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    RGB 

RGB

First Appearance: Chapter 1: The Hook (Page 1)

Last Appearance: N/A

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A mysterious individual who wants to find a hero to stop the end of his world. It's implied he's done this several times before. Really, really hates his cousin.

  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: He seems to have no memories of what his Superpowered Evil Side does, and apparently isn't even aware of it.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Since he's kind of shifty and his exact intentions for Hero are still unknown. Though since he does seem to care for her safety, he's probably at least relatively good. Even Hero herself calls him "Neutral" when asked if she thinks he's evil.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: RGB can adjust his set, so to speak - make himself any colour or combination thereof, and he does use it for this trope.
  • The Chooser of The One: Several different Ones, apparently.
  • Classy Cane: He can even throw it and call it back with a snap of his fingers.
  • Color Coded Emotions: According the author/artist, RGB's color bars drip in order to express his emotions like blue is sadness, red is anger, green is happiness and so on and so forth. They have also said that multiple colors drip for more varied emotions. This is later stated in the comic (when they trek through the Sands of Regret).
  • Dancing Pants: There is nothing between his head and collar, his sleeves and gloves, and his trousers and shoes.
    • Hero asks about the gaps between his limbs in Page 306. RGB's response is that he's always had them.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: "Warming up" aren't the right words, but he is noticably starting to treat Hero better than he was at the beginning of their adventure.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Practically nothing has been shown of it, but given that he's apparently dead...
  • Expressive Mask: The test card bars on his face change to show his expression.
  • Floating Limbs: Interestingly, he does seem to have something where his wrists and ankles would be. You just can't see it.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's 5'5'' and very well built. We almost never see him fight, though. Not regular RGB, anyway.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts suave most of the time, but he quickly reveals his jerk side and can be callous to others' discomfort. In the end he's helped the Hero out of the difficult situations they've faced, and at least has made an effort to look after her.
  • Limited Wardrobe: A variation. He wears the same outfit at all times, but its colours and patterns change.
  • Logical Weakness: He's got an electronic for a head, so logically he doesn't take well to water.
  • Lovable Coward: Only fights when he's forced to; he'd rather run away.
  • Meaningful Name: RGB means Red Green Blue after the additive color model used in the first color television broadcast, as well as the CRT and LCD monitors and TV sets that followed it.
  • Mr. Exposition: He says it's a coping habit.
  • Mundane Utility: One can actually use RGB's head as a television, but he's asleep and cannot wake when used this way.
  • Non-Human Head: Has a floating television for a head and no actual physical body otherwise; he animates a set of clothes that appear to be empty below the television.
  • Persona Non Grata: He ends up being exiled from the Market after the incident with Click.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hero's red.
  • Reluctant Hero: Page 299 reveals that saving the world isn't really his thing and he's only doing it because if his world dies, all of them do.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Displays Doctorish levels of it on occasion (see the quote below).
  • Stealth Pun: RGB is a man with a TV for a head who guides Hero. He's literally a TV guide.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Brought on after being attacked by a Grief. Word of God is he doesn't know about it. Doesn't appear to have any superpowers that RGB doesn't have, but excels at dishing out violence.
  • Surreal Symbolic Heads: RGB's head is shaped like a TV, something that plays a role in the plot several times.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After Click's outburst over people assuming he's a movie antagonist, RGB has this say:
    RGB Ahh, poor Click; always the henchman, never the honcho.
    Click: What does that mean?
    RGB: Precisely what it means; You're a sap, a stooge! A common thug for hire. You see dear boy... You can be as vociferous and violent as you like but there's something that distinguishes the monsters from the mundane... something that you lack.
  • TV Head Robot: Well, he's not a robot, presumably. But he looks the part.
  • Twisting the Words: And juicing them for maximum snark.
  • Was Once a Man: If his odd dreams are anything to go by, he seems to be experiencing the memories of a former artist of some sort, hinting at this possibility.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Played with, since RGB himself is a TV. After he passes out coming down from his Superpowered Evil Side rampage his clothes gain error textures and messages like "PLEASE STAND BY". This could be considered like the footage cutting out due to something drastic happening.
  • White Gloves: Most of the time his outfit has these, though some outfits change his glove colour.
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    Hero 

Hero

First Appearance: Chapter 1: The Hook (Page 1)

Last Appearance: N/A

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Our hero, a young child who eagerly accepts RGB's call, despite not knowing what's in store.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Her skin is fairly dark, and it was a little ways into the comic before Mod confirmed that she is in fact half-indian.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Many fans headcanon her having autism, for reasons best explained in this post.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Being a short-haired prepubescent kid, a lot of people were asking about her gender before RGB referred to her as a girl on-panel.
  • Cheerful Child: Most of the time she's peppy and interested in the world around her, though the trials that come with her and RGB's adventures do get to her from time to time.
  • Constantly Curious: Coaxes RGB into giving Exposition all the time.
  • Disney Death: She briefly appears to have died when she falls and gets stabbed through the tree, but it turns out that it just went through the hole made by the fear previously.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Hero is just called Hero, because she can no longer remember who she is so she has to be referred to by what she is.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: She used to have, but in the market she traded two of her fingers for Assok, so it's three-fingered now.
  • Friend to Bugs: Is absolutely enamored with Tinker, a large mantis-like character. "I love bugs!"
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She gets a jumper from Cell that's a bit too big for her. It hides the fact that she traded two of her fingers for Assok from the readers - RGB notices.
  • Jumped at the Call: Though she made sure to say goodbye to her mother first.
  • Kid Hero: It's implied that RGB chose her to be the hero because she's a kid, and therefore more able to accept and understand the nonsensical nature of the world he's brought her to.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twice. First she's stabbed through the heart by a fear, and later by a tree branch in the exact same spot.
  • Name Amnesia: At first she seems to be No Name Given, but eventually is made to realise she has Identity Amnesia.
  • Plucky Girl: Her curiosity and sense of humor have survived some fairly traumatic events.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to RGB's blue.
  • Supporting Protagonist: At present, knows nothing, and is just following RGB.

    Assok 

Assok

First Appearance: Chapter 7: P.O.V (Page 115)

Last Appearance: (for now) Chapter 14: Click (Page 251)

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A sentient green sock. Likes Hero quite a bit... and RGB not so much.

  • Ambiguous Gender: The author has stated that alternating he, she and they is fine when referring to them, or simply just referring to them as Assok.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Is a talking sock puppet.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mess with Hero.
  • Put on a Bus: Assok is required to stay behind during Page 251.
  • The Hero: Is revealed to be one of these,which puts a new spin on his introduction.
  • Honorable Elephant: Might have been one, if to/375 this page is any indication (the flashback segues into Assok waking up, so...)
  • Meaningful Name: Assok is a sock. And like a sock, Assok is empty on the inside; they have no voice of their own and can only echo what others say.
  • The Reveal: Page 298 reveals that Assok is (was?) one of the heroes.
  • The Speechless: Sort of. They do speak, but only in echoes of what others have said. Given the comic format, it's unclear whether they have a voice of their own, or are merely able to "record" speech and play it back as needed.
    • Word of God has stated that they play back speech combined with what they want their voice to sound like.
  • Team Pet: Of a sort, being a cute critter that accompanies RGB and Hero for a time.

Recurring Characters

    Madras 

Madras

First Appearance: Chapter 2: Rushes

Last Appearance: ?

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Proprietor of the House of Paint. Though she sells a wide variety of vials from nightmares to dreams, it seems RGB is her only customer these days.

    TOby 

TOby

First Appearance: Chapter 3: Soft Focus (Page 50)

Last Appearance:N/A

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A jerk and a previous hero who just wants RGB to stop talking to him.

  • Creepy Doll: He's always smiling and he hates everything. Hero even helps him sit up since he appears unable to do so himself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Well, more of a smiling snarker, but then he has no control over his expression. Or anything else, which explains his attitude.
  • Fallen Hero: Page 298 reveals that Toby was one of the former heroes. Though since he and Dial are working for the Big Bad...
  • Fate Worse than Death: He was ripped into twenty pieces and sewn back together as a doll with his own nerves by somebody called Hate. Left his view in life rather bleak to say the least.
    • In chapter 11: Page 203 he is dropped into the Abyss by Dial. Chapters later shows he's still falling.
  • Its Pronounced Tro PAY: He gets really annoyed when people don't pronounce his name as TOby.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Not that he has any choice.
  • Punny Name: TOby's name is a pun on the phrase "To be". It's very possible that it'll be important later on.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns in Chapter 11 along with Dial. The latter throws him into the abyss below for refusing his offer of relocation.
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    Dial 

Dial

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RGB's radio host cousin and one of the former heroes. RGB finds him to be annoying.
  • Affably Evil: Though working for Hate, Dial's behavior is still the same overly kind attitude he normally has.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Not in the comic itself, but Mod's art of human Dial portrays him as this.
  • American Accents: Dial appears to speak with a Southern American accent.
  • Fallen Hero: Page 298 reveals that Dial was one of the former heroes. Though since he and Toby are working for the Big Bad...
  • Foreshadowing: During Chapter 11: Page 200, he mentions Elastic Valley and Endless Deep as well as working for someone.
  • Nice Guy: Definitely comes off as this. He's revealed to Affably Evil during Page 200 during his scene with Toby.
  • Motor Mouth: Dial seems to talk a mile a minute when given the chance, to anyone's dismay.
  • Non-Human Head: He has a retro broadcasting microphone for a head.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: First thing he does when he spots his cousin RGB is give him an unwanted hug. Dial later picks up Toby and pulls him into a swinging hug on page 200.
  • Radio Voice: Naturally, as he is a radio host.
  • Red Right Hand: He wears a red glove on his right hand, and is definitely not all he seems to be.
  • The Dragon: He appears to working for Hate along with Toby.

    Julienne 

Julienne

First Appearance: Chapter 8: Beat (Page 146)

Last Appearance:

Wife to Melody and a previous hero. She does not have a good opinion of RGB.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: She's made of candy floss and chocolate.
  • The Bus Came Back: She returns along with Melody during Page 243. For all of two or three pages, and then Hate ships her and Melody off somewhere else.
  • Knife Nut: Her feet (and beak) are made of knifes and her debut has her try to stab RGB with her knife feet.
  • Meaningful Name: Julienne is a French culinary term for cutting food into thin strips similar to matchsticks. Fitting, considering parts of her body are knives, which she uses to attack RGB, and the connection to food since she's made of edibles.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She can aptly described as a confectionery ballerina bird with knife feet.
  • Ship Tease: She gets a bit of this before being revealed as a lesbian.

    Melody 

Melody

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Wife to Julienne and a previous hero.
  • The Bus Came Back: She returns along with Julienne during Page 243 before being put right back on the bus to somewhere else.
  • Genius Bonus: All of her speech is in musical notes, which make sense to those who know music theory.
  • Meaningful Name: Melody is a beast made up of instruments.

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Inhabitants of the Market

A Bazaar of the Bizarre where individuals meet to barter for and exchange body parts, in hopes of filling out the missing parts of their design.
    Cell 

Cell

First Appearance:Chapter 12: Wardrobe (Page 212)

Last Appearance:?

The proprietor of Miss Cell Any's Emporium and the curator and appraiser of items, Cell has a variety of stuff to suit the needs of any person and can re-purpose items for new uses.
  • Granny Classic: She treats Hero like a grandchild, including offering her clothes she finds embarrassing or unappealing, chastises RGB like an errant son, is mentioned to have been around for a long time, wears small glasses and knits.
  • Multicolored Hair: Or multicolored hedgehog spines, as it were. Her back is patchy in multiple colors like a patchwork quilt, though it's a bit difficult to tell if that's actually her back or if she's wearing a shawl and her spines are poking through.
  • No Indoor Voice: Often roars at all and sundry. If you hear her, you'd better get moving.

    Tailor 

Tailor

First Appearance:Chapter 12: Wardrobe (Page 213)

Last Appearance:?

A mannequin, a worker of Cell's and another acquaintance of RGB's as well as a previous hero.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Is actually genderfluid, meaning that they don't commit to a single gender and often change pronouns. When she's introduced, she uses female pronouns. When they're last seen, they're addressed gender-neutrally.
  • Bandaged Face: Gives this appearance but that's actually how their face and the rest of their body is.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
  • Eyeless Face: Has a mouth but no eyes. It turns out they have eyes or at least eye sockets and it's just covered by their wrapping.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Similar to TOby, she makes a offhanded mention that her current form is due to literally being cut into ribbons. She doesn't seem too bothered by it, retaining the ability to move at the very least, but the way she mentions it and how she mentioned "the privilege of having arms at all" earlier makes it clear it's a sore point for her.

    Tinker 

Tinker

First Appearance:Chapter 12: Wardrobe (Page 214)

Last Appearance:?

A mechanical mantis who's another one of Cell's workers and a previous hero

    Click 

Click

First Appearance:Chapter 11: Ensemble (Page 193)

Last Appearance:?

A tin soldier who seems to hold a grudge against RGB over something that happened a long time ago...

  • Antagonist Title: Chapter 14 is named after Click, the antagonist of that chapter.
  • Armour-Piercing Question: He tries to get Hero to execute RGB by asking her what heroes do to monsters.
  • Body Horror: In order to chase down Hero and RGB during Page 278, his arms split into pieces to become long, bird-like legs. His Glowing Eyes of Doom during the middle panel only serves to make him seem really off.
  • Determinator: Click isn't the type to give up. When Hero and RGB evade him, he chases them down. Once he has them cornered, he tries to convince Hero to execute RGB. When that fails, he tries to kill Hero and RGB himself. Even when killed off, a piece of him still survives.
  • The Dreaded: RGB's first reaction to seeing him in Page 193 is to panic before hiding Hero (and himself) to avoid the tin soldier.
  • Eye Cam: Click uses his bottom left eye to see where Hero and RGB are going during Page 270.
  • Eye Scream: Click tears off his bottom left button (we know that his buttons are actually eyes) and shoots in into a pole in order to track Hero and RGB. This serves him well since he lives on through that eye during Page 295.
  • Implied Death Threat: When Click sees RGB during Page 255, he makes a finger gun with his right hand before lifting it, implying that he's going to shoot RGB.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once he enters the story, it becomes much more serious. Unlike the other monsters Hero and RGB have faced up until this point, Click is actively out to end their lives and seems to have a grudge against RGB.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He and RGB are informed by the guardians in Page 290 that those who commit wrongdoing must pay the price. Guess what happens to Click after his laser beam is redirected toward the guardians.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: He inverts this by telling RGB to look at his chest. That's because his head is not only empty but actually a weapon.
  • Nightmare Face: Click's waterlogged head during Page 297 is not a pleasant sight to behold.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Click is one of the most unnerving characters so far, due to his utter hatred of RGB.
  • Wham Line: Click has this to say during Page 284 after the guardians stop him from attacking RGB.
    Click:You may have your justice but let me first have mine: Upon the one who stole my life- the man who murdered "Me".
  • Would Hurt a Child: After Hero refuses to hurt RGB, he shoots out his hand to grab her. Luckily, RGB intervenes.

    Magnus 

Magnus

First Appearance:Chapter 11: Ensemble (Page 207)

Last Appearance:

RGB's friend. Seems to know an awful lot.

    The Guardians 

The Guardians

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A horse-like creature and a bird-like creature who see to the safety and order of the market and its denizens.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: The two sometimes alternate when speaking.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: They believe that misdeeds should be repaid in kind, following the barter system the market abides by. While they agree that Click has a right to his revenge against RGB, considering RGB's transgression, they point out that Click has caused a lot of damage to the market pursuing RGB and Hero. Considering this, they can't let him have free reign since he's now guilty as well.
    • They also let RGB and Hero go, recognizing that they aren't entirely at fault in the current situation, but recognize RGB as potentially dangerous and request that he leave and never return.
  • Tarot Motifs: They're references to the High Priestess card, more specifically the two pillar present in the card image, as the black one is always on the left and the white one always on the right. The High Priestess card reflects wisdom, hidden knowledge and the need to think before acting.

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    Time 

Time

First Appearance: Chapter 19, Page 364

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    Hate 

Hate

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  • Big Bad: Though not seen yet, she's the closet one the story has so far. She's first mentioned during Chapter 3: Page 53.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Judging by what she did to Toby, it's possible that she's capable of inflicting these.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Considering that Hate is out to destroy this world (destroying all the others in the process), she's effectively this through her effects on this world.
  • The Ghost: She's mentioned in Chapter 3 though she hasn't actually appeared yet.
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