Characters for the Gone Series by Michael Grant. Beware of Loads and Loads of Characters. For the sake of simplicity, characters will be sorted by whatever side they start on, as alliances are perpetually changing.
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The series' main protagonist. Fourteen years old at the start of Gone, Sam is reluctantly pulled into playing the role of the town's hero. After deposing his twin brother, Caine he takes over as the mayor of Perdido Beach at the end of Gone and does his best to protect it from external and internal threats.
Above the Influence: He's not, as he finds out when he gets drunk in Plague and Taylor makes out with him.
Celibate Heroine: Deconstructed. She starts out as a typical example, but throughout the series, we see how impractical it is for her to be like that in the FAYZ, as she struggles with her faith and morals. She completely gives up on trying to emulate this trope in Plague when she pushes Little Pete out a window, and in Fear, she's far less of a role model.
Called Pete, Petey, or Little Pete. Astrid's younger brother, Little Pete suffers from very severe autism, rendering him mostly incapable of communication, which hides what is probably the FAYZ's highest-ranking power.
Reality Warper: Quite probably. Becomes this full stop after his "death".
Shoot the Dog: Is the dog. Is shot. Detaches mind from body just in time. Floats around the FAYZ.
Before the FAYZ, Albert lived a life of relative anonymity, but after the adults disappeared, he kept his head and started figuring out how to make things work. At this point, he pretty much runs the FAYZ's economy.
Asexual: Too caught up in his greed to care about women.
Self-Deprecation: It's implied in the end of Light that he's full of self-loathing for his numerous amoral actions.
Self-Made Man: He started the series as a loner from a large family without much money, and, in Plague, Sam notes that he effectively runs the FAYZ despite never directly taking part in the power struggles.
Only in the FAYZ because her parents caught her sneaking out alcohol and sent her to live with her grandfather, Lana was trapped in a crashed car in the middle of the desert after her grandfather disappeared. In her desperation, she developed the ability to cure her own injuries and eventually met and joined the protagonists.
Love Triangle: Edilio, Quinn, and Sanjit have one revolving around her, although it's a pretty minor subplot. It's only hinted at in Edilio's case, and definitely not going anywhere there, what with him and the Artful Roger.
Sam's best friend and surfing buddy. Suffers from some serious jealousy of the kids with superpowers in Gone, but eventually comes around. He finds solace in being a fisherman and becomes an important resource for the Peridido Beach kids.
Refusal of the Call: When Sam offers him to be mayor at the end of Fear. He just wants to go back to fishing.
The Load: Starts off as this. Then he learns to fish.
Took a Level in Badass: Fear really picks up when he punches Penny in the nose for torturing Cigar. It only escalates from there.
Unfazed Everyman: He's not a moof. He's not a Badass. He's just . . . Sam's friend. Until Fear; lampshaded by Caine himself
"I had fun with taking what seemed like a throwaway character, a poor kid from Honduras with no special abilities or superpowers, and making him one of the most important people in the FAYZ. When Edilio first appeared I guarantee no one guessed where he was going. One of my few planned things was to show that it isn’t always about the kid who can shoot light out of his hands, sometimes it’s about the guy who is just honest, hardworking, modest and determined. A world of Edilio’s would be a good place."
- Michael Grant
Son of illegal immigrants, recently moved to Perdido Beach from Honduras. One of the few people in the FAYZ who's not either an Anti-Hero or straight-up villain, and trains their version of armed forces.
Four-Star Badass: As much as you can be a four-star general in the FAYZ, anyway.
Berserk Button: Hit a girl in front of him? Accuse him of not caring about anyone? Then you're on the wrong side of Edilio; is pressed HARD in Fear by Sam and Dekka of all people; but more Sam than the latter, as she just happened to be there.
Big Good: As of Light. Especially when Caine gives him control of Perdido Beach.
A bully-turned-atoner, Orc was originally recruited by Caine before defecting to Sam's side as it seemed more likely for him to win. Becomes The Alcoholic by the end of Gone. After coyotes devour him, he replaces his missing body parts with rock, leaving only a shrinking patch of skin on his face. Howard acts as his best friend, toady, and manager. Revealed in Plague to be suicidal.
One of Edilio's Child Soldiers, she was working in the power plant when it gets attacked, and she is killed. She later revives as an undead being capable of regenerating from any injury, but is Sharing a Body with Drake. She eventually succumbs to madness and starts worshipping the Gaiaphage, becoming a variation of Those Two Bad Guys with Drake.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She plays a prominent role in the attempts to wipe out the population of Perdido Beach with giant man-eating bugs (PLAGUE). But even though she's persists in helping the ongoing genocide attempts by her master, even Sam the hero and big good is reluctant to try and stop her, actually apologizing for ruining her evil plans.
Brittney has been enslaved, tortured numerous times in horrific ways, disfigured, has her only family killed and spends 3 months in a grave in the duration of the series. She's only in 4 books and isn't even a significant character in two of them. Can you really hate her in spite of the genocide attempts and destruction she caused?
One of Zil's friends until he develops the power to emit microwave radiation, which leads to a bit of friction.
Accidental Murder: He didn't mean to kill Harry, but try telling the Human Crew that.
The series medic, runs the hospital with her boyfriend Elwood until they break up between Lies and Plague
Badass: a mild example. May not be the best with a gun and doesn't have powers but she does manage to hold her own in a fight and can tackle people down, as Quinn says, like a linebacker not to mention organizing a quarantine in Plague as well as handling all those sick kids and she doesn't back down for a second. You've got to admit that's pretty badass.
Heartbroken Badass: Inverted; she's not the LEAST bit upset about breaking up with Elwood.
"The FAYZ doesn't need a hero anymore. It needs a king."
The series' resident Big Bad and Sam's twin brother, Caine was raised by unloving parents and developed high ambitions and a sociopathic nature. He demonstrates little, if any, understanding of right and wrong and doesn't object to hurting anyone but his love interest, Diana.
A King I Am: Delivers one of these speech at the end of Plague.
A Good Way to Die: He went out on a high, finally managing to prove to the Gaiaphage that he can't be controlled, showing up his brother, saving the world and having mended his relationship with Diana. Not to mention him redeeming himself and being remembered as the guy who saved the world rather than the sociopath who cemented dozens of children's hands. He died thinking about her, and remarks that it was a "good feeling". Closest thing to a happy ending a character like him could ever get.
Affably Evil: He's perfectly pleasant until you imply you don't want him to rule the world.
Alas, Poor Villain: In Light all the time, and in Fear when Penny cements his hands and staples an aluminum crown to his forehead.
Anguished Declaration of Love: He delivers not one, not two, but three throughout the series, though it's left ambiguous as to how many (if any) were truthful and how many were forms of manipulation (again, if any).
The first is in Hunger, where- about Diana having her head smashed against a rock - he goes into a blind panic, crying at her side and incoherently sobbing to Sam about how he loves her, and that if he came to kill him, "Now would be a good time."
He nexts delivers one (well, a implied one) in PLAGUE, though arguably just to get into Diana's pants:
"What would I do without you? How would I live without you? Because. Because you are the only human being I need."
And finally he delivers a direct, genuine one to Diana's face in Light.
Even Evil Has Standards: He has no problems killing innocents, siccing coyotes on small children, and imposing dictatorships, but he doesn't rape Diana, although, as he is fond of pointing out, it would be easy for him to do so. However, much of the fandom thought he was a bit too proud of something so basic.
He's also horrified at what Penny does to her victims in Fear.
Evil Overlord: His ambition. Actually succeeds, although it takes him four books.
Flanderization: No secret was made of Caine's egomania and grandiose sense of self-worth, but Plague really cranks it up a few notches. In the first three books, he is a dangerous but nuanced narcissist who is pretty bad, but not all the way evil per-say. He thought way too highly of himself, but at least could recognize that his ego was out of control, and had the ability to contain it, or at least disguise it in public. In Plague he refers to himself as a king, treats his Morality Pet as a possession and seems to believe he was chosen by God. Even his fangirls were a little peeved.
Freudian Excuse: He rationalizes his adoption, despite the fact that he was actually raised in a much more comfortable environment with his adoptive parents than he was his actual mother.
Grand Theft Me: Pete makes him the victim of this. Justified in that it was voluntary, and actually worked out pretty well for him. His last thoughts before his body is taken over- and burnt to ashes- are a memory of lying in bed with Diana as Little Pete wanted him to "go out on a good memory".
Unholy Matrimony: With Diana. Quite hilariously the most popular ship, with a much larger, more vocal and dedicated fan base than Sastrid which is you know, the heroic couple. The main couple.
We Want Our Jerk Back: In Fear, when the barrier turns entirely black and no one can see a thing, Perdido Beach needs someone like Caine that scares the kids and can control them. Unfortunately, he was still heavily traumatized after Penny cemented his hands.
Lana: "You gotta give the guy credit; he has a genius for doing the wrong thing. We actually need him to be the bad guy, and now he's Mr. Meek and Mild."
"You'll never have complete control, Caine. This world is changing all the time. Animals. People. Who knows what's next? We didn't' make this world, we're just the poor fools who are living in it."
Caine's chief assistant and love interest, Diana is beautiful, snarky, and manipulative. Out of all the consistently villainous characters in the series, she voices the most hesitations about overly evil tendencies and remains openly on her own side, rather than Caine's or Sam's.
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Described as having darker features, and even before the Gone series takes place, she has an air of confidence and is a lot more reserved than anyone at Coates Academy.
In Gone, he warns Caine to let the freaks go, or there will be trouble. He doesn't. And there is most definitely trouble. Later, he tries to persuade him to make a truce with Sam, claiming that they need a alliance so they have some food. She also says that if Caine fights Sam, he will definitely lose. Of course, he ignores her warnings, and he loses against Sam, and also has a lot of trouble finding food in Hunger.
She also warns Caine of the perils of feeding the Gaiaphage in Hunger. Again, ignoring her pleas have consequences for everyone involved.
She strongly advises Caine against leaving the island in Plague, which Caine comes to deeply regret rebuffing in the subsequent books.
In Fear, she stresses to Sam her fears that Gaia is not a normal baby. Guess who ignores her and unwittingly dooms her to a torture birth in which the Gaiaphage is reincarnated?
Finally in Light, she tries to warn everyone of Gaia coming to destroy Lake Tramonto. And of course they listen to her and evacuate. Oh wait. Astrid just tells her to shut up. Big consequences indeed.
Card-Carrying Villain: Constantly refers to herself as a "bad girl," although it's unclear if this is a reference to her status as a villain, which she seems to resist, or the reputation she mentions having in Plague.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Gets a happy ending, be it bittersweet. Though she does lose Caine, and it is heavily implied to have shaken her up badly, she does end up making life-long friends with Sam, Astrid, and Dekka and its made clear she is now safe, healthy, and above all happy.
High Heel-Face Turn: Zig-Zagged. Throughout the series, she's probably the least outwardly loyal Coates kid, often to the point of sabotaging their plans, but is all the only one that actually cares about Caine. She stays even after half the team Heel Face Turns but is openly critical of how things are being done. Finally, in Plague, she leaves for good, but that's because she's pregnant, not out of a change of heart. But she remains on her own side the whole time, so there's no technical change. Lampshaded repeatedly and viciously in Fear.
Honey Trap: This is how she manipulates people, most notably Jack in Hunger. It's also debatable that she's doing this to Caine the entire time, although it's pretty much thrown out the window in Light.
Pragmatic Villainy: Objects to mindless violence, such as letting the coyotes eat the children at the end of Gone or crashing island kids' helicopter in Lies, partly on the basis that they're not serving any purpose.
Pregnant Hostage: In Fear. Not that anyone tries to bail her out, mind you. Or, the ones who do end up making the situation infinitely worse, and they're mostly looking to kill Drake rather than save Diana. Which is presented as a unfortunate byproduct.
Stepford Snarker: Speculated among the fandom to be this. She even admits it herself in Light, admitting that it was easier for her to be snarky and cruel tongued than it was for her to just break down and cry.
No One Could Survive That: We never get conformation that he died in Hunger, but everyone feels it's pretty safe to assume since they put a bar of pure Uranium through his heart. But then Lies rolled around...
Oh Crap: Has three big ones in Light: When Brianna dices him to pieces and scatters them across the FAYZ, leaving only his head intact and fused with a lizard; when he realizes Gaia knows he's daydreaming of assaulting her; and when he finally starts to fall apart after Gaia's death.
Villain Ball: Realizing that calling Diana a bitch in front of Caine is a bad idea? Great job. Then you decide to Whip her, throw her into the air and drop her onto a rock because she yelled at you? Really?
Villain Ball: Starts off the series as a genuinely scary threat and a force to be reckoned with, ends it by being defeated by having his nose bitten off by Astrid after she puts his head in a water cooler. He's more of a joke than a scare in his own right nowadays.
A technical genius, Computer Jack was sent to Coates Academy after hacking into a police database to cancel a friend's father's speeding ticket. He's used to being used for his intelligence, although he shows signs of resenting it.
"When you get to hell, tell the Gaiaphage the Breeze says 'Hi!'"
Imprisoned with Dekka and the other Coates mutants through most of Gone, Brianna was among the first to enlist in Sam's side. She possesses the ability to run extremely fast and is generally aggressive and energetic.
Ambiguously Bi: Outright states in Fear that she doesn't know what her sexual orientation is, and while she seems a little "grossed out" by Dekka's love for her, she did say that maybe in a few years they could date but now she isn't ready for any sort of commitment. While she's shown no outward interest in dating girls, she also doesn't seem to be too bothered by her boyfriend Jack, with their few moments of intimacy said to be awkward and spawned out of boredom, leaving Brianna's sexuality a mystery for the ages.
Michael Grant has outright said that Brianna and Dekka are "one of the true pairs" despite them never actually being together.
Oblivious to Love: Dekka's feelings were pretty obvious, especially since, as her best friend, Brianna was probably aware of Dekka's lesbianism, which seems to be fairly common knowledge in Perdido Beach Tossed out of the window as of Fear.
Oh Crap: has one in Plague when Drake reassembles himself and a whole slew of them in Fear 1) she can't run in the dark or she'll break her legs, 2) when she realizes she can't save Diana's baby and 3) when Penny joins Drake.
In Light she has one moments before her death.
Staring Down Cthulhu: Does this to Drake in Plague. Subverted by the fact that Drake doesn't back down. He just breaks her ankles.
Does this to Gaia in Light. However, this time leads directly to her death.
Freudian Excuse: She felt left out and ignored her entire life, although in an interesting zigzag, it would probably be worse for her if she wasn't ignored - her dad was taking naked pictures of her sisters.
Yandere: Gives off this vibe, but, while she's willing to commit atrocities for Caine, she's never actually tried to kill Diana, possibly because she's aware it would be pushing a major Berserk Button.
Given name Tyler, Bug has the power of invisibility and acts as Caine's spy. Looked on as something of a creep.
Chivalrous Pervert: He's definitely had some sexual fantasies about Lana - at one point, he doesn't even bother trying to hide that he was staring at her in her underwear - but other than that, he's very sweet to her, offering to help her out and support her.
Break the Cutie: Pre-FAYZ she was the lonely, homeschooled only child whose father never paid any attention to her, and was left confused about the disturbing dreams she saw. In HUNGER she is threatened with being killed and eaten, is enslaved by Caine, starved and the gaiaphage causes her to nearly bite off her tongue. In LIES, she is manipulated by Nerezza to giving false prophecies, these prophecies involve her electricuting herself on the barrier and she is strangled to death. Break the cutie, indeed.
Call Back: She recalls a time where she snuck up on a group of kids (whom she'd later discover where Sam, Astrid, Little Pete, Edilio and Quinn) and read their dreams. This was a Call Back to the camp-out scene in the first book.
Killed Off for Real: One of the few recurring POV characters this happens to. Before Light, anyway.
Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Stayed by herself in her dad's abandoned hotel for 5 months before getting the courage to explore the FAYZ, something which Drake found suspicious, but she appears to be a very sweet, if somewhat gullible, girl.
Eldritch Abomination: A sentient, radiation-eating, reality-warping virus melded with human DNA specifically that of Sam's and Caine's father.
Enfant Terrible: In its new form as Diana's daughter Gaia in Fear, and during most of Light (close to the end, having grown into a teenager, she no longer qualifies).
Fille Fatale: As Gaia she briefly tries to seduce Sam over to the dark side in Light, and when that fails she simply Curb Stomp Battles him. She also notes that Drake is having an increasingly hard time following her orders as she ages and is fantasizing about mutilating and possibly raping her.
Glass Cannon: In spite of all her powers, her body is just as fragile as that of any other human.
Only a Flesh Wound: To a ridiculous degree Gaia. Among other things, she takes a shotgun blast to the chest at near point-blank range and a machete to the carotid artery, inflicted within less than a minute of each other, and in the final battle takes a hit from a missile (although Orc was in the way of the blast).
Rapid Aging: After it takes over the body of Diana's newborn daughter in Fear, the resulting entity, Gaia, reaches a form of a 2-year-old child in around 4-5 hours. And then over the following few days, she continues aging until she looks around 15 years old by the time she dies in Light.