- List of Penny Arcade characters
This is a list of "Penny Arcade" characters.
"Penny Arcade"'s two top dogs spend their time bickering about games, game makers, movies, each other, or just
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Johnathan Gabriel (Gabe)
Mike Krahulik's comic alter ego is energetic and free-spirited, but has a propensity to become extremely angry and, just like Tycho, has a tendency of having his eyes turn red when he is angry. He has a Pac-Man tattooon his right arm, [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/04/23 Penny Arcade! - Chicka-Wow Chicka-Wow Wow ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/01/01 Penny Arcade! - Just For The Elebit ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/02/09 Penny Arcade! - On The Matter Of Gay Space Frogs ] ] as well as a tattoo in honor of SNK on his back [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/11/05 Penny Arcade! - Much Love ] ] . He also has feet that are similar to hands, which he can use to grip things. This physical trait is an annoyance to Tycho [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/30 Penny Arcade! - An Unseemly Grip ] ] . He has a fascination with unicorns, a secret love of Barbies and is a dedicated fan of Spider-Manand Star Wars. He practices line dancing with the Kansas City Hotsteppers [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/09/08 Penny Arcade! - Undisclosed Propensities, Part I ] ] . He has an odd affinity for a large cardboard tube, which he had fantasies of wielding as a wandering samurai, often in ancient Japan (see Cardboard Tube Samurai below). He was for a short time addicted to Tribes but soon grew out of it. He also has an obsession with his own genitalia and possible latent homosexual tendencies [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/05/06 Penny Arcade! - What, Indeed ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/08/22 Penny Arcade! - Purge 2: The Purgening ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/10 Penny Arcade! - They Are Among Us ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/29 Penny Arcade! - A Blatant Disregard For Canon ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/21 Penny Arcade! - Absolutely Critical Trivia ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/07/10 Penny Arcade! - Son Of True Story ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/1/15/ Penny Arcade! - The Pilgrimage, Part One ] ] , a pet phoenix, a unicorn[ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/04/13 Penny Arcade! - Material Components ] ] and the Rocketeer's jetpack [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/03/23 Penny Arcade! - Our Old Tricks ] ] . Krahulik eventually named his son "Gabriel", in honor of the character [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/2004/09/10 Penny Arcade! - Undisclosed Propensities, Part 2 ] ] . Gabriel is tough but fair, can lift a car tire over his head, is an unstoppable opponent, is related to Chef Boyardee, and can fly like an eagle. He has also been known to poop in secret places. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/08/20 Penny Arcade! - Delight Your Friends With These Fun Facts ] ] Recently, he has been diagnosed with "General Anxiety Disorder", with a hint of OCD[ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/02/08 Penny Arcade! - Pharmacopsychiatry ] ] . He also once received a blood transfusion from Spider-Man, and was shown to be able to shoot webs in a similar fashion, although this has not been mentioned in the strip since. As well as these, he has had his urethraremoved when he was 10, according to him, they let him eat "All the ice cream I wanted."" [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/12/15/ Penny Arcade! - Definition Theatre ] ] It was recently revealed that his garage is built above a warren that has been "forgotten by the good people of the Earth", and is home to a truly ancient Deep Crow. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/21 Penny Arcade! - The Crevice ] ] In the game "", Gabe is reimagined as a former prizefighter and the overly violent hired muscle of Tycho Brahe's detective agency. He claims to have met Tycho after he fought the devil. He does the least damage of the playable characters, but is the fastest and has the highest amount of hit points.
Jerry Holkins' comic alter ego (named after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe) is bitter and sarcastic. Almost invariably clad in a blue-striped shirt, Tycho enjoys books, RPGs, unnecessarily large words and deflating Gabe's ego. According to Tycho, "Some people play tennis, I erode the human soul." [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/02/28 Penny Arcade! - The Predicament ] ] He used to work as a telemarketer, because he hates to think that there's someone happier than he is. He was so good at telemarketing, they still have "Tycho Tuesdays" in his honor ("you can wear jeans"). He is a rabid fan of Harry Potter. He also often plays Dungeons & Dragons(the website's banner illustrates him holding a d20 die). Though extremely intelligent, he has on several occasions made reference to his scarring childhood in which his mother physically abused him [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/01/13 Penny Arcade! - Sweet And Sour ] ] and blamed him for his father's leaving due to his body's being "swollen with evil" [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/17 Penny Arcade! - Cha Cha Cha Changes ] ] (in fact, puberty), as well as his parents taking him on a family road trip to such places as Idaho's largest shitfarm. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/06/30 Penny Arcade! - Summer Road Epic, Part One ] ] He shows some animosity toward his brother, noting that "You might recall that Cain and Abelwere brothers." [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/11/22 Penny Arcade! - The Turkey Trilogy, Episode One ] ] It has been mentioned that one of his aunts, believing him to be gay, constantly sends him homoerotic material [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/01/01 Penny Arcade! - You Know How It Is ] ] . Tycho also has a problem with alcohol addiction. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/08/01 Penny Arcade! - Just When I Get Out ] ] He is noted for having "A judogrip on English". Due to his body harboring a "dark spectre from the world of dreams" his eyes turn red when he is particularly annoyed. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/08/06 Penny Arcade! - Perchance to Dream ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/24 Penny Arcade! - Our Secret World ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10 Penny Arcade! - I Hope You Like Text ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/17 Penny Arcade! - Les Disapointments ] ] He has also displayed sexual attraction towards giraffesand ostriches. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/18 Penny Arcade! - Savannah Heat ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/10/18 Penny Arcade! - Advertising In The Future ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/09/07 Penny Arcade! - The Dawn of A Glorious New Age ] ] Tycho also owns a Zune, and claims to be the "only living organism in the universe without an iPod." In "", he is the founder of the Startling Developments detective agency, formerly a doctor of Apocalyptic Studies. His Tommy gundoes the most damage, but he is the slowest and least durable playable character.
"Penny Arcade"'s many supporting characters in alphabetical order.
Anne Claire "Annarchy" Brahe
: The daughter of Tycho's brother, Annarchy is known as an accomplished polyglot, like her uncle, employing extensive vocabulary, and some knowledge of the
Klingon language, a hardcore gamer, claiming to have played " Final Fantasy" on the Famicom in the original Japanese, and sneaking into the 2005 E3in his baggage, [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/31 Penny Arcade! - The Next Generation ] ] and recently, a vegetarian[ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/11/24 Penny Arcade! - The Turkey Trilogy, Episode Two ] ] out of spite. She was 11 years old when she first made her appearance in the strip.
:Anne won a poll held to determine a new story arc, beating out such fan favorites as Cardboard Tube Samurai, Div, Fruit Fucker 2000 and Twisp and Catsby. The story arc's plotline consists of Ann wishing to attend the "1000 Man LAN", but her parents will not allow her to attend because she is forbidden from dating boys. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/07/04 Penny Arcade! - The Scion, Part One ] ] Enlisting the help of her uncle Tycho, she breaks free and is able to attend. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/07/08 Penny Arcade! - The Scion, Part Three ] ] Due to her pony & rainbow case mod, she is mocked by other attendees, but becomes enamoured when one, going by the handle Galahad, comes to her defense. She later beats him in the final round of a tournament, and much to her uncle's chagrin, she kisses the boy.
:Tycho once allowed her near Gabe, who in turn gave her advice about World of Warcraft. At one point, she went shopping with Tycho, for a Valentines Day gift for her boyfriend Galahad. Tycho suggests custom embroidery, and presented Anne with a shirt that reads "Stay the fuck away from my niece!" [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/13 Penny Arcade! - Precision Ordnance ] ] Anne suggests he's trying to sabotage their relationship, a notion that Tycho unsuccessfully attempts to dissuade. She was trapped with Galahad in a mall full of zombies, defending herself with a
Klingon bat'lethwhile breaking up with him. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/14 Penny Arcade! - Armadeaddon: Blade Princess ] ]
:In a very recent comic, she is seen to be discussing with Gabriel (who is seen baking penis-shaped cookies) the past hype over the Duke Nukem series in light of a new trailer for Duke Nukem forever. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/12/21 Penny Arcade! - The Next-Gen ] ]
:In "", she is reimagined as a mechanical genius who is frequently left alone by her globetrotting parents, who despise Tycho and his profession as much as in the comic. She assists Tycho, Gabe, and the Player both by upgrading their weapons and by occasionally entering combat with a flamethrower that does twice the normal damage when used against Fruit Fuckers.
: Tycho's wife, with red hair and glasses, based upon the appearance of Jerry Holkins' real life wife of the same name. Unlike Kara, she doesn't really understand her husband's obsession with computer and consoles games. Tycho accidentally killed her demonstrating a move from
Splinter Cell[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/02/21] , which he then used as an excuse to sue the entire country of France (successfully) in the storyline "Ripped from Today's Headlines". It was nearly a year before she returned, spotlighting Tycho's bizarre sexual fetish involving giraffes. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/18]
: A somewhat fanatical Mac user (formerly known as Chuck) who underwent a drastic makeover when he was disfigured after a failed suicide attempt. He had tried to kill himself when he heard that Bungie was bought out by
Microsoftand therefore would not be releasing for the Mac. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/06/21] He is very vocal with his contempt for Gabe and Tycho's lack of appreciation for Apple products, and regularly tells the two to "shut [their] pie holes". [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/06/23] [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/08/02] In addition to telling people to shut their pie holes, pies are often worked into strips with him (he baked a pie, and in another, Gabe was eating a pie). He also prefers to greet Gabe and Tycho with the colorful phrase, "Hey, fuck you". Gabe once painted a big red penis on his door to annoy him, with considerable success. Other shenanigans with Charles included a phone conversation with Gabe while Tycho was dead of SARS; Charles replies with the quip "I'm really excited that you might die". However, he still remains something of a friend to the pair, once trying to get them into an Apple store by mussing up their hair to make them hip (he failed, and Tycho and Gabe ended up standing out in the rain with other friends not hip enough to enter the Apple store). He was also seen working in an Apple store when Gabe and Tycho came in to buy an iPodfor their friend, who was being deployed to Iraq; although Charles assumed that this was a pretext for the guys buying one for themselves, it actually was, as noted by Holkins in the corresponding news post, for their friend Clinton, who was leaving for Basic Training. Charles helped Gabe learn to work his first Mac; when Gabe asked what cologne he was wearing, he replied "Macintosh" [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/03] . In 2007, a cross-over between " PvP" and "Penny Arcade" saw Brent (briefly) [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/06/29] working under the management of Charles for his own end goals [http://www.pvponline.com/2007/06/28/june-28-2007/] , with less than successful results [http://www.pvponline.com/2007/06/29/june-29-2007/] .
: Charles will appear in Episode Two of "" as the new keeper of the Necrowombicon, an ancient book that details how to defeat the remaining three ancient world-destroying Gods.
: A drunken, talking
DIVXplayer with a hostile, surly attitude and a penchant for consuming large quantities of alcohol. He is also known to have rough, yet "magical" sex with Gabe's PS2 and considers Gabe and Tycho as weaklings, also insulting them with names such as "ladies," and "girls." He is usually attempting to acquire money for booze or voicing his opinion over how stupid something is. Tycho and Gabe also seem to take him on walks, akin to a pet dog. Jerry Holkins has also claimed Div "represents the hypermasculine impulse [Gabe & Tycho] strive to repress." (referenced from "Attack of the Bacon Robots!" in the August 20, 2000 strip comment)
: In "", he is reimagined as a talking
phonograph. One half of him can be bought from a mentally unstable carnival vendor in Episode One, and the other in Episode Two.
: In the context of the strip, he is a big fan of FPS and
fighting games. He enjoys shooting people in online games when they are talking, and "throwing up the horns" when he wins (this also makes him "fucking metal") [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/08/04] . Also known for his legendary skill in - for his ability to "bring those blue sparks" [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/12/12] . He has visited Tycho and Gabe for years and is on a personal level with them, such that he has gone Christmas shopping with Gabe for Tycho (while he did know what Tycho wanted for Christmas, he was unable to buy "the one unholy "object" his dark soul thirsts for", as it would damn even him. They decided to settle for a Hickory Farmsgift box). [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/12/09] Jesus also once warned Judas about being a dick for team killing[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/13] . In the strip, the character has also momentarily returned to Earth - not for the rapture, but out of excitement over the prospect of deep fried twinkies. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/20]
Kara O'Donnal Gabriel
: Gabe's wife. She has reddish-brown hair and is usually seen wearing a purple t-shirt adorned with a grinning wombat's head. She became a gamer under her husband's influence, though this is rarely mentioned in the strip itself and is instead only referred to in the newsposts written by Krahulik. Kara as a character is directly based on Mike Krahulik's actual wife of the same name, to whom he proposed in a "Penny Arcade" strip in
A list of minor characters that have appeared on "Penny Arcade", in no particular order of importance or number of appearances.
Cardboard Tube Samurai
: An alter ego of Gabe, who uses a
cardboardtube as if he were a samuraiwielding a katana. The birth of the character came when Tycho was going to throw out a cardboard tube, which Gabe objected to and showed him the fun that could be had with it [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/10/30] . The first appearance of the Cardboard Tube Samurai came when Gabe went to Taco Hole after they did not give Tycho his proper order [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/01/15] . The samurai later appeared again in his own short series of comics, which saw him in a style reminiscent of old samurai movies [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/03/03] . Interestingly, the pig that the Samurai saved in the first strip that has since remained his companion, Tonkatsu, shares a name with Gabe's piggy bank. He has later appeared in many other comics, sometimes in a series of comics making a story, sometimes just for one. These comics have made him a popular character. Video game developer Crystal Dynamicspaid homage to Cardboard Tube Samurai by implementing a code in their game "" which replaces character Kain's sword with a cardboard tube (in which Kain says "Fear the tube"). This was likely a response to Penny Arcade's fond references to the Legacy of Kain series in the past. The Tube is also referenced in Eidos/IO Interactive's with a Tube-Wielding protagonist. The link here is more explicit as the cheat code used to acquire the tube is IOIPENNY, with accompanying text referencing "The Wandering Age".
Usagi Yojimboas a primary inspiration for the character. [http://www.xfire.com/cms/xf_pennyarcade_transcript Xfire chat transcript] ]
Vietnam Warveteran turned store manager at Electronics Boutique; although he has been referred to as working at Software Etc in different strips. He is based on the manager of the NorthTown Mall Software Etc. in Spokane, WA during 1998. Frank, who is somewhat mentally unstable, often intimidates customers and deflects their complaints or questions with surreal stories about patrolling (and losing his leg) in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He has asked for Gabe's pants on at least two occasions. He also once crucified customers in front of his shop. In the most recent strips, he has been fighting off zombies inside of a mall (the zombies are there due to the release of the game Dead Rising) with his M16 rifle, Mabel. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/08] He is shown in the next strip as being ready to assault the patrons of an Apple store, mistaking them for zombies. He is, however, warded off by Charles. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/10]
Fruit Fucker 2000
: A small, robotic
juicerwith an unusual means of extracting juice. It was first mentioned in [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/07/11 this comic] . Brenna and Kara tie Fruit Fucker in a sack and set him adrift at sea at one point in the strip, after he touches Brenna's hair in an inappropriate manner. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/6/6/] This leads to a multi-comic cross-over story arc. He later saves Tycho and Gabe when they are trapped in the mall with zombies by activating "Code Omega". [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/8/18/]
:In "", Fruit Fuckers are machines with demonic spirits bound to them in a factory run by hobos. Their leader, Fruit Fucker Prime, destroys the player's house. Each area has a set number of Fruit Fuckers, and defeating them gives the player parts that Anne-Claire can use to upgrade weapons.
: A subservient, old
golf caddy, apparently of Eastern European descent, who first appeared on the second part of the story arc [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/05 "An Alternate Lifestyle"] . After countless hours of playing Mario Golf, Tycho proposes he might be a good golfer, so he grabs Gabe to try his skill out on a real golf course. Hector's livelihood depends on gratuity from golfers and he is forced to carry out Gabe's outrageous demands, which include licking his golf cleats clean [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/05] , sucking on his golf balls to clean them [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/07] and allowing Gabe to pee in his cupped hands when Gabe was too lazy to walk to the outhouse [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/12] . Unfortunately for Hector, Tycho embraces the golfing lifestyle as well and is too intoxicated to intervene on Hector's behalf. In the later strip "Our Latest Comic Strip", Gabe threatens to lock Hector in a box for allowing a raindrop to touch his arm while playing golf during a violent storm [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/06/20] .
: Gabe and Tycho's long-lost
roommatewho loved RPGs and (supposedly) was a foil to the "Penny Arcade" duo. Everyone thought he moved out of the apartment, but he simply was lost in the cable jungle behind the televisionwhen he went to install the N64. He appeared in 2 of 3 strips named after him, the "Jim Saga". [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/11/19] His skeleton is seen wearing a red t-shirtwith a 12 sided die, a dodecahedron, used in table-top RPGs such as Dungeons & Dragons, similar to that sold on the site's store, except it's red instead of black, 20 sided instead of 12 and has the die on the middle without text. Appropriately, the die on his shirt displays the number 1, a value associated with critical failures. Jim returned at the end of the Armadeaddon arc as the necromaster, leader of the undead that had been swarming a mall many of the main characters had been trapped in, his plans were foiled by Tycho's Natural 20. The die on his t-shirtnow shows a natural 20, a result associated with victory.
:A skull in a jar labeled "Jim" appears in "", as a curiosity in Tycho's office.
The Zombie Roommate
:The Zombie Roommate was originally a roommate of Tycho and Gabe, until they asked him leave because he ate all of Gabe's chips. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/08/18] He borrowed a shirt from Tycho, who allowed him to keep it when he left. The Zombie roommate is typically treated in a manner that would otherwise evoke sympathy, if he weren't a zombie. He was shown to be one of the zombies infesting the mall, led by the skeleton of Jim.
:A friend of Tycho and Gabe who is of Japanese descent. Some of his uncles were
Kamikazepilots in World War II. He was born in Portland, Oregonand not Portland, China, as some believe.
: Your helpful guide to the English language. Often appears with his compatriots Capital Letter, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, and their 'pet' Comma. His strips have him and his companions starting off quite happy and child-friendly, yet throughout it, it gets progressively darker. When Gabe and Tycho separated, Tycho wrote (and tried to draw) an adventure story where Mr. Period must stop the destruction of grammar at the hands of the evil Semicolon.
: A violent, top hat-wearing
monkey. He is usually seen biting various characters. He also once donated blood to Tycho. [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/12/29]
: A friend of Tycho and Gabe. He has accompanied them to E3 and often suggests solving problems with a knife. He also made appearances in the Tournémon story arc, where he is shown to be addicted to the Pokémon Videogames [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/07/25] [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/07/30] . He is colorblind and suffers from powerful
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
: A television news anchor whose broadcasts usually contain humorously blunt references to his alleged sexual prowess. ("And in other news, critics are giving my penis four stars.") According to Jerry Holkins in the book "Attack of the Bacon Robots", Randy is often used when they want to touch on multiple topics within the same strip.
: A kindhearted, nice friend of Tycho and Gabe who is usually picked on. Gabe has described him as being the friend the others bring down for amusement, including telling him the group will be at a certain location and then never showing up.
: A cute cartoon character whose premise is that only copious purchasing of his merchandise by boys and girls can revive him (and only temporarily) from a wizard's curse. Failure to do so turns The Merch into the bloody Fleshreaper which "goes house to house, collecting torsos." The Merch satirizes entertainment that demands constant commerce (such as "
Pokémon" and " Yu-Gi-Oh!", among many others). Tycho's niece, Annarchy, always wears a Merch t-shirt. Other PA characters are shown wearing both the Merch and Fleshreaper t-shirts, of which only the Merch is available at the store as a t-shirt. The Merch often is connected to a comment that kids should buy merchandise even if it requires stealing from their parents (compare to Soupy Sales' televised 1965stunt of asking children to mail him the "funny green pieces of paper" from their parents' wallets and purses). Most recently, from December 19[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/12/19] to December 30 2005, The Merch was featured in a six part story-arc called "An Unbelievably Merch Christmas". In it, a Merch-turned-Fleshreaper is out of control because children haven't bought enough Merch merchandise. A shotgun-wielding Santa Claussaves the day by telling the children what to do (purchase more merchandise) and by doing battle with the Fleshreaper, buying enough time for children to carry out his advice. Santa loses his left arm in battle, but the kids do buy enough Merch goods in time, reverting the Fleshreaper to his Merch form and presumably saving the Free worldonce more. As the arc closes, The Merch imparts keen insight, commenting to a badly wounded Santa with its perpetual broad grin, "Santa? I fucked your dad," to which Santa can only comment, "I know, Merch. I know." They walk off into the sunset as The Merch cheerfully adds, "I fucked him all night long.":The Merch has appeared in Eets, a small indy game available on Steam.
Thomas Kemper (the Cat)
: A cat with advanced computer skills, possibly MCSE certified. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/2/5/ Penny Arcade! - Thrashin' Thresh ] ] Thomas is named after the Thomas Kemper brand of soft drinks. Though he has had no dialogue whatsoever, Div has appeared to interact with him as if he was fully lingually responsive, although it is unclear if Div was just drunk out of his mind. Though in other comics Gabe has both mentioned in some way that he has spoken to the Thomas. In a comic where Tycho and Gabe acquire an industrial laser, used to open the packaging on an Xbox controller, much to the chagrin of the space devil who designed it, Gabe remarks "I don't know if you have spoken to the cat recently? He is fucking smart." (which implies that Thomas constructed or at least designed the laser). [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/09/30 Penny Arcade! - Those Goddamn Containers ] ] Gabe claims that Thomas informed him how to build a time machine, as well as warning Gabe of the dangers that may arise if he meets his future self.
:Kemper also appears in the game; as a support character. His attack typically does only 1 damage, but there is a ridiculously small chance that it will do 999 damage to all onscreen enemies.
Twisp and Catsby
: An anthropomorphic
catand an impwho are mostly only in sepia toned strips. Twisp is dressed in his usual suit, top hat, and monocle, while Catsby appears to be nude, resembling a red skinned miniature devil. They enjoy surreal adventures and tasks together with equally unusual characters such as the Moon or boating in a sea of turkeys. Contrary to what one might infer from the names, Catsby is the imp character and Twisp is the cat; Tycho said of this curious inversion at a lecture at MIT, "Well, we never really asserted who each one was... like everything else is so ridiculous where they live that it seemed perfectly legitimate at the time". [ [http://www.bradleysalmanac.com/2006/01/penny-arcade-vs-mit.htm bradley's almanac - a boston music blog ] ] Everything about these characters and their strips is even more bizarre than "regular" "Penny Arcade" continuity with non sequiturs and Twisp speaking only in single word sentences. The duo was created out of Gabe and Tycho's mystification that they were seemingly unable to create something that their readership would dislike, and also as a direct shot at Kevin Smith's quote that the movie "Jersey Girl" was "not for the critics". [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/24 Penny Arcade! - The Adventures Of Twisp And Catsby ] ] Although Twisp and Catsby effectively mocked Smith's quote, the pair ironically became two of the most popular characters. Prints of their panels have since sold for over a thousand dollars. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/2004/12/10 Penny Arcade! - The Skills ] ]
wombat's head design that makes various appearances in the comic strip, and is featured as the site's favicon, making it something of an unofficial logo. Penny Arcade newcomers often mistake the wombat for a bear, or as a reference to the "scary bears" found in Radiohead's merchandise. The Wombat first appeared on a green pennantTycho was holding on January 22, 1999, in the strip "Saving Private ION" [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/01/22 Penny Arcade! - Saving Private ION ] ] before settling in as the identifying icon on Kara's clothing, imitating the iconographic association between Gabe and Pac-Man. In June, 2005 Penny Arcade began selling a lavender t-shirt featuring the wombat logo, which matches the one worn by Kara in the comic strip. Between August, 1999 and December, 2005 there has only been a single comic strip sighting of the wombat disassociated from Kara. The wombat is also indirectly referenced by the phrase "Necrowombicon" (a parody of the " Necronomicon" in H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos) when Tycho attempts to "uninstall" the Mortyr demo and as the name of a fictitious gaming convention. It should be noted that "Necrowombicon" later became an actual gaming convention, held in VancouverBC. (It is now defunct, having been replaced by the Penny Arcade Expo.) The Wombat also appears in the webcomic MegaTokyo, when Largodiscovers the 'long lost Necrowombicon' in 'an ancient cave of evil'. [ [http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/96 MegaTokyo - [96 The Necrowombicon ] ]
:In "", the Necrowombicon is an apparently blank book that holds special significance to the cult of the Silent One; being mimes, they are able to decipher its "invisible" writings. Charles comes into possession of it in episode two.
Guy, the Adversary
: A nerdy-looking man working retail for some unspecified store that sold
Nintendo DS Liteearly and ran afoul of Tycho. He attempts to pass himself off as knowledgeable about technology and hardware by using obfuscating jargon, but his attempt only proves his own ignorance, which Tycho savagely mocks. Guy retaliates by refusing to sell Tycho the hand-held game console, hence becoming Tycho's adversary. In desperation, Tycho enlists Gabe to go into the store and buy it for him. Unfortunately, Guy sees through the straw purchase, adding a touch of sarcasm with a call from his "wife" on his "invisible phone", which the ever credulous Gabe is easily taken in by. Giving up on the straw purchase, Gabe heads to the pet store to teach a pet parrothow to say vulva. Tycho says "a general goes to war with the army he's got". [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/06/09 Penny Arcade! - The Enemy ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/06/12 Penny Arcade! - The Adversary ] ] He later got into an argument with Gabe which ended with Gabe trying to wreck a cardboard cutout display. Guy makes a reappearance in a more recent strip, apparently on more friendly terms with Tycho, commenting on the many incarnations of the OS Windows Vista. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/02/02 Penny Arcade! - The Manifold Faces of Vista ] ] His adversarial relationship with Tycho may have begun even earlier than the Nintendo DS incident. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/11/11 Penny Arcade! - Curses! ] ]
: Cruel and conceited author of the "Song of the Sorcelator" [http://tsots.pbwiki.com] who Tycho believes has plagiarized his fantasy fiction work "Elemenstor Saga" and butchered Tycho's eloquent prose in the process. When Gabe expresses interest in the rival author's penmanship, Tycho declares it trash and flings it to the waste basket. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/05/19 Penny Arcade! - The Song Of The Sorcelator, Part One ] ] Gabe then secretly begins to read the forbidden book in the attic under a blanket and becomes a fan to the point of taking a bullet for Franzibald at Readiation 2006. Tycho also accidentally reveals that he has vandalized Fagzibald's Wikipedia entry, changing every instance of his name to "L.H. Fagzibald." [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/08/20/ Penny Arcade! - Delight Your Friends With These Fun Facts ] ]
: Prince of Darkness and Father of All Lies as a
consultantfor the makers of a popular MMORPG, advising them how to keep the subscribersobsessed with WoW using a CCG. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/08/26 Penny Arcade! - The Consultant ] ]
Dr. Raven Darktalon Blood
Protagonistof a gothic horror comic created by Gabe within Penny Arcade canon, whose movie rights were fictionally sold to Warner Bros.during Hollywood's mad dash to obtain comic book intellectual properties. He is a parody of the designs of Todd McFarlane. A video game was already in production in the May 5th, 2004 comic, where "you can do a lip-trick off a human skull and into a giant, burning vagina." [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/05 - The New Face Of Fear ] ] In Gabe's story, "Assault On UnderHell", Blood is shown to wield two pistols that are powered by 'energite', and he has the ability to summon 'The Leviathan', a cute little demon made of "Pure Hell", described by Blood as a "Soul too dark for the abyss, aborted son of Hell's 666 wombs, sustained by the black umbilical, weaned on the hellmilk, and fed at the teat of Abbadon, Whore-Queen of Festeria." [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/05 Penny Arcade! - The New Name Of Fear ] ] [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/05/04 Penny Arcade! - A Whimsical God, Part One ] ]
:Annarchy's boyfriend who is seldom seen. In a recent comic Annarchy is shown breaking up with him (calling him a p'tahk in the process). [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/16 Penny Arcade! ] ] In the Epilogue of the Armadeaddon Arc he is shown reading the Klingon dictionary to understand her insults.
: A seldom-seen friend of Gabe and Tycho, who is into rock music. He has voluminous blonde hair, a pink bandana, sunglasses, a sleveless jeans-jacket, a black tee-shirt, and black leather pants. His look is very reminiscent of a 1980's
hair bandsinger. His first appearance was when after Gabe and Tycho had settled their differences and Gabe suggested "getting the band back together" ("I can draw a little, you can write, and Ben can play the guitar") and when Tycho asked if it was Ok with Ben, he strummed a powerful note on his electric guitar and screamed "I SAID 'FUCK YEAH!'" [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/4/22/ Penny Arcade! - Reunion Tour] ] Ben's most recent appearance was in a strip about Rock Band, where he, Tycho, Kara, and Robert were going to form a virtual rock band. [ [http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/4/4/ Penny Arcade! - Revolting Even To Contemplate] ]
:A good friend of Gabe's, based on the two creators' real-life friend of the same name. Kiko is a "Pokemaniac" who often enjoys talking
Pokemonstrategy or playing the Trading Card Game with Gabe. He joined Gabe in ostracizing Tycho when he stopped playing Pokemon.
:Deep Crows are a gigantic species of crow-like subterranean predatory arthropods with black, feather-like hairs covering their wings, body, and spiked tail, 4 legs with talon-like claws, 7 red compound eyes, and a beak-like mandible. They are first mentioned in "As Seen In Modern Lair." Later, in "The Fanspire," an exterminator, Carl, finds a giant crack in Gabriel's basement leading to an ancient cave system, where a Deep Crow attacks him and brings him back to its roost.
:Carl is an exterminator first introduced in March of 2008. cite penny arcade |y=2008 |m=03 |d=21 |title=The Crevice |accessdate=2008-08-18 |target=] After peering into a crack in Tycho and Gabe's garage for rats, Carl is attacked and captured by a Deep Crow. Gabe assumes he dies and suggests going to Olive Garden to forget the horrific sight. However, Carl survives and is taken to the the Fangspire, a large peak below the earth's surface. cite penny arcade |y=2008 |m=05 |d=16 |title=The Fangspire, Part One |accessdate=2008-08-18 |target=] Carl uses the "old magic" (pretending to remove his thumb) to tame the Deep Crow, claiming it is not his "first time to the rodeo." cite penny arcade |y=2008 |m=05 |d=19 |title=The Fangspire, Part Two |accessdate=2008-08-18 |target=] The arc ends with Carl riding the Deep Crow, presumably back home. cite penny arcade |y=2008 |m=05 |d=21 |title=The Fangspire, Part Three |accessdate=2008-08-18 |target=] In a news post, Holkins stated that he reserved the right to bring Carl back any time Krahulik goes to France.
Penny Arcade Adventures", the default name for the male player characteris Carl. The two characters are unrelated.
:A race of parasitic insects of unknown origin, who normally have the idiosyncrasies opposite of the people they're inhabiting. The most recent comic about the Broodax depicts attorney Jack Thompson as a Broodax agent.cite penny arcade |y=2008 |m=06 |d=06 |title=One Possible Explanation |accessdate=2008-08-18 |target=]
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