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!!!The Paradigm

[[folder:The Plutonian]]
!!Tony, Dan Hartigan, [[spoiler:The Wolf-Boy]]

The series' main character. A mysterious man with incredible powers, he was once the Earth's greatest and most beloved hero. Then one day something snapped inside him, and he went on a murderous rampage with no apparent aim other than spreading maximum pain and suffering across the globe. He's now the greatest threat the world has ever faced, and nobody knows how - or if - he can be stopped.

* AngelUnaware: Played with. He knows naturally that he is superhuman, but he doesn't know why.
* AxeCrazy: Post FaceHeelTurn.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: With no apparent limits.
* BewareTheSuperman: Once he turned to evil. The only person that feared this happening was Hornet.
* BigBad: Even before his turn, Plutonian was in a level well above even his allies. Once he blew up, not even the bad guys were evil or powerful enough to stop him.
* BigGood: Before his turn. To the point where even the villains (except [[spoiler:Modeus]]) trusted him.
* BlessedWithSuck: He didn't have the psychological strength to handle his super-senses - hearing literally every single cry for help and every little snide comment about him over the cheers drove him increasingly closer to the edge. His [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]] is also so great that he CantHaveSexEver, since even if he doesn't move, his body hairs would cut through human flesh rather than bend. This becomes rather interesting once it's revealed that Tony is actually [[spoiler:a RealityWarper who's only tapping into the most basic applications of his powers to appear to be a FlyingBrick, so he's really only as strong as he ''thinks'' he is]]. It's never been remarked on, but it's possible to interpret all the "sucky" aspects of his powers as a manifestation of his own martyr complex.
* BrokenAce: Flashbacks show that even before he snapped, he was ''deeply'' badly broken inside.
* TheCape: When he was a hero. After he became evil, he stopped wearing it.
* CantTakeCriticism: As a hero, he had a big problem letting go of anyone who said anything bad about him, justified or not. Not as big a problem when he becomes a villain, presumably because when you murder people by the thousands you stop caring what anybody thinks about you.
** SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: Even then, the critical remarks directed at him were just one in a thousand. Plutonian had a pathological desire to be loved by literally '''''everyone''''' and knowing that he would never have that played a part in his fall from grace.
* ChangelingTale: [[spoiler: He was an extraterrestrial probe that took on the shape of a human baby by reacting to the emotions of a psychotic woman that accidentally killed her child]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Being "born" from a psychotic "mother" that tried to kill him]], being bounced around with several foster families who rejected and feared him, and went through a period where he lived outside the laws of man.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: The white parts of his costume get turned red and the red parts go black. Loses the cape too.
* EvilIsPetty: Makes Qubit choose just ten out of four million people in Singapore to save, so they would know what he had to do every day.
* {{Expy}}: Of Franchise/{{Superman}} if he snapped, went evil and stopped being the shining example of IncorruptiblePurePureness we all know and love.
* EyeBeams: That can carve lines in ''continents''.
* FaceHeelTurn: He tried to be as straight an arrow as he possibly could, but being privy of humanity's thoughts (even the evil, petty ones) caused him to lash out violently.
* FallenHero: Played with. Plutonian did fall from grace, but he did not dwell in sorrow, opting to just destroy everything instead of facing his mistakes.
* FauxAffablyEvil: After his turn, he still maintains a polite façade when talking to people, but it's pretty obvious he's just faking it and being pretty smug about his actions.
* FlyingBrick: Played with. It's explained that Plutonian [[spoiler:doesn't actually have the powers of a proper FlyingBrick, but can alter the fabric of reality to cause power-like manifestations.]]
* ForTheEvulz: He definitely takes pleasure in his actions. Justified, as he's simply that happy to finally let loose all of his power and stop worrying so much.
* FreudianExcuse: Zig-zagged. He got tossed from one foster home to another after his families discovered his powers. Several rejected him out of fear, and one mother even killed herself. But he also got a few good lucky breaks, such as a caring parent who genuinely wanted to teach him right from wrong, a girlfriend, and the love of at least 90% of the human race. [[spoiler: His biological parents even tell him to his face that his treatment doesn't justify a single thing he's done.]]
* GeniusBruiser: The Plutonian is very intelligent and manipulative, which makes him that much more dangerous.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Like Superman when he's angry.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Went from windswept to a buzzcut.
* HeroicBSOD: When he realizes just how badly he screwed up with the sound virus.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Particularly early in his life, when he was jumping between foster parents. Later, he wants to settle with Alana Patel, but messes that up.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ultimately the real reason behind his heroics. While helping people might've been a part of it, deep down he just wanted the unconditional love and devotion of mankind, and a large factor in his decision to turn evil was the realization that he would never get it when he felt it was owed to him. [[spoiler: Best exemplified in a story from when he was a kid; he stayed with a foster family that had a baby boy and accidentally squeezed him too hard, causing the child to have severe and permanent brain damage. Tony loudly rants how ''he'' was the one who really suffered, since the baby would grow up loved and cared for for the rest of his life, but Tony had to be kicked out of yet another foster home.]]
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Samsara discovering his involvement in the deaths of hundreds of children led him to kill the scientists who told him, and soon after the entire city. He showed several signs of instability before that, but this was the straw the broke the camel's back.
* MadeOfDiamond: His body hair is tough enough that it'll cut any human who touches it, and the only things that have even scratched him so far are [[AWizardDidit literal magic powers]] and [[PortalCut teleporting bits of him away]]. He can get knocked around [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality like any other superbeing,]] but he's almost impossible to kill.
* MetaOrigin: [[spoiler:In-universe for Franchise/{{Superman}}. Qubit scatters his Eleosan essence across the multiverse and parallel dimensions, some of it getting into the original concepts of Superman for his actual creators in RealLife.]]
* MoodSwinger: Plutonian is very irascible and remarkably unstable, though it is justified by his deeply painful childhood and the fact that [[spoiler:he was an alien probe that took form from a person's conscience and desires. In his case, it was an insane woman who wished for a baby back shortly after killing her own.]]
* MysteriousPast: Not even his friends know his origins, or even if he's really an alien.
* OmnicidalManiac: He kills masses of people on a whim after his fall, including all of Singapore.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: Toyed with. Of all superheroes, there was little to no suspicion that the Plutonian would ever rebel.
* ThePerfectionist: His inability to handle criticism and the fallout from his own mistakes played a major part in his fall.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:He can alter the physical properties of reality to create manifestations of power. He actually limits himself, since he at first doesn't know about the nature of his powers.]]
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: His ''real'' power.]]
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler: He gains an extra finger on each hand like his parents after his powers evolve.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:He was this to the insane woman that wished the Eleos' alien probe into the shape of a baby after she regretted killing her own moments before.]]
* SamaritanSyndrome: Before he turned evil. At one point, he flies to the moon just so he can enjoy a 15 minute break from the cries for help.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: The Vespans trap him in a straitjacket made from fabric created from cloned samples of his own skin. When he proves too erratic for their own needs, they encase him in a diamond container and hurl him into a sun-contained insane asylum.]]
** [[spoiler:His true parents intended to leave him frozen in a dead universe and [[AndIMustScream unable to move]]]].
* SecretIdentity: He seemed to prefer being Dan Hartigan after the foster parents he liked most; to the Paradigm he goes by the name of Tony and to Max Damage, he will always be [[spoiler:Wolf-Boy]].
* SmugSuper: Plutonian is as cocky as he is powerful, and he is '''really''' powerful.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: [[spoiler: Deconstructed. Tony's powers are psionic based, so he really is making himself as strong as he subconsciously restricts himself.]]
* SuperHeroOrigin: Not even he knew what his origin was, possessing his powers as far back as he could remember. [[spoiler: Eventually the extraterrestrials, the Eleos, reveal that he was a probe they created from themselves to study the emotions of humans, which was drawn in by the maddened grief of a woman who'd just killed her baby and turned by her will accidentally into a replacement baby with the Eleos' powers.]]
* SuperpowerLottery: He hit the jackpot big time. If even {{Superman}} pulled off some the stuff Plutonian does without even really trying, it would probably be declared an AssPull.
* SuperSenses: To an extent that he can read a person's thoughts by watching electrons travel through neurons in their brain and hear across hemispheres of the Earth.
* SuperSpeed: When he really gets going, he's too fast to see and can perform fairly intricate actions while doing so.
* SuperStrength: He can squeeze asteroids into diamonds and throw them hard enough to sink islands, and shoulder-charge opponents through tectonic plates.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Plutonian turned rogue when a single mistake he made resulted in the deaths of hundreds of children and Samsara losing faith in him made him feel that nothing he ever did would ever be good enough for the ungrateful masses.
* TokenNonHuman: The Plutonian was always too powerful even for super-powered humans.
* TooKinkyToTorture: When Cutter was able to make him bleed, he actually gets aroused by it and takes her as his lover.
* TheUnfettered: Tries to be this way after his FaceHeelTurn, but still strongly desires to be a hero again, too.
* UnskilledButStrong: What allows him to be defeated by [[spoiler: Orian and Survivor]]. He's simply not used to having to fight physically skilled fighters with powers on par with his own. Weirdly, at the end of ''Incorruptible'', Max Damage tells a story about how he fought the Plutonian in a PowerNullifier field and expected this to be the case, but found that the guy was actually really tough even with no powers. [[UnreliableNarrator He could've just been making the story up, though]], and it's important to keep in mind that Max usually has serious sleep deprivation issues. And Tony's [[spoiler:RealityWarper powes were likely still in effect]].
* VillainProtagonist: Plutonian slides to the side of deuteragonist, though his storyline is always the main one.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Plutonian really tried hard to please everyone, when such a thing was impossible.
* WouldHurtAChild: The first people he kills are Hornet's wife and daughter, dismissing the latter as just a collection of atoms.
* YankTheDogsChain: In an in-universe example of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, Bette Noir believes Tony does this to himself, namely that once he makes a genuine connection with someone, he worries they'll see [[WartsAndAll the darker and less savory aspects]] of him that he tries to keep hidden beneath a veneer of perfection, and thus punish himself for his own self-loathing. She may have a point...


A Paradigm member with the ability to create any device he can visualize. One of the most [[TechnicalPacifist peaceful]] and [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]] characters in the story, he alone views the Plutonian as capable of becoming a hero once more.

* AntiHero: Despite his idealism and supposed pacifism.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Qubit:''' That teleportal? One of those things that allows you to march your conquering empire across the cosmos? I invented those. They're ''mine''. And I can take them ''back'' whenever I ''like''.
* BadassBookworm: He doesn't have HeroicBuild and looks like a lanky nerd. Doesn't mean he's not dangerous when he wants to be, and he once successfully threatened an alien ''empire''.
* BerserkButton: The only times he really shouts is when his intelligence is questioned (moments include Encanta calling him stupid, and Tony claiming that [[spoiler:he can work around Qubit's death trap]]. He also wasn't happy at how the Vespa weaponized his teleportation technology.
* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: [[spoiler: He decided to kill Orian using the anti-Plutonian wax bullet instead. Later on, he negotiated Plutonian's release from the Vespas when it's clear that Survivor is exhibiting traits of HeWhoFightsMonsters.]]
* DirtyBusiness: His hands get progressively dirtier over the course of the series. He notes how much Tony enjoys seeing him forced to compromise his morals in battling him.
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor]].
* GoodCounterpart: To Modeus. Both are super-smart, have a deep personal investment in Tony, [[UberMensch care nothing for conventions]] and seem keen on [[GenreSavvy figuring out how people's powers actually work]] [[SuperEmpowering and then enhancing them,]] but Modeus takes all those qualities in horrifying directions.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: In the hands of an uber-genius like Qubit, his abilities verge on [[GameBreaker game-breaking]] even though he doesn't use them to make weapons. In particular, in the last issue it's revealed that [[spoiler:he could have killed the Plutonian at any time after he got the wax bullet simply by teleporting it directly into his heart.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite adamantly preaching an aversion to killing, it has been pointed out a number of times how many lives he has taken in his pursuits to stop the Plutonian and Modeus. He is painfully aware of this.
* InsufferableGenius: A milder version.
* MessyHair
* PsychicBlockDefense: The best on the planet, a strategy picked up due to combating the telepath Burrows in his career.
* ScienceHero: It's a given, as he is the smartest member of The Paradigm, and his powers involve manipulation of technology.
* TheSmartGuy: The smartest member of The Paradigm, and so the most dangerous to the Plutonian.
* SquishyWizard: Qubit has no superhuman durability, relying on his teleporters and shields to protect him from harm.
* TechnicalPacifist: Right up until he kills [[spoiler: Orian]].
* {{Technopath}}: Qubit can create almost any device he imagines, if he has some tools to work with. He created teleporters from a [[MacGyvering few handfuls of coins and iPods]].
* TeleportersAndTransporters: He invented them, and [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gets a hell of a lot of use out of them.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: A strong proponent of it, although [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman he seems to value non-human life markedly less.]]
* VictorGainsLosersPowers: Not usually, but when he managed [[spoiler: to contain [[BodySurf Modeus]] in his considerable PsychicBlockDefense]], he gains the latter's intelligence and knowledge, allowing him to devise even more incredible devices with his Technopathy.

[[folder:Charybdis aka Cary, Survivor]]

The twin brother and partner of Scylla, Charybdis shares his energy manipulation powers. The one problem in Cary's life before the Plutonian turned evil was that he was in love with his brother's wife, Kaidan. [[spoiler: After Scylla's death Cary takes the name Survivor, and reveals that he is in fact the source of the brothers' powers, and has become even stronger. Even later it's revealed that they're triplets, with a third, retired brother called Elliot.]]

* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: Subverted - they're actually triplets.]]
* AntiHero: Cary goes from a GoodIsNotSoft one to a straight up HeWhoFightsMonsters type.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: Subverted. He's more badass, only faking being weakened. He becomes much more powerful after Scylla's death.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Gilgamos abruptly kills him under the mistaken belief that Cary and Elliot are mutual beneficiaries in the same energy pool. Scylla's ghost is horrified, not only because his brother was just murdered, but because he and Elliot both know that Cary is the source of the power. If he dies, it's gone.]]
* EntitledToHaveYou: [[spoiler: Once Scylla has been seemingly killed and Cary has become the world's most powerful super-hero, he starts putting the moves on Kaidan, forcefully kissing her and obviously assuming she's his girlfriend now.]]
* FlyingFirepower
* HandBlast
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Cary becomes almost as arrogant and unbalanced as the Plutonian soon after he develops his stronger powers.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler: UpToEleven in his rematch against the Plutonian. Without one of his brothers sapping his powers, Charybdis can fight off Tony.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Gilgamos stabs him]] late into the series.
* SameSexTriplets
* SiblingTriangle: Between him, Scylla and Kaidan.
* SmugSuper: [[spoiler: When he becomes powerful enough to fight off the Plutonian.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Their codenames are the names of the two monsters Odysseus sailed between.
* TookALevelInBadass: One of the few beings capable of fighting the Plutonian on an equal ground.
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler: After gaining his power boost]].
* TwinDesynch: He and Scylla were always different, due to his shyness. [[spoiler: With the reveal of Elliot, and Cary's increasing arrogance, their differences become even more profound.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He means well, but he's unbalanced, arrogant and a bit of a dick.
* WonderTwinPowers: Played with. [[spoiler: They don't share the same energy source, Elliott and Scylla are siphoning the energy off Cary to power themselves.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Scylla's death is a big motivation.]]


Charybdis' twin brother with identical powers, and the lover of Kaidan.

* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: Subverted - they're actually triplets.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: In his brain-dead body.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Of a sort. Kaidan summons his spirit through her ghost stories.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Blown up by the Plutonian.]]
* EyeScream: That golden half-mask and red eye? He and his brother only have them because [[spoiler: the Plutonian smashed their heads together hard enough to cost them both an eye.]]
* FlyingFirepower
* HandBlast
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Drags Kurne to the spirit world so he can save Kaidan and Gil.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: His words from beyond the grave are "kill me".]]
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Survived the explosion in the Inferno's lair, and was a brain-dead husk for a while. Kaidan has to kill his physical body to free him]].
* SameSexTriplets
* SiblingTriangle: Between him, his brother, and Kaidan.
* SoullessShell: [[spoiler: Leading to an unusual scenario where his spirit fights his corpse.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Their codenames are the names of the two monsters Odysseus sailed between.
* TwinDesynch
* WonderTwinPowers: Played with. [[spoiler: They don't share the same energy source, Elliott and Scylla are siphoning the energy off Cary to power themselves.]]

[[folder:Bette Noir]]

Gilgamos' wife, and master sharpshooter who uses specialized bullets. It's later revealed that [[spoiler: she's been having an affair with the Plutonian]].

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She felt bored with her straightforward relationship with Gilgamos, and was one of the few to sense the Plutonian's bad side, and was attracted to it.
* CoolGun: With specialized bullets that can accomplish various effects. After all world goes to hell, she decides to try if her high explosive bullet is powerful enough to blow a deserted skyscraper in two. ''It is''.
* DrivenToSuicide: She spent most of her final appearances ([[spoiler:before being possessed by Modeus]]) attempting to kill herself in a variety of ways for her actions that led to the death of millions at the hands of the Plutonian.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: Modeus possesses her and amplifies her power, allowing her to take on the Plutonian.]]
* {{Expy}}: With her trick bullets and philandering, to ComicBook/GreenArrow.
* GoodIsBoring: Her sole reason for her affair with the Plutonian is centered around her utter dissatisfaction with the straightforward and loving relationship she had with Gilgamos. His lack of romantic complexity and emotional instability caused her to divert her attraction towards the emotional inconsistencies and hidden fiery temper of the Plutonian.
* GravityMaster: [[spoiler: Her true power. When Modeus amplifies it, she also gains SuperStrength.]]
* TheHedonist: After she reaches her DespairEventHorizon, she gives up on heroics, shacks up in a Beverly Hills mansion and lives an extravagant and hedonistic lifestyle while awaiting death.
* HeroicBSOD: Unusually, a particularly unsympathetic one: [[spoiler: she feels guilty about hiding the fact that she could have killed Plutonian at any point, because doing so would have revealed her affair with him. She let billions die to cover a single act of infidelity.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Her aim is the best on the team. [[spoiler: Justified in that her real power is to manipulate gravity on a minute scale subconsciously, allowing her to guide her bullets.]]
* MeaningfulName: She's a pretty dark character.
** The French euphemism of "bette noir" is of a dangerous animal, to be avoided at all costs.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Goes through this when she realizes how she had [[spoiler:egged on the Plutonian's eventual meltdown]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Read above on HeroicBSOD.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler: After her power up]].
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: When Modeus boosts her powers, each punch is fueled by a star system.]]
* StarPower: [[spoiler:She can add momentum to an object by draining power from the stars. According to Modeus, she squandered this ability by just using bullets when she could have reached enough power to even stop Plutonian had she gained enough brain synaptic power.]]
* TrickBullet: Her main tools, [[spoiler: including a magic one that can kill the Plutonian.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Which contributed to the Plutonian's madness.]]


The husband of Bette Noir and a two thousand year old Babylonian

* AnArmAndALeg: Loses both his wings by the story's end.
* BadAss
** BadassBeard
* TheDeterminator: He tears off his own wing to use the bones to pick a lock when he's imprisoned.
* {{Expy}}: A clear one of Hawkman
* IgnoredEpiphany: [[spoiler: Gil knew about Bette's affair, but chose not to believe it. He's been around long enough to have seen the signs, he just didn't think it'd come to such catastrophe.]]
* MeaningfulName: Combined with his background, he's implied to be the inspiration of ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. [[spoiler: Also like Gilgamesh, the woman that loves him is responsible for unspeakable atrocities. Unlike Gilgamesh, Gilgamos chooses to live forever, and offers this to humanity at the risk of enslaving them forever to Plutonian.]]
* NiceGuy: One of the simpler members of the Paradigm.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: He kills Survivor on the basis that he'd been becoming increasingly unstable, and would eventually be just as big a threat as Tony was. On top of that, he believed that killing him would grant Elliot, a kindly priest, the power instead. Unfortunately, Survivor was the ''source'' of the power, not a simple beneficiary. Killing him actually took away the power that Elliot had, which by that point was Survivor's equal.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook
* Really700YearsOld
* SmugSuper: Entirely [[InvertedTrope inverted.]] Bette says that his confidence in his powers and his apparent immortality made him an incredibly [[NiceGuy warm, open and friendly guy.]]
* SuperStrength
* WalkingTheEarth: For most of his life, until he settled down with the Paradigm. Resumes this after the Orian arc.
* WingedHumanoid


A Japanese woman with the ability to summon figures from stories she reads, Kaidan is Scylla's lover and one of the younger members of the Paradigm.

* BreakTheCutie: She gets it very rough in the months of the Plutonian's rampage. To wit, [[spoiler:Scylla dies, then turns out to be NotQuiteDead, and is forced to MercyKill his brain dead body.]]
* MeaningfulName: Her birth name, Keiko, means "lucky/blessed child". Her superhero name, when the kanji is broken down, means "strange, mysterious, rare or bewitching apparition" snd "talk or recited narrative."
* MysticalWhiteHair: Granted, it's the result of dye, but her power involves summoning warrior's spirits and she has white hair.
* {{Necromancer}}: [[spoiler: Of a kind, as she can summon/recreate her dead friends to fight for her.]]
* {{Necromantic}}: [[spoiler: With Scylla.]]
* NiceGirl: Is one of the most kindhearted people in this whole setting.
* SiblingTriangle: Stuck in the middle of one with Cary and Scylla.
* SummonMagic: She summons the spirits of samurai and warriors by telling their stories. [[spoiler:Later on, she learns this extends to her deceased Paradigm comrades.]]
* TokenMinority: Is Japanese.


One of the Paradigm's more recent recruits, and extremely devoted to the Plutonian for having helped him gain control over his powers.

* AnArmAndALeg: The Plutonian took his left arm as a joke.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Subverted - he survived the first days of the Plutonian's rampage. Then it's doubly subverted when [[spoiler:he's the first of the survivors to be killed off early into the series]].
* BrokenPedestal: After Tony went evil, Volt went through this hard.
* DeadpanSnarker: One of the most sarcastic members of the Paradigm by far.
* ElectricBlackGuy: He even [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the trope.
* EverythingIsRacist: One of his major flaws. He tends to go on rather weird tangents about this. In a flashback, he did at one point accusing Bette of only wanting to be with Gil because he was white.
* {{Expy}}: Of ComicBook/{{Static}} and ComicBook/BlackLightning. He frequently {{lampshaded}} and cracked jokes about this.
* {{Flight}}
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: By Modeus in Samsara's body.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: His admission that being a black man with electrical powers [[ComicBook/BlackLightning isn't exactly]] [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock original.]]
-->'''Volt:''' "Why couldn't I have been a super-speedster? A black guy who runs really fast... that wouldn't have been ''too'' racist, would it?"
* PowerIncontinence: Before meeting the Paradigm, he couldn't touch anything electronic without shorting it out. [[BlessedWithSuck As a result, he couldn't hold down a job]].
* ShockAndAwe
* TouchedByVorlons: His powers came from being exposed to an alien energy-flux during an attempted invasion of Earth.


The Plutonian's Indian teenage sidekick, Samsara is Tony's best friend, and possesses immortality and the manipulation of mystical energy due to a jewel embedded in his forehead.

* BrokenPedestal: Samsara losing his faith in the Plutonian over the sound virus incident was one of the major factors in his fall from grace.
* BuriedAlive: As he technically cannot die.
* DeadSidekick: As close as Samsara can get. Samsara cannot be killed due to his mystical jewel, so Tony does the next best thing and lobotomizes him with heat-vision before Samsara can reveal his secret. Samsara is now brain dead, and has even been buried by his teammates.
* EmptyShell: Lobotomized but still technically alive, he can only keep a few memories
* FateWorseThanDeath
* KidSidekick: Tony was rather paternal towards him.
* NiceGuy: Before everything went downhill, Samsara was remembered as being a kind and gentle person.
* PowerCrystal: The blue gem embedded in his head gives him magical powers.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Modeus has been hiding in Samsara, possessing his body.]]


A former policeman who uses his incredible skills and gadgets to fight crime.

* BadassNormal: The only one on the Paradigm. Brutally deconstructed however, as gadgets and martial arts skills are nothing compared to a guy with actual superpowers.
* BetrayalInsurance: His deal with the Vespans is this regarding Plutonian.
* CrazyPrepared: He created a deal with the Vespans to return to the planet to take out the Plutonian in case he ever turns evil. This was based solely on a single incident where the Plutonian mentioned the Hornet's wife's name in passing, when the Hornet had never mentioned it to the Paradigm, leading to the Hornet to realize that the Plutonian had been spying on his teammates.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Sold out the entire universe to the Vespas in exchange of them leaving Earth alone.]] Horrific as it may be, this deal ''[[ProperlyParanoid did]]'' manage to stop Plutonian's rampage mid-series. [[SenselessSacrifice Pity the other party overestimated their containment protocols...]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Grows out of it though when he is accepted as a hero in his own right.
* {{Expy}}: An obvious one for Batman. He has no powers, his base is in a cave under his house, and his best friend is The Plutonian, Superman's equivalent.
* GoodParents: From what we can tell, he was a loving father and a devoted family man.
* HappilyMarried: Was this with his wife Donna.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Despite his suspicions, he really did consider Tony to be his best friend.
* KilledOffForReal: In the first issue.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He is considered more of a scalpel than a mallet by his comrades, but he's still underpowered compared to the rest.
* PosthumousCharacter: His character is explored a lot more in the flashbacks and in [[ADayInTheLimelight the special]].
* ProperlyParanoid: He was afraid that, one day, the Plutonian would snap, even if he genuinely ''was'' the pillar of virtue that his teammates thought he was simply because no single person could hold the weight of the world without eventually breaking. Even before there were any visible signs that the Plutonian (who Hornet truly considered to be his best friend) would turn, he made a deal with the alien Vespa to return and stop him, in return for the coordinates of every Earth-like planet Hornet and Paradigm ever visited along with the teleportation technology necessary to reach them. He hates having to have made such a deal, but it [[spoiler: saved Earth from being overrun by the Vespa, and created a contingency plan in case Tony went rogue.]]
* StrippedToTheBone: What Tony did to him and his family with his heat vision.
* TheSmartGuy: Not as smart as Qubit of course, but the Hornet is a skilled tactician and picked up on certain things pertaining to Tony's character before anyone else did.
* TheTeamNormal: Didn't have any powers, but he did have a decent arsenal of weapons, and tactical and deductive skills to make him a valued member of the Paradigm.
* WeakButSkilled: The Plutonian allied with him at first specifically because Hornet can act with more precision.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Was killed right when the series began. [[PosthumousCharacter He's explored more in the flashbacks]].

!!!Other Characters

[[folder:Max Damage]]

The Plutonian's rival and former supervillain, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn after seeing the Plutonian destroy a city. He and his sidekick Jailbait then do all they can to bring him down.

* ArchEnemy: To the Plutonian.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: His wanted poster says that he's wanted manslaughter, terrorism, armed robbery, conspiracy and interstate flight.
* TheAtoner: Dedicates himself to correcting his ways after seeing the Plutonian's rampage.
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BigGood: At the least, he's trying to be this.
* BlessedWithSuck: He gets stronger and more invulnerable in proportion to how long he's awake. However, his invulnerability shuts down his physical-contact senses, making him unable to smell, taste, or feel anything. Also, sleep deprivation [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity degrades his perception and judgment]] if he stays awake too long.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: What he tries to do to keep Jailbait out of harm's way.
* BulletSeed: Catches a bullet in his teeth, then spits it out.
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Part of what led to his HeelFaceTurn. He's utterly horrified by what the Plutonian's doing in his rampage.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In the beginning of his hero career, he just did the opposite of his supervillain instincts. He gets better though.
* ForTheEvulz: When he was a villain.
* GeniusBruiser: Was working on a scientific equation to stop Tony before Tony was captured.
* GenreSavvy: He knew that with the Plutonian having gone evil, there was no one stopping all the ''other'' dangers the world faced.
* HeelFaceTurn: As a result of the Plutonian's FaceHeelTurn.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Subverted. He becomes a better hero as time goes on, but a huge chunk of his CharacterDevelopment is spent trying to overcome his previous status as a villain who was already pretty close to crossing or had already crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: As a result of the drawbacks of his powers (particularly his SenseLossSadness). Ironically enough, he got his abilities because he [[IJustWantToBeSpecial volunteered himself for an experiment]].
* TheInsomniac: Out of necessity to increase his powers.
* InASingleBound: Can jump quite tall buildings with one leap.
* MadeOfIron: The only one who can survive fighting The Plutonian.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In a fashion - witnessing the Plutonian's rampage for himself made him realize how small the {{Muggle}}s felt when they were suffering the wrath of supervillains, driving him to make a HeelFaceTurn.
* PermaStubble: His invulnerability causes razors to break on his skin, resulting in this.
* SociopathicHero: Initially was this, just turning his wrath on "bad guys" without actually improving himself, but he does get a lot better later on.
* SuperSpeed: His speed increases along with his strength the longer he's awake.
* SuperStrength: How strong he is at his peak is unknown but he is at least strong enough to hold a car in place with one hand, and he's the only person that can give the Plutonian a run for his money.
%%* ThouShaltNotKill
* TheUnfettered: Max's drive is to be the Plutonian's opposite in all respects; when Plutonian was a hero, he was a villain, and when Plutonian becomes a villain, he becomes a hero.
* UnreliableNarrator: While Max gains more power the longer he's awake, he's still vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation. At around three days -- when Max would have enough power to fight Plutonian -- he'd also start hallucinating.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers the Plutonian to have been one and notes he wouldn't have killed him out of respect.
* WouldHurtAChild: Pre-HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler: he killed a certain attorney's 12-years old son.]]. Some even consider it his MoralEventHorizon.

! Terri
A teenage girl Max rescued from sex slavery, she's since stuck by him as his sidekick, helper and lover.

* AbsoluteCleavage
* AxCrazy: She's a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie.
* BadassNormal: In a world of supers (including her own boyfriend), she can hold up well.
* DominoMask
* {{Expy}}: Of ComicBook/HarleyQuinn.
* HellbentForLeather: Her outfit is tight enough to look like it was just painted on her body.
* MayDecemberRomance: She's sixteen in the series, while Max is at least in his late twenties/early thirties.
* MeaningfulName: Naturally.
* MoralityPet: Subverted initially, when she tried to get Max to stop trying to be a hero, viewing it as a waste of time. She does come around eventually.
** On the flipside, it's shown that she genuinely does love Max.
* MsFanservice
* PerkyFemaleMinion
* RescueRomance: She was a teenage runaway working at a brothel. Max saved her from that place and she's stood by him ever since.


A mysterious supervillain who was the Plutonian's most feared opponent. Not heard from for years before the story begins, he comes out of hiding once Tony's rampage starts and slowly reveals a horrifying plan for him...

* ArchEnemy: To the Plutonian.
* BodySnatcher: Can possess other people.
* BodySurf: Thanks to Encanta's upgrade.
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler: His bodies have included the lobotomized Samsara, a robotic duplicate of himself, Cutter and Bette Noir. He tries to take over Qubit, but Qubit contains him with his psychic shields.]]
* TheChessmaster: A given, as he is the smartest and most cunning character after Qubit.
* ChildProdigy: He was just as much of a genius when he was younger. [[spoiler: In fact he helped imprison the Plutonian's parents.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Subverted. He's in love with [[spoiler:the Plutonian's power and states that Tony was the only person he ever felt emotion towards, making this a case of SingleTargetSexuality]].
* DiabolusExNihilo: Despite his importance in the story, only his intelligence, evil, and lust for Tony get much attention. We know almost nothing of his background, and only the faintest understanding of his powers.
* {{Expy}}: Of ComicBook/LexLuthor, as well as a few attributes of ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}.
* EvilCounterpart: To Qubit. Both are super-smart, have a deep personal investment in Tony, [[UberMensch care nothing for conventions]] and seem keen on [[GenreSavvy figuring out how people's powers actually work]] [[SuperEmpowering and then enhancing them]], but Modeus takes all those qualities in horrifying directions.
* TheEvilGenius
* ForTheLulz: He had no real motivation to his crimes besides to torment Plutonian. Until [[spoiler:Tony realized Modeus was actually in love with him]].
* GrandTheftMe See Brain Uploading.
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: Initially rationalized his obsession with the Plutonian as this until he realizes and accepts he [[spoiler:loves Tony]].
* ManipulativeBastard
* MonochromaticEyes: Not in flashbacks, but his appearances in-person have been depicted with these.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He's just 2 letters away from [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Asmodeus.]]
* PowerParasite: Courtesy of BodySurf, he gains the powers of the body he possesses. The biggest of this is the GravityMaster powers of his last body.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:His attempt to possess Qubit backfires when he is trapped by Qubit's psychic blocks.]]
* SingleTargetSexuality: Towards the Plutonian
* TheSociopath: He cares for nothing but himself and the Plutonian, the only person to ever elicit an emotional response from him. Tony even remarks that Modeus' arrogance, LackOfEmpathy and inability to see the world through other people's eyes were his {{Fatal Flaw}}s.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: A telepath took a glimpse into his mind once, and was DrivenToSuicide soon after.
* TookALevelInBadass: He was scary enough when he was just an ordinary human. Several levels later, he's an ungodly nightmare.
* {{Yandere}}: When he [[spoiler:takes over Bette's body, uses her newly enhanced gravity manipulation powers to subdue Plutonian, and gets ready to achieve his dreams of knocking boots with Tony, Tony points out that the world will end if that radioactive cloud that contained his parents doesn't get resolved soon, and Modeus' reply is pure yandere]].
-->"[My world] ends every time you turn me away."


An extraterrestrial (or possibly a demon) that has fought with the Paradigm before. The US government summons him to defeat the Plutonian and prevent the Paradigm from going rogue.

* AliensAreBastards
* ArcVillain: He is summoned by the US government to stop the Plutonian, and decides to spend some of his time on Earth also dividing the Paradigm.
* BodyHorror: To summon Orian, you read an alien script. At that point Orian crawls out of your mouth, tearing you in two.
* BrownNote: See BodyHorror above. Worst part is that you don't even have to ''vocalize'' it, just looking at it and registering it in your brain is enough.
* CardCarryingVillain
* EldritchAbomination: Reading his name causes him to crawl out of your mouth and rip you apart.
* EnemyMine: Allies with the US government, Survivor and the Paradigm to kill the Plutonian. Qubit points out that this isn't a good thing however, as it's clear Orian is not doing this out of any good in his heart and all he wants is to invade and take Earth for himself.
* EvilVsEvil: Against the Plutonian.
* {{Expy}}: He's a murderous, twisted version of Mr. Mxyztplk that is in no way played for laughs. As a possible ShoutOut, he bears a resemblance to Mxyzptlk's horrifying true form as revealed in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.
* ForTheEvulz: The summoning doesn't have to be as painful or violent as he makes it. He just prefers it that way.
* GodzillaThreshold: The entire reason the US government summoned him is because of this trope.
* KilledOffForReal: Whatever was in that wax bullet, it killed him just fine too.
* MeaningfulName: He has a tendency to take trophies of his kills, like a hunter.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His plan when he kills the Plutonian.
* TheSociopath

[[folder:The Plutonian's Allies]]
!!Auroran, Mallus, Kurne, Mordanse and Cutter

A collection of insane and extremely powerful aliens that the Plutonian gathers around him on the planet Genhom in order to [[spoiler: escape the intergalactic lunatic asylum they've been imprisoned in]].

* TheAlcatraz: [[spoiler: They're escaping from it.]]
%%* BedlamHouse: See above.
* BodySnatcher: [[spoiler: Cutter is possessed by Modeus.]]
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Cutter, combined with NonHumansLackAttributes.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: The Plutonian
** TheDragon: Auroran and Mallus
** TheEvilGenius: Auroran, as he understands the prison better than the rest.
** TheBrute: Kurne and Mordanse
** TheDarkChick: Cutter
** TeamPet: Mordanse
* FlyingBrick: Auroran [[spoiler: because he mimics the Plutonian's powers.]]
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Cutter
* HearingVoices: Subverted with Kurne. At first it seems that he's hearing voices, as everyone believes he's insane. Turns out that he actually has tiny mouths whispering to him all the time.
* LegionOfDoom
* MakeMeWannaShout: Mordanse
* PowerBornOfMadness: Cutter's powers depend on her mental state - when she's freed and calms down, the amount of damage she can do decreases. [[spoiler: It's actually {{Foreshadowing}} that Modeus is possessing her body.]]
* PsychicPowers: Auroran
* SelfHarm: When Cutter slices herself, a larger version of the cut appears on her foes.
* SuperStrength: Kurne and Mordanse
* TheSymbiote: [[spoiler: Auroran was this for the Plutonian, latching onto him and being so overwhelmed by the tide of emotions and the weight of his life story that he wanted to help heal Tony]].
* TimeTravel: Mallus can send people through time by punching them.