Characters: Sandra and Woo
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The protagonist of the series. Sandra is a typical middle school girl with a pet talking raccoon. She does have a bit of an egotistical side; she likes dressing up as "The Empress of Northia" and addressing her stuffed animal "subjects".
- Affectionate Nickname: Sandy.
- Bad Liar: Averted. She's a surprisingly good one. She also can do it with minimal preparation.
- Betty and Veronica: For Cloud, the Betty to Larisa's Veronica. Cloud chooses Sandra.
- Berserk Button: Coming off as a threat to Sandra's relationship with Cloud is unwise.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When the "hand of god" replaces Woo with Tom the talking toast, Sandra first eats the toast. Then she makes the hand an offer it cannot refuse.
- A Boy and His X: A girl and her raccoon.
- Character Blog: Sandra has a YouTube channel, also going by her alter ego Sandy the Third, empress and supreme ruler of Northia, there.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild example, but Larisa really shouldn't flirt with Cloud while she's around.
- Covert Pervert: Yes, Cloud, girls have naughty thoughts too.
- She also finds Cloud sexy when he is forced to crossdress.
- Granola Girl: Mild example, she considers herself a conservationist.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Missing Mom
- Outdoorsy Gal: Not so much after she started to hit puberty.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
Sandra's pet raccoon. Sandra rescued him from an abusive owner, and he's lived with her since. He seems to divide his time between living with Sandra and exploring the woods with his animal friends.
- Carnivore Confusion: Both averted and played straight. Woo is friendly with Shadow, a fox, and Sid, a squirrel. They regularly try to eat each other, but as the tagline says, fail. This doesn't stop Woo and Shadow from eating other woodland creatures, successfully.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Happily Married: Well, not exactly "married", but he's certainly found a perfect mate in Lily.
- Intellectual Animal: Woo is no slouch intellectually. He can speak to humans and attempted subliminal cookie acquisition. His spelling skills do need some work, though this may be a Shout-Out to Hobbes, who has a similar problem.
- Motivational Lie: As he learned from Sandra, "The outcome justifies even the biggest lie".
- Rascally Raccoon: To quote writer Oliver Knorzler's own description: "He will break your heart with a smile and then, while you are looking away for a second, raid your fridge." A classic example of Woo's modus operandi can be seen here.
- Superpowered Alter Ego: Apparently, Woo has a dangerous "expert mode".
- Talking Animal: Though all the animals talk to each other, Woo is the only one specifically shown as talking to humans.
- This Is My Human: And he'll find her.
Sandra's best friend and later boyfriend. Though he seems nonthreatening and sweet tempered, he's actually much stronger than his outward appearance would have you believe.
One of Sandra's best friends, Larisa has a strong mischievous streak. She likes to tease Sandra, flirt with Cloud, and generally cause trouble. However, there are hints of a darker side to her personality.
- Affectionate Nickname: Sandra calls her Liz.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Sandra's Betty.
- Be Yourself: Hilariously subverted. Sandra, being Liz's friend, gives her the wise advice of not being herself when in front of Landon's mom.
- Bi the Way: Tells everyone in her class, in the form of a report, that the reason she doesn't kiss girls is because of the unavailability of willing partners.
- Braids of Action: A single, characteristic braid.
- The Bully: To Zoey. Her appearances usually involve having Larisa doing something nasty to her. To put this into perspective, we haven't seen Zoey do anything to her at all, and she's often depicted as a Jerk Ass.
- Cute but Troubled
- Disproportionate Retribution: Debatable. Force fed Zoey her French homework in retaliation for calling Sandra names behind her back. They both agree that maybe they should both back off a bit.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's considered for the boys a 10 in attractiveness, and could remain as 10 if it wasn't for her craziness giving her a -1.
- Fille Fatale: Larisa likes to dress sexy to appeal to boys, has already smooched with around a dozen of them and doesn't mind being called a bad example for this sort of behavior... She's also digging more conservative family values, though.
- First Name Basis: She calls her parents by their names, showing how little she considers them an authority over her.
- Flight: She can defy gravity for the hell of it. Without explanation, how.
- Give Geeks a Chance: Larisa starts going out with Landon after he helps her get a B- on a math quiz.
- Good Bad Girl: Saying that she's a wild girl is a bit of an understatement; Larisa has smooched half the boy's populace in school, flirts with men older than her and her own mother has given up trying to control her and is only concerned about her daughter's virginity being intact. But whenever needed, her heart is always in the right place and is currently in a healthy and stable relationship with Landon and has reconciled with her enemy.
- Heteronormative Crusader: Zigzagged; she tells to Zoey that she's completely ok with lesbians (of course, in the pragmatic way of "less competition for hot guys"). Gay guys, on the other hand, are fair game (because it means she can't have them and they add to the competition).
- Hidden Depths: Larisa asks deep questions, though she hardly seems stupid.
- Ill Girl: Larisa is diabetic, suffers from allergies, and has some other medical condition she hasn't told her friends about, which may explain her Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Larisa may be kinda of a jerk, but she cares for those she loves. Additionally, despite not liking Zoey, she worries for her when she sees her crying. As well as being quite outraged that Zoey thinks Larisa bullies her.
- Like You Were Dying: Larisa's antics get more disturbing as the reader gets more hints about her condition.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Landon. He was rather invisible and stuck in the mud until they started dating and she does shake his world.
- Mistaken for Junkie: Larisa, who is diabetic, is caught by a teacher when giving herself an insulin shot during recess. She's then sent to the principal who informs her that taking this "dangerous drug" violates the school's zero tolerance policy against drugs. The plot was inspired by a similar incident on a U.S. middle school in the 1990s. Start reading here.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Granted, Landon's mother overreacts to everything, but Larisa slipping into her Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour definitely put her on Landon's mother's bad side.
- Pyromaniac: She really likes to set things on fire. Even get to bought a flamethrower.
- Rubber Man: Extends her mouth, so that her lips reach Landond's house and she can kiss him.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour:
- Larisa carries a lighter just to set random fires, jokes about being a "junkie" when she injects insulin, accuses a teacher of molesting her to get out of a homework assignment (and has to be warned against molesting her guide on the camping trip), and flirts with the boys at an... adult level. Apparently, all the girls have been warned about her. Suggestions that she's got bigger problems than diabetes put this in a more disturbing light.
- "You're still a virgin, right?" And remember. This is her mother.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her crush on Cloud and her relationship with Landon. Note that her affections for the latter come about because he was the only one kind enough to actually help her (as opposed every other boy - except Cloud - who just lusts after her but is unwilling to help her), rather than simply because he help her got a good grade - i.e. he treated her like an actual PERSON rather than just a hot babe.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible : She spouts explanations of a painting in the museum -- all contradictory.
Larisa's new boyfriend, whose advent does much to break up Larisa's flirting with Cloud's habit.
One of Sandra's classmates and Larisa's enemy. Best friends with Michelle, who she is later shown to be in love with.
One of Sandra's classmates. She has a huge crush on Cloud, which generally shows itself as jealousy. Best friends with Zoey.
- Ascended Extra: Thanks to Zoey's A Day In The Lime Light as well as more focus over all, Michelle to has received more focus.
- Alpha Bitch: Like Zoey, she is a popular girl whose majority of appearances are of her insulting Sandra or Larisa.
- Closet Key: To Zoey.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She is incredibly jealous of Sandra's relationship with Cloud.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While pretty much all of her appearances have been of her insulting Sandra or Larisa, she tries to help Larisa and Landon's relationship.
- Those Two Girls: Its not often that she wont be seen with Zoey at her side.
- Unrequited Love: To say she has no chance with Cloud is something of an understatement.
Cloud's younger sister. An adorable, smart, but annoying kid.
A single father raising Sandra since his wife died two years prior to the series. His real name is Richard North.
Both huge nerds, even going so far as naming their children after Final Fantasy
characters. Cloud's mother is a former Burmese rebel. Their names are David and Ye Thuza Williams.
Larisa's much put upon mother. Her real name is Jelena Korolev.
- Parental Neglect: Mild example, Larisa's behavior has driven her to the point where she doesn't care as long as Larisa's still a virgin.
A painter of works Larisa finds very depressing. His first name is Ivan Korolev.
Woo's squirrel friend. Has to occasionally avoid being eaten by Shadow and Woo.
A racoon celebrity, famous for being able to climb higher than any other racoon.
A "moral police" member who becomes the biology teacher in Sandra's school.
- Expy: To Dolores Umbridge, naturally.
- Does Not Like Men: Cloud describes her as a men-hater while talking with his mother.
- Henpecked Husband: Variation. Her husband is supportive to her hardcore feminism and he's seems to have no problem with her being the one wearing the pants in the relationship. He even asks her if he can make her a sandwich.
- Killed Off for Real: May be the case, though she just disappeared with a "Puff".
- Straw Feminist: In her introduction, she takes over the former biology teacher (who's dragged off the classroom by two female masked thugs) for teaching women are statistically less smart than men; she then proceeds to shut close all men' bathrooms while calling females the "better sex", give extra points to girls, despite boys' answer being the very same and forcing the boys to wear skirts as uniforms, all while preaching about gender equality with actions that clearly favorite the girls. In her last appearance, she goes as far as to state that gender equality can only be achieved by castrating all men.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She just disappeared after going into a room. Puff.
One of Sandra's classmates, who just came from Camden, New Jersey after some troubles with local folks.
- Book Dumb: She's not very good at factorizing. How bad she is? She get to traumatize her former teacher and after some help and 20 terms, Sandra just got one nervious breakdown.
- The Caretaker: She looks after her dad now that he fell into a deep depression after a robbery and his wife's murder.
- Limited Wardrobe: She doesn't have that much clothes and gets chewed by Zoey as a result.
- Missing Mom: Her mom was killed by a crackhead.
- The Pollyanna: Despite coming from a city where murder is considered a cause of natural death, she considered not so bad and has managed to stay strong in her situation.
- Shrinking Violet