Characters: Lackadaisy

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Roark 'Rocky' Rickaby

"Always be prepared to improvise, Freckle. That's rule number one for jazz players and vigilantes alike."

Ladies and gentlemen, our hero! Our quick-witted, overdramatic, high-energy, a-few-lightbulbs-short-of-a-marquee hero! And if you're worried at the sound of that, you're not alone. After a youth of drifting and doing odd jobs, he's found his place at the Lackadaisy speakeasy, where he plays the violin in the band, as well as being the person in charge of acquiring moonshine, coffin varnish — whatever you want to call the liquor. Cousin of Freckle. Harbours a crush on Mitzi.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has No Social Skills, seems almost proud when his own cousin goes on a shooting spree, and is implied to be a Pyro Maniac.
  • Alliterative Name: Whether using his real or nickname, his initials are R.R.
  • Amusing Injuries: He usually suffers from these, getting slapped and popping right back up, totally fine a few panels later. However, the "injury disappears immediately" aspect of the trope is subverted when Rocky is punched in "Rumrunner" — he receives a black eye that doesn't quite go away until the next day. Averted in "Haymaker", where he gets hit head first by a hearse. In addition to receiving a nasty sized gash on his head, he is knocked out and comes near to dying.
  • Beneath the Mask: If you haven't picked up on the loneliness and frantic desperation behind his cheerful demeanor, it becomes clearer when you see him throwing himself in front of Freckle's car and getting almost run over, begging him not to tell the police about the shootout because it means he'd have to leave again. It all comes to the surface after he gets his forehead head split open, and he drops the mask completely while under recovery.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: An identifying feature, such as when the speakeasy is being attacked by the pig farmers, they know him as "The one with the eyebrows."
  • Butt Monkey: So much, it borders on chew toy territory, though you couldn't tell by looking at him. If you were to make a list of all the people who have hit him, and all who haven't, you would find it to be about even.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: See the character image
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He seems to have a grudge against Wick and is trying to scare him off purely because he's dating Mitzi. He might just be worried because Wick giving Mitzi more money will mean she can afford to replace Rocky, but his forlorn facial expression when observing the couple from behind a window suggests there is more to it than that.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He used to live with his aunt and cousin when he was younger, which he called "more home than home was." Then he was blamed for a family tragedy. Uncertain whether it was really him or if he was looking out for his cousin. The troubled part never really ended, despite the cheerful spin he tries to put on everything. Sleeps in his car now.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every now and again.
    Viktor: ...That is vhy you come back looking alvays like you got hit by train.
    Rocky: Says the one-eyed man with knees that don't bend.
  • Disappeared Dad: Word of God is that his father, Ransom Rickaby, while alive is not around.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Including hanging out of the window.
  • Ear Notch: A side comic reveals that it's the result of an accident while trying to look cool with a revolver...
  • Escape Artist: His role during his time in the circus. We can see some of that in action where he manages to escape from the pig farmers and avoid being run over by a train in the first few comics.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Which Mitzi notices and compliments him for in a bonus comic where he wears a tux... no survivors.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: This is what you get when you mix little Rocky with pancakes. Or at least with pancake syrup.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He likes being in Lackadaisy because they tolerate him and is desperate to stay there and keep the speakeasy afloat.
  • Indy Ploy: See the quote at the top of the section.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: For as many times as he gets hit, he heals quite quickly. Averted when his head gets split open.
  • Keet: He's pretty hyperactive and usually very upbeat.
  • Kubrick Stare: In the Defiance arc.
  • Large Ham: Part and parcel of Rocky's shtick, to the point that no one can really tell when he's putting it on for his own esoteric amusement and when he's being genuine.
    Rocky: "I don't want to have to leave again! THEY TOLERATE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
  • Laughing Mad: Rocky has a penchant for this. He thinks of it as "laughing it off" when he does something bad or escapes death.
  • Loveable Rogue: Tries to be one, at least. When woozy from a head injury he hinted that this might not be the case all the time
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Leads his cousin to a life of crime, but seems to legitimately care about him, and is kind to just about everyone. (Excluding Wick)
  • Missing Mom: Tracy has confirmed that his mom is unfortunately deceased. From references to her being in a Sanatorium and Rocky's comment about her "chasing the Red Death" it was probably tuberculosis.
  • Motor Mouth: Seems to be mostly when talking to Viktor or when explaining one of his exploits.
  • Never Learned to Read: Not exactly, but joked about by Ivy. She doesn't believe he ever actually went to school.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: To Wick's dismay.
  • Noodle People: Is just as skinny as Ivy, and the only reason she doesn't qualify for this trope is because she's a teenaged girl. Viktor even tells him he's like a spaghetti noodle. Mitzi notes that him trying to shield her from an attacker is "like taking cover behind a cornstalk".
  • No Social Skills: He spouts poetry at random, is a severe Stepford Smiler. It's heavily implied that he has trouble relating to people, and that he only joined Lackadaisy because "they tolerate him."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: About the only person who calls him Roark is his aunt.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The only time he's not crazy, zany, and upbeat is when he's recovering from a potentially serious head wound.
  • The Pollyanna: No matter how bad things get, he always has that smile on. Word of God says it's a combination of this and a Stepford Smiler:
    "He's naturally upbeat but, if it's not obvious by now, there's also a sort of frantic desperation behind most of the things he does."
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Ivy.
  • Pyro Maniac: His default problem solving tool is Molotov cocktails.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Borders on this due to his Crazy Awesome tendencies.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: One strip is dedicated to him reciting a poem about the Mississippi River.
  • Sad Clown: Something happened to him that got him kicked out of the McMurray house and strained family relations. You wouldn't be able to tell from his horrible jokes and Cloudcuckoolander tendencies, though.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Every now and then, especially when reciting poetry.
  • Slasher Smile: He can give a pretty big one. He gives one to Wick when trying to scare him and the man assumes for his own sanity that it was meant to convey a joke.
    "I thought this was my sincere smile. Isn't this my sincere smile?"
  • Supporting Protagonist: In a way; up until the start of the comic, he was the Lackadaisy's fiddler and nothing else, and in the end, is a tiny part of the grand scheme of things.
  • Stepford Smiler: Of a sort. Word of God is that Rocky's constant grin is half genuine and half Sad Clown; he's naturally cheerful of demeanor, but there's also a certain amount of lonely desperation because he knows he's weird and flaky and doesn't have a lot going for him aside from said demeanor, so he's hoping that if you think he's amusing you won't be so quick to discard him once you can afford someone better.
  • Terrible Artist: Judging from Rocky's note to Freckle and the numerous letters he's sent him and vandalizing the walls of Ivy's dormitory, Rocky is not a very good artist.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To Freckle.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Brick on a rope! He also tried to glue pancakes to his cousin's head to attract bees. When he refused, he offered for him to swallow the glue instead.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes. He also puts syrup in coffee.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Acknowledged by Ivy: "I don't want to be around when your terrible good luck runs out."
  • Warrior Poet: Well, he thinks he is. Especially with the "Poet" part.

Calvin "Freckle" McMurray

"Wait! No! I haven't been in any trouble since— I mean, I'm a good— I'm supposed to be a-HAHAHAHAHAHAHeep—!"

Rocky's younger cousin and Nina's son. His dream is to become a police officer, but that appears to have been squashed as he's been thrown out of the academy. Normally extremely shy and subdued, but shows a different side when faced with violence and chaos. Rocky thinks that this somewhat ill-balanced demeanor can be put perfectly to work at the Lackadaisy.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Granted, he's eighteen, but who could resist those ginormous kitty-cat eyes? This applies especially to when he was a little boy.
  • Adorkable: Except when he isn't. But generally, Freckle is a quiet, soft-spoken young man with problems talking to girls and a nervous disposition.
  • Axe Crazy: The boy really likes firearms; to the point that it caused him to be kicked out of the Police Academy. Though, he did practically go catatonic after killing those pig farmers.
  • Badass Adorable: He knows how to handle a tommy-gun.
  • Badass Longcoat: In concept art.
  • Berserk Button: The improper handling of firearms.
  • The Berserker: Give him a gun and he turns into one.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Normally, he is a nice guy and quite gentle — that is, until he gets hold of a gun. Then he becomes a completely different person. Save for Mordecai and Viktor, he has the highest on screen body count thus far.
  • Break the Cutie: He nearly goes catatonic after killing those pig farmers.
  • Cat Smile: Gets a few, but not as much as Ivy.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: This mixed with a little bit of Slasher Smile.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Rocky is doing this to him, by introducing him the Lackadaisy, whether he means to or not.
  • Cute and Psycho: Again. He seems cute and innocent when he's not holding a gun, but when he is, the psycho comes out.
  • Disappeared Dad: Tracy has confirmed that his dad is unfortunately deceased.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Freckle nearly went catatonic after his rampage against the pig farmers, and even threw up.
  • Fish out of Water: He is not in his element in the smooth world of speakeasies — but he's also starting to wonder if even could fit in anywhere else, seeing as the police force couldn't accept him either.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tracey's indicated in some Q-and-A's that his psycho streak has some of its origins in his overbearing upbringing.
  • Handy Man: He's a decent one when not accompanying Rocky on hijinks or getting into gunfights.
  • Heroic BSOD: He gets a little out of sorts after the incident with the pig rustlers and cocoons himself up in his bed.
  • Laughing Mad: During a killing spree he laughs insanely; this was foreshadowed beforehand when he struggles not to laugh uncontrollably after he helps burn down a farmhouse with Rocky.
    Rocky: "My cousin."
  • Momma's Boy: Then again it would be sort of hard not to be one if your mother was Nina McMurray
  • Nave Newcomer: To the world of booze smuggling and speakeasies.
  • Older Than He Looks: You would swear he was just a child by his appearance in the comic, but according to Tracy, he's eighteen.
  • Only Sane Man: Whenever he's away from firearms at least. Otherwise....
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After the gunfight with the pig farmers. He throws up, drives home, and collapses in bed with all his clothes on.
  • Psycho for Hire: Albeit a reluctant one.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": His "eagerness" when around firearms makes him do this. Mitzi remarks that he has Rocky's laugh.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Well, as a cat he's orange-colored — close as you can get.
  • Reluctant Psycho: He's clearly disturbed by the fact that something's not quite right under his unassuming surface, and would like nothing more than to just "be a good boy."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even as an adult, mostly because he's Older Than He Looks.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Mordecai. Both the most effective fighters in their organizations, but Freckle is an essentially decent person who can't control himself from berserker raging in combat, while Mordecai is a sociopath who holds himself in check by an obsessive commitment to order.
  • Shrinking Violet: That is, until he gets hold of a gun.
  • The Quiet One: His quiet and straightforward way of talking tends to make him blend in with the background around other characters, so many people end up ignoring him.
  • Unfortunate Names: Honestly, why would someone as Irish Catholic as Nina name her son Calvin (unless to instill some good ol' Catholic guilt)? note 

Mary-Ellen "Mitzi" May (ne Montgomery)

Rocky: Miss M's done a lot for me, y'know? I just get a little, uh, sentimental with her being in a vulnerable spot these days...
Viktor: Vulnerable as like bear trap.

The proprietress of Lackadaisy since the death of her husband, Atlas May. Used to be a ukulele player and showgirl, which is how she came to meet her husband. Looks fragile, but is a shrewd and steely businesswoman, who refuses to abandon or give up on her speakeasy. In a tentative flirtation with Wick. The rumours of her involvement in her husband's death may or may not be false and greatly exaggerated.

  • Alliterative Name: Whether you use her current name or her old name, her initials are still M.M.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Sweet, sexy widow who just wants to keep her business going or manipulative seductress who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants?
  • Berserk Button: Do not touch her pearl necklace.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is a sweet, intelligent lady in every sense of the word, who will wrestle you to the ground, claw you in the face and kick you in the chin for a pearl.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: That well hidden ruthless streak.
  • Blatant Lies: After threatening Lacy with dismemberment.
    Wick: What about dismemberment?
    Mitzi: Oh, nothing, honey. Girl talk.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's very intelligent and cunning, and her hair is very brown.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Tends to keep her cool in serious situations, even when her speakeasy is being shot up by pig farmers. She also has little reaction to seeing her employees injured.
  • Christmas Cake: Insists that she was born in the "20th century".
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Wears a lot of purple.
  • Damsel in Distress: Averted. While Rocky seems to think she is one, he couldn't be more wrong.
  • Determined Widow: Mitzi is determined to return the Lackadaisy speakeasy to its former glory.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Rocky implies to Wick that she had him kill Atlas and he asks her about it. She continues to make jokes about it in ways that explicitly don't deny having Atlas killed and fairly creeps Wick out. She makes a firm denial on the next page, though.
  • Femme Fatale: She's a very archetypical one, particularly where Wick is concerned.
  • Femme Fatalons: Granted she is a cat, but she's the first character to claw someone to date. Just ask the poor vagrant that tried to take a pearl from the engagement necklace Atlas had given Mitzi back in the good ol' days. Ouch.
  • Green Eyes: The sultry, mysterious type.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Was otherwise known as "Martini Mitzi" in her early days.
  • Hartman Hips: Has the most noticeable hips of the female characters in the cast. The author has stated it's so that she can fit fancy dress designs on her butt.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: When she met Atlas, and she was just a poor dancer.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She has very little cat influence in her face, especially compared to Ivy, who is very feline and also female. She even has tiny whiskers, while the rest of the cast have very long ones.
  • May-December Romance: Though the art makes it hard to determine anyone's age, it's clear that Atlas was significantly older than her (nine years, to be exact).
  • Miss Kitty: Literally - she's a Miss Kitty who happens to be a kitty.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Which she exploits to keep the Lackadaisy afloat.
  • Not a Morning Person: Of note are the nights she falls unconscious with her make-up on.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Mary-Ellen; Mitzi is a stage name she took when she was a lounge singer/ukelele player.
  • Opera Gloves: The author draws her with them sometimes, but she hasn't worn them in the comic proper.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She's typically associated with purple because the author herself associates the color with vanity, selfishness, integrity and strength.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Tracy states that purple is a colour she (Tracy, not Mitzi) equates with vanity and selfishness wish, but also integrity and strength. Very fitting.
  • Really Seventeen Years Old: Inverted. She claims she was born in the twentieth century, which would make her twenty-seven or somewhere around that, being that the comic is staged in 1927, but she is really thirty-four Note .
  • Real Women Have Curves: She is very curvy and very proud of it, despite this body type only becoming popular in the 40s with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, and going out of fashion with as much immediacy as it when it came into fashion.
  • Rule of Sexy: When asked by a fan why Mitzi has such a curvy behind, Tracy's usual answer is "Because."
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Possibly. Her detractors think it's more like silk hiding tin, as she's only gotten into one physical fight and that was with a drunken lout over pearls.
  • Southern Belle: Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Skewed Priorities: Occasionally. The main tension between her and Zib later on is that she refuses to leave Lackadaisy behind and get a less dangerous life because of her memory of Atlas. She also will attack someone viciously for a single pearl, albeit a pearl from a necklace that Atlas gave her.
  • Stripperific: She mentions an incredibly bawdy, ridiculous Mata Hari outfit she once wore when she was part of the band during a performance.
  • Tareme Eyes: She sports a variant, however, it is ambiguous if she is like the personality associated.
  • That Man Is Dead: She doesn't like to think about times before she and Atlas got married.
  • The Determinator: It's generally agreed on by the other characters that The Lackadaisy is doomed, yet Mitzi does everything in her power (no, really, everything) to keep her late husband's business afloat, no matter how many tragedies and interruptions that occur on the way.
  • The Stoic: Not even being shot at by a pig farming hick raises much of a response out of her.
  • The Vamp: She has qualities of this, especially when she's with Wick.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Not a queen, but very similar.

Viktor Vasko

"One af [my knees] bends somevhat. And is after seven years at this vork."

A Slovak immigrant with a violent and mysterious past, he now works for Mitzi as an odd jobs man and occasional bartender. Is extremely protective towards Ivy, who is just about the only person towards whom he doesn't show barely-suppressed murderous rage. Used to be Mordecai's partner in contract killing, but their relationship has soured since.

  • Action Dad: According to Elsa, he has an estranged wife and daughter.
  • Alliterative Name: Victor Vasko
  • Badass: Hell, yes! Especially in his younger days, he was able to take on multiple opponents at once. He's only marginally less of a threat now because of his handicaps.
  • The Big Guy: Outside the configuration of the Five Man Band, he still fills the role.
  • Big Brother Instinct/Papa Wolf: He is unusually protective of Ivy, to the point where he's scared away most of her previous boyfriends. (Probably by injuring them, if what happened to Chad is any indication.) He's also not happy with her attraction to the speakeasy lifestyle and tells her to quit hanging around, to her displeasure.
  • Bilingual Bonus: KUS VOLA! ZABIJEM T'A! (Translation: 'You piece of ox! I'll kill you!'; in Slovak, calling someone a 'piece of ox' is a common insult, similar to our English habit of calling someone a jackass.)
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Rocky: I, uh, have, a bit of a dilemma, Viktor. As fortune would have it, there's a pick-up tomorrow night. But to the contrary, um, fortune-wise, uh, it seems I'll have a gaggle of belligerent clodhoppers to contend with, and, so, well... I was hoping you would have some valuable advice or perhaps some words of inspiration for your young protege.
    Viktor: Quit.
  • Death Glare: One of his primary expressions. Rocky thinks that his single eye lets him focus his emotions into a hate-based eye-laser, since he can just about etch plate steel with his glower power.
  • Disappeared Dad: He himself is one, who left his wife and daughter so they wouldn't be dragged down by his mistakes.
  • Eyepatch of Power
    Rocky: "You know how when Viktor looks at you, it seems like he's searing a hole through your face? Well, I have a theory about that. By having to pass through that singular ocular of his, the, uh, hate energy he radiates experiences some sort of amplification in a manner not unlike stimulated emission as, uh, Einstein described it, resulting in a kind of highly intensified... glare beam."
  • Funetik Aksent: Slovakian.
  • Green Eyes: As seen in colored art.
  • Grumpy Bear: Especially evident when he's with Ivy. And he's also a friendly neighbor to Mrs. Bapka, an elderly Slovak woman.
  • Handicapped Badass: His leg hasn't been the same since Mordecai kneecapped him. Don't think that makes him harmless.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He's at least a somewhat decent guy. He's protective of Ivy and takes care of his nonagenarian neighbor Mrs. Bapka.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Ivy, which she lampshades in a side comic by demonstrating she can't even get her arms around him.
  • Husky Russkie: Well, he's not actually Russian, he's Slovakian (Strapping Slav?) but the accent is similar enough when rendered in text.
  • Improvised Weapon User: He can do this. When you're as strong as Victor a lot of things can become dangerous weapons in your hands.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Ivy.
  • Mighty Glacier: Very strong. Very slow, especially with his bad knees.
  • No Badass to His Valet: His relationship with Ivy in a nutshell.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His default expression is frowning; Ivy is one of the only people to make him smile.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Ivy.
  • Put on a Bus: He spends most of Volume 2 bedridden with pneumonia, since he was shot in the first Volume.
  • Reflective Eye: Viktor's remaining eye does this when he turns on his Death Glare upon meeting Calvin.
  • Retired Badass: Not quite retired. Viktor's got only one eye and bad knees, and his official job is as bartender. He can still hold his own in a fight though, and Lackadaisy's dire situation brings him out from behind the bar regularly.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not a defining trait, but its in his background. The trenches left him like "a wire stripped of its sheathing", and he plunged back into violence with labor conflicts before turning to a life of crime.
  • The Silent Bob: Viktor speaks, but communicates more effectively with facial expression. In this preview comic, he and Mordecai have a mild argument. Victor never says a word. Mordecai reacts entirely to Viktor's Facial Dialogue.
  • Silent Snarker: If feeling particularly snarky, he can snark without opening his mouth.
  • The Stoic: When he's not beating the ever-loving crap out of someone.
  • Terse Talker: Most of the time. It could be partially because he isn't completely fluent in English.
  • Weak Sauce Weakness: Stairs, on account of his bad knees. He was kneecapped less than a year prior: in addition to being one of the most painful places to get shot, many victims who've been kneecapped go on to suffer residual paralysis in the muscles of their lower legs.

Ivy Pepper

"You will read these magazines and you will like them. And so help me, you'll learn to enjoy the banjo hour. There's not gonna be any moping, Viktor. There just isn't."

A cheerful and hyperactive college student and the only person Viktor treats with anything resembling affection. Her father was a friend of Atlas, her now late godfather. She has a big crush on Freckle.

  • '20s Bob Haircut: As befitting of any flapper girl. A bonus comic shows her cutting her hair into it when she was a little girl.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Which Viktor never seems to hear the end of.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't let the fancy flapper outfits and the ditzy demeanor fool you; she has a temper that's proven nothing to sneeze at. And she manages to handle a gun well enough to convince some gin-runners she's genuine, too.
    • Though the fact that she was also mishandling it and obviously freaked out at the time also helped them give in - a scared person who is mildly competent with a gun can be far more dangerous than a well-trained expert.
  • Book Dumb: Studying isn't a top priority for her, nor is it a priority at all. Lampshaded by Mitzi when she asks her which professor assigns her magazines to read.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her profile mentions her skill with a rifle. She shows it off by nabbing a handgun from some moonshiners who tried to run down her and Rocky and firing a warning shot at them.
  • The Chick: While she, Rocky, and Freckle all have lots of empathy compared to their co workers, Ivy is the one who comes closest to white morality, and if not for the fact that she worked for an underground criminal organisation because she has nothing better to do with her summer vacation, she'd be the Only Sane Employee.
  • The Cutie: Her biography page on the website describes her as "all sweetness and sunrays." Technically, "calculated sweetness and devious fib-telling little sunrays."
  • The Ditz: Just a tad.
  • The Flapper: Well, it was the style for women at the time. Freckle and Rocky refuse to let her meet Nina, on the basis that Ivy is wearing pants.
  • Genius Ditz: She's not the sharpest knife in the the drawer, but she's a Guile Hero who knows how to use a gun, even if only marginally.
  • Genki Girl: A lying, occasionally mean-spirited one, but a genki girl is a genki girl.
  • Guile Hero: Convinces the Arbogasts to sell to them, manages to muscle her way into recovery classes to work at the Lackadaisy over the summer, and convinces Wick into paying for Viktor's medical costs.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Viktor.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Viktor.
  • Morality Pet: To Viktor. He waits until she's out of the room before he visits horrible violence on someone.
  • Motor Mouth: Occasionally when talking to Victor.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one to Rocky because of his getting Viktor shot, with a Vogue magazine.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Is deliberately failing a class so that she'll have to take recovery classes in the summer, and thus have an excuse to stay at the Lackadaisy. By all accounts, she's actually pretty smart.
  • Opera Gloves: Wears a pair with her evening dress. While flappers didn't tend to be photographed wearing them, they were still in style, and the comic is known for doing the research.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Viktor and Rocky.
  • Little Miss Badass: Managed to strike up a deal with the Arbogasts, with a combinations of guilt-tripping, intimidation, and Rocky having a huge hole sawed in his head by their hearse.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Despite being in a World of Snark, she can certainly hold her own against the adults.
  • Really Gets Around: She's had several boyfriends, which has nothing to do with Ivy and everything to do with Viktor. Every break-up is a direct consequence of Viktor breaking their limbs so that they are 1. in a wheelchair and 2. petrified of even saying hello to her. Ivy is not happy when she figures this out.
  • Sailor Fuku: Wears one at the start of the comic and in concept art.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She is on her school's woman's rifle team.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Regularly abuses her father's funds for things like matching scarves and hats, shoes, and magazines, usually when she should be using that money to buy school supplies.
  • Supreme Chef: Handles the restaurant seemingly without any assistance.
  • Tsundere: Mostly dere, but her tsun side is definitely there-e.

Dorian 'Zib' Zibowski

"Couldn't sleep after last night's fireworks... so I figured I'd practice sitting around looking troubled and pensive."

The band's cynical saxophonist, and occasionally clarinetist. Was in a relationship with Mitzi at some point before she married Atlas. Keeps out of the gin-running business as well as he can, and more often acts as the voice of reason for Mitzi.

Horatio Bruno

Works as the Lackadaisy's doorman and bouncer. Seems sweet and friendly, if a bit naive.

Atlas May

The founder of Lackadaisy and Mitzi's husband, now deceased, murdered under mysterious circumstances.

  • Driving Question: Who killed him? And, in that line, "Why?"
  • Father to His Men: Almost everyone in Lackadaisy worked for him because they owed him big. A subversion; as detailed on the main page, his habit of collecting "strays" may not have been out of kindness at all.
  • Happily Married: From what we can tell, he and Mitzi really did love each other.
  • The Lost Lenore: He still has a lot of influence on Mitzi. She's trying to maintain his legacy by keeping Lackadaisy alive, she talks to his portrait, keeps his necklace, and has to deliberately turn away from a photo of him when she kisses Wick.
  • May-December Romance: Was about nine years older than his wife.
  • Posthumous Character: His death kicks off the plot.

     The Marigold Gang 

Asa Sweet

"The longest death rattle I think I've ever witnessed... I don't have time for this. But that's what I get for betting on a bunch of pig rastlers to know how to deal with a lame horse."

Formerly a business associate of Atlas May; now makes no secret of the fact that he's just waiting for Lackadaisy to die for good. A pleasant, cheery tycoon with no scruples.

  • Affably Evil: He doesn't wish misfortune on Mitzi or any of Lackadaisy's staff personally. He's willing to drive Lackadaisy out of business with utter ruthlessness, but that's just business.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: His human version looks a lot like John Goodman. In Tracy's head, he also sounds like John Goodman.
  • Fat Bastard: Noticeably overweight.
  • Meaningful Name: Inverted, as this guy is anything but sweet. Word of God says that he does love to eat sweet stuff though.

Mordecai Heller

"It was nothing so indulgent as a grand time. It's merely work ethic."

Previously a member of Lackadaisy and Viktor's partner-in-crime, but left the gang on pretty bad terms after Atlas was killed (which he seems to know some truth about). He now works as a bootlegger for former rival Marigold, though he doesn't look too happy to be there either.

  • Adorkable: He had his moments in the past, a little boy with a sweater too big for him and a quiet studying habit. You can see traces when he's an adult too.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He was all but confirmed as Jewish by an unambiguously Yiddish holiday greeting to Viktor in one of the extras and again more Yiddish when insulting the author in a fourth-wall breaking interview. Tracy finally confirmed him to be Jewish when fans kept asking if it was true or not.
  • Axe Crazy: He actually hacked up a guy with an axe because he didn't understand that the order was a joke. In a flashback he killed a guy because he sneezed one time too many.
    • Alas, poor Sniffles...
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Mordecai wears his tuxedos so impeccably that it makes him look more like a bookman than a triggerman.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is just as often seen murdering the shit out of people as he is doing or saying something immensely nerdy or math-related.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one on occasion.
  • Berserk Button: Mordecai was probably planning on killing you anyway, but you just made the last moments of your life so much worse with your blatant disregard for symmetry.
  • The Butcher: While not as blatantly obvious, Mordecai has used the alias "Elijah Metzger," which the creator mentioned is "perhaps altogether too appropriate for him." "Metzger" is a German word meaning "butcher." We're first introduce to Mordecai (in canon) wielding a bloody hatchet and an irritated expression. It fits.
  • The Comically Serious: He's a tuxedo cat because, as Tracy puts it, "I never met a tuxedo cat that didn't take himself entirely too seriously." Many times in bonus art pieces the joke involves Mordecai losing his dignity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A subtle one.
    (on hacking a body to pieces and arranging its parts in alphabetical order): "...Well, 'A' is for Amygdala, Mr. Sweet."
    • Another example, after having a voodoo mark of protection carved into his chest:
    Serafine: So don' cross [the loa] or he'll eat you from inside out.
    Mordecai: You're confusing germs for spirits.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Hacks a guy to pieces, not understanding that the order was a joke, and freely admits he has no idea what the guy did wrong, but hey, orders are orders. Oh, and he doesn't show any remorse for this whatsoever.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It is shown that after leaving home, he wrote his mother a letter, telling her where he hid savings for her, and urging her to move to "a more suitable living space", as her current lodging was "poorly ventilated, moldy, and unhealthful". He also has fond memories of his little sister, Rose.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Mordecai just can't understand sentimental types like Viktor Vasko.
    Mordecai: "The important thing is no one was hurt."
    (Cut to a scene of at least 5 dead/dying gangsters and an incredulous Viktor)
    Mordecai "...No one who counts."
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Again, hacked a guy to pieces because he didn't get it was a joke.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Before the comic began he was a member of Lackadaisy. He kneecapped Viktor as part of his resignation.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A ruthlessly unsympathetic triggerman who wears spectacles.
  • Good with Numbers: Tracy lists statistical math as one of his talents.
  • Green Eyes: The untrustworthy type.
  • Hidden Depths: Increasingly implied, over the course of his antics with the Savoys, to have had something like Undying Loyalty to Atlas May, which is surprising given his self-professed pragmatism and lack of sentimentality. He also pauses to reflect on a moment from his childhood spent with his little sister, Rose, which actually makes him smile.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Not as much as Victor, but he's been in enough fights that he can improvise weapons pretty well.
  • Married to the Job: The reason why Mordecai has never shown any signs of having a love life.
  • Neat Freak: Very much so; partly due to being raised in slum housing.
    Zib: Who robs a place, then tidies up and dusts the shelves before leaving?
  • Professional Killer: He's currently the Marigold Gang's head triggerman.
  • Selective Squeamishness Suppression: Mordecai is an extremely fastidious and tidy person...who you first see in blood splattered underwear, having just chopped someone up with a hatchet.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Occasionally. It goes with the looks-like-a-bookkeeper territory, although an extra shows him being just as long-winded when he was younger.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Very sharply dressed at all times. Unless he's gotten into a fight, there's never a thread out of place in his suits.
  • The Sociopath: Probably the only genuine example among the cast. He has no sense of loyalty or love to anyone except possibly his family, will kill at a moment's notice, and experiences a very narrow gamut of emotions. Some of this might even have occurred because of brain damage.
  • The Stoic: Mordecai's the rare example whose limited emotional range seems downright pathological. The Defiance morticians tell rumors that he might have suffered some sort of brain damage from a headshot wound.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He very rarely shows any emotion of any kind. And he rarely goes without his spectacles.
  • Super OCD: He has an impulse to clean everything and is hideously terrified of anything untidy, unclean, or unorganized. Taken to comedic levels in a bonus comic where he freaks out on their hostage because he keeps moving to the side of the car and breaking the symmetry.
  • Technically a Smile: Provides the page image, from this comic. Also counts as The Unsmile and Slasher Smile (especially the last panel).
    Viktor: Dark look like Valentino is different from dark look like, ehh, I vill like to murder your family...vith ice pick, probably.
  • The Unsmile: If you try to make him smile when he doesn't want to, this will be the result. Not a pretty sight.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, maybe "sweet" is the wrong word for it, as it's pretty obvious something was "off" about him from the start, but flashbacks (both in the main comic and in bonus strips) show that he wasn't always as heartless as he is today.
  • When He Smiles: Well, a real, non-Slasher Smile, non-Unsmile smile, that is. His small smile at the end of "Lackadaisy Critique" is surprisingly sweet.

Serafine Savoy

Serafine: De hatchet, cher. It was a joke.
Nico: We didn' tink you was really gone to use it.
Serafine: ...till you stripped down to you drawz.

Part of a Brother-Sister Team of assassins from the Bayou. Serafine dabbles in voodoo and dresses to the nines; she's just as beautiful as she is deadly. Appears to be the leader of the team.

  • Alliterative Name: Two S's.
  • Axe Crazy: She and her brother are just as cutthroat at Mordecai, and seem to have a lot more fun with it, too.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: She wears a tailored man's suit while on the job, complete with tie.
  • Brother-Sister Team/Siblings in Crime: With Nico, below.
  • Dark Action Girl: By all indications. Marigold hired her and Nico because they were making too much trouble.
  • Depraved Bisexual: When asked by a fan if Serafine has any interest in the lady cats, Tracy answered that, by and large, she does.
  • Don't Split Us Up: She and Nicodeme were in a catholic orphanage as children and when told that girls and boys had to be separated, she insisted that her hair be cut and she live as a boy. When the nuns refused, she and Nicodeme ran away.
  • Dressed to Kill: Wears a suit around the Marigold Room.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As a cat, her hair is black while her fur is a cream color, making her one of the lightest colored cats. Her human form is Ambiguously Brown, though.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Or rather, Everything Sounds Sexier in 'Cajun French.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Lackadaisy Voodooienne" makes it clear she and her brother had a rough life before they got into crime. They were presumably orphaned and sent to an orphanage run by nuns, who wanted to separate boys and girls. Unable to bear being apart, the two ran away, and very nearly starved to death until a local took pity on them.
  • Funetik Aksent: Cajun.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: She practices this, and the trope's quite invoked. The author outright states she's a poseur.
  • I Call It "Vera": She calls her gun Boudreaux. Appropriate enough for a BAR.
  • Professional Killer: For the Marigold gang, who hired them away from small-time rivals.
  • Psycho for Hire: She has a real taste for wild violence.
  • Ragin' Cajun: She's about as violent as her brother, just not as muscular.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She counts considering her rifle is actually important enough to be named by her.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her brother — she was willing to live like a boy if it meant not being separated from him.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Made even more obvious when she cleans up and ties her hair back.

Nicodeme "Nico" Savoy

"Mais, you looked pretty fixed on finishin' what you started."

Part of a Brother-Sister Team from the bayou with his sister, Serafine, and a one-time (at least) career boxer, "The Cajun Gator." A strapping fellow, who appears to let others - namely his sister or Mordecai — do the thinking.

  • Animal Motifs: He's compared to an Alligator in his bio, and as stated above The Cajun Gator was his boxing title. When they were younger, he and his sister were allegedly rescued by an alligator when they ran away and wandered the swamps, explaining his motif. His feline design is also more lionesque than housecat-like.
  • Axe Crazy: Like his sister.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Being a boxer and all. He still bandages his hands.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Especially prevalent in his human counterpart.
  • Brother-Sister Team/Siblings in Crime: With Serafine.
  • Chick Magnet: In-canon, at least, he enjoys "an effortless popularity with the lady types".
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Seems to go without them when he can.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Just like his sister he's got cream colored fur, but the trope is again averted in his Ambiguously Brown human form.
  • Funetik Aksent: Cajun.
  • Freudian Excuse: He and his sister both had rough lives before turning to crime. They were parentless and sent to live in a strict orphanage run by nuns, who wanted to separate them. They ran away as a result and were lost, starving, in the bayou until being lead to one of the locals, who took them in.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's noted as being popular with the ladies and it's true among his fanbase; he's one of the most physically fit members of the cast and often wears shirts with his arms exposed or no shirt at all.
  • One Head Taller: Than Serafine.
  • Professional Killer: His bio states that his job is "though it's rarely personal, beating the snot out of helpless adversaries."
  • Psycho for Hire: Usually relaxed and nonchalant, but he's still way to amused by the gruesome practical joke that he and Serafine play on Mordecai.
  • Ragin' Cajun: He was a professional boxer and still does violence for a living.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Especially when your nickname was "the Cajun Gator."


Sedgewick "Wick" Sable

"I just don't know how to entertain a lady who doesn't want to hear about rocks or bugs."

Old money, a quarry and mining magnate, and sweetly naive about the world. He's loyal to the Lackadaisy through thick and thin (and Mitzi may have more than a little something to do with that). Pleasant, amiable, hardworking, bit of a tippler, and rather idealist too.

  • Adorkable: To paraphrase Tracy, he's just a geek for collectible relics, rocks, and bugs. (And liquor.)
  • The Alcoholic: Can hold his alcohol like a champ, apparently. He also constantly adds liquor to his drinks and food, much to Lacy's dismay.
  • Alliterative Name: Without his nickname, it's two S's.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gender flipped. He's a law abiding (drunk-driving and drinking at speakeasies notwithstanding) guy who is mostly known for being very nice and hardworking, and he's attracted to Mitzi, the ruthless proprietress of the Lackadaisy.
  • Art Evolution: While all the characters got a fair amount of it, such as the proportions becoming much more human, Wick - partly due to not having any major role in the comic up until halfway through Volume 1 - has changed significantly, originally having a much flatter nose, making him stand out among the cast. This is what he used to look like.
  • Classy Cravat: Being a very wealthy and erudite man, he wears one.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: To an extent. He'll go out of his way to bring business to Lackadaisy, but he's not willing to actually become a business partner.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: A male example.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He's a collector of historical artifacts and is a genuine wine-and-booze aficionado.
  • Hidden Depths: Everyone seems to think he's just a hard working business man who is very, very nice. He's a sleepless workaholic, has alcohol issues, and has deep psychological trauma after he killed a duck at an early age.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's more than a little naive.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: One of the few characters in the comic without any capacity for guiltless violence and a thoroughly honest occuptation.
  • Lennon Specs: Wears sunglasses that look like these.
  • Man Child: Downplayed; while he's rather childishly innocent, and his bio notes how he likes "the finer things" (read: overpriced toys for adults bad with money), he's also an extreme workaholic.
  • Moral Guardian: In-universe. When Calvin is drinking with him and Rocky at the Lackadaisy, Wick knocks the 18 year old Calvin's drink on the ground when he's looking away.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Coffee is one half of his calorie count. The other is alcohol, as revealed by Tracy.
  • Nice Guy: He's always very nice, even when he's snarking.
    Mitzi: Wick? Don't worry. He's too nice to go seeking reprisals.
  • Non-Action Guy: Drawn from time to time with a snazzy revolver, even though he'd have no idea what to do with one.
  • Romantic False Lead: Rocky sure thinks he is.
  • Rule of Cool: Why he's brandishing those snazzy revolvers in the first place.
  • The Insomniac: Lacy says he hasn't been getting much sleep since an influx of paperwork. Indeed, he's rather jumpy.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Usually wearing a suit. In some of the art, it borders Costume Porn territory.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Enjoys blasting giant holes in the earth.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He pays for Viktor to get stitched up and brings his friends down to Lackadaisy to help out Mitzi—he does draw the line at an actual business agreement with her, but she steals his chequebook to make him an unwitting one of these.
    Ivy: Hey! You have money!
    Wick: Uh... thanks?
  • Unkempt Beauty: Him when he's up from having a hangover or drunk.
  • Workaholic: To the point where he forgets which day it is.

Lacy Hardt

Wick: (sigh) Why does blasting giant holes in the earth require so much paperwork?
Lacy: Um... no rest for the wicked, I suppose.

Wick's mild-mannered secretary and coffee girl, who often works at his home to ensure that he gets finished with unfinished paperwork (which is a rather common occurence). Though she isn't one to butt into personal affairs, she is getting a bit suspicious of her boss's personal life, specifically his drinking and his "new paramour."

Jeanine "Nina" McMurray

Rocky's aunt and Freckle's mother. Extremely religious, and protective of her son. She also genuinely loves her nephew, despite all of the trouble he gets himself into. She's probably the closest thing to a parent in Rocky's life right now.

  • Apron Matron: Do not cross her. But she'll get pretty much any unholy stain out of your clothes if you're her nephew.
  • Cool Old Lady: A terrifying Irish Catholic mum.
  • Funetik Aksent: Irish.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Pictured with her sister Sophie (Rocky's mother) as a young woman, looking rather lovely.
  • Mama Bear: Over Freckle. She doesn't approve of Rocky's malign influence on him.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses
  • My Beloved Smother: A very Catholic version. The combination of Nina and Rocky has kept Freckle from having any really close friendships.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Both Freckle and Rocky are terrified of her wrath, which involves the combination of guilt and physical pain.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Jeanine.
  • Oireland: Subverted. While she is Irish Catholic, has the accent, and seems the archetypal dour Irish matron, she doesn't display any other characteristics of this trope.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: To show her straight-laced and strict nature.
  • Proper Lady: She acts as such.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: One comic displays her using sewing machine.

Dominic "Dom" Drago

"Tell you what — we can pretend for now you're a good little tax payer, not a sax player. Trust me. I've got much bigger fish to fry. See you around."

A sharp-eyed, suave member of the Treasury Department, Dom seems to be up on his history, at least when it comes to speakeasies.

The Arbogasts

The residents and owners of a funeral home in Defiance, Missouri. The family consist of Bobby Bastian, British-born war vet of portly build, his lovely ex-nurse wife Elsa, and her brother Reverend Abelard Arbogast, who has yet to realize that he's a little late to the Second Great Awakening. They aid the Lackadaisy gang by using their unassuming hearse as a means for booze transport.

  • Alliterative Name: Bobby Bastian and Abelard Arbogast.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Elsa seems to unwittingly share this duty with Dr. Quackenbush, though she doesn't charge Ivy and Rocky for it.
  • Badass Preacher: The first time we see Abelard, he's chasing kids down with a hearse and carrying a pistol.
  • Broken Bird: Elsa implies this of herself while talking to Ivy. She tells Ivy to leave the business while she still can.
  • Comicbook Fantasy Casting: According to Word of God, Abelard is supposed to be modeled after actor Peter Cushing. As proof, here is his human rendition.
  • Funetik Aksent: Mostly averted with Bobby, as there were few sign of his British background until his bio came out except his use of stereotypical Britishisms like "bloody", "blimey", "right proper", and "chaps". He does say "awright" though.
  • Fat and Skinny: The aesthetic is found between Bobby and Abelard, but they don't quite fit the personalities associated with the trope.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Elsa and Bobby met while she was treating him for trench foot.
  • Happily Married: For a couple who met after a horrible war, and are now living in a farm called Defiance, they're pretty happy together.
  • Hello, Nurse!/Hospital Hottie: The fandom's reaction to Elsa; Bobby agrees (he married her). For further proof, here's Tracy's rendering of her as a human woman.
  • Noodle People: Abelard could hide behind a post if so inclined. His sister is almost as slender.
  • The Quiet One: Unless he's in the middle of a "sermon," Abelard limits his conversation to a few words at most.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Elsa mentions the reason the family lives out in the country was she couldn't deal with the noise after the war.
  • The Stoic: Elsa.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Jury's out on whether Bobby counts as ugly, but Elsa is by far easier on the eyes.

Dr. Leo Quackenbush

A doctor that the Lackadaisy cast call on to help them when medical expertise is required, being much more discreet than a hospital—although pricey.

  • Back-Alley Doctor: Actually a horse doctor.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Dr. Jerk: He demands payment upfront when Ivy tries to call in a favor. (Apparently they owe him.)
  • Expy: If the name wasn't enough, he's got a white version of Groucho's greasepaint mustache.
  • Meaningful Name: What a character of Groucho Marx was going to be called (before they changed it to Hackenbush). He was also a horse doctor.
  • Pajama Clad Doctor: Ivy calls him out in the middle of the night.

Mrs. Bapka

Viktor's kindly, well-meaning and senile Slovak neighbour.

Pig Farmers

Three pig farmers who attempt to kill Rocky during the opening of the comic, Avril, Avery, Emery, and Benji. They also provide corpse-disposing services for Marigold, as "their pigs will eat anything."

  • Funetik Aksent: 'Southern Rustic' English.
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: Even though they're also trying to take the alcohol shipments from Captain Kehoe, they're also making moonshine on the farm. Rocky stumbles on their whiskey operation when he's burning their farm down and is shocked at their avarice.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After their farm is burned down, they take their grievances right to the speakeasy and start shooting up the place.
  • Siblings in Crime: All of the pig farmers save for Benji are brothers.