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  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Subverted. While Atlas was alive, the Lackadaisy gang worked well together and had a friendly relationship with Asa Sweet. After Atlas' death, Asa turned on Mitzi, Mordecai kneecapped Viktor before defecting to the Marigold gang, and other staff abandoned the speakeasy.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: By day, Mitzi and her employees run the Little Daisy Cafe. By night, they operate the Lackadaisy speakeasy in the caves beneath the restaurant.
  • Multi National Team: When Atlas was alive, his two most trusted hitmen were Mordecai (the son of German Jewish immigrants) and Viktor (a Slovak immigrant). After his death they lose Mordecai, but keep Viktor and gain Rocky and later his cousin Calvin (both Irish-American).
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Lackadaisy has brought together a hodge-podge of unlikely characters, including former musicians, a burly Slovak immigrant, the adventure-hungry daughter of a wealthy bootlegger, a trigger-happy teenage boy, and his eccentric cousin.
  • Vestigial Empire: When Atlas May was alive, he oversaw a formidable criminal enterprise and a wildly successful speakeasy. After his death, the Lackadaisy speakeasy lost customers and employees.

    Roark 'Rocky' Rickaby
That's his...eager face.

"Always be prepared to improvise, Freckle. That's rule number one for jazz players and vigilantes alike."

Ladies and gentlemen, our hero! Our quick-witted, overdramatic, high-energy, a-few-lightbulbs-short-of-a-marquee hero! And if you're worried at the sound of that, you're not alone. After a youth of drifting and doing odd jobs, he's found his place at the Lackadaisy speakeasy, where he plays the violin in the band, as well as being the person in charge of acquiring moonshine, coffin varnish — whatever you want to call the liquor. Cousin of Freckle. It's implied he has a crush on Mitzi.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has No Social Skills, seems almost proud when his own cousin goes on a shooting spree, and is implied to be a Pyro Maniac.
  • Alliterative Name: Whether using his real or nickname, his initials are R.R.
  • Amusing Injuries: He usually suffers from these, getting slapped and popping right back up, totally fine a few panels later. However, the "injury disappears immediately" aspect of the trope is subverted when Rocky is punched in "Rumrunner" — he receives a black eye that doesn't quite go away until the next day. Averted in "Haymaker", where he gets hit head first by a hearse. In addition to receiving a nasty sized gash on his head, he is knocked out and comes near to dying.
  • Arc Symbol: Rivers. Rocky recites poetry about rivers in "Lackadaisy Dirthyramb" and "Lackadaisy Doggerel". Several art pieces, such as the full-color drawing of Rocky on his character page, depict Rocky on or near a river.
  • Ax-Crazy: When hell-bent on revenge or trapped in a life-or-death situation, Rocky is dangerous.
    • In volume 1, Rocky drove a burning truck into the Pig Farmer's home, then howled with laughter as the house burned.
    • In volume 3, Rocky rammed Fish's car with his truck while on a dangerously steep hill AND while Freckle was on the roof.
  • Beneath the Mask: If you haven't picked up on the loneliness and frantic desperation behind his cheerful demeanor, it becomes clearer when you see him throwing himself in front of Freckle's car and getting almost run over, begging him not to tell the police about the shootout because it means he'd have to leave again. It all comes to the surface after he gets his forehead head split open, and he drops the mask completely while under recovery.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: An identifying feature, such as when the speakeasy is being attacked by the pig farmers, they know him as "The one with the eyebrows."
  • Butt-Monkey: So much, it borders on chew toy territory, though you couldn't tell by looking at him. If you were to make a list of all the people who have hit him, and all who haven't, you would find it to be about even.
  • Car Fu: His favorite method of dealing damage (besides using fire) is by hitting something (or someone) with a car.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: See the character image. Even his human form sports one, as seen here.
  • The Corrupter: To Freckle. He recruits Freckle for his plan to exact revenge on the pig farmers and introduces him to the criminal underworld of bootleggers and speakeasies. To be fair to Rocky, Freckle does have this... thing for guns that made him less than suitable for the police anyways, but Rocky certainly doesn't seem to be discouraging the behavior.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He seems to have a grudge against Wick and is trying to scare him off purely because he's dating Mitzi. He might just be worried because Wick giving Mitzi more money will mean she can afford to replace Rocky, but his forlorn facial expression when observing the couple from behind a window suggests there is more to it than that.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He used to live with his aunt and cousin when he was younger, which he called "more home than home was." Then he was blamed, or voluntarily took the blame for, for a family tragedy. Uncertain whether it was really him or if he was looking out for his cousin. The troubled part never really ended, despite the cheerful spin he tries to put on everything, and he sleeps in his car. It is implied that there's even darker things going on behind the scenes, since every time someone tries to dig into his past he will suddenly change the subject.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every now and again.
    Viktor: ...That is vhy you come back looking alvays like you got hit by train.
    Rocky: Says the one-eyed man with knees that don't bend.
  • Disappeared Dad: Word of God is that his father, Ransom Rickaby, while alive is not around. Rocky at one point mentions his dad "working on the railroad" but it isn't clear if this was meant to be taken literally or if it was one of Rocky's euphemisms for his dad's non-presence.
    • One of his letters mentions his dad as well, asking Freckle if he'd heard from him and commenting that he (his dad) hasn't been returning his letters, implying that Rocky knows, or knew, where his dad is, but he no longer stays in contact with his family.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Including hanging out of the window. That being said, he seems a fairly decent driver, and the only times he is seen crashing is when he does so on purpose, such as when he crashed the Pig Farmer's truck. Into a moonshine still. While the truck he was driving was on fire. The other time he "crashed" was when he used a pie truck to ram Fish's car off the road and down an embankment as Freckle filled the hapless gangster with .45 caliber slugs.
  • Ear Notch: A side comic reveals that it's the result of an accident while trying to look cool with a pistol.
    Mitzi: (taking away Rocky's gun) That would have been hilarious if you hadn't just blown my eardums out.
  • Escape Artist: His role during his time in the circus. We can see some of that in action where he manages to escape from the pig farmers and avoid being run over by a train in the first few comics.
  • Face of a Thug: Played with in the original "Balderdash" draft; Rocky gives Wick a Cheshire Cat Grin / Slasher Smile after the latter implies Mitzi may have hired the former to off her husband and unnerves poor Wick enough to leave. Once he is gone, Rocky turns to Calvin and comments that he thought he was giving Wick his "sincere smile."
  • Fighting Irish: He's not afraid to bring the fight (and fire) to competitors when needed, and is ethnically Irish, at least on his mom's side as indicated by his aunt Nina.
  • For Science!: Seen when he wants to observe the results of gluing flapjacks to Freckle's head and waiting for bees. Freckle is far less scientifically minded (i.e. desperately climbing over the roof to escape).
  • Funetik Aksent: While Tracy mentions that many fans depict him sounding like Nathan Lane, his liberal use of Irish idioms and phrases and often poetic manner of speaking gives the impression of an Irish accent.
  • Homeless Hero: Rocky is no hero, but he's one of the story's protagonists and he lives in his car. Nina kicked him out of her house years before.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Which Mitzi notices and compliments him for in a bonus comic where he wears a tux... no survivors.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: This is what you get when you mix little Rocky with pancakes. Or at least with pancake syrup.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He likes being in Lackadaisy because they tolerate him and is desperate to stay there and keep the speakeasy afloat.
  • Indy Ploy: See the quote at the top of the section.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: For as many times as he gets hit, he heals quite quickly. Averted when his head gets split open.
  • Keet: He's pretty hyperactive and usually very upbeat... though it's implied that it's actually a facade he puts up.
  • Kubrick Stare: In the Defiance arc.
  • Large Ham: Part and parcel of Rocky's shtick, to the point that no one can really tell when he's putting it on for his own esoteric amusement and when he's being genuine.
    Rocky: "I don't want to have to leave again! THEY TOLERATE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
  • Laughing Mad: Rocky has a penchant for this. He thinks of it as "laughing it off" when he does something bad or escapes death.
  • Loveable Rogue: Tries to be one, at least. When woozy from a head injury he hinted that this might not be the case all the time
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a toxic influence for Freckle and leads his cousin into a life of crime, but seems to legitimately care about him, and is kind to just about everyone (excluding Wick).
  • Missing Mom: Tracy has confirmed that his mom is unfortunately deceased. From references to her being in a Sanatorium and Rocky's comment about her "chasing the Red Death" it was probably tuberculosis.
  • Motor Mouth: Seems to be mostly when talking to Viktor or when explaining one of his exploits.
  • Never Learned to Read: Not exactly, but joked about by Ivy. She doesn't believe he ever actually went to school.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After the pig farmers tried to kill him, Rocky really should have gotten out of the speakeasy business. His insistence on exacting revenge on the pig farmers ignited a feud between the Lackadaisy crew and the Marigold gang that got a lot of people killed.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: To Wick's dismay.
  • Noodle Incident: Years before, Rocky took the fall for something so heinous that it shattered his relationship with his aunt and got him kicked out of the house.
    Rocky: But then came one of those little family tragedies ... and it had an author ... and with already ink-stained hands, I signed my name on it. It won me a long trip, so the reliable lad could finish school undisturbed ... and so time could dull my fresh reminder face.
  • Noodle People: Is just as skinny as Ivy, and the only reason she doesn't qualify for this trope is because she's a teenaged girl. Viktor even tells him he's like a spaghetti noodle. Mitzi notes that him trying to shield her from an attacker is "like taking cover behind a cornstalk".
  • No Social Skills: He spouts poetry at random, is a severe Stepford Smiler. It's heavily implied that he has trouble relating to people, and that he only joined Lackadaisy because "they tolerate him."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: About the only person who calls him Roark is his aunt.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The only time he's not crazy, zany, and upbeat is when he's recovering from a potentially serious head wound. And even when he does finally seem to recover, there's still something..seriously off about him.
  • The Pollyanna: No matter how bad things get, he always has that smile on. Word of God says it's a combination of this and a Stepford Smiler:
    "He's naturally upbeat but, if it's not obvious by now, there's also a sort of frantic desperation behind most of the things he does."
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Ivy.
  • Pyro Maniac: His default problem solving tool is Molotov cocktails.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Borders on this due to his Crazy Awesome tendencies.
  • Ramming Always Works: In "Lackadaisy Crackup", he rams Fish' car with his pie truck.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: One strip is dedicated to him reciting a poem about the Mississippi River.
  • Sad Clown: Something happened to him that got him kicked out of the McMurray house and strained family relations. You wouldn't be able to tell from his horrible jokes and Cloudcuckoolander tendencies, though.
  • Sanity Slippage: He always likes to feign eccentricity, but after the incident on the Arbogast farm, his growing insecurity and severe head wound appear to have left him dangerously unbalanced.
  • Scars Are Forever: After being hit with a vehicle at Arbogast Farm, Rocky has a scar in the middle of his forehead.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Every now and then, especially when reciting poetry.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • He can give a pretty big one. He gives one to Wick when trying to scare him and the man assumes for his own sanity that it was meant to convey a joke.
    "I thought this was my sincere smile. Isn't this my sincere smile?"
    • Gives Freckle a particularly creepy one at the end of volume 2 when picking him up for a job. The creepy part comes from the big gash on his head from the previous night and his bloodshot eyes. Freckle is shocked to say the least.
    • Crosses over into Cheshire Cat Grin territory, as noted above. His smile is specifically likened to a "scythe of impending destruction."
  • Supporting Protagonist: In a way; up until the start of the comic, he was the Lackadaisy's fiddler and nothing else, and in the end, is a tiny part of the grand scheme of things thanks to the sheer number of characters in the comic. He is, however, one of the more fleshed-out characters so far.
  • Stepford Smiler: Of a sort. Word of God is that Rocky's constant grin is half genuine and half Sad Clown; he's naturally cheerful of demeanor, but there's also a certain amount of lonely desperation because he knows he's weird and flaky and doesn't have a lot going for him aside from said demeanor, so he's hoping that if you think he's amusing you won't be so quick to discard him once you can afford someone better.
  • Terrible Artist: Judging from Rocky's note to Freckle and the numerous letters he's sent him and vandalizing the walls of Ivy's dormitory, Rocky is not a very good artist.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To Freckle.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Brick on a rope! He also tried to glue pancakes to his cousin's head to attract bees. When he refused, he offered for him to swallow the glue instead.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes. He also puts syrup in coffee.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Acknowledged by Ivy: "I don't want to be around when your stupid, terrible good luck runs out."
  • Warrior Poet: Well, he thinks he is. Especially with the "Poet" part.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In his letters to Freckle from his nomadic phase, Rocky was constantly moving around and taking new jobs. It's strongly implied that he kept getting fired from jobs due to his incompetence. In one letter, Rocky marvels at how he set both meat and himself on fire during a stint as a cook.

    Calvin "Freckle" McMurray
A shining beacon of innocence in a dark, depraved world.

"Wait! No! I haven't been in any trouble since— I mean, I'm a good— I'm supposed to be a-HAHAHAHAHAHAHeep—!"

Rocky's younger cousin and Nina's son. His dream is to become a police officer, but that appears to have been squashed as he's been thrown out of the academy. Normally extremely shy and subdued, but shows a different side when faced with violence and chaos. Rocky thinks that this somewhat ill-balanced demeanor can be put perfectly to work at the Lackadaisy.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Granted, he's eighteen, but who could resist those ginormous kitty-cat eyes? This applies especially to when he was a little boy.
  • Adorkable: Except when he isn't. But generally, Freckle is a quiet, soft-spoken young man with problems talking to girls and a nervous disposition.
  • Ax-Crazy: The boy really likes firearms; to the point that it caused him to be kicked out of the Police Academy. Though, he did practically go catatonic after killing those pig farmers.
  • Badass Adorable: He knows how to handle a tommy-gun.
  • Badass Longcoat: In concept art.
  • Berserk Button: The improper handling of firearms.
  • The Berserker: Give him a gun and he turns into one.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Normally, he is a nice guy and quite gentle — that is, until he gets hold of a gun. Then he becomes a completely different person. He's amassing an on-screen body count that could rival Viktor, Mordecai, or Serafine.
  • Break the Cutie: He nearly goes catatonic after killing the pig farmers.
  • Cat Smile: Gets a few, but not as much as Ivy.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: This mixed with a little bit of Slasher Smile.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Rocky is doing this to him, by introducing him the Lackadaisy, whether he means to or not.
  • Cute and Psycho: Again. He seems cute and innocent when he's not holding a gun, but when he is, the psycho comes out.
  • Dirty Business: After his rampages, Calvin expresses emotional distress at his actions, no matter how necessary. At the end of volume 1, Calvin throws up and drives off in a panic after killing the Pig Farmers. In volume 3, he emits an exhausted scream after killing Fish, despite Rocky's attempt to make him laugh.
  • Disappeared Dad: Tracy has confirmed that his dad is unfortunately deceased.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Downplayed. He fades into the background during the pig farmers' raid on the Lackadaisy just as well as he would anytime; it's not until he comes into his element that he seems affected by his environment.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Freckle nearly went catatonic after his rampage against the pig farmers, and even threw up.
  • Eye Scream: The "Milksop" short comic starts with Freckle's eye being irritated by the horseradish in his sandwich. It goes downhill from there.
  • Fighting Irish: You wouldn't think it at first. Sure, he's ethnically Irish like his mother and cousin, but he doesn't seem very keen on picking least until you put a gun in his hands. And then....hoo boy.
  • Fish out of Water: He is not in his element in the smooth world of speakeasies — but he's also starting to wonder if even could fit in anywhere else, seeing as the police force couldn't accept him either.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tracey's indicated in some Q-and-A's that his psycho streak has some of its origins in his overbearing upbringing.
  • Gun Nut: Jesus Christ. When not in his usual Shrinking Violet mode, he is almost always depicted handling a gun of some sort, and as shown in "Deadlock" and "Dolally," simply mishandling a gun is enough to trip his Berserk Button and send him on a laughing, shooting frenzy.
  • Handy Man: He's a decent one when not accompanying Rocky on hijinks or getting into gunfights.
  • Hell Is That Noise: His laugh is this to the Pig Farmers, enough to unnerve Avril and Emery.
    Avril: Ain't no living thing oughta make a sound like that.
  • Heroic BSoD: He gets a little out of sorts after the incident with the pig rustlers and cocoons himself up in his bed.
  • Laughing Mad: During a killing spree he laughs insanely; this was foreshadowed beforehand when he struggles not to laugh uncontrollably after he helps burn down a farmhouse with Rocky.
    Rocky: "My cousin."
  • Momma's Boy: Then again it would be sort of hard not to be one if your mother was Nina McMurray
  • Naïve Newcomer: To the world of booze smuggling and speakeasies.
  • Officer O'Hara: Was on his way to becoming one of these when his...enthusiasm for guns was discovered. It was a bit much for the Academy, so they had to throw him out. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, Rocky was there to scoop him up with a job that suits him perfectly...
  • Older Than He Looks: You would swear he was just a child by his appearance in the comic, but according to Tracy, he's eighteen.
  • Only Sane Man: Whenever he's away from firearms at least. Otherwise....
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After the gunfight with the pig farmers. He throws up, drives home, and collapses in bed with all his clothes on.
  • Psycho for Hire: Albeit a reluctant one.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": His "eagerness" when around firearms makes him do this. Mitzi remarks that he has Rocky's laugh.
  • The Quiet One: His quiet and straightforward way of talking tends to make him blend in with the background around other characters, so many people end up ignoring him.
  • Reluctant Psycho: He's clearly disturbed by the fact that something's not quite right under his unassuming surface, and would like nothing more than to just "be a good boy."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even as an adult, mostly because he's Older Than He Looks.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Mordecai. Both the most effective fighters in their organizations, but Freckle is an essentially decent person who can't control himself from berserker raging in combat, while Mordecai is a sociopath who holds himself in check by an obsessive commitment to order.
  • Shrinking Violet: That is, until he gets hold of a gun.
  • The Stoic: Certainly not to the extent of other characters, though his calm, terse disposition and tendency towards small kindnesses sets him apart from the manic Rocky and impetuous Ivy, and he seems to deliberately constrict his emotions out of habit (a police officer obviously being a profession requiring discipline and a cool head). Once again, like a few of his other qualities, this is rendered null and void in the proximity of guns.
  • Unfortunate Names: Honestly, why would someone as Irish Catholic as Nina name her son Calvin (unless to instill some good ol' Catholic guilt)? note 
  • Wham Line: "You're not holding it right."note 

    Mitzi May
Don't worry, she won't have you killed if you piss her off...she'll just charm you into offing yourself.

Rocky: Miss M's done a lot for me, y'know? I just get a little, uh, sentimental with her being in a vulnerable spot these days...
Viktor: Vulnerable as like bear trap.

The proprietress of Lackadaisy since the death of her husband, Atlas May. Used to be a ukulele player and showgirl, which is how she came to meet her husband. Looks fragile, but is a shrewd and steely businesswoman, who refuses to abandon or give up on her speakeasy. In a tentative flirtation with Wick. The rumours of her involvement in her husband's death may or may not be false and greatly exaggerated.

  • Alliterative Name: Whether you use her current name, Mitzy May, or her old name, Mary-Ellen Montgomery her initials are still M.M.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Sweet, sexy widow who just wants to keep her business going or manipulative seductress who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants?
  • Berserk Button: Do not touch her pearl necklace.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is a sweet, intelligent lady in every sense of the word, who will wrestle you to the ground, claw you in the face and kick you in the chin for a pearl.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: That well hidden ruthless streak.
  • Blatant Lies: After threatening Lacy with dismemberment.
    Wick: What about dismemberment?
    Mitzi: Oh, nothing, honey. Girl talk.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's very intelligent and cunning, and her hair is very brown.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Tends to keep her cool in serious situations, even when her speakeasy is being shot up by pig farmers. She also has little reaction to seeing her employees injured.
  • Christmas Cake: Insists that she was born in the "20th century". A careful look at the scrawled out date on her character sheet shows her birth date is in the 1890s, likely '93.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Wears a lot of purple. You don't see this too much, since the comic is in sepia but you do see it in the color pages.
  • Damsel in Distress: Averted. While Rocky seems to think she is one, he couldn't be more wrong.
  • Determinator: It's generally agreed on by the other characters that The Lackadaisy is doomed, yet Mitzi does everything in her power (no, really, everything) to keep her late husband's business afloat, no matter how many tragedies and interruptions that occur on the way.
  • Determined Widow: Mitzi is determined to return the Lackadaisy speakeasy to its former glory.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Rocky implies to Wick that she had him kill Atlas and he asks her about it. She continues to make jokes about it in ways that explicitly don't deny having Atlas killed and fairly creeps Wick out. She makes a firm denial on the next page, though.
  • Femme Fatale: She's a very archetypical one, particularly where Wick is concerned.
  • Femme Fatalons: Granted she is a cat, but she's the first character to claw someone to date. Just ask the poor vagrant that tried to take a pearl from the engagement necklace Atlas had given Mitzi back in the good ol' days. Ouch.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Tracy states that purple is a colour she (Tracy, not Mitzi) equates with vanity and selfishness, but also integrity and strength. Very fitting.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Was otherwise known as "Martini Mitzi" in her early days.
  • Hartman Hips: Has the most noticeable hips of the female characters in the cast. The author has stated it's so that she can fit fancy dress designs on her butt.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: When she met Atlas, and she was just a poor dancer.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She has very little cat influence in her face, especially compared to Ivy, who is very feline and also female. She even has tiny whiskers, while the rest of the cast have very long ones.
  • May–December Romance: Though the art makes it hard to determine anyone's age, it's clear that Atlas was significantly older than her (nine years, to be exact).
  • Miss Kitty: Literally - she's a Miss Kitty who happens to be a kitty.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Which she exploits to keep the Lackadaisy afloat.
  • Nerves of Steel: Not even being shot at by a pig farming hick raises much of a response out of her.
  • Not a Morning Person: Of note are the nights she falls unconscious with her make-up on.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Mary-Ellen; "Mitzi" is a stage name she took when she was a lounge singer/ukelele player.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She's typically associated with purple because the author herself associates the color with vanity, selfishness, integrity and strength.
  • Really 17 Years Old: Inverted. She claims she was born in the twentieth century, which would make her twenty-seven or somewhere around that, being that the comic is staged in 1927, but she is really thirty-four Note .
  • Real Women Have Curves: She is very curvy and very proud of it, despite this body type only becoming popular in the 40s with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, and going out of fashion with as much immediacy as it when it came into fashion.
  • Really Gets Around: She had a romantic relationship with Zib, then married Atlas, then entered a relationship with Wick after Atlas' death.
  • Rule of Sexy: When asked by a fan why Mitzi has such a curvy behind, Tracy's usual answer is "Because."
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Possibly. Her detractors think it's more like silk hiding tin, as she's only gotten into one physical fight and that was with a drunken lout over pearls.
  • Skewed Priorities: Occasionally. The main tension between her and Zib later on is that she refuses to leave Lackadaisy behind and get a less dangerous life because of her memory of Atlas. She also will attack someone viciously for a single pearl, albeit a pearl from a necklace that Atlas gave her.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: In her desperation to preserve the Lackadaisy, Mitzi becomes more willing to commit immoral acts. She tries to manipulate Wick into investing in Lackadaisy, destroying their relationship in the process. Later, she steals and forges one of Wick's checks in order to cover expenses. Zib calls her out on her behavior.
    Zib: You might've gone and married a villain, but I never thought you were made of the same stuff as him.
  • Southern Belle: Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Stripperific: She mentions an incredibly bawdy, ridiculous Mata Hari outfit she once wore when she was part of the band during a performance.
  • Tareme Eyes: She sports a variant, however, it is ambiguous if she is like the personality associated.
  • That Man Is Dead: She doesn't like to think about the times before she and Atlas got married.
  • Troll: In the supplemental comics, she can never resist poking fun at Mordecai.
  • The Vamp: She has qualities of this, especially when she's with Wick.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Not a queen, but very similar.
  • You Remind Me of X: Done by Rocky in "Weisenheimer"; he asks the price for a set of bear traps in the general store, remarking that they remind him of someone "very dear" to him, hearkening back to Viktor's comments about Mitzi's "vulnerability."

    Viktor Vasko

"One af [my knees] bends somevhat. And is after seven years at this vork."

A Slovak immigrant with a violent and mysterious past, he now works for Mitzi as an odd jobs man and occasional bartender. Is extremely protective towards Ivy, who is just about the only person towards whom he doesn't show barely-suppressed murderous rage. Used to be Mordecai's partner in contract killing, but their relationship has soured since.

  • Action Dad: According to Elsa, he has an estranged wife and daughter.
  • Alliterative Name: Victor Vasko
  • The Big Guy: Outside the configuration of the Five Man Band, he still fills the role.
  • Bilingual Bonus: KUS VOLA! ZABIJEM T'A! (Translation: 'You piece of ox! I'll kill you!'; in Slovak, calling someone a 'piece of ox' is a common insult, similar to our English habit of calling someone a jackass.)
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Rocky: I, uh, have, a bit of a dilemma, Viktor. As fortune would have it, there's a pick-up tomorrow night. But to the contrary, um, fortune-wise, uh, it seems I'll have a gaggle of belligerent clodhoppers to contend with, and, so, well... I was hoping you would have some valuable advice or perhaps some words of inspiration for your young protege.
    Viktor: Quit.
  • Death Glare: One of his primary expressions, and he wields it like a shotgun. Rocky thinks that his single eye lets him focus his emotions into a hate-based eye-laser, since he can just about etch plate steel with his glower power.
  • Dented Iron: A lifetime marred by war, crime, and violent run-ins has left him with a missing eye, two damaged knees, and an injured lung.
  • Dirty Business: Implied. In a flashback, Viktor viciously kills several rival bootleggers and sets their cabin on fire. He's shown leaving the cabin with a melancholy look on his face, as if troubled by what he has become.
  • Disappeared Dad: He himself is one, who left his wife and daughter so they wouldn't be dragged down by his mistakes.
  • Easily Forgiven: He regularly brutalizes Rocky, and yet Rocky treats him like a friend and Mitzi keeps him on staff. He has also beaten up Ivy's boyfriends, but other than a loud scolding, Ivy still sees him as a friend.
  • Eyepatch of Power:
    Rocky: "You know how when Viktor looks at you, it seems like he's searing a hole through your face? Well, I have a theory about that. By having to pass through that singular ocular of his, the, uh, hate energy he radiates experiences some sort of amplification in a manner not unlike stimulated emission as, uh, Einstein described it, resulting in a kind of highly intensified... glare beam."
  • Funetik Aksent: Slovakian.
  • Grumpy Bear: Especially evident when he's with Ivy. And he's also a friendly neighbor to Mrs. Bapka, an elderly Slovak woman.
  • Handicapped Badass: His leg hasn't been the same since Mordecai kneecapped him. Don't think that makes him harmless.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He's at least a somewhat decent guy. He's protective of Ivy and takes care of his nonagenarian neighbor Mrs. Bapka.
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: Mrs. Bapka gives him an ugly green sweater for Christmas. Combined with a hat from Ivy and a red necktie from Mordecai, Viktor looks hideously festive. When Rocky starts singing "O Tannenbaum" at the sight, Viktor punches him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Ivy, which she lampshades in a side comic by demonstrating she can't even get her arms around him.
  • Husky Russkie: Well, he's not actually Russian, he's Slovakian, but the accent is similar enough when rendered in text, so the general effect is much the same.
  • Improvised Weapon User: He can do this. When you're as strong as Victor a lot of things can become dangerous weapons in your hands.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Ivy, who is a few decades younger than him.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Dr. Quackenbush administers anesthesia to Viktor while tending to his injuries so that Viktor doesn't attack him. Mitzi finds Viktor unconscious with a big smile on his face.
  • Jerkass: He's rude and blunt with almost every character in the comic. He's also needlessly violent toward Rocky and Ivy's boyfriends.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He bluntly tells Rocky to quit Lackadaisy after the pig farmers tried to murder Rocky. Had Rocky listened, a lot of chaos could have been averted.
  • Knee-capping: Mordecai shot him in the knee before defecting to the Marigold gang. As a result, Viktor moves slowly and can't walk up stairs.
  • Mighty Glacier: Very strong. Very slow, especially with his bad knees.
  • No Badass to His Valet: His relationship with Ivy in a nutshell. He may be a grizzled war veteran, a speakeasy hitman/employee, and all-around grump who can punch anyone who annoys him, but Ivy still considers him a friend of hers.
  • Papa Wolf: He is unusually protective of Ivy, to the point where he's scared away most of her previous boyfriends. (Probably by injuring them, if what happened to Chad is any indication). He's also not happy with her attraction to the speakeasy lifestyle and tells her to quit hanging around, to her displeasure. This is likely because Ivy reminds him of his estranged daughter.
    • Viktor thinks he's being this when he brutalizes Ivy's boyfriends.
    • When the pig farmers lay siege to Lackadaisy, Viktor finds Ivy struggling with Benji, who nearly shoots her. Viktor responds by grabbing Benji by the head and punching him in the face over and over.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His default expression is frowning; Ivy is one of the only people to make him smile.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In a Christmas comic, Viktor is shoveling snow for his neighbor, Mrs. Bapka. In "Lackadaisy Dotage", Mrs. Bapka visits Viktor in the hopes that he can fix her clogged pipe, suggesting that he has helped her before.
    • During a siege on a rival gang's cabin, Mordecai drops his glasses. Viktor retrieves the glasses amidst the chaos and returns them to Mordecai afterwards.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Ivy, who he treats like his own daughter.
  • Put on a Bus: He spends most of Volume 2 bedridden with pneumonia, since he was shot in the first Volume.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Years of combat and violent run-ins have left Viktor with disfigurements and disabilities, including a missing eye and a knee that won't bend.
    • After receiving a gunshot wound, Viktor is incapacitated and spends his time recuperating at home. Additionally, receiving medical care from a horse doctor in unsanitary conditions (during an era with much more primitive medical technology than today) allowed bacteria to enter his lung wound, inflicting pneumonia on him.
  • Reflective Eyes: Well, just one. Viktor's remaining eye does this when he turns on his Death Glare upon meeting Calvin.
  • Retired Badass: Not quite retired. Viktor's got only one eye and bad knees, and his official job is as bartender. He can still hold his own in a fight though, and Lackadaisy's dire situation brings him out from behind the bar regularly.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not a defining trait, but it’s in his background. The trenches left him like "a wire stripped of its sheathing", and he plunged back into violence with labor conflicts before turning to a life of crime.
  • Shirtless Scene: Viktor is shirtless when Dr. Quackenbush tends to his injuries. Readers get to see just how broad-chested and muscular he is.
  • The Silent Bob: Viktor speaks, but communicates more effectively with facial expression. In this preview comic, he and Mordecai have a mild argument. Victor never says a word. Mordecai reacts entirely to Viktor's Facial Dialogue.
  • Silent Snarker: If feeling particularly snarky, he can snark without opening his mouth.
  • The Stoic: When he's not beating the ever-loving crap out of someone.
  • Terse Talker: Most of the time. It could be partially because he isn't completely fluent in English.
  • Weak Sauce Weakness: Stairs, on account of his bad knees. He was kneecapped less than a year prior: in addition to being one of the most painful places to get shot, many victims who've been kneecapped go on to suffer residual paralysis in the muscles of their lower legs.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Despite his violent streak toward males, Viktor does not retaliate when Ivy berates him or makes a laughable attempt to rough him up.

    Ivy Pepper
Despite her innocent looks and disarming grin she actually has no idea what she's doing.

"You will read these magazines and you will like them. And so help me, you'll learn to enjoy the banjo hour. There's not gonna be any moping, Viktor. There just isn't."

A cheerful and hyperactive college student and the only person Viktor treats with anything resembling affection. Her father was a friend of Atlas, her now late godfather. She has a big crush on Freckle.

  • '20s Bob Haircut: As befitting of any flapper girl. A bonus comic shows her cutting her hair into it when she was a little girl.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Which Viktor never seems to hear the end of.
  • Beneath the Mask: Ivy may seem like an exuberant girl who loves adventure, but under the surface, she feels frightened by the events of the story and obligated to help her friends.
    • In "Lackadaisy Heebie-jeebies", Ivy lists a number of reasons why she's participating in a bootlegging run (thirst for adventure, following in her father's footsteps, carrying on Viktor's legacy). A few moments later, she admits that she's really participating because she's worried about Rocky's erratic behavior and wants to help him. She also admits that she doesn't understand a lot of what's going on in the St. Louis speakeasy world, which scares her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't let the fancy flapper outfits and the ditzy demeanor fool you; she has a temper that's proven nothing to sneeze at. And she manages to handle a gun well enough to convince some gin-runners she's genuine, too.
    • Though the fact that she was also mishandling it and obviously freaked out at the time also helped them give in - a scared person who is mildly competent with a gun can be far more dangerous than a well-trained expert.
  • Book Dumb: Studying isn't a top priority for her, nor is it a priority at all. Lampshaded by Mitzi when she asks her which professor assigns her magazines to read.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her profile mentions her skill with a rifle. She shows it off by nabbing a handgun from some moonshiners who tried to run down her and Rocky and firing a warning shot at them.
  • The Chick: While she, Rocky, and Freckle all have lots of empathy compared to their co workers, Ivy is the one who comes closest to white morality, and if not for the fact that she worked for an underground criminal organisation because she has nothing better to do with her summer vacation, she'd be the Only Sane Employee.
  • The Cutie: Her biography page on the website describes her as "all sweetness and sunrays." Technically, "calculated sweetness and devious fib-telling little sunrays."
  • Dirty Business: In a dream, Ivy sees Rocky and Freckle unearthing a grave filled with liquor bottles and bones. Freckle tells her that Rocky insisted that the bottles and bones had been separated, but viewers can see that the bottles and bones are jumbled together. On a subconscious level, Ivy may feel guilt over the bloodshed that is part of the speakeasy business, or at the very least beginning to realize, thanks to the story recounted by Bobby previously, that bootlegging is not all adventures and fun times.
    • "Heebie-Jeebies" expands on this, as she admits that despite wanting to answer the call for adventure, she really has no idea what is going on, hinting that she is in way over her head due to having no experience in actual bootlegging.
  • The Flapper: Well, it was the style for women at the time. Freckle and Rocky refuse to let her meet Nina, on the basis that Ivy is wearing pants.
  • Genius Ditz: She's not the sharpest knife in the the drawer, but she's a Guile Hero who knows how to use a gun, even if only marginally.
  • Genki Girl: A lying, occasionally mean-spirited one, but a genki girl is a genki girl.
  • Guile Hero: Convinces the Arbogasts to sell to them, manages to muscle her way into recovery classes to work at the Lackadaisy over the summer, and convinces Wick into paying for Viktor's medical costs.
  • High Class Gloves: Wears a pair with her evening dress. While flappers didn't tend to be photographed wearing them, they were still in style, and the comic is known for doing the research.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Viktor.
  • Important Haircut: In this collection of character sketches, we see Ivy about to cut her long hair into a flapper's bob.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Viktor.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Her father, Ruby Pepper, was also involved in the bootlegging/speakeasy world.
  • Little Miss Badass: Managed to strike up a deal with the Arbogasts, with a combinations of guilt-tripping, intimidation, and Rocky having a huge hole sawed in his head by their hearse.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Despite being in a World of Snark, she can certainly hold her own against the adults
  • Morality Pet: To Viktor. He waits until she's out of the room before he visits horrible violence on someone.
  • Motor Mouth: Occasionally when talking to Victor. He never seems to mind, though.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one to Rocky because of his getting Viktor shot, with a Vogue magazine.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Is deliberately failing a class so that she'll have to take recovery classes in the summer, and thus have an excuse to stay at the Lackadaisy. By all accounts, she's actually pretty smart.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Viktor and Rocky.
  • Really Gets Around: She's had several boyfriends, which has nothing to do with Ivy and everything to do with Viktor. Every break-up is a direct consequence of Viktor breaking their limbs so that they are 1. in a wheelchair and 2. petrified of even saying hello to her. Ivy is not happy when she figures this out.
  • Sailor Fuku: Wears one at the start of the comic and in concept art.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She is on her school's woman's rifle team.
  • Spit Take: She spits out her tea when Elsa tells her that Viktor has a daughter.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Regularly abuses her father's funds for things like matching scarves and hats, shoes, and magazines, usually when she should be using that money to buy school supplies. Despite this, she's not so bad, just a bit shallow, ditzy, and naive.
  • Supreme Chef: Handles the restaurant that leads to Mitzi's speakeasy, seemingly without any assistance.
  • Tsundere: Mostly dere, but her tsun side is definitely there-e.
  • Womanchild: She's an immature 19 year-old girl who doesn't grasp how dangerous and morally corrosive the bootlegger lifestyle really is.

    Dorian 'Zib' Zibowski
To him, the difference between "awake" and "asleep" is more of a spectrum.

"Couldn't sleep after last night's fireworks... so I figured I'd practice sitting around looking troubled and pensive."

The band's cynical saxophonist, and occasionally clarinetist. Was in a relationship with Mitzi at some point before she married Atlas. Keeps out of the gin-running business as well as he can, and more often acts as the voice of reason for Mitzi.

  • Deadpan Snarker: It's part of a mystique he's deliberately cultivating. He'll even snarkily admit to it.
  • Defector from Decadence: Is starting to think like one, becoming disillusioned with some of the things Mitzi is doing in order to keep the club running.
  • Erudite Stoner:
  • Hypocrite: He's disgusted when Mitzi steals a check from Wick and forges his signature to get money to pay the band. Mitzi retorts that Zib was happy to accept dirty money from Atlas back in the day.
    Mitzi: Where'd the sudden qualms about the cash come from, anyway? Every red cent my husband paid you over the years was blood money of one sort or another, and you knew it.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Is implied to have been a victim of it, being a creative black sheep compared to his brothers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In some of the side strips his sex appeal to the audience is displayed—particularly in human form.
  • Nice Hat: Almost never seen without his fedora.
  • Not a Morning Person: He doesn't get up well in the morning. Consciousness is more of a continuum than a binary.
  • Not So Stoic: When Freckle goes on his murderous rampage in the caverns, he is very visibly shaking. He later tries - and fails - to light a cigarette because he's shaking so much.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone forgets that Zib's first name is actually Dorian.
  • Only Sane Man: Not that it amounts to much in the long run. He's one of the only people to realize that the Lackadaisy is dying and it'd be better to get out now.
  • Perma-Stubble: His human form.
  • Perpetual Frowner: More of a sullen, uncaring look than a frown, for the most part. When readers inquired as to whether or not he'd ever smiled, this was the result.
  • Sexy Sax Man: Plays the saxophone in the Lackadaisy's band. He's also the clarinetist, but he much prefers to be seen with the sax precisely because of this trope.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Regularly seen with a cigarette dangling from his mouth.
  • Stepford Snarker: Behind that "artist's mystique", he's a Papa Wolf who just wants to get his band and Mitzi away from the danger of the speakeasies and gangsterhood.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Crossdresses when he's drunk, mostly Played for Laughs. It doesn't come up in the main story, though.
    Mitzi: You did.

    Zib: Well, your guess is as good as mine.
  • Working with the Ex: With Mitzi. They're still on good terms, sometimes.

    Horatio Bruno 
Works as the Lackadaisy's doorman and bouncer. Seems sweet and friendly, if a bit naive.

    Atlas May 
The founder of Lackadaisy and Mitzi's husband, now deceased, murdered under mysterious circumstances.
  • Affably Evil: Mitzi loved him, and his employees respected him. That said, flashbacks of the murders that Viktor and Mordecai committed under his employ make it clear that Atlas was a ruthless man with blood on his hands.
  • The Corrupter:
    • He married Mitzi — previously an innocent dancer and musician — and introduced her to the criminal underground.
    • He also rescued Mordecai from his pursuers and made Mordecai into a ruthless killer. While Mordecai had been involved in criminal activities as a teenager, it was under Atlas' patronage that he evolved into a soulless hitman.
  • Driving Question: Who killed him? And, in that line, "Why?"
  • Father to His Men: Almost everyone in Lackadaisy worked for him because they owed him big. A subversion; as detailed on the main page, his habit of collecting "strays" may not have been out of kindness at all.
  • Happily Married: From what we can tell, he and Mitzi really did love each other.
  • The Lost Lenore: He still has a lot of influence on Mitzi. She's trying to maintain his legacy by keeping Lackadaisy alive, she talks to his portrait, keeps his necklace, and has to deliberately turn away from a photo of him when she kisses Wick.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As lampshaded by Zib. Atlas showed kindnesses to desperate people who were then in his debt, and in doing so built a criminal empire. He married the previously poor Mitzi, paid Viktor's legal fees, rescued Mordecai from his pursuers, gave Zib's band a permanent gig, and allowed the Arborgasts to move somewhere quiet for Elsa's sake. In return, Mitzi became involved in his speakeasy business, Viktor and Mordecai became his hitmen, Zib and company provided entertainment for his illegal speakeasy, and the Arborgasts imported high-quality liquor that made Lackadaisy popular.
  • May–December Romance: Was about nine years older than his wife Mitzi.
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek mythology, Atlas was a titan who held up the sky on his shoulders. This Atlas held up the Lackadaisy speakeasy on his shoulders. After his death, the speakeasy suffered financially and lost several key staff members.
  • Panthera Awesome: He looks like an anthropomorphic tiger.
  • Posthumous Character: His death kicks off the plot.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Elsa recalled that Atlas has a gentle voice and demeanor.


The Marigold Gang

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: With the exception of Nico, who has a casual wardrobe, all of the Marigold gang members are impeccably dressed.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: By day, Asa Sweet and his colleagues run the Maribel Hotel. By night, they oversee the Marigold speakeasy contained therein.
  • Multi National Team: Well, multi-ethnic, at least. Asa Sweet (a white man) oversees a team of criminals comprised of Mordecai Heller (a Jewish man) and the Savoys (a pair of ambiguously brown Cajuns).
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The Marigold thugs are constantly struggling against each other. Sefarine carves a Voodoo symbol into Mordecai's skin when he refuses to join her cult. Wes punches and insults Fish, who later leaves Wes pinned down in the woods during a gun battle.

    Asa Sweet
Literally a fat cat of St. Louis.

"The longest death rattle I think I've ever witnessed... I don't have time for this. But that's what I get for betting on a bunch of pig rastlers to know how to deal with a lame horse."

Formerly a business associate of Atlas May; now makes no secret of the fact that he's just waiting for Lackadaisy to die for good. A pleasant, cheery tycoon with no scruples.

  • Affably Evil: He doesn't wish misfortune on Mitzi or any of Lackadaisy's staff personally. He's willing to drive Lackadaisy out of business with utter ruthlessness, but that's just business.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: His human version looks a lot like John Goodman (who is also from St. Louis). In Tracy's head, he also sounds like John Goodman.
  • Dirty Business: Asa Sweet admits to feeling pangs of guilt when he arranged to meet Mitzi for lunch, the morning after he sent the Pig Farmers to besiege Lackadaisy.
    Asa Sweet: Nothing's ever easy, is it? And the doe eyes won't make it any easier. I was hoping to avoid that.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: His team of thugs includes a Jewish man and an ambiguously brown woman, which is surprisingly enlightened for an era in which racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism were prevalent.
  • Fat Bastard: Noticeably overweight.
  • Ironic Name: This guy is anything but sweet. Word of God says that he does love to eat sweet stuff though.
  • Jerkass: He's condescending to Mitzi and teases Mordecai.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Asa does make a valid point about Mitzi lacking the means to continue operating Lackadaisy. He also warns her that she'll be in over her head in the current crime world climate.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Or rather, pass the candy. When the Pig Farmers angrily recount how Rocky burned down their home, Asa impassively eats Nut Zippers and offers some to Mordecai.
  • Visual Pun: He's an overweight cat who wields a great deal of power in the speakeasy world. He's literally and figuratively a fat cat.

    Mordecai Heller
He'll either kill you for being asymmetric or because he was paid to kill you, whichever happens to come first.
"It was nothing so indulgent as a grand time. It's merely work ethic."

Previously a member of Lackadaisy and Viktor's partner-in-crime, but left the gang on pretty bad terms after Atlas was killed (which he seems to know some truth about). He now works as a bootlegger and hit man for former rival Marigold, though he doesn't look too happy to be there either.

  • Adorkable: He had his moments in the past, a little boy with a sweater too big for him and a quiet studying habit. You can see traces when he's an adult too.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He was all but confirmed as Jewish by an unambiguously Yiddish holiday greeting to Viktor in one of the extras and again more Yiddish when insulting the author in a fourth-wall breaking interview. In a flashback, the letter he writes to his mother includes a safe combination written in Hebrew letters (as the letters of the Hebrew alphabet correspond to numbers). Tracy finally confirmed him to be Jewish when fans kept asking if it was true or not.
  • Asexual: confirmed by Tracy Butler during a forum Q&A here, where she states that his asexuality is either "his natural state of being or ... self-imposed."
    • Adding to the ambiguity over Mordecai's sexual orientation is a Tumblr post from Tracy stating that "neither gay, straight nor bi quite describe him".
  • Audience Surrogate: Mordecai serves as this during the fete scene in volume 2. He sees through Serafine's clumsy attempts at enticement and manipulation and points out how ridiculous her cult appears to outsiders. He's openly weirded out by Archie, who never speaks or moves.
  • Ax-Crazy: He actually hacked up a guy with an axe because he didn't understand that the order was a joke. In a flashback he killed a guy because he sneezed one time too many.
    • Alas, poor Sniffles...
  • Badass Bookworm: Is just as often seen murdering the shit out of people as he is doing or saying something immensely nerdy or math-related.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Mordecai wears his tuxedos so impeccably that it makes him look more like a bookman than a triggerman.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one on occasion.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Mordecai was probably planning on killing you anyway, but you just made the last moments of your life so much worse with your blatant disregard for symmetry.
    • Anything dirty or unhygienic (bloodshed notwithstanding) upsets him. He shot Sniffles off-screen because the driver was crusty, mucusy, and smelled like mayonnaise. In another comic, Mordecai is mortified by hordes of rats in the Lackadaisy armory.
    • Mordecai does not have short arms. Suggesting otherwise will leave him very agitated.
  • The Butcher: While not as blatantly obvious, Mordecai has used the alias "Elijah Metzger," which the creator mentioned is "perhaps altogether too appropriate for him." "Metzger" is a German word meaning "butcher." We're first introduce to Mordecai (in canon) wielding a bloody hatchet and an irritated expression. It fits.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: The one time Mordecai consumed alcohol, it hit him like a freight train. After drinking Bunny Hugs (cocktails made from gin and absinthe), Mordecai was slurring his speech and fawning on Viktor. He hasn't touched alcohol since.
  • Carved Mark: Serafine carves a Voodoo symbol into his chest when he refuses to join the Maitre Carrefour cult.
  • The Chew Toy: Not in the comic proper, but in bonus material? Absolutely. Mordecai takes almost as much abuse as Rocky! It's hysterical, mostly because if anyone deserves it, it's Mordecai.
  • Clocks of Control: Clock gears, symbolizing Mordecai's punctual, orderly nature, appear alongside Mordecai in the comic and supplemental art pieces.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He has to be explicitly told when women are hitting on him.
  • The Comically Serious: He's a tuxedo cat because, as Tracy puts it, "I never met a tuxedo cat that didn't take himself entirely too seriously." Many times in bonus art pieces the joke involves Mordecai losing his dignity.
  • Cop Killer: A "wanted" poster states that he killed two police officers under the alias Elijah Metzger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A subtle one.
    (on hacking a body to pieces and arranging its parts in alphabetical order): "...Well, 'A' is for Amygdala, Mr. Sweet."
    • Another example, after having a voodoo mark of protection carved into his chest:
    Serafine: So don' cross [the loa] or he'll eat you from inside out.
    Mordecai: You're confusing germs for spirits.
  • Death Glare: He gives Mitzi a blistering glare in "Lackadaisy Monomania" when he berates her for keeping Lackadaisy open. His glare looks even more intense when he's in human form.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mordecai shot Sniffles because Sniffles was dripping mucus everywhere. Vitkor pointed out that shooting Sniffles made their vehicle even dirtier.
    Mordecai: He was getting snot all over everything.
    Viktor: Vell, now he iss getting brains all ova everything.
  • The Dragon: To Atlas years before. He was always at Atlas' side, serving as his "ferocious little shadow", as Bobby explained to Ivy. He now performs a similar role for Asa Sweet.
  • Easily Forgiven: Atlas never punished him for murdering Sniffles in cold blood.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Hacks a guy to pieces, not understanding that the order was a joke, and freely admits he has no idea what the guy did wrong, but hey, orders are orders. Oh, and he doesn't show any remorse for this whatsoever.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It is shown that after leaving home, he wrote his mother a letter, telling her where he hid savings for her, and urging her to move to "a more suitable living space", as her current lodging was "poorly ventilated, moldy, and unhealthful". He also has fond memories of his little sister, Rose.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He assures Mitzi that he has told no one the story behind Atlas' death, since the circumstances were between Mitzi and himself.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Mordecai just can't understand sentimental types like Viktor Vasko.
    Mordecai: "The important thing is no one was hurt."
    (Cut to a scene of at least 5 dead/dying gangsters and an incredulous Viktor)
    Mordecai "...No one who counts."
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rocky, of all people. Both men were forced to leave their natal homes because of an mysterious past event. Both men experienced head traumas that undermined their mental health. Both men have extensive vocabularies. Finally, both men received scars from ostensible or would-be allies.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: When he was told he was going to be a "hatchet man," Mordecai hacked a guy to pieces because he didn't get that "hatchet man" was only a turn of phrase.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Before the comic began, he was a member of Lackadaisy. He kneecapped Viktor as part of his resignation.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A ruthlessly unsympathetic triggerman who wears spectacles.
  • Good with Numbers: Tracy lists statistical math as one of his talents.
  • Hairpin Lockpick: He picks the lock on the door of a pool hall hiding a speakeasy.
  • Hates Being Touched: On several occasions, Mordecai has shown extreme discomfort at being touched. When Asa affectionately elbows him, he pulls away. He initially refuses to let Elsa treat his injuries, and only consents once she injects him with morphine. He's stiff as a board and visibly uneasy when a woman pressures him into dancing with her. When he first meets the Maitre Carrefour cult, he's uncomfortable when Zulie touches him. During a foray at Gracie Grumbach's speakeasy, he frowns and folds his arms when Gracie places a hand on his shoulder.
  • Hidden Depths: Increasingly implied, over the course of his antics with the Savoys, to have had something like Undying Loyalty to Atlas May, which is surprising given his self-professed pragmatism and lack of sentimentality. He also pauses to reflect on a moment from his childhood spent with his little sister, Rose, which actually makes him crack a genuine smile.
  • Ice Queen: Gender-inverted. He's cold-hearted, emotionally muted, asexual, and oblivious to romantic overtures.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Not as much as Victor, but he's been in enough fights that he can improvise weapons pretty well.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: He brushes off a girl trying to ask him to dance (and another girl berating him for brushing the first one off) by suddenly taking up botany, studying a ficus tree. "It's an excellent ficus."
  • Intoxication Ensues: A running gag through the series involves Mordecai ingesting mind-altering substances.
    • In a side comic, Tracy reminds him of the time he got drunk on Bunny Hugs and fawned on Viktor.
    • In another side comic, Rocky replaces his tea with a hallucinogenic substance. Mordecai's pupils dilate, and he recoils from hallucinations of giant microorganisms on the table. The last panel shows Mordecai curled up in a ball, surrounded by hallucinations of eldritch abominations.
    • After sustaining an injury, Mordecai is taken to Elsa, but he refuses to let her treat him. After she injects him with morphine, a sloshed Mordecai finally consents to treatment.
  • Jerkass: He's peevish and often condescendingly rude. Nico nicknamed him Peekon ("thorn") because he's so prickly.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Confirmed by Word of God to be jewish, and by far one of the smartest characters and a bookworm who prefers doing matrix math on waffles rather than eating them.
  • Laughably Evil: Moments with him can be hilarious even when he's about to kill someone. Sometimes especially when he's about to/just has killed someone. Side comics and supplementary material turn it up by making him the butt of jokes at almost every opportunity.
  • Literal-Minded: Tends to think this way, as demonstrated after a girl asks him to dance, by asking if he thinks it looks fun, instead of outright asking him, to which he describes exactly what he sees ("It looks like a heavily sequined sea of limbs flapping about in tandem to the sounds of discord and witless conversation Does that meet the criteria for fun?").
  • Married to the Job: The reason why Mordecai has never shown any signs of having a love life. That and romantic cues go completely over his head. His character description lists "cooking for one" as one of his skills.
  • Motifs:
    • Clock gears, symbolizing his punctual and orderly nature.
    • Blood splatters (as seen here and here), symbolizing his bloody work as a hitman.
    • Marigolds, befitting his status as a Marigold employee.
  • Neat Freak: Very much so; partly due to being raised in slum housing.
    Zib: Who robs a place, then tidies up and dusts the shelves before leaving?
  • No-Sell: When Mordecai first meets the Maitre Carrefour cult, Zulie's attempts to entice him only succeed in annoying him, probably because he's an asexual man who hates being touched.
  • No Social Skills: He's good at what he does, but is utterly out of his depth when it comes to interacting with people without killing them. Especially if said people are female, at which point he will find a ficus and stare at it until they (hopefully) leave.
    Q: How well would Mordechai handle straight-up flirting?
    Q: Can Mordechai dance?
    A: On both accounts: about as well as a ficus.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Gracie charges at Mordecai, but Mordecai steps out of the way before Gracie can tackle him. Gracie runs head-first into a car.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations:
    • Joey, Gracie's speakeasy bartender, notices blood on Mordecai's shirt. Mordecai explains that the blood came from a struggle with Serafine when she forcibly carved a voodoo symbol into his chest. Joey thinks Mordecai is talking about a kinky sexual encounter.
      Bartender: It looks like you were having a good time necking with that bearcat.
      Mordecai: This? I was trying to fend off a feral animal. I don't know why she had to involve knives.
Bartender: Woah—What? Where can I find a gal like that?
  • Later, the two men discuss a painting of two cabaret girls in the pool hall. Joey loves the idea of a threesome, whereas Mordecai thinks Joey is talking about the merits of symmetry. The two completely talk past each other.
  • Professional Killer: He's currently the Marigold Gang's head triggerman.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • Mordecai will have a scar on his chest in the shape of a wheel with eight spokes. Serafine forcibly carved the Voodoo protection glyph into his skin.
    • If one looks closely at the drawing of Mordecai in an undershirt from "Mordecai Faces", one can see scars on his left shoulder. He likely received these when his shoulder was injured during a fight with rival bootleggers in "Lackadaisy Powder-Keg".
  • Selective Squeamishness Suppression: Mordecai is an extremely fastidious and tidy person...who you first see in blood splattered underwear, having just chopped someone up with a hatchet.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Occasionally. It goes with the looks-like-a-bookkeeper territory, although an extra shows him being just as long-winded when he was younger.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Very sharply dressed at all times. Unless he's gotten into a fight, there's never a thread out of place in his suits.
  • The Sociopath: Probably the only genuine example among the cast. He has no sense of loyalty or love to anyone except his family members and Atlas, will kill at a moment's notice, and experiences a very narrow gamut of emotions. Some of this might even have occurred because of brain damage.
  • The Stoic: Mordecai's the rare example whose limited emotional range seems downright pathological. Asa Sweet calls Mordecai a "one trick pony" because the only emotion he ever shows is annoyance. The Defiance morticians tell rumors that he might have suffered some sort of brain damage from a headshot wound.
    • While he may seem unemotional, Tracy states that while Mordecai "doesn't parse emotions well, it doesn't mean they aren't doing some of the steering."
  • Stoic Spectacles: He very rarely shows any emotion of any kind. And he rarely goes without his spectacles.
  • Straight Edge Evil: Readers never see him drinking alcohol (at least after the Bunny Hugs incident), smoking, knowingly using illicit substances, or engaging in romantic pursuits. He's also impeccably neat, clean, and orderly.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A photograph from Mordecai's childhood reveals that his sisters and mother are also tuxedo cats.
  • Super OCD: He has an impulse to clean everything and is hideously terrified of anything untidy, unclean, or unorganized. Taken to comedic levels in a bonus comic where he freaks out on their hostage because he keeps moving to the side of the car and breaking the symmetry.
  • Technically a Smile: Provides the page image, from this comic. Also counts as The Unsmile and Slasher Smile (especially the last panel).
    Viktor: Dark look like Valentino is different from dark look like, ehh, I vill like to murder your family...vith ice pick, probably.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: This drawing shows that Mordecai is just under six feet tall. Asa Sweet describes Mordecai as "swarthy" due to his black fur. The way several women react to Mordecai suggests that he's good-looking in-universe. His human form is definitely dark and handsome.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: It's implied that Mordecai's lack of social skills and empathy may be because of a brain injury. Bobby shared a rumor with Ivy that "some long-ago incident left a little bit of lead rattling around [Mordecai's] cranium, and carved him that wonky streak." According to Tracy Butler, the injury impacted his criminal career trajectory.
    "He once upon a time had the chutzpah to try and might have succeeded as a gangster entrepreneur in that vein were it not for the traumatic excision of his interpersonal skills ... if Bobby’s stories are to be believed, at least. So, he’s an ornery pain in the ass with some brain and a gun perhaps, but ... he has not insofar risen above the dirty work."
  • Torture Technician: It's strongly implied that Mordecai is about to torture Gracie in volume 3.
    Nico: You got anudder hatchet job in store?
    Mordecai: No. I've brought more precise instruments this time.
  • The Unsmile: If you try to make him smile when he doesn't want to, this will be the result. Not a pretty sight. The only time he doesn't do this is when he's remembering his family.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, maybe "sweet" is the wrong word for it, as it's pretty obvious something was "off" about him from the start, but flashbacks (both in the main comic and in bonus strips) show that he wasn't always as heartless as he is today.
  • When She Smiles: Well, a real, non-Slasher Smile, non-The Unsmile smile, that is. His small smile at the end of "Lackadaisy Critique" after recalling a memory with his younger sister, Rose, is surprisingly sweet.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Mordecai is terrified of spiders. In "Lackadaisy Vermin", Mordecai is alarmed when he notices a spider on his sleeve and wildly cortorts himself trying to remove and kill the spider. In "The Art of War", Esther sprinkles spiders on Mordecai, who loses his marbles, disrobes, and jumps out of a window.
  • Younger Than They Look: In his cat form, his stylish suits, stoic demeanor, and large vocabulary make him seem much older than 28. In his human form, he looks like a man in his mid to late-30s instead of a man in his late 20s.

    Serafine Savoy
If looks could kill, that grin would leave a dinner plate-sized hole in your chest.

Serafine: De hatchet, cher. It was a joke.
Nico: We didn' tink you was really gone to use it.
Serafine: ...till you stripped down to you drawz.

Part of a Brother-Sister Team of assassins from the Bayou. Serafine dabbles in voodoo and dresses to the nines; she's just as beautiful as she is deadly. Appears to be the leader of the team.

  • Ace Custom: Boudreaux, her personal weapon, is a Browning Automatic Rifle sporting a "Clyde Barrow Custom" sawed-off barrel with an alligator carved onto the front grip.
  • Alliterative Name: Two S's.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In her human form, she's portrayed with darker skin (as a cat, she appears to be pale colored) and it's not clear as to what descent she's of.
  • Ax-Crazy: She and her brother are just as cutthroat at Mordecai, and seem to have a lot more fun with it, too.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: She wears a tailored man's suit while on the job, complete with tie.
  • BFG: Her weapon of choice is a B.A.R. with a sawn-off barrel. For those not versed in firearms, that's a Browning Automatic Rifle, a light machine gun developed on the eve of the First World War and which saw extensive use during the Second. And it is massive, even with the sawn-off barrel which allows Serafine some extra maneuverability.
  • Brother-Sister Team/Siblings in Crime: With Nico, below.
  • Cold Reading: Serafine uses a cold reading technique known as "shotgunning" in an attempt to convince Mordecai to join the Maitre Carrefour cult.
    Serafine: But you should know — Maitre Carrefour, he set us on dis criss-cross path. He says he knows you. You met him before. On a lonely road somewhere. In an alley. By de tracks. On a train maybe. When you was in dat same little boat as us. When you was lost.
  • Dark Action Girl: By all indications. Marigold hired her and Nico because they were making too much trouble.
  • Depraved Bisexual: When asked by a fan if Serafine has any interest in the lady cats, Tracy answered that, by and large, she does.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Serafine's description of Maitre Carrefour's patronage sounds like a description of the criminal lifestyle: it demands everything, it closes off other righteous paths in one's life, and leaving it means destitution or death.
    Serafine: But once you take dat direction, once dat light is on you, dat's all you got. De other paths gone forever. De other loa leave you. You are obliged to him only. Always. Or else you are lost again. Alone in de dark, not sure if you comin' or goin', dead or alive.
  • Don't Split Us Up: She and Nicodeme were in a catholic orphanage as children and when told that girls and boys had to be separated, she insisted that her hair be cut and she live as a boy. When the nuns refused, she and Nicodeme ran away.
  • Dressed to Kill: Wears a suit around the Marigold Room.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As a cat, her hair is black while her fur is a cream color, making her one of the lightest colored cats. Her human form is Ambiguously Brown, though.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a murderer, a bootlegger, and an all-around dangerous person, Serafine truly and deeply loves her brother Nicodeme.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Or rather, Everything Sounds Sexier in 'Cajun French.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: She's decked out in rings and an impressive necklace during the Voodoo fete.
  • Famous Ancestor: In "Lackadaisy Voodooienne", Serafine claims that her ancestors include Marie Laveau (a famous Voodoo queen) and Jean Lafitte (a famous French pirate). Whether she is actually a descendant of Laveau or Lafitte, is lying about her lineage, or merely means this metaphorically is unclear.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Lackadaisy Voodooienne" makes it clear she and her brother had a rough life before they got into crime. They were presumably orphaned and sent to an orphanage run by nuns, who wanted to separate boys and girls. Unable to bear being apart, the two ran away, and very nearly starved to death until a local took pity on them.
  • Funetik Aksent: Cajun.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: She practices this, and the trope's quite invoked. The author outright states she's a poseur.
  • I Call It "Vera": She calls her gun Boudreaux. Appropriate enough for a BAR.
  • Ironic Name: "Serafine" is derived from the word seraphim, a class of angels mentioned in the Bible. Serafine is anything but angelic.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Forcibly carving a Voodoo symbol into Mordecai's chest was a chilling act, even if Mordecai was an unsympathetic villain.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Did Maitre Carrefour take pity on Serafine and Nicodeme and send a moon-white alligator to guide them to Maman Eulalie? Or, did the children merely find an albino alligator and arrive at Maman Eulalie's home by coincidence?
  • Must Have Nicotine: She's shown smoking in a few scenes. She smokes a cigar during the fete scene.
  • Professional Killer: For the Marigold gang, who hired them away from small-time rivals.
  • Psycho for Hire: She has a real taste for wild violence.
  • Ragin' Cajun: She's about as violent as her brother, just not as muscular.
  • Religion of Evil: She follows a corrupt form of Voodoo that honors the loa Maitre Carrefour through criminal activity. She has assembled a cult of about a dozen devotees around her.
  • Sadist: She's shown smiling in a flashback when she massacres rival bootleggers, and again when she kills Gracie's henchmen. She also took pleasure in intimidating the patrons of Gracie's speakeasy.
  • Shout-Out: In this collection of character sketches, Serafine appears in a while suit and top hat, possibly as a shout-out to blues singer Gladys Bentley. Her hair style also resembles that of dancer Josephine Baker.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She counts considering her rifle is actually important enough to be named by her. See BFG above.
  • The Sociopath: She joyfully kills people without hesitation or remorse, carves a symbol into her unwilling colleague's chest, and manipulates a cult of approximately a dozen people. She shows no loyalty to anyone except her brother, no empathy, and no moral qualms about lying, murdering, or bootlegging.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With her brother Nico. They're always seen together, and provide quite a bit of backstory, as well as give Mordecai someone to bounce off of.
  • Troll: Is this along with Nico much to Mordecai's perpetual exasperation.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her brother - as a child, she was willing to live like a boy if it meant not being separated from him.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Made even more obvious when she cleans up and ties her hair back.

    Nicodeme "Nico" Savoy
Quiet, friendly, easygoing...and deadly as a swamp gator.

"Mais, you looked pretty fixed on finishin' what you started."

Part of a Brother-Sister Team from the bayou with his sister, Serafine, and a one-time (at least) career boxer, "The Cajun Gator." A strapping fellow, who appears to let others - namely his sister or Mordecai — do the thinking.

  • Affably Evil: Even in the midst of doing a job, he is friendly, laid-back and exceedingly playful.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In his human form, like his sister, as he's portrayed as darker-skinned and it's not clear as to what descent he or Seraphine is of.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • He's compared to an Alligator in his bio, and as stated above The Cajun Gator was his boxing title. When they were younger, he and his sister were allegedly rescued by an alligator when they ran away and wandered the swamps, explaining his motif. At the fete for Maitre Carrefour, he rattles a set of alligator bones.
    • His feline design is also more lionesque than housecat-like.
  • Axe-Crazy: Like his sister.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Being a boxer and all. He still bandages his hands.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Relaxed, nonchalant and way too amused by the gruesome practical joke that he and Serafine play on Mordecai.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Playful, goofy and ruthlessly competent at his job.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Especially prevalent in his human counterpart.
  • Brother-Sister Team/Siblings in Crime: With Serafine.
  • Chick Magnet: In-canon, at least, he enjoys "an effortless popularity with the lady types".
  • Dissonant Serenity: This guy is weirdly calm in the oddest moments, like when Seraphine carves a glyph in Mordecai's chest for example.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Seems to go without them when he can.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Just like his sister he's got cream colored fur, but the trope is again averted in his Ambiguously Brown human form.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Say what you want about Nico and his criminal activities, but there's no doubting that he and his sister truly love one another.
  • Funetik Aksent: Cajun.
  • Freudian Excuse: He and his sister both had rough lives before turning to crime. They were parentless and sent to live in a strict orphanage run by nuns, who wanted to separate them. They ran away as a result and were lost, starving, in the bayou until being lead to one of the locals, who took them in.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's noted as being popular with the ladies and it's true among his fanbase; he's one of the most physically fit members of the cast and often wears shirts with his arms exposed or no shirt at all.
  • One Head Taller: Than Serafine.
  • Professional Killer: His bio states that his job is "though it's rarely personal, beating the snot out of helpless adversaries."
  • Psycho for Hire: Downplayed. His amusement at the gruesome practical joke that he and Serafine play on Mordecai has shades of this.
  • Ragin' Cajun: He was a professional boxer and still does violence for a living.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Especially when your nickname was "the Cajun Gator."
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With his sister. They've never had a scene apart, and their conversations provide much Black Comedy as well as exposition and backstory. And hoo boy do they bring the violence.
  • Troll: Is this along with Serafine much to perpetual Mordecai's exasperation.

    Wes Clyde 
One of the thugs employed by the Marigold gang. He has been seen in Defiance, spying on the Arbogasts.
  • All There in the Manual: The Lackadaisy card game reveals that his full name is Wes Clyde.
  • Berserk Button: He hates being called Weaselface. He punched Fish in the nose for calling him that nickname.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Weaselface". It's appropriate since Wes looks more like a weasel than a cat.
  • Jerkass: He's rude and physically violent with Fish, the Marigold colleague who accompanied him to Defiance. He also pulled up Elsa's flowers when he and his colleague visited her house.
  • Kick the Dog: Wes engages in several actions that reveal his Jerkass nature, such as ripping out Elsa's flowers, referring to Bobby as a "limey", punching Fish, and making fun of Fish's looks.
  • No-Neck Chump: His neck is very thick.
  • Pet the Dog: When Ivy gets lost on Deliverance's roads, Wes politely gives her directions back to St. Louis.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He is shown wearing an impeccable suit.
  • Slimeball: His attempts at being friendly come across as creepy and intrusive.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Waylay, he takes Rocky's stalling for time when opening the back of the pie truck as a sign that someone was waiting inside the truck to ambush them, and promptly shoots through the door. However, as it turns out, this was exactly what Rocky wanted him to think, as Freckle (hiding on top of the truck) uses the gunshots as a signal to open up with his Tommy Gun.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Both his irises and sclera are yellow.

One of the thugs employed by the Marigold gang. He accompanies Wes in Defiance.
  • Affably Evil: Mild-mannered and is shown to be surprisingly friendly when he isn't being cowed by Wes.
  • Butt-Monkey: Wes threatens him, punches him, and taunts him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In "Lackadaisy Crackup", Fish leaves Wes pinned down in the woods and tries to flee from Rocky and Freckle in his car.
  • Fish out of Water: He's Mild-mannered, submissive, and unskilled with a gun. He's clearly unsuited for life as a thug.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: He fires a pistol at Rocky from several feet away, but misses. Later, he fires his gun at Rocky and Freckle through the windshield of his car but misses, even though his targets were right in front of the vehicle.
  • Meaningful Name: Fish clearly lacks the temperament needed for gangster life, making him a "fish out of water."
  • My Girl Back Home: He complains that he can't take his girlfriend on weekend dates because of his Marigold responsibilities. Wes refuses to believe that Fish could have a girlfriend.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Wes. These two don't like each other and Wes is openly hostile to him.

Maitre Carrefour Cult

    General Tropes 
  • The Beautiful Elite: Everyone at the Savoy's fete is attractive and well-dressed.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: At the fete, Nico and Zulie say a few lines, but Serafine does almost all of the talking to Mordecai. None of the other cultists say a word.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The cult has both male and female members. Judging by the members' appearance, it also includes people of different races and socioeconomic classes.
  • Join or Die: Mordecai was subjected to forcible scarification the first time he refused to join. It's implied that his fate will be even more ominous unless he relents.
  • Religion of Evil: The devotees follow a corrupted form of Voodoo that honors the Maitre Carrefour loa.

A member of the Maitre Carrefour cult.
  • Femme Fatale: She tries (and fails) to charm Mordecai so he'll let his guard down at the cult's gathering. Later, she assists with his involuntary scarification.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zulie" may be a reference to "Erzulie", an epithet for a variety of Voodoo loa associated with love, femininity, and motherhood.
  • Nice Hat: At the fete, she's wearing decorative headgear that covers her head.
  • No-Sell: Her flirting has no effect on the asexual Mordecai, other than making his skin crawl.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She repeatedly gets in Mordecai's personal space, even after he tells her to stop. She was actually getting close to him so that she could assist with his ritual scarification.

A member of the Maitre Carrefour cult who seems ... absent.

Other Criminals

    The Pig Farmers 

Four pig farmers who attempt to kill Rocky during the opening of the comic; brothers Avril, Avery and Emery, and their friend Benji. They also provide corpse-disposing services for Marigold, as "their pigs will eat anything."

  • Does Not Like Shoes: Emery is often barefoot.
  • Fed to Pigs: A service they've been known to provide.
  • Funetik Aksent: 'Southern Rustic' English.
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: Even though they're also trying to take the alcohol shipments from Captain Kehoe, they're also making moonshine on the farm. Rocky stumbles on their whiskey operation when he's burning their farm down and is shocked at their avarice.
  • Killed Off for Real: The first (non-minor) characters to die, not including Atlas himself.
  • Nice Hat: Avril wears a straw hat, while their neighbor Benji wears a Civil War-era cap.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their attempt to kill Rocky and monopolize Captain Kehoe's moonshine routes drives Rocky to burn their house down, effectively ending their moonshine business. Later, they besiege the Lackadaisy with the intent of killing Rocky, only to be killed by Rocky's cousin.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After their farm is burned down, they take their grievances right to the speakeasy and start shooting up the place.
  • Siblings in Crime: All of the pig farmers, save for Benji, are brothers working for a criminal speakeasy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Attacking the Lackadaisy with no plan, no map of the caverns, and no idea who is staffing the speakeasy was not their smartest move. Bad luck and lack of planning cost them their lives when Freckle shot the three brothers and Viktor killed Benji.

    The Arbogasts 
The residents and owners of a funeral home in Defiance, Missouri. The family consist of Bobby Bastian, British-born war vet of portly build, his lovely ex-nurse wife Elsa, and her brother Reverend Abelard Arbogast, who has yet to realize that he's a little late to the Second Great Awakening. They aid the Lackadaisy gang by using their unassuming hearse as a means for booze transport.
  • Affably Evil: The trio is involved in bootlegging, with full knowledge of the violence that comes with the lifestyle. Bobby and Abelard mistake Ivy and Rocky for "high school jellybeans", nearly running them over and leaving Rocky with a nasty head injury. Once they realize who Ivy and Rocky are, they become much more affable, offering Ivy tea and treating Rocky's injury.
  • Alliterative Name: Bobby Bastian and Abelard Arbogast.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Elsa seems to unwittingly share this duty with Dr. Quackenbush, though she doesn't charge Ivy and Rocky for it.
  • Badass Preacher: The first time we see Abelard, he's chasing kids down with a hearse and carrying a pistol.
  • Broken Bird: Elsa implies this of herself while talking to Ivy. She tells Ivy to leave the business while she still can.
  • Comicbook Fantasy Casting: According to Word of God, Abelard is supposed to be modeled after actor Peter Cushing. As proof, here is his human rendition.
  • Dirty Business: In "Lackadaisy Sendoff", Abelard becomes defensive when Ivy points out his hypocrisy, but later admits that bootlegging activities are his family's "greatest sin." He laments that he and his family are passing on bootlegging to a younger generation "like a cursed heirloom."
  • Funetik Aksent: Mostly averted with Bobby, as there were few sign of his British background until his bio came out except his use of stereotypical Britishisms like "bloody", "blimey", "right proper", and "chaps". He does say "awright" though.
  • Fat and Skinny: The aesthetic is found between Bobby and Abelard, but they don't quite fit the personalities associated with the trope.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Elsa and Bobby met while she was treating him for trench foot.
  • Happily Married: For a couple who met after a horrible war, and are now living in a farm called Defiance, they're pretty happy together.
  • Hello, Nurse!: The fandom's reaction to Elsa; Bobby agrees (he married her). For further proof, here's Tracy's rendering of her as a human woman.
  • Hospital Hottie: Elsa once worked as a combat nurse during the war, and she is pretty easy on the eyes.
  • Hypocrite: Abelard preaches against sin and warns Ivy of hellfire, but his illegal activities are far from virtuous. Ivy points this out in "Lackadaisy Sendoff", calling Abelard a "contradiction".
  • Loners Are Freaks: Averted. While Elsa has such a need for privacy and seclusion her entire family moved to the middle of nowhere for it, she proves herself to be one of the kinder and wiser characters in her brief appearance.
  • Noodle People: Abelard could hide behind a post if so inclined. His sister is almost as slender.
  • The Quiet One: Unless he's in the middle of a "sermon," Abelard limits his conversation to a few words at most. Elsa too, if only because of her husband's talkativeness.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Elsa mentions the reason the family lives out in the country was she couldn't deal with the noise after the war.
  • Sinister Minister: Abelard is a clergyman who participates in his family's bootlegging activities.
  • The Stoic: Elsa.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Jury's out on whether Bobby counts as ugly, but Elsa is by far easier on the eyes.

    Gracie Grombach 
The manager of a small speakeasy hidden in a pool hall. He purchases liquor from the Marigold gang.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: After Gracie slams into a car and stuns himself, Mordecai cuts his Achilles' tendon with a knife, incapacitating him.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: He owns a pool hall. He's first shown playing pool in a hidden speakeasy.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Mordecai plans to take Gracie to a remote location and interrogate him. His dialogue strongly implies that torture will be involved.
    Nico: You got anudder hatchet job in store?
    Mordecai: No. I've brought more precise instruments this time.
  • Gender-Blender Name: With the name "Gracie", you'd think he was a girl.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Gracie holds his own against Nico during a fist fight. Nico's blows don't even slow him down.
  • Jerkass: He threatens to pummel Mordecai for being late, then towers over Mordecai and stares at him for several moments in an attempt to intimidate him.
  • King of Beasts: He looks more lion-like than cat-like.
  • Large and in Charge: He's a hulking, broad-chested man who towers over other characters.
  • Lured into a Trap: Mordecai poses as a Marigold alcohol supplier and lures Gracie and his men outside. In the alley, Nico fights Gracie while Serafine shoots the henchmen.
  • No-Neck Chump: As lampshaded by Nico.
    Nico: I'd choke him out but I don' tink he got a neck. Hey, you got a neck?
  • Southpaw: After he pats down Mordecai, he observes that they're both left-handed.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Implied. Dom Drago's notes mention a "G.G.", suggesting that Gracie gave him information. This may be why the Marigold gang targeted his speakeasy.

A bartender who works at Gracie Grombach's speakeasy.
  • The Bartender: He tends bar at the speakeasy.
  • Motor Mouth: He's rather chatty, straying onto different topics instead of focusing on the matter at hand.
  • Non-Action Guy: He stays behind in the speakeasy while Gracie and the burlier men go outside to investigate the Marigold vehicle. When Serafine robs the patrons of the speakeasy, he's just as frightened as the others.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations:
    • Joey and Mordecai talk past each other regarding a painting of two cabaret girls. Joey thinks they're talking about how fun a threesome would be, whereas Mordecai thinks they're discussing the merits of symmetry.
    • Joey also notices blood on Mordecai's shirt. Mordecai explains that he was trying to fight off a "feral animal" who insisted on using knives. Mordecai was actually fighting off a knife-wielding Serafine, but Joey thinks Mordecai is describing a kinky sexual encounter.
  • You Talk Too Much: Mordecai finds him tiresome and tells him, "Please go back to tending the bar, or whatever it is you do."

Other Characters

    Sedgewick "Wick" Sable
His idea of a good time involves a quarry and some dynamite.

"I just don't know how to entertain a lady who doesn't want to hear about rocks or bugs."

Old money, a quarry and mining magnate, and sweetly naive about the world. He's loyal to the Lackadaisy through thick and thin (and Mitzi may have more than a little something to do with that). Pleasant, amiable, hardworking, bit of a tippler, and rather idealist too.

  • Adorkable: To paraphrase Tracy, he's just a geek for collectible relics, rocks, and bugs. (And liquor.)
  • The Alcoholic: Can hold his alcohol like a champ, apparently. He also constantly adds liquor to his drinks and food, much to Lacy's dismay.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gender flipped. He's a law abiding (drunk-driving and drinking at speakeasies notwithstanding) guy who is mostly known for being very nice and hardworking, and he's attracted to Mitzi, the ruthless proprietress of the Lackadaisy.
  • Alliterative Name: Without his nickname, it's two S's.
  • Art Evolution: While all the characters got a fair amount of it, such as the proportions becoming much more human, Wick - partly due to not having any major role in the comic up until halfway through Volume 1 - has changed significantly, originally having a much flatter nose, making him stand out among the cast. This is what he used to look like.
  • Classy Cravat: Being a very wealthy and erudite man, he wears one.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: To an extent. He'll go out of his way to bring business to Lackadaisy, but he's not willing to actually become a business partner.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: A male example.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He's a collector of historical artifacts and is a genuine wine-and-booze aficionado.
  • Hidden Depths: Everyone seems to think he's just a hard working business man who is very, very nice. He's a sleepless workaholic, has alcohol issues, and has deep psychological trauma after he killed a duck at an early age.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In his human form, he has blond hair. He has a kind-hearted personality and is more than a little naive.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: As seen after his encounter with the ghost duck.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: One of the few characters in the comic without any capacity for guiltless violence and a thoroughly honest occupation.
  • The Insomniac: Lacy says he hasn't been getting much sleep since an influx of paperwork. Indeed, he's rather jumpy.
  • Lennon Specs: Wears sunglasses that look like these.
  • Manchild: Downplayed; while he's rather childishly innocent, and his bio notes how he likes "the finer things" (read: overpriced toys for adults bad with money), he's also an extreme workaholic.
  • Moral Guardian: In-universe. When Calvin is drinking with him and Rocky at the Lackadaisy, Wick knocks the 18 year old Calvin's drink on the ground when he's looking away.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Coffee is one half of his calorie count. The other is alcohol, as revealed by Tracy.
  • Nice Guy: He's always very nice, even when he's snarking.
    Mitzi: Wick? Don't worry. He's too nice to go seeking reprisals.
  • Non-Action Guy: Drawn from time to time with a snazzy revolver, even though he'd have no idea what to do with one.
  • Romantic False Lead: Rocky sure thinks he is.
  • Rule of Cool: Why he's brandishing those snazzy revolvers in the first place.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Usually wearing a suit. In some of the art, it borders Costume Porn territory.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Enjoys blasting giant holes in the earth.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He pays for Viktor to get stitched up and brings his friends down to Lackadaisy to help out Mitzi—he does draw the line at an actual business agreement with her, but she steals his chequebook to make him an unwitting one of these.
    Ivy: Hey! You have money!
    Wick: Uh... thanks?
  • Unkempt Beauty: Him when he's up from having a hangover or drunk.
  • Workaholic: To the point where he forgets which day it is.

    Lacy Hardt
She has her work cut out for her, that's for sure.

Wick: (sigh) Why does blasting giant holes in the earth require so much paperwork?
Lacy: Um... no rest for the wicked, I suppose.

Wick's mild-mannered secretary and coffee girl, who often works at his home to ensure that he gets finished with unfinished paperwork (which is a rather common occurence). Though she isn't one to butt into personal affairs, she is getting a bit suspicious of her boss's personal life, specifically his drinking and his "new paramour."

    Jeanine "Nina" McMurray
Rocky better hope he gets Freckle back before curfew.

"Sit up straight or the devil will steal your backbone and lash you with it for all eternity."

Rocky's aunt and Freckle's mother. Extremely religious, and protective of her son. She also genuinely loves her nephew, despite all of the trouble he gets himself into. She's probably the closest thing to a parent in Rocky's life right now.

  • Apron Matron: Do not cross her. But she'll get pretty much any unholy stain out of your clothes if you're her nephew.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Rocky that sends him fleeing for his life after she sees he shaved Calvin's face.
  • Funetik Aksent: Irish.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Pictured with her sister Sophie (Rocky's mother) as a young woman, looking rather lovely.
  • Mama Bear: Over Freckle. She doesn't approve of Rocky's malign influence on him.
  • My Beloved Smother: A very Catholic version. The combination of Nina and Rocky has kept Freckle from having any really close friendships.
  • Nephewism: She took in Rocky, while his mother was sick (and later on passed away) and his dad being nowhere to be found.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Both Freckle and Rocky are terrified of her wrath, which involves the combination of guilt and physical pain.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Jeanine.
  • Oireland: Subverted. While she is Irish Catholic, has the accent, and seems the archetypal dour Irish matron, she doesn't display any other characteristics of this trope.
  • Pet The Cat: While she did kick Rocky out of her house and all but disowned him for the incident that Rocky took the blame for, she still lets him hang around with Calvin and (begrudgingly) washed his coat when he asked. It seems, however, that her acceptance of Rocky is as much for Calvin's benefit as Rocky's; Rocky is the only person Calvin trusts completely, and she warns Rocky not to mess that up between them.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: To show her straight-laced and strict nature.
  • Proper Lady: She acts as such.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Implied with her deceased sister, Sophia; in a photo of their younger selves, Nina has a serious frown on her face, while Sophia is smiling impishly like her son Rocky.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: One comic displays her using sewing machine.

    Dominic "Dom" Drago
Possibly one of the few cops in St. Louis who isn't corrupt.

"Tell you what — we can pretend for now you're a good little tax payer, not a sax player. Trust me. I've got much bigger fish to fry."

A sharp-eyed, suave member of the Treasury Department, Dom seems to be up on his history, at least when it comes to speakeasies. However, he seems to be after something much, much larger than the local bootleggers in St. Louis.

  • Alliterative Name: Two D's.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has especially prominent ones, more so than the rest of the cast.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Fair Cop: His human form is quite good-looking.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In his first appearance, has a pipe hanging out of his mouth the whole time, and chastizes the Dirty Cops openly bragging about the money they stole.
    • If you look at the pipe, he seems to just chew on it and not smoke anything. Although, it might just not be lit yet.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's an honest, pleasant man who works for the Treasury Department. While his job duties will likely undermine Lackadaisy and the other speakeasies, he is upholding the law.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: An agent of the Treasury department wearing quite a nice suit in Sleazytown.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He is from Austin, Texas after all.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Inverted; he's a treasurer with the FBI, and the worst thing he does is snarks.

    Dr. Leo Quackenbush 

A doctor that the Lackadaisy cast call on to help them when medical expertise is required, being much more discreet than a hospital—although pricey.

  • Back-Alley Doctor: Actually a horse doctor.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Dr. Jerk: He demands payment upfront when Ivy tries to call in a favor. (Apparently they owe him.)
  • Expy: If the name wasn't enough, he's got a white version of Groucho's greasepaint mustache.
  • Meaningful Name: What a character of Groucho Marx was going to be called (before they changed it to Hackenbush). He was also a horse doctor.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: Well, a doctor; Ivy calls him out in the middle of the night.

    Mrs. Bapka 
Viktor's kindly, well-meaning and senile Slovak neighbour.

    Edmund Church 
A wealthy business acquaintance of Wick's.
  • Hypocrite: He looks down his nose at Mitzi for running a speakeasy and at Wick for dating her, but he has no moral qualms about patronizing a speakeasy.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's not wrong when he makes cutting comments about how dating Mitzi could ruin Wick's reputation. He also calls Mitzi out for trying to involve him in "criminal reputations".
  • Passive Aggressive Combat: While drinking at Lackadaisy, he repeatedly makes passive aggressive comments to Wick and Mitzi.

A vagrant who lives on the streets of Sleaze Town
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's scatterbrained and very strange. From all things considered, you'd think he was a junkie.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He threatens Zib and Mitzi with a can opener. Zib points out that it isn't a very intimidating weapon.
  • Gargle Blaster: Zib warns him not to drink radiator fluid again.
  • Insane Equals Violent: He's a disturbed man who threatens Mitzi and Zib with a can opener when they first arrive in Sleaze Town. Later, he and Mizti fight over a pearl that fell from her necklace.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Virgil receives one from Mitzi when he tries to take one of her pearls.
  • Noodle Incident: How he came to drink radiation fluid and what happened when he did is anyone's guess.
  • Odd Friendship: The deranged Virgil and smooth Zib somehow know each other. Virgil seems to like Zib. Zib pours his heart out to Virgil while intoxicated, shares some liquor out of a flask with him, then posts Virgil's bail when they're both incarcerated.
  • Shout-Out: Virgil conforts Zib by telling him, "Forget it, Zib. It's Sleazy Town." This is likely a reference to the last line in the film Chinatown, "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."
  • The Tooth Hurts: After his fight with Mitzi, he yanks out a loose tooth and offers it to Zib for a dollar.

    The Heller Family 
Mordecai's relatives, who appear in photographs and childhood flashbacks.
  • All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Word of God states that Tzipporah and Isaac (Mordecai's parents) were German Jewish immigrants to the U.S.
  • Bookworm: Esther quotes passages from The Art of War.
  • Cheerful Child: Rose is an exuberant little girl with a big laugh. In "Lackadaisy Critique", she laughs hysterically when Mordecai uses big words to critique her stick figure drawing.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Rose tickles Mordecai in "The Art of War".
  • Infant Immortality: Averted for Hannah (Mordecai's infant sister who appears in an old photograph) who died in infancy, according to Tracy in a forum discussion.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Esther and Mordecai exhibit this in "The Art of War". Esther sneaks up on Mordecai and smacks him with a feather duster, after which Mordecai holds her back with his hand. Esther reveals that she swept up spider webs with the duster and sprinkles spiders on him.
  • Slasher Smile: Esther gives one to Mordecai when she sprinkles spiders on him in "The Art of War".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: An old family photograph shows that Tzipporah, Rose, and Esther are all tuxedo cats like Mordecai.
  • Terrible Artist: Rose draws an atrocious stick figure and shows her drawing to Mordecai in "Lackadaisy Critique".
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: During a childhood scuffle, Esther places spiders on Mordecai, who promptly loses all composure, disrobes, and jumps out of a window three stories high.

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