YAFGC has accumulated a huge cast of characters, many of which return in lesser or greater roles years later. This page attempts to keep track of them. Characters are organized by their current residence, not where they are first encountered. To keep the list manageable, characters that appear only in one story arc are omitted.
This character sheet was updated in january 2020. If you are not caught up with the story thus far, beware of spoilers.
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- Jerkass: When asked by Bob if he was just killing all of the Drow and orcs because he was a jerk, his answer was "Definitely!"
- King in the Mountain: He almost never leaves his cave and, after defeating Lolth in battle, goes to a long sleep — much to everyone else's relief.
- Mad Prophet: He can see into the future, but isn't quite all there in the present.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His reason for committing genocide during the Coup d'Drow arc? Yapp tells him the queens called him some name that's never expanded upon.
Ben and Barb
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: After Bob tries furiously to roast his baby brother, they are proud of him because he has no sense of decency at all — like a beholder should.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Beholder eating habits. When Bob suggests he could invite his girlfriend, his father responds, to Bob's annoyance, that he hasn't had goblin for dinner in ages.
- Parents as People: They initially declared Bob for dead and vowed to never talk to him again because he eloped with Gren, but when he's in a tight spot, they show up with an entire army of beholders to wreck havoc.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Hurting Gren is not condusive to a long and happy life.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Played for Black Comedy. For example, Bob has no qualms about calmly talking with a harpy neighbor and being friendly towards her... and then eating her.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Bob can't resist a nice set of...eyes.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Despite their mutual infidelity, Bob still doesn't react too well on Gren bringing home a new boy-toy.
- Interspecies Romance: With Gren. It leads to his parents declaring him dead and never talking about him again as they find said relationship unacceptable.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Averted in that Bob can multitask.
- One-Man Army: He's been shown to be able to annihilate entire hordes of non-beholders.
- Outdoor Bath Peeping: In a cave, but this is how Bob meets Gren.
- The Peeping Tom: It's how he met Gren in the first place. He does the same with the harpy cavern soon after.
- Secret Legacy: According to a prophecy of the Beholder King, Bob (or his brother of the same name) may become the next king of beholders someday. Then again, the Beholder King often talks a lot of rubbish.
- Taken for Granite: Likely to happen if you hurt Gren.
- Dead Guy Junior: Well, Bob didn't actually die, but his parents did disown him and pretend that he was dead, so naming their new child after him probably seemed logical.
- Does She Have A Sister: When he sees Gren in action during a battle, he begins gushing over Goblins, claiming he wants one, too. Then he remembers that Gren has a sister.
- One-Man Army: Like his big brother, only Up to Eleven — he can blow up entire caves.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Prone to rushing into action without second thought. Given that he's a One-Man Army, though, this tends to be a valid tactic.
- Secret Legacy: The Beholder King once predicted that "he who is known as Bob" will succeed him as king — that could be either Bob or Bob 2.
- Youngest Child Wins: One should be wary of Bob when he's angry — but he's got nothing on his younger brother who is, even as a baby, multiple times stronger than him.
- Dirty Old Man: Downplayed, but he keeps a harem of naked goblinoids and orcs in his home.
- Killed Off for Real: His initial appearance was just a joke about an overworked old shaman who was in it for his harem. He didn't develop much personality in Turg's Saga, and was killed shortly afterwards in battle against the Drow.
- Bride and Switch: She jumps in for her sister Jalla at her wedding day — granted, it was because the marriage was originally arranged by her parents for Gren anyway, and Jalla had urged Gren to step up to her responsibilty. Ultimately, the wedding is called off.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Nuk, a goblin with whom Gren was involved in adolescence, tries to hold her up to such a promise they made back then. Gren seriously considers it because she gave her word on it but eventually returns to Bob.
- Distressed Damsel: She gets kidnapped and/or imprisoned and chained to walls a number of times. She even Lampshades it in one strip.Gren: "I'm so sick of being tied up."
- Eating The Eyecandy: She sure is here: "I'm not helping, I'm ogling."
- Genki Girl: Not the Genkiest of girls, maybe, but her enthusiasm is hard to curb when something catches her interest.
- I Am Not Pretty: Said by her verbatim at her first encounter with Bob, as she considers the goblin species to be not particularly attractive. She's actually rather cute though.
- Interspecies Romance: With Bob the beholder. As her parents won't accept that relationship, she runs off to live with him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's one of the more good-natured inhabitants of the Black Mountain; polite, friendly, and even honorable to a degree... but she's still a greedy, selfish jerk who thinks nothing of stealing from or cheating even good friends.
- Shower Scene: Her introduction to both the audience and Bob.
- Sibling Triangle: Both Gren and her sister Jalla hook up with the goblin bard Harn.
- Cute Monster Girl: Hobgoblins are one of the more human-looking fantasy races, but her introduction even has Runt telling her that she's pretty, after commenting on how hideous he finds hobgoblins.
- Lady of War: Makes her reappearance after seven real-time years dressed in plate armor and leading nine elite legions of goblinoids to fight the Rannites.
- Royal Brat: Not actually, but she's giving a fairly good impression of it to help her allies.
- Thicker Than Water: This is why she asks for her father and mother to be spared when they are deposed.
- Token Good Teammate: How both the humans and their allies and the denizens of the Black Mountain look at her in terms of her family.
- White Sheep: She actively assists Runt and his retinue in getting her father off of Elegrost's throne. Later, when her father and uncle are too caught up in their grudge to help fighting the Rannites, it is Hogga who leads the hobgoblin army.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Bob 2 hits on her under pretty much the same circumstances in which Bob has met Gren originally, but Jalla reacts nowhere near as favorably.
- Arranged Marriage: To the Hobgoblin War Minister; he was originally intended to be her sister's husband, but since Gren was disowned by her father, he talked the minister into Settle for Sibling. Jalla at this time has intentions to marry her boyfriend Rommo and guilts Gren eventually into accepting the marriage herself.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Being a bard, Jalla sings and plays the lyre.
- Offscreen Breakup: Seems to be the case with Rommo; when Jalla attends the Great Bardic Challenge, there is no sign or mention of him anymore.
- Sibling Triangle: She and Gren both slept with bard Harn, though both of them were oblivious to that fact.
- I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: During the Lich of the Rings arc, Gren's father lets her slip by the siege he's supposed to hold up with his men so she can get the help they need to end the war. He asks her to never mention that he did that.
- Rain of Arrows: Their specialty, as can be seen during the siege of Elwood.
- La Résistance: The Redcaps are among the first ones to go into open rebellion when the Rannites have infiltrated the Black Mountain.
- Cobweb Jungle: She can produce these herself, which comes in handy when she's fighting the Rannites.
- Master Poisoner: She studied poisons and intended to make a carreer as official Court Poisoner for the Drow Queen, and while her plans were thwarted by Mahr'i for a time, she eventually becomes poisoner at Nephilia's court. It is because of her vast knowledge that Arachne, who needs an antidote, contacts her again in the first place.
- Monster Roommate: She moves in with Tara the Penanggalan — granted, Anancy herself is just as monstrous.
- Spider People: After Mahr'i betrayed her, she was found guilty of blasphemy, banished into the Weepwood Forest and turned into a Drider, having a Drow's upper body on the body of a giant spider.
- The Unfavorite: Could be this, as she states that her younger sister Arachne had been chosen as successor of their mother while Anancy made her own way.
- We Used to Be Friends: Mahr'i was one of her best friends. Then she schemed against their mutual friend Nephilia, made sure she would be banished into the underworld and prevented Anancy from helping her friend. Mahr'i kept Anancy around as long as she was of use to her, then set her up for blasphemy and had her exiled.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She's neither a noble nor a priestess nor shows to be magically gifted, but since she is a formidable warrior and first-class torturer, she is highly respected among the Drow and the other inhabitants of the Black Mountain. Glon refers to her as, next to his mother, "the most important person in the caverns to have on your side."
- Chekhov's Gun: Her mother taught her to spit venom. This ability returns every now and then when she is in a tight spot. It doesn't always help, though.
- Combat Pragmatist: What do you do when you're in the middle of a swordfight against a pirate but the upcoming sun will turn you into a pile of ashes over no long? Why, continue the fight on the lower deck!
- The Cynic: Arachne has a pretty disenchanted opinion about the so-called good guys.
- Deadpan Snarker: Always and everywhere. An early example: She's sent to an official elf council to represent her people. This is her idea of dignified behaviour:Arachne: "You all suck! [...] We declare war on all of you retards. Surrender now and come back with us in chains."
- Disproportionate Retribution: She is not too pleased when her favorite plaything Princess Dewcup runs off to marry elven Prince Summerwind. Cue Arachne setting Summerwind's home forest ablaze.
- Does Not Like Men: "The only thing men are good for is making more women!" On the other hand, she seems to find men sexy in the (rare) case that they manage to dominate or otherwise outdo her.
- Easy Evangelism: Played for Laughs when she converts a bunch of wood elves to Lolth.
- Eating The Eyecandy: When she sees Charlotte dancing, she's quite stunned. "Arachne... not talk. Ogling." Lolth in Drow form (and practically naked) is also a view she quite enjoys.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Especially Princess Dewcup.
- Exact Words: She has lately seen Charlotte "hanging around" indeed.
- It Amused Me: Her main motivation for her meanness, for joining in adventures, rolling with political coups, or torturing people is her personal amusement — she's not very ambitious.
- Killed Off for Real: She dies in her attempts to stop Ranna, with only Dewcup('s Drow form) and Elzear'bith to mourn her. Her last words only make it worse.Arachne: "Be... afraid... to die..."
- The Order: She carries a tattoo that marks her as member of such a group, which may be one of the reasons both for her antics and her special station in Lolth's eyes. Arachne belongs to the ancient Order of the Spider who were appointed with the task to keep Ranna from returning to power. She is specifically trained to transfer Ranna's soul into a weak, mortal body to make her vulnerable.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: While Arachne sports a wide variety of outfits that underline her sexiness — including very short tunics, a skin-tight uniform and her preferred combination of high heeled boots and corset — she's never actually seen wearing a dress or skirt. When Prince Glitterbranch tries to make her wear a girlish dress once, she reacts violently.
- As can be seen in a flashback, Arachne did indeed wear a long dress when she was a young girl.
- Sadist: She has a basement full of torture subjects for her amusement which can include a casual lashing, though she also enjoys being tortured herself.
- Sore Loser: She sulks for weeks after Clover, one of her toys, is saved from her dungeon.
- Static Character: In a comic where some characters go through remarkable development, Arachne always stays the same. It kinda works for her.
- Too Kinky to Torture: This is apparently standard for Dark Elves in the setting, though. In one case, she accepted it as payment. She's also not above provoking it deliberately while she's imprisoned:Arachne: "Hey, guards! I know something you don't know, and I ain't gonna tell ya!"
- Anything That Moves: Even for a Drow, Charlotte is quite promiscuous — she is seen hooking up with, hitting on, or molesting Gren, Wolf, several girls in a harem in Merriah, some other girls in the Sultan's harem in the City of Dunes, the elven archer Rhea, Captain Hans Olo, Lucas, Baron Elwood, and plenty men and women in Vallejo.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Mostly considered just a joke until the Night Queen arc.
- Black Comedy Rape: She gives a lighthearted story about how she forced a bunch of people from the town of Vallejo to be her sex slaves through coercion, mind games, and outright mental manipulation.
- Came Back Wrong: Granted, she was already gone nuts before; that's why she had to be killed in the first place. But when she is Back from the Dead she is possessed by Ranna and gives impetus for a big Oh, Crap! moment.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Charlotte's feelings for Lotharia seem to be genuine, but she doesn't manage to confess them. Instead she compensates her frustration with carnal excess, exploiting and torturing countless people who were given to her as human sacrifices.
- Cassandra Truth: She tells Queen Lotharia of the conspirators who plan to depose her. Lotharia supposes that Charlotte only wants to cause mischief and has her banished from Vallejo.
- Demonic Possession: Godly possession, technically speaking, but Ranna is a particularly malevolent goddess.
- The Ditz: Lewie's mind control ring doesn't work on her because of this. Charlotte claims that she had a part of her brain removed when she was fifteen.
- Evil Feels Good: She really enjoys being the cruel Queen of the Night, feared and obeyed by everyone.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Charlotte was specifically chosen to be the vessel for the soul of Ranna because she was "a child destined to be nothing"; plan was that she dies a natural death and takes Ranna's soul with her to the other side forever. Problem is that Charlotte got to the Lost Valley where she became the Night Queen and thereby unwittingly supplied Ranna with the power she needed to return.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: After she grows into her role as She Who Rules The Night and begins taking sacrifices.
- Love at First Sight: She falls in love with Lotharia, the Day Queen, the moment she sees her for the first time.
- Sexless Marriage: Technically, Charlotte and Lotharia are married — a formality that allowed to set Charlotte into the position of a Queen despite her being a foreigner. Charlotte does love Lotharia, but since she never told her that, Lotharia considers her a best friend and has no sexual relationship with her.
- Show Some Leg: Charlotte is quite attractive and often rather scantily-clad, and a glance at her can convince Taidor to tag along on a travel he originally didn't want to make or an entire harbor of ship captains to offer her a ship to wherever she needs.
- Stalking Is Love: She begins following Lotharia around and observe her at every minute. It turns out to be very useful though; Charlotte becomes her spy and plays a key role in consolidating her reign.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Lost Valley, Charlotte not only grows physically taller and stronger, she also gains extensive magic abilities.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Unless, of course, you stick her in a cage and refuse to torture her... Being sacrificed to the goddess Kila on the other hand is something she states "could be fun".
- Unstoppable Rage: Even though Lotharia banished her and broke her heart in the process, Charlotte still goes into a blood frenzy to save Lotharia from getting killed by some conspirators.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Charlotte is utterly surprised by the strong feelings she has for Lotharia, as she never has been in love before and has never felt the anxiety, protectiveness, jealousy, and vulnerability that go along with it.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: She's gone somewhat off the rails after she became Queen of the Night and grew a massive magic potency, demanding exorbitant amounts of human sacrifices and spending her days with magic experiments, torture, and sexual coercion, and she makes no exception for someone who considered her a companion before.
- Worth It: She and her friends instigate a major tavern brawl and are in for some trouble with the local Baroness, but Charlotte claims with a wide grin that it was awesome anyway.
- Butt-Monkey: Becomes a major one during the Coup d'Drow arc, as shown by her Humiliation Conga.
- The Ditz: Amongst her friends during her school days, who let her tag along as a joke and gave her the degrading assignments in their schemes, like scavenging in otyugh offal.
- Feel No Pain: It's either that or she is, like most Drow, Too Kinky to Torture — anyway, she is not very impressed with the Rannites' attempt to convert her.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: When her friend from school recounts those days, she lists each of their group's best traits, including Elzear'bith's sister, Mahr'i. Elzear'bith, however, is just mentioned as having been the butt of their jokes:Anancy: "Oh. And then there was her sister Elzear'bith. Dumb. Dull. Useless."
- Embarrassing Nickname: Albeit one she didn't know about. Behind her back, her sister and "friends" called her "Lizard-bith".
- God Save Us from the Queen!: It's a point of pride with the Drow, though by their standards Elzear'bith is really a quite Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Humiliation Conga: When her sister Mahr'i upstaged her, she tried to banish her but was called an idiot by Lolth herself and arrested. Mahr'i then sells her into slavery because she doesn't want her as a slave. Elzear'bith is given humiliating tattoos that show off her being deposed, then makes a fool of herself on the block and doesn't make a single silver piece. She's taken to the food processor after having her underwear stripped off for the next batch of slaves, and there the tattoo artist slices the tattoos off due to the time involved in making them. Her trusted advisor Arachne then buys her for two silver, just to shove her in a cage. Later, Arachne tortures her for information, then leaves her in Jais' clutches for more. At the end of the arc, she's released to her new profession and given her uniform... a harlequin's.
- Raised as a Host: The reason why Arachne keeps her around after her downfall is that Elzear'bith was groomed by the Order of the Spider to serve as a vessel for the soul of Ranna, so the goddess could be transferred from her own body into a mortal one, giving Arachne the chance to kill her. She fails at that task, so Elzear'bith survives. And so does Ranna.
- Reassignment Backfire: Demoted to the position of Fool by her friend (the new queen)... only to actually enjoy the new job immensely.
- Shameful Strip: She has her clothes removed before being dragged off to the food processor. However, the shame comes from her ragged bikini having more value assigned to it than she does.
- Sibling Rivalry: The relationship between her and Mahr'i is strained, to say the least, with potential for a Cain and Abel ending:Elzear'bith: (to Arachne) "I need you to be ready to kill the nasty bitch."
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her official name is "Elzear'bith" (a reference to Elizabeth I), but she is often called "Alzaer'bith" in the comic proper.
- Fetish: Played for Laughs as it does not appear as a fetish to readers. That is, until you consider that it is very kinky by Drow standards: Nephilia likes gentle sex.
- Happily Married: Despite her marriage to Wolf being arranged by Lolth, the two of them get along quite well.
- The Ingenue: Her utter trust in her friends brought her to the underworld for years. Time has made her a lot more savvy.
- Internal Reformist: Her divine-appointed rule is kind and just in direct opposition to her goddess' edicts of sadism and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. It should also be noted that worship of Lolth decreased severely as her reign went on.note
- Nice Girl: She may be a Drow and know her authority, but she is a genuinely nice and caring person... to her friends anyway.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Her mother had planned to make Nephilia the next Drow Queen and prepared her for that, and it pays off when she becomes queen eventually, if with a bit delay — she organizes the rebuilding of Drow society after the war and the reconstruction/reunification of their destroyed homes. After the destruction of the Black Mountain, she gathers the survivors in the Underdark and takes them towards a new place to settle.
- Rescued from the Underworld: Lolth banished her because Mahr'i set her up for blasphemy. When Arachne can proof that Nephilia was tricked, Lolth brings her back and makes her the Queen of Drow because Elzear'bith and Mahr'i are no longer acceptable for the job.
- Black Widow: Presumably a habit of her, as she casually mentions sacrificing one of her plenty husbands.
- Half the Woman She Used to Be: Glon bisects her during his berserker rage after Goria's death.
- Trial by Friendly Fire: She has a nostalgic moment with an orc priest who used to be her friend before the war between orcs and Drow began. Then she kills him with no further qualms.
- Badass and Child Duo: During the Coup d'Drow arc, she lands in prison together with Arachne and teams up with her to break out and end the war.
- Interspecies Romance: Yapp the gnoll takes an interest in her, and while she acts indifferently about it, Sittica returns the feeling. When Yapp messes up the Monster Ball at their school, inciting a mass brawl, she is smitten and has a nice evening with him. They are involved ever since.
- She's All Grown Up: When the members of Yapp's gang meet again as teenagers, the boys definitely notice this about her.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She acts like that towards her love interest Yapp, brushing him off but then leaving a note in his book that she missed him. This fickle behaviour could stem from her unlucky combination: She's a teenage girl and a Drow.
- True Companions: She, Yapp, Ain, and Gimmy always stick together, even when the war breaks out and it's Drow against everyone else.
- Damsel in Distress: During the war, she is captured by the orcs who threaten to kill her. Her student Ain sets her free.
- Hot Teacher: Lots of her students find themselves drooling during her introduction.
- Recurring Extra: Her character is not much developed, she is generally only brought up in correlation with her students.
- Hot Consort: He ends up as this for Nephilia, though they seem to genuinely like each other. Before that, he was engaged to Mahr'i.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: A gender-inverted example. Wolf's status as having the best ass in the Underdark has actually gotten him complimented by an insane, misandrist spider goddess.
- Oh, Crap!: He has a moment of this when Lolth tells him she's pregnant with his baby, demi-goddess Lycosa whom she wants to become empress.
- Polyamory: Out of necessity since the Drow numbers are severely reduced after the war; he begins a "breeding programme" under the supervision of his wife Nephilia.
- Really Gets Around: He's basically the only male Drow who can do that.
- Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Wolf has absolutely no problem with the concept of sleeping your way up. It's how he got the position he has.
- Sleeping with the Boss: It's what he regularly does. He was the fiancé of Queen Mahr'i, the lover of goddess Lolth, and finally the husband of Queen Nephilia.
- Smug Smiler: He becomes this whenever his having sex nets him a benefit, such as showing up surface elves, earning him a promotion, or avoiding being a Virgin Sacrifice.
- The Tease: The only reason he flirts with Glon is because he knows perfectly well that it makes Glon uncomfortable.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He decides to get along with Gimmy after the latter hits him over the head with a clod.
- The Exile: After his refusal to kill a Drow during the war, Ain is forced to leave the Black Mountain.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yapp; up until Ain's exile, the two of them stick together all the time.
- Rite of Passage: In Coup d'Drow, his father expects him to kill a Drow, his (helpless and cowering) teacher Miss Steatoda who is a war prisoner, to become a warrior and man. He refuses — which ultimately is a rite of passage for him nevertheless, as it leads to him beginning his grown-up life apart from his family in a new home.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Sittica belong to the same group of friends, but Ain occasionally fantasizes about strangling her.
- Would Not Hit a Girl: Though it seems to have been more about the situation rather than his target being female.
- Babies Ever After: By now, she's mother of Princess Glonda and Prince Owen.
- Badass Boast: After defeating an entire colony of giant ants, she delivers this to the ant queen:Gaggia: "You keep your mindless baggy carrion-eating filth underground, or I'll come back with an orc army to exterminate your exosceletal ass off the world!"
- Badass Bookworm: She's both a warrior and a scholar, which comes in handy while she, Glon, and the others are in the Lost Valley.
- Distressed Damsel: Not usually, but she gets captured by the Rannites and has to be saved by Jalla and Bob2.
- Happily Married: To Glon; she's always a bit indulgent towards his more immature impulses, but they care a lot for each other and fight side by side. She also gets along very well with her co-wives.
- Improbable Weapon User: She wields a cloak and uses it to decapitate her enemies.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Glon is absolutely smitten after he has seen her in action.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Under The Mountain who goes adventuring, is well-versed in and teaches history, and is perfectly willing to kick ass when the need arises.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Rich Morris explained this at one point as intending for Gaggia's name to be pronounced "Gadgia", but then wrote her name that way in many of the early comics.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: She threatens Sittica with a dagger to hold her captive, but when Glon demands she actually kill her, Gaggia is terrified.
- Adult Fear: After the destruction of the Black Mountain, he has a moment of severe panic about what happened to his children, until Hogga assures him they are safe and healthy.
- Arranged Marriage: To four wives.
- Back from the Dead: When the gods can't decide what to do with him, as he has the natures of both orc and human.
- Berserk Button: He shares one with his mother: Harming or even threatening any member of his family is a very, very bad idea.
- Birds of a Feather: Glon takes an instant shine to Jone when he recognizes her as a half-orc, like he is one. He takes care of her and helps her integrate herself into the Underdark society. Later however, the very same similarity creeps him out as he temporarily goes Ax-Crazy and realizes he has the same potential for insanity that Jone had.
- Came Back Strong: After he comes back, he's become a lot more confident and self-assured, particularly in dealing with the opposite sex.
- Cute Monster Girl: For once, the trope is Gender Flipped, in that Glon, as a half-orc, barely looks like an orc at all (in fact, aside from his nose and ears, he looks like a fairly handsome human), while his wives look genuinely Orcish. Even Jone, who's as much a half-orc as he is, looks quite a bit more unpleasant than he does.
- The Casanova: After his resurrection, he starts sleeping around among Drow, goblins, harpies, humans, and orcs alike; he eventually founds a harem.
- Fantastic Racism: Glon is at the receiving end; some orcs despise him and are unwilling to accept him as their Crown Prince because he is half-human.
- Groin Attack: Gets one from Clover at their first meeting because he patronizes her. Later, Goria threatens him with one as well.
- Half-Breed Angst: Glon is half-human, half-orc, though he believed himself to be half-elf at first. He had issues due to being Raised by Humans, which goes against his more violent orc instincts and since he'd never met a Token Heroic Orc before meeting his mother, he was in denial about his heritage as well.
- Happily Married: To three of his wives, and he was trying to win over the fourth.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves his father and has himself killed in the process, though this turns out to be a case of cheap death.
- Informed Flaw: His wives and mother refer to him as stupid more than once. But one should keep in mind that he was the one who not only set the moves for ending the reign of hobgoblin King Karak in Elegrost but also initiated the downfall of the hobgoblin King in the Black Mountain, deliberately triggering a great political change.
- Made a Slave: Is sold to the Black Mountain by a few bugbears after his unit was taken captive by them. As this leads to him reuniting with his mother, he doesn't stay a slave for long though.
- Momma's Boy: Oh so much. Despite meeting his mother only when he's already seventeen years old, they quickly grow very close, and Glon values his mother's advise and authority over everyone else's and always calls for her when he's in a tight spot. He's also enormously happy that she survived the fall of the Black Mountain, immediately abandoning his inauguration speech to greet her the second he hears she's on her way.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: As he was clearly not a full-blood orc, his mother gave him to his biological father to take care of him as she knew how her husband would react on seeing him. The downside of this is that Glon's father didn't really pay any attention to him during his childhood.
- Papa Wolf: It is a VERY bad idea to harm a member of his family, as the Drow ended up learning.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He's not exactly enthusiastic about marrying three orc princesses for political reasons at first, but once they get to know each other they quickly become inseparable.
- Perma-Stubble: He grows one later in life — it happens to emphasize his resemblance of his father.
- Prayer Is a Last Resort: While he has lived among the orcs for many years, it is the humans' goddess Ch'Thier to whom he turns for a prayer when his wife is poisoned, begging her to give Goria back to him. Ch'Thier however has rules to hold on and refuses apologetically.
- Precocious Crush: When he was little, he had one on C'rhynne, Captain of the Baronial Guard of Grayfort.
- Really Gets Around: Not at first, but when he comes back from the dead... though some years into his marriage, he eventually disbands his harem and sticks to his wives.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: During the orc/Drow war after they attempted to poison him and his wives and killed Goria.
- Sibling Team: From being rather disdainful of each other as youths, he and Lucas grow into a very brotherly relationship, usually travelling together, helping each other out with every problem, and being absolutely loyal to each other.
- Unstoppable Rage: He's a Bloodhand like his mother, so when his Berserk Button is pushed, well... carnage ensues.
- What Have I Become?: To break through his rage after Goria's death, his wives literally let him take a look into a mirror. Glon sees the immense similarity he has to the instable and dangerous Jone and freaks out.
- Death Seeker: Her last words seem to imply that. Granted, she could hardly be blamed — expelled by her family, forced into prostitution, discriminated for years when all she wanted was to raise her daughter in peace, she was pushed into a marriage that never quite worked out, and her daughter had gone mad and was killed. Dying, she says to Glon that it's probably for the best.
- Determinator: One horrible thing after another happens to her, but she remains strong and doesn't let it break her. She was even recovering from the events with Jone before she was killed.
- Fantastic Racism: She and her daughter have to face massive discrimination in Brittlemark, to the point that both the local priestess and the town's mayor do not even acknowledge that they are indeed the victims, not the instigators, of harassing and bullying.
- Killed Off for Real: She's poisoned by the Drow, with the antidote arriving too late and the gods unwilling and unable, respectively, to intervene.
- Mama Bear: Messing with Jone was a bad idea. And so was offering to make her adolescent daughter a whore.
- Sex Slave: She was sold to a brothel by her own brother because she wasn't back in time to bring medicine she should get for her dying father. When she gave birth to a half-human baby, the brothel owner told her cheerfully that the girl, as an "exotic", would attract many customers later. Goria took her baby and left for Brittlemark — only to be pestered by a local pimp there who came with quite the same offer about her and Jone. Suffice to say, she was pissed about this.
- Babies Ever After: She's the first of Glon's wives to become pregnant by him; little Prince Mauler is born while Glon is on an expedition, and a few years later, Princess Lucca follows.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She and her co-wives got very jealous of Goria when they heard Glon was to marry her, as Goria is considered very attractive by orc standards. Glon was however raised in a human city and considers them all equally "hideous", not making a difference between them affection-wise.
- My Girl Back Home: While Ibkis is a warrior as much as every other orc, it's her who remains at home minding the kids and holding court while Gaggia and Shaija accompany Glon to adventures.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Glon; while he was initially put-off by her and his other brides' Orcish unattractive outside, they warmed up to each other soon and form a stable polygamic family meanwhile.
Jone "Half-Orc" White-Eye
- Ax-Crazy: Barely begins to describe her. She's this close to being an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Back from the Dead: After eating Gruumsh, claiming his divine domain, Ranna takes an interest in Jone and resurrects her to be her favorite tool of chaos.
- Child Prodigy: She is soon well-liked in the Black Mountain because she is an all-round natural; her talents include torture, armed combat, and weapon-smithery.
- Gone Horribly Right: She's a god-created perfect, unstoppable warrior, with no friend-or-foe sense and no ability to stop. Orc god Gruumsh is thrilled to see his experiment worked out so well and sends her on her mission to lead a large war campaign in his name. Then it turns out even Gruumsh himself cannot stop her from going too far.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother Goria had a short-termed affair with The Fox, whose name translates into the orc language as "Ahn'jone"; Jone was named for her father, though she never met him.
- Hope Spot: Show up twice and are both in vain.
- After beating Cadugan up for the simple fact of him being a man, she suddenly develops an inexplicable liking to him, and it seems like maybe she would calm down a bit. Then she finds out he and Lucas were sent to spy on her camp, and things go downhill.
- After coming Back from the Dead due to Ranna, Jone meets Glon again and attacks him. He manages to fight her down, then tells her that he got his half-orc instability under control and that she doesn't need to live with this blood-lusting rage all the time. Jone seems to listen, and when Glon releases her, she smiles at him... then Shaija shoves her off the cliff because she wants revenge for Goria.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: The blacksmith is the only person in Brittlemark who's nice to Jone and Goria, and he offers to take Jone on as his apprentice, but he gets killed before Jone's eyes during an orc attack.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Weapons have little effect on her, though fire did the trick.
- Sanity Slippage: Starts out as an Ugly Cute mute girl who wants nothing but to be accepted and help out her mom financially by taking on aid jobs. Her divine mission sends her down a dark path, and finally she is an almost-invincible blood-lusting maniac who stabs just about everyone coming across her (including her own mother) and defies even her god.
- Slasher Smile: Jone has a very impressive one; it shows up the first time when she makes her first deliberate kill.
- Vigilante Woman: She starts out as this, going after the pimp who hassled her mother and apparently mistreats the girls who work for him, after the priestess matron who ignored them, and the bullies in Brittlemark who hassled her when she lived there. Then she goes after potential rapists, after people who simply don't share her opinion, and finally she loses all sense and slaughters completely random, including some of her own followers.
- Action Mom: She's the one who taught her husband, a famous orc general, how to fight, and meanwhile, she is the one leading troops into battle.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Maula managing to kill the strongest warrior of the Dungeon Keeper causes even Arachne to kneel before her in admiration. Being a feared warrior and a very capable commander is what ultimately makes her the Queen Under The Mountain.
- Interspecies Romance: She cheated on her husband with human Baron Grayfort when he was her husband's prisoner and had a son with him whom she kept secret from the orc community for years. When Glon reunites with his mother, she and the Baron soon resume their relationship as well.
- Made of Iron: And how. She's incredibly bored by torture.
- Mama Bear: Don't even talk bad to Glon in her hearing range. Same goes for her daughters-in-law.
- More Deadly Than the Male: True, her husband taught her tactics — but it was her who taught him combat, and he never entirely managed to defeat her.
- Outliving One's Offspring: All the children she had with her husband fell in war as they rushed to help their father. Her love-child Glon though is healthy and alive (again).
- Parents as People: She is a great mom to Glon nowadays — but, as Owen points out to her, sending her half-orc baby away to a human town where he would be discriminated and she could not watch over him was not one of her best ideas.
- Really Gets Around: Being a rich widow of an honored orc general, Maula has a lot of admirers flocking around her, and she's not restrained in taking advantage of their flatteries. She keeps from remarrying though because she wants to save her wealth for her son to inherit.
- Retired Badass: During the Rannite war, she passes her crown on to Glon, though she still remains as his advisor and a feared warrior.
- Rugged Scar: Ever since she fought Jone, she has a large scar over her eye.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: She and Baron Grayfort were in a heated argument immediately before their Reunion Kiss.
- Team Mom: Maula not only takes care of her own son, but she's always up for good advice for Gren, Bob, Glon's several flirts and wives, and even the Drow. Most inhabitants of the Underdark contact her as an authority on bigger matters, and she is usually the one to take care of any Black Mountain-intern quarrel. Also because of this, she's eventually crowned Queen Under The Mountain. She even lampshades it at one point:Maula: "They're all like my own kids."
Shaija of the Red Orcs
- Even Evil Has Standards: As an orc warrior, she's no stranger to violence and vengeance, but watching the Rannites crucify their citizens horrifies her.
- Happily Married: Along with Glon's other wives, she warms up to him soon, and they are generally a loving familly who respect and support each other.
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: Deliberately; she knows that Glon wants to give Jone another chance because his human nature tells him so, but she herself follows her orc morals by pushing Jone off the cliff as she cannot forgive her for stabbing Goria.
- Lady of War: First during the Coup d'Drow arc and later again in the Rannite war.
- You Can't Go Home Again: She and Glon are on their way home after a travel and can already see the Black Mountain only to witness its destruction by the hands of Ranna.
- Bad Boss: She is disdainful towards her co-Rannites, complacent in using torture and fear to reign, and has no qualms about starting a war of catastrophal extent. Needless to say, things don't get better when she becomes empress of the Rannite realm.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Vaguely ten real time years before she got her big role in the comic, she appeared shortly as a flirt of Bob.
- High Priestess: She is the senior priestess of the Cult of Ranna and the commander of the Rannite forces until Ranna herself returns and can take over.
- The Man Behind the Man: Agaera herself seldom appears in person, but every Rannite authority from Celena to Niko answers to her.
- Taken for Granite: Like all gorgons, she can do that — that's why she's wearing a special mask for everyday life.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The Dark Mistresses make her one of them by torturing her for some weeks, but her actual conversion may occur because she has a vision of Ranna.
- The Dragon: First she gets her orders directly from Ranna, later she works for Agaera in Ranna's name. Her job is to constantly convert new Mistresses by torture and, if needs, lead them into battle.
- Evil Former Friend: Rehan the Rogue was a member of her adventuring party, but after her conversion, Celena breaks him through torture and makes him her slave.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: She is forcibly turned into a gorgon when Agaera takes command of the Rannites, but retains her skin-tight latex costume as she still is the leader of her group of Dark Mistresses.
- Leader Wannabe: Starts out on good terms when she claims: "I'm not one of you. I'm taking over." Then however Agaera overrules her, she on herself cannot quite deal with La Résistance in the Black Mountain and eventually takes flight, abandoning her Dark Mistresses in order to save her own ass.
- Mutual Kill: She and fellow Rannite gorgon Meegs accidently end up face to face and petrify each other.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As noted, immediately runs for it when the battle turns against her forces.
- Acrophobic Bird: His lion part is scared of heights, which makes flying really awkward.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Lion is prone to this, much to the irritation of Goat.
- Classical Chimera: Well duh. Though this one, is not as menacing as it's usually portrayed as.
- Distracted by the Sexy: The mission of saving Gren and her comrades gets postponed when Chimera sets eyes on a dragon lady.
- Freudian Trio: The lion as the ego, the goat as the superego and the dragon as the id. The lion is a slightly dim Nice Guy, the goat is a brainy Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and the dragon is The Ditz.
- Kill It with Fire: The only thing Dragon can do really effectively.
- Multiple Head Case: Like all chimeras, he has three heads, a lion, a goat, and a dragon.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Goat often feels like that, as he is the smartest and the most sceptical of them while Lion acts on impulse and Dragon generally doesn't seem to think at all.
- Deadly Hug: His specialty; of course he dishes out plenty non-violent hugs to his friends, but in a fight, the person he "hugs" is going to be devoured within minutes.
- Deus ex Machina: He has quite a talent for showing up for a sudden rescue.
- The Ditz: He doesn't always catch up with what's going on around.Dark Elf Soldier: "So the Cloaker sides with the orcs in this war, eh? So be it!"Cuddles: "There's a war?"
- Genki Guy: The Genkiest. He gets overexcited to meet new people in the tomb of Temshutep, babbles nonstop at every occasion, and glomps just about everyone.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The Sphynx and Turg kick him out of the tomb of Temshutep because Cuddles is so clingy, but seeing as the tomb is otherwise empty, it's understandable that he longs for company. He finds friends in the Black Mountain, but hanging out in the labyrinth he took over from Turg he is still lonely sometimes.
- Meaningful Name: He's the friendliest, cuddliest cloaker ever, and loves to hug people.
Geliminous "Gimmy" Cube
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's a gelatinous cube — basically a living cube of HCl — he cannot talk.
- Romantic Wingman: He takes care of Yapp's rival for Sittica's attention.
- The Stoic: Again, being a living cube of acidic jelly, he can't speak and has no face.
- Insistent Terminology: He prefers to be called an "illithid", not a "mind flayer", thank-you-very-much.
- Jedi Mind Trick: He can influence people's minds; he even does the "these are not the Drow you're looking for" line.
- Mind Control: In the Turg's Saga arc, he successfully uses this to infiltrate the Flind Hyeeshat court.
- Opportunistic Bastard: In Lich of the Ring, he catches on to the plan of Lewie and Kila to overtake the world and turn all people into zombies under their command. His reaction: "Cool. Can we have their brains?"
- Telepath: Mrs. Bloodhand orders him to "listen for [her] thoughts" to check if she gets into trouble.
- The Stoic: He's generally a calm, collected, polite guy who seldom gets excited or worked up over anything.
Jais the Dark Mistress
- Affably Evil: Her main activities are causing pain and being a minion in the current plan of the current Big Bad which never stops her from being quite a jolly person.
- The Leader: She is in command over the Dark Mistresses, though later a splinter group escapes her control and begins working under Celena for Ranna. As both groups of Dark Mistresses dress the same and do the same job, this can lead either to confusion or to opportunities for spying on the enemy. It's also her who calls up the Redcaps and several other Black Mountain denizens for resistance against the Rannites.
- Property of Love: She and Arachne are in a pretty happy relationship, but Jais also considers Arachne her mistress and follows her every command.
- Spy Catsuit: All Dark Mistresses sport a seamless, skin-tight overall suit that is partially molten into their skin, with a mask over their head with only holes for mouth, nostrils, eyes and their typical ponytails.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She loves to be slapped around by her boss, goes into despair over the promise that she will "rot in a dungeon untouched" instead of being tortured, and bonds with Arachne over this shared passion.
- Torture Technician: First she was this for the Dungeon Keeper. She goes on with her profession after she moved in with Arachne, both for interrogation of prisoners and simply for her and Arachne's fun.
Lewstrom VII (a.k.a. "Lewie the Lich")
- The Baby of the Bunch: His eldest brother Tufan was crown prince of their kingdom, his sister Ata a priestess in their temple. Lewie as a mage and the youngest of them was not taken seriously by either of them, and both ignored his actually quite reasonable advice.
- Back from the Dead: During the final battle against Ranna, Ch'Thier restores him to flesh.
- The Bus Came Back: Lewie is back on the screen just in time to kill Jone who was invincible to the others.
- Catchphrase: "Curses!"
- Covert Pervert: When he has Drow Queen Elzear'bith under his mind control, he makes her flash to him. Problem is, since his body consists solely of bones and lacks any hormones, he doesn't really react to it and wonders why he wanted to do this in the first place.
- Deal with the Devil: The goddess Kila promised to teach him how to bring back the dead. Lewie was desperate to do so, as he had lost both his parents, his brother, his girlfriend, and his home city due to a plague and an attack of barbarians. That "bringing back the dead" is more of zombie incantation and does not really reunite him with his loved ones is something he realizes very late, as is the fact that the deal turned him into an undead himself to serve Kila's plans instead of dying in a natural way.
- Dem Bones: After some hundred years of being undead, there's nothing more left of Lewie than a skeleton. He still runs around, makes diabolical plans, and always puts himself back together after being dismembered.
- Deus ex Machina: He acted as this when he was the one who managed to put Jone down for good.
- Hot for Student: In life, he had a secret romance with Martya, his Arcana student. She was about the same age as he though, and they had planned to make it official soon.
- Large Ham: He likes to speak like this, especially in the beginning.Lewie: "God of Ghosts! Emperor of the Underworld! Despot of Death! The dead rest or wake at my command!"
- Necromancer: Starting out as a Necromantic who wanted to get his loved ones back, he later made a carrier out of his abilities.
- Put on a Bus: After his Heel Realization, he abandons the Black Mountain and isn't seen for a long time. We later learn what he did during his time away.
- Rage Breaking Point: During a war and major kingdom crisis, Lewie was approached by a hoard of barbarian intruders who merrilly told him that he's king now — mind, he had a father and an older brother up until this point. Then they stabbed his mother before his eyes. He didn't take it well.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: His backstory reveals that in life he was of distinctly African appearance. Becomes permanent when Ch'Thier restores him Back from the Dead.
- This Means War!: When Jone decapitates him, he declares war on her. She keeps defeating him for a while, but he eventually gets back on her.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a youth, his greatest ambition was to be a good advisor to his brother, the future king. Then they got invaded, and their goddess of death offered him revenge.
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: When he reunites with his sister Ata, she convinces him that, even if his powers are of evil nature, he can use them for a good purpose. He then actually becomes a massive help in the war against the Rannites, setting the right persons up for their tasks and rallying up allies.
- Comically Missing the Point: Bob tells her to put some clothes on because she's distracting... so she puts on a hat.
- The Ditz: She has a history of misunderstanding what people say to her.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Apparently, she and her sisters feed on all sorts of humanoids, including elves, and most shots of the harpy cavern show bones and humanoid skulls lying around.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: As all the harpies are naked all the time, Nike doesn't quite understand the concept of dresses and nudity taboos.
- There Is No Place Like Home: After a short-lived romance with a Kenku, she returns into her home cavern quite swiftly.
- Affably Evil: One of the nicest monsters in the Underdark; he's very polite even as a young kid, greets and befriends people of every species with no trace of Fantastic Racism, and firmly holds onto his relationship with a Drow girl even during the war against the Drow.
- Crazy Enough to Work: His idea to call for the Beholder King and the gods to end the war sounds risky but is successful.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: The first time he appears, he's been put in detention for good behavior.Yapp: "Hi Ms. Cataract! I washed the blackboard for you and I'm all caught up on my homework! Hi Mom! I love you!"
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ain; Yapp even makes a Platonic Declaration of Love to him when Ain leaves.
- Interspecies Romance: With Drow girl Sittica who acts coolly towards him at first but turns out to like him as well. Their relationship seems to be fireproof, as they stick together even during the war between Drow and the rest of the Black Mountain.
- The Promposal: He asks Sittica out for the Monster Ball but doesn't get an answer because she's arranged to go with the brother of a friend. When he asks her to a dance anyway, he gets into a fight with Sittica's date. At the end of the evening, it's he who gets a kiss from her.
- Badass Adorable: She's a cute little halfling, but she's a competent and deadly assassin. Admittedly it's sometimes easy to forget just how badass she is as she spends most of the early parts of the comic as a...
- Badass in Distress: She's a resourceful and deadly assassin who repeatedly comes to the rescue of her friends and allies... and succeeds in rescuing them, only to end up imprisoned herself and wind up as a naked slave or pet.
- Black Sheep: She was handled as this by her mother and sister because of her tomboyish nature and her adventurous tendencies even before she began her rogue training with Gummer Groundpounder. After she beat the crap out of her sister's unfaithful fiancé, she was sentenced to community work for a year which she abandoned after six months because none of her family would even visit her or listen to her side of the story. She has travelled the world since and become an assassin, soldier, baroness, and eventually queen.
- Butt-Monkey: For quite some time she was the comic's biggest example of this trope, as she kept getting imprisoned, enslaved, captured, restrained and stripped naked. Any time she escaped, managed to find clothes or had a glimmer of hope of a rescue, she'd inevitably end up captured and naked again. She breaks out of the role after she's made queen of Drostardy.
- Cassandra Truth: Clover found out that her sister's fiancé was cheating on her and was already married several times over. She first tries to tell Charla about this herself but is ignored, then she wants to make him confess it himself. It backfires badly on her.
- Glomp: Delivers one to Eric when he saves her out of the Black Mountain because she's overwhelmed by the prospect of ending her misfortune.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Big time. She spends the first part of the comic naked and enslaved, then becomes a Happily Married queen.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Played with, slightly. An ex-assassin, she does have a shady past and currently runs a spy network, but she is ultimately a benevolent queen.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: A pirate tries this with her as Clover is, once again, a naked captive. She's not in for it.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After going through a phase of immense jealousy and giving Eric advice against most of his suitors, Clover gets some sense talked into her by Thomas the Bard and helps Eric hook up with Lady Vivay. Though she's still pretty happy when Vivay turns out to be a gold digger and is declined by Eric.
- Love at First Sight: She's clearly smitten with King Eric from the first moment she meets his eyes.
- Malicious Misnaming: She couldn't stand her sister's fiancé Penweld and hence never called him by his correct name.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She demonstrates Glon during their very first meeting that she should never be underestimated.
- Shatterpoint Tap: She's quite adept at this; when her comrades get into trouble fighting a giant insect, Clover manages to easily knock it out with a single pebblestone.
- Teach Me How To Fight: She meets Gummer Groundpounder while he's hunting a landshark, helps him with this and is thrilled by the experience. Subsequently, he teaches her fighting and handling monsters. When she learns of the infidelity of her sister's fiancé, she even demands: "Teach me how to kill!"
- The Spymaster: As a queen of a rather nice kingdom, she doesn't get to play in and with the assassin guild anymore... so she runs a spy network.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to her twin sister's Girly Girl. In their youth, Clover would dress rather in pants and shirt than in a dress, climbed trees and stood up to challenges against boys of her hometown when Charla was already about to marry. And that was before she started the training that qualifies her as a master assassin.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The people of Drostardy adore their king... and with good reason. He's a fair and kind ruler who always thinks of the good of his people.
- Combat Pragmatist: Surprisingly, he of all people shows to be quite unscrupulous during combat.
- Distressed Dude: He is introduced as a prisoner in Arachne's cellar and gets kidnapped by pirates; later Clover manages to free him.
- Female Gaze: Eric is quite attractive, and while he toasts to his people about a successful mission, Clover enjoys the view.
- Good Feels Good: He does a lot of nice things, such as saving people from imprisonment, giving people jobs, and taking care of interspecies diplomatics, simply because he enjoys being nice.
- The Good King: He's pretty much the epitome of this; fair, just, chivalrous, and understanding, and a darned Nice Guy to boot. His sole flaw is that he's not as observant as he should be.
- Oblivious to Love: When he's looking for a suitable bride, he asks Clover for her advice on that matter, not realizing that he breaks her heart with that. Ends with a major facepalm as he describes the characteristics his wife should have and realizes that Clover is all that.
Eric IV "The Short"
- Cheerful Child: He's a good kid, usually happy and seldom much trouble. Well, he does have his moments.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Part human, part halfling. He looks more like a halfling than a human, but of course he's still a child.
- Nice Guy: Seems to take after his father in temperament. He pretty effortlessly manages to get Clover and Charla to stop fighting, just by making them hold hands.
Thomas the Bard
- The Bard: His job and passion; he is usually entertaining the tavern customers in Drostardy, later joins the Great Bardic Challenge, sings a song to honor Queen Clover, and then follows Princess Alaria, composing songs about her beauty.
- The Casanova: He usually appears to be flocked by a bunch of girls (and the occasional guy); it's why Clover turns to him for advice on love matters.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Princess Alaria; she enjoys his courting, but she's no friendlier to him than to any of her other admirers. She eventually gets engaged to him after Thomas saves her from a Rannite prison.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's instantly smitten with Princess Alaria as he is with many women, but it appears he still chases for her attention even after years.
- Archer Archetype: He's predestined for this, being a ranger and of elvish blood — though it was actually his human mother who taught him archery.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: With help of a spell, he makes quite a stunning Drow woman. Though, even in his own looks, Cadugan gets sometimes mistaken for a pretty elven woman, in one case even when he's bare-chested.
- Boomerang Bigot: Not constantly, but Cadugan has the gall to grouse about Glitterbranch for "chasing Drow skirts" when he himself (in form of a female Drow) just comes from a one-night-stand with Drow Wolf.
- Forest Ranger: He is the guardian of Wyldwood Forest, protecting and helping the animals and magic beings. Hence he is initially not too friendly with Charlotte who has chased pixies for her supper and Lucas who was hunting foxes in the forest before.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A half elf; his mother is human, his father wood elf Prince Glitterbranch.
- Happily Married: To Lucas, in a case of Real Life Writes the Plot: The strip about their wedding aired two days after same-sex marriage was legalized in the entire USA.
- I Work Alone: His usual attitude; it gets problematic during the Lucas By Moonlight arc when Cadugan still insists that he can find Lucas all by himself even though he doesn't deliver any results with his methods.
- Meet the In-Laws: He has a slightly puzzling but ultimately pleasant first meeting with the ghost of his lover's deceased father.
- Older Than He Looks: A given because of his elven blood; he looks like someone in his early twenties ever since his first appearance, but he's actually well into his thirties, several years older than Lucas.
- Reunion Kiss: A particularly remarkable one. It's after Lucas has been kidnapped and was lost in the woods for several days and Cadugan suffered nightmares about him, hence the immense relief.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: His brother Taidor is a jolly guy who likes partying and is constantly chasing skirts, Cadugan is sullen most of the time and prefers being alone.
- Sour Supporter: He'll always help out, but that doesn't mean he won't be grouchy about it.
- Straight Gay: So far, he has shown interest only in men, namely Wolf and Lucas, but he's so straight gay that most people don't get that he is gay at all, and thus ends up having an Unwanted Harem.
- Taken for Granite: He and Lucas are confronted by Rannite gorgons and turned to stone statues for a time, though they are freed a few story arcs later.
- Unwanted Harem: A lot of ladies are after him — the fox maiden Vixen who appears as a beautiful elven woman to entice him, the lunatic dryad Maeve, the elf bard woman Theyillwyn who hypnotizes him with a magic song into a kiss (which squicks him out), and Jone the Half-Orc. None of them get that Cadugan rejects them for the simple fact that they are women. There's also a male barbarian warrior who hits on him once, thinking that Cadugan is a girl.
- Child Prodigy: Similar to Cadugan, he has learned archery from his mother and can hunt on his own; besides that, he frees Cadugan and his companions out of the Flind prison and tricks his way past three gorgons.
- Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Cadugan does this with him when a wolf turns into a naked woman before them.
- Little Stowaway: Cadugan tells him explicitly he cannot come with them. After he and Lucas are out of the gate, Flannet starts wondering where Charles is...
- Kid Sidekick: He's this to Caelin during the Sticks and Stones arc, and, more generally, to Cadugan and Lucas as well.
- Mouthy Kid: Caelin is sceptical about Charles' plan how to get past the gorgons and free Lucas and Cadugan, but Charles does an excellent job there, running down three gorgons almost on his own.
- Amicable Exes: With Ryann's father Gruffo Lantendar; they broke up only because Gruffo had to move for his job and Flannet wanted to stay near her sons, and there are no hard feelings — he's actually rather happy about her visit.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Niko makes her captive Flannet the Baroness of Grayfort and forces her to marry her because she thinks she can take advantage of the Grayfort curse by those means. She has been lied to about the curse, and Flannet is widow soon enough.
- Good Parents: Flannet is caring, but not overbearing to both Cadugan and Charles. She has more children in whose lives she is less involved, though she probably left them with their respective fathers because she thought it was for the best.
- Interspecies Romance: Plenty. She had a son with a wood elf, one with a satyr, and a daughter with a halfling. And those are just the ones we've already met in-comic.
- Mama Bear: Flannet is generally a very sweet and friendly lady. Unless you threaten one of her kids, in which case she might deliver you to die a horrible death without her even batting an eye.
- Polyamory: More formally than in fact; she never lived with more than one man at once, but she was married at least three times, maybe more often, and never had any of her marriages officially anulled before she became a subject of the Grayfort curse.
- Serial Spouse: She recalls a list of men she has been married to, and even though none of the relationships lasted and not each was a Prince Charming, she does not seem to regret any.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Flannet has been left by her last husband years ago as he eloped with a young, pretty woman. When Cadugan asks perplexedly if he has left her nothing, Flannet cheerily introduces him to his little half-brother Charles. All together, she has mentioned five children by five different men so far.
- Didn't Think This Through: Of all the men she could have chosen as a sperm donor for her pack, she picked not only a nobleman who certainly would be eagerly searched by his people but also, as Niko points out angrily, "a nobleman with a BOYFRIEND!"
- Dirty Coward: When she's about to get tortured for information on Lucas, she screams that she knows nothing at all, delivering her pack member Maran to the torture instead.
- It Amused Me: According to Maran, Havrah is only in the pack for the fun of seducing or killing everyone she stumbles across. Her treatment of Lucas seems to confirm that.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After pursuing Maran at Niko's command and getting attacked by a horde of raptors, she has to face Maran again, teamed up with Lucas. At that point she decides that being an underling of Niko is just not worth the trouble, skips the fight with the other two and walks off on her own.
- Viral Transformation: She kidnapped Lucas and brought him to her pack to have him transformed into a werewolf, as Niko wants to expand the pack, and Havrah just picked some guy who was an easy target and with whom she can imagine to produce children.
- Accidental Misnaming: He didn't seem to be able to remember Glon's name at first, repeatedly referring to him as "Clod". He grows out of it later.
- Distressed Dude: Quite often as Lucas seems prone to getting into trouble. On one occasion he is offered as a sacrifice to the Night Queen and gets abducted by a giant ape, on another a bunch of werewolves kidnap him. Cue his Catchphrase: "CADUGAN!"
- Glomp: Gives one to Cadugan as the latter returns safely from a mission. Not that Lucas was worried or something...
- Happily Adopted: There was a rough patch when the Baron revealed Glon was his biological son, but before and eventually after that Lucas was happy with the situation. He's also been practically adopted by Mrs. Bloodhand as well.
- If It's You, It's Okay: How he views his relationship with Cadugan; he hasn't worked out the details of his sexuality yet. And maybe won't bother about it anymore anyway since as of now they are Happily Married.
- Informed Flaw: Similar to his brother Glon, Lucas is often accused of being an idiot, namely by Meegs, Owen, Lotharia, Cadugan, and Cuddles. But actually, he has come a long way from his formerly dumb behaviour, seeing as he can easily trick a spider monster and the Chimera, deduces how to find Adwen with only sparse hints, investigates murders, and is savvy about diplomatic finesses, even when negotiating with monsters.
- Kissing Under the Influence: He falls madly in love / lust with Meegs' apprentice Zora after Charlotte gave him a Love Potion (the intention was of course that he'd be devoted to Charlotte). He's fully aware that his feelings are artificial though and fights to keep himself away from Zora, as he wants to stay faithful to Cadugan.
- Oblivious Adoption: Lucas had no idea he was not the Baron's biological son but the blacksmith's, swapped with Glon when they were babies. The truth is quite a shock for him and puts a damper on his big self-confidence.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He gets kidnapped and changed by werewolves Havrah and Niko who want him for reproduction purposes. He's anything but thrilled, though he later learns to control the werewolf thing mostly and takes advantage of his condition, such as to fight Rannites off his home castle.
- Seduction-Proof Marriage: Through and through faithful to Cadugan; he doesn't want to make babies with Niko's pack, running around naked with his fellow werewolf Maran doesn't even make him glimpse, and he resists even a love potion directed at Zora.
- Sibling Team: From being rather disdainful of each other as youths, he and Glon grow into a very brotherly relationship, usually travelling together, helping each other out with every problem, and being absolutely loyal to each other.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Cadugan, they argued a lot as friends and it hasn't changed much since they hooked up.
- Teeny Weenie: Cadugan's smug grin here as well as Lucas' obvious embarrassment seem to insinuate this.
- The Unfavorite: Seems to be deemed this after the Baron acknowledges Glon as his trueborn son. Luckily though, the Baron grows out of this attitude soon enough, adopts Lucas for real after all and makes him his heir.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He started out as a complete Jerkass, especially towards Glon, but he came around.
- Upper-Class Twit: Introduced as a fairly boorish and useless one, but proves to have Hidden Depths and goes through a lot of Character Development.
- Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Niko didn't think about this when she relied on Maran's loyalty. After her brother Egru is killed because their pack kidnapped Lucas and Niko refuses to run to Egru's help or even treat his death with more than indifference, Maran is noticably less inclined to keep her mouth shut about Niko's activities.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Being told by Niko flat-out that her brother's death was completely irrelevant and then being left by her to be captured and possibly tortured leads to Maran abandoning her loyalty to the pack.
- Redemption Earns Life: Her willingness to help her captors get Lucas back bought her relative freedom and a decent place to stay. As a servant in Castle Grayfort, she is treated friendly by Lucas and his household and befriends Flannet, which causes her to grow loyal to them.
- Viral Transformation: She was changed against her will when she was in search for her brother, and never was particularly enthusiastic about the pack life.
Meri Tai Swanmay
- Healing Hands: She can heal the wounds both The Fox and Cadugan got during their werewolf hunt with just a touch.
- Shapeshifter: Apparently, she can turn into a large black swan, strong enough to fight werewolves.
- Supernatural Sensitivity: She quickly notices when a thing or being has been exposed to magic, such as the chicken Cadugan brings her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Cadugan is sulking about how useless, pretentious and indifferent nobles are and that he won't ask King Runt for help in his search for Lucas, she reminds him very loudly that his lover is not only a nobleman himself but also in grave danger and it's not exactly the time for complaints.
- Asshole Victim: When the Grayfort curse, which she believed would hit Flannet, catches up with her, Niko dies a gruesome death, but it's hard to feel sorry for her after what she did to Lucas, her former followers, and the inhabitants of Grayfort.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Invoked by the ghosts of Castle Grayfort who tell her a story about the Grayfort curse which Niko doesn't bother to check if it's true. She makes Flannet the Baroness of Grayfort and marries her on the spot, believing that being the spouse of a Grayfort Baron will come to her benefit. It does not.
- Bad Boss: She didn't care at all when her pack member Egru died and didn't come look for Havrah and Maran when they were captured. According to Maran, Niko regularly tried to expand the pack but kept killing or abandoning her followers.
- Consummate Liar: Telling her background story, Niko not only smoothly makes herself a noble's daughter on a diplomatic mission instead of the sentenced criminal that she actually is; she also claims her former Alpha to be a heroine for the liberation of werewolves.
- Depraved Bisexual: Could be. She definitely was intrusive towards Lucas, and after marrying Flannet, she suggests they could have a wedding night, though Flannet clearly despises her. However, the latter could be just for the fun of irritating Flannet and with no intention to actually go through with it.
- Not Good with Rejection: As Lucas refuses to serve the purpose for which he was kidnapped in the first place, to impregnate the pack, and tries to flee them, Niko stops him by threatening to kill Cadugan. When she tries to seduce Lucas later on, he throws her off which prompts her to take another hostage to keep him in line.
- Opportunistic Bastard: When Grayfort is invaded by Rannites, Niko who is held captive there is quick to offer her services. In turn, she gets to be Duchess of Grayfort under Ranna's reign.
- The Casanova: In life, he seduced Maula Bloodhand (in her husband's house, no less) and later had a relationship with C'rhynne, the Captain of his guard; as a ghost, he keeps at least flirting with Lady Treena and Flannet, both of which seem charmed.
- Friendly Ghost: After his death he sticks around to advise Lucas. He's also a great help to Flannet when she has to deal with the occupation of Castle Grayfort by Niko.
- Heel Realization: In regard to both his sons, on separate occasions. He does his utmost to make it up to both of them.
- I Am Not Your Father: Lucas doesn't take it too well when Owen reveals he's adopted him.
- Interspecies Romance: Began an affair with Mrs. Bloodhand while he was a prisoner of her husband and fathered Glon in the process; while she helped him escape and didn't see him again for a long time, they resumed their relationship years later.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He doesn't come across too well early in the comic, as he can be callous towards both his sons... but he ultimately cares for them both and does what he can to help them out.
- Loophole Abuse: After dying, he cajoles Ch'Thier into allowing him to appear in Lucas' dream just once. He convinces Lucas to bury him with three coins instead of the traditional two. Since this is an improper burial, it entitles him to become a ghost to haunt and advise Lucas.
- Parents as People: Far from an ideal father, but he does try.
- Reunion Kiss: He restores his relationship with Maula Bloodhand eventually.
- Rules Lawyer: He convinces Lucas to bury him with one more coin that he should, knowing this will technically mean he was given an improper burial — he manages to linger on as a ghost on a metaphysical technicality. The comic that features his convincing Lucas to drop the extra coin is even titled "Rules Lawyer at Play".
- So Proud of You: Has a moment of this for both his sons eventually, one concerning Glon and one Lucas, though the latter is post-mortem.
- The Casanova: As is par for the course for a satyr; he's smitten by Charlotte, flirts with Sybil and hooks up with Meegs. Also, he has at least six satyr children whose mother(s) is/are unknown.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He and Cadugan share a human mother. The other half is satyr.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gets eaten by Saurians so his friends could get away.
- Magic Misfire: He wants to conjure a strong breeze so their ship travel would go faster. This works too good, as a storm gust rips off the sails with mast, and Taidor is obliged to row.
- Action Girl: She's adept with both mace and sword, and a Wyvern Rider besides that. During the kingship trials, she defeats both Aeden and Idries and makes it into the finals, though she is knocked out by Karak then.
- Amazon Brigade: Adwen's background; she came from the Order of the Sisters of the Blade, though meanwhile she stays with Catianus and his men at the Northgate fortress. She does however mobilize her Blade Sisters when it comes to war against the Rannites.
- Braids of Action: She always sports two braids.
- Does Not Like Men: She rants about men being "brutish, savage, violent, insufferable and insensitive". Then she kicks her squire around.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The polite question if she has accompanied her Lord to the kingship trials ticks her off as she considers it a misogynistic insult. Also, when she realizes Sidonie has been replaced by an imposter, she skips the interrogation and goes straight to beating her up.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Upon meeting Catianus, she walks up to him, insults him and tells him he's holding his blade wrong. They go into an eager training duel — and then start making out. They keep up this pattern over their relationship, and it seems Catianus is not afraid of being as rude towards her as she is to him.
- Aloof Big Brother: He has little respect for his younger brother Runt at first, disregarding his wishes and bossing him around. Of course, things change after Runt is crowned king.
- New Child Left Behind: Gender-inverted; it's Vivay who takes flight after her scheme is revealed and Aeden who gets to raise his little son as a single father.
- Offscreen Romance: After being out of focus for a while, he is seen next with a wife, Lady Vivay, who has given birth to their son Jian.
- Battle Couple: When he upholds resistance against the hobgoblin king Karak, Adwen joins him at the Northgate fortress, bringing her wyvern along which turns out to be useful. Together they assist Runt in dethroning Karak, and later on she stays with Catianus at the fortress.
- Mellow Fellow: May be emphasized because he is usually seen together with the violently-tempered Adwen; he keeps his composure all the time and gives well-measured advice about military and political matters.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: It's how his relationship with Adwen works, from the very beginning onwards.
- Taken for Granite: Turned into stone by a gorgon during the final battle against the Rannites.
Eddy the Wizard
- The Archmage: He is considered the highest-ranked mage in the country, and while he can come across as a bit ditzy at times, he should not be underestimated.
- Court Mage: Runt's most influential advisor, and the highest magical authority in the kingdom.
- Hypocrite: He berates the court of Elegrost for ignoring his "axe in the rock" method of determining a king in favor of a tourney which a hobgoblin named Karak wins, but he ignores his own results when Cap'n Fang pulls the axe free.
- Pride: Eddy has a very high opinion of himself and generally considers his own judgment better than anyone else's.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: He is always seen in an outfit consisting of a long robe and a high pointy hat.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He usually puts on a dignified behaviour and language but can slip if he gets really upset. Cue "tin-pan poo-poo heads".
Idries of Falconheim
- Abhorrent Admirer: The Bugbear Princess hits on him, much to his horror.
- BrotherSister Team: He and Sidonie usually stick together, though it takes him some time to take her seriously as a warrior as well. They are often bickering, but the prospect of Sidonie marrying someone in another country and thereby separating from him sets him up for a certain amount of angst.
- Failed a Spot Check: Granted, Astrid and Sidonie look very much alike, but Idries has lost sight of his sister only minutes ago in the middle of a public marketplace, and when he mistakes Astrid for Sidonie, it doesn't occur to him that she's dressed very differently and has a different hairdo. There's also Sidonie's beloved falcon Francis, who's acting hostilely towards Astrid... and Idries still doesn't catch on.
- Loved I Not Honor More: During the Crossover arc, Idries comes close to Scale who dropped by with her group from another dimension / comic. She offers him to join them, but even though he likes her a lot, he decides to stay in Elegrost to carry on fighting the Rannites. Scale understands, as she herself has her missions, but they both depart a little bit heartbroken.
- Rescue Romance: He and Scale got closer after they saved each other in a fight against Jone.
- Would Not Hit a Girl: And holds a lengthy speech about it to Adwen when she's his adversary in the kingship trials. Adwen has no such qualms about hitting him, though.
- Bad Boss: She forces Zora out into the snow so she and Taidor have her cabin to themselves. Later, when Zora is killed by a plesiosaur, Meegs is more concerned about having to go through another audition process than her death.
- Covert Pervert: Ogles sweaty, half-naked men at the kingship tournament, then her unwitting apprentice Fallion. She gets more overt over time, hooking up with Taidor and then trying to win over Hank, who's really not interested.
- Dirty Coward: Finding herself in a Rannite torture dungeon, she immediately converts, is transformed into a gorgon and cheerfully assists in turning Bob into an unwilling Rannite asset.
- Genki Girl: Finishing her apprenticeship, getting acknowledged as a full mage and dressing up like Maleficent does not really restrain her enthusiasm nor her ability to Squee!
- Evil Sorceress: Not necessarily "evil", but she has traits of a Vain Sorceress and considers her apprentices expendable, besides not respecting her male apprentice's privacy. And then there's her less-than-heroic conversion to the Rannites.
- FaceHeel Turn: She becomes a Rannite gorgon, and schemes to force Bob to kill the entire Bloodhand family.
- Familiar: Meegs wants a gryphon for a familiar and makes that clear in her incantation. What she gets is the cutest little kitten-budgie gryphon ever, and she names him Fluffy.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Parodied in her final confrontation with Bob; she takes off her glasses in an unsuccessful attempt to petrify him; stripping off the rest of her clothes on the other hand distracts him long enough for her to teleport away.
- Impractically Skimpy Outfit: After she becomes a mage in her own right, she tries out a variety of new styles, more daring than her former robe routine.
- Karmic Death: She manages to escape after Bob gets out from under her thumb, but immediately and accidently comes face to face with fellow Rannite gorgon Celena, turning them both to stone.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Whatever else you might say about her, she is a talented wizard. It's probably significant that she dies soon after taking off said glasses.
- Tantrum Throwing: Has a major one when her apprentice is smashed by a Rannite dinosaur. Because, y'know, it costs a lot of effort to train an apprentice.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She started out as a nice and competent, if sometimes a bit ditzy wizard apprentice who had to suffer a bossy and even ditzier mentor. Now that she is a mage, she herself exploits her apprentice and shows to be extremely self-centered. And then she gets much worse...
- Training the Gift of Magic: That's what she does in her first appearances, and as long as she is an apprentice, she seems loyal to her master and caring for her friends. Things change after she graduates.
Runtherd "Runt" the First
- Expy: Of King Arthur, at first. Subverted, as he was not the one to free the axe from the rock.
- Fake Defector: He fakes a FaceHeel Turn after being captured by the Rannites, but as soon as he arrives at the big final battle, he immediately starts hacking into his new "allies".
- The Good King: Eddy's decision to make him king shows to be wise; Runt is a skilled diplomat, can inspire people to follow him, knows when it's better to flee and live instead of dying in battle against the Rannites, sees his first priority in protecting his subjects, and he's at a young age mature enough to let Lady Sidonie go marry a man of her choice, even though his heart belongs to her. Although as noted below, he does start running into problems during the Rannite War.
- He Is All Grown Up: The little boy who was crowned king turns into quite a looker, sporting long hair and a beard.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Following the Rannite takeover, in his desire to rescue Alaria, he pretty much turns into one of these, rashly pushing to counter-attack and getting swatted down by his allies. Finally, he makes a very ill-conceived solo attempt to sneak into Elegrost, where he is immediately captured by the Rannites, who were waiting for him to do just that. And All for Nothing, too, because Alaria had already been rescued and eloped with her rescuer.
- Offscreen Romance: After Sidonie has left the kingdom and Runt was temporarily drugged by Vivay to lose his sexual desires so he would not produce an heir, it seems for a while that he'll remain single. However, as he shows up on Lucas' wedding, he brings his fiancee along — Princess Alaria of Lanley. They are parted during the Rannite war, and Runt is deeply worried about her.
- Precocious Crush: He gets one on Sidonie of Falconheim during the kingship trials, and while she declines three marriage proposals from him, he holds onto these feelings for quite a long time, until she wants to marry Harald and he gives his blessing.
- Dye or Die: She appears dark-haired in Drostardy but blonde later in Elegrost, probably to cover up her identity as Drostardy is in contact with the royal court of Elegrost and word about her could have reached Runt and Aeden. When she shows up during the Rannite war, she is dark-haired again.
- Gold Digger: Not played entirely straight as, technically, she does not strive for wealth but for power. She tries it twice, first with Eric of Drostardy, the second time in Elegrost where she marries into the royal family and tries to make sure that the king himself will not produce an heir.
- Missing Mom: After her scheme to get her son on the throne is revealed, she flees the court, leaving Aeden to raise their son Jian by himself, though she sometimes is around watching them from some distance.
- Offscreen Romance: After disappearing for a time, she shows up again in The Players, then married to Aeden. There's probably less romance than opportunism involved on her part though, as Aeden is the brother of the king and she married him because he is in line for the throne. She even tried to seduce Runt himself before, but he wouldn't pay her attention because of his crush on Sidonie.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Joins the Rannites for another chance for power.
- Scaled Up: When her conspiracy to set her son on the throne is exposed, she turns into a dragon and flies off. It's not known where she got this power from, and she is never seen as a dragon again, so it might have been a one-time spell.
- The Bard: He was a contestant in the Bardic Challenge and later on travelled with Frank de Boer and his group. While he has other tasks in Elwood, he still enjoys singing.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Being of delicate built, long-haired and with androgynous features, Caelin can be mistaken for a girl occasionally — even by the readers for some time.
- Eating the Eye Candy: When Lucas takes off his clothes to turn into a werewolf, until Charles covers Caelin's eyes.
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: His amused reaction when Baron Elwood introduces him as his chronicler.
- Shared Family Quirks: His brother Darcy is captain of his own ship, whereas Caelin is a bard, but they both share a passion for travels and adventure.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Since he started his relationship with Baron Elwood, rumors have come up that Caelin does this to better his own social status.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He has not shown to be of much use in the Rannite war, being less competent and less courageous than Charles when it comes to facing the enemy, and getting himself bitten by a venomous gorgon snake. Then however the alchemist who wants to help him and Charles free Lucas and Cadugan from their petrification deduces that their stone surface has to vibrate with a certain frequence — and Caelin being a singer is suddenly helpful.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The hag who snatches him in the forest is actually about to eat him — which Caelin doesn't seem to realize and begins composing songs, to her utter annoyance. Eventually, she brings him back to his group, stating he was a pain to her even outside of her belly, so eating him was surely not a good idea.
- Ascended Extra: Appeared shortly as the host of Morgana and Celena's adventuring group, but when he returns later, his character is developed more.
- Big Freaking Gun: He has a thing for those, whether it be his own cannon which he uses to fight off the Rannite invasion or the enormous ballista aboard the Azure Osprey.
- I Know A Guy: He's the go-to guy for making whatever connections you need at the moment, including with a captain of a flying ship who's willing to fight an evil goddess.
- Interspecies Romance: With T'Chall, the Pooka — though Dave seems to be a bit annoyed with him at times. Still, T'Chall lives with him and accompanies him everywhere, and David obviously places a lot of trust in him.
- Retired Badass: Semi-retired. He used to travel with Captain Darcy on the Azure Osprey when he was younger, and he still retains valuable contacts, items, and skills which he puts to use again in the Rannite war.
- Two Shots from Behind the Bar: A variation; it's not his establishment specifically that's threatened but the city of Elwood, and Dave doesn't handle it with a shotgun but with a huge cannon.
- The Ditz: Bit of a Brainless Beauty, really, though the times she spent with both Arachne and Ata have made her a bit more savvy.
- Easy Evangelism: She tried to "be evil" after getting acquainted with Arachne, then has no problem converting a bunch of Drow to the light side. Maybe elves are just that gullible? Or that bored?
- Genki Girl: Nonstop and in every situation, as can be seen from her first talk with Arachne onwards. Another example:Dewcup: "Yay! I'm gonna be evil! I'm gonna be evil!"
- Green Thumb: After she has parted from her Drow self, Dewcup reconciles with her wood elf nature and begins to inspire the growth of plants in the ancient underground city of Ruun. By the time her brother Glitterbranch is brought there by Lewie, she has turned the entire place into a jungle.
- Literal Split Personality: She decides that her conflicting wood elf and Drow urges are problematic and asks a spellcaster to separate the latter into a sovereign entity.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Not evil enough to fit in with the Drow, but after her time with them, too evil to fit in with the other elves. It seems no matter what side she's on, she makes a mess of it.
- Poke the Poodle: Her attempts to be evil are rather pathetic, though still bad and incessant enough to have her expelled from elven society.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Dewcup broke the shield that surrounded the tomb of Ranna, making access to her body possible again. She did it to help her travelling companions, a group of adventurers, but the consequence is that Ranna can return to her body and to power. A bit later, just as Arachne is about to finish off Ranna, Drow!Dewcup distracts her at that crucial moment, giving Ranna the opportunity to deal Arachne a fatal blow and drain the world's magic.
- When Life Gives You Lemons...: After she has invaded the tomb of Ranna, Ata won't allow her to leave again because she knows too much. Stuck in the ancient city of Ruun, Dewcup finds her Hidden Depths as she not only shows a potential for inspiring the growth of plant life but also appeases the savage Drow who live there. Under her influence, they seem to lose their barbarity more and more and choose her for their new chieftan.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It does not show most of the time as the comic is usually uncoloured, but strip #2700 reveals that Dewcup has indeed green hair. Could be somewhat justified as she is a wood elf and clearly has nature-related magic.
- Made a Slave: In Lich of the Rings, Elwood is conquered by the Drow under Lewie's control and Baron Elwood ends up as a pet for Queen Elzear'bith, held on a leash and not allowed to wear any clothing besides a pair of scanty pants. It takes a team composed of Glitterbranch, Runt, and Cadugan, with the help of both Charlotte and Glon, to free him.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: When Runt wants to free him from the Drow caves, he gives the Baron a glamour amulet that makes him look like a Drow woman so he can be brought out inconspicuously. Problem is, it changes only his looks but not his clothing, and he's butt-naked at the time.Baron Elwood: "Stop staring!"Runt: "Sorry, Your Excellency."
- Non-Action Guy: Mostly; he's on the kingdom's council and commands armies, but he's not seen fighting himself, leaving his city for adventures (at least not voluntarily), and he lands in a tight spot a few times. Subverted in the Rannite siege, where he's seen with a bow in his hand.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He still holds a grudge against Elzear'bith years after he was released from captivity, even though meanwhile she has taken a great fall. It could be because Elzear'bith likes Adding Insult to Injury by greeting him with "Baron Tiny Pants".
- Brainy Brunette: A dark-haired girl who knows every old legend and extinct species there is.
- Ditzy Genius: Accidently drank candlewax on one occasion.
- Sibling Team: She and her sister both join the expedition to the Lost Valley; Sybil is the fighter and adventurer, Eva a walking library.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She's seldom seen without her pair of large, round glasses, though they get broken during the Lost Valley arc.
- Abduction Is Love: He seems to think that, as his idea of flirting with Arachne includes kidnapping her while she is inebriated. He then attempts to enforce his ideas of "good" elvish behaviour and an "appropriate" style of dressing on her. Arachne is less than impressed.
- Absurdly Youthful Parent: Justified in that he's an elf. His own mother does not look a day older than him, either.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: At least his son Cadugan views him as this.
- Bumbling Dad: He's this to Cadugan who's savvy enough to avoid his family most of the time and also to openly criticize his father.
- The Ditz: Must run in the family; he behaves much like his sister.
- Double Standard: He (initially) wants to redeem the Drow, but is not above bribing their bodyguards to kidnap one of them.
- I Can Change My Beloved: His plan for wooing Arachne is to kidnap her to his homeland and wait for the sunlight, country air, and good company to turn her into a good person. Fortunately, his more level-headed parents send her away before she starts sacrificing people to Lolth.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Turned into a Drow female, Glitterbranch takes a look at the acquisitions.
- Sibling Triangle: He falls for Arachne and plans to make her his bride, but Arachne soon proceeds to infatuate his sister Dewcup.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: To be fair, she handles the Literal Genie much better than most before her, in that she doesn't end up in a disaster. But since she hadn't specified which friends she wanted with her, her adventuring group remains in the Black Mountain while Morgana gets surrounded by a bunch of old acquaintances.
- Familiar: Hers is a cat named Dice.
- Fantastic Racism: Lectures her friends on respect for non-human intelligent species — then violently attacks the first Drow she comes across without any provocation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be very bossy and haughty, but ultimately cares for her friends and stands up for the defense of Elwood.
- Lady of Black Magic: Not exclusively, as she can also provide several non-offensive spells, but mostly, she's a very efficient battle mage.
- No-Sell: Someone who gets swallowed by a Gelatinous Cube will inevitably get digested... except Morgana just explodes her way out of it.
- Fox Folk: Pooka are actually shapeshifters, but T'Chall seems to prefer looking like a humanoid fox.
- Genki Guy: Extremely excitable, even about a battle to come, delivers a Glomp to Lord Elwood after their victory, and a Motor Mouth to boot.
- Interspecies Romance: With Lord David, whose side he never leaves.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He's always good for a little laugh in between.
- Always Identical Twins: Seems to be the case, as Gren mistakes her for Clover at first glance.
- Babies Ever After: Later in life, she has adopted several children (Gwendolyn, Nevena, Urzal) of different species.
- Family Disunion: When she hears that her sister has become Queen of Drostardy, Charla goes to visit her, and the two of them have a fight about the events in their hometown fifteen years ago. Clover gets to tell her side of the story, and they reconcile eventually.
- Passing the Torch: When her half-orc adoptive daughter Urzal wants to help fighting the Rannites, Clover equips her with her old chainmail and wishes her the best of luck, as she herself has chosen a...
- Refusal of the Call: Decides not to join in the war because she has a bunch of kids at home and a school to take care of.
- Sibling Triangle: Played with; she accuses Clover of ruining her relationship with Penweld because she was jealous. Clover did indeed have a flirty moment and a kiss with him, but all she wanted was to convict him of infidelity.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Clover's Tomboy. She wears dresses when Clover is in a shirts-and-pants-only phase, becomes a bard when Clover becomes a rogue and assassin, and strives for marriage and family while Clover goes off for adventures. Ironically, it is Clover who ends up as queen and is the first of them to become a mother.
- Wandering Minstrel: She performs at the Great Bardic Challenge and afterwards travels for a while with co-bards Frank de Boer, Jewel the Pocket-Bard, Caelin, and Diarmatt.
Jewel the Pocket-Bard
- The Bard: Participated in the Great Bardic Challenge and afterwards travelled with Frank de Boer, Charla, Diarmatt, and Caelin for a while. After the group disbanded, Jewel kept wandering alone, being Put on a Bus.
- The Bus Came Back: After being absent from the comic for a very long time, she has her comeback in Force of Hobbits.
- The Heart: She reprimands Clover and Charla for how badly they've handled their conflict, and makes them talk their problems over and reconcile.
- Walking the Earth: Jewel's friends describe her as being restless, always wandering in search for adventures and new wisdom.
Naomi Phoenix deKyle
- Fish out of Water: She admits that she doesn't know the first thing about fighting and adventuring, which is why Roberta offers her help.
- Ignorant of the Call: Because her father made sure of that, not wanting to send his daughter out to fight when she had grown up peacefully and with no apparent threat that made it necessary for her to know about her legacy.
- Lady of Black Magic: Technically, but while her father taught her magic, Naomi never went adventuring and so doesn't have much practical battle experience. According to a prophecy, this will change.
- Parent-Child Team: When she follows the call for help against the Rannites, she takes her young adult daughter Helen with her who's been trained by her and already has a decent magic potential at her disposal.
- Reincarnation-Identifying Trait: Is identified as the reborn "Phoenix", Naomi diPathor diNoshi, by a friend of hers from a past life who took a look into her eyes when Naomi was newborn.
- Secret Legacy: She is "the Phoenix", blessed with great power, but burdened with the battle against the Rannites, in which she will play a crucial role.
Perendelee "Roberta" Harper
- Affectionate Nickname: Was called "Perry" by her friends when she was younger, while now she goes, for some reason, by the name "Roberta".
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Most likely, as she has made her way from bartender to running her own inn, though she may be prone to overdoing the cayenne pepper.
- Happily Married: To former bard and now music professor Holvo, whom she met during the first Rannite uprising.
- Parent-Child Team: Agrees to take her older son Cypress with her on her new mission.
- Retired Badass: She fought Rannites alongside Vanessa al Umbril some thirty years ago.
Adina bint Vanessa al Umbril
- The Baby of the Bunch: With her older brother set up to be the next Caliph and her sister destined to be the next High Priestess in the temple of Ch'Thier, Adina is pretty much free of any responsibilities and acts like it — which prompts her siblings to treat her as the little girl as which she behaves.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She gets immediately robbed of her sister by the Roc bird the moment she wishes to be freed from her siblings.
- Birds of a Feather: Upon meeting Vachiritei, she begins considering her as a kind of soulmate; they both are a bit lost and Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life as they are given no real tasks by their respective families and feel somewhat redundant. She talks Vachiritei into joining her.
- Give Me Back My Wallet: Approached by a Percussive Pickpocket, Adina shows to have the upper hand.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She smashes the Mirror of Truth, fully knowing that it may be the only thing that can restore her father to his original form. When Kassim snaps at her because of it, she points out that it was the only way to entrap Kurassa, never allowing him to use the powers of the amulet he found inside the mirror to threaten Umbril or other countries.
- Inner Monologue: She holds a particularly dramatic one — and the plot laughs at her for it.
- It's All About Me: She had this attitude badly in Reflections in the Sand, being incredibly annoyed when her sister who had returned home after years got paid more attention than she, but she came around since then.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Stepping into the Mirror of True Reflections, Adina meets several facets of herself: the cowardly self that deals with the unknown, the greedy self that looks like a troll, the whiny little brat that she shows to be towards her family, the somewhat delusional self that shows when Adina is lying to herself and the incorrigible flirt self that shows up whenever she is in the presence of "that Najib boy". Annoyed about all these, Adina asks if there is nothing positive about her, then gets to see her booksmart self, her talented but suppressed artist self, her fearless lioness self, the clever, benevolent and strong advocate that she shows towards the Umbril citizens as well as her inner Calipha who guards her noble morals. They start fighting among each other, as Adina is in struggle with herself and has to accept that all of them are a part of her, none less "true" than the other.
- No Man of Woman Born: Upon being told that "he who enters the Mirror of True Reflection must face his inner demons", she promptly reasons that this means that she, as a woman, is exempt from this. This is treated as Insane Troll Logic In-Universe, though.
- Rebellious Princess: Introduced as one, though she's not as badass or as clever as she thinks she is.
- Small Name, Big Ego: She thinks a whole lot better of herself than she has any right to. Part of her Character Development is overcoming this.
- Spoiled Brat: It's less obvious than many examples of the trope, but a lot of her Rebellious Princess actions reveal her as basically this trope. She's surprised to discover this about herself.
- Took a Level in Badass: Sometime on her journeys with Safana, she gains some nice skills in swordfight, enough to face zombies.
- The Atoner: After turning against Kurassa, she is not entirely pardoned but instead put in the position of an acolyte who has to serve Sahar and the temple, and Fatinah is fully willing to do so and adapts well to her new job.
- Cassandra Truth: Neither Sahar nor Kassim take her warning about the Rannite threat coming to Umbril seriously until it's too late.
- HeelFace Turn: Loyal to Kurassa up to that point, she betrays him when he commands her to kill Prince Kassim for whom she has developed feelings. Instead she frees Kassim, giving him the opportunity to ban Kurassa into the mirror.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Kurassa may be a powerful sorcerer, but he more often than not fails with his schemes, and in non-magic matters Fatinah seems a lot more skilled; she is an excellent climber, saves Sahar from the Roc bird, fights an ogre, and Kurassa even trusts that she can deal with a cyclops on her own.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Not much of a friend, really, but Sahar keeps telling her that it's only in Fatinah's imagination that Kurassa shows up in her mirror ever again to pester her or try to win back her servitude, which Fatinah constantly declines.
- Took a Level in Badass: She was never weak, but becoming an acolythe of Ch'Thier came with some nifty magic that she uses in the Rannite war.
- Unknown Rival: She's this to Adinah initially, not realizing that the latter sees her as Always Someone Better and begrudges her skills. They clash eventually when Fatinah finds the Mirror of True Reflection and Adina physically attacks her over the accomplishment.
Kassim ibn Tambid al Umbril
- Leader Wannabe: He has the command over the group that's out to search the Mirror, but there are several people more reasonable and competent than him, such as his sister Sahar. He actively avoids a decision on what to do with Fatinah after her HeelFace Turn.
- Love Potion: Briefly; the snake demoness Cerasta bewitches him with a kiss, but Sahar smacks sense back into him.
- Manchild: He shows to be prone to tantrums and truculent behaviour. Even the Mirror of True Reflection points out that Kassim is basically still a little boy dressed up as a noble.
- Runaway Fiancé: When his father betrothes him to a Flind princess, he tries to skip town, but his success doesn't last.
- Take a Third Option: In The Serpent Awakes, his mother wants to get to the tomb of Ch'Thier, stating that it's not possible to go there over land, but taking the ship will cost them weeks. His suggestion: "What if we could fly?"
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: He seems to have a crush on Fatinah, and as Adina revealed to him, Fatinah definitely has feelings for him. But since he is a prince and she a servant girl-turned-acolyte, nothing has come from it so far.
- Bad Boss: Not only does he mistreat Fatinah verbally, he also threatens to hurt her again, implying he has brutalized her before. He's nowhere nearly as unpleasant to his new slave Ini.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald, and he's evil.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: When Kurassa was trapped in the Mirror of True Reflection, he had to face his evil selves with the help of his good self, the latter appearing as a helpless baby.
- Dirty Coward: He knows exactly what will await him inside the Mirror of Truth, and chickens out, sending Adina instead.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Kurassa is a fire sorcerer.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Tries this with Sahar, and is quickly put into his place.
- Mirror Monster: Kurassa got stuck in the very mirror he was trying to conquer. He keeps haunting Fatinah through the mirror in her room.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Changes Tambid, who was stuck as a tree, and gorgonized Sahar back into their human selves, also lifting her brainwash, because he wants control over the Umbril army and can apparently think of no way how this action might backfire on him.
- Obviously Evil: Nobody trusts him, but he was hired as an expert in Arcana magic.
- Puppet King: After the Rannites have taken over and freed him from the mirror, Kurassa is Caliph of Umbril as per title, but he has to bid Sahar's will — much to his displeasure.
Sahar bint Vanessa min Ch'Thier
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: When her brother is hypnotized by a snake demoness, she helps it out with a good, solid punch.
- The Dutiful Daughter: Became High Priestess after her mother and takes her job very seriously, but, as she points out to Adina, different than her she was never given a choice on what to do with her life.
- FaceMonster Turn: When she's transformed into a gorgon, she seems to be brainwashed in the process, because she converts to Rannite faith immediately.
- When Kurassa turns her back into a human, her old personality seems to be restored.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Nowhere nearly as frightened of using authority as Kassim is, and not as short-sighted as Adina, which is why it's usually Sahar who sets her siblings straight.
- Genki Girl: Usually, Sahar puts on a very dignified and reserved behaviour to fill her priestess role, but she has her moments.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: In The Serpent Awakes, Agaera gets her hands on Sahar, converts her to a Rannite and turns her into a gorgon.
- High Priestess: She has been in priestess schooling for years and now takes over the position as a High Priestess of Ch'Thier, as her mother was before her.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: "I am a priestess, not a sorceress." Which is mainly directed at the fact that she knows nothing about Arcana, but she can indeed invoke massive thunderbolts.
Sphynx of Temshutep
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: With Turg, she's the "Wailord", being practically Kaiju size. It's eventually revealed that they get around this by using magic to change species, alternating between turning her into a minotaur and turning Turg into a male sphynx.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's a lot bigger than Turg is when they're both in their natural forms, but when she takes on minotaur form, he stands about a head taller than her.
- Interspecies Romance: With Turg. They're expecting offspring by the time of the Reflections in the Sand arc.
- Riddling Sphinx: She asks everyone who comes to the tomb a tricky, usually philosophical question. If the answer is wrong, she feels free to attack. Of course, she still might attack if you piss her off.
- Our Sphinxes Are Different: A whale-sized female sphinx provided with breasts and a nemes headdress, who guards the tomb of Temshutep and attacks whoever can't answer her riddles correctly.
- Threshold Guardians: To enter the tomb of Temshutep, you have to get past her by answering her riddle. A wrong answer means she eats you.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Exaggerated. She's just around whale-sized, while Turg is a regular-sized minotaur.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Messing with Turg is just not a good idea when the Sphynx is around.
Tambid al Umbril
- Henpecked Husband: Downplayed; Vanessa does not boss him around aggressively, but as he's sometimes a bit gullible, it's usually she who gently but determinedly sets his views straight.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: First thing he does when Kurassa turns him back into a human is punch him in the face.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Besides having a bit too much trust in the liability of his allies or his children's responsible behaviour, he's doing a good job as Caliph.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He does not like the Flind Hyeesha a bit, but agrees to wed his son off to one of her daughters because he knows that the trade routes through the Hyeeshat are important for his people's economy.
- Transflormation: Kurassa has turned him into a tree to trick his family into helping him get the Mirror of True Reflection. As this mission fails, he stays a tree, but his daughter Adina pledges to travel the world until she finds a way to restore him. Eventually, he's restored to humanity.
Turg the minotaur
- A Load of Bull: He is a minotaur of solid build which is quite useful in a fight — he's strong enough to stand against an ogre.
- Berserk Button: Endangering his children causes him to callously abandon those responsible to torture and death.
- Gentle Giant: Despite being a powerhouse, Turg is a very nice guy who always offers a hand for help and went out to the tomb of Temshutep not for wealth but to find someone to share his life with.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: The problems of dating a woman who is roughly the size of a castle. It's revealed they solve it by taking turns shapeshifting into their partner's race, thanks to the Sphynx's magic.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Sphynx is a lot bigger than he is when they're both in their natural forms, but when she takes on minotaur form, he stands about a head taller than her. How it works when they're both sphynxes is unknown.
- Interspecies Romance: A minotaur romancing a Sphynx. They're expecting offspring by the time of the Reflections in the Sand arc.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Delivered in Reflections in the Sand when Kassim and his companions come to the tomb:Turg: "I am Turg, companion of the Sphynx, guardian of the tomb of Temshutep!"
- The One That Got Away: During his date with Gren, he laments about his ex-girlfriend who has just recently broken up with him.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Exaggerated — he's a regular-sized minotaur, and she's a Sphynx the size of a fortress.
Vanessa al Saugren min Ch'Thier
- Gondor Calls for Aid: In the tomb of Ch'Thier, she pools her powers with those of other mages and priests to call for help of magically-gifted people in the whole world.
- Happily Married: She and Tambid are very happy with each other, showing for example in that he has no harem, even though it seems to be expected of him in his culture. After he is turned into a tree, Vanessa tries to make a quip about how "at least he stopped snoring", but in the following time, she ages visibly.
- High Priestess: As Sahar is now, Vanessa was the High Priestess of Ch'Thier before. Together with Anna of Shallmar, she fought Ranna's descendants some thirty years ago.
- Parenting the Husband: A little bit, such as when she lectures him patiently about how the Flind Hyeesha and her entire family are evil and, when Tambid gets the lesson, gives him a kiss and says "Good boy!"
- Reasoning with God: When the Rannites grow strong again and Ranna strives to retake the world, Vanessa goes to the tomb of Ch'Thier to awake her again so she would fight her sister. It does not work, though probably not because Ch'Thier didn't want to react but because she couldn't.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Was apparently this when she was younger; she gives Sahar her old armor that she wore for battling Ranna. She's a bit more staid nowadays, but still fully capable of fighting off mind-flayers and roasting people who would take her daughter away by force.
Alaria of Lanley
- Catchphrase: She often repeats "Goodness!"
- Dude Magnet: At the Great Bardic Challenge, she attracts the attention of Thomas the Bard, Shawn of Shallmar, and Frank de Boer.
- Offscreen Romance: When we see her again after a long time, she is engaged to King Runt.
- Princess Classic: Beautiful, friendly, wears elegant gowns and has excellent manners.
- Rescue Romance: Thomas the Bard rescues her from Rannite imprisonment and brings her home, where her father promises Alaria in marriage to Thomas, much to both of their delight.
Anna of Shallmar
- Calling Parents by Their Name: She is on first name basis with her father Shawn of Shallmar, though with the way they treat each other, she may not be aware that he is her father. He tells her during the big battle against the Rannites.
- Damsel out of Distress: Granted, The Fox only brings her to him by magic because he wants to ask for her help, but as Anna doesn't know this at that point, she straight-up kicks her supposed kidnapper in the face, slaps him and takes his sword.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She and Vanessa seem to be this, as they once fought Ranna together.
- The High Queen: Seems to be a very beloved and capable queen. Towards her subjects, she shows to be dignified but kind. With her reign, a period of peace began, and Shallmar recovered from the war against a zombie king and from the werewolf fights.
- Mommys Little Villain: Saidrah tries to make this of her, and it seems to work. Until Shawn kill Saidrah to save Anna, that is.
- White Sheep: She is the only one of Ranna's descendants who rejected her power and joined humanity.
- Cool Big Sis: In contrast to Tufan who could be condescending and mostly cared about his own amusement, Ata had quite an amicable relationship with Lewie before their ways parted. They later get to resume their brother-sister bond.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She tries to be the responsible one when her brother, Prince Tufan, recklessly bans Kila, the goddess of death, angering her in the process. But since Ata can be impulsive at times, brushes the advice of her younger brother Lewie off, and suggests him as the surrogate king, she may not have helped matters much.
- Hermit Guru: Hermit Priestess, to be precise. At the beginning of her guardianship, Ata was the head of the Order of the Spider, a Drow society living in the city of Ruun to guard Ranna's body. But over time, they grew more and more violent and began to kill each other. The few of them left live as savages in the ruins now, and Ata avoids them as much as she can.
- High Priestess: Being a priestess of the goddess Hano in her home city, she was promoted by basically all the gods when she was transported to Ruun. None of them wanted Ranna to ever return and hence gifted Ata with lots of powers so she would be able to lead the Drow order and protect the tomb of Ranna.
- Purpose-Driven Immortality: The gods have blessed her with immortality so that Ata would guard the tomb of Ranna and stop her from rising ever again.
- Protectorate: Hers is the tomb of Ranna, located in the lost city Ruun that's hidden behind the magic Curtain of Abynn. Ata is quite a strict guardian, not letting Dewcup leave again once she has entered because she cannot allow her to carry her knowledge of the tomb out into the world. And the fact that Dewcup has destroyed the Curtain of Abynn, thereby wiping out an important barrier.
- Brain Monster: Which has its advantages, such as having no eyes keeps him from being petrified by a gorgon.
- The Hermit: He lives alone in an area called the Ancient Ruins. While he joins Bob or his other friends on missions, he does not enter big cities as he dislikes large masses of people.
- Verbal Tic: He seems to be incapable of saying a sentence without including "I think" or "I'm thinking".
- Did They or Didn't They?: Charlotte is sad that she never managed to confess her true feelings to Lotharia, despite them being actually married. Lotharia seems to view her as her Best Friend, but then again she is so desperate to get Charlotte back that she follows Ranna into war and incurs the wrath of her people for heeding Ranna's every wish.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: It begins with establishing the Night Queen and delivering human sacrifices to her on a regular basis, but when Lotharia makes her people convert to Ranna, she loses most of her supporters as they hate what Ranna does, such as leading them into war, and Lotharia never objects against her.
- The Noun Who Verbed: Her correct title is She Who Rules The Day.
- The Only One I Trust: Initially not believing Charlotte's claims that there was a scheme set up to depose her, Lotharia had to learn that Charlotte was right. After that, she did not only consider her a friend and confidante but also had her work as a spy to validate her reign.
- Redemption Equals Death: She brought ruin upon her people by working with Ranna in exchange for releasing Charlotte. In the final battle against Ranna, she turns on Ranna. By the battle's end, she has been mortally wounded, but her followers reassure her that her final actions have redeemed her and she will be remembered with honor.
- Sacred Hospitality: Subverted at its worst. She offers Lucas and his companions to take shelter in Vallejo and feast with the Barbarians. Later that night, she has Lucas tied up naked so he can be taken by the Night Queen as a sacrifice.
Sidonie of Falconheim
- Archer Archetype: Idries won't allow Sidonie to join the war — until he sees that she can pin flies to a tree with her arrows from distance of about 40 ft.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: She and Astrid are this when they fight dragons together.
- Braids of Action: She usually wears a single braid, in contrast to her double Astrid who has two.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Some time before she was introduced as a character, Sidonie was one of the women who were brought to Drostardy as potential suitors for King Eric. Clover who was deeply jealous made sure that Eric didn't choose Sidonie.
- I Choose to Stay: While originally landing in Nordland due to a mistake, she falls in love with Harald Werewolvesbane and marries him.
- Identical Stranger: Despite being no relatives at all, Sidonie and Astrid look so much alike that even their family members are fooled. It leads to Sidonie being abducted and taken to Nordland where Astrid is arranged to marry Harald.
- Loyal Animal Companion: She has a falcon, Francis, with whom she is seen often. He is the first who realizes that Sidonie has been replaced with Astrid, and when Sidonie moves to Nordland, Francis follows her there.
Eeshie and Krayve
- HeelFace Turn: Safana offers them to leave the island with her, and as they were already growing tired of sticking around and seducing the occasional trespasser, they happily accept and become valued crew members.
- Horned Humanoid: Both of them wear a pair of goat-like horns, similar to the Rannite demons.
- Horny Devils: Their tactic when encountering an adventurer on their island is trying to seduce them.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Zombies and other demons can be a tricky issue for them, but having arrows shot into their heads doesn't impress them much.
- No Social Skills: Probably because they've been forced to hang around on a reclusive island for too long; they get along alright in the crew, but they're bumbling when encountering someone they were explicitly told not to kill at first sight.
- Playing with Fire: Both have the ability to make fire appear in their hands, or spit fire.
- Threshold Guardians: They, together with a third demon, Zoozel, were once guardians of the Treasury of Ulzhan, tempting everyone who tried to get near the treasure — who ever gave in to their temptation had to pay with their freedom.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Initially both, though Eeshie starts wearing a top later.
- Winged Humanoid: Being able to fly does come in handy in combat.
Cap'n Fang the Dread Pirate
- The Ace: He's strangely this despite his wackiness, since he always comes out on top or at least never comes out worse than before. Plus, he is the rightful king of Elegrost.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The single most clueless character in the comic, Fang never has a clue as to what's going on — neither does anyone else have a clue as to what's going on inside his head. One thing's for sure; the world he lives in bears only a passing resemblence, if that, to the world everyone else lives in.
- The Dreaded: He's this to those who don't know him personally.
- Funny Animal: Basically a short, crazy crocodile in a pirate outfit/turban that walks around on his hind legs.
- No Hero to His Valet: The legend is quickly shattered for anyone who spends more than a few minutes around Fang.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: Fang speaks entirely in random non-sequiturs.
- Hurricane of Puns: To her chagrin, she has to put up with one when she transports a load of bards on her ship.
- Instant Seduction: She has no problems to seduce Lucas.
- Male Gaze: Uses her pretty looks to distract Glon.
- Mid-Battle Tea Break: Her swordfight with Arachne takes some time, and in-between, they take a break and share a drink. Then they go on fighting.
- Pirate Girl: She seems to be the only woman aboard, and one pirate is intrusive towards her — which she answers by holding a dagger to his face. She also has excellent fencing skills and gains enough respect to become Captain of her crew.
- Worthy Opponent: She's terribly bored of a battle as she is clearly superior to her opponents... that is, until Arachne shows up.
- Bringing in the Expert: As they have to put up with a bunch of unscrupulous monsters, Owen decides that it's for the best to hire someone who is unscrupulous and devious himself. Enter Captain Matheson.
- Ghost Pirate: After being killed in a battle, he keeps on walking around and pestering family Bloodhand / Grayfort for a while. Maula eventually takes him pretty much apart.
- The Starscream: Hired originally by Owen to bring Glon back, he holds Glon hostage and eventually goes into open battle against Owen and his army, even threatening to kill his client.
- Badass Mustache: Sports a big mustache, and that he's badass is out of question, considering his abilities with a saber and that he's not afraid of zombies or ogres.
- The Big Guy: He is this in Safana's crew, towering over everyone else and being of robust stature.
- Distracted by the Sexy: He is a bit baffled to see Safana running around naked during a battle.
- Nice Guy: In contrast to Safana who can be quite sullen and harsh, Omar is a friendly dude.
- Number Two: He's second-in-command to Safana to whom he is deeply loyal.
- Anger Born of Worry: After Adina got bitten by a zombie, Safana brings her to safety. And then gives her a hard slap for getting bitten.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Not technically, but she seems to view herself as this in regards to Adina, being grudgingly dragged along on Adina's adventures, often brought into trouble by her and then having to save her. It's somewhat understandable as Adina is the Caliph's daughter; if she'd die while travelling with Safana, Safana would probably have to face consequences.
- Bald Women: In a case of Bald of Awesome, as Safana kicks plenty ass.
- The Captain: A capable and determined one; she acts towards her crew like a very strict Team Mom.
- Chaste Hero: Seduction attempts from demons or random island dwellers don't work on her.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: She can easily carry Adina.
- Lowered Recruiting Standards: She is accused of this because she has invited the demons Eeshie and Krayve to join her ranks, but it's actually averted because the demons are valuable crew members whose presence aboard scares off pirates.
- Sour Supporter: She is hilariously annoyed by Adina, but usually lets her have her way.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Safana does not get along with Adina due to completely different personalities. Safana is pragmatic and responsible, Adina is flighty and idealistic.
Vachiritei the Haran
- Braids of Action: Skilled archer who wears her hair in two long braids.
- Birds of a Feather: Like Adina, she's a bit restless about not having been given a real purpose in life, feeling like her family doesn't need her.
- I Work Alone: A bit of a lone wolf, really; she respects and defends her people, but prefers spending her time alone riding the steppe.
- Small Town Boredom: Downplayed; it's not strictly boring in her lands between orc raids and graboid attacks, but she does dream of freedom and discovering new places.
- The Stoic: Initially; especially when seen alongside Adina who emotes rather easily, she doesn't show too many expressions aside from a frown. She loosens a bit up over time.
- An Axe to Grind: When his short temper is triggered, he wields a large battle axe.
- Berserk Button: Don't call him Marion's "servant". He really does not like that.
- Male Gaze: He's not overly eager to visit the sea elves, but taking a look at the generally topless mermaids persuades him to jump down into the ocean anyway.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Marion's cheerful attitude and the fact that Ben absolutely cannot understand her interactions with the faeries prompt him ever again to snark about her decisions and her job, but he never leaves her side and has full trust in her.
- Servile Snarker: To Lady Marion. Might actually be necessary to keep her on the ground.Marion: This tale goes back a long way. A loooong way. When the world was so much younger than—Ben: Two million years. Don't get all poetic on us now, or it'll take another two million years just to tell the tale.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He feels like that when Marion holds court among the faeries, as their rules seem completely illogical and their problems nonsensical to him.
The Fox / Shawn of Shallmar
- Bilingual Bonus: Inverted; Fox translates into Spanish as "Zorro".
- Calling Card: When he wants people to know of his presence, he leaves a card with a fox depiction behind.
- For Great Justice: His main motivation (besides having fun with the masquerade); he stops several goblins on the Great Bardic Challenge from being lynched without a trial, interrogates a potential criminal, catches a murderer, and goes after Lady Vivay when she is wanted for treason.
- Legacy Character: The current Fox is just the most recent in a line of them that reaches back about a thousand years.
- Living Legend: Every bard knows the songs about him, especially about how he blinded a dragon once with a single crossbolt.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Completely averted; he gets plenty chances to flirt, i. e. with Meri Tai, and he hooks up with Goria while being in his mask.
- Rescue Romance: He protected orc lady Goria White-Eye from an owlbear in the forest, nursed her wounds and fathered her child during the time he took care of her. They never met again after Goria returned to her people and he never knew about their daughter, though Goria named her Jone to honor him — "the fox" in orc language is "Ahn'Jone".
- Secret Identity: One of the reasons why he runs around in a mask and a fox-eared cape is "because he gets too much of a kick out of it". It's not his only secret identity as Shawn is also the heir to the throne of Shallmar, a fact about which he keeps quiet.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Goria was surprised that he talked to her in orc language and knew about orc customs.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Unlike many of the genies who follow this trope, he is genuinely eager to help and does try his best to please, but he tends to mess up wishes thanks to...
- Comically Missing the Point: If a wish can in some way be misinterpreted, he will misinterpret it.
- Literal Genie: At its worst. When Charlotte wishes for a large diamond in her hand, he has the diamond pop up on the inside of her hand, which is understandably painful. On another occasion, the mage Morgana wishes herself to a place "together with [her] friends" — but as she didn't specify which friends, a lot of old acquaintances show up there with her while the friends she meant remain in the Black Mountain.
- No Man Should Have This Power: After Cloudcuckoolander Captain Fang got his hands on the genie lamp with disastrous results, Arachne tosses the lamp into the sea, deciding it's for the better. Of course, Chimera picks it up and hides it in his cave from where it finds its way into the hands of the servant of sorcerer Kurassa.
- The Bus Came Back: After being outlawed from Silverydale, he is not seen again until he shows up unexpectedly in The Night Queen in the Lost Valley.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has absolutely everything in his underground lair that could be useful for monster hunting.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Clover meets him during a landshark hunt and spontaneously jumps in to assist him. Afterwards, they both admit that they had a lot of fun with the potentially fatal situation, and Gummer begins to train Clover.
- Shout-Out: He is an open homage to / copy of the character Burt Gummer from the Tremors movie series.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Likely to happen when he is around; it's how he defeats Charlotte when she is after him and his group.
- Thrill Seeker: His main purpose in life is the hunt for monsters, be it landsharks, dinosaurs, or deranged Drow.
Marion of Heatherdale
- Aura Vision: She can perceive magical curses on people.
- The Cameo: Based on the real-world musician Heather Dale.
- Granola Girl: She has shades of this, being usually cheerful, gifting people with flowers, and overflowing with love and understanding for the petty problems of faeries or even for a giant frog monster that has just eaten her assistant.
- Friend to All Living Things: She almost never loses her sunny attitude and is charming to pretty much everyone she comes across. Also, she's a definite opponent of Fantastic Racism, as she gets very angry at the other bards when they are about to execute a few goblins without a trial.
- Older Than They Look: She confirms that a song that is well-known for around a thousand years has originally been written by her.
- Secret Keeper: A conversation of hers might indicate that she knows the identity of The Fox.
Zac and Levena
- An Axe to Grind: Zac's weapon of choice; he also chops away at the wall with it in frustration when there's nothing to fight.
- Archer Archetype: Levena, with the practical, calculating mind and the somewhat aloof attitude befitting her fighting style — naturally, as she's an elf.
- Battle Couple: They fight skysharks and dragons alike, always in tandem, and are devoted to each other. When Levena falls off the beast she just killed mid-air, Zac dives after her without hesitation.
- No One Could Survive That!: Falling off a ship in the sky? Yeah, no. Except they get picked up by Cap'n Fang of all people, who was for some reason around with a floating rowboat.
- Women Are Wiser: Zac is a nice guy, but he's prone to act on impulse and can appear a bit simple, which is where Levena's sharp, analytical mind balances him out.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A small but possibly significant detail when Ch'Thier has both herself and her sister removed from their lives on earth: It looks like she has reached out to hold Ranna's hand the last moment before they both fell asleep.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: Something she believes to be an important and intrinsic part of the world and that they cannot exist without one another. Her aunt informs her that it is entirely possible for good and evil to exist without one another, since they are subjective terms that don't physically exist. Where Ch'Thier's belief was derived from, and what was really important was the balance between order and chaos.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Not so much glorious as potentially omni-destructive as they both are goddesses who have been clashing for centuries. In the beginning, Ch'Thier won prestige, while Ranna won popularity, causing Mutual Envy. At that time, it was actually Ch'Thier who was the Jerkass, and after picking fights, eventually banished Ranna from all formal proceedings. Over time, Gods Need Prayer Badly mellowed Ch'Thier out into a God of Good, while corrupting Ranna into a God of Evil. Eventually, Ranna went to war against her to gain her followers and a larger realm, but Ch'Thier prevented the battle. Ranna gains the upper hand in the current war, trapping Ch'Thier as a prisoner in a worm-infested lake. However, finally a mysterious figure frees Ch'Thier, leading to a final confrontation between the two that ends with them both being permanently(?) shunted off into a sub-dimensional prison by an army of mortal magic-users.
- God of Good: She is a benevolent goddess, titled "Lady of Light, Love, Purity, and Health". During her time on earth, she installed hospitals, schooling systems, and libraries, and facilitated the cultural growth of humankind.
- Physical God: She was this once, until she confronted her sister Ranna. To prevent a war that would have taken thousands of lives, Ch'Thier gave up her earthly identity by putting both herself and her sister into a deep sleep. She exists in the overworld since then, still accessible to her followers and guiding the souls of the dead into the afterlife. Vanessa tries to summon her back into her body to fight Ranna who has grown strong again, but Ch'Thier doesn't answer her call because Ranna keeps her imprisoned in the aforementioned lake.
- Cyclops: He appears as an orc, albeit with one eye instead of two.
- Divine Intervention: When he notices Jone has begun to slaughter friend and foe alike, not stopping from killing orcs, he tries to stop her. Cue Jone stabbing his foot and defeating his army of undead.
- God Is Inept: He shows to be the most incapable of the gods; first he needs many attempts to create the powerful half-orc warrior he wanted to have (Glon is one of those he considers a failed experiment), then he has Jone but cannot keep her under control, and in the end he gets eaten and his powers absorbed by Ranna.
- Jerkass Gods: He found Jone's blood-lusting murder spree rather funny for a while. Later, the reason why he didn't intervene in the war between orcs and Drow was because he couldn't be bothered to act, even though his own people were dying in masses.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Lewie points out to her that she is powerless the moment he, as her last true follower, loses faith in her. Indeed, reduced to nothing but her physical body, she can't put up with Lolth who eats her.
- Jerkass Gods: Upon noticing that Prince Tufan had her banned from the temples, denying her a place by the side of the other gods, Kila sent a plague and a horde of barbarians to wipe out the entire culture. She was the only goddess remaining and carried on by turning Lewie, a well-mannered, well-meaning, deeply mourning young man, into a bitter old Lich with unhealthy ambitions, just so she could have her world of servile undeads. Besides that, she loves to Kick the Dog.
- Large Ham: Similarly to her last follower Lewie, Kila is prone to this.
- Physical God: Starting out as a speaking statue, she gains physical form when Lewie brings her the focussing crystal from the tomb of Temshutep. That's also what makes it very easy for Lolth to just kill her.
- Snake People: She has the upper body of a bald African woman, albeit with fangs and an extra pair of arms; from her hips downwards she's a snake.
- Divine Date: She had an affair with Wolf. It resulted in her being pregnant with demi-goddess Lycosa whom Lolth wants to be the new Drow empress, though now it may never come to this as Lolth has disappeared while still pregnant.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: After she was kicked out of the Black Mountain by the Beholder King, the Lolth cult was more and more neglected because of her refusal to stop the war that costed many a Drow life. Eventually, the Lolth temple is repurposed, the cult is forbidden entirely, and Lolth loses most of her influence. She agrees to participate in the final battle against Ranna, presumably because she's desperate for them to start worshipping her again.
- Holy Burns Evil: The return of Ch'Thier unintentionally burns her avatar to a crisp, killing her physical form.
- Physical God: She manifests in a completely physical form for a considerable portion of the comic. At the beginning, she appears as a giant spider with Drow head and an impressive set of teeth, later as a normal Drow, then as a quite oversized Drow, and eventually she returns to her spider form for battle, sporting Horns of Villainy this time.
- Sense Freak: She drinks, sleeps around, and generally doesn't bother to pay attention to anything else, unless some poor soul actively provokes her. Apparently once she got an avatar she didn't need to expend power on, and had the current problem neatly "wrapped up", she began to treat this as an indefinite vacation.
- Worf Had the Flu: Why can't Lolth stop the Heart of the Dungeon? She's too drunk to stand up. Also, didn't care much until the Big Bad appeared to challenge her role as supreme being to the Drow.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Inverted. Ranna orders her last servant to save her from the Abyss, even as she becomes increasingly desperate. Said servant continues waiting for her to ask nicely until Ranna is banished.
- Big Bad: She takes the role as main antagonist upon her revival.
- Cannibalism Superpower: She eats the scorpion god Scorpi and the orc god Gruumsh, absorbing their powers and gaining their followers. Some time later, she tells triumphantly she has eaten no less than ten gods.
- Chaos Is Evil: She was originally just the goddess of chaos, but over time, public opinion corrupted her into the God of Evil she is today via Gods Need Prayer Badly.
- Creating Life Is Unforeseen: While draining magic from the world, Ranna unknowingly creates a final daughter without even intending to. Ranna completely ignores and dismisses her, which ultimately results in said daughter not lifting a hand to help when Ranna gets pulled into a Prison Dimension.
- Divine Parentage: At some point, Ranna has created a daughter, "her own spirit child" Saidrah, to lead the Rannite empire in her name.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: In its most extreme form as both Ch'Thier and Ranna originally had a part of the world for themselves, but both eventually wanted all the world and its people — Ch'Thier wanted them to be free and peaceful and bloom culturally, Ranna wanted them to join her corrupt empire and worship her. Ch'thier tried to end it by removing them both from the world, but Ranna has returned to earth and meanwhile has captured Ch'Thier in hell.
- God of Evil: Standing against her sister, Ranna wants to conquer the entire world and all people of any species as her followers. Those who won't follow her are tortured, crucified and have to suffer her hell in afterlife. After she eats most of the other gods, she becomes the Top God by default.
- Horns of Villainy: Not in her own body, but appearing as a non-physical entity, she looks like a winged demoness with horns.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Pulls this on Ch'Thier when she offers a truce to her sister, eating her. This bites her in the ass when nobody is left to save her from the Abyss.
- Parental Neglect: She ignores and dismisses her accidental youngest daughter up until said daughter becomes her only hope of escaping banishment. As a result, her youngest daughter simply watches passively while Ranna gets sealed away forever.
- Physical God: She was this once, until Ch'Thier put them both asleep, separating their souls from their physical bodies. Both have existed as overworldly entities since then, but Ranna's spirit essence was put into a Drow so she would die for real. Instead, she corrupted the Drow and overpowered her host, and strives to get her own body back in which she succeeds at the end of The Serpent Awakes.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: At the sacrifice of most of the world's magic, Ranna is ultimately sealed into a Prison Dimension.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: A Drow organisation, the Order of the Spider, has hidden Ranna's dormant spirit inside a Drow child, Charlotte, intending for the Drow to live a normal life, never aware of Ranna's presence, and eventually take her to the afterlife for good. But exposed to strong magic, Ranna can trick her way around that and overtakes her host body. Arachne tries to seal her again in Elzear'bith who was Raised as a Host, but fails.
- Winged Humanoid: Appears as this, but with her being a goddess, the wings are pure decoration to underline her likeness to demons.