Our illustrious hero! ... whether he wants to be or not. Cucumber is a smart kid who wants nothing more than to go to magic school and hone his spellcraft, but Destiny (in the form of his parents and the Dream Oracle) will have none of it. The Only Sane Man in a world insistent on Genre Savvy, Cucumber is nevertheless always willing to help someone in trouble — though his combat skills and attitude may need a bit of work.
Nightmare Knight: We meet at last, Legendary Hero. I have heard many things about you. Cucumber:THE NIGHTMARE KNIGHT IS SAYING WORDS AT ME Nightmare Knight: ...and it appears that all of them were accurate.
The Unfavorite: To his father, who clearly wanted a more conventionally heroic son, and who will happily share his anecdote about "the first time Cucumber failed him miserably."
Victor Gains Loser's Powers: After he (or rather, his team) beat Splashmaster, Cucumber's wand merges with the Disaster Stone they obtained afterwards and grants him water spells. Time will tell if this continues.
Our illustrious hero!...'s little sister. Almond can't quite believe her nerdy brother is the supposed "Legendary Hero" when she's the one with the fighting chops, the can-do attitude, and the sheer grit to make it happen. Though she may tease Cuco like there's no tomorrow, Almond will always back him up in a fight — and sometimes run ahead of him into said fight.
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Action Girl: She's training to be a knight, and is great with a sword. She pretty much handles most if not all of the action, and she's really good at it. She wins fights constantly where other characters fail. And even orchestrates a jail break when she's captured.
Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her Plan A for every confrontation is to smash it with her sword. Even if the person she's fighting is not technically doing anything wrong. Fortunately she has Cucumber and Carrot to prevent any unnecessary fighting.
Badass Adorable: Arguably all CQ characters are adorable. But for her age she certainly doesn't look like she could take on opponents many times her size.
Crutch Character: Handles essentially all of the fighting in the prologue, but then the party is scattered. She came back in time for the first boss though.
Deadpan Snarker: Almond may not be as much a straight man as Cuco but she still calls people on their ridiculousness.
Decoy Protagonist: Almond definitely is up front and center in Chapter 0 and much of the prologue, but later she disappears and Cucumber begins to take his place back as protagonist.
Flower in Her Hair/ Hair Decorations: She wears a flower decoration in her hair. It might have some meaning about her childishness. But says nothing about her tomboyishness. It's probably mostly there just to look cute
Genre Savvy: Intentionally gives the final Disaster Stone to Peridot, because what's a story without a Big Bad? Fortunately for her, she's right.
Heroic Lineage: Double Subverted — yes, she's descended from the same line of legendary heroes that Cucumber is. But, she's not allowed to try out for being the legendary hero herself, because she's the little sister whose job is to be kidnapped and rescued. That said, she'll still kick anyone's butt, and has latched on to this quest, and won't let go.
Heroic Spirit: According to Gigi's commentary the apparent reason that Peridot's magic doesn't turn Almond's sword into stone is that she has enough "fighting spirit" to counter it.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Peridot, if she actually considers Peridot an enemy, seems to like teasing her.
The Unchosen One: She's better at being a hero than her brother is. But being the older brother Cucumber was chosen instead.
A loyal knight — if not quite the bravest, or the most competent — who has recently joined Cucumber and Almond on their quest. Has a wider knowledge of the world of Dreamside than either of the two kids. Will stop at nothing to rescue his fair damsel, Princess Parfait.
Butt Monkey: He used to be this when he was a BLT member. According to Bacon's description of him on april fool's day.
Cowardly Lion: When we first meet Sir Carrot he's hiding up in a tree from a "monster" who wasn't even trying to attack him. Other times in the story when faced with a fight he notes that he'd much rather run away. He won't abandon his friends however, and will steel himself into helping when necessary.
Failure Knight: Is completely devoted to Princess Parfait who he tried to save, but was tragically stopped by the BLT trio when they joined Cordelia.
The Fettered: He's very honorable and responsible, in a way that's typical of chivalrous knights.
Good Is Boring: Sir Carrot represents this. The highlights for him at his Knight job were "rescuing stray pets" and "massaging his King's feet". He also agreed that Cucumber should break the Disaster Stones to avert the necessity of their quest.
The sweet and nerdy princess of the Ripple Kingdom, who is eager to help Cucumber, the Legendary Hero, succeed — unfortunately, she appears to be more than a little disorganized.
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The Beastmaster: She's able to summon a familiar named Liquus who attacks for her. She was given Liquus as a birthday gift. Nautilus says that the summoner's personality determines what familiar they summon from the "royal instrument of summoning", and that she and Liquus were meant to be friends from the start.
Genki Girl / The Pollyanna: Alternates between the two. Nautilus is very energetic, and always excited about their adventure. On a few occasions though her positivity has gotten in the way of her using basic common sense in dangerous situations and she goads the Nightmare Night into attacking in the direction of her and Cucumber because of it.
Nerd Glasses: Of the round horn-rim variant. Knowledgeable of legends of the legendary hero to the point that she says "she breathes this stuff"
Rage Breaking Point: Nautilus puts up with Legato's play for most of the time, even though she's not very happy about it. But when Legato breaks her Royal Instument of Summoning, all stops are pulled and she lets Legato have it.
Reason You Suck Speech: Gives a major one to Legato after he breaks her instrument of summoning, and because he was being a creep.
Shock and Awe: Liquus uses electric attacks, on command, and is assumed to be some kind of electric eel.
Theme Naming: Her name, Nautilus, is a kind of seashell◊. It goes with the Ripple Kingdom's tropical beach theme.
Think Happy Thoughts: When Cucumber groans about them probably not making it in time to stop the noise blaster from destroying the Melody Kingdom, Nautilus goes on a rant about how there's nothing you can't achieve if you're positive enough!
The third member of the BLT Trio. Much to the dismay of Lettuce and Tomato. Bacon appears to waddle through life with a vague cheeriness, because there's not that much going on upstairs.
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Butt Monkey: He's always screwing up the BLT trios group dynamics, is bullied by Tomato, and is always on the butt end of jokes. To the point that even the author makes fun of him via The Rant.
Breakout Character: Despite being a minor character and a Butt Monkey he's gotten a sizable fanbase and because of it he has gotten more time in the comic since chapter 2. Ironically his popularity is probably because of all of the jokes at his expense in story and by the author herself online.
Delicious Distraction: He's constantly distracted by food. He tried to eat Princess Parfait's tea set once, which was made of sugar. But Tomato stopped him.
Genius Ditz: For all of his shortcomings he proves himself to be a surprisingly effective actor in Legato's play, despite how bad the play itself is.
Hostile Comic Takeover: Took over the comic on April Fools Day '13. The new page, the banner, and character page pictures were all changed to resemble his pig-like character design. The descriptions on the character page were also changed to be from his point of view.
Non-Standard Character Design: Still a bunny, but clearly modeled after a pig. This was applied to all the characters during April Fools Day '13, see Hostile Show Takeover above.
Super Drowning Skills: Reveals he can't swim using Nautilus's character sheet when he took over the site on April Fool's day.
Queen Cordelia's top henchwitch, complete with pointy hat and flying broomstick. Her skill in magic far outstrips her maturity. She seems loyal to Queen Cordelia and dismissive of everyone else, and her preferred method of dealing with people is to Take Them For Granite... er, peridot.
Cute Witch: For the most part, all of Cucumber Quest's characters are cute. She's also from the crystal kingdom according to Word Of God, is a magical prodigy, and has the power to turn things to peridot crystal.
The Big Bad of the series, not much is known about this enigmatic vixen who has set up residence in Caketown Castle. She has little patience with incompetent minions, and certainly no good intentions for Dreamside.
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(Faux?) Affably Evil: Too early to tell where she falls on the spectrum at this point, but she squeals and hops up and down like a schoolgirl when Peridot brings the last Disaster Stone.
Rubber Forehead Alien: She has cat ears, unique amongst the bunny-eared popilace, and makes cryptic references to "this planet". Commander Caboodle's sudden crash landing in Chapter 1 all but directly states that she's actually an alien.
A dark and powerful malevolent entity, revived by Cordelia. Can only be defeated by the Legendary Hero. He is willing to assist Cordelia in her plans, but makes it clear that he is not just another one of her minions, and is only working for her because of a common motive... or, perhaps, an ulterior motive.
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Big Bad: He cast destruction and ruin across Dreamside thousands of years ago, and is ready to do it again.
Black Knight: Seeing as how he's the big boss of the Disaster masters, and master of evil and all. He's the most dangerous foe the heroes will have to face. He's Clad in all black armor, and his motives are shrouded in mystery.
"How does he get anything done with all those sparkles everywhere? I bet they get all over his hands, and in his eyes and stuff".
Hidden Agenda Villain: It's impossible to tell what his true goals are at this point. But when he had the opportunity to stop Cucumber from completing his quest at all, he instead broke the wall that was stopping him from stopping Noisemaster.
The Snark Knight: Pretty much all of his lines have a trace of world-weariness to them. Being summoned as the ultimate evil 1000 times and being defeated continually probably has something to do with that.
A giant squid and the first known Disaster Master of the Nightmare Knight. What he lacks in brains, he makes up for in brawn. Kinda.
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The Brute: Pretty much only good at attacking. Splashmaster has pretty much no plan, and only attacks to get his job done.
Cool Crown: "Limbo King." At least he thinks it's cool.
Cyclops: He has a single large eye resembling a speaker.
Exotic Eye Designs: His eye is made up of several, thin, colorful, strobes as irises, which are meant to look like a speaker. each strobe is a different color of the rainbow, including his pupil which is also purple.
No Mouth / The Noseless: The only facial feature he has is an eye, which is where most of his facial expressions come from. Including "smiling".
Rainbow Motif: His color scheme uses every color of the rainbow. This makes sense for the disaster master of the music themed melody kingdom if you consider that the 7 types of musical notes are represented by the colors of the rainbow.
I Just Want to Be Loved: The agape variant. He wants to be loved and praised unconditionally by everyone. After Nautilus accuses him of this, Legato starts sobbing and admits it's the truth. The reason he forced everyone to participate in a play about how "magnificent" he wishes he is is he just can't get anyone to like him by being himself. He also pretended to be the same Legato from the legend to get attention. When really he's just a "pipsqueak" who stole the source of the dead Legato's magic.
It's All About Me: He's extremely vain and in love with himself. His motivation for kidnapping the heroes and forcing them to be in his play is pretty much that he's celebrating himself, and expects them to enjoy it with him. Very much played for comedy
Narcissist: As noted above in It's All About Me he's in love with himself and extremely vain. This alternates from being played for comedy (mostly when the other characters comment on it), and being played as scary when this motivates him to do evil.
Peek-a-Bangs: His hair hides one of his eyes on one side, it's part of his style to portray him as a beautiful Pretty Boy, which in this comic at least portrays him as sinister, or at least a deceptive trickster.
Pretty Boy: Almond calls him one as an insult. But he doesn't take it as one. In fact he does look pretty fabulous, and when it's revealed what he looks like he's seen doing a Hair Flip to emphasize it.
Bacon seems to hint atPrettyBoys being mostly antagonistic in this comic when he starts to say to Legato that:
"You know I know this really mean guy that looks kind of like you"
Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes to accentuate his being a villain, and a danger to the Town of Organetto.
Sissy Villain: He's a Pretty Boy with long flowing hair, who wears frilly clothes, is very vain, and proud of his beauty, and kidnaps our heroes to force them to to act in a play starring a character clearly based off himself.
The Princess locked in the castle, and Sir Carrot's damsel fair. Currently withstanding the occupation of her castle by Cordelia & co., and reminding the BLT Trio that a Princess is always a Princess — and that means, not to be messed with!
Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: At least, to the BLT Trio. Justified, as the BLT Trio turned on their rightful king to help a usurper, and act like total jerks to Parfait.
Don't let the demure and maidenly mien of this princess fool you — the princess of the Melody Kingdom is notorious for her terrible temper tantrums. It's said she has the fairest voice in all of Dreamside — and the worst scream, too!
Screaming Woman: When she's captured by Noisemaster most of her dialogue is screaming. Though the other characters note she'll get to hollerin if something makes her upset.
The Scream: Queen Cymbal says once she starts hollering she can be heard all the way up in the space kingdom.
The graceful and mystical guardian of Dreamside, the Dream Oracle guides the Legendary Hero with a gentle yet firm touch on his way to greatness, cheering him on every step of the way.... That's what she'd like you to think. In no way is she as competent as she seems, and she turns a deaf, translucent ear to Cucumber's protests that he's not hero material, she did just give his sword away to a total stranger, and his name is not Zucchini.
Greed: It's a Running Gag that he's quite money-obsessed. His favorite books include Get Paid, Get More Paid, and The Importance of Being Paid, and his mini print features him triumphantly holding up a wad of bills. He also pretty much lives at his work.
In the Language of Flowers, his name, Cabbage means "Profit". When this was pointed out to Gigi on twitter she was surprised/amused. So it's really just a funny coincidence how that worked out.
Jerkface: His son is going to be a hero, whether he wants it or not.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His tactics are questionable (he suggests CHEATING to Cucumber to pass a spelling test) but he clearly wants his children to succeed and heroically saved Bagel when they were in High School.
Rescue Romance: Cabbage apparently saved her when they were in school.
A famous thief, and the fastest draw this side of Caketown! She's wily! She's mean! She's... not as tough as she seems. She obtained the only weapon that can defeat the Nightmare Knight, via the sinister means of... walking up to the Dream Oracle and asking politely.More recently, she's been hounding Cucumber and the gang, trying to get that sword back — and failing rather spectacularly each time.
Which he has Infinite Supplies of, the first time he fought in the comic every time a broom was broken he grabbed another one.
Odd Name Out: Along with Saturday his name doesn't seem to follow any of the other character's naming conventions
Silent Antagonist: He never speaks, making him rather mysterious, and humorous. Prefers to talk in writing.
Talking with Signs: Has signs prepared for every conversation imaginable, all around the walls of Saturday's hideout. And those he doesn't have he writes on the spot. When working with Saturday on trips he's seen using note-cards for this, and says he also has a whiteboard, which he forgot. Very much played for comedy.
An intrepid hero from space, presently visiting the planet of the "rabbit children".
An Illustrious inventor, and Child Genius. He's completely absorbed in showing off his inventions, and often ends up doing so by tricking the main characters into testing them for him.
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Child Prodigy: If being able to modify a train's engine and make a custom solar powered boat on his own are any indication.
Ditzy Genius: Unfortunately even though he understands very complex engineering and scientific concepts he makes mistakes sometimes and when he does they're huge disasters. Which with a bit of common sense could be prevented. Although he'll never admit it's his fault.
Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses are always shining so that you can't see his eyes. Intended to make him mysterious, the audience wary of trusting him, and maybe even make him a bit creepy.
Self-Destruct Mechanism: He installed one on the seatrain and accidentally activated it with the computer's voice commands.
Spanner in the Works: He's been using the main character's modes of travel to test his experiments, and has set their plans back both times so far.
Tastes Like Friendship: He offers a snack tray of food to the main characters the second time they meet, but ultimately it's subverted when they become suspicious of why he's there.
The mayor of Organetto, a town the heroes passed through on the way to confront Noisemaster. Despite her best attempts, she's been unable to protect the citizens from Count Legato, and was eventually spirited away by him along with Cucumber and co.