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Tony, Dan Anderson/Hartigan, The Wolf-BoyThe 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 he has them or even what he is.
- Ax-Crazy: Tony's rage has made him dangerously unstable and his severe narcissism means pissing him off can be as simple as a mild insult. He takes a lie that a Singaporean ambassador tells him, out of a fear, as a personal affront and destroys the man's entire country as payback.
- 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 on 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 the villains (except Modeus) trusted him.
- Blessed with Suck: He didn't have the psychological strength to handle his super-senses - hearing literally every single cry for help and every little snide comment about him over the cheers 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. This becomes rather interesting once it's revealed that Tony is actually a Reality Warper who's only tapping into the most basic applications of his powers to appear to be a Flying Brick, so he's really only as strong as he thinks he is. It's never been remarked on, but it's possible to interpret all the "sucky" aspects of his powers as a manifestation of his own martyr complex.
- 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.
- 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: Early on, he makes Qubit choose just ten out of four million people in Singapore to save, so that Qubit would understand what it was like to shoulder all the responsibility he had. And why was he destroying Singapore anyway? Because the UN ambassador from there lied to him about why they elected Tony as their absolute monarch.
- 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 B.S.O.D.: 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.
- Narcissist: Tony obsesses over being adored and only ever helps people out of the hope that they will love him for it. When he goes rouge, he continues this behaviour, taking it up to believing he still deserves the undying worship of those around him even as he slaughters them, unable to look at people as anything more than toys for his amusement.
- 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.
- Secretly Selfish: Revealed to have been this all along over the course of the book. He ultimately became a superhero to fulfill his deep-seated desire for love and acceptance, coupled with an intense martyr complex imposed on him by his foster parents.
- Slasher Smile: Has a truly frightening one (last panel of last page) when he reveals he knew Modeus was possessing Samsara's brain-dead body.
- Smug Super: Plutonian is as cocky as he is powerful, and he is really powerful.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Implied pre-Face–Heel Turn. Tony and his allies remember the struggles against dangerous foes like Modeus but never went beyond incarcerating them, despite having them at his mercy.
- 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, and it's important to keep in mind that Max usually has serious issues related to the sleep deprivation needed to bring him up to full strength. And Tony's Reality Warper powers were likely still in effect.
- 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 series opens up on him murdering Hornet's children. He also killed a bunch of kids during his massacre of Sky City.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In an in-universe example of Alternative Character Interpretation, Bette Noir believes Tony does this to himself, namely that once he makes a genuine connection with someone, he worries they'll see the darker and less savory aspects of him that he tries to keep hidden beneath a veneer of perfection, and thus punish himself for his own self-loathing. She may have a point...
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.
- Anti-Hero: Despite his idealism and supposed pacifism.
- Badass Boast:Qubit: That teleportal? One of those things that allows you to march your conquering empire across the cosmos? I invented those. They're mine. And I can take them back whenever I like.
- Badass Bookworm: He doesn't have Heroic Build and looks like a lanky nerd. Doesn't mean he's not dangerous when he wants to be, and he once successfully threatened an alien empire.
- Berserk Button: The only times he really shouts is when his intelligence is questioned (moments include Encanta calling him stupid, and Tony claiming that he can work around Qubit's death trap). He also wasn't happy at how the Vespa weaponized his teleportation technology.
- Better The Devil You Know: He decided to kill Orian using the anti-Plutonian wax bullet instead. Later on, he negotiated Plutonian's release from the Vespas when it's clear that Survivor is exhibiting traits of becoming like the Plutonian.
- Dirty Business: His hands get progressively dirtier over the course of the series. He notes how much Tony enjoys seeing him forced to compromise his morals in battling him.
- Expy: Of the Tenth Doctor.
- Good Counterpart: To Modeus. Both are super-smart, have a deep personal investment in Tony, care nothing for conventions and seem keen on figuring out how people's powers actually work and then enhancing them, but Modeus takes all those qualities in horrifying directions.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: In the hands of an uber-genius like Qubit, his abilities verge on game-breaking even though he doesn't use them to make weapons. In particular, in the last issue it's revealed that he could have killed the Plutonian at any time after he got the wax bullet simply by teleporting it directly into his heart.
- Hypocrite: Despite adamantly preaching an aversion to killing, it has been pointed out a number of times how many lives he has taken in his pursuits to stop the Plutonian and Modeus. He is painfully aware of this.
- Insufferable Genius: He is the smartest man alive (right next to Modeus), and can get very overbearing at times.
- Messy Hair: Fits with him being an expy of the Tenth Doctor.
- Psychic Block Defense: The best on the planet, a strategy picked up due to combating the telepath Burrows in his career.
- Science Hero: It's a given, as he is the smartest member of The Paradigm, and his powers involve manipulation of technology.
- The Smart Guy: The smartest member of The Paradigm, and so the most dangerous to the Plutonian.
- Squishy Wizard: Qubit has no superhuman durability, relying on his teleporters and shields to protect him from harm.
- Technical Pacifist: Right up until he kills Orian.
- Technopath: Qubit can create almost any device he imagines, if he has some tools to work with. He created teleporters from a few handfuls of coins and iPods. He can also disarm and dismantle weapons and machinery with a wave of his hand.
- Teleporters and Transporters: He invented them, and gets a hell of a lot of use out of them.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: A strong proponent of it, although he seems to value non-human life markedly less.
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Not usually, but when he managed to contain Modeus in his considerable Psychic Block Defense, he gains the latter's intelligence and knowledge, allowing him to devise even more incredible devices with his Technopathy.
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 has 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: His and Scylla's powers involve shooting superheated energy blasts.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Cary becomes almost as arrogant and unbalanced as the Plutonian soon after he develops his stronger powers. As a result, Qubit comes to fear the possibility of Cary snapping in a similar fashion, driving him to team up with Modeus and get Plutonian back from the Vespa.
- 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 late into the series.
- Same-Sex Triplets: Him, Scylla, and Elliot.
- Sibling Triangle: Between him, Scylla and Kaidan.
- 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: More like several levels 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 increasing arrogance, their differences become even more profound.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He means well, but he's unbalanced, arrogant and a major Jerkass.
- 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.
Charybdis' twin brother with identical powers, and the lover of Kaidan.
- Always Identical Twins: Subverted - they're actually triplets.
- And I Must Scream: In his brain-dead body.
- Back from the Dead: Of a sort. Kaidan summons his spirit through her ghost stories.
- 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.
- Flying Firepower: His and Cary's powers include being able to shoot blasts of superheated energy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Drags Kurne to the spirit world so he can save Kaidan and Gil.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: His words from beyond the grave are "kill me".
- Not Quite Dead: Survived the explosion in the Inferno's lair, and was a brain-dead husk for a while. Kaidan has to kill his physical body to free him.
- Same-Sex Triplets: Him, Cary, and Elliot.
- Sibling Triangle: Between him, his brother, and Kaidan.
- Soulless Shell: Leading to an unusual scenario where his spirit fights his corpse.
- 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.
Gilgamos' wife, and master sharpshooter who uses specialized bullets. It's later revealed that she's been having an affair with the Plutonian.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She felt bored with her straightforward relationship with Gilgamos, and was 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 B.S.O.D.: 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 affair 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 and 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Read above on Heroic B.S.O.D..
- 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.
The husband of Bette Noir and a two thousand year old Babylonian
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses both of his wings by the end of the Orian arc.
- Badass Beard: Has a full beard.
- Badass Longhair: Has long black hair.
- Been There, Shaped History: He met and befriended Alexander the Great.
- 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. Just remove the Egyptian motif and substitute it for Babylon.
- Ignored Epiphany: Gil suspected that Bette was cheating on him but he did not want 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: Looks like he's in his mid-30's, but is actually several centuries old, if not millennia.
- Really 700 Years Old: He has been around since before the beginning of Ancient Rome.
- 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.
KeikoA 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 the Plutonian's rampage. To wit, Scylla dies, then turns out to be Not Quite Dead, and is forced to Mercy Kill his brain dead body.
- 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" (kai) and "talk or recited narrative" (dan).
- 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 the spirits of warriors to fight for her.
- Necromantic: With Scylla.
- Nice Girl: Is one of the most kindhearted people in this whole setting.
- Sibling Triangle: Stuck in the middle of one with Cary and Scylla.
- Summon Magic: She summons the spirits of samurai and warriors by telling their stories. Later on, she learns this extends to her deceased Paradigm comrades.
- Token Minority: Is Japanese.
One of the Paradigm's more recent recruits, and extremely devoted to the Plutonian for having helped him gain control over his powers.
- An Arm and a Leg: The Plutonian took his left arm as a joke.
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted - he survived the first days of the Plutonian's rampage. Then it's doubly subverted when he's the first of the survivors to be killed off early into the series (Scylla doesn't count, as he turned out to be Not Quite Dead).
- Broken Pedestal: After Tony went evil, Volt went through this hard.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the most sarcastic members of the Paradigm by far.
- Electric Black Guy: He even lampshades the trope.
- Everything Is Racist: One of his major flaws. He tends to go on rather weird tangents about this. In a flashback, he did at one point accusing Bette of only wanting to be with Gil because he was white.
- Expy: Of Static and Black Lightning. He frequently lampshaded and cracked jokes about this.
- Killed Off for Real: By Modeus in Samsara's body.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His admission that being a black man with electrical powers isn't exactly original.Volt: "Why couldn't I have been a super-speedster? A black guy who runs really fast... that wouldn't have been too racist, would it?"
- Power Incontinence: Before meeting the Paradigm, he couldn't touch anything electronic without shorting it out. As a result, he couldn't hold down a job.
- Shock and Awe: He claims he can power all of Las Vegas with a sneeze.
- Touched by Vorlons: His powers came from being exposed to an alien energy-flux during an attempted invasion of Earth.
SamThe 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: Had his brain fried up by the Plutonian's heat vision, which left him a brain dead vegetable.
- Kid Sidekick: Tony was rather paternal towards him.
- Nice Guy: Before everything went downhill, Samsara was remembered as being a kind and gentle person.
- Power Crystal: The blue gem embedded in his head gives him magical powers.
- The Reveal: Modeus has been hiding in Samsara, possessing his body.
JimA former policeman who uses his incredible skills and gadgets to fight crime. He was also the Plutonian's first and best friend on the Paradigm, but that didn't save him from being killed early on when Plutonian snapped.
- Badass Normal: The only one on the Paradigm. Brutally deconstructed however, as gadgets and martial arts skills are nothing compared to a guy with actual superpowers, and he was all too aware of this.Hornet: (video recording narration) "...but none of the rest of you were on guard as I tended to be... being as Gilgamos would have called me one of those 'ordinary mortals' and all. Metalman was tough. I'd seen him bounce mortar fire off his chest. Even Volt could bring down a building when he really cut loose. Me, I was a guy who knew some Muy Thai. Not a superhuman bone in my body. I had reason to be a little more way of the Uberman than the rest of you."
- 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.
- Deal with the Devil: Sold out the entire universe to the Vespas in exchange of them leaving Earth alone. Horrific as it may be, this deal did manage to stop Plutonian's rampage mid-series. Pity the other party overestimated their containment protocols...
- 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.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He gave the coordinates of every Earth-like planet that the Paradigm visited and saved to the Vespa in exchange for them leaving Earth alone and their help if Plutonian went evil. Horrifying as it was, he was Properly Paranoid.
- Killed Off for Real: In the first scene of 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: His character is explored a lot more in the flashbacks and in the special.
- 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: Was killed right when the series began. He's explored more in the flashbacks.
EvanThe 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.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Plutonian.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His wanted poster says that he's wanted manslaughter, terrorism, armed robbery, conspiracy and interstate flight.
- The Atoner: Dedicates himself to correcting his ways after seeing the Plutonian's rampage.
- Awesome McCool Name: Invoked - his real name is Evan Cousins.
- 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. However, his invulnerability shuts down his physical-contact senses, making him unable to smell, taste, or feel anything. Also, sleep deprivation degrades his perception and judgment if he stays awake too long.
- Break Her Heart to Save Her: What he tries to do to keep Jailbait out of harm's way.
- Bullet Seed: Catches a bullet in his teeth, then spits it out.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Part of what led to his Heel–Face Turn. He's utterly horrified by what the Plutonian's doing in his rampage.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In the beginning of his hero career, he just did the opposite of his supervillain 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 the Plutonian having gone evil, there was no one stopping all the other dangers the world faced.
- Heel–Face Turn: As a result of the Plutonian's Face–Heel Turn.
- Hero with an F in Good: Subverted. He becomes a better hero as time goes on, but a huge chunk of his Character Development is spent trying to overcome his previous status as a villain who was already pretty close to crossing or had already crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: As a result of the drawbacks of his powers (particularly his Sense Loss Sadness). Ironically enough, he got his abilities because he volunteered himself for an experiment.
- The Insomniac: Out of necessity to increase his powers.
- In a Single Bound: Can jump quite tall buildings with one leap.
- Made of Iron: The only one who can survive fighting The Plutonian.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In a fashion - witnessing the Plutonian's rampage for himself made him realize how small the Muggles felt when they were suffering the wrath of supervillains, driving him to make a Heel–Face Turn.
- Perma Stubble: His invulnerability causes razors to break on his skin, resulting in this.
- Sociopathic Hero: Initially was this, just turning his wrath on "bad guys" without actually improving himself, but he does get a lot better later on.
- Super Speed: His speed increases along with his strength the longer he's awake.
- 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, and he's the only person that can give the Plutonian a run for his money.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Pre-Heel–Face Turn, he killed a certain attorney's 12-years old son. Some even consider it his Moral Event Horizon.
TerriA teenage girl Max rescued from sex slavery, she's since stuck by him as his sidekick, helper and lover.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her outfits leave little to the imagination.
- Ax-Crazy: She's a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie.
- Badass Normal: In a world of supers (including her own boyfriend), she can hold up well.
- Domino Mask: As part of her costume.
- Expy: Of Harley Quinn.
- Hellbent For Leather: Her outfit is tight enough to look like it was just painted on her body.
- May-December Romance: She's sixteen in the series, while Max is at least in his late twenties/early thirties.
- Meaningful Name: Naturally.
- Morality Pet: Subverted initially, when she tried to get Max to stop trying to be a hero, viewing it as a waste of time. She does come around eventually. On the flipside, it's shown that she genuinely does love Max.
- Ms. Fanservice: Although a somewhat uncomfortable example, as she's still a teen.
- Perky Female Minion: For Max. Flashbacks show that before the Plutonian went rogue, she happily helped him torture people and rob banks.
- Rescue Romance: She was a teenage runaway working at a brothel. Max saved her from that place and she's stood by him ever since.
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...
- It Amused Me: He had no real motivation to his crimes besides to torment Plutonian. Until Tony realized Modeus was actually in love with him.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Plutonian.
- Body Snatcher: Can possess other people.
- Body Surf: Thanks to Encanta's upgrade.
- Brain Uploading: His bodies have included the lobotomized Samsara, a robotic duplicate of himself, Cutter and Bette Noir. He tries to take over Qubit, but Qubit contains him with his psychic shields.
- The Chessmaster: A given, as he is the smartest and most cunning character after Qubit.
- Child Prodigy: He was just as much of a genius when he was younger. In fact he helped imprison the Plutonian's parents.
- Depraved Homosexual: Subverted. He's in love with the Plutonian's power and states that Tony was the only person he ever felt emotion towards, making this a case of Single-Target Sexuality.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Despite his importance in the story, only his intelligence, evil, and lust for Tony get much attention. We know almost nothing of his background, and only the faintest understanding of his powers.
- Expy: Of Lex Luthor, as well as a few attributes of Brainiac.
- Evil Counterpart: To Qubit. Both are super-smart, have a deep personal investment in Tony, care nothing for conventions and seem keen on figuring out how people's powers actually work and then enhancing them, but Modeus takes all those qualities in horrifying directions.
- Evil Genius: He's smartest man alive besides Qubit.
- Keeping the Enemy Close: Initially rationalized his obsession with the Plutonian as this until he realizes and accepts he loves Tony.
- Manipulative Bastard: He took control of Samsara's brain dead body to egg the Plutonian's rampage on, and he has no qualms using every piece at his disposal to further his goals.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Not in flashbacks, but his appearances in-person have been depicted with these.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's just 2 letters away from Asmodeus.
- Power Parasite: Courtesy of Body Surf, he gains the powers of the body he possesses. The biggest of this is the Gravity Master powers of his last body.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His attempt to possess Qubit backfires when he is trapped by Qubit's psychic blocks.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Towards the Plutonian
- The Sociopath: He cares for nothing but himself and the Plutonian, the only person to ever elicit an emotional response from him. Tony even remarks that Modeus' arrogance, Lack of Empathy and inability to see the world through other people's eyes were his Fatal Flaws.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: A telepath took a glimpse into his mind once, and was Driven to Suicide soon after.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was scary enough when he was just an ordinary human. Several levels later, he's an ungodly nightmare.
- Yandere: When he takes over Bette's body, uses her newly enhanced gravity manipulation powers to subdue Plutonian, and gets ready to achieve his dreams of knocking boots with Tony, Tony points out that the world will end if that radioactive cloud that contained his parents doesn't get resolved soon, and Modeus' reply is pure yandere."[My world] ends every time you turn me away."
An extraterrestrial (or possibly a demon, or both) that has fought with the Paradigm before. The US government summons him to defeat the Plutonian and prevent the Paradigm from going rogue.
- Arc Villain: He is summoned by the US government to stop the Plutonian, and decides to spend some of his time on Earth also dividing the Paradigm.
- Body Horror: To summon Orian, you read an alien script. At that point Orian crawls out of your mouth, tearing you in two.
- Brown Note: See Body Horror above. Worst part is that you don't even have to vocalize it, just looking at it and registering it in your brain is enough.
- Eldritch Abomination: Reading his name causes him to crawl out of your mouth and rip you apart.
- Enemy Mine: Allies with the US government, Survivor and the Paradigm to kill the Plutonian. Qubit points out that this isn't a good thing however, as it's clear Orian is not doing this out of any good in his heart and all he wants is to invade and take Earth for himself.
- Evil vs. Evil: Against 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 horrifying 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.
- Godzilla Threshold: The entire reason the US government summoned him is because of this trope.
- 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
Auroran, Mallus, Kurne, Mordanse and CutterA 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.
- The Alcatraz: They're escaping from it.
- Body Snatcher: Cutter is possessed by Modeus.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: Cutter, combined with Non Humans Lack Attributes.
- Flying Brick: Auroran because he mimics the Plutonian's powers.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Cutter is a tall alien woman with a curvy figure.
- 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.
- Legion of Doom: They're Plutonian's evil version of the Paradigm.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Mordanse
- Power Born of Madness: Cutter's powers depend on her mental state - when she's freed and calms down, the amount of damage she can do decreases. It's actually Foreshadowing that Modeus is possessing her body.
- Psychic Powers: Auroran
- Self-Harm: When Cutter slices herself, a larger version of the cut appears on her foes.
- Super Strength: Kurne and Mordanse
- The Symbiote: Auroran was this for the Plutonian, latching onto him and being so overwhelmed by the tide of emotions and the weight of his life story that he wanted to help heal Tony.
- Time Travel: Mallus can send people through time by punching them.
A pair of aliens that were imprisoned by humanity, and were released after the Plutonian's return to Earth. They are also his parents.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Appear as massive giants.
- Eldritch Abomination: Subverted - while their true form is too much for mortal minds to comprehend and they are very powerful reality warpers who can smack the Plutonian around easily, they're actually pretty nice, styling themselves as keepers of knowledge on time and space who were intrigued by human emotions. When they were imprisoned, they chose not to break out for fear of harming humanity with the radiation used to seal them, and often held pleasant conversations with their guards.
- Humanoid Alien: They appear bipedal with bodies that are human-like in structure, but this is only how they appear to others.
- Meaningful Name: "Eleos" sounds a lot like Elohim. This, of course, makes their son, the Plutonian, another trope.
- My God, What Have I Done?: They're horrified to see the damage caused by their release, which included the death of the guard watching them (they build a headstone and engrave his name into it). They're also horrified and saddened by their part in the Plutonian's creation (and his less-than-ideal childhood) and the disaster it brought on later.
- Physical Gods: They are highly powerful beings and easily trounced Plutonian with only a snap of the fingers.
- Proud Scholar Race: They fashion themselves keepers, recorders and studiers of space and time, travelling across the multiverse to gather knowledge.
- Reality Warpers: To an even greater extent than their "son".
- Sealed Good in a Can: Imprisoned within a barrier of nuclear energy, which they could escape from but choose not to as doing so would release the energy and kill more than a third of Earth's population.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: They tell Tony that the appearance they take is merely the only way his mind is able to conceive their forms.