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- Childhood Friends: They were close as children. Played realistically, as pointed out; they eventually grew apart as they were different people who were only friends because their parents were friends.
- Deadpan Snarker: They are teenagers.
- Five-Token Band: They're comprised of Alex (black male), Gert (neuroatypical Jewish female), Chase (white male), Karolina (lesbian white-appearing female), Nico (bisexual Japanese-American female), and Molly (Latina female).
- Kid Hero: A group of high school students set on thwarting their parentsí plans.
- Love Dodecahedron: Alex and Nico show mutual interest in one another. Gert has a crush on Chase, who is far from indifferent but is trying to start something with Karolina, who is more into Nico who later reciprocates. Molly has no part in this at all.
- Ordinary High-School Student: The six are regular (albeit privileged) students at a private school called Atlas Academy — until they begin to discover the secrets their parents have been hiding.
- The Runaway: By the end of the first season.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Not even finding the truth about their parents can stop them from bickering over the same issues that drove them apart in the first place.
- We Used to Be Friends: The kids are Childhood Friends who grew apart following the death of Nico's sister.
Portrayed by: Rhenzy Feliz, Krystian Alexander Lyttle (young)
Appearances: RunawaysThe only son of Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder, Alex is both computer-savvy and an unabashed pop culture nerd. After burying himself in his laptop following the death of his friend Amy, Alex starts feeling the absence of his childhood friends and tries to get the band back together - with consequences no one could possibly predict...
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Alex was secretly working with his parents the whole time and betrayed the rest of his friends. His betrayal is adapted, but instead of having been working with the PRIDE, his 'betrayal' is knowing details about Amy's death that he didn't share with Nico. The person to actually betray them to the PRIDE instead seems to be Frank Dean.
- Adaptational Personality Change: This Alex seems more vulnerable and open with his friends than his comic book counterpart. Notably, in the comics Alex was actively against hanging out with the others prior to them learning about their parents, while here, he's very desperate to bond with them. His prior friendship with Amy likely played a role.
- Black and Nerdy: He's a black teen who enjoys nerdy endeavors.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He calls out his father after learning about his past "Fifteen". "Metamorphosis" has shown that he has not let up on him.Alex: For as long as I can remember... whenever I was with you, I felt like the luckiest kid in the world. You weren't just my father, you were my best friend. But the more I learn about you... the more I realize that you're just not a good person.
- Decomposite Character: As far as the first season goes, his role as the surprise traitor is instead given to Frank Dean.
- Distressed Dude: He's kidnapped by his father's old associates in "Fifteen" but is rescued by the team in "Kingdom."
- Extraverted Nerd: He isn't quite socially awkward (and in fact actively tries to get the friend group back together), but is a nerd nonetheless.
- Hollywood Hacking: Has a history of hacking, all of which seems to be done from his laptop. In "Metamorphosis" he manages to retrieve data from the Wizard server, which is one of the most secure in the world.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: While the other Runaways feel more thrown together by circumstance, Alex actively wants to be close with them, notably this is a departure from his comics counterpart, who hated the idea, and only hung out with them because he had to.
- The Leader: Slowly shaping up to be the teens' leader; lampshaded in "Metamorphosis" when they look to him for a plan.Gert: Okay, Alex, what's the plan?
Molly: Yeah, Alex?
Chase: Why does everyone assume Alex has a plan? Someone else might have a plan.
Alex: Great. Lets hear it.
Chase:(Beat) I was just speaking hypothetically.
- Like Father, Like Son: Geoffrey is a smart and ruthless man who was always "one step ahead of everyone" in his street days, but who also got one of his friends to take the fall for him and then stiffed him on the return favour and broke off all connections with him. Alex is, as per above, the man with the plan among the Runaways, but also the one who argued in favour of abandoning Karolina when she got captured and who distanced himself from his friends for years rather than admit that he knew something about Amy's supposed suicide.
- Lonely Rich Kid: While all the protagonists are fairly well-off, Alex in particular has been a loner at school since Amy's death.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Has this dynamic with Chase, being the introspective and quiet Sensitive Guy to Chase's abrasive and blunt Manly Man.
Portrayed by: Lyrica Okano
Appearances: RunawaysA goth teen who is experimenting with magic and the occult. The younger daughter of Robert and Tina Minoru.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Even before she learns the truth about her parents, this version of Nico is already mourning the death of her sister.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Downplayed, as she goes from merely Ambiguously Bi to explicitly bi.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: To avoid Unfortunate Implications regarding self-harm, the way Nico's powers work have been altered. When casting a spell, the staff instead spring-loads a small needle attachment to prick the skin for a drop of bloodnote , rather than needing her to self-harm. Also, rather than having to say what she wants, it's shown she merely has to think it, erasing her comic book weakness of having to avoid repeated words.
- Always Someone Better: Nico's dead sister Amy, who has sporting trophies and seems to have been her mother's favourite.
- Bi the Way: She's implied to be bisexual in "Metamorphosis", and this is later confirmed in "Doomsday". Specifically, Nico appears pretty into it when Karolina kisses her. She fully reciprocates and pursues a relationship with her in "Hostile".
- Boom Stick: She's slowly learning how to use the Staff of One, which is a long staff with a circle that fires magic at the end.
- Cynicism Catalyst: It's implied that Nico's gothic fashion and surly personality developed after Amy's death, as the two of them were close.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on both "deadpan". The Runaways have a lot of witty repartee amongst themselves, but Nico's quips tend to stand out thanks to her incredibly dry tone and dark sense of humor.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Stops to watch Karolina change clothes in the back of the van.
- Gender-Blender Name: Nico is an infrequent (though often unisex) given name, while "Minoru" is a Japanese given name usually assigned to men.
- Goth: Played With. She dresses the part and seems to abide by some of the stereotypes (like trying to conduct a ritual to contact her dead sister), but Alex's picture of the group in the past shows Nico with much longer hair and more "normal" clothing, suggesting that she started acting goth to cope with her grief over Amy's death.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: Played with. She acts like a goth and is interested in magic, but while she tries to cast incantations from wiccan spell books, they accomplish nothing. She only actually performs magic once she has the Staff of One.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: In the pilot, she taps on her earphones while talking to Alex to indicate to him that she doesn't care what he has to say.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Is still figuring out how to actually control the Staff of One. The first time Nico makes use of it, she accidentally creates a snowstorm in her mom's study while reminiscing over one of her sister's snowflake paper crafts.
- In the Blood: Her parents are also involved in the occult, though she's initially unaware of it and independently came to magic. However, she doesn't get real magic until she obtains her mother's Staff of One.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The dark to Karolina's light; Nico is a surly brunette goth who cares about appearances and fashion.
- Official Couple: With Karolina.
- Promoted to Love Interest: For Karolina. At the time the series aired, it had only been suggested Nico might have feelings for her, and then only after Xavin showed up. Here, Nico kisses Karolina back at the first opportunity and season one ends with them in a relationship.
- Squishy Wizard: She can cast "spells" with the Staff of One but has only the regular physical strength of a girl of her age and build.
- Stepford Snarker: Despite reacting to events with either indifference or dripping sarcasm, she breaks down crying in the bathroom after staring at Amy's trophies.
- Tsundere: She gives Alex a hard time and tells him to not read anything into her calling him for help, or into her covering up their activities through a Fakeout Makeout, and assures him that she definitely didn't want him to kiss her goodnight... and then she starts grinning goofily the moment she turns around.
- Twofer Token Minority: Bisexual Japanese-American woman.
- Two First Names: "Nico" and "Minoru" are both given names in Japan.
- The Unfavourite: Has a strained relationship with her mother, who bans her from entering Amy's room.
Portrayed by: Virginia Gardner, Valentina Gordon (young)
Appearances: RunawaysThe daughter of Leslie Dean, leader of the Church of Gibborim, and former teen star Frank Dean. She is seen as the youth face of the church, but Karolina resents the restrictions her status gives her and struggles with her identity in more ways than one.
- All the Other Reindeer: Implied to be a victim of bullying at school, largely due to her membership in the setting's Church of Happyology. Later, after her near-rape, it's shown more up-close with her being accosted for her being a 'lightweight slut' and people spreading rumours about her.
- Attempted Rape: Is nearly sexually assaulted by Chase's lacrosse buddies after passing out at a party. Chase saves her.
- Cry Cute: She's so beautiful, even her crying face is pretty.
- Daddy's Girl: Unlike the other kids, she's quite close with her father. It's why she tells him about the team's discoveries. Unfortunately, this trust is misplaced, as he proceeds to rat them out to Jonah.
- Drowning My Sorrows: In "Metamorphosis," starts drinking before the party and doesn't stop until she flies after falling off the roof.
- Drives Like Crazy: Her taking the team to rescue Alex is clearly the first time she's ever driven a car.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: When her bracelet is removed, her entire body glows like a rainbow.
- Flight: She discovers that she can fly in the sixth episode, much to her delight.
- Glamour: Her bracelet appears to function as this, as she looks like a regular human girl when she wears it. Her powers come out when she takes it off.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Thanks to Chase's Adaptational Dye Job, she's now the token blonde of the group, and aside from Molly is definitely the nicest of the bunch as well. She also flatly refuses to assume their parents are evil at face value and is determined to give them the benefit of the doubt.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her glowing power doesn't seem to actually do anything offensively, though it at least makes for a nice distraction in battle. She can fire energy beams, however, as well as fly, so its not like its her only ability.
- Human Aliens: She appears human when wearing the bracelet that contains her true form.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Her lofty social status is made worse when she discovers her powers and her motherís activities.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Her reaction to all the drama in episode six.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The light to Nico's dark, as she's a sunny blonde who dresses in fashionable clothing and is the Token Religious Teammate.
- Lipstick Lesbian:
- She's very feminine, and is all but stated to be into women. She watches two girls kissing with interest in the pilot, shows zero interest in Chase's advances, and in "Metamorphosis" she all but tells Nico that she has feelings for her.
- Then, in "Doomsday", Karolina gets to kiss Nico. Who kisses her back!
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Tuns out Jonah is her biological father.
- Not Quite Human: Something is up with her biology that her bracelet is implied to suppress; when she takes it off her body starts glowing like a rainbow.
- One Head Taller: Than Nico, who she has to lean down to kiss.
- Power Limiter: Her bracelet hides her powers.
- Slut-Shaming: Subject to this by a Eiffel in "Fifteen," who blames Chase's falling out with the lacrosse team on Karolina's promiscuity. Especially egregious since the "promiscuity" she's referring to was Karolina being a victim of Attempted Rape.
- Stepford Smiler: In contrast with the rest of the group, who have all become emotionally withdrawn in various ways, Karolina copes with her problems by putting on a happy face and compulsively posting positive images on social media. Nico succinctly sums up that she hides behind makeup the same way Karolina hides behind her smile.
- Super Cute Superpowers: Her body becomes rainbow colored and glittery, and she can fire very weak projectiles of the same colors. Lampshaded by Darius, who dismissively calls her abilities "cute."
- Token Religious Teammate: She belongs to a church and is very open about her faith, but it's more in the vein of Scientology than any major world religion. It's apparently a positive enough influence that she's depicted as being the most open-minded and positive member of the group, in-spite of Gert's initial bitterness towards her, and she despairs at the thought that her faith is likely tied up with the PRIDE's misdeeds.
Gertrude "Gert" Yorkes
Gertrude "Gert" Yorkes
Portrayed by: Ariela Barer
Appearances: RunawaysA "social justice warrior" who masks her insecurities with causes. The daughter of Dale and Stacey Yorkes.
- A Boy and His X: She's somehow able to communicate perfectly with Old Lace the deinonychus, which is a complete surprise to her parents.
- Adaptational Curves: Though not quite Amazonian here, she's a bit thinner than her counterpart in he comics.
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Subverted. While she doesn't actually refer to herself as "Arsenic" in the series, an advertisement for a local showing of Arsenic and Old Lace prompts Gert to compare herself and the dinosaur to their cinematic namesakes, along with other famous twosomes in pop culture. "Old Lace" eventually sticks for the dinosaur.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comics Gert often acted like an irritable jerk to everyone, while this version of Gert is more approachable and nicer with her snarky comments coming off as more playful than biting like Comics!Gert.
- Big Sister Instinct: While she'll be sarcastic with Molly like with everyone else, Gert cares a lot for her adopted sister.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Invoked when she refers to her pet deinonychus as "the Old Lace to my Arsenic", referencing her comic book codename, which itself is a Shout-Out to the play Arsenic and Old Lace.
- Establishing Character Moment: She chastises Molly for wanting to join their school's cheerleading squad in the name of feminism.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She verbally lashes out at Karolina a few times after she realizes that Chase has a crush on her.
- Hypocrite: Karolina calls her out on tearing other women down more than anyone, despite claiming to be all about female empowerment. Also, she is entirely unapologetic about using a pair of X-ray goggles to look through Chase's clothes, even though that flies in the face of every feminist principle of anti-objectification and bodily autonomy. In fairness, she's a teen who is just discovering feminism, not the perfect poster child of the movement, and he didn't seem bothered by it, though he does call out the Double Standard of her donning a lead apron before lending him the goggles.
- Informed Judaism: Or at least her parents are, why she objects to them being part of the Gibborim cult.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She's initially freaked out by the emphatic link she shares with Old Lace, but quickly comes around to how cool it is.
- Race Lift: Subverted. Though she's portrayed by a Latina actress, there's no indication that this version of the character shares that background.note
- Related in the Adaptation: In the show, Gert is Molly's adoptive sister.
- Shipper With An Agenda: She encourages Karolina to act on her feelings for Nico, at least in part because this would encourage Chase to stop mooning over Karolina.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Gert is an unpopular pessimist, while Molly is a well-liked optimist.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Her crush on Chase is very obvious.
- Soapbox Sadie: She's very invested in social issues (particularly on the subject of feminism and the modern patriarchy), much to the chagrin of those around her.
- Straw Feminist: Played with. Though she plays up every cliché and stereotype, Gert is portrayed as more akin to someone who just discovered feminism and has found in it a way to vent her insecurities and frustrations. Though she genuinely believes in her ideals, she's still an insecure teenager who often lashes out at girls she deems prettier, like a lot of girls her age. Karolina outright calls her out on how her behaviour flies in the face of what feminism is meant to be. She does, however, support Karolina after it is revealed two members of the Lacrosse team tried to rape her while passed out and Eiffel engages in Victim Blaming and Slut-Shaming. Later, she is the one who notices Karolina's struggle with her sexuality and reaches out.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hers is dyed purple.
Portrayed by: Gregg Sulkin
Appearances: RunawaysThe son of Victor and Janet Stein, Chase is a very capable engineer but chafes under his father's high expectations; he'd rather play lacrosse or tinker with personal projects than keep his grades up.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Has blond hair in the comics, but is brown-haired here.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Chase is seen designing and attempting to build the fistigons, unlike his comics counterpart who just happened to pick them up. He later helps his father build the final version.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Among the kids, he has the worst relationship with his parents, and is by far the fastest to assume the worst about whatever the PRIDE is up to.
- The B Grade: Struggling to earn good grades in Spanish class, which puts him at odds with his extremely education-focused dad.
- Big Man on Campus: He's a star lacrosse player in his high school, and quite popular because of it.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's as smart as his father but prefers to learn about practical uses and applications. If he feels that it has no real use in the real world, he doesn't give a shit.
- Dumb Jock: Subverted. Although he's introduced as a lacrosse player with slipping grades, he's smarter than he lets on. As he mentions in "Kingdom", he's not so much Book Dumb as favoring practical applications of his studies.
- Establishing Character Moment: Alex catches him designing what will become his "fistigons", causing Chase to lash out defensively.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a heavily-muscled athlete and handy in a scrap, and if his work with the Fistigons are anything to go by, he's definitely inherited at least some of his dad's technical acumen.
- Hopeless Suitor: Karolina is utterly uninterested in his advances.
- Jerk Jock: Subverted. He plays lacrosse and acts like an entitled douchebag, but wasn't always that way. He starts making an effort to be nicer after the group reunites, and quits the team in "Fifteen".
- Mr. Fanservice: His introduction is working out shirtless in his room, and he frequently wears tight clothing that highlights his buff physique. Even gets an (exceedingly brief) nude scene in "Destiny" when Gert accidentally gets an eyeful of him while using the x-ray goggles. Chase seems to consider himself this In-Universe as well, referring to himself as a "strapping lacrosse player" in a conversation with Gert.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretends to be dumber than he actually is. Partially, it's to fit in with the cool jocks at school, and partially to lowkey rebel against his father.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Quits the lacrosse team because of how it tolerates the boys who attempted to rape Karolina.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The athletic, blunt, and popular Manly Man to Alex's nerdy and introverted Sensitive Guy.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: The Fistigons, which he and his father build in "Kingdom", are a high-tech pair of gloves that can fire projectiles.
- What You Are in the Dark: When he sees his buddies carrying an unconscious Karolina to an upstairs bedroom at a Wild Teen Party, Chase is visibly conflicted, but goes after them and saves her.
Portrayed by: Allegra Acosta, Evelyn Angelos (young)
Appearances: RunawaysThe baby of the bunch who wants to find her place in the world. The daughter of Gene and Alice Hernandez; following their deaths, she was adopted and raised by the Yorkeses.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has brown hair in the comics, but black hair in the show, reflecting her Race Lift. Her eyes also glow gold instead of reddish-purple when her powers are in use.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her name in the comics is Molly Hayes. Presumably, the change is to accommodate her Race Lift.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Molly's a bubbly Genki Girl in the comics; this Molly is a bit shyer and more withdrawn, though her original personality is still there.
- Adaptation Species Change: She's a mutant in the comics, but since mutants were exiled from continuity in the MCU, she will not be one in the show. During season 1 its left ambiguous as to where her power comes from, and the Yorkeses speculate as to if she always had her powers (which would make her a mutant), or if its the result of something that happened prior to the fire.
- Age Lift: A slight example. While she's introduced in the comics as a pre-teen, here she's in high school with the rest of her friends.
- The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest of the group, and is treated as such by the others. She actually manages to exploit this trope, as she complains that nobody takes her seriously to deflect Catherine's suspicions about what she and the other kids were up to the night they discovered the Pride's activities; as the Wilders previously suspected her because she dropped her hairclip by the entrance to the lair.
- Bad Liar: In "Metamorphosis," she accidentally lets slip that she saw the PRIDE's activities to Catherine.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: She refers to the Yorkeses as "Dale" and "Stacey," because even after living with them for years she doesn't consider them her real parents.
- Cast from Hit Points: Using her powers for more than a couple of seconds at a time is extremely draining, to the point that she passes out in an alley in "Fifteen" after tearing out part of a wall in an attempt to escape Mrs. Wilder.
- Cool Hat: Her pink knit hat from the comics makes the jump to live-action here, made more significant to her here by her parents' deaths.
- Cute Bruiser: Her super-strength is contrasted by her bubbly personality and young age.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Inverted. The group has all grown apart since Amy's death, and while most of them are antagonistic towards each other, everybody still seems to like Molly. When the group is lashing out at each other in the pilot, Chase gets to Molly and admits that he actually does not have anything against her.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes glow gold when using her powers, as can be seen in the picture. Played with in the sense that she's actually a very nice person and hasn't yet made any attempt to use her strength to hurt people.
- Happily Adopted: She's been with the Yorkeses since her parents died, but doesn't show much angst over it.
- Menstrual Menace: Played with. The manifestation of her super-strength appears very much like a young girl's first period, and other characters assume it to be that.
- Nice Girl: The sweetest and most optimistic of the kids, making her very well-liked by the older ones.
- Not Now, Kiddo: The other kids dismiss her claims of being "super strong" until Molly lifts an SUV in "Kingdom." They're understandably impressed afterwards.
- The Pollyanna: Even with her adoptive parents' secrets looming over her, Molly is always friendly, upbeat, and optimistic. Lampshaded in "Refraction".Molly: Maybe my true superpower is my positive attitude.
- Race Lift: Is portrayed by Latina actress Allegra Acosta, and has an Adaptation Name Change to "Hernandez".
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Allegra Acosta can pass for older, but she was fourteen years old at the time of the series' release; Molly's Age Lift is actually rather slight.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the show, Molly is Gert's adopted sister.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Molly is a well-liked optimist, while Gert is an unpopular pessimist.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her irises glow gold whenever her powers come to light.
- Super Strength: A power she shares with her comic counterpart. She's still developing her abilities, but proves to be strong enough to crush metal with only pressure from her fingers, break down a locked door the rest of the group combined couldn't open, and even rip a concrete window block clean out of a wall.
- Tragic Keepsake: She greatly treasures a cat hair clip that her mother gave her, and literally rips her room apart when it goes missing.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Downplayed, but the initial sign of her powers manifesting are painful cramps that everybody else assumes to be her first period. They continue to resurface as her strength develops.
- More seriously invoked when its revealed that an early onset of her powers manifested during the fire that killed her parents, protecting her from the blaze.
Appearances: RunawaysA genetically engineered deinonychus created by the Yorkeses to protect their children.
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: In the comics, her name went with Gert's codename "Arsenic". In "Hostile," Gert refers to her as "the Old Lace" to her "Arsenic" after seeing an advertisement for a local showing of their namesake play; it eventually sticks for the former.
- Badass Adorable: She's a terrifying raptor monster, but her interactions with Gert and Molly are surprisingly endearing.
- Bond Creatures: With Gert, which Dale and Stacey are quite surprised by.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played straight until "Hostile", when Gert starts formally referring to her as Old Lace, much to the initial confusion of their friends.
- Empathy Pet: Like the emotionally guarded Gert, Old Lace is aloof bordering on hostile around the other teens. Around Gert's sister Molly on the other hand, the dinosaur is sweeter than a kitten.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Gert and Molly are understandably thrilled to have one in their basement, once she's under control.
- Fluffy the Terrible: She's a vicious dinosaur named after a classic Hollywood film.
- Music Soothes the Savage Beast: It's implied that she bonded with Gert after hearing her sing a lullaby.