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List of people who live and/or work in the buildind #42.

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Apartment "A" 3B:

(Originally A & B but then Science! happened. This is also the main cast and their pet Misto... or maybe the other way round)

     Goblin King Jareth
Top: In his natural state.
Bottom: When he switches on the badass.
Modeled after David Bowie
Canon: Labyrinth
See also: The Many Faces of... page. His court is that of "The Unwanted" and not aligned with any season.

Tropes about his magic:


     Erik Deshler
The Phantom.
Modeled after Gerard Butler / Ramin Karimloo / Michael Crawford whichever is more convenient or funny.
See also: The Many Faces of... page.

     James Norrington
Modeled after Jack Davenport.
See also: The Many Faces of... page
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He looks good as male, female, in a drag etc. with or without magical assistance. He is just special.
  • Drop-In Character: He and Javert almost live at Jareth's and Erik's place. At least until page 278.
  • Fun T-Shirt: The Gallows Humor variety fun, though. His most worn t-shirt has a target right over his heart. Self-inflicted Kick Me by the resident woobie.
  • The Gadfly: Not as blatantly as his mother but he still systematically trolls his roommate with Fruit Baskets.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Whatever the others may think. Probably most blatant on this page, where he lampshades why it is a good idea to be on the good side of the Ax-Crazy Manipulative Bastard.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He is the only genuinely good and nice main cast member and he is underestimated a lot because of it, but he is also Badass Normal navy officer, who proved himself against pirates, undead and sea monsters (and is more dangerous with ropes and nooses than Erik).
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He is even the closest thing to a hero.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Thanks to their parents relationship he can be Rules Lawyered into the succession line of Jareth's family, and they are Fair Folk, that's kinda sorta what they do.
  • Hippie Teacher: He was born some centuries too early but otherwise he qualifies. Nobody respects the poor guy.
  • Honor Before Reason: He is recovering, but his mother still lectures him about it.
  • Humble Hero: Never got fame or praise and he never really wanted it. When he saved Phillipa Saito's thank was answered with "Oh- Of course. I'm just thankful I was fast enough.".
  • In-Series Nickname: He is Jamie for Jareth and from his reaction probably also for someone else but this isn't perfectly sure yet.

     Inspector Javert
The worlds most relentless lawman. Currently Punch-Clock Hero.
Modeled after Philip Quast mostly.
See also: The Many Faces of... the Cast folder
  • Berserk Button: Lawbreakers (Gavroche holds a special place in his heart), Fruit Baskets. He is also likely to Heroic BSoD when reminded of his original canon (Valjean showing up for the first time basically renders him comatose; Enjolras sends his blood pressure through the roof).
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: He is the only person in existence, who happily, knowingly and willingly eats Mrs. Lovett's "Worst Pies In London". Being the son of a Lethal Chef probably severely influenced his opinion on what counts as edible.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He will lecture a demon (Crowley) about not smoking in the library.
  • Manly Gay: One of the (if not THE) manliest characters around, and, apparently, in a gay relationship. Albeit not a sexual one.
  • Official Couple: With Valjean. Confirmed, after some hinting]], and is referenced from time to time.
  • One Head Taller: Javert and Valjean. It directly contradicts their established statures in the book to highlight the dynamic of their UST Nobody's necessarily complaining, however. This height difference comes from the Dream Cast version of the musical... and because of this he is taller than anybody.
    • I'm not sure about this contradicting the Brick - Javert is always described as very tall, whereas average height for male Europeans at the time was around 5'3". So Valjean may be burly and muscular, but he's unlikely to have been as tall as Javert (and I don't remember his height being specifically mentioned, either).
    • Briefly inverted for the sake of a gag thanks to the new Film Of The Musical, though Word of God is Javert's going back to normal.
      • And he is—except the person he was one-head-taller than can snow swap between both actors, eliminating most of Javert's height advantage.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: He is just doing his job as security guard. He even contemplates pulling a Villain: Exit, Stage Left stunt when he realizes that the university doesn't pay him enough for all the troubles... but he is too stubborn to give up. He also has some other "heroics" to do for some yet unexplored reason like one (1) honest-to-goodness good deed per year... naturally he tries to get rid off it as early as possible.
  • Sherlock Scan: He developed this skill in the course of the comic. The most obvious is where he and Sherlock play "Detect-Off".
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His idea of helping his roommate who suffered great emotional trauma (and has a drinking problem) is throwing him out of their apartment with "get over it or die"... or throwing him into a river.
  • True Sight: The one clearly supernatural ability he has here. (This addition to his canon traits was justified by his gypsy (later outright supernatural) ancestry. It would be a useless ability in his original story anyway... here, on the other hand...)
  • Weapon of Choice: Truncheon.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He normally is quite oblivious to such matters (he doesn't recognize other people's love problems either). Since the omake he got partially over it, but can still be quite oblivious.

    Mr. Mistoffelees
Awwww What an adorable kitten!
Canon: Cats
(Pet of Erik and Jareth)
  • Cats Are Magic: He isn't called the Magical Mystical Mr. Mistoffelees for nothing.
  • Cats Are Mean: He likes to torture Jareth.
  • Cute Kitten: Only the characters with True Sight (to be more precise fae sight, so this is the only time when the GO guys don't count) seem to be able to resist him and see his Cat Boy form. So Jareth and Javert.
  • In-Series Nickname: He is Misto for Jareth.


Others in the building

Apartment "C":

     Crowley and Aziraphale
Big Bro... ummm... Heaven and Hell is watching.
Canon: Good Omens

Apartment "D":

     Legolas "Greenleaf" Thranduilion
Captain Obvious Immortal Elven Warrior.
Modeled after Orlando Bloom.

  • Calling the Old Man Out: Thranduil clearly does not approve of his canon friendship with Gimli. Legolas clearly does not approve of his father's racism, but he just falls short of voicing his thoughts.
    Legolas' Thoughts: Not cool, Ada...
  • Captain Obvious: Less than in Girls Next Door but still has his moments.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Guess who has guns and hidden ammo Survival Horror style. He also knows who the "period fighters" in the building are and thus arms them first in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, as they are the least-likely to have working firearms.
  • Cool Sword: Has to hang onto Orcrist, which he confiscated in the second Hobbit film, until it's needed for the third. Sadly Toby accidentally hits Jareth with it...
  • Gun Nut: Stashed them all over the apartment complex in case of emergencies. Javert only wishes he could be surprised.
  • Nice Guy: Is kind and smiley even in the face of the Zombie Apocalypse. He also seems to wish he and James could have worked things out and been friends despite his uncanny resemblance to Will Turner getting in the way. Finally despite rooming with Sweeny putting him in physical danger and causing him mental stress more than once, he uses avoidance tactics instead of his exceptional combat skills to deal with it.
    • While mentally annoyed at his father's racism towards dwarves (specifically Gimli), he grins and bears it.

     Sweeney Todd aka Benjamin Barker
The second murderous psyco to move in.
Modeled after Johnny Depp.


Apartment "E" 4B:

     Christine Daaé
Her cookie baking skills in action.
Modeled after Sarah Brightman.

     Sarah Williams
Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered... her life is still a mess.
Modeled after Jennifer Connelly.
Canon: Labyrinth

  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: She repeatedly lampshades that she really shouldn't give in to her curiosity... and then does it anyway (to date it turned out mostly good for her).

Apartment "F":

     Nathan Wallace
Doesn't he look inocent?
Modeled after Anthony Head.

     Shilo Wallace
Cute, but not too Genre Savvy.
Modeled after Alexa Vega.

Apartment "G":

     Sherlock Holmes, and Dr. John Watson
Elementary my dear Watson!
Sherlock Holmes
Modeled after Robert Downey Jr..

  • Sherlock Scan: He deduced half of Sweeney's background from a "Hmpf".

Apartment "H":

     Dominic Cobb, and his children
They need a better picture.
Dominic Cobb
Modeled after Leonardo DiCaprio.
Canon: Inception

Dominic Cobb's children (Phillipa and James)

Canon: Inception

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: James doesn't believe in gobins... goblins. After living in the Building for years, seeing a zombie invasion and Jareth being in their neighbourhood.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Phillipa is James' (Norrington's) second biggest fan after Socks.

Apartment "L":

     Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, and Toothless
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III


The building staff

Because even #42 doesn't keep itself you know.

    Ex-Superintendents M. Andre and M. Firmin
They tried to find a Phantomless job.

  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: They manage to be this despite NOT being on the building staff anymore. They left a mess that Valjean still couldn't entirely sort out.

    Superintendent Jean Valjean
He also has an unusual luck.

  • The Illegible: Javert comments that his handwriting and spelling are horrid in strip 302.
  • One Head Taller: He liked the new Les Mis cast from the film....namely Hugh Jackman's height and Javert's actor's lesser height.
    • He now can mess with this by swapping between his "normal form" and his Hugh Jackman one. The look on Javert's face was priceless.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Oh Boy. He is still the master of this.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: If you take the omake as canon, then yes. Seriously, Javert attacks him and the first thing he worries about is that Javert is in trouble.
    • Official as of strip 302

     Landlord Mr. Saito
You wish your landlord would be this cool!
Modeled after Ken Watanabe.
Canon: Inception
See also: The Many Faces of... the Cast folder


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