Characters: Subnormality

The Sphynx (sic)

The strip's mascot. She's over 3000 years old (with the face of a woman a hundredth her age) but still doesn't completely understand humanity. She's friends with Pink Haired Girl.

  • Even Evil Has Standards: She was disgusted to find out Oedipus' mother married her own son.
  • Blue and Orange Morality, or at least Affably Evil. She tries to follow the rules of society and work within it at times, and she certainly understands it a lot better than other monsters.
  • Historical In-Joke: She is the Mona Lisa.
  • My Nayme Is: Probably unintentional, but "Sphinx" is properly spelled with an i.
    • Or having something to do with her age and the sheer number of languages she has dealt with. She likely is not using an English pronunciation either.
  • To Serve Man: Taken surprisingly frequently in stride by witnesses.

Pink Haired Girl

A slightly depressed ordinary Jane who drifted from job to job before settling on being an airline stewardess due to a single moment of coincidence. Friends with The Sphynx, as well as Ethel. She spends a lot of time observing and commenting on life around her and has a notably unsuccessful dating life.

  • Canada, Eh?: Not common, but it appears from time to time.
  • No Name Given: And that's the way Rowntree is keeping it.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to add a "hey?" to the end of her sentences at times.


A super-curvy, smoking hot brunette with a thing for skimpy clothing and an interest in museums, bookstores, and a good number of stereotypical guy traits. She tends to be oblivious to her effect on men and evidently has a wildly overactive imagination.

Ethel Blackmore

A frustrated horror writer and, eventually, Pink Haired Girl's second best friend after the Sphynx.

Zoe Muggs

A down-on-her-luck homeless girl. Seems to possess a kind heart and occasionally offers bits of wisdom to the few who would engage her in conversation.

  • Speech Impediment/ Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to stutter/repeat short words/phrases at the beginning of a sentence. Her better-off counterpart from the alternate continuity where Ethel is a published nonfiction author seems to have it in control usually, but reverts to it in moments of very intense emotion.

General Pete

The frontman of the novelty rap metal band The Generals.