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!The Paradigm

[[folder:The Plutonian]]
!!Tony, Dan Anderson/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.

* AngelUnaware: Played with. He knows naturally that he is superhuman, but he doesn't know why he has these powers, what he is or where he's from.
* AxCrazy: Tony's rage has made him dangerously unstable and his severe [[{{Narcissist}} narcissism]] means pissing him off can be as simple as a mild insult. He takes a lie that a Singaporean ambassador tells him, done out of fear, as a personal affront and destroys the man's entire country [[DisproportionateRetribution as payback]].
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: With no apparent limits.
* BewareTheSuperman: Once he turned to evil. The only person that feared this happening was Hornet.
* BigBad: Even before his turn, Plutonian was on a level well above even his allies. Once he blew up, not even the other bad guys were evil or powerful enough to stop him.
* BigGood: Before his turn. To the point where even the villains (except [[spoiler:Modeus]]) trusted him.
* BlessedWithSuck: 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 [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]] is also so great that he CantHaveSexEver, 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 [[spoiler:a RealityWarper who's only tapping into the most basic applications of his powers to appear to be a FlyingBrick, 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.
* BrokenAce: Flashbacks show that even before he snapped, he was ''deeply'' badly broken inside.
* TheCape: When he was a hero. After he became evil, he stopped wearing it.
* CantTakeCriticism: 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 millions you stop caring what anybody thinks about you.
* ChangelingTale: [[spoiler: He was an extraterrestrial probe that took on the shape of a human baby by reacting to the emotions of an insane woman that had killed her child]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He was "born" when the emotion-studying probe released by the Eleos reacted to the strong emotions of an insane woman who went crazy with guilt after accidentally killing her child]], was bounced around between several foster families who rejected and feared him, and went through a period where he lived [[spoiler:as a WildChild known by the locals as the "Wolf Boy"]].
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Of the SupermanSubstitute. His background leaves his private motivations as a superhero wildly askew with genuine decency and faith in others and ultimately snaps due to [[UnfitForGreatness not being psychologically capable of bearing the responsibilities and physical complications that come with the powers]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: The white parts of his costume get turned red and the red parts go black. Loses the cape too.
* EvilIsPetty: 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}}: The Plutonian is one of ComicBook/{{Superman}}, [[spoiler:by the end explicitly]], albeit gone very, very wrong. He's also very evocative of ComicBook/{{Supreme}} and ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} in appearance. In fact, his costume is nearly identical to Apollo's from ''Grounded''.
* EyeBeams: That can carve lines in ''continents''.
* FaceHeelTurn: He tried to be as straight an arrow as he possibly could, but being privy to humanity's thoughts (even the evil, petty ones) caused him to lash out violently.
* FallenHero: Played with. Plutonian did fall from grace, but he did not dwell in sorrow, opting to just destroy everything instead of facing his mistakes.
* FauxAffablyEvil: 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.
* FlyingBrick: Played with. It's explained that Plutonian [[spoiler:doesn't actually have the powers of a proper FlyingBrick, but can alter the fabric of reality to cause power-like manifestations.]]
* ForTheEvulz: 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.
* FreudianExcuse: Zig-zagged. On the one hand, 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. And then there are the circumstances of his birth - [[spoiler:he was originally an alien probe that took on a human baby's form after reacting to the powerful emotions of a insane woman who had killed her child, which might have corrupted him from the start]]. He also [[spoiler:lived in the woods as a feral child, known as the Wolf Boy]]. But he also got a few good lucky breaks, such as a caring foster father who genuinely wanted to teach him right from wrong, a girlfriend, and the love of at least 90% of the human race, but it wasn't enough. Then again, by the time he began getting his lucky breaks, he was already severely psychologically damaged. While he did have some good stuff, it didn't undo any of the trauma he already endured and presumably, he never went to therapy to cope with it (which would've done him a lot of good). Regardless though, [[spoiler:his biological parents even tell him to his face that the treatment he endured doesn't justify any of his atrocities.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Turns out his superhero name, the Plutonian, is this, though it's not well-known. PLUTO stands for Piety, Loyalty, Utility, Truthfulness, and Order. [[spoiler:It came from his last foster father.]]
* GeniusBruiser: The Plutonian is very intelligent and manipulative, which makes him that much more dangerous.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Like Superman when he's angry.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Went from windswept to a buzzcut.
* HeroicBSOD: When he realizes just how badly he screwed up with the sound virus.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Particularly early in his life, when he was jumping between foster parents. Later, he wants to settle with Alana Patel, but messes that up.
* ItsAllAboutMe: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Samsara discovering Plutonian's involvement in the sound virus incident that resulted 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.
* LoveHungry: Combined with SecretlySelfish, this was Plutonian down to the core. He was so desperate for ''everyone's'' unconditional love and acceptance that even the slightest criticisms (from bitter {{jerkass}}es that really should've just been tuned out) made him terrified of failure and making any mistakes that could lead to losing everyone's love and admiration for him. When he does make one of those Really Bad Mistakes (which also loses him his sidekick's trust), that's when he basically throws his hands up and says "Fine." His desperation for love results from being bounced between foster homes due to his powers making everyone scared of him.
* MadeOfDiamond: 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 [[AWizardDidit literal magic powers]] and [[PortalCut teleporting bits of him away]]. He can get knocked around by an opponent of matching physical strength, but he's almost impossible to kill.
* MetaOrigin: [[spoiler:In-universe for Franchise/{{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 RealLife.]]
* MoodSwinger: Plutonian is very irascible and remarkably unstable, though it is justified by his deeply painful childhood and the fact that [[spoiler:he was an alien probe that took form from a person's conscience and desires. In this case, it was an insane woman who wished for a baby back shortly after killing her own.]]
* MysteriousPast: Up until the final act, even Tony knew nothing of his origins, or even if he's really an alien. The rest of the Paradigm had this to contend with in the first part of the series, as they had very few leads and only small scraps of information to go by to discover what they could on him.
* {{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 rogue, he continues this behavior, 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.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Happened to him often.
** At one point in his childhood, Tony killed an abusive foster father and thought it would make his foster mother love him. It only really frightened her and eventually, she ended up committing suicide. Tony tried to stop her, but it was already too late.
** In another childhood flashback, Tony tried to defend a girl he befriended by standing up to a bully. When he shoved the other kid away, [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength he accidentally killed him]].
* OmnicidalManiac: He kills masses of people on a whim after his fall, including all of Singapore.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: Toyed with. Of all superheroes, there was little to no suspicion that the Plutonian would ever rebel.
* ThePerfectionist: His inability to handle criticism and the fallout from his own mistakes played a major part in his fall.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler: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.]]
* RapeByProxy: One of the Plutonian's more bizarre crimes is to kidnap men and women, dressing them up like himself and [[spoiler:Bette]] and make them do the deed while he watches. The women are instructed to cry "Save me!" as they're brought to orgasm.
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: His ''real'' power.]]
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler: He gains an extra finger on each hand like his parents after his powers evolve.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SamaritanSyndrome: Before he turned evil. At one point, he flew to the moon just so he could enjoy a 10 minute break from the cries for help... right when [[spoiler:that alien sound virus broke out.]]
* SealedEvilInACan:
** [[spoiler: 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.]]
** [[spoiler:His true parents intended to leave him frozen in a dead universe and [[AndIMustScream unable to move]]]].
* SecretIdentity: 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 [[spoiler:Wolf-Boy]].
* SecretlySelfish: 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 (a result of his troubled youth as a foster child being bounced around) coupled with an intense martyr complex imposed on him by his foster parents.
* SlasherSmile: [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2371273.html?#cutid1 Has a truly frightening one]] (last panel of last page) when he reveals he [[spoiler:knew Modeus was possessing Samsara's brain-dead body]].
* SmugSuper: Plutonian is as cocky as he is powerful, and he is '''really''' powerful.
* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: The critical remarks directed at him were just one in a thousand. But 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.
* StepfordSmiler: He's the "Unstable" type with more than a few touches of the "Empty/Depressed" kind.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: [[spoiler: Deconstructed. Tony's powers are psionic based, so he really is making himself as strong as he subconsciously restricts himself.]]
* SuperHeroOrigin: Not even he knew what his origin was, possessing his powers as far back as he could remember. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* SupermanSubstitute: He's what happens when you give Superman's immense power, terrifying responsibilities ''and'' deep desire for acceptance to someone who can't handle it as well as the original. The result: he ''snaps.''
* SuperpowerLottery: 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 AssPull.
* SuperSenses: 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.
* SuperSpeed: When he really gets going, he's too fast to see and can perform fairly intricate actions while doing so.
* SuperStrength: He can squeeze asteroids into diamonds and throw them hard enough to sink islands, and shoulder-charge opponents through tectonic plates.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: 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.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Implied pre-FaceHeelTurn. Tony and his allies remember the struggles against dangerous foes like Modeus but never went beyond incarcerating them, despite having them at his mercy.
* TokenNonHuman: The Plutonian's power was way beyond that of even his super-powered human peers.
* TooKinkyToTorture: When Cutter was able to make him bleed, he actually gets aroused by it and takes her as his lover.
* TheUnfettered: Tries to be this way after his FaceHeelTurn, but still strongly desires to be a hero again, too.
* UnskilledButStrong: What allows him to be defeated by [[spoiler: 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 PowerNullifier field and expected this to be the case, but found that the guy was actually really tough even with no powers. [[UnreliableNarrator 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 [[spoiler:RealityWarper powers were likely still in effect]].
* VillainProtagonist: Plutonian slides to the side of deuteragonist, though his storyline is always the main one.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Plutonian really tried hard to please everyone, when such a thing was impossible. [[FaceHeelTurn It]] [[MoralEventHorizon ended]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil horrifically.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: The series opens up on him murdering Hornet's children. He also killed a bunch of kids during his massacre of Sky City.
* YankTheDogsChain: In an in-universe example of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, Bette Noir believes [[HisOwnWorstEnemy Tony does this to himself]], namely that once he makes a genuine connection with someone, he worries they'll see [[WartsAndAll 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 [[TechnicalPacifist peaceful]] and [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]] characters in the story, he alone views the Plutonian as capable of becoming a hero once more.

* AntiHero: Despite his idealism and supposed pacifism.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''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''.
* BadassBookworm: He doesn't have HeroicBuild 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''.
* BerserkButton: The only times he really gets angry is when his intelligence is questioned (moments include Encanta calling him stupid, and Tony claiming that [[spoiler:he can work around Qubit's death trap]]). He also wasn't happy with how the Vespa weaponized his teleportation technology.
* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: [[spoiler: He decided to kill Orian using the anti-Plutonian wax bullet. Later on, he negotiated Plutonian's release from the Vespas when it's clear that Survivor is exhibiting traits of becoming like the Plutonian]].
* DirtyBusiness: 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 [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor]]. He also has elements of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] and [[ComicBook/XMen Forge]].
* GoodCounterpart: To Modeus. Both are super-smart, have a deep personal investment in Tony, [[UberMensch care nothing for conventions]] and seem keen on figuring out how people's powers actually work [[SuperEmpowering and then enhancing them,]] but Modeus takes all those qualities in horrifying directions.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: In the hands of an uber-genius like Qubit, his abilities verge on [[GameBreaker game-breaking]] even though he doesn't use them to make weapons. In particular, in the last issue, it's revealed that [[spoiler: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.
* InsufferableGenius: He is the smartest man alive (right next to Modeus), and can get very overbearing at times.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be insufferable and dismissive, but is a genuinely heroic figure nonetheless.
* MessyHair: Fits with him being an expy of the Tenth Doctor.
* PsychicBlockDefense: The best on the planet, a strategy picked up due to combating the telepath Burrows in his career.
* ScienceHero: It's a given, as he is the smartest member of The Paradigm, and his powers involve manipulation of technology.
* TheSmartGuy: The smartest member of The Paradigm, and so the most dangerous to the Plutonian.
* SquishyWizard: Qubit has no superhuman durability, relying on his teleporters and shields to protect him from harm.
* TechnicalPacifist: Right up until he kills [[spoiler: Orian]].
* {{Technopath}}: Qubit can create almost any device he imagines if he has some tools to work with. He created teleporters from a [[MacGyvering few handfuls of coins and iPods]]. He can also disarm and dismantle weapons and machinery with a wave of his hand.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: He invented them, and [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gets a hell of a lot of use out of them.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: A strong proponent of it, although [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman he seems to value non-human life markedly less.]]
* VictorGainsLosersPowers: Not usually, but when he managed [[spoiler: to contain [[BodySurf Modeus]] in his considerable PsychicBlockDefense]], he gains the latter's intelligence and knowledge, allowing him to devise even more incredible devices with his Technopathy.

[[folder: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.

* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: Subverted - they're actually triplets.]]
* AntiHero: Cary goes from a GoodIsNotSoft one to a straight up HeWhoFightsMonsters type.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: Subverted. He's more badass, only faking being weakened. He becomes much more powerful after Scylla's death.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: 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 also he and Elliot both know that Cary is the source of the power. If he dies, it's gone.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: A big part in what causes his eventual slide is his feeling that he's not getting the adulation and respect he "rightfully" deserves for [[spoiler:being the only being that can match the Plutonian in a straight up fight]].
-->'''Cary:''' (to a group of reporters that seem more stumped than anything after Cary tells them about [[spoiler:his power boost and fighting off the Plutonian]]) Why aren't you cheering?!
* EntitledToHaveYou: [[spoiler: 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. Naturally, she isn't very receptive (especially once she finds out that [[spoiler:Scylla's NotQuiteDead after all]] and Cary has no interest in trying to find him).
* EveryoneHasStandards: He's shocked and appalled at how [[spoiler: Hornet gave coordinates to worlds the Paradigm had protected to the Vespa for their aid in countering Plutonian in case he went rogue.]]
* FlyingFirepower: His and Scylla's powers involve shooting superheated energy blasts.
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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Cary becomes almost as arrogant and unbalanced as the Plutonian soon after he [[spoiler:develops his stronger powers]]. As a result, Qubit comes to fear the possibility of Cary snapping in a similar fashion, driving him to [[spoiler:team up with Modeus and get Plutonian back from the Vespa]].
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler: UpToEleven in his rematch against the Plutonian. Without one of his brothers sapping his powers, Charybdis can fight off Tony.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Gilgamos stabs him]] late into the series.
* RedOniBlueOni: He was the blue to Scylla's red before everything went downhill.
* SameSexTriplets: [[spoiler:Him, Scylla, and Elliot]].
* SherlockScan: He was able to deduce that the Plutionian had some kind of hand in the sound virus tragedy based on his finding an interesting piece of debris in the virus' release point (an SOS-signal device Tony gave to the scientist studying the piece of alien tech that held the lifeform). He uses this find to stun Plutonian long enough to [[spoiler:reveal his power boost]].
* SiblingTriangle: Between him, Scylla and Kaidan.
* SmugSuper: [[spoiler: When he becomes powerful enough to fight off the Plutonian.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Their codenames are the names of the two monsters Odysseus sailed between.
* TookALevelInBadass: One of the few beings capable of fighting the Plutonian on an equal ground.
* TookALevelInJerkass: More like several levels [[spoiler: after gaining his power boost]]. He immediately assumes leadership of the remaining Paradigm, gets easily angered when he thinks people aren't [[DudeWheresMyRespect in utter gratitude to him]], makes some creepy advances on Kaidan (which gets especially worse with the revelation that [[spoiler:Scylla survived that explosion in Inferno's lair]]), becomes quite a BadBoss to the new Paradigm members, and then he was willing to [[spoiler:murder Elliot to gain more power and become strong enough to kill Tony]].
* TwinDesynch: He and Scylla were always different, due to his shyness. [[spoiler: With the reveal of Elliot, and Cary's increasing arrogance, their differences become even more profound.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He means well, but he's unbalanced, arrogant and a major {{Jerkass}}.
* WonderTwinPowers: Played with. [[spoiler: They don't share the same energy source, Elliott and Scylla are siphoning the energy off Cary to power themselves.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Scylla's death]] is Cary's vendetta against the Plutonian.


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

* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: Subverted - they're actually triplets.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: In his brain-dead body.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Of a sort. Kaidan summons his spirit through her ghost stories.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Blown up by the Plutonian.]]
* EyeScream: That golden half-mask and red eye? He and his brother only have them because [[spoiler: the Plutonian smashed their heads together hard enough to cost them both an eye.]]
* FlyingFirepower: His and Cary's powers include being able to shoot blasts of superheated energy.
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Drags Kurne to the spirit world so he can save Kaidan and Gil.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: His words from beyond the grave are "kill me".]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: "Jerk" might be excessive, but Scylla was hot-headed, childish and a show-off (at one point, he even put Kaidan's life in danger). However, he was also remembered as a good hero and a much-loved friend and teammate. This becomes more pronounced as Cary becomes increasingly unhinged as the series goes on.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: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]].
%%* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Cary's blue. Kaidan lampshaded this, calling Scylla the alpha to Cary's beta.
* SameSexTriplets: [[spoiler:Him, Cary, and Elliot]].
* SiblingTriangle: Between him, his brother, and Kaidan.
* SoullessShell: [[spoiler: Leading to an unusual scenario where his spirit fights his corpse.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Their codenames are the names of the two monsters Odysseus sailed between.
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* WonderTwinPowers: Played with. [[spoiler: They don't share the same energy source, Elliott and Scylla are siphoning the energy off Cary to power themselves.]]

[[folder:Bette Noir]]
Gilgamos' wife, and master sharpshooter who uses specialized bullets. It's later revealed that [[spoiler: she's been having an affair with the Plutonian]].

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She felt bored with her straightforward relationship with Gilgamos, and was one of the few to sense the Plutonian's hidden dark side, and was attracted to it.
* CoolGun: With specialized bullets that can accomplish various effects. After the 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''.
* DrivenToSuicide: She spent most of her final appearances ([[spoiler: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.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: Modeus possesses her and amplifies her power, allowing her to take on the Plutonian.]]
* {{Expy}}: With her ColorCharacter theme, ImprobableAimingSkills and philandering, she can count as a gender-flipped one to ComicBook/GreenArrow. Her name and costume also seem to invoke ComicBook/BlackCanary.
* GoodIsBoring: 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.
* GravityMaster: [[spoiler: Her true power. When Modeus amplifies it, she also gains SuperStrength.]]
* TheHedonist: After she reaches her DespairEventHorizon, she gives up on heroics, shacks up in a Beverly Hills mansion and lives an extravagant and hedonistic lifestyle while awaiting death.
* HeroicBSOD: Unusually, a particularly unsympathetic one: [[spoiler: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 millions die to cover a single act of infidelity.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Her aim is the best on the team. [[spoiler: Justified in that her real power is to manipulate gravity on a minute scale subconsciously, allowing her to guide her bullets.]]
* MeaningfulName: She's a pretty dark character and the French euphemism of "bette noir" is a dangerous animal, to be avoided at all costs.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Goes through this when she realizes how she had [[spoiler:egged on the Plutonian's eventual meltdown]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Read above on HeroicBSOD.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler: After her power up]].
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: When Modeus boosts her powers, each punch is fueled by a star system.]]
* StarPower: [[spoiler: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.]]
* TrickBullet: Her main tools, [[spoiler: including a magic one that can kill the Plutonian.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Which contributed to the Plutonian's madness.]]


The husband of Bette Noir and an immortal Babylonian.

* AnArmAndALeg: Loses both of his wings by the end of the Orian arc.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: He met and befriended UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat.
* TheDeterminator: He tears off his own wing to use the bones to pick a lock when he's imprisoned.
* {{Expy}}: A clear one of ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}. Just remove the Egyptian motif and substitute it for Babylonian.
* IgnoredEpiphany: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MeaningfulName: Combined with his background, he's implied to be the inspiration of ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. [[spoiler: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.]]
* NiceGuy: One of the simpler members of the Paradigm.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Looks like he's in his mid-30's, but is actually several centuries old, if not millennia.
* PalsWithJesus: Not the ''actual'' Jesus that we know of, but a flashback shows he once met and fought alongside Alexander the Great.
* Really700YearsOld: He has been around since before the beginning of Ancient Rome.
* SmugSuper: Entirely [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. Bette says that his confidence in his powers and his apparent immortality made him an incredibly [[NiceGuy warm, open and friendly guy.]]
* SuperStrength: He's pretty strong, much like [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} his inspiration]].
* WalkingTheEarth: For most of his life, until he settled down with the Paradigm. Resumes this after the Orian arc.
* WingedHumanoid: Before losing both of them during the Orian Arc. Unlike Hawkman, they're not technological and are actually part of his body.


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.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The annual features a story from her background, showing how she obtained her abilities and offering insight into how she is able to maintain her kindness despite living in a CrapsackWorld.
* BreakTheCutie: She gets it very rough in the months of the Plutonian's rampage. To wit, [[spoiler:Scylla dies, then turns out to be NotQuiteDead, and is forced to MercyKill his brain-dead body.]]
* MeaningfulName: 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).
* MysticalWhiteHair: 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}}: [[spoiler: With Scylla.]]
* NiceGirl: Is one of the most kindhearted people in this whole setting.
* SiblingTriangle: Stuck in the middle of one with Cary and Scylla.
* SummonMagic: She summons the spirits of samurai and warriors by telling their stories. [[spoiler:Later on, she learns this extends to her deceased Paradigm comrades.]]
* TokenMinority: 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.

* AnArmAndALeg: The Plutonian took his left arm as a joke.
* BrokenPedestal: After Tony went evil, Volt went through this hard.
* DeadpanSnarker: One of the most sarcastic members of the Paradigm by far.
* ElectricBlackGuy: He even [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the trope.
* EverythingIsRacist: 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 ComicBook/{{Static}} and ComicBook/BlackLightning. He is unique among the cast for being very much [[LampshadeHanging aware of his unoriginality]] and was prone to complaining about it.
* {{Flight}}: An aspect of his powers included this.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: By Modeus in Samsara's body.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: His admission that being a black man with electrical powers [[ComicBook/BlackLightning isn't exactly]] [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock 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?
* PowerIncontinence: Before meeting the Paradigm, he couldn't touch anything electronic without shorting it out. [[BlessedWithSuck As a result, he couldn't hold down a job]].
* ShockAndAwe: He claims he can power all of Las Vegas with a sneeze.
* TouchedByVorlons: Hi powers came from being exposed to an alien energy-flux during an attempted invasion of Earth.
* WalkingTechbane: His powers prevented him from so much as owning a ''watch'' because they would always ruin any complex technology he came into contact with.


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.

* BlessedWithSuck: Considering that his immortality is what gave him a fate worse than death.
* BrokenPedestal: Samsara losing his faith in the Plutonian over the sound virus incident was the last straw for Tony and kicked off his fall from grace.
* BuriedAlive: As he technically cannot die.
* DeadSidekick: 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.
* EmptyShell: Lobotomized but still technically alive, he can only keep a few memories.
* {{Expy}}: A loose one of Jimmy Olson.
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: When Modeus has possessing his body, The Plutonian says that he could not hate him because he had the face of his beloved sidekick... then Plutonian uses his heat-vision to deform Samsara's face.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Had his brain fried up by the Plutonian's heat vision, which left him a brain dead vegetable.
* KidSidekick: Tony was rather paternal towards him.
* MeaningfulName: Samsara is the name of the Buddhist concept of repeated reincarnation, considered painful and unsatisfactory. Somewhat fitting considering his immortality and his fate.
* NiceGuy: Before everything went downhill, Samsara was remembered as being a kind and gentle person.
* PowerCrystal: The blue gem embedded in his head gives him magical powers.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Modeus has been hiding in Samsara, possessing his body and waiting for the right time to make his return.]]


A 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.

* BadassNormal: The only one on the Paradigm. 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 wary of the Uberman than the rest of you.
* BetrayalInsurance: His deal with the Vespans is this regarding Plutonian.
* CrazyPrepared: 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.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Sold out the entire universe to the Vespas in exchange for them leaving Earth alone.]] Horrific as it may be, this deal ''[[ProperlyParanoid did]]'' manage to stop Plutonian's rampage mid-series. [[SenselessSacrifice Pity the other party overestimated their containment protocols...]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: 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.
* GoodParents: From what we can tell, he was a loving father and a devoted family man.
* HappilyMarried: Was this with his wife Donna.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Despite his suspicions, he really did consider Tony to be his best friend.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler: He gave the coordinates of every Earth-like planet that the Paradigm visited and saved to [[TheEmpire the Vespa]] in exchange for them leaving Earth alone and their help if Plutonian went evil. [[MoralEventHorizon Horrifying as it was]], his [[ProperlyParanoid paranoia was completely justified]]]].
* KilledOffForReal: In the first scene of the first issue.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He is considered more of a scalpel than a mallet by his comrades, but he's still underpowered compared to the rest.
* PosthumousCharacter: His character is explored a lot more in the flashbacks and in [[ADayInTheLimelight the special]].
* ProperlyParanoid: He was afraid that one day the Plutonian would snap on the grounds that even if he genuinely ''was'' the pillar of virtue that his teammates thought he was, 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 the Paradigm ever visited along with the teleportation technology necessary to reach them. He hates having to have made such a deal, but it [[spoiler: saved Earth from being overrun by the Vespa, and created a contingency plan in case Tony went rogue.]]
* SherlockScan: Leave it to a former cop to pick up on the small things pertaining to the Plutonian that no one else did.
* TheSmartGuy: 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.
* StrippedToTheBone: What Tony did to him and his family with his heat vision.
* TheTeamNormal: 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.
* WeakButSkilled: The Plutonian allied with him at first specifically because Hornet can act with more precision.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Was killed right when the series began. [[PosthumousCharacter He's explored more in the flashbacks]].

[[folder:The Inferno]]
!!Martin Reber

A now-deceased member of the Paradigm. His secret hideout is visited early on in the comic.

* CrazyPrepared: In one specific sense: his base was developed with a self-destruct switch to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Other than that, not so much.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Punched ''right through'' the head. By his old friend. Ouch.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The manner of his death, which seems like a TakeThatAudience towards anyone who claims Batman could easily win in a fight with Superman.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Where Batman might have seen Superman turning on him a mile away, Plutonian's FaceHeelTurn took Inferno by surprise.
* {{Expy}}: Of Franchise/{{Batman}}, but strictly in the superficial details: the millionaire SecretIdentity, the secret mancave hideout, the habit of collecting the equipment of his foes as trophies, the idea that he was a BadassNormal and possibly a detective... also, he may have been inspired to fight crime to avenge his parents' murder, if the Fixer's snide remark specifically applies to him. Apart from that, though, he doesn't seem to have had much in common with the Bat personality-wise.
* KilledMidSentence: "Don't! I'm your frie-!"
* PosthumousCharacter: He's dead by the time we hear about him.
* StereotypeFlip: He was a Wall Street banker, but unlike the CorruptCorporateExecutive you'd expect him to be, he was apparently of strong moral character.

!Other Characters

[[folder:Max Damage]]
!!Evan Cousins

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

* ArchEnemy: To the Plutonian.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: His wanted poster says that he's wanted manslaughter, terrorism, armed robbery, conspiracy and illegal interstate flight.
* TheAtoner: Dedicates himself to correcting his ways after seeing the Plutonian's rampage.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Invoked - his real name is Evan Cousins.
* BigGood: At the least, he's trying to be this.
* BlessedWithSuck: 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 [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity degrades his perception and judgment]] if he stays awake too long.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: What he tries to do to keep Jailbait out of harm's way.
* BulletSeed: Catches a bullet in his teeth, then spits it out.
* DeadpanSnarker: His humor is generally bitter and biting snark.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: It isn't easy and he makes a lot of mistakes along the way, but Max's choice to redeem himself does pay off in the end, with Coalville becoming a beacon of hope in the post-Plutonian world as one of the most intact places on the planet due largely to his efforts, the populace eventually recognizing (and adoring) him as their new hero, him growing and becoming a happier person, and assuring Jailbait that he will wait for her.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Part of what led to his HeelFaceTurn. He's utterly horrified by what the Plutonian's doing in his rampage.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In the beginning of his hero career, he just did the opposite of his supervillain instincts. He gets better though.
* {{Expy}}: Max Damage combines elements of Metallo (especially the frustration at losing his senses when he powers up) and Giganta. Silver Age Giganta got stronger and tougher but less intelligent when she grew - Max loses brainpower more indirectly, through the severe sleep deprivation necessary to bring him up to full strength. His biker-evoking design, rugged apppearance and crude habits might be nods to ComicBook/ThePunisher and SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} as well (especially the latter since Lobo has faced Superman before). His habit of taking on much younger female sidekicks alludes to ComicBook/{{The Joker}}.
* ForTheEvulz: When he was a villain.
* GeniusBruiser: Was working on a scientific equation to stop Tony before Tony was captured.
* HeelFaceTurn: As a result of the Plutonian's FaceHeelTurn.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Subverted. He becomes a better hero as time goes on, but a huge chunk of his CharacterDevelopment is spent trying to overcome his previous status as a villain who was already pretty close to crossing or had already crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: As a result of the drawbacks of his powers (particularly his SenseLossSadness). Ironically enough, he got his abilities because he [[IJustWantToBeSpecial volunteered himself for an experiment]].
* TheInsomniac: Out of necessity to increase his powers.
* InASingleBound: Can jump quite tall buildings with one leap.
* MadeOfIron: The only one who can survive fighting The Plutonian.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In a fashion - witnessing the Plutonian's rampage for himself made him realize how small the {{Muggle}}s felt when they were suffering the wrath of supervillains, driving him to make a HeelFaceTurn.
* PermaStubble: His invulnerability causes razors to break on his skin, resulting in this.
* SociopathicHero: Initially was this, just turning his wrath on "bad guys" without actually improving himself, but he does get a lot better later on.
* SuperSpeed: His speed increases along with his strength the longer he's awake.
* SuperStrength: 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.
* TheUnfettered: 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.
* UnreliableNarrator: 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.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers the Plutonian to have been one and notes he wouldn't have killed him out of respect.
* WouldHurtAChild: Pre-HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler: he killed a certain attorney's 12-years old son]]. Some even consider it his MoralEventHorizon.

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

* AbsoluteCleavage: Her outfits leave little to the imagination.
* AxCrazy: She's a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie.
* BadassNormal: In a world of supers (including her own boyfriend), she can hold up well.
* DominoMask: As part of her costume.
* {{Expy}}: Of ComicBook/HarleyQuinn.
* HellbentForLeather: Her outfit is tight enough to look like it was just painted on her body.
* MayDecemberRomance: She's sixteen in the series, while Max is stated to be 28-30.
* MeaningfulName: Naturally.
* MoralityPet: 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.
* MsFanservice: Although a somewhat uncomfortable example, as she's still a teen.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: For Max. Flashbacks show that before the Plutonian went rogue, she happily helped him torture people and rob banks.
* RescueRomance: She was a teenage runaway working at a brothel. Max saved her from that place and she's stood by him ever since.

A young woman Max Damage saves from getting abducted. She gets enlisted by him into replacing Terri as Jailbait, works with him, and returns home to find her family murdered by members of the White Supremacist Diamond Gang. After such a tragedy, she sticks with Max who grants her a new identity called Headcase.

* AbsoluteCleavage: In her Jailbait costume.
* AxCrazy: Ends up as this. Complete with [[spoiler: murdering Qubit for rejecting her from the Paradigm and calling her a poser.]]
%%* BadassNormal
* DominoMask: As part of both her Jailbait and Headcase costumes.
* {{Expy}}: Aside from ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, she might also be a nod to Batman's gallery of sidekicks or at least close allies (the Robins, Nightwing, Batgirl, Huntress) who have gotten swapped out over the years.
* HellbentForLeather: Both in her Jailbait and Headcase costumes.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Claimed to not be into men back when she first worked with Max as the new Jailbait. She's later shown flirting with boys before she heads off to Max's fateful meeting with the Paradigm, so that might have been a lie.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Deconstructed. Annie embracing her new identity as a vigilante is noted in-story as rooted in her trying to escape from her life.
%%* MsFanservice:
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Becomes this.
* PutOnABus: After her murder of Qubit is fixed with Kaidan's power, Max resolves to have her imprisoned since he's seen how far gone she's become under his wing. Max is remorseful at this since he sees it as his fault for encouraging her despite how unstable she was.
* ThatWomanIsDead: Annie embraces her Headcase persona to the point that she insists on others calling her by it instead of her given name. She goes as far as to have a tombstone with her full name erected next to her parents' graves.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Annie's fate by the series' end is debatable. Armadale shoots down having her put into psychiatric care by pointing out the destruction visited upon the psychiatric hospitals and how they're in his words, "certainly not taking any new costumers." He brings up jailing her, but his choice of words point to that being temporary. It's never confirmed if and when Annie gets treatment for her issues. Or even if she gets out of jail, leaving her status by ''Incorruptible'''s end and future once she gets out of jail (if she ever does) unsure.]]
* {{Yandere}}: She acts seriously clingy towards Max.

[[folder:Lieutenant Armadale]]
A policeman Max Damage recruits to serve as a moral compass.

* CorruptCop: Hinted at when he's in Max's old headquarters. He tries to get some of the cash Max acquired over his career as a criminal but fails.
* DaChief: For the Coalville Police.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:After St. Lucifer gets control of Coalville and his goons terrorize the citizens who continue doing their jobs from before the Plutonian's rampage, Armadale shoots himself in despair at his uselessness.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of Commissioner Jim Gordon.

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...

* ArchEnemy: To the Plutonian.
* BodySnatcher: Can possess other people.
* BodySurf: Thanks to Encanta's upgrade.
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TheChessmaster: A given, as he is the smartest and most cunning character after Qubit.
* ChildProdigy: He was just as much of a genius when he was younger. [[spoiler: In fact he helped imprison the Plutonian's parents.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Subverted. He's in love with [[spoiler:the Plutonian's power and states that Tony was the only person he ever felt emotion towards, making this a case of SingleTargetSexuality]].
* DiabolusExNihilo: 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 ComicBook/LexLuthor, as well as a few attributes of ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}. His relationship with Plutonian purposely channels ComicBook/TheJoker's with Franchise/{{Batman}}. The Modeusbots built in his image also evoke ComicBook/DoctorDoom, albeit with the twist that he didn't build them himself.
* EvilCounterpart: To Qubit. Both are super-smart, have a deep personal investment in Tony, [[{{Ubermensch}} care nothing for conventions]] and seem keen on figuring out how people's powers actually work [[SuperEmpowering and then enhancing them]], but Modeus takes all those qualities in horrifying directions.
* EvilGenius: He's the smartest man alive besides Qubit.
* GrandTheftMe: One of his powers gained since his disappearance. See BrainUploading.
* ItAmusedMe: He had no real motivation to his crimes besides to torment Plutonian. Until [[spoiler:Tony realized Modeus was actually in love with him]].
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: Initially rationalized his obsession with the Plutonian as this until he realizes and accepts he [[spoiler:loves Tony]].
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: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.
* MonochromaticEyes: Not in flashbacks, but his appearances in-person have been depicted with these.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He's just 2 letters away from [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Asmodeus.]]
* PowerParasite: Courtesy of BodySurf, he gains the powers of the body he possesses. The biggest of this is the GravityMaster powers of his last body.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:His attempt to possess Qubit backfires when he is trapped by Qubit's psychic blocks.]]
* SingleTargetSexuality: Towards the Plutonian.
* TheSociopath: 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, LackOfEmpathy and inability to see the world through other people's eyes were his {{Fatal Flaw}}s.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: A telepath took a glimpse into his mind once, and was DrivenToSuicide soon after.
* TookALevelInBadass: He was scary enough when he was just an ordinary human. Several levels later, he's an ungodly nightmare.
* {{Yandere}}: A RareMaleExample. When he [[spoiler: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.

* AliensAreBastards: An alien, a demon, or both. Whatever he is, he's definitely not of this world, and he's very evil.
* ArcVillain: 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.
* BodyHorror: To summon Orian, you read an alien script. At that point Orian crawls out of your mouth, tearing you in two.
* BrownNote: See BodyHorror above. The worst part is that you don't even have to ''vocalize'' it, just looking at it and registering it in your brain is enough. Even more frightening is that he can apparently impart this ability to others. He does it for [[spoiler:Survivor]], which makes it not only just a way to summon him in the first place but also a glorified form on teleportation once he's already summoned.
* CardCarryingVillain: He's a vicious and sadistic monster who just loves being what he is.
* EldritchAbomination: Reading his name causes him to crawl out of your mouth and rip you apart.
* EnemyMine: 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.
* EvilVsEvil: Against the Plutonian.
* {{Expy}}: He's a murderous, twisted version of Mr. Mxyztplk that is in no way played for laughs. As a possible ShoutOut, he bears a resemblance to Mxyzptlk's horrifying true form as revealed in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''. His ultimate plot of bringing in an army from another dimension seems like a nod to General Zod as well. A touch of Lobo is added as well in the sense that he's a hunter that has a dark and crude sense of humor and is (in Orian's case, ambiguously) extraterrestrial.
* ForTheEvulz: The summoning doesn't have to be as painful or violent as he makes it. He just prefers it that way.
* GodzillaThreshold: The entire reason the US government summoned him is because of this trope.
* KilledOffForReal: Whatever was in that wax bullet, it killed him just fine too.
* MeaningfulName: He has a tendency to take trophies of his kills, like a hunter.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His plan when he kills the Plutonian.
%%* TheSociopath

!!Alana Patel

The ex-girlfriend of the Plutonian and later on, assistant to Max Damage.

* ActionSurvivor: Being a {{muggle}} in the ''Irredeemable'' verse doesn't give you a lot of options, but Alana is decently resourceful.
* BollywoodNerd: Downplayed - she's Indian and certainly intelligent, but isn't "nerdy".
* DistressedDamsel: She was occasionally kidnapped by Tony's enemies (mainly Max Damage), but they actually tended not to mess too much with her for fear of incurring the Plutonian's full wrath.
* {{Expy}}: Of Lois Lane.
* ItsAllMyFault: She blames herself for having a hand in Tony's fall for nearly having revealed his secret identity (making him ultimately give it up) and for breaking up with him. Max reassures her that it's not her fault, but it ''did'' definitely added more to the pile of things that would cause Tony to snap eventually.
* TheRevealPromptsRomance: Subverted - when Plutonian revealed he and her coworker Dan Hartigan were [[ClarkKenting were one and the same]], Alana was utterly freaked out by the fact that Tony had lied to her about this double life for years and breaks up with him for it.

[[folder: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.

* TheAlcatraz: [[spoiler: They're escaping from it.]]
%%* BedlamHouse
* BodySnatcher: [[spoiler: Cutter is possessed by Modeus.]]
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Cutter, combined with NonHumansLackAttributes.
* FlyingBrick: Auroran [[spoiler: because he mimics the Plutonian's powers.]]
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Cutter is a tall alien woman with a curvy figure.
* HearingVoices: 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.
* LegionOfDoom: They're Plutonian's evil version of the Paradigm.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Mordanse
* PowerBornOfMadness: Cutter's powers depend on her mental state - when she's freed and calms down, the amount of damage she can do decreases. [[spoiler: It's actually {{Foreshadowing}} that Modeus is possessing her body.]]
* PsychicPowers: Auroran
* SelfHarm: When Cutter slices herself, a larger version of the cut appears on her foes.
* SuperStrength: Kurne and Mordanse
* TheSymbiote: [[spoiler: 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]].
* TimeTravel: Mallus can send people through time by punching them.

[[folder:The Eleos]]
A pair of aliens that were imprisoned by humanity, and were released after the Plutonian's return to Earth. They are also his parents.

* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: They appear as massive giants.
* DueToTheDead: When their prison was unlocked, it caused a nuclear explosion on the island, instantly killing the guard who just had a nice chat with them moments ago. Their first course of action then was constructing a memorial for the guard from the facility's rubble and mourning for him.
* EldritchAbomination: Subverted - while their true form is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm too much for mortal minds to comprehend]] and they are very powerful {{reality warper}}s 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.
* {{Expy}}: Perhaps a loose one of [[spoiler:Superman's birth parents, Jor-El and Lara]]. Culturally they evoke the Watchers from Marvel's continuity, with their [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever size]] and [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm physiology]] being traits reminiscent of ComicBook/{{Galactus}}.
* HumanoidAlien: They appear bipedal with bodies that are human-like in structure, but this is only how they appear to others.
* MeaningfulName: "Eleos" sounds a lot like [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Elohim]]. This, of course, makes [[spoiler:their son, the Plutonian, [[FallenAngel another]] [[{{Satan}} trope]]]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: 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 [[spoiler: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 God}}s: They are highly powerful beings and easily trounced Plutonian with only a snap of the fingers.
* ProudScholarRace: They fashion themselves keepers, recorders, and scientists of space and time, traveling across the multiverse to gather knowledge.
* {{Reality Warper}}s: To an even greater extent than [[spoiler:their "son"]].
* SealedGoodInACan: Imprisoned within a barrier of nuclear energy, which they could escape from but choose not to as doing so would [[spoiler:release the energy and kill more than a third of Earth's population.]]
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: They tell Tony that the appearance they take is merely the only way his mind is able to conceive their forms.