A list of the characters that appear in Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner. This covers characters and tropes that appear in volumes released in English.
Note: Every mention of "the game" or "games" refers to the Digital Devil Saga duology.
WARNING! UNMARKED SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Embryon's leader and the novel's protagonist. A considerate person who disobeys the Church's rules to help as many people as possible. He possesses the High Atma Varuna.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He does this to Sera and Cielo to comfort them. He's pretty embarrassed when he's at the receiving end of it though.
- An Ice Person: He can freeze the water in the air around him, or that in the bodies of his enemies.
- Artificial Human: Just like everyone in the Junkyard, he was created by the Church's Newborn production system. At the end of the second novel he is revealed to be a Biomech.
- Bishōnen: He describes himself as androgynous, and the narration never misses an opportunity to mention how delicate his features are.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He has one in each arm; his forearms split in two and the blades unfold from there.
- Blood Knight: Serph absolutely relishes the thrill of the battle, much to his horror. He seems to get over his initial fear as the novels go on, but he never crosses that line.
- Character Development: Discussed by him. He notices several emotional changes in himself and his companions, and he becomes more compassionate and "irrational" (by the Junkyard's standards) as the story goes on.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Like everyone in the Junkyard. Silver hair, silver eyes.
- Dance Battler: The narration always refers to Serph's fighting as "dancing".
- Enemy Within: At first he views Varuna as one.
- Flashback Nightmare: He has a dream about the death of the Embryon's former leader. He wakes up screaming.
- Healing Factor: Lampshaded when he notes that any of his injuries can be healed if he transforms into a demon. Right at the beginning, he recovers from a being shot at his heart.
- Identical Stranger: To the "Avatar", aka Shin Minase. Serph is shocked when he sees him face to face.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He manages to destroy a whole bunch of explosive arrows coming his way with a handgun.
- Insistent Terminology: Serph prefers to refer to the times of the day as "dawn", "evening" etc. even though those terms are not applicable in the Junkyard.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: When he wakes up in the real world, he interrogates the commander of the soldiers who were guarding him by killing said soldiers and then chopping off his arm.
- The Leader: Of the Embryon. He winds up leading a three tribe alliance plus the Solids by the end of the first book.
- Making a Splash: Serph can also generate water, but he does not use those powers as much as his ice ones.
- Mark of the Beast: His Atma mark is on his left cheek.
- Martial Pacifist: Serph prefers to ally with other tribes rather than defeat them and then absorb their members, but he won't hesitate to cut down anyone who gets in his way.
- Mercy Kill: To Canis Volk, after he is almost completely absorbed by the black sludge.
- Painful Transformation: He describes the first transformation as "all of his cells exploding at once". It only happens again when they face off against Harley Q, and then the pain vanishes."Pain and pleasure became one."
- Punny Name: Serph -> surf -> water -> ice. Just like the games.
- Rage Against the Heavens: More accurately, against the Church, but it is their creator. He extends this threat to anyone that was somehow related to their creation.Serph: We are going to defy the heavens, the Church, the paradise - and the gods themselves.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Heat's red; quite literally as Serph's demon form is indeed blue while Heat's is red.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The rules declare that in order to reach Nirvana, one must kill the leaders of all other tribes. Serph decides early on that said rule is to be ignored and starts making proper alliances left and right.
- Suddenly Always Knew That:
- He feels as if he and everyone else always knew how to use their demonic forms by instinct.
- He somehow knows the passwords for the top-secret terminals under the Church.
- Took a Level in Badass: Other than the Atma virus, when he wakes up in the real world he feels that all of his skills have been greatly enhanced.
- Weapon of Choice: Handguns - according to Heat, at any rate.
Embryon's second in command, and one of the founding members. He is rather antagonistic towards Serph. He possesses the High Atma Agni.
- Anger Born of Worry: Implied in a few occasions.
- He acts antagonistic to Serph but is very loyal to him. Serph figures that this is Heat's way of making sure that Serph is up to the task as The Leader.
- That's what Sera thinks of him, as he is borderline hostile to ber, but still gives her a gun to defend herself with.
- Artificial Human: Per Junkyard norms.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Lupa on their way from Vishuda to the Muladhara-Maniputra border. Zaphir is in awe.
- Blood Knight: He loooooves fighting and has no problem devouring the flesh of his enemies. He even threatens to disobey orders because of it; if he's not already skirting around them. Eventually lampshaded by Serph.Serph: Oh, who am I kidding - when aren't you ready for a fight?
- The Big Guy: He is tall, burly, incredibly strong and has a grenade launcher.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Doesn't think that him eating Harley is much of a big deal, but the others have lingering emotional scars from the event.
- Changing of the Guard:
- In regards to tribe leadership. He says that if Serph is to be defeated by another tribe, he will take over as the next strongest.
- He is the reason why Embryon still exists in the first place. Rather than surrender to the tribe that killed their previous leader, he urged Serph to kill the enemy leader and then recreate the old tribe.
- Combat by Champion: When Jinana asks for Serph to appoint a member of his tribe to challenge one of hers, he picks Heat.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Red hair, red eyes.
- Dissonant Serenity:
- He explains to the others that cannibalism is their new way of life in a frighteningly calm and quiet tone.
- When Cielo and Gale announce how everyone in the Junkyard has been devoured, he's described to have an out-of-place smile on his face.
- Dynamic Entry: When Serph returns from the Church, Heat enters the room by throwing a fireball to his face.Serph: That's quite some way to greet someone, Heat.
- Fiery Redhead: He has quite the short fuss; or more accurately, he is in a perpetual state of anger.
- Fireball: His new Weapon of Choice. Heat spends hours and hours on end practicing his control over them.
- Grenade Launcher: His Weapon of Choice, though he finds that he likes fireballs better.
- Hidden Depths:
- Growing tired of Sera crying over her inability to help people, he gives her a gun and urges her to ask Serph for lessons.
- He is pretty pleased to see that Serph assigned Lupa as the new leader of the Wolves.
- I Am What I Am: When everyone worries over the sudden changes in their personalities - both in that they have emotions and over the effect of their demons, Heat declares that he's not worried at all and that he'll always be himself.
- Identical Stranger: To Kaz Homura. Heat gets tired of being called that within under a minute.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Serph has zero doubt of Heat's loyalty to him, and he only acts to ensure the tribe's survival.
- The Lancer: Serph's second in command and his most trusted combatant. He also has a vastly different philosophy from Serph in regards to warfare.
- Loophole Abuse: When the Embryon's old leader died, he prompted Serph to kill the leader of the opposing tribe before the Church called for a ceasefire. He was also the one to come up with the idea to reform the tribe with just the two of them.
- Mark of the Beast: On his right forearm.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Heat and he has both fire powers and a short temper.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- Serph first notices that the tribe's behavior is changing when Heat strikes a conversation with him, while he was previously the strong, silent type.
- His reaction to meeting Sera is freeze on the spot and then walk away as fast as he could.
- "Open!" Says Me: When Harley locks himself in his command room, Heat just kicks the door off its hinges.
- Playing with Fire: To the point that it's his pastime.
- Properly Paranoid: After he ate his share of Harley's body, he burned away his remains to make sure he's dead. Too bad it didn't stick.
- Punny Name: For a guy who controls fire, the name "Heat" really couldn't have been more obvious.
- The Quiet One: Keeps his sentences short.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: By far the most aggressive member of the Embryon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Serph's blue.
- The Rival: To Bat. Bat wants revenge for loosing, and Heat wants to devour him. They end up dueling each time they encounter each other.
- Social Darwinist: He believes that the presence of Atma only enforces this concept even further, and he has no problem with it.
- Strength Equals Worthiness: The only reason he takes orders from Serph, and Lupa before that, is because he considers their strength equal or superior to his own.
- Weapon of Choice: Grenade Launchers. He switches over to fireballs.
- Wreathed in Flames: Whenever he transforms into Agni. Many times he downplays this trope by only doing this to one arm.
Another of Embryon's core members, and an ace sniper. She possesses the High Atma Prithivi.
- Artificial Human: Just like everyone in the Junkyard.
- Big Brother Instinct: Big sister instinct, towards Sera. She's very close to her and tries to keep her as happy as possible. She protests a lot when she finds out that Sera wants to know how to use a gun.
- The Chick: The only female core member.
- Combat Tentacles: Her arms function that way, allowing her to use them as whips.
- Cool Big Sis: She is very affectionate towards Sera.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Pink hair and eyes.
- Determinator: She establishes herself as one at the very beginning of the first volume, as she insists on following Serph in spite of her dreadful condition.Argilla: I want to know what happened, sir. I know I'm not doing well - my head feels like it's about to split in half, I'm sluggish, and I barely have the strength to move. But I'm coming with you.
- Face Doodling: She and Jinana want to "practice" their make-up skills on Cielo. Unfortunately, the poor guy is awake for all this, and they only have actual paint brushes, and paints for military vehicles. It doesn't go too well. For Cielo.
- Facepalm: Her reaction to Sera's first attempt at firing a gun.
- Friendly Sniper: A very friendly person and unnaturally skilled with a sniper riffle.
- Gravity Master: To the point that she is able to deflect light.
- I Am What I Am: When Serph asks Argilla why she suddenly decided to start eating human flesh, she replied that the incident with Turdak and the pure satisfaction she felt from it forced to acknowledge her demonic nature.
- Identical Stranger: With Anabella di Fiori.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She is an ace sniper who has the uncanny ability to locate targets without scanning equipment before even the Bishops can.
- Intimate Marks: Her brand is on her left breast.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: She slowly crushes the bones of a Turdak with her gravity powers to force him to reveal Mick's plans. When she gets what she wants she flat-out kills him.
- Mark of the Beast: On her left breast.
- Meaningful Name: Argilla means clay in Italian, which can be connected to her Earth and thus Gravity-related powers.
- Nice Girl: She refuses to harm anyone if she can avoid it.
- Plug 'n' Play Friends: When the Embryon and the Maribel declare an alliance, Argilla and Jinana hit off immediately and don't stop talking for two hours; the only reason they stopped is because Jinana had to leave. They become best friends after that.
- Precision F-Strike: Her reaction to finding out about Atma.Argilla: The Church can go fuck itself!
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Pink hair and very compassionate.
- Statuesque Stunner: Tall for a woman, and very beautiful.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: She briefly gets them in the very beginning, indicating that she's about to go on a rampage.
- Too Many Mouths: She has two of them... On her breasts.
- Vegetarian Vampire: She refuses to partake in human flesh and only drinks the blood provided by Sera. She stops doing so after Jinana goes on a rampage.
- Weapon of Choice: Sniper rifles, to the point that she admits to feeling naked without one.
- Whip It Good: Each of her arms can unfurl to be used as whips.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or pink, in this case.
The Embryon's Bishop and tactician. More of a machine than a man. He possesses the High Atma Vayu.
- Armed Legs: While in Atma form, he can generate Razor Wind blades on his feet.
- Artificial Human: Par of the course with the Junkyard.
- Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. He and Cielo attempt to save the other members of the Embryon and their allies from the black sludge but fail to get to most of them in time, and the last one standing commits suicide anyway.
- Blow You Away: Vayu can control air pressure and generate small currents. Effectively he can create Razor Wind.
- BrainComputer Interface: One of his implants' many functions.
- Catchphrase: Not to the extent of the games, but his "I do not comprehend" is featured in most his conversations.
- Character Development: His starts later than everyone else, but it is obvious that he grows increasingly doubtful of Serph's decisions and very much frustrated that he is not included in his plans. That, along with his increasing sense of worthlessness due to the Church interfaces shutting down and thus being unable to resume his duty lead to him snapping at Serph. By the end of the second book he forces himself to accept that he emotes just like everyone else.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Green hair and eyes.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Gale is a Bishop; a special type of Junkyard resident that have so many cybernetics in their brains and undergone so much Behavioral Conditioning that they are more machines than humans. This leads every Bishop except Gale to lose their sanity because their brain could not handle the sheer difference between the Bishop conditioning and the Atma's Horror Hunger.
- Dull Surprise: His reaction to seeing Shin Minase's face is a raised eyebrow; as opposed to the other members of his tribe who are completely shocked.
- Emotion Suppression: At the end of the second volume he thinks to himself that this was how he was able to maintain his sanity; he separated the part of him that could feel from the rest of himself and tucked it away in a corner of his mind. This is what leads to his rant late in the second book.
- Everything Sensor: His implants allow him to detect heat signatures in the air, his own physical state, and the chemical composition of objects just by touching them. It is implied that they have more sensor-type functions of that type, but it's not brought up.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: His reaction to meeting Shin Minase.
- Heroic BSoD: His failure to save even a single person from the black ooze almost breaks him.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: While he is a very skilled combatant, excellent strategist and very much trusted by Serph, he feels increasingly useless due to the facts that Serph never directly involves him in missions, and that his connection to the Church - the Bishops' distinguishing feature - is completely cut off. Therefore, he believes that his usefulness has decreased dramatically.
- In the Hood: To hide his implants. All Bishops do that.
- Last of His Kind: The last Bishop left in the Junkyard. The others died from insanity.
- Mark of the Beast: On his left shin.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Gale and he can control wind.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Out of nowhere he explodes into a rant protesting against his own role because he felt that Serph did not trust him. He is shocked when he realizes what he's doing.Gale: But what am I to you? Am I nothing more than a convenient tool for drawing up tactical strategies? Would you prefer that I simply be an obedient machine that analyses information, provides status updates, and follows orders?
- Precision F-Strike: "Damn" isn't much of a strong word but for Gale to say it, it's completely out of character. However, given how he was watching his tribe being devoured by the same monster that was attacking him, he had a pretty good reason.
- Punny Name: His name is Gale and he creates gales.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: When he sees that he was not part of the main strike team yet again, his bottled up disappointment spills out and he practically explodes on Serph.
- Razor Wind: He generates them.
- The Smart Guy: He was made to be this. Bishops are gifted with raw intellect and their intended purpose is to be strategists.
- Spock Speak: He is incapable of comprehending human emotions (at first) and he speaks in highly analytical and technical terms. Lampshaded by Cielo.Cielo: Good grief man, could you get any wordier?
- The Stoic: His facial expression rarely ever changes.
- The Strategist: This is his main role as a Bishop.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: At first, he has a very hard time understanding why his fellow tribe members display emotions.
- Wind Is Green: The currents he generates are described as "bright, emerald-green wind".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, in his case.
The final and youngest of the Embryon's core members. He possesses the High Atma Dyaus.
- Adaptational Badass:
- In the games (at least the first) he was The Load, with the second weakest magic stat and the lowest strength (discounting Serph). And that's without counting his weakness to Ailments. Here, he is depicted as powerful as everyone else in combat, with his only drawback being that he's not as effective indoors as he is outdoors.
- Unlike the game, here Cielo is the one to break free from Sera's control on him.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: At the receiving end of it when Serph tries to comfort him over his failure to save the tribe.
- Affectionate Nickname: He calls Serph "bro" because he feels like they have a real bond when he says it.
- An Arm and a Leg: He loses an arm while defending Sera. Fortunately, his Atma's Healing Factor enabled him to reattach it. However, that took a specialized and experimental surgery procedure designed by Gale, and several days of recovery.
- Artificial Human: He's from the Junkyard. Did you expect anything else?
- Beware the Silly Ones: In spite of his childish attitude, he is still a High Atma demon.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Sera.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Big Eater: Even though he's very small, he can easily eat two servings of food in one sitting. Serph is floored by this.
- The Big Guy: Physically he's the smallest, but he has extremely powerful lightning attacks, and doesn't quite think things through.
- Butt-Monkey: The whole scene with Argilla and Jinana putting "makeup" (aka various types of paint) on him.Serph: Argilla?
Argilla: Yes, sir?
Serph: As you were.
Argilla: Roger that, sir.
Cielo: No! No! I thought you were my buddy! But you're just a no-good traitor! You're a devil is what you are!
- Chew Toy: Always ends up confined to recover, bullied by Argilla and Jinana...
- Curtains Match The Windows: Blue hair and eyes.
- Determinator: Nothing will stop him from protecting Sera; no orders, no injuries and most certainly not Sera freezing him with her powers.
- Dreadlock Warrior: His hair is mentioned to be arranged in many braids.
- Face Doodling: Argilla and Jinana wanted to "practice their makeup skills" on him. It does not end well for poor Cielo.
- Heroic BSoD: He is devastated over his failure to save his tribe members from the black ooze.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He believes himself to be a massive coward compared to Sera.
- Identical Stranger: With Cielo Albero.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He briefly mentions playing with the black cat, and he's certainly kind.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even before Atma he was the fastest in the tribe - now he can fly at incredible speeds and use lightning.
- Mark of the Beast: On his right thigh.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Spanish for "sky".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempt to save Sera, while successful, allowed Mick and Bat to escape. Serph and Argilla berate him quite a bit for this.
- The Nicknamer: He calls Serph "Buddy" and Heat "Red".
- Running Gag: Getting injured trying to save someone, being confined in his room with some guards to look over him, somehow managing to escape, save people again and being injured again. Rinse and repeat. Heck, even if he does not get injured, he still gets punished with confinement in his room!
- Shock and Awe: He can invoke purple lightning.
- Thinking Out Loud: He tends to do that a lot.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It is indeed blue!
- You Have to Believe Me!: In the aftermath of the Brutes vs Embryon and Maribel battle, Serph asks Cielo how he managed to escape confinement and reach the battlefield. Cielo answers that a black cat helped him, prompting many doubtful responses.Cielo: Oh, come on! It's true, I'm telling you!
The mysterious, amnesiac black-haired girl. She is the key to entering Nirvana.
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: Sera remembers nothing about herself other than her name and that "she's here to help". However, she knows everything else; from laws to physics to mythology to literature to how normal life is supposed to be like.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: According to Shin Minase, she was a far different, much more cruel person before she arrived at the Junkyard.
- Blood Magic: In a way. Her blood can be used to sate the hunger of anyone with Atma; just a drop per person is enough. However, medical examination doesn't show anything wrong with her blood to give it that property.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hair is mentioned to be pretty short.
- By the Hair: She is dragged by Shin Minase when she refuses to follow him.
- Character Development: Tired of being unable to help the tribe to any degree other than stopping their rampages, she takes up Heat's advice and tries to learn how to shoot. She slowly grows more decisive and determined.
- Compelling Voice: To the point of being able to control other people. Cielo being able to disobey her is an In-Universe Wham Shot.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Black hair and eyes.
- Damsel in Distress: She is abducted by Varin, and then by Mick.
- Determinator: She displays great devotion to learning how to use a gun.
- Emissary from the Divine: She is the only one able to communicate with God.
- Emotionless Girl: Before she became able to interact with actual people, Sera was not able to comprehend or even experience human emotion.
- Everyone Has Pistols: Heat gives her a handgun.
- God Of Human Origin: According to Shin Minase, at any rate. That said, he only sees her as a mere computer interface.
- The Heart: She is the one who explains emotions and the words for them to the other members of the Embryon. She is also very compassionate.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Enough to make the whole tribe groan at how bad she is. To be fair, she is improving and in the second volume, she manages to shoot Varin.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
- She is, bar none, the healthiest person in the Junkyard: no standard cybernetics, no scars, exceedingly low muscle to body fat ratio, perfectly clean, and not even a callus on her feet. Even her blood is cleaner than normal.
- Argilla says that seeing her holding a gun is just wrong because she is too pure to fight.
- Insistent Terminology: She keeps calling the times of the day "morning", "evening" etc. even though those terms are not applicable in the Junkyard. Serph gets that habit from her.
- Last of His Kind: Out of the ten children cloned by Angel, she is the only one to survive and thus the only one who can communicate with God.
- Living MacGuffin: If a tribe wants to reach Nirvana, they must bring her alive with them.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Not an exact reiteration of the scene, but Shin Minase reveals that Angel is Sera's parent.
- Madness Mantra: I must help...
- Mind Rape: She ends up at the receiving end of this when Homura uses his telepathy to force the rage and sorrow of all the people around her to God.
- Mysterious Waif: Amnesiac, pure-hearted, strange powers and everyone is after her.
- Naked on Arrival: The Embryon finds her naked inside a crater.
- Non-Action Guy: Girl, but she works to change that. The "non-action" part.
- Offscreen Teleportation: At the beginning of the first volume, Sera was found unconscious and was locked in a room with guards outside. The next time she's seen, she's somehow at the Vanguard's base to help Serph and the others, looking as if she hadn't walked a step. The door was never unlocked and the guards never saw anything move. In fact, there was no way she could have known that there were other people around to begin with.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full name is Seraphita. Not even Sera herself was aware of that.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: The outfit that Cielo prepares for her.
- Psychic Radar: Sera's abilities are never called "psychic"; however she can use them to track the location of other people. It comes in handy when the Embryon faces of against Varin.
- Rapid Aging: When the original Cielo died, Sera, incapable of comprehending death and sadness but still trying to understand, replayed and experimented with as many war and death related media as she could get her hands on, resulting in ageing from 5 to 16 in a few days.
- Reality Warper: Even in the real world, she can make statues appear out of thin air.
- Shout-Out: She likes referencing various works of Literature such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- Slow-Motion Fall: When she commands Bat to drop her, she falls at a very slow speed.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: She can calm demons with her blood, has Offscreen Teleportation, Compelling Voice, Slow-Motion Fall... There is no end, by the looks of it.
- Telepathy: One of her many abilities.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Shin Minase tells her that she was a heartless Technoshaman who would not blink when her friend chocked out blood. Turns out he was not exaggerating.
- Took a Level in Badass: Learns how to use a gun.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: When Homura met her, Sera was carrying herself like an adult even though she only appeared to be five years old.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: And hate and emotion in general. Before Homura mind raped her, she was completely incapable of comprehending anything on the human scale.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Inverted. Her hair is black, but from the point of view of the Junkyard, this trope may as well apply on her.
- Younger Than They Look: As a result of her Rapid Aging, she looks sixteen but she's only five.
The Leader of the Maribel tribe. She is enraged with the Church because of the casualties caused by the Atma Virus. She possesses the High Atma Ushas.
- Adaptational Badass: While in the game she could only use some light attacks and a few physicals, here Jinana has Prehensile Hair, can create several different types of unblockable Frickin' Laser Beams and has an actual Laser Blade.
- Affectionate Nickname: She calls Cielo a "little willy blue fellow".
- Amazonian Beauty: In Serph's words, her figure is an impressive fusion of strength and form.
- Artificial Human: Yet another resident of the Junkyard.
- Character Development: Jinana stays alive for longer than in the game, so she has time to make friends and have fun.
- Combat by Champion: She invokes this trope when she appoints Bat to fight against a representative of the Embryon tribe.
- Cool Chair: By Junkyard standards, at any rate. Serph takes some moments to admire the chair in Jinana's quarters because he thinks one can sit there for hours without getting sore.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Green hair and eyes.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: She doesn't die at the hands of Mick, but rather much later, pulling a Last Stand against the black tar.
- Dramatic Unmask: She inflicts this on herself when in a fit of rage she steps out of the protective glass that hid her identity during the Tribe Leaders' meeting.
- Face Death with Dignity: She pulls a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Face Doodling: She and Argilla inflict this on poor Cielo.
- Fan Disservice: Her armor is torn off, revealing her breasts - which are covered in blood from her torn stomach.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One of her eyes is covered by her hair, and one leg has her tribal markings on it.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: She can create many variations of them.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Not herself, but Ushas has golden hair, and Jinana is one of the kindest characters in the series.
- Heroic RRoD: She goes on a rampage because she refused to devour anyone. The Embryon was able to bring her back, but it took large quantities of blood to do it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her death was this.
- Honor Before Reason: In spite of being told that the capsules cannot stop one's hunger if they have already lost their minds, she still tries to do that, leaving no capsules for herself. The result is that she looses control of her hunger.
- Intimate Marks: Her Atma brand is on her lower back.
- The Leader: Of the Maribel.
- Light 'em Up: She can create Frickin' Laser Beams with multiple functions.
- Mark of the Beast: On her lower back.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her left eye is covered by her hair.
- Plug 'n' Play Friends: She hits off with Argilla right upon meeting her.
- Power Glows: Her skin is glowing while in Atma form.
- Prehensile Hair: While in demon form, she can move around - and weaponise - her hair as she likes.
- Promoted to Playable: In the game she was an NPC and a Boss. Here she normally joins the party.
- Proud Beauty: Implied; her uniform is customised to show off her assets.
- The Rest Shall Pass: She and Lupa stay behind to fight the black ooze in order to buy time for the heroes.
- Single Tear: She paints one under her eye to show her sorrow for her tribe's many casualties.
- Sixth Ranger: She joins the Embryon core members in combat on various occasions and even follows them to the Church's tower.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green.
A member of the Maribel and one of Jinana's personal aides. He possesses the High Atma Atavaka.
- Adaptational Badass: Atavaka was a random encounter in the game. Here, it's a unique High Atma.
- Artificial Human: A Junkyard soldier.
- Battle Couple: Implied to be this with Zaphir.
- Canon Foreigner: He only appeared in the games as a miniboss, and his name, human form and status are never mentioned. Here, he's one of the few named characters.
- Face Death with Dignity: Seeing that there was no chance he could be saved, he commits suicide with a smile on his face and Zaphir's body in his hands.
- Go Out with a Smile: His final moments.
- Mark of the Beast: He has an Atma brand, but we never find out where.
- Mauve Shirt: He is one of the few minor characters that is named and has a higher rank and fighting skill than the others.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Atavaka has six arms. When Serph first sees him, he's holding a variety of weapons and other things such as a sword, a machine gun and some enemy soldier.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A given, since he lives in the Junkyard, but their colour is never revealed.
A member of the Maribel and another of Jinana's personal aides. She possesses the High Atma Sphinx.
- Artificial Human: Per Junkyard norms.
- Battle Couple: Implied to be this with Granato.
- Canon Foreigner: She and her Atma never appear in the game.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Half her body is devoured by the black ooze, while her torso is in Granato's arms.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She's in awe of the sight of Lupa and Heat fighting together.
- Light 'em Up: She can create barriers of light.
- Mark of the Beast: Has an Atma brand.
- Mauve Shirt: She never becomes part of the main cast or plays a trully vital part in the story, but she is a skilled combatant and helps out the cast at some points.
- Super Speed: She can run up to 200 kilometers per hour while in demon form.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though we never discover the exact colour, she was born in the Junkyard so that's a given.
The leader of the Wolves, the second strongest tribe in the Junkyard.
- Artificial Human: Yet another Junkyard resident.
- Canon Foreigner: He did not exist in the games.
- The Ghost: While he is present, we never find out anything about his Atma, his appearance, and his personality. In the only scene he's present it's unclear which lines he said, if he spoke at all.
- The Leader: Of the Wolves.
- Mark of the Beast: He possesses a High Atma.
- Meaningful Name: Canis is the scientific name for the genus of the Canidae (wolves, dogs etc) while Volk means "people" in German. So essentially his name means "wolf people".
- Mercy Kill: By the time Serph, Heat and Lupa find him, he had been already absorbed by the black ooze and begged to be killed. Serph delivers.
- The Unfought: The Embryon never has a proper battle against him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: No details about him are ever revealed before he dies.
- The Worf Effect: He is established as a powerful figure and a skilled combatant, but he and his tribe are killed off-screen by the black ooze to establish how dangerous it is.
A Newbie of the Wolves tribe who looks identical to the Embryon's former leader. He possesses the High Atma Cerberus.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Pretty much becomes a Running Gag. Even though he's literally twenty days old, he orders around another tribe's leader, said leader's lieutenant and another tribe's lieutenant, and nobody ever questions his orders or hesitates to follow them. Eventually he wounds up leading the Wolves.
- A Father to His Men: He practically raised Serph and Heat, and now he outright calls them his "sons", even teasing them about the days they were "wet behind the ears". Lampshaded by Sera.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He does this to Serph, much to his embarrassment.
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: He is reborn without any actual memories of his previous life; however, his combat instincts remain intact, and he notes that fighting with Serph and Heat feels familiar.
- Artificial Human: He even lampshades it.Lupa: This just feels wrong, being shown exactly what kind of product you are.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Heat, much to Zaphir's awe.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: His Modus Operandi; he has such a strong air of authority that he can order strangers who severely outrank him without ever getting questioned. Serph is very amused by the whole thing.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has bushy, thick ones.
- Breath Weapon: He can breathe fire. He actually spits out flames every time he talks while transformed.
- The Cake Is a Lie: Implied to have believed that in his previous life, as he never joined a tribe to reach Nirvana.
- Canis Major: He can transform into Cerberus, and he's massive.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Since everyone in the Junkyard has odd hair colours, the resulting combinations can be quite unusual.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the game, the party is forced to put him down after he goes Berserk. Here, he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Dreadlock Warrior: His hair is arranged in braids.
- Face Death with Dignity: He dies in a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair as Serph describes his fighting style as reckless. He is also shown being angered easily whenever something bad happens to his friends, allies or when he sees some sort of transgression in general.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and Jinana pull a Last Stand against the black ooze to prevent it from reaching the Embryon tribe..
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He does not think himself worthy of leading the Wolves.
- I Work Alone: In his previous life, he refused to join any tribe and chase after Nirvana, preferring to fight alone for his own survival.
- Irony: He treats Serph and Heat like Newbies while he's the Newbie. He also orders around people from other tribes who vastly outrank him.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: He belongs in the last generations of Newborns to be produced, before production shut down completely. Due to the system already malfunctioning, he wounds up having the exact same appearance, mannerism and combat skills as his previous incarnation, without the memories; something that was completely unheard of.
- The Leader: In his previous life, he was the Embryon's leader. He also ends up appointed as the leader of the Wolves by Serph.
- Legacy Character: Discussed. Lupa believes that he had invoked this trope in his previous life to have proof that he existed as his own person.
- Mark of the Beast: On his abdomen.
- The Mentor: In Serph's words, he pounded everything he knew about combat and tactics into him and Heat.Serph: "We can take care of ourselves." Just like you taught us to.
- Playing with Fire: Even Heat is impressed.
- Promoted to Playable: He was a boss in the game, but now he's part of the main squad.
- Punny Name: Lupa is derived from lupus, which means wolf in Latin.
- Rage Against the Heavens: He refused to obey the Church because he believed that The Cake Is a Lie; and this anger has only intensified.
- Reincarnation: Of the Embryon's previous leader.Lupa [upon seeing the list of the Newborns]: I'm sure my own name is in here - twice, even.
- The Rest Shall Pass: His Heroic Sacrifice was for the sake of letting the Embryon progress to the top of the Tower.
- "Second Law" My Ass!: He was somehow able to disobey the Laws of the Church years before the Atma appeared.
- Sixth Ranger: He joins the main cast in the second volume.
- Super Speed: He is faster than Zaphir, and she can reach 200000 kilometers per hour.
- Tribal Face Paint: He wears his tribal markings on his cheeks.
- Younger Than They Look: His muscular physique and heavy features make him look older than he actually is.
The leader of the Vanguards. He possessed a High Atma, but it soon mutates into something monstrous.
- Adaptational Badass: In the game, he was little more than a pathetic Warm-Up Boss. Here, he is a Nigh Invulnerable Blob Monster that takes the combined efforts of five High Atma to take down.
- Anti-Villain: He is primarily driven by his terror and Horror Hunger.
- Artificial Human: A resident of the Junkyard.
- Automatic Crossbows: His and his tribe's Weapon of Choice.
- Blob Monster: His Atma takes the form of one.
- Body Horror: The novel describes how his human form slowly melts away in loving detail. Up to Eleven when describing the black ooze; the distorted faces of all its victims forming in the goo, screaming in lamentation...
- Chekhov's Gunman: He is unimportant for most of the first and second book, but at the end of the second he comes back with vengeance.
- Combat Tentacles: His primary means of attack.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the game he's defeated and devoured with little fuss. In the books, it takes the Junkyard being deleted to finally take him down.
- Eldritch Abomination: Barely hanging to life and having lost all his sanity, he start absorbing every tiny bit of Karma he can fins, until it turns into a mindless black ooze the size of the ocean that embodies the hunger and despair of everything it has ever devoured.
- Freak Out!: Does NOT take Atma well.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From the leader of a minor tribe, he ends up devouring everyone in the Junkyard.
- Hero Killer: Eventually kills everyone in the Junkyard except for the Embryon's core members.
- Horror Hunger: Everyone who has Atma suffers from this, but Harley takes the cake. Especially when he devours everyone.Harley: I... hunger. Hungry, cold, aching all over - I held my men as they begged for help, as they fell to the ground, their bodies turning black from head to toe. [ ] I knew that I could get at it, and it would make me a bit warmer, but then I'd just get cold again, so then I'd eat another of my companions and it was terrible and saddening and it pained me so but it felt so, so good!
- The Leader: Of the Vanguards.
- Mark of the Beast: He has Atma, so yeah.
- Mr. Exposition: He describes to the Embryon exactly what had happened when they all first transformed.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Physical attacks won't work. Nor anything else, for that matter.
- Not Quite Dead: Though he'd probably be better off if he had died.
- Sanity Slippage: He grows increasingly terrified and deranged until he has no human intelligence left.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: To show that he has completely succumbed to his hunger.
- Villainous RRoD: He completely succumbs to his hunger and turns into a Blob Monster.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: An odd shade of orange.
Mick the Slug
The leader of the Solids. He possesses the High Atma Rahu.
- Artificial Human: Just like everyone else in the Junkyard.
- Bad Boss: He has no problem devouring his underlings and allies, or sacrificing them. He even goes as far as to abandon his tribe.
- Belly Mouth: In his final form, his torso has a horizontal mouth cutting it in half.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Unlike most demons, he can obtain the abilities and memories of those he devours.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays his tribe, the Brutes, and Bat, in that order.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the game he is beaten in a boss fight and then devoured. In the novel, he suffers a Villainous RRoD and melts right after he reaches the top of the Karma Tower.
- Dirty Coward: Even before the novels, he hid in his base and let the soldiers do all the work for him. After that, he runs away from danger and betrays everyone to be the sole man to reach Nirvana. He almost succeeds, but then Villainous RRoD kicks in.
- Dreadlock Warrior: He is a soldier, after all. His hair is said to be arranged in braids.
- Fat Bastard: He's so fat that he's described as bigger than most Atma. On top of that, he's extremely greedy and selfish and treats everyone like trash.
- Gonk: So fat that he looks wider than he is tall, and his lips make disgusting smacking sounds as he talks.
- Gravity Master: He obtains that power at some point between battles by eating too much.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: While in demon form, he can separate his body in two parts. The heroes destroy the lower half, leaving him torn apart when he returns to human form.
- The Leader: Of the Solids.
- Mark of the Beast: He has Atma, so obviously.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His final form has four arms.
- Near-Villain Victory: He manages to reach the gates of Nirvana with Sera in hand, but he suffers a Villainous RRoD at the last possible moment.
- Non-Action Guy: Prior to obtaining Atma, he would stay hidden at all times behind the walls of his base.
- Recurring Boss: He is first fought in the Solids base, then at the Muladhara-Maniputra border, and finally at the Brute's base.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: When he and Bat abandon the Solids and offer their aid to Varin Omega, he just throws their asses in jail. Later he allows them to participate in missions but only because they have High Atmas.
- Sanity Slippage: At the end of the second volume due to his Villainous RRoD.
- Smug Snake: He is very full of himself and comes up with various underhanded plans to destroy the Embryon and the Maribel tribes.
- Took a Level in Badass: Due to his special Cannibalism Superpower, he comes back stronger with new abilities every time he's fought.
- Villainous RRoD: He uses up all his resources to reach the top of the Karma Tower. He dies right there and then.
Originally one of Maribel's lieutenants, he betrays his old tribe and joins the Solids. He possesses the High Atma Camazotz.
- An Arm and a Leg: Heat manages to burn away one of his wings in their final encounter. Unlike Cielo above, he does not get it back.
- Artificial Human: Like everyone in the Junkyard.
- Bat Out of Hell: His Atma form is a giant bat named after the Aztec god of death.
- Blood Knight: He betrays Jinana because he does not like her agreeing with the Embryon's peaceful philosophy.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays the Maribel and joins the Solids, and then he and Mick abandon the Solids to join the Brutes.Bat: I will kill them. The brat who leads the Embryon, the woman, the fools in my tribe - I will show them no mercy. I will tear them apart with my bare hands and then I will devour them.
- Combat by Champion: He is chosen by Jinana to fight against Heat in order to determine whether the Maribel-Embryon alliance will happen or not.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the game, he's finally taken out by an explosion. Here, he is devoured by Mick.
- Dissonant Serenity: The little speech above? He delivers it in a perfectly neutral tone. The soldier who guards him is more than a little unnerved.
- Hell Is That Noise: Bat can weaponize his screech as a supersonic weapon.
- Irony: He wanted to devour Jinana but he ends up being devoured by Mick.
- Knife Nut: He's shown twirling around his knives the first time he's seen.
- Lean and Mean: He's described as very slim and he's a Jerkass.
- Mark of the Beast: Just like everyone who has been infected with Atma.
- Mr. Exposition: He reveals to the Embryon that Varin Omega has undergone a Sanity Slippage due to his interactions with an agent from the Church.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Villainous version, combined with Badass Boast.Bat: My name is Bat. My Atma is Camazotz. I'm going to carve you into pieces.
- Punny Name: His name is Bat and he transforms into a bat.
- Recurring Boss: A non-video game example, though he did that in the game too. He is first fought in the Maribel base as Jinana's champion, and later he is fought again at the Solids base, the Muladhara-Maniputra border, and the Brutes base, in that order.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves:
- When he and Mick abandon the Solids to join the Brutes, Varin just throws them both in prison.
- When both of them are Left for Dead by the Embryon, Mick devours him.
- The Rival: After his first defeat at the hands of Heat, it becomes personal and tries to kill him in every encounter. Heat is all too happy to return the sentiment.
- Smug Snake: Rarely ever seen without a sly grin on his lips.
- Took a Level in Badass: There is a considerable gap in strength between the first and second time he's fought, as he has been devouring many people.
- Tribal Face Paint: He wears his tribal markings on his face.
- Weapon of Choice: Knives.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple.
The leader of the Brutes, the strongest tribe in the Junkyard. He possesses the High Atma Ravana.
- Adaptational Wimp: Rather than invisibility being a natural ability of his, here it was forcibly given to him by the Karma Society. This causes him to deteriorate much faster than normal. In addition, he doesn't have his second form or him multiple elemental attacks, nor Hunger Wave. On top of all that, he is far less competent as a leader than his game counterpart.
- Artificial Human: This is why he considers everyone in the Junkyard to be a mere ghost - never mind that he's in the same boat...
- Body Horror: He undergoes a Villainous RRoD; his limbs are falling off. Unfortunately, he is sentient enough to experience the full horror of this.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the game, he was beaten as a boss. Here, he suffers a Villainous RRoD and melts away before the squad could do any real damage to him.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Don't call him Varin! His name is Colonel van Beck!
- Invisibility with Drawbacks: Since it's not one of his natural abilities, he consumes his resources at an incredible rate and can't maintain it for more than a few minutes.
- Fake Memories: Unlike the games, here everything about van Beck is a total lie, implanted in his head by Shin Minase and Angel.
- The Leader: Of the Brutes.
- Mark of the Beast: He has an Atma brand.
- More Than Mind Control: Shin Minase took advantage of Varin questioning his identity by giving him fake memories and convincing him they're true.
- Sanity Slippage: His interactions with the Avatar cause him to gradually loose his sanity.
- Villainous RRoD: He pushes his invisibility too far and ends up devouring himself.
The new commander of the Junkyard. Their purposes are completely unknown.
- Brought Down to Normal: While they were a child, Angel existed in a different plane of existence, had no need for food or water, were a Person of Mass Destruction and an Emissary from the Divine. All those features disappeared when they hit puberty.
- Child Prodigy: Downplayed. They only became able to interact with people - and thus learn language and catch up with their education - after they became a teen, but they caught up very quickly.
- Decomposite Character: They embody certain aspects of the games' Jenna Angel, but without her Kick the Dog moments.
- Emissary from the Divine: When they were a child, they were able to communicate with God. They are very distressed to have that connection cut off.
- The Ghost: They only appear as a disembodied voice in a couple of scenes and are never introduced properly.
- Hermaphrodite: They have XXY genes as well as both male and female genetic organs.
- I Have No Son!: They refuse to acknowledge any sort of familiar relationship with their clones.
- Insistent Terminology: They insist on calling Sera the "Hiranyagarbha".
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Not them who say it, but Shin Minase reveals to Sera that Angel is her parent.
- Man Behind the Man: The one who gives orders to Shin Minase, who in turn gives orders to Varin Omega.
- Only One Name: Here they're just called Angel.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Angel is usually very calm with a hint of smugness, but there are two instances when that attitude breaks.
- The first is when they see Serph. That is due to his striking resemblance to Shin Minase.
- The second is when Serph accidently damages the gate to Nirvana and maybe injures them.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Their body emits the same radiation that causes the Cuvier Syndrome, but at a much, much faster rate.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From what little we see, they don't like Minase very much.
- The Unfought: In the game, they were the Final Boss. Here, they are never seen.
The Black Cat
A mysterious animal that appears to help the Embryon in critical moments.
- Cats Are Magic: In its second appearance, the cat makes it perfectly clear that it is intelligent and has a form of telepathy.
- Mysterious Backer: The squad is completely baffled about the seemingly intelligent cat, but Serph believes it to be one of their few allies. In the end of the second novel, it helps Serph remember the password for the Samsara system terminal.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Appears in places where nobody should be able to enter.
The so-called "Avatar", he is Angel's underling and personally responsible for almost everything bad that happens in the Junkyard.
- A God Am I: He considers himself as such when compared to the residents of the Junkyard.Shin Minase: I exist on a level so much higher than yours that I may as well be a god. Do you think that the created have any hope against the creator?
- Adaptation Name Change: From Serph Sheffield to Shin Minase.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: He first appears in the end of the first volume, which is halfway through the first game. In contrast, he originally appeared halfway though the second game.
- Always Identical Twins: He and his sister.
- The Beautiful Elite: Justified, as he and his sister are Designer Babies.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: He convinces Varin that the Church appointed him as a Bishop simply by wearing a hood and the Church's sigil.
- Black Eyes of Evil: He has black eyes and there is not a single positive trope about him in this page.
- Break Them by Talking: His Modus Operandi. He is responsible for Varin's Sanity Slippage and later drives Sera to tears by telling her what a cruel person she was.
- By the Hair: That's how he drags around Sera when she refuses to follow him.
- Composite Character: He is a mix between Serph Sheffield and the more negative traits of the games' Jenna Angel.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Black hair and black eyes.
- Decomposite Character: He embodies the more negative aspects of the games' Jenna Angel, and copies a number of her actions.
- Depraved Bisexual: Has a relationship with Anabella but he kisses Homura right in front of her; and the other tropes establish that he's not exactly a decent person.
- Designer Babies: He and his sister were made by their parents' order.
- Dissonant Serenity: He keeps a pleasant and polite manner of speech even as the man he talks to is dying a slow and agonizing death.
- Dramatic Unmask: A helmet variant. The squad is shocked to see him, but Shin himself doesn't think it matters much.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Varin describes his face as "womanly".
- Eye Scream: Anabella ripped his eyes out, but he got artificial replacements later.
- Facial Markings: He and his sister had their parents' company logo tattooed on their faces when they were kids, but they both removed them after they died.
- I Lied: He explains to Varin in a very mocking manner that all the memories they implanted to him and everything he was told about his abilities was a lie.
- Identical Stranger: To Serph. He is absolutely disgusted by the similarity, but doesn't think that it affects things much.
- In the Hood: He first appears wearing a hood and goggles to obscure his face.
- Interrupted Intimacy:Homura walked in on him while he was having sex with Anabella.
- Kick the Dog: He reveals that he lied to Varin while the man was dying and begging for his help.
- Lack of Empathy: Anabella reveals that she thinks Shin incapable of love. Homura agrees.
- Laughing Mad: According to Kei, Shin was laughing like a maniac while he murdered their parents.
- Made of Iron: In the span of a few hours, he got stabbed, burned and dredged through a sewer until he found an armored vehicle to take him somewhere safe. It's honestly a miracle he survived.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He covers his face while in the Junkyard and has no good intentions.
- Manipulative Bastard: He plays Varin Omega like a fool, and manipulates Sera into following his will, all while enjoying how bad he broke them both.
- Man Behind the Man: He manipulates Varin Omega.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "sincerity ageless water".
- Nigh Invulnerable: While in the Junkyard he is unaffected by any and all outside forces. He justifies this by explaining that the body he uses is a proxy.
- No-Sell: When both Cerberus and Agni attempt to burn him down, he literally waves it off.
- Offscreen Teleportation: How he gets in Varin's private quarters.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The others call him "Avatar" as he never bothers to properly introduce himself.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He is absolutely shocked to see Cielo being able to disobey Sera.
- Race Lift: In the games he was Caucasian but here he is Japanese.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed both his parents when he was fifteen.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: According to Kaz, Shin is just "Evil" while Kei is kind, terrified of her brother and resigned to her fate.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Unfortunately for everyone, in the books he is alive and kicking.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He clearly looks down on Angel even though they're his superior. Their remarks indicate that the feeling is mutual.
- Twin Telepathy: He and his sister, as part of being designed.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To Varin Omega.Shin Minase: You've been very entertaining, my dear puppet, but I'm afraid this is farewell.
A powerful Empath who was in relationship with Kei Minase before she died. Now he works with Sera on Shin Minase's recommendation.
- Adaptation Name Change: From Heat O'Brien to Kazuki Homura.
- Berserk Button: Trivializing death and the value of human life.
- Blind Obedience: Varin accuses Homura of having this attitude towards Sera.
- But Not Too Foreign: He is half Japanese (the author's ethnicity) half German.
- Death by Origin Story: The third volume is a Prequel that explains his backstory. Given that he's dead by volume 1...
- The Empath: He is a class A psychic, which is enough to put him in the list of the elite who live in the domed cities.
- Foregone Conclusion: His death. Volume 3 is his backstory.
- Identical Stranger: To Heat.
- Improbable Age: He is a psychiatrist/psychologist at 26.
- Interrupted Intimacy: He accidently walked in on Shin and Anabella having sex.
- The Lost Lenore: His spouse, Kei Minase, is stated to be dead. Homura admits that he could have the memories of her death be erased but he chooses not to.
- Mark of the Supernatural: His dark red hair marks him as an empath.
- Mind Rape: He inflicted this on Sera in a fit of rage after seeing her not reacting to the absolute disgrace of human decency that was happening around her, by forcing all the rage and sorrow he had ever felt into her. She screamed.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If he had not mind raped Sera, the sun wouldn't have turned black.
- Posthumous Character: Varin claims that Homura was killed prior to the events of the story.
- Race Lift: In the games he was an American of mixed British-Irish heritage. Here, he is of mixed Japanese-German heritage.
- Rage Against the Heavens: The reason he mind raped Sera was to finally get her - and by extension, God - to care for all the death and destruction around her.
- Sanity Slippage: Over the course of the third volune, he becomes increasingly convinced that Kei's consciousness is trapped within Sera, and starts acting completely irrationally about it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he first hears that Sera's mind drove all the previous empaths before him insane and even killed some (due to her mind being too overwhelming for them), he tries to leave ASAP. It doesn't work.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the only person in the EGG to have morals. Mockingly lampshaded by Shin.
Kazuki Homura's spouse, and Shin Minase's younger twin sister. She is already dead by the start of the first volume.
- Always Identical Twins: She and her brother.
- The Beautiful Elite: Justified, as she and her brother are Designer Babies.
- Brain Uploading: The data of her brain was uploaded in Sera as part of Shin's scheme to manipulate Homura.
- Canon Foreigner: She most certainly did not exist in the games.
- Death by Origin Story: The third volume states at the very beginning that she's dead.
- Designer Babies: She and her brother have been genetically engineered to look gorgeous.
- Determinator: The fireflies in her Mental World mark her will to keep moving forward in spite of her brother's never-ending abuse. Subverted as she is Driven to Suicide.
- Driven to Suicide: Eventually she can't take the way Shin treats her anymore and kills herself.
- Facial Markings: She and her brother had their family's company logo tattooed on their faces, but they both got them removed after they died.
- The Lost Lenore: She's this to Homura.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "firefly ageless water".
- Mental World: Hers takes the form of a calm but cold plane with a huge canyon in the middle and an ever-present feeling of depression. When Shin is mentioned, the whole place erupts like a volcano.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents died when she was 15.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Kei was a genuinely kind and soft-spoken person while Shin is just - in Homura's words - Evil.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Kei still has love and affection for her brother despite being terrified of him, because he's the only family she has and she's entirely depended on him.
- Twin Telepathy: Due to being designed.
Anabella di Fiori
An Italian systems engineer who works in the EGG.
- Cold Sniper: Her true profession.
- Disney Villain Death: She plunged in a burning pit. Everyone assumes she's dead after that.
- The Hedonist: She figures that since life is short, she might as well have fun as it lasts - that's the main reason she took Shin as her fuckbuddy.
- Hidden Depths: She's actually a mercenary hired by an unknown group to retrieve Sera.
- Identical Stranger: To Argilla.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Homura walked in on her while she was having sex with Shin.
- Mr. Exposition: She explains to Homura all about how the digital avatars work.
- Nice Girl: She's described to be a cheerful and friendly, and offers Homura a few drinks when she meets him. It's strongly implied that it's all just an act though.
- Smoking Is Cool: She has a chainsmoking habit.
A teenage boy who's trying to befriend Sera.
- Ascended Extra: This Cielo was only mentioned once in the games but here he's a pretty important character.
- Dance Battler: He knows Karate and he loves dancing.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up out of the domed cities where everyone is at the sun's mercy, he manifested powerful telepathic abilities he could barely handle, his parents thought he was possessed by a demon and chained him in their basement, somehow escapes, some random guy takes pity on him and teaches him karate, and then he spent around a year evading capture from cannibal mobs. Oh, did we mention he was no older than seven?
- Determinator: He managed to survive all of the above by sheer force of will, and now he's determined to teach Sera how to be human even if it kills him. It does.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He let his last breath in Homura's arms while the other man was trying to comfort him.
- Power Incontinence: Cielo's telepathetic abilities are too much for him to handle, so his has to take suppressor pills and listen to lots of music to handle them. Even so, he still can't control them fully.
- Kill the Cutie: When he tries to contact Sera right after she communicates with God, his organs exploded.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Up to Eleven. His organs exploded.
- Telepathy: He is powerful enough to surpass Homura.
The head researcher of the Cuvier Syndrome, and a world-renowned scientist.
- The Ghost: She's talked about for half the third volume before she finally shows up.
- Iron Lady: She may be old and frail and needs Angel's support just to wobble from one place to another, but she has a will strong enough to keep even Beck under check.
- Parental Substitute: She raised Angel as her own child and in return Angel treats her like a mother.
- True Companions: The only person she trusts is Angel, and tge sane is true in reverse.
Colonel William van Beck
An army colonel who seeks to use Sera for military purposes despite nearing the end of the world.
- Adaptational Name Change: From Terrence E. Beck to William van Beck.
- Butt-Monkey: Nobody's above making fun of him, regardless of their moral compass.
- Colonel Kilgore: The only thing he's interested in is how to make his army more effective. Nobody bothers talking any sense into him.
- Idiot Ball: Lampshaded In-Universe. Everyone points out that Varin's whole concept of military simulations just won't work. The world is ending anyway, the soldiers can't handle the sun, there's no way a soldier can achieve the perfect physical performance of an AI construct and an AI construct with its higher brain functions suppressed cannot mimic the friendship and camaraderie of true soldiers.
- No Indoor Voice: He's always yelling. Always.
Dr. Otto Griesner
The scientist in charge of Cielo's program.
The psychic hired by the EGG before Homura. He was driven insane by his contact with Sera's mind.
- As the Good Book Says...: He quotes Leviticus 19:31.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He was mentioned in passing early in the third volume. By the end of it he has single-handedly destroyed the EGG.
- Freak Out!: After he telepathically contacted Sera he completely lost his marbles.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Nobody expected this guy to transform into Archangel Michael.
- Kill It with Fire: His modus operandi. He points a blowtorch at Sera and nearly succeeds in burning Homura to death.
- Madness Mantra: The whole time he appears in person, he screams typical SMT Law slogans, quotes from the bible and stuff about "killing the witch".
- Mythology Gag: He's one of the bonus bosses that can be fought in the EGG Facility in DDS2.
- Playing with Fire: He gains this ability after his transformation.
- Reality Warper: He gained a extremely watered-down version of Sera's powers after he came in contact with her.
A researcher in the EGG facility, after it's collapse he took a leadership position in the Lokapala.