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The heart of Zoophobia is its eclectic, wildly original cast of characters. Ranging from humans to animals to the strangest of creatures and most mysterious of entities, they are the bread and butter of the story. And knowing all the characters Viviennehas created solely for this comic and shown us already, yet have not appeared in the comic so far, this page will be ever-growing in content.Note: Due to the expected myriad of characters, please list all entries in alphabetical order.
Exotic Eye Designs: Many of the demon and animal characters have these. The author has made a key for what most of the eye designs mean.
Morphic Resonance: The shapeshifter characters' human forms have hair and eye color matching their animal forms. (Baltimore, a Baltimore oriole has black and orange hair, and orange eyes in her human form.) The shapeshifters also deliberately wear clothing matching the colors and patterns of their animal forms, taking this trope even further.
Shape Shifter: Nearly every character is a shapeshifter of some sort, mostly those possessing an animal form. note Pure humans tend to be seen as lesser beings in the world (though the Z.P. Academy taboos such prejudice), as they are thought of as weaker and less able.
Zoo-Phoenix Academy Staff
"Soopitity-doopity to meetcha! My name is Alanzo but call me Al! It's shorter!"
As the Z.P. Academy Dance instructor, Alanzo is eccentric, zany and light-hearted, much like his wife. Despite his boundless sense of humor, his manner tends to come off as strange and abnormal to others.
Camp Straight: He teaches dance and wears a tutu yet is quite happily married to Jackie.
"S-so I'm stuck in the crazy magical world of oversized talking animals?"
A terribly neurotic young woman with an immense fear of animals, Cameron Walden is the protagonist of the introduction arc. She was recently fraudulently employed as the Z.P. Academy's new guidance counsellor. Despite her tendency to be faint of heart, she is go-getting, curious, and passionate to be of help to others. She also enjoys sleeping and long walks on the beach.
Cameron: I’m so sorry I’m late! Interviewer: Come in. Cameron: Again, so sorry for being late. Interviewer: It’s alright.
Cute and Psycho: Invoked. While she's a go-getting young woman with a friendly personality, it's implied that the stress of being surrounded by your worst nightmare for the rest of her life will eventually break her, not that she's perfectly sane to begin with.
Jackie: This is the "Arts" wing!! Cameron: Oh my...never woulda guessed... Jackie: Hahaha, sarcasm! I like you, Cam.
Fate Worse Than Death: Living in a world full of amazing creatures from all sorts of mythologies and legends sounds cool, right? Not if you're deathly scared of them, and if they view your species as lesser than theirs.
Hartman Hips: Not overly so, but they're still quite noticeable.
Innocently Insensitive: Her zoophobia tends to make her come off as somewhat rude. Getting a deafening scream from her in response to an attempt at friendliness? No thanks.
"Oh nonsense Carrie. I think Ms. Cameron looks perfectly fine."
A suave and sultry fox with a very open mind. Despite his calm and collected mien, he is secretly constantly trying to escape the reminders of his wildly adventurous past. He teaches Psychology at the Z.P. Academy.
The wacky, loud and cheerful Z.P. Academy Drama and Musical Theatre instructor. She loves her students and her work, and refuses to be censored. She is the one who gives Cameron a tour of the school on her first day. Despite her initial appearance, she is an Avian, a bird shapeshifter.
Creepy and ominous in movement and appearance, Keiko is not the most fitting school doctor. Not particularly skilled socially, she loves to scare people out of their wits. She finds it hilarious, not fully registering that fear is a serious thing. Works as a doctor at the Z.P. Academy, known for being a very competent surgeon but only the academy is willing to employ her with her looks and record. She adores stuffed toys, animals and cute things, oddly caring for them and taking them more seriously than her peers.
Creepy Cute: Scissors for a hand? Check. Carved smile? Check. You'd-swear-it's-deliberate sinister nature? Check. Utterly lovable? Check.
Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her rather frightening introduction and appearance, she's shown no signs of maliciousness.
Though he has been blind since birth, Malcom has interestingly enough landed himself the position of Z.P. Academy Flight Instructor, as well as being known for being more aware of his surroundings than most others seem to be. He is also known for making friends with the students and causing quite a bit of trouble for his fellow staff members.
Cool Teacher: Makes friends with the students and pranks other teachers.
Often cranky and irritable, she works as a messenger and envoy for Z.P. Academy and the rest of her world. She is known for her cigarette smoke tricks and expert marksmanship, carrying out duties requiring the latter of those skills.
Bad Ass: She's got glasses, firearms and cigarettes.
Deadpan Snarker: "Save the jaw flappin' fer later, hunny. I don't wanna fly with a headache."
Shout-Out: Her name is Snake and she drives a plane.
Smoking Is Cool: Very cool, apparently. So cool that she can perform tricks with the smoke.
"You were not informed about this place before being sent here?"
The vice principal of Z.P. Academy, Zech is the ideal leader; confident, efficient, organized and a complete mystery to the rest of the school (including the staff). Like all vice-anythings, he has far more power than the actual principal.
A real oddball with a scruffy appearance, Afkinz is seen as a bit of a strange little guy and faces rejection by others often. His unpredictable nature and general deviance hide the many talents and abilities he possesses. Oh, and he enjoys cats...a lot.
A performer with the unwavering belief that she is the most skilled performer to ever exist. She does possess skill and talent to back up her words, but her arrogance and pride make her a favorable target for hatred.
Alpha Bitch: Thinks she's the best, assumed to be the best, is almost the best.
Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. She DOES have a big ego, but she also has DOES have the skill and talent she brags about.
Who would've thought that the deer spirit of love and heart is the leader of a girl gang at the academy? Her rough and tough exterior masks a girl with a deep passion for dance, and a deeper passion for romance.
Broken Bird: Her attempts at finding true love left her marked as being promiscuous.
Good Bad Girl: She just wanted to share the love, but ends up becoming known as a "whore".
The Son of the Devil himself, Damian is destined to inherit the throne as ruler of Hell. However, he finds that an absolute snore and would much rather hang around up on the surface with his friends. Damian is a hotshot; he's snarky and sociable and does as he pleases, repercussions aside. Despite seeming bratty, he's deeply passionate about things he loves and longs for nothing more than to live in the limelight and express himself freely.
Anti Anti Christ: Introduces himself as the antichrist, but seems more interested in hanging out with his friends on the surface and tormenting his cousin.
Becoming the Mask: Damian has a dark side that appears to take over him when he becomes overwhelmed.
Considering herself an a feminist, she has little tolerance of "idiots" and would much rather hang with her own gender. She doesn't have many friends but yearns for more, if it wasn't for her prudeness repelling people like the plague.
Book Worm: She enjoys reading and can often be seen carrying a book.
"Sorry! It's been a while since I had someone to talk to about my problems..."
Jack has endured quite the unfortunate life. Being blessed and cursed with the power of resistance to fatalities and overall immortality, he is still tragically able to experience all the horrific pangs of pain. It doesn't help that he has bad luck too. Despite this, he is as kind-hearted and gentle as they come.
Amusing Injuries: Due to being cursed with bad luck he tends to suffer accidents such as being crushed by falling stage lights.
Zill: Yeah, this happens a lot.
Blessed with Suck: Being cursed/blessed by Satan with immortality and chronic bad luck? Pass.
"I mean, I don't mind whatever he planned. Anything would be fine with me. But he always does the most romantic things!"
The sweetheart of the academy, Kayla is always doing her very best to maintain both a stellar report card as well as express herself in her deepest passion: theatre. Kind-hearted and clear-headed, Kayla is an inspiration to all. But don't let her seemingly soft demeanour fool you; she's a powerhouse in fencing.
A literal drama queen, or at least that's what she claims to be. Penelope is aloof and vain, as her outspoken attitude and theatrical talent lead others to believe that she is the top performer in the Z.P. Drama Class. However, with Kayla as competition, it's highly unlikely that this is the case. Penelope also harbors a prejudice against animals, but deep down has her own issues with herself to deal with.
Fantastic Racism: Has a prejudice against any animal that isn't a birdnote This is because Avians are regarded by racial elitists as the superior race in Safe Haven.
An avid LARP-er, Quintin is very much a classic fantasy nerd. He loves playing role-playing games with friends but doesn’t get out to much and can be shy when around people he isn’t as close to. He is friendly and intelligent, being extremely skilled at mathematics and special effects animation and coding. Has an obsession with wizards and dreams of becoming one, and can do some basic spells with the help of his adopted sister Sahara. He's actually more gifted with magic then she is, but has much less practice.
"For my act, I'm gonna demonstrate some traditional magic!"
Silly, sweet and sassy, Sahara is the tour de force in her trio of friends consisting of herself, Damian, and Addison. Belonging to a magical bloodline but unfortunately lacking in powers herself, she is often seen hopelessly tampering with the supernatural- with less than desirable results. Orphaned early in her life, she was taken in and adopted by Quintin's family, and has since been happily living as a human in a world full of anything but them.
Little is known about Vanex, and she prefers to keep it that way. She's usually seen buried deep within a book or leering at by-passers. She seems to be cold and emotionless but one can only assume that deep down she has a good heart.
Broken Bird: Implied that she has a difficult family life.
I Work Alone: Decidedly a loner, she doesn't crave any company but her own (or a book's).
Loners Are Freaks: Most of the other students at ZP seem to be a bit creeped out by her and avoid her.
Zill is the all around great guy that everybody wants to know and every other guy wants to be. He's kind and caring but strong and focused. His confidence has built up over the years after getting over his insecurities over his rather odd appearance. He's the star of the academy's drama department, alongside his girlfriend Kayla.
Günter is generally very calm and collected, with highly refined and judgemental tastes. Despite his seemingly elitist and sharp attitude, he's prone to jealously quite easily. A graduate of the Z.P. Academy and a former student of Jackie, he often drops by to aid her in judging the annual talent show auditions among other drama-related duties.
An outright optimist, Nathan sees the world through rose-tinted glasses despite all the hardships he faces. His happy-go-lucky, super-dee-duper plucky outlook on life carries him onward and drives his ambition. He, like Günter, is also an alumni of Z.P. Academy and former student of Alanzo's dance class. He often visits the school to help out, as well as maintaining various side-jobs in hopes to eventually break into the starlight.
A self-proclaimed megalomaniac, he considers himself the baddest of the bad (and makes sure everyone knows it), but he's really nothing more than a pest who has a habit of popping up in places he's most unwelcome.
Blow You Away: He holds power over wind, but he's yet to be seen displaying these abilities that he boasts so much about, other than a few flashy gusts here and there.
"So it sounds like The Dame is up on the surface world!! I have a hunch...follow me girls..."
Manipulative and devious, Bozzwick has a tendency to act without thinking and put himself before others. Easily bored and blunt, he can also be very perverse, often causing awkward situations or toying with people’s emotional states. His devilish ways cause him to be a heartbreaker on the surface world, unlike in hell where almost everyone is very crazy and loose with things. Very good at manipulating Damian’s inner demon. Bozzwick has a spiteful relationship with Damian. Posing as his friend, he secretly enjoys making things hard for him or upsetting him.
False Friend: Pretends to be Damien's friend, but secretly enjoys making things hard for him.
Only a Flesh Wound: His chest is constantly bleeding but it appears to have no effect on him all that much.
"HOW COME I AM ONLY JUST NOW LEARNING OF THIS UNRULY DEMON STUFF?"
Stern and ultra organized, Major Styx is Satan's no-nonsense right-hand man, and keeping Hell functioning in tip-top shape is his highest priority. Unfortunately for him he commonly finds himself dealing with the most insufferably chaotic of people and situations where he somehow the blame and responsibility always falls on him. Despite his sour demeanor, Styx is deep, deep, deep down caring and only wants the best for everyone he holds close to his frigid little demon heart.
Color Contrast: Unlike the majority of Hell's demons who are usually found in varying shades of red and black, Major Styx is an eyesore of bright blue.
The Lord of Darkness and Ruler of Hell himself, Lucifer attains a strict order over all in which he presides. He also intends to keep Damian, his son, in tight order so he will be fit for ruling Hell himself one day. Unfortunately, his son is less than enthusiastic about this.
Jerkass Has a Point: Perhaps not "Jerkass," (though he IS Satan after all) but when he yells at Damian, Tenta and Styx about there being laws against demons in Safe Haven that could have gotten Damian killed and they didn't have his permission anyway, he's completely right.
Lawful Evil: Stated in-universe to be the alignment that he and the demons under his control subscribe to. Shown in his anger at his son and his caretakers. One of the reasons he brings up is that there are laws against demons in Safe Haven.
A literal "hell machine", Tentadora was artificially created for the sole purpose of serving as a bodyguard for Damian when he was born but has since-forth adopted the role of being his 'nanny' as well. Her seductive appearance was modelled to give her the dual purpose of being a temptress on the surface world, tempting people to commit adultery and other sins to lure more souls into corruption for Hell to claim. She has fun with her task, but her true nature is far from what she seems; she is extremely silly, fun-loving and nurturing of Damian.
Hidden Depths: Seductress who is as silly as a pelican on a unicycle?
Ninja Maid: Created to protect Damian and destroy anything that would harm him. Damian calls her his "Nanny."
Verin, Vetis, and Vespa are demon triplets who reside in Hell. Absolutely bonkers, positively zany, and down-right kooky: these three are constantly driving anyone they encounter up the wall. They are incredibly fond of Damian and follow him around everywhere in the Underworld.