Vital statistics
Introduced Page 1
Age 33, born May 21st in an unknown year
Status Presumably dead, not that that does much to stop him
Physical attributes
Height 5'5"
Weight Unknown

"Are you a monster?"
"The very worst one."
"You don't look like a monster."
"That's how you can tell."
RGB is the second main character of The Property of Hate, being the first character created for the comic and appearing along with the Hero on the very first page. A self-proclaimed "Worst Monster" who sets the plot in motion by whisking away our young Hero (the latest of those with that title that he has taken in an attempt to save his world) he has been around for an indescribably long time[1], and would hope to stay that way.

Story Edit

Pre-comic Edit

RGB's past, like much set before the events of the comic, is mostly a mystery. We do know, however, that he had died[2] at some point in the past, implying he may have once been human. Likely an actor. He has had some unknown bad experience relating to irons.

Later, in his current form, he's taken up the job of recruiting heroes to save the world he occupies. This has failed on multiple occasions, and one of his past attempts appears to have been Assok. He has been arrested for "stealing keys" at least once before.[3]

In-comic Edit

He begins the story with a question, the oft-quoted "I say... Would you like to be a Hero?".

Negative Edit


RGB undergoing a change

RGB possesses an alternate personality and form, a sort of Hyde to his usual Jekyll, appearing only if RGB is "killed" in any sense. Generally referred to as "Negative" RGB due to his greyscale and static appearance, he was first introduced officially in Chapter 6, though the idea of him had been a core part of the character since the beginning.[4]

Though the effect seems to wear off with time[5], RGB in this state is incredibly powerful, and incredibly dangerous. He is a skilled and brutal fighter, and does not possess the instinct to run away that his counterpart does.

The appearance of Negative also seems to be followed by blue and gold flowers, which explode when he reverts back to his usual form. The vines these flowers grow on, however, remain for days at least, and are inedible by creatures such as Ideas[6], indicating they are not made of normal "Stuff".

His primary self is not currently aware of the duality.

Television Edit

RGB's head not only looks like an old television set, it also functions as one. However, if he is being used as a television, he loses awareness of himself for that period of time, incapable of being anything other than a television. He is, however, aware of what is being played on his screen.[7]

The upper white dial changes the channel, and serves to switch him into "tv mode". The lower black dial adjusts the set's volume, and can be used to adjust RGB's voice even when conscious. The bottom white panel contains brightness and contrast sliders, which can also be used by RGB without losing awareness. The black square above the panel is currently, however, a mystery, and one RGB clearly does not wish to divulge. It's possible that it may be a power button, or remote receiver.

Dreams Edit

Whereas dreams within the world of the comic appear to be healing for most of its' inhabitants, RGB has been seen to experience horrific nightmares when exposed to them, typically consisting of his demise by means of black-and-white era film stunts gone wrong (such as those done by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplain, and Harold Lloyd). He is typically very unfazed by these, remarking that they are "not how he died".[8][9] The only dream known to actually disturb him during it was one relating to being faced with an ironing board.[10]

Personality Edit

A coward, a sham artist, and a stubborn believer that the world can be saved. An entertainer at heart, yet prefers to keep his personal space. He's cheesy and enjoys puns, but usually only if he is the one making them. He falls in love altogether too easily[11].

His actions and motives are largely unknown, but he is described by Hero as "Neutral" when she is asked whether she considers him to be good or evil.[12]


Default form Edit

RGB takes the appearance of an old 80's style television set suspended in the air above a similarly disembodied suit. The television serves as his head for all intents and purposes, the screen serves as his face with the upper part being his eyes and the lower test card bars act as an expressive mouth. His hands are gloves, and his feet are shoes with spats built in.

He is of a short, lean, athletic sort of figure[13], to which his suit is both well fit and entirely comprises (though both his pants and the sleeves of his shirt are rolled up for being too long). He is able to change the color of his outfit both willingly and accidentally, allowing him to camouflage or adjust brightness as needed or when startled or hurt. His outfits are typically very bright, though the whole suit as well as his hat will always match. He has had a total of 6 distinct outfits so far, including Negative's. A seventh[14] has as of yet not shown up in the comic. The most recent chapter of the comic looks as though wooden horseshoes nailed to his feet will become, at least a temporary, addition to his wardrobe ensemble.

Additionally, he carries a bamboo cane that he can summon with a snap of his fingers, a property which he will often creatively and effectively utilize. It does not appear as though anyone else save for himself (in either state) can use it in this way. His boater hat has a more inconsistent sort of loyalty, staying on his head in all situations save for the plot-relevant or comedic. Handkerchiefs are rarely not found on his person[15].

It is of interest to note that, like Hero, he does not wear socks. It's been suggested[16] that this may be due in part by the current form of a previous Hero.

He is also indelible, meaning he is incapable of significant changes to this form.[17][18]

Negative Edit

His usual vibrant colors turn into dark static when in this state. The "mouth" of color bars becomes a single, large "eye", and the colors that usually drip from the screen are also not only changed in color, but inverted in direction. It is popular for him to be shown with his cane with the Fear head attached, making it look like a scythe.

The general rule of thumb for Negative's appearance is simply: "make it more 'no'".

Human Edit

Humantime RGB

a profile of an early human!RGB

RGB's human self is one of dubious canon, considering he was once someone alive.

The earliest designs featured multicolored wavy hair, matching the bars on his usual screen, and deliberately handsome features such as hazel eyes.[19] He's been described as looking like a cross between David Bowie and Buster Keaton, and use of facemorphing has confirmed this.[20] More recently, the technicolor hair been drawn as simply blond, strengthening the Dorian Gray type similarities.[21] His palette switches accordingly if drawn as humanized Negative.
RGB dialogue

a typical speech bubble belonging to RGB

Dialogue Edit

His speech bubbles are rectangular and white, connected by thin, looping white line. He uses the same font as Hero, which is Digital Strip.[22]

Mod's headcanon voice for him is a cross between Patrick Magoohan and Colin Firth.[23][24] She's also liked the idea of him sounding like John Cleese[25]. Either way, he has a very proper sounding Received Pronunciation English accent.[26]

Trivia Edit

  • His birthday is/was the 21st of May[27][28], in an unknown year of the Rooster[29].
  • Despite age being a confusing subject within the comic, and that RGB has been stated to "have been around for a very long time", his age is meant to be 33 years.[30]
  • Part of the reason his shirt collar is always turned up is the static electricity generated by his head. He couldn't turn the collar down even if he wanted to.[31]
    • It also looks a little like a satellite dish.
  • He smells like pennies and ozone.[32]
  • The colored "drool" that drips from his screen is actually tied to his emotional state. While each color represents a subset of emotions instead of just one, they can be summed up as follows:[33][34][35]
    • yellow=fear
    • blue/cyan=sadness
    • green=happiness
    • purple/magenta=curiosity
    • red=anger
  • He is pansexual[36][37][38][39]
  • His favorite tea, if he were not an electrical appliance with no mouth, would be rooibos.[40]
  • His antennas are highly sensitive.[41]
  • He dislikes cats, as the fur and his static are a bad combination, and having once encountered some in a Hero-recruiting gone wrong.[42][43]
  • Dogs, on the other hand, he does like.[44]
  • He is musically talented, having both a good singing voice[45] and the ability to play the ukulele.[46]
  • He's good at chess.[47]
  • He's also good at poker[47], but doesn't play anymore after he was caught using magic tricks to cheat.[48]
  • Despite his form being based off of an ice skater's, he better with and prefers rollerblading.[49]
  • He can be provoked into dancing surprisingly easily.[50]
  • Though he appears to be classy and sophisticated, it is only a facade.[51]
  • He is quite the fan of Mary Poppins.[52]
  • When asked about her characters' Hogwarts houses, Mod portrayed RGB as a Slytherin.[53]
  • If he were an animal, he would be a coyote[54] or a red fox.
  • If he were a pokemon, he might be a Girafarig.[55]
  • Out of the three new Pokemon Sun and Moon starters, he'd pick Poppilo.[56]
  • RGB was originally created as a shadow persona,[57][58] and an amalgam of all the qualities Sarah Jolley considered to be her worst. He however quickly developed a life and story of his own.[59]
  • The original concept sketch. Truly a work of art.
  • He has the fear of water due to his head being an electrical appliance.[60]

References Edit

  47. 47.0 47.1

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