Character sheet for ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''.



!David Charleston

The main character of the story, an 18-year-old orphan at Steelheart's hands.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: David has taken his dedication to studying the Epics ''very'' seriously. As such he is extremely effective in analyzing the situations around him.
* BadassNormal: Like the other Reckoners.
* {{Dissimile}}: Has a tendency to come up with very... ''creative'' analogies.
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Knees", courtesy of Megan.
%%* GuileHero
* IndyPloy: He is very good at adapting to new situations and coming up with creative solutions to problems (much to Megan's chagrin).
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Whenever he tries to explain his latest analogy. 'Brick made of porridge' for example.
* ItsPersonal: In addition to his [[YouKilledMyFather obvious feelings towards Steelheart]], a number of Epics target him specifically due to his tendency of discovering their weaknesses. Even after Nightwielder's weakness is made (relatively) public, he zeroes in on David for being the one to figure it out.
* NerdActionHero: He's an excellent shot with a rifle and isn't against killing, but his main boon to the Reckoners is his massive collection of notes and knowledge on various Epics and how to learn about them. Cody outright tells him he needs to get out more.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Less so within the story itself, but growing up he always struggled to hide how intelligent he was, in order to prevent himself from being taken to work for Steelheart.
* RedBaron: After the events of ''Steelheart'', he becomes known as [[spoiler:Steelslayer]].
* ScienceHero: As much as research on epics can be considered science. It's not his bad analogies or marksmanship that's the biggest advantage to the Reckoners, it's his knowledge of Epics.


!Megan Tarash

One of the Reckoners, a beautiful young woman who helps gather information for the team.
* ActionGirl: She's one of the team's frontline fighters.
* DefrostingIceQueen: To David.
* LoveInterest: To David.
* {{Tsundere}}: Which confuses David to no end. It eventually turns out that the reason for her seemingly random personality switches is because she doesn't think Steelheart should actually be assassinated. [[spoiler:And she's an Epic, so every time she uses her powers she becomes sociopathic]].


!Prof (AKA Professor Jonathan Phaedrus)

The leader of this cell of the Reckoners, and (as we eventually learn) the founder of the entire Reckoner organization.
* TheAtoner: One possible interpretation of his activity in the Reckoners.
* [[spoiler:AscendedDemon: He's an Epic who makes certain not to use his powers on himself so he remains in control of himself. As shown when he does, this is extremely difficult for him to control, but he does anyway.]]
* {{Badass}}: When we finally see him fight, it's rather impressive. [[spoiler:And terrifying, since he's barely keeping himself from going to be like the other Epics, and the mere prospect of using his powers unrestrained leads him to terrified anger.]]
** BadassGrandpa: Given his age, it's even more impressive.
** BadassInCharge: Of the Reckoners.
* [[spoiler:DeflectorShields: One of his Epic abilities, which he disguises as the Reckoner jackets.]]
* {{Determinator}}: When he fights, he fights to ''win''. [[spoiler:This is especially prominent when he fights Steelheart so effectively and persistently that he even gets BaddieFlattery from him.]]
* [[spoiler:FightsLikeANormal: Out of necessity, since WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. He shares his powers with the team in small amounts, but if he uses them himself, he runs the risk of being DrivenToMadness.]]
* [[spoiler:HealingHands[=/=]HealingFactor: One of his Epic abilities, which he disguises as the harmsway.]]
* [[spoiler:HunterOfHisOwnKind: As an Epic hunting Epics.]]
* MagicFromTechnology: He invented the [[TrickedOutGloves tensors]], [[HollywoodHealing harmsway]], and [[BadassLongcoat jackets]]. [[spoiler:More like [[SubvertedTrope magic from magic]], as he just gives others the abilities by sharing his own Epic powers.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Almost certainly had one in the past related to being an Epic. And, judging by his hatred of his own powers, he seems to exist in a near-constant state of this.]]
* MysteriousPast: Two variations. In-universe, he's considered an InexplicablyAwesome scientist that worked on Epics. In reality, not much of his past is clear. He was apparently an elementary school science teacher, though this was somehow on accident, and an Epic destroyed the school while it was in session. [[spoiler: It's also implied that after he received his powers (It's still not clear how) he had a period of arrogant amorality, but we don't know much about that.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When he speaks about his technologies or uses tensors, he is much more harsh and curt with people, as opposed to his normal nice, if determined, manner. [[spoiler:This is because he, as an Epic, hates what he is.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: He's a little too insistent that there's no pattern in the KryptoniteFactor that Epics have. [[spoiler: Of course, being an Epic himself, he may have his own reasons.]]
* TheProfessor: The source of his nickname.
* [[spoiler:TokenHeroicOrc: He's the only known Epic who works directly for the benefit of mankind in the first book, without being forced to do evil.]]
* [[spoiler:TouchOfDeath: Disintegrates nonorganic matter on touch, which he disguises as the [[TrickedOutGloves tensors]].]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: On account of him being an Epic.]]



The Reckoners' odd-job man, a southerner who utterly tries (and fails) to be a True Scotsman.
* HiddenDepths: He was a police officer in Nashville who refused to TurnInYourBadge on order of the resident Epic, nor be a part of the force under said Epic's control.
* NiceGuy: Though he is also something of a troll.
* TheGadfly: Especially to Tia.
* PluckyComicRelief: To a degree. He does lighten the mood a lot of the time.



The Reckoners' resident scholar, MissionControl, and medic.
* TheMedic: To the team. She doesn't do any fighting, she's just the researcher and medic.
* MissionControl: For the Reckoners.
* SecretKeeper: Is the only one with as much knowledge on the Reckoners as Prof, for plausible deniability purposes on the rest of the team. [[spoiler:Furthermore, she is the only Reckoner on the team who knows that Prof is really an Epic.]]
* TheSmartGirl: She does the research for the team.



The Reckoners' heavy-weapons man and mechanic.
* {{BFG}}: He loves them.
* MrFixit: One of his jobs.
* RousseauWasRight: A firm believer, though he doesn't really think that Epics he's seen qualify as human.
* StraightMan: To Cody.

[[folder:Epics in general]]

Superhumans who began manifesting powers following the appearance of the Calamity in the sky, every single Epic is completely sociopathic, with zero empathy for other human beings. The US Government passed the Capitulation Act shortly after they appeared, decreeing that they could do whatever they wished, and that normal humans should not even try to stop them.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: No matter what your previous personality, use of Epic powers instantly turns you into an evil sociopath.
* ComboPlatterPowers: The powersets that High Epics get are... interesting, rarely bearing any thematic parallels to each other. Steelheart's invulnerable body and ability to transform non-living matter to steel are thematically parallel, but what about his wind control and energy beams? Or Conflux's electricity powers and his transference ability? Or [[spoiler: Prof's disintegration abilities, HealingFactor, and transference power?]]
* KryptoniteFactor: All Epics have a single, seemingly random, weakness that can negate their powers. However they may also have more mundane weaknesses or limitations that can be exploited just as well. For example, an invisibility Epic may be unable to remain invisible whenever they [[KryptoniteFactor hear a trombone]] but perhaps they can also be found by someone using a thermal scanner. It's hinted that there's some kind of pattern to this.
* MeaningfulRename: Seemingly all Epics take on a new 'superhero/villain' name, one which is usually descriptive or evocative of their powers. [[spoiler: Interestingly, the three known Epics that possess some degree of humanity all tend to use their human name, not their Epic one.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: All Epics are villainous, but it is unknown whether only evil people gain powers, or if the amount of power they wield just makes being selfish too easy an option. [[spoiler:The truth is that using their powers ''literally'', and instantly, changes the way they think. If they are able to resist using their power for a length of time, then their minds will return to normal.]]



The main villain of the book. Steelheart is a powerful epic who has claimed the position of Emperor of Newcago.
* AntagonistTitle: Of the first book.
* BigBad: Of the first book.
* TheCape: Deliberately subverted. His introduction makes it seem like he's a typical example, right down to the lack of a mask and the cape itself, but he almost immediately shows himself to be the exact opposite.
* TheDreaded: Makes a deliberate point of terrifying his citizens and potential enemies.
* FlyingBrick: Invulnerability, Flight, SuperStrength, and Energy Blasts
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Is a fan of killing people with their own guns. [[spoiler:This backfires on him, [[OutGambitted quite literally]], when firing David's gun sets off a detonator within it, ending up killing ''himself'' instead due to not being afraid of himself.]]
* [[spoiler: ImNotAfraidOfYou: He can only be harmed by someone who isn't afraid of him. Unfortunately, thanks to his campaign of terror and propaganda, there is now only one person alive who fits that description.]]
* KryptoniteFactor: The main thrust of the plot is figuring out what it is. [[spoiler: He's only vulnerable to people who aren't afraid of him.]]
* RepressiveButEfficient: The only reason he's sometimes considered the lesser of the Fractured States' evils. However, this is in a world where 'leaving a complete wasteland where Portland, Oregon used to be' is an adequate comparison for responsible Epics, so make of that what you will. By today's standards, Newcago would be a hellhole.
* ScarsAreForever: He has ''one'' scar, the one David's father gave him on accident.



One of Steelheart's inner circle. It is his power that keeps Newcago in perpetual darkness.
* CastingAShadow: Using his powers he has kept the sun from Newcago for ten years and is able to control a dark mist which he uses as a weapon.
** CombatTentacles: He forms his mist into these to stab at his enemies.
* DarkIsEvil: Given his allegiance to Steelheart.
* {{Flight}}: See RequiredSecondaryPowers.
* IntangibleMan: Whenever he is seen in public he always has this power engaged, rendering him impervious to harm.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: In order that he not fall into the center of the planet whenever he turns himself intangible, he also has the secondary power of flight. David mentions that this is a common secondary ability for intangible Epics (presumably those that don't have it can be found stuck in the Earth's core).
* TeleFrag: Averted. David was curious as to what would happen were Nightwielder to be made solid while phasing through a solid object, but luckily for Nightwielder he is simply forced out of the object.
* WeakenedByTheLight: His personal KryptoniteFactor is daylight, or more accurately ultraviolet light. It forces him into tangibility, weakens his ability to fly, and also destroys his dark mist [[CombatTentacles tentacles]].


!Conflux ([[spoiler:Edmund Sense]])

A mysterious Epic who '[[DoubleMeaning runs]]' Steelheart's enforcers, another of his inner circle. It is his power that lights up Newcago.
* AccidentalMurder: Not long after Calamity, he accidentally electrocuted his wife to death by electrifying a stove when trying to make himself some food.
* [[spoiler:CapturedSuperEntity: He isn't as strong as Steelheart, but he is still this for the entirety of Newcago.]]
* LivingBattery: Generates the majority of the power for the city.
* [[spoiler:MadeASlave: Apparently has been one to various powerful Epics since a month after Epics started appearing.]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: {{Inverted}}. The fact that he prefers his human name to his Epic name is one of the signs of his MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch status.]]
* [[spoiler: MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: One of three known Epics with some degree of humanity. Also the first Epic to openly serve humanity instead of trying to rule them, when in ''Mitosis'' he takes up the job of Newcago Reserve Power Generator.]]
* [[spoiler:NiceGuy: As David notes, the most dangerous thing about him is he might accidentally hit you with one of his hands while he's waving them around as he speaks.]]
* SuperEmpowering: As a Transferrence Epic, he gives energy generation powers to Enforcement members.
* [[spoiler:TokenGoodTeammate: To Steelheart's regime, and Epics in general.]]



The last of Steelheart's inner circle, an epic with [[PlayingWithFire fire based]] powers who seems to act as Steelheart's bodyguard. David notes that his powers are ''too'' simple, and has determined he's actually an illusionist.
* CharacterTitle: Of the second book.
* MasterOfIllusion: His actual power.
* PlayingWithFire: His fire based powers seem to include [[WreathedInFlames turning himself into fire]], throwing fire from his hands, manipulating existing fire and generating a [[DeflectorShields projected shield]] of heat that can melt incoming bullets. Except not; Firefight is actually a powerful illusionist with no fire manipulation powers whatsoever.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: His form of Prime Invincibility. [[spoiler:Megan mentions [[ResurrectionSickness she has trouble piecing together what happened before her death]]]].
* StockSuperpowers: Has a classic, if incredibly strong, suite of fire-based powers. Part of what gives away his powers as fake; they're too stock. Every Epic has quirks and oddities, but Firefight is just a fire Epic. Period.
* ThatManIsDead: He, like most Epics, sees no worth in his human name. [[spoiler:Which, ironically, is why Megan used her real name when infiltrating the Reckoners. Why wouldn't she? It was meaningless to her]].
* TheMole: His illusionist powers let him spy on and subvert various groups of Epics trying to fight against Steelheart. [[spoiler:And the Reckoners]].
* WalkingSpoiler: He's actually a MasterOfIllusion. [[spoiler:And a [[SamusIsAGirl girl]]. And [[TheMole Megan]].]]



An extremely dangerous Epic seen only in the Prologue.
* BoomHeadshot: How David's father kills him.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He points at people, and they die. He acknowledges that it's not very imaginative, but he still likes it.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Very courteous and even chats with the tellers at the bank... as he kills random people along the way.
* GlassCannon: He appears to have no defensive powers whatsoever, only offensive ones.
* InTheBack: After his primary power is shown to be ineffective on Steelheart, he attempts to use an unknown secondary power on him when his back is turned.
* StabTheScorpion: Killed this way by David's father. The fact that this shot also hurt Steelheart kicks off the plot.
* StrippedToTheBone: By simply pointing at a person he is able to instantly dissolve them into dust, leaving only their bones whole.
* WouldHurtAChild: ''Vaporizes'' a baby in his/her mother's arms.



A precognitive Epic, low-to-middling in the ranks of Steelheart's organization.
* CombatPrecognition: The reason he's considered a High Epic. He can foresee any attempt to hurt or kill him enough in advance to avoid it.
* DistractedByTheSexy: His danger sense doesn't work on people he's sexually attracted to.
* SerialKiller: With at least a hundred murders to his name.
* StarterVillain: The first High Epic David is known to be involved in killing, and the source of his inclusion with the Reckoners.
* SuperReflexes: His secondary ability, which David admits is pretty useful for a precognitive Epic.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: He likes to practice Extispicy - with human entrails. Whether it works or it's just sadism (Given that he's an Epic, it could go either way) is never answered.



A very minor Epic, his only power is that any handgun he uses never runs out of bullets.
* BottomlessMagazines: His power. WordOfGod says that it was intentionally added as a ShoutOut to action films.
* [[EliteMooks Elite Mook]]
* GangstaStyle: Wields his handgun this way, regardless of aiming difficulties. Due to having BottomlessMagazines, this isn't much of a problem, as he's probably going to eventually hit someone.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Has horrible aim. David blames this on his using handguns, which he thinks are so inaccurate they are completely useless except at close range.


! Limelight

A fictional Epic created gradually by the Reckoners as part of David's plan to take out Steelheart.
* FakeUltimateHero: He doesn't actually exist. That isn't to say he's a hero, just that he's trying to depose Steelheart.
* SecretIdentity: Taken up by Prof as a ruse. [[spoiler:Because he actually is an Epic.]]



An Epic who appears in Newcago after the events of ''Steelheart'' in the short story ''Mitosis''.
* AchillesHeel: Like all Epics. His is his own music, which he hated. David theorizes that there's an important clue about a pattern of the weaknesses, but Prof insists that it's completely random, and just a coincidence that this was something obviously connected to him.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: His clones are weaker the more of them there are. Not because of CloneDegradation, every single clone becomes weaker as each new one is born.
* AGodAmI: He constantly refers to Epics as gods.
* HiveMind: It's not clear to what level, but enough that he knows when one of his copies is killed, and can thereafter identify the killer on sight.
* MesACrowd: His power is to make copies of himself. There's no "prime" copy, and any copy can make more with no difficulty.


!!Other Characters

! Diamond
An arms dealer who works with many people, and moves around the Fractured States.
* ArmsDealer: He's noted to be immune to predations from both sides, since if anyone hurt him, no arms dealers would sell to them ever again.
* MadBomber: His enthusiasm for explosions is... somewhat unnerving.
* StuffBlowingUp: A huge fan of explosions.


[[folder:David's Father]]
! David's Father

A single father raising his son after his wife died. He is noted to be calm, soft-spoken, and a hard worker, who strongly believed that good Epics would come to fight the bad ones. He firmly believed Steelheart was one, to the point of killing Deathpoint in order to save him.
* [[spoiler:ImNotAfraidOfYou: Why he was able to hurt Steelheart.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Dies in the prologue.
* RousseauWasRight: Believed in the idea that the good Epics would come, no matter what.