!!Anthony "Tony" Chu
A Philadelphia cop with a special power: cibopathy, the psychic ability to see the past of anything he's eaten. He soon joins the Food and Drug Administration, now a very powerful law enforcement agency, which makes use of his abilities. He mainly focuses on food-related crimes, especially those concerning newly illegal poultry.
* BlessedWithSuck: Cibopathy. He can absorb incredible amounts of information from anything he tastes, but he can't shut it off and those visions can potentially be really disturbing. Plus, his job forces him to use his powers by eating an astoundingly wide array of vile things.
* ByTheBookCop: Mere pages into the first issue, we see that Tony is willing to arrest his own brother.
* CannibalismSuperpower: The reason why Tony gets assigned to the FDA in the first place.
* EatThat: What half of Chu's job consists of.
* ImAHumanitarian: Not intentionally, but Tony ends up doing this a lot to get information.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Tony with Amelia Mintz.
* ManInAKilt: Tony when he gets demoted to traffic enforcement.
* PickyEater: Not by choice though. Beets are the only food he can eat without getting visions thanks to his cibopathy.
* PunnyName: Chu/chew
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Presumably, Chu doesn't get readings from his own saliva.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Colby.

!!John Colby
Tony Chu's partner who was badly injured while following a lead gained from Tony's powers. He is rebuilt as a cyborg by the FDA and rejoins his old partner. He opposes poultry prohibition and believes the government is lying about the bird flu but refuses to betray the FDA.
* ConspiracyTheorist: When it comes to the truth behind the bird flu epidemic.
* ClosetKey: Colby is this for [[spoiler:Applebee]].
* CowboyCop: Colby is gleefully willing to violate every bit of police protocol that gets in his way.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: John Colby helps enforce the poultry prohibition while part of the Philadelphia PD and the FDA even though he strongly disagrees with it and believes that it is part of a government cover-up.
* SleepingWithTheBoss: Sleeps with his and Tony's Bad Boss Applebee (to get Applebee off their backs) and later with his USDA boss.
* StraightGay: Colby fits the "straight" part of this trope so well there seems to be a bit of confusion over whether or not he is actually gay. At one point he [[spoiler:seduces Applebee]] and when he sends a taunting text to a criminal, his avatar is the {{Terminator}} robot on a rainbow flag background.
** He's also seduced [[spoiler:his female USDA boss]] so he might be bisexual.
* TwoFaced: [[spoiler:Colby a Terminator-esque prosthetic after taking a chef's knife to the face in the first issue]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Tony Chu.
* [[spoiler:WeCanRebuildHim]]

!!Mason Savoy
Another cibopath. He is an agent of the FDA who mentors Tony when he first joins. [[spoiler: He murdered health inspector Evan Pepper and believes that the government is covering up the truth about the bird flu epidemic. It is implied that he lost a significant other in the epidemic.]] While he has the same powers as Tony, he is much fatter and is seen eating food besides beets, suggesting that he is less disturbed by cibopathic visions than Tony is.
* BadAss: Mason Savoy vs. ninjas. Mason wins.
* [[spoiler:ConspiracyTheorist: When it comes to the truth behind the bird flu epidemic]].
* GeniusBruiser
* ImAHumanitarian: It's the quick and easy way for cibopaths to get info.
* [[spoiler:TheMole]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mason Savoy's perspicacity knows no bounds.
* StoutStrength: Stoutly built, but extremely strong.

!!Amelia Mintz
Tony's girlfriend. She is a saboscrivner, meaning that she can write or talk about food so vividly that it can cause people to actually taste it. She uses her ability in her job as a newspaper food critic. Her power allows Tony to taste foods without the often disgusting visions that usually come with them. The two begin dating though Amelia is sometimes annoyed at the time taken up by Tony's job.
* BrownNote: The alternate use of her saboscrivner powers; by describing especially noxious foods, she can make anyone who reads the words or hears her voice fall sick.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: She can describe food really, really well. She can do this so well she can leave people enraptured by describing awesome food... or reeling and puking by describing really bad food.


!!Chow Chu
Tony Chu's brother. A professional chef, he is strongly opposed to America's new poultry prohibition law which creates tension between himself and his brother. He lost his cooking show when he accused the government of lying about the bird flu while on camera.
* [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck: It is revealed in issue 36 that he too has a sort of power based on eating food, one that Toni and Sage have a laugh over.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: When it comes to the truth behind the bird flu epidemic.
* TooDumbToLive: Continually gets involved in poultry-dealing, despite knowing that it's illegal and that his own ''brother'' is a cop, is perfectly willing to send him to jail for the crime, and his brother can track down if he was involved in making anything poultry related. To put this in perspective, he gets sent to jail by Tony in the first comic, and he's still dumb enough to bring a turkey to the family Xmas party after he gets out.

!!Antonelle "Toni" Chu
Tony's fraternal twin sister, who works for NASA. She seems to be the only member of the Chu family that doesn't hate him. She's also [[spoiler:revealed to be cibovoyant]].
* [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck: While being cibovoyant doesn't seem quite as bad as having cibopathy, it still sucks.]]
* [[spoiler:IJustWantToBeNormal: Toni hides her cibovoyant powers because she doesn't wanted to be treated like a freakshow like Tony is]].
* [[spoiler:ImAHumanitarian: She has to do this to living people to use her powers for particularly useful visions]].
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]

!!Olive Chu
Tony's [[spoiler:daughter]]. She strongly dislikes him.
* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler:She inherited her father's cibopathy, though it's unclear if she also inherited his uncontrollable visions]].
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: [[spoiler:Averted]].

!!Poyo
An incredibly {{Badass}} fighting rooster who is later converted into a [[spoiler:cyborg]] by the USDA.
* BadassNormal: Poyo was not exposed to radiation, trained by Tibetan monks, or bio-enhanced by aliens during their animal abduction sprees - he's just really, ''really'' bad ass.
** [[spoiler:EmpoweredBadassNormal: Strike that, he's a cyborg now.]]
* KillerRabbit: Poyo, the most lethal fighting cock in the world.
* [[spoiler:NinjaPirateZombieRobot]]
* [[spoiler:WeCanRebuildHim]]

!!Min "Mindy" Tso
Tony's ex-girlfriend. It is implied they broke up due to her blatant insanity. [[spoiler:Later, it is revealed they were actually married, and her "insanity" was caused by brain cancer.]]When Tony proposed to her, she accepted and asked him to eat one of her toes.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: To Tony Chu.
* {{Yandere}}: She cut off her toe and asked him to eat it so they could literally be a part of each other. [[spoiler:He turned her down, but kept the toe in his freezer]].

!!D-Bear
A black market chicken dealer who works as an informant for the FDA. He used to deal heroin before chicken prohibition made chicken dealing more profitable.

!!Caesar Valenzano
A hitman who works for Montero. [[spoiler: He claims to be a deep-cover FDA agent who worked with Mason Savoy and didn't know he'd gone rogue. Turns out this is itself a cover as he was working with Savoy to find out the truth behind the bird flu epidemic]].
* {{Expy}}: Caesar Valenzano is ''very'' heavily based on [[Film/PulpFiction Jules Winnfield.]]

!!Montero
A businessman who invented "fricken," a chicken substitute using frogs with modified DNA. [[spoiler:Savoy finds out that Montero knew about the bird flu epidemic before it happened]].

!!The Vampire
A [[spoiler:cibopath]] who pretends to be a vampire and learns things by drinking blood. He has a yet-unexplained interest in the space program.
* BloodSucking: [[spoiler:The Vampire has discovered that cibopathy works nearly as well with blood as it does for flesh]].
* FangsAreEvil
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler:he's a cibopath, not actually a vampire]]; a explanatory page in "International Flavor" confirms that [[spoiler:there is no such thing as vampires, but the fear that the idea thereof inspires is real, and the power of harnessing that fear is undeniable]]...

!!Mike Applebee
Tony and Colby's boss at the FDA [[spoiler:until they get transferred to other departments]].
* BadBoss: Mike Applebee, who hates Tony for no discernible reason and seems more concerned about torturing Tony than solving cases. Colby [[spoiler:mockingly attributes it to Applebee being a repressed homosexual... which is where he gets the idea of getting Applebee off of Tony's back by sleeping with Applebee from]].
* JerkAss: almost consistently one towards Tony and Colby
* DirtyCoward: Is strongly hinted to be this in issue 32, when he finally gets a taste of the abuse he has heaped upon Tony (and Colby, to a lesser extent) throughout the series. All he can do is whimper in fear at Tony, implying that while Applebee is good at dishing out abuse, he is very bad in taking any.

!!Sage Chu
Tony's younger sister.
* ADayInTheLimelight/AscendedExtra: Issue 36.
* [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck: Is a cipropanthropatic, someone who is able to see memories of anyone near her who is eating the same thing, including [[TheDon mob boss Don Federico Biscotti.]]]]
** [[spoiler:ContrivedCoincidence: Considering how complex and specific her order was. [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom The waiter]] just decided to give Don something new, as he was ordered.]]

!!Other members of the Chu family
All fit under the BigScrewedUpFamily trope.
* '''Rosemary Chu-Shen''': Tony's older sister. Takes care of [[spoiler:Tony's daughter Olive]]. Dislikes Tony.
* '''Tang Shen''': Tony's brother-in-law and Rosemary's husband. Also dislikes Tony.
* '''Ong Chu''': Tony's grandfather. Had a stroke at some point in the past and uses a wheelchair and oxygen tank.
* '''Harold Chu''': Tony's younger brother. A transvestite who uses the stage name "Miso Honey."
* '''Bok Chu''': Tony's late father.
* '''Bao Chu''': Tony's mother.
* '''Chip Chu-Shen''': Tony's nephew.
* '''Bree Chu-Shen''': Tony's baby niece.
* '''Charlie Chu''': Tony's distant cousin. Works for Oni Press.
* '''Sage Chu''':