Major characters in Rusty and Co.:
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The BandThree stalwart Monster Adventurers who decided that this life was better than sticking around in the dungeon.
The charismatic Mimic is, despite the title, the main character.
- Ambiguous Gender: Used as a one-off joke where a siren is waiting to seduce some random male humanoid.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: Can't see, and his normal mode of sensing is more limited than sight, including problems seeing color. It does, however, work in the dark.
- Chest Monster: Unusually, he seems to be subpar in the combat department, though he does have the characteristic toughness (see Iron Butt Monkey below).
- A Dog Named "Dog": A mimic named Mimic. Lampshaded when he grudgingly admits that his real name is Boxford.
- Face Palm: No, Mimic has neither face nor palm. Yes, he can still facepalm nonetheless.
- Glamour Failure: Mimic's lips are visible regardless of his form.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Parodied: both angels advise him to do the exact same thing — Violence Really Is the Answer — just phrasing it differently. He even lampshades it, saying "Aren't you two supposed to disagree?"
- Iron Butt Monkey: He gets hurt pretty often, but usually only seems mildly inconvenienced by it, even when fully pierced by a massive spike. Maybe he can shapeshift new organs to replace the damaged ones?
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Of all people, Mimic has one.
- Leader: Not only does he organize the group, Robespierre admits he has a knack for knowing how to encourage people to the best performance.
- Medium Awareness: He observes there are no rules on tetanus.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Mimic, it turns out, is a nickname.
- Only Sane Man: Well, Only Sane Mimic.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Mimic can technically takes the shape of any "inanimate" object, but he's most commonly seen as a treasure chest with a large, toothy mouth and red lips.
- Speech-Bubbles Interruption: Mimic has a tendency to do this. Or to have it done to him, alternatively.
- Sticky Situation: Mimic has the standard adhesive ability of a D&D mimic, but employs it very rarely since, as he puts out...Mimic: If a ragin' axe-wieldin' berzerker's comin' at ya... gluin' y'self TO him isn't your best strategy!
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Well, yeah. He's a mimic, it's his thing.
An absurdly cute rust monster whose favorite line is "Eat [metallic object]?"
- Big Eater: Of anything metallic.
- Extreme Omnivore: As long as it's metal, Rusty will want to eat it. At least he (usually) asks first...
- Flaw Exploitation: You want him to do something? Offer him metal if he will.
- Lethal Joke Character: Rusty's no good for fighting, but the ability to rust (and then dissolve) any metallic object is about as useful as you'd imagine in a world where a majority of the weapons and armor are made of some sort of metal.
- Love at First Sight: Spots a she-rust-monster, leaving flowers.
- Love Hurts: mooning about after Love at First Sight.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: "Eat X?" where X is some metallic item. It's also about the only thing that Rusty says.
- Mascot: The comic title sports his name, he features on the site's logo and the main merchandise is of him, but he's still not the main character.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Roxy knows that Madeline must be important to Rusty, since he refrained from eating her armor. Also when he actually says something else than "Eat X".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: "Eat X" is Rusty's solution to about every problem.
Cube, a. k. a. Gelly C
The silent yet deadly Gelatinous Cube
- Big Damn Heroes: Well, Hero, singular. You can expect Cube to pull this off at least once per issue.
- Big Eater: If Rusty doesn't get to it first, you can expect Cube to eat it.
- The Big Guy: He's by far the strongest fighter on The Team.
- Death Glare/Kubrick Stare: As shown here, one does not actually require eyes or any other facial feature to pull this off.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A Gelatinous Cube.
- Happily Married: According to one of the first critical missives.
- Hero of Another Story: One early strip showed that while Rusty and Mimic were dealing with the current plot, Cube was, in the middle of the adventure, having a whole another adventure, dealing with a cube-run gladiator tournament. It's implied to not be the last time he went solo, offstage.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Cube's Weapon of Choice during Level 6, when he's dressed up as a Samurai.
- Le Parkour: Mimic claims Cube knows this. It's not like there's any other explanation how he ended up suspended between two buildings, several stories in the air.
- Memetic Badass: In-Universe, even. The Doogans scoff at the idea that Mimic is an actual adventurer, but when they learn he's worked with "Gelly-C", they're actually a bit intimidated.
- Single-Stroke Battle: While dressed up as a samurai during Level 6.
- The Speechless: Justified because, well, it's a gelatinous cube.
- Stripped to the Bone: Any creature unfortunate enough to get into Cube will be dissolved into bone in seconds.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the beginning of Level 1, he can barely climb a staircase and moves very slowly. By the end of the chapter, he is able to jump around, wield weapons, and be the fearsome fighter we all know and love.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He can't dissolve synthetic fabric.
AlliesEvery level thus far has featured a character who gets involved with the main quest adventures with the monster trio. After the first three, the girls also started reappearing.
- Guest-Star Party Member: These allies tag along with the trio for the duration of the levels then goes somewhere else
- Hero of Another Story: Most of them have their own adventures and jobs when they're not helping out our heroes.
- Recurring Element: At least one of them appears in every level. Starting from Level 4, expect more than one to put in an appearance.
A human monk (with a few levels in Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend), the princess is anything but a damsel in distress.
- Anti-Hero: Well, Anti-Heroine: She smokes, wears revealing clothes, is greedy, loves a wight, and has no qualm at all beating up a bunch of mind-controlled innocent bystanders.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Bare Your Midriff
- Damsel in Distress: Subverted, naturally. The Princess is actually very good at combat.
- Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend: She claims to have taken a level (or more) in this "VERY obscure and VERY powerful prestige class" when she was imprisoned.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone calls her Princess, as her real name has not yet been given.
- Eyes Always Shut: Though whether it's because of Artistic License or that the makeup she wears just obscures her eyes isn't known.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: Girl Meets Wight in this case.
- The Lad-ette
- Multicolored Hair: Purple with a blonde lock.
- Nice Hat: Her hennin (which she wears all the time) is her only concession to the classic princess look.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She really should take off her hat first.
- Princesses Rule: We have yet to see any sign of a King or Queen.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Princess goes on one (and later almost refers to it as such by name) after her wight boyfriend is turned by a cleric or necromancer.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Stealth Pun: The Princess is a monk, who dresses like a punk. A punk monk.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Prestige Perkins stops the Tentacallis Mafia from destroying the royal palace with a Magitek missile. The Princess's response is to punish her for making noise while she's suffering a hangover.
Dame Madeline Goodlaw (a.k.a. Madeline the Paladin)
A human paladin, who makes up for her lack of intelligence with superior fighting ability... most of the time.
- Action Girl: A straightforward female paladin badass in a cast full of Guile Heroes.
- Action Girlfriend: A Girly Bruiser with a crush on an Actual Pacifist.
- Apologetic Attacker: She apologizes for attacking one of the ant-folk holding her prisoner since he is just obeying his superiors.
- Back from the Dead: Courtesy of a raise dead spell arranged and paid for by Mimic, after she died saving him from Grinner's dynamite.
- Badass Adorable: Arguably the most badass character in the cast, definitely the most adorable.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When she throws down, she throws down hard. A lava bath doesn't even slow her down when she confronts the Grinner.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Kisses her crush, Derek, right after regaining her confidence after spending the entire chapter struggling with her post-Resurrection Sickness. She immediately kicks ass afterwards.
- The Big Guy: If there's a straightforward Big Bad or other physical threat, expect her to be right in the thick of it.
- Blindfolded Vision: Madeline seems to do something similar, at least — whenever she's actively fighting something, she closes her eyes. This practice has lead to quite a bit of Wild Mass Guessing as to why she does so in the reader comments, with theories ranging from divine guidance to disliking the sight of violence.
- Came Back Strong: Inverted, as per DnD tradition. When she came Back from the Dead, she not only lost some memories and assorted EXP, but also seems to have suffered some trauma which hampers her further. A side-plot of Level 8 is Derek, a doctor, trying to help Madeline find back to her old self.
- The Cape: She's the most classically heroic protagonist. Bonus points for actually wearing a cape.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: With Madeline's first two weapons, the question of how she could fight so well with garden implements could have just been her own badass fighting skills, because the holy avenger and vorpal powers did not clearly manifest. However, her pitchfork clearly has magical powers, and so it's clear that her belief is endowing them with them.
- Crush Blush: She looks flushed when talking about Derek the Cleric, and turns beet red when his presence.
- The Cutie: Despite being one of the most badass characters in the comic.
- Detect Evil: Through smell.
- The Ditz: Maddie is... not particularly smart, at least in the intellectual sense. Doesn't stop her from being a stone-cold badass, though.
- Ear Ache: She will sometimes pull people by the ear when she needs to coerce them into helping her. In the case of Y.T., she ends up pulling her ear off due to Y.T.'s shedding.
- Evil Knockoff: The hipster vampires try this on her. It doesn't exactly go as planned.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her armor has a big ol' Shoulder of Doom on the right and lacks an equivalent plate altogether on the left. Until Grinner messed it up and it was repaired with two regular shoulderplates instead.
- Gardening-Variety Weapon: Has wielded several; see Improbable Weapon User below for more details.
- Gold and White Are Divine: The visual effect for healing hands.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: She hits one of Calamitus's doubles with another.
- Healing Hands: Through "the power of the gods".
- Heavenly Blue: Her Smite.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She dies protecting Mimic from Grinner's dynamite.
- Holy Hand Grenade: The smite, it appears, is for zombies.
- Improbable Weapon User: Madeline's hoe. Later the same gnome who sold her that offers for sale a +1 Trident (a.k.a. a rake). And the next time Madeline appears, she wields a spade. But then, she can kick butt with both of them. And more recently, she turns a pitchfork into a Trident of Warning.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The vampire uses the Python to pull out her Evil Side, resulting in... a two-inch tall Anti-Madeline.Madeline: I'm sorry! Guess I don't have a lot of Evil in me.
- Intrinsic Vow: The weakness of a dominate over her is that she can't do anything against her nature.
- The Klutz: Turns into this after her resurrection. She can get stuck in a door trying to cross with a stretcher, and drop a wounded one down a flight of stairs from said stretcher. The radical change, making it clear she's suffered damage, makes it less endearing and more troublesome than usual.
- Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her default outfit.
- Lawful Good: [[Invoked]] One of the best examples on the whole internet.
- Meaningful Name: A paladin named Goodlaw. Not very subtle.
- Modesty Shorts: Madeline is sensibly wearing (anachronistic) biker shorts under her leather skirt.
- The Nose Knows: How her detect evil works
- Off with His Head!: In Level 6, she is carrying a vorpal halberd (which used to be a shovel) and uses it to one-shot a Remorhaz.
- Our Angels Are Different: They appear when she uses Healing Hands!
- The Paladin: One of the best examples on the Internet.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Receives a +2 Trident of Warning from Zar the Psion just before returning to Reality in Level 7. Bloods it against a girallon in strip #61. Its power of detecting hostile aquatic life saves her from a nasty trap in strip #60.
- Resurrection Sickness: Has suffered some after-effects from her death and resurrection at the end of Level 7.
- Shovel Strike: Madeline's weapon of choice in Level 6.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Derek when he appears proves patient, reasonable, courageous and taking his oath of non-violence seriously.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff: Madeline deflects daggers thrown by Plaidbeard by twirling her hoes.
- Sticks to the Back: Madeline's hoe.
- Stupid Good: On occasion. Such as condoling with a monster that still has a companion of hers in a chokehold.
- Took a Level in Badass: Offscreen; every time she reappears she's ground out a lot of levels.
An elven bard who was reared by human barbarians.
- Action Survivor: She's not really a fighter like the other girls, but is pretty good at thinking on her feet and gets a lot of mileage out of Magic Music.
- The Bard: Duh.
- Blinding Bangs: While mingling with the Pixie Chicks.
- Charm Person: Her music can manipulate the emotions of others, which is useful for distractions.
- Chekhov's Skill: Roxanne is seen whittling an axe handle and a pointer stick/drawing stylus. Later in the chapter, she combines her massive Whittling score with her Bard class to make a dog whistle in the middle of a pack of gnolls.
- Expressive Accessory: The feather atop Roxanne's Nice Hat flops down or straightens up depending on her mood.
- Guile Heroine: She picks up the slack with her wits and a dab of Magic Music.
- The Leader: The level-headed sort, she's the one to take charge when Mimic and Cube are captured by Grinner.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: She's seen learning the shout spell with help from Presti at the start of Level 7. It comes in handy later.
- The Medic: As a Bard, she's got access to a host of Healing Hands abilities, and is the character most frequently seen using them.
- Music for Courage: To the complaints of her companions.
- Nice Hat: She has a big, two-colored turban-like headwear with a huge feather.
- Our Elves Are Better: Mostly averted. Roxy rarely if ever acts uppity or otherwise different from other species just because she's an elf. Possibly because she was reared by humans.
- Pointy Ears: Really long ones, since she's an elf.
- Punny Name: It's a nod to "Rock the Casbah".
- Quirky Bard: Averted; she might be a bard but still is a force to be reckoned with.
- Royal Rapier: Stabs lends her one during the Level 7 adventure.
- Wandering Minstrel
Stabitha "Stabs" Doogan
A cheerful and easy-to-anger halfling rogue, who likes treasure.
- The Bartender: After getting lots of loot in an adventure, she bought the bar called "Ye Old Proverbial Hook".
- Does Not Like Shoes: Standard for a halfling, she doesn't bother with footwear.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone calls her "Stabs".
- Fantastic Slur: She refers to Medium-sized species as "twicelings".
- Fiery Redhead: Big time. Stabs is very easy to anger or excite.
- Halfling: Her species.
- Knife Nut: Best exemplified when she meets Presti, and she pulls out twelve daggers at once.
- The Napoleon: Her shorter size lends her to some rather obvious animosity towards her Medium-sized allies.
- The Nose Knows: It's a Halfling trait. She can tell Presti is a cop by smell.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The smallest protagonist, and one of the best fighters.
An overeager human wizard, who works as a law enforcement official for the Princess. Easily excitable.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: As she says: "Prestige Perkins, practiced practitioner of practical prestidigitation".
- BFG: Her second "Badger Launcher" is a literal bazooka that fires rhinos. And it can stick other people up the barrel and fire them too.
- Butt-Monkey: Between her crushing student loan debt, being put on cleaning duty for a week right after taking a serious beating, and being knocked into a room full of painful traps by a vengeful Stabs, this wizard can't seem to catch a break.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's always got a quip ready for any occasion.
- Fireballs: Prestige, being at least a level 5 wizard, can cast one, but prefers to save it for big fights.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She manages to link together a couple of minor magic items into a gun that fires badgers, and later upgrades to a weightless bazooka that fires rhinos.
- Genki Girl: Initially. There's a bit of Characterization Marches On when it comes to this trope.
- Guile Hero: Well, Heroine. She has an oddly high success rate for bluffing her way out of things for a Wizard.
- Oh My Gods!: Her reaction to Mimic and Cube's trap.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: It's her ability to fake an illithid's smell that helps pull this off.
- Purple Is Powerful: All of her outfits are some variation of purple.
- Sassy Black Woman: As a Deadpan Snarker and the Token Minority of the main cast.
- Skirt over Slacks: Her wizard robes.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Presti isn't small, but her "MK-II Badger Launcher" is larger than her.
- The Smart Girl: She's the Wizard, it comes with the territory.
- Smug Super: She's a Wizard, it comes with the territory. Though, to be less flippant, it's downplayed, but her spells give her her plenty of versatility, and she knows it, and was quite confident in her plan using them to get into the Burnum Big Top. Arguably her Butt-Monkey status is a case of Break the Haughty (though it's equally arguable how justified that is).
- Try and Follow: She manages to bluff a illithid into jumping out a window.
- Vancian Magic: As a wizard, she's forced to follow this system. Her color spray spells even have the Unsound Effect "Vance!" to serve as a Visual Pun nod to this trope.
The VillainsThese guys are generally evil, when they aren't being funny.
The ultimately cliché Evil Sorcerer, much to his detriment.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Princess, for having kidnapped her and moreso for having killed her wight boyfriend.
- Collapsing Lair: Attempts to destroy the party by bringing his lair down on their heads, but the Cube intervenes just on time.
- Evil Gloating
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Sorcerer: Revels in this.
- The Faceless
- Failed a Spot Check: Calamitus turns missing the obvious into an art form. His first appearance saw him spying on the heroes using a crystal ball, and completely failing to notice they're standing right in front of him. Another appearance has him brainwashing civilians and sending them to attack the Princess. He starts gloating about how she is alignment-bound from harming innocents, and when he finally pays a look at the room, let's just say he understands he has misjudged her alignment a bit.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Harmless Villain: Played with. Even though he is not a very smart villain, he is a powerful enough sorcerer to present some challenge to the group. He is also very hard to kill due to his necromantic powers.
- In the Hood
- Large Ham: He seems to be absolutely incapable of talking without hamming it up.
- Laughably Evil: Oh yes.
- Me's a Crowd: Seems to have picked up this trick in his third appearance.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Another staple of the standard cliché evil sorcerer.
- Necromancer: How he was able to turn Whitey. Considering that he came back after being eaten by Cube and has stated that he is not alive, it is probably safe to assume he's also a lich.
- Shock and Awe
- Warmup Boss: The first villain the party encounters, and not a very good one at that. He levelled up a bit by the time the group reaches level 4, but is still as silly as ever.
A dwarven pirate with an unusually odd-colored beard.
- Boastful Rap: In his rap battle with Mimic.
- Butt-Monkey: He's pretty much been this since his first appearance.
- Captain Colorbeard: "Captain Plaidbeard". His name comes from the fact that his beard is colored plaid.
- Dressed to Plunder
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Subverted; as a plaid-bearded dwarf pirate, he breaks the mold a bit.
- Reality Warper: When he gets ahold of the Belt of Genre Changing.
- Talk Like a Pirate
- Unmoving Plaid: His beard, obviously.
A charming gnoll bandit with a killer smile. Literally.
- Big Bad: Of Level 7.
- Combat Pragmatist: Step 1 of his plan to defeat Rusty and co.? Hit them while they're already tuckered out from the last adventure.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Well, half the Gnoll, courtesy of Robespierre.
- Hero Killer: Madeline was his first (and thankfully only) kill.
- Mad Bomber: Has a thing for dynamite.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The first time the party faced him, they took him apart with relatively little difficulty. Come his second appearance (a fair trick on its own), and he nearly wipes the party.
- Pulling Themselves Together: Offscreen (and with a few parts replaced), but he did this.
- Smug Snake: Seems to consider himself the smartest humanoid in any room, loses it when his plan goes awry, shows nothing but contempt to his enemies, underlings and relatives, and laughs at his own jokes. To buck the stereotype, he's also frighteningly competent.
- The Strategist: If the intricacy of his trap for the party is anything to go by.
- Taking You with Me: Declares that he's going to do this to Cube. Stabs makes sure he doesn't get to pull it off.
- Villainous Breakdown: After the crew fall face-first into his meticulously constructed ambush but it fails anyway, his suave façade falls apart into Angrish in three pages flat.
A gnoll with the face of a pug and a cousin of The Grinner.
- Bouncer: Becomes one for Stabs, keeping people out unless they can give him a riddle he can't answer. This is not hard, and even Stabs admits he's mostly there for the show of it.
- Dumb Muscle: He is very big and strong, but not particularly intelligent and frequently goofs up his orders.
- Punch-Clock Villain: As soon as Grinner is defeated, his next line is "You hiring?" He proceeds to become a bouncer for Stabitha's bar.
- Tuckerization: Not of a supporter, but of his pet pug.
Y.T. (formerly known as Yuan-Tiffany)
A lamia (formerly a yuan-ti) with red braids and a distinctive Western accent. Notable for working both against and with the group at different points.
- Cute Monster Girl
- Enemy Mine: She teamed up with the trio in chapter 6 to go against a pair of hipster vampires who stole a relic from the lamias.
- Guile Heroine: She prefers deception (pretending to be human to lure the group in) and cleverness (calling in a garlic pizza order for the hipster vampires) over direct confrontation.
- HeelFace Turn: Y.T. is first introduced as a villain out to kill the trio in chapter 5. In chapter 6, she becomes a reluctant ally to go after the vampires who stole a relic from her people and inflicted her with "empathy". She's pretty much joined the girls contingent by Level 9 and can be considered another ally of the party.
- Lack of Empathy: Used to be the case, what with being an Always Chaotic Evil monster. Then the Hipster Vampires stole her people's reality warping device and used it to give her a sense of morality. She's terribly annoyed by this.
- Retcon: Due to legal issues, she went from being a yuan-ti to a lamia.
- Snake People: As a lamia/yuan-ti. It's implied there are others.
- Sssssnake Talk: Coupled with a Western accent.
Leader of the illithid mafia.
- The Don
- Fat Bastard: He's packing the pounds, compared to his underlings.
- The Mafia: He sits at the head of a fantastic counterpart of this.
- The Man Behind the Man: Hired The Grinner in his last appearance, presumably kicking off the adventures of Level 7.
- Meaningful Name: Polpo is octopus in Italian. It's fitting for an illithid.
- Put on a Bus: Has not been seen since the end of Level 5, despite still having a vendetta against the heroes. Likely to stay on that bus, unfortunately, as while it's never been officially stated, part of the legal deal between the writer and Wizards of the Coast to keep the comic from being shut down likely included the quiet disappearance of the Illithid Mafia.note
- The Voiceless: His minions do all the talking.
Blackguard and uncommonly prudent minion.
- Last-Second Word Swap: He switches his Badass Boast to directions when he realizes he will lose.
- Poisoned Weapons: Tries to attacks the Doogan brothers with a poisoned dagger, but ends up the one being victim of it.
- Rebus Bubble: Thinks through the encounter with this.
- Royal Blood: He's actually a distant relative of the Princess, meaning that if certain people (including her) were to be "removed", he would be crowned king.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Currently the page image — after realizing how an encounter with a rusty monster and a gelatinous cube would end.
- Speech Bubbles: He speaks in a black-letter font, on vaguely scroll-shaped bubbles. When making an effort to disguise his voice, the speech bubbles turn to normal.
- Technicolor Toxin: When he goes to assassinate witnesses with poison, his dagger is green.
Hipster Vampires (a.k.a. "Ezra and Koenig")
A brother and sister, and oh so hip.
- Achilles' Heel: "Koenig" claims that he's used the MacGuffin of the adventure to remove all of their vampire weaknesses, so Y.T. exploits his hipster weaknesses by shoving a pizza in his face and letting his intolerance to gluten do the rest.
- Ax-Crazy: "Ezra" seems less concerned with being a hipster, and more with getting into fights and causing pain.
- Big Bad: "Koenig", the male, is the one calling the shots, and whose plan started the whole Level 6 adventure.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Black eyes with yellow pupils.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Does Not Like Shoes: "Ezra" initially just wears flip-flops, and those are not terribly fitting for running around and fighting, so she soon ends up barefoot and stays this way.
- The Dragon: "Ezra", the female, is the one most willing to tussle physically with the heroes.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Ezra"
- Hipster: The cast page refers to Koenig as a "vampire hipster" while Ezra is a "hipster vampire". The significance of this comes when Y.T. targets their hipster gluten intolerance with a pizza. Koenig is apparently more hipster than vampire and dies in seconds, while Ezra is more vampire than hipster and eats the pizza without worry.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Ezra has swirly black-and-yellow eyes when she uses her domination power on Madeline.
- Immortality Hurts: A running gag with "Ezra".
- It's Quiet Too Quiet: So cliché!
- Lack of Empathy: Besides the whole "unleash an Eldritch Abomination because we're bored" plan, the two do not show much concern for anyone's pain and suffering, even each other's. In Koenig's case, it could be explained as just him being an Aloof Big Brother, since he knows his sister is invincible, and thus fine. Ezra responding to Koenig being reduced to a desiccated skeleton by a pizza by peeling the pizza off his face to eat it, and noting the same trick won't work on her... less so.
- Logical Weakness: Double Subverted when Y.T. kills "Koenig" by shoving a pizza in his face. Mimic expects that it was the pizza's triple garlic toppings that killed him, but "Ezra" reminds them that they used the MacGuffin to remove all their vampire weaknesses. Instead, Y.T. exploited his hipster weaknesses and used his gluten intolerance to kill him.
- Losing Your Head: A vampire can indeed survive this. Cube finally counters her regeneration by twisting the head backward.
- Off with Her Head!: Happens to "Ezra"... at least half a dozen times already.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: "Ezra" and "Koenig", respectively.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: "Ezra" makes a break for it when Y.T. gets her hands on the MacGuffin that removed their vampire weaknesses, and tricks her into thinking that she put them back.
- Seen It All: Something they frequently complain about and their motive for summoning an Eldritch Abomination. Then they'll see something new.
- Shout-Out: The names Mimic gives them are one to Ezra Koenig, the frontman for the indie rock band Vampire Weekend.
- Siblings in Crime
- The Unpronounceable: The brother claims their names are this, which leads to them being given nicknames.
- Wardrobe Wound: "Ezra" cares more for the damage done to her dress than to her regenerating body.Ezra: That dress was vintage!
- Weaksauce Weakness: "Koenig" gets reduced to a skeleton through his trendy gluten intolerance.
The physical embodiment of all of the evil in Madeline. She's a few inches tall.
- Boisterous Weakling: Self-proclaims herself as awesome. She's obviously incapable of directly fighting pretty much anyone.
- Enemy Without: She's the darkness inside Madeline given form through magic. However, because the Paladin is close to Incorruptible Pure Pureness, the spell hasn't much to work with and results in a tiny Evil Counterpart.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Giving advice on Malevolus's shoulder. He asks for the other one — and regrets it.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: The top of her armor is asymmetrical, with one arm-guard on the left side and one shoulder-pad on the right.
- Incoming Ham: She might be small, but her entrance is big!Anti-Madeline: I exist, bitches! Oooooh yeah, tremble at the might of... ANTI-MADELINE!
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: The verbal bombs she drops are all covered by censor boxes. She has at least one box for every page she shows up in.
- Lilliputians: Minus the plural, since she's the only one. A Patreon reward bonus comic shows her adventuring in a mouse kingdom.
- Mad Bomber: Picked up a fondness for dynamite somewhere along the line. Oddly enough, after Madeline proper was killed by the stuff, though that's probably coincidence.
- Palette Swap: As fitting for an opposite, her color scheme is largely an inversion of the colors Madeline usually wears, the armor in various tones of orange and brown becoming light to dark blue on Anti-Madeline.
- Shoulder Teammate: Likes to get up on Malevolus's shoulder once she joins up with him.
- Sinister Scythe: She brandishes a miniature one, following her Good Counterpart's propensity for farm implements as weapons.
- Spikes of Villainy: Her armor includes spikes on the shoulder-pad and around her hips.
- The Stealth Expert: It's hard to notice someone a few inches tall sneaking around, which she takes advantage of to steal Derek's artifact.Anti-Madeline: [thinking] Well, if there's one upside to being beneath notice, it's being beneath notice!
- Symbol Swearing: As an alternative to her cuss words simply being censored, her swearing is sometimes rendered as symbols.
Two talking doors, one red and one green, making brief but repeated appearances.
- Evil Laugh: The red door exults that with their hinges inside, they are invulnerable and laughs.
- Improbable Weapon User: Inverted: at one point Cube uses them as weapons.
- Knights and Knaves: Their chief trick.
- Offer Void In Nebraska: The second time, telling the truth is void during the full moon and Yon Kipper, among other things.
- Take a Third Option: The puzzle is never played out in the traditional way.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Being doors, they have hinges. This does not mix well with Rusty.
A villain introduced in level 8. He has ties with devils and seeks to use Malevolus as a Puppet King.
- Gambit Roulette: His plans are so complicated and unlikely that he would surely need a Seer to make them work, and yet they somehow do. Zar describes his faction as being experts in predicting the protagonists' moves.
- The Man Behind the Man: While he has powerful support, he prefers to operate in the background.
- The Shadow Knows: He has a shadow that is slightly off with his silhouette, looking like he's carrying something horned with a pointy tail on his shoulder. Most likely, an invisible imp or some similar familiar creature.
Interdimensional Horror from Beyond the Edge of Reality
An Eldritch Abomination, first summoned in level 6, and appearing again in level 8. Apparently very bad for the world if left unchecked.
- Combat Tentacles: Its preferred method of attack.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Gets blown to smithereens with a crap load of explosives.
- Eldritch Abomination: It has four eyes and many tentacles.
- Extra Eyes: Has four eyes in a row.
- Giant Enemy Crab: With four eyes and tentacles.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Does not seem to be actively doing anything unless summoned.
Barbarian. Made a cameo in the earliest strips, only to reappear as Roxy's adoptive brother.
- Ascended Extra: He's just a recurring extra used for some gags in the early levels, but he's central to starting the plot of level 8 and becomes a supporting protagonist.
- Blood Knight: Deeply annoyed that cleverness and speed win the game.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite his Blood Knight tendencies, he's also capable of coming up with clever tactics that incorporate the environment and his teammates' proficiencies and abilities into account.
- Hulk Speak: "ROBESPIEREE SMASH!"
- Impact Silhouette: As shown in "Level 8: #66": When angry enough, he leaves the bar through the wall, leaving such a hole.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Trapped between him and a monster, Mimic calls on his "bodyguard" to protect him; both assume it's the other, and Mimic escapes.
- Never Learned to Read: Being a member of the barbarian class, he never learned to read. After experiencing a considerable amount of frustration, he ends up picking up some "new tricks" and demonstrates by reading a children's book.
- There Was a Door: Roxy realizes he's leaving; Stabs objects that he's not going to a door; Roxy is right.
- Third-Person Person: Nevertheless regards Roxy as a respected member of Robespierre's family, despite insistence on using personal pronouns.
- Visible Silence: Robespierre does this upon being approached by an information-seeking Mimic.
A Bottle Fairy. In both senses. With a riddle.—-
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Perhaps because she's always drunk a lot.
- Fairy in a Bottle: She's found inside a bottle. She also happens to be a "bottle fairy".
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Appears on Malevolus's shoulder as the good angel — kinda.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: This "bottle fairy" happens to be a Fairy in a Bottle.
- Only the Knowledgable May Pass: The bottle fairy does this, by accident.
- Riddle Me This: The bottle fairy tries this but has clearly forgotten the riddle.
- Stealth Pun: She's a green fairy.
- Visual Pun: The whole "bottle fairy" thing.
Zar the Psion
A farmer in an alternate dimension who gives the Action Girls team useful advice about the danger.
- Call to Agriculture: He raises flowers. Mind, you, flowers made of gold.
- Levitating Lotus Position: Zar the Psion uses floating in this posture to get around.
- Psychic Powers: Telepathy, levitation, and clairvoyance — at least.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Though non-evil and rather helpful, annoying him will make his eyes glow a menacing red.
- Tuckerization: Of a supporting RPG character.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: From his dialogue, there is a time differential going on in the magical dimension where the girls meet him.Zar: One day ago, for you, and five weeks ago, for me, was the largest sustained breach our Reality ever experienced.
Dirk and Kris
A pair of Halfling rogues and Stabs's cousins.
- Big Eater: Kris. Malevolus comments on it while wondering whether to poison him.
- Casanova Wannabe: Kris has no problem flirting with twiceling females. Stabs is familiar enough with his attempts to assure Dorilys that he's easily distracted.
- Kicked Upstairs: Since they were on the team that won the gnomish baseball tournament, arresting them for their crimes and all the trouble they caused would have been a hassle. So instead, the game officials gave them jobs where they can have an eye kept on them.
- Meaningful Name: Knives seem to be a theme for the Doogan family.
- Missing Steps Plan: Kris decides that he wants to try using a future predicting artifact to help win a match. He doesn't have a clue how it works, and the last time he used it, he got lost in a trance. His proposed solution is to shake it, expecting that to somehow make it work.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: After Stabs is imprisoned, the two try to sneak into the prison by stacking on top of each other to form a bigger person. No one is fooled, and they only annoy the games officials that were already thinking of letting Stabs off lightly, making it Unwanted Assistance.
- Siblings in Crime: In Level 8, they are hiding out from someone who tried to hire them for an assassination mission. They refused, but that was the target, not the job.
- Thieves' Cant: Family conversations often need translations for the audience.
- Through His Stomach: Kris offers Dorilys a sandwich in an inept pass.
- Weapon of Choice: Kris actually fights with a pair of krises, and Dirk with a pair of dirks.
A human cleric, a friend of Madeline's, and green.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She has green skin and was mistaken for an orc at first sight by some readers, but Word of God confirms she's actually just an oddly-colored human. According to the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot, she was part of a team that ended up having to drink from a cursed pool that turned all of them green.
- Berserk Button: She blames Mimic for Madeline's Resurrection Sickness and makes her displeasure very clear.
- Combat Medic: Implied. Unlike Derek, she didn't take a vow of non-violence, and wears armor reminiscent of Madeline's (except silver).
- Death Glare: Dorilys wears one that manages to make her look dangerous while brandishing a feather.
- Disaster Dominoes:
- Does this deliberately, somehow setting off a chain reaction by tickling someone's nose with a feather, which has the end result of making Malevolus poison himself instead of his targets.
- Later Mimic manages to tap in on it. Dorilys warns him against doing it again, because he has no idea what he got into.
- Guile Heroine: With a judiciously placed kick, she takes out a troll with an upside-down cake while still leaning on the wall.
- Improvised Weapon: It's amazing what you can do with a cake.
- Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her outfit — rather similar to Madeline's.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: One of the people in charge of the Games' rules and regulations, and not above using that authority when she's feeling vindictive.
- The Medic: First appears in the hospital, with the armband, during the gnomish baseball game.
- Rebel Relaxation: When waiting at the hospital or bar.
- Statuesque Stunner: In the opinion of the halfling Kris. "Jolly green giant" was probably not the wisest way to put it.
- Tuckerization: Of a Kickstarter supporter's D&D character.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: As a cleric of luck she can cause extremely improbable events with simple actions. She warns Mimic not to mess with it as it produces a large amount of bad luck to produce a much smaller amount of targeted good luck.
An associate of Madeline's, whom she has a crush on. Also a Cleric.
- Actual Pacifist: Thanks to his vow of non-violence.
- Badass Pacifist: Has no qualms whatsoever about standing between a furious troll and his patient and offering to discuss the matter. When he later participates in an actual fight, while he does not himself attack, he shows himself to be fully capable of defending himself and manages to immobilize two of his three opponents before the fight is stopped.
- Blindfolded Vision: Like Madeline, closes his eyes when he needs to actually fight. We still don't know why.
- Foil: To Dorilys. Derek's a pure healer cleric who took a vow of non-violence. Dorilys on the other hand, is more or less the classic "Church Militant in plate armor" Cleric. They even have the appropriate temperaments.
- The Ghost: Does not appear for some time. For logical reasons. Though one cameo, unnamed, turns out to have been him.
- Herald: Twice sent Maddie off with prophecies that led to adventure.
- I Gave My Word: He explicitly points out that he didn't take his vow to ignore it when it is inconvenient, and it's clear that he doesn't like technicalities.
- Intrinsic Vow: Has definitely taken a vow (discussed with Dorilys), and after a few comics it became clear that it is to be an Actual Pacifist.
- The Medic: First appears in a hospital.
- Oblivious to Love: In face of Madeline's Crush Blush, he wonders about whether she's well, since she's flushed.
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: All the prophetic quest hooks he gives to Madeline are rhyming poems.
- Rhyming Names: He is usually called Derek the Cleric. Mimic lampshades this when Madeline reveals that he was the one who gave her the rhyming prophecies.Mimic: Where're ya getting these little rhymes from anyways?Madeline: Derek the Cleric.Mimic: Silly me for askin'.
- Seer: He owns an artifact that simulates probabilities and has the training required to use it. His prophecies have sent Madeline on her quests.
- Summon Magic: Uses the planar ally spell to summon an angel while battling Calamitus.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Derek is apparently a capable therapist, and attempts some counseling to help Maddie with her Resurrection Sickness.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: His vow does not apply to creatures that are not alive.
Drago Stromscale and The Thunder
- Determinator: Nothing will dissuade him from winning the gnomish baseball tournament. Not his teammates getting blown up by exploding bases, not an army of mages attempting regicide on-pitch, not monsters from beyond reality attacking the players...
- Monster Adventurers: A harpy, a mummy, an eddercap, a dragon-kin, a galeb duhr, a minotaur, and a rust monster, to be precise.
- Painting the Medium: He talks in all lower-case, indicating his limited ability to speak Common.
- Pet the Dog: Gives his approval to one of his teammates forming a relationship with a member of a rival team, saying that one cannot be a monster all the time.
- Two Girls to a Team: Averted. The team has at least three female members.
The Planar Ally
An angel summoned by Derek to assist the team against Calamitus and the Interdimensional Horror.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: She towers over all the other characters, presumably so she can go toe to toe with the Interdimensional Horror.
- Drop the Hammer: Her weapon of choice.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes glow a divine blue/white.
- Our Angels Are Different: She's an astral deva.
- Shadow Discretion Shot: The first thing we see of her is the shadow of one of her wings falling over Rusty, Presti and the Calamitus clones.
- She's Got Legs: Canonically, astral devas are averse to clothing and only wear it to follow mortal customs. This one wears a vaguely Sailor Moon style fuku that shows a lot of leg.
- Tuckerization: Of a Patreon supporter's original character.
- Winged Humanoid: She has four wings.