FanFic/{{Strikers89}} Character sheet. Much of the work here is copied from the sheet created by 8-Bit Crusader for the main quest.

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[[folder: VF-03 "Spellcaster"]]
!!Tropes for the whole Squadron.

* AcePilot: After the war starts in earnest, they all quickly reach this.
* ActionGirl: The entire squadron, except for Frank.
* AmazonBrigade: Except for Frank, there are no other men in the squadron.
* BadassCrew
* [[BandofBrothers Band of Sisters + Frank]]
* TheDreaded: For the Soviets, especially Frank, whose nickname is [[spoiler:The Butcher of the Bering Sea.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Before the war started they were mostly friendly, but had their issues with each other. Now any one of them would die for the others.
* HeroicBSOD:[[spoiler: The entire squadron after Frank's HeroicSacrifice.]]

!!Lieutenant, later Lieutenant Commander Frank "Fronk" Bishop

Callsigns Warhound and Revenant: The Main Character. This is the "you" that the second person narrative refers to. Estimates put him at 24-26 years of age. Initially flies the F-14B Tomcat and the modified F-14D+. After [[spoiler: being shot down over Alaska and being MIA for a time, has been given command of the Chance-Vought XF-02B Wyvern/Corsair IV for combat testing.]] His father is a Marine, his mother was a Navy Witch, and he has three siblings: Rex, an Air Force Pararescue Jumper; Jake, an Army tank commander; and Jessica, a witch-in-training at the Academy, currently leaning towards flying Hornets for the Navy or Marines. [[spoiler: Jessica is now officially serving in the Marine Corps in Japan.]] Fronk is relatively level-headed, but not above any tomfoolery. He seems to have managed to avoid the "live fast, die young" mentality common among combat pilots- or at least outgrown it. He has close ties to most of Spellcaster. [[spoiler: He is now known, much to his chagrin, as the "Eagle of Tanana" and the "Butcher of the Bering Sea", among other titles.]]

* AcePilot: After his first engagement.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' insult Merlin, or talk down to her, or hint that she's inadequate in any way because she's not a ''real'' witch. This is guaranteed surefire way of making Frank your mortal enemy.
* BigBrotherMentor: He acts like this towards Merlin. That said, while he loves her dearly, he's not above the occasional teasing.
* CommandingCoolness: Is promoted to Lieutenant Commander after becoming an AcePilot.
* CastFromHitPoints: [[spoiler: It seems that his gnome powers are directly tied to his constitution. To wit: the only time he has come closest to dying -- notwithstanding his crash in Tanana -- was after the Battle for Berlin, where he singlehandedly engaged sixty fighters and ''three'' dreadnoughts. [[HolyShitQuotient The only damage he took was falling into a coma for two weeks.]]]]
* FireForgedFriends: With Ice. When the story began, he and Ice disliked each other intensely, and had trouble working together. After their rescue of Katya, and seeing combat together, their relationship is noticeably warmer, and they begin to treat each other as equals.
* TheHeart: Surprising everyone, even himself, it turns out that Frank is the emotional center of Spellcaster.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Frank has these. Merlin's magic allows her to talk to machines and she said that several times ''the planes themselves'' thought that what he was doing was impossible.
* MemeticBadass: In-Universe: To the point where Spetsnaz kill teams have been dispatched to assassinate him and fighter wings were dedicated ''solely'' to shoot him down.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Is generally a sane man, and generally abides by military discipline, hence why he's polite to Ice while hating her guts (at the start). He's also the voice of reason keeping most of the pranks in line. That said, when an opportunity comes to dunk Ice into a pool, he doesn't hesitate to seize it.
* RankUp: Starts the story as a Lieutenant before being promoted.
* SignificantName: Despite not being related to ''those'' Bishops in universe, he is still named after a World War One fighter ace.

!!Lieutenant Junior Grade Samantha "Merlin" Wells

Familiar: Seagull. Frank's backseater. Merlin is a Witch who is unable to fly, but is an instinctive genius with electronic devices, and she can talk to fighters and Striker units. She has some hangups over being a Witch who can't use strikers, and she's still very much a kid, but she's dependable and totally the best RIO in the entire fleet.

* {{Adorkable}}: Just see what happens when the girl eats chocolate cake!
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Is hit with this '''''hard''''' after Frank's HeroicSacrifice.]]
* BigBrotherWorship: While not ''actually'' being her older brother, Merlin still really looks up to Frank.[[HeartwarmingMoments All because he was the first person who really made her feel useful.]]
* ChildSoldiers: Merlin's 15, and while she's the best RIO in the fleet, she's still a young girl.
* CursedWithAwesome: She can't fly Strikers like a normal Witch, but she can generate shields, guide missiles, and power up the gun of the plane she's in. She can also talk to machines.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: After Frank is declared MIA following the fight over Tanana, she develops a heavy case of PTSD. She is gradually getting better though.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Thanks to magical guidance and her own skills, Merlin has been able to consistently guide missiles to targets, beyond standard ranges, and with greater success rates. On average, normal missiles have an accuracy of below 50%. Merlin's missiles have an accuracy of ''above 80%''.
* GuyInBack: To Frank. Merlin runs the Tomcat [[spoiler: and later, the Wyvern's]] radars.
* GadgeteerGenius: She pioneered Magic-Seeking Sensors and practical Conventional-Magic hybrid jet engines. It's to the point where some refer to her as the next [[IronMan Tony Stark.]]

!!Lieutenant Commander, later Commander Tabitha "Ice" Kazanski

Commanding Officer of VF-03, the US Navy's experiment in having Witches and pilots flying together. Ice is the cold no-nonsense By The Book CO, and has a reputation for being a cold bitch. Her relationship with Frank starts out as coldly professional: they don't like each other, but they can work together. This changes as the story goes on.

* AncestralWeapon: Eventually switches to an M1 Garand that was her grandmother's rifle in the Martian war.
* CommandingCoolness: Ice's rank is Commander. It's doubly indicative whenever she uses her powers, such as in thread eleven when she angrily storms into the room and you note the ambient temperature dropping about thirty degrees.
* CovertPervert: Who would have thought that the utterly professional commander of VF-03 would be into trashy romance novels (of the erotic variety) [[spoiler:as well as bondage]]?
* DefrostingIceQueen: Over the course of the story, Ice warms up through the power of friendship and enemy fire, so much so that when [[spoiler: Frank is shot down and MIA]], it's Ice who's helping the girls deal with it.
* [[ByTheBookCop By The Book Commanding Officer]]: Ice became this, after a bad crash as a young Witch. Part of her character development is loosening up on the non-essentials, while remaining tight on what's important.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Likewise, when arriving after a sortie in Alaska and finding Slider and Maverick engaged in a water gun fight, she quickly joins the fray.
* FireForgedFriends: With Frank. After their rescue of Katya, and seeing combat together, their relationship is noticeably warmer, and they begin to treat each other as equals.
* GunNut: A mild case by, what we've seen. (She considered the XM14 EBR prototype to be a heretical desecration of the classic M14.)
* RankUp: Starts as a Lieutenant Commander, before being promoted after covering Katya's defection.
* RedOniBlueOni: She is the Blue Oni to Slider's Red.
* ShipperOnDeck: She ships Frank with Slider.
* WhenSheSmiles: Ice is almost always seen with a serious expression on her face. Whenever she smiles, it's truly a thing of beauty.

!!Lieutenant Rachel "Slider" Kerner

Familiar: Boa Constrictor. XO of Spellcaster, 19 years of age. Flies F-14D and F/A-18 strikers, wields twin combat shotguns (Remingtons or Mossbergs, not sure). Slider is a bro-tier troll and a prankmeister supreme. She's also Ice's best friend and an ally to any member of Spellcaster. She's also got... ''something'', going on with Frank. She's the most physically affectionate member of Spellcaster and the only one who has so far kissed Frank, [[spoiler: though it was an "I'm glad your alive" kiss after being shot down.]] Time will tell if anything happens.

* BerserkButton: Hurt any member of Spellcaster, ''especially'' the little sisters, and Slider will have no mercy for you.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Slider may seem like a fun loving slacker, but she actually does the paperwork that keeps Spellcaster running, and approved for their reinforcements.
* BearHug: Tends to do this with the other members of Spellcaster Squadron, male or female.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Ice's blue.
* ShipperOnDeck: She ships Frank and Ice.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Her weapon of choice. [[MoreDakka Later receives a pair of automatic shotguns care of Ice.]]
* TheGadfly: Early on in the story. She seems to have calmed down. Somewhat.

!!Lieutenant Patricia "Maverick" Mitchell

Familiar: Cat. 17 years of age. Flies F-14D strikers, wields an M-16. Before her new wingwitch Goose joined the squadron, she and Frank were wingmen.

* BiTheWay: There have been hints of this. It's all but confirmed that Mav was sleeping with Orion, Frank's former RIO. At the same time, she also failed to pick up a hot blonde at a bar by the name of Charlie. Not to mention the ship tease between herself and Kat.
* ChildhoodFriends: Was retconned into being one with Frank.
* [[{{Wingman}} Wingwitch]]: Was formerly Frank's wingman on the U.S.S. ''Saratoga''. After Goose arrived, she was reassigned as one to her instead.

!!Lieutenant Junior Grade Nicole "Goose" Bradshaw

Familiar: Cat. 15 years of age. Flies F-14D strikers, wields an M60 GPMG. Maverick's [[WingMan Wing Witch]]. Goose is the most junior of Spellcaster's witches, and pretty much the other squadron little sister after Merlin. Mess with her and face Slider's wrath.

* ChildSoldiers: As with Merlin.
* CombatMedic: Kinda. Goose is technically a Heal Witch but she's a fighter first and hasn't been seen healing in combat.

!!Katya Litvyak

No official rank, seeing as how she defected from the USSR. Familiar: White Bengal Tiger. Somewhere in her 20s, no exact age confirmed. Flew Soviet Strikers before defecting, currently uses F-14D strikers and wields an M240, later a modified BAR. Was Frank's [[WingMan Wing Witch]] before the Styles twins showed up. Sanya Litvyak is her grandmother.

* BrokenBase: [[spoiler:After a catastrophic training flight with Frank that resulted in her leg being broken, her perception of Frank as a KnightInShiningArmor was ''shattered''. As a result, she began to distance herself from Frank. [[RebuiltPedestal: Thankfully, the two reconciled.]]
* DefectorFromCommieLand: She is rescued by Ice and Frank as their first real combat.
* FireForgedFriends: With Ice. She and Ice may not particularly ''like'' each other very much, but she has Ice's back.
* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler: Nearly has one after she does around the clock missions when Frank is shot down and MIA.]]
* RescueRomance: Was immediately infatuated with Frank after his part in helping her defect.

!!Lieutenant de vaisseau/Lieutenant Junior Grade Rosalie Kent

Familiar: Black Cat. Granddaughter of Martian War veterans Ian Kent and Perrine Clostermann of the famed 501st Joint Fighter Wing. French naval witch who requested a transfer into Spellcaster. Flies with Rafale A Strikers. Currently no official Callsign, the Styles twins have used "Rose", though she hates this.

* ContinuityNod: Her name is a reference to FanFic/StrikeWitchesQuest having Ian and Perrine get together.

!!Lieutenants Alyssa and Clarissa Styles
Familiars: Sharks of some sort. Twin witches who fly steelwings. Currently, they fly a XF-02B Wyvern. Clarissa is the RIO, Alyssa is the Pilot and has an artificial leg.

* CuteLittleFangs: Is depicted as having these in artwork.
* TheGadfly: They try to enter Slider's league. Emphasis on ''try''.
%% TwinBanter: Mandatory and rather funny.
* [[{{Wingman}} Wingwitches]]: Together, they are Frank's [=wingwitches=] after they join Spellcaster Squadron.

!!Lieutenant Kimiko Sakamoto

An IJN witch on assignment to Spellcaster, and Kenji's older sister. So far, little has been seen of her in combat. Callsign and Familiar unknown.

* IdenticalGrandson: She's basically a red-haired version of Mio.
* ShipperOnDeck: Quite enthusiastic about Merlin and Kenji. So much so that she's been giving Merlin lessons in things Japanese, like wearing a kimono, the tea ceremony, and addressing her as "little sister".

[[folder: Related Military Personnel]]
!!Colonel Holly [=MacLeod=]

Commander of the Air Force contingent at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Flies F-15C strikers. Callsign Eagle; Familiar: Eagle. Age unconfirmed.

* {{Adorkable}}: Her interactions with Sergeant Will Wilkins and their budding relationship are so this.
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from being a bitch with a stick up her ass who hates steelwings to a much nicer person who's supportive of them. Falling in love with [[spoiler: and marrying]] a Striker maintainer probably had something to do with that.
* ColonelBadass: She's a Witch and it's part of the package.
* FanNickname: "Colonel Bitchtits". Originally because she was one. Now more affectionate than anything.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Her XO claims she's this; she cares a lot, perhaps too much, but she isn't good at expressing it, and so comes off as a bitch. After she begins to soften up, she loses much of her jerk-ness.
* TookALevelInKindness: Softens considerably over the course of her miniseries.
* TheyDo: [[spoiler: Eventually marries Will Wilkins and takes his name.]]

!!Admiral Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon

Callsign: Poseidon. Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Command. World War II and Martian War veteran, flew a seaplane off the ''USS California'' in World War 2, currently flies an F-14D when he can get away from his desk.

* AmoralAttorney: Used to be this, until he decided he liked being in the Navy better.
* BadassGrandpa: He's in his sixties, but he can still handle a Tomcat.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Calmly tells Frank that he's landing due to "some engine trouble." The engine is a shattered wreck - the only way it could be more damaged would be if someone shot it. Frank is understandably shocked. Nixon just shrugs it off.
* CrazyAwesome: He has shades of this.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: His general role and behaviour towards VF-03, who he seems to have taken under his wing.
* SoldiersAtTheRear: For the most part, given that as [=CINCPAC=] he's responsible for all US forces in the Pacific, and can't really drop that to regularly play fighter pilot. He'd love to be getting in the thick of things, but he has to stay where he can see the bigger picture.

!!1st Lieutenant, later Captain, Dominica Rand

Callsign Hog; Familiar: Prairie dog. Age unconfirmed. Marine Corps Pilot. Flies A-10 strikers, wields a modified 7.62mm minigun.

* DrowningMySorrows: Engages in this after Frank saves her and Rudel after Galena.
* SemperFi: Is a Marine Corps witch.
* TryingNotToCry: Goes through this after getting a dressing down from Frank when she arrives in Japan.

!!2nd Lieutenant/Leutnant Judith Rudel

Callsign Reaper; Familiar: Weasel. Age unconfirmed, younger than Rand. Rudel is an A-10 Witch for the Luftwaffe, currently serving with the USMC in an exchange program.

* ChildSoldiers: She's younger than Rand, who is likely 16-18 years old.
* CuteBruiser: She's probably 15, is adorable and flies A-10 Strikers while carrying a minigun.

!!Her Imperial Highness Princess Katsumi

Familiar: TBA. Imperial Japanese Princess and Witch for the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force. Flies F-14 strikers, wields the Type 89 assault rifle.

* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's on the front lines of WWIII, what more do you want?

!!First Lieutenant Ayumi Ogawa

Familiar: TBA. Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force Witch, [[WingMan Wing Witch]] and bodyguard to the Princess Katsumi. Flies F-14 strikers, presumably wields the Type 89 as well.

!!Second Lieutenant Jessica Bishop

Callsign Octane; Familiar: Corgi. Frank's little sister has officially joined the US Marine Corps. Flies either the F/A-18 or A-10. Recently turned up in Japan with Rand and Rudel.

* DynamicEntry: Every time she's run into Frank it has been literal. Flying tackles seem to be her standard greeting.
* GenkiGirl
* MustHaveCaffeine: Her overriding goal in life. It becomes excessive enough that her [=CO=] has to ''order'' her to stop consuming too much.
* SemperFi: She joined the Marines, the only member of the family to do so. This made dad ''very'' happy.
* TheGlomp: What she does to everyone when she greets them.

!!Captain Emile Blackwell

TheCaptain of the ''USS Saratoga'', the aircraft carrier Spellcaster belong to. Captain Blackwell is a no-nonsense officer who tries her best to be a StraightMan and stay above the chaos, focusing on fighting her ship. One of Mack and Georgette's five daughters.

* [[AFatherToHisMen A Mother To Her Men]]: Do not attempt to fuck with her pilots or witches, even if you are a Matron. She is the Captain of the ''USS Saratoga'' first and a Witch second. The kindest thing that will happen is you being escorted off her ship.
* TheCaptain: Hells yes.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In contrast to Colonel Bitchtits, and the American Matron who tries to strongarm Merlin and Frank into coming back to Annapolis.

!!Commander Birgitte [=LaRoux=]

A Navy [=SEAL=] withch first met providing security for Spellcaster and Merlin's shop while at Castle Barin, and who later pops up in Europe. Her familiar is a cat, which is ironic given that she's a Navy [=SEAL=].

* CommandingCoolness: A full Commander in the US Navy.
* CoolBigSis: To her [=SEAL=] witches and to Frank and Merlin at times.
* TheDreaded: Nobody crosses Maman Birgitte.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: She's a [=SEAL=] on top of being a Witch.
* FamedInStory: Within the special operations community, anyhow. There are very few people who don't own Maman Brigitte a favor or two.
* FunetikAksent: Speaks with a Louisiana accent.
* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: When her familiar manifests.


[[folder: Civilians]]
!!Frank's Mom and Dad.
A Navy Witch and a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant respectively. Seen occasionally and called as often as possible.

* HappilyMarried: Oh, yes.
* [[DadTheVeteran Mom and Dad the Veterans]]: Both of Frank's parents were in the military, Mom as a Navy Witch and his Dad as a Marine, and both of them saw action in Vietam. In fact, they ''met'' in Nam. ''In combat.''
* RetiredBadass: When the story starts, Mom and Dad have been retired for a while now.

!!Rear Admiral Nicholas "Mack" Mackintosh
Retired: World War II and Martian War veteran and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, eventual captain of the ''USS California''. Happily married to Georgette Lemare Mackintosh, old friends with Nixon.

* HappilyMarried: To Georgette.
* HeroicBSOD: Apparently developed PTSD after the war, but he doesn't show it. He was helping [[spoiler: Merlin]] out with hers.
* RescueRomance: Kicked off his relationship with Georgette by fishing her outta the Atlantic.
* RetiredBadass: He's got the CMOH.

!!Capitaine de Corvette Georgette Lemare Mackintosh
Retired: World War II and Martian War veteran, former naval spotter witch for the French Navy who joined the 502nd Joint Strike Wing in Leningrad. Expert heal witch. Rather dedicated to her husband, old friends with Tricky Dick.

* HappilyMarried: To Mack.
* TheMedic: [[spoiler: Heals Frank after he is shot down.]]
* RescueRomance: First fell for Mack after he fished her outta the Atlantic ocean.
* RetiredBadass: Martian War era Witch on the Eastern Front, end of story.

[[folder: Enemies]]
!!General tropes
* BiggerIsBetter
* RedsWithRockets
* WeHaveReserves

!!Constantina Stalinka

Soviet Air Force; Familiar: Tundra wolf. Recently introduced Soviet Witch who also happens to have a crush on Frank. She is apparently exceptionally powerful and her powers include stealth good enough to hide from Merlin. [[spoiler: However, she is now able to be found when Merlin is concentrating all her powers.]]

* AxCrazy: Very much so. Other Witches seem to have a worsening effect though.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: She's a Soviet Witch and the trusted ones are brainwashed. The crazy comes as an extra.
* CombatSadomasochist: She tends to get excited when Frank manages to land hits on her shield. With the weapons involved if she actually got hit she'd be a red smear.
* [[PostKissCatatonia Post Head-Pat Catatonia]]: [[spoiler:Thread 61, Frank Ruffles her hair to stop her and Katherine Young from getting into a fight. The second he touches her, her brain melts down and she stumbles off in a happy daze.]]
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Originally only fan theory, but recent events have made it seem more likely that Stalinka has absolutely no idea what she's really implying when she says she and Frank will "Make Babies". She's also mentioned "Comrade Stork" and seems to have a general lack of understanding regarding anything that isn't killing capitalists or insulting other witches.
* ShrinkingViolet: [[spoiler:As of thread 60 we get to see Stalinka on the ground, where she blushes if Frank so much as looks at her.]]
* SuperSoldier: Katya said she's likely a product of a [[SuperSoldier "Super Witch"]] experiment.
* StalkerWithACrush: She appeared out of nowhere and declared Frank her "Love" and that she wanted to have children with him. She also managed to somehow send mail to him despite being on the opposite side in WWIII.
* {{Yandere}}: Has threatened to kill Merlin repeatedly for being a "Harlot" and taking her man. She seems to have let go much of her Yandere tendencies though. Seems.