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Connie Basette

A junior at East Mountain High. She is a bassist. She usually hangs out with the other string players from her school.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She may be large, but she is also very curvy. Some contestants eye her more prominent features.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Connie is the tallest student at 6'6".
  • Ms. Fanservice: She shows off her cleavage as early as the first day. On Day 7, she wears a shirt with a low-cut v-neck. Even when she wears her usual crew-neck shirts, they are rather form-fitting.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Connie is easily the tallest contestant at 6'6", and she has attracted attention from other contestants.

Paris Forte

An eighth grader at Base Mountain Middle. He is a pianist, but he can play the trombone. He usually spends time with Vincent, which gets him into the cousin drama.
  • Clashing Cousins: He is on rather unfriendly terms with Claire. He tries to shove her in Day 8.
  • Nice Hat: He is the only character who wears a hat on a consistent basis. It goes with the pianist vibe.

Vincent Linette

An eighth grader at Base Mountain Middle. He is a violinist. When he is not deep in his cousin rivalry with Trudy, he spends most of his time with Paris. He is tied for elimination with Connie in Day 10: "Sol-mi-za-tion", and he loses the tiebreaker.

Guilla Tarah

A sophomore at East Mountain High. She is a guitarist, but she plays some other string instrument, as she goes with the rest of the high school string players to a festival during Day 7. She has several connections, so she mingles with many groups.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: She sports a trollish grin to show that she did, is doing, or will do something mischievous. The first time she sports it is after Caroline catches her taking the podium.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: She has bright ginger hair and tan skin, which sets her apart from the other maroon-haired string players. She also sports an excited grin and has a tendency to troll her friends.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though Guilla is usually sporting her trademark trollish grin, she is among the few who do not laugh when Troy mocks Patrick for comparing SWAP to an object show.
  • Genki Girl: Guilla almost always wears a wide grin and seeks to keep the day lively. She pretends to be Caroline during break, sings pop songs, and playfully screeches at her cousin Cyrissa and her friend Connie.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Downplayed Trope. From Day 2 onwards, she almost always sports a trollish grin, but she is sensitive enough not to laugh at Patrick for his enjoyment of object shows.

Alfred Violon

A senior at East Mountain High and the older brother of Cedric. He is a violist and proud! He usually associates with the string players from his school. He is wheelchair-bound. He is always wearing a skirt or dress, but it was not explicitly shown for the first several days.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: He asks Caroline if there are any rules after she states there will be rules.
  • Berserk Button: Do not bring up his disability or his skirt-wearing tendencies, or he will physically stand up, slam the table if it exists, and give you a piece of his mind.
  • Big Little Brother: He is more than a foot shorter than his younger brother. Justified because Alfred is in a wheelchair.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: Alfred is under five feet tall. Whatever put him in a wheelchair might be the cause.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Alfred always wears a skirt or a dress. In Day 8, he dresses up as another crossdresser, states that he's wearing boys' clothes for once, and tells people to stop making assumptions about his gender.

Cedric Violon

A junior at East Mountain High and the younger brother of Alfred. He plays the cello. While he often associates with the string players from his school, he has gotten into a relationship with his middle school friend Cassie.
  • Big Little Brother: He is more than a foot taller than his older brother. Justified because Alfred is wheelchair-bound.
  • The Generic Guy: When he complains about being Picked Last, Caroline mentions that he's less interesting than Cassie. This does not comfort him because Cassie was eliminated for being uninteresting.
  • Official Couple: He is a bit shy when asking Cassie out, but she finishes his sentence. They agree to go to prom together.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Cedric usually wear shirts without sleeves, which makes him look more masculine than his effeminate brother.

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Harry Boisen

A freshman at East Mountain High. He is an oboist. He is frequently seen with Claire, and he talks about her when he is not with her. Everybody expects him to date her, but he denies having any feelings for her while blushing madly. He mentions that he is one of Trudy's tutors. He is eliminated in Day 4: "HisMusicStory".
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Harry sees the tiny and overly sensitive Patrick as competition for Claire's affection, which implies that Weakness Turns Her On. He gets paranoid when he hears that Claire and Patrick have known each other for eight years, despite already knowing that.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Claire and Harry are most frequently seen in very close proximity to one another, but Harry denies that he likes Claire while his face turns red.

Angelo Cors

A senior at West Summit High. He plays the English Horn, or coranglé, as he puts it. He is usually seen with Bessie and Braeden, but he likes to have fun with Claire and Harry as well. Much to Harry's dismay, Angelo is eliminated on Day 11: "Perfect Pitching".
  • Big Little Brother: His younger sisters, Marianna and Josefina, are his Big Little Sisters by one inch.
  • Eye Glasses: Fenori draws him this way, as seen on page 2 of Day 4.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Angelo shows off his nerdy side with a quadratic formula shirt. Later, he previews a shirt with a system of linear and quadratic equations shaped in a heart for Valentine's Day.
  • Height Angst: Angelo stands at 5'6", which makes him shorter than his sisters and his cousin Bessie. He dotes on Claire because he is certain that she is the only cousin who will not outgrow him.
  • Keet: He is always full of energy, whether he is acing his tests or playing basketball. He doesn't mind when a basketball falls squarely on his head. Unlike Guilla, he can't help but laugh at Patrick's love for object shows.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Angelo starts wearing glasses on Day 3, after something happens to his contact lenses. He gets a perfect score on Day 4's history test, and Braeden refers to him as their school's "valedictorian to be".
  • Tomboyish Name: Gender-Inverted Trope. Angelo happily goes by the nickname "Angie".

Bessie Inez

A senior at East Mountain High and the older sister of Claire. She plays the bass clarinet. She frequently spends time with Braeden (her boyfriend) and Angelo (her cousin).
  • Coordinated Clothes: She and Braeden sometimes wear the same clothes. It doesn't matter if the clothes are "meant" for the opposite gender.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's not as well-endowed as Connie, but she tends to wear sleeveless and low-cut tops more often.
  • Official Couple: With Braeden. They are the only couple established from the beginning.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She is the cheerful and joke-loving sister of the serious and rigid Claire.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Bessie and Braeden will sometimes coordinate clothes. That is, they will wear the same articles of clothing, regardless of which gender the clothes are "intended" for.

Claire Inez

A freshman at East Mountain High and the younger sister of Bessie. She plays the clarinet. She is frequently seen with Harry, but she also spends time with the Tempo siblings.
  • Clashing Cousins: She is on rather unfriendly terms with Paris. A flashback shows her slapping him.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Claire Inez is on a First-Name Basis with her close friends and a Last-Name Basis with everyone else. This doesn't come up until the eighth day because she mostly spends time with her friends and family.
  • Height Angst: She is 5'4" and insecure about her height. During the Day 8 challenge, Turie tells the team to focus on the foundation of the tower, which Claire views as a jab at the rest of the team's lack of stature.
  • Last-Name Basis: Claire Inez prefers to be called "Inez" by people she is not close to. She also refers to Corbin as "Harmony".
  • No Sense of Humor: Claire does not like puns or jokes. Her typical reaction to the older students' antics is a pronounced frown.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She has No Sense of Humor and will not participate in her playful sister's antics.
  • They Call Me Mr Tibbs: In a case of Early Installment Weirdness, she doesn't seem to mind when Turie first addresses her by her first name in Day 7. In all subsequent cases, she makes a point of correcting anyone who is not in her close circle.
    Claire: That's Inez to you!
  • Tights Under Shorts: Claire wears leggings under gym shorts for the track contest despite having no problems with showing her legs otherwise.
  • Two First Names: Because she goes on a Last-Name Basis with anyone she is not close to, she could have made "Inez" sound like her first name if she didn't introduce herself with her full name.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: Claire has an obvious interest in Harry, who is very sensitive and one head shorter than her. Harry feels like he has competition with Patrick, who is even more sensitive and even smaller.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Claire has done this at least twice. In Day 3, she wore over-the-knee boots for a B grade. In Day 7, she added some red boot toppers to make it an A grade.

Braeden Sound

A senior at West Summit High. He plays the bassoon. He usually spends time with Bessie and Angelo, and he sometimes clashes with Corbin.
  • Coordinated Clothes: He and Bessie sometimes wear the same clothes. It doesn't matter if the clothes are "meant" for the opposite gender.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Gender-Inverted Trope. In Day 8, Braeden wears Bessie's custom-tailored jacket. It is painfully obvious that it isn't his.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Braeden has the longest hair among the boys, at least in the back. He is In Touch with His Feminine Side and enjoys wearing earrings and sleeveless shirts that are sometimes identical to those of his girlfriend.
  • Official Couple: With Bessie. They are the only couple established from the beginning.
  • Short Hair with Tail: Braeden has the shortest, choppiest hair (along with Corbin). He also has the longest hair among the boys, thanks to his thin ponytail that goes below his neck.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Braeden always wears shirts without sleeves. He even wears a sleeveless dress shirt under his suit jacket, as seen in the work's page image. This may peg him as more masculine than Angelo.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Bessie and Braeden will sometimes coordinate clothes. That is, they will wear the same articles of clothing, regardless of which gender the clothes are "intended" for.

Flo Tempo

A sophomore at Emerald Hills High and the older sister of Patrick. She plays the flute. She usually takes care of Patrick and hangs out with Claire. Out of all the contestants, she cares the least about winning, even after her silent brother.
  • Big Brother Instinct: She is very protective of her brother. She confronts Troy for his actions at the end of Day 1, and she forces Harry to take care of Patrick in The Practice Room with a thinly veiled threat.
  • Emotionless Girl: Flo's facial expression rarely strays from a series of horizontal lines. She is said to be dead inside. One of the few times she breaks that expression is when she gives Harry a sinister smile to make him take care of Patrick.
  • Empty Eyes: Though eyes usually lack shading, Flo's eyes actually show her trauma. When eyes are shaded, Flo's eyes are not.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Flo usually wears her hair in a large bun, but it goes way past her knees when undone.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Flo's most common expression.
  • The Un-Smile: One of the few times she breaks her default expression, Flo smiles at Harry and reminds him how nice he is to convince him to take care of Patrick.

Patrick Tempo

An eighth grader at White River Middle and the younger sister of Flo. He plays the piccolo. He is almost always with Flo, but he interacts with Claire, Harry, and others from time. He is eliminated in Day 3: "I Got Rhythm".
  • Dumb Struck: After Patrick makes a comment and is laughed at, he never speaks again. His unique speech color does not show up until the first rejoining, and his "dialogue" is just an ellipsis.
  • Empty Eyes: Though eyes usually lack shading, Patrick's eyes actually show his trauma.
  • Idiot Hair: Patrick gets a clump of hair in his face after the majority of the contestants laughs at him.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He always wears the same black coat and pants, and he never willingly removes his coat.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: His jacket hides his true size. Hinted in Day 9, when Harry squeezes Patrick's upper arm and his thumb meets the other fingers. Fully revealed in Day 10, as the skin on Patrick's forearm sinks between the bones.
  • Older Than They Look: For his (lack of) height, one would think he is still in elementary school, not in eighth grade.
  • The Quiet One: He can talk, but he refuses to say a word after being laughed at.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Patrick's most common expression.
  • Tiny School Boy: He is the smallest contestant. When Claire kneels down to hug him, she nearly reaches his height.

     Brass 

Turie Bassa

A seventh grader at White River Middle. He plays the tuba. While he often spends time with Troy and Trudy, he has interacted with Corbin on more than a few occasions.
  • Acrofatic: Despite his largeness, Turie is capable of running a mile in five minutes and thirty-five seconds.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: With Troy and Trudy. Turie is one of the physically largest contestants.
  • Dork in a Sweater: He almost always wears a sweater vest over a dress shirt, emphasizing his reserved nature.
  • Gentle Giant: Turie is physically large and capable, but he only uses his capabilities during relevant challenges or to break up violent fights. He is otherwise very reserved.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Turie is the sensitive guy to Troy's manly man; he is a Gentle Giant who generally acts smaller than he is.
  • Shrinking Violet: If his general demeanor was not indicative enough, he crumples under Cedric's attempts to make him more assertive. His first response is to dismiss them as a joke, and his second is to apologize.
  • Younger Than They Look: Even though he is abnormally tall, he is only in seventh grade, which makes him younger than Patrick.

Troy Bonsen

A seventh grader at White River Middle. He plays the trombone. He usually spends time with Trudy and Turie. He is eliminated in Day 9: "Chem Is Try" not because of his brash personality, but because people did not like his face or his instrument.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Most contestants are happy to see him eliminated.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: With Turie and Trudy. Troy is almost as tall as Turie but nowhere near as wide.
  • Dumb Jock: He has a tendency to do the worst at non-athletic challenges, but he tends to win the athletic challenges.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Troy shows off his love for basketball and jazz with his T-shirts.
  • Jerk Jock: On the first Day, Troy makes a rude comment that causes Patrick to shut down. He is also terrible with teamwork. He only shines during athletic challenges like basketball and track.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Troy is the manly man to Turie's sensitive guy; he is a brash Jerk Jock who excels at athletic challenges and nothing else.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Three days before Valentine's Day, Troy is on the phone with his father, begging him to show up.
  • Younger Than They Look: Even though he is abnormally tall, he is only in seventh grade, which makes him younger than Patrick.

Corbin Harmony

A freshman at Rising Sun High. He plays the F horn. As the only student from his school to participate in SWAP, he did not have a friend group at first. He sometimes spends time with Turie or makes passing mentions about his sister or cousin, whom many contestants are familiar with.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Corbin usually adjusts his glasses by the corner.
  • Bi the Way: He expresses his attraction to twins Leslie and Liam. When his friends discuss this, he cuts them off at the "twins" part, not the "different genders" part.
  • Fish Eyes: When the entire ensemble messes around to exploit Caroline's magical conducting, Corbin's eyes look in opposite directions, showing that even this refined young man is Not So Above It All.
  • Idiot Hair: He develops one midway through Day 8.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Corbin is always wearing a dress-shirt and tie. Suit jacket or vest optional.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Corbin is initially the only person who wears glasses. He likes to explain the votes, much to Caroline's dismay. On Day 4's test, he gets the highest score among the underclassmen.
  • Waistcoat of Style: As a Sharp-Dressed Man, Corbin sometimes wears these.

Trudy Pratte

A seventh grader at White River Middle. She hangs out with Troy and Turie when she is not clashing with her cousin, Vincent. She is tutored by Corbin's sister and Harry. She is eliminated in Day 6: "Team Players".
  • Beauty Mark: She has one below her left eye, which lines up with the rough life that Philyra suggests she has. Vincent punches that eye in Day 6.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: With Turie and Troy. She is the second shortest contestant and does not even reach her friends' shoulders.
  • Clashing Cousins: She takes every opportunity to insult Vincent. It devolves into a fistfight in Day 6.
  • Flipping the Bird: In Day 6, Trudy shows Vincent a finger after he throws her trumpet mute at a wall. The finger has a colored nail, and her middle fingernail is shown to be the only colored one. If not for that, the finger she uses would be ambiguous.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Trudy, the smallest girl, always hangs out with Troy and Turie, the tallest boys. She doesn't even reach their shoulders.
  • The Napoleon: Trudy is the second shortest contestant (only taller than Patrick) and has an equally short temper. She tends to blow up at Vincent's snide remarks and eventually gets into a fight with him.
  • Tsurime Eyes: She's the only character who has these, emphasizing her harsh nature.

     Percussion 

Cyrissa Bales

A junior at Snowy Pines High. She is a percussionist, and she takes over the drummer when percussionists seem redundant. She usually hangs out with Cassie and Gretta. Because SWAP takes place at her school, she will guide the contestants if the contest takes place outside of the music room. She is the first to enforce a dress-up theme.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Inverted. She sports a layered bob, but she is the girly girl to Cassie's tomboy.
  • The Fashionista: She wears the most detailed outfits and enforces the first dress-up theme.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She wears the preppiest of clothes, but she also enjoys playing sports like basketball and baseball.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Cassie's tomboy. Cyrissa always wears a different dress or skirt each day.
  • Town Girls: The femme of the percussionists. She is the fashionista and the only one in the trio who wears dresses on a daily basis.
  • Whole Costume Reference: She pulls this off without any mentions with recolored Pyrrha outfit in Day 5.

Gretta Basettie

A sophomore at Snowy Pines High. She is a percussionist, but she usually plays the vibraphone while Cyrissa takes the drum set. She usually hangs out with her schoolmates, Cyrissa and Cassie. She is eliminated in Day 7: "Run, Run, Run!" because nobody knows what a vibraphone is.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has the shortest unstyled hair, and she has the masculine aspiration of becoming a bodyguard.
  • The Generic Guy: Caroline accuses her of being this when she gets eliminated.
  • Town Girls: The butch of the percussionists. She can lift a heavy case alone when Cyrissa and Cassie cannot do so with their combined efforts. She also wants to be a bodyguard.

Cassie Clara

A junior at Snowy Pines High. She is a percussionist, but she plays the saxophone while Cyrissa takes over the drum set. She often hangs out with Cyrissa and Gretta, but less so when she starts dating Cedric. She is eliminated in Day 5: "I Got Melody" because she is capable of playing the saxophone, but she rejoins in Day 8: "Power Tower" after she mentions she is a junior drum major.
  • The Generic Guy: Caroline accuses Cassie of being this when she gets eliminated. Cassie proves her distinctiveness by stating that she is a junior drum major.
  • Girl Next Door: Cassie is an ordinary girl, and Caroline calls her out on her lack of interesting traits. Despite her plainness, Cassie manages to date her former schoolmate, the equally plain Cedric.
  • Hidden Depths: Cassie is quickly eliminated for her plainness, or rather her ability to play the saxophone. At the rejoin voting, she mentions that she's a junior drum major and wins.
  • Official Couple: She asks Cedric out on a date after Day 4, and they agree to go to prom together.
  • Teacher's Pet: She tries to take the Sales Pitch challenge, and she tries again when she finds that Klezmer is facilitating it. Klezmer says she is a great student.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Cyrissa's girly girl. Cassie only wears T-shirts and shorts, and she's the second character to repeat outfits.
  • Town Girls: Among the percussionists, she is neither the butch nor the femme. She is far less feminine than Cyrissa, but she lacks Gretta's physical strength.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She is the only contestant who consistently wears shorts that end several inches above the knee.

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Supervisors

    Supervisors 

Caroline Doctrina

The host of SWAP Ensemble.
  • Cartoon Conductor: In Day 10, it is revealed that Caroline can control the music that the ensemble makes. The entire ensemble, starting with Cassie, messes around except for Paris. While Caroline is conducting, the music looks distorted on one end of her baton but perfectly fine on the other. When she puts the baton down in frustration, Philyra and Paris can finally hear the cacophony that the band is creating.
  • Deaf Composer: She's a kind of conductor who can control music. However, she is tone-deaf, so she relies on her pitch clips to do her job effectively.
  • Game Show Host: Caroline runs the majority of the competition, with occasional help from Tierney, Philyra, and Samuel.
  • Hair Decorations: She always wears a different creatively-shaped clip in her hair each day. These clips allow her to hear differences in pitch.
  • Sweater Girl: Her dresses are very modest and warm on top while showing off her bust size.
  • Totally Radical: Caroline attempts this before and during practice in Day 7. It does not end well for anybody.

Tierney Cabalbag

Caroline's superior and an Author Avatar. She originated from The Eighth Grade Wars]].
  • Author Avatar: She is one of The 8th Grade Wars. She also fulfills in-universe duties that the author would perform in real life, including collecting votes from people who don't know about SWAP.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Tierney is the only character who has eye bags. It contributes to her perpetually unhappy look that resulted from The 8th Grade Wars.
  • Scars Are Forever: Tierney got her scar during The Eighth Grade Wars, fourteen years ago.

Philyra Illagan

A friend of Caroline and the other Author Avatar.
  • Author Avatar: She is a less hardened version of Tierney, following the author's life without the massive amounts of deaths in ''The 8th Grade Wars".

Samuel O'Flannigan

Another character from the 8th Grade Wars.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the other adults seem to be fond of his presence. When Paris asks Tierney where Sam is during the chemistry contest, Tierney remarks that he's the only one who cares.

Taylor Klezmer

A chemistry teacher at Snowy Pines High.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Taylor Klezmer, the chemistry teacher, has an androgynous appearance, has a gender-neutral name, and is never referred to with pronouns.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The chemistry teacher's given name, Taylor, contributes to the Ambiguous Gender.


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