This is a character sheet for the original characters in the Firefly fanfic Forward, minor canonical characters that get a bigger role in the story, and character tropes specific to the canon characters as they develop in the fanfic. For more information on the primary canonical characters, see the Firefly character sheet.
Your Days Are Numbered: The neural lace growing in her brain will eventually construct a miniaturized Cortex receiver that will pick up signals that can either take control of her mind or simply kill her outright.
Stealth Expert: Took down three Talon mercenaries and got the drop on the one holding Mal hostage without making a sound.
Sword and Gun: When he tears up an entire Reaver assault force on his own.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Eventually drops it, realizing that no, he can't hold back against some enemies.
Mr. Armand and Mr. Domali, Mr. Quinn and Mr. Eisen, Mr. Coral and Mr. Wallace
Three of the mysterious Hands of Blue teams. Armand and Domali were dispatched to recapture River when Niska attempted to collect the bounty on her. Quinn and Eisen appear later in "Hunt," where they are hunting River and Inducer One-One-Nine. Coral and Wallace appear in "Wrath."
Anti-Magic: as Blanks, they are immune to psychic effects. River can't predict what they're going to do or read their minds, while Inducers can't influence them.
An agent of the Academy, and a Blank - a person who is immune to psychic effects. Was assigned to River as an "emotional anchor" during her time at the Academy to prevent her from committing suicide, and has been dispatched to find and bring her back.
Stalker with a Crush: All indications are that he really does care about River, and may even love her.
Inducer One-One-Nine, aka Kathryn Wade
An Inducer-type psychic, who can effect human minds to generate emotional responses. Believed to be both one of the most powerful Inducers the Academy has produced, and also one of the most stable. Has been hiding out on the moon Victoria, and encountered by Serenity's crew in the "Charity" story arc. Is actually a nine-year-old girl who mind-controlled one of the Academy's doctors and made him extract her from the facility, and the subsequently killed him.
The current head of the Academy, formerly head of the Academy's "Asylum" program, and gained his job by strangling the former Director and incinerating his corpse.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Extremely dark version; Havelock only lets him keep his position because he's much more competent at it than his predecessor. She even notes that the Asylum was the most "twisted" part of an already twisted program in general.
One of the "Merlin" soldiers created by the Academy. River encounters him on Persephone during "Wrath"....and loses. Has a personal grudge against River, going by his memories, though whether this is honest or a product of the Academy's mind-breaking experiments is unclear.
Brown Note: He uses his own memories as weapons to stun and incapacitate River.
Cyborg: Going by River's analysis, he has cybernetic augmentations to both his body and his brain, on top of his armor.
The Power of Hate: Seems to be his dominant emorion, and he directs it at River so intensely that it leaves her a shaking, helpless wreck.
Terse Talker: Speaks in short sentences, both when communicating with the Hands and when taunting River.
Theme Naming: Like the other Merlins, he is named for one of the Knights of the Round Table.
Corporal Ashley Frye
Kaylee's sister and a soldier with the Alliance military. Appeared during the events of the second story arc, "Condor." Somewhat estranged from her sister, implied to be because of her service with the Alliance. Appears later, and currently teamed up with John Garis in order to find her "missing" sister.
The Unfavorite: None of the other Fryes will talk to her, presumably because she supported unification.
Colonel Lee Obrin
Mal and Zoe's commander during the Unification War, who is leading a resistance cell of Browncoats on Persephone. Wants to use River as a weapon against the Alliance, and is willing to use Mal and Zoe as leverage.
Six men came to kill Jayne one time. Turns out they were a famous team of mercenaries who were hired to go after him (and the robbery crew he was on) after he killed the wrong man's relations. The Six are generally referred to by their nationalities instead of their names. One of them appears to have survived their tussle with Jayne, and comes for payback years later.
A Father to His Men: Konstantin really does care about the rest of the Six, which results in him getting epically pissed when Jayne starts killing them. This attitude seems to have faded by the present, where getting revenge on Jayne has consumed him completely and he no longer cares about his men.
Berserk Button: Jayne is the Cossack's, and doubly so when Jayne deliberately taunts him about his missing arm and leg.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Mongol is mostly kept around by Konstantin because he's an expert with electronics, despite the fact that he's apparently a complete psycho.
Determinator: The Frenchman in the flashbacks, and the Cossack in the present. The former survives a incredible beating (only going down when Jayne blows up his head with a shot from Vera) and even manages to chase Jayne with a bullet in both kneecaps. The latter keeps chasing Jayne with a mindless, hate-fill determination that ignores any other injuries, and only stops after getting blown up, one arm shot off, shot six times at point-blank by Wash, and stabbed in the armpit by Jayne.
Dwindling Party: Jayne keeps killing the Six one by one in the flashback, usually through high explosives and cleverness. The chapter titles lampshade this, keeping track of how many of the Six are still present. The Brit was killed by being set on fire and shot repeatedly, and the Syrian was killed by mining explosives.
Even Evil Has Standards: Konstantin does not condone torture, and he's not a fan of collateral damage. The American also seems to hate being contracted to kill teenagers, to the point where he is deliberately missing Jayne and trying to keep the rest of the Six from killing him.
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: All of the Six are known by their nationalities/ethnicities, and only three of them have known names. None of the Six know the Mongol's name.
Friendly Sniper: The American is a pretty friendly guy (except to the Mongol) who seems to be affected by all the killing he's had to do. He's also all but outright said to be Jayne's uncle.
Made of Iron: The Frenchman. Survives an exploding building, a collapsing dam, and then six gunshot wounds, two from a pistol and four from Vera. Jayne finally kills him by blowing off his head with a fifth shot from Vera.
Posthumous Character: Everyone except Konstantin is apparently dead by the time he shows up get revenge. Three of them were killed against Jayne the first time, the American was killed by Konstantin, and the Mongol was killed in the Third Interlude.
Tranquil Fury: When the Brit is killed by Jayne, the Frenchman's response is a very directed, but very cold fury as he relentlessly pursues Jayne.
Villainous Breakdown: Konstantin steadily loses it over the course of the storyline, both in the flashback and in the present. He's more controlled in the flashback, where he only gets angrier as his men get killed, but in the present, he becomes so singularly obsessed with killing Jayne that he shoots one of his own men when he suggests they stop and get reinforcements.
Doctor Abu Mustafa Muhammad Ibn Haroun al-Rashid
A doctor who runs a free hospital on the planet Oberon. River, badly wounded while fighting a gang of pirates, ends up in his hospital. He also runs a martial arts school, teaching prospective students and offering patients courses to help with their mental therapy. As she recovers, he offers to help River recover both physically and mentally. There are storng hints that there is more than meets the eye with him, and he is both hostile to the Alliance and familiar with psychic abilities like River's.
Badass Beard: River jokes that about a third of his bodyweight is taken up by his beard. It's such a prominient feature that River alternately calls him "Doctor Beard."
Badass Boast: "If others come, they will need a cruiser to breach these walls." This is said in response to River becoming worried that the Alliance will come after her if they find her in the hospital.
Badass Grandpa: River dubs him "Old Man Kickass" for a reason. And its an apt name, considering that despite his advanced age, he can defeat River consistently. He is also completely unafraid of the Alliance.
Combat Medic: See above. Any doctor able to repeatedly and consistently defeat River in hand-to-hand definitely counts.
Crazy-Prepared: River notes that when they are preparing to meet Nemo, he is armed with two pistols, five blades of various sizes (one of them apparently a scimitar) and a shotgun, and these are just the ones he's checking at that moment.
Dark and Troubled Past: River knows he has some kind of ugly secret in his past that fuels his hatred for the Alliance, but doesn't wish to dig it up. He is also familiar with men like Nemo/the Operative, and he is also aware that River is psychic. Turns out that he was part of a Browncoat initiative to do the same thing the Academy was trying: create psychic supersoldiers. But the operation never progressed very far.
Expy: Of Al-Mualim. Word Of God is that he sounds like by Peter Reneday, he is a dangerous and skilled old man who runs a school for martial arts, and he has secret knowledge about a character with superhuman powers.
Frontier Doctor: Though he runs a modern, advanced hospital and martial arts school.
Old Master: Fits the archetype closely, and fittingly, he is able to defeat River in hand to hand.
Warrior Therapist: Literally. He actively trains River in his martial style to help her overcome her own self-doubts and her mental conditioning to rely on "the weapon". He actually references Sheng-Ji Yang when explaining his philosophy to River.
"That is part of my style's basis: Discipline and awareness. Observing incoming data, understanding it, comprehending it, and exploiting it. In the end, all of it - the pain, the teachings, and even your 'weapon' - all of it is just input. Data, fed into the wetware and chemistry that is your brain."
He looked back to her, meeting her eyes.
"It is a deceptively simple concept, isn't it? Take control of the input, and you shall become master of the output."