Main Cha-er Good G-um...People Living in Shiden's Complex
Philip "Phil" BrownThe comic's Main Character. Seemingly the only "normal" character of the cast, Phil soon finds himself the keystone of the battle to determine the world's fate...or something.He and Kate started dating in 2007. He recently proposed to her, which she accepted.
- Above the Influence: He has eyes for Kate and only for Kate, and numerous sexy ladies in various states of undress don't phase him a bit. Everyone is well aware of this.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Invoked. Lin decided to test the limits of his invulnerability by shooting him with a sniper rifle. His "null" powers disintegrate the bullet without him even being aware that someone was shooting at him.
- Author Avatar
- Anti-Magic: His prime ability as the Null.
- Ascended Fanboy: In a sense; he's depicted as having idolized anime and comic book heroes growing up, and the discoveries that he's magic-immune and that evil super-mages are trying to take over the world pretty much renders him the hero. However, Phil doesn't make that mental leap in-comic until fairly recently.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Proposes theories about magic artifacts and the like simply by analysis. Not the best example in-series, but not too bad.
- Bishōnen: Without glasses, much like Mousse. Causes quite a bit of trouble for him when it first becomes apparent at a convention.
- Chaste Hero: Mistook Kate kissing him as an attempt by her to sexually assault him.
- Inverted when Phil proposes to Kate, not the other way around.
- Genre Savvy: Knows a lot about monsters because he's an otaku and a comic book fan.
- Hidden Depths: Shows a surprising amount of maturity between his episodes of goofiness.
- Idiot Hero: Considered to be one by many, and his actions back it up very nicely most times.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Sharing the same roof, the same bed, and being under-clothed around each other is as far as either of them has gone, and it's all entirely innocent, at least until they're officially married.
- Nice Guy: Nice to everyone he meets, even when they expressly try to kill him (though that may just be the "idiot" talking).
- Nigh Invulnerable: A cross-product of his Null ability to nullify magic and Penpen's special "training" to build up resistance to physical trauma.
- Made of Iron: In the earlier days of the comic, before the plot came together. Phil gets hit by a 18-wheeler and suffers only a minor head injury and broken glasses, gets punched directly into his apartment from across town by Axel, is later knocked out of the same window by Kate (said apartment is several stories above the ground), and recovers from a kunai to the heart in less than a day (an identical injury left a paramedic in a coma). After that point, he no longer even bleeds...
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: In one of the side comics, a very nude Kate comes running out of the shower, chased by ghosts, and Phil is more focused on protecting her from the ghosts than the fact that she's completely naked, even when she's glomping him in fear. Even after the ghosts are taken care of, he's more concerned about Kate's well being than admiring the scenery.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Lia at least believes that Phil uses it.
- Otaku: Taken to ridiculous measures when he and Kate win an anime trivia challenge (and a trip to Japan) because the audience got annoyed that Phil answered every question correctly and explained them.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Kate.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When an emergency situation has someone teleport into his bedroom while, he, Kate, and Michelle are sleeping, underclothed, he's the one who screams and tries to cover himself. Kate calls him out on it.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He's only interested in and attracted to Kate, and she knows it. That's why she's completely comfortable sharing his bed with a very attractive Michelle while he's present, everyone under-clothed.
- Understanding Boyfriend: And how. Kate can talk to him about anything without him freaking out at her. She even confessed to wanting to change her VR avatar in a What Might Have Been kind of way, and Phil was not only okay with it, he told her that this is something to not feel guilty over.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Doesn't seem to care either way, being surrounded by Mages, Chimeras, demons, and robot girls.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He can pull off a very convincing impersonation of being a girl, and has infiltrated a criminal's domain by dressing up as a maid to rescue Kate. (Long Story). That being said, having his VR avatar turned into a girl by one of Blue's pranks is actually quite traumatizing for him. So much so that he breaks down in tears.
Kate SummersA Type-A (Animalistic) Chimera and Phil's roommate. Was thrown out of her house when the Weirding happened, and was shuffled around between schools and foster homes until she finished high school. Working at anime conventions was the only job she felt secure with, and she soon meets and moves in with Phil. Following the events in Japan, she and Phil officially become a couple and, after moving to Shiden's apartment complex in Yorktown, VA, begins working at the Java Journal as a waitress. Frequently serves as the voice of reason in absence of Nami (and sometimes in the presence of Nami), and can be considered the other most "normal" person (Chimera-ism notwithstanding).Despite her misgivings, she was able to patch things up with her father. She and Phil are currently engaged.Tropes associated with Kate:
- Ambiguously Bi: She finds Phil's "Cat Girl Maid" avatar adorable, doesn't mind being under-clothed or nude with Michelle, and has considerable Ship Tease with Blue.
- Cat Girl: Duh.
- First Girl Wins: She's the first girl to come into Phil's life, and she's the only one he's romantically interested in.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Also duh.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: What leads her to meet Josephus.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Despite often being under-clothed around Phil, and sharing the same roof, not to mention the same bed, and under-clothed at that, they're both waiting until they're officially married before going any further.
- Official Couple: With Phil. Bonus points now that they're officially a couple.
- Only Sane Man: At times, though she has been shown to get pretty... loose in filler.
- Parental Abandonment: The exact circumstances are learned later in the story: Her mother wouldn't admit that the creature she saw in her daughter's room was actually her, and convinced her father to throw her out. Her father didn't take it well, eventually divorcing to run away in search of Kate.
- Polyamory Does not mind sharing Phil's bed with another beautiful woman, Michelle, all under-clothed. There is also, a yet-undisclosed, list of circumstances that make it true with Blue as well.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Phil.
Axel, a.k.a. "Darklord"A longtime friend of Phil and Kate's, Axel possesses an impressive array of dark, demonic, and shadow-based magics, as well as that constant air of badass around him. While he looks human, he is actually an M-type (Magic) Chimera, which gave him access to dark powers as well as the ability to see and partially control demons. During the Weirding, his mind also became home to a Demon Lord, which the Demoness kept busy by trapping it in a maze. Later get his demon exorcised and full access to his powers, but doesn't take kindly to his friends fraternizing with the Magi.Tropes associated with Axel:
- Author Avatar: "Writer"-type.
- Badass: And how!
- Cool Shades: Only ever seen once without them, though they don't always hide his eyes.
- Allergic To Cute: Can be physically damaged by Azumanga Daioh, and Rieko once shuts down his demon form through Moe.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After the demon was exorcised.
- Demonic Possession: Inadvertently brought about by Josephus, who allowed the demon to take control.
- Kid With The Remote Control: Due to being the "officially"-recognized master to the Demoness, Axel is the only one who can order her around.
- Determinator: In his flashback, he's able to regain control of his mind while the demon is speaking the Demoness's true name—before she creates the maze to trap it. He also undergoes Training from Hell from a Demon Prince to learn how to effectively use his powers.
- Limited Wardrobe: Only ever seems to own one coat: the badass one, only taking it off twice. Lampshaded when a recent page shows him owning multiple pairs of his trademark shades as well as a closet full of coats.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- It's Personal: Bears a personal grudge against Josephus for letting the Demon take over his body. He's killed Josephus once (as the demon) and nearly pulled a repeat performance.
- The Lancer: Sort of fits this role, down to the personality type.
PenpenA two-foot-tall, talking penguin with a Jello fetish that lives as Phil's "pet". Seems to have it out for Phil, attempting to kill him several times and having a scarily impressive knowledge of explosives and weapons. Of course, that's a ruse, and "Penpen" is really one of the demons who aided the Null in the previous war against the Magi, as well as one of the three Demon Princes. His attempts to "kill" Phil were really just part of a plan to get Phil's Null abilities to render him near-immune to physical trauma as well. "Penpen" is just a pet name because his nickname is too scary and he won't reveal his True Name for practical reasons, and he can shapeshift into two humanoid forms as well as a giant dragon.After defeating his cousin in a "sporting" match and defeating his other cousin to save Hue, Penpen is now the rightful King of Demons.Tropes associated with Penpen:
- Combat Pragmatist: Will take all kinds of dirty or cheap shots with anything he's got on hand. He is a demon, after all.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Penguins that are demolitions experts, highly-trained in most forms of weaponry (including firearms, which leaves the question of how they can pull the trigger, engage in a gelatin fetish and have an appreciation of the fine arts.
- Noble Demon: Literally.
- Really 700 Years Old: Personally helped the previous Null during the war in which magic was sealed, which was a long (but unspecified) amount of time ago.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Jello and its substitutes.
TomAnother longtime friend of Phil's, Tom is American-born, but received formal ninja training in Japan, but was sent back after the Magi of Power attacked his team during a training mission. Forms a relationship with Robot Girl Miyo, and lives in Shiden's apartment complex in Yorktown.
- Berserk Button/Big Brother Instinct: Miyo means a lot to him even before they begin to get really close. Putting her in danger is the quickest way to majorly piss him off.
- Team Chef: A very excellent chef and proud to admit it. None of the other characters seem surprised about it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shisou, prominent at first but later toned down a great deal.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Falls in the same place on this as Phil, but didn't want Miyo to know that she was a robot because of the emotional strain he believed it would put on her.
ShidenA friendly enemy of Phil's, who builds Miyo, Toyoko, and Nami as part of an elaborate scheme to visit some sort of vengeance upon Phil early on in the comic. Character Development soon has him making lots and lots of money off of his inventions and focusing more on them rather than antagonizing Phil, enough so to build an entire compound where most of the main characters eventually take up residence.
- Fanboy: Of Chobits, which is why all of his robot girls have Persocom ears.
- Mad Scientist
- Magitek: he discovered Orichalcum at some point after the Weirding, and uses it to power both the robot girls and his base.
- Oblivious to Love: Doesn't even realize that Toyoko's feelings of affection are deeper than just the usual "robot girl is attached to daddy until she grows up a bit" variety, but actual, genuine love.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Is pretty silly and eccentric, but knows his science. Very, very well.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted; his numerous inventions are the reason that he's become so filthy rich.
- The Rival: Of sorts, to Phil, initially.
Shisou KobayashiA ninja rival and associate of Tom's. Believes that Tom attacked his clan and stole something that they were guarding, since Tom was the only non-Japanese ninja in the area, and the attacker was apparently not Japanese as well. He followed Tom back to the states and used Miyo as a tool to draw Tom out, but got laid out for his trouble once Miyo was safe. Became a friend of the group after learning the truth.
- It's Personal: His (completely unfounded) grudge against Tom. It later turns out that the Magus of Power was responsible for the incident he blamed on Tom.
- Deadpan Snarker: Plenty and often. Sometimes in Japanese.
- Knife Nut: Always has one on him.
- Wolverine Claws: Of a sort; they're more like blades attached to his fingers.
Naoko KobayashiShisou's fiancee (later wife) and a Shinto priestess. The level of her ability is so high that the Five refer to her as the "Saint" Magi. She is also an M-Type Chimera, which is responsible for magnifying her powers, but not supplying them.
- Miko: As family tradition dictates.
- Power Dyes Your Hair, Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Part of a new set of abilities she discovered.
MiyoThe first Robot Girl introduced in the comic, and the first to be built by Shiden. He built her to get rid of Phil due to the latter's interest in the Chobits anime (which Shiden felt Phil had no right to like or something), but seeing Tom causes her mind to overload and reboot, mentally turning her into a normal sixteen-year-old girl, and she falls in love with the ninja.She and Tom aided in the construction of Shiden's complex, and moved in when it was finished.
- Heel–Face Turn: Of a sort, once she became attached to Tom.
- Genki Girl: After her initial overload from Tom-exposure.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Robotic Reveal: In Japan, she finds out that she is a robot when she saves Tom from an attack. Discovering this caused her to have a tidy little freak-out. Afterwards, she worried that Tom would treat her differently because she was a robot, but those fears were quickly dispelled.
- Unusual Ears
NamiAnother Shiden-built robot girl, with a dry and sarcastic personality. Introduced along with Toyoko shortly after Miyo befriended Tom.
- Ambiguously Gay: With Blue. Lots of it. Also with her previous roommate, Michelle.
- American Accents: Mild Southern one, at least early on.
- Cool Big Sis: To Rieko. In part because Rieko's body was reverse-engineered from her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in regards to Shiden, who she tends to think of as a total buffoon.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Blue, of all people.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Unusual Ears: Is the first to find out that they can be taken off to reveal normal ears, and does so happily.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
ToyokoThe third of the original robot girls. Unlike Nami, she has a deep, undying admiration for Shiden (which later becomes actual love) and is willing to ignore almost all of his silliness as a result.
- Berserk Button: Threaten or hurt Miyo, in any way, shape or form, and she will take off her limiters to intervene. Awesomely.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When Miyo had her Tokyo breakdown, Toyoko got pissed. Very, very pissed.
- Cool Big Sis: To pretty much every robot girl, most of the time, since she's the most mature looking and acting.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Unusual Ears
RiekoA shy, somewhat quiet robot girl. She was not built by Shiden, but by Cain, as a vessel for his younger sister's soul, as she was killed during the Weirding due to her Type-A Chimera transformation.
- Back from the Dead
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: When she first woke up and saw Cain, it triggered a flood of memories from when she was alive—including her death. This strained her CPU and caused her to zone out for a little bit, and she still lacks her memories.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: To date, she is the sole robot chimera seen in the comic.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Shrinking Violet: Averts Fiery Redhead quite nicely as a result.
- Unusual Ears: They're fox-like.
LienAnother one of Shiden's robot girls, built to serve primarily as his (and later, Phil and friends') bodyguard.
- Action Girl
- Blinding Bangs: Occasionally switches to Peek-a-Bangs later on in the story, though just barely.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Admits (in her own subtle way) that she does enjoy swooping in to save people.
- Emotionless Girl: Played with; she specializes in combat functions and is oftentimes very much The Stoic, but is more than capable of thinking and feeling like any of Shiden's robots. She just prefers to keep her emotions under wraps, and actually fears that if she doesn't fulfill her purpose, she'll lose the meaning to her life.
- Gunslinger: Knows her way around pistols and is an expert markswoman.
- Lightning Bruiser: Moves very quickly AND hits like a tank.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Reveals her softer side at extremely rare intervals.
- Unusual Ears
Jenna "Blue" CarellAnother Type-A Chimera that Phil and Kate meet at a convention. She quickly makes fast friends with them, and later moves into Shiden's complex in the room next to theirs. She also works as the Java Journal's manager.
- Cat Girl
- Bi the Way: Nearly gets it on with Phil during the Body Cross Chaos, though that may just be because Phil was, at the time, in her body (and she appears to lose interest when the effects of the swap wear off). Word of God is that she's officially a lesbian.
- Harem Seeker: In the side comics, and in some parts of the main comic, she's been shown to be highly motivated by thoughts of having a harem.
- Blue: "Don't touch my sexy harem!"
- Innocently Insensitive: After her prank turns Phil's VR avatar into a cat-girl maid, she defends herself saying it's a common fantasy and asks if he'd like some time alone. When she sees Phil actually break down in tears, she immediately apologizes and rushes over to comfort him, allowing him to Cry into Chest.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Is often trying to get some intimate time with Nami or Kate, among others.
- Punny Nickname: From the get-go it's pretty obvious that her nickname comes from her hair color.
- The Tease: When it comes to Nami, and sometimes with Kate (though it's pretty friendly in regards to both of them, and even less serious in the latter case).
- Relationship Upgrade: With Nami.
- Unusual Ears
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
DemonessAxel's familiar, who met him on the night of the Weirding when he became a Chimera.
- And This Is For...: When she shoots the guy who abused her and her older sister, she makes explicitly clear why she's shooting him.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Amazingly. "Demon Prince", Penpen's "idiot nephew" and rival to he demon throne once conned her older sister out of her True Name, then when he got bored with her, went after Demoness, and threatened her with the fact that he could compel her older sister to tell him her true name if she didn't do it herself, willingly, and the consequences for making him do so would be quite grim.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Employs it liberally.
- Happiness in Slavery: By the rules of the demon realm, she's Axel's slave due to his invoking her True Name (while he was possessed by another demon). She has no complaints regarding the situation and is often seen clinging off him.
- Horny Devils: Often (playfully) invokes the stereotype, but hasn't done anything explicitly sexual despite any evidence to the contrary that her teases might imply.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When she gets a chance at the guy in her dark and troubled past entry using a bow loaned to her by Penpen, which is an Empathic Weapon, she used the anger and hate from her and her sister's mistreatment at his hands to fuel the shot, and the result was unadulterated awesome.
- No Sense of Personal Space: At first. When introduced, she saw nothing wrong with groping anyone and everyone she was interested in. Axel has apparently taught her why this is a bad thing at some point.
- The Tease: With everybody. Just barely edges out Blue for being the comic's best example of this. This aspect of her personality makes her one of the few people Phil feels uncomfortable around, especially considering the fact that she makes Kate uncomfortable.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter
The Magi and their Associates
JosephusThe first Magus of Fire. Tries to recruit Kate into his group of Chimeras, but fails, and gets murdered by Axel's Demon for his trouble. The Twins bring him back to life shortly afterwards, though. Somehow, Cain manages to keep him locked up for a while to research him, but once Axel cuts Joe off from his power, Cain strangles him to death.
- Affably Evil
- Brought Down to Normal: When Axel attacks him with the Blade on a Stick artifact once possessed by the Null, Joe's raw power is released as a fire elemental, leaving him powerless.
- Playing with Fire
"Power"The unnamed Magus of Power. A Japanese woman. Killed by Shisou in Japan.
- A God Am I: Became drunk with power when she unlocked her full spectrum of abilities again.
- Back Stab: Is put on the receiving end of one by Shisou.
- Badass Cape
- Jerk Ass: Kills innocent people without a care in the world. Arrogant to a fault.
- Shock and Awe
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple.
EmiThe second Magus of Power. Succeeds the deceased first Magus of Power, her cousin. Also Japanese.
- Badass Cape
- Bratty Half-Pint: Though she's a bit older than the trope implies (14 or 15), she has been called a brat to her face at least once.
- Brutal Honesty: Emi has a habit of speaking without really thinking about what she says.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Gets hit with a beach ball and teased a few times; powers up to fry everyone in range afterwards.
- Heel Realization: When Phil "nulls" her powers for a few moments after the beach ball incident, she realizes exactly what she was about to do. And feels moderately bad about it. Afterwards, she begins to soften up a little bit.
- Jerk Ass: Kind of one, with shades of a softer side. Most of it has to do with her upbringing, and part of it is her powers.
- Ojou Ringlets: Huge ones in the front. A fancomic once likened them to drills.
- Ship Tease: With Hue.
- Shock and Awe
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, like her cousin's, but a sort of darker shade.
Messilia "Lia" VenelliMagus of Water, and Hue's good friend... and fiance. From Italy.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Is more than intelligent enough to pick up on details other people miss, and is in general very perceptive and difficult to surprise.
- Cool Big Sis: To Hue.
- Defector from Decadence: Disapproves of the way the Five is handling things, and decides to help out Phil and his pals.
- Making a Splash
- Master of Illusion
- Ojou: Has shades of this in her personality; is generally calm, unflappable, and kind-hearted, as well as quite refined.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Prone to this early on, though it quickly fades into simple heightened formality.
- The Smart Girl
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
WaterThe personification of Lia's powers.
- Death Seeker: She hates being bound to a host, for good reason. To break that bond, she's perfectly willing to die, even if that means taking out all of humanity with her in the process.
- Empty Eyes: The only way anyone (or at least the audience) can tell it's "Water" and not the person she's impersonating is that her "eyes" are just pools of water, no pupils, no sclera, nothing.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can alter her appearance to resemble anyone she's seen.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Like most, if not all, of the manifestations, her past is not a kind one. Even though many of her hosts have been good and kind people, she's been so thoroughly deceived and flat-out lied to by all of them (except Lia) that she simply can not bring herself to trust anybody. Lia has to prove her honesty by being willing to risk Mind Rape from her. If Lia hadn't been willing to do that, "Water" would have tried to break the bond by any means necessary, including killing all of humanity.
- Yandere: Whether it's towards Phil or towards "Null" is unclear. Still she's smitten with him to clearly unhealthy levels. So much so that she tried to kill her host, Lia, to "protect" him.
Hugo Van Regal aka HueLia's longtime friend and fiance, and Magus of Earth. American-born but grew up with Lia in Italy.
- Badass Cape
- Barrier Warrior: Of sorts. Prefers to use earth shields when he fights. Has saved Emi from getting killed at least once.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Let's Get Dangerous: Though he's often shy and nervous, once shit hits the fan he can get serious in a heartbeat.
- Ship Tease: With Emi.
- Shrinking Violet: A rare male example.
SerenaThe second Magus of Fire, who received the power when Josephus died. Lives in South America.
- Amazonian Beauty with Boobs of Steel
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Locked into Strangeness: Her physical changes are so contrary to her original appearance that her grandfather was rather freaked out when it happened.
- Parental Abandonment: Possibly. Her mother works in the city, while she looks after her grandfather in the jungle. What her father's doing is unknown.
- Power Dyes Your Hair, Breast Expansion: A side effect of her powers manifesting. She used to have black hair, blue eyes, and a smaller bust.
"Life" and "Death"Also called "the Twins". They are the only ones of the Five that actively recall the memories of their predecessors, and are the currently only ones that are actually evil.
CainThe resident mad scientist of the group. Rieko's older brother.
- Best Served Cold: Against a de-powered Josephus, who was manipulating him with illusions.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he's off his meds.
- Mad Scientist: Unlike Shiden, he's not the affable kind, either.
- The Insomniac: Type B, the obsessive. Apparently has medication for it, but refuses to take it, resulting in his disheveled and manic appearance.
Mr. SummersKate's father.
- The Atoner: Wants to make up for what happened to Kate, in lieu of his wife.
Nikki SohmaA news reporter on chimera issues.
CortexA government agent that severely distrusts all magi and wants to make sure that they're not a threat to regular humans by any means necessary.
- Character Development: His interactions with Shiden and Lia have made him considerably less brutal and extreme in his methods and makes him second guess his assumption that Magi are automatically card carrying Evil Overlords. He's still fairly pragmatic though.
- Evil Plan: Pretends to try and rob a local historian of several priceless artifacts from the Null War in order to gain access to a magical seal in the historian's basement.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Cortex's TeamA group of hand picked people that work with Cortex.
- The Smart Guy: Mayhew.