'''Penny Levac'''


--> I don't really need the perfect shoes. It's just fun to pretend that I do.

* [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Bi]] (It was hinted from as early as Campaign Trail that she was possibly bisexual, but she didn't approach the issue until the start of the GrandFinale. See below under IfItsYouItsOkay.)
* TheCharmer[=/=]TheSocialExpert: The Queen Bee and trendsetter of Belleville High, and not without good reason.
* DefrostingIceQueen[=/=]SugarAndIcePersonality: Penny, while she certainly likes male attention, has trouble early on with actual intimacy. [[spoiler: By the end of the comic, she turns a shouting match with Aggie into violently passionate rage sex that demolishes a room and most of the girls' clothes.]]
* [[spoiler: FallenPrincess]]: During "The Popsicle War."
* FoeRomanceSubtext: to Aggie until they become friends, [[spoiler: HomoeroticSubtext afterward.]]
* FreudianTrio: TheEgo
* GuileHero: Especially evident when [[BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch dealing an implied preemptive strike]] [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=651 against her rival upperclassman, Meg.]][[spoiler: She tries a similiar strategy when dealing with Cyndi, a considerably more dangerous foe.]]
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: The main thrust of Penny's romantic relationships with Rich, Duane, [[spoiler: and Aggie, until the latter puts her foot down.]] [[CharacterizationMarchesOn They Get Better.]]
* IfItsYouItsOkay (WordOfGod says [[spoiler: Aggie]] is Penny's one exception to her preference for men.)
* TheKirk
* LovableAlphaBitch (Aggie and friends see her as a straight-up AlphaBitch for much of the comic's run but they're mostly wrong)
* ObfuscatingStupidity (occasionally, in the earlier arcs)
* ThePrimaDonna

'''Aggie D'Amour'''


--> Sometimes doing the right thing hurts. But that's when you have to.

* TheAloner: [[spoiler: Aggie nearly ends up as this in a dream.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: (not only does Karen assume she's gay for a full year, and Lisa briefly consider Sara's theory of [[FoeYay attraction]] between her and Penny, but [[spoiler: as of "There Are No Rules" Aggie herself now seriously thinks she may be gay]]. As of the DistantFinale she is [[spoiler: shown wearing a male outfit and is said to be dating girls exclusively.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: In the DistantFinale.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority[=/=][[spoiler: FormerTeenRebel]]: Aggie actively cultivates a rebellious attitude in memory of her former hippie mother. As she matures, she learns there are other ways to speak truth to power than through protesting and modern art. [[spoiler: She ultimately becomes a lawyer.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Aggie's dream [[spoiler: about being in love with a female mannequin.]]
* GranolaGirl
* {{Hypocrite}}: Preaches acceptance and understanding, but she's done things like attempting to slut-shame Lisa for being bisexual ("Any lips of any ''gender'll'' do?").
* IneffectualLoner: For a while, Aggie has a hard time making and keeping true friends, [[FreudianExcuse for fear that they will replace her]]...
* MissingMom (Aggie has difficulty letting go of her memory)
** InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Defied. [[spoiler: After a horrible nightmare, Aggie learns that this trope is, in the words of her mother, "bullshit."]]
* SingleTargetSexuality (in the early arcs, she's uninterested in either gender until [[LoveAtFirstSight she meets Marshall]])
* TheSnarkKnight (in the earlier arcs)
* SoapboxSadie (especially in the earlier arcs)
* TrueArtIsAngsty: In-universe, Aggie's rigid adherence to this attitude helps her to produce florid poetry and abysmal videos, and blinds her to the fact that she's quite good at drawing.

'''Karen Duvall''', Penny's and Aggie's rival and Marshall's girlfriend


--> Pretty people get to do what they want!

* BigBad (during "The Popsicle War")
* BeautifulAllAlong: Played with. Karen might've gotten pretty on the outside, but it didn't help her self-esteem, improve her outlook, or make her a better person; it just made her believe that image was everything.
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful[=/=]PowerFantasy[=/=][[spoiler: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ]]
* LastSecondChance (pointed out by her [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder conscience]] early in "The Popsicle War"; however, she [[RedemptionRejection chooses to ignore it]])
* ManipulativeBastard
* PygmalionPlot
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: She gives Marshall involuntary manual stimulation in the shower, and takes his physiological reaction as consent, ignoring his clear discomfort before and after.
* SocialDarwinist
* StaticCharacter
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Part of Penny's makeover of Karen. She followed this up with laser eye surgery.
* WrongGenreSavvy: She thinks she's in ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' or ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}''. She's really in ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' or ''Film/LegallyBlonde''.

'''Sara Velte''', Penny's best and oldest friend


--> My identity is not for them to define. And it's not for you.

* ComingOutStory
* ButchLesbian[=/=]LipstickLesbian: (her post-coming-out look combines aspects of both)
* FreudianTrio: TheSuperEgo
* HonestAdvisor[=/=]NumberTwo: To Penny
* JadeColoredGlasses
* ShipperOnDeck --> TheDulcineaEffect[=/=]KnightInShiningArmor
* TheSpock --> TheMcCoy
** {{Tsundere}} Type A
* TookALevelInBadass (non-violent example)
* TransparentCloset (to Lisa, Penny and Cyndi)

'''Michelle Brown''', Penny's other closest friend


--> Ignorance is bliss. Well, usually.

* TheChick
* [[spoiler: DrivenByEnvy]]: The source of Michelle's [[spoiler: anorexia]] exacerbated by Cyndi's "encouragement".
--> ''(Regarding herself and Penny in a Mirror)'': [[MadnessMantra Thinner than her. You'll always be thinner than her, now. It's all right. It's all right.]]
* TheDitz
* FlatCharacter (subverted in "Hunger"; her therapist describes her as "not SilentBob" and "not deep," but by the end of the brief arc she emerges as an even deeper and richer character)
* FreudianTrio: TheId
* IJustWantToBeLoved
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: With regard to Rich and Penny
* LoveHurts
* TheMcCoy
* NaiveEverygirl[=/=]ThePollyanna
* StepfordSmiler: Is very good at hiding her insecurities, [[spoiler: and her eating disorder]], behind a peppy demeanor and a cheerful grin.
* WeightWoe: Her [[spoiler:eating disorder]].
* YesMan: To Penny.

'''Lisa Winklemeyer''', Aggie's best friend


--> I'm just...open. Whatev, you know? Screw labels.

* [[spoiler:BaldWoman]]: In the finale.
* BiTheWay (more or less)
* BlitheSpirit[=/=]LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: In-universe, Lisa is bound and determined to act as a good example of these tropes for everyone she meets.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=]CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheGadfly[=/=]{{Troll}}: The former when in a good mood, the latter when in a bad one.
* GenkiGirl
* TheHerald[=/=]SidekickExMachina: It's a near-guarantee that, if a sympathetic character has a dilemma in need of addressing, Lisa will be there to help them confront and[=/=]or fix it.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Jokingly tells Michelle that she ships the two of them together. [[spoiler: Plays this trope straight with her kindred spirit, Stan.]]
* TotallyRadical (given to bizarre, self-created slang, e.g. "Ms. Megabagadouche")

'''Duane Teague''', Aggie's friend and Penny's platonic boyfriend


--> If you're gonna dream a hopeless dream...go all out.

* HollywoodNerd
* HopelessSuitor (double subverted)
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn (to Charlotte)

'''Daphne Brooks''', friend to Aggie, Lisa and Fred; Sara's girlfriend


--> I'm not always a great person, but my friends make me better.

* GenkiGirl
* LipstickLesbian

'''Fred Rudolph''', friend to Aggie, Lisa and Daphne


--> This feeling's always been with me, that things will be all right. I like it too much to fight it.

* LargeHam
* PetHomosexual
* PerpetualSmiler (most of the time)
* StraightGay / CampGay (the latter generally when rehearsing, performing or just tipsy) The epilogue shows that he mellowed out considerably after high school.

'''Marshall Gryvanski''', Karen's boyfriend and Aggie's first crush


--> I like weights. If a weight is about to crush your heart, you can feel the pressure. You know it's coming. With people, you're never sure.

* AbusiveParents (his hedonistic mother verbally berates him in public for being an obstacle to her)
* {{Bishonen}} (subverted and deconstructed)
* ChickMagnet (The only girl never attracted to him, even momentarily, is Penny. Even Sara finds him attractive prior to her discovering she's gay)
* DisappearedDad (he has no idea who his dad even is)
* LetsWaitAwhile

'''Rich Diggle''', Penny's first love


--> I think what's important is for a man to stop takin' the world's crap and start pushin' back.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys / AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Although Penny isn't a cheerleader.
* BadassBiker
* MakeUpOrBreakUp

'''Stan Larson''', Rich's wingman and Penny's rival/FriendlyEnemy


--> No, wait! I don't have a complex psychology! I'm just in it for fun, chicks, praise and bling!

* TheChessmaster: Particularly in the [[Recap/PennyAndAggieCampaignTrail Campaign Trail]] arc.
* FatalFlaw: [[AmbitionIsEvil Ambition.]]
* HandsomeLech
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn (to Michelle, in that he thought she'd wanted a hook-up, not romance; later, in a different sense, to Penny)
* MaliciousMisnaming / TheNicknamer: Stan habitually calls Penny by the names of blonde celebrities, thereby insinuating she's [[DumbBlonde superficial]]. When she finally tells him to stop, he says, "Okay, Petty."
* ManipulativeBastard (reforms during "The Popsicle War")
* SubordinateExcuse (to Rich, whom he has something of a crush on despite being a ladies' man)
* WasItReallyWorthIt (the end of "Mister Smiles")

'''Jack Kirk''', Stan's best friend and Rich's other wingman


--> I think I can be a good man for her. I think so. Get ''close'' to her level, at least.

* DoctorJekyllAndMisterJackDaniels
* HeroicSelfDeprecation
* InsecureLoveInterest (vis--vis Katy-Ann)
* SilentBob

'''Katy-Ann Williams''', Penny's friend and Jack's girlfriend


--> We put so much passion into these day-to-day dramas, and the decisions that tell us who we are... those go almost unnoticed.

* GenkiGirl
* SaintlyChurch (a one-person embodiment and the diametric opposite of Charlotte's intolerant, near-psychotic fundamentalist nature, although sometimes her religiosity can be a source of angst as well as friction with others)
* WiseBeyondTheirYears (a teenage example of the trope, she's easily the most mature character apart from Aggie's father Nick)

'''Brandi Jones''', Penny's friend and Stan's girlfriend


--> I understand boys. Boys show what they feel. Boys' friends are their ''friends.'' Girls are the ones to watch out for.

* BewareTheNiceOnes
* EthicalSlut
* FriendsWithBenefits / RelationshipUpgrade
* MsFanservice (as drawn by Jason Waltrip)

'''Cyndi Kristoffer''', Karen's onetime collaborator, and the comic's main villain after "The Popsicle War"


--> I do like to play.

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* DepravedBisexual: Cyndi is an extreme sadist [[spoiler: who it's suggested can't be aroused without the idea of others suffering, and has a stated fantasy of driving someone to suicide.]]
* FauxYay (subverted when she crushes on Sara-as-Lady Macbeth)
* ForTheEvulz: Everything Cyndi does. [[spoiler: Her parents eventually realize she's a genuine sociopath and have her committed to a mental institution.]]
* ManipulativeBastard (to a sociopathic degree)
* TheMole (in Penny's clique throughout the first half of "The Popsicle War")
* MsFanservice (particularly as drawn by Jason Waltrip)
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* [[spoiler: PutOnABusToHell: Her last appearance in the comic has her parents driving her to a mental institution.]]
* TheSociopath: An almost textbook example. [[spoiler: Her parents catch on after the incident with Charlotte, and have her committed.]]

'''Samantha Evans''', collaborator, at one time or another, with Karen and Cyndi


--> Maybe offence just comes naturally to a spoiled rich girl.

* EverythingIsRacist
* SassyBlackWoman
* YouWatchTooMuchX

'''Meg Macomb''', Penny's onetime rival, Cyndi's friend, collaborator with Karen


--> I've outgrown this. I've outgrown ''you.''

* AlphaBitch (in her backstory)
* FallenPrincess: An unsympathetic version.
* [[spoiler: FutureLoser[=/=]JadedWashout]]: Heavily implied to be in her forseeable future, at her graduation, she is seen staring at her diploma as if she does not know what to do with it. [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that by the time Quiltbag takes place, she is a sophomore in college who "still thinks she can turn this thing around," and by the time of her five year reunion, she is "disappointed." (And apparently not in attendance.)]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Played with. She seems to be one of the few characters to be fully aware that all the melodrama of highschool aren't the most important years of her life... [[IgnoredEpiphany immediately after this assertion, she nervously asks whether the contents of a police interrogation will be "going on her permanent record."]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm[=/=]OptOut: During "The Popsicle War", Meg makes a large show of declaring that she is done with the petty popularity games of high school. The manner in which she does this makes it clear that Meg believes that opting out is akin to declaring a victory over her opponents.
* PrideBeforeAFall (in her backstory)

'''Helen Tomalin''', downbeat friend, at one time or another, of Penny, Charlotte, Aggie, and Karen


--> If I'm being used...at least I have a use.

* AbusiveParents[=/=]TheUnFavorite: ([[AllThereInTheManual her parents favor her older sister]]; in her childhood her father tells her he doesn't love her "right now" when she fails to complete an age-inappropriate task)
* BitchInSheepsClothing[=/=]FalseFriend: Helen is a sympathetic example of these tropes, and tends to surround herself with examples of same, some less sympathetic than others.
* AttentionWhore: Downplayed [[spoiler: eventually, in a very literal fashion]]. Helen desperately wants acceptance, approval, and attention, no matter the source; she believes that letting herself be used is the only way to achieve these ends. This culminates in a HeroicBSOD[=/=]VillainousBreakdown when [[spoiler: she realizes she slept with resident skeezoids Bob and Elmer while under the influence of alcohol.]]
* BrokenBird See above.
* DrivenByEnvy[=/=]TheResenter: Helen drifted apart from Penny's group of friends in middle school, and resents them for excluding her from their clique. She is implied to have been envious of Penny's social status in childhood, as well.
* ExtremeDoormat (She ''wants'' people to use her and is at a loss whenever no one needs to.)
** IJustWantToBeLoved[=/=]IJustWantToHaveFriends: Very downplayed; after [[spoiler: remembering her rape]] and overhearing Brandi and Stan's healthy sexual relationship, Helen realizes she has heretofore been unable to differentiate between being loved and getting screwed, and has a breakdown.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Her entire as of yet unfinished character arc is a deep examination of this trope, the subversion being that Penny isn't as much of a bitch as Helen believes, and that Helen is in considerably more danger when she associates with her [[FalseFriend "more accepting" outcast friends.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Believed herself to be this in Penny's clique; was this in Charlotte's and Karen's clique, [[spoiler: and Helen's belief that she was this to Aggie's clique led to Helen herself sabotaging their friendship with her.]]
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain (in "The Popsicle War," to some extent)
* TheMole (in Aggie's clique throughout the first half of "The Popsicle War")
* NeverMyFault: Helen's need to be used often motivates her to put her morals aside.
* NoSocialSkills: Helen's idea of lightly mocking [[TakeThatMe self-deprecation]] is calling herself and her friends "Judgemental bitches."
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Of every clique she's been in:
-->(Helen's inner monologue:) "Please keep believing I'm going to heaven, Charlotte."
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Taking advantage of young women too drunk to give informed consent seems to be a favorite pastime of Bob and Elmer.]]
* TheRunaway (to ''{{Something Positive}}'''s Boston)
* SourSupporter[=/=]UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Formerly, of the Pennies.
* StepfordSnarker[=/=]TheSnarkKnight: Played with and inverted. Helen has a sharp, witty, and articulate running commentary inside her head, which often remarks on what she ''should be'' doing, rather than what she ''is'' doing. The only time she lets her deeply sublimated [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]] tendencies loose, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished she loses a friend in the process.]]
* SuddenPrincipledStand: ''Helen'', of all people, chews out Charlotte when the latter tries to frame Katy-Ann for a bomb threat.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: [[spoiler: Answer: Bob and Elmer. ''Both at once.'' ]]

'''Charlotte Simms''', onetime friend of Aggie and Helen, later friends with Duane


--> Sin is everywhere. This world is filth.

* AbusiveParents (her mother, and implied with regard to her late father)
* BerserkButton (do ''not'' criticize, or attempt to entrap, Duane in front of her)
* BrokenBird
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler: Double Subverted.]] She's introduced as nutty, cold and eager to "punish" whomever she thought deserved it, but her interactions with Duane showed her getting mellower... [[spoiler: Until The Stinger of the second chapter of the Missing Person arc reveals that she is the one who kidnapped and attempted to murder Cyndi.]] Her interactions with Duane, however, are what inspire her to reform [[spoiler: while in prison.]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: She survives.]]
* TheFundamentalist (big time, but after befriending Duane she becomes gentler and more open-minded... or so it seems, until [[spoiler: she kidnaps and tortures Cyndi in what she believes is God's punishment for Cyndi's ManipulativeBastard actions]])
* [[spoiler:InterruptedSuicide]]
* RapeAsDrama (makes false accusation against Sara; the real thing is also heavily implied in her backstory)

'''Nick and Melody D'Amour''', Aggie's parents

* HappilyMarried (before Melody's accidental death in the backstory)
* HippieParents / {{New Age Retro Hippie}}s (a subtle and sympathetic instance)
* PosthumousCharacter (Melody, seen only in {{Flashback}}s and Aggie's dream)
* SoProudOfYou ([[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=264 Nick]] and [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=900 Melody]] have both, in effect, said so to Aggie)

'''Rob Levac''', Penny's father
* DeadpanSnarker
* JadedWashout (in the earlier strips)
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold (when flirting with Lynda as a teenager)
* MistakenForCheating (by Penny; subverted in that she's ''happy'' for him, thinking his "affair" will bring back the active, upbeat dad she used to have)

'''Lynda Levac''', Penny's mother
* NerdsAreSexy (teenage Rob sees her this way)
* SoapboxSadie (as a teenager)
* {{Tsundere}} (Type A, to Rob as a teenager)

'''Charisma Gryvanski''', Marshall's mother and Nick's girlfriend
* ReallyGetsAround (before her more serious relationship with Nick)
* ResentfulGuardian (reciprocated, less abusively, on Marshall's part)