open/close all folders
- Action Survivor: The series-long theme. His specialities are English, prestidigitation and failing to train helper monkeys: his world is in the midst of an apocalypse.
- Am I Just a Toy to You?: To Beth II.
- Animal Motifs: Monkeys
- Celibate Hero: Initially. And what he would like to be, in spite of his one-night stand with Beth II.
- Cool Old Guy: Has traces of this in the final issue when speaking with his young clone and not busy with being an Empty Shell.
- Death Seeker: He grows out of it, though, thanks to an intervention.
- Empty Shell: Still being alive over sixty years after the gendercide along with the deaths of 355, Dr. Mann and Ampersand has left Yorick a bitter shell of his former self.
- Escape Artist: Pretty much his schtick when he isn't trying to get himself killed.
- Feigning Intelligence: At least from Hero's point of view.
- Gas Mask, Longcoat: How the last man on Earth gets by on a world full of women that either wanted to kill him or screw him. The mask becomes something of a Chekhov's Gun in the final volume.
- Grammar Nazi: "You split more infinitives than Gene Roddenberry."
- The Immune: The event that wiped out every other man missed him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yorick can be a real dick, but generally means well and cares for others.
- Last of His Kind: At least, so it would seem.
- Man-Child: Make no mistake, Yorick is a trooper who travels the world, faces all kinds of danger and is clearly more mature by the end of the series. However, for most of the series, the more you get to know Yorick the more you begin to realize, well.....he's kind of a dweeb.
- Meaningful Name: This was intentional. His parents were English majors and fans of 'the Bard'.
- Nightmare Dreams: Boy,. does he have them.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He doesn't try particularly hard to make himself look more feminine. At one point, he even lets himself grow a goatee.
- Rape as Backstory: Was sexually assaulted by another boy when he young, he received therapy and seems to have mostly recuperated from the trauma.
- Stepford Smiler: It takes a brutal intervention for him to admit that he's suicidal.
- Suicide by Cop: Because he can't do it himself, he gets himself into situations where somebody could do it for him. Though it doesn't last.
- Survivor Guilt: As he is the last man on Earth, he feels guilty for some reason.
- The One Guy: The last guy.
- Teeny Weenie: The reaction shots of the few women who end up in this situation are Cringe Comedy.
- Unwanted Harem: Savagely deconstructed.
- Your Cheating Heart: In his mind at least as he see's himself engaged to his Beth. After meeting and bonding with Beth II over their mutual It's All My Fault experiences Yorick indulges in Replacement Gold Fish and sleeps with Beth II resulting in Yorick fathering a child with Beth II.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Nobody ever has fond memories of living in an orphanage.
- Bi the Way: Has a brief fling with Allison. A very brief fling.
- Broken Bird: As a teenager.
- Code Name: 355 isn't her actual name. We never get to learn it, though she whispers it in Yorick's ear.
- It Gets Easier: "Too easy."
- Inseries Nickname: "355" is the designation for the Culper Ring's top female agent.
- Meaningful Rename: To signify her induction into the Culper Ring.
- No Name Given: Averted by Word of God, the hint was in the panel where Yorick carves her name on a tree. It was "Peace".
- Orphan's Ordeal: Her parents and sisters were killed in a car accident.
- Overt Operative: Having a number for a name doesn't help you blend in anywhere. Especially when you introduce yourself to everyone as such.
- Popcultural Osmosis Failure: She doesn't watch TV and hardly ever gets Yorick's constant pop culture references.
- Simple Staff: Her weapon of choice is an extendable baton.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Possibly, the moment the plague struck, Agent 355 removed the sacred Amulet of Helene from the nation of Jordan. The amulet carried a warning that if it was ever taken from its homeland, it would create a tragedy greater than the Trojan War. It is also suggested that the wedding ring Yorick bought for Beth may have protected him from the effect of this curse.
- You Are Number 6: She's called 355.
Dr. Allison Mann
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: Discussed and averted.
- Asian and Nerdy: She's Asian and a doctor.
- Cloning Blues: By the time she passes away in the future she had already succeeded in cloning her successors. Yorick thought they were beautiful.Yorick: "Dr. Men..."
- Love Hurts: Saying she had a pretty crappy love life may be an understatement but her opinion on love changes when she eventually meets Rose.Rose: I like you. I think I...(Allison gives her a shut up kiss and hugs her, smiling warmly and clearly happier than she had ever been)Mann: Just quit while you're ahead, okay?
- Then it starts to hurt all over again when it's revealed that Rose was spying on them for the Royal Australian Navy. She forgives her, though.
- Meaningful Rename: Her original name is Ayuko Matsumori. She did it to piss off her dad. "I chose the most faux-Chinese thing I could think of: Mann's Chinese Theatre.."
- The Medic: She's a geneticist, but she's the closest they have to a medical doctor so she takes this role.
- Mixed Ancestry: Half Japanese and half Chinese.
- Shock Value Relationship: Her father interpreted her newfound sexuality as "lesbian until graduation".
Mercedes: Look, I am sorry, but we graduate in three weeks. It's time we at least start pretending that we are adults. I hate my old man just as much as you hate yours. But there are less juvenile ways to get revenge. Date a black guy or something.Mann: This isn't a game for me! I liked girls since I was four!
- Also her college girlfriend.
- Straight Gay: So straight gay that Yorick didn't figure it out until after a year of traveling together, and only then after she gave him a hint that she was into girls.
- Truly Single Parent: Gave birth to her own clone at the moment of the gendercide, and believed it was the cause of it.
- When She Smiles: She only ever smiles, like, twice in the entire series but when she does...wow.
- Your Days Are Numbered: An unforeseen side-effect of trying to clone herself was the development of several tumors in her womb. The womb was removed however, saving her life. She eventually dies anyway. It is suggested in the final story arc set several years from the previous one that she was sick.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to 355's Veronica
- Bi the Way: Dated Yorick and eventually hooks up with his sister, Hero.
- Pair the Spares: Ultimately ends up with Yorick's sister Hero because, sure why not?
- The Atoner: After being deprogrammed, Hero feels intense guilt and regret for what she did as an Amazon.
- Action Girl: In contrast to her brother.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: How she joined up with the Amazons in the first place.
- Bi the Way: Eventually hooks up with Beth. Yorick's Beth. Yorick's first Beth!
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Joined the Daughters of the Amazons for a time.
- Broken Bird: During the first year after the event. It made her more easily controlled by Victoria.
- Broken Pedestal: Yorick is horrified of her after she murders Sonia.
- Cool Big Sis: From Yorick's perspective, she believed she was The Unfavorite.
- Dark Action Girl: During her time with the Amazons.
- Ironic Name: Hero the Murderous Misandrist Cultist.
- Pair the Spares: It's nice that Hero found redemption and happiness but ending up with Yorick's Beth really came out of nowhere.
- Butch Lesbian: Hooks up with Dr. Mann shortly after meeting her. Eventually becomes her widow.
- Crusading Widow: It's never outright stated that she and Allison get married in the future but they were still very much together, and after Allison passes away Rose takes up her torch, as it were, and works with "Dr. Men" in finding a cure to the gendercide.
- Easily Forgiven: By Yorick anyway, after she accidentally reveals to Allison that she was spying on them. 355 comes around soon after, however, but Allison understandably took it the hardest. She does forgive her, though.
- Eyepatch of Power: She lost her eye in a firefight some time before she is introduced.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Literally.
- Heel–Face Turn: After falling in love with Allison.
- The Mole: She was a spy for the Royal Australian Navy while working on a pirate ship. Then, when she joins up with Yorick and the gang, she is still spying for the Navy. It doesn't last long after she falls in love with Allison, however.
- Survivor Guilt: Not her, but her real crewmates expected her to die and can't even look her in the eye after she returns to them.
- Cassandra Truth: The Amazons dismiss her as yet another lunatic when she explains there are men in space. Turns out it was a case of But What About the Astronauts?
- Named Weapon: Her rifle "Rodya", named after her husband.
- Shout-Out: Her surname, "Zamyatin", is one to Yevgeny Zamyatin, author of We, the novel which directly inspired both Huxley to write Brave New World (although he denied it), and for Orwell to write 1984 (in a review of WE, Orwell called Huxley out for it)
- Big Bad: Subverted. She's built up as a recurring villain, and with her minor army of Amazons, she looks to be a real threat. Then some ex meth-addict puts an ax into her head.
- The Corrupter: She sure does a number on Hero during the first year post-gendercide.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Is killed soon after she's introduced in a painful, but well-deserved, manner.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Towards men in general, but is only able to make it a "you" instead of "they" when Yorick's around.
- Straw Hypocrite: Depending on whether you believe her stories about her being able to defeat world-renowned chess champions at 13 but having been banned from public competition because she was a woman or not, she may be this. But she definitely plays it straight by applauding the death of the male gender for the way they oppressed women and twisted feminine virtues against them when she does exactly the same thing. It gets worse when you consider how she runs the Daughters like a cult and the horrific emotional manipulation she employs on many of the women who were victims of abuse or rape, making her no different than the men that hurt them.
Alter Tse'elon (Yedida)
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The depiction of this Jewish tradition/superstition is correct, except that "Alter" is the male form of "the old one", the female form would be "Alte".
- This is shown to be a subversion later, when, in a flashback, her commanding officer comments on her family's choice to name her old man. She insists it's what her father felt she looked like upon birth.
- Badass Israeli: The lamentably insane variation.
- Big Bad: Arguably the biggest bad, at least as far as the comic series goes.
- Death Seeker: For all of the tragedy and heartbreak she has endured throughout her life, Alter seeks to die at the hands of the last man on earth.Alter: This isn't suicide. This is war. After everything I've been through? Everything I've sacrificed? I deserve to die in battle!
- Female Misogynist: She wants to die a soldier's death, but believes it would be dishonorable to do so at the hands of a woman.
- Hero Killer: Almost literally. Whenever she appears expect a sympathetic character to die.
- It Runs in the Family: Being a soldier runs in the blood for her family. Her grandmother operated behind enemy lines in the Israeli War of Independence, and her grand-mother was a member of a all-female Battalion of Death during the Russian Revolution.
- Averted with her older sister who was a pacifist and died in an accident while protesting the war. Alter lies she was killed by Palestinians.
- Not So Different: Her spotlight issue shows how her lives paralleled Yorick's in many ways, in another series she would have been his soul mate. In this she is the Big Bad and eventually his Arch-Nemesis.
- No Name Given: Her parents kept her name secret, so that Death could not find her. Her true name is Yedida ("friend" in Hebrew).
- Suicide by Cop: She tries, but it turns out she underestimated Yorick.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Yorick refuses to kill her.'Alter: It has to be you'' godammit! Fucking fight me! Why won't you act like what you are? [...] My name is not Alter, it's Yedida, sister of Rachel. And I am finished...finished running from the Angel of Death!
- Big Bad: Subverted. Again. Doctor M is indeed the closest thing the series has to a true Big Bad but is defeated before the story's actual climax.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's a doctor and a bad guy.
The Setauket Ring
- One Steve Limit: Averted, as she shares a name with Yorick's girlfriend. And then she names her daughter Beth Jr.
- Replacement Goldfish: Deconstructed with her relationship with Yorick.
The Hartle Twins
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Her final words to Yorick: "Happy endings have to be earned."
- Heartbroken Badass: Is an agent with the Culper Ring and misses her late husband.
- Hypocrite: Not that she was looking but after curing Yorick of his suicidal tendencies the last thing she did before dying was thank her killers, the Setauket Ring.
- Suicide by Cop: Implied.
- Torture Technician: How she manages to stop Yorick from trying to get himself killed, to the point of mind raping him by forcing him to dredge up some extremely harsh memories.
- She even threatens to rape him at one point, was close to doing it and then afterward admits to him that she would have done it, too.
- Asian and Nerdy: All of them, even the really punky one.
- Cloning Blues: All of them are clones of Dr. Allison Mann.
- Not as You Know Them: They are all as smart as their progenitor was but the original Yorick later comments that without Allison's "asshole dad" pushing them, they will never have her mind.