The characters page for Gisèle Lagacé and Dave01's Ménage à 3. As with the main page, please, no NSFW links on this page!See here for characters who nowadays primarily appear in Sticky Dilly Buns, and here for characters who nowadays primarily appear in Sandra on the Rocks. Note that some of these characters (including of course Dillon and Sandra) previously had significant roles in Ménage à 3, and may still reappear there quite frequently.
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Our Household of Three
"All the girls my age seemed to delight in playing mind games with me. It's more or less remained that way my whole life."Gary Thompson is a comic book geek and the first main character to be introduced. He (initially) works at a call center, but has ambitions as a comics artist. Tall and thin, with frequently bad posture, he is nonetheless quite good-looking for a geek.
- Accidental Pornomancer: Gary's sex life is non-existent for a long time early in the comic's history, but then it turns complicated.
- It remains patchy much of the time, but there are points in the series when he's having non-standard forms of sex quite frequently, even if he's not getting the standard types.
- At other times, he's getting regular sex, but the circumstances have elements of weirdness. He sometimes performs grudgingly, under a degree of duress, or even as a result of trickery, or freaks out over the stranger elements. Also, unfortunately, his naive ideas about fun sex aren't always satisfactory for his partners.
- Various women become determined to sample his cunnilingual abilities and willing to resort to dirty tricks to get them. One group of porn stars actually form a queue. Gary himself is generally either unaware of such intentions to staggering levels of obliviousness or lacks any sort of backbone to resist them.
- On one occasion, his old friend Matt calls round to ask Gary for a favor; to come back to Matt's place and have sex with two attractive women. Gary obligingly agrees, not knowing that everyone will be masked, or that one of the women will be Kiley, or that Matt's reason for asking is in order to restore his own sexual confidence by humiliating Gary.
- And even after hundreds of strips and regular contact with a lot of women, Gary's attempted pick-up technique, when he takes Yvan to a bar and tries to show how it's done, is embarrassingly awful.
- After Peggy moves in, the two flirt constantly and frequently talk about casual sex with each other.
- Adorkable: Very much Gary's image, as is clearly intended by the writers, who give him a figure that's more slim than skinny, glasses that aren't quite nerdy, and so on. When he walks in on Matt and Senna having sex, and promptly throws a massive double-take at the sight of Senna's transsexual anatomy, Senna's reaction to him is "What a cutie!"
- Almost Kiss: While asleep, with Zii.
- Ambiguously Bi: Early on, it’s apparently established that Gary is essentially heterosexual, although he has an artist’s appreciation for the male form (and at that point, a frustrated virgin’s curiosity about any kind of sex). However, as the plot continues, he goes along with so many sexual situations involving men (be it threesomes, sleeping together naked, or oral sex) you have to start questioning; is he that passive, or is he slightly into it?"
- Ascended Fanboy: Gary starts the comic as a geek working in a call centre, with dreams of a career in comics art. He eventually gets some encouragement and training from his artistic idol, though that plotline fizzles out. Then, he swings a job interview with a videogames company. (In both cases, although Gary seems to be quite talented, the key is who he knows, not what he knows.)
- Attention Deficit... Ooh! Geeky!: While Gary isn't exactly depicted as suffering from ADHD, even in the Hollywood form, he is painfully geeky and thus distractable by the right stimulus. For example, he almost gets sidetracked from the urgent pursuit of the dangerously berserk Yuki by the impulse to check out the latest batch of comics in a shop. Later, he is in Paris for the first time, with a beautiful woman on his arm; he's supposed to be an artist, and his companion is talking about visiting the Louvre or the Pompidou Centre; so naturally, he gets distracted by a video games shop.
- Attractive Bent-Gender:
- Yuki's attempts to deal with her attraction to him, when she considered herself a lesbian, make Gary into a distinctly attractive woman inside her head.
- And after DiDi's Wrong Name Outburst, Matt ends up visualizing her as a bustier gender-flipped Gary (though technically, that was someone with DiDi's body and Gary's face). Matt then goes on to similar experiences with the much less busty Kiley.
- Beautiful All Along: Gary is initially presented as a gawky geek, verging on nerd — but that's never really convincing. He evidently has a metabolism that can keep him slim despite his geeky lifestyle, which gives him, to quote Dillon and Zii, a great ass, and he can dress up as Nightwing without having to fake the physique, chin, or really anything. It never seems very strange that various women and gay men fall for him. The only thing he really has against him is his pretty awful posture.
- Blessed with Suck: It sometimes seems as if a passing fairy godmother read Gary's thoughts some time around when the comic started, and granted his wish to have attractive women want him. It's not an explicit superpower, but that's increasingly how things work for him. Unfortunately, Gary evidently neglected to wish for the personality or willpower that he needs to deal with the consequences of his good luck, and the women include a violent phallophobe, a narcissistic transsexual, and the desperate DiDi, among others. Around the time that the ruthless dominatrix guest star puts herself on the list, it becomes clear that Gary should have been more careful what he wished for.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Upon seeing Sonya with a strap-on (strip #523, November 08, 2011, NSFW), he borrows Yuki's "TENTACLLLLLE!"
- Butt-Monkey: Gary's misfortunes sometimes seem to be the comic's main source of humor, although he sometimes has his small successes, especially as the comic's plot progresses.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Early on, Gary claims to suffer from at least a mild version of this problem. In fact, he seems quite capable of talking to women if he doesn't have to approach them with romantic intent, although he remains rather incompetent whenever he tries to look smooth.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Gary's condition in the early part of the series; any little mistake, naughtiness or speaking up gets back to bite him in the ass. However, things later get more nuanced.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Gary turns out to be very inexperienced with alcohol, and inexperience tells.
- Character Development: For much of the comic's run, Gary's character undergoes some very limited development...
- He does get a little more confident around women — well, he stops passing out or suffering dangerous Nosebleeds in attractive female company — and he eventually gains just enough confidence to terminate an unwise date with Senna. But he remains passive and almost willfully socially inept over many hundreds of strips.
- The process finally comes to a head, however, when he literally gets caught in the middle of James and Tracy's bizarre disagreement about blowjobs. In a sudden and radical development, he makes it clear this makes him uncomfortable and leaves. On the way home, he buys comics like he normally does (so he hasn't completely changed), but after hearing Zii and Didi Right Through the Wall, he's comfortable enough sexually to go to Peggy's room and suggest a hook-up, which she accepts.
- Chekhov's Skill: The Swirly-Go-Round technique Dillon teaches him subsequently gets some mileage, including him giving multiple orgasms to various women, thereby getting Yuki for one dangerously addicted.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Gary probably rates as the comic's primary protagonist, but he's rather feeble, verging on downright passivity, with a tendency to collapse under pressure. In other words, he has the core Classical Anti-Hero traits; he's self-doubting, weak in any sort of conflict, cowardly (his passivity at least approaching this), and sexually unsuccessful (though the latter disappears over time, few thanks to Gary himself). Fortunately, the plot doesn't call for a classical hero — but Gary definitely isn't one.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Thanks to his adorkability, cute butt, and expanding reputation as a cunnilingus master, Gary ends up having most of the comic's female cast (and some of the males, too) after him at times, or at least inclined to slap his butt. However, unlike most clueless chick magnets, Gary does actually end up having sex with quite a few of those women — a fact that also disqualifies him from standard Chick Magnet status when he becomes at least vaguely aware of the interest he's attracting.
- The Conscience: Gary occasionally comments on other characters' unthinking amorality, and may also act as an unintended damper on their behavior; he has, rather unfairly, been labelled "the human cold shower".
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his occasional moments, at least early on, such as his explanation of the idea of "counter candy". However, that aspect of his personality is rather flanderized out over time.
- The Ditz: It's very intermittent, and mostly happens for comedy purposes, but new experiences such as air travel or alcohol can trigger downright ditzy behaviour from Gary.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Partially through looks and partially through being a nice, sensitive person. (Though the guys in question are gay or bi.) Which makes his initial virgin loser status all the more boggling as he accumulates his harem of interested parties.
- Expressive Hair: His single loose lock can flop down or stand straight depending on his mood; it may also sometimes qualify as low-key Idiot Hair.
- Expy: Given the comic's clear influence from Archie Comics, Gary, the amiable but gawky and rather (socially) clumsy male who frequently somehow finds himself torn between two (or more) attractive women, and sometimes ends up in a Lover Tug-of-War, can be seen as a loose expy for Archie Andrews. However, Gary is older, and does get laid.
- Extreme Doormat: He's constantly pushed around, and almost never even tries to take the initiative.
- For example, when Yuki and Sonya decide to compete formally for his affections, he lets them set the terms despite him finding the whole business overwhelming and traumatic, dragging him into a month of expensive double dates.
- Eventually, in strip #795 (September 24, 2013, NSFW), the keen dominatrix Tatiana, guesting in a crossover with Sandra on the Rocks, more or less lampshades the trope, identifying him as "the perfect sub" within about five minutes of meeting him.Tatiana: (thinks) On top of everything, he's so spineless. It's like he has no will of his own.
- And later on, when James and Tracy request a threesome with Gary as the third person (to service James), one might think that Gary would, say, explain the earlier grapefruit blowjob deception to Tracy, or just politely say No. Instead, he says he'll do it if he can “destroy” James anally, assuming that James will refuse. But James accepts those terms, so Gary lurches deeper into the Idiot Plot... Though in the end, this is the incident that does seem to lead to Gary Growing A Spine
- Fag Stag: Junghan seems to be Gary's only straight male friend — although he only hangs out with Dillon or Matt intermittently. (Actually, given that he otherwise mostly associates with women who he has met since the comic started, his mother may well be right to observe that he has difficulty making any friends at all.)
- Flanderization: Although Gary gains far more experience with women (and for that matter, men) over the run of the comic, his negative traits seemingly become worse over time. In early strips, he occasionally shows an ability to handle unexpected situations (such as making up an excuse for Zii when his landlord overhears that she is unemployed) and sometimes demonstrates flashes of insight or snark, getting the better of Zii once or twice. But as time goes on, his passivity and obliviousness are turned up to the point where it sometimes seems like there's nothing more to his personality, and his lack of willpower and him being his own worst enemy are lampshaded as jokes.
- The Fool: His Unlucky Everydude qualities seem to fade into a weird sort of luck over time. He eventually, at various times, has his dream girl and a physically gorgeous rival willing to compete in a sex contest for him, has both his female roommates nearly willing to have sex with him, and accidentally transforms a kissing technique into an oral sex technique which gives three unmatched orgasms to his favorite porn starlet, while he isn't even aware of what he's doing. He eventually even has sex, with more than one attractive woman. The joke is, none of this does him much good — because he's still Gary.
- Freudian Excuse: Not that he's a villain, but it's an excuse for his character flaws; he claims in an early strip that his virginity and social incompetence are a result of severely repressive ultra-religious parents, plus cock-teasing female contemporaries in his teenage years. (And now he lives with two women who engage in a lot of sexual teasing, albeit mostly by accident, and lusts after a girl with penis-phobia. Um...) However, this is never mentioned again, and his behavior looks far more like simple, if extreme, geekiness, than religious repression or guilt, so it may just rate as Early Installment Weirdness. And when his mother 'phones to wish him a happy birthday, she sounds nice enough.
- Fun T-Shirt: Gary evidently has a nigh-Unlimited Wardrobe of geeky T-shirts, and while they’re not usually funny in themselves, his choice often manages to reflect his mood or the events of the comic, often in a comedic way. For example, after he finally lost his virginity, his shirt reads WWWYKI.
- Gag Penis: He has one, at least according to DiDi (she and Zii once undressed him and put him to bed after he fainted); when she learns that he's a virgin, she exclaims: "His star power! Quel gáchis!"note None of the women who actually have sex with him comment on this, though; the fan consensus guess seems to be that he must be very adequately but not excessively equipped.
- Genre Savvy: Gary eventually proves savvy enough to recognise that he's turning into something of an Archie Comics character, but possibly not sensible enough to avoid the disasters this implies.
- Give Geeks a Chance: As the comic progresses, Gary is increasingly a subject of interest to many of the attractive women around him — despite him still being much the same socially inept geek as ever. However, this interest doesn't always fit the standard version of the trope; not many of these women like him for his geekiness, although some of them are taken with his cute nervousness. They’re generally more likely to be interested in the supposed glamour of him being an artist, or to have heard about his skill at cunnilingus, although his (rather passive) kindness and good nature may make him promising "boyfriend material" for some. Zii’s attraction to him fits the trope more closely, but she fights it furiously.
- Grew a Spine: Mostly heavily averted whenever Gary gets a chance to show any backbone, but very occasionally he shows a little Character Development in that direction. Notably, early in volume 10, when Tracy and James drag him into their relationship confusion, he finally shows the sense to walk out, telling them as he goes that they evidently have issues that they need to talk out. (Ironically enough, part of the trigger for this is Gary remembering a previous occasion when Tracy told him to show a little courage.) This may be a sign that Gary's story is reaching some kind of conclusion.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: While Gary is never presented as exactly unattractive, he is very geeky, with bad posture, and despite her attempts to improve his chances with women, Zii never seems to be able to do much about this, perhaps because her own tastes just don't suit him. However, when he puts on a smart suit for a job interview, she and DiDi invoke this trope — and when Matt dresses him up, the effects are fairly dramatic.
- Hollywood Dateless: Gary's shift from virginal and genuinely dateless, through socially clumsy and still virginal but attracting the attentions of several attractive women and going on dates with some of them, to fully sexually active (if still socially inept), was so rapid that he gave the impression of fitting this trope.
- Hollywood Nerd: He is somewhat adorkable from the first, being slim and nervously amiable rather than really unattractive, and he undergoes a fairly rapid transition to something of a Mr. Fanservice. Given that he bears a striking resemblance to Dick Grayson in Nerd Glasses (he even fills in as Nightwing at a play), and that even Zii admits that he's attractive, this may be entirely deliberate character design.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Details of Gary's teenage years are somewhat shadowy, but he may have manifested this trope in an unattractive form. He claims to have been teased mercilessly and frustratingly by teenage girls, but he also admits to having been an Internet troll, so he may well have been a bit of a hormone-addled creep.
- Idiot Savant: Strictly, Gary isn't any sort of idiot; he's just a bit socially clumsy at worst. However, he is massively sexually inexperienced — despite which, he has an instinctive mastery of a cunnilingus technique which not only reduces strong women to jelly, but is apparently incapable of being replicated even by experienced bisexual women who have received it.
- Informed Attribute: To some extent, Gary's niceness is more asserted than visible to the audience. He's mostly harmless, and sometimes tries to do the right thing by other people without being asked, but his sheer social incompetence means that he sometimes causes pain to people around him. He doesn't know that he's doing so, but then, he doesn't put any visible effort into learning better.
- Informed Flaw: Gary sometimes claims to have deep-seated psychological problems. It's not clear whether the writers intend this to be taken at face value or seen as self-pity, but the worst things that readers actually see are his nosebleed problem (largely cured over time), some poor social skills, and his geeky personality.
- Kavorka Man: Gary manifests this trope after he starts attracting female attention, being a plain-looking geek with a haircut that would fit in an Archie comic from the 70s, and no significant social skills, who nonetheless begins to accumulate an accidental harem. However, Art Evolution makes him look increasingly toned, in a cute sort of way, while he gains an in-comic reputation as an oral sex master, making his appeal less and less inexplicable as the story progresses.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He becomes fond of Lita to the point that when DiDi tries to tell a sleeping Gary that Zii has seemingly moved out without telling them, it barely wakes him up; but as soon as she mentions that Lita is gone too, he instantly catapults out of bed.
- Lampshade Hanging is not a common feature of this comic, which avoids being overly self-referential. However, the writers perhaps made an exception for Gary. His spineless inability to say no to anyone had long become obvious, but it wasn't clear to some readers whether this was a point of conscious character design or just a weakness in the writing. Then, in strip #795 (September 24, 2013, marginally NSFW), Tatiana looked at him for a few minutes and identified him as "the perfect sub", with no detectable will of his own.
- Limited Wardrobe: Gary very rarely strays from his staple of black jeans and baseball t-shirts with funny and geeky logos or phrases on them. When he does, it's either a white short-sleeved collared shirt or a black long-sleeved one if he's really trying to dress up. (In fact, the sheer number of t-shirts that he owns might actually qualify as an Unlimited Wardrobe.)
- Liquid Courage: An accidental example. Senna takes Gary on what turns out to be his first-ever plane flight, and he becomes very nervous. She suggests that he has a drink, and the normally teetotal Gary accepts, asking for something non-alcoholic to rehydrate himself. Senna, not listening, gets him something alcoholic, and he likes the taste and asks for more. He gets over his nerves, not only enough to survive the flight but also enough to join the Mile-High Club with Senna.
- Loser Protagonist: Gary has some of the attributes of this trope, at least at the start of the story. He slowly gets better, and it seems that he has enough talent, intelligence, and peculiar natural gifts to be more than a loser, but his big problem in this respect is his passivity, which the writers don't seem willing or able to have him shed, and which stops him from realising that potential.
- Lovable Nerd: This appears to be his plot function at first; Gary is sweet, battered, and probably deserves better than the hand life has dealt him. Over time, though, the trope is deconstructed, or at least Gary's lovability proves debatable; his luck changes (especially with women), his problems seem to be his own fault as much as anything, and while he's nice enough, he proves to have definite flaws.
- Lust Object: Gary's reputation as an oral sex master causes a lot of women to look at him this way, at least in this specific respect, and while he is the focus of DiDi's interest, she becomes quite obsessive, occasionally almost hallucinating.
- The Makeover: Attempted, though ultimately unsuccessfully, for Gary. After promising to help him get laid, and then getting a minor hold on him, Zii takes Gary shopping for cooler clothes. This attempt at a makeover takes place in the bonus strips to volume 1 of the print collection of the comic — i.e. off-stage to the online comic, although some of the effects are alluded to in passing. However, none of it seems to stick; Gary carries on wearing the same jeans and t-shirts as ever, even when hanging out with fashion models. Given his physical discomfort in the ultra-tight pants, Gary probably considers the whole thing a male Cosmetic Catastrophe.
- Nature Abhors a Virgin: Played with extensively in Gary's story. He admitted his unhappy virginity early on, and if the trope applied, that made him having sex eventually inevitable. However, ensuing complications convinced some readers that he'd only get laid at the end of the comic's run, with the trope thus averted until that time. Then, almost out of the blue, he had sex, seemingly playing the trope straight. And yet little else about him changed.
- Nerd: Gary has many of the classic attributes of the trope, although he wants to get rid of some of them. His nerdiness ends up modified by various sub-tropes, though; see below, for a start.
- Nerd Glasses: His glasses are actually a quite presentable, well-chosen pair with slim rectangular frames, rather than quite fitting the trope — but Gary wears them almost all the time, even over a mask when playing a superhero on stage. It's not clear if he's Blind Without 'Em, but he's evidently not happy with his uncorrected vision.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Pretty much everyone in the comic agrees that he's cute, with a certain dorky nice-guy charm, and some characters are specifically attracted by his nerdy or geeky features, such as quiet obligingness and interest in manga (Yuki) or obvious stammering inexperience (Senna). However, his terrible luck, passivity, awkwardness, and uncontrollable geek reflexes ruin or endanger many of his chances.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Played straight for the first few years of the comic. Then, following the evening of the disastrous sex contest, Gary gets jumped by a woman who he's only just met, and from then on the trope is firmly averted.
- Nice Guy: He has his flaws, but he's still a genuinely nice (if passive) guy, probably the most consistently moral major character in this comic. His niceness also features strongly in the crossover with Sandra on the Rocks.
- No Indoor Voice: Occasional. Gary normally seems to be quite quiet, but when he gets really nervous, say because he's taking a girl on a date for the first time in his life, or because his previously unrevealed fear of flying has suddenly been exposed, or when he's just surprised, his volume control breaks down.
- No Name Given: His last name has never been used in the main comic. However, an extract from a Kickstarter bonus comic in 2015 implies that his surname is "Thompson", and this is confirmed in the bonus comic itself.
- Nosebleed: Sexual situations initially cause him violent nosebleeds. He mostly gets over this a few hundred strips into the story.
- Older Than They Look: He turns 30 in the course of the story, but doesn't look a day older than the rest of the cast, most of whom are apparently in their mid 20s.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Gary is very prone to this sort of error, as (just for one example) he demonstrates with lampshading here.
- Sex God: Gary sometimes attains sexual deity status despite originally being a virgin, and never yet mastering any kind of deliberate seduction skills. It's complicated.
- He manages to attract international lingerie model Senna through nothing but his geeky goofiness, and she subsequently comes up with a series of bizarre delusions and half-truths to explain what's going on in their relationship.
- By strip #912 (July 24, 2014, distinctly NSFW), Gary literally has multiple women queuing up for his tongue. The core gag, though, may be that Gary can't handle female interest — in large quantities — any better than he can handle female indifference.
- In fact, the trope is increasingly Deconstructed within Gary's story, as the pressure to live up to his in-universe reputation puts a lot of pressure on him, and some of the female cast treat him as little more than a sex toy.
- Gary may have a great move in "the swirly" (an oral sex technique), but that's the only thing he's actually good at. When Sonya figures out he has nothing else going for him, she quickly dumps him.
- The Teetotaler: Although this is never made explicit, it seems that Gary doesn't usually drink. However, when he travels on a private jet with Senna, he ends up getting drunk on liqueur-based frozen cocktails, having mistaken them for Slush Puppies.
- This Loser Is You: As a comics-and-anime-loving geek who's also the primary protagonist of a webcomic, Gary seems set up to be the character with whom many readers will identify. But he's also passive, pliable, severely short on confidence, and at the start of the story at least, a 29-year-old virgin, while being surrounded by cooler characters. The writers don't actually seem to have that cynical a view of their audience — Gary has his good points, and the comic isn't entirely seen from his point of view — but geeks who identify with him too much may end up feeling rather teased.
- Troll: Apparently he used to be one in a past he now regards as shameful.
- Unknown Rival: At one point, Gary has a slightly weird rivalry problem which he knows nothing about. After DiDi calls out Gary's name while having sex with Matt, Matt develops a bit of a complex about his sexual prowess compared to Gary's. This is exacerbated when Peggy admits that she only hooked up with Matt because she mistook him for Gary. Gary himself has no idea that Matt feels this way, at least until Matt says too much after setting up a sexual foursome in which he tries to prove his superiority.
- Unwanted Harem: Gary moves quite rapidly from frustrated girlfriendless virgin to subject of interest for multiple women (including frustrated Amazonian sex goddess DiDi, deranged otaku fantasy Yuki, misled gorgeous dim-bulb Sonya, super-high-maintenance — and transsexual — Senna, Amber the swirly-loving porn star, and model and geek idol Sandra), few of whom are keen to share him, and his inexperience and haplessness leave him ill-equipped to handle this. His oral skills cause much but not all of this trouble; he tends to go with the flow rather than doing much about his problems. See the discussion of this trope on the Main Page for details.
- Quite early on, one of his co-workers mistakenly but understandably thinks that Gary has a full-scale harem..."Punk rock chick. Big-Breasted amazon who gives tons of assplay. Japanese Nympho. Gary is the luckiest guy on the face of the earth."
- ...and when things get even more interesting later, the same co-worker is seen eavesdropping Gary's telephone conversations with fascination.
- Quite early on, one of his co-workers mistakenly but understandably thinks that Gary has a full-scale harem...
- Urban Legend Love Life: Invoked and Lampshaded in-universe. In strip #925 (September 09, 2014, NSFW), Peggy refers to Gary as an "urban legend of sex" (causing Matt's brain to crash, as Matt last knew Gary as a hopeless virgin geek, and Matt has a hangup on the subject). However, with Gary, it's a bit more than a legend — though he doesn't really live up to his reputation.
- Virginity Makes You Stupid: Sexual naivety is one of Gary's defining features. As a major example — one would think that he could tell the difference between kissing a man and cunnilingus even when blindfolded. However, he doesn't get much sharper when he does eventually get laid; his problem isn't virginity so much as it's being Gary.
- Virgin-Shaming: Part of his self-esteem issues. The irony is that once he apparently resolves this, his problems are only just beginning.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Gary and Kiley really hit it off when they meet, and it looks like Gary might actually have a meaningful relationship with someone who respects him. But it doesn't last; it seems, at that point, that Gary is just not allowed to be happy. Though many of Gary's problems can be said to be his own fault, that one wasn't.
- You Need to Get Laid: Gary's entire story throughout the comic is a subversion of this trope. At the start, he wants to get laid, and his friends generally agree that, yes, that'd be good for him — though they tend to have their own ideas about details. Then, after hundreds of strips, he not only gets laid, he has multiple women interested in him. It introduces a whole new set of plotlines, but it makes no detectable difference to Gary's personality. He's mistaken a symptom (virginity) for the problem (his marginal social skills).
penchant for yaoi and is certainly not afraid to take the chance if it presents itself. She also enjoys comics and has a cat.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh! Kinky!: She's not normally overly distractible, and is only mildly hyperactive sometimes, but sexual temptation can obliterate Zii's self-control, and even the mere sight of two cute gay guys making out can throw her off track. For example, when she tries talking Sonya into patching things up with her boyfriend, Zii makes an honest effort despite Sonya's attempts to come onto her, until Sonya mentions the kitty costume she wants to wear for Zii, and also the bunny one. So much for that... A much later strip where Zii abandons Sonya in mid-cunnilingus on receipt of an offer from DiDi would be another case in point.
- Berserk Button: Zii hates not being seen as the cool, sexy rock chick she imagines herself to be. Internet trolls who humiliate her, and being called a dude based on her appearance, have both set her off.
- Butt-Monkey: Not on Gary's level (before fortune finally started to smile on him), but a twist in the plotting certainly turns events against Zii for at least a while after he starts getting more random good luck.
- First, after a drunken night out, she ends up participating in a lesbian orgy, despite the fact she's in a relationship with Erik. That wouldn't be bad luck; Erik walking in on the scene would be. He dumps her, and Zii is desolated for a while (not to mention that he was her band's manager before that).
- Then, due to Gary being in Paris courtesy of Senna, Zii's lesbian urges for DiDi and her bodacious Amazon body shoot through the roof; it seems that they were somehow kept in check with Gary around. This leads to some tense situations between the two ladies. Add lingering feelings for Sonya, with Peggy pulling the sort of long-term seduction scheme on her behalf that Zii can only claim to manage, and Zii ends up calling in Amber for sexual tension relief; Amber comments just how tense she is.
- Gary returns from Paris and cheerfully recounts his adventures to Zii. This actually rubs her up the wrong way, as she's used to Gary having things not go his way, and he can no longer serve as a sexual-emotional damper in the apartment.
- And then, one's band playing their first gig against an old rival is bad enough; it's even worse when one's ex is their manager. Zii is really beginning to feel down by now... Though her own band's triumph in that competitive gig pulls her back somewhat. Now she just has to stop her drummer and her bass player from killing each other.
- The Casanova: She's a female version, having quite a knack for seducing seemingly straight women into lesbian encounters. She's been with many of the female characters in the comic, with DiDi as the only major character who seems to be immune to her seductions (initially at least), if only through sheer obliviousness. (Her brief pass did also bounce right off Ruby during a guest appearance in Sticky Dilly Buns, again thanks to the target's failure to notice it.) She's been with a lot of men, too, but since All Men Are Perverts that doesn't really count. She fulfills all the requirements of the trope in that she tends to disregard the possible emotional consequences of her actions (with both sexes), although as the comic continues, she is forced to deal with these on several occasions, and she may actually have learned from that.
- Cat Girl: Noticing the effect that her new work outfit has on Gary, she decides to play it up a bit — with mixed results. Perhaps more significantly, Sonya finds the effect irresistibly cute. Later, Jung incorporates the ears from that outfit into the stage costume that he designs for her — and Sonya is affected once again.
- Cat Smile: Zii demonstrates huge cat smiles after knocking Gary senseless by smushing his face in her chest (strip #51, technically NSFW) and as she's trying to strip Gary (strip #55, also technically NSFW).
- Character Development: Over time, she has displayed a more morally complex personality, taking umbrage at being offered up by someone else for a threesome and being genuinely supportive of Gary and Kiley's brief relationship. Her romantic attachment to Erik was certainly a surprise to her, too. This in turn may mean that she can find her past behavior embarrassing, though she mostly seems to avoid thinking about that. She's also begun to show more concern for other people's relationships, showing regret that she might have endangered Sonya and Peggy's supposed romance. (She doesn't know that that relationship is fake.)
- Clingy Jealous Girl:
- Toward Erik, on occasion during their relationship, to her own confusion.
- While she's getting really jealous of Gary's swirly-go-round skills and how she apparently can't even get close to matching them, even stronger evidence starts to surface that the source of her jealousy runs deeper than even she realizes.
- Cosplay: One of the requirements of her job at the comic shop is that she models Jung's cosplay outfits. (This isn't actually in her contract of employment, but any time Jung gets the upper hand over her, he may require it, and he gets her modelling for his costume catalog in lieu of rent when she wants to stay in the back of the shop for a few days.) Jung also ends up designing her band's stage costumes, though Zii insists that these must be original, not cosplay designs.
- Cute Lech: Very much part of her nature.
- Darkest Hour: Zii's personal low point comes when, after an evening spent first struggling with her attraction to Gary, then trying and failing to seduce DiDi, she not only ends up sleeping on the sofa, alone except for Lita — she has to listen to Gary and DiDi together.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Shown quite explicitly at least once, referenced on multiple occasions.
- Depraved Bisexual: In the eyes of readers who don't like her.
- Everyone Has Standards: Zii really didn't take Gary trying to pimp her out to Amber well. As she said, she's done a lot of things with a lot of people, but it should have been her choice, not someone else's. (Which said, she often submits people to sexcapades they normally wouldn't choose voluntarily when sober...)
- Face Palm: When she realizes Yuki and Sonya are about to restart their rivalry.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Suffered by Zii in distinctly distorted form, as her need for an income obliges her to take a job as "counter candy" in a comics shop, being "ogled by geeks" as she puts it herself. This hard-times job even comes with its own version of the traditional humiliating uniform, as seen here.
- Gaydar: Zii occasionally demonstrates an uncanny knack for spotting latent lesbian tendencies in other women, as with Sonya. Or maybe she just takes a lot of chances and gets lucky reasonably often; she did try a pass at Ruby which just bounced off.
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: A principle to which Zii adheres religiously.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Judging by the flashbacks we're shown, Zii started as she meant to go on in her teenage years.
- Idiot Hair: This manga-style trope is used fairly frequently but subtly with several characters in this comic, as mentioned on the main page. It's not a very regular feature of Zii's depiction, but a dramatic single-strand version of the effect is sometimes used to indicate surprise rather than stupidity, when her mind gets completely blown — as when she discovers that her bed is full of naked porn stars.
- Informed Attribute: Zii is repeatedly described, by herself and others, as a "punk rock chick", and yet is never shown listening to punk music. All the music she is shown listening to is metal or classic rock, despite the fact the two scenes generally don't get along. This veers toward Critical Research Failure at times. Her t-shirts, on the other hand, hint at a somewhat wider taste: she's been depicted with The Ramones, Melvins, Jet, Cheap Trick, Sloan, Blondie, and White Zombie t-shirts, among others. Ironically, though, Yuki may have been depicted wearing more punk band t-shirts than Zii.
- In Vino Veritas: Zii enjoys her booze, but usually preserves her self-control (though she may cut loose with the practical jokes even more than usual when drunk). However, when she does get really plastered, she tends to say too much.
- She spends weeks valiantly repressing her habitual lecherous promiscuity for the sake of her budding relationship with Erik. But while on a girls' night out, after intercepting multiple drinks bought for DiDi by men (to save the latter from getting too drunk), she reverts to her baseline personality and ends up in the apartment with Sonya (also drunk), who has been trying to get back into her pants, and DiDi (also drunk), whose pants she has been on a quest to get into, on and off, since the comic started. Cue Orgy and personal disaster.
- On a later occasion, she hits the booze hard in order to blunt the pain of feeling obliged to flirt with the unappealing Yvan. Eventually, she gets drunk enough to express her burning envy of Gary's weird reputation as an oral sex master. Then she passes out. Whether her honesty there registers with anyone is uncertain.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is definitely one of these no matter who you ask. Most of her early manipulative, selfish jerkass tendencies slowly evaporate through the course of the story, though booze can reset her to her start condition. Her heart of gold is mostly demonstrated in a casual but good-natured willingness to help people such as Gary and (in a crossover with Sticky Dilly Buns) Ruby, albeit on her own terms and in ways she finds amusing — but she also appears to be seriously concerned not to hurt Peggy when the latter seems to be making a claim for Sonya.
- The Lad-ette:Zii: Don't be shy. Think of me as a dude.
Gary: I already do.
- Ladykiller in Love: Zii becomes a Gender Flipped example over Erik, possibly also over DiDi, and even over Sonya. Yes, she has difficulty making her mind up.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Zii doesn't suffer from this regularly, as she generally presents a convincing feminine style, but she does have a very flat chest (and she is occasionally very mildly self-conscious about it). Hence, she is very annoyed in one early strip when Jung asks "Who's the skinny dude?" — understandably, given that she's flashing everyone at the time...
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the course of a 2017 story, Zii first goes out for coffee with Gary, while denying that it's a "date". As they chat, she finds herself aroused by the more mature Gary but appalled by the idea of herself being attracted to him, simply because he's Gary. Then, when the two get home, she discovers the DiDi has just broken up with Kiley, and immediately ditches Gary to try and get DiDi into bed by convincing her she needs sex with a friend to get over Kiley. This backfires when DiDi remembers her interest in Gary and his swirly-go-round technique, and heads for him instead. Thus, as a result of snubbing Gary and trying to take advantage of DiDi, a depressed Zii finds herself listening as her new crush has sex with the long-term subject of her obsession.
- Lethal Chef: Zii claims this status here, although she may be exaggerating a little because she likes the idea of getting a serious hobbyist cook into the apartment (and for the sake of a traditional dead drummer gag).
- Liquid Courage: Normally, Zii is just a social drinker, though quite an enthusiastic one. However, when she feels obliged to flirt with the creepy Yvan, she hits the booze hard and fast, instructing Gary to keep the drinks coming.
- Love Confession: Zii is prone to outbursts that are probably more about lust, but which are framed as love confessions, addressed to DiDi.
- Multicolored Hair: Zii's two-tone 'do has been her most obvious feature, and part of her rock chick style, from the first; flashbacks show that it goes back to her teens.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Zii, in the middle of being seduced by Sonya, hears Yuki telling Gary he's better in bed than her, and snaps into a jealous rage. After an initial demand to have Yuki let her prove otherwise, Zii realizes she's just nearly cheated on Erik. Yes, it's a little odd that hearing other people having good sex brought her to her senses.
- Not Good with Rejection:
- It's a relatively minor case, but when Erik breaks up with her after discovering her in a lesbian orgy, Zii ends up crying bitterly into her pillow.
- When DiDi rejects her for Gary, Zii moves out of the apartment.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Zii refusing DiDi's advances after being rejected by her.Zii: Pants back on, DiDi!
Zii: No "mais" about it! Now!
DiDi: Zii? Are you feeling like yourself?
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Zii's slick style sometimes fails her. Notably, when she's trying to seduce DiDi into rebound sex, she first gives DiDi the idea that rebound sex might be morally wrong, then reminds the other woman of her long-running interest in Gary's oral skills.
- Pet the Dog: While she's generally self-indulgent and a bit thoughtless, especially early in the comic's run, Zii shows relieving flashes of sentimentality.
- The Pornomancer:
- It sometimes seems that sex just happens to her — not to mention that at one time, everywhere she went there always seemed to be a gay male couple making out for her to watch. However, her habitual pursuit of sex has earned her serious consequences on occasion, such as infatuated former lovers, or a musical colleague turning into a bitter rival after they catch her with their boyfriend.
- To give one example of her seduction prowess, Zii goes hunting for an online troll who has "I Banged Your Mom" as his forum signature — and gets revenge by banging HIS mom.
- At one point one of her former lovers gives an insight into her (probably unconscious) seduction technique, with which another apparently agrees; she has "this way of making you feel like the most desirable person in the world". In other words, her straightforward and open enthusiasm for sex tends to make its current target feel flattered and interested, which might indeed make her hard to resist.
- Pride: Zii is smug about her skills at seduction, but isn't always prepared for the consequences. She also tells Gary that she's a genius at hooking people up, but her attempts to improve his love life are intermittent and not especially impressive.
- Really Gets Around: She's been around and then some. A group of female porn stars basically reply "been there, done that" when she offers them sex...
- Sex Goddess: Zii was the original prime candidate for this status in this comic; certainly, with all the practice she gets, it'd be hard for her not to be good at sex, and the results do sometimes seem to verge on the supernatural. How good? Well, sleeping with her in high school inspired Amber to choose a career in porn just for the sex, and a kiss from her can apparently turn women lesbian — cases in point being DiDi and Sonya.
- However, DiDi fails to sleep with her, and subsequently decides that she's straight (mostly — her first couple of experiments with lesbianism don't go well, but then things get interesting with Kiley). As the comic continues its run, Zii is shown failing to achieve her sexual goals on several occasions (e.g. with Isabelle); it seems that that she isn't unstoppable.
- And in Sonya's case, it could just be that someone as experienced as Zii cares more about Sonya's pleasure than her boyfriends ever did. It seems to be more of an Armoured Closet Gay issue there, anyway; Sonya's catchphrase rapidly became "I'm not a lesbian!" Sure you aren't. (Actually, you're bisexual.)
- One of her ex-lovers said that she made him feel like the most desirable person in the world, and it does seem that the psychological effects of her enthusiasm are a big part of her secret.
- The only one who was capable of making Di Di orgasm was Kiley and it usually took her at least 30 minutes. Zii does it in 17 (August 8, 2017 NSFW).
- Sleepwalking: Zii doesn't sleepwalk, but she can play Enter Sandman in her sleep.
- Something Else Also Rises: Zii's Idiot Hair sometimes provides a comparatively rare female version, as seen for example when a fan proposes a threesome with her and Gary — though the effect probably represents surprise more than arousal there.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: She tends to wear a lot of sleeveless t-shirts and tank tops. She's also somewhat of a Lad-ette.
- Tsundere: At times; she's not a serious case, but she acts a little this way towards Gary.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Both Zii and her cat Lita: "Myaoi"?
- You Are the New Trend: A few days after her new band play their very successful first gig, Zii, along with Gary and Yvan, visit an indie rock bar — where it turns out that every woman in the room seems to be imitating Zii's distinctive hairstyle. This is no coincidence; at least one of them turns out to be a gushing Zii Fangirl.
- Your Cheating Heart: It's shown (mostly in bonus strips in the comic's print collections) that Zii frequently cheated on Yuki with guys when they were dating; it seems that half the reason she broke up with Yuki is that Yuki wanted them to be exclusive.
- Your Makeup Is Running: When Zii hits a low point after destroying her own band, this trope kicks in.Erik: You look... like you joined a death metal band.
- Zettai Ryouiki: when going on a "date" with DiDi.
"I was the first of my school to get breasts."Désirée "DiDi" Chastel is a woman with a strong Québécois accent who is best described... Well, let's just say that her nickname fits her very well. (She can turn perfectly ordinary clothes into an illustration of the Theiss Titillation Theory.) She works as a waitress at a restaurant, is quite skilled at cooking, and has more problems than are initially evident.
- Anti-Hero: Not for about the first three and a half plus years of the comic, but her obsession with getting an orgasm at any cost eventually moves her towards Nominal Hero or Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist status.
- Bad Liar: She immediately blows her and Zii's "just friends" cover to Sonya, and then laments how terrible she is at kayfabe.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Played with. DiDi is such a good girl (at least in her own mind) that her tiny bad angel hadn't seen her since the third grade. Her good angel is much bigger than the bad one, and indeed than DiDi herself. However, she's always naively inconsiderate, and as the comic continues and her sexual frustration increases, she becomes more and more selfish and obsessive, increasingly averting the trope.
- Blessed with Suck: DiDi's sex appeal is so extreme it verges on being a super-power — and not an entirely positive one. No man who has sex with her is capable of lasting long enough to bring her to orgasm, and her gorgeousness may have warped her entire life and personality; men all lust after her, most women envy her or worry about the way their partners look at her, and she's never developed proper social skills. See the entry for Anorgasmia on the comic's main page for more on her problems. Interestingly, most of the women she encounters when she gets involved with semi-pro wrestling seem relatively immune to her weird appeal, although they aren't all unfriendly; it's possible that they're less intimidated by her than others.
- Boobs of Steel: She's so strong, it was originally suspected that she might be a drag queen.
- Brainless Beauty: DiDi is mostly just a ditz, but she never shows any signs of analytical intelligence, and sometimes takes a firm hold on the Idiot Ball.
- Buxom Is Better: She has enormous breasts and is considered supremely attractive by everyone in the strip.
- The Casanova: A gender-inverted and unintentional example. DiDi probably doesn't think of herself as a seductress, and nor does she like breaking anyone's heart — and yet her supreme attractiveness means that she has little trouble getting any man (or any woman, if she tries) into bed, and her thoughtlessness means that she leaves a trail of broken hearts behind her.
- The Ditz: She seems quite together, if a bit naive sometimes, to begin with — but that naivety, plus nigh-autistic social incompetence, sometimes leaves DiDi looking ditzy to the point of being quite scary. For example, she finds it "adorable" that Kiley screams and flails before passing out during sex. It apparently doesn't occur to her that Kiley is suffocating between her breasts.
- Dumb Muscle: A rare female example, she doesn't appear to be very bright and her strength is described as "Amazonian".
- Even the Girls Want Her: Gay men, straight women and even animals.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's blonde, and considered to be the hottest woman in Montreal.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: DiDi may not have all the traditional attributes of ultra-femininity, but she's very, very female, and she's a keen and highly competent cook.
- Flanderization: DiDi's sexual frustration becomes more and more prominent over time — though this may be considered a matter of Character Development, as she is becoming more desperate. Also, her near-total inability to process ordinary social cues maybe gets worse over time.
- Friendless Background: In a strange way, DiDi manifests this trope at the start of the comic, despite having a list of boyfriends so long that she can't keep track of it. Her problem is that she treats those men as disposable and interchangeable, and she says herself that she has few or no female friends — presumably, although she may not know it herself, because she makes other women insecure, jealous, or intimidated, and would distract their male friends too much. (When talking about her past to Kiley, she says that her best friend from elementary school stopped speaking to her in high school, presumably after DiDi got her breasts). She's sweetly grateful when Sandra calls her a friend, she does become some kind of friend with Zii and to a lesser extent Gary thanks to sharing an apartment with them, and her relationship with Matt starts as friendship before getting complicated. But she always has problems with social relationships.
- Funbag Airbag: A fairly regular occurence with DiDi's assets, starting with her very first appearance.
- Gag Boobs: Although DiDi's voluptuous bust is mostly used to signify her near-supernatural sexual desirability, it also gets used for straightforward jokes from time to time, from her very first appearance onwards.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Well, yes, but DiDi has a distinct passion for them. Which means marshmallow heaven for anyone watching with her.
- Good Bad Girl: Her (initially) sweet and wholesome personality can make one almost forget that she has a list of ex-boyfriends and casual sexual encounters so long that she can't keep their names straight.
- Hello, Nurse!: DiDi may possibly be based on Jayne Mansfield in The Girl Can't Help It. She's a walking mass of breasts, lips and legs (especially breasts). Wherever she goes, whatever she does, all men are staring at her. Basically every character in the strip wants her or at least acknowledges her attractiveness.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: DiDi had some specific hormone-related problems in her teens. As the first of her age group to get breasts (and spectacular breasts at that), she doubtless attracted male interest whether she wanted it or not, but she seems to have welcomed it well enough. Unfortunately, this clearly also lost her any female friends she previously had, as her mere appearance makes other women feel insecure.
- I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: DiDi can have a potentially unfortunate effect on every heterosexual male and even vaguely bisexual female within line of sight, just by breathing, as she demonstrates soon after her first appearance. Unfortunately, asking her to restrain the effect does no good, as Zii discovers the hard way; she appears to be totally unable to understand what she's doing.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: DiDi frequently employs this effect, albeit mostly accidentally. She seemingly learns to use it quite consciously to win arguments with Kiley (who is intimidated rather than turned on by her boobs), but Kiley then apparently develops ways to get around this.
- The Ingenue: DiDi verges on this type, at least to begin with, despite being far from virginal; she has a genuinely sweet, naive nature.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: DiDi just never seems to have acquired much of a nudity taboo. She enjoys the sun on her skin, goes in for a lot of sweaty work-outs in skimpy garb, and sleeps (and indeed lounges round the house) in minimal babydoll nighties if she's not simply naked. Given her figure, the results are often dramatic. She isn't entirely unaware of her effects on other people — nobody could be that stupid — and she knows that nudity taboos exist, but she can be terribly forgetful sometimes. However, as time goes on, her exploitation of her own fanservice potential begins to look less and less innocent.
- Innocently Insensitive: While DiDi generally has a nice, friendly disposition, she seems largely incapable of forming anything more than surface-level relationships with others, and often speaks thoughtlessly as a result. She may be growing out of this, starting with her getting "dumped" (it's complicated) by Kiley and shown dramatically when she rejects Sonya when the latter offers to give her an even better orgasm than Zii, for whom DiDi has developed feelings at this point. However, her casually insensitive comment to Sonya in the same scene suggests that she still has some way to go.
- Lack of Empathy: In one, very specific area. DiDi has zero regard for the feelings of her boyfriends; one of them outright says (after DiDi cancels a date with him by text message) that she doesn't understand that they have feelings. Oddly enough, most of the rest of the time, she seems rather soft-hearted (though in a rather shallow, sentimental way), except when distracted by her problem with Anorgasmia. After Kiley basically dumps her, DiDi may finally understand what her past boyfriends went through.
- Lipstick Lesbian: When she declares herself a lesbian (implicitly admitting that she is technically bisexual, but insisting that the love of her life is a woman), DiDi inevitably takes something of a lipstick lesbian identity, being stunningly attractive in a completely female way.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: DiDi's quite impressive mane is all part of her ultra-feminine package. She had to be dissuaded from cutting it off when she first thought that she might be a lesbian.
- Love Confession: Once she realizes that her ability to reach orgasm depends on an emotional connection to her partner, DiDi is prone to passionate declarations of love to people on whom she fixates — first Kiley and then Zii.
- Lust Object: She tends to gain this status in the eyes of to anyone who sees her, at least for a moment.
- Mad Love: DiDi declares Kiley her girlfriend and the love of her life after Kiley helps her experience her first orgasm. Kiley is seemingly too terrified of the enormous Amazon woman who has recently taken up pro wrestling as a hobby to raise any sort of effective objection.
- Meaningful Name: "DiDi" counts as a pair of these. Her nickname clearly alludes to her cup size, and her actual first name, Désirée, is the female form of the French equivalent to the verbal adjective "desired". In fact, this might rate as a Punny Name for bilingual readers.
- Murderous Thighs: Played for Laughs with non-lethal accidents; DiDi's combination of physical strength and sexual frustration often implies some danger to her partners.
- One of the print collections has a non-canon bonus story in which she puts new husband Gary in hospital after an ... energetic ... honeymoon.
- When the unfortunate Kiley discovers how to solve DiDi's anorgasmia problem, Kiley suffers physical danger as a result. See, for example, strip #1082 (October 15, 2015; NSFW).
- As a wrestler, DiDi learns to use those thighs in her moves, with great effectiveness.
- Never My Fault: Quite early on, fans began to suspect that DiDi's Anorgasmia wasn't necessarily caused by her partners being lousy lovers, but because she never properly communicated with them, and because she had a poor concept of foreplay. Her encounter with Peggy pretty much confirmed this, while reinforcing past hints that there might be even deeper problems. Kiley's eventual resolution of the issue involved a lot of digging round in her psyche and identifying her need for communication and emotional attachment.
- Not Good with Rejection: Being so implausibly desirable, DiDi has inspired much regret by dumping other people, but is genuinely unaccustomed to being dumped herself — and after not having an orgasm for so long, she's not going to let go of a competent supplier easily. It takes Kiley insane amounts of effort to get through to her, and then, DiDi all but collapses in tears. She rather subverts the trope, though, by quickly shifting her attention to Gary, although she does claim to be doing so partly to take her mind off Kiley.
- Oblivious to Love: She doesn't seem to pick up on any of Zii's hints that she's attracted to her (even after Zii has flat-out told her once that she's physically attracted) — so much so that when Zii moves out while DiDi and Gary are having sex, DiDi thinks it's because Zii's attracted to Gary instead of her. (The trope is somewhat subverted in that Zii does feel an attraction to Gary, and freaks out about the idea.) Then, DiDi does finally get the idea — but it takes a while.
- Poirot Speak: DiDi peppers her speech with random French words. (In her earliest appearances she spoke a rather broken English as a way of showing her not being a native English speaker, which was a little more realistic but a lot more grating to read.) This is finally lampshaded in strip #1171 (May 19, 2016, marginally NSFW).
- Really Gets Around: She's had so many boyfriends that she mixes up their names. When Kiley asks her about her sexual partners, she goes on listing them for twenty minutes; then, when Kiley asks if she ever lived with any of them, she says no, that would make it awkward to bring other dates home.
- Required Secondary Powers: Her gravity-defying breasts would require insane back muscles to stay anywhere close to as perky as they're shown — back muscles which she does, in fact, display. She exercises avidly, and is unquestionably the physically strongest of the cast, to the point that she is initially mistaken for a drag queen.
- Right Through the Wall: She's habitually very vocal during sex, even if she isn't actually reaching orgasm.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Her friendship with Sandra has overtones of an adult form of this trope. When they try to turn it into something more sexual, things go bad.
- Sex Goddess: Subverted. Everyone finds DiDi insanely desirable, to the point that her male partners tend to suffer from premature ejaculation and experienced bisexual women can be quite intimidated by the idea of sex with her. In many ways, she could pass as a downright mythical goddess of love and sex. But it doesn't seem like she's actually especially good at sex, technically speaking; she's never had to be, and she lacks the empathy that she really needs for the purpose.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: DiDi lives this trope. Her appearance verges on the superhuman, so see the notes on Blessed with Suck for the consequences.
- Statuesque Stunner: As her defining visual trait.
- Supreme Chef: Zii insists that she get the other spare room in the apartment on learning that she can cook (Zii and Gary can't), and the appeal of her breakfasts and her general competence in the kitchen become a minor plot point from then on. She may not quite hit true supreme chef levels, but she's clearly very good — her soup shuts down Kiley's better judgment on one occasion.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After deciding that she's straight after all (which lasts until she gets to know her Kinsey better), DiDi becomes noticeably more immature, bitchy, and self-centered.note Mostly, this seems to be a product of DiDi's increasing sexual frustration, and her attitude seems to be more crazy than evil, so her level in jerkass has the potential to go away again. However, her treatment of Kiley, after things get complicated between them, is sweet on the surface but basically unthinking and exploitative, so DiDi's niceness is still deeply compromised. She seems to be getting better after Kiley dumps her and she develops feelings for Zii...
- Unskilled, but Strong: A very mild case, but shown clearly at least once. In one early strip, DiDi is shown to know at least the basics of judo, and when Roxie starts teaching her wrestling, she turns out to be quite a fast learner. However, when she then gets into the ring with Tess and Maura, with them not holding back, they proceed to tie her in knots. Presumably, she's been leaning on her amazonian strength, leaving her vulnerable to sufficiently superior technique.
- Workout Fanservice: Any of DiDi's regular jogging sessions can provide fanservice if they appear on screen; they also tend to have devastating effects on passers-by. The one time Sandra tries to keep up, briefly, she just ends up exhausted in a not-very-sexy way. DiDi Engaging in yoga in the apartment would also count, having been known to scramble Zii's brain.
Our Household's Friends and Lovers
"Gary, could you pass me my jealous girlfriend?"Erik was originally one of DiDi's boyfriends. He was nice and all, but she wasn't entirely satisfied with (or by) him, and dropped him like so many others. His role became much bigger when he started dating Zii. Later, for reasons of plot, he started showing up occasionally in Sticky Dilly Buns.
- Ambiguously Bi: Erik is officially described as “straight, but cool with MMF threesomes”. Angel claims at one point that he’s actually bi, but Angel may not be the most reliable of witnesses.
- Cool Shades: Erik rarely if ever takes his shades off, and definitely has a cool image. It's possible that he works at this consciously, with the shades as a prop; his cool does crack a little occasionally.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The guy with whom DiDi left the park in Year 1 came back.
- Flat Character: He's a nice enough fellow, but a lot of readers have had trouble thinking of anything to say about him beyond that.
- Genre Savvy: Compared to everyone else's odd views on how to get relationships to work.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His look at all times, lampshaded by Angel here.
- Nice Guy: Erik is certainly amiable and even-tempered, if maybe a little dull. In a later appearance, he treats a badly distressed Zii quite kindly, despite their painful shared history at that stage.
- No Name Given: His last name has never been revealed.
- Spoiled Sweet: A male version, on available evidence.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his sister, Erika, even down to the sunglasses.
- Sunglasses at Night: He has maybe taken his glasses off once or twice, but he leaves them on during a movie, sleep, or sex.
"Wow... No one has ever said something so cool about me. That's ... that's so sweet... Really sweet. But she's the rock star. And I may not get this chance again. You understand, right?"A girl who Gary, Zii, and Yvan meet in an indie rock bar. The fact that she deliberately models her hairstyle on Zii's should be the first clue, or maybe warning sign, about her; she rapidly progresses from simple Fangirl/groupie gushing to becoming yet another Stalker With a Crush targeting Zii, and successfully manipulates Zii into teaching her to play guitar, despite Zii having the sense to be worried about her for once. Her delusions about Zii's level of stardom take her close to Cloudcuckoolander status. Isabelle says that people can call her "Izz", but that may well be just another symptom of her crush; her resemblance to Zii is superficial, though, or she'd rate as an Oddball Doppelganger.
- Drives Like Crazy: Even before her first appearance, she's had her learner driver's license suspended for reckless driving. She clearly hasn't learned anything from this.Gary: F-f-f-first time I ever did Highway 40 in reverse.
Isabelle: Not my fault Zii's rearview mirror is broken! How else could I talk to you in the backseat and still see the road?!
- Fangirl: Her reaction to Zii starts at "enthusiastic" and goes up from there, hitting scary levels after a couple of hours.
- Hypocritical Humor: "We can't have crazies stalking her, right? Which reminds me, I need to add her address to my contacts. Do you know her full name? Including middle name, and her mom's maiden name? And do you know her cell number? That would be really useful. Any siblings? Cousins? Pets? What's her favorite food?"
- I Just Want to Be You: Her attitude to Zii, though she's more fannish than envious, and more open about it than is normal for the trope, at least accidentally. She admits the fact to Zii in strip #993 (March 03, 2015), then corrects her words to "be like you".
- Manipulative Bitch: Don't let her fangirl attitude fool you; this girl has serious skill at manipulating people, largely by presuming on their politeness and then not giving them the chance to qualify their offers.
- No Name Given: She first appears in strip #972, but for some reason, her name isn't mentioned until #988, although she appears in most of the intervening strips. This is probably just because the story doesn't call for it, but the fact that she can shorten it to "Izz" has some plot significance, and the omission does allow a small, cute exchange between her and Gary when he finally asks. Anyway, there was a fair amount of odd fan speculation during that gap.
- Offscreen Teleportation: She gets from somewhere behind Gary and Zii to inside their house ahead of them, without visibly passing through the doorway.
- Stalker With a Crush: Several characters in the comic fit this trope to some extent — see the notes on the main page — but Isabelle is probably the most worryingly realistic example, as she quite literally breaks into the apartment to make Zii breakfast, wants to be nicknamed "Izz", and takes the liberty of changing the lock on the apartment door and getting herself a key.
- The Tease: Although she is apparently a virgin, Isabelle's manipulation technique involves a lot of flirting and eyelash-fluttering.
"Hey, I don't judge. Well, that's not true ... but I wouldn't judge this."Gary's friend Junghan (Jung for short) works in a comic-book store and agrees to hire Zii when she needs a job to keep from being evicted. He is also a keen hobbyist costume-maker, who keeps looking for excuses to make Zii wear his cosplay designs, and eventually ends up creating stage costumes for her band.
- Asexual: Averted after being long assumed by readers for multiple reasons, starting with his cool detachment and the idea that Nerds Are Virgins. It's eventually revealed in Sticky Dilly Buns that he is in a sexual relationship with Ramona, to the surprise of Dillon and Ruby, who evidently thought like those readers.
- Big Eater: Early on, he mentions he can't move out of his mom's basement because the food bills alone would bankrupt him. In his subsequent appearances, he is often shown consuming some form of snack food.
- Caustic Critic: Subverted; he originally wouldn't even consider that Dillon's play could be any good, but when he ends up really enjoying it, he writes an honest, extremely positive review, helping make the play a success.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Jung was depicted in strip #531 (November 26, 2011); more than 250 strips later, he was nowhere to be seen. But the trope was eventually averted by his reappearance in strip #824 (December 10, 2013). He has also since shown up in Sticky Dilly Buns.
- Dissonant Serenity: Jung is remarkably calm as Yuki runs amok.
- Exact Words: Jung proves himself to be a master of the technique here.
- Expy: Junghan, the seemingly asexual Big Eater, is a pretty obvious stand-in for Jughead.
- The Gadfly: Jung clearly enjoys mocking and teasing people, but he never goes too far, and he's a good friend when it's really needed.
- Geek Physiques: The fat version. Though he's plump rather than seriously overweight.
- Hidden Depths: Jung initially appeared to be just a rather run-of-the-mill comics-reading geek. However...
- He not only demonstrates an interest in costumes, but turns out to make them himself — quite well — and eventually produces some effective stage gear for Zii's band.
- He turns out to speak a little Japanese.
- When Zii is feeling quite badly depressed, he manages to cheer her up without quite blowing his impassive cool.
- Then there's the fan-stunning reveal about his romantic life.
- Even his old friend Gary has said that he's full of surprises.
- No Name Given: His last name has never been revealed.
- Only Sane Man: As close to it as anyone in this series can probably get. Justified since he's also The Stoic: the closest he's ever come to strong emoting is smirking, which appears to be his substitute for chuckling. However, Ruby did manage to startle him a little. Not to forget not being able to go to the washroom due to Zii's shenanigans.
- Token Minority: Junghan's name sounds Koreannote , and his appearance is consistent with this, though it's never brought up in the comic. (He also speaks a little Japanese, though that doesn't prove much.) This ethnic origin is effectively confirmed by a bonus strip in one of the print volumes, in which his female counterpart has the distinctly Korean name "Min-Jung".
"It's no use... I can't compete with these gargantuan melons! All I have are these nothing boobs and ... my brain..."Kiley Shefford is Yuki's underqualified therapist, who also ends up providing similarly dubious but sometimes oddly successful therapy to several other characters. Initially introduced in a one-off gag, Kiley grows into a larger role by offering to "Fix Yuki's Brain" so Yuki can pursue Gary more effectively.
- A-Cup Angst: The whole point of her first appearance, reacting to DiDi (and she reacts the same way again on a later meeting), and subsequently one of her defining traits. It doesn't help when others mention the subject to her. Her attempts at getting over it are milked for laughs. Eventually, her relationship with Matt and dealings with DiDi involve some conscious attempts to deal with the problem.
- Adorkable: Not as much as Gary, but still noticeable; her small, slim frame makes her look young, her academic style is a bit geeky, and her A-Cup Angst makes her seem nervous and vulnerable — but she's definitely attractive, as is acknowledged in-setting by the likes of Matt.
- Ascended Extra: Kiley starts out as a throwaway background joke, and ends up playing a major role in several plotlines.
- Boyish Short Hair: Although Kiley isn't especially tomboyish, and is comfortably and actively heterosexual, she is unusually cerebral by the standards of this comic, and is usually disinclined to use sex appeal to get her way — and her short bob fits all that.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer/Hidden Badass: Despite being a Fragile Flower studying Hollywood Psych, Kiley manages some legitimately impressive feats over the course of the comic. She staggers Yuki, Sonya and Matt with armor piercing questions, causing each of them to have at least one epiphany, and even gives DiDi her first orgasm.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First seen in that one-panel background gag (see above), Kiley is subsequently discovered working on a magazine stand, where her role in the story becomes clearer. She eventually takes Gary's virginity (December 13, 2011, NSFW), and goes on to further accomplishments, including giving DiDi her first orgasm.
- Comfort Food: After her painful bust-up with Matt, Kiley first goes out drinking with Yuki, then hits a restaurant for pancakes. It's notable that, while Yuki doesn't see the need to restrain Kiley's drinking, she ends up saying "I think you've had enough" after several plates of pancakes. (Strip #1055, July 30, 2015, borderline NSFW.)
- Fragile Flower: Kiley is very insecure and prone to breakdown crying. When they're together, Kiley and Yuki have a good chance of both crying Tender Tears, for different reasons. And when she breaks down, she really breaks down.
- Freudian Excuse: She's no villain, but anyway — the root causes of her A-Cup Angst are apparently finally revealed in strip #916 (August 07, 2014, NSFW).
- Hollywood Psych: By the metric ton! Justified by Rule of Funny because she sometimes seems hilariously awful at anything psych-related, although when she's on target, her abilities are effective to equally Hollywood-ish levels; her Armor-Piercing Question attack on Sonya is deadly, and she gets through to the core of DiDi's problem in a few minutes flat.
- Hook Hand: Kiley briefly imagines herself with such a prosthesis when her treatment of DiDi has achieved unexpected and remarkable results, leaving her hand feeling crushed in an ... unusual way. (Strip #935, October 02, 2014, borderline NSFW.)
- I Want My Patient to be Happy: She calls things off with Gary out of concern for Yuki's feelings and mental state. How far she's thinking about Gary there is more questionable; she evidently thinks it's right, and that he should be able to handle it, but she's more concerned about her own ethics — and this does rather leave Gary in the lurch.
- Mood-Swinger: Kiley seems to be a bit neurotic, with excessive but fragile confidence in her own abilities. She frequently jumps from cynical sarcasm to wild enthusiasm, from tearful panic to jumping someone, from "I'm such a good therapist" (strip #515, October 20th 2011, NSFW) to "I'm the worst therapist in the world", from ecstasy to tears, and from anger to sobbing, with minimal provocation.
- Motor Mouth: Her mouth runs away with her when she's randy and at other times of emotional chaos.
- Older Than They Look: If this weren't an NSFW webcomics one could be forgiven for assuming she was a teenager instead of a college student working on her thesis. DiDi once mistook her for a Girl Scout, and her A-Cup Angst only compounds the issue.
- Playing Cyrano: She coaches Yuki through her early dates with Gary (and Sonya), eventually coaching Yuki closely for the climactic date, in best Cyrano style, via smartphone. She then sort-of inverts the trope when she ends up briefly falling for him herself.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Her face is suited to this effect, although she doesn't use it often in any but the mildest form. However, when she needs a risky favour from Matt (strip #758, June 27, 2013, NSFW), she hits him with full-on "doe eyes", apparently knowing exactly what she's doing and how effective it'll be.
- Saying Too Much: Kiley's mouth tends to run away when she's under any sort of stress or her neuroses are triggered, usually leading to a frame full of her talking rapidly before she catches herself giving too much away.
- Selective Obliviousness: Kiley's view of her relationship with Matt mirrors his, though perhaps with marginally less convincing self-deception. See his entry for details.
"*Sigh* I guess I really am a bastard."Matthieu "Matt" Lanteigne is Gary's other former roommate and Dillon's boyfriend until Dillon catches him with a woman. Matt is an underwear model, and a bisexual with a mild taste for kinky sex, with above-average emotional intelligence by the standards of the comic.
- The Casanova: In his less self-aware phases, Matt is a very successful bisexual seducer who doesn't concern himself much with the consequences of his conquests. Apparently, the one thing he's never done with a woman is turn her down.
- The Charmer: Matt combines professional-model good looks with a good understanding of people, and is a reasonably nice guy when his worst impulses aren't in charge; while this aspect of his characterization isn't played up, he can get most people to like him despite his flaws. However, he tends to use his charm to fulfill his bisexual desires, and when he turns it on Gary in the course of a plan that involves humiliating the other guy, he slips towards Manipulative Bastard territory.
- Gag Penis: Senna implies (in Portuguese) that he's well-endowed, although she's maybe engaging in routine compliments at the time, and Dillon hints once or twice that Matt is fairly impressive. However, neither of them makes ... that big a thing of it.
- Heel Realization: Matt isn't entirely lacking in self-awareness; he admits to himself that the aftermaths of his relationships with both Dillon and Kiley reflect badly on him. His attempts to do better never seem to last, though.
- In Harm's Way: Matt originally seemed to be merely compulsively promiscuous, but it eventually became clear that his real problem is an addiction to danger in his sex life. This can explain his inability to stay faithful to one person, and why he never locks the door while having sex in the living room; in both situations, he maybe wants the chance of getting caught. It may also serve as an even deeper reason as to why he cheated on Dillon; by not telling Gary about their relationship over the course of those three months, they created an ongoing risk of Gary catching them in the act. So once Gary found out, Matt cheated on Dillon for a new thrill after the old one was gone. He certainly remembered the sense of danger from his first night with Dillon with pleasure, reacted to several minutes of very real danger of having his genitals maimed by Yuki, which had left him hyperventilating in fear, by engaging in enthusiastic animalistic sex with Kiley (who had put him in that danger in the first place). Apparently, risk really turns him on — though not enough for him to want sex with Yuki...
- Jerkass: In the opening strips, Matt and Dillon completely shake up Gary's life, getting caught by him having sex in the living room, destroying his work table by having sex on top of it, and not telling him they are moving out until the last possible second, then leaving "just in case some of the strangers they invited over are axe murderers". And yet Matt outstrips Dillon handily — not only cheating on Dillon with Sandra, but then seducing Dillon while on a date with her, then when the whole night goes to hell for pretty much the entire cast, winding up as the middle of a sandwich, with two of Dillon's cast-mates (one female, one male) as the bread. And he admits it, at least to himself. (For all his flaws, he does at least have some self-knowledge.) As another point against him, he's also so insecure about Gary's supposed superior sexual prowess that he seeks to set Gary up to be put down, just so he can feel good about himself again.
- Ladykiller in Love: Though he hides it well, Matt is evidently more romantic than he likes to admit. His problems keeping his hands off Dillon are probably just lust, but his relationship with Kiley becomes closer than either wants to admit, and when she angrily walks out on him, the comic's graphics suggest that his heart is breaking. He quickly recovers to enjoy a threesome with Gary and Peggy, but the next morning, after they've both left and he's been reminded about Kiley, he collapses into Inelegant Blubbering. A few strips later, he's allowing himself a series of paper-thin rationalisations for visiting her.
- Loophole Abuse: When Matt comes to believe that he's put Kiley off men for life by lying to her, which lead to them breaking up, he swears to himself that he'll get her back, and that he won't sleep with other women from now on. However, he is bisexual, so this doesn't put a stop to his sex life. (Anyway, he soon forgets the resolution completely.)
- Lust Object: Matt seems to be able to inspire lust quite easily in a lot of people (such as other members of the cast of the musical in which Dillon appears). He provokes truly obsessive lust in DiDi at the time when he is the focus of her orgasm obsession.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's really ripped (after all, he's an underwear model) and the comic often shows him shirtless.
- Not Good with Rejection: It's a one-off occurrence with him, but when his actions result in Kiley breaking up with him, perhaps for the first time in his life, Matt is deeply saddened over losing a girlfriend. He is repeatedly shown regretting and even crying over the loss, although he also apparently keeps forgetting himself and having sex with other people. On the other hand again, he asks at least two of those people to disguise themselves as Kiley...
- Pet the Dog: Matt has more than one sympathetic moment:
- When he realizes he's been a jerk to Dillon, he apparently stops trying to get into serious relationships for a while, sticking to people who are as casually sexual as he is. It doesn't last, though.
- Despite the falling-out with Dillon, he has a genuine friendship with Gary, consoling him when Gary doubts his heterosexuality, and helping him decide that he isn't gay. (However, he later forgets this friendship and schemes to humiliate Gary when his own ego is threatened.)
- During a guest appearance in Sticky Dilly Buns, he handles an encounter with a disguised Ruby kindly and with some grace.
- When Yuki keeps trying to get him into bed to practice suppressing her psychotic rages (in order to protect Gary, with whom she wants a serious relationship), Matt initially refuses, repeatedly, on the plausible grounds that he's likely to get his genitals crushed or ripped off. However, when he discovers the sad nature of her problem, and realises that she, like himself, suffers from weird hallucinations, he agrees to try and help her, despite the danger of serious injury.
- Plot-Powered Stamina: After a night of mutually satisfactory sex, Peggy wakes him up by asking if he fancies "making it an even dozen" (and he agrees). This line is there for the joke, of course, but if she really means twelve acts of intercourse in one night ... well, that level of endurance could be considered a case of Anatomically Impossible Sex.
- Pride: He prides himself on his sexual prowess, and does not take it well when he believes that Gary of all people is better than him (see below).
- Selective Obliviousness: Matt's denial of the nature of his relationship with Kiley gets rather obvious by strip #1001.Matt: Don't worry, Kiley. We are just in mutual therapy, like you said. We're not a couple.
Matt: By the way, we're low on bread and milk.
Kiley: And bottles of laundry detergent. Let's stop by the market to pick up a couple.
- Sex God: Matt probably comes as close to this status as is realistically feasible. He's just plain very good at sex, and proud of it. Even he can't bring DiDi to orgasm, but she still says that he's better than all of her previous lovers combined. (Also, there were a number of unexpected problems there, ranging from Yuki delivering a particularly vigorous kick to his crotch to DiDi mistakenly applying Tabasco sauce to his crotch rather than vegetable oil, to ... well ... see Unknown Rival, below.)
- Unknown Rival: After DiDi calls out Gary's name while having sex with Matt, Matt develops a bit of a complex about his sexual prowess compared to Gary's. This is exacerbated when Peggy admits that she only hooked up with Matt because she mistook him for Gary. Gary himself has no idea at the time that Matt feels this way, though he finds out something of what is going on when Matt's subsequent plan comes to a climax.
- Your Cheating Heart: Just ask Dillon. Matt maybe seeks to reform later, but he's not very good at it.
"I don't know what that means, but I have a date tonight and you don't, so..."Maura and her friend Tess are students at Damien's wrestling school, who are subsequently seen fighting as a Tag Team ("The Tempests") against Roxie and Brandy. (They initially look like an example of The Dividual — specifically, the Syndividual — but they subsequently develop as distinct characters.) They later make friends with DiDi while training with her, and Maura snags a date with Gary. These two characters are a detailed Shout-Out; see the notes on that trope on the comic's main page. Maura is more of a ditz compared to Tess (or by any standards) and a compulsive flirt (which leads her to get that date).
- Competition Freak: Tess notes that Maura suffers from a "competitive flirting instinct" — when she's in a room with several other women and one guy, she automatically tries to get a date with the guy. She herself subsequently admits that she tends to "over-compete", leading her to shoot her mouth off catastrophically.
- The Ditz: Maura isn't terribly bright and is prone to silly accidents (such as knocking her date unconscious) while definitely being attractive (and blonde).
- Fangirl: Both of the pair show an admiration for Lynn that verges on the worrying — especially Maura, who tries to refuse to bathe ever again after Lynn autographs her chest.
- Heel: Maura and Tess are still learning the wrestling game, and can be quite sweet when encountered in the gym, but in the ring, they play the heels quite well and apparently enthusiastically.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Maura and Tess were school friends who became a synchronized swimming team (to Olympic standards), switched to become a wrestling Tag Team, and share an apartment. Their friendship is strong enough to survive some mutual snark and a little competition for the same guy.
- Playing with Fire: Tess and Maura wrestle as "Frosti and Pyre", playing to these matched tropes, albeit purely as a visual and stylistic matter — they don't actually have superhuman powers. Maura is "Pyre", using fire imagery.
- Only Sane Woman: Sometimes... Maura and Tess are mainly sane in relation to DiDi. They are among the few characters in the comic who don't seem to have their brains scrambled by her weird Even Girls Want Her sex appeal, they explain some aspects of wrestling to her clearly and usefully, and one of them even queries her tendency to Poirot Speak. At other times, though, they're a bit more flaky — especially Maura.
- Parts Unknown: Where the Tempests are billed as coming from.
- Stage Names: "Pyre" is a far-from-covert ring name.
- Unknown Rival: while on their first date, Maura and Gary encounter Peggy, and Gary's socially incompetent behavior leads Maura to see the other woman as her rival, and to try to one-up Peggy.
"What have I gotten myself into?"Peggy is a nurse who had the interesting luck to be sitting at the next table in the restaurant where Sonya was attempting to seduce Erik. By the end of the evening, she'd dumped her boyfriend and was engaged in typical Ménage à 3 sexual hi-jinks with various cast members — despite the fact that she seems to be one of the sane ones in this universe. May be a very rapidly Ascended Extra, or even an expy of Emma Thompson's character in The Tall Guy.
- Boyish Short Hair: Peggy has the shortest crop of any of the female characters, although she is neither youthfully boyish nor at all unfeminine. However, she has an unusually serious job by the standards of this cast, and is unusually practical; her hairstyle reflects that. She looks distinctly ridiculous when Sonya puts her into a wig, although she later manages to wear it with reasonable credibility.
- But Not Too Bi: Peggy specifically defines herself as Kinsey one or two; she's perfectly comfortable with the occasional lesbian encounter, but she's really more interested in men. This is simply a matter of her personal inclinations, though.
- The Conscience: During her first appearance, Peggy suddenly if briefly acts as a Conscience. She doesn't repeat the function very often, but later, crucially, she rips into Zii for breaking Sonya's heart, which would make it impossible for Zii to run away from the consequences of her actions for once even if Sonya wasn't already doing that.
- Ethical Slut: She's only interested in casual sex thanks to her job keeping her busy, but she's also insistent on respecting boundaries and emotional honesty. That said, she's not bashful and doesn't even blink when Gary casually suggests anal sex with her.Peggy (giggling): Not before a shift, silly. Find me afterward if you're feeling feisty.
- Experimented in College: She more or less explicitly says that she lived this trope, but decided that on balance she just prefers men. However, her desperation for a good night's sleep can make her willing to have sex with anyone, male or female, just as long as there's a comfortable bed involved. Outside of that, she clearly finds DiDi very attractive and tells her that with her looks, she could make any woman go up a few notches on the Kinsey scale.
- Heroic Fatigue: She's the kind of nurse who can end up working four-day double-shift marathons, which leave her understandably exhausted. The need for a decent night's sleep can then drive her to make fairly extreme offers; see strips #768-9 (July 23-25, 2013; NSFW). Equally, it seems that she uses wild sexual experimentation for distraction and stress relief, whereas most of the cast do that stuff purely for the heck of it; see strip #997 (March 12, 2015, borderline NSFW).
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: Peggy executes an Operation: Jealousy while suffering sleep deprivation, and the scheme culminates in her dancing for an hour continuously as Zii's band are rehearsing. At the end of that time, she is unsurprisingly on the point of total collapse and barely coherent. ("No... no... don't pass out now... I'm so close to getting my sleep back...") She scores a crowning moment of awesome by closing the deal while passing out.
- Honest Advisor: Peggy sympathises with other people's problems, and sometimes tries to help them with good advice; it helps that she is brighter than many of the cast. She tentatively suggests that DiDi might need professional therapy, and later tries to help Sonya sort her life out while staying with her. However, her efforts are often disrupted by the craziness of the people she's advising, or influenced by her own needs and desires.
- It's a Long Story: When a past plot complication threatens to cause problems, a tired Peggy invokes the phrase — and then declares that she's too tired to tell the story and would rather sleep.
- No Name Given: Her last name has never been revealed.
- Odd Friendship: She and Gary get along surprisingly well. She's not interested in a relationship because of her job, but she's one of the few people who encourages him to stand up for himself and have people be considerate of his feelings. They also have no problem having casual sex, especially after she moves in.
- Only Sane Woman: No, really, despite a willingness to throw food around in moments of irritation and make passes at men she doesn't actually know — she’s usually notably clear-headed and practical by the standards of the comic. When she plays The Conscience, it's largely a matter of stating what should be obvious to a sane observer, and even some of her flakier actions seem to involve a conscious tolerance of the madness around her, rather than just being crazy herself.
- During her first appearance, she calls Zii out for a physically dangerous tackle on Sonya, backs away politely when she blunders into a room containing a copulating couple, and actually suggests that someone with clear psychological/medical problems should seek professional help.
- Later, she calls out Zii and DiDi for hooking up while not considering Sonya's feelings, pointing out to Zii that Sonya’s then quitting the band is hardly surprising, and she encourages Gary to stand up for himself when he gets roped into a sexual situation he's not comfortable with.
- Punny Name: Her name is Peggy, and since her introduction she has discovered she enjoys pegging. The pun was not lost on Gary (who is the, initially reluctant, recipient of most of her pegging).
"You'll pay for that, blondie!"A new trainer at a gym attended by DiDi, who also turns out to be involved in a wrestling school; the two women get off on the wrong foot.
- Butch Lesbian: Roxie is stocky and quite muscular, mostly avoids "girly" traits like dresses or obvious makeup — and expresses sexual/romantic interest only in women.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: When DiDi is trying to return Roxie's dropped wallet, she looks inside it for some clue as to where to take it — and and discovers a picture of Roxie in a Fantastical Cosplay-Style Dress. This really doesn't fit with Roxie's badass tomboy image, even the sweet-natured DiDi giggles at the sight, and it is subsequently strongly hinted that Roxie would indeed find that image embarrassing.
- Face/Heel: When first seen wrestling in the comic, Roxie's persona is that of a face, albeit maybe tending to the "rebel" version. However, at the end of that match, she performs a classic wrestling Face–Heel Turn, attacking her own Tag Team partner.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Roxie resorts to physical violence more than once in her first couple of appearances alone; at other moments, she merely engages in angry verbal snark.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Roxie's reactions to DiDi's behavior and Damien's flirtatious ways are often ill-tempered and sometimes ridiculously violent, but a lot of what she says about them is true.
- The Napoleon: On her very first appearance, Roxie proves to be short-tempered, aggressive, and touchy about her height.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Roxie is fairly short, and apparently touchy about her height, but she teaches gym classes, including boxing workouts, and studies wrestling; she has the skill to put the much larger DiDi on the ground and get a hold on her, at least when attacking by surprise. DiDi does subsequently get the better of her, but the amazon has the advantage of size and trained strength, and has some combat skill herself.
- Stage Name: Roxie uses a slightly variant form of her name, "Roxxy", in the wrestling ring.
"Well, my derriere is the best..."Senna Muniz, one of Matt's model colleagues, is an extremely attractive Brazilian transwoman with a "perfect peach of a butt" and a prima donna personality. She has also played a significant role in the plot of Sandra on the Rocks, where her characterization shifts from whimsical to egocentric to outright nuts.
- Ambiguously Brown: Senna is depicted with a medium-dark skin tone. Her ethnicity is never actually discussed; given that she's Brazilian, it's very likely that it's very mixed.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Senna was presumably born male, and isn't in any hurry to finish transitioning to fully female, but even with a penis, she can not only get work as an international lingerie model, she has no trouble attracting the straight Gary (somewhat to his confusion).
- Bad Boss: In a small-scale, human way, but — just ask Sandra.
- Break the Haughty: Senna suffers a comedy version during the extended crossover sequence with Sandra on the Rocks when she encounters Sandra in Paris and jumps to the conclusion that Sandra's modelling career has failed. She suffers painful disillusionment here. Later getting a modelling job offer ... for a hemorrhoid cream commercial, just as she was reflecting how well her own career was going, also pulls her up hard. How far she stays broken may be another matter, though; she's suffering a fair amount of "karmic" backlash, but she seems quite resilient in a delusional way.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Taking other people on international private jet flights on a whim merely looks self-indulgent, and her claim that Sandra used witchcraft to distract world-famous photographer Domenico away from herself might be taken as poetic exaggeration. However, interpreting Gary's teaching Sandra about geek culture as him sabotaging Sandra's career as a favour to herself marks her down as just plain delusional.
- Cursed with Awesome: In her own mind, at least. "Curse my undisguisable beauty!"
- Hair Intakes: Senna temporarily develops these in Sandra on the Rocks strip #11 (August 18, 2012; just NSFW enough to not be linked).
- It's All About Me: Senna seems to suffer from this in a mild but pervasive form. She took Sandra off to Brazil on a drunken spree, and then showed little interest in Sandra's situation until Sandra kicked up a fuss. When she employed Sandra, she treated her as a lowly minion. And when she returned to Montreal, she visited Matt and then Gary in search of sympathy for her recent setbacks, laughed off Gary's suggestions for their date as of no interest to herself, and then hauled him onto a flight to Paris, largely ignoring his evident discomfort about flying. She's quite fun to be around, and she can be polite enough, in a casual way, to people she finds attractive or amusing, but there's little evidence of her caring very much about anyone else.
- Japandering: Senna is willing to do a hemorrhoid cream commercial in Japan once her agent assures her that it won't be seen in the West.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- While they are in Paris together, Senna suggests to Gary that they might visit some of the famous museums and galleries — but Gary dives straight into a video game shop, much to Senna's annoyance. She may be a cultural snob, but some readers share her exasperation at Gary's narrow vision.
- Later, Gary dumps her — for which few readers blame him. But he doesn't seem to understand that he's done so, and makes a joke of the idea to Senna herself. Few readers blame her for slapping his face, either.
- Narcissist: Senna is vain, self-centered, and delusional. In fact, some fans have suggested more or less jokingly that she's a full-on sociopath, as she shows few signs of empathy, lies on a whim, possesses casual charm, pursues all sorts of thrills, and is unremittingly vain. If so, she's a fairly harmless comedy version at worst, this being a comedy, but she does come close. She shows flashes of some kind of fondness for Gary, though.
- No Name Given: Her last name was left unrevealed for a long time, and even the cabin crew on a private jet she uses address her as "Miss Senna". However, her surname was eventually casually mentioned in a conversation between other people. Presumably, she more or less always goes by the single name as a matter of professional style, without keeping anything secret.
- Pet the Dog: Senna keeps her word and sends Gary his luggage after he dumps her, without doing anything petty.
- Rich Bitch: She's initially dismissive towards Sandra's panicky behavior, lack of a place to stay in Brazil, and any way to get home, but eventually gives her a job as a personal assistant. However, as it turns out, she's an awful boss. She's also rude to the cabin crew on the private jet she uses — admittedly after one of them interrupts her during sex, but the interruption was necessary.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Her first appearance was a nude scene in which she was completely relaxed, and when she subsequently appeared dressed, it was always as appropriate for a glamorous (and rather flashy) lingerie model who is vain about her looks and uses them to intimidate. The fanservice aspect of her character is pretty overt; Gary was essentially seduced by that peach-like butt, and the comic let the readers see that this was understandable.
- Transsexual: Pre-op, and evidently happy not to have any more surgery.
- Unreliable Narrator: Senna really isn't the type to let the truth get in the way of a good story, especially when it's about showing herself in a good light, as she demonstrates here and in subsequent strips.
- Wicked Cultured:
- Hinted at here, to slightly surprising effect. Senna had previously been shown as an egotistical, high-maintenance, somewhat vacuous fashion victim, and she's in Paris, a city full of fashion houses and expensive designer shops — and yet her first idea of places to go are three museums and a cathedral. Even if she's showing off to Gary, she knows what names to drop. Of course, the strip may mostly be intended as a joke about Gary's hopeless geekiness, but she also later name-drops at least one less-well-known modern art gallery to someone else.
- Senna is subsequently shown as culturally snobbish and ignorantly hostile to the idea of comics as art, contrasting her "refined" and arrogant taste with Gary and Sandra's interest in geek culture. Quite how this fits with her previously mentioned interest in Brazilian soap opera is unclear.
the comic's own cast notes. She quite likes Gary, but lusts madly after Zii, and has concluded that actually she's in love with her, which leads to a lot of trouble for both of them. Yuki has a kind of rivalry with her and they usually don't get along well, except when they get along all too well (it's a long story). She has also turned out to be a competent singer and bassist.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Yuki, at least by implication, though more on Yuki's side and only hinted at for a long time — but then resolved spectacularly.
- Brainless Beauty: Sonya ... jet black hair, stunning figure, and dumb as a bag of hammers, bordering on total ditziness. She doesn't even seem to be entirely aware that technically, sleeping with Zii represents cheating on her boyfriend. She does develop some unreliable low cunning and specific skills as the plot continues, though; by volume 10, the trope may be largely averted, and it's certainly dangerous to underestimate her.
- Catch-Phrase: The line "I'm not a lesbian!" has become a standing joke with Sonya.note
- Character Development: It's relatively subtle, at least to begin with, but Sonya's shift from a rather conventional waitress to a bisexual rock bassist with a penchant for questionable plans, losing an inconsiderate boyfriend and gaining a huge crush and a lot of confusion about her sexual identity along the way, is probably going to be good for her in the end. Unfortunately, she doesn't gain much intelligence in the process, but Hidden Depths only go so deep. She eventually lampshades the development; "I... I was so different then." And then she gets angry...
- Competition Freak: She's a minor case, but one thing that always seems to set Sonya off is some kind of rivalry — especially (but not only) if the rival is Yuki. Even when they're supposed to be having sex together by mutual consent, they end up turning it into a competition.
- The Determinator: Sonya takes seduction very, very seriously — especially when it's Zii she's after or there's any kind of competition involved. (She gives up trying with Erik when he proves resistant and something more amusing comes along.) When she gets into a contest of mutual seduction with Yuki, she escalates through striptease to use of an Animal-Eared Headband, and wins.
- The Ditz: The open question with Sonya is whether she's actually as stupid as she sometimes looks, or whether she just doesn't bother to use her brain. Her flashes of low cunning and even what might be wit may subvert the trope in her case.
- Drama Queen: Sonya loves drama, and will provide her own when necessary; it seems to turn her on sexually. She is described on the comic's own Cast Page as "Dramasexual".
- Dressed to Plunder: When she suffers a black eye, Sonya needs an eyepatch. Being Sonya, she ends up buying a complete pirate fancy dress outfit just for the patch. (Actually, it may be more of a Sexy Whatever Outfit.) Then, being Sonya, she insists on wearing it, largely for purposes of flirting with Gary.
- Evil Gloating: As a drama addict who doesn't mind being a bit evil, Sonya naturally tries gloating occasionally — albeit often just to herself. She's quite annoyed when Yuki doesn't rise to the bait.
- Femme Fatale: Downplayed, but she's working on that. She pursues Gary largely to annoy Yuki (though she thinks he might be interesting in himself), flirts with him when Yuki and Kiley are around (in front of them or by text message), seeks to seduce Zii (because she loves her) despite Zii's declarations of disinterest, and makes a move on Erik in the hope of detaching him from Zii and thus getting her. Later, when she gets really annoyed over how she's been treated, she looks likely to use her fatale potential to really dangerous effect. Her weapons of choice are her attractiveness and a willingness to flaunt it in well-chosen outfits or even less, while not worrying much about morality. Her seduction technique is intermittently effective, even if it's far from subtle. However, the comic is a comedy, not a thriller, and Sonya isn't very bright, with an unreliable attention span, and less capacity for alcohol than her intended victims.
- Have I Mentioned That I Am Heterosexual Today?: A trope that is played with for comic effect with Sonya. Early on, her denials that she's a lesbian are a big part of her characterization, putting her in a Transparent Closet; they then become a Running Gag. (She shows brief interest in calling herself "bisexual" at one point, which would clearly be accurate, but soon forgets that.) These denials are interspersed with a series of lesbian encounters.note Famously, she first invokes the trope during her first date with Zii... while eating Zii out. And shortly after that, she finds herself regularly eating girls out (her boyfriend having taken to bringing other women home for threesomes)...Sonya: (to Zii) Thanks to you, I eat pussy on a nightly basis!
(*CRASH* as Allie overhears and drops a pot of coffee)
Sonya: I'm... I'm really not a lesbian!
- I Broke a Nail: It only happens the once, but it's in character; just as Zii and Yuki are discussing how they need someone "solid" as the bassist for their group, there's a Gilligan Cut to Sonya (Zii's recruit for the role) saying the line while practicing the bass guitar.
- It's All About Me: She doesn't hesitate to provoke the break-up of Zii's relationship with Erik, so she herself can get her chance to have Zii, without thinking twice about the pain she may cause.
- Jerkass: While she often seems to be blissfully unaware of the nature of her actions, Sonya can come off as callous and selfish. Notably, when Zii breaks up with Erik, largely because of Sonya’s machinations, she's shown to be gleeful about it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For all the faults listed here, and despite her dimness, Sonya sometimes displays flashes of perception.
- However selfish she is in her pursuit and then dropping of Gary, she is perfectly correct that his relationship with Yuki is unsustainable and unsatisfactory for him, and she's happy to show him the advantages of dating a slightly saner woman.
- She also tries to offer him advice about his limitations when she dumps him, although he doesn't listen.
- Even her first seduction of Zii involves her pointing out that Zii doesn't seem to find her relationship with Erik totally satisfactory.
- She's one of the few people to call DiDi on her monstrous, unthinking sense of entitlement.
- And she manages a masterpiece of nearly-wordless point-proving when Yuki needs convincing that Zii's obsession with DiDi has gone over the edge.
- Kick the Dog: After taking Gary off Yuki, Sonya attempts to gloat over the other woman — despite the fact that Yuki handed Gary over voluntarily, more or less throwing Gary at Sonya. She is, however, disappointed by the fact that Yuki is morose and depressed rather than angry. It has been suggested that Sonya is primarily an adrenaline junkie; she maybe isn't trying to be evil here so much as looking for excitement.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Sonya is actually bisexual, although she herself isn't very clear on the terminology, but she tends to invoke this trope. She's stunningly attractive in a highly feminine way while being capable of enthusiastic lesbian relationships; then, because she seems to think of lesbianism purely in "Butch Lesbian" terms, she denies being lesbian at all.
- Love Confession: Sonya finally fully acknowledges the nature of her feelings for Zii when Kiley pulls some improvised psychoanalysis on her — ironically enough, when Zii isn't around.
- Love Makes You Crazy/Love Makes You Evil: Sonya's feelings for Zii lead her into some fairly loopy and sometimes nasty behavior, especially once she decides that it's love. The primary symptoms are her denials of lesbianism combined with declarations of passion for the other woman, and her stalker-ish behavior that occasionally goes way over the line.
- Manipulative Bitch: One of Sonya's ambitions, but she isn't always smart enough to carry off the trope. She sets out to break up both Gary and Yuki and Zii and Erik because she wants Gary and/or Zii for herself, but any eventual break-ups are actually almost accidental by-products of her actions. Her plans tend to be short-term and improvisational.
- Ms. Fanservice: Perhaps even more than DiDi; she's far more aware of her own attractiveness, and plays it up. A lot.
- No Bisexuals: She doesn't even seem to know that bisexuality exists at the beginning of her arc, which makes her handling of her affection for Zii quite complicated for a long time.
- No Name Given: Her last name has never been revealed.
- N-Word Privileges: In general, this comic is quite mild in its language, considering its subject-matter, and nor are characters prone to throwing crude insults. So when Sonya calls Zii a "stubborn unattainable bitch", the line has some sting. However, Zii recognizes the actual, passionate feelings behind the line, and takes it positively.
- Playboy Bunny: Fairly early on, Sonya acquires a bunny-ears headband for use in her seduction of Zii, following an evening involving the latter and some cat ears. It's not clear if Jung actually finds out about this somehow, but when he later designs costumes for the women's band, not only does he give Zii a Cat Girl outfit, but Sonya's design is a kind of Playboy/anime blend, complete with the ears and a bow tie.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Yuki — and the feeling is mutual. Initially, their enmity is at least somewhat justified, in that they are rivals for the affections of both Gary and Zii. However, by the time that they've joined Zii's band together, both have bedded Gary, and they've had a rather deranged affair, it's clear that their continued bickering is mostly fueled on Sonya's side by her addiction to drama.
- Smart Ball: Despite generally playing The Ditz, Sonya occasionally shows flashes of extreme guile, suggesting that she's not so much stupid as unaccustomed to using her brain. Not only can she act the seductress very effectively, including keeping Zii's interest despite Zii's better judgement, she pulls off schemes involving Yuki, Gary, and Matt with complete effectiveness and perfect timing. She's also a competent musician.
- Statuesque Stunner: In pretty much any comic which didn't feature DiDi, Sonya would have at least a borderline claim to this title. She's actually about as tall as DiDi, with a superb figure.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Sonya's not fooling anybody.Sonya: (to Zii) Thanks to you, I eat pussy on a nightly basis!
[Allie drops a coffee pot, breaking it.]
Sonya: (to Allie) I'm... I'm really not a lesbian!
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Sonya’s personality shifts for the worse as she discovers her considerable sex appeal and passionate enthusiasms. She's a significant factor in Gary and Yuki breaking up, because she has an ongoing feud with Yuki and thinks that Gary is a sex god. She then takes up with Gary, but when it turns out that he is seriously inexperienced and has poor stamina, she dumps him. Then she sets out to break up Zii and Erik.
- The Trickster: Early on, Sonya just lives up to her "dramasexual" tag from the comic's Cast page, getting erotic thrills from novelty and excitement. However, when she seduces Matt largely so she can steer Yuki into bed with him in the aftermath, it becomes apparent that she enjoys creating sheer chaos for its own sweet sake.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Sonya is more interested in Drama than in being nice. Hence, after Yuki voluntarily gives up Gary and hands him off to her, she still gloats in an attempt to make Yuki jealous. (She's then disappointed when this doesn't work.) Likewise, her expression when she demonstrates to Yuki that Zii has lost the plot is pretty damned smug (if totally understandable).
- Woman Scorned: Eventually, Sonya gets Zii back into her bed for a while — but then Zii dumps her in favor of DiDi. So after a whole lot of tears, Sonya gets angry. She turns up on Zii's doorstep with a view to throwing Lita in Zii's face and quitting the band; unfortunately, Gary answers the door and gets hit by Lita and by Sonya's prepared speech, but the intent was there. Sonya's second move is to go off and join Angel's band, and then to set to work recruiting Yuki to join her. It seems highly unlikely that the fury will stop there, especially as this gives Sonya an equally embittered ally.
- You Can Leave Your Hat On: Sonya, possessing a killer bod, a Serious Business approach to seduction, and a good sense of rhythm, is perfectly willing to use striptease as a way to achieve results, and does so at least twice — once on Gary (when seeking to out-compete Yuki) and once on Yuki (largely to score a point). Neither scene goes entirely to her plan, but that's not for want of Sonya trying.
"You and your competitive flirting instinct..."A student at Damien's wrestling school, subsequently seen fighting alongside her friend Maura as a Tag Team ("The Tempests") against Roxie and Brandy. (They initially look like an example of The Dividual — specifically, the Syndividual — but they subsequently develop as distinct characters.) Tess and Maura later make friends with DiDi while training with her. These two characters are a detailed Shout-Out; see the notes on that trope on the comic's main page. Tess is somewhat smarter than Maura, at least to the level of using three-syllable words and recognizing the obvious, although she gets a little ditzy about her desire for Damien.
- Fangirl: Both Tess and Maura show an admiration for Lynn that verges on the worrying.
- Heel: Maura and Tess are still learning the wrestling game, and can be quite sweet when encountered in the gym, but in the ring, they play the heels quite well and apparently enthusiastically.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Maura and Tess were school friends who became a synchronized swimming team (to Olympic standards), switched to become a wrestling Tag Team, and share an apartment. Their friendship is strong enough to survive some mutual snark and a little competition for the same guy. See the July 6, 2017 strip (somewhat NSFW) for some of the possible ambiguities in that relationship.
- An Ice Person: Tess and Maura wrestle as "Frosti and Pyre", using "ice and fire" imagery, albeit purely as a visual and stylistic matter — they don't actually have superhuman powers. Tess is the "ice" element of the pairing.
- Only Sane Woman: Both Maura and Tess seem exceptionally sane in relation to DiDi. They are among the few characters in the comic who don't seem to have their brains scrambled by her weird Even Girls Want Her sex appeal, they explain some aspects of wrestling to her clearly and usefully, and they even query her tendency to Poirot Speak. At other times, Maura is rather more flaky, leaving Tess to play the sane role.
- Parts Unknown: Where the Tempests are billed as coming from.
- Stage Names: "Frosti" is Tess's far-from-covert ring name.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Tess has blue hair, likely because she's the Ice Person of the Tempests. However, due to the black and white art style this was completely unknown until this strip.note
"Audio engineer student, but tuition fees are high, so on the side, I do a little, ummmm, crowdfunded R-rated video performance."Tracy is an audio engineering student with an internship at Dark Matter Games, who moonlights as a webcam girl to pay the bills. (Although she hangs out with professional porn actresses, she claims that her own performances are only "R-rated" — though that might be questionable.) Tracy first meets Gary through Amber and Chanelle's porn actress friends, then encounters him again when he shows up for a job interview at Dark Matter. She can be a bit fanatical about games.
- Black and Nerdy: Tracy is black, an engineering student, and an enthusiastic gamer. However, she's also cute even by the standards of this comic and socially fairly competent and charming (so long as you don't insult her favorite games).
- Dark Secret: It's not very dark, but she really doesn't want her colleagues at Dark Matter to know about her other job.
- Gamer Girl: Tracy is very serious about gaming; in a room full of porn stars exploring Gary's sexual party trick, she gets distracted by his games hardware. Perhaps a little eccentrically, her declared favorite game is Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball (for "the gameplay, the over-the-top sexy characters, the cheesy jiggle physics..."). Her obsession with that game plays havoc with her initial Only Sane Woman image.
- Hidden Depths: The fact that Tracy, who initially appears to be one of a gaggle of porn stars, is actually a trainee audio engineer (and part-time camgirl) isn't actually hidden — but she also turns out to have some talent as a hair stylist. When she says that she can make Eulice look decades younger, she delivers. The normally grumpy Eulice is so impressed that she gives Gary money so he "can take that sweet girl somewhere nice."
- Manipulative Bitch: Played With. More than once, in the course of convoluted comedy plots, she manipulates Gary into sex-related activities he really isn't into (although on at least one occasion, she honestly misunderstands his thinking). The complication is that surely only Gary would be stupid enough to fall for her manipulations — a saner person would tell her to get lost — and anyway, he's so obliging she could probably achieve the same results by just asking.
- The Not-Love Interest: She's the only woman under the age of 50 regularly in Gary's life who does not want to get into Gary's pants or experience "the swirly." (Even Zii occasionally gets curious.) Well, she does get to spank him (but that’s business) and to give him a blowjob (but that’s a means to an end).
- Token Minority: Tracy is the only black character with any kind of substantial role in the comic.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting from "Gary giving Jim a blowjob" arc, she comes across as ridiculously pushy and sexually manipulative, bouncing Gary into sexual activities that he never really wants and that look borderline nonconsensual.
"So I guess now she equates a guy's ... little guy ... with the helplessness of her father's female protagonists?"Yuki Oyama is Zii's ex-girlfriend and Stalker With a Crush. She has a complex involving phallic tentacles and, thanks to this, initially Does Not Like Men, even though it becomes clear that Zii is right to say that she's attracted to them on some level. Yuki is a wannabe manga writer who used a mixture of blackmail and Gary's crush on her to get an artist for her work; she is also a competent drummer.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: Yuki is a twenty-something woman who dresses to emphasize her innate cuteness — in "schoolgirl-style" short skirts, with her hair in bunches. (Her style might be considered less inappropriate in her native Japan than in Canada.)
- All Take and No Give: The benefits of her initial relationship with Gary are extremely one-sided. (It pisses Amber right the hell off◊.) Yuki does eventually realize this and breaks up with him.
- Asian Airhead: Type Two. Yuki has decent looks and apparently some money (her father is very successful in his career, and she appears to get by without a full-time job, suggesting that he subsidizes her), and she isn't especially bright. (Her thinking can be weird, although she isn't actually notably dumb by the comic's standards.) However, she doesn't have especially extensive social relationships, and she is merely childish, not functionally retarded, so she averts those aspects of the trope.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sonya, at least by implication for a long time, then resolved spectacularly.
- Berserk Button:
Male nudityTENTACLES. Eventually apparently fixed.
- But Not Too Foreign: Yuki is Nippo-Canadian, though her Canadian mother was of Japanese descent too.
- Character Development: Trying to get over her penis-phobia has the effect of making her a nicer and less violent person. Not necessarily nice, or non-violent, just nicer.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's very impulsive and just all-round strange, in an egocentric way, seeming to see herself as the heroine of a romance manga.
- When she wakes up in bed with Sonya (for reasons on which neither of them are actually clear), she accuses Sonya of taking away her "precious innocence", despite the fact that, as Sonya points out, she's been sexually active for years. This annoys her — and then things get weird.
- Later, after she first has full sexual intercourse with Gary, she only has hazy memories of the act (thanks to having been in one of her psychotic fugue states) — but she convinces herself that it was passionate "Lovemaking to make the gods weep!" Actually, she was insanely violent and nearly throttled Gary.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Originally (and mostly before the comic begins) with Zii, and subsequently while pursuing or dating Gary.
- Cute and Psycho: Her "psycho" side is mostly played for comedy, showing up in brief bursts of violence mostly screened by amnesia, and she has a Freudian Excuse. But given that her capacity for violence is independent of her romantic inclinations, she probably demonstrates this trope more than, say, the Yandere label. Matt, who has an all-too-clear understanding of her dangerous flakiness, is terrified of her, despite his adrenaline addiction.
- Defiled Forever: In strip #905 (June 28, 2014; NSFW), Yuki invokes this trope when she thinks that Sonya must have done "ecchi" things to her in her sleep. As Sonya snarkily points out, given her sexual history, this is less than rational — but Yuki is a deranged romantic.
- Does Not Like Men: Due to having been exposed to so much of her father's tentacle porn as a child, she hallucinates tentacles in place of penises, and adopts a pose of half-baked feminism to justify her aversion to men. However, she slowly warms to Gary and eventually falls in love with him. She even tries to get over her penis-phobia as a result, and eventually succeeds to some extent. Unfortunately, she still suffers from a tendency to violent fugues, making her first time with Gary very rough on him.
- Drama Queen: Yuki is usually exuberant, at the very least, and occasionally downright dramatic in an egocentric way that may owe a lot to manga romances. She jumps to the conclusion that DiDi is tragically in love with her on very little evidence, and when she wakes up in bed with Sonya, she not only assumes that they had sex, she bewails the loss of her "precious innocence".
- Dual Wielding: She hits Gary with a Hello Kitty doll in each hand after she catches him with his hands on Sonya's breasts.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason for her issues with men is her exposure as a little kid to her father's work; he was a famous Hentai artist, dubbed "The Tentacle King". (Initially, she wasn't even aware of the nature of her problem. When Gary covered up a naked man's crotch with his hands to stop her from Groin Attacking him, she snaps out of "TENTACLLLLES!" mode and promptly asks "Hey, how come you've got your hands over that guy's junk?" In a later strip she's absolutely dumbfounded to hear that she destroyed an entire store's worth of pornography, one thumb-through-a-TENTACLLLLE at a time.)
- Fumbling the Gauntlet: When Yuki is trying to keep Sonya from getting her hands on Zii, Sonya points out Yuki isn't Zii's girlfriend but Gary's.Yuki: It doesn't matter! You can't have her either!
Sonya: Oh yeah? Well, maybe I'll steal them both!
- Genki Girl: To the point of ethnic stereotype at times.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Yuki is highly irritable and quick to resort to violence.
- Hilariously Neglectful Childhood: She was regularly traumatized by her father's work as a child, and he apparently didn't care enough to try to hide it. Eventually, Yuki's mother left him because of that.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How she justifies hog-tying DiDi and spanking her, in an attempt to force DiDi to promise not to make any moves on Gary.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Yuki uses this with Gary.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Yuki develops a case of this toward Gary, as seen here, as a way of reconciling her bisexual impulses with her lesbian self-image.
- It's All About Me: Yuki is highly self-centered. For example, when DiDi tries to tell her that she wants Gary, Yuki first thinks that DiDi is in love with her, then somehow concludes that DiDi has the same problem (phallophobia) as herself. And after Gary starts giving her the Swirly-Go-Round, she has him do it multiple times in one day, never thinking to return any kind of physical affection until called on this by Sonya.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason she breaks up with Gary.
- Japanese Politeness: Actually, few people would consider Yuki terribly polite; all the men she's kicked in the crotch would certainly have arguments there. But she herself invokes the trope, combined with Canada, Eh?, here.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Character development seems to have her moving up the ladder from Jerkass towards this. Like so many other things with Yuki, however, this evolution is very much "two steps forward, one step back", and Gary suffers for it.
- Love Epiphany: She seems to have had one for Gary.
- Mad Love: When she first appears, Yuki's feelings for Zii consist of an obsessive one-sided fixation, and her later approach to Gary isn't entirely rational either. She calms down a little when Kiley helps her recognize that she has a problem, but she's still prone to fixations and berserk jealous rages.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When she realizes how her relationship with Gary has turned out. This also leads to It's All My Fault when, after a nude DiDi and Sonya pop out of Gary's closet, she thinks her treatment of him has led him to cheat. (Strip #690, January 3, 2013, NSFW.)
- Not Good with Rejection: Yuki is an egomaniac with a huge sense of entitlement and violent tendencies. Zii flees in the night because she thinks that's the only way to end their relationship, and Yuki then pursues her with scary determination. Her subsequent fixation on Gary doesn't allow much for rejection either.
- Older Than They Look: Yuki is actually 24. It doesn't help that she's very immature, and always dresses like a schoolgirl.
- Pet the Dog: Her relationship with Gary showed her at her selfish and borderline-abusive worst — but then she suddenly ended it with a huge display of nobility, passing Gary on to Sonya, and was next seen crying pathetically.
- Poirot Speak: She speaks fluent English, but often uses Japanese idioms.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Yuki is a petite girl, but she's able to knock a guy out with one punch, or throw DiDi over her head.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Although it might not necessarily be the ass, the location is pretty close by. When Yuki yells out "TENTACLLLLES!", run.
- Psycho Lesbian: Yuki plays stalker towards Zii, and makes life hell for Gary early in their acquaintanceship. However, the writers seem to be playing with this trope. Yuki has her Freudian Excuse, and she gradually comes to understand a little more about her own faults as her story progresses. At worst, she is a rather tame example — more of a cute clingy tsundere. More to the point, she turns out actually to be, as Zii says early on, bisexual.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Sonya — and the feeling is mutual. Initially, their enmity is at least somewhat justified, in that they are rivals for the affections of both Gary and Zii. However, by the time that they've joined Zii's band together, both have bedded Gary, and they've had a rather deranged affair, it's clear that their continued bickering is mostly fueled on Yuki's side by the way she sees life through an anime-tinted lens.
- This Is Unforgivable!: She doesn't use the exact phrase, but the Japanese Yuki invokes the trope by implication. When DiDi finally says plainly she wants Gary to give her an orgasm, the previously frankfurter-phobic Yuki grabs said frankfurter, takes a big bite out of it and fixes the French Amazon with a deadly look. And with a gut punch and judo flip, takes DiDi down.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes significantly less violent and self-involved over the course of the strip (though she still has a lot of issues).
- Tsundere: She has some tendencies this way. She can look like a bit of a deconstruction though — she's somewhat aware how batshit she comes off to people. That last link could even count as a Heel Realization — but not a very effective one. She gets a bigger one much later, but still attempts at least one more inept plan before she really comes to accept that she has a serious problem.
- Unknown Rival: While she was dating Gary, Amber swore to break them up because of Yuki's maltreatment of him. However, because Amber accidentally issued the challenge to the wrong person, Yuki never actually knew about this.
- Unstoppable Rage: A non-heroic form. Yuki has not only felled countless men with groin attacks when berserk, she decked the Amazonian DiDi, admittedly by surprise, when angered.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Part of her style when she dresses to play up the cute.
"Man... Amanda Conner really needs to draw She-Hulk."Also known as "Dexter" or "Poindexter", but that's just Zii's nickname for him. Generally one of the background geeks at the comic-book store, but is named and gets some conversation with Zii when his advice is needed during the Precious Overlord incident.
- Ascended Extra: Not ascended very far, it's true, but Aaron was originally a nameless comic-shop geek, occasionally glimpsed in the background or delivering minor dialogue, before he proved useful that one time.
- Geek: When Jung calls on you for expert advice on geek matters (specifically relating to Transformers in this case), you have some geek credibility.
- Nerd: Doesn't have the Hollywood Nerd looks of some of the major characters; just a nerd.
"I dated her, and must've waited on her like ten times, and she still doesn't know my name!"Adrien is a waiter, and one of DiDi's many past conquests who failed to satisfy her. Note that the same name is also used in one strip for a completely different character.
- Butt-Monkey: DiDi repeatedly forgets his name, and tells him that he failed to satisfy her, leaving him feeling inadequate as a man. Then, when he's out getting drunk with Erik while they commiserate over the problems of being one of DiDi's exes, they meet Zii, who seduces them into a drunken threesome, leaving Adrien worried about his sexuality. Then, when he goes to ask a girl who works in a delicatessen for a date, in order to reaffirm his heterosexuality, she offers him a large meaty sausage which she thinks he'll like.
- Dramatic Drop: Adrien's response to having his sense of worth accidentally devastated by DiDi.
"You're one confusing lady, Sonya."Allie is Sonya's colleague at the cafe where they both work work as waitresses. Allie gets to hear stories of Sonya's newly complicated life, witness some incidents in that life, and occasionally provide Sonya with common-sense advice. She seems like a nice person who wouldn't want Sonya to lose her job or get badly hurt, but she can't help being amused by some of Sonya's antics, and she occasionally suffers a blue screen effect when Sonya says or does something especially weird.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Allie was last seen in strip #706, in February 2013, despite several characters apparently visiting the cafe where she and Sonya work.
- Dramatic Drop: It's something of a recurring joke that Sonya's most unnerving statements often come when Allie is holding something fragile (or pouring a customer's coffee).
- Honest Advisor: Allie seems to be one of the few people to whom Sonya can turn for objective advice. She does her best to help, but sometimes ends up as more of a Deadpan Snarker.
- Only Sane Woman: Allie inevitably looks this way when Sonya is being confusing or confused.
- Straight Woman: Probably literally as well as in the stand-up comedy sense; she's the most frequent recipient of Sonya's denials of lesbianism.
"Annnnd here comes Moxxy!"Roxie's partner in the wrestling Tag Team "Girl Crush" and sometime lover, who takes the ring name "Moxxy". (Roxie actually addresses her as "Moxx" quite frequently, even in private, switching to "Brandy" as a sign of seriousness — a variant First Name Ultimatum.) She is a clear Shout-Out to the character of Brandi Jones from Giz's previous comic, Penny and Aggie, and may even represent a full Intercontinuity Crossover, although the personalities of the two characters aren't very similar.
- Face: "Moxxy and Roxxy" play to this trope, albeit tending perhaps to the "Rebel" version.
- Stage Name: "Moxxy" was presumably chosen for symmetry with Roxie/"Roxxy".
- Your Cheating Heart: Brandy is apparently a compulsive flirt, hitting on DiDi on sight; admittedly, this is DiDi, but Brandy was in a clinch with Roxie only a moment before, and Roxie reflects that this is all too typical of her.
"Ladies! My gym is doing wonders for your figure. Shall I extend your membership?"Trainer and apparently proprietor at "Kayfabe's School of Hard Knocks", the wrestling school attended by Roxie. His interactions with Roxie suggest strongly to some readers that they are brother and sister, but this hasn't yet been confirmed.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Damien carries off the trope in a way that is not perhaps unknown in pro wrestling. He's persistently flirtatious, and clearly fully aware of the effect that he has on some of his female students.
"SHE KNOWS ALL! SHE AIN'T HUMAN I TELLS YA!!!"Eulice Deville is Gary's landlady. She has an inhuman sense for deadbeats and an unspecified but close (and emotionally abusive) relationship with Rob, the building shut-in.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Last seen in February 2009 and completely invisible for many years, she made a surprise reappearance in the October 14th, 2014 strip.
- Cranky Landlady: Pretty much her entire characterisation. She only appears in the comic to demand rent payments and terrify Gary, who claims that her ability to track him down is supernatural.
- Gonk: Apparently the only way that Giz can draw an unattractive character is to make her downright monstrous.
- I Was Quite a Looker: If you believe her when she says that DiDi looks like a young version of herself. Actually, given a better hairstyle, she does look a bit less hideous.
- Meaningful Name: Gary certainly seems to regard Eulice Deville as almost supernaturally terrifying.
"And I tell her, 'Well, not if it panders to the male gaze!'"James, also known as Jim, is another employee at Dark Matter Games, who is quite friendly to Gary and who becomes Tracy's boyfriend. He seems pleasant enough in general, and turns near-Charmer levels of apparently sincere flattery on Tracy on his first appearance, but he and Tracy maybe need to work on their mutual communication. Not to be confused with Peggy's ex-boyfriend, another Jim (who funnily enough also gets food thrown at him in a restaurant, and who also has some issues regarding oral sex); see the note on the One Steve Limit in the comic's main page.
- Ambiguously Bi: James is initially shown pursuing a heterosexual relationship with Tracy, and he’s not at all happy at the idea of receiving anal sex, although he agrees for reasons of his own. But he’s perfectly willing to accept oral sex from a man, and eventually to provide the same service, leading some readers to suspect that he’s a bisexual in confused denial, and that there’s not even much ambiguity.
- Boomerang Bigot: James is a Straw Feminist who seems to regard women as better than men, despite being a man himself.
- Flanderization: James rapidly goes from vaguely liberal to Straw Feminist to displaying weird hang-ups for the sake of the plot. On his first date with Tracy, he criticizes Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball for its sexism — not an unusual or especially radical opinion, though it annoys Tracy; they soon make up. Later, he turns down Tracy's offer of fellatio on the grounds that he couldn't subject a woman to "such an obscene act," although it turns out that he's highly competent at cunnilingus, leaving Tracy worried about the inequality of the relationship, but they seem to be working that problem through by the end of that plotline. However, in the third plotline in which he appears, his attitudes to oral sex and the correct way to treat women reappear in even more confused forms, and he makes an idiot of himself while spouting jargon.
- Straw Feminist: Early on, James' opinions on objectification of women annoy Tracy, who's actually a woman, although as Gary points out to her, they're hardly unusual. Later, however, his feminism is flanderized; notably, he declares fellatio to be degrading to women, despite the fact that Tracy, his girlfriend, is proud of her oral skills, and then he starts spouting jargon.
"I can't believe Peggy dumped meheeheee!!!"Peggy's ex-boyfriend, who gets dumped rather spectacularly on his first appearance, and then has the rejection emphatically reinforced. Not to be confused with Tracy's boyfriend, James, who is also sometimes known as Jim, funnily enough also gets food thrown at him in a restaurant, and also has some issues regarding oral sex; see the note on the One Steve Limit in the comic's main page.
- Not Good with Rejection: After being dumped by Peggy, Jim is helped by Erik, who advises him to accept the situation and take some time out to get over it. Unfortunately, Jim fails to take this advice, but the next time he sees Peggy, the situation apparently convinces him that their relationship is over.
"I think you saw that I wanted you to watch, and that turned you on!"Jordan is one of Dillon's fellow thespians, and is apparently almost as big a bastard as Matt, but pleasant enough to be around. As another participant in the local professional acting scene, he not surprisingly also shows up in Sticky Dilly Buns, competing for roles with Dillon.
- All Gays Love Theater: Jordan enters the comic as an actor in musical theater. It seems to be more or less taken for granted that he's gay.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His method of trying to help Gary understand his sexuality wasn't necessarily a good idea, but his heart seems to have been in the right place.
"Murrnow?"Zii's pet cat and sometime Animal Companion.
- Cats Are Mean: Zii says that Lita hates everyone. However, Lita seems to take an immediate liking to Gary, and even sleeps in his arms. Zii even says that Lita pretty much belongs to Gary now; Gary accepts this situation despite his ensuing allergy problem. The people she gets along with despite her hatred can thus rate as kindhearted cat lovers.
- Cool Cat: Her empathetic but ironic behaviour is pretty cool.
- Empathy Pet: Lita often mimics Zii's behavior and expressions, even when Zii isn't around.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Yeah, seriously.
- Hand-or-Object Underwear: She briefly serves this purpose for Gary.
- Team Pet: Zii's property, inflicts herself on Gary, generally hangs out around the apartment.
- Yaoi Fangirl: "Myaoi"?
"She clearly put a lot of work into that cleavage. It'd be cruel to make her think it was for nothing."Lynn Brooks is a successful professional wrestler with the ring name "Annie Conda", who shows up in Montreal on a scouting mission for her promotion's boss. She's admired to the point of excess by Maura and Tess, and rapidly falls for DiDi. She's also a very clear Shout-Out to the character of Brooke Lynn from Giz's fantasy comic, Eerie Cuties, verging on a full Intercontinuity Crossover in that she shares a snake motif, a sexual interest in women, and a strong line in cool-headed irony.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes for her wrestling persona. Her ring name is a pun on "Anaconda", her outfit is scaly like snake skin, and she has a snake Animal Companion named Mojo.
- Cool Shades: Lynn uses shades as part of an attempt to avoid being recognized at a low-level wrestling match. They end up enhancing her badass look.
- Didn't Think This Through: Finding herself very attracted to DiDi, she "autographs" DiDi's chest with "Call me" and her own phone number as a way of hitting on her. Five minutes later, she has 175 messages on her phone, all from men who thought they were calling DiDi.
- Feather Boa Constrictor: She has a snake, "Mojo", which she wears as a prop in publicity shots shows and public appearances, matching her ring name. (She also seems to regard it as a pet, talking to it when she's thinking aloud.)
- Only Sane Woman: She (not surprisingly) instantly sees through Maura's attempts to pass herself off as DiDi, but chooses not to walk away because Maura is attractive anyway, and she can exploit the situation to her own advantage. She's mostly generally sane in other circumstances too, although sexual infatuation with DiDi can cloud her judgment.
- Punny Name: Her real life name is a pun on "Brooklyn", whereas her ring name is a pun on "Anaconda".
- Stage Name: "Annie Conda" is another of the very obvious wrestling ring names seen in this comic.
"You've been running! Are the Bolsheviks after you?"Rob is the agoraphobic neighbor who lives in Gary's apartment building. It's uncertain whether he knows that it's not the Eighties any more.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Rob hasn't appeared in the strip for years, though he was mentioned by name in October 2014.
- Dirty Commies: Possibly why he's a hikikomori; he seemingly fears they're taking over the world and the Cold War is still going on!
- Hikikomori: The point of the joke here; Rob is only ever seen peering nervously round the door from inside his apartment, with occasional paranoid ramblings.
- Manchild: He shows no sign of adult behavior.
"Thank you. But I'd rather you no longer call me 'Tentacle King.'"Takeru Oyama is Yuki's father and Gary's artistic idol, a famous manga artist.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He hasn't said much about Yuki's childhood (yet), but his first reaction on Gary being introduced to him as Yuki's new boyfriend was to start talking marriage and babies in faintly creepy terms. And Yuki would doubtless be embarrassed by his porn work if she didn't simply hate it.
- Bleached Underpants: The former "Tentacle King" of Hentai manga is now moving into more respectable work, apparently as part of his attempt to improve his relationship with his daughter. (Also, years ago, he created one comic that Yuki could read and respect him for.)
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Takeru has made one appearance in the flesh in the present day, last being seen in strip #574 (March 13, 2012). He was subsequently reported to have been mentoring Gary for a week after that. Then he dropped off the face of the comic, despite his apparent belief that Gary and Yuki were all but engaged. He presumably flew home to Japan.
- I Want Grandkids: He brings the subject up within seconds of Gary being introduced to him as Yuki's boyfriend.
- The Mentor: Takeru is said to be mentoring Gary at one point, though not much has been seen of this.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At one point, Takeru is mentoring Gary while apparently expecting him to propose to Yuki, and dangling the chance of a job in Japan in front of Gary's nose. Then he disappears from the story. Presumably he goes back to Japan. Fans occasionally speculate about his eventual return, but it hasn't happened yet.
"Angel just fired me-heuh-heuuuhhh!!!"A drummer who Angel instantly ejects from the Pretty Boyz when Yuki offers her services in his place, and who then offers to take Yuki's place in the Troublemakers.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Terry's response to being sacked from the band is to break down in tears, which just keep coming.
"I could use some help with ... women. Give me pointers, and you're hired."Yvan interviews Gary at the Montreal branch of "Dark Matter Games", and offers him a job in exchange for a personal favor. He's an indie music fan who seems amiable enough at first, but it soon turns out that his view of women isn't terribly attractive, and he comes to seem more than a little creepy. On the kindest possible reading, he may be a horribly desperate Nerd with slightly non-standard appearance (and some common nerd problems), but his actions mark him down as plain unpleasant.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Yvan admits to being incompetent with women, and, mistaking Gary for a master of seduction, asks him for tips. He certainly seems very socially clumsy, and his use of things like Anticipatory Breath Spray doesn't do much for his image. And when he does open his mouth, it's pretty damn creepy.
- Casanova Wannabe: Yvan wants to improve his success rate with women, desperately enough to give Gary a job in exchange for a promise of some tips. His comments when he and Gary then hit a bar together verge on the creepy (especially those he makes to Zii), and that and his willingness to believe what Gary tells him mean that he fits the trope all too closely.
- Dirty Old Man: His exact age is somewhat unclear to readers, but at least one of the younger cast members judges him to be "old". Then... Asking a prospective employee to help him pick up girls? Check. Talking about bed stuff to a girl he's just met? Check...
- Don't Call Me "Sir": Yvan tells Gary not to call him "sir" from the first, apparently out of friendliness or a policy of informality. This just makes Gary more nervous, as he keeps forgetting.
- Fat Bastard: Increasingly visible as Yvan's nature; he's clearly chunky as of his first appearance, but the art emphasizes his bulk as his personal unpleasantness becomes more obvious. No particular explanation has yet been given for his fatness; he hasn't been shown eating. Unfortunately for Gary, he is of course Large and in Charge.
- Hanlon's Razor: Opinions differ among fans as to whether Yvan is probably a sad, sexually desperate geek who talks like a total jerk because he thinks that this is how successful pickup artists present themselves, or whether he's just a naturally horrible person who doesn't realize how this makes him look to prospective sexual partners. Either way, his apparent unpleasantness has to be at least partly explained by stupidity.
- Jerk Ass: Yvan may be the one character who can top Nathan's unlikeability. After seeing Zii bail after Gary has tried to introduce them, he's ready to drop his job offer to Gary, his logic being that if Gary exaggerated his skills with the ladies, he can't be sure Gary didn't exaggerate his skills for the job either. However, aside from the fact that Zii was clearly dodging him, not Gary, it was Yvan himself who first voiced the notion that Gary is a master at picking up women, not Gary, and more importantly, while Gary's seduction skills may indeed be questionable, Yvan himself reviewed Gary's art portfolio, and declared it acceptable.
- Perma-Stubble: Yvan is the only significant character in the comic depicted with a stubble/very short beard look, giving him a distinctive appearance.
- The Un-Smile: Yvan isn't normally particularly unemotional or depressed, but nonetheless, the smile he adopts when approaching a woman for the first time is downright horrible.
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