!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, [[HiddenDepths 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
* AllergicToRoutine: Ben points out she'd be better at Tae Kwan Do if she hadn't quit taking lessons.
* AnArmAndALeg[=/=]ArtificialLimbs: Has a prosthetic leg due to an injury she suffered in early childhood [[spoiler:jumping in front of a bullet aimed at her dad.]]
* BadassAdorable: She's trained in taekwando.
* BilingualBonus: Fluent in German and English (English is her second language).
* BloodKnight: [[DownplayedTrope 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.
* ClarkKenting: 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 [[spoiler:and Chief Bahia]] easily guessing her identity.
* EnemyMine: With [[spoiler:Cho]] and [[spoiler:Tigris]] against Alter, although in the latter's case they are basically just mutually exploiting each other.
* FunetikAksent: Steffi had a pronounced German accent as a little girl as shown in flashbacks.
* GenkiGirl: 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.
* GenreSavvy
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Her hair is naturally blonde, and she enjoys helping people as a superhero.
* HeroicBSOD: She does not take [[spoiler:letting her father and one of her closest friends get kidnapped]] very well.
* IKnowKungFu: Tae Kwan Do.
* InelegantBlubbering: Exhibits this [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-1019 here]], after finding out [[spoiler:the security guard whose death she felt responsible for hadn't actually died.]]
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Says this word for word after explaining her story to [[spoiler:Chief Bahia and Cho]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Steffi can be a real jerk sometimes. [[spoiler: like when she needles Tigris into telling her backstory and then refuses to pay attention to it.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall: After robot combat became too boring.
* KickChick: prefers kicks to punches, and even lampshades it as part of her "kiwi" motif.
* MistakenForGay: And not amused by it.
* MissingMom: She went back to Germany and Steffi deliberately avoids contact with her. [[spoiler:This is because she hired the gunman who blew off Steffi's leg trying to kill her dad.]]
* NothingIsScarier: 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.
* [[spoiler:RelationshipUpgrade: At the end of Track 14, she becomes Benzene's girlfriend.]]
* RoseHairedSweetie: Dyes her blond hair pink [[spoiler:to avoid looking like her mother]].
* SecretIdentity: As Blitz.
* SuperHero
* SuperHeroesWearCapes
* [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet: When she was five, she took a bullet for her father which severed her left leg.]]

!!Benzene Contracter/[[spoiler:Donner]]
Steffi's [[ChildhoodFriends 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. [[spoiler:Up to actually joining her as the costumed superhero, Donner, in Track 16.]]
!!!Tropes
* BadassNormal: Took down [[{{Cyborg}} Gear]] on his own with nothing but his martial arts skills, and did it with ''one move.''
** BadassInANiceSuit: What he was wearing when he fought Gear, due to having just come from his birthday party. He took the jacket off though.
* CombatPragmatist: Has no problem carrying (or using) a handgun he took from an Alter mook early in the comic. [[spoiler: doesn't hesitate to shoot Gear in the back.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* EnemyMine: With [[spoiler:Cho]] and [[spoiler:Tigris]] against Alter, although in the latter's case they are basically just mutually exploiting each other.
* HypercompetentSidekick: 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.
* MissionControl: He takes this role for Steffi for the first few Tracks, but later moves takes to the field himself.
* MulticoloredHair: Ben's bangs are lighter than the rest of his hair. He deliberately bleaches it to resemble his mom
* NotSoAboveItAll: [[spoiler:He eventually admits that he enjoys superheroing just as much as Steffi does.]]
* OnlySaneMan: It typically falls to him to keep Steffi's antics in check.
* [[spoiler:RelationshipUpgrade: At the end of Track 14, he becomes Steffi's boyfriend.]]
* [[spoiler:SecretIdentity: As Donner.]]
* SureLetsGoWithThat: At one point, when he is trying to get Steffi alone so they can discuss [[spoiler:telling her mother about recent events]], [[spoiler:Cho]] mistakenly assumes that they are having some boyfriend-girlfriend time. Ben makes no effort to correct her.

!!42
A [[DeceptivelyHumanRobot 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
* [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy: At the end of Track 17.]]
* DeceptivelyHumanRobot: She's designed to look and act human to put people at ease, but WordOfGod makes it clear that she is not actually self-aware, just really well programmed.
* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn: Is reprogrammed by Private Barkley to serve Alter at the end of Track 17.]]
* HollywoodHacking: She is very proficient in this. [[spoiler:She also falls victim to it in Track 17.]]
* [[spoiler: LoopholeAbuse: 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.]]
* RobotGirl: A very creepy example.
* StealthHiBye: Tends to just show up behind people without warning, almost as if she was designed to give them the creeps.
* StepfordSmiler: Her smile is permanently built in but has no significance.
* UncannyValley: 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
* AdultChild: He loves building Steffi's quirky mecha about as much as Steffi loves playing with them.
* ArmsDealer: The old family business. Heinrich made changes when he got in charge.
* [[spoiler:DistressedDude: At the end of Track 17, he is captured by Cebus along with Reed.]]
* {{Nerd}}: Has a framed Lord of the Rings map hanging on his wall. It doesn't get much more nerdy than that.
* [[spoiler:TilMurderDoUsPart: 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.]]
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: [[IconicOutfit Once wore German Flag colored boxers.]]

!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 [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure 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.]] [[TheCommissionerGordon Serves as Steffi's one and only ally in the police.]] [[spoiler:He loses his arm in a fight with Gear, and has it replaced with a bionic prosthetic [[SwissArmyWeapon bristling with weaponry.]]]]
!!!Tropes
* AmbiguouslyBrown: From his last name, he is most likely Indian.
* [[spoiler:AnArmAndALeg: Gear cuts off his arm and leaves him alive to try to prove some kind of point.]]
* [[spoiler:ArtificialLimbs]]
* BadassNormal
** [[spoiler:EmpoweredBadassNormal: After getting a prosthetic arm.]]
** [[spoiler:BadassInDistress: At the end of Track 17, he is captured by Cebus along with Heinrich.]]
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:When Jones is revealed to be TheMole.]]
* FacialMarkings: Left over from a rebellious phase as a teenager.
* FairCop
* PoliceAreUseless: Went into the police force specifically to try and avoid this trope.
* [[spoiler:WasItAllALie: How he reacts to Jones being TheMole.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Reed's greatest dream as a child was to be a policeman like his father. It's revealed later that Reed's father is the current police chief.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has green hair.

!!Chief Bahia
A seasoned NYPD veteran, the chief of police and father of Reed. He does not approve of Blitz's antics.
!!!Tropes
* AFatherToHisMen: Does not take it well when several of his officers are injured in an ambush [[spoiler:and Jones turns out to be TheMole.]] Of course, he's literally the father of one of them.
* BadassBeard: Has a sweet-looking curtain beard.
* BadassGrandpa: Proves to be extremely hard to kill during Track 17.
* ByTheBookCop: 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.
* TheCommissionerGordon: Downplayed - he does not approve of Blitz, but during the ambush in Track 17 he works with her with little complaint.
* DaChief
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:When Jones is revealed to be TheMole.]]
* {{Facepalm}}: His reaction to [[spoiler:hearing the entire tale of Steffi's antics as Blitz]].
* LoveObstructingParents: Averted. He approves of Reed and Jones' relationship. [[spoiler:After the latter's defection, however, it's highly doubtful this will continue.]]
* [[spoiler:SecretSecretKeeper: He has figured out Blitz's identity - [[ClarkKenting not that it was very difficult]].]]

!!Cho
Reed's sarcastic partner.
!!!Tropes
* ButchLesbian: As it turns out, she has a wife she loves very much.
* DeadpanSnarker: a common trait amongst this crew.
* [[spoiler:DirtyCop: Teams up with Steffi, Benzene, and Tigris, vigilantes and a criminal, respectively, to free Heinrich and Reed from Alter.]]
* EnemyMine: With [[spoiler:Blitz]] and [[spoiler:Tigris]] against Alter, although in the latter's case they are basically just mutually exploiting each other.
* HappilyMarried: To an unnamed wife.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Her sarcasm is legendary, but she does care about protecting civilians and has a close friendship with Reed. [[spoiler: This comes to a head when she teams up with Steffi, Ben, and Tigris to rescue him from Alter.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When Blitz first appears, she and Reed are "unable" to capture her.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:During Track 15, she draws a gun on Jones and appears to be betraying her, but then she accuses her (correctly) of being TheMole.]]
* SecretKeeper: In Track 21, [[spoiler:she becomes this for Steffi on two levels. One, she knows her SecretIdentity as Blitz. Two,]] [[spoiler:on a more personal level, she knows about her issues with her mother.]]

!!Celesta Jones[[spoiler:/Cebus]]
A spunky young recruit. Becomes Reed's girlfriend. [[spoiler:In reality, she is an Alter mole codenamed Cebus.]]
!!!Tropes
* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing: she's either a psychopath, a sociopath, or a solipsist; possibly all three. She's definitely adept at manipulating others.]]
* BioAugmentation: She looks normal. [[spoiler: She's not.]]
* [[spoiler:ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Backstabs the police for Alter, then backstabs Alter boss Hircus so she can take over herself, and may have backstabbed her cousin Chandra by outing her to the police to exploit her resulting vulnerability.]]
* CoolBigSis: Cool older cousin to Chandra. [[spoiler:Subverted in that she's actually grooming and manipulating Chandra, AKA "Raccoon", for her own ends.]]
* [[spoiler:DirtyCop]]
* [[spoiler:EvilAllAlong]]
* FairCop: [[spoiler:Not.]]
* GenkiGirl: [[spoiler:Also not.]]
* [[spoiler:ItsAllAboutMe: One of her associates even says as much, noting that she's only on the side of herself.]]
* [[spoiler: KlingonPromotion: Allows Hircus to be arrested so she can take over Alter.]]
* LoveInterest: To Reed.
** [[spoiler:LoveInterestTraitor]]
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: "Cebus" is a genus of monkey.]]
* [[spoiler:TheMole: For Alter.]]
* [[spoiler:TheStarscream: She betrays her boss in order to take power for herself.]]
* [[spoiler:SuperSoldier: Although she has not been modified to look like an animal, she has still had some genetic modification and can keep up in a fight with Reed despite his prosthetic enhancements.]]
* [[spoiler:UnfriendlyFire: After deposing Hircus she tries to murder Tigris, who is the one Alter member strong enough and loyal enough to pose a real threat.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
* [[spoiler:WasItAllALie: Reed gives this line to her after her betrayal. She responds that she actually did think he was kind of cute.]]

!!Flores and Barnes
Two cops who are rarely seen apart. Flores is the girl, and Barnes the guy.
!!!Tropes
* BadassBeard: Barnes sports a badass-looking goatee.
* FacialMarkings: Flores has a big plus sign on one cheek and a minus sign on the other, so far unexplained.
* GoodCopBadCop: When interrogating Natrix, Flores plays the bad cop to Barnes' good cop. Jones wonders if Flores is relieving stress.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Barnes.
* ShipTease: During a break-in to reclaim the impounded Kiwi-Bot, Blitz [[spoiler: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.
* SleepCute: After being knocked out by Blitz [[spoiler:and Raccoon]], they are put into such a pose for giggles.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Tigris even refers to them as such

!The Villains
In order of appearance:

!!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, [[spoiler: later becomes a hacker for Cebus]].
!!!Tropes
* [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack: He shows up in Track 17 and is apparently working with Alter.]]
* CompanionCube: The AI of his mecha, which was designed to provide a source of comfort for soldiers in the field. For Barkley, [[GoneHorriblyRight it worked too well]].
* ShellShockedVeteran
* StarterVillain

!!The Raccoon/[[spoiler: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
* AmbiguouslyBrown:
* BadassAdorable: 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.
* [[spoiler:{{Bifauxnen}}]]
* BlatantBurglar: Gets a big kick out of showing off.
* CatBurglar: Well, Raccoon burglar, but you get the idea
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Refuses to use the grappling hook on Steffi because it could kill her.
** TechnicalPacifist
* EvilIsPetty: After learning that one of Alter's prisoners is [[spoiler: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.
* GrapplingHookPistol: Built into a gauntlet.
* HonorAmongThieves: "I may be a thief, but I ain't no liar!"
* PunchClockVillain: Isn't really evil, just a kleptomaniac driven by inescapable compulsions.
* PuppyDogEyes: After getting PunchedAcrossTheRoom by Steffi.
* [[spoiler:SamusIsAGirl]]
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: When Steffi interrupts The Raccoon from eating a sandwich and making "nomph nom" noises, The Raccoon ends up saying one of them.
* StickyFingers: "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), [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/index.php?id=153 here]] (spoilers on page).
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: 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 [[spoiler:she's just a young girl.]] It's implied that all of the gear is supplied by a larger organization. [[spoiler:An impression reinforced when we learn she's being enabled and groomed by her cousin Celesta AKA Cebus.]]

!!Gear/[[spoiler: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
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Cuts through the Kiwibot with ease.
* AffablyEvil: Typically projects a cheerful and friendly (if AxeCrazy) demeanor.
* ArchEnemy: [[ConversationalTroping She suggests she is Blitz's, but Blitz denies it.]]
* AxeCrazy: appears to genuinely enjoy hurting people
* BerserkButton: She does ''not'' take it well when [[spoiler:Cebus calls her Maggie]].
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: her first prosthetic arm has a retractable blade instead of a hand.
* CardCarryingVillain: she freely admits she's consciously embracing villainy.
* ConversationalTroping: sprinkles trope references throughout her conversation, perhaps as part of the villainous persona she appears to be deliberately trying to cultivate
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: She appears to have embraced this trope wholeheartedly; especially since a glimpse at her BackStory shows she UsedToBeASweetKid back when she received her first prosthetics.
* {{Cyborg}}: Of the "[[spoiler:we can rebuild her after hideous mutilation]]" variety.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:She lost most of the left side of her body in a bombing that also killed her parents.]]
* DoNotCallMePaul: [[spoiler:Does not like to be called Margaret. God help you if you call her "Maggie."]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Pretty literally. As in, it's an eyepatch with an "on/off" symbol on it.
* FingerFirearms: her original bionic arm was a handless ArmCannon 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.
* ForTheEvulz: Her apparent motivation. We later get some glimpses of her backstory that hint at deeper psychological issues.
* FreudianExcuse: What we see of her backstory is pretty horrific.
* KnightOfCerebus: She's the first seriously dangerous villain.
* [[ThatManIsDead That Little Girl Is Dead]]: Cebus manages to hit this button, too.
* NightmareFetishist: 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
* SwissArmyAppendage: 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.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: 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.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Steffi mentions that Gear's face is too long for her to be seventeen like she claims.

!!Natrix
A [[LittleBitBeastly reptilian-looking criminal]] who is the front man for Alter. More of a consigliere than a boss.
!!!Tropes
* BioAugmentation: in this case with snake DNA
* TheFace: He's Alter's front man but not the leader.
* LittleBitBeastly Has snakelike eyes and scales on his face.
* NonActionGuy: Ben takes him down without a fight.
* VillainsOutShopping: He's introduced playing Go Fish.

!!Dr. Haldane/Hircus
The true leader of Alter, appears to be a WellIntentionedExtremist.
!!!Tropes
* BioAugmentation: If Tigris is to be believed, his true goal is curing genetic disorders, the body modder stuff funds his therapeutic research.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: but the laws against genetic experiments on humans drove him underground.
* TheManBehindTheMan: The true leader of Alter, Natrix was just a front man.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: his followers call him "Doc"

!!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
* BerserkButton: do NOT accuse her of being a furry if you know what's good for you.
* CatGirl: And not the cute and cuddly kind.
* ChildhoodFriends: [[spoiler:With Taurus.]]
* DoNotCallMePaul: Hates being called "Kitty"
* [[spoiler:EnemyMine: Offers to team up with Blitz against their common enemy Cebus, although she admits that they are basically exploiting one another.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: is very affectionate with Taurus, and very loyal to Hircus for saving his life.
* InsistentTerminology: It's not a samurai sword, it's a katana.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Appears to believe this, as befits a Japanese culture otaku.
* KnifeNut: Drew her sword even though she was also carrying a gun, and seems very eager to use it on someone.
* OccidentalOtaku: Piggy calls her "[[IncrediblyLamePun Weabro]]" for her troubles. She's even wearing a SailorFuku when Alter ambushes the police.

!!Taurus
A quiet yet strong bull man.
!!!Tropes
* TheBrute: He is Alter's main strongman.
* ChildhoodFriends: [[spoiler:With Tigris.]]
* EvilIsPetty: When playing Go Fish with Natrix.
-->'''Natrix''': Got any threes? *''camera shows Taurus' hand, and he has a three''*\\
'''Taurus''': Go fish.\\
'''Natrix''': What! Are you '''sure''' you're not cheating?\\
'''Taurus''': [[BlatantLies Nope.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: treats Tigris like an older sister
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: [[spoiler:According to Tigris, he had a genetic disorder that would have killed him before he reached 30 years old... until Hircus saved him.]]
* NoSell: Ben tries to taze him. [[RhymesOnADime It doesn't faze him.]]
* TheQuietOne: Rarely says much.
* TerseTalker: When he does talk, it tends to be in simple, one-word sentences.
* VillainsOutShopping: He's introduced playing Go Fish.

!!Canis
A tall brown dog man with floppy ears. Definitely not man's best friend.
!!!Tropes
* CodeNames: 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
* EvilIsPetty: asks if he can have Canis' codename after Canis gets captured.
* HotBlooded: likes to fight just for the joy of fighting

!!Drakky:
A big, rather draconic looking man, probably due to crocodillian DNA
* TheBigGuy: Alter's ''other'' big guy after Taurus

!!Down
Another EvilutionaryBiologist behind Alter's BioAugmentation program. Does not appear to share Dr. Haldane's altruism.
* BioAugmentation: warns [[spoiler: Reed and Heinrich]] not to assume she's baseline just because she's not fuzzy.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: defied. "This group has it's weirdos, but everyone has their reasons for being here... reasons that go beyond pure money."
* PlayingWithSyringes: Hints that she's not above experimenting on unwilling subjects.
* TheUnfettered: has a problem with pesky laws that limit genetic research on humans for much less noble reasons than Hircus.