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The main character. Until the Drama Bomb Finale.
  • Achey Scars: On Ethan's shoulder and caused by Rory - which has only been mentioned once and never again.
  • Flanderization: He began as The Ditz, but moved on to Cloud Cuckoolander. More recently, he has surpassed this, and some fans are starting to suspect he is in fact clinically insane. (This may explain why Ethan made a Heroic Sacrifice to prevent a dystopian future from happening, and the entire strip is going to be rebooted.)
  • Genius Ditz: It's stated that for 7 seconds a day, he enters into this zone that grants him insight into the universe, which in turn lets him do amazing things like build sapient robots or dispense amazing relationship advice, before returning to "normal". To cap off this bit of insight into his character, he puts slices of pineapple over his eyes to make pineapple goggles.
  • Growing the Beard: While some of Ethan's more recent acts are downright insane, his position as Manager of Gamehaven resulted in a lot more times where he actually is intelligent and insightful... Of course, He's still the same old Ethan.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to turn off the time machine. Results in Character Death.
  • Jerk Ass: When it comes to customers and Rob, due to his limited experience or ignorance of videogames.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of his flaws, he truly loves his wife Lilah and at least respects his friend Lucas when he's not trying anything stupid.
  • Only Sane Man: Inverted. Everybody else can come across as sane when compared to him. In fact, during a period in which he starts acting sane, everyone else starts acting insane to compensate, as though he's a lightning rod for the universe's insanity.
  • Passing the Torch: He got back from marrying Lilah to be handed a envelope by his boss, who was about to quit the business. And had apparently just handed Ethan the deed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: According to Zeke, if you run the data from Ethan's various misadventures, his life expectancy comes out negative. Negative forty.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He jumped off a second or third-story fire escape in his underwear because according to video game logic if he's lighter he'll be less injured. He lands on concrete and winds up with about two inches of bone sticking out of his arm. He goes to the hospital and is sent home the same day (in real life he'd probably have to stay for at least one night's observation) with "Paaaaaaaiiiiiiiiin killers!" and a cast. The next comic he's featured in there's no evidence he was ever injured despite having a break that would've taken months to heal (then again...) and would've at least left a nasty scar.



Ethan's gamer girlfriend and eventually widow.


Formerly known as X-Bot, Zeke was built by Ethan from an X-Box console.

The Players

Feeling that he had taken the original cast as far as he could go with, Tim Buckley announced on his blog that the strip will now feature the Players (side characters once used for violent gags) as the main cast. They consist of Player 1 (Blue), Player 2 (Red), Player 3 (Yellow) and Player 4 (Green).



  • And I Must Scream: Some of his arguments with Ted seem to imply that this trope is, at least partially, in effect. Particularly when it comes to killing Ethan off.
  • The Dragon: To Ted


    Post-Reboot Characters 

Ethan, aka Analog

  • Characterization Marches On: Keeps his position as the manager of Gamehaven, but, outside of things like randomly falling asleep and random geeking out over game releases, he seems to be much more thoughtful and have an actual strategy to when he does things.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Fights like Batman with his gadgets, but he does have Resurrective Immortality.
  • Expy: Of Batman.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Weaponized - jumping himself and an opponent out a window is a net gain.
    Analog: "I have infinite continues. Do you?"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Can be as bad as pre-Reboot Ethan, except for the fact that, for Analog, such insane acts, as mentioned above, actually are good strategic choices!

    Starcaster Chronicles Characters 

Cort Ryder

  • Anti-Hero: He's an ex-Marshal who now takes jobs in the grey area (or as he put it, morally flexible). He's a good person at heart, but often he takes less savory decisions for pragmatic reasons, such as delivering highly volatile explosives when he knows they will be used for bad ends. When called out on it, he points out that he doesn't want Ssimias to be added to the list of people who wants him dead.


  • Blessed with Suck: Dissolving things on contact means barred from physical touch with a lot of things. On the other hand, dissolving things on contact has many practical uses too.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: Necessary, as he dissolves almost anything on touch.
  • Touch of Death: As a Mimion, his skin produces corrosive mucus that dissolves almost anything on contact. His threats often amount to 'giving a hug', but when we actually see it in action, it's not pretty.

The Grin