Characters: Misfile

Here's a list of characters from the Web Comic Misfile.

It's an ongoing story about an young man who woke as a woman, except the plot is treated with much more emotional depth and serious character consideration than is the norm.

If you haven't read the comic first, there you go.

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     Ash Upton 

The girl who was a boy.

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  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In full effect, to Ash's constant chagrin. In his/"her" own words, "What I wouldn't have given to be a flat chested no-looker that no one noticed." Not that his developed female body is that surprising given he inherits it from his mother, a former lingerie model.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ash's father Dr. Edward Upton is a gynecologist who "never forgets a vagina" (and isn't at all shy about talking about them—see Ultimate Job Security below) while Ash's mom Marie is a former lingerie model who has appeared in her fair share of racy catalogs. Ash notes that trying on bras would be awkward enough even if there wasn't a large poster of his topless mother hanging in the fitting room.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Played with: Ash relies on Don't Think, Feel. for his driving techniques, but Ash's racing technique is to constantly analyze the situation until he finds an advantage he can capitalize on. Ironically his reflexive driving skills leave his mind free to to concentrate on the race itself.
  • Badass Driver
  • Becoming the Mask: Ash fears that pretending to be a girl all the time will result in becoming one in mind as well as body. Ash has rather feminine body language and reactions, although he doesn't notice unless it goes over the top (like the swooning incident).
  • Butch Lesbian: Would come off as this, due to his sexual preferences not changing in the misfile... if people knew that Ash wasn't straight, that is. To most people, "she" is simply extremely tomboyish (though there are some who correctly suspect that Ash doesn't like guys, they haven't been able to prove it yet).
  • Butt Monkey: Ash. So far he's been changed into a girl, shanghaied into several races he'd rather not take part of, or in which the odds were artificially inflated against him, and gone through a whole lot of emotional hurt without being able to do much about it. Ash was also threatened none-too-subtly with rape by two men.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady/Boyish Short Hair: Had the same haircut as a boy.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has quite a big temper; as Rumsiel states, "Just because she needs you doesn't mean she won't kill you in a fit of rage."
  • Green Eyes
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel
  • Hates Being Touched: It's so bad, Ash thinks a massage is stressful.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ash can be brash and judgemental, hot-tempered and at times impulsive; but he's also a genuinely well-meaning person with a strong conscience, cares deeply about his family and friends, and despite his bull-headedness carries a depth of empathy and a strong moral code. In other words, just your average guy caught in extenuating circumstances but trying to make the best of them.
  • Men Don't Cry: Firmly believes this, along with a lot of other masculine stereotypes, and is distressed when he starts crying because he thinks it means he's becoming accustomed to his new sex.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Convinces Rumisiel to heal a guy with a fatal heart condition. Not only does the recipient chew him out for it, but the guy's girlfriend slaps him.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Why he broke up with Missy
  • Red-Headed Hero: Though it's more orange than red.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Though Ash isn't thrilled about the prospects
  • Tomboy: Given that Ash is a gender bended boy, he dresses accordingly. But sometimes he is put into drag.
  • Transsexual: Ash acts more like a real transgender teenager than most Gender Bender webcomic protagonists. Emily even suggests gender reassignment surgery as an option at one point. The possibility was addressed in Ask Ash, where he is worried that girl!Ash getting gender reassignment surgery prior to Rumisiel fixing everything would result in him retroactively getting gender reassignment surgery after the mistake is corrected. Not to mention F-to-M surgery is pretty damn crappy at this point in time.
  • Troubled, but Cute: To a degree, given the Missing Mom and emotionally distant dad (and of course the Cosmic Retcon...)
  • Tsundere: Mix of A and B, though more often A since it's not common to see Ash become mushy and sweet.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Part of his preferred swimwear, as seen in book 5.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Minor BSOD when Ash punches a girl in the face, something he would have never done prior to the misfile and something Emily had already lampshaded as being tantamount to surrendering his manhood.
  • Wrench Wench: Girl-Ash was called "Crazy Car Girl".
  • Yaoi Fangirl/Yuri Fan: Girl-Ash was apparently the prior, so logically Ash himself is the latter.

     Emily Mc Arthur 

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     Dr. Edward Upton 

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  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: It's not enough that he memorizes women's vaginas, due to his job as a gynecologist... it's the fact that he'll describe them for everyone in earshot at the drop of a hat.
  • Blackmail: Of sorts - to make sure that Ms. MacArthur doesn't prohibit Emily from spending time with Ash, he notes that he could really help Emily get into Harvard, as he knows several people there. But he'd really only go that far for his daughter's friends.
  • Control Freak: The reason that Ash's mother left him. Matured out of this for the current timeline. He matured out of it in both timelines; the difference lies in how he treats his child. As a boy, Ash was given the cold shoulder by his emotionally distant father; as a girl, she gets a Doting Parent out of the deal. Besides the relationship element, Edward probably sees even more of Marie in girl-Ash, hence his more affectionate manner. Indeed: he seems quite upset about how distant he and Ash have been since the misfile (which is no less than they were when Ash was male), and openly comments on it. Ash, of course, is too uncomfortable to really reply.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He might not have known that Ramael's an angel, but standing up to the guy (mysterious stranger with shady look about him, anyone?) was still pretty Badass of Dr. Upton. Ash, and even Vashiel, were both gobsmacked and awed by it.
  • Dirty Old Man: Though he doesn't seem to be older than thirties.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's perfectly comfortable acting like a perv or performing blackmail... that said, he is a loving father and even tries to help Rumisiel grow up.
  • Kuudere: Even his ex-wife admits that he has his good moments... he's just pretty distant from most people. He shows it best with his interactions with Emily, as he tries his best to encourage the friendship between her and Ash.
  • Not Good with People: That "describe vaginas at any moment" habit of his doesn't win him any friends - the fact that Missi called him "freaky creepy" is part of why the Uptons never got invited to the Fuller family Halloween party.
  • Secret Test of Character: His actual intent behind giving Rumisiel a bunch of manual labor chores during summer break.
  • Ultimate Job Security: He might be creepy, but he's apparently just that damn good at gynecology.


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     Tom Fuller 

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  • Aloof Older Brother: Has some elements towards Missi.
  • Jerkass: He needlessly antagonizes Ash at every opportunity, letches on multiple girls at his family's Halloween party, and the closest he ever shows to a redeeming feature is wanting to protect his sister... from Ash, but only because he's an asshole towards Ash.
  • Jerk Jock: Though more regarding racing, but yeah, he otherwise fits the criteria.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe - hasn't happened (yet), but would if Missi reveals if she did all the work on his car.
  • The Rival: He was Ash's while at High School, though even now he's the one driver who could be called his/her Arch-Enemy.
  • Parental Favoritism: Strong indications that he's favored over his sister, Missi.
  • Put on a Bus: Sent off to college.
  • Starter Villain: Not villain per se, but he fits the general criteria.
  • Straw Misogynist: Has elements of this, though it could just be a hatred of Ash.

     (Kamikaze) Kate Walsh 

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  • Ax-Crazy: At first - she was quite ready to run anyone who got in her way off the road. She still has a severe demeanor that multiple people fear that this still applies.
  • Badass Driver: Acknowledged to be the best in the cast. It was considered an incredible performance when Ash had a chance at winning their second race.
  • Blood Knight: Racing version - she would do everything in her power to humiliate anyone who raced the old road in her misguided drive for vengeance.
  • Broken Bird: Kate wasn't even the best driver in her family, not did she seem that interested in becoming the best. When her sister died, though, she became consumed with the desire to get vengeance on everyone else behind the wheel.
  • The Comically Serious: Funniest when she is completely serious
  • Cool Big Sis: Develops into this, of sorts. Mind you, she still scares the crap out of Ash.
  • Death Seeker: At first - it's not until Rumisiel exorcises her sister's soul that she discovers joy in anything and wants to live again.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: The aftermath of her second race with Ash has her realizing that there are things to enjoy in life, and she starts growing closer to multiple people. As her interactions with Missi show, however, she's still not Captain Cuddles.
  • The Dreaded: Her reputation in Tempest, which hasn't quite faded yet even though Rumisiel exorcised her sister's soul.
  • Happily Married: Her and Harry.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In her Princess Leia costume, at Halloween.
  • Red Baron: "Kamikaze Kate".
  • Replacement Goldfish: All but asked Ash to be her sister, and plenty of hints that she still sees Ash this way.
  • Spirited Competitor: Figuratively and literally.
  • Tsundere: Of the non-love interest variety towards Ash.

     Harry Walsh 

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     Missi Fuller 

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  • Chinese Girl: Albeit only by ancestry, since she's Tom's adopted sister. She also doesn't know martial arts.
  • Genki Girl: From time to time.
  • Hidden Depths: Which are gradually unveiled over the course of the story.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Deconstructed; the fact that Ash does interest her romantically (alone among all girls) is the cause of quite a bit of heartache for her.
  • Romantic False Lead
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She certainly has no problems with wearing girly colors, skirts or other stereotypically feminine apparel, and she certainly appreciates things like candlelit moments and the like. That said, her main hobby is building cars, and she's more prone to engine grease on her face than makeup.
  • The Unfavorite: The Fullers are much more interested in Tom and his college career, and Missi notes that they often leave her alone to spend time with him.
  • Wrench Wench: She doesn't have her license yet, and yet she's already capable of putting together quality racing vehicles (she was the one responsible for all of Tom's cars).


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  • Ascended Extra: Originally just a friend from Ash's Gym Class, who showed up every once in a while. Now, she's become a fairly important plot character character.
  • Morality Pet: Ever since befriending Cassiel, the angel has been getting less and less selfish.
  • Nice Girl: Which is noted - Ash remembers her as one of the few girls who was genuinely kind and friendly towards him/her, and she manages to avoid being a doormat despite her sweet nature. She's also apparently the only human Cassiel shows genuine regard for.
  • Pals with Jesus: Although she doesn't know Cassiel is an angel, her friendship with Cassiel is genuinely a friendship, in contrast with Ash and Emily's 'friendship' with Rumisiel, where Ash is just waiting for Rumi to correct the Misfile.
  • Token Black: Kind of, seeing as there aren't any other dark-skinned characters of importance. Still, given the centralized cast, it's not really very jarring - especially since she's not a stereotyped character.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gives one to Ash for not trusting Logan about the pictures, and not talking to her about it.
    • And then when Ash finally tries to make amends weeks later, it turns out 'Nine had let it go after only a few days and is quite willing to forgive. Nice Girl? Without a doubt.


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  • Badass Driver: Ash is better, but he did teach Ash to race and drive.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Like most people, he isn't told about the misfile, which results in heartbreak as "his" Ash acts different from the one he "remembers"".
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Had he not been so manic while racing Ash, who knows if he would have lost.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: At first, though justified because he thought that Rumsiel was just a jerk.
  • Megane
  • Put on a Bus: Wasn't seen for over a thousand strips after the Cape Cod race.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Played with, it seems that girl-Ash's 'fun' with him that one night in the car caused James to interpret that as such. Unfortunately for him, the Misfiled Ash we know wants to keep him as her best friend.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Not only was James the best friend of boy-Ash, it's revealed that girl-ash even lost her virginity to him. Unfortunately, the misfiled Ash is squicked out by this.


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  • Anime Hair: His spiky hair was even the source of his fan nickname!
  • Aura Vision: Logan can tell the difference between humans and angel, without the angel needing to reveal themselves.
  • Badass Driver: Despite never racing before, he's very naturally gifted and proved a challenge for Ash, a more experienced racer.
  • Badass Pacifist: Logan manages to save Ash and Missi from their near rape experience, not by beating the pulp out of the two would be rapists, but by taking a picture and threatening that he'd run and tell the cops if they wouldn't leave... He just moments later reveals to the two his phone battery was dead, and he wasn't all that fast a runner.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up when Ash and Missi are being threatened by two older men who aren't particular about consent.
  • Just in Time: Saved Ash and Missi from a near rape experience.

     Marie Upton 

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  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: She's a former lingerie model.
  • Buxom Is Better: As one would expect from a former lingerie model.
  • Missing Mom: Male Ash lived with his father, his mother leaving when she was little, and had to be told a certain picture was of his Mom. Girl Ash, however, had more contact with her Mom. The discretion is that both had written a letter to her, but Girl-Ash sent the letter, while Boy-Ash ripped it up because it made him feel 'like a sissy boy'.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: recently revealed that she met Edward Upton in a wild night, including a threesome!

     Ms. Mc Arthur 

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Ash, this is Emily, Emily, that's Ash. I'm sorta responsible for both your situations.

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  • Adorkable: Rumisiel, when he is sober and genuinely trying to help, has a distinct tendency towards Adorkability in social situations.
  • The Atoner: Somewhat half-heartedly at first, but he has recently started to become more proactive in his role.
  • Badass Boast: Rumisiel has one as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • The Beard
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rumisiel sometimes gets some true gems. See here.
  • Erudite Stoner: Whenever Rumisiel isn't unconscious, puking or whimpering, you can tell that he's Really An Ancient, Wise Angelic Being. Of course, he used to spend thirty percent of his time doing each of those.
  • Hidden Depths: When he explains how he really felt about his job and why he screwed up, he becomes somewhat more sympathetic both to viewers and to Ash (as much as he can be, at any rate).
  • Mundane Utility: Rumisiel is an angel, and you'd expect him to have some kind of awesome holy weapon for smiting the heathens, right? Wrong. He works in filing, so he gets a "filing multi-tool" that "does all sorts of neat records-keeping stuff. It scans, records, photographs. The newest upgrade even has web access." Wait... So THAT'S where Jack Bauer got his cell phone!
    Ash: You probably just use it to look at porn.
    Rumisiel: No way!
    Ash: Let me see your bookmarks!
    Rumisiel: No! I'm sending it back to the ether! It's not for mortal eyes!
  • Nailed To The Wagon: After an early incident where his attempt at doing good deeds resulted in a drunken bender, Ash bans him from partaking of alcohol or drugs.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: While he can generally be a bit of a moron, much of the time he acts like a nuisance when Ash is in a sour mood, he's actually hoping for Ash to vent his/her frustration on Rumi as a coping mechanism. Invoked by Rumisiel here.
  • Our Angels Are Different: He's like all others in the series - humanoid form, pointy ears, white hair, has wings and a halo that he can hide, apparently has some vague power that keeps most from immediately recognizing what he is.
  • Perma Stubble: To highlight his slacker nature, it perennially looks like he has about a day's worth of stubble.
  • Pointy Ears: One of the hallmarks of the supernatural in the series.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His precise age isn't known, but it's in the centuries.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Feels he was being this for Cassiel, which is why he broke up with her.

My name is Vashiel of the second order of holy swords, divine punishment division. I am here to see Rumishiel. Is he here ?

Rumisiel's loving big brother. He takes an administrative leave after this one was kicked out of Heaven to come to Earth and to help him get back. Since he is incapable of telling a lie, he is kept in the dark about Ash and Emily's little problems.

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  • The Atoner: For past misdeeds unknown to his little brother.
  • Badass: Though his powers are partially sealed due to being based on
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vashiel is polite almost to the point of painfulness to nearly everyone he meets. However, when Cassiel hints about messing with Rumisiel, he responds with a threat to make it such that even her uncle - Satan - couldn't protect her. And he Cannot Tell a Lie - he means every word.
  • Big Brother Instinct: See above - threatening Rumisiel is the quickest way to get Vashiel into business mode. And remember, his business is vengeance.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: To the extreme - not only can he not tell a lie, he tells the truth in its entirety even if it would be better not to. He literally cannot hide falsehood nor details. It's likely the only reason he hasn't been locked away is because nothing he's said is too outlandish... and because his brother is there to prevent such from happening.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was once a hot-headed sort that committed some amount of devestation and likely murder over what he deemed to be insufficient respect from humans. He was punished for the indiscretion, but details have yet to be forthcoming.
  • Fish out of Water: He's noticeably not quite as well-adapted to life on Earth as his brother.
  • Flaming Sword: Has one, which was only shown in flashback.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: It's a punishment angel, for Heaven sake!
  • Incompatible Orientation: He's in love with Ash. Ash prefers girls. Rumisiel notes that this technically applies both ways regarding the two, although he doesn't clarify for Vash beyond "she's not your type."
  • Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality: Vashiel is an Angel of Vengeance, and is endowed with a Flaming Holy Sword that can even kill other angels. He hasn't done any "really good smiting" in centuries, so all he really uses it for is scaring televangelists.
  • Knight Templar: In his backstory - apparently he destroyed a city and smote many people, for which he was punished by the Celestial Beaurocracy. For his part, Vashiel believes the punishment was right and just.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Justified - if he knew about the misfile, he'd be compelled by his compulsive honesty to report it. If he reported it, Rumisiel would get a permanent exile from heaven and the bosses would change the files so as to make the misfile permanent.
  • Nice Guy: Absurdly so. He has a Dark and Troubled Past, but has for the most part moved past it and seems genuinely well-adjusted these days.
  • Nosebleed: Quite prone to them.
  • Our Angels Are Different: He's like all others in the series - humanoid form, pointy ears, white hair, has wings and a halo that he can hide, apparently has some vague power that keeps most from immediately recognizing what he is.
  • Pointy Ears: One of the hallmarks of the supernatural in the series.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His precise age isn't known, but it's in the centuries.


Rumisiel's ex, who has taken some time off to pop down and see how he's doing with his punishment. But not in a good way; things apparently went south between the two, and she seems quite eager to make sure his sojourn to Earth becomes a bit more permanent. She's also Satan's neice.

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