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Characters: Avengers Academy

Students

Reptil
Dinosaur Morpher. Future hero or naive optimist?/Prehistoric shape shifter. Class leader

Humberto Lopez is class leader at Avengers Academy, and the most dedicated to being a hero. Reptil is mainly motivated to find his missing parents, who disappeared while out an archaeological dig. He's the most level-headed of the team, and he tries his best to live up to the huge expectations placed on him as well as keep his own emotions in check. He can morph into any dinosaur he thinks of and gets his power from an amulet embedded in his chest.

  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a fan of the Avengers as a kid, and is now in the Avengers' junior academy.
  • Almost Kiss: with both Spider-Girl (Anya) and White Tiger (Ava). He got his first kiss from Finesse (and, "A lot more" as well).
  • Alternate Self: For a while, his future self took over his body in order to change the past. Long story.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Get it? Reptil? Reptile?
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: His powers and name are dinosaur/reptile related.
  • Animorphism: His main power, to transform into dinosaurs
  • Artistic License - Paleontology: Dinosaurs modern descendants are birds, not reptiles.
  • Canon Immigrant: Created only for the The Superhero Squad Show, and was brought into the official canon with the Avengers: The Initiative series.
  • Chick Magnet: During the series, he's fooled around with Finesse, and flirted with Spider-Girl/Anya Corazon. In the end, he and White Tiger look like they may hook up.
  • Civvie Spandex: His standard uniform is a spandex top and regular looking pants. The pants apparently cover the rest of his spandex uniform.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: At first, Reptil was reluctant to be the class leader. However, after talking to Jessica Jones about his issues (mainly relating to his parents), he takes on the role. He also took full responsibility for a botched attack against the Sinister Six even after Ant-Man said it was his fault, and held himself well as a leader against the Worthy during Fear Itself.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He starts to like Finesse after their friendly relationship becomes physical, but Finesse wasn't interested in him romatically. By the time she did, he had already moved on.
  • Healing Factor: Hank Pym says it's not as strong as Wolverine's or X-23, but it's there.
  • Pair the Spares: After he struck out with Finesse, he is now interested in White Tiger.
  • Parental Abandonment: His paleontologist parents disappeared after going on a dig for fossils.
  • Power Incontinence: For a bit he couldn't fully transform into dinosaurs, and when he did he lost control, nearly killed villian Mentallo.
  • Standardized Leader: Compared to the rest of Avengers Academy, he comes off as a little bland. He doesn't have a quickly identifiable quirk like the rest of the crew.
  • Super Strength: In his larger, full dinosaur forms.

Finesse
Photographic figher. All head, no heart./Expert at everything except human emotions.

Unlike the other kids at the academy, Jeanne Foucault wasn't mistreated by Norman Osborn, and was allowed to work on her skills. Finesse is a polymath and can learn any skill very quickly, not to mention she has a photographic memory and can copy different fighting techniques. She's an ace at everything except social interaction, and her bluntness and aloof demeanor alienate her from the group.

  • The Ace: She's good at sports, fighting, is a genius, can hack into computers...you name it, she's good at it, except with social interaction.
  • Action Girl: She is an adept, strong fighter who doesn't back down from any challenge.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She can remember the fighting styles of all her opponents, as well can absorb knowledge at an accelerated rate.
  • Brutal Honesty: Sometimes, too brutal. She doesn't even realize that she hurts others' feelings.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't fight dirty, but she is willing to do anything in order to win.
  • Hidden Depths: In the final issue she cries after seeing Reptil and White Tiger together, finally showing emotion.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: It isn't a guarantee that Taskmaster is her father, but they have very similar powers.
  • No Social Skills: A serious flaw, it seems as if she can only understand basic human emotions. In a sad irony, by the time she does, she loses her friend X-23, Reptil (who previously liked Finesse) moved on to White Tiger, and she realizes she's alone.
  • Photographic Memory: Which she uses to memorize fighting styles.
  • Power Copying: With her reflexive memory, she can copy the fighting style of anyone perfectly.
  • Pragmatic Hero: A lot more so than the rest of the class especially demonstrated with her actions against Jeremy Briggs. It's not that she's evil, it's just that she's quick to the point to win and defend herself and her friends.
  • Renaissance Girl: Her photographic reflexes and memory allows her to learn any skill she sees or studies. And recall conversations verbatim.

Hazmat
Human toxic spill. Caustic personality./Walking Meltdown. Temper to match.

Jennifer Takeda's powers first manifested during a makeout out session with her boyfriend. Her entire body is both poisonous and radioactive and when she approaches Norman Osborn for a cure, he actually makes her condition worse, and she has to wear a radioactive suit for the rest of her life. As a result, she has a harsh, sarcastic personality with a soft side only brought out by Mettle.

  • Action Girl: She's not one to shy away from a fight, and her temper means she may start one.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her poison and radioactive powers, which deprive her from human contact.
  • Broken Bird: Her powers cost her a normal life, which she's very upset about. When she isn't snapping at everyone, she's very depressed.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's as mixed as her beau Mettle, with her dad being Japanese and her mom white.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Well, with most people due to her powers. Mettle can withstand her nuclear powers, but psychological blocks from the last time she tried and nearly killed someone hold her back. Finally averted in the final issue when she and Mettle consummate their relationship.
  • Clingy Costume: Because she could kill people if she just walked around normal.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When X-23 enters the picture and Mettle befriends her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her frustration at her condition mostly manifests in bitter, cutting remarks.
  • Hand Blast: How she generally projects her powers. Radiation, EMP, Microwaves and other nasty things.
  • Hazmat Suit: She has to wear one, which gives Jennifer her codename.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Her powers are atomic/nuclear in nature.
  • Latex Space Suit: What her hazmat suit looks like.
  • Otaku: In her backstory, she was an anime fan as she had figurines and posters in her bedroom, including Digimon like Archelomon and Mecha-Zawa. Also, she kept a vintage Dazzler poster in her room at Infinity Mansion which was later destroyed in an explosion, to her dismay. She is however, not above using her otaku knowledge to insult people.
    Hazmat: Spare me, Veil. We might as well buy [Reptil] one of those human-sized anime pillows. They'd bring more passion to the relationship.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Through either poisoning large areas or outright nuking them.
  • Poisonous Person: Right down to her breath. Her kiss before she was "helped" delivered a neurotoxin to her boyfriend.
  • Tsundere: Bitter exterior, soft interior when you get to know her.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: When a mind controlled X-23 stabs metal, she gives her a full bore blast.
    Mettle: You knew she would survive that, right?
    Hazmat: Yeah. Would have done it anyway.

Mettle
Steel-skinned powerhouse. Armored shell protecting inner feelings./Near invulnerable exterior, easily bruised heart.

Ken Mack's red iridium skin was first revealed during a surfing accident where his face was actually peeled open. With Norman Osborn's "help", his entire body is now red iridium and with a sinister looking skull face. Despite his scary looks, Mettle is a very gentle and sweet guy who doesn't even know his own strength.

  • Blessed with Suck: His powers, which also give him his massive strength, robbed him of his family (his kid sister is frightened of his visage) and the sport he loved (Surfing).
  • But Not Too Foreign: A mixed race example, he's American (from Hawaii), and black and Jewish.
  • Civvie Spandex: He just wears big boots, pants and a black t-shirt.
  • Chrome Champion: His body is encased in shiny red iridium.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: During the Fear Itself event, he meant to only halt a Nazi mech, but ended impaling the rider. He was mortified.
  • Flayed Alive: How Norman "helped" him, by peeling all of his skin off to reveal the chrome underneath.
  • Frozen Face: His face is a skull, which cannot display emotion.
  • Gentle Giant: For looking like a monster, he's a very mellow guy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Much to his horror he finds himself developing something like this, but works through it.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Again, he's made of metal and he's very durable.
  • Punny Name: Get it? Metal? Mettle?
  • Super Strength: His metallic skin helped him gain super strength.
  • Surfer Dude: Formerly, before his metallic skin showed up in a surfboard accident.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: He sticks with Hazmat through thick and thin, and waits for her to feel ready about sex.

Striker
Electric dynamo. Self-promotes through shock tactics./Fame hungry electrical dynamo.

Brandon Sharpe is only in the superhero business for the fame. He desperately wants the notoriety of being part of the Avengers and takes every moment to get any press for himself. Underneath the fame-whoring, lies a very insecure boy. His electricity powers first manifested as he tried to defend himself from his manager's molestation.

  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: One on his face, which he got when his powers manifested. Now his face may be permanently scarred, thanks to Jeremy Briggs.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? — Before he came to terms with his sexuality, he would repeatedly hit on the girls of the Academy. Only Veil wasn't fooled.
  • It's All About Me: He was spoiled by his mother into thinking he was very special, and Norman Osborn's interest in him propelled his ego to new heights. Not too long after he comes to terms with his sexuality, he has a press conference about it, in true Striker fashion.
  • Jerk With A Heartof Gold: He may be pompous and egotistical, but he does come to realize to use his powers for good and he is also very friendly.
  • Rape as Backstory: He was molested by his manager and he accidentally killed him when his powers manifested.
  • Rape and Switch: Invoked. Striker confesses to Julie Power that he thought his manager's molestation turned him gay. Julie thankfully takes objection to this and explains that only Striker can let his abuser influence his actions.
  • Shock and Awe: His powers are electric in nature.
  • Skunk Stripe: After his electricity powers were manifested, it resulted in the skunk stripe and a scar on his face.
  • Smug Super: He's a new superhero, but he already thinks he should be a household name.
  • Straight Gay: He doesn't have any campy mannerisms. The only stereotypically gay thing about him is that he's a bit obsessed with his looks.

Veil
Variable Gas Generator. Unseen potential... until she discorporates.

Madeline Berry's powers generated when she was embarrassed at school, so much so, she actually disappeared by turning into a cloud of gas. Norman Osborn tried to replicate the event, but with her body put through too much trauma, the end result is that she is slowly dissipating. This weighs heavily on her conscious and she tries to fit in and being the best hero she can, but her gentle and awkward personality cannot handle the harshness of being a hero.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She takes the Clean Slate formula and finally becomes normal... and then she realizes since she doesn't have powers anymore, she has to go back to school on the bottom of the Popularity Food Chain. Oops.
  • Bandage Babe: Her costume resembles bandages and unfurl as she shifts form to various gases.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She takes Jeremy Briggs' Clean Slate formula and now has no powers.
  • The Cutie: Out of the all the kids at the Academy, she's the most gentle and caring and woeful out of place.
  • Deadly Gas: She can turn into a cloud of gas and even change the properties to deadly effect.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Fear Itself, after she kills a enemy out of anger, she goes through this and decides to leave Avengers Academy.
  • Hot for Teacher: She had a crush on one of the teachers, Justice, until she found him kissing Ultra Girl in his room.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Not only does she want to be cured, she wants to leave the superhero life all together.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Of the Intangible variety.
  • Power Degeneration: Thanks to Norman Osborn, her physical make up is changing and she'll eventually fade away. She was cured of the degeneration after the Korvac arc, but still risked of becoming completely intangible.
  • Put on a Bus: She left the team after Fear Itself to work for Jeremy Briggs and only showed up once before coming Back for the Finale in the last arc.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the end of the series, she can now defend herself easily with no powers.

Lightspeed
Able to fly. Looking to be more grounded./Flight. Energy Trail. Veteran Hero.

Julie Power is brought in as a full-time student in issue #21. Formerly of the Power Pack, she has been a superhero since she was a little girl and has years of hero experience over the Avengers Academy kids. She's also bisexual, which people still have a problem with, much to her dismay.

  • Action Girl: She's been one since she was ten years old.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her superhero outfit hasn't changed much over the year, but now that she's older, the outfit is now midriff bearing.
  • Bi the Way: She was rumored/gossiped to be sexually confused when she appeared in Runaways and later the Loners. She finally comes out as bisexual at Avengers Academy.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: When she flies, she leaves a rainbow trail.
  • Genki Girl: In her first appearances in Avengers Academy, she was excitable during a basketball game and yelled "Go Team Girls!", something that did not escape Hazmat.
  • Flight: Her main power, and she can do it at super sonic speeds.
  • Last Minute Hookup: She and Karolina Dean finally go on their date.
  • Out of Focus - Compared to everyone else, she didn't get a lot of focus in the series, outside helping Striker figure out his sexuality. But during Final Exam, she takes the lead and kicks a lot of ass to make up for it.

White Tiger
Powered by mystical amulet, fueled by family pride./Amulet grants speed, agility... and occasional possession by a tiger god.

Ava Ayala is brought as another full-time student in issue #21. She takes crime-fighting seriously and very dedicated to the work. She is the third person in her family to bear the White Tiger name, and she wears the White Tiger amulet with pride.

X-23/Laura Kinney
Female clone of Wolverine searching for her soul.

X-23 joins the group as a full-time student in #23. She hopes to redeem herself for her past actions as an assassin and gain friends and social skills.

For tropes pertaining to her, see her main page: X-23.

Juston Seyfert & his Sentinel
Pilots his best friend, a sentinel robot. Human relations need work.

A boy who has bonded with an old model Sentinel he half-repaired. The relationship between the two is much like The Iron Giant.

Instructors

Ant-Man

Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym is headmaster and lead instructor at Avengers Academy. Just like the students who attend the academy, Ant-Man is rebuilding his life — he was replaced by a Skrull for a period of time and the love of his life was killed. He's starting anew with a new love and new lease on life, dedicated to the kids of the Academy and he's determined not to fail them.

Tigra

Greer Nelson has been an Avenger through most of her superhero career, and is chosen to be an instructor to impart her wisdom to the students. She deeply cares about the kids' safety and well-being, and she's also dealing with her own trauma after her brutal beating and having her own infant son to care for.

Quicksilver

Pietro Maximoff is brought in as one of the head instructors of Avengers Academy. As a former villain himself, he has a lot of teach the students that they can indeed redeem themselves and because heroes in their own rights. He's sarcastic and standoffish, but he does care about bringing out the best in the Academy students.

Justice

Vance Astrovik has been a superhero since he was a teenager, fighting with other super-teens on the New Warriors and later joined The Avengers. As a teen, he accidentally killed his father with his mutant telepathy and since then he works to be the best, most ideal hero he can be.

Speedball

Robbie Baldwin has always been a happy-go-lucky guy since he was a superhero teen. But it was he and the New Warriors' carelessness that ended up getting 612 civilians killed in Stamford, Connecticut. He miraculously survived but as sole survivor, he was blamed for the incident. After an ill-conceived Darker and Edgier turn as "Penance," he's back as Speedball and teaching at the Academy while dealing with his guilt and depression.

Villains

Jeremy Briggs
Able to alter matter on a molecular level. Unable to be trusted.

Another "student" of Osborn, Jeremy Briggs was considered for the seventh spot in the original class lineup, but was passed over because he was building a successful life on his own. He has the ability to alter chemical composition, and is a talented scientist in his own right. He's both ambitious and manipulative.

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