Scott Pilgrim Sketchy-ass 24-year-old Rating: Awesome
Hero of the story. Scott is an air-headed unemployed slacker (additionally, the bassist of a band called Sex Bob-Omb). He's kind of a dick sometimes, but is mostly a decent guy. Most of the other characters either tolerate him as a person or are actively trying to kill him. He falls in love with Ramona Flowers, but in order to win her heart he has to defeat her seven evil exes.
Adorkable: His nerdiness is part of why Ramona likes him.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Whatever his current faults, Scott's at least less capable of genuine cruelty than he was before his memories were altered.
Debatable. He seems to have been deliberately repressing bad memories for most of his life even prior to Gideon's memory alteration. Being unable to remember/accept how badly his selfishness and immaturity had hurt the people around him may have made him a worse, or at the very least more insensitive person.
Bastard Boyfriend: Scott may have been more of this than he previously thought, due to Gideon tampering with his memories. Especially in the case of Kim, when he beat up her current meek Asian sorta-kinda-not-really boyfriend in order to go out with her. And when he broke up with her because he was moving to Toronto, he didn't even have the guts to tell her himself. She had to hear it second-hand. Also broke up with Envy over an argument he had caused. Thankfully he comes to realize it, and (sorta) makes amends later.
*Ramona and Scott just after having drunk sex.*
Ramona: Did you cheat on me with Knives Chau?
Scott: What? No... (Beat) ...I cheated on Knives Chau with you.
Born Lucky: He does have some astoundingly good fortune that comes through in the most opportune times, both when he's fighting the Exes and just living life. It even extends to his infidelities with other women, much to the disapproval of his friends. That is, until karma catches up with him in Vol. 5.
Kim Pine: Scott, if your life had a face, I would punch it. I would punch your life in the face.
Epiphany Therapy: Has two; one when He visits Kim Pine at her parents home in the Wilderness and confronts Nega-Scott; and one when Gideon kills him and he remembers his extra life.
Fake Memories: One of the reasons he has a big ego about his high school years is that Gideon tampered with his memories.
Adding to that is the fact that Scott himself has a habit of repressing his own memories, which he openly admits while fighting Nega-Scott in vol. 6.
Fag Stag: Young Neil is his only heterosexual male friend.
To clarify... All his friends had some kind of homosexual experience at one point. Kim and Knives kissed in volume 2, Ramona has an evil ex-girlfriend, Stephen came out of the closet in volume 5, Wallace (as well as Mobile, Jimmy, Other Scott, etc.) is openly gay, and even Scott himself had a somewhat gay backstory about how he and Wallace became roommates.
Genius Ditz: Cooking is perhaps the only task at which he's legitimately competent (well, besides fighting) Ramona is shocked to discover that he's actually good at something.
Idiot Hero: Although though not stupid, Scott can be very uncaring about the feelings of others, and definitely not the most practical or responsible person. He also Does Not Understand Sarcasm at times.
Karma Houdini: Scott seems to get away pretty clean in regards to him dating Knives Chau and Ramona at the same time. Until volume 5 that is.
Lame Comeback: Constantly. Averted, somewhat, in the movie, where Scott gets some genuinely badass one-liners. Take, for example, his fight with Lucas Lee, after defeating his stunt doubles:
Scott: Mr. Lee? You're needed back on set.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Actually self inflicted; in order to avoid confronting the facts of how much of a Bastard Boyfriend he is to all of his love interests, he willfully pushed his memories of his bad relationships away and forgot them. The purpose of his Epiphany Therapy in the wilderness is to get rid of this, and confront the bad things he's done.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: For a teen novel, Scott has had a fair share of girlfriends whom he's slept with (Kim in high school, Envy in college, and Ramona in issue 5).
Averted in the movie. After every night he and Ramona spend together, it is made clear that they didn't get it on, and nothing else is mentioned of his habits one way or another. This is only really notable in contrast to the novel.
Not So Different: Scott realizing he shares a lot of the petty qualities (such as infidelity) that Ramona's evilly petty exes had. Comes to a head in volume six when he finally fights Gideon. Scott thankfully comes to realize he doesn't like it.
Scott: Gideon...I think I understand you, man....And now I have to kill you.
Tetris Effect: Gideon's plot had a phase of messing around Scott's memories and the result in the high school memories would almost be a good example of this, but with his usual video games instead of Tetris.
Unreliable Narrator: The validity of his flashbacks is highly questionable thanks to Gideon's altering of Scott's memories and the denial of his past mistakes.
The heroine of the story. An American who recently moved to Canada. A series of chance encounters leads to Scott asking her out on a date. She has a mysterious past which is slowly uncovered over the course of the series. She dated and dumped six guys (and one girl) and not only did they all turn evil, but they formed a league together and now control her love life by fighting and killing off any potential suitor she starts dating.
Action Girl: She's at least as good a fighter as Scott.
Bag of Holding: Ramona's purse, elaborately lampshading the fact that it contains a hammer (+ 2 against girls), a titanium baseball bat (+ 1 against blondes), and even Scott himself. "Capacity: unknown."
And now, it has been revealed to basically hold Ramona's soul, as well as a giant Gideon Graves, which Scott Pilgrim battles.
Birds of a Feather: Near the end of volume 6, it's revealed that Ramona spent her time away from Scott pretty much the exact same way he did - by moping, slacking, and sleeping all day. Scott's friends declare them a perfect couple.
She also has many of the same flaws as Scott, tending to overlook her own mistakes and blaming her failed love life on others. At the end of the series their friends agree it's less about them belonging together and more like they deserve each other.
Bi the Way: With Roxanne, and is rather more interested in Kim Pine than everybody else.
Combat Medic: In the game, she's the only one who can heal all players at once by summoning Knives. Kim can heal, but she can only heal herself.
Deadpan Snarker: Snarks a lot at the ridiculous things that happen around her.
Femme Fatale: Parodied. The fact that she used to smoke (and still does on certain occasions) makes Scott think that she is evil. Many of her exes accuse her of ruining their lives and drawing them to villainy, but they are just using her as an excuse for their actions.
Genki Girl: In the game, judging by how she runs and her victory pose when you beat an ex.
Girl of My Dreams: Also parodied. She appears in Scott's dreams because she uses them to travel through subspace, thus driving him to become obsessed with her.
Hypocrite: Lampshaded a few times. She regularly gets angry at Scott for minor transgressions while she has either done or is doing worse. For example, she's a bit miffed at Scott for spending a platonic evening with Lisa, even though that same evening Ramona was hanging out (and making out a little) with one of her exes. She's angry when Scott goes inside her head, even though she regularly has fun teasing him when she goes inside his head. And she freaks out about Scott dating her before breaking things off with Knives, even though she cheated on all or nearly all of her exes.
Important Haircut: Inverted. If Ramona decides to grow her hair out, there's something going on.
Mysterious Past: She never goes into too much detail on what she did in America. While the readers do learn of her relationships with her exes, other parts of her past remain a mystery.
Phlebotinum Rebel: Her teleportation powers come from Gideon experimenting "the glow" on her, something that traps someone in the emotions of their head. She found a way to travel out of her head and through other people's.
You Are Fat: Gets this constantly from Knives, when she goes ballistic for Scott's sake, and even Roxanne states that she put on a little weight since college. This is all debatable, but she definitely is curvier than the rest of the main female cast.
Drummer of the band Sex Bob-omb. An ex-girlfriend of Scott's, and his close friend since their high school days. She is usually the lone voice of reason in all the madness going around her. Since said voice of reason usually gets ignored, it doesn't matter all that much.Years before Scott Pilgrim was created, Bryan Lee O'Malley used the name "Kim Pine" for a very different (or at least much less defined) character in his short-lived comic strip "Style".
Distressed Damsel: Kim is found captured by evil-doers two time. They are keeping her trapped, in shackles or otherwise, and waiting for a contender to show up. Although the first time she may not have been captured at all, considering she was dating the guy. Scott is just a famously Unreliable Narrator.
Nice Girl: Yes, she can be snarky, cantankerous and not exactly the happiest person in the world, but, in the inside, she is (probably) the nicest character of the Scott Pilgrim universe, just read towards the end of the fifth volume.
The Reliable One: While everyone is reliable compared to Scott, she's the most consistent example. Scott even says as much at one point, saying that she's the one who's always there for him. The twins also lampshaded this, and kidnap her because of the fact.
Slasher Smile: In the game. Give Kim Pine a weapon. Look at how her facial expression (normally bored) changes when she uses it. She has this same expression when stomping a fallen enemy.
Lead vocalist/guitarist and "the talent" of Sex Bob-Omb, and another close friend of Scott's going back to their college days. He works as a cook at a stir-fry restaurant and is Julie Powers' on-again-off-again-off forever because he's actually gay boyfriend.
Your Cheating Heart: His relationship with (or at least interest in) Joseph seems to have started during Volume 4, at a time when he and Julie were still "on."
Younger than They Look: In the second volume, he is revealed to be 22 whereas Scott is 23. In the fourth volume, his 24th birthday happens before Scott's 24th birthday happens... But then again, the story is told in Scott's point of view.
Scott's cool gay roommate. Very snarky and blunt, but usually has Scott's best interests at heart. He serves as Mission Control (or something close to it) for Scott's fight against the League of Evil Exes. Bryan Lee O'Malley claims that Wallace is based on a former real-life roommate of his.
Played by (in the film): Kieran Culkin
The Alcoholic: He doesn't appear to be a full-blown alcoholic, but he has very few appearences in the comics where he isn't at least mildly buzzed.
Barrier Guy: He actually manages to tank for Ramona during the fight with Envy. Because Envy can't hit her as long as Wallace is giving her moral support. Wallace being Wallace, he doesn't seem to notice this at all and leaves to use the bathroom just when Ramona's about to win.
Captain Obvious: Wallace is actually helpful most of the time, but once a fight actually starts..."Scott, watch out! I think that guy might be Gideon!"
A 17-year-old-girl who Scott dated on a whim at the start of the series to ease his loneliness. She becomes obsessed with him and assimilates herself into his circle of friends. She ends up sticking around, even after Scott breaks up with her to date Ramona. Oh yeah, and she's a ninja and so is her father.
Stephen Stills' roommate and Sex Bob-omb's #1 (and only) fan/roadie. He's very quiet and is mostly an observer/commentator on the events of the story. After Scott dumps her, Knives briefly dates Neil because he looks similar to Scott, but they later break up.
Played by (in the film): Johnny Simmons
Accidental Misnaming: He never objected much to it, but when he is introduced simply as Neil, with the "young" part dropped, it's the best day of his life.
Replacement Goldfish: Knives throws herself at him on the rebound from Scott because he looks more-or-less just like him. They break up rather quickly once Knives realises he's about as far from Scott as you can get personality-wise.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In the later volumes, once his college work and Sex Bob-Ombs relocation to Joseph's "studio" for recording prevents him from hearing them perform.
The world-famous lead singer of the super group The Clash at Demonhead. She is also Scott's old girlfriend from their college days. They were in a band together, they broke up, she joined a new band, she got famous, Scott didn't. She's currently dating her bassist, Todd Ingram. After Scott and Ramona inadvertently kill the other two members of TCaDh, she launches a solo career and signs with Gideon's recording label.
Played by (in the film): Brie Larson
Adaptation Dye-Job: While she's a redhead in the books (the covers, anyway) and the video game, she's a blonde in the movie.
Combat Stilettos: Combat platform boots in her fight for Ramona. Despite her many outfit changes she is never seen in flat shoes in the series.
Costume Porn: She wears a variety of elaborate costumes. Gideon mentions that he gets sexual pleasure from dressing her up in them.
Demoted to Extra: Gets quite a bit cut out in the film, since her fight with Ramona is cut and is compacted into Ramona's fight with Roxy Richter. She is completely absent in the climax and her role is merged with Ramona's.
Do Not Call Me Paul: She is not happy when Scott calls her Natalie. Averted in the film, where she seems to seriously consider Scott's advice of going back to her original name.
Kick Chick: Her preferred style during her fight with Ramona at Lee's Palace.
All her major attacks in the game involve high jump kicks.
Lean and Mean: It's interesting to note that Envy is probably the skinniest character in the series. The way other female characters are drawn would suggest O'Malley has an appreciation for girls with healthy curves and even petite ones like Knives still have very soft, rounded facial features in sharp contrast to Envy's narrow, vulpine looks.
Master of the Mixed Message: Oh boy howdy is she ever. Even though Envy was the one who dumped Scott, she still continues to send him mixed signals and seems to be jealous of his relationship with Ramona. Possibly justified though since their breakup is told from Scott's perspective, and he completely white washes his own negative traits.
Rich Bitch: Judging by the costs of some of her costumes, she's a millionaire.
She's Got Legs: She has very long legs, which she is very good at kicking with.
Start of Darkness: Envy's play out through flashbacks in Vol. 3. It begins with her selling all her Anime paraphernalia and culminates with her asking Scott to start calling her "Envy" rather than Natalie. Then she breaks up with him and turns completely evil, showing the reader the exact moment she crossed the line that she'd been living on the other side of since she first appeared in the comic.
Subverted in volume 6 when it's revealed that Envy never actually turned evil after she changed her image. She changed, but Scott remained an oblivious Jerkass who ended up playing the victim after the breakup.
The first of Ramona's Evil Exes. He went to middle school with Ramona and was the only non-white, non-jock boy her age there. They teamed up and took over the school for a few weeks, and then she left him. He apparently never got over it. Also has mystical powers.
Played by (in the film): Satya Bhabha
Camp Straight: Some of his mannerisms resemble gay stereotypes, but he's been pining after Ramona for most of his life.
Reality Subtext: O'Malley was first inspired to make the comic when he learned that his girlfriend (now wife) had three ex-boyfriends who were all named Matthew, and he wondered if they could form some kind of league. He was also going to name the second ex Matthew Lee, but thought that was too far to go for such an inside joke.
The second Evil Ex. A former pro skate-boarder turned actor. He's in Toronto in Vol 2 to shoot a movie, so he invites Scott down to the set just to kick his ass. Despite being out to kill Scott, he's actually quite a decent guy.
Punch Clock Villain: Lucas Lee is a genuinely nice guy, engages in small talk with the group and even offers Scott some baby carrots and Ritz. Right after throwing him into Casa Loma's tallest tower.note He's actually considered evil because he's a sellout.
Wake-Up Call Boss: In the game. He has much more health and does more damage to the players with each hit than Matthew Patel, and summons skateboarders who are fast, also do a pretty large amount of damage, block more frequently, and will pick up skateboards (or other weapons) and use reach. Lee himself has a nasty combo attack once he has a skateboard that hits three times. In addition, any time the player is knocked prone there is a good chance anyone on a skateboard will run them over for more damage. However, all of these factors can be mitigated or avoided by players with a better idea of Lee's boss pattern or who have come in with inflated levels.
Wolf Pack Boss: He's content to let his stunt doubles beat Scott to a pulp instead of doing it himself.
Third Evil Ex and and the bass player of the superband The Clash at Demonhead and the current boyfriend of its lead singer Envy Adams. He possesses psychic powers because of his devotion to veganism, but he's not particularly faithful to it... or Envy for that matter.
Played by (in the film): Brandon Routh
Adaptation Dye-Job: The original color images from the comic and the video game have him with brown hair, while in the movie and the color reprints of the comic he's a bleached blonde.
Artistic License - Biology: The suggestion that a diet low in fat and protein (which FYI make up something like 90% of the brain) can improve brain function. Adding psychic powers as a benefit just takes it to the level of absurdity.
Bastard Boyfriend: And that's not because he's an Evil Ex of Ramona. He was cheating on Envy behind her back with their drummer.
The Dragon: While he is the evil ex of volume 3, Envy is the real villain while Todd acts more as a minion to her, until the climax of the book.
Dumb Muscle: Movie!Todd didn't know that chicken wasn't vegan.
Evil Counterpart: Less pronounced than Gideon, but like Scott, Todd is a bass player. While Scott once dated Envy and now dates Ramona, Todd once dated Ramona and now dates Envy. Todd is also two-timing Envy, like Scott briefly was with Knives.
The fourth Evil Ex-Boyfriend (actually a girl). She was Ramona's college roomate and dated Ramona as part of a bi-curious "sexy phase" Ramona was going through at the time. She was Ramona's ninja mentor and is actually quite friendly with her despite being a member of the League.
Character Exaggeration: The movie plays up the Psycho Lesbian aspect of her character, making her openly hostile to both Scott and Ramona, whereas in the comic she's quite friendly with Ramona, even when she's trying to kill Scott.
The Dark Chick: She's the token female member of the League and the only one who still gets along with Ramona.
Demoted to Extra: She gets quite a bit cut out in the film; she almost got a complete axing when Edgar Wright considered depositing Envy into her role as Ramona's 4th ex.
Dude, Where's My Reward?: Unlike the other Evil Exes, Roxie turns into a bunch of cute woodland animals Sonic the Hedgehog-style as opposed to coins. Scott does gain The Power of Love though, so it's not like he walks away empty-handed. Averted in the game, where the woodland creatures are worth money.
Fat Bitch: Debatable thanks to Generic Cuteness. Ramona remarks that she almost didn't recognize her, seeing how she had put on some weight since college. Roxanne replies that Ramona's gotten puffier too.
Friendly Enemy: To Ramona in the comic. Not so much to Scott. Mostly because she's convinced that Scott is cheating on Ramona with Lisa.
For Massive Damage: The back of her knees in the movie. In the comics, this was Envy's weak point.
Fifth and Sixth Evil Exes. A pair of Japanese twin DJs Ramona dated behind each other's backs. After she dumped them, they banded together to get back at her. They send their home-made robots out to battle Scott throughout Vol 5 before finally fighting him together.
Played by (in the film): Keita Saitou (Kyle) and Shota Saitou (Ken)
Demoted to Extra: They are almost cut out of the film entirely, as they have zero lines (their actors don't speak English), zero backstory, and probably the least screen-time of any of the exes, only seemingly being in the movie because they are exes number 5 and 6 respectively.
The Voiceless: They become this in the film (losing their backstory and personalities entirely in the process) because their actors didn't speak English. So the whole robot theme is replaced with "amp to amp battle" where their holographic twin dragons fight against Sex Bob-omb's holographic giant ogre. Whether this is an improvement or not depends on your point of view, but at the very least it's Crowning Music of Awesome.
Gideon Gordon Graves Ramona's 7th Evil Ex-Boyfriend Occupation: Asshole
Seventh and final Evil Ex and leader of the League of Evil Exes. Gideon is a 30-something entertainment mogul from New York and Ramona was once both his girlfriend and his muse. He formed the League after he posted a drunken rant on craigslist, and only wants Ramona back to complete his collection of his seven former girlfriends—all of whom have been stored in cryogenic freezing capsules. He is a total asshole.
Played by (in the film): Jason Schwartzman
Affably Evil: He refers to Scott as buddy, and compliments him on his shirt. Also, after he kills Scott, he buys everyone a drink.
Early-Bird Cameo: Gideon slips in a cameo (shrouded in shadows) at the end of Volume 3 right after Scott defeats Todd. He also slips in another one in Volume 4 when Scott crashes Ramona's subconscious.
He appears even earlier in Volume 3, in Todd's flashback telling him to just use his Vegan abilities.
Evil Plan: Control Ramona's love life and ultimately use her to complete his collection of ex-girlfriends.
Evil Is Petty: Along with the above plan, he started all of this simply because Ramaona dumped him when they were dating. The whole "league" only came about because he was drunk at the time and probably didn't even know what he was doing or that he would even be taken seriously.
Smug Snake: He's a manipulative, arrogant, and all-around unlikeable person.
The Sociopath: Textbook case, as he is highly socially capable, flexible, manipulative, ruthless, sadistic game-playing, superficially charming, self-directed, compassion-deprived, and calculating. Similarly to Scott, he is also mentally walled off, just less blatantly, and quite meticulous, but then so are a large part of sociopaths.
He does it in the comics too once Ramona starts standing up to him and helping Scott in their battle. As evidenced by pulling out a spare sword from Envy's dress, and his brush off of her when she shows concern for him. At the same time, showing how pathetic he truly is.
We Can Rule Together: This offer is made by Gideon to Scott, after he finds out that Ramona has left Scott. Granted, he was offering the chance to rule Ramona's future love life, rather than the world, but still...
Would Hit a Girl: He impales Ramona in the comics. The subtitles declare him to be a dick for doing so. In the movie, he beats up Ramona after she knees him in the groin, with the announcer deducting points from him for doing so.
Scott's younger, more mature sister. Rated "T" for Teen. She serves as Scott's moral support when Wallace is nowhere to be found. Works at the Second Cup coffee house and becomes good friends with Ramona. She is based on and shares the same first name as Bryan Lee O'Malley's real-life sister.
Another old friend of Scott's from his high school days. They lost contact with he moved away, but they reconnect when she shows up in Vol 4. Years before Scott Pilgrim was created, Bryan Lee O'Malley used the name "Lisa Miller" for a different (or at least much less defined) character in his short-lived comic strip "Style".
Adaptation Dye-Job: Whenever Paul Robertson draws her (i.e. for the game and the six-volume comic box set), she has pale pink hair instead of the blonde O'Malley uses. This could be a reference to Bryan Lee O'Malley's old web comic, Style◊, where she had pink hair.
The drummer of The Clash at Demonhead. She largely remains silent and expressionless and lets Envy and Todd do all the talking. She has a bionic arm and is capable of teleportation. Todd is cheating with her behind Envy's back.
The Vamp: A short scene in the comic shows her from Todd's P.O.V seducing him to cheat on Envy.
The Voiceless: Just like the Katayanagi twins, Lynette's character is practically excised from the film in order to focus on the Scott-Ramona-Todd-Envy Love Dodecahedron. She's there in the background, but she gets no lines and her defining moment in the comic (punching the highlights out of Knives' hair) is transfered over to Todd just to up his already sky-high douchebag factor. Once the actual fighting starts she's never seen again.
Scott's dark side, who makes his first appearance in Vol. 4 just before Scott's battle with Roxanne Richter. He makes a second appearance after Ramona goes missing in action, and finally confronts Scott in one of his darker moments in Vol. 6.
One of Kim's roommates when she moves into a new apartment. Quiet and not much of a talker, but is pretty insulting and abrasive when he does talk. Stephen notices he has a home music studio and coaxes Joseph into letting Sex Bob-omb use it to make a album. Turns out the real reason was because he found Stephen attractive. By Vol 6 the two are officially a couple.
Closet Key: For Stephen. Slowly becomes obvious over the course of the series. Joseph himself is openly gay.
The Engineer: He's good enough with his music studio that he can actually make Sex Bob-omb sound good.
Though general consensus is, he's really much more of a bitch.
The Quiet One: He doesn't often speak, and when he does the text in his word balloons are much smaller than everyone else's, indicating that he has a very quiet voice. Whenever he does say anything, though, it's almost always to insult someone.
A mutual friend of everyone (even you). He usually turns up once every other book, sometimes just in the background. Based on and named after an artist friend of the author's.
Played by (in the film): Nelson Franklin
Artifact of Death: He has a freaky skull ring that came "from the future" and it whispers Scott's name as he shows it off to him. It's implied to be Made of Evil, but it's never followed up on.
A Day in the Limelight: One of the extra-canonical guest comics is devoted entirely to him. Following that is a comic drawn by the real Michael Comeau, discussing his character's role in the comic and his relationship with the author.