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Emily Azuma was first encountered as an intern at the Williston Library of Smif College. She was introduced in strip 2203, and her name was revealed in strip 2207, along with her fellow interns, Claire and Gabby.

Emily was not actually a library science major,[1] and was doing the internship because she "really likes the smell of books." She apparently didn't take the internship very seriously, since she wanted to "go watch Adventure Time with Ms. Hubbert."[2] Her computer science studies have also been less than diligent at times.[3]

Emily is no longer an intern at the library, having been accidentally hired to work at Coffee of Doom [4]

She drinks recreationally.[5]

She is easily the tallest female character in the comic, standing several inches taller than Marten and possibly even as tall as Sven, though not nearly as tall as Elliot.

Emily is imaginative[6] and eccentric.

Her last name was confirmed in strip 2288, and is a reference to Azumanga Daioh creator Kiyohiko Azuma.[7]

Emily has only been in one relationship, with a boy for two weeks in high school.[8]

As of the events of Strip 2733, it is evident that she may have a crush on Marten. Saying things such as "..I liked it, I think Marten is cute" and "He has a cute butt, too!"

Memorable quotesEdit

  • "Permission to get high as hell and go watch Adventure Time with Ms. Hubbert?"[2]
  • "Banana smoothie."[9]
  • "If they ever figure out mind uploading, I wanna be a toaster"[10]
  • "Muskrat muskrat muskrat muskrat"[11]


Emily's oddities have raised the question of whether she's on the autism spectrum. Jeph Jacques has said only "Emily is a bit touched in the head".[12]

Emily has repeatedly asked Momo elementary questions about robots.[13] When asked how, as a computer science student, she could not know the answers, Emily admitted that she had spent all of AI 101 looking at cat gifs.[3]

There may be a general pattern of disrespect for robots on Emily's part.[14][15]

At one point Emily appears to have inadvertently invoked the Turing Theorem, and thus may be under observation by the Black Chamber and similar organizations.[16] On multiple occasions, Emily has produced software and/or associated techniques on a level that has resulted in calls to the government and classification of what she made.[17]

Emily has acted particularly strange in regards to dating, suggesting she may be aromantic.[18]

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