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  • Reused Character Design: Aaron Neathery appears to use a "Star System", much like his idol Osamu Tezuka. Characters in Endtown have previously appeared in other works with different (but canonically-connected - according to Word of God they all exist in the same multiverse) settings. Examples include:
    • Albert and Gustine, who were lifted wholesale from his twin strips Albert and Daycare which were also set in a universe with a Neitherland and Hillside, though they are not quite the same people, these versions having no experience of Aaron Marx.
    • Aaron Marx himself, probably Aaron's longest running character, appearing in his work in many forms over the years (even as a mysterious lover named "Adam Parkes"), and having been created during Aaron's childhood.
    • Jacob Jackrabbit, who originally appeared in an anthro strip called The Daily Grind.
    • Sam Sparkplug, often an attendant character to Aaron Marx.

    Anthros in General 

One of three possible results of a plague mutation, "anthros" are literally animal people, having gained semi-accurate (as in, somewhat cartoonish, for an unknown reason) animal features during the transformation from their human form. Said transformations are highly variable (one person may become a tall sexy cat woman, while another man mutates into a tiny moggy) and Word of God states that they are affected by cultural stereotypes, so there is definitely something unusual at work...

  • Cast of Snowflakes: The mutation process has more factors than just species, so even two members of the "cat" type anthro may be wildly different. In addition, the range of species extends far beyond the realm of mammals - one anthro, Oscar, is a large red crab.
  • Exotic Equipment: Word of God says yes, they pack "accurate" anatomy for their given species downstairs. This even extends to cow-ladies like Maude having udders.
  • Helium Speech: A side effect of smaller throats and vocal chords for the anthros who end up in the "munchkin" size range. Those who end up larger than normal humans experience the opposite effect.

    Wally Wallechinsky

A feline ex-Apex contractor who mutated under sedation after being captured just before WWIII. A wanderer, he hates being confined by a society he has trouble believing in and finds solace in the emptiness of the Great Waste. The loving fiancee and constant companion of Holly Hollister.

He replaces Albert Anderson as the main male protagonist (January 17, 2011).

  • Berserk Button: Wally cannot stand child abusers, as evidenced when he has a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown with one until the others pull him away.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Accidentally killed a kindly school teacher he had a thing for at the behest of the military industrial complex.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Even before his pre-cat days, he hated guns and couldn't stand seeing them everywhere.
  • The Engineer: Granted he doesn't show it much, but according to his own admissions during his flashback aboard the Opabinia, he was a military Engineer under contract to the Apex corporation's mercenary wing, serving in a foreign nation. He regrets this immensely, especially since it lead to him being made to inadvertently murder a teacher he had come to like during a military op.
  • Nominal Hero: Of the "Leave Me Alone" type. He mostly cares about his freedom and whoever he's in love with at the time, with other things (like the aforementioned child abusers) only being addressed if they enter his line of sight.
  • Satellite Character: To Holly in a lot of ways, being largely motivated by her and the events in her life and really not having much character of his own. Has led to some concern among readers now that he appears to have been paired up to another satellite character.

    Holly Hollister

A waitress in Endtown, Holly Hollister mutated into a three-foot-tall mouse pre-WWIII and finally adapted to her new body "after having discovered the joys of Camembert".

Entering Endtown traumatised from pre-war events, she spent two years of her life living alone up in the Endtown clocktower before deciding that she could no longer isolate herself from the rest of humanity and mustering the will to join the people below.

Her philosophy of self-acceptance coupled with her determined and caring attitude help Wally Wallechinsky reconcile his own identity issues and results in he and Holly becoming a pair. Possibly the fastest person in Endtown, she prides herself on never having been caught unless she wants to be.

She replaces Gustine Greene as the main female protagonist (April 11, 2011).

  • Best Her to Bed Her: Holly encourages Wally, a cat, to accept his own instincts and work them out by chasing her, telling him that she's quite positive that he won't hurt her because he's also a human being, and that nobody's ever caught her yet anyway. When he accepts, they have a short Tom and Jerry session, then she allows him to catch her, kiss her, and in one of the strip's most gentle and touching moments, come home to bed with her. Word of God states that Holly's own animal instincts are pleasantly stimulated enough by being chased by someone she likes for it to count as foreplay...
  • Break the Cutie: Though it turns out she was broken to begin with and had simply undergone enough healing to become a functioning human being again, so this might be a case of re-breaking a cutie
  • The Cutie: She's an adorable three foot tall mouse lady with a winning smile, positive attitude, pretty laugh, and the ability to do puppy-dog eyes on demand. Post-re-breaking, the cutie aspects seem to have been deliberately transplanted to Kirbee
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Arguably even moreso than most of the people in Endtown. Most people just mutated and lost their homes and families; Holly:
    • Had a brief but terrifying encounter with a monster in the woods
    • Survived a near-miss from a crashing plane while crashing her own flying car
    • Accidentally caused a neighbour who had mutated into a snake to be killed by Apex Buddibombs
    • Mutated into a mouse herself
    • Miscarried a baby she was very invested in and saw it come out as a mutant fish
    • Saw her husband mutate into a monster and then get blown up by her own remaining Buddibombs right before her very eyes
    • Saw her stepfather shot by NDDC goons
    • Tried desperately to control his car as he faded into unconsciousness
    • Survived the crash of said car into a restaurant
    • Ran alongside her newly-mutated stepfather from a wave of other people's Buddibombs amid cries of "Monsters!"
    • Narrowly avoided an actual monster in the restaurant kitchen
    • Fell down a garbage chute and got out right before a buddibomb blew it up
    • Nearly got run over while running in terror across the road
    • Fled from Apex hunter-killer drones as she heard another anthro getting shot to pieces behind her
    • Witnessed the beginning of a lethal stampede inside a sewer shelter as non-VIPs attempted to get into Endtown via the elevators (she had gotten in due to her stepfather being a VIP doctor)
  • The Determinator: An interesting case, seeing as she appears to have reinvented herself as one during her time in Endtown and she mostly applies it in respect to others, not for her own personal gain. In this sense it seems to play into her mousey "Fight or Flight" instincts, in that she'll usually run if the only risk is to herself, but she won't give up on another person, such as the way she sticks by Wally no matter what, and when she appears to shrug off a direct strike at her soul in favour of saving a child, only succumbing to the shock to her system once the current crisis is over. It is a sign of how badly the "Milk Trial" arc affected her that she appears to have given up on everyone in Endtown except Doc and Wally.
  • Fragile Speedster: Her small, mousey form lets her be very quick on her feet. She once managed to skid past a slammed door in almost Flash Step fashion.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Granted it's heard to tell in the grey-toned strip itself. Concept and promotional art gives her golden blond hair, though.
  • The Idealist: Holly believes in letting go of the past to look towards the future, in self-acceptance, in looking after the innocent and helpless, and that braving the Hedgehog's Dilemma is worth it.
  • Killed Off for Real: While initially claiming that Holly is still alive in the dream bubble, Aaron eventually confirmed her offscreen demise in a Patreon email, listing her among all the characters who died up to the end of Pigs arc. Then again, Aaron's emails have a reputation for unreliability and flip-flopping, Never Found the Body is in play, her popularity endures, and she or someone very much like her has just made an appearance in the current storyline as of January 2021...
  • Mama Bear: Don't try to kill a child in front of her if you want to keep all your fingers. Even if you're demonically possessed.
  • Not As You Knew Them: Her previous difficulties seem to have transitioned quite suddenly into this as the result of the writer shifting his preference in heroines from Holly to newcomer Kirbee. Notably, there was no precedent for her lashing out viciously at anyone close to her in the depths of her madness (before she'd simply run away from people or tried to commit suicide), yet it suddenly happened at just the right time to drive her partner into the arms of another preparatory to Holly being written out of the comic.
  • Off-Model: Her front teeth have been getting bigger and bigger as the strip goes on to the point where it's started to look very odd. This may be intentional on the part of the artist, as it seems to start around the time she begins to be portrayed less sympathetically.
  • Out of Focus: In the weirdest way, because it happens for the majority of her own focus arc. Much of the "Holly's Flashback" arc focuses on an illusory image of Holly's past self - the real Holly disappears shortly after she reaches the ship and never really reappears, though at the end of the arc we are briefly given a sort of supplementary flashback to the real Holly writing the "Dear John" letter she left for Wally. Since the arc ends with her being Put on a Bus and we are never treated to an explanation of what, exactly, happened to her to put her in charge of the ship, the whole thing is rather unsatisfying.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Able to turn them on on demand.
  • Put on a Bus: Looks that way, as of the 23/11/2016 strip, which appears to end with her disappearing along with the Fitzgerald. Time will tell if the bus ever comes back, but at least she may be safe for now - not only is she the captain of the ship (or she claims to be - no explanation is given for how it came to be), but the AI of the Fitzgerald seemed to have fallen in love with her, deciding it was her husband, Lyn, and is therefore unlikely to harm her and, hopefully, feeding off her positive emotions at living in a simulation of her old life...
    • As of 2020, may or may not have been painfully subverted by the developments mentioned in the Killed Off for Real entry.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, and especially Camembert. Heavily implied to be a part of her transformation into a cartoonish mouse, especially considering she was lactose intolerant as a human and couldn't stand the stuff.
  • Trauma Conga Line: As seen under Dark and Troubled Past, above. One gets the impression it was done in such an over-the-top manner in order to make her look too damaged to continue to be a part of the cast, as she was Put on a Bus shortly after it was all revealed.
  • What Could Have Been: Concept art (produced right up to the time of the creator's illness and prior to the rewrite he performed mid-"Unity"-arc) suggests the arc after that would originally have featured a much more well and at-peace Holly exploring the Great Waste with Wally and Chic, no Kirbee in sight, with the group eventually finding the ocean and the mythical land of the Great Green mentioned in background materials.
  • Women Are Wiser: Originally depicted as Wally's emotional anchor and guide in life, as well as having more of a knack for helping others than he did and having a level of emotional intelligence and insight bordering on The Empath (the sequence with the little girl monster in the desert, for instance, or her outreach to both Linda and Chic). This largely disappeared at the end of her time in the comic as she fell out of favor with the author.

    Dottie Proctor 
A capybara reporter for the Endtown Examiner and close friend to Mayor Walter Trimble.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Possibly the most capable one at the Endtown Examiner, at least before the Pig Arc. She figures out most of the plot behind the entire Milk Trial arc when nobody else (who isn't directly involved) has the faintest clue until the truth is practically staring them in the face.
  • Not As You Knew Them: About a quarter of the way through 2017 she suddenly transforms into a strange parody of an equal rights activist, losing her good sense, canny intellect and grasp of social dynamics and gaining a huge dose of naivete that sees her getting conned into providing equipment and materials for a Wolf Supremacy movement. She also develops a noticeable sociopath streak, joyously greeting a brutal riot as nothing but front page fodder and tackling a traumatised witness to the ground just to interview her. Readers half-joked that the same thing had happened to her as had happened to another noticeably distorted character.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Has a strong feeling of this with Walter Trimble, until they become estranged for no apparent reason during the start of the "Pig Arc", prior to Walt completely turning his back on her near the end of the arc as an end result of their enforced lack of communication.

A young bird anthro who survived the selection process in Unity because his silhouette appeared reptilian during his egg-candling. Rescued from the destruction of Unity by Wally's group (particularly Holly, who saved him from dying at the hands of a possessed Jim), he ended up travelling the Great Waste with them.
  • Living Prop: Unfortunately reduced to this for most of the "Ship Arc", after a setup with Holly that promised much more. The impression one gets is that his development was sidelined in order to inject an arc devoted to removing Holly, after which his character development has likely been welded onto Holly's Convenient Replacement Character Kirbee, instead.
  • The Un-Favourite: Actually the unwanted child of the rulers of Unity. He lives inside the wall of their residence (and the rest of Unity) but is only openly seen in public at his job in the mess hall.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: His treatment as a resident undesirable in Unity has taught him some harsh lessons and made him behave much older than he probably is.

    Kirbee Durfee

A somewhat gullible and airheaded, bubbly, upbeat lizard lady from the colony of Unity, Kirbee has taken to travelling with Wally, Holly and Chic.

  • Convenient Replacement Character: For Holly, being directly awarded her position in the party by the author to the point of even nabbing the "adoptive mother" role for Chic that the "Unity" arc appeared to be prepping Holly to assume.
  • The Cutie: Coming off somewhat as an intentional replacement for Holly, post-breaking.
  • The Ditz. When introduced as a bit part character she was utterly moronic and oblivious to nearly everything negative about her situation and home, though her intelligence has been retconned upwards over time as she was adjusted to fit her new role in the plot. Would almost come across as Selective Obliviousness in aid of keeping herself happy except for her tendency to be scammed into putting herself in danger and Word of God stating that she's just super-upbeat and naive.
  • Dumb Is Good: Even with slight changes to suit her status as a main character, Kirbee's intellect still hovers somewhere below "bag of hammers", with her notably being dumb enough not to notice or be affected by the horrible things going on in Unity. Highlights include:
    • Willingly crawling into a crawlspace recently filled with poison gas to collect the corpse of a violent maniac.
    • Being a repeat victim of snipe hunts.
    • Believing that her adoptive son had spontaneously mutated into a pile of pillows (later appearance of people who had mutated into toothbrushes notwithstanding, since she had no way of knowing such a patently ludicrous thing was possible).
  • Flat Character: There's currently not much to her characterization besides "Kind, optimistic, somewhat dim help meet with feelings for Wally". Possibly the result of her being a bit part character that the author admits was upgraded to main character status when he realised she appealed to him and could be used to solve several looming plot issues.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Resistant to mental trauma, as an apparent counterpoint to Holly, to the point where it comes off as somewhat unrealistic.
  • Lizard Folk: Specifically created to show that they were not all xenophobic sociopaths.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Ticks multiple boxes, and is even claimed by Word of God to be present mainly to draw Wally away from being a brooding depressive post-Holly.
  • No Name Given / Only One Name: Finally averted. Her surname was not given for several years and was originally treated by the author as a big upcoming reveal destined for a future storyline, but it was eventually just revealed to be the uncommon but not particularly significant "Durfee" via merchandise titling on the website Redbubble.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Looks longer than a chameleon's, functions like cartoon chameleon tongues generally do, appears once to stop someone falling into a pit and has yet to be seen again. Whether all anthro lizards have tongues like hers is as much a mystery as the question of how she fits it into her throat.
  • The Pollyanna: Due to an apparent inability to think deeply about anything bad.
  • The Stoner: Pre-war. Apparently she'd toked herself to sleep just before she mutated, which means by the rules of mutation she just avoided mutating while intoxicated and becoming a mix-and-match "hybrid" like Cooper.

Possibly the closest thing yet to a picture of Eye...
An unseen, supernatural entity of uncertain origin and intent. Aaron Marx's nemesis, according to Word of God. So far it has only appeared once, possessing the raccoon Jim and using him as an agent of destruction inside the lizard-only colony of Unity.

Fan sleuthing using Aaron's older, canon-connected works coupled with comments and visuals from the Marx-like being in Wally's dream strongly suggests that it is a being created via multiple souls conglomerating around an invisible eye-beast pet of Marx's during a reality collapse. Since the reality collapse was caused by Marx, he may be considered entirely responsible for Eye's existence if this is true. There are further disturbing implications that it steals souls and incorporates them into itself...

  • A God Am I: Either believes itself to be God or induces this in those it possesses - it's a little ambiguous.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Upon reaching the Well, they kill Wally from the inside and gloat to the rest of the party about their impending godhood. Except, of course, they probably should have waited until Wally actually touched the well. Marx confirms his suspicions and quickly dispatches Eye, who has killed off their only contingency plan by murdering Wally too early. Marx lampshades how two-dimensional and predictable his 'nemesis' is.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Delivers incredibly compact, near-Mind Rape instances of these by apparently having access to the worst fears, most painful memories and most hidden secrets of those it talks to, and no compunctions at all about using them to strike straight at the heart of its victims.

    Capt. Philomena Flask
A mutant feline and the (former) chief of Endtown's security. She ruthlessly orders others and isn't hesitant to kill anyone in her way. She's also haunted by her former life as a human being. She's nicknamed "Blackie".
  • Cats Are Mean: She's authoritarian, strict, lacking of empathy, and has killed many times.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Par for the course for Endtown, but Flask, specifically, is an ex-Topsider who fell in love with an unmutated "Typhoid Mary" human and opened her own biosuit so that she could be with him, mutating herself into a cat-person in the process. When she awoke, he was gone, and she was captured and tortured by her own ex-comrades shortly after. Escaping, she left a bloody swathe of carnage through a Topsider base before making it to Endtown, where she eventually became a security chief with a hell of a grudge...
  • General Ripper: The head of Endtown's security division.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Posthumously, via the intercession of Aaron Marx in the afterlife, in one of the comic's weirdest and most controversial twists.
  • The Lost Lenore: Which turns out to be Petey of all people, in one of the comic's biggest coincidences, although it might be more accurate to say her Lenore is the person Petey used to be before he was plasticized...
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In the past, she had saved Petey for this very reason when he used to be human.
  • What Could Have Been: Was apparently originally going to survive the rocket arc and go on to accept Linda Kowalski into security.

A brain that had been "wiped" and wired into a Topsider transport vehicle before being placed into a robot body. Like most creatures that meet this fate, he has no memory of his past life, but he's more than willing to help the people of Endtown (within reason).
  • Wetware CPU: He is used to power Topsider technology, like many other brains.

    Linda Kowalski 

A koala lady and ex-Topsider, saved from being killed by Flask by Wally and mutated into an anthro instead. Later forgiven by Holly for trying to kill her, with the mouse lady aiding in her integration into Endtown society.

  • What Could Have Been: Was originally supposed to join Security and get to know Flask on a first name basis, perhaps putting Flask's attempted killing of her when she'd been an enemy behind her and coming to an understanding based on their mutual shared past as Topsiders.

    Aaron Marx
An un-mutated human with a plethora of power. He has a very murky backstory that hints he's from another universe. He's usually cheery like a cartoon character and has almost nothing affect his mood.
  • Almighty Janitor: He sticks around Endtown's universe to fix some lingering problems that may affect several universes and take Flask to a universe where she'd be happy.
  • Collective Identity: May be a case of this, as we've seen one main version of him, plus a potentially-separate childlike alter-ego who appears in dreams, as well as others such as an alternate-universe female version and a slightly younger-looking version from yet another alternate universe, and even someone very strongly-implied to be an unpowered (but not unaware) version native to the Endtown universe... who was a fox anthro.
  • Dual Age Modes: If the childlike, Marx-like being who appears in Wally's dream is, indeed, Marx, then it implies that he uses this alternate form for the express purpose of dream-meddling.
  • Expy: Of The Doctor. Specifically Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor, according to Word of God.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Apparently. Responsible for everything bad that's happened since the Milk Trial (by virtue of arranging for it to happen and putting Jacob in power), including Holly finding the ship (according to Word of God, as the result of an apparent knowledge of how events proceed across Endtown iterations and the ability to arrange those events to get desired outcomes), and yet not one ounce of his supposed "Greater Good" is visible so far... just a lot of senseless death and misery.

    Jim Jenson
An ex-Topsider who decided to become an anthro alongside his significant other, Sarah, in order to cure her of her cancer and then stay with her in solidarity afterwards. Transformed into a raccoon.
  • Act of True Love: Abandons his former life and human form in order to remain with Sarah in all ways once she mutates in an effort to cure her cancer.
  • Demonic Possession: As a (very unusual, by Word of God) result of experiencing Schism Syndrome due to his sudden rejection of his new body after seeing that Sarah had cheated on him.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: A certain section of the fanbase finds him very appealing, despite not being a very nice person.
  • Not Good with Rejection:As a combined consequence of his devotion to the cheating Sarah being rebuffed and his fresh mutation, Schism Syndrome hits him hard enough to open him up to demonic possession...
  • Teeny Weenie: Heavily implied, and further implied by Word of God's comments on anthro bodies to be a side-effect of gaining... accurate anatomy for a raccoon. Sarah is not pleased.

    Sarah Battle
An ex-Topsider who decided to become an anthro in order to use the "body reset" factor to cure herself of her cancer. Her fiancee, Jim, transformed himself alongside her so that they would be together in all ways. Upon waking, she had become a lizard.
  • Dirty Coward: When Topsider drones attack the Unity's survivors, she throws Piotr, the man who devoted himself to her, into the line of fire while trying to save her own skin.
  • Plot-Inciting Infidelity: The very first major thing she does upon engaging with Unity society is cheat on the man to whom she mutually pledged herself and who threw away his old life to be with her. Jim, for his part, may just about win the award for "Not Taking It Well".
  • The Sociopath: Seems to zig-zag between this and Opportunistic Bastard. She dumped Jim for Piotr once they got to Unity while giving him a half-hearted apology, and later reacted to the news of his apparent death with indifference and apathy. Later on, she had no qualms about throwing Wally, Holly, Kirbee and Chic under a proverbial bus to further prop herself up in the Unity's society.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: She mutated thanks to Wally and Holly's assistance in order to cure her cancer. At the climax of Unity arc, she immediately pins the blame for Unity's destruction on them and is all too happy to leave them at the mercy of incoming Topsider drones, while gleefully commenting to herself how this act will help her become the ruler of the remaining survivors of the colony.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Her smug gleefulness at the prospect of ruling over survivors of Unity while sacrificing Wally & co. to the incoming Topsider drones quickly evaporates once Wally realizes he has control over the Dittos and uses them to shield himself and his group, leaving Sarah and Unity survivors exposed. As the drones open fire on the lizards she begins to break down in fury and disbelief, running off into the waste after pushing Piotr into the line of fire.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't been seen again after the end of Unity arc, despite the fact she was confirmed to have survived the Topsider drone attack.

    Albert Anderson 
A human male that retained his form after being exposed to the Mutagen and the first protagonist of Endtown. Al's resourcefulness and quick thinking makes him a candidate for Topside missions.
  • Disney Death: Invoked — Gustine wishes him back.
  • The Immune: One of the few people exposed to the Mutagen and still able to keep his human form.
  • The Everyman: Pretty much the most "normal" person in the entire comic.
  • Put on a Bus: But he does return later on.
  • Skewed Priorities: Pretty much his biggest character flaw is that he's so devoted to expanding knowledge that he literally allows Sanders, a known homicidal maniac to live and attempts to get testimonies out of him.

    Gustine Greene 
A large anthropomorphic rhino and Albert's girlfriend. Still unable to adjust to her new life and form, she wishes to be human.
  • Big Eater: As is fairly standard for an anthro of her size.
  • The Big Guy: Ridiculously strong, due to her species.
  • Put on a Bus: But she does make a cameo appearance later on.
  • Selfless Wish: Has her chance to become human, but uses it to revive Albert.

     Sparkplug Sanders 
An engineer found inside a city that had been curved in half. He only appears in the first story arc, and has been never mentioned since, despite having played an important part of the world's lore.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Receives this treatment.
  • Arc Villain: Is the villain of the first main story arc (Gustine's quest) but after that, has received little
  • Ax-Crazy: Oh yes.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: Attempts to maintain a somewhat-normal existence despite the obvious fact that he has gone completely mad.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He engineered the bombs that were used in the big war.
  • Death Seeker: Repeatedly begs Albert and Gustine to kill him, even saying it would be self-defence. Eventually he just jumps to his death. It comes with the fact that he actually made himself immune to Amesworth Radiation.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Al and Gustine are the first people he's met in how many years?
  • The Immune: Like Albert, he is one of the few humans to be immune to the plague. Additionally, he is also immune to the Disintegrator Ray technology.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Even before the bombs fell, he deeply regretted what the technology was used for.
  • Never Found the Body: He falls into a mass of dittos and disappears from the strip. In recent years, dittos have been shown to be capable of supporting weight, transporting people quickly, and to be reliant on constant contact with chosen targets for their sustenance (negative emotions)...

     Jacob Jackrabbit 
An ultra-conservative reporter for the Endtown newspaper, is also the leader of an anti-human association. His fear and loathing of humans (mutated or not) mirrors that of the Topsiders towards anthros. Jake holds "self-acceptance seminars" which are really recruiting sessions for his lynch mob. In Jake's association, changing one's last name to that of one's anthro type shows that you've come to terms with being an anthro.
  • Characterization Marches On: Goes from being a random news reporter, to a vicious and small-minded hack writer, to a cult-leading self-help guru and agitator with a broad anti-human racist streak, to a scheming, gloating political mastermind villain happy to see others die if it'll aid his goals of power and implied to be on course to lead a purge of Endtown's non-anthro citizens, to a beleaguered public servant who just wants the best for his people and who hasn't done much in the two years since he was elected apart from adjusting the foraging methods. It can't really be called character development, because we never see the transitions - he just changes every time we see him again with no real explanation.
  • Dirty Coward: At least early on in the comic, when he is the first to look for cover at even the smallest sign of danger. Possibly averted near the end of Milk Trial, when he stares down Octavius, who just pointed his gun at him, and dares him to shoot, but in that instance he was standing behind an invisible Marx's bulletproof shield.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates both Topsiders and unchanged humans alike, and his "self-acceptance" movement makes it pretty clear that unchanged, human mutants have no place in his vision of society, and are treated just like Topsiders.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's absolutely livid when security charges Foxworthy with murder of pig citizens and sentence him to death by hanging, despite Jacob pointing out just moments ago that he was found innocent of murdernote .
    • The security general then warns Jacob that if he fails to prevent another riot, they will resort to massacring the colony and lobotomizing the survivors to be used as breeding livestock. Jacob is visibly horrified.
  • Genre Savvy: He immediately sees through the butcher cabal's attempt to frame Foxworthy for Cooper's murder and the killing of the missing pig citizens.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Crosses with Batman Gambit. His scheme to take over Endtown involves manipulating the town's resident Knight Templar, Octavius Allgood, and the rat security forces, into causing such a mess that the citizens will be more than happy to accept him as their new leader. The Milk Trial (and Aaron Marx's intervention) only helped him achieve his goals sooner than expected.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In an attempt to expose the group of cannibals who were behind the disappearance of pig citizens of Endtown, Jacob and Velda set up Walt's girlfriend Portia as bait, and stalk her location without knowing she actually moved to Walt's place. As a result, Portia is killed and Walt is sent into a frenzied Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the butcher, eventually getting themselves both killed in the ensuing confrontation at the bridge.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Arguably. Over the two years of being mayor of Endtown, Jacob has seemingly abandoned his anti-human propaganda and is more focused on running the colony. When Foxworthy is framed for the murder of Cooper and being the mastermind behind disappearance of pig mutant citizens, Jacob clears him of those charges and spares his life, knowing well that he's innocent, though he still charges him for sedition and sentences him to exile. Too bad that the rats ignore this and still hang Foxworthy, branding him as pig murderer to the general populace.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Jacob presents himself as well-meaning journalist willing to confront the corrupt council and their enforcer, Octavius. In reality, he's a manipulative, power-hungry scumbag who schemes to remove the council and Octavius from position of power and authority so that he can claim it for himself and his cronies.
  • You Are What You Hate: Quick to berate Topsiders for their treatment of mutants, while he himself hates unchanged humans, and it's been heavily implied that there will be no place for human mutants in Endtown when he takes over.
    • This subplot has seemingly been abandoned as of the Pig arc, as Jacob has apparently taken his duties as mayor seriously and is more focused on keeping the peace and investigating the disappearance of Endtown's pig mutant citizens.

    Velda Van der Veezil 
Octavius Allgood's liaison between security and Endtown's citizens, Velda is a tricky, manipulative woman with secrets of her own.
  • Action Girl: Not afraid of getting her hands dirty when situation calls for it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: As soon as she sees Cooper's photo in the obituary (having remembered seeing him at Mavis' place not long ago), Velda makes a connection between him, Mavis and the mysterious butcher. She promptly goes to confront Mavis.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Member of Octavius', then Jacob's political party, and seemingly skilled in close combat and handling firearms.
  • Batman Gambit: Turns out to have concocted one with Jacob in order to discredit Octavius.
  • Behind Every Great Man: During the Pig arc she acts as Jacob's right-hand woman, providing him with moral and emotional support in difficult times, occasionally giving him some sound advice.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Polite and suave at first impression, but it's just a cover for her more cunning, manipulative side.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She doesn't skip a beat when confronting Mavis at her place, first incapacitating her by spilling alcohol in her eyes, then hitting her with a wine bottle as she tries to escape, before finally drugging her with ketamine in order to pacify her and carry her off for interrogation.
  • Evil Is Sexy: She's definitely one of the more attractive female mutants in the story.
  • Femme Fatale: Possesses traits of one. Even Aaron himself described her as such. She also falls under:
  • Femme Fatale Spy: See under The Mole.
  • Girls with Guns: She carries a pistol with her at all times.
  • Iron Lady: Stoic, professional and hardly anything can faze or unnerve her.
  • Magnificent Bastard: or a Magnificent Bitch in Velda's case. She expertly manipulates and coaxes Octavius into going along with his extremist agenda which further villifies him in the eyes of Endtown's populace. All according to hers and Jacob's plan.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Suggests to Jacob to use Portia as bait for the mysterious butcher, while she stalks Portia's place to intercept the culprit. The problem? Velda forgot to double-check if Portia is still at her last known place of residence, unaware that she moved over to Walt's apartment (and that the butcher knows this information). By the time she realizes this, things have already gone south. Later on, she prevents Grout from stopping Walt before he could catch the butcher, Denise, and as a result both Walt and Denise die when fire breaks out on the bridge where Walt cornered her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Velda loses her cool when security opens fire in her direction with no defenses in sight. She fazes over once it's clear Marx had his kinetic shields up.
    • Her reaction when she realizes her plan to lure out the butcher did not go as planned.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She seems to have this kind of relationship with Jacob. While she's very affectionate and supportive towards him, there hasn't been many hints of any more serious relationship going on between them.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She's rarely seen without her cigarette holder.
  • The Mole: While she initially seems to support Octavius' moral crusade, it's all a ruse. She's actually working for Jacob, undermining Octavius' efforts and reputation from within.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: While she's short compared to most other mutants and humans, Velda towers over Jacob.
  • Undying Loyalty: She's unquestionably loyal to Jacob's cause, doing everything to help him.