Mr. Edward Verres
Tedd's father and a significant figure in the paranormal community. He works for a government organization tasked with dealing with the supernatural and extraterrestrial and does a pretty good job at it. He acts as a mentor figure to the kids and trusts them to keep a tight lid on the fantastic stuff that goes on. Has been known to spout expository dialog ad nauseum.
- Badass Bookworm: How? He apparently stops a horde of aliens from invading and rampaging...through the power of exposition.
- Badass Longcoat: Whenever circumstances require him to take the field.
- Bad Liar: As Elliot notes at one point early on, despite it being his job to cover stuff up, he doesn't seem to be very good at lying beyond that, like when he tells Grace that nothing is wrong... right before telling her to stay away from the windows...
- Big Good: The closest the comic has, anyway. Lampshaded when he was explicitly compared to Dumbledore and Gandalf.
- Big "NO!": He agrees to buy pizza for eight teenagers without thinking.
- Closet Geek: If he's not into geeky things, he's at least extremely familiar with them in his role as the man behind covering up real-life SF & fantasy shenanigans. For example, when Grace wanted to wear some alien spandex for a workout.Mr. Verres: Okay, fine. But if anyone asks, you're cosplaying as an oc from your dc superheroes ff.
Grace: I'm what?
- He's been stated to be familiar with the term "Delayed Blast Fireball"
- Crazy-Prepared: Mostly when the Rule of Funny requires it.
- Death Glare: Gives one at the end of Painted Black, though his expression quickly softens.
- He also gives one to Abraham after attacking him for fighting with Nanase
- The Dreaded: With very good reason. Even Voltaire didn't dare attack Tedd directly in order to avoid his wrath.Voltaire: One does not provoke the wrath of Edward Verres lightly, not to mention his monster hunter ex-wife.
- The Illegible: Called "Ink Blot Handwriting" in a title.Justin: Maybe, it's a map?
- Innocently Insensitive: His son is genderfluid, but Mr. Verres is convinced that Tedd's frequent genderbending can't be good for him. This has not helped Tedd in being comfortable with his gender identity.
- Kicked Upstairs: As a result of his actions in Sister II. Apparently, no one wants him fired. Even the guy kicking him upstairs would raise hell if he was axed. (Given some of the feats he has accomplished, it's pretty clear why.) For related reasons he still has genuine responsibility for a decent chunk of his old job (the parts that involve speaking with paranormal entities) — it just supposedly is a higher-ranking position now.
- The Men in Black: He's good at cover-ups and got a reputation as more cooperative than others (like his successor), though the excess of personal involvement eventually led to being Kicked Upstairs out of this position.
- Mr. Exposition: "I am an endless barrel of exposition!" (and the current page image!)
- Saying Too Much: Surprisingly, in the "allowed" circle "an endless barrel of exposition" is prone to spilling more than is really needed.
- In the commentary for that comic, the author theorizes note that Mr. Verres spends so much time lying and keeping secrets that he cannot help but spill information when he doesn't need to keep secrets.
- Saying Too Much: Surprisingly, in the "allowed" circle "an endless barrel of exposition" is prone to spilling more than is really needed.
- Opaque Lenses: Pretty sure we've never seen his eyes proper in the comic.
- Papa Wolf: Not just to Tedd, but an Uncle Wolf to Nanase as well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Trusts the kids with the secrets of what's going on around the town and acts in their best interests behind the scenes.
- Refuge in Audacity: Some of his cover-up plans seem to run off of this, especially when it comes to the Uryuom.
- Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: While Tedd's experiments in general don't faze him much anymore, he finds it unsettling that Tedd actually spends quite a bit of time in female forms.
Agents Wolf and Cranium
Federal agents who work for Mr. Verres. Both are powerful wizards in their own right.
- Agent Mulder/The Scully: Respectively.
- Agents Dating: And they are really bad at concealing this.
- Blessed with Suck: Her ability to observe places remotely is implied to be the example Pandora gave of someone with Sarah's power being strong-armed into government service.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Mulder and Scully from the X-files.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Though we have yet to see them truly in action, Raven offhandedly describes Wolf as one of the most powerful wizards in the mid-western United States, and the security scan reveals he's surprisingly buff under his Badass Longcoat. Meanwhile, Cranium apparently has a clairvoyance spell similar to what Sarah can cast. Pandora made it clear when explaining that power just how strong and rare it was.
- Long-Lost Relative: Given how genetic affinities work, and Pandora's implying that she's the one with the same spell as Sarah that was forced into government work, Cranium and Sarah might be related.
- The Men in Black: Their job.
- Meaningful Name: Emphasizing their parallels to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
- Power Perversion Potential: Cranium has the ability to observe rooms without being in them. Cue obligatory locker room peeping.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension/Will They or Won't They?: Averted. In the words of the author, "they have, they will again, and they utterly fail at hiding it".
Arthur J. Arthur
Mr. Verres' successor (and predecessor) as head of the office of Paranormal Affairs. Reputed to care more about keeping secrets than helping people. Mr. Raven is on non-speaking terms with him.
- Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Kevin being sentient was not what he had intended.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: While he wants a situation where magic will change how it works, he realizes that trying to force the hand of a Sentient Cosmic Force is like messing with a god, and is very careful not to try and push things too much in that regard, explaining that to his assistant when she questions why they aren't doing more to cause a change.
- Masquerade: Though he stuns Mr. Verres when his first act is to reveal the Masquerade, not reinforce it, implying that he may be playing a deeper game. His goal is to get Magic itself to "knock over the board" and change the rules of magic.
- Only One Name: The J? It stands for Just. As in "Arthur, Just Arthur."
- The Quiet One: As his quote indicates, he gets right to the point.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his initial portrayal as a callous individual, he has his moments. Upon learning new information regarding Seers and how the mechanics of a system change for magic works, he quickly realised there's no hope of keeping magic a secret. He promptly changed his position during the consultation with the Will of Magic from a severe system change to minimal changes. He also offered Tedd funding and proper research facilities upon learning Tedd wants to find a way to increase everyone's magic resistance.
- He apologizes to Ellen, Elliot, and Ashley for magically putting them to sleep after realizing that it was Magus and Sirlek who were responsible for the mess at the facility, makes it clear that they aren't in trouble, and lets Ellen call Nanase to keep her from panicking.
- He also feels responsible for the sentient wand he created by accident, and lets him stay with Ashley.
- Seer: Is a Seer, like Tedd.
- Wham Line:
- "The occasional casualty will not disrupt our long term objectives".
- Concerning public knowledge of magic "...the next incident could be the last straw, and that would solve the problem for decades."
Assistant Director Leifeld
Edward Verres' superior.
- Large and in Charge: A massive muscled man who regularly hits the gym and the superior to the head of the office of Paranormal Affairs.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Recognizes that Mr. Verres is too important to fire and that even he would raise hell if it were to happen. However, he promotes him to a non-existent position to keep him out of the field after he loses control due to a personal connection to the series of events. A few months later it's revealed that he's been in on Arthur's plan to get Magic to knock the board over, but he was also assured by Arthur that it would solve the problems. Despite that, he's began to doubt the plan.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The author commentary from his first appearance spells his name as Liefeld, but Arthur calls him Leifeld on-panel.
Nanase's overbearing and traditional Japanese Mother. Initially a complete tyrant in her home, her later appearances made her somewhat more reasonable. Has a very strong opinions on duty to family in general and motherhood in particular. She apparently knows more than she lets on.
- Berserk Button (via the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot): Mentioning Tedd's mother triggers a vehement I Have No Sister reaction. It's stated she sided with Edward in her sister's divorce, essentially choosing her brother-in-law and nephew over her own sister.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Has strong magical potential, like her sister and daughter, but apparently never really tried to reach her full potential in that field, perhaps related to her feelings about her sister.
- Delayed Reaction: Upon finding out that Tedd has a girlfriend.
- Education Mama: Absolutely.
- Everyone Has Standards: She may have her bigotry issues and can be controlling, but she despises her sister Noriko (Tedd's mother) for abandoning her family.
- Innocently Insensitive: It can be pretty harsh to watch her excitedly freak out over Tedd and Grace's relationship but not even acknowledge Nanase and Ellen's as real.
- My Beloved Smother: Though much less than Nanase thinks — as long as it's not about studies.
- Perhaps as a reaction to her sister's abandonment of Tedd, she's shown to be comically emotionally overprotective of Tedd as well, commanding Nanase to help him out as much as possible (even though, as Nanase points out, Tedd doesn't really need it).
- Noble Bigot: She may not acknowledge Nanase and Ellen's relationship, but she does care about her and her happiness.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Apparently knows not only that Nanase has Magic, but knows enough about Magic that she was consulted first when Nanase burned out, demanding that the Agents keep Nanase in the dark about the fact that she knows. Agent Cranium complies, though feels guilty for forcing Nanase to keep "Lying" and states as much to her Mother. Given the power levels of her Sister and Ex-Brother-In-Law (Whom she apparently maintains polite contact with) and own untapped potential, this makes sense.
- Nanase has started to suspect that she knows, but is unsure of how to get her to admit it to her.
Background Character. All we know about him is Nanase's belief that her father won't back her against her mother.
- Doting Parent: When he finally gets speaking lines, he's promising Akiko three cookies when they get home, in spite of her protests that she only wants one. He's yet to show this behavior towards Nanase.
- Henpecked Husband: Always in the background, rarely speaks, his wife is more important as a character and he never stands against his wife to defend his elder daughter. His only important trait is being father of one of the most powerful characters in-universe.
Nanase's little sister. Brave enough to defy their mother (albeit in secret) by sneaking Nanase cookies, but a cypher otherwise. Rarely speaks.
- Boys Have Cooties: "Real boys are weird and gross." Nevertheless, she does seem to (at least subconsciously) appreciate the attractiveness of certain fictional boys...
- Cheerful Child: She's sweet, upbeat and well-behaved. In fact, she's so well-behaved that she refuses more than one cookie because "cookies are a sometimes food."
- Children Are Innocent: Though, as Ellen and Nanase are reminded, this does not mean that they're stupid. Akiko actually has a pretty sharp mind and is good at telling when someone's not being honest with her... but she doesn't quite have the capacity to grasp the complexities of sexuality, bigotry and prejudices.
- Fangirl: She is like this. Rapunzel, her own sister and whatnot.
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards her sister. Enough to disobey her mother by giving her cookies after Nanase was grounded.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunkel
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Implied by Elliot's mother responding to Ellen's arrival with thinking that she had always wanted a daughter and then that this time she won't have to drop out of anything, and then confirmed when Sarah realizes that she would have had to have been 21 or younger when she gave birth to Elliot.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders: How else can you interpret their non-reactions to all the wackiness in their lives combined with their unexpected seriousness about things like going to the store for furniture?
- Comically Missing the Point: Basically their defining trait. Or, as the commentary puts it...A good rule of thumb for writing Elliot and Ellen's parents is to go not serious enough, and/or too serious.
And yes, I do mean "and/or". They can easily be too serious about the wrong thing while also being not serious enough about another thing.
- Crazy-Prepared: A pre-mission briefing — complete with poster sized charts — for a trip to the store.
- To be fair, it is Ikea.
- Fantastically Indifferent: Capable of taking some very far out things in stride. For example, their son breaking into a government facility and creating a female duplicate in the process.
- HA HA HA No: When Elliot asks if he can have a girl over while the elder Dunkels are out, Mr. Dunkel's first reaction is to laugh in his son's face that he would even think of doing anything objectionable on a second date. His second: SERIOUSLY DO YOU HAVE PROTECTION.
- Hidden Depths: They know how to organize a search party including incorporating aerial assets. The comic Lampshades the fact that this would not normally be expected knowledge for an Accountant (Possibly?) and a stay-at-home Mum.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Mr. Dunkel's overblown "assault plan" for furniture shopping.
- Mundane Utility: Mrs. Dunkel cheerfully (and off-handedly) suggests that Elliot use his Gender Bender powers as a form of birth control.Mrs. Dunkel: If you are going to do anything, however, maybe keep it between girls? Safety first!
- Open-Minded Parent: Lampshaded repeatedly...Elliot: Your daughter is a cat. You could at least pretend this is odd.
Mr. Dunkel: If you're going to be out late fighting evil, you need to call home first!
Ms. Dunkel: That's right. It affects our ability to plan supper and alibis.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Brownies.
- The author feels the need to specify that these contain no... questionable ingredients.
Susan's embittered mother. Appears to have lost all faith in men (and perhaps humanity in general) after her husband's betrayal. Embarrassingly over-aggressive when it comes to "protecting" Susan's interests.
- Freudian Excuse: Her husband cheated on her with another woman.
- Lady Drunk: First seen with a glass in hand and has a very misanthropic attitude.
- My Beloved Smother: Bullied the school into allowing Susan to go on the field trip to France, much to Susan's embarrassment.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A more minor example. She meant well, but genuinely thought that telling her young daughter that Daddy cheated on Mommy because he's a man and men can't help that sort of thing was helpful, since it kept Susan from thinking that Daddy did it because he didn't love her or Mommy.
- Straw Feminist: To the point where she openly wishes Susan were a lesbian because it would allow her to totally exclude men from her life.
Sarah's older sister. A pretty, determined, and gung-ho television reporter who covers the Moperville area. Apparently immune to the Weirdness Censor that prevents other people from crediting the weird stuff that goes on in her home town.
- Aloof Big Brother: It was years before she was shown interacting with Sarah and didn't even recognize her little sister's best friend when she interviewed Susan.
- Intrepid Reporter: How else do you describe a reporter who arrives on the scene via airdrop?
- She's Got Legs: And she knows how to use them.
- She Is All Grown Up: The in-universe reason that Elliot didn't recognize her.
- Sibling Rivalry: Note Sarah's reaction when Elliot makes the above assertion.
Tedd's estranged mother, a monster hunter with a long family history of powerful magic users. Upset by Tedd's apparent lack of magical ability, Noriko left when Tedd was little. Last known to be somewhere in Europe, pursuing a career in magic, or possibly a travel agent.
- Black Sheep: Her sister (Nanase's mother) has never forgiven her for walking out on Tedd and Edward.
- The Faceless: Her face has yet to be revealed in the comic but it could be assumed to be similar to Nanase's given the apparently Strong Family Resemblance.
- Functional Magic: Has a reputation as a powerhouse magic user.
- Missing Mom: Bailed when Tedd was young. Tedd blames himself. We later learn that Adrian Raven sees himself as the real reason. Turns out she may have learned her lesson as she has been raising a son she had with another man after leaving the Verres household. Though considering Van was able to use magic young whilst Tedd could (apparently) not may have played a role.
- Rapunzel Hair: What little we've seen of her seems to imply this.
- Shrouded in Myth: What we know of her is that she's a "A badass monster hunter" and a total powerhouse. Even Nanase didn't know this about her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: According to Not Tengu, Noriko and Nanase very strongly resemble each other. Tedd also resembles her.
Teachers & Mentors
Master and founder of the now-closed School of Anime-Style Martial Arts, which he founded after a marathon anime viewing session, Greg is heavily versed in otaku culture and applies it in his fighting style.
- Ascended Fanboy: Comic book & anime geek who learned how to unlock "ki" (Magic by Any Other Name) after watching 168 hours of anime straight. Much of his instructor "wisdom" comes from comic books.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a nice guy and a goofball, but he'll still threaten to punch you through your face if you do anything evil.
- Black and Nerdy: Breaks the trope somewhat by being a seven-foot-tall martial artist.
- Cosplay: In fact, Greg has dabbled in crossplay.Dex: And... haven't I seen you cosplaying as Chun-Li?
- Dirty Old Man: Because of anime martial arts examples such as Happosai and Master Roshi, he considers the fact that he does not fit this trope to be a point of shame.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: An already experienced martial artist invented his own style after a feat of ascetism ending with a big insight. Shive knows the classics, all right. In Greg's case, it's 168 hours of watching anime non-stop without breaks for lunch and sleep — which accounts for the style's... peculiarity.
- Gentle Giant: Easily towers over everyone in the main cast, yet as a black-belt level martial artist, he's not big on unnecessary violence.
- Giver of Lame Names: "...you might want to hire a marketing consultant."
- No Man Should Have This Power: He closed the dojo in part due to worries that there's no way to ensure that good powers would be granted to the right people. Just before the dojo was wrecked by a sleepwalking (and possibly mind-controlled) magic-user and a dragon anyway.Greg: You three are good kids, but my training could inadvertently give a sociopath atomic breath or something. While awesome, that would be totally irresponsible.
- Scary Black Man: Played with. While he certainly looks the part, he's actually more of a geeky otaku type at heart.
- Super Strength: He once swatted a fly and exploded the punching bag it was on.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Literally. As in "closed his dojo when he realized his training techniques only worked with people who already had a predisposition for magical powers".
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Has cosplayed as Chun-Li from the Street Fighter series.
Moperville South's apparently sinister and demanding history teacher. He's been a teacher there for a very long time and has quite the reputation as a menacing and cryptic individual.
- Accidental Pervert: He just can't seem to catch a break with Grace, his 18-year-old student who keeps getting him into... problematic situations. Grace is completely unaware of that, poor Adrian is not, such as when Grace cheerfully tells him that she's not a minor, so he can "do all sorts of things with [her]"note or when she shapeshifts in in front of him and ends up naked. He's appropriately horrified.
- Armor-Piercing Response: His mother brushes off most of his angry criticism toward her behavior, but when he responds to her justifying Revenge by Proxy on werewolves over one killing his father by calmly stating "Father would hate what you've become", Pandora immediately falls silent and leaves a moment later, realizing that everything her son criticized her for is right.
- Badass Teacher: Oh yes.
- Berserk Button: He hates it when people denigrate magical creatures. There's a good reason for this.
- Big Good: Shaping up to be the second one after Mr. Verres.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: When in his true form, he can taste magical potential. With his ears, apparently.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Severus Snape and Miles Edgeworth. He even called 'objection' once.
- Celibate Hero: His romantic encounters are rare enough that when he is informed he fathered Diane and fathered Susan's family line, he is quickly able to narrow down the possible times it could have happened.Raven: My goodness I was in my actual twenties...
- Combat Pragmatist:
- Dark Is Not Evil: He can act "creepy and weird" and even comes off as somewhat sinister at times. His rather harsh attitude toward his students doesn't help. However, he's definitely on the side of the heroes and is noted to be, alongside Mr. Verres, one of the authority figures they know they can trust.
- Evil Laugh: Though not actually a villain, he's perfectly capable of them.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's very strict and intimidating, but his main purpose is acting as a guardian towards magical or otherwise not entirely mundane students. Basically, Lawful Good with the emphasis on Lawful (or asskicking, depending on the situation).
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's the son of a human and Chaos.
- Immortal Procreation Clause: Is sterile. At least, he believes himself to be...
- It's All My Fault: Blames himself for Noriko abandoning her husband and son.
- Kubrick Stare: Delivers one along with a soft-spoken, but still very effective threat.
- Large Ham: Not always screaming, but he puts up a good show whenever possible.
- Living Distant Ancestor: Is revealed to be this to Susan, who is a descendant of a woman Raven was with way back in his actual twenties.
- Long-Lost Relative: Is Susan's distant ancestor and Diane's father.
- Magic Knight: Is a good spell user and knows how to fight with a sword.
- Martyr Without a Cause: His greatest wish is to join the military, serve a noble cause, and to protect people — but he's not allowed to. His mother is opposed to him risking his life for mortals and points out that his desire to serve "his country" is meaningless when he doesn't even really have a country.
- My Greatest Failure/My God, What Have I Done?: According to him he was even more encouraging than he is now, especially to Tedd's parents and because of that considers himself completely at fault for Mrs. Verres departure from her family.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After discovering that he is Susan's ancestor and Diane's father (it doesn't help that Pandora is forcibly reset immediately after this revelation, causing considerably more grief), he distraught over incidents he believed were simply one-night-stands of little consequence because he believed he was sterile - he knows who Diane's biological mother is, but he can't even remember her full name, much to his shame, and he isn't thrilled to tell Susan that her lineage likely began when he was in his actual twenties.Raven: "I'm a scoundrel!"
- Older Than They Look: Ellen speculates that he's much older than he looks, since he's been teaching at the school since at least Nanase's mother's time. She's more right than she thinks.
- Our Elves Are Better: Is the resultant offspring of a human and an Immortal. Such hybrids are called elves.
- Parental Substitute: He's raising Noah, whose parents were apparently killed by Damien.
- Really 700 Years Old: His exact age isn't known, but Pandora was 156 when he was born and is believed to be at least 500 suggesting that he is at least 350 years old.
- Secret Keeper: Mr. Raven's real job is assisting and protecting students with magical abilities.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: To his own mother, no less.
- Spit Take: Grace's note to him nearly caused this reaction.
- Stern Teacher: Most definitely stern; the "loved by all his students" part, not so much.Nanase: Raven's version of "liking" people is expecting the world of them. If you get anything less than an "A" on anything, he will tear you a new one.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In his natural form he strongly resembles his descendant, Susan's father.
- Sword Cane: Has a walking cane which hides a sword.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
Students - Moperville North
Member of the Moperville North Feminist Club with a crush on Susan.
- Catchphrase: See quote.
- Cat Girl: As Elliot put it, she "seems just a tail short from being a cat-girl." Has been seen, in universe and in canon, as an actual catgirl. Granted change blindness prevent most people from seeing her that way.
- Does Not Like Men: Susan describes her attitude toward men as "sleazy until proven otherwise." She was very friendly to Elliot and Tedd, even showing No Sense of Personal Space to the latter because she deduced that any men Susan was willing to befriend must be decent.
- Fiery Redhead: Has the right hair color and she is very hotheaded.
- Genki Girl: Has plenty of enthusiasm and energy.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Involuntary; she sees herself more as Dame Diatribe, but there are some lines she can't cross at school, and all the situations that make her want to swear are at school.
- Incompatible Orientation: With Susan. Susan gets a lot of this, apparently.
- Meaningful Name: See Cat Girl.
- Power Tattoo: Grace learns through a dream that Catalina has a Magic Mark, and surprise surprise it turns her into a Cat Girl, though more feral looking than most.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians:
- What she wants with Susan. Susan is intrigued by the idea but doesn't feel the same way.
- Getting it with Rhoda.
- She is at least somewhat bi, as apparently, she was interested in Tedd; however, Tedd being as girly as he is, she's probably not that bi, and identifies as lesbian.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Apparently, the reason Pandora was able to mark her with a Cat Girl spell was that her very name resulted in her having an affinity for it.
The Goth-esque member of the Feminist club. Originally seriously addicted to cigarettes (though not anymore). Friends with Ashley.
- A Day in the Limelight: In the "Party" arc.
- Ascended Extra: She was just a background character at the beginning of the comic, but she started to appear more and more after Ashley was introduced
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Part of why she's so protective of Ashley is because she helped her quit smoking, despite having first met when Liz was cranky from withdrawal and snapped at Ashley when she bumped into her in the hallway.
- Big Sister Instinct: WE NEED TO TALK.
- Fantastically Indifferent: Part of her charm.
- Fetish: She mentions that she likes fantasies about getting mind-controlled by a vampire, but she would never allow it to happen in real life.
- Flat Character: Her indifference is her entire characterization.
- Out of Focus: Was never IN focus! Though Word of God is that he's trying to give her more appearances in the future. Her friendship with Ashley has given her a few more appearances already.
- Not a Morning Person: See her response to Ashley.
- Power Tattoo: Was marked by Pandora, though it's unknown what spell she has.
- Recovered Addict: She used to smoke, but Ashley helped her stop.
The airheaded member of the Feminist's club. Tony's girlfriend.
School Bully, Tedd's tormentor, and Elliot's nemesis.
- Jerk Jock: Is an athlete who bullies Tedd.
- The Bully: Picks on Tedd a lot because of how girly he looks.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Grace theorizes that Tony is upset by his own attraction to Tedd's appearance, and she might be right.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Elliot back in the 3rd grade. It's implied that their friendship ended in bad terms after Tony gay-bashed someone.
The Head of the Student Council. Because of his position, he often has to announce the latest "ideas" of the Principal.
- Ambiguously Jewish: His last name and hairstyle suggest that he might be Jewish, though it hasn't been explicitly stated.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Implied. He seems to love his job, but he is not a fan of the Principal's school uniform idea.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- He's gotten in one snark. It wouldn't be very noteworthy, except it was toward Susan. Whether this a defining trait, remains to be seen.
- His speech about the uniforms was full of this, seemingly designed to get across his contempt for the system and the principal. Kind of impressive, given that these were after he was told to stick to the cards.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Possibly... But considering Dan spent an extra comic because he didn't want to let Matt's intentions hang in the dark, it seems he's pure Nice Guy.
- Foreshadowing: This and this turns out to be so for this. All of this took place over the course of five years. Only Dan Shive, everybody...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Matt seems to understand quite clearly that Susan doesn't want to date him, and respects it. When he hears that she's never dated at all, he gives an earnest piece of advice to think on whether or not she'd regret not dating in High School. Even if it's not with him, he just wanted to make sure Susan would be okay.
A very effeminate boy who's interested in Susan. Ashley's ex, and far more manipulative than he first appears.
- Accidental Public Confession:Tom: I am a fantastic liar!
Beat Panel: [shows that every single woman in the (packed) cafeteria heard him]
Susan: Not when a mark goes off-script, you're not.
- At Least I Admit It: He tells Susan that everybody uses little lies and word choice to manipulate others. He claims he's more honest than most people because he at least is able to admit it to himself. Susan concedes that he's not entirely wrong, but she adds that at least most people who do it have decent intentions. According to her Tom toys with the feelings of others for his own selfish reasons, or deeper still, for his own amusement. As a result, nobody trusts or likes him.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Which is lampshaded when Tom was drawn in color.
- Informed Ability: What his alleged skills as a Manipulative Bastard become in the face of Susan. When she unknowingly hits him with a Spanner in the Works, she starts to pick up on his rather sad attempts to recover his footing. It goes so far that he ends up yelling that he is a fantastic liar. Understandably, Susan answers by saying that he isn't when the mark goes off-script.
- Nice Guy: Not really, it's an act.
- Manipulative Bastard: Ashley revealed that he is incredibly underhanded and emotionally manipulative when he wants something. Currently, that something is Susan. When he is outed, he claims that everyone is just as manipulative, but as Susan points out, intention is what separates the average white lie from his selfish games.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: Combined with Accidental Public Confession above.
A side-character who is good (unlike Tom, who is not).
- Ascended Extra: Appears here briefly before Dan decided to use him again a year later.
- Jumped at the Call: "A puppy is in danger."
- One Steve Limit: An inversion, as used as a gag in his introductory page.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: As noted above, he has the ability to sense when a puppy is in danger, thanks to Pandora marking him.
- Nice Guy: The nicest, apparently. It seems to make him a bit annoying to hang out with, if his girlfriend's reaction is any indication.
Students - Moperville South
The Queen Bee of Moperville South. She is often seen with Lucy and Rhoda, the latter of whom she is quite protective. She and Susan share an uncanny resemblance in both appearance and personality, the full ramifications of the relationship between the two only becoming clear much later in the comic.
- Action Girl: According to Tara's Aura Vision, she has the potential to become a vampire hunter, implying she shares Susan's affinity for conjured weapons. This makes sense since they are revealed to be relatives. Diane is Raven's daughter and Susan is Raven's descendant.
- Even without that, she's quite fit from cheerleading, able to pull off some impressive flips.
- Alpha Bitch: Was portrayed like this early on, where her first appearance involved trying to get Nanase to sit with her at lunch so they could lure boys over to spend money on them, but then...
- Ambiguously Bi: Apparently has an If It's You, It's Okay thing towards Nanase, and is in a relationship with Sarah in an AU NP storyline. She then has The Big Damn Kiss with Lucy in the "Legend of Diane" story, and kisses her again after they talk after that kiss.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Does this unintentionally when talking to Susan, who has just said that while she admits that she can find women sexy, she doesn't want to do "things" with them. Diane then asks if that's different from how she feels about men, causing Susan to realize that it isn't.
- Ascended Extra: Started out as a minor mean girl and antagonist for Nanase and the other Moperville South characters but years of character development have brought her into closer relationship with the rest of the core characters and bumped her up to being part of the main cast culminating in being the starring character of her own arc.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Gives one to Lucy in the "Legend of Diane" storyline.
- Character Development: Gained a lot of depth from her initial portrayal as an Alpha Bitch, and when she realizes it, she decides she needs alcohol.
- Daddy's Girl: As a child, at least, she looked up to her father enough that she did a paper on it, since she couldn't just him and her mom, and he's the exception to the "boys are jerks" viewpoint that she expresses.
- Day in the Limelight: During the "Family Tree" storyline, she played a much larger role than usual. This continues in the "Legend of Diane" storyline.
- Didn't See That Coming: Denying the rumors about her untrue Really Gets Around reputation was meant to sow suspicion among the liars who claimed to have done it with her, which would then extend to the rumors of Lucy by extension. She didn't expect people to start coming out and admitting that they did lie right then and there, and even admit to things not related to the whole mess, like one girl admitting that she kept the fact that she wasn't a virgin a secret from her friend, who calls a lot of girls sluts.
- Different as Night and Day: Susan and Diane have never met, and the two of them have almost diametrically opposed personalities.
- The Ditz: Averted. She can certainly act the part, and she's incredibly shallow, but she's certainly quite sharp and observant.
- Does Not Like Men: Not to Susan's (pre-character development) extent, but she does assume men are jerks until proven otherwise.
- This may be the reason why she is fixated on Elliot, who she overheard being described as very passive.
- When younger she thought the boys in her class were all jerks and told them as much.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's the Queen Bee of her group (and probably her whole school), the only blonde of her Girl Posse and has a reputation of having several boyfriends for Gold Digger reasons. Another inversion of Susan, who was a natural blonde but refused to fuel the stereotype.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Cuts her hair to chin-length after the events of Sister III, particularly learning that Raven is her real father. In an Imagine Spot, her younger self (who has the same hairstyle) characterizes doing so as a form of Emotional Regression to deal with the trauma she experienced during the arc.
- Freudian Excuse: This strip hints (and this strip pretty much confirms) that some of her behavior was the result of getting a crush on her sister's gay friend when she was younger and not taking the rejection well.
- Girl Posse: Lucy, Rhoda. Lucy fades into the background as time goes on, and she treats Rhoda more like a daughter, so she doesn't quite count in later comics.
- Gold Digger: Shamelessly. Her plan is to marry a kind, compassionate, rich guy who will obey her every whim.Rhoda: What if you just fall in love with someone someday and they fall in love with you?
Diane: That's adorable.
- She may be developing out of it, but it shocked to the point of wanting to drink at that realization.
- Happily Adopted: if her relationship with her sister Rhea is any guide. A later flashback strip shows that she's also close to her adoptive father, or at least was, and planned to invoke this by adopting at least two kids when she got older, in addition to having at least two the normal way.
- Heroic Bastard: Raven was almost certainly not married to her mother.
- Heteronormative Crusader: She's not actively homophobic, but her heartlessly pragmatic approach to boys (they're for buying things) means that she has little use for gay boys (they won't buy her things, and will scare off boys who would). She's still amicable with her sister's gay friends and has no problem hanging out with Nanase and Ellen even after they've been outed.
- She's also a Secret Secret-Keeper for Rhoda about her relationship with Catalina, and this strip implies, with it later being confirmed, that her earlier behavior might have been because she had an Incompatible Orientation crush on her sister's gay friend Rick, and not really getting over it, and she realizes that how she treated Justin was wrong and apologizes.
- Humiliation Conga: After changing looks After what happened in the Mall, she gets to overhear how people perceive her:Shonen Girl: Whoever saved that girl was selfless and cool.
Curly Curls Girl: And that's not Diane? I don't know her really well...
Shonen Girl: Who would want to?
- Identical Stranger: Distinguishable from Susan only by personality, fashion sense, and the fact that Susan is slightly taller later on.note They have the same face, the same build, the same voice, the same natural hair color, and they were apparently born only 20 minutes apart on New Year's. The subtext with her similarities to Susan is even more blatant after the time skip: both girls have shown an interest in Elliot at the same time, although for drastically different reasons. While Susan has developed her friendship with Elliot by bonding over common interests, Diane apparently sees him as something to be used. During the Tengu arc, someone with magically-obtained knowledge on the subject has apparently confirmed (to the audience, at least) that the two are in fact identical twins separated at birth, or at least related in some other way. Justin's even suggested the theory that magic's flair for the dramatic increased their resemblance to each other. It's later revealed that they're both descended from Raven, Diane more recently.
- If It's You, It's Okay: One strip hints that she feels this way towards Nanase.
- Important Haircut: Gets one during the epilogue of the Changes arc, after the events at the mall. She's still mulling over the exact reasons she got it, and the reactions from others - both in-universe and out - have been mixed.
- In the Blood: Her father is Adrian, an elf, making Diane one-quarter Immortal herself. This trait is cited as the reason behind her Vampire Hunter potential.
- Incompatible Orientation: Apparently she had a crush on her sister's gay friend, and didn't take learning that he was gay well.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Realising that she may be developing real feelings for Elliot and wanting to have a real, romantic relationship make her want to screw the rules and drink alcohol.
- Jerkass Realization: When a few people talk about her after she cut her hair and they don't realize that she's there, she is shocked by the things that they say, like that she's a selfish slut.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comes off as frosty and dismissive at first brush, but her protective nature towards Rhoda goes a way towards establishing that she's not all bad. Later events show repeatedly that there really is a kind person under Diane's crusty exterior- she's just really bad at showing it.
- Long-Lost Relative: To both Susan, her great times something niece, and Raven her father.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She has several Pet the Dog moments, including comforting Rhoda and Grace when they were upset. Also, it turns out she secretly idolizes Nanase, implying there was more to her actions during her first appearance than she let on.
- Mama Bear: She punches out a reporter trying to get Rhoda to interview for a men's magazine.
- Motive Decay: As her imaginary younger version explains to her, this is how she ended up dating so many guys. While it started out as an attempt to find the perfect guy (for both her and Lucy), failure after failure resulted in her becoming jaded and she only continued dating out of habit and have boys spend money for her, especially after realizing that they were a little young to be thinking that way and that their dates weren't looking for anything so serious. At least, until she latched on the idea of Elliot being the perfect guy.
- Neat Freak: "OK, you had both better have clean hands!" Another coincidence with Susan?
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Puts on the act of a Dumb Blonde because it attracts guys and because it's easier than getting any work done. She's actually quite smart (and borderline conniving) when she wants to be, and even the very academically-capable Nanase thinks highly of her intelligence.
- Oblivious Adoption: Didn't realize that she and Rhea were adopted until she was six, and explains that she "didn't know how ethnicity worked" and just assumed sisters naturally had different skin colors.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Covered her left eye before the Time Skip.
- Really Gets Around: It's revealed in The Legend of Diane that she has this reputation at Moperville South despite still being a virgin. Ironically, she wasn't aware of this despite being one of the most observant characters in the series. She doesn't take it well.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Knows about Rhoda's relationship with Catalina, but Rhoda hasn't admitted it to her yet.
- Selective Obliviousness: While an expert at analyzing others, as mentioned under Sherlock Scan regarding her ability to tell that Ellen and Grace are new students, once she enters the equation, things get significantly more difficult for her, at least on a conscious level. She even completely missed the rumors that were popping up about her and Lucy, despite Lucy rightly pointing out that she should have noticed that there were negative rumors about them as a result of all the dates that they go on (if not as widespread/negative as they apparently are), and Lucy's feelings for her. She actually has to imagine a second her to get the job done. She doesn't even realize that she's subconsciously emulated her younger version's hair and clothing style out of nostalgia for her pre-Motive Decay self until it's pointed out to her.
- Sherlock Scan: Can immediately tell that Ellen and Grace are new students. In doing so, she gives a quick Shout-Out to the trope namer.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her and Lucy's double dates started out as this before Motive Decay started to set in upon realizing that their dates were just trying to enjoy things. Her interest in Elliot in the present is a sign that it's popping up again.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: When she realizes that Jerry will be in serious trouble if she gets hurt, she uses this to extort information out of him.Jerry: Well... I have a theory, but she probably wouldn't want me to...
Diane: Gonna go hug vampires.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: Basically her reaction to the "truth-session" she inadvertantly started.
- Talking to Themself: Mentally manifests a version of herself as she was when she was twelve for some self-inspection in "The Legend of Diane".
- Teen Genius: In addition to the points mentioned above under Obfuscating Stupidity, Lucy makes a comment that hints that Diane has been tested abd shown to have a genius-level IQ.
- Tsundere: Trying to play at this. She's failing horribly.
- She's genuinely this to her adoptive sister Rhea. After Not Tengu's defeat breaks the spell on all the party guests, she warns Nanase that she won't forgive her if she messes with Rhea's memory, because she loves her. Then she warns Nanase that telling Rhea that she loves her is equally unforgivable.
- Uncanny Valley: For the longest time Justin had a hard time seeing any real resemblance to Susan. Once he was able to see the resemblance, he started getting unnerved by a combination of the similarities and differences between them.
- Uneven Hybrid: Is part-Immortal, courtesy of her biological father Raven.
- Vampire Hunter: According to both Tara and the spider-vampire, she has the potential to become one were she to ever awaken, but isn't anywhere near that point. Later events reveal that vampire-slaying magic is In the Blood for descendents of Pandora, which Diane is.
- Weirdness Censor: She sees someone who looks exactly like her with blue hair... and doesn't even notice. When it's pointed out, she does admit there is some similarity, but doesn't see it as enough to get worked up over. Although given that she deduces that Susan is her sister later based in part on that observation, it's likely that was denial talking.
The snarky member of Diane's Girl Posse.
- Ambiguously Gay: Besides the avatar mentioned under Hidden Depths below, in the past after Diane defended her against a group of boys in Junior High, and told her that she was beautiful. Lucy developed a crush on Diane from that point on though whether it's because she's a full on lesbian or just a case of Single-Target Sexuality is still up for debate as she said she wouldn't care if Diane was a guy.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Gives one to Diane after Diane's very public attempt to dispel the rumors about her. To her surprise it's recriprocated.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Diane asks her why she kept going on double dates with her despite knowing of the "reputation" they were getting, she doesn't react well, and doesn't answer before the bell rings.
- Ascended Extra: In a sense. She was always a tertiary character to Diane whose appearances could probably be counted on two hands. Even as Diane and Rhoda started appearing more frequently and with more importance she rarely showed up and seemed to be pretty much forgotten about. Come "The Legend of Diane" she's given a large amount of focus eventually resulting in her starting a romantic relationship with Diane.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Her feelings for Diane seem to have developed at least in part due to Diane's defense of her against boys who were giving her unwanted attention after she started "developing", and reassuring her that she was beautiful.
- Beta Bitch: She's the naughty and snarky member of Diane's group. She wasn't always like that however and her greater focus in The Legend of Diane arc heavily implies it developed over a long period of time due to her unrequited crush on Diane. Or, at least, she thought her crush was unrequited.
- Buxom Is Better: Went from being bullied for being tall to being an object of desire for boys in junior high once she started developing. Unfortunately for her, this wasn't a positive development.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A bit regarding Diane, which is why her attitude towards Rhoda improved when she realized that she and Catalina were dating.
- Deadpan Snarker: Observe her response to Diane's reasoning to concluding Ellen and Grace are new students.
- Demoted to Extra: It's pretty easy to forget that she's part of Diane and Rhoda's group, but she got more focus in the "Legend of Diane" storyline.
- With Friends Like These...: She's quite critical of Rhoda. And anyone else, for that matter. To a lesser degree, even Diane.
- Although Dan has stated that Lucy and Diane's friendship is strong enough to have lasted since childhood implying that the two know each other well enough to be honest, even brutally honest, without offending each other.
- Height Angst: When in Junior High, boys made fun of her for her height, then hit on her when she started "developing".
- Hidden Depths: It's veeeeeery subtle, buuut... observe this avatar-based online-chat. Diane is wearing the same avatar as Susan was a bit earlier (providing more fodder for the 'sisters' reveal), but isn't Lucy's avatar of a female, dragonslaying knight strangely familiar too? Maybe a reference to a certain novel Nanase was reading 9 years earlier, back when she was still in the closet?
- A flashback to Junior High reveals that she had some major insecurities regarding her appearance, particularly her height, due to boys making fun of her (and, after she stared "developing", hitting on her) before Diane defended her and complimented her, and her comment about how she wishes Diane was a boy implies that she may have feelings for her.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Diane.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Like Diane, she knew about Rhoda dating Catalina, which is why she started to be nicer towards her.
- Statuesque Stunner: Bordering on Amazonian Beauty, she's far taller and far more "developed" than any other female character. Her height looks like it might even rival most of the male characters. Just compare her to Diane and Rhoda.
- Ambiguously Brown: Dan is specifically keeping her ethnicity vague until it becomes relevant.
- Animal Motif: Rhoda is often compared to and treated like a puppy.
- The Archmage: Is apparently one of the most powerful and versatile magic-users in the comic, on the same tier as Nanase.
- Bi the Way: She's interested in both genders, but she's only been with girls because she finds guys who are bigger than her intimidating.
- Everybody Knew Already: Both Diane and Lucy figured out that she and Catalina were dating well before she told them. She is not happy about that, since she kept it secret and caused herself anxiety for nothing.
- Fetish: Rhoda seems to have a Cat Girl fetish, which makes perfect sense given her relationship with Catalina.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Non-romantic version. Rhoda is so petite, she looks tiny next to just about any guy. Six-foot Justin practically towers over her. This is actually why she's only been shown interested in girls despite being bisexual—she gets freaked out by people who are much bigger than her, which most guys are.
- Meganekko: When she isn't wearing her contacts.
- Morality Pet: Diane doesn't seem so bad when she's comforting a sobbing Rhoda who forgot her Math homework.
- Personality Powers: Given magic's habit of this and her issues with size perception, shrinking and growing things is a fitting starting power.
- Power Tattoo: She doesn't know about it, but she has one.
- By the time of the EGS:NP arc Escape From the Mall, she's at least learned about her powers and told Catalina about them. And then the same arc reveals that she's somehow Awakened in the meantime, meaning the tattoo is now gone.
- Precision F-Strike: She did not take it lightly when she found out that Diane and Lucy already knew/suspected that she had a girlfriend when she came out to them, despite having kept it a secret like she did in the first place due to fearing their reactions.
- Rhoda: You #&%$ing knew?!
- Ship Tease: Dan specifically says that he knows nothing about either boats or mailing things that wouldn't fit in envelopes once she and Catalina meet.
- Size Shifter: The Power Tattoo granted by Pandora gives her the ability to alter both her own size and others. She usually tends to shrink herself and make others grow, but the events of Escape From The Mall end up reversing that norm out of necessity.
- Shrinking Violet: Rhoda's perception of her own size literally shrinks when she feels intimidated.
- Took a Level in Badass: Escape From The Mall reveals that at some point she'd Awakened when Pandora wasn't looking. She also becomes generally more confident and outgoing after growing into her magical powers.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's implied that being attacked by a wild boar accidentally set off her Power Tattoo, which made the boar grow into an enormous, territorial brute.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Unlocked such a spell at some point after Awakening, allowing her to transform into a busty adult woman with Rapunzel Hair. It's unclear if the spell grants her a distinct new form or more general shapeshifting abilities.
Justin's former best friend who outed him after he told her he was gay by thoughtlessly confiding in her blabbermouth sister, and who hasn't exactly repaired their relationship with her subsequent behavior.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked. Justin tells Susan that Melissa is a Smug Snake who almost destroyed his life. Noah tells Elliot that Melissa is a tragic heroine who nearly destroyed her own life as well. Their respective stories are pretty consistent in the details, it's just that Justin seems to hold her more responsible than he does her sister and is thus less willing to forgive her.
- The Atoner: See Set Right What Once Went Wrong below.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: See Psycho Ex-Girlfriend below.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She got a surprising Moment of Awesome by jumping between knocked down "Cheerleadra" and a monster and trying to stare it down.
- Hidden Depths:
- Dan claims that her referring to MythBusters is a subtle hint of this.
- Less subtly, she said her faith in Noah was based on seeing how he had beaten something, compared to which a bulldog faced fireball-breathing dragon the size of a half truck is a misbehaving pup. Which also explains her treatment of it.
- Driven to Suicide: If Elliot hadn't stepped in and saved Justin from the gay-bashing bullies, Noah pretty much spelled out that Melissa would've done this.
- Incompatible Orientation: She's still attracted to Justin, but it certainly isn't mutual. It's strongly implied that she's gotten over it as of the end of "New and Old Flames".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually gets the hint that Justin wants nothing to do with her, and promises to leave him alone. Doubles as a Tear Jerker as it comes from the realization / belief that if it took Justin this long to forgive her, then they probably shouldn't and won't be friends again anyway.
- Last Het Romance: Justin's first, last and only girlfriend.
- Love Makes You Crazy/Love Makes You Dumb: Pick the one you prefer. When her obsession with Justin kicks in, she acts like a complete lunatic unless she remembers to Dope Slap herself out of it.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: An annoying example... Except that it's been revealed that her motives are a bit more complex than that. Not to mention that she is fully aware that her attempts to win over Justin are pointless and do nothing but make her come off as annoying and quite possibly psychotic, but can't seem to stop herself.
- Retcon: Originally, she was just some girl who Justin dated once and who wouldn't let go, but later became a childhood friend who had been in love with him for a long time, making her story more tragic.
- Secret Keeper: Knows about Noah's powers as she knew screaming would bring him to fight a dragon-like monster.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Noah believes that Melissa has deluded herself into thinking she can make everything right again by winning Justin back.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Here comes a new challenger, bitch!
- Wounded Gazelle Warcry: When encountering a monster, she first comes off as a hysterical Screaming Woman, but it becomes clear that she invoked this to alert her super-powered boyfriend to come and handle the monster, which she knows he's capable of.
Melissa's androgynous boyfriend who rarely uses contractions. An orphan, Noah appears to be the ward of Mr. Raven and made friends with Elliot during the Swedeka arc.
- Agent Peacock: He's quite effeminate in appearance and personality, but that doesn't make him any less badass.
- Ambiguous Gender: Noah, whom we know as a boy only because it was said and in comparison to whom Tedd doesn't look "that androgynous" at all, despite this being an old Running Gag.
- Ambiguously Bi: Elliot was rather surprised to hear he has a girlfriend.
- Ambiguously Human: Apparently his aura is similar to Grace's, and the person commenting this also refers to his pigtails as "prehensile tendrils." His hair does look suspiciously similar to the antennae Ellen's half-human friend Archie had in her dreams.
Noah: Have you ever heard of a television show called "The Simpsons?"Elliot: I am aware of it.
- There is a lot of evidence that he might be a seyunolu beyond just his hair which has been shown to be able to move on its own accord. Examples include that he values his relationship with Melissa for "physical warmth and comfort", another common trend in seyunolus, and his apparent lack of social exposure.
- Berserk Button: Intentionally evil acts cry out for vengeance!
- Best Served Cold: He trained for years to kill Damien to avenge someone long dead.
- Revenge Before Reason: In a throwaway gag, he reveals that he was looking into selling his soul for power before Raven dissuaded him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He speaks formally in order to control his temper, which is apparently pretty bad if pushed too far.
- Camp Straight: His speech and mannerisms might point to homosexuality but he has a girlfriend.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Lending credence to his Alternative Character Interpretation of Melissa.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First appeared six years before his formal introduction.
- Closet Key: He's apparently the reason that Elliot realized that he has some attraction to men.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: If all the rest of the tropes in this section weren't enough evidence, these two strips cement it.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Even moreso than Tedd in that he also dresses in androgynous clothing. He killed a Running Gag: in comparison with Noah, Tedd doesn't look "just that androgynous" at all.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Discussed.Noah: Is it jealousy? I have been told I could make straight men see rainbows.
- Face Fault: He actually manages to trip while sitting down. Twice.
- Friendless Background: Wants friends, but has difficulty making them because he is shy and has poor social skills.
- Friends with Benefits: He's dating Melissa despite her still being in love with Justin, and they "provide close comfort and pleasure for each other."
- Guttural Growler: Implied that he does this as "The Child Left Behind".
- Happily Adopted: Lives with Raven, who he considers a father-figure. Later revealed he'd been pondering for awhile on how to ask for permission to call him Dad. Eventually he casually calls him that while trying to comfort him about Pandora's "Death before immediately backpedaling on it, only to be hugged.
- Hidden Depths:
- Nearly won a race through the "Swedekea" store with super-powerful martial artist Elliot, and later tells Raven that he was holding back. To be fair, Elliot was too, but still...
- In gym class, he faked mediocrity so well that Ellen remembered him at all only because of his strange hairdo.
- He also once beat the snot out of two guys who later went on to become college football offensive linemen.
- In the Hood: Wears one when fighting magical beings that obscures all of his features, except white dots for his eyes and a drape of hair.
- Keet: Quieter than most, but the dude can flounce and produce sparkles at will.
- King Incognito: He implies that he's royalty, since he tried to knight Raven. Of course, Raven points out that he doesn't actually have the authority to knight people, so who knows.
- Lightning Bruiser: Also, literally.
- Mysterious Past: All we know of his past is that his parents are dead, presumably at Damien's hand.
- Peek-a-Bangs: One of his eyes is covered by his hair at nearly all times.
- Spock Speak: One of his more notable traits.
- There Was a Door: See Cloud Cuckoolander above.
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A self-publishing schoolboy who tries to be very helpful.
An enthusiast of the supernatural who graduated from Moperville South.
- A Friend in Need: Despite having been angry a moment ago with Diane for her thoughtless outburst (see under Did You Think I Can't Feel?), Charlotte unhesitatingly tackles a monster threatening her. When Diane expresses astonishment at her doing that for her, Charlotte says simply, "Of course I did. You're my friend."
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Charlotte is introverted and socially retiring, yet manages to tackle a spider-vampire about to launch a surprise attack on Diane. The creature easily tosses her away, but still.
- Black and Nerdy: Charlotte spends her free time either investigating the supernatural, discussing it online, or gaming.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Despite her normally stoic demeanour, she reacts to Diane's outburst, "Have you ever even been on a date?" with a genuinely hurt look and retreats into silence, testily rebuffing Diane's attempt to apologize.
- No Social Skills: While she's not completely lacking in sense of humour or conversational ability, her introverted nature makes her uncomfortable in conventional social situations. When her housemate Rhea throws a party, Charlotte, upon meeting Nanase and Ellen, cuts right to the chase about their paranormal investigative abilities and, ignoring Rick's invitation to join the party, suggests the couple join her upstairs for video games.
- Not So Stoic: Her near-emotionless veneer cracks in the fifth chapter of "So a Date at the Mall." When Diane casually dismisses Tara's intuition that she has vampire-hunting potential as nonsense, and instead focuses on her own romantic prospects or lack thereof with Elliot, Charlotte is genuinely appalled and castigates her for her priorities. Then, when Diane counters with an angry jab at her introversion and thoughtlessly asks whether she's ever dated, Charlotte shows her hurt feelings so visibly, if silently, that Diane realizes she's gone too far.
- Only One Name: As of current her last name is unknown. Lampshaded in an NP stoyline where she and Susan are the inventors of a super army robot (Grace). In the final strip she addresses Susan as "Dr. Pompoms", who responds by calling her Dr. Last Name Not Known Yet.
- The Spock: Charlotte is all about logical deduction. She generally has a limited emotional range, and her facial expressions rarely veer from Dull Surprise or Fascinating Eyebrow except when startled, annoyed or amused; even then, her face normally shows those reactions as minimally as possible. She even uses Spock Speak in the strip that introduces her, almost completely avoiding contractions and informal speech; this is relaxed in her subsequent scenes.
An average nerd and Justin's coworker at the comic book shop.
- Ambiguously Gay:
- There are some only slightly ambiguous hints that George has a crush on Justin, but this isn't confirmed and could be a Red Herring. All of the signs (except perhaps for one) could realistically be due to other reasons.
- In one of the "Summer Moments" comics, George has a pretty curious expression towards two guys going out to the movies with each other. It is still pretty ambiguous.
- And finally confirmed here, with the commentary even stating that, for some readers, it was a "FINALLY" moment.
- Author Avatar: He parrots what Dan says a lot in the commentary and interrupted a Q&A in comic to act as his mouth piece. However, he's not solely existent for that. Dan's actual Author Avatar has shown up less since he was created, though.
- Fanboy: A parody of opinionated geeks as a straight-up Expy of the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Invoked: George feels this way about Star Wars ep. 1-3.
- Fantastically Indifferent: He's pretty observant, noticing for example Tedd's hair color change in the middle of the game tournament, but doesn't pass it more than a nonchalant comment.
- Geek Physiques: Of the obese sort.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and obnoxious, but not actually a bad person, and surprisingly generous with honest advice. Sarah sums him up as a "giant rude Yoda."
- Meta Guy: The reason he was created.
- The Social Expert: Despite appearing rather indifferent most of the time, he actually has a good insight into people.
- Stealth Mentor: Dispenses surprisingly good advice to the kids while feigning indifference, coaches Sarah in the card tournament when everyone else is too preoccupied to notice.
Grace's "Grandfather" who substituted his own dead daughter's DNA (the original Grace) for the intended genetic sample when Project Lycanthrope created their fourth assassin "Shade Tail."
- Deadpan Snarker: Even in the most precarious of situations:Dr. Sciuridae: [We] were assigned to work on a project to create deadly super assassins.Grace: What kind of company would assign that?!Dr. Sciuridae: A shady one.Grace: Ah.
- Only in It for the Money: He knew his bosses' ideas were completely nuts, was fully aware of the dubious morality of his job, and hated the company, but...
- Motherly Scientist: Grew very attached to Grace, because Grace is his genetic granddaughter.
- The Stool Pigeon: He was the snitch who gave out the Project Lycanthrope to Mr. Verres after he grew attached to Grace.
DexA regular in the comic shop where George and Justin work, a very hairy and very unkempt guy of less than athletical body shape, though not quite emaciated. He found himself right in the epicenter of the magic mayhem in "New And Old Flames" arc.
- Ascended Fanboy: A fan of anime, videogames and the like before getting a spell that lets him summon various creatures.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He was just a creepy dude who hung around the comic shop where Justin worked. And then he walked into Greg's dojo...
- It's a Small World After All: He and Greg remember seeing each other at a convention.
Susan's, and (during the summer) Elliot's, boss at the video rental store. A huge nerd who has an entire leveling system for his employees, he was unimpressed with Elliot's unfamiliarity with movie references and only hired him because Susan told the half-truth that Elliot knows Cheerleadra. Is bombastic and hammy, and rather obsessed with the things he's a fan of.
- Fanboy: Perhaps even more so than George, in presentation though he's a lot more enthusiastic rather than snarky but angers easy when people don't get references he makes whereas George would just snark them.
- Graceful Loser: He's a Munchkin Min-Maxer who is often sure of his strategies (and to his credit, he's pretty good), but he'd be the first to admit defeat when it happens, even by luck.
- Incoming Ham: Tends to make an entrance with a loud booming voice or a quote of some sort.
- Informed Ability: He's never actually won a game on-panel.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- He was more than willing to let Grace borrow his Star Wars DVDs regardless of winning or losing against Justin (he just made the wager to beat him in a card game). He also invited her to join his roleplay group due to just how into the Magic game she was getting.
- During the card game storyline of "Squirrel Prophet," he taunted Sarah for not considering "a deck to win the game". When Sarah won their match, Tensaided made a loud and dramatic declaration that she is "a true geek", mostly to make sure she wouldn't get picked on by the more abrasive geeks like Larry and Rich.
- And then, after Sarah defeats Larry, he gives him a piece of his mind after hearing him treat Sarah so poorly.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": A big fan of Cheerleadra, as evidenced by his :D face.
- Mundane Utility: He hit upon a way to turn Elliot's ignorance of movies into an asset by turning Susan's education sessions into a web show.
- Punny Name: Tensaided's name is derived from the ten-sided dice used for role playing games. It doesn't carry a particular deep meaning other than the fact that he's a nerd.
- Shout-Out: Likes to pepper his speech with movie quotes, like when he quoted Ghostbusters to describe Elliot's worthiness for a summer job.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: For Justin, who he believes lacks sufficient respect for old-school gamers and gaming. Probably not all the time, but certainly during game nights.
- Stout Strength: Not really apparent in the main story but his appearance during the non-canon Grace-A-Monsters arc shows that he's got a decent amount of muscle and Word of God is that this part of his appearance is canon.
A freshman in college and former Magickal Gatherings nerd with a Power Tattoo that gives him Aura Vision. Shows up in "Squirrel Prophet Part 2" to get a look at Justin's aura, and ends up competing in the tournament.
- Ambiguously Gay: He left his old comic shop due to homophobia. Take into account the Ship Tease with Justin, and it's pretty clear.
- Aura Vision: Implied to come from his tattoo. He's not precisely sure what it does, just that it lets him see auras, that people with powers like his have slightly larger auras and that he can apparently — in usual circumstances, at least — tell if someone has a mark or not ( he has not learned to recognize the difference between someone who has a mark and someone who had a mark yet). He doesn't really know what it means when he gets blinded from trying to look at Tedd.Luke: Was that even an aura? Was it from that guy? Or that pink haired guy? Or something I can't see? Oh my god we're dealing with magic it could totally be something I can't see.
- Berserk Button: He was originally planning to lose his first game as fast as possible without making it obvious that he wasn't trying to win. That went out the window when Rich called his fairy gay.
- Eating the Eye Candy: "Abs..."
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: He disapproves of Slave Leia in Return of the Jedi, because he finds it pointless and an insult to her character. Grace uses the fact that he didn't drool all over her to prove to Justin that he's gay.
- Player Archetypes: In standard Magic terminology, he's a Spike, the guy who plays to win. He's something of a retired example (so to speak) due to problems with his old comic shop, but even when he's trying to lose, he ends up constructing a powerhouse deck almost by accident that completely curb-stomps Rich when he decides to play for real.
- Power Tattoo: Implied to have one of the random tattoos Pandora's been handing out. His gives him Aura Vision.
One of the regulars at the comic book shop. He's recognizable by his excessive number of pockets and his tiny little beard. Turns out he's actually a transgender man.
- Ascended Extra: Not Sam himself, but rather his appearance was originally that of a nameless extra before Dan decided he liked it and made it Sam's. It's to the point that he has his own arc called The Secret of Sam.
- Bearded Lady: Grace mistakes him for one in a flashback. When he catches her staring at him, she apologizes and innocently says "It's just I thought only boys could grow be—" before he shuts her up.
- It's later revealed to be fake.
- Crazy-Prepared: He really likes his pockets. After the reveal that he's trans, it becomes clear that they're at least partly to hide his any feminine figure he might have.Tedd: What do you have in those pockets?
Sam: Anything I could possibly need ever.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Apparently figured out that something was different about himself at an early age, but assumed, due to misconceptions and poor information, that he was just a lesbian, which was why he felt so masculine. He only figured the truth out after he had already come out as a lesbian, and he implies that the experience was rather trying, hence why he doesn't want to come out again. He realizes that his magic mark means that he'll have to do so eventually, but he's still trying to put it off for as long as he can, in part because he doesn't want to be the first person whose coming out involves magic.
- Gender Bender: Has apparently gained a magic mark that allows him to alter his physical form and become biologically male.
- Gender-Blender Name: Invoked. He gives Tedd some quick advice on choosing a less masculine name (Tess) on the assumption that he's male-to-female transgender.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Eventually he's actually glad that Grace ended up learning about him being trans, since he had literally no one else he could talk to about it.
- Power Tattoo: Pandora gave him a magic mark that allows him to transform into a body that matches his true self and back as one of her last acts before being reset.
- Stupid Sexy Friend: He apparently finds Grace attractive, though he seems to know that she wouldn't reciprocate.
- Trans Equals Gay: He knew that he liked girls early on, and due to lack of information and misconceptions about lesbians he had when he was younger, assumed that since he was attracted to girls, it made sense that he was masculine, only to realize the full story later due to being drawn to male roles in plays and cosplay. Part of why he keeps it secret is to avoid having to go through coming out "again".
- Transgender: A trans man.
A regular at the comic shop. Close friends with Larry.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Not realizing Tedd was a guy, Rich tried flirting with him, which made Tedd incredibly uncomfortable. Rich did not stop even when Tedd was being obvious about his discomfort.
- Casanova Wannabe: He thinks he's a hotshot, but he's not.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Alien conspiracy to be precise. The irony is that he's close to the truth but misses the point: aliens do exist but the real menace is a magical/mythical one; he suspects Tedd of being an alien but doesn't notice anything about his girlfriend.
- Fat Idiot: He's fat, and thinks he's smarter than he is.
- Heteronormative Crusader: Constantly throws out homophobic slurs, and even tells Larry that it would matter to him if he was gay.Rich: What if you hit on me or something?
Larry: That's really not something you'd need to worry about.
- Jerkass: Right from his first appearance.
- Straw Misogynist: Goes on an (unseen) tangent rant about Susan's feminist views, which are well after her own transition from a Straw Feminist to a more normal one, calling them "man-hating dumbness".
- Those Two Guys: With Larry at first, but rifts have started forming between them during The Squirrel Prophet storyline.
A regular at the comic shop. Close friends with Rich.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Albeit not quite as much as Rich, in that at least he was capable of, and did, learn better.
- Casanova Wannabe: Thought he was all that, but other people told him he's not. At least, he's improving, which is more than can be said for his friend Rich.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Potentially. While he was exactly as rude as Rich in their first appearance together, he's at least shown since that he can be taught. And there's something strangely admirable about the fact that he wasn't turned off pursuing Tedd romantically when he came to the conclusion he was a gender-switching alien.
- Those Two Guys: With Rich at first, but rifts have started forming between them during The Squirrel Prophet storyline.
- Took a Level in Kindness: During the card game tournament, he takes all the pointers on his bad behaviour to heart and not only apologizes directly to Sarah and Tedd for it, but promises to work on bettering himself so he doesn't do stuff like that again.
A girl with a fixation on cat girls.
- Meaningful Name: Her affinity for cat girl spells might be name-based, which is why Pandora missed her (though Pandora admits that she could have developed an affinity for cat girl spells as a result of her name rather than an inherent affinity and marks her).
Kitty's goth friend.
- Cat Girl: Kitty's first use of her new spell transforms them, and they like it.
- Power Tattoo: Pandora is implied to have given them a magic mark, though we don't yet know what ability it grants.
- Transgender: If Pandora is correct, they're a trans girl. Them liking being transformed by Kitty's spell hints at this as well.
A wandering adventurer, Pandora's mortal lover, and the father of Adrian Raven.
- Badass Beard: He's a fearless adventurer who willingly marched blind into the unknown, and he's shown wearing a full beard.
- It's the Journey That Counts: A firm believer of this, he rejected Pandora's offer to help because that would ruin his quest for him. This is what led to Pandora following him around and sparking an interest in him.
- MayflyDecember Romance: He was in one with the immortal Pandora, which led to the birth of their son Adrian Raven.
- Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: After Adrian does some Calling the Old Man Out with his mother, Pandora is forced to reassess her actions. Being The Fair Folk, immortals have trouble grasping human morality already, and having lived longer than two centuries, Pandora finds it even more difficult and starts basing her morality on what she thinks Blaike would have wanted.
- The Lost Lenore: He was married to Pandora. While the problem of a May Fly December Romance troubled her, she felt it wouldn't be a real problem since she would be at about the right age to reset when he succumbed to old age, at which point she could continue to be part of her son's family. But Blaike ultimately died young, trying and failing to save a group of travelers from a monster. As a result, Pandora did not reset, and now suffers from With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Everything to do with Pandora and her son Adrian extends from his tragic death.
- Posthumous Character: Killed by a rampaging monster, he's long dead centuries before the events of the comic take place.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only in 3 strips of the entire comic, but he's the reason Pandora went past the Despair Event Horizon.
Ted's maternal half-brother.