Characters: Ménage à 3
The characters page for Gisèle Lagacé'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.
- 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.
- 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: In very limited forms. Gary does get a little more confident around women — well, he stops passing out 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.
- 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 and lacking in confidence, verging on downright passivity, with a tendency to collapse under pressure. Some of his traits make him a texbook loser anti-hero, at least at the beginning of the story: Menial job, check. No girlfriend, check. Still a virgin, check. Passive, check. Defaults he didn't display are cowardice (though he doesn't show much bravery) and laziness (though he's not exactly dynamic).
- Clueless Chick Magnet: He ends up having most of the comic's female cast after him at times (and some of the males, too).
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his (rare) moments.
- 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 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.
- Expressive Shirt: His choice of fun t-shirts often reflects his mood or the events of the comic; for example, after he finally lost his virginity, his shirt read WWWYKI.
- 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. 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.
- 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: Though Gary becomes far more experienced with women than he is at the beginning of the comic, his negative traits seemingly become worse instead of better 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. But as time goes on, his passiveness and obliviousness are turned up to the point where it can sometimes feel like there's nothing more to his personality.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 "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.
- 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.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Part of his self-esteem issues. The irony is that once he apparently resolves this, his problems are only just beginning.
- 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:
- Lovable Nerd: This appears to be his plot function at first; Gary is sweet, battered, and probably deserves better than the hand life 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.
- 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 Gary for his geekiness, although some of them are taken with his cute nervousness. They are generally more likely to be interested in the supposed glamour of him being an artist, or to have heard about his skill at cunnilingus. However, his (rather passive) kindness and good nature may make him promising "boyfriend material" for some.
- Hollywood Nerd: He was always a bit adorkable, being slim and nervously amiable rather than really unattractive, and he underwent a fairly rapid transition to something of a Mr. Fanservice. Given that he bears a striking resemblance to Dick Grayson in geeky 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. And his glasses are probably slightly too well-chosen to be considered really nerdy.
- Nerd Glasses: His glasses are actually a fairly presentable 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 does have his flaws, but he's still a genuinely nice (if passive) guy, probably the most consistently moral major character in the comic. In his relationships he generally put the other person first, even at the cost of his own happiness and satisfaction.
Gary's niceness also features strongly in the crossover with Sandra on the Rocks. Some readers assumed that he was being set up as that previously-absent competition for Pierre as Sandra's romantic interest, but then he went home — albeit with a goodbye kiss that left that ship just about afloat.
- 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 prone to this sort of error, as he demonstrates, with lampshading, here.
- 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: Gary has a (slightly weird) rival who he knows nothing about (and who hasn't actually caused him any trouble yet). Ever since DiDi called out Gary's name while having sex with Matt, Matt has developed a bit of a complex about his sexual prowess compared to Gary's. This was exacerbated when Peggy admitted that she only hooked up with Matt because she mistook him for Gary. Gary himself has no idea that Matt feels this way.
- 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: A status more or less attained by Gary, and Lampshaded. 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).
- 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. (He does, to be fair, eventually catch on to the fact that he can hear Amber talking clearly and moaning some distance away from where he thinks "his" mouth is.) 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.
- 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).
"Man, I miss those days. Music, sex, and music... and sex... and music while having sex!"Suzi "Zii" Nielsen is an originally bandless rock guitarist who is not ashamed of herself. She is bisexual, has a 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: Internet trolls 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 presumably 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 (unknowingly) immune to her seduction techniques. She's been with a lot of men, too, but since All Men Are Perverts that doesn't really count.
- 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: Appears occasionally, when she's got something to be pleased about.
- 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, actually 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 and to her own confusion.
- 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.) 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.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Shown quite explicitly at least once, referenced on multiple occasions.
- Depraved Bisexual: To those 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.
- 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 into Critical Research Failure. 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.
- Karma Houdini: Demonstrated and then averted with Zii.
- In early strips, she suffers dramatically little or no comeuppance for some of the sleazy things she does, such as leaving Gary handcuffed to a man-hater who thinks he's a rapist, or barging in on a naked Gary with a camera. She seems to be immune to either consequences or real misfortune. For example, in this strip, she initially seems to be at least discomfited — but in the next strip she's making out with the waitress (Sonya).
- Some of her actions do have consequences, but they are never reliable and rarely proportionate, and tend to be Played for Laughs or used for fanservice, like her first experience with "show-accurate" cosplay. One escapade lands her an attractive, intelligent, sensitive and rich boyfriend she admittedly isn't prepared for. She is also supposedly forced by Gary to watch the entire G1 Transformers series. How much of a punishment that constitutes is a matter of interpretation.
- However, things get much more complicated later, as her actions sometimes come to have serious consequences, notably her relentless pursuit by past conquest Sonya. The culmination of this is a drunken night out which leads to her acting a little too much in character, which in turn caused her a really quite painful disaster. Nor is she let off lightly after that, as Peggy, actually performing the kind of manipulation that Zii boasts about but never really accomplishes, gets deep into her head with an Operation Jealousy scheme that leaves Zii stunned and traumatized (and sexually frustrated).
- 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.
- The Lad-ette:Zii: Don't be shy. Think of me as a dude.
Gary: I already do.
- 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.
- Multicolored Hair
- 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.
- Pet the Dog:
- 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 caught her with their boyfriend.
- 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: 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 Amber apparently inspired the latter to choose a career in porn just for the sex. 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.
- Ship Tease: Zii gets a few with Gary, mostly early in the comic's history — and then again much later, as their interactions take a complicated turn, with Zii obsessed with the reputation of Gary's "swirly" and Gary feels drawn to Zii's stage persona.
- Sleep Cute: One or two of these occur between Zii and Gary, largely by way of Ship Tease.
- 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.
- 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 works as a waitress at a restaurant and is quite skilled at cooking.
- 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.
- 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, however, is much bigger than the bad one, and indeed than DiDi herself.
- She's always naively inconsiderate, however, and as the comic continues and her sexual frustration increases, she becomes more and more selfish and obsessively, 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.
- Boobs of Steel: She's so strong, it was originally suspected that she might be a drag queen.
- Buxom Is Better: She has enormous breasts and is considered supremely attractive by everyone in the strip.
- 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.
- 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!: May 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!: She employs this effect accidentally but frequently.
- 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.
- Innocently Insensitive: While DiDi generally has a nice, friendly disposition, she seems incapable of forming anything more than surface level relationships with others, and often speaks thoughtlessly as a result. See also Lack of Empathy below.
- 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 way), except when distracted by her hunger for an orgasm.
- 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.
- Lust Object: She tends to gain this status in the eyes of to anyone who sees her, at least for a moment.
- 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.
- Never My Fault: Some fans began to suspect that DiDi's problems with climaxing weren't necessarily because her partners were lousy lovers, but because she never properly communicated with them and because she has a poor concept of foreplay. Her encounter with Peggy pretty much confirmed this, while reinforcing past hints that there might actually be even deeper problems.
- 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.)
- 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 has, in fact, displayed. She exercises avidly, and is unquestionably the physically strongest of the cast, to the point that she was 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After deciding that she's straight after all, 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 may yet go away again. However, her treatment of Kiley, since things got complicated between them, has been sweet on the surface but basically unthinking and exploitative, so DiDi's niceness is still deeply compromised.
- 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 tried to keep up, briefly, she just ended up exhausted in a not-very-sexy way. DiDi engaging in yoga in the apartment would also count, and has been known to scramble Zii's brain.
Our Household's Friends and Lovers
"*Sigh* I guess I really am a bastard."Matthieu "Matt" Lanteigne is Gary's other former roommate and Dillon's boyfriend until Dillon caught 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 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 Casanova 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 this (in Portuguese), 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.
- In Harm's Way: Matt originally seemed to be merely a compulsively promiscuous sleaze, 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. And he 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.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's usually a pretty good friend and decent person in any context that doesn't require romantic monogamy — and when he realizes he's a douche-bag in that area, he apparently stops trying to get into serious relationships for a while, sticking to people who are as casually sexual as he is. His relationship with Kiley involves him getting a bit more serious again, though he doesn't admit it; things get complicated there. He's also smarter and more empathetic than most of the cast, allowing him to be a useful friend; during a guest appearance in Sticky Dilly Buns, he handles an encounter with a disguised Ruby with some grace.
- Karma Houdini: After cheating on his girlfriend with his ex boyfriend (who is ex- because of him cheating with the aforementioned girlfriend), and having it all blow up in his face, he still manages to get himself into a threesome. Frankly, the Ménage à 3 universe really doesn't do karma very much, at least in this comic; see the discussion of the topic on the comic's main page.
- 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 seems to become closer than either wants to admit, and when Kiley 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 curls up in a state of borderline Inelegant Blubbering.
- 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 appeared). 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.
- Pet the Dog: Despite the fallout 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.) His treatment of Ruby during his guest appearance in Sticky Dilly Buns also brings out his good-natured side.
- 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.
"Hey, I don't judge. Well, that's not true ... but I wouldn't judge this."Junghan (Jung for short) is Gary's friend, who 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 designs, and eventually ends up creating stage costumes for her band.
- Asexual: Most readers' best guess, but the cast page gives his orientation as "unknown". Furthermore, whenever we get a delicious shot of something or other, he's doing something else, doesn't appear on-frame, or has his face turned from the audience.
- Jung does appear to be immune to DiDi — he's the only major character who has never shown any attraction to anyone as of yet, and even when DiDi kissed Zii, he was shown in the background ignoring them, looking smug, and counting money.
- Also, when Yuki went on her rampage, attacking every man she encountered, she completely ignored Jung's presence — though that may have been because he was behind the counter and out of range.
- He may be Married to the Job; at the very least, he seems more into comic books than anything else.
- Then again, we get shots like these. He even designed that personally. Some readers sense a Covert Pervert there. Though of course, a man can be a little perverse in some areas but still be totally uninterested in sex as such.
- Alternatively, Junghan could just be a regular guy with a normal sex life. He might only appear asexual compared to everyone else.
- 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 wasn't even going to consider that Dillon's play would be any good, but when he ends up really enjoying it, he writes an extremely positive review, making 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.
- Expy: Junghan, the seemingly asexual Big Eater, is a pretty obvious stand-in for Jughead.
- 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 then not only demonstrated an interest in costumes, but mentioned in passing that he makes them himself — apparently quite well — and eventually produced some effective stage gear for Zii's band. He also turned out to speak a little Japanese, and when Zii was feeling quite badly depressed, he managed to cheer her up without quite blowing his impassive cool. Even his old friend Gary has said that he's full of surprises.
- Nerds Are Virgins: It'd be a shock for many readers if he wasn't one (but who knows?).
- 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.
- 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".
"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 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 subsidises 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:
- 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. For example, 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.
- 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.
- 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 at times 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.
- 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: Her feelings for Zii initially seem to tend this way, and her later approach to Gary isn't entirely rational either.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Tomboyish Side Tails: See her portrait.
- 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.
"I'm... I'm really not a lesbian!"Sonya is a ditzy waitress who Zii seduced one evening, which led to a threesome with Sonya's boyfriend, which led to Sonya having a lot of lesbian sex. She quite likes Gary, but lusts madly after Zii, and has concluded that actually she's in love with her. Yuki has a kind of rivalry with her and they usually don't get along 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 didn't even seem to be aware that technically she was cheating on her boyfriend with Zii. She does develop a little highly unreliable low cunning and some specific skills as the plot continues, though.
- Catch Phrase: The line "I'm not a lesbian!" has become a standing joke with Sonya.
- Character Development: It's subtle, 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."
- Competition Freak: She's a minor case, but the 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 gave up trying with Erik when he proved resistant and something more amusing came 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 occasional flashes of low cunning and even what might be wit may subvert the trope in her case.
- Drama Queen: Sonya loves drama, and will occasionally 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. 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. 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. 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?: Early on, this is a big part of her characterisation, putting her in a Transparent Closet. She still falls into the trope from time to time later, though she becomes more clear that she simply lusts after/is in love with Zii in particular — despite also noticing that she can find DiDi highly attractive (but so does everyone), cheerfully eating out Peggy, and eventually resolving her Belligerent Sexual Tension with Yuki (if only as a way to shut the other woman up). She shows some interest in calling herself "bisexual" at one point, but soon forgets that.
- 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 of the pain and sadness she may cause.
- Jerk Ass: While she often seems to be blissfully unaware of the nature of her actions, Sonya can come off as callous and selfish.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Her personality shifted for the worse as she discovered her considerable sex appeal and passionate enthusiasms. She was a significant factor in Gary and Yuki breaking up, because she had an ongoing feud with Yuki and thought Gary was a sex god. She then took up with Gary, but when it turned out that he was seriously inexperienced and had poor stamina, she dumped him.
- Meanwhile, though Zii was in a serious relationship with Erik, the infatuated Sonya continually pursued her. This finally lead up to her convincing Zii to break up with Erik and have sex with her, with the excuse that Zii could always make up with Erik the following morning. (They were both very drunk at the time.) Though Erik didn't even know about this 'breakup', as Zii never actually got in contact with him before she started having sex with Sonya. Well, she did leave a voicemail... A subsequent strip revealed that this had successfully broken up Zii and Erik (or at least Sonya believed so), and she was happy 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 was in her pursuit and then dropping of Gary, she was perfectly correct that his relationship with Yuki was unsustainable and unsatisfactory for him, and she was happy to show him the advantages of dating a slightly saner woman. She also tried to offer him advice about his limitations when she dumped him, although he didn't listen. Even her seduction of Zii involved her pointing out that Zii didn't seem to find her relationship with Erik totally satisfactory.
- Kick the Dog: After taking Gary off Yuki, Sonya attempted to gloat over the other woman — despite the fact that Yuki had handed Gary over voluntarily, more or less throwing Gary at Sonya. She was, however, disappointed by the fact that Yuki was morose and depressed rather than angry. It has been suggested that Sonya is primarily an adrenaline junkie; she maybe wasn'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 Makes You Crazy: Sonya's feelings for Zii lead her into some fairly loopy activity, 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 over the line.
- Manipulative Bitch: One of Sonya's ambitions, but she really, really isn't smart enough to carry off the trope. She set out to break up both Gary and Yuki and Zii and Erik because she wanted Gary and/or Zii for herself, but any eventual break-ups were 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 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.)
- 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.
"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.
- Ascended Extra: Kiley started out as a throwaway background joke, and ended 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 was subsequently discovered working on a magazine stand, where her role in the story became clear. She eventually even ended up taking Gary's virginity (December 13, 2011, NSFW), and went 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.
- 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 Them 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.
- 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.
"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: She 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.
"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 in Sticky Dilly Buns.
- Bi the Way: Erik was explicitly declared to be "Straight, but cool with MMF threesomes" on Ménage à 3's Cast page, and his appearances in the comic did nothing to contradict that. However, in Sticky Dilly Buns, Angel claimed that he was bi, and Erik didn't deny it. He can probably be regarded as broad-minded but with a preference for women — but not inclined to argue over definitions.
- 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 that DiDi left the park with 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: Certainly amiable and even-tempered, if maybe a little dull.
- 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.
"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.
- Experimented in College: She more or less explicitly says that she lived this trope, but decided that on balance she just prefers men — though an encounter with DiDi makes her quite willing to repeat the experiment for one evening.
- 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 RROD: 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.
- No Name Given: Her last name has never been revealed.
- 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 called Zii out for a physically dangerous tackle on Sonya, backed away politely when she blundered into a room containing a copulating couple, and actually suggested that someone with clear psychological/medical problems should seek professional help. Even some of her other actions seem to involve a conscious tolerance of the madness around her, rather than just being crazy herself.
"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. (However, although she hangs out with professional porn actresses, she claims that her own performances are only R-rated.) Tracy first met Gary through Amber and Chanelle's porn actress friends, then encountered him again when he showed up for a job interview at Dark Matter.
- Black and Nerdy: Tracy is black, studying engineering, and is an enthusiastic gamer. However, she's also cute even by the standards of this comic and socially quite competent and charming.
- 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 serious about gaming; in a room full of porn stars exploring Gary's sexual party trick, she got distracted by his games hardware.
- Nice Girl: While she's not entirely unselfish — she found a sneaky way to get Gary to lend her some of his games kit — Tracy happily helped him to avoid a rent hike and to recover from problems caused by an excess of Swirly-Go-Round activity. For that matter, she was the only girl invited to the apartment who didn't try to take advantage of Gary's skills, when the others caused him severe discomfort — though that may have been because she was more interested in his games setup.
"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. 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.
- Bi the Way: Zii might be considered presumptuous for treating Isabelle's offer of a drink as promising, but given the usual behavior of characters in this setting, maybe not by much. Anyway, Isabelle soon makes it clear that she is definitely potentially interested in both Zii and Gary (together if necessary). Her interest in Zii is at least partially motivated by her desire to sleep with a "famous" rock star, though, and she does call her attraction to Zii a "girl crush" even at that point, so she may actually be straight with Zii as her exception.
- 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".
- 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 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.
"Murrnow?"Zii's pet cat.
- 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 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.
- 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.
"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: Hasn't appeared in the strip for years, though he was mentioned by name in October 2014.
- Dirty Commies: Why he's a hikikomori; he fears they're taking over the world and the Cold War is still going on!
- Hikikomori: The point of the joke here.
- Man Child: He shows no sign of adult behavior.
"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.
"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.
- 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.
"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.
- 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.
"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 he knows who works in a delicatessen for a day 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.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Adrien responds to more than one trauma by weeping, though quietly and not forcefully enough to count as Ocular Gushers.
"Don't be silly! I'm not gay! That's why I have you wear the wig!"Nathan Horn is the lecherous producer who tried to exploit Amber and Dillon, and ended up giving them an apartment. Definitely at least bisexual, whatever he says. He subsequently shows up in Sticky Dilly Buns, as he has a business connection to the productions in which Dillon and Amber are working (and he also still has a personal interest in Dillon).
- Carpet of Virility: A fairly minor case, but Nathan is one of the few guys in the comic with significant chest hair.
- Casting Couch: His seduction method of choice, it seems. The effectiveness of this strategy is sometimes undermined by his desperation.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He wouldn't actually want to traumatise real twin sisters by getting them to enact his Twincest fantasy — so he goes to some lengths to get Amber and Dillon to fake it.
- Hanlon's Razor: It's hard to tell if Nathan is evil, moronic, or simply insane, but he is perhaps the most romantically toxic character to grace the strip.note Case in point: his "explanation" for cheating on Dillon and Amber and his wife all at the same time, to say nothing about his "explanation" about how he's not gay or bisexual, despite starting each day out by having anal sex with one of his male subordinates.
- Jerk Ass: His appearances tend to involve a string of minor but slimy acts of exploitation and self-deceit.
- Your Cheating Heart: Nathan cheats on his wife with Amber and Dillon, simultaneously.
"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.
"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.
"You'll pay for that, blondie!"A new trainer at a gym attended by DiDi. The two women get off on the wrong foot.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Roxie is first seen brawling physically with DiDi, after DiDi has just accidentally punched her in the face. Of course, no one would be happy with that,note but someone teaching a boxing workout course ought to be prepared for accidents. Her subsequent snap judgments about DiDi suggest that Roxie may even be a borderline Mood-Swinger.
- 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 has the skill to put the much larger DiDi on the ground and get a wrestling hold on her, at least when attacking by surprise. DiDi does subsequently get the better of her, but the amazonian DiDi has the advantage of size, trained strength, and some combat skill.
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