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The Diviners:

    Evangeline "Evie" Fitzgerald O'Neill 

  • Afraid of Blood: Subverted. Evie tags along with her uncle to the first crime scene out of a sense of excitement, and is immediately horrified, supposedly by blood. But what upends her stomach isn't the blood or the gore — it's reading the memories off of the victim's shoe buckle of her final moments.
  • The Alcoholic: By the second book, Evie has thrown herself into a life of parties and drinks heavily. It's implied it is to cope with John Hobbes and the death of her brother.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Has depressive episodes referred to as her "too muches." Seems to have some combination of PTSD and depression.
  • Another Man's Terror: The point of Evie's power, in a sense. She unintentionally experiences the first victim's final moments, then later uses her same power to explore the mind of the killer.
  • Attention Whore
  • Anti-Hero
  • Bad Dreams: Evie's dreams of her brother fighting in World War I are particularly horrific.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Mabel's Betty for Jericho. Additionally, Evie can be considered to be Archie with Jericho being her Betty and Sam her Veronica.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: More like a bratty teenage niece towards Unc Will.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially to Sam.
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted. It's thanks to Evie that the museum has seen more people than in the last couple of years.
  • Fatal Flaw: See It's All About Me and Motor Mouth.
  • The Flapper: An independent spirited woman who lives in The Roaring '20s.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: A Sanguine — with Sam (Choleric), Jericho (Melancholic) and Mabel (Phlegmatic).
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: The scene in the 3rd book where Sam and Evie sleep together can definitely be read as having aspects of this.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mabel.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her and Jericho.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Evie can be selfish and mean, but her instinct when she sees her first dead body is to fix the dead woman's shoe buckle...it was the final indignity.
  • Not Right in the Bed: She kisses Sam passionately and starts to undress him before he realises she's been possessed by The Forgotten.
  • Parental Abandonment: After causing a scandal in Zenith, Ohio, Evie's parents ship her off to New York to live with Uncle Will.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Jericho's, Will's and Mabel's Blue.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Over the course of a scene in the third book, where Sam finally gets around to confessing his love to her and they consummate their relationship. Without any ghosts involved.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Evie and Jericho, respectively.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: Well, "pets" at least. Implied to be a source of her animosity with Sam, at least until their Relationship Upgrade.
  • You Are the New Trend: After she publicy revealed herself to be a Diviner, New York grew to be obsessed with people of her kind.
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    Sam Lloyd 
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: In the 3rd book. When thinking about Evie
  • All Jews Are Cheapskates: Completely Justified, as the child of hard-working immigrants and then as a teenager who's had to survive entirely by his own wits in Manhattan.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Jericho's Betty for Evie.
  • Bilingual Bonus: If you have a smattering of Yiddish, you'll be able to pick out his Anguished Declaration of Love for Evie a few hundred pages before the book gives a translation.
  • Chick Magnet: Uses his good looks to distract people long enough to pick their pockets.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: A Choleric — with Evie(Sanguine), Jericho (Melancholic) and Mabel (Phlegmatic).
  • Guile Hero
  • Has a Type: From what we've seen, blondes. (Although this might just be due to his long-time crush on Evie.) Overlaps with Shiksa Goddess.
  • Immigrant Parents: Child of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Plays with this. On the one hand, he's a scrappy, street smart thief who swears he's not book-smart. On the other, he can quote Kierkegaard, argued with Jericho about Nietzsche, studied Torah with his father, and while losing his Russian can still carry on a (stumbling) conversation in it.
  • Jewish Complaining: Kvetches. A lot.
  • Jews Love to Argue: Has a snappy retort to pretty much everything.
  • The Nicknamer: To everyone, from Freddy to the Future Mrs. Lloyd.
  • Matzo Fever: Quite handsome, and people take note. Has no issue finding companionship or attracting girls, although this backfires on him when the Forgotten take interest as well.
  • Missing Mom: Sam's mother was taken away and he hasn't seen her since.
  • Momma's Boy
  • Naturalized Name: His dad changed it from Sergei Lubovitch to Sam Lloyd. After Uncle Sam.
  • Phantom Thief: There's a reason he's so good at stealing things.
  • Romantic False Lead: His relationship with Evie is foreshadowed in the book's beginning, however later on the narrative implies that Evie is more fond of Jericho than of Sam. Subverted by the second book where it is clear Evie is developing feelings for him.
  • Sad Clown
  • Stepford Snarker
  • Sticky Fingers: Evie's twenty dollars, the knife from the museum, Jericho's wallet, the necklace, Jake Marlowe's ashtray, countless sets of keys ...
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: While in bed with Evie, who's understandably overwhelmed, particularly given some of her earlier experiences. Giving us this gem:
    Evie: What are you doing?
    Sam: Thinking of the least sexual thing I can imagine. Ghost bubbies. They're making ghost borscht and talking about their bowel troubles. Jeepers. I may never make love again. This is traumatic.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Evie.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Also with Evie.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Fully Justified, as the child of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants raised in early 20-th century Jewish culture.

    Theta Knight 
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She doesn't even know all the secrets of her own past, and while becoming close to Henry, Memphis, and Evie leaves quite a bit hidden.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Before moving to New York.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a wonderfully dry sense of humour.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Changes her name after moving from Kansas — not just because Theta is a more fabulous name, but because she's hiding. Anytime she is referred to as "Betty Sue" it is by her abusive ex-husband.
  • The Flapper
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Subverted. Theta has had an abortion and is not shamed for it.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her and Henry.
  • One-Woman Army: Her powers are quite a bit more physically imposing than the others'.
  • Playing with Fire: Starts fires when she's in danger or distressed. As of the end of the second book, she cannot control this ability.
  • Teenage Pregnancy: Became pregnant by her abusive husband, ran away to New York, and had an abortion.

    Henry Du Bois IV 
  • All Gays Love Theatre: Justified, given the historical context.
  • Badass Gay: A diviner with a power to change dreams.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Henry and Theta describe each other as the only family they have.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a hat that his childhood boyfriend gave to him.
  • Southern Gentleman: From New Orleans and embodies pretty much all the positive aspects of this trope: he's almost always polite, chivalrous, hospitable, and generous.

    Memphis Campbell 
  • Big Brother Instinct
  • Black and Nerdy: Has a favorite librarian and compliments his friends on their alliteration.
  • Cultured Badass: Numbers runner and up-and-coming poet.
  • Healing Hands: Memphis's Diviner power, though he hasn't been able to use it since his mother died. He regains it bringing his brother Isaiah out of a coma at the end of the book.
  • Odd Friendship: Growing one with Ling, partially united by being the only people of colour on the team.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died.
  • Promotion to Parent: Has essentially been raising Isaiah.
  • Nice Guy
  • Warrior Poet: Writes poetry whilst working as a numbers runner for a Harlem gang, and though we haven't really seen it his job require him to work as The Enforcer or anything outwardly violent, he is very helpful in the teams efforts to deal with ghosts.
  • Where Da White Women At?: His interracial relationship with Theta earns them both a lot of hassle. Mostly subverted, though, because whilst mostly white-passing, Theta is a mixed Cherokee woman.

     Isaiah Campbell 
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    Jericho Jones 

    Mabel Rose 

    Ling Chan 
  • Adorkable: Has her own special grumpy charm.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Her somewhat combative personality is partly the result of the difficulties of living as a handicapped Chinese-Irish girl.
  • Asexuality: Hinted at in the second book, confirmed in the third.
  • Asian and Nerdy: She's genuinely excited and interested in atoms and matter.
  • Awesome by Analysis: provides some interesting commentary on the properties of the dream world and the Diviners' powers.
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Disabled Badass: And how!
  • Fighting Irish: Of the verbal variety. Fully justified — being a disabled, Irish-Chinese girl in 1927 is not an easy position.
  • Genius Cripple: Recently made unable to walk without crutches and braces by polio.
  • Hates Being Touched
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her mother is Irish and her father is Chinese. Her mother doesn't bring up her culture much and the only physical trait that she gets from her is her green eyes.
  • Science Hero

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Villains:

     John Hobbes "Naughty John" 
  • The Antichrist: His goal is to become this and bring about the apocalypse.
  • Back from the Dead: The Police officer states that Hobbes has been executed in 1876, almost half a century before the book takes place.
  • Big Bad
  • Creepy Child: In Evie's flashbacks, and at the Brooklyn orphanage, where he would bully other children or steal their belongings.
  • Human Sacrifice: Naughty John must complete eleven of these in order to metamorphose into the Beast from Revelations.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Lampshaded on several occasions.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died in childbirth, while his father, pastor Algoode, burnt himself along with the rest of the village of Brethren, causing John to end up in the Brooklyn orphanage.
  • The Sociopath: Definitely shows shades of this.

     The King of Crows 

     Sarah Snow 
  • Foil: Oh so much to Evie.

Project Buffalo:

    William "Will" Fitzgerald 

     Doctor Margaret "Sister" Walker 

     James Xavier O'Neill 

     Miriam Lubovitch 

     Jake Marlowe 

     Rotke Wasserman 

Other Characters:

     Alma La Voy 

     David Coen 
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