Characters: Penny and Aggie
I don't really need the perfect shoes. It's just fun to pretend that I do.
- Ambiguously Bi (It was hinted from as early as Campaign Trail that she was possibly bisexual, but she didn't approach the issue until the start of the Grand Finale. See below under If It's You, It's Okay.)
- The Charmer/The Social Expert: The Queen Bee and trendsetter of Belleville High, and not without good reason.
- Defrosting Ice Queen/Sugar and Ice Personality: Penny, while she certainly likes male attention, has trouble early on with actual intimacy. By the end of the comic, she turns a shouting match with Aggie into violently passionate rage sex that demolishes a room and most of the girls' clothes.
- Fallen Princess: During "The Popsicle War."
- Foe Romance Subtext: to Aggie until they become friends, Homoerotic Subtext afterward.
- Freudian Trio: The Ego
- Guile Hero: Especially evident when dealing an implied preemptive strike against her rival upperclassman, Meg. She tries a similiar strategy when dealing with Cyndi, a considerably more dangerous foe.
- I Can Change My Beloved: The main thrust of Penny's romantic relationships with Rich, Duane, and Aggie, until the latter puts her foot down. They Get Better.
- If It's You, It's Okay (Word of God says Aggie is Penny's one exception to her preference for men.)
- The Kirk
- Lovable Alpha Bitch (Aggie and friends see her as a straight-up Alpha Bitch for much of the comic's run but they're mostly wrong)
- Obfuscating Stupidity (occasionally, in the earlier arcs)
- The Prima Donna
Sometimes doing the right thing hurts. But that's when you have to.
, Penny's and Aggie's rival and Marshall's girlfriend
Pretty people get to do what they want!
, Penny's best and oldest friend
My identity is not for them to define. And it's not for you.
, Penny's other closest friend
Ignorance is bliss. Well, usually.
, Aggie's best friend
I'm just...open. Whatev, you know? Screw labels.
, Aggie's friend and Penny's platonic boyfriend
If you're gonna dream a hopeless dream...go all out.
, friend to Aggie, Lisa and Fred; Sara's girlfriend
I'm not always a great person, but my friends make me better.
, friend to Aggie, Lisa and Daphne
This feeling's always been with me, that things will be all right. I like it too much to fight it.
, Karen's boyfriend and Aggie's first crush
I like weights. If a weight is about to crush your heart, you can feel the pressure. You know it's coming. With people, you're never sure.
- Abusive Parents (his hedonistic mother verbally berates him in public for being an obstacle to her)
- Bishōnen (subverted and deconstructed)
- Chick Magnet (The only girl never attracted to him, even momentarily, is Penny. Even Sara finds him attractive prior to her discovering she's gay)
- Disappeared Dad (he has no idea who his dad even is)
- Lets Wait Awhile
, Penny's first love
I think what's important is for a man to stop takin' the world's crap and start pushin' back.
, Rich's wingman and Penny's rival/Friendly Enemy
No, wait! I don't have a complex psychology! I'm just in it for fun, chicks, praise and bling!
, Stan's best friend and Rich's other wingman
I think I can be a good man for her. I think so. Get close to her level, at least.
, Penny's friend and Jack's girlfriend
We put so much passion into these day-to-day dramas, and the decisions that tell us who we are... those go almost unnoticed.
- Genki Girl
- Saintly Church (a one-person embodiment and the diametric opposite of Charlotte's intolerant, near-psychotic fundamentalist nature, although sometimes her religiosity can be a source of angst as well as friction with others)
- Wise Beyond Their Years (a teenage example of the trope, she's easily the most mature character apart from Aggie's father Nick)
, Penny's friend and Stan's girlfriend
I understand boys. Boys show what they feel. Boys' friends are their friends. Girls are the ones to watch out for.
, Karen's onetime collaborator, and the comic's main villain after "The Popsicle War"
I do like to play.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Depraved Bisexual: Cyndi is an extreme sadist who it's suggested can't be aroused without the idea of others suffering, and has a stated fantasy of driving someone to suicide.
- Faux Yay (subverted when she crushes on Sara-as-Lady Macbeth)
- For the Evulz: Everything Cyndi does. Her parents eventually realize she's a genuine sociopath and have her committed to a mental institution.
- Manipulative Bastard (to a sociopathic degree)
- The Mole (in Penny's clique throughout the first half of "The Popsicle War")
- Ms. Fanservice (particularly as drawn by Jason Waltrip)
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Put on a Bus to Hell: Her last appearance in the comic has her parents driving her to a mental institution.
- The Sociopath: An almost textbook example. Her parents catch on after the incident with Charlotte, and have her committed.
, collaborator, at one time or another, with Karen and Cyndi
Maybe offence just comes naturally to a spoiled rich girl.
, Penny's onetime rival, Cyndi's friend, collaborator with Karen
I've outgrown this. I've outgrown you.
, downbeat friend, at one time or another, of Penny, Charlotte, Aggie, and Karen
If I'm being used...at least I have a use.
, onetime friend of Aggie and Helen, later friends with Duane
Sin is everywhere. This world is filth.
Nick and Melody D'Amour
- Abusive Parents (her mother, and implied with regard to her late father)
- Berserk Button (do not criticize, or attempt to entrap, Duane in front of her)
- Broken Bird
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Double Subverted. She's introduced as nutty, cold and eager to "punish" whomever she thought deserved it, but her interactions with Duane showed her getting mellower... Until The Stinger of the second chapter of the Missing Person arc reveals that she is the one who kidnapped and attempted to murder Cyndi. Her interactions with Duane, however, are what inspire her to reform while in prison.
- Driven to Suicide: She survives.
- The Fundamentalist (big time, but after befriending Duane she becomes gentler and more open-minded... or so it seems, until she kidnaps and tortures Cyndi in what she believes is God's punishment for Cyndi's Manipulative Bastard actions)
- Interrupted Suicide
- Rape as Drama (makes false accusation against Sara; the real thing is also heavily implied in her backstory)
, Aggie's parentsRob Levac
, Penny's fatherLynda Levac
, Penny's motherCharisma Gryvanski
, Marshall's mother and Nick's girlfriend