Character page for the webcomic Spacetrawler.
The captain of the I.A. Starbanger. He lacks empathy, leadership skills, and is of average intelligence at best. He is usurped by Martina as leader almost immediately.
- General Failure: Nothing he has ever planned has ever gone right. Even his recruitment of the humans was mostly planned by the ship's computer, and he still managed to screw up Bill's recruitment.
Nogg's second in command. He is angry and violent, but far more competent than Nogg. He still accedes to Martina's command when the time comes.
- An Arm and a Leg: Near the climax, he loses two of his tentacle-arms to particularly sadistic unclamped Eebs.
- Centipede's Dilemma: Emily asking about his aiming six guns at once invokes this in him - it's even the trope picture.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's fighting to free an oppressed species from slavery largely simply because it is the right thing to do. He's still a jackass.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Has nothing but disdain for everyone around him, but he's 100% committed to the cause.
- Snark Knight: Krep pretty much lives to snark at everything. Unsurprisingly, Nogg is his most frequent target.
- Starfish Alien: The least-human looking among the main cast. He's a hoofed quadruped with a single eye and six tentacle-arms above his mouth.
The company's heavy lifter/mascot. He is dumb and kind-hearted by nature, but shows hints of intelligence in certain areas.
- Dumb Is Good: In a cynical galaxy, he is dumber than a box of rocks, but kind and generous to a fault.
- Dumb Muscle: Undisputedly the strongest member of the crew. And the dimmest.
- Genius Ditz: He has a hidden talent for space combat.
- My Beloved Smother: Gurf's mother (a G.O.B. ambassador) is disappointed in Gurf's lack of ambition, the trouble he gets into, and that he ended up crewing under Nogg. She nags on him to do something more respectable.
The first of the human crewmembers shanghaied by Nogg. She is a college student from Argentina who doesn't know what to do with her life. Her death is the reason Nogg returned to Earth, to tell her father of her fate. Despite having no training and even less experience, she quickly becomes the captain of the I.A. Starbanger. She is good at coordinating her team and listening to their needs.
- Action Girl: She grows into one, more out of necessity than desire.
- Artificial Limbs: In Book 3, she gets a prosthetic arm and eye to replace the ones the unclamped Eebs burned off. Unlike Yuri's, prosthetics, Martina's are practically indistinguishable from the originals.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Martina is morally conflicted about killing, even in self-defense—but she's not afraid to stun-gun her own captain to insure that No One Gets Left Behind. And, when backed into a corner, she is willing to kill if it's the only way to save more lives. It even prompts a quip from Yuri.Yuri: I think I'll avoid ever asking you for identification.
- Foregone Conclusion: We know the whole time she's going to die, because that's the whole reason Nogg came to Earth to tell her father her story.
From Gabon, a French-speaking pacifist/vegetarian with a violent streak. He quickly bonds with Emily, despite his insistence to the contrary.
- Animal Wrongs Group: He's willing to injure or kill humans (and other sapients) in defense of animals. His Establishing Character Moment: the driver of the car he was in deliberately ran over a mole, so Pierrot punched the driver—while the car was still moving, causing it to crash.
- Berserk Button: He flips out violently if anyone hurts animals in his vicinity. Or brags to him about hurting animals. Or tries to make him eat meat.
- Hypocrite: Repeatedly. He's strongly against violence, but when someone tests his limits, he hits back hard.
- Interspecies Romance: He's briefly courted by a Qiyemp female. He breaks up with her on Carpsellon and leaves her to comfort the dying Kuu-Drahc, shortly before the destruction of the planet.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: His relationship with Emily.
An American drifter who was raised by coyotes. She is an extremely skilled fighter and a very passionate individual. Though she disagrees with Pierrot on nearly everything, she quickly comes to respect his unwavering commitment to his ideals.
- Action Girl: Begins the story as one. Her Establishing Character Moment is when she first meets Nogg, and her reaction is to attack him.
- Arm Cannon: One of her many weapons is a wrist blaster mounted on her gauntlet.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a western-style duster, even over her Latex Spacesuit. Later, she upgrades it so that it can also be used as a hang glider.
- Batman Gambit: When arriving at the G.O.B., Emily deliberately secures Pierrot away from the rest of the team in a hidden location for four days, figuring that the rest of the group was wandering into a trap, and that he'd be able to help them out just by being himself. She's correct on all counts.
- The Big Guy: She's the most combat-capable of the crew, on par with Yuri after her upgrades.
- Combat Pragmatist: When she isn't the one with the most firepower, she wins by a combination of sheer cunning and occasional luck.
- Hyperspace Arsenal / Walking Armory: As demonstrated here.
- Indy Ploy: More often than not, Emily prefers to think on her feet rather than plan things out.
- Raised by Wolves: Or coyotes, in Emily's case. As a result, coyotes are the only creature she feels any kinship towards, and she prefers a loner's life. (Oddly enough, she still has no qualms about killing and eating coyotes.)
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Pierrot.
A Russian playboy with a silver tongue. Early in the story, he sells his grandmother's tea cookie recipe to an alien shopkeep, and the profits make him disgustingly rich for the rest of the story.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Dmitri theorizes that he can make himself immune to stunners by zapping himself with them enough times. It works, and it lets him set up plenty of antics.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He acts as one to his daughter in the second series, constantly popping in (even on alien planets) "Just to check in".
- Anything That Moves: Dimitri will literally sleep with anything that has a sexual compatibility over 50%.
- In Red-9's case though, he had to be extremely drunk to even consider sleeping with her and they were sexually compatible enough to interbreed. He mentions that he sees the Eebs as too childlike to be attractive.
- Boldly Coming: He is absolutely shameless about his love of alien women. Early on, Nogg says that he'll sleep with anything with a sexual compatibility above fifty percent, and Dmitri spends the rest of the story proving him right.
- The Casanova: He sweet-talks alien women into bed within minutes of meeting them.
- Ethical Slut: When put in a position where he realizes that he'd be exploiting someone for sex, no matter how willing they are and how biologically compatible they are, he refuses while saying he tried his whole life to avoid such a situation. Later, she seduces him on more equal terms.
- Friends with Benefits: Him and Choan.
- Interspecies Romance:
- Shuar genuinely loves Dimitri; Dimitri doesn't care.
- Dimitri loves Dal, and she might reciprocate, but she's more committed to the G.O.B.
- Dimitri and Haldeyis have a strong relationship until his new job with the G.O.B. leaves him unable to spend time with her.
- Manipulative Bastard: He piles on ranks of this late in the story through a mix of The Charmer and High School Hustler, in his project to seize control of the GOB.Dimitri: "What can I do in 20 minutes, right?"
- A Man Is Always Eager: "Xenophile" might be a polite word for Dimitri. It's not clear how flexible his standards are when it comes to his own species, but when he's finished trying to chat up all the other abducted human women, he assesses every alien species he meets for compatibility.
- The Pornomancer: When introduced, he's entertaining two bikini-clad women in a rowboat. Over the course of the story, he first propositions all the human females, then proceeds to seduce every remotely compatible alien female he can find, regardless of looks or shape.
- Too Kinky to Torture: In the process of trying to immunize himself to stun gun shots, Dimitri starts enjoying it... a bit much.
- Vodka Drunkenski: His beverage of choice.
A Japanese hacker and otaku with an interest in cybernetics. She starts out calm and friendly, but quickly reveals a darker side.
- Action Girl: Grows into this role, especially as she gains more cybernetic upgrades.
- Animal-Eared Headband: She wears one, initially. Until she gets actual ears grafted onto her head.
- Arm Cannon: At various points in her upgrade cycle, she gets arms with guns in place of her hands.
- Artificial Limbs: Torturers cut off all four of her limbs, so she gets robotic replacements. She keeps upgrading these, and at some points she even adds extra limbs.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Her upgrades include a built-in space suit, allowing her to survive the near-vacuum of space without any external help.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yuri seems sweet, but she comes to enjoy excessive violence, and demonstrates a vindictive streak against those who've hurt her. For example, by cutting off one of her torturer's ears.
- Bio-Augmentation: In addition to having her limbs replaced with bionics, she has a cat-like alien's ears and Eeb brain tissue grafted to her. The latter of which allows her to use telekinesis and understand Eeb technology.
- Bishōnen Line: Her cyborg upgrades cause her to look increasingly inhuman—then her most powerful, "A God Am I" upgrade returns her to humanoid form, just with different skin color.
- Catgirl: She starts off with costume ears, but eventually surgically implants real cat-alien ears.
- Covert Pervert: Yuri has apparently done some things that even Dimitri finds obscene.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Possibly more symbolic than literal, but Yuri's descent into PTSD is accompanied by her cyborg implants becoming less human and more monstrous. In the end, Martina tells Yuri that if they're going to stay friends, she needs to remove all her weapons. This process along with getting brain-clamped brings Yuri more-or-less back to her senses.
- Laughing Mad: She lets loose with a lot of Evil Laughter when she gets particularly psychotic.
- Master of Unlocking: When it's an electronic lock, at least.Nogg: I've locked the doors, you're all stuck here—
Yuri: I hacked the door, it's open.
- One-Man Army: Eventually, she packs enough firepower to take down entire hordes of attackers by herself.
An Australian conspiracy theorist and all-around idiot. Nogg was supposed to grab his twin brother, Bill, instead, but accidentally got Dustin. Nobody realized the mistake until Dustin woke up, at which point it was too late to go back.
- Asshole Victim: Victim, then asshole, then both simultaneously and continuously for the rest of the comic.
- The Ditz: He's a gullible idiot who always believes whatever is least beneficial to the rest of the crew. He repeatedly joins the GOB even after they stun him and treat him like a prisoner, renames Earth to Dustinia, and thinks he's the Only Sane Man despite constant evidence to the contrary.
- Fantastic Racism: He hates aliens, and constantly talks down on Dmitri for willing to have sex with them.
- Patriotic Fervor:Dustin: Long live the Australian federal constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary democracy!
- Too Dumb to Live: Dustin. Trust in the authorities can be taken too far.
- Twin Switch: Inadvertently - Nogg meant to grab his identical twin, Bill, instead (the computer couldn't tell the two apart due to them having the same genes).
An unclamped eeb. The last in existence, as far as she can tell. She slips onto the I.A. Starbanger by pretending to be a normal eeb, and then works to trick the crew into helping her with her cause.
- The Unfettered: Both morally and literally. It's only when she unleashes insane unclamped eebs on the galaxy that she begins to reconsider her "free all eebs everywhere without exception" stance.
Galactic Organizational Body
The apex speaker of the GOB, and an old friend of Nogg's. Unfortunately, they split on less than friendly terms when Kuu-Drac accidentally killed off an entire sentient species in order to make a quick buck.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a genocidal torturer, he's usually a friendly guy. His charisma is why he's apex speaker in the first place.
New G.O.B. Spacetrawler crew:
The daughter of Dmitri and Red-9.
A Korean martial arts expert who was doing bodyguard work before he was recruited. Was technically dead when Nogg grabbed him.
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: Nogg concludes that he must be a great warrior, since he was thrown out of every martial arts school in South Korea. He failed to consider why Hwan was thrown out. He actually is a very competent martial artist. The "getting thrown out of martial arts schools" is probably more due to his attitude. Or his addiction to painkillers.
- Challenge Seeker: He considered working as a K-Pop band's bodyguard beneath him. He decides to join Nogg for the prospect of a "real challenge".
- Functional Addict: Needs a lot of painkillers to get through the day, but he's mostly on top of it.
An American corporate executive known for her charity work and honest business practices.
An Australian boxer who was kidnapped as an infant, enslaved, and forced to fight for slop on a daily basis. He holds a deep and abiding hatred for nearly everyone, and he has the fighting skills to back it up. Also, he's a kangaroo.
- Psycho for Hire: He joins the mission because he's pissed at the world and wants to inflict some pain.Nogg: Bikkie? Are you still willing t—
Nogg: Um. Yeah. Okay.
- Third-Person Person: Bikkie always talk this way.
- Uplifted Animal
- You No Take Candle: His speech is a little stilted, even with the translator chips.
A Zulu thief and stealth expert who initially rejected Nogg's offer, but then followed him onto the ship because it sounded like fun.
A young Ecaudorian man who happens to be Martina's half brother. He was born shortly after the events of the first story, when Martina's father took a vacation to Ecaudor and had a one-night stand. Mauricio was not recruited by Nogg, but by Reemp, a weapons engineer who thought that one of Martina's relatives would be able to use his new weapon safely.
Justice Arm Bot
A sentient weapon that gets attached to Mauricio's arm.