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The Paradigm

    The Plutonian 

Tony, Dan Hartigan, The Wolf-Boy

The series' main character. A mysterious man with incredible powers, he was once the Earth's greatest and most beloved hero. Then one day something snapped inside him, and he went on a murderous rampage with no apparent aim other than spreading maximum pain and suffering across the globe. He's now the greatest threat the world has ever faced, and nobody knows how - or if - he can be stopped.

  • Angel Unaware: Played with. He knows naturally that he is superhuman, but he doesn't know why.
  • Axe Crazy: Post Face-Heel Turn.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: With no apparent limits.
  • Beware the Superman: Once he turned to evil. The only person that feared this happening was Hornet.
  • Big Bad: Even before his turn, Plutonian was in a level well above even his allies. Once he blew up, not even the bad guys were evil or powerful enough to stop him.
  • Big Good: Before his turn. To the point where even villains except Modeus trusted him.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • He didn't have the psychological strength to handle his super-senses - hearing literally every little snide comment about him drove him increasingly closer to the edge.
    • His invulnerability is also so great that he Can't Have Sex, Ever, since even if he doesn't move, his body hairs would cut through human flesh rather than bend.
  • Broken Ace: Flashbacks show that even before he snapped, he was deeply badly broken inside.
  • The Cape: When he was a hero. After he became evil, he stopped wearing it.
  • Can't Take Criticism: As a hero, he had a big problem letting go of anyone who said anything bad about him, justified or not. Not as big a problem when he becomes a villain, presumably because when you murder people by the thousands you stop caring what anybody thinks about you.
    • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Even then, the critical remarks directed at him were just one in a thousand. Plutonian had a pathological desire to be loved by literally everyone and knowing that he would never have that played a part in his fall from grace.
  • Changeling Tale: He was an extraterrestrial probe that took on the shape of a human baby by reacting to the emotions of a psychotic woman that accidentally killed her child.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Being "born" from a psychotic "mother" that tried to kill him, being bounced around with several foster families who rejected and feared him, and went through a period where he lived outside the laws of man.
  • Evil Costume Switch: The white parts of his costume get turned red and the red parts go black. Loses the cape too.
  • Evil Is Petty: Makes Qubit choose just ten out of four million people in Singapore to save, so they would know what he had to do every day.
  • Expy: Of Superman if he snapped, went evil and stopped being the shining example of Incorruptible Pure Pureness we all know and love.
  • Eye Beams: That can carve lines in continents.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He tried to be as straight an arrow as he possibly could, but being privy of humanity's thoughts (even the evil, petty ones) caused him to lash out violently.
  • Fallen Hero: Played with. Plutonian did fall from grace, but he did not dwell in sorrow, opting to just destroy everything instead of facing his mistakes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: After his turn, he still maintains a polite façade when talking to people, but it's pretty obvious he's just faking it and being pretty smug about his actions.
  • Flying Brick: Played with. It's explained that Plutonian doesn't actually have the powers of a proper Flying Brick, but can alter the fabric of reality to cause power-like manifestations.
  • For the Evulz: He definitely takes pleasure in his actions. Justified, as he's simply that happy to finally let loose all of his power and stop worrying so much.
  • Freudian Excuse: Zig-zagged. He got tossed from one foster home to another after his families discovered his powers. Several rejected him out of fear, and one mother even killed herself. But he also got a few good lucky breaks, such as a caring parent who genuinely wanted to teach him right from wrong, a girlfriend, and the love of at least 90% of the human race. His biological parents even tell him to his face that his treatment doesn't justify a single thing he's done.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Plutonian is very intelligent and manipulative, which makes him that much more dangerous.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Like Superman when he's angry.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Went from windswept to a buzzcut.
  • Heroic BSOD: When he realizes just how badly he screwed up with the sound virus.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Particularly early in his life, when he was jumping between foster parents. Later, he wants to settle with Alana Patel, but messes that up.
  • It's All About Me: Ultimately the real reason behind his heroics. While helping people might've been a part of it, deep down he just wanted the unconditional love and devotion of mankind, and a large factor in his decision to turn evil was the realization that he would never get it when he felt it was owed to him. Best exemplified in a story from when he was a kid; he stayed with a foster family that had a baby boy and accidentally squeezed him too hard, causing the child to have severe and permanent brain damage. Tony loudly rants how he was the one who really suffered, since the baby would grow up loved and cared for for the rest of his life, but Tony had to be kicked out of yet another foster home.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Samsara discovering his involvement in the deaths of hundreds of children led him to kill the scientists who told him, and soon after the entire city. He showed several signs of instability before that, but this was the straw the broke the camel's back.
  • Made Of Diamond: His body hair is tough enough that it'll cut any human who touches it, and the only things that have even scratched him so far are literal magic powers and teleporting bits of him away. He can get knocked around like any other superbeing, but he's almost impossible to kill.
  • Meta Origin: In-universe for Superman. Qubit scatters his Eleosan essence across the multiverse and parallel dimensions, some of it getting into the original concepts of Superman for his actual creators in Real Life.
  • Mood-Swinger: Plutonian is very irascible and remarkably unstable, though it is justified by his deeply painful childhood and the fact that he was an alien probe that took form from a person's conscience and desires. In his case, it was an insane woman who wished for a baby back shortly after killing her own.
  • Mysterious Past: Not even his friends know his origins, or even if he's really an alien.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He kills masses of people on a whim after his fall, including all of Singapore.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Toyed with. Of all superheroes, there was little to no suspicion that the Plutonian would ever rebel.
  • The Perfectionist: His inability to handle criticism and the fallout from his own mistakes played a major part in his fall.
  • Physical God: He can alter the physical properties of reality to create manifestations of power. He actually limits himself, since he at first doesn't know about the nature of his powers.
  • Reality Warper: His real power.
  • Red Right Hand: He gains an extra finger on each hand like his parents after his powers evolve.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He was this to the insane woman that wished the Eleos' alien probe into the shape of a baby after she regretted killing her own moments before.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Before he turned evil. At one point, he flies to the moon just so he can enjoy a 15 minute break from the cries for help.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Vespans trap him in a straitjacket made from fabric created from cloned samples of his own skin. When he proves too erratic for their own needs, they encase him in a diamond container and hurl him into a sun-contained insane asylum.
    • His true parents intended to leave him frozen in a dead universe and unable to move.
  • Secret Identity: He seemed to prefer being Dan Hartigan after the foster parents he liked most; to the Paradigm he goes by the name of Tony and to Max Damage, he will always be Wolf-Boy.
  • Smug Super: Plutonian is as cocky as he is powerful, and he is really powerful.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Deconstructed. Tony's powers are psionic based, so he really is making himself as strong as he subconsciously restricts himself.
  • Super Hero Origin: Not even he knew what his origin was, possessing his powers as far back as he could remember. Eventually the extraterrestrials, the Eleos, reveal that he was a probe they created from themselves to study the emotions of humans, which was drawn in by the maddened grief of a woman who'd just killed her baby and turned by her will accidentally into a replacement baby with the Eleos' powers.
  • Superpower Lottery: He hit the jackpot big time. If even Superman pulled off some the stuff Plutonian does without even really trying, it would probably be declared an Ass Pull.
  • Super Senses: To an extent that he can read a person's thoughts by watching electrons travel through neurons in their brain and hear across hemispheres of the Earth.
  • Super Speed: When he really gets going, he's too fast to see and can perform fairly intricate actions while doing so.
  • Super Strength: He can squeeze asteroids into diamonds and throw them hard enough to sink islands, and shoulder-charge opponents through tectonic plates.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Plutonian turned rogue when a single mistake he made resulted in the deaths of hundreds of children and Samsara losing faith in him made him feel that nothing he ever did would ever be good enough for the ungrateful masses.
  • Token Non-Human: The Plutonian was always too powerful even for super-powered humans.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: When Cutter was able to make him bleed, he actually gets aroused by it and takes her as his lover.
  • The Unfettered: Tries to be this way after his Face-Heel Turn, but still strongly desires to be a hero again, too.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: What allows him to be defeated by Orian and Survivor. He's simply not used to having to fight physically skilled fighters with powers on par with his own. Weirdly, at the end of Incorruptible, Max Damage tells a story about how he fought the Plutonian in a Power Nullifier field and expected this to be the case, but found that the guy was actually really tough even with no powers. He could've just been making the story up, though.
  • Villain Protagonist: Plutonian slides to the side of deuteragonist, though his storyline is always the main one.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Plutonian really tried hard to please everyone, when such a thing was impossible.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The first people he kills are Hornet's wife and daughter, dismissing the latter as just a collection of atoms.

    Qubit 

A Paradigm member with the ability to create any device he can visualize. One of the most peaceful and idealistic characters in the story, he alone views the Plutonian as capable of becoming a hero once more.

    Charybdis aka Cary, Survivor 

The twin brother and partner of Scylla, Charybdis shares his energy manipulation powers. The one problem in Cary's life before the Plutonian turned evil was that he was in love with his brother's wife, Kaidan. After Scylla's death Cary takes the name Survivor, and reveals that he is in fact the source of the brothers' powers, and has become even stronger. Even later it's revealed that they're triplets, with a third, retired brother called Elliot.

  • Always Identical Twins: Subverted - they're actually triplets.
  • Anti-Hero: Cary goes from a Good Is Not Soft one to a straight up He Who Fights Monsters type.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Subverted. He's more badass, only faking being weakened. He becomes much more powerful after Scylla's death.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gilgamos abruptly kills him under the mistaken belief that Cary and Elliot are mutual beneficiaries in the same energy pool. Scylla's ghost is horrified, not only because his brother was just murdered, but because he and Elliot both know that Cary is the source of the power. If he dies, it's gone.
  • Entitled to Have You: Once Scylla as been seemingly killed and Cary has become the world's most powerful super-hero, he starts putting the moves on Kaidan, forcefully kissing her and obviously assuming she's his girlfriend now.
  • Flying Firepower
  • Hand Blast
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Cary becomes almost as arrogant and unbalanced as the Plutonian soon after he develops his stronger powers.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Up to eleven in his rematch against the Plutonian. Without one of his brothers sapping his powers, Charybdis can fight off Tony.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gilgamos stabs him
  • Same-Sex Triplets
  • Sibling Triangle: Between him, Scylla and Kaiden.
  • Smug Super: When he becomes powerful enough to fight off the Plutonian.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Their codenames are the names of the two monsters Odysseus sailed between.
  • Took a Level in Badass: One of the few beings capable of fighting the Plutonian on an equal ground.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After gaining his power boost
  • Twin Desynch: He and Scylla were always different, due to his shyness. With the reveal of Elliot, and Cary's arrogance, their differences become even more profound.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He means well, but he's unbalanced, arrogant and a bit of a dick.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Played with. They don't share the same energy source, Elliott and Scylla are siphoning the energy off Cary to power themselves.
  • You Killed My Father: Scylla's death is a big motivation.

    Scylla 

Charybdis' twin brother with identical powers, and the lover of Kaidan.

    Bette Noir 

Gilgamos' wife, and master sharpshooter who uses specalised bullets. It's later revealed that she's been having an affair with the Plutonian.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: One of the few to sense the Plutonian's bad side, and was attracted to it.
  • Cool Gun: With specialized bullets that can accomplish various effects. After all world goes to hell, she decides to try if her high explosive bullet is powerful enough to blow a deserted skyscraper in two. It is.
  • Driven to Suicide: She spent most of her final appearances (before being possessed by Modeus) attempting to kill herself in a variety of ways for her actions that led to the death of millions at the hands of the Plutonian.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Modeus possesses her and amplifies her power, allowing her to take on the Plutonian.
  • Expy: With her trick bullets and philandering, to Green Arrow.
  • Good Is Boring: Her sole reason for her affair with the Plutonian is centered around her utter dissatisfaction with the straightforward and loving relationship she had with Gilgamos. His lack of romantic complexity and emotional instability caused her to divert her attraction towards the emotional inconsistencies and hidden fiery temper of the Plutonian.
  • Gravity Master: Her true power. When Modeus amplifies it, she also gains Super Strength.
  • The Hedonist: After she reaches her Despair Event Horizon, she gives up on heroics, shacks up in a Beverly Hills mansion and lives an extravagant and hedonistic lifestyle while awaiting death.
  • Heroic BSOD: Unusually, a particularly unsympathetic one: she feels guilty about hiding the fact that she could have killed Plutonian at any point, because doing so would have revealed her One Night Stand with him. She let billions die to cover a single act of infidelity.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Her aim is the best on the team. Justified in that her real power is to manipulate gravity on a minute scale subconsciously, allowing her to guide her bullets.
  • Meaningful Name: She's a pretty dark character.
    • The French euphemism of "bette noir" is of a dangerous animal, to be avoided at all costs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Goes through this when she realizes how she had egged on the Plutonian's eventual meltdown.
  • Physical God: After her power up.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: When Modeus boosts her powers, each punch is fueled by a star system.
  • Star Power: She can add momentum to an object by draining power from the stars. According to Modeus, she squandered this ability by just using bullets when she could have reached enough power to even stop Plutonian had she gained enough brain synaptic power.
  • Trick Bullet: Her main tools, including a magic one that can kill the Plutonian.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Which contributed to the Plutonian's madness.

    Gilgamos 

The husband of Bette Noir and a two thousand year old Babylonian

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses both his wings by the story's end.
  • Bad Ass
  • The Determinator: He tears off his own wing to use the bones to pick a lock when he's imprisoned.
  • Expy: A clear one of Hawkman
  • Ignored Epiphany: Gil knew about Bette's affair, but chose not to believe it. He's been around long enough to have seen the signs, he just didn't think it'd come to such catastrophe.
  • Meaningful Name: Combined with his background, he's implied to be the inspiration of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Also like Gilgamesh, the woman that loves him is responsible for unspeakable atrocities. Unlike Gilgamesh, Gilgamos chooses to live forever, and offers this to humanity at the risk of enslaving them forever to Plutonian.
  • Nice Guy: One of the simpler members of the Paradigm.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He kills Survivor on the basis that he'd been becoming increasingly unstable, and would eventually be just as big a threat as Tony was. On top of that, he believed that killing him would grant Elliot, a kindly priest, the power instead. Unfortunately, Survivor was the source of the power, not a simple beneficiary. Killing him actually took away the power that Elliot had, which by that point was Survivor's equal.
  • Older Than They Look
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Smug Super: Entirely inverted. Bette says that his confidence in his powers and his apparent immortality made him an incredibly warm, open and friendly guy.
  • Super Strength
  • Walking the Earth
  • Winged Humanoid

    Kaidan 

Keiko

A Japanese woman with the ability to summon figures from stories she reads, Kaidan is Scylla's lover and one of the younger members of the Paradigm.

  • Break the Cutie: She gets it very rough in the months of Plutonian's rampage.
  • Meaningful Name: Her birth name, Keiko, means "lucky/blessed child". Her superhero name, when the kanji is broken down, means "strange, mysterious, rare or bewitching apparition" snd "talk or recited narrative."
  • Mystical White Hair: Granted, it's the result of dye, but her power involves summoning warrior's spirits and she has white hair.
  • Necromancer: Of a kind, as she can summon/recreate her dead friends to fight for her.
  • Necromantic: With Scylla.
  • Sibling Triangle: Stuck in the middle of one with Cary and Scylla.
  • Summon Magic: She summons samurai, warriors etc. by telling their stories. She can also summon her deceased comrades.
  • Token Minority: Is Japanese.

    Volt 

One of the Paradigm's more recent recruits, and extremely devoted to the Plutonian for having helped him gain control over his powers.

    Samsara 

Sam

The Plutonian's Indian teenage sidekick, Samsara is Tony's best friend, and possesses immortality and the manipulation of mystical energy due to a jewel embedded in his forehead.

  • Broken Pedestal: Samsara losing his faith in the Plutonian over the sound virus incident was one of the major factors in his fall from grace.
  • Buried Alive: As he technically cannot die.
  • Dead Sidekick: As close as Samsara can get. Samsara cannot be killed due to his mystical jewel, so Tony does the next best thing and lobotomizes him with heat-vision before Samsara can reveal his secret. Samsara is now brain dead, and has even been buried by his teammates.
  • Empty Shell: Lobotomized but still technically alive, he can only keep a few memories
  • Fate Worse Than Death
  • Kid Sidekick: Tony was rather paternal towards him.
  • Power Crystal: The blue gem embedded in his head gives him magical powers.
  • The Reveal: Modeus has been hiding in Samsara, possessing his body.

    Hornet 

Jim

A former policeman who uses his incredible skills and gadgets to fight crime.

  • Badass Normal: The only one on the Paradigm.
  • Betrayal Insurance: His deal with the Vespans is this regarding Plutonian.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He created a deal with the Vespans to return to the planet to take out the Plutonian in case he ever turns evil. This was based solely on a single incident where the Plutonian mentioned the Hornet's wife's name in passing, when the Hornet had never mentioned it to the Paradigm, leading to the Hornet to realize that the Plutonian had been spying on his teammates.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Grows out of it though when he is accepted as a hero in his own right.
  • Expy: An obvious one for Batman. He has no powers, his base is in a cave under his house, and his best friend is The Plutonian, Superman's equivalent.
  • Good Parents: From what we can tell, he was a loving father and a devoted family man.
  • Happily Married: Was this with his wife Donna.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Despite his suspicions, he really did consider Tony to be his best friend.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the first issue.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He is considered more of a scalpel than a mallet by his comrades, but he's still underpowered compared to the rest.
  • Posthumous Character: For the most part. We know virtually nothing about him except his superhero name and that he has a wife and two children before all four are brutally killed by the Plutonian.
  • Properly Paranoid: He was afraid that, one day, the Plutonian would snap, even if he genuinely was the pillar of virtue that his teammates thought he was simply because no single person could hold the weight of the world without eventually breaking. Even before there were any visible signs that the Plutonian (who Hornet truly considered to be his best friend) would turn, he made a deal with the alien Vespa to return and stop him, in return for the coordinates of every Earth-like planet Hornet and Paradigm ever visited along with the teleportation technology necessary to reach them. He hates having to have made such a deal, but it saved Earth from being overrun by the Vespa, and created a contingency plan in case Tony went rogue.
  • Stripped to the Bone: What Tony did to him and his family with his heat vision.
  • The Smart Guy: Not as smart as Qubit of course, but the Hornet is a skilled tactician and picked up on certain things pertaining to Tony's character before anyone else did.
  • The Team Normal: Didn't have any powers, but he did have a decent arsenal of weapons and tactical and deductive skills to make him a valued member of the Paradigm.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The Plutonian allied with him at first specifically because Hornet can act with more precision.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: We find out a bit more about him in flashbacks though.

Other Characters

    Max Damage 

Evan

The Plutonian's rival and former supervillain, he pulls a Heel-Face Turn after seeing the Plutonian destroy a city. He and his sidekick Jailbait then do all they can to bring him down.

  • The Unfettered: Max's drive is to be the Plutonian's opposite in all respects; when Plutonian was a hero, he was a villain, and when Plutonian becomes a villain, he becomes a hero.
  • Unreliable Narrator: While Max gains more power the longer he's awake, he's still vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation. At around three days — when Max would have enough power to fight Plutonian — he'd also start hallucinating.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers the Plutonian to have been one and notes he wouldn't have killed him out of respect.

    Jailbait 

Terri

A teenage girl Max rescued from sex slavery, she's since stuck by him as his sidekick, helper and lover.

    Modeus 

A mysterious supervillain who was the Plutonian's most feared opponent. Not heard from for years before the story begins, he comes out of hiding once Tony's rampage starts and slowly reveals a horrifying plan for him...

    Orian 

An extraterrestrial (or possibly a demon) that has fought with the Paradigm before. The US government summons him to defeat the Plutonian and prevent the Paradigm from going rogue.

    The Plutonian's Allies 

Auroran, Mallus, Kurne, Mordanse and Cutter

A collection of insane and extremely powerful aliens that the Plutonian gathers around him on the planet Genhom in order to escape the intergalactic lunatic asylum they've been imprisoned in.