Hiroko is the only anime character in the strip, if for no other reason than she looks a lot better that way. The bubbly performer of the group, Hiroko is an active member of her school's drama department and participates in the school color guard, as well as being an aspiring poet. Underneath this happy-go-lucky attitude, however, Hiroko houses many fears about herself and the people around her. Sometimes wildly emotional, Hiroko struggles to maintain her image as a cheerful and bouncy teen without a care in the world, if only so that she doesn't feel weak and vulnerable in front of others.
When Spence describes his personal relationship with Jesus Christ,
he isnt talking in metaphors. Spence has discovered a new and exciting
outlet for both his spiritual and sexual needs in a very disturbing
way, as Jesus Christ has appeared before him and the two keep crashing
together in the most disturbing ways. The J-Man tends to keep to himself
most of the time, but on occasion will bust out with some crazy miracle
action as only He can do it.
Ira is the mandatory incompetent theatre technician that works at Katooloo
High School and is a bane to everyone who works with him. Mysteriously,
nobody is willing to go through the paperwork to remove him, and so
he continues to make a mockery of the tech department and drive Spence
closer and closer to a homicidal rage.
The stuffed, cuddly version of everyone's favorite ancient elder god of evil! A monstrosity from beyond the stars that lies sleeping underneath the sea in his nightmarish city of R'lyeh, only less slimy. The powers of plush Cthulhu remain mysterious, and no know his purposes, but he can be found in the booth or with Arthur, whichever better suits his dark machinations.
Evil Spence and Conscience Jesus:
The classic representation of temptation and salvation, but with a new twist. The evil version of Spence represents all of Spence's "bad traits" and he tries to spur him on to things that he knows will only get Spence into trouble. Spence's conscience on the other hand seems to be Jesus, with angel wings and a halo, no less. The really strange part is that they're starting to bug other people too.
The sometimes eccentric, but always cool drama teacher at Katooloo high has Spence, Hiroko, and Arthur in his class, and he unwittingly set them on the dark path of newspaper publishers with a farce assignment. He knows that the school can't touch him because they need his award winning theatre department, and he enjoys it.
Your basic stereotypical knee-jerk reactionary principal, worried about concerned parents, policy, precedent, and his lunch. An early subject of ridicule by the Underground and a constant source of annoyance.
Breaking The Fourth Wall
The authors of The Underground occasionally make an appearance as their
own goofy selves, wreaking havoc and generally making a nuisance of
themselves. The both of them stay true to the big fat nerds and pop
up every once in a while to move the plot along, at considerable risk
to themselves and others.