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.
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.
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.
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.
Meta Origin: In-universe for Superman. Qubit scatters his Elos essence across the multiverse and parallel dimensions, some of it getting into the original concepts of Superman for his actual creators in Real Life.
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.
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.
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.
Anti-Hero: Despite his idealism and supposed pacifism.
Dirty Business: His hands get progressively dirtier over the course of the series. Lampshaded, in which he notes how much Tony enjoys seeing him forced to compromise his morals in battling him.
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.
Anti-Hero: Cary is type III-IV by the end of his descent
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: Gigalmos 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Played with. He's in love with the Plutonian's power, so he doesn't seem to be attracted to any other men.
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.