[[folder: The Duo]]

!Tycho Brahe

->''"Some people play tennis. I erode the human soul."''

The wordy, intellectual, and cynical half of the ''Penny Arcade'' duo, when the characters of Gabe and Tycho first diverged Tycho was something of the StraightMan to Gabe's more wild enthusiasm. However, [[CharacterDevelopment he quickly developed into a character]] [[NotSoAboveItAll as strange if not stranger]]. Tycho is known for his love of literature and wordplay, his overwritten fantasy series Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga, his "love" of animals, and his deep knowledge of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow horrors that man was not meant to know]].
* AuthorAvatar: For Jerry Holkins, but was not originally intended as such.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Has several times shown the desire for other animals.
* CainAndAbel: Has a VERY adversarial relationship with his brother, though he does also a loving semi-paternal bond with his niece Ann.
* DeadpanSnarker: Very blunt and very sarcastic.
* {{Fetish}}: Has expressed attraction to numerous things: giraffes, ostriches, jellyfish, and whatever's at [=ColdTurkeys.com=]. More specifically, he's said he's attracted to long, slender necks, of the sort you can't usually find on humans. He's also [[https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2017/11/29/the-f-word implied to have an outright fetish for literature]] since he seems to think of literature-related mods (such as quill physics) as titillating as other people do nudity mods.
* FlatEarthAtheist: A noted atheist... despite the fact that [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus plays Mario Kart with Gabe regularly.]]
* GuestFighter: One of the opposing players in VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Gabe, obviously.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Mainly perpetuated by his mother, but his father isnt the nicest guy either if his scant few appearances are anything to go by.
* HumanoidAbomination: Maybe, maybe not. He seems to enjoy cultivating that appearance, and his eyes subtly glow red when he's particularly angry, not to mention his [[ToThePain infamously disturbing speech]] in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10/ "I Hope You Like Text"]]... This may or may not be caused by demonic possession if an early strip from 1999 is to be believed.
* InsufferableGenius: Has traits of this, despite not having any higher education than high school. He is very intelligent, but absolutely insufferable about it.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's incredibly smug and insensitive, and will put his own needs above others.
* KillerGameMaster: Attempting to impart his wisdom onto Gabe, nonetheless.
** Though it turns out he hasn't actually run a game since junior high because of his Killer Game Master reputation.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Tycho [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/16 describes his coupling]] as "dutiful" and "terrified".
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Tycho Brahe was also a 16th century Danish astronomer.
* NightmareFetishist: He longs for the day when games include StarfishAliens and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s as romance options. We're not told "what" his heart's desire is... just that acquiring it would be enough to ''[[{{BlasphemousBoast}} damn Jesus to hell]]''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His eyes turn red when he gets ''really'' angry. Its implied in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/08/06/perchance-to-dream an early strip]] that he may have brought '''something''' back with him from the dream world after having two consecutive nightmares about hell.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Frequent. In the Penny Arcade card game, there is an attack of his that deals damage based on the number of letters in a given card. In-universe, he has an enormous affinity for words and grammar, to the point where Gabe letting him babble about Bookworm Adventures is his christmas present.
** Occasionally lampshaded in the news posts [[SelfDeprecation where he calls it]] "faux erudition", implying that he is excessively wordy on purpose.
* SirSwearsALot: As pointed out by Gabe in one strip where the Duo briefly broke up.
--> '''Gabe''': If you could write a single sentence without the word "fuck" in it, maybe we could get some mainstream exposure up in this piece!
--> '''Tycho''': Go fuck yourself!
* SophisticatedAsHell: Especially apparent in TheRant.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Not exactly, but as RedEyesTakeWarning shows, there is probably something REALLY dark inside him.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Very susceptible to this. To a point he'll even go mad [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/04/22 playing a homemade [=RPG=] created by Gabe's eight-year-old son]].

!Johnathan "Gabe" Gabriel

->''"I don’t know why they call them “Chip Clips.” I mean, everyone just puts ‘em on their wang. Why don’t they just call them “Wang Clips” or “Wang Hangers” or something?"''

The idealistic, immature, and scatterbrained half of the duo, Gabe's enthusiasm and inability to think things through makes him the perfect Wise Guy to Tycho's straight man, though these roles are often reversed as he possesses a degree of common sense that Tycho lacks. Obsessed with immature humor, male genitalia (mostly his own), and Franchise/StarWars, he harbors homosexual tendencies, not so much repressed as simply unrealized and usually centering around ComicBook/SpiderMan. He is independently wealthy from his Doctor Raven Darktalon Blood series.
* AuthorAvatar: For Mike Krahulik, but was not originally intended as such.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Tycho makes an IncrediblyLamePun related to sawing KrisStraub in half so they can have an even number of players, Gabe exclaims "Damn son, there's that gallows humor!"
* AmbiguouslyBi: His fantasies about SpiderMan and Creator/PatrickSwayze tend to point this way. Not to mention his weird on-off HoYay with Apple fanboy Charles.
* AxCrazy: He's prone to violence and seems to not feel too guilty about it.
* TheBeastmaster: A pet dragon, a phoenix, unicorn, and several VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} to his name. At one point he also managed to aquire a flock of VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} that proceeded to trash the apartment and kill Tycho. And his roster may grow at any time...
* BottomOfTheBarrelJoke: Gabe loves himself some low-hanging fruit when it comes to humor. At one point Tycho had to step in, because Gabe wanted to make a comic about spawn camping which would have a terrorist waiting to murder newborns in a hospital.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Legal representative for France. It... [[SubvertedTrope didn't go well.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The Cardboard Tube Samurai ''is'' Gabe. Therefore he can slice things up with a perfectly round tube. He can actually cause nosebleeds by hating someone, which ''may'' be caused by the fact that [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] [[LukeIAmYourFather might be his dad]]. Oh, and he got a blood infusion from SpiderMan. Hell, in ''the very first comic'', he gained psychic powers.
* GameMaster: "Your party stands before the Cave of Tits."
** Ironically, despite his anti-RPG sentiments in the early days of the strip, he arguably spends more times with tabletop games these days than ''Tycho'' does.
* GlassEye: Lost his original in a Warcraft-related scuffle.
* HandyFeet: He's pointed out to have monkey-like feet in one strip.
* HiddenDepths: Very seriously into Country-Western dancing, specifically line dancing.
* NoodleIncident: Exactly what led to the loss of his eye during a Warcraft 2 match is never revealed, but it has far enough reaching consequences that it meant he and Tycho had to make a pact to not play any future Warcraft games against eachother.
* PsychopathicManchild: Combines a selfish immaturity with a sociopathic violent streak.
* PsychicPowers: Only comes up once, but he used the unreasonably long load times for the late 90's FPS SIN to harness his latent psychic powers.
* RefugeInAudacity[=/=][[RefugeInVulgarity Vulgarity]]
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Gabe's knee-jerk reaction to nearly everything. He once curb stomped Tycho to death because he thought there was only one copy of VideoGame/PuzzleQuest left in the store, and tore out Tycho and Charles's throats with his teeth when he panicked over the proper pronounciation of "Gif".

[[folder: Supporting Cast]]

!Anne Claire "Annarchy" Brahe

Tycho's young niece who shares her uncle's intellect and love of gaming, but only a ''little'' of his depravity. Despite her age, she played Franchise/FinalFantasy on the Famicom... in the original Japanese. Is not to be trifled with.
* BadassAdorable: There's a reason her online handle is Annarchy.
* BareYourMidriff: In the earlier strips.
* GranolaGirl: With the admirable conviction of a pre-teen who just discovered vegetarianism and who's parents hates it.
* LittleMissBadass
* LittleMissSnarker: Can trade barbs with her intelligent, caustic uncle.

!The Fruit Fucker 2000

A small robotic juicer that works by having violent sexual intercourse with pieces of fruit.
* BlackComedyRape: Gabe has described it as "a literal rapist", although its only actual victims have been oranges and zombies (and one pear) so far. It has been shown acting... ''creepily'' towards the protagonists' wives, however.
* HumongousMecha: [[OhCrap Fruit Fucker Prime]].
* LetsGetDangerous: [[https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/21/armadeaddon-bitter-cup Can, if necessary, activate Code Omega.]] [[GoryDiscretionShot We don't see what this entails]], but it's enough to turn a horde of zombies into chunky salsa.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The antenna on top of its head.


Yeah, [[Literature/TheBible that one]]. In addition to being the Lord and Savior of Mankind, he loves fighting games, first person shooters, and is, in general, [[JesusWasWayCool way cool]].
* BadassBeard
* JesusWasWayCool: Likes to just sort of hang around on Earth and play games and go to the mall.
* MundaneUtility: His d20 is made from a piece of the true cross. Apparently, he only uses it "for really important rolls."
* NiceGuy: Though he has an unfortunate tendency to Type Kill in shooters, though this has all but gone extinct since the advent of headsets, and also loves to gloat when winning at Mario Kart.
* PalsWithJesus: Gabe mostly. He's friendly with Tycho, but its difficult to bond with someone who doesn't think you exist.
* UpToEleven: Whatever Tycho's deepest desire really is, Jesus states that aquiring it would damn even him.


Originally known as Chuck, an anti-Apple strawman, he had a great fall and was retooled as the hipper Charles. Lives across from Gabe and Tycho and occasionally visits to talk about Apple-based matters.
* CatchPhrase: "Shut your pie hole!"
* CameBackStrong: He was originally a dorky cipher the authors used to mock Mac gamers, but when Halo was cancelled for the Mac, Chuck attempted to kill himself by jumping out the window. The reconstructive surgery not only made him look cooler, but also changed his personality to the much more suave Charles.
* HypocriticalHumor: Constantly mocks the main characters for their nerdiness, despite his own fanboyism for Apple products by far outstripping even Tycho's and Gabe's dedication to any one company.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Gabe. Tycho once described Charles as emitting a kind of "anti-Gabe force".
* StrawmanPolitical: As Chuck.

! Jerry's and Mike's Families
Comic versions of the real-life spouses and children of Jerry and Mike. Usually deployed for strips that are inspired by things that happened to the creators away from their offices and in the world at large.
* RuleOfFunny: They tend to fade into the background unless they're needed for a specific comic premise.