Characters of Skin Horse.
Dr. Dennis "Tip" Wilkin
Psychologist, Wholesome Crossdresser, and Token Human. Often the Only Sane Man, and not just because of his profession, but also sometimes a little flaky. He also Really Gets Around and is able to seduce most women with minimal effort despite (or because of) the cross-dressing.
- Agent Peacock: Insistent on wearing women's clothing. Also generally the manliest man in the comic (his only rival being Artie, a gay superintelligent gerbil). And has nigh supernatural powers of seduction. He says its a matter of self-confidence.
- Anything That Moves: He identified as straight until he met Artie. Afterwards, he's been known to have threesomes with married couples.
- Attractive Bent Species: When Tip is temporarily turned into a werewolf he becomes irresistible to female dogs as well as humans.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Tip is flirtatious, flighty, and easily distracted by clothing sales. He also is not someone you ever want to have angry at you.
- The Casanova: He can seduce pretty much any woman. He apparently slept with every humanoid female in his building (except Unity, who misunderstood his invitation to get physical), and most every other female that's been on panel. The only exceptions seem to be Tigerlily (immune due to being a mad scientist) and Violet Bee, who Tip has no interest in (possibly due to being a man piloting a remote body without proper anatomy, though he also was brooding over failing to seduce Tigerlily when they first met, and the second time he was distracted by Artie and Dr. Lee). Also Niue, the very human-looking Macaw woman, who immediately began hating him when he put on a hat.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's easy to forget, but he was in the military, and he earned his status as a war hero. All while wearing heels.
- Ethical Slut: Cheerfully admits to having one-night stands without knowing the names of his partners, yet at the same time goes out of his way to try to make, and keep, everyone happy.
- Hand Puppet: An occasional recurrent joke is Tips use of hand puppets in psychotherapy. Everyone but him seems to see this as silly, but hes clearly a great believer in the technique.
- Instant Seduction: Might as well be superhuman in this regard; Kinsey 7 lesbians, straight men, and (when he was temporarily a werewolf) intelligent dogs find him irresistible.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Tip is a psychologist, not a therapist. Though he seems to dabble in semi-therapeutic work from time to time.
- Really Gets Around: And how.
- Teleporters and Transporters: His mojo is so strong that he can literally teleport a woman he's on a date with to an appropriate venue. Began simply as a gag, but later became an explicit power.
- Token Human: On a team with a revenant zombie, a talking dog, and a brain in a jar flying a tiltrotor.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Since grade school, apparently.
- The Big Guy
- Eats Babies: Reportedly.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Spends some time in Dr Lee's body as part of an initiation to the Order of Notaries Public. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Fun with Acronyms: Her name is actually U.N.I.T.Y.; the project leads figured they'd get an acronym to go along with it later. A super-advanced AI went insane trying to come up with one. She eventually came up with one on her own, based on something Sweetheart said: "Unity's Nice, I Tell You".
- Gayngst: Averted completely. Sweetheart gives a whole speech about how she's accepting Unity dating Bubbles (actually a big deal for Sweetheart) ... only to find that Unity doesn't need support to begin with.
- Hidden Depths: Sure, alot of her is goofy distractability and love of violence. But that's by no means the whole story.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Quite caring and protective about her friends, especially Sweetheart and Bubbles.
- Last of His Kind: Due to a secret UN agreement making sure no one ever makes more of her.
- The Lad-ette: Enjoys guns, violence, brawling, and eating brains.
- Nanomachines: It's revealed that the actual U.N.I.T.Y. is a nanite goop that wears the patchwork-zombie body as a suit.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Unity's ground state vs her much more ruthless and intelligent smart state. They don't usually fight, but they definitely think of themselves as different people to the point that Unity has a spirit quest to talk to herself. By being given a Tap on the Head by Zombie Emperor Norton.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: She has preternatural sewing skills, which she applies to things like making dresses. Sewing is not a traditional martial art, but it's how she puts herself back together on the battlefield after getting blown up or torn apart.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Non-infectious, can sew on new body parts, super-strong, and gets smarter after eating brains. Also not actually a zombie. She's a collective swarm of nanobots that can control biological systems. Her black blood is actually her.
- Restraining Bolt: Has one (the phrase "Blueberry Waffles"), but the team didn't even know it until they met Dr Lee, her creator. Lee was shocked they were able to work with her WITHOUT one, and they don't use it afterwards out of politeness.
- Super Intelligence: After eating enough brains she develops a completely different personality, with prescient predictive powers and no sense of tact. It's only temporary though.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Spends a good portion of the strip planning to kill Dr Lee, though she eventually gets over it. Oddly, it plays out more like an estranged daughter reconciling with her mom than anything else. Except with more body swapping.
Captain's Fancy Valentine Sweetheart
- Beware the Nice Ones: It takes a lot to get Sweetheart angry. But when finally provoked she is fierce.
- Canada, Eh?: Well, she's got the politeness and the heavy drinking down. But by her own admission she's never had a Kraft dinner in her life.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Has no problem with, and is the product of, Mad Science. But MAGIC? Nonsense!
- Immune to Drugs: She was engineered with a minor Healing Factor, she gets drunk fairly often but the buzz doesn't last as long as she'd like.
- Noble Bigot: Tries to be a good civil servant and help all sentients. But she's secretly pretty homophobic (and self hating because of it), and when drunk has been known to go on rants about how misegenation is a sign of the end times.
- Rule-Abiding Rebel: Her massive acts of rebellion include spilling coffee on a lawn. No one is sure if this is due to the way she was built, or just due to being Canadian.
Moustachio the Thinkonium
Steam Punk robot and receptionist. Bolted to the floor, since his legs were taken after he tried to blow up London.
- Clockwork Creature: He's a giant bronze (if somewhat tarnished) steampunk robot who needs to be wound up every day.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Apparently "missed all of the 1970s", and still has a number of very...antequated social mores.
- My Skull Runneth Over: When his clockwork spring is overwound, he reverts from his kind, genteel receptionst's persona to a rampaging, villianious state.
- Smart People Speak the Queen's English: Well, it's more of a steampunk staple in his case.
- Team Dad: Of the office as a whole. He does his best, though the fact that he's immobile and behind the times limits his options.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He'd never harm a delicate flower such as his paramour Hitty. Despite her being a fusion-powered, armored deathbot weighing several tons, armed with a massive hammer and Hulk Speak, and not even any Tertiary Sexual Characteristics. He was also willing to fight her up until her gender was mentioned.
The boss, a polite and posh upper-class English lady who happens to be a literal Hive Mind (a hive of bees, to be precise). She buzzes and produces honey. Refers to herself with the "Royal "We"", which in her case actually makes sense.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She bosses around even those who aren't in her chain of command by dint of being a large and angry swarm of bees.
- The Chessmaster: Cheerfully secretive and manipulative.
- Cool Old Lady: Despite her occasionally creepy and manipulative nature she has a kind, nurturing personality.
- Hive Mind: Extremely literally. She's a collective organism, a gestalt entity of all the bees in her hive.
- Team Mom: Though they're often too obtuse to realize it, she takes care of the building.
Nick ZerhakkerThe newest member of the team. He is the Black Helicopter (an unarmed-to-the-teeth V-22 Osprey controlled by a Brain in a Jar, to be precise) and has made friends with the nerds in the Department of Irradiation. Not technically an employee since he doesn't get a salary; his fuel and WoW access are currently budgeted under "furniture".
- Brain in a Jar: But at least he has cool wings.
- Character Blog: Nick has one, which explains, among other things, that he is a practicing Jew. Probably NSFW, as his censor filter doesn't apply here.
- Cluster F-Bomb: As a nerd, let the profanity flow freely; subverted once he becomes a brain in a jar thanks to the profanity filter.
- Cyborg: His brain was scooped out by Doctor Lee without his knowledge or consent. He got over his initial outrage pretty quick.
- Fantastic Religious Weirdness: His Judaism becomes a minor issue in his Character Blog
- Fun with Autocensors: Depending on which author comes up with them, the profanity filter's word substitutions can be amusingly accurate or entire nonsense.
- Gender Bender: Never played straight, but Nick seems to be a magnet for related scenarios. See the Lad-ette entry below for one. Later, to save costs on hiring beta testers, Whimsy creates an AI duplicate of him, adjusted to better reflect the female demographic, effectively giving Nick a twin sister. Not to mention the princess training (and accompanying powers) he eventually receives.
- Lad-ette: Briefly... Sort of. He took over Violet's gynoid body briefly, before deciding to give it up following the Whimsy mission.
- Sir Swearsalot: And still does in his blog. Managed - briefly - to circumvent his profanity filter by swearing in Yiddish before it adapted; he then demanded that Dr. Lee teach him to swear in Korean.
- Restraining Bolt: Besides the swear filter, Dr. Lee installed a lot of command words into his cybernetics, most of them breakfast foods. They almost never get used though.
- The Driver: As is to be expected, considering he's the team's most reliable form of transportation.
- Was Once a Man: Legally, he's no longer human, simply because he no longer sees himself as human.
Annex One's basement holds a vast ecosystem of failed or escaped experiments. They have recently created their own government (and newspaper).
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Averted. The silverfish and centipedes are the normal size.
- Creepy Cute: The cobras, anyway.
- Crystal Prison: The crystalline entities like trapping trespassers in these.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The silverfish are this to Renaissance-era Italy. They even have Opera!
- Rodents of Unusual Size: A giant rat which feeds on zombie heads is the best friend of the crystalline entities.
- Our Zombies Are Different: A race of zombie heads are preyed on by the aforementioned giant rat prior to Tip unifying the Basement Dwellers.
Formerly Annex One's sentient water cooler, its AI has since been uploaded into a humanoid chassis.
- Bi the Way: Or something similar at least. She's going out with Unity, and no one considers it worth comment except Sweetheart.
- Bond One-Liner: Uses "Service Is My Only Joy" as one after acts of improbable badassery.
- Extreme Doormat: Has some issues standing up for herself, though Unity is trying to get her better about and Tigerlily taught her to add 'NOT' to her vocabulary ("Service is NOT my only joy").
- Pokémon Speak: "Service is my only joy", and various combinations of those words. She gets a surprising amount of mileage out of it. Also, Mustachio can understand her perfectly.Chris: You can understand her, M?
Mustachio: Of course! One only needs to learn five words!
- In later strips, everyone can understand her, regardless of what she actually says. It appears to be entirely based on inflection and context. She also later acquires 'destroy' as a word. This bodes well.
- Uncanny Valley: In-universe. The team notes that "Service is my only joy" seems a lot creepier when coming out of a dull-faced female body with no body language. As she gets more used to piloting it and expressing her emotions, though, it fades away.
A lesbian working in the Department of Cyronics who the other ladies try to get ice for girly drinks for their male mud wrestling viewing session. She claims she has no interest untill it is mentioned that Tip is involved.
- Up to Eleven: Gerda is a Kinsey Seven, a type of lesbian so profound it was once thought not to exist in nature.
Dr. Marcella "Marcie" Riley
Female member of the Department of Irradiation.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: After her date with Tip, she goes to some effort to start taking care of her appearance.
Dr. Christopher Sanders
Male member of the Department of Irradiation.
- Everyone Can See It: He is blatantly in love with Marcie.
Department of Jetpack Suppression
The most cheerful of the employees in the building. And why not? They're the ones with the jetpacks.
IraSecurity guard at Annex One who had his mind wiped so many times he has no short term memory left.
An old Russian friend of Unity's, and Iras replacement at the security desk.
Doctor Virginia Lee
The not quite Mad Scientist who created Nick. Was also seduced by Tip early on. Basically an honorary member of Skin Horse, she's around so much.
- Affably Evil: She's friendly, she has alot of affection for her creations and her friends, and she's completely Adorkable. She also works for Anasigma, designs terrible weapons, and most notably schlooped Nick's brain out of his skull and brainwashed him into being a helicopter.
- G.I.R.L.: Inverted; when she first appeared to Nick in cyberspace, she used her real form, which earned her jeers and catcalls. She switched to a virtual old white guy body.Nick: Dude, you're doing it backwards.
- Evil Laugh: She can't really get the hang of it...
- Hot Scientist: Tip and Nick think so, certainly.
- Mad Scientist: Per the standards of this 'verse, she's not actually mad; her inventions don't warp reality, and she can't even pull off an evil laugh. But she can decipher mad inventions and make them sane, and has admitted to enjoying the "schloop" noise brains make when she scoops them out of their skulls.
- Minion with an F in EvilGeneral: You're not very good at evil conspiring, are you Doctor?
Dr. Lee: I'm not, General. I'm really not.
- Theme Naming: All of Anasigma's passwords and verbal shutdown codes are foods, and apparently she's the one who comes up with them.Unity: [regarding Nick] So what random food am I not allowed to order when I take him through the drive-through?
Dr. Lee: I'm sorry, I get hungry on those long nights!
The young and oddly friendly liaison to Skin Horse, who has a way of getting every individual on her side. Also completely fails to seduce Tip.
- The Chessmaster: To a point. But still, how bad can you be, to be a cute young girl and not be able to seduce Tip?
- Remote Body: Gets one eventually. Or rather, she is one for Mister Greene. After he tries to use it to blow up the team, Nick gets the body for a storyline, as well as the Whimsey Intelligence, and eventually the Water Cooler AI.
Dr. Bernice "Tigerlily" Jones
A groovy black Mad Scientist in the 70's style, despite growing up in the 90's.
- Crazy Sane: Oddly enough, for a mad scientist. "You think I'm crazy because I don't know I'm not an Egyptian Princess reincarnated on Planet Lovetron. But I DO know. I'm crazy 'cause I don't CARE."
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Tigerlily Jones is brought out of the van used to transport her from the asylum, and once they take the straitjacket off, she's wearing 70s clothes. It is specifically noted that they put her in the straitjacket in institutional grey.
- When pressed for an explanation of how she does it, her only answer is 'The same way I do everything, with TERRIFYING groove.'
- Improbable Hairstyle: Tigerlily has an impressive, well-maintained afro, despite living in a mental institution and wearing a straitjacket frequently
- Jive Turkey: As noted, she actually grew up twenty years after the culture she is immitating.
- Rebellious Spirit: Actually, standard mad scientist worldview, but viewed through a lens of seventies philosophy. "Man keeps me down! Man keeps me from conquering the world!"