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    Current and Former Students of the 4th/5th Grade Class at Poppinstock Academy 

Buddy Champ Oven, aka Bud Oven

Autumn Pingo

Tiffany Et

Jacob Linkletter

  • The Chew Toy: Pretty much everyone but Max picks on him at some point. It's pretty telling when your Catchphrase is "Augh!"
  • Children Are Innocent: He is a sweet, caring young boy who is so kind and selfless that his being selfish or mean for a change has been a punchline unto itself and there was even an arc about it. Although he's become more and more like his friends as time's gone on. He's still rarely the instigator of the evil schemes, but he's proven more than happy to take part in the planning of the group's immoral activities.
  • Determinator: His persona of Target Man, with the power to absorb all hits and keep getting up.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Only once but still noteworthy since that was the only time to date that any articles of footwear were seen (outside of guest strips).

Suzette Grady

  • Grade-School C.E.O.: Despite starting out the poorest member of the cast she's since built up the "Blame Jacob" brand into a force that she claims can decimate China's economy.
  • Straw Feminist: She more often than not proves to be an easily agitated womyn who always seems to have a speech ready. Particularly noticeable in the earlier strips.
    Suzette: So screw equality--Let's take it all! IT'S OUR TURN TO DOMINATE!!

Dionne Crup

Max Zeit

Roddy Finnegan

Kaitlyn Hu

  • Ascended Extra: Was referred to by Chrispy as the central character of another strip. That other strip (Copper Road) , featuring her and the other side of the class, was eventually made.
  • Hero of Another Story: On the cast page, she is described as "the central character in another strip". She literally became this later, with the introduction of the Precocious spinoff strip, Copper Road.
  • Only Sane Man: Her time spent observing the others has built up remarkable insight into the social dynamics of the class. She employs this to great effect starting in this strip. The ensuing conversation provides her with justified time in the spotlight.

Quincy Wozwax

Vincent Iddenstein

Yvette Nutley

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She barely ever talks, but sometimes she gets scary. Like with her shockingly life-life plushies, and it's implied she attempted to make a Voodoo Doll of Ursula.
  • Cute Mute: She's the perfect vessel for making jokes that are essentially mime routines.
  • Generation Xerox: She takes a lot after her hippie mother Eva, as demonstrated when she comes back from "bring your daughter to work day" all covered in stuff from her mom's shop.
  • Has Two Mommies: According to Word of God Eva is her birth mother while Candy's brother acted as a sperm donor.

Ursula Xane

  • Children Are Innocent: Due to having been raised in isolation by parents who have carefully controlled her knowledge of the outside world. She's so innocent that in one Copper Road strip, she actually believes FOX's claim of being "fair and balanced."
    Kaitlyn: She's so sheltered, exposing her to reality may literally kill her.
    Ursula: Really? Is that true? Why?!?
    Roddy: I'll tell you when you're older.
    Alt Text: I fear the day she learns there are more than three curse words out there.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She joins the class right after Xander leaves. Most of the others think she's an improvement.

Xander Upton

  • Commuting on a Bus: He transferred to a private school, but still appears in the comic just about as often as he did before.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: More or less all Xander did during his time as a major character. He made no secret of his contempt for everyone else in the class, hence the transfer.

     The Parents 

Joseph & Sydney Oven

  • Hands-Off Parenting: Joseph spends all his time in the basement working on art and hydroponics, while Sydney is always in the city managing the apartment complexes she owns. As a result Bud is a much better cook than either of them. It gets to the point where Autumn even forgets at one point that he even has parents.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: The Oven family's surname came from Sydney. Joseph changed his when they married.
    Joseph Oven: I mean, my last name was Brungster! I couldn't subject my kids to that with a clean conscience.
  • Manchild: Joseph's interests occasionally line up with the kids, and he helps them with their shenanagins.

Ivy & Soren Pingo

Gene & Sky Et

  • One-Hour Work Week: Nobody remembers what Gene's job description is or what he's responsible for. He's literally paid to sit in an out-of-the-way office and play video games all day.
    Alt Text: It's okay if you want to punch him.

Dierdre & Harvey Linkletter

Sadie & Don Grady

Shii Ann & Hiram Hu

Candice Givens & Eva Nutley

Dr. & Dr. Xane

  • The Ghost: Even their car has never been shown.
  • Lies to Children: Possibly. This Copper Road strip calls into question whether they're actually doctors of any kind.
  • Fantasy Forbidding Father: They actively surpressed Ursula's knowledge of anything non-educational. They're so extreme on this point, it blurs the line between truth and over-the-top satire.
  • Meddling Parents: They spend every school day in the parking lot, in a van covered with surveylance equippment. Mrs Monster seems to be downright afraid of the panic button that Ursula can use to summon them.

Other parents

  • The Faceless: All that's ever been seen of Max's parents is a tail. It's not even known which parent it belonged to.

     Other Family 

Casey Oven

  • Gender Equals Breed: Inverted. She is a white American shorthair like their dad.
  • Grade Skipper: She likes to rub in Bud's face that she skipped a grade, and claims that because his (elite) school has a combined fourth and fifth grade class it's like he was held back.

"Uncle Mike" Et

Bernadette Et and family

Michelangelo Et

Frida Et

The Et Twins

  • Always Identical Twins: In fact, the number shirts they wear don't mean anything. They grab whichever they want and sometimes wear the same number simultaneously. Sky claims she can tell them apart, but cites no method other than the questionably effective "A mother knows."
  • No Name Given: All that's known about their names is that they're named after artists, and are not named Joey and Julien.

Wen Hu

     Other Adults 

Bette Monster

Mitzy Bard

     Other Kids 

Johnny Turringer

  • Butt-Monkey: He's made it in-panel once, before his most notable trait is developed: somehow, Max (the only nice kid in the main cast!) ends up causing him some sort of injury. Every time Johnny's come by after was preceded by some sort of crunch sound, as if a bone was being broken ...

Coral Jenkins


     Other... other 

The On-Cue Ball

  • Deadpan Snarker: It is an oracle! ...Or, very possibly, prerecorded snark.
    '''"I'm sorry, I wasn't paying atten—I MEAN REPLY HAZY, TRY AGAIN!"


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