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The team's Smidgen thief, an insanely cheerful psychopath with a fondness for hard drugs, noisy sex, and brutal stabbings.

The team cleric. A human, she was raised in the worship of an extremely evil god, but later quit the cult to go adventuring.
  • Badass Bookworm: Dee is much more comfortable reading than she is partying with strangers. In fact the idea of meeting strange new people seems to be the one thing she is more afraid of than unholy tentacle gods.
  • Combat Medic: A very capable Cleric in spite of her lack of belief and very handy with a knife and shield.
  • The Face: Far less confrontational than the team's nominal leader, Hannah. Dee is more likely to use diplomacy to achieve her ends.
  • God for a Day:
    • The power of the mask of N'rygoth has this effect on people. But it's really not a pleasant experience.
    • She winds up getting promoted to godhood to help fix a problem the gods are suffering from (namely, that they're losing power). She retains the power just long enough to help the Queens defeat the Fleshers, then returns to her normal power level.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Due to growing up the daughter of the village priests.
  • Naytheist: Believes she is "Goddess" enough. Not helped when she learns that a) N'rygoth DOES exist and b) he's evil.
  • Shrinking Violet: Hides behind books at parties.
  • Team Mom: Very much in the caring/nurturing type, less so in the responsible type. Nobody in this group is the responsible type.

    Violet Blackforge 
A Dwarvish knight who has turned her back on her own people due to their sexist culture (and defiantly shaves her beard... most of the time). The effective second in command of the team.
  • Battle Couple: Eventually with Orc-Dave.
  • Happily Married: In the last issue of Wiebe's run, Violet and Orc-Dave are happily wed.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Instead of the traditional dwarven axe.
  • Hipster: Defines herself by her general rejection of Dwarven stereotypes, only to adopt the same behaviors "ironically" when rejecting them becomes popular. For example, she shaved her Dwarvish beard as a rejection of their culture, but once she realized more Dwarven women were shaving them she grew hers out again.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: The Sword to Hannah and Orc-Dave.

    Hannah Vizari 
The team leader, a purportedly Elven wizard (although there are strong hints that she's... something else altogether).
  • Bad Powers, Good People: For certain definitions of "good people." Hannah's powers are explicitly necromancy, and at one point she seriously jokes that the phone-like device she uses to call her mom is actually powered by the trapped souls of the damned.
  • Bi the Way: Hannah has a sexual relationship with Sawyer Silver, but she shows a clear interest in former Rat Queens member Sadie. In the final issue of Wiebe's run, she and Sadie sleep together.
  • Dual Wielding: She dual-wields magic wands on occasion.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In issue #15, after deciding to embrace her half-demonic heritage. She shaves the sides and crops the middle to show off her horns.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Sawyer.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she is channeling a lot of her power.
  • Handicapped Badass: She loses an arm to an enemy mage's attack in Wiebe's run, then has to finish the main fight without it. It's apparently permanent, as Dee states that the magic used to inflict the injury is too corrupt to be readily healed.
  • Horned Humanoid: The reason she buns her hair. Sawyer's surprised reaction to them is one of the reasons they're not a couple. She eventually stops hiding her horns as part of her Character Development.
  • The Lad-ette: Hannah drinks, swears, does drugs and sleeps about like the best of them.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A supposedly Elven sorceress who can tap into black magic, specifically necromancy, and the most mature member of the team.
  • Rockabilly: Her main aesthetic, complete with Bettie Page haircut and James Dean cigarettes.
  • Team Chef: The only Rat Queen capable of making delicious food. Betty is ecstatic upon finding out she made breakfast for the Queens one morning.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: To some degree with Tizzie.



An Orc barbarian and mercenary of a different company than the Rat Queens, Braga quickly becomes their ally after half her company dies in the assassin attack. While a bit more serious than our heroes, she has no problem drinking and rabble-rousing along with them.
  • Action Girl: Even in this cast, Braga is a particularly impressive warrior.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Dwarfs the other characters by several heads and unsurprisingly for an orc is incredibly bulky. However, she is still very voluptuously curved. Human-Dave seems positively giddy when Braga picks him up and carries him back to bed.
  • Badass Boast: "Orcs only know one language: blood. I'm the fucking alphabet."
  • Bi the Way: Braga is clearly into men from her relationship with Human-Dave, but she's also slept with Tizzie in the past and one of her biggest regrets is not having had the courage to give her an actual relationship.
  • The Big Girl: Braga is easily the biggest and brawniest member of the cast.
  • Blood Knight: Braga is one hell of a tough orc and she loves battle when she gets about to it.
  • Boobs of Steel: Braga is a beast of a fighter and she is utterly racked.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: As tough and violent as Braga can be with enemies, she's very gentle and kind to those she cares about, and a very loyal friend with a strong moral compass.
  • Cain and Abel: Braga's brother Voon tried to murder her to usurp her birthright when she was still his brother Broog of the clan. When Voon reappears in the final arc of Wiebe's run, we see how deep Voon's hatred for her goes.
  • The Dreaded: Orcs throughout the land know her only as "The Bastard," and seem to soil themselves at the name.
  • Friends with Benefits: Braga's relationship with Human-Dave is one of 'happy fuck buddies.'
  • Genius Bruiser: Not often shown, but she's quite intelligent while simultaneously one of single deadliest fighters in the series. During the Braga Special it shows that she had been trying to institute changes for her Orc Tribe that would have greatly increased its strength and wealth, but it was rejected because it involved not fighting everyone else all the time for everything.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: One reason she gravitates towards Human-Dave? They find one another sexy when they kill things.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Braga is, under all her toughness, a very nice woman...and she owns a cat she dotes upon.
  • Transgender: Handled with great care, as the Braga Special spends its time on the pre-transition events that defined her character rather than on her transition itself. The implication is that while Braga's transition is important to her, it isn't the totality of her character.

An evocation mage and member of the same mercenary company as Braga, Tizzie is Hannah's rival dating all the way back to their school years. She's a much more traditional Elf than Hannah but is no less foul-mouthed and prone to destruction as the rest of the cast.

  • Dark Secret: Sawyer is apparently responsible for the death of the wife of the leader of the merchant guild, and is heavily implied to be a former member of the assassin group.
  • Distressed Dude: Sawyer is tied up and forced to watch in issue 7 as tentacle monsters descend on Palisade.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Hannah.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: In issue 7.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The closest thing Palisade has to one. Of course, he tries to keep groups like the Rat Queens in the city in order to prevent it from becoming a great place to live.

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