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    Sungcal Family 

Adagulfo "Dagul" Sungcal Jr.

The padre de familia of the Sungcal family, working as a chef in a five-star hotel. Specializes in exotic dishes, and has written a whole cookbook of such recipes. Often called Mang Dagul (Mr. Dagul) by neighbors.

  • Action Survivor: On the occasions that the comic strip shifts into action-adventure, he and all the others become this. He's a peaceful man at heart but has taken up martial arts on the side, though not to Acrofatic levels.
  • Author Avatar: Together with Polgas, he often serves as the mouthpiece for Pol Medina Jr.'s wry observations on Philippine society, current events, and anything he wants to bring up.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He's called "Sweet Ham" by his wife.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning his receding hairline does not sit well with him. Of course, Brosia pushes this button all the time.
    • Another one during the Feminist arc: don't hurt Debbie. He will beat you to a pulp even if he ends up getting stabbed in the process.
    • Being a chef, he takes offense to whenever people take offense to his meals and procedure. For the latter, in particular, when someone questions his Cordon Bleugh Chef tendencies.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: He likes to put his own... "unique" spin on Filipino cuisine. A running gag is attempting to present such bizarre ideas to his hotel's head chef as possible additions to the menu, usually ending in varying degrees of rejection.
  • Doting Parent: To his younger children, Tiny and Utoy.
  • Happily Married: To Debbie.
  • Happy Rain: At least to him, anyway. He enjoys playing in the rain, or at least just soaking in it. Debbie doesn't quite agree. The real reason for Dagul's fondness for rain is that his late father, a commander of the Philippine Air Force's 901st Weather Squadron, used to conduct cloud-seeding operations to parched agricultural areas in dire need of irrigation.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: In Filipino, sungkal means "to nuzzle or dig with one's snout", as do pigs.
    • Dagul is Filipino slang for something big.
  • The Patriarch
  • Pyromaniac: Averted. While he tends to enjoy stuff related to fire (such as liking films with Stuff Blowing Up, wanting to live in cool, temperate climates where fireplaces can be placed inside homes, and his tendency to build massive bonfires even at high noon), he remarks in a series of strips about this trope that he is grateful that he became a chef and not an arsonist.
  • Straight Man: Often plays this role when interacting with neighbors.

Debra Anne "Debbie" Sungcal

Dagul's wife and a housewife.

  • Affectionate Nickname: She's called "Honeycured" by her husband.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Not just shoes, but bags, dresses... much to Dagul's chagrin.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Ironic, since she always asks, sometimes demands, for Dagul's honest opinions on the clothes she tries out. The result is usually Dagul being kicked out of the house for the night, either having to camp in the yard in a tent, or crash at their neighbors', usually Tata Mads's place.
  • Foil/Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Barbie's red. She is gentle, easygoing, and demure. She is submissive to her husband, sometimes indecisive (when ordering at restaurants, especially) and has raised well-adjusted kids. Barbie is none of the above.
  • Happily Married: To Dagul.
  • Housewife: Does not cook or clean like Dagul or Brosia though; she mostly gardens or sews.
  • Hypocritical Humor: See Can't Take Criticism above.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Often uses this to get Dagul to do what she wants.
  • Proper Lady: Particularly in her gentle demeanor and frequent deferral to Dagul's authority.
  • Retail Therapy: Way too fond of this.
  • Straight Man: To Dagul, and to Barbie.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: When not in the garden, she is either at her sewing machine or working on embroidery.

Hercules "Kules" Sungcal

Eldest child of the Sungcals, who works overseas in Saudi Arabia to support his family.

  • Bad Date: A frequent victim; it's a Running Gag with the poor guy. He goes on dates based on how the girls are described, but frequently misunderstands the descriptions. Dates included Snoopy, Kamen Rider BLACK, and V, all with female bodies.
  • Fat and Skinny: He's often seen with his best friend and co-worker, who he calls "'Adre" (short for compadre).
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He once had a lovely pen pal. He sent her a lot of gold jewelry, fully expecting to get together with her on a trip home. She meets him at the airport... to introduce him to her hunky boyfriend.
  • The Dutiful Son: Works at the Middle East to support his family.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Another Running Gag with him. He frequently tries to meet girls through snail mail (and later, e-mail and social media), but he would end up rejecting them when he finds them unattractive in photos.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Subverted. It turns out he wasn't named after Hercules the Greco-Roman hero, but the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
  • Write What You Know: invoked Kules is based on Medina's past experience as an OFW engineer.

Cristina "Tiny" Sungcal

The middle child of the Sungcal family and a student of mass communications at the University of Santo Tomas (which, in real life, doesn't offer that course). She has a serious weight complex.

Adagulfo "Utoy" Sungcal III

The Sungcals' youngest child, and quite a smart kid for his age.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Utoy is a variant of Totoy, a common Filipino nickname for little boys (regardless of their real name), used by family.
  • Child Prodigy
  • Comic-Book Time/Not Allowed to Grow Up: Like all the other characters, and he and the other children are all always 8 or 9. Though he's the only character ever shown to age since he was a baby in his first few appearances.
  • Hammerspace: Literal example. His special OCB-crafted Swiss Army Knife carries absurd amounts and kinds of utilities. Examples range from a refrigerator, mini-sniper rifle that fires foam pellets, an NES WITH a TV, and an ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE. Given those utilities, the knife carries its own power source as well.
  • The Leader: Of his band of grade-school friends, including Paltik, Jolen and Joma.
  • Puppy Love: Implied, with Jolen.

Ambrosia "Brosia" Tangara

The Sungcal family's long-suffering maid, who has a sharp tongue and less-than-sharp wits.

  • Book Dumb
  • Double Consciousness / Split Personality: As it turns out, though she failed her OCB training, an alternate persona was created, using her intended codename Amrita, and was capable of utilizing all her training effortlessly, including reading English. None of these are accessible in her original Brosia personality, and she can switch between personalities via electrocution.
  • The Ditz: To the point where trying to read or watch English media makes her brain short out.
  • Hidden Depths: She's not as dumb as people mock her.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Kules's friend is her brother. She also has a manananggal for a half-sister, who was The Mole among the monsters in the Ang Punyal ni Devlino arc.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her surname "Tangara" is a play on the Filipino word tanga which means "stupid".
    • Amrita, her alternate personality and original codename, is named after the Hindu nectar of immortality, the counterpart of the Greek Ambrosia, which Brosia is short for.
  • Servile Snarker: She often makes fun of Debbie, Dagul and Tiny: Debbie for her gluttony, Dagul for his receding hairline, Tiny for her vanity, and all three for their obesity. Utoy, for the most part, is spared.
  • Troll: Besides the above, she generally ribs on the rest of the neighborhood, one way or another, which never fails to annoy them.


The pet of the Sungcal family, Polgas is the self-labeled Asong Hindi (Dog that Isn't), with the ability to talk and stand on both hind legs. He also happens to be a secret agent known as Dobermaxx (originally Wisedog, inspired by the 1980s series Wiseguy).

  • Abnormal Ammo: His signature garapata (tick) gun. Aptly named so for its ammo being droplets of tick sweat that causes extreme itchiness that's said to last for six month. Gets a Mid-Season Upgrade in the form of a more advanced version after a trip to the future. Polgas derived his codename change from Wisedog to Dobermaxx based on the name's engraving on said gun. Its range is greater.
    • Swiss Army Weapon: The advanced version also doubles as a transceiver.
    • Unobtanium: Being from the future, OCB scientists could not determine the gun's alloy.
  • Author Avatar: Together with Mang Dagul, but at times more directly (showing him at a cartoonist's desk, etc.).
  • Artificial Intelligence: His flea robot Gary, who generally acts as surveillance.
    • In two instances, the Thunderdog. The car has shown to have a "Herd Mode", has snarked at his owner, and even gotten high after sampling some drug-laced yams for testing.
  • Ass Shove: Loves doing the prank version to Dagul. One instance even references Kakashi's Sennen Goroshi (though the Romanization is misspelled as "Gorochi").
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's a fat talking dog, but also the most badass member of the cast, but only when the story calls for it.
  • Breakout Character: He's the first character that comes to readers' minds when the comics is mentioned.
  • Canine Companion: He's the Sungcal family's talking dog.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: As a secret agent of the "Organized Canine Bureau".
  • Cool Car: The Thunderdog, a customized Porsche 959.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As revealed in the Darker and Edgier graphic novel Pirata, as Medina suffered from Creator Breakdown while making it.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Besides the general Art Evolution of the strip (he used to have whiskers), he originally couldn't talk and acted like a normal dog, though he still wore dog-sized clothes. He just started talking at random, and displayed more human-like behavior as the strip progressed. Later explained as a mutation via the combination of TV radiation and Dagul's homemade exotic pizza. Apparently, the earlier strips took place while the mutation was in its earliest stages.
  • Fat Suit: He's actually no longer as fat as he looks, as he wears a fake beer belly that serves as a compartment for his Dobermaxx costume and gear.
  • Full Potential Upgrade / Super Mode: During the Aso storyline, thanks to being bitten by his werewolf ally Dado. The result is that his senses, dulled because of his domestic lifestyle, are heightened to the levels of wild animals, represented by a more hirsute state. Like Dado, it's only a partial yet voluntary transformation and he retains his sense of self.
  • Funny Animal: Most of the Pugad Baboy residents are used to this, though outsiders are more surprised. Not so much in the older strips.
  • Gatling Good: Once sported a minigun version of the garapata gun, the garapeater gun.
  • Generation Xerox: The Dobermaxx of 2078 is revealed to the audience to be Polgas' grandson, though Polgas never learns this. He also inherited Polgas' earring.
  • Identical Grandson: His grandson, the Dobermaxx of 2078, though the latter sports more pronounced fangs. Polgas himself is a Played for Drama example, as his sire was a mongrel who he resembles exactly. This was the reason he and his siblings were forcibly separated from their mother.
  • Man of a Thousand Faces: Or rather, talking dog with a thousand guises, spoofing various elements of pop culture. Including:
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Everyone knows Polgas' other guises. It's not clear though if they're playing along or displaying Selective Obliviousness. Scenes hint at the former.
  • Punny Name: His name is derived from the Spanish and Filipino word, "pulgas", which means "flea".
  • Talking Animal
  • Tragic Keepsake: His earring turns out to be this. It was all that was left of him from his mother when he and the rest of his litter were forcibly separated from her. He was carrying it in his mouth when Dagul found him and, thus refused to eat. The Sungcals learned about the earring from the vet and compromised by having Polgas wear it like Dagul.
  • Series Mascot
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Dobermaxx". It was the 90s.


    Sabaybunot Family 

Tomas Sabaybunot

A Philippine Air Force master sergeant and patriarch of the Sabaybunots. Often known as Sarge.

  • Afraid of Needles: He's known to draw a gun on anybody attempting to inject him.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Often the butt of jokes, but when the situation calls for it, he shows off his military skills.
  • Gun Nut: He's never far away from his handgun.
  • Henpecked Husband: To the point where he once even claimed he's more comfortable in a war zone than with a dominant wife.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: His family surname Sabaybunot is a Filipino military command during martial ceremonies when weapons are drawn (Sabay, bunot!, "Together, draw!"). It fits perfectly for Tomas, who is a soldier quick to draw his arms.
  • Odd Friendship/Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ka Noli, a communist rebel.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's harassed a few secretaries at his workplace and has made anti-black comments. Dagul chastises him often for his racism, while Barbie keeps his sexism in check.
  • Tank Goodness: Tomas sometimes uses a tank as his personal vehicle.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Played for Laughs — his favorite hobby is getting drunk on bars with women on his arms. This, more often than not, comes back to bite him. Hard.

Barbara "Barbie" Q. Sabaybunot

Tomas' belligerent wife, who often proves to be more than a match for her husband.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Barbie is actually a pretty friendly neighbor and a decent mother to Paltik... unless she's dealing with Tomas, coming home in the wee hours of the morning, drunken out of his wits and reeking of women's perfume.
  • Foil/Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Debbie's blue. She is harsh, hot-blooded, and aggressive. She dominates her husband, knows what she wants, and is a bit of a My Beloved Smother to the spoiled Paltik. Debbie is none of the above.
  • My Beloved Smother: Has shades of this. Slightly deconstructed: she spoils Paltik to discredit Tomas in the boy's eyes, and she often succeeds.
  • Punny Name: Barbie Q., barbecue. (In Filipino culture, a married woman's middle initial comes from her maiden surname.)
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Tomas involves a lot of fisticuffs.
  • Straw Feminist: Played for Laughs, to contrast with Tomas' chauvinistic tendencies.

Paul Thomas "Paltik" Sabaybunot

The only son of Tomas and Barbie, who is quite the troublemaker.

    Tang Family 

Mauricio "Mao" Tang

An immigrant from China's Fujian Province who runs a sari-sari (small retail) store.

  • Asian Speekee Engrish: He speaks Filipino with a rather distinctive accent along these lines, to denote his status as a first-generation Chinese immigrant.
  • Asian Store-Owner: Of the sari-sari store.
  • Berserk Button: Debt dodgers are often the first to see him brandish a sword.
  • Chinese People: Displays many of the stereotypical Chinese traits in Philippine media: wears a changshan and the Fu Manchu mustache, good at business, has a strong Chinese accent.
  • Punny Name: "Mao Tang" looks like ma-utang, roughly translating to "one who likes to borrow money" or "one who owes a lot of money."

Paulino "Pao" Tang

Mao's openly gay son, Tiny's best friend, and owner of a beauty salon.

Ji-Ong "Jong" Tang

Mao's eldest son.

  • Accidental Misnaming: The gang mispronounced his name and it stuck.
  • Brown Note: Carries a tape recorder in his waistbag that serves as his personal protection. It works so well it petrifies Tomas and Bab when they hear it (complete with Scooby-Doo style Security Cling). The recording? Pao's gay scream.
  • Nice Guy: He's a decent guy.
  • Properly Paranoid: Played for Laughs. When he first arrived in the Philippines, he locked himself in the cab when greeting the gang due to the rampant kidnapping of rich Chinese at the time of his introduction.

Colleen Tang

Mao's lesbian daughter, introduced in 2013. Notable for appearing in the comic that led to Pugad Baboy being removed from its newspaper (and subsequent transfer to Rappler), as Pol Medina Jr. cracked a joke about the prejudice of Catholic private schools against homosexuality and bisexuality, while hypocritically ignoring their Schoolgirl Lesbians. This drew the ire of a specifically named school...

  • Butch Lesbian: Unlike most characters she's slim and fit, athletic and a Gun Nut.
  • Continuity Nod: Was referenced in a joke decades before her actual appearance; that same joke was revisited when she appeared in person.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Despite the strip's occasional supernatural elements, including Lucifer as an antagonist, she's a non-believer. This worked to her advantage when the gang tangled with them again, as Lucifer had no power over her. (She only saw Lucifer's human guise, Imelda Marcos.)
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Sent to live in the Philippines because she was thought to be mentally ill. Talks to a dwarf named Ignacio (Nash) who is probably real.
    • Our Dwarves Are Different: Ignacio follows the Spanish-influenced local belief of itim na duwende (duende negro), being coal-black.
  • Punny Name: On kulintang, a native musical instrument from the southern Philippines (and other parts of Southeast Asia).
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: Her "third eye" (as this is known locally) is confirmed when she sees past Brosia's half-sister's human guise.

    Lamoun Family 

Roberto "Bab" Lamoun

The neighborhood's resident hippie with a reputation for drug addiction, who also moonlights as a folk singer and PE teacher at Utoy, Paltik, Joma and his younger sister Jolen's school. Otherwise he's often seen either lying on the sofa of his home or drinking at night.

Joanne Elena "Jolen" Lamoun

Bab's younger, grade-school sister.

Cecilia "Cel" Lamoun

Bab and Jolen's mother, who is often exasperated with her elder son's slothful lifestyle. Often called "Tita Cel" (Auntie Cel) by others.

  • Deadpan Snarker: To Bab's lifestyle. She in particular is disparaging of his smoking habits, as her husband, Rodrigo, died of lung cancer because of this.
  • Doting Parent: To Jolen, whom she warns not to emulate Bab.

    Tangere Family 

Nolasco "Ka Noli" M. Tangere

Noli is part of the New People's Army (NPA), a Filipino Communist rebel group... and also a part of Tomas, Igno and Bab's nightly drinking sessions. (Ka is short for kasama or "comrade", a stereotypical honorific among Communists/leftists).

Bezalie "Ka Beza" Tangere

Noli's wife and herself a nonactive member of the NPA, who'd rather have a friendly chat with the housewives of Pugad Baboy than actually go into the fields.

  • Dirty Communists: Like her husband, this is also subverted.
  • Doting Parent: She makes a point of keeping in touch with Joma whenever she's in the fields, and is very physically affectionate to him whenever she's home.
  • Punny Name: Her nickname is a corruption of "cabesa", a Spanish word for "head".

Jose Maria "Joma" Tangere

Noli and Beza's only son and a member of Utoy's circle of friends.

  • Named After Somebody Famous: His nickname comes from that of Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Part of the Philippines (CPP), of which the NPA is its militant arm.
  • Nice Bandana: Noli even scolds him once when he doesn't have it on outside of bed.
  • The Chick: Serves this in the trio when Jolen's not in the group.

    Cabalfin Family 

Senator Usurpo Cabalfin

A stereotype of the traditional corrupt Filipino politician. Perpetually a senator regardless of the current Philippine President and Senate line-up. Lives in an uptown part of the neighborhood.

"Madame" Diana Elizabeth Cabalfin

Senator Cabalfin's wife, likewise a stereotype, this time of politician's wives.

  • Straw Character/Expy: Of Imelda Marcos, even sharing the same hairstyle.
  • Satellite Character: Doesn't really appear much compared to her husband and son, and more often, only in their company.
  • Upper-Class Twit: In one example, in a Saw parody, she initially refuses to use a smelting kit to melt her gold jewelry into a key to unlock the door, but immediately changes her tune when she's told of a baccarat game being played right outside the door at that moment.

"Bong" Cabalfin

Senator Cabalfin's son, who embodies the stereotype of the upper class child, and that of a corrupt and rich politician. Surprisingly, he attends Pugad Baboy Academy with the other kids. However, he generally isn't what they would call a friend, just as their parents don't think highly of his.

  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The other four kids tolerate him, but he's not quite their friend, as he's generally not part of their circle. Doesn't help that he sometimes brags about his privileges to the other kids, though that tends to bites him in the ass in the end.
  • Spoiled Brat: Comes with the characterization.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Played straight, being a stereotypical rich Filipino child, but zigzagged for one detail. He attends Pugad Baboy Academy, but he's often accompanied by a number of his father's bodyguards.


    Other Characters 

Amado "Tata Mads" Pascala

The resident music teacher, and the original Only Sane Man of the gang. Not much else to say about him, which is probably why he has barely appeared since the early strips.

  • Only Sane Man: Hasn't stopped him from ribbing on Dagul's awful singing or cracking jokes at the others' expense.
  • Out of Focus: Nowadays, we only get sporadic reminders he's still present, usually when Dagul is kicked out of the house by Debbie for the night and needs a place to crash.
  • Punny Name: A play on tamad, "lazy" in Filipino. Tata is akin to "Gramps", as he's older than most of the cast.
    • Non-Indicative Name: He's by no means lazy, even if he is the oldest of the cast. If anything, it pertains more to his currently sporadic appearances.

Benigno "Igno" Ramos

Tomas's ex-convict cousin with a fearsome reputation for being the toughest man in the hood... and an over-the-top fear of ghosts. The most recent major character to be introduced, around 1999.

  • The Alcoholic: To the point where his blood is alcoholic: in one strip, he tried to donate blood, only to be rejected as his blood type was "90-octane". His breath and urine are also flammable.
  • Dumb Muscle: When it comes to higher intelligence. A minor running gag of his is that he often tends to mistake anything that sounds remotely like a typical Filipino swear word as the person swearing at him.
  • Badass Beard: Sports one.
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Hidden Depths: Loves gardening.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Adept at scanning his surroundings for enemies. A one-shot character mistook him for an ex-military man.
  • Improvised Weapon: His forte. Notable examples: a corn cob, small bamboo skewers, the edge of a piece of paper, and a well-aimed stray cat.
  • Made of Iron: Not even sharp weapons can break his bones. In one strip, he managed to survive being hit by a semi truck with mere bruises, whereas the truck is a total wreck and its driver left comatose.
  • Noodle Incident: Nothing is mentioned as to what crime landed him in jail, other than his claims of a breach of contract with a politician who hired him as security, having used him as his Human Shield.
  • Punny Name: "Igno Ramos" - ignoramus.
  • Rags to Riches: Downplayed, like Medina's own example. As a result of the Bounty Hunter story arc, Igno was bequeathed a hut with tons of loose change hidden within all of the bamboo posts. It is enough to finally buy him an empty lot with a new house of his own (he'd been living in an apartment until this arc), and a pickup truck of his own, and Tomas for more additions to his own gun collection...but nothing else.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Played for Laughs. While Igno has already served his sentence, he still has a reputation as a dangerous man, which would be a terrible thing — if Igno himself didn't act incredibly intimidating.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His outfit.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: He is a walking satire/parody of the Rated M for Manly trope.
  • Those Two Guys: Often partnered with Bab.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Igno is terrified of ghosts and other supernatural beings.

(Ms.) Eusebia Nobatos

Utoy, Paltik, Jolen and Joma's homeroom teacher and the subject of their pranks due to her rather ugly appearance.

Arnold "Principal Schwarzenegger" Palacio

The principal at Utoy, Paltik, Jolen and Joma's school.

  • Gonk
  • Punny Name: Because his first name is "Arnold", some students (particularly Paltik) frequently mistake his surname as that of a more famous Arnold.
  • Satellite Character: He only appears whenever conversing with Ms. Nobatos concerning her woes, and whenever Paltik had to be brought to his office.

Joey Boy "Joboy" Llabe

The resident mechanic with a love for fast cars.

"Doc" Miguel Sebo, MD

The neighborhood physician who's competent in circumcision and nothing else.

Patrolman Romeo Durugas

A police officer whose specialty is apprehending drivers on a whim (including responsible ones, such as Dagul) and accepting bribes from them.

  • Dirty Cop: Played for Laughs.
  • Punny Name: Take his title and surname and you'll have mandurugas, Filipino word for "cheater" note 
  • Strawman Political: Durugas is basically Medina's take on the general Filipino perception of policemen as simultaneously inept and corrupt.

Fr. Mario "Father Marty" Martinez

Bab's childhood friend, who then went onto become a priest. Originally only appearing in a mini-story arc, chronicling a visit back home from his studies in Rome, he eventually moved back home as the local parish priest, becoming a recurring character. Usually is present in strips about Church issues, but remains a sympathetic character.

  • Corrupt Church: Not an example himself, but has been used as an indirect mouthpiece for the rampant issues with the Catholic Church, particularly within the Philippines. As expected, he tends to defend his religion during debates with his fellow Pugad Baboy residents, usually Dagul or Polgas, but it hasn't harmed his friendship with any of them.
  • Not So Above It All: Has shown to be a little more relaxed in behavior than what would be expected of a man of the cloth. At times, he's just as wacky as his best friend and fellow residents.
  • Odd Friendship: With Bab. The oddness of their friendship is now more emphasized by Marty being a priest while Bab is a Lazy Bum.

Dado Galang, M.D.

Similar to Father Marty, Dado was formerly a one-story-arc character who has since become recurring, though so far, mostly only during other story arcs. A veterinarian originally from Pampanga, Dado suffers from lycanthropy as a result of his mother's maternal cravings for dog meat. After befriending Polgas (after some initial misunderstandings) and assisting him in busting the local magic mushroom farm, he later moved to Manila to continue his trade, while also doing part-time as a kali instructor.

  • Expy: Clearly that of Wolverine, and in particular, the movie version, as Dado was introduced around the time between the first two movies. However, he also shares his transformation with the New Mutant, Wolfsbane
  • Game Face: His transformation is more akin to this.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Has a son who has at least inherited his heightened senses, invulnerability, self-healing, and ability to communicate with dogs. However, it's implied the son is unaware of his father's lycanthropy.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Not often do you hear the source of one's lycanthropy being their mother's maternal cravings for dog meat. His abilities are a general combination of Wolverine's and Wolfsbane's. He shares the former's natural invulnerability, heightened senses, and self-healing, and the latter's semi-transformation. He can also communicate with dogs that aren't Polgas.
    • Mutant: By Marvel definitions, he's this.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Initially, because of his lycanthropy making his lifespan measured in dog years. A blood transfusion from Polgas apparently fixes this, also as payback for Dado granting Polgas a Full Potential Upgrade / Super Mode.
  • Shirtless Scene: While in werewolf form. Also highlights his invulnerability.

Jacques Vousvoulez

A recurring character, he is the head chef of the hotel restaurant where Dagul works. His most common role is being the recipient of Dagul's Cordon Bleugh Chef suggestions.

  • French Jerk: Averted, though sometimes, Dagul is just asking for it.
  • Only Sane Man: Because of Dagul's antics in his kitchen.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Especially when compared to the likes of Mao or Kules' boss, there's generally no hint of an accent in his dialogue.


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