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Characters: Penny Arcade
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     The Duo 

Tycho Brahe

"Some people play tennis. I erode the human soul."

The wordy, intellectual, and cynical half of the Penny Arcade duo, when the characters of Gabe and Tycho first diverged Tycho was something of the Straight Man to Gabe's more wild enthusiasm. However, he quickly developed into a character as strange if not stranger. Tycho is known for his love of literature and wordplay, his overwritten fantasy series Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga, his *ahem* love of animals, and his deep knowledge of horrors that man was not meant to know.

Johnathan "Gabe" Gabriel

"I don’t know why they call them “Chip Clips.” I mean, everyone just puts ‘em on their wang. Why don’t they just call them “Wang Clips” or “Wang Hangers” or something?"

The idealistic, immature, and scatterbrained half of the duo, Gabe's enthusiasm and inability to think things through makes him the perfect Wise Guy to Tycho's straight man, though these roles are often reversed as he possesses a degree of common sense that Tycho lacks. Obsessed with immature humor, male genitalia (mostly his own), and Star Wars, he harbors homosexual tendencies, not so much repressed as simply unrealized and usually centering around Spider-Man. He is independently wealthy from his Doctor Raven Darktalon Blood series.
  • Author Avatar: For Mike Krahulik, but was not originally intended as such.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • The Beastmaster: A pet dragon, unicorn, and several Pokémon to his name. At one point he also managed to aquire a flock of Pikmin that proceeded to trash the apartment and kill Tycho. And his roster may grow at any time...
  • Bi the Way: Arguable. His fantasies about Spider-Man and Patrick Swayze tend to point this way. Not to mention his weird on-off Ho Yay with Apple fanboy Charles.
  • Bottom of the Barrel Joke: Gabe loves himself some low-hanging fruit when it comes to humor. At one point Tycho had to step in, because Gabe wanted to make a comic about spawn camping which would have a terrorist waiting to murder newborns in a hospital.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Legal representative for France. It... didn't go well.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Cardboard Tube Samurai is Gabe. Therefore he can slice things up with a perfectly round tube. He can actually cause nosebleeds by hating someone, which may be caused by the fact that Darth Vader might be his dad. Oh, and he got a blood infusion from Spider-Man. Hell, in the very first comic, he gained psychic powers.
  • Game Master: "Your party stands before the Cave of Tits."
  • Glass Eye: Lost his original in a Warcraft-related scuffle.
  • Handy Feet: He's pointed out to have monkey-like feet in one strip.
  • Hidden Depths: Very seriously into Country-Western dancing, specifically line dancing.
  • Man Child
  • Noodle Incident: Exactly what led to the loss of his eye during a Warcraft 2 match is never revealed, but it has far enough reaching consequences that it meant he and Tycho had to make a pact to not play any future Warcraft games against eachother.
  • Psychopathic Manchild
  • Psychic Powers: Only comes up once, but he used the unreasonably long load times for the late 90's FPS SIN to harness his latent psychic powers.
  • Refuge in Audacity/Vulgarity
  • Violence is the Only Option: Gabe's knee-jerk reaction to nearly everything. He once curb stomped Tycho to death because he thought there was only one copy of Puzzle Quest left in the store, and tore out Tycho and Charles's throats with his teeth when he panicked over the proper pronounciation of "Gif".

     Supporting Cast 

Anne Claire "Annarchy" Brahe

Tycho's young niece who shares her uncle's intellect and love of gaming, but only a little of his depravity. Despite her age, she played Final Fantasy on the Famicom... in the original Japanese. Is not to be trifled with.

The Fruit Fucker 2000

A small robotic juicer that works by having violent sexual intercourse with pieces of fruit.

Jesus Christ

Yeah, that one. In addition to being the Lord and Savior of Mankind, he loves fighting games, first person shooters, and is, in general, way cool.
  • Badass Beard
  • I Thought It Meant: In one strip, Gabe asks Jesus for info on the coming Nintendo Revolution (the development name for the Wii), and Jesus thought he was talking about an unspecified future cataclysm that would lead to humanity being forced underground.
  • Jesus Was Way Cool
  • Nice Guy: Though he has an unfortunate tendency to Type Kill in shooters, though this has all but gone extinct since the advent of headsets, and also loves to gloat when winning at Mario Kart.
  • Pals with Jesus: Gabe mostly. He's friendly with Tycho, but its difficult to bond with someone who doesnt think you exist.
  • Up to Eleven: Whatever Tycho's deepest desire really is, Jesus states that aquiring it would damn even him.

Charles

Originally known as Chuck, an anti-Apple strawman, he had a great fall and was retooled as the hipper Charles. Lives across from Gabe and Tycho and occasionally visits to talk about Apple-based matters.
  • Catch Phrase: "Shut your pie hole!"
  • Came Back Strong: He was originally a dorky cipher the authors used to mock Mac gamers, but when Halo was cancelled for the Mac, Chuck attempted to kill himself by jumping out the window. The reconstructive surgery not only made him look cooler, but also changed his personality to the much more suave Charles.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Gabe.
  • Strawman Political: As Chuck.


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