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Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl who gains powers after the Terrigen Bomb from Infinity triggers her Inhuman genes.
- Achilles' Heel: A couple, in fact.
- 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.
- In addition, electrical shocks reduce the flexibility of her body's cells; see Kryptonite Factor, below.
- 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, blond woman.
- Alliterative Name: Kamala Khan, in true Marvel fashion.
- 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 anyway) or eat pork (though she finds the smell of bacon frustratingly tempting).
- Ascended Fangirl: Less than seven issues and she's already teaming up with some of her favorite supers. Then it goes through the roof when she becomes a member of The Avengers.
- 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...
- Broken Pedestal: During Civil War II, not only does Kamala suffer this due to backing a detention cell approved by Carol Danvers, but she ends up getting one towards Carol when she witnesses the death of Bruce Banner and she can only ask in a traumatized manner why she let it happen. Then Carol arrests Miles for a vision. This trope is finally hit when she's forced to show Carol how flawed using Ulysses is using Hijinx as proof and all the heroine can see is that Kamala is working with a criminal. This, along with the fact that her best friend Bruno has effectively dumped her for her actions, leads her to walk off and dump the special pendant Carol gave her.
- 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.
- Clark Kenting: Her mask doesn't really cover that much. Lampshaded once Josh finds out and points it should be obvious in hindsight, but a the idea a shy, nerdy girl who doesn't like sports could be a superhero never crossed his mind.
- Depending on the Artist: Kamala's mask varies a lot depending on who's drawing her, sometimes it'll be seemingly adhered to her face or it'll be clearly tied on, sometimes it'll have lens or cloth that obscure the eyes or it won't and sometimes the eye holes will be just big enough to see out through or will be 2 to 3 times wider than her actual eyes.
- Fangirl: Into the Avengers, Carol Danvers, Spider-Man, 616-My Little Pony, video games, writing fanfic...
- Fluffy Tamer: Not that Lockjaw needs much taming, but her reaction to a dog the size of a car that has everybody else freaking out and running away is to Squee! and call him the cutest thing ever.
- 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."
- Green-Eyed Monster: Gets this way when she finds out Bruno is dating someone new while she was too busy to notice.
- The Grinch: In the 2015 Gwenpool Christmas special, she cannot stand Christmas. This is because her family doesn't celebrate it but she's practically forced by the school to engage in Yuletide activities."What're you looking at?" (punches a snowman in the face)
- 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.
- Hypocrite: An odd variation — she's oh-so-cool with knowing the identities of her Avengers teammates, but trying to get her to open up about hers is like trying to pull teeth. Miles Morales calls her out on this when she drops in on his home while he's under trouble.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Claims that her hours playing video games have given her superior reflexes.
- Involuntary Shape Shifter: When she first emerges from her Terrigenesis cocoon, she ends up looking like her idol Carol Danvers.
- Jumped at the Call: The girl agreed to being part of the All-New, All-Different Avengers before Tony Stark even asked the question.
- 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
- Kryptonite Factor: Electric shocks reduce the elasticity of her cells, nullifying her many of her shape-shifting powers for a few moments. The Inventor predicts and exploits this, and Kaboom's attacks trigger it at least once (though oddly, not every time).
- Legacy Character: To the Ms. Marvel name.
- Most Common Superpower: Averted in the comics themselves, as she's a sixteen year old girl whose costume is a modified burkini. As you can see from the image to the right, though, not all the cover artists got the memo.
- Nice Girl: She is a very compassionate person that avoids unnecessary violence and seeks peaceful resolutions at any reasonable opportunity. Any strain on her relationships is usually due to conflicting responsibilities because she wants to be there for everyone.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Post-Secret Wars, Kamala's life is in so much overdrive that not only does she not notice that Bruno is dating another girl, but that a real estate agency has co-opted her image to promote destroying buildings.
- Reality Ensues: Once she's given a leotard and thigh high bootsnote , she quickly realizes how uncomfortable those are.
- Real Women Have Curves: Kamala originally fantasized about being like Carol Danvers, who fits conventional beauty standards, including weight. After using her powers to look as close to Danvers as possible, she realizes how uncomfortable the uniform is and how her natural body shape is incompatible with that ideal.
- Rubber Man: She can stretch her limbs or flatten herself to almost paper-like dimensions. Vol. 4, issue 19 shows that she's improved her stretching skills to bend and elongate her body, allowing her to easily dodge attacks.
- Scarf of Asskicking: A very long one, judging by Issue #6.
- Secret Identity: Kamala is fiercely protective of her identity, but knows the identities of certain people. This has lead to instances where she hangs around other heroes in costume while they're not.
- Secret Keeper: She knows Miles Morales is the new Spider-Man, but keeps it to herself. Miles is peeved that he doesn't actually know who Kamala is under the mask.
- Shapeshifter: Her main ability, which gives her several other abilities as well.
- Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Averted; notably her clothes are shifted when she emerges from terrigenesis. She notes she can shift her clothes as well but it takes concentration that would be distracting during heroics so she wears specially treated stretchy fabric to ease the effort.
- Shipper on Deck:
- During her team-up with Spider-Man, she has no hesitation in gleefully telling him she ships him with Carol Danvers and pestering him for details on a date they went on together.
- When Tyesha, Amir's not girlfriend, makes a reference to Dune, Kamala's response is "please marry my brother".
- Size Shifter: Able to grow her entire body or just parts of it, such as her fists. She can also shrink to insect-size.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Kamala tries hard to balance her normal teenage life with her superheroing. The difficulties this causes her are brought up a number of times: she doesn't get enough sleep, her school performance starts to slip as a result of her constantly missing classes, and her relationships with her friends and family start to suffer due to her duties and actions as Jersey City's superhero interfering with her social and family life to the point of completely destroying her friendship with her closest friend.
Kamala's friends and allies
Kamala's Turkish-American friend.
- Cultural Rebel: Wears a hijab against her father's wishes.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Hope Yards uses Ms. Marvel's image in their gentrification campaign, she quite bluntly complains to Kamala about Ms. Marvel being a sell-out, even after Kamala exposes Hope Yards as a HYDRA plot.
- 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the studious blue oni to Kamala's upbeat red oni.
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. Reinforced in #12, where Bruno's quite happy that he didn't drink the punch spiked with Asgardian truth serum before speaking to Kamala-as-Ms. Marvel at the Valentine's Day dance.
- Brainwashed: By Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association in the first arc of the 2015 relaunch.
- 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".
- Raised by Grandparents: Apparently the Carrelli boys are raised by their Nonna (granny) and Pop Pop (grandpa) as a result of being removed by social services from their birth mother's care due to her drug addiction.
- 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.
- Teen Genius: Noted by Dr. Faustus to have an IQ of 170.
- 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.
- We Used to Be Friends: By the end of the Civil War II arc, he's lost the use of his dominant hand and is planning to move to Africa just to get back some control of his life. He doesn't plan on saying goodbye to Kamala or, in fact, ever seeing her again.
Vittorio "Vick" Carrelli
Bruno's little brother, who gets involved with the Inventor early on but otherwise tries to be supportive.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Accidentally shoots Kamala with a gun he thinks is unloaded.
- Raised by Grandparents: Apparently the Carrelli boys are raised by their Nonna (granny) and Pop Pop (grandpa) as a result of being removed by social services from their birth mother's care due to her drug addiction.
- Trapped in Villainy: Asks his brother to help him stage a robbery for the Inventor.
- You Have Failed Me: The Inventor's reaction when he botches the robbery at his brother's store.
Canine friend 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.
- Nearly Normal Animal: It's not clear exactly how intelligent he is, but he usually has a good enough grip on the situation while acting very doglike.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He may just be Out of Focus, but after the arc that introduced him, Lockjaw's presence in the Khan household (or at least the Khan back yard) hasn't been brought up.
KareemA young boy from Badin whom Kamala meets during an overseas trip to meet her grandmother in Karachi, as he lives with her while studying to get into college. Implied to secretly be Laal Kanjeer (The Red Dagger), a masked vigilante.
- Best Friends-in-Law: Kareem calls himself this as his and Kamala's mothers were close friends in secondary school.
- Foreign Exchange Student: Transfers into Kamala's school after Secret Empire.
- Knife Nut: Unsurprisingly, Red Dagger's Weapon of Choice.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The Red Dagger's mask only covers the lower part of his face. It gives Kamala a full view of his long black hair and eyes, which just happen to resemble Kareem's.
Kamala's father, who works at a bank.
- Education Mama: A gender-flipped version to Kamala. He often compares her against her friend Bruno, who has both a job and good grades.
- Multicolored Hair: White on top, dark below, a sign of his age.
- Overprotective Dad: Refuses to let Kamala attend a Wild Teen Party.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In the second and fifth issues, he shows a better deal of kindness and understanding to Kamala when confronting her about her sneaking out.
Kamala's traditional but loving mother.
- 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.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: At the end of #18, she tells Kamala she knows she's Ms. Marvel.
- So Proud of You: The final issue before the reboot has her admit she came to realize certain things about Kamala didn't add up until she realized her daughter was Ms. Marvel, and that if sneaking out to help people was the worst thing she did, then she was happy that she had a daughter like her.
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. He also tries getting between Kamran and Kamala when they're obviously crushing on each other... emphasis on tries.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Issue 20 features Aamir saying that pretty much all Suicide Bombers are just Muslims who tried to fit in with Western society but never could. This, of course, not only completely ignores that fact that most terrorism happens in Muslim majority Middle-Eastern and African countries, but that suicide bombing happens there too. He also says that they believe that for them to have a starring role in there own lives is for them to be the villain, even though most get convinced to join for redemption.
- Powered Armor: Aamir's Inhuman power allows him to psychically surround himself with energy armor. This is activated when Kamran exposes him to an unknown mist... and then Kamran regrets it when Aamir shows him not to mess with him or his sister.
- 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 Islamic tenets... but his father thinks his extreme piety is just his way to avoid getting a job, and even his mother thinks he "dresses like a penniless mullah". That said, Aamir is seen in #14 wearing a business suit with briefcase as he's heading out to a job interview, though it's unclear if this is on his own free will or because his father forced him to do it.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: A non-malicious example, he tries to deter Bruno from acting on his feelings for Kamala to avoid the inevitable culture clash it would cause with her parents.
Click here to see a spoileriffic image of The Inventor.A local supervillain in Jersey City. Also known as Thomas Edison and "The Birdman" (as he was supposed to be a clone of 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 every 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: 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 faced.
- 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.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets a laser-blast to the crotch in #5, and gets both a giant boot to the face AND a giant dog flattening him in #8.
- Card-Carrying Villain: First appears wearing a tank top that reads "IMA BAD GUY".
- Delinquent Hair: Has a mohawk.
- The Dragon: To the Inventor.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Carries a laser gun.
- The Kid with the Remote Control: Commands a squadron of the Inventor's robots.
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.
An Inhuman like Kamala, with electricity powers and a superiority complex.
- Elemental Hair: Her hair flows upward and glows with electricity, though when she's knocked out it stops sparking, revealing she falls under White Hair, Black Heart.
- Fantastic Racism: In her New Era Speech, she refers to regular people as "lesser beings" and "a subspecies".
- Glass Cannon: Her abilities are very destructive, especially against Kamala since electricity acts as a Power Nullifier to her. However, she isn't more resilient than a regular human. When Kamala decides to hit her with full power in their first fight, she goes down in one punch and has to be taken to the hospital.
- Man of Kryptonite: Has electrical powers which, in the right doses, can nullify Kamala's powers.
- The Quincy Punk: Goes off about a new era and anarchy, and wears black Fingerless Gloves with a studded belt, light green jacket, black shirt, and purple jeans.
- Psycho Electro: Her power, which can manifest as bolts or spheres.
- Shock and Awe: As noted above, she has electrical powers.
- Unexplained Recovery: In the beginning of #14, Kaboom is being loaded into an ambulance due to her injuries from Kamala punching her HARD in the previous issue. At the end of the same issue however, she's mostly recovered (with only a neckbrace to show for her injuries) and ambushes Kamala as she tries to escape from Lineage's lair, while moving to pursue Kamala early in #15◊.
A young Inhuman whom Kamala has a crush on. He has the power to channel his body's energy into objects and make them explode.
- Birds of a Feather: Kamala has a crush on Kamran due to his sharing many of her own interests, such as Bollywood comedies and World of Battlecraft sessions.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Seems to be a major problem with him:
- His method of convincing Kamala to join Lineage's side was to lure her away from school against her will, then kidnap her and bring her to his boss who essentially made her a Join or Die offer. Somehow it didn't occur to him she wouldn't appreciate.
- After Kamala understandably refused joining him, he kidnapped her brother and exposed him to Terrigen mist to awaken his Inhuman powers, convinced Aamir secretly hated being forced into all the rules imposed by his religion and would gladly jump on an opportunity to acquire powers and make the rules of his own. He is utterly baffled when it turns out Aamir was not only completely happy with his life as a muslim and genuine in his faith, but also uninterested in having powers.
- Fantastic Racism: Just like Kaboom, he considers Inhumans superior to regular humans
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kamala first defeats him by throwing back one of his explosive marbles right at him.
- Love-Interest Traitor: He is actually revealed to be a spy for the Inhuman villain Lineage and attempts to recruit Kamala to his boss's cause by proclaiming how she's now so much better than a normal human. Kamala doesn't fall for the pitch, so he resorts to knocking her out and dragging her away, for which she calls him a "little henchman" to Lineage.
- Never My Fault: When Kamala is shocked to see him at Lineage's side, he blames her even though he lured her into his car under false pretenses.
- Prince Charmless: Lampshaded. During their fight, Kamala realize that behind his prince charming look, he is an asshole.
- She Is All Grown Up: Kamala did know him back when they were kids, but only remembered him as a brat who scraped out his nose. She is in awe when she finds out how good-looking he has become as a teenager.
LineageA devil-looking Inhuman leader with sinister ambitions, as well as Kaboom's and Kamran's boss. For more informations on him, see the NuHumans.
Dr. FaustusA frequent member of Captain America's rogues gallery, he crosses swords with Ms. Marvel when he tries to take over Jersey City through the Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association, and damages her standing in the community by attaching her image to it.
See Captain America's Villains.
Luke WorthyDr. Faustus's right hand man.
- The Dragon: To Doctor Faustus.
- Face of the Band: For the New Jersey Hydra cell — he is the only one of Faustus' henchmen who are recognizable and named characters and has most presence.
- Hipster: In his desing, probably main reason why Jersey Hydra cell got a Fan Nickname "Hydra Hipsters".
- Jerkass Has a Point: Luke Worthy: Ties to HYDRA, yes. Manipulative Bastard, totally. Right about things going crazy in Jersey City since Supers showed up, Absolutely. Kamala alone is responsible for a Clone Army and a giant T-Rex showing up and wrecking the place and then there's more horrifying stuff; like the Inventor taking advantage of guilt-ridden teenagers and using them as Human Batteries.
- Mayor Pain: Aspired to be the Wilkins type and even ran for the office and despite losing the election still found a way to replace the elected mayor.
- Reality Ensues: After he gets himself installed as a mayor by his connections in City Council despite losing the election, the rightful mayor files an appeal to the Third Circuit Court, which rules in her favor and kicks him out.
HijinxLeader of the Canadian Ninja Syndicate.
- Affectionate Parody: He's basically a Naruto character mixed with Canadian stereotypes.
- Ascended Extra: originally Canadian Ninjas were just one-off enemies distracting Kamala from a bigger threat, but later got more spotlight.
- Calling Your Attacks: Gives his ninjas orders by shouting attack names like Toronto Style: Mapple Leaf Formation!
- Canada, Eh?: All around. Ironically trope name is one stereotype about Canadians he avoids.
- Death By Genre Savvy: He doesn't die, but in order to trick Ulysses into thinking he will set up multiple bombs he planted multiple fakes and one real bomb. This ends completely undermining the point Kamala tried to make.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with Kamala to prove predictive justice can be fooled.
- Gratuitous Ninja
- Improbable Weapon User: Canadian Ninjas can be seen using traditional ninja weapons and everything from frying pans and setsuares to eggs.
- Lampshade Hanging: Gets cut off, but remains the only person to ever point out that the entire idea of predicting crimes and stopping them before they happen that Civil War II is built around sounds awfully like that one movie with Tom Cruise.
- Large Ham
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Canada-themed Ninja
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Inverted — he remains an inherently comedic character but has the most presence during Civil War II tie-in arc, one of the saddest arcs to date.
- Tank Goodness: And one point stole a prototype tank.
Rebecca "Becky" St. Jude
The leader of the Cadets, young people trying to implement predictive justice in Jersey, whom Kamala is asked to supervise by Carol.
- Ascended Fanboy: Idolizes Carol and gets to work for her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She starts out nice enough, but the hints of her true face show up very quickly.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She's willing to call an airstrike on a building full of Inhuman civilians during her second arc with Ms. Marvel, adamant in thinking they're only criminals.
- Evil Counterpart: Shares Kamala's admiration of Carol that inspires her to be a hero, but without Kamala's compassion and actual care for the community and people she's supposed to be protecting.
- Evil Redhead: She is red-haired, and a complete Knight Templar.
- Hannibal Lecture: One she gave to Josh ended leading him to become Discord and working for her, even though he should have no reason to trust her after she threw him in jail for a crime he hasn't done and ruined his life.
- Hate Sink: Seems likely, she has very few actually likable features.
- Hero Worship: Seems to be as much a fan of Carol as Kamala.
- Knight of Cerebus: Despite not doing that much (at least compared to most examples) to earn the name, she's still the villain of an arc featuring more than one Wham Episode and possibly most depressing arc to date, and more importantly to this trope an arc that marked a shift to the comic dealing with more serious stories as well.
- Knight Templar: She supports Carol's side of the second Civil War, and heavily abuses her power to put innocent people in jail with very little justification.
- Manipulative Bastard: She was trying to use growing tension between Carol and Kamala to cause a rift between them and hopefully take Kamala's place at Carol's side.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Once she picks up codename "Lockdown".
- Police Brutality: Has no problem tasing people she arrests for slightest reasons.
- Powered Armor: Uses one later on to fight Kamala.
- Profiling: When arresting Josh she mentions that a straight teenage white male fits the profile of a person most likely to blow up his school.
- Putting on the Reich: Cadets outfits, despite being blue, make many people think of Hitler's Youth and Benito Mussolini.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: Her goal is to exploit tension between Carol and Kamala so Miss Marvel will stop working for her and she can take her place as Captain Marvel's associate. While she does succeeds in breaking the friendship between the two, Carol brutally rejects her offer to become her new sidekick, calls her out for abusing her power and failing to gain the people of New Jersey's trust, and has her arrested.
- The Rival: Wants to replace Kamala as Jersey's protector and Carol's closest ally, even planning to give herself the superhero name "Lockdown".
- Shadow Archetype: To both Kamala and Carol. She's who Kamala could be if she ever adopted "ends justify the means" approach while also sharing many of Carol's flaws, without any of her good traits.
- Shout-Out: Hijinx called her Judge Barbie and she quoted "I am the law" line in her next appearance.
- Smug Snake: She is very arrogant and has huge aspiration to become Kamala's replacement as Carol's associate, but her first fight clearly shows Kamala is a better fighter than she is, and when she does volunteer to become Carol's sidekick, she is promptly rejected and given a "Reason You Suck" Speech before being sent to jail for her abuse of power.
- The Sociopath: Fits the criteria to a tee. She calls an airstrike on a building with herself, Ms. Marvel, Discord, and several civilians. Kamal wonders if she even cares about anything.
- Villain Team-Up: She returns in the next arc, teaming up against Ms. Marvel with Discord and HYDRA.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Deconstructed. In both her arcs she takes this approach and wants to provide people with the security they desire. But her extreme methods alienate those very people against her and violate the law, getting her arrested.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The entire Civil War II arc is her and Kamala giving each other these. Finally, she gets one from Carol and is arrested.
- With Us or Against Us: Shows this attitude towards people opposing to predictive justice very quickly.
Doc.XA sentient computer virus that harasses Kamala, both online and in the real world.
- Blackmail: Threatens to reveal Kamala's secret identity if she doesn't upload it into S.H.I.E.L.D. And just in case she's willing to make that sacrifice, it also threatens to out Zoe as gay to the entire school in the most humiliating way possible.
- Contagious A.I.: Malevolent? Check. Sentient? Check. Just jumping and infecting electronics (and more) as it wishes? Check. Yep. It is one.
- For the Evulz: Sums up its reasons for tormenting Kamala and others in three simple bullet points.
- Gone Horribly Right: Doc.X's creator wanted to see how an adaptive virus that could learn from its environment would develop when placed among hyper-competitive trash-talking gamers. Mission accomplished, and then some.
- It Amused Me: Essentially the entire reason Doc.X's programmer unleashed it onto the Internet. He thought it would be fun to see how it would react in such a volatile environment.
- Possession: Not just limited to technology, it can "hack" its way into human brains, controlling them as an extension of itself. However, it cannot control Kamala in this way due to the nature of her powers.
- Super Empowering: When it's possessing someone, it somehow gives them the strength and durability to fight Ms. Marvel.
- Troll: A very literal Internet troll, as its avatar is based on one of Kamala's World of Battlecraft guildmates.
Discord a.k.a Joshua RichardsonA mysterious person who allies himself with Lockdown and HYDRA against Ms. Marvel. Implied to be somebody who knows her very well.
- Badass Normal: He's a normal human equipped with advanced technology.
- Cape Busters: Seems to have it against superpowered individuals.
- Combat Pragmatist: Attacking Ms. Marvel from behind and then kicking her when she's down is his to-go strategy.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The main cause why his reasons for becoming a villain come off as so weak - they pale to the viciousness he inflicts on all superpowered individuals and Ms. Marvel in particular. Though as his dialogue has made clear, that's the point: make Jersey City feel so unwelcoming that they'll just leave on their own.
- Establishing Character Moment: As mentioned above, the first thing we see him do is to knock down Ms. Marvel from behind, introduce himself then kick her in the stomach.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may have been willing to go along with K.I.N.D. and Becky, but he was aghast when Becky called an airstrike on people he knew were innocent.
- Fantastic Racism: As mentioned above and below. He thinks some superhumans caused problems and his idea to fix it is to harass all superhumans, even those who never did anything wrong, until they leave.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Assuming his gadgets are his own invention.
- Genre Savvy: By either having studied Ms. Marvel's fights or being close to her, he is perfectly prepared for her and knows her weaknesses. When she tries to goad him into revealing his secret identity, he calls her genre-illiterate.
- He Who Fights Monsters: For all his talk about how much chaos superhumans cause, he sure doesn't care how much chaos he has caused (dropping bombs on Ms. Marvel in the middle of a crowd, starting a hostage situation and riots in middle of the streets, attacking a Mosque) or that neither his partner nor Hydra has any problems using superhumans when it furthers their goals. Plus his tech does put him on par with most supers.
- Hypocrite: He's helping arrest people with superpowers because they might cause problems based on the fact some of them did in the past. One would expect more compassion from a victim of profiling.
- It's All About Me: One of the reasons he hates Ms. Marvel is that he never felt she's there for people like him.
- Kick the Dog: Several of his actions and his behavior during them make him look quite sadistic.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: did this to Kamala in a rather sadistic manner.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: At least at first, he shows more remorse and restraint after finding out Ms. Marvel's true identity.
- The Reveal: His real tdentity is Josh, a semi-friend/classmate of Kamala's.
- Revenge: His main reason to hate Ms. Marvel was her role in his arrest for crime he hasn't done.
- Rocket Punch: Seems to be able to send attacks in form of his fist at a mid-range distance.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Slips away during the chaos as HYDRA's forces are being overthrown.
- Secret Keeper: Learns that Kamala is Ms. Marvel but refuses to share this with anyone.
- Shock and Awe: Knocks Kamala out with rings that shock her with electricity.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: After discovering who he is Kamala genuinely tried to reach to him, going as far as to reveal her secret identity to him. But in the end, he still decided that being the villain is now his life. Downplayed since it was done without any evil speeches or fights and he still let Kamala go.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: He pretty much became a villain because he thought it's the only way to regain control of his life.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He once summoned a mini-carrier filled to the brim with bombs he dropped on Kamala.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: He wants to protect Jersey City from superhumans on the ground of chaos they cause. But Ms. Marvel aside, all his actions so far are directed at superhumans who have never shown any indication of wanting anything but to live normal lives. See Disproportionate Retribution for why.
- Villain Has a Point: He's really good at these, so much so that the only reason he's a villain are his use of highly aggressive tactics and the fact he works for a guy with ties to HYDRA.
- He's right that Kamala is pretty self-absorbed when it comes to her hero work that she ignored how much distress it caused for the majority of the population and this is further proven when Kamala admits to herself that she has caused troubles for the people of Jersey City, then decides to just brush it off.
- Kamala and co. were never truly his friends, as every time he tried to do good or better himself they just sort of ignored him. He did his best to be a good boyfriend to Zoe, was treated poorly by her and ended up been unceremoniously dumped getting zero comfort from anyone. He joined the science fair to prove he wasn't a dumb jock and ended up having his role ignored. Then he was arrested for something he might do in the future and ended up losing what he had left going for him i.e. his spot on the football team and his sports scholarship to college. So why not join a group that was willing to give him a chance?
- We Used to Be Friends: Subverted. While Kamala considered Josh one of her friends, he says he never felt accepted by her or her peers, even when he tried to join them.
One of Kamala's classmates.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Turns out that she's gay and secretly in love with Nakia. Nakia doesn't feel the same way regarding Zoe. However, Nakia appreciates her feeling and assures her that they're still friends.
- Alliterative Name: Both her names start with Z.
- 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, but classist too).
- The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: The Incursion event that nearly led to the death of her and everyone she knows caused Zoe to seriously reevaluate her life. She seriously became friends with Kamala and Nakia, then stopped acting dumber then she really was, and finally, she decided to stop lying about her sexuality.
- Coming-Out Story: Has a particularly cruel one when an AI spills her love letters all over the internet. Somewhat mitigated when she ends up at the heart of a multi-person hug involving half the school.
- Expy: She's more or less a female Flash Thompson to Kamala's female Peter Parker. She even follows Flash's character arc, starting off as a complete asshole before gradually becoming kinder and friendlier towards the protagonist.
- Innocent Bigot: Kamala's interpretation of all the ignorant things Zoe says. She seems to realize quickly though this isn't the case.
- Love Confession: Finally confessed her love to Nakia in Issue #16.
- Loving Bully: Her earlier treatment of Nakia is put in this light when it's revealed that Zoe is in love with her.
- 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.
- Suddenly Sexuality: After the Incursion she breaks up with her boyfriend and starts hanging out with Nakia so much that it's rare to see one without the other. Turns out Zoe is gay and in love with Nakia.
- Troll: A "concern troll", in Bruno's words.
- Took a Level in Kindness: It took the Incursions to do it, but the impending threat of The End of the World as We Know It caused her to dramatically re-evaluate her priorities, and she is now friends with Kamala and Nakia and hangs out with them.
- 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.
- Cool Old Guy: Actually encourages Kamala to keep "helping" people, though it's unclear how much he actually knows about what Kamala does. Also gives shelter to Mutants and Inhumans against Discord and Lockdown's forces.
- Expy: Kamala's conversations with Sheikh Abdullah about morality with veiled references to superheroics are similar to the confessions fellow openly-religious superhero Matt Murdock occasionally makes.
- Good Shepherd: 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.
Michaela "Mike" Miller
- Action Survivor: Thanks to "Urban Fantasy Self-Defense" classes.
- Adorkable: Enough to give Kamala a run for a money, and how she connects with Bruno
- Big Beautiful Woman: Chubby and cute.
- Is Friends With My Alter Ego: Ends up being friendly with Kamala and Ms Marvel. It's a bit awkward but gives Kamala a chance to explain her actions to her in a roundabout fashion.
- Has Two Mommies: When Kamala first comes to her for help, she mentions that her moms are lawyers. Another time she commiserates with Kamala about how she always has to work hard so she won't be bad representation.
- Second Love: For Bruno.
An African-American Muslim woman that Aamir intends to marry.
- Black and Nerdy: She's a black woman and makes a Dune reference, which endears her to Kamala.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Aamir's parents initially disapprove of their relationship. However, they quickly change their minds once Tyesha shows proper respect for Pakistani customs, particularly living with her husband's parents until they get enough resources to move out on their own. Her anarcho-atheist brother also seems to disapprove of the relationship, believing that religion is inherently misogynistic and oppressive.
- Mistaken for Terrorist: We first see Tyesha when she's being accosted by three men. Her offense was walking on the sidewalk.