Characters / General Protection Fault

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    GPF Software 
Nick Wellington
A programmer for GPF Software, hired near the start of the strip.

Dwayne Duncan
The head of GPF software

Jason "Fooker" Barker
Systems administrator at GPF, and also Agent #6 for the Undisclosed Government Agency.

  • The Alcoholic: In college.
  • Big "NO!": After being told he can't wear shorts to Regional Telecom.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: His brother finds it frustrating that he doesn't live up to his full potential, and is outraged when Fooker manages to take his job, despite being taken by mistake and taking the test while drunk.
  • The Combat Pragmatist: When his counterpart advances on him as he's down, he flips him over.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Played with when Ki, meeting Dwayne, refers to him by his nickname.
    Dwayne: Jason, who's Fooker?
    Ki: Who's Jason?
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother is dead and his father left him and his brother.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: From Justin, his hard working, disciplined brother.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Not especially strong, but a skilled hand-to-hand fighter. Lampshaded when he fights off Sam
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Complains about having to abide by this rule after Ki beats him up for being sexist against her.

Ki Oshiro Wellington
A programmer for GPF Software

  • But Not Too Foreign: The daughter of a Chinese woman and Japanese man.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Faces Dr. Not and Trudy as she races up the Statue of Liberty to find Nick, but also faces Chuck.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Cuts her hair short while dating Sam (much to his displeasure) and lets it grow out for Nick.
  • Love Martyr: Willing to stay with and defend Sam even when it is implied that he's cheating on her.
  • Second Love: Nick is the second person she has been in love with, after Sam
  • Tsundere: Dere towards Nick, and tsun towards Fooker.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Towards Fooker. She helped him stop drinking, and he put her in contact with Dwayne and GPF.

Trudy Trueheart
GPF Software's marketing professional.

Frederick Physarum
A slime mold that gained sentience in the filth of Fooker's apartment.

Trent Terrell
Trudy's old boyfriend, and later her replacement as marketing director of GPF.

Dexter Smith
A contractor for GPF who is later hired full time

  • Dark Is Not Evil: In the superhero universe, Nick cast him as a villain, but by the time of their excursion into that universe through the MuTEX, he's a hero.
  • Fat Bastard: Initially. He gets better over time.
  • Logical Weakness: As Dexter is a contractor for GPF, Nick is able to get rid of him by finishing the project he was hired to do.
  • Otaku: The rest of the cast are fans of science fiction, but Dexter taxes his fandom of Star Wars and Star Trek to another level.
  • No Social Skills
  • Only Sane Man: Takes up this role in the "Alpha Female" arc when, teaming up with Ki and Sharon, he questions why a funeral home would need an online shopping cart. It turns out that the client also asked that question, and ends up cancelling the contract because they don't need one.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Had quite a few elements of this in his short-term relationship with Ki.

Sharon Murphy
Fooker's girlfriend, who becomes systems administrator of GPF after his departure.


Emperor Nicholas The Puissant

Duchess Ki Oshiro
Duchess of Europe for Emperor Nicholas.

General Jason "F**k*r" Barker
General of Nick's armies, a former UGA agent who accepted bribes and joined Nick.

Dwayne Duncan
Governor of Asia and formerly the corrupt head of GPF Software.

Trudy Trueheart
A resistance fighter in the Nega-verse who contacts the main cast to help them thwart Emperor Nicholas' plans.

Trent Terrell
Leader of Nega-C.R.U.D.E., an organization dedicated to overthrowing Emperor Nicholas.

Yoshi Oshiro

A tech expert for Nega-C.R.U.D.E., and a savant who has incredible technological skills, but otherwise has the mind of a toddler.

A resistance fighter who was once friends with Nega-Fooker.

Dr. Nefu
Dr. Nefarious's counterpart, a scientist for the resistance.

Alexis Nicht
Dr. Nefu's assistant

    Outside Time And Space 

The Gamester

An extra-dimensional entity charged with regulating temporal disturbances.


The Gamester's assistant

Todd Wellington

Nick and Ki's son, who was sent back from the future to prevent Trudy's rise to power. Rather than be erased, he exists outside time and space

  • Kid from the Future
  • Shoot the Dog: He states a willingness to kill Trudy's younger self, who, while having done some terrible things, has not yet accomplished her plan, in order to stop Empress Trudy from establishing herself.
  • Sunglasses at Night
  • Time Police
  • Walking Spoiler: His status as Nick and Ki's son, which is hidden from the viewer at first, reveals quite a bit about the plot of Surreptitious Machinations.
  • Wham Line: After Nick and Ki help him defeat an Expy of The Terminator, he escapes, thinking "Thanks, Mom and Dad".

Empress Trudy

Trudy's future self, who took over the world, but began losing her sanity after killing Nick.


  • Bigger Bad: To Empress Trudy and Emperor Nicholas.

    Other Characters 


Fooker's best friend. When Trudy moves in to their apartment complex, he is immediately attracted to her, but she makes him her pawn.

Yoshi Oshiro
Ki's younger brother, who skipped several geades.


Otto Wisebottom
Nick's uncle, and a fellow carrier of the Inventor's Gene

Akhilesh Sehgal
A doctor who treats Trudy and suggests that there may be a way for her to find redemption.

Ki's former fiancé

  • Attempted Rape: The reason Ki breaks up with him.
  • Jerk Jock: It's not obvious at first, but the implications of him cheating on Ki and the way he mocks Fooker mark him as this before the rape attempt, would indicate him as one.
  • Karma Houdini
  • Your Cheating Heart: It's implied that he was cheating on Ki with Sandra because Ki wouldn't have sex with him. It's never proven, but Ki is shown to be the only one unwilling to believe this.

Justin Barker
Jason/Fooker's brother.

  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Loses his spot in the U.G.A. to Fooker on mere chance, but is able to switch positions with him later.
  • The Resenter: Has harbored a grudge against Fooker for years after he was taken by mistake and got his UGA job, but the GPF group convinces him to reconnect.
  • Second Love: To Maddie.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Hard-working and disciplined while Fooker is a lazy slob.

Mr. and Mrs. Oshiro
Ki and Yoshi's parents

  • Accidental Misnaming: Mr. Oshiro keeps calling Ki "Kyoko," the Japanese name she was supposed to have.
  • Exiled to the Couch: After he makes the mistake of implying that he views his mixed marriage as a mistake, even after he apologizes.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Mr. Oshiro was apparently a cultural rebel in his youth, marrying a Chinese woman, but became more conservative with age.
  • Hey, You!: He typically calls Nick "gaijin"("foreigner"), but calls him "Nick-san" when apologizing to him.
  • Hypocrite: Mr. Oshiro disapproving of Nick's marriage to Ki on the basis of him not being Japanese, when he married a Chinese woman. Nick and Ki both call him out on that.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Mr. Oshiro is the last obstacle Nick must overcome to get the right to marry Ki. Interestingly enough, he wasn't nearly as much of a problem when Ki was engaged to Sam, and Sam's parents were the problem.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Mrs. Oshiro.