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This is the character sheet for ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', the "UltimateUniverse" extension of the Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}. ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' has its own character sheet, with ''Webcomic/RoomiesItsWalkyJoyceAndWalky'' has one under construction. Please do not confuse the two, as there are serious {{Alternate Character Interpretation}}s stemming from the difference in continuities.

Because of the large EnsembleCast and SwitchingPOV, characters are listed in alphabetical order.


!!Main Characters

!!Amber O'Malley
->''"One second, killing spiders."''


A geeky girl who enjoys playing video games, Amber hides a few...issues. Dina is her roommate.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Displays several symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder concerning her usage of Amazi-Girl, referring to herself and Amazi-Girl as separate entities, and needing to shift personas when near Sal due to experiencing traumatic flashbacks to the night of the robbery.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She is a pretty nice girl, but she also acts as a vigilante, and a visit from her father revealed she has anger issues. [[spoiler:It [[BackStory is also revealed]] that she had gotten involved in a robbery some years earlier (by none other than Sal, q.v., attempting to hold up a store) and found herself too frightened to defend Ethan (who was taken hostage). After the police arrested Sal some harsh and derisive words from her father led her to snap, grab a knife and stab Sal's hand before being restrained ([[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/01-the-only-dope-for-me-is-you/hostage/ sequence starts here]]). In the regular timeline, this memory comes up as she snaps again when her father holds Danny hostage, leading to her beating Daddy up very thoroughly.]]
* BreakTheCutie: The poor girl had her childhood spoiled by some very traumatic events, which she hasn't completely recovered from.
* BrokenBird: With her issues with Ethan [[spoiler:and her father]], she is very broken. It's at the point where [[spoiler:Amazi-Girl]] is her one coping mechanism and [[spoiler:her favored persona]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Stood by Ethan while he came out, and evidently matured a great deal from the process.
* ClarkKenting: Complete with Danny as Lois Lane - and she lives in the Clark wing. It helps that she's kind of a shut-in; the few who know about her and the campus vigilante can't picture Amber zip-lining off rooftops onto trucks.
* CrazyPrepared: As Amazi-Girl, she carries multiple tools and weapons on her costume at all times, including grappling hook and rope, tire-piercing spike balls... and even Amazi-Girl-themed condoms.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Had a very unhappy childhood due to suffering physical and emotional abuse from her father.
* DeathGlare: Gives an epic one to [[spoiler:Ethan]] upon finding him at Galasso's [[spoiler:hooked up with Joyce.]]
* DramaticUnmask: After a heart-to-heart with [[spoiler:Walky]], she unmasks herself for him... [[AntiClimacticUnmasking only for him to not recognize her]].
* EnemyMine: Once [[spoiler:Ryan]] shows up again, Amazi-Girl and Sal reach an unspoken truce to hunt down the bigger fish.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Her hatred for Sal drives a lot of her, but even she is mortified when a conservative party rally cheers on her confrontation with Sal with incredibly racist rhetoric, to the point where she attempts to deescalate the conflict.
* EvilMeScaresMe: [[spoiler:After beating her father to a pulp and escaping, the event visibly disturbed her greatly, to the point she doesn't know anymore where lies the frontier between her Amazi-Girl persona and herself, and sending her once again in a HeroicBSOD.]]
** [[spoiler:Worst part? The tags make it clear who's doing it.]]
* GamerChick: A BlandNameProduct version of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', specifically. Also a Computer Science major. And has a UsefulNotes/NintendoDS.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Deconstructed after Those Who Ground Me. She broke her glasses...but since she has astigmatism, this means she can't look at a computer without giving herself a headache. See above trope for why that sucks.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Amber decided to become Amazi-Girl to have a relatively harmless outlet for her anger issues. [[spoiler:Then she started to have trouble figuring out which version of herself was the one with the rage.]]
* GutturalGrowler: Once she starts hanging out with Danny in both identities, she adds a raspy voice represented by blue speech bubbles to her disguise. She also claims to have always sounded like that.
--> '''Danny:''' You mussed up your hair a whole bunch, too.\\
'''Amazi-Girl:''' You are not good at remembering things!
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers several: [[spoiler:First when Ethan was taken hostage, she ended up paralyzed in fear. Years later, when she stands up to her father, she punches him in the face, but quickly realizes as she flees that she enjoyed it way too much. Finally, when Blaine took Danny hostage to lure her out of campus, it caused her to enter a vicious rage and led her to exert ExtremeMeleeRevenge. In the aftermath of the event, she completely shut down.]]
* HopeSpot: Amber slowly begins making strides to get better, even [[spoiler:trying to interact with Sal through [[VideoGame/MarioKartDS Mario Kart]], only to bear witness to Rachel tell [[ReformedButRejected Ruth]] that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech redemption doesn't exist and people don't change]], then be "dumped" by Dorothy so Dorothy can catch up on her studies, and topped off by being confronted by [[KnifeNut Ryan]]. Naturally, this causes her [[SanitySlippage to snap]].]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sal terrified Amber with a knife - Amber actually stabbed Sal in return, and after she'd already been arrested by the police. Yet Amber sees Sal as the dangerous one. She gets this thrown back in her face when she confronts Sal & crew in a parking lot.
* IAmAMonster: Considers herself one after [[spoiler:stabbing Ryan]].
* IncompatibleOrientation: With Ethan.
* InspectorJavert:
** She's so obsessed with defeating the Sal of her nightmares, she can't see that the real Sal is a very different person these days, and is horrified when Sal turns the tables and takes the moral high ground against her.
** Taken even further due to recent events. [[spoiler:She's so devoted to her perception of Sal as a villain to overcome that she blames Sal for "turning Danny against her" when he tried to convince her to stop being Amazi-Girl, and she defines Sal saving her life as "robbing Amazi-Girl of her dignity".]]
** [[spoiler:Though the process is slow, she is trying to subvert this and ease into interacting with Sal..... via [[VideoGame/MarioKartDS Mario Kart]].]]
* InTheBlood: [[spoiler:Amber's father is a violent jerkass who beat her mother repeatedly. When she finally stands up to him, she ends up punching him in the face. What could have been seen as a moment of awesome quickly devolved into a much more disturbing thing when Amber remembered her emotions at the time: when she punched her father, she was smiling. When she realized that she enjoyed hurting someone, even if the person she hurt ''really'' deserved it, she got a HeroicBSOD, because that would make her not so different from her father]].
* KnightTemplar: Showing more and more signs of this concerning [[spoiler:Sal, claiming that she stole her dignity, [[ClarkKenting Amber's]] sanity, and now ''their'' Danny. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/two-2/ Only time will tell how far she takes her vendetta against Sal.]]]]
* LargeHam: When Ethan and Mike (but mostly Mike) dragged her away from her laptop.
-->'''Amber:''' ''NO! NOOO! YOU'RE NOT MY MOM! YOU'RE NOT MY MOM!'' [[Series/TheTwilightZone It's not fair!]] There was ''time'' now! There was ''all the time I needed!'' It's not ''faaaaiiiirrr!''
* LastHetRomance: Was Ethan's, who figured out he was gay right when they were about to have sex for the first time.
* LeParkour: The action sequence starting [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/01-the-only-dope-for-me-is-you/cornered/ here]] shows Amazi-Girl pulling off some impressive physical feats.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Now in a TwoPersonLoveTriangle with Danny.
* MistakenIdentity: Danny immediately becomes attracted to Amber when he first meets her. However, Amazi-Girl is depicted in such a way that she could have a lot of hair, and her ''modus operandi'' is very similar to that of Franchise/{{Batman}}. You know who else has a lot of hair and resembles Batman? ''Sal'', who was Danny's FirstLove in ''Roomies!''.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: She's 5'5'' in her superhero boots.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "'''Never again'''".
* RageBreakingPoint:
** [[spoiler:After being unable to help your only friend, your father only further twists the knife by telling you how useless and cowardly you are (despite the fact that the robber was armed with a ''freakin''' knife). This is the point where poor, broken Amber completely ''snaps''.]]
** [[spoiler:Almost suffers another one after Danny kisses her in public. As it was widely known that he was dating Amazi-girl and not the "civilian" Amber, they previously agreed that he only treats her as a friend to protect her hero secret identity. This angers her so much that she swears at him, almost calls him some very nasty things and claims that while she needs him, she needs Amazi-Girl much more, ending their relationship on the spot.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Her eyes take this color during her RageBreakingPoint.
* TheReveal: When Amazi-Girl was introduced into the strip, she was largely treated as a mystery... despite Amber, her "civilian" identity in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', appearing not long after. Fortunately Willis still had cards up his sleeve, and Amber's ''motivation'' for donning her mask and cape are ''very'' different than they are in the mainline continuity.
-->'''Danny:''' ''Oh my god.'' Are you... ''Amber'' under there?\\
''[[[BeatPanel beat]]]''\\
'''Amber:''' ...I don't know.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: So, your father [[spoiler:kidnaps your boyfriend in order to use it as leverage over you]]? Bad, ''bad'', '''BAD''' idea, Blaine.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:After seeing Rachel give Ruth a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how people don't change and can't redeem themselves, then Dorothy having to separate herself from Amazi-Girl to focus on studies, topped off by [[KnifeNut Ryan]] attacking them with a knife, Amber finally snaps and fully succumbs to her darker side. Fortunately for her, it's aimed at [[AssholeVictim Ryan]].]]
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:She keeps Ross from falling out of a moving car, even though he tried to kill her just seconds prior.]]
* SecretIdentity: She's Amazi-Girl.
* ShrinkingViolet: Was one during her childhood, but managed to grow out of it.
* SlasherSmile: When she reaches her breaking point and embraces her father's genes, she tends to give these out. Two targets being Blaine himself, and a truly horrifying one to [[spoiler:Ryan, right before she attacks him with his own knife]].
* SplitPersonality: The Tags consider Amber and Amazi-Girl two separate people. Amber herself originally thinks of Amazi-Girl as just a mask she puts on, [[spoiler:but as time passes she starts acting as though both of them are personas.]]
** Eventually exacerbated to the point where [[spoiler:Amazi-Girl and Amber seem to now consider each other fully distinct.]]
--->'''Amazi-Girl:''' [[spoiler:First she took ''her'' sanity, then she took ''my'' dignity and now she's taken ''our'' Danny.]]
** It's gotten so bad now that she no longer ''remembers'' what happens when she's Amazi-Girl. She even goes as far as to threaten to destroy her suit, only for her ''suit'' to say no.
** In an InvertedTrope example, rather than see Amazi-Girl as the Evil Split Personality, Amber sees herself as the evil one, and Amazi-Girl as the good one. Case in point, Amazi-Girl was able to have an EnemyMine Situation with Sal over Ryan, and is now less of an InspectorJavert towards Sal and capable of interacting with her. Amber on the other hand is still frightened to the point of paranoia over Sal, and can so far only interact with her via Mario Kart.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: As her InspectorJavert tendencies worsen, she begins flat-out stalking Sal.
* StealthHiBye: Not even the AltText is sure how she did it [[spoiler:while halfway between outfits.]]
* SuperheroesWearCapes
-->'''Dorothy:''' It never gets in your way?\\
'''Amazi-Girl:''' It's very important psychologically. Adds ten bravery points. Any six-year-old knows that.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Subverted. She originally became Amazi-Girl as an outlet for her anger issues, but [[spoiler:as her SplitPersonality worsens, it's ''Amber'''s breakdowns that cause the most damage]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: [[spoiler:When masked as Amazi-Girl, she refers to Amber as a person outside herself. It's standard practice for this sort of thing - she averts ButHeSoundsHandsome, and has some trouble keeping her lies straight - but it may or may not also be a sign of her unraveling identity. After Danny is taken hostage, she begins to refer to ''both'' personas in the third person more often, regardless of which one she's currently supposed to be.]]
* TraumaButton: Sal. Amber can't even look at her without suffering traumatic flashbacks. (Amazi-girl can.)
* UnstoppableRage:
** [[spoiler:Blaine kidnaps Danny. Amazi-Girl joins them and demands he release Danny. Blaine refuses. ''Serious'' ass kicking ensues]].
** [[spoiler:She suffers a PostVictoryCollapse afterwards, as it's not Amazi-Girl doing the ass kicking and this doesn't sit well with her.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets this from Sal, of all people, who chews her out for escalating the situation with Becky's father and risking Becky's and her own safety. Sal even warns her that she needs to sort out her issues or else she'll come after her, completely unaware that ''she'' is one of Amber's issues.
* YaoiFangirl: She might have spent an entire night reading Captain America / Iron Man SlashFic.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame:
** Her reaction when a [=DeSanto=] rally eggs her on into attacking Sal by assuming that Sal was up to something and Amazi-Girl's actions were justified.
** After [[spoiler:attacking Ryan as Amber]], she has a hallucination of Blaine congratulating her on what she did to him. She is not pleased.

[[folder: Becky]]
!!Becky [=MacIntyre=]
->''"Just don't let anyone change you, okay?"''


Joyce's best friend from childhood. Attending Anderson University, a Christian college. She's pretty social for someone from Joyce's Christian group.

* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Seen in [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-5/01-when-somebody-loved-me/hindsight/ this strip.]]
* AscendedExtra: Originally a secondary character, she joined the main cast after her [[spoiler:ComingOutStory.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: Becky and Walky get along really well within seconds of meeting each other, bonding over their shared love of eliciting humorous reactions from Joyce.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Joyce is seen in several strips trying to unsuccessfully get a hold of Becky, foreshadowing [[spoiler:Becky's troubles at school.]]
** For a short amount of time her character description mentioned that "she loves Joyce more than anything."
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: [[spoiler:All the time, and to everybody, since her coming out.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Joyce, until Becky made her move and revealed that she had feelings for Joyce.
* ImportantHaircut: First shown [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/morebecky/ here]]. Said haircut didn't go unnoticed, as many characters comment on it, such as Hank who is initially a little shocked, but ultimately is fine with it (his congregation, also Becky's former one, is much less accepting).
* IncompatibleOrientation: Tearfully begs Joyce to feel the same for her that she feel for Joyce, but Joyce doesn't feel the same way.
* LoveEpiphany: After she [[spoiler:kisses Joyce she tells her that she had always been in love with her but it wasn't until they went to separate colleges that she figured it out.]]
* MissingMom: According to [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/respond/#comment-620145 Willis in this comment chain]], she is currently worm food. [[spoiler:[[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/ghosts/ A later strip implies that she committed suicide]] and Becky was the one who found her.]]
* NiceGirl: Becky can be a bit crude at times, but she's overall a very nice person.
* OddFriendship: Considering her similarities to Walky (and how well they get along), her friendship with Joyce and their extreme fondness of each other is pretty out there.
* OnlySaneMan: To Joyce. To other characters, she's pretty loopy.
* RelationshipUpgrade: With Dina.
* SadClown: Becky [[StepfordSmiler puts up a facade of cheerfulness]] but she's shown to still have it bad for Joyce, and she could be pulled out of Indiana University at a moment's notice. Understandably, she's pretty scared.
* StepfordSmiler: To a disturbing degree. Becky is shown to be very affected by everything that happened in her life, but she keeps smiling nonetheless and try to move on or ignore things that pain her greatly.
* UnknownRival: She seems to think she and Dorothy are bitter rivals for the position of Joyce's BFF. Dorothy does not.
* UnrequitedLove: After a bit of angst, she tells Joyce she understands that she was rejected and goes back to her flippant nature, but there have been a few strips that show Becky isn't as okay with the rejection as she let on. Certainly not helped by not only living with Joyce but sharing a bed with her.
* WasntThatFun: Her immediate reaction to [[spoiler:her dad's car overturning after a near-collision.]] "Again!!!"

!!Jennifer Yunru "Billie" Billingsworth
->''"I'm starting to think I've been oversold on college."''


The top girl at her high school, she came to college expecting more of the same. She knew Walky and Sal from childhood, and shares a room with the latter.
* TheAlcoholic
-->'''Billie:''' Sal. Yeah, it's one in the afternoon and I'm ''drinking''. Fuckin' ''surprise''.\\
'''Sal:''' It's not a surprise. Alcoholism is yer ''definin' characteristic''.
* AlphaBitch: Her position in HighSchool, given by name [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/alpha-bitch/ here.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: An ongoing theme of her adventures.
* BiTheWay:
** While Billie doesn't mind people knowing she likes girls, she seems to have convinced herself that ''[[EveryoneIsBi everyone]]'' thinks about girls ''some'' of the time. She's a bit apprehensive about being "different" because of it.
** [[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/95344543812/i-posted-this-back-on-bi-visibility-day-knowing Confirmed]] by the author here.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Despite putting on pounds since high school, Billie is still considered attractive.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Claims her dad showers her with money because he doesn't know how to show affection.
* BreakTheHaughty: Almost every strip she's been in involves this.
** ButtMonkey: Thanks to the above.
* TheCheerleader: In high school. [[WebcomicTime A month or so of college]] has convinced her that those days have passed; before that, she was so caught up in her former identity that she had trouble letting it go.
* ClosetGeek:
** For all her hatred of [[CatchPhrase NERDS]] Billie uses a lot of phrases like [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/05-saturdays-all-right-for-slighting/size/ "life-force"]] in casual conversation...
** Girl certainly knows her [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/jesus-2/ Reagan]]-era [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/05-media-rumble/woodward-2/ journalism]].
* ClosetKey: [[spoiler:Billie had at least one pre-college fling with another woman, but Ruth apparently "found out she was into girls" through her.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Being pegged ''by the staff of Indiana University'' as an alcoholic.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Seemingly more so than the guys.
-->'''Billie:''' [[MyEyesAreUpHere You're still staring at them]].\\
'''Joyce:''' ''(small voice)'' ''i could crawl up into [[BuxomIsBetter them]] and be safe and warm forever''
* FallenPrincess: Was very popular in high school, but in college finds herself at the bottom of the food chain. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/03-up-all-night-to-get-vengeance/disgraced/ It's taken her a while to realize it's happening.]]
* HopeSpot: After moving to Forest Quad, she discovers to her pleasant surprise that everyone living there has the same high-school mindset as her, and practically worships her for being a cheerleader just like she wants. She is once again the AlphaBitch and loving every minute of it. However, Joyce had to show up and obliviously [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2018/comic/book-8/03-faz-is-great/visiting/ ruin everything]] [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2018/comic/book-8/03-faz-is-great/insecurities/ for her]].
* HeroicBSOD: After a few too many mistakes and hits to her self-worth, Billie takes to Walky's bed and refuses to speak. Ruth pries her out of it... just in time for Billie to run into, and be publicly rejected by, Alice.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Went from AlphaBitch to ButtMonkey simply by graduating. Has slowly begun to realize this and the results are not pretty.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Popular friends, that is.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: She's convinced that she's better than all these geeks...because deep down she's fighting crippling self-image problems.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Talks a good game about not wanting to be friends with the rest of the cast but still spends all her time with them, helps set-up Walky with Dorothy, looks out for Joyce and even showed concern for Ruth, her tormentor [[spoiler:and confused love interest]]. She also tries to pay off Raidah after Sarah hits her (without much success).
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: About relationships. She thought she had it all together in High School, in college not so much. It's downplayed overall as she still gives decent advice.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Dorothy described Billie and Walky this way early on in the strip. [[RedEyesTakeWarning Billie was unamused]].
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Their actual relationship, vouched for by them both, with shades of VitriolicBestBuds.
* NotHelpingYourCase: Ruth got her tickets to a football game by claiming she was a "troubled teen". Billie doesn't take this well.
-->'''Billie:''' The Hell I'm a troubled teen! ''I'll punch you in you face!''
-->'''Ruth:''' [[SarcasmMode Very convincing.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Walky bestowed it on her during their childhood, in retaliation for her calling him "Walky," and evidently it's just stuck.
* ParentalNeglect: She sees her parents so little that she's more attached to Sal and Walky's mom and dad.
* PoisonousFriend: Alice thinks so due to her self-destructive behavior, likening her to a "drama hurricane", and warns Walky and Joyce to abandon her lest they suffer what she's been through.
* RaceLift: In [[Webcomic/RoomiesItsWalkyJoyceAndWalky mainline continuity]], Billie was just white, but apparently Willis got asked enough if she was Asian during its run that he decided to make her half-Asian here.
-->'''Willis:''' Everyone always assumed she was Asian back in ''Roomies!'', what with the black hair and fair complexion, even though she was conceived as thoroughly English. So I figgered this go-round, hey, she's half-Asian, why not? ... Her dad, of course, is still white through-and-through, because, dude, last name's friggin' Billingsworth, man.'
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Is pale with black hair, and is considered attractive.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:With Ruth.]]
* SelectiveObliviousness: The only way she's managed to avoid a HeroicBSOD thus far, which finally starts getting broken after [[spoiler:Ruth breaks up with her]] and Alice gives her a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* WeightWoe:
** Has put on a few pounds, probably due to all the drinking and stress.
** She lets slip that she can't lift her right leg as high as she used to. Whether this is a permanent injury from her drunken car accident or just her not stretching regularly, she doesn't say.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Early on, she tried to act as though she were still an AlphaBitch in high school, not realizing that college works ''very'' differently.


!!Carla Rutten
-->''"The One Thing that angers you more than anything else in this world is that I exist."''


A single-room sophomore and part of Sal's new "posse". Carla wants people to know she exists; wanting them to ''like'' her is another matter.

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Initially declares the activities of the Whiteboard Ding-Dong Bandit to be a hate crime, but once it's clear that it struck everyone and just not her, she thinks it's hilarious.
* {{Asexuality}}: Ace homoromantic trans woman (as opposed to a trans-chassis RobotGirl).
* BerserkButton: Unsurprisingly, insulting Ultra Car. Walky stomps on it pretty hard.
* ChangedMyMindKid: Carla ''really'' hates her selfless side, but she always comes back if she's well and truly needed.
* DecompositeCharacter: In a sense. Ultra Car is an in-universe cartoon character, who Carla has patterned herself on.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Despite being a bit of a {{Jerkass}}, she's deeply uncomfortable with the idea of ganging up on Amazi-Girl, and would rather "assert her dominance via sweet pranks."
* FingerlessGloves: She skates a lot, and the gloves stay on.
* FlippingTheBird: She does this a lot.
* {{Foil}}: To Jocelyne.
** Carla is openly trans and generally in-your-face, while Jocelyne remains closeted because she's terrified of how her fundamentalist family might react - she remains "accepted" at the cost of constant secret-keeping.
** Carla enjoys getting rises out of annoying people, while Jocelyne is more inclined to play peacemaker.
** Carla's parents run a technology company and she knows her way around a welding torch, while Jocelyne is an English major and StarvingArtist.
* HiddenDepths:
** Tells Ruth that [[spoiler:she's used to being everyone's acceptable loss after Mary misgenders her and Ruth fails to stand up for her.]]
** And you'd better watch out if you [[MuggingTheMonster get her mad]]. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/revenge-2/ That's a lot of chaotic energy to get directed your way there, Mary...]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Carla does what she likes when she likes it... but when she's the only one on-site to make sure the right thing happens, she'll do it.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Carla's got a very self-focused world view, for example she automatically assumes that some cookies of Billie's are automatically hers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Carla can be loud and obnoxious, but the point of her arc with Mary is that there is no minimum standard of behaviour she needs to reach to "deserve" her gender being acknowledged.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: It's buried very deep, but Carla does show a kinder side with a dose of {{Tsundere}}, like helping Joyce build her shower shoes.
%%* TheLadette
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: She agrees to be a go-between for Billie and Ruth, unaware of how badly depressed Ruth is. Then she realizes she's basically being used as a suicide watch.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Carla's default state is loud, in-your-face and unapologetic. All of this goes out the window when [[spoiler:Mary calls her a boy.]] All the energy goes out of her on the spot.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Mary, you pressed the [[BerserkButton misgender button]]. [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Ya shouldna done that]].
* SignificantAnagram: Ultra Car...ten? Net?
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: She didn't fix Joyce's jug shoes, aka a random stranger, to be nice, she did it to prove her superiority.
* {{Transgender}}: Carla is a trans woman, first confirmed by WordOfGod and then alluded to in the comic itself. It was only explicitly stated [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/02-that-perfect-girl/antagonize/ in-strip]] after Mary [[spoiler:verbally assaulted her by stating that she didn't belong in the girls' wing of her dorm.]]

!!Danny Wilcox
->''"Sweet, I'm either desirable or merely incredibly unthreatening!"''


Danny is a timid kind of guy who followed his girlfriend off to college...only to be very quickly dumped by her. He rooms with Joe.
* AboveTheInfluence: To Joe's disgust.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: As if the Wilcoxes weren't bad enough, Dorothy implies that Danny's mother was the one who sent her a photo frame with engraved scripture about the sanctity of marriage, not to mention being ''incredibly'' creepy toward her.
* AmicableExes: Getting there with Dorothy, to the point where he came to her with his confusion over his sexuality.
* BiTheWay:
** Is revealed to be bisexual as of [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/04-the-whiteboard-dong-bandit/thoughts/ this strip.]]
** It was teased by the author [[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/95344543812/i-posted-this-back-on-bi-visibility-day-knowing on his tumblr]] a year earlier.
* ButtMonkey: Got dumped by his girlfriend after following her to college, and [[spoiler:got kidnapped.]]
* DistressedDude: Danny has bad luck with this trope. He was introduced to Amazi-Girl when she rescued him from some jocks. Later, he didn't realize he was [[spoiler:being used by Blaine in order to lure Amber out of the campus, and downright became a hostage once Blaine showed his true colors and restrained him physically.]]
-->'''Joe:''' Dude, what are you even getting yourself ''into'' out there?
* ExtremeDoormat: Danny is very bad at asserting himself, and doesn't know how to handle affirmation. He tries to brush off Amber's guilt over [[spoiler:nearly calling him a piece of shit in a fit of rage]] by telling her he's "used to stuff like that". Dorothy broke off their relationship in the first place because of this.
* GeekyTurnOn: Looking at pictures of dinosaurs.
* HasAType: After being dumped by Dorothy, he immediately goes for Amber. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/05-media-rumble/composited/ Lampshades were hung.]]
* IncrediblyLameFun:
** According to him, learning the rules can be fun. The person he's saying this to, Sal, thinks he's trying to be funny.
** He also seems to find doing laundry fun as well.
* NiceGuy: Deep down he has a kind personality and truly wants to help others. Sadly, most of his attempts at helping are ineffective or backfire horribly. He confides to Sal that he feels useless, and wants to help her because her math problems are simple for him to solve. As he puts it:
-->'''Danny:''' I've spent the last few days feeling useless, and so I'd really be grateful just for a chance to solve a problem for somebody.
* ObliviousToHints: He was one of the only people to ''not'' figure out that Ethan's gay, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/clues/ despite a montage of major clues that Amber dropped]].
* ThePowerOfLove: Subverted.
* RescueRomance: His relationship with Amazi-Girl started as a result of this.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Discussed. Dorothy dumps him because she's afraid he's going to turn himself into her SatelliteCharacter.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Walky seems to think so, though it never went anywhere.
* TwoPersonLoveTriangle: With Amber/Amazi-Girl, prior to him finding out they're one and the same.
* WillNotTellALie: He doesn't like lying to others, in no small part because he's just plain bad at it. He's very uncomfortable with "pretending" to date Amber during Freshman Family weekend. Subverted later on as he keeps Amber's identity secret easily.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Mild case. He seems to consider being in a relationship a way to prove to his parents that he's worthwhile.
-->'''Danny:''' Mom? Dad? I know I screwed things up with Dorothy, but I found someone way better. I won't disappoint you this time!


!!Dina Saruyama
->''"Do others see me as... strange?"''

Amber's roommate, Dina is an expert on all things dinosaurs. Her knowledge about human behavior, on the other hand...
* ADayInTheLimelight: Is the star of the ''Walking with Dina'' storyline.
* {{Adorkable}}: All the time. But [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/02-i-was-a-teenage-churchmouse/theraptor some times more than others]].
* AmbiguouslyBi: Or Pan. She [[spoiler:kisses Becky at the party after getting fed up with the others acting like she's a child.]] She later states that she is [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/unsure/ unconcerned]] about her sexuality. Later she enters into a relationship with Becky.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Many fans have speculated that Dina could be on the Autism spectrum. Willis [[ShrugOfGod shrugged this off]] for a long time before [[http://dumbingofage.tumblr.com/post/124121859452/hi-willis-community-clips-are-great-and-all-but admitting]] Dina was based on his own undiagnosed social deficiencies, and therefore probably has Asperger's Syndrome.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: As pointed out by Sarah, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/contractions/ Dina doesn't normally use contractions.]]
* AscendedExtra: She's seen in the background of a number of panels before she's formally introduced. Readers of ''It's Walky'' picked her out immediately, of course, but to newcomers she would seem to have evolved out of the woodwork.
* AsianAndNerdy: Her knowledge of dinosaurs and evolution makes her this.
* BeneathNotice:
** Often finds herself trapped between the door and the wall of the room she shares with Amber.
** She uses her lack of presence to her advantage when spying on Jacob and Raidah on Sarah's behalf. Note that when she was doing this, she was wearing her bright green triceratops hoodie.
** She is in fact generally aware that this trope is in play for her, and is not only fine with it but frequently [[ExploitedTrope exploits]] it to get into places she shouldn't be or listen in on conversations.
* BerserkButton:
** For as angry as she can get, anyway. Just don't question the existence or nature of dinosaurs around her. And deny the Theory of Evolution.
** Also, don't treat her like a child.
* CrazyPrepared: She carries a rubber ring in her backpack.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: She is incredibly fonds of dinosaurs, up to the point of wearing a dinosaur hat, and is very knowledgeable about them. Also, ''RAWR''.
* GeekyTurnOn: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/unfettered/ She needs some alone-time]], being unused to prolonged social interaction, but finding out that Becky had spent all night studying dinosaurs...
-->'''Dina''': Power levels at 100%.
* IconicItem: Her NiceHat. {{Defictionalized}}.
* MeaningfulName: '''''Dina Sar'''''uyama. [[WordOfGod Oddly enough]], [[NoPronunciationGuide it is pronounced DEE-na.]]
* NeverBareheaded:
** Never seen without some dinosaur-themed headgear. A bonus strip shows that she puts a showercap on ''over'' her dinosaur hat.
--->'''Rachel:''' That hat's going to come off someday, and I'm gonna ''see it.''
** Becky develops something of a fetish for seeing the top of Dina's head, and embarks on a determined quest to finally get her to take the hat off. This is a result of her religious upbringing drilling it into her head that all sexy parts must always be covered up, which has tricked her brain into thinking ''any'' part of the body that's always covered up must automatically be sexy.
--->'''Becky:''' Joyce, I'm crackin' up. I've been havin' sexy dreams 'bout ''scalps'', man. It ain't right. It ''ain't right''.
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-7/01-glower-vacuum/dislike/ She does take off her hat]] [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-7/01-glower-vacuum/substitute/ for two strips]] to satisfy Becky's curiosity.]]
* NoSocialSkills: As she puts it below:
-->'''Dina:''' I've never been able to understand people. But dinosaurs are extinct. They're fixed in time, letting me learn about them without them changing constantly before my eyes.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Dina is the same age as the rest of the cast, but about half their size. {{Lampshaded}} when Raidah and her friends think she's a child, and later after she makes friends with Riley.
-->'''Amber:''' Dina, I think she's like ''twelve.''\\
'''Dina:''' I have been deceived!\\
'''Riley:''' Wait, ''you're'' not twelve?\\
'''Dina:''' I see no answer to that which would not tarnish my dignity.
* TheQuietOne: Unless you get her talking about dinosaurs. Her parents are also [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/04-just-hangin-out-with-my-family/adopt/ laconic.]]
-->'''Sarah:''' If your Thanksgivings are this quiet, I'm available for adoption.
* RelationshipUpgrade: With Becky.
* SecretSecretKeeper: [[spoiler:Knew Amber was Amazi-Girl, somehow.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: She's cripplingly shy. But because this is due to her AmbiguousDisorder-fueled [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]], she opens up a bit once she actually starts interacting.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Has difficulty navigating social mores.
* StealthHiBye: From the perspective of the other characters, anyway. "Blink your eyes and she'll be there."
* TagalongKid: Takes this role in a lot of social groups. By which we mean that the social groups accidentally pick her up and carry her along.
* TaughtByExperience: When Amber's ArchnemesisDad appears, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/04-just-hangin-out-with-my-family/paid-2/ Dina makes the mistake of helping him locate her]]. When Becky's ArchnemesisDad appears, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/likely/ she has learned from her error]] [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/easiest/ and sends him on a wild goose chase]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cereal.
%%* UnfazedEveryman
* WeirdnessMagnet: Tends to get dragged along (sometimes literally) by the other characters' plans.
* WhenSheSmiles: Due to her stoic and reserved behaviour, Dina very rarely smiles. But when she does, it's ''adorable''.


!!Dorothy Keener
->''"Incorporating a regulated amount of fun is an important component of mental health!"''


Dorothy is a career woman aiming towards Yale and then politics. Too bad real life keeps getting in the way. She rooms with Sierra.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Subverted. Dorothy plans to be President of the United States, and neither the other characters nor the comic itself judge her for that. (Beyond, y'know, throwing Walky her way to slow her down...)
* DoWrongRight: She warns Walky not to kick his shoe down the corridor, only to be so unimpressed with his attempt she shows him how it's done herself.
* HollywoodAtheist: Subverted. She was raised a-religious, and eventually decided that she didn't see a need to believe in a higher power.
* IntrepidReporter: Works for the college newspaper. Covers the Amazi-Girl beat.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: To a much lesser extent than some of the other characters here, but she keeps finding herself distracted from her pre-law studies by, well, having a social life.
* MeaningfulName: She takes her studies seriously; i.e. she's a ''keener''. WordOfGod says that this was a total accident.
* NotSoAboveItAll: She gets along surprisingly well with the screwballs that comprise the main cast.
* OnlySaneMan: Dorothy is easily the best adjusted of the main cast, if a little uptight about it. Consequently, she's a foil and friend to Joyce.
* SeriousBusiness: Thank you notes, as Walky learns.
* TheSouthpaw: Dorothy is left-handed (the similarity to several Presidents is a coincidence).
* UptightLovesWild: Her romance with Walky is a subdued version.
* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: Despite at times being embarrassed by him, Dorothy [[ParentingTheHusband definitely enjoys Walky's juvenile and submissive personality]]. The feeling goes both ways...
* {{Workaholic}}: Part of Dorothy is convinced she can handle ''anything'' if she just schedules it properly and works hard. She ends up taking on far too many responsibilities and starts skipping meals before realizing she needs to slow down.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Dorothy wants to be President some day but is not enough of a people person to be any good at politics, as she quickly learns when she goes up against the extroverted Roz in her campaign to become the next RA.


!!Ethan Siegel
->''"Okay, but we're only going to ask you four more times."''

Ethan is a friendly gay (yes really) young man with identity issues. He used to date Amber (again, yes really), and also knew Mike (once more, yes really) in high school.
* AgeLift: Downplayed. While most of the characters in DOA are aged down compared to their originals, Ethan was noted to be the oldest of the Shortpacked cast (minus Galasso and the parents). In DOA Ethan's reverted to be around Amber and Mike's ages while Robin and Leslie are older than him.
* ClosetKey: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/04-the-whiteboard-dong-bandit/thoughts/ For Danny,]] who's pole-axed by it, having considered himself straight until that point.
* ComingOutStory: Part of this comic's BackStory, since it was an active plotline in ''Shortpacked!'' Evidently it happened at prom. [[TheirFirstTime In a hotel room that he had booked for himself and Amber]].
* DemotedToExtra: He was the main character of ''Shortpacked'' for a long time, before being superseded by Leslie and/or Robin. Here, his character has taken a step back, and is more of a recurring character without much going on besides his connection to Amber and Joyce.
* TheDitherer: Big time. He's reluctant to make his own decisions and tends to follow along with what other people want.
* {{Gayngst}}: Oh boy... Things were not easy when he came out of the closet, and his parents didn't really react well when they learned, especially his mother who went as far as saying some very cruel things to her own son. His sexuality also strained his relationship with Amber, who became the catalyst for his mother's anger when she was defending him at the time.
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Amber mentions that he turned "suddenly hot" at 16.
* IncompatibleOrientation: To Amber, and then Joyce (who he went out with anyway because they are both uncomfortable with their own sexuality and have a strong emotional connection).
* JewishAndNerdy: He mentions having a hard time fitting in ''before'' coming out due to this.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Danny has been very complimentary about his chin.
* NiceGuy: See the above quote for an example of his general patience with people he knows. When Amber tells him [[spoiler:that the girl who held a knife to his throat is at their school, he points out she's almost certainly a different person by now and is more worried about Amber doing something rash. Good call...]]
* NiceJewishBoy: Part of the reason Joyce dates him.
* SecretKeeper: Ethan is the only member of the cast who knows that Jocelyne is a trans woman. He is also one of just four people knowing Amber is the true identity of Amazi-Girl (other three being Dorothy, Danny and Dina).
* StraightGay: One of the reasons he tries to reject his homosexuality is the idea that being gay swallowing up his identity as his sole defining trait, rather than any of his nerdy hobbies.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: He's one of the taller characters, and looks like (in Danny's words) "the love-child of Jake Gyllenhaal and Nightwing".


!!Joe Rosenthal
->''"Hey, do you subscribe to my 'do' list's RSS feed?"''


Joe is the ultimate ladies' man, with that being first on his mind... and not much else. He's Danny's roommate.
* BigNo: When he and Joyce are paired in a class assignment - and have to pretend to be married.
* BrutalHonesty:
-->'''Joe:''' You know I've never been the sort of friend who'd say, "Aw naw, dawg, you're totally strong enough," right?\\
'''Danny:''' I live in a lot of fantasies.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Considering the below entry for EthicalSlut, his views on sex seem to verge into this sometimes. There are some rules he has for himself that he doesn't quite seem to understand, and a short list of things he is very vehemently against.
* CarpetOfVirility: Gaston-level chest hair.
* TheCasanova: A trait he shares with his Walkyverse counterpart's earlier days. This time, though, there's a bit of compulsiveness to it -- his date with Joyce went badly in part because he couldn't keep his eyes on her.
* CrazyPrepared: He always carries an extra sock to hang on a doorknob.
* EthicalSlut:
** Joe fancies himself one of these, and superficially it seems to be true. But, on closer examination, it turns out — intentionally or not — he's pretty bad at it, claiming to value consent while clearly not quite understanding what it means. He continues trying to get Joyce in bed during their date long past the point where it's clear she's uncomfortable with it, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-4/01-the-only-dope-for-me-is-you/harness/ he needs to be snapped at by Sarah to stop making eyes at her despite her own angry eyes being an unsubtle cue]], and [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/02-choosing-my-religion/casualbang/ his entire list of times it's not okay to have sex with a girl is "when she's drunk" and "when she's crying."]] His supposed ethics also don't stop him from treating the women around him like objects, keeping an actual list of the women on campus by vague description and hotness rating and distributing it via RSS.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Joe has absolutely no patience for infidelity or breaking a happy relationship.
* FauxHorrific: His reaction to Danny's choice to take up the Ukelele.
* FreudianExcuse:
** He never justifies his own actions with this, but his parents had a messy divorce and his father is ''also'' TheCasanova. (Or, as WordOfGod puts it, Joe's Dad is basically Roomies-era Joe.) Going by his statement that "they yell a lot," it's suggested he has some lingering issues with it.
** When required to role-play part of a married couple in class, he gets very touchy and makes no secret of how he considers the whole idea a farce. Even Joyce, who usually can't stand him, asks if he's all right.
* GeniusDitz: Knows a ''lot'' about the opposite sex. Not as knowledgeable about much else.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: "...Now make out. Make ''out'', dammit."
-->'''Walky:''' Has that ''ever'' worked?\\
'''Joe:''' Once, on a TV show.
* GymBunny: Rare heterosexual version. Whatever interest Joe had in fitness prior to college, he now sees it only as a way to stay attractive. [[spoiler:After swearing off romantic and sexual relationships (for now), his motivation to stay fit drops to almost nothing.]]
* HiddenDepths:
** As shown in interactions with Joyce, Walky and Danny, Joe is very capable of being the OnlySaneMan and calling people on their stupidity... He just usually isn't willing to be. At least in Joyce's case it seems to have stuck.
** Upon discovering Walky thinks that [[AllWomenLoveShoes only women can own more than one pair of shoes]], he promptly shuts him down. (Granted, Joe was a little too hungover at the time to simply ignore Walky.)
--->'''Joe:''' If your manhood is so fragile that you gotta depend on following dumb little rules you made up, I'd keep it to your damn self.
** He's the first person to catch onto Sarah's plan to [[spoiler:get Joyce and Jacob together.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/04-just-hangin-out-with-my-family/persistent/ "Geez, Joe, your dad is just you with a beard."]]
* InformedJudaism: He is Jewish but doesn't seem to be practicing. When Danny points out that he never goes to temple, Joe claims it's all downhill once you hit thirteen. "You can't get your grandparents' life savings more than once."
* ItsAllAboutMe: He can be rather selfish at times. When Danny tries tentatively to bring up his sexuality issues, Joe's response is to point-blank ask if he's gay or not, as he's not interested in "hand-holding" or dealing with feelings.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While he can be a chauvinistic jerk that objectifies women, enough to have a "Do-List", he does genuinely worry for Danny and Joyce, and can be quite nice to others like Dorothy and Walky. He also won't hesitate to apologize when he realizes he screwed up.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: His father is described as Joe's Roomies incarnation, and based on Joe's reaction to Rachel meeting him and hearing Amber's mom knows him, he does not approve too much. Joe does not seem to know that he is basically a watered down version of his father though.
* OddFriendship: Seems to have developed one with [[spoiler:Joyce, who texts him during the time she's at home with Becky, usually asking for advice.]]
* OutOfFocus: Over the last few years, Joe's been less prominent that he used to be, only making a few appearances every few months. He comes back into the plot ''somewhat'' when [[spoiler:he starts helping Joyce with her new parental issues]], and he later received his own arc after his "Do-List" was exposed.
* PermaStubble: Has recently developed a massive amount of stubble. Whether he's trying to grow a beard like his Walkyverse counterpart or has just given up shaving isn't stated.
* PersonAsVerb: He likes turning peoples' names into verbs, most obviously Danny's.
* ReallyGetsAround: Asks "What kind of threesome did I have last night?", but [[spoiler:it turns out to be a subversion. He's never had a threesome, he just likes to talk big.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Danny wishes Joe was less comfortable walking around their room in his underwear.
* TheSouthpaw: He's left handed according to WordOfGod.
* VitriolicBestBuds: [[spoiler:Once they start getting along, Joe and Joyce happily offer advice to one another... and angrily text each other insults and other jabs.]]

!!Joyce Brown
->''"I think we should give everybody a chance before we write them off. Even the bad people. I admit sometimes I'm not very good at it, but I feel I at least need to try."''


The closest to a protagonist in this comic, Joyce is a naive homeschooled young woman about to get the culture shock(s) of her life. She ends up rooming with Sarah.
* AcheyScars: She reflexively touches the mark on her hand when reminded of the party night.
* {{Adorkable}}: She tries very hard to make friends and can be incredibly cute (and awkward) because of her naiveté and upbringing.
* AllLovingHeroine: What prevents her Christian fundamentalist ideology from making her unlikable. She may believe that all her friends are going to hell and that homosexuality can be fixed, but she loves and cares about them enough to accept her friends as they are and believe the best of everyone.
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** Is a bit obsessed with Sal (especially her hair), and is clingy with Dorothy, and Billie to a lesser extent.
** It seems that as of [[spoiler:Becky's ComingOutStory]], the above are all platonic girl-crushes. Romantically and sexually, she's straight - she just got her idea for acceptable female affection from Becky.
* AuthorAvatar: Sort of. Willis himself used to be a fundamentalist Christian (''all'' of the characters in Roomies except Joe belonged to the same church youth group), and he has repeatedly stated that Joyce's journey from her fundamentalist worldview is autobiographical.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She finds the thought of [[PlatonicLifePartners life long best friends]], like Walky and Billie, falling in love with each other incredibly romantic. Three months later in real world time, or a few hours in comic time, [[spoiler:Becky confesses to her.]]
* TheBeard: Was Ethan's, although she was aware of it and the two agreed to a rather ill-advised "relationship". However, after [[spoiler:Becky's ComingOutStory, Joyce broke up with Ethan in [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/goodbyemyfriend/ "Goodbye, my friend."]]]]
* BerserkButton: The fact that AllMenArePerverts.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** When drugged and being threatened with sexual violence... She TurnsRed.
** When Amber [[spoiler:stabs Ryan half to death]], Joyce flat-out says she wishes she had killed him. Amber admits it wasn't for lack of trying on her part.
* BreakTheCutie:
** The world keeps sending Joyce difficult problems she is very ill-equipped to deal with, and she somehow manages to deal. That said, only Ethan is fully aware of how much pain Joyce is in over her life not going the way she thought it would.
--->'''Jacob''': I swear, there's so much ''pressure'' building up inside her, one day she's gonna snap and suck like a billion dicks.\\
'''Sarah''': I dunno. That's what I've always sort of assumed, but she actually keeps surprising me. She doesn't break so easily.
** The after-effects of what Ryan did have left Joyce near-incapable of walking the campus grounds on her own, without some kind of a chaperone. Otherwise she starts seeing every male around as Ryan, followed by panic attacks.
** As of [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-6/01-to-those-whod-ground-me/everythings-broken/ Broken]], Joyce seems to have finally been broken by [[spoiler:the realization that every part of her former worldview is wrong.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Joyce started [[HoYay having overtones of this]] when Dorothy began dating Walky, something that has not gone [[ShipTease unnoticed by the fans.]] Or [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/04-time-keeps-on-slippin/halfway/ by Walky]].
* ClosetKey: [[spoiler:For Becky, as she was the first girl Becky crushed on.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Despite being the best-socialized member of her home-school group. Or, uh, perhaps ''because'' she's the best-socialized member of her home-school group. She at least isn't one of the "NoSocialSkills" characters.
* DeathGlare: Joyce is very prone to give death glares, both for comedic but also dramatic purposes:
** Breaks out one [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-6/01-to-those-whod-ground-me/cord-2/ when Sarah tries to give her a $20 for successfully swearing]].
** When her mom is making mean remarks to Becky during diner, Joyce barely contains her anger, grinding her teeth at her.
** When John, her brother, made insensitive remarks and completly belittle Becky, she gives him a [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/prevented/ death glare]] and outright tells him he should watch his words. Shortly after, she [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/angry-3/ snaps for the first time against a family member]].
* {{Determinator}}: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/relentless/ Sarah basically describes Joyce as fitting this trope.]]
-->'''Sarah:''' I don't mean any of that as a compliment, by the way. It is ''actually quite annoying.''
* DissonantSerenity: She frequently mentions the more disturbing parts of her fundamentalist worldview in the same cheery, sunny tone as everything else.
-->'''Walky:''' I'm startin' to think your superpower is being able to say the scariest, most messed-up crap while somehow thinkin' it sounds fantastic.
* DressesTheSame: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/02-choosing-my-religion/sierra/ Here.]]
-->'''Dorothy:''' I'm going to go change.\\
'''Joyce:''' No no no this is ''awesome.''
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her best friend Becky's last words to her she heads out with Joyce's parents: "[[StaticCharacter Just don't let anyone change you, okay?]]"
* FailedASpotCheck: She feels the need to ask Mary if there's anyone she likes... interrupting her make-out session with a boy in the process.
* TheFundamentalist: Subverted, and more so with time. Subscribes to quite strict interpretations of Literature/TheBible, but obviously tries to err on the side of inclusion and friendship.
-->'''Joyce:''' That's what the Son of God says. ''He'' is my higher authority, my ''moral foundation.''
* GiveMeASign: Feeling insecure about her "relationship" with Ethan compared to those she sees around her, Joyce asks God for some kind of sign. Becky, her lifelong best friend, promptly turns up... [[spoiler:and confesses that she's in love with her.]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: She doesn't swear. Ever. From a later [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-4/01-the-only-dope-for-me-is-you/harness/ strip]], Joyce tries to tell Joe off:
-->'''Joyce:''' It'd better be, or I will fudge you up so dang hard everyone'll call you 'poopieface' 'cuz your head'll be stuffed up your own a-hole!\\
''[everybody giggles]''\\
'''Joyce:''' ...you all know what I meant.
** [[spoiler:After Becky's father kidnaps her at gunpoint, she snaps and begins using "damn", "goddamn", "hell", and "asshole".]]
* HeroicBSOD: After the incident in which she [[spoiler:was drugged and almost became a rape victim]], Joyce developed a serious post traumatic stress disorder, and is now unable to move around the campus without being accompanied by someone, otherwise she freezes in place because she [[spoiler:is seeing the face of her aggressor everywhere.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: PlayedForDrama with her DateRapeAverted, but PlayedForLaughs when she sends Becky out to invite [[{{Jerkass}} Mike]] to her dorm party.
-->'''Becky''': Joyce is having a party, and she says you're invited if you can be nice.\\
''([[RuleOfThree Beat]])''\\
'''Becky''': Well?\\
'''Mike''': [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Are you not hearing the laughter]]?
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: She throws herself into the college social scene with abandon.
* IncompatibleOrientation:
** With her former boyfriend Ethan. Although now they both know it and were together anyway because they are both uncomfortable with their own sexuality. [[spoiler:Joyce has since ended it after a whirlwind of character development, culminating in her realizing that the relationship was wrong.]]
** {{Irony}} strikes when [[spoiler:Becky]] confesses to Joyce and even kisses her.
* InformedAbility: It's not clear what her being the "best-socialized" in her homeschool group actually means, but it's why Joyce was able to go a regular (well, ''secular'') university. When we finally see her friend Becky (who was sent to a Christian college) for a decent length of time, she seems much better socialized.
* InnocentBigot:
** Like the best examples of the trope, when others call her on her UnfortunateImplications, she ''listens'' and [[CharacterDevelopment tries to adjust herself]].
** That quote about moral foundations? It's when she defies her parents, who are trying to get her to abolish her friendship with the atheist Dorothy. Joyce exhibits both the frustrating ''and'' the inspirational qualities of devout Christianity, and for that reason audiences don't always know what to make of her. (The key to understanding her is that she's plainly more "innocent" than "bigot", and is aware of it.)
* InnocentBlueEyes: Joyce has colored eyes in a world where almost everyone else has black dots instead. (The other exceptions are her own father, from whom she clearly inherited them, her sibling Jocelyne, and Ruth.)
* InnocentInaccurate: Due to her being (mostly) TheIngenue - taken to its extreme when [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/noises/ Sarah comments that she doesn't need to date]] because she has "[[ADateWithRosiePalms toys]]".
** And while dating [[StraightGay Ethan]], everyone quips "Have you tried a strap-on?" when she mentions wearing something he'd like.
--->'''Joyce''': Everyone keeps ''saying'' that! Does anyone have one of these "strap-ons" I can borrow? I'm like a size six.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: [[spoiler:When she draws penises on the whiteboards of everyone on her floor, she doesn't realize one of them is a trans woman. Fortunately for her, when Carla learns everyone got hit, she finds it ActuallyPrettyFunny.]]
* InSeriesNickname: "Pre-marital hanky-panky" for, you know, fornication. Shared with her mainline-universe counterpart. (Plural? "[[WordOfGod Pre-marital hankies-panky]]"!)
* TheMatchmaker: She is obsessed with getting Sarah and Jacob together. It's deconstructed since she insists on hooking them up despite Jacob already having a girlfriend, and she repeatedly ignores warnings that she is only going to hurt everyone involved.
* MedalOfDishonor: Inverted. Joyce is pleased when she gets a zero on Joe's list of do-ability, because it means she is the only one he judged based on her personality instead of her looks.
* MoralityPet: To Sarah and Sal.
* OddFriendship: Has quite a lot of them, reminiscent of her role as TheHeart in ''It's Walky!'' It also makes her the closest thing ''[=DoA=]'' has to a main character.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Joyce ''never'' swears, and while she has been irritated from time to time she has never been seen outright angry, and is somewhat shy around people she admires or that she finds cool, such as Sal. [[spoiler:When Becky is kidnapped by her dad, Joyce snaps. She SCREAMS "Damn it!", is in full-blown rage-mode, and outright demands Sal take her to Becky on her motor-cycle.]]
-->'''Dorothy''': Oh, jeez, Joyce, I've been so worried. I'm so, ''so'' relieved.\\
'''Becky''': Also Joyce totally swore!\\
'''Joyce''': [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-6/01-to-those-whod-ground-me/hospital-2/ I said "Dammit" a bunch]].\\
'''Dorothy''': '''[+HOLY SHIT, ARE YOU OKAY+]?!'''
* PickyEater:
** She has a thing about different foods touching and a very low tolerance for spices or condiments, including gravy. John figures she would've died of starvation in India.
** When Becky starts waiting tables at Galasso's, she doesn't even need to ask for Joyce's order.
* ThePollyanna: See the character quote. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-2/01-pajama-jeans/rollcall/ Sal lampshades it]].
* RageBreakingPoint: Joyce goes absolutely berserk after seeing [[spoiler:her best friend, Becky, being kidnapped]], and even goes as far as [[spoiler:punching Becky's dad, successfully knocking him out.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** Joyce's blue eyes turn to red after [[spoiler:punching Ross, Becky's father. She was about to kick him while he was down until Becky stopped her.]]
** The red eyes make a return after John, Joyce's brother, keeps making insensitive comments about Becky's situation and acts patronising. Joyce, after having heard enough, snaps:
--->'''John''': Just listen to yourself Joyce, you sound so angry. So bitter.\\
'''Joyce''': [[SuddenlyShouting BECAUSE I AM!]]
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny:
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/06-strange-beerfellows/know-2/ No, seriously]]. Combines with the DateRapeAverted to create a ParalyzingFearOfSexuality--not to mention a NightmareSequence.
** And to repeat: she's ''still'' more stable than her mainline-canon version. In her first chronological appearance [[http://www.bringbackroomies.com/comic/college-ho-page-4/ in Roomies!]], she freaks out at the sight of the [[http://www.bloomingpedia.org/wiki/Showalter_Fountain Showalter Fountain]]. Here in [=DoA=] she [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2010/comic/book-1/02-uphill-from-here/stupid/ walks by it without even an eyelid twitch]]. (She later explains to Becky that she's suppressing her reaction, in this specific case.)
** Willis lampshaded the MindScrew with a poll about Joyce's dream in which the only possible response was a FlatWhat Not that any other choices were really necessary.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Willis gives her the widest variety in clothing styles, as she tries out new things. They're still all ''really'' conservative, but even Joe reacted to her [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/03-men-are-from-beck-women-are-from-clark/dress/ yellow dress]].
-->'''Joyce''': What? Is anything wrong?\\
'''Joe''': [-Excuse me I've gotta go find a vest. [[EyeTake And my eyebrows]].-]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Came to college explicitly to get her MRSDegree. All indications are that she has since backed off from this, though how much the good and bad experiences she's had so far have influenced this is unclear.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Struggles with having to choose between her friends and her religion, and she makes it clear she'll choose "good" every time.
* TraumaCongaLine: Before her first month at college is through, she's already been nearly date-raped, and then nearly been shot by her best friend's father.
* YaoiFangirl: Given her serious problems dealing with her sexuality, you shouldn't read ''too'' much into her response to finding out gay porn exists. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/03-the-butterflies-fly-away/forthright/ Nevertheless...]]


!!Mike Warner
->''"Because I paid your mom a nickel."''

Defining the "Sadistic Good" alignment, Mike revels in butting in to help his fellow students with their problems in the most cruel, painful, personally devastating ways possible. He's sharing a room with Walky.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Delivers a ''brutal'' one to [[spoiler:Amber.]]
-->'''Mike:''' [[spoiler:If you really are doomed to follow your parents' pattern, and you're never the one picking the jerks... which of them does that make you?]]
* BiTheWay: He's willing to sleep with men, if only to mess with people further.
* CardCarryingVillain: Outright calls himself an "irredeemable one-dimensional troll of a non-person".
* CheatedAngle: The AltText doesn't think he's in a position to mock Ethan's hair, as his isn't even three-dimensional.
* CrazyPrepared: Turns out [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/04-it-all-returns/file/ he keeps files on everybody]] to be more efficiently insulting.
* FlatCharacter: So far, very little of his motivation or background have been revealed. This stands in enormous contrast to the effect he has on people and plotlines, to the point that it's easier to think of him as a walking plot device rather than a person.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: The reason Ethan chose not to room with him. Really, pretty much no one properly ''likes'' him in-universe, and it is a running mystery why his presence is tolerated so well.
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone else's character bio goes into some detail on their outlook, history and relationships. Mike's just says he's an asshole and Walky's room-mate.
-->'''Walky:''' Look, shut up, I'm ''freakin' out'' here. Just be helpful for once.\\
'''Mike:''' Pass.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** While he still goes out of his way to say things in the most negative way possible, he is far more involved in the emotional affairs of other characters, and his compassion plainer to see.
** On the other hand, because his motivations are so murky, the "gold" is only visible in the effect something he said or did has had. At best his heart is maybe closer to tarnished copper or iron or very, very well hidden.
* LighterAndSofter: In comparison to his Walkyverse counterpart, this version of him goes ''much'' easier on people and doesn't try for RefugeInAudacity. However, whereas Walkyverse!Mike typically went for low-hanging fruit in his jerkassery, Dumbiverse!Mike is more of an emotional manipulator, which leads to...
* ManipulativeBastard: Dumbiverse Mike's modus operandi. The "help" he provides necessarily requires him to have an insight into human nature that goes way beyond what a college freshman typically would, bordering on being some sort of RequiredSecondaryPower. (It's to the degree that, if Amazi-Girl represents [[AuthorAppeal Batman's]] "hard power" aspect, Mike is the "soft power".)
* PerpetualFrowner: He is never seen without his trademark scowl.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Given the choice between money and the chance to punch people (well, just [[TheCasanova Joe]] so far), he picks the latter.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: This appears to be Mike's purpose in this universe -- rather than just him being a straight up {{Jerkass}}, his behaviour seems to be more a subtle way to get people to realize their failings and act on improving them.
* ToughLove: His personal code. Or something.
* WhatTheHellHero: Calls Ethan out for dating Joyce despite being gay just to make himself feel better about how messed up things are with Amber.


!!Ruth Lessick
->''"Time for 'random' drug searches."''


The [=RA=] of Joyce's dorm, Ruth basically sets herself up as a dictator who keeps her "subjects" in line through over-the-top threats. As the comic goes on, however, it becomes increasingly clear that she has issues...
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Pretty much nobody on her floor actually likes Ruth as their R.A. (though Rachel states they'd still ''much'' rather deal with her than Mary).
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Her parents are dead, but her grandfather is a verbally and emotionally abusive control freak who sees her as an investment instead of a person.]]
* TheAlcoholic: [[spoiler:In an especially vicious cycle, considering her past.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't mention the Ottawa Sens. And don't mention that they're doing better than her favoured team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Naturally, Billie does both of these in quick succession.
* BiTheWay: [[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/95344543812/i-posted-this-back-on-bi-visibility-day-knowing According to]] WordOfGod.
* CanadaEh: She's a little bitter about having to move.
-->'''Billie:''' Aren't you people supposed to be nice?\\
'''Ruth:''' May I please punch your sternum?
* CanadianEqualsHockeyFan: Specifically, a die-hard Maple Leafs fan.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Her threat to beat people to death with their own femurs if they skip the initial floor meeting becomes memetic InUniverse.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Her parents died in a car accident, because of a drunk driver. The fact that she became an alcoholic doesn't sit well for her at all because of that. And her hideously abusive, controlling grandfather doesn't help either.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Ruth got into drinking as an escape regarding [[spoiler:her parent's death by drunk driver.]]
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: When dealing with an uncharacteristically peppy Mary, and realizing someone needs to investigate her.
-->'''Ruth:''' We need to suss this out on the down-low. But ''I'm'' not talking to her. I have a hard enough time wanting to continue my existence as it is. ''[...]'' Do we know any romantically stupid busy-bodies? ...Shit.\\
'''Joyce:''' Well, well, well. Of all the rooms in this dorm, you had to walk into mine. ''[big dorky smile]''
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:Harassing Billie turns out to be an outlet for her own self-loathing and a host of other deep psychological issues.]]
* LesserOfTwoEvils: Many of the residents consider [[{{Jerkass}} Mary]] to be much worse than Ruth, and would prefer her to [[HolierThanThou Mary]].
* LovingBully: [[spoiler:Deconstructed. She lashed out at Billie because she couldn't deal with being attracted to a former drunk driver and fellow alcoholic.]]
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: "Do I send any other kind?"
* MeaningfulName:
-->'''Dina:''' Ruth Lessick? Is that why you nicknamed her "Ruthless?"\\
'''Mandy:''' Sshh I want to [[CallBack keep my femurs]]!
* MoodSwinger
-->'''Walky:''' Your unpredictable mood changes are frightening an' disorienting.\\
'''Ruth:''' Awww, thanks for noticing.
* NotSoDifferent: To Billie, an alcoholic girl with absent parents and a willingness to use force to get her way.
* OddFriendship: With Billie. [[RelationshipUpgrade Escalates to OfficialCouple]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Ruth is not one of nature's most cheerful people, even without the baggage she has. So when Billie finds her being nice, and saying it's ''good to see her'', she's alarmed.
-->'''Billie:''' Oh my god. They drugged the shit out of you, didn't they.\\
'''Ruth:''' Uh, yeah. ''Duh''. You were ''there'' when they started handing me pills yesterday.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Her parents were killed by a drunk driver.]]
* PetTheDog: Shortly after threatening to tear out people's femurs and flipping Billie into a couch, she helped Dorothy figure out what to do about Danny. She also offered to dump him ''for'' her. "Oh God, please let me do it."
* RedemptionQuest: After [[spoiler:her breakdown]], Ruth seems to be trying to work her way toward redemption. Though [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids Rachel]] for one is [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2017/comic/book-7/03-the-thing-i-was-before/redemption/ brutally cynical]] about the idea.
* RefugeInAudacity: How she gets away with her over-the-top threats and occasionally abusive behaviour.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:With Billie, or so it appears. They both know they're [[ToxicFriendInfluence toxic presences,]] that they're struggling alcoholics and they'll probably kill themselves or each other at some point. [[LoveHurts They don't care.]] After being given medication though, Ruth loses her DeathSeeker mindset.]]
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Is revealed to be one from [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/trash-ca/ this strip]] onwards.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In Roomies, she was created for the sole purpose of tragically dying in a car accident. In Dumbing of Age, she has a significantly expanded role, as well as having survived the car accident which has now been established as an event which occurred in the past.
* SuddenlySexuality: Ruth herself isn't sure whether she's this or ExperimentedInCollege. She admits to being confused about her sexuality, but wants to prioritize getting a handle on her other issues first.
* TheSouthpaw: Is left-handed according to WordOfGod.
* {{Tsundere}}:
** [[spoiler:Towards Billie, to the point of being outright abusive.]]
** Deconstructed: [[spoiler:Ruth behaves this way because she has anti-social tendencies and a bad home life. Billie confronts Ruth demanding to know what their relationship is, after weeks of Ruth alternating between (awkward) displays of affection and bullying. When Ruth suddenly kisses her during all of this, she tells her to fuck off and runs away. Billie is very confused and hurt by whatever attraction she does feel. It's still played for comedy, but the situation is acknowledged by Willis as unhealthy and just wrong.]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: In "[[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/04-just-hangin-out-with-my-family/urrgl/ Urrgl]]", she ''[[SuplexFinisher suplexes]]'' Blaine. It's just a shame it wasn't more permanent.


!!Sally "Sal" Walkerton
->''"Did ah say 'uptight'? Ah think ah meant 'nuts'."''


Walky's twin sister, a rebel with a distinct southern accent. She spent some time in a private school, but it seems to have only made her worse. "Shares" a room with Billie.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She has long, dark hair, a stoic and aloof attitude, and attracts admirers whether or not she wants to.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: In-universe when Joyce tries asking what race the Walkerton twins are.
-->'''Joyce:''' I... I've been trying to determine if it's rude to ask what, um, ''flavor'' of human you two are.\\
'''Walky:''' Well, my ''sister'' is black, but ''I'm'' generically beige.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: After Walky admits he hasn't been a good brother in the past. There are limits, though.
-->'''Sal:''' We ain't never been a huggin' family, huh?
* BerserkButton: Shows complete disinterest in a fight with Amazi-Girl until she hurts Malaya, at which point Marcie has to prevent Sal from tearing her apart.
* BikerBabe: Her motorcycle is her preferred mode of transport, and she's usually wearing leather jackets.
* CombatPragmatist: Played with: When Amazi-Girl challenges her to a fight, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/03-up-all-night-to-get-vengeance/comeatme/ she just has her friends dog pile her]]. Though after she's restrained, Sal opts to leave rather than actually beat her up.
* CommanderContrarian: Part of her anti-authoritarian nature means that if told not to do something by a figure of authority, well...
* ConspicuousGloves:
** Sal always wears her distinctive gloves, even when ''sleeping in the nude.''
** [[spoiler:She wears them to hide the knife wound on one of her hands, given to her by Amber.]]
** As one of the Slipshine comics shows, she even wears them during sex.
* CoolBike: Owns a pretty cool motorcycle. Joyce has written theme songs for it.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: She's very anti-authoritarian and, in her own words, doesn't like "organized anything."
-->'''Becky''': [[MotorMouth So...]] Billie moved out an' gave me her bed 'cuz my dad found out I'm gay an' I got pulled outta school an' I'm homeless an' please don't tell anyone in charge an' also she said this would appeal to yer "[[LampshadeHanging innate desire to rebel against any an' all authority]]". [-[[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/nextdoor/ Her words, not mine]]-].\\
'''Sal''': ({{Beat}}) Tell Billie she was right, an' also "Fuck you, wiseass."
* DaddysGirl: Perhaps by default. Her father makes a point of hugging and complimenting her on Parent's weekend while her mother is too obsessed with the idea of her brother actually having a girlfriend to even acknowledge Sal's presence.
* DarkAndTroubledPast:
** Held up two convenience stores as a teenager, and was sent away to a Catholic boarding school in Tennessee. Walky claims he has barely spoken to her in five years.
** Also expanded on, she got into fights in school when a bully attacked and badly injured Marcie, getting away with it because the faculty refused to believe Sal's word... so she attacked him in the playground.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Well, at least Joyce and Billie do.
-->'''Mike:''' For ''her'', right? You'd be a lesbian for her. I mean, ''c'mon.''\\
'''Joyce:''' Oh, if only. I-it'd be nice, in theory, if I didn't have to deal with any parts below the neck.
* ExpressiveHair: Her natural curls reassert themselves when she is shocked by a bad grade.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: She keeps the curls for Parent's Weekend, only to have her Dad tell her he likes the way it looks when it's straightened. (Sal takes this as an implied criticism, though he's probably trying to be supportive.) So she "murders the curls" again and claims to prefer it that way, though that is undercut by her expression when she examines the results in a mirror afterwards.
* HellBentForLeather: Her leather jacket goes with her [[BikerBabe motorcycle.]]
-->'''Walky:''' My parents sent her to a Catholic boarding school after she, y'know, held up two convenience stores. Though I kinda expected her to find Jesus, not leather.
* HiddenDepths: Sal is fluent in [[UsefulNotes/SignedLanguage American Sign Language]] thanks to her lifelong friendship with Marcie.
* InternalizedCategorism: Is convinced their parents favored Walky because he looks more white and straightens her hair to look less black. Seems to have some self-image issues besides this. (This explains why she's not close to Joyce, who is clearly in awe of her - or rather, the image she cultivates.)
* ImpaledPalm: [[spoiler:After the convenience store holdup, Amber drove a knife through Sal's hand. This is presumably why she always wears gloves.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: More aloof than an outright jerk, but despite her attempts to stay away from the issues of the cast, she almost always steps up to help them when asked. Notable instances include helping Joyce work through her [[spoiler:post-Ryan]] issues and searching for Billie all night after she went missing.
%%* TheLadette
* MixedAncestry: Half African-American father, Caucasian mother.
* MsFanservice: Sal looks good in pretty much anything she wears, sleeps mostly nude, and is willing to screw on a whim. She has easily won all polls for "Hottest DoA Character" and most character's first reaction to her is slack-jawed awe.
* NoodleIncident: She somehow lost her virginity due to an Apples to Apples game at her boarding school.
* NotGoodWithPeople: It's one of the reasons for her isolation, she finds it hard to open up to others, including her own brother, and feels people are only taking an interest in her to "fix" her attitude. It's lampshaded in a strip where she openly confesses it to Walky... and then notes that that's probably why she was only able to open up to him [[BaitAndSwitch after he'd already walked away]].
* NotAMorningPerson: What with spending all night out, Sal tends to be very grouchy in the morning, as Joyce and Becky's throats can attest (though in fairness to Sal, that specific incident was them hovering over her bed).
* ObliviousToLove: Not regarding anyone who has a crush on ''her'', but for the longest time she just couldn't figure out the glaringly obvious reason why Marcie wanted to hang out with Malaya so much.
-->'''Sal:''' Whaddaya mean, you ''already'' told me? Ah think ah woulda ''remembered'' this.\\
'''Marcie:''' ''[signing]'' That? I wanna hit. [[note]]This odd, somewhat misleading sentence is likely due to the unusual syntax that ASL uses[[/note]]\\
'''Sal:''' ''[clenching her fist]'' Oh, ''ah'd'' love to punch 'er, ''too''.
* OddFriendship: She's developed a wary mutual respect with Amazi-girl--mostly due to their mutual interest in catching the boy who roofied Joyce -- while remaining completely ignorant of the unwitting role she played in Amazi-girl's creation.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Sal's a temperamental sort, especially when the subject of her parents and their favoritism towards Walky comes up, so when Linda sends Walky a large box of cookies and Sal barely anything... she just shrugs it off.
** Sal allows her hair to go natural and dresses and behaves like a very different girl on parents' weekend -- all to no avail as her mother ignores her anyway, though she does get some attention from her father.
* PolarOppositeTwins: With Walky.
* RapunzelHair: And Joyce likes it a little ''too'' much. Played with later when Walky reveals that Sal expends a lot of time, money and effort to "murder the curls" out if it and Sal implies (in a wordless BeatPanel) that she wishes she got the same attention when it is natural.
* RebelRelaxation: She does this a lot (leading Joyce to imitate her), and even asks Jason to prop her up like this when she's too wasted to manage it herself.
* SiblingRivalry: With Walky, for their parents' attention.
* SirSwearsALot: What with her temper, and her general disregard for social norms, Sal does swear often. Especially when she's really annoyed (like, say, when getting ''too'' into Mario Kart...)
* StealthHiBye: Prefers windows to doors, a trait she shares with her mainline-canon counterpart.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With Walky, though it's much less apparent when her hair is natural.
* TheSouthpaw: Is left handed according to WordOfGod.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Screws her TA (Jason) hoping to improve her Math grade, and when that doesn't work screws him again to show him how angry she is. And then a few more times after that...
* ThereWasADoor: While not exactly to the extent of the original Sal, she does have a habit, which initially annoys Billie. A ''lot''.
* TheUnfavorite: And extremely irked that her brother still refuses to acknowledge it.
** She refuses to drop her math class despite initially struggling because she doesn't want another lecture from her parents about how she's a failure.
** WordOfGod states that that Sal's botched juvenile convenience store robberies were a cry for attention from her parents.
** Sal even brings this up when acknowledging Walky & Billie's LikeBrotherAndSister relationship.
--->'''Billie''': Hell, sometimes I accidentally call ''your'' parents 'mom and dad'.\\
'''Sal''': Glad they got at least ''one'' daughter they like.
** Made even worse when Mrs. Walkerton sends them a care package. Walky and Billie get similarly sized boxes filled with cookies (which incidentally include Billie's favourite), while Sal gets a much smaller box. And after some digging from Walky, all he finds is another box for Dorothy.


!!Sarah Clinton
->''"Yeah, I'm gonna keep ten paces behind you."''


A bitter [[DarkAndTroubledPast (for very complicated reasons)]] sophomore, who ends up rooming with Joyce.
* AdaptationalHeroism: ''Roomies'' Sarah was defined largely by her indifference and dislike of Joyce, and everyone in general, to the extent she helped Bart O'Ryan slander SEMME.
* BeingGoodSucks: See IDidWhatIHadToDo.
* BigSisterInstinct: With Joyce.
* BrokenBird: See DarkAndTroubledPast for more details. Is gradually recovering, thanks to Joyce's influence and friendship.
* CynicismCatalyst: Got her very popular freshman-year roommate [[SecondhandStorytelling Dana]] pulled out of school after she went on a [[MissingMom death-of-mother]]-fueled drug binge, endangering both her health and Sarah's ability to maintain her scholarships.
* GoodIsNotNice: Sarah's a good person, but also a very cynical and bitter person.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: At the end of [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/sisters-2/ Book 1]], Sarah confesses to actually caring about Joyce under her prickly demeanor.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: And it should be pointed out that, by and large, the fandom is on her side here. But since Dana was a StepfordSmiler and none of her friends caught on, ''they'' all consider Sarah to have crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
* InsultBackfire: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/05-media-rumble/justice/ Here.]]
-->'''Danny:''' Geez, Sarah, you're even pissier than I am.\\
'''Sarah:''' Thank you.
* IResembleThatRemark
-->'''Joyce:''' She speaks entirely in sarcasm.\\
'''Sarah:''' Oh, ''right'', that's ''all'' I do.
* JadeColoredGlasses
-->'''Sarah:''' So you already know I'm a '''[[BoldInflation bitchy killjoy misanthrope]].'''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Comes across as cold and aloof at first, but after some CharacterDevelopment (as well as revelations about what happened her freshman year), she shows her HiddenHeartOfGold by showing that she really does care about Joyce. Since then, she's ''gradually'' become more willing to come out of her shell. She seems to have a habit of pushing people out, and she doesn't like admitting that she cares about certain people. For instance, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/sisters-2/ she only admits that she cares about Joyce when Joyce is still under the influence of the date rape drug since she wouldn't remember what Sarah told her in the morning.]] (For the record, Joyce is aware that she's this after their first week or so together, and makes an effort to include her.)
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A non-verbal version, but it's all over her face when Jacob explains how much he dislikes being viewed only as eye-candy.
* NotAMorningPerson: She'd like to bottle Joyce's "morning-person-ness"... and [[HurlItIntoTheSun fire it into the Sun.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: She's [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-2/01-pajama-jeans/vouch/ had]] [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/03-up-all-night-to-get-vengeance/company/ the occasional]] NotSoDifferent moment from ''Walky''.


!!David "Walky" Walkerton
->''"He who's tired of fast food is tired of life!"''

Sal's twin brother. A very juvenile young man, who may or may not be smarter than he looks. He rooms with Mike.
* AllWomenLoveShoes: Is a very firm believer that only girls own more than one pair of shoes, and that any man who does so is less of a man because of it. Even Joe thinks this is ridiculous.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: See Sal above.
-->'''Joyce:''' I...I've been trying to determine if it's rude to ask what, um, ''flavor'' of human you two are.\\
'''Walky:''' Well, my ''sister'' is black, but ''I'm'' generically beige.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Joyce is impressed by what she sees during his ShirtlessScene.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** He's never had to work hard to get top grades at school. Case in point: while Sal has to work to get her Math grade up and is quietly pleased with a 76, Walky casually gets an 85.
** As the comic goes on, this starts to [[{{Deconstructed}} backfire on him]] as the work gets harder, causing him to panic a bit because he has no studying skills.
* CloudCuckoolander: Avoiding all grownup responsibilities appears to be his goal.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shows up sometimes, like when Dorothy freaks out about missing classes.
-->'''Dorothy:''' You know who missed classes? James Buchanan. He skipped his classes and the union dissolved.\\
'''Walky:''' Some would say it was really over the ownership of human beings, but I think you're on to somethin' there.
* DemotedToExtra: Like Ethan above, Walky's importance is significantly downplayed. His mainline counterpart was the MainCharacter of a good ten years of continuity, whereas he gets third billing--if that--here at college.
* ExpressiveHair: Just like Sal, when he gets a bad grade his hair [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/congrats/ instantly poofs up]].
* GeekyTurnOn: Dorothy's love of the ''Dexter & Monkey Master'' cartoon acts as this on him.
* GeniusDitz: While he's naturally bright, he's also more than a little eccentric. Best evidenced with [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/04-walking-with-dina/freegaypizza/ the final two panels of this strip]].
-->'''Walky''': Yeah [Dorothy knows that Ethan's gay], but ''she'' needed you to spell it out for her. Me, I'm just a ''genius''... Are my pants on backwards?
* HeManWomanHater: Early on ("I HATE PRETTY THINGS!") Current-Walky wishes he could go back in time and punch himself.
* HollywoodAtheist: Unlike Dorothy, Walky is much more outspoken and much less tactful around Joyce about his lack of faith, and blatantly tries to mock and insult her for it. This is more to show his own immature childishness than anything.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mainly because his way of dealing with harsh things is to be as immature as possible, but he does care about his friends. His relationships with Joyce, Billie and Sal are pretty good proof of that.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** After all his jokes about Joyce's favourite show, he's horrified to discover ''he was in it.''
** Happens again when his BrilliantButLazy approach to grades [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/congrats/ finally catches up to him]] and he gets an abysmal ''26'' while Sal actually manages an 83. His reaction is to promptly EatTheEvidence.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Billie. He's actually closer to her than he is to his twin sister Sal.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: {{invoked}} [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2010/comic/book-1/02-uphill-from-here/dexter/ here]]. Early on in the series it was a running gag for Walky to have some variant of that face whenever Dorothy was in the same room.
* ManChild: He likes cartoons, junk food, ''Power Rangers'' and pyjama-jeans.
-->'''Dorothy:''' Um, Leslie, a boy just threw a toy at my head.\\
'''Leslie:''' It's probably because he likes you.\\
'''Walky:''' ''[{{crush blush}}]''
* MixedAncestry: Like his sister, he has a half African-American father and a Caucasian mother. However, despite them both having the exact same skin tone, he jokes that she's black and he's "generically beige", perhaps because of her accent and his naturally straighter hair.
* MoralityPet: Billie tends to avoid the worst of his childishness, and he dials it down even further when he thinks she's hurting.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Despite being a lazy, childish dork who sleeps in and watches cartoons all day instead of studying, he gets ''great'' grades. [[spoiler:Until the newer material comes up, and he can't just coast on stuff he already knows.]]
* OddFriendship: With Joyce. It's also of the oddest ones she's developed because on the surface they have nothing in common, and deep down they...still have nothing in common. At first, they were less "friends" and more "people who share two classes, a lunch gap, and a mutual friend in Dorothy," though Walky later introduced Joyce to ''Dexter and Monkey Master''. All this is particularly amusing because in the Walkyverse, they're THE OfficialCouple.
* OldShame: In-Universe, Walky's stint as a child actor on ''Himmel the Humming Hymnal'', both because it's embarrassing (besides being the sort of show he vehemently dislikes, Joyce ''may'' have been crushing on some of them...) and because of his belated realization that it confirms the ParentalFavoritism he'd just been vehemently denying to Sal.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Except to his family, of course, since they're all Walkertons. Sal makes a point of addressing him only as "bro" or, when the circumstances require, "David". Dorothy calls him David when she wants him to be serious.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: He's done this a couple times, once by [[spoiler:calling Joyce "crazy brainwashed" when she was [[BehindTheBlack standing just off-panel]], and the other by almost saying "gun to my head" after Becky's dad had taken her hostage ''with a gun''. He at least realized his error before the words left his mouth that time.]]
* ParentingTheHusband: Although unmarried, Walky [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/05-saturdays-all-right-for-slighting/moms/ invoked this trope when he temporarily broke up with Dorothy]]. But despite his resentment early on, Walky [[ManChild doesn't really want to "grow up"]] and likes how dominant Dorothy is in the relationship...
* PolarOppositeTwins: With Sal, so much that it's not clear everyone (other than childhood friends Marcie and Billie, who presumably know) has even realized that they are twins. Danny didn't figure it out until midway through book five, and only because he saw them sitting together at a party.
* SecretKeeper: Sort of... [[spoiler:He's seen Amazi-Girl unmasked, but doesn't really know Amber well enough to make the connection without her prodding, and even then can't remember her name.]]
* SnarkBall: Even Walky can be snarky when someone (usually Joyce) gives him the opportunity.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He assumes Amazi-Girl secretly works at the school newspaper [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/02-i-was-a-teenage-churchmouse/reporter/ like Clark Kent.]]

!!Secondary Characters


!!Alice Chen

Billie's best friend from high school, who decided to break all ties with her over her self-destructive behavior.

* BiTheWay: Alice confirms that she and Billie were more than just friends in a way that also confirms she's not particularly happy about it.
* TheCheerleader: Although she doesn't appear to be clinging to that old high school identity as hard as Billie.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to Billie regarding her past behavior in high school. An especially unfortunately timed one, as Billie was just starting to come to a similar conclusion herself only to have Alice hammer it home in no uncertain terms:
-->'''Walky''': "I just want the, y'know, ''old'' Billie back."
-->'''Billie''': "Well, I'm pretty fuckin' sure I ''don't''."
-->'''Alice''': "Finally, an epiphany. You should have taken the damn ''clue'' when I didn't talk to you ''all summer''."






The sex-starved editor of the school newspaper.
* DaEditor: She's professional enough to be exasperated with Billie, but tends to prioritize "titillation" (her own).
* ADateWithRosiePalms: On hearing the rumours about Leslie and Robin, she declares that among the things she needs is "time in the bathroom", with illustrations.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Definitely believes in this and is constantly looking for it. For instance, in a Patreon strip when she overhears the confrontation between Amazi-Girl and Sal at the [=DeSanto=] rally while on the toilet, her first reaction is to imagine something steamy.
* SkewedPriorities: The above, due to the below, and best exemplified when she's informed [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/05-media-rumble/chestwindow/ that Amazi-Girl is real]].
-->'''Daisy''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Did. She have.]] A '''[[CleavageWindow chest window]]'''? ...God, a chest window woulda... [[LastSecondWordSwap made a great front page splash image]].
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Apparently it's been a while; she references this with varying degrees of subtlety all the time.


[[folder: Galasso]]

Owner of Galasso's Pizza and Subs, a restaurant near campus the cast frequent. Tolerated by the student body because his food is just that good.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Not nearly as shady as his Walkyverse counterpart, with nothing like the customer protection rackets existing and in fact does want his customers to be happy, something his counterpart couldn't care less about. The worst he does is fire someone for not breaking someone's spirit.
* DoWrongRight: Fires Sidney Yus not for purposefully giving Becky and Dina the wrong pizza...but because it failed to break the couple's spirit like Sydney claimed, only confusing them.
* EvilOverlord: Plays the part...despite owning a Pizza Parlor.
* HappilyMarried: His wife is still alive in this continuity.
* LargeHam: Frequently calls his customers fools and shouts everything.
* NiceHat: Wears a Chef's hat, one of the few real differences between him and his Walkyverse counterpart.
* PetTheDog: Sponsors the School's coming out group, if partly because gender confuses him.
* SupremeChef: Why everyone tolerates his behavior: he has the best pizza on campus.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Wouldn't be Galasso without it.

[[folder: Jacob]]
!!Jacob Williams


Ethan's roommate, Joe's new main man and Sarah's pre-law classmate (and lust object).

* ChickMagnet: Roz has been 'sniffing' around him for a while and Sarah goes almost non-verbal when they first meet, only for Raidah to beat both of them to the punch.
* DeadpanSnarker
-->'''Walky:''' I came as soon as I heard ''Dexter & Monkey Master.''\\
'''Jacob:''' I bet you did.
* MrFanservice: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/02-guess-whos-coming-to-galassos/temptation/ Introduced]] working out while shirtless (which kicked off the "Sexiest Man" poll). This, uh, makes things difficult for Ethan. And for Jacob, too, as it turns out. He finds people only being interested in him for sex dehumanizing.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Male example.


!!Jason Chesterfield

The TA of Joyce, Walky, Sal, Billie and Mike's freshmen math class.

* BelligerentSexualTension: With Sal for all of about four strips before they go straight to the belligerent sex. It's more evident with Penny, who derides him for being "emotionally unavailable".
* BritishStuffiness: Complete with bowtie, sweater and overly-prim vocabulary.
* CultureClash: He is clearly having some trouble aligning himself with the needs of his students, and this seems to be the cause.
* DoubleStandard: Penny comments on this when Jason comments on her having a relationship with a student, saying that people actually like her, so if she's caught, nobody will care. On the other hand, most people find Jason to be an irritable prick, so if he's caught in a relationship with a student (which he is), he'd be the one to lose his job and reputation.
* EveryoneHasStandards: He is not above having sex with one of his students but he is above allowing that to affect her grade.
* FishOutOfWater: Comes off as out of his element at anything that's not TA-ing.
* SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish: When Sal asks him what his accent is, he claims ''he'' doesn't have an accent, and he's the only one speaking ''real'' English.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Sal seduces him in an effort to get her grades up. This is not particularly surprising metawise, as their [[StarcrossedLovers intense but ultimately doomed attraction to each other]] was one of the most stable elements of the Walkyverse where they originated.


!!Leslie Bean

The lesbian teacher of the freshmen gender studies class.

* BerserkButton: Treating one of your fellow students like crap. Roz's attack on Joyce is so far the only thing to truly anger Leslie.
* CoolTeacher:
** She is friendly and understanding with her students, even the ones who disagree with everything she believes (Joyce) or actively belittle her subject matter (Joe).
** She's also demonstrated that she will not tolerate people attacking each other or injecting unnecessary drama into her class, and asks, or rather, orders Roz to leave when she starts harassing Joyce.
* FanservicePack: She briefly undoes her top and does her hair up when Robin stops by, much to Joe and Walky's distress. Robin does (eventually) admit she thinks it makes her "super-cute".
* FirstNameBasis:
** One of the first things she tells her class is to call her Leslie; the PunnyName would probably stand out a lot more in [=DoA=].
** She tends to refer to Robin as "Congresswoman Desanto". This ends on finding Robin asleep in her bed.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: She seems to be drawn to women that will use and abuse her, such as Robin and [[{{Jerkass}} Anna]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** An understated moment occurs when she realizes she brought Robin, someone whose political views clash with the lessons she's trying to teach her students, to her class just for the sake of her own misplaced crush. She quickly shoos Robin out of the room and starts a new lesson plan.
** She has another right after after refusing to let Dorthy question Robin about [[spoiler:Ryan working for her, in order to get his name]], Dorothy explains why she was asking about him, utterly crushing Leslie with the realization that her own attempts to fix her mess only [[spoiler:let a rapist get away. ]]
* OnlySaneMan: It's beginning to dawn on her that she's one of the few trustworthy authority figures her students have. Even including the students, she's still one of the most level-headed characters.
-->'''Leslie:''' Need to wear, like, a sandwich board that says, 'Sorry about all those other adults. I promise I'm mostly OK.'
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Willing to listen to and understand her students.
* SellOut: For a while, she was hesitatingly willing to dismiss her political beliefs to support Robin's political campaign, though she tried to hide her identity during so.
* SuddenlySober: When Joyce points out Robin's anti-gay sentiments, which the latter cannot defend, she sulkingly buttons up her top, which she had previously undone in hopes of catching Robin's attention.
* {{UST}}: With Robin. It kicks into overdrive when they start spending time together in Leslie's (very) cramped kitchen. While Leslie is partially undressed and still wearing her hair done up to catch Robin's attention.


!!Lucy Glenn


Malaya's roommate, avid comic book fan, and NiceGirl.
* BlackAndNerdy: Combined with hints of YaoiFangirl, at least if [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/03-the-butterflies-fly-away/birdflash/ this]] is any indication.
* DemotedToExtra: While a major character in the last few years of ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', she's an extremely minor one here.
* {{Irony}}: Considering the... um, challenging cast of this strip, Malaya could've done a lot worse than Lucy as far as roommates go. Doesn't stop her from acting like she's a nightmare.
* NiceGirl: Despite Malaya calling Lucy her "awful roommate" and insisting that she's "the worst," Lucy is very friendly and amiable. Though she can be a bit ''too'' excited about her shipping.


!! Malaya Eugenio


A roller-derby skater who hangs out with Sal and Marcie.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Sal isn't sure why Marcie lets Malaya hang around so much, and Carla's not overly fond of Malaya either. That doesn't mean the group won't stick up for her against vigilantes, however...
* HeadPet: Fuckface the Iguana making his triumphant return.
* HiddenDepths:
** She follows through on Sal's suggestion that she just learn sign language, much to Sal's surprise.
** One strip implies she's actually more capable of studying than Walky.
* {{Jerkass}}: Like her Walkyverse counterpart, she happens to be kind of a jerk.
* MsFanservice: One strip shows off her rear end and she tends to wear revealing clothing.
* ObliviousToLove: Has no idea Marcie is interested in her. Whether it's out of disinterest or cluelessness is unknown.
* PhraseCatcher:
-->'''Sal:''' Goddammit, Malaya.


!!Marcie Diaz


Sal's closest friend since childhood, Marcie is a mute skater and one of the few people Sal consistently listens to. If Sal's not in class or her room, she's probably hanging out with Marcie somewhere.
* AscendedExtra: A notable example: Her Walkyverse counterpart had two appearances total that weren't in the background or as a general part of her squad. Here, while not main cast, Marcie is a major supporting cast member and Sal's best friend and confidant.
* BareYourMidriff: Rarely if ever seen in an outfit that doesn't do this.
* BiTheWay: First confirmed by WordOfGod.
* CoolShades: Only ever seen wearing red shades / goggles. (She has apparently always done so.)
* ClingyJealousGirl: In a Patreon Exclusive, she locked a nude model in a closet after finding out Malaya was going to paint said Model, then told the teacher she was substituting.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Be it illness or injury, she lost her voice somehow.
* DeathGlare: Shoots Sal one after she starts a fight with Amazi-Girl at Robin's rally.
* IncompatibleOrientation: When a fed-up Sal demands to know what Marcie could possibly see in Malaya that Sal can't provide, Marcie replies that she wants to bang her. Though it turns out that Marcie doesn't even know what Malaya's orientation ''is'', and doesn't want to make a move until she does, so Malaya could turn out to be incompatible as well. For the record, Sal thinks it's pretty obvious that she's straight and Marcie is wasting her time.
-->'''Sal:''' Does she look at ''other'' girls? Does she look at ''you''? Lookit those knockers you got. They're a singularity from which no light can escape. Has she snuck a glance ''once''?
* {{Irony}}: The one person Sal "listens to" can't speak.
* MoralityChain: Marcie tends to reign in Sal's more destructive behavior and at times acts as her conscience.
* MysteriousPast: It's unknown just HOW she lost her voice, just that she lost it as a kid and that Sal knows why but isn't willing to share.
* OnlyFriend: Marcie is Sal's oldest and closest real friend, and Sal feels very threatened when she starts hanging out with Malaya.
* SilentSnarker: It's hard not to be snarky when Joyce is around, but she still manages to beat Sal.
* TheSpeechless: She can't talk (though she could when she was younger). Sal's explanation to Malaya is "stuff happens."
* UndyingLoyalty: To Sal. Despite fighting with her on occasion, she moved all the way to campus and into a cramped apartment just to support Sal, knowing her friend would be lonely that far away and need someone to lean on.
* WhatTheHellHero: Chews out Sal via text for picking a fight with Amazi-Girl while she was running security.


!!Mary Bradford

Roz's super-uptight room-mate, whose main personality traits are her "judging you" face and being even more of a fundamentalist than Joyce.

* BigNo: When the only volunteers for her 'prayer meeting' are a Mormon and a hippy who wants to dissolve gender roles.
* {{Blackmail}}:
** [[spoiler:Mary has found out about Billie and Ruth's relationship, and she's not above holding it over Billie, either.]] If it had been anyone else, she probably wouldn't need to be concerned, but...
** The penny drops [[spoiler:when she explicitly blackmails Ruth so she doesn't get in trouble for deliberately misgendering Carla.]]
* BullyingADragon: Yes, Mary. [[KickThemWhileTheyreDown Kick Ruth while she's strung out and can't move against you this very second]]. That [[TemptingFate can't go wrong at all]]...
** MuggingTheMonster: Also, Carla's ''totally'' [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass not a threat]].
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Among the accusations she makes of Ruth, one of them is that she's "defiling" Billie.
%%* EgocentricallyReligious: Yep.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She's a massive bitch, but not even she would approve of Ryan using his faith to rape women.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Upon hearing Ruth mention a "charade" (pretending not to be depressed and hungover), she instantly assumes Ruth trying to stand up for Carla was done for the sake of "liberal brownie points". Ruth's brain visibly short-circuits trying to process this.
* EvilCounterpart: To Joyce. Both begin the strip as religious fundamentalists with narrow worldviews. Yet while Joyce is a LoveFreak who [[InnocentlyInsensitive doesn't realize that there's a lot of poison in her upbringing]] and begins CharacterDevelopment immediately, Mary looks down her nose at everyone.
* EvilerThanThou: Everyone's aware that Ruth is a terrible Resident Assistant, but after finding out what Mary did to her, they unanimously agree that Mary is far worse.
-->'''Mary:''' ''[After Billie punches her and everyone does nothing but glare at Mary in pure contempt.]'' Why are you siding with ''her'' against ''me''? It was Ruth who was a terrible R.A.!\\
'''Rachel:''' Yeah, she was. But we can multitask.
* FanOfThePast: She worships Ronald Reagan, declaring him "the last great President". Then Roz points out a few things...
* FingerTenting: Yeah, she's evil.
* {{Foil}}: To Joyce, as with EvilCounterpart. If Joyce is a religious fundamentalist gone right, then Mary is definitely one gone wrong.
* TheFundamentalist: Joyce is intensely religious, but at least tries to be friendly and understanding of others. Mary doesn't.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Mary ''immediately'' shames Walky for doing nothing when he suspected [[spoiler:that something was wrong in Billie's life]], [[AccompliceByInaction blaming him for any harm that might result from his silence]]. This, after she knew far more about the situation than he ever did ''and'' [[spoiler:was outright blackmailing both parties.]]
** Later on, the series' biggest HolierThanThou jerkass expresses disgust that Ryan would use his faith to justify anything.
* HolierThanThou: "Everyone's done ''something'' wrong" (except her, obviously).
* {{Jerkass}}:
** [[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/95707233037/does-mary-have-any-redeeming-qualities-what-so-ever When asked]] if she had any redeeming features whatsoever, Willis replied "she draws okay." ([[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/03-up-all-night-to-get-vengeance/pretty/ And has reasonable rates, apparently.]])
** After a few strips of a fairly childish feud with Carla, she suddenly sinks to a whole new low by [[spoiler:deliberately misgendering her.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Gets hit with a truckload of this after a while.
** After misgendering Carla and then blackmailing Ruth to get away with it, Carla sets up an elaborate prank on her, being fairly delebirate in that she's planning something to make Mary nervous. [[spoiler:Then getting Mary to steal a box from her containing a pie to the face, followed by a giant laser display of Carla's name, to rub Mary's face in the fact she exists.]]
** After trying to use her blackmail to get a prayer going during the dorm meeting, Ruth ignores the issue entirely and Mary's attempt to pray after only attract the attention of a Mormon and a gender role breaking hippie.
** After Ruth is hospitalised by the psychological damage Mary caused, Billie gives Mary a taste- no ''mouthful'' of her own medicine by telling everyone in the dorm how Mary blackmailed her and Ruth, so they know to go to the Resident Manager with that information should Mary try to mess with them too. Now she can't even report Billie for punching her without getting exposed as a blackmailer.
** Finally after trying to [[spoiler:out Ruth as an alchoholic after blackmailing her and said blackmail lands Ruth in the psyche ward, she gets punched in the face by Billie and finds out the entire dorm can't stand her. ]]
* ObviouslyEvil: No one who spends much time with Mary doubts that she's a horrible person. When Billie tells everyone in the dorm how Mary blackmailed her and Ruth, no-one is surprised. Some had even guessed.
-->'''Rachel:''' ''(to Grace)'' What's your ballpark figure on how many puppies she's murdered?
* NoTrueScotsman: She doesn't consider Robin a true "family values" candidate because she comes from divorced parents and is unmarried at 30, which Mary considers "conspicuous."
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Her color scheme tends to favor these colors. (Contrary to her character image above.)
* SmallNameBigEgo: Mary sees herself as kind of a big deal among the residents. In her first interaction with Malaya, she claims to be the one running the show, and that Ruth is R.A in name only.
* SmugSnake: She seems to think simply having blackmail material makes her invincible. Too bad for her she's not exactly a master manipulator; her attempts thus far have embarrassingly blown up in her face.
* StraightMan: Her limited non-asshole interactions with people consist mostly of bemoaning the wacky nature of the setting and the rest of the cast. Comes to a head when her attempts to study clashes with Carla's distracting antics.
* TautologicalTemplar: Mary doesn't even get what little sympathy comes with being a WellIntentionedExtremist. Her interactions with [[spoiler:Ruth and Carla]] prove that she [[{{Hypocrite}} only cites her so-called moral high-ground when it serves her own interests]]. [[spoiler:For example, no matter what her beliefs regarding same-sex relationships, {{Blackmail}} is ''[[EveryoneHasStandards not]]'' [[EveryoneHasStandards the Christian way]].]]
* UnholyMatrimony: Has ''somehow'' found a boyfriend as obnoxious and holier-than-thou as her, to her floormates' disgust.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: No one on the floor likes her, and when she gets socked by Billie for [[spoiler:trying to turn her against Carla despite the fact Mary's blackmail led to Ruth getting into a bad enough state that she's in the hospital]] no one stands up for her. She also doesn't appear to have a single friend among the student body.








An old friend of Sarah's--or more specifically, of Sarah's roommate Dana. Hates Sarah for getting Dana removed from school, though they eventually call a cease-fire.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She's more of a jerk than outright evil, but she calls out Char for mocking Dina for her (perceived) mental impairment.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Tells Jacob that she cut Sarah out of her life for her own well-being, the exact same reason Sarah called Dana's dad.
* {{Jerkass}}: She may draw the line at "retarded", but she still calls Dina "mentally-challenged" to her face and talks down to her like a small child. That's not going into the way she's treated Sarah...
-->'''Dina:''' Her tone of voice and her posture denotes ''condescension'', correct?
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Shows UndyingLoyalty to Dana.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Joyce enunciates "''Rah''-ee-dah" for Billie's benefit.
* SelfServingMemory: Conveniently leaves out her continued harassment of Sarah when telling Jacob about Sarah punching her, along with Sarah's apology the very next day.


!!Congresswoman Robin [=DeSanto=]


Roz's older sister and the young congresswoman of the local district. Only more slightly grounded than her main universe incarnation, she got elected on a "family values" platform, which Roz translates as "non-stop pandering to scared homophobic white dudes".

* ArmoredClosetGay: One of most the homophobic anti-LGBT voices in Congress according to Roz, but get two drinks in her and she's all over Leslie. [[DeconstructedTrope Her refusal to admit she is bisexual, while still enforcing anti-LGBT endorsements]], leads her to being a BrokenPedestal in Leslie's eyes.
* BiTheWay: This Robin is a closet case.
* BunnyEarsLawyer:
** Somehow manages to become a congresswoman, despite being [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Robin]].
** It's eventually subverted [[RealityEnsues after being caught kissing Leslie and making several destructive comments causes her Party to stop supporting her.]]
* GayConservative:
** Roz immediately notices her attraction to Leslie.
** This gets deconstructed in book seven, as Leslie has to struggle with being attracted to someone who actively supports homophobic policies to get ahead. Likewise, Robin is having a very hard time denying that she's not straight.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even more selfish than her Walkyverse counterpart, on top of supporting several republican policies just to get ahead no matter who they hurt.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After several days of invading Leslie's apartment, she finally leaves after learning her Party has dropped her.
* NoPartyGiven: Played with. It is strongly implied that she ran as a conservative Republican (mostly to curry favor with the redneck vote in her district) but is not actually all that conservative herself, and may in fact have few to no principles at all.
* OhCrap: Has this expression when Joyce turns out to be fairly well informed and asks how she could vote for an anti-gay bill.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Her eyesight's fine; she only wears glasses to make a good impression.
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Her immature personality is mostly the same to her Shortpacked one, but she's preoccupied with forwarding her political career and impressing lobbyists and voter blocs. The result is that this Robin comes off as kind of a gladhanding sleaze.
* TransparentCloset:
** Her attraction to Leslie is pretty noticeable, and her attempts to deny it are...less than convincing.
** Yeah, she's sitting on Leslie's sofa, and yeah, they're watching ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', and yeah, they're holding hands. Robin still swears she's not into Leslie (and that they're ''barely'' holding hands).
* UnwantedAssistance: She decides to try and help Leslie. Unfortunately, her actions leave a lot to be desired, since Robin takes her usual thoughtless approach to all of it.


!!Rose Pepper


!!Roz [=DeSanto=]

Robin's extremely liberal younger sister, with very strong ideas on sexual freedom.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Joe. (The joke is that they're the same age in this continuity, so they find and sleep with each other in the first week.)
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Handing out prophylactics. Just after having casual sex with Joe (which she recorded).
* EthicalSlut: Roz's sexual ethics are pretty strong, making a point of—for instance—asking Joe if it's okay to tape their encounter. She also goes out of her way to promote safe sex and counseling for rape victims. Her ethics on things that aren't sex are a bit iffy, however, as she's often been mean to Joyce when it's clear she's doing more harm than good, and may or may not have been planning to out her bisexual older sister. And while she got Joe's permission to tape their sexual encounter, and even, apparently, to put it on the internet, she didn't just put it on some random porn site, but made sure it became a big news story.
* EveryoneHasStandards: She may dislike Joyce, but she's willing to back off after [[spoiler:Ross attempts to kidnap Becky.]]
* TheMatchmaker: Trying to set up Robin and Leslie.
* NotSoDifferent: with her older sister, Congresswoman Robin [=DeSanto=].
* SiblingRivalry: With Robin. Not only are Robin's reactionary, anti-choice politics the complete reverse of Roz's, but Robin repeatedly treats her like a prop for her campaign.
* SoapboxSadie:
** She's progressive, but tends to be rather obnoxious, condescending and self-righteous about it.
--->'''Roz''': The "church" that forced kids out of their homes and into the streets? That was you. Until today, ''that was you''.
** Roz is also nonplussed that Leslie is adamantly not okay with Roz shaming Joyce in the class. Roz asks if Joyce gets a pass for shouting over and ignoring gay people her whole life, to which Leslie counters "Said the straight girl to the gay girl who's been asking her to shut up for the past five minutes." When called on her hypocrisy, [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Roz leaves the class.]]




The son of a pastor that Joyce meets at a college party. A [[DateRape date rapist]] and an all-around terrible person.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Ryan in the Walkyverse was hardly a nice person by any stretch of the imagination, having manipulated a much younger Ruth into having sex with him and then moving on to his next "conquest", but here he's an outright attempted rapist.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Is quite fond of quoting Bible verses, which is what he uses to make Joyce believe he's a nice guy.
* AttemptedRape: Tries this on Joyce, but luckily Sarah's there to stop him with a baseball bat.
* BaitTheDog: He introduces himself to Joyce speaking bible verses and treats her with respect. This is all part of his plan to get her alone and attempt to drug and rape her.
* BigBad: He is the main antagonist of "Yesterday Was Thursday", and he continues to remain at large for 6 books afterwards.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: If you didn't know anything about him, he'd seem like a perfectly nice guy, since his true nasty personality only comes through when he loses his patience.
* BlatantLies: When asked to clarify a Bible quote sent to him by his mom.
-->'''Ryan:''' Just some random thing about, y'know, Jesus.
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler:He knows that Amber / Amazi-Girl can kick his ass, and still thinks a knife is all he needs. Needless to say, he bit off about fifty times more than he can chew.]]
* TheBusCameBack: He makes his first real appearance (as opposed to a nightmare or fear hallucination) after his debut arc as a [=DeSanto=] supporter during one of her rallies.
* DidntThinkThisThrough:
** Parts of his plan fail due to this. He sent Joyce off to get friends to play games with them while he drugs her drink, not anticipating her ''actually'' gathering a bunch of drunks. Revealing his true nature to Joyce and attempting to drag her away with eyes on him didn't exactly go well for him either since it got him scarred by Joyce and beaten by a bat wielding Sarah.
** He falls victim to this again when he decides to hunt down Joyce and her friends, after a brawl with Amazi-Girl. He's ecstatic when he finally confronts her, ready to overpower her [[spoiler:with a knife. He fails to consider that maybe the superhero who chased him down might be [[CuteAndPsycho all too willing]] to fight back.]]
* DramaticIrony: The Bible verse his mother sent him, 2 Corinthians 11:14, reads: "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light." This describes [[FauxAffablyEvil Ryan]] to a tee.
* EvilCounterpart: Joyce warns TheCasanova Joe that Ryan is him taken to his logical extreme.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The mask of the pleasant pastor's son slips off when his patience wears thin.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: When he finally shows up again in person at the end of Book 6 into the beginning of Book 7, it's revealed that the wound he sustained from Joyce smacking him with her glass ended up scarring.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Quotes "you reap what you sow" at Joyce, eager to get revenge on her for hurting him. It doesn't seem to occur to him that the quote applies to him for everything he's done.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Yes, how dare Joyce defend herself from a potential rapist?
* {{Jerkass}}: Entitled, misogynistic, and absolutely vile in his every scene.
* KarmaHoudini: Double subverted. He gets smashed in his face with a glass and hit with a bat for his actions, only to escape any permanent consequences.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler:His luck finally runs out when he makes the mistake of threatening [[CuteAndPsycho Amber]] with a knife.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: The first truly horrible character to appear in the strip, whose actions have heavy repercussions on Joyce's psyche.
* KnifeNut: [[spoiler:After tracking down Amber and Dorothy, he aimed to [[MurderIsTheBestSolution stab]] them, then go after [[KillTheCutie Joyce]] next. [[SarcasmMode Unfortunately]], he chose to take on [[CuteAndPsycho Amber]] first.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Easily picks out Joyce from a crowd as an easy mark and quickly figures out what will gain her favor. At one point, he has her hold "his" drugged drink and then distracts her enough that she forgets where she got it and starts drinking it.
* NothingIsScarier: To Joyce, in a way. The fact he's still out there with no idea where he could be ''terrifies her''.
* PlotArmor:
** He manages to somehow crawl away from a huge crowd surrounding him without anyone noticing until he's long gone, then when he returns manages to get away from Amazi-Girl and Sal, manages to sneak away ''again'' without either of them noticing until he's long gone, while taking Amazi-Girl's phone and deleting the photo of him while fleeing, and even accumulates three Dawson "goons" and a getaway driver somehow.
** Later when Amber tries to ask Robin about her interns (of which Ryan was one) to try and find out more about Ryan, Leslie immediately has Robin leave before she has a chance to answer and refuses to let Amber leave to find out from Robin.
** [[spoiler:His luck finally runs out when he confronts Amber and Dorothy at knife-point [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown and receives a swift and painful lesson about the intricacies of Amber's psychosis]].]]
* RealNameAsAnAlias: He later admits in [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2017/comic/book-7/03-the-thing-i-was-before/directory/ Directory]] that Ryan is [[spoiler:his middle name.]]
* SlasherSmile:
** Gives Amazi-Girl one when she thinks she's incapacitated all of his goons, only for Tyler to grab her from behind.
** Then he gives an ''even bigger'' one to Amber and Dorothy when he ''[[spoiler:pulls a knife on them]].''
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Officially appears in only two arcs (three if you count his appearance at the very end of Book 6), but his actions hover over Joyce's college life.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Several [[FreezeFrameBonus background shots]] show him tailing Dorothy, Walky, and Joe.
* WhamLine: Come to find out [[spoiler:[[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2017/comic/book-7/03-the-thing-i-was-before/reversals/ his name might not be actually Ryan]]]].
-->'''AltText''': [[TrollingCreator would the tags lie]]
* WithholdingTheirName: [[spoiler:He has been keeping his first name a secret from someone. Either his friends who called him Ryan, or Robin's campaign team.]]

!!Sierra Snow
-->''"I wanna pray too! ...For the dissolution of gender roles."''


One of Joyce's religious friends, and Dorothy's roommate. A bit spacey but generally down to earth.
* AlliterativeName: The only one in the cast (so far).
* BareYourMidriff: Most of her shirts.
* BiTheWay: Reveals this to Becky while they're together at church in a Patreon bonus strip.
-->'''Sierra:''' God made everything! Who am I not to appreciate all of it?
* CloudCuckoolander: Of the "space cadet" variety, contrasting with her roommate Dorothy.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Although [[BehindTheBlack no-one noticed]] until she mentioned how a church carpet felt on her feet. When questioned, Sierra figures she hasn't worn shoes since sixth grade.
-->'''Sierra:''' I just don't like shoes. My feet get claustrophobic.
* TheFundamentalist: Completely averted so far (Church of God, if anyone's curious), to the point that she seems to be fine with Dorothy and Walky's pre-marital hanky-panky. Seems to be excited about having a group to go to church with, but clearly disagrees with [[StopHavingFunGuys Mary]] and to some extent Joyce's takes on religion. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/02-that-perfect-girl/cashin/ She also cheerfully talks about praying for the dissolution of gender roles.]]
* HappilyAdopted: She's adopted and doesn't seem to have a problem with her parents.
* HugeSchoolgirl: [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/02-choosing-my-religion/carpet/ Is one of the taller girls in the cast]] (without heels!), though no one calls any attention to it. Everyone else seems to be about average height.
* NoSocialSkills: Not in the same way as Joyce, but Sierra doesn't notice when she might need to leave the room.
* PeekABangs: Her defining visual trait. The right side of her face is always covered by her hair. There doesn't seem to be any of the usual symbolism behind it. ([[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/02-i-was-a-teenage-churchmouse/alarm/ This gets a little odd with the art style, sometimes.]])
* {{Polyamory}}: She is in a relationship with Grace, who's also in a relationship with Mandy, who's aware of this and okay with it. And sometimes Sierra makes out with Mandy (though whether it's an actual relationship or just making out is unclear).
* RecurringExtra: Essentially her role in the cast, as she has little to no involvement in the plot and no apparent personality flaws to further involve her...
* UnfazedEveryman: ...which also gives her shades of this, aside from her spaciness.

!!Family members and relatives

[[folder:Blaine O'Malley]]
!! Blaine O'Malley

Amber's father, and one of the most despicable characters of the comic. His name seems to allude to legendary Irish pirate queen[[note]]among other, more honorable things[[/note]] Gráinne "Grace" O'Malley: this may be just a coincidence but wouldn't be atypical for David Willis.

* AbusiveParents: Amber was deeply traumatized by him during her childhood.
* AdaptationalVillainy: His abuse of his wife was upgraded to physical in the Dumbiverse, not to mention the fact he outright abandons his son in a huff.
* ArchnemesisDad: He is more than willing to take the extra step necessary to make his daughter's life miserable. The extra step in question being [[spoiler:kidnapping Danny in order to lure her out of the campus to teach her a lesson]].
* BigBad: He is the main antagonist of "The Only Dope For Me Is You".
* FreudianExcuse: He's a walking one, explaining Amber's anger issues both by genetics and his abuse.
* {{Jerkass}}: He cheated on his wife, beat said wife, tried to impose his authority on his daughter by being downright abusive, [[spoiler:kidnapped his daughter's boyfriend in order to use him as leverage over her]], and is definitely not above beating his daughter personally.
* KnightOfCerebus: One of the absolute worst characters in the series (as well as [[Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} the franchise]]) to date.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Got close to Danny, faking concern for his daughter, in order to lure Amber into a trap]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered one to his daughter, many years ago... While completely diminishing the threat represented by someone wielding a weapon:
-->'''Blaine''': So, that was it? Just some stupid punk with a knife. ''A knife''. She took your little friend and you hid in a corner and did nothing. Why am I not surprised?
* SmallRoleBigImpact: He only appears in three arcs total, but is entirely responsible for how Amber is today and his [[spoiler:kidnapping Danny to lure Amber out leads to Danny finding out her secret identity.]]

[[folder:Stacey Brannon]]
!! Stacey

Amber's mother. She loves her daughter dearly, and is looking out for her well being. Sadly, her love life hasn't been great, to say the least.

* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: She gets called out by her own daughter on this, with Amber pointing out she has a tendency to fell for horrible men, such as Blaine and Joe's dad.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She has dropped her husband's last name and returned to her maiden name, Brannon.
-->'''Mike:''' Good call.


Amber's stepbrother, who lives with her father.
* BoundAndGagged: Gets tied up by Dina after he won't shut up and leave.
* CasanovaWannabe: He tries to hit on Dina. He ends up tied up and handed over to Ruth.
* NoSocialSkills: In Joe's words, he has the "social graces of an incel subreddit".
* PerpetualSmiler: Just like his Walkyverse counterpart.
* SkippingSchool: In his second appearance, he turns up at the college when he should be in attending classes elsewhere.
* SmugSmiler: He's constantly smiling, and Joe describes his face as "so smug it could power a dozen coffee-houses".
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Won't leave Dina alone until she has to actually tie him up and hand him over to Ruth.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Refers to himself as Faz.


[[folder:The Walkertons]]
!!Linda and Charles Walkerton

Sal and Walky's parents.
* AbusiveParents: Due to the ParentalFavoritism below. They refused to take Sal's side as a kid when Marcy was bullied by a kid on the playground and are heavily implied to be bigoted towards her, if not openly.
* AmicableExes: Linda seems to be this with her ex-husband, Dean [=McHenry=].
* MyBelovedSmother: Linda to Walky only. She neglects Sal.
* ParentalFavoritism: Preferred Walky to a point where Sal was driven into acting out and committing a robbery, just to finally receive some attention. They respond by sending her off to a boarding school in another state, and barely acknowledge her.
** When they visit, Charles at least acknowledges Sal's presence and tries conversing with her. Linda doesn't even do that.


[[folder:Ross [=MacIntyre=]]]
!!Ross [=MacIntyre=]

Becky's father, whose head looks like a giant toe (according to Dina). And as it turns out, that pretty much describes his intelligence.
* AbusiveParents: Verbally, emotionally and physically. He seems to view Becky more as an extension of himself than a person - anything she does that deviates from her defined gender role is an insult to his role as head of the household.
* AdaptationalVillainy: His Walkyverse counterpart was a giant asshole, but otherwise harmless. This Ross is an insane zealot who [[spoiler:brings a rifle to a college campus with the intention of murdering Dina, then later Joyce and Becky if Becky didn't come with him, kidnaps his own daughter, and drove his own wife to suicide.]]
* BigBad: He is the main antagonist of "To Those Who'd Ground Me".
* TheDitz: Believes all of Dina's BlatantLies, up to getting on a one-way bus trip to Indianapolis, thinking that it goes to the mall, without checking himself.
* EvilCounterpart: To Joyce's father. While he too is a die-hard Christian fundamentalist, he is able to accept Joyce's growth away from that system of values. When Becky does the same, Ross goes off the deep end.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: Ross is adamantly against everything that doesn't fit his fundamentalist views. That include "Pokémans" or technology, such as cell phones.
* TheFundamentalist: And ''not'' the nice kind. Anything but, in fact. This is a man the Westboro Baptist Church would tell to dial it back a bit. [[spoiler:He is implied to have driven Becky's mother to suicide.]]
* HateSink: Utterly loathsome and meant to be despised.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: He considers Becky's soul at risk if she even begins to think outside ''his'' beliefs, and is willing to impose those beliefs on the rest of the world via rifle.
* KnightOfCerebus: Blaine and Ryan were no angels, but Ross takes the drama to a new level when he shows up.
* KnightTemplarParent: Everything he does comes from a desire to protect his daughter from what he considers to be "evil". Everything he does is also ''fucking horrible''.
* NeverMyFault: Even after [[spoiler:bringing a rifle onto a college campus, kidnapping his daughter at gunpoint, assaulting her, getting chased down by Amazi-Girl in a car chase, and punched out by Joyce]], Ross [[spoiler:shows zero remorse for any of his actions when Becky tearfully visits him in the hospital and tells him she wants their family back.]]
-->'''Ross''': ''Look at me.'' You've destroyed our family.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Implied to hold this view with his statement on "Pokeman" putting a person's soul at risk. (For reference, he's commenting on [[SmallReferencePools Dina's Triceratops hoodie]].)
* StupidEvil: A noted under TooDumbToLive, he really doesn't think his plans through. Thankfully that also means [[spoiler:he's caught thanks to Amber, Joyce and Sal before he can get too far with Becky.]]
* TautologicalTemplar: His world view is pretty simple: either you are a good fundamentalist Christian, or you are an evil human being destined to burn in Hell. If you get in his way, he'll even send you there himself.
* TooDumbToLive:
** It is not wise to discharge a weapon on a college campus, especially not in the 2010s.
** When Amazi-Girl jumps onto his car, his reaction is to ''let go of the wheel'', lean out the window and try to shoot her. This might have indeed killed him if Amazi-Girl hadn't thrown him a rope.
* TheUnfettered: Nothing will stop him from taking his daughter back home, even if it means [[spoiler:kidnapping her with a gun, in the middle of campus, in front of her friend.]]


[[folder:The Browns]]
!!Hank and Carol Brown

Joyce's parents.
* BeingGoodSucks: Hank mentions that the reason they kept changing churches is because he couldn't compromise his beliefs at all, and Joyce inherited this trait from him. However, he thinks their lives would be easier if they could let themselves be just a ''little'' corruptible.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Joyce seems to feel this way about her mom after the events of Ross attempting to kidnap Becky at gunpoint, and almost shooting Joyce. Joyce's utterly broken and bitter expression as her mom seems more concerned with Ross going to jail for "trying to save his daughter from homosexuality," and her eerily saying "she would die for Joyce" much like how Ross did makes her realize her mother is just as blinded by her faith as Ross was.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Hank at first was much like Carol, judgmental and left everything to religious doctrine and his own prejudices. [[spoiler:After Joyce stands up to them over their disdain for her Atheist friend Dorothy, he spent a lot of time praying over it and decided he needed to step back and trust Joyce to make her own choices, and remains friendly to Becky, despite the awkwardness of her coming out as a lesbian.]]
* ControlFreak: Carol is showing more and more signs of this.
-->'''Hank:''' All I'm saying is, we squeeze too hard and we create another Jordan situation.\\
'''Carol:''' We created that by not squeezing hard enough.
* CoolOldGuy: Hank is old enough for all 4 of his known children to be legal adults, and is one of the most approachable parents in the comic due to his [[CharacterDevelopment Character Development.]]
* EpicFail: In a Patreon strip where we see Hank and Carol's first meeting in college, the former's attempts to flirt fall flat.
* TheFundamentalist: Much like Joyce, but are a bit more of the {{Jerkass}} variety when they meet her atheist friend Dorothy and her parents. While Hank grows out of it after Joyce stands up to them on the issue, Carol only gets worse, [[spoiler:siding with Ross after Becky's kidnapping, trying to pull Joyce out of school, and being utterly passive-aggressive and hateful to Becky.]]
* HiddenDepths:
** Hank at first seems like your typical judgmental fundamentalist Christian, but when he comes to pick Joyce up for a weekend at home, [[spoiler:he not only invites Becky along, but reveals that, while it will be hard for him to accept Becky's sexual orientation, he still considers her a good kid, and believes he needs to let Joyce make her own decisions, instead of making them for her.]]
** He reveals later in the same Book that [[spoiler:he too was passionate like Joyce and the reason they changed churches so much wasn't out of ignorance, but out of passion and dedication. He also gets noticeably upset when he overhears the congregation insulting Becky. ]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Carol, in spades. [[spoiler:When Becky and her are alone after the events of "To those Who'd Ground Me," her first questions to her are if she really sure she's a lesbian, and asks if it was worth sending her father to prison, utterly ignoring the facts that Becky's dad kidnapped her via gunpoint and almost killed her own daughter in the process. During all of Becky's stay at their house, she acts extremely passive-agressive towards her, putting her husband ill at ease and infuriating Joyce.]]
* MamaBear: ''Subverted.'' [[spoiler:In spite of all of Carol's talk about how she would die for Joyce, she defends the actions of Ross [=MacIntyre=], ''the man who pointed a gun at her daughter.'']]
* MyBelovedSmother: Carol is this to Joyce, and it is clear that without Hank reining her in Joyce would have been withdrawn from university a long time ago.
* NiceGuy: Hank, especially compared to his wife. He happily allows Becky to come with them for the weekend, and spends dinner trying to resolve the tension between her and his wife Carol, [[{{Jerkass}} who isn't so happy to see Becky.]] He is also visibly both sad and pissed when he hears other people at church trash-talking Becky because of her hair and sexuality.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever happened with Joyce's brother, Jordan. It's implied that he is alienated from the rest of the family in some way.
* ParentalSubstitute: Hank serves as this to Becky, treating her as he would any of his own children and trying to defend her from his wife.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Hank, on account of CharacterDevelopment setting in, and deciding to be much less judgmental. He's about the second-most approachable parent in the comic behind Dorothy's parents.

!!Jonathan "John" Brown

Joyce's oldest sibling.

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Initially seems pretty warm and friendly, right up until the subject of punching Becky's dad comes up. Things proceed to get worse from there.
* BrokenPedestal: Not as severe as with her mom, but Joyce is utterly furious with him for taking Ross' side.
* EvilCounterpart: To Jocelyne. Jocelyne is kind, polite, well spoken and tries to do what's best for her sister, understanding her point of view while trying to nudge her in the right direction. Josh THINKS he's all of these things, but in reality is an egositical dickhead who thinks he knows better than everyone else and assumes any difference of opinion on Joyce's part is just her being a SpoiledBrat.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Subverted and so far the only Brown to still have blonde hair to avert this.
* HappilyMarried: Mentioned to have gotten married recently.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He claims that college is giving Joyce and Becky a "sense of entitlement" because they stood up to Becky's father over her lesbianism. Jocelyne points out that he owns a top of the line Mustang given to him for free by his church, bought using money tithed from the poor.
* {{Jerkass}}: After being condescendingly "civil" to Joyce and Becky's faces, he flat-out tells Jocelyne that he considers Becky a sinner who's just being "trendy" and entitled.
* NoSympathy:
** Shows an alarming lack of sympathy to Becky's homelessness or the fact that his own sister had a gun shoved in her face. As far as he's concerned, Joyce showing something as unseemly as actual anger totally invalidates her position.
** Rather than admit that his community has totally failed to prepare Becky for life on her own, he suggests that she "should have thought of that before" everything that happened. When Joyce warns him about finishing that sentence, he switches to tone-policing her.
** Says Joyce overreacted by breaking her hand punching Ross, despite the fact Ross threatened her at gunpoint and kidnapped her best friend.
* PermaStubble: Has five o'clock shadow. He's presently the only member of the Browns to display facial-hairedness.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sees himself as this, in contrast to Joyce's barely-contained rage over Ross' actions, though he really isn't in reality.

!!Jocelyne Brown

Joyce's second oldest sibling and an aspiring writer with her own website, and closeted trans woman known as "Joshua" or "Josh" to everyone in the cast but Ethan.

* BigSisterMentor: To Joyce and Becky, advising the former to be more civil with their mother so that she stays in college and Becky still has a family and helps Becky break into her old house so she can get her Social Security number.
* DeadpanSnarker: By far the snarkiest member of the family, and she is able to deliver [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/trendy/ fantastic lines]] when she is pissed.
* DramaticIrony: Joyce has repeatedly said that she's always wanted a sister. Of course, she doesn't know that her older "brother" Joshua is actually a trans woman named Jocelyne.
* {{Foil}}: To Carla. While both are trans-women, Carla chooses to be open about her status, earning her the bigotry of Mary. Meanwhile, Jocelyne remains closeted to avoid alienating her family, who have already demonstrated homophobic behavior towards Becky, causing her to remain well-liked by everyone. Their personalities reflect this, with Carla being a jerk by default, while Jocelyne is a nice girl.
** And possibly also to Becky. Both have different attitudes about coming out of the closet - Becky rushed out of it, suffered for it and eventually came to greater happiness, and is fully aware of how very conditional her family's love was. She also [[AngstWhatAngst has absolutely no lingering desire to stay at home.]] In contrast, Jocelyne stays closeted, suffers for it, and is overall far too attached to her family and memories to come out of the closet the same way as Becky.
* GivenNameReveal: Inverted, she texts Ethan the link to her website, which happens to be her chosen name.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: The main reason why no one but Ethan knows what her real gender is. Even the readers were fooled up until the reveal.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Her true name and gender was a massive twist at the time it was revealed, but that was in 2013. By now, it's almost impossible not to know, especially as the character tags on pre-reveal strips have been revised to call her Jocelyne.
* NiceGirl: One of the few characters who doesn't need to change much as a person.
* ParentalFavoritism: She says that she's her parents' favorite child, but only because "they know the least about [her]." She's probably not wrong, as she isn't out to her (Fundamentalist Christian) parents as a transwoman, or anyone else in her family for that matter.
* SoProudOfYou: Seems to be having this reaction as she sees Joyce standing up for Becky and generally behaving less like TheFundamentalist. She even mentions that [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/chat/ she and Joyce should have a chat sometime...]]
* StarvingArtist: A Patreon-exclusive strip has her bemoaning that she's been misled over the amount of glamour and wealth involved with going into literature.
-->'''Jocelyne:''' We are what we experience. And these days, John mostly experiences having stuff.\\
'''Joyce:''' And - and you don't?\\
'''Jocelyne:''' Joyce, I'm a ''writer.''
* StepfordSmiler: She mostly appears cheerful and good-natured, or at least frequently smiles. During John and Joyce's argument she's the one trying to keep everything calm and "normal".
* {{Transgender}}: Assigned male at birth, but identifies as female.
* WalkingSpoiler: "He's" Josh, one of Joyce's ''many'' older brothers, right? Wrong, ''she's'' actually a transwoman named Jocelyne, and Ethan is the only one who knows this.

!!Jordan Brown

Joyce's third oldest sibling, who is implied to be estranged from the rest of the family for being, in Willis' words "too individualistic".

* BlackSheep: Of the Browns, though apparently for not doing what his parents told him.
* FreudianExcuse: Whatever he's like and however he's estranged, it's been heavily implied, if not outright stated that it's because his parents pressed on him too hard.
* TheGhost: Has only been mentioned so far.


[[folder:Riley [=DeSanto=] ]]

!!Riley [=DeSanto=]

Roz and Robin's little sister.