Characters / Romantically Apocalyptic

    Main Characters 

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.
  • Expressive Mask: Most noticeable on Sniper, especially after the Biomatrix integrates it into his body.
  • 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. 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")


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


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

  • Ambiguously Human/Ridiculously Human Robot: He's a hyper-advanced cyborg android who's long forgotten his past.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Pilot was once an private investigator sent to assassinate Snippy. He lost his memories and sanity after being caught in a car bomb and is now a yandere Man Child.
  • Artificial Human: He is an advanced cyborg created by ANNET.
  • Become a Real Boy: According to the Biomatrix, this was his goal.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pilot is almost as zany as Captain.
  • Cute and Psycho: Pilot is yandere for Captain.
  • Cyborg: It's revealed he was a DEX cyborg sent to assassinate Snippy.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After he is reconnected to ANNET, it is revealed he was originally an assassin sent to kill Sniper by the Director. He's returned to normal after Snippy breaks his neural interface, and considers his mission complete after impaling Snippy with his katana.
  • Fun with Acronyms: "Pi" refers both to his job as a private investigator and the mathematical constant.
  • Hipster: Back when he was still working for the Director, Pilot insisted on modeling his office after the classic Film Noir style detective rooms, complete with handheld phone. Both of these things are hilariously outdated for the times. Justified in that cutting down on the advanced technology in his life makes him feel human.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Captain has responded to his advances with "keep walking" and HAHAHA–No.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Wields a rusty, chipped katana, and is given a shiny sharp new one by ANNET.
  • Loving a Shadow: Thinks Zee Captain to be a god, though Zee Captain is implied to not reciprocate (responding with flat dismissal whenever Pilot makes advances through the blogs, and having said that his "minions" are "all equally tolerable").
  • Man Child: Pilot's immaturity levels rival Captain's.
  • No Name Given: A name is written on his jacket, but he doesn't think it's his. However, the Biomass calling him by it and his wearing the jacket in a pre-apocalypse flashback imply that it might be, and he is just too far gone to remember.
    • His name is confirmed in issue 144.
  • Psycho Supporter: For Zee Captain.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Definitely has a crush on the Captain. After Sniper gets swallowed by a whale, Pilot sends him a letter saying "Ha ha ha, now Captain and me can finally be together forever." Also seems to send Captain love letters.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Pilot mentions in passing how "they" told him that he's not capable of ever truly being in love, which is almost certainly due to him actually being a robot of some kind. He claims that it isn't true.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: His amnesia and insanity were caused by a grenade blowing up in his face, severing his connection to ANNET.
  • Yandere: Of the Type 2 "Obsessive" variety towards Captain, who he treats like a god.

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

  • Cloning Blues: Engie discovers that there he is the 27th version of himself.
  • 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 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.



  • Horse of a Different Color: Shows up being ridden by Echo after ANNET's defeat.
  • 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.

Tetra-Virus Biomass Matrix 117 (a.k.a. "the Cancer")


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

  • A.I. is a Crapshoot: She started out as a Cortana-expy search engine, but became much, much more.
  • Anticlimax Boss: ANNET is shut down with a simple admin command. invoked
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Played straight in Chapters 147 and 165, but averted in Chapter 176.
  • Big Bad: Replaces the Biomatrix as the main antagonist.
  • Cute and Psycho: ANNET switches between sickeningly sweet love-talk to Engie and orbital bombardment rather whimsically.
  • Expy Of Cortana and GLaDOS, with some Skynet thrown in for good measure.
  • Hell Bent F Or Leather: Appears before Engie clad in leather hotpants with data-link chains and a vest.
  • Humanoid Abomination: In Episode 116 she appears as a grotesque humanoid cyborg.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Everything she did was out of "love" for humanity.
  • Mechanical Abomination: ANNET was an AI created to copyright everything in the universe... which she did by integrating her network into the time-space continuum. Page 250 implies that even Zee Captain is another facet of ANNET.
  • Necromancer: Her neural uplinks can reanimate corpses.
  • Not Quite Dead: Despite Engineer's best efforts. Snippy's jump into the future reveals that she might still come back online if her orbital bombardment system is used too much. Even the shutdown code isn't enough to stop her: Echo is revealed to be a backup copy of ANNET created using the Biomatrix's biomass.
  • Third Eye: Her avatars all have a third eye in the centre of their foreheads.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her data log in Chapter 176 portrays her as such.
  • Yandere: Feels this way about Engineer.


    Other Characters 

The Lifalope


Zee Mug

  • Bottomless Magazines: Rather than bullets, the cup is always full of tea, or whatever liquid Zee Captain drinks.
  • Companion Cube: Zee Captain is rarely seen without it.
  • Humanity Ensues: After getting lost in a hurricane, it is struck by lightning and transforms into a distinctly female entity with metallic skin. She then retrieves Pilot's head and tries to take him to a GD repair center.
  • Robotic Reveal: It was assumed to be an ordinary - if somewhat unusual - mug... until it busted out the Wave Motion Gun.
  • Time Abyss: It's existed since at least the stone age, though that might have been the Biomatrix messing with Snippy's memories.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The heart decal can transform into a powerful energy cannon.