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Birth Name: Sebastian Andreeson

The main protagonist of the series, he's a nerdy tech guru with a fascination with technology. While Jobs remains indirectly touched by the events around him, remaining a perfectly normal human throughout the series, his morals and hope make him a pillar of support to the others.


Birth Name: Romeo Gonzalez

Jobs's best friend and an adrenaline junkie sports enthusiast, he's had several steel plates and prosthetics implanted in his body after numerous accidents. His enthusiasm and laid-back attitude get whittled down to resolve and determination as the series progresses.

  • Awesome McCoolname: He's not sure if it's short for "More Steel" or "Man of Steel". His real name, Romeo Gonzalez, is pretty cool too.
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten his mom. Rattler learns this the hard way.
  • Badass Normal: He's one of the few main characters that doesn't get a superpower, but he can still kick ass.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Expy: Of Marco. The other parallels are a bit loose, but Mo'Steel is definitely Marco, down to the style of the dumb jokes they make.
    • He has a lot of Rachel in him, too. Aside from his sense of humor, Marco's other defining characteristic is his cynical caution. Mo is much more likely to go the "Let's do it!" route.
  • Good with Numbers: He instantly converts the number of minutes they've been in stasis to years and days. Basically, he's a mathematical Genius Ditz.
  • Le Parkour: Not referred to by name in the series, but he's essentially a traceur, presented as one part of his general enthusiasm for extreme sports.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mo'Steel is the red to Jobs's blue.
  • Static Character: Mo changes very little over the course of the books, despite being one of the main characters.
  • Token Minority: He's Hispanic.


Birth Name: Essence Hwang

Once a beautiful young girl, Essence Hwang was caught in a house fire and half her face was disfigured. Refusing to hide who she is, she took the name 2Face and took strength from the disgust and revulsion she invoked in people, becoming a stronger but darker figure even before the series began. As it progresses, she starts sliding down the slope from cold but sympathetic protagonist to a manipulative and paranoid antagonist.

Violet Blake

Birth Name: Dallas Lefkowitz-Blake

A beautiful young girl known as a "Jane", a cultural fad that aspires to the mannerisms of Jane Austim novels, Violet is seen as delicate, weak and girly by the other characters, but has a strong willpower and sense of morals. Her knowledge of art and literature proves useful when the alien machination controlling the ship uses such things to construct a world for them.

  • Badass Bookworm
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She has one of the most disturbing abilities in the series, but is still a very kind person.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: The Janes are basically the Elegant Gothic Aristocrat subculture, with their emphasis on elegance and frilly dresses.
  • Fingore: Loses her right index finger in Destination Unknown.
  • Lady And A Scholar
  • Lady of War
  • Last Name Basis: She originally chose to be known as Miss Blake, with Violet as a fallback nickname. Most of the time she's just called Violet, or Violet Blake.
  • Miss Exposition: She knows all about art. This is helpful when you're in a world made from paintings.
  • The Ojou: Several of the characters are from rich families, since getting one of the eighty berths on the Mayflower was a matter of having the right connections or enough money to get the right connections. Violet acts the part, though.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Her abilities are related enough to this, given that the worms are pretty much indestructible.
  • Proper Lady
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: She feels as if this attitude is forced upon modern women; in Nowhere Land, when Wylson complains about the impracticality of Violet's dress, she mutters that she understands Wylson wants her to "dress like a man".
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's well-dressed, well-groomed, and polite, but she is not weak.
  • Straw Misogynist/Female Misogynist: Zigzagged; she's fine with women playing a different role in society than men, but she's not okay with being useless in any situation. She's not misogynistic, exactly, she just has old-fashioned standards.
  • The Worm That Walks: Her superpower.

Billy Weir

Birth Name: Ruslan, named "William Weir III" by his adoptive parents

One of the most enigmatic characters of the series, Billy was a social outcast on earth and his family just happened to be sent up with the rest. However, uniquely, Billy's life support technology failed, sustaining his life but not his consciousness. Awake and aware for centuries, Billy developed psychic powers, which he may have even had before but were enhanced by the trip. Initially catatonic for the first several books due to being mentally out of sync with time, upon his awakening he takes control of the ship, but in doing so becomes a target for the power-hungry remnants to manipulate.

  • And I Must Scream: Billy's consciousness doesn't shut down when he sleeps (for some reason), and that extends to the "sleep" induced by suspended animation. So he spent five hundred years immobile, alone, deprived of all sensory input. This eventually slowed down his sense of time so much that he was catatonic for a while after the survivors woke up.
  • Blessed with Suck
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: While stuck in And I Must Scream for five hundred years, he went mad after less than a year. Then eventually back to sane. Then mad again, and continued to flip-flop until "the definition of madness became irrelevant." Eventually his brain went so nuts, that he started reading people's minds just to have something to do.
  • Insanity Immunity: His And I Must Scream situation drives him over the edge of madness, pulls him back over, then thrusts him over again, likely several times. The result is that his mind is so warped, interfacing with Mother and taking control of her has no effect on him, while everyone else is driven nuts.
  • Looks Like Cesare
  • Mercy Kill: He does this to his father, because he was getting eaten by worms from the inside out.
  • Mind over Matter: One of his psychic powers.
  • Mutual Kill: This is how he dies, although it wasn't entirely intentional on both parts. 2Face tries to kill him, so he's forced to kill her. But she weakened him so much that when he faced Mother, it was easy for her to finish him off.
  • Older Than They Look: He's 14 but he looks like he's about twelve, maybe younger.
  • Oracular Urchin/Dreaming of Things to Come
  • Photographic Memory: At the start of the series, he can remember everything that's ever happened to him, but mostly just while dreaming.
  • Power Born of Madness
  • Psychic Powers: Even before he left Earth and got Touched by Vorlons, he had them. The first time we see him dreaming is like a trailer for the rest of the series.
  • The Stoic: Billy was practically an Emotionless Boy growing up on Earth, which is the main reason why people called him Billy Weird.
  • Touched by Vorlons


Birth Name: Robert Castleman

The son of the female African-American President of the United States, Yago is arrogant, ambitious, charismatic and cruel, believing his status on Earth dictates him to lead the remnants. After interfacing with the ship's AI "Mother", Yago becomes a delusional messiah, and he takes control of an outsider faction of the Blue Meanies that he manages to sway to this belief.

Shy Hwang


Birth Name: Jessica Polk


Wylson Lefkowitz-Blake


Birth Name: Harlin Melman

Sergeant Tamara Hoyle



Birth Name: Frederico Di Salvo


The Mother

The AI controlling the massive ship the Remnants are captured by, she was set adrift in space for countless eons. With nothing to do with herself because of a lack of input data, she eagerly plucked the remnants' shuttle from space and crafted parts of the ship after art pieces enclosed on the shuttle in an attempt to make a world for them. She eventually merges with Billy, granting him control of the ship.

Te/"The Baby"

Apparently the infant baby of Tamara Hoyle, born during flight and the size of a toddler when they revive her. It soon becomes apparent the baby is much more than just a human though, and is revealed to be a Shipwright, one of the builders of Mother using Tamara to fight for it and absorbing power to grow so it can act on its own.

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