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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")

Tropes:
  • Born Lucky: And according to Engineer, it may be contagious.
  • The Captain: Well, yeah. He/She was originally known as Subject Seven, but refused to respond to anything other than "Zee Captain" after attaining that rank.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Captain is borderline insane... and it is awesome.
  • Commissar Cap: Zee Captain wears one as part of his uniform.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Zee Captain has something for just about every problem.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While the Captain is crazy and borderline insane, it works in his/her favor.
  • The Fool: Zee Captain is a simpleminded zany fool, but see the above trope.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: The Captain (and only the Captain) is aware of the "sexy followers" that watch over Captania.
  • Funetik Aksent: An inconsistent German one. It definitely adds to the Large Ham quality of Captain's speech whenever it's in effect.
  • Jerkass: Zee Captain is always bullying his/her subordinates.
  • The Leader: The Captain is, well... the captain of his/her group of survivors.
  • Man Child: As part of his/her Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass shtick, Zee Captain may as well be a five-year old.

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

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

Tropes:
  • 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.
  • Army of the Dead: Takes command of one after he is reconnected to ANNET.
  • 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.
  • 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 Ha Ha Ha 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)

Tropes:
  • 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.

Antagonists

Photoshop

Tropes:
  • 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.

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

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

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Echo

  • Exposition Fairy: Pilot's puffin stuffie, Mr. Kittyhawk, is outed as one of ANNET's drones and serves as this for her.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: She engages a group of soldiers stark naked - except for a scarf - in a Shout-Out to the Terminator.
  • Fusion Dance: She's a combination of ANNET and the Biomatrix.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: She has blood-red skin, which makes sense considering her "father" is the Biomatrix.
  • Horned Humanoid: She has four curved goat-like horns and a pair of deer-like antlers.
  • Horse of a Different Color: In her second appearance she's perched on Photoshop's back.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She was formed from a backup copy of ANNET's AI taking over some of the Biomatrix's biomass.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: In her second appearance she's wearing a tattered white scarf.
  • Third Eye: She has a third eye resembling both ANNET's and the Lifealope's.

Other Characters

The Lifalope

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