!!'''Penny Levac'''


--> I don't really need the perfect shoes. It's just fun to pretend that I do.

* [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Bi]]: It's hinted from as early as "Campaign Trail" that she is possibly bisexual, but she doesn't approach the issue until the start of the GrandFinale. See below under IfItsYouItsOkay.
* TheCharmer[=/=]TheSocialExpert: The Queen Bee and trendsetter of Belleville High, and not without good reason. She's more analytical about it than people might think, too; she prides herself on reading people ([[spoiler:and rightly finds it unnerving that she can't ''get'' Cyndi]]).
* DefrostingIceQueen[=/=]SugarAndIcePersonality: Penny, while she certainly likes male attention, has trouble early on with actual intimacy. [[spoiler: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.]]
* FallenPrincess: When she loses, during [[spoiler:"The Popsicle War,"]] she falls some way.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: to Aggie until they become friends, [[spoiler:HomoeroticSubtext afterward, followed by a RelationshipUpgrade]].
* FreudianTrio: She's TheEgo to the trio she leads.
* GuileHero: Especially evident when [[BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch dealing an implied preemptive strike]] [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=651 against her rival upperclassman, Meg.]][[spoiler:She tries a similiar strategy when dealing with Cyndi, a considerably more dangerous foe]].
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: The main thrust of Penny's romantic relationships with Rich, Duane, [[spoiler: and Aggie, until the latter puts her foot down]]. [[CharacterizationMarchesOn They Get Better.]]
* IfItsYouItsOkay: WordOfGod says that [[spoiler:Aggie]] is Penny's one exception to her preference for men.
* TheKirk: She's the blonde, instinctual star of the show.
* LovableAlphaBitch Aggie and friends see her as a straight-up AlphaBitch for much of the comic's run, but they're mostly wrong.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Occasionally, in the earlier arcs, she plays up the "dumb blonde" style to this effect.
* ThePrimaDonna: Although it's a fairly mild case, she does have an ego on her which surfaces periodically.

!!'''Aggie D'Amour'''


--> Sometimes doing the right thing hurts. But that's when you have to.

* TheAloner: Aggie nearly ends up as this in a dream.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Aggie's first crush in the comic is on a guy, and she evidently assumes she's straight at that point. But not only does Karen assume she's gay for a full year, and Lisa briefly consider Sara's theory of [[FoeYay attraction]] between her and Penny, but as of "There Are No Rules", Aggie herself seriously thinks she ''may'' be gay. And as of the DistantFinale, she is shown [[spoiler:wearing a masculine outfit and is said to be dating girls exclusively]].
* {{Bifauxnen}}: In the DistantFinale.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority[=/=][[spoiler: FormerTeenRebel]]: Aggie actively cultivates a rebellious attitude in memory of her former hippie mother. As she matures, she learns there are other ways to speak truth to power than through protesting and modern art. [[spoiler:She ultimately becomes a lawyer]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Aggie's dream [[spoiler: about being in love with a female mannequin.]]
* GranolaGirl
* {{Hypocrite}}: Preaches acceptance and understanding, but she's done things like attempting to slut-shame Lisa for being bisexual ("Any lips of any ''gender'll'' do?").
* IneffectualLoner: For a while, Aggie has a hard time making and keeping true friends, [[FreudianExcuse for fear that they will replace her]]...
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Defied. [[spoiler:After a horrible nightmare, Aggie learns that this trope is, in the words of her mother, "bullshit."]]
* MissingMom: Aggie has difficulty letting go of her mother's memory.
* SingleTargetSexuality: In the early arcs, she's uninterested in either gender until [[LoveAtFirstSight she meets Marshall]].
* TheSnarkKnight: Her defining style in the earlier arcs.
* SoapboxSadie: Very much how she's seen, with some justice, especially in the earlier arcs.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: In-universe, Aggie's rigid adherence to this attitude helps her to produce florid poetry and abysmal videos, and blinds her to the fact that she's quite good at drawing.

!!'''Karen Duvall'''
Penny's and Aggie's rival and Marshall's girlfriend


--> Pretty people get to do what they want!

* BigBad: During "The Popsicle War".
* BeautifulAllAlong: Played with. Karen might've gotten pretty on the outside, but it doesn't help her self-esteem, improve her outlook, or make her a better person; it just makes her believe that image is everything.
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful[=/=]PowerFantasy[=/=]BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Being made over into a prettier, more socially successful person gives her everything except what she needs most.
* LastSecondChance: A chance to pull back from the moral brink is pointed out by her [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder conscience]] early in "The Popsicle War"; however, she [[RedemptionRejection chooses to ignore it]].
* ManipulativeBastard: A talent which Karen develops fast when she gets the chance.
* PygmalionPlot: Her starting point.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: She gives Marshall involuntary manual stimulation in the shower, and takes his physiological reaction as consent, ignoring his clear discomfort before and after.
* SocialDarwinist: Karen deduces from her personal experience that society is a game of winners and losers.
* StaticCharacter: Karen doesn't develop much past her initial plot arc.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Part of Penny's makeover of Karen. She follows this up with laser eye surgery.
* VillainousBreakdown: At the end of "Popsicle Wars." [[spoiler: Everyone gets sick at her party from popsicles laced with laxatives, [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey she practically flashes everyone in a desperate attempt to have them still find her attractive]], [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown she physically assaults Aggie]], and Marshall breaks up with her.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: She thinks she's in ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' or ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}''. She's really in ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' or ''Film/LegallyBlonde''.

!!'''Sara Velte'''
Penny's best and oldest friend


--> My identity is not for them to define. And it's not for you.

* ComingOutStory: Most of her story is about her acknowledging her sexuality.
* ButchLesbian[=/=]LipstickLesbian: Sara's post-coming-out look combines aspects of both.
* FreudianTrio: She plays TheSuperEgo in Penny's clique.
* HonestAdvisor[=/=]NumberTwo: To Penny.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Perhaps she's too much the realist at times.
%% * ShipperOnDeck --> TheDulcineaEffect[=/=]KnightInShiningArmor NEEDS CLARIFICATION.
* TheSpock: Sara plays this role to Penny's Kirk -- though at times she's more TheMcCoy.
* TokenGoodTeammate: People who don't get along with Penny's clique tend to see her like this. Rich remarks that he's always liked her because of her honesty, Aggie protests that 'Sara is ok' when the Omegas bad-moth the Pennies, and Charlotte states that if there was one of the Pennies she didn't find repulsive, it was Sara.
* TookALevelInBadass: An non-violent instance, brought about by growing confidence.
* TransparentCloset: Lisa, Penny and Cyndi can all guess what's going on with Sara.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A.

!!'''Michelle Brown'''
Penny's other closest friend


--> Ignorance is bliss. Well, usually.

* TheChick: Michelle is usually the most conventionally feminine in her group of female friends.
* DrivenByEnvy: The source of Michelle's anorexia, exacerbated by Cyndi's "encouragement".
--> ''(Regarding herself and Penny in a Mirror)'': [[MadnessMantra Thinner than her. You'll always be thinner than her, now. It's all right. It's all right.]]
* TheDitz: Michelle isn't as clear-thinking as some.
* FlatCharacter: Subverted in "Hunger"; her therapist describes her as "not SilentBob" and "not deep," but by the end of the brief arc she emerges as a deeper and richer character.
* FreudianTrio: Michelle plays the TheId in Penny's trio.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Michelle doesn't have complex wishes, but she still has trouble finding happiness.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: With regard to Rich and Penny.
* LoveHurts: Michelle's big relationship in the comic doesn't go well.
* TheMcCoy: To Penny's Kirk.
* NaiveEverygirl[=/=]ThePollyanna: Her general characterisation.
* StepfordSmiler: Michelle is very good at hiding her insecurities [[spoiler:and her eating disorder]] behind a peppy demeanor and a cheerful grin.
* WeightWoe: Her eating disorder gets serious.
* YesMan: To Penny.

!!'''Lisa Winklemeyer'''
Aggie's best friend


--> I'm just...open. Whatev, you know? Screw labels.

* BaldWoman: In the finale.
* BiTheWay: More or less. "Screw labels" indeed.
* BlitheSpirit[=/=]LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: In-universe, Lisa is bound and determined to act as a good example of these tropes for everyone she meets.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=]CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Certainly her self-image, and she largely carries it off.
* DeadpanSnarker: Her snarks mostly work when she tries.
* TheGadfly[=/=]{{Troll}}: The former when in a good mood, the latter when in a bad one.
* GenkiGirl: Lisa can be a little hyper.
* TheHerald[=/=]SidekickExMachina: It's a near-guarantee that, if a sympathetic character has a dilemma in need of addressing, Lisa will be there to help them confront and[=/=]or fix it.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Lisa jokingly tells Michelle that she ships the two of them together. [[spoiler:She later plays this trope straight with her kindred spirit, Stan.]]
* TotallyRadical: Lisa is given to bizarre, self-created slang, e.g. "Ms. Megabagadouche".

!!'''Duane Teague'''
Aggie's friend and Penny's platonic boyfriend


--> If you're gonna dream a hopeless dream...go all out.

* BlackAndNerdy
* HollywoodNerd: Duane is academic and cerebral, and maybe a little shy -- but his looks and good nature make it perfectly plausible that girls could be attracted to him. And in fact, both Charlotte and Michelle develop feelings for him.
* HopelessSuitor: Double subverted in his stuttering relationship with Penny.
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: His response to Charlotte.

!!'''Daphne Brooks'''
Friend to Aggie, Lisa and Fred; Sara's girlfriend


--> I'm not always a great person, but my friends make me better.

* GenkiGirl: A relatively mild case.
* InformedAttribute: Her characterization as a ClingyJealousGirl. She shows no signs of this before Sara mentions it as the reason she's not telling her about rooming with Lucy, and there are maybe one or two hints of it afterwards.
* LipstickLesbian: Albeit at the GirlNextDoor end of the scale.

!!'''Fred Rudolph'''
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.

* LargeHam: Fred does rather over-play things on stage.
* PetHomosexual: Fred seemingly comes close to becoming a pet for a group of girls.
* PerpetualSmiler: Well, he smiles most of the time.
* StraightGay[=/=]CampGay Fred seems straight at first glance, but tips into camp when rehearsing, performing, or just tipsy. The epilogue shows that he mellowed out considerably after high school.

!!'''Marshall Gryvanski'''
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.

* AbusiveParents His hedonistic mother verbally berates him in public for being an obstacle to her.
* {{Bishonen}}: Subverted and deconstructed; Marshall looks the part, but ultimately doesn't act it.
* ChickMagnet: The only girl never attracted to him, even momentarily, is Penny. Even Sara finds him attractive prior to her realizing that she's gay.
* DisappearedDad: Marshall has no idea who his dad even is.
* LetsWaitAwhile: Marshall has a rationally cautious approach to relationships.

!!'''Rich Diggle'''
Penny's first love


--> I think what's important is for a man to stop takin' the world's crap and start pushin' back.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys / AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Although Penny isn't a cheerleader.
* BadassBiker
* MakeUpOrBreakUp

!!'''Stan Larson'''
Rich's wingman and Penny's rival/FriendlyEnemy


--> No, wait! I don't have a complex psychology! I'm just in it for fun, chicks, praise and bling!

* TheChessmaster: Particularly in the [[Recap/PennyAndAggieCampaignTrail Campaign Trail]] arc.
* FatalFlaw: [[AmbitionIsEvil Ambition.]]
* HandsomeLech
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Stan's attitude toward Michelle, in that he thought she'd wanted a hook-up, not romance -- and later, in a different sense, to Penny.
* MaliciousMisnaming[=/=]TheNicknamer: Stan habitually calls Penny by the names of blonde celebrities, thereby insinuating she's [[DumbBlonde superficial]]. When she finally tells him to stop, he says, "Okay, Petty."
* ManipulativeBastard: Stan reforms during "The Popsicle War".
* SubordinateExcuse: To Rich, whom he has something of a crush on despite being a ladies' man.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Stan's feeling by the end of "Mister Smiles".

!!'''Jack Kirk'''
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.

* DoctorJekyllAndMisterJackDaniels: Jack is maybe a little too fond of booze.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Jack's great virtue is trying to be honest.
* InsecureLoveInterest: Vis-à-vis Katy-Ann.
* SilentBob: Sometimes his role in Stan's guy-clique.

!!'''Katy-Ann Williams'''
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.

* GenkiGirl: In a fairly controlled form; she's mostly just sweetly energetic.
* SaintlyChurch: 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.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: A teenage example of the trope, she's easily the most mature character apart from Aggie's father Nick.

!!'''Brandi Jones'''
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.

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Brandi is usually nice but dangerous to underestimate. She's also cautious of other "nice" girls.
* EthicalSlut: Brandi likes sex, but is usually careful how she plays things.
* FriendsWithBenefits[=/=]RelationshipUpgrade: In relation to Stan.
* MsFanservice: As drawn by Jason Waltrip.

!!'''Cyndi Kristoffer'''
Karen's onetime collaborator, and the comic's main villain after "The Popsicle War"


--> I do like to play.

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Under very carefully constructed sheep's clothing is a very scary bitch.
* DepravedBisexual: Cyndi is an extreme sadist [[spoiler:who it's suggested can't be aroused without the idea of others suffering, and who has a stated fantasy of driving someone to suicide]].
* FauxYay: Subverted when she crushes on Sara-as-Lady Macbeth.
* ForTheEvulz: Everything Cyndi does. [[spoiler:Her parents eventually realize she's a genuine sociopath and have her committed to a mental institution]].
--> '''Penny:''' [Cyndi] never tries to win. She just tries to make everyone else ''lose.''
* ManipulativeBastard: To a sociopathic degree.
* TheMole: In Penny's clique throughout the first half of "The Popsicle War".
* MsFanservice: Particularly as drawn by Jason Waltrip.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Cyndi finds it convenient to be underestimated.
* PutOnABusToHell: Her last appearance in the comic has [[spoiler:her parents driving her to a mental institution]].
* TheSociopath: An almost textbook example. [[spoiler:Her parents catch on after the incident with Charlotte, and have her committed.]]

!!'''Samantha Evans'''
Collaborator, at one time or another, with Karen and Cyndi


--> Maybe offence just comes naturally to a spoiled rich girl.

* EverythingIsRacist: Samantha is quick to blame others' behavior on racism, and very slow to believe otherwise.
* SassyBlackWoman: Samantha may even be consciously playing to this trope.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: When conspiring with other girls to defeat Penny as the most popular teen in town, Samantha can only think of such ideas as cutting breast-holes in her blouses and having a boy pretend-seduce her on hidden camera. An exasperated Meg finally says to her, "''Maybe'' we could rip off a movie plot."

!!'''Meg Macomb'''
Penny's onetime rival, Cyndi's friend, collaborator with Karen


--> I've outgrown this. I've outgrown ''you.''

* AlphaBitch: In her backstory.
* FallenPrincess: An unsympathetic version.
* FutureLoser[=/=]JadedWashout: Heavily implied to be in her forseeable future, at her graduation, she is seen staring at her diploma as if she does not know what to do with it. [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that by the time Quiltbag takes place, she is a sophomore in college who "still thinks she can turn this thing around," and by the time of her five year reunion, she is "disappointed" -- and apparently not in attendance.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Played with. She seems to be one of the few characters to be fully aware that all the melodrama of high school aren't the most important years of her life... [[IgnoredEpiphany immediately after this assertion, she nervously asks whether the contents of a police interrogation will be "going on her permanent record."]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm[=/=]OptOut: During "The Popsicle War", Meg makes a large show of declaring that she is done with the petty popularity games of high school. The manner in which she does this makes it clear that Meg believes that opting out is akin to declaring victory.
* PrideBeforeAFall: In her backstory.

!!'''Helen Tomalin'''
Downbeat friend, at one time or another, of Penny, Charlotte, Aggie, and Karen


--> If I'm being used...at least I have a use.

* AbusiveParents[=/=]TheUnFavorite: [[AllThereInTheManual She says that her parents favor her older sister]]; in her childhood her father tells her he doesn't love her "right now" when she fails to complete an age-inappropriate task.
* BitchInSheepsClothing[=/=]FalseFriend: Helen is a sympathetic example of these tropes, and tends to surround herself with examples of same, some less sympathetic than others.
* AttentionWhore: Downplayed [[spoiler:but eventually realized, in a horribly literal fashion]]. Helen desperately wants acceptance, approval, and attention, no matter the source; she believes that letting herself be used is the only way to achieve these ends. This culminates in a HeroicBSOD[=/=]VillainousBreakdown when [[spoiler: she realizes she slept with resident skeezoids Bob and Elmer while under the influence of alcohol.]]
* BrokenBird: See above.
* DrivenByEnvy[=/=]TheResenter: Helen drifted apart from Penny's group of friends in middle school, and resents them for excluding her from their clique. She is implied to have been envious of Penny's social status in childhood, as well.
* ExtremeDoormat: Helen ''wants'' people to use her, and is at a loss whenever no one needs to.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Her entire character arc is a deep examination of this trope, the subversion being that Penny isn't as much of a bitch as Helen believes, and that Helen is in considerably more danger when she associates with her [[FalseFriend "more accepting" outcast friends.]] Eventually, Helen [[PutOnABus leaves town]] -- with a last "screw you" message to Penny, and although there are one or two passing references to her being in Boston, nobody is shown to be overly concerned about her. The epilogue story shows that she's (somehow) made peace with Penny and others, but she also now regards her school friendships as meaningless, and she walks away from a reunion.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Helen believed herself to be this in Penny's clique; was this in Charlotte's and Karen's clique; and [[spoiler:her belief that she was this to Aggie's clique leads to Helen herself sabotaging their friendship with her]].
* IJustWantToBeLoved[=/=]IJustWantToHaveFriends: Very downplayed; after [[spoiler: remembering her rape]] and overhearing Brandi and Stan's healthy sexual relationship, Helen realizes she has heretofore been unable to differentiate between being loved and getting screwed, and has a breakdown.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: In "The Popsicle War," to some extent. [[spoiler:She's being used, and isn't perhaps as crucial to the real villain's plans as she'd like, ending up just looking pathetic]].
* TheMole: In Aggie's clique throughout the first half of "The Popsicle War".
* NeverMyFault: Helen's need to be used often motivates her to put her morals aside.
* NoSocialSkills: Helen's idea of lightly mocking [[TakeThatMe self-deprecation]] is calling herself and her friends "judgemental bitches."
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Of every clique she's in:
-->(Helen's inner monologue:) "Please keep believing I'm going to heaven, Charlotte."
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Taking advantage of young women too drunk to give informed consent seems to be a favorite pastime of Bob and Elmer]].
* TheRunaway: To ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'''s Boston.
* SourSupporter[=/=]UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Formerly, of the Pennies.
* StepfordSnarker[=/=]TheSnarkKnight: Played with and inverted. Helen has a sharp, witty, and articulate running commentary inside her head, which often remarks on what she ''should be'' doing, rather than what she ''is'' doing. The only time she lets her deeply sublimated [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]] tendencies loose, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished she loses a friend.]]
* SuddenPrincipledStand: ''Helen'', of all people, chews out Charlotte when the latter tries to frame Katy-Ann for a bomb threat.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Answer: Bob and Elmer. ''Both at once.''

!!'''Charlotte Simms'''
Onetime friend of Aggie and Helen, later friends with Duane


--> Sin is everywhere. This world is filth.

* AbusiveParents: Her mother, and implied with regard to her late father.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' criticize, or attempt to entrap, Duane in front of her.
* BrokenBird: A classic, extreme example, as it turns out.
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler: Double Subverted.]] She's introduced as nutty, cold and eager to "punish" whomever she thinks deserves it, but her interactions with Duane show her getting mellower... [[spoiler:Until The Stinger of the second chapter of the "Missing Person" arc reveals that she is the one who has kidnapped and Cyndi with a view to murder.]] Her interactions with Duane, however, are what inspire her to reform [[spoiler:while in prison]].
* DrivenToSuicide: She survives.
* TheFundamentalist: Big time, but after befriending Duane she becomes gentler and more open-minded ... or so it seems, until [[spoiler:she kidnaps and tortures Cyndi in what she believes is God's punishment for Cyndi's ManipulativeBastard actions]].
* InterruptedSuicide: The climax of her story.
* RapeAsDrama: Charlotte makes a false accusation against Sara; the real thing is also implied in her backstory.

!!'''Nick and Melody D'Amour'''
Aggie's parents


* HappilyMarried: Before Melody's accidental death in the backstory.
* HippieParents[=/=]{{New Age Retro Hippie}}s: A subtle and sympathetic instance.
* PosthumousCharacter: Melody is seen only in {{Flashback}}s and Aggie's dream.
* SoProudOfYou: [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=264 Nick]] and [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=900 Melody]] have both, in effect, said this to Aggie.

!!'''Rob Levac'''
Penny's father


* DeadpanSnarker: He may be a couch potato, but he's not dumb or unobservant.
* JadedWashout: In the earlier strips, though that may be largely Penny's teenage view of him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His characterization when flirting with Lynda as a teenager.
* MistakenForCheating: Mistaken by Penny; the trope is subverted in that she's ''happy'' for him, thinking his "affair" will bring back the active, upbeat dad she used to have.

!!'''Lynda Levac'''
Penny's mother


* NerdsAreSexy: Teenage Rob sees her this way.
* SoapboxSadie: Her character as a teenager.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A, to Rob as a teenager.

!!'''Charisma Gryvanski'''
Marshall's mother and Nick's sometime girlfriend


* ReallyGetsAround: Evidently her habit before her more serious relationship with Nick.
* ResentfulGuardian: Her resentment is reciprocated, less abusively, on Marshall's part.