Too the point that Cooper, who hates dealing with customers, will run register so a sick Marla doesn't have to and deals with a custy with horrible BO since pregnant Marla is super-sensitive to smells.
The Cynic: Has shades of this, but Marla is well aware of it, and tries to be more positive.
Disappeared Dad: While an earlier strip shows Marla's mother about to go to the movies with Marla's father, a strip set just before her wedding implies that he's died in the past five years. If so, it was never alluded to in the strips.
Hair Decorations: Val's always seen wearing a hairband during work hours; often she's shown with her hair down in strips taking place outside the store. Averted, now she wears her hair down all the time.
Limited Wardrobe: Parodied; for Christmas one year Val recieves a headband that 'will automatically change colour to whatever top she is wearing'.
Ms. Fanservice: Val's the only character we ever see in short, tight dresses and outfits.
Non-Idle Rich: Val's family are extremely well off, and pay for the nice apartment she lives in. Val still works despite that, even if she's told her parents that the money she earns from Grumbel's is actually from writing. She has since told her father, who promptly told her to start paying her own way. She now lives in a small , but still fashionable studio apartment.
Dark and Troubled Past: Poor Cooper actually has quite a sad past; he mentions to Lunker that his father deserted his family when he was young, and that he had to work to support his mother when she became ill, meaning he didn't get to go to college.
Disappeared Dad: Cooper's dad deserted him and his mother when he was little.
Greed: Since Cooper always wanted to be wealthy when he 'grew up', now and then he comes up with various 'get rich' schemes. One of the more memorable involved buying up a popular children's toy only to sell it on eBay at over twice the price. He didn't at the last minute.
Jerkass: Stuart has moments where he crosses into this, including when he attempted to fire Cooper gleefully, and when he contstantly takes credit for Marla's hard work.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stuart does have a very rare softer side; he seems genuinely happy for Marla when she gets married, and even gives her $100 in Grumbel's credit as a gift.
Lack of Empathy: Stuart seems genuinely confused about the fact that his workers have feelings.
Morality Pet: His sister, Diane. She's not been in the strips yet, but it's implied Stuart looks out for her, and that they care a great deal for one another. For Marla and the others, it's proof that Stuart can not only love, but can be loved by another human being.
Pointy-Haired Boss: No one really knows how Stuart got promoted to manager. Marla's the one who does most of his work for him.
Stuart got promoted because the previous manager died, so how he got promoted isn't that big of a mystery.
Straw Misogynist: Stuart has shades of this, but he's nowhere near as bad as Jerry.
Lunker works in the stockroom with Cooper, and is a gentle giant who might be simple, but has hidden depths.
Adorkable: Lunker is downright adorable, from singing in the stockroom, to his 'ultimate dream pet' being a kitty.
Badass: When a robber with a knife tries his luck at the gas station while Lunker's working, he ends up in hospital with broken ribs.
When Stuart tries to fire Cooper, Lunker grabs him and demands that he and Cooper can share hours instead.
Courtney used to at Grumbel's, and seems to hate every minute of it. Lazy, work shy and rude to customers, Courtney represents every bad retail worker out there. She was fired in 2013 and now works as a barista in the same coffee shop as Zoe.
Alpha Bitch: Courtney's rude to almost everyone, and instantly takes a dislike to Amber just because she's pretty.
Blondes are Evil: Courtney's the only blonde female out of the main cast, and she's also one of the more horrible characters.
Brainless Beauty: Courtney was only hired for her looks, by the manager before Stuart. She's only kept on the staff because since she's such a bad worker, she earns less per hour.
The Ditz: Courtney wasn't exactly hired for her mind.
Dumb Blonde: It's debatable; Courtney seems clueless most of the time, but she's a little sharper when it comes to blackmailing Marla.
Then again she also thinks that 500 yen is the same as 500 dollars.
Flat "What.": Courtney's reaction when Marla finally fires her
The Load: Courtney has yet to do anything remotely useful.
Josh is the assistant manager at Grumbel's, after originally being hired as Christmas help. Is a stickler for the rules, and gets along well with Stuart because of it. The others don't like him too much.
Butt Monkey: As of late. In fairness, he deserves it most of the time.
Deadpan Snarker: When one skeevy customer wants her phone number before proceeding to pay for his things, quick-witted Amber tells him that her name is Jenny and her number is 867-5309.
Another customer asks Amber where he can find Christmas lights that never burn out. Amber's response: Narnia?
Ms. Fanservice: In universe example, Amber was made to wear tight fitting clothes at her old job in order to draw people into the store.
Out of universe too, Amber is drawn curvier than other females in the strip.
Jerry is Stuart's boss, the district manager for Grumbel's. He's a Jerkass who seems to only want to make Marla's life hell.
Straw Misogynist: Believes Marla might be promoted to store manager simply because Grumbel's can get away with paying her less as she's a woman. Jerry also demeans Marla constantly, despite the fact she's an extremely hard worker, and it does seem to be because she's female.
Jerry's replacement for a short period of time, a kind, clever woman who only wanted to help Grumbel's in any way that she could.
Lana is an out-of-work P.R. consultant with "a knack for for putting a positive spin on things".