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The Plutonian aka Tony, Dan Hartigan

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.

  • 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 close 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 cut through human flesh rather than bend.
  • Broken Ace: Even before his face-heel turn, there were hints that he was 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, 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A mother who tried to murder him, several foster families who rejected him and 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: Superman, if he snapped, went evil and stopped being the shining example of incorruptibleness we all know and love.
  • Eye Beams: That can carve lines in continents.
  • Faux Affably Evil: After his turn, he still maintains a polite fašade when talking to people, but it's pretty obvious he's just faking it and being pretty smug about his actions.
  • For the Evulz: He definitely takes pleasure in his actions.
  • 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.
  • 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 mental retardation. 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.
  • 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 Perfectionist: His inability to handle criticism and the fallout from his own mistakes played a major part in his fall.
  • 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.
  • 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 extraterrestials 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.
  • Red Right Hand: He gains an extra finger on each hand like his parents after his powers evolve.
  • 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.

Qubit

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

  • Psychic Block Defense: The best on the planet, a strategy picked up due to combatting the telepath Burrows in his career.

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 Elliott.

  • Brought Down to Badass: Subverted. He's more badass, but he's only faking being weakened. He's now stronger than 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Scylla

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

  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Blown up by the Plutonian.
  • Eye Scream: That golden half-mask and red eye? He and his brother only have them because the Plutonian smashed their heads together hard enough to cost them both an eye.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Drags Kurne to the spirit world so he can save Kaiden and Gil.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Their codenames are the names of the two monsters Odysseus sailed between.
  • 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.

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.

  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Modeus possesses her and amplifies her power, allowing her to take on the Plutonian.
  • Gravity Master: Her true power. When Modeus amplifies it, she also gains Super Strength.
  • 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 subconciously, allowing her to guide her bullets.

Gilgamos

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

  • The Determinator: He tears off his own wing to use the bones to pick a lock when he's imprisoned.
  • 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 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.

Kaidan aka 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

  • Necromancer: Of a kind, as she can summon/recreate her dead friends to fight for her.
  • Sibling Triangle: Stuck in the middle of one
  • Summon Magic: She summons samurai, warriors etc. by telling their stories. She can also summon her deceased comrades.

Volt

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

  • Touched by Vorlons: His powers came from being exposed to an alien energy-flux during an attempted invasion of Earth.

Samsara aka 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 was one of the major factors in his fall from grace.
  • 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 lobotomises him with heat-vision before Samsara can reveal his secret. Samsara is now brain dead, and has even been buried by his teammates.
  • The Reveal: Modeus has been hiding in Samsara, possessing his body.

Hornet

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

  • Crazy-Prepared: He creates 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, revealing to the Hornet 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

  • Big Good: At the least, he's trying to be this.
  • Blessed with Suck: He gets stronger and more invulnerable in proportion to how long he's awake. Of course, this makes him unable to smell, taste, or feel anything.
  • Break Her Heart To Save Her: What he tries to keep Jailbreak out of harms way.
  • Bullet Seed: Catches a bullet in his teeth, then spits it out.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Part of what lead to his Heel-Face Turn. Even he-Especially he-is horrified by what the Plutonian is doing.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In the beginning of his hero career, he just did the opposite of his supervillian instincts. He gets better though.
  • For the Evulz: When he was a villain
  • Genius Bruiser: Was working on a scientific equation to stop Tony before Tony was captured.
  • Genre Savvy: He knew that with Plutonian evil, there was no one stopping all the other dangers the world faced.
  • Perma Stubble: His invulnerability causes razors to break on his skin, resulting in this.
  • Super Strength: How strong he is at his peak is unknown but he is at least strong enough to hold a car in place with one hand.
  • 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.

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...

  • Brain Uploading: His bodies have included the lobotomised Samsara, a robotic duplicate of himself, Cutter and Bette Noir. He tries to take over Qubit, but apparently Qubit contains him with his psychic shields.

Orian

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

  • Body Horror: To summon Orian, you read an alien script. At that point Orian crawls out of your mouth, tearing you in two.
  • Enemy Mine: Allies with the US government, Survivor and the Paradigm to kill the Plutonian
  • Expy: He's a murderous, twisted version of Mr Mxyztplk that is in no way played for laughs. As a possible Shout-Out, he bears a resemblance to Mxyzptlk's true form as revealed in Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow.
  • For the Evulz: The summoning doesn't have to be as painful or violent as he makes it. He just prefers it that way.
  • Killed Off for Real: Whatever was in that wax bullet, it killed him just fine too.
  • Meaningful Name: He has a tendency to take trophies of his kills, like a hunter.
  • Take Over the World: His plan when he kills the Plutonian.

The Plutonian's Allies

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.

  • Hearing Voices: Subverted with Kurne. At first it seems that he's hearing voices, as everyone believes he's insane. Turns out that he actually has tiny mouths whispering to him all the time.
  • Self-Harm: When Cutter slices herself, at which point the cut appears on her foes.
  • Time Travel: Mallus can send people through time by punching them.