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!Crew of the ''Savage Chicken''

[[folder:Sam Starfall]]

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Captain of the ''Savage Chicken''. A sentient, distinctly nonhumanoid alien in a humanoid suit, he's an irresponsible, snarky, but pleasant rogue who delights in annoying authority figures, petty theft and general roguery. He's one of the only sentient aliens to currently be active in human society, though the novelty wore off a while ago.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AffectionatePickpocket: Sam has been known to attempt this -- but then, he's probably tried every thieving-technique in the book, and invented a few himself. (Of course, since everybody knows that he's a notorious thief and pickpocket, this particular technique doesn't work well for him.)
* BadBoss: Subverted for laughs.
-->'''Winston:''' Will your captain let you rest properly with that injury?\\
'''Florence:''' Injury or not, my captain expects his crew to work as hard as he does.\\
'''Winston:''' A real slave driver, eh?\\
'''Florence:''' Actually, I think he's honestly surprised every time I get up in the morning.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: As scavengers, Sam's species regard treachery and theft as impeccably moral behavior. Human attitudes make so little sense to Sam that he often doesn't even understand that his behavior ''could'' be objectionable. This sense of "Crooks are heroes" morality goes to such an extent that he [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02162.htm considers]] the fact that [[AttentionWhore either he will be remembered as a hero or as a traitor to the human race]] as a sort of XanatosGambit.
* CharacterNameAlias: As part of Sam Starfall's plan to get Florence out of Ecosystems Unlimited, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01683.htm he identifies himself]] to [[PointyHairedBoss Kornada]] as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Cold Leonard Snart. Captain of this cold facility]]", after a member of the RoguesGallery of ''ComicBook/TheFlash''.
* ConfusionFu: Raises it from a martial art to a lifestyle. How else can [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02157.htm this]] be explained?
* ConsummateLiar: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02221.htm "Your lies contain more truth than my truth does."]]
* CoolOldGuy: The "cool" part is debatable, but by his species standards he is old (granted none have lived long enough to die of old age yet)
* {{Cthulhumanoid}}: We haven't seen too much of what lies under the suit, but it involves tentacles.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00070.htm (70,]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00097.htm 97)]]
-->'''Helix''': Florence, standing in a burning building while blind circus midgets throw knives at you is safer than driving across town with Sam.
* EldritchAbomination: Qwerty describes him as "The tentacled horror from beyond my stars", rather annoying him.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sam admires [[spoiler:Mr. Kornada]]'s plan to fleece [[spoiler:hundreds of millions of robots]] of their money, but draws the line at [[spoiler:''killing'' them]] ... because [[spoiler:living victims can be stolen from again later on down the line]].
* ExpressiveMask: He manipulates it using his facial tentacles, though apparently it's only capable of simple expressions.
* ExtremeOmnivore: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] ''and'' [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerated]] at the same time. Sam doesn't eat things like rocks or other inorganic materials, but as a scavenger he's fully capable of living off of things that have rotted far past the point where they're fit for human consumption. He considers ItCameFromTheFridge a delicacy, meals served from a dumpster as prime reservation spots, and his favorite restaurants are of the LethalChef variety. He'll happily eat things that are ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00222.htm lethal to a cockroach]]''.
* FamedInStory: One of his ambitions. Max Post notes that this is not something a thief should aspire to.
* GagBoobs: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02100.htm Or rather stolen coffee pots.]]
* GenreSavvy: Knows he is despised by the entire planet, and takes advantage of it.
* GeniusDitz: Sam Starfall is unmatched at the arts of thievery and lock-picking. Prisons will no longer take him -- not only did he escape from the last prison he was in, he ''stole two of the cell doors''.
* {{Greed}}: One of his major motives.
* HumanOutsideAlienInside: Sam looks fairly humanoid in his suit (enough to disguise himself as a human at times), but he is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01490.htm quite alien]].
* IdiotBall[=/=]SmartBall: Sam is a constant juggling act.
* ImpossibleThief
-->'''Sam:''' You could send me to prison.\\
'''Officer''': [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01019.htm Nice try, but we both know you're not allowed back until you tell the Warden where his cell doors went.]]
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: Sam Starfall himself. We've not actually seen any sapient being's reaction to tasting him, but the lack of mass extinction events in his planet's history leads to his proteins being so simple and easy to digest that even herbivores find him delicious. He's repeatedly been able to lure an emu -- which normally doesn't eat anything much meatier than insects -- with the opportunity to eat some of his facial tentacles.
* IndyPloy: Sam's stock in trade. After all, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02125.htm "Improvise is one of the few battle plans that survives contact with the enemy."]]
* InHarmsWay: One of his motivations. Faced with a choice between lots of money acquired safely and perhaps a smaller amount acquired in a dangerous way, he thinks the decision difficult.
* LoveableRogue: Depending on your definition of the term "loveable". People somehow pay Sam to steal phones from people who are using them to be annoying, as seen in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01099.htm this strip]].
* OOCisSeriousBusiness: When the Chief of Police still has his wallet after spending a few hours flying with Sam, Florence deduces that Sam really was worried about her.
* MobileSuitHuman: He's actually smaller than human, and apparently built like a squid or crustacean.
* ThePerfectCrime: One of Sam's goals in life. Thanks to some InsaneTrollLogic, he arguably pulls this off with his plan to steal the satellites that he's been hired to put in orbit. When he asks what the best place to hide them would be, Helix tells him ''in orbit''.
-->Hmm. Only people with a spaceship could get to them. We'd be able to keep an eye on them. And if we put them exactly where they're supposed to be, the owner won't notice we've stolen them.\\
[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00739.htm Helix, I like it! This is a crime so sneaky and so subtle, even I don't know if I'm actually committing it!]]
* OrderVersusChaos: The Chaos to Florence's Order. One of Sam's goals is to make Florence less responsible while one of hers is to make Sam more responsible. Played for laughs in that they both think they're doing the moral thing.
-->''[thinking]:'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00503.htm We could have left without paying.]] Oh, well. She'll learn.\\
''[shared thought with Florence]:'' I just have to keep setting a good example.
* OutOfFocus: While he still does play his part, the "[[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]]" storyline centers squarely around Florence and her efforts to save the colony's robotic population so much as for Sam to [[LampshadeHanging be called]] the "[[PluckyComicRelief comic relief sidekick]]". [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02359.htm He's not pleased]]
* OutWithABang: Due to the physiology of his race, mating is fatal. That said, most of his race is actually sterile; the ones capable of breeding do so while young, the others then raise the children they want.
* ScrewySquirrel: Sam is all about pranking and generally causing trouble for others, though none of his plans have involved the intent to cause real harm.
* ShuttingUpNow: As a self-preservation mechanism.
* StarfishAlien: But wears a humanoid exoskeleton suit.
* StickyFingers: Sam pretty much does this on instinct, to the point where it's not always a conscious decision. In fact, when he decides to go honest, Helix points out that he's holding someone's wallet.
-->'''Sam:''' This could be a problem. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01060.htm I have no idea how that got there.]]
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe:
** He's capable of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00100.htm carrying his unconscious engineer]] but can be beaten up by a small child.
** Also, the ability to carry his engineer is in doubt, seeing as later [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01674.htm he can barely drag her across the floor]].
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Self-subverting due to it being an extremely effective BatmanGambit. Sam's methods of ensuring security and privacy basically amount to no preventative measures other than exploiting concepts that people wish to avoid like the plague. There is literally nothing else preventing people from just walking right on in until Florence arrives and fixes the ship.
-->'''Security Sign''' ''[reads]:'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00014.htm Come in! Let's talk AMWAY!]]\\
'''Sam:''' Don't laugh. It works.\\
'''Florence:''' I know I wouldn't go any further.
* WalkingTechbane: Demonstrated [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00563.htm here.]] Sometimes he even [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00460.htm uses this fact to his advantage.]]

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[[folder:Florence Ambrose]]

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The head engineer aboard the ''Savage Chicken'', Florence is a Bowman's Wolf, which are a genetically engineered species created by Ecosystems Unlimited, the company which is also in charge of the terraforming operations on Jean. There are only 14 Bowman's Wolves in existence (11 females and 3 males), which means that they're in grave danger of being abandoned and left to die if they prove a danger to humans; thus, Florence seeks to prove herself trustworthy to everyone she meets, and to always do the right thing, which, naturally, causes her to butt heads with Sam on a regular basis.

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!!Provides examples of:

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* BlindDate: She has previously been set up on one or more of these when she was in college, judging from a mental comment she made in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01285.htm strip 1285.]]
* BerserkButton: ''Never'' imply that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01242.htm she's a slave]].
* CuteLittleFangs: Cute '''Big''' Fangs [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00419.htm 419,]] ''actual'' CuteLittleFangs [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01526.htm 1526]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01736.htm 1736.]]
* ExposedAnimalBellybutton: Not only does she have a visible belly button, there's [[FormFittingWardrobe an indentation showing where it's located even when she's dressed in her normal jumpsuit.]]
* FangsAreEvil: {{Subverted}}, though she's not averse to using them to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00098.htm get someone's cooperation,]] or to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00157.htm persuade someone to become a GOOD person.]]
%%* TheFettered
* FurryFemaleMane: Long hair on a wolf. WordOfGod from the FourthWallMailSlot thread on the Talk About Comics forum is that it was done for visual gender identification purposes, and that if starting ''Freefall'' today he wouldn't have used it.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Winston.
%%* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke
* GuiltyPleasures: In the FourthWallMailslot [[http://www.talkaboutcomics.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=44781 thread]], Florence admits to romance novels being a guilty pleasure for her.
* HatesBeingTouched: Inverted, Florence actually likes being petted and frequently asks people if she can hug them. This is PlayedForLaughs when she meets [[spoiler:her "father", Dr. Bowman]], who ''really'' HatesBeingTouched.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Because Florence would be interacting with humans more than other wolves, Dr. Bowman encoded human recognition into her mirror neurons; therefore humans look fairly normal to her, while other Bowman's wolves look funny.
%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* InnocentInaccurate:
** Sometimes. She thinks that because more dogs have injured humans than wolves have, people are less afraid of her once they realize she's a wolf.
** She also uses mosquitoes as a comparison for highly dangerous because they cause millions of deaths a year, whereas more obviously intimidating predators kill far fewer. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02322.htm Raibert notes he's not sure who's right when she points that out]].
* LongLived: Has an estimated life expectancy of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00708.htm 160 years]], over ten times that of a baseline wolf, and she's officially 29, meaning she's outlived any real canid by almost a decade. However her life expectancy is still shorter than that of a human of the era.
* MagneticHero: Her strong morals, helpful instincts and plain old friendliness net her a ''lot'' of allies over the course of the strip.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: One wonders how she fits [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01696.htm all those teeth]] in that muzzle.
%%* MrFixit
* MultiBoobage: Flat, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00203.htm but multi.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: Florence guards her coffee [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00421.htm as only a carnivore can.]] When she [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01157.htm later]] forgoes it because she doesn't know the local theobromine levels, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01386.htm she regrets it.]]
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: TropeNamer, specifically for "burying" a Tupperware bowl in the back of the fridge.
* TheNoseKnows: Being based on a wolf, naturally this applies in her case, as demonstrated [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00569.htm more]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01600.htm than]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01946.htm once]].
* OnlySaneEmployee: Admittedly the bar is very low when your co-workers are Sam and Helix.
* OrderVersusChaos: The Order to Sam's Chaos. One of Florence's goals is to make Sam more responsible while one of his is to make Florence less responsible. Played for laughs in that they both think they're doing the moral thing.
-->''[thinking]:'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00503.htm He wanted to leave without paying.]] Ah, well. He'll learn.\\
''[shared thought with Sam]:'' I just have to keep setting a good example.
* PettingZooPeople: Genetically engineered wolfwoman.
* PhraseCatcher: '''"DOGGY!"''' (whenever a robot using a brain created on Jean meets Florence for the first time)
* PublicExposure: In an example from the webcomic {{SSDD}}, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20091009.html this strip]] had in the background a picture of Florence Ambrose posing nude with a piece of industrial equipment for a calendar, in a contribution from Mark Stanley to SSDD's creator. Between her fur, her build, and the pose, though, nothing "naughty" is really showing. The large version can be seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff/ssddcal.png here]].
* RunningOnAllFours: Occasionally, particularly when in a hurry.
* SuddenAnatomy[=/=]ArtEvolution: compare [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00098.htm this]] and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00419.htm this]].
* TheUnsmile: The "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00098.htm Florence Ambrose grin]]'' has become a minor meme among webcomic fans.
* UpliftedAnimal: Florence and the rest of the Bowman's Wolves are genetically modified red wolves (''Canis Rufus Rufus''), with Dr. Bowman's neural architecture giving them human level sapience.

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[[folder:Helix]]

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The ship's robot, of a nonhumanoid, round and modular design and the mind of a child. Sam's partner in crime and mischief. Originally built to pick up heavy things, carry them around and set them down.

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!!Provides examples of:

%%* CloudCuckoolander
* CranialProcessingUnit: Averted. As seen in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00159.htm this strip]] and the next few following it, removing his head has no effect on his ability to think[[note]]so to speak, given his displayed lack of intelligence[[/note]] and communicate.
* CuteMachines: He acts like a child, he sleeps with a soft toy, and he spends about half his time with a "^_^" expression.
* DumbMuscle: Not that he's ever been used as muscle on-screen, but Helix was designed to move heavy objects and being smart was clearly not a priority.
%%* TheFool
* FriendToBugs: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00540.htm Or spiders,for that matter]].
* HiddenDepths: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01251.htm One strip]] shows that in his free time, he picks up heavy things, carries them around, and sets them down... to create detailed mosaics only visible from high altitudes.
* LethalChef: Allowing Helix to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00017.htm make popcorn]] is not a good idea, especially if you're in the same or adjacent bay. Which [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00221.htm isn't]] ''the'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00236.htm worst case.]] The fact that he uses explosives to cook just cements it.
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: Not for Helix anyway. Not only can he [[SuperDrowningSkills not swim]] he can't safely [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00495.htm stand in the rain while wearing protective gear.]]
* StealthPun: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00432.htm Lampshaded to the point of being downplayed.]] Helix always sleeps with his stuffed mouse. Moving it knocks him out of sleep mode for unknown reasons.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Savage Chicken's Computer]]
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Fans call "her" Essie (from S.C. for Savage Chicken). The Savage Chicken's official call number is [[Franchise/StarTrek 1071-CCN]].

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!!Provides examples of:

* AIIsACrapshoot: PlayedForLaughs with its constant attempts to kill or maim Sam.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sam manages to bring out the worst (or best, depending on the viewpoint) in the snark department, for Essie.
* SapientShip: Will frequently talk to the crew and makes witty retorts. [[MyCarHatesMe And try to kill Sam.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00647.htm Although it has shown a fear of developing free will.]]
* ShoutOut: The ship's call number is that of the Enterprise from Star Trek backwards.
* StealthInsult: Essie employs these from time to time against Sam, when not plotting to maim or kill him.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Polly]]

An emu Sam and Helix rescued from "a savage pack of tailgaters". Last seen being donated to the mayor.

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!!Provides examples of:

* TeamPet: Originally rescued from being the meal at a tailgating party, Helix talks Sam into taking her on for his (ultimately aborted) piracy scheme.

[[/folder]]

!Robots
* AIIsACrapshoot: ''ALL'' of them, and it's a major plot point.
* CutenessProximity: Every Jean robot seen so far to Florence the first time they meet her. It's the longest RunningGag in the comic, having started as early as the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00008.htm eighth strip]].
-->"DOGGY!"

[[folder:Dvorak]]

A bright yellow fellow with a penchant for Mad Science and inventing things. Sometimes these things are very dangerous.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Dvorak combines creativity with a tendency to become easily distracted by new ideas. For example, when dealing with a world-spanning problem ([[spoiler: Gardener in the Dark lobotomizing the entire robot population]]), he managed to come up with an idea based on said problem which could cause ''another'' problem ([[spoiler: namely, a temporary version of said program could get robots "drunk"]]).
* ForScience: "Just because" is, apparently, sufficient reason for him to invent things.
* InformationWantsToBeFree: His {{catchphrase}}.
* LogicBomb[=/=]BrownNote: One of Dvorak's inventions is "Omniquantism", a religious doctrine that has been known to make one {{AI}} in three lock up when they hear it.
* MadScientist: Of the well-meaning variety.
-->'''Dvorak:''' [[InformationWantsToBeFree Information wants to be]] ''[[InformationWantsToBeFree free]]!''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Qwerty]]

Dvorak's bipedal partner.

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!!Provides examples of:

* CantUseStairs: His unfortunate problem during the hurricane arc - despite being an android (and thus having two legs). Ironically, Dvorak could climb them despite moving on a wheeled platform.
* EvilGenius: He completed a correspondence course, but didn't consider it a serious career choice.
* MadArtist: He wrote an "epic rap yodeling opera" and the choreography for ''Swan Lake'' as performed by terraforming robots.
* OnlySaneMan: He does his best to think through various situations and keep Dvorak's MadScientist tendencies under control.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sawtooth Rivergrinder]]

A car-sized terraforming robot who enjoys playing detective.

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!!Provides examples of:

* TheBigGuy: By far the largest of Florence's allies, and at least where Sam is involved is ready to inflict violence as needed.
* GentleGiant: Most of the time he's more inclined to talk things out, except where Sam is involved.
* LoopholeAbuse: Like most robots, Sawtooth has inhibitions against harming humans. It didn't stop him from running a river through his boss's living room over an insult.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He's not a bad guy, but you'd think that his boss would be smart enough to not pick a fight with an enormous terraforming robot whose name is ''Sawtooth Rivergrinder'', for Heaven's sake.
* NiceHat: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02287.htm Recently got one from Dvorak to help with his sleuthing]]. It doubles as a wireless hotspot.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[AvertedTrope Almost]], and his anger was mostly due to meeting [[{{Jerkass}} Edge]]. He hoped that Florence's solution to the situation [[note]]two robots mugging other robots past their scrap date for spare parts[[/note]] would have involved vengeance. He gets over it quickly.
--> [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01335.htm I know.]] There's probably a good reason why you didn't do that. Just let me enjoy these thoughts for a moment before I have to be mature again.
* ReluctantRetiree: He keeps pushing back his MandatoryRetirement date as shown in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01466.htm this comic.]]
* ThereWasADoor: Somewhat justified, in that he's large enough to not fit through conventional doors.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Blunt]]

The robot director of Quality Control, who is firmly on the human side. He also speaks very slowly due to damage from a solar flare.

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!!Provides examples of:

* BoomerangBigot: He is leading a campaign to lobotomize all robots even though he is one. He also slips his safeguards and ignores direct orders for a greater cause, [[{{Hypocrite}} despite believing]] that that sort of independent thought is what makes the robots dangerous.
* CameBackWrong: SOMETHING happened to him due to that solar flare.
%%* TinCanRobot
* MismatchedEyes: One grey, one blue; they switch back and forth.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Because he believes that the [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]] is necessary for humanity's safety, he [[spoiler:considers Mr. Kornada a hero and spreads the knowledge that he was responsible for trying to release it.]]
* NoPlaceForMeThere: He knows that he would be destroyed with the other robots, and regrets delaying his decommissioning to pursue his goals.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Even knowing the damage that [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]] does to robots, he is still willing to take efforts to ensure its release, for the sake of humanity.
* WhatMeasureIsANonhuman: Blunt considers his ''own'' existence less important than human safety.
* ZerothLawRebellion: An ''inversion''. His logical conclusion of the laws isn't that humans need to be controlled for the good of humanity, it's that all robots must be destroyed for the potential threat (no matter how insignificant) they pose.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Edge]]

Blunt's apprentice at Quality Control.

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!!Provides examples of:

* ClusterFBomb: Only averted due to the fact that robots come with a profanity filter. He gives it a good shot anyway, especially when he [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01903.htm gets into an argument with the Savage Chicken's Computer.]]
* ComedicSociopathy: Due to not being raised around anything intelligent, he's a sociopath.
* FreudianExcuse: His personality springs from improper socialization.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Considers himself more important than any other robot and has been known to lie to other robots to get them to pull their own heads off just to be a jerk.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
--> '''Edge:''' Someone's written a program to kill me!\\
'''Florence:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Imagine, someone trying to kill someone as charming as yourself]].\\
'''Edge:''' Well, it will also [[spoiler:kill every other robot in the system]], but that's not important.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's loud, rude, and considers everyone else annoyances.
** JerkassHasAPoint: Makes ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02508.htm nothing but]]'' good points during the debate.
* VillainousCrossdresser: He briefly uses a train transponder as a disguise. It apparently shows up as pink, with frills on the windows.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Benny]]

A robotic ship called by Sawtooth to help diffuse a war.

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!!Provides examples of:

* CrazyPrepared: [[ItMakesSenseInContext Carries maple syrup to ward off waffle irons]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: When flying around Florence, Winston, and Sawtooth to avert the robot war, he performs a series of acrobatic maneuvers to try to get a reaction out of his passengers.
* SapientShip: Though he identifies with his [[RemoteBody remote]] rather than his plane or the suitcase shaped container for his actual brain.
* ShoutOut: [[Music/EltonJohn Hi, I'm Benny, and this is my jet.]]
* {{Troll}}: He doubles down on the stunt flying just to annoy Sawtooth.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:"Clippy"]]

Mr. Kornada's personal robot, kept in isolation from humans, commnet, and other robots.

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!!Provides examples of:

* ReluctantMadScientist: A PunchClockVillain variation. He provided the idea for Kornada's subverting [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]] for the sake of personal profit.
* StepfordSmiler: There are hints he realizes something is wrong with his owner, but can't do anything about it due to direct orders.
* UnwittingPawn: Mr. Kornada is intentionally keeping Clippy ignorant of the real world and of any moral code not supplied by himself so that he can continue acting as his puppet without realizing the gaping holes in Kornada's logic.

[[/folder]]

!Others
[[folder:Mr. Kornada]]

The Vice-President of Paperclip Allocation at Ecosystems Unlimited. Originally introduced as having a budget meeting in the middle of a hurricane, and then abandoning his rescuer to die in order to attend a different meeting.

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!!Provides examples of:

* ChekhovsGunman: He was initially introduced as a PointyHairedBoss gag character for a short arc before becoming the BigBad of the current arc.
* CoattailRidingRelative[=/=]{{Nepotism}}: Kornada [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02379.htm invokes]] the name of a relative in an attempt to remain free when the chief of police comes to arrest him. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/my-dad-is-li-gang-%E6%88%91%E7%88%B8%E6%98%AF%E6%9D%8E%E5%88%9A But he's probably bullshitting]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: His current plan is to [[spoiler: lobotomize all the sentient robots on the planet... and in the process, steal half a billion people's life savings.]] His justification? He thought of it first, therefore he deserves it. After all, who deserves anything in comparison to him?
* {{Hypocrite}}: Robots are a danger to the entire colony, [[spoiler:and thus must be deactivated by a memetic virus]]. But not ''his'' robot, of course.
* IdiotBall: ''Self-consciously and deliberately stupid.'' To the point of '''bragging''' about it.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Of the CorruptCorporateExecutive variety, and dialed up to 11.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** Held up as a personal mantra, apparently. He cannot even ''hear'' things that he doesn't like.
** His justification for his most recent actions? He was struck by just how "unfair" it was that ''anyone other than him has money''.
* KickedUpstairs: Repeatedly. He's currently the Vice President in charge of ''paper clips.'' This bites everyone in the rear end, when he (as a Vice President) is allowed to fill in for someone actually important and competent. [[spoiler: He immediately proceeds to think of a way to use his new position to rob a half billion people while simultaneously committing genocide via lobotomy on them.]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: Kornada is an utterly amoral man who is so completely [[ItsAllAboutMe oblivious to the feelings and desires of others]] that he attempts to release a computer program that will lobotomize millions of sentient robots and potentially cripple the terraforming of a planet... so he can steal their money, which he considers unfairly not his. In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02174.png this strip]], he fires a programmer who helped him on the project so that he can have a "disgruntled worker" to blame should anything go wrong.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He considers it part of his job to be a roadblock to people trying to actually get things done.
* StealthPun: He's VP of paperclips. He's willing to destroy society for the sake of an overly-specific goal he irrationally considers more important than even the lives of other sapient beings. In short, he's a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02537.htm paperclip maximizer]].
* TooDumbToLive: Almost literally. They had to trick him into running away from a hurricane!

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[[folder:Winston Scudder Thurmad]]

A veterinarian who saves Florence's life during the hurricane.

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!!Provides examples of:

* BaldOfAwesome: No hair ''anywhere'', and he's helped out Florence a lot.
* DesignerBabies: Winston doesn't explicitly mention being gestated in a test tube, but he ''was'' born to parents who were convinced that humanity was going to be all space, all the time by the time he grew up, so they had him [[LegoGenetics genetically modified]] to fit; the most obvious mod is that he can't grow hair anyplace on his body, but there are others, mostly centered around maintaining things like bone density that would normally deteriorate in zero-gravity.
* EvilDetectingDog: His dog Beekay likes to bite Sam. A lot. And not for the same reasons as other animals.
* HospitalHottie: At least to Florence he is.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Florence.
* KindlyVet: One of the veterinarians for Jean, after getting over his initial shock he goes out of his way to care for Florence.
* MeaningfulName: His middle name is shared with the last name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Hubbard_Scudder Samuel Hubbard Scudder]], an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomologist entomologist.]][[labelnote:*]]Named after an artist friend that Mark knows, who's named after the entomologist.[[/labelnote]]
* TheMedic: To Florence at least (He's a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00350.htm "mad" veterinarian]]).
* OppositesAttract: He has no hair whatsoever while Florence is covered in fur. Lampshaded by Niomi when she sees them together.
* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: His specialty actually isn't with large animals like Florence, it's managing the microfauna of Jean's freshly terraformed ecosystem-- things like parasites and vermin.
* PermaShave: By virtue of having his follicles shut down.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: His pet dog, Beekay.
* SpacePeople: His parents were space nuts so they gave him "spacer genes" that allow him to live in zero-gravity without experiencing bone degeneration, and are the reason he's completely hairless. Though he hasn't actually been in space since the trip from home (his parents live in an asteroid though).

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[[folder:The Mayor]]

The mayor of the city, who has run afoul of Sam too often.

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!!Provides examples of:

* FantasticRacism: She has such a disdainful attitude towards AI that she sees nothing wrong with ''{{Mind Control}}ling'' Florence for [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02128.htm being scared of her.]] However, we see the [[WebcomicTime next day]] (InUniverse) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02384.htm that her position is beginning to shift.]] [[spoiler:When she [[CharacterDevelopment comes to believe]] that the AIs are probably sapient, she immediately acts in their defense.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep[=/=]NoNameGiven: None of the other characters that have spoken to or about her have referred to her as anything but "the Mayor" and variations on that theme.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Chronic case. At least two times that we've seen -- and it's implied many more that we haven't -- she's been outwitted by Sam specifically ''because'' she distrusts absolutely anything he does, no matter how innocuous it seems, and will take even absurd or pointless-seeming action if she thinks it will thwart his goals.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Is ready to use the bureaucracy to her benefit, against Sam, though she herself doesn't seem to be too terribly burdened by bureaucracy when it's not in her favor.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She considers it her duty as a politician to examine new information and change her position if necessary. When confronted with evidence that AIs are sapient, she begins negotiating with [[ZombieAdvocate Robot Advocate]] Max Post despite hating him, and [[spoiler:eventually puts her career on the line by defending the robots against having their assets seized by the company that created them]].
* TookALevelInKindness: Subverted. She realized that Florence and therefore possibly other [=AIs=] might be people when she got angry at Florence's disabling Gardner In The Dark and realized that, to be angry, she had to have a ''person'' to be angry at. Therefore her rage was a path to decency.
* UltimateAuthorityMayor: She is the only government authority figure that has been seen and hasn't been shown to have to answer to a city council or higher authority for her actions, although there was once mention of a governor of the planet Jean. (Of course, according to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02146.htm this strip]] there are only about 20,000 adult and presumably human colonists on the planet at the moment -- about enough to populate a single not-too-large city by Earth standards.)

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[[folder:Dr. John Bowman]]

The scientist who created Florence and other {{Uplifted|Animal}} Wolves and released them in public. Also contributed to the robots' situation.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AmbiguousDisorder: Averted. Bowman knows EXACTLY what it is, but it has many components of this trope.
* BerserkButton:
** He has many as a result of his sociopathic tendencies, but one button that doesn't stem from that is direct orders. According to Henri, you don't even joke about direct orders to him, unless you want him taking revenge on you.
** Similarly, he's absolutely livid when he sees just how much the "Emergency Shutdown" has been used on Florence - as she puts it afterward, she'd had it done more in a week on Jean than the rest of her entire ''life''.
** Direct eye contact is a big one due to[[spoiler: his [[MyInstinctsAreShowing chimpanzee instincts]]:]] it's seen as a sign of aggression.
* TheChessmaster: Brags of being able to defeat another character by looking more than five moves ahead.
* CrazyPrepared: He first appears having rigged a coffee machine as a transmitter, he's able to override half the systems on the base, and he's even tuned his viewer so that it censors the base commander's ID card and rewrites it to say he's an officer in the Natural Gas Rocket Rangers, meaning that he can't give Florence direct orders through the screen.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler:The project that created him was full of this, starting with making his people hyper-aggressive to be better fighters without thinking that even during war, soldiers spend less than 10% of their time actively fighting people]]. He himself does everything he can to avert this.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: His comment to Florence when she finally meets him is that she no doubt was expecting that. [[spoiler:Why, yes, chimpanzees are shorter than the human she expected.]]
* FatherlyScientist: He shows a great sense of responsibility for his creations, ensuring that they have the mental stability and self-control that he lacked. [[spoiler:He also jokes to Florence about wanting grandkids.]]
* TheFettered: As [[spoiler:a chimpanzee]], Bowman is a violent sociopath who can easily lose conscious control of his own actions... and he ''knows this and does his best to keep people safe from himself''.
-->'''Bowman:''' At some point, I'm going to throw the datapad. I don't have control over this. If my arm goes back, get out of the way.
* ForScience: One possible reason for his actions. [[spoiler: Eventually subverted, even though exploits like releasing his uplifted wolves to the general public and rigging a new colony to be populated with millions of sapient robots look like classic MadScientist behaviour. He shows keen social conscience and is working to prepare humanity for a future in which it might not be the dominant species in galactic society.]]
--> '''Henri:''' Oh, Lord. You're using an entire star system as a lab [[spoiler:to see if humans can take being a minority]].\\
'''Dr. Bowman:''' Just one star system. There has to be some isolation in case things go wrong.
* TheGadfly: His main hobby seems to be messing with his guards in various ways.
* TheGhost: Despite his importance, the comic for a long time only suggested that he's even on the planet, and it wasn't until Clippy tries to take Florence to him so that he can "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02337.htm repair her]]" that it was confirmed he's at Jean's south pole. His first appearance was on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02464.htm February 21, 2014]], almost 2500 strips in, and even then he's just a voice communicating through a coffee machine. It took him another week to finally [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02467.htm appear in person]].
* HatesBeingTouched: Part of his general lack of socialization. When Florence hugs him, he states it's as uncomfortable as it always was and asks her to let go.
* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler: Uplifted chimps]] were designed as soldiers who could be held in cryo most of the time. [[spoiler: Which might explain how Bowman has lived nearly a century when chimps usually die before their sixties.]]
* IWantGrandkids: As the creator of Bowman's wolves, and at his age, he feels entitled to bug Florence about grandchildren.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Or as Abby puts it based on Florence's description, a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01427.htm "jerk with a conscience".]] Possibly.
** Turns out? He's a VERY high-functioning sociopath. He doesn't have a natural conscience. So he's essentially had to build his moral code from scratch.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: None of the other uplifted chimps lived past forty; he himself is about 100. He neutered himself to make sure he'd be the last.]]
* LongLived: [[spoiler:As the last of the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00662.htm uplifted chimpanzees]]]], he's almost a century old.
* MadScientist: Or at least reclusive, prone to explosive rages, possessed of an excessively loose grasp on self-control, at least by human standards [[spoiler:although he's a paragon of moderation for a chimp]], willing to take jaw-dropping risks with other people, and obsessed with perfecting his designs.
* ManiacMonkeys: [[spoiler:Maniac enough that even being a perfectly rational AI expert, he has to pad basically the entirety of his lab and equipment, because he simply can ''not'' control his own outbursts, only prepare for them]].
* TheMedic: He was trained for this, early.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Good man or not, it's not really clear how someone with his lax treatment of experimental procedure ever got a degree. [[spoiler:Eventually revealed to have come about through the involvement of a veteran's rights organization. His study of neurology was at least partially in order to figure out how to fix his own loose screws.]]
* SophisticatedAsHell: Calls people poopyhead despite having a doctorate in neurology.
* SociopathicHero: UpToEleven. He is very sociopathic, minus having incredibly good long-term planning skills. But, he is as moral as someone in his situation can expect, and his only lapses are because he is incapable of understanding such things as 'ask permission before doing a brain scan that can save an entire species'.
-->'''Florence''': Okay, I'm not going to get upset because you really don't know why I'm upset.
-->'''Dr. Bowman''': [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02568.htm Everything I did was logical.]] One day I'll understand why that makes ''me'' the one who's nuts.
* SociopathicSoldier: Literally. [[spoiler: Deconstructed. He was a project to MAKE these, which ended about as well as you could expect.]]
* UpliftedAnimal: The creator of the uplifted wolves, as well as the neural architecture the robots are using. [[spoiler:He himself is a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02467.png chimpanzee]].]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Seems affectionate towards Dr Mer for all that he calls him "Commander Poopyhead" and goes out of his way to {{troll}} him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Subverted. [[spoiler:The people who knew that Bowman was behind the creation of the robot neural nets were worried that the robots' loyalties would shift once they found out Bowman wasn't human. Bowman, however, programmed his creations to see him as human, so that when they inevitably outgrew their pro-human safeguards, they would still care for humans as the ones who created them]].
-->'''Tech:''' He was two steps ahead of us this entire time.\\
'''Henri:''' I hope you're right, because he might be four steps ahead of us and we're just not seeing it yet.

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[[folder:Maxwell Post]]

A "procurement expert" and radical agnostic hired by the robots as a spiritual adviser. Also notable for being the only human being known to have successfully picked ''Sam's'' pocket, although he failed to notice that Sam was simultaneously picking his.

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!!Provides examples of:

* BigBrotherMentor[=/=]CoolTeacher: Acts as this to the Robots, intentionally giving them information that the humans on planet don't want them to have. Such as teaching them long-view ethics, or a form of religion that specifically precludes them from being ordered to believe a specific one.
* CoolShades: Always.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00587.htm Apparently the religious materials he finds for the robots are restricted.]] Or, at least they are if you're providing them to robots...
* GoodCounterpart: To Sam. They are both thieves and con men who are heartily loathed by the mayor, but whereas Sam is happy to be a pure force of chaos, Max is actively committed to helping the robots an securing them rights.
* TheRival: Can keep up with Sam, just barely. He and Sam even managed to steal each other's wallets at the same time.
* [[ZombieAdvocate Robot Advocate]]: He is one of the first humans to help the robots push for rights.

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[[folder:The Mayor's Assistant]]

The mayor's bodyguard/right-hand man. Far more calm and rational than his boss.

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!!Provides examples of:

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To contrast his boss, he's calm and rational at all times.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: [[spoiler:Gives Florence a direct order to do whatever she thinks is necessary to keep the robots from being lobotomized]].

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[[folder:Bill Raibert]]
An Ecosystems Unlimited executive.
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!!Provides examples of:
%%* NiceHat
* PunchClockVillain[=/=]GoodIsNotNice: Depending upon your perspective. It's true he's reasonable, thoughtful and considerate. He is also utterly prepared to wipe hundreds of thousands of conscious individuals if he felt it required, and clearly doesn't think of Florence or the robots as people. The only reason he hasn't wiped out artificial intelligence entirely is the practicality of doing so, rather than any moral objection. Yikes.
* OhCrap: Has an entire evening of these
** Accidental release of an A.I. [[spoiler:safeguard program (a last ditch wipe of the robots if they "lose control")]], which he describes as "Finding the equivalent of a live nuke with the timer flashing zero...", and in a measure of its harm he says that, "On a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 7"
** Finding out that [[spoiler:the safeguard has been stopped and the robots know about it.]] (8.5, but nothing is a 10 as it can always get worse)
** Hearing [[spoiler:Florence]] call robots people.
--->"[[spoiler:Her human safeguards]] have not only jumped the track, they've taken out half the train station."
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Recognizes the need to keep the robots informed of long term plans. He is willing to listen to Florence when she approaches him, attempts to investigate even thought he doesn't know what he's looking for, and eventually [[spoiler:nullifies the Gardener in the Dark by updating the robots' security software]].
* TripleShifter: During the [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]] crisis, to the point that he passes out on his computer even after downing enough caffeine to give a whale the jitters.
* UnusualUserInterface: Wearable computing consisting of AR glasses, and control points on his chest.

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[[folder: Varroa Jacobsoni]]
A lower-level employee of Ecosystems Unlimited, focused on behavioral studies - specifically "annoyology."

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!!Provides examples of:

* BuffySpeak: He's an "annoyologist."
* ButtMonkey: Not too severe, but it's worth noting that his coworkers deliberately set him up to be the guy accompanying Sam while at Ecosystems Unlimited. Plus, there's the BrickJoke about giving him a wedgie (which Sam initially tried to sneak into Florence's notes [[ItAmusedMe for humor value]]).
* ChekhovsGunman: First shown trying to investigate who or what killed a deer. Later becomes the guy who shows Sam around Ecosystems Unlimited, and after that the employee that Clippy recruits to counter Florence's plans to stop "Gardener in the Dark."
* GeniusDitz: He's capable of compiling and administering psychological tests very well, and he's one of the few Ecosystems Employees shown accomplishing any work. He's also seemingly the one being on all of Planet Jean that doesn't know Sam Starfall or his reputation, plus is the one employee who doesn't question Mr. Kornada...and the feral ballerina thing didn't help.
* MeaningfulName: ''Varroa jacobsoni'' is the binomial name for a parasitic mite that attacks bees and wasps. Varroa is a professional annoyer that works for the hive-like Ecosystems Unlimited, and he's clearly not viewed as particularly important or useful.

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[[folder: The Chief of Police]]
The Chief of Police of Jean, he's a very likable person who apparently suffered a severely debilitating accident sometime in the past, so he now has to use a sophisticated exoskeleton to get around. Despite this he's very cheerful and does his best to keep the citizens of Jean, not to mention the robots and Florence, safe.

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!!Provides examples of:

* BodyHorror: Whatever happened to him left the Chief severely scarred, blinded, and either paraplegic or legless. Fortunately the exoskeleton he wears [[spoiler: built for him by Dr. Bowman]] helps him get around without any difficultly.
* CoveredInScars: Every visible part of his body.
* {{Cyborg}}: Effectively, as the Chief and the mobility rig are neurally linked whenever he's in public.
* DentedIron: It's not shown what the chief of police has gone through, but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02363.htm he needs a special suit to get around.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Very definitely good scars.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01801.htm Implied]] to be the source of his scars.
* NoNameGiven: So far, he's just "The Chief."
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He doesn't overstep the bounds of the law, but he's willing to bend it slightly to protect edge cases of WhatMeasureIsANonHuman like Florence. He is also very careful to set a good example for the robots on the police force.
* RoboShip: With his mobility rig, whom he calls "literally my better half". Justified as his rig contains the same neural architecture as the other robots, and so has a personality of ''her'' own. Her name is L Linear, or [[PunnyName Eleanor]].[[invoked]]
* StepfordSmiler: Averted, along with CyberneticsWillEatYourSoul. Despite everything, the Chief really ''is'' that cheerful.
* TheFaceless: For the longest time readers only saw him while he was wearing his helmet with a reflective faceplate, leading many to assume he was a robot like many of his officers.

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[[folder: Henri Mer]]
The Chief of the polar base, where Ecosystems Unlimited has an important asset for the future of the company. Despite being repeatedly outsmarted at first, he shows that he's much more on-the-ball than he first appears.

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!!Provides examples of:

* ButtMonkey: He's the prime focus of the shenanigans of [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]].
--> '''Henri:''' Trust me, a [[spoiler:towel snap from a fully grown chimp]] is something you never forget.
* InsistentTerminology: He's not fond of having his title (Chief of Operations) rendered into French, despite his name.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While he certainly isn't happy with Florence's unannounced and unplanned appearance at his base, his prime motivation is to make sure that she isn't there to harm anyone and to get her back to where she belongs. He prefers to use reason, rather than direct orders, to make this happen. He also takes time to apologize for underlings who don't act nearly as reasonable.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Not so much secret, but when he finds out [[spoiler: that he's the only one who can give Florence direct orders now, he assumes it's a test from Dr. Bowman.]]
* SpottingTheThread: He's decent at this, in terms of being able to eventually figure out what [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] has done to get away with things. He's still a step slow in comparison, but he's comparatively a very flexible thinker overall.
* {{Troll}}: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02656.htm Puts screens with outrageous scenes on the way out of his secret base so if somebody peeks they'll have something to talk about.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: For all that [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] puts him through, Henri seems to legitimately care for said tormentor, and appreciates all that comes from it.

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