Jak and Daxter
The Naughty Dog duo are ready to fight anything that heads their way.
- Ambiguous Situation: Jak may have been in control of Sora's body at the end of Act Four of "The Friendship Asylum". It's never revealed which is which.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Jak's heart, combined with Sora's memories, left the body inside the computer; what everything thinks is Sora, is really Jak's Heartless.
- Butt-Monkey: Daxter retains this from the games, but especially when Juggle Pup comes into the picture, and starts tossing him around like a beach ball.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Jak collapses into Tron's arms as his heart crumbles from the missing memories in a sad Call-Back to when Damas was killed.
- Empty Shell: During the second act, when Jak follows Otacon, he has no idea that what he thinks is Sora is actually Jak's own heart merged with pieces of Sora's heart stolen from him. As a result, it was technically Jak's Nobody who followed Otacon, while his Heartless followed Edward.
- Fallen Prince: The tale doesn't hide the fact that Jak is the former Crown Prince of Haven City.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Jak somehow got a shard of Sora's heart in him, and that caused him to have his memories jumbled and his personality basically the same as in the first game, only with Jak retaining the ability to talk.
- Friendly Rivalry: They have a minor rivalry with Ratchet and Clank, mostly on a bet they and Sora made against Maleficent.
- Genre Savvy: Daxter is this. He quickly picks up on Nora Valkyrie being out-of-character because she's actually a disguised Kairi, and refuses to believe that Jak was purified when they escaped the second time.
- The Immune: Daxter was already corrupted at the beginning of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, so he's untouchable by the asylum.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The tales are completely open with several spoilers from the games, namely that Jak is actually the grown-up lost heir, Prince Mar, and is descended from King Mar I, who founded Haven City and spent his entire life protecting it from Metal Heads.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Jak completely forgets about the whole asylum mayhem... and a lot of memories of his past as a side-effect of the asylum swapping his memories with Sora, who now thinks he defeated Kor and Erol.
- Loss of Identity: Jak's fate at the end of "The Friendship Asylum", which continues on in "Diamond Adventure! The Dark Mystery" and the "Millennium Comet" arc.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: Downplayed with Jak, but played straight with Daxter.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Jak's real name is Mar, which is registered in the pantheon computers. The fact that "Sora" is listed as "Mar" is what causes Noah to conclude that Jak's heart was tampered with.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Jak may be a Nice Guy on a good day, but in general, he's not as nice as Sora. Him starting to act like Sora sends a serious message to his friends that the asylum did something to his heart.
- Really 700 Years Old/Really 17 Years Old: Both are 19, but because of the use of Time Travel, their chronical ages don't match up. Jak is chronically 5, while Daxter is chronically 519.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Jak is the first confirmed Asylum Guardian in The Friendship Asylum. And also the last to be purified.
- Screw Yourself: Jak slaps what he thinks is Sora in the face moments after entering the computer world. In reality, he had already been divided into two beings, with his Nobody doing the slapping.
Ratchet and Clank
Friendly rivals to Jak and Daxter. They just wanted to do target shootouts with Yuna, but got brought in when an old enemy rears their ugly head.
- Badass and Child Duo: A Ralts joins them during the Undead Uprising in The Friendship Asylum.
- Big Damn Heroes: Clank figures out how to speak with telepathy, and uses it to help Riku and Daxter escape the asylum before their corrupted friends could hurt them.
- Deadpan Snarker: Although he's much more cheerful this time around, Ratchet still has his moments to snark.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Sora and Jak.
- Heroic BSoD: Ratchet breaks down when he assumes that Clank was corrupted by the asylum.
- I Will Find You: Ratchet swears this when Riku is corrupted in the hopes of keeping Sora alive.
- Narrator All Along: Ratchet serves as the narrator of The Friendship Asylum, as revealed at the end.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: As stated in their rivals' profile, Ratchet and Clank are both the "nice" in their groups.
- No-Sell: Clank can't be corrupted by the asylum, along with all machine-type entities. He uses this to his advantage to as The Mole.
- Secret Keeper: Both are among the few to know Sora can no longer walk. Ratchet has even used a hologuise to pose as Sora during his visits to Halloween Town because Dr. Finkelstein won't trust anyone else.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Lampshaded by Clank in Muse Hysteria. At the beginnings of their respective adventures (in the present), Jak was 15, while Sora and Ratchet were both 14. Because time flows differently in their universes, all three aged differently. Jak is now 19, Sora is 17, and Ratchet is 25. Clank himself is 11.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Ralts when she joins them in The Friendship Asylum.
The latest thief in a famous family of thieves, Sly entered the asylum at the end of Muse Hysteria to see what he can find. He didn't escape.
- Alternate Continuity: In the pantheon's continuity, Sly doesn't end up in Ancient Egypt, allowing the Cooper Gang to continue their adventures.
- Bad Impressionists: His poor Italian accent is commented on a few times, but he doesn't use it here.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being one of the three Sony mascots who appeared in Play Station Move Heroes, Sly's connections with the other two are limited, with Sora basically taking his place. There's no hard feelings, as Sly and Sora are allies.
- Disney Death: Sly's body is incinerated when Lea/Axel sets him free from the asylum, and is restored in moonlight. Despite this, Sly remains in a coma until Maxwell's orb is smashed.
- Heroic BSoD: Word of God has it that he's still suffering from nightmares in regards of being incinerated from The Friendship Asylum when he appears in Battle Royale: Round 2 and Diamond Adventure! The Dark Mystery.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets pinned to a wall by one of Axel's chakrams...and then set on fire.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Sure, being shocked is kinky. What about being incinerated!?
- Loss of Identity: Sly gets corrupted into an Asylum Guardian.
- Kill It with Fire: Sly is purified when his corrupted self is burned alive by Axel.
- Master Of Stealth: He's a thief, and he's capable of turning invisible when need be. That's how he was able to enter the GUAG Medical Division without suspicion and corrupt Riku in his sleep.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Loves the paralyzing punch from Carmelita's shock pistol and begs the Interpol Officer to shock him more. Defied when it comes to fire, however.
Carmelita Fox (Sly Cooper)
Inspector Fox of Interpol who has a love/hate relationship with a certain raccoon thief. She gets involved during the craziness of Muse Hysteria and when she believes Sly set her up on a lunch date, only to find her criminal now an Asylum guard. She's later interrogating BROKEN Matt in Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- All Crimes Are Equal: Carmelita not only believes that everyone who committed a crime, even by accident, should be punished, she also refuses to accept the idea of a Morality Kitchen Sink. Because of this, she is also known to target heroes such as Sora, Donald, and Goofy, and even Princesses of Heart like Kairi and Alice.
- Freak Out!: Unleashes this when she finds the Creepy Doll shrine in The Friendship Asylum, especially when she sees the one of Sora dangling on a noose.
- Friendly Enemy: She works alongside Sora and Riku in Muse Hysteria when interviewing Penelope, and eventually helps to rescue Sora from Courtney Gears at the end, even though they're technically criminals, and she's antagonized them before. Riku calls her a villain in his reports.
- Jerkass: A result of her Knight Templar Black and White Insanity. She isn't nice to anyone who commits crimes, regardless of age or justification.
- Long List: Her final appearance in The Friendship Asylum has her going through a list of gods who detest Queen Chryaslis for her role in causing Alternate!Gentaro's arrival in the Pantheon, and she signs her name at the bottom.
- Private Military Contractors: She has a pack of ape mercenaries who help to capture (or kill) criminals. They show up twice; in Muse Hysteria where they carry Sora out of Courtney Gears' lair after he enters shock, and near the end of The Friendship Asylum to arrest Prince Hans.
- Static Stun Gun: Her pistol packs a paralyzing punch. Sadly, Sly is Too Kinky to Torture on that regard.
Murray Hippo (Sly Cooper)
The Muscle of the Cooper Gang, going in after Sly got corrupted.
- Companion Cube: His van. Which leads to a Sadist Choice when the asylum knocks trees over to crush the van while Murray is trying to rescue Sora from one. Fortunately for him, Diana appears and evens the odds.
- Chekhov's Gun: Early on, Murray ends up driving Riku to the GUAG Medical Division in his beloved van to be treated for blood poisoning. At the end of the tale, Murray rushes Sora to the same location to prevent him from being seen by the public.
- History Repeats: From his point of view. Murray was forced to watch helplessly as Sora is crushed and ends up confined to a wheelchair, which happened to Bentley in the past. The only difference in this case is that Sora eventually relearns to walk, while Bentley is permanently paralyzed from the waste down.
- The Mentor: In Muse Hysteria, he and his own master, The Guru, take Kairi in to help expand her powers as a Princess of Heart, and also to hide her from rabid fangirls who want her dead and her two friends performing "the unspeakable".
- My Greatest Failure: Feels horrible being unable to save Sora from losing his leg at the end of The Friendship Asylum.
- Sadist Choice: At the very end, Murray had to choose between saving his van or Sora from falling trees. Diana manages to find them, and stops the van from being crushed, allowing Murray to save Sora. He's eternally grateful for Diana.
Dimitri (Sly Cooper)
Close friend of the Cooper Gang, who acts more like a Mission Control in this story.
- Odd Friendship: Dimitri's first scene is helping Donald Duck collect newspapers off a train for the House of Quirks, with their interactions implying this is normal. It leans on Vitriolic Best Buds from Donald's point of view.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Gives Mickey Mouse an analogy on how everyone in the Pantheon are mice in regards to how they're all in the dark about what's going on, and how the asylum is like a dark maze. Two acts later, Alternate!Gentaro echoes this.
Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
The Keyblade Warrior who leads the fight against the Heartless. Unfortunately, even he isn't immune to the chaos that happens.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses one of his legs near the end of The Friendship Asylum and this continues in later appearances (Battle Royale: Round Two and Diamond Adventure!). By extension, Roxas lost his leg, too, as revealed in Through Darkness and Mirrors. This only applies in the pantheon, as he retains his leg elsewhere.
- Artificial Limbs: Gets a prosthetic leg to replace the one he lost, courtesy of the same technicians who gave Luke Skywalker a replacement of the hand he lost to Darth Vader.
- Berserk Button: Don't. Hurt. Kairi. Insane, he will unleash a Zombie Apocalypse if you do so! Sane? Ask the Cragmites.
- Big Good: He's this in Muse Hysteria.
- Bound and Gagged: Twice this has happened. The first time, Sora was taken hostage by Courtney Gears because of his illness, and she binds and gags him; the fact that he's in his Halloween Town form, and thus has fangs, prevents him from ungagging himself. The second time is when Sora is used as a syphon for the Heart of the Asylum, and is only gagged for being a Deviant Captive. This time, he's not in a form, manages to free his mouth, and escapes the bonds by entering a Drive Form.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Several times in Muse Hysteria, Sora speaks directly to the narrator (Ratchet). The first time it happens, he admits he's "channeling Deadpool".
- Break the Cutie: By the end of The Friendship Asylum, Sora is traumatized and a bit cynical from his time in the asylum and being force to remember Jak's worst memories.
- Canine Companion: His Dream Eater pal, Meow Wow.
- Combat Pragmatist: Despite being a Nice Guy, when Sora fights, he's quite dirty. Misty points out that Sora would make a good Dark-type Pokémon trainer if he chooses to become one.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's in his Halloween Town attire in Muse Hysteria's third act, and unintentionally becomes Radical Ed's Knight in Shining Armor after rescuing her from the proxy.
- Defiant to the End: Even when his health is fragile, Sora won't allow Courtney Gears or the Cragmites to get the best of him.
- Distressed Dude: Unfortunately, he's so much like Gentaro, that Valentine forces Sora to replace Gentaro as a siphon for the Heart of the Asylum. He attempts an escape with Meow Wow's help, but as Courtney Gears was fighting Ruby and Carmelita at the same time, the asylum is set on fire, and Sora is caught up and passes out from smoke inhalation, allowing Valentine to recapture him.
- Easily Forgiven: Sora doesn't hold anyone accountable for his leg injuries, and makes it clear to Murray that he's not at fault for failing to reach the Keybearer in time to stop a tree from crushing him.
- Foil: He's Gentaro's. Both are nice people who believe in The Power of Friendship and amass a large party of friends. The trauma they go through in The Friendship Asylum differs: whereas Gentaro's is mental (in that he goes through 1000 rounds of Limbo to the point that he hit the Despair Event Horizon and would've drowned in the waters of Limbo if the CMC didn't save him in time), Sora goes through mental and physical trauma (from his Mind Rape, the "Freaky Friday" Flip and losing his leg). In the stories that they both star in Diamond Adventure! for Sora and Through Darkness and Mirrors for Gentaro, they both Took a Level in Jerkass, but while Sora's is justified in that he's requested to guard Diancie while his leg is still healing, Gentaro doesn't really have that much of an excuse outside having going through 2 months of Limbo investigations and that got ruined by a vampire wrestler who didn't know when to shut up although it's blater revealed to be Limbo corrupting him. Also, they both have a girl that cares about them that are associated with light (Kairi for Sora, Elena for Gentaro) but Kairi is more proactive whereas Elena withdraws herself when the chaos starts.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: His attempt to save Jak from the asylum accidentally had him and Jak swap a shard of their hearts, thus making Sora become more cynical and violent to the point of unleashing an Undead Uprising upon seeing Kairi nearly killed.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Ratchet. Not so much with Jak, as they're more friends than rivals.
- A Glitch in the Matrix: During Act Three of The Friendship Asylum, when Noah checks the presence of the users inside his hiding spot, the names come up as Françoise and Mar instead of Edward and Sora. Françoise is Ed's real name, but Sora's real name isn't Mar. This is treated as proof that something wasn't right with Sora's heart.
- Good Is Not Soft: Very nice when his mood is positive, but Sora is known to have a short temper, and is dangerous when angry. Especially if Kairi is in danger.
- Handicapped Badass: He fights Courtney Gears in spite of intense illness in Muse Hysteria, and is stated to have attacked Carmelita to defend Kairi before Diamond Adventure with a prosthetic leg according to Alice Liddell in Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- Idiot Hero: Sora's far smarter than Ash, but he's made a few glaring mistakes in Muse Hysteria. He can't restore the TV transmitters, for example.
- Laughing Mad: In The Friendship Asylum, he unleashes this after a Stunned Silence when he saw how a brainwashed Kaiba was close to killing Kairi and realized that the Darkness Proxy wasn't going to keep their word. note
- This is also a Call-Back to Muse Hysteria in which he imitates Willow (and his maniacal laugh) before he notes that if he actually starts laughing like that, it's a sign that he's crazy.
- Loss of Identity: Like Sly, Sora is corrupted into an Asylum Guardian. Unlike Sly, he got his memories warped with Jak's own, causing him to be unable to figure out who he truly was.
- Manly Tears: Sora starts crying when he sees an amnestic Jak, because he stole the latter's memories without knowing. His attempts to apologize fails because he's forced to wear an oxygen mask, resulting in Jak being unable to hear him.
- Morality Chain: He's this for Tron.
- Must Make Amends: Moments before his leg is amputated, Sora makes a vow to restore Jak's missing memories, setting up the events of Diamond Adventure.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Sora (or Jak; it isn't stated who's who at this point) gets into this mood when he attacks Winnie the Pooh in The Friendship Asylum.
- Nice Guy: It's pointed out several times that Sora can see the good in people, and is openly friendly to most people, even villains and justified traitors. Outside of proxy members, the few he's rude to are Penelope and Valentine.
- Plot Armor: Averted. The status quo ignores Sora in favor of stopping Ash and Pikachu from remembering the whole asylum incident. Donald points out the absurdity, given Ash could still be around in the same position in the year 3019, but Sora needs the plot armor for his upcoming battle with Xehanort.
- Satanic Archetype: While corrupted by Dark Eco, Sora becomes pretty much a male Akuma Homura, right down to both having some resemblance to each other and turning evil and taking over a domain for the sake of their Love Interests. This later leads to Sora understanding Homura's intents, and forgiving her in Diamond Adventure
- Status Quo Is God: His status quo was wrecked by the loss of his leg, which is a serious offense to the canon continuum. Thanks to Leia Organa, he's got a prosthetic leg that's convincing enough to keep the public from learning that he's a amputee, lest prevent a Reality-Breaking Paradox, and just passes off his sudden inability to walk as a broken leg.
- His leg is restored offscreen in The Millennium Comet as a result of Daxter's wish.
Riku (Kingdom Hearts)A Keyblade Master and Spirit Dream Eater, as well as one of Sora's childhood friends. He's also the author of the "Villains Report".
- Achilles' Heel: Riku can't breathe without a nasal cannula during the second half of The Friendship Asylum. Prince Hans use this temporary weakness to stop him from arresting the fugitive prince.
- The Chew Toy: Riku is struck with a crippling illness in both of his appearances, leaving him on the sidelines. Though in "The Friendship Asylum", he's not as incapacitated.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Like Sora above.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a dark user, and his partner Pokémon is a Dark-type, but he's heroic.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When Ash decides to stay and help Riku out to atone for kidnapping him in Act Two, Riku is not pleased. It bites him hard when he realized that he could've sent Ash to guard Sora from Valentine.
- Dream Walker: Given he's a Dream Eater, one of Riku's main abilities is to walk in others' dreams. This was how he was able to reunite Winnie the Pooh with a crippled Sora.
- King Mook: Riku is the strongest Spirit Dream Eater, and also the only one who's human. He's implied to be the reason why Dream Eaters can exist in the awakened world.
- The Immune: Riku's immune to darkness, so the asylum would have difficulty getting him onto its side.
- I Should Write a Book About This: The whole asylum incident and Homura's fall from grace inspired Riku to start his Villains Report.
- Man in White: In contrast to Sora, his Asylum Guard outfit is white.
- Light Is Not Good: He's from a Japanese-based franchise, where white is associated with death.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If Riku had sent Ash to watch over Sora instead of being annoyed with him, Sora wouldn't have been abducted.
- Non-Action Guy: For the last third of The Friendship Asylum, Riku is unable to fight, and simply sends Komory Bat and Absol out onto the battlefield as his spies.
- Right-Hand Cat: He and Absol are heroic examples.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: When Ash Ketchum proclaims he will help Riku out to atone for kidnapping him in Act Two, Riku is not happy with it. Granted, Ash thinks Riku is a Pokémon master, believing Komory Bat to be a Crobat, etc.
- Would Hit a Girl: Riku punches Penelope in the face when he meets her for the first time, clearly sharing the Cooper Gang's anger for her betrayal.
Kairi (Kingdom Hearts)
Sora and Riku's Childhood Friend, and Princess of Heart. She goes undercover in order to help her best friends from Alternate!Gentaro's schemes.
- Action Girl: Don't be fooled; she actually does a bit of fighting.
- Brought Down to Badass: Kairi starts to develop darkness in her heart as a side-affect of the events of Through Darkness and Mirrors.
- Cant Get Away With Nothing: As revealed by Alice Liddell in Through Darkness and Mirrors, Kairi was targeted by Carmelita for impersonating a doctor, trespassing, and theft, despite her heart being devoid of darkness until The Millennium Comet. Sora was furious and attacked the wicked cop, while Riku slandered her in his Villains Report, getting both in trouble as well.
- Foil: If Sora is the foil for Gentaro, Kairi is the foil to Elena. They're the girls filled with light who end up saving their loved ones from being corrupted by the darkness, but Kairi is already fighting since the first story, whereas it takes Elena until the final story before she goes kicking ass once more. Both go through plenty of trauma involving the boys of their life, but Kairi's mental health is stable, while Elena is suffering through depression by the third story. They also undergo disguises but Kairi's is to avoid detection from Alternate Gentaro, while Elena's is to prevent herself from going crazy.
- Light Is Good: She's a Princess of Heart, natch.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Kairi briefly teams up with Team JNPR in Muse Hysteria when they decided to confuse the Proxy long enough to rescue the other Princesses of Heart. They're known as Team KRNJ for this moment.
- Major Injury Underreaction: She sprains her ankle and, much later on, breaks her arm, in The Friendship Asylum. She pays no attention at the first one because she's about to be killed by a knife-wielding, brainwashed Seto Kaiba.
- Master of Disguise: Kairi has disguised herself as the Unknown Thief, Nora Valkyrie, and a doctor in the first two tales.
- Odd Friendship: Kairi eventually develops one with Nathan Drake even before she's unmasked.
Axel/Lea (Kingdom Hearts)
Former Organization XIII member who enters the fray upon learning Sora (and by extension, Roxas) was corrupted by the Asylum.
- Badass Fingersnap: How he ignites his chakram to incinerate Sly!
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Carmelita from being corrupted by Sly and later Kaiba and Princess Peach from Yugi in The Friendship Asylum.
- Playing with Fire: Has control over the element of fire.
- Running Gag: Being called Axel before it's corrected to just "Lea".
Dream Eaters (Kingdom Hearts)Spirit Dream Eaters who aid their "trainers" out in The Friendship Asylum. The ones shown in the tales are Meow Wow, Komory Bat, Peepsta Hoo, Necho Cat, Kooma Panda, Juggle Pup, and R&R Seal.
- The Bus Came Back: Neku and Beat stopped using their Dream Eaters (Necho Cat and Kooma Panda, respectively) when reunited with their game partners in Traverse Town, but have now opted to work with them again when the asylum takes Joshua.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They're all beings of darkness, but are otherwise friendly.
- Dream Weaver: They rid people of nightmares and give them happy dreams.
- Foil: Juggle Pup becomes one to Ralts, as they both become temporary third rangers to a Sony mascot duo. Though while Ralts joins Sora after Ratchet decides he doesn't want to be a trainer, Juggle Pup leaves Sora to aid Jak. Coincidently, they share the first letter in their names with their respective "partner".
- Mon: Unlike Riku, who's a human with Dream Eater powers, these are cute animals created from materials gathered from defeating the Nightmares.
- Odd Friendship: Meow Wow befriends Ash's Pikachu, mainly because they are both mascot mons.
- Samus Is a Girl: Apparently, Komory Bat is female. Meow Wow's gender is not revealed.
- Sweet Seal: The two seal Dream Eaters, Juggle Pup and R&R Seal. They're Fun Personified, and enjoy tossing their dice, balls, and Daxter to each other and anyone around them.
- Undying Loyalty: Meow Wow to Sora; Komory Bat to Riku. And later on, Juggle Pup to Jak.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Meow Wow has a fear of fire, making things harder for it to help Sora escape the burning asylum.
Nathan Drake (Uncharted)A Adventurer Archaeologist and a self-proclaimed descendant of Sir Francis Drakenote .
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Nate was brainwashed by Eric Draven into attacking Mitsuzane, alongside Ben Tennyson, Riku, Sora, and dozens of other unnamed people.
- Got Volunteered: As he was the first person the Unknown Thief interacted with, Nate was forced into aiding her into spying on the Proxy in Muse Hysteria.
- Mistaken Identity: Some villains have mistaken him for Balthier, and vise versa.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His actual surname is "Morgan", yet people still refer to him as Drake.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Nate would never disembowel anyone, regardless of their crimes. Yet Penelope had to watch in horror as he's brainwashed into attacking Mitsuzane along with at least 100 people waiting for their turn behind him.
- Put on a Bus: Nate only appears in "Muse Hysteria" working for Kairi. Though outside the trilogy, he does later appear in Battle Royale: Round 2 and The Millennium Comet.
- Unluckily Lucky