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Original Excalibur members
Captain Britain/Brian Braddock
- See the Captain Britain page.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sweet as they come, but mess with her friends and you'll live to regret it. As the rulers of Hell have found out.
- Character Development: She started out as a frightened young girl and gradually learned to take control of her powers and her life, took a level in badass and gradually became a strong, confident woman. And then they killed her off. And then she became a rebel leader in Hell, took another level in badass, and is now Back from the Dead.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Very possessive of Brian, and most definitely does not like either Saturnine or Sat-Yr-9.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Often barefooted.
- Empathic Shapeshifter: The Trope Namer. She was explicitly described as a Empathic Shapeshifter and, indeed, she would look like what other people thought she should. This caused her quite a lot of angst as a kid, though she fortunately had other powers to back it up (and by other powers we mean that she won the Superpower Lottery, big time) and had the ability to adapt to any environment bundled in. However, she managed to move past it as of the Captain Britain and MI-13 series.
- Friend to All Children
- Friend to All Living Things: Has an empathic link with nature, including plants, wildlife, weather patterns, and so on; sensitive to the pain and damage of those around her, and has extensive healing abilities among her wide arsenal of talents. When possible she will also offer compassion to technical antagonists who are not genuinely bad people, and for example managed to talk Darkoth into seeing reason.
- Gender Bender: The potential squick downside to the otherwise virtually perfect idealised girlfriend scenario, although she usually tends to dislike and avoid it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The Scarlet Witch's actions in House of M caused a hole in reality. Allowing the others to seal the gap, Meggan ventured into the void beyond and sacrificed herself to briefly slow the progress of the impacting chaotic energies to give Psylocke, Rachel, and Captain Britain time to sew the reality tear. When reality was restored, only a few remembered what had gone on during the House of M. Captain Britain and the others were among the many who didn't, having only vague memories of the ordeal and believing it to be a dream. As a result, Brian doesn't know about Meggan's sacrifice and has no idea where she is, leaving him in distress
- Not Quite Dead: Meggan is eventually revealed to still be alive, but lost between dimensions and after trapped in the Hell until she finally finds a crack through which moonlight pours through. Quickly she passes through the crack and retun on the Earth.
- Her Story Repeats Itself: For most of her childhood she was locked up in a caravan and then was kidnapped by an evil Government Conspiracy and put in a concentration camp. Later on she stumbled upon a van full of mutant kids who had been kidnapped by a morally-ambiguous Government Conspiracy and, seeing the obvious parallels, she tried to free them. This led to her gaining control of her powers and all her subsequent Character Development.
- Magical Girlfriend
- Mama Bear: Meggan is a very nurturing sort, and only tends to "upstage" her husband if someone is in the process of hurting and overpowering him... whereupon she angrily takes them down in one punch, as a bullying otherdimensional copy of Hercules found out the hard way.
- Martial Pacifist
- Messianic Archetype: Among other things she has resurrected a virtually dead planet, including bringing fallen warriors back to life, and created a small refuge paradise in one of Marvel's multitudes of eternal torture owens.
- Nice Girl
- No Social Skills: Her parents kept her hidden for her own safety. She had no contact with other human beings and they couldn't be there for her for much of the time, so she spent most of her childhood sitting in a caravan, watching TV. This makes her (in Captain Britain's words): "Unusual... And very excitable."
- Only One Name: Until very recently
- Pointy Ears: May or may not be her shapeshifting power.
- Power Perversion Potential: Meggan is far too pure to ever use her power in an outright disgusting or degenerate fashion, although she isn't above experimenting with and modifying her appearance into one that Brian will find attractive, or to use it for undercover disguises together with Brian if the police needs help. However, she has stated that she finds outright impersonations morally offensive, but will go along if others ask her to in a situation that sufficiently demands it.
- Rapunzel Hair: Has pretty long blonde hair.
- She Is All Grown Up (Justified): She started off as a weird bat-like creature. As a result of gaining control of her shapeshifting powers she transformed into a beautiful woman.
- Superpower Lottery: She literally has almost any type of power that she knows a reference for, but is a kind and gentle person, who prefers to handle things in as restrained manner as possible.
- Adaptive Ability: Not just to the physical environment, either, but to the social one. She'll change shape to fit in with anyone whose presence she's in (including becoming a female Nightcrawler, complete with his powers).
- The Empath: Actually causes a bit of a problem combined with the above; she can sense how people feel about her and that influences her shapeshifting- when she feels insecure, she becomes hideous.
- Elemental Powers: all of the traditional four, presumably due to her empathy with nature. And, of course...
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Meggan is arguably the most powerful known metamorph in the Marvel Universe this side of The Magus. She can literally turn into pretty much anything. Sand, water, Godzilla... you name it. It also gives her more or less every superpower in existence up to and beyond Silver Surfer levels (but less than actual Cosmic Entities), either through automatic reactive evolution to hostile environments, or through copying any character she knows about, and she doesn't need to fully duplicate their form (nor shift gender) to do it. However, she is limited by how much magical power she has available in the environment.
- See the Nightcrawler page.
- See the Kitty Pryde page.
- See the Rachel Summers page.
Other main characters
- Alternate Self: Astonishingly, she was originally the Days of Future Past version of Kitty Pryde, who sometime after what seemed to be a failed attempt to derail their Bad Future (it only failed because of Marvel's rules of time travel - when she went back and changed history, she just split off an Alternate Universe). A second attempt left her without a body and with a scrambled, childlike mind, inhabiting a strange floating robot.
- Alternate Timeline: From one of the most famous ones in fiction, and as Widget, was able to travel between them.
- Catch-Phrase: One learned from a startled mutant child: "Oh golly, oh gosh, oh wow!"
- Dramatic Irony: Kitty studied Widget at length, not having any idea that Widget was animated by the personality of her alternate future self.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Could create portals to pretty much anywhere and everywhere, including across universes, which led to the Cross-Time Caper. After that, Roma locked her to Earth 616.
Black Knight/Dane Whitman
- Artifact of Doom: Dane's swords have a nasty habit of being this.
- Canon Discontinuity: In the 1990s Heroes For Hire series, Dane received the Sword of Light and the Shield of Night... and they've promptly been ignored in every series since.
- Civvie Spandex: Dane currently wears a helmet and leather jacket over ordinary clothes.
- Continuity Snarl: Just how many Ebony Swords are out there, anyway?
- Cool Horse: Two genetically engineered flying horses, and one robot horse. Currently using one of the flying horses.
- Cool Swords: The Ebony Sword and the Sword of Light.
- Dork Knight: Particularly when first meeting Faiza's parents.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Dane once spent some time in the Crusades, which is where he learned to speak a number of foreign languages.
- Legacy Character: The title of the Black Knight has run in Dane's family since the Crusades.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Physics, mechanical engineering, genetic engineering...
- Ship Tease: With Faiza Hussain.
- Unstoppable Rage: The effect Dane's cursed swords usually have on him.
- Ascended Fan Girl: She's a superhero fangirl.
- Audience Surrogate
- The Chick
- Cool Sword: She wields the legendary sword Excalibur.
- Death by Origin Story
- Healing Hands (also a subversion: she has control over living organisms; so she could use her powers to kill if she wanted.)
- Jumped at the Call: All she had to do was convince her parents...
- The Medic: She's a doctor and she has super powers that can be used to heal.
- Most Common Superpower: Averted.
- Not Wearing Tights: Faiza sticks to civilian clothes.
- Until she started wearing knightly armour, of course
- Ship Tease: With Dane Whitman.
- Technical Pacifist: She won't use her powers or her sword to kill. Demons don't count.
- They're called Mindless Ones for a reason.
- Twofer Token Minority: Although her creator, Paul Cornell, insists that he doesn't like the way Superheroes are forced to be "standard bearers for whole communities" and he wants to make more of her than just another Captain Ethnic.
- Woman in White
- Alternate Company Equivalent: There's an old fan theory that he was an attempt to make Marvel's equivalent to John Constantine.
- In terms of position, he's closer to Maxwell Lord prior to his Face–Heel Turn.
- Author Avatar: Of Warren Ellis while he was writing him. Probably why no one else could quite write him the same afterward.
- The Atoner: For his Black Air days.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Before and after he ditches the trench-coat.
- Badass Longcoat: He eventually ditches it, to become a Badass in a Nice Suit.
- Character Development: Pete Wisdom has abandoned the trenchcoats and the cigarettes, given up the drinking and womanising (well... mostly) and the cynical attitude. He comes across as having been shaken by his experiences; he's gotten more professional, wiser and sadder than he was before. There were signs of this in the Pryde/Wisdom limited series and this has continued into Captain Britain and MI:13.
- The Chessmaster: He plans very, very well, as shown in Vampire State.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Deadpan Snarker: Frequently.
- Eyepatch of Power: When he got one in X-Force, though it turned out that he didn't need it. He was only wearing it to invoke this trope. And for its effect on the ladies.
- Faking the Dead: His friends saw him get shot in the head. They mourned him and held a funeral for him. He turned up, months later, Not Quite Dead. Apparently it was all some kind of trick.
- Famed In-Story: Gambit notes that while he doesn't know Wisdom personally, he's heard a lot of stories. And they usually involve someone dying and Wisdom walking away. During Vampire State, Norman Osborn states that he considers Wisdom 'a fellow player'. Wisdom is not in the slightest bit pleased.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Warren Ellis established that his flame-blast powers are known as "hot knives". This is British drug slang for a way of smoking cannabis that involves impaling a lump of cannabis resin on the end of a knife, holding it over a flame, and inhaling the smoke.
- Handsome Lech: Frank Tieri flanderized him into a Kavorka Man.
- Heartbroken Badass/Hitman with a Heart: He used to be part of an amoral government-funded Black Ops organization, until he decided that they had crossed the Moral Event Horizon, and that he had to quit. His employers weren't exactly pleased with this.
- Knight in Sour Armour: He's grumpy, foul-mouthed and somewhat amoral, but he is ultimately dedicated to the defence of the realm.
- The Lancer
- Manipulative Bastard: He plays Dracula like a harp in Vampire State.
- May–December Romance: With Kitty Pryde. She was approximately 18 at the time, but he's (apparently) older than Colossus, so the large age gap is still there.
- Not So Different: He's more similar to Gambit than he would like, which is part of what allows Gambit to get under his skin so much, and him to accurately note that Gambit's dancing on both sides of the moral line and he's going to have to pick one.
- Norman Osborn thought he was this to him in Vampire State, something which Wisdom was mightily displeased by.
- Not Wearing Tights: Everyone else can wear what they like, but Pete Wisdom sticks with his suit.
- Nineties Antihero: This faded away over time, during his time with Excalibur.
- Playing with Fire: His mutant power to to create knifelike spouts of flame from his fingertips.
- Really Gets Around: A downplayed example, but save for when he's dating Kitty, he's rarely seen with the same woman twice.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He tolerates Gambit and grudgingly believes him when he says he was being compelled to help steal MI13's arsenal (the evidence of the explosive cuff with a listening device attached to his leg helped).
- Secret Public Identity
- Shoot the Dog: He's usually the one to do this.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Exceptionally foul-mouthed, which contrasts him with the relatively clean-cut X-Men.
- Smoking Is Cool: He eventually ditched the cigarettes.
- The Spymaster: Runs MI13, Britain's superhuman branch of the secret service.
- Stock Superpowers: He can shoot blades of red hot energy from his fingertips.
- Trenchcoat Brigade: In the original Excalibur series.
- Trickster Mentor: To X-Force.
- Action Girl: Even before becoming superheroine, she was serving in England's Women's Royal Volunteer Service, a civil defense group, during World War II.
- Action Mom: She has a son.
- Arch-Enemy: Baroness Blood. It's Personal.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted... although she quickly recovers.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Fire-Forged Friends: In their first meet, Blade tried to kill her. They were eventually forced to work together and seemed to have formed an unlikely friendship
- Fountain of Youth: She got rejuvenated thanks to a transfusion of blood from Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch.
- Going Commando: When suffering quite enough Clothing Damage, it's shown that she wears nothing underneath her costume.
- Healing Factor
- Official Couple: With Blade.
- Offing the Offspring: By proxy of Blade, Spitfire ordered him to stake her vampire son, Kenneth, after Kenneth led her into a trap to be enslaved by Dracula which made clear that Kenneth has been corrupted by his vampire nature.
- Our Vampires Are Different: She has been shown to possess some vampire abilities including fangs that appear when she is angry. However, she can control her blood lust and has no need to drink it. She has vampiric superhuman strength, allowing her to lift in excess of 1 ton, and can heal even severe wounds in seconds. Whether or not she has any more vampiric abilities has yet to be revealed.
- Parental Betrayal: Inverted. Her son Kenneth led her into a trap to be mind-raped by Dracula.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's eighty or ninety years old, but looks like the same young woman she was sixty years ago.
- Required Secondary Powers: She has enhanced endurance and toughness and all the usual secondary powers required for super speed.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: Upon completing their first mission together, Blade attempts to apologize to Spitfire for trying to kill her, but before he could finish she kisses him.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Just as expected from an English noble woman. (Lying in a pool of her own blood, having broken nearly every bone in her body) "Can't move. Probably bought it. How terribly dull."
- Supernaturally Young Parent: After she becomes vampire, she probably looks younger than her own son (who also becomes vampire eventually).
- Widow Woman: She was married and her husband has passed away.
- See the Blade page.
- Arch-Enemy: Necrom
- Cat Boy
- The Chosen One
- Cool Swords: They're hard and sharp enough to cut rock and harm otherwise invulnerable beings. And they're enchanted so they cannot hurt the pure of heart.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: An unusual example, given that it happened before the character was introduced to the team. Kylun was only supposed to be about four years old, but had spent enough time in an Alternate Universe that he had aged up to adulthood.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He has the mutant power of perfectly reproducing any given sound. Yeah. Of course, it turns out to be extremely useful on more than one occasion.
John the Skrull
John the Skrull was an alien invader who was sent to Earth when Beatlemania was at its height, intending to use their enormous popularity to Take Over the World. Things got a bit out of hand, and the Skrull Beatles found that their lives were turning into an Affectionate Parody of the lives of The Beatles, complete with their version of Yoko Oh No (Captain Boko of the Kree Liberation Army) and eventually disbanded. Naturally, John the Skrull soon found himself warming to humanity and decided that he rather liked this Insignificant Little Blue Planet. He joined MI: 13 to try and protect the Earth (specifically the UK) from paranormal threats. He was killed during the Skrull invasion of Earth.
- See X-Men: '70s Members.
- See the Dazzler page.
- See X-Men: Villains.
Nocturne/Josephine T.J. Wagner
- See the Exiles characters page.
- See the Psylocke page.
- See X-Men: 2000s Members.
- See the New Mutants characters page.
- Badass Grandpa
- Catch-Phrase: "You can't stop Captain Midlands!"
- Expy: He's a spoof version of Captain America, with the same origin story and a shield (and a helmet reminiscent of Ultimate Cap), but as an irritable old git instead.
- Shotgun Wedding: He implies that he was forced to marry a girl after he "got her knocked up".
- Funetik Aksent
- Weapon of Choice: A shield, of course.
- Badass Normal: Especially for a banker. Being Captain Britain's ex was good for her.
- Canon Immigrant: From the Marvel UK line.
- Deadpan Snarker: How she coped with life-or-death situations.
- Dropped A Bridge On Her
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Not her death itself, but the final two-parter leading up to it has her taking on Murderworld, and handling herself extraordinarily well even before Excalibur shows up.
- Kill and Replace: By her evil alternate universe counterpart, Sat-Yr-9. It does not pay to be the exact physical duplicate of a ruthless otherdimensional dictator.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: If you hadn't read Captain Britain's Marvel UK adventures, you would have met her in Issue 1 and said goodbye in Issue 5.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot (Subverted): The Fury does exactly what it was programmed to do: Kill all Superhumans. With the exception of the Mad Jim Jaspers of its home reality, that is.
- Crush. Kill. Destroy!: This is exactly what it was meant to do. And this is exactly what it does. It's all it does.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Fury's first battle with Captain Britain. It kills him. For real.
- Knight of Cerebus: The series' sense of danger spiked dramatically when the Fury showed up.
- The Determinator: Not even the destruction of its home universe could stop it from continuing its mission to kill all superhumans.
- Hero Killer: Its entire reason for existing. It even successfully kills Brian and Jackdaw, and Merlyn had to intervene and resurrect Brian himself.
- The Juggernaut: It cannot be stopped by any normal means. The original Fury could only be destroyed after it damaged itself travelling to the void of its original home dimension to dispose of the 616 version of Jim Jaspers, and then back again. Even then, it took both Captain Britain and Captain UK to destroy it for good, otherwise it would just have regenerated in time.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: During the fight against the reality-warping 616 Jim Jaspers, the Fury's inner "monologue" shows that it would have been destroyed by this point had it still been the same as it was when it first arrived in this dimension, but by this point it had adapted from its dimensional trip, the fights it had experienced so far, and absorbing the computer under Captain Britain's mansion. It actually survives being inside the Sun briefly!
- Turned Against Their Masters: The narration reveals that the Fury desired to destroy its creator, the original Jaspers, because of his status as a mutant, but its programming forced it to obey him. Upon encountering the 616 Jaspers, it realizes it's not the same man as its creator, and thus it's perfectly within its programming to kill him.
- Villain Decay: In its first appearance it killed all the superheroes of an entire world, (including Miracleman!) so naturally everything after was a step down. Still, it (or other Furies) have only returned twice or so, but they have never been less than a total Oh, Crap! moment.
- Viva La Evolution: It adapts. By the time it's finally destroyed, it's even stronger than it was when it destroyed Earth-238.
Mad Jim Jaspers
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: He rose to power on an anti-superhero ticket, leading to him being elected Prime Minister in a landslide and instituting extermination camps and death squads. However, in reality, he didn't actually care about superhumans specifically, he just didn't want there to be anyone around to oppose him.
- Back from the Dead: Twice, possibly. A (not the) Jim Jaspers was the prosecution at Magneto's trial, and it was implied he was a "new" un-powered Jaspers created by the universe to avoid a paradox. (It is commonly believed Chris Claremont was establishing him here in order to eventually be the villain of the "Fall Of The Mutants" arc, but this never quite came to pass, and the Adversary showed up instead.) Later, Claremont successfully brought the original Jaspers back as part of the "Die By The Sword" arc.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He's not known as Mad Jim Jaspers for nothing. Once he began using his powers on a larger scale, they quickly drove him insane.
- Comicbook Fantasy Casting: Visually based on Terry-Thomas.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's killed by the Fury - the alternate Jaspers programmed it to not attack him but the Fury decided that didn't include any alternate selves.
- The Mad Hatter: He doesn't care much for his lost sanity.
- Mutant: This is the truth behind Jaspers' powers - he's an abnormally, ludicrously powerful mutant, far more powerful than even fellow reality warpers like Proteus.
- Reality Warper: An incredibly powerful one. So powerful, in fact, that one alternate universe Jaspers had messed with reality so much it broke, and his universe had to be destroyed to stop it corrupting adjacent universes. He's arguably the most powerful one in any fictional universe, and second to only the One Above All (possibly the Judaeo-Christian God... or Jack Kirby. No one's quite sure) in Marvel continuity. Even the alternate universe Jaspers' powers paled compared to the Earth-616 Jaspers' powers. Jaspers' reality-warping powers threatened the Omniverse, which, according The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 2004, is "the collection of every single universe, multiverse, dimension (alternate or pocket) and realm. This includes not only Marvel Comics, but also DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, Archie, TMNT, Harvey, and every universe ever mentioned or seen (and an infinite amount never mentioned or seen) including our own world."
- The Unfought: Captain Britain never actually fought the original Jim Jaspers. He was destroyed alongside the rest of his fragmenting reality.
- Villain Decay: The alternate Jim Jaspers that have showed up in more recent years have had nothing on the original 616-Jaspers, who successfully threatened the Omniverse.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Lampshaded- it's a side-effect of his powers.