[[folder: Main Characters]]

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 [[spoiler:develop suicidal tendencies.]]

* ActionGirl
* AmbiguousDisorder: 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.
* AnchoredShip: [[spoiler:With Mike, and [[TearJerker heartbreakingly so.]]]]
* BerserkButton: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c55/p31.html Flirting with]] Mike near Lucy is a very bad idea. Flirting with Lucy doesn't end so well either...
** Nowadays, hurting her friends is unwise as well. Don't hit her. She reacts violently.
* BoobsOfSteel: 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.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Michael. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41.1/p1.html And how!]]
** Also with Paulo.
*** Well, considering they're the only two guys she's ever been interested in, and that this is [[{{Tsundere}} Lucy]]...
* BreakTheCutie: Lucy got this in preschool, hence her lack of interest in socializing.
** [[spoiler:Lucy in Disaster Dominoes. After Mike finally got her to smile, he got run down.]]
* BrokenBird: 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 [[spoiler: months of him avoiding her due to her her abusive treatment of him and he explodes at her for trying to get him back into their abusive friendship, what does she do? She tries to kill herself. Mike was definitely harsher than he needed to be, but still.]]
* BrutalHonesty: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p4.html Sometimes.]]
* [[spoiler:BungledSuicide]]: Not confirmed, but definitely implied in "Breaking Up".
* CannotSpitItOut: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c53/p2.html "Maybe I should just dance around the subject and give everyone headaches. There, problem solved, the Lucy way."]]
** And then she did. [[spoiler:[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption It didn't help.]]]]
* CatchPhrase: "Jerkface"
* CatsHateWater: Lucy became hydrophobic after [[spoiler:Mike almost drowned]] when they were younger. [[spoiler: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...]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Though she tries not to appear that way.
* CuteBruiser[=/=]BadassAdorable: 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.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Has these when going through her bouts of angst.
* FreudianExcuse: See main page.
* FriendlessBackground: In preschool, she couldn't make any friends. This, in turn, led to her [[spoiler:developing ''major'' trust and dependence issues.]]
* HatesBeingTouched
* HeroicAlbino
* HiddenDepths: How nice she can be is pretty much "pets only" overall. Her pets mentioning that niceness astounds everyone.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* JerkassFacade
* LonersAreFreaks: 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. [[GirlsHaveCooties Boys were afraid of her.]]
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus]]
* '''{{Tsundere}}''': "Why would I be best friends with such a jerkface?"
** SlapSlapKiss is her style. Interestingly, as she continues to grow up, she moves closer to becoming a KissKissSlap tsundere.
* SoreLoser: Among her many reasons for punching Mike has been losing races and getting beat playing Videogame/{{Pokemon}}.
** SugarAndIcePersonality: Lucy only regularly [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c43/p8.html acts sweet]] to her [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c27/p6.html pets]]. Everyone [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c25/p5.html else]] is [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p30.html amazed]] to see it. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c25/p4.html But]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c16.1/p1.html it's]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c46/p1.html there.]] To even her brother's [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c61/p3.html shock.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c57/p1.html "Cracks In The Ice"]] indeed.
* SourOutsideSadInside
* TenderTears: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c65/p26.html She was scared.]]

!!Michael "Mike" S[[spoiler:cott]]
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 TrueLove, Sandy, and his rocky relationship with Lucy and Daisy. This lasted for years, until a love confession by Lucy prompted him to show his TrueColors, 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 recent livestream.

* AdaptationDyeJob: Began in the author's sketches as a yellow cat, before becoming grey.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: 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 [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c75/p17.html wish]]
* BerserkerTears: Follow the [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p22.html sequence]] and notice that, while Lucy was hurt worse, he cried more.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: 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.
* BreakingSpeech: Once to Daisy, concerning her inabilty to be rejected, and once to Lucy, concerning their relatioinship. [[spoiler:It helped Daisy. It didn't help Lucy.]]
** He's been overreacting lately and Lucy is all-but broken at this point.
* ButtMonkey: Originally a lot. [[spoiler:Not so much recently.]]
* CantHoldHisLiquor: It takes ''very'' little alcohol to make Mike hilariously drunk. [[spoiler:Which ends up directly leading to Alejandro attempting to mug the group in Confrontation. Oh God...]]
* CatchPhrase: "Guh!"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: His recent treatment of Lucy completely wrecks his past status as the DoggedNiceGuy. Specifically, the ''nice'' part.
* DoggedNiceGuy: At first.
* GreenEyes
* {{He Who Fights Monsters}}: His grudge against [[spoiler: Lucy]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Him yelling at Zach about [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c45/p4.html Lucy not caring about him]] sure makes it seem like [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p29.html he's forgotten]] about [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p19.html Confrontation]].
* [[LimitedWardrobe Limited Scarf Choice]]: Enough so that him changing the color scarf he wears (or wearing no scarf at all) is a major thing.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Lucy. [[spoiler:He's aware of this, and resents it.]]
* LongDistanceRelationship: With Sandy.
* MistakenForGay: Paulo loves teasing him about this.
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]: [[spoiler:As of the end of "Breaking Up", he seems to be genuinely guilty about his behavior towards Lucy.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p29.html Harsh.]]]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p17.html Hm...]]
* SuperSenses: Michael has excellent hearing, to the point that sudden yelling and pep rallies really [[CursedWithAwesome mess him up]]. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c42/p9.html Ace hearing]] indeed. [[spoiler:The trap in Confrontation took advantage of this to get the group in an alley for mugging.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:His rescue of Lucy]] in Confrontation.
* TookALevelInJerkass: 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 [[spoiler:LoveConfession.]]
* WithFriendsLikeThese: [[spoiler: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.

* BetaCouple: With Abbey.
** [[spoiler:Or so it seems; It was slightly smoothed out, but it's still uncertain.]]
* {{Bookworm}}
* BrownEyes
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler:For a few chapters. She gets better.]]
* GaveUpTooSoon: {{Inverted}} with her crush on Mike. She waited so long for him that [[spoiler:she didn't even notice Abbey liked her.]]
* GenericCuteness: 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.
* HollywoodPudgy: Daisy, though rounder and pudgier than the other female characters, has quite a typical body shape for a teenage girl in the early stages of puberty. However some of the comments act like she's unhealthily overweight.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: She can be quite oblivious to the feelings of others, despite usually being very kind. She also finds euthanasia "fascinating," which creeps Sue out.
* InWithTheInCrowd: She spends some of Freshman year away from her standard clique, and insteaad with DumbBlonde Katie and pseudo-bullies Jess and Rachel.
* LoveTriangle: [=AbbeyxDaisyxAugustus=]. In canon, [[spoiler:Abbey got her]]. In a WhatIf chapter, [[spoiler:Augustus did]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Type 10 TriangRelations, 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.]]
* MoralityPet: For Augustus, truth be told. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c78/p21.html Her mere presence keeps him from committing theft.]]
* [[NiceGirl 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.
* NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork
* RunningGag: [[Videogame/MarioKart "Hi, I'm Daisy!"]]
* TeenGenius
* YaoiFangirl: Her response to [[spoiler: Paolo admitting he might be attracted to guys]] is 2 panels of [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c88.1/p1.html glittery happiness]] and {{Squee}}.
--> '''Daisy''': That is ''so cool!''

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.

* AmicableExes: With Tess. [[spoiler:And Jazz.]]
* AmbiguouslyBi: In the chapter "Boy Toy", Paulo's attempt at GayBravado 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, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/store/#posters in a poster series]] that depicts certain characters and their prospective romantic choices, Paulo's poster features Lucy, Rachel, Jazz, and ''Mike.''
* BetaCouple: He and Jasmine were at first considered this, but then Pillow Talk subverted this, and [[spoiler:as of "Ten Seconds to Midnight", it's completely averted]].
* BrutalHonesty: Paulo in "Another Path" [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p25.html failed at tact.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p16.html A few times.]] And Lucy [[MegatonPunch thanked]] him a few times.
* ButtMonkey: Paulo had some butt monkey time randomly if Lucy (and sometimes Yashy) was nearby until high school. And [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p25.html then]]...
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: 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 [[spoiler: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.
* CatchPhrase: Paulo's abuse of the word "AWESOME" and common usage of kid, wimp, wuss, etc. when referring to Mike.
* ChivalrousPervert: 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 [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p11.html when Sue got hurt in Confrontation]].
** Also, he absolutely refuses to make use of [[spoiler:Lucy's fragile state when she almost imposes herself on him.]]
* FriendsWithBenefits: 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.
* HeroicBSOD: Has started undergoing this with [[spoiler:Lucy's departure]].
* GayBravado: At one point he decides to mess with Abbey's head by kissing him. [[spoiler:He messes it up and becomes scared that he's actually gay.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seemingly starting to be [[DeconstructedTrope 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 Paolo is a nice person at heart, it doesn't excuse his {{Jerkass}}ery, and that is starting to catch up with him. This leads to several ''blistering'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech The Reason You Suck Speeches]] being given him, and [[spoiler: Abbey outright attacking him in the bathroom and warning him to stay away from Daisy]] due to Paolo's CasanovaWannabe tendencies.
** It even reached the point where ''[[NiceGirl Daisy]]'' has had enough of his actions. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness And if Daisy starts screaming at you]], there is a ''problem.''
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: His arguably tactless and manipulative attempt at getting Abbey to [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c81/p26.html 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 [[spoiler: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c89/p35.html Abbey finally snapping and attacking Paulo in the bathroom during Daisy's convention trip, demanding him to stay away from Daisy from now on.]]]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Is a frequent recipient of these. [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: Mike]] when [[DidYouThinkICantFeel Mike finally cuts loose on all of his friends regarding the situation with Lucy.]] He receives a more violent one [[spoiler: from Abbey]] later on, regarding Paolo's treatment of the women in his life [[spoiler: along with a threat to stay away from Daisy as a result of it.]]
* SexForSolace: "Another Path" shows what would happen if he gave this to [[spoiler:Lucy after her breakdown following Mike rejecting her confession]]. Later, [[spoiler:he himself gets in on it (canonically, no less) [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c76/p11.html at the end of "Leaving Home"]], after Lucy leaves.]]
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: Instead of getting together with Lucy or Daisy as expected, he joins with new character Jasmine. [[spoiler:Double Subverted]].

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.

* BiTheWay: David adores Abbey according to the chart. And [[http://topwebcomics.com/images/banners/471.png this]] or [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/Prismacoloured-Distraction-66277078?q=boost%3Apopular+by%3Ataeshilh+abbey+david&qo=4 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.
* BrownEyes: Really dark though.
* CatchPhrase: 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.
* CloudCuckoolander: It's only gotten worse with {{Flanderization}}.
* FlatCharacter: Although he actually tries to be this, as he attempts to protect himself, and sometimes Paulo, from drama and CharacterDevelopment. 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 caracter development he tried to avoid.
* FourthWallObserver
* OccidentalOtaku
* ReferenceOverdosed: He constitutes over half the references alone.
* HeroWorshipper: Looks up to Paulo.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: David admonishes Paulo for his positve 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.

* BerserkButton: Don't abuse/insult a girl in front of Abbey, unless you want [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a face full of fists]].
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p12.html This]] could be [[Manga/DeathNote a bad sign]].
** He develops one about Daisy as well, in a CrazyJealousGuy sort of way. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c89/p35.html And not in the fun way, either.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Manages this twice, no less, saving Tess the first and Daisy the second.
* BetaCouple: With Daisy. [[spoiler:Originally. Now it's complicated...]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He tries his best to be a good person, and if you treat him and those he cares about with respect, he's quite kind and cheerful, if a little stuffy. However...
** [[BullyHunter Never bully someone with this guy around]]. [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge He will beat the shit out of you.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Is incredibly protective of his little sister, and women in general.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* FreudianExcuse
* [[spoiler:HeWhoFightsMonsters]]
* GreenEyes
* KnightTemplar: Well, at first he seemed to just [[BullyHunter hate bullying]] thanks to his FreudianExcuse, but as of Chapter 62, [[spoiler:and being elected onto Student Council, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p11.html he's ready to expel]] ''anyone'' [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p13.html for the slightest bullying.]]]] I think we've got a [[WellIntentionedExtremist disaster]] [[MoralEventHorizon coming.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Hands one [[spoiler: to Paolo]], with a brutal assessment of his character [[spoiler: regarding Paolo's treatment of the women in his life, along with a threat to stay away from Daisy.]] And this is after choking him long enough to leave him gasping for air.
---> '''Abbey''': "''Stay away from her.'' I know the kind of person you are. [[TheCasanova Taking advantage of every girl who even looks your way.]] On to the next, and on to the next. [[BerserkButton I'm not letting it happen to her.]]... You're not fooling me. [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer I'm simply giving you a warning.]] That's all."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
* [[spoiler:ShadowArchetype: His "Disaster Dominoes" version. Abbey hates abuse, that Abbey was abusive. Abbey loves Daisy, that Abbey constantly tried to beat what he didn't like out of her. Abbey gets therapy, that one clearly didn't.]]
* SingleTargetSexuality: Unlike the other characters who have had multiple love interests and crushes, Abbey has always been soley devoted to Daisy. [[spoiler: this unfortunately ends up causing him great heartbreak when he discovers she still loves Mike:]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Abbey is the second tallest male character next to David, and also has the second darkest shade of fur. Abbey is usually polite and genial, but his snarkiness manifests around those he dislikes or thinks are stupid (like Paulo).
* TheWoobie: Its hard not to feel sorry for the poor guy after everything he's been through. May overlap with [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobie]] when he's at his worst.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] Abbey is currently seeing a therapist about the mental issues that resulted from his [[AbusiveParents past.]] He's slowly recovering. [[spoiler: Maybe.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate

[[folder: 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.

* BrownEyes
* DramaClub
* NotSoAboveItAll: After claiming she knows how to drink responsibly, she throws up.
* OnlySaneMan: Understandably doesn't want to be a part of any of the relationship drama that plagues her classmates.
* PutOnABus: During freshman year. She later got a supporting role in sophomore year.

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.

* ADayInTheLimelight: Has showed up ''twice'' in the actual comic.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Mike.
* FirstGirlWins
* FurryFemaleMane: Has a black one, which stands out with her white fur.
* HairDecorations: Wears a blue hair bow with her FurryFemaleMane.
* InformedAttractiveness: Supposed to be model-like in appearance, but looks similar to most of the other females. However, the comic presents her modeling success to be more a product of her demeanor and manner if anything.
* LongDistanceRelationship: With Mike.
* NiceGirl
* PutOnABus: Rather literally.
* TheGhost: for the longest time.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Mike misinterprets some advice from her to badly damage his relationship with Lucy.

!!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.

* BerserkButton: Jessica [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p18.html hates it]] when called out about how she bullies Tess, which led to Lucy's button being pressed... [[spoiler:Tess pretty much just takes the bullying.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Jessica got this from a lot of the school and Tess as a freshman.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Jessica and Rachel were initially your typical high school bullies with little reason for singling out Tess aside from her being [[ExtremeDoormat an easy target]]. As time went on, though, hints were gradually dropped that there was a deeper reason as to why they bullied Tess specifically, [[spoiler:a reason that was fully revealed in "Pillow Talk".]]
* FreudianExcuse: See main page.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Has been seen drunk in "Back and Forth".
* LipstickLesbian: Fancies Lucy.
** On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both Jess and David.
** WordOfGod confirms that she only slept with Paulo to get back at Tess.

!!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.

* ButtMonkey: In Pillow Talk.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Jessica and Rachel were initially your typical high school bullies with little reason for singling out Tess aside from her being [[ExtremeDoormat an easy target]]. As time went on, though, hints were gradually dropped that there was a deeper reason as to why they bullied Tess specifically, [[spoiler:a reason that was fully revealed in "Pillow Talk".]]
* FriendsWithBenefits: 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.
* FriendlyEnemy: 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'.
* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]: Is perhaps ''too'' understanding of Paulo's insecurities.
* ReallyGetsAround
* SecretSecretKeeper: She knew all along that [[spoiler:Jessica wasn't nearly as experienced as she claimed.]]
* SexForSolace
* [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic... 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.

* ButNotTooForeign: She's ''kinda'' asian.
* EducationMama: 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.
* ExtracurricularEnthusiast: Is part of at least three clubs and one sports team.
* GoGetterGirl: 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.
* GreenEyes
* NowOrNeverKiss: Paulo and her date for a long time without making any techincally romantic contact. They kiss [[spoiler:on the very night they break up.]]
* SixthRanger: She joins the cast long after the core dynamic has been established, and is dropped not long after.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A short but harsh one, [[spoiler:toward Paulo.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c77/p18.html And what a zinger it is.]]
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: [[spoiler: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…

* AntiVillain: Arguably, as he genuinely cares for and respects Daisy and cares enough about Lucy to prevent her from following him home, given how terrible we see his home life to be. Also, he doesn't seem to be very keen [[spoiler: on helping Alejandro get revenge on the main cast, and is fully aware of how horrible Alejandro truly is.]]
* [[spoiler:AttemptedRape: Looked like he was about to do [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p17.html this]] to Daisy, but Abbey intervened, though it turns out he never planned to go there in the first place.]]
* BrutalHonesty: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p9.html In]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p10.html spades.]]
* TheCharmer: Used on Daisy, and it almost worked until Abbey came along. Averted with Lucy as she cut him off at jump street before he could begin to try with her.
* TheCorruptible: He wasn't always the way he is now - he was turned that way. [[TheCorrupter Alejandro saw to that.]]
* EvilGenius: Apparently plays this role in Alejandro's gang [[spoiler: since Alejandro assigned him to develop a plan to get his revenge on the main group]], though he's [[AntiVillain not all that evil]]. And he's at least intelligent enough [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c86/p27.html to maintain an A-average.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Lucy. Taeshi herself says that "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p7.html [Augustus] renders her NORMAL.]]"
* {{Goth}}
* GrayEyes
* JerkassFacade: He may have apparently been trying to manipulate Daisy, but as [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c64/p4.html he explains to Lucy]], he genuinely respects and adores her, and he ''really'' wants her to get over her self-confidence issues. Too bad [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p56.html Daisy considers him a creep.]]
** Also, he stopped himself from shoplifting when he ran into Daisy in a drugstore during "Safe Boundaries."
** He also prevented Lucy from following him home in chapter 66. From the details of his home/social life, both implied throughout the story and explored in chapter 86, he did her a '''huge''' favor.
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Seems to be his reasoning for talking to Lucy despite the two's apparent disinterest in one another.
* NotSoDifferent: From Abbey. Both come from abusive backgrounds (Augustus arguably had it worse, having to deal with both his neglectful mother and father, and the AxCrazy Alejandro.)
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a short one to Lucy in Chapter 66 to call her out on her near DespairEventHorizon in regards to Mike, seeing them as SkewedPriorities.
-->'''Augustus''': "[[AdultsAreUseless Do you have parents?]]"
-->'''Lucy''': "Yes?"
-->'''Augustus''': "[[ParentalNeglect A place to sleep?]]
-->'''Lucy''': Yeah...?
-->'''Augustus''': "[[DarkAndTroubledPast In a safe neighborhood?]]"
-->'''Lucy''': "What?"
-->'''Augustus''': "And you want to ''die'' [[SkewedPriorities because some stupid kid won't return your feelings.]] [[BrutalHonesty You're absolutely worthless.]]"
* TheSmartGuy: of Alejandro's crew.
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory: The sex between him and Melanie could be considered this.]]
* {{Schemer}}: To the point he does it unintentionally now.
* SmugSnake
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He really did, and though he was stealing in his origin story he states it is only because nobody at home really cared for him. [[TheCorruptible But then Alejandro got a hold of him.]]


[[folder: Pets]]

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.

* BrattyHalfPint: What she lacks in size, she more than makes up for in volume.
* CatchPhrase: "Whore!!" to Daisy.
* TheNicknamer: Mike is "Flea," Daisy is "Whore."
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: Lucy claims that the reason she won't take Yashy to movies anymore is because Yashy keeps quoting them.
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus: But not before delivering a WhamLine.]]

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.)

* BrownEyes
* CheerfulChild
* ParentalAbandonment: Her mother was attacked by a snake, and only had the strength to carry one egg. [[spoiler:Lucy may have gone this way.]]
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus]]
* WideEyedIdealist: She's ''far'' less happy about Yashy's violent habits.

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.

* BrownEyes
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Lily averts this one single-handedly.
* WhatTheHellHero: To Mike after [[spoiler:his directly causing Lucy's breakdown]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Assuming she's not [[OlderThanTheyLook Older Than She Looks]].

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.

* GreenEyes
* LineOfSightName: In a sense, Yashy declared Blur to be his name after he called his memory a "blur."
* MeaningfulName: "You're as quick as a blur and your memory sucks!"
* NoNameGiven: Due to amnesia, we never learn anything as to who he was before that fateful thunderstorm.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* {{Shoo Out the Clown|s}}: Sort of. [[spoiler:He runs away after Lucy is PutOnABus, since her own pets left with her.]]
* TheOneGuy: Of the pets.


[[folder: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.

* BelligerentSexualTension: With Paulo. [[spoiler:Originally.]]
* BigFancyHouse: Lives in one. Mike and Lucy are [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c28/p4.html suitably impressed]].
* BookDumb: Still needs to study for [=PSAT's=] in ''senior year.''
* BrownEyes
* ButtMonkey: Tess has minor butt monkey time around Jessica and Rachel.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Tess has drinking mentioned in her character bio. She was seen drinking wine in the "Arrival" chapter of the Summer Vacation arc.
* HeelFaceTurn: A pre-story example.
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus]]: Apparently.
* RichBitch: During her relationship with Roger. Junior and senior year, still rich but not a bitch anymore.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tess is one, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c45/p7.html too.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c44/p5.html 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 favours with most of the cast.

* BrutalHonesty
* DeadpanSnarker
* PhraseCatcher: Everbody tells him to "Shut it, [=McCain=]."
* OddFriendship: His friendship with Sue stems mostly from their shared positions as Straight Men. Still, they get along pretty well.

!!Kizuna "Kizu"
Madly in love with David, Kizuna never has [[AllLoveIsUnrequited 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.

* [[spoiler:AxCrazy: In Disaster Dominoes.]]
* AmusingInjuries: Two notable instances include EyeScream and being jused to make a fire.
* BrownEyes
* CuteClumsyGirl
* [[spoiler:BusCrash]]: in a reference to [[ShooOutTheNewGuy Poochie]].
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Her artist requested Taeshi cease using her.]]

Carson is a manifestation of his creator’s heartfelt objection to the pervasiveness of the [[StereotypeGay “token” gay stereotype]] in modern pop culture. (He [[AbhorrentAdmirer blindly loves Michael]], [[CampGay dresses flamboyantly]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] borrows his name from “Series/QueerEye”.)

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Blindly loves Mike, in which Mike doesn't return his feelings
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays]]
* CampGay
* CrossDresser: He dresses up as a ''japanese schoolgirl'' for Halloween.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: For a definition of friend, anyway. During Halloween, Mike leaves him at the bottom of a basement with no way out. Nobody cared. However, this is non-canon, and has been removed from the story.
* GrayEyes
* IncompatibleOrientation: With Mike.
* KilledOffForReal: To an extent. The pages where Carson is trapped were removed and are now non-canon, but Carson has seemingly disappeared from the story since then.
* StereotypeGay

He loves Lucy.

* AbhorrentAdmirer: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33.1/p3.html His absolute weirdness turns everyone off.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: He's drawn in a StylisticSuck fashion.
* RealityWarper: He created a cardboard box TIEM MASHENE. Which also functions as a teleporter, which he uses to spy on Lucy.
* SingleTargetSexuality: For Lucy.
* StalkerWithACrush


[[folder: Minor characters]]

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!

* CastFiller
* CuteMute: Gives off this impression due to her insanely shy nature. Given that she only seems to talk off-camera, she's actually TheSilentBob.
* PerpetualSmiler: She is almost ''always'' seen with a smile on her face. The only times where she's not is while she's in contemplation.
* TheQuietOne: 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.

* AlphaBitch
* BrainlessBeauty: Oh, my gawd. That is, like, sooo Katie, y'know? Like, totally.
* CleavageWindow: Seen [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c19/p5.html here]]
* GreenEyes
* ForbiddenFriendship: While she genuinely enjoys Daisy's company, Daisy is "uncool" and thus can't hang out with her at school.

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.

* IHaveThisFriend: She didn't give Mike that love note, honest. But she's sure whoever sent them was very thankful Mike kept them.
* GamerChick

!!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.

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.

* CheerfulChild: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c56/p14.html Just don't mention her mother.]]
* CowardlyLion
* CuteKitten
* FearlessFool: he failure to grasp the magnitude of danger is what allows her to stay calm during a ''kidnapping''.
* GreenEyes
* TheTell: While she always acts happy...
--> Justin: ''You don't look too happy yerself! Yer ears always down!''

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.

* BrownEyes
* GogglesDoNothing
* TheDragAlong
* PreciousPuppies
* TooSmartForStrangers: Subverted. He rebuffs David's and Molly's seperate attempts to get him to go with him, only for him to be tricked and cajoled into following strangers.

!!Alejandro "Confrontation Cat" or [[spoiler:"Rapecat"]]

* BigBad: [[spoiler: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. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p1.html He also remembers his grudge against Mike and Lucy]].]]
** Some keen-eyed forum users suggest he was the one who [[spoiler:date-raped Tess when she was a freshman]].
* CombatSadomasochist: Alejandro took two of Lucy's [[GroinKick kicks]], had his teeth smashed into each other hard enough to chip one and draw blood, and was still okay enough to [[spoiler:[[WouldHitAGirl 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 NoHoldsBarredBeatdown). And he beat Mike (and was about to '''crush his skull''') before all this happened.
* DomesticAbuser: To Melanie, in a manner disturbingly similar to Abby's dad.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Until you make him mad.
** MoralMyopia: He does seem [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p14.html to genuinely care]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p1.html for the members of his gang]]. He's a complete douche to everyone else, though.
* ForegoneConclusion: 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. [[DownerEnding This doesn't bode well for her.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Alejandro states in "Confrontation" that his ex-girlfriend [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p17.html is the one who gave him his trademark scar]] when she tried to hurt him, which he proceeded to get her back for.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: '''[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p11.html 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?!?'''''
* LazyBum: 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.
* WouldHitAGirl: And hits two on-panel. It's implied that he hit his old girlfriend.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c86/p25.html Confirmed.]] He hit his old girlfriend Melanie when he even ''dreamed'' about her cheating on him.
* WouldHurtAChild: 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. [[spoiler: Or plotting vengeance against them for ''two straight years'' after they turned the tables on him.]]

!! Melanie

Alejandro's old girlfriend.

* [[spoiler: {{Ephebophile}}: After she pierces Augustus' eyebrows, she kisses him and sleeps with him. {{Downplayed|Trope}} as she's just two years older than him (15 to 13 at the time).]]
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: Subeverted. 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.]]
* LoveConfession: [[spoiler: To Augustus.]]
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Alejandro's abuse has really taken a toll on her.]]
* StartingANewLife: 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 [[DomesticAbuser Alejandro]].
** [[spoiler:She gets her wish, by being ''hospitalized'']]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: So far the only known female member of Alejandro's gang.
* TokenGoodTeammate: She's easily the nicest member of Alejandro's crew, and objects to bringing a kid in.