From talking corgis to sexy Sonics to the entire Marvel Comics pantheon, Shuffle Quest boasts quite a cast of characters.
The leader, sort of. Ruddy is the quintessential adventurer with a fondness for relics. He's getting on in years, but that doesn't stop him. Ruddy tends to be the most straightforward of the group and also like plaid.
- Adult Fear: Being separated from your daughter while the universe falls apart.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Almost literal.
- Affectionate Parody: Of fantasy adventurers. His show, Relic Revelry, is also a spoof of Antiques Roadshow.
- Asexuality: It's all but stated.
- Badass Normal: Ruddy may not have healing powers or be some fairy-elf thing (and he probably has arthritis), but he can still kick your ass.
- Bumbling Dad: Ruddy's adventuring seems to put a strain on his relationship with his daughter.
- Celibate Hero: Ruddy has never been horny. Where Ruddina came from is anybody's guess.
- Disappeared Dad: Thanks to Olmec, Ruddy is this.
- Heroic Dog: In 'The Hell Saga', Ruddy shape-shifts into a dog person.
- Kidnapped by the Call: Olmec really didn't give him a say in the matter.
- Lovable Rogue: Despite being a fighter, not a rogue.
- Mandatory Unretirement: Ruddy was planning to retire until Olmec swallowed him up.
- One Last Job: Ruddy is going to retire immediately after helping Olmec save the world, however long that takes.
- The Generic Guy: According to Joe Anderson, Ruddy's creator, Ruddy is a conglomeration of World of Warcraft cliches.
- Took a Level in Badass: Ruddy's awesome already, but in 'Wolverine Is Italian', he becomes the fucking WOLVERINE.
The rogue/healer. Before joining Olmec's team, Omie was a wandering do-gooder and follower of Elohim. She's polite to a fault, but isn't afraid to knock you on your ass.
- Acceptable Targets: Mormons. Justified in that Gwynn was raised Mormon.
- Action Girl
- Affectionate Nickname: Prefers to call Terok "Buffy" whilst he is Fuckcrow Steve.
- All-Loving Hero
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Omie is deeply ashamed when she swears or drinks coffee.
- Bag of Holding: Every iteration of Omie's outfits has something for holding her stuff.
- Bi the Way: Omie was definitely tempted by Arouse.
- Celibate Hero
- Combat Medic
- Gender Bender: Omie's presence in his body turns Danny Rand into Danielle Rand.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Omie can't swear. If Gwynn swears while recording, they have to retake the line.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple
- Healing Hands
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Next to Terok.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Omie and Gwynn are the exact same height, and frequently drawn to resemble each other.
- Kidnapped by the Call: Olmec really didn't give her a say in the matter.
- Oathbound Power: If Omie doesn't do one good deed every 24 hours, she loses her ability to heal.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Omie finally swore in the Home for Infinite Losers. It was magical.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In 'Mobius Striptease', Omie adopts a Scottish brogue while operating as a spy. It's not completely convincing.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse
- Power Fist: Omie's Weapon of Choice is brass knuckles, or "knucks". Then in 'Wolverine Is Italian', Omie becomes Iron Fist.
- Precision F-Strike: In the Home for Infinite Losers.
- Punny Name: "Oh my heck", which is a popular idiom among some Mormons.
- The Medic: Unusual for a rogue.
- Warrior Monk
- Weaksauce Weakness: Omie gets motion-sick fairly easily.
- Weapon of Choice: Brass knuckles.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Southern. No specific region.
The eladrin knowledge paladin. Nothing can distract Terok from his mission to find greater truth and wisdom, except maybe a quick detour into hedonism. Terok is abrasive, antisocial, and distrustful. Try not to fall in love with him.
- A Death in the Limelight: Each episode in 'Blood Highway' begins with a scene from Terok's past, culminating in him losing his head in the present.
- Anything That Moves: In 'Mobius Striptease', Terok makes love with an anteater, an owl, and Tails while in the form of a slow loris.
- Arbitrary Skepticism
- Awesome Mccoolname: As Fuckcrow Steve.
- Badass Bookworm
- Bi the Way: According to Word of Gay, Terok is pansexual.
- Brutal Honesty
- Catchphrase: Some variant of "I'm already leaving. Goodbye!" Also, "I don't like your tone."
- Compressed Vice: Terok's cocaine addiction.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dead Guy on Display: Terok winds up right next to Altea with his head stacked neatly on his shoulders.
- Dying as Yourself: Inverted. Terok meets his end while under the guise of Fuckcrow Steve.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Guttural Growler: Comparable to Will Arnett's Batman voice.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Next to Omie.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Terok and Cody are the exact same height, and frequently drawn to resemble each other.
- Insufferable Genius
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kidnapped by the Call: Olmec really didn't give Terok a say in the matter and he DID NOT appreciate it.
- Killed Off for Real: In 'Blood Highway', Terok is killed by the Ginormous.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Terok's voice began as a bad Patrick Warburton impression.
- No Social Skills
- Off with His Head!: Terok is decapitated by the Ginormous.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Because Cody moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, Terok was killed off near the end of the 'Blood Highway' arc.
- Really Gets Around: Terok has had some sort of love interest in every arc. Then he discovered the Mobius Tree.
- Rule of Cool: The main reason Terok does cocaine. That, and the other friends he allegedly made doing it.
- Sour Supporter
- Statuesque Stunner: A whopping 6'3", just like his actor.
- Surrounded by Idiots
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Terok's non-canonical younger brother Miles Nor in 'Tossed Universes and Scrambled Worlds'.
- The Smart Guy
- Weapon of Choice: War hammer. Fun fact: Cody actually owns a war hammer in real life.
The tiefling bard. Phia was a latecomer to the Shuffle Crew, but, after being rescued from the void of space, she was quickly embraced by the team (except for Goblin Joe). Phia is an amateur adventurer, barely able to lift her sword, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in enthusiasm.
- A Day in the Limelight: Phia enters the show with her own mini-arc in Faerun.
- Ascended Extra: In a way. Before playing Phia, Allie was the voice of Lord Peepers in 'Mobius Striptease'.
- Blatant Lies: Some of Phia's initial claims to the group, including her "psychic powers".
- Easily Forgiven: Despite initially distrusting Phia, Goblin Joe forgives Phia for lying and trusts her when the team is in trouble.
- Gender Bender: Phia's presence inhabiting his body turns Johnny Storm into Jenny Storm.
- Phony Psychic
- Playing with Fire: As Jenny Storm, the Human Torch.
- Plucky Girl
- Replacement Goldfish: For the deceased Terok. Goblin Joe doesn't think so..
- Verbal Tic: Phia stammers a lot under pressure.
Other Olmec Residents
Olmec is an ancient stone head, a quasi-deity from beyond the stars. He abducts Ruddy, Omie, and Terok from Faerun in a bid to save the multiverse from destruction.
- A God Am I: Olmec casually describes himself as "kind of a god".
- Alien Abduction: But he's a nice alien stone head.
- Apologetic Attacker: Or rather, apologetic kidnapper.
- Benevolent Architecture: In the most literal of senses.
- Bigger on the Inside: And he's pretty big to start with.
- Big Good
- Expy: Of Olmec from Legends of the Hidden Temple. Olmec actually finds this portrayal of him quite offensive.
- Gentle Giant
- Go-Karting with Bowser: According to Word of God, Olmec used to be good friends with Cthulhu.
- Keet: For a giant stone head, Olmec's sure enthusiastic.
- Kidnapped by an Ally: Olmec only abducted Ruddy, Omie, and Terok so they'd help him save the world. Is that so wrong?
- Living Statue: Olmec is full of statues that serve as smaller extensions of himself.
- Mr. Exposition: Being played by the GM, Olmec delivers a lot of expository dialogue about the way the worlds work.
- Rock Monster: Although Olmec would probably resent that description.
- Vocal Dissonance: An ancient stone head with a goofy millennial voice.
A larcenous goblin that got accidentally taken aboard Olmec along with the others. He's not officially part of the mission, so he tends to get up to some kind of mischief in whatever world they're in.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: As a rat in 'Mobius Striptease', Joe got a pair of iconic Sonic sneakers. He misses them.
- Ascended Extra: Joe was never intended to survive Episode 0.
- Baleful Polymorph: For instance, in 'Mobius Striptease', Joe transforms into a disgusting rat. Then, in 'Wolverine Is Italian', he becomes the Green Goblin. Subverted, in that Joe doesn't know the Green Goblin is human under his mask.
- Creator's Pet: Inverted. Tom insists that fan art depicting Goblin Joe make him as ugly and shabbily dressed as possible.
- Humans Are Average: Joe finally transforms into a human in 'Blood Highway', dubbing himself "Average Joe".
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Joe desperately wants to turn into something not gross.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Joe goes off at the rest of the crew after Terok's death, it's genuinely alarming.
- The Resenter: Goblin Joe really resents Phia for taking Terok's place so quickly after his death.
- Sticky Fingers
A teenage halfling with yearning to be an adventurer. She's dead.
Originally a scientist from the world of Dragonball Z, Hardcore decided that living under the constant shadow of death sucked. She now does science stuff aboard Olmec. Unfortunately, her world of origin prevents her from leaving, unlike the rest of the crew.
- Butt-Monkey: Even Olmec piles on her after the events of Sonic World.
- Genre Blind: She thought she was sending the crew into the canon Sonic World. Instead, they got 'Mobius Striptease'.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed / Podcast Fantasy Casting: Hardcore is Glenn Close. She just is.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist
- Shipper on Deck: Hardcore thinks Omie totally should have banged Arouse.
A psychic boy rescued from the hell-world of 'Blood Highway' by Olmec.
- Bald of Awesome: But it's probably because he's not well.
- Creepy Child
- Creepy Good
- Humans Are Psychic in the Future: Mad Max does take place in the future, after all.
- Living Lie Detector: Instantly recognizes Phia as a Phony Psychic.
- Living Macguffin: The Ginormous wants him for his psychic powers.
- Power Incontinence: Ignite is too powerful for the low-magic world of Mad Max, and must be taken away.
- Prophet Eyes: Zero pupils.
- Psychic Children
- Your Magic's No Good Here: Leaving his world greatly reduces Ignite's powers.
Men in Black World Characters
- A talking alien Corgi and drug kingpin.
- Bad Boss
- Cuteness Proximity: He's a talking Corgi.
- Fluffy the Terrible
- Running Gag: People have a hard time pronouncing his name.
- The Bus Came Back: In 'Wolverine Is Italian', Corgligula returns as Thor-gligula.
- The Dog Is an Alien: In true Men in Black fashion.
Dragonball Z World Characters
- The Bus Came Back: They return in 'Blood Highway' by some means. The cast never asked about it.
A demon lord in the third level of Hell.
An evil android gifted with knowledge from the Red Star.
- Macguffin Guardian: Possesses the remaining Dragonballs.
Sonic the Hedgehog World Characters
- Catchphrase: "Don't do that."
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Peepers only wears loafers and glasses.