* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Of Nathaniel Adam, the second Captain Atom - blindly loyal government stooge and hawkish military man unable to shake his MyCountryRightOrWrong mindset, or a good man struggling to do the right thing with the god like power that he's been granted? It's very much a case of DependingOnTheWriter.
** The New 52 version of Nate makes it very clear that he won't work strictly for the government.
* CompleteMonster: Major Force is the EvilCounterpart of Comicbook/CaptainAtom. The guy is responsible for one of the most infamous StuffedIntoTheFridge incidents in comics (the {{Trope Namer|s}}, in fact). He murdered Kyle Rayner's girlfriend and stuffed her body in a refrigerator for Kyle to find. His idea of a joke? Pretending to do the same thing with Kyle's mother by putting what looked like her severed head in an oven. He's the worst possible person to choose for a military experiment that turns humans into powerful immortal EnergyBeings. He is so crazy, he RIPS OFF Major Liberty's (his ally and fellow government cape) arm and beats him to death with it because, to quote: ''"We don't need two majors on this team!"''
* MagnificentBastard: General Wade Eiling. Since the series was written by CaryBates and GregWeisman, the creators of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' and [[XanatosPlannedThisIndex David Xanatos]], that is not surprising.