Characters / Kiwi Blitz

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The Heroes

    Steffi Frohlich/Blitz 
The main character of Kiwi Blitz, a 14 year old girl who decides to become a superhero out of boredom, at least at first. She pilots the Kiwibot, a mecha designed for robot arena combat, and she is also trained in taekwondo (though not to the extent as her friend Ben). She is very enthusiastic and excitable, and has a habit of rushing into danger, but actually thinks things through better than her allies give her credit for.

Tropes

  • Allergic to Routine: Ben points out she'd be better at Tae Kwan Do if she hadn't quit taking lessons.
  • An Arm and a Leg/Artificial Limbs: Has a prosthetic leg due to an injury she suffered in early childhood jumping in front of a bullet aimed at her dad.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She has the attention span of a gnat.
  • Badass Adorable: She's trained in taekwando, and a seasoned veteran of mech combat.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Fluent in German and English (English is her second language).
  • Blood Knight: A rather mild example. She participates in public mecha battles even before she became a superhero and clearly enjoys fighting, but she never tries to actually hurt or kill anyone.
  • Clark Kenting: Averted - her distinctive hairstyle, connections to her father's mecha corporation, and a superhero identity composed of dozens of gratuitous German references (she wears a pickelhaube, for goodness' sake) leave the media and Chief Bahia easily guessing her identity.
  • Enemy Mine: With Cho and Tigris against Alter, although in the latter's case they are basically just mutually exploiting each other.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Martial arts training and mech fighting come in handy when you're a wannabe vigilante.
  • Funetik Aksent: Steffi had a pronounced German accent as a little girl as shown in flashbacks.
  • Genki Girl: When presented with a new mech for her birthday, immediately decides to fight crime in it, and throughout the story seems to dive into situations with relish when she should really be thinking about them. She seems to get the trait from her father, who also exhibits some rather fun-loving tendencies.
  • Genre Savvy: One of her greatest assets is her ability to exploit animesque tropes.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her hair is naturally blonde, and she enjoys helping people as a superhero.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: She does not take letting her father and one of her closest friends get kidnapped very well.
  • Idiot Hero: A downplayed example in that she's not stupid... just reckless, emotionally immature, headstrong, and prone to acting before she really thinks about what she's doing.
  • I Know Kung-Fu: Tae Kwan Do, to be exact.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Exhibits this here, after finding out the security guard whose death she felt responsible for hadn't actually died.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Says this word for word after explaining her story to Chief Bahia and Cho.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Steffi can be a real jerk sometimes. Like when she needles Tigris into telling her backstory and then refuses to pay attention to it.
  • Jumped at the Call: After robot combat became too boring.
  • Kick Chick: Prefers kicks to punches, and even lampshades it as part of her "kiwi" motif.
  • Mistaken for Gay: And not amused by it.
  • Missing Mom: She went back to Germany and Steffi deliberately avoids contact with her. This is because she hired the gunman who blew off Steffi's leg trying to kill her dad.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Blitz has always worn headphones since she lost her leg. She thought she had died instantly, but as she was fainting from blood loss she found the music in her headphones to be a reassurance that she was still alive.
  • Relationship Upgrade: At the end of Track 14, she becomes Benzene's girlfriend.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Dyes her blond hair pink to avoid looking like her mother.
  • Secret Identity: As Blitz... though the secret part is more of a "secret".
  • Super Hero
  • Super Heroes Wear Capes: She pretty much insisted on one.
  • Taking the Bullet: When she was five, she took a bullet for her father which severed her left leg.

    Benzene Contracter/Donner 
Steffi's childhood friend and unofficial sidekick. A pretty serious boy and fan of all things military. Pretty skilled at taekwondo and good with computers. He is pretty regularly exasperated by Steffi's actions and seems to have taken it upon himself to keep her out of trouble. Up to actually joining her as the costumed superhero, Donner, in Track 16.

Tropes

  • Badass Normal: Took down Gear on his own with nothing but his martial arts skills, and did it with one move.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: What he was wearing when he fought Gear, due to having just come from his birthday party. He took the jacket off though.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has no problem carrying (or using) a handgun he took from an Alter mook early in the comic. Doesn't hesitate to shoot Gear in the back.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Enemy Mine: With Cho and Tigris against Alter, although in the latter's case they are basically just mutually exploiting each other.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Ben is the one who feeds Steffi tactical info, is generally portrayed as smarter, and is a better fighter than her hand to hand. But he sticks to the sidelines for the most part since he doesn't entirely approve of Steffi's actions.
  • Mission Control: He takes this role for Steffi for the first few Tracks, but later moves takes to the field himself.
  • Multicolored Hair: Ben's bangs are lighter than the rest of his hair. He deliberately bleaches it to resemble his mom.
  • Not So Above It All: He eventually admits that he enjoys superheroing just as much as Steffi does.
  • Only Sane Man: It typically falls to him to keep Steffi's antics in check.
  • Relationship Upgrade: At the end of Track 14, he becomes Steffi's boyfriend.
  • Secret Identity: As Donner.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: At one point, when he is trying to get Steffi alone so they can discuss telling her mother about recent events, Cho mistakenly assumes that they are having some boyfriend-girlfriend time. Ben makes no effort to correct her.
  • Tranquillizer Dart: Gets an experimental tranq gun from Cho for the raid on Alter.

     42 
A Japanese robot sent piece-by-piece to Steffi's father from his roboticist friend in order to avoid anti-robot laws. Since she was just sitting around the house Steffi press-ganged her into helping out with the super heroics.

Tropes

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At the end of Track 17, Barkley hacks her and turns her against the heroes.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Programmed to be nonviolent, she uses holograms and mind games to survive in a fight, as seen when she went up against her "sister", 39.
  • Deceptively Human Robot: She's designed to look and act human to put people at ease, but Word of God makes it clear that she is not actually self-aware, just really well programmed.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Is reprogrammed by Private Barkley to serve Alter at the end of Track 17.
  • Hollywood Hacking: She is very proficient in this. She also falls victim to it in Track 17.
  • Loophole Abuse: Turns out Barkley couldn't actually hack her core AI, he just subverted some key external subroutines. He's still trying, she's still fighting.
  • Made of Iron: Bullets don't scratch her and she was even able to tank one of Tarus' punches.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Does not have the ability to frown, not even when she's burying her sister "alive".
  • Robot Girl: A very creepy example.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Tends to just show up behind people without warning, almost as if she was designed to give them the creeps.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her smile is permanently built in but has no significance.
  • Uncanny Valley: Not so much art-wise, but explicitly mentioned in-universe on several occasions.

    Heinrich Frohlich 
Steffi's father and owner of the Mecha Machen design and manufacturing company. Kickstarts the plot by giving Steffi the Kiwibot on her 14th birthday. Fully supports his daughter's decision to become a superhero, until she gets herself into actual danger that is. Not a particularly responsible father.

Tropes

  • Arms Dealer: The old family business. Heinrich made changes when he got in charge.
  • Distressed Dude: At the end of Track 17, he is captured by Cebus along with Reed.
  • Man Child: He loves building Steffi's quirky mecha about as much as Steffi loves playing with them.
  • Nerd: Has a framed Lord of the Rings map hanging on his wall. It doesn't get much more nerdy than that.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Due to a combination of paranoia, resentment, and the belief that he would get custody of Steffi in a divorce proceeding, his own wife tried to have him killed in the incident that cost Steffi her leg.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Once wore German Flag colored boxers.

    Francis Freeman 
The rather quiet assistant to the Frolich household.

Tropes

  • Ascended Extra: She started out as a nameless prop before getting some characterization late in Track 22.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Late in Track 22, the insanity Steffi gets up to finally pushes her too far, and she snaps and goes on a tirade. During the sound bite at the end of the chapter, she internally threatens to kill Steffi if she gets Heinrich killed due to her recklessness.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She's crushing bad on Heinrich, but cannot express her feelings.
  • The Generic Guy: In her own words: "I'm the kind of person who's never stood out from the crowd."
  • No Name Given: She was just a nameless assistant all the way until Track 22.
  • The Quiet One: She doesn't really talk much.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dyed from her natural brown to an exotic purple. She did it to stand out more, but it didn't work.

The Cops

    Reed Bahia 
A policeman in the NYPD, the son of the current Police Chief. Out of all the police shown he is the only one who seems to really want to stand up to the various supercriminals running around causing trouble, and he is always quick to point out that while Steffi is a vigilante, it's the people she's ''fighting against'' who are the real villains. Serves as Steffi's one and only ally in the police. He loses his arm in a fight with Gear, and has it replaced with a bionic prosthetic bristling with weaponry.

Tropes

    Chief Bahia 
A seasoned NYPD veteran, the chief of police and father of Reed. He does not approve of Blitz's antics.

Tropes

  • A Father to His Men: Does not take it well when several of his officers are injured in an ambush and Jones turns out to be The Mole. Of course, he's literally the father of one of them.
  • Badass Beard: Has a sweet-looking curtain beard.
  • Badass Grandpa: Proves to be extremely hard to kill during Track 17.
  • By-the-Book Cop: But not at the expense of the big picture, as he tells Steffi that arresting her wouldn't be worth the effort of processing her when he has bigger fish to fry.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Downplayed - he does not approve of Blitz, but during the ambush in Track 17 he works with her with little complaint.
  • Da Chief
  • Et Tu, Brute?: When Jones is revealed to be The Mole.
  • Facepalm: His reaction to hearing the entire tale of Steffi's antics as Blitz.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Averted. He approves of Reed and Jones' relationship. After the latter's defection, however, it's highly doubtful this will continue.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He has figured out Blitz's identity - not that it was very difficult.

    Cho 
Reed's sarcastic partner.

Tropes

  • Butch Lesbian: As it turns out, she has a wife she loves very much.
  • Cowboy Cop: Teams up with Steffi, Benzene, and Tigris, vigilantes and a criminal, respectively, to free Heinrich and Reed from Alter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A common trait amongst this crew.
  • Enemy Mine: With Blitz and Tigris against Alter, although in the latter's case they are basically just mutually exploiting each other.
  • Happily Married: To an unnamed wife.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her sarcasm is legendary, but she does care about protecting civilians and has a close friendship with Reed. This comes to a head when she teams up with Steffi, Ben, and Tigris to rescue him from Alter.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Blitz first appears, she and Reed are "unable" to capture her.
  • Red Herring: During Track 15, she draws a gun on Jones and appears to be betraying her, but then she accuses her (correctly) of being The Mole.
  • Secret Keeper: In Track 21, she becomes this for Steffi on two levels. One, she knows her Secret Identity as Blitz. Two, on a more personal level, she knows about her issues with her mother.
  • The Stoic: She is usually pretty deadpan.

    Celesta Jones/Cebus 
A spunky young recruit. Becomes Reed's girlfriend. In reality, she is an Alter mole codenamed Cebus.

Tropes

    Flores and Barnes 
Two cops who are rarely seen apart. Flores is the girl, and Barnes the guy.

Tropes

  • Badass Beard: Barnes sports a badass-looking goatee.
  • Cowboy Cop: Barnes provides Ben police supplies so he can exact revenge on Alter for injuring Flores.
  • Facial Markings: Flores has a big plus sign on one cheek and a minus sign on the other, so far unexplained.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: When interrogating Natrix, Flores plays the bad cop to Barnes' good cop. Jones wonders if Flores is relieving stress.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Barnes.
  • Ship Tease: During a break-in to reclaim the impounded Kiwi-Bot, Blitz and Raccoon knock them out and put them into a cute pose next to each other. 42 later suggests that Barnes has romantic feelings for Flores.
  • Sleep Cute: After being knocked out by Blitz and Raccoon, they are put into such a pose for giggles.
  • Those Two Guys: Tigris even refers to them as such.

The Villains

    Private Reinald Barkley 
A mentally unstable soldier who stole a mecha and went on a bit of a rampage. Steffi's first challenge as Blitz, he later becomes a hacker for Cebus.

Tropes

    The Raccoon/Chandra Makisig 
A costumed thief who steals on the behalf of a mysterious organization. Definitely a criminal, but seems to be a decent kid for the most part. After Steffi's Kiwibot was captured by the police, she blackmailed The Raccoon into helping her steal it back.

Tropes

  • Ambiguously Brown:
  • Badass Adorable: Not only able to fight Steffi on an even footing, but also took down three adult police officers when attempting to steal back the Kiwibot.
  • Bifauxnen
  • Blatant Burglar: Gets a big kick out of showing off.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Refuses to use the grappling hook on Steffi because it could kill her.
  • Evil Is Petty: After learning that one of Alter's prisoners is Heinrich Frolich, father of Blitz, who she believes sold her out to the police, Raccoon refuses to give him any food, forcing his cellmate to poke crumbles through the holes in their cage.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Built into a gauntlet.
  • Honor Among Thieves: "I may be a thief, but I ain't no liar!"
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Isn't really evil, just a kleptomaniac driven by inescapable compulsions.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: After getting Punched Across the Room by Steffi.
  • Samus Is a Girl
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: When Steffi interrupts The Raccoon from eating a sandwich and making "nomph nom" noises, The Raccoon ends up saying one of them.
  • Sticky Fingers: "Now, before anyone asks: Yes, [TR] has Kleptomania. No, it does not compel [TR] to dress up as a Raccoon and steal things for mysterious third parties." - Mary (Author), here (spoilers on page).
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: The Raccoon has a TON of gadgets such as the claw hook, smoke bombs, a taser knuckle, knockout patches, and more. It's quite amazing considering that she's just a young girl. It's implied that all of the gear is supplied by a larger organization. An impression reinforced when we learn she's being enabled and groomed by her cousin Celesta AKA Cebus.

    Gear/Margaret 
A Cyborg supervillain who seems motivated purely by boredom and sadism. Robs a bank specifically to lure Blitz out for a fight. Half of her body is cybernetic.

Tropes

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Cuts through the Kiwibot with ease.
  • Affably Evil: Typically projects a cheerful and friendly (if Axe-Crazy) demeanor.
  • Arch-Enemy: She suggests she is Blitz's, but Blitz denies it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Appears to genuinely enjoy hurting people.
  • Berserk Button: She does not take it well when Cebus calls her Maggie.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Her first prosthetic arm has a retractable blade instead of a hand.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She freely admits she's consciously embracing villainy.
  • Conversational Troping: Sprinkles trope references throughout her conversation, perhaps as part of the villainous persona she appears to be deliberately trying to cultivate.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: She appears to have embraced this trope wholeheartedly; especially since a glimpse at her Back Story shows she Used to Be a Sweet Kid back when she received her first prosthetics.
  • Cyborg: Of the "we can rebuild her after hideous mutilation" variety.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She lost most of the left side of her body in a bombing that also killed her parents.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Does not like to be called Margaret. God help you if you call her "Maggie."
  • Eyepatch of Power: Pretty literally. As in, it's an eyepatch with an "on/off" symbol on it.
  • Finger Firearms: Her original bionic arm was a handless Arm Cannon with a concealed blade. She later gets an updated version that has a hand with a gun barrel built into each finger in place of the blade.
  • For the Evulz: Her apparent motivation. We later get some glimpses of her backstory that hint at deeper psychological issues.
  • Freudian Excuse: What we see of her backstory is pretty horrific.
  • Knight of Cerebus: She's the first seriously dangerous villain.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Aside from her propensity for maiming, hurting and mutilating people, it's implied that she lives in the same abandoned subway station where the bomb dismembered her and killed her parents.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: Her first prosthetic arm contains a big serrated blade and a machinegun. Her second version is upgraded to include a hand in place of the blade.
  • That Man Is Dead: Cebus manages to hit this button, too. As far as she's concerned, little Maggie is gone and only Gear remains.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And nicely color coordinated with the piping on her outfit. It turns out to be a wig that hides the massive bald spot covering the metal plate in the left side of her head.
  • Younger Than They Look: Steffi mentions that Gear's face is too long for her to be seventeen like she claims.

    Natrix 
A reptilian-looking criminal who is the front man for Alter. More of a consigliere than a boss.

Tropes

    Dr. Hardane/Hircus 
The true leader of Alter, appears to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist.

Tropes

    Tigris 
A cranky and short-tempered tiger girl who dresses and acts like an anime character. Has an intense-to-the-point-of-deadly rivalry with Cebus and really, really dislikes Steffi.

Tropes

    Taurus 
A quiet yet strong bull man.

Tropes

    Canis 
A tall brown dog man with floppy ears. Definitely not man's best friend.

Tropes

  • Code Names: Complains Alter's code names are no fun because they're all so glaringly obvious. What's the point of having a code name anyone can guess just by looking at you?

    Lupus 
A short gray wolf boy with a good nose for tracking.

Tropes

  • Blood Knight: Likes to fight just for the joy of fighting.
  • Evil Is Petty: Asks if he can have Canis' codename after Canis gets captured.

    Drakky 
A big, rather draconic looking man, probably due to crocodillian DNA.

Tropes

  • The Brute: Alter's other big guy after Taurus.

    Down 
Another Evilutionary Biologist behind Alter's Bio-Augmentation program. Does not appear to share Dr. Hardane's altruism.

Tropes

  • Bio-Augmentation: Warns Reed and Heinrich not to assume she's baseline just because she's not fuzzy.
  • Every Man Has His Price: Defied. "This group has its weirdos, but everyone has their reasons for being here... reasons that go beyond pure money."
  • Playing with Syringes: Hints that she's not above experimenting on unwilling subjects.
  • The Unfettered: Has a problem with pesky laws that limit genetic research on humans for much less noble reasons than Hircus.

     35 
Another gynoid. Makes her first appearance on page 222.

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