Characters of The Whiteboard.
Tropes applying to the cast in general:
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Given that Doc has his own "Threat Board" at the local Fire Department, that's saying something.
- He also caused a lot of damage when he overdosed on caffeine.
- He (apparently) did less the second time around he ingested that much caffeine.
Raccoon (Procyon lotor) tinkerer, electronics expert and part-time inventor.
- Mad Scientist: Occasionally makes Doc look sane.
- Playful Hacker: Hijacks Kill-Sats for fun. Generally, if he's shown with his laptop out, he's probably doing something he shouldn't.
- Rascally Raccoon: Roger only lacks the "scientist" part to be a fully-fledged Mad Scientist Gadgeteer Genius, and is prone to pranking others at Doc's paintball shop.
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.
- Behind a Stick: He is so stealthy that he has hidden behind trees much too small to normally hide behind. He once hid behind himself.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like Swampy, his real name has never even been hinted at.
- The Prankster: Combines stealth skills and an idiosyncratic sense of humor to great effect, and frequently gets away with it too.
- Stealth Expert: Capable of sneaking up on just about anybody on the paintball field and good enough to even pull off the occasional Stealth Hi/Bye. Not only can he hide Behind a Stick, but he manages to hide behind himself in this strip.
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).
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Eight sisters (four older, four younger). He's the only boy. Small wonder he uses every opportunity to get out of the house (and into trouble with Doc and the gang).
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His name is Jimmy Olsen. Admit it: You'd prefer to be called "Jinx" too.
- Outnumbered Sibling: Jinx has eight sisters, used to explain why he hangs around at Doc's shop a lot.
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.
- Ax-Crazy: Probably the cast member quickest to resort to violence. Yes, quicker than Doc, even.
- Berserk Button: Doc.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Tends to have this effect.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Not helped by her pouncing instincts either.
- Sex Sells: Quite willing to weaponize her effect on the predominantly young and male customers of Doc's store in order to get a sale.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Wears very skimpy clothing due to being, well, a snow leopard with very thick fur. In any kind of temperate environment, she's at serious risk of heat stroke.
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.