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Juno Steel

    Juno Steel 

Juno Steel

Voiced by: Joshua Ilon
"My name is Juno Steel. I used to be one of the guys who cleaned up this mess for the uptight types. Now? Well, now I mostly spread the mess around."

The titular detective of the Penumbra's space noir series. Extremely unhappy and determined to make Hyperion City a better place. Somehow.


  • Abusive Parents: After she lost her job at Northstar Entertainment and became so poor she needed to move to Old Town, Juno’s mother was this to him and his brother: to the point where she killed Juno’s brother.
  • The Alcoholic: Juno's drunken himself into a stupor on more than one occasion.
  • Bi the Way: Like many characters in his series, he likes multiple genders.
  • Character Development: Gets some dropped on him by Allessandra towards the climax of the Promised Land arc and makes the decision to live rather than die dramatically and heroically.
    • If season one established Juno as a broken lady detective, season two is all about his growth. Juno learns to stop throwing a Heroic Sacrifice at everything and value his relationships.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: with Peter, at the hands of Miasma when she's trying to activate the effects of the Martian pill.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Like most characters. Things were fine until he turned four and his mother lost her job at Northstar Entertainment. After that, his family moved to Old Town and things have been rough ever since.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Constantly quipping about whatever mess he's gotten into.
  • Deal with the Devil: Ramses.
  • The Eeyore: Major clinical depression? Doesn't value his own life at all? Makes life harder for everyone who cares about him? Yeah.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Juno" is the Roman goddess of motherhood and childbirth.
  • Good Is Not Nice: God, he's an asshole. But he's stalwart force for good.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Deconstructed. He has many of the hallmarks of a heroic version of this - cynicism, depressive tendencies, snarkiness, world-weariness, a willingness to put his life on the line - but it's made abundantly clear they're symptoms of mental illness, trauma, and suicidal ideation.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Juno can play solitaire on a computer, but that's about it. He attributes this to not having any of this while he was a child.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Juno has really good aim. Only gets better with the Theia Spectrum.
  • It's All About Me: An interesting twist. Juno tends to blame himself for everything, something Sasha Wire calls him out for when he tries to take the blame for her sister Annie's accidental death when they were children, telling him that he uses his own misery to ignore others and justify his lifestyle.
  • Jerkass Realization: Sasha slaps him with one in "The Day That Wouldn't End."
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Is dedicated to making Hyperion City a better place, but is intensely cynical.
  • Odd Friendship: Is or was friends with a high ranking official in a secret intelligence agency, his high-energy tech genius secretary, a TV personality and her psychotic brother, and Mick Mercury.
  • Psychic Powers: Thanks to the Martian pill.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end from Sasha.
  • Stepford Snarker: No matter how bad things get, Juno is always snarking. This includes on a reality TV show where the host is trying to kill him, on a train where he is being murdered by a criminal and poisonous gas, and in a Martian tomb where he was tortured by Miasma for several days, and just killed two people. This is definitely a coping mechanism, for the numerous things that have gone horribly wrong, or are going wrong, in his life.
  • Survivor Guilt: About both his brother and the security guard from the museum raid.
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    Rita 

Rita

Voiced by: Kate Jones
"Item four: tell Mister Steel you want to go see a movie on his birthday, but your car is broken and Frannie is dead so he needs to pick you up."

Juno's secretary and right-hand woman. Cares about him despite his abrasive personality.


  • Adorkable: All the way.
  • Badass Adorable: Sweet, ditzy, and as of "The Rita Minute 3," capable of hacking Dark Matters. She saves Newtown from the Theia Soul chips thanks to her computer skills.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: See above.
  • Bi the Way: At Vicky’s she tells Todd she ‘ain’t picky’, and later in the series falls for a woman and is heartbroken when she turns out to be a murderer.
  • The Cracker: Assuming that writing viruses in minutes (or less!) isn't a common skill in Hyperion City.
  • Only One Name: She's just Rita. Aggressively so.
  • Sassy Secretary: Oh, boy. Big time. It's Lampshaded.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: When things become especially dire for Juno, she's cut off from him. Until Juno realizes how much she is his equal and keeps her around in the season two finale.

    Peter Nureyev 

Peter Nureyev, aka Agent Rex Glass

Voiced by: Noah Simes

A master thief and con artist. Very well versed in the history of heists and has connections everywhere.


  • Beneath the Mask: Season 4's first episodes reveals that despite his composed exterior, he has enough issues to rival Juno - he refuses to acknowledge his Hidden Heart of Gold, and pushes various issues away.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns at the season two finale. He's apparently working with Buddy and Jet.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: He has a cherub's smile but a mouth full of sharp teeth.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was an orphan on Brahma, then taken in by a man named Mag. Mag raised him to be the prodigy thief he is today. But Peter killed him when Mag wanted to wipe out the city of New Kinshasa and revealed his past was a lie.
  • Gentleman Snarker: He matches Juno in wit, but exceeds him in polite veneer.
  • Gentleman Thief: But of course.
  • Knife Nut: Superb with a blade.
  • Withholding Their Name: Only Juno knows that his birth name is Peter Nureyev.

    Sasha Wire 

Agent Sasha Wire

Voiced by: Sophie Kaner

An old friend of Juno's from Old Town. After over a decade apart, she comes back into Juno's life as an agent of Dark Matters.


  • Dark and Troubled Past: She and the boys decided to play a few mean tricks on her little sister for being a pest. She went missing and was presumed dead after Juno sent her into the abandoned munitions factory.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She lays into Juno about his self-centered worldview and martyrdom after their ordeal in Old Town.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Juno and Mick as kids in Old Town.

    Mick Mercury 

Mick Mercury

Voiced by: Stefano Perti

Juno's childhood best friend. Has made significantly less of himself than either Juno or Sasha. Prone to bad investments.


  • Blatant Lies: As a kid, he claimed he was "King of the Freeway" and made outlandish stories about his travels to Hyperion City. He was proven wrong when a building he claimed to have been in one day blew up that morning. But Sasha and Mick still hung out with him.
  • Break Them by Talking: While under controlled by the Theia Soul, he nearly convinces Juno to give in to Ramses' idea.
  • Mind-Control Device: He's the first person Juno and Rita encounter who is controlled by the Theia Soul. It's not pretty.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Sasha and Juno still adored him after he was proven a liar.

    Alessandra Strong 

Alessandra Strong

Voiced by: Kat Buckingham

A rival PI Juno met on a case. An ex-veteran who survived the war, known as 'Cockroach Strong' because she can survive anything.


  • Bi the Way: Was attracted to Juno when they first met, and later gets engaged to another woman.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Her time in the military and will to live means she'll carry two weeks of rations to a mission that was supposed to take a few days.
  • Determinator: Unlike Juno, she refuses to falter when things get ugly.
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The Second Citadel

    Marc and Talfryn 

Sir Marc

Voiced by: Stefano Perti

One half of the would-be knight duo. Completely determined to be formally knighted despite the obstacles placed before him.


  • Big Brother Instinct: Rushes off to scream that he thinks might be Tal. It's not.
  • Determinator: He took the knight exam hundreds of times. The actual knights are the only things holding him back.
  • Disabled Snarker: His legs are paralyzed and cause him pain. Barely a minute goes by when he hasn't made a quip about the situation at hand.
  • Foolish Sibling: He's the brother who wanted to be a knight in the first place. Plays fast and loose with the pills he needs to function.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Says this about himself and Rilla, she doesn't disagree.

Sir Talfryn

Voiced by: Jason Millen

The second half of the would-be knight duo. Less keen on perilous adventures, but accompanies his brother anyway.


  • Big Eater: Insists he isn't, but Marc claims otherwise.
  • Cowardly Lion: Would rather run and/or hide from trouble, but when push comes to shove he is both clever and very brave, looking for third options, and one couldn't have a more staunch ally.
  • Responsible Sibling: He's the brother who takes odd jobs to keep them in the black. Dotes on Marc, whether Marc likes it or not. But will occasionally pull a stunt.
  • Only Sane Man: He may be anxious, but among him, Angelo, Damien, and his brother, he's the only one paying enough attention to his surroundings to make coherent conclusions.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He's a far better tracker than Marc, and occasionally works as one to put food on the proverbial table. Found a shortcut around the Lake of Tranquillity that even the Queen wasn't aware of.

    Sir Caroline 

Sir Caroline

Voiced by: Leslie Drescher

The first-ever female knight in the queen's service. Serious like a heart attack and somewhat ruthless.


  • Badass Gay: As is pretty standard for the podcast. The Battle at the World's End Pt 6 reveals she is partnered with the witch Quanyii
  • Determinator: Is able to attack a creature of pure fear, despite the fact said creature was able to hold off three other leads just with it's psychic powers.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Is a very capable knight, but can be rather rude to her fellow knights. (Then again, the other knights are also often rude to her.)
  • Ice Queen: So very standoffish. Word of God says she's just kind of like that.
  • Only Sane Man: In 'Lady of the Lake', she's in charge on the mission with Damien and Angelo as Investigator General. She takes initiative and researches the situation while the others are less helpful; Sir Damien is too distraught over Rilla's kidnap to be much use, and Sir Angelo spends most of his time comforting his friend.
  • She Is the King: Although she serves the Queen, she's referred to as "Sir" Caroline.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Sir Caroline is the only woman in a citadel of male knights. Lampshaded when Angelo implies this is her special skill.

    Sir Angelo 

Sir Angelo

Voiced by: M. Sutherland

One of the queen's most famous and powerful knights. Extremely physically strong but not quite as sharp as his best friend and rival Sir Damien.


  • Friendly Rivalry: Happy to be "best rivals" with Damien.
  • The Heart: Of the characters, Sir Angelo is the most likely to stand his ground on the correct course of action.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Really doesn't pick up on Sir Caroline's offence when he tells her to smile more.
  • Large Ham: Subtly is not his strong suit.
  • Literal-Minded: Has a tendency to take Damien's more flowery metaphors very literally.
  • Super Strength: Stronger than any other knight so far.

    Sir Damien 

Sir Damien

Voiced by: Matthew Zahnzinger

Also one of the queen's most famous and powerful knights. Likes poetry and the sound of his own voice. Somewhat obsessed with his rivalry/friendship with Angelo.


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    Lord Arum 

Lord Arum

Voiced by: Noah Simes

Lord of the Swamp of Titan's Bloom. A humanoid lizard who doubles as a trap making architect.


  • Born of Magic: Was created by the Keep.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Even though the Keep technically created him and is his parent, he just calls it "Keep."
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Hates humans, but seems to hate his fellow monsters almost as much.
  • Knife Nut: In his first fight, he has four knives in his four hands.
  • Lima Syndrome: After developing a crush on Sir Damien, Arum slowly begins to feel things for Rilla while she's stuck at his keep.
  • Lizard Folk: As Noah Simes says in the episode commentary, he is literally a lizard.
  • Monster Lord: He's not called "Lord" Arum for nothing.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: As mentioned above, he has four arms.
  • Purple Eyes: Damien insists there's something human in them...
  • Single Specimen Species: The only lizardman of his kind. Justified as he was created by the Keep.
  • The Symbiote: With the Keep. He protects it, takes care of it, and is nourished by it, but if he is cut off from his connection with it, he starts to die.

    Rilla 

Amaryllis, aka Rilla

Voiced by: Melissa Ennulat

The local herbalist/doctor of the Second Citadel. A woman of science and technology in an age of so-called "magic potions." Makes medicine for Marc and is engaged to Damien.


  • Blunt "Yes": Marc suggests using instant fire starter. She heartily agrees.
  • Doctor's Orders: Reminds Marc that she's his healthcare provider, and therefore the final authority on his medication.
  • Love Confession: While on trial in monster court, she confesses the truth that she loves Lord Arum.
  • Nature Hero/Science Hero: She scours the deadly jungle on her own to find specimens to research.
  • Science Destroys Magic: She's determined to end snake oil "magic potions" with her evidence-based research. She's got far to go, though.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: She, like her fiance, develops feelings for Lord Arum while he holds her captive.

    The Keep 

The Keep

Lord Arum's sentient home in the Swamp of Titan's Bloom.

  • Adorable Abomination: It might be an Eldritch Abomination, but it dotes on Lord Arum, is very cheerful, works hard to make its inhabitants happy, and lulls Arum to sleep when he overworks himself.
  • Botanical Abomination / Living Structure Monster: It is a sentient plant/building.
  • Cool House: It's a sentient plant/building! It can reform itself to whatever shape required of it, expand and "build" new rooms, and its front door is a portal to anywhere in the Swamp of Titan's Bloom.
  • Doting Parent: To Arum. The Keep created Arum to take care of it and it dotes on him like a loving parent, telling him not to work to hard, singing him lullabies, and generally just being a mom to him. It also would do anything for him, up to hurting itself to protect him.

    Quanyii 

Quanyii

Voiced by: Melissa Dejesus

A mysterious witch the group meets in the jungle. She has a flighty personality, but always seems to be secretive.


  • Ambiguously Evil: It mostly comes down to the setting. She's a witch, the rest of the characters are knights, there's a conflict there even if she seems mostly willing to help out. It turns out she's actually entirely there to protect her girlfriend, Sir Caroline.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: It's hard to tell whether it's this or Obfuscating Stupidity, but it's clear she has a screw loose.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
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