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A character sheet for the lead characters and major recurring characters in Superbook (2011).

Chris Quantum

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Voiced by: Samuel Vincent
The series' main character, Chris is an avid skateboarder and guitarist who loves video-games and pizza.
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  • Aesop Amnesia: Numerous episodes have Chris needing to learn, again and again, not to be an arrogant, self-centered douche-bag.
  • Anime Hair: How many people do we know of whose hair hangs forward the way Chris's does, and in such heavy volume at that? Though it's probably a slightly exaggerated way of drawing what's supposed to be a normal hairstyle. One episode even shows him combing his hair, only for it to be standing up in rather wild fashion (and then it goes back to its normal look following Superbook's warp).
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Undergoes an outright ridiculous case of this in "The Fiery Furnace." Sure, Chris interacts regularly with a sentient tablet-computer that can open time-travel portals, he's got a Do-Anything Robot, he's seen angels and demons, he's witnessed Jesus performing miracles firsthand, he's seen that a giant like Goliath actually exists, he's watched Moses interact with a burning bush and part the Red Sea, but in this episode he has trouble believing that the fiery furnace (which, for the record, has nothing supernatural about it just yet) really exists—even after Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego bluntly tell him it exists, then hearing Nebuchadnezzar's herald announce it OUT LOUD FOR EVERYONE IN BABYLON TO HEAR that anyone who refuses to bow down to the king's statue will be thrown into the furnace. The look on the three Hebrews' faces when Chris suggests they'll just be demoted for disobeying the king, knowing what they themselves told him and what the herald announced hours earlier, speaks volumes.
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  • Big Eater: "Let My People Go" begins with Chris proudly recalling how he ate an entire pepperoni-pineapple pizza the previous summer.
  • Butt-Monkey: While he doesn't get this as often as Gizmo, Chris can still fall prey to this depending on the episode. "Isaac and Rebekah" is the most prominent example for him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: With Joy, for Gizmo.
  • Cool Board: Like many other kids in the series, Chris has one with a single large spherical wheel on the underside.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's good at delivering the occasional snarky line. For instance, in "The Good Samaritan," here's his response when Joy wants to trail a schoolmate of theirs who habitually takes all the ketchup packages from their local pizza parlor:
    Chris: News at 10—ketchup packs go missing from the pizza shop. Yeah, let's break the story wide open.
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  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Not quite on his father's level, but Chris certainly has a scientific mind. In "Nehemiah," for instance, he builds a functioning hoverboard ramp (with a little help from Dr. Quantum), and in "Isaac and Rebekah," he's able to assemble a functioning exo-skeleton that Dr. Quantum has built (though he initially and deliberately neglects to follow the assembly instructions to the letter).
  • Garage Band: He's the lead guitarist in one.
  • In the Blood: Apparently, Chris having a scientific bent came from both sides of his family. His maternal grandfather got several scientific awards in his life, as revealed in "Teach Us to Pray." And, of course, there's his father Professor Quantum, a genius inventor.
  • It's All About Me: Chris has had to be called out on having this attitude more than once.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Oftentimes selfish, craves stardom at others' expense, rebellious...but he truly does care about Joy, Gizmo, and his family.
  • Meaningful Name: His full first name, Christopher, means "bearer of Christ," and throughout the series he learns and eventually applies important lessons about what it means to live up to that definition in following the ways of Jesus. His surname, Quantum, is a physics term that refers to the smallest amount of energy or matter, and is also the Latin term for "amount;" Chris himself has a pretty brilliant scientific mind and is at least able to follow his father's descriptions and instructions, though his expertise isn't quite on Dr. Quantum's level.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Usually the red to Joy's blue (fittingly, one of his casual outfits includes an orange shirt), except when Joy's the one with the moral conflict, in which case the roles are reversed. Both of them are always the blue to Gizmo's red.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: With Joy and Gizmo, concerning the fact that his mother Phoebe got Laser-Guided Amnesia after joining them on one adventure.
  • Tempting Fate: Chris has a rather unfortunate tendency to do this. Just for one example, we get this bit from "Joseph and Pharaoh's Dream," after Superbook deposits the kids into a prison cell:
    Chris: Okay, prison. This trip certainly can't get any worse.
    (a huge prisoner comes out of the darkness behind them and grabs Chris and Joy by their shoulders)
  • Trademark Favorite Food: At least two episodes show he's got a liking for pizza.

Joy Pepper

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Voiced by: Shannon Chan-Kent
Chris's next-door neighbor and best friend, and the series' Deuteragonist, Joy enjoys sports and is active in several school clubs.
  • Academic Athlete: Joy gets good grades at school, is highly involved in extracurricular activities like the chess club, and has been shown in at least two episodes to be skilled enough at soccernote  to be a practice partner for Chris.
  • Adorkable: Joy can usually keep pretty level-headed, but she does occasionally fall into this mode, particularly when interacting with female Biblical figures. "For Such a Time as This" gives a pretty good example of this, where she is quite in awe of Esther on realizing that this woman happens to be the queen of Persia.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In "Noah and the Ark," Joy has a crush on Pearce, the leader of a group of delinquent extreme skateboarders with whom Chris wants to hang out. For that reason, she's willing to overlook little things like Chris forging a note from his mother, skipping school and breaking into a closed skateboard park, if it means she can get him to introduce her to Pearce.
  • Big Eater: Despite her slender frame, Joy is actually one of these, as "Elisha and the Syrians" reveals that she once ate a whole birthday cake on a dare from Chris.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: With Chris, for Gizmo. Though Joy's work gets a little harder when Chris starts acting no better.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Joy can occasionally fall into this role; it helps that she gets enough fuel from Chris and Gizmo either Tempting Fate or otherwise acting foolish. Witness her response to this exchange in "Joseph and Pharaoh's Dream":
    Gizmo: (to Chris) Statistically, it appears your plan to get Joseph back to his brothers will not work unless they just happen to show up in Egypt on their own.
    Chris: Yeah? And the day that happens, I'll shave my head and dress like an Egyptian.
    Judah: (arriving with the rest of the brothers) Excuse me, I am Judah. My brothers and I have traveled here from Canaan.
    Joy: ...I'll see if I can borrow Joseph's razor.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Girl Next Door: Joy is Chris's next-door neighbor, and she frequently visits his house, hangs out in his tree-house, or plays in his yard with him and Gizmo.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: "Nebuchadnezzar's Dream" reveals that she's got a small dog named Bella.
  • Meaningful Name: Joy's name pretty obviously refers to a great feeling of pleasure or happiness, and she herself is generally very friendly, pleasant and optimistic (at least, in those episodes where she's not the one with the moral conflict).
  • Nice Girl: Usually.
  • Not So Above It All: There was that time she willingly took on Chris's dare to eat a whole birthday cake in one sitting.
  • Only Sane Man: She kind of has to be the sanest of the trio, what with Chris and Gizmo being, well, Chris and Gizmo...unless, of course, she's the one facing the episode's conflict, in which case some of her rationality drops a little.
  • Plucky Girl: Quite often.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Usually the blue to Chris's red (appropriately, one of her casual outfits includes a blue hoodie), unless she's the one with the moral conflict, in which case the roles are switched. Both of them are always the blue to Gizmo's red.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: See Chris's entry above.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Joy's hairstyle is similar to her mother's, and she takes aspects of her facial features from both her parents.
  • Vocal Evolution: Throughout the first season Joy sounds quite young, in some cases sounding slightly younger than her stated age of 12 years. From Season Two onwards, though, Shannon Chan-Kent gives her a more mature-sounding pitch that levels off throughout the rest of the series; compare her voice in the first episode "In the Beginning" to her voice in the Season Two premiere "Jonah." (By comparison, Sam Vincent and Cathy Weseluck maintain more or less the same vocals as Chris and Gizmo right throughout the show's run.)
  • Women Are Wiser: Though she's certainly not immune to her own weak moments.

Gizmo

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Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck
A robot built by Dr. Quantum to protect and assist Chris and Joy, Gizmo provides much-needed exposition during their time-travel adventures.
  • Adorkable: He's ditzy and cute.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He's got a pair of buzz-saws built into his arms, which is very useful for cutting through trees.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gizmo tends to be the unfortunate victim of slapstick in each episode.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: One of the skills he was programmed with. He can get into a necessary disguise in an instant if he needs to blend in better, although sometimes the clothes he pulls out appear to come from Hammerspace.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Gizmo has a rather...excitable imagination.
  • Cowardly Lion: Gizmo isn't the bravest robot to have ever existed (one episode shows him recoiling in fright when mistaking an ordinary twig for a snake, among other things), but when it really counts, he'll do everything he can and must to protect Chris and Joy from harm. Lampshaded in "Revelation," where the trio have a front-row view of the Battle of Armageddon:
    Gizmo: Quick! Both of you under me! I'll protect you!
    Joy: But, Gizmo, that's brave!
    Chris: And you aren't brave!
    Gizmo: It is the end of the world! Do you think this is a good time to mention my shortcomings?!
  • Do-Anything Robot: Gizmo seems to have a device for just about any situation as the plot requires. Buzz-saws in his hands to cut through trees, rocket-boosters in his feet for flight, telescopic eyes, a geo-sensor to tell the time and place where the trio's been brought by Superbook, propellers for underwater travel, the ability to transform into a two-seater mini-jet, a dome-shield installed in his back...
  • Dreadful Musician: Zig-zagged. He can play musical instruments just fine, but his singing is absolutely atrocious. The usual response to Gizmo making any attempt to sing is to cringe, cover one's ears, and/or shut him up as promptly as possible.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Hammerspace: Related to the Do-Anything Robot trope above, Gizmo is somehow able to store things inside himself in such a way that really can't be explained any other way aside from this trope. The stuff he's been shown to hold within himself include, but are not limited to: a wide variety of clothes for him to change into at a moment's notice, a mechanical parrot, an anvil, over two dozen basketballs...and that's just from his chest cavity and without counting the multitude of gadgets he's got installed otherwise.
  • Motor Mouth: He tends to chatter on and on, especially when talking about his robotic capabilities, necessitating Chris and/or Joy to shut him up quickly lest he spill the beans to any Biblical characters about the trio being time-travelers.
  • No Indoor Voice: Gizmo's got problems keeping his vocal volume down. Chris and Joy frequently have to cover his mouth in situations where they have to keep hidden, lest he give them away.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to the kids' blue (and he, of course, has red metal plating).
  • Religious Robot: Gizmo is just as reverent toward God as any of the humans are who worship Him.
  • Robot Buddy: The series' website says Dr. Quantum built Gizmo specifically to be this for Chris and Joy, as well as to protect them from danger (though they wind up protecting him more often than not).
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: See Chris and Joy's entries above.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No Bible character ever seems put out by Gizmo's inhuman appearance (the closest we get is David assuming Gizmo's red plating is armor, while Moses's reaction to seeing Gizmo use a built-in vacuum cleaner to collect manna is to ask which of Israel's tribes Gizmo is part of). He doesn't get a second glance in the modern day, either, though it's more justified since he's part of an era and society where robotics are the norm.

Superbook

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Voiced by: Colin Murdock
The titular Superbook, here taking the form of a small computer tablet instead of an actual book like its earlier-series predecessor. It draws the kids into time-travel Bible adventures to teach them important lessons.
  • Adventures in the Bible: Superbook puts the kids through these Once an Episode.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: You don't normally expect a hand-held computer tablet to fly about on its own, speak, create portals to the past, or teleport people through time. Justified in this case, though; see Emissary from the Divine.
  • Can't Take Anything with You: One of Superbook's usual rules is that it doesn't allow the kids to take any technology from the present back with them into Bible times, except of course for Gizmo; any other tech is removed from them during the warp to the past and given back when they're returned home. Technology isn't the only thing to get this restriction, as in one episode a box of pizza that the kids have purchased is taken from them and later given back at the end of the adventure (pizza is too obviously anachronistic to Bible times, after all). However, there are times when Superbook will make an exception to this rule if the items in question are important to the episode's moral dilemma. In "Revelation," Chris gets to carry a digital picture-frame of himself and his parents since it's part of the episode's dilemma where he's certain they'll never forgive him for his latest bad antic; while in "Elisha and the Syrians," Joy gets to take her cell-phone with her because it's a key element of her current moral dilemma of whether to upload an unflattering video about another girl as revenge for said girl having done the same to her; and in "The Fiery Furnace," Chris gets to carry his cell-phone since it's part of his moral dilemma about whether to use a test cheat-sheet he'd downloaded earlier.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Whenever it warps the kids into an adventure, Superbook never tells them the name of whichever Bible character they're going to meet, only describing the individual's character traits. The dialogue varies, and in some episodes Superbook doesn't even have to say it's a person they're going to meet; "In the Beginning" has it telling the kids that it's taking them to a time and place when disobedience destroyed the world (Lucifer's rebellion in Heaven and the entry of sin in Eden).
  • Emissary from the Divine: "Revelation" implies that Superbook is a manifestation of God's Holy Spirit.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Heavenly Blue: Whenever it pulls its quick-teleport trick on the kids, they're transported in bright blue beams of light.
  • Instant Costume Change: A variation where Superbook can alter the time-travelers' clothes where needed, including trading their modern garb for Bible-era clothing if they'll need to blend in better.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Inflicts this on Phoebe at the end of one adventure. The fact that Jia Wei doesn't get this treatment in a later episode surprises the kids.
  • Modernized God: Or at the very least, implied to be a manifestation of the Spirit of God Himself. It takes the form of a small, oval-shaped hand-held computer tablet, which kids in the 2000s can easily relate to.
  • Narrator: Gets into this role every so often for the audience's benefit, summarizing certain aspects of Bible stories at the beginning and/or end of a given episode.
  • No Mouth: Capable of speaking, but doesn't have the visible tools for it. Not that Superbook talks all that often anyway.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Whenever Superbook appears for the first time in an episode, it usually shows up from seemingly out of nowhere, though a few times we get to see that it's been hitching a ride in one of the kids' pockets or book-bags or has been hanging out in some random corner of Dr. Quantum's lab. It always heralds its arrival with a specific musical jingle, though, so the kids know it's about to get active.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: Whenever Superbook pulls the kids into an adventure, it's portrayed as the Wormhole variety, with them being drawn toward a great light at the beginning and then returning home in a quick flash of light at the end (or being transported from one place or time period to another in said flash of light if Superbook desires).
  • Phrase Catcher: Every episode, when Superbook shows up with its musical jingle, the kids inevitably declare, "Superbook!" Less commonly, during time-jumps, "Where is Superbook taking us now?"
  • Portal Book: Superbook, of course, though here it's depicted as an oval tablet-like device small enough to fit in the palm of one hand. When it activates, it shows a virtual depiction of a book opening and flipping to the appropriate page.
  • Time Skip: In a few episodes, Superbook will take the kids forward in time (how far ahead depends on the plot), sometimes showing relevant information to them during the warp. "Samuel and the Call of God," for instance, has them meeting Samuel as a child around the time when he's spoken to by God in the temple; then Superbook warps them to several years later when Samuel is an adult, and during the warp it briefly showcases to them the deaths of Eli and his sons Hophni and Phineas and the defeat of Israel by the Philistines in battle that took place in between the two periods. Likewise in "Philip," shortly after the confrontation with Simon the sorcerer, Superbook takes the kids forward in time to when Philip meets the Ethiopian eunuch, while showing them the disciples' miracles in between the two periods.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Just like in the original series, Superbook can take the kids and Gizmo into adventures that last several weeks or months, then return them home with only a few minutes at most having passed in the modern day. "Gideon" sees Superbook taking them to witness the Israelites' battle against the Midianites and then returning them home less than one second after the adventure began.

Crispin and Phoebe Quantum

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Voiced by: Jan Rabson and Nicole Oliver
Chris's parents, who love their son very much and do their best to raise him right. Crispin, frequently identified by non-relatives as Professor Quantum, is a famous scientist and Gizmo's inventor, while Phoebe is a homemaker.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Just look at Phoebe, would you? She's beautiful both in looks and in character.
  • Bookworm: The series' character profiles inform us that Phoebe is a voracious reader.
  • Family Man: Crispin may be a busy and famous inventor, but he's also shown to make time for his wife and son, including taking them camping, as in "The Ten Commandments."
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Professor Quantum is a brilliant inventor. Besides building Gizmo, he's also built a functional jet-pack, a robotic exoskeleton, and a water-purifier that can make clean drinking water in mere hours.
  • Good Parents: Both of them are kind, patient, reasonable, and they clearly care about Chris's well-being. At the same time, they're not afraid to scold or punish him when he's done something wrong.
  • Happily Married: While their screen-time isn't as frequent as that of the kids, Gizmo and Superbook, the interactions we see of the couple show that, indeed, theirs is a happy and healthy union. In "Jesus in the Wilderness," their wedding picture is shown prominently hanging on a wall in the family home's hallway.
  • Housewife: Phoebe is a downplayed example, as while her series' profile describes her as this, she's shown to also have a social life and is active in the community.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Inverted and downplayed, as Crispin is a genius scientist but isn't ever shown engaging in sports, while Chris actively takes part in skateboarding, soccer, and basketball. Though Chris does also have some interest in robotics and gadgets, his smarts aren't quite on his father's level; nonetheless, unlike the usual application of the trope, Chris's more physical interests don't detract from his relationship with his father.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Professor Quantum is never shown without his scientist lab-coat.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Averted with Phoebe's parents. While Grandpa is deceased and only shows up in a flashback or two, and Grandma only appears in one episode, there's no indication ever shown that they were antagonistic to Crispin, and he himself speaks respectfully of Grandpa after the older man's passing in "Job."
  • Rich Genius: Thanks to Professor Quantum's scientific fame and know-how, the family can afford to live in a very impressive house with several satellite dishes on the roof, plus they have a sizable backyard with a swimming pool and a tree-house.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Well, Professor Quantum did build Gizmo.
  • Women Are Wiser: While Professor Quantum is certainly not an idiot, Mrs. Quantum tends to be a bit calmer and more level-headed.

Jesus

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Voiced by: Noel Johansen
The Son of God, Rabbi of the Apostles, and prophesied Savior of the world, as in the original text of the Bible; many New Testament stories as depicted in the series revolve around Him, though He also makes a few cameos in Old Testament stories. Most of the character tropes listed here and here apply to this version of Jesus as well; this list focuses primarily on tropes specific to this show.
  • An Aesop: Just like in the Bible, every parable He tells has a lesson to be learned, and not just for the hearers of that time; in several cases the lessons also help Chris and Joy to deal with their personal conflicts back home. The titular parable in "The Good Samaritan," for instance, helps Joy to see that she needs to be neighborly to a schoolmate who she would've previously ignored.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: "Revelation" has John the Revelator outline, in flashback, how Jesus left the disciples this way, covered in heavenly light as He went.
  • Cool Sword: He's the one who meets Joshua prior to the attack on Jericho in "Rahab and the Walls of Jericho," and he's carrying a sword that's glowing with light (along with the rest of Himself).
  • Decomposite Character: As explained under the Archangel Michael trope page, some Christian denominations treat that character as a separate being from Christ, while other groups treat them as the same person, with Michael being just another name for Jesus. For the latter group, this trope would be played straight here, with Michael being his own character separate and apart from Jesus.
  • Detect Evil: Due to His divine heritage, He can sense evil when it's close by. "Miracles of Jesus" has Him sensing the presence of the man possessed by the legion of demons long before the individual actually shows up in person.
    Peter: (pointing out a herd of pigs) Rabbi, we must find a way around those swine. Such creatures are unclean and dangerous.
    (ungodly sounds come up from behind the group)
    Jesus: (looking back knowingly) No. There is something else...
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He's the recipient of this in "Jacob and Esau," after a fashion, being the divine figure with whom Jacob wrestles until daybreak. "After a fashion" because He cripples Jacob by touching his thigh to put it out of joint, in order to bring an abrupt end to the struggle; yet in acknowledgment of Jacob's perseverence (both in the physical combat and then in seeking a blessing before facing Esau), He gives Jacob a Meaningful Rename.
    Jesus: Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.
  • Healing Hands: Just like in the Bible, of course. "Miracles of Jesus" shows Him healing a paralyzed man, while "Jesus Heals the Blind" has Him healing three different blind men.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: In "Revelation," while confronting Satan to save the kids from being killed by the latter, Jesus blasts His foe with a burst of light from one hand, utterly disintegrating him. And just prior to that, a whole barrage of light-blasts shoot down from the sky where Jesus is coming from, decimating a good chunk of Satan's army. "Begone, Satan!" indeed.
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: Downplayed in this series. He's approachable, ready to give a much-needed lesson or word of advice to anyone who approaches Him, and of course is willing to turn water into wine for the sake of a wedding feast, but at the same time He never loses reverence for the things of God or waters down scripture in His words or actions. Though if you desecrate the temple or threaten harm to His followers...
  • Man in White: Frequently, especially when He's surrounded by divine light.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: While it's never discussed in-universe, the series drops a few light hints here and there suggesting that Jesus is perfectly knowledgeable about the kids' time-travelling nature but simply doesn't say anything. Seeing as He's the Son of the all-knowing God of Heaven, it would make sense.
  • Third-Person Person: Downplayed, as He usually does this whenever He is prophesying or foretelling what is to come, particularly concerning His crucifixion.
  • White Stallion: Rides one in "Revelation," and the horse, being of supernatural nature, is capable of running on the clouds.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: He did astonish the scribes and teachers at Jerusalem's temple with His knowledge of scripture at only 12 years old, after all. "Jesus in the Wilderness" shows the scene in detail, right at the point when Joseph and Mary have found Him after frantic searching.

Michael

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Voiced by: Brian Dobson
The captain of Heaven's warrior-angels, and the very first Biblical character the kids meet in the show's first episode, Michael makes several appearances (mostly cameos) across the series thereafter.
  • Archangel Michael: Yup.
  • As the Good Book Says...: A regular user of this trope, though he's far from the only one. Michael is fairly unique, though, as whenever he does it, he quotes scripture passages during situations that chronologically happen long before the passages themselves will be written (for instance, quoting Isaiah 14:12 and 15 while banishing Satan from Heaven, and later quoting 1 Corinthians 10:13 while assuring Chris that God will empower him to resist temptation just as Jesus was equipped to withstand Satan's wilderness temptations moments earlier).
  • Decomposite Character: See Jesus's entry above.
  • Flaming Sword: He's armed with one (as are all other warrior-angels).
  • Friend to All Children: He greets the kids with calm and reassuring words when they first meet in "In the Beginning," and saves Chris from falling off a cliff before then taking him to witness Jesus's temptations in "Jesus in the Wilderness."
  • Gold and White Are Divine: He's a good angel who wears white armor with gold linings.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's friendly to the kids and loyal to God, but he doesn't hesitate to give the treacherous Lucifer a thrashing or kick him out of Heaven. In fact, watch the two angels' duel closely—for a good chunk of it, Michael is on the offensive more than when he's on the defensive. The DVD cover for "In the Beginning" outright shows him knocking out Lucifer with one punch.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Male example. He's got blond hair and is an unambiguously sinless angel.
  • Light 'em Up: Able to make his chest-plate glow with incredible light as a battle tactic.
  • Meaningful Name: The meaning of his name takes the form of a question, "Who is like God?" Michael himself, staunchly loyal to God, makes absolutely certain to let it be known that nobody is like God when he casts Lucifer out of Heaven for daring to try and usurp the Lord.
    Joy: Why did he do this?
    Michael: He thought he could be like God.
  • Playing with Fire: Aside from the Flaming Sword, in "Elisha and the Syrians" he's the one driving the fiery chariot that takes Elijah to Heaven.
  • The Quiet One: In every episode where he appears but doesn't have a major speaking role. Most notably in "Job," he's silent as he witnesses Satan making his bold challenge to God about the pious Job.
  • Winged Humanoid: Like all the angels, he's one. In fact, he's the first one to show up in the series.

Satan/Lucifer

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Voiced by: Paul Dobson
A former angel of Heaven known as Lucifer, the being who would become known as Satan led a revolt against God and was banished for his trouble; he now roams the earth while opposing God and all He stands for. Several tropes listed here apply to him; this list focuses on tropes specific to this series.
  • Big Bad: Just like in the original scripture, the whole problem of sin, and a lot of the misfortunes in this show's Bible stories by extension, can be traced back to him.
  • Big Red Devil: Satan's default appearance throughout the series, as shown at right, is based on the typical cultural interpretation as exemplified by this trope; he sports red skin, bat-like wings, horns, and flames for hair, in addition to wearing black armor. However, he can change his look as needed, including taking on his previous Winged Humanoid look from before his fall from Heaven (back when he was known as Lucifer), or assuming a normal human guise if he needs to blend in with mortals.
  • The Corrupter: Yes, he is this. He doesn't limit himself to just the Bible characters, either; on at least three occasions he's tried to coerce Chris into joining forces with him or to otherwise be disobedient or rebellious against his parents or God in some way.
  • Dark Is Evil: Both as Satan and as Lucifer. His default appearance (both in his demonic form and whenever he assumes his angelic form) has him clad in black armor, and when he turns into Super Smoke, it's always colored black. Even when he masquerades as a human, he wears dark-colored robes.
  • Flaming Sword: Wields one during his attempted takeover of Heaven, just like the other angels.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Anytime he appears in an episode, expect the slapstick to be significantly less than usual.
  • Light Is Not Good: Although he never loses the black armor in his angelic form (presumably for the benefit of letting younger viewers be reminded that he's a bad guy), he's still putting on the appearance of an angel, which leads to Chris—not realizing yet who he is—bowing the knee to him in "Revelation." Incidentally, the name Lucifer itself means "light-bearer."
  • Make Them Rot: Satan demonstrates this ability at different points throughout the series, such as causing a blooming flower to wilt with just a touch in "In the Beginning," and a fruit he's just handled turning black and rotted moments later in "Jesus in the Wilderness."
  • Man Behind the Man: In "He Is Risen," Satan is explicitly shown as the one behind Judas's betrayal of Jesus, whispering to the disciple to follow through with identifying Jesus to the mob when they come for Him in the Garden of Gethsemane.note 
  • Pride: His very first line in the series shows that he's too full of himself.
    Lucifer: I am God's greatest work. And I shall ascend above all of creation!
  • Shapeshifting: Whenever he appears as an episode's direct antagonist, Satan consistently demonstrates this ability. The first example, of course, is when he turns into the serpent in the Garden of Eden, but he can also turn into Super Smoke and assume a human form. He can even assume his angelic form of Lucifer from before he was banished from Heaven, in accordance with the Bible passage that says he can appear as an angel of light.note  And in "Revelation," he transforms into a gigantic cobra to attack the kids.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Considering how many children we see suffering in different episodes of this series because of sickness, disease, war and famine, and considering how all these are stated both in-series and the original scripture to be the result of sin, which in turn has its roots in Satan, yes, this is pretty much a given by default. More directly, in "Revelation" he gets Scaled Up and attacks Chris repeatedly after the boy rejects his temptations.
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