El Goonish Shive character statistics

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Ever wanted to know which character appeared the most often if the webcomic El Goonish Shive? Whether Tedd or Elliot appears most often in a sketchbook comic? How much time Ellen spends in her V5 form? Then you've come to the right place! This page lets you know how often each character appeared in what forms in the story, EGS:NP and sketchbook sections. And that's not all: we've also got a handy comic list that you can filter by character and form, and links to Shiveapedia for some of the characters.

What constitutes an appearance?

I consider a character to have appeared in a comic if he or she (or both) is at least partially visible in one of the panels, or has off-screen dialogue. Appearances in fantasy sequences or thought-bubbles are also counted, as well as silhouetted appearances (if I know for certain who the obscured character was). Minor and one-shot characters are included pretty much on my whim.

A form is considered canon only if it was used in the main story comics (or an explicitly canon EGS:NP story), and not in a fantasy sequence or thought-bubble. A character can appear in multiple forms in a single comic, so the form appearance counts may add up to more than the character's appearance count.

If you notice a mistake, please let me know by leaving a comment on my blog.

How often are the statistics updated?

The statistics for story (and, when applicable, EGS:NP) comics are updated at the end of each storyline. At least, that's the idea. In practice, I tend to fall behind regularly. Feel free to kick me in the arse (but not too hard) if that happens.

The statistics are currently up-to-date for:

Section Updated up to Number of comics
Story 2016-05-16 2188
EGS:NP 2015-07-03 324
Sketchbook 2013-04-18 711
Total 3223

Sam

51. Sam

Status: playing card games

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 23     23
First appeared 2014-05-12     2014-05-12
Last appeared 2014-12-10     2014-12-10

Sam was a contestant in the card game played at the comic shop where Justin works.

Read about Sam at Shiveapedia

Jerry

52. Jerry

Status: as dead as an immortal can be

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 21   2 23
First appeared 2010-06-23   2010-07-15 2010-06-23
Last appeared 2016-04-08   2010-07-16 2016-04-08

Jerry is a 208-year-old immortal who dresses like Santa Claus and created the hammers, a type of magic employed by (among others) Susan.

Read about Jerry at Shiveapedia

Dr. Germahn

53. Dr. Germahn

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 13 6 3 22
First appeared 2002-01-26 2004-08-29 2002-07-28 2002-01-26
Last appeared 2010-02-26 2005-08-15 2004-01-01 2010-02-26
Show forms

Dr. Germahn is a stereotypical German scientist who occasionally appears to provide "scientific" explanations and random gags, the latter usually involving his assistant Amanda.

Read about Dr. Germahn at Shiveapedia

Andrea

54. Andrea

Status: in search of Avalon

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 22     22
First appeared 2013-10-20     2013-10-20
Last appeared 2016-04-06     2016-04-06

Andrea is a griffin whom Elliot first met when she asked him for directions.

Read about Andrea at Shiveapedia

Tony

55. Tony

Status: bully

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 20 1   21
First appeared 2002-05-23 2008-10-07   2002-05-23
Last appeared 2014-02-20 2008-10-07   2014-02-20

Tony is a football player who often bullies Tedd for looking so androgynous. Unfortunately for him, Tedd has too many powerful friends; Tony's been beaten up by Elliot, Ellen and even Susan! Tony might actually be a little attracted to Tedd.

Read about Tony at Shiveapedia

Helena

56. Helena

Status: immortal

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 19   2 21
First appeared 2005-02-07   2005-03-14 2005-02-07
Last appeared 2015-10-19   2010-05-25 2015-10-19

Suffering from amnesia, this French immortal has absolutely no idea who she is, or why she's following Elliot around. Before her latest reset she and her counterpart were responsible for giving Nanase and Susan access to magic.

Read about Helena at Shiveapedia

Agent Wolf

57. Agent Wolf

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 17   4 21
First appeared 2007-01-08   2006-12-01 2006-12-01
Last appeared 2013-08-23   2011-05-28 2013-08-23

Wolf is a government agent who works with Mr. Verres and Agent Cranium investigating paranormal occurrences such as dimension-shifting walrusses.

He is convinced that there are aliens, although Mr. Verres adamantly denies it. In fact, he believes Lavender is an alien. Preposterous!

Read about Agent Wolf at Shiveapedia

Writer's Block

58. Writer's Block

Status: blocking

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 1   19 20
First appeared 2006-06-07   2003-09-27 2003-09-27
Last appeared 2006-06-07   2012-12-06 2012-12-06

Writer's Block is the feared adversary of all writers, and his appearance has caused agony for web comic fans all across the Internet. Dan is not imune to its effects, and the Writer's Block has frequently caused delays in the release of El Goonish Shive comics, which often results in the Writer's Block making an appearance in a filler comic. Even Susan was plagued by the writer's block once.

Read about Writer's Block at Shiveapedia

Liz

59. Liz

Status: goth

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 12 2 5 19
First appeared 2002-09-02 2004-03-16 2002-10-27 2002-09-02
Last appeared 2015-05-04 2004-03-18 2006-11-15 2015-05-04

Liz is a goth, a student at Moperville North, and is highly skilled at not giving a crap.

Read about Liz at Shiveapedia

Chika

60. Chika

Status: scientist

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 18   1 19
First appeared 2010-01-26   2011-07-21 2010-01-26
Last appeared 2011-07-29   2011-07-21 2011-07-29

Chika is a scientist working for Dr. Germahn. She has the tendency to answer reader's questions without realizing it.

Read about Chika at Shiveapedia

The Playah

61. The Playah (Theater Clerk, or T.C.)

Status: eternal bachelor

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 12 1 5 18
First appeared 2002-02-14 2004-03-24 2002-10-13 2002-02-14
Last appeared 2010-02-09 2004-03-24 2004-08-15 2010-02-09
Show forms

T.C. thinks he's quite the ladies man, but in truth no sane Y-chromosome-lacking human being would even consider going out with him (for that matter, neither would y-chromosone-having human beings, even if he were interested). He may have gotten lucky with the Panicked Schoolgirl, but I doubt anything actually happened. He works as a clerk at the movie theatre, and is a year younger than the main cast.

Read about The Playah at Shiveapedia

Tanooki

62. Tanooki

Status: in the MUD

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances   15 3 18
First appeared   2005-07-05 2005-07-11 2005-07-05
Last appeared   2005-08-12 2006-05-18 2006-05-18

Tanooki is an EGS fan who joined Dan in the game Retromud in the "Dan in the MUD" storyline. Together with their mysterious leader they battled many foes and occasionally dwarves.

Principal Verrückt

63. Principal Verrückt

Status: obsessed with murals

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 18     18
First appeared 2002-02-08     2002-02-08
Last appeared 2010-05-19     2010-05-19

The principal of Moperville North has a tough job. Keeping order at a school where your students include a magic user that likes Star Trek, a powerful martial artist and Tedd is not an easy task, not even with the power of murals.

Read about Principal Verrückt at Shiveapedia

Matt Cohen

64. Matt Cohen (Matthew William Cohen)

Status: student council head

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 16   2 18
First appeared 2005-03-18   2006-04-16 2005-03-18
Last appeared 2012-03-22   2012-03-21 2012-03-22
Show forms

Matt Cohen is the head of the student council at Moperville North and was given the unenviable task of informing the rest of the students about the new uniform dress code. Poor fellow.

He has a part-time job delivering pizza, and may have a crush on Susan.

Read about Matt Cohen at Shiveapedia

Demetrius

65. Demetrius

Status: immortal

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 16   2 18
First appeared 2005-02-07   2005-03-14 2005-02-07
Last appeared 2015-10-15   2010-05-25 2015-10-15

Suffering from amnesia, this French immortal has absolutely no idea who he is, or why he's following Elliot around. Before his latest reset he and his counterpart were responsible for giving Nanase and Susan access to magic.

Read about Demetrius at Shiveapedia

Boar

66. Boar

Status: dead (killed by Raven)

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 14   4 18
First appeared 2011-10-27   2011-11-08 2011-10-27
Last appeared 2012-02-10   2012-02-08 2012-02-10

This boar was accidentally made giant by Rhoda when it attacked her. Although Grace and Mr. Raven tried to save it, in the end there was no way to reason with it and Mr. Raven had to shoot it.

Rhea

67. Rhea

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 17     17
First appeared 2013-04-30     2013-04-30
Last appeared 2016-05-03     2016-05-03
Show forms

Rhea is Diane's sister.

Read about Rhea at Shiveapedia

Mrs. Dunkel

68. Mrs. Dunkel

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 15   2 17
First appeared 2002-06-18   2004-05-09 2002-06-18
Last appeared 2013-03-13   2004-12-24 2013-03-13

Mrs. Dunkel is Elliot's (and now Ellen's) mother. She's always wanted a daughter, and thanks to the events of the Sister storyline she has her wish. It is implied that she was forced to drop out of school when Elliot was born, and she seems doubly pleased that having another unexpected child will not result in a similar incident, since she didn't actually have to give birth to it.

Read about Mrs. Dunkel at Shiveapedia

Duck

69. Duck

Status: comic book shopper

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 14 2 1 17
First appeared 2003-03-03 2004-04-18 2003-02-28 2003-02-28
Last appeared 2012-06-01 2004-04-29 2003-02-28 2012-06-01

Duck is a junior high student who hangs out with his friends to play collectible card games at Justin's store. His unusual nickname is derived from the hat he wears that makes him look like a duck (no relation to the Demonic Duck).

Read about Duck at Shiveapedia

Akiko

70. Akiko (Akiko Kitsune)

Status: probably not gay

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 14   3 17
First appeared 2007-03-10   2007-06-14 2007-03-10
Last appeared 2013-05-02   2012-02-28 2013-05-02

Akiko is Nanase's sister.

Akiko's name is Japanese and her full name would probably be written as 狐 明子 "Kitsune Akiko" (Japanese write the surname before the given name). Kitsune means "fox" and Akiko means "bright child".

Read about Akiko at Shiveapedia

Spider aberration

71. Spider aberration

Status: dead (killed by Tara)

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 16     16
First appeared 2015-12-23     2015-12-23
Last appeared 2016-03-25     2016-03-25

This spider-like "vampire" attacked our heroes while they were helping Tara find Andrea. Things did not go as planned for him.

Read about Spider aberration at Shiveapedia

Bill

72. Bill

Status: comic book shopper

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 12 3 1 16
First appeared 2003-03-03 2004-04-18 2003-02-28 2003-02-28
Last appeared 2012-06-01 2004-04-29 2003-02-28 2012-06-01

As one of Duck's friends, this guy regularly hangs around with him (and his other friend) in the comic store where Justin works. He considers his "cleavage angel" magical gathering card the closest thing he has to a girlfriend.

Read about Bill at Shiveapedia

Voltaire

73. Voltaire (The White Immortal)

Status: immortal

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 15     15
First appeared 2015-05-15     2015-05-15
Last appeared 2016-05-06     2016-05-06

Voltaire tried to pit Tara against Elliot, and seems to have some dealing with Sirleck.

Read about Voltaire at Shiveapedia

Mrs. Kitsune

74. Mrs. Kitsune

Status: mysterious

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 15     15
First appeared 2007-03-08     2007-03-08
Last appeared 2013-09-05     2013-09-05

The mother of Nanase and Akiko is very strict. She seems to know more about magic and the weird goings-on in Moperville than she's letting on. Currently in denial about Nanase being a lesbian.

Read about Mrs. Kitsune at Shiveapedia

Lavender

75. Lavender

Status: not an alien

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 7 3 5 15
First appeared 2007-04-11 2015-02-16 2006-12-04 2006-12-04
Last appeared 2011-01-12 2015-02-20 2011-11-02 2015-02-20

Lavender is the personal assistant of Mr. Verres. Agent Wolf thinks she's an alien, but that's clearly nonsense.

Read about Lavender at Shiveapedia

Fox

76. Fox

Status: summon

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 11 4   15
First appeared 2008-06-25 2014-08-06   2008-06-25
Last appeared 2015-07-17 2014-08-14   2015-07-17

"Fox" is the nickname given to Nanase's decoy summon. She's semi-autonomous and controlled by Nanase's subconscious.

Read about Fox at Shiveapedia

Tom

77. Tom

Status: jerk

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 14     14
First appeared 2013-11-13     2013-11-13
Last appeared 2014-01-23     2014-01-23

Tom tried to manipulate Susan into dating him. It did not go well.

Read about Tom at Shiveapedia

Sirleck

78. Sirleck

Status: aberration

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 10   4 14
First appeared 2010-04-09   2010-03-30 2010-03-30
Last appeared 2016-05-16   2010-09-07 2016-05-16

Sirleck is a body snatcher aberration who is allied with Magus, although he probably plans to double cross him at some point.

Read about Sirleck at Shiveapedia

Kaoli

79. Kaoli

Status: unknown

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 11   2 13
First appeared 2004-09-06   2004-10-31 2004-09-06
Last appeared 2006-05-08   2006-12-15 2006-12-15

Kaoli is the duplicate of Nioi, who like Ellen was created by the dewitchery diamond. She shared Ellen's "second life", growing up with her in that dimension, an experience given to her by Nioi in order to age her soul to match her body.

Random Note: Kaoli's name means "aroma" in Japanese. It is pretty much a synonym for nioi, and is written as 香り.

Read about Kaoli at Shiveapedia

Alice

80. Alice

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 3 4 5 12
First appeared 2004-07-19 2004-08-25 2003-02-28 2003-02-28
Last appeared 2006-11-01 2004-09-23 2006-12-06 2006-12-06
Show forms

Alice is the receptionist and niece of Dr. Germahn, and thinks Amanda is a doofus. And she's probably right.

Read about Alice at Shiveapedia

Lucy

81. Lucy

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 5 1 5 11
First appeared 2004-12-08 2008-09-27 2004-12-22 2004-12-08
Last appeared 2013-06-05 2008-09-27 2011-11-23 2013-06-05

Lucy is one of the girls in Diane's gang. She goes to school at Moperville South.

Read about Lucy at Shiveapedia

Bloodgrem

82. Bloodgrem

Status: unsummoned

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 9   2 11
First appeared 2008-06-02   2008-11-29 2008-06-02
Last appeared 2013-10-20   2011-03-03 2013-10-20

The bloodgrem is a summoned creature, used by Abraham as an aid in tracking down Ellen

Read about Bloodgrem at Shiveapedia

Rick

83. Rick

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 10     10
First appeared 2013-05-31     2013-05-31
Last appeared 2015-06-24     2015-06-24
Show forms

Read about Rick at Shiveapedia

Mr. Dunkel

84. Mr. Dunkel

Status: laid-back

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 10     10
First appeared 2002-06-18     2002-06-18
Last appeared 2012-03-23     2012-03-23

Elliot's father is about as laid-back as his wife, if not more so. He likes to carry the newspaper around with him and re-read it multiple times throughout the day.

Read about Mr. Dunkel at Shiveapedia

Elijah

85. Elijah

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 10     10
First appeared 2013-05-31     2013-05-31
Last appeared 2015-06-24     2015-06-24
Show forms

Read about Elijah at Shiveapedia

John Troutman

86. John Troutman

Status: author

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances   7 2 9
First appeared   2006-08-12 2006-09-25 2006-08-12
Last appeared   2006-09-02 2012-04-04 2012-04-04
Show forms

John Troutman is the author of the webcomic Basil Flint and Sporkman. John helped Sarah find Susan in the EGS:NP storyline "EGS-Con 2006".

Melonpool

87. Melonpool

Status: puppet

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances   8   8
First appeared   2006-08-08   2006-08-08
Last appeared   2006-09-02   2006-09-02

Melonpool is the main character of the comic Melonpool by Steve Troop. He appeared in puppet-form in the EGS:NP story "EGS-Con 2006" where he gave advice to Susan, and ended up fighting her over a disagreement on whether Deep Space Nine is better than the original series of Star Trek.

Magic emissary

88. Magic emissary

Status: in Grace's dreams

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 8     8
First appeared 2014-03-14     2014-03-14
Last appeared 2014-03-25     2014-03-25

This strange figure showed up in Grace's dream to give her a warning, and described himself as an emissary of magic itself.

Duck's friend

89. Duck's friend

Status: comic book shopper

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 6 2   8
First appeared 2003-03-05 2004-04-24   2003-03-05
Last appeared 2012-06-01 2004-04-29   2012-06-01

This guy often hangs out with Duck and Bill at the comic store where Justin works. He is a proud member of the Nanase fan club.

Archie

90. Archie

Status: in the second life dimension

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 8     8
First appeared 2004-09-13     2004-09-13
Last appeared 2006-08-31     2006-08-31

Archie is young Ellen's love interest in the Second Life dreams that resulted from Nioi's nose-beep. He is a greater chimera and has antennas in the back, which Kaoli thinks is weird.

Read about Archie at Shiveapedia

Unusagi

91. Unusagi (Bunny-Goddess of Luck)

Status: cancelled

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 4 2 1 7
First appeared 2002-04-21 2004-05-22 2011-08-17 2002-04-21
Last appeared 2007-02-19 2004-05-27 2011-08-17 2011-08-17

Unusagi is one of the characters of the cancelled anime "Lucky Bunny Bounty Show", Sensei Greg's favourite anime.

Unusagi is said to bring luck, which is why Travis hangs out with her. Unfortunately, luck doesn't necessarily mean good luck.

Her name pretty much means "luck bunny" in Japanese.

Read about Unusagi at Shiveapedia

Stompalope

92. Stompalope

Status: stomping

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 4   3 7
First appeared 2012-09-18   2012-09-19 2012-09-18
Last appeared 2012-10-01   2013-04-18 2013-04-18

The stompalope is a powerful card in the Magic-like card game that Justin and Mr. Tensaided were playing.

Mrs. Pompoms

93. Mrs. Pompoms

Status: divorced

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 6   1 7
First appeared 2003-06-27   2004-08-22 2003-06-27
Last appeared 2010-05-19   2004-08-22 2010-05-19

Susan's mother was left by her husband years ago for another woman, which left her with a deep distrust of all men.

Read about Mrs. Pompoms at Shiveapedia

Eric

94. Eric

Status: red herring

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 5   2 7
First appeared 2010-08-18   2010-08-19 2010-08-18
Last appeared 2011-04-13   2011-03-01 2011-04-13

Eric was a former student of Sensei Greg, who was unhappy with his own lack of progress. He was originally thought to be behind the Fire summon, but that turned out to be Dex's work.

Read about Eric at Shiveapedia

Susan's logical side

95. Susan's logical side

Status: in Susan's mind

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 4 1 1 6
First appeared 2005-01-17 2006-08-08 2005-07-18 2005-01-17
Last appeared 2012-03-15 2006-08-08 2005-07-18 2012-03-15

Susan's logical side is represented by a Vulcan version of Susan. Although initially she feels there is no logic in going to a transgender party, eventually she is persuaded by Susan's curious side that if Susan wouldn't go it'd be a missed opportunity for finding out if guys are really as bad as she believes they are.

Read about Susan's logical side at Shiveapedia

Susan's curious side

96. Susan's curious side

Status: in Susan's mind

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 4 1 1 6
First appeared 2005-01-14 2006-08-08 2005-07-18 2005-01-14
Last appeared 2012-03-15 2006-08-08 2005-07-18 2012-03-15

Susan's curious side is represented by a catgirl version of Susan. She was in favour of going to the party because she was curious about what it would be like to be male. She is the counterpart of Susan's logical side.

Read about Susan's curious side at Shiveapedia

Principal Washington

97. Principal Washington

Status: alive

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 4   2 6
First appeared 2008-02-22   2007-12-03 2007-12-03
Last appeared 2008-04-09   2008-10-23 2008-10-23

The principal of Moperville South doesn't have it easier than his counterpart at North, Principal Verrückt. His students include magic users, female duplicates, squirrels and unnecessarily mysterious guys with strange hair. On top of that, he also has some strange characters in his staff!

Read about Principal Washington at Shiveapedia

Mr. Alephnull

98. Mr. Alephnull

Status: math teacher

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 6     6
First appeared 2007-12-17     2007-12-17
Last appeared 2009-07-24     2009-07-24

Mr. Alephnull is the math teacher at Moperville South, and he tried to solve the mystery of Grace and Ellen with maths, apparently accidentelly getting the correct result.

Read about Mr. Alephnull at Shiveapedia

Interdimensional whale

99. Interdimensional whale

Status: interdimensional

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 5   1 6
First appeared 2013-01-21   2013-02-13 2013-01-21
Last appeared 2013-01-28   2013-02-13 2013-02-13

This strange creature exists outside of reality where it and its kind are responsible for cleaning up excess magic. It warned Tedd of a strange build-up of magic in the Moperville area.

Gerald

100. Gerald

Status: ex-boyfriend

Story EGS:NP Sketchbook Total
Appearances 6     6
First appeared 2011-08-02     2011-08-02
Last appeared 2011-09-29     2011-09-29

This Moperville South student is one of Nanase's ex-boyfriends, and also a bit of a jerk.

Read about Gerald at Shiveapedia