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Main Characters (Twenty-Fifth Bam) | Organizations (FUG, Wolhaiksong) | Regulars (First Batch, Second Batch, Third Batch, Fourth Batch, Fifth Batch) | Rankers | Irregulars | Jahad Empire (Princesses of Jahad, 13 Month Series) | Floor Guardians | Others
The ruling empire in the Tower. At the top of the Ruling Class are Jahad and the 10 Great Warriors, who conquered the Tower and gained control of the first 134 Floors from the Guardians. Since they are not native to the Tower, Jahad and the 10 Great Warriors are are technically Irregulars, but are rarely referred to as such. Jahad went on to establish the Jahad Family, who are considered royalty, and the 10 Great Warriors founded the 10 Great Families, who are akin to aristocracy in the Tower; all of their descendants benefit from the contracts they've secured with the Floor Guardians. All of them are High Rankers, and though generally inactive, they are central to the main story.
- The Ageless: Climbing The Tower gave them eternal youth, with the exception of Hendrock.
- Complete Immortality: With the exception of Hendrock Bloodmadder, who struck a special deal, all of them have been granted immortality by the 100th Floor Guardian.
- The Dreaded: Considering they are the strongest inhabitants of the Tower, they are widely feared.
- Drunk with Power: Most of them didn't start out as the jerks they are now. The data version of Khun Edahn notes that the stronger they grew, the less and less they cared about other people. Gustang dismisses regular people as irrelevant bugs. Jahad took it to the extreme, betraying and tyrannizing everyone to gratify his own ego. The only exception was V, who grew closer to other people instead.
- Feuding Families: For all their founders are companions who climbed the Tower togethers, they certainly like their feuds. When one of them finds a reason to hold a grudge, you can be certain they will hold the damn thing for as long as they can: for instance, the Khun and Ha families do not get along, and neither do the Eurasia and Po Bidau families. There are hints that the competition among the Princesses of Zahard devolved into an undeclared proxy war among the Great Families, and that it drove them apart.
- The Ghost: The majority of the Family Heads are residing in their residences and are not active in the public; SIU has noted it is a very, very rare occurrence for one of them to speak directly to their family members.
- Immune to Fate: Mortal Seer are unable to predict their future. They are still subject to any destiny set by God, but King Jahad is starting to become powerful enough to resist even that.
- In the Blood: Physical similarities vary, but there's a recurring pattern of Great Family members inheriting the skills of the Family Heads. The Ha family has Yurin's physical strength, the Khun family has Edahn's cunning, electricity and sometimes ice skills, the Yeon family has Hana's flames (they are born from her kin, after all), the Lo Po Bias and their Animas...
- Large and in Charge: Jahad and his Ten Warriors are all said to be very large and bulky; this is best seen when the real Jahad appears in the Hidden Floor, towering over his younger self and Bam.
- Might Makes Right: Although the Tower has never been a happy, pain-free place of easy choices and quick rewards, there are more than a few elephant-sized hints that the really sucky dog-eat-dog, power-based pyramid scam of a society we come to know through Bam and company is entirely down to them and their choices, rather than being intrinsic to the structure. Considering they made the system...
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Per their contracts with the Floor Guardians, none of them can be harmed by inhabitants of the Tower.note Irregulars, not being natives of the Tower, are exempt from the contract and are able to kill Jahad.
- Really 700 Years Old: Probably among the oldest in the Tower.
- Retired Badass: None of them are active in the public. They don't even appear to leave their homes anymore as they have no reason to.
- The Runaway: One of the stories about how they got into the Tower paints them as defeated remnants of a war desperately fleeing the consequences of their defeat. Who somehow worked out how to disappear by going inside a place none could easily follow.
Tower Position: Fisherman
Jahad is the famed "King of the Tower" and the most famous and greatest being within, akin to a god to the Tower's inhabitants. Long ago, he entered the Tower with his Ten Great Warriors and built the Jahad Empire, gaining control of the 134 Floors from the Guardians. He is the first to form a contract with a Guardian, and became King through these contracts. This conquest is known as "The Great Journey". He is lord of the Jahad family, whose Princesses are powerful females endowed with his blood and are among "the most powerful kind" in the Tower. It must be noted, however, that none of them are related to him by blood, as Jahad has no spouse or heirnote .
Jahad is currently resting, leaving the affairs of ruling to the Three Lords and his daughters, although it is believed that when Jahad is on the move again, the 135th Floor with be conquered.
His death is the longed for wish of the famed criminal syndicate FUG, however none of the Tower can harm him.
His younger self was the ruler of the Hidden Floor, entrusted with a bracelet that was the key to defeating him. At the climax of the arc, before the floor is deleted, Jahad attempts to retrieve it, but it is stolen by Gustang's invisible manta ray given to Rachel. Perhaps as a consequence of seeing evidence Gustang is plotting against him, Jahad issues an order to kill the entire Poe Bidau family.
- The Ace: Jahad's name is associated with power and prestige across the Tower. He pioneered most of the Tower's present culture, and he is currently the most powerful active Ranker.
- A God Am I: He prefers the word, "King", but the way he brags about and emphasises it amounts to the same attitude.
- Ambition Is Evil: His destiny was to become a king that stands above all others, which translated in the modern day to being a cruel and ruthless tyrant.
- Archnemesis Dad:
- He is implied to have in some way fathered Ja Wangnan and Karaka, both of whom want him dead.
- A few of his adopted daughters among the Princesses of Jahad are not fond of him either.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Oh hell yes. Even prior to entering the Tower, he was challenged by Arie Hon, the strongest of his companions ten times. He won every single time, which is why Hon follows him. He was firmly #1 in the Rankings, and it was only after an Irregular killed a Floor Guardian and his own inactivity that has put him in third. Even still, a mere fragment of his power is still capable of freezing the data versions of his younger self, the ruler of the Hidden Floor, and Khun Edahn, as well as rendering Bam completely immobile.
- Badass Boast: Gives one to Khel Hellam and his companions, right before personally kicking their asses.Jahad: I was the first one to climb the Tower. I was the greatest Fisherman in battle, and I pioneered a civilization of mutual understanding among the people of this Tower. But you probably know me best by a different word. The word... King.
- Big Bad: He is the main reason the Tower is a Crapsack World, and many people believe God chose Bam to kill him.
- Blood Knight: Edahn mentions that he enjoys opponents who face him fearlessly. While he's unenthusiastic at first, once he gets motivated he starts to become uncontrollably powerful. Likewise, he calls his fight with Data Maschenny the most fun he's had in ages, and is holding Bam to a higher standard precisely because she fought so well. When Bam fights Data!Jahad to a standstill, he gives Bam his bracelet so that he'll someday give the real one a decent challenge.
- Blood Magic: The process to make a Princess of Jahad involves his blood, and the rings Karaka and Wangnan has are both suggested by SIU to be made of clotted blood.
- Bold Explorer: Before he became obsessed with being a tyrannical king, he enjoyed exploring and identified as an adventurer.
- Chekhov's Skill: A Loophole Abuse. He essentially can use the Flare Wave Explosion (a melee killing technique) at long range by vibrating the shinsu in the air instead of in the victim's body.
- Deep Sleep: Said to be "hibernating"; but how long he has been sleeping is unsure, as it is rumored he interfered in the Anne Jahad incident.
- Deer in the Headlights: Not himself, but he appears to be able to cause this to any Princess of Jahad, causing Maschenny and Endorsi to freeze and become unresponsive when they see him.
- Evil All Along: It is becoming increasingly apparent as the story progresses that FUG might not be entirely in the wrong in their desire to kill Jahad. Jahad, the King of the Tower and created the system by which Regulars can climb the Tower to obtain their greatest desire, does not appear be the Good Guy as we were originally led to believe and actually is the cause of a lot of the death and conflict in the upper echelons of the Rankers.
- Fallen Hero: Maybe. The data version of Yu Hansung mentions that the Jahad on the outside has turned his back on loyalty and justice, and Edahn, one of his companions, thinks the data Jahad is fake because of how out of character he is acting. The reason Jahad wanted power was to make the Tower a place where everyone can be happy. On his "becoming a king", he also states that it is his destiny, whether he likes it or not. All of this implies that originally, Jahad was someone who genuinely could be called a hero, a worthy chosen of the Tower, but something happened to him that changed his personality.
- Fangs Are Evil: One of his characteristics.
- Fighting a Shadow: Bam's first meeting with the real him is with a small fragment of his power, and he promptly gets nearly killed as Jahad immediately attempts to break his neck. He very nearly succeeded too, if the Thorn had not tried to forcibly take Bam away.
- Future Me Scares Me: Data Jahad is both awestruck by his current self's prestige and power, deeply concerned about the anxiety he can feel from him, and confused on why his true self isn't quite going along with the new challenge Bam represents like his old self would. As the data world is destroyed, he privately asks why the other family leaders and himself changed to become the way they are now.
- Game Face: He asks Bam if he sees a human or a monster, briefly shifting into something that causes Bam to automatically attack him while screaming. He has not shown this form to anyone else so far.
- God-Emperor: He is a Physical God, holds absolute power over the Tower, and is often a subject of worship by the Tower's government. When he gives orders, they are treated as a divine oracle delivered via a religious ceremony.
- Greater-Scope Villain: A prophecy suggests Bam is meant to slay him, but Jahad has yet to get personally get involved in the plot. Nevertheless, most of the misery and conflict in the tower can be attributed to his actions. He finally starts to become active after the events of the Hidden Floor.
- Graceful Loser: After his data self loses an arm to Bam and both briefly succeed in a Double Knockout, he admits his loss and hands over what Bam has been looking for with little fuss.
- Hidden Depths: While initially coming off as cool-headed, coldly authoritative and distant, even uncaring to his former companions, Jahad in his youth was an "adventure freak" as well as a Blood Knight. There are also hints that he does not like his fate to be king of the Tower, but accepted it anyway.
- Interspecies Adoption: Jahad's Princesses aren't related to him; they're all adoptive daughters. So far we know of multiple humans, a horned humanoid and a lizard-girl, though we have no context for what species Jahad is.
- The Magnificent: King of the Tower, for obvious reasons.
- Named Weapons: Wields Lecalicus (most likely intended to be Regalecus), the "Needle of War" that he only draws for worthy opponents. It has three stages; Lecalicus that summons a Shinheuh when he swings it that takes the form of a Sinister Scimitar, and Coelacanth, a thin, ornate Needle that resembles a Royal Rapier that can emit shockwaves when he thrusts it, negating the weakness of Needles in that they can only be thrust. The third form is called Leviathan, however the capacities are still unknown (although it was powerful enough to counter one of Bam's strongest moves and knock him out.
- Physical God: The real Jahad is a nearly perfect being that flows with divine power, is near immortal, and is the subject of worship throughout the Tower. He is even starting to approach the point where he can control fate, much like God itself.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning / Supernatural Gold Eyes: Beneath his mask, his eyes are an ominous red mixed with gold. Initially it seemed his eyes were red, however SIU changed it slightly to be gold, turning redder when he becomes "serious".
- Shrouded in Myth: Sleeping for ages does mean most people know nothing about you beyond tales.
- Screw Destiny: Once upon a time, he believed that if he was destined to do something, he had to go through with it. But now, as he becomes more and more like God, while he isn't completely opposed to his fate to fight Bam, he is also taking measures to have Bam killed before it can happen.
- Seers: He has the ability to observe fate from almost the same height as God.
- Slasher Smile: When Jahad gets excited about an opponent, he shows his teeth.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Zahard or Jahad? The official LINE translation goes with the latter, but the fanbase is more attached to the former.
- Third Eye: His crest is the Red Three Eyes, which he also wears as a mask. However, Jahad himself does not have a third eye.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: According to the "God" of guardians, Jahad originally became king in order to make the Tower a place where everyone can be happy. Needless to say, this didn't work out, which is why the guardian warns Bam when the latter asks to become a god.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: The Princesses kind of gain a cheap, twisted and very Lamarckian knock-off of this, since a lot of their oomph seems to either reflect or piggyback on his various deals and agreements with the Tower in some Blood Magic way. But, they have nothing on just how much Ja Wangnan and Karaka resemble the data copy of the young future king in a lot of key respects (that Healing Factor, ability to bleed a bathtub without collapsing, epic-class stubbornness and no-holds-or-tricks-barred battling style suddenly make sense as a combo) beyond just looks. About the looks: yeesh! Heck, not wanting to see his dad in any and every reflection probably explains the reptilian mask Karaka insists on wearing most of the time. It's not like decorative scarring is much of an option for his actual kids.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, "sweet" is perhaps overstating things, but young Jahad shows nothing even remotely close to the tyranny and evil he displays in the current day and age. He was more focused on adventure and fighting than anything else. SIU noted that if it weren't for their destiny, Jahad in his youth and Bam would have gotten along extremely well, comparing the relationship to Wangnan and his changing of Bam when he was still acting as Viole.
- Villain Respect:
- The data version of him shows it towards Khun Maschenny Jahad's fighting spirit.
- The data version of him also shows it to Bam when Bam fights him to a stalemate. Their fight comes to remind him of how much he enjoyed adventuring, and he gives Bam a key to help him defeat the real Jahad in the hope that Bam can give the real him the thrill of adventure as well.
- Virtue Is Weakness: He sees being a King as being an existence that stands above and separate from others, and sees being a monster as the requirement to do so. He erased both his enemies and his closest friends, and claims to have forgotten Arlene Grace for this reason.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: He informs his Data self that he now sees cause and effect from the same height as God, and is starting to become powerful enough to control fate.
- Yandere: He had a crush on Arlene Grace, but she chose a man called V instead and opposed Jahad's rule. Bam merely mentioning her name to his data self causes him to clam up briefly, before demanding to know who Bam is and threatening to kill him. Jahad had her child killed in front of her after she and V betrayed him and founded FUG. In the current era, Jahad seems to have calmed down tremendously, remarking that "Fate is really toying with us" when he meets Bam, but remarks that he didn't think he would get another chance of killing him. That said, he seems to attempt to comfort Bam, calmly asking Bam to rest in peace as he will send all his friends and everyone he ever met to him once he's killed them personally. He still appears to carry a torch for Arlene, however, calling her "the woman I loved more than anyone".
- You Can't Fight Fate: Something he once believed in, whether he wanted to obey his Fate or not. However, he is starting to become powerful enough to control it himself.
10 Great Warriors
Tower Position: Fisherman
One of the warriors who accompanied Jahad during his conquest of the Tower, and founder of the noble Arie Family, the strongest family in the Tower. Not counting Jahad and the top Irregulars, he is the strongest High Ranker in the Tower and seen as the strongest of Jahad's Ten Great Warriors. His sobriquet White Sword refers to the White Oar, his sword that doesn't get hindered by dense Shinsu.
Hon is known to give special tests to Regulars who reach his floor, the 100th; only two known people have succeeded in passing one. Urek Mazino, whose task was to endure his attacks for 10 minutes although Urek went above and beyond by fighting Hon evenly, and his daughter, Arie Hagipherione Jahad who wields the Red October. Since fighting Urek, he has not fought a battle.
Perhaps ironically, he indirectly assisted in the founding of Wolhaiksong. Urek's reward for matching him in battle was the control of one of the Floors he owned, and Urek later used the floor as the group's headquarters.
- Always Someone Better: Urek Mazino. Despite being the strongest High Ranker, Urek, then a Regular, was capable of fighting evenly with him for ten minutes and was the first person to ever pass his test. However, Hon does not appear to mind being surpassed, having gracefully admitted after the fight that Urek is much better than him.
- Archnemesis Dad: Deliberately became this to Hoaqin and his siblings. Hon, for his part, did not even know Hoaqin's name during their meeting and delivered a speech that served as his Start of Darkness.
- The Corrupter: He is the one who told Hoaqin to become the monster he is today, encouraging him to give in to his murderous urges "until everything seems pointless one day".
- The Magnificent: White Sword/Oar, after his weapon.
- Master Swordsman: He's the leader of a family renowned for their swordsmanship; Hoaqin remarks that Hon was the most brilliant sword he had ever seen, and Gustang is of the opinion that he cannot be matched or reached by anyone.
- Named Weapons: Owns the White Oar, the only sword forged by Macseth and the only weapon in the Tower with the rank of S+. Warriors in the Tower say that the sword is "like an oarfish", a legendary White Steel Eel.
- Retired Badass: While to a degree this applies to all the Family Heads who are not active in the public, Hon has not fought anyone after he fought Urek.
Tower Position: Spear Bearer, Lightning User
Head of the Khun Family, one of the 10 Great Families, and also the father of numerous children from the Khun Family, such as Khun Aguero Agnes. His family is known to be one of the greatest in the Tower, acknowledged to be one of the few equals to the great Arie family. Before Enryu appeared, he was the strongest Spear Bearer in the Tower.
Edahn also has a younger data version of himself within the Hidden Floor that is working against the data of Jahad.
- Abusive Parents: He is infamous for being absolutely callous towards the welfare of his children. Khun Aguero Agnis intends to change this by ousting his father through a duel.
- Always Someone Better: Despite being friendly with Arie Hon, he resents him a little for being ranked higher. He also wants to fight Urek Mazino for pushing him out of the top five Rankers.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Aguero Agnes, who seeks to take his position as family head.
- Battle Aura: Gains one made of electricity when ready for a fight.
- Blood Knight: Known for taking delight in fighting. It is said that Edahn wishes to fight Urek Mazino for pushing him out of the top 5.
- The Casanova: He's famous for his lewdness and possesses the most wives of any of the 10 Family Heads. Fittingly, the Khun family has the largest number of kids introduced so far in the series, and it's said to be among the largest of the Ten.
- The Collector: He's said to have a veritable treasure of exotic and precious things - that Khun plundered before going off to climb the Tower.
- Decadent Court: His family is this. Court? They're one of the Ten Great Families, which pretty much translates as being the Tower's high nobility. Decadent? As staded, TGF - they're loaded. Deadly? Again, TGF, but the Khun household takes the cake for this even among them (althogh the royal family may be a very close competitor). This guy fathered so many children that there are deadly competitions and factionalism among the siblings, and that's without mentioning the vicious competion among his army of wives. Khun himself is an example of someone who got the short end of the stick through one such event. Seriously, if the Khuns are everything the rumours say, they make the Ottoman imperial family look reasonable and stable.
- Everyone Has Standards: His data version is disappointed in Jahad for becoming an arrogant king, to the point of calling him a fake.
- Feuding Families: Apparently, his doesn't get along with the Ha Family. Whether this is because of some disagreement between the descendants or between Edahn and Yurin themselves has not been explained.
- Future Me Scares Me: Unlike the current him, the data version reflecting his younger self actually seems to have some paternal love for his children. Khun Aguero Agnes tells the data version that if he could see his current self, he would want to run away.
- Glowing Eyes: Unlike the rest of his family, his eyes seem to glow and emits blue electricity.
- The Hedonist: SIU stated he's inspired by Dionysus, and it shows: his love for wine, his womanizing, his laziness in dealing with family affairs... If he likes it, he will do it, and consequences be damned.
- An Ice Person: Curiously, he is an ice user despite being most famed for his electricity. Edahn notes that ice is an extremely rare ability, and possibly makes one suited for the role of Spear Bearer.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Mago. It is a compression-spear that, when expanded, is said to be able to "pierce half the Tower".
- Jerkass: See Let's You and Him Fight below. This may apply only to his current self, however; Aguero Agnes notes that if his data version could see his current self, he'd want to run away. It possibly runs in the family, as SIU has noted that the Khun family trait is that they are "douchebags".
- Let's You and Him Fight: He makes his "children" fight each other in "inhumane and bloody" fights to stay in the family, and is apparently uninterested in the results. He has also offered anyone who challenges him and wins "everything from the family".
- The Magnificent: Marlin, after his spear and Blue Thunderclap for his attribute of electricity (he was originally considered for Electric Eel as a sobriquet, but Edahn took offense to that). Boro also calls him "the God of Spears".
- Massively Numbered Siblings: Edahn has loads of kids; he is a serial skirt-chaser with literal thousands of years to spend pursuing the hobby, after all.
- Power Tattoo: Has one on his right arm. It glows when he uses shinsu.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Several:
- Lust. Pretty clear from the other page tropes, but, if it's not obvious yet, Edahn enjoys getting laid. A lot.
- Greed. Not for money, but he keeps some of the Tower's rarest and highest-ranking objects to himself. Manbarondenna, the case Khun had with him in Season 1, is one such case.
- Sloth. Doesn't give a shit for his family's inner politics, and won't step in even when things get ridiculously bloody. "Deadbeat" is generosity.
- Pride. One of the Ten Great Warriors. Do I have to explain anything?
- Envy. He resents the fact that Arie Hon and Urek Mazino are both higher ranked than him. Mind you, he is still in the top ten.
- Shock and Awe: Has the ability to use turn shinsu into electricity, which is the root of his second sobriquet, "Blue Thunderclap".
- Strong Family Resemblance: Virtually every single Khun family member introduced so far whose head was shown inherited his blue hair and eyes. Khun, Ran, Maschenny, Hachuling, Kiseia, Royale and Hynd all look an awful lot like him. The only two exceptions are Icardi (whose face was never shown) and Asensio, and the latter even looks like him somewhat.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Grapes, and anything made with them. He particularly enjoys wine, but he (or at least his younger data self) is not above drinking cheap grape soda either.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Much like his children, Edahn has silvery-blue hair.
Tower Position: Scout, Fisherman
Head of the Ha Family and the first person in the tower to hold the Scout position.
- Parental Favoritism: Ha Yuri Jahad is her favorite grandaughter, much to Ha Cheonhee's resentment. Enough so, that even after Ha Yuri gets caught betraying the Jahad Empire on behalf of FUG, Ha Yurin continues to stand by her, to the extent that Jahad's loyalists fear she will rebel.
- Super Toughness: Her descendants have a reputation for being very durable.
Tu Perie Tperie
Tower Position: Light Bearer
Head of the Tu Perie Family and the first Light Bearer in the Tower's history. After Jahad and the 10 Family Heads stopped climbing the Tower, Tperie worked closely with the Workshop to construct numerous items. The most famous of their creations are the three Opera Lighthouses, the greatest Lighthouses in the Tower.
- Ambiguous Gender: It is not clear what gender Tperie identifies with.
- Family Business: They were the very first Light Bearer in the Tower's history, and their descendants have kept the legacy alive: the Tu Perie family remains at the central stage of Light Bearing to this very day.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Tperie worked in close proximity with the Workshop in numerous projects, including the three Opera Lighthouses that are unmatched in their field.
- The Ghost: As with all Family Heads save for Gustang and Yurin (and Edahn, if you're being generous), Tperie has yet to make an appearance on the comic. Their family stands out, however, because not a single member of the family has even been named so far. Even the Hendrock family has a named character (Princess Gladmerry).
- Informed Attribute: They are known as one of the most active Family Heads, but haven't even been named in the story so far. Jarringly, this extends even for members of their family.
- Knowledge Broker: Possibly. The Opera Lighthouses they created are known for being a Light Bearer's ultimate dream. Tperie gifted Princess Repelista with one such item, and this is what she uses it for, being able to locate people pretty much anywhere in the Tower without ever bothering to climb it.
- Metaphorically True: Possibly. Tperie has been known to say that "the Heavens gave [them] the Eyes of God", those being their favourite Light House (and the origin of their sobriquet). However, it appears that this isn't what exactly happened, and perhaps is just a metaphor. No one really knows how they became a Light Bearer.
- Older Is Better: The very first Light Bearer and the highest ranked one (although Adori Jahad uses a Carrier, an unique item that can act as a Lighthouse, Tperie is still the best pure Light Bearer).
- The Strategist: As a Light Bearer, this is a given. In fact, they were the ones who pioneered the current system in which Light Bearers serve as strategists and communications hubs for their teams.
Tower Position: Wave Controller
Head of the Eurasia Family and the birth mother of Eurasia Anne Zahard.
- 13 Is Unlucky: Ranked 13th in the Tower, and also mother of the Princess of Zahard who became the Princesses' posterchild for the words "highly destructive insanity". It is said that things got so bad with her daughter that Zahard himself had to step in to solve the mess.
- Always Someone Better: She's this to Gustang, big time. He appears to have envied her effortless superiority his whole life.
- Amicable Exes: Yeah, no. Her split with Gustang is the reason behind the Feuding Families situation between them.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Unlike Gustang who's more adept to support roles, Eurasia is a highly offensive Wave Controller. It is said that she is so destructive that even the other Great Warriors look for shelter when she goes all out.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She is described as somewhat lazy. Although she is one of the best Wave Controllers of the Tower, she has no idea how she does it, so learning from her is useless. This pretty much drives Gustang insane.
- She's also said to be uninterested in politics, despite being one of the Tower's most powerful people. It is said that she doesn't even bother properly taking care of the Floors she owns, which has earned her the criticism of other Family Heads.
- Despair Event Horizon: Eurasia and Po Bidau Gustang had a daughter named Eurasia Anne, who grew up to become The Ace, one of the strongest Princesses of Zahard ever, who went insane after learning the cruel truth behind Zahard' schemes and was imprisoned. Anne's condition led to her parents splitting, and apparently hit Blossom hard enough that she gave up on the Princess of Zahard system entirely.
- Doting Parent: We have not seen how is her relationship to her other kids, but apparently she was sufficiently attached to her daughter Anne that it made her nearly go nuclear when Anne was imprisoned.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Parent: Downplayed in that she didn't forbid it, but Blossom saw it coming from a mile away that becoming a Princess wouldn't end up well for Anne, and was strongly opposed to it from the beginning. Kids, listen to your mothers: Anne didn't, and things went very south to her.
- Feuding Families: She didn't take the whole Anne thing very well; the Eurasia and Po Bidau families have been enemies ever since the incident. They also have a minor case of it with the royal family for the same reason; it is said that the Eurasias refuse to send their daughters to become Princesses of Zahard because of what happened to Anne.
- The Gift: It is said that she has immense natural talent in handling Shinsoo, similar to Bam. This is why she's not considered to be a competent teacher: she never had to learn how to do it, she just did it.
- Girly Bruiser: She is famous for loving flamboyant clothing, and also is the top Wave Controller of the Ten Great Warriors.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: She is legendarily lazy, but gifted to the point that manipulating Shinsoo is almost an instinct to her. Compare that to Gustang, immensely talented himself, but never as much as Blossom.
- Mama Bear: Oh hell yeah. Blossom reacted so strongly to what happened to Anne that she broke up with her father, Gustang, forbade marriages between their families and even withdrew the Eurasia family entirely from the Princess of Zahard competition, the sole of the Ten to do so.
- Red Baron: "Flower Shrimp", matching her taste in clothing.
- Strong and Skilled: As described above, Blossom's offensive power is absurdly high. But that's not all: she's also magnificently skilled at manipulating Shinsoo. Supposedly, her control is so refined she is able to kill most people in a place simply by acelerating the Shinsoo in the environment.
- Older Than They Look: Immortality and agelessness aside, she is said to have the appearance of a child.
- Only Sane Great Warrior: She is the only one who saw how the whole Princess of Zahard competition is madness and withdrew her family from it entirely. Blossom was also strongly opposed to Anne becoming a Princess from the beginning - and, well, look at how that turned out. The competition as a whole is also said to be a source of great tension among the families. It seems the Eurasias dodged a bullet (or nuclear warhead, considering what kind of people the Princesses are).
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's 155cm tall; compare that to the weaker Bloodmadder, who is more than 13 meters tall. That doesn't stop Blossom from being one of the Tower's finest Wave Controllers.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Eurasia opposed Gustang's setting of the Princesses of Zahard system. She even opposed the idea of Anne becoming a Zahard Princess. After what happened to her daughter, Eurasia broke up with Gustang, and banned her family from entering marital alliances with the Po Bidau family.
Poe Bidau Gustang
Tower Position: Wave Controller
Head of the Poe Bidau Family and the first living being to systematically record Shinsu. Poe Bidau Gustang is the Towers most famous Wave Controller and writer. Excluding the eccentrics within The Workshop, he probably knows the most about The Tower. He was also the lover of Eurasia Blossom for a brief period, and is the father of the famous Princess Eurasia Anne Jahad.
Gustang is the founder of the Research Association, and all males of the family are required to become a member. If they do not succeed, they are kicked out of the family. However, because it is a very powerful and exclusive group, his family enjoys great reputation and power, on par with the Khun family. He is rumored to know a way out of the Tower.
While he was loyal to Jahad for some time, the modern era has seen him quietly working against him, eventually resulting in Jahad declaring war on his family.
- Amicable Exes: Oh ho ho, not at all. Apparently, the end of his relationship with Blossom was acrimonious; she had been strongly opposed to Anne becoming a princess in the first place. Ever since the incident with their daughter, Blossom forbade any sort of marriage alliance between the Eurasias and the Po Bidaus.
- Anonymous Benefactor: Aids Viole and the gang during the Workshop Battle for unknown reasons, allowing them to keep Viole and the Thorn as well as officially winning the Workshop Battle much to the chagrin of the organizers, and not even the Rankers helping them knew he was there.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: After he broke up with Blossom and became something of a womanizer, his popularity with the ladies skyrocketed.
- Always Someone Better: Blossom. This is the driving issue of their relationship: he never got over the fact that she is the superior Wave Controller, and nearly effortlessly at that. His feelings for her are a mix of envy, admiration and love, with envy apparently occuping the central place. There's even an idiom in the Tower, "Gustang looking at Blossom", that initially described a greatly talented person envying the even greater talents of someone else, but nowadays refers to a man and a woman who do not get along.
- Badass Bookworm: His whole thing. He is the Tower's greatest writer, a superb Wave Controller, pioneer of Shinsoo research and the founder of the Research Institute. It is said that only a few members of the Workshop know more about the Tower than Gustang.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: One of the best-dressed character in the series.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Ooooh, boy. He apparently held romantic feelings for Blossom while still envying her talent. While it's unknown how he feels about her after what happened to Anne, Blossom at least didn't take the whole thing well, and forbade her family members' from marrying his. She's certainly belligerent.
- The Casanova: After splitting with Blossom, it is noted that he became something of a ladies man. Some people said that he did it to forget Blossom.
- The Chessmaster: His exact motivations are unknown, but some suspect he is betraying the 10 families. He made the floor of death the way it is now and has been subtly manipulating events, seemingly to aid Viole.
- Condescending Compassion: Displays it towards Hoaqin over the fact that he got cursed as a side effect of stealing souls, calling him a poor bug.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Brown hair with even lighter brown eyes.
- Defector from Decadence: He originally sided with the rest of the 10 Great Families, but at some point, for reasons implied to involve what Jahad did to his favorite daughter, started working against Jahad.
- Driven by Envy: Was very interested in Eurasia Blossom because she was able to control Shinsu naturally, and was extremely envious of her talent.Gustang: Blossom is one of the greatest Wave Controllers, but she cannot teach you anything. This is because she herself does not know how she controls Shinsu.
- Feuding Families: With the Eurasias. The whole Anne Zahard incident soured things between them.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: He was the architect of the Princesses of Zahard selection. Said selection ended up driving his daughter insane, causing his split with Blossom, and creating an enmity between their two families. Not to mention how the viciousness of the competition ended up becoming a source of problems between the Ten Families.
- However, given how Gustang claimed to "have been waiting" for Arlen's child - you know, the one destined to overthrow Zahard -, the last thing may not have been an accident. Considering Gustang's personality, wouldn't be unlikely.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Socially only, but Zahard ordered the destruction of the Po Bidau family after the Hell Train saga. As of now, Gustang is a fugitive.
- Insufferable Genius: He is a close friend of the Gong Bang, exchanges stories with Macseth, pioneered the research of shinsu, and founded of the Research Association. He also looks down on everyone who isn't a Ranker and casts out any member of his family who does not succeed in becoming a member of the Research Association. However, he has made an exception for Bam, saying that he may be capable of standing with the 10 Family Heads and Urek. See Condescending Compassion.
- The Magnificent: Known as the "Aloof Wave", perhaps owing to his quiet, reserved appearance. If this refers to his personality, he can be somewhat meddlesome when he wants to.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: The Workshop organizer, Madoraco, even comments it's hard not to notice who he is based on the expensive cigarettes he smokes.
- Megane: Wears them to better read the flow of Shinsu.
- Noodle Incident: Gustang was rumored to know about an exit that led to the mysterious Outside world. Urek visited him, but came out disgruntled. He complained that digging his way out of the Tower with a spoon is easier than learning anything from Gustang.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: As one of the the Ten Great Warriors, Gustang is one of the codifiers of the current Tower culture, and he and his family are among the highest nobility the Empire can offer. Still, he is plotting against Zahard, which the king did notice: the Po Bidaus were branded criminals after the Hell Train saga and their destruction ordered to be carried out by the royal army.
- Pitiful Worms: Considers most people to be nothing but bugs.
- The Professor: Is in charge of researching everything there is to know about the Tower.
- Shrouded in Myth: Whatever's the truth of his relationship with Blossom, only they know. That doesn't stop countless rumours sprouting in the Tower about the two, most of them fake. Apparently they are like the Tower's equivalent of Brangelina, with a lot more of bloodshed and resentment involved.
- Smug Super: He is completely dismissive of lesser beings, referring to them as bugs and considering them utterly irrelevant to the scheme of things.
- White Mage: Refers to himself as an expert of science and medicine, and functioned as a supportive Wave Controller contrasting his one time lover Blossom, an offensive Wave Controller.
Tower Position: Defender
The head of the Hendrock Family and the first person to hold the special position of Defender in the Tower. As a reward for passing its test, the Guardian of the 100th Floor offered Jahad and the 10 Great Warriors the gift of immortality. However, Hendrock Bloodmadder was the only one excluded from this gift. The reasons behind this exclusion are still a mystery.
- Abusive Parent: He uses his kids' lives as fuel to keep himself immortal. It is said that he sires numerous children in order to do so. Edahn almost seems nice in comparison.
- Bash Brothers: His position is "Defender", a position that specializes in protecting Light and/or Spear Bearers in battle. It is said that when Bloodmadder teamed up with Edahn, they were unstoppable.
- Cast from Lifespan: Not his - his children's. In order for Bloodmadder to keep his immortality, those who inherit his blood are cursed with short lifespans. This is why the Hendrock family has so many adopted members, as the true-blooded kids don't live long.
- Four Is Death: He is ranked 16 (4x4), and his direct descendants are cursed with short lifespans in order for Bloodmadder to keep on living.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Not Bloodmadder himself, as far as it is known, but his direct descendants. While they are one of the Ten Great Families and receive all the respect that comes with the title, the curse of their short lifespans is well-known, and thus they are avoided as marriage partners. They often have to hide their backgrounds in order to get married. In the family this is so common that it has a name: "deceptive marriage".
- In the Blood: Same deal as the other families, but only applying to the blood-related descendants: those who carry his blood are said to have high Shinsoo resistance. As a whole, the Hendrock family boasts the highest defensive power of the Ten.
- Ironic Name: His sobriquet is "Long-Life Turtle". He was the only one of the Ten who was not granted absolute immortality by the 100th Floor Guardian, and thus has to steal the lifespans of his children to keep on living.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The Hendrock family is the least influential of the Great Families, having the least number of Rankers among them. Unlike the other Families who tend to openly flaunt their surnames for status and prestige, the Hendrocks often lie about who they are in order to get married. They also depend more on those that are adopted than on the members that are descendants of Bloodmadder in order to get by.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: Because his kids are pretty much the fuel of his immortality, he had to keep siring them in order to continue living. This is why the Hendrock family is the largest of the Ten; counting the adopted members, there are more of them than even the Khuns.
- Mortality Phobia: Although he felt conflicted over the Guardian's offer of cursing his family members in order to keep on living, he accepted it anyway. He was that scared of dying.
- The Patriarch: Unlike some of the other families who are more loose, the Hendrock family is governed by a rigid set of ironclad rules that all members obey, and one of the rules is that Bloodmadder's position in the family is absolute.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Hendrock or Hendo Lok?
- The Unreveal: Why didn't the Guardian grant him immortality like the other Warriors?
- According to SIU, Bloodmadder and Yu Hansung are connected in some deep, mysterious way. If this will play a part in the plot in the future is unknown, but, given Hansung's relevance, it is likely.
Tower Position: Fisherman, Wave Controller
The leader of the Yeon Family. Hana is known to be the most beautiful among the 10 Family heads. Despite being the Family leader, none of the children born to the Yeon family have her blood. They are instead born to Ilarde, an old fellow family member of Hana.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being one of the gentlest of the Ten Warriors, she's scary when pissed; supposedly she is even worse than famously temperamental Ha Yurin when truly angered.
- There's also the fact that the Yeon family is responsible for artificially manufacturing the rarity of the Zygaena flowers so they can profit. While it's not known if Hana is personally behind such operation or even aware of it, she's still the head of the family, with no indication of a higher authority than her among them. This is a theme among the Ten Great Families: no matter how nice they may seem, they are still involved in some seriously dirty businesses.
- Broken Pedestal: Not Hana specifically, but the Yeon family as a whole for Ehwa; after discovering that her family is manipulating the Zygaena population to make money off its flowers, she is forced to admit that they aren't as squeaky clean as they'd like to appear, and grows somewhat disillusioned with the family as a result.
- Flower Motifs: In-universe, as the Zygaena flower is the crest of the family.
- Magic Knight: As both a Fisherman and a Wave Controller, she's skilled in both melee combat (probably with a needle) and in Shinsoo manipulation.
- Nice Girl: By all accounts, her reputation as a misandrist is underseved, as she is considered to be the kindest of the Ten, gentle to everyone.
- Playing with Fire: The Yeon family is famous for its flames, and Hana is, fittingly, the Tower's highest ranked (known) user of flame Shinsoo.
- Red Baron: Like all High Rankers, she received a sobriquet, "Cichlid".
- Silk Hiding Steel: Nice she may be, but she's still one of Ten Great Warriors and is dangerous when angered.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Either that or outright asexuality. According to one of SIU's blog posts, rumour goes in the Tower that Hana never chose to be with anyone because of someone she broke up with long ago, but could never forget. Considering that the Jahad Empire is dozens of thousands of years old and yet Hana never had a single relationship, this is some serious dedication.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Maybe not the world's - or Tower's -, but Hana is famous for being the most beautiful of the Ten Great Warriors.
Tower Position: ?
The leader of the Ha Family. Had two children with Ha Yurin, who created the rest of the Ha family and fight each other for the position of head. Not to be mistaken for Arie Hon.
Lo Po Bia
Tower Position: Anima
The leader of the Lo Po Bia Family. Known as the best Anima in the Tower and said to be capable of controlling every kind of creature, even humans. Out of the ten family leaders, he is noted to be the most enthusiastically loyal to Jahad.
- Ambiguously Human: Granted, the Tower's definition of "human" is flexible, but when seen in a flashback, he appears to have animal ears.
- Animal Motifs: The Lo Po Bia family has twenty branch families, each named after one of the family head's personal beasts. Kaiser, for instance, belongs to the Grey Wolf branch.
- The Beastmaster: The specialty of him and his family. This guy is the Anima in the Tower.
- Foil: To Edahn. Both are absolute Aces considered to be among the very best in their areas of expertise, both lead large families with numerous branches. But that's it. While Edahn doesn't give a damn for his kids, Lo Po Bia was devastated when Hidden Grove killed one of his and sought revenge. Edahn doesn't get along with Zahard, while Lo Po Bia is the most loyal out of his peers. We actually got to see Edahn (well, his data self) and had him contribute directly to the plot, arguably making him the Family Head we know the most about - on the other hand, this guy has to be referred to as "this guy" because not even his name was revealed so far.
- Friend to All Living Things: Either that or "Boss To All Living Things": there is nothing he isn't able to control, and that includes people. His one time appearance also had him surrounded by animals, so maybe he truly is friendly to them.
- The Ghost: Just like all other Family Heads save for Edahn, Gustang and - briefly - Yurin, he hasn't shown up in the main plot. Yet, we had a flashback view of him, and, come Season 3, his family is becoming more and more relevant to the plot. And yet, we know very little about him; forget his ranking or sobriquet, we don't even know his name.
- It's Personal: Implied. He did not like it that Hidden Grove killed one of his kids. Hidden Grove is affiliated with FUG, of which Ha Jinsung is a member - as are most of the guys trying to rescue him from the Nest. It's possible that the Lo Po Bias have some special beef with FUG because of what happened during Genesis, and this may have played a part in their decision to send troops to the Nest.
- Papa Wolf: A rarity among his peers, if Edahn is part of a pattern, but he is this. One of the flashbacks of Genesis has one of his sons declaring he was heartbroken over the death of one of his youngest children at the hands of Hidden Grove. Enough to send a giant snake to kill them. This is verbally compared to the Edahn's response: absolute indifference.
- Parental Substitute: Raised Doom, Yama and Paul's father after he was created by the Workshop. Nice of him, right? Well, no. Instead of treating the guy like a member, the Lo Po Bia family used him to do their dirty work and wanted nothing more than a blindly loyal, well, dog. So, when he decided he'd no longer play along, they got rid of him.
- Undying Loyalty: The most loyal to Zahard out of the Ten. This attitude apparently is ingrained in his family as well: in Season 3, the Lo Po Bias were the only one of the Ten Families to send troops to cooperate with the royal army in the defense of the Nest.
- Unknown Rival: Yama, Doom and Paul are all High Rankers, with Doom once being in the Top 200 of the Tower in his prime and Yama being even stronger. But Lo Po Bia is a Great Warrior.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: If the brief flashback image we had of him is accurate, then his hair is green.
An Irregular that climbed the Tower alongside Jahad and the 10 Great Family leaders, and said to be the cause of all the problems that plague the Tower in the current day. The reason being because Jahad had fallen in love with Arlen, but couldn't have her, because her heart was already set on another of their companions, V.
After Jahad became the new Tower King, Arlene revolted alongside V against Jahad and the 10 Great Family leaders so that they could one day continue climbing the Tower after Jahad locked the door to the 135th Floor. However, the two of them lost the war, and were forced to go on the run as fugitives. Jahad would hunt them down to the point of killing Arlene and V's newborn child, which resulted in V committing suicide to allow Arlene to return to Jahad's side, and live a better life. However, Arlene chose not to do so, and became a wanderer of the Tower to try to find a way to bring her dead baby back to life. Eventually, Arlene claimed to have found a means of escaping the Tower desiring to see the free starry sky outside the Tower, and begged to the God outside the Tower to bring her child back to life one day. Her dead child possibly being Bam.
In the present, Arlene and V's existence have been erased to make it seem like it was only Jahad and the 10 Great Family leaders that originally climbed the Tower. However, Arlene hid away her Pocket detailing her erased story, which was found by Princess Anne Jahad. In addition, Rachel is shown to have some sort of connection to Arlene as well, and is determined to be the one who makes Arlen's wish of going outside the Tower come true.
- Chekhov's Gun: Arlene's existence was foreshadowed due to the 28th Floor's Hand of Arlene structure that was the setting of the "Devil of the Right Arm" Story Arc.
- Complete Immortality: Arlene is unable to die since she's part of the immortality contract that Jahad made with the Tower Guardians.
- Determinator: She was determined to bring her baby back to life to the point of placing a spell on her baby's corpse so that it never rotted away.
- Driven to Madness: The loss of her baby took a toll on Arlen's sanity, which led to V committing suicide.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempted multiple times to kill herself after the death of her baby, but given her Complete Immortality, she was unable to do so.
- Love Triangle: Got stuck in a tragic one between Jahad and V. Jahad loved Arlen, but she loved V, who loved Arlene in return.
- Official Couple: With V.
- Revenge: She offered her murdered baby's corpse to God in order to create Bam, and use him as a weapon to slit King Jahad's throat.
- Unperson: King Jahad did everything he could to erase her existence from history, even down to the level of modifying memories.
- Wandering the Earth: Instead of going back to Jahad's side after V committed suicide, Arlene chose to wander the Tower alone searching for a means to escape the Tower, and bring her dead baby back to life.
An Irregular that climbed the Tower alongside Jahad and the 10 Great Family leaders. V was the one who Arlene had truly fallen in love with, which causes her to reject Jahad's marriage proposal. Similar to Arlen's story, the two of them ran away to revolt against Jahad after he became the Tower King, and locked the door to the 135th Floor. However, they lost said war, and became fugitives on the run. After Jahad killed their baby, V chose to commit suicide after seeing Arlene continuing to lose her sanity in the hopes that she would go back to Jahad's side to live a better life. However, she didn't choose to do so.
In the present, V and Arlen's existence have been erased to make it seem like it was only Jahad and the 10 Great Family leaders that originally climbed the Tower.
- Character Death: Killed himself for Arlen's sake.
- Driven to Suicide: After witnessing how much sanity Arlene lost due to the death of their baby, V killed himself so that she could live a better life without him.
- Love Triangle: Got stuck in a tragic one where he was up against Jahad for Arlen's affection. In the end, Arlene chose V.
- Official Couple: With Arlene Grace.
- One-Letter Name: Known only as V. Since he's Bam's father, V most likely stands for Viole.
- Signature Move: He was the best at utilizing Shinsu "Tension".
- Unperson: King Jahad erased all memory of him from history, with only the higher ups in FUG and the other Great Family leaders still remembering he ever existed.
Princesses of Jahad
The Princesses of Jahad are adopted females that have, through arduous exams, proven themselves worthy of receiving Jahad's blood, giving them more power. They represent Jahad. They are the only one's allowed to carry the name of Jahad, as he has no children of his ownnote . For their tropes, see Princesses of Jahad.
- A Father to His Men: He is genuinely fond of all the people serving under him. Fond enough of them for Jahad's military to order him to sacrifice all of them as a loyalty test.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: While he didn't take him on as a student per se, Ha Jinsung met with him and gave him the occasional advice. When Kallavan made great achievements, Ha Jinsung tried to recruit him as one of FUG's slayers, only for Kallavan to join the opposite side.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: One reason he worships Jahad and hates Bam is because Bam is willing to risk everyone to save everyone, letting his personal feelings get in the way of his cause, while Jahad sees everyone outside the Great Family leaders completely equally. Jahad's army turns out to see all of their underlings as equally disposable and orders Kallavan to sacrifice all of his men as a loyalty test.
- Enemy Mine: When he figures out that his immediate superior, Lyborick, sent his squadron on what was meant to be an Uriah Gambit from the very beginning, he agrees to temporarily work with Bam until he can kill Lyborick and take his position.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Whether because they admired his power or his personality, many talented people agreed to join Kallavan's cause and serve under him. After Kallavan joined the Jahad empire, they continued to serve under him as a formal squadron. But the Jahad Empire only wants completely fanatical and disposable soldiers. Even if Kallavan worships Jahad as a perfect being, the fact that he cares for his men and the fact that their loyalty is to him personally instead of Jahad is seen as a hindrance, so they test him with an Uriah Gambit to make him sacrifice all of his underlings as a loyalty test. While Kallavan gives in, his soldiers end up sacrificing their lives for nothing, much to the amusement of his superiors.
- MacGuffin Guardian: He originally belonged to a long line that acted as one for an artifact called the Essence of Bravery. Ha Jinsung suggested that Kallavan should stop guarding it and take it for himself. Kallavan accepted his advice, seeing the artifact's past and inheriting the power of the person sealed inside, giving him enough strength to become a high ranker.
- Super Toughness: He ignores any attack that won't affect him, which is most of them. He brags that his body is even tougher than the people of the Ha Family and Ha Jinsung's students describe him as being like a fortress.
- The Fundamentalist: He calls Jahad the one true king and worships him as a god. He believes that if all of Jahad's enemies are slain, it will turn the Tower into a paradise. He hates the Slayers who aim to kill Jahad as false and evil gods and even tells Karaka that he plans to rip him into pieces to show everyone how pathetic they are. Even so, Jahad's army still isn't sure he's fanatical enough since he actually values his men.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He plans to kill everyone who stands in Jahad's way, because he believes that will turn the tower into a paradise without tragedy or war.
- Villain Respect: He respects Ha Jinsung's strength.