap Vanille and use her to start the Undead Uprising.
- Loss of Identity: Vanille is corrupted into an Asylum Guardian.
- Sacrificial Lion: Vanille is the final person corrupted... and the main source of the fourth act's conflict.
Jareth (Labyrinth)The Goblin King, and the ruler of the Labyrinth.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He captures infants to be turned into goblins, but is no fan of the Friendship Asylum. Mainly because the proxy had copied his Labyrinth for their own castle, stole Humongous, and captured the Fireys to be used as slaves.
Ruby Rose (RWBY)The leader of Team RWBY and Guest-Star Party Member for Team JNPR, as Team RNJR.
- Action Survivor: Throughout Muse Mysteria and Friendship Asylum, She witnesses several of allies either tortured, badly injured, or dead: Case in point, she witnesses Tron corrupting back into Rinzler before getting ejected, and Neyla stabbing Jaune and later Sora.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Before Muse Hysteria started, the proxy started brainwashing her. The Aquabats defeat her and undo the brainwashing.
- Chekhov's Gunman: During the climax of The Friendship Asylum, she runs back inside the asylum to rescue Sora and Maxwell from Valentine, becoming the central protagonist in the process.
- The Ghost: Is only mentioned a few times in Through Darkness And Mirrors, having been on a trip to the Phantom Field with Narukami, his Investigation Team, Ragna, and more.
- You Look Familiar: Though he can't remember what it means, Lea/Axel notes that Ruby looks familiar. She strongly resembles Xion.
Linkara (Atop the Fourth Wall)An internet reviewer of bad comic books, who also owns a spaceship.
- Berserk Button: Taking control of people/robots/programs. Of course, given that these moments were among the more traumatizing parts of his show, it makes sense. He's unable to act on it unfortunately.
- Demonic Possession: Suffers this at the hands of XANA, along with his entire crew.
- True Companions: He cares deeply for his crew.
The Nostalgia Critic (The Nostalgia Critic)One of the first internet reviewers on the web...now a drone for Skynet.
- Butt-Monkey: Count Olaf, in order, drops a telegraph device on the Critic's legs, before burning down his temple, and then Skynet turns him into a DBZ-style Android.
- Cyborg: Skynet turns him into one using Dr. Gero's blueprints for Androids 17 and 18.
- The Stoic: After Skynet transforms him, he rarely shows emotion, which is quite the change from his usual Daffy-Duck routine.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: His transformation into Android 07 was most certainly not consensual.
Ryotaro Dojima (Persona 4)
Father of Nanako Dojima and uncle to Yu Narukami, he joins the forces of good in the last story when his daughter gets attacked by one of the Maidens of Mictal.
- Adult Fear: Is absolutely helpless when he learns how his daughter was possessed by XANA and then unable to save her from being killed by a zombie and then kill said zombie by beheading them.
- Papa Wolf: Lay a hand on Nanako and Dojima will knock you down for the count.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Nanako is using his phone to call Dipper and Mabel in the final story, it rings but he tells Nanako to ignore the caller. If he took the time to see who it was, he would've seen XANA's eye logo on it, and probably stop his daughter from being possessed by the rogue AI.
- Shock and Awe: Has his own Persona, a Shiisa, that uses Zio spells.
- Break the Cutie: OH YES. Many gods who have survived this onslaught are goddamn broken beyond repair.
- Deader Than Dead: The ultimate fate of everyone present, as Rudolf used their souls to power his re-shaping of their Pantheon. He makes it very clear that the act destroyed all of their wills and that they are not coming back.
- For Want of a Nail: Ratchet was never born in the mirror world, and as a result, his universe was destroyed by Tachyon, with Mirror Clank as the sole survivor.
- The Lost Woods: Its fusion with Limbo makes it become a strange, ethereal dark woods with an Alien Sky colored purple.
- Mirror Universe: Not a complete one, but almost everyone in this Pantheon is different from their main counterparts. Examples include Mirror Peach, who is the Shadow Queen possessing her soul, and Mirror Kaiba, who is Kaiba but with Yugi's personality and friendship with Joey.
- Mysterious Past: No one knows how it manifested or came to be. Uncovering this is crucial to the plot of the final tale.
- Riddle for the Ages: How did Limbo come into this Pantheon? Word of God originally planned that Mirror Junko Enoshima was involved but won't give any other details. The current explanation is that Limbo and the Mirror Pantheon came to be solely due to Gentaro's awareness of his Alternate Counterpart's universe, causing an inter-dimensional flow effect similar to the phenomenon that allows gods to ascend in the first place to happen. A corrupted version of this was what caused the Mirror Pantheon to form, while the corruption itself formed the Darkness.
- White Rabbit: The symbols of Limbo can be spotted. What they're here for no one is certain, but Paul London thinks that they are messengers to the White Rabbit, the God of Limbo.
Ash's mirror counterpart, prone to crying. He gets swapped with our Ash in Through Darkness and Mirrors and gets subsequently crushed with what's happened to his own world.
- Break the Cutie: Ohhhhh...boy.
- Kill the Cutie: Gets one of the most tragic deaths out of the Mirror Pantheon gods, crying in his counterpart's arms.
- Harmful to Minors: Watches all his friends be killed by three little ponies.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He has no idea what happened to the Mirror Pantheon because he was participating in the Kalos League at the time.
- Madness Mantra: Can only mutter "My friends...my friends..." when he learns that all of the gods in the Nightmare Mirror Circus are Body Horror traumatized Mirror Pantheon gods.