The characters of ''Webcomic/{{PvP}}''


[[folder:Cole Richards]]

The founder and chief executive officer of ''PvP Magazine'', Cole Richards is, along with Jade, the grounding center of the main cast, often contrasting with the wild antics of the main cast (though he's been known to go off the reservation himself). Brent's college roommate and best friend since high school, Cole [[strike:is]] ''was'' the only married member of the main cast. He [[strike:is]] ''was'' also the only one with children. Allegedly based on Richard Stockton, a friend of Scott Kurtz's.

* BenevolentBoss
* DaChief
* HappilyMarried: More or less, for awhile. [[ Not quite so anymore.]]
** Sadly, [[ he is now divorced,]] and went through a particularly bad HeroicBSOD at the time.
* HenpeckedHusband: When he was still married. This was eventually Deconstructed during the events that led to his divorce, showing that its the signs of an unhealthy relationship, not a sign of affection.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brent. Cole even consistently [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
* MoralDissonance: ''Intentionally'' [[InvokedTrope invoked]] regarding his conflict with Max Powers, where Cole takes their "rivalry" completely out of perspective.
* NostalgiaFilter: Cole and Brent both engage in this, to some extent, but Cole is particularly distanced from modern pop culture, a source of conflict between him and Francis.
* ProudToBeAGeek
* StraightMan: Cole is the only one who consistently insists on actually working on the magazine.
* TeamDad: Takes on this role for the ''PvP'' staff. Eventually [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] [[ this towards Jade]], which Brent finds creepy.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Cole is based on a friend of Scott's.

[[folder:Brent Irving Sienna]]

The co-founder of ''PvP Magazine'' and Cole's closest friend, Brent Irving Sienna[[spoiler:-Fontaine]], is in many ways Cole's {{Foil}}. Where Cole is (usually) responsible, Brent often is brash and egotistical, and where Cole is proud of his geekiness, Brent vehemently denies it. Cole uses Windows, Brent uses Macs. You get the idea. However, while the two are very different, they also share many similarities, such as similar interests. Also, [[spoiler:[[ as of May 2008]], Brent has left his place among the comic's bachelors and is now married to his long-term girlfriend, Jade Fontaine]].

[[WordOfGod According to Scott Kurtz]], [[spoiler:Brent isn't based on anyone in particular, but his marriage with Jade is a "reflection" on his to his own wife, Angela]].

* AnimalMotif: The panda. He even dresses like one most of the time. The "Panda Whisperer" believes that the Office Panda attacks him because he considers Brent a rival Panda.
* ArchEnemy: With the Panda. Eventually became FireForgedFriends.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Becomes Francis's big brother figure by accident. Jade later points this out to him.
* BlindWithoutEm: Until he switched to his current pair of glasses, he was blind without his sunglasses due to wearing them for so long.
* ChivalrousPervert: Although Brent is obsessed with boobs (or as he calls them "zoom a zooms"), he never cheats on Jade or is caught doing anything else particularly untowardly.
** Brent claims this is because Jade controls his "boob supply," thereby rendering him subject to her judgment.
* ClosetGeek
* CoolShades: His trademark look is a pair of sunglasses with round lenses, which for most of the strip's run he never takes off. A joke is made during his wedding to Jade when he does so while delivering his vows that he's been blinded by the light. He finally took them off for good [[ in the strip of 11/25/11]]. But put them back on again [[ on 10/3/14]] in a strip titled [[Music/{{ACDC}} Back In Black]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[FireForgedFriends Fire Forged Pandas]]
* TheLancer: Although Cole isn't TheHero, Brent more or less serves this role for him.
* EvilIsSexy: Sort of. By "evil," Brent really means "moderately jerkish." But ''he'' does find it sexy.
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]: With Jade.
* GeekyTurnOn: One of ''many'' things that can turn Brent on is using a Mac.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Consciously claims to be evil (as a joke), bitterly snide and cynical, and generally rude to others, Brent nonetheless has a warm soft center you can get to if you try, often shown to Jade or to Skull (ironically given Skull is the one he is often most derisive of).
** Francis actively gave him this title when he felt that his CharacterDevelopment caused his JerkWithAHeartOfGold nature to overtake his DeadpanSnarker.
* HollywoodNerd: Played with. Unlike most examples, Brent isn't meant to be representative of nerds, but he clearly is one, in spite of breaking many stereotypes regarding nerds (handsome, socially adept, thin, etc.). Notably, he denies being a nerd constantly.
** Want proof that he's a nerd? His [[spoiler:proposal to Jade involved dressing up as Emperor Palpatine and ''then'' Han Solo.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: Actually not, but he acts as though he does. When he went off coffee for a while, he actually ended up working ''better''. Then he encountered something that required his caffeine-fueled drive. Then it turned out that he only [[MagicFeather needed to]] ''[[MagicFeather believe]]'' [[MagicFeather he was drinking caffeine]]. [[LostAesop He went back to drinking coffee anyway]].
* NerdsAreSexy
* [[ProudToBeAGeek Proud To Be An Apple Geek]]: Is so obsessed with Apple products that when he was banned from all Apple stores for [[spoiler:cutting the line of an iPhone line, thereby starting a fist fight]], not only did ''he'' almost go into a coma, [[ImYourBiggestFan but he affected the sales of Apple so much]] that they ''lifted'' his ban.
** Played [[TearJerker a bit sadder]] [[ here.]]
* RunningGag:
** For a long time, the fact that Brent never took his sun glasses off and no one in the cast had seen his eyes was one. Ever since TheReveal happened ([[spoiler:when he married Jade]]), this is no longer as much an issue.
*** Curiously, the gag was actually dropped [[ on one separate occasion]], [[CrossDresser as part of a different joke]]. Every other time, it was played straight, to truly ridiculous levels, such as one time he was in a full-body cast. Jade says he ''never'' takes off the glasses. ''Never.''
*** Since TheReveal, it has been made clear that Brent wears his sunglasses so often that [[FridgeBrilliance his eyes can't handle the sun]].
*** [[spoiler: It's been permanently dropped now that Brent has started wearing regular glasses, in part because his constantly wearing his shades damaged his vision so badly.]]
** Another RunningGag that's been dropped has been his constant suffering at the hands of the Office Panda, which started when he tried to replace Skull with the Panda. As of 2010, their feud has stopped and they're even friends -- of a sort.
* SenseiForScoundrels: For Francis.
* ShipperOnDeck: Less enthusiastic about it than Jade, but he ''does'' help get Francis and Marcy back together and also takes part in the attempt to hook up Miranda and Reggie.

[[folder:Jade Evelyn Fontaine]]

Jade Evelyn Fontaine[[spoiler:-Sienna]] is, along with Cole, the most responsible member of the ''PvP'' staff and most likely to get work done. However, her work ethic strains against her own impulses for mischief and addiction to online gaming. Nonetheless, Jade is something of a [[TeamMom maternal, governing figure for the group]], who is at least as likely to try and be responsible as she is to goof off. For a long time, she was also the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only female]], before Marcy and later her sister Miranda were hired.

[[ In 2008]], Jade [[spoiler:married her long-term boyfriend Brent Sienna, after several failed proposals on the latter's part. After debating over whether to change her name or not, the couple settled on a compromise. This made her, along with her husband and Cole, the only married character in the series]].

* AddictionDisplacement: A recurring problem for Jade, who goes from being addicted to ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' to ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' to ''VideoGame/DarkAgeOfCamelot'' to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', much to Brent's frustration. Also was addicted to email for awhile, though this seems to have been dropped.
* ArtEvolution: Moreso than even the other characters. Compare her in [[ 1998]] and her in [[ 2010]].
* AuthorAvatar / WriteWhoYouKnow: According to Scott, Jade is partially modeled after his wife. According to Angela (Scott's wife), Jade's more similar to ''him''. Take your pick.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Not really. But the rest of the cast acts as if [[spoiler:her single night in juvenile hall and teenage antics]] are a traumatic backstory, though in sort of an EvilIsCool sort of way.
* DatingCatwoman: This is how Cole and Brent (to a lesser extent) saw her date with Max Powers.
* FanservicePack: Directly tied to the above mentioned ArtEvolution. In response to criticisms of the new design, Kurtz said he had wanted from the start to make Jade sexy, but his art skills at the time weren't up to the task.
* GamerChick: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. While Jade ''is'' a gamer and she ''is'' a woman, she doesn't fall into the particular stereotypes this trope exhibits.
* GeekyTurnOn: How did [[spoiler:Brent get back together with Jade after their nasty break-up?]] By courting her online as a player on ''VideoGame/DarkAgeOfCamelot'', dressing up in a big chainmail suit, and asking her to a romantic get-away in UsefulNotes/LasVegas ([[spoiler:where they had broken up the year previous]]).
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]: With Brent.
* HeroesWantRedheads
* NerdsAreSexy: Everyone except her mom thinks she's smoking hot.
* ShipperOnDeck: Jade maneuvers Francis and Marcy into getting back together and also tries to hook up her sister Miranda with any responsible man she can find. DoubleSubverted when her attempt with [[spoiler:Miranda and Reggie]] backfires, only for them to get together anyway.
* StrawFeminist: In the strip's early days, Jade was ''a lot'' more extreme regarding her views of sex relations, particularly as they pertained to gaming. Over time, she's mellowed out and it's no longer an issue in the comic, possibly due to the increasing awareness of female gamers in pop culture.
* TeamMom
* TheChick: Often resolves disputes. Unless she's part of the problem.

[[folder:Francis Ray Ottoman]]

[[TagalongKid Initially the only minor in the cast]], Francis is both a vindication and indictment of GenerationY (1980s through mid 1990s), both being incredibly intelligent and quick on his feet but also being self-centered and often obnoxious. Initially cast as something of a hardcore [=PC=] user, both as a contrast with Brent's Apple obsession and as a commentary on gamers deriding the console experience. Since then, however, Francis has branched out in other forms of nerdom and no longer has a particular prejudice against either Macs or consoles. Typically, Francis is used to represent the youth opinion in a battle of generations or as an example of a nerd [[ProudToBeAGeek who's truly proud to be one with no reservations]].

* BrilliantButLazy
* ChildProdigy: Although too lazy to do anything with it, Francis has been established many times to be something of a technical genius. [[JustifiedTrope Which is why]] ''[=PvP=]'' [[JustifiedTrope hired him in the first place]].
* [=GIRL=]: Francis plays a female superhero called Catfight, allegedly because, as he put it [[ThirdPersonSeductress "If I'm gonna be staring at an ass in tights all day, it might as well be a nice ass!"]] Also played at least one female character in Cole's ''Dungeons&Dragons'' game.
* ImportantHaircut: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. While Francis does change his hairstyle significantly at one point due to Miranda calling it "cute," it turns out to be completely unimportant character-wise. It stays that way, though.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Less so than Brent, but he's shown genuine compassion and concern for others a lot more frequently as of late.
* HarmlessVillain: Early on in the strip, his "evil" tendencies were played up, particularly by Brent, who played the part of SenseiForScoundrels. Mostly, his "acts of evil" amounted [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking to finding ways to get out of work, digital piracy, and pretending to stand in line for Episode III]].
** In a BadFuture averted by Jade destroying the causality-breaking Tivo, Francis turned out to be a NotSoHarmlessVillain. This character development has evidently been averted.
* LevelUpAtIntimacy5: With [[spoiler:Marcy]].
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: With LevelUpAtIntimacy5.
* ProudToBeAGeek: To a point where he's often oblivious of non-nerdy opinions.
* SlapSlapKiss: Has this to an extent with Marcy. Their relationship is often tempestuous, she kicks his ass at almost every video game, and their romance is even fueled by this rivalry.
* StopHavingFunGuys: Originally was this towards console gamers, but after playing a Dreamcast until dawn, he mellowed out. Still has a minor feud with Brent over Macs.
* TagalongKid: Before Marcy showed up, he was the only significant character younger than 18. He's now over 18.
* TheSmartGuy
* [[spoiler: TheyDo]]: [[spoiler: With Marcy, after a drunken night in Vegas. Nonetheless, they seem to be making an effort to make it work.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between him and Marcy, [[PlayedWith after their first time]]. Best exemplified (and [[InvokedTrope invoked]]) in [[ this comic]].
** [[spoiler: Finally resolved when Francis and Marcy get married during a gaming competition in Vegas.]]
* VivaLasVegas: Francis is sent to Vegas with Marcy by Lucille to represent the magazine at a major gaming competition, despite (and in part ''because'' of) the conflict over their feelings for one another. [[spoiler: They get drunk and marry, the subsequent freakout leading to them abandoning the tournament.]]

[[folder:Skull Theodore Troll]]

Skull [[JustForPun Theodore]] Troll is a 400-year old troll who is the only non-human member of the ''PvP'' staff. Childish and innocent, Skull is something of an odd match even discounting his mythical nature, being completely sweet and good-hearted, quite large, and also unpaid (he works there officially as an intern). Skull was originally imported from Scott Kurtz's earlier comic, ''Tales By Tavernlight'', and was modeled (at least initially) after the trolls featured in ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline''. Since then, however, he's become an integral part of the cast, the comic's mascot, and developed a rich backstory. His flatulence has also become a subject of great notoriety within the strip.

It was later revealed that [[spoiler:Skull has in fact been Brent's guardian angel since Brent was a small child. How this fits in with his earlier backstory is unclear]].

* AuthorAvatar: To a certain extent, Skull represents Scott Kurtz.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The entire method by which Skull's species (and all other mythical creatures) exist. Without people's belief in them, they cease to exist.
* ExpansionPackPast: Initially, Skull was just an import from ''Tales By Tavernlight'', which was set in the world of ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline''. Then, it was later established that the characters of ''Tales By Tavernlight'' actually existed in the historic past. At some point, it was revealed Skull was present during the [[TheLordOfTheRings War of the Ring]]. Then, his cousin [[spoiler:Shecky]] was revealed. Lastly, it appears that in addition to all these other details, Skull has also been [[spoiler:Brent's guardian angel / imaginary friend since childhood.]]
* {{Fartillery}}
* TheHeart: Many of the series' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Moments of Heartwarming]] come from him, and he's definitely the most PureOfHeart within the cast.
* HiddenDepths: Though most know better now, the cast initially didn't take Skull seriously at all and thought of him at best as a charming man child.
* [[spoiler:NotSoImaginaryFriend:]] For Brent. Overlaps slightly with [[spoiler:GuardianAngel, since his job was to guide Brent to becoming a better person and a fully mature adult]].
* ImAHumanitarian: An early RunningGag was Skull wanting to eat Francis. It was never made clear if this was true or if Skull was just joking around. Another early one-off joke had Skull note that monsters use Big Macs as a unit of measure for high-calorie food - a fat Bavarian child was apparently the equivalent of 150 of them.
* SamusIsAGirl: Early in the strip Skull announced he was female. This was later revealed to be a joke on Skull's part to get attention.
* SpeciesSurname
* WeirdnessCensor: Certain people can't see Skull. It's unclear exactly how this works, since while it was initially suggested only the PureOfHeart could see him, this had a principle flaw: the person in question who couldn't see him (Max Powers) isn't any more evil then Brent, who can. Furthermore, later on, Shecky shatters Max Powers' inability to see him.
** FridgeBrilliance hits when you realize that the reason Max and others can't/couldn't see Skull likely has to do with them not believing in mythical creatures. Most people who can't see Skull see a dog (or a gorilla) instead, even though he doesn't look like either.

[[folder:Giant Panda]]
A giant panda that Brent found and brought to the office one day. For many years, he would jump out and maul Brent.

* ReplacementGoldfish: When Brent first brought him to the office, he claimed that this was Skull, who had gone missing at the time.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Usually shows up whenever someone talks about or even mentions pandas. Brent sometimes takes advantage of this for entertainment value.
* TheVoiceless: Zig-zagged. He doesn't usually speak, but has had dialogue with other animals.

[[folder:Scratch Fury: Destroyer of Worlds]]
Originally a stray found by Skull, Scratch was an ordinary cat later turned genius by an intelligence altering machine Skull had created after he himself had gained superior intelligence. Hellbent on taking over the world and enslaving all humans and dogs, unfortunately he still suffers from being a cat and occasionally having a soft spot for his owner Skull and supposed "nemesis" Kirby, Cole's dog.

* CatsAreMean
* CatsAreSuperior - How Scratch sees the world.
* CatUpATree - How Scratch became Kringus.
* JerkassFacade - Despite seeming to hate Kirby, he genuinely does care deeply for him.

[[folder:Max Powers]]

[[SitcomArchnemesis Arch-ennemy]] of Cole... Or so he seems to think about him that way. His animosity towards him dates back to college, where Max "stole" a girl Cole liked.

* BadassBeard: Happens at some point. He shaved it, but grew it back.
* CharacterDevelopment: Max becomes more and more likable as the comic goes on, he literally gains a beard, becomes able to see Skull (he was the only one at the office not able to see him), saved the magazine... And moved the entire cast to Seattle.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Max [[spoiler:broke into Cole's office to search for bank statements]] because [[spoiler:Cole was ignoring Max's concerns about the magazine's finances even though Cole ''knew'' they were pretty much screwed.]]
* IRejectYourReality: In a [[ post]], Kurtz explained the reason he couldn't see Skull was because he refused to accept him because of his ego. An abandoned concept from the ''Tales by Tavernlight'' crossover would have featured his counterpart unable to see the Delorean. The fact that he can see him now is a sign he's grown.
** As [[ Websnark]] noted, the reason Max was so insufferable is that he refused to acknowledge that the others didn't like him. A turning point for his character was him finally confronting Brent and Cole on this.
* MistakenForGay: Much of the cast suspects Max Powers is gay. [[ He's hinted as much]], but [[ won't give a straight answer]] (as it were). [[ Lately, he seems to be dating someone]]... [[GenderBlenderName named Chris]].
** And afterward, [[ Jade ran into him at the market, where she saw him holding hands with a unknown guy]]...
*** And now, it's confirmed: [[ Max is gay.]]
* MrViceGuy: He really did have a big ego when he was introduced, even if he wasn't as bad as Cole made him out to be. This mellows out after his self-discovery.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: When he tried to celebrate Lucille's birthday, she revealed that she filled her calendar with fake birthday entries. Obviously, she doesn't like her birthday, and doesn't want anyone to celebrate it. This led to the following exchange between them:
-->'''Lucille:''' Smarter men than you have tried and failed to discover my birthday. Nice try, though.
-->'''Max:''' Yeah, well smarter women have tried to convince themselves they're happier being alone, Lucille. And failed. Nice try, though.
-->'''Lucille:''' April twenty-seventh.
* SitcomArchNemesis: In the beginning. It's even repeatedly lampshaded by the comic that Max isn't ''bad''; Cole and Brent just hate him.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Subverted. The audience is initially warned that he's one, but upon closer scrutiny, it turns out that Max is actually a pretty decent guy (if a bit of a dork).
** Prior to his Great American Journey sanding off the obnoxious edges of his personality, he was routinely treated as one, even though he didn't really deserve it. Cole hated him with a passion; none of the others felt quite so strongly, but they found his dorkiness so incredibly grating that it overshadowed his numerous redeeming qualities.
* StraightGay
* TallPoppySyndrome: Kinda suffers from this.


[[folder:Lucille Delacorte]]

A high ranking exec of Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast. Was first introduced following a cooperation between Kurt and [=WotC=], and slowly developed into a more important character.

* BreakTheHaughty: It's implied that [[spoiler:her breakdown many years ago had this effect.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare
* EmotionlessGirl: Most of the time.
* FaceFramedInShadow: At her [[ introduction]].
* FullNameUltimatum: Uses one against Francis, who tries to talk back to her... To no avail:
-->'''Lucille''':Francis Ray Ottoman. You will ''tell'' me what happened in Vegas. Now.
-->'''Francis''': *''deadpan''* Oh, I'm sorry. I thought that was my name, not a make me tell you stuff spell.
-->'''Lucille''': *''DeathGlare''*
-->'''Francis''': [[spoiler:We got married in Vegas.]]
* HeroicBSOD: If her backstory is anything to go by, she suffered one when [[spoiler:she had a breakdown.]]
* HiddenDepths
* MagnificentBastard: She managed to save PVP, and to get back Cole in the team (who, at the time, quit his job). Later, she manipulated Cole so he would get back in the game and start dating again.
** She decided to send both Marcy ''and'' Francis to Vegas (originally only Marcy was to go) after realizing that the heated rivalry driving their relationship could benefit the company at the gaming competition, conveniently ''also'' leading to Marcy and Francis reconciling their relationship (though it ''is'' made clear [[spoiler: their eloping]] caught her by surprise).
** In the recent LARP arc, Lucille [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denies using the game to force the PvP staff to come together and fight for their company after leaving a note that she intends to disband the magazine and reassign the staff lying around for Brent to find]].
* MrsRobinson: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], but Francis ''really'' feared that it might be the case. [[ZigzaggedTrope However, the trope is zigzagged]] when she made it very clear that she is ''not'' a bobcat (note: a bobcat is a [[MrsRobinson cougar]] who only wants to snuggle):
-->'''Lucille''': Francis, let me make one thing perfectly clear. Were I romantically interested in you... Lucille Delacorte '''NEVER''' snuggles.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Francis.
* PerpetualFrowner
* SelfDeprecation: She ''tries'' to joke about it, but it appears that she doesn't have a so high opinion of herself:
-->'''Lucille''': Darren was kind and generous when we got married. I'm the one who made him bitter and cruel. I--I'm afraid I'm not a very good person. ''*ahem*'' Now you know why I have people sign NDAS prior to my drinking.
* SeriousBusiness: Before beginning negociations between PvP and [=WotC=], she challenges Francis to a duel of cards. [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Magic: The Gathering]] is serious business.
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:She had a breakdown years ago, when she was still married to Darren]]. Also, when [[spoiler:a very drunk Cole reveals that he tattooed [[Series/TheMuppetShow Kermit the Frog]] on his right buttocks, she burst out in laughter]].
* TeamMom: Despite her cold demeanor, she fills this role. Lampshaded [[ here]], after [[spoiler: Francis and Marcy marry]].
--> (to [[TeamDad Cole]]) "Honey, you won't believe what the kids did today."
* WhenSheSmiles