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"Come to Fawkesie you little arse..."

Fawkes is Lower Crowchurch's infamous town drunk and comes from a long line of infamous town drunks. A poacher by 'occupation' Fawkes is one of the first people to witness the alien menace. His warnings to the town go unheeded due to his past drunken antics. When he joins Clive and the others he reveals himself to be quick-thinking and courageous in spite of his questionable personality. He acts as a bit of a lancer to Clive.

  • The Alcoholic: As Gilbert says, Fawkes is a slave to the bottle.
  • Crying Wolf: When he announces to Lower Deeping that aliens have landed he is dismissed because of his status as the town drunk.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: He has a reputation for being sly and quick on his feet.
  • Roguish Poacher: Fawkes' profession.

Clive Slipaway
"Damnedest thing..."

Clive is a former Navy man and an old dog of very few words. He had hoped to retire in quiet Lower Crowchurch, but when the aliens appear he is forced to use his skills and experience to keep the other survivors safe. His jaded attitude shows on his droopy face, but he is a fighter and his cool-headed leadership is an asset to the group.

  • Old Soldier: A former Navy man who has clearly been through a great deal.
  • Nerves of Steel: Clive is simply unflappable. We have yet to see him truly lose his cool.
  • Retired Badass: Was preparing to retire before the aliens attacked.
  • The Stoic: If Clive speaks it is only because something needs to be said and he'll use the lowest number of words possible.
  • Straight Gay: Implied; his watched was dedicated to his "darling Charles", and Susan speculates this is the reason he remained so private about his life. Needless to say, he isn't flamboyant in the slightest.

Gilbert Arrant
"We can't let Clive go off on his own. It'll be fun"

Described in Susan's journal as an "over-familiar man-trollope" Gilbert is an effusive man and a figure in Lower Crowshurch's social scene. He quickly takes a liking to Clive's urgent attitude and joins the Navy man's investigation of the alien attacks for the sake of excitement.

Peter Minks
"Our, uhm... wee adventure."

Peter is a timid reporter and a best friend of Gilbert's. He tags a long when Gilbert and Clive begin to look into the alien attacks. While he doesn't have many skills to help the survivors he is dutiful in his written recording of the events for posterity.

  • Intrepid Reporter: Even while running from an alien menace he is diligent with his written recording of events.

Alphred Swagger
"Bleedin' murderin' thing..."

A young boy whose aunt is among the first victims of alien attack. He is niave as can be and urges Clive to let him follow him with the hopes of enacting revenge on the aliens. The pig quickly learns that virtues like courage and heroism are not entirely black-and-white.

  • The Load: Doesn't add much to the group dynamic and, in fact, he endangers the group more than once.

Susan Peardew
"My wits are perfectly fine."

An extremely reclusive writer who lives alone on the outskirts of Lower Crowchurch. By her own admission she has a nervous disorder and medicates heavily with cigarettes and alcohol. She puts on a good face though and turns out to be one of the more resourceful members of the group. She is responsible for the fame of her ex-husband Lewis Cornfelt (who we meet in the comic's second volume Enemy Within) as she edited and re-wrote all of his books. This causes her no small amount of resentment.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Susan claims to suffer from "a nervous disorder" This reveals itself as an intense aversion to interpersonal interaction.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With her piss-poor social skills Susan is a champion snarker.
  • Functional Addict: Like Fawkes Susan is absolutely an alcoholic, but unlike Fawkes she holds down a decent job and is a level-headed member of the group.
  • Must Have Nicotine: The cat smokes like a chimney and is extremely unpleasant when Clive forbids her from smoking because the heat would attract the aliens.