!!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.
* {{Adorkable}}: His interactions with Amelia, his rather shoddy disguises and [[spoiler: His call to Sage to try and have dinner with her. ]] all land him squarely in this territory.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Is looked down on by pretty much everyone as a freak, his boss hates his guts, and all of his family barring Toni hate his guts for various reasons. The only people who don't seem to hate him or consider him a freak are Colby, Amelia, Ceasar, Toni and Mason.
* 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.
* ButtMonkey: Has to eat rather vile things as part of his job, his hated by just about every single character on the cast, his boss more than all of them combined, and over the course of the series has [[spoiler: had to eat a petrified dog, has had his partner bite his ear off, lost his job, forced to eat dead baseball players and had to eat his own sisters toe to take out her killer. ]]
* 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.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His fiance [[spoiler: And wife]] Min Tso went insane due to a brain tumor [[spoiler: But not before leaving him with a daughter, who he then passed on to his sister. ]].
* DistressedDude: During [[spoiler: Major Leauge Chew, he's kidnapped by Amelia's psychotic ex Dan.]] Thankfully [[spoiler: Amelia]] comes to the rescue and he gets to finish off the psycho that was holding him.
* EatThat: What half of Chu's job consists of.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: To Amelia as of issue 41]]
* HeroicBSOD: Goes though this after [[spoiler: Toni is killed by the vampire/collector, ruthlessly murdering his minons and generally focusing entirely on his work. He snaps out of it at the end of the "Family Recipie" arc thanks to a ThanatosGambit by Toni herself.]]
** Goes though a brief one in Family Recipie after [[spoiler: He apparently eats too much of Toni's toe to get information from her to defeat the vampire. He snaps out of it after eating the Gallisberry in Chog Sauce, which allows him to get the rest of the info from her. ]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Not intentionally, but Tony ends up doing this a lot to get information.
* LoveAtFirstSight: 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.
* TookALevelInBadass: While he was always fairly badass his [[spoiler: Kidnapping and force feeding, of dead baseball players, by Amelia's Ex and Toni's death]] have given him a mean fastball and made him far more self assure and gung ho, to the point he [[spoiler: Tells Applebee off and just a glare can make the guy give in to Chu these day and gives The Vampire/Collector a badass boast ]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: His relationship with Amelia is pretty much the only stable relationship of any sort he has. Toni also counts, being the only member of his family that dosent' hate or resent him.
** Recently he's the darling of the FDA after a major bust.
* TragicKeepsake: Keeps his ex-girlfriend [[spoiler: and later wife]] Min Tso's toe she gave him in his freezer. [[spoiler: It's later revealed he did so that, when she was ready, Olive could take in her mother's memory before her brain cancer got really bad. ]]
* 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.
* {{BadassAbnormal}}: Though only slightly thanks to the cybornetic half of his face.
* BiTheWay: Sleeps with [[spoiler: Applebee and his USDA boss. ]]
* 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.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: He and Mason Savoy really don't like each other, but he still works with Savoy since he does realize the man is on to something regarding the bullshit chicken ban. ]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Colby is not a pleasant person to be around.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite this, he's close friends with Tony when pretty much everyone else in the comic hates him or wants him dead.
* LoopholeAbuse: Applebee tells him he can invite anyone to [[spoiler: The Party celebrating their wedding]] except for Tony Chu. Colby, naturally, [[spoiler: Invites Mason Savoy, a wanted fugitive and traitor to the FDA. ]]
* 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. [[spoiler: Subverted later when he reluctantly partners up with Savoy and Ceaser to find out the truth. ]]
* SleepingWithTheBoss: [[spoiler: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.
** This is confimed when he sleeps with a Reiviver in the Revivial crossover, also female and this time with no ulterior motive.
* TenchiSolution: [[spoiler: How the LoveTriangle with Applebee and his USDA boss is resolved, to his horror. Luckily, sorta, his marriage to Applebee ends this. ]]
* TwoFaced: Colby a Terminator-esque prosthetic after taking a chef's knife to the face in the first issue.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Tony Chu.
* 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, getting far more pleasant or tolerable visions from his food.
* BadAss: Mason Savoy vs. ninjas. Mason wins.
** He later [[spoiler: Breaks his way out of a maxiumum security food prison and beats a super powerful man who gets powers from candy single handidly. ]]
* [[spoiler:ConspiracyTheorist: When it comes to the truth behind the bird flu epidemic]].
* CurbStompBattle: Almost every fight Mason gets into is extremely one sided, even against a horde of ninja. [[spoiler: he takes down Tony in less than a minute after Tony attempts to arrest him, beats Colby to a pulp, and easily defeats a man with a wide array of powers thanks to his ability to get power from candy simply by exploiting the man's one weakness.]]
* [[spoiler: EvenEvilHasStandards: Shows visible regret after drugging and kidnapping Sage. ]]
* [[spoiler:EvilCounterpart: To Tony and Colby. He's a chibopath like Tony, but one willing to work far outside the law. This is in contrast to Tony's by the book cop nature, and, like Colby, he believes the bird-flu epidemic was a coverup. However, unlike Savoy, Colby refuses to go against the law to do so. ]]
* [[spoiler:FatBastard]]
* 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.
* WalkingSpoiler:

!!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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A nice, understanding woman who is not to be crossed.
* 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.
* [[spoiler: HappilyMarried: To Tony as of issue 41]]
* CoveredInGunge: Get's covered in blood on her first date with Tony after he kills a guy holding her hostage.
* 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.
* HotScoop
* IntrepidReporter: On the ocasions she doesn't do food stories and upon learning where Poult Plus comes from.
* LoveInterest: Tony's
** SecondLove: Also Tony's
* OutOfFocus: During the 4th , 6th, and 7th arcs, though her lack of focus in Space Cakes, the 6th arc, is explained by the fact [[spoiler: she refuses to leave a heavily injured Tony's bedside ]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Part of why she loves Tony. Most of her exes were jerks and her most recent one is a racist sociopath [[spoiler: Who later kidnaps Tony and forcefeeds him dead baseball players]]

!!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.
* {{Jerkass}}: Is pretty much a dick to Tony every time the two are together. This extends all the way back to childhood.
** The biggest example of this is when Amelia calls about Tony being missing.. and Chow states that he hopes Tony's dead.
* 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, Tony tries to send him to Jail in the first comic, and only doesn't thanks to his bosses FDA protection, and Chow is fully ware Tony was moved to the FDA, yet continually brings chicken and other kinds of poultry around him around him.

!!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, meaning she can see the future of any living person or animal she bites. ]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Takes over as main character for the "Space Cakes" arc.
** [[spoiler: ADeathInTheLimelight: What it turned out to be. ]]
* [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck: While being cibovoyant doesn't seem quite as bad as having cibopathy, it still sucks.]]
* [[spoiler: DefiantToTheEnd ]]
* GenkiGirl: Oh yeah.
* [[spoiler:IJustWantToBeNormal: Toni hides her cibovoyant powers because she doesn't wanted to be treated like a freakshow like Tony is]].
* NiceGirl: The single nicest person in the cast, and one of the few people not to treat Tony like shit.
* [[spoiler: PosthumousCharacter: Issue 31 onwards. ]]
* [[spoiler:ImAHumanitarian: She has to do this to living people to use her powers for particularly useful visions]].
* MadeOfKryptonite: [[spoiler: A minor self-inflicted example. She eats nothing but beets in the weeks leading up to her death, making her immune to The Vampire's Chibopathy and making it so he couldn't steal her power. ]]
* ShipperOnDeck: For Tony and Amelia, being insanely excited when she finds out he has girlfriend, letting him call her on the way to a mission and trying to set up a nice dinner for them.
* [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit: Leaves her toe behind so Tony can eat it and use what she learned to defeat The Vampire. ]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]

!!Olive Chu
Tony's [[spoiler:daughter]]. She strongly dislikes him.
* {{Badass}}: She stands up to [[spoiler: Mason Savoy]] of all people stating on no uncertain terms that [[spoiler: If he wants to use her powers, he'd better treat her as an equal rather than a tool and will only work with him on her terms. ]]
* [[spoiler: BadassAbnormal: Has Chibopathy stronger than her Dad, who until Mason met her was the strongest Chibopath Mason had ever encountered. Not only that, but she then gains the ability to sculpt weapons out of food on top of that. ]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Averted. [[spoiler: While she has a stronger version of her dad's Chibopathy, she can turn it on and off. ]]
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: [[spoiler: He really did, as Tony was in no shape to care for her following Min's death. It was the fact he never came back for her that soured their relationship. ]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Slowly but surely towards Tony.
* EmoTeen
* GenreSavvy: When [[spoiler: Mason Savoy]] claims to be a friend of her father asks to talk to her, she promptly books it. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her, Savoy has few problems druging a teenager, but fortunately for her, he simply wanted to recruit her. ]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Is routinely rude to Rosemary. If it were anyone else, she'd be seen as a brat. But since i'ts a [[spoiler: cover for her activities with Mason]] and Rosemary is an awful person who cared more about herself than about her brother being abducted.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: [[spoiler:Averted]].
* [[spoiler: SixthRanger: For Mason Savoy's team. ]]

!!Poyo
An incredibly {{Badass}} fighting rooster who is later converted into a [[spoiler:cyborg]] by the USDA.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Two one shots as of this writing.
* 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.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulu: Fought a penguin version of him during the Bad Apples arc and reguarly fights giant abominations for the USDA.
* KillerRabbit: Poyo, the most lethal fighting cock in the world.
* [[spoiler:NinjaPirateZombieRobot]]
* RunningGag: Tends to be unavailable due to fighting some eldrich monstrosity whenever Tony needs him.
* [[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.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: With Tony
* OverprotectiveDad: Had one who tracked her and Tony down on prom night then beat the shit out of Tony for having sex with his daughter.
* PosthumosCharacter
* 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.

* ButtMonkey: Has been beaten up and hit by a truck.
* FunnyAfros: His third appearance onwards.
* KarmaHoudini: His status as an FDA informant allowed him to avoid arrest by Tony and John while they were still on Philly PD. However...
** LaserGuidedKarma: Once John became an FDA agent, his first order of business was beating the ever loving shit out of D-Bear and making D-Bear give him his FDA payments.

!!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]].
* BlackBestFriend: Savoy's [[spoiler: Even after Savoy becomes a fugitive. ]] He also serves as this to Tony and John.
* [[spoiler: TheDragon: Savoy's ]]
* {{Expy}}: Caesar Valenzano is ''very'' heavily based on [[Film/PulpFiction Jules Winnfield.]]
* TheMole: First for the FDA while working for Montero [[spoiler: And then for Savoy while back in the FDA]]
* [[spoiler: UndyingLoyalty: To Mason Savoy. ]]

!!Jack Ray 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 and later gets the truth out of him after biting him. ]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Has one in prison and can have anything he desires brought to him.

!!The Vampire/[[spoiler: The Collector]]
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
* [[spoiler: HeroKiller: Kills Toni. ]]
* MegaManning: Like all Chibopaths, however [[spoiler: unlike the others, he focuses on this specifically, trying to gain as many food abilities as possible. ]]
* 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]]...
* WeCanRuleTogether: Gives this offer to [[spoiler: Tony, who refuses. ]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Upon finding out [[spoiler: He can't absorb Toni's ablities and that she's already set his downfall in motion. ]]

!!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]].
* 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.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Makes Tony eat a finger for his lunch for a case they already had fingerprint data on.
* JerkAss: almost consistently one towards Tony and Colby
* LaserGuidedKarma: He's finally getting hit with some.
* KickTheDog: Damn near everything involving him and Tony. Highlights include
** Making Tony eat a finger for a case that they already had the info on without telling him.
** Attempting to make Tony eat shit for a case, multiple times.
** Trying to send Tony to an undersea lab for a highly dangerous case [[spoiler: Right after Tony just got married to Amelia]] for a few months.

!!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.