One of the most famous "good guy" mutants, at least in America. Headmistress and founder of the North Cascades Academy, author of books on a variety of subjects ranging from disability rights to the Cambrian explosion, mutant rights activist, and part-time superhero.
Alternate Character Interpretation: why doesn't she just mind-control Victoria Paracelsus into being good? Does she value free will that much? Is it out of a desire not to betray her friend's trust? Or does she believe that the mutant rights movement needs a "bad cop"?
Beware the Nice Ones: she's a nonviolent and basically kind person (although she can be rather manipulative), but she's capable of doing some really nasty things with her telepathy given sufficient motivation.
Silk Hiding Steel: she tries to live up to the ideal of an Actual PacifistProper Lady (with, in practice, a little more snark than is strictly genteel) - but if she needs to, she can make hardened assassins think they're kittens.
One of Galatea and Victoria's old college friends, a kind, motherly Jewish girl who happens to be over seven feet tall, green, scaly, and superhumanly strong. She teaches the youngest children at the North Cascades Academy.
Beauty to Beast: unlike some of her fellow Cute Mutant Monster Girls, Shoshi looked like a normal, modestly attractive human teenage girl until her mutation activated. She had a rough early adolescence.
Beware the Nice Ones: she is gentle, but implacable. She normally only shows her truly scary side to Nazis, anyone who threatens "her" kids, and Lazarus when he's acting up.
The Anti-Nihilist: on occasion. "When I was pretty young, I realized that being a good person gets you nowhere. Then I saw more of the world, and I learned that bad guys get their share of crap, too, so really, why not do the right thing?"
Super Soldier: she was drafted into a program to create these, and later unceremoniously kicked out when the resident Mad Doctors discovered that her blindness was incurable. (Although she claims that it was to make room for the government-mandated number of Francophones.)
The Academy's shop teacher, handyman, and resident tech expert. He's a mutant with an enhanced ability to understand and communicate with machinery. While his projects do what they're supposed to and generally do it well, his intuitive style can cause some complications when other people try to repair, modify, or reverse-engineer his work. He's Jake's boyfriend.
Badass Bookworm: while his mutation has no combat applications, he's pretty strong and can take care of himself in a fight using his mundane skills.
One of Galatea and co.'s allies, who is, as her name might suggest, a lepidoptera-person. Her real first love is the performing arts, and her powers aren't particularly adapted to combat, but she manages to make herself useful.
Bizarre Human Biology: she has modified taste buds on her fingers and toes, can turn her tongue into a proboscis, and has a limited ability to breathe through her skin, never mind the wings and antennae.
The Chick: she's not a combat machine, and her interests are very girly.
Super Toughness: fire, electricity, lasers, energy bolts, impact damage, and so forth only make her stronger. However, she can still be stabbed, strangled, or poisoned, although her powers make her more durable than a regular person.
An eccentric psychic with a deep desire to make sense of the world. Unfortunately, he lives in a comic book universe. Despite his frequent rants about how "science doesn't work that way!", he is a valued teammate and friend.
Ambiguous Disorder: It's not clear which of his quirks are due to his non-neurotypicality, or the result of imperfectly controlled telepathy and the psychological strain of living in a world that doesn't make sense, and what's simply personal eccentricity.
Naomi Lovelace's mutant younger sister, a young woman with high-functioning Williams Syndrome, enhanced hearing, and sound-manipulation powers. She's a professional singer and spent some time at the North Cascades academy as the pre-teen students' music teacher.
Why Couldn't You Be Different?: she has a mental disability that make math and spacial relations particularly hard for her. Her parents and her big sister are all brilliant engineers.
Elric Musashi Paracelsus-Xiao (Kensei)
Victoria and Galatea's genetically enhanced time-traveling cyborg mutant test-tube baby son from the future. He was sent back in time to prevent the event that led to his timeline becoming an apocalyptic hell-hole, and succeeded, but is now stranded in the early twenty-first century. He spent some time as Amalthea Lovelace's bodyguard.
Adorkable: although it takes most people a while to realize this.
A very bright (if a bit funny-looking) Canadian orphan, adopted and educated by the Lovelaces as a sort of back-up heir/charity project. He's a field operative when necessary, although he prefers to stick to the technical side of things, as he dislikes violence.
A teenage student at the Academy with Super Speed. She was an athlete even before her powers developed, and compensates for her lost professional opportunities by taking as much advantage of her powers as possible. She's Rosamond Zdravetz's fraternal twin sister.
Dani's fraternal twin sister. Rosamund has the ability to summon creatures out of books. She's gentler and less competitive than her sister, but potentially far more dangerous. (Suppose she started carrying around a volume of H. P. Lovecraft?)
A sporty, earnest, evangelical Christian teenager with the ability to manipulate gravitational attraction. She's the daughter of a prominent pro-mutant-rights evangelical minister.
Ambiguously Gay: she's never been seriously interested in a boy (which she attributes to never having met the right one), and keeps getting involved in innocently homoerotic moments with other girls. Since Tamar has no gaydar, she hasn't caught on to this enough to angst about it.
In the great tradition of Charles Atlas-esque origin stories, Dante Wilder was a sickly, imaginative boy with dreams of adventure, who became a nigh-unkillable, super-fast, super-strong paragon of MANLINESS when his powers manifested. (But he's still a dork with dreams of adventure. They're just more practical now.)
The Power of the Sun: since his powers manifested, he needs a certain level of sunlight exposure to stay in good working order. Unfortunately, he goes to school in Northwestern Washington. Fortunately, he lives in the age of sun lamps.
Wish Fulfillment: in-universe. From squishy bookworm with dreams of epic adventure, to superhero-in-training.
Melit Zza'aktar (Damselfly)
A young "princess" (immature queen) of the Meliai, a mildly insectoid alien race. She's at the Academy to learn about earth culture as well as develop her natural psychic powers. She's a very nice girl in most respects, but her table manners take some getting used to.
Glamour: Meliai queens all give off pheromones that create Undying Loyalty in their hivemates. Since Melit is still young and is around another species, the effect is not that strong, but it still encourages (although not compels) those around her to like and want to protect her. She can also manipulate her pheromones to induce other emotional effects.
Older Than They Look: she's rather petite and lightly built, which combined with her lack of endowments makes her look like a middle school student, although she's well into her adolescence by Meliai standards.
An easy-going teenager with the power to physically adapt to survive any danger. This is originally completely out of his hands, but he later gains some control over it. Lucas enjoys pseudo-philosophical conversations and weird, trippy anime.
Stone Wall: he's amazingly durable, but his powers are primarily defensive in nature.
Crystal Graves (Lumina)
Crystal would like everyone to know that she does not want to be here with all you freaks. A former cheerleader and high school Queen Bee, whose social status back home took a sharp nosedive when her blonde hair turned green and she manifested the ability to create light projections. Since she was good at being normal, she bitterly resents her involuntary descent into freakdom, and she resents her fellow mutant students for not deferring to her the way her pre-manifestation classmates did.
Alpha Bitch: was this at her old school, before she manifested. She still has the attitude, but mutant kids are less easily impressed.
Cursed with Awesome: she has a relatively attractive physical mutation, and a harmless, interesting, potentially controllable power, but all she can do is Wangst about the loss of her life as a "normal" alpha female.
Jerkass Woobie: borderline example. She lost her social status and all her old friends when she manifested and then transferred to the Academy, and she's completely out of her depth in the mutant community. However, most of her current loneliness and unpopularity comes from her hostile attitude and refusal to adapt to her altered circumstances.
Light Is Not Good: she's not evil, but she's a psychological mess and very self-centered.
Power Incontinence: one of the reasons she's such a ball of mopery. Considering what some other mutants have to deal with, however, nobody is terribly sympathetic over her tendency to start glowing under stress.
A young gentleman with pink hair, a strong theatrical streak, and the ability to understand any language and hijack the communication centers of other people's minds, which proves surprisingly versatile. It's suspected that his birth name was Dwayne, but nobody calls him that.
Agent Peacock: he's camper than a row of sequined tents and has pink hair, but do not underestimate him.
An altered clone of Hellcat who was created by a Canadian supersoldier program. However, when the program lost funding, she was adopted by the head research scientist and actually had a chance at a fairly normal childhood. Kat's a lot like her genetic progenitor in some ways, but without the psychopathy.
Clones Are People Too: since Canada had (for the moment) gone out of the business of raising super soldiers from scratch, she got a chance to live her own life. Her creators weren't looking for an exact replica of Kat's genetic progenitor in any case, however, since Lucy Fraser is a sociopathic loose cannon.
One of the Academy's handful of preteen students. The young son of the governor of British Columbia, whose psychic gifts manifested prematurely after he was seriously hurt in an "accident." In other words, he's a Bran Stark expy.
Constantly Curious: he's a curious little kid, but physically investigating things has become harder since he got hurt.
Genius Cripple: he tends to be the "idea guy" for the little kids' adventures, with Simon and Rena providing the muscle and Adina providing the tech.
He Knows Too Much: the irony being that the testimony of an eight-year-old who had no context for what he was seeing would have been a lot less incriminating than the fallout of trying to murder the kid.
An imaginative little girl who enjoys building Homemade Inventions out of material she finds around the house. The funny thing is, they work, at least when she builds them. One of Shoshannah's students.
Once, Ashley was a very bright but otherwise quite ordinary little girl, apart from her dormant psychic powers. Then she was abducted by an Evil Sorcerer who tried to use her as a physical vessel for the demon he was summoning. Ashley's considerable strength of will (augmented by her psychic potential) let her retain control of her own body, and the otherworldly contact heightened her supernatural powers. However, a fragment of demonic consciousness embedded itself in her personality and continues to act as an internal shoulder devil. She's a Lilim.
Poke the Poodle: how she reconciles her demonic desire to do "evil" with her wish to stay on good terms with her friends and teammates and not actually hurt anyone.
Token Evil Teammate: compared to the rest of the younger students, although she's poodle-poking Chaotic Neutral in practice.
Troll: although she has her reasons for it. Zul-Baphon demands an outlet, and expressing her evil side on the internet keeps it from ruining Ash's meatspace life.
A young boy with porcupine-like quills growing out of his body. His parents are unknown, and after his quills grew in, he was passed around the foster care system like a hot potato until someone got the bright idea to send him to the academy's elementary class.
A troubled young psychic with powerful illusion-projecting abilities. She comes from a highly-placed, highly dysfunctional family, and various older relatives often try to use her as a pawn in some evil scheme or another.
Power Incontinence: she tends to project without even noticing when she's under stress. She has a psychically insulated bedroom at the Academy so that her dreams wouldn't suck in everyone else on the floor.
Either the militant wing of the mutant rights movement, able and willing to do whatever's needed to protect mutantkind without having to worry about PR, or a bunch of Well-Intentioned Extremist superpowered terrorists. Founder and leader is Victoria Paracelsus.
Affably Evil: most members. Victoria doesn't want to work with a bunch of jerks if she can possibly help it.
Gratuitous Latin: Prodigium, in Latin, is an extraordinary event sent by the gods as a portent. Before the word became associated with child geniuses, "prodigy" was also used to describe human curiosities.
Heel Face Turn: most of them at least try being a good guy at some point, either following Victoria through the Heel Face Revolving Door or on their own initiative. For a few of them (like Daemonette), it sticks.
A mutant with biokinetic powers, and a friend of Galatea's since their college days, although there have been times when they've temporarily parted company over philosophical differences. (The most important of these being whether or not it's acceptable to subjugate the world to make it safe for unpopular minority groups.) Sort of a cross between the Magneto to Galatea's Xavier, the Dark Magical Girl to Tea's Magical Girl, and the Elphaba to Gala's Glinda.
Broken Bird: she didn't develop her cynical worldview just to be edgy, let's put it that way.
Combat Medic: her powers are useful both for healing and for kicking ass.
Does Not Like Men: she had a mild case of this as a teenager, although she was willing to make exceptions. Encountering transphobic feminist scholarship when she was a university student shifted her more in the Humans Are Bastards direction.
Emperor Scientist: she wants to be one of these, and did get to rule a small nation for a while before the people of San Lorenzo showed their gratitude for the democratic reforms she had instituted by voting her out of office.
Evil Parents Want Good Kids: at least, she wouldn't mind if Rena and Shiro chose heroic or civilian careers (as long as they did something she considered a good use of their talents), and when they're not working against each other she's fine with the fact that Kensei's one of the good guys.
Heel Face Revolving Door: she goes through periods in which, for a variety of possible reasons (feels close to the edge of the slippery slope and wishes to pull back, misses her girlfriend, thinks that respectability would be better for her family/followers/subjects), she becomes a semi-law-abiding citizen and tries to defend mutant rights in nonviolent ways. Unfortunately, some glaring example of man's inhumanity to mutant frequently pushes her back into militant-mode.
Lady of Black Magic: has the demeanor and the fighting style, although she's not technically a mage.
One of Victoria's followers and proteges, who tends to follow her boss through the Heel Face Revolving Door. She's intense, determined, talented, and screwed up even by faux-Marvel superhuman standards.
One of Victoria's followers, a gay geokinetic African-American former professional dancer turned superpowered mercenary turned evil minion turned superhero. Wherever he goes, he makes it his mission to provide a little style and tell his current bosses when they're being idiots.
A French-Canadian Jewish martial artist/teleporter, who, despite her adorably demonic appearance, was probably the least villainous member of the original Prodigium team. (She only joined in the first place because they had just saved her from a lynch mob, and her other employment options were rather low at the moment.) Her Heel Face Turn seems to be agreeing with her. One of the Lilim.
Family legend states that this is trend in the Halevy family is the result of one of Emmie's ancestors marrying an Ascended Demoness who made a High Heel Face Turn. The truth is slightly less exotic. (In that the "demoness" was a nigh-immortal shapeshifting human mutant rather than an extradimensional spirit-entity.)
Combat Stilettos: she has digitigrade feet, so the right kind of heels actually fit better than flats or combat boots, and it's not as if running is an issue for someone who can teleport.
Dark Chick: she's a teleporting demon-ninja-acrobat in a group dominated by superficially normal-looking caster types. As the only melee specialist, overlaps with The Brute, although she doesn't fit the personality profile any more than Terry.
Dark Is Not Evil: even when she was technically an anti-villain, she was a very nice girl.
Easily Forgiven: no one seems to hold her past as "un peu d'un terroriste" against her.
Heart Is An Awesome Power: he can't control any one object weighing more than he could lift comfortably with one hand. However, even quite large constructs can be sabotaged if you displace enough of their small moving parts.
A recent recruit, who in a way fills Daemonette's "unusual looking, upbeat young martial artist" slot, although she's not a true Suspiciously Similar Substitute. She later develops into Prodigium's infiltration specialist.
Another new arrival. Alice has the ability to manipulate the powers of others in various ways (including eventually learning to copy them herself and temporarily transfer abilities to others), which makes her weak on her own but an excellent team player. She is a fervent believer in Prodigium's cause, or, more accurately, in what she considers Prodigium's cause to be. She's a useful member of the team, although her "Communist LARPer" tendencies can get a bit silly.
An androgynous, completely non-powered computer genius who joins Prodigium because they really do believe that Victoria's political ideals would make a better world overall, and because they enjoy meeting unusual people and like the idea of rebelling against repressive society. The mutants don't quite know what to make of this.
Victoria's adopted daughter. Rena is a powerful telekinetic whom Prodigium broke out of a Japanese research facility. She initially had some difficulty adjusting to life outside an isolation chamber, but is currently doing very well, at least by the standards of the setting.
Animesque: she's a tiny, adorable former science experiment with vast supernatural powers and technicolor hair.
Pilar Pawlowski had a promising career as a gymnast ahead of her, before an encounter with an Eldritch Abomination summoned by local supernatural gangsters cost Pilar her sight and left her attracting weirdness like Lodestone attracts stray paperclips on a bad day. (She did get enhanced senses out of the deal, which is something.) Since her very presence seemed to bring colorfully unpleasant matters to light whether she liked it or not, Pilar decided, in finest comic-book fashion, to exploit this by becoming a crusading journalist/costumed vigilante. She also sometimes helps out Rosewood Investigations as a researcher and backup fighter.
Raised Catholic: probably to be expected, since she's half-Polish, half-Mexican. Since her partners are both Jewish, she's Rosewood Investigations' source for holy water and Latin chanting when necessary.
Iron Woobie: has one of the more miserable backstories in the setting (genocide, human experimentation, and temporal dislocation), but has not yet suffered a complete mental breakdown, tried to kill himself, or turned evil.
Older Than They LookandYounger Than They Look, depending on how you calculate this. He was born almost ninety years ago, he's been "awake" for twenty-three years, and he looks like he's in his mid-to-late twenties.
Pilar Pawlowski's roommate and fellow journalist, who winds up taking up a lot of the mundane slack when P's off fighting vampire human traffickers or something as Nightshade. She didn't really ask for all this excitement, but Pilar is one of her dearest friends, and she copes surprisingly well.
Distress Ball: averted. She's not much of a fighter, but she's developed an instinct for when she should get out of the way.
Unfazed Everyman: Rosewood Investigations consists of a weirdness magnet ninja reporter with super senses, a mage, and a mutant cyborg. And then there's her.
Naomi Lovelace (Iron Maiden)
A gazillionaire genius inventor/executive/costumed adventurer who can make working power armor out of old kitchen appliances but can't keep her own personal life in order. Amalthea Lovelace's big sister. She likes Art Deco, Technology Porn, and Dieselpunk.
Adorkable: has her moments, particularly when she's being a big nerd over something.
Alien Blood: since she got her nanomachine bone marrow, her blood sparkles a little in the right light.
Ambiguously Gay: tends to be seen this way in-universe, based on some flirtatious interaction with other women, her short hair, her habit of walking around in ribbed tank tops that show off her toned arms, and the fact that none of her heterosexual liaisons have lasted very long.
"Have you ever considered not making your employees play dressup?"
"But Lucky looks so stylish in vintage!"
Cyborg: technically, although she has no obvious metallic bits and it's all ostensibly there for medical reasons. (Although giving her experimental nanite bone marrow the ability to let her talk to microwaves was pure Rule Of Cool on Naomi's end.)
Drink Order: gin martinis (until she gives up alcohol), very expensive mineral water, vast amounts of coffee.
Drunken Master: "Hey, remember that time we got trashed on vodka and Red Bull at college and built a perpetual motion machine?"
Unfortunately, her last little bout of inebriated tinkering involved opening a portal to another dimension and summoning an Eldritch Abomination. Ms. Lovelace has since stopped drinking.
Jerkass Woobie: in a way. She certainly has her faults, and the world loves to make her suffer.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has a bad habit of thinking she knows what's best for everyone else and can be rather abrasive, but she means well, and is willing to give up a lot for what she believes is right.
Naomi and Amalthea's half-uncle - specifically, the son of their paternal grandfather and his much-younger second wife, a Brazilian fashion model. He's much younger than the girls' dad, and was something of a Cool Big Bro to his nieces during their childhoods.
Obfuscating Stupidity: if he let everyone know how competent he can be, people would keep dumping responsibilities on him, and he'd have no time to explore lost cities, romance beautiful ladies on yachts, or give his cars dangerous experimental modifications.
The granddaughter of Naomi's grandfather's Golden Age Chinese Friendly Enemy the Steel Dragon, who wishes to continue their family's association in a way that honors their ancestors' legacies. Naomi is less enthusiastic about the prospect, particularly since she didn't know Phoenix from Princess Azula before Phoenix decided it was time for their Epic Rivalry to commence.
Not So Different: Steel Phoenix and Iron Maiden are both very smart, not entirely organic, and fight by utilizing both skill and technology, and they're both fond of an aesthetic rooted in another era but not strictly historical - Naomi likes Diesel Deco, and Phoenix likes Wuxia.
Power Perversion Potential: she's incredibly flexible, has a limited ability to reshape the soft tissue of her body, she can form her slime secretions into long ropes (suitable for both Building Swings and impromptu bondage), and, as Lazarus puts it, she "sweats Astroglide."
Punny Name: "Ariolimax" is the scientific name for banana slugs.
Shrug of God: a character with some grounding in molluscan biology raised the issue of whether Ari was, like actual slugs, a Hermaphrodite. Lazarus said that a gentleman doesn't kiss and tell. That is all there is to say about it.
Freakiness Shame: Given his taste in women, he winds up trying to discourage such shame fairly often. Sometimes it helps, sometimes... not so much. In part, this depends on whether the lady considers "a half-insane Nightmare Fetishist finds me attractive" to be a preferable state of affairs to "no one could possibly find me attractive."
Freaky Is Cool: He seems to be attracted to women with visible mutations.
Friend to All Children: for some odd reason, the preteen class at the North Cascades Academy all adore him. Adina even made him a tinfoil hat so he could come over without giving the resident telepaths headaches.
Genius Ditz: he's a Cloudcuckoolander with severe ADHD and memory problems, and not very mature even at his most functional and relatively sane. However, he is an amazing fighter despite his lack of offensive superpowers, and has a knack for most kinds of kinesthetic learning.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: he has a few aspects of this all the time, but being a true example is normally a transitional stage for him - when he's decided "hey, time to try being a good guy!" but the idea that heroes have things like "scruples" hasn't quite sunk in yet.
Insane Troll Logic: his belief that vegetarian observant Jews are allowed to eat bacon, on the grounds that, while bacon is a both a meat product and non-kosher, it is well known that two negatives cancel each other out. Shoshannah is not impressed.
Insanity Immunity: to the point that he's gotten a little sick of being asked to investigate all the sanity-sapping artifacts his friends encounter.
Kavorka Man: being one of the few hetero-leaning adult male major characters in the 'verse has its advantages, although Laz credits his smokin' bod, his sense of humor, his ballroom dancing skills, and the fact that a few benighted souls see him as Troubled, but Cute.
Keet: he was like this in his younger, prettier, pre-freaky-experiment days, with a good side helping of Heroic Comedic Sociopath. Nowadays, he's crazier and less cute, but still rather hyper.
Matzo Fever: he's expressed attraction to both Shoshannah Diamond and Emmanuelle Halevy, although that may just be an expression of his thing for unusual-looking mutant women rather than a kink for Jewish girls in particular.
Meaningful Name: Laz has a disfiguring skin condition and, due to his Healing Factor, is very difficult to kill. Lazarus is also the name of two characters in The Bible: one of whom is the patron saint of people with leprosy, and the other was brought back from the dead.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: one of his very few consistent scruples. If this wasn't true, Shoshi wouldn't let him within a mile of the academy.
Lazarus' minion/secretary/"thinking brain girl"/occasional Mission Control. An Indo-Caribbean civilian paper-pusher whom Lazarus "whisked off to a life of intrigue and adventure" when he discovered that even Heroic Comedic Sociopath mercenaries sometimes need to have paperwork filled out. Despite their rough start, Sonia and Laz now get along fairly well.
A mutant shapeshifter and former Soviet covert operative turned mercenary and general provocateuse. As her name suggests, where Loki goes, chaos follows. It is one of the great ironies of history that this "perfect traitor" is the only daughter of America's most famous patriotic heroine. (She's also one of the Lilim on the other side of her family.)
Chaotic Neutral: when left to her own devices, she's more mischievous than malicious.
Charles Atlas Superpower: she's unusually skilled at reading body language. This lets her anticipate her opponents' moves in combat, improves her impersonation skills, and gives her a massive bonus on her Sense Motive checks.
Gone Horribly Right: her teachers were trying to create a covert operative with no inconvenient sentimental or moral scruples to get in the way of her mission - and they got one. They just didn't anticipate that an amoral infiltration-specialist shapeshifter would be awfully hard to hold on to if she got sick of her job.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: she literally stabbed one of her employers in the back once. Of course, he was trying to plunge the world into nuclear war at the time...
A small-town mutant girl who left home in search of Adventure. She's been an exploitation starlet, a "legitimate" actress, a musician, a stuntwoman, a henchperson-for-hire, a freelance mercenary, and an adventurer for justice at various points in her career. Despite her sometimes amoral life choices, she's pretty amiable once you get to know her.
Charles Atlas Superpower: her strength, stamina, and agility aren't innately higher than a genotypical person's, but her healing factor allows her to train harder than would normally be healthy without injuring herself.
Khadijah is a Canadian Muslim woman with birdlike traits that include winged flight, enhanced vision, and inhumanly fast reflexes. She's also a fan of old swashbuckler movies, so she decided to compensate for her lack of direct offensive powers by learning to swordfight. Khadijah was a government operative for a while, but got sick of the politics and Black and Gray Morality and took a job as an Omnignostic Library agent. She's allied with Helix on occasion.
Alien Hair: it's actually very soft feathers. Most people don't realize this because her hijab covers it up.
Art Major Biology: even with hollow bones, a bird her size probably wouldn't be able to fly as well as she does.
Barely-There Swimwear: her Beach Episode suit, which shows *gasp* her neck, her lower calves and ankles, and a considerable expanse of forearm. She also trades in her usual hijab for a bandana. The rest of the cast may never get over the shock.
Blood Knight: not Khadijah herself, but Fellbane. The sword was originally more of an inanimate Paladin, but centuries spent as a lethal weapon seem to have taken a toll on its emotional health.
‹bermensch: she's big on self-actualization and setting one's own standards rather than following society's, and she's a bit of a megalomaniac.
A kindly older gentleman who befriends Victoria during her years as a teenage runaway, introduces her to classical music, and teaches her how to cook. In his younger years, he was mildly infamous as a costumed Gentleman Thief.
One of the first big-name female costumed adventurers, who became a heroine fighting Nazi ninjas and other disreputable sorts during World War II. The political changes that came with the Cold War were hard on her, however, and she came to a sad end.
An Air Force pilot turned astronaut who acquired superpowers after a surprise encounter with benevolent superpowered space aliens. She currently splits her time and heroing efforts between Earth and the rest of inhabited space.
Combo Platter Powers: flight + low-level superhuman strength + unnatural toughness and the ability to survive in a vacuum + healing factor and resistance to toxins and radiation + energy projection + built-in translator (which only works on languages known to her alien benefactors.)
An intelligent but very troubled grad student with Dissociative Identity Disorder. She manages to compensate and lives in denial until a Freak Library Accident activates all her alternates' superpowers and they start getting restless.
Anti-Hero: Sandra, Living Dead Girl, and Nimue are Type 1, Annis fluctuates between Type 3 and Type 4.
Broken Bird: Sandra herself, and a few of her alternates.
Superpowered Neutral Side: all the personalities share Sandra's essential moral scruples, but Annis is much more comfortable with violence and confrontation, and doesn't worry about being a "good girl."
Wolverine Claws: Annis has big ones. (They're psychic, not biological in origin, so she doesn't face the issue of where to put them when they retract.)
The Helix universe's resident Game Breaker, which is balanced by her live-and-let-live, benevolently flaky personality. She provides superpowered disaster relief, explores space and the depths of the ocean for Science!, and helps drive off high-powered malevolent space entities when needed, but she prefers to stay out of politics.
Cloudcuckoolander: by normal standards. Partly this is because she experiences life in a way that even most superhumans can't relate to, but she was always a little eccentric.
Combo Platter Powers: can teleport, survive in almost any environment, completely control her physical body, alter her perception of time, watch individual molecules at work, and control matter on an atomic level.
Mundane Utility: she expends more effort dealing with natural disasters than fighting villains.
No Nudity Taboo: it's not like she gets cold anymore, and there's not much point to wearing clothes when you're the only human in thousands of miles and immune to environmental effects.
Person of Mass Destruction: averted/subverted. She certainly has the potential, but prefers to stay out of fights if the fate of the planet isn't at stake, and anyone attempting to weaponize her would face a thankless job.
A three-thousand year old mutant whose true agenda, if it exists at all, is obscure. (She may just enjoy messing with people.) She's the ancestor of several other mutant characters (referred to here as the Lilim), although initially none of them are aware of this.
A very old Scottish-Canadian mutant (born at some point in the early to mid-19th century) with Lynx and Hellcat's power set. In fact, he's an ancestor to both of them. Formerly a notorious warrior, he has spent the past few decades pursuing the path of peace and enlightenment, although he can still wipe the floor with anyone who pushes him too hard. He's also a practicing Buddhist and a tea enthusiast.
Hidden Depths: multiple, depending on what aspect of his personality he's emphasizing. If you only knew him as a tea and dubious advice-dispensing old hippie, you'd never guess what a badass he can be. And if you'd only encountered him in his earlier years when he was trying to claw your face off, you'd probably underestimate his cultured and spiritual sides.
Once upon a time in a Wretched Hive, Alexa Lestrange was your ordinary teenage thugette - smarter and more vicious than most, but otherwise unexceptional. Then the law caught up with her. She volunteered for an experimental psychological rehabilitation process in exchange for not being stuck behind bars until middle age. Upon her "graduation" and release, Alexa abandoned her former criminal activities, completed her education, and seemed to fall off the legal radar - until she resurfaced over a decade later as a hands-off criminal mastermind and recurring thorn in both Nightshade and Pilar Pawlowski's sides.
Iron Butt Monkey: he's a regular guy with lots of combat experience in a universe that often follows Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards - suffice it to say, he gets in over his head a lot. But nothing takes him out permanently, because the universe loves to make him suffer.
The protagonist of A Study In Moonlight, set in the same universe. Viv's an eccentrically brilliant Sherlock Holmes fangirl who's found a way to apply her eye for detail and encyclopedic knowledge of local geology to real-world crimefighting. She's related to the Lovelace sisters.
"I was the smart, nerdy, sexually ambiguous, non-gender-conforming kid with no tact or knowledge of contemporary popular culture. How well do you think I was liked?
Ambiguous Disorder: In-universe, most people who know her well believe that there's something odd about her brain, but they have no idea what. Even the mental health professionals she's known have had differences of opinion.
Blue and Orange Etiquette: She will apologize for making inaccurate assumptions about another person - because one shouldn't jump to conclusions - but not for Brutal Honesty, and she hasn't really internalized the idea that one should apologize for inconveniencing people even if it's in the process of helping them out at their own request.
Byronic Hero: She presents herself as one. She's really more socially inept than morally ambiguous, but she is talented, intense, charismatic in an odd way despite her lack of conventional social aptitude, and alienated from mainstream society.
Defective Detective: Without Marcella to take up the slack and play Cloudcuckoolander's Minder when required, she'd probably have burned herself out or repeatedly landed in the hospital from self-neglect and exhaustion before she turned thirty.
Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: Defied. Viviane, if called out on a social faux pas or Insufferable Genius moment, will attempt to explain herself, but she never brings up her diagnosis. She'd rather be considered a socially maladroit jerk than a socially maladroit jerk who claims to be disabled to get away with things.
Ditzy Genius: When she's on a really demanding case, she gives it all her mental resources - including what normal people allot to things like "not walking into traffic."
Hates Being Touched: Mild example. She enjoys physical contact from a select few people (and cats) under certain circumstances, but ordinarily, she's very protective of her personal space. Justified since she has an autism spectrum disorder and Hyper Awareness, and can find too much human contact overwhelming.
Hot Chick in a Badass Suit: Bifauxnen variant, with trousers, since she dislikes nylons and it's harder to run in a pencil skirt. (She saves the skirts for hot weather and very formal occasions.)
Strange Girl: She's the introverted equivalent of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to Marcella. She also wears her socks inside-out, although that's because she finds seams digging into her toes distracting, not out of quirkiness.
WomanChild: Just a bit. For all her efforts to maintain an aloof and stylish aura, she doesn't always act very mature for her age, and she tends to get along well with bright children.
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Viviane's co-star, Watson-analogue, and Ambiguously Romantic Life Partner. She's a good-natured, relatively sensible young woman with an adventurous side, who also happens to be half-werewolf. In her civilian life, she's a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in assisting Differently Powered Individuals.
Academic Athlete: She's not a genius, but she's pretty smart and actually has more formal academic qualifications than Viviane. (Viviane gave up pursuing formal qualifications and just researched what she wanted after she got her bachelor's degree, but Marcella needed a Master's for her job.) She's also a martial arts enthusiast who played rugby in high school.
Action Girl: She's pretty good at judo and can handle a gun competently.
Badass Bookworm: Not to Viv's extent, but she's multilingual, well-educated, has a wide range of non-combat skills, and is a decent detective in her own right.
Girly Bruiser: She's polite, good with kids, enjoys cooking and textile crafts... and she's a judoka and former rugby player.
Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Viviane, particularly when they're on a case and Viv's "eat, sleep, and don't walk into traffic" neurons are occupied with Higher Things.
Combat Pragmatist: When facing a Giant Mook who doesn't seem phased by her or Viviane's martial arts abilities, and everyone was thrashing around too much for her to get a clear shot in, what does she do? She stabs him in the eye with her car keys!
Jack of All Stats: She's "good but not the best" at a wide range of skills. In school, it gave her a bit of a complex, but in situations where competence matters more than winning a prize, she's grateful.
Jumped at the Call: From the start, she's been more than happy to be dragged on Viviane's various adventures. In fact, during her adolescence, she specifically studied martial arts, first aid, and wilderness survival so that she'd be prepared if she ever received the Call To Adventure.
Lunacy: She doesn't shift, but she does experience some minor psychological and sensory changes during the full moon. The main effects seem to be restlessness, distractability, a heightened sense of smell, cravings for high-protein food, and an urge to chase moving objects. Marcella calls this "were-ADHD".
Viviane's older sister, who works as an intelligence analyst and Almighty Office Manager for a mysterious and secretive government agency. Undine's a bit better at operating within social constraints than her sister, but still rather eccentric in her own quiet way.
Almighty Janitor: Compared to her level of influence and responsibility, she doesn't have much official rank. This could be because she's better at actually doing her job than at currying favor and playing office politics, because her bosses are afraid she'll take over the world with a little more authority, or because her agency doesn't follow the Peter Principle and wants to keep her where she's most useful.
Ambiguous Disorder: She has some rather eccentric habits, and a very formal, almost emotionless demeanor. Viviane claims that Undine's not as normal as she'd like everyone to think, but doesn't propose a diagnosis.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Between her first and second appearances. It turns out that she was under a great deal of stress at the time.
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Galatea's mother. She's a fearless, strong-minded lady with high standards, which has proven useful in her advocacy work, but not so pleasant to actually live with.
Control Freak: on occasion, particularly when under stress. To be fair, she's more of a true perfectionist than obsessed with doing things by the book, but she did once, during a rather rough patch in her life, yell at her husband for five minutes for making the tea wrong.
My God, What Have I Done?: she eventually gets called out on her overbearing behavior (which included the Tea Incident and telling her daughter that a less than perfect academic record would keep her from ever getting a higher education or finding meaningful employment) and changes her ways. Slightly.
A friend of Victoria's from her teenage years, before she met Galatea or any other mutants. She was a pretty, artistic transgirl with horrible taste in men, and wound up being murdered by a sexually confused yuppie. Years along the road, the psychological fallout of this would play a role in Victoria's Start of Darkness.
Disposable Sex Worker: subverted-deconstructed. Giselle actually wasn't in the sex industry (she was a beautician), but but due to stereotypes about low-income trans women, the local law enforcement assumed she was this, and didn't take her murder particularly seriously.
Fatal Attractor: even not counting the one who killed her, she didn't have the best taste in men.
Another of Victoria's old friends, although they had a falling out around the incident in which Victoria revealed her mutant powers. Currently alive and well and running a boutique in San Francisco.
All of the Other Reindeer: she didn't react well when she discovered Victoria's abilities, although to be fair, it would be kind of disconcerting seeing one of your friends suddenly animate a tree and start beating people up with it.
Cool Big Sis: in a way, she's a couple of years older than Victoria and when they first met, she had a lot more useful life experience.
While Helix and Prodigium may disagree on many important issues and at times clash bitterly, there's one thing on which they can always agree: Lebensborn are jerks. They see mutants as a potential Master Race, which isn't unique among villainous mutant factions, but they're distinguished by their belief that mutantkind won't be fit to inherit the earth until it's cleansed itself of those with substandard powers or other unacceptable weaknesses. Perhaps not surprisingly, they like to Put On The Reich.
Boomerang Bigot: neither of the two Lebensborn members who get much screen time have particularly impressive powers.
Eschenbach has money and connections, and Marlene Von Bulow has genuine (if twisted) scientific talent. Maybe the membership requirements are looser for people who can make themselves useful in other ways?
Fauxreigner: Elisa suspects that he's not really German, and he just plays up the Nazi angle for effect.
Healing Factor: gained from an earlier experimental subject. Also responsible for his slow aging.
Mad Doctor: and not even a particularly competent one. He had little patience for proper scientific procedure, to the point that he relied on Valeriya to gather most of his actual data. His experiments, whatever their ostensible goals, mostly involved messing with people.
A Lebensborn scientist, who may be one of the founding members of the organization, since she was active in the 1940s. In fact, she's the scientist/occultist who decided it was a good idea to turn Michael Mendelssohn into a magical winged cyborg. She was also active, under a different alias, in Canada's Cold War era Super Soldier program. The girl just can't not cut people up!
The Baroness: Rosa Klebb through and through, although she's not ugly so much as very severe-looking.
A mercenary team founded by a disgruntled former Lebensborn operative. Their membership leans toward the quirky misfit types.
Anang Berhanu (Phantom Queen)
The founder and leader, a former evil minion who'd worked for a variety of organizations, but was frustrated by the lack of advancement opportunities for someone with her ancestry and talents. She runs a tight ship, but has mellowed ever-so-slightly since she set off on her own.
The team's muscle. A highly eccentric British-Iranian aristocrat mutant who comes from a long line of eccentric aristocrats. Rostam enjoys tea, history, mythology, the Furry Fandom, and beating the crap out of robots.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: he's very good with machinery, is surprisingly book-smart in his areas of interest, and he's definitely the man you want on your side if something needs to be punched really hard. He's also somewhat classist, unabashedly kinky, and not the best at social interactions.
A race of small, generally peaceful, roughly humanoid extraterrestrials with many bee-like features. The aliens most frequently encountered by humans who aren't superheroes or astronauts. (Not in that way.)
Bee People: they have six limbs, proboscis-like tongues, antennae, insect-style wings, an eusocial social structure, and the ability to see into the ultraviolet. They also love sweets.
Beware My Stinger Tail: How their sting is mounted. This is more practical than having to sit on anything they wish to attack.
Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Meliai have three genders - queens, workers, and males. Workers and queens have the same genetic sex, but look considerably different and play different roles in reproduction and society, and so are considered separate categories in Meliai culture.
An ancient race of incorporeal immortal beings who feed on emotional energy. They are relatively weak in the physical realm (although difficult to hurt), but have exceptional influence on the minds of mortals. Much of their interaction with lesser beings involves inspiring artists.
Blue and Orange Morality: they are in favor of the continuous existence of intelligent life, and fun things like love, beauty, art, and free will, but that doesn't mean that all of them have the best interests of individual non-Orpheans at heart.
Emotion Eater: which doesn't hurt their food source - it's more like a plant feeding on sunlight.
The Muse: a frequent activity, although the creation of great art is a secondary goal for them. They normally want their protegees to create something with as much Emotional Torque as possible. A respect for subtlety only develops in older Orpheans with steady food supplies.
The products of Soviet Super Science. They were created as Super Soldiers, but in the age of modern high-tech warfare, their increased size and strength wasn't enough of an advantage to justify the additional expenses involved in creating genetically engineered Half Human Hybrids and providing them with plenty of fruit during Russian winters. They did, however, prove useful in guerilla warfare in areas where the terrain was too rough for most motor vehicles.
A race of intelligent, aquatic alien cephalopods, allied with the Meliai. Despite their physiological and lifestyle differences, they have enough in common with humans for the two species to get along reasonably well, once the language barrier is taken care of. Because they're sea-dwellers, R'lyehan science and technology developed in ways that don't really correlate to human ideas of Technology Levels.
Schizo Tech: by human standards, due to a different cultural progression. They understood Mendelian inheritance before it became commonly understood that the moon and stars are not atmospheric phenomena.
Starfish Language: R'lyehan is a sign language which, for proper expression, requires ten flexible limbs and the ability to change the color of one's skin. Fortunately, their written language is simpler. (It's not dissimilar to written Chinese in some ways.)
A technologically advanced race of decapod crustaceans. Because of their warlike and imperialistic policies, they aren't very well-liked by most other spacegoing races. Currently going through hard times due to a crushing military defeat and loss of much of their interstellar travel capacity, but few outsiders have much sympathy.