The cast of Zebra Girl, and all tropes that pertain to them.
Events prior to the "Sandra in the Outlands" arc (or Subfusc arc) won't be hidden by spoiler tags. Read this page at your own risk.
Sandra Eastlake (Zandra)
Sandra is a normal, mildly temperamental young woman, fresh out of college and working at a temp agency. She owns a home with her two friends, Jack and Crystal. Really, she sort of runs the place. Her normal life changed drastically following a freak magical incident, which turned her into a demon. She has been struggling with her new life even since, but can always count on her closest friends to cheer her up. However, she just wants to be normal again, as being a demon isn't all sunshine lolipops and rainbows, and her very presence on Earth has a lot of unexpected consequences...
After a series of events, Sandra succombed to her demonic urges, and turned against her friends, making her whole hometown her playground and torturing people daily. After going too far, Jack realized that the Sandra they knew is gone and had no choice but to banish her into another dimension. Sandra ended up in the Subfusc, a magical dreamland in which she lost her powers and transformed back into a human. There, she met Viv, a mysterious woman who helped her remember what it was to be human, but also an archdemon who only wished to corrupt her even further in order to persuade her to free him from his prison.
At the end of her stay in the Subfusc, Sandra recovers her powers and is a demon once again, but also regains the humanity she lost. She goes back to Earth, with a new outlook on her life, and ends up becoming the leader of the monsters who settled in her hometown. Meanwhile, Jack notices her return, and prepares himself to fight once again a former friend who hurt him and his sister, and who he has every reason to think is a menace to the world...
- Action Girl: Thanks to her demonic form and the powers which go with it, she is able to fight quite well when she needs to, and overpowered numerous foes several times without any external help.
- Ascended Demon: Becomes one after the "Sandra in the Outlands" (Subfusc) arc, thanks to the help of Viv and Mabel. She remains a demon, but is no longer seeking to hurt others for her own enjoyment, and is trying to make her fellow monsters and humans co-exist as peacefully as possible. Other demons pretty much consider her to be a traitor.
- Aside Glance: Sandra does one after a spider of the Subfusc begins to talk to her.
- The Atoner: Following the events of the Subfusc arc, Zandra comes to regret her past actions and turns a new leaf, choosing to keep being a demon while keeping her morality, though she doesn't expect her friends to forgive her for what she did.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Turning into a demon made Sandra very powerful (after all, her powers come directly from an archdemon), however she also gained demonic urges along with her powers, and those urges include torturing people, since terrorizing and hurting them bring her pleasure.
- Berserk Button: Don't tell Sandra that she is lonely despite herself. She's likely to drop you from a great height and hiss at you. Also don't hurt her friends, unless you're ready to face hell's fury. Well, unless she is the one hurting them...
- Bi the Way: Sandra considers herself to be thoroughly heterosexual. The Lotus-Eater Machine inflicted by Incubus revealed that, deep down, she has romantic feelings for Crystal.
- Breath Weapon: She can breath fire on her enemies. And on her former friends.
- Brought Down to Normal: Being banished to the Subfusc had the secondary effect of turning her back into a human, something which freaked her out.
- Can't Stay Normal: After wanting for a long time to become normal again, her wish is finally granted in the Subfusc... Except that at that point, she came to enjoy being a demon, and is definitely not happy to be back to her human form. By the end of the arc, after solving her identity crisis, she gained her demon form back.
- The Corruptible: During the Subfusc arc, in which Incubus is trying his best to manipulate her to fulfill his desires by baiting her with the possibility of giving her back her demonic powers, and more.
- The Corruption: Being turned into a demon slowly but surely corrupted her. While she seemed to keep her mind and free-will intact (despite being very depressed), the very fact that she is now a demon affected everything and everyone around her, including inanimate objects such as her house, which slowly turned into an Eldritch Location. Her very being also attracted all kind of weird creatures, such as werewolves and vampires, the latter having migrated en-masse to her town during the time skip (along with some ghouls). When Sandra snapped and decided to embrace her demonic nature, she got Drunk on the Dark Side and lost any remnant of what made her human, forgetting her memories of her human life (at least, until Viv, Mabel and even Incubus in his own twisted way helped her to remember). As Gregory puts it, when he is explaining to Sam why he is hunting her:Gregory:This town has been consumed by chaos and mayhem. Werewolves, disapperances, burnings, fear, panic, occult forces gathering under her. She is poisoning this place... This world. She is a seed of darkness. Whether or not Sandra has an evil personality is irrelevant. The essence of hell on Earth can only bring harm. As a demonic creature, she represents a deleterious element which can not be tolerated.
- Creepy Long Fingers: She has longer-than-average fingers (which also double as claws).
- Crisis of Faith: Zig zagged. Sandra refers to herself as an agnostic (you may want to take a look at the useful notes page of Atheism, which includes the definition of agnoticism), and throughout the story had many moments of doubts and anger towards God. After meeting Viv, she is quite shaken to discover that she is the biblical Eve, making her the living proof that God really does exists.
- Cursed with Awesome: On the one hand, becoming a demon sure has its drawbacks, and for Sandra who just wanted to be normal, her new form is a curse which ruined her life, preventing her from seeing her mother and building normal relationships. On the other hand, she became incredibly powerful and got a lot of powers.
- Dare to Be Badass: She gets one, from Incubus, but not in the usual way. Incubus wants Sandra to be Daddy's Little Villain, while she wants to be The Atoner, so he taunts her with taking his power and proving him wrong by not being corrupted by it, while he expects that she would get corrupted.
- Dark Action Girl: Shifting to the bad side inevitably led her to become this. She wanted to be feared, and she damn well succeeded.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Struggling against this is a major part of the series. It's eventually played straight: during her time with Viv, Sandra falls off into a time stream, in which she has a vision of a woman taking care of her after she got wounded. She doesn't recognize the woman, and it takes her a moment to realize that it was her own mother.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sandra loves to snark. That aspect only got exacerbated when she became evil.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": Played with. Sandra refuses to be called "mistress" by her monsters, because it makes her feel like a dominatrix. However, she is fine being called "Ma'am" or "Majesty".
- The Dreaded:
- Eventually, Sandra became this to her whole hometown when she decided to embrace being a demon. She also became this to her friends, who had no other solution but to ban her into another dimension in order to stop her. Five in-universe years later, her former friends still view her as a very dangerous being and are extremely wary of her.
- After the Subfusc arc, while she seems to act as a reasonable ruler, the monsters of her hometown consider her powerful and would rather not anger her.
- Driven to Villainy: Her demonic urges and her depression slowly eroded Sandra's mind, but she managed to keep her conscience and morality despite the circumstances. It is only when Gregory pushed her too far by attacking her friends and trying to drag her to hell that she snaps.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Let's just say that when Sandra decided to become a "normal" demon, she really committed to it.
- Emotion Eater: Negative emotions such as fear, pain and agony make her feel ecstatic. She even mentions that she is able to "eat" fear.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: After being turned into a demon, Sandra had to hide her condition from her mother, which she hasn't seen ever since, something which depressed her deeply. The simple sight of an illusion of her during Incubus's dream sequence is enough to make her have a My God, What Have I Done? moment and makes her burst into tears.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even when Sandra was at her worst, she avoided to hurt Crystal directly, and admitted that she misses her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even at her worst, Sandra never killed anybody. She did threaten to do it several times, but she never went through with it.
- Evil Feels Good: Torturing people has an addicting effect on Sandra, who absolutely relished it when she turned evil.
- Evil Gloating: She loved to do this during her dark days. She especially did this to Sam, who she kept captive at the time.
- Evil Is Cool: Let's face it: after nearly two years in-universe (and roughly 10 years in real life) of moping around her house and feeling depressed, Sandra became incredibly cooler when she gave in her demonic urges. Yes, she was cruel and borderline completely insane, but she also was downright frightening. The Subfusc arc allowed her to regain her humanity while changing her outlook on her life.
- Evil Is Hammy: With Sandra casting away all of her inhibitions and acting like what she thought a normal demon was, she absolutely loved to chew the scenery.
- Evil Laugh: She absolutely loves these. The one she let out when she regained her demonic form in the Subfusc even gave Viv chills.
- FaceHeel Turn: Sandra is one of the very few examples of this with the main character of the strip. After the "Sandra in the Outlands" arc, the comic is pushing her back into "Face" territory... or at least out of the "Heel" side of the equation.
- Facial Markings: Her new skin comes with a stripes theme which extends partly to her face, and the surrounding of her eyes are blackened.
- Failed a Spot Check: When Incubus kidnaps Mabel, Viv tells Sandra to go after them, but she says she can't without her demon powers. Whether she didn't notice or forgot in the carnage, Mabel's Be Yourself speech has reawakened Sandra's Zebra Girl form. The cackling when Viv points it out can be heard for miles (and even across dimensions).
- For the Evulz: Once she began to act without restraints as a demon, she acted evilish for kicks.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Sandra was a perfectly normal human and would have rather stayed that way. However, destiny didn't agree, as a unfortunate accident transformed her into a demonic creature. And after a couple years, her will broke and she became a terrifying monster who hurt even those who were the closest to her.
- Fully-Embraced Fiend: Sandra pretty much lost this battle once the professor pushed her to it. Though this doesn't last.
- Hellfire: She showed that she could summon it on some rare occasions, though most of the time she sticks with her regular pyrokinetic powers.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: When Fake!Sam, who acts as her smart-side during the Lotus-Eater Machine sequence, points out that Incubus created sexy Fake!Crystal because of Sandra's lingering feelings for her, she tries very hard to deny it:Sandra: (hearing a door bell) That's probably a fake Mike now. A sexy fake Mike. Because sexy Crystal didn't work. Because I like men.Fake!Sam: *facepalm*
- Healing Factor: She is able to recover from wounds very quickly, and was able to fly quickly without any problems despite her wings having been pierced minutes ago.
- Heel Realization: Has one when she is being trapped into Incubus's fake world.
- Horned Humanoid: Comes with the territory when you become a demon. She has two frontal horns and two others which sprout from the back of her head.
- Humble Pie: The whole Subfusc arc is one to Sandra, in which she is Brought Down to Normal and becomes absolutely helpless. This experience helped her to regain both her humanity and her morality which she had discarded when she turned evil.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Of all people to be afflicted by a Baleful Polymorph, it was Sandra rather than her more adventurous friends. She lampshades this when, after her FaceHeel Turn, she reflects on the fact that she actually became evil partly because if she couldn't be a normal human, she'd be a normal demon. No matter what she does in this direction, it will backfire on her because the Cosmos is out to make her special, whether she likes it or not.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: While she has the main cast to support her, Sandra is pretty much stuck inside her house and can't form new relationships. The few times she tried to meet other normal humans didn't go very well. As a result, she feels incredibly lonely, though she won't admit it.
- Immortality: Sandra doesn't know what her lifespan is, but Viv gave her a hint that she is probably immortal.
- Invisibility: Sandra's powers increased after the Subfusc arc, allowing her to turn herself and her allies invisible. She is even able to hide herself from Jack, who can't even sense her while she is just a few feet from him. Crystal and Wally can "smell" she is here, but can't pinpoint her location at all.
- It's All About Me: Her outlook falls into this when she embraces her demonic nature, to an extreme - her way of making others suffer as she decides they deserve, due to her own misfortunes. In her mind people should even be grateful for her torturing, because she made them feel alive and gave them a unique experience - even if she did take it too far - and her friends trying to stop her from hurting people is just them refusing to accept her for what she is. Demons are indicated to be naturally like this (Incubus' opinion of her when they meet, for example, is so self centered that he fails to recognize her character development), and even when she started to regain her humanity this was one of the last things to linger: the final straw breaks when she's forced to acknowledge the enormity of what she's done (ironically, thanks to Incubus). After returning home she seems to have left that behind somewhat - she still misses the torture, but her wanting people to have loved her for it is more clearly her wishing she still had people who cared about her.
- Meaningful Rename: She renames herself Zandra when leaving the Subfusc, after having realized who she is and what she really wants to be.
- Mind Manipulation: Seems to be a common demon power. Sandra can enter the mind of people and manipulate their memories to push them to follow her desires, or make them see things that aren't there.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Nearly said word for word when she truly realizes what hell she put her friends through when she tortured them, after being tortured herself by Incubus:Sandra: Holy God. Oh God. It was stupid. I was... I was torturing people. Was I insane?! What have I done??
- Natural Weapon: After turning into a demon, it pretty much comes with the territory: fangs, a blade-like tail, fire-breathing, acid blood... Her new body granted her a lot of dangerous gifts.
- Nightmare Face: You never ever want to angry Sandra. She will become one of the scariest things you ever saw.
- Never My Fault: At first blaming things on her circumstances (and Jack) made sense, but it slowly got more hollow. While embracing her inner demon, she took sadistic pleasure in (among other things) trying to force others to take responsibility and feel guilt over her actions. During the Subfusc arc, a lot of Viv's ways of trying to help her through her issues involve subtly exposing her denial when she does this - such as when Sandra is distraught upon realizing she forgot her own mother and tries to claim it wasn't her fault because she left her old life behind.
- Our Demons Are Different: Sandra became a full-fledged demon, with the whole package, but her special nature (being "born" from an archdemon) and her stance towards humanity and what she wants to be (post-Subfusc arc) made her unique and set her aside from other demons, making her reviled in Hell. Her uniqueness is emphazised by the demons giving her and Gregore a special name to describe their species: Nefastis.
- Playing with Fire: Sandra acquired fire powers after being transformed into a demon, and is able to set people on fire with her mind. This power was used as a Running Gag earlier in the comic, with Sandra putting Jack ablaze regularly. As the comic went on, she used it less and less, to the point she doesn't use it anymore. It was eventually revealed that said power only works on humans, and that supernatural creatures are effectively immune to it. It doesn't stop her from being able to burn them the hard way though with her fire breath.
- Precision F-Strike: She threw quite a lot of them when she was banished by Jack to the Subfusc, and a few more there as well. Most of them were barely censored.
- Prehensile Tail: Sandra's tail is very flexible, and can be effectively used as a weapon, a lasso or a restraining device. She can even increase its length, something that Viv called the "infinite tail" constriction technique.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Sandra slowly goes insane following her transformation into a demon. Her drive to become human again slowly fades away the longer she remains in that form, and at one point she completly embraces her evilness, making her town and friends her playthings. Seeing that she had now become a danger which can't be restrained or convinced to go back to her older self, she is banished to an alternate dimension by Jack. In said dimension, she regains her human form, something which upsets her greatly because at that point she clearly came to enjoy being a demon.
- Psychic Powers: Sandra developped some when she became a demon. Most notably is her ability to use telepathy, but also illusions and all sorts of mind manipulations.
- Sense Loss Sadness: As a demon, Sandra doesn't need to eat or drink anymore, sustaining herself with invisible and intangible things. Naturally, she misses her sense of taste, and she'd rather forget about what she has lost. She is still able to taste coffee, somehow. Don't tell that to Xykon, though.
- Slasher Smile: After she embraced her demonic self, Sandra became very fond of these.
- Smug Snake: Sandra is usually friendly, despite her tendency to snark. However, once she decided to act like a demon, she became incredibly smug on top of becoming cruel. Considering her power and the Jack's inability to stop her, no wonder she got a little cocky... A little too much, in fact. Thinking she was invincible is precisely what allowed Jack to turn tables on her.
- Super Toughness: Suffice to say, demons are tougher than normal humans. She has been able to take quite a few hits that would have killed anybody remotely normal.
- Take a Third Option: The Subfusc arc consists of Sandra grappling between her opposing natures as demon and human, with Lord Incubus and Viv trying to win her over to their respective sides. The one who finally wins her over is Mad Mabel, whose mental state is likewise confused.
- Tears of Remorse: Sandra completely bursts into tears during her My God, What Have I Done? moment.
- Telepathy: Sandra is able to communicate with others by thoughts. It is how she managed to control one innocent bystander to help her escape her cage, and how she speaks with Gregore when he is in hell.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Big time during her FaceHeel Turn. It takes a while before she reverts back to a nicer persona.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has an epic one when Jack banishes her to the Subfusc.
- Winged Humanoid: Flying is one of the first thing she truly enjoyed when she turned into a demon and one of the things she missed the most when she was turned back into a human during the Subfusc arc.
- Wolverine Claws: She is more used to fight with others methods, but she has some nasty fangs.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Sandra became quite unhinged when she turned evil.
Jack Clarity is a young man with plenty of direction in his life. That direction just happens to be all over the place. He's a bit of a pervert and an irritant to Sandra, but they've been a circle of friends since a very young age. Initially the comic relief of the trio, the adventures he lived through forced him to mature quickly, as he needed to tend to Sandra's mutation and protect his friends from the changes of their lives.
Years of training made him a very powerful mage in his own right. He became a key member of the mage society and is seen recruiting people with magic potential. Sandra's return drove him to end his self-imposed exile and come back to his hometown, wary that she will seek revenge against him and her friends and ready to face her.
- Battle Couple: With Tomie. They can unite their magic.
- Casanova Wannabe: Initially. Turns more into Chivalrous Pervert as he becomes more mature.
- Healing Factor: A side-effect of being constantly fried and healed near the start of the comic.
- Improbable Weapon User: Jack, post-time skip, nonchalantly uses a nail gun against vampires. For every nail he manages to hit someone with, he gains more control over them. One nail was enough to strip vampires from their power of flight, and two nails mean that you can't lie to him.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Jack delivers this line to Sandra when she went full-blown evil demon:Jack: I'm also Plaid Jack Clarity, the tartan sorcerer. Walker in infernal fires, he of the intersecting lines. This is my friend Tomie. And you're a bad, bad demon.
- My Greatest Failure: Sandra's transformation weighing on him was the impetus for a lot of his character development. After it all goes horribly wrong, he considers her and anything she does as his greatest responsibility because of it.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Jack got an absurdly funny one: he can sense when "something sexy" is happening.
- Unmoving Plaid: Jack's coat obeys to this trope. He is the only magic-user of the team, and his magic often manifests through said plaid.
- Words Can Break My Bones: Jack has such a grasp on magic post-time skip that he is able to take away the vampires' power of flight simply by saying "None of you can fly" (complete with a hand gesture), though it seems that he needs to successfully shoot them with nails beforehand to pull it off. The vampires are incredibly distraught by this.
Crystal Clarity is a bubbly, friendly girl, eager to please and slightly dim. Sandra's best friend since Kindergarten and Jack's sister since birth, she's probably the only reason that the two manage to get along as well as they do. Her telemarketing job is based from home, so she has a decent amount of free time with which to screw around with Jack.Following Sandra's transformation, she became her best friend's main defense against depression. However, her life slowly but surely became more dangerous, and her cheerful personality was put to the test several times, as her world crumbled all around her.
She was hit the hardest by Sandra's betrayal. Roughly 5 years later, when she hears about Sandra's return, she is the only one to show happiness, while everyone else is getting ready to fight her former friend. She keeps the hope that Sandra will go back to her older self and come back to her, but even her optimism isn't infinite, and behind her smile she hides a profound distress.
- Break the Cutie: The Disaccord and Heaven on Earth arc aren't kind to Crystal. She is seen sobbing during the Disaccord arc, and she was almost killed while trying to find Sandra in Heaven on Earth. She remains a bubbly girl, but she is no longer as innocent as before, and Sandra's FaceHeel Turn hit her very hard.
- The Chick: Her main role in team, since she is just a normal human unable to fight.
- The Cutie: Crystal is just downright adorable, if a little out there sometimes.
- The Heart: The most kind-hearted member of the team, and the one who helps them to keep together.
- Morality Chain: She is this to Sandra. Even during Sandra's FaceHeel Turn, Sandra avoided to hurt her directly, and she admitted that she misses her. Crystal also tried to talk her out her villainous phase several times, taking huge risks to do so. During the Subfusc arc, Sandra realized that she always tried to protect Crystal, even acting very possessive towards her. Considering that Sandra has romantic feelings towards Crystal that she buried deep down into herself, that explains part of her behavior.
- Plucky Girl: Her life isn't easy, to say the least, and those close to her and herself tend to be in harm's way, but she is always optimistic, even in the most dire situations.
- Super Senses: Crystal remains the only "normal" human of the group, but she managed to gain the ability to "smell" souls, which she uses in order to find Sandra.
- The Team Normal: Initially, compared to the rest of her group, Crystal is a simple human being with no magical power whatsoever. She later gains the ability to "smell" souls and learns to enchant clothes to a certain extent thanks to Tomie, but she remains the weakest member both physically and magically, and lacks any of the super traits the others may possess.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Sandra. Despite Sandra hurting her and her friends, she never stopped believing in her. Even when Sandra was actively attacking them, she tried to reason with her (to no avail). When she heard about Sandra coming back from her banishment, her first reaction was to smile, while everyone else was wary or in panic-mode. She even went as far as leaving the gang to try to find her alone (Crystal being basically a Muggle, this was a very dangerous move), still hoping that, maybe, she had changed. However, after 5 years and with everyone around her viewing Sandra as a menace, Crystal herself admits that she is at her limit, and she is begging Sandra to give her a sign to believe in her. Instead of a direct sign from Sandra, she got attacked by vampires claiming to follow her orders. She managed to make it out alive, thanks to her friends, but this event was the last straw to her faith in Sandra. Later, when Sandra tries to talk to her, Crystal's reaction leaves no room for doubt: she doesn't trust Sandra anymore.Crystal: ... You don't get to talk to me like that anymore.
Tomie is a book of magic discovered in an attic, the poor handling of which may lead to unpredictable results. It was Tomie's magic which transformed Sandra by accident. Since then, Jack tried several times to turn her back into a human being, and discovered that the book is actually alive and possesses a mind of its own. It and Jack develop a friendly relationship as a result.
Several years later, Jack and Tomie are still inseparable. Their relationship evolved and turned into a romantic one. Tomie took a human form, and now looks like an indian woman.
- Alien Blood: To the surprise of the vampire who bite her, Tomie has ink blood. He immediatly spits it.
- Battle Couple: With Jack. They can unite their magic.
- Gender Misdirection: Tomie is actually a "she".
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Slaps Jack to calm him when he is panicking after awakening from a dream announcing Sandra's return.
- Silent Partner / The Unintelligible: She can speak, but only Jack can hear her.
- Sixth Ranger: Tomie serves this purpose to the rest of the group. Well, the original group anyway.
Sam Sprinkles is an anthropomorphic rabbit and the amiable star of Meet Sam Sprinkles, a wonderful show about happiness and moral lessons and all like that. It may sound like a Saturday morning cartoon... and maybe it is... but it's also apparently a real production with real actors in "another time, another space." And most of them don't seem to be as enthusiastic about their profession as Sam. It may be due to their living in a dystopia. But Sam's happy so long as the show's on the air.
That doesn't last. His show is off the air, and he lives in a desolate world ruled by an eccentric tyrant. The rabbit became quite jaded as a result. He has a very straightforward personality, has little patience for pretense, and is able to kick ass with ease when he needs too. He bonds quickly with the rest of the group, and now lives on Earth with them, looking for his place in the world.
- Break the Badass: Sam, post-timeskip, didn't really recover from the torture he endured from Sandra.
- Cowardly Lion: When Sandra returns, Sam is very much afraid, so much that when their team went on a rescue mission to save Crystal, he actually ran away. He lampshades how it isn't like him to behave like that, but as it turns out he is not used to be scared, and he ponders if it is his fear of Sandra or his wish to see Mary again which drove him to his current state. Ultimately, he decides to face her directly.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After being attacked by a vampire, Sam counterattacks and quickly discovers that his gloves are imbued with holy powers (he got them from his father, and said gloves are said to be made in honor of one of their saints). Cue Sam turning the tables on the vampire, who gets so thoroughly beaten down that he has no choice but to beg for "Merhsssy" at the end of the encounter.
- Face Your Fears: After abandoning his friends when they needed him to save Crystal, Sam meets Betty who offers him to lead him to Sandra. Sam, being very upset with his uncharacteristic display of cowardice, decides to take her on her offer.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: When Sam needs to fight, he relies on his fists to defend himself, and is quite able to deliver a beating on anyone stupid enough to attack him.
- Meta Guy: To epic levels.Tawny: [immediately after Sam has met Sandra and Crystal] God... Next you're going to tell me you've met humans!
Sam: I'm not going to do that. The joke where you hypothesize some really unlikely scenario and get more and more specific, not knowing you're exactly describing actual events, while I stand here all awkward from your inexplicable outburst of irony.
- Nerves of Steel: Sam proved multiple times that he was perfectly able to remain unfazed and focused, even in the worst situations. He even provides the image trope. Although later on he explicitly admits to himself that he has lost this trait, either due to torture at Sandra's hands, or by falling in love, and actually ran away instead of joining the others to find and save Crystal. He eventually gathered his courage and met Sandra alone.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Sam is suffering from PTSD after what happened when he was a captive of Sandra.
- White Gloves: Comes in handy when the werewolves tie him up.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His reaction to the werewolves in this comic.
Wally is as affable a werewolf as you're ever likely to find. He's recently abandoned the werewolf lifestyle and is (ostensibly) making an effort to rejoin the human race. His general naivete stems from living for many years outside of civilization as the "omega wolf" of his pack. This makes him a good fit for Crystal, whose own naivete and maternal instincts enable them to connect on a very even level. Wally's instincts make him fiercely protective of her in turn. It seems as though he's trying to prove something to himself, but the fact of the matter is that we just don't know that much about him yet. For the record, he doesn't trust Sandra.
- Dumb Muscle: Wally never was the sharpest knife in the drawer, but post time skip his increase in muscle-mass, his total inability to understand how his companions feel about Sandra and his willingness to "finish the job" (while being excited about it) catapulted him in this category.
- Fangs Are Evil: Wally has very visible fangs when he is talking in human form post time skip.
- Hidden Depths: While Wally can be Innocently Insensitive, him hating Sandra is just an act. He knows full well that Crystal can't bring herself to hate Sandra, despite everything she did to them, and he doesn't want Crystal to hate her at all. He feigned to hate Sandra because he felt that Crystal needed him to, in order to support her, just like he did by being the punching bag of his previous pack.
- Innocently Insensitive: He is this in spades. He is overjoyed to have beaten Sandra with a little help from Jack, until this one points out to him that he still considers Sandra his friend, and that his reaction is inappropriate. Much later, in this strip, Wally doesn't seem to realize that reminding some people of some really bad experiences they had in the past isn't a very good idea either...
- Living Crashpad: Acts as one intentionaly in order to save Crystal from a deadly fall.
- Milking the Giant Cow: Wally does this during his "inspirational" speech about their fight against Sandra and how they are going to "finish the job" this time.
- Mismatched Eyes: Wally has a black one and a white one, although these are unrelated to the fact that he is a werewolf (others werewolves didn't have mismatched eyes).
- The Nose Knows: Wally, as a werewolf, has an acute sense of smell, and remembers Sandra's.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: As a werewolf, he can change at will, but only during the night. He can grow to any size while transformed, and discard all excessive mass when turning back, which quickly decomposes into a puddle of unidentifieable organic compound.
- Shirtless Scene: Has one after rescuing Crystal. The author said that he nearly drew him completly naked.
- Took a Level in Badass: At first, Wally was seen as the omega of his pack, ie. the weakest of the bunch, and is easily disposed of in every fight. A few years later, he becomes genuinely threatening.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Wally, post-timeskip, acts a lot more insensitive towards his friends (see Innocently Insensitive), and has no qualms about saying he is willing to destroy Sandra in front of her former friends. Said friends include his current girlfriend, Crystal, who he knows was Sandra's closest friend.
Gregory "Professor Broadshoulders" (Gregore)
- Meaningful Rename: He renamed himself Gregore after his transformation into a demon.
- Shoot the Mage First: Gregory is savvy enough to know that if he wants to go after Sandra, he needs to take out Jack first. Turns out he has the perfect weapon for that: a bullet goblin.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Post-demonification, Gregory is always seen with an open shirt/mantle, revealing a very muscled and toned body. By the artist own words, "he's a slab of beefcake".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is determined to rid the world of demons, no matter who he has to kill or damn to Hell to do it. Including himself.
A pitiful little imp who was summoned by accident by Jack and Crystal at the beginning of the comic, and who is unceremoniously dispatched by being sucked into a magic portal looking like a toilet.
Several years later, he is back, and turns out to be much, much more dangerous and important than he first appeared to be.
- Badass Boast: Lord Incubus begins a pretty impressiving one right after Sandra destroyed his illusions... Too bad for him, Sandra recognized him as the little wimpy demon she met at the beginning of the comic, and doesn't take him seriously.Lord Incubus: Now I suppose you think you're terribly impressive. You... who have yet to see stars live and die, their ghosts lonely haunting corners of the space. You, who have not known the failed iterations of life which preceeded humanity on Earth and built their own crude hells. You, whose laughter never mingled with Satan's breath. Are you impressive?
- The Corrupter: Lord Incubus jumps into this role with gusto for the Subfusc arc.
- The Dreaded: When even Viv is wary of him despite him being trapped into his own pocket dimension, you get the idea that he is quite dangerous.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: To Mabel, who he uses as an hostage to convince Sandra to free him.
- I Know Your True Name: Incubus grabs Mabel and claims he has power over her because he knows her true name, while she doesn't.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Lord Incubus reveals to Sandra that he's her father, not biologically, but that her demonic form is the result of his residual energy reacting explosively when Jack slammed the book closed. She is a piece of him, making her the closest thing he could have to a daughter, and he feels something akin to love for her.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: That little skull-headed demon Jack released from the book that wanted to take over the world, only to get flushed down a dimensional portal shaped like a toilet? Yeah, he's back. And he's genuinely frightening this time. Turns out he's an archdemon, and Viv says outright that releasing him would be earth's downfall.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Lord Incubus is sealed inside his own pocket dimension, and can't interact much with the rest of the world. He only manifests as a black square in Subfusc. However, that doesn't mean he's helpless: he can still talk to other people (like while he's trying to make Sandra free him), and God help you if he happens to know your real name: Mabel was captured by him, since she doesn't know her own true name anymore, granting him power over her. Since he also knows Sandra's name, he is able to read her mind, making her the perfect target for his Lotus-Eater Machine trap.
A very mysterious figure whose face is not distinguishable, except for his unique disturbing smile. He appeared several time to Sandra when she was dreaming or knocked out. His intentions and his very nature aren't clear, but Sandra is wary of him.
- Affably Evil: He looks like a gentleman, and is always polite in his conversations with Sandra. He even went as far as actually helping her to break off Incubus' influence.
- Brutal Honesty: Mister Chalk has shades of this in his dialogues with Sandra.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Discussed by Mister Chalk himself. And it's rather unnerving.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Good luck guessing what his goal actually is. Sandra is persuaded that he is up to no good, but so far he barely impacted the plot. He even helped Sandra during the Subfusc arc by sabotaging Incubus's attempt to break her spirit.
- Not Me This Time: While trapped in Incubus' Lotus-Eater Machine, Sandra encounters him, who reminds her that she's got bigger problems than him.Mr. Chalk: Focus, Sandy! I'm not the bad guy today!
- Psychotic Smirk: He is never seen without his caracteristic "smile".
A young and intrepid journalist woman whose path meet Sandra's.
A normal guy whose Sandra initially has a crush on. While she was in the Subfusc, Mike became a vampire. She became intimate with him some time after her return.
- The Starscream: Along with Bloo, he usurps Sandra's leadership over the vampires during the Heaven on Earth arc.
The Bloofer Lady (Bloo)
A hippy vampire woman. She was bitten while she was on drugs, so her turning has left her perpetually high since the sixties.
- The Mad Hatter: Perpetually high, but aware of it to the point that over the years she's able to assert some self-control.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Lucy Westenra from the original Dracula novel, who was called "the bloofer lady"note by children who had been abducted and returned with bite marks. Called "Bloo" for short, her real name is never revealed.
- The Starscream: Is responsible for the vampire revolution and for taking Sandra captive, planning on harvesting her blood whenever she likes and spreads chaos with her vampire servants.
- Waxing Lyrical: Constantly quotes from '60s songs and other pop culture from that era.
A fat vampire woman. She respects Sandra, and is friend with Jerry and Daryl.
- Fat Bastard: Her initial introduction sets her as one.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She breaks down in front of Sandra when she realizes just how wrong her actions were. She deeply regrets betraying her and almost killing Crystal.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Bloo, though it is unknown if she was entirely played or if she was at least partially on board with her plan.
A strange anthropomorphic hare, who is nothing like Sam. She first appeared in the Subfusc, before migrating to Sandra's town. She is a cunning and mischievous character, whose goal remains unknown.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: She is almost always seen sporting one, making her rather unnerving.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Her grasp on reality isn't the same as the others, and while she is quite eloquent it is undisputable that she lives in her own world and has a few screws loose.
- Hair-Raising Hare: She, along with Pooka Zin, are members of an entire species of these, called the Vorpal Pook.
- Scary Teeth: She has some very sharped ones, making the contrast between it and her dandy costume/attitude all the more disturbing.
- Talkative Loon: She jumps from topic to topic very quickly, and loves to ramble about weird things, mostly about rabbits.Black Betty: Yes, everything's coming up rabbits! Rabbits wearing clothes, rabbits on their toes, rabbit looking to worship a rabbit messiah. Maybe there'll be a rabbit revolution!
- Wild Card: She is fascinated by the conflict taking place during the Heaven on Earth arc, but can't really make up her mind on which side she should help. So much that she kidnaps a random human and ask her for advice!
Walter is a ghoul who decided to stay in Sandra's town and resides in the cemetery, where he has plenty of cadavers to eat. Against all odds, he is a very friendly guy and a wonderful conversationalist.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Probably the nicest monster of the town, and had his shares of friendly conversations with Sandra. She ends up liking him quite a bit.
A woman who Sandra encounters in the Subfusc. She tries to make Sandra face her actions and remember what it is to be human. However, it seems there is more to her than meets the eye...
- The Ageless: Viv is pretty much immortal. However, she can bleed, hinting that she can be killed.
- Big Good: Viv is the counterpart of Lord Incubus during the Subfusc arc. Mabel draws a direct distinction between the two of them, refering as Viv as being "white" and Lord Incubus as being "black".
- Foreshadowing: Her true identity is hinted a lot of times during the Subfusc arc.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Viv has fought her fair share of monsters and demons thoughout the centuries. Yet is universally despised because she is Eve, the first woman. However she explained that she resisted the temptation of the fruit, but rejected Eden as she wanted people to be able to stand on their own two feet.
- Made of Iron: After colliding with a stone pillar at high speed, she only got a nose bleed, and wasn't even a little dizzy.
- Really 700 Years Old: Viv claims to be human, but Sandra, despite being deprived of her demonic powers at the time, is still able to tell that something is amiss. Later, Viv says that she is human, just "old" (despite looking rather young). Even later, Viv hints that she is millennia-old. When you realize that she is, in fact, Eve, and thus one of the very first human beings, calling herself "old" is quite the euphemism.
- The Reveal: She is the biblical Eve. The revelation takes Sandra by surprise, troubling her quite a lot. Amusingly, Viv actually used this trope to bait Lord Incubus.
- Smoking Is Cool: Viv casually lights a cigarette when she is reminiscing her past.
- Stunned Silence: The only time we got to see Viv surprised by anything is when she urged Sandra to go help Mabel, except Sandra didn't realize yet that she got her powers back. The failed spot check and the irony of the situation left her speechless, with her mouth wide open.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Viv has a little flying accident in this strip, and reacts appropriately.
- Trickster Mentor: Viv is very fond of this kind of approach, often giving cryptic informations or advices to Sandra.
- Alice Allusion: To the point that she may very well be Alice. Let's see: white rabbits, falling down holes, misremembering poetry, winning her own thimble in a race, calling a demon the Jabberwock... even her name alludes to a scene where Alice becomes unsure of her identity and wonders if she's a girl she knows instead.