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Given the amount of gender bending
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Elliot Daniel Dunkel
One of the first characters introduced in the comic, Eliot started off as an everyman and foil to Tedd's devious antics. Since then he developed into a well-meaning, if somewhat inhibited, sufferer of chronic hero syndrome who would do anything for his friends and loved ones. He attends Moperville North with Tedd, Susan, and Sarah. He's Tedd's best friend and Ellen's brother/father.
- All Men Are Perverts:
- Atrocious Alias: Not by default, but his superhero form, "Cheerleadra", was unfortunately named by the internet in-universe.
- Bad Liar: As both Damien and Mr. Verres noticed.
Elliot: It's the price I pay for being one of the good guys.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- Towards Ellen, despite her being his Half Identical Twin/Opposite-Sex Clone who technically has more life experience (thanks to her dream life) than he does.
- As the title of this strip puts it, Fraternal-Paternal-Maternal Instinct
- Papa Wolf: And there is the fact of Ellen possibly being considered being his daughter
- Actual quote from Dan Shive: "Do not threaten or otherwise endanger Ellen. Elliot will break you."
- Elliot himself describes it in the simplest terms here.
- Blessed with Suck: Elliot's original shapeshifting powers only allowed him to turn into a catman, which hurt. Then he developed the power to change into a girl, which he dislikes, and all of the powers he's developed since are girl or girl-related transformations as well. At least the super heroine can fly. Tedd theorizes that Elliot's magic will keep giving him girl-related transformations until he convinces himself he's satisfied with the girl forms he already has. However, this is not the only theory in play. See Hidden Depths below.
- Berserk Button:
- Bully Hunter: He mostly abandoned this habit, with a few exceptions like Justin's case — though he's still ready to jump in. Goes part and parcel with his Chronic Hero syndrome (see below)
- Butt Monkey: He gained the ability to turn into a girl, then had to start doing so several times a day or risk it happening on its own. He gained a super-powered alternate form, but it's female. He gained secret identity forms (tying in with the superhero form), and at least one of those is attracted to his gay friend (who, by the way, is attracted to male Elliot). The author is on record that he enjoys tormenting Elliot.
- Chick Magnet: Let's see:
- Chronic Hero Syndrome:
- Susan once pointed out that Elliot would save his own worst enemy. Elliot denies it after envisioning himself allowing Damien to fall off a cliff, then promptly protects the worst bully in the school from a supernatural creature. Justified because even though Elliot hates Tony for his bullying, Tony is still just a regular guy and not a part of the magic world the main characters are finding themselves in. It's later established that they were friends in 3rd grade, so that may have also played a part.
- His selfless personality is slightly deconstructed in later story arcs. It's noted that this makes him ignore his own wants and not make decisions.
- Clueless Chick Magnet
Ellen: I'm betting the day Elliot actually tries to attract women will be the day that they collectively lose interest in him.
- Desperately Craves Affection: After breaking with Sarah, he starts to have a lot of Erotic Dreams. His subconcious (in the form of Tedd) make him realize that he just totally wants a girlfriend who's not like a sister to him.
- Everyone Can See It: With Susan. Not only do each of the main characters have at least some inkling of it, but the in-universe fandom for their movie review show ships them.
- Famed in Story/Shrouded in Myth:
- First Law of Gender-Bending: Leads to Power Incontinence, Involuntary Shape Shifting, Voluntary Shape Shifting, you name it.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Played with. Tedd theorizes Elliot's magic will continue to provide him with girly transformations until it finds one that satisfies him, putting Elliot in the awkward position of having to accept some aspect of femininity in order to escape the rest.
- Third Law of Gender Bending: Elliot's female transformations usually affect his clothes as well, apparently because he just can't help visualizing girls in "girly" clothing.
- Hidden Depths:
- It is implied that Elliot's "wooden reserve" is due to his fear of losing control of an extremely violent temper.
- The actual plan was for Elliot to have a Superpowered Evil Side that would emerge if he did go all-out. However, Word of God has said this has been dropped.
- A little introspection reveals a lot.
- Elliot's depths have even been known to surprise Ellen on occasion. Depths can't get much more hidden than that.
- Hot-Blooded: though he ruthlessly suppresses it, resulting in his notorious "wooden reserve", because he considers it a character flaw
Elliot: "Have I ignored non-violent solutions because I wanted a fight?"
- Incompatible Orientation: with Justin.
- Last Het Romance: He was the last of a long "Nanase's boyfriend's list".
- Like Brother and Sister: Elliot, while describing to Tedd how he feels about Sarah when he is questioning his relationship with her, realised that this was the case with Sarah, paralyzing him with shock.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman : Averted, except for one mirror scene early on. Tedd even theorizes that Elliot's failure to "embrace" any of his girl forms is why his magic keeps giving him new ones trying to find one he will accept.
- Mistaken for Gay: After breaking up with two girlfriends (not at the same time) and remaining on friendly terms with them — particularly after his breakup with Sarah is mentioned on his web series — rumors start flying. However, we the readers know that he's actually falling for Susan. Those rumours had their credibility diminished here.
- Pink Means Feminine: Judging by his choice of pajamas, he's finally gotten used to sleeping in his female form.
- Secret Identity: In addition to the Masquerade and Elliot not liking the idea of everyone knowing he is "Cheerleadra", the spell turning him into a stock Superheroine includes for this purpose three other (and also cliché) forms that provide an efficient disguise not dependent on his acting ability.
- Seen It All: Sort of.
- Shapeshifting: Thanks to Abraham, he can turn into girl or a catman now.
- Ship Tease: With Susan. Their friendship started to develop after he got hired in her job and started to spend more time together reviewing movies.
- Erotic Dream: After a long time, he got a dream of him and Susan and started to freak out. Ellen calm him down telling him to see if it was just "teenage hormones" or it really meanted something. Elliot goes for the hormones...at first.
- Shout-Out: to the Superman mythos.
- Super Gender-Bender/Super Hero: His alter ego Cheerleadra
- Supernatural Martial Arts: He goes to a dojo which teaches a martial Arts style based on anime.
- Verbal Tic: "Za?"
Tedd Drew Verres
One of the first characters introduced in the comic, Tedd is a self-avowed pervert and mad scientist. Despite being one of the least magically capable characters in the main cast, his extensive research on the subject makes him the resident expert on the finer workings of magic. Originally written as a sex maniac, his relationship with Grace has caused him to mellow out somewhat
. He attends Moperville North with Elliot, Susan, and Sarah.
- Purple Eyes: Played straight for his family being two of the most powerful magic users in-universe. Subverted for being magically impaired and his unability to use magic.
- Running Gagged: In comparison to some later characters like Noah, Tedd really just isn't that androgynous and the old gag has been retired.
- Shrinking Violet: When he was younger.
- The Smart Guy: Is knowledgeable in science and magic to the point of being able to create magic watches that can cast spells for the user.
- Start of Darkness/Protagonist Journey to Villain: Tedd may be skirting The Dark Side pretty close. He had a dream with himself as Lord Tedd duking it out with some nebulous monstrosity, and now he built a gauntlet just like Lord Tedd's. This comes at the end of an arc called 'One Way Road', after Tedd has declared that he's going to balance science and friendships and demonstrated rather militant devotion to this, especially in narration.
- Stepford Smiler: In a cast of a lot of people who've undergone tragic pasts, Tedd is the most upbeat and heavily suggested to be the most miserable, at least before meeting Uryuoms.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Tedd with shorter hair looks very similar to short haired Nanase.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Triggering bullying reactions in others.
- The Tease: Yes!!!
- Transsexual: Grace and Tedd have discussed the possibility of Tedd being genderfluid.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: His alternate version in Ellen's universe, at least.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Susan. Until the school uniform arc, where Tedd and Susan became normal friends in a touching scene. Not that it prevented other "sissy slap fights" later.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: this is a possible result of dynamic morphs, which has happened many times to him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His father has blue hair, and his mother's niece Nanase has red hair, so Tedd's purple hair is genetic. In the EGS universe, these colors are every bit as normal as brown or blonde. According to Word of God, Tedd was originally supposed to have black hair, but the artist wasn't skilled enough to make it look good in the early years. In one strip a random girl in the MNHS cafeteria refers to him as "that cute jelly-haired boy".
Sarah was the first female character in the comic and spent most of her time dealing with Eliot and Tedd's schemes to get her to appear in a bikini. Once the story started to incorporate more fantastic elements, she was made unique by being the most "normal" one of the bunch, having none of the gifts in magic or science the other main characters enjoy. She attends Moperville North with Susan, Tedd, and Elliot.
- Accidental Pervert: Has seen Tedd naked. Multiple Times.
- A-Cup Angst: Sarah's about average by any objective criterion, but her big sister Carol and then associating with people who have the Most Common Superpower as a literal superpower apparently makes her feel a bit inadequate sometimes.
- A Day in the Limelight: She gets a lot more focus in later arcs, and developed her own personal arc about being jealous of her friends with magic.
- Can't Catch Up: To the magical cast and her sister.
- The Chick: Considering she has no powers or special abilities herself, she's frequently left behind on most adventures because she is mildly useless. Though it's not really her fault.
- Covert Pervert: She is almost as bad as Tedd himself on occasion.
- Deadpan Snarker: Moreso in the early days, but took a back seat to Susan when she showed up, though now she often serves as a foil for Susan.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She hit Jerry for attacking Susan; Dan admits it was needless, but still...
- Go Through Me: Tried to defend a helpless Elliot from Hedge, but was smart enough to go for help when Hedge gave her the opportunity.
- Groin Attack: Used it in "Painted Black".
- Hypocrite: She wants to break up with Elliot, but is upset when he decides to breaks up with her first.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Envies the magical cast, especially Elliot for both his magical powers and his Most Common Superpower when he's in female form.
- Squee: Does this when she finds out that Elliot's a superhero.
- Sibling Rivalry: Sarah is very jealous of her big sister Carol; it appears to be a one-way rivalry based on what we've been shown so far.
- Straight Man
- Straw Feminist: See Deadpan Snarker
- Tsundere: In the beginning of the comic, she acted rather shrill. But she soon softened into the rather normal person she is now.
- Unfazed Everyman: She only felt uneasy about transforming herself, and that was mostly due to an earlier bad experience.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: this is a possible result of dynamic morphs, which has happened many times to her.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Starts to show hints of such tendencies in later comics. She's not even above shipping Elliot and Justin.
Grace T. Sciuridae
Grace is a part-human, part-alien, part-squirrel shapeshifter who lives with Tedd and his father. Entire story arcs have been dedicated to her Dark and Troubled Past
. Despite her history (and possibly being the most powerful character in the main cast), she maintains a positive, bubbly attitude and a strong belief in pacifism. She attends Moperville South with Ellen, Nanase, and Justin.
- Ambiguously Brown: Grace's gene-mother was unambiguously African-American, but Grace's features are rather more mixed (particularly her long straight hair), probably because of the admixture of other genes (including those not even of this world). Word of God is that he doesn't have any plans to clarify further and intends to keep it ambiguous.
- The Atoner: She's getting better, but still has episodes.
- Badass Adorable: Grace is a cheerful girl whose cute in all her main forms, and she's so powerful that Shive has to jump though narrative hoops to prevent her from having a Story-Breaker Power.
- Big Eater: Fueling her superhero-caliber powers requires lots of calories, apparently.
- Beast and Beauty: Inverted.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She doesn't like to fight, but if her friends are threatened, you're dead meat. Her vehemence on this subject is enough to worry three uber-powerful anime-style martial artists.
- Break the Cutie: Throughout "Painted Black".
- Breast Expansion: Played with. As a shapeshifter, altering her chest size is no big deal, and she discusses with Greg whether it would be a good idea to just go completely flat during fights. Greg is too uncomfortable with the conversation to give her an answer, and next time she's fighting, her chest is still at its normal size.
- She later admits she alters her bust just to mess with the boys at the comics shop.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is very ditzy and eccentric and has little idea of proper social norms, however, she is very smart and capable of stuff like programming the TF Gun.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Of a sort. Grace is perfectly capable about frankly discussing aspects of shapeshifting that make even Tedd uncomfortable.
- Composite Character: Both in-universe and out of it.
- Emergent Human: Very early on.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: She's most comfortable in part-squirrel shape and takes it whenever she's in private at home. Although she tend to be in full human form; not because she prefers it, but because of three reasons:
- Human furniture isn't made with tails in mind (see for yourself)
- Her antennae come with senses that are convenient to "turn off"
- Clothes on fur feels weird
- Fetish Fuel: Invoked. Grace can literally be everything Tedd has ever dreamed of, and more.
- Flanderization: Her bubbly innocent side was gradually cranked up while her role in the story was reduced until she appeared to be little more than a Plucky Comic Relief character. Later arcs revealed she was putting up a bubbly front to cover some serious inner conflicts.
- Genius Ditz/Teen Genius: What can you say about a brilliant but unworldly girl who mops herself into corners? "Mopping is Tricky!"
- Genki Girl: Sometimes, but especially in the absence of angst.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Grace has a stuffed squirrel, hedgehog, guinea pig, and bat that represent her and her siblings.
- Hair Antennae: Used as a focus for her telekinesis and to communicate with animals.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Thanks to an alien race with a very strange breeding mechanism, she's technically a first-generation One Quarter human hybrid. And all four parents are different species.
- Hidden Depths: It's been implied that Grace's bubbly, innocent exterior is a facade she maintains to repress the horrors in her past. And it's been plainly stated that one never knows when she's genuinely bubbly and when she uses bubbles to mess with people for fun.
- Hourglass Hottie: In one panel, demonstrating her rather blase attitude towards transformation and body types.
Grace: Today feels like a "hippy" day.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She had shades of this at first but quickly let go of this, and once she did start a normal school life with Ellen, Nanase, and Justin, she actually found it a little restrictive.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: At least until she's clued in to exactly the sort of impression she's been giving. Then it doesn't take her long to turn into a Calculating Fanservice Girl, at least as far as Tedd is concerned. She hangs a lampshade on her tendency sometimes.
Grace: This is one of those things I'm apathetic about that everyone else finds creepy, isn't it?
- Innocently Insensitive: Accidentally suggests Sam, a trans man, is a Bearded Lady. Given that the moment was shown in a flashback and she apparently understands what transgender means now, presumably Sam explained the issue to her.
- Laser-Guided Tykebomb: She was created specifically to defeat Damien.
- Lightning Bruiser: When she really tries and is more or less in her natural form, she moves too fast even for experienced martial artists to track. She fights much like a rubber cannonball with claws.
- Magical Girlfriend: Grace is literally everything Tedd has wished for in a girl and more.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is the Latin word for the family squirrels belong to.
Nanase Kitsune (狐 七瀬 Kitsune Nanase)
Nanase is Tedd's cousin. Martial Artist, magic user, all-around badass. Coming from an extremely strict and traditional household, she tends to over-think the potential problems until she makes a mountain out of a mole hill. Still, it's hard to find anyone less hard-working or dedicated than she is. She attends Moperville South with Ellen, Grace, and Justin.
- The Ace: Discussed in-universe by Tedd.
She's athletic, smart, trilingual, can kick the ass of anyone who messes with her, is theoretically
good looking enough that most people are nice to her by default (I wouldn't know because she's my cousin
) and when she's not burned out,
she's an insanely
potent magic user.
- Action Girl: Apart from Grace and Super!Elliot, Nanase is by far the strongest out of the main cast, due to both her physical and magical prowess. As of the end of Sister II, she temporarily burnt out her magic, but is still a very strong fighter without it.
- All Lesbians Want Kids: ...someday. Not that it would be a really big problem given that her cousin developed TF Gun.
- Amazonian Beauty: Downplayed. She has noticeably larger biceps than other females, but Dan wants to avoid drawing her as overly muscular.
- Badass Gay: She prefers girls, but was the only one that could beat Elliot at the Anime Style Martial Arts dojo, and is otherwise insanely powerful with her magic.
- Big Eater: Capable of eating entire meals in mere minutes.
- Broken Ace: She tried so hard to be great at magic and eventually succeeding with her "Angel Spell", but it broke her in the process, leaving her magically burnt out.
- Brought Down to Normal: At the end of Sister II, she burned out her magic for months. In the Tengu arc, she got her magic back and promptly burned out again, but this time for a far shorter time. Currently back in casting mode.
- Brought Down to Badass: Even without her magic powers, she's still the top student at the dojo (a question of skill), and she can still bench press 160 pounds (she was pushing well over 200 when she had her magic). She didn't have any powers during the height of her "Meddling Teenager" adventures with Ellen and it's implied that she didn't have any problem kicking ass.
- But Not Too White: Dan has darkened her skin color in Pandora's Box.
- Cool Big Sis: Maybe not to the cast as a whole, but Akiko sure seems to think so.
- Cute Bruiser: A five foot four girl who can bench press 160 lbs — and complains about it because she used to be able to press 200.
- Declaration of Protection: She starts with trying to keep Ellen sane. Later her desire to save Ellen gives her a new spell.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: Can shove around couches unassisted when asked for it.
- Everybody Knew Already: By the time she actually comes out to her friends, Tedd is the only one who doesn't know.
- Fiery Redhead: Formerly, for both parts of the trope. Nanase was much more Hot-Blooded before she burnt herself out dealing with Abraham. The resulting Character Development coincided with her hair turning black. She's gained her magic since then, as well as her natural hair color, but she still seems a bit more mellow than she was.
- Flying Brick: Angel-form.
- Freudian Excuse: Her overbearing mother is the reason for her closeted behavior (even though this is somewhat of an Informed Attribute).
- Honesty Is the Best Policy: After nearly dying because of Abraham, she decides she doesn't want to die living a lie and decides to be as honest as she can be. This includes being open about her homosexuality, wearing the clothes she like and not lying to those close to her about as many things as possible without divulging government secrets or breaking The Masquerade.
- Gayngst: Clueless about her own orientation until Ellen acted as her Closet Key, she promptly dove headfirst back into the closet because she feared her mother's reaction. She gets over it when it turns out her mother isn't so much upset as dismissive of what she sees as just a phase.
- Incompatible Orientation: with Elliot, though she was unaware of it at the time.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Nanase is both the most powerful Martial Artist and the most powerful magic user of the cast because her magical power stems directly from the physical and spiritual discipline cultivated by her martial arts, and her magic provides her with superhuman combat abilities while also boosting her raw physical strength.
- Lightning Bruiser: Angel-form, in addition to being steel tough, flies very fast.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She is a Girly Girl and very Feminine.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places/Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Before dating Elliot and eventually becoming an Official Couple with Ellen, she used to date quite a lot of guys. Enough to get a reputation, as one of her exes brings up. This becomes Fridge Horror when one remembers that, even when she started dating Elliot, she was never actually attracted to him other than for his moral standards, instead hoping she would become attracted over time, which we can now chalk up to her underlying lesbian nature. All well and okay on its own, and everyone's okay with it. Now apply it to the, evidently long, list of guys she's dated, none of which she was likely ever attracted to.
- Meaningful Name: Kitsune are Japanese werefox tricksters.
- She nicknames her summoned double "Fox".
- Animal family names aren't very common though...
- Nanase means Seven Currents, but it's also a fairly common Japanese name.
Justin is an amiable, level-headed comic shop clerk and Nanase's best friend. Since Elliot is also the one who introduced him to Nanase and the rest of the main cast by extension, Justin feels a huge debt of gratitude and an unrequited crush towards him. He also suffers from a seemingly irresistible compulsion to mess with long hair, though he is bothered by the stereotype. He attends Moperville South with Grace, Nanase, and Ellen.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Regarding Elliot, due to Incompatible Orientation.
- Badass Gay: Despite being a martial artist, he never really had a chance to show-off. At least until he finally went toe-to-toe with a fire monster.
- Berserk Button: NEVER mention Melissa or Noah to him, especially if it's about forgiving her.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sense a pattern here? Justin's Anime-style martial arts prowess may not be up to Nanase's or Elliot's level (yet), but push his amiability too far and you'll quickly discover he's still got Supernatural Martial Arts.
- Can't Catch Up: Justin may feel inadequate compared to Nanase, Grace, and Ellen, but later proves he can be quite Badass when the situation requires it.
- Coming-Out Story: Was outed to the whole town by his former best friend Melissa (or more accurately, her sister) and still holds a grudge against her for it.
- Gayngst: After he was outed, he lost his best friend and was ostracized/bullied by most of his classmates. He implies to Susan that he was considering commit suicide. He felt completely alone until he met Elliot and Nanase.
- Gentle Giant: One of the tallest members of the main cast, but as mentioned, prefers not resorting to violence.
- Heroic Build: When he takes off his shirt for Luke, it's revealed that he's absolutely ripped.
- Incompatible Orientation: With Elliot.
- Ironically enough, Elliot's Clark Kenting form may have this for Justin, while the reverse is true normally.
- Irony: When Justin was outed, Melissa was herself betrayed in exactly the same way he thinks she betrayed him.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Justin tries to reason with the fire monster, but when it attacks, he instantly switches from amiable to badass.
- Meaningful Name and Shout-Out: A fan of The Lord of the Rings and Star Trek.
- Moral Myopia: Has this for a good while regarding Melissa - it's true that she made a terrible mistake and hurt him terribly, but he took this further than she deserved. He gets better, though.
- Oblivious to Love: Completely fails to notice that Luke is interested in him. In fairness, Luke was also looking for info on Grace, but he still missed some very obvious signs.
- Out of Focus: Beats out Sarah as the member of the main eight who gets the least spotlight, with the exception of the Birthday party arc involving his admitting his love for Elliot; the New Old Flames storyline appears to be his Day in the Limelight.
- Power Tattoo: There was one on his back that he was unaware of. It's hinted that this may be why his blows had more impact than when he was training in the dojo. He lost it — but apparently not the perks it gave him — when Pandora Awakened him. This caused some confusion, as Justin didn't know he had a mark or that he was Awakened, while Luke knew he could sense if people have marks, but hadn't learned to recognize the difference between someone who has a mark and someone who had a mark before Awakening.
- Rescue Romance: With Elliot, kinda.
- Secret Keeper: He knows what the main cast is up to and refuses to share details after George started putting things together. Not only that, Justin knows the identity of the mysterious cloaked figure and hasn't told anyone in the main cast. Given his history, is this any surprise?
- Ship Tease: In "Squirrel Prophet" he was being spending time with- talking with Luke. Of course, Grace is the first one in seeing the potential.
- Straight Gay: From his long list of attributes (including fantasy-geek and martial artist) the only parts of his character that give the impression that he's gay are his pierced ear and love of long hair.
- This backfires on him during Squirrel Prophet when Luke assumes that he's straight.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Though he's not nearly as powerful as Nanase or Elliot, he's no longer someone to be trifled with.
- Took a Level in Badass: Justin, after entire arcs of being one of the only main characters not showing wonderful toys or superpowers other than his illusion exercises, knocks back a flame golem with his bare fists then kicks it over a hundred feet into a river. May have something to do with his new — though quickly gone — Power Tattoo as his blows have a lot more power than they did training at the dojo.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ellen gave him a stink eye and vicious chewing-out after he snapped at Elliot for even daring to look at things from Melissa's perspective — she makes it clear that while his grudge is understandable, snapping at his friends when they only have his best interests at heart is unacceptable
Tiffany Susan Pompoms
The group's resident cynic, Susan (as she prefers to be called) was introduced in the comic as Sarah's man-hating best friend who would often give Eliot and Tedd grief. Interacting with the rest of the cast (and exploring her own history) has improved her opinion of the male gender to a strong degree, but she still maintains a high level of snark. She lives with her mother in a three-story house, works in a video store, and is the founder of Moperville North's Feminist Club.
- Adorkable: That's what we get to see when she's not in the Hammer Queen role. Or when she tries being more social.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has (at least at first) a distinctly cynical attitude which leads her to habitually set herself apart from most people. In fact, her using her middle name and (again, at first) dying her hair dark blue are a part of her rejection of the Everyone Loves Blondes template.
- Asexuality: Susan is heavily hinted to be in one of the Q&As, but while she nearly defines herself as such at one point, she later admits that she does feel attracted to some men.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: A rare male case.
- Bare Your Midriff: in early appearances, not so much lately.
- Birthday Hater: It's on New Year's Day, and she reasons that celebrations will still be going on with or without her, whether her mother spoils her or not.
- Broken Bird: On several levels.
- Covert Pervert: She actually considered Catalina kissing Elliot sexy.
- Crazy-Prepared: She had Tedd scan her into the TF gun as a backup in case someone transforms her permanently and there's no other way of fixing it.
Nanase: You let Tedd make a clone form of you!?
Susan: After New Year's? Of course I did. You haven't?
Nanase: Well, yeah, but I'm his "ugly cousin!"
- Crush Blush: She's become increasingly prone to these towards Elliot, now that he and Sarah have broken up.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes and again. Lampshaded here.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In the beginning, she was aloof and snarky but eventually, she opened up and is more cheerful.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Early comics gave Susan a free pass to clobber men with magical hammers as long as she was defending women (or Tedd, who may be just that girly.) Justified later when the creator of the hammers explicitly says that they were designed to be a "painful but harmless" way for women to retaliate against inappropriate comments.
- Dye Hard: In-universe. She dyes her naturally blonde hair to a dark blue color. Until her angst-induced awakening that caused dramatically to her hair to be naturally dark blue.
- Embarrassing First Name: She much prefers "Susan", thank you very much. She thinks that "Tiffany Pompoms" sounds too much like a "stereotypical cheerleader."
- Expository Hair Style Change: An important element of her backstory that's revisited periodically over the course of her Character Development.
- Everyone Can See It: With Elliot. Not only do each of the main characters have at least some inkling of it, but the in-universe fandom for their movie review show ships them.
- Fag Hag: She's close friends with Justin and even admits that she likes him because he will never feel any sexual attraction for her.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Susan has strong opinions about the Star Trek films.
- Freak Out: In a seemingly mind-boggling — though understandable in context — case of overreaction. When she was told that she just didn't get an old joke.
- Freudian Excuse: Caught her father with an undressed woman who was not her mother.
- Hates Being Touched:
- Hyperspace Arsenal: It's a physical box, but she can summon the contents from anywhere.
- Hyperspace Mallet / Drop the Hammer: Her weapon of choice.
- Icy Blue Eyes: As seen in this colorized sketchbook entry.
- Incompatible Orientation: First with Justin, later with Catalina.
- Insistent Terminology: It's never that she "likes" or "has a crush on" Elliot; she always says "attracted to", as she considers it nothing but primitive instincts.
- Locked into Strangeness: She used to dye her naturally blonde hair dark blue... until her magical powers awakened, at which point dark blue dramatically became her "natural" color.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be cold, at least at first, but she does care about her friends.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: In a nice subvertion, since she's not as Genki Girl or Cloud Cuckoolander as the general examples, but Elliot admits she's a beautiful, strong, intelligent woman who's fun to be with, challenge him and introduces him to cool new things.
- Moment of Weakness: Panicked the first time she saw Nanase use her Fairy Doll spell and, in the process of getting help, blurted out to the others the personal issues they had been talking about.
- When asked for a date by a guy, Susan marvelously freaked out: waving her hands, spitting out a bunch of lame excuses to ultimately run away.
- Neat Freak: Set phasers to sanitize. And get your ugly butt off her kitchen counter.
- Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Made a lengthy list of ways to avoid accidentally seducing Elliot.
- Power Tattoo: The Venus symbol on her back is a magical mark.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Do you know she likes Star Trek very much?
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: In-universe; she considers skirts nothing more than men's easy visual access to women's panties, and when a uniform code was enforced on Moperville North, she went with the male's uniform so she could keep wearing pants. The only skirt she'd even consider wearing is that of the original Star Trek women's uniform, and even then only so Elliot (and only Elliot) could tease her about it for their web reviews.
- It's probably a sign of major character development that she is willing to use Vanellope Von Schweetz as an online avatar. though the image of Susan wearing Vanellope's miniskirt attracted surprisingly little commentary from the fanbase.
- Running Gag: Hammers, spontaneous changes in hair color.
- Ship Tease:
- She gets some with a lot of characters, including Ellen (when she got zapped with her V5 beam), Catalina (who actually asked her out), Justin (who she made out with when they were both gender flipped), Matt Cohen (who also asked her out), and even Elliot.
- Elliot eventually becomes involved in a relationship with Ashley, and Susan is okay with this. As a result, Elliot is now in the same category as Justin in her mind: attractive, but unavailable. She's now free to work out whether or not she will ever want romantic relationships without any distractions.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Susan's motive to be attracted to Elliot and, let's admit it, Elliot is the best candidate for Susan's love interest. Elliot would never think in hurting her, take advantage of her sexually until they're both ready and they're more compatible than they both thought at first. Even, Elliot's Chronic Hero Syndrome could be the perfect treatment for Susan's Broken Bird situation.
- Spock Speak: Luckily Sarah can traduct her to a shorter, simple sentence.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Elliot realizes he's attracted to Susan after dreaming of her dressed up as Counselor Troi. Take a guess at what shows up on Susan's list of ways to avoid accidentally seducing Elliot.
- Straw Feminist: At first, due to her (Very) Freudian Excuse. She gets Character Development and grows out of it.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Needed to unwind badly. After admitting her problems and going through a few seances of angst-dialysis, she began to learn how to laugh aloud and drop non-acidic jokes.
- The sugar side is best portrayed by the fairy doll from Nanase that acts on her subconscious.
- Summon to Hand: Any of the items stored in her Summon Chest.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: She has no interest in dating Elliot, which is why she made a list of ways to avoid accidentally seducing him.
Justin: ...how does one "accidentally" dress up as Counselor Troi?
Susan: Costume parties exist.
- These Hands Have Killed: The major reason she's no longer a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Staring down at a humanoid being she's just beheaded going into tenth grade; this is juxtaposed with the similar, albeit softer, face she makes thinking back to the event, unnervingly similar to her default expression...
- Tsundere: Shaping up to be a Type A now that she's developed a crush on Elliot.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tedd. And with Nanase (back from the trip to France).
- Wholesome Crossdresser: To make a point regarding School Uniforms. She does start off believing Real Women Never Wear Dresses, and still hates the idea of skirts in and of themselves.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Before meeting the aberration. Literally so — her eyes change into her current half-droopy state when she looks down at his corpse, and while she still has wide eyes quite often, they do tend towards the "half-droopy." After the encounter of a weird kind with Jerry leading to Freak Out, though, she now tends to having wide open eyes as often as not.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Double-subverted. She has dark blue hair, but she's a natural blonde. However, nobody realized she dyes her hair because blue is considered a natural color in this setting. Her awakening makes dark blue her "natural" hair color.
Ellen Danielle Dunkel
Elliot's more outgoing Opposite-Sex Clone
created through magic. She originally thought she only had a few days to exist and decided to be a villain about it, but the revelation that she was here to stay caused her to lighten up. She inherited Eliot's magical aptitude, although most of her spells revolved around "spreading her curse" by turning her targets into sexy women. She attends Moperville South with Grace, Justin, and Nanase.
- Badass Gay: She inherited all of Elliot's martial arts abilities and magical potential. She really gets a chance to show it off against Tengu.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Do NOT mock Grace in Ellen's presence; the resulting death glare alone was enough to stun two other girls into silence.
- Even Justin was not safe from her wrath after he upset her brother.
- Vlad should consider himself lucky Ellen didn't kill him after he nearly killed Nanase.
- Bi the Way: There have been times when Ellen's bisexuality has shown through, even though she's currently in denial about it. Most of her memories are Elliot's so she's rather weirded out by the idea of being attracted to men, her biological sex notwithstanding.
- Big Sister Instinct
- Brought Downto Normal: By copying Nanase's Angel spell, she's powerless for at least a day. And blonde.
- Brutal Honesty: She calls Elliot out on his motives behind his failed relationship with Sarah.
- Conflict Ball: Off and on; demonstrated best when completely apropos of nothing she cornered Tedd and started yelling at him about wanting to help Nanase, revealing that she has seriously conflicted feelings about Tedd.
- Chivalrous Pervert
- Cloning Blues: played straight at first, but mostly subverted in the long run.
- Closet Key: For Nanase.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She started with the memories of Elliot. After fully expecting to die in a month and then getting over the identity problem she embraced "live today" attitude.
- Divergent Character Evolution: From Elliot, it's gotten to the point that Dan himself would rather her just be Elliot's twin sister.
- Dressed to Kill: When she tries to act as Elliot's Evil Twin.
- Evil Twin: Tries to be one during her initial Cloning Blues crisis, but doesn't really manage to pull it off.
- Expendable Clone: Felt like one long after the other characters had accepted her as a person in her own right. Subverted, as she went on to become a major character.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Ellen's gradually lengthening hair symbolizes her growing acceptance of herself as a real person and a girl.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: Both her current status, and that she can inflict it on others.
- Half Identical Twin: According to her cover story (she's actually a clone.)
- Hot-Blooded: She shares Elliot's hot temper but exhibits less control over it.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Her typical approach to Elliot ("You're like me if I were being directed by George Lucas.") Elliot actually gets more upset when she doesn't tease him because he feels guilty she got created (and stuck as a girl) in the first place.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: She said it to Tedd when he offered to study Nanase.
- Jumping the Gender Barrier: As someone on the WMG page put it, Ellen's problems derive more from not being Elliot than being female, which she doesn't seem to mind terribly.
- Like Brother and Sister: She mentions how quickly she got over not being with Sarah. The fact that she considered Sarah a sister was why.
- Most Common Superpower: Her body is based on "Female Variant #5" (designed by Tedd), so she's probably the best endowed of the cast. And since that is her default form, the "Female Variant #5" modification gets applied again on top of it whenever she zaps herself.
- No Bisexuals: In denial, perhaps to show solidarity with Nanase and perhaps because of an incident in her dream life, though she has also claimed that that she feels squicked by the way her admitted attraction to men was artificially grafted onto her personality by the transformation gun.
- Official Couple: With Nanase. It has become even more official after the arc Sister II.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Of Elliot.
- Poke the Poodle: After she was first created she tried to be Elliot's Evil Twin but failed miserably.
- School Girl Lesbians: With Nanase.
- Sibling Rivalry: Ellen lives to tease Elliot — but god help anyone who actually hurts his feelings.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She and Nanase tend to be this.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: She got it in ready form from Elliot, with some extra power on account of being a magical creature.
- Tangled Family Tree: As seen here, it's... complicated. And that isn't even close to some of the fans' ideas. Here◊ is her family tree. She was created magically instead of being born and can be thought of as having up to four mothers: one of which is also her twin brother, and father, two are mother figures and the fourth is her mother due to being her twin brother/father's mother. By the same logic, she has up to three fathers: one because he's a husband figure to one of her mother figures, one due to her biological relationship to her twin brother, and one due to being her twin brother/father's father. Also, by the same logic, she is dating her aunt, but that is only because of the biological relationship she has with one of Ellen's father figures, so it probably doesn't count. And Magus seems to be another father, since he deliberately manipulated events that directly led to Ellen's creation.
- Verbal Tic: Has picked up/inherited "Za?" from her brother/father.
- Younger Than They Look/Older Than They Look: Chronologically, she is less than a year old. Biologically, she is 17. In terms of memories and life experience, she has both Elliot's 17 years and around 18 years of alter-Ellen's dream life.
Mr. Edward Verres
Tedd's father and a significant figure in the paranormal community. He works for a government organization tasked with dealing with the supernatural and extraterrestrial and does a pretty good job at it. He acts as a mentor figure to the kids and trusts them to keep a tight lid on the fantastic stuff that goes on. Has been known to spout expository dialog ad nauseum.
- Badass: How? He apparently stops a horde of aliens from invading and rampaging...by asking nicely.
- Badass Longcoat: Whenever circumstances require him to take the field.
- Big Good: The closest the comic has, anyway. Lampshaded when he was explicitly compared to Dumbledore and Gandalf.
- Big "NO!": He agrees to buy pizza for eight teenagers.
- Closet Geek: If he's not into geeky things, he's at least extremely familiar with them in his role as the man behind covering up real-life SF & fantasy shenanigans. For example, when Grace wanted to wear some alien spandex for a workout.
. But if anyone asks, you're cosplaying
as an oc
from your dc
- He's been stated to be familiar with the term "Delayed Blast Fireball"
- Crazy-Prepared: Mostly when the Rule of Funny requires it.
- The Illegible: Called "Ink Blot Handwriting" in a title.
- Kicked Upstairs: As a result of his actions in Sister II. Apparently, no one wants him fired. Even the guy kicking him upstairs would raise hell if he was axed.
- The Men in Black: He's good at cover-ups and got a reputation as more cooperative than others (like his successor), though the excess of personal involvement eventually led to being Kicked Upstairs out of this position.
- Mr. Exposition: "I am an endless barrel of exposition!" (and the current page image!)
- Saying Too Much: Surprisingly, in the "allowed" circle "an endless barrel of exposition" is prone to spilling more than is really needed.
- Opaque Lenses: Pretty sure we've never seen his eyes proper in the comic.
- Papa Wolf: Not just to Tedd, but an Uncle Wolf to Nanase as well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Trusts the kids with the secrets of what's going on around the town and acts in their best interests behind the scenes.
- Refuge in Audacity: Some of his cover-up plans seem to run off of this, especially when it comes to the Uryuom.
Wolf and Cranium
Agents Wolf and Cranium
Federal agents who work for Mr. Verres. Both are powerful wizards in their own right.
Nanase's overbearing and traditional Japanese Mother. Initially a complete tyrant in her home, her later appearances made her somewhat more reasonable. Has a very strong opinions on duty to family in general and motherhood in particular. She apparently knows more than she lets on.
- Berserk Button (via the Fourth Wall Mail Slot): Mentioning Tedd's mother triggers a vehement I Have No Sister reaction.
- Delayed Reaction: Upon finding out that Tedd has a girlfriend.
- Education Mama: Absolutely.
- Everyone Has Standards: She may have her bigotry issues and can be controlling, but she despises her sister Noriko (Tedd's mother) for abandoning her family.
- My Beloved Smother: Though much less than Nanase thinks — as long as it's not about studies.
- Perhaps as a reaction to her sister's abandonment of Tedd, she's shown to be comically emotionally overprotective of Tedd as well, commanding Nanase to help him out as much as possible (even though, as Nanase points out, Tedd doesn't really need it).
- Noble Bigot: She may not acknowledge Nanase and Ellen's relationship, but she does care about her and her happiness.
- Innocently Insensitive: That said it can be pretty harsh to watch her excitedly freak out over Tedd and Grace's relationship but not even acknowledge Nanase and Ellen's as real.
- Secret Secret Keeper: Apparently.
Background Character. All we know about him is Nanase's belief that her father won't back her against her mother.
- Henpecked Husband: Always in the background, his wife is more important as a character and he nevers stands against his wife to defend his daughter. His only important tract is being father of one of the most powerful characters in-universe.
Nanase's little sister. Brave enough to defy their mother (albeit in secret) by sneaking Nanase cookies, but a cypher otherwise. Rarely speaks.
Susan's embittered mother. Appears to have lost all faith in men (and perhaps humanity in general) after her husband's betrayal. Embarrassingly over-aggressive when it comes to "protecting" Susan's interests.
- Lady Drunk: First seen with a glass in hand and has a very misantropic attitude.
- My Beloved Smother: Bullied the school into allowing Susan to go on the field trip to France, much to Susan's embarrassment.
- Straw Feminist: To the point where she openly wishes Susan were a lesbian because it would allow her to totally exclude men from her life.
Tedd's estranged mother, a monster hunter with a long family history of powerful magic users. Upset by Tedd's apparent lack of magical ability, Noriko left when Tedd was little. Last known to be somewhere in Europe, pursuing a career in magic.
- Badass: It's known for a fact that she beat Not-Tengu. Considering that two Guardian Forms couldn't do that, it gives you a sense of Noriko's massive power.
- Black Sheep: Her sister (Nanase's mother) has never forgiven her for walking out on Tedd and Edward.
- The Faceless: Her face has yet to be revealed in the comic but it could be assumed to be similar to Nanase's given the apparently Strong Family Resemblance.
- Functional Magic: Has a reputation as a powerhouse magic user.
- Missing Mom: Bailed when Tedd was young. Tedd blames himself. We later learn that Adrian Raven sees himself as the real reason.
- Rapunzel Hair: What little we've seen of her seems to imply this.
- Strong Family Resemblance: According to Not Tengu, Noriko and Nanase very strongly resemble each other. Tedd also resembles her.
Teachers & Mentors
Master and founder of the now-closed School of Anime-Style Martial Arts, which he founded after a marathon anime viewing session, Greg is heavily versed in otaku
culture and applies it in his fighting style.
- Ascended Fanboy: Comic book & anime geek who learned how to unlock "ki" (Magic by Any Other Name) after watching 168 hours of anime straight. Much of his instructor "wisdom" comes from comic books.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a nice guy and a goofball, but he'll still threaten to punch you through your face if you do anything evil.
- Black and Nerdy: Breaks the trope somewhat by being a seven-foot-tall martial artist.
- Cosplay: In fact, Greg has dabbled in crossplay.
And... haven't I seen you cosplaying as Chun-Li? Greg:
- Dirty Old Man: Because of anime martial arts examples such as Happosai and Master Roshi, he considers the fact that he does not fit this trope to be a point of shame.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: An already experienced martial artist invented his own style after a feat of ascetism ending with a big insight. Shive knows the classics, all right. In Greg's case, it's 168 hours of watching anime without breaks for lunch and sleep — which accounts for the style's... peculiarity.
- Gentle Giant: Easily towers over everyone in the main cast, yet as a black-belt level martial artist, he's not big on unnecessary violence.
- Giver of Lame Names: "...you might want to hire a marketing consultant."
- No Man Should Have This Power: He closed the dojo in part due to worries that there's no way to ensure that good powers would be granted to the right people. Just before the dojo was wrecked by a sleepwalking (and possibly mind-controlled) magic-user and a dragon anyway.
- Scary Black Man: Played with. While he certainly looks the part, he's actually more of a geeky otaku type at heart.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Literally. As in "closed his dojo when he realized his training techniques only worked with people who already had a predisposition for magical powers".
Moperville South's apparently sinister and demanding history teacher. He's been a teacher there for a very
long time and has quite the reputation as a menacing and cryptic individual.
- Badass Teacher: Oh yes.
- Berserk Button:
- He hates it when people denigrate magical creatures. There's a good reason for this.
- Also, do not threaten his students. It could well be your last mistake.
- Big Good: Shaping up to be the second one after Mr. Verres.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Severus Snape and Miles Edgeworth. He even called 'objection' once.
- Combat Pragmatist:
Feigned frailty, no "En guarde"... Have you no honor? Raven:
The lives of my students are more important. Besides which, I did warn you
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Good Is Not Nice: He's very strict and intimidating, but his main purpose is acting as a guardian towards magical or otherwise not entirely mundane students. Basically, Lawful Good with the emphasis on Lawful (or asskicking, depending on the situation).
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's the son of a human and Chaos.
- Kubrick Stare: Delivers one along with a soft-spoken, but still very effective threat.
I can act directly if the situation involves magic or is an immediate threat to myself or others. You
are a homicidal wizard invading a public school. No one will care if I kill you
. Final warning. Surrender, or die.
- Large Ham: Not always screaming, but he puts up a good show whenever possible.
- Magic Knight: Is a good spell user and knows how to fight with a sword.
- Martyr Without a Cause: His greatest wish is to join the military, serve a noble cause, and to protect people — but he's not allowed to. His mother is opposed to him risking his life for mortals and points out that his desire to serve "his country" is meaningless when he doesn't even really have a country.
- My Greatest Failure/My God, What Have I Done?: According to him he was even more encouraging than he is now, especially to Tedd's parents and because of that considers himself completely at fault for Mrs. Verres departure from her family.
- Older Than They Look: Ellen speculates that he's much older than he looks, since he's been teaching at the school since at least Nanase's mother's time. She's more right than she thinks.
- Our Elves Are Better: Is the resultant offspring of a human and an Immortal. Such hybrids are called elves.
- Parental Substitute: He's raising Noah, whose parents were apparently killed by Damian.
- Secret Keeper: Mr. Raven's real job is assisting and protecting students with magical abilities.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: To his own mother, no less.
- Spit Take: Grace's note to him nearly caused this reaction.
Students - Moperville North
Member of the Moperville North Feminist Club with a crush on Susan.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians:
- What she wants with Susan.
- Getting it with Rhoda.
- She is at least somewhat bi, as apparently she was interested in Tedd; however, Tedd being as girly as he is, she's probably not that bi, and identifies as lesbian.
The Goth-esque member of the Feminist club. Seriously addicted to cigarettes.
The airheaded member of the Feminist's club. Tony's girlfriend.
School Bully, Tedd's tormentor, and Elliot's nemesis.
- Jerk Jock: Is an athlete who bullies Tedd.
- The Bully: Picks on Tedd a lot because of how girly he looks.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Grace theorizes that Tony is upset by his own attraction to the feminine aspects of Tedd's appearance.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Elliot back at 3rd grade. And it's implied that their friendship ended in bad terms after Tony gay-bashed someone.
The Head of the Student Council. Because of his position, he often has to announce the latest "ideas" of the Principal.
- Ambiguously Jewish: His last name and hairstyle suggest that he might be Jewish, though it hasn't been explicitly stated.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Implied. He seems to love his job, but he is not a fan of the Principal's school uniform idea.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- He's gotten in one snark. It wouldn't be very noteworthy, except it was toward Susan. Whether this a defining trait, remains to be seen.
- His speech about the uniforms was full of this, seemingly designed to get across his contempt for the system and the principal. Kind of impressive, given that these were after he was told to stick to the cards.
Black ties are encouraged but not required for uniforms, for reasons surely not
related to those costing extra.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Possibly... But considering Dan spent an extra comic because he didn't want to let Matt's intentions hang in the dark, it seems he's pure Nice Guy.
- Foreshadowing: This and this turns out to be so for this. All of this took place over the course of five years. Only Dan Shive, everybody...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Matt seems to understand quite clearly that Susan doesn't want to date him, and respects it. When he hears that she's never dated at all, he gives an earnest piece of advice to think on whether or not she'd regret not dating in High School. Even if it's not with him, he just wanted to make sure Susan would be okay.
An Asian girl introduced in the Identity
story arc. A fan of Elliot's review show and Elliot himself. Is currently dating Elliot.
- Ambiguously Bi/Bi the Way: Already attracted to Elliot just from watching his show with Susan, she became even more interested in him after learning he can turn into a female and back again. Tedd wonders if she's bi and Elliot's response is he doesn't know.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Immediately after catching Elliot in the act of transforming into a girl she flashes back to a time in which her father showed concern over buying her a volume of Ranma ½ out of fear the contents of the comic might not be suitable to someone so young. The next thing we see is a return to the present and her with a dopey face and evident blushing. It is easy to interpret from that scene that she and Tedd will have much to talk about when they first meet.
- Bad Liar/Blatant Lies: While she points out that Elliot only has her word to go on on this for now, her first appearances were transparent Tsundere reactions towards Elliot as a concept, while alone no less, that made her attraction blatantly obvious even before her Crush Blush started showing. Not to mention blurting out that Elliot's Gender Bender situation makes him more attractive to her. If nothing else, she's very bad at lying to herself.
- Covert Pervert: She likes that Elliot can transform into a girl because it reminds her of her favorite manga, Ranma ½.
- Crush Blush: "I don't have a crush on you."
- Death Glare: Now in color!
- Genki Girl: She has very big emotions, her face being very expressive.
- Greater Need Than Mine: Despite finally having a chance to talk with Elliot, she had to remind herself that she'd been going to warn him about her ex Tom manipulating Susan.
- Love Confession: Tells Elliot she likes him here.
- No Name Given: Dan kept berating himself about not giving Ponytail Girl upon her first appearance. He's finally rectified it.
- Perky Goth: With her emotional attitude, friendship with Liz, and attire in this picture, it can be assumed that she is this.
- Secret Keeper: She not only caught Elliot shape-shifting, but she volunteered to be his lookout.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: She's obviously kidding herself when she says she doesn't have a crush on Elliot.
- Unfazed Everyman: While she's surprised, she doesn't react negatively to Elliot accidentally shapeshifting in front of her, and in fact offers to help him stay under the radar.
A very effeminate boy who's interested in Susan. Ashley's ex, and far more manipulative than he first appears.
- Accidental Public Confession:
- At Least I Admit It: He tells Susan that everybody uses little lies and word choice to manipulate others. He claims he's more honest than most people because he at least is able to admit it to himself. Susan concedes that he's not entirely wrong, but she adds that at least most people who do it have decent intentions. According to her Tom toys with the feelings of others for his own selfish reasons, or deeper still, for his own amusement. As a result, nobody trusts or likes him.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Which is lampshaded when Tom was drawn in color.
- Informed Ability: What his alleged skills as a Manipulative Bastard become in the face of Susan. When she unknowingly hits him with a Spanner in the Works, she starts to pick up on his rather sad attempts to recover his footing. It goes so far that he ends up yelling that he is a fantastic liar. Understandably, Susan answers by saying that he isn't when the mark goes off-script.
- Nice Guy: Not really, it's an act.
- Manipulative Bastard: Ashley revealed that he is incredibly underhanded and emotionally manipulative when he wants something. Currently, that something is Susan. When he is outed, he claims that everyone is just as manipulative. Only for Susan to point out that manipulation isn't the problem, it's the intent behind it.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: Combined with Accidental Public Confession above.
Students - Moperville South
The Queen Bee of Moperville South. She is often seen with Lucy and Rhoda, the latter of whom she is quite protective.
- Alpha Bitch: Was portrayed like this early on, where her first appearance involved trying to get Nanase to sit with her at lunch so they could lure boys over to spend money on them, but then...
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She got several Pet the Dog moments, including comforting Rhoda and Grace when they were upset. Also, it turns out she secretly idolizes Nanase, implying there was more to her actions during her first appearance than she let on.
- Day in the Limelight: During the "Family Tree" storyline, she played a much larger role than usual.
- The Ditz: Averted. She can certainly act the part, and she's incredibly shallow, but she's certainly quite sharp and observant.
- Does Not Like Men: Not to Susan's (pre-character development) extent, but she does assume men are jerks until proven otherwise.
- This may be the reason why she is fixated on Elliot, who she overheard being described as very passive.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's the Queen Bee of her group (and probably her whole school), the only blonde of her Girl Posse and has a reputation of having several boyfriends for Gold Digger reasons. Another invertion of Susan, who was a natural blonde but refused to fuel the stereotype.
- Girl Posse: Lucy, Rhoda. Lucy fades into the background as time goes on, and she treats Rhoda more like a daughter, so she doesn't quite count in later comics.
- Gold Digger: Shamelessly. Her plan is to marry a kind, compassionate, rich guy who will obey her every whim.
What if you just fall in love with someone someday and they fall in love with you? Diane: That's adorable
- Identical Stranger: Distinguishable from Susan only by personality, fashion sense, and the fact that Susan is slightly taller later on.note They have the same face, the same build, the same voice, the same natural hair color, and they were apparently born only 20 minutes apart on New Year's. The subtext with her similarities to Susan is even more blatant after the time skip: both girls have shown an interest in Elliot at the same time, although for drastically different reasons. While Susan has developed her friendship with Elliot by bonding over common interests, Diane apparently sees him as something to be used. During the Tengu arc, someone with magically-obtained knowledge on the subject has apparently confirmed (to the audience, at least) that the two are in fact identical twins separated at birth.
- Happily Adopted: if her relationship with her sister Rhea is any guide.
- Heteronormative Crusader: She's not actively homophobic, but her heartlessly pragmatic approach to boys (they're for buying things) means that she has little use for gay boys (they won't buy her things, and will scare off boys who would). She's still amicable with her sister's gay friends, and has no problem hanging out with Nanase and Ellen even after they've been outed.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Realising that she may be developing real feelings for Elliot and wanting to have a real, romantic relationship make her want to screw the rules and drink alcohol.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At least when it comes to Rhoda.
- Mama Bear: She punches out a reporter trying to get Rhoda to interview for a men's magazine.
- Neat Freak: "OK, you had both better have clean hands!" Another coincidence with Susan?
- Sherlock Scan: Can immediately tell that Ellen and Grace are new students. In doing so, she gives a quick Shout-Out to the trope namer.
- Tsundere: Trying to play at this. She's failing horribly.
- Weirdness Censor: She sees someone who looks exactly like her with blue hair... and doesn't even notice. When it's pointed out, she does admit there is some similarity, but doesn't see it as enough to get worked up over. Although given that she deduces that Susan is her sister later based in part on that observation, it's likely that was denial talking.
Justin's former best friend who outed him after he told her he was gay by thoughtlessly confiding in her blabbermouth sister, and who hasn't exactly repaired their relationship with her subsequent behavior.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked. Justin tells Susan that Melissa is a Smug Snake who almost destroyed his life. Noah tells Elliot that Melissa is a tragic heroine who nearly destroyed her own life as well. Their respective stories are pretty consistent in the details, it's just that Justin seems to hold her more responsible than he does her sister and is thus less willing to forgive her.
- The Atoner: See Set Right What Once Went Wrong below.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: See Psycho Ex-Girlfriend below.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She got a surprising Crowning Moment of Awesome by jumping between knocked down "Cheerleadra" and a monster and trying to stare it down.
- Hidden Depths:
- Dan claims that her referring to MythBusters is a subtle hint of this.
- Less subtly, she said her faith in Noah was based on seeing how he had beaten something, compared to which a bulldog faced fireball-breathing dragon the size of a half truck is a misbehaving pup. Which also explains her treatment of it.
- Incompatible Orientation: She's still attracted to Justin, but it certainly isn't mutual. It's strongly implied that she's gotten over it as of the end of "New and Old Flames".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually gets the hint that Justin wants nothing to do with her, and promised to leave him alone. Doubles as a Tear Jerker as it comes from the realization/belief that if it took Justin this long to forgive her, then they probably shouldn't and won't be friends again anyway.
- Last Het Romance: Justin's first, last and only girlfriend
- Love Makes You Crazy/Love Makes You Dumb: Pick the one you prefer. When her obsession with Justin kicks in, she acts like a complete lunatic unless she remembers to Dope Slap herself out of it.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: An annoying example... Except that it's been revealed that her motives are a bit more complex than that. Not to mention that she is fully aware that her attempts to win over Justin are pointless and do nothing but make her come off as annoying and quite possibly psychotic, but can't seem to stop herself.
- Retcon: Originally, she was just some girl who Justin dated once and who wouldn't let go, but later became a childhood friend who had been in love with him for a long time, making her story more tragic.
- Secret Keeper: Knows about Noah's powers as she knew screaming would bring him to fight a dragon-like monster.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Noah believes that Melissa has deluded herself into thinking she can make everything right again by winning Justin back.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Here comes a new challenger, bitch!
I have been told I can make straight men see rainbows.
Melissa's androgynous boyfriend who rarely uses contractions. An orphan, Noah appears to be the ward of Mr. Raven and made friends with Elliot during the Swedeka arc.
Victor von Hip
A self-publishing schoolboy who tries to be very helpful.
An average nerd and Justin's coworker at the comic book shop.
- Ambiguously Gay:
- There are some only slightly ambiguous hints that George has a crush on Justin, but this isn't confirmed and could be a Red Herring. All of the signs (except perhaps for one) could realistically be due to other reasons.
- In one of the "Summer Moments" comics, George has a pretty curious expression towards two guys going out to the movies with each other. It is still pretty ambiguous.
- And finally confirmed here, with the commentary even stating that, for some readers, it was a "FINALLY" moment.
- Author Avatar: He parrots what Dan says a lot in the commentary and interrupted a Q&A in comic to act as his mouth piece. However, he's not solely existent for that. Dan's actual Author Avatar has shown up less since he was created, though.
- Fanboy: A parody of opinionated geeks as a straight-up Expy of the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Invoked: George feels this way about Star Wars ep. 1-3.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and obnoxious, but not actually a bad person, and surprisingly generous with honest advice. Sarah sums him up as a "giant rude Yoda."
- Meta Guy: The reason he was created.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Possibly; repeatedly refers to Elliot as Justin's boyfriend, but maybe he's just being sarcastic... or jealous.
- Given this comic and the commentary regarding Landmark Sale, it's pretty obviously jealousy.
- Stealth Mentor: Dispenses surprisingly good advice to the kids while feigning indifference, coaches Sarah in the card tournament when everyone else is too preoccupied to notice.
Grace's "Grandfather" who substituted his own dead daughter's DNA (the original Grace) for the intended genetic sample when Project Lycanthrope created their fourth assassin "Shade Tail."
A regular in the comic shop where George and Justin work, a very hairy and very unkempt guy of less than athletical body shape, though not quite emaciated. He found himself right in the epicenter of the magic mayhem in "New And Old Flames" arc.
- Power Tattoo: Though he can't remember how he got this, probably due to not being sober-minded at the time.
- Summon Magic: Can do something like Susan's twist of Nanase's fairy doll spell.
Susan's, and (during the summer) Elliot's, boss at the video rental store. A huge nerd who has an entire leveling system for his employees, he was unimpressed with Elliot's unfamiliarity with movie references and only hired him because Susan told the half-truth that Elliot knows Cheerleadra. Is bombastic and hammy, and rather obsessed with the things he's a fan of.
- Fanboy: Perhaps even more so than George, in presentation though he's a lot more enthusiastic rather than snarky but angers easy when people don't get references he makes whereas George would just snark them.
- Graceful Loser: He's a Munchkin Min-Maxer who is often sure of his strategies (and to his credit, he's pretty good), but he'd be the first to admit defeat when it happens, even by luck.
- Incoming Ham: Tends to make an entrance with a loud booming voice or a quote of some sort.
- Informed Ability: He's never actually won a game on-panel.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- He was more than willing to let Grace borrow his Star Wars DVDs regardless of winning or losing against Justin (he just made the wager to beat him in a card game). He also offered her to join his roleplay group.
- During the card game storyline of "Squirrel Prophet," he taunted Sarah for not considering "a deck to win the game". When Sarah won their match, Tensaided made a loud and dramatic declaration that she is "a true geek", mostly to make sure she wouldn't get picked on by the more abrasive geeks like Larry and Rich.
- And then, after Sarah defeats Larry, he gives him a piece of his mind after hearing him treat Sarah so poorly.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: A big fan of Cheerleadra.
- Mundane Utility: He hit upon a way to turn Elliot's ignorance of movies into an asset by turning Susan's education sessions into a web show.
- Punny Name: Tensaided's name is derived from the ten-sided dice used for role playing games. It doesn't carry a particular deep meaning other than the fact that he's a nerd.
- Shout-Out: Likes to pepper his speech with movie quotes, like when he quoted Ghostbusters to describe Elliot's worthiness for a summer job.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: For Justin, who he believes lacks sufficient respect for old-school gamers and gaming. Probably not all the time, but certainly during game nights.
A high-school boy and former Magic
nerd with a Power Tattoo
that gives him Aura Vision
. Shows up in "Squirrel Prophet Part 2" to get a look at Justin's aura, and ends up competing in the tournament.
One of the regulars at the comic book shop. He's recognisable by his excessive number of pockets and his tiny little beard. Turns out he's actually a transgender man.
A regular at the comic shop. Close friends with Larry.
A regular at the comic shop. Close friends with Rich.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Albeit not quite as much as Rich.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Potentially. While he was exactly as rude as Rich in their first appearance together, he's at least shown since that he can be taught. And there's something strangely admirable about the fact that he wasn't turned off pursuing Tedd romantically when he came to the conclusion he was a gender-switching alien.
- Those Two Guys: At first.
- Took a Level in Kindness: During the card game tournament, he takes all the pointers on his bad behaviour to heart and not only apologizes directly to Sarah and Tedd for it, but promises to work on bettering himself so he doesn't do stuff like that again.
Guineas50% guinea pig 50% human
hybrid and the "oldest" of Grace's brothers. Stays in his hybrid form most of the time, in which he is unable to speak any human language. He isn't shown to be particularly bright or strong. He seems to be willing to take orders from Damian, but he also reports to Hedge on the side.
Hedge25% hedgehog, 75% human
hybrid and the self-appointed "Big Brother" of Grace's animal-hybrid family. Spent most of his first appearances spying on Grace and her friends before he kidnapped Elliot (who he thought was another hybrid). Spends most of his time in his human form, as his hedgehog form can't speak.
Bat/falcon/leopard/alien/human hybrid and the final brother introduced in the comic. The giant mix-match of creatures used to create him made his first attempt at transforming a life-threatening experience, so he decided to stay in his hybrid form permanently, even though he hates being seen as a freak. This lasted until he got turned into a girl by Ellen's beam, so now s/he's decided to stick with that form just so s/he can look normal.
- Deadpan Snarker: Towards Grace.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: Restoring her original form is theoretically possible, but she considers it too risky.
- Gender Bender/Involuntary Shape Shifting: Courtesy of Ellen, not that he minds.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Delivers a verbal version to Grace for her refusal to enter her half-squirrel form after she lost control against Damien, insisting that she should feel no guilt harming someone who was beyond redemption, especially when he threw away her offer to surrender. He states that he would apply the standard physical version of this trope if they weren't talking over computers.
- Heel-Face Turn: After Damien is defeated, she peacefully leaves with the authorities for evaluation for release as a citizen.
- Hates Being Touched: This is how Hedge is certain that it was Vlad after the Gender Bender.
- Humanity Ensues: courtesy of Ellen.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Didn't like seeing Grace get hurt, and snaps her out of a Heroic BSOD.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: As in human/bat/falcon/leopard/Uryuom hybrid.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Interestingly, the only straight example thus far: "I've never been a man in my life as far as I'm concerned!"
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: With a twist. Vladia invokes this as a personal choice, as she only wants to stay human forever.
- Tsundere: Haven't seen the dere side outwardly, but seems to be the part.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Sort of. He was designed as a shapeshifter, but it almost killed him the only time he tried it, so he stayed in his man-bat form until Ellen transformed him. After he was transformed, he decided being human was more important than being male.
One of the first Big Bads
in the series. He's technically another one of Grace's brothers, not that you'd guess it. Damien is a murderous Chimera with fire-based powers and a messiah complex. He wants to create an army of chimeras with him as their king.
- A God Am I: Damien believes he was summoned to Earth to be the Messiah of the Chimera. The realization that he isn't triggers his Villainous Breakdown.
- Ax-Crazy: Killed everyone in the lab Grace was born in, wanted to massacre Earth's population, and was getting ready to kill Grace's friends before she lost her temper.
- Big Bad: Of the Painted Black Arc.
- Flying Brick: On fire.
- Healing Factor: His wounds heal quickly, most of the time, anyway.
- Heel Realization: When fighting Grace, Damien begins to realize that, while if he was a god, his actions might have been justified, since a god can do what they please, but if he was only a mortal, then that would mean that he was nothing but a mass murderer, and that nothing he could ever do would make up for all of the terrible things he did. This realization is what started his Villainous Breakdown.
- Playing with Fire: Can fire flames from his hands.
- Self-Disposing Villain: For someone undergoing Villainous Breakdown and batshit insane to begin with, it's sort of justified.
- Super Strength: Has incredible strenght which when combined with his fire abilities and regeneration, lets him win most battles on pure brute force.
- Taking You with Me: Attempts to do this with Grace but Nioi managed to foil him.
- Tautological Templar: Deconstructed. He believes that as a god he has an Omniscient Morality License and is Driven to Suicide upon realizing that he isn't one.
- Unskilled, but Strong: His fighting style is entirely based on his powers. Against someone immune to fire, and who can neutralize his healing factor, he is a complete amateur.
- White Hair, Black Heart: As seen here.
The creator of the Dewitchery Diamond that created Ellen. Abraham swore an oath to hunt down and destroy all new creatures created by the Diamond because, due to the nature of curses, those creatures tend to be vicious monsters. However, after learning that Ellen, the Diamond's latest creation, is an innocent human being (and is loved by her friends and family), he begins to question whether or not he is in the right anymore.
- Anti-Villain: Especially towards the end of his arc.
- The Atoner: First for making Dewitchery Diamond, then for trying to fix this problem too enthusiastically. See for yourself. But he's still incorrigibly dramatic.
- Badass Longcoat: Uses magic to make himself one after he awakened from his statue.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first mentioned in in the first Sister arc, but only appeared during Sister II.
- Didn't Think This Through: His defining trait. He enchanted the Dewitchery Diamond to separate a lycanthropic friend from his curse without considering the potential consequences, didn't think about things like the cosmetic use of magic when he swore that oath, and managed to forget that Adrian Raven was a wizard while in the middle of fighting him. No wonder that two of two wizards who spoke of Abe called him "idiot."
- Hero Antagonist: in his own mind, at least.
- Idiot Hero: Double deconstructed, if that's the right way to put it. First, because of his stupidity, he made his friend's condition worse instead of selling the gem to someone more skilled, and it only went downhill from there-that's the example they have written on the Playing With A Trope page for Idiot hero. Then, because he was so stupid, he didn't think about cosmetic magic, such as, say, someone's best friend turning them into a girl or something less drastic, such as a change of hair color, he came to the conclusion that he had to kill Ellen. It's not cute and funny, it's the cause of a horrifying Knight Templar. I mean, he didn't even think to throw the damn diamond in a volcano. Was he even really trying?
- I Gave My Word: This leads to the To Be Lawful or Good problem below.
- Kiai: Lets one out here.
- Knight of Cerebus: Despite his good intentions, he does bring a lot of tension to the Sister II arc by nearly killing Raven, Ellen and Nanase, the latter of which temporarily lost access to her magic by stopping him.
- Knight Templar: Somewhat. He's fully aware that his goal is morally wrong, but feels that it has to be done regardless.
- Lawful Stupid: If it wasn't for his oath to kill anything born from the Dewitchery Diamond, he wouldn't even qualify as a villain.
- Meaningful Name: In The Bible, Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his own child, but at the last moment, an angel stopped him, announcing that God was just testing his faith. Now consider that Ellen was created by the Dewitchery Diamond, which means that Abraham is Ellen's father in a roundabout way. Now consider that his oath to God led him to try to kill Ellen. Now consider that Nanase looked awfully angelic when she convinced Abraham to spare Ellen's life.
- Necessarily Evil: As a result of his oath, he feels that he has no choice but to kill Ellen for being created by his diamond.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe example. Apparently, "Every properly trained wizard has heard of Abraham, the idiot apprentice who recklessly enchanted a massive diamond instead of selling it to pay someone more skilled to fix his cursed noble friend."
- Really 700 Years Old: Has managed to live for several centuries with his statue spell.
- Taken for Granite: A voluntary version. He puts himself into suspended animation to prolong his life.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Abraham swore an oath to destroy anything spawned by the Dewitchery Diamond, and feels obligated to kill Ellen, even though he's very reluctant to harm any innocent people.
Lord TeddAlternate Universe
version of Tedd, presumably in control of significant chunks of his dimension along with the ability to slip a few surprises into nearby ones.
The French Aberration
The French Aberration
A vampire-like creature who plays an important role in Susan's Back Story
A strange bat/ape monster with a penchant for mind control. Intelligent, powerful, and incorrigibly dramatic. Also spends too much time on the internet for his own good.
He went by "Tengu" as an online handle, but is admittedly not an actual tengu. What he actually is is a spoiler, so rigid rules forbids its mention in the description.
- All Men Are Perverts: For what other reason would Not-Tengu, aside mind controlling people, turn the men into busty women who look like Nanase?
- Blue and Orange Morality: Calmly insists that he sees nothing wrong with mind control in the same way an omnivore might explain to a vegetarian why he doesn't have a problem with eating meat. The thing that makes it really creepy? He is human, and apparently used to be just an average jerk before stumbling on a way to use magic.
- Didn't See That Coming:
- He anticipated Nanase, Ellen, and Charlotte not being enthralled by his mind control. He anticipated Nanase regaining her magic note . He anticipated Nanase using her guardian form. He did not anticipate Ellen using her clone beam to copy Nanase's guardian form.
- He did not anticipate running out of magic, either. Which ended badly for him, since his flight depended on magic to work.
- Evil Gloating: Taken advantage of by Ellen and Nanase, to give Diane a chance to help in some way.
- Knight of Cerebus: The most powerful, threatening and terrifying enemy to have appeared since Damien. Once his influence makes itself clear, Family Tree becomes much, MUCH scarier.
- Large Ham: He's excessively dramatic, from landing impressively in front of his quarry, greeting them with pretentious titles, and ranting about his motives.
- Mind Control: He gathers a "flock" of mind controlled followers by spiking the punch at a party. In his own words, he was put on this earth to be a ruler of mindless, obedient sheep. Most likely delusions of grandeur, since it turns out he's human.
- Mister Exposition: A largely offscreen example. He's the one who gave Charlotte all her strangely accurate information.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: He's an ape with horns and bat wings.
- Motive Rant: The second he gets an audience, he gleefully explains his entire plan: He wants revenge on Nanase's aunt Noriko (Tedd's mother) for defeating him in Europe.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: Unfortunately, he still manages to be terrifying.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: According to Mr. Verres, Not-Tengu was just some average jerk that stumbled onto a way that allowed anyone to use magic, and is the first big example the audience sees of exactly why Mr. Verres insists on upholding The Masquerade.
- It is likely that this has something to do with Guardian Forms.
- Proud to Be a Geek: He apparently spends a lot of time online, discussing magic with people who don't know he's a magical creature. He also criticizes Charlotte's web forum for its inadequate selection of smilies and late notifications about new posts.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Tengu" is just his online nickname; he tries to give his real name, but no one is interested. He's been unofficially referred to as "Not-Tengu".
- Revenge by Proxy: He wants to take revenge on Noriko by killing her family.
- Xanatos Gambit: Seems to have one going in regards to Nanase's Guardian Form. To whit, his plan is:
- Bait Nanase into attacking him first. Not-Tengu believes Guardian Form can only be used in self defense. If she isn't defending herself, she can't use it and he's free to form his flock without any worries.
- If she manages to use her Guardian Form anyway, still not a problem. Not-Tengu doesn't know her other spells, any of which could potentially beat him, but Guardian Forms locks all of those out for at least a day due to burnout.
- And while she is in Guardian Form, she can only fight in hand to hand combat, something he has no problem with.
- Spanner in the Works: Had NO idea about Ellen's clone form spell...
William and Gillian
William and Gillian
American-born Uryuom couple. They're not aliens, they're citizens!
Mr. Verres' Uryuom secretary. Claims not to be an alien and probably isn't in the strictly legal sense of the term.
Immortals as a group
Immortals are a class of supernatural beings who exist only on the spiritual plane and who are normally limited to advising and guiding mortals to act in the real world.
While Immortals live forever, they need to "die" to reset their memories and personality every 200 years or so to prevent their growing intelligence and power from butting up against increasing boredom and decreasing sanity.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Immortals are only allowed to guide and empower mortals without incurring the wrath of other immortals. Chaos is bending these rules, probably with the intent of tearing the whole system apart so that her son is no longer bound by them either.
- Awesome McCoolname: Apparently, they love giving themselves this. They aren't necessarily original about it though, according to Jerry.
- Born-Again Immortality: However, to retain their full potential, they have to do this voluntarily. If they are killed or rushed in the transition, they lose a lot of their memories and power.
- Expy: They're a fair bit like Time Lords. Given that Dan Shive is a known fan, there's a good chance this was intentional.
- For the Lulz: Boredom and passing whims can motivate many Immortals to messing with people and causing major events. Jerry made the Hammers because he thought it was funny and Pandora openly admits that boredom is one of her motivating factors for creating all the Magic Marks
- Immortality Immorality: Not going through death and rebirth tends to leave immortals with a dangerous combination of power, boredom, and insanity. It's hinted that this is part of why Chaos is so dangerously unbalanced.
- One Steve Limit: Since they adopt their own names, this can be averted with hilarious consequences:
Grace: ...You're an immortal named Jerry?
Jerry: Hey, you should be glad I'm named Jerry! Most immortals go for elitist names from ancient mythology. Let me tell you, there is nothing more hilarious than the legendary hissy fits that result from two or more immortals named "Zeus" running into each other.
- Pointy Ears: All immortals seen so far have has pointy ears in their default humanoid forms. Their "elf" half-human children inherit this too.
- Super Empowering: Immortals can give a person a magic mark which allows them to use an ability related to their innate talents or strongest desire, with that person's knowledge and consent. However, trickery and lies of omission can be used to get that consent as the French Immortals did, and Chaos outright forces marks on people and edits their memories to manipulate them.
An Immortal that can change her form at will. Virtually nothing is known about her except that she occasionally forces Magus to do her more dirty work. She is mostly an observer, but occasionally tries to influence events, particularly when she feels she has been slighted.
- Awesome McCoolname: Pandora as in the Box. Chaos by itself is pretty cool.
- Breaking Speech: Tries to give Adrian, her son, one about how wanting to defend his students is pointless. He would have none of it.
- Complexity Addiction: She deliberately makes her plans as convoluted as possible so failure is possible and success uncertain. Certain success is stated to be too boring for her.
- Creepy Child: One of her common forms. Used while mindscrewing Mr. Verres and his team and then on live TV.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She wanted Magus to kill the already defeated and unconscious Abraham, after Abraham hurt her son Adrian. And she wanted Abraham to hurt Adrian to teach him a lesson. She's getting a bit unstable....
- Hidden Agenda Villain: So much that we don't even know if she's truly villainous. (Definably not good, though.)
- Humanoid Abomination: A case study of exactly what happens when Immortals live too long.
- I Have Many Names: Most of them self-appointed, it seems.
- Loophole Abuse:
- Immortals are only allowed to guide and to empower mortals. Chaos bends the definition of both those words into pretzels.
- She is compelled to warn Luke not to use his Aura Vision on Tedd (though whether it's by the rules of other immortals or just her own conscience is unclear). Either way, it doesn't matter, because she told him this while she was hidden by a cloaking spell that renders her absolutely invisible and inaudible.
you not to gaze upon my grand-godson
with that spell. I warned
you it would not work properly. [switches to Creepy Child form]
Granted, you couldn't hear me then any more than you can now
, but I diiid technically say it!
- Lovecraftian Superpower: GAH! DO NOT WANT!
- Mama Bear: Is very pissed when Abraham nearly kills Raven. She's also quite protective of her "grand-godson" Tedd Verres.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Implied inversion; she shifts form based on her mood. When she's in Mama Bear mode, she's an Ambiguously Brown elven sorceress. When she's feeling whimsical, she switches to her Creepy Child form.
- Moral Myopia: Okay, killing Abraham is understandable, albeit extreme, but giving the blame to Mr. Verres?
- Mysterious Watcher: She seems awfully interested in Tedd, and she's taken an interest in Sarah as well.
- Not So Omniscient After All: Pandora sees almost everything, but on one occasion, an action she takes on impulse has an unexpected result, much to her delight. Even though, as she notes, she should have easily seen it coming had she been paying attention.
- Sigil Spam: She marks the medallion used to control Dex with a reference to Pandora.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Magus refuses to do her bidding anymore, she does not take it well.
The French Immortals
The French Immortals
A pair of elf-like creatures who awakened Susan and Nanase's magical powers in Paris and now watch over Elliot.
- Came Back Wrong: Apparently their Easy Amnesia is the result of not dying properly.
- Easy Amnesia: If only they could remember why they are supposed to be watching over Elliot.
- It's Up to You: Subverted. They empowered Nanase and Susan to fight the aberration, but Jerry revealed that the girls actually could have asked for help from the goverment or even powerful civilians.
- Noodle Incident: The school trip to Paris. Now averted.
Other Supernatural Creatures
The Demonic Duck
The Demonic Duck
Master of Distraction
Some sort of magical summon that takes the form of a red duck with horns and a cartoonish pointy demon tail. He's called forth whenever someone needs the attention taken off of them for a second
, usually so they can make a quick getaway. It is possible to be distracted by the duck even if you're the one who summoned him.
A wizard tricked into transporting to environs of our universe
and largely unable to interact with it, that occasionally does "favors" for Chaos for the sake of ending his limbo. Has the ability to amplify the emotions of others. Like Chaos, very little is known about him, but what is known is that he wishes to return to life, and believes that Ellen is the key to making this possible. He claims to be Ellen's "Father", which implies that he orchestrated her creation in the first place.
A female Human/Skunk seyunolu sorceress working for Lord Tedd. While doing private research for her little court intrigue (in Lord Tedd's best interests, as she sees it) in an Alternate Universe
where the main cast lives, she accidentally met them and saved Grace using her magical shield
. She "fixed" (and later contacted) Ellen as an expert in magical artifacts in general and the Dewitchery Diamond in particular after carelessly running into it while enchanted, thus accidentally creating Kaoli.
A body-snatching aberration who currently uses the body of an old man. Has allied himself with Magus.
A bizarre looking creature that is introduced in the "There Be Whales" story-line. Feeds on ambient magic.
A stereotypical Mad Scientist
, and proprietor of Germahn Laboratories, complete with accent.
Dr Germahn's lab assistant. Perky, happy, and eternal victim of Dr. Germahn's experiments, almost always involving shrinking.
Amanda's roommate, and prospective lawyer. Apparently has a crush on Amanda, but she's reluctant to voice it where Amanda can hear.