Characters / Red Panda Adventures

The characters (heroes, villains and bystanders) of the online Radio series Red Panda Adventures.

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    The Terrific Twosome of Toronto 

The Red Panda / August Fenwick

One of Toronto's wealthiest men, who secretly fights crime wearing the mask of the Red Panda. He took it up on a park but quickly came to take the job of his city's protector very seriously.

  • The Atoner: One reason the Red Panda wears the mask is a sense of guilt for the less than savory ways his family has amassed it's great wealth.
  • Catch Phrase: Several.
    • "Kit Baxter, behave yourself..."
    • "The Red Panda swears it!"
    • "...will answer to The Red Panda!"
    • "...will feel the wrath of The Red Panda!"
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: His preferred form of costume, with the addition of red gauntlets. Following the war, he traded his shoes for boots, finding them more comfortable.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With the Flying Squirrel. He and the Squirrel will regularly shoot sarcasm at one another, often to the frustration of anybody else who has to be around to listen.
  • Evil Laugh: All the laugh, none of the evil. Often used to unnerve foes.
  • Happily Married: As of the Season 4 finale. They keep the fact hidden while in costume but some, like Chief O'Malley, can catch the cues.
  • I Work Alone: Refuses to work with other superheroes, with the one notable exception.
  • Oblivious to Love: His most frequent response to Kit's flirting or bawdy remarks is his trademark "Kit Baxter, behave yourself!" When everything is out in the open and finally spit out, he admits he'd always thought she was just teasing.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: The Red Panda used to be this, starting crime fighting as just a lark before staying with it because he liked helping people.
  • Secret Identity Identity: Since becoming the Red Panda, he considers the millionaire playboy to be the disguise. Kit's understanding of this is why she became his sidekick instead of being hypnotized to forget about his superheroics.

Kit Baxter / The Flying Squirrel

The Red Panda's driver, then fiancee, them wife. For much of the series she was the only one who knew the true identity of the Red Panda. She promptly used the knowledge to blackmail him into letting her in on it.

  • Action Girl: The reason one of the city's wealthiest men sought to hire her as a driver was a demonstrated knack for car chases. She considers going out and beating up bad guys a romantic night out.
  • Catch Phrase: "Yes, boss." Early on, she was the one to use it on the Red Panda. As time goes by, he starts using it on her. She also tends to make others like John Archer use it for her when she's the one in charge.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's the first to call herself cute as a button and few will disagree. She's also one of the most dangerous women in the setting as she fights side by side with the Red Panda.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With the Red Panda. They will regularly shoot sarcasm at one another, often to the frustration of anybody else who has to be around to listen.
  • Female Misogynist: She's jealous of almost all other women, insults bad guys by calling them girls and bonded with her only female friend over how silly most women are.
  • Happily Married: As of the Season 4 finale. They keep the fact hidden while in costume but some, like Chief O'Malley, can catch the cues.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Takes a job at the Chronicle in Season Six, in part due to a manpower shortage as agents grow too old, have families, or enlist in the military for the war.
  • Jumped at the Call: The whole reason she's the Flying Squirrel in the first place is because she worked out the Red Panda's identity and blackmailed him into letting her in on the action.
  • Pregnant Badass: As of late Season 6 and the first half of season 7. When the pregnancy eventually sidelines her she stays in the action as Mission Control.

    Citizens of Toronto 

Theodore Chronopolis

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Going a bit senile with age. As he puts it the body is willing but the mind is scattered. Senility is much more set in by "The Wild West" but is still plenty reliable in a laboratory setting.

Andy Parker

The Red Panda's man inside the police department. Debuts alongside and acts as a mentor to young Harry Kelly. During World War II, he leads a squad of commandos consisting of other Panda agents deep behind German lines that becomes known as Parker's Rangers.

  • Friend on the Force: He is the Red Panda's primary contact on the police force before O'Malley warms up to the idea.

Chief O'Malley

Chief of the Toronto police. At the start of the series he sees the Red Panda as a menace that must be arrested. As the series progress, and much to his own surprise, he grows to trust the Red Panda and rely on him as much as, of not more than in some cases, his officers.

  • The Commissioner Gordon: Not at first, but he warms up to it and even laments that the younger officers don't seem to realize if he still wanted to arrest the Panda he probably would have by now.

Harry "Eagle Eyes" Kelly / The Black Cap / The Black Eagle

Harry Kelly is a citizen of Toronto who, as a little boy, became involved in a case of the Red Panda's after hearing the last words of one of the Panda's agents. He impressed the Panda enough that, rather than hypnotize the night's events from Harry's memory, he made the boy his youngest agent. As an adult following World War II, Harry hopes to do more for his city.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Harry is the one who takes down the real Archangel because he's able to recognize who everyone in the room is actually deferring to.
  • Nice Hat: In "The Rat Lord", Harry is given a newsie hat and shown how to angle it just right to obscure his identity. It is from this moment that Harry gain his "Black Cap" codename.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Eagle Eyes" Kelly. It's entirely self proclaimed, but the adult agents humor the boy because they think it's funny.
  • Tagalong Kid: Hardly a load, but he often wants to be included in the Red Panda's cases and, while the older agents like him well enough, his over enthusiasm tends to try them.

Editor Perley

  • Catch Phrase: Mentions of his blood pressure.
  • Da Editor: Many of his scenes feature him shouting at Kit about the merits of a particular story she's working on and making clear which angles he wants her to explore to sell papers with.
  • Hidden Depths: He's the first person to notice Kit is pregnant without being told, having seen his wife go through several already, and promotes Kit to a desk job.
  • Large Ham: Screaming tirades are his preferred form of communication, even when he's being nice. There's very little change in his gruff demeanor even when he's promoting Kit to a desk job to accommodate her pregnancy.

    Rogues Gallery 

Friedrich von Schlitz

  • Eviler Than Thou: One if his plans is kidnapping supervillains fun around the world and forcing them to assist him.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Von Schlitz is the man inventing the jetpacks. Specifically his research and melding of science and magics are the reason the Nazis have things like dinosaur squads and a One-Man Army ubermensch.

Antonia Zombanistro / Professor Zombie

  • Dating Catwoman: Implied. Professor Zombie's first appearance features her and the Red Panda flirtatiously trading insults and complements alike.
  • Large Ham: Her debut episode features her threatening Toronto's upper crust from a theater stage and making the most of it. Even when she adopts the Golden Claw's more subtle tactics, she can't resist pulling a big public, audacious job like having a minion dressed as the Red Panda steal war bond money live on the radio to get the Red Panda's attention.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In season nine, Professor Zombie cares far more on taking revenge on the Red Panda, to the point she'd unleash a true zombie apocalypse on Toronto; something she'd avoided in the past and even helped fight. The Panda eventually learns she was victimized by the Chimaera group, buried alive, and left for dead. They wiped her memory just enough that she didn't know who had done it to her, causing her to focus her hatred on the Red Panda by default.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In season 9's "Knight's Gambit", she has her gang distribute Frost, a variation of her necronium drugs created specifically for children. In the following episode "Naughty and Nice" she's ecstatic at the idea that the Red Panda's efforts have inoculated a fifth of the city's population against necronium, because most of those vaccinations were children who would not be turned into zombies by her latest plan while their parents would.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Avoided for much of her career as a villainous necromancer. Professor Zombie finds little use for minions she can't control. She even assists in fighting an Apocalypse in season seven. However, when driven by revenge in season nine, this goes out the window as by that point all she wants is to cause as much carnage as possible.

The Mad Monkey

  • Arch-Enemy: He seems to think so, at least.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Upon realizing that the Red Panda's heroism isn't some con he can become a part of by playing the archenemy, the Mad Monkey decides that if the Panda can be good for the sake of Good, he can be evil for the sake of Evil.
  • Evil Laugh: His evil laugh is punctuated with ape grunts and monkey screeches.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Invokes this as much as he falls victim to it. He gladly embraces the trope by committing monkey related crimes because he feels it better positions him to be the Panda's nemesis. At the same time, to hear him tell it, he's driven to crime in part by the righteous fury of the baboons he recruits. When he learns martial arts, he focuses on the monkey style.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Made easier as the season progresses as he's one of the few of the Red Panda's enemies that aren't dead, incarcerated, conscripted by the Government into service, kidnapped by the Nazis, or retired.

The Genie

  • Boxed Crook: He is forced to aid the war effort, joining the heroes. It's made quite clear to him that if he doesn't play along, the government would sooner kill him than let the Nazis capture him.

Marcus Bennett / Captain Clockwork

    Other Masked Heroes 

Wentworth James / Doc Rocket

John Archer / John Doe / Red Panda II / Red Ensign

One of Captain Clockwork's Mechanical Men turned Home Team member in Season 6.

  • Heartbroken Badass: When he works with the Flying Squirrel, she notes that he throws himself into his work even more than she does, and for the same reason, to not think about the loss of their respective loved ones.
  • Identity Impersonator: Fills in for the Red Panda when he goes MIA during the war. It works on the general thugs in Toronto, but nobody who knows the Red Panda personally is fooled for long, if at all. The Mad Monkey figures it out just on hearsay.
  • Man of a Thousand Faces: The codename John Doe is derived from the fact his face can be replaced with anyone else's, enabling him to disguise himself and infiltrate as needed.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: John is a self aware robot created by Captain Clockwork. In one episode, while filling in as the Red Panda, he's assured that not only does he have a soul, which is proven by the nature of that episode's events, but that the soul of another is waiting for him.
  • Tomato Surprise: At the end of his introductory episode he's revealed to be a particularly advanced automaton on Captain Clockwork.

Tom Tomorrow

  • The Chosen One: Reveals that he learned of a prophecy about a chosen one he eventually determined was about him.
  • Clear My Name: He helps the Red Panda deal with this, and later returns the favour.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A Noodle Incident in the Season 6 Time Skip. The most we get is he was protecting Great Britain from a German air fortress.
  • Time Travel: Traveled back in time to try and help in what he knew would be especially dark times.

Molecule Max

    The Army 

Colonel Fitzroy

Head of the Home Team whose dedication to regulation often sees him butting heads with the Terrific Twosome. Killedofffor Real off screen in one of the biggest Oh, Crap! moments of the series.

The Captain

The only woman in the Home Team and second in command to Colonel Fitzroy

  • Alwayson Duty Just like Fitzroy, though she seems to get less fun out of it.
  • Emotionless Girl with some exceptions, notably after the Home Team massacre and around Anna Chronopolis.

Dr Anna Chronopolis

Daughter of Dr Chronopolis, who is also a doctor. After having her existence leaked to the Major she is basically commandeered into the army.

  • Gadgeteer Genius Far better with robotics and conventionally modern science than the magic her father focuses on.

     The Danger Federation 
A collection of rookie superheroes assembled by the government to replace the Home Team with the Red Panda as their leader and mentor.

Molecule Max II

Originally a graduate student under the original Molecule Max. He dons Max's name and gear when the Danger Federation is assembled.

  • Legacy Character: The Red Panda and Flying Squirrel initially find it awkward to be around him, since they were friends with the original Max. He wins them over with his desire to honor his predecessor's name and being sharper about superheroics than the Federation's other rookies.
  • Secret Identity: The fate of the first Molecule Max, killed by a bomb at the university he taught at, has taught the second Max to take this more seriously than his predecessor.

Mr. Amazing

A volunteer for the government's super soldier program, Mr. Amazing was given his powers by a variation of Dr. Bumblebee's "Royal Jelly", but never deployed to the field. The Red Panda takes him under his wing personally while trying to discover why that is.

  • Expy: Of Superman. He has the standard Flying Brick power​set, wears a stylized letter A on his costume, and the Red Panda describes him as an ubermensch who draws power from the sun.

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