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- Action Girl: Naturally, as she's part dire wolf.
- A Minor Kidroduction: The prologue begins with her as a small pup at her dying mother's side.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: She had gray cream paws and hair tips in the first comic. These traits were carried into the reboot for a while before eventually being dropped.
- Forced to Watch: She was forced to watch her dying mother be eaten by a hyena.
- Hates Being Touched: She appears to be like this, or at least hates affection. See her reaction when Cricket nuzzles her.
- Hybrid Power: Being part Rubicund (dire wolf) has made her larger and stronger compared to the regular wolves, though she's not as large as a pure dire.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is a grumpy loner with little respect for anyone but herself, yet she still goes out of her way to protect others - notably, she rescues Cricket from the hyenas before even knowing who she is.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: She is half dire, half normal wolf.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother is deceased and her father is missing.
- Red Baron: The hyenas know her as "the green-eyed devil".
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks very similar to her mother.
- Tempting Fate: When she boasts that the Inarians are too stupid to catch her, she doesn't even get to finish her sentence before running into one of Cricket's traps.
- Cute Little Fangs: While all the wolves have fangs, Cricket's are especially adorable since they show as a neat little pair even when her mouth is closed.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Was the one hit with this the most. Her design was played with for a while before it was settled on. Her pup design in the test comic was drastically different.
- Genius Ditz: Despite her general cluelessness, Cricket is quite skilled at setting snares.
- Genki Girl: She is very cheerful, upbeat, and enthusiastic about proving herself to her peers by catching prey with her traps.
- Weak, but Skilled: She uses cunning and creativity to make up for her small size, including setting traps to catch prey that would be too big to bring down otherwise.
- Adaptation Name Change: His name was changed from Riptide (original comic) to Trip (in a test comic) and finalized to Sunstride in the reboot. There are no oceans nearby in either version so the former name, while nice, didn't make sense. The name "Sunstride" also reflects that he started out living in a desert.
- Bullying a Dragon: He deliberately provokes Swiftkill when they first meet even though she's much bigger than he is. She nearly mauls his face off before Cricket stops her.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Riptide gained a comparatively more muted color scheme as Sunstride.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is introduced as cocky and snarky, to the point where he picks a fight with Swiftkill when they first meet. Once he warms up to her and Cricket, though, he's a rather nice guy.
- Rousing Speech: He tries to rally the Shadeless to defend their oasis from Swiftkill. Subverted when they give up without a fight anyway.
- Urine Trouble: He attempts to do this to Swiftkill, of all wolves. Yeah, brave, but not a smart idea.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her name in the original was Whitewind.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Whitewind lacked the white streak on her back that Zephyr has.
- Meaningful Name: "Zephyr" means a soft gentle breeze, and also is the name of a Greek god of wind. So in other words, her new name means close to the same thing as her old name.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She refuses to let Swiftkill be executed without a fair trial. She also knows about and supports Cricket's efforts to befriend Swift, assigning the former to look after the latter.
- Knight Templar: He tries to have Swiftkill executed as a criminal without giving her a chance to defend herself. Zephyr calls him out on this.Zephyr: How strange that I'm reminding the importance of law and order to one barking monologues on the topic.
- Age Lift: He has been aged for the reboot. Accordingly, his relationship with Whitewind/Zephyr was changed to uncle and niece instead of them being mates.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Mythology Gag: He is introduced trying to convince Zephyr to go to war with the Rubicund, and she mentions that he always has had a lust for war. In the original comic, he died fighting in a war with the Smilodons.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He dies really quickly in the original, but in the reboot he has made it into old age.
Rubicund in General
- The Worf Effect: They're built up to be extremely powerful, dangerous, and feared by normal gray wolves, with Swiftkill oozing power just by being half Rubicund, but when Swiftkill and the others find their territory, they discover they have been completely taken over by the Stoneclaws. Justified, these are Smilodons we're talking about.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: In the old comic she wore a mysterious rope collar that was eventually to be explained by the Blackblood's former contact with humans, but the old comic never got that far, and the collar appears to have been dropped for the reboot, assuming it doesn't eventually make a reappearance.
- Action Girl: Bloodspill is a bulky dire wolf, so not surprising.
- Ambiguously Related: In the old comic she was Swiftkill's sister. Word of God is they have a different kind of relationship in the reboot without specifying what kind, though fans are speculating they may be still related somehow, such as being half-sisters or cousins.
- Badass in Distress: She's a big, powerful dire wolf, but when she first appears, she's trapped in a deep pit.
- Dumb Muscle: Rare female example.
- Facial Markings: She is shown with these, though it remains to be seen if they indicate the same thing (rank and being a Blackblood) they did in the original comic.
- No Party Like a Donner Party: She's introduced trapped in a pit, and surrounded by the skeletons of her packmates that she was forced to eat to stay alive.
The Hyena Clan
The Queen of Thorns
- Heinous Hyena: She destroys Swiftkill's den and sends her lackeys after her in the beginning.
- Obviously Evil: She's an hyena with a spiky collar.
- Orphaned Etymology: Apparently, she knows what a excavation crew is.
- Paid Harem: She has a reverse harem. If you pay close attention, she appears to be pregnant when Swiftkill encounters her (she has a very slight belly bump), which may possibly be why she sends her male servants after Swiftkill instead of attempting to fight her herself.
- Spikes of Villainy: She wears a collar with large sharp spikes, all from some kind of plant.
Shadeless in General
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Shadeless was a pack of "ultimate badasses" that gathered together to prove themselves by taking down Broadhorns (giant rhinos.) Now all that remains of them is a pack of lazy losers who lay around a tiny watering hole all day, fight over bones, and only get up to eat the bats that fly out of the nearby cave every night. Boy are they all lovable, though.
- If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: When Sunstride leaves the oasis, the rest of the Shadeless assume he won't survive and start fighting over his things.
- Proud Warrior Race: The Shadeless were very strong in their heyday, but things changed when their territory became a desert.
- With Friends Like These...: When Sunstride decides to go off on his own to find the Rubicund, a dangerous pack of dire wolves, the rest of the Shadeless are more concerned with bickering over who gets the bone he left behind, including Hearsay, his half-brother.
- Grumpy Old Man: Living in a desert with a bunch of jerks all your life will do that to you.
Stoneclaws in General