Characters: Ms. Marvel (2014)
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Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl who gains powers after the Terrigen Bomb
triggers her Inhuman
- Achilles' Heel: Her powers, particularly her Healing Factor, burn out her body's energy reserves very quickly, as she finds out the hard way in #9 when she's almost killed in a giant robot attack that wrecks her school; her healing factor is using up so much energy that she's basically only able to "embiggen" her hands, and she hits empty right after the robot goes down.
- Adorkable: Writes crossover fanfic between The Avengers and Magical Pony Adventures, the Marvel Universe's version of My Little Pony. To say nothing of meeting with Wolverine and Spider-Man each for the first time.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A Muslim Pakistani girl who took the Ms. Marvel name from a white, blonde woman.
- Against My Religion: She's not as devout as her brother but she still won't drink alcohol (though she's too young to drink legally) or eat pork.
- Ascended Fangirl: Less than seven issues and she's already teaming up with some of her favorite supers.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: While her power set is quite impressive, Kamala pretty much specializes in using the laws of physics to her advantage.
- Breakout Character: For comics as a whole. There are reports from store owners of first-time customers (especially Muslim women and girls) who only come in to buy Ms. Marvel, and nothing else. Now, whether the industry can translate Kamala into a Gateway Series is still up in the air...
- The Cameo: Appears in Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1, which shows her as a toddler as of the day that the Fantastic Four went to space.
- Fangirl: Into the Avengers, Carol Danvers, Spider-Man, 616-My Little Pony, video games, writing fanfic...
- Gamer Chick: In her words, she's been playing video games since she was a kid and has the thumbs to prove it. The experience proves handy when Kamala first fights The Inventor's robotic minions. Also referenced when she describes the reveal of her powers' limitations as "like when you get a really good build going, then the devs decide to nerf your class."
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Claims that her hours playing video games have given her superior reflexes.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Her reaction to meeting Wolverine and Spider-Man for the first time. She almost fainted from excitement when the latter asked to do a combo attack with her
- Legacy Character: To the Ms. Marvel name.
- Reality Ensues: Once she's given a leotard and Thigh-High Bootsnote , she quickly realizes how uncomfortable those are.
- Scarf of Asskicking: A very long one, judging by Issue #6.
- Shape Shifter: Her main ability, which gives her several other abilities as well.
- Size Shifter: Able to grow her entire body or just parts of it, such as her fists. She can also shrink to insect-size.
- Rubber Man: She can stretch her limbs or flatten herself to almost paper-like dimensions.
- Healing Factor: Her wounds (like those from gunfire) heal very quickly when she's in her normal form... but it's shapeshifting or healingnote . It also leaves her very tired and hungry afterwards, and in extreme cases greatly weakens her ability to shapeshift until she fully recovers.
- Involuntary Shape Shifter: When she first emerges from her Terrigenesis cocoon, she ends up looking like her idol Carol Danvers.
- Shipper on Deck: Tells Spider-Man she ships him with Carol Danvers and pesters him for details on a date they went on together.
Kamala's friends and allies
Kamala's Turkish-American friend.
- Cultural Rebel: Wears a hijab against her father's wishes.
- Meaningful Rename: Inverted. She apparently went by "Kiki" in the past but recently started going by her real name again. This is likely another part of the "phase" her father thinks she is going through.
A convenience store clerk and one of Kamala's school friends.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Kamala says that if he were Pakistani, her parents would be trying to get them together due to his good grades and work ethic. Bruno looks unhappy about that.
- Cain and Abel: In issue #3, Bruno's little brother Vick appears and tries to get Bruno to steal him some money from the Circle Q (and later holds up the store during Bruno's shift to get the cash himself). He is apparently also jealous of Bruno being "the brains of the family".
- Secret Keeper: Bruno knows of Kamala's powers and superheroics, having found out in issue #4, and he helps cover for her when trouble comes up.
- Weekend Inventor: He uses his free time in school to develop a "biokinetic polymer" that he claims can make clothing super-stretchy, as mentioned in #3. In #5, it gets put to use in making Kamala's Ms. Marvel costume.
Canine companion of Kamala sent to her by Queen Medusa of the Inhumans.
- Attack Animal: He is generally very friendly, but he is also an asset in fights.
- Big Friendly Dog: Big? Very. Friendly? That too.
- Canine Companion: Queen Medusa's gift to look after Kamala. She has no objections.
- Teleporters and Transporters: The cute giant doggy can teleport. Makes sneaking out to superhero that much easier for Kamala.
- This also bails her out in #9: having recently expended so much energy healing that she can't morph into her costume and is barely able to fight with her expanding limbs and fists, she has Lockjaw create a distraction by teleporting himself into view of her classmates, allowing Kamala's shapeshifting to go unnoticed.
Kamala's father, who works at a bank.
- Adult Fear: When Kamala's school was attacked in #8-9, she drove there "like a maniac" only to not find Kamala and thought the worst.
- Education Mama: To Kamala. Oddly, she seems to be more lenient towards Aamir, who remains unemployed due to his religious lifestyle... but even she gets fed up with him in #2 when she calls his look that of "a penniless mullah."
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Has no idea what "fan feek" is.
Kamala's older brother.
- Basement-Dweller: Lives with his parents despite being an adult.
- Big Brother Instinct: He makes it clear that if someone hurt Kamala, he wouldn't think twice about making a lynch mob with his friends to get payback.
- The Fundamentalist: He's the most outwardly pious Muslim in the family, and disapproves of his father working at a bank as usury is against Islam.
- The Slacker: His father thinks his extreme piety is just his way to avoid getting a job, and his mother thinks he "dresses like a penniless mullah."
A local supervillain in Jersey City. Also known as Thomas Edison and "The Birdman" (as he was supposed to be a clone of Thomas Edison but got his DNA scrambled with a cockatiel).
- Adorable Abomination: He's a clone of Thomas Edison who was accidentally contaminated with cockatiel DNA, with long cybernetic arms. Still, he has an adorable cockatiel face and big eyes.
- Berserk Button: He is ''not'' a bird!◊
- Child Hater: The rationale behind his plan is basically ever anti-millennial screed you've ever heard turned up to eleven. It's ambiguous how much of it he actually believes, and how much is just him taking advantage, but he's absolutely encouraging teenagers to internalize self-hatred.
- Cute Is Evil: He looks like an anthropomorphic cockatiel, but he's also a mad scientist and criminal mastermind.
- Death by Irony: Although Kamala warns him the area is unstable, he climbs atop his fallen Mega-Bot while ranting how all of the teenagers and young adults — who had just earlier worked together to provide a distraction — are far too selfish and idiotic to appreciate or equal his genius. When he carelessly rests his boot against some delicate machinery, the levers shift and he's killed in the sudden collapse.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His name is mentioned by Kamala in All-New Marvel NOW! Point One after she destroys a giant junk creature of his creation. Since this story takes place after Kamala has become Ms. Marvel, it's implied that she has already faced him in the past.
- The Fagin: Hires and kidnaps teenagers to do his bidding, either as foot soldiers or as living batteries for his creations.
- Half-Human Hybrid/Mix-and-Match Man: His origin.
- Hidden Villain: In-universe, The Inventor is first mentioned in #3 by Vick and #4 by his henchmen. In #5, his face is revealed to the readers for the first time, and in #6, Kamala encounters a holographic projection of him. The two finally meet face-to-giant robot-piloting face in #10.
- If I Wanted You Dead...: He tells Kamala that if he wants her dead, she'll know.
- I Want Them Alive: He's personally told Kamala that he needs her alive for his plans, and that this should scare her more than the idea of him wanting her dead.
- Mad Scientist: In his own words, although not the kind "that's actually an idiot".
- Starter Villain: The first supervillain that Kamala is being made to face.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: At least in the sewers he seems to have cameras everywhere.
- Would Hurt a Child: He is not above using children in his schemes from employing them as mooks to making them the power source of his inventions.
The leader of the gang working for the Inventor.
Vittorio "Vick" Carrelli
Bruno's little brother, who gets involved with a gang.
The Inventor's chief assistant
- It's All My Fault: Blames himself for The Inventor's freakish appearance, as his pet cockatiel contaminated the DNA sample of Thomas Edison he was cloning, but not for creating him.
- Man Behind the Man: Knox considers himself to be the REAL mastermind behind The Inventor, hiding his true intentions behind a facade of being the meek manservant. It's pretty telling when Asgard's gods deem Knox as a threat.
- Number Two: To the Inventor... at least publicly.
One of Kamala's classmates.
- Alpha Bitch: Mocks Kamala and Nakia's cultures by asking them ignorant questions about it. She is also concerned about Bruno's financial status (so not only racist, classist too).
- Expy: She's, more or less, female Flash Thompson.
- Innocent Bigot: Kamala's interpretation of all the ignorant things Zoe says. She seems to realize quickly though this isn't the case.
- Straw Feminist: She parodies the kind of "feminist" who is convinced that all Muslim women are abused by their husbands/fathers/brothers and need to totally repudiate their faith and culture to be empowered.
- Troll: A "concern troll", in Bruno's words.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: She is so concerned about Bruno that she is even willing to shop at the grocery store he works at. So why wouldn't he make coffee for her? How ungrateful!
A teacher at the Khan family's mosque.
- Good Shepherd / Reasonable Authority Figure: In #6, when Kamala indirectly explains to him that the reason she breaks curfew is to help people, the Sheikh does not so much as tell her to stop (knowing it won't work) and instead encourages her to find a teacher so that she can get better at whatever she is doing. Luckily for her, the potential teacher she soon finds is the best there is at what he does.
- Stern Teacher: Kamala claims that he hates her though this is so far mostly an Informed Flaw and due to...
- Ye Goode Olde Days: Believes in partitioning men and women in the mosque. When Kamala points out that the Prophet Mohammed's mosque didn't do this, he says that those were the "blessed times" with less scandal and temptation.