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A character sheet for the lead characters and significant recurring characters in Superbook (2011). (For the recurring characters, "significant" means that they physically appear in at least two episodes and are given special focus in at least one of those.)

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    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.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Numerous episodes have Chris needing to learn, again and again, not to be an arrogant, self-centered douche-bag.
  • All Guitars Are Stratocasters: As seen in his picture here, Chris's guitar is a Stratocaster model.
  • 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 a couple of strands to be standing up in rather wild fashion (and then it goes back to its normal look following Superbook's warp). Another episode has his whole hair standing up in spiky formation not unlike what you'd expect in a typical anime series (and, again, it goes back to normal after the Superbook 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.
  • Berserk Button: If you cause damage to his property, Chris gets extremely vengeful. In "David and Saul," after two thuggish kids smash his guitar out of spite, his attempt at retaliation starts with him ordering Gizmo to hack into their train-car and cut the lights, and based on Joy's alarmed reaction, it's clear that Chris intends to get physical with the two—though fortunately for all involved, Superbook comes on the scene before Gizmo can start the hacking process. Not even Joy herself is safe from the effects of this particular trigger, as seen in "Jacob and Esau" when she accidentally splashes Gizmo's exposed motherboard with a water-balloon during a water-war in the backyard and messes up his circuitry; while Chris doesn't get physical with her, he does loudly and verbally confront her and then vows never to forgive her (of course, that's when Superbook shows up for its obligatory time-warp).
  • Big Eater: "In the Beginning" shows Chris drinking five blended fruit smoothies (made by Gizmo from the fruits in the Garden of Eden) in a row with no sign of strain and no hint of stopping. "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.
  • 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 Professor Quantum), and in "Isaac and Rebekah," he's able to assemble a functioning exo-skeleton that Professor 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: Since he's usually the Red Oni to Joy's Blue Oni, Chris gets like this a lot, except of course in those episode where Joy's the one with the moral conflict and their Oni roles are switched. Usually, though, Chris is the one who wants to come up with plans where they do something physical to help the Bible hero of whichever story they're there to witness (wanting to aid Joshua's spies at Jericho or help Daniel and his friends escape Nebuchadnezzar's order to kill all the wise men, for instance).
  • It Runs in the Family: 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; in "Paul and the Unknown God, Part 1," space explorer Commander Conrad even makes the comparison.
    Commander Conrad: Like your father, I suspect you've got science built into your DNA, Chris.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron:
    • "In the Beginning" has him putting on his father's newest jetpack invention without permission. The jetpack's thruster malfunctions, sending Chris bouncing off the ceiling and walls of the lab before crashing through Professor Quantum's blackboard and into the wall behind it. Granted, he's wearing the helmet that comes with the jetpack, but considering how fast he was flying and how hard he was bouncing, at the very least he should be knocked out cold, if not nursing broken bones—and yet the worst that he suffers is a few seconds of dizziness as he gets back up, before eventually reorienting.
    • Downplayed a bit in "Job," where he does suffer a realistic injury. As Gizmo recounts to Joy, with an accompanying video recording for illustration, among the unfortunate events Chris had to suffer that week was a tree crashing through his room's skylight window during a terrible storm and landing on top of him. Luckily, the worst injury he suffered from that event was one broken arm, as opposed to, say, his everything being crushed by the tree; and even then, when Joy sees Chris not long after, he's casually waving that same arm around even as it's set in a cast, and can even make a fist with the affected hand, all without any visible pain (note that this is mere days after the arm got broken).
  • 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 is energetic and always looking to come up with plans to try and help the hero of whichever Bible story they're witnessing, plus he has a pretty brilliant scientific mind and is at least able to follow his father's descriptions and instructions, although his expertise isn't quite on Professor Quantum's level.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's short and doesn't look at first glance like he could mash an ant, yet in "In the Beginning," he's strong enough to grab Joy and Gizmo simultaneously, with one hand each (around the waist for the former and by the scruff of the neck for the latter), and leap himself and them out of the way of a flung Lucifer without a hint of strain. This is especially impressive when you consider that Gizmo's carrying a whole host of things inside his chest-cavity that, Hammerspace notwithstanding, should rightfully weigh him down. Chris demonstrates this strength again in "Miracles of Jesus," when he grabs a prone Gizmo by the nape of the neck with one hand to yank him out of the way of a stampeding herd of pigs (the same pigs in whom the legion of demons enter after being banished from the possessed man by Jesus). All this could well be explained by his skateboarding skill (skateboarding builds muscular strength as well as cardiovascular health).
  • 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. In "Love Your Enemies," she's one of the kids (along with Chris, Jia Wei and Ellie) taking part in the regional All-Stars soccer tryouts.
  • Aesop Amnesia: How many times has Joy had to learn to trust God's plan and not be vindictive or vengeful toward others, again?
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: If you're supposed to be helping Joy in a work project that has significant emotional attachments to it, and you slack off on doing your part, or worse, don't bother to show up at all, Joy will not take it well and she will not let you off lightly for it. In "Ruth," when Chris displays a lax attitude toward helping Boaz's workers thresh the wheat (which in turn would help Ruth to get some of the leftover grain to carry home to Naomi), Joy's response is to tear into him with a savage "The Reason You Suck" Speech, then grab his snow-cone that he's snacking on and dump it on his head (and she gives Gizmo a Death Glare when he tries to speak up in support of Chris). Also, "Zacchaeus" starts with Joy bursting into Chris's backyard in a maddened rage because he was supposed to come help her do volunteer work at a children's home, but never showed up (and she's not about to listen even when he admits to having honestly forgotten); Jia Wei, seeing Joy's fury up close, immediately gets away from Ground Zero.
  • 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.
  • Death Glare: As demonstrated in "Ruth," when Joy gets seriously angry, she's got one hell of a stink-eye. It's potent enough to make Gizmo shut up.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Chess club, Girls' Leadership club, Girls' Service club, overseer of the school's recycling activities, various types of community and church outreach, soccer practice, cello practice...
  • Family Business: Her parents own a pizza shop, Pepper's Pizza Palace.
  • 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.
  • Hero-Worshipper: 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. "Rahab and the Walls of Jericho" and "Ruth" also see her admiring Rahab and Ruth, respectively, with Rahab also becoming a Cool Big Sis to her much like Esther does in her episode.
  • 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). Her surname, Pepper, brings to mind the similarly-named plant or spice, many of which are known to be quite hot, and Joy happens to have a fiery disposition whenever she gets angry. There's also the fact that peppers are common pizza toppings, referencing Joy's Family Business.
  • 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.
  • One Head Taller: A very downplayed version; she's actually taller than Chris by an inch or so.
  • 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.
  • Supreme Chef: Joy is shown to be quite handy at cooking. In "Jacob and Esau," she's able to make a stew that's similar to the kind Jacob's mother Rebekah used to make, while in "The Birth of John the Baptist," she assists John the Baptist's mother Anna with preparing spices for their lamb dinner, and in "Jesus—Friend of Sinners," she's overseeing the baking of various pastries (including over three dozen cookies). In the last of those three episodes, she reveals that she got baking tutelage from her grandmother.
  • Vocal Evolution: Throughout the first season Joy sounds quite young, in some cases sounding slightly younger than her stated age of 12 years. (For perspective, imagine Shannon Chan-Kent trying to emulate Andrea Libman's Pinkie Pie voice.)note  From Season Two onwards, though, she gets 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 Professor Quantum to protect and assist Chris and Joy, Gizmo provides much-needed exposition during their time-travel adventures.
  • Arm Cannon: A kid-friendly version—he's got a BB-shooter built into his left arm. So far, the only ammo we've seen it use is grapes.
  • 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.
  • Combat Tentacles: In addition to his normal arms and legs, he has four tentacle-arms that can sprout from his back, a la Doc Ock. They're good for climbing really fast and for catching things, but this series being what it is, Gizmo doesn't use them for actual fights (plus he's too cowardly for that anyway).
  • 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, a BB-shooter in his left arm that can fire grapes, the ability to transform into a fully-functional jet-powered all-terrain vehicle...
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gizmo has a bad habit of getting this way whenever anyone fawns over any technology that isn't related to him, or if another robot or droid is shown to have superior tech or specs. He's especially initially hostile toward the QBIT droid in the two-parter "Paul and the Unknown God," even being resistant to the latter's offer of a system upgrade.
  • 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: Chris's guitar, a wide variety of clothes for him to change into at a moment's notice, a mechanical parrot, an anvil, a blender, a multitude of stop-signs, over two dozen basketballs, a fire extinguisher, a strobe-light...and that's just from his chest cavity and without counting the many other gadgets he's got installed otherwise.
  • Jet Pack: He's got the Tricked-Out Shoes variety, with jet-thrusters built into the bottoms of his feet.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: One of the gadgets Gizmo has that's seen use in more than one episode is a dome-shield that's installed in his back. When activated, it can spread out to cover a large enough area for him, Chris and Joy to take cover under, and it's strong enough to deflect sword-strikes.
  • 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.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: This trope's alternate name, "Made of Titanium," is literal for Gizmo, as he reveals he's made of the stuff in "Nehemiah."
  • 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.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Two examples.
    • As explained above, Gizmo is a Cowardly Lion; programmed to protect Chris and Joy, much more usually ready to shy away from the prospect of danger, but willing to step in when needed even if the kids have to prompt him first. In "Revelation," though, he's the one prompting them to get under him in order to be protected by his back-installed dome-shield, and he's not taking any back-sass from either of them. The event that is prompting the urgency? The Battle of Armageddon, including bolts of destructive light and flying swords that put them in very real danger of being injured or killed right there on the battlefield.
    • It's normal for Gizmo to be enthusiastically gung-ho in being on board with Chris's occasional wacky hi-jinks, especially if that entails the use of any of his many gadgets, no matter how anachronistic they may be to the Bible period. What's not normal for Gizmo is when he follows any of Chris's instructions with a reluctant, somber expression and a subdued attitude. Yet that's what happens in "Peter's Denial," when Chris orders him to set up a basketball hoop in order to practice a complex shot; the reason being, Chris had earlier denied knowing Joy in order to impress a couple of boys he wants to hang out with, after they mocked Joy for being president of the chess club. Even as he sets up the hoop, in an extremely rare display of quiet rebuke, Gizmo reminds Chris that he, Chris, has been friends with Joy for far longer than he's known those boys (not that the rebuke takes hold at first).
  • Phrase Catcher: Whenever the kids are taken on a Superbook trip, they'll inevitably say, "Where are we, Gizmo?" or "Get a reading on where we are, Gizmo," or any slight variation thereof, following which Gizmo uses his geo-sensor to tell the time and place of their latest adventure.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His body is red, and his face-plate is bluish-white.
  • 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 Professor 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.
  • Transforming Mecha: Although he's human-sized, Gizmo has the ability to transform into a mini-jet and an all-terrain car, both of which result in his size increasing significantly so that Chris and Joy can fit inside. One episode shows him also able to transform into a doghouse-sized tent for when the group is out camping, albeit that's for his own sleeping arrangement (Chris and Joy have their own tents already).
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No Bible character ever seems put out by Gizmo's inhuman appearance, or if they do take any notice of his appearance or abilities, that wonder never lasts very long and doesn't detract from the main point of the Bible adventure in question (David assumes Gizmo's red plating is armor, while Moses's reaction to seeing Gizmo use a built-in vacuum cleaner to collect manna is merely to ask which of Israel's tribes Gizmo is part ofnote ). 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 different episodes camping backpacks the kids are wearing, a plate of cookies that Joy's carrying from the Quantums' kitchen, and a box of pizza that the kids have purchased are taken from them and later given back at the end of the respective adventures (all of those items are 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.
  • Flying Books: In this alternate intro sequence, which appeared for a few episodes of Season One, Superbook's red-book form is shown as one of these, providing transportation for Chris and Joy (with Gizmo using his rocket-thrusters to fly beside them for one scene and then joining the kids on the book near the end).
  • 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.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Or at least, Holy Repels Evil. In "Jesus in the Wilderness," Satan (in human disguise) attempts to put ideas in Chris's head about disobeying his parents—but then there's the slight sound of wind in the background, the fallen angel glances skyward with a knowing scowl, and he has just enough time to give Chris a seconds-long parting shot before quickly taking his leave. A moment after that, Superbook emerges to whisk Chris away so he can witness Jesus's temptations in the wilderness years after that point in time. Considering that Superbook is implied to be a manifestation of God's Holy Spirit, it's little wonder that Satan would excuse himself so quickly (or that he goes into a snarling rage when Superbook's name is mentioned in his earshot).
  • 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.
  • Invisible Wall: A non-video-game example. Whenever it takes the protagonists back to witness any of their past adventures in a Clip Show episode, Superbook creates an invisible barrier that prevents them from interacting with anyone else (including their past selves) and also keeps them from being seen or heard by others.
  • 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.
  • Leitmotif: Every time Superbook shows up for the first time in an episode and pulls the kids into a time-warp, it's heralded by a musical jingle that consists of soft pipes and strings, then culminates in swelling majestic trumpets.
  • Made of Indestructium: This little sentient flying computer tablet cannot be destroyed by fire or crushing. It's caught in a fire in one episode, only to rise up from the smoldering ashes and debris as pristine and functional as ever. Makes perfect sense, considering its origin.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: A low-key example as presented in "Let My People Go." Chris, Joy and Gizmo are speculating about which of their time-travel adventures is the best one they've been on to date, or whether they have been on the best one as yet. Superbook then shows up and pulls them into the episode's adventure (in this case, meeting Moses when he's campaigning to free the Israelites from Egypt). Note that this one doesn't have any particular moral lesson that either Chris or Joy needs to learn; it's simply to provide an answer to their curiosity. Also note that this is the chattiest Superbook has ever been when introducing an adventure to them; normally it sticks to a very brief synopsis during the first time-warp.
    Superbook: I am taking you to see such things that, if you searched all of history from the time God created people on the earth until now, and searched from one end of the heavens to the other, you would know nothing as great as this has ever been seen or heard before.
  • Not So Stoic: Superbook may be formal and mostly hands-off outside of providing time-travel transportation, but that doesn't mean it's insensitive to the time-travelers' concerns and feelings. In "He is Risen," when Phoebe is brought along with the kids and is naturally terrified at what's happening, Superbook says, "Be strong and of good courage; do not fear or be dismayed," in a quite soothing tone (though Phoebe's still bewildered at hearing a disembodied voice). In "Revelation," after Chris is distraught that his parents may never forgive him for accidentally burning the house down, the first thing Superbook says during the inevitable warp is to confidently declare "There is nothing that cannot be forgiven." And in "Paul and Silas," when it takes the kids into its warp while they're at the hospital, where Joy has been waiting for a tonsil-removal operation and is still in her hospital gown, the first thing Superbook does is put her into one of her casual outfits to spare her any embarrassment.
  • 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 Professor 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).
  • Party Scattering: Superbook has done this more than once, both at the start and in the middle of a given adventure, so that each of the kids can learn an important lesson solo or otherwise get information independent of the others. "Revelation" is the first time it happens, with Chris ending up in a deserted wasteland to encounter Satan's temptations while Joy and Gizmo meet John the Revelator outside the throne-room of Heaven. "Jesus in the Wilderness" has this happen in the middle of the adventure, with Chris being taken solo to witness Jesus's temptations from Satan, with Michael guiding and instructing Chris as they watch; Joy and Gizmo are left behind with Mary and Joseph's group (still during the period immediately after 12-year-old Jesus is found at the temple by his parents) and are only taken to join Chris at the end of Jesus's wilderness encounter with Satan. "Nicodemus" and "Jesus—Friend of Sinners" both show that, during the initial warp at the start of an adventure, Superbook can split the wormhole into two separate tunnels that draw Chris and Joy apart, depending on the needs of the plot (Gizmo is always kept with one of the two).
  • 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 red-covered book opening and flipping to the appropriate page.
  • Red Is Heroic: Superbook's virtual-book form, which is prominently displayed in the show's title sequence (and in the image on the main page), has a red cover. Superbook itself transports the kids through time to teach them lessons that will help them to become better people and followers of Christ, and also shows them the various heroes of the Bible and how they trust in God to help them in their conflicts.
  • Spock Speak: When speaking to the kids, or providing narration for the viewer, Superbook is quite formal, simply telling the facts without much emotion save for a certain level of knowledgeable authority and with almost no speech-inflections. This is helped by Colin Murdock's deep, majestic-sounding delivery, especially during each episode's first time-warp.
  • 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.
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Recurring Modern-Day Characters

    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 Equals 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.
  • Magic Versus Science: As Crispin admits to Chris in "Paul and the Unknown God," he and his father-in-law, Phoebe's father and Chris's grandfather, were on opposite sides of the Science vs Religion variant of this trope; Crispin, who didn't grow up religious, was on the Science side, while Grandpa, also a scientist, was on the Religion side. However, Crispin also admits to having had occasion to reconsider his position, something helped by his observance of Chris's Character Development up to and following the latter's acceptance of Christianity and subsequent baptism. Incidentally, in the earlier-aired "Isaiah," Phoebe—who was raised religious—admits to having drawn away from God after she started attending college, but she notes that Crispin, courting her at the time, always encouraged her to continue her church attendance despite not being religious himself.
  • 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.

    Todd 
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Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck
A schoolmate of Chris and Joy at Valleyview Middle School, Todd antagonizes Chris at every opportunity.
  • All Guitars Are Stratocasters: In "A Giant Adventure," Todd rocks a blue-and-white Stratocaster while trying out to become the school band's guitarist.
  • Anime Hair: Just what kind of hair gel is Todd using to make his hair stick out the way it does?
  • Book Dumb: He'd rather cheat on a test than make the effort to study. On the other hand, "Nehemiah" has him actually needing to be tutored in chemistry, although his attitude toward the prospect of tutoring leaves a lot to be desired.
  • The Bully: Chris is his preferred target, in two out of his three in-person appearances thus far.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: He ends up on the receiving end of this aesop in "The Fiery Furnace," when his efforts to cheat on a test (and try to make a buck off selling the test-answers to classmates) go belly-up.
  • Cool Board: Like Chris and other kids on the show, Todd has one with a single spherical wheel on the underside.
  • Jerkass: Yup, he's an absolute dick in every episode he appears in. Although he IS right in "A Giant Adventure," where, while he and Chris are auditioning as guitarists for the school's band, Todd makes the rather valid point that playing skillfully when alone isn't the same as performing in front of a crowd, where the pressure will be much higher (sure enough, a few minutes later Chris suffers a bad case of stage fright and humiliates himself as a result).
  • Lean and Mean: He's skinny as a rake, and he's not a nice person.
  • The Rival: To Chris in "A Giant Adventure," concerning the audition to become part of the school's musical band.
  • School Is for Losers: This seems to be his overall attitude toward any school subject he considers "nerdy." In "Nehemiah," he definitely has this view toward science.
    Todd: Science fair is for losers!
  • Smug Smiler: Whenever he's being a douchebag (which is to say, in nearly every scene he's in).

    Jason Dunning 
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Voiced by: Brian Drummond
A young thief who first meets Chris, Joy and Gizmo while trying to rob the Quantums' house.
  • The Chosen One: After witnessing how Paul, having been reformed from his persecuting period as Saul of Tarsus, was chosen by God to be the apostle to the Gentiles, Chris theorizes that Jason may likewise have some of kind of special plan in store for his life, "a special job he doesn't even know he's been picked out to do."
  • Cool Board: Another kid with a skateboard that has a single spherical wheel on the underside. Him being a good skateboarder prompts Pearce to try and recruit him into the Skateboard Maniacs in "Samuel and the Call of God."
  • Delinquents: The police note that he's had a history of falling into trouble with the law.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It helps that the Quantums don't press charges against him for trying to rob their house.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be acerbic, but as Joy (and later Chris) observes, he's not necessarily a bad person—just someone who was caught up in bad cirucmstances.
  • Justified Criminal: During their first meeting in "The Road to Damascus," Joy notices that Jason's bag has foodstuffs in it, and going off his rather shabby clothing, she concludes that he must have been robbing the Quantums' house because he was hungry. Jason himself hints that his reason for stealing is a lot more complicated than just being for kicks.
    Jason: (bitterly) You don't know a thing about who I am or where I come from.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's got blond hair that reaches just down to his shoulders, and he's certainly not bad-looking.
  • Reformed Criminal: By the time we see him again in "Samuel and the Call of God," he's apparently changed his ways for the better, though he's still in danger of being influenced by unsavory elements like Pearce.
  • Troubled Teen: Breaking into people's houses (and assaulting anyone who happens to come by at that moment) is not something a well-adjusted kid would or should do. Breaking into people's houses and specifically stealing food is just an extra indicator of deep-seated social problems.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Develops this kind of association with Chris in "Samuel and the Call of God," despite his own initial resistance to Chris's attempt to make friends after their previous meeting in "The Road to Damascus."

    Mr. and Mrs. Pepper 
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Voiced by: Colin Murdock and Cathy Weseluck
Joy's parents and the operators of their family business, Pepper's Pizza Palace, where Chris, Joy and their friends occasionally hang out.
  • Bumbling Dad: While Mr. Pepper doesn't usually present himself as an idiot (after all, one can't be a business-owner without some intelligence), he does fumble briefly in "Zacchaeus" where he absentmindedly fails to register that Joy's upset.
  • Family Business: Pepper's Pizza Palace, of which they're the owners.
  • Family Man: His absentmindedness in "Zacchaeus" aside, Mr. Pepper is shown to be a devoted husband and father. It comes out most strongly in "Paul Keeps the Faith," where he does his best to comfort Joy while they're both concerned over Mrs. Pepper's illness.
  • Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: We know Joy's very athletic and has gone on some pretty physical adventures. On the other hand, we've yet to see Mrs. Pepper do anything of the sort.
  • Good Parents: While they don't show up as regularly as Crispin and Phoebe do, there's no doubt that they love and care deeply for Joy, and she in turn loves them dearly. They're also deeply supportive of her decision to become a Christian and be baptized.
  • Happily Married: Yes, they are.
  • Ill Girl: Mrs. Pepper suddenly falls ill and collapses in "Paul Keeps the Faith," requiring her to have an overnight hospital stay. This incident forms the basis for Joy's moral conflict in this episode.
  • Parents in Distress: They're subjected to this in "Gideon," after a tree falls on top of their car while they're on the way home during a storm, trapping them inside.
  • Supreme Chef: Given that they run a pizza shop, it's safe to assume that at least one of them is good at cooking (because in the restaurant business, you kind of have to be).
  • Unnamed Parent: Unlike Crispin and Phoebe, their first names have not been revealed.
  • Women Are Wiser: Mrs. Pepper certainly is, compared to her husband, as shown in "Zacchaeus." She's far quicker than he is to pick up on Joy's upset feelings, and gives him an annoyed glare when he fails to read the mood.
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    Pearce 
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Voiced by: Michael Adamthwaite
The leader of a delinquent gang of extreme skateboarders known as the Skateboard Maniacs.
  • Batter Up!: In "Noah and the Ark," he shows Chris a video that he and his gang recorded as their audition for the upcoming Insane Games, where they're causing mayhem in a parking lot; in the video, Pearce is wielding a baseball bat.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Pearce's jacket may be bright orange, but his character is anything but light-hearted.
  • Cool Board: Like most other skateboarders in this show, his board has a single spherical wheel on the underside. Additionally, it's got booster-rockets installed on it for extra speed.
  • Delinquents: The Skateboard Maniacs are a gang of these.
  • Gang of Hats: Their "hat" being souped-up skateboards. Pearce's board has booster-rockets on the sides, as noted above.
  • Jerkass: In "Samuel and the Call of God," Pearce is shown riding his board inside a skating half-pipe and knocking down two younger skaters, with nary an apology from him. It's just one more example of his deviant behavior, following up from "Noah and the Ark."
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Both the name of Pearce's group, the Skateboard Maniacs, and the competition they're looking to enter, the Insane Games. Both names are lampshaded by Gizmo when he's urging Chris not to join up with them.
    Gizmo: Why do the words "maniac" and "insane" not worry you? Can't you see that this Pearce person is violent?
  • Nice Hat: Pearce wears an orange-and-green beanie that complements the rest of his outfit fairly well.
  • Pet the Dog: During his cameo appearance in "The Promise of a Child," Pearce is shown sitting quietly among the crowd in the church watching Chris and Joy's performance of the titular choral song (if you're wondering, he's in the second row from the front, on the right, at the start of that sequence). Even if you question his reason for being there to start with (he probably has a friend or relative on the choir, or he's just taking part in the Christmas festivities like everyone else), it at least shows that Pearce is capable of respecting the setting enough to behave himself.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: He sports an orange jacket, a green T-shirt, and an orange-and-green beanie to match.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He offers Chris and minor recurring character Jason separate opportunities to join his crew, in "Noah and the Ark" and "Samuel and the Call of God" respectively, but being part of said crew would undoubtedly mean taking part in decidedly unlawful behavior such as breaking and entering, trespassing, and destruction of public property. Fortunately, in the former episode, Chris opts out of joining the Skateboard Maniacs after the obligatory Superbook trip, and then keeps Jason from joining the crew in the latter episode by making a proactive effort to befriend him.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: In case you needed extra evidence that he's not a good influence.

    Barbara 
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Voiced by: Andrea Libman
A cheerleader at Valleyview Middle School who antagonizes Joy and, later on, Jia Wei.
  • Alpha Bitch: A middle-school variant.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Barbara has bright blond hair, and her cheerleader uniform is a mix of white, yellow, red and blue. She, however, is decidedly not nice.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Her cheerleader outfit has two V's on the front, for Valleyview.
  • The Cheerleader: She's prominently shown in a cheerleader outfit in both of her appearances, and the unflattering video Joy intends to post about her shows her at the top of a human pyramid in a cheer display gone awry. As it relates to the personality aspect of the trope, she's got it down pat.
  • Girl Posse: Has two girls following her lead in picking on Joy in "Elisha and the Syrians."
  • Heel–Face Turn: A probable subversion between the end of "Elisha and the Syrians" and the beginning of "Paul and Barnabas." While she does apologize to Joy at the end of the former episode, it's left ambiguous whether she really means it (and Joy herself decides it doesn't matter). Then in the latter episode, it's shown that she hasn't quite let go of her mean streak, joining in on Jia Wei's bullying by the other students (although granted, Jia Wei is already unpopular with the other kids because he's the hall monitor).
  • Kids Are Cruel: She posts a humiliating video of Joy in "Elisha and the Syrians" and is one of the kids mocking Jia Wei in "Paul and Barnabas."
  • Lean and Mean: A skinny and mean-spirited cheerleader.
  • Manipulative Editing: What she does to the video she posts about Joy. The original video shows Joy eating a whole birthday cake (on a dare from Chris); Barbara edits the video so that each slice of the cake looks like an entire food item (the image of a whole turkey is superimposed over one slice, for instance).
  • Pom-Pom Girl: In "Elisha and the Syrians," she at least has the pom-poms along with the outfit in the video Joy plans to post about her.
  • Thin-Skinned Bully: Makes a sadistic show of taunting Joy about the latter's humiliating video being posted online, only to panic when Joy reveals that she has an equally humiliating video of Barbara ready for posting. Except Joy opts to delete it instead.

    Jia Wei 
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Voiced by: James Higuchi
The hall monitor at Valleyview Middle School.
  • Bully Magnet: "Paul and Barnabas" shows him being targeted for ridicule by a group of other students. It doesn't help that he's the hall monitor, which has already earned him the disdain of the student populace.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He may only be a middle school hall monitor, but Jia Wei certainly carries himself like a cop, as shown in "Peter and Cornelius." As his picture here shows, he wears a small badge on his chest with a yellow star like a sheriff, plus his hallway hoverboard has a siren installed on it, and Jia Wei himself is rigid when it comes to adherence to and enforcement of the rules.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: His debut episode reveals him to be doing this because the other students can't stand his strict enforcing of the school rules.
  • Hero of Another Story: Following his debut episode, he's been going on dozens of solo Superbook trips, including adventures the main trio haven't experienced yet, such as meeting Cain and Abel and witnessing the baptism of Jesus. The trio's response to this is a Flat "What".
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Type B, as he's absolutely friendless from the start due to his position as hall monitor. The fact that he has no friends bothers him more than he initially lets on, especially when Chris—who dislikes him for his strict adherence to rules—spitefully brings up his habit of eating lunch by himself.
  • The Napoleon: He's several inches shorter than Chris, and he's definitely on a power-high when we first meet him, due to his hall monitor position.
  • Secret Keeper: He becomes one regarding the trio's Superbook experiences.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Well, Jia Wei is short and wears glasses. Concerning the "intelligence" aspect of the trope, one doesn't become a hall monitor with the ability to record student data and observe video-camera surveillance or go on solo Superbook trips by being an idiot.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Jia Wei has access to every security camera in the school building via his computer tablet, all the better to catch rule-breakers. It's lampshaded when he uses this feature to lock on to the fact that Chris and Joy, who are late for school, have just entered the building's front door.
    Chris: Jia Wei, since when do hall monitors have full video surveillance?
    Jia Wei: Since I introduced the principal to the value of backup evidence for every single school infraction.
  • Yellow Sash of Power: As the resident hall monitor, Jia Wei frequently enforces the school rules and keeps a pinpoint-accurate note of every student's infractions; his record on the two protagonists when they're late for school in one episode shows that it's Joy's first infraction, so she gets off with just a warning, but Chris gets put at risk for detention since it's his third time being late. However, the trope is deconstructed in that Jia Wei's insistence on following the rules so stringently has made him so unpopular with the other students that none of them will even eat lunch with him, and his knowledge of his pariah status bothers him immensely. At the same time, Chris—who initially resents Jia Wei's authority—comes to acknowledge that the guy's just doing his appointed job of maintaining order and doing it well, and that he himself can choose to be friendly to Jia Wei instead of ostracizing him.

    Grandma 
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Voiced by: Maxine Miller
Chris's grandmother on his mother's side, a woman of great faith who has been recently widowed after the death of her husband (Chris's grandfather).
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Phoebe surely inherited it from her.
  • Bunny Ears Picture Prank: One of the family photos she has in her home shows her jovially pulling this on Phoebe when the latter was a teenager.
  • Doting Grandparent: She's very close to Chris, just like he was to Grandpa.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: One of her photos from early in her married life shows her wearing a pendant with a purple gemstone in it. Nowadays she wears a simple pearl necklace and a gold bracelet, plus a pair of earrings.
  • Good Parents: She and her husband were certainly this to Phoebe when the latter was growing up, and they raised her in their Christian faith (though Phoebe drifted away during college).
  • Happily Married: She and Grandpa were this before his passing.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Averted. There's never any indication given that she, or her late husband by extension, ever gave Crispin grief after marrying their daughter (indeed, Crispin himself says in "Job" that Grandpa was a great man).
  • Silver Fox: Grandma is still quite an attractive lady despite being up there in years.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In "Teach Us to Pray," Grandma's wedding photo with Grandpa shows that she looked remarkably similar to how Phoebe would later look as an adult.
  • Tragic Keepsake: All she has to remember Grandpa by are his awards, their various family photos, and most especially a book-marker with the Lord's Prayer inscribed on it. While packing up her things to move closer to Chris's family, seeing the book-marker is enough to bring her to tears, though she later composes herself enough to explain to Chris how significant the prayer was for Grandpa.

    Ellie 
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Voiced by: Erin Matthews
Chris's classmate who shares Math period with him, Ellie has been contemplating several questions about the Bible prior to her on-screen debut in Season Five.
  • Academic Athlete: Ellie's debut episode "Nicodemus" establishes that she takes Math class with Chris and Joy and is a skilled skier, while "Love Your Enemies" shows her taking part in tryouts for the regional All-Stars soccer team.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Her approach to tackling a particularly risky section of the ski-slope in "Nicodemus" is basically "when you're ready, you'll know it." Of course, it helps that she'd been taking skiing lessons sometime prior.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Her hair is done in shoulder-length braids that look quite similar to dreadlocks, and she herself has some thoughtful questions about the Bible and the whole matter of knowing when or whether one has been converted (though her interest is Christianity rather than Rastafarianism). She shares the hairstyle with her older brother, whose hair more closely resembles locks than braids.
  • Meaningful Name: Ellie's name is a pet-name derivative of Eleanor, which in Hebrew is roughly translated as "God is my light." Ellie is introduced as desiring answers to questions she has about the Bible and Christianity, and as she gets those answers over time, her "darkness" of ignorance is enlightened.
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes the second one for the main trio's Superbook trips, after Jia Wei.
  • Supreme Chef: Implied in "Jesus—Friend of Sinners," where she's one of several kids helping Joy to bake cookies for an upcoming youth group activity.
  • Token Black Friend: Averted, actually. While Ellie is the only significant black character in the kids' peer-circle, her ethnicity is never commented on, and she's shown to have her own life and activities independent of them.
  • Token Minority: While the Token Black Friend trope above is averted in-universe, it can't be denied that Ellie is one of only two recurring non-white characters in the kids' peer-group (the other being Jia Wei, whose name indicates Chinese heritage) and one of only two recurring black characters in general (the other being Pastor Aaron). Presumably, this was in response to questions on the series' website about why there wasn't more ethnic diversity in the cast (which admittedly was pretty glaring in earlier seasons).
  • Turn to Religion: While Ellie's first appearance in "Nicodemus" establishes that she has questions about the Bible and Christianity, her next appearance in "Baptized!" sees her deciding to join Chris and Joy in baptism after getting a fresh spiritual perspective aided by her joining in on the episodic Superbook trip.
  • Two Girls to a Team: With Joy in the Superbook group following the events of "Baptized!"

    Pastor Aaron 
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Voiced by: Giles Panton
The pastor in charge of the youth group that Chris and Joy attend at church.
  • As the Good Book Says...: One of the few modern-day characters to do this. It makes sense for him since he's a pastor.
  • Friend to All Children: After all, when you work with young people, this is pretty necessary.
  • Good Shepherd: He guides his young charges in how to walk the Christian pathway, and frequently gives advice where needed.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Aaron means "strong" or "exalted" in Hebrew, and it's also the name of Moses's older brother who co-led the Israelites during Moses's tenure. Pastor Aaron is the leader of his church's youth group and also a source of godly wisdom for the kids he supervises.
  • The Mentor: Acts like this mostly to Chris, whenever he shares a scene with the kids.
  • The Missionary: In "Rescued!", he's leading an overseas mission trip that the kids and Professor Quantum have joined in on, during which the kids meet guest character Mateo and have to help rescue his family when a mudslide threatens to sweep their house away.
  • Nice Guy: Yes.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Pastor Aaron shares his first name with a one-shot classmate of Chris and Joy who appears and is the focus of the moral conflict in "The Prodigal Son." And, of course, there's also the Biblical Aaron, the brother of Moses, who appears in the series long before Pastor Aaron does.
  • Scary Black Man: Oh, so averted. Pastor Aaron is a tall and strapping figure, but also calm, gentle and approachable.
  • Team Dad: To his youth group.
  • Token Minority: He's the only recurring adult character who's non-white, plus he's one of three recurring non-white characters overall (the other two being Jia Wei and Ellie).

    Commander Duke Conrad 
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Voiced by: Clay St. Thomas
A famous astronaut and deep-space explorer who spearheads the space-themed camp that Chris, Joy and Gizmo attend in the two-part episode "Paul and the Unknown God."
  • Agent Scully: His stance toward religion. "If we can't demonstrate it scientifically, it's not real."note 
  • Badass Beard: Just look at it—it's right there for all to see!
  • Broken Pedestal: He turns out to be a downplayed and justified example. While Chris starts Part One being excited to be working alongside the space-explorer, he's left visibly troubled after Conrad mocks his belief in God. The discussion between the two outlines that Conrad's stance is because he doesn't believe in any diety, having seen no evidence of such in his years of space exploration. This trope is further played with at the end of Part Two in that, while Chris still respects Conrad for his achievements, he's disappointed that the older man hasn't been convinced by Chris and Joy's virtual presentation on how science and religion don't have to be mutually exclusive. Conrad might be on the way to becoming a Rebuilt Pedestal, though, if Part Two's final shot of him sitting alone and contemplating the ramifications of the kids' presentation is any indication (it's left ambiguous whether he'll change his stance, though).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's a scientist on par with Professor Quantum, with astronomy and space exploration as his area of expertise.
  • Hollywood Atheist: A downplayed example, as he doesn't believe in anything that doesn't have scientific evidence to back it up. His argument is that, in all his years as a space explorer, he's looked into the deepest part of space and seen no evidence of any deities' existence, so therefore he dismisses the idea of God or gods as "fairy tales."
  • Insufferable Genius: When it comes to the science vs. religion debate, he'll rub the whole idea of "if science can't prove it, it doesn't exist" in the face of anyone who professes religious belief. It shows up most prominently when he confronts Chris over saying a (quick and quiet) prayer during a space-mission simulation with a time-limit for its completion.
  • Magic Versus Science: He's on the science side in the "science vs. religion" debate with Chris.
  • Powered Armor: He makes his entry in Part One wearing one of these (pictured above), which gives him flight abilities via Rocket Boots. With the kind of show this is, however, he likely doesn't have any of the offense-based abilities wielded by a certain armored Avenger. It's not the real Conrad, though—it's actually his robot droid QBIT making a very realistic holographic presentation to impress the kids before the actual Conrad shows up to welcome them properly.
  • Robot Buddy: Has one in QBIT, an artificial intelligence droid assistant.
  • Science Hero: His fame comes from the many successful deep-space missions he's performed in his career. One of the training exercises he gives the space-camp attendees to do is actually based on one of his more noteworthy missions where he had to rescue several fellow astronauts within a designated time-limit.
  • Space Cadet Academy: Conrad oversees a science camp that is set up as one of these, complete with training simulations for the campers to experience what his actual missions were like.

Recurring Bible Characters

    God 
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Voiced by: Jim Conrad
The Father of Jesus, creator of the world and everything in it, and the series' Big Good, just like in the Bible. While this page has several character-tropes about Him that also come into play throughout the series, the list below will focus on tropes specific to this show.

  • Big Good: But of course.
  • Blow You Away: Remember that passage in the Book of Job where God speaks to the titular character out of a whirlwind? Well, in "Job," we get to see that whirlwind up close with Job.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: And He's the one making the call. He personally comes to Jeremiah to appoint him as a prophet, and sends the angel Gabriel to John the Baptist's father Zacharias and Jesus's mother Mary to give each of them the news about the children they'll soon have.
  • The Chooser of The One: He's the chooser of nearly all the major protagonists the kids meet in each Bible story, mostly among the various prophets like Elijah, Jeremiah, Jonah and John the Baptist, kings of Israel like David and Solomon, and judges like Gideon.
  • Compelling Voice: If you didn't know where Jesus got it from, well, now you know.
  • Curse of Babel: Started this at the Tower of Babel, of course, in "Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost." In the episode in question, God accomplishes this by sending numerous tiny balls of light into the people's mouths, making them speak different languages in an instant. Amusingly, one of those light-balls swirls around Gizmo, who's got a problem with his updated language-translator, and the problem is fixed immediately.
  • Destroyer Deity: It's not something that comes up too often in this series, but when it does happen, it's a clear sign that you really ought not to challenge God. Pharaoh finds this out the hard way in "Let My People Go," when his persistent refusal to release the Israelites results in God sending the ten plagues in succession to show the Egyptians exactly who they're dealing with. Then in "The Ten Commandments" and "Joshua and Caleb," God almost goes this route again when he tells Moses to stand aside so He can smite the Israelites for, respectively, their idolatry and rebelliousness, but Moses manages to talk Him out of it. "Noah and the Ark" shows Him in this mode on a more global scale, with the flood that destroys everything and everyone who's not in the titular ark.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: "In the Beginning" has the familiar scene of God making Adam out of the dust of the ground, here depicted as God letting a quantity of sand fall out of His hand and taking on Adam's physical form before the breath of life is added. Later in the same episode, when Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden, God causes a giant stone gate to come up out of the ground to block the garden's entrance so they can't go back in (and an angel with a Flaming Sword is set at the entrance for extra good measure).
  • Divine Intervention: This being a series based on the Bible, of course there'll be quite a few examples of God doing this for His people in accordance with the various Bible stories, such as the deliverance of Israel from the Egyptians at the Red Sea. In this series, as well, there are two examples that specifically have to do with the time-travelers, one of which is during a life-threatening moment.
    • The first example happens in "In the Beginning" right when Adam and Eve are compelled to leave Eden following their sin of eating the Forbidden Fruit. As Chris, Joy and Gizmo prepare to chase after them, the trio's suddenly confronted by a lion which, earlier, had been shown as quite non-aggressive, but now wants to eat them. The kids start running for their lives, the lion chases after them and is closing in...and then, from the stormy sky above, a lightning bolt strikes a tree and sets it on fire, causing it to fall right in the lion's path to make the big cat give up the chase. While there are instances of lightning flashing from the clouds above prior to this moment, this particular lightning bolt is the only one that strikes from heaven to earth, indicating that God had a hand in the kids' rescue.
    • The second example happens during the unleashing of the Curse of Babel in "Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost." In this show, the confusion of languages is carried out by way of numerous tiny balls of light that enter the people's mouths and change their speech; one of those light-balls swirls around Gizmo, who's been having a glitch with his recently-updated language-translator, and the glitch is immediately fixed. Gizmo, realizing what's happened, takes a moment to express gratitude.
    Gizmo: Hey! That sped up my sort-system-scan. (waves skyward) Thank you!
  • Divine Parentage: He's Jesus's Father, of course, with Mary as Jesus's human mother and Jesus being placed in her womb through the power of God's Holy Spirit. In "The Birth of John the Baptist," Mary recounts in flashback about how the angel Gabriel explained to her that this would be the case even though she was a virgin.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: If you challenge or outright defy God, or worse, insult His capabilities, He will respond. Just for a few specific examples:
    • "Let My People Go" has God, through Moses, telling Pharaoh ten different times to let the Israelites go free. Pharaoh refuses, blaspheming God in the process. Cue Humiliation Conga via the ten plagues.
    • "The Fiery Furnace" has Nebuchadnezzar, in threatening the three faithful Hebrews for refusing to bow down to his image, boldly asking who is their God that will deliver them from his fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego remain faithful to God, they get thrown in the furnace for their faithfulness...and then God proceeds to make the furnace's seven-times-increased heat of utter insignificance.
    • "Isaiah" has the Assyrian king Sennacherib outright mocking Hezekiah's faith in God's power to deliver Israel. God responds by sending an angel to smite a hefty chunk of Sennacherib's army with death that very night.
  • Energy Beings: Whenever God is given a personal appearance, He is shown as a disembodied light or as a humanoid light-figure (as shown in the image above), though His face is never seen.
  • The Faceless: Only twice has God been shown in person in the series, in the episodes "In the Beginning" and "Revelation," and in both cases His face is never shown. In the former episode He is depicted as a being of light with a humanoid appearance and is only shown from behind or at torso-level with His face just out of sight, and in the latter episode He is shown as pure light on Heaven's throne with Jesus standing on His right side.
  • Good Is Not Soft: God is the Big Good, but that doesn't mean He's going to go soft on those who openly defy Him, as the Israelites repeatedly have to learn the hard way. Also, as Pharaoh and Sennacherib had to find out firsthand, Do Not Taunt Cthulhu exists as a trope for a reason.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: Employs this twice in the series to destroy those who would oppose Him. The first time is in "Let My People Go," when, with Moses as His vessel, He brings the waters of the Red Sea down on the Egyptian army after it was previously held back to let the Israelites go across. The second time is in "Noah and the Ark," with the worldwide flood destroying everyone who's not in the ark.
  • God Is Good: He is the focus of this recurring theme in the show.
  • God of Good: Hand-in-hand with the trope immediately above.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: It all stems from Him, as the divine light He's shown covered in is a mix of gold and white.
  • Green Thumb: Demonstrated in "In the Beginning" when He reaches His hand toward the stem of a flower that's been plucked and causes a brand-new flower to grow in its place in seconds. And, of course, y'know, the entire Creation scene at the beginning of the episode.
  • Light Is Good: As befitting the Big Good.
  • The Maker: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
  • Making a Splash: In addition to the two examples of the Giant Wall of Watery Doom mentioned above, He also proves in "Elijah and the Prophets of Baal" that He is the one in control of whether it rains or not.
  • The Omnipotent: Yes, and the Creation story in "In the Beginning" and the reconstruction of Earth in "Revelation" are the biggest examples of this. In other situations thereafter, He usually works with human followers such as Moses or Elijah in order to display His power.
  • The Omniscient: Again, yes. Where the kids are concerned, it's implied on a couple of occasions that He knows all about them (which would certainly be fitting for this trope), and that He's looking out for them during their Biblical adventures (mostly via Superbook).
  • The Patriarch: Jesus frequently makes a point of identifying God this way.
  • Playing with Fire: He shows up to Moses in the form of the burning bush, He writes the Ten Commandments on the tables of stone with a fiery finger, He sends down fire to consume Elijah's offering, He sends chariots of fire to protect Elisha...
  • Reasoning with God: While He expects His commandments to be obeyed, He's open to discussion, as demonstrated in "The Ten Commandments," where Moses tells the people that he was able to convince God not to immediately smite them for their idolatry in making the golden calf—and in fact, as with the original scripture, His willingness to hold discussions with those who seek to serve Him is kind of the point. Though on His end, the discussion may take the form of pointed questions intended to make the other party (such as Adam or Job) acknowledge their place compared to Him.
  • The Voice: How He usually makes His presence known.
  • Weather Manipulation: "Elijah and the Prophets of Baal" has Elijah, as God's representative, making it known that He is the only true God who controls whether it rains or not, in contrast to the false god Baal, who is also said to excel at this but in fact isn't capable of it due to being nothing more than an idol. Aside from that, God is also perfectly able to shoot lightning bolts and create clouds, feats demonstrated across different episodes.

    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.
  • All-Loving Hero: A standard for the character. In this series, it's actually easier to count the times when He isn't.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Okay. So. Jesus has gotten angry a few times, or at least has gotten stern, even with His own disciples when it comes to their lack of faith. But as shown in "The Last Supper," just like in the original scripture, you should not dare to turn His Father's temple into a noisy and irreverent marketplace unless you want for Him to dash your money-changing tables aside and run you out with a whip.note 
    Jesus: My Father's house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations! But you have turned it into a den of THIEVES! (cracks the whip and flings the tables away)
  • Beware the Nice Ones: This series frequently shows Jesus' gentle side—His compassion for the sick, His patience in teaching His disciples and the wider community, His readiness to give a reassuring smile to child and adult alike, His willingness to forgive sinners who are truly repentant, even His lightly-hinted guidance in solving the time-travelers' personal problems—but if at any point He's wearing a stern expression for any reason, just know that the recipient of that look is boned. The first time we see Him angry is in "The Last Supper," because the money-changers are disrespecting the temple of God with their irreverent actions; He winds up violently overturning their tables and using a whip of cords to chase them out.
  • The Chosen One: Specifically, to fulfill God's promise to Adam and Eve in Eden. "The Promise of a Child" actually has Superbook take the kids back to witness some of their past adventures where they've interacted with different characters who've all been part of the plan for Jesus to be born of Mary in order to save the world from sin.
  • Compelling Voice: If he's banishing demons, or rebuking a storm, they obey. On a more kindly note, he'll combine this with his Healing Hands to banish sickness and provide hope to the sick person in the process.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Children: When the kids meet Jesus for the first time (from their chronological perspective, anyway) in "Miracles of Jesus," one of the first things he does is to offer them something to eat. At different points throughout the series thereafter, whenever they meet Him, He's a caring mentor who gives them direct or indirect lessons to apply to their personal situations back home. And as He demonstrates in "Revelation," threatening to harm children who believe in Him will have very dire consequences for the one giving the threat.
  • Good Is Not Soft: If His hands light up for any reason that isn't to heal someone, or He's holding a whip in one hand, and He's giving the soon-to-be-recipient a Death Glare either way, it will not end well for the unlucky party. Also counts as OOC Is Serious Business, as this kind of violent response has only happened twice in the series to date; the first time is when He's rushing the irreverent merchants out of the temple, while the second time is when He's smiting Satan during the Battle of Armageddon to save the kids from Satan.
  • 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.
  • Humble Hero: We know from the Bible that Jesus was never one to seek glory or honor for Himself, or to throw His weight around or force others to do things for Him, even though His followers thought He should make Himself a physical king of Israel. "The Last Supper" really brings it home during one scene where He asks Chris to fetch some water and towels ahead of the titular supper, only for Chris—who's been feeling far too much rock-star hype ever since his Garage Band was chosen to take part in a national competition—to order Joy to fetch the requested items as if he's her overseer. Jesus's reaction is to gently, but in clear disappointment, set Chris straight right there and then.
    Chris: Yeah, we don't jump, right, Jesus? People jump for us.
    Jesus: (sighs) Have I shown you nothing, Chris?
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: On full display in "Jesus in the Wilderness," where He rejects Satan's temptations.
  • 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...
  • Light Is Good: Wears all-white clothes, rides a White Stallion, and it's especially clear when He's surrounded by divine light.
  • Magnetic Hero: Natch, as it relates to the Bible characters. For the time-travelers specifically, they can't help but follow Him and stick close to Him every time they interact with Him.
  • Matter Replicator: Water-to-wine, anyone? Plus the whole matter of turning five loaves and two fishes into a feast for 5,000 people. Both miracles are shown in "Jesus Feeds the Hungry."
  • Nice Guy: Noel Johansen's calm, soothing vocal delivery convincingly helps Jesus's portrayal in this series as this trope, particularly in how He interacts with the common people, answers the questions of honest truth-seekers like Nicodemus, and and it's even present in his mentor-like interactions with the time-travelers themselves. Though there are times when he will not be so nice, largely toward evildoers or those who dishonor the name of the Lord (as the merchants desecrating the temple found out firsthand).
  • Playing with Fire: In "Gideon," He is the heavenly visitor who comes to encourage Gideon to fight against the Midianites, in the process touching Gideon's offering of food with the tip of His staff and setting it ablaze.
  • 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.note 
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on the various disciples He shows Himself to after His resurrection in "Doubting Thomas."
  • The Storyteller: Just like in the Bible, this is a frequent method Jesus uses in various episodes of this series to get His points across.
  • Third-Person Person: Downplayed, as He usually does this whenever He is prophesying or foretelling what is to come, particularly concerning His crucifixion.
  • Weather Manipulation: One of the miracles Jesus displays in "Miracles of Jesus" is the famous stopping of the storm on the sea ("Peace, be still").
  • 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.
  • Angelic Beauty: Look at his picture here; he is certainly a very handsome figure as shown in this series. This particular design for Michael is likely done to contrast him to Lucifer, who is also conventionally handsome but has a perpetual sneer or frown on his face even when in angelic form.
  • Archangel Michael: Yup.
  • The Armies of Heaven: He's the chief of the warrior-angels, answering only to God and Jesus. The only time he's shown not leading Heaven's armies is in "Revelation," when Jesus is the one leading them Himself.
  • 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).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's kind, friendly, polite, compassionate, ready to lend a hand in times of need, but if you ever dare to try and overthrow Heaven, he will personally and physically throw you out. Lucifer found that out the hard and painful way.
  • 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.
  • Large and in Charge: As shown in the first episode, Michael leads the warrior-angels of Heaven, and he is a tall figure. How tall? Let's compare: Chris comes up to Professor Quantum's chest, but Joy, who's slightly taller than Chris by roughly an inch or so, only just reaches up to Michael's waist. This promotional image provides a more direct comparison—Michael and Professor Quantum are standing right next to each other, and while Crispin isn't a short man by any means, he only just comes up to Michael's chest, with Michael being roughly equal in height to Goliath (not counting Goliath's helmet).
  • Light 'em Up: Able to make his chest-plate glow with incredible light as a battle tactic.
  • Light Is Good: An angel, blond hair, wears white and gold armor, has light-based powers...yes, he qualifies.
  • 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.
  • Spock Speak: A mild example. In every episode where he shows up in a speaking role, Michael never uses contractions in his speech, likely to emphasize his heavenly origin (even Jesus, who grows up among humans while on Earth, and Satan, who's also on Earth for obvious reasons, use contractions every so often), but he occasionally emotes as a way of providing emphasis, and will employ the active style on a few occasions (while witnessing the building of the Tower of Babel, he remarks, "I wonder what God will do?")
  • Super Strength: Let's be honest, it takes a certain amount of strength to be able to throw a sword from a far distance and have the blade stick into a rock, then to break off a section of said rock while pulling the sword free without a look or sound of strain, as happens in "In the Beginning." Likely justified by him being an angel.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: He pulls this during his fight with Lucifer in Heaven, when the fallen angel appeals to the kids for help while struggling to hold on to the edge of the rock-face where they're standing; Michael puts a halt on that encounter by flinging his sword hard enough for the blade to get embedded into the rock right in front of Lucifer's face. While we don't see the initial throw, the way the sword comes into the scene implies that Michael has thrown it like a spear, the way straight-bladed swords could historically be thrown.
  • Undying Loyalty: "I do not fear you, Lucifer, for I serve the Lord!"
  • 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.
  • Beauty Is Bad: His angelic form is quite handsome, and any human guise he puts on is, at least, not unattractive.
  • Berserk Button: He will not react well if anyone he tries to tempt into sin rebuffs him; at best, he'll snarl and pull his Game Face, and at worst, he'll actively try to kill the offender right there and then. Also, as shown in "Revelation," hearing Superbook mentioned by name is enough to briefly make him lose his cool, though luckily that happens just when Chris has turned his back to the devil (he doesn't yet realize who he's talking to) and Satan manages to compose himself a moment later so as to keep up his present Faux Affably Evil facade.
  • 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.
  • Deal with the Devil: Oh, quite naturally. He attempts this with Chris twice, first in "In the Beginning" (where he invokes an image of Chris flying freely with a jet-pack while saying that the kids can be masters of their own destiny as long as they follow him) and again in "Revelation" (where he offers Chris the opportunity to eat a mystical fruit as a way of ridding himself of the guilt he feels over his latest bad choice), and of course there's the famous series of temptations put to Jesus in "Jesus in the Wilderness." In all three episodes, the recipients reject him, much to his visible displeasure.
  • Evil Counterpart: To God, Jesus and Michael, in varying degrees.
    • To God, like in scripture, in that while God is the Big Good, Satan is the Big Bad. It's also present in how they relate to humans; God desires a genuine relationship with humans, while Satan will pretend to be their friend in order to further his own ends.
    • To Jesus, again like in scripture, concerning their respective roles as mentors to humans. Focusing specifically on the disciples, Jesus tends to mentor Peter as a future leader of the apostles, guiding him in the right way and encouraging him to grow as a follower of God's will and to strengthen the brethren; conversely, Satan is the one who directs Judas to betray Jesus, and Jesus also notes at one point that Satan wants to sift Peter like wheat.
    • To Michael, in a much more obvious way than with God and Jesus, since both of them served together as angels in Heaven before Lucifer's fall. As an angel, Lucifer wears black armor and can transform into black Super Smoke to contrast Michael's white armor and Light 'em Up powers, and while Lucifer wants to uplift himself above all creation, Michael's all about uplifting God as the Creator. Satan has also sought to corrupt Chris more than once; Michael, in turn, encourages Chris to put his trust in God. And, of course, Satan leads The Legions of Hell to counter Michael's command over The Armies of Heaven.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Paul Dobson gives him a very sinister baritone, plus a slight rasp when he's angry.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Literally; he can appear in his original form as a handsome blond angel when he needs to, as in "Revelation."
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he's trying to tempt someone up close and personal, he'll act like he's got their best interests at heart, only to drop the facade and show his truly malicious self if they reject his suggestions.
  • Flaming Sword: Wields one during his attempted takeover of Heaven, just like the other angels.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Or, in this case, The Devil Knows About 21st-Century Concepts; this shows up on two occasions, both times during situations where he's trying to tempt Chris over to his side. The first time is in "In the Beginning," where he and the kids confront each other while he's in the form of the serpent, shortly after having deceived Eve into eating from the Tree of Knowledge. He creates a pool of water out of nowhere to show in its reflection Chris flying with a jet-pack, something that obviously hasn't been invented at that time and that none of the kids has openly spoken about in that place (one prior scene implies he's read Chris's mind and knows exactly what emotional buttons to push). The second time is in "Revelation," where, while showing Chris that Humans Are Bastards, Satan presents the image of a modern-day army with rifles and ballistic gear, then showcases an image of a random child in a wheelchair—and since the setting of the episode is during the vision of John the Revelator, said rifles, ballistic gear and wheelchair obviously have yet to be invented at that point.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Anytime he appears in an episode, expect the slapstick to be significantly less than usual.
  • Large Ham: A lot of times, Satan carries on as if he's on a stage, with all the hamminess that attitude brings. (Plus, remember that Paul Dobson has had prior experience voicing bad guys such as Naraku.)
  • The Legions of Hell: He is their commander, especially as shown in "Revelation."
  • 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."
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Exemplifies this in "Job," right after afflicting the titular character with his bodily sores to the point that Job's howling in utter pain.
    Satan: Agony. Such a pleasing sound.
  • 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 
  • Playing with Fire: Aside from the fire he has for hair on his head, "Job" explicitly shows him as being the one who rains down the fire that destroys Job's livestock.
    Satan: And now the outlook is cloudy...with a chance of fire!
  • 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!
  • Reality Warper: What a lot of his powers boil down to, as shown in this series. In no particular order: he's shown Chris visions of modern-day technology and armies as a way of trying to tempt him; he's made trees grow out of parched earth; during his temptations of Jesus, he physically teleports Him from the wilderness to the roof of the temple and back again; and while testing Job, he causes boils to suddenly appear on the godly man's body. There are limits to what he can do, however; in the aforementioned case of Job, just like in the Bible, Satan doesn't try to implement any trials against the man until God explicitly gives him the go-ahead, and even then within certain parameters (at first Satan's not allowed to affect Job himself, and then he's not allowed to take Job's life).
  • 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.
  • Tornado Move: He uses this twice during his rebellion in Heaven, combining it with his Super Smoke ability (though his wings are still partially visible so we know he's spinning inside the smoke). The first time, he uses it to dispatch three good angels; the second time, he uses it minutes later to fly up toward Michael for an attack, though Michael is able to block his resulting sword-strike.
  • 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.

    Moses 
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Voiced by: Richard Newman
God's chosen leader to take the captive Israelites out of Egyptian bondage and to the Promised Land of Canaan, and the one who collects the tables of stone with the Ten Commandments on them along the way.
  • The Commandments: "The Ten Commandments" shows us the scene of Moses getting the tables of stone from God while up on Mount Sinai.
  • Cool Old Guy: The very first time the kids meet Moses while he's tending sheep in the episode "Let My People Go," he proves to be quite friendly and informative.
  • Emissary from the Divine: Well, God does appoint him to be Israel's deliverer, and then later on he's the Hebrews' go-between to God.
  • Holy Backlight: When he and Elijah appear to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration in "Teach Us to Pray," all of them are covered in holy light.
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: Obviously, though like in the original text, he knows of his Hebrew heritage from the outset (helped by his birth mother being taken on as his nursemaid by his adopted mother, Pharaoh's daughter). The whole thing is shown in "The Birth of Moses."
  • Red Is Heroic: His robe is striped in two different shades of red in "Let My People Go," and a single red shade in subsequent appearances. The striped version is similar to the red robe Charlton Heston wore when he played Moses in The Ten Commandments.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Technically, being the Pharaoh's adopted child. He tried to be proactive in stopping the Egyptians' cruel treatment of the Israelites, but killing that one taskmaster resulted in him having to flee Egypt and live in Midian for the next 40 years.
  • Simple Staff: Moses has one in hand nearly all the time, even when he appears to Jesus with Elijah as divinely-brought figures in "Teach Us to Pray."
  • Team Dad: Acts like this for the children of Israel, especially in his roles as their intercessor to God in "The Ten Commandments" and "Joshua and Caleb."
  • Unaccustomed as I Am to Public Speaking...: In "Let My People Go," the first time he tries to talk to Pharaoh, he stumbles on his words and is uncertain of himself, necessitating his brother Aaron—a much better public speaker—to help him. Subsequent visits to the royal palace have Moses being much more confident and able to speak for himself.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he sees the golden calf. In fact, he gets mad enough to throw the life-sized idol off its pedestal, despite the fact that it should be heavy due to the metal it's made of.
  • Youngest Child Wins: He's the younger brother of Miriam and Aaron, but he's the one chosen by God to lead Israel out of Egypt and to the Promised Land.

    David 
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Voiced by: Alessandro Juliani (as child David and young adult David), Michael Donovan (as old David)
A shepherd boy who later becomes one of Israel's greatest kings, and the future father of the wise King Solomon.
  • Badass Israeli: Kills a lion with his staff, kills a bear with his sling, kills Goliath by cutting his head off, and much later is hailed as slaying "ten thousands" (in contrast to the mere "thousands" ascribed to King Saul) due to his prowess in Israel's army, and he does all of that without a hint of fear.
  • The Chosen One: Chosen by God, through Samuel, to be the next king of Israel. It earns him resentment from his older brother Eliab.
  • David Versus Goliath: Duh. Although in this show's rendition of the event, the battle isn't as quick or one-sided as we would traditionally see or hear it depicted.
  • The Evil Prince: Not David himself, but his son Adonijah in "King Solomon." While David is on his deathbed, Adonijah tries to make himself king under the pretense that David has sanctioned it, but Solomon's mother Bathsheba goes to David to ask for his kingly intervention.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a boy in "A Giant Adventure," he's fast enough to dodge attacks from bigger opponents like Goliath or a lion, but he has to stay out of range of their much heavier attacks. He presumably grows out of this later as an adult, given that he's a leading figure in the Israelite army when he's seen as a young adult in "David and Saul."
  • Just a Kid: David is subject to this from both his father Jesse, when Samuel says David is God's anointed future king, and from Saul, when David says he will fight Goliath.
  • Martial Arts Headband: As a shepherd boy in "A Giant Adventure," David is shown wearing a simple brown headband all throughout the episode. As for the "martial arts" part, well, he's definitely skilled enough to kill a lion with his staff, and some of his combat tactics involve hand-flips.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The very end of "Ruth" shows David in his kingly attire, with his sword and shield at the ready.
  • Simple Staff: His Establishing Character Moment in "A Giant Adventure" has him using his shepherd's rod to kill a lion threatening one of his lambs.
  • Suffer the Slings: A sling is a deadly weapon in David's hands.
  • The Unfavorite: Jesse clearly isn't expecting Samuel to point out David as the next king of Israel. Heck, the only reason David gets to meet Samuel at all is because Eliab has been sent to fetch him from tending the sheep, long after Samuel has already arrived and been introduced to Jesse's other sons.
  • Warrior Poet: Here's David's list of accomplishments—bear-slayer, lion-killer, giant-conqueror, army leader, and expert harpist and song-writer. On that last point, during his shepherd-boy days in "A Giant Adventure," he helps Chris reignite his passion for music after Chris has suffered a bad case of stage-fright that's made him swear off ever playing his guitar again; and much later as a young adult in "David and Saul," he's Saul's appointed musician when he's not out killing Israel's enemies.
  • Who Will Bell the Cat?: He is the answer to the question of who will go to fight Goliath, after the rest of Israel's army turns coward because of the giant.
  • Youngest Child Wins: David is the youngest of Jesse's sons, and he's the one who the prophet Samuel declares has been chosen by God to be the next king of Israel (despite Jesse suggesting that Samuel take another look at his firstborn, Eliab, to be sure). He's also this trope fulfilled on a much larger and longer-term scale, as Superbook shows the kids in "The Promise of a Child," as it is through David's direct lineage that the promise God made to Adam and Eve will be fulfilled through the coming of Jesus.

    Elijah 
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Voiced by: Michael Dobson
A fearless prophet of God and rebuker of sin.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the very beginning of "Elisha and the Syrians," via Michael and the fiery chariot. Though he later shows up to Jesus as a light-covered figure along with Moses in "Teach Us to Pray."
  • Clever Crows: Y'know, the whole "being fed by ravens sent by God" thing, featured prominently in "Elijah and the Widow."
  • Cool Old Guy: He's not about to let a little thing like old age slow him down.
  • The Famine: He calls down the three-year drought by the word of God in "Elijah and the Prophets of Baal," and the crops have largely failed in the region as a result. "Elijah and the Widow," which chronologically takes place between the initial curse and the confrontation on Mount Carmel, outlines how the drought's effect has reached as far as Zarephath.
  • Friend to All Children: He gets along splendidly with the kids during their different encounters, and his assistant in "Elijah and the Prophets of Baal" is depicted as a young boy. Then there's his fatherly attention to the young son of the widow of Zarephath in "Elijah and the Widow."
  • Holy Backlight: During his brief cameo alongside Moses in "Teach Us to Pray."
  • Last of His Kind: He himself says it aloud in "Elijah and the Prophets of Baal," that he is the only prophet of God who is left (at that point, anyway; Elisha hasn't shown up yet).
  • Mentor Archetype: On the occasions he interacts with the kids, he naturally acts as an instructor to them. And, of course, he has Elisha as his student later on prior to him being taken to Heaven.
  • Nerves of Steel: It takes having an especially strong pair to be able to mouth off to royalty, and even strike fear into said royalty, without having any sense of fear or concern for oneself. It takes having an even stronger pair to knowingly walk in the direction of said royalty, instead of going in the opposite direction, after they've sent out an order for you to be found and killed. Of course, Elijah's lack of concern is because of his confidence in the power of God.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Gender-inverted. It doesn't matter if you're the king himself; if you're committing sin in the sight of God, Elijah will call you out and strike fear in your heart while doing so.
  • Simple Staff: Has one during his pre-ascent appearances, though apparently he can walk just fine without it despite his age.
  • Undying Loyalty: Remains steadfast that the Lord God is the only true God to be worshipped.

    Mary 
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Voiced by: Teryl Rothery
The human mother of Jesus, who gave birth to Him through the power of God's Holy Spirit despite being a virgin at the time. She appears in the series at various points in Jesus's life, during which the kids meet her either as a young mother or as an older woman during Jesus's adult years.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: As a young woman, Mary is a beauty, and as an older woman years later she's still pretty attractive. Either way, she's a good-hearted woman.
  • Celibate Hero: As showcased in "The First Christmas" and "The Birth of John the Baptist," at the time of the angel Gabriel's announcement about her upcoming pregnancy, Mary naturally wondered how it was going to happen since she was still a virgin. Unlike with John the Baptist's father Zachariah, who disbelieved the angel's proclamation about his son's birth in the latter episode, Mary accepted the prediction concerning herself by faith; or, to put it the way her cousin Elizabeth does, "because (she) believed that the Lord would do what He said."
  • The Chosen One: Chosen by God to be Jesus's mother. Lampshaded by Mary's cousin Elizabeth in "The Birth of John the Baptist."
    Elizabeth: God has blessed you above all women, and your Child is blessed.
  • Cool Big Sis: On the few occasions the kids get to interact closely with her, she's this to them, particularly in "The Birth of John the Baptist," where she offers Chris a blanket to protect against the coldness of the night and advises him and Gizmo to stay near the fire for warmth, and in "Jesus in the Wilderness," where she and Joy have a heart-to-heart about the importance of obedience to God.
  • Good Parents: She and Joseph would have had to be to raise Jesus right.
  • Humble Hero: In "The Birth of John the Baptist," while glorifying God for choosing her to be Jesus's mother, Mary describes herself as a "lowly servant girl." And indeed, throughout her various appearances, she never once draws attention to herself just because of whose mother she's been chosen to be.
  • Jewish Mother: Well, literally she's this, since she's Jewish and she's Jesus's mother. However, she's not the sort to nag Jesus about anything; the closest we see her being that way is in the first segment of "Jesus Feeds the Hungry," where she informs Him of the wedding feast having just run out of wine, expecting that He will do something about it. Even then, the most she does afterward is to quietly nod at Jesus's proclamation that "(His) time has not yet come," and then to inform the servants to do whatever He tells them, which comes across less as her being meddlesome and more as her exercising faith that He won't let the feast fall into embarrassment (and of course He doesn't).
  • Mystical Pregnancy: Her pregnancy with Jesus, of course.
  • One Steve Limit: She's another aversion, as she shares her name with at least one other Mary (the sister of Lazarus).
  • Women Are Wiser: A mild example, as "Jesus in the Wilderness" has her revealing to Joy that, despite her and Joseph's natural worry about having accidentally left Jesus behind and then finding him again after searching for three days, she at least understands how important Jesus's obedience to God is compared even to obedience to them as His earthly parents. We say "mild" because the episode doesn't delve into Joseph's view on the matter following the incident (neither did the Bible, remember).

    Simon Peter 
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Voiced by: Brian Drummond
The most prominently featured of Jesus's original 12 disciples, and the one who gets the most focus during the early days of the apostles after Jesus's death and resurrection.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He takes this role toward Chris on occasion, giving him down-to-earth instruction on how to apply Jesus's teachings. This is most prominently shown in "Miracles of Jesus" and "Peter's Denial."
  • Character Development: Initially hot-blooded, impulsive and somewhat thick, Peter later becomes confident and wise and a leading figure in the early Christian church. Since we don't get to see the development take place in chronological order, though, it zig-zags across different episodes where the kids go to New Testament times.
  • Friendship Denial: Does this to Jesus three times in "Peter's Denial," just like in the original scripture, and despite Jesus specifically warning him that it will happen. Peter's Heroic BSoD when he realizes what he's done is palpable.
  • Great Escape: "Peter's Escape" is all about how Peter gets out of prison despite being chained to two guards, with two more stationed just outside his cell, and with several doors and gates between him and freedom—only, like in Scripture, it's an angel who helps him escape while keeping things stealthy. Amusingly, outside the prison the kids are plotting their own means of getting Peter out, although Gizmo has deduced that the only way they'd be able to do so...is by using a tank (which obviously doesn't exist in that time period).
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: In "Love Your Enemies," we get to see the scene of Jesus's arrest in Gethsemane, where Peter uses a sword to slice off a man's ear (with a Gory Discretion Shot, of course).
  • Hot-Blooded: At first. He improves over time.
  • The Lancer: In "Peter's Denial," he's the one Jesus tasks with strengthening the rest of the brethren.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, as he shares his first name, Simon, with three other characters, the disciples' other Simon (the Zealot), Simon the tanner, and Simon the sorcerer.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Jesus's blue. On a lesser note, he's also the red to his fellow disciple John's blue.
  • Rule of Three: Peter is subjected to this twice over in "Peter's Denial." First he denies Jesus three times, and then Jesus reaffirms his faith three times in pardoning him. Gizmo comments on it during the latter sequence.
    Gizmo: Peter denied Jesus three times...so Jesus is restoring him three times.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Happens to him in "Peter's Denial," and with a double-whammy besides: he confidently asserts that he's willing to go to prison and to death with Jesus, only to later deny even knowing the Man out of fear of what the people might do if he admits to being a disciple—exactly what Jesus had warned him would happen. The end result when he realizes it is an episode-long Heroic BSoD.
  • Walk on Water: Peter's attempt to do this to emulate Jesus is referenced by John in "The Last Supper" to mock the fact that Peter sank like a rock shortly after. John brings this up as a reason why Peter shouldn't be the one to get the highest position next to Jesus in (what they assume will be) His kingdom, but Peter retorts that at least he got out of the disciples' boat by faith on that occasion, and then he asks John where his faith was when Jesus made the invitation at the time.
  • Working-Class Hero: He's a fisherman by trade, as are several others among the disciples.

    The Disciples of Jesus 
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Voiced by: Various
The original twelve disciples of Jesus, and the ones who follow Him most closely during His years of ministry. Peter gets the most focus out of the twelve (as noted in his folder above), along with John and Judas Iscariot.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: While all the disciples had varying degrees of difficulty initially believing Jesus rose from the dead, Thomas has it the worst, outright refusing to believe it unless he can see Jesus for himself. This, after having seen Jesus perform all manner of miracles (including raising Lazarus from the dead) during the three-and-a-half years of the Savior's ministry.
  • Character Development: By the time of the Day of Pentecost in "Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost," they've come to better understand what Jesus wanted them to learn from Him.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Most of the disciples get at least one episode each to showcase either the times they first joined Jesus, or their times in ministry after His death and resurrection. The best examples of this are "The Good Samaritan," which has James learning the episode's aesop about loving all people alongside Joy, "Jesus—Friend of Sinners," which shows Matthew's first meeting with Jesus, and "Doubting Thomas," which is about Thomas's skepticism that Jesus has risen from the dead.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Judas Iscariot, natch.
  • Hot-Blooded: All of them to varying degrees, but especially James, considering his desire to call down fire from heaven to burn up the Samaritans in "The Good Samaritan."
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Except for those that tend to get the lion's share of focus (Peter, John, Judas Iscariot), a few of the disciples' hair colors tend to shift from one episode to another; even the picture shown here should not be taken as absolute certainty that the minor disciples will all look exactly the same way across different episodes. Philip is an especially glaring example, being brown-haired in "Baptized!" but a blond in other episodes.
  • Jumped at the Call: "Baptized!" reveals that quite a few of the disciples, particularly Philip, jumped at the chance to follow Jesus, although the same episode points out Nathanael's initial skepticism because Jesus was from Nazareth. "Jesus—Friend of Sinners" explicitly shows Matthew leaving his tax collection trade to follow Jesus at His invitation.
  • Kill It with Fire: James wants to do this to the Samaritans who refuse hospitality to Jesus by calling down fire from heaven to smite them in "The Good Samaritan," but Jesus has to talk him out of it. Gizmo, hearing about that later on, is quite impressed that the disciples could have this power.
  • Man in White: John is not only sporting a full head and beard of white hair, he's also wearing a white outfit when the kids meet him in "Revelation."
  • Older and Wiser: John has become this by the time of "Revelation."
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are two Simons and two Judases within this group alone, plus Philip shares his name with one of the seven deacons of the early Christian church, the same one who baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch in "Philip."
  • Out of Focus: Most of the disciples will get at least a brief bit of focus in each episode, if not each one getting an entire episode to himself. However, outside of general group shots, two in particular—Simon the Zealot and James the son of Alphaeus—haven't even gotten biographies for themselves on the series' website, much less any special focus in any given episode. note 
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: This group consists of a couple of fishermen, a tax collector, an anti-Roman anarchist, and a definite opportunist who will eventually betray Jesus.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: All of them are the collective red to Jesus's blue. Amongst themselves, John is the blue to Peter's red.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Guess.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: James does this by the end of "The Good Samaritan," around the same time Joy learns her lesson about being kind to everyone regardless of who they are or where they're from.
  • Working-Class Hero: Most of the disciples are fishermen.

    Paul the Apostle 
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Voiced by: Brian Dobson
The apostle of the gospel of Jesus to the Gentile world, personally called by Jesus to do that missionary work. Formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of Christians.
  • The Atoner: Following his conversion, he recognizes that he's hurt a lot of people in the name of misguided religious zeal.
  • Blinded by the Light: Temporarily, as a result of his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road. He gets better after Ananias visits him, on instruction from God.
  • The Chosen One: By Jesus Himself, at that.
  • The Dreaded: When he was Saul of Tarsus, his name was a by-word for fear among the Christian population due to his ruthless tactics in hunting and arresting them on behalf of the Jewish authorities. Little wonder, then, that Ananias is initially skeptical about Saul's Heel–Face Turn, even though God Himself is the one giving him the news.
    Ananias: There is none more relentless to see our light extinguished than Saul of Tarsus.
  • Friend to All Children: He serves as a mentor and guide to the kids each time they encounter him, and he'll prioritize their safety over his own if they're all caught in a potentially dangerous situation. One of the best examples of this is in "Paul and Silas," where despite himself being in pain from having just been beaten, Paul's first response to the kids' terror (they're already in a prison cell for speaking up for the apostles and are naturally scared at what kind of potential cellmates they might get) is to speak reassuring words to calm them down.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While he's certainly on the good guys' side as Paul the Apostle, he still retains some of his ruthlessness from his days as Saul of Tarsus, though now it's directed toward anyone who either rejects the gospel when he presents it or who shies away from doing missionary work. Unfortunately, this attitude damages his friendship with Barnabas in "Paul and Barnabas" when Paul refuses to allow John Mark to join them on a missionary journey on the grounds that the younger man chickened out and fled back home during a previous trip; Barnabas, who sees the potential in John Mark that Paul refuses to even consider, decides it'll be better for them to take separate paths as a result.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: "The Road to Damascus" shows us in detail how it happened.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Narrowly averted after Paul's conversion. When he is presented to the Christian believers as a new follower of Jesus, a few of them openly voice their distrust of him because of his previous actions, with one in particular calling him out for being complicit in the apostle Stephen's stoning and another pointing out that Paul (when he was Saul) had the man's entire family arrested the previous year. For his part, Paul helps in the aversion by acknowledging Jesus's mission to save sinners, of whom he identifies himself as the chief of the lot (and it also helps that news arrives just at that point that soldiers have shown up in the city to arrest him).
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The end of "Paul and Barnabas" shows Paul softening on his earlier hard-line stance toward John Mark, even taking the younger man as a traveling companion much later on.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Back when he was persecuting Christians as Saul of Tarsus, he didn't show women any more compassion than men—both genders were equally dragged off to prison under his orders and supervision.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When we first see him as Saul of Tarsus in "The Road to Damascus," he and two Jewish temple soldiers are on horseback chasing the young Canon Foreigner Caleb throughout the dark streets of Jerusalem, because Caleb is one of the Christians they are seeking to capture. Following Saul's conversion to Paul, of course, he drops this and becomes a Friend to All Children instead.
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