A grad student at "Ohio Research University" who works under Dr. Lambha. Thanks to an accident involving her klutzy ways and the doctor's new "prototype genetic infusion chamber," she has found herself imbued with superpowers derived from spiders. This includes having the proportional strength of a spider ("GIRL ABS!") and super-healing along with six arms and high-tensile spider thread that shoots out of the base of her spine. However, she's not the only superpowered person around.
Acquired Poison Immunity: Spinny appears to be immune to the rage-inducing toxins Captain Alberta snuck into the Canadian League's water supply, possibly due to her powers being derived from spiders.
Adorkable: She's a biology major and a klutz, so this trope shouldn't be surprising.
Amazonian Beauty: She's built like a professional bodybuilder under her costume, due to having the proportial strength of a spider. GIRL ABS!
Badass Bookworm: Though sometimes rather ditzy, the fight against Evil Spinnerette reminds us that she is quite competent in the book smarts department. Exploiting spider biology for a reverse cowgirl!
Becoming the Mask: To the point she can no longer picture life with only two arms and would rather die than live that way.
Ambiguously Bi: Shown to be crushing on a boy early on in the story, but Bottom lefty gropes Mecha Maid every chance it gets. Later decides she is attracted to girls when confessed to by Mecha Maid. Comments that she hasn't felt anything around boys before, but this point is left alone after she and Mecha Maid start dating, so whether or not she is attracted to guys is up in the air.
Never Say "Die": Heather either can't face, or refuses to accept, the fact that Marilyn really doesn't have much time left. Marilyn finds this quite frustrating, given that it makes talking about the matter with her very difficult.
Organ Autonomy: When not using them her extra limbs tend to act more or less on their own. Bottom Lefty is particularly... frisky around Mecha Maid.
Took a Level in Badass: Started off incredibly clumsy and incapable of putting up much of a fight, even with enhanced strength and six arms. She's gradually gotten better, to the point where she's even able to quickly incapacitate Mecha Maid and the rest of the Canadian Superheroes.
A girl wearing an anime-inspired Meido outfit with the power to fly and shoot missiles. Turns out to be just a powered suit for a girl suffering from the very real ALS disease. While the suit (or more specifically, the headband) allows her to accomplish superhuman feats, the disease means she only has a couple years left to live. Korean and a big fan of the anime Mahoromatic, whence she got the inspiration for her outfit.
Action Girl: The definitive example early in the series, as she knows what she's doing.
A-Cup Angst: Is perturbed by Heather ogling Super MILF.
Expressive Headband: Most noticeably at the end of Chapter 8, her headband...flap...things go down when she's sad then flare up when she's angry.
Kaleidoscope Hair: In the first few pages of Issue 16 her hair goes from being purple to red due to an accidental coloring mix-up. A few pages later her hair goes from blonde in one panel to purple in the rest, before finally settling on the more plausible color black.
Important Haircut: Very subtly in Chapter 8, when she reveals that she's been using parts of her suit 24/7 for months just to be able to breathe. Her hair, formerly long, black, and straight, is now shorter, and apparently identical in color to her Mecha Maid wig. (It's also disheveled, but that's likely because she's lying in a hospital bed on a respirator.) Word of God is that she dyes her hair purple and wears a black wig in public.
Mukokuseki: It's unlikely anyone would have known she was Asian if the comic hadn't told us. (Although that's only with her headset and armor on. As a civilian, her ancestry is more evident.)
Ninja Maid: Possesses superhuman strength (though her ALS makes her unable to utilize it without her armor), and has a number of maid uniforms she dresses up in.
Powered Armor: Developed by her father to help disabled people walk, and weaponized by her.
Precision F-Strike: Though usually calm and rational, she gets very frustrated with Heather's trademark pluckiness while trying to discuss the subject of her mortality.
Marilyn:God damn it, Heather! Stop making this so hard!
She claims that she's afraid the tech would be used as a weapon. Given that Dr. Universe's backstory has this exact thing happened to him (U.S. military swooped in and tried to steal his research and kidnap his assistant), it's not all that ridiculous a fear.
Super Strength: Mecha Maid's superhuman strength derives not from her armor, but from her own muscles, augmented by technology in her maid headband. The armor itself provides weaponry and flight capabilities.
Formerly a police officer who was given superpowers by the previous "Tiger" after he was shot during a robbery gone wrong. His main traits include super-strength and a short temper, but he knows a lot of hidden superhero history. His Canadian ex-wife divorcing him over his alter-ego lead to an irrational prejudice against Canadians.
Thinking his 'Spirit of the Tiger' is a euphemism for steroids
Any mention of Canada. He gets over the last one.
Charles Atlas Superpower: He is deeply angered by the idea that he gained his bulk via steroids rather than intense training and drinking lots of protein shakes. In the book-only Chapter 5, this is hinted to not be entirely true. The Spirit of the Tiger does indeed account for some of his musculature.
Doing in the Scientist: 'Spirit of the Tiger' is not a euphemism for steroids. It is a legitimate supernatural force.
Heroic Build: The guy is a mountain of muscle with a relatively tiny head on top!
Lawful Stupid: Greta states that Tiger will uphold the law to the letter no matter what.
The Leader: He's the leader of the superheroes of Columbus Ohio. This is why he takes responsibility for the mistakes made by his two teammates.
It's All My Fault: He has a tendency to take responsibility for the failings of his team. In Issue 12, it causes him to step down as their leader.
Noble Bigot: Dislikes Canadians, but is willing to work together with the League of Canadian Superheroes despite his misgivings. Thankfully, he grows out of it.
Overprotective Dad: He sees Mecha Maid and Spinnrette more like daughters he has to protect than teammates to rely on and it clouds his judgement on missions. For this he is chewed out by the Canadians.
Take Up My Sword: Before his superhero career, he was a cop on the beat. He responded to a robbery gone wrong and found an old man mortally wounded. With a final comment of "You'll do nicely", the old man passed on the Spirit of The Tiger into Jeff... and then died.
Team Dad: He sees his teammates like his daughters and thus gets quite overprotective of them.
Legion of Canadian Superheroes
A descendant of the original Anne of Green Gables. Despite being a male, his family made him wear the girly outfit, on the basis that Green Gable is a Legacy Character passed from mother to child, and just because that child is a boy is no reason to end the tradition.
A French-Canadian catgirl with nine prehensile tails. According to Heather, she was working at an animal shelter and somehow found a magical cat that hid there since the War of 1812.
Bifauxnen: With her coat on she looks quite masculine.
Bi the Way: Hinted at, but not confirmed, when she suggestively offers Mecha Maid a massage. She also seems a little too eager to Skinship Grope Minerva, who not too long ago was accusing her of trying to steal London away.
Cat Girl: Has pointed ears, fangs, claws, and nine prehensile tails.
Every Thing Sounds Sexier In French: The team's resident francophone. Since everything in Canada has to be written in both English and French, she sometimes repeats what Gables says in French.
A former member of the Legion of Canadian Superheroes who was sent to a three-month sensitivity training camp. He returned prematurely and was not happy to find Minerva]had taken his spot on the team and swore revenge.
Expy: The guy is pretty blatantly an extremely bigoted water-bending version of Wolverine, emphasized by appearing right as the team is discussing who their Wolverine is, and right down to being called the Crazy Calgarian in reference to Wolverine being the Cranky Canadian.
A young girl who claimed to take up the spider motif before Spinnerette. Used magic and instructions gathered from Dungeons & Dragons books to turn herself into an avatar of the spider queen Lolth. Defeated by Spinnerette, but got off with a relatively light sentence as she was legally considered a minor in the eyes of the US justice system.
Alpha Bitch: Complete with two underlings, Dakota and Julian the latter of whom she transforms into a spiderwoman because if he'd remained male, he would have been a lot smaller and a tasty snack.
The Atoner: In Issue 7, she voiced regret for turning herself into a Drider, and voiced interest in somehow reversing the transformation. Ultimately averted, it was all an act.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: She knows a baited trap when she sees one. She's also perceptive enough to not just identify but successfully search for superheroes in their civilian disguises, and can catch on to Les Yay undertones, and construct a ruse based off the plot devices her opponent is most likely to fall for given a list of the comic books she likes most.
It's All About Me: Is very arrogant, and the reason she transformed herself in the first place was to rebel against her controlling parents.
Karma Houdini: Because of her status as a minor (and her rich family), she couldn't be tried in a court of law, despite numerous instances of breaking-and-entering, theft, illegal use of magic, and assault, and more or less got off with a light sentence. In Chapter 7, she creates two more Drider minions and soundly beats Heather in one-on-one combat, and leaves the city, facing no repercussions.
Lonely Rich Kid: Alexis' upbringing appears to have been both wealthy and painfully stultifying, with implications of endless and unnecessary (to Alexis) sessions with psychiatrists, doctors, and clergy after her transformation. (Played with a bit though; Dakota and Julian are definitely friends, even though Alexis threatens to kill them both if Heather won't fight her.)
An Objectivist Evil Genius who is working with Dr. Lambha on an unspecified project. Dr. Universe was once a respected scientist researching the "Cherenkov-Kirby Reaction" but reportedly turned evil after he read an Ayn Rand novel. The Government tried to shut down his free energy research, based on the suspicion that he was a Communist sympathizer, and abducted him and his research assistant (Greta). He read the novel while in capitivity.
Anti-Villain: Easily the most sympathetic of the villains, as he's not truly evil.
Bald of Evil: Balding, as he appears to have lost most of his hair after he became a supervillain.
Big Bad: The most outstanding candidate thus far, for a given value of bad.
Blue and Orange Morality: When you get right down to it, Dr. U isn't exactly evil to begin with. It's just that his principles are way out of step with society.
Card-Carrying Villain: A complex case. On one hand, he won't dispute anyone calling him a villain but he considers himself a scientist first and foremost, and berates Greta for "playing the villain". On the other hand, he claims that society at large considers scientists in general to be villains and pop-starts to be heroes.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Averted in his backstory. He and Greta were working on free, limitless energy but since they planned to give it to China, who funded their research and had the greatest projected need of it, they were shut down and imprisoned by the government.
Even Evil Has Standards: Works for Nazis only because he knows their plan will fail, and visibly enjoys it when it finally does. It doesn't hurt that they are paying him a lot of money, and he considers draining racists of their money as a service to the community.
For Science!: His primary motivation is the progression of science, but he doesn't ignore potential practical applications.
Friendly Enemy: Towards Spinnerette, to the point that he saves her life.
Noble Demon: Considering he saves Spins' life twice when she has having a superpower melt down. He had ample opportunity to experiment on her at the time, but insisted on her volunteering for such treatment. He also has the courtesy to not remove Spinnerette's mask as he helps her.
Spinnerette: Aren't you curious who I really am? Dr. Universe: I know exactly who you are. You're Spinnerette.
Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He apparently is a nuclear physicist (or whatever field would involve "Limitless Energy") who dabbles into the workings of gravity, a geneticist, and also a surgeon.
Only in It for the Money: Keeping up with his Objectivist philosophy, this is the reason he does anything. He doesn't believe in Nazi or Neo-Confederate ideals for a second, but he'll work for them if the money is good (and is confident their idiotic plan requiring his services would fail anyway).
Secret Test of Character: Administers a subtle one to Spinnerette, asking her if she'd accept to selflessly donate her body for testing to give the world free energy. It all sounds like your typical Mad Scientist rhetoric, until you realize that he's an objectivist. He's by definition opposed to altruism. (Either that, or he has a conscience in spite of his beliefs or he believes being a good person when necessary is ultimately more profitable?), making this a case of Blue and Orange Morality.
Strawman Political: Dr. U is a better Objectivist than virtually any Rand fan you'll meet in real life, including Rand herself. This makes him a very unusual positive case.
Villains Out Shopping: Issue 15 has him and Greta Gravity going out for some ice cream. Super MILF takes the time to stop by and melt their ice creams for no real reason before flying off.
Dr. Universe's well-endowed assistant, she and Heather initially do not get along. Greta has the power to create her own localized gravity fields, which lets her pick up and throw objects of almost any size.
All Germans Are Nazis: Averted, she's visibly uncomfortable around the Nazi remnants who commission a Hitler clone from her boss. Of course she's German-Brazilian so her "fatherland" is not the same as them.
Big Beautiful Woman: She's chubby but extremely well-endowed, and her outfit reveals a lot of cleavage. If she's not providing fanservice in the main series, then it's usually in donation wallpapers. Doctor Universe made her eat enough food to gain over thirty kilograms of weight in their backstory since she would need the extra energy for their escape attempt. Much to her chagrin, since she was trying to lose weight.
But Not Too Foreign: She's of German ancestry, but is proudly Brazilian born and raised. note In fact, this may actually be an inversion within the context of the story; when the younger Nazi, Maus, hits on her, her enthusiasm for her homeland (one of the most multicultural in the world, therefore a Nazi's worst nightmare) leads to a very weirded-out Nazi.
The Dragon: For Doctor Universe. She tends to do all of the fighting and heavy "lifting" for him.
Friendly Enemy: With Spinnerette, to the point that they're more like Vitriolic Best Buds. Despite often being on the opposite side, Greta does seem to be genuinely fond of Heather.
Gag Boobs: Her enormous bust prevents her from seeing what's directly below her.
Genki Girl: You might not want to get her started about Brazil (or, even more so, futebol). You might not be able to handle the gushing.
Gravity Master: Her power is control over gravity within a limited radius.
Hot Scientist: Her former job was as Dr. Universe's lab assistant. Glasses: check. Braid: check. Amply filled-out labcoat and cardigan: check.
I Was Just Passing Through: Claims that she saved Heather and Mecha Maid from burning to death out of "[her] own rational self-interest."
Hair-Trigger Temper: A guy honking his car horn at him sets him off. And by "sets him off" we mean "imagines liquefying everyone in the car and dismembering random passersby." He's able to resist the temptation of doing it for real, but a cat in a nearby alley isn't so lucky.
Healing Factor: His secondary power gives him "Level 4" regenerative abilities.
Hero Killer: Is considered a Class Triple-A supervillain and, in a more literal sense, killed the legendary White Heron in the 1980s.
In the Hood: Sports a black hoodie while "incognito" in the US, and somehow fits his military uniform underneath it and some jeans.
It's Personal: Fought and killed Marilyn's adoptive mother, the South Korean superheroine White Heron, in 1985.
Slasher Smile: Sports one on the cover of Issue 16, and throughout the issue as well.
The Sociopath: Used glass shards to peel a cat like an orange For the Evulz, and rigged a hostage exchange by bringing one extra prisoner - baby Marilyn - and a truck with glass headlights, and then trying to turn the extra prisoner into a Human Sacrifice for Kim Il-sung.
Would Hurt a Child: Brings baby Marilyn as an extra prisoner and tries to kill her in order to provoke a fight with White Heron. Especially awful since Marilyn could very well be his own biological daughter.
Heather's well-endowed roommate and confidante at school. Sews outfits for Heather and generally puts up with her antics while she stumbles around trying to get the hang of her powers. Also leans on the fourth wall on occasion by pointing out how impossible some of the spider powers are. Of Indian descent (she wears a bindi on her forehead).
A God I Am Not: While saving the bus of children, an Indian girl begins to ask if she's a Hindu deity, because of her many arms and great strength. Sahira picks up on this and says otherwise.
Out of Focus: She used to effectively be the Deuteragonist of the series, but as Heather's superhero career has grown, she's been seeing significantly less page time. She still gets the occasional Day In The Limelight, though.
Power Parasite: She can temporarily copy other superpowers. She can also stack them.
Something Only They Would Say: She tells Buzz that she saw what happened with Fireblade's attack. She also mentions his motives, something she could've only known if she were close enough to speak with him.
Working with Dr. Universe on the construction of the Genetic Infusion Chamber. The main researcher at the lab where Heather works.
Bad Boss: Often leaves Heather to work alone in the lab, insisting that she stay up all night if she has to.
Jerkass: Blames Heather for anything that goes wrong in the lab.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: POSSIBLY. If he was telling the truth, he really DOES want to use the Genetic Infusor for good purposes, and wasn't even trying to make a profit.
Hollywood Science: He angrily lampshades how Patti, and the media in general, understand nothing about genetics when she makes a remark about how his research into spider mutations could help find a cure for fatness.
Dogged Nice Guy: He seems genuinely interested in Heather, but can't ever score a date with her thanks to her superhero career. When he finally does, she leaves early to sort out her feelings with Marylin once and for all.
Love Interest: Heather would like to think that he is, anyway. She even states that he's the Mary-Jane Watson to her Peter Parker. It's ultimately averted when she dumps him for Marilyn.
A local reporter for Channel 4 who seems to focus on following superhero related stories. Also the host of her own morning talk show.
Chekhov's News: When interviewing Dr. Lambha she notes that the pool for the Genetic Infusion Chamber is large enough for a person and asks if it could be used to give a person super powers. No guesses for where Heather gets her powers.
Coincidental Broadcast: While Sahira is flipping through channels, and arguing with Heather, she comes across a perfectly timed report from Patti.
"..Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity have returned to the Ohio Research University campus, demanding to speak with Spinnerette."
Going for the Big Scoop: She tends to show up where super villains do, sometimes before them, sometimes after to either interview them directly or report from a distance.
Hot Scoop: Always seems to be on-scene whenever something big goes down.
Intrepid Reporter: She has quite the habit of getting involved with Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity. Of course, she was there for their Start of Darkness so it's likely that helps to keep her safe.
Nonindicative Name: Patti Winters in a superhero comic? Clearly she's going to have ice powers? Nope, just a normal reporter.
Older than They Look: While Guinness has aged up from a young teen to an adult, Tom looks more or less the same as he did when he left the world of the living. Possibly justified due to the passage of time in the underworld being extremely convoluted.
Cerberus and guardian of Hell whose job is to capture wayward evil spirits and bring them back. She was eventually fired from her job and joined the Legion of Canadian Superheroes.
Secret Test of Character: Minerva's "one final monster to defeat" was her own aggressiveness... but she happened to catch sight of Guinness' reflection in the strategically placed mirror and assumed it was her.
Super MILF/Dr. Laura MacKenzie
A scientist whose body was infused by an alien artefact retrieved from Venus, causing her breasts to grow to a ridiculous size and produce intense heat. She took up the alias Ms. Venus but got shut down by DC's lawyers due to her costume looking too much like Power Girl. She had several children and came back Hotter and Sexier as Super MILF.
Action Mom: Between her stints as Ms.Venus and Super MILF she gave birth a few times.
Big Breast Pride: Despite rationalizing her cleavage revealing outfits as a way to ventilate the heat her breasts emit, she comes of very boastful about her bust. She tells Mecha Maid and Spinnerette to emulate her and "embrace their femininity".
Breast Expansion: Courtesy of being engulfed in the explosion of a powerful reactor from Venus.
Gag Boobs: Her absurdly enormous breasts are the subject of a number of jokes.
Most Common Super Power: Has the largest bust size in the comic, according to Word of God. It manages to be a parody of MCSP while appearing in a webcomic that is at times a joyous celebration of MCSP.
London:(staggering away limp-legged) It's like looking into the sun!
One of the founding fathers, lost in time. After an incident where he saved Hitler's life, a convenient time traveler dropped him off in 2002 to prevent the Subprime Mortgage Crisis. He failed, but makes up for it via superheroics in other areas.
Bad Ass: He invented time travel from a musical instrument, then he beat up eveyone in a Bad-Guy Bar while naked.
Big Good: Is The Leader of the American Superheroes Association which acts as a umbrella of sorts for all the superhero teams in America.
Truth in Television, minus the time travel and the ASA. He bequeathed £1,000 each to the two most important cities in his life (Boston, where was born and raised, and Philadelphia, the adopted hometown where he made his name), each fund to be partially opened in 100 years and completely opened in 200; the Boston fund, when opened was enough to establish a large trade school after the first 100 years; the Philadelphia fund was used to fund scholarships to local high school students at maturity in the 1990s.
Language Barrier: When he time traveled to Germany, he couldn't understand what Hitler was saying. Oddly enough, the real Benjamin Franklin did speak German.
Merchandise-Driven: invoked He traveled to Columbus Ohio to ask Spinnerette to join the ASA so he could sell Spinnerette themed merchandise. Mecha Maid asked to keep the action figure he brought along.
Super Luck: As long as the timeline he's in depends on him surviving to invent time travel, anything in that timeline that tries to hurt him will luckily miss, and any attack of his will be a lucky perfect shot.
A Korean superheroine who fought Colonel Glass in 1985.
His name means "Ball Lightning" in German, and in astrophysics refers to a black hole formed of energy rather than mass.
The Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz was an experimental self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (essentially a tank) that utilized a twin-mounted version of the MK 103 cannon - but of the five made only one was used.
Cool Shades: He has a pair of admittedly badass-looking sunglasses.
Curb-Stomp Battle: After realizing that Sahira meant it when she said she wasn't a hero, the firemen return and deliver one to him. Specifically they hose him down and then smash his face in with a fire extinguisher.
Retcon: A subtle one that was missed for a few days. His name was Flameblade for about an hour or so before it was changed to Fireblade. A were it not for a couple of comments posted on the strip in that time mentioning the original name, and a few times on the next strip's comments, this likely would've gone unnoticed.
Strawman Political: Sort of. While Dr. Universe tries his best to be a true Objectivist (and arguably a better one than Ayn Rand ever could have been), Fireblade is essentially a psychopath who justifies his hate for others based on right-wing libertarianism. Such people do exist, plentifully, in real life (at least one existed, unnamed to history, in Rand's circle) but the vast majority of them aren't about to actually go out and kill someone over it.