Characters: Manly Guys Doing Manly Things
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Commander Badass D37-9E-B52/Rock Lobster
"I can pretty much guarantee the guy with the loudest mouth is th' one with the most issues deep down."
A US Navy TiALS (Time Air Land Sea) operative from the future who now operates a temp agency for ludicrously macho guys. Claims to have been synthesized from American soil and steak. Divorced, with two kids (Sammy and June). He's friends with Jonesy, a mentor to Jared, a rival of Canadian Guy, and a much less abrasive and much more patient guy than first impressions would suggest — he believes that the key to true manliness is confidence and commitment to goals.
- Action Dad: "The best kind of father, obviously."
- Ambiguously Brown: Self described as ambiguously brown, no less.
- Artificial Human: Claims to have been synthesized from soil and meat. Later confirmed to be artificial.
- Awesome McCoolname: Justified, given he was created to be a public figure.
- Badass: In more ways than one. Firstly, he's called Commander Badass, and definitely looks the part. While infected with Nomura Syndrome he defeated Gakt's pen-ultimate form by slicing his neck open with his Kamina-style sunglasses. He's also a very responsible father, both to his own children and as a father figure to Jared. Additionally, he's very good at managing and organizing ultra-macho guys.
- Berserk Button: He ain't no propane peddler.
- Bishōnen: After contracting Nomura Syndrome by getting scratched by Nier.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Is he a manly badass? Yes. Is he a caring daddy to his kids? Yes.
- One of his central beliefs is the idea that you don't need to be a cynical brute to be manly, something he tries to impart to the guys he handles at the agency.
- His superiors actually hate his soft center since they wanted him to be a cynical antihero.
- Carpet of Virility: Next to his speech pattern, his hairy chest is his most noticeable feature.
- Commanding Coolness: Almost the Trope Namer for Colonel Badass, but he's not the right rank.
- Cool Shades: Well, Cool Night-Vision Goggles, anyway. Worn constantly, even at weddings.
- Everyone Calls Him Commander
- Four-Fingered Hands: Only in this old concept art◊. In the actual comic, he has five-fingered hands.
- Funetik Aksent: Tends ta speak kinda informally, yanno? Coelasquid suggests that his voice sounds a bit like John DiMaggio as Bender or Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice. Later comics describe his voice as "gargling tar" and the Commander mentions that sometimes he'll tell fast food attendants at drive-throughs that he's Beetlejuice and Tom Waits on a road trip.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Both his ex-wife and current Love Interest Jonesy have red hair.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of Marlon Brando, in a very literal sense. Evidently the Bran-Dao is a popular religion among macho spacefuture types.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Manly and square.
- Man in a Kilt: Occasionally. He insists it's the manliest way to be pantsless.
- Mr. Fixit: Except totally not.
- My Future Self and Me: The Commander does this — and kicks his own ass — in order to impress Jonesy.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Raises his children to be responsible, has to share his house with a big millipede.
- Not So Above It All: While he works to help overly macho men not be socially disruptive, it was his own over-the-top machismo that broke his marriage apart.
- Not So Different: As much as he complains about Canadian Guy, it's pretty obvious they're cut from the same cloth. Emphasized in one comic where The Commander points out that despite having three siblings and two children, it's still Canadian Guy that he's most Drift-compatible with.
- Only Sane Employee: The ringmaster of a group of overly-macho guys with debatable sanity issues, and bad tempers. Ironically his own superiors wanted him to be more like those overly-macho guys in the first place.
- Origin Story: Reveals his actual story in bits and pieces, but mainly after being Bishified. He's a being of popular perception bred to fulfill the Commander Badass persona, because in the future, wars are fought for public opinion.
- Parental Substitute: Despite employing Jared as an intern, The Commander clearly watches over and talks to Jared as this (not to mention tolerating the silliness he gets up to in the building). He even gives him a few gifts. Made quite obvious in this strip.
- Perma Stubble: This is him after "a couple days of not shaving".
- Not even. It's what happens if he forgets his "mid-day chops wranglin'."
- Pet the Dog: When he takes Jared under his wing, some people expected him to put Jared through Training from Hell, but the Commander states that he doesn't try to toughen up Jared since he thinks that his head is probably one of the most "bizarre an' interesting places anyone could live" and would rather not take that away from him.
- He also opted not to go back in time to stop the Nomura Outbreak because of how happy Jared was once Mr. Fish learned Hyper Beam.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Or at least have passionate discussions about Jem and the Holograms characters' love lives. He has an eight-year-old daughter.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: All and all, the Commander is actually rather calm and together, willing to accept the differences of others in stark contrast to the overt "manly man" stereotype he physically resembles. His superiors in the future don't approve of this.
- Red Is Heroic: His jacket and glasses are largely red.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Was knocked back a pay grade because of one too many Saving Private Ryan moments and damaging very expensive government property (himself) in the process.
- Serious Business: Idolizes Marlon Brando, and threatens Jared with bodily harm for comparing him unfavorably to Chuck Norris.
- Super Soldier: Designed to be such in the far-future.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Averted. The Commander shares most of the qualities his clients do, but has maturity as well as manliness. In most strips he's either providing a role model for true manliness (at least from the artist's point of view), or is the long-suffering Only Sane Man. Helping people who do have Testosterone Poisoning is the whole point of his agency.
- Triangle Shades: His goggles become Kamina-style shades after he's infected with Nomura Syndrome. They come in handy.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His daughter keeps a large millipede as a pet, and he struggles to be okay with that in spite of a deep-seated dislike of millipedes caused by "two tours of duty on the Millipede Planet during millipede season."
Sarah "Jonesy" Jones
"...this whole building is buzzing with testosterone."
A friendly woman whom the Commander introduces to the bizarre world of overly masculine but underemployed men.
- Action Girl: Can climb vertical cliff faces and is a good shot with a crossbow.
Professor Jared Kowalski
"Now I understand why my mother told me to never eat $500 of Gummi Worms."
A disgraced Pokémon
trainer, kicked out of the League for allowing his Gyarados, Mr. Fish, to eat his opponents. The Commander gave him a paid internship at the temp agency (even though he meets none of the manliness requirements) because Jared makes Pokemon battles sound like something the Commander would actually enjoy watching. Is completely failing at saving up enough money to get home.
- A Boy and His X: A boy and his Gyarados.
- Abusive Parents: His parents kicked him out because he disappointed them by not dropping out of society and getting involved in animal fighting.
- Badass on Paper: For all his actions, as a Pokemon trainer he still has to traverse untamed lands, fight massive beasts and then tame them to fight other massive beasts.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Case in point.◊
- Fanboy: He nearly has a heart attack upon finding out he'll be meeting Andy Serkis. That's not Andy Serkis.
Commander: Oh, shit, I just got why he was so excited. SARCHUS, kid! AndrewSARCHUS!
Turok: That happens more often than you might think.
"Ye shar do complain a lot fahr someone pilotin' a giant robot thar b'ahy!"
The true face of Canadianism — evidently all that niceness was just a ruse. Enjoys wrestling moose, drinking heavily, riding snowmobiles, and, possibly, killing dragons.
- Expy: Is a dead ringer for the author's father.
- Funetik Aksent: "All 'n a dae's wark, b'ahy!"
- The Immune: Canadian healthcare is apparently one of his powers.
- Not So Different:
- Not only is his appearance nearly identical to that of the Commander, but the Commander accuses him of "lazy Canadianspeak" (when the Commander is known for dropping vowels like they're hot).
- It says something when The Commander and Canadian Guy are shown to be the most drift-compatible matches for each other.
- Palette Swap: Of the Commander.
- Painting the Medium: His speech text seems to be a hand-drawn type of text, likely to reflect his overall nature. This is shared with all Canadians found in the comic so far.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To the Commander.
- The Sleepless: Instead, he sits in a rowboat in the middle of a lake with a lantern and a buttonbox concertina and an empty stare. Somehow, this causes a massive pile of beaver pelts to appear in Commander Badass' office.
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- Closet Geek: Turns out all those Army of Darkness and They Live! quotes weren't a coincidence.
- Double Standard: Points out that people get into fits when he slaps a girl, but when he slaps a guy, nobody seems to care. Commander Badass points out that the girl is in a bikini, while the guy (Marcus Fenix) isn't. When they put Fenix in a bikini, Duke changes his tune.
Duke: Okay, yeah, I can see people complaining about this.
Fenix: I'm complaining about this.
Commander: As long as they're complaining the same amount, you're gold.
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