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    Gina Diggers 

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Super-scientist and archeologist who embarks on bizarre adventures both within and outside of our dimensional realm, with the help of her family.

  • Adorkable: Constantly makes references to Star Wars, Star Trek, and various and sundry cartoons and anime. She is truly One of Us.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: The Distaff Counterpart to one Henry Jones, Jr.
  • Badass Bookworm: Not much of a fighter but can use her brain very well. Once, she used a pencil and Post-It note to hijack the spell tattoos of a warrior.
  • Berserk Button: Do not mention that you like the Star Wars prequels if you want to keep your dignity.
    Gina: SEIZE HER! Such blasphemy shall not be tolerated in my Sanctum Sanctorum! ... The prequel "fan fiction" is a forbidden topic within these walls!
    • On a more serious note, and as would be expected, she takes threats of violence and death towards her family, friends, and students quite seriously, even from those clearly more powerful than her. At that point, it's not beyond her to use some form of super-science and/or quasi-magitek to torture and maim said villain.
  • Catchphrase: "Jinkies!"
  • Beautiful Lech: She's an eyeful for any male reader and greedily gobbles up any innocent beefcake she might happen upon in the course of her adventures and time at home, with the notable exception of some students in her Advanced Archaeology class. (Most likely because she takes the student-teacher relationship rules seriously, and now that she's more mature, she's (almost) a one-man woman.)
  • Gadgeteer Genius/Wrench Wench: She has a self-built laboratory in her Atlanta, GA home that rivals Dexter's.
  • G.I.R.L.: Inverted. Gina plays a sculpted, scantily-clad dude when gaming strictly for ogling purposes.
  • Hollywood Nerd: She has the body of a supermodel despite spending most of her time inventing and adventuring, as well as actively avoiding working out with the more athletic members of her family. A conversation between her Ancient Gina revealed that she invented a device to effortlessly keep her figure flawless.
  • Hot Scientist: Doubles as a Hot Teacher.
  • Insufferable Genius: She used to be one, loving to rub her intellect in others faces, particularly at chess competitions. She looks back on her past behavior with shame and tries to make sure her advanced students don't get big headed.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Gender-Inverted. She had a rather long list of suitors before she met Ebenezer and she occasionally struggles with staying faithful to him.
  • Meganekko: Starting with the color relaunch.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: She is the only member of her family with no magical ability or skills in martial arts.
  • Nice Hat: She's rarely seen without her fedora when adventuring.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Archaeology, Engineering, and Physics mostly, though she's said to have PHDs numbering in the double digits, most awarded before she was 20.
  • Pinball Protagonist/Supporting Protagonist: As the series goes on, Gina plays less and less of a central role in major events and important plot developments. At one point, an entire year of comics went by with her barely putting in an appearance.
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    Britanny 'Gia (nee Diggers) 

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The last known full-blooded were-cheetah. She was found by Theodore and adopted into their family. On an expedition to El Dorado, she ran into Stryyp, the prince of the lost city. It was lust at first sight that developed into true love. They are currently married with a daughter.

  • Action Fashionista: She can kick ass and burn through credit limits like nobody's business. She named her daughter after her two favorite stores: Tifanny "Tar'get" 'Gia
  • Action Mom: Her Day in the Limelight arc has her charging head-on and alone into an Eldritch Location that is a trap set by her lich adoptive grandfather (and Gothwrain) to save her abducted baby daughter.
  • Amazonian Beauty: In her hybrid form she is seven feet two (towering by a whole foot over her husband, even) and three hundred-plus pounds of muscle.
  • Artistic License – Biology: She is the largest, boldest and most physically powerful member of her family and she tends to tower over other were-cat species. Ironically, cheetahs in real life are known to be small, weak and timid when compared other predatory cats. It's revealed in the early issues that Britanny's physique is due to her more domestic lifestyle and that were-cheetahs were typically smaller and faster than her.note 
  • Berserk Button: Played for Laughs whenever tuna is involved, but seriously, don't fuck with her family, adopted or otherwise. If you're lucky, you might hear the sonic boom created from how fast she kicks your ass.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's among the bustiest characters in her hybrid form and kicks way more ass than the slightly smaller Gina, who is the unarguable brains to Brit's brawn.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: In her human form.
  • Death Glare: Werecheetahs have a "Doom Gaze" effect on were-rats: Any were-rat that looks any were-cheetah in the eye will become incapacitated by fear. Britanny's had this effect on were-rats twice, but as the effect doesn't go both ways, she still doesn't understand why the victims were afraid of her.
  • Genocide Backfire: Dr. Diggers tried to stop the were-cheetah/werewolf war but only managed to save baby Britanny.
  • Happily Adopted: Dr. Diggers did all he could to make sure Britanny had a normal childhood, and she even remembers Gina's pranks on her with fondness.
  • Happily Married: To Stryyp 'Gia, the crown prince of the Kryn Dynasty.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Having been raised by humans, Britanny could only transform once per day until Jetta the werewolf became her mentor.
  • Last of Her Kind: ...that is, until Raphiel enters the picture and becomes real.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As it turns out, she's considered slow by were-cheetah standards. Still, being able to run 700 miles an hour (as "cruising speed") and being able to hit like a couple of tons of bricks comes in handy in a fight.
  • Logical Weakness: Like real life cheetahs, she's essentially a rocket, extremely fast when going in a straight line, but not good at lateral turns.
  • Mama Bear: Threatening her daughter is a good way to invite a beating.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Used to be she could only change forms once per day, which led to some not-nice pranks by Gina in their younger days. Now she can switch between her human form, her hybrid form, and her beast form on the fly.
    • The Women of Gold Digger series reveals that, due to her upbringing (safe exercise and steady food supply, mostly), her build is more like a were-lion's than a typical were-cheetah's, making her a Lightning Bruiser and not a Fragile Speedster.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: To Stryyp once they met.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Britanny's human form is even shorter than Gina. Consequently, she rarely uses it unless she has to.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her hybrid form is well over seven feet tall.
  • Super Mode: Tempest Mode, the full unleashing of her vent-provided magic abilities.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tuna. It's played for laughs (she goes fully overboard when buying it at the store) and a bit of drama (it's explained early in the comic (and sometimes it comes up) that her tuna-based diet is crap from a were-cheetah's point of view and her claws are incredibly brittle as a result, so she can't use them as weapons like other lycanthropes do).
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Britanny is the tallest members of the main cast and while Stripe is one of the shorter ones. But this is only in her hybrid form. In her human form, Stripe is One Head Taller than her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In her rarely-used human mode, her hair has cheetah spots similar to her fur in hybrid/beast mode.

    Brianna Diggers 

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An accidentally created composite clone of Gina and Britanny. Brianna is almost as smart as Gina and almost as tough as Brit' (and roughly as lecherous as them both). She really likes guns.

  • BFG: Brianna loves her guns. No, seriously, she does. She is one of the In-Universe co-writers of the "Gold Digger Tech Manual" (a Handbook to the Marvel Universe-style showcase of all tech that has appeared on the comic) and one of Fred Perry's sexual side-books involves her doing... interesting things... in her personal armory.
  • Bottomless Magazines: At one point, she found out in a desperate moment that she could fire bullets made of condensed magical energy, giving her this. Said desperate moment saw them about to get eaten by monsters after Brianna had kept talking about how much she was hoping for a fight while they explored Dreadwing's old cave. Talk about Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • Cloning Blues: She inherited all of Gina and Britanny's memories, abilities and feelings up to the moment she was created, which made it terribly difficult for her to carve out her own identity and individuality. She especially had trouble coming to terms with Britanny's strong love with Stripe, since Brianna could never be with him.
  • Facial Markings: A stripe over her left eye inherited from Brittany's genes.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She inherited Gina's propensity for technology and inventing things, the only difference being all her inventions are weapons, including Powered Armor, the aforementioned BFGs, and her trademark supersmart AI bitbombs, affectionately named Peebos. Some of these have even become characters themselves.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half human, half were-cheetah.
  • Happily Married: To a Wild Man named Zan.
  • Has Two Mommies: Technically, Gina and Brittany could be considered her biological parents (and she even addressed them as such at first), but they're all much happier as sisters.
  • Kill and Replace: When she was born, she was driven to do this by the deadly curse Gina and Brit were trying to get rid of when they ended up making her.
  • Magitek: Often works her magical abilities into her tech (unwittingly, even). Her Peebos are part AI, part golem, for instance, and Peebri has been observed with an aura.
  • Nice Hat: ...which is exactly like Gina's.
  • Meaningful Name: Brianna is a combination of Britanny and Gina.
  • Shotgun Wedding: They were going in that direction already, but things got accelerated when Bri forgot to recharge her high-tech contraceptive.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Inherited Brittany's love of tuna.

    Jonathan Diggers / The Lich King 
Once a kind explorer (like his son and granddaughter would become), Jonathan was caught in an explosion of magic energy that turned him into an evil lich. Banished to the realm of the Undead, he eventually took it over.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After his first defeat, he lost his power and Natasha turned him into her servant and her whipping boy.
  • Evil, Inc.: He ran the Realm of the Undead like it was a corporation and turned it previous leaders into his secretaries.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He used to be just as noble and good as his son before Gothwain cursed him into the Lich King.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He wanted to restore his magical wife, who was trapped in crystal form thanks to Gothwain. However, during the ritual to bring her back, he was left vulnerable and Gothwrain used the opportunity to turn him into an undead abomination.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After his defeat, his soul was purified and his spirit assisted in the rescue of Britanny and Tiffany.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His transformation and actions as the Lich King were all due the manipulations of Gothwrain.

    Dr. Theodore Diggers 
An archmage and explorer who's Gina's father.

  • The Archmage: A very powerful aura mage.
  • Flaming Skulls: Often used an illusion spell to do this to his daughters' dates.
  • My Greatest Failure: Feels some responsibility for the genocide of the were-cheetahs (of which Brittany was the sole survivor). Theodore had attempted to thwart it by disabling Gothwrain's spell-book, not knowing that the book's pages went blank when closed and that his counter-measure had no effect.
  • Papa Wolf: He comes to Britanny's rescue when she's being assaulted by Thabian and Jetta.
  • Spy Catsuit: The standard costume for aura mages like Theo is a form-fitting unitard. He still fills his out rather well.
  • Twerp Sweating: Most fathers polish a shotgun in front of their daughters' dates. Theo magically sets his head on fire.

    Julia Diggers 

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A barbarian warrior from the world of Jade. She met Theodore after his well-meaning assistance cost her a tournament win. She made him help her raid a dungeon to make up for it, and the rest is history. When her daughters were young, she ended up stranded on Jade by the actions of the Lich King, unable to return to Earth except for short periods of time, until Gina and Brianna finally figured out how to break the curse.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She's one of ten Weaponmasters of her home-realm of Jade, which leads to her being sought for advice on threats to Jade-Realm's safety as well as being a sensei for her preferred style of martial arts, the Shun Leep school.
  • Going Commando/Vapor Wear: It's repeatedly hinted that Julia wears no underwear under her outfit as a Shun Leep pupil. From her obvious lack of a bra, shots of her body from the waist down having no signs of cloth on it, convenient camera angles preventing what would be indecent exposure, and other students showing no signs of underwear. Considering the Shun Leep school's master is a Dirty Old Man who only teaches women (to the point that Theodore didn't want Julia anywhere near him), this isn't surprising.
  • Missing Mom: For the first volume or so, then they came and explained why.
  • Older Than They Look: Julia already looked good for her age, then she accidentally refined her master's "Renewing Breath" technique and shaved thirty years off. Granted, she eventually had to give up that extra boost, but she still looks good for her age.
  • Shipper on Deck: She had tried to set her student Gar up with Britanny, but he was too shy to make a move.
  • Trapped in Another World: Technically, she was trapped on her homeworld, but otherwise separated from her family.
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    Stryyp'Gia / Stripe 

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The Krynn Prince of El Dorado, married to Britanny.

  • Amazon Chaser: Though she chased first.
  • The Apprentice: To Agent M, who is grooming Stripe to be his successor as leader of the superhero team Agency Zero.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While starting out Weak, but Skilled, the Kryn Heirlooms turn him into one of these.
  • Papa Wolf: He forces his artifact-weapons to consume his own being for fuel in an attempt to protect Tifanny and rescue Britanny. He half-wins.
  • Playing with Fire: His primary offense post-artifacts, control and creation of flames via Flameraker
  • Prince Charming: While just of a small city, Stripe's both actual royalty, and quite charming.
  • Punny Name: It's pronounced the same as "stripe," and as a result that's sometimes how it's spelled.
  • Supreme Chef: Very much so. He often has to keep his wife from eating everyone else's shares.
  • Taken for Granite: One of his artifacts grants him both defensive abilities, and the power to turn targets to stone. He rarely uses the latter, for ethical reasons.
  • Upgrade Artifact: Several, really. When needed to confront a cosmic threat facing his people, El Dorado pulled their rare and dangerous heirlooms out of storage in order to get him to a level where he could fight ASAP.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Before he has the Kryn heirlooms and their powers implanted, he relied on his skill and lightning quick reflexes in combat, though he was still overshadowed by the greater strength of Brit and the like.

    Tifanny 'Gia 
Britanny and Stryyp's daughter.

  • Child Prodigy: Extremely intelligent, demonstrated when she out-maneuvers a con man out to ruin her mom's credit.

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    Genn 
A Rakshasa the Diggers sisters found in an ancient tomb. Currently married to Seance, and Brianna's best friend.

  • The Fog of Ages: Has trouble remembering anything that happened over 500 years ago.
  • Gender Bender: Rakshasa are so rare that they need to be able to switch gender in order to continue their magic-based species.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Kinda. Genn pretty much gives up her male transformations after falling in love with Seance.
  • Life Drinker: Actually, Genn drinks Mana.
  • My Beloved Smother: Madrid the genie is her mother, who doesn't care about Gennadrid except when it's blackmail time.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Rakshasa in Gold Digger are gender-neutral shapes-shifters who drink magic energy. However, they have to exhaust their "victim" physically first. They typically do this through combat or sex.
  • Shapeshifting Lover: She is this to Seance.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Genn can shapeshift into male and female versions of Genn’s normal form, as well as disguising herself as or mimicking specific people.

    Seance 
An aura mage and student of Theodore Diggers. Ex-boyfriend of Gina. Currently married to Genn.

  • Combat Clairvoyance: His ability has saved his butt on more than one occasion, as he has felt his foe's thoughts of a lethal attack moments before it occurred.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: When first introduced, he had trouble controlling his ability to read the surface thoughts of others. Both Gina and Genn's imaginations were rather "inspired", much to their embarrassment...
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "Seance" is a title, not his birth name.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Had himself turned into one, but then found out the change wasn't as permanent, nor as desirable, as he thought.
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    Ryan Tabbot 
A martial artist treasure hunter, occasional rival and often ally of Gina and Penny. Gina's ex-boyfriend.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: He was originally one but seems to have retired from it to focus on wrestling.
  • Animals Hate Him: Rhinos and rhino-like animals seriously hate his guts.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was originally Gina's primary male companion in the black and white issues and was seemingly being set up as her love interest. However, he quickly and quietly faded into the background during the color series, making only seven appearances since the 1999 relaunch.
  • Ki Attacks: Through much practice, Ryan eventually learned how to huck balls of ki at his foes.
  • Photographic Memory: Ryan can copy any martial arts move he sees once- though choosing the right one for the moment is up to his learned skills.
  • Ship Tease: Gets some with Portia in Issue #253.

    Dao 
A Djinn whom Gina recovered. A Djinn tends to take on characteristics of the people most liked by the person s/he likes, so he eventually went from six-armed, bronze, bald and bearded to a blend of the males who get the most positive reactions from Gina. Currently back together with his ex-wife, after her Heel/Face Turn.

  • Genie in a Bottle: A literal genie in a lamp when he's first found.
  • Multi-Armed Multitasking: His extra arms, and the skill in multitasking his experience with them gave, made him a fantastic lab assistant.
  • Our Genies Are Different: Not beings of smoke nor, exactly, a wish granter, but Dao does have extra magic powers that kick in when helping others.

    Madrid 
Originally, the Djinn princess of Yl'Daljim, she desired the power of Yl'Daljim's magic sun, but in her attempts to seize it, she released invaders that enslaved the Djinn. After this, she was in a temple in India for an undetermined amount of time until Fauntleroy stole her from said temple. After she came into Gina's possession, it was revealed that Genn is her offspring. She then asked Genn to make her body genetically similar to Gina's so she could take Gina's place, go to Yl'Daljim, and finally take the power of the magic sun. In the final battle between them, Gina tricked Madrid into a trap on the dark side of the Moon. Madrid eventually returned to Earth, where her backstabbing ways promptly get her into trouble again. Several weeks of humiliation at the claws of some cruel dragons, who just happened to be Fauntleroy's wives, finally broke her spirit and drove her to turn her life around. Now, she generally explores the Astral Rifts with Dao and Subtracto.

    Ayane Anno/Mistress 
A professional martial artist and friend of Ryan Tabbot, with terrifying eyes and a mysterious past even she doesn't know about.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: A newbie one, only recently getting into it via her friends. The newest student in Gina's class.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her terrifying eyes, which she regards as a curse.
  • Cuteness Proximity: A frequent occurrence for her.
  • Death Glare: Unfortunately an 'always on' effect for her.
  • Disney Princess: When Mistress is kidnapped by the Prince Lowtor of the 'evil' Uompa-Luompas and hit with Laser-Guided Amnesia by their witch, she finds her captors cute. They, in return find her 'evil eyes' cool; this leads to Ayane spontaneously adopting a Disney Princess-esque persona, complete with songs about how Dark Is Not Evil. She's begun converting them to good before the witch aborts the plan and make everyone forget it ever happened.
  • Dominatrix: Ayane's Mistress persona draws a lot from dominatrix imagery.
  • Face of a Thug: Her eyes are intimidating enough in her "Mistress" personality. When she was trying to fight as "Ninja Kitty", Friend to All Children, she was terrifying.
  • Friend to All Children: Desperately wants to be this; as things stand, the best she can manage is making Mistress a Good Bad Girl type of role model.
  • Has Two Daddies: Was raised by two guys.
  • Hidden Depths: Not so hidden really, as they tell us almost right away that she's more than just her "Mistress" persona, but she really loves everything cutesy and plush, despite being able to cow a T-Rex with her eyes alone.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Loves cats. She even adopts a kitten she names Nin-Nin, who, while initially scared by her eyes, starts to bond with her. It helps that her gaze managed to scare away some bully cats.
  • Ninja: Her fighting style is a mix of ninjutsu and capoeira.
  • Ship Tease: With Monty's Djinni friend, Joe.
  • Victory Through Intimidation: When Mistress wants to scare someone into submission, her scary eyes can go to downright terrifying!

Penny's Crew

    Penelope "Penny" Koss (nee Pincer) 

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A fellow explorer and former rival to Gina. (They swapped many a wedgie in the early days of the comic.)

  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: She's almost as bad as Gina, which is probably one of the reasons for their earlier rivalry. (She's better in medicine, chemistry, and ballistics.)
  • Parental Substitute: For her long-time partner Charlotte, a genetically engineered harpy with the mind of a child.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Although she's moved on from her more underhanded tactics at the start of the series, Penny's still more ruthless than Gina. (And her prank war with Gina started heating back up again for a while.)
  • The Rival: She used to be Gina's for a long while, though they made up and became partners. Skippy, pushed really by Dark Bird until more recent issues, is this to her for Kevin's affections.

    Kevin "Ace" Koss 

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A pilot-for-hire, who is a close friend (and frequent transport) of Gina's, as well as Penny's new husband. Considered to be one of the best pilots on Earth.

  • Ace Pilot: Has been known to give jet fighters a run for their money in a cargo plane.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: He feels like this towards Skippy, an ace pilot in Dark Bird's employ, though not without some guilt since Skippy is a genuinely nice person who just happens to work for someone ruthless.
  • Insistent Terminology: Very much prefers to be called "Ace" instead of his real name.
  • The Rival: To Dark Bird, or as she would say, "Dark Boid."

    Charlotte 

A bio-engineered harpy unleashed by the villain Alfred Peachbody as a mindless attack beast. After Peachbody's defeat, she started to develop her own will and personality, and was taken in by Penny as a bodyguard (much like Brit is to Gina).

  • Cheerful Child: Although this may fade, as she's begun entering the equivalent of early adolescence.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Was originally just a biological weapon, but has grown into a lovable person who will do her best to defend her friends.
  • Lightning Bruiser: According to Penny, she is stronger and maybe even faster than Britanny. It's mostly her attitude and innocence that hold her back.
  • Shipper on Deck: Has started shipping people, like Penny and Kevin, Dao and Madrid, and Tiff and Pojo, with special focus on how cute their babies would be.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Peanuts. She's just as bad as Brit is about Tuna (maybe worse).
  • Winged Humanoid: She looks mostly human, except the yellow, feathered skin and wings, and talons for hands/feet.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite her adult body, Charlotte has only been in existence as a sapient being for a few years and has the mentality of a kid. She gets along very well with Tiffany, and they even go to school together.
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