!Major Humans

!!Monica Villareal

A young anthropologist who works as a curator at a museum in the Twin Cities, Monica is often hesitant to believe in the supernatural despite the fact that it surrounds her. She has spent some time just this side of a rubber room due to her experiences. On a lighter note, she is a bit of an audio snob and is a huge fan of 80's music. [[spoiler:She is also one of the most powerful human beings on Earth, having been taught the language of magic by Mayahuel as a child (in the guise of her grandmother), and is known to the supernaturals of North America at least as the Demon Shepherd. And has recently added a phoenix-like ability to return from extremely violent death unscathed, and the as-yet-not-precisely-explained power of the "Jaguar Girl" to her resume.]]

* AdventureArchaeologist: She is quite vocal in her statements that she is not one.
* BigEater: She can tend towards this [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/that-problem-again/ at times.]]
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: While it isn't apparent in the comic itself, due to being in black and white, the color art demonstrates that she fits due to her Mexican and Irish ancestry.
* GagBoobs: Done surprisingly tastefully for a WebComic.
* HotScientist
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Kevin. He seems to be just over 6' tall, and she is 4'10".
* InformedLoner: In some of the earlier strips, she is convinced that she has no social life. When she gets to know Katherine, she realizes how wrong she is.
* InHarmsWay
* TheKlutz
* MustHaveCaffeine: In her own words: "I don't process fruit loop before coffee."
* OverlyLongTongue
* SpicyLatina
* TheUnfettered: It is explicitly stated that Monica has sociopathic tendencies, but she isn't completely removed from human emotion.
* WeirdnessMagnet

!!Shelly Wahnee

A tough tomboy who plays bass in the local band "Fermented Banana" and worked at her father's auto shop until she decided to become a personal trainer. She is proud of her Comanche heritage and has always had a hard time getting over her mother's death, both of which contributed to her problematic vision quest. She is Monica's best friend and enjoys innocently picking on her. [[spoiler:Recently revealed to be a human/sphinx/titan hybrid and Phix's granddaughter.]]

* BareYourMidriff: She wears very few outfits that don't do this.
* BatterUp: Keeps a baseball bat in her car trunk, and seems to take one with her to [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/i-brought-coffee/ answer the door late at night.]]
* BiTheWay: Not outright stated, but strongly implied during the arc with Heather.
* CreepyGood: Her conscience tends to appear as a [[CreepyChild creepy little girl]], so even though she is unambiguously good, she tends to frighten people encountering her for the first time.
* CuteBruiser
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: she's human/sphinx on her father's side and human/titan on her mother's side, the exact proportions are not specified.]]
* HardHead: She takes a bowling ball to the skull during the Heather arc. She does spend some time in the hospital, and the injury is treated seriously, but she suffers no permanent injury.
* ImportantHaircut: After her mother died, she cut off most of her hair because it reminded her of her mother. Later, she repeated the gesture when she decided to put all chance of a romantic involvement with Owen behind her.
* MissingMom: Her Mother's death marked her deeply. [[spoiler: She was not happy to learn her mother faked it.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: She acted as a type B towards Owen, but she seems to have grown out of it.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Owen
* UnstoppableRage: Once threw a ''V-8 engine'' across the garage when having a jealous snit over Own.
* VisionQuest: She went on one after her mom died. [[GoneHorriblyRight She got more than she bargained for.]]
* [[WillTheyOrWontThey Will They Or Won't They]]: First with Owen, and later with Heather. Didn't either time.
* WrenchWench: Although this aspect has been pushed into the background as the series progressed

!!Amanda Ehrlich

A professional photographer and another close friend of Monica's, Amanda tends to think of her friend as a younger sister she has to protect. She is a bit more cynical than the rest of the cast, but is still friendly if she isn't too convinced that you're an idiot. It took a long time for Monica to introduce her to the paranormal weirdness in her life.

* DeadpanSnarker: Almost obligatory as the cynical member of the cast.
* KindheartedCatLover: Taking in a stray cat is the start of her becoming less cynical.

!Golem Girls

Originally introduced in the form of a trio of drunk college girls, they eventually sobered up, developed into complex characters, and played an important role in the plot. Thousands of years before the start of the comic, they were tortured, murdered, and turned into a chimera in hopes of creating the ultimate weapon. As anyone with half an ounce of GenreSavvy can guess, their masters lost control, and they destroyed most of the world. They were eventually separated, and used as guardians. At present they are trying to learn how to be human again.

!!Acacia (Bud) Budur

Bud is the most impulsive of the Golem Girls. She appears as a young woman of Greek descent, though she can also take the form of a strange looking goat. She has simple tastes, a green thumb, and seems to be the most successful of the group at regaining her humanity. She also seems to be remarkably good a thinking on her feet.
* CuteLittleFangs
* ExposedToTheElements: A snowfall means she gets the beach all to herself!
* MundaneLuxury: She is [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/nicejustbecause/ quite excited]] when someone shows her kindness without fear or ulterior motives.
* MustHaveCaffeine: She is capable of destroying the world and still needs her coffee. Of course, she needs the coffee so she doesn't destroy the world.

!!Brandilyn Brandi Oduya

Brandi is a motherly figure who wouldn't hurt a fly (literally). She can come across as a bit of a ditz, for example, she flushes a fly down the toilet because it would freeze if she released it outside, not realizing that it would drown, but she is arguably the smartest cast member. A surprising number of seeming coincidences were actually the result of her plans. She appears to be a young African woman, but can also take the form of a panther.

* CuteLittleFangs
* DitzyGenius
* TeamMom [[spoiler: for the Wapsiverse's entire [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] organization.]]

!!Jin

Jin tends to act as the leader of the Golem Girls, mostly because she tends to know most of what's going on. She is the one primarily responsible for dealing with the calender machine due to witnessing her mother get ripped out of existence by it, and being aware of each repetition of the GroundhogDayLoop. She seems to be struggling with her sanity.

* CuteLittleFangs
* DeathSeeker: She's completely suicidal, but can't die. [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/youreincharge/ It's not pretty.]]
* {{Hallucinations}}
* GoodIsNotNice: Her primary goal is to save the world, and she generally has the best interests of everyone involved, but she is more than willing to piss people off to meet her goals.
* {{Hallucinations}}
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: To [[spoiler:Monica's grandfather]], with the added twist that if she [[spoiler:didn't let him go, Monica would never exist to be the focal point of the ritual to destroy the calendar machine]]. Made substantially worse by the fact that [[spoiler: he was the love of her life and she's had to let him go every time she relives the cycle.]]
* SanitySlippage
* TimeAbyss: She was thousands of years old before the GroundhogDayLoop. All of the time is starting to get to her.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: An immortal DeathSeeker is not a pretty thing.
** [[spoiler:Is now mortal, and tried to test it with an old flintlock. Bud saved her, but broke her nose and several ribs in the process.]]

!!Katherine Gilchrist

Katherine is a coworker of Monica's and a bit of a shut-in. Monica let her in on the supernatural weirdness rather early on. She's in her mid-40s, and therefore quite a bit older than the rest of the (human) cast, though she doesn't really look it. She also has an extraordinarily weird backstory that not even she knows at first.

* [[spoiler:ActionGirl]]: Who knew?
** It turns out that as a graduate student, she was the lone survivor of an aerial attack on a dig near the Dead Sea in the early 1990s, which may have been what caused her to become such an introvert.
** It also turns out that [[spoiler:Katherine is actually a composite -- a literal, real-world biological chimera -- of six different Anasazi children that had been kept in suspended animation for who knows how long by who knows who. Although she was found as an infant in 1970, she is much, much older.]]
* [[spoiler: AdventureArchaeologist]]: Though far from voluntarily.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Looks like a younger Morticia Addams, dresses all in black, collects spiders and has a SlasherSmile but is really just shy and quite nice.
* JumpedAtTheCall: She was quite excited when Monica revealed the kind of things she had been doing.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Averted; though she looks like one in the black and white drawings Taylor favors, WordOfGod [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/lost-dolls/ (and the odd color picture of her)]] shows her to actually have relatively dark, Mediterranean skin.
* [[spoiler:PromotionToParent: of Atsali and Castela.]]
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: While little is made out of it due to her status as a secondary character, Katherine is a nudist who spends her evenings arguing with her pet fish, Oscar, while nude. Part of her [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/10082003/ introduction]] involves her explaining this to Monica, to boot. Most shots of her providing exposition in her apartment involve loads of SceneryCensor.
* TalkingToPlants: Although she doesn't talk to people much.

!Other Supernatural Beings

!!Tepoztecal

Tepoz, as he is often called, is the Aztec god of alcohol, or at least that is how he is known. He is actually much older than the Aztecs and a simple golem rather than a god. He does however have control over anything containing alcohol. He is roughly three feet tall and blue, so a bit of a Smurf look-alike. He is well-intentioned, but not the most competent of characters.

* DeadpanSnarker
* DemotedToExtra: Rarely shows up anymore
* GodGuise: he certainly wasn't an actual deity.
* PutOnABus: He was quite literally put on a bus to Utah after his first appearance. He came back.
* SuddenlySober: He can invoke this
* TheOmnipotent: As long as something contains alcohol. Oh, and he can summon/create alcohol and things containing alcohol.

!!Tina Rosario Aldaco Guzman

Tina is a collection of personal demons occupying a partially living body, as well as the owner of the best coffee shop in the Twin Cities. The original Tina died in a car crash, so the demons took control of the body, got up, and walked out of the morgue. She uses the coffee shop as an opportunity to pump people full of positive wisdom and sunshine, and she generally has good intentions.

* AuraVision: She can read peoples auras, and finds it much easier than dealing with body language or facial expressions.
* CuteLittleFangs
* IconicItem: She is never seen without her choker, which once led Monica to speculate that it kept her head on.
* ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: She is, in fact, a collection of demons
* ParallelParking: She sucks at it. She ran over her wrist last time she tried.
* StockYuck.{{Anchovies}}: She does not like anchovies!
* TalkingToThemself: She even [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/you-ordered-anchovies/ argues about]] pizza toppings.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Tina knows of her human past only through newspaper clippings. [[spoiler:Once upon a time, she was a psychologist and one of Jin's very best friends. Demon Tina has no knowledge of this and shows no recognition when Jin asks her about one of her former favorite things.]]

!!Phix

Phix is a sphinx. [[spoiler:Specifically, the sphinx that appears in the Oedipus story.]] At the start of the story, she was the librarian at the [[MagicalLibrary Bibliothiki]]. She is about as intimidating as one would expect a sphinx to be, but is surprisingly friendly if you get to know her. [[spoiler: She's also Shelly's paternal grandmother on her human/sphinx side.]]

* AncientKeeper: Of the Bibliothiki
* HotLibrarian: Many people think she pulls off the look, especially in her human form.
* MagicLibrarian: She is a sphinx.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:Phix is the only sphinx who is against killing humans infected with rogue demons by means of riddle.]]
* RiddleOfTheSphinx: She tends to ask people riddles when they first come to the library. [[spoiler: She won't kill them if they get it wrong, though.]]
* SleepMask: A sphinx in a sleep mask is [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/wise-words/ hilarious.]]
* SpotOfTea: Though she is not British, being older than Britain, She does have a British accent when speaking English (WordOfGod says she was inspired by [[{{ER}} Alex]] [[Series/DoctorWho Kingston]]) and she tends to use British slang. Her tea of choice seems to be Earl Gray.
* StatuesqueStunner: In her human form, she is one of the few {{Hot Librarian}}s over six feet in height.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She can take human form. Said form is roughly 6'4", so it doesn't make her look much less imposing.

!!Nudge

Nudge is a mythical trickster like Loki or Coyote who has pissed off quite a few people. [[spoiler:She was the original librarian before Phix, who she tricked into becoming her replacement. Since then she has been hiding from Phix who has been trying to return her to her place in the library, most recently hiding among the collection of demons known as Tina. At present, she and Phix are co-librarians.]]

* StockYuck.{{Anchovies}}: She actually likes anchovies on her pizza!
* TricksterArchetype
* TricksterMentor: She sees herself as one of these. She tries to put her trickster tendencies to use for good, but still manages to make many enemies because people don't like being messed with.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Lava]]: Normally of course not wanting to be dropped into red hot lava is a perfectly rational fear but since Nudge is a demon to her it's much like a cat's fear of water.

!!Bia
Bia is a titan with a reputation for being a "thoughtless emotionless bitch." She's also Shelly's maternal great grandmother [[spoiler: and mother]] on her human/titan side.

* DysfunctionJunction: refers to herself as the "dysfunctional one"
* FakingTheDead: To "help make [Shelly] strong."
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: Shelly's]]

!!Tsillah

Apparently Nudge's little sister. She is a living shadow who can manifest as something like a teenage version of Nudge. Not a lot is known about her, but she is in school and comes and goes from the Bibliothiki as she pleases.

!!Euryale

Along with Medusa and Stheno, Euryale was one of the gorgons from the original myth. Despite what the myth said, she's hardly a monster and is quite friendly. She works as a marine biologist, taking advantage of her ability to breath underwater. For whatever reason she speaks with a southern accent. She has been following Monica's adventures through some unknown source, and thinks of her as a hero of some sort.

* AscendedFangirl: As stated, she looks up to Monica and is quite excited to meet her hero.
* FunetikAksent: Her southern accent is rendered this way.
* GenkiGirl: The genkiest.
* GorgeousGorgon
* StatuesqueStunner: She is rather tall. Tina even refers to her as statuesque, although she might have been going for the double meaning.
* TakenForGranite: She actually turns people to ice. It's voluntary, although she does tend to do it when startled. Fortunately, she can reverse the process by kissing the victim.

!!Pratt and [=McBride=]

A couple of vampires who work for the FBI. They know of Monica as the "demon shepherd" and are utterly gobsmacked to see her one day (surrounded by an entourage of very intimidating demons). They're then recruited [[spoiler:by Brandi]] for the MIB.

* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Wapsiverse vampires are created, at least in part, by being forgotten by society, and seem to have no issues with daylight.

!!!Lily Pratt

The sensible one of the two; their superiors charge her with keeping McBride in line. She is of Anasazi descent. [[spoiler:Although it's a bit confusing, in her human life, she seems to have been one of Katherine's biological mothers. It's really complicated.]]

!!!Suzie [=McBride=]

[=McBride=] is a constant headache to both her partner and her superiors, by virtue of some pretty serious impulse control problems when it comes to feeding.

* TheAtoner: Despite her bizarre and inhuman behavior, she has a strong sense of compassion towards society's forgotten; she gets a lot of her food from the coroner's office, and then makes a point of giving her "victims" a proper burial, complete with gravestone.

!!Atsali

Atsali is a young, orphaned siren who becomes Katherine's sidekick [[spoiler:and then adopted daughter]] after they meet in the Bibliothiki. [[spoiler:After her and Castela's adoption by Katherine, she starts to replace Monica as the primary protagonist of the strip.]]

* GagBoobs: Painfully deconstructed. Atsali's breasts are possibly even bigger than Monica's, and she's very sensitive to the stereotype of sirens as sexual predators, mirroring many of the daily issues faced by real-life busty teenagers.
* GenkiGirl: So very much so. Then again, she's only sixteen.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* ObliviousToLove: Oh, poor Nadette...
* RememberedICouldFly

!!Castela

Atsali's young friend [[spoiler:and later adopted sister]] from the orphanage. She appears to be made primarily of tightly woven vines and is too young to know how to pass for human.

* CuteMonsterGirl [[ManOfKryptonite Of Kryptonite]]: The plants she is made of? They are the KryptoniteFactor of TheFairFolk, who are otherwise some of the most powerful paranormal entities, standing below Elementals.
* UglyCute

!!Nadette and Berdine

A pair of ursamorph (basically, werebear) twins from somewhere down South, recently moved to Minneapolis. They become Atsali's first friends in her new school, assuming the forms of slightly gothy human girls.

* SchoolgirlLesbian: Possibly applies to Nadette, who has a painfully obvious crush on Atsali.

!Other

!!Jacqui Bontemps

Jacqui is a friend of Monica's who plays drums in the local band "Fermented Banana." She is best described as "A daisy on Prozac." Originally, she was going to college to become a veterinarian, but she eventually dropped out and opened a yoga studio using money she inherited from her aunt.

* DemotedToExtra: She was much more important before the paranormal elements of the strip showed up. However, she does have the most appearances of any character who is not in on the paranormal.
* GenkiGirl: She is quite energetic and absurdly cheerful.

!!Owen

Owen is a childhood friend of Shelly's and the lead guitarist in the band "Fermented Banana." There was a bit of romantic tension between them, but it never amounted to anything, and he is currently married a woman named Lakshmi.

* DemotedToExtra: After the situation between him and Shelly was resolved, he stopped appearing. In March 2012, Shelly got a postcard announcing that Owen and Lakshmi had eloped.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Lakshmi is at least a foot taller than him.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Shelly. They didn't.


!!Dietzel

Monica's pet dog Dietzel is smarter than a dog has any right to be, although Monica seems to be unaware of this fact. He refuses to try to catch frisbees due to taking a few too many to the face, and isn't particularly fond of squirrels. He also has an interesting relationship with a certain pizza girl.

* IntellectualAnimal: He doesn't talk, but he definitely is aware of what's going on. He also likes ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''
* SilentSnarker: He is the only character so far to use the FacePalm.
* StockYuck.{{Anchovies}}: Even the dog doesn't like anchovies.
* TimmyInAWell: He does not think this is [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/10172001/ funny.]]

!!Darren

Darren owns the bar that the cast used to frequent earlier in the strip, but it has become a less important location as the comic went on. He used to be an elementary school teacher, and doesn't feel that being a bartender is much different. He seems to care about his regulars quite a bit.

* DemotedToExtra: He isn't quite as important as he used to be.
* LocalHangout: He runs the place.
* RealMenWearPink: While none can doubt his manliness, when he is watching Dietzel, we discover that he likes romantic movies.
* TeamDad: He played this role early in the strip's run. In fact, his introduction described him as "A den-mother to us all."

!!Kevin

Kevin is a local photographer and Monica's boyfriend. He is socially inept in an endearing way, and is remarkably accepting of the strange occurrences that seem to surround Monica. His job sometimes results in his disappearing for extended periods of time on assignment.

* HugeGuyTinyGirl: He seems to be just over six feet tall, but Monica is particularly tiny.
* PutOnABus: He spent a reasonable amount of the story on assignment. There was never any doubt that he would come back, but he wasn't around.
* UnderstandingBoyfriend

!!Alan

Alan is Kevin's best friend and Jin's boyfriend. Despite his goofy nature, he is capable of remarkable wisdom, as he demonstrated when he first met Jin. His occupation has yet to be revealed.

* UnderstandingBoyfriend: He knows what Jin is, and is still dating her.

!!Justin

AKA "Officer Tight Buns", Justin is a Minneapolis policeman and Shelly's current boyfriend. He's almost too much of a boyscout for his own good, but hides a very, ''very'' strange secret.

* ChewToy: literally, it seems...
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: an unusually low-key example, in that he doesn't realize that both Shelly and his squad commander knew he had a thing for her, and the entire storyline evidently picks up in medias res. (Their initial hookup was arranged with the help of said squad commander and waaaaay too much charcoal lighter fluid.)
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Major deconstruction. Justin is rather vanilla...
* [[spoiler:HealingFactor: ...however, most of his ex-girlfriends are not, and love him for this, because they can literally tear him to shreds and he'll be fine almost immediately.]] He really, really does not enjoy this. [[spoiler:It turns out that Justin is actually Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus, the fire-bringer. However, after serving as a cop in Italy, he was severely injured to the point where his original identity was completely wiped; as far as he knows, he's just an ordinary Minneapolis police officer, albeit one who's essentially immune to gunshot wounds.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: It's not exactly clear how tall Justin is, but Shelly isn't especially short, and he towers over her.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Justin kind of looks like a taller Owen without the muttonchops.
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Almost averted. He does not take the revelation of Shelly's true nature well. [[spoiler:You wouldn't either if you'd been a chew toy for a string of supernatural women with major issues, and then your current relatively normal girlfriend '''''tears you open with a reflexive claw swipe out of nowhere'''''.]] He gets better, though.
* WeirdnessMagnet: His kinky ex, [[spoiler:the werewolf girl who liked to be tied down so he could have sex with her while she transformed.]] And she's just one of many examples.