[[folder:Main Characters]]
The main character. Until the DramaBombFinale.
* AcheyScars: On Ethan's shoulder and caused by Rory - which has only been mentioned once and never again.
%%* TheAlcoholic
%%* ByronicHero
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Rory's Cain.
* CharacterDeath: He dies in the finale.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Flanderization}}: He began as TheDitz, but moved on to CloudCuckoolander. More recently, he has surpassed this, and some fans are starting to suspect he is in fact clinically insane. (This may explain why [[spoiler: Ethan made a HeroicSacrifice to prevent a dystopian future from happening, and the entire strip is going to be rebooted.]])
* GeniusDitz: It's stated that for 7 seconds a day, he enters into this zone that grants him insight into the universe, which in turn lets him do amazing things like build sapient robots or dispense amazing relationship advice, before returning to "normal". To cap off this bit of insight into his character, he puts slices of pineapple over his eyes to make pineapple goggles.
* GrowingTheBeard: While some of Ethan's more recent acts are downright insane, his position as Manager of Gamehaven resulted in a lot more times where he actually is intelligent and insightful... Of course, He's still the same old Ethan.
* HeroicSacrifice: Sacrifices himself to [[spoiler:turn off the time machine. Results in CharacterDeath.]]
* JerkAss: When it comes to customers and Rob, due to his limited experience or ignorance of videogames.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In spite of his flaws, he truly loves his wife Lilah and at least respects his friend Lucas when he's not trying anything stupid.
%%* ManChild
* OnlySaneMan: Inverted. Everybody else can come across as sane when compared to him. In fact, during a period in which he starts acting sane, everyone else starts acting insane to compensate, as though he's a lightning rod for the universe's insanity.
* PassingTheTorch: He got back from marrying Lilah to be handed a envelope by his boss, who was about to quit the business. And had apparently just handed Ethan the deed.
%%* ProudToBeAGeek
%%* RedOniBlueOni: He acts as The Red to Lucas's Blue.
* TooDumbToLive: According to [[RobotBuddy Zeke]], if you run the data from Ethan's various misadventures, his life expectancy comes out negative. Negative ''forty''.
* UnexplainedRecovery: He jumped off a second or third-story fire escape in his underwear because according to video game logic if he's lighter he'll be less injured. He lands on concrete and winds up with about two inches of bone sticking out of his arm. He goes to the hospital and is sent home the same day (in real life he'd probably have to stay for at least one night's observation) with "Paaaaaaaiiiiiiiiin killers!" and a cast. The next comic he's featured in there's no evidence he was ever injured despite having a break that would've taken months to heal ([[WebComicTime then again...]]) and would've at least left a nasty scar.


* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Lucas's wife gives birth to a son in the last strip, whom he affectionately names [[DeadGuyJunior Ethan.]]]]
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* TheStraightMan: He's this to Ethan.


Ethan's gamer girlfriend and eventually widow.

* GamerChick: She's as big of a gamer as Ethan and Lucas.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Founds the Ethan [=MacManus=] Church of Gaming.
* NerdNanny: As another StraightMan to Ethan.


Formerly known as X-Bot, Zeke was built by Ethan from an X-Box console.

%%* CallAHumanAMeatbag
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* InstantAIJustAddWater: How Ethan managed to build a fully functional artificial intelligence out of an x-box console is a mystery.
* PlayerKilling: In episode 5 of season 2.
* SuperStrength: Comes with being a robot.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:After Ted reveals his EvilPlan, Zeke rescues Ethan in a Badass way.]]

!!The Players

Feeling that he had taken the original cast as far as he could go with, Tim Buckley announced on his blog that the strip will now feature the Players (side characters once used for violent gags) as the main cast. They consist of Player 1 (Blue), Player 2 (Red), Player 3 (Yellow) and Player 4 (Green).

* AscendedExtra: They've taken over as the main cast of the comic.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: As mentioned, Player 1 is blue, Player 2 is red, Player 3 is yellow and Player 4 is green,
* AxCrazy:
** Green, [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/in-character/ literally.]]
** Yellow if you mess up his cards, ''[[http://cad-comic.com/comic/shuffled/ literally.]]''
* BerserkButton: See AxCrazy above. Don't ''ever'' mess up Yellow's cards after a game.
* ButtMonkey: Yellow, who is often [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/the-campaign-even-a-broken-clock/ the victim of gruesome acts of violence]] by the other players.
* CharacterDevelopment: Undoubtedly as the comic progresses.
* CloudCuckooLander: Green. She is seen [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/an-understanding/ here]] casually drinking a bottle of mustard. She also never knew the Player's apartment had a [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/enemy-above-page-1/ ceiling]],and thinks it's plotting something.
* ColorCodedCharacters: They're all different colors.
* ComedicSociopath: Red in the old strips. His violent temper has yet to be seen in the reboot.
** It seems to be [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/proper-places/ resurfacing]].
* DeathIsCheap: The only reason they're still around after killing each other so much is that they have a respawn chamber in their house.
* GeniusDitz: Green in [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/fanatical/ this strip.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Blue, but Red and Green can also qualify for this.
* OnlySaneMan: Yellow. Doesn't seem to have changed at all in the reboot, judging from [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/freemium/ this.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Yellow is said to be this.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Blue and Red, par for the course as they're Players 1 and 2.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Red seems to be steering towards this. See random pools of blood on the ground? [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/questionable-judgement/ Sample them and get horrible diseases]]. Get offered a lot of useful healing items? [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/starting-gift/ Opt for a stick and use it to plug up a gushing wound]].
* TookALevelInKindness: Somewhat. They don't seem to try to brutally kill each other as often as they did when they were side characters, and get along quite amicably nowadays. Red is the most noticably changed, all of his past appearances had him trying to kill somebody.



* AndIMustScream: Some of his arguments with Ted seem to imply that this trope is, at least partially, in effect. Particularly when it comes to [[spoiler: killing Ethan off.]]
* TheDragon: To Ted
%%* EvilAllAlong


* ArchEnemy: Of a sort to Zeke.
* BigBad: Until he leaves via ExitVillainStageLeft, followed somewhat shortly after by the DramaBombFinale.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: He's Scott's pet penguin. Nominally at least.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: He's a penguin.
* TheSpeechless: Being a penguin, he's incapable of actual human speech. [[spoiler:So he shares a body with Scott sometimes.]]


[[folder:Post-Reboot Characters]]
!!Ethan, aka Analog

* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Keeps his position as the manager of Gamehaven, but, outside of things like randomly falling asleep and random geeking out over game releases, he seems to be much more thoughtful and have an actual strategy to when he does things.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Fights like Batman with his gadgets, but he does have ResurrectiveImmortality.
* {{Expy}}: Of Batman.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: ''Weaponized'' - jumping himself and an opponent out a window is a net gain.
-->'''Analog:''' "I have infinite continues. Do you?"
* TooDumbToLive: Can be as bad as pre-Reboot Ethan, except for the fact that, for Analog, such insane acts, as mentioned above, actually are good strategic choices!

%%!!Lucas, aka D-Pad
%%* HardLight


[[folder:Starcaster Chronicles Characters]]
!!Cort Ryder

* AntiHero: He's an ex-Marshal who now takes jobs in the grey area (or as he put it, morally flexible). He's a good person at heart, but often he takes less savory decisions for pragmatic reasons, such as delivering highly volatile explosives when he knows they will be used for bad ends. When called out on it, he points out that he doesn't want Ssimias to be added to the list of people who wants him dead.


* BlessedWithSuck: Dissolving things on contact means barred from physical touch with a lot of things. [[CursedWithAwesome On the other hand]], dissolving things on contact has many practical uses too.
* MobileFishbowl: Necessary, as he dissolves almost anything on touch.
* TouchOfDeath: As a Mimion, his skin produces corrosive mucus that dissolves almost anything on contact. His threats often amount to 'giving a hug', but when we actually see it in action, it's not pretty.

!!The Grin

* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming
-->'''The Grin:''' I've heard a lot of screams... I've ''caused'' a lot of screams... And ''that's'' a good one.
* PsychoForHire: As Cort puts it, he's a 'Murder Enthusiast'.