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Characters: Romantically Apocalyptic

Tropes that apply to all four main characters (Captain, Sniper, Pilot, & Engineer):

  • Ambiguous Gender: Due to the masks and the fact that all four have a Mysterious Past. Sniper, Engineer, and Pilot were all eventually confirmed male, but the comic's creator continues to be deliberately vague about Captain.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Captain is red (purple), Snippy is blue, Pilot is green, and Engineer is yellow (orange).
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Subverted with "Mr. Snippy." Turns out that's his actual name. There is also some evidence to suggest that the Captain's name might be Zee Captain.
  • Expressive Mask: Most noticeable on Sniper.
  • The Faceless: Only two of the main four have been seen without gas masks on, and even then their faces were always partially obscured by something else.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: Only the Captain has the longcoat part of the equation, but they all have the gas mask.
  • In-Series Nickname: Each character is most often known by their nicknames. And while Sniper, Pilot, and Engi have each been revealed to have full names, Zee Captain is still only known as that (or simply Captain, or Capetian.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Again, subverted with Mr. Snippy. Snippy also gives his full name to the Captain in the beginning, although all but the captain's full names are known in-universe, if not necessarily by the other main characters.
  • Vague Age: One of their many mysteries. All we really know (warning, video contains spoilers) is that (excluding Captain) Engie is the oldest, Snippy is the second oldest, and Pilot is the youngest seeing as how he was made in a factory and all.

The Captain (a.k.a. "Zee Captein")

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The Sniper (a.k.a. "Mr. Snippy", a.k.a. Charles Snippy)

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The Pilot (a.k.a. Chistophorus Pi Hatchenson)

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The Engineer (a.k.a. "Engie", a.k.a. Dr. Alexander Gromov)

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  • Deadpan Snarker: He is actually described this way by the comic's creator.
  • Foe Yay: ANNET called him "dear" and said "I love you" whilst trying to kill him years ago. In her return she referred to him as "my love", just before trying to kill him. Likewise, Engineer usually calls her "Annie", and before the apocalypse it was definitely a term of affection. He also has called her "my love." He even wrote a poem about her, in which he called her "my beloved. invoked
  • Hypochondria: He suffers from this. It's especially notable in issue 172, where he is almost certainly in mortal peril yet still chooses to focus on not letting a blood covered sword touch him.
  • Only Sane Man: Type 3. Unlike Snippy, he's completely given up/accepting and doesn't even bother protesting the strangeness of his companions. Although one of Snippy's blog entries implies that he might not be all that sane after all.
  • Robosexual: With ANNET. See also the entry for Foe Yay.
  • The Sixth Ranger: To the Comic Trio consisting of the Captain, Sniper and Pilot.

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  • Sand Worm: Appears similar to one, anyway.
  • Team Pet: She was Pilot's "pet" and spent much of her on-panel screen chasing Snippy. She was left behind.

Biomass Matrix 117 (a.k.a. "the Cancer")

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The Lifalope

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ANNET (a.k.a. "Annie")

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