Characters: PS238

The characters of PS238.

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Staff of PS238

    Herschel Clay 

"Dagnab Cytocorp hardware! If I found out who's been ordering from that cheap-wad supplier...I might as well make my own eprom chips if we're going to use this junk!"

A technologically-inclined metahuman with a level-nine intelligence. Owner and founder of Clay Industries, and formerly the superhero Mantium.

Provides examples of:

  • Almighty Janitor: His job is quite a bit more than "janitor," but he doesn't come across as "teaching staff" normally. He's the maintenance guy for PS238. Along with the guy that designed and built it.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Built all the tech in the school, including the "lockervator", the hologram projectors, the power-testing equipment, and Zodon's "Barry Ween" chip.
  • Power Armor: His suit resembles the Iron Man suit in function, but not form.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted, he modifies NASA equipment and is rich from selling some of his stuff via Clay Corporation.

    Alfred Cranston 

"Even when you think you're doing the right thing, you might be going about it in the wrong way."

Former president of the United States, and current principal of PS238. It's eventually revealed that he was removed from office due to being an unlicensed metahuman with mental powers and the entire school was built as a way to retire away parts of the conspiracy surrounding his removal.

Provides examples of:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He had used his telepathic powers to defeat political opponents, win elections, and get great deals on cars.
  • The Atoner: Seems to view his tenure as principal as this. To complete the above quote:
    Tyler: Did you do something wrong?
    Cranston: I hope not. I'm still deciding if I did.
  • The Masquerade: Only about a handful of people know of Cranston's powers and the true reasons he resigned from the presidency. To most people he's a baseline human and ex-president turned principal for "health reasons."
  • Mind over Matter: Also has telekinetic powers.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Until the "Cranston Incident" ended it in the Back Story.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Referring to his time when he was using his powers as President.

    Doctor Positron 

A human-looking robot with a large family who acts as the school's science advisor.

Provides examples of:

  • Do-Anything Robot: Subverted when he has trouble fighting off aliens without the weapons in his combat body.
  • Me's a Crowd: He's made multiple versions of himself, which are living different lives.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. Normally, Doc P appears pretty much human, but (at least when interacting with his other selves) can lapse into Uncanny Valley-ness pretty badly. The other teachers tell him to knock it off because he's so unconvincing it's creeping them out.

    Vashti Imperia 

"Only you see my true appearance. To everyone else I look like Vashti Imperia, J. Crew patron."

Teacher of the supernatural students at PS238, "Spell Syrin" has a habit of using illusions instead of actually donning normal clothing.

Provides examples of:

  • Master of Illusion: Her primary power. She can use more violent spells, but they're far more taxing.
  • Stable Time Loop: Ended up playing the role of the "evil witch" her younger self stole her grimoire from.

    Coach Rockslide 

"I think that's our cue. Let's go stomp some aliens."

Maximilian Krutz, a giant man composed of some kind of rock, and the school's PE teacher.

Provides examples of:

  • Expy: Looks like the Thing. Talks like the Thing. And has a line in resigned sarcasm when the Gadgeteer Genius's gizmos go wrong like the Thing.
  • Gentle Giant: He is a nice, compassionate and caring teacher.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: He's been driven something like four feet into concrete flooring by a blow to the head. It doesn't seem to have done much more than stun him briefly (and leave him stuck).
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Max may be a massively strong, stone-tough bruiser that's more than seven feet tall, but he's pretty much stuck that way, which isn't much fun. He doesn't fit through doorways very well, can't move very fast and he can't even wear shoes, since they just kind of... burst.

    Cristina Kyle 

The only member of the staff with any actual experience teaching, and therefore someone the rest of the teachers refer to when they need help. Was known as Micro-Might when she was a superhero, due to her ability to increase her strength and density as she shrinks. Word of God is that she was explicitly based off the author's wife.

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    The Human Alloy 

"I've faced down military-level ordnance, fought beings with laser-beam eyes, taken on the worst the underworld has to offer... but [teaching] scares me worse than Doctor Von Fogg's legion of mole-warriors on a mushroom bender."

Wayne Miller, who prefers to be referred to as "Mister Alloy," is another teacher.

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Other School Staff:

    Isadore Newby 

School doctor, superpowered healer and mundane medically trained.

Provides examples of:

  • Healing Hands: The extent of her abilities is unknown, but most of her work is done using science instead.

    Alice Oberon 

Teacher of the Rainmaker classes. Canonically completely powerless. Why she's in charge of the Rainmaker students remains unexplained.

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    Roland Wooster 

Former Battle Butler for the defunct Union of Justice (a.k.a., most of the current teaching staff).

Provides examples of:

  • Battle Butler: For the Union of Justice, the superhero league most of the teachers used to belong to.

Students at PS238

    American Eagle 

Age: 10

"I'm in favor of blue - it's the same color of the skies, limitless and free, just like America."

Jenny Adams, is one of two kids trying to replace Freedom Fighter, the universe's Captain Ersatz of Captain America, in order to give USA's "official" superhero a political backing. She can fly using wings and fire electric blasts. According to the RPG supplement, her benefactor is the Democratic party.

Provides examples of:

  • The Comically Serious: Quite a few jokes at the expense of her ridiculous patriotism.
  • Expy: Captain America.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Every word out of her mouth involves America in some way.
  • Shock and Awe: Can fire bolts of electricity or simply stun people by touching them.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To USA Patriot Act. Their constant bickering is played mostly for laughs as two kids repeating talking points they don't fully comprehend.
  • Winged Humanoid: Wears a backpack above ground to conceal them.

    Bernard Brenner 

Age: 7

"Bernard Smash!"

The son of a man who can turn into a rampaging monster. Bernard hasn't figured out how to turn his off yet.

Provides examples of:

  • Cute Bruiser: Unlike the Hulk on which he is based Bernard is a fun loving (if simple minded) and enthusiastic child.
  • Expy: The Hulk, but blue and more fun.
  • Hulk Speak: Pretty obvious, due to being a Hulk expy.
  • Mode Lock: In theory, he should be able to turn into a normal, intelligent form. In practice...that's never happened.

    Captain Clarinet 

Age: 8

"I wasn't sure I wanted to do this saving people and stuff. It felt good to help, but I still want to make my music."

Ron Peterson is the son of Atlas, one of the most powerful superheroes on the planet, he has trouble balancing his normal desires with his powers. Calls himself Captain Clarinet, after the clarinet made from his father's spaceship.

Provides examples of:

  • Badass in Distress: Was taken hostage by an Argosian noble to try to lure out his father.
  • Break the Cutie: His story arc is the darkest in the series. His parents get a divorce after he has a breakdown over hurting someone with his powers, which makes him think it's his fault. Looking for a purpose, he joins Praetorian Academy—unaware the academy used mind control on his mother to speed the process—and is slowly broken down into an obedient minion. Then he is shipped off to Argos by accident, where he is depowered and attempted to be used as a hostage to ensure his father's good behaviour. Then he is lost in space with Moon Shadow, returning to Earth after many trials and tribulations, but with his father still stuck on Argos.
  • Brought Down to Normal: An Argonian raygun loaded with Argonite de-powered him in volume 8, so far permanently.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Fears his own strength because of this. One day, he might forget.
  • Expy: Superboy.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Sort of: Ron's non-combative attitude means he's not very suited for fighting and the Comes Great Responsibility attitude of his father means he thinks everyone expects too much of him when he'd rather just be a musician. This leads to him joining Praetorian just so he can know what is expected of him at all times, and actually getting de-powered is conflicting to him.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: His Argonian name is "Mo-Ron".
  • Flying Brick: Like his father, he has powers similar to human F.I.S.S. Flight, invulnerability, strength, and speed. Turns out the F.I.S.S. are the only surviving metahuman type on Argos and make up the planet's noble caste. According to Cecil, he also has the potential for superpowers from his human lineage.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: The fact that he's technically half-alien isn't really an issue. The fact that his mother isn't Argosian is a real problem to their ruling class, however.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Non-romantic version. Ron is very nice to Tyler during his school life, but he considers Moon Shadow to be The Jinx and the reason everything's gone wrong with his life. He is, naturally, completely unaware that Tyler and Moon Shadow are the same person.

    Tom Davidson 

Age: 10

A time traveler who tends to pop up out of the blue, teleport Tyler to a seemingly random time and place, and leave him holding the ball.

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    Satori Deacon 

Age: ?

An apparently normal student at Excelsior, turns out to be able to see ghosts.

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    Julie Finster 

Age: 7

"I'm sorry my powers aren't special or anything."

The 84th F.I.S.S., your basic Flying Brick. She comes from a poor non-super family, who could only afford a relatively simple costume for her. Suzi is her cousin. She eventually takes the name "84" as her superhero name.

Provides examples of:

  • Character Development: Her growth as a hero, despite her generic powers. Taking on the name "84" is part of it.
  • Flying Brick: The 84th recorded, specifically.
  • You Are Number Six: Eventually, she comes to embrace her status as a relatively non-unique super, and takes on the superhero name 84.

    Emerald Gauntlet 

Age: 7

"Let's blast it!"

The son of the first Emerald Gauntlet, Kevin Kramer is a trigger-happy kid with an Imagination-Based Superpower.

Provides examples of:

  • Expy: Green Lantern. Just uses a gauntlet instead of a ring.
  • Hot-Blooded: He tends to rush headlong into pretty much everything.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He's suspicious of Prospero, thinking he's the herald of an alien invasion. The other kids point out that one of his classmates is already half-alien, and his father got his power gauntlet from aliens.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: He can make shields, hands, blast things...fitting for a Green Lantern expy.

    The Flea 

Age: 8

"Is now when you tell me to "stay out of trouble" and "go back home" and "it's too dangerous" and stuff?"

Alejandro Torres is a cheerful young boy who can speak to and command insects, cling to walls, bounce off things, and similar insect-related powers. He is first introduced trailing "those guys in golden armor," who his teachers think he is making up.

Provides examples of:

  • The Beastmaster/Speaks Fluent Animal: Talks to and commands insects. This is quite useful to him - flies make excellent bugs, and even high-tech powered armor can be inconvenienced by a big swarm of bees.
  • Friend to Bugs: When Charles is angry that he's being attacked by ants, Flea replies "Those are my friends you're talking about."
  • Shout-Out: His mask design appears to be based on Rider 1's (the manga version, anyway).
  • Wall Crawl: Has the same wallcrawling ability as Spider-Man. Including perching halfway up a wall or standing on the ceiling instead of sitting.

    Guardian Angel 

Age: ?

"You can't touch me, you can't hurt me, and the more you try the worse it's gonna be for you."

Ambriel Valentine, the girl with an invisible friend who smacks people who get too close. No one knows how her power works, but she can also fool security systems.

Provides examples of:

  • Barrier Warrior: She can't do anything offensive, so she just stands in front of any bad guys.
  • Batter Up: She gets a baseball bat that explodes whatever it hits.
  • Blessed with Suck: Can't get hurt, can't get injured, can't get sick. The sucky part comes about because she never developed resistance to diseases.
  • Bubble Boy: What the Blessed with Suck aspects of her Barrier Warrior powers have effectively turned her into.
  • Jumped at the Call: Knowing she can't get hurt, she's usually the first one to go looking for trouble.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: In one alternate universe, not even a Tyler stronger than the rest of the class combined could hurt her.


Age: ?

"To be honest, I didn't know I could do it. It sort of "happened." I think I need to learn more about what I am from Ms. Imperia."

The son of a demon and an angel. The first one ever, in fact.

Provides examples of:

  • Captain Ersatz: Looks like Spawn. Has the origin of Genesis. Acts considerably nicer.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Nobody knows exactly how powerful Malphast is, or how powerful he might become, but his age and relative inexperience makes people treat him with kid gloves.
  • Power Incontinence: Accidentally summons a tentacled... thing while listening to music.
  • Reality Warper: Among others. Part of his remit is that there hasn't been a demon/angel hybrid before, so no-one knows what he can do.

    Spoiler character 

Toby "Marlocke"/Powers

"To get what I wanted, I had to give up something: the best friend I could have."

Toby Powers is the former remote-control clone body of Tyler, made during a time Tyler was frozen from an alien disease. Toby was given autonomy and sentience by the actions of the forces of Order and Chaos and formally adopted by Tyler's family. Due to errors during the cloning process he was "blessed" with Reality Warper powers based on Equivalent Exchange, and lost several of Tyler's memories.

Provides examples of:

  • Clones Are People Too: Thanks to several legal precedents on the subject, there are apparently quick ways to get him into the system. Personally, nobody seems to pay much mind to him except as Tyler's brother. In fact, the only ones bothered by him are Cecil and Tyler.
  • Flight: One of the few things he can do without causing problems.
  • Power Incontinence: Every time he uses his powers to affect something,something equally bad or random happens in proportion to the scale of the task. Teleporting himself causes someone's phone to turn into a banana. Trying to give his brother powers gave every unpowered person in the world powers and depowered every superhero, and he was forced to change it back.
  • Reality Warper: He can do pretty much anything. One time (off screen) he gave every unpowered person powers, took away every powered persons' powers, and then put it back again.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Played with. Though he's a clone designed to impersonate Tyler, he is the empowered son Tyler's parents have always wanted. As a result, Tyler worries they'll like Toby more.
    • As it turns out, Toby was worried about the same thing. He used his powers to prevent that happening at the cost of permanently alienating himself from Cecil, hence the quote. Issue #51 shows it might not take, however.
  • Walking Spoiler: He throws around the Status Quo quite a bit by his arrival, not to mention being a side-effect of an Alien Invasion the cast still haven't entirely recovered from.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: He seems to have the ability to sense destinies as well, and can manipulate them as part of his power set. Naturally, doing so comes with a cost.

    Tyler "Marlocke"/Powers 

Age: 8

"Look, I can't do any of the stuff you do. I don't have... you know...powers."

A normal boy with two very famous heroes, Sovereign and Ultima Powers, for parents. Tyler has no powers at all and is a baseline human, but his parents, believing in his "destiny" to become a superhero, send him to PS238 anyway where he gets embroiled in a lot of trouble because of it. Tyler becomes an apprentice to The Revenant and takes on the superhero persona of "Moon Shadow" as a way to cope.

Provides examples of:

  • Badass Normal: In training, at least.
  • Chew Toy: Especially early on during his training with The Revenant.
  • "End of the World" Special: Tom makes Tyler be the one to decide whether metahumans and superpowers should continue to exist or whether they should fade away again. Tyler chooses the former.
  • Expy: He's basically Nodwick (voice of reason that lacks powers and tends to end up in the centre of all ongoing troubles) with all the Butt Monkey tendencies and the snarking toned down severely.
  • The Hero: The closest thing the comic has to a main character.
  • The Jinx: A very directed and specific one, aimed mainly at Captain Clarinet.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Basically why's he's at PS238. His parents are convinced he's going to have powers eventually, but he's pretty clearly a normal kid. At least at first.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He cannot understand how none of the other kids can tell he's Moon Shadow.
  • Parental Neglect: Ultima and Sovereign aren't what you'd call "hands-on" parents for Tyler, at all, and seem completely deluded in their continued insistence that it's his "destiny: to gain superpowers one day while basically sending him away to school and never visiting. Toby really doesn't help matters, being everything his parents dreamed of.
  • Only Sane Man: In a lot of ways. He's remarkably normal for being raised by two crazy superheroes.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Subverted: His parents are incredibly powerful superheroes, but he's a completely normal kid. Played straight in most alternate realities.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: If he wasn't, he'd be dead, even in a relatively light-hearted comic like this.
    Revenant: Don't you find it at all funny that a child is lecturing an adult on airplane safety?
    Moon Shadow: NO!
    Revenant: You're a very unusual kid. I need to get you on some roller coasters or something.


Age: Not really applicable

"I am acquainted with all stories form this world and others as they form the tableau of what you quaintly call "reality." The dreams of all sentient beings come together to shape what we see when we walk apart from the realms of sleep, and the whimsical novels of which we speak give their small contribution to making whole that which we see as the universe."

The shattered god of dreams. His sister dropped him off at PS238 while the rest of his family searches for his missing parts.

Provides examples of:

    Poly Mer 

Age: ?

"One time I grabbed our mailbox when Mom was driving to the mall, and when we got there, my arm was—"

Poly Mekkis, a rubberized girl who enjoys playing around with everyone. Manages to stay fun even in the middle of an alien invasion.

Provides examples of:

  • Genki Girl: Excessively cheerful and has lots of fun with her powers.
  • Rubber Man: Provides her with immunity to electrical attacks, clothing, and bubblegum for when she's bored.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Implied to have been an invoked trope by her father, which her mother wasn't very fond of.


Age: Unknown

"This is a sample of DNA that came from what you call a "cafeteria". It has evolved several times since I constructed this device. I have concerns for those consuming it."

An alien who arrives at the school with little warning and got enrolled onto the school owing to his child-like size and temperament. He has a gun that shoots little balls he uses to get peoples' attention.

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    Angie Sinthousy 

Age: 11

"Ha! Never fails! You got owned, Dude! Now let's finish da Acessorizin'."

A friendly, nearly incomprehensible troublemaker who builds robots out of junk and spare parts. Friends with Prospero.

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    Suzi Fusion 

Age: 6

"Doctor Positron says my internal body temperature can melt lead!"

Suzanne Finster, the walking Nuclear Reactor, and proud member of the Nuclear Family. Cousin to Julie.

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    USA Patriot Act 

Age: 10

"The Defender of patriotism has arrived! And he's here to hone his skills and fight injustice!"

Dillon Fillmore is one of two kids trying to replace Freedom Fighter, the universe's Captain Ersatz of Captain America, in order to give USA's "official" superhero a political backing. His powers appear to lie in the Super Strength and Super Toughness domains, and he can throw his costume's epaulets. According to the RPG supplement, he is backed by the Republican Party.

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    Victor Mycroft Von Fogg 

Age: 8

"Join Von Fogg or be vaporized from space."

Proud son of the Von Fogg family, owner of several large businesses, and rival to Zodon.

Provides examples of:

  • A God Am I: Inverted. Victor invented a machine that granted him omnipotence in an alternate dimension in volume 10. However, with the ensuing gain of perspective he becomes a benign entity that spends his time encoding poems and music into the background radiation of the cosmos and saves galaxies from destruction. Once back in his own dimension his own achievements only serve to annoy him.
  • Big Bad: It's what he's striving for.
  • Character Development: Has gone from a more maniacal Evil Laugh type of villain to a Deadpan Snarker capable of rivalling Zodon.
  • Enemy Mine: Without asking, even. "So yes, we saved the planet. Again. Do I get a t-shirt if I do it a third time?"
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Though not on the same level as some of the others.
  • The Rival: To Zodon.

    The Whiz 

Age: 8

"Let's play kickball! Me against everybody!"

Franklin Springer, the local speedster. Tends to forget to slow down.

Provides examples of:

  • Power Incontinence: He has to have his hair and nails trimmed multiple times a day to keep others from noticing how fast they grow.
  • Super Speed: Not to the levels of The Flash, but pretty fast.


Age: 5

"My brain is going to hemorrhage. If I wasn't given the chance to do independent study in the labs, I'd go caroling ape-beans."

A young evil genius confined to a hoverchair. Has a chip implanted in his brain early on to curb his excessive swearing.

Provides examples of:

  • Bad Liar: Zodon either can't be bothered to lie in any way that sounds plausible, or (when annoyed) is extremely transparent.
  • Berserk Button: Any mention of his parents, where they are or what he did to them.
  • Big Bad: In training. Has a one-upping rivalry going with Victor Von Fogg as a result.
  • Butt Monkey: Deserves it every time.
  • Character Development: Becomes noticeably less manic, and also less villainous over time.
  • The Cynic: He is completely unapologetic about his own behaviour.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he's not swearing up a storm.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His parents talking openly about preferring if he'd not have powers apparently made him somewhat bitter.
  • Evil Genius: And one in direct opposition to another one (Victor Von Fogg).
  • Genius Cripple: Being an expy of MODOK, Zodon never leaves (or is seen outside) his hover-chair. It's fairly probable his real limbs have atrophied quite badly by now.
  • Harmless Villain: In the beginning of the series, due to being constantly thwarted. Later on, simply because he's too cynical to try anything that does real damage to anyone. His last "villainous" act in the series was trying his hand at card counting, and even then it backfired on him.
  • Jerk Ass: Sees everyone else as his lesser, and only ever cooperates when he can't resist.
  • Leet Lingo: Code C-134N (Clean). It seals his float chair and effectively puts him through a wash cycle, followed by a spin dry.
  • Morality Pet: His treatment of his parents and Alternate Zodon is pretty much the closest thing he gets to this trope. It still included kidnapping and Laser-Guided Amnesia.
  • My Brain Is Big: It must account for about half his body weight.
  • Self-Made Orphan: A non-lethal kind. He brainwashed and transported his muggle parents to a parallel dimension with no superpowers, whose local Zodon was an orphan.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Zodon swears on average once every second sentence. Having all his swears censored means it's sort of forgettable after a while.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Victor and Tyler.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Due to the Barry Ween chip. When he really gets going, it switches to Show Tunes.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: According to the role-playing game, Zodon is five years old. Subverted in that while he's learned a lot of more advanced words and knows how the world of adults work, in temperament he is still quite true to his age.

Praetorian Academy

    The Headmaster 

The mysterious leader of Praetorian Academy. Not revealed until well after Praetorian has become a staple of the comic. He is a cyborged human of unknown origins interested in the PS238 students, and metahumanity in general.

Provides examples of:

  • Body Horror: His body was unwillingly assimilated by an AI into a snakelike cyborg with claws for hands. He barely has any human features left.
  • The Chessmaster: His plans seem to be very far-reaching and it's unknown just how many irons he's got in the fire.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seems to dislike metahumans in general. Perhaps understandable, given he was a baseline human himself.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Until around issue 50.
  • High-Class Glass: He has a lens instead of his left eye, resembling a monocle.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Given the power that current metahumans possess at what he calls "Omega 3" level, his prediction that an "Omega 1" level metahuman might destroy Earth seems frighteningly plausible. He is still going about it in an extremely unethical way.

    The Prefect 

Prefect of Praetorian Academy and aide to the Headmaster. Eventually revealed to be a robot.

Provides examples of:

  • Evil Counterpart: To Doctor Positron. It's implied he is connected to the other Positrons without leaking anything back.

    Underguard Greyhound 

A somewhat enthusiastic recruiter for Praetorian during the work mess. He seems to have some kind of connection with Tyler.

  • See Others, under Charles Brigman.


A deeply troubled young boy who was tricked into joining the Academy due to his mother being mind controlled.

  • See PS238 students, under Ron.

    Alexandra Von Fogg 

"Von Foggs do not humble themselves."

Victor's older sister, who was sent to Praetorian instead of PS238. She is significantly more of a "team player" than him.

Provides examples of:

  • Daddy's Little Villain: She seems to be following in her father's footsteps.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She snarks almost constantly and towards everyone.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Just as smart as her brother...
  • Insistent Terminology: Insists on being referred to as Lady Alexandra by anyone she considers her intellectual inferior. Everyone, in other words.
  • Tsundere: She insists to Kevin that she is not helping him, their interests are just temporarily aligned. Also, she's not walking with him—they're just heading to the same place, that's all.

    Praetorian Bullhorn 

A praetorian more interested in money than purpose or fame.

Provides examples of:

  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His sonic abilities are used to keep an enemy from hearing a whistle, and for communication.
  • Only in It for the Money: The reason he joined the Academy is to learn how to use his powers for profit.

    Praetorian Echo 

A girl with ice powers. She's not particularly enthusiastic about being a Praetorian.

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    Praetorian Ajax 

A F.I.S.S. Praetorian student. His F.I.S.S. number is 82.

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Potential Champions of Earth

The five great heroes chosen by Veles as potential replacements of the now absent Atlas as Champion of Earth and sent into a mystic egg to prove themselves.

     Julie Finster AKA 84 
See her entry under Students at PS238


"Don't any of you know what "narcissistic sociopath" means?"

A member of The Plasma Pack with the ability to manipulate energy and some matter (her own words "mostly to make it explode"). While not the leader she is clearly the brains of the outfit, so much so that Veles chooses her over the team's official leader, the Trigger Happy Meson as a potential Champion of Earth.

Provides examples of:

  • Stuff Blowing Up: The principle application of her powers, although she has learned to do a number of other utilitarian things with them too.
  • The Man Behind the Man: A rare heroic example, Phlogiston gives her leader a lot of quiet advice, because he tends to rush in without thinking.
  • Women Are Wiser: Probably because she has spent quite a bit of time steering an unpredictable and impulsive leader Phlogiston is a lot more level headed and less egotistical that other major heroes we have seen.

    The Conjurer 

"I trust you can all take care of yourselves while I show him some real feats of magic?"

The Conjurer is a powerful mystic and leader of Superhero team The High Arcana, a team of magic based heroes.

Provides examples of:

  • Expy: Of Doctor Fate in the specific due to his appearance, what with the helmet and all. His arrogance and dismissing of others with "less subtle" powers calls to mind a number of other magical heroes.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While a grade A superhero and therefore has likely saved the world a few times he can be really dismissive of those he considers beneath him, which is most people.
  • The Proud Elite: He clearly considers magic use to be the pinnacle of human endeavour and makes no secret of his opinion of other types of super power, or indeed of magic users he considers less accomplished than himself.


"You can get your Harry Potter stuff ready while I'm making Wizard stir fry!"

A member of The Elementalists with the ability to control fire. A jock who tends to rush in to things and say things without thinking, it is unclear if he is the leader of the team or not but he is one of the heroes chosen by Veles as a potential Champion of Earth and he did seem to be picking the people in control.

Provides examples of:

  • Catch Phrase: "Fire the hole, baby!" Apparently his teammates wish he would stop saying it.
  • Expy: Of The Human Torch.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gives off this vibe. While he is rude and dismissive of 84, the things he says are less along the lines of "Why are we stuck with a little girl" and more "At least the little girl we are stuck with is hard to hurt."
  • Good Is Not Nice: A prominent superhero, but a bit of a mouthy jerk.
  • You Watch Too Much X: One of his teammates feels he watches too many action movies. It shows.


"When we’re done with you we’ll erase the memory of your humiliating defeat so it doesn’t ruin your time in prison!"

Leader of The Psikinetics, a team of psychic superheroes. A powerful telekinetic and telepath.

Provides examples of:


    Atlas/Ul-Ron Peterson 

Captain Clarinet's father, and a Captain Ersatz for Superman. The last survivor of planet Argos, sent there before the planet's destruction as an infant, he was raised by a human father and became a superhero as an adult.

  • The Cameo: In Williams' other work, Nodwick's Q-Force 4 spin-off. He essentially acts as damage control to the "heroes" by making sure they get assigned missions where they're unable to actually harm innocents when they inevitably cock up.
  • The Cape: Like his inspiration.
  • Flying Brick: The most well-known example In-Universe, and Earth's most powerful one.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Of the Argonian royal house. By the time Argon reconnects with him, he's the only one left who can become king.
  • Kryptonite Factor: He is vulnerable to "Argonite", the irradiated pieces left over from Argon. Except it turns out it's a synthetic material created by the U.S. army, and it works on all Flying Bricks.
  • Internal Reformist: Decides to stay behind on Argos to cover for Ron's escape and to try and save the planet's oppressed underclass.
  • Parents as People: He tries his best with Ron, but his job keeps him busy and he's blind to the fact that Ron doesn't really want to be a superhero like himself. Eventually this leads to his divorce from Ron's mother.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: It turns out Argos isn't destroyed, and he isn't so much its "last survivor" as "scion of its royal house sent away to keep him out of reach of assassins". And the U.S. already knew that, and furthermore invented Argonite, a material harmful to him, to keep him in check. He doesn't respond well to the knowledge.

    Cecil Holmes 

Age: 8

An alien-obsessed, paranoid conspiracy nut. Tyler's best friend.

Provides examples of:

  • Badass Longcoat: Which he is never seen without. After it turns into Cape Wings, he swears he's never taking it off again.
  • Cthulhumanoid: But only when he's traveling though dimensions.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: According to some of his friends, he gets obsessed with "secrets." Then he manages to stumble upon a real one.
  • Kid Detective: He might be paranoid, but he's also detail-oriented and methodical. He did uncover the PS238 conspiracy, after all.
  • Meaningful Name: Hm, wonder what someone named Holmes could be like.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Constantly checks up on people due to the conspiricies he sees.
  • Properly Paranoid: Turns out, the conspirity he sees is real. He's just wrong about that they are.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Although the only thing he's wrong about is that The Masquerade hides superheroes instead of aliens.

    Charles Brigman 

A deeply unpleasant middle school student and a delinquent. He becomes Tyler's "Arch-Enemy" (by popular vote from Tyler's Genre Savvy classmates), despite not being metahuman. He later awakens to metahuman powers due to manipulation by the Lords of Order and Chaos, has a brief stint as a wannabe supervillain, and is last seen abducted by the "Guys in Gold Armour".

Provides examples of:

  • Bullying a Dragon: He (unwisely) tries picking on Malphast while normal. He also thinks he's done this when he abducts Tyler, not knowing that Tyler has no powers.
  • Delinquents: His first appearance in the comic has him shoplifting. He only gets worse from there.
  • Explosive Leash: Courtesy of Praetorian.
  • Jerkass: Immediately tries using his powers for personal gratification and petty revenge.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He's pretty much the main reason anyone would agree with Praetorian's measures. Charles would be a severe danger to people if unsupervised, even at his young age.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: He can teleport himself and anyone he touches to any location he's visited in person, including across dimensional borders. He also maintains momentum between "jumps."

    Dr. Philippe Von Fogg 

"What kind of world is it where a man who can build a zeppelin-mounted death ray can't even operate a simple camcorder?"

Father of Victor and Alexandria, head of the Von Fogg empire, and long time rival of the elder Emerald Gauntlet. Also a little kooky.

Provides examples of:

    The Revenant 

"I sometimes think access to cash is the greatest superpower of all."

A friendly Badass Normal who becomes Tyler's mentor so that he doesn't get killed going to a school for super kids. He was originally created by Michael Stackpole for the short story "Peer Review" and subsequently donated to the strip.

Provides examples of:

  • Badass Normal: He notes that metahumans get a little upset that he fights supervillains without powers of his own.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • He quietly appropriated the Bureau of Alien Monitoring Tyler invented in order to put Cecil's talents to good use.
    • He donated a lot of money to Cranston's presidential campaign just so he could get five minutes of face time with the president if he ever needed it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Nothing rattles this guy. Any problem that comes up, he's probably got at least six solutions on hand.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: See the quote.
  • Expy: Of Batman (but much more cheerful).

    Harold Nelson, aka "The Rainmaker" 

"The government wants to know how superpowers work, so they poke and prod the folks with powers that can't fight back. Like us."

An orphan with the power to make it rain, he was taken in by the government during the 1960s and, under the auspices of the "Rainmaker Program", tested to see if they could discover the source of his powers. After escaping thanks to a Mad Scientist, Harold spends the following thirty years on the run before discovering the "Rainmaker Program" is active again in PS238 and comes gunning for it.

Provides examples of:

    Dr. Irons 

"I've said all along you'll do great things, my boy, great things... Just so long as you listen to me."

A Mad Scientist operating in the 1960ies, Irons replaced his entire body with primitive robotics. As part of his sentence he was brought in to oversee the Rainmaker Project, where he promptly overcharged Harold's powers and escaped with him in the confusion.

Provides examples of:

  • Compelling Voice: His voicebox lets him tap into harmonics that leaves people highly open to suggestion.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: It's fairly obvious he's up to no good from the beginning, but his voice means he gets to stick around.
  • Evil Genius: Implied to be one of Earth's first super-genius metahumans, capable of advanced robotics decades before his time.
  • Genius Cripple: An offhand comment implies his "real: body was sickly, hence his swap to robotics. Still counts since his body was destroyed and left him as a head.
  • Oracular Head: Reduced to a head after an unfortunate lightning strike.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Self-inflicted. His motivation for helping Harold is to get ahold of someone who can build him a new body.


"My house has sworn that the rightful heir shall be restored, and by the first crown I shall not let you stand in the way of that oath!"

An Argosian noble, sent to Earth to recover Ul-Ron (Atlas).

Provides examples of:

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Just about all of Argon's upper class seem to be inherently a bunch of self-serving jerks. Dax-Ra stands out even amongst them.
  • Fantastic Racism: He despises Forak for being a lower class of noble than himself, Ron for being half-"softling", most of the population of Earth because they allow "ferals"…
  • Flying Brick: On the level of Atlas and Ron.
  • I Have Your Son: He depowers Ron and tries to use him as a hostage.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Dax-Ra goes from being a jerk, to almost looking like a reasonable product of a rotten system, to cementing himself as the jerk he initially looked like.
  • Jerkass: Hoo boy, is he a doozy. Nobody seems to like him at all.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Dax-Ra is immensely classist and rude towards his inferiors, compared to his more respectful behaviour towards Atlas and 84. This seems to extend to everyone beneath him, considering the way the guards of the argosian palace act behind his back.


The engineer of Dax-Ra's ship. A barely noble Argosian with a permanent "minion" attitude to life.

Provides examples of:

  • Blue and Orange Morality: As a result of living in permanent servitude to the Argosian overclass he has a very warped outlook on life, including valuing machines higher than "softlings".
  • Extreme Doormat: He is almost incapable of personal initiative, and completely incapable of saying "no" to anyone he perceives as authority.
  • Field Promotion: Upon learning that Atlas has left, the U.S. military makes Forak take up the role as a fellow argosian. Unfortunately they discover too late that Forak isn't nearly in the same class as Atlas, and that almost any human Flying Brick would make a better fit.
  • Flying Brick: Barely qualifies. He can fly slightly faster than running speed and is bulletproof (although they still hurt) but by Earth standards he's barely metahuman. He also has no heroic mindset whatsoever.
  • Otaku: Collects toys and action figures. Values his X-Box achievements more than his life.


"I know I'm being a bit of an A-type personality, but that's godhood for you..."

Veles, Slavic god of the earth, magic and trickery, fated to eternally challenge the thunder god Perun in order to keep the seasons flowing. With the passing of Perun from Earth, Veles chose Atlas to play the part of the thunder god in his annual battle for dominance.

Provides examples of:

  • Expy: He looks like a Loki-equivalent, and acts like Mr. Mxyzptlk.
  • Friendly Enemy: Having someone to challenge is his purpose for being. That doesn't mean he has to be a jerk about it, so he isn't.
  • Physical God: His onscreen abilities so far indicate that he's beyond any mortals. His challenges seem to be more symbolic than actual full-contact fighting.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. While it initially makes him look villainous and devil-like, it turns out he's not really all that villainous.
  • The Trickster: Like his mythological namesake.
  • You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me: His reaction to seeing Forak touted as Atlas' replacement.