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    Ben Scott 

The creator of Puffin Forest. He does all the animation, narration, and voices.


  • Berserk Button: People who can't be bothered to read the spell description in the Player's Handbook.
  • Big Eater: Ben has admitted to be as much in the Christmas video, saying that his favorite part of the holiday is the food.
  • Big Fun: Given Ben's art style, he makes himself (and just about every other character) look like an oval with legs. His avatar especially embodies this, being portly but one of the main sources of comedy (a given, considering he's the one telling the stories here).
  • Corpsing: He has a habit of doing this when he's not supposed to break character, like the time he ruined a friend's Star Wars game by making a dick joke at the GM's description of the players' lightsabers.
  • Did Not Think This Through: HOO BOY.
    • He wanted to DM an Adventurers League, which resulted in him having to DM for an already in progress campaign for a module he hadn't read yet. As a result, he had to skim through most of it, resulting in him skipping how the party is suppose to get into the fortress and only finding that out after the party had already gone in guns blazing. The end result? What should have been a simple stealth mission turned into a massive blood bath that contrary to the title, the party barely survived.
    • In one of the real life videos, Ben was suprised that nobody recognized him from his show at a gaming convention. Then he remembered he had never shown his face in his videos...
    • When Ben got to play in an evil The Lord of the Rings campaign where the player characters were villains brought back from the dead, he eagerly chose to play as Sauron only to realize that he had no idea how to roleplay as Sauron or what Sauron's abilities were and thus he had to make up Sauron's personality and guess his abilities, which may have explained why nobody else picked Sauron. ("Evil Blacksmith" is remarkably close, though).
    • Ben tried to show some friends the game Traveller, but didn't consider that they'd come to hate the character creation system.
  • Ditzy Genius: For all his antics and shenanigans, Ben is actually pretty damn intelligent. Considering that he's a biochemist, he kind of has to be.
  • Dungeon Masters Girlfriend: Brother, in this case. Just because his brother Will is playing doesn't mean said brother gets any special treatment.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Or at least doesn't consider them a fun part of tabletop, which is why he prefers classes that only make on attack per turn and do very straightforward damage.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Played for laughs a few times.
    • In one video, a fellow player would rather sit on an armchair filled with broken glass and poisonous snakes than on the couch next to Ben.
    • When talking about a Star Wars game he was in, Ben said that the GM "brought me along for some reason".
    • Ben thinks that someone not installing enough locks on their door means they like him.
  • Genre Savvy: When the GM for a Star Wars game brought pregen characters, Ben picked the Han Solo character before he even saw the character sheets. This is Star Wars, there is going to be a human smuggler.
  • The GM Is A Cheating Bastard: Ben is very anti-cheating, though he does say that if you're going to cheat, it needs to be consistent and for a good reason. On the other hand, he calls out the idea of a GM "needing" to cheat when they are literally god in regards to power level towards the game.
    • He has admitted to fudging dice rolls on one occasion, in the Waterdeep campaign. This was actually in the players' favor, since he needed the barkeep to win a fight against a troll.
  • Heel Realization: He has one of these when he realizes that five games he's tried to run have crashed and burned in some way. Just look at what happened when he tried to run Traveller.
  • Killer Game Master: "Miscellaneous Monsters and Bears of Sand" shows that Ben can sometimes be a Killer DM. Ben once killed two of his players and forced the others to retreat by having them fight a permanently invisible beholder. When asked how he tackles large player groups, he responds that he kills half of them before they roll initiative.
    • To be fair, most times he takes this role it's because the module calls for it, or because the players made stupid decisions. He does play it like this, occasionally, like in the Malikar video, adding in monsters just because he thought they looked cool, without concern for CR.
    • While it's played for laughs, every time he shows off the notes he's brought to a game, all they say is "Kill Everyone".
  • The Loonie: Self-admitted in the Detective Clancy Video, he likes making gag characters. Esepcially dumb ones who aren't as awesome or smart as they think they are.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Ben tends to run his Call of Cthulhu games like an episode of Scooby-Doo.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Falls in with being the friend that nobody likes. Played for laughs, of course.
  • Never My Fault: Ben does seem to have this attitude from time to time.
    • In one game, the players completely derailed the game using a portal to the moon he had placed there. He somehow never considered that the players (these are D&D players, keep in mind) would want to use the mystical MacGuffin he had them run into, and when they did, he blamed them for being too curious.
    • In a few other games, the campaign becomes less enjoyable for the players because Ben insists on following the module even when it's obviously poorly written. A key example is Wallace, who Ben foisted upon the part because the module had no provisions for a party declining to take him along. Also an invisible beholder.
    • In "Chadwick Strongpants", he complains about how his brother doesn't like tabletop RPGs. However in one session, the brother was stuck doing nothing while everyone was having fun. In the other session mentioned, Ben intentionally made a terrible character for his brother. With this in mind, the brother's dislike for RPGs seems more justified.
  • Noodle Incident: When he's talking about the Deck of Many Things, he ends up pulling The Void, the worst card you can get. If his comments of "God damn it, every time" are any indication, this has happened before.
  • Railroading: This can sometimes happen, usually by the design of the module Ben's running.
  • Reality Ensues: Ben came to realize when he attended the Stream of Many Eyes that because he never once showed his face in any of his videos (at that point, anyway), nobody could recognize him.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: No damage is indicated by him saying "Tink", splashing is "Splish-splash-splish-sploosh", and a dragon's fire breath is "BLARGH! MEGA DEATH FACE FLAMES!"
  • Self-Deprecation: One could easily think Ben's art style, that being making him look like an egg with legs and arms, would mean that he's actually quite chubby; in reality, Ben is a beanpole.
    • He's also shown sleeping at a DM meeting for Adventurer's League, which could lead to the whole incident with the obelisk.


    Aligaros Ashuin 

Katia: Nono, Aligaros. We're using our Mind Axes on this one.

Ben's human fighter character. He's kind of an idiot and a racist towards aarakockra.

  • The Alcoholic: Every night he goes out drinking, gets black out drunk, and then wakes up in a jail cell.
  • Alliterative Name: Aligaros Ashuin.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A given, considering he's a fighter.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He once sat on a single Mind Axe ability for months before he had a chance to use it.
  • Dumb Muscle: Fights with an axe. Isn't very smart. Afraid of libraries.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards Flynn the Aaracockra Bard. This goes as far as him insisting that Flynn be locked out of a fancy dinner while there's a hurricane going on outside, trying to hand him over to a king who wanted him dead for writing a satirical piece, punching him in the face for pointing out that the rest of the party was wrong about Garathor, and not considering him a member of the party.
    Aligaros: Look at him with those people clothes he's wearing. He thinks he's a person.
  • Fat Bastard: He can come off as this, given he's a jerk to Flynn and Ben's art style.
  • Fat Idiot: Given Ben's art style, he looks like a walking oval, and he isn't very smart.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He immediately trusts Garathor, despite the guy clearly looking like a villain. His reasoning? He has a trustworthy face. Said face is obscured by a mask and a hood.
    • Flynn is quick to call him out on this, but Aligaros doesn't listen.
  • Overly Prepared Gag: He sacrificed 10,000 experience points just to use a psionic mind axe ONCE.
  • Reality Ensues: Being a non-magic user, he thinks that using magic just involves making silly noises and expecting something to happen. When he tries to dispel a fire like this, it just results in him getting immolated.


Other Player: How does he play?
Ben: He doesn't!

Ben's lv. 14 character with a level in every class.

  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Since Ben didn't want him to just be evil, he needed another reason for why he'd get kicked out of every group he joined: His voice is so extremely annoying that even his party ditched him the moment the opportunity arrived.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Implied. When he reveals that he's not paying the group for helping Greenest fight off Lenathon and the rest of the Dragon Cult, the players tie him up and dangle him over a pot of boiling water...and everyone, Abserd included, is wearing a cheery grin.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Why he got stabbed by a quickling. Instead of attacking, he wasted a turn taunting it.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It's pronounced "Ab-sair-d".
  • Jack of All Trades: His schtick. He has a level in every class.
  • Joke Character
  • Master of None: However, having a single level in each class means he's actually really bad in each of those classes. With only +1 in each ability score (except constitution, which he has less in), his saving throws and ability checks are abysmal compared to the other player's, even those he has proficiency in. He can use every weapon and armor, but lacks any upgrades to how many attacks or how much damage he does, so he'll do the same damage as a first level character. He can use some 3rd level spells, and has a lot of cantrips, but most other players have 6th, at least, and cantrips have lost much of their viability at that point. His spell save DC is also so low that most enemies at that level will shrug them of.
  • Meaningful Name: He's an absurd character.
  • Most Annoying Sound: His voice.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The last time we saw Abserd, he was captured by a villain. Next thing you know, he's the mayor of Greenest.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a vibrant shade of green.


An elderly wizard that Ben once played. Despite being an old man, he was in fact the youngest of the group.

  • The Baby of the Bunch: At around 70, he's the youngest of the group, despite being elderly.
  • Badass Beard: No surprise, considering it was based off of Gandalf, and really, who has a better beard than Gandalf?
  • Eldritch Abomination: He can summon these.
  • Eldritch Location: If he's not summoning the abominations, he's sending his enemies to the abominations.
  • Expy: Of Gandalf. A very aggressive Gandalf, but Gandalf none the less.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Ben's reasoning for all of the above? "Just because we didn't see Gandalf do it doesn't mean that he didn't."
  • Token Human: The only human in a group that also consists of an elf, a Halfling, and a dwarf. And as such, he's the youngest member of the group despite being an old man.

    Trixie Starbright 

A teenage girl attending a Pokémon University. She's currently in a race to become the most popular girl in school, and will go to any lengths to ensure that she gets the crown.

  • Alpha Bitch: Oh, like you wouldn't believe. She may SEEM sweet and innocent, but that just hides the devil on the inside.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts all nice and sweet, but she actively sabotages her opponent's attempts to be the most popular girl in school and tries to frame her.
  • The Cameo: As Detective Clancy's disguise in the video of his name. He ends up in another Wounded Gazelle Gambit to make the gnome they are interrogating talk.
  • Characterization Marches On: Discussed trope, where originally Trixie was a straight-up example of The Cutie, but overtime she developed the darker side as Ben came up with a better idea for her.
  • Cute But Psycho: Look at that sweet, innocent face. Now imagine said sweet, innocent face blackmailing you and threatening you because she wants to be the most popular girl in school.
  • Frame-Up: She decides to frame her opponent for hurting her and breaking her arm to not only cover the wounds she got from fighting Pokémon poachers, but also to cover her friends' return to their own dorms.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: After the party "freed" a Mewtwo, she refused to let him out of his pokéball unless he became her "best friend" and helped her become the most popular girl in school. It's implied that the party did this to multiple legendaries.
  • Kids Are Cruel: As if you didn't get the idea earlier. The GM at first didn't think that Ben was playing the "average teenage girl" like he said he was.
    GM: Ummm, Ben? I don't think you're playing an... average high school girl like you'd said.
    Ben: You.... didn't go to the same high school that I went to, did you?
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Par for the course for Pokemon, a group of gangsters are doing nefarious deeds, but are stopped by preteens.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She plays one of these as part of her attempt to frame her opponent while covering for her friends at the same time.
    Trixie: It's hard to think anyone would do that! I just- I don't want to go spreading rumors or anything.

    Detective Savage Rage 

Rage: Is my first and last name "Detective Rage"?

A detective for the San Francisco Police Department. Ben played him in a The Dresden Files RPG


    Detective Clancy 

The self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Detective". Now if only he was actually as good as he claimed to be. Ben made him when he wanted to play a rogue class character who, rather than having a high Dexterity, instead had high Charisma.

  • Blatant Lies: He claims to have an 18 in Intelligence. His -1 modifier to his Investigation (an INTELLIGENCE based skill) says otherwise. Ben claims that he's actually just too stupid to realize he isn't a genius.
  • Beyond the Impossible: The DM tells Ben that he'd have to climb up a near vertical surface and then on the roof to get to the mushroom illuminating an underground dwarf city. A minute later, Detective Clancy is doing just that. While disguised as a wicker basket.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Detective Clancy, world's greatest detective."
  • Disguised in Drag: He disguises himself as Trixie Starbright while at a party.
  • Genius Ditz: Inverted. He claims to have a high Intelligence (an 18, to be exact, which would give him a modifier of +4, which would make him almost as smart as Bill Nye the Science Guy), but in actuality, he isn't smart at all.
  • Incoming Ham: He makes his appearance pushing his way through a crowd saying "Excuse me, excuse me, pardon me, 18 Intelligence coming through."
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He actually does this to himself to fool a blindfolded suspect, pretending to beat up Trixie Starbright (whom he just happened to be dressed as, by the way) in order to get the information he needed.
  • Legacy Character: Not exactly, but he IS a less gruff and crazy version of Detective Savage Rage.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: A random NPC asks if he's named for famed author Tom Clancy.
  • Master of Disguise: His idea of a disguise is a basket.
    • Though he can throw his voice and change his appearance to suit the situation, which gave Ben the perfect opportunity to bring back Trixie Starbright.
  • Troll: Ben admits that he made this character just to screw with everyone else.

Other Player Characters

Characters that other people have played

    In General & Unnamed Players 

  • And I Must Scream: The fighter at the end of the Malikar Campaign ends up paralyzed partway up Malikar's tower, and he stays there even after the fight has ended. Michele never bothered to check up on him when he left, and we don't see him in the sequel video, so he's probably still there and dead of starvation. If he even can starve.
  • Badass Crew: Some of them try to be, with varying success. Emphasis on TRY.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: One group is revealed to be called "The Turtle Fuckers". Ben refuses to animate how the group got that name.
    • An angel, after the defeat of Malikar, is hesitant to say the name of the group because of this very reason.
    • The group soon decides to rename themselves "The Turtle Friends".
  • Big "WHAT?!": After everyone is reunited following the defeat of Malikar, they head off on a ship for their next adventure. They're going along in relative peace, until....
  • Did Not Think This Through: The groups that Ben's part of or runs as a DM have a tendency to act before they think, which almost always lands them in trouble.
  • Genre Savvy: When Ben first runs a game, he gets a player who knows exactly where the plot is going to go even before Ben says anything. He imagines a swarm of otyughs coming up out of the sewer and eating her.
    • Another player in Call of Cthulhu instantly guesses that a character is the villain before said villain even takes a breath.
  • Hypocrite: See Michele bellow.
    • The dwarf in Aligaros' party claimed that "Magic doesn't work like that", only to realize that he had no adequate explanation for how magic works either.
  • Immortality: The entire Malikar party were gifted with the Boon of Immortality for their service in ending the covenant wars. The fighter spend eternity in the Beastlands with his loved one, Azreal took up residence in the interplanar towers that would come to be known as the Azreal Towers, Shiro/Noble Suit Gundam Wing wanted to become the ruler of the Material Plane, and Michele simply vanished into legend.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One character in Fane of the Night Serpent suffers this fate when he teleports into the head priestess's room.
  • Killed Off for Real: A few characters have died, such as the one above, and the other characters in Tomb of Annihilation who either fell to their deaths off the broken airship or died on the nearly three week trek back to the nearest city. Leaving Ben's character the only one to make it back alive.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A new player immediately tries attacking Lenathon, the adult blue dragon. While the character doesn't die, he also does absolutely nothing but annoy the dragon.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The party consisting of Flynn, Aligaros, and Katia have this reaction when they realize that all the good they thought they were doing was just making everything worse.
    Aligaros: I don't want to be chaotic evil!
    DM: Don't worry, you're not chaotic evil. You're pure.
    Aligaros: Oh, thank god.
    • Played for laughs when the party sends Wallace back to town with the villain he was tasked with apprehending.
  • Never My Fault: The players like to blame other people in the party, or even the DM, for their mistakes.
  • Never Split The Party: Some groups have suffered because of this, like in Fane of the Night Serpent.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: One character fell and hit his head so hard he became a sword mage. He also spontaneously generated a new sword.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A group has this reaction when they walk through a door and encounter a fire elemental.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Often as a result of their tendency to act before thinking, or sometimes act and never think.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: One player assumes the idyllic village is a cannibal cult because they would love to have the party for the feast.


A female human wizard part of the same group as Aligaros. She's often the voice of reason, though isn't above the occasional shenanigan.

  • Action Girl: She's a wizard in a Dungeons and Dragons game. Comes with the territory.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She'll go out of her way to help her fellow party members and provide them some life lessons. Whether they take it to heart or not is a total crapshoot.
  • For the Lulz: She'd rather watch and laugh as Aligaros swings a magic sword around like a lightsaber than tell him how magic actually works.
  • Mad Bomber: Despite usually being the saner member of the party, she randomly blows up one of their two exploration options for no reason.
  • Nice Hat: She's depicted wearing a purple wizard's hat.
  • Team Mom: Mostly towards Aligaros, trying to steer him in the right path. Though with Aligaros being, well, Aligaros, this tends to backfire.
    Katia: Okay, Aligaros, let's try not to get into any trouble while we're in town.
    Aligaros: Don't worry, Katia, there is no miscommunication between us.
    Gilligan Cut to them tied up


An aarakockra bard and part of the same party as Aligaros and Katia. And the poor bird is also the subject of a number of racist jokes, mostly from Aligaros.

  • The Bard: His role in the party. This gets him in trouble when he writes a satirical song for the local king and thus said king wants him dead.
  • Bird People: Aarakockra are bird folk.
  • Butt-Monkey: The subject of many racist jokes, mostly from Aligaros. He's been locked out of a palace during a fancy dinner while there's a hurricane going on outside, punched in the face for pointing out that he was right to not trust Garathor, threatened with execution by a local king, and not be considered a member of the party.
    • To be fair, he was being smug about the whole Garathor thing and the king did feel insulted, so that's kind of Flynn's fault to begin with.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can snark right back at Aligaros, assuming he's not unconscious on the ground from a black eye.
    (after Aligaros dismisses him as a member of the party) You know, I'm not the one who got his name from a random name generator for Pokémon, ALIGAROS!
  • Eureka Moment: He's the first one to put together that Garathor and Tar'Hogar are the same person, coining the now memetic phrase:
    Tar'Hogar? Garathor? Tar'Hogar!
  • Fantastic Racism: He's frequently the target for this kind of behavior, mostly from Aligaros.
  • I Told You So: He tries rubbing in the fact that he was right to distrust Garathor, only for Aligaros to knock him out with a single punch.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: When they think an ally is dead, he says it's no big deal, saying "he was kind of a jerk anyway".

    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Shiro) 

A player in the Malikar Campaign. He's probably a warforged. Before this, he was Mega Man, and after this, he was Solid Snake with his pet mech, Metal Gear Rex. At the end of the campaign, he gained the boon of immortality and sought to bring peace by ruling the world.

  • Baleful Polymorph: He was accidentally turned into a human at the end of the campaign.
  • Dual Wielding: Tries to duel wield both Barathron and the Mourneblade.
  • Humongous Mecha: Not so much humongous, as he's roughly the size of the average human, but being metallic he sure is bulky.
  • Hypocrite: He expects the Dream Team to accept any mission he gives them because he's a quest giver, and you can't just ignore a pothook like that. When the Dream Team complains that the mission was unbalanced for them, he claims that they shouldn't know about balance since they're NPCs
  • Immortality: Gained the Boon of Immortality.
  • Killer Robot: No doubt the reason this player wanted to be this. And after getting the Mourneblade, he sure was.
  • Take Over the World: His goal after gaining immortality.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Before he was Gundam Wing, he was Mega Man. After he was Gundam Wing, he was Solid Snake. The warforged part went to Snake's mech, Metal Gear Rex. He was later turned into a human.


A character played by Ben's real life brother Will, a gnome monk (the character, not Will). Initially meant to be a joke, as Will wanted to be the most useless character ever made (which sounds like another gnome who was made to be a joke), he ended up, for a while, being the only one of the party in the Malikar Campaign to remain on the material plane. After ending the covenant wars, he gained the Boon of Immortality and faded into legend.

  • The Alcoholic: Following the defeat of Malikar and the loss of his group, he became a homeless bum who spent his days drinking beer and getting high off of mushrooms. This inevitably led to him losing the Mourneblade.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Considering that he's Ben's brother, it's no surprise.
    Michele: Who are you to talk to me about what's good and what isn't? You're a lawful good paladin, and yet you have a Halfling slave you keep on a leash and have him check for traps!
    Paladin: Slavery's legal...somewhere.
    Michele: Glass houses, that's all I'm saying. Glass houses.
  • Did Not Think This Through: To be fair, he was drunk and high when he did it, but who buries a soul rending sword in a sandbox at a park where children play? Now we can't help but wonder how many kids have been reduced to dust by pure accident thanks to the Mourneblade.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He spends the two years following the defeat of Malikar and the new adventure as an alcoholic and druggie in a local park.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appeared in the first Malikar video, and was officially introduced a few episodes later.
  • Fluffy Tamer: He not only tamed the giant spider Bitey, he's also the only one who can understand him.
  • Hypocrite: Not him, but see the above example where he calls out a lawful good paladin for having a slave.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: After the Covenant War, he walked a separate way from his companions. The legends told of him were eventually shrouded in myth, until they faded completely.
  • Lethal Joke Character: He was made to be a joke, as Will wanted to make the most useless character he could, but Michele ended up being the one to go toe to toe with Malikar, Mourneblade in hand.
  • Immortality: Gained the Boon of Immortality.
  • Joke Character: This was the original idea.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He just gives up when his last attack fails to kill Malikar.
  • Shrouded in Myth: What eventually became of him, until even the myths became forgotten.
  • Sole Survivor: For a while, he's the only one of the original party to return alive. Averted, though, as the other players were still alive (most of them, anyways)
  • Walking the Earth: After gaining the Boon of Immortality, he split from the party, and they never saw him again. Whatever stories he might have made for himself, faded into legend.


A black dragonborn fighter who was part of a group where Ben was playing a cleric.

  • Anything but That!: Turning into a human elicits a reaction similar to this.
  • Baleful Polymorph: When the group gets transported to New York City (as in, the real world), he becomes a human for the duration of the trip.
  • Beast Folk: Sort of. He's a dragonborn.
  • Fantastic Racism: He shows shades of this, if his reaction to becoming a human when the group gets transported to New York City is any indication.
    Ben: It's okay, Zod. I play a human every day. Now you're just. Like. Me.
    Zod: Oh god. The horror.
  • No Body Left Behind: The party think this when he falls into a pit. Turns out the pit was only 10 feet deep.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His facial expressions tell us a lot about what he thinks of his fellow party members.
  • Token Minority: Ignoring the colors of his scales, he's the only dragonborn among a group of humans and elves.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gives one of these to his party when he finally escapes the hole after digging for 3 days and getting chewed on by rats.

    Prospector Jenkins 

A character from the Dead Lands game. He loves to throw dynamite, which tends to cause issues with everyone around him.

  • Always Chaotic Evil: At least, that's Ben's impression of characters like Prospector Jenkins. If you have dynamite, you will be chaotic evil whether you like it or not, because it's just so much fun to watch things go boom.
  • Born Unlucky: As a Grim Servant of Death, he has a chance to damage himself and his allies if he rolls a 1 (in a game that uses only D6). Sometimes it can be as simple as accidentally shooting them; other times it can be as bad as blowing a hole through reality or trapping them in a cave about to explode.
  • Catch-Phrase: Always introduces himself as "Prospector Jenkins, Grim Servant of Death."
  • Epic Fail: As a Grim Servant of Death, and thus incredibly unlucky, this tends to happen. In the Dead Lands video, he blew up the entire city block, with the players, while trying to escape the radical reverends, which was enough power to break reality and create a split timeline. He did this multiple times over the course of the adventure.
  • Tempting Fate: His player rolls a 1 as he tosses a stick of dynamite behind him while screaming "Catch us if you can, suckers!"
    • And the entire city block goes boom.
  • Verbal Backspace:
    Prospector Jenkins: Prospector Jenkins, Grim Servant of Death.
    Other character: Huh?
    Prospector Jenkins: Pro — Prospector Jenkins!

    Chadwick Strongpants 

The greatest hero the world has ever known. Villains fear him, civilians love him...and he's no different than you or me. In actuality, he was made to punish Will, and any other player who doesn't have a character ready by game time.

  • Bullet Catch: He's played up as being able to catch a bullet as it's fired from the muzzle, and this is after running around the world.
  • Joke Character: He was made to punish anyone who didn't have a character ready by the time the game started, though he started with Will.
  • Luke Nounverber
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He's so average, and yet, the mere sight of him makes villains tremble with fear.
    • Some of the players wanted his powers to be an ability to nullify other characters' abilities to be just as mundane as him.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: He has no super powers or epic backstory. He's just a guy.


The elvish sorcerer from the Malikar campaign. At the end of the Malikar campaign, they got thrown into Arcadia, the plane of lawful-Lawful Good, before getting kidnapped by a devil and taken to Avernus. At the end of the campaign, he was gifted the Boon of Immortality, and became the steward of the Spires of Lynn, which eventually were renamed the Azreal Towers.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Ben's art style doesn't really lend itself to clearly identifying gender, and it's not made better by them being voiced by Ben himself.
  • Didn't Think This Through: All the while setting up the trap, they apparently never realized that blowing up the building they were in would end poorly for them.
  • Dirty Coward: They were not okay with being in the same town as an illithid
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: If they are a dude. A given, since they're an elf.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Halfway through explaining the trap, they realized that they were in the area of effect.
  • Immortality: Gained the Boon of Immortality,
  • No Name Given: Kinda. Their name is never said aloud, but if you keep an eye on the background, you'll notice that their explanation for how they should avoid the illithid is named "Azreal's Survival Postulate".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Their reaction to being in the same town as an illithid.
  • Shrouded in Myth: His role as the steward of the Spires of Lynn eventually turned him into a legendary figure. Even the name of the spires were eventually lost, until people only remembered it as the Azreal Towers.


A trustworthy face

An patron of Ben's party. Secretly the same person as the party's mortal enemy, Tar'Hogar.

    Ras Nsi
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The villain of Fane of the Night Serpent, a segment in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure.

  • And Show It to You: The wizard teleports into Ras Nsi's room just in time to see the snake man rip a slave's still-beating heart out of his chest.
  • A God Am I: See Badass Boast bellow.
  • Badass Boast: "You worm, you dare challenge a god?"
  • Big Bad: The main villain of Fane of the Night Serpent.
  • Cool Sword: He has an ornate longsword....That's also on FIRE!
  • The Dragon: He's just a servant to Acererak.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He loses said sword in a duel with the group's fighter and is then stabbed through the chest with it.
  • Ill Boy: Kind of. His body is covered in boils and blisters, which is why he struck up a deal with Acererak to find a cure. This sickness is implied to be the reason he's so deranged.
  • Snake People: Top half of a man, lower half of a snake.
  • Sssnake Talk: A given.

Believe it or not, the real Nalfeshnee doesn't look too different

A nalfeshnee (type 4 pig demon) that Ben's players release from an obelisk while playing Tomb Of Annihilation.

  • And I Must Scream: Implied. Acererak sealed him in that obelisk, and who knows how long ago that was. All he could do was look out at whoever was looking in at him.
  • Badass Boast: I will enjoy feasting on your flesh.
  • But Now I Must Go: He's only around for a certain amount of time before being whisked away to the Abyss. As he does, he promises to return with even more demons.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Or it would be if he and the players could actually hit each other.
    • To clarify, he has resistance to all attacks, magical and non-magical alike. The players are so decked out with armor and magic items that he can't seriously hurt them. And both parties have such ridiculously high HP that the most they can do is an annoying scratch.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: His boast pretty much solidifies that.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Not exactly, but he cycles through a list of names when asked what his is before choosing one that sounds the most demonic.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Not stated, but while the players did technically win, since they survived and he retreated, the players had still wasted spellslots and potions just before entering the most dangerous dungeon in Faerûn.
  • Victory by Endurance: Ben called it a War of Attrition. The players just had to survive until Zulkan went back to the Abyss.


An aboleth that the players encounter on the fifth level of the eponymous Tomb Of Annihilation. He's not all right up in the head, having a split personality — one being an evil, murderous side and the other being a small, curious child.

Whimsy also has a tendency to cameo in other videos since "Terror of the Deep", usually in the background of a wide shot involving a large body of water or as one of the group's pets in "Too Many Pets".

  • Admiring the Abomination: One of the players thinks that Whimsy is precious. Keep in mind, every time they meet in person, it's always with the nice side of Whimsy's personality.
  • Adorable Abomination: Aboleths are certainly NOT adorable, and yet Ben's art style makes them look like cute whales.
  • And I Must Scream: He's all alone on the fifth level of Acererak's tomb, with no one to talk to, both before and after the players go through.
  • Badass Boast: When he first speaks to the players, his evil side says "One day, my kind will rise up and defeat even the gods. Until then, we wait in darkness."
  • Bait-and-Switch: When the players finally meet him in person, it seems like he's about to attack them with a tentacle. Instead, he starts waving hi.
  • The Cameo: He has a tendency to pop up in some of Ben's other videos, whether in the background or as part of the story.
    • In one of the videos where he's explaining the plot to Tomb of Annihilation, there's a wide shot of the island of Chult. An aboleth can be seen in the water.
    • Whimsy appears as one of the eponymous pets in the video "Too Many Pets", though how the party got him as a pet is anyone's guess.
    • The aboleth in the stone the party get in the video "The Xanathar Guild" has the exact same mannerisms as Whimsy.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Hi guys, how's it going?"
  • Children Are Innocent: His nice, child-like personality certainly emobies this. Hell, one of the players even says that he's precious.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Nice side or no, he's still an aboleth.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His evil side has a deep, booming voice.
  • Friendless Background: He doesn't get a lot of new friends.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: At least, his nice side does. His evil side...not so much.
  • Split Personality: He's not all right up in the head. One personality is that of an evil murderer, while the other is that of a curious, small child.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Ben has this reaction after a player makes a random roll and determines that they're going to meet the nice side of Whimsy's personality when they confront him.
    Ben: Oh my god, they're gonna be so pissed off.

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An immortal being who's bent on bringing about the end of the world.

  • A Fate Worse Than Death: To someone like Malikar, being stuck on Mount Celestia, where Lawful Good angels and paladins live, is this. Ben equates it to a known criminal walking into a police station.
  • Badass Boast: Practically every sentence that comes out of his mouth is one of these, though they don't seem as much thanks to the voice Ben gives him.
  • Big Bad: Of the titular Malikar Campaign.
  • Cold Ham: Ben certainly hams it up with him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His army delivers one to the players, leaving only Will's character Michele the gnome monk standing.
    • He's on the receiving end of one upon waking up on Mount Celestia thanks to an entire tavern full of angels and paladins.
  • Deader Than Dead: The party planned to inflict this on him, destroying his soul with the Mourneblade, but it didn't quite work out.
  • Did Not Think This Through: The players did manage to foil his plan, for which he had no contingency.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be an immortal being who wants to destroy the world, but even he won't stoop so low as to belittle a prisoner. He chastises a henchman for this.
    Malikar: There's being evil, and then there's being a jerk, and that's what you are right now.
    • He also considers death traps unsporting.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Boy, is it ever. Pretty much every piece of dialogue consists of Ben chewing the scenery like a Christmas ham.
    Malikar: I'm afraid you have falleeen for my great Deception!
  • Red Herring: The last Malikar video opens with the party trying to find out who stole the Covenant. Cut to Malikar escaping from prison... For 5 minutes until he's caught again.
  • Resurrective Immortality: His soul is immortal, being constantly reborn into a new body every so often. This has been going on for at least the last few hundred years, causing....
  • Sanity Slippage: With every rebirth, he loses a part of his humanity and becomes even more deranged.
  • Vocal Dissonance: You'd expect a villain to have a deep voice, but Malikar's is quite high pitched and he speaks with the same inflection as William Shatner.

     Antonio de Castilian Maximiliano 

The finest goblin swordsman in all the land. And he more than lives up to that title. He's a boss enemy encountered during the Malikar Campaign.

  • Badass Boast: "Now you cross blades with Antonio de Castilian Maximiliano, the greatest Goblin Swordsman in all the land!"
  • Badass Normal: He's actually a completely normal goblin, the only difference being that he wields a rapier. Ben just had some really lucky rolls.
  • Boss in Mook's Clothing: Subverted. He downs several players, but he actually doesn't have any particular powers. He's just a normal goblin with good rolls.
  • Curbstomp Battle: He subjects the party to one of these. When one of the players accuses Ben of pouring a lot of fighter and swashbuckler levels into him, Ben responds "He's just a regular goblin; I just rolled really well this time".
  • Foregone Conclusion: We know that the players are going to get past him, considering that they end up fighting Malikar.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: One of the players accuses him of being a third level bard, fifth level fighter, eighth level swashbuckler and 29th level jerk.
  • Swashbuckler: A regular goblin...who also happens to be really damn good with a sword.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The players are forced to run from him when he gets the upper hand in the fight. He's never seen again, so we have no idea if they went back and fought him again or just bypassed him.

     Tortle Wizard 

An elderly tortle wizard that the party wants to help them find and reforge the pieces of the Mourneblade. He would like to help...if they would stop calling him Oogway.

Don't worry, he just wants you to be warm

A giant black spider that Michele the gnome monk tames and befriends.

  • Adorable Abomination: Much like the aboleths, Ben's art style depicts these monstrous arachnids as quite friendly and cute. Bitey sure thinks of himself that way.
  • Blatant Lies: He tells one when Michele asks him if the other spiders are willing to leave the drow and join them.
  • Giant Spider: He's a spider the size of a large dog.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Bitey doesn't want to hurt the kids he's cocooning up in his webs; he thinks they're cold and is just trying to warm them up.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being a poisonous spider, he's actually very sweet. Too bad the only one who really knows this is Michele, since he's the only one who can understand Bitey.
  • The Unintelligible: Because Michele is the only one who can actually understand what Bitey is saying, all anyone else hears is insectoid hissing.

    Captain Morgan 

A drug smuggler the group hires to go to an island guarded by a dragon turtle. The only reason he agrees to it is because he's high out of his mind on cocaine.

  • The Alcoholic: Just replace alcohol with cocaine. There isn't a single second this guy isn't high off his ass on the stuff.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be a drugged up goofball, but he still managed to tame a group of gnolls and bullywugs, and burn down half a village in the process.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Always trust in the cocaine!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: As a result of said cocaine, he's not all right up in the head.
  • Drugs Are Bad: He sure doesn't think so, being a drug smuggler who's constantly high on cocaine.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Sort of. One of the players decides to call him Captain Morgan after said Captain Morgan asks what would be a good name for a pirate.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Though we don't get to see much of him, Captain Cokebeard, another pirate high off his rocker on cocaine, so much so that the entire fight between the two has them both on their own ships and just swinging their swords at the air.
  • Spoof Aesop: Remember, kids, do drugs! They make your problems go away!
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: He claims to be a drug smuggler, but we only ever see him, never his crew, and we only see him ferry the party from one island to the next.
    • To be fair, he probably hallucinates a crew, considering that he's always high on cocaine.


A young boy from the town of Parnast who, two times, is tasked to go with the party — first to hunt game for a town festival and then to track down a villain. Due to the players having no choice but to bring him along, they really don't care for the kid, and that's putting it lightly.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: He's MEANT to come off this way, but instead he just comes off as useless and annoying.
  • And Show It to You: A variant of sorts. Just replace "heart" with "intestines" and "out of your chest" with "out of your mouth".
  • Butt-Monkey: In both instances where the party are forced to take him with them, he ends up trapped and beaten up somehow. That's to say nothing of his treatment from the party itself.
  • Children Are Innocent: He's a small, young boy who just wants to help the party.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The half orc of the party wants to rip Wallace's intestines out through his mouth and strangle him with them, just to get the kid to shut up.
    • The half-orc heals Wallace after he's mauled by a monster, not because he felt bad for the kid, but because he wants Wallace to live long enough to realize just how useless he is.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He sure feels like he should be a member of the group, to the point where he asks for payment. The tiefling agrees to pay Wallace exactly what he's worth. So he gives Wallace a single penny.
  • Frame-Up: When the party is trying to plant evidence that Wallace is the one vandalizing Parnast, it turns out that the villain they're after has the exact same goal.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His dad is a human. His mom is a tiefling.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's subject to two, one from a treant that a pixie sics on the party, and another from the villain who's trying to frame him.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: He and the Dream Team somehow managed to make their way past a Gold Dragon, three Beholders and a Lich.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like Abserd, his head is a vibrant shade of green, leading some to think that if this kid isn't Abserd's son, then he might be a younger version of Abserd. After all, they're both the same level of useful.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Even after the party treats him like shit, even after he gets the crap beaten out of him...twice...the kid is still an optimist and still heralded as the eponymous hero of Parnast.

    Sherlock Bones, Ghost Dog Detective 

A ghost dog that the group's druid tamed. He's now a valued member of the group and helping them solve mysteries around Waterdeep.


The beholder who runs the guild named after him. Outside of himself, the only other thing he cares for is his pet goldfish Sylgar.

  • Berserk Button: Finding out that Sylgar is dead. It didn't happen in the video, but Ben implies that Xanathar goes on a rampage.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: And his loved one is a goldfish. He makes sure Sylgar gets treats.
  • Extra Eyes: As a beholder, he has 10 eye stalks and one main eye.
  • Giggling Villain: He lets out a few chuckles while talking about his evil plans.
  • It's All About Me: Well, me and my pet goldfish.

    Volothamp Geddarm 

THE Volo, of Volo's Guide to Monsters fame. He becomes the group's benefactor in Waterdeep and gives them the deed to the mansion where they eventually meet Sherlock Bones.

  • Affectionate Nickname: He calls the entire group his "darlings".
  • Catch-Phrase: A very effeminate "Mmm, yes, darlings."
  • Celebrity Paradox: Of a sort. He IS Volo, but the group doesn't recognize him at first. Most likely because most new players only know him as a name on a book.
  • Large Ham: "Mmm, yeeees, DAAArlings"
  • Nice Hat: He's always wearing the same beanie type hat he's seen wearing on the cover of his book.
  • Self-Deprecation: On Ben's side. He admits he's running out of voices and agrees with his players that this is a new low for him.
  • Spanner in the Works: Thanks to him, the players are able to meet Sherlock Bones, Ghost Dog Detective, and solves several mysteries in and around Waterdeep.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: He speaks with a very effeminate voice that, according to Ben and his players, is a new low for him. Ben admits that he's running out of voices.


Angel of Mount Celestia and leader of the Hosts of Heaven. He stole the Covenant in order to reignite the war between the Seven Heavens of Mount Celestia and the Nine Hells of Baator so that he could finally defeat his hated enemy.


    The Mourneblade 

An evil, sentient sword that rends the soul of whoever it kills, destroying it and making it impossible for that person to be resurrected. As such, it's the only weapon that can destroy Malikar for good.

  • Attack Its Weak Point: It destroys the soul.
  • Badass Boast: "I exist only to destroy. Innocent, guilty, it doesn't matter to me, as long as I can bathe in their blood." It actually gets Barathorn to shut up for a few seconds.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Sort of. The sword was broken into two pieces, and most of the Malikar Campaign involves finding those two pieces and putting them back together.
  • Cessation of Existence: Implied to inflict this on its victims, destroying their souls.
  • Combat Tentacles: It has dark, necrotic tendrils that come out whenever someone other than the party tries to touch it. That poor, poor blacksmith.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Like Whimsy's evil half, he's got a deep, booming voice with some serious reverb to it.
  • Meaningful Rename: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing wants to rename it the Infinity Blade, partly because when it destroys a victim's soul that victim turns to dust, and partly because he wants to kill half his enemies with the Mourneblade and half with Barathorn.
    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: There must be balance in all things.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of it, Michele, in his drunken stupor, buries it in the sandbox of the local park. The next time he went to fetch it, it was gone. It's possible that some kid picked it up thinking it was a cool sword.

    Barathorn, Glaive of Champions 

A dwarven glaive that the party finds in a cave. He's been there for at least the last thousand years and is desperate to go on an adventure.

  • And I Must Scream: Sure, he can talk and people can hear him, but for the last thousand years he's been ignored and stuck in a cave until the party came along and finally took him on an adventure.
  • Blade on a Stick: He's a glaive.
  • Catch-Phrase: "It is I, Barathron, Glaive of Champions!"
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He really, REALLY wants to get out of the cave.
  • Motor Mouth: He's constantly talking. The only time he shuts up is when he first speaks to the Mourneblade, and even then, it's only for a few seconds before he's back to chattering again.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's not shouting, but DAMN is he loud.
  • Noodle Incident: He and Greg know each other from high school. And that's all we'll ever learn about it.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: There's some hints of this between him and Greg, another magic sword the group has. All we know is that they went to high school together.


A sword of fire and ice that the party has. He knows Barathorn — they went to high school together.

  • Noodle Incident: The party bought him from a store. How much he cost and how the shop owner got him is anyone's guess. This was explicitly an example of how the Monty Haul situation in the campaign had gotten out of hand.
    • Also, he and Barathron went to high school together. And that's all we'll ever learn about it.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: There's some hints of this between him and Barathron. All we know is that they went to high school together.

    Sword of Warning 

A magical sword that tells the party when something bad might happen, but is vague on details.

  • Catch-Phrase: He has 2:
    • "Something bad might happen today", at the start of each day, followed by "Who knows" when asked what that something is.
    • When something bad DOES happen, no matter how mundane or miniscule, it always says "I warned you" in a very smug, sing-song voice.
  • Stop Helping Me!: His useless warnings make the party certainly think this.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Ben describes how Malikar is close to achieving his goal, the sword gives one last "I warned you" before vanishing. It is never brought up again.

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