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    Rain Flaherty
Click here for her after her traumatic haircut. 

The main character of the comic. She is a trans girl and is trying to pass as a girl through her senior year of high school.

  • Adorkable: Cute, geeky, and more than a bit nervous at times.
  • Cain and Abel: Was the latter to Aiken initially (before they made up) and is now the latter to Kellen after the haircut incident. She wants nothing to do with her sister following it (on top of the various attempts to explain the transgenderism away).
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Towards Emily. Though it seems that she's picked up on her feelings somewhat. At the end of Chapter 28, she finally managed it.
  • Character Development: Rain starts the story as a neurotic girl afraid of everything that could give her away. While her issues are still there, she eventually grows more and more confident with herself and deals with opposition in an effective manner, as Kellen and Debbie learned the hard way. She even feels comfortable and confident enough to come out to Ana, who doesn't know her nearly as well as the others.
  • Cry Cute: Pretty much once a chapter.
  • New Transfer Student
  • Nice Girl: She tries to be as kind as possible to everyone, including her family, even when they're not willing to accept her for who she is.
  • Oblivious to Love
  • Occidental Otaku: She loves manga.
  • Official Couple: with Rudy, from Chapters 8-16. They break up when Rain realizes she does not reciprocate Rudy's feeling for her, and they remain good friends.
    • And then with Emily from Chapter 29 onward
  • Peek-a-Bangs: It's revealed in an ask blog that she intentionally styles her hair this way.
  • Secret Keeper: She's initially the first person to whom Emily reveals her pregnancy, and as well as Ana's past.
  • She's Got Legs: Maria comments on her "Beautiful, perfect legs" early on.
  • Ship Tease: Tons of it with Emily.
  • Shrinking Violet: For the most part she's very shy and soft spoken.
  • Transgender: She's a DMAB trans girl.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Received one in her sleep courtesy of Kellen. Needless to say she was not happy.
  • Unwanted Harem: She has the tendency to attract a lot of male attention.

    Gavin Kurz
Rain's friend from childhood.

    Maria Strongwell
Rudy's sister and a no longer closeted lesbian.

  • Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of Rudy.
  • Cure Your Gays: She no longer wants this.
  • Death Glare
  • Dude, She's a Lesbian: The Trope Namer
  • Hair Decorations: She never goes out in public without a headband.
  • Official Couple: With Chanel.
  • Opt Out: She gets expelled from St. Hallvard, but even after her expulsion is rescinded, she decides against returning and transfers to Ky's school instead. She doesn't, however, opt out of the school prom she had a ticket to.
  • The Runaway: As of the end of Chapter 34.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbian
  • The Shut-In: She becomes this after the events of Chapter 34. She only leaves Blair's apartment to go to school, and is implied to have not seen Rudy, Chanel, or any of her other friends since fleeing St. Halvard.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Chapter 34 is not kind to her. Her parents find out about her having a girlfriend and take her phone away, Todd borderline assaults Chanel, her attempt at getting him to fuck off gets her expelled, which she believes will likely result in her getting sent to a gay-curing camp by her father. Ultimately, she decides to run away.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: After her rescinded expulsion, Maria dyes the tips of her hair blue.

    Rudy Strongwell
Maria's openly gay younger brother. He was dating Rain but they eventually broke up.

  • Calling the Old Man Out: Rudy does this to his and Maria's father, sick of the way he treated them. This leads to their mother starting to grow a backbone.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: He has to be reminded to shut up pretty often. On Rain's first day at St. Hallvard, he immediately outed her to Maria and Gavin.
  • Cure Your Gays: The reason he was sent to Catholic school; other people thought that this had happened to him when he started dating Rain. Ultimately averted; it didn't stick.
  • Official Couple: Was this with Rain until they broke up.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: How he feels about Rain, despite being predominately homosexual.
    • Ultimately deconstructed. Their relationship doesn't suffer from Rudy losing his feelings for her, but from her realizing she never returned them at all. She had been flattered by the attention he paid her, and accepted the dating because she enjoyed his company, and, in her mindset, dating boys was something that "normal girls" did. Except she's only ever really been attracted to other girls, and realizes that she's a lesbian.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite all the issues that happen in the story, he's almost constantly smiling.
    • Stepford Smiler: After the breakup, it's revealed that the constant cheer is (at times) a facade.
  • Secret Keeper: To Colette, who comes out as trans to him, not knowing about Rudy's reputation for gossiping. Rudy is actually trying to keep the secret, but is struggling.
  • Shipper on Deck: He desperately wanted Rain to go out with Ana instead of Gavin, for some reason. Of course, that wasn't happening, because Ana is straight and Rain is more interested in Emily.
  • The Tease: Occasionally flirts with straight guys, mostly Gavin. He doesn't really seem to mind.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His breakup with Rain has left him with a considerable amount of bitterness. He's softened up a bit in later chapters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gavin.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: As "Ruby".

    Emily Caston 

A popular girl at St. Hallvard.

  • Alpha Bitch: Initially.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she starts to drop the act and becomes good friends with Rain, as Rain was the first person she met in a long time that was consistently nice and nonjudgemental to her.
  • Beneath the Mask: Her Alpha Bitch personality is actually a fabricated persona. Beneath that, she's actually, in her own words, "awkward and antisocial and really kind of a loser"
  • Bi the Way: Pansexual, actually, but you have to be very close friends with her to get her to admit it.
  • Character Development: Starts out as an antagonistic Alpha Bitch, but after the Halloween Party and becoming pregnant, she progresses into one of Rain's closest friends and her first girlfriend.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Rain before they get together. Especially evident in comparison to Kellen.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Someone give this poor a girl a hug.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Once she becomes pregnant, she starts to melt and let others into her life.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She was willing to stay in a horrible relationship with Chase because it was one of the only things her mother gave her approval for, but after figuring out that he was planning on perving on her underage classmates, she broke things off.
  • Hidden Depths: Knows an awful lot about sexual and romantic orientation for a (supposedly) straight girl.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She grows past her initial threatened attitude and becomes close friends with Rain.
  • May–December Romance: With Chase. It doesn't last long.
  • Miss Exposition: See hidden depths, above.
  • Official Couple: With Rain.
  • Parental Neglect: She was born from an unplanned pregnancy. She never knew her father, and her mother is always out of the house.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In regards to Chase checking out Rain at the Halloween Party. While he very well have may been attracted to her, it was more because he wanted to know why she was so familiar to him than anything else.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Ended up with one with her ex-boyfriend Chase as the father.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's much nicer with Maria since she friended Rain and became part of the group,and people in general.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Her mother starved her of affection to the point that she was desperate for it, which contributes to most of her early character. After the Halloween party, she realizes it just isn't worth it. She nearly accepts her mother's offer to return home, but rejects it and stays with Rain.
  • You Are What You Hate: She tells everyone how much she hates liars, while actively pretending to be something she's not.
  • Yuri Fangirl: Ends up buying girls-love fancomics at Center Con.

    Chanel Montoya 
A shy girl who talked to Maria at the Halloween party.

  • Ascended Extra: Introduced as a minor character and later joined the main cast following her Relationship Upgrade with Maria.
  • Asexuality: She's a homoromantic asexual.
  • D-Cup Distress: She's been teased and harassed for her bustiness in the past.
  • Does Not Like Men: While she can be and is civil with Gavin and Rudy, she's generally uncomfortable around them, and doesn't seek their presence.
    • In a Rain Delay, she's shown tossing every message from a male fan into the garbage.note 
  • Friendless Background: She never really had anyone she could call a friend until she started talking to Maria and her friends.
  • Occidental Otaku
  • Official Couple: with Maria.
  • Romantic Asexual: Chanel is an asexual lesbian and is in a relationship with non-asexual lesbian Maria.
  • Shipper on Deck: She was shipping Rain and Emily even before they got together.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears her hair like this usually until her haircut in Chapter 36.
    Kylie Coven 
Rain's neighbor who sometimes presents as male and sometimes as female.

  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Never assigns a label to themself although the readers and characters often refer to them as genderfluid and the author usually uses male pronouns for them in the commentary. Some days, Ky even prefers androgyny.
  • Bi the Way
  • Boyish Short Hair: Adding to their appearance.
  • Hair Decorations: Usually wears a hair clip when in girl mode.
  • Love at First Sight: Ky has admitted to falling in love easily and has had crushes on pretty much every member of their group at some point. They've moved on since then, however, and have some concerns they wouldn't be a good partner because of their tendency to drift from one crush to the next.
  • Nice Person: Friendly, easy-going, generally understanding, and really forgiving. Despite Drew's lack of understanding and even him outing them against their will in front of his friends, Ky doesn't hold it against him and still agrees to attend prom with him in a dress. And after he protests them switching clothes with Rudy, Ky only says they're done arguing about the issue and hopes Drew at least has fun at prom.
  • Out of Focus: Happens a lot, given that they are the only main teen that doesn't go to St. Hallvard until the events of Chapters 34 and 35, when Maria transfers to the same school as Ky.
  • Polyamory: Is confirmed by Word of God to be Polyamorous. They also once casually mention that they would have been interested in a three way with Chanel and Maria.
  • Ship Tease: With Drew.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Gives one to Drew after he starts asking a little too much about Rain.
  • Stepford Smiler: Ky makes a lot of jokes and is generally a laid-back person. However, they also struggle with identity issues and a really bad relationship with their family aside from Heather.
  • Transgender: They are genderfluid. At first, it seemed that switching genders was something Ky did as a hobby, but it later becomes clear that Ky experiences dysphoria when their presentation does not match the gender they identify as in the moment.
     Anastacia Rubina 
The newest student at the school. She usually just goes by "Ana."

  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me / I Have This Friend...: Ana explains her story this way, though the former she tries not to say, though it is clear.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: People have tried to hurt her in the past for things she's had no control over. She wants to move past it and just live life as a normal girl. Her mother didn't like how she wanted herself and walked out on her and her father.
  • Dude Magnet: She attracts a lot of attention.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Rain is (at least physically) attracted to her. It's how she figures out she's a lesbian.
  • Foil: To Rain. Rain comments that she's the kind of woman she want to be and she's even already gone through the transition she wants, but she has none of the confidence that Rain developed throughout the comic. Whereas Rain is comfortable enough to share her transgender status with people she trusts and hopes to one day be able to not be so closeted, Ana would rather keep it all to herself and never have to talk about it.
  • Hair Decorations: Sports a pink hair clip.
  • Held Back in School: Thanks to her moving around a lot, she's a grade lower than Rain and co. despite being around their age.
  • Heterochromia: Has one blue eye and one green eye.
  • Intersex/Transgender: She's not entirely certain herself. All she knows is she was born with ambiguous genitalia and designated male, but always identified as female. Since she's had surgery done, she considers herself cisgender and would prefer to keep that information private.
  • Missing Mom: Her story from prom makes it clear her mother wants nothing to do with her, but Ana still misses her.
  • Nice Girl
  • New Transfer Student
  • Ship Tease: Gets a lot with Gavin.
  • The Tease: Rudy thinks she is doing this to Gavin, but her reasons for not being ready to date are completely justified.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She and Colette both seem quite interested in Rudy's manga.

Family members

    Fara Bryer

Rain's aunt, and an art teacher. Treats Rain like her own daughter.

     Norman and Donna Strongwell 
Maria and Rudy's parents.

  • Abusive Parents: To put it very mildly. Norman more than Donna, it seems as Donna feels remorse and takes responsibility for Maria running away.
  • Cure Your Gays: They sent Rudy and Maria to catholic school and did everything in their power to try and "fix" them after they came out. When they got the sense it didn't work, Norman started doing research on homosexual conversion camps.
  • Jerkass: Norman especially.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Norman threatens Rudy with camp again after Donna warns him to stop or else, and she throws him out.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Donna tends to blame everything on herself as it is but this is especially present during the aftermath of chapter 34.
  • Never My Fault: Norman seems more willing to lay all the blame on Maria for running away from home than accepting it himself.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Norman, mostly, but both are quite homophobic, even considering homosexuality to be a disease.
  • Shrinking Violet: Donna, most of the time, in contrast to Norman, who is a Large Ham.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Donna after Maria runs away. She tries to be better to Rudy, as even if she doesn't agree with him being gay, it's clear she'd rather have him be gay than not have him at all.


    Aiken and Kellen Flaherty 
Rain's older brother and sister.

Tropes associated with both

  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Rain's first memory, when she is told she can't be a girl. She never forgot it and was traumatized by it, but her siblings were so used to crying and drama in the house that they don't even remember it.
  • Cain and Abel: Aiken was the Cain to Rain's Abel at first, but after some soul-searching and a Jerkass Realization, he's no longer this. Kellen, on the other hand, has seemingly irrevocably become the Cain after cutting Rain's hair in her sleep. Rain refuses to have anything to do with the older sister and Kellen, in turn, tells her that she considers her embarrassing to be around.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Averted. Kellen looks more similar to Rain than Aiken, which the former is not pleased about.
  • Jerkass: Both started out as such toward Rain. While Aiken's since had a realization, Kellen on the other hand...

Tropes associated with Aiken

  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this realization after leaving Rain and Fara's place.
  • Not So Different: Fara finally seems to get through to him with an Armor-Piercing Question where she compares him to his father.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Completely understandable, given how he acted upon Jessica telling him about her trans status. When he meets with her again, she freezes up and is clearly uncomfortable just having to talk to him despite his apologies. Unlike most examples of this trope, Aiken himself quickly sees it won't work out and leaves wishing her the best, complete with tears in his eyes.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Aiken was initially a transphobic Jerkass who left his fiancee and refused to accept Rain. After a realization and a ton of research on the subject, he's now become one of Rain's biggest supporters, even calling her "baby sis," and attempted to patch things over with Jessica.

Tropes associated with Kellen

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Kellen's not so much evil as she is ignorant, unsympathetic and selfish, but she lets Chase have it when she finds out he's the one who got Emily pregnant.
  • Freudian Excuse: Vincent seems to think so about her transphobia. He theorizes it has less to do with being inherently transphobic and more with abandonment issues over her parents dying and running out on her and Chase breaking off their engagement. She may have also hated Jessica for taking Aiken away even if she wasn't a transgender woman based on that same issue, even more so that "Rain", the female, is taking away 'Ryan', the baby brother she had known all this time. Marcus' influence probably didn't help matters.
  • I Have No Sister: Rain disowns her after the hair incident and writes her off as a lost cause.
  • Irony: In her character bio, it's mentioned that Kellen doesn't like being ignored, yet her actions seem to be all but assuring that Rain (and possibly Fara) will spend possibly the rest of their lives ignoring her. Even Aiken seems to be losing his patience with her bigotry and is only staying with her because he has nowhere else to go for the moment.
  • Malicious Misnaming: She intentionally misgenders both Rain and Jessica.
  • Never My Fault: Prefers to blame Rain for getting upset at her prejudiced actions, calls Emily a Social Justice Warrior for trying to explain basic facts and accuses everyone who supports Rain of encouraging a disgusting fetish. Aiken and later Vincent rightfully point out that she's full of it.
  • No Social Skills: Not exactly touched upon so far in the actual story, but even when Kellen's not being transphobic she still often puts her foot in her mouth which makes her seem much more jerkish than she actually is.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Inflicts this on Rain.

     Liriel Flaherty 
Rain's mom and Fara's older sister

  • Cool Big Sis: Fara idolized her, though she did think her husband was a bad influence.
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: Died of a fatal illness.
    • Based on Fara and Rain's discussion after Rain's Traumatic Haircut, she may have suffered from some form of cancer.
  • Good Parents: All three of her children love and miss her. Unfortunately, she was in denial of how abusive her husband was, which sometimes clouded her ability to be there for her children, as well as for Fara.
  • Hair Decorations: She wore a purple ribbon in her hair.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead for about five years by the time the story starts.
     Marcus Flaherty 
Rain, Aiken, and Kellen's father.

  • Abusive Parents: Let's put it this way: why did Aiken finally turn his life around and decide to try and be a better person? Fara compared him to Marcus. A nightmare of Rain's heavily implies that he was much more than just verbally abusive.
  • The Alcoholic: Implied by Fara in one strip, when she discusses how Chase sounds exactly like the man her sister married.
  • Big Bad: Of Chapter 25, when Rain dreams that she is Kaminari, as the leader of the Blood Kites. It is symbolic of how Rain feels about him in real life.
  • Disappeared Dad: He vanished just before his wife died and nobody's seen him since.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: We never see his eyes, just the bright glare off his glasses.
  • The Ghost: He's only been described here and there, and only seen in dreams and flashbacks, but the impact he's had is clear as day.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While he's never made a full appearance to date, it was no doubt his bigoted views on LGBT issues that caused Rain to hide her true self and become a Shrinking Violet for most of her childhood and why Aiken (at first) and Kellen grew up to be unsympathetic towards their youngest sibling and LGBT people overall. Even then, however, the then-bigoted Aiken, after being smacked by Fara for his intolerance, was pissed that his aunt made a comparison between his and his father's behavior. Kellen, despite still being a bigot as of now, says that the Flaherty children were relieved about not having to deal with him anymore when he bailed. So, yeah...
  • Jerkass: Virtually nothing we have seen or heard about him has been positive.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He was virulently homophobic and transphobic. When Fara was dating a woman, he forbid her from even visiting their home.

     Heather Coven 
Ky's older sister

  • Asexual: Claims to be this, preferring to keep her relationships short and mostly physical. When she gets drunk, though...
    • Although, given her comments and attitude later on in the comic, it's hinted that she might be bi and have a thing for Jess.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She admits to Jess that, because of her condition, she was jealous of Ky for having the femininity that she never got. She's not proud of it.
  • Intersex: She was born with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Has already happened twice with Fara and Jess. Its implied that she does this fairly often.
  • No Periods, Period: Justified with her being born with CAIS, she doesn't have a uterus or ovaries, so she's never had a period. This lead to a very awkward situation when Ky had her first period when their mother wasn't home and Heather had no idea what to do.
  • Promotion to Parent: When she moved out for college, she took Ky with her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While she was nowhere near as awful to Ky as their parents, she did treat their genderfluidity as a weird hobby. With time, however, she's become a lot more supportive.

St. Halvard

     Colette Dixon 

  • Crash-Into Hello: Meets Rudy (as Ruby) for the first time when the two bump heads in a restroom at the mall.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has given a few snarky comments here and there, with one notably after Todd gets rejected yet again:
    Well, fifty seventh times a charm. I'm sure someone will love him for his warm personality.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Subverted. Until Colette's new name is revealed in-universe, the author has explicitly said that it is okay to call him Colette, to make a point that all trans people go at their own pace in their transition.
  • Twofer Token Minority: One of the few black students at St. Halvard we've seen and is heavily implied to be transgender.
    • Later confirmed in Chapter 35 to be a trans boy
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Shares Ana's interest in Ruby's manga.

     Debbie Gero 

Associated tropes

  • Deadpan Snarker: She makes a lot of snarky comments. It is lampshaded by Emily that Holly's bubbly, loud nature balances out Debbie's constant deadpan demeanor.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and is a major bitch.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is not fond of Emily and Rain's close relationship.
  • Jerkass: She clocks Rain and practically blames her for Emily's pregnancy. Rain shuts her down, however.
  • Never My Fault: She pins all the blame for Emily distancing herself from her on Rain. After she threatens to tell the whole school Rain is a boy, Rain points out that it would only drive a bigger wedge between her and Emily. She was just scared Debbie and Holly would abandon her after she revealed she's pregnant, which they did.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Not a villain in the traditional sense, but she is antagonistic to Rain and is somewhat homophobic.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Emily. After Emily's pregnancy, Emily starts spending more time with Rain and less with Debbie because Emily feels more comfortable confiding in Rain. As detailed above, she pins the blame on Rain.
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite claiming that she's Emily's best friend, Rain calls her out on not being there to support her after she reveals her pregnancy, and instead choosing to focus more on resenting Rain.
    • This is subverted at prom. She was going to go to Emily to harass her about how Rain got Chanel into prom, but chose to let it go when she saw that Emily was in distress about her mother returning home, and encouraged her to stay where she was instead.

     Drew Borelli 

  • Ambiguously Gay/Ambiguously Bi: He's still not certain. He admits to still being attracted to girls, though he's also apparently noticed some of the guys at school as well. He's also attracted to Ky regardless of how they're presenting.
  • Cure Your Gays: After he finds himself thinking about Ky, he asks Rudy (who's dating Rain at the time) about how to cure himself of "gay feelings." Obviously, there is no answer.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Good lord. After seeing Ky once at the Halloween party, he finds himself attracted to them, but continually asserts that he's not gay. He seems more afraid of what other people think about him than of actually being gay himself. At prom, it finally gets through to him how damaging that's been for him and for Ky. See Jerkass Realization.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He's not very nuanced on LGBT matters, though he's quick to apologize when he unintentionally says something hurtful.
    • Ends up very harshly deconstructed. He says some very hurtful things without thinking, outs Ky in front of his classmates, and continually misunderstands their genderfluidity. His constant mixed messages lead to Ky wondering whether he really likes them or just the idea of them. Ky decides that the two just aren't compatible at this point in their lives and maybe they should call it off.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he could have handled the situation with Rudy and Ky's outfit switch at prom better, his fears of being bullied because of it were valid. Ultimately, though, nobody does.
  • Jerkass Realization: Some careful contemplation at prom leads to him coming to the realization that he's only ever thought of Ky as a girl who likes to dress up as a boy, and that meant he didn't have to wonder if he's gay. It finally gets through to him what everyone's been telling him: trying to make things easy for him only made them hard for Ky, and knows that's the last thing he wants. Rain and Ana assure him he's not a bad person, he just has a lot to learn, and that he should apologize to Ky and do more research on his own time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Given the look on his face and the way he talks after he runs into Rain and Emily, it's clear he seriously regrets hurting Ky. He decides to sit prom out, but offers them his tickets to ensure Ky can still attend with them.
  • Never My Fault: He starts with this kind of attitude at first, but quickly drops it after getting to know Ky.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: He does this far too often for his own good.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He brings up the idea that Rain is a boy, but wonders if she's genderfluid like Ky. Seems he doesn't even know what transgenderism is.
  • Ship Tease: With Ky.
  • With Friends Like These...: His only friend that doesn't give him any grief or judgement for not being straight is Randy. Ky tells him straight up that he needs better friends.

     Holly O'Neil 

     Todd Bittner 

  • The Bully
  • Jerkass: To put it very mildly.
  • Fiery Redhead: His hair is bright orange and he's definitely not a quiet type.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Rudy tells Todd that he doesn't care how hard his life has been because everyone suffers in one way or another, but most people he knows try to be decent people.
  • Karma Houdini: He gets physical with Chanel for rejecting him and almost gets punched by Maria for it. Father Quenton witnesses the almost punch and expels Maria, disregarding her insistence that Todd was the one who started it. It's also mentioned that Todd's bullying of Rudy went unpunished in the past, even after breaking one of the latter's ribs.
    • Karma Houdini Warranty: It turns out that, at the very least, Father Quenton had been receiving generous bribes for looking the other way at Todd's bullying. After the above incident, Brother Arthur gather a mountain of evidence of all of Todd's ignored bullying and forwards it to the diocese. The resulting investigation exposes the bribery, and while Todd isn't officially expelled, he is transferred out and placed into rehab with the bribe money.
  • No Social Skills: Aside from being a bully, he flat out just does not know how to talk to people. He is awful to everyone, and yet somehow does not understand why nobody likes him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's not fond of "queers" and constantly bullies Rudy over it. Also, a mean-spirited glance and grunt at Colette (who is black) imply that he may be a racist on top of that.
    • When asking Emily to the prom, Emily demands why he'd want to go out with the "pregnant girl" that everyone is spreading rumors about. His response? "Just means you're easy, yeah?" Wow...
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Apparently his parents have been bribing Father Quenton to ignore his behavior.

School staff

    Brother Arthur Feltman 
The dean of students, as well as a math teacher.

  • Asexual: According to his character bio.
  • The Atoner: Is kind to Rain to make up for the way he treated his transgender brother.
    • Additionally, he takes responsibility for his role in the fact that the school's failure to hold Todd accountable for his behavior ultimately lead to Maria being expelled, and is determined to make things right as much as he can.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar on his left cheek.
  • Good Shepherd: As progressive as a Catholic monk in academia gets. Harps on the kids' grades without using their status as a threat.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Downplayed early on. The most he can do for the main cast is warn them about causing trouble, because he just doesn't have the authority to help them if they do get in trouble, and Father Quenton, who does have that kind of authority, is not as sympathetic as he is. Later though, after Maria ends up running away after her unjust expulsion, the potential endangerment of a student motivates him to take matter into his own hands. As a result, Father Quenton is ousted from his position, Todd, a bully who's been endangering several students unpunished, also gets removed, and Arthur himself becomes intern headmaster, resolving alot of problems and putting him in a position where he can better help.
  • Secret Keeper: Deduced Rain's identity, and is willfully keeping it from the school administration (which would use it for nefarious purposes).

     Father Quenton Morrison 
The principle.

  • Bald of Evil: Implied, given that he wears a Dodgy Toupee.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He once gave Gavin a week of detention because he'd let his facial hair grow out too much.
    • He also asks Brother Arthur to reprimand Rudy and Rain for "Lewd conduct" in the halls. "Lewd conduct" in this case translates as "holding hands and hugging."
    • As surprising as it may sound, his expelling of Maria is not this. While Maria may have stopped herself from actually punching Todd (to protect Maria), the fact that she tried at all still made her break the zero-tolerance policy of violence on school grounds, even more so in a Catholic school. The fact that he dismissed Todd starting the fight and refusing Chanel's testimony undermines this somewhat.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Somehow, he didn't think that Brother Arthur was going to be suspicious about how hastily and unfairly he handled the situation with Todd and Maria. It ends up being what finally gets him caught.
  • Jerkass: He's described as evil incarnate.
    • Chapter 34 has him expel Maria from school due to almost punching Todd for hurting Chanel. In spite of Maria and Arthur's protests, he refuses to punish Todd or get Chanel's testimony for what happened in spite it.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: While he is a cause for serious concern whenever he shows up, his actual relevance in the overall story is pretty minor. At least, until Chapter 34, when he delivers a wham and expels Maria from St. Hallvard for getting aggressive with Todd.

Other characters

    Jessica Li 
Aiken's former fiancee, now staying with Rain and Fara.

  • Cool Big Sis: Rain seems to idolize her.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: One night, when she and Heather are drinking together, things get a little...intimate between them. Nothing happens, although Heather does see enough to learn that Jess is transgender. And decides to share her own secret in return.
  • Not a Morning Person
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes one for Heather after a drunk near-encounter with her.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is 6'1, and is a bit self conscious about it.
  • Transgender
  • Trans Equals Gay: Discussed. In a conversation with Heather, Jess originally believed she was a gay male up until she was in her late teens, when she met other trans people through a chatroom.

    Vincent Valverde 
Jessica and Rain's therapist.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Artistic License: In real life, it would be considered unprofessional for Vincent to work with Kellen, especially when she comes to his house on his day off. Even him continuing to work with Jessica would be ethically questionable given that she lives with the woman he is seeing and was engaged to her nephew.
    • This is averted with Rain, however, as he terminates her as a client after writing her letter due to the conflict of interest.
  • D-Cup Distress: He used to be quite "gifted," much to his displeasure. Though he'll make jokes about it.
  • New Old Flame: Dated Fara prior to his transition.
  • Nice Guy: He is easy going and friendly to everyone, rarely showing anger towards anyone.
  • The Runaway: He ran away from Fara and his band because he believed he was an inconvenience to everyone. He deeply regrets it.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted, obviously. Talk therapy is a critical part of transition, and the series doesn't shy away from showing the good and the bad of the process.
  • Transgender: Previously known as Vivian. Rain never guessed.

    Allison Regent 
An old friend of Gavin and Rain.

  • Childhood Friends: With Rain and Gavin.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She accepts that things won't work out with Rain, but still encourages her to confess her feelings to Emily.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Why she knows things wouldn't work out with her and Rain.
  • Nice Girl: She encourages Rudy (as Ruby) not to get discouraged about dating, since there has to be someone out there for both of them. She also helps encourage Rain, fixes her make-up, convinces her to confess to Emily, apologizes for her past behavior, and asks her to keep in touch.
  • Secret Keeper: Rain revealed that she's trans to Allison some time before the events of the comic. Given that she never outs Rain to Gavin and Rudy until she learns they already knew, it's clear she's not exactly loose-lipped with this secret.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Allison has had feelings for Rain, at least back when she was Ryan, since first grade. The latter also shared her feelings, but they never dated because of Rain's complicated situation. Unfortunately for Allison, this made dating someone else very difficult. And it's heavily implied she's still not over it.
  • Youthful Freckles

     Chase Brenton 
Emily's ex-boyfriend.

  • The Alcoholic: He drinks a lot, and has been known to end relationships with people who have asked him to cut back.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Women flock to him because he is good looking and charismatic, but then they realize what he really is like.
  • Ephebophile: Dated Emily for a while and, as if he weren't creepy enough, he seems to have a thing for teenagers in general.
  • Foreshadowing: His first appearance at the Halloween party has him dressed as a devil.
  • Jerkass: He's a major sleazeball, jackass, and sex offender.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When he calls out Emily for her behavior during the Halloween party and the fact that, two months after she broke up with him and stopped talking to him, she wants to get back together. Of course, it's undermined by the fact that Emily is pregnant with his child.
  • May–December Romance: With Emily. It didn't last long, especially since she was just dating him to get some approval from her deadbeat mom.
  • Overarching Villain: He's become something of one ever since he found out Emily is pregnant, though there's been no confrontation as of late.
    • Chapter E reveals that he has been trying to get in contact with Emily but has not been successful, and got himself arrested in the process. It is how Blair finds out Emily is pregnant.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Emily very heavily implies that the act that got her pregnant was not consensual.
  • Rich Bastard: He comes from a wealthy family and is quite a bastard.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: It is implied that he willingly does not have a job.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Not only did he charm Emily while he was already in a relationship, he cheated on her with other women as well.

     Blair Carver 
One of Emily's earlier exes and a graduate of St. Hallvard

  • Amicable Exes: He and Emily had not talked for almost a year, but they are this now.
  • Bi the Way: Pan, actually. He dated Emily for a while, and was easily one of her healthiest relationships, and is now dating his roommate Isaac.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In a text to Emily, he asks her if she's really pregnant and if the baby is his, but makes it clear he's just joking and asks her if she needs any help. And after she reveals that she and Rain are dating, he's nothing but supportive and happy for her.
  • The Ghost: He's first mentioned in Chapter 28, and finally makes his appearance in Chapter 35.
  • Last-Name Basis: He hates his first name and prefers to be called Carver.
  • Nice Guy: Blair is an immensely kind and caring person. When Maria is expelled from school and runs away from home, Emily asks if it's okay if she can stay with him and his boyfriend. Blair is not only accepting, he comes to pick her up himself. And after Maria spends several days working on Chanel's dress for prom, he and Isaac try to cheer her up and encourage her not to burn herself out.
  • Polyamory: It is implied that he is polyamorous. Emily once describes him as Pan, "among other things", and he has a reputation for being a flirt.
  • The Tease: He seems to enjoy flirting with people, albeit in a non-serious manner.

     Carmen Jimenez 
The protagonist of another of the author's stories, who Rain meets visiting therapy.


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