A Philadelphia cop with a special power: cibopathy, the psychic ability to see the past of anything he's eaten. He soon joins the Food and Drug Administration, now a very powerful law enforcement agency, which makes use of his abilities. He mainly focuses on food-related crimes, especially those concerning newly illegal poultry.
Blessed with Suck: Cibopathy. He can absorb incredible amounts of information from anything he tastes, but he can't shut it off and those visions can potentially be really disturbing. Plus, his job forces him to use his powers by eating an astoundingly wide array of vile things.
Butt Monkey: Has to eat rather vile things as part of his job, his hated by just about every single character on the cast, his boss more than all of them combined, and over the course of the series has had to eat a petrified dog, has had his partner bite his ear off, lost his job, forced to eat dead baseball players and had to eat his own sisters toe to take out her killer.
By-the-Book Cop: Mere pages into the first issue, we see that Tony is willing to arrest his own brother.
Heroic BSOD: Goes though this after Toni is killed by the vampire, ruthlessly murdering his minons and generally focusing entirely on his work. He snaps out of it at the end of the "Family Recipie" arc thanks to a Thanatos Gambit by Toni herself.
I'm a Humanitarian: Not intentionally, but Tony ends up doing this a lot to get information.
Took a Level in Badass: While he was always fairly badass his Kidnapping and force feeding, of dead baseball players, by Amelia's Ex and Toni's death have given him a mean fastball and made him far more self assure and gung ho, to the point he Tells Applebee off and just a glare can make the guy give in to Chu these day and gives The Vampire/Collector a badass boast
Throw the Dog a Bone: His relationship with Amelia is pretty much the only stable relationship of any sort he has. Toni also counts, being the only member of his family that dosent' hate or resent him.
Tragic Keepsake: Keeps his ex-girlfriend and later wife Min Tso's toe she gave him in his freezer. It's later revealed he did so that, when she was ready, Sage could take in her mother's memory before her brain cancer got really bad.
Tony Chu's partner who was badly injured while following a lead gained from Tony's powers. He is rebuilt as a cyborg by the FDA and rejoins his old partner. He opposes poultry prohibition and believes the government is lying about the bird flu but refuses to betray the FDA.
Bi the Way: Sleeps with Applebee and his USDA boss.
Cowboy Cop: Colby is gleefully willing to violate every bit of police protocol that gets in his way.
Jerkass: Colby is not a pleasant person to be around.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite this, he's close friends with Tony when pretty much everyone else in the comic hates him or wants him dead.
My Country, Right or Wrong: John Colby helps enforce the poultry prohibition while part of the Philadelphia PD and the FDA even though he strongly disagrees with it and believes that it is part of a government cover-up. Subverted later when he reluctantly partners up with Savoy and Ceaser to find out the truth.
Sleeping with the Boss: Sleeps with his and Tony's Bad Boss Applebee (to get Applebee off their backs) and later with his USDA boss.
Straight Gay: Colby fits the "straight" part of this trope so well there seems to be a bit of confusion over whether or not he is actually gay. At one point he seduces Applebee and when he sends a taunting text to a criminal, his avatar is the Terminator robot on a rainbow flag background.
He's also seduced his female USDA boss so he might be bisexual.
Another cibopath. He is an agent of the FDA who mentors Tony when he first joins. He murdered health inspector Evan Pepper and believes that the government is covering up the truth about the bird flu epidemic. It is implied that he lost a significant other in the epidemic. While he has the same powers as Tony, he is much fatter and is seen eating food besides beets, getting far more pleasant or tolerable visions from his food.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost every fight Mason gets into is extremley one sided, even against a horde of ninja. [[spoiler: he takes down tony in less than a minute after Tony attempts to arrest him, beats Colby to a pulp, and easily defeats a man with a wide array of powers thanks to his abliity to get power from candy simply by exploiting the man's one weakness.
Evil Counterpart: To Tony and Colby. He's a chibopath like tony but one willing to work far outside the law, in contrast to Tony's by the book cop nature and like Colby he believes the bird-flu epidemic was a coverup, but unlike Savoy Colby refuses to go against the law to do so.
Tony's girlfriend. She is a saboscrivner, meaning that she can write or talk about food so vividly that it can cause people to actually taste it. She uses her ability in her job as a newspaper food critic. Her power allows Tony to taste foods without the often disgusting visions that usually come with them. The two begin dating though Amelia is sometimes annoyed at the time taken up by Tony's job.
Covered in Gunge: Get's covered in blood on her first date with Tony after he kills a guy holding her hostage.
Heart Is an Awesome Power: She can describe food really, really well. She can do this so well she can leave people enraptured by describing awesome food... or reeling and puking by describing really bad food.
Tony Chu's brother. A professional chef, he is strongly opposed to America's new poultry prohibition law which creates tension between himself and his brother. He lost his cooking show when he accused the government of lying about the bird flu while on camera.
Blessed with Suck: It is revealed in issue 36 that he too has a sort of power based on eating food, one that Toni and Sage have a laugh over.
Jerkass: Is pretty much a dick to Tony every time the two are together.
Too Dumb to Live: Continually gets involved in poultry-dealing, despite knowing that it's illegal and that his own brother is a cop, is perfectly willing to send him to jail for the crime, and his brother can track down if he was involved in making anything poultry related. To put this in perspective, Tony tries to send him to Jail in the first comic, and only doesn't thanks to his bosses FDA protection, and Chow is fullya ware Tony was moved to the FDA, yet continually brings chicken around him.
Antonelle "Toni" Chu
Tony's fraternal twin sister, who works for NASA. She seems to be the only member of the Chu family that doesn't hate him. She's also revealed to be cibovoyant, meaning she can see the future of any living person or animal she bites. .
Genre Savvy: When Mason Savoy claims to be a friend of her father asks to talk to her, she promplty books it. Unfortunatley for her, Savoy has few problems druging a teenager, but fortunately for her, he simply wanted to recruit her.
Tony's ex-girlfriend. It is implied they broke up due to her blatant insanity. Later, it is revealed they were actually married, and her "insanity" was caused by brain cancer.When Tony proposed to her, she accepted and asked him to eat one of her toes.
Karma Houdini: His status as an FDA informant allowed him to avoid arrest by Tony and John while they were still on Philly PD. However...
Laser-Guided Karma: Once John became an FDA agent, his first order of buisness was beating the ever loving shit out of D-Bear and making D-Bear give him his FDA payment.
A hitman who works for Montero. He claims to be a deep-cover FDA agent who worked with Mason Savoy and didn't know he'd gone rogue. Turns out this is itself a cover as he was working with Savoy to find out the truth behind the bird flu epidemic.
Black Best Friend: Savoy's Even after Savoy becomes a fugitive. He also serves as this to Tony and John.
A businessman who invented "fricken," a chicken substitute using frogs with modified DNA. Savoy finds out that Montero knew about the bird flu epidemic before it happened and later gets the truth out of him after biting him. .
Mega Manning: Like all Chibopaths, however unlike the others, he focuses on this specifically, trying to gain as many food abilities as possible.
Our Vampires Are Different: he's a cibopath, not actually a vampire; a explanatory page in "International Flavor" confirms that there is no such thing as vampires, but the fear that the idea thereof inspires is real, and the power of harnessing that fear is undeniable...
Tony and Colby's boss at the FDA until they get transferred to other departments.
Bad Boss: Mike Applebee, who hates Tony for no discernible reason and seems more concerned about torturing Tony than solving cases. Colby mockingly attributes it to Applebee being a repressed homosexual... which is where he gets the idea of getting Applebee off of Tony's back by sleeping with Applebee from.
Dirty Coward: Is strongly hinted to be this in issue 32, when he finally gets a taste of the abuse he has heaped upon Tony (and Colby, to a lesser extent) throughout the series. All he can do is whimper in fear at Tony, implying that while Applebee is good at dishing out abuse, he is very bad in taking any.