Characters for the Series by Michael Grant. Beware of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. For the sake of simplicity, characters will be sorted by whatever side they start on, as alliances are perpetually changing.

!! Introduced in the original series:


[[folder: Perdido Beach]]

-> "Welcome to Perdido beach, where our motto is: Radiation, what radiation?”

!! Sam Temple

-> '''Sam''': ''"Man, don't ever be sorry you don't want to kill someone."''

The series' main protagonist. Fourteen years old at the start of ''Gone'', Sam is [[IJustWantToBeNormal reluctantly pulled into playing the role of the town's hero.]] After deposing his twin brother, Caine he takes over as the mayor of Perdido Beach at the end of ''Gone'' and does his best to protect it from external and internal threats.

* AboveTheInfluence: He's not, as he finds out when he gets drunk in ''Plague'' and Taylor makes out with him.
* BeingGoodSucks: Often laments that having to be the hero/leader puts a lot of pressure on him, and his nobility has got him in some bad situations.
* BerserkButton: Exploited by Astrid, who realizes he'll be better able to use his power when angry and tells him that [[KickTheDog Drake slapped her and made her call Little Pete a retard.]]
* FireForgedFriends:
** With Dekka, to the point that, when he imagines moving into a houseboat with his girlfriend and her little brother, he pictures Dekka living there, too.
** Also, [[spoiler: with Diana by ''Light'', who he actually does end up living with.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: Of his HormoneAddledTeenager side, really played up to new heights in ''Plague''.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Once he and Astrid finally hook up, they can't keep their hands off each other.
* HappilyEverAfter: Sam is [[spoiler:acquitted of his crimes and ends up with Astrid after the FAYZ ends.]]
* TheHero: Especially in ''Gone'', although he's reluctant about it.
* HeroicBSOD: Starts in ''Hunger'', but more so in ''Lies'' and ''Plague''.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: A major part of his character as the books go on. He frequently imagines people judging him for all the horrible things he's done, and always feels inadequate.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** With Quinn, at first. They've drifted apart now, but they reconcile by the end.
** With Edilio afterwards, although [[spoiler: Edilio doesn't fit the 'heterosexual' part, but they're still essentially brothers by the end of the story. So it still counts]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Uses this as a justification when others try to stop him from completing [[ShootTheDog less than pleasant tasks.]]
* KidHero: Justified, in that [[TeenageWasteland there aren't any adults.]]
* LightEmUp: His power is to create orbs of green light called "Sammy Suns" and [[FrickinLaserBeams fire beams of energy]].
* PromotionToParent: Deconstructed; the stress of being the adopted father of every kid in Perdido Beach takes its toll on him.
* RefusalOfTheCall: He initially rejects the authority foisted on him, but soon rises up to it challenge and does his best to care for the children and teenagers.
* ReluctantWarrior: Never wanted to rule Perdido Beach, but the choice was between him and the people who did want to, who weren’t the [[TheSociopath best candidates.]]
%%* ShootTheDog: He's often called upon to do this.
* StalkerWithACrush: A very minor version before the series starts. Apparently followed Astrid home on at least one occasion.
* TheyDo: Hooks up with Astrid in ''Fear'', [[spoiler:and in the epilogue of ''Light'' they end up living together]].
* UltimateAuthorityMayor: In ''Hunger''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Is on the receiving end of this a lot.
* YourCheatingHeart: Makes out with Taylor in ''Plague'' when Astrid refuses to have sex with him.

!! Astrid Ellison

-> '''Astrid''': ''"What’s happened so far? Coyotes evolved limited powers of speech. Worms developed teeth and became aggressive and territorial. Snakes grew wings and developed a new form of metamorphosis. Some of us developed powers. So far there’s been a lot of strange, but not a lot of stupid. This, though, just stupid.."''

Nicknamed "Astrid the Genius," Astrid is Perdido Beach's resident SmartGuy. Sam's main love interest and one of the series' few non-[[ActionGirl Action Girls]], until Fear when she TookALevelInBadass.

* AggressiveCategorism: She is often the subject of this.
* AllWomenAreLustful: In the middle of a HeroicBSOD she has sex with Sam in ''Fear'', and it's mentioned in future books that whenever they're alone together they can't keep out of each others' pants.
* ArchEnemy: Drake, being a misogynistic sociopath, takes a particular dislike to Astrid, and Astrid to him when he forces her to call her brother a retard.
* BadassBookworm: Not having useful powers, Astrid relies on her brain to solve problems.
* BettyAndVeronica: Betty to [[RomanticFalseLead Taylor's]] Veronica.
* BlatantLies: During ''Lies'', this becomes her {{Signature Move}}.
* CelibateHeroine: Deconstructed. She starts out as a typical example, abstaining from sex due to her religious faith. Over the series, she learns the hard way how impractical it is to be like that in the FAYZ, as she struggles with her faith and morals. She completely gives up on trying to emulate this trope in ''Plague'' when she [[ShootTheDog pushes Little Pete out a window]], and in ''Fear'', she's far less of a role model and loses her chastity.
* ControlFreak: Her biggest flaw is that she constantly tries to micromanage.
%%* DareToBeBadass: In ''Fear''.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Lies is the book where she shifted into the role of TheHero and Sam [[TheChick took a backseat to her escapades]].
* DefrostingIceQueen: She becomes much more social than she was before the series.
* DramaQueen: Astrid tends to overreact. A LOT.
* DumbBlonde: Inverted; Astrid is at least tied with Computer Jack and Albert when it comes to brains. Lampshaded by Jack and Lana in ''Gone''.
* EasilyForgiven: Completely {{deconstructed}} with Astrid. Everything she does is eventually brought up and called out, usually by [[SitcomArchnemesis Howard]].
* TheEmpath: Her power is similar to Diana's but much more vague.
* EnragedByIdiocy: One of her {{Berserk Button}}s is having to deal with stupid people.
* EvilStoleMyFaith: Astrid starts seriously questioning her faith due to the events of the FAYZ, leading to her pulling off a tragic and disturbing ShootTheDog and completely losing her faith in the process.
* HappilyEverAfter: Following the end of [[spoiler:the FAYZ, Astrid becomes quite wealthy and ends up living together with Sam and Diana]].
* TheHeart: Astrid is one of the unifying forces of the community, as others look up to her intelligence.
* {{Hypocrite}}: As part of her character development Astrid is forced to become one and it drives her into a HeroicBSOD.
* ImportantHaircut: In ''Fear'', [[spoiler: she cuts her hair short to [[TookALevelInBadass symbolize her move]] from a CelibateHeroine to a [[DareToBeBadass more gritty character]].]]
* InsufferableGenius: At her worst moments.
* ManipulativeBitch: In ''Lies'' she gets really bad at manipulates other people.
* {{Pride}}: One of her biggest flaws, especially in ''Lies''.
* PromotionToParent: Played straight at first with Little Pete, but later deconstructed, as she hates being her brother's sole caretaker at fourteen.
* RaisedCatholic: Averted; seems to genuinely believe in her religion as opposed to holding to it due to upbringing, [[spoiler: although, in ''Plague'', starts questioning and has a quasi-HeelFaithTurn.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Receives them just as often as she delivers them.
* TheResenter: Starts feeling this towards Little Pete, although she is devastated when she kills him.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: As a result of her intelligence she tends to use big words such as when she called Howard an "Invertebrate."
* ShootTheDog: Berates [[TheHero Sam]] for his willingness to do this but later goes through with it herself with her younger brother, Pete.
* TheSmartGuy: She's the main one in the series due to her high intelligence.
* SoapboxSadie: She is prone to making speeches regarding things she takes issue with.
* SourPrudes: Prior to losing her virginity she looks down on Diana for her promiscuous reputation.
* TeamMom: Everyone comes to look up to her and she becomes a community leader in Albert's absence.
* TeenGenius: Hence her nickname "Astrid the Genius".
%%* TookALevelInBadass: In ''Fear''.
* TheyDo: Astrid has sex with Sam in ''Fear'', and following that they become an official OfficialCouple.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: She can read a person's potential. In a world of [[LightEmUp pyrokinetics]] and [[CombatTentacles whiphands]], this has yet to do her any good. (Probably because Michael Grant retconned it.)
* WomanInWhite: Sam frequently comments on her white clothing looking transparent in the light [[StalkerWithACrush in his POV chapters.]], especially in ''Gone'' and ''Hunger''.

!! Peter Ellison

Called Pete, Petey, or Little Pete. Astrid's younger brother, Little Pete suffers from very severe autism, rendering him mostly incapable of communication, which hides what is probably the FAYZ's highest-ranking power.

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: After Astrid pushes him out a window in ''Plague'' he becomes a godlike entity.
* BerserkButton: Astrid being threatened is enough to get a reaction out of him.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: After dying he is freed from the limitations of his autism, but unable to use his powers to their fullest extent.
* ClippedWingAngel: His [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascent To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] turns out to be this, as while he is a full-fledged RealityWarper he can no longer pull off {{Deus Ex Machina}}s.
* DisabilitySuperpower: He is by far the strongest mutant, but his ability to use his powers is limited at first by his autism and then by his lack of a physical body.
* GrandTheftMe: Pulls one on [[spoiler:Caine (consensually) and dies for real [[MutualKill killing Gaia.]]]]
* TheLoad: Despite his high-ranking powers, Astrid spends most of her time looking after him.
* MutualKill: In ''Light'', with [[spoiler:Gaia]], culminating in [[spoiler:the destruction of the FAYZ barrier.]]
* PhysicalGod: More or less the closest thing to one. Lampshaded frequently by Astrid, especially during her HeelFaithTurn.
* PowerIncontinence: Really hits him hard after he "dies".
* PrettyBoy: In the first book, he is described as being "[[DudeLooksLikeALady pretty, like a girl]]".
* RandomTransportation: He can teleport himself and others, with the location being random to everyone but him.
* RealityWarper: Becomes this full stop after his "death", ascending to a god-like entity.
* ShootTheDog: Is the dog. Is shot. Detaches mind from body just in time. Floats around the FAYZ as a god-like entity.

!! Albert Hillsborough

->'''Albert''': ''It couldn't last. Everyone was just killing time. But if all they did was kill time, time would end up killing them.''

Before the FAYZ, Albert lived a life of relative anonymity, but after the adults disappeared, he kept his head and started figuring out how to make things work. At this point, he pretty much runs the FAYZ's economy.

* {{Asexual}}: Too caught up in his greed to care about women. {{Averted}} in ''Light'' when he starts taking an interest in [[BuxomIsBetter Alicia]].]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Manages to come up with a working economy using an eighth grade education and an encyclopedia.
* BadassOnPaper: While Albert is good with business and corporate management, he's a greedy coward.
* BlackAndNerdy: Implied to have been this before the FAYZ.
* GoodWithNumbers: And economics in general, leading him to take over management of the local [=McDonald's=] and eventually economic management of the rest of Perdido Beach.
* {{Greed}}: His main vice is his greed, which only grows worse over the course of the series.
* {{Jerkass}}: He slowly becomes one, culminating in him absconding to the island mansion on the far side of the FAYZ barrier.
* JerkWithAHeartofJerk: Is remorselessly self-centred, although he has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment at the end.
* JustTheFirstCitizen: Caine especially is irritated that the real power in the FAYZ is held by a skinny black kid with a ledger book.
* KarmaHoudini: Becomes famous after [[spoiler:the FAYZ ends]], although he hates himself for what he did.
* MarriedTotheJob: Until ''Light'', when he is convinced to return and ultimately has a HeroicBSOD.
* NoRespectGuy: Subverted. While not everyone admits his importance, almost everyone recognizes that he holds the real power, at least in ''Plague''.
* NotQuiteDead: In ''Plague'' he is almost killed, but makes a full recovery with Lana's help.
* NoSympathy: As he rakes levels in jerkass he develops this attitude towards everyone else.
* RichBitch: Evolves into this over the course of the series.
* {{Schemer}}: A strange {{aversion}} in which his schemes usually ''work''. Every. Single. Time.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Pulls a fast one in ''Fear'' by absconding to the island manor.
* TheScrooge Albert becomes a greedy, penny-pinching miser, eventually absconding with his wealth to the island manor in an attempt to escape.
* SelfDeprecation: It's implied in the end of ''Light'' that he's ''full'' of self-loathing for his numerous amoral actions.
* SelfMadeMan: He started the series as a loner from a large family without much money, and, in ''Plague'', Sam notes that he effectively runs the FAYZ despite never directly taking part in the power struggles.
* ShipTease: With Leslie-Ann, though he later expresses interest in [[BuxomIsBetter Alicia]].
* TheTeamBenefactor: He comes to manage the FAYZ's economy by himself.
* TookALevelInJerkass: During ''Hunger'' he starts becoming increasingly selfish, and just gets worse as the series goes on.

!! Lana Lazar

-> '''Pack Leader''': ''"Human. Go to darkness."''
-> '''Lana''': ''"Coyote. Go to hell!"''

Only in the FAYZ because her parents caught her sneaking out alcohol and sent her to live with her grandfather, Lana was trapped in a crashed car in the middle of the desert after her grandfather disappeared. In her desperation, she developed the ability to cure her own injuries and eventually met and joined the protagonists.

* ActionGirl: Lana starts off as a normal girl, but the MindRape she endures thanks to the Gaiaphage hardens her to the point where she becomes able to defy it through willpower alone. Even before that, she killed a coyote with a gold brick.
* AlliterativeName: Except her middle name, [[LordOfTheRings Arwen]], break the pattern.
* BrokenBird: In ''Gone'' and ''Hunger'' her suffering almost breaks her, but she proves that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
* HealingHands: Her power enables her to heal almost any injury.
* HeroicBSOD: She starts to suffer from this as a result of the Gaiaphage.
* HorrifyingTheHorror: Lana's raw determination and willpower enables her to defy and frighten the Gaiaphage, the entity that dominated her throughout ''Gone'' and ''Hunger''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She becomes increasingly bitter and cantankerous as the series goes on, but remains a good person.
* TheLadette: She smokes like a chimney. She drinks like a fish. She has underaged sex. But she's one of the good guys.
* LoveTriangle: [[BadassNormal Edilio]], [[TheChick Quinn]], and [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Sanjit]] have one revolving around her, although it's a pretty minor subplot. It's only hinted at in Edilio's case, and definitely not going anywhere there, what with him and [[spoiler: the Artful Roger]]. She ultimately hooks up Sanjit and blackmails him into buying her smokes by refusing to have sex with him.
* LysistrataGambit: When Sanjit hides her cigarettes she threatens to stop having sex with him until he returns them.
* MeaningfulName: Lazar? As in Lazarus?
* MindRape: Happens to her in ''Hunger'', courtesy of the Gaiaphage. When she pulls herself back together, the result scares even ''it''.
* TheMedic: Shares this role with Dahra thanks to her healing powers.
* MrViceGuy: Smokes, drinks, packs a gun, has sex. All at the age of fourteen.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: She is Lana Arwen Lazar. And the Gaiaphage knows it.
* NervesofSteel: Why the Gaiaphage becomes unable to control her.
* NoSell: Is completely un[[IncrediblyLamePun FAYZ]]ed by Penny's illusions due to having seen ''much'' worse.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: When Gaia tries to use her healing powers [[spoiler:in ''Light'', Lana shuts her down]].
* SexForSolace: She tells Quinn that she started sleeping with Sanjit because it comforted her.
* SmokingIsCool: Doubts she'll live long enough to suffer the consequences. Not to mention that her healing power would probably fix any damage caused. [[spoiler: She quits in Light]]
* TookALevelinBadass: Compare Lana at the beginning of ''Gone'' to the beginning of ''Hunger'': the fragile, kind of girly girl is dead and LONG gone.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Dahra.

!! Quinn Gaither

->'''Quinn''': ''"[[MemeticMutation I had a polynomial once. My doctor removed it.]]"''

Sam's [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend and surfing buddy]]. Suffers from some serious jealousy of the kids with superpowers in ''Gone'', but eventually comes around. He finds solace in being a fisherman and becomes an important resource for the Peridido Beach kids.

* CharacterDevelopment: Has developed into a solidly badass character by the time of ''Fear'', having punched out Penny, and having a keen eye for how to push people's buttons.
* DirtyCoward: In ''Gone''. He gets better and becomes a stabilizing force of the community.
* DoggedNiceGuy: He moons after Lana until she pulls a gun on him.
* FantasticRacism: Towards moofs, initially. At his lowest points, sometimes resorts to actual racism. He gets better, though.
* GallowsHumor: Quinn has a tendency to make macabre jokes that is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] frequently.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Not exactly, but he flips sides a ''lot'' in ''Gone''. Also, at the end of ''Plague'', he stays with Caine instead of going with Sam, though this time it's not out of any malevolence on his part. He just wants to fish.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Sam, at first.
* TheLancer: Subverted. He was Sam's best friend before the FAYZ, but his betrayal in ''Gone'' makes it that he doesn't get this role. Then he left Sam for good in ''Plague'' because he felt he was needed as a fisherman.
* RefusalOfTheCall: When Sam offers him to be mayor at the end of ''Fear''. He just wants to go back to fishing.
* StepfordSmiler: One of his POV chapters in ''Hunger'' states that he frequently puts on a smile to hide his sadness over the Thanksgiving battle.
* TheLoad: Starts off as this. Then he learns to fish.
* TookALevelInBadass: ''Fear'' really picks up when he punches Penny in the nose for [[spoiler: torturing Cigar]]. It only escalates from there.
* UnfazedEveryman: He's not a moof. He's not a badass. He's just... Sam's friend. Until ''Fear'', when he and his fishing crew become indispensable to Perdido Beach and one of the few people who can stand up to Caine with impunity; lampshaded by Caine himself.

!! Edilio Escobar

-> ''"I had fun with taking what seemed like a throwaway character, a poor kid from Honduras with no special abilities or superpowers, and making him one of the most important people in the FAYZ. When Edilio first appeared I guarantee no one guessed where he was going. One of my few planned things was to show that it isn’t always about the kid who can shoot light out of his hands, sometimes it’s about the guy who is just honest, hardworking, modest and determined. A world of Edilio’s would be a good place."''
-> - '''Michael Grant'''

Son of illegal immigrants, recently moved to Perdido Beach from Honduras. One of the few people in the FAYZ who's not either an AntiHero or straight-up villain, and trains their version of armed forces.

* AlliterativeName: Both his first and last name begin with "E".
* BadassGay: As of ''Fear'', he is revealed to be homosexual, which in no way diminishes the fact that he is one of the more capable characters.
* BadassNormal: No superpowers to speak of, but he doesn't let that stop him from kicking butt.
* BerserkButton: Hit a girl in front of him? Accuse him of not caring about anyone? Then you're on the wrong side of Edilio; is pressed HARD in Fear [[spoiler: by Sam and Dekka of all people; but more Sam than the latter, as she just happened to be there]].
* BigGood: As of ''Light''. [[spoiler: Especially when Caine gives him control of Perdido Beach]].
* TheBigGuy: Fills this role in Sam's group being more than willing and capable of fighting. This is until Orc has a HeelFaceTurn and takes over.
* ChildSoldiers: He is a teenager who, over the course of the series, becomes familiar with the ins and outs of weaponry and he trains the other children in their use.
* {{Cincinnatus}}: Takes over if necessary and does a damn good job too, but doesn't relish or abuse the authority.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: One of the effects of being so chivalrous and moral, Edilio will often throw himself into any situation to help someone else.
* TheDulcineaEffect: A side effect of the trope [[ChronicHeroSyndrome above]], if someone's in danger? Edilio will jump at the call, if a girl is in danger? [[BerserkButton Steer clear]]. To give an example, he charged [[spoiler: Orc]] to stop him from hurting a girl. [[spoiler: Granted he failed, but still]].
* DoggedNiceGuy: Implied to be this for Lana. [[spoiler: Until she shoots him. Yeah, she's forming a habit. Tossed out of the window entirely in ''Fear''; see SuddenlySexuality for more]].
* {{Expy}}: Of [[LordoftheRings Samwise Gamgee]], extremely loyal to TheHero, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Incorruptibly Pure]], and badass.
* FourStarBadass: As much as you can be a four-star general in the FAYZ, anyway.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Even from other character's POV, Edilio is the most levelheaded, nicest, sweetest person still in the FAYZ.
* MookPromotion: He goes from TheBigGuy, to TheLancer, to the BigGood.
%%* MrFixit: Especially in ''Gone''.
* NiceGuy: One of the series' few genuine ones.
* RaisedCatholic: {{Played with}}. Edilio isn't openly stated to be Catholic, but he does base many of his decisions on his religion and is often reciting prayers in Spanish.
* OnlySaneMan: He's one of the few genuinely good people in the FAYZ who is just trying to keep everyone else safe.
* TheStoic: With the occasional but effective NotSoStoic moment. He spends a good deal of ''Light'' having NotSoStoic moments.
* SuddenlySexuality: He is revealed to be [[StraightGay gay]] in ''Fear.'' [[spoiler: He points this out by saying that he just figured it out. Possibly justified, considering his age and the situation .]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: When he thought Roger had been killed in ''Light''. And he is ''still'' the nicest person there...
%%* UnfazedEveryman
%%* WarriorPrince
* WouldntHitAGirl: Implied in ''Gone'' when he expresses disgust at Orc for doing so, but it's unclear if he keeps this in the CrapsackWorld the FAYZ is becoming.

!! Charles "Orc" Merriman

-> '''Orc''': ''"My name is Charles. People should call me by my real name...sometimes."''

A bully-turned-[[TheAtoner atoner]], Orc was originally recruited by Caine before defecting to Sam's side as it seemed more likely for him to win. Becomes TheAlcoholic by the end of ''Gone''. After coyotes devour him, he replaces his missing body parts with rock, leaving only a shrinking patch of skin on his face. Howard acts as his best friend, toady, and manager. Revealed in ''Plague'' to be suicidal.

* AbusiveParents: His father ''drilled a hole through his hand.''
* TheAlcoholic: To cope with his guilt over killing Bette and the loss of his humanity, he begins drinking copious amounts of alcohol. [[TearJerker In eighth grade.]]
* TheAtoner: Feels horrible about killing Bette and even puts his life at risk putting out fires in ''Lies'' and refuses to take payment for it]]. However, he does [[spoiler: accidentally kill a little boy in ''Plague''.]]
* BerserkButton: Nobody threatens Astrid in his presence and gets away with it.
* TheBigGuy: Post-HeelFaceTurn he takes over this role from Edilio.
* BigDamnHeroes: Orc uses his nigh-invincibility to help out... in exchange for beer or if Astrid is the one asking.
* TheBrute: Pre-HeelFaceTurn he was a thuggish unintelligent bully.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Gets hit by a [[spoiler:missile thrown by Caine while fighting Gaia.]]
* DeathSeeker: In ''Plague'', Orc tries committing suicide unsuccessfully; he gets better in ''Fear''.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Which leads him to accidentally kill Bette [[spoiler: and a random kid on the street.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Tries to kill himself in ''Plague''.
* {{Gasshole}}: Not very apparent in later books but in ''Gone'' and ''Hunger'' he was frequently belching and farting from other character's POV.
* HeelFaceTurn: At Howard's recommendation Orc joins Sam's side and seeks to atone for the wrongs he committed.
* HiddenDepths: He's surprisingly remorseful over killing Bette and even acknowledges the fact that Howard is smarter than him.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: In the climax of ''Light'' he is [[spoiler:blown up by a missile]].
* ShipTease: With Astrid and Sinder. [[spoiler:It doesn't go anywhere.]]
* TakenForGranite: After being half-eaten by a coyote he regenerates with a gravel-like substance in place of flesh, which continues to spread until his entire body except part of his face is covered.
* VillainousCrush: While not exactly a villain, at least after his HeelFaceTurn, he's heavily implied to have had a crush on Astrid since before the FAYZ and [[BigDamnHeroes will occasionally help her when she's in trouble.]] As of ''Fear'' it is implied that he has one on Sinder as well.

!! Howard Bassem

->'''Howard''': ''"I came up with myself. FAYZ. Spelled F-A-Y-Z. It stands for Fallout Alley Youth Zone. Fallout Alley, and nothing but kids. Don't worry, Astrid, it's just a FAYZ. Get it? Just a FAYZ."''

Orc's best friend, toady, and manager, Howard is cynical, sarcastic, and fond of nicknaming things. Doesn't seem to care much about anyone aside from himself and Orc.

* AmbiguouslyGay: ''Very'' close to Orc, which is implied to be an unrequited crush in ''Fear'':
-->'''Penny''': And [I granted] Howard's fantasies, which by the way, you wouldn't believe.
* BlatantLies: Surprisingly {{averted}} when Astrid wants him to lie to the town about Brittney and Orsay.
* BystanderSyndrome: Howard never directly involves himself in anything, preferring to direct Orc at it instead.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In ''Fear'', when he makes the mistake of wandering too close to Drake and a pack of starving coyotes.
* TheCynic: Becomes increasingly cynical as the FAYZ goes on.
* DeadpanSnarker: Howard employs surprisingly sophisticated and biting wit.
* DirtyCoward: At first, he hides behind Orc and switches sides at his own convenience. Later seems to be developing some courage, though.
* TheDragon: He is this to Orc, although he's the smarter of the two.
* FunWithAcronyms: Most nicknames in the series (e.g. the FAYZ, Zekes, 'Bertos etc.) are his doing.
* GrumpyBear: In later books he maintains a cantankerous cynicism despite condition slowly improving.
* HeelFaceTurn: Changes to Sam's side with Orc in ''Gone'' when he thinks it's the smarter move. However, he remains a cynical naysayer who frequently challenges Sam and Astrid.
* {{Jerkass}}: Especially in ''Gone'', where it takes a physical threat from Mary to convince him to arrange to get food for a bunch of toddlers.
* JerkassHasAPoint: No matter who's side he's on, he will call them out when the time is right.
* JerkWithAHeartofGold: Genuinely cares for Orc.
* PapaWolf: When it comes to Orc.
* TheLoad: He has no powers and is naturally snide, so when the going gets rough he tends to annoy everyone and not much else.
* ProfessionalButtkisser: Tries to ingratiate himself with whoever's in power, although that doesn't stop him from calling bullshit on them from time to time.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Maintains this with Astrid post-HeelFaceTurn.
* {{Slimeball}}: He's a manipulative, selfish bully and doesn't really change.
* StoppedCaring: Until ''Lies'' when he really steps up and takes his job seriously, [[StatusQuoisGod although after that failed he went right back to normal]].
%%* WantsAPrizeforBasicDecency

!! Mary Terrafino

A girl from Sam's grade who used to suffer from anorexia and bulimia and relapses soon after taking over the daycare.

* BerserkButton: Call her a bitch. See what happens. [[spoiler: Howard found this out the hard way in ''Gone''.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: After almost a year of taking care of every small child in Perdido Beach. [[spoiler:It didn't quite work, and resulted in her appearing outside the FAYZ, and the results [[BodyHorror were NOT pretty]].]]
* HumanoidAbomination: After she poofs, she comes out the other side as a grotesque monstrosity and dies shortly thereafter.
* IAmNotPretty: Has bulimia and gets worse over the course of the series.
* KilledOffForReal: She tries to commit suicide by poofing in ''Lies'', but dies for real in ''Fear''.
* MeaningfulName: Well, ''Mother'' Mary.
* PromotionToParent: Mary takes over looking after the small children, and the stress this causes her results in deconstructing this trope a lot.
* SanitySlippage: The strain of looking after the toddlers and little kids slowly saps her sanity until she finally snaps.
* TeamMom: Literally, for the daycare. [[MamaBear She's ''really'' devoted to those kids]].

!! John Terrafino

Mary's little brother who helps her take care of the baby.

* DemotedToExtra: He barely appears in ''Plague''.
* PromotionToParent: At nine, he's forced to step up and look after the other kids.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: How are you reacting to [[spoiler: your only remaining family member's suicide]]? Not at all? Okay...

!! Duck Zhang

-> ''"Superpowers don't always make you a superhero."''

One of the normal kids in the FAYZ until he discovers an ability to alter his density.

* AccidentalMisnaming: Caine keeps referring to him as "Goose."
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Sort of; his last name (Zhang) makes it sound like he might be Asian, but it's never mentioned. He mentions that he could maybe visit his great grandparents in China if he keeps going while he's sinking into the ground.
* ChekhovsGunman: Turns out, that random kid whose pool got stolen really ''is'' important.
%%* {{Duck}}: What do you expect?
* DirtyCoward: While most of the kids joined Sam's uprising against Caine in ''Gone'', Duck is described to have been hiding in his closet reading comics during that time.
* HeroicSacrifice: Manages to keep the Gaiaphage quiet for a while by dragging the majority of it to the bottom of the FAYZ bubble... [[SenselessSacrifice but not forever.]]
%%* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Duck? Really?

!! Brittney Donegal

One of Edilio's ChildSoldiers, she was working in the power plant when it gets attacked, and she is killed. [[spoiler: She later revives as an undead being capable of regenerating from any injury, but is SharingABody with Drake. She eventually succumbs to madness and starts worshipping the Gaiaphage, becoming a variation of ThoseTwoBadGuys with Drake.]]

* AndIMustScream: The poor kid gets buried alive... or rather, undead.
* BodyHorror: While attached to Drake, she gets chopped up by Brianna. And gets better.
* CameBackWrong: After being killed, she revives as an undead, regenerating creature.
* ChildSoldiers: Is one before she dies. In fact, it's what gets her killed.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: After going insane she becomes prone to nonsensical dogmatic rants.
* EvilCounterpart: To Astrid, as both are Christians who begin to question their devotion. While Astrid becomes increasingly atheistic, Brittany decides the [[GodIsEvil Gaiaphage is God]].
* FaceHeelTurn: When the Gaiaphage reveals its true form to her, she becomes its devoted servant.
* FaithHeelTurn: In ''Plague'', leading to ReligionOfEvil when she starts worshiping the Gaiaphage.
* TheFundamentalist: Was a hardcore Christian even before her FaithHeelTurn, but the level of zealotry she engages herself in afterwards makes her prior self seem atheistic in comparison.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Until her FaceHeelTurn, she begs to be killed so that Drake will be destroyed.
* FromASingleCell: Her power enables her to regenerate and reattach body parts.
* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: She gets brought back as an undead entity sharing her body with Drake.
* SharingABody: Again, with Drake, and when his personality takes over her body transforms into his.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: She stops popping up after Gaia puts Drake back together.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Of a sort with Drake following her HeelFaithTurn, as they both serve the Gaiaphage but have different methods and motivations for doing so.
* TheUndead: She has no pulse and doesn't need to breathe, although she [[NotUsingTheZWord objects to being called a zombie]] on the grounds that she doesn't eat brains.
* WalkDontSwim: One of the benefits of being undead is that she can walk along the bottom of bodies of water.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Brittney has been enslaved, tortured numerous times in horrific ways, disfigured, has her only family killed, is killed herself and spends 3 months in a grave in the duration of the series, and then resurrects as an undead entity. As such, while she plays a prominent role in the attempts to wipe out the population of Perdido Beach with giant man-eating bugs in ''PLAGUE'', but even though she persists in helping the ongoing genocide attempts by her master, even Sam is reluctant to try and stop her, actually ''apologizing'' for ruining her evil plans.

!! Hunter

One of [[FantasticRacism Zil's]] friends until he develops the power to emit microwave radiation, which leads to a bit of friction.

* AccidentalMurder: He didn't mean to kill Harry, but try telling the Human Crew that.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Lies'' he is only mentioned.
* DrivenToSuicide: He tried to kill himself, but only wound up giving himself serious brain damage.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: In ''Plague'' he is infected with the Gaiaphage's parasitic bugs and is the first to die.
* MeaningfulName: His name is Hunter, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep and he's a hunter]].

!! Bette

Usually called "Bouncing Bette," Bette is a girl in Sam's class at school who has the ability to create small fireballs.

* CoolBigSister: Secures her younger brother's safety while suffering internal damage to her brain.
* RedShirt: She is the second Moof to die, and by accident at that.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Is only mentioned a handful of times before being killed by Orc.

!! Elwood

Dahra's Ex-Boyfreind

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Only shows up once and isn't mentioned again.
%%* JerkJock: Implied

!! Jamal

Shows up in ''Plague'' when a newly escaped Drake enlists his help.

* TheDragon: To Drake, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness for a very, very short time.]]
* PetTheDog: Doesn't shoot Brianna, even when threatened. Considering the number of people whose BerserkButton she is, this was probably a good idea.
%%* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: What it takes to work for Drake...

!! Dahra Baidoo

The series medic, runs the hospital with her boyfriend Elwood [[spoiler: until they break up between Lies and Plague]]

* DemotedToExtra: In ''Fear'', although she was never that important to begin with.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Inverted; she's not the LEAST bit upset about breaking up with Elwood.
* KilledOffForReal: She's killed when [[spoiler:Gaia attacks Sam's settlement in ''Light'']].
* TheMedic: Obviously; Seemingly Deconstructed as of ''Plague''.
* StaticCharacter: Doesn't really change much.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Lana, as the latter more or less renders her position redundant.

Given name Bradley, Cigar is one of Quinn's fishermen.

* AccidentalMurder: He didn't mean to kill one of his fellow fisherman - he was too drunk to really know what he was doing.
* AscendedExtra: He's mentioned a couple times in ''Hunger'', ''Lies'', and ''Plague'', but he doesn't become important at all until ''Fear''.
* BodyHorror: His eyes are completely gone. Lana heals them, but they only grow back to tiny orbs that never really see properly.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: After being driven insane by Penny's illusions.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: He gets eaten alive by Zekes.
* EyeScream: Penny's illusions cause him to gouge his own eyes out.
* ISeeDeadPeople: Sort of; after Penny ruins his eyes and Lana tries to regrow them, he's the only one that can see the Gaiaphage's psychic tentacles and Little Pete in his new form.

!! Cookie

%%* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
%%* GentleGiant
* LikeAGodToMe: Thinks very highly of Lana after she heals him.

!! Patrick
Lana's faithful pet dog.

* HeroicDog: Patrick accompanies Lana everywhere and helps her as best as a dog can.
%%* LoyalAnimalCompanion
* PetTheDog: He's one of the few animals not to be killed and eaten, largely because that would make Lana angry and that would be bad for everyone.
* TokenNonHuman: He's the only prominently featured non-human character.
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Lana, his owner.

!! Keira

%%* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}

!! E.Z

* CruelAndUnusualDeath: He gets eaten up by Zekes...
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He's killed ''within pages of his introduction''.

!! Jill

* BreakTheCutie: She gets kidnapped by The Human Crew, then is taken under the care of Nerreza, a.k.a the Gaiaphage.
* BuriedAlive: This almost happens to her, but Sam saves her.
* EnthrallingSiren: Her superpower is to get people to listen to her.

!! Sinder

* CharacterBlog: Had one up online.
* GreenThumb: Is a keen gardener due to her ability to help plants grow.
* PerkyGoth: She is a goth, but she's really into gardening and considers changing her favourite color from black to green.


[[folder: Coates Academy]]

!! Caine Soren

-> ''"The FAYZ doesn't need a hero anymore. It needs a king."''

The series' resident BigBad and Sam's twin brother, Caine was raised by unloving parents and developed high ambitions and a sociopathic nature. He demonstrates little, if any, understanding of right and wrong and doesn't object to hurting anyone but [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his love interest]], [[DarkChick Diana]].

* AffablyEvil: He's perfectly pleasant until you imply you don't want him to rule the world.
* AlasPoorVillain: In ''Light'' all the time, and in ''Fear'' when [[spoiler: Penny cements his hands and staples an aluminum crown to his forehead.]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: He delivers not one, not two, but three throughout the series, though it's left ambiguous as to how many (if any) were truthful and how many were forms of manipulation (again, if any).
** The first is in ''Hunger'', where -- after Diana has her head smashed against a rock -- he goes into a blind panic, crying at her side and incoherently sobbing to [[TheHero Sam]] about how he loves her, and that if he came to kill him, "Now would be a good time."
** He nexts delivers one (well, a implied one) in ''PLAGUE'', though arguably just to get into Diana's pants:
--->''"What would I do without you? How would I live without you? Because. Because you are the only human being I need."''
** And finally he delivers a direct, genuine one to Diana's face in ''Light''.
* ArchnemesisDad: To Gaia, the Gaiaphage's host and his daughter.
* TheAtoner: In ''Light'' he seeks to make up for everything he put everyone through. [[spoiler:He succeeds, but at the cost of his life. Posthumously, he leaves a note claiming sole responsibility for all the bad things that happened, exonerating Sam.]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite everything, Caine and Diana have on occasion shown genuine affection for each other.
* BeingEvilSucks: Figures this out in ''Light''.
* BerserkButton: As a general rule, messing with Diana when he's around is not a good idea.
* BigBad: Mainly in ''Gone''; after that, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Gaiaphage]] takes over the role.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:He's the one that finishes off the Gaiaphage (with Little Pete controlling him), but it [[HeroicSacrifice cost him his life.]]]]
* CryForTheDevil: Invoked. Part of the reason he has so many fangirls in spite of his somewhat, ahem, [[LackOfEmpathy disagreeable attributes.]]
%%* DeathEqualsRedemption
* DoggedNiceGuy: Comes across, at first, as being this for Diana.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Shortly after his sacrifice, Diana receives a letter in which she is told that he's sorry for hurting her and that he loves her.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Saving the world in the process has to count for something, right?
* EnemyMine: Repeatedly pulls this with Sam whenever Drake and the Gaiaphage are involved.
* EnfantTerrible: According to Connie, who claims she just "knew" he was evil even when he was a baby.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He genuinely loves Diana, though he has a hard time expressing that.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He has no problems killing innocents, siccing coyotes on small children, and imposing dictatorships, but [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil he doesn't rape Diana]], although, as he is fond of pointing out, it would be easy for him to do so. However, much of the fandom thought he was a bit too proud of something so basic.
** He's also horrified at what [[MasterOfIllusion Penny]] does to her victims in ''Fear.''
* EvilTwin: He's Sam's twin brother, and has ambitions to rule Perdido Beach as a king.
* EvilOverlord: His ambition. [[spoiler: Actually succeeds, although it takes him four books.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: No secret was made of Caine's egomania and grandiose sense of self-worth, but ''Plague'' really cranks it up a few notches. In the first three books, he is a dangerous but nuanced narcissist [[AntiVillain who is pretty bad, but not all the way evil per se]]. He thought way too highly of himself, but at least could recognize that his ego was out of control, and had the ability to contain it, or at least disguise it in public. In ''Plague'' he refers to himself as a king, treats his MoralityPet as a possession and seems to believe he was chosen by God. Even his fangirls were a little peeved.
* FreudianExcuse: He rationalizes his adoption, despite the fact that he was actually raised in a much more comfortable environment with his adoptive parents than he was his actual mother.
* AGodIAm: Delivers one of these speech at the end of ''Plague''. He's subsequently humbled and humiliated by Penny.
* AGoodWayToDie: He went out on a high, finally managing to prove to [[spoiler:the Gaiaphage that he can't be controlled, showing up his brother, saving the world and having mended his relationship with Diana. Not to mention him redeeming himself and being remembered as the guy who saved the world rather than the sociopath who cemented dozens of children's hands. He died thinking about Diana, and remarks that it was a "good feeling".]] Closest thing to a happy ending a character like him could ever get.
* GrandTheftMe: Caine allows [[spoiler:Little Pete to take him over to kill Gaia. Justified in that it was voluntary, and actually worked out pretty well for him. His last thoughts before his body is taken over- and burnt to ashes- are a memory of lying in bed with [[MoralityPet Diana]] as Little Pete wanted him to "go out on a good memory". ]]
* HeelFaceTurn: While he acknowledges he's a CardCarryingVillain, [[spoiler: he still seeks to redeem himself in ''Light''.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Caine lets [[spoiler:Little Petey take him over and dies killing Gaia.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Becomes this to Diana in ''Plague.'' [[spoiler: She does not take it well.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: More and more as the series progresses.
* LonelyAtTheTop: So Caine, you finally rule Perdido beach. Congrats. [[BerserkButton Hey, how's Diana been recently?]]
* MadnessMantra: "Hungry in the dark" becomes one in ''Hunger''. Lana -- a fellow former slave of the Gaiaphage -- dredging it up despite having never heard him say it before is enough to freak him out.
* ManipulativeBastard: His specialty is manipulating people.
* MeaningfulName: His name is [[NameOfCain Caine]]. He's trying to kill his brother.
* MindOverMatter: His power enables him to lift objects psychokinetically, although it has limits.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He's named after Cain and is an evil murderous brother. The only way the allusion could have been more obvious would be if Sam's name was Abel.
* NameOfCain: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well...]]
* OffingTheOffspring: Teams up with Sam to kill his daughter Gaia in ''Light''.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In ''Fear'' he drops the narcissistic attitude after being tortured and humiliated by Penny and becomes quiet and insecure. Lana notes this is a sign he's finally snapped.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother put him up for adoption and his foster parents neglected him.
* PsychoticSmirk: In the US trailer for ''Plague'', he delivers one of these once he realizes that the adults have disappeared.
* PuppetKing: To Albert, who runs Perdido Beach's economy.
-->''"It was no good to call yourself king if the real power was held by a owlish black kid"''
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Caine [[spoiler:sacrifices himself to destroy the Gaiaphage once and for all]].
* SeparatedAtBirth: He was Sam's brother, but they were separated at birth.
* TheSociopath: According to WordOfGod he is remorseless.
* TakingTheHeat: At the end of ''Light'', he leaves a letter claiming he was the one behind all the bad things that happened in the FAYZ.
* TeenPregnancy: Gets Diana pregnant, which ends up causing problems for everyone when the baby is taken over by the Gaiaphage.
* TokenEvilTeammate: In ''Fear'' and ''Light'' he joins forces with Sam.
* UnholyMatrimony: With Diana. Quite hilariously the most popular ship, with a much larger, more vocal and dedicated fan base than [[OfficialCouple Sastrid]] which is you know, the heroic couple. The main couple.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: In ''Fear'', when the barrier turns entirely black and no one can see a thing, Perdido Beach needs someone like Caine that scares the kids and can control them through fear. Unfortunately, he was still heavily traumatized after Penny cemented his hands.
-->'''Lana''': "You gotta give the guy credit; he has a genius for doing the wrong thing. We actually need him to be the bad guy, and now he's Mr. Meek and Mild."
* WouldHitAGirl: [[OffingTheOffspring Especially if it's his own daughter]].
* WouldHurtAChild: [[KickTheDog Tries to smash a helicopter full of them into a cliff.]]

!! Diana Ladris

-> ''"You'll never have complete control, Caine. This world is changing all the time. Animals. People. Who knows what's next? We didn't' make this world, we're just the poor fools who are living in it."''

Caine's chief assistant and [[UnholyMatrimony love interest]], Diana is beautiful, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], and [[ManipulativeBitch manipulative]]. Out of all the consistently villainous characters in the series, she voices the most hesitations about overly evil tendencies and remains openly on her own side, rather than [[BigBad Caine's]] or [[TheHero Sam's]].

* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Described as having darker features, and even before the Gone series takes place, she has an air of confidence and is a ''lot'' more reserved than anyone at Coates Academy.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In ''Lies'' she tells Caine she loves him... [[spoiler: before launching herself off a cliff]].
* AntiHero: In ''Light'' she is forced to help Gaia, despairing that she is nothing more than a monster and wishing to be put out of her misery.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Caine. Most prominent in ''Light''.
* BaldWoman: Post-ImportantHaircut. It grows back in ''Lies'', though.
* BreakTheHaughty: Pretty much the entirity of her storyline. [[spoiler: Though she does get a happy- albeit bittersweet ending eventually in ''Light''.]]
* CassandraTruth: Many, many times.
** In ''Gone'', she warns Caine to let the freaks go, or there '''will''' be trouble. He doesn't, and there is most definitely trouble. Later, she tries to persuade him to make a truce with Sam, claiming that they need a alliance so they have some food. She also says that if Caine fights Sam, he will definitely lose. Of course, he ignores her warnings, and he loses against Sam, and also has a lot of trouble finding food in ''Hunger''.
** She also warns Caine of the perils of feeding the Gaiaphage in ''Hunger''. Again, ignoring her pleas has consequences for everyone involved.
** She strongly advises Caine against leaving the island in ''Plague'', which Caine comes to deeply regret rebuffing in the subsequent books.
** In ''Fear'', she stresses to Sam her fears that [[spoiler: [[FetusTerrible Gaia is not a normal baby]]. Guess who ignores her and unwittingly dooms her to a torturous birth in which the Gaiaphage is incarnated in human form? ]]
** Finally in ''Light'', she tries to warn everyone of [[spoiler: Gaia coming to destroy Lake Tramonto.]] And of course they listen to her and evacuate. Oh wait. Astrid just tells her to shut up. Big consequences indeed.
* CardCarryingVillain: Constantly refers to herself as a "bad girl," although it's unclear if this is a reference to her status as a villain, which she seems to resist, or the [[ReallyGetsAround reputation]] she mentions having in ''Plague.''
* DamselInDistress: In ''Fear'' and ''Light'', Caine's main motivation for his HazyFeelTurn is to rescue Diana from [[spoiler: Gaia]] and Drake.
* DarkChick: Fills this role in [[BigBad Caine's]] [[FiveBadBand band.]]
* DeliverUsFromEvil: What prompts her HighHeelFaceTurn is the fear that her baby might be a monster.
* DeadpanSnarker: Even to Drake and [[BigBad Caine]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After all the suffering she endures, Diana [[spoiler:gets a happy ending, be it bittersweet. Though she does lose Caine, and it is heavily implied to have shaken her up badly, she does end up making life-long friends with Sam, Astrid, and Dekka and it's made clear she is now safe, healthy, and above all happy.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: She is Caine's underling, but also his love interest and is not above going behind his back to accomplish her own goals.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Caine is infatuated with her, and they eventually become lovers.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She's definitely not a nice person, but [[BigBad Caine's]] worse plans get her upset, and [[spoiler: eating Panda in ''Lies'']] really shakes her up.
** She also [[spoiler: almost kills herself to prevent Caine from smashing a helicopter full of kids into a cliff.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Deconstructed throughout the series. At first, she plays it straight with Astrid. Even their [[HairContrastDuo hair colors]] highlight this.
** It begins to be subverted quite deliciously in ''Plague'' when Diana ends up performing a HeelFaceTurn, just as Astrid starts going off the deep end.
** And finally averted in ''Light''. [[spoiler: They actually both end the series as protagonists and furthermore, ''friends''. ]]
* FilleFatale: To some extent, although, [[TeenageWasteland in the FAYZ,]] fourteen isn't that young.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: ZigZagged. Throughout the series, she's probably the least outwardly loyal Coates kid, often to the point of sabotaging their plans, but is all the only one that actually cares about Caine. She stays even after half the team [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] but is openly critical of how things are being done. Finally, in Plague, she leaves for good, but that's mainly because she's pregnant, not out of a change of heart. But she remains on her own side the whole time, so there's no technical change. Lampshaded repeatedly and viciously in ''Fear''.
* HoneyTrap: This is how she manipulates people, most notably Jack in ''Hunger''. It's also debatable that she's doing this to Caine the entire time, although [[spoiler: it's pretty much thrown out the window in ''Light''.]]
* ImportantHaircut: She [[BaldWoman shaves her head]] in ''Hunger'' in order to bring Jack back.
* KickTheMoralityPet: Caine regrets doing this in ''Fear'', though it seems the damage to his relationship with Diana is done.
* ManipulativeBitch: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by many characters, including herself. The more the books go on and the more she develops as a character, the more it becomes clear that this reputation may be undeserved.
* MoralityPet: Is this for Caine, at least through ''Lies.''
* NonActionSnarker: One of the few non-ActionGirl of the series, yet a total DeadpanSnarker
* PragmaticVillainy: Objects to mindless violence, such as [[spoiler: letting the coyotes eat the children at the end of ''Gone'' or crashing island kids' helicopter in ''Lies'']], partly on the basis that they're not serving any purpose.
* PregnantHostage: In ''Fear''. Not that anyone [[TheWoobie tries to bail her out, mind you.]] Or, the ones who do end up making the situation infinitely worse, and they're mostly looking to kill Drake rather than save Diana, which is presented as a unfortunate byproduct.
* ReallyGetsAround: Had this reputation before the FAYZ. However, since she and Caine only starting having sex in ''Plague'', it's entirely possible this reputation is undeserved.
* RandomPowerRanking: [[UselessSuperpowers Her power enables her to detect how powerful other mutants are.]]
* SarcasticDevotee: To Caine. She'll badmouth him as badly as she does anyone else, but she's still loyal to him.
* SlutShaming: Is quite often - and unfairly - the victim of this, both in-universe and in the fandom.
* SourOutsideSadInside: The chapters from her POV show that her sarcastic bitchiness is a front for a miserable girl full of self-loathing.
* StepfordSnarker: Speculated among the fandom to be this. She even admits it herself in ''Light'', admitting that it was easier for her to be snarky and cruel tongued than it was for her to just break down and cry.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: WordOfGod only stated she was Hispanic in an interview, leaving her AmbiguouslyBrown in-universe.
* TeenPregnancy: In ''Plague'', she becomes pregnant with [[BigBad Caine]]'s child.
* TheTease: She has a reputation of being promiscuous and exploits it to manipulate people.
* TraumaCongaLine: The stuff she goes through in the latter half of the series is depressing.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: A definite Type A for Caine.
* UnholyMatrimony: She start off as Caine's somewhat-girlfriend, and officially hooks up with him midway through the series.
%%* WhatIfTheBabyIsLikeMe: It isn't. It's worse.
* WitchWithACapitalB: Refers to herself as such.

!! Drake Merwin

-> '''Drake''': ''It's not about who's got powers, moron. It's about who's not afraid. And who's going to do what has to be done.''

Caine's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], Drake is viewed as the most evil of the kids in the FAYZ. Has no apparent goals aside from whipping anyone he comes into contact with.

* AnArmAndALeg: After Sam burns his right arm, he is forced to get amputated by Diana. The Gaiaphage later replaces it with a tentacle.
* ArchEnemy: Brianna, who is obsessed with killing him.
* AxCrazy: Is a total psychopath and ''loves'' it.
* BackFromTheDead: Caine kills him in ''Hunger'', but he comes back fused with Brittany. [[spoiler: After dying again in ''Light,'' he comes back in ''Monster'' after the remaining meteorites the Gaiaphage spawned from come to Earth]].
* BadassNormal: Before becoming Whip Hand he was still the most dangerous normal person in Perdido Beach.
* BerserkButton: Is quite good at pushing these.
** When Diana speculated that the reason he hated women was that he learned his mother was a whore, Drake went ballistic and ''whipped her to the point of fainting''. Yikes.
* BodyHorror: He has his [[spoiler:head fused with the rear end of a lizard after Gaia is forced to put him back together]].
* CameBackWrong: After being killed by Caine, he's resurrected by the Gaiaphage, but is SharingABody with [[TheUndead Brittany]].
* CombatSadomasochist: ''Leers'' while pulling a knife out of himself. Of course, he is immortal, so...
* CombatTentacles: Acquires a ten foot-long crimson tentacle courtesy of the Gaiaphage and Lana in ''Gone'', earning him the moniker "Whiphand".
* DealWithTheDevil: He becomes the Gaiaphage's SycophanticServant until it incarnates as Gaia.
* TheDragon: To Caine until the end of ''Hunger''. He then becomes [[SycophanticServant the loyal servant]] of the Gaiaphage afterwards.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: He is constantly plotting to [[TheStarscream screw over his current ally for his own benefit]].
* TheDreaded: ''Everyone'' is scared of him, and with good reason.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Believe it or not, this appears to be the case, or at least it was in the past. Seeing his stepfather abuse his mother [[FreudianExcuse messed him up]] [[StrawMisogynist a lot]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even he is creeped out by Penny's behavior.
* GroinAttack: When he threatens to rape Brianna, she destroys his severed genitals and mocks him.
* HandicappedBadass: For a very short time.
* HateDom: in universe, read anyone's POV, chances are they hate Drake.
* HeroKiller: Drake is so dangerous that he nearly kills Sam and Brittany.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Drake's plan to deal with speedster Brianna is to string up thin wires that'll cut her apart when she runs into them at a couple hundred miles an hour. Brianna takes this idea and runs with it. Into Drake.
* InsultBackfire: Threatens to rape Brianna [[spoiler:after she slices him to pieces]] and later on [[spoiler:Astrid as a severed head]]. They simply snark at him that he lacks the equipment necessary to do so, mainly because Brianna crushes his genitals when he first makes the threat.
* {{Jerkass}}: Not only his he a psychopath, he likes being an asshole about it too.
* LackOfEmpathy: To an extreme degree. He is a psychopath, after all.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: The Gaiaphage uses Lana to give Drake a six-foot long prehensile tentacle in place of his severed arm. After he's resurrected in Brittany's body he becomes able to regenerate in a nightmarish fashion, and after he is cut to pieces by Brianna his severed foot is discovered to have sprouted tentacles it was using for locomotion, seeking out the rest of his scattered body parts.
* MeaningfulName: Drake means [[TheDragon dragon]].
%%* MicrowaveTheDog
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He's named after a flying fire-breathing lizard.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: We never get conformation that he died in ''Hunger'', but everyone feels it's pretty safe to assume since they put a bar of pure Uranium through his heart. But then ''Lies'' rolled around and he came back from the dead.
* NotQuiteDead: Drake's original death was undone by the Gaiaphage somehow implanting him into Brittany, who was undead and could regenerate. Breeze chops his body to pieces -- each of which independently survives -- and Gaia attaches his severed head to the new body. [[spoiler:Drake's head dies when Gaia does, but ''Monster'' reveals that he somehow reconstituted himself from his scattered body parts and is still at large.]]
* OhCrap: Has three big ones in ''Light'': When [[spoiler:Brianna dices him to pieces and scatters them across the FAYZ, leaving only his head intact and fused with a lizard; when he realizes Gaia knows he's daydreaming of assaulting her; and when he finally starts to fall apart after Gaia's death.]]
* OneManArmy: Especially post-resurrection, Drake is capable of taking on any number of ordinary humans, even when they're armed with machine guns.
%%** PersonOfMassDestruction
* PetTheDog: They're small, but when Brittany does something right for him, he will praise her.
* PsychoForHire: Whilst getting his arm cut off, Drake mentions that he would rather die than live without a right arm. Caine, however, "needs him" and "keeps him" because [[BloodKnight he likes to hurt people]].
* PsychoSupporter: For The Gaiaphage, at least until it [[spoiler:incarnates in the body of a girl]].
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: While he doesn't actually do anything, he threatens to rape Brianna after [[spoiler:she cuts him to pieces]]. She simply smashes his... equipment right in front of him. He later threatens to rape Astrid as a severed head, but she laughs in his face and shuts him in a water cooler. He also fantasizes about assaulting Gaia, and pays for it when she reads his mind and is not amused. [[spoiler: After coming BackFromTheDead in ''Monster,'' rape was listed among his crimes]].
* RedBaron: Earns the moniker [[CombatTentacles Whip Hand]]".
* {{Sadist}}: He enjoys hurting people.
* SlasherSmile: His smile is described as 'showing too many teeth with too little humour'.
* SharingABody: With Brittany following his resurrection. She suffers a DeathOfPersonality in ''Light'', [[spoiler:being relegated to a face on his chest that is used as a mouthpiece for the Dark Watchers that formerly communicated through the Gaiaphage.]]
* TheSociopath: He's explicitly referred to as one throughout the series, and he is more than happy to demonstrate why he qualifies.
* TheStarscream: It's clear from his first perspective chapters that he's disloyal to Caine, although he probably didn't plan on splitting so soon. He also attempts it with the Gaiaphage in ''Light'' as a result of his misogyny, although he doesn't succeed.
* StrawMisogynist: The source behind his hatred for Diana, Astrid, and Brittany. He even betrays the Gaiaphage because it takes a female body as a host.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Of a sort with Brittany after their resurrection, as they both serve the Gaiaphage but have different reasons for doing so.
* TooDumbToLive: Yes, Drake. Fantasize about mutilating and raping the girl possessed by an EldritchAbomination who you swore to serve and ''who possesses a psychic link to you''.
* VillainBall: Realizing that calling Diana a bitch in front of Caine is a bad idea? Great job. Then you decide to [[spoiler: Whip her, throw her into the air and drop her onto a rock because she ''[[DisproportionateRetribution yelled at you?]]'']] Really?
** The way he [[spoiler: [[NoYay openly displays a sadistic lust for Gaia]]]] in ''Light'' wasn't terribly bright either.
* VitriolicBestFriends: Not really best friends, but he's formed a bond ([[SharingABody no pun intended]]) with ''Brittany'' as of ''Fear''.
* WalkDontSwim: One of the benefits of being undead is that he can walk undetected along the bottom of bodies of water.
* WhipItGood: How he uses his Whip Hand.
* WouldHurtAChild: Gets a sadistic joy out of it, too.

!! Computer Jack

A technical genius, Computer Jack was sent to Coates Academy after hacking into a police database to cancel a friend's father's speeding ticket. He's used to being used for his intelligence, although he shows signs of resenting it.

* BadassBookworm: After developing powers.
* BerserkButton: Threatening Brianna is enough to make him stand up to [[spoiler: ''Drake'']] in ''Hunger''.
* DirtyCoward: In ''Light'', when he refuses to fight after the events of ''Fear''. At first.
* EvilGenius: pre-HeelFaceTurn. Also [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor post-Face Heel Turn, pre second Heel Face Turn]].
* FriendsWithBenefits: Of the G-Rated variety with Brianna. Both of them make out several times but neither of them feel like they are interested in a long-term relationship.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: First [[BigBad Caine]] scared him into evilness. Then [[ManipulativeBitch Diana]] talked him out of it, but only temporarily. Then [[TheHero Sam]] won, so he switched to his side and got a girlfriend. But a dose of underappreciation and looking down Diana's shirt changed his mind until Drake [[BerserkButton threatens aforementioned girlfriend]] . . . and on and on.
* HeroicBSOD: Spends most of ''Light'' heavily traumatized.
* HeroicSacrifice: In spite of all his fears he spends his final moments helping Sam escape Gaia and his end weakened Gaia to buy the heroes some more time.
* KilledOffforReal: He is killed [[spoiler:by Gaia in ''Light'']].
* PrecociousCrush: His thing for Diana could count, as he's in elementary school and she's in high school.
* PowerIncontinence: Has SuperStrength and is one of the series' biggest geeks.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Dekka. Her teeth are probably more clenched than his, especially after he complains about Brianna kissing him.
* TheSmartGuy: Along with Astrid, post-HeelFaceTurn.
* SuperStrength: His power gives him immense strength.
* VillainousCrush: He has one on Diana, which leads him to commit a FaceHeelTurn.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Gets this on both sides.

!! Dekka Talent

-> '''Sam''': ''There aren't going to be any lines like that, between freak and normal.''
-> '''Dekka''': ''Sam, that's a great concept. And maybe you believe it. But I'm black and I'm a lesbian, so let me tell you: From what I know? Personal experience? There are always lines.''

One of the Coates kids imprisoned by [[BigBad Caine]] for refusing to cooperate with his plans, she soon becomes Sam's [[TheLancer second-in-command.]]

* AbusiveParents: Her father slapped her twice when he found out she was a lesbian.
* ActionGirl: Dekka is not afraid to use her gravity powers in combat.
* BadassGay: ...and she's a lesbian.
* TheBigGuy: Occasionally fills this role, mostly in ''Gone'' and ''Hunger'', after which she went into full [[TheLancer Lancer]] territory.
* BerserkButton: Brianna, even more so than Jack.
* BittersweetEnding: Her's in particular: [[spoiler:She survives...but Brianna is dead and her parents still don't accept her lesbianism. Brianna's parent's give her a photo of her that she places by her bedside.]]
* ButchLesbian: A less stereotypical version than others. She demonstrates some masculine traits and isn't very feminine, but she's developed beyond this.
* DiscardAndDraw: DARPA exposes her to the mutagenic virus that the Gaiaphage originated from in an attempt to reactivate her gravity powers. [[spoiler:Instead it turns her into a gorgon-like cat-snake hybrid with a modified version of her original gravity powers.]]
* DoggedNiceGirl: A Type 2 for Brianna, as she confesses her love when she's afraid of dying but it goes unrequited.
* FireForgedFriends: With [[TheHero Sam]], as she becomes one of his steadfast companions.
* {{Gayngst}}: Justified due to all the bigotry she's got from even her own parents about her orientation, and being in love with her straight best friend.
* GravityMaster: Her power allows her to eliminate gravity in an area. She can also use this to levitate slightly.
* GreenEyedMonster: Does not like Jack due to thinking he and Brianna are a couple.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Comes to accept that she is this with Brianna, minus the heterosexual part on Dekka's end.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Is this with Brianna, but partially gets over it as of ''Fear''.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Computer Jack. Partly because she is jealous of his sort-of-relationship with Brianna, and partly because she has many, many doubts about his morals.
* TheLancer: She eventually becomes Sam's most trusted ally.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers one to Brianna after the events of ''Plague''.
* TheStoic: Usually. Subverted/deconstructed heavily in ''Plague''.
* TwoferTokenMinority: She’s black, she’s a lesbian, and she’s [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a superpowered mutant.]]
* WhyCantIHateYou?: Eventually begins to feel this way towards Jack.

!! Brianna Berenson[=/=]The Breeze

-> '''Breeze''': ''"When you get to hell, tell the Gaiaphage the Breeze says 'Hi!'"''

Imprisoned with Dekka and the other Coates mutants through most of ''Gone'', Brianna was among the first to enlist in Sam's side. She possesses the ability to run extremely fast and is generally aggressive and energetic.

* AmbiguouslyBi: Outright ''states'' in ''Fear'' that she doesn't know what her sexual orientation is, and while she seems a little "grossed out" by Dekka's love for her, she did say that ''maybe in a few years'' they could date but now she isn't ready for any sort of commitment. While she's shown no outward interest in dating girls, she also doesn't seem to be too bothered by her sort-of boyfriend Jack, with their few moments of intimacy were said to be awkward and spawned out of boredom, leaving Brianna's sexuality a mystery for the ages.
** Creator/MichaelGrant has outright said that Brianna and Dekka are "one of the true pairs" despite them never actually being together.
* ActionGirl: Uses her super-speed very efficiently in combat.
* BetterAsFriends: The conclusion she and Dekka come to.
* BoisterousBruiser: Starts screaming in victory after chopping Drake into pieces. Not so much when he [[{{Squick}} puts himself together again...]]
* ChildSoldiers: Is one, and [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior likes it]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Brianna's rashness catches up to her when she [[spoiler:gets a TorsoWithAView courtesy of Gaia]].
* CuteBruiser: She's a young girl, she's very efficient in combat.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Dekka is in love with her.
* FieryRedhead: She's an aggressive redhead who revels in her powers and fancies herself a superhero.
* FragileSpeedster: If she runs into anything, she'll probably smash up her legs, and if she trips while running at SuperSpeed, she'll break a lot of bones. Exploited in ''Hunger'' when Drake sets up cheese-wire, so that if she tries to burst in, she'll be cut into pieces.
* GenkiGirl: When she's not running around screaming with guns.
* GoodIsDumb: While not dumb per say, Brianna makes a lot of stupid decisions. [[spoiler:Repeatedly charging Gaia despite lacking a left eye/depth perception is one of them.]]
* LittleMissBadass: The obvious example in the series.
* LoveTriangle: At the center of one between Jack and Dekka, although she has no idea of the latter's feelings for her until ''Plague''.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Compared to Computer Jack, anyway.
* MotorMouth: Does everything fast, including speaking.
* NoLastNameGiven: Her last name is never revealed.
** Until Monster where it's revealed to be Berenson.
* ObliviousToLove: Dekka's feelings were pretty obvious, especially since, as her best friend, Brianna was probably aware of Dekka's lesbianism, which seems to be fairly common knowledge in Perdido Beach [[spoiler: Tossed out of the window as of ''Fear''.]]
* OhCrap: has one in Plague when Drake reassembles himself and a whole slew of them in ''Fear'': 1) she can't run in the dark or she'll break her legs, 2) when she realizes she can't save Diana's baby and 3) when Penny joins Drake.
** In ''Light'' [[spoiler: she has one moments before her death.]]
* StaringDownCthulhu: Does this to Drake in ''Plague''. [[spoiler: Subverted by the fact that Drake doesn't back down. He just breaks her ankles.]]
** Does this to [[spoiler:Gaia]] in ''Light''. [[spoiler: However, this time leads directly to her death.]]
* SuperSpeed: Her power enables her to run faster than the human eye can follow.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Everyone has this, but by ''Plague'', she seems to enjoy her work as a ChildSoldier. She gets called out for ''bragging'' about it in front of [[spoiler:the outside world's media]] in ''Light''.

!! Penny

-> '''Penny''': ''I am fear!''

Introduced in ''Lies'', Penny is a twelve-year-old with the ability to make people visualise their nightmares and dreams and acts as TheDragon for Caine after [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream Drake's betrayal]]]].

* AsianAirhead: Somewhat, although not nearly so much as Taylor.
* AxCrazy: After JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope in ''Fear'', she turns on Caine and tortures him.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Has gone completely off the deep end by ''Fear'', and ''loves'' it.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She has a crush on Caine and is jealous of Diana.
* DarkActionGirl: While her powers aren't physically offensive, she is more than happy to drive her enemies insane.
* DepravedBisexual: She implies that she indulged Taylor's fantasies in return for sugar and some hot chocolate. She's also gotten it on with Turk, Howard, and who-knows-how-many others.
* DisabledSnarker: As of ''Plague'', although not a very funny one. She gets better. Physically, that is. [[AxCrazy Mentally, on the other hand...]]
* TheDragon: To Caine, following Drake's defection.
* FreudianExcuse: She felt left out and ignored her entire life, although in an interesting zigzag, it would probably be worse for her if she ''wasn't'' ignored - her dad was taking naked pictures of her sisters.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: Because of how lifelike her illusions are, she can use them to make people happy. Instead, she gives people pleasant visions only to snatch them away so she could torture them.
* GreenEyedMonster: ''Hates'' Diana, who's actually grudgingly nice to her.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She hates it when people get more attention than her. This was demonstrated when she put drain cleaner in her sister's cereal because she was tired of her getting so much sympathy for getting sexually abused.
* {{Jerkass}}: She is a monstrous person and regrets none of it.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: She's never been entirely mentally healthy, but she goes ''completely'' insane in ''Fear''.
* KilledOffForReal: She's killed by Sam in ''Fear''.
* MasterOfIllusion: Her power enables her to cause visual and auditory hallucinations.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Her illusions really shake up Diana in ''Fear''.
* PervertDad: Her dad took naked pictures of her sisters and posted them online.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Implies that she prostituted herself using her illusion powers to comply with other peoples' fantasies.
* ReallyGetsAround: Is revealed to use her powers for [[PowerPerversionPotential more]] than creating nightmares in ''Fear''.
* TheSociopath: She almost rivals Drake in that department.
* TheStarscream: In ''Fear'' she turns on Caine and actually pulls it off for a bit.
* SycophanticServant: To Caine. Viciously Subverted in ''Fear'', when Penny finally realizes that she'll never gain his respect or affections. The realization becomes [[ColdBloodedTorture baaad]] news for Caine.
* VillainousCrush: On Caine. Well, until ''Fear'', that is.
* {{Yandere}}: Gives off this vibe, but, while she's willing to commit atrocities for Caine, she's never actually tried to kill Diana, possibly because she's aware it would be pushing a major BerserkButton.

!! Bug

Given name Tyler, Bug has the power of camouflage and acts as Caine's spy. Looked on as something of a creep.

* AbusiveParents: Implied to have had these.
* BigEater: Caine loves Diana, Penny loves Caine, Bug loves candy.
* BlameGame: After [[spoiler:the FAYZ ends he tells the media that everything bad that happened was Sam's fault]].
* DemotedtoExtra: In ''Plague''. [[spoiler: Though his power is a brief plot point in ''Light'' since Gaia can access other moof's powers.]]
* {{Invisibility}}: His power allows him to turn almost invisible, but you can still spot him if you know he's there.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Exploits this to spy on Diana getting changed.

!! Taylor

->'''Dekka''': ''"Oh, and by the way, I brought a gun."''
->'''Taylor''': ''"OMG, are we going to be in danger?"''
->'''Dekka''': ''"No, Taylor. The gun is in case you get on my nerves."''

One of the mutants rescued from Coates Academy in ''Gone'', Taylor has the power of {{Teleportation}}.

* ActionGirl: A [[AsianAirhead ditzy]] version.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Gains skin of gold after Petey tests his abilities on her.
* AsianAirhead: Although her ethnicity is only mentioned once.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: After Little Pete tests his powers on her, Lana checks under the hood as part of a medical examination and finds Taylor no longer has nipples or genitalia.
* HumanoidAbomination: Becomes one in ''Fear'' due to Petey testing his unrestrained powers on her. [[spoiler:He fixes her... somewhat... in ''Light''.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: For Sam.
* MotorMouth: Is implied to be one in ''Hunger'', definitely as of ''Lies'' and ''Plague''.
* {{Teleportation}}: Her power.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We don't know what happened to her after [[spoiler: The FAYZ came down; only that she did make it out after all.]]

[[folder: The Human Crew]]
A anti-freak movement dedicated to killing those with 1 bar powers or above. Instigated in ''HUNGER'' and finally ended in ''PLAGUE''.

!!'''Tropes involving the whole of the human crew.'''
* ANaziByAnyOtherName
* FantasticRacism: And most of them with a topping of ''actual'' racism too.

!! Zil Sperry

Resentful and jealous of the perceived special treatment for mutants, Zil starts a group of [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racists]] determined to make life in the FAYZ worse.

* AmbiguouslyBi: He leers after Nerezza and has a girlfriend, but he spends half his time obsessing over [[HoYay his magnificent, cool, handsome friend Lance]].
* DepravedBisexual: Definitely depraved, probably bi.
* {{Egopolis}}: Wanted to rename Perdido Beach ''Sperry'' beach after burning it down and enslaving all the freaks.
* {{Jerkass}}
* JerkWithAHeartofJerk
* KilledOffForReal:[[spoiler:AndThereWasMuchRejoicing.]]
* SmugSnake: Extremely so.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: His older brother's name, Zane, while not common, is normal enough, but ''Zil?'' Meaning, nothing?

!! Lance

Once popular, now a member of the Human Crew on whom its leader [[HoYay may or may not have a crush.]]

* BrokenAce: Once popular, smart, and athletic. Now a wannabe-Nazi.
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* SmugSnake

!! Antoine

One of the Human Crew's members

* FatIdiot
* FatBastard
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler: KilledOffforReal]]
* StaticCharacter: While most of the Human Crew's members have hints of a personality Antoine's only outstanding characteristic is that he's fat
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:The Human Crew leave him to perish once he gets a fatal wound from Sam.]]

!! Hank

One of the Human Crew's more violent members.

* AxCrazy: Easily the most violent member of the Human Crew
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Beats up [[spoiler: Hunter]] enough to give him severe brain damage.

!! Lisa

A member of the Human Crew, dating Zil.

* TheDarkChick: Fills this role in The Human Crew, somewhat.
* TheDitz
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: With the rest of the Crew KilledOffForReal or serving Caine]], we have no idea what happened to her.

!! Turk

A member of the Human crew disliked even by the other members.

* BeautyEqualsGoodness: While this is averted with most Human Crew members and actually most of the series' villains, Turk is described as being rat-like and ugly.
* TookALevelInKindness: More out of fear than anything else since he watched Caine brutally kills [[spoiler: [[{{Jerkass}} Lance]]]]

[[folder: The Island Kids]]

!! Sanjit/ Wisdom Brattle-Chance

->'''Sanjit''': I am Sanjit the invincible!

* AwesomeMcCoolname: [[MemeticMutation It means invincible.]] [[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment Invincible means he can't be vinced.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: For all his adopted siblings.
* ChivalrousPervert: He's definitely had some sexual fantasies about Lana - at one point, he doesn't even bother trying to hide that he was staring at her in her underwear - but other than that, he's very sweet to her, offering to help her out and support her.
* ClassClown: Has this personality.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Towards [[spoiler: Lana]].
* HappilyAdopted: Inverted; he refers to his adoption as a kidnapping and refuses to go by his "slave name." [[BigBrotherInstinct Still loves his siblings, though.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Virtue.
* PromotionToParent: With Virtue, for his siblings.
* SonOfAWhore: And [[IronWoobie apparently not bothered]] by it.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: For [[spoiler: Lana]] in ''Plague.''
* TemptingFate: ''Enjoys'' baiting [[BigBad Caine]] in ''Lies.''

!! Virtue "Choo" Brattle-Chance

* DetectEvil: His power.
* HappilyAdopted: Well, he's happier than he was in a refugee camp.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Sanjit.
* OnlySaneMan: Feels like everyone in Perdido Beach except his family is batshit insane. [[CrapsackWorld He's probably right.]]
* PrecociousCrush: Possibly on Dahra, him being twelve and her being a teenager, but the age gap isn't that big and it's not clear if he actually does like her.
* PromotionToParent: With Sanjit.

!! Peace, Pixie, and Bowie Brattle-Chance

* IllBoy: Bowie
* HappilyAdopted: Appear to be.
* TheLoad: All of them, really, but they’re all under ten.
* [[TagalongKid Tagalong Kids]]
* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Renames Their Kid Dude?]]

[[folder: Others]]

!! Orsay Pettijohn

%%* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BreakTheCutie: Pre-FAYZ she was the lonely, homeschooled only child whose father never paid any attention to her, and was left confused about the disturbing dreams she saw. In ''HUNGER'' she is threatened with being killed and eaten, is enslaved by Caine, starved and the Gaiaphage causes her to nearly bite off her tongue. In ''LIES'', [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse she is manipulated by Nerezza ]] to giving false prophecies, these prophecies involve her electrocuting herself on the barrier and she is strangled to death.]] Break the cutie, indeed.
* CallBack: She recalls a time where she snuck up on a group of kids (whom she'd later discover where Sam, Astrid, Little Pete, Edilio and Quinn) and read their dreams. This was a CallBack to the camp-out scene in the first book.
* DirtyMindReading: Remarks that people would often dream about having sex, much to her dismay.
* [[{{Telepathy}} Dream Reading]]: Her power.
* HomeschooledKids: Was homeschooled by her father before the FAYZ.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Decides to befriend [[spoiler: evil incarnate]]. Bad idea.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:One of the few recurring POV characters this happens to. [[spoiler: Before ''Light'', anyway.]]
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: She remains traumatized after seeing Drake's ones.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Stayed by herself in her dad's abandoned hotel for 5 months before getting the courage to explore the FAYZ, something which Drake found suspicious, but she appears to be a very sweet, if somewhat gullible, girl.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: She just wants to help everyone, but she ends up [[spoiler: driving several teenagers to (probable) [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] before getting strangled herself.]]
* TomboyishPonytail
* UnwittingPawn: In ''Lies'', [[spoiler: she is made to believe she is the great phophetess by Nerezza, when in reality, she's being used to drive kids to suicide. ]]


A boy found at the air force base in ''Plague''. One of the first children discovered to have powers and was being held captive by government agents.

* AmbiguousDisorder
* LivingLieDetector: States whether something is "true" or "false" after hearing any statement. ''Any'' statement. Whether you want him to or not.

!! Ellen

The fire chief

* ShipTease: With Edilio. [[spoiler: Jossed as of Fear. He's gay and taken]]

!!Pack Leader

The leader of all coyotes in Perdido Beach.

* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He's in charge because he's the strongest and smartest coyotes, Cain exploits this by implying that the rest of the pack might turn on him if he chickens out on the FinalBattle of the first book.
* TheDragon: He was this to The Darkness before Drake, leading the coyotes for it.
* KillAllHumans: He wishes to do this and keeps Lana alive because he thinks she can help him with this.
* LegacyCharacter: The original Pack Leader was killed, and Drake laments that his replacement was far less of a sycophant to the Gaiaphage.
* MookLieutenant: He's in charge of all coyotes.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: He and his coyotes flee the daycare once Sam and Dekka attack.
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: His speech is very garbled and his grammar is odd, justified as he gained speech through mutation.

!! '''The Gaiaphage'''/'''The Darkness'''/'''Nerezza'''/'''Gaia'''

-> '''Gaiaphage''': ''"When Nemesis is gone, there will be no other like me. Just me alone. I will grow and spread, one body and then another, and soon there will be so many of me that it will be impossible to eradicate me. Eventually all will be me, and I will be all."''

* AgonyBeam: What it uses to keep its servants [[spoiler: in particular Drake in ''Light'']] in line.
* AllYourPowersCombined: As Gaia, it [[spoiler:possesses all the powers of the moofs, so long as they're still alive]].
* AndThenWhat: When Gaia expresses the intent to infect and take over all of humanity, Diana asks what she'd do then considering she wouldn't have anyone to spout [[EvilGloating evil monologues]] to, would be committing selfcest, and would be bored. Gaia mulls this over and acquiesces to leave a few humans uninfected to terrorize.
* AntagonisticOffspring: As Gaia, it is Caine's and Diana's daughter.
* AxCrazy: As Gaia, it taps into the emotions of joy and bloodlust and puts two and two together.
* BigBad: Seems to be, for all intents and purposes, evil incarnate.
* BigEater: As Gaia she is constantly hungry due to her rapid maturation.
* CurbStompBattle: EVERY battle Gaia gets into in ''Light'' turns into one of these.
* DevilInPlainSight: When it manifests as Nerezza.
* EldritchAbomination: A sentient, radiation-eating, reality-warping virus melded with human DNA, [[spoiler: specifically that of Sam's and Caine's father]].
* EnfantTerrible: In its new form as Diana's daughter Gaia in ''Fear'', and during [[spoiler: most of ''Light''. Close to the end, having grown into a teenager, she no longer qualifies.]]
* FilleFatale: As Gaia, she briefly tries to seduce [[spoiler:Sam over to the dark side in ''Light'', and when that fails she simply [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp Battles]] him]]. She also notes that Drake is having an increasingly hard time following her orders as she ages and is fantasizing about mutilating and possibly raping her, and taunts him about it while punishing him.
* GlassCannon: As Gaia, in spite of all her powers, her body is just as fragile as that of any other human.
* GodOfEvil: Is this to Drake and Brittany.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Tends to make people do this when they see its true form. [[spoiler: Just ask Caine and Brittney.]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Gaiaphage was originally an artificial virus created by a faraway race of beings that worshipped life. They infected a moon with the virus and exploded it, intending for the infected fragments to seed life onto barren worlds. Unfortuately for Perdido Beach, a fragment crashed into the nuclear power plant, the radiation began to mutate both it and warp the very fabric of reality, giving rise to the kids' powers, killing a power plant worker, and eventually causing the FAYZ itself.
* GreaterScopeVillain: While Caine fills the Big Bad role in individual plotlines, particularly in ''Gone'', the Gaiaphage is this in the series as a whole.
* HeroKiller: Moreso than Drake, as it is responsible for the FAYZ itself and personally kills several main characters in ''Light''.
* HorrorHunger: Suffers from this in ''Light'' due to her rapid aging.
* HumanityIsInfectious: Possessing Diana's daughter gave the Gaiaphage an understanding of human emotions. Unfortunately for everyone, this turns it into a bloodthirsty {{sadist}}.
* HumanoidAbomination: As Nerezza in ''Lies'' and when it possesses Diana's daughter, [[MeaningfulName Gaia]] in ''Fear''.
* TheHypnotoad: It can control people's minds from a distance - just ask Lana or Caine.
* ImAHumanitarian: In ''Light'', as mentioned above. It's not quite cannibalism, as she's not technically human, despite looking like one.
* TheJuggernaut: Gaia possesses [[spoiler:all the still-living moofs' powers]], making her virtually unstoppable. However, as she [[spoiler:kills them she loses their powers at inopportune moments - super speed while running, super strength while lifting a really heavy object - and winds up shooting herself in the foot]].
* LoadBearingBoss: It is revealed in ''Fear'' that Little Pete used its biomass to create the sphere containing the FAYZ.
* MeaningfulName: "Gaiaphage" means "world-eater" or "earth-eater". Oh, and Nerezza is Italian for "darkness".
* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Alien Behind the Man]]: To Caine in ''Hunger''.
* MindRape: Inflicts this on Lana and Caine, and uses it as a means of punishing Drake when he displeases her or she catches him fantasizing about assaulting her.
* MutualKill: In ''Light'', with [[spoiler: Little Pete (who had taken over Caine's body).]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: No matter what you call this guy — Darkness, Gaiaphage, Nerezza — it does not sound inviting. Gaia is a bit better, but considering what it's abbreviated from...
* NotQuiteDead: In ''Monster'', [[spoiler:Agent Peaks reveals that remaining traces of it survived in the old mine, attracting the scum of the earth to Perdido Beach and driving anyone who comes into contact with it insane]].
* OneManArmy: As Gaia she {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s anyone who annoys her.
* OnlyAFleshWound: To a ridiculous degree as Gaia. [[spoiler: Among other things, she takes a shotgun blast to the chest at near point-blank range and a machete to the carotid artery, inflicted within less than a minute of each other, is set on fire by Sam's lasers, and in the final battle takes a hit from a ''missile'' (although Orc was in the way of the blast).]]
* RapidAging: After it takes over the body of Diana's newborn daughter in ''Fear'', the resulting entity, Gaia, reaches a form of a 2-year-old child in around 4-5 hours. And then over the following few days, she continues aging until she looks around 15 years old [[spoiler:by the time she dies]] in ''Light''.
* {{Sadist}}: As Gaia. This is especially evident during her [[spoiler:attack on the lakeside, during which she suspends twenty kids in the air with [[GravityMaster Dekka's powers]] and [[ShootTheDog incinerates them one by one, taking the time to savor their fear]].]]
[[folder: Adults]]
!!Connie Temple

The mother of Sam [[spoiler: and Caine.]]

* ActionMom: She turns out to be pretty badass when we see her on the other side of the FAYZ in ''Fear''.
* MamaBear: Don't even ''think'' about [[spoiler: bombing the anomaly that contains her son.]] She will ''not'' let you get away with it.
* MissingMom: She's stuck on the other side of the FAYZ.
* MyBelovedSmother: Sort of; she isn't spoken about very highly in Sam [[spoiler: or Caine's]] POV chapters.
%%* TraumaCongaLine

!!Tom Temple
Sam Temple's step-dad, who walked out on the family shortly before the FAYZ after Sam accidentally burns his arm off

* ArchnemesisDad: He was Sam's abusive step-father.
* HookHand: This is what happens when Sam burns his arm off.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* WickedStepmother: Wicked Stepfather


!! Introduced in the sequel series:

[[folder:ASO Mutants]]

!! Shade Darby

* BiTheWay: Shade tells Cruz she's into guys... "in theory. Not always in reality."
* GeniusBruiser: Shade is intially a seventeen-year old girl with genius intellect, but infusing herself with the ASO virus gives her power as well.
* TheMentallyDisturbed: Her mother's death at the hands of Gaia left her traumatized, and she frequently becomes cold and withdrawn -- described as being like a shark in human form.
* MonstrousHumanoid: Exposure to the ASO virus infused her with flea DNA and gave her the ability to transform into a super-fast insectoid creature.
* SuperSpeed: Her flea-hybrid form grants her the ability to run at speeds greatly surpassing even what the Breeze was capable of.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Shade's hero complex comes crashing down around her [[spoiler:when Malik is badly injured during the battle between Abbadon and Napalm, and Cruz finally lashes out at her for her recklessness]].

!! Cruz Rojas

* AmbiguousGender: Cruz is biologically male but non-binary -- what Shade calls "multiple choice, but on a true-false test". She identifies as female over the course of the book, and dresses in a manner that makes Shade initially wonder whether she's a beautiful guy or a handsome girl.
* BiTheWay: Cruz "mostly" likes boys, and develops feelings for both Shade and Malik.
* PersonalityPowers: Rather than giving Cruz a monstrous form, exposure to the ASO virus gives her the ability to turn invisible and {{glamour}} herself to look like other people -- embodying her gender dysphoria.

!! Aristotle "Armo" Admo

* TheBerserker: In his bestial state he is capable of fighting in a feral rage, using his powerful arms and razor-sharp claws to tear apart enemies.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Even after his amnesia, he was very self-absorbed.
* MonstrousHumanoid: He was infused with polar bear DNA, giving him the ability to transform into a humanoid bear-monster.

!! Justin [=DeVeere=]/Knightmare

* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The swordfish DNA infused into him by the alien virus granted his monstrous form an arm-blade capable of slicing through almost anything.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He was legitimately distraught when he found out [[spoiler: Erin died during his rampage]].
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: He and his girlfriend Erin O'Day come up with the idea of framing Justin's monstrous form as a SuperPoweredEvilSide that he can't control, similarly to the Incredible Hulk.
* MonstrousHumanoid: Exposure to swordfish and lobster DNA resulted in the ASO virus giving him the ability to turn into a bulky chitin-armored creature with a blade for one arm and a pincer for the other.
* TheSociopath: He's described as being sociopathic -- charming, manipulative, and completely lacking empathy. Unlike Drake, he's not particularly sadistic, though he has an eye for what he calls "art".

!! Vincent Vu[=/=]Abaddon

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: When transformed, he's about 140 feet across from tentacle tip to tentacle tip.
* BodyHorror: Pretty much everything about him. The ASO virus he ate picked up DNA from starfish and from the densovirus that causes starfish wasting syndrome. Consequently, his morph is a titanic starfish creature that constantly sheds huge pieces of itself, which remain under his control. These pieces can also take over people's bodies, horribly mutilating them and turning them into Abaddon's puppets.
* CombatTentacles: He has two sets of them; the five huge ones on his starfish body, and dozens of smaller, poisonous ones emerging from the base of his torso. People taken over by pieces of him also sprout tentacles similar to the second variety.
* EldritchAbomination: In his monstrous form, Vincent's human torso protrudes out of a massive tentacled mass that secretes corrosive venom, can heal from almost any injury, and can independently control shed pieces of himself as offshoots.
* HearingVoices: As a symptom of his schizophrenia, Vincent has auditory hallucinations convincing him that he is the demon-lord Abaddon. When he ingests the ASO virus, the voices of the Dark Watchers get added onto that, and even converse with the voices in Vincent's head.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Vincent's schizophrenia -- combined by the manic side of his bipolar disorder -- makes it all-too easy for the Dark Watchers to manipulate him into carrying out wanton acts of violence as Abaddon.
* TheMentallyDisturbed: He suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which causes him to believe that he is the demon Abaddon, destined to destroy humanity.