Characters: The Movement
These are the members of The Movement and other recurring characters.
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Real Name: Holly Rae Hunter
- Badass Gay: Implied when Rainmaker gave Virtue her number. Confirmed when she calls Rainmaker to put a rain check on their date. And it seems she knew she was gay since she was ten.
- Black Boss Girl
- Daddy's Girl: It's hinted she's stalking the police captain because he was the one who shot her father.
- Dead All Along: Or Faking the Dead. It's been revealed that, according to records, Virtue supposedly died six years ago. Whether this means she faked her death, came back from the dead, was almost killed and the reports of her death exaggerated, or is some sort of spirit, has yet to be determined.
- It was believed she had died from one of the seizures she's had all her life because of her powers, but it wasn't until her father committed Suicide by Cop that it turned out she survived.
- It turns out this is a case of Faking the Dead. When she was ten her mother was afraid she'd be hunted down and killed for her power like her great-grandmother, so she sent Holly to live with an aunt in Detroit, but told her father she died. This was after she'd had a bad fit of rage when her dad took Holly being with a girl she liked liked very poorly.
- Domino Mask: She wears one, but lampshades how flimsy of a disguise this is when she meets the police captain out of costume.
- The Empath: Can read people's emotions and ride their emotions to their point of origin. She can also absorb emotions and transfer them to others.
- Rebel Leader
Real Name: Roshanna Chatterji
- Asexual: Which is also a carryover from her time in Secret Six.
- The Atoner: Tremor's backstory reveals she has Survivors Guilt from being the only survivor in a drunk driving car crash. She wants to make up for it by joining the Movement and quits being a mole for Amanda Waller.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can create tremors in whatever she touches; mainly the ground.
- The Mole: Was working as one for Amanda Waller, though the same issue that reveals this shows her quitting
Real Name: Kulap Vilaysack
- Boobs of Steel: Katharsis is the most skilled in combat; able to take on several opponents at once and shrug off tasers. She also has the biggest bust of all the female members of the Movement.
- Everyone Has Standards: She quit working for Knightfall because she thought she went too far. Katharsis admits that she herself is mean, but what Knightfall is doing is evil.
- Heel-Face Turn: She previously appeared as a villain in a Batgirl story arc. Though she herself hasn't really changed; it's just that her new team won't let her get away with the things she did while working for Knightfall.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Earlier Katharsis was mostly just a Jerkass but has started showing a more vulnerable side without losing her edge.
- Knight Templar
- Retcon: The details of Katharsis' backstory are changed from "castrated an accused child molester later found innocent" to "scarred, but didn't castrate, a rapist and murderer who got away with it." Word of God suggests that Unreliable Narrator may be at work and later in the series we'll get another perspective on the incident.
- Token Evil Teammate: Katharsis is the most violent of the Movement. She is willing to kill or at least do a lot of bodily harm to her enemies. The others have to keep her from going over the edge.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She is much more willing to show compassion and kindness for her teammates and others then she had when the series began, to the point that she sees the Movement as her family.
- Tuckerization: Named after the real life Kulap Vilaysack, comedienne, actress and host of Who Charted?
- Winged Humanoid: She flies using mechanical wings.
- Wrench Wench: She's gifted in mechanics and built her own set of mechanical wings.
Real Name: Jayden Revell
- The Beastmaster: He controls mice and rats. He loves every one of them and considers all of them to be his favorite.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- He Cleans Up Nicely: In issue #9, the normally dirty Mouse takes a shower and put on a suit to impress Tremor. He actually looks nice when he's not filthy.
- Man Bites Man: He likes to use his teeth in a fight.
- The Pig Pen: He loves dirt and filth because it makes him feel more like a rat.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: While he doesn't have any official title, he is the "Prince of Rats."
- Ship Tease: He has a crush on Tremor and he was weird ways of showing it.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Combined with his lack of shoes, it makes him look like a street rat.
Real Name: Christopher
- Ambiguously Gay: When he looks at wanted metahuman Horizon, he says to Vengeance Moth that he is suddenly getting "sexytime feelings."
- In issue 11, he admits he likes boys to his Amish family.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He may have demonic powers, but he has a big heart.
- Demonic Possession: It's ambiguous whether or not he's genuinely possessed or simply has metahuman powers. Burden thinks the former, but the rest of the team thinks the latter.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's really a nice guy, but his inner demon isn't.
- In the Hood: Burden wears a hood as part of his outfit when he joins the Movement. He tends to take it off when he goes demonic.
- Magic Pants: When he goes full demon, his clothes tear apart. Once he changes back, he's left in his boxers.
- Nightmare Face: When he lets out his inner beast, he becomes very demonic-looking.
- Super Mode: If he really loses it, he will go full demon and look like something from the bowels of Hell.
- No Sell: Arson learns the hard way that trying burn a demon with fire is a bad idea.
- Shout-Out: Unclear if it's intentional, but, Burden's backstory and powerset is very similar to the X-Men New Mutants member called Wolfsbane; both are shapeshifters who adopt monstrous forms (Burden's various demons, Wolfsbane's werewolf-like intermediary states), both come from very fundamentalist Christian-based religions backgrounds (Burden's Amish, Wolfsbane was reared Fundamentalist Scottish Presbyterian), and both have a lot of self loathing over their powers, something fueled by family members/religious figures telling them that their powers mark them as damned and agents of Satan.
- Shapeshifter: Burden's demonic transformations never look exactly the same.
- The Unfavorite: When he was first born his parents loved him dearly, but then his older brother said he "conversed with God" and was told Burden was evil. They adamantly believed him because he had angelic powers and saw him as a literal angel. He's not. Just as with Burden, it's theorized the two had metahuman abilities that only took on angelic and demonic forms because that's what they were constantly told as they grew up. Burden's brother is a total sociopath who bullied him into believing he was a demon, and later killed their dad and told Burden he did it.
Real Name: Drew Fisher
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's nice but not helpless.
- Berserk Button: Do not push her or threaten her friends in her presence. You will awaken her wrath.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She's a recovering substance abuser.
- Genius Cripple: Discussed when one of the captured cops asks Vengeance Moth if she's the one who set up the headquarters to be off the power grid with an internet connection, which she denies. Also possibly a Mythology Gag to Gail's earlier work on Birds of Prey, which featured the wheelchair-bound super hacker Oracle and the fact that people made comparisons when Vengeance Moth was first introduced.Vengeance Moth: I get this a lot. Because everyone in a wheelchair is automatically Stephen Hawking, right?
- Glass Cannon: Because of her muscular dystrophy she can't use her powers for very long.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Handicapped Badass: She's revealed to be a metahuman in issue 5. She can grow energy wings to fly and fire a Fletchette Storm. However, her muscular dystrophy keeps her from going out on the front lines.
- Mission Control: Vengeance Moth stays at the hideout to keep an ear on the streets.
- Nice Girl: One of the kindest members of the team, but she should not be underestimated.
- Team Mom: Apparently this to the team. The first thing she asks the two captured cops after introducing herself is if they want a fruit snack.
- Big Bad: He wants to create a city with no poor people by removing them.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: When Katharsis gets captured, Jack Cannon personally beats her to get info. She doesn't break easily.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's an apathetic, greedy bastard, but according to Virtue he may have truly loved his wife and son.
- Even Evil Has Standards. Even though he wants to get rid of the homeless, he is disgusted at how the Cornea Killer, his son, just slaughters homeless people.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: James Cannon essentially owns the Coral City police outright.
The Cornea Killer
- A God I Am: Proclaims himself to be a new Olympian.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to legitimately love his dad, though considering how twisted his mind works, chances are he may have done the same thing to him he did to his mother given the circumstances.
- Eye Scream: The killer murders homeless people and cuts out their eyes as an M.O.
- Knife Nut: Kills his victims with a knife.
- Mommy Issues: He killed his mother and claims it was "mostly" an accident.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- The Social Darwinist: In a sense considering how he views the poor of Coral City, but then later admits he doesn't really have anything against them and just likes to hunt people.
- Taking the Bullet: He dies jumping in front of a bullet meant for his dad.
- Weather Manipulation: He leaves a puddle of rainwater around his victims to frame Rainmaker, though this is not the farthest extent of his abilities.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He murdering the homeless because wants to please his father, Jack Cannon.
The Graveyard Faction
- The Brute: Pallas is the big muscleman of the group who wields a BFG and can shield the others from damage with his body.
- Butterface: Implied to be the case with Monster Baby. She's well endowed and runs around in a bikini (although she does have a number of scars), but she wears a hangman's noose and mask over her head.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Pallas was hesitant to fight the wheelchair-bound Vengeance Moth until she reveals her powers.
- Anguish seems to think despite everything, the Graveyard Faction as a whole are better than Jack Cannon, because they're willing to get their hands dirty and Jack is just a sleazy, cowardly rich man who hides behind those with actual power to do the things he's too spineless to take care of himself.
- Handicapped Badass: Monster Baby is blind, but given the way she fights, you wouldn't know unless she told you.
- Hired Guns: Jack Cannon enlisted them to wipe out the Movement after the police failed to do so.
- Knights of Cerebus: They're shown to be incredibly dangerous and competent, with the intention of making a deadly example out of the Movement and their followers. They start with Mouse; beating him within an inch of his life and leaving him out for the others to find.
- Name's the Same: Anguish shares her name with a one-time Superman villain.
- Playing with Fire: Arson, as his name implies, can breathe fire.
- Sadist: Their leader, Anguish, likes to make people suffer.
- Semi-Divine: Pallas claims he's descended from a god. He's strong enough to punch Burden into a wall and leave an impact crater in it.
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: The Movement (except Mouse) wears modest outfits, but three out of the four members of the Graveyard Faction wear sexy, revealing outfits.
Real Name: Sarah Rainmaker
- The Dreaded: Her weathers powers make her a powerhouse and the Movement only stops her by threatening to harm her one of followers.
- Badass Gay: She is lesbian.
- Magical Native American: Literally.
- Took a Level in Badass: Her original Wildstorm incarnation was nowhere near as fearsome as she is in this universe.
- Weather Manipulation