Our protagonist. On his first day of school after moving into Mayview, his sixth sense awakens and he is quickly swept up into the additional level of wackiness (compounded with the entire town's oddballness) that is the Paranatural Activity Club. He is extremely acrobatic and uses a baseball bat with powers of magnetism as his tool.
Mr. Spender:Black spectral energy?! That's....fairly common.
As proof it wasn't a Last-Second Word Swap, another black energy wielder is later seen in Isabel's grandfather's dojo.
The Comically Serious: He is a cynical lad who plays the role of the Only Sane Man in a town full of eccentric and wacky denizens. Situations of his being this are practically inevitable. It helps that, even though Maxwell takes himself quite seriously, he isn't immune to all the wackiness himself from reacting very emotionally to all of the unfamiliar spectral business to displaying just as many exaggerated expressions as the rest of Mayview (his, in fact, being one of the very first the viewers see).
The Gadfly: Very first chapter has him displaying this tendency with Max snarking to Zoey about their move to Mayview. He also spends a good portion of Chapter 3 picking on Isaac and absolutely enjoying himself doing so.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Pulls these off from time to time. A stellar example while dealing with the Sphinx:
Isaac, I sphinx you should calm down. [...] I'm just saying, you seem a riddle bit mad.
An energetic classmate of Max's. She absolutely loves her work with the Activity Club, to the point of probable bloodthirst. Her tool is a thick book full of blank pages that she can manipulate. She is also best friends with Ed.
By far the most normal member of the Activity Club. Knowledgeable about the paranatural, but is treated as a Butt Monkey by the rest of the club. He is a "medium", a possessed human able to use a spirit's powers without a tool as a conduit. His powers are weather-based, giving Isaac the ability to wield lightning, rain, clouds, wind, and snow. He also claims to be able to take on Isabel and Ed at once.
Butt Monkey: Despite (and actually partly because of) his power, Isaac is the Activity Club's. Max tends to forget his name, though he has a healthier friendship with Max than with... pretty much anyone. Isabel and Ed leave him out of their friendship, he gets left out of the loop on paranatural happenings, Mr. Spender ignores him, etc. Also deconstructed to a degree, because it has left him with one hell of a Hair-Trigger Temper.
Locked Out of the Loop: Due to his possession, he is not allowed to know any details on the Paranatural Activity Consortium. The fact that doesn't know much else, either, can be blamed on Spender's meandering teaching style.
Spender: Isaac, I know you're frustrated, and I feel very bad about that, but I am not allowed to discuss such matters with you for the duration of your possession. Isaac:[pointing at the censored text] STOP DOING THAT!
Mr. Exposition: Provides quite a bit of exposition, mainly because Spender is really difficult about showing new kids the ropes.
Max's history teacher, and the advisor to the Activity Club. Cultivates a certain air of mystery which simply annoys the club's Genre Savvy population. His tool is the sunglasses he constantly wears, which give him the power to manipulate light.
Adorkable: Doing a backflip off a roof: cool. Doing a backflip off a roof then falling over shouting "Oh my god my ankle!"? Significantly less cool.
Ambiguously Evil: He seems to think he's doing the right thing, but others have shown doubts. He even asks Isabel's Grandfather to stop him if he turns too far from the light.
Casting a Shadow: He uses an interesting variation: he can make his shadow tangible, but rather than manipulate it directly, he manipulates the light source which is casting the shadow.
Chekhov's Skill: When he's introducing himself to Max as leader of the club, he mentions that he's an expert in spirit linguistics. When he encounters Forge, he identifies the language of evil (Cursed Words) that the dog-spirits are using, and also reveals he can understand Forge's language (High Spirit).
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Describes him to a tee. He comes off as a total moron most of the time, but he's regarded as an utterly terrifying figure among spirits.
Rabbit Spirit: You hitch a ride on the Ghost Train and he shows up? You're over.
Also, The reason the spirits are terrified of Spender? He beat "The strongest" spirit (Forge says as much during their confrontation). Consider what counts as "strong" in the Paranatural setting for a minute.
Large Ham: He really likes giving mysterious, dramatic monologues, which are usually rendered fairly ridiculous by little details like "no one can hear what he's saying because he's turned away from them."
Logical Weakness: His light powers don't work if there isn't any source of light for him to use (because his powers are a sort of shadow manipulation - therefore no light, no shadows, no powers)...but fortunately his Spirit is always illuminated and can provide a light for him.
Mistaken for Badass: One of the shadow dogs warns Forge that "the sunglasses spectral" took out "the strongest spirit. The biggest." Because of this, Forge gives up when fighting him—only to find out Spender's most powerful attack can't even scratch his armor.
Alt Text: You can't go embracing death every time you see a dude in shades.
Mr. Exposition: Subverted; he has all the answers, but he gives far less information than he should.
Nothing Is Scarier: His mental room. Usually, in Paranatural dream meetings, The door and the room behind it show the inner workings of the persons mind - for example, Texas Walker's room is just a wilderness fire campsite behind a giant gold door. Spenders mental room? ABSOLUTE DARKNESS. Which can apparently only be illuminated by Lucifer, his spirit (you can see his outline in the darkness). It also doesn't help that apparently, Spender's higher ups are curious as to WHY he doesn't let anyone else so much as look in and see his room...
Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Nothing proven, but he's awfully cagey about letting anyone see into his mind, and during a fight scene his tool spirit is preoccupied with keeping a rather nasty-looking shadow at bay...
Sink or Swim Mentor: Mr. Spender only teaches the Activity Club about fighting spirits when it's contextually relevant, and the context tends to involve mortal peril.
Sunglasses at Night: Wears his sunglasses constantly, even in an unlit room or at nightnote More or less justified, as they're his tool.
Super Mode: Has one in the form of Spirit Fusion. Also qualifies as Golden Supermode. Currently cannot use it since his spirit believes that it will be unable to contain the shadow if Spender goes into it.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's not quite clear what his plans are, but apparently he's up to something his boss wouldn't like, but for all the best reasons. Isabel's grandfather warns that he should remember he's not exactly setting himself up for a good end.
Francisco: You'll perish choking on the words "greater good" with some hero's blade in your guts, mark my words.
A friendly bully who Max fights on his first day in Mayview.
Affably Evil: Greeted Max enthusiastically, carrying no hard feelings about the day before, then casually decided to beat him up. Another time he extorted Max for fifty cents, but gave him change for a dollar.
The Bully: Johnny is this trope cranked up until the knob snaps off. He's not even all that mean, it's just that beating people up is his base state of existence. At least a few times it's shown he needs to punch the crap out of things (or people) to keep from going crazy.
The Power of Friendship: Odd for a bully, he continuously evokes this with his gang, up to and including the Friendship Fusion.
Fiery Redhead: Definitely the loudest and angriest member of his gang.
He's on a path to taking that trope literallyafter being possessed by a weakened Forge
Hair-Trigger Temper: He goes from smiling to trying to beat up Isaac within seconds of meeting him.
Insane Troll Logic: On a constant basis. May have something to do with repeated blows to his head. A shining example is when he and his gang are chasing the Activity Club's car, and lose track of them. Johnny reasons thusly: All roads lead to Rome. But they're not going to Rome. Therefore they must leave the road.
Large Ham: "THE FRIENDSHIP FUSION IS NOT A LADDER, IT IS A UNION OF SOULS!"
Number Two: Another implication from the first cast page, calling him Johnny's right-hand man. This role actually seems to have been taken on by Ollie, and the new page simply calls Stephen an "underling". He's still the most talkative minion.
Tinfoil Hat: Wears one while Johnny is telling them about Isaac's powers.
A hoodie-wearing member of Johnny's gang. Has a hidden, sparkling mohawk.
Ambiguous Gender: Due to the face-concealing hoodie, there's really no way to be sure of their gender. Word of God is that R.J. is non-binary, and prefers the pronouns they/them.
The Faceless: Apart from the eyes, R.J.'s face is always hidden in the shadow of their hood.
In the Hood: It casts an all-concealing shadow across their face, even when the shape of their head is clearly visible. When their hood was knocked off by a passing car, the black slipped down and bunched up like fabric, indicating it's some sort of mask.
Sweet Tooth: She makes some sort of extremely sugary drink - it looks like hot chocolate with whipped cream and syrup - while sitting at her desk in English class. It appears she just carries the ingredients around with her.
Student at Mayview Middle School and president of the (unofficial) Journalism Club. Rather bubbly, but constantly ignores school rules and doesn't really care. Hates the Activity Club because her attempt to make a report on all the clubs went incomplete because they refused to be interviewed.
Isabel's spirit. Takes the form of a (quite cute) origami spider with a cootie-catcher for a head who usually resides inside Isabel's tool, a thick book. According to the author, she is "objectively the cutest thing in the comic."
Large Ham: Not to the same extent as Isaac's spirit perhaps, but she has her moments.
Eightfold:If you start underestimating me...I'LL EAT YOUr favorite book.
Paper Master: Her power. She apparently fuels it by eating literary works, then creates whatever she needs from the leftover waste. Leads to Fridge Horror when one realises that she is basically controlling her own poop, which she lampshades mercilessly for the sole purpose of creeping Max out.
Body Horror: When Isabel cuts one in half, it has teeth all the way down. And their fur is apparently just a removable cover for the nightmare within.
Death Is Cheap: For most spirits, doing enough damage to them destroys their bodies and forces them to possess an object until they absorb enough energy to regenerate. The Pixhellhounds, on the other hand? Destroying them is rather easy. The problem is they keep coming back so quickly that the fandom has started calling it 'respawning.'
Manipulative Bastard: They seem to be trying to trick Spender and Forge into fighting each other (for some reason), take advantage of Spender's absence to try to kill the kids, and provoked Forge into throwing away his largest source of metal, preventing him from creating a useable door into Mayview.
Feathered Fiend: but his recent form is... some sort of yellow canary stuck in a cage. But if you look closely enough, the bird is in a postion that COULD be his face (the wings are crossed like a moustache, tailfeathers could be a toungue or a beard, the feet teeth and the beak a nose).
No Name Given: Like Isaac's spirit, it hasn't been officially named.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: At least half its eyes (out of a minimum of twelve) are colored red. The rest are blue, probably representing the opposite poles on a magnet. This seems to change, though.
Isabel's grandfather. He owns a dojo that trains Spectrals on how to use their powers.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: To the point where he wonders how an "immaculate" and "majestic" being such as himself could cause the creation of someone as flawed as Isabel. Ironically, he finds her to be the arrogant one.
The apparent leader of the Activity Consortium. A magnificent troll.
Bandaged Face: Not just her head, but all visible skin. Given the nature of her powers, it's dubious if there actually is anything under the bandages- she certainly doesn't have any indents or protrusions that would suggest facial features.
Badass in a Nice Suit: Played with. For one thing, it's a onesie footie pajama shaped like a suit, rather than an actual suit.
The Gadfly: Likes to mess with her underlings, and just about everyone else. For instance, she makes all of her workers wear tuxedo footsie pajamas, claiming that it's for safety purposes, but it's really just a joke on her part.
She then tries to bribe Max with a suit onesie of his very own.
Leitmotif: The author's comment in for the page she first appears in reads: Boss Leader *guitar riff*
Physical God: Though she's restricted to the Activity Consortium headquarters and the dreams of others, her power there is essentially unlimited.
Reasonable Authority Figure: One of many entities with some kind of agenda regarding Mayview, but so far, easily the most sympathetic. She shows genuine concern for Spender and Agent Day both, and extends it to Max over his sudden loss of consciousness during chapter four.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Seems to be a result of her dream powers; Boss Leader can transform her body into damn near any form she chooses, and does so fluidly, swiftly, and without being restrained by such petty things as biology or physical laws.
One of Boss Leader's subordinates. Not the brightest bulb on the tree and constant target of Boss Leader's trolling.
Bi the Way: That door to his mental room swings both ways.
Hypocrite: Goes on a long rant about how much he values truth, including giving away random trivia of himself that Spender didn't ask for, but has made it apparent that he keeps secrets of his own
Blind Weaponmaster: Kinda. She mostly got lucky with the arrow she shot and is immediately glad that the arrow didn't hit Max and cause him to fall in love with her.
Love Potion: Her spirit allows her to shoot Love Arrows that cause this sort of effect. She gets introduced when she shoots one of them in response to Max's screaming and it hits the Ghost Train, causing it to fall for Max.
Max and Zoey's father and owner of the Corner Store, the convenience store that doubles as the Puckett's home. A native to Mayview, who came back after his wife passed away.
Adorkable: Max's dad is a massive spazz and definitely odd enough to have originated in Mayview. However, his care for his children make his antics endearingly exasperating and entertaining as opposed to just annoying.
Dad: Ah, Zoey, I hope you don't mind... I played for you while you were gone. Don't worry... I only lost twice! Zoey: I was downstairs for two minutes. We're playing Monopoly. Dad:I may have made a few risky investments. Max: He tried to build a, and I quote, "tower citadel worthy of my sorcery" out of like twenty stacked hotels. On Jail.
Large Ham: As per the norm for any resident of Mayview.
Mr. Puckett: Ride my child, to the top of the hill... TO YOUR EDUCATION!! Max: Cut it out, Dad.
Manchild: He spent half an hour running in and out of an automatic sliding door. He has lightsaber fights with his preteen daughter. His lifelong dream is to own a convenience store. Yup, he qualifies.