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This is the character sheet for ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', the "UltimateUniverse" extension of the {{Walkyverse}}. ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' has its own character sheet, with ''Webcomic/RoomiesItsWalkyJoyceAndWalky'' still requiring one. 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.
* {{Badass}}: 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.
* 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 when 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 didn't completely recover 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.]]
* GamerChick: A BlandNameProduct version of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', specifically. Also a Computer Science major. And has a NintendoDS.
* 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 flee that she enjoyed it way too much (see InTheBlood). 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 completly shut down.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: With Ethan.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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!''.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "'''Never again'''".
* TheReveal[=/=]TheUnreveal: 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.
* RageBreakingPoint: [[spoiler:After being unable to help your only friend, your father only further twist 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''.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Her eyes take this color during her RageBreakingPoint.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: So, your father [[spoiler:kidnaps your boyfriend in order to use it as leverage over you]]? Bad, ''bad'', '''BAD''' idea Blaine.
* SecretIdentity: She's Amazi-Girl.
* ShrinkingViolet: Was one during her childhood, but managed to grow out of it.
* StealthHiBye: Not even the AltText is sure how she did it [[spoiler: while halfway between outfits.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: [[spoiler:When masked as Amazi-Girl, she refers to Amber as a person outside herself. This may or may not be a sign of her unravelling identity.]]
* UnstoppableRage: [[spoiler:Blaine kidnaps Danny. Amazi-Girl joins them and demands he release Danny. Blaine refuses. ''Serious'' ass kicking ensues]].
* YaoiFangirl: She might have spent an entire night reading Captain America / Iron Man SlashFic.


!!Jennifer "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: Hits on Sal while drunk and has a lot of mixed feelings after [[spoiler: Ruth kisses her.]] While she eventually decides it's mutual, [[spoiler: Ruth storms out when she realizes Billie never quit drinking.]]
* 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
* 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...
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Being pegged ''by the staff of Indiana University'' as an alcoholic.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Arguably more so than the guys.
-->'''Billie:''' You're still staring at them.
-->'''Joyce:''' ''(small voice)'' ''i could crawl up into 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. This doesn't seem to have sunk in yet, however.
* 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
* 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
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Dorothy described Billie and Walky this way early on in the strip. [[RedEyesTakeWarning Billie was unamused]].
** LikeBrotherAndSister: Their actual relationship, vouched by them both.
** VitriolicBestBuds: This too.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Walky bestowed it on her during their childhood, in retaliation for her calling him "Walky," and evidently it's just stuck.
* 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.
-->''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.
* SelectiveObliviousness: The only way she's managed to avoid a HeroicBSOD thus far.
* WeightWoe: Has put on a few pounds, probably due to all the drinking and stress.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Early on she did not pick up on the fact that she wasn't in High School.


!!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.
* 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?
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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: Has a one sided version of this with Walky.
* TwoPersonLoveTriangle: With Amber / Amazi-Girl.
%%* WillNotTellALie


!!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...
* {{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]].
* AmbiguousDisorder: Many fans have speculated that Dina could be on the Autism spectrum. Willis own ShrugOfGod on this hasn't exactly helped.
* 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.
* BeneathNotice: Often finds herself trapped between the door and the wall of the room she shares with Amber.
* 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: She is incredibly fonds of dinosaurs, up to the point of wearing a dinosaur hat, and is very knowledgeable about them. Also, ''RAWR''.
* IconicItem: Her NiceHat. {{Defictionalized}}.
* MeaningfulName: '''''Dina Sar'''''uyama. [[WordOfGod Oddly enough,]] [[NoPronunciationGuide it is pronounced DEE-na.]]
* NoSocialSkills
-->'''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.
* SecretSecretKeeper: [[spoiler:Knew Amber was Amazigirl.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: She's cripplingly shy.
* 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cereal.
* 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.
%%* UnfazedEveryman


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

Dorothy is a career woman aiming towards Harvard 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 the strip doesn't judge her for that.
* 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: Downplayed if not flat out averted. 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.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends, NotSoAboveItAll: 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.
%%* OnlySaneMan
* TheSouthpaw: Dorothy is left-handed.
* 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...


!!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.
* 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]].
* {{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.
* IncompatibleOrientation: To Amber. Now also to Joyce, although they are still together 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.
* 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
* StraightGay: Has no stereotypically gay mannerisms.


!!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.
* 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.
* CarpetOfVirility: Gaston-level chest hair.
* TheCasanova: A trait he shares with his Walkyverse counterpart's earlier days.
* CrazyPrepared: He always carries an extra sock to hang on a doorknob.
* EthicalSlut:
** A lot less pushy than his mainverse counterpart was at that age. Case in point, [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-4/01-the-only-dope-for-me-is-you/harness/ he actually does understand when no means no.]]
** He actually has [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/02-choosing-my-religion/casualbang/ a list]] of times when it's not appropriate to hit on a girl.
* 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.
* 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.
* InformedJudaism: He is Jewish but doesn't seem to be practising. 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
* PersonAsVerb: He likes turning peoples' names into verbs, most obviously Danny's.
* ReallyGetsAround: "What kind of threesome did I have last night?"
* ShirtlessScene: Danny wishes Joe was less comfortable walking around their room in his underwear.


!!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.
* {{Adorkable}}: She tries very hard to make friends and can be incredibly cute (and awkward) because of her naivity and upbringing.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Is a bit obsessed with Sal (especially her haiiiiiir), and is clingy with Dorothy, and Billie to a lesser extent.
* TheBeard: Ethan's, although she's now aware of it and the two have agreed to a rather ill-advised "relationship". Acknowledged on the cast page.
* BerserkButton: The fact that AllMenArePerverts.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: when drugged and being threatened with sexual violence... She TurnsRed.
* 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]].
* CloudCuckoolander: Despite being the best-socialized member of her home-school group. She at least isn't one of the "NoSocialSkills" characters.
* 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?]]"
* TheFundamentalist: subscribes to quite strict interpretations of Literature/TheBible.
-->"That's what the Son of God says. ''He'' is my higher authority, my ''moral foundation.''"
* 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!
-->'''Joyce:''' ...you all know what I meant.
* IncompatibleOrientation: With her current boyfriend Ethan. Although now they both know it and are together anyway because they are both uncomfortable with their own sexuality...
* 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, and her brother Joshua.)
* IJustWantToHaveFriends, IJustWantToBeLoved: throwing herself into the college social scene with abandon.
* 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 above? 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.
* InUniverseNickname: "Pre-marital hanky-panky" for, you know, fornication. Shared with her mainline-universe counterpart. (Plural? "[[WordOfGod Pre-marital hankies-panky]]"!)
* 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.
* ThePollyanna: see the character quote.
* 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]].
** 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
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Is explicitly attending college to get her MRSDegree.


!!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]]?
* CheatedAngle: The AltText doesn't think he's in a position to mock Ethan's hair, as his isn't even three-dimensional.
* 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.
* LighterAndSofter: In comparison to his Walkyverse counterpart.
* SinkOrSwimMentor[=/=]StealthMentor: This appears to be Mike's modus operandi 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.


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

Ruth is one of the dorm's [=RAs=]. Despite this, she breaks quite a few school rules herself.
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Her parents are dead, but her grandfather abuses her over the phone and she calls college an "escape".]]
* TheAlcoholic: [[spoiler: In an especially vicious cycle, considering her past.]]
%%* AxCrazy
* 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?
* 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]].
* DrowningMySorrows: Ruth got into drinking as an escape regarding [[spoiler:her parent's death by drunk driver.]]
* 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.
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Harassing Billie turns out to be an outlet for her own self-loathing and a host of other deep psychological issues.]]
* 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."
* NotSoDifferent: To Billie, an alcoholic girl with absent parents and a willingness to use force to get her way.
* OddFriendship: With Billie.
* RefugeInAudacity: How she gets away with her over-the-top threats and occasionally abusive behaviour.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Is revealed to be one in [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/trash-ca/ this]] strip.
* SuddenlySexuality / ExperimentedInCollege: Ruth herself isn't sure which it is. She admits to being confused about her sexuality, but wants to prioritize getting a handle on her other issues first.
* {{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.


!!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.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Half African-American father, Caucasian mother.
-->'''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.
* 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.
* 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.
* CoolBike: Owns a pretty cool motorcycle.
* 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.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Well, at least Joyce and Billie do.
* ExpressiveHair: Her natural curls reassert themselves when she is shocked by a bad grade.
* MixedAncestry: Half African-American father, Caucasian mother.
* 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.
* SiblingRivalry: With Walky.
* StealthHiBye: prefers windows to doors, a trait she shares with her mainline-canon counterpart.
* 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.
* TheUnfavorite:
** Perhaps understandably, considering her track record, but she just as understandably resents it. Of course her track record may also have been a reaction to being the unfavorite, since David's BrilliantButLazy ManChild tendencies probably got him a lot more attention because he required a lot more parenting.
** She refuses to drop her maths class because she doesn't want another lecture from her parents about how she's a failure.


!!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.
* {{Badass}}: [[DateRapeAverted Stops]] [[{{Jerkass}} Ryan]] from date raping Joyce with a ''baseball bat.''
-->'''Joyce:''' S-sarah, you came to save me! [...] God sent you after me!\\
'''Sarah:''' Yeah, the '''[[CurbStompBattle Old Testament]]''' God.
* BeingGoodSucks: See IDidWhatIHadToDo.
* BigSisterInstinct: With Joyce.
* BrokenBird: See DarkAndTroubledPast for more details.
* CynicismCatalyst[=/=]DarkAndTroubledPast: 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.
** 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* JadeColoredGlasses
-->'''Sarah:''' So you already know I'm a '''[[BoldInflation bitchy killjoy misanthrope]].'''
* JerkAss -> DefrostingIceQueen -> 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.
* JerkassFacade: Implied. 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.]]


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

A very juvenile young man, who may or may not be smarter than he looks. Sal is his twin sister. 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: Like his sister, he has a half African-American father and a Caucasian mother.
-->'''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: has never had to work hard to get top grades at school.
%%* CloudCuckoolander
* 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: Emphasis on the "demoted", since his mainline counterpart was the star of a good ten years of continuity, whereas he gets fourth billing--if that--here at college.
* GeekyTurnOn: Dorothy's love of the ''Dexter & Monkey Master'' cartoon acts as this on him.
* HeManWomanHater: Early on ("I HATE PRETTY THINGS!") Current-Walky wishes he could go back in time and punch himself.
* HollywoodAtheist: Played for laughs.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After all his jokes about Joyce's favourite show, [[spoiler: he's horrified to discover HE WAS IN IT.]]
* 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.
%%* ObfuscatingStupidity
* 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. The basis of their friendship, at this point, is simply that they have the same lunch gap between the same two classes. This is particularly amusing because in mainline continuity, they're THE OfficialCouple. At least now they have ''Dexter And Monkey Master'' fandom to bond over.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Except to his family, of course. Sal seems to make a point of addressing him only as "bro".
* 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...
* 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
[[folder: Carla]]
!!Carla Rutten
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.

* {{Asexuality}}: Ace homoromantic transwoman (as opposed to a trans-chassis RobotGirl).
* DecompositeCharacter: In a sense. Ultra Car is an in-universe cartoon character, who Carla has patterned herself on.
* FingerlessGloves
* FlippingTheBird: After Amazi-Girl bursts out of her room.
* SignificantAnagram: Ultra Car...ten? Net?


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).
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Definitely believes in this and is constantly looking for it.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Apparently it's been a while; she references this with varying degrees of subtlety all the time.


[[folder: Jacob]]
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.
* 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).



The TA of one of the freshmen classes.

* BritishStuffiness: Complete with bowtie, sweater and overly-prim vocabulary.
* 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 only so surprising, as their attraction to each other was one of the only stable elements of mainline canon.



The lesbian teacher of the freshmen gender studies class.
* CoolTeacher: She is friendly and understanding with her students, even the ones who disagree with everything she believes (Joyce) or are shameless mansluts (Joe).
* FirstNameBasis: One of the first things she tells her class is to call her Leslie.



Sal's closest friend. Marcie is a mute woman, a skater and one of the few people Sal consistently listens to. She's often involved in Sal's loner walkabouts.
* CoolShades: Only ever seen wearing red shades / goggles.
%%* CuteMute
* UsefulNotes/SignedLanguage: Speaks mainly through sign language, which Sal is capable of understanding.
* SilentSnarker: It's hard not to be snarky when Joyce is around, but she still manages to beat Sal.
%%* TheSpeechless


!!Congresswoman Robin [=DeSanto=]

Roz's older sister, and the young congresswoman of the local district. Just as crazy as her main universe incarnation.
* BiTheWay: This Robin is a closet case.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Somehow manages to become a congresswoman, despite being [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Robin]].
* GayConservative: Roz immediately notices her attraction to Leslie.
* NoPartyGiven: Played with and nearly averted. 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, and may in fact have no principles at all.
* NotAsYouKnowThem: 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.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Her eyesight's fine; she only wears glasses to make a good impression.
* TransparentCloset: Her attraction to Leslie is pretty noticeable.


!!Roz [=DeSanto=]
Robin's extremely liberal younger sister, with very strong ideas on sexual freedom.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Handing out prophylactics. Just after having casual sex with Joe.
* EthicalSlut: In her own mind.
* TheMatchmaker: Trying to set up Robin and Leslie.
* NotSoDifferent: with her older sister, Congresswoman Robin [=DeSanto=].
* SiblingRivalry: With Robin.



An old friend of Sarah's--or more specifically, of Sarah's roommate Dana. Hates Sarah for getting Dana removed from school.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Calls out Char for mocking Dina for her (perceived) mental retardation.
* {{Jerkass}}: She may draw the line at "retarded", but she still calls Dinah "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...
-->'''Dinah:''' Her tone of voice and her posture denotes ''condescension'', correct?
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Shows UndyingLoyalty to Dana.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Averted. Joyce enunciates "''Rah''-ee-dah" for Billie's benefit.



One of Joyce's religious friends, and Dorothy's roommate. A bit spacey.
* BareYourMidriff: Most of her shirts.
* CloudCuckoolander: Of the "space cadet" variety, contrasting with her roommate Dorothy.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: When questioned, Sierra figures she hasn't worn shoes since sixth grade.
* HappilyAdopted: She's adopted and doesn't seem to have a problem with her parents.

!!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.
* 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]].
* {{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 definitly not above beating his daughter personally.
* 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 completly 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.


Amber's half-brother, who lives with her father.
* CasanovaWannabe: He tries to hit on Dina. He ends up tied up and handed over to Ruth.
* PerpetualSmiler: Just like his Walkyverse counterpart.