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Tropes applying to the cast in general:

  • Funny Animal: Everybody. Earlier strips had faceless generic characters implied to be human, but they've been gradually phased out over the years.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: To such an extent that at least half the regular characters' real names have never been revealed.


Doc (a.k.a. Mortimer J. Abraham Tiberius Nickelovich-Smythe)

The irascible polar bear (Ursus maritimus) owner of the paintball store the strip revolves around.

  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: He has the emergency services, National Guard, and window replacement guys on speed dial. Another comic showed that the fire department has a switchboard indicating what emergency he needs them for now (many of them explosions of some sort).
  • Bears Are Bad News: The protagonist airsmith Big Eater Gadgeteer Genius grumpy polar bear has been known to strike particularly idiotic customers with a mallet, and isn't afraid of mauling people who've pushed him too far.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Doc's a stickler for proper equipment usage, safety, and maintenance. Given some of the inane or outright stupid customer requests he's had to deal with over the years, it's an understandable peeve, but it does seem kinda strange coming from a guy who's shop explodes several times a week. But then again, there's probably a good reason Doc's hobbies haven't killed him yet.
    • Another major annoyance for him are customers making minor problems worse with their "repair" attempts and then expecting him to fix it or buying cheap crappy markers and then seeking to have them worked on by Doc to make them useful, which tends to be met with mallets or maulings.
  • Big Eater: Once ordered and ate a whole deep-fried walrus.
    • And now with this strip, Sandy describes Doc's usual lunch as such:
      Sandy: And I assume that you'll want your usual 25,000 calories worth of meat, lard, salt, carbohydrates and partially hydrogenated soybean oil?
      Doc: And a large fries.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Doc has been repairing markers for so long, he can tell what was wrong with them... even after being reduced to dust in a rock tumbler. By snorting it.
  • Genius Bruiser: Doc easily qualifies, being built like one would expect of a polar bear, and who builds things like pizza teleporters, mecha, and reality-altering devices (as a paintball gun!) as a hobby.
  • Hard Head: Doc would have some serious problems without this.
  • Healing Factor: Doc has one, powered by mountain dew apparently.
  • Heavy Sleeper: As side effect of his Caffeine Addiction, anytime Doc crashes he crashes HARD (especially if he's been hitting the stims). And due to his size the "heavy" part is quite literal; Roger once had to use a forklift to move him.
  • Infinite Supplies: Where does he get the money for all his crazy stuff? DARPA. It's probably best not to ask about the details.
  • Mad Scientist: Builds paintball markers that shoot through time in his spare time.
  • Mr. Fixit: Takes this Up to Eleven. On one occasion he has repaired a marker that had come to him as a mass of broken bits in a paper bag just by shaking the bag the right way. Fixing a marker that had literally been ground to dust took him a little longer. In his own words:
    "With the right filler rod I can fix the crack of dawn."
  • Must Have Caffeine: Prefers Mountain Dew to coffee, but still falls under this trope and then some: His Dew is home-brewed because the normal stuff "isn't strong enough".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Even the government just calls him "Doc".
  • Overly Long Name: Mortimer J. Abraham Tiberius Nickelovich-Smythe, according to his entry on the cast page.
  • Person of Mass Destruction:



Raccoon (Procyon lotor) tinkerer, electronics expert and part-time inventor.


Swamp Fox (a.k.a. "Swampy")

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes kenaiensis) regular at the store, although he's generally more interested in hanging out on the couch and playing videogames than in buying anything. Helps out around the store or on Red's field on occasion. Currently dating Sandy.

  • Blinding Bangs: Without his hat Swampy is too similar to Red. Here the author tries a new look.
  • Butt-Monkey: If anything bad needs to happen to somebody, it's usually him.
  • The Faceless: Swampy is almost never seen without his face obstructed by his hat or some object
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: To the point where his actual name has never come up in the comic.
  • The Slacker: His entire existence revolves around the couch at Doc's store, occasional paintball games and, these days, Sandy.



Another store and field regular. Ferret (Mustela furo). Prefers stealth and precision over the More Dakka approach common in modern paintball and does pretty well with it.


Rainman (aka "Daniel")

A tourney player. Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus). Very much a fan of the "spray and pray" method. Usually contrasted with Bandit.

  • Meat Versus Veggies: Since he's an herbivore in a cast of mostly carnivores, his lunch orders tend to be the odd one out.
  • More Dakka: Tends to blow a tube of paint just at the chrony.
  • Super Hearing: Claims to be better than Robin, and manages to generate feedback when his ears collide with another lapine.


Jinx (a.k.a. James "Jimmy" Olsen)

An arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) kid who wandered into the store one day (in part to escape his many, many sisters) and has since become a regular and part-time employee both in the store and on the field (where he refs with the aid of a bullwhip-taser combo).



A skunk (Mephitis mephitis) who works at a bank and plays paintball to relieve some stress. Tends to get dragged into the schemes and shenanigans of other characters against his will. In a relationship with Pirta.

  • Only Sane Man: In almost every situation he is far more level-headed than his friends, and is often frustrated by their extremes (see Roger dragging him off during the PvP/The Whiteboard crossover). Still, he likes to play with machetes.
  • Smelly Skunk: A Running Gag with him. In one memorable incident, he set off biohazard alarms and caused Doc's security system to trigger the Wildfire Protocol. Doc got to the override console with 5 seconds to spare.


Sandy (a.k.a. Sandra Rae)

A fox (Vulpes vulpes) who got a job as Doc's secretary more or less by accident. Now does the paperwork and tries to hold on to her sanity when she's not sneaking off into the broom closet with Swampy.


Pirta (a.k.a. "PJ")

A snow leopard (Panthera uncia) descended from kazakh immigrants. Extremely good-looking and not above making use of her assets. Used to work at the asian restaurant down the street but ended up working in the store after said restaurant got blown up one too many times due to Doc's experiments. Dating Jake.

    Larry And Daryl 

Larry And Daryl

Squirrel brothers (implied to be twins) who started out as no-necks with names, became popular characters, and when the cast went all-furry, became squirrels.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Daryl frequently edges into this territory, particularly in his obsession with paint grenades (that usually backfire in hilarious ways).
  • The Dividual: Of the Twindividual sort. They're almost always together, and it's hard to tell which is which (unless one is directly addressed). Word of God says even their parents can sometimes have trouble telling them apart.
  • Those Two Guys: Always appear together when the plot calls for a quick two-man comedy routine...or a pair of hapless victims (frequently the same thing).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Daryl's name has also been spelled Darrel, Darryl, back to Darrel, then Daryl (only four strips later!)...



Cheetah girl who has become a friend of Jinx.

  • Puppy Love: Has a bit of a crush on Jinx. At present, the feeling is somewhat one-sided.
  • Tomboy: While she's fairly stereotypically girly in terms of appearance (long blond hair, wears pink...), she does fit this trope in her behavior. Her introduction arc has her first running over Jinx by sledding way too fast, then crashing into Doc's office and starting an indoor snowball fight. She's into things going fast (a natural fit for a cheetah) and things blowing up (a natural fit for somebody hanging out in the vicinity of Doc and Roger), and she's a lot more assertive than Jinx.


Robin "Radar"

Fennec (Vulpes zerda) girl who recently moved to the area.

  • Super Hearing: She tends to use her large ears to find opponents.


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