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Penelope Kit Adams

  • Action Girl: A Wild West gunslinger par excellence, impressive hand-to-hand skills, and can take a punch with the best of them.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't imply anything unpleasant about Poe in Kit's presence. Whether you're threatening her or impugning her character, it will end painfully for you.
    • She also reacts poorly to racism.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Kit hates wizards and the things they make. Her father was a wizard.
  • Celibate Anti-Hero: Kit takes great pride in being living proof that a devikin can make something of herself without having to prostitute herself. A flashback shows that she's so dead-set on Poe and herself avoiding getting stained with the Horny Devils image that she insists that neither of them have any sex at all.
    • Though she does tease Charsi for being a virgin.
  • Cute Little Fangs: They go with the horns.
  • Cute Monster Girl
  • Development Gag: Kit's first name is Penelope. The intended title of the comic was Penny Dreadful, until it was discovered that another webcomic already carries the title.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Embarrassing First Name: Penelope.

Poe Adams

Elizabeth "Liz" Napier

Jeanne Noelle



  • Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced as a dead fairy in a bottle that Liz forgot about. Ends up resurrecting Erin.
  • Fairy in a Bottle: The strip initially uses this as a parody of the Zelda example, where Liz remembers that she's got one when she pulls out a long dead bottled fairy and throws it at Erin. Then made more plot relevant, when it turns out the fairy, Ith, was a necromancer and proceeds to possess/resurrect (apparently something goes wrong and they end up Sharing a Body) Erin after Kit and Liz have left.
  • For Science!: The reason she wanted to study the zombies.
  • Genre Savvy: Upon seeing the slug-revived things, Erin and Ith instantly guess that they are zombies and shooting them in the head would be the best course of action.
    • Wrong Genre Savvy: Except that these particular zombies apparently don't work that way.
  • Mad Scientist: The revenge she has planned against Liz for leaving her to die in a bottle involves a lot of experimenting with Black Magic.
  • Painting the Medium: Her dialogue has a unique font, which is necessary in order to differentiate her speech from Erin's.
  • Sharing a Body: with Erin
  • Why Did It Have To Be Mice?: Terrified of mice, due to them being known to prey on fairies. Even when she's Sharing a Body that's much larger than the average mouse.


El Sabueso

  • Biggus Dickus: Implied. When one of the ninja girls gets a look at what he's got, she promptly suggests a round of Intimate Healing. However, Sabueso seemingly has performance issues likely due to Catherine's interference.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has no problems with fighting dirty. He ambushes Kit immediately after she gets badly beaten up by Jeanne, and his horse stabs Liz In the Back. Fortunately for Liz, an illusionist warned her of the ambush beforehand and prevented it, and thus only an illusion of her gets murdered.
  • Cool Horse: His horse, Bludkolt, is a horse dressed like someone out of The Dark Age of Comic Books.
  • Dark Age of Supernames: As part of his "parody of 90's comics" shtick, El Sabueso's name translates to "The Bloodhound" and his horse is called Bludkolt.
  • From a Certain Point of View: Assures some members of the JDA that Kit is weak and vulnerable after her run in with Jeanne and being tied up. She promptly starts to beat them to a pulp. He continues to insist that she's weak and vulnerable. Relatively.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being drawn like a character from The Dark Age of Comic Books, himself, he turns out to be a pretty talented artist.
  • Large Ham
  • Literal Split Personality: After Catherine's interference, he apparently splits into two people.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means The Bloodhound and he's a tracker.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Introduced in the first "Dreadful Advertising" as an utterly over the top goofball.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He was able to track Kit to a location she hadn't reached yet in order to lay in wait for her. Although we find out that's actually due to a magical artifact in his possession, rather than skill.
  • Seers: He claims he can track anything including... the FUTURE. Though in actuality, he's seeing the future with the help of a magical artifact, and that sight can be fooled with trickery.
  • Stylistic Suck: El Sabueso is intentionally drawn like a character from a Rob Liefeld comic.
  • Summon Magic: El Sabueso sacrificed the blood of the guilty to form a pact with a cruel, ruthless angel. As a result, he can summon her with a flute, though he has to shield his eyes to avoid being Taken for Granite.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Start with his being drawn like a Liefield character, then add in that most of the time he has No Indoor Voice, that he thinks briefings are for pansies and just add on from there.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Used to work for the government, but "left" after botching a rescue operation. He was supposed to recover a senator's son, but when he thought he'd tracked the kidnapper down, instead of a boy, he found a robot, which he assumed was a decoy of some kind. It was actually the senator's adopted son. Which El Sabueso only learned after blowing up the kidnapper's base with the robot still inside.

Judge Catherine

Chinami Umami


Charsi Parker


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