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    Erma Williams

The titular character of the webcomic, Erma is a young Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl Half-Human Hybrid with a human father and Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl mother and probably the cutest ghost since Casper. But don't let her appearance, supernatural powers, and fondness for the creepy and macabre fool you, she's a sweet little girl who just wants to spend time with friends, watch her favorite shows, and play with her dog.

  • Absurd Phobia: Santa Claus of all things is one of the few things that frightens Erma. Especially amusing, considering Clausophobia (or a "fear of Santa Claus") is a common fear among normal children her age.
  • Adorable Abomination: She's a cute little girl of a supernatural nature and powers that one would normally see in an evil being, including Body Horror transformations and Mind Control. Also, looking into her ears allows one to see the gates of a Hell-like realm.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Spirit's Bloom has her uncle implying Erma will help bring about the end of the world.
  • Ax-Crazy: A rare heroic example. Not in a psychotic way or to the point of harming people, but she really goes to town on a pumpkin when her father tries to teach her how to carve a jack-o-lantern. What makes it scary was that they were scooping out pumpkin innards first. She is somewhat aware of this trait of hers and tends to become quite embarrassed when caught, somewhat like a kid getting carried away.
    • Don't get us started about what happens if you piss her off.
    • Played for Laughs whenever she gets frustrated. In an attempt to catch a rat, she escalates in power usage and ends up sending a barrage of utensils at the rat. She only stops when her friend asks why she didn't just levitate the rat itself; her look on her face indicates that she was too blinded by rage/annoyance to consider that and appears to be mentally chastising herself for it.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Her friends, whether it be them abandoning her (as Wittle Wallace!possessed Felicia taunted her with in the "Secrets" arc) or them being hurt (as seen when Sidney sent a wave of rats to overwhelm them during a fight in the "Rats in the School Walls" arc).
    • When one of the Yokai thugs cuts off a lock of her hair she goes on the warpath.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As cute and sweet as she is (barring her penchant for Jump Scares and pranks), you do NOT want to push Erma past her breaking point, else you will see exactly how scary she can be.
  • Blinding Bangs: As typical for a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl, and they refuse to be cut, growing back instantly if one tries, resulting in her face being completely hidden by the bangs. However, as the series progresses, her bangs now only cover half of her face.
  • Body Horror: Erma can do this, though she mostly does it when annoyed/angered.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: It seems Erma doesn't really remember her former babysitter. When she comes upon her house to sell some chocolates, she doesn't react with any familiarity to her despite the woman clearly glaring at her. Either that or her Madness Makeover was enough so Erma could not recognize her (though given Erma's puzzled look, she might have thought of her as familiar).
  • Cool Big Cuz: Erma may be annoyed and exasperated by her cousin Emily's hyperactive energy, especially around her, but that's because Emily adores Erma and loves being around her. One notable moment was Erma climbing the wall Ring-style to get away from Emily and after noticing Emily's attempts to climb the wall, she rolls her eyes before going back and lowers herself to give Emily a piggy-back ride. Cue Emily glomping Erma from behind and Erma crawling on the wall with her cousin in tow. It's clear despite their differences, Erma loves her cousin.
  • Creepy Cute: The most adorable little Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl one will ever see, though, granted, she's usually not that threatening.
  • Daddy's Girl: Subtly implied she's this considering that we see her interactions a bit more with her father Sam, including going fishing with him and even kidnapping his favorite athlete and presenting him to her dad on Father's Day.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Erma may be a half-ghost who enjoys the scary and macabre, but she doesn't have an evil bone in her supernatural little body.
  • Dark Secret: The theme of the Secrets Arc. Erma considers being a fan of Warrior Unicorn Princess this, to the point that when her babysitter finds out and teasingly asks her, she gathers her collection of Warrior Unicorn Princess toys and takes them into the woods to burn them. "Pathetic" has Wittle Wallace-possessed Felicia taunt her with the fact that she's scared that everyone, including her friends and crush, will mock her and laugh at her for enjoying the show.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: A couple of strips actually have her scaring off monsters. For example, she ran into Pennywise from the 2017 version of "It" and got the drop on him in the sewer drain. Poor guy tried to run and...well, let's just say the only thing we see of him is Erma playing with a balloon while passing by one of her friends.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She once ate a rock she got while trick-or-treating.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: If she really goes all out. Her entire face goes completely dark and only the pupil of her eyes are seen.
  • Fair-Play Villain: Played with during the dodgeball game, when the coach tried to shoehorn her in the villain role for his amusement, by having her play against the other kids (see his entry below for quote) and even put Erma and Amy as team captains. When, predictably, all kids wished to join Erma's team, leaving Amy alone, he ordered at least ONE kid to team-up with Amy. The one who switched sides to join the underdog was, of course, Erma.
  • Fangirl: Of Warrior Unicorn Princess.
  • Generation Xerox: She bears a strong resemblance to her mother.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's a pretty sweet kid despite her penchant for jumpscaring people for fun now and then. However she's no pushover either and will fight when aggressively prompted. Examples being against Wittle when he kept mocking her about loving a favorite kid show of hers, against Sidney when she succeed a tidal wave of rats on her and her friends and even against Mitsu and Momo, her two full yokai cousins when first meeting them at an airport when they tried to steal her doll with their powers.
  • Hair Reboot: Any attempts to cut her hair result in it growing back almost immediately, and she had to use a bear trap as a hairclip to pin it back. Her mother has special scissors to avoid this.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The daughter of a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl mom and a human dad, though she takes after her mom more than her dad.
  • Hates Baths: Two comic strips have featured her running away from her parents to avoid taking a bath. Subverted in that it seems she doesn't so much hate actually taking the bath once she is in the tub as much as getting into the tub in the first place.
  • Heroic Mime: In a non-video game example, Erma is never seen talking on-panel. It's implied she can speak, given how when the principal denied there being rats in the school, Erma actually raised her hand and opened her mouth, but was cut off by her friend before she actually said anything.
    • In general, whenever Erma is shown attempting to talk, something comes up to interrupt her such as the neighborhood exploding or her mother showing up to pull her away from her youkai relatives.
    • A few times she makes screeching sounds or speaks in an unintelligible language that has a mind control effect.
  • Hidden Depths: "The Search Pt. 13" confirmed that Erma is bilingual, but considering that her father was taught Japanese by her mother, it's not so surprising that Emiko would have made sure that her daughter learned her native language.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Erma tends to do this when paired up with other horror beings (including Freddy and the monster under her bed).
    • On the other hand, her younger cousin Emily has this effect on her, namely because of her lack of fear and extensive perkiness leaves Erma overwhelmed. However, she does indeed love and watch out for her cousin.
    • Visiting a mall Santa Claus for the first time, the man gets irate with Erma being quiet when it was her turn to sit on his lap and ends up unnerving and scaring her, at which she used her powers in self defense mode. The incident left her with a fear of Santa; what sounded like jingle bells on Christmas Eve being enough for Erma to grab a knife to protect herself. During another Christmas, she fell asleep on the couch with her parents and had a nightmare of them revealing themselves to be a monstrous version of Santa and an elf, who then tie her up, cover her in gingerbread dough and shove her in the oven to make 'little gingerbread girl'.
    • She also got into a fetal position in her corner when Sam and Emiko began shouting at the TV during an American football game, freaked out by how angry her parents got.
    • Despite loving jump scares, she got spooked during her surprise party.
  • Human Dad Non Human Mom: Her dad is a normal human and her mom is a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl.
  • Intangibility: Erma can become intangible to float through walls/floors or allow things to pass through her.
  • Jump Scare: Erma is pretty fond of these, but never goes any further beyond that. Ironically enough, she isn't immune to them herself.
  • Knife Nut: Despite all her power, she's not afraid to use knives in self-defense, having brandished one during Christmas Eve when she thought Santa was coming into her home. She also pulled one to literally "Paint The Town Red" after her friend Amy used the phrase when asking Erma if she wanted to celebrate after taking a test at school. Then there's that rather worrying reaction when her father and she were trying to carve jack-o-lanterns.
  • Literal-Minded: Erma's interpretation of the phrase "Paint the Town Red" and catching animals with her phone.
  • Mind over Matter: Among her powers are telekinesis and mind control. In fact, Erma rarely carries things with her hands, preferring to carry them telekinetically.
    • One obvious application as mentioned are snowballs, but when she joined her friends for team water gun fights with food-colored water in super soakers, she used water balloons instead.
    • Erma requires concentration for fine manipulation of a large object, but when enraged, can grab multiple heavy objects (like tearing off branches the size of small trees) and hurl all she has collected at a target.
    • She can also telekinetically channel the air around her into hurricane-force wind speeds in front of her for several minutes.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction when she nearly impales a Wittle Wallace-possessed Felicia in a rage.
  • Nice Girl: Yes she may be spooky, but Erma is ultimately a nice girl who wants to live a full life and loves her friends and family. Don't mess with her though.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Erma is this for normal people (well, mostly for adults. Her fellow kids just think she's fun to hang around with). She enjoys scaring people for fun, although she's not malicious about it.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Seriously, don't try to get into a snowball fight with her.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Much like the ghost movies she's inspired by, Erma can do this.
  • Off with His Head!: Erma tends to do this with her dolls (save her Warrior Unicorn Princess dolls), and can do this to herself as seen in this and this comic.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gives one when her friends find the voodoo doll she made of Connor.
  • The Prankster: She loves taking advantage of her abilities to play tricks.
  • Prehensile Hair: Erma's stringy black hair can grow in length and ensnare/crush people like an anaconda.
  • Puppy Love: Connor, Erma's buck-toothed classmate, has a very large crush on her. Erma in turn is very fond of him and it's implied she returns his feelings. However, her indications are a lot more subtle than Connor's.
  • Rapid Hair Growth: She's tried to cut her hair on several occasions, but it immediately grows back.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her knees.
  • Scary Teeth: She apparently doesn't brush very often as another visit to a dentist showed that not only are her teeth smelly and rotten, but they also have bugs crawling around as well. Yeesh.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Erma, much like her mother, takes obvious inspiration from Sadako and Kayako.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Erma looks nothing like her dad, but is basically a smaller clone of her mom, so much so that Emiko's siblings comment on it. Lampshaded by Ena when she says that Erma looks so much like her mother. Both Yori and Kentaro separately state that the resemblance is "scary/freaky".
  • Stubborn Hair: Her long, unkempt hair is not by choice. Whenever she attempts to cut it short, it immediately grows right back. It takes a bear-trap just to hold it back in a pony-tail.
  • Television Portal: Due to being based partially off Sadako, Erma is capable of doing this. She once used it to get onto a football field to help her dad's team win by scaring an opposing player. She can use something as small as a handheld screen, doing so to get Terry's attention when he was too wrapped up in his game system to pay attention to her.
  • Thermal Dissonance: Due to being half-ghost, Erma seems immune to cold temperatures, as seen here and here.
    • She does wear a scarf around her neck in winter, but it seems this is for seasonal accessorizing than anything.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: It's revealed she was born on October 13th, with the strip coming out on Friday the 13th. How is it unlucky? Refer to Apocalypse Maiden as seen above.
  • The Voiceless: There's been some debate regarding whether Erma is this or The Speechless, but there are a few instances that imply she's capable of speech, but just never speaks on-panel.
  • Voodoo Doll: Erma has some, including one of Connor.
  • Wall Crawl: Likewise can do this; it's even lampshaded at one point when she's trying to get away from Emily who tries to follow her by doing the exact same thing. Naturally, Emily is human and can't do it, and Erma, feeling sorry for her, goes back and gives her a lift.
  • Weirdness Magnet: While Erma is fully capable of finding and/or causing the various supernatural hoo-ha that happens in her town, half the time it just happens to be there and Erma just happens to get involved with it (like Wittle Wallace or the race of Rat Men living beneath her school
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: She rarely gets mad but when she gets pushed, she's an utter force to be reckoned with. Especially if you harm anyone she cares about. Wittle ended up learning this the hard way and Sidney almost suffered her wrath if not for Principal Phibes calming her down.
    • During The Search arc, Erma, Mitsu, and Momo are accosted by three Yokai. After running and being tormented by them, Erma finally snaps and single-handedly defeats all three in a one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle.

Erma's Family

    Sam and Emiko Williams

Erma's parents. Sam is a human and his wife, Emiko (née Yureimoto), stated in the Family Reunion arc that she is a type of youkai. Despite the difference in species, they truly love each other.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Sam is so likable, he is able to win over a village full of humanphobic yokai within a day, proving his worthiness after drinking a magical wine that would have poisoned him if he was anything but pure.
  • Adult Fear: For Emiko. Having your family disapprove of your marriage is one thing... having your father, kidnap you and tell your spouse you're dead is a much different manner. The fact they are a race of supernatural beings with little hesitation for torture and murder just makes it worse. It's pretty obvious why Emiko wants little to do with them... which is why learning her father is not only aware of the existence of Erma, but where they even live scares her.
  • A Day in the Spotlight: "Spirit's Bloom" showcases how the two first met and fell in love. It was such a large story that it even got its own book.
  • Bag of Holding: Emiko's purse is a Hammer Space that she stores knives, blades, mystery liquid in a bottle, a Freddy Krueger-like glove, and at least one chainsaw. On their trip to Japan, she added Sam's suitcase to it, which he retrieved after shaking it out a little.
  • Blinding Bangs:
    • Like Erma, Emiko sports these in her design. But unlike Erma, we never really see her eyes, at least when she's in normal form except once in "Spirit's Bloom". All the other times we have, it's always when she was sporting Nightmare Face and Played for Laughs.
    • Finally subverted for real during the Family Reunion arc, where we see her normal eyes in the current timeline a few times.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Sam is either missing the point in his situation or his Seen It All attitude is helping him keep calm. In this strip, Emiko's sister Rin wraps her snake body over Sam, with the threat of lethally crushing him. But after Emiko threatens her into releasing him, he thanks her for helping him straighten his back. And before that, when Rin says that he's got the stench all over him, referring to how he smells as a human, he thinks that she doesn't like the smell of his cologne.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Being the husband and father to onryō, Sam has become fairly inoculated to the various horrors expected from such a household. This is later lampshaded when Yori knew that he was her brother-in-law since he did not run in fear from her and her family's antics.
  • Cranial Eruption: Sam and his brother Michael received one from their respective wives when it was revealed that they figured out Siris was undead after he was shot three times with the rifle Michael was using, and intended to not say anything right away of the incident.
  • Defector from Decadence: Emiko is a bit estranged from her family by her choice, since, well her father is kind of a dick and would rather seek to wipe out humanity (locking her up and claiming she was dead to Sam certainly didn't do him any favors). As such, she would rather live among humans than monsters. For the most part, she seems to be on good terms with her sister, but isn't willing to fully trust her out of fear their father might've turned her against Emiko since they last saw each other. She likewise would rather Erma not interact with them in any way as well if she can help it. Furthermore, turns out her family, the Yureimotos, are very well-off and of high nobility, based on having large amounts of service and definitely lends credence to Osamu being a powerful figure.
  • Disappeared Dad: In a family image of the Williams, it consists mainly of Sam, his brothers and their mother along with their spouses and children. No sign or mention of Grandfather Williams.
  • The Dreaded: Emiko is feared among other youkai. She's a legend amongst her village, and monsters that are interested in eating Sam immediately back off when her name is mentioned.
  • Establishing Character Moment: One for each of them.
    • Emiko gets hers when she crawls out of some poor guy's TV, scaring him half to death... then runs out of his house to give Erma the bagged lunch she forgot at home, establishing her as a kindhearted woman and good mother who can be very scary, intentionally or not.
    • Sam gets his when Erma creepily sneaks up on him, and just when she's about to spook him, he threatens to discipline her without bothering to turn around. This establishes him as a reasonable and loving but somewhat stern father who has Nerves of Steel, knows more than he lets on and has plenty of experience with the supernatural side of things.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Emiko's hair length reflects different stages in her life: it was shoulder-length before she left home, neck-length while she wandered the world, and reached its current length following her imprisonment in "Spirit's Bloom".
  • Good Parents: The happy couple do a very good job of raising Erma to be a responsible girl all while having fun and setting rules, especially for a unique kid like her.
  • Hammerspace Hair: Not so much for storage, but rather quick travel. Emiko can use her hair to envelop herself and others, travel to another location as liquid-like shadow, and gather it to reveal her 'passengers'. Apparently faster then running.
  • Happily Married: Most definitely. To drive it home how much they were made for each other, the two really get into watching football games.
  • Hidden Depths: "The Search Pt. 9" reveals that Sam is bilingual (English and Japanese), he says he learned Japanese from Emiko.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Inverted. It's Sam who's human and Emiko who isn't.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Sam is so nice that when goading to drink a special yokai wine that would poison him if he was anything else, he drinks it without hesitation and comes out of it fine.
  • Interspecies Romance: Sam the human and Emiko the youkai.
  • Mama Bear: Emiko becomes very threatening when she sees the rest of her family around Erma, as she still dosen't trust them.
  • Missing Mom: Emiko's mother has been conspiciously absent from any mentions of the family thus far, even in the Family Reunion arc.
    • Subverted; she is eventually mentioned alongside Osamu, when it's revealed the two are running late to the family reunion.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Sam is a famous novelist.
  • Nerves of Steel: Sam, in spite of being a human among monsters, is as calm as can be, even when getting threatened by them, as seen here and here. In fact, when one makes an attempt to eat him, his only reaction is a quiet, annoyed glance.
  • Nice Guy: Sam is a very kind and patient man regarding the antics of his yokai wife and daughter. He is also willing to shell out international airfare for their trip to Japan instead of just having Emiko teleport them there, solely so Emiko has a chance to calm down before confronting her Jerkass father. As we've seen so far, he is also doing his best to get along with his in-laws.
  • Nightmare Face: When she's angry or otherwise not in a good mood, Emiko can make some pretty scary facial expressions. For example, "Super Bowl" has her get long, sharp teeth and Glowing Eyes of Doom when the ref makes a call she doesn't like.
  • Oh, Crap!: Emiko gets one when she discovers a birthday present with a Japanese tag on it before burning it. The tag mentions "grandfather" on it, signaling to Emiko not only does her dad know of Erma's existence, but where they live and even her birthday.
    • Sam also gets a smaller one when Erma causes a lot of damage when she goes to the dentist, and he will have to pay a heck of a bill.
  • Open-Minded Parent: During the arc of Erma going to Japan, Sam is the one trying to keep things positive and letting Erma play around a bit. Contrasting with Emiko, though she is understandably worried given how her family is.
  • Playing with Fire: Refer to Oh, Crap!. With a gesture, Emiko can ignite objects, even with said object sitting on her other hand, with flames so hot they incinerate instantaneously without leaving any ash behind.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Emiko's hair is so long it almost touches the floor.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Sam is a famous horror novelist with at least four published works, and working on another. It's assumed by fans that this has made him well off, yet his family lives in a comfortably modest suburban home. Others point out that being wealthy would be the only way they can pay for Erma's more destructive episodes; a wealthy lifestyle would mean replacing things would be much more expensive. It would also explain why such expenses haven't put the Williams in the poor house.
    • This is reinforced by a comment made by Erma's aunt Yori about it.
    • Turns out Emiko herself is this. Her family has plenty of prestige and servants with them, something Sam did not too much about based on his surprise about learning it. However, it's unlikely Emiko gets any money from them seeing how she wants little to do with her family (or at least, her dad.)
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: It's revealed that Emiko was the only of her siblings who refused to have anything to do with her dad's violent ambitions, which led to her leaving.
  • Seen It All: Sam isn't fazed in the slightest about his supernatural family. Best seen when he is first introduced when Erma tries to spook him; he preemptively stops her.
    • Another strip has his reaction to answering the door to a one eyed, drooling, multi-legged monster be to tell Emiko that the visitor is probably there for her.
  • Species Surname: Emiko's maiden name is Yūreimoto, which roughly translates to "the ghost origin".
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Like Erma, Emiko sports the design. It brings her closer to the Japanese source material than her daughter due to being older.
  • Stubborn Hair: Subverted. While her hair is just as supernatural as her daughter's, Emiko keeps a magical pair of shears that is able to cut her hair effectively whenever it becomes too much of a hassle.
  • Television Portal: Emiko can do this, though mostly for Mundane Utility such as needing to get somewhere in a hurry.
    • Yori states that Emiko can also bring at least two others along with her when she wonders why her sister's family didn't do so to get to Japan from the US.
  • Unnamed Parent: For a long time, their names weren't revealed until the "Spirit's Bloom" prequel was released.
  • Violently Protective Wife: Emiko calmly asks her sister Rin to let go of her husband with a glare that promises Rin would very much regret not doing so. Considering her opinions on her family over what happened, you can hardly blame her for being cautious.
  • Walking the Earth: What Emiko did between leaving home and meeting Sam, usually with the places she visited ending up disaster areas by the time she left.
  • Woman in White: Emiko, much like her Japanese source material, dresses in a white gown. Her fashion sense was more varied until her imprisonment in "Spirit's Bloom".
  • Write What You Know: Sam's profession is a novelist, specifically for the horror genre, and he's stated to be famous because of it. It's implied a lot of his horror stories are inspired by Erma and Emiko.
    • Emiko confirms it and he actually gets a particular look in his eye when he gets an idea.
  • Youkai: While referred to as being a ghost more than once, it is later elaborated that Emiko is more properly described as being a type of youkai, with her whole family being different types of youkai. She and all of her siblings are each a different type.


Erma's pet undead dog she adopted from a woman dressed in stereotypical "gypsy" garb and living in a equally stereotypical "gypsy" wagon.

  • Dead All Along: The gypsy he was bought from mentioned that the dog (along with the other pets she was selling) is of a special rare breed that "not even man can explain". We're supposed to assume she was lying, based on the way she said it, but it turns out she was correct since Siris is undead.
  • Foreshadowing: As noted below, his name sounds similar to Osiris, the Egyptian God of the Dead, which indicates that he's technically not alive.
  • Healing Factor: Being an undead dog, he can recover from gunshots and getting run over without issue.
  • Hellgate: Is capable of rapidly digging into the earth a hole so deep, it reaches Hell. Filling it in is also apparently not a problem.
  • Implacable Man: Is completely unfazed by three gunshot wounds to the head and being run over.
  • Meaningful Name: Is just one letter away from either "Sirius" (also known as the "Dog Star") or "Osiris", the Egyptian God of the Dead which hints on him being undead.
  • Rubber Face: When Erma brings Siris to the Bring Your Pet to School Day that prompted his purchase, Amy accidentally causes his face to sag out of shape after playing around with it and stretching it out. Quickly promising to fix it in time for Erma's presentation, she used a clothespin at the back of his head to pin back the extra sag, making him look even stranger.
  • Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: Type IV. No one knew he was undead until they saw him survive three gunshot wounds and being run over. His body will apparently puff back up over time if it suffers any type of crushing damage. Despite being hit in the head, he regurgitated the spent rounds the same day.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Dogsitting Siris while the family is out of the country, Felicia finds it extremely difficult to drag the small dog along the sidewalk after he indicated that he wants to go for a walk. When he hears a bell, he runs towards it, yanking the babysitter right off her feet.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During the hunting trip Erma's dad and uncle Michael took him on as a hunting dog he got in the way of Michael's gun 2 times, climbed into one of their traps, and sniffed curiously at an open bear trap in the back of Michael's van. Though he can't actually die due to already being dead.

    Emily Williams

Erma's younger cousin through her paternal uncle Michael and his wife Regan, an excitable little ball of energy who is completely unfazed by Erma. Erma, on the other hand, is unnerved and exasperated by her cousin and her boundless energy.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Subverted. Although Erma's uneasiness at having to see her seem to imply this, it's quickly revealed that Emily is a nice kid who utterly adores Erma and sees her like a Cool Big Sis. It's just that she's so chipper and hyper that Erma is overwhelmed by her boundless energy. However, she gets along better with her than her maternal cousins.
  • Cuddle Bug: Emily seems fond of giving hugs, especially to Erma.
  • Genki Girl: She is pretty much incapable of standing still, pretty much vibrating in place when standing in one spot and just bouncing all over the place. Erma is unnerved by this since it means she has no idea how to handle her.
  • The Glomp: Seems fond of these. When she first appeared in the comic, she launched herself like a ballistic missile toward Erma, who ducked by entering the ground. Emily proceeded to fly through the open front door, past the adults and only stopping when she slammed face first into a wall. She laughs it off and says she gave the wall a kiss.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Downplayed. Erma genuinely loves her younger cousin and the two can get along well, but Emily's Genki Girl attitude appears to be pretty overwhelming to Erma, and combined with her total lack of fear, Erma has no clue on how to deal with Emily.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Seems to want to be as close to Erma as she possibly can, and when left alone near Erma's room immediately goes in and starts messing with everything.
  • Speech Impediment: Speaks with a slight lisp.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Erma can handle horrors from film, literature, video games and who else knows. Yet her excitable and fearless cousin leaves her gobsmacked.

    Yori Yureimoto

One of Emiko's older sisters and Erma's aunt. Mother of Mitsu and Momo.

  • Boyish Short Hair: Notable as every other female member has longer hair. She used to have long hair up until she was a young woman, as shown in a flashback.
  • Bag of Holding: Her purse is a tsukumogami, which can regurgitate a tsukumogami umbrella (and not a folding one, mind you, but a full-sized umbrella).
  • Cool Aunt: She's excited to meet her niece and doing her best to make a good impression.
  • Cool Big Sis: While not specifically confirmed if she is the oldest of the five sisters, she does act like it with Emiko.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She is quite the snarker, including in her writing, according to Sam. It's such a standout characteristic that Sam uses it as evidence as to how the letter sent to them can only be her after Emiko suspects the letter may have been written by her father. As we see in plenty of her dialogue, it is definitely the case.
  • The Dreaded: She is this to her daughters Mitsu and Momo, given that the two troublemakers have to pretend to be nice and obedient in front of her.
  • It Runs in the Family: Given her comment on the nature of children as part of parenthood along with discussing an incident back when she and Emiko were youngsters, it's implied troublemaking runs within the family. Makes sense given they are yokai.
  • Long Neck: Being a Rokurokubi, this is pretty much a given. She can retract into her body to give her an otherwise human appearance (minus the black eyes.)
  • Only Sane Woman: When it comes to her daughters' antic, Yori is the only one who will never buy any of their lies.
  • Species Surname: 'Yurei' most likely refers to the Japanese equivalent of a Western ghost, and 'moto' is a common component of Japanese surnames.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Besides the hair and neck, she and Emiko look a lot alike.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Downplayed example, but it is becoming more gradually evident that Yori being a single mother to her two kids has been a chore. Mitsu and Momo are massive troublemakers who bully other kids for money while causing havoc in town and Yori can only do so much, even knowing they cause trouble and referring to them as her "little gremlins." Financially however, she is secure given her family are definitely very well-off.
  • Thinking Up Portals: A memory shows she used this in what appears to be aiding Emiko's escape.
  • White Sheep: Implied so far by Emiko. She was the one that freed her sister after their father, Osamu, kidnapped Emiko. She is the only one in her family Emiko seems to really trust.
    • Seems to be confirmed when they meet her. She adores her niece Erma, is utterly happy to see her sister again and developing a friendly amicable relationship with her brother-in-law Sam.
    • In fact, what really sets her apart from her family is that she's the only one to be nice to Sam from the get-go. The rest of the family are either surprised or shocked by his presence or just downright hostile toward him like Rin. Though Ena and Kentaro quickly get along with him and Fumiko seems pretty okay with him.
  • Youkai: She's a rokurokubi, a long neck woman.

    Mitsu & Momo Yureimoto

Yori's twins and Erma's cousins. A pair of Zashiki-Warashi. Mitsu is the one with the light hoodie and dark stripe, while Momo has the opposite.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: While it's unclear if they are younger than Erma or not, they certainly fit the trope as they're annoying little jerks and Erma is often upset with them. Contrast this with her paternal cousin, the Genki Girl Emily who while exasperating to Erma, it's mainly because she is so energetic rather than any maliciousness.
  • Berserk Button: It seems that they hate people mentioning their dad and his current absence. When a group of antagonistic yokai did this, they turned right around and launched an explosive in their faces.
  • Blatant Lies: Once Yori stops the fight with Erma, they claim they were trying to return her doll and Erma was the one who started the fight. The people around the area end up buying it. Yori however does not and even refers to them as her "little gremlins."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: They are very, very good at pretending to be cute and innocent, which got Emiko and Ena completely fooled. However, when nobody notice, they reveal their true nature as totally nasty kids who will always try to gang up on Erma. It's a good thing Yori never buys any of their lies.
  • Blinding Bangs: Have shorter hair but more or less fit this trope as it covers their eyes. Runs in the family apparently.
  • The Bully: If this is any indication, they most certainly appear to be.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: A variation, but they call their aunt Rin just as "Rin" when not within earshots of the adults.
  • Creepy Twins: Their introduction pegs them as such.
  • Disappeared Dad: Yori has not mentioned a husband nor have they mentioned their father. It may account for their irresponsible natures (either by lack of a disciplinary figure or if they inherited their mean streak from him.)
  • The Dividual: They are exactly alike not just in appearance but also in personalities. There has yet to be any attempt from the author to give them characteristics that differentiate them.
  • Green Thumb: Can change into spirit forms that appear to be made of, and emanate, leaves. Allows them to fly.
    • The flowers in their hair appears to be a part of them.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: They state that only they get to tear Erma's drawing of Rin up in front of Mei.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: They both wear hoodies with a stripe across the center but Mitsu's is a lighter grey and a dark stripe while Momo's is the inverted color (darker shirt with a light stripe).
  • Jerkass: They are bratty kids all right. They use their powers to steal Erma's doll, try to get her to pay up money for its return and start up a fight when she tries to take it back. And this was before finding out she was their cousin. Their mother's skepticism to their claims that Erma misunderstood and started it implies that they are very much troublemakers and Yori has her hands full with them.
    • Yori refers to them as her "little gremlins." They are definitely a handful and Yori even warns Emiko not to trust them.
    • We see them beating up some kids for money. Erma is not happy about this. We also see them cause havoc for the townsfolk.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That being said, they're not completely irredeemable. Erma's insistence to not fight because she cares about them gets through them and they decide to leave with her when encountering with the thugs. Even when the thugs hit a massive sore spot about their dad, they do end up leaving (after a retaliatory strike.) It's like that their dad's absence has led to some serious issues.
  • Master of Illusion: They know some sort of magic that can casts illusions, best seen when one mixes a flower petal with some herbs to make some sort of gas that puts a servant in a hallucination of sorts. They learned it from their grandmother and it appears others like Erma can learn it.
  • Mind over Matter: Can use telekinesis, but only when they're in solid form.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: They were pretty cocky when against the thugs and even retained it when they decided to leave rather than fight. Their attitude does a 180 when the thugs proceed to mock their father. They wordlessly retaliate with fireworks before they storm off in a subdued manner.
  • Pet the Dog: In this strip, even though they are more than ready to beat up the three punks, they decide to give up the fight after Erma shows concern for them and tries to stop them.
  • Shadow Archetype: To their cousin Erma. While they have similar powers, appearances and tricskter mentalities, they seem to lack Erma's kindness, and while they're good at pretending to be cute and innocent, they are more certainly not.
    • Moreover, they also represent Erma if she never grew up with a father like Sam. Her dad is a Nice Guy who's family provided love and support to her and her mother while helping to ground Erma and teach her humility, all while living somewhat modestly. Mitsu and Momo meanwhile live pretty well-off thanks to living with their mom, but the lack of a dad appears to have led to their behavioral problems and talking about it is one of few things to really piss them off.
  • Species Surname: 'Yurei' most likely refers to the Japanese equivalent of a Western ghost, and 'moto' is a common component of Japanese surnames.
  • Youkai: Unlike Erma, they're full-blooded and are later revealed as Zashiki-warashi.

    Osamu Yureimoto 
The patriarch of the Yureimoto family, father of Emiko and her siblings and Erma's maternal grandfather. Emiko cut him and the rest of her family from her life, but he still manages to find her and find out about Erma, forcing the Williams to go to Japan to resolve the matter.

  • Abusive Parents: One very unpleasant father to say the least. He pretty much shaped his children into the image he wanted to, leaving to a large amount of pain and suffering. Understandable while Emiko would leave.
    • It's implied that he was the one who gave Rin one of her scars (given how she clarified it was humans who gave her her bottom one, but the top one was painful for her to talk about and Sam's comments was on how painful it was.)
  • Archnemesis Dad: Emiko is on very strained relations with him for what he did and she fears he will target her family.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: The thought of his daughter marrying a human did not suit well with him at all. Heck, he kidnapped Emiko the day after her marriage and she only escaped thanks to Yori.
  • Fantastic Racism: He appears to not like humanity very much. Rin's words reinforce this with hints that he pretty forced his kids to be warriors and attack humanity.
  • Jerkass: We have yet to see him formally, but his actions in the past have shaped him up to be this. Spirit's Bloom showed he pretty much had locked away Emiko not long after she married Sam, then lied to him that she died. Is it any wonder why Emiko isn't in any rush to see him again?
    • Turns out he's this even to his kids. Rin reveals that he was the one who ultimately ended their happy childhood and shaped them to be fierce warriors that attacked humanity. It's implied that this left to a lot of bitterness.
    • Also, it's because of him most of the Yokai are pretty wary if not terrified of the Yureimotos as a whole.
  • Meaningful Background Event: When the Yureimotos siblings find a tree and recalling memories, Osamu appears to always be looming in the background. Usually in menacing shadows no less!
  • The Patriarch: It is clear that Osamu has authority over the entire Yureimoto family, inspiring fear in just about every one of them and may just be the father of all of them. He is so scary that Emiko does everything in her power to not let him find out about Erma for fear of what he might do to her.
  • Pet the Dog: Possibly. Despite whatever feelings and motivations, he did send Erma a birthday present (though she never got it as Emiko burned it when she realized who it was from.) Granted, it's not known what his motivation was or how he found out where Erma lived.
  • Polyamory: Implied to be the case, as all of his children are Random Species Offspring.
  • Species Surname: 'Yurei' most likely refers to the Japanese equivalent of a Western ghost, and 'moto' is a common component of Japanese surnames.
  • Tengu: He appears to be this. Further implied by the fact that his son, Kentaro, makes a reference to the nose (with Yori saying no one could match up to his nose.)
  • The Dreaded: By most of the family, especially Emiko and many of the family's servants. As The Patriarch, he has the highest authority over them and considering how he's a tengu, whom Buddhist beliefs say they are demons of great disruption along with harbringers of war, he is likely to have a fair bit of power.
  • Youkai: Head of a youkai family.

    Erma's maternal family, the Yureimotos 


  • Bishōnen Line: The more human-looking you are, the more authority you have in this family. Kenji and Haru, who look the most human out of all the servants are the only one allowed to know of Emiko and her family's presence, while her siblings are the misters and mistresses of the house, and their father is the head of the clan.
  • Creepy Family: When you are a clan of Youkai housed in an abandoned village cut off from modern Japan, this is inevitable. Such Youkai include a Rokurokubi (a long-necked woman), a Tengu, an Oni, a nukekubi (a woman with a head dislodged from her body), a noppera-bo (a faceless woman), a harionago (a woman with barbed hair), a nure-onna (a snake with a woman’s head), two onryo (Stringy Haired Ghost Girls, one of them being half-human), a Kappa (turtle-demon), a Hitotsume-kozo (a cyclops), various Tsukumogami (inanimate objects that have gained a spirit), etc.
    • There's also the fact that most don't like humanity, enough to where Emiko cut most ties with them. However, it's looking the case to be more complicated, given how most were only barely aware of Sam (Rin herself seem to be in the dark or in denial about the thing). This implies things aren't what they seem.
  • Fantastic Racism: The whole family seems to possess varying levels of apprehension towards humans, though implications veer less around active malicious ideas about the human race and closer towards how one would try to be polite around a foreigner. In the case of Sam Williams, Emiko's immediate family possess an air of awkwardness born from their father's hatred of humans and concern for his safety, fully aware that other yokai would be more than willing to kill and eat him first chance they get.
  • Hidden Elf Village: They seem to live in a long abandoned village within the wilderness beyond modern Japanese society, complete with various signs and road blocks meant to deter humans. However they are not completely anachronistic as there are traces of modern society present such as fashion and technology in the form of an elevator.
  • Mundane Utility: They all admit to using their supernatural abilities and equipment to make their lives easier.
  • Random Species Offspring: Despite most of them being siblings, not one of them is the same exact same breed of youkai (except for Mitsu and Momo, who are twins).
  • Species Surname: 'Yurei' most likely refers to the Japanese equivalent of a Western ghost, and 'moto' is a common component of Japanese surnames meaning "the origin". So their name means "Origin of the Ghost".

Ena Yureimoto
One of Emiko's sisters and Erma's aunt. She's a nukekubi.

  • Cuteness Overload: Ena immediately gushes over how cute Erma is when they meet for the first time, to the point where she forgets that Erma hasn't a clue who Ena is.
  • Genki Girl: Seems to be indicated as one, given her general excitedness. In addition, she does warm up to Sam once she overcomes the shock, as awkward as her attempt to do so may be.
  • Losing Your Head: As a nukekubi, her head is divorced from her body, being able to float around with a little ghost tail where her neck would be.
  • Nice Girl: Once she overcomes her surprise with Sam, she is actually being pretty friendly with him.
  • Stealth Pun: She's a bit scatterbrained and her head isn't attached to her shoulders per say.
  • Youkai: A different type of rokurokubi than Yori called a nukekubi, a rokurokubi who's head flies around.

Mayumi Yureimoto
Emiko's younger sister and Erma's aunt. Implied to be hiding something...

  • The Blank: Mayumi is a noppera-bo, a yokai that looks human except they have no facial features.
  • Emotionless Girl: Justified due to having no face. She does have body language and even gave a thumbs up.
  • No Mouth: Despite this she can still eat. The readers never see how. Erma does, but from the girl's expression, she's still as confused despite seeing it as the readers are.
  • The Speechless: Because she has no mouth, she's incapable of speaking. Ena and Emiko still interact's with her as though she can.

Kentaro Yureimoto
Emiko's older brother and Erma's uncle. He's an oni.

  • Big Eater: How big? He once ate two thousand bowls of noodles!
  • Big Fun: A large heavyset oni, he seems to be on friendly terms with everyone and holds records in eating and drinking contests.
  • Big Red Devil: His colored picture shows he's red and well, he's an oni. A big friendly fellow though.
  • Cool Big Bro: Seems to act as such to Emiko.
  • Cool Uncle: Seems to be shaping up to be this to Erma.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As an oni, possibly Magical Barefooter. Subverted in that it's likely he doesn't have an opinion either way, it's just with feet his size, it's not practical for him to even think about getting shoes specially made for him.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Has been giving one to Sam for the past few pages, though out of intrigue and curiosity.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Is quite proud of his leopard pants, and defends his choice in good humor.
  • Nice Guy: He's a pretty friendly fellow and is amicable to Sam. Not long after meeting, he already offered to show his new brother-in-law some of his favorite eateries. He even accompanied Sam in searching for Rin and kept him safe.
    • Among other things, he once fended off a gang of six oni bullies single-handedly for his sisters.
  • Oni: The type of yokai he is.

Fumiko Yureimoto
One of Emiko's older sisters (in fact, implied to be the oldest) and Erma's aunt. She's a critical woman with a seemingly harsh personality but still cares about her family.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her attractive looks, long hair, fashion and general demeanor channel this.
  • Body Horror: Her art supply box has some severed fingers, a tongue, an eyeball, and whole teeth.
  • Cold Ham: Being The Stoic, her passion is usually kept with a straight face, just as she boasts about how Yuyu's tea would be the perfect drink for that year's parade.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Similar to Yori, but Fumiko's more critical.
  • The Dreaded: Relatively downplayed compared to Osamu, but Fumiko also strikes some fear into lower-class yokai. One village resident questions her on her family's affairs in a rather rude way, but a silent glance from her shuts him up.
  • Green and Mean: Downplayed. She wears a green and black ensemble as shown in her colored picture. However, mean is stretching it as while she can be harsh and critical, she is ultimately a good person who watches over her siblings.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first glance, she seems like a cold and harsh person and Emiko has noted on her being critical. However, she is actually a fairly decent individual who accepts her niece and brother-in-law, unlike her sister Rin. Furthermore, while she does show annoyance at the complications that their presence will cause, Fumiko doesn't seem to hold anything against them because of it. In fact, she takes charge and proceeds to lead everyone to go somewhere private for minimum fuss and to ensure their safety. Indeed, it's why she urges Emiko and her family to leave while they still can, since it could put the three in danger and is reluctant to accept Emiko's insistence on staying.
  • Odd Name Out: A variation. While Emiko refers Erma's aunts as "Auntie X" (even Rin), Fumiko is called "Aunt Fumiko", probably to reflect her no-nonsense nature.
  • Poisonous Person: The barbs on her hair immediately render the tsukumogami umbrella unconscious.
  • Prehensile Hair: Her hooked hair (being a harionago) seems to wave around like tentacles. Uses it for extra limbs, like reaching for things and capturing Yori's umbrella by wrapping around it. As a child, she used her hair like spider legs to walk through streams, her body 'hovering' above the water.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the Blue to most of the rest of her siblings, especially compared to Ena and Kentaro. She has a cool, stern and level-headed demeanor.
  • The Reliable One: Fumiko appears to be the one everyone listens to behind Osamu and certainly reflects her serious and professional nature. She also is the one keeping tabs on their parents. Many take this as evidence Fumiko may be the oldest sibling.
  • Thinking Up Portals: She is able to use her Prehensile Hair to hold up some paper, rapidly draw a picture with at least four dip pens simultaneously and holding three more on standby, with a bottle of presumably magic ink. This picture is revealed to be the spot where the car was parked and she uses it to summon a portal to the real location.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Fumiko is no giant, but she's about a couple feet taller than Haru.
  • Uptown Girl: It's revealed in part 5 of "The Search" that she is romantically involved with Haru, through him calling her "honey" before leaving with Sam's group.
  • Youkai: Most likely a harionago, judging from the barbed tips of her hair.

Rin Yureimoto
One of Emiko's sisters and Erma's aunt. She's got a snake body and human head.

  • Broken Pedestal: Implied to be the case. She was injured by humans as a child and it was Emiko who comforted and patched her up but Emiko eventually fell in love and ran away with a human.
  • Call a Human a "Meatbag": Calls Sam "meat".
  • Evil Is Petty: While whether she can just be considered "evil" per se is debatable, she attempts to crush Sam to death merely because he's a human. And she sneers at Erma, her own niece, merely for being a half-youkai. Seriously.
  • Facial Markings: Appears to have two noticeable straight scars running down her right cheek. A flashback reveals she got them by being attacked by two humans with large hooks when she was a child.
    • It's revealed that's where she's got her bottom scar. We don't know about the top one, but given how hesitant she is on it and hwo Sam describes it, it's possible she might've gotten it from her father.
  • Fantastic Racism: Really not a fan of humans.
  • Freudian Excuse: She is shown being attacked by two human snake poachers in her flashback, which could be part of the reason why she despises humans so much.
    • Furthermore, it's revealed that this is more due to indoctrination by her father and having to sacrifice their happy family life for his own ambitions.
  • Green and Mean: Green snake body? Check. Grouchy and unpleasant individual? Check. Massive jerkass toward her niece, brother-in-law and humanity in general? Check.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Hates humans, and apparently half-humans rank a little higher with her but not by much. Calls her own niece a "hybrid".
  • Jerkass: She makes Mitsu and Momo seem nice in comparison. And the way Jorogumo says that she "threw more of a fit than usual" seems to indicate that she has always been quite unpleasant. Having not returned to the family mansion that night, her siblings mention not only that they don't look forward to her finding out that Emiko's family is staying over, but Kentaro notes they should worry for "whoever has to deal with her right now."
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Has the head of human and the body of a snake and is pretty racist toward Sam and Erma.
  • The Resenter: Part of her feelings toward Emiko comes from the fact that she envies her for being able to leave when no one else could.
  • Snake People: Though different from your typical Nagas and Lamiae, having a woman's head on a snake's body. She's probably a nure-onna.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Downplayed. She doesn't seem to be outright evil and has a heart deep down, but she's still far from pleasant.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Sam and Erma's kindness are having a positive effect on her.
  • Token Evil Teammate: All of Erma's aunts and uncle are welcoming towards her, but Rin is most certainly not. Later subverted, as she was just lashing out, admitting that while she has hated humans her whole life, she recognizes that Sam loves Emiko.
  • Youkai: Most likely a nure-onna.

Jorogumo Lady

Appears in strip 313, she is temporarily called "Jorogumo" because her name has yet to be revealed as of now and she seems to be a Jorogumo youkai. She is also implied to be a relative of Emiko, seeing how she refers to Fumiko without the "mistress", not to mention her facial resemblance to the Yureimoto sisters.
  • Arch-Enemy: She is implied to be this to Fumiko, seeing how Jorogumo has a sarcastic attitude toward her and Fumiko is dismissive and openly hostile to her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As of now, she hasn't done anything too bad, but Kentaro's awkward reaction to her greetings and Fumiko's hostility to her seems to let us know that this girl is no good news.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Similar to Yori, but her bangs are styled differently and with longer sideburns.
  • Ms. Fanservice: "Fanservice" is a stretch, but she has a much more fashionable and less reserved design compared to Emiko's sisters.
  • Multicolored Hair: Her hair is black at the top and white at the bottom.
  • The Nose Knows: She sniffs on Fumiko and the others with a smirk on her face, indicating that she smells the human smell of Sam and Erma.
  • Spider People: She is a Jorogumo, a spider yokai that takes the form of a beautiful woman.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Jorogumo calls Rin "Rinny", and considering her attitude, this might not be in a nice way.
  • Villainous Rescue: While it is unconfirmed if she is a villain or not, she is certainly a suspicious character with her own agenda. Despite this, she does go out to help Sam out of a tight spot and even greets him warmly, though without ever revealing who she is.

    The Yureimoto servants 

Kenji and Haru
Kenji and Haru are a pair of Hitotsume-kozo and Kappa respectively. Kenji is a personal servant as Ena's assigned butler. Although it's not certain if Haru is officially a servant, he has in fact been in a year-long relationship with Fumiko.

  • All Asians Wear Conical Straw Hats: Haru wears one of these and is a creature from Japanese mythology.
  • Nice Guy: All appearances thus far show Haru to be this. Emiko certainly thinks so.
  • The Dreaded: They are very scared of Osamu, and for good reasons.
  • Those Two Guys: When first seen, seemed to always be standing next to each other.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Haru is a couple of feet shorter than Fumiko.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Unsurprisingly as a kappa, Haru loves cucumber and includes it in every dishes of the breakfast he makes. Kentaro and Fumiko aren't too thrilled with that, but Ena cheers him up by saying that it was nice of him. While searching for Rin, Kentaro gently insists that his favorite bar owner, Daiki, is an excellent cook and that Haru could learn some non-cucumber dishes from him. He claims he gets his love of the vegetable from his mother, while his father prefers the 'other' thing Kappas are known to eat.

    Erma's paternal relatives, The Williams 


Sam's mother, brothers and sister-in-law. Like Sam, they aren't phased by Emiko and Erma's antics.
  • Family Theme Naming: The Williams family plus Jason are all named after various horror icons:
    • There's Sam's brothers, Freddy and Micheal, named after Freddy Kreuger and Micheal Myers respactably. Freddy is the older brother given how he greets Sam as little brother and was implied to be king of the neighborhood, meaning he is likely the oldest. Wording meanwhile implies that Micheal is the youngest.
    • There's Micheal's wife, Regan, named after Regan MacNeil.
    • There's their child and Erma's cousin, Emily, named after Emily Rose.
    • Sam, Freddy and Micheal's mother and Erma's grandmother, Pamela, after Pamela Voorhees.
    • Speaking of which, Sam's best friend Jason is named after Jason Voorhees (who's close enough to the Williams to be invited to Thanksgiving.) He's also a poor swimmer.
    • Sam himself may be named after the horror character of the same name from TrickRTreat (who was named after the pagan holiday Samhaim, what Halloween was based on.)
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Roundly averted. All of Sam's relatives adore Emiko and Erma and are very warm and loving towards them.

Michael Williams

One of Sam's brothers, Emiko's brother-in-law, Erma's uncle, and Emily's father. The wording implies he's younger than Sam, making him the youngest out of him, Sam and Freddy.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Downplayed. He accepts Emiko and Erma's ghoulishness, but is creeped out by the forest they live near and is freaked out when he finds out that Siris is a zombie dog.
  • Cool Big Bro: Possibly. While he is a cool dude, it's not known if he's older than Sam (though given Sam's prior comments on their other brother Fred, Micheal is either the middle child or the youngest.)
  • Cool Uncle: Is one to Erma.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Double Tap: Does this twice to Siris to confirm that he's undead after accidentally shooting him in the head, to Sam's aggravation.
  • Happily Married: To his wife, Regan.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Seems to feel this way, since he makes fun of Sam for preferring fishing.
  • Seen It All: Subverted when he and Sam find out that Siris is a zombie dog.

Regan Williams

Michael's wife, Sam and Emiko's sister-in-law, Emily's mother, and Erma's aunt.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like her husband.
  • Death Glare: Gives ones to Michael for lying about not knowing about Sirus' undead condition when Sirus spits out some of the bullets Michael shot into him.



Erma's current babysitter and sister of Erma's friend Sylvia.

  • Badass Normal: A normal human woman who is willing and able to handle the weirdness that surrounds Erma. Not even having her body stolen by an evil dummy shakes her for that long.
  • Cool Big Sis: Is a surrogate one to Erma. She can handle Erma's pranks just fine, and is the one to comfort her after her Warrior Unicorn Princess secret is exposed, even watching an episode with her to make her feel better. We can assume she's a Cool Big Sis to Sylvia as well, since she doesn't blame Sylvia or her friends for making her miss a Halloween Party to be their trick-or-treat chaperone.
  • Grand Theft Me: Is a victim of this when Wittle Wallace pulls this on her near the begining of the Secrets arc. She inverts this near the end of the Secrets Arc.
  • Seen It All: Turns out she's a fan of horror movies, so Erma trying to scare her doesn't really freak her out since she's pretty much been desensitized to it. Though she can be caught off guard every now and then.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Erma for mind-controlling her boyfriend to get a new toy she saw on TV.


Erma's classmate and close friend. A spunky young girl who often plays the straight man to Terry's impulsive nature.


Another of Erma's classmates and friend of hers. Frequently tries to pull pranks on Erma, only for them to backfire on him. He tends to react impulsively when situations get sticky.


Another of Erma's classmates and friend. He has an enormous crush on Erma, which appears to be reciprocated by her.

  • Hidden Depths: Despite his skittish nature, he's surprisingly very observant, pointing and questioning certain things that seem rather suspect. For example, after the adventure down in Rat City, he wonders why Phibes swears them to secrecy about him being down there despite allowing the rat youth to go to school there.
  • Nice Guy: He's a kind, gentle and understanding young man. Even when the constant supernatural shenanigans his crush with Erma brings makes his life more... uncomfortable he ultimately takes it in stride.
  • Only Sane Man: During the trip to the rat city, he realizes that the four have seen enough and should start heading back before they're discovered. He's also the calmest of the group though also a bit timid.
  • Puppy Love: Very much with Erma. It's quite adorable.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Terry's manly man.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Boyfriend is stretching it, since he and Erma are still elementary school kids, but he finds Erma's powers cool and accepts that her powers are a part of her. He also is never bothered by them at all.
  • Voodoo Doll: Erma made one of him for unknown reasons. Unfortunately for Connor, their friends use it, unintentionally messing with him.

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The hall monitor of the school who eventually becomes Erma's best friend.

  • Cute Monster Girl: her Rat Girl form.
  • Fangirl: Another Warrior Unicorn Princess fan, much to Erma's delight. Unlike the issue with it possibly affecting Erma's rep, Sidney was a bit willing to talk about it, that is until a discussion of favorite shows with Amy and Terry. She became embarassed to talk about it, though their reactions was mroe confusion and puzzlement, indicating it was possible more because of the awkwardness of talking about a show your friends don't get. Later that day she came across Erma clearly playacting out some WUP moves and took a chance in revealing that she was a fan too. She is so understanding of Erma's general dilemma that she claims she can't make it to Erma's next birthday party, so Erma can meet her outside for her gift: the WUP Season 1 collection, in exchange for a piece of cake and a hug. Erma gets her present, and gets to keep her secret.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Interestingly, the comic goes with "Sidney", which is normally used for boys, rather than "Sydney", which is more gender-neutral.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She's half human, half rat person. In fact the head of the clan is her father, and this is why she's able to control smaller, non-sapient rats.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Her father is the ratman leader of an underground civilization of rat people, while her mother was human.
  • Jerkass: Not at all very pleasant and really takes her job as hall monitor seriously. To the point she seemed to ignore that something weird was going on in the walls of the school when the kids tried to tell her about it. That last part is deliberate. She knows it's rats, but is trying to keep attention away from them so they don't find her home. She lightens alot over time though.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died shortly after she was born, so she only has her father's stories to know her by.
  • Oh, Crap!: She tries to dogpile Erma with rats when the rats find out Erma and her friends are in the village. Erma goes full spectral, tosses them off with ease and is prepared to unleash fury to protect her friends. Luckily Phibes calms her down.
  • Pest Controller: Has full power over smaller, non-sapient rats to make them do her bidding.
  • Rat Men: Is a hybrid born from the union of the leader of the Rat Men living under the school and a human woman, and thus can shift between human and rat girl form.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There's a tendency in the fandom to call her "Sydney", the form of her name normally used by girls.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Erma and friends discover the Rat Men civilization under the school and she doesn't have to conceal her true self, she becomes much friendlier, kinder and a bit shyer with them.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can shift between her natural humanoid rat form and a human form, but as maintaining human form requires effort for her and she revealed her secret, she hasn't bothered with it since.
  • Walking Spoiler: Has a secret, as you can see.

Teachers and Other Schoolmates

    Principal Phibes

The blind principal of Erma's school.

  • Blind Black Guy: African-American and completely blind.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Phibes' appearance seems to be based on Morgan Freeman.
  • Disability Superpower: Hard to say or not but considering he managed to know Erma and her friends were following Sidney and him into the rat city, it's a fair bet to assume he has some pretty sharp hearing.
  • Mysterious Past: The story hints that he's keeping secrets around the school and may be hiding more then he lets on. The Rat City was one such example. However when Erma and her friends find out about it, he swears them to secrecy about his being in the city himself, showing this isn't the only thing he's keeping under wraps.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks very much like Morgan Freeman.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: While the Creepy Cute Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl/Half-Human Hybrid title character unnerves most of the teachers, Principle Phibes is blind, and thus 'Everyone is the same in his eyes'. He means it. - He's a Secret Keeper for a society of Rat Men living underneath the school, and Erma is not the only Half-Human Hybrid to attend his school.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A trait shown all the way at the start of the comic. Some of the teachers, freaked out by Erma's appearance and quirks, wonder why he would let her into the school. He makes it clear to Erma's mother that kids of all races are accepted. At first it seemed like a heartwarming gag due to his blindness, but no, he was serious. He didn't care if they're human or supernatural. He'll accept them regardless as shown with another supernatural child in the school, Sidney.
  • Secret Keeper: He's a friend of rat people beneath the school and as such accepted one of their own as a student.
  • Shout-Out: Named for the title character of The Abominable Dr. Phibes.

    Ms. Bierly 

Erma's teacher, who is completely petrified of her.

  • A Day in the Spotlight: She's the subject of the animated short set before Erma is moved to her class.
  • Apathetic Teacher: A variant where Erma is concerned. Ms. Bierly routinely ignores Erma's work and gives her top grades regardless, because she thinks Erma will eviscerate her if she doesn't.
  • Chew Toy: Always comes off the worse when something supernatural goes on around her, and anything that happens to her is always Played for Laughs.
  • Freudian Excuse: If the animated short is anything to go by, her first encounter with Erma was not a pleasant experience for her, as she was chased around the school in a sequence that wouldn't be out of place in a horror movie. While Erma meant no harm, the trauma from the experience plays into why she treats Erma like a time bomb waiting to go off.
  • Jerkass: Besides the Apathetic Teacher entry above, she also occasionally says some pretty nasty things about Erma behind her back. In one case she was even shown telling another teacher that she suspects Erma will try to kill her and wondering why she's allowed to attend school. Given Erma's terrifying artwork involving Ms. Bierly and the occasional near miss with her supernatural abilities she's got every right to be nervous but her badmouthing is still very uncalled for.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: In a sense. Erma's powers are dangerous, and she has a habit of going overboard when stressed. Of course Erma doesn't have a truly malicious bone in her body - as opposed to being the homicidal monster Bierly thinks she is - so it's more Right for the Wrong Reasons. Then again Erma didn't exactly make a good first impression on her judging by the animation. That and she did nearly impale Ms. Bierly with various utensils in the cafeteria once, it was an accident but at the still likely nerve-wracking.
  • Only Sane Woman: Played with. Is one of the only people in town who is actually concerned about the ghost girl with demonic powers living among them, but it's more of a "sane person in an insane world" effect. This is a world where a Humanoid Abomination like Erma can be a legitimately kindhearted and well-mannered child (albeit with a penchant for scary pranks), but Bierly treats Erma like a live grenade, hence...
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Big time. Even moreso than it seems, given that the school segments even lack most of the horror parody elements that the rest of the strip does.

    PE Coach 

One of the few teachers to get any characterisation.


    Wittle Wallace

Erma's creepy ventriloquist puppet, one that seems to have a malevolent spirit within it. He's the Big Bad of the Secrets Arc.Be warned that this character contains heavy spoilers for the Secrets Arc! This Arc begins with Dirty Little Secret.

  • Big Bad: Of the Secrets Arc, who pulls a Grand Theft Me on Felicia and plans to do the same to Erma
  • Demonic Dummy: He is one, at least before he steals Felicia's body.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Becomes victim to this after he pushes Erma too far.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Or rather, chained to a large boulder and dropped into Hell by Erma's telekinetically-controlled Warrior Unicorn Princess dolls.
  • Expy: Of Slappy the Dummy, with a bit of Chucky as well.
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • What happens when he successfully catches you, as shown through poor Felicia.
    • Attempted it on Erma's cousin Emily in the previous arc, but was foiled by Erma's secret box of Warrior Unicorn Princess toys falling on him.
  • Karmic Death: being dropped into hell by Erma's WUP dolls, of all things.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The comic is fairly lighthearted with a few moments of disturbing imagery here and there. Then his story arc comes along and brought about a much more sinister mood.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Becomes victim to this 'three times in the Secrets Arc, first by having Erma attack him (while in Felicia's body) after he pushes her too far, then by Felicia pulling the same trick he used on her to steal her body in the first place, and finally by Erma using the very dolls Wallace bullied her about to attack him, chaining him to a boulder, and dropping him into hell.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Is unharmed after Erma sets him on fire, and states that he can't be harmed in his dummy body, and that people have tried a lot of ways to do so. So Erma and Felicia Take a Third Option by having Erma's Warrior Unicorn Princess dolls chain him to a large boulder, drop him into a hole dug by Siris that leads to Hell, and then they fill in the hole after him.

    Erma's Former Baby Sitter

Just as it says, she was Erma's former babysitter. Erma scared her so badly, however, that she was driven crazy and put into a mental institution. She eventually was released—but now seems to have an obsession with Erma. Also, she's Connor's older sister.

  • Aloof Big Sister: To Connor as seen when he comes to borrow some walkie talkies.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Her stint when taking care of Erma ended very poorly and the poor girl had to be admitted into a mental institution because of it.
  • The Bus Came Back: Initially presented as a rather dark gag during Felica's introduction about how "mischievous" Erma is. Many were surprised to see that she returned, and even more so that she'll be a future antagonist.
  • Death Glare: Erma unexpectedly comes upon her house while selling chocolates for a fundraiser. The woman doesn't utter a word to Erma, just silently glares at her before closing the door in her face.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: After she's released from the institution, her face always seems to be drawn as such.
  • Irony: Despite her insane obsession with Erma, it appears Erma doesn't recognize her.
  • Nightmare Face: She is always depicted with unsettling, non-standard facial expressions - twisted and sometimes grotesque grins, oddly sharp features in a series where everything is round, and bulging slits for eyes with white irises that seem to glow in the dark - no matter who she's talking to and what her mood is. It instantly makes it clear that there's something... off about her.
  • No Name Given: At the current time, her name hasn't been revealed yet.
  • The Reveal: The Rats in the School Walls arc revealed that she's the older sister of Connor, the boy who has a crush on Erma.
  • Room Full of Crazy: When Connor comes to borrow her walkie talkies and she's forced to give them to him, we see her room is full of photos on the wall and String Theory, confirmed as being about Erma when he comes to return them.


    Warrior Unicorn Princess 

A Show Within a Show about a bipedal Warrior Unicorn Princess who battles the forces of evil with friendship and love (and a sword) to protect her kingdom and friends.

  • Blade Below the Shoulder: One of the characters uses two of these, one on each arm.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Occasionally shown with a shield. A toy set with accessories usually comes with a sword and shield for the figure.
  • Misaimed Marketing: When we get to see (some) of an episode, it's a lot more dark and violent than one would expect from a show about unicorn princesses.
    Felicia: Wow, talk about false advertising...
  • The Merch: Plushies of the characters is an easy sell for the franchise, but other than the episodes on compact media, it also includes comics, Japan publishes what are most likely manga, different styles of figures made of the appropriate materials, at least one video game, and a matching castle for figures ($79.99 + tax). In Japan, there is at least one entire store that only sells WUP merchandise.
  • The Power of Friendship: Claims to be powered by love and friendship when battling a villain.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: From what we've seen of the show, this Unicorn Princess powered by love is more Mulan than Cinderella.
  • Show Within a Show: Erma's favorite cartoon.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: invoked When she finally watches an episode, Felicia is very surprised that a show like it was made for young girls.

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