! Main Characters
!!Tropes that apply to all four main characters (Captain, Sniper, Pilot, & Engineer):
* AmbiguousGender: Due to the masks and the fact that all four have a MysteriousPast. [[spoiler:Sniper, Engineer, and Pilot were all eventually confirmed male, but the comic's creator continues to be [[TeasingCreator deliberately vague]] about Captain]].
* ChromaticArrangement: [[TheLeader Captain]] is red (purple), [[TheLancer Snippy]] is blue, [[TheBigGuy Pilot]] is green, and [[SixthRanger Engineer]] is yellow (orange).
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Subverted with "Mr. Snippy." [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Turns out that's his actual name]].
* ExpressiveMask: Most noticeable on Sniper, [[spoiler:especially after the Biomatrix integrates it into his body]].
* TheFaceless: Only two of the main four have been seen without gas masks on, and even then their faces were always partially obscured by something else.
* GasMaskLongcoat: Only the Captain has the longcoat part of the equation, but they all have the gas mask.
* InSeriesNickname: Each character is most often known by their nicknames. [[spoiler: And while Sniper, Pilot, and Engi have each been revealed to have full names, Zee Captain is still only known as that (or simply Captain, or Capetian.]]
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Again, subverted with Mr. Snippy. Snippy also gives his full name to the Captain in the beginning. All but the Captain's full names are known in-universe, if not necessarily by the other main characters.
* VagueAge: One of their many mysteries. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSVFnnYvCGc#t=188 All we really know]] (warning, video contains spoilers) is that (excluding Captain) Engie is the oldest, Snippy is the second oldest, and Pilot is the youngest [[spoiler:seeing as how he was made in a factory and all]].

!!The Captain (a.k.a. "Zee Captein")

'''Tropes:'''
* BornLucky: And according to Engineer, [[spoiler:it may be contagious]].
* TheCaptain: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well, yeah]]. He/She was originally known as Subject Seven, but refused to respond to anything other than "Zee Captain" after attaining that rank.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Captain is borderline insane... and it is ''awesome''.
* CommissarCap: Zee Captain wears one as part of his uniform.
* CrazyPrepared: Zee Captain has something for just about every problem.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: While the Captain is crazy and borderline insane, it works in his/her favor.
* TheFool: Zee Captain is a simpleminded zany fool, but see the above trope.
* FourthWallObserver: The Captain (and only the Captain) is aware of the "sexy followers" that watch over Captania.
* FunetikAksent: An inconsistent German one. It definitely adds to the LargeHam quality of Captain's speech whenever it's in effect.
* {{Jerkass}}: Zee Captain is ''always'' bullying his/her subordinates.
* TheLeader: The Captain is, well... the captain of his/her group of survivors.
* ManChild: As part of his/her CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass shtick, Zee Captain may as well be a five-year old.

!!The Sniper (a.k.a. "Mr. Snippy", [[spoiler: a.k.a. Charles Snippy]])

'''Tropes:'''
* TheChewToy: Snippy tends to bear the brunt of the world's abuse.
* DealWithTheDevil: Makes a deal with [[spoiler: Biomatrix 117 allowing it to utilize all deceased sentient life on earth as a host, as revealed on Page 113.]]
* FashionableAsymmetry: Ask any fan: his life may be utterly tragic, but he ''does'' have a snazzy jacket.
* HeavySleeper: It's not uncommon for a strip to begin with Snippy waking up and realizing that either Captain or Pilot have vandalized his body in some way while he slept. He also mentions averaging about nine hours of sleep a night, which is apparently unusual for the others (Captain mentions doing activities with Pilot that are past Snippy's "bed time").
** Snippy's sleeping habits make perfect sense considering that [[spoiler: he was unable to afford sleep in the pre-apocalyptic world]].
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Snippy's name is actually Charles Snippy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Snippy is caustically sarcastic and plays the straight man to Captain, but he tends to do the right thing.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Uses a trowel to fend off [[spoiler: Pilot's katana.]]
* TheLancer: To Captain.
* MeanBrit: Since he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and [[http://ask-snippy.tumblr.com/post/20663260932 apparently]] also British...
* NiceGuy: According to {{Word of God}}. In the actual comic he acts more like a JerkWithAHeartOfGold ([[JustifiedTrope which is entirely understandable, given his situation]]). He's usually nice to his fans on his {{tumblr}} and {{Facebook}} though.
* NoRespectGuy: ''Nobody'' respects him. Not Captain, not his squad mates, not even the Biomatrix.
* OnlySaneMan: Everyone around him is some form of psychotic.
* TheStraightMan: Being the only sane man in a team of insane people.
* TheUndead: Pilot impaled him with his katana but the Biomatrix reanimated him and integrated his suit into his body in the process.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: He was suspected to be the ringleader of a group of Unscannable terrorists, which is why ANNET sent Pi to assassinate him.

!!The Pilot (a.k.a. [[spoiler: Chistophorus Pi Hatchenson]])

'''Tropes:'''
* AmbiguouslyHuman[=/=]RidiculouslyHumanRobot: He's a hyper-advanced cyborg android who's long forgotten his past.
* AmnesiacDissonance: Pilot was once an private investigator sent to assassinate Snippy. He lost his memories and sanity after being caught in a car bomb and is now a {{yandere}} ManChild.
* ArmyOfTheDead: Takes command of one after he is reconnected to ANNET.
* ArtificialHuman: He is an advanced cyborg created by ANNET.
* BecomeARealBoy: According to the Biomatrix, this was his goal.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Pilot is almost as zany as Captain.
* CuteAndPsycho: Pilot is {{yandere}} for Captain.
* {{Cyborg}}: It's revealed he was a DEX cyborg sent to assassinate Snippy.
* FaceHeelTurn: After he is reconnected to ANNET, [[EvilAllAlong it is revealed he was originally an assassin sent to kill Sniper by the Director]]. He's returned to normal after Snippy breaks his neural interface, and considers his mission complete after impaling Snippy with his katana.
* FunWithAcronyms: "Pi" refers both to his job as a private investigator and the mathematical constant.
* {{Hipster}}: Back when he was [[spoiler:still working for the Director]], Pilot insisted on modeling [[spoiler:his office]] after the classic FilmNoir style detective rooms, complete with handheld phone. Both of these things are hilariously outdated for the times. {{Justified}} in that cutting down on the advanced technology in his life [[spoiler:makes him feel human]].
* HopelessSuitor: Captain has responded to his advances with "keep walking" and HaHaHaNo.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Wields a rusty, chipped katana, [[spoiler: and is given a shiny sharp new one by ANNET.]]
* LovingAShadow: Thinks Zee Captain to be a ''god'', though Zee Captain is implied to not reciprocate (responding with flat dismissal whenever Pilot makes advances through the blogs, and having said that his "minions" are "all equally tolerable").
* ManChild: Pilot's immaturity levels rival Captain's.
* NoNameGiven: A name is written on his jacket, but he doesn't think it's his. [[spoiler: However, the Biomass calling him by it and his wearing the jacket in a pre-apocalypse flashback imply that it ''might'' be, and he is just too far gone to remember]].
** [[spoiler: His name is confirmed in issue 144.]]
* PsychoSupporter: For Zee Captain.
* SubordinateExcuse: Definitely has a crush on the Captain. After Sniper [[spoiler:gets swallowed by a whale]], Pilot sends him a letter saying "Ha ha ha, now Captain and me can finally be together '''forever'''." [[http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/#/d4xt1me Also seems to send Captain love letters]].
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Pilot mentions in passing how "they" told him that he's not capable of ever truly being in love, [[spoiler:which is almost certainly due to him actually being a robot of some kind]]. He claims that it isn't true.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: His amnesia and insanity were caused by a grenade blowing up in his face, severing his connection to ANNET.
* {{Yandere}}: Of the Type 2 "Obsessive" variety towards Captain, who he treats like a god.

!!The Engineer (a.k.a. "Engie", [[spoiler: a.k.a. Dr. Alexander Gromov]])

'''Tropes:'''
* DeadpanSnarker: He is actually described this way by the comic's creator.
* FoeYay: ANNET called him "dear" and said "I love you" whilst trying to kill him years ago. In her return she referred to him as "my love", just before trying to kill him. Likewise, Engineer usually calls her "Annie", and before the apocalypse it was definitely a term of affection. He also has called her "my love." He even wrote a ''[[http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/art/ENGIE-My-girl-Annie-286908048 poem]]'' about her, in which he called her "my beloved. [[invoked]]
* {{Hypochondria}}: He suffers from this. It's especially notable in issue 172, where he is almost certainly in mortal peril yet still chooses to focus on not letting a blood covered sword touch him.
* OnlySaneMan: Type 3. Unlike Snippy, he's completely given up and doesn't even bother protesting the strangeness of his companions. Although [[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/blog/entry-9997 one of Snippy's blog entries]] implies that he might not be all that sane after all.
* {{Robosexual}}: With ANNET. See also the entry for FoeYay.
* TheSixthRanger: To the ComicTrio consisting of the Captain, Sniper and Pilot.

! Antagonists

!!Photoshop

'''Tropes:'''
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Shows up being ridden by Echo after ANNET's defeat.
* SandWorm: Appears similar to one, anyway.
* TeamPet: She was Pilot's "pet" and spent much of her on-panel screen chasing Snippy. She was left behind.

!! Tetra-Virus Biomass Matrix 117 (a.k.a. "the Cancer")

'''Tropes:'''
* AmoralAttorney: No, really. That... ''[[EldritchAbomination thing]]'' that's killing everyone? That's a ''[[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/45 legal defence representative]]''.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:[[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/75 At least until ANNET showed up]]]].
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: It is revealed [[spoiler:that the Biomatrix is a mutated combination of Directorate viruses, Directorate copyright policy, Snippy's memories and his tour guide uniform, created when he was first abducted by aliens.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Biomatrix enjoys wryly commenting on Snippy's lack of luck.
* DemBones: How it attacks and communicates with its enemies.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Bright red and black = ObviouslyEvil.
* EldritchAbomination: An alien virus that reanimates corpses and mutates them into grotesque undead monstrosities.
* EnemyMine: Gives Snippy legal advice when he is abducted by the Arbitrator and helps him escape.
* HeelFaceTurn: Following being turned into a scarf, it becomes TheSymbiote and bonds to Snippy. [[spoiler:He used to be Snippy's clothes.]]
* HiveMind: Forms one using the corpses it possesses, the functionality of which is explained [[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/113 here.]]
* IAmAHumanitarian: Was once shown taking a bite out of a human heart.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Pretty-much what it was supposed to be to Zee Captain.
* MentalTimeTravel: Does this to Snippy by accessing his genetic memories, sending him thousands of years into the past to become a caveman and hundreds of years into the future to become a princess.
* MindProbe: Does this to Snippy.
* NonHumanUndead: It is a red-and-black EldritchAbomination that reanimates corpses.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Its coloration is black and red, and it was initially an antagonist.
* RhymesOnADime: On occasion it delves into poetry.
* TheSymbiote: It has bonded to Snippy while posing as a scarf.
* WalkingWasteland: If [[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/71 this]] is any indication, it has the potential to create one.

!!ANNET (a.k.a. "Annie")

'''Tropes:'''
* AIIsACrapshoot: She started out as a [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Cortana]]-expy search engine, but became much, ''much'' more.
* AnticlimaxBoss: ANNET is [[spoiler:shut down with a simple admin command.]] [[invoked]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Played straight in Chapters 147 and 165, but [[NippledAndDimed averted in Chapter 176]].
* BigBad: Replaces the Biomatrix as the main antagonist.
* CuteAndPsycho: ANNET switches between sickeningly sweet love-talk to Engie and orbital bombardment rather whimsically.
* {{Expy}} Of [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Cortana]] and [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]], with some [[Film/{{Terminator}} Skynet]] thrown in for good measure.
* HellBentFOrLeather: Appears before Engie clad in leather hotpants with data-link chains and a vest.
* HumanoidAbomination: In [[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/116 Episode 116]] she appears as a grotesque humanoid cyborg.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Everything she did was out of "love" for humanity.
* {{Necromancer}}: Her neural uplinks can reanimate corpses.
* NotQuiteDead: Despite Engineer's best efforts. Snippy's jump into the future reveals that she might still come back online if her orbital bombardment system is used too much.
* ThirdEye: Her avatars all have a third eye in the centre of their foreheads.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Her data log in Chapter 176 portrays her as such.
* {{Yandere}}: Feels this way about Engineer.

!! Echo
* ExpositionFairy: Pilot's puffin stuffie, Mr. Kittyhawk, is outed as one of ANNET's drones and serves as this for her.
* FullFrontalAssault: She engages a group of soldiers stark naked - except for a scarf - in a ShoutOut to the Terminator.
* FusionDance: She's a combination of ANNET and the Biomatrix.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: She has blood-red skin, which makes sense considering her "father" is the Biomatrix.
* HornedHumanoid: She has four curved goat-like horns and a pair of deer-like antlers.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: In her second appearance she's perched on Photoshop's back.
* HumanoidAbomination: She was formed from a backup copy of ANNET's AI taking over some of the Biomatrix's biomass.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: In her second appearance she's wearing a tattered white scarf.
* ThirdEye: She has a third eye resembling both ANNET's and the Lifealope's.

! Other Characters

!!The Lifalope

'''Tropes:'''
* BornAgainImmortality[=/=]ResurrectiveImmortality: It reforms after seemingly being destroyed by ANNET.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Green, in contrast to the [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red]] Cancer.
* EvolutionaryLevels: The Cancer incorrectly refers to the Lifealope's shapeshifting ability as [[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/69 "evolving"]]. In keeping with the trope, it seems to become more intelligent and complex with each shapeshift.
* ExtraEyes: It has three eyes.
* FertileFeet: Plant life starts growing on anything it stands on or looks at.
* HealingHands: [[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/78 Implied]] [[http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/80 to have the power to bring people]] BackFromTheDead.
* ILoveNuclearPower: How this creature seems to have arisen.
* NoNameGiven: Unlike the other characters, it doesn't even have an InSeriesNickname. The closest thing is a [[http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/art/WOLFALOPE-by-Luna133-284783609 wallpaper]] of it titled "WOLFALOPE." To compensate, fans have dubbed it "the Lifalope", a portmanteau of "life" (because of its FertileFeet) and "wolfalope."
** AscendedFanon: The character was eventually listed as "Lifalope" on the info page of the official RA website.
* PowerGlows: Gives off a [[SicklyGreenGlow Healthy Green Glow]].
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Almost all of its forms are adorable animals.
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Started out as something resembling a salamander or lizard, then shapeshifted into a rabbit, then a fox/wolf-like creature, and then seemed to resemble a moose or deer before being killed by ANNET's ion cannon. [[BornAgainImmortality It was reborn as a cat-like creature]] (a wallpaper by the creator calls it "CATALOPE")]]. The only features that have remained constant are its three eyes and the presence of antlers.
* SicklyGreenGlow: A rare non-evil example.

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