Badass in a Nice Suit: With the exception of Viktor and the pig farmers, many of the hitmen are very well dressed, especially Mordecai.
Cat Smile: Par for the course, considering the species of the cast, but Ivy sports a particularly good one in the last panel of this strip.
Psycho for Hire: They're gangsters, so half the cast qualifies: Rocky and Calvin, the Savoy Siblings, Mordecai, and to an extentnote because his employer wants him to retire (see Retired Badass below) Viktor.
"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 slight (?) crush on Mitzi.
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 issubverted 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.
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.
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 demeanour, 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.
Crazy Jealous Cat: Rocky's starting to show signs...Possibly On one hand, it's just as likely he's only messing with everyone involved. It's hard to tell with that guy. On the other, Rocky assumes that Mitzi only hired him out of desperation, and that the financial stability represented by the partnership with Wick would once again render him useless/jobless (he laments that if Wick does join the partnership, he'll get shanked by a hobo living out on the streets among them). Of course, he might just wind up that way anyway, given how ticked off Mitzi seemed when Wick confronted her about Rocky's word of warning. And it seems he doesn't just think of Mitzi as his source of income, looking at Rocky's facial expressions in the final panels of this comic.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Unfortunate Names: Honestly, why would someone as Irish Catholic as Nina name her son Calvin (unless to instil some good ol' Catholic guilt)? note Calvin is named after one of the author's cats.
Mary-Ellen "Mitzi" May (nťe 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.
"One af them 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 a wife and daughter.
Big Brother Instinct/Surrogate 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).
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.)
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.
The Stoic: When heís not beating the ever-loving crap out of someone.
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.
"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. She has a big crush on Freckle.
Beware the Nice Ones: Donít 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.
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.
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 literallybreaking 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.
"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.
Defector from Decadence: Is starting to think like one, becoming disillusioned with some of the things Mitzi is doing in order to keep the club running.
Heel-Face Turn: Zib seems to make one, wanting out of the crime business and starting a clean life. Of course since the main characters are criminals a heel face turn is essentially a Face-Heel Turn to us.
Word of God says that he does love to eat sweet stuff though.
"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.
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 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.
"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: Heís compared to an Alligator in his bio, and as stated above The Cajun Gator was his boxing title.
"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.
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."
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.
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.