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Jay Thomas Blackwell

  • Author Avatar: Started as this, but gradually developed his own identity.
  • The Chessmaster: Styles himself as one... even though his plans focus around the employees of a department store.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In his backstory, he apparently went through one after being dumped by his (now ex-) girlfriend.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a sharp wit.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Although he's quick to talk up his social skills (particularly his manipulative tendencies), anything related to his artistic skills is quickly dismissed. Others frequently disagree; his ex even strongly suggests that he could be making a living on his writing and/or art if he pursued it.
  • Man Behind the Man: Has deliberately taken this role to every manager, in part to protect the other employees from the manager's incompetence, and in part because he's too lazy to take on the responsibility himself.
  • The Smart Guy: Smarter than his position or demeanor would suggest.
  • Stealth Mentor: In addition to his Man Behind the Man shtick, he's also acting as one of these towards Mike in terms of making him a more competent manager. He also acts as this towards much of the rest of the store.
  • Working with the Ex: His ex-girlfriend comes to MEGAtaiment to advertise her new book. Thomas spends the day in a barely-concealed rage.
  • Your Cheating Heart: As unhappy as he was about his ex-girlfriend, it was nothing compared to when he met her new husband. And saw she was pregnant.
    • Something of a subversion- she didn't cheat on him, she just moved on to another relationship. He didn't until he got together with Carol.

Carolina Abigail Graves
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Carol is noticeably chubby, but her weight makes her no less attractive. In one strip, she was getting free drinks in college, when she stated she was "well on [her] way to being two people", and described her current and usual build as "one point five".
  • Boyish Short Hair: It used to be much longer, but Nina cut it to it's more familiar length while the two were rooming together, around the time Carol first joined the MEGATainment staff.
  • Breakout Character: She's very popular with the fandom.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nearly every word that comes out of her mouth has some level of snarkiness.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She's the one that Brooksie is the deepest in love with.
  • Fiery Redhead: Is feared around the store due to her temper.
  • Mama Bear: She chides the other employees, and can even get mad at them, but don't you dare abuse her coworkers/underlings on her watch.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • The Slacker: She often gets her co-workers to do her job for her.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Everyone seems to be either in love with or gay for her.

Edward Lincoln

Nina Grace

John Kepler

Jolene "Brooksie" Brooks

  • Author Appeal: Like the other main females.
  • Bi the Way: Her "love chart" indicates that she has some level of attraction to pretty much everyone in the store save Reggie and Mike. Eventually, she ends up in a relationship with Jessie.
  • Covert Pervert: Her shy and bubbly nature belies a fairly healthy interest in sex, the juxtaposition of which even weirds out John and Thomas at one point.
  • The Cutie: Practically everyone at the store finds her to be an adorable little pixie of a woman.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Her favorite work shirt is far too big for her, but she likes it anyway.
  • Must Have Nicotine: She and John have bonded over their shared need for a tobacco fix, though both have some desire to quit.
  • Security Blanket: She borrows Nina's work shirts, and swaps them with Nina to make sure she has something that smells strongly of her.
  • Shrinking Violet: She hates getting unwanted attention.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Hates attention, but quickly warms up to people who are nice to her.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: When she can be convinced to speak, she mostly speaks in obscure movie quotes.

Miguel "Mike" Hernandez

  • Benevolent Boss: Mike is a genuinely nice guy; sometimes too nice. He takes a very personable approach when it comes to interacting with his employees. He's unafraid to lay down his authority when necessary, but it's very clear he regards the MEGAtainment staff as friends more so than workers.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Both comedic and serious examples. On the comedic side, it turned out that he was really good at Nerf battles. On the serious side, his anger is capable of shutting up Reggie.
  • Big Fun: A big ol' Teddy Bear of a man who makes up for in friendliness what he can lack sometimes in confidence.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: During the store's Nerf-Gun "Teambuilding" exercise, he forgoes an actual gun in favor of a large toy Axe and throwing his ammo like LARP magic. He makes it surprisingly far.
  • Nice to the Waiter: The reason the other employees have hope for him is that he actually tries to treat them with respect.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Defied. Everyone expected him to be this, like his predecessors, and he does have occasional slip-ups due to a lack of practical experience. However, he actively works to get better; see Benevolent Boss above.

Reginald "Reggie" Watson Booth

  • Everyone Has Standards: There's one thing his co-workers praise him for, and it's that while he's a jerk, he's at least an honest jerk who will follow the rules, and he can be depended on to fill any position in a pinch, even if he won't necessarily fill it well.
  • Geeky Turn-On: John labels him as having a fetish for competent, intelligent women. This eventually leads him to ask out Alex.
  • Idle Rich: Working at the store seems to be his attempt at averting this trope. Whether or not he's been successful is up to debate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's abrasive, but dependable and can be genuinely kind when he wants to be. His heart of gold starts showing up more around the time he and John start sitting in on the Library's Furry Club, and much of his character development is learning and re-learning how to connect with other people.
    John: I used to think he was just a dick. Now I think he just holds people to a standard so high he's always dissapointed with them.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: It says a lot about his upbringing that Jo's "betrayal" from not sticking up for him hurt him so deeply.
  • Never My Fault: Reggie has a great deal of difficulty taking responsibility for his own actions, although on at least one occasion, it really wasn't his fault.
  • Odd Friendship: Uptight and rigid Reggie starts forming a friendship with laid back snarker John, and he outright states he considers Thomas as his friend during the store's teambuilding Nerf-Gun war.
  • The Resenter: He's quite bitter towards the other employees. Justifiably so, in fact.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Really, Reggie, what did you expect when you used a cigarette lighter to examine the inside of a cardboard display?
  • Spoiled Brat: Unlike all the other employees at MEGAtainment, he doesn't actually need to work there, and he lets people know it.
    • It doesn't help that one of MEGAtainment's top executives is his aunt.

Wesley Asel

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Jessie Harlan Lincoln

Alexandria "Alex" Melvil

  • Big Beautiful Woman: Of an even heavier build than Carol, but still considered attractive enough for Reggie to ask her out, even if most of his reason for doing so is her intelligence.
  • Blinding Bangs: Her hairstyle covers her eyes much of the time, though she occasionally restyles her hair to display her eyes at all times.
  • Punny Name: She works at a library.
  • The Smart Girl: Eventually gets brought on as a research consultant for Thomas and John's paranormal investigations team.

Constance Willowbrooks / Dawn Holland


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