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Cass & Company
The titular character, a pants-disliking Space Pirate. She hijacks a ship commanded by Madison Vrax, setting off the main plot.
- Affably Evil: To the point that her being an outlaw is the only remotely evil aspect of her seen thus far.
- Bare Your Midriff: And a lot of other things. One of her dislikes is "pants". Even when wearing an otherwise fairly sensible (for this trope, anyway) outfit, she chooses to leave her midriff and thighs bare. However, when she's not "on the job", she can be seen wearing normal shorts, shirts, and hoodies.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite her outgoing, goofy demeanor, she's still a pirate and a thief, successfully hijacking a heavily-armed Regency warship with nothing but a Grappling-Hook Pistol.
- Blessed with Suck: Based on interpretations by either Cassiopeia and others in this comic, her entire life in space from her childhood caused her brain development to become more analytical at the price of her being able to focus.
- Comically Missing the Point: When taking Darth Vader's "no disintegrations" job alongside the other bounty hunters, Cass turns to a cowering and visibly terrified Zeke and cheerfully says that she knew this job wasn't evil — he said no disintegrations, after all.
- For the Lulz: Cassiopeia's primary motivation for her piracy is the thrill of the execution rather than the prize at the end. Even the contents of her (impressive) trophy room are "just stuff" to her.
- Friendly Enemy: She tries to be this to Vrax; how much it works is up for interpretation, in large part because, while she likes Vrax, Vrax doesn't like her. She even bought her a new dress!
- Just Like Robin Hood: Though she does set a bit of the loot aside for herself, she otherwise fits this trope. She donates the Eupalinos's Omni-Scrubbernote to a group of colonists to allow them to grow crops in irradiated soil, and she enters a high-profile illegal street race intending to donate her winnings to an orphanage.
- Latex Space Suit: She starts off the comic in a skintight spacesuit.
- Loveable Rogue: Depending on who you ask. On one hand, she stole Vrax's ship while mocking her the whole time and stripped it for parts. On the other hand, she gave parts from the ship to a space colony so that they could grow crops in irradiated soil.
- Ma'am Shock: A variation. Upon receiving a Mother's Day card from Ashley (alongside her adoptive mother and the caretaker of her orphanage), Cass is privately dismayed at the implication that she's too old to be considered a Cool Big Sis.
- Ms. Fanservice: Quinn's normal attire is a skimpy two-piece and thigh-high boots and her character description describes one of her likes as being "pantslessness".
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything:
- The action begins with her stealing a ship, but for the most part her "crimes" involve things like robbing a megalomaniac of a mind-control device or "stealing" medicine from doctors trying to circumvent legal red tape. She's never seen to hurt anyone and refuses to guard her "loot" with guns, saying it's not worth killing over.
- She does fall into kleptomania from time to time; however, those acts were mostly harmless and didn't partake in illicit activities (like arms dealing).
- She has an ice-cream factory named after her (run by old theme park androids that she helped liberate) because she's the majority investor. She even pays taxes on it!Cassiopeia: You think I want them coming after me for a crime as boring as tax evasion?
- Refuge in Audacity: The ice-cream factory she uses as a front is called 'Quinn's'. Vrax's crew ignores it because they thought it'd be too obvious. The fact that it actually does function as an ice-cream factory probably helped to sell people on it.
- Space People: Due to a majority of her life being spent in space, according to this strip, her mind had adapted to make quick calculations on astronomy and mathematics.
- Stripperiffic: She wears as little as possible whenever she can, and actively detests the concept of wearing pants.
- Train Job: She and Zeke met when she was robbing a train to rescue some old-west theme park A.I.s from getting scrapped — literally; she flew off with the entire train.
- Vague Age: In-universe — between different date systems used on different planets, time dilation from FTL flight and one time where she thought a cryogenic chamber was a walk-in freezer, she's not entirely certain how old she is. Then again, this is also something she deliberately plays up in order to pretend she's younger than she is.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Quinn gets chewed out by a couple of orphans after her usual reckless disregard for safety nearly gets herself AND the kids killed. She takes the hint.
A robotic space cowboy (no, really!) who acts as Cassiopeia's partner in crime.
- Cyborg: Technically. He's down to a Ghost in the Shell-style Brain in a Jar at this point, but still.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was suicidal before he met Cassiopeia Quinn, the result of a Humiliation Conga that began with him becoming a cyborg.
- The Faceless: Rather than a normal, if robotic, face, Zeke has a blank expanse of metal with no discernable features besides something like a mouth, though he can see just fine despite not having eyes. Apparently it was so he could wear masks that made him look human for his job at a wild-west theme park.
- Funetik Aksent: His distinct Southwestern/Texan drawl is rendered in the text.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: He sure seems to think so about Cassiopeia being flirted with by Motor Minx, another girl.
- Gun Twirling: He does this during the confrontation with Dr. Botz. He acknowledges that it's just to look cool.
- Luminescent Blush: His faceplate actually heats up until it's glowing red hot. He's lost at least one hat to this in the past.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Robot cowboy space pirate.
- Train Job: Appropriately for a cowboy, his first robbery. It's also where he met Cassiopeia.
An artificial intelligence Cassiopeia uses to hack into various systems. It communicates entirely in clipped, LOLCat-styled strings of text.
- all lowercase letters: Nothing skriptkity says is capitalized, and its own name is always written in lowercase.
- Badass Adorable: A hyper-intelligent cyber-organism-dealie-thing capable of making mincemeat out of high-level security systems while talking like a lolcat.
- Connected All Along: Is somehow familiar with Motor Minx.
- L33t L1ng0: It speaks entirely in lolcats shoutouts and chatspeak.
- Punny Name: Its name is a pun on "script kiddie", a derogatory term referring to amateur hackers who use pre-made computer scripts or code, lacking the expertise to write their own. Doubles as a Meaningful Name when its revealed that Cass didn't create skriptkity herself; she merely found it, and it's Really 700 Years Old.
- Team Pet: For Cassiopeia and Zeke.
A Half-Human Hybrid officer of the Regency navy. The main overarching plot is triggered when Cass hijacks her warship, the Eupalinos, and scuttles it for parts.
- Action Girl: Even more action-y than Quinn.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Inverted. She apparently holds a baronetcy (traditionally the worst of the worst in terms of this trope), yet is still one of the most honorable and upstanding characters in the whole comic (if a little obsessive).
- Death Glare: When a mob boss reveals she is a Shipper on Deck for Vrax and Quinn, Vrax is very much unamused at the implications.
- Deuteragonist: She and Quinn are both the stars of the story.
- A Father to His Men: These strips emphasized her trait as a caring officer. She later advises Kettlehead when he hits xerran puberty.
- Friendly Enemy: Or at least Quinn seems to think so.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Her blue skin presumably originates from her non-human parent.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half human and half Xerran.
- Has Two Daddies: Both of her parents are men, and as they're both human it's likely that Madison might be Happily Adopted.
- Inspector Javert: She pursues Quinn across entire star systems just to arrest her for hijacking Vrax's ship, even long after the said ship has been dismantled and sold off. The jury is still out whether Vrax is just carrying out the law, or if she's seeking revenge for her stolen ship; it's implied that the theft may have seriously damaged her career prospects as well. She only puts the pursuit of Quinn on hold when bigger threats (like Old Salt) turn up.
- Lady of War: She's the captain of a Regency ship, fairly competent at command, and has been shown to be also a fairly competent fighter herself, as a skilled fencer — all while maintaining an air of military decorum and propriety.
- Oddly Visible Eyebrows: Not consistently, but her eyebrows are sometimes visible through her bangs.
- Pet the Dog: When the Eupalinos's omni-scrubber is found to be in the possession of a community of rural farmers who rely on the device to grow crops on the irradiated soil of their world, Vrax reports to her superiors that the component is beyond salvaging.
- Revenge Before Reason: Subverted. When Vrax was trying to recover the stripped parts of her ship in hopes of tracking down Quinn, she finds that Quinn gave the ship's Omni-Scrubber to a space colony so they could grow crops in irradiated soil. The comic initially hints that she might take it anyway, but she instead reports that it was in such poor condition that it wasn't even worth recovering.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She sports a classic bowl cut, with the bangs cut short and straight and the rest of her slightly below her jawline.
- Spit Take: Madison does a spit take, and it is remarked on as a habit of hers — a habit she apparently inherited from her father.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Madison's inherent nobility and adherence to the spirit of the law prevent her from becoming an Inspector Javert — she and her crew may well be more sympathetic than Quinn herself. When under stress she does become very particular about the letter of the law, but it's played for laughs.Madison: You forgot to include the viewport wiper fluid top-off, meaning I underpaid! Either you charge us for it, or I speak to your manager! I WILL NOT BE MADE A THIEF!
- Big Beautiful Woman: How she's portrayed in official pin-ups by the artist.
- Cuteness Proximity: Any time she's around the Vanaa, to the point that Vrax has to remind her to keep a lid on it during official functions.
- Genki Girl: Excitable and jumps head-first into any situation she's in.
- Nice Girl: Kind of her thing.
A young tactical officer assigned to Vrax's crew, David is especially skilled at hacking and cybernetic warfare.
- Affectionate Nickname: Talps likes to refer to him as "my Kettering".
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Once he hits puberty he becomes brooding and comically nihilistic, forming this dynamic with the perky and cheerful Talps.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: He's a male version of this trope, possessing blue-grey skin due to alien heritage in his family tree.
- Interspecies Romance: He's romantically involved with Talps, a Vanaa.
- Long-Distance Relationship: He and Talps maintain a romantic relationship despite being light-years apart most of the time. Not being able to see her makes him depressed to the point of comical nihilism.
- Uneven Hybrid: He's roughly 1/8th Xerran. Madison says that's more or less the average.
Vrax's chief gunner, Theira joined the Regency navy for one reason and one reason alone — access to the best guns in the galaxy and a neverending supply of things to shoot them at.
- Blood Knight: Theira's default response to problems is to shoot them, preferably with the biggest and most-powerful guns available.
- Cute Monster Girl: Members of her species are usually typical monstrous space bug horrors, but due to their ability to absorb foreign genetic material into their own genome and the amount of time Theira has spent amongst humans — and, more relevantly, the enormous amounts of skin cells humans are constantly shedding — she has developed into what is essentially a human with grey-green skin, four-fingered hands, fangs, retractable mandibles, antennae, and solid-brown eyes.
- Game Face: When she's angry or engaged in combat, her normally human-looking face sprouts mandibles and a fanged mouth. She even uses it to diplomatically — for her — defuse an argument with Wrenn.
- Gamer Girl: Theira enjoys playing human video-games in her spare time, and is happy that her new molt gives her more fingers.
- Gun Nut: She joined the Prime Galactic Navy to shoot guns and to shoot guns only, both ship's weapons and firearms.
- Metamorphosis: She undergoes one partway through the comic as a result of all the shed human skin cells onboard the ship, coccooning herself and emerging in an even more humanoid form... and scaring poor Kettlehead half to death when he comes across her in the process.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: She has a double row of shark teeth in addition to the mandibles that unfold when she's angry, effectively splitting her face in half when she gets in a rant.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: She has a passion for solving problems through gross overuse of firepower. As Gunwild explains:You know that giant gun you only get to use in a limited way at the end of a shooter game? The one that's super overpowered and basically only there to let you deal with the final boss? Yeah, Theira will never use a gun less powerful than like, half a notch beneath that. Not if she can help it!
- Consummate Professional: Despite having been ordered to sabotage Vrax's career, Lieutenant Russ still does his job as her first officer by-the-books and is often annoyed by the more Mildly Military members of Vrax's crew.
- The Comically Serious: Russ is almost always serious and stoic, but his dismay at the antics of Vrax's crew provide and his own conflicting loyalties provide some humor.
- Conflicting Loyalty: By the time he overhears Vrax and Quinn talk about working together intentionally, he's developed a respect for Vrax and has seen the good she's done. He's visibly conflicted even as he's reporting her to the Regency.
- The Mole: He works for the corrupt higher-ups in the Regency and is tasked with sabotaging Vrax's career. Despite this, he maintains absolute professionalism and takes great pride in doing his job as her first mate.
- Badass Bookworm: As mentioned on the cast page. He used to be a mercenary, has a winning streak at a bar so long that the bartender just pays out in advance, and his position is science officer.
- Badass Moustache: Has a rather prominent one.
- Battle Strip: He flexes his shirt into pieces before a boxing match with a Green Man.
- Retired Badass: Not retired persay but his job as a science officer is much more laid-back than his job as a Red Leaf Mercenary.
Vanaa Aid Corps.
A vanaa prince (one of five) who is more concerned with running a Red Cross-style aid operation than politics.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted, much like with Madison; royal though he is, he's one of the most empathetic and principled characters in the story.
- Blob Monster: Comes with being a Vanaa, an entire species of living blobs of semitransparent jelly.
- The Chessmaster: In the first arc it is revealed that he was the one who hired Cass to steal the Vaana's prototype medical transport, since the Vaana bureaucracy had forbidden him from sharing it with the rest of the galaxy.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In pursuit of Cass, who had taken shelter underneath the liquid methane seas of Bemar, Gleb recommends launching a flare to ignite the methane and flush her out of hiding, noting that the planet sustains no life. It works, but the resulting conflagration consumes Bemar's atmosphere.
- The Good Prince: He is the heir to the greatest of the Five Houses, though he largely dedicates himself to the Aid Corps against his family's wishes.
- Identical Grandson: Thanks to most Vanaa being born through cloning, he's able to use a museum statue of his grandfather as a Ninja Log on a bounty hunter. She falls for it hook, line, and sinker.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He directs the Vanaa Consortium's Doctors Without Borders equivalent.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He wants to share the vanaa's groundbreaking medical technology with the galaxy, but was forbidden from doing so by the Five Houses. As a rebellion, he secretly hires Cassiopeia to steal a prototype medical transport loaded with the medicine on the condition that she brings it to a Regency medical firm for reverse-engineering, and then interferes with the pursuit by recommending that his ship deploy a flare to ignite Bemar's liquid methane sea to flush Cassiopeia out of hiding (which has the side effect of blinding his own ship's sensors so Cass can flee in an escape pod).
A young systems operator who joined up with Prince Gleb's crew in order to see the galaxy.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She can shape her gelatinous body into a green and transparent humanoid form.
- Interspecies Romance: She's romantically involved with Kettlehead, a human of Xerran descent.
- Long-Distance Relationship: She and Kettlehead maintain a romantic relationship despite being light-years apart most of the time.
- Ms. Fanservice: She up and admits that this why she likes her human form — it gets David all hot-and-bothered.
- Power Perversion Potential: The Vanaa's gelatin-based physiology means that they are formidable combatants, capable of extreme strength, durability, and using their ability to change shape to squeeze through cracks and envelop enemies. Talps, on the other hand, mostly seems to use her physiological abilities to make her Kettering blush.
- Slime Girl: She's learned that taking a more human shape makes Kettering uncomfortable. So she does it a lot.
Bounty Hunter Clans
- Carnival of Killers: Siccs a small horde of his mercenaries after Cassiopeia during The Big Race, including Clawlossus, Mercy and Old Salt.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: One of his four eyes has a small scar over it, and the mark noticeably glows with the same red luminescence.
- Government Conspiracy: Takes a contract from individuals in the Regency to keep Vrax from capturing Quinn at the race, and a later arc reveals that he's apparently got a deeper business relationship with the Regency as well.
- Make an Example of Them: This trope cited by name is the true reason Headhunter sent a chaotic Carnival of Killers after Cassiopeia during the Outlaw Space Race - Madison Vrax was preparing to crush the competition and apprehend Quinn, and Headhunter's clients in the Regency wanted the captain to fail in front of the race's audience as part of their ongoing attempts to stymie her growing reputation.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His skin is dark grey, his eyes glow red, and he wears a black suit with a red undershirt.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sports four glowing, red-orange eyes.
- The Syndicate: Headhunter's reach is vast, encompassing hundreds of professional mercenaries and criminals, with the events of The Big Race and The Body Snatchifiers heavily hinting that the upper echelons of the Regency Navy are engaged in a mutual partnership with him.
- You Are Number 6: Refers to his subcontractors exclusively by assigned numbers. Old Salt, for example, is Operative 312, while Mercy is Operative 429.
A bounty hunter in the Headhunter's employ, Mercy is quite skilled at her job... or at least she was until her run-ins with the Vanaa crew and Cass' band shot her success streak.
- Bounty Hunter: She makes her living by hunting down people with prices on their heads and delivering them to the highest bidder — she took out missions to capture Prince Gleb, Cassiopeia, and Dr. Botz in this manner, and considered seeing if anyone had a bounty on Clawlossus after he was incapacitated.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She's by and large entirely human-like, except with bright blue skin and reddish-purple hair.
- Shot in the Ass: During the race debacle, Cass takes her out by shooting her in the posterior with a sleeping dart.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: She has a strict personal code against using lethal force in her missions, although she finds Cass annoying enough to tempt her to make an exception.
A gigantic talking crab who's also in the bounty hunting business.
- Giant Enemy Crab: A tremendously large, heavily armored crab whose first appearance sees him try to capture Cass for a bounty. He doesn't have a weak spot, so Motor Minx just made her own by stabbing him through a claw.
- Hidden Depths: As it turns out, he's also a shrewd investor and a devoted father.
- Hulk Speak: He doesn't use articles or conjunctions, and always refers to himself in the third person.
- Intelligent Gerbil: He comes from a species that's functionally identical to Earth crabs, except sapient and the size of a semi.
- Third-Person Person: Clawlossus always refers to Clawlossus as Clawlossus!
- All Webbed Up: Her spider-like combat form in The Body-Snatchifiers is equipped with web shooters in her forearms, which she uses to incapacitate Motor Minx and disable Vrax's jetpack.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Invoked by Botz herself, when her eight-limbed combat form is shown to sport web shooters, which she uses to disable Motor Minx's weaker replacement frame.Botz: That old clunker of a body is no match for the power of theming!
- Breakout Character: Initially a comic-relief minor villain that appeared between main chapters, Dr. Botz eventually transitioned into the story proper by having a major role in The Body-Snatchifiers, as well as starring in some of the comic's Patreon-exclusive pin-ups.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She plays up the Robot War and Mad Scientist supervillain angles for everything they're worth. When captured and forced to work in another villain's robotics lab, she decries them for such things as a lack of creativity in their requested drones and for keeping the railings in their labs up to the safety codes.
- Cyborg: And proud of it — Dr. Botz's disdain for the flesh has led her to replace her limbs, her right eye and likely quite a lot more with a variety of mechanical improvements.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: A variation; she has an Ambiguously Brown skin tone, but pairs it with white hair. Since Karla's body is almost entirely mechanical, it may be an aesthetic choice on her part.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Is distracted by Zeke's appearance and Gun Twirling (even inquiring if he's single), which buys time for Cass to steal her robot-controlling remote.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: While she has aspirations of conquering worlds, she's too incompetent to make much progress.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Towards the end of The Body-Snatchifiers, she reveals that she had been secretly upgrading her body using tech reverse-engineered from Motor Minx and the battle droids Headtaker was forcing her to develop. The result is a monstrous combat form that Botz can activate at will, equipped with shields and armor powerful enough to shrug off weapons fire and with claws that can effortlessly rend metal.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She insists on being called Dr. Botz; claiming that she has grants and published research.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: When she activates her combat form, her arms split into four mechanical limbs with claws capable of shearing through steel.
- No OSHA Compliance: In The Body-Snatchifiers she disapprovingly lampshades that a robotics lab she's being forced to work in averts this trope, complaining about how diabolical lairs shouldn't have things like railings or comply to fire codes. Ironically, she's defeated at the end of the chapter when Cass and Vrax shove her heavy, petrified body against a fragile glass railing, which shatters under Botz' weight and sends her plummeting into a chasm. Her Famous Last Words are to hypocritically lament this same trope being played straight.
- Botz: Why wasn't this railing up to cooooooooooode?
- Overly Long Tongue: She has a disproportionately long, thin tongue at least a foot or so in length.
- Projectile Webbing: Her upgraded form in The Body-Snatchifiers is capable of spraying jets of fast-hardening webbing from its wrists.
- Robots Enslaving Robots: Despite being obsessed with creating a robot-dominated galaxy, she has no qualms about designing a remote Morality Dial that can reprogram nearby robots to obey her.Botz: The mindless servants you created will be given better than free will — they shall obey my will!
- Robosexual: She ends up Distracted by the Sexy upon encountering Zeke, and admits that people with "too much meat" aren't her type.
- Spider People: While in Headhunter's captivity, she upgraded herself into a cyborg version of this — her full form includes eight arthropod-like limbs, four as arms and four as legs, and capable of shooting jets of Projectile Webbing from her wrists.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Her eyes are amber in color. In The Body-Snatchifiers she exaggerates the trope by wearing bright yellow-tinted glasses, while also revealing that her eyes are artificial with gold optics.
An enigmatic cyborg racer with a body composed of some of the most advanced technology in existence, and who also seems to have some sort of acquaintance with Cassiopeia's digital cat.
- Badass in Distress: Her highly advanced body is stolen from her in the ''The Body-Snatchifiers' arc, forcing her to make due with inferior substitutes.
- Cat Girl: Her body's designed to imitate one, complete with a tail capable of holding up her weight and metallic ears. She adopts a catlike personality, too, at least insofar as she tends to spend most of her time in "sleep mode" in sunny spots.
- Cyborg: She still has her original head, although that's fairly well-augmented in its own right, with everything from her neck down being fully cybernetic.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a rather stoic personality, so her attempts at humor come off as this...even when her body's been stolen and she's reduced to just a head."Please do not joke. I've tried. Penny does not take it well."
- Master Swordsman: Due to her cybernetic nature, she's such as fast and skilled swordsman that not even automated systems can keep up with her.
- Off with His Head!: In The Body-Snatchifiers, she has her head chopped off (she was fine, being a cyborg and all) and her body stolen.
A dashing smuggler and the most ravishing man in the galaxy — at least to hear him tell it.
- Anything That Moves: He has no hang-ups on gender or species when it comes to his choice of lovers. Anything's fair game.
- The Casanova: He has this rep in-universe, and is quite adept at charming people of either gender and several species. For her part, Cassie's not interested. Her interactions with him are the one time she's all business.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He seems to have a fairly good relationship with his parents.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears an open jacket with nothing underneath.