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The Basketball Team


     General 
  • True Companions: Even before the apocalypse, all of the girls were a close-knit group of friends. Post apocalypse, their bond has gotten even stronger and none of them hesitate to support and help each other.
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     Jeff "Coach" 
  • An Arm and a Leg: Jeff loses his right arm in the very beginning of the comic. He is somewhat mournful about the loss of his dominant hand, but readily admits that Hotaru's quick thinking saved his life.
  • Expy: Share's a few similarities with Lee Everett:
    • Both are African-American men who are tasked to looking after children, are their resident Team Dad, and are amputees due to a zombie bite.
  • Handicapped Badass: Although it takes time for him to adjust the loss of his dominant hand, Jeff is a capable survivor. His brief fight with Miriam, a feared bruiser, is a highlight.
    Miriam: Why haven't I heard of you? How are you dodging so well?

     Hotaru Kotobuki 

  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Early in the story, Hotaru gains two scars across her lips scraped by a zombie.
  • Important Haircut: Hotaru gets her ponytail cut by Elise after it's grabbed by a passing zombie.
  • Not So Above It All: While Hotaru likes to act mature, she slips into this often, whether gushing over gossip or becoming incredibly competitive.

     Kayla Martin 
  • The Big Guy: Kayla is the tallest and strongest member of the team (both physically and emotionally).
  • Butch Lesbian: Kayla sports short haircuts throughout the comic, wears traditionally masculine clothing, and is a polyamorous lesbian.

     Lyanna Scott 
  • Black and Nerdy: Lyanna is a huge geek for Dungeons and Dragons, video games, anime, and other pop culture mainstays. In addition, she's described as the smartest member of the basketball team.
  • Friendly Sniper / Improbable Aiming Skills: When The Old Man gives her a hunting rifle, she has no skills whatsoever regarding firearms. In just a few months, she can use a mid-range rifle for sniping capabilities, and does so to protect others caught by the zombies.
  • Genki Girl: Lyanna is an incredibly hyperactive, excitable girl. She's impatient near the beginning, but it lessens throughout the story.
  • The Strategist: Her love for D&D has given Lyanna surprisingly decent strategic skills.
  • Token Minority: In a Cast Full of Gay, Lyanna is the only character of the main cast who doesn't fit any label in the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

     Chau Le 
  • Technical Pacifist: Chau tries to fight as little as possible, however, she can throw a mean punch. It even knocks Malik out as a last resort.
  • Transgender: Chau is a transgender girl. Early on, the trip to her home to get her medications is implied to be her hormones, and she regrets that she never got to take a new picture with her family since starting her transition.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Besides being one of the kindest in the Team, Chau is the staunchest believer in humanity and always tries to look on the bright side of things. She's unhappy whenever nobody takes her seriously
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     Ana Sofia Flores 
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Ana Sofia is the plumpest member of the team and no less beautiful. Before the apocalypse, she was popular at her school and rejected three potential prom dates.
  • The Fashionista: Ana Sofia is noted to dress fashionably, even during a zombie apocalypse.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's one of the more popular members of the Team's school and can be very blunt, but she's always supports her group through advice and level head.
  • Spicy Latina: Averted. Ana Sofia is of Mexican descent and has the coolest head out of the Basketball Team.
  • The Stoic: Ana Sofia is easily the most level-headed of the main cast and tends to not display her emotions. However, she's the mental juggernaut of the group.
  • Stout Strength: Ana Sofia is both a mental and physical powerhouse when she wants to be. She's even capable of dropkicking zombies.
  • Supporting Leader: Hotaru may be the leader, but Ana Sofia is the one who pushed her to her limits to get her there.

     Lakka Heinonen 
  • Badass Adorable: In Shootaround Short Stories, it's revealed that, in a stunningly Out-of-Character Moment, Lakka managed to fight three zombies off using her bare hands. She even gives a zombie a suplex.
  • The Cutie: While she, Chau, and Lyanna can all lay claim this title, Lakka is the more straight forward example.
  • Fun Size: The smallest of the basketball team next to Lyanna.


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