Characters / Bittersweet Candy Bowl

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The group as a whole

Lucy

Our female protagonist. Sometimes sweet and sometimes mean, Lucy is wrought with insecurity and would rather punch you in the face than expose it. She has spent most of her childhood lonely, with Mike as her only friend until middle school. This gave her a streak of dependency, which, combined with her violent tendencies, has led to a split between her and Mike. She proceeded to desperately look for solace in Paulo, and later develop suicidal tendencies.

  • Action Girl
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She's angry and abusive towards Mike, (despite claiming to be in love with him) and shows no signs of trauma after nearly being raped.
  • Anchored Ship: With Mike, and heartbreakingly so.
  • Berserk Button: Flirting with Mike near Lucy is a very bad idea. Flirting with Lucy doesn't end so well either...
  • Boobs of Steel: She is the only girl who fights and is the best endowed for her size, so Lucy may qualify, though only relative to her fellows.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Michael. And how!
    • Also with Paulo.
      • Well, considering they're the only two guys she's ever been interested in, and that this is Lucy...
  • Break the Cutie: Lucy got this in preschool, hence her lack of interest in socializing.
    • Lucy in Disaster Dominoes. After Mike finally got her to smile, he got run down.
  • Broken Bird: Lucy is hella unbalanced, mostly stemming from the fact that she had trouble making friends in preschool, then suddenly everyone wanted her when she became attractive in middle school. She's not completely insane, but she regularly beats and belittles her closest friend, Mike, all while clinging to and depending on him. When they're paired together for a history essay after months of him avoiding her due to her her past abusive treatment of him and he explodes at her for trying to get him back into their friendship, what does she do? She tries to kill herself. Mike was definitely harsher than he needed to be considering her behavior had been improving, but still.
  • Brutal Honesty: Sometimes.
  • Bungled Suicide: Implied in "Breaking Up". Later confirmed—she had jumped from a tall building but survived long enough for Augustus, who'd happened upon her, to call an ambulance.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: "Maybe I should just dance around the subject and give everyone headaches. There, problem solved, the Lucy way."
  • Catch-Phrase: "Jerkface". She loses it as time goes on.
  • Cats Hate Water: Lucy became hydrophobic after Mike almost drowned when they were younger. Oh, and she also almost drowned trying to save him, since she didn't know how to swim; Paulo had to rescue the both of them. That most likely contributed to the phobia...
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Though she tries not to appear that way.
  • Cute Bruiser/Badass Adorable: Lucy can kick a whole lot more ass than is apparent. She's also one of the shortest characters.
  • Dandere: Most notably when alone with her pets.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Has these when going through her bouts of angst.
  • Freudian Excuse: See main page.
  • Friendless Background: In preschool, she couldn't make any friends. This, in turn, led to her developing major trust and dependence issues.
  • Hates Being Touched
  • Heroic Albino
  • Hidden Depths: How nice she can be is pretty much "pets only" overall. Her pets mentioning that niceness astounds everyone.
  • Informed Ability: She apparently practices karate, according to Sue, which may explain her preference for kicks inside and outside of combat.
  • I Owe You My Life: Augustus was the one who ended up calling the ambulance after he found her suffering from her Bungled Suicide, so she's incredibly grateful to him and ends up taking him into her home.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Regularly hits, slaps, and insults people for various offenses, but is also willing to take a beating defending her friends. She's also sweet and motherly to her pets.
  • Jerkass Façade
  • Loners Are Freaks: She was forced to play alone in pre-school. Because she didn't want dolls, but cars, and was a girl. Girls decided she was too boyish. Boys were afraid of her.
  • Put on a Bus: After attempting suicide, she's transferred to a private school, though it's suggested later that the transfer is more what prompted the suicide attempt than the other way around.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: the Red to Mike's Blue.
  • Tsundere: "Why would I be best friends with such a jerk face?"
    • Slap-Slap-Kiss is her style. Interestingly, as she continues to grow up, she moves closer to becoming a Kiss-Kiss-Slap tsundere.
    • This is also deconstructed after the first volume of the comic— her years of abuse and longtime refusal to admit her positive feelings towards Mike leads to him both bitterly resenting her and becoming convinced she's only around him because of her dependency, not because she really cares. Eventually he explodes when she tries to mend things between them after a falling out.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: a couple of the reasons why she fell for Mike were because of his kindness, bravery, and willingness to defend her feelings.
  • Sore Loser: Among her many reasons for punching Mike has been losing races and getting beat playing Pokémon.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside
  • Tender Tears: She was scared.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Minus the girlfriend part (obviously), she doesn't take kindly to others (other than herself) hurting Mike, as the muggers in Confrontation learned the hard way.
  • We Used to Be Friends: After returning from private school, she makes it clear she has absolutely no desire to revisit her toxic friendship with Mike. If this means cutting her other old friends out of her life then so be it.

Michael "Mike" Scott

Our male protagonist. A star athlete and regular “nice guy”, Mike often finds that the girls who vie for his attention are the source of most of his problems.

Much of the early days of the comic were spent attempting to deal with his long-distance True Love, Sandy, and his rocky relationship with Lucy and Daisy. This lasted for years, until a love confession by Lucy prompted him to show his True Colors, changing the status quo of the comic forever.

Mike is the only character so far to have had his full name revealed, after Taeshi mentioned his full name in a livestream in 2014.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Began in the author's sketches as a yellow cat, before becoming grey.
  • Adorkable: A massive nerd who embarrasses himself a lot.
  • Academic Athlete: He's the most athletic of the main group of characters and it's implied that he does very well in terms of school grades.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: While talking with Sandy about what he did to Lucy at the chapter "December" he states “Maybe it’ll be fixed if she just died”. Well he (almost) got his wish
  • Berserker Tears: Follow the sequence and notice that, while Lucy was hurt worse, he cried more.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mike can be a nice guy, but when something pushes him to a point, like Lucy's abuse over the years and his friends taking her side during "Unrequited", he can lash out at times.
  • Breaking Speech: Once to Daisy, concerning her inabilty to be rejected, and once to Lucy, concerning their relationship. It helped Daisy. It didn't help Lucy.
    • He's been overreacting lately and Lucy is all-but broken at this point.
  • Butt-Monkey: Originally a lot. Not so much recently.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: It takes very little alcohol to make Mike hilariously drunk. Which ends up directly leading to Alejandro attempting to mug the group in Confrontation. Oh God...
  • Catch-Phrase: "Guh!"
  • Characterization Marches On: His recent treatment of Lucy overwrites some of their more positive earlier interactions, specifically that early in the comic he seemed well aware of her hidden heart of gold and showed no resentment whatsoever for her treatment towards him (though this might count somewhat as a Cerebus Retcon, as all her abuse earlier was painted as slapstick comedy rather than taken seriously).
  • Chick Magnet: Mike has had at least three girls (Lucy, Daisy, and Sandy) crush on him and it is implied that he's very popular with the other girls at school (more than likely because he is such a Nice Guy)
  • Dogged Nice Guy: At first.
  • Green Eyes
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His grudge against Lucy.
  • Informed Ability: He apparently practices karate with Lucy, although it barely shows in the few times he fights.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Oh boy howdy. Especially in regards to Sandy; as we see in "Everyday Life", he's unwilling to go enjoy himself because he remembers her (rightfully) saying he needs to "grow up", and thinks doing that will make him more mature.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Him yelling at Zach about Lucy not caring about him sure makes it seem like he's forgotten about Confrontation.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mike cruelly told Lucy that he was going to isolate her, which contributed to her breakdown. When Lucy returns to school, Mike gets exactly what he said he wanted — she's at peace putting up boundaries with her old friends, while he's stuck lying about his misdeeds to an increasingly toxic and unpleasant group.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Enough so that him changing the color scarf he wears (or wearing no scarf at all) is a major thing.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Lucy. He's aware of this, and resents it.
  • Long Distance Relationship: With Sandy. Which definitely has its ups and downs, considering that Sandy's always busy but well-meaning when she can't meet Mike halfway, while Mike doesn't want to bother her with his problems while still craving some intimacy with her.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Paulo loves teasing him about this.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: As of the end of "Breaking Up", he seems to be genuinely guilty about his behavior towards Lucy.
  • Must Make Amends: He tries to do this with Lucy (mostly out of guilt for causing Lucy's attempted suicide and to get everyone off his back), but his nervousness over it, his relationship with Sandy, and each other's stubbornness all get in the way of reconciliation.
  • Nice Guy: One of his most defining traits (though he does have his limits).
  • Only Friend: He was this to Lucy from when they first met up to the 5th grade which makes their friendship breakup all the more tragic.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the other main characters, he is the most level-headed of them all.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's one of the shortest members of the cast, but he's also the most athletic member of the group, easily beating Lucy at sports. He was also the only member of the group besides Lucy to deal any successful hits on Alejandro...and that was before he graduated from junior high school. He's also capable of holding his own on brief confrontations with Paulo and Abbey, the former being an athlete that's nearly on par with him and the latter being a very intimidating Bully Hunter when he gets angry.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Harsh.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to both Lucy's and Paulo's Red.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Paulo's manly man.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hm...
  • Super Senses: Michael has excellent hearing, to the point that sudden yelling and pep rallies really mess him up. Ace hearing indeed. The trap in Confrontation took advantage of this to get the group in an alley for mugging.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His rescue of Lucy in Confrontation.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lucy is considerably nicer to him and others than she used to be. He's, on the other hand, become less friendly to her since her Love Confession. Granted, he does get better, but by the time he does so, it's unfortunately 'too late' since Lucy was transferring schools and attempted suicide on top of it.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Though he feels very guilty about his role in Lucy's suicide attempt and tries to apologize for it, he still doesn't seem too keen on (at least fully) reforming their friendship, given that he still holds her (rightfully) responsible for the bullying and abuse he suffered during its course and how he still has flashbacks of it as shown during dodgeball in Chapter 96.
  • With Friends Like These...: He calls his friends out on never taking his side, as he's set a precedent for handling all the shit Lucy and Paulo give him, and how everybody treated him as a bad guy when Lucy got all the sympathy.

Daisy "Daze"

Smart and hardworking, this bubbly cheerleader spends her time immersed in books. She longs to be more than everybody’s “little sister”.

After a long time of playing second fiddle to Lucy, then third fiddle to Sandy, she spent some time exploring her wild side in middle school, culminating into strong-arming Mike into a date with her. It took a long time to realize that her efforts were meaningless, and settled into a steady relationship with Abbey in the summer of sophomore year.

  • Beta Couple: With Abbey.
    • Or so it seems; It was slightly smoothed out, but it's still uncertain. And as of recent, it's no longer the case as Abbey breaks up with her.
  • Bookworm
  • Broken Pedestal: As of Chapter 90, Paulo is this to her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: For a few chapters. She gets better.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: Inverted with her crush on Mike. She waited so long for him that she didn't even notice Abbey liked her.
  • Generic Cuteness: While still seen as pretty (Augustus has called her 'gorgeous' and Carter at one point even mistook her for Lucy), Daisy is regarded as being much less attractive and slightly fatter than most of the other main girls. However, Daisy is part Ragamuffin, which develop later than most cat breeds, so her lack of attention probably stems from her poor self-confidence and the fact she isn't as developed as the other females.
  • Hypocrite: Calls out Abbey for attacking Paulo and states that she's not fine with violence, yet Daisy was shown to have violently hit people in the past, especially towards Abbey.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She can be quite oblivious to the feelings of others, despite usually being very kind. She also finds euthanasia "fascinating," which creeps Sue out. This becomes more apparent as Daisy does not take Abbey's feelings into consideration when she helps Paulo guilt-trip him into getting back together again.
  • In with the In Crowd: She spends some of Freshman year away from her standard clique, and instead with Dumb Blonde Katie and pseudo-bullies Jess and Rachel.
  • Love Triangle: AbbeyxDaisyxAugustus. In canon, Abbey got her. In a What If? chapter, Augustus did.
    • Also, Type 10 Triang Relations, with Daisy in the middle between Abbey and Mike. As it turns out, she never really let go of her feelings for Mike, even while she was dating Abbey. As a result, Abbey dumps her for it.
      • And it seems like Paulo is getting himself wound up in it too...
  • Morality Pet: For Augustus, truth be told. Her mere presence keeps him from committing theft.
  • Nice Girl: Daisy, despite being very occasionally immature or jealous, is very kind-hearted and supportive of her friends, often going to huge lengths to help them out.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She may be one of the shorter characters, but her Cheerleading has given her strength that rivals even David's and carry Lucy with one hand!
  • Running Gag: "Hi, I'm Daisy!"
  • Teen Genius: So much so that she regularly finds herself tutoring all of her friends in various subjects.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Her response to Paulo admitting he might be attracted to guys is 2 panels of glittery happiness and Squee!.
    Daisy: That is so cool!

Paulo

Paulo spends more time hitting on girls than paying attention to class. Despite his talent for timewasting, he is fiercely loyal and will always stand up for his friends.

  • Amicable Exes: With Tess. And Jazz.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In the chapter "Boy Toy", Paulo's attempt at Gay Bravado backfired and he was worried he might actually start liking guys. At the end of it, he states that he's still not quite figured it out. Also, in a poster series that depicts certain characters and their prospective romantic choices, Paulo's poster features Lucy, Rachel, Jazz, and Mike.
  • Beta Couple: He and Jasmine were at first considered this, but then Pillow Talk subverted this, and as of "Ten Seconds to Midnight", it's completely averted.
  • Brutal Honesty: Paulo in "Another Path" failed at tact. A few times. And Lucy thanked him a few times.
  • Butt-Monkey: Paulo had some butt monkey time randomly if Lucy (and sometimes Yashy) was nearby until high school. And then...
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Paulo is particularly protective of Daisy, and immediately shapes up when she's watching.
    • In the chapter "Return", it's revealed that Paulo now thinks of Daisy as more of a sister anyway, and doesn't mind her going out with another guy.
      • However, it is hinted at in "Back and Forth" that he still doesn't want to be seen as a sexual deviant in her eyes, as he immediately notices her and seems worried about her opinion of him when Tess and Lucy start some drama because of his sleeping around and being a man-whore in general.
      • At one point, Daisy wonders if Paulo hates her, just because he's the only girl he's never hit on.
  • Catch-Phrase: Paulo's abuse of the word "AWESOME" and common usage of kid, wimp, wuss, etc. when referring to Mike.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When the well-being of Daisy or Lucy is in danger, Paulo tends to forget his perversion in favor of helping them or, at least, trying to. He also reacted this way when Sue got hurt in Confrontation.
    • Also, he absolutely refuses to make use of Lucy's fragile state when she almost imposes herself on him.
  • Deuteragonist: He takes center spotlight when Lucy's departure causes both main characters to drop from center stage.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The fluff around his cheeks gets cut short in the late stages, and he keeps it short.
  • Fag Hag: When he goes on vacation with Jessica and finds himself surrounded by gay people.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Rachel. He's still hoping Lucy will come back to him, and Rachel's wanting a family of her own in the future, and so he's feeling guilty about her struggling feelings for him in turn.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has started undergoing this with Lucy's departure.
  • Hypocrite: He calls out Mike for stringing along Lucy when she never got over him, where he's the same guilty party in messing with Jasmine and dating Rachel while still explicitly pining for Lucy.
  • Gay Bravado: At one point he decides to mess with Abbey's head by kissing him. He messes it up and becomes scared that he's actually gay.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deconstructed. One of the central themes of the comic is that bullying and the bullies responsible for it are remembered by the people they do it to. As such, while Paulo is a nice person at heart, it doesn't excuse his Jerkassery, and that is starting to catch up with him. This leads to several blistering The Reason You Suck Speeches being given him, and Abbey outright attacking him in the bathroom and warning him to stay away from Daisy due to Paulo's Casanova Wannabe tendencies.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His arguably tactless and manipulative attempt at getting Abbey to reconcile with Daisy via guilt tripping, and then spending an inordinate time around Daisy and indirectly inspiring jealously from Abbey, while continuing to annoy and taunt Abbey every now and then results in Abbey finally snapping and attacking Paulo in the bathroom during Daisy's convention trip, demanding him to stay away from Daisy from now on.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Is a frequent recipient of these. Jasmine gives him a short but stinging one that picks apart his character in four panels, then walks off and leaves him to think about it. He receives one by proxy from Mike when Mike finally cuts loose on all of his friends regarding the situation with Lucy. He receives a more violent one from Abbey later on, regarding Paulo's treatment of the women in his life along with a threat to stay away from Daisy as a result of it. After that, he receives one from Daisy, of all people for his previous treatment of Abbey and being a Jerkass to him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Mike's Blue.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Mike's sensitive guy.
  • Sex for Solace: "Another Path" shows what would happen if he gave this to Lucy after her breakdown following Mike rejecting her confession. Later, he himself gets in on it (canonically, no less) at the end of "Leaving Home", after Lucy leaves.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Instead of getting together with Lucy or Daisy as expected, he joins with new character Jasmine. Subverted; he and Jasmine ultimately don't stay together, he had a couple other girls he needs to sort his feelings out with, and Chapter 98 shows that his main love interest was Daisy all along.
  • Tsundere: Actually gets in on this himself when it comes to his recent realization that he's attracted to men. Justified somewhat in this case— he's uncomfortable and nervous about understanding his sexuality, and Matt (the target of his behavior), who is gay himself, simply reminds him of that. He ends up apologizing for it though.

David

Chipper and dimwitted David sees the world a little differently to those around him. His distance from the others sometimes yields surprisingly astute observations.

He's never had any solid relationship, if not for trying. He's too busy stalking other girls or goofing off to really get one.

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Eliminating Abbey from a dodgeball game by catching a ball thrown by him doesn't seem like much, but it means a LOT when it's thrown when the former is a Bully Hunter that's quite infamous for being near invincible when having an Unstoppable Rage after eliminating his girlfriend in the same game right in front of him. David's reaction to beating Abbey is to make a friendly joke after eliminating him from the game.
  • Berserk Button: Eating his popcorn or flirting with his love interest can get him to growl and bark at Paulo, whom he worships, like a savage animal.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Looks ready to maul Paulo in the earlier chapters for trying to eat his popcorn or flirt with his crush.
  • Bi the Way: David adores Abbey according to the chart. And this or this makes it seem that David likes touching Abbey while having fun.
    • Now according to the new chart, he also adores Augustus.
    • According to a banner ad (Sue scrolling through dating site profiles of the other characters), he's labelled as Bi in the sexuality spot.
    • On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both David and Jess.
    • Claims in total seriousness to love Paulo, though it's unclear whether it's platonic or otherwise.
  • Catch-Phrase: David to Kizuna: "Who are you?" Poor girl can't get a break...
    • David also tends to come out of nowhere with an "AWKWARD" announcement.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Because of this, his profession of love to Paulo goes ignored... at first.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's the second most athletic member of the characters, behind Mike, actually besting Paulo in sports in a few occasions. He even caught a dodgeball thrown by an enraged Abbey, after he eliminated Daisy in a dodgeball game. And he did it while still retaining his silly nature.
  • Flat Character: Although he actually tries to be this, as he attempts to protect himself, and sometimes Paulo, from drama and Character Development. His attempts to stay flat and keep the status quo is only hinted at in one or two occasions, but those two occasions actually cause the character development he tried to avoid.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: The only character who consistently refers to the narrative and interacts with the audience. Also dips into Meta Guy at points, saying opinions that the audience would be more likely to think.
  • Occidental Otaku
  • Reference Overdosed: He constitutes over half the references alone.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Looks up to Paulo.
  • Satellite Character: There are few moments where he's not around Paulo, honestly speaking. And aside from his comic relief gimmick he has very little story to contribute himself. Sue even lampahades it:
    Sue: All you do is cheerlead on Paulo and Daisy, dude.
  • Shipper on Deck: "Everyday Life" shows that David is an avid supporter of Paulo/Daisy, and wants them to sort out their feelings together.
  • Smarter Than You Look: By his junior year, he's taking English classes with Daisy and Abbey, both of them among the smartest characters in the series, in spite of him starting high school at the lowest English class level available.
  • Token Minority: He was the only dog among the original five.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: David admonishes Paulo for his positive character development, since David looked to to Paulo when he was more womanizing.

Abraham "Abbey"

Bound by a strong moral code, Abbey struggles to balance his protective nature with his short temper. While he may butt heads with the more easygoing members of the class, he’s working on it.

     Secondary Characters 

Susan "Sue"

Always busy behind the scenes, Sue's interest in the dramatic doesn't always extend to her social life. She'd much rather be writing or directing.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She really likes hanging out with Amaya. Although she recently mentioned having broken up with a boyfriend.
  • Drama Club
  • Go-Getter Girl: She's got a fairly extensive list of extracurriculars and difficult classes. Unfortunately for her, she can't measure up to Daisy and has slightly below average natural talent for balancing it all. In fact, she's become comfortable with losing.
  • Graceful Loser: When Daisy "steps in" Abbey's place during student government elections, she first asks if she's joking. But by the end, she's impressed how Daisy can parlay her charisma into a dark horse victory.
  • Not So Above It All: After claiming she knows how to drink responsibly, she throws up.
  • Only Sane Man: Understandably doesn't want to be a part of any of the relationship drama that plagues her classmates.
  • Put on a Bus: During freshman year. She later got a supporting role in sophomore year.
  • Ship Tease: A lot with McCain, although after McCain got hit with the Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, this sadly never got explored.
  • Those Two Girls: With Amaya, though it is heavily implied they are dating. For a while, she was this with McCain until he left the comic.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Appparently she seems to ship MikexPaulo...

Sandy

Mike’s very own green light on the horizon, Sandy is Mike’s earliest childhood friend and his current love interest. Having found success as a young model, she struggles with the demands of work, school, and a budding long-distance relationship.

Jessica "Jess"

Jessica is a proud, quick-witted member of the cheerleading team who is never afraid to voice her opinion. Together with her closest friend Rachel, she has been quick to offer compassion to Daisy.

  • Berserk Button: Jessica hates it when called out about how she bullies Tess, which led to Lucy's button being pressed... Tess pretty much just takes the bullying.
  • Break the Cutie: Jessica got this from a lot of the school and Tess as a freshman.
  • Freudian Excuse: See main page.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Has been seen drunk in "Back and Forth".
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Fancies Lucy.
    • On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both Jess and David.
    • invokedWord of God confirms that she only slept with Paulo to get back at Tess.
    • She ends up in a relationship with Madison.

Rachel "Rachie"

A true flirt, Rachel revels in playful jokes that make light of those around her. While her open nature is often confronting to friends, her cheerful demeanour always shines through.

  • Butt-Monkey: In Pillow Talk.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Paulo. She has her desire for a family in the future, and Paulo's still holding onto Lucy, and so she's finding it very difficult not to fall in love with him.
  • Friendly Enemy: Her teasing of Tess was never really mean spirited. During a sleepover at Daisy's, she barely cared that Tess was there, even stating that she's 'gotten used to her'.
  • Love Hurts: She honestly does love Paulo, but in between his problems and his continuous pining for Lucy, she can't catch a break.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac
  • Nice Girl: Is perhaps too understanding of Paulo's insecurities.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She knew all along that Jessica wasn't nearly as experienced as she claimed.
  • Sex for Solace
  • Smarter Than You Look: She's smart enough that she's got a realistic chance of getting into high quality colleges.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While Tess definitely doesn't feel this way, as some point Rachel's dislike for her morphed into this.
    Hey Bitch! Glad I won't be seeing your sorry face again... I was just kidding. Good luck, okay?

Jasmine "Jazz" "Jazzie"

A peppy freshman girl whose life is dominated by school activities. While she’d ordinarily keep to her own group of friends, Jasmine has taken an immediate liking to Paulo, happily adopting the role of his girlfriend and principal partner-in-crime.

  • Asian and Nerdy
  • Better as Friends: While they don't exactly become best buds, she and Paulo mutually split after realizing they don't have the time (on her end) or the emotional commitment (on his end) to maintain the relationship.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's kinda asian.
  • Education Mama: implied to be the reason why she's in so many clubs and sports, although she actually enjoys most of them and harbors no resentment.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Is part of at least three clubs and one sports team.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Has a frankly oppressing amount of extracurricular activities, to the point where she barely has time for her boyfriend. Not helped by the fact that when she does have free time, she's more likely to waste it with her regular friends than her boyfriend.
  • Green Eyes
  • Now or Never Kiss: Paulo and her date for a long time without making any technically romantic contact. They kiss on the very night they break up.
  • Sixth Ranger: She joins the cast long after the core dynamic has been established, and is dropped not long after.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: A short but harsh one, toward Paulo. And what a zinger it is.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: It doesn't last.

Augustus "Final Fantasy Cat"

Calm and composed, Augustus is always sure of himself and executes his tasks with quiet efficiency and biting wit. While he keeps his emotions close to his vest, there’s one girl who can unravel everything…

     Pets 

Yashy

Lucy’s first pet, and the loudest by far. Yashy is something of a prodigy, with a sharp wit that betrays her young age. Bratty, loudmouthed, and rude, deep down she wants nothing more for Mom to settle down with her flea.

  • Action Girl: She's seen as pretty hot-headed and violent towards others.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: What she lacks in size, she more than makes up for in volume.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Whore!!" to Daisy.
  • Child Prodigy: The character page states she's one of these, but would rather insult others than put it to other uses.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is a user of this very frequently.
  • Gamer Girl: She's seen playing video games often and is seen trying to coerce Chirpy into one of them during her first appearance in-comic.
  • The Nicknamer: Mike is "Flea," Daisy is "Whore."
  • One of the Boys: More action-oriented, snarkier and less feminine than the other characters and rarely gets upset over the dramatic situations the main characters are facing, with one exception.
  • Put on a Bus: But not before delivering a Wham Line.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Lucy claims that the reason she won't take Yashy to movies anymore is because Yashy keeps quoting them.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Chirpy.

Chirpy

Innocent and naive, Chirpy remains in awe of the world around her. She clings to Yashy and always does her best to follow the examples of grown-ups (while making frequent mistakes in the process.)

Lily

Lucy’s most mature pet, Lily is a source of wisdom for much of the cast (and babysitter to others.) Patient and understanding, she is usually able to steer her friends in the right direction.

  • Put on a Bus: When Lucy is transferred to private school.
  • There Are No Therapists: Lily averts this one single-handedly.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike Yashy and Chirpy, who were raised by Lucy since birth and look up to her like a mother, Lily only met her a year before the comic started so she doesn't have the same admiration for her as they do. However, she is the only one out of the three pets that is aware of the true nature of Lucy and Mike's relationship, as well as their mental and emotional issues.
  • Secret Keeper: She's the only one of the pets who knows about Sandy and Mike's relationship...at least until Lucy finally reveals the secret to Yashy and Chirpy, much to their devastation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To Mike after his directly causing Lucy's breakdown.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Assuming she's not Older Than She Looks.

Blur

Mike’s pet bird Blur was rescued from a fire as a youngster and has trouble remembering what came before the incident. He counts Yashy as a close friend and can often be seen playing or arguing with her.

    Fan Characters 

Tessa "Tess" Canning

A rich party girl with a rebellious streak, Tess departed the scorched earth of Junior year to find newer, younger friends. She has since struggled to reconcile her upcoming graduation with the close friendships she quickly forged.

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Paulo. Originally.
  • Big Fancy House: Lives in one. Mike and Lucy are suitably impressed.
  • Bi the Way: Reveals that she is bisexual in the bonus comics. It's more of a revelation, as she discovers this in college.
  • Book Dumb: Still needs to study for PSAT's in senior year.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tess has minor butt monkey time around Jessica and Rachel.
  • Demoted to Extra: After becoming a major character up until the main character's sophomore year, her relevance to the plot decreases as she continues to focus on her studies.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Tess has drinking mentioned in her character bio. She was seen drinking wine in the "Arrival" chapter of the Summer Vacation arc.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A pre-story example.
  • Put on a Bus: She graduates high school and heads off to college late into the series.
  • Rich Bitch: During her relationship with Roger. Junior and senior year, still rich but not a bitch anymore.
  • Tsundere: Tess is one, too. Sometimes.

Alec "McCain" McCain

Alec "McCain" McCain remains detached at all times, making blunt pronouncements in situations which do not always welcome them. His tone-deaf flavour of cold rationality doesn’t earn him many favors with most of the cast.

  • The Cameo: Finally makes an apperance in Chapter 89 Guest of Honor, Page44
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He made a lot of appearances in earlier volumes, but nowadays he is either offhandedly mentioned or reduced to a non-speaking cameo
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Phrase Catcher: Everbody tells him to "Shut it, McCain."
  • Put on a Bus: He gets a more graceful exit than Kizuna, but he simply quietly stops appearing, unlike Tess.
  • Odd Friendship: His friendship with Sue stems mostly from their shared positions as Straight Men. Still, they get along pretty well.
  • You Didn't Ask: His now non-canon relationship with Sue was going to be revealed this way, until he was dropped from the comic.

Kizuna "Kizu"

Madly in love with David, Kizuna never has any luck getting David to notice her, let alone consider her romantically. Airheaded and clumsy, Kizuna is nevertheless a skilled cook, sadly for David. She appears oblivious to his dimwitted comments.

Carson

Carson is a manifestation of his creator’s heartfelt objection to the pervasiveness of the “token” gay stereotype in modern pop culture. (He blindly loves Michael, dresses flamboyantly and borrows his name from “Queer Eye”.)

Carter

He loves Lucy.

     Minor characters 

Amaya

Mild-mannered popcorn merchant Amaya is Sue's best friend. She chooses to remain mute. Her job at the cinema can sometimes be very useful to those who know her!
  • Ambiguously Gay: It is heavily implied she and Sue are dating.
  • Cast Filler
  • Cute Mute: Gives off this impression due to her insanely shy nature. Given that she only seems to talk off-camera, she's actually The Silent Bob.
  • Flat Character: By virtue of an inability to really contribute to the plot, and having never been in a major relationship. Her only actual trait is a generically sunny disposition.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She is almost always seen with a smile on her face. The only times where she's not is while she's in contemplation.
  • Those Two Girls: With Sue, to Ambiguously Gay standards.
  • The Quiet One: Amaya can talk. She just chooses not to. At least while she's on-screen, anyway.

Katherine "Katie" He

Precocious Katie spends most of her time worrying about makeup and hair styles and has been duly rewarded by her position as the most popular girl in school. She’s not necessarily mean and cruel… she just doesn’t think too much about others.

Stacy

Katie’s best friend. Fluent in the written word, Stacy’s peers haven’t (yet) deterred her from a passion for reportage, creative writing, and poetry.

  • Closet Geek: She loves to cosplay and talk about her hobbies, just not when she's around more popular company.
  • I Have This Friend...: She didn't give Mike that love note, honest. But she's sure whoever sent them was very thankful Mike kept them.
  • Gamer Chick
  • Shrinking Violet: Due to being ashamed of each and every one of her hobbies.

Flower Girl

This mysterious girl is absent from just about everything besides David’s fantasies. While she remains unaware, she has completely captured David’s affections, and he spends a lot of his time clumsily stalking her.

Molly

Abbey’s little sister seems to have an endless reserve of childish positivity, showing strong dedication to schoolwork and her local Girl Scout troop. She loves her brother dearly, and shoulders more of their shared burden than he’d like.

Justin

A hapless kid dragged into various misadventures by other members of the cast, Justin is generally seen looking for cover and wishing he could just go back home.

Matt "Oreo Cat"

A true optimist at heart, Matt always tries to make the best out of every situation. His inclination to be kind has made his friends fiercely protective of him.. Also confirmed to be gay and has a crush on Jordan, Lucy's Big Brother.
  • Gentle Giant: He's pretty big, but he's very friendly.
  • Hidden Depths: Obviously due to the fact that he's gay he understandably has a lot of emotional baggage.
  • Nice Guy: Even when Paulo, outright makes his slight Homophobia very apparent, he forgives him almost completely and let's him hug to "Work things out".
  • Shrinking Violet: When it come to his crush Jordan.

Madison

Madison swears she’s a nice person, but it’s not all that obvious when she’s letting you know about every little thing that annoys her. Jessica, her new girlfriend, finds this adorable.
  • Alpha Bitch: Is not afraid to say how much Paulo irks her.
  • Brutal Honesty: Her main method of angriness.
  • Got Me Doing It: Even if her default mode of interaction is acting bitchy, she can easily get swept up in the enthusiasm of others.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She serves Lucy's place in the circle of personalities when Lucy is... preoccupied. And when Lucy comes back, Madison serves as a sharp contrast from how Lucy used to act to how she acts after her character development.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's in a relationship with Jessica.
  • Running Gag: Everybody keeps calling her Lucy due to the fact that she's pretty much a carbon copy of her, much to her ire.
  • Unknown Rival: She pretty much starts to get sick of the fact that people calling her Lucy and threatens to lynch her when she finally meets her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Paulo for being blind to Rachel's feelings for him, and treating it as just a Friends with Benefits relationship.

Alejandro "Confrontation Cat" or "Rapecat"

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Fucking nobody likes this violent jerk, not that he cares.
  • Affably Evil: Downplayed, as he is only this to the other members of his gang, Usually he is Faux Affably Evil.
  • Arch-Enemy: To pretty much everyone in the main cast, specifically Mike and Lucy for the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown they gave him.
  • Asshole Victim: Of a non-lethal sort, he is given a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Mike and Lucy, but it was in self-defense.
  • Ax-Crazy: A ruthless and sadistic gang leader, what did you expect?
  • Bad Boss: To his own girlfriend horrifyingly enough, the worst part is, he actually treats the other members of his gang with respect.
  • Big Bad: Most certainly. His manipulations led to Paulo's jerk mentality, Paulo's phobia of barking, Confrontation in general, and he's being worked for by Augustus. He also remembers his grudge against Mike and Lucy.
    • Some keen-eyed forum users suggest he was the one who date-raped Tess when she was a freshman.
  • Big Bad Friend: He was friends with Augustus.
  • The Bully: Implied, if he was the boy Tess was dating.
  • Child Hater: Considering he is antagonizing a bunch of teenagers.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: A dark example, as he once beat his girlfriend, Melanie, because he had a dream were she cheated on him.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Alejandro took two of Lucy's kicks, had his teeth smashed into each other hard enough to chip one and draw blood, and was still okay enough to beat Lucy senseless before Mike came back, smashing his face into an alley floor and still not stopping him. It took Mike and Lucy together to turn the fight around (at which point it became a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown). And he beat Mike (and was about to crush his skull) before all this happened.
  • The Corrupter: If Augustus is anything to go by.
  • Darker and Edgier: The series was never sunshine and lollipops before, but GOOD GOD this guy brings a whole new shade of black when he shows up.
  • The Dragon: Has a Villainous Friendship with a member of his gang named Toby, making the latter this.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone in the main cast is terrified of this guy, with good reason of course.
  • Dirty Coward: Abused his defenseless girlfriend, and spent a majority of his on panel time harassing a bunch of teenagers.
  • Domestic Abuser: To Melanie, in a manner disturbingly similar to Abby's dad.
  • Ephebophile: had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl named Melanie, and attempted to start one with Lucy as well.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted with Melanie, for obvious reasons.
    • However played straight with the other members of his gang.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Lucy tells a panicking Daisy to shut-up, he responded by smacking the former in the face, and telling her to shut-up.
  • Evil Duo: With his dragon, Toby.
  • Evil Gloating: Probably the only reason Lucy didn't get raped.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Until you make him mad.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In "Confrontation" Alejandro mentions that his ex-girlfriend is the one who gave him the scar on his eye, and that "Oh, but did I get even with her..." In Chapter 86, "Trapped", Augustus is having a flashback to when he met Alejandro, and Alejandro was dating a girl named Melanie. Melanie has never appeared before this flashback, and Alejandro has no scar in that chapter yet. In a slight twist, while he does mess her up pretty badly, this leads to her being able to move away to live with her grandmother.
  • For the Evulz: Probably his most defining characteristic, everything this asshole does is for no reason.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Alejandro states in "Confrontation" that his ex-girlfriend is the one who gave him his trademark scar when she tried to hurt him, which he proceeded to get her back for.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As Big Bad states above, he is the cause of a majority of the main cast's problems.
  • Hate Sink: Easily the most detestable character.
  • Jerkass: Beyond any reasonable doubt. He's aggressive, violent and extremely confrontational, it is even in his nickname.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: AND HOW.
    Sue: So um... why are you picking on us? We're like... thirteen, ya know. If you think we're loaded with cash, then you're kind of an idiot.
    Alejandro: *fingers Sue's chin* So then what's the harm in givin' us all yer money?
    Sue: *slaps Alejandro's hand away* Because we actually NEED it!
    Alejandro: *punches Sue in the face* WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT YOU?!?
  • Knight of Cerebus: This series was always a Dramedy, but the characters were never in any real danger, Alejandro changed that.
  • Kick the Dog: This is basically his entire M.O., worst of all, he mostly does it For the Evulz.
  • Lack of Empathy: This guy kicks the shit out of people, robs them blind, and possibly raped Tess For the Evulz.
  • Large Ham: "THIS FUCKING GUY!"
  • Laughably Evil: At least when in a good mood.
  • Lazy Bum: It's his one weakness as an antagonist. He completely delegates the task of devising a plan for revenge against the main cast to Augustus and has been doing so for two years.
  • Moral Myopia: He doesn't like it when people hurt his gang, even when they're the ones who started it.
  • Pet the Dog: He actually cares about his gang.
  • Serial Rapist: Heavily implied, his other nickname doesn't help.
  • The Sociopath: A disturbingly realistic take on the violent gang leader.
  • Villainous Friendship: With his gang, more specifically, his dragon Toby.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And hits two on-panel. It's implied that he hit his old girlfriend.
    • Confirmed. He hit his old girlfriend Melanie when he even dreamed about her cheating on him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Alejandro is in his twenties. And while the main cast is in high school, they aren't even adults, much less his age - which doesn't stop him from beating the crap out of some of them. Or plotting vengeance against them for two straight years after they turned the tables on him.

Toby

Alejandro's dragon and only true friend.

  • Affably Evil: Let's just say he is a lot nicer than his boss.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Him defending Alejandro in "confrontation" gives off this vibe, he even savagely barks as he is beating down Paulo.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Paulo, as he caused his fear of barking.
  • Asshole Victim: Like Alejandro, of a non-lethal sort, but he was given a pretty vile Groin Attack by Lucy.
  • Ax-Crazy: His Slasher Smile can be just as big as Alejandro's.
  • The Brute: He is noticeably stronger than Alejandro, to the point were the latter usually relies on him in a fight.
  • The Bully: Just like his boss.
  • Co-Dragons: With Augustus to Alejandro, though Toby is much higher on the chain of command than him.
  • The Dragon: To Alejandro, though technically Co-Dragons with Augustus he is noticeably a lot more involved with Alejandro's crimes.
  • Dirty Coward: Runs like a scared child after Lucy kicks his ass and gives him a Groin Attack.
  • The Dreaded: To Paulo at least, as he caused his fear of barking.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is Alejandro's only real friend, and they seem to get along.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stopped Alejandro from killing Melanie.
  • Evil Duo: With Alejandro.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Implied.
  • False Friend: To Augustus.
  • Fat Bastard: He's quite overweight, not that this stops him from beating the crap out of Paulo.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Has his moments, like when he explained to Augustus that Alejandro can have him killed at any time, with a big friendly smile.
  • For the Evulz: He has no reason for what he does, other than being friends with Alejandro.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Downplayed, but he is ultimately the cause of Paulo's fear of barking, turning much worse after he and Alejandro discovered it back when Paulo was in sixth grade.
  • Hero Killer: He almost killed Paulo, twice.
  • Jerkass: He's a little nicer than Alejandro.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At first it seems like he is horrified by Alejandro's treatment of Augustus, that flashback in "Trapped" reveals that he isn't.
  • Karma Houdini: So far, he didn't seem to suffer any long term consequences for his involvement in "Confrontation".
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of Paulo in "Confrontation".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Serves as this with Alejandro.
  • Laughably Evil: At least when he and Alejandro are just screwing around.
  • Near Villain Victory: He would have most likely killed Paulo if Lucy didn't show up.
  • Obviously Evil: He and Alejandro aren't the nicest looking guys.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite how he's played up, it can't be ignored that he was defeated by children half his age.

Melanie

Alejandro's old girlfriend.

  • Ephebophile: After she pierces Augustus' eyebrows, she kisses him and sleeps with him. Downplayed as she's just two years older than him (15 to 13 at the time).
  • Foregone Conclusion: Subverted. The story seems to point to her dying or some other tragedy happening at the end of her story, but in reality she's merely hospitalized and then manages to escape Alejandro's grasp.
  • Love Confession: To Augustus.
  • Sanity Slippage: Alejandro's abuse has really taken a toll on her.
  • Starting a New Life: Dreams of this, as her entire intent is to get a scholarship to a college and escape her current life. Most specifically, she wants to get away from Alejandro.
    • She gets her wish, by being hospitalized
  • The Smurfette Principle: So far the only known female member of Alejandro's gang.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's easily the nicest member of Alejandro's crew, and objects to bringing a kid in.


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