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"You are the unwanted criminals, the animalistic beasts, the inhuman freaks, you are the societal rejects left behind by the rest of humanity. The outside world can't reach you in here!"
Mr Dittatore, Animali Academy principal

Characters in Zoo Academy

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The Students

Characters attending Animali Academy as students.

     Charlie Hokkaido 

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Official Charlie reference

"But I'm hungry..."

A half dog half wolf Bifera. He's a student at Animali Academy and is the younger brother of Acid Hokkaido. He's naive, lovable, and needs to have all sugar kept away from him. Charlie somehow sees the best in everyone and refuses to be afraid of people unless they give him a reason to, he's also smarter then he acts and knows how bad the world he lives in can be. He is also somewhat invulnerable to physical harm.


  • Adorkable: Charlie is down right adorable in every way! It's like he's a puppy or something.
  • Big Eater: He loves to eat, especially anything sugary. And Coco's sandwich of course.
  • Children Are Innocent: Even with his Hidden Depths Charlie is very innocent. He doesn't quite understand at students like Hitoshi can be dangerous and that thinking that Biferas are better than humans can lead to serious consequences.
  • The Cutie: Charlie is super cute.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears move with how he's feeling, i.e. folding down when upset. This fits seeing as he's a dog.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Charlie's golden fur/hair coupled with his kindness make him a dead ringer for this trope. He's a rare male example.
  • Hidden Depths: He understands that Acid is trying to protect him from humans and that humans can be pretty awful.
  • Idiot Hair: Charlie has a single curl sticking up from the top of his head.
  • Incompatible Orientation: With Aracia. Fans started shipping them but it turns out they're both gay.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He isn't as beastly as some of the other Bifera. His only noticeable animal features are his dog ears, tail, and paw pads.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: Yuuki thinking him and Charlie are better than humans because they're immortal leads Charlie to almost start thinking it to.
  • Made of Iron: He shrugs off being thrown into a wall and being picked up by his head. Nothing you can do to this puppy with hurt him.
  • The Nicknamer: 'Milk Man' and 'Doughy Boy' are just a few of his nicknames for other people.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents don't seem to be around, and being humans it's safe to assume they abandoned Charlie and his brother Acid.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: It fits even more seeing as he is an actual puppy. Or at least 20% puppy.
  • Ship Tease: Subverted. He's just friends with Aracia and them holding hands is just a friendly gesture.
  • Straight Gay: In one of his profiles he's stated to be gay, and the first Zoo Academy Q&A implies he has crushes on Dhoe and Hitoshi, but he doesn't act camp at all.
  • Super Toughness: Charlie is able to withstand the force of being slammed into a wall without feeling any pain.
  • Teens Are Short: Even though he's 16 Charlie is around 4'4".
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The tiny guy to Aracia's huge girl.
  • Youthful Freckles: Charlie has many freckles and his appearance makes him look younger than he is.

     Hitoshi Kosaka 

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Official Hitoshi reference

"What brings you to hell?"

A human criminal and student at Animali Academy. Many other students fear him for his bad reputation, but can be a sweet guy if you can manage to get him to show his soft side. He loves cute things like Hello Kitty and struggles with his racial identity. Acid warns Charlie to stay away from him because he's dangerous. He does the best in art class and somehow can touch Fire without getting burnt.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Ash, a female giraffe Bifera, has a huge crush on Hitoshi. Though it probably wouldn't work out
  • Ambiguously Gay: He cross dresses, wears his best friend's shirt, and Lucas cracks a joke about bad things happening to 'guys like him' in prison.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: According to Acid he does the best in art class, with each of his pieces holding deep meaning, but he slacks off in every other class.
  • Color Motif: Red for passion, intensity, anger, and flames. All of those things are associated with Hitoshi.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Red eyes and red hair.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We haven't seen it in comic yet but there have been hints dropped that Hitoshi's past wasn't the happiest.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Hitoshi was seen multiple times before his introduction.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Lots of people are crushing on Hitoshi and most of them are guys.
  • Guy Liner: Hitoshi wears a lot of eyeliner.
  • Fiery Redhead: Even though his red hair is unnatural, Hitoshi fits this trope very well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be mean but he seems to have a softer side.
  • Knife Nut: Hitoshi really really likes knives and is all too happy to stab Lucas.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Hitoshi doesn't seem to have many friends despite his financial status.
  • Multicolored Hair: He's got blonde hair mixed with red dye.
  • Pet the Dog: His first interaction with Charlie shows us that despite looking intimidating he can actually be very sweet.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He loves Hello Kitty and other cute things. But don't tell anyone, he's got a reputation to keep up.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hot headed Red Oni to Fire's (ironically enough) calmer Blue Oni
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Hitoshi and his brothers (Hikaru and Hiroyuki) fall into this trope.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He is often seen smoking and seems to think it's cool.
  • Ship Tease: With Fire. He wears Fire's shirt and asks him to stay after yelling at everyone else to leave. He also almost gets one with Suzu but is Subverted by the author saying that he was just holding her sleeve (though it might still be possible).
  • Troubled, but Cute: Hitoshi has a troubled past but many people have crushes on him.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Hitoshi's art comes from his tortured soul.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to his dad Hitoshi used to be a kind and open kid up until the age of 8.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He's seen wearing a Hello Kitty inspired dress (complete with wig and little bows) in the Zoo Academy Halloween poster.

     Dhoe Dailey 

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Official Dhoe reference

"Grunt."

A reindeer Bifera and a student at Animali Academy. He's Charlie's best friend and one of the strongest characters. The staff at Animali Academy have labeled him dangerous for his uncontrollable strength and anti-social behavior, forcing him to wear an orange band showing that he's dangerous. Luckily, Dhoe is a pacifist and hates all forms of violence.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Charlie calls him Doughy Boy.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Dhoe's nationality is only listed as Canadian so his race is up to the reader.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He doesn't talk, is very shy, and has bad social skills.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Him and Charlie fall into this trope. With Dhoe being the big guy and Charlie being the little guy.
  • The Big Guy: He's 7'1!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the strongest characters so you might not want to get on his bad side, if you can mange to provoke him that is.
  • Color Motif: Brown for strength and surprisingly, comfort.
  • Gentle Giant: He's huge but also against all forms of violence and hate.
  • Petting Zoo People: Dhoe is much more beastly then Charlie or Acid. He has hooves for feet and is covered in fur.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Dhoe has heterocromia.
  • Not So Stoic: He's shocked when Charlie says Hitoshi was nice to him.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's very shy. So shy that he doesn't talk unless he has to.
  • The Stoic: Dhoe doesn't talk. He only communicates through gestures and grunts.
  • The Voiceless: See The Stoic above.

     Fire 

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Fire in official promotion art

"I think you mean hot bro. Like physically hot."

A Utrumque Animali Academy student who is the physical embodiment of fire. He's a new student and him and Hitoshi are very close. Due to being the embodiment of fire he burns whoever he touches and burned the arm band they gave him when labeling him as dangerous. He's friendly and kind most of the time but has a temper.


  • Adorkable: Fire is a sweet and silly guy, just look at how he acts when around Hitoshi.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He is very close to Hitoshi and even wears his shirt at one point.
  • Batter Up!: His trademark item is a baseball bat.
  • Dumb Jock: Fire loves baseball and isn't the smartest guy around.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before his introduction he was seen multiple times with Hitoshi.
  • Elemental Hair: His sticking up red hair that happens to catch on fire sometimes fits perfectly into the fire category of this trope.
  • Fiery Red Head: Fire's hair is literally on fire. But he's also somewhat easy to anger, despite being a sweet guy.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Though this isn't the worlds best example his hair does stick up on its own.
  • Meaningful Name: He is the physical embodiment of fire so of course his name is Fire.
  • Nice Guy: Fire is very sweet, he waves at Charlie, kindly greets Gabe, and generally is just a friendly and nice guy to be around.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire is the literal embodiment of fire.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hitoshi's red and the red to his brother Ice's blue.
  • Ship Tease: With Hitoshi. He's seen wearing Hitoshi's shirt and after Hitoshi yells at everyone to leave him alone he tells Fire to stay.
  • The Woobie: No one can touch Fire without him burning them and it really effects him.
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     Gabriella Montes 

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Gabe's first speaking appearance in the comic

"Did someone say spicy!?"

A human (and criminal) Animali Academy student and Hitoshi's frenemy. She is the leader of the Flavor Trio and Lucas's girlfriend. Despite being mostly uncaring she can be a loyal friend and is very smart. Her greatest loves in life are spicy foods.


  • Action Girl: She is very strong and isn't afraid to show it. Word of God says she'd win a fight with Hitoshi who apparently did something horrible to get into Animali Academy.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a mole above her mouth.
  • Big Eater: She eats like a pig.
  • Bi the Way: Gabe is outright stated by the author to be bisexual.
  • Boobs of Steel: Gabe has massive boobs and can't seem to find a bra that fits. She's also very strong.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Gee Tosh, like you treat your's any better."
  • Friendly Rivalry: The author describes Gabe's relationship with Hitoshi as this.
  • Girl Posse: She's the 'leader' of a mean girl gang nicknamed the flavor trio.
  • Gossipy Hens: Gossiping is one the favorite activities of Gabe's mean girl squad.
  • In-Series Nickname: Everyone calls her Gabe.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Gabe is the most popular human girl in school and she can be rude and uncaring, but once you get to know her she's a true friend.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Gabe has heterocromia.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her and Hitoshi are always arguing but they're good friends.

     Aracia Paukoobraznyy 

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Official Aracia reference

"How can you be mad at that face!"

A spider Bifera student at Animali Academy and Spyder Paukoobraznyy's younger sister. Despite looking scary to those to don't know her, Aracia is very sweet and trusting (unlike her brother). She is good friends with Charlie and loves Spiderman and other comic book superheroes.


     Coco 

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Official Coco reference

"Yeah so cute. Fucker I said you could have a bite."

A cat Bifera student at Animali Academy and Charlie's friend. He's a transgender male and doesn't think very highly of himself. He loves cats and often feeds the stray ones that come to visit his apartment.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The first chapter of Zoo Academy is focused on Coco.
  • Adorkable: He's really cute, just look at how he feeds Charlie!
  • Ambiguously Brown: Coco's ethnicity is completely up to the reader. Even he doesn't know what race he is! Though he 100% isn't white.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He dislikes loud noises, has a special interest, and shows other traits common with autism. The author did confirm that Coco is autistic.
  • Animal Eyes: He has cat eyes, fitting seeing as he is a cat.
  • Animal Motifs: Coco is very cat like, including having autism a disorder often associated with cats.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: This is because he's transgender and doesn't pass very well.
  • Cat Girl: Actually he's a cat boy.
  • Cry Cute: Somehow he's even cuter when he's crying.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Not being able to eat lunch sets him off really bad.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He often cares for stray cats and happens to have a special interest in them. Not surprising seeing as he is a cat.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He is part cat and has the same features as most 20% Biferas do.
  • No Social Skills: Coco has a hard time making friends.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Coco's real name is unknown, he gave himself the name Coco because his parents never told him his name.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents forced him to live in an apartment by himself and never speak to him. It's because he's a Bifera. He really misses them and even has a drawing of what he thinks they look like on his fridge.
  • Transgender: Coco is transgender (female to male) and doesn't pass very well. But the few friends he has support him.
  • The Woobie: Chapter 1 shows us how miserable Coco's life is. His parents abandoned him (and he can barely remember what they looked like), he thinks his friends don't care about him, he feels useless and weak, and life is cruel to him.

     Yuuki Hokkaido 

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Official Yuuki reference

"Rough day? Me too."

A husky (dog) Bifera student at Animali Academy and Charlie and Acid's cousin. He's a prostitute and member of Hitoshi's band Tattoo Parlor Quintet. Despite him being a little rough around the edges, he's a good guy who loves his cousins dearly. Yuuki has healing powers but isn't immortal.


     Trickie 

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Official Trickie reference

"Honk"

A clown student at Animali Academy. They're missing their right arm.


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     Lucas White 

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Lucas getting pushed by Kiki

A human (and criminal) student at Animali Academy. He's Gabe's boyfriend, the most popular guy in school, and has endless admiration for celebrity Hollywood Heights.


The Teachers

Characters working at Animali Academy as staff members.

     Acid Hokkaido 

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Official Acid reference

"It's a human world Charlie, even in a school made just for us humans still rule."

A wolf Bifera and a teacher at Animali Academy. He's the older brother of Charlie Hokkaido and older cousin of Yuuki Hokkaido. Acid cares deeply for his younger brother and wants to protect him from the cruel world they live in, even if that means being harsh at times. Even though he's easily angered he wants his students to do well and for his brother and cousin to live a good lives.


  • Adult Fear: Just the thought of Charlie getting injured or killed by humans makes Acid terrified.
  • Anger Born of Worry: His outburst of anger at Yuuki was only because he was scared that Charlie could get hurt repeating what Yuuki was saying.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Acid wants only to protect his little brother Charlie from harm. He also wants to make sure Yuuki doesn't get hurt further from his job.
  • Covered with Scars: He has multiple scars. The most notable one is a very large one over his eye.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: To Yuuki and Charlie both.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Yuuki not shutting up about how Bifera with healing powers are better than humans quickly made him angry.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Like his younger brother, Acid only appears to have ears and a tail, though he does have long claw like nails.
  • Manly Gay: Acid is no stereotype or twink.
  • Meaningful Name: The nickname Acid comes from his favorite color, neon green.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: We don't know Acid's real name.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of the Hokkaido family he is definitely this.
  • Parental Abandonment: Him and Charlie's parents left them at some point.
  • Papa Wolf: A somewhat literal example seeing as Acid is actually part wolf. He might not be Charlie's dad but he sure acts like it.
  • Stern Teacher: He seems to be this judging by the way he reacts to class outbursts.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Acid is actually only 24 despite looking much older.

     Spyder Paukoobraznyy 

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Official Spyder reference

"Lateness gets you detention in dark hell room you know."

A spider Bifera and science teacher at Animali Academy. He's Aracia Paukoobraznyy's older brother, though Charlie had a hard time making that connection. He created the robot Zashchita and is way too overqualified to be a teacher at Animali Academy. His English isn't very good and he drinks vodka in class.


     Mr. Dittatore 

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Mr Dittatore's first appearance in the comic

"All of these rules must be followed."

The human principal of Animali Academy. He hates his students for being inhuman and criminals.


  • Dean Bitterman: Mr Dittatore is a jerk to every student.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Yelling about how all his students are the scum of the earth really shows you what he's going to be like for the rest of the comic.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates everyone who isn't a human (but he hates his human students too seeing as they're criminals).
  • Kick the Dog: In his first appearance he yells at and insults Zashchita who isn't doing anything wrong.

     Scimitar Rigorous 

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Official Scimitar reference

"No PDA!"

The widely disliked English teacher at Animali Academy


  • 0% Approval Rating: Not even the other teachers like him.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes. He has a snake tattoo, a snake earring, and kind of looks like a snake too.
  • In-Series Nickname: 'Milk Man'.
  • Sadist Teacher: He seems to take pleasure in giving Charlie detention for almost no reason and goes around calling his students mean names.

     Richard Mallory 

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Mallory's first appearance in the comic

"I hope you're not that rude with the other teachers. They're not all as nice as me."

The cruel history teacher at Animali Academy.


  • Mismatched Eyes: Mallory has one dark brown eye and one lighter brown eye.
  • Fantastic Racism: Calling Coco, a cat Bifera, a 'good kitty' definitely falls under this.
  • Kick the Dog: Yells at Coco and generally horrible to him in his first appearance.
  • Sadist Teacher: He makes fun of Coco for being afraid of him yelling and is generally cruel to him.

     Jane 

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Jane assessing the situation

"What's going on here?!?"

The loud lioness Bifera gym teacher at Animali Academy.


  • Animal Eyes: She has very lion-like eyes.
  • Cat Girl: Though she is rather manly she is still a female cat-person.
  • Comical Overreacting: Despite Lucas only being stabbed a little Jane labels him as a murder victim.
  • Fiery Redhead: Jane is loud and aggressive and has a mane of red hair.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Jane has a beard due to her only recently transitioning from male to female. It's not Played for Laughs, it's just part of her character.
  • Transgender: Word of God says she's male to female transgender. It's rather obvious.

     Sunny 

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Sunny confronting Spyder

"Call the police Jane."

Jane's teaching assistant and the health teacher at Animali Academy. She is a black panther Bifera.


  • Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: Seems to be this for Jane and possibly other teachers like Spyder.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Call the police Jane."
  • Expressive Ears: Her ears move around with her emotions.
  • Meganekko: Sunny sports a pair of round glasses and they make her look very cute.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Sunny and she wears lots of yellow. Unfortunately, her personality doesn't match her name.
  • Only Sane Man: She's the only person in Animali Academy who acts and thinks rationally.

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Characters who aren't students or teachers.

     Zashchita 

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Zashchita finishing cleaning

"And Zashchita!"

A robot made by Spyder to guard Animali Academy and clean. The students love him, though Mr. Dittatore treats him badly.


  • Cute Machines: He's by far the cutest character in the series. Just look at his adorable face screen!
  • Do-Anything Robot: There are probably no limits on what Zashchita can do.
  • Robot Buddy: Zashchita is Spyder's robot buddy. He comes home with him at the end of the day, is often seen with him, and was made by Spyder.
  • Tv Head Robot: His little screen looks like an older TV screen.
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