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     Mary Posa

The heroine of the story. A 24 year old who took up henching in the Butterfly Gang after painstakingly believing it was for a gardening club.

  • Anti-Villain: For the most part, she'll rob banks, but try to avoid having innocents getting in the crossfire.
  • Brain Washed And Crazy: Somewhat. Later in the story she's injected with a evil serum which makes her act more wild and devious. It works a little too well however, to the point said negative influence starts having consequences on her life.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She can be rather smart and resourceful when she needs to be, but doesn't put any effort into trying to improve herself. Even those in the Butterfly Gang complain she doesn't really pull her weight.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Has some partial super strength that allows her to carry things like a bookshelf or four sacks of potato and can be useful in a fight as well. However she finds it Boring, but Practical compared to other superpowers.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When she see Fred hanging out with Amelia, she assumes they've gotten together. Even when she kidnaps Amelia later who tries to tell her they're just partners and nothing more and Fred even stating likewise, she refuses to listen. No doubt because the evil serum is affecting her judgement.
  • Cute Bruiser: Although just an average-sized woman, Mary is the muscle for the Butterfly Gang, and is skilled at fighting heroes and cops. In fact, she takes down Mr. Great Guy with a tire iron to the head in Issue 7.
  • Fur and Loathing: Evil Mary models a fur coat she stole from a woman during the subway robbery in Issue 7. “Do I look *glamorous*?” NO! Coco: “Ewwww! Ear germs! (commenting on the earrings Mary also stole) ” Amelia:”Fur is cruel!” Sue: “Crime is not cool, and it's illegal!”
  • Lovable Rogue: Mary's the villain with a heart of gold – you can't help but like her, even when she does bad things. (Even Morality Pet Sue can't stay mad at her for stealing her key card to break into her lab.) Things change when Dr. Maniac injects her with evil serum; she becomes more reckless and cruel, culminating with her kidnapping and trying to kill Amelia.
    • In the Epilogue, Mary finally gets a chance to be a hero in the rebellion against Tina's Evil Carrot Army. Her skills at burglary, robbery, and brokering arms deals would be useful to the rebels.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After she's rescued from the building collapse, she's found and taken to the hospital where Sue and Tina reveal they were able to remove the evil serum. However the news doesn't make her feel any better as she has to live with the consequences.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She just does the hench job as a way of paying her bills.
  • Punny Name: Her name comes from Mariposa, the Spanish term for Butterfly.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Attempted it when she went back into the past in the hopes of keeping her life from becoming a henchgirl. Thanks to Fred's interference however, it doesn't work.
  • Token Good Teammate: For the most of the story. She has no qualms about doing bank heists or stealing from the rich. But tries to avoid actively killing people if she can help it. However once she's outed as the mole to the orphan job, she's injected with an evil serum and that takes away her inhibitors, causing her to act wild and reckless.
  • The Unfavorite: Supposedly within her family. When they make a book detailing their superhero lifestyle, there's virtually no mention of Mary, not even in the acknowledgements (which they claim was "due to the editors"). A brief trip into Mary's past hints that her parents felt this way about her because she didn't gain any flashy superpowers.
  • Yandere: Comes dangerously close to this after the time travel arc as she thinks Fred and Amelia are dating after catching a picture of them on a social media page (It was a photo taken of them after they stopped a purse snatcher). The serum warps her mind so much that she nearly goes through with killing Amelia despite both Amelia and Fred stating that they were just partners in crime fighting and nothing more. She's only stopped when Amelia's magical power reacted to the scepter.


Mary's Roommates

     Sue Tanaka
One of the Mary roommates. A somewhat mousey girl studying chemistry.
  • Mama Bear: Sue does not take kindly to Coco coming over to warn about Mary being injected with evil serum. She thinks Coco is there to recruit Tina into the Butterfly Gang, as she did previously during a movie night. It's also likely Tina is her girlfriend.
  • Meganekko: A very cute glasses wearer.
  • Morality Pet: To Tina, trying make sure she doesn't get swayed into the criminal lifestyle.
  • Only Sane Man: For the most part. Amidst Mary's craziness and Tina's naivety.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: The one time she takes off her glasses, her eyes are shown to be very pretty.
  • Wine Is Classy: A lot of the downtime scenes show her usually holding a glass of wine.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Indeed she does have blue hair.

     Tina Caro
The second of Mary's roommates. Loves hearing about Mary's escapades as a henchgirl. She also has the power to form carrots from her wrists.

  • Artificial Limbs: In Issue 11, after some acid spills on her arm. Her power manifest through her entire left arm as a giant carrot stalk and becomes a makeshift arm to her.
  • All There in the Manual: Her turning evil wasn't really shown other then her carrot minions enforcing curfew. The author revealed this later and indeed in the scene where she's fighting a guard, there's a small vial of the evil serum on one of the shelves that splashes near her. Though a final strip later retconned this explanation, turns out it was her powers that went evil while she herself is being held hostage by an evil version of herself made from her left arm.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The final strip of the series revealed that that carrot stalk grew sentient and left her left arm. Leaving her with a withered carrot stalk.
  • Black Best Friend: To Mary and Sue.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Attempted through hearing some of Mary's stories as a henchgirl and interaction with Coco. Though Sue makes sure she's not influenced. Were lead to believe she went this route when she gets splashed by some of the evil serum. Turns out it was her powers that got affected and took over the city.
  • Cute Bruiser: Somewhat, she takes Ta-Kwan-Do but the one time she uses it in the field, it barely affected her opponent. And when her powers transformed one of her arms, it was definitely not pretty for her attacker.
  • Evil Twin: That carrot stalk that grew out of her left arm formed into one.
  • Distressed Damsel: Revealed to be one in the final strip with her carrot army keeping her locked up while an evil carrot version of her commands them.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • At one point at the start of the series, there are bits of carrots lying around the counter. This was before she revealed her powers.
    • After getting the formula to the evil serum to make an antidote for Mary. Her carrot minions suddenly start trying to attack them before Tina uses her power to render them inert. This is a sign that the evil serum has affected her powers.
  • Loose Lips: Accidentally revealed that Mary worked as a henchgirl to her parents.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Tina impales a guard in Issue 11 while breaking into Dr. Maniac's office, she collapses after realizing what she did. Sue comforts her, saying Tina saved her life.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She's sweet and very kind to a lot of people. But has trouble usually reading the mood of a room and this can sometimes cause trouble.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Her power to make carrots doesn't seem all that useful on paper other then just using them as food or projectiles. However she later is able to animate said carrots that obey her command, essentially giving her a miniature army. She can even grow them to human size given enough time. After her arm is replaced with a carrot stalk, she can use it as Combat Tentacles.


The Butterfly Gang

     Monsieur Butterfly
A supervillain who leads the Butterfly Gang and attempting to make more of a name for himself.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Mr. Great Guy.
  • Bad Boss: While he will award diligence, he's not keen on disobedience or traitors. Likewise not above killing those that try to leave the gang. Heck he zapped poor Palawan for no reason other then to test out his new wand. Likewise he didn't bother with Mary's plan to rob a rich socialite, instead just going in and partying like normal.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Claims as such when Mr. Great Guy confronts him after the alien invasion, but is so drunk after the loss of Lana Street and seeing him go do on after one silk shot that obviously shouldn't have hurt him, that he expresses pity on his old foe.
  • The Leader: Of The Butterfly Gang.

     Coco Oon
The other of Monsieur Butterfly's "Fly Girls" alongside Mary and her rival among the gang.
  • Dark Action Girl: Definitely one among the Butterfly Gang, having no scruples about who she hurts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Certainly is one when Mary and she get into verbal scuffles.
  • Foreshadowing: While talking with Mary, another member jokes that Coco "used to be normal". Shortly after that, we find that Monsieur Butterfly uses a serum to brainwash his minions to be more evil if they don't live up to standards. Coco later mentions that she suspects this happened to her at some point.
  • Heel Realization: As she hangs out with Mary and sees more and more how wild she's becomes. She starts to wonder if Butterfly injected her with the evil serum too.
  • Killed Off for Real: Ends up getting vaporized by a newly empowered Amelia who judges her "unworthy".
  • Punny Name: Her name pretty much sounds like "Cocoon".
  • Redemption Equals Death: Coco is the most amoral and traditionally evil member of the Butterfly Gang, including wanting to kill Mary for helping Mannequin leak the orphanage job to the press. But she realizes after Monsieur Butterfly had Mary injected with evil serum that she was probably injected with it too - and warns Mary's roommates. Coco also tries to stop Mary from killing Amelia, but Amelia doesn't recognize her Heel–Face Turn, judges Coco “unworthy”, and kills her in cold blood.
  • Running Gag: Trying to tell her tragic backstory. When she she finally does, the reader never hears it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A rather subdued version when she realizes that forcing evil on Mary had made her reckless and ruining her life. After the time travel shenanigans, she goes to Mary's roommates and tells them what happened in the hopes of helping her.
  • The Dragon: For the most part, she's one in the gang considering she comes up with most of the plans.
  • The Rival: To Mary for the sport of Butterfly's henchgirl.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To Mary after she's drugged with evil serum.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: After Mary is injected with evil serum, they start getting along a lot more.

     Palawan Birdwing
One of the henchmen within the Butterfly Gang.
  • Back for the Finale: He's shown on the last page of the comic scooping the action from atop a building, apparently part of Mary's La Résistance.
  • Butt-Monkey: Within the gang, poor guy usually used as a punching bag by Butterfly. No wonder he split the first chance he got.
  • Nice Guy: Pretty friendly for the most part despite working for a criminal.
  • Out of Focus: Mary and he seem to start a budding friendship within in the gang. However after Issue 4 his relevance in the story is dropped off very quickly.
  • Punny Name: His name is based off a type of butterfly found in the Philippines.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: He raises enough to buy a Private Investigation firm and told Butterfly that he was quitting. Butterfly didn't take to kindly to the news however and tried to kill him, forcing Palawan to flee.
  • Token Good Teammate: Along with Mary, he's okay with doing heists but won't risk hurting people. The Orphan job especially hits a sore spot with him since was raised as an orphan at the exact place that the gang target.

     Chris Salis
Another of Butterfly's henchman with metal plates in his head.

     Larry Va
The wheelman among the bunch.
  • Blatant Lies: He tells Mary that he's missing his daughter birthday party for a job he's doing for the gang. Mary gives him some money and takes over his job. A few pages later, we see him passed out on the ground, a needle in his arm.
  • Fat Slob: Outside of being the wheelman, he's just an utter waste of space, totally subservient to Butterfly.
  • Satellite Character: Has no real development and just there to fill out the Butterfly Gang's roster.
  • Punny Name: Larva.

     Katie Pillar
Another female in the gang. Though exactly what her function is is anyone's guess.
  • Collector of the Strange: Has an odd fascination with dolls and one heist she suggested was centered around them.
  • Expy: The author admitted she based her looks off of Lila from Hey Arnold!, largely as a Take That! to the character as she wasn't a favorite of hers.
  • Hidden Depths: Among the group, she was the one that managed to track down Fred after Butterfly put a hit on him.
  • Punny Name: Caterpillar.
  • Satellite Character: Has no real development and just there to fill out the Butterfly Gang's roster.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: The comic never really reveals what her job within the gang is. Coco provides the plans, Palawan is usually good on stealth and lockpicking, Chris and sometimes Mary are the muscle and even Larry drives the getaway vehicle. But she barely contributes anything and for the most part is just...there.

Super Heroes

     Fred Stumbley / Mannequin / Time Baron
A bank accountant who moonlights as a hero. Has the powers of astral projection.
  • Ambiguous Situation: After Amelia accidentally levels the building Mary, Coco, Fred and she were in when her powers awakened. It's revealed that they found pieces of him and the magical scarf that was alleviating his injuries. But aren't sure if he's dead or not. At the very least afterward it's reveals his spirit is still in close proximity of Mary and can possess certain beings for a few minutes.
  • Blessed with Suck: He can astral project out of his body to be able to look ahead for danger. But his body becomes a hollow mannequin that is very easy to break and virtually defenseless. The upside is that if he is broken, the pieces can be re-combined and allow him to re-inhabit his body. The downside? Any piece that isn't in the right place or missing will reflect the damage when he comes back into his body.
  • Body Horror: After he gets smashed to pieces by the Butterfly Gang the first time. Mary manages to pieces him back together. But from then on, he has very noticeable cracks within his body that occasionally seep blood.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Not to extreme extents, but he not afraid to leap into the fray if he can help people.
  • Feel No Pain: Later in the series he gains a magical scarf which prevents him from feeling pain. Along with the odd properties of his body, it allows him to absorb some major blows on him like gunshots.
  • Morality Pet: Tries to be one to Mary. Not exactly easy when the evil serum keeps messing with her inhibitions.

     Consuelo / La Mucama / La Viuda
One of the maids working Mr. Great Guy who occasionally does catering. She seeks to become his new sidekick.
  • Badass Normal: For the most part, she has no powers, just a decent amount of fighting skill. Later, after Mary's time travel trip, she uses a sword.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Often talks in Spanish when she get really riled.
  • Eyepatch After Time Skip: Only seen briefly in the epilogue, but she does apparently gain one of these in the fight against the Carrot Gang.
  • It's Personal: Toward Mary after she ambushes her at a park. Ironically, Consuelo started it by kicking Mary in the face when she was trying to see if an elderly woman was alright, breaking her goggles in the process which Mary reveals later were irreplaceable.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Wants to be taken seriously as a superhero. But since she doesn't hide her identity well, those that have met her recognize her instantly.
  • Ninja Maid: Introduced working at Mr. Great Guy's household and has some amount of fighting skill on her. Heck her her first hero name is literally Spanish for "The Maid".
  • The Worf Effect: She tries to jump into the fray the best she can. But is usually knocked down very quickly. Beaten down soundly by Coco during the break-in at Sue's lab, and put in the hospital after tangling with Mary over breaking Mary's goggles.

An upcoming superheroine with the power to stop time. Real name, Paige Posa, Mary's little sister.
  • Cool Big Sis: Inverted. She's the little sister, but she cares very deeply for Mary.
  • Big Damn Heroes/Deus ex Machina: She's the one that saves Mary from being hauled off upstate and later is the one who saves her from the building collapse when Amelia destroy it with her powers.
  • Parental Favoritism: Her parents pretty much see her as their shining child over Mary considering her powers allowed her to follow in their superhero biz and is right on the front cover in their autobiography. Paige is all too aware of this fact and tries being a good sister to Mary.
  • Time Stands Still: She can stop time for a few minutes by saying "Say Cheese". Though from an outside perspective, it looks like she's teleporting.

     Amelia / Lovely Celestial Angel Amelia
A farm girl who comes to Crepe City hoping to start a superhero career.
  • The Apunkalypse: Not a full apocalypse, but she has totally changed her style in the Carrot-Dystopia Epilogue.
  • Arch-Nemesis: Mary thinks of Amelia as one after believing she's dating Fred and getting her ass kicked in the subsequent fight.
  • Expy: Of Sailor Moon.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Amelia is a farmer's daughter who is heroic, friendly, and sweet as pie, if naive. But after Mary and Coco kidnap her and the anti-magic serum the Fly Girls doused her with wears off, look out. Amelia uses the last of her powers as Mary is about to kill her with the Monarch Scepter/Angelic Scepter by drawing the Scepter to her. She then transforms, judges Coco "unworthy", and kills her in cold blood. She then judges Mary "least worthy of all" and would have killed Mary had Paige not pushed Mary out of the way. To be fair, that wasn't Amelia so much as the Angelic Scepter controlling her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mary tries to confront her at one point. But you can guess how a partially strong being fares against someone who's magically empowered.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Comes from a rural family.
  • Glowing Eyes: Gets these when she gets the angel wand and her powers her powers awaken.
  • Knight Templar: While she herself isn't, she develops a persona when she receives her angel wand that judges who's worthy and who isn't. Those who are not are quickly vaporized.
  • Magical Girl: Her powers are magical in nature, right down to the talking pet and artifacts.
  • Nonhuman Sidekick: Has a talking cat-like thing named Furria.
  • Transformation Sequence: Pulls one when she spots a purse snatcher.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's definitely the most bubbly and outgoing hero in the story.
  • The Runaway: After her brother left the farm to pursue an art career. Her father stated she had to take over the farm when she gets older. She agrees...and then not shortly after runs away from home so she can become a superheroine.
  • Sailor Senshi Send-Up: She has a transformation that resembles that of the Sailor Senshi, she has a four-legged sidekick, and wields magic through a magic wand and artifacts.
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair: See Rose-Haired Sweetie.
  • You Monster!: Proclaims Mary as such for faking being her fan on a social media page.

     Flame Girl
An older hero from the 80's and El Romancero's wife. Also Mary and Paige's mother.

     El Romancero
An older hero from the 80's. A magician of sorts and Flame Girl's husband. Real name: Roman Prosa, Mary and Paige's father
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Has a spell book and was shown to use it in a flashback to banish robots to Hell.
  • Something About a Rose: Able to produce one when meeting a fan of his.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Shamelessly flirts with a female fan right in front of his wife. It's implied that this has soured their marriage.

     Greg Gains / Mr. Great Guy
A local superhero of Crepe City.
  • Arch-Enemy: Toward Mousier Butterfly.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: After Lana's death and his depression, he eventually manages to somber up some to continue hero work. But can't muster up any effort, finding it all pointless. And doesn't even care if people are killed when Mary and Coco hold a subway station hostage. Lucky for him, Mary was just bluffing about hurting the citizens.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After the alien invasion he's seen later pining over the death of his girlfriend and drinking himself into a stupor. When he arrives to confront the Butterfly Gang during a heist, he's utterly drunk off his ass and taken out by a simple laser shot. Even Mousier Butterfly finds the sight of him like this pathetic.
  • Expy: Of Superman obviously. With a dash of Batman as he owns a mansion.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after his girlfriend, Lana Street, is beheaded during an alien invasion.
  • The Lost Lenore: Lana Street is one to him after she's killed in an alien invasion.


     Lana Street
A reporter within Crepe City.

Also named Consuelo. She's the other Consuelo's grandmother and apparently an old maid to Mr. Great Guy.
  • Blush Sticker: Has some on her cheeks.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Not that she can do much being elderly and all. Exactly why she comes on missions with Mr. Great Guy at her age is anyone's guess.
  • Cool Old Lady: Very nice woman, even giving some cookies to Mary after she finishes "catering" an event at Greg's mansion.
  • Expy: Possibly to Alfred.

An old nemesis of Flame Girl and El Romancero.
  • Badass Normal: No powers, just some very clever planning.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to Mary messing with the timeline, he apparently was never killed during the gala.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Plans ahead to make sure Flame Girl and El Romancero's powers are neutralized, Photo-Girl is preoccupied with another villain to come save them and rigging the gala honoring them to explode before making his presence known. His plans are only thwarted because he just happens to pass by Mary who overhears him.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • An old science partner to Flame Girl. He wants revenge against her for never noticing him.
    • In the new timeline, he's still alive and mentioned that he burned down a library for not having the book he wanted.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The same gunpowder he was planning to use to blow up the gala is the same stuff used to kill him.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Mary kills him by dumping gunpower on his head and using the monarch scepter to ignite it. Blowing him into chunks.
  • Slashed Throat: Does this to a hostage he was holding when Mary provokes him.

     Raj Roy 
An old classmate of Mary's.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: When Mary travels to the past, she tells him of events that happen in the future. Which he manages to use to stop a potential murder. Since he's a lawyer in the present time, he manages to get Mary off from her charges.
  • Last Episode, New Character: And a partially unexpected one at that, he's introduced during the time travel arc and shows up again later , revealing he used his money to hire an attorney and get Mary off for all the henching charges which is before the epilogue. The end of the comic shows him as part of the La Résistance piloting a mech.
  • Rags to Riches: Inventor of Mumblr that, in the new timeline, he's obscenely wealthy.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Mary, so much so that when he found out that she was alive. He left his fiancee to go find her.

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