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The characters page for Gisèle Lagacé's ''Webcomic/MenageA3''. As with the main page, ''please, no NSFW links on this page!''

See [[Characters/StickyDillyBuns here for characters who nowadays primarily appear in]] ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', and [[Characters/SandraOnTheRocks here for characters who nowadays primarily appear in]] ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks''. Note that some of these characters (including of course Dillon and Sandra) previously had significant roles in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', and may still reappear there quite frequently.


!!Our Household of Three


-> ''"All the girls my age seemed to delight in playing mind games with me. It's more or less remained that way my whole life."''

Gary Thompson is a comic book {{geek}} and the first main character to be introduced. He (initially) works at a call center, but has ambitions as a [[CreatorCareerSelfDeprecation comics artist]]. Tall and thin, with frequently bad posture, he is nonetheless [[AvertedTrope quite good-looking]] for a {{geek|Physiques}}.

* AccidentalPornomancer: Gary's sex life is non-existent for a long time early in the comic's history, but then it turns ''complicated.''
** It remains patchy much of the time, but there are points in the series when he's having non-standard forms of sex quite frequently, even if he's not getting the standard types.
** At other times, he's getting regular sex, but the circumstances have elements of weirdness. He sometimes performs grudgingly, under a degree of duress, or even as a result of trickery, or freaks out over the stranger elements. Also, unfortunately, his naive ideas about fun sex aren't always satisfactory for his partners.
** Various women become determined to sample his cunnilingual abilities and willing to resort to dirty tricks to get them. One group of porn stars actually form a queue. Gary himself is generally either unaware of such intentions to ''staggering'' levels of obliviousness or lacks any sort of backbone to resist them.
** On one occasion, his old friend Matt calls round to ask Gary for a favor; to come back to Matt's place and have sex with two attractive women. Gary obligingly agrees, not knowing that everyone will be masked, or that one of the women will be Kiley, or that Matt's reason for asking is in order to restore his own sexual confidence by humiliating Gary.
** And even after hundreds of strips and regular contact with a lot of women, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/quite_a_few_pretty_ones Gary's attempted pick-up technique]], when he takes Yvan to a bar and tries to show how it's done, is ''embarrassingly'' awful.
* {{Adorkable}}: Very much Gary's image, as is clearly intended by the writers, who give him a figure that's more slim than skinny, glasses that aren't ''quite'' {{nerd|Glasses}}y, and so on. When he walks in on Matt and Senna having sex, and promptly throws a massive double-take at the sight of Senna's {{transsexual}} anatomy, Senna's reaction to him is "What a cutie!"
* AlmostKiss: [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090120.html While asleep, with Zii]].
* AscendedFanboy: Gary starts the comic as a geek working in a call centre, with dreams of a career in comics art. He eventually gets some encouragement and training from his artistic idol, though that plotline fizzles out. Then, he swings a job interview with a videogames company. (In both cases, although Gary seems to be quite talented, the key is who he knows, not what he knows.)
* [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Attention Deficit... Ooh! Geeky!]]: While Gary isn't exactly depicted as suffering from ADHD, even in the Hollywood form, he is painfully geeky and thus distractable by the right stimulus. For example, he almost gets sidetracked from the urgent pursuit of the dangerously berserk Yuki by the impulse to check out the latest batch of comics in a shop. Later, he is in {{Paris}} for the first time, with a beautiful woman on his arm; he's supposed to be an artist, and his companion is talking about visiting the Louvre or the Pompidou Centre; so naturally, he gets distracted by a ''video games shop.''
* AttractiveBentGender:
** Yuki's attempts to deal with her attraction to him, when she considered herself a lesbian, make Gary into a distinctly attractive woman inside her head.
** And after [=DiDi=]'s {{Wrong Name Outburst}}, Matt ends up visualizing her as a bustier gender-flipped Gary (though technically, that was someone with [=DiDi=]'s body and Gary's face). Matt then goes on to similar experiences with the much less busty Kiley.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Gary is initially presented as a gawky {{geek}}, verging on {{nerd}} -- but that's never really convincing. He evidently has a metabolism that can keep him slim despite his geeky lifestyle, which gives him, to quote Dillon and Zii, a ''great'' ass, and he can dress up as Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} without having to fake the physique, chin, or really anything. It never seems very strange that various women and gay men fall for him. The only thing he ''really'' has against him is his pretty awful posture.
* BlessedWithSuck: It sometimes seems as if a passing fairy godmother read Gary's thoughts some time around when the comic started, and granted his wish to have attractive women want him. It's not an explicit superpower, but that's increasingly how things work for him. Unfortunately, Gary evidently neglected to wish for the personality or willpower that he needs to deal with the consequences of his good luck, and the women include a violent phallophobe, a {{narcissist}}ic {{transsexual}}, and the desperate [=DiDi=], among others. Around the time that the ruthless {{dominatrix}} guest star puts herself on the list, it becomes clear that Gary should have [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor been more careful what he wished for]].
* BorrowedCatchPhrase: Upon seeing Sonya with a strap-on (strip #523, November 08, 2011, NSFW), he borrows Yuki's "TENTACLLLLLE!"
* ButtMonkey: Gary's misfortunes sometimes seem to be the comic's main source of humor, although he sometimes has his small successes, especially as the comic's plot progresses.
* CannotTalkToWomen: Early on, Gary [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/best_buddies claims to suffer from at least a mild version of this problem]]. In fact, he seems quite capable of talking to women if he doesn't have to approach them with romantic intent, although [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/quite_a_few_pretty_ones he remains rather incompetent whenever he tries to look smooth]].
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Gary's condition in the early part of the series; any little mistake, naughtiness or speaking up gets back to bite him in the ass. However, things later get more nuanced.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Gary turns out to be very inexperienced with alcohol, and [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/digging_this_new_flavor inexperience tells.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: In very limited forms. Gary does get a little more confident around women -- well, he stops passing out in attractive female company -- and he eventually gains just enough confidence to terminate an unwise date with [[spoiler:Senna]]. But he remains passive and almost willfully socially inept over many hundreds of strips.
* ChekhovsSkill: The [[TradeSnark Swirly-Go-Round]] technique Dillon teaches him subsequently gets some mileage, including him giving multiple orgasms to various women, thereby getting Yuki for one [[HoistByHisOwnPetard dangerously]] addicted.
* ClassicalAntiHero: Gary probably rates as the comic's primary protagonist, but he's rather feeble and lacking in confidence, verging on downright passivity, with a tendency to collapse under pressure. Some of his traits make him a texbook loser anti-hero, at least at the beginning of the story: Menial job, check. No girlfriend, check. Still a virgin, check. Passive, check. Defaults he didn't display are cowardice (though he doesn't show much bravery) and laziness (though he's not exactly dynamic).
* CluelessChickMagnet: He ends up having most of the comic's female cast after him at times (and some of the males, too).
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his (rare) moments.
* TheDitz: It's very intermittent, and mostly happens for comedy purposes, but new experiences such as [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/nice_and_level air travel]] or [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/digging_this_new_flavor alcohol]] can trigger downright ditzy behaviour from Gary.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Partially through looks and partially through being a nice, sensitive person. (Though the guys in question are gay or bi.) Which makes his virgin loser status all the more boggling as he accumulates his harem of interested parties.
* ExpressiveHair: His single loose lock can flop down or stand straight depending on his mood; it may also sometimes qualify as low-key IdiotHair.
* ExpressiveShirt: His choice of [[FunTShirt fun t-shirts]] often reflects his mood or the events of the comic; for example, after he finally lost his virginity, his shirt read [[ZackRyder WWWYKI]].
* {{Expy}}: Given the comic's clear influence from Franchise/ArchieComics, Gary, the amiable but gawky and rather (socially) clumsy male who frequently somehow finds himself torn between two (or more) attractive women, and sometimes ends up in a LoverTugOfWar, can be seen as a loose expy for Archie Andrews. However, Gary is older, and does get laid.
* ExtremeDoormat: He's constantly pushed around, and almost never even tries to take the initiative. Eventually, in strip #795 (September 24, 2013, NSFW), the keen {{dominatrix}} Tatiana, guesting in a crossover with ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'', more or less lampshades the trope, identifying him as "the perfect sub" within about five minutes of meeting him.
-->'''Tatiana:''' (thinks) ''On top of everything, he's so spineless. It's like he has no will of his own.''
* FagStag: Junghan seems to be Gary's only straight male friend -- although he only hangs out with Dillon or Matt intermittently. (Actually, given that he otherwise mostly associates with women who he has met since the comic started, his mother may well be right to observe that [[FriendlessBackground he has difficulty making any friends at all]].)
* {{Flanderization}}: Though Gary becomes far more experienced with women than he is at the beginning of the comic, his negative traits seemingly become worse instead of better over time. In early strips, he occasionally shows an ability to handle unexpected situations (such as making up an excuse for Zii when his landlord overhears that she is unemployed) and sometimes demonstrates flashes of insight or snark. But as time goes on, his passiveness and obliviousness are turned up to the point where it can sometimes feel like there's nothing more to his personality.
* TheFool: His UnluckyEverydude qualities seem to fade into a weird sort of luck over time. He eventually, at various times, has his dream girl and a physically gorgeous rival willing to compete in a ''sex contest'' for him, has both his female roommates ''nearly'' willing to have sex with him, and ''accidentally'' transforms a kissing technique into an oral sex technique which gives three unmatched orgasms to his favorite porn starlet, while he isn't even aware of what he's doing. He eventually even has sex, with more than one attractive woman. The joke is, none of this does him much good -- because he's still Gary.
* FreudianExcuse: Not that he's a villain, but it's an excuse for his character flaws; he claims in an early strip that his virginity and social incompetence are a result of severely repressive ultra-religious parents, plus cock-teasing female contemporaries in his teenage years. (And now he lives with two women who engage in a lot of sexual teasing, albeit mostly by accident, and lusts after a girl with penis-phobia. Um...) However, this is never mentioned again, and his behavior looks far more like simple, if [[TurnedUpToEleven extreme]], {{geek}}iness, than religious repression or guilt, so it may just rate as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. And when his mother 'phones to wish him a happy birthday, she sounds nice enough.
* GagPenis: He has one, at least according to [=DiDi=] (she and Zii once undressed him and put him to bed after he fainted); when she learns that he's a virgin, she exclaims: "His star power! Quel gáchis!"[[note]]French for "What a waste!"[[/note]] None of the women who actually have sex with him comment on this, though; the fan consensus guess seems to be that he must be very adequately but not excessively equipped.
* HeCleansUpNicely: While Gary is never presented as exactly unattractive, he is very {{geek}}y, with bad posture, and despite her attempts to improve his chances with women, Zii never seems to be able to do much about this, perhaps because her own tastes just don't suit him. However, when he puts on a smart suit for a job interview, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/sure_does_clean_up_nice she and DiDi invoke this trope]] -- and when [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/even_better_than_glasses Matt dresses him up,]] the effects are fairly dramatic.
* HollywoodDateless: Gary's shift from virginal and genuinely dateless, through socially clumsy and still virginal but attracting the attentions of several attractive women and going on dates with some of them, to fully sexually active (if still socially inept), was so rapid that he gave the impression of fitting this trope.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Details of Gary's teenage years are somewhat shadowy, but he ''may'' have manifested this trope in an unattractive form. He claims to have been teased mercilessly and frustratingly by teenage girls, but he also admits to having been an Internet troll, so he may well have been a bit of a hormone-addled creep.
* IdiotSavant: Strictly, Gary isn't any sort of idiot; he's just a bit socially clumsy at worst. However, he ''is'' massively sexually inexperienced -- despite which, he has an instinctive mastery of a cunnilingus technique which not only reduces strong women to jelly, but is apparently incapable of being replicated even by experienced bisexual women who have received it.
* InformedAttribute: To some extent, Gary's ''niceness'' is more asserted than visible to the audience. He's mostly harmless, and sometimes tries to do the right thing by other people without being asked, but his sheer social incompetence means that he sometimes causes pain to people around him. He doesn't know that he's doing so, but then, he doesn't put any visible effort into learning better.
* InformedFlaw: Gary sometimes claims to have deep-seated psychological problems. It's not clear whether the writers intend this to be taken at face value or seen as self-pity, but the worst things that readers actually see are his nosebleed problem (largely cured over time), some poor social skills, and his geeky personality.
* KavorkaMan: Gary manifests this trope after he starts attracting female attention, being a plain-looking geek with a haircut that would fit in an Archie comic from the 70s, and no significant social skills, who nonetheless begins to accumulate an accidental harem. However, ArtEvolution makes him look increasingly [[HollywoodNerd toned, in a cute sort of way]], while he gains an in-comic reputation as an oral sex master, making his appeal less and less inexplicable as the story progresses.
* LampshadeHanging is not a common feature of this comic, which avoids being overly self-referential. However, the writers perhaps made an exception for Gary. His spineless inability to say no to anyone had long become obvious, but it wasn't clear to some readers whether this was a point of conscious character design or just a weakness in the writing. Then, in strip #795 (September 24, 2013, marginally NSFW), [[{{Dominatrix}} Tatiana]] looked at him for a few minutes and identified him "the perfect sub", with no detectable will of his own.
* LimitedWardrobe: Gary ''very'' rarely strays from his staple of black jeans and baseball t-shirts [[FunTShirt with funny and geeky logos or phrases on them]]. When he does, it's either a white short-sleeved collared shirt or a black long-sleeved one if he's ''really'' trying to dress up. (In fact, the ''sheer number'' of t-shirts that he owns might actually qualify as an UnlimitedWardrobe.)
* LiquidCourage: An accidental example. Senna takes Gary on what turns out to be his first-ever 'plane flight, and he becomes very nervous. She suggests that he has a drink, and the normally teetotal Gary accepts, asking for something non-alcoholic to rehydrate himself. Senna, not listening, gets him something alcoholic, and he likes the taste and asks for more. He gets over his nerves, not only enough to survive the flight but also enough to join the MileHighClub with Senna.
* LoserProtagonist: Gary has some of the attributes of this trope, at least at the start of the story. He slowly gets better, and it seems that he has enough talent, intelligence, and peculiar natural gifts to be more than a loser, but his big problem in this respect is his passivity, which the writers don't seem willing or able to have him shed, and which stops him from realising that potential.
* LustObject: Gary's reputation as an oral sex master causes a lot of women to look at him this way, at least in this specific respect, and while he is the focus of [=DiDi's=] interest, she becomes quite obsessive, occasionally almost hallucinating.
* TheMakeover: Attempted, though ultimately [[AvertedTrope unsuccessfully]], for Gary. After promising to help him get laid, and then getting a minor hold on him, Zii takes Gary shopping for cooler clothes. This attempt at a makeover takes place in the bonus strips to volume 1 of the print collection of the comic -- i.e. off-stage to the online comic, although some of the effects are alluded to in passing. However, none of it seems to stick; Gary carries on wearing the same jeans and t-shirts as ever, even when hanging out with fashion models. Given his physical discomfort in the ultra-tight pants, Gary probably considers the whole thing a male CosmeticCatastrophe.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Part of his self-esteem issues. The irony is that once he apparently resolves this, his problems are only just beginning.
* NatureAbhorsAVirgin: Played with extensively in Gary's story. He admitted his unhappy virginity early on, and if the trope applied, that made him having sex eventually inevitable. However, ensuing complications convinced some readers that he'd only get laid at the end of the comic's run, with the trope thus averted until that time. Then, almost out of the blue, he had sex, seemingly playing the trope straight. And yet little else about him changed.
* {{Nerd}}: Gary has many of the classic attributes of the trope, although he wants to get rid of some of them. His nerdiness ends up modified by various sub-tropes, though:
** LovableNerd: This appears to be his plot function at first; Gary is sweet, battered, and probably deserves better than the hand life dealt him. Over time, though, the trope is deconstructed, or at least Gary's lovability proves [[YMMV/MenageA3 debatable]]; his luck changes (especially with women), his problems seem to be his own fault as much as anything, and while he's [[NiceGuy nice enough]], he proves to have definite flaws.
** GiveGeeksAChance: As the comic progresses, Gary is increasingly a subject of interest to many of the attractive women around him -- despite him still being much the same socially inept geek as ever. However, this interest doesn't always fit the standard version of the trope; not many of these women like Gary [[GeekyTurnOn for his geekiness]], although some of them are taken with his cute nervousness. They are generally more likely to be interested in the supposed glamour of him being an artist, or to have heard about his skill at cunnilingus. However, his (rather passive) kindness and good nature may make him promising "boyfriend material" for some.
** HollywoodNerd: He was always a bit {{adorkable}}, being slim and nervously amiable rather than really unattractive, and he underwent a fairly rapid transition to something of a MrFanservice. Given that he bears a striking resemblance to [[{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] in geeky glasses (he even fills in as {{Nightwing}} at a play), and that even Zii admits that he's attractive, this may be entirely deliberate character design. And his glasses are probably slightly too well-chosen to be considered really {{nerd|Glasses}}y.
** NerdGlasses: His glasses are actually a fairly presentable pair with slim rectangular frames, rather than quite fitting the trope -- but Gary wears them almost ''all the time,'' even over a mask when playing a superhero on stage. It's not clear if he's BlindWithoutEm, but he's evidently not happy with his uncorrected vision.
** NerdsAreSexy: Pretty much everyone in the comic agrees that he's cute, with a certain dorky nice-guy charm, and some characters are specifically attracted by his nerdy or geeky features, such as quiet obligingness and interest in manga (Yuki) or obvious stammering inexperience (Senna). However, his terrible luck, passivity, awkwardness, and [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/very_bohemian uncontrollable geek reflexes]] ruin or endanger many of his chances.
** NerdsAreVirgins: Played straight for the first few years of the comic. Then, following the evening of the disastrous sex contest, [[GiveGeeksAChance Gary gets jumped]] by a woman who he's only just met, and from then on [[AvertedTrope the trope is firmly averted]].
* NiceGuy: He does have his flaws, but he's still a genuinely nice (if passive) guy, probably the most consistently moral major character in the comic. In his relationships he generally put the other person first, even at the cost of his own happiness and satisfaction.\\
Gary's niceness also features strongly in the {{crossover}} with ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks''. Some readers assumed that he was being set up as that previously-absent competition for Pierre as Sandra's romantic interest, but then he went home -- albeit with a goodbye kiss that left that ship just about afloat.
* NoIndoorVoice: Occasional. Gary normally seems to be quite quiet, but when he gets really nervous, say [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20100311.html because he's taking a girl on a date for the first time in his life,]] or because [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/here_we_are his previously unrevealed fear of flying has suddenly been exposed,]] or [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/adult_friends when he's just surprised,]] his volume control breaks down.
* NoNameGiven: His last name has never been used in the main comic. However, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/at_tcaf_-_dr_didi_ks_bonus_preview an extract from a Kickstarter bonus comic]] in 2015 implies that his surname is "Thompson", and this is confirmed in the bonus comic itself.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Sexual situations initially cause him violent nosebleeds. He mostly gets over this a few hundred strips into the story.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He turns 30 in the course of the story, but doesn't look a day older than the rest of the cast, most of whom are apparently in their mid 20s.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Gary is prone to this sort of error, as he demonstrates, with lampshading, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/uncomfortable_foot here.]]
* SexGod: Gary sometimes attains sexual deity status despite originally being a virgin, and never yet mastering any kind of deliberate seduction skills. It's complicated.
** He manages to attract international lingerie model Senna through nothing but his geeky goofiness, and she subsequently comes up with a series of bizarre delusions and half-truths to explain what's going on in their relationship.
** By strip #912 (July 24, 2014, distinctly NSFW), Gary ''literally'' has multiple women queuing up for his tongue. The core gag, though, may be that Gary can't handle female interest -- in large quantities -- any better than he can handle female indifference.
** In fact, the trope is increasingly {{Deconstructed|Trope}} within Gary's story, as the pressure to live up to his in-universe reputation puts a ''lot'' of pressure on him, and some of the female cast [[WhatTheHellHero treat him as little more than a sex toy]].
* TheTeetotaler: Although this is never made explicit, it seems that Gary doesn't usually drink. However, when he travels on a private jet with Senna, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/digging_this_new_flavor he ends up getting drunk on liqueur-based frozen cocktails,]] having mistaken them for Slush Puppies.
* ThisLoserIsYou: As a comics-and-anime-loving {{geek}} who's also the primary protagonist of a [[{{Webcomics}} webcomic]], Gary seems set up to be [[AudienceSurrogate the character with whom many readers will identify]]. But he's also passive, pliable, severely short on confidence, and at the start of the story at least, a 29-year-old virgin, while being surrounded by cooler characters. The writers don't actually seem to have that cynical a view of their audience -- Gary has his good points, and the comic isn't entirely seen from his point of view -- but geeks who identify with him too much may end up feeling rather teased.
* {{Troll}}: [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20100708.html Apparently he used to be one]] in a past he now regards as [[OldShame shameful]].
* UnknownRival: Gary has a (slightly weird) rival who he knows nothing about (and who hasn't actually caused him any trouble yet). Ever since [=DiDi=] called out Gary's name while having sex with Matt, Matt has developed a bit of a complex about his sexual prowess compared to Gary's. This was exacerbated when Peggy admitted that she only hooked up with Matt because she mistook him for Gary. Gary himself has no idea that Matt feels this way.
* UnwantedHarem: Gary moves quite rapidly from frustrated girlfriendless virgin to subject of interest for multiple women (including frustrated Amazonian sex goddess [=DiDi=], deranged otaku fantasy Yuki, misled gorgeous dim-bulb Sonya, super-high-maintenance -- and {{transsexual}} -- Senna, Amber the swirly-loving porn star, and model and geek idol Sandra), few of whom are keen to share him, and his inexperience and haplessness leave him ill-equipped to handle this. His oral skills cause much but not all of this trouble; he tends to go with the flow rather than doing much about his problems. See the discussion of this trope on [[Webcomic/MenageA3 the Main Page]] for details.
** Quite early on, one of his co-workers mistakenly but understandably thinks that Gary has a full-scale harem...
--->''"Punk rock chick. Big-Breasted amazon who gives tons of assplay. Japanese Nympho. Gary is the luckiest guy on the face of the earth."''
** ...and when things get even more interesting later, the same co-worker is seen eavesdropping Gary's telephone conversations with fascination.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: A status more or less attained by Gary, and {{Lampshaded|Trope}}. In strip #925 (September 09, 2014, NSFW), Peggy refers to Gary as an "urban legend of sex" (causing Matt's brain to crash, as Matt last knew Gary as a hopeless virgin geek, and Matt has [[UnknownRival a hangup on the subject]]).
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Sexual naivety is one of Gary's defining features. As a major example -- one would ''think'' that he could tell the difference between kissing a man and cunnilingus even when blindfolded. (He does, to be fair, eventually catch on to the fact that he can hear Amber talking clearly and moaning some distance away from where he thinks "his" mouth is.) However, he doesn't get much sharper when he does eventually get laid; his problem isn't virginity so much as it's being Gary.
* YankTheDogsChain: Gary and Kiley really hit it off when they meet, and it looks like Gary might actually have a meaningful relationship with someone who respects him. But it doesn't last; it seems, at that point, that [[ButtMonkey Gary is just not allowed to be happy]]. Though many of Gary's problems can be said to be his own fault, that one wasn't.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Gary's entire story throughout the comic is a subversion of this trope. At the start, he wants to get laid, and his friends generally agree that, yes, that'd be good for him -- though they tend to have their own ideas about details. Then, after hundreds of strips, he not only gets laid, he has multiple women interested in him. It introduces a whole new set of plotlines, but it makes no detectable difference to Gary's personality. He's mistaken a symptom (virginity) for the problem (his marginal social skills).


-> ''"Man, I miss those days. Music, sex, and music... and sex... and music '''while''' having sex!"''

Suzi "Zii" Nielsen is an originally bandless rock guitarist who is not ashamed of herself. She is bisexual, has a [[YaoiFangirl penchant for yaoi]] and is certainly not afraid to take the chance if it presents itself. She also enjoys comics and has a cat.
* [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Attention Deficit... Ooh! Kinky!]]: She's not normally overly distractible, and is only mildly hyperactive sometimes, but sexual temptation can obliterate Zii's self-control, and even the mere sight of two cute gay guys making out can throw her off track. For example, when she tries talking Sonya into patching things up with her boyfriend, Zii makes an honest effort despite Sonya's attempts to come onto her, until Sonya mentions the [[FetishFuel kitty costume]] she wants to wear for Zii, [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/while_thinking_of_you and also the bunny one.]] So much for that... A much later strip where Zii [[spoiler:abandons Sonya in mid-cunnilingus on receipt of an offer from [=DiDi=] ]]would be another case in point.
* BerserkButton: Internet trolls and being called a dude based on her appearance have both set her off.
* ButtMonkey: Not on Gary's level (before fortune finally started to smile on him), but a twist in the plotting certainly turns events against Zii for at least a while after he starts getting more random good luck.
** First, after a drunken night out, she ends up participating in a lesbian orgy, despite the fact she's in a relationship with Erik. That wouldn't be bad luck; Erik walking in on the scene would be. He dumps her, and Zii is desolated for a while (not to mention that he ''was'' her band's manager before that).
** Then, due to Gary being in Paris courtesy of Senna, Zii's lesbian urges for [=DiDi=] and her bodacious Amazon body shoot through the roof; it seems that they were somehow kept in check with Gary around. This leads to some tense situations between the two ladies. Add lingering feelings for Sonya, with Peggy pulling the sort of [[OperationJealousy long-term seduction scheme]] on her behalf that Zii can only claim to manage, and Zii ends up calling in Amber for sexual tension relief; Amber comments just ''how'' tense she is.
** Gary returns from Paris and cheerfully recounts his adventures to Zii. This actually rubs her up the wrong way, as she's used to Gary having things ''not'' go his way, and he can no longer serve as a sexual-emotional damper in the apartment.
** And then, one's band playing their first gig against an old rival is bad enough; it's even worse when one's ex is their manager. Zii is really beginning to feel down by now... [[spoiler:Though her own band's triumph in that competitive gig pulls her back somewhat. Now she just has to stop her drummer and her bass player from killing each other.]]
* TheCasanova: She's a female version, having quite a knack for seducing presumably straight women into lesbian encounters. She's been with many of the female characters in the comic, with [=DiDi=] as the only major character who seems to be (unknowingly) immune to her seduction techniques. She's been with a lot of men, too, but since AllMenArePerverts that doesn't really count.
* CatGirl: Noticing the effect that her new work outfit has on Gary, she [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20091217.html decides to]] [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20091222.html play it up]] a bit -- with mixed results. Perhaps more significantly, Sonya finds the effect irresistibly cute. Later, Jung incorporates the ears from that outfit into the stage costume that he designs for her -- and [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/feels_like_the_first_time Sonya is affected once again.]]
* CatSmile: Appears occasionally, when she's got something to be pleased about.
* CharacterDevelopment: Over time, she has displayed a more morally complex personality, taking umbrage at being offered up by someone else for a threesome and being genuinely supportive of Gary and Kiley's brief relationship. Her romantic attachment to Erik was certainly a surprise to ''her'', too. This in turn may mean that she can find her past behavior [[OldShame embarrassing]], though she mostly seems to avoid thinking about that. She's also begun to show more concern for other people's relationships, actually showing regret that she might have endangered Sonya and Peggy's supposed romance. (She doesn't know that that relationship is [[OperationJealousy fake]].)
* ClingyJealousGirl: Toward Erik, on occasion and to her own confusion.
* {{Cosplay}}: One of the requirements of her job at the comic shop is that she models Jung's cosplay outfits. (This isn't actually in her contract of employment, but any time Jung gets the upper hand over her, he may require it.) Jung also ends up designing her band's stage costumes, though Zii insists that these must be original, not cosplay designs.
* [[HandsomeLech Cute Lech]]: Very much part of her nature.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Shown quite explicitly at least once, referenced on multiple occasions.
* DepravedBisexual: To those who don't like her.
* EveryoneHasStandards: [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/being_pimped Zii really didn't take Gary trying to pimp her out to Amber well.]] [[IRegretNothing As she said, she's done a lot of things with a lot of people]], but it should have been her choice, not someone else's. (Which said, she [[{{Hypocrite}} often submits people to sexcapades]] they [[ItsAllAboutMe normally wouldn't choose voluntarily when sober...]])
* FacePalm: When she realizes Yuki and Sonya are about to restart their rivalry.
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Suffered by Zii in distinctly distorted form, as her need for an income obliges her to take a job as "counter candy" in a comics shop, being "ogled by geeks" as she puts it herself. This hard-times job even comes with its own version of the traditional humiliating uniform, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/show-accuracy as seen here.]]
* {{Gaydar}}: Zii occasionally demonstrates an uncanny knack for spotting latent lesbian tendencies in other women, as with Sonya. Or maybe she just takes a lot of chances and gets lucky reasonably often.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: A principle to which Zii adheres religiously.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Judging by the flashbacks we're shown, Zii started as she meant to go on in her teenage years.
* IdiotHair: This manga-style trope is used fairly frequently but subtly with several characters in this comic, as mentioned on the main page. It's not a ''very'' regular feature of Zii's depiction, but a dramatic single-strand version of the effect is sometimes used to indicate surprise rather than stupidity, when her mind gets completely blown -- as when [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/manage_to_touch_all_three she discovers that her bed is full of naked porn stars.]]
* InformedAttribute: Zii is repeatedly described, by herself and others, as a "punk rock chick", and yet is never shown listening to punk music. All the music she ''is'' shown listening to is metal or classic rock, despite the fact the two scenes generally don't get along. This veers into CriticalResearchFailure. Her t-shirts, on the other hand, hint at a somewhat wider taste: she's been depicted with Music/TheRamones, Music/{{Melvins}}, Jet, Music/CheapTrick, Sloan, Music/{{Blondie}}, and [[Music/RobZombie White Zombie]] t-shirts, among others. Ironically, though, ''Yuki'' may have been depicted wearing more punk band t-shirts than Zii.
* InVinoVeritas: Zii enjoys her booze, but usually preserves her self-control (though she may cut loose with the practical jokes even more than usual when drunk). However, when she does get really plastered, she tends to say too much.
** She spends [[WebcomicTime weeks]] valiantly repressing her [[AnythingThatMoves habitual lecherous promiscuity]] [[LadykillerInLove for the sake of her budding relationship with Erik]]. But while on a girls' night out, after [[DidNotThinkThisThrough intercepting multiple drinks]] bought for [=DiDi=] by men (to save the latter from getting ''too'' drunk), she reverts to her baseline personality and [[spoiler:ends up in the apartment with Sonya (also drunk), who has been trying to get back into her pants, and [=DiDi=] (also drunk), whose pants she has been on a quest to get into, on and off, since the comic started. Cue [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy Orgy and personal disaster]].]]
** On a later occasion, she hits the booze ''hard'' in order to blunt the pain of feeling obliged to flirt with the unappealing [[JerkAss Yvan]]. Eventually, she gets drunk enough to express [[spoiler:her burning envy of Gary's weird reputation as an oral sex master]]. Then she passes out. Whether her honesty there registers with anyone is uncertain.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She is definitely one of these no matter who you ask. Most of her early manipulative, selfish {{jerkass}} tendencies slowly evaporate through the course of the story, though booze can reset her to her start condition. Her heart of gold is mostly demonstrated in a casual but good-natured willingness to help people such as Gary and (in a crossover with ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'') Ruby, albeit on her own terms and in ways she finds amusing -- but she also appears to be seriously concerned not to hurt Peggy when the latter seems to be making a claim for Sonya.
* KarmaHoudini: Demonstrated and then averted with Zii.
** In early strips, she suffers dramatically little or no comeuppance for some of the sleazy things she does, such as leaving Gary handcuffed to a man-hater who thinks he's a rapist, or barging in on a naked Gary with a camera. She seems to be immune to either consequences or real misfortune. For example, in [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20091222.html this strip]], she initially seems to be at least discomfited -- but in the [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20091229.html next strip]] she's making out with the waitress (Sonya).
** Some of her actions ''do'' have consequences, but they are never reliable and rarely proportionate, and tend to be PlayedForLaughs or used for {{fanservice}}, like her first experience with "show-accurate" cosplay. One escapade lands her an attractive, intelligent, sensitive and rich boyfriend she admittedly [[LadykillerInLove isn't prepared for]]. She is also supposedly forced by Gary to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment watch the entire]] G1 ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series. How much of a punishment that constitutes is a matter of interpretation.
** However, things get ''much'' more complicated later, as her actions sometimes come to have serious consequences, notably her relentless pursuit by past conquest Sonya. The culmination of this is a drunken night out which leads to her [[InVinoVeritas acting a little too much in character]], which in turn caused her a really quite painful disaster. Nor is she let off lightly after that, as Peggy, actually performing the kind of manipulation that Zii boasts about but never really accomplishes, gets deep into her head with an OperationJealousy scheme that leaves Zii stunned and traumatized (and sexually frustrated).
* TheLadette:
--> '''Zii''': Don't be shy. Think of me as a dude.\\
'''Gary''': I already do.
* LadykillerInLove: Zii becomes a {{Gender Flip}}ped example over Erik, possibly also over [=DiDi=], and even over Sonya. Yes, she has difficulty making her mind up.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Zii doesn't suffer from this regularly, as she generally presents a convincing feminine style, but she does have a very flat chest (and she is occasionally very mildly [[ACupAngst self-conscious about it]]). Hence, she is very annoyed in one early strip when Jung asks "Who's the skinny dude?" — understandably, given that she's flashing everyone at the time...
* LethalChef: Zii claims this status [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/didi!_you_are_in here,]] although she may be exaggerating a little because she likes the idea of getting a serious hobbyist cook into the apartment (and for the sake of a [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap traditional dead drummer gag]]).
* LiquidCourage: Normally, Zii is just a social drinker, though quite an enthusiastic one. However, when she feels obliged to flirt with the creepy Yvan, she hits the booze hard and fast, instructing Gary to keep the drinks coming.
* MulticoloredHair
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Zii, in the middle of being seduced by Sonya, [[RightThroughTheWall hears Yuki telling Gary he's better in bed than her]], and snaps into a jealous rage. After an initial demand to have Yuki let her prove otherwise, Zii realizes she's just nearly cheated on Erik. Yes, it's a little odd that hearing other people having good sex brought her to her senses.
* PetTheDog:
** [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20081106.html She shows genuine concern over a crying Gary]], though she seems [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20081108.html rather uncomfortable with him hugging her]].
** And she's not that [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/the_escape_artist uncomfortable]] when Kiley dumps Gary and she sees he's honestly heartbroken over it. Even Lita gives some sympathy.
* ThePornomancer:
** It sometimes seems that sex just happens to her -- not to mention that at one time, everywhere she went there ''always'' seemed to be a gay male couple making out for [[YaoiFangirl her to watch]]. However, her habitual pursuit of sex has earned her serious consequences on occasion, such as infatuated former lovers, or a musical colleague turning into a bitter rival after they caught her with their boyfriend.
** At one point [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/no_need_to_cry_for_me one of her former lovers gives an insight into her (probably unconscious) seduction technique,]] with which another apparently agrees; she has "this way of making you feel like the most desirable person in the world". In other words, her straightforward and open enthusiasm for sex tends to make its current target feel flattered and interested, which might indeed make her hard to resist.
* {{Pride}}: Zii is smug about her skills at seduction, but isn't always prepared for the consequences. She also tells Gary that she's a genius at hooking people up, but her attempts to improve his love life are intermittent and not especially impressive.
* ReallyGetsAround: She's been around and then some. A group of female porn stars basically reply "been there, done that" when she offers them sex...
* SexGoddess: Zii was the original prime candidate for this status in this comic; certainly, with all the practice she gets, it'd be hard for her ''not'' to be good at sex, and the results do sometimes seem to verge on the supernatural. How good? Well, sleeping with Amber apparently inspired the latter to choose a career in porn just for the sex, and a kiss from her can apparently turn women lesbian -- cases in point being [=DiDi=] and Sonya.
** However, [=DiDi=] fails to sleep with her, and subsequently decides that she's straight [[spoiler:(mostly -- her first couple of experiments with lesbianism don't go well, but then things get ''interesting'' with Kiley)]]. As the comic continues its run, Zii is shown failing to achieve her sexual goals on several occasions (e.g. with [[spoiler:Isabelle]]); it seems that that she isn't unstoppable.
** And in Sonya's case, it could just be that someone as experienced as Zii cares more about Sonya's pleasure than her boyfriends ever did. It seems to be more of an ArmouredClosetGay issue there, anyway; Sonya's catchphrase rapidly became "I'm not a lesbian!" [[SarcasmMode Sure you aren't.]] (Actually, you're bisexual.)
** One of her ex-lovers said that she made him feel like the most desirable person in the world, and it does seem that the ''psychological'' effects of her enthusiasm are a big part of her secret.
* {{Sleepwalking}}: Zii doesn't sleep'''walk''', but she can play ''[[Music/{{Metallica}} Enter Sandman]]'' [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_was_tuning_it_for_you in her sleep.]]
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Zii's IdiotHair sometimes provides a comparatively rare female version, as seen for example [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/that_makes_things_easy when a fan proposes a threesome with her and Gary]] -- though the effect probably represents surprise more than arousal there.
* TankTopTomboy: She tends to wear a lot of sleeveless t-shirts and tank tops. She's also somewhat of a {{Ladette}}.
* {{Tsundere}}: At times; she's not a serious case, but she acts a little this way towards [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/making_out_with_a_transformer Gary.]]
* YaoiFangirl: Both Zii and her cat Lita: "Myaoi"?
* YouAreTheNewTrend: A few days after her new band play their very successful first gig, Zii, along with Gary and Yvan, visit an indie rock bar -- where it turns out that every woman in the room seems to be imitating Zii's distinctive hairstyle. This is no coincidence; at least one of them turns out to be a gushing Zii {{Fangirl}}.
* YourCheatingHeart: It's shown (mostly in bonus strips in the comic's print collections) that Zii frequently cheated on Yuki with guys when they were dating; it seems that half the reason she broke up with Yuki is that Yuki wanted them to be exclusive.
* ZettaiRyouiki: when going on a "date" with [=DiDi=].


-> ''"I was the first of my school to get breasts."''

Désirée "[=DiDi=]" Chastel is a woman with a strong [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Québécois accent]] who is best described... Well, let's just say that her nickname [[HelloNurse fits her very well.]] She works as a waitress at a restaurant, is quite skilled at cooking, and has more [[{{Anorgasmia}} problems]] than are initially evident.
* AntiHero: Not for about the first three and a half plus years of the comic, but her obsession with getting an orgasm at any cost eventually moves her towards NominalHero or UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist status.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] [=DiDi=] is such a good girl (at least in her own mind) that her [--tiny [[GoodAngelBadAngel bad angel]]--] [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100211.html hadn't seen her since the third grade.]] Her good angel is [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100213.html much bigger than the bad one, and indeed than [=DiDi=] herself.]] ''However,'' she's always naively inconsiderate, and as the comic continues and her sexual frustration increases, she becomes more and more selfish and obsessive, increasingly {{avert|edTrope}}ing the trope.
* BlessedWithSuck: [=DiDi=]'s sex appeal is so extreme it verges on being a super-power -- and not an entirely positive one. No man who has sex with her is capable of lasting long enough to bring her to orgasm, and her [[SoBeautifulItsACurse gorgeousness]] may have warped her entire life and personality; men all lust after her, most women envy her or worry about the way their partners look at her, and she's never developed proper social skills. See the entry for {{Anorgasmia}} on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/MenageA3 the comic's main page]] for more on her problems.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's so strong, it was originally suspected that she might be a drag queen.
* BuxomIsBetter: She has enormous breasts and is considered supremely attractive by everyone in the strip.
* TheDitz: She seems quite together, if a bit naive sometimes, to begin with -- but that naivety, plus nigh-autistic social incompetence, sometimes leaves [=DiDi=] looking ditzy to the point of being quite scary. For example, she finds it "adorable" that Kiley screams and flails before passing out during sex. It apparently doesn't occur to her that Kiley is suffocating between her breasts.
* DumbMuscle: A rare female example, she doesn't appear to be very bright and her strength is described as "Amazonian".
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Gay men, straight women and even animals.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: She's blonde, and considered to be the hottest woman in Montreal.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: [=DiDi=] may not have all the traditional attributes of ultra-femininity, but she's very, very ''female,'' and she's a keen and highly competent cook.
* {{Flanderization}}: [=DiDi=]'s sexual frustration becomes more and more prominent over time -- though this may be considered a matter of CharacterDevelopment, as she is becoming more ''desperate''.
* FriendlessBackground: In a strange way, [=DiDi=] manifests this trope at the start of the comic, despite having a list of ''boyfriends'' so long that she can't keep track of it. Her problem is that she treats those men as disposable and interchangeable, and she says herself that she has few or no female friends -- presumably, although she may not know it herself, because she makes other women insecure, jealous, or intimidated, and would distract ''their'' male friends too much. (When talking about her past to Kiley, she says that her best friend from elementary school stopped speaking to her in high school, presumably after [=DiDi=] got her breasts). She's sweetly grateful when Sandra calls her a friend, she does become some kind of friend with Zii and to a lesser extent Gary thanks to sharing an apartment with them, and her relationship with Matt starts as friendship before getting complicated. But she always has problems with social relationships.
* FunbagAirbag: A fairly regular occurence with [=DiDi's=] assets, starting with [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/goosh her very first appearance.]]
* GagBoobs: Although [=DiDi=]'s voluptuous bust is mostly used to signify her near-supernatural sexual desirability, it also gets used for straightforward jokes from time to time, from her very first appearance onwards.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: Well, yes, but [=DiDi=] has a distinct passion for them. Which means [[MarshmallowHell marshmallow heaven]] for anyone watching with her.
* GoodBadGirl: Her (initially) sweet and wholesome personality can make one almost forget that she has a list of ex-boyfriends and casual sexual encounters so long that she can't keep their names straight.
* HelloNurse: May be based on Jayne Mansfield in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RylzPrS3WpE The Girl Can't Help It]]''. She's a walking mass of breasts, lips and legs (especially breasts). Wherever she goes, whatever she does, all men are staring at her. Basically [[LustObject every character in the strip wants her]] or at least acknowledges her attractiveness.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: [=DiDi=] had some specific hormone-related problems in her teens. As the first of her age group to get breasts (and spectacular breasts at that), she doubtless attracted male interest whether she wanted it or not, but she seems to have welcomed it well enough. Unfortunately, this clearly also lost her any female friends she previously had, as her mere appearance makes other women feel insecure.
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: [=DiDi=] can have a potentially unfortunate effect on every heterosexual male and even vaguely bisexual female within line of sight, just by breathing, as [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/perfect she demonstrates soon after her first appearance.]] Unfortunately, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/just_wash_yourself_in_swimsuits asking her to restrain the effect does no good,]] as Zii discovers the hard way; [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/we_need_a_doggy she appears to be totally unable to understand what she's doing.]]
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: She employs this effect accidentally but frequently.
* TheIngenue: [=DiDi=] verges on this type, at least to begin with, despite being far from virginal; she has a genuinely sweet, naive nature.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: [=DiDi=] just never seems to have acquired much of a nudity taboo. She enjoys the sun on her skin, goes in for a lot of [[WorkoutFanservice sweaty work-outs in skimpy garb]], and sleeps (and indeed lounges round the house) in minimal babydoll nighties if she's not simply naked. Given [[StatuesqueStunner her figure]], the results are often dramatic. She isn't entirely unaware of her effects on other people -- nobody could be ''that'' stupid -- and she knows that nudity taboos exist, but she can be terribly forgetful sometimes.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: While [=DiDi=] generally has a nice, friendly disposition, she seems incapable of forming anything more than surface level relationships with others, and often speaks thoughtlessly as a result. See also LackOfEmpathy below.
* LackOfEmpathy: In one, very specific area. [=DiDi=] has zero regard for the feelings of her boyfriends; one of them outright [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/text_call says]] (after [=DiDi=] cancels a date with him by text message) that she doesn't understand that they ''have'' feelings. Oddly enough, most of the rest of the time, she seems rather soft-hearted (though in a rather shallow way), except when distracted by her problem with {{Anorgasmia}}.
* LipstickLesbian: When she declares herself a lesbian (implicitly admitting that she is technically bisexual, but insisting that the love of her life is a woman), [=DiDi=] inevitably takes something of a lipstick lesbian identity, being stunningly attractive in a completely female way.
* LongHairIsFeminine: [=DiDi's=] quite impressive mane is all part of her ultra-feminine package. She had to be dissuaded from cutting it off when she first thought that she might be a [[ButchLesbian lesbian]].
* LustObject: She tends to gain this status in the eyes of to anyone who sees her, at least for a moment.
* MeaningfulName: "[=DiDi=]" counts as a [[{{Pun}} pair]] of these. Her nickname clearly alludes to her [[GagBoobs cup size]], and her actual first name, Désirée, is [[BilingualBonus the female form of the French equivalent to the verbal adjective "desired"]]. In fact, this might rate as a PunnyName for {{bilingual|Bonus}} readers.
* NeverMyFault: Some fans began to suspect that [=DiDi=]'s {{Anorgasmia}} isn't necessarily caused by her partners being lousy lovers, but because she never properly communicates with them and because she has a poor concept of foreplay. Her encounter with Peggy pretty much confirms this, while reinforcing past hints that there might be even deeper problems.
* PoirotSpeak: [=DiDi=] peppers her speech with random French words. (In [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness her earliest appearances]] she spoke a [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20080610.html rather broken English]] as a way of showing her not being a native English speaker, which was a little more realistic but a ''lot'' more grating to read.)
* ReallyGetsAround: She's had so many boyfriends that she mixes up their names. When Kiley asks her about her sexual partners, she goes on listing them for twenty minutes; then, when Kiley asks if she ever lived with any of them, she says no, that would make it awkward to bring other dates home.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Her gravity-defying breasts would require '''insane''' back muscles to stay anywhere close to as perky as they're shown -- back muscles which she does, in fact, display. She exercises avidly, and is unquestionably the physically strongest of the cast, to the point that she is initially mistaken for a drag queen.
* RightThroughTheWall: She's habitually very vocal during sex, even if she isn't actually reaching orgasm.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Her friendship with Sandra has overtones of an adult form of this trope. When they try to turn it into something more sexual, things go bad.
* SexGoddess: Subverted. Everyone finds [=DiDi=] ''insanely'' desirable, to the point that her male partners tend to suffer from premature ejaculation and experienced bisexual women can be quite intimidated by the idea of sex with her. In many ways, she could pass as a downright mythical goddess of love and sex. But it doesn't seem like she's actually especially good at sex, technically speaking; she's never had to be, and she lacks the empathy that she really needs for the purpose.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: [=DiDi=] lives this trope. Her appearance verges on the superhuman, so see the notes on BlessedWithSuck for the consequences.
* StatuesqueStunner: As her defining visual trait.
* SupremeChef: Zii insists that she get the other spare room in the apartment on learning that she can cook (Zii and Gary can't), and the appeal of her breakfasts and her general competence in the kitchen become a minor plot point from then on. She may not quite hit true supreme chef levels, but she's clearly very good -- [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/this_will_be_a_business_dinner her soup shuts down Kiley's better judgment on one occasion.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: After deciding that she's straight after all, [=DiDi=] becomes noticeably more immature, bitchy, and self-centered.[[note]]Oddly, she goes from being the nicest girl in the cast to (for a while at least) the meanest right around the time that Zii takes a stab at being a bit more responsible and less selfish, making it seem like they've switched roles.[[/note]] Mostly, this seems to be a product of [=DiDi's=] increasing sexual frustration, and her attitude seems to be more crazy than evil, so her level in jerkass may yet go away again. However, her treatment of Kiley, after things get complicated between them, is sweet on the surface but basically unthinking and exploitative, so [=DiDi's=] niceness is still deeply compromised.
* WorkoutFanservice: Any of [=DiDi's=] regular jogging sessions can provide fanservice if they appear on screen; they also tend to have devastating effects on passers-by. [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/been_chasing_you_10_blocks The one time Sandra tries to keep up, briefly, she just ends up exhausted in a not-very-sexy way.]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/we_need_a_doggy [=DiDi=] Engaging in yoga in the apartment would also count,]] having been known to [[LustObject scramble Zii's brain.]]

!!Our Household's Friends and Lovers


-> ''"*Sigh* I guess I really am a bastard."''

Matthieu "Matt" Lanteigne is Gary's other former roommate and Dillon's boyfriend until Dillon caught him with a woman. Matt is an underwear model, and a bisexual with a mild taste for kinky sex, with above-average emotional intelligence by the standards of the comic.
* TheCharmer: Matt combines professional-model good looks with a good understanding of people, and is a reasonably nice guy when his worst impulses aren't in charge; while this aspect of his characterization isn't played up, he can get most people to like him despite his flaws. However, he tends to use his charm to fulfill his bisexual [[TheCasanova Casanova]] desires, and when [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/even_better_than_glasses he turns it on Gary]] in the course of a plan that involves ''humiliating'' the other guy, he slips towards ManipulativeBastard territory.
* GagPenis: Senna implies this (in Portuguese), although she's maybe engaging in routine compliments at the time, and Dillon hints once or twice that Matt is fairly impressive. However, neither of them makes ... that big a thing of it.
* InHarmsWay: Matt originally seemed to be merely a compulsively promiscuous sleaze, but it eventually became clear that his real problem is an addiction to danger in his sex life. This can explain his inability to stay faithful to one person, and why he never locks the door while having sex in the living room; in both situations, he maybe ''wants'' the chance of getting caught. It may also serve as an even deeper reason as to why he cheated on Dillon; by not telling Gary about their relationship over the course of those three months, they created an ongoing risk of Gary catching them in the act. So once Gary found out, Matt cheated on Dillon for a new thrill after the old one was gone. He certainly [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/it_was_gaming_night remembered the sense of danger from his first night with Dillon with pleasure]]. And he reacted to several minutes of very real danger of having his genitals maimed by Yuki, which had left him hyperventilating in fear, by engaging in enthusiastic animalistic sex with Kiley (who had put him in that danger in the first place). Apparently, risk ''really'' turns him on.
* {{Jerkass}}: In the opening strips, Matt and Dillon completely shake up Gary's life, getting caught by him having sex in the living room, destroying his work table by having sex on top of it, and not telling him they are moving out until the last possible second, then leaving "just in case some of the strangers they invited over are axe murderers". And yet Matt outstrips Dillon handily -- not only cheating on Dillon with Sandra, but then seducing Dillon while on a date with her, then when the whole night goes to hell for pretty much the entire cast, winding up as the middle of a sandwich, with two of Dillon's cast-mates (one female, one male) as the bread. And he ''admits'' it, at least to himself. (For all his flaws, he does at least have some self-knowledge.) As another point against him, he's also so insecure about Gary's supposed superior sexual prowess that he seeks to set Gary up to be put down, just so he can feel good about himself again.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's ''usually'' a pretty good friend and decent person in any context that doesn't require [[YourCheatingHeart romantic monogamy]] -- and when he [[HeelRealization realizes he's a douche-bag in that area]], he apparently stops trying to get into serious relationships for a while, sticking to people who are as casually sexual as he is. His relationship with Kiley involves him getting a bit more serious again, though he doesn't admit it; things get complicated there. He's also smarter and more empathetic than most of the cast, allowing him to be a ''useful'' friend; during a guest appearance in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/i_am_a_manly_man he handles an encounter with a disguised Ruby with some grace.]]
* KarmaHoudini: After cheating on his girlfriend with his ex boyfriend (who is ex- because of him cheating with the aforementioned girlfriend), and having it all blow up in his face, he still manages to get himself into a [[ThreeWaySex threesome]]. Frankly, the ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' universe really doesn't do [[CallItKarma karma]] very much, at least in this comic; see the discussion of the topic on the comic's [[Webcomic/MenageA3 main page]].
* LadykillerInLove: Though he hides it well, Matt is evidently more romantic than he likes to admit. His problems keeping his hands off Dillon are ''probably'' just lust, but his relationship with Kiley becomes closer than either wants to admit, and when she angrily walks out on him, the comic's graphics suggest that his heart is breaking. He quickly recovers to enjoy a threesome with [[spoiler:Gary and Peggy]], but the next morning, after they've both left and he's been reminded about Kiley, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_need_a_new_therapist_now he collapses]] into InelegantBlubbering. A few strips later, he's allowing himself a series of paper-thin rationalisations for visiting her.
* LustObject: Matt seems to be able to inspire lust quite easily in a lot of people (such as other members of the cast of the musical in which Dillon appeared). He provokes truly ''obsessive'' lust in [=DiDi=] at the time when he is the focus of her orgasm obsession.
* MrFanservice: He's really ripped (after all, he's an underwear model) and the comic often shows him shirtless.
* PetTheDog: Despite the fallout with Dillon, he has a genuine friendship with Gary, consoling him when Gary doubts his heterosexuality, and helping him decide that he isn't gay. (However, he later forgets this friendship and schemes to humiliate Gary when his own ego is threatened.) His treatment of Ruby during his guest appearance in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' also brings out his good-natured side.
* PlotPoweredStamina: After a night of mutually satisfactory sex, Peggy wakes him up by asking if he fancies "making it an even dozen" (and he agrees). This line is there for the joke, of course, but if she really means twelve acts of intercourse in one night ... well, that level of endurance could be considered a case of AnatomicallyImpossibleSex.
* {{Pride}}: He prides himself on his sexual prowess, and does not take it well when he believes that Gary of all people is better than him (see below).
* SelectiveObliviousness: Matt's denial of the nature of [[LadykillerInLove his relationship with Kiley]] gets rather obvious by [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/just_in_mutual_therapy strip #1001.]]
-->'''Matt:''' Don't worry, Kiley. We are just in mutual therapy, like you said. We're not a couple.\\
'''Kiley:''' K.\\
'''Matt:''' By the way, we're low on bread and milk.\\
'''Kiley:''' And bottles of laundry detergent. Let's stop by the market to pick up a couple.
* SexGod: Matt probably comes as close to this status as is ''realistically'' feasible. He's just plain very good at sex, and proud of it. Even he can't bring [=DiDi=] to orgasm, but she still says that he's better than all of her previous lovers combined. (Also, there were a number of unexpected problems there, ranging from Yuki delivering a ''particularly'' vigorous kick to his crotch to [=DiDi=] mistakenly applying [[FireBreathingDiner Tabasco sauce]] to his crotch rather than vegetable oil, to ... well ... see UnknownRival, below.)
* UnknownRival: After [=DiDi=] calls out Gary's name while having sex with Matt, Matt develops a bit of a complex about his sexual prowess compared to Gary's. This is exacerbated when Peggy admits that she only hooked up with Matt because she mistook him for Gary. Gary himself has no idea at the time that Matt feels this way, though he finds out something of what is going on when Matt's subsequent plan comes to a climax.
* YourCheatingHeart: Just ask Dillon. Matt ''maybe'' seeks to reform later.


-> ''"Hey, I don't judge. Well, that's not true ... but I wouldn't judge '''this.'''"''

Junghan (Jung for short) is Gary's friend, who works in a comic-book store and agrees to hire Zii when she needs a job to keep from being evicted. He is also a keen hobbyist costume-maker, who keeps looking for excuses to make Zii wear his designs, and eventually ends up creating stage costumes for her band.
* {{Asexual}}: Most readers' best guess, but the cast page gives his orientation as "unknown". Furthermore, whenever we get a [[FanService delicious shot]] of [[LesYay something]] [[MsFanservice or other]], he's [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090307.html doing something else]], doesn't appear on-frame, or has [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090305.html his face turned from the audience]].
** Jung does appear to be immune to [=DiDi=] -- he's the only major character who has never shown ''any'' attraction to anyone as of yet, and even when [=DiDi=] kissed Zii, he was shown in the background ignoring them, looking smug, and counting money.
** Also, when Yuki went on her rampage, attacking every man she encountered, she completely ignored Jung's presence -- though that may have been because he was behind the counter and out of range.
** He may be MarriedToTheJob; at the very least, he seems more into comic books than anything else.
** ''Then again'', we get [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090324.html shots]] [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090326.html like]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/fantasies_in_print these]]. ''He'' even designed that ''personally''. Some readers sense a CovertPervert there. Though of course, a man can be a little perverse in some areas but still be totally uninterested in sex as such.
** Alternatively, Junghan could just be a regular guy with a normal sex life. He might only ''appear'' asexual [[DysfunctionJunction compared to everyone else]].
* BigEater: Early on, he mentions he can't move out of his mom's basement because the food bills alone would bankrupt him. In his subsequent appearances, he is often shown consuming some form of snack food.
* CausticCritic: Subverted; he originally wasn't even going to consider that Dillon's play would be any good, but when he ends up really enjoying it, he writes an extremely positive review, making the play a success.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Jung was depicted in [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/to_the_airport strip #531 (November 26, 2011);]] more than 250 strips later, he was nowhere to be seen. But the trope was eventually averted by [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_do_not_care his reappearance in strip #824 (December 10, 2013).]] He has also since [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/replacement_copy shown up]] in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns''.
* DissonantSerenity: Jung is [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/ultimate_crossover remarkably calm]] as Yuki [[UnstoppableRage runs amok]].
* {{Expy}}: Junghan, the seemingly asexual BigEater, is a pretty obvious stand-in for Jughead.
* GeekPhysiques: The fat version. Though he's plump rather than seriously overweight.
* HiddenDepths: Jung initially appeared to be just a rather run-of-the-mill comics-reading geek. However, he then not only demonstrated an interest in [[{{Cosplay}} costumes]], but mentioned in passing that he makes them himself -- apparently quite well -- and eventually produced some effective stage gear for Zii's band. He also turned out to speak a little Japanese, and when Zii was feeling quite badly depressed, he managed to cheer her up without ''quite'' blowing his impassive cool. Even his old friend Gary has said that he's [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/your_date_is_some_lucky_guy full of surprises.]]
* NerdsAreVirgins: It'd be a shock for many readers if he ''wasn't'' one (but who knows?).
* NoNameGiven: His last name has never been revealed.
* OnlySaneMan: As close to it as anyone in this series can probably get. Justified since he's also TheStoic: the closest he's ever come to strong emoting is smirking, which appears to be his substitute for chuckling. However, [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/replacement_copy Ruby did manage to startle him a little.]]
* TokenMinority: Junghan's name sounds Korean[[note]]Another spelling could be Jung-Han.[[/note]], and his appearance is consistent with this, though it's never brought up in the comic. (He also speaks a little Japanese, though that doesn't prove much.) This ethnic origin is effectively confirmed by a bonus strip in one of the print volumes, in which his [[RuleSixtyThree female counterpart]] has the distinctly Korean name "Min-Jung".


-> ''"So I guess now she equates a guy's ... little guy ... with the helplessness of her father's female protagonists?"''

Yuki Oyama is Zii's ex-girlfriend and StalkerWithACrush. She has a complex involving phallic tentacles and, thanks to this, initially DoesNotLikeMen, even though it becomes clear that Zii is right to say that she's attracted to them on some level. Yuki is a wannabe manga writer who used a mixture of blackmail and [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey Gary's crush on her]] to get an artist for her work; she is also a competent drummer.
* AgeInappropriateDress: Yuki is a twenty-something woman who dresses to emphasize her innate cuteness -- in "schoolgirl-style" short skirts, with her hair in bunches. (Her style might be considered less inappropriate in her native Japan than in Canada.)
* AllTakeAndNoGive: The benefits of her relationship with Gary are extremely one-sided. (It pisses Amber right the hell off.) Yuki does eventually realize this and breaks up with him.
* AsianAirhead: Type Two. Yuki has decent looks and apparently some money (her father is very successful in his career, and she appears to get by without a full-time job, suggesting that he subsidises her), and she isn't especially bright. (Her thinking can be [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird]], although she isn't actually ''notably'' dumb by the comic's standards.) However, she doesn't have especially extensive social relationships, and she is merely childish, not functionally retarded, so she averts those aspects of the trope.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Sonya, at least by implication [[spoiler:for a long time, then resolved spectacularly.]]
* BerserkButton: [[strike:Male nudity]] [[InsistentTerminology TENTACLES]].
* ButNotTooForeign: Yuki is Nippo-Canadian, though her Canadian mother was of Japanese descent too.
* CharacterDevelopment: Trying to get over her penis-phobia has the effect of making her a nicer and less violent person. Not necessarily ''nice,'' or non-violent, [[TookALevelInKindness just nicer.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: She's ''very'' impulsive and just all-round strange, in an [[ItsAllAboutMe egocentric]] way, seeming to see herself as the heroine of a romance manga. For example, when she wakes up in bed with Sonya (for reasons on which neither of them are actually clear), she accuses Sonya of taking away her "precious innocence", despite the fact that, as Sonya points out, she's been sexually active for years. This [[HairTriggerTemper annoys her]] -- and then [[SlapSlapKiss things get weird]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Originally (and mostly before the comic begins) with Zii, and subsequently while pursuing or dating Gary.
* CuteAndPsycho: Her "psycho" side is mostly played for comedy, showing up in brief bursts of violence mostly screened by amnesia, and she has a FreudianExcuse. But given that her capacity for violence is independent of her romantic inclinations, she probably demonstrates this trope more than, say, the {{Yandere}} label.
* DefiledForever: In strip #905 (June 28, 2014; NSFW), Yuki invokes this trope when she thinks that Sonya must have done "{{ecchi}}" things to her in her sleep. As Sonya snarkily points out, given her sexual history, this is less than rational -- but Yuki ''is'' a [[DramaQueen deranged romantic]].
* DoesNotLikeMen: Due to having been exposed to so much of her father's tentacle [[{{Hentai}} porn]] as a child, she hallucinates tentacles in place of penises, and adopts a pose of [[StrawFeminist half-baked feminism]] at times to justify her aversion to men. However, she slowly warms to Gary and eventually falls in love with him. She even tries to get over her penis-phobia as a result.
* DramaQueen: Yuki is usually exuberant, at the very least, and occasionally downright dramatic in an [[ItsAllAboutMe egocentric]] way that may owe a lot to manga romances. She jumps to the conclusion that [=DiDi=] is tragically in love with her on very little evidence, and when she wakes up in bed with Sonya, she not only assumes that they had sex, she bewails the loss of her "precious innocence".
* DualWielding: She hits Gary with a Hello Kitty doll in each hand after she catches him with his hands on Sonya's breasts.
* FreudianExcuse: The reason for her issues with men is her exposure as a little kid to her father's work; he was a famous {{Hentai}} artist, dubbed "The Tentacle King". (Initially, she wasn't even aware of the nature of her problem. When Gary covered up a naked man's crotch with his hands to stop her from {{Groin Attack}}ing him, she snaps out of "TENTACLLLLES!" mode and promptly asks "Hey, how come you've got your hands over that guy's junk?" In [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100617.html a later strip]] she's absolutely dumbfounded to hear that she destroyed an entire store's worth of pornography, one thumb-through-a-TENTACLLLLE at a time.)
* FumblingTheGauntlet: When Yuki is trying to keep Sonya from getting her hands on Zii, Sonya points out Yuki isn't Zii's girlfriend but Gary's.
--> '''Yuki:''' It doesn't matter! You can't have her either!\\
'''Sonya:''' Oh yeah? Well, maybe I'll steal them '''both!'''
* GenkiGirl: To the point of ethnic stereotype at times.
* HairTriggerTemper: Yuki is highly irritable and quick to resort to violence.
* [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Hilariously Neglectful Childhood]]: She was regularly traumatized by her father's work as a child, and he apparently didn't care enough to try to hide it. Eventually, Yuki's mother left him because of that.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: How she justifies hog-tying [=DiDi=] and spanking her, in an attempt to force [=DiDi=] to promise not to make any moves on Gary.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090512.html Yuki uses this with Gary]].
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Yuki develops a case of this toward Gary, as [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/start_crying seen here]], as a way of reconciling her bisexual impulses with her lesbian self-image.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Yuki is highly self-centered. For example, when [=DiDi=] tries to tell her that she wants Gary, Yuki first thinks that [=DiDi=] is in love with her, then somehow concludes that [=DiDi=] has the same problem (phallophobia) as herself. And after Gary starts giving her the Swirly-Go-Round, she has him do it multiple times in one day, never thinking to return any kind of physical affection until called on this by Sonya.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The reason she [[spoiler:breaks up with Gary]].
* JapanesePoliteness: Actually, few people would consider Yuki terribly polite; all the men she's kicked in the crotch would certainly have arguments there. But she herself invokes the trope, combined with CanadaEh, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/double_polite here.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Character development seems to have her moving up the ladder from {{Jerkass}} towards this. Like so many other things with Yuki, however, this evolution is very much "two steps forward, one step back", and Gary [[{{TheChewToy}} suffers for it]].
* LoveEpiphany: She seems to have had one for Gary.
* MadLove: Her feelings for Zii initially seem to tend this way, and her later approach to Gary isn't entirely rational either.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/that_was_tight When she realizes]] how her relationship with Gary [[AllTakeAndNoGive has turned out]]. This also leads to ItsAllMyFault when, after a nude [=DiDi=] and Sonya pop out of Gary's closet, she thinks her treatment of him has led him to cheat. (Strip #690, January 3, 2013, NSFW.)
* OlderThanTheyLook: Yuki is actually 24. It doesn't help that she's very immature, and always dresses like a schoolgirl.
* PetTheDog: Her relationship with Gary showed her at her selfish and borderline-abusive worst -- but then she suddenly ended it with a huge display of nobility, [[spoiler:passing Gary on to Sonya,]] and was next seen crying pathetically.
* PoirotSpeak: She speaks fluent English, but often uses Japanese idioms.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Yuki is a petite girl, but she's able to knock a guy out with one punch, or throw [[StatuesqueStunner [=DiDi=]]] over her head.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Although it might not necessarily be the ass, the location is pretty close by. When Yuki yells out "TENTACLLLLES!", ''run''.
* PsychoLesbian: Yuki plays {{stalker|WithACrush}} towards Zii, and makes life hell for Gary early in their acquaintanceship. However, the writers seem to be playing with this trope. Yuki has her FreudianExcuse, and she gradually comes to understand a little more about her own faults as her story progresses. At worst, she is a rather tame example -- more of a {{cute|AndPsycho}} {{clingy|JealousGirl}} {{tsundere}}. More to the point, she turns out actually to be, as Zii says early on, bisexual.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: She doesn't use the exact phrase, but the Japanese Yuki invokes the trope by implication. When [=DiDi=] finally says plainly she wants Gary to give her an orgasm, the previously frankfurter-phobic Yuki grabs said frankfurter, [[OoCIsSeriousBusiness takes a big bite out of it]] and fixes the French Amazon with [[DeathGlare a deadly look.]] And with [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/do_me_a_favor a gut punch and judo flip,]] takes [=DiDi=] [[CurbStompBattle down.]]
* TomboyishSideTails: See her portrait.
* TookALevelInKindness: She becomes significantly less violent and self-involved over the course of the strip (though she still has a ''lot'' of issues).
* {{Tsundere}}: [[GenkiGirl She]] has [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090922.html some]] [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100304.html tendencies]] [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100501.html this]] [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20110407.html way]]. She can look like a bit of a deconstruction though -- she's [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20101127.html somewhat aware]] how batshit she comes off to people. That last link could even count as a HeelRealization -- but not a very effective one. She gets [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/that_was_tight a bigger one much later]], but still attempts at least one more [[ZanyScheme inept plan]] before she really comes to accept that she has a serious problem.
* UnknownRival: While she was dating Gary, Amber swore to break them up because of Yuki's maltreatment of him. However, because Amber accidentally issued the challenge to the wrong person, Yuki never actually knew about this.
* UnstoppableRage: A non-heroic form. Yuki has not only felled countless men with [[GroinAttack groin attacks]] when berserk, she decked the Amazonian [=DiDi=], admittedly by surprise, when angered.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Part of her style when she dresses to play up the cute.


-> ''"I'm... I'm really not a lesbian!"''

Sonya is a ditzy waitress who Zii seduced one evening, which led to a threesome with Sonya's boyfriend, which led to Sonya having a lot of lesbian sex. She quite likes Gary, but lusts [[StalkerWithACrush madly]] after Zii, and has concluded that actually she's in love with her. Yuki has a kind of rivalry with her and they ''usually'' don't get along well (it's a long story). She has also turned out to be a competent singer and bassist.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Yuki, at least by implication, though more on Yuki's side and only hinted at [[spoiler: for a long time -- but then resolved spectacularly]].
* BrainlessBeauty: Sonya ... jet black hair, stunning figure, and dumb as a bag of hammers, bordering on [[TheDitz total ditziness]]. She didn't even seem to be aware that technically she was cheating on her boyfriend with Zii. She does develop a little highly unreliable low cunning and some specific skills as the plot continues, though.
* CatchPhrase: The line "I'm not a lesbian!" has become a standing joke with Sonya.
* CharacterDevelopment: It's subtle, but Sonya's shift from a rather conventional waitress to a bisexual rock bassist with a penchant for [[ZanyScheme questionable plans]], losing an inconsiderate boyfriend and gaining a huge crush and a lot of confusion about her sexual identity along the way, is probably going to be good for her in the end. Unfortunately, she doesn't gain much ''intelligence'' in the process, but HiddenDepths only go so deep. She eventually lampshades the development; ''[[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/we_have_an_emergency "I... I was so different then."]]''
* CompetitionFreak: She's a minor case, but the one thing that always seems to set Sonya off is some kind of rivalry -- especially (but not only) if the rival is Yuki. Even when they're supposed to be [[spoiler:having sex together by mutual consent]], they end up turning it into a competition.
* TheDeterminator: Sonya takes seduction very, '''''very''''' seriously -- especially when it's Zii she's after or there's any kind of competition involved. (She gave up trying with [[spoiler:Erik]] when he proved resistant and something more amusing came along.) When she gets into a contest of mutual seduction with [[spoiler:Yuki]], she escalates through [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn striptease]] to use of an AnimalEaredHeadband, and wins.
* TheDitz: The open question with Sonya is whether she's ''actually'' as stupid as she sometimes looks, or whether she just doesn't bother to use her brain. Her occasional flashes of low cunning and even what might be wit may subvert the trope in her case.
* DramaQueen: Sonya ''loves'' drama, and will occasionally provide her own when necessary; it seems to turn her on sexually. She is described on the comic's own [[http://www.ma3comic.com/cast/ Cast Page]] as "Dramasexual".
* DressedToPlunder: When she suffers a black eye, Sonya needs an eyepatch. Being [[TheDitz Sonya]], she ends up buying a complete pirate fancy dress outfit just for the patch. Then, being [[MsFanservice Sonya]], she insists on [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_am_getting_a_text wearing it,]] largely for purposes of flirting with Gary.
* EvilGloating: As a drama addict who doesn't mind being a bit evil, Sonya naturally tries gloating occasionally -- albeit often just to herself. She's quite annoyed when [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/this_will_make_yuki_jealous Yuki doesn't rise to the bait.]]
* FemmeFatale: Downplayed. She pursues Gary largely to annoy Yuki (though she thinks he might be interesting in himself), flirts with him when Yuki and Kiley are around (in front of them or by text message), seeks to seduce Zii (because she loves her) despite Zii's declarations of disinterest, and makes a move on Erik in the hope of detaching him from Zii and thus getting her. Her weapons of choice are her attractiveness and a willingness to flaunt it in well-chosen outfits or [[VaporWear even less]], while not [[ObliviouslyEvil worrying much about morality]]. Her seduction technique is intermittently effective, even if it's far from subtle. However, the comic is a comedy, not a thriller, and Sonya isn't very bright, with an [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny unreliable attention span]], and [[CantHoldHisLiquor less capacity for alcohol]] than her intended victims.
* HaveIMentionedThatIAmHeterosexualToday?: Early on, this is a big part of her characterisation, putting her in a TransparentCloset. She still falls into the trope from time to time later, though she becomes more clear that [[IfItsYouItsOkay she simply lusts after/is in love with Zii in particular]] -- despite also noticing that she can find [=DiDi=] highly attractive (but so does everyone), cheerfully eating out [[spoiler:Peggy]], and eventually resolving her BelligerentSexualTension with [[spoiler:Yuki]] (if only as a way to shut the other woman up). She shows some interest in calling herself "bisexual" at one point, but soon forgets that.
* IBrokeANail: It only happens the once, but it's in character; just as Zii and Yuki are discussing how they need someone "solid" as the bassist for their group, there's a GilliganCut to Sonya (Zii's recruit for the role) saying the line while practicing the bass guitar.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She doesn't hesitate to provoke the break-up of Zii's relationship with Erik, so she herself can get her chance to have Zii, without thinking twice of the pain and sadness she may cause.
* JerkAss: While she often seems to be blissfully unaware of the nature of her actions, Sonya can come off as callous and selfish.
** TookALevelInJerkass: Her personality shifted for the worse as she discovered her considerable sex appeal and passionate enthusiasms. She was a significant factor in Gary and Yuki breaking up, because she had an ongoing feud with Yuki and thought Gary was a sex god. She then took up with Gary, but when it turned out that he was seriously inexperienced and had poor stamina, she dumped him.
** Meanwhile, though Zii was in a serious relationship with Erik, the infatuated Sonya continually pursued her. This finally lead up to her convincing Zii to break up with Erik and have sex with her, with the excuse that Zii could always make up with Erik the following morning. (They ''were'' both very drunk at the time.) Though Erik didn't even know about this 'breakup', as Zii never actually got in contact with him before she started having sex with Sonya. Well, she did leave a voicemail... A [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_am_in_a_bind_-_start_of_vol_6 subsequent strip]] revealed that this had [[spoiler:successfully broken up Zii and Erik (or at least Sonya believed so)]], and she [[LoveMakesYouEvil was happy about it]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: For all the faults listed here, and despite her dimness, Sonya sometimes displays flashes of perception. However selfish she was in her pursuit and then dropping of Gary, she was perfectly correct that his relationship with Yuki was unsustainable and unsatisfactory for him, and she was happy to show him the advantages of dating a slightly saner woman. She also tried to offer him advice about his limitations when she dumped him, although he didn't listen. Even her seduction of Zii involved her pointing out that Zii didn't seem to find her relationship with Erik totally satisfactory.
* KickTheDog: After taking Gary off Yuki, Sonya attempted to gloat over the other woman -- despite the fact that ''Yuki had handed Gary over voluntarily'', more or less throwing Gary at Sonya. She was, however, disappointed by the fact that Yuki was morose and depressed rather than angry. It has been suggested that Sonya is primarily an [[InHarmsWay adrenaline junkie]]; she maybe wasn't ''trying'' to be evil here so much as looking for excitement.
* LipstickLesbian: Sonya is actually bisexual, although she herself isn't very clear on the terminology, but she tends to invoke this trope. She's stunningly attractive in a highly feminine way while being capable of enthusiastic lesbian relationships; then, because she seems to think of lesbianism purely in "ButchLesbian" terms, she denies being lesbian at all.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Sonya's feelings for Zii lead her into some fairly loopy activity, especially once she decides that it's love. The primary symptoms are her [[HaveIMentionedThatIAmHeterosexualToday denials of lesbianism]] combined with declarations of passion for the other woman, and her [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish behavior]] that occasionally [[LoveMakesYouEvil goes over the line]].
* ManipulativeBitch: One of Sonya's ambitions, but she really, ''really'' isn't smart enough to carry off the trope. She set out to break up both Gary and Yuki and Zii and Erik because she wanted Gary and/or Zii for herself, but any eventual break-ups were actually almost accidental by-products of her actions. Her plans tend to be [[ZanyScheme short-term and improvisational]].
* MsFanservice: Perhaps even more than [=DiDi=]; she's far more aware of her own attractiveness, and plays it up. A lot.
* NoBisexuals: She doesn't even know that bisexuality exists at the beginning of her arc, which makes her handling of her affection for Zii quite complicated for a long time.
* NoNameGiven: Her last name has never been revealed.
* PlayboyBunny: Fairly early on, Sonya acquires a [[AnimalEaredHeadband bunny-ears headband]] for use in her seduction of Zii, following an evening involving the latter and some cat ears. It's not clear if Jung actually finds out about this somehow, but when he later designs costumes for the women's band, not only does he give Zii a CatGirl outfit, but Sonya's design is [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/like_all_cute_little_bunnies a kind of Playboy/anime blend,]] complete with the ears and a bow tie.
* StatuesqueStunner: In pretty much any comic which didn't feature [=DiDi=], Sonya would have at least a borderline claim to this title. She's actually about as tall as [=DiDi=], with a superb figure.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/mad%EF%BC%9F_mad%EF%BC%9F Sonya's not fooling anybody]].
-->'''Sonya:''' ''(to Zii)'' Thanks to ''you,'' I eat ''pussy'' on a ''nightly basis!''\\
''[Allie [[DramaticDrop drops]] a coffee pot, breaking it.]''\\
'''Sonya:''' ''(to Allie)'' I'm... I'm really not a lesbian!
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Sonya is more interested in {{Drama|Queen}} than in being nice. Hence, after Yuki voluntarily gives up Gary and hands him off to her, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/this_will_make_yuki_jealous she still gloats in an attempt to make Yuki jealous.]] (She's then disappointed when this doesn't work.)
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Sonya, possessing a killer bod, a SeriousBusiness approach to seduction, and a good sense of rhythm, is perfectly willing to use striptease as a way to achieve results, and does so at least twice -- [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/a_woman_dances once on Gary]] (when seeking to out-compete Yuki) and [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/forget_the_daddy_stuff once on Yuki]] (largely to score a point). Neither scene goes entirely to her plan, but that's not for want of Sonya trying.


-> ''"It's no use... I can't compete with these '''gargantuan melons!''' All I have are these '''nothing boobs''' and ... my '''brain...'''"''

Kiley Shefford is Yuki's underqualified therapist, who also ends up providing similarly dubious but sometimes oddly successful therapy to several other characters. Initially introduced in a [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20090926.html one-off gag,]] Kiley [[AscendedExtra grows]] into a larger role by offering to [[HollywoodPsych "Fix Yuki's Brain"]] so Yuki can pursue Gary more effectively.
* ACupAngst: The whole point of her first appearance, reacting to [=DiDi=] (and she reacts the same way again on a later meeting), and subsequently one of her defining traits. It doesn't help when others [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20110705.html mention]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/the_worst_therapist_in_the_world the]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/a_little_kid subject]] to her. [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/okay-sized%21 Her attempts at getting over it]] are [[{{Pun}} milked for laughs]]. Eventually, her relationship with Matt and dealings with [=DiDi=] involve some conscious attempts to deal with the problem.
* AscendedExtra: Kiley started out as [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20090926.html a throwaway background joke,]] and ended up playing a major role in several plotlines.
* BoyishShortHair: Although Kiley isn't especially tomboyish, and is comfortably and actively heterosexual, she is unusually cerebral by the standards of this comic, and is usually disinclined to use sex appeal to get her way -- and her short bob fits all that.
* BunnyEarsLawyer[=/=]HiddenBadass: Despite being a FragileFlower studying HollywoodPsych, Kiley manages some legitimately impressive feats over the course of the comic. She staggers Yuki, Sonya and Matt with {{armor piercing question}}s, causing each of them to have at least one epiphany, [[spoiler:and even gives [=DiDi=] her first orgasm]].
* ChekhovsGunman: First seen in that one-panel background gag (see above), Kiley was subsequently discovered working on [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20100525.html a magazine stand]], where her role in the story [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20100619.html became clear]]. She eventually even ended up [[spoiler:taking Gary's virginity (December 13, 2011, NSFW),]] and went on to further accomplishments, including [[spoiler: giving [=DiDi=] her first orgasm]].
* ComfortFood: After her painful bust-up with Matt, Kiley first goes out drinking with Yuki, then hits a restaurant for pancakes. It's notable that, while Yuki doesn't see the need to restrain Kiley's drinking, she ends up saying "I think you've had enough" after several plates of pancakes. (Strip #1055, July 30, 2015, borderline NSFW.)
* FragileFlower: Kiley is very insecure and prone to breakdown crying.
** TenderTears: When they're together, Kiley and [[CryCute Yuki]] have a good chance of [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20101118.html both crying]] for [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/calm_down different reasons]].
** InelegantBlubbering: And when she breaks down, she ''really'' breaks down.
* FreudianExcuse: She's no villain, but anyway -- the root causes of her ACupAngst are apparently finally revealed in strip #916 (August 07, 2014, NSFW).
* HollywoodPsych: By the ''metric ton!'' Justified by RuleOfFunny because she [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/psych sometimes seems hilariously awful at anything psych-related,]] although when she's on target, her abilities are effective to equally Hollywood-ish levels; her ArmorPiercingQuestion attack on [[spoiler:Sonya]] is ''deadly'', and she gets through to the core of [[spoiler:[=DiDi's=]]] problem in a few minutes flat.
* HookHand: Kiley briefly ''{{imagine|Spot}}s'' herself with such a prosthesis when her treatment of [=DiDi=] has achieved [[GoneHorriblyRight unexpected and remarkable results]], leaving her hand feeling crushed in an ... unusual way. (Strip #935, October 02, 2014, borderline NSFW.)
* [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy I Want Them to be Happy]]: She calls things off with [[spoiler:Gary]] out of concern for [[spoiler:Yuki's]] feelings and mental state. How far she's thinking about ''[[spoiler:Gary]]'' there is more questionable; she evidently thinks it's ''right'', [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/confidence-builder and that he should be able to handle it]], but she's more concerned about her own ethics -- and this does rather leave [[spoiler:Gary]] in the lurch.
* MoodSwinger: Kiley seems to be a bit neurotic, with excessive but fragile confidence in her own abilities. She frequently [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/all_your_comics jumps from cynical sarcasm to wild enthusiasm,]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/or_whatever from tearful panic to jumping someone,]] from "I'm such a good therapist" (strip #515, October 20th 2011, NSFW) to [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/the_worst_therapist_in_the_world "I'm the worst therapist in the world",]] from [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/okay-sized ecstasy to tears,]] and from [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/calm_down anger to sobbing,]] with minimal provocation.
* MotorMouth: Her mouth runs away with her when she's randy and at other times of emotional chaos.
* PlayingCyrano: She coaches Yuki through her early dates with Gary (and Sonya), eventually coaching Yuki closely for the climactic date, in best Cyrano style, via smartphone. She then sort-of [[InvertedTrope inverts the trope]] when she ends up briefly falling for him herself.
* PuppyDogEyes: Her face is suited to this effect, although she doesn't use it often in any but the mildest form. However, when she needs a risky favour from Matt (strip #758, June 27, 2013, NSFW), she hits him with full-on "doe eyes", apparently knowing exactly what she's doing and how effective it'll be.
* SayingTooMuch: Kiley's mouth tends to run away when she's under any sort of stress or her neuroses are triggered, usually leading to a frame full of her talking rapidly before she catches herself giving too much away.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Kiley's view of her relationship with Matt mirrors his, though perhaps with marginally less convincing self-deception. See his entry for details.


-> ''"Well, my derriere '''is''' the best..."''

Senna Muniz, one of Matt's model colleagues, is an extremely attractive Brazilian {{trans|sexual}}woman with a "perfect peach of a butt" and a ''[[ThePrimaDonna prima donna]]'' personality. She has also played a significant role in the plot of ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'', where her characterization shifts from whimsical to egocentric to outright nuts.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Senna is depicted with a medium-dark skin tone. Her ethnicity is never actually discussed; given that she's Brazilian, it's very likely that it's very mixed.
* AttractiveBentGender: Senna was presumably born male, and isn't in any hurry to finish transitioning to fully female, but even with a penis, she can not only get work as an international lingerie model, she has no trouble attracting the straight Gary (somewhat to his confusion).
* BadBoss: In a small-scale, human way, but -- [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/tastes_more_authentic_-_guest just ask Sandra]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Senna suffers a comedy version during the extended crossover sequence with ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' when she encounters Sandra in Paris and jumps to the conclusion that Sandra's modelling career has failed. She suffers painful disillusionment [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_love_to_eat here.]] Later getting a modelling job offer ... for a hemorrhoid cream commercial, just as she was reflecting how well her own career was going, also pulls her up hard. How far she stays broken may be another matter, though; she's suffering a fair amount of [[CallItKarma "karmic"]] backlash, but she seems quite resilient in a delusional way.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Taking other people on international private jet flights on a whim merely looks self-indulgent, and her claim that Sandra used witchcraft to distract world-famous photographer Domenico away from herself might be taken as poetic exaggeration. However, interpreting Gary's teaching Sandra about {{geek}} culture as [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/tao_absurdo him sabotaging Sandra's career as a favour to herself]] marks her down as just plain delusional.
* CursedWithAwesome: In her own mind, at least. [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/does_not_look_very_evil "Curse my undisguisable beauty!"]]
* HairIntakes: Senna temporarily develops these in ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' strip #11 (August 18, 2012; just NSFW enough to not be linked).
* ItsAllAboutMe: Senna seems to suffer from this in a mild but pervasive form. She took Sandra off to Usefulnotes/{{Brazil}} on a drunken spree, and then showed little interest in Sandra's situation until Sandra kicked up a fuss. When she employed Sandra, she treated her as a lowly minion. And when she returned to Montreal, she visited Matt and then Gary in search of sympathy for her recent setbacks, laughed off Gary's suggestions for their date as of no interest to herself, and then hauled him onto a flight to Paris, largely ignoring his evident discomfort about flying. She's quite ''fun'' to be around, and she can be polite enough, in a casual way, to people she finds attractive or amusing, but there's little evidence of her caring very much about anyone else.
* {{Japandering}}: Senna [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/my_derriere_is_the_best is willing to do a hemorrhoid cream commercial in Japan]] once her agent assures her that it won't be seen in the West.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** While they are in Paris together, Senna suggests to Gary that they might visit some of the famous museums and galleries -- but Gary dives straight into a video game shop, much to Senna's annoyance. She may be a cultural snob, but some readers share her exasperation at Gary's narrow vision.
** Later, Gary dumps her -- for which few readers blame him. But he doesn't seem to understand that he's done so, and makes a joke of the idea to Senna herself. Few readers blame her for slapping his face, either.
* {{Narcissist}}: Senna is vain, self-centered, and delusional. In fact, some fans have suggested more or less jokingly that she's a full-on [[TheSociopath sociopath]], as she shows few signs of empathy, lies on a whim, possesses casual charm, pursues all sorts of thrills, and is unremittingly vain. If so, she's a fairly harmless [[ComedicSociopathy comedy version]] at worst, this being a comedy, but she does come close. She shows flashes of some kind of fondness for Gary, though.
* NoNameGiven: Her last name was left unrevealed for a long time, and even the cabin crew on a private jet she uses address her as "Miss Senna". However, her surname was eventually casually mentioned in a conversation between other people. Presumably, she more or less always goes by the single name as a matter of professional style, without keeping anything secret.
* PetTheDog: She keeps her word and sends Gary his luggage after he dumps her without doing anything petty.
* RichBitch: She's initially dismissive towards Sandra's panicky behavior, lack of a place to stay in Usefulnotes/{{Brazil}}, and any way to get home, but eventually gives her a job as a personal assistant. However, as it turns out, she's an [[BadBoss awful boss]]. She's also rude to the cabin crew on the private jet she uses -- admittedly after one of them interrupts her during sex, but the interruption was necessary.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Her first appearance was a nude scene in which she was completely relaxed, and when she subsequently appeared dressed, it was always as appropriate for a glamorous (and rather flashy) lingerie model who is vain about her looks and uses them to intimidate. The fanservice aspect of her character is pretty overt; Gary was essentially seduced by that peach-like butt, and the comic let the readers see that this was understandable.
* {{Transsexual}}: Pre-op, and evidently happy not to have any more surgery.
* UnreliableNarrator: Senna really isn't the type to let the truth get in the way of a good story, especially when it's about showing herself in a good light, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/she_planned_treachery as she demonstrates here]] and in subsequent strips.
* WickedCultured:
** Hinted at [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/where_shall_we_go_first here,]] to slightly surprising effect. Senna had previously been shown as an egotistical, high-maintenance, somewhat vacuous fashion victim, and she's in {{Paris}}, a city full of fashion houses and expensive designer shops -- and yet her first idea of places to go are three museums and a cathedral. Even if she's showing off to Gary, she knows what names to drop. Of course, the strip may mostly be intended as a joke about Gary's hopeless {{geek}}iness, but she also later name-drops at least one less-well-known modern art gallery to someone else.
** Senna is subsequently shown as [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/they_would_make_a_museum culturally snobbish and ignorantly hostile to the idea of comics as art,]] contrasting her "refined" and arrogant taste with Gary and Sandra's interest in {{geek}} culture. Quite how this fits with her previously mentioned [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/soaps_in_brazil interest in Brazilian soap opera]] is unclear.


-> ''"Gary, could you pass me my jealous girlfriend?"''

Erik was originally one of [=DiDi=]'s boyfriends. He was nice and all, but she wasn't entirely satisfied with (or by) him, and dropped him like so many others. His role became much bigger when he started dating Zii. Later, for reasons of plot, he started showing up in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns''.
* BiTheWay: Erik was explicitly declared to be "Straight, but cool with MMF threesomes" on ''Webcomic/MenageA3'''s Cast page, and his appearances in the comic did nothing to contradict that. However, in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/i_am_not_jealous Angel claimed that he was bi, and Erik didn't deny it.]] He can probably be regarded as broad-minded but with a preference for women -- but not inclined to argue over definitions.
* CoolShades: Erik rarely if ever takes his shades off, and definitely has a cool image. It's possible that he works at this consciously, with the shades as a prop; his cool does crack a little occasionally.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The guy that [=DiDi=] left the park with in year 1 came back.
* FlatCharacter: He's a nice enough fellow, but a lot of readers have had trouble thinking of anything to say about him beyond that.
* GenreSavvy: Compared to everyone else's odd views on how to get relationships to work.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: His look at all times, {{lampshaded|Trope}} by Angel [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/i_am_not_jealous here.]]
* NiceGuy: Certainly amiable and even-tempered, if maybe a little dull.
* NoNameGiven: His last name has never been revealed.
* SpoiledSweet: A male version, on available evidence.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To his sister, ''Erika'', even down to the sunglasses.
* SunglassesAtNight: He has maybe taken his glasses off once or twice, but he leaves them on during a movie, sleep, or sex.


-> ''"What have I gotten myself into?"''

Peggy is a nurse who had the ''interesting'' luck to be sitting at the next table in the restaurant where Sonya was attempting to seduce Erik. By the end of the evening, she'd dumped her boyfriend and was engaged in typical ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' sexual hi-jinks with various cast members -- despite the fact that she seems to be one of the ''sane'' ones in this universe. May be a very rapidly AscendedExtra, or even an {{expy}} of Creator/EmmaThompson's character in ''Film/TheTallGuy''.
* BoyishShortHair: Peggy has the shortest crop of any of the female characters, although she is neither youthfully boyish nor at all unfeminine. However, she has an unusually serious job by the standards of this cast, and is unusually practical; her hairstyle reflects that. She looks distinctly ridiculous when Sonya puts her into a wig, although she later manages to wear it with reasonable credibility.
* ExperimentedInCollege: She more or less explicitly says that she lived this trope, but decided that on balance she just prefers men -- [[spoiler:though an encounter with [=DiDi=] makes her [[IfItsYouItsOkay quite willing to repeat the experiment]] for one evening]].
* HeroicFatigue: She's the kind of nurse who can end up working four-day double-shift marathons, which leave her understandably exhausted. The need for a decent night's sleep can then drive her to make fairly extreme offers; see strips #768-9 (July 23-25, 2013; NSFW). Equally, it seems that she uses wild sexual experimentation for distraction and stress relief, whereas most of the cast do that stuff purely for the heck of it; see strip #997 (March 12, 2015, borderline NSFW).
* HeroicRROD: Peggy executes an OperationJealousy while suffering sleep deprivation, and the scheme culminates in her dancing for an hour continuously as Zii's band are rehearsing. At the end of that time, she is unsurprisingly on the point of total collapse and barely coherent. ("No... no... don't pass out now... I'm so close to getting my sleep back...") She scores a [[Awesome/MenageA3 crowning moment of awesome]] by ''[[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/not_that_i_care closing the deal while passing out.]]''
* HonestAdvisor: Peggy sympathises with other people's problems, and sometimes tries to help them with good advice; it helps that she is brighter than many of the cast. She tentatively suggests that [=DiDi=] might need professional therapy, and later tries to help Sonya sort her life out while staying with her. However, her efforts are often disrupted by the craziness of the people she's advising, or influenced by her own needs and desires.
* NoNameGiven: Her last name has never been revealed.
* OnlySaneWoman: No, really, despite a willingness to throw food around in moments of irritation and make passes at men she doesn't actually know. She called Zii out for a physically dangerous tackle on Sonya, backed away politely when she blundered into a room containing a copulating couple, and actually suggested that someone with clear psychological/medical problems should seek professional help. Even some of her other actions seem to involve a ''conscious tolerance'' of the madness around her, rather than just being crazy herself.


-> ''"Audio engineer student, but tuition fees are high, so on the side, I do a little, ummmm, crowdfunded R-rated video performance."''

Tracy is an audio engineering student with an internship at Dark Matter Games, who moonlights as a webcam girl to pay the bills. (However, although she hangs out with professional porn actresses, she claims that her own performances are only R-rated.) Tracy first met Gary through Amber and Chanelle's porn actress friends, then encountered him again when he showed up for a job interview at Dark Matter.
* BlackAndNerdy: Tracy is black, studying engineering, and is an enthusiastic gamer. [[AvertedTrope However]], she's also cute even by [[GenericCuteness the standards of this comic]] and socially quite competent and charming.
* DarkSecret: It's not very dark, but she really doesn't want her colleagues at Dark Matter to know about her other job.
* GamerGirl: Tracy is serious about gaming; in a room full of porn stars exploring Gary's sexual party trick, she got distracted by his games hardware.
* NiceGirl: While she's not entirely unselfish -- she found a sneaky way to get Gary to lend her some of his games kit -- Tracy happily helped him to avoid a rent hike and to recover from problems caused by an excess of Swirly-Go-Round activity. For that matter, she was the ''only'' girl invited to the apartment who didn't try to take advantage of Gary's skills, when the others caused him severe discomfort -- though that may have been because she was more interested in his games setup.


-> ''"Wow... No one has ever said something so cool about me. That's ... that's so sweet... Really sweet. But '''she's''' the rock star. And I may not get this chance again. You understand, right?"''

A girl who Gary, Zii, and Yvan meet in an indie rock bar. The fact that she deliberately models her hairstyle on Zii's should be the first clue, or maybe warning sign, about her; she rapidly progresses from simple {{Fangirl}}[=/=]groupie gushing to becoming yet another StalkerWithACrush targeting Zii. Her delusions about Zii's level of stardom take her close to {{Cloudcuckoolander}} status. Isabelle says that people can call her "Izz", but that may well be [[IJustWantToBeYou just another symptom of her crush]]; her resemblance to Zii is superficial, though, or she'd rate as an OddballDoppelganger.
* BiTheWay: Zii might be considered presumptuous for treating Isabelle's offer of a drink as promising, but given [[EveryoneIsBi the usual behavior of characters in this setting]], maybe not by much. Anyway, Isabelle soon makes it clear that she is definitely potentially interested in both Zii and Gary (together if necessary). Her interest in Zii is at least partially motivated by her desire to sleep with a "famous" rock star, though, and she does call her attraction to Zii a "girl crush" even at that point, so she may actually be straight with [[IfItsYouItsOkay Zii as her exception]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Even before her first appearance, she's had her learner driver's license suspended for reckless driving. [[FearlessFool She clearly hasn't learned anything from this]].
-->'''Gary:''' F-f-f-first time I ever did Highway 40 in reverse.\\
'''Isabelle:''' Not ''my'' fault Zii's rearview mirror is broken! How else could I talk to you in the backseat and still see the road?!
* {{Fangirl}}: Her reaction to Zii starts at "enthusiastic" and goes up from there, hitting [[StalkerWithACrush scary levels]] after a couple of hours.
* HypocriticalHumor: "We can't have crazies stalking her, right? Which reminds me, I need to add her address to my contacts. Do you know her full name? Including middle name, and her mom's maiden name? And do you know her cell number? That would be really useful. Any siblings? Cousins? Pets? What's her favorite food?"
* IJustWantToBeYou: Her attitude to Zii, though she's more fannish than envious, and more open about it than is normal for the trope, at least accidentally. She admits the fact to Zii in [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/what_would_make_you_happy strip #993 (March 03, 2015),]] then corrects her words to "be ''like'' you".
* NoNameGiven: She first appears in strip #972, but for some reason, her name isn't mentioned until #988, although she appears in most of the intervening strips. This is probably just because the story doesn't call for it, but the fact that she can shorten it to "Izz" has some plot significance, and the omission does allow a small, cute exchange between her and Gary when he finally asks. Anyway, there was a fair amount of odd fan speculation during that gap.
* OffscreenTeleportation: She gets from somewhere behind Gary and Zii to inside their house ahead of them, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/make_it_in_one_piece without visibly passing through the doorway.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Several characters in the comic fit this trope to some extent -- see [[Webcomic/MenageA3 the notes on the main page]] -- but Isabelle is probably the most ''realistic'' example, as she quite literally [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/deserve_the_best_of_everything breaks into the apartment to make Zii breakfast,]] wants to be nicknamed "Izz", and takes the liberty of changing the lock on the apartment door and getting herself a key.

!!Ancillary Characters


-> ''"Murrnow?"''

Zii's pet cat.
* CatsAreMean: Zii says that Lita hates everyone. However, Lita seems to take an immediate liking to Gary, and even sleeps in his arms. Zii even says that Lita pretty much belongs to Gary now; Gary accepts this situation despite his ensuing allergy problem. The people she gets along with despite her hatred can thus rate as {{kindhearted cat lover}}s.
* CoolCat: Her empathetic but ironic behaviour is pretty cool.
* EmpathyPet: Lita often mimics Zii's behavior and expressions, even when Zii isn't around.
* FascinatingEyebrow: [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/like_any_other Yeah, seriously.]]
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: She briefly serves this purpose for Gary.
* TeamPet: Zii's property, inflicts herself on Gary, generally hangs out around the apartment.
* YaoiFangirl: "Myaoi"?



Eulice Deville is Gary's landlady. She has an inhuman sense for deadbeats and an unspecified but close (and emotionally abusive) relationship with Rob, the [[{{Hikikomori}} building shut-in.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Last seen in February 2009 and completely invisible for many years, she made a surprise reappearance in the October 14th, 2014 strip.
* [[CrankyLandlord Cranky Landlady]]: Pretty much her entire characterisation.
* {{Gonk}}: Apparently the only way that Giz can draw an unattractive character is to make her downright monstrous.
* IWasQuiteALooker: If you believe her when she says that [[HelloNurse [=DiDi=]]] looks like a young version of herself. Actually, given a better hairstyle, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/more_of_a_tease she does look a bit less hideous]].
* MeaningfulName: Gary certainly seems to regard Eulice ''Deville'' as almost supernaturally terrifying.


-> ''"You've been running! Are the '''Bolsheviks''' after you?"''

Rob is the agoraphobic neighbor who lives in Gary's apartment building. It's uncertain whether he knows that it's not the Eighties any more.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Hasn't appeared in the strip for years, though he was mentioned by name in October 2014.
* DirtyCommies: Why he's a hikikomori; he fears they're taking over the world and the Cold War is still going on!
* {{Hikikomori}}: The point of the joke here.
* ManChild: He shows no sign of adult behavior.


-> ''"Man... Amanda Conner really needs to draw She-Hulk."''

Also known as "Dexter" or "Poindexter", but that's just Zii's nickname for him. Generally one of the background geeks at the comic-book store, but is named and gets some conversation with Zii when his advice is needed during the Precious Overlord incident.
* AscendedExtra: Not ascended very far, it's true, but Aaron was originally a nameless comic-shop geek, occasionally glimpsed in the background or delivering minor dialogue, before he proved useful that one time.
* {{Geek}}: When ''Jung'' calls on you for expert advice on geek matters (specifically relating to ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' in this case), you have some geek credibility.
* {{Nerd}}: Doesn't have the HollywoodNerd looks of some of the major characters; just a nerd.


-> ''"You're one confusing lady, Sonya."''

Allie is Sonya's colleague at the cafe where they both work work as waitresses. Allie gets to hear stories of Sonya's newly complicated life, witness some incidents in that life, and occasionally provide Sonya with common-sense advice. She seems like a nice person who wouldn't want Sonya to lose her job or get badly hurt, but she can't help being amused by some of Sonya's antics, and she occasionally suffers a [[HeroicBSOD blue screen effect]] when Sonya says or does something especially weird.
* DramaticDrop: It's something of a recurring joke that Sonya's most unnerving statements often come when Allie is holding something fragile (or pouring a customer's coffee).
* HonestAdvisor: Allie seems to be one of the few people to whom Sonya can turn for objective advice. She does her best to help, but sometimes ends up as more of a DeadpanSnarker.
* OnlySaneWoman: Allie inevitably looks this way when Sonya is being confusing or confused.
* [[StraightMan Straight Woman]]: Probably literally as well as in the stand-up comedy sense; she's the most frequent recipient of Sonya's denials of lesbianism.


-> ''"I think you '''saw''' that I wanted you to watch, and '''that''' turned you on!"''

Jordan is one of Dillon's fellow thespians, and is apparently almost as big a bastard as Matt, but pleasant enough to be around. As another participant in the local professional acting scene, he not surprisingly [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/this_dream_role also shows up]] in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', competing for roles with Dillon.
* AllGaysLoveTheater: Jordan enters the comic as an actor in musical theater. It seems to be more or less taken for granted that he's gay.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His method of trying to help Gary understand his sexuality wasn't necessarily a good idea, but his heart seems to have been in the right place.


-> ''"I dated her, and must've waited on her like '''ten times,''' and she '''still''' doesn't know my '''name!'''"''

Adrien is a waiter, and one of [=DiDi's=] many past conquests who failed to satisfy her. Note that the same name is also used in one strip for a completely different character.
* ButtMonkey: [=DiDi=] repeatedly forgets his name, and tells him that he failed to satisfy her, leaving him feeling inadequate as a man. Then, when he's out [[DrowningMySorrows getting drunk with Erik]] while they commiserate over the problems of being one of [=DiDi's=] exes, they meet Zii, who seduces them into a drunken threesome, leaving Adrien worried about his sexuality. Then, when he goes to ask a girl who works in a delicatessen for a date, in order to reaffirm his heterosexuality, she offers him a [[FreudWasRight large meaty sausage]] which she thinks he'll like.
* DramaticDrop: Adrien's response to having his sense of worth accidentally devastated by [=DiDi=].
* InelegantBlubbering: Adrien responds to more than one trauma by weeping, though quietly and not forcefully enough to count as OcularGushers.


-> ''"Don't be silly! I'm not '''gay!''' That's why I have you wear the wig!"''

Nathan Horn is the lecherous producer who tries to exploit Amber and Dillon, and ends up giving them an apartment. He's definitely at least [[TransparentCloset bisexual, whatever he says]]. He subsequently shows up in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', as he has a business connection to the productions in which Dillon and Amber are working, and he also still has a personal interest in Dillon. He then switches his primary interest to Dillon and Amber's friend Ray.
* CarpetOfVirility: A fairly minor case, but Nathan is one of the few guys in the comic with significant chest hair.
* CastingCouch: His seduction method of choice, it seems. The effectiveness of this strategy is sometimes undermined by his desperation.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He wouldn't actually want to traumatise real twin sisters by getting them to enact his {{Twincest}} fantasy -- so he goes to some lengths to get Amber and Dillon to fake it.
* HanlonsRazor: It's hard to tell if Nathan is {{evil|IsPetty}}, [[TheDitz moronic, or simply insane]], but he is perhaps the most romantically toxic character to grace the strip.[[note]]Yvan might challenge him, but Yvan is sexually unsuccessful whereas Nathan gets laid.[[/note]] Case in point: his [[InsaneTrollLogic "explanation"]] for cheating on Dillon and Amber and his wife all at the same time, to say nothing about his [[InsaneTrollLogic "explanation"]] about how he's not gay or bisexual, despite starting each day out by having anal sex with one of his male subordinates.
* JerkAss: His appearances tend to involve a string of minor but slimy acts of exploitation and self-deceit.
* YourCheatingHeart: Nathan cheats on his wife with Amber and Dillon, simultaneously.


-> ''"Thank you. But I'd rather you no longer call me 'Tentacle King.'"''

Takeru Oyama is Yuki's father and Gary's artistic idol, a famous manga artist.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: He hasn't said much about Yuki's childhood (yet), but his first reaction on Gary being introduced to him as Yuki's new boyfriend was to start talking marriage and babies in faintly creepy terms. And Yuki would doubtless be embarrassed by his porn work if she didn't simply hate it.
* BleachedUnderpants: The former "Tentacle King" of {{Hentai}} manga is now moving into more respectable work, apparently as part of his attempt to improve his relationship with his daughter. (Also, years ago, [[SoMyKidsCanWatch he created one comic that Yuki could read and respect him for]].)
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Takeru has made one appearance in the flesh in the present day, last being seen in [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/bad_question strip #574 (March 13, 2012).]] He was subsequently [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/healthy_attitude reported to have been mentoring Gary]] for a week after that. Then he dropped off the face of the comic, despite his apparent belief that Gary and Yuki were all but engaged. He presumably flew home to Japan.
* IWantGrandkids: He brings the subject up within seconds of Gary being introduced to him as Yuki's boyfriend.
* TheMentor: Takeru is said to be mentoring Gary at one point, though not much has been seen of this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At one point, Takeru is mentoring Gary while apparently expecting him to propose to Yuki, and dangling the chance of a job in Japan in front of Gary's nose. Then he disappears from the story. Presumably he goes back to Japan. Fans occasionally speculate about his eventual return, but it hasn't happened yet.


-> ''"I could use some help with ... women. Give me pointers, and you're hired."''

Yvan interviews Gary at the Montreal branch of "Dark Matter Games", and offers him a job in exchange for a personal favor. He's an indie music fan who seems amiable enough at first, but it soon turns out that his view of women isn't terribly attractive, and he comes to seem more than a little creepy. On the kindest possible reading, he may be a horribly desperate {{Nerd}} with slightly non-standard appearance (and some [[NerdsAreVirgins common nerd problems]]), but his actions mark him down as [[{{Jerkass}} plain unpleasant]].
* CannotTalkToWomen: Yvan admits to being incompetent with women, and, mistaking Gary for a master of seduction, asks him for tips. He certainly seems very socially clumsy, and his use of things like AnticipatoryBreathSpray doesn't do much for his image. And when he ''does'' open his mouth, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/how_bad_do_you_want_this_job it's pretty damn creepy]].
* CasanovaWannabe: Yvan wants to improve his success rate with women, desperately enough to give Gary a job in exchange for a promise of some tips. His comments when he and Gary then hit a bar together verge on the creepy (''especially'' those he makes to Zii), and that and his willingness to believe what Gary tells him mean that he fits the trope all too closely.
* DirtyOldMan: His exact age is somewhat unclear to readers, but at least one of the younger cast members judges him to be "old". Then... Asking a prospective employee to help him pick up girls? Check. Talking about bed stuff to a girl he's just met? Check...
* DontCallMeSir: Yvan tells Gary not to call him "sir" from the first, apparently out of friendliness or a policy of informality. This just makes Gary more nervous, as he keeps forgetting.
* FatBastard: Increasingly visible as Yvan's nature; he's clearly chunky as of his first appearance, but the art emphasizes his bulk as his personal unpleasantness becomes more obvious. No particular explanation has yet been given for his fatness; he hasn't been shown eating. Unfortunately for Gary, he is of course LargeAndInCharge.
* HanlonsRazor: Opinions differ among fans as to whether Yvan is probably a sad, sexually desperate geek who talks like a total jerk because he thinks that this is how successful pickup artists present themselves, or whether he's just a naturally horrible person who doesn't realize how this makes him look to prospective sexual partners. Either way, his apparent unpleasantness has to be at least partly explained by stupidity.
* JerkAss: Yvan may be the one character who can top Nathan's unlikeability. After seeing Zii bail after Gary has tried to introduce them, he's ready to drop his job offer to Gary, his logic being that if Gary exaggerated his skills with the ladies, he can't be sure Gary didn't exaggerate his skills for the job either. However, aside from the fact that Zii was clearly dodging him, not Gary, it was Yvan himself who first voiced the notion that Gary is a master at picking up women, not Gary, and more importantly, while Gary's seduction skills may indeed be questionable, Yvan himself reviewed Gary's art portfolio, and declared it acceptable.
* PermaStubble: Yvan is the only significant character in the comic depicted with a stubble/very short beard look, giving him a distinctive appearance.
* TheUnSmile: Yvan isn't normally particularly unemotional or depressed, but nonetheless, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/what_a_great_guy the smile he adopts]] when approaching a woman for the first time is downright horrible.


-> ''"You'll '''pay''' for that, blondie!"''

A new trainer at a gym attended by [=DiDi,=] who also turns out to be involved in a wrestling school. The two women get off on the wrong foot.
* HairTriggerTemper: Roxie resorts to physical violence more than once in her first couple of appearances alone; at other moments, she merely engages in angry verbal snark. When [=DiDi=] tells her that [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/la_violence_is_not_the_answer "violence is not the answer",]] her reply is "...to ''which question?''" Her tendency to snap judgments and [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_just_got_this_job changing her opinion of people completely within seconds]] may even suggest that she is a borderline MoodSwinger.
** She is [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/break_in_a_new_student_-_start_book_8 first seen]] brawling physically with [=DiDi,=] after [=DiDi=] has just accidentally punched her in the face. Of course, no one would be ''happy'' with that,[[note]]Well, okay, this is [=DiDi=], and Ménage à 3; somebody might be.[[/note]] but someone teaching boxing workouts should be prepared for accidents, and this behavior angers the gym manager; Roxie nearly loses her job over it.
** She subsequently [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/yes_it_is_as_i_thought puts trainer Damien in a wrestling hold when his flirting with DiDi annoys her.]]
** Her verbal interactions with Damien involve angry expressions like [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/break_out_of_my_sharpshooters "That's ridiculous!"]]
** She also leaves two trainee wrestlers groaning on the floor after [[InsaneTrollLogic a confused attempt to prove that she isn't a very good wrestler]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: Roxie's reactions to [=DiDi's=] behavior and Damien's flirtatious ways are often ill-tempered and sometimes ridiculously violent, but a lot of what she says about them is true.
* TheNapoleon: On [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/break_in_a_new_student_-_start_book_8 her very first appearance,]] Roxie proves to be short-tempered, aggressive, and touchy about her height.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Roxie is fairly short, and apparently touchy about her height, but she teaches gym classes, including boxing workouts, and studies wrestling; she has the skill to put the much larger [=DiDi=] on the ground and get a hold on her, at least when attacking by surprise. [=DiDi=] does subsequently get the better of her, but the amazon has the advantage of size and trained strength, and has some combat skill herself.


-> ''"Ladies! My gym is doing '''wonders''' for your figure. Shall I extend your membership?"''

Trainer and apparently proprietor at "{{Kayfabe}}'s School of Hard Knocks", the wrestling school attended by Roxie. His interactions with Roxie suggest strongly to some readers that they are brother and sister, but this hasn't yet been confirmed.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Damien carries off the trope in a way that is not perhaps unknown in pro wrestling. He's persistently flirtatious, and clearly fully aware of the effect that he has on some of his female students.

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