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Characters: Problem Sleuth
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    Team Sleuth 

Problem Sleuth

A hard-boiled, charismatic detective, diplomat, and de facto leader of Team Sleuth.

Ace Dick

Problem Sleuth's rival turned friend, Ace Dick is a rough-around-the-edges hero with little imagination and a big gun.
  • Action Hero: Via his high Vim; Enough to possibly count as a deconstruction if the comic took itself seriously.
  • Attack Hello: >Punch * in snout to establish superiority.
  • Big Eater: His stomach capacity increases with each Level Up.
  • Cloning Blues: Inverted. He becomes a bit envious of Zombie Ace Dick taking his place in the spotlight when the gambit schemas start coming out.
  • Dance Battler: Supplements his more mundane attacks with a weaponized Truffle Shuffle. Later performances with his copies increase its potency exponentially.
  • Driven to Suicide: During his Game of Life, after the loss of his family, his empire, what little remained of his possessions, and finally finding the Suicide Stump.
  • Fat Idiot: He lacks imagination or the patience for puzzles. He's a more successful detective than Problem Sleuth, but that doesn't say much.
  • Kevlard: Auto-Parry: Shot in the Gut.
  • Locked in a Room: He's in the same situation as Problem Sleuth when introduced.
  • Made of Iron / Stone Wall: "Dodges" by taking attacks head-on. See Kevlard.
  • More Dakka: Wields a tommy gun, then upgrades to a belt-fed machine gun.
  • Mr. Vice Guy
  • Freudian Trio: Id all the way.
  • Private Detective
  • Stout Strength
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Wifehearst.
  • World's Strongest Man: Only the strongest man in the universe can shut the door to the Afterlife or lift the Megaton Key.

Pickle Inspector

An imaginative, polite, but socially awkward detective who teams up with the others against his better judgment. He's instrumental in saving and creating the universe.

    Alter Egos 

Hysterical Dame

A female version of Problem Sleuth drawn into the game via the Quest of Spirit.

Nervous Broad

Pickle Inspector's female counterpart. Suffers from the vapors.

Fiesta Ace Dick

A giant, red Ace Dick with superhuman strength and durability, born from drinking distilled hot sauce.
  • Captain Ethnic: Defied. He starts out with a poncho and sombrero but quickly changes back into his normal clothes, aware that "this silly ethnic shit is probably going to get really old really fast." Later, he begins to use the trope by making others intimidated whenever they intend to bring up his ethnicity.
  • Cross-Popping Veins
  • Hulking Out: After drinking some homemade Five Alarm Hot Sauce, this Ace Dick turns red and obtains Latin Vim.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: His Frijole Aegis is nearly impossible to deplete in a feasible manner.
  • Power-Up Full Color Change: He turns red upon eating the Five Alarm Hot Sauce.
  • Super Strength

Zombie Ace Dick

Although undead, this stupid, decaying version of Ace Dick remains firmly on the side of the heroes.

    Villains 

Mobster Kingpin

The Mafioso mastermind responsible for locking the heroes in their office building.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Fat Bastard
  • Gravity Master: Once he obtains the Gravity Brassiere, he becomes capable of altering his density and transforming into a black hole.
  • Mobile Menace: MK is a pretty active villain. When the story starts, he's trapped the heroes in their building, trapped their female alter egos in a dollhouse, and escaped from his own office on the Chicago Overcoat. He then goes on to complete his own Quest of Spirit, although we don't see it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Lampshaded in the book when he beats up Hysterical Dame: invoked
    Violence toward women is standard practice for characterizing a villain. See? Now you hate him.
  • Random Number God: He uses his Running Numbers ability in hopes of shuffling his stats around in his favor. It works.

Madame Murel

The matronly paintress who runs Whore Island's Sleazy Brothel in the Sky.

Demonhead Mobster Kingpin

Mobster Kingpin's imaginary self who descends to demonhood and threatens the universe.

    Others 

The Infinite Summation Honeybee Professor

Provides helpful tips to the player and oversees production of the Jocose Honey that powers the characters' Comb Raves.

The Midnight Crew

A team of ne'er-do-well jazz musicians, consisting of ringleader Spades Slick, master planner Diamonds Droog, brawny safecracker Hearts Boxcars, and Clubs Deuce. They first appeared in the non-canon Problem Sleuth donation comics, and later went on to play an important role in Homestuck.

The Four Heroes

A group of adventurers assembled by the Four Kingdoms: the Weasel Warrior, the Elf Mage, the Hog Cleric, and the Clown Bard. They ultimately achieve very little.

Death

The polite, games-obsessed overseer of the Afterlife.

Wifehearst and Sonhearst/Bathearst

Ace Dick's wife and son, obtained during a game of Life he plays with Death.
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