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 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
"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.
"I was the first of my school to get breasts."
Désirée "DiDi" Chastel is a woman with a strong French 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.
- 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 seemed quite together, if a bit naive sometimes, to begin with — but that naivety, plus nigh-autistic social incompetence, sometimes leaves DiDi looking very ditzy.
- 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.
- Flat Character: Somewhat averted. Her point of view is shown only rarely in the comic, and she is generally treated as somewhat other, but she sometimes seems to have more going on than just the rather flat window dressing — she's very athletic, her sense of humor shows hints of being decidedly twisted, and she has a passion for horror movies. Her slide into obsession over her orgasm deprivation also adds a little complexity at first.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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. Later reactions to people who imply that he's a good guy show that, for all his flaws, he does at least have some self-knowledge. As another point against Matt, he's also so insecure about Gary's supposed superior sexual prowess that he wants to set up Gary to be put down just so he can feel good about himself again.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's generally been 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, in lieu of being with people who are as casually sexual as he is. His relationship with Kiley may involve him getting a bit more serious again, and maybe even trying to do the right thing by her; however, both end up having sex with other people, without obvious signs of guilt about this, so they may genuinely agree that this is a Friends with Benefits arrangement. 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, seeing through her disguise but playing along and guiding her out of an embarrassing situation.
- 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.
- 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. 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).
- 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 couldn't bring DiDi to orgasm, but she still said that he's at better than all of her previous lovers combined.
- Unknown Rival: 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, and indeed has not yet been inconvenienced by the rivalry in any way — but Matt is developing plans...
- 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.
"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 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 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 any 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.
- The Determinator: Sonya takes seduction very, very seriously — at least when it's Zii she's after. (She gave up trying with Erik when he proved resistant and something more amusing came along.)
- 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 was a big part of her characterisation, putting her in a Transparent Closet. She still falls into the trope from time to time later on, 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 also shows some interest in adopting "bisexual" as a label at one point.
- 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.)
"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 grew into a larger role by offering to "Fix Yuki's Brain"
so Yuki could 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.
- 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.
"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.
- 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.
- 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: Something of an aversion, in that she has the shortest crop of any of the female characters, but 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 may reflect 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 quite 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).
- 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.
- 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: Averted. 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. It turns out that her enthusiasms tend to the excessive, and her delusions about Zii's level of stardom take her close to Cloudcuckoolander
status. (Given Zii's history of attracting stalkers
, she really ought to be more careful.) Isabelle's resemblance to Zii is superficial, though, or she'd rate as an Oddball Doppelganger
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 apparently almost as big a bastard as Matt.
- 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.
- 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.