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Characters: The Passage Twelve
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Amy & The Twelve

    Amy 

Amy Harper Bellafonte

A young girl with tragic origins who is abandoned at a Convent, and is soon targeted by the secret government program known as Project Noah. After being subjected to a refined version of the virus, she gains a number of strange powers and quickly becomes instrumental in the ultimate fate of the world.

Tropes:

  • Badass: Amy goes through seven kinds of hell, but still manages to keep it together with her Nerves of Steel. When she turns into a Viral, she becomes a true badass.
  • Break the Cutie: Hoo, boy. Let's see...
    • Her mother is forced to abandon her at a Convent.
    • She gets kidnapped from the zoo by Wolgast and Doyle.
    • She sees Richards kill numerous people right in front of her.
    • Sykes and Lear test the new viral strain on her, putting her into a coma.
    • Her father figure seems to die and leaves her alone in the world.
    • Spends almost 100 years wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland, forgetting how to speak in the process.
    • Shot with an arrow.
    • Turns into a Viral herself.
  • Broken Bird: See 'Break the Cutie'. She ends up very broken.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: When she appears at the Colony, Amy ends up driving the plot and leading the First Colony Apostles to Colorado.
  • Cute Mute: Until she gets over it.
  • Creepy Child: At first, after the Colony takes her in.
  • Damsel in Distress: After being taken by Jude for the Ring.
  • Daughter of a Whore: Her mother was forced to prostitute herself after her father died and she lost her job.
  • Healing Factor: Like everyone infected with The Virus, Amy has rapid (although not instantaneous) healing.
  • Nerves of Steel: When confronting Guilder, she manages to creep him out by how utterly calm she is despite the certain death that awaits her.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Amy ages at a much slower rate, and after 100 years she appears to be about 14.
  • The Quiet One: She was alone for so long she 'forgot how' to speak, and remains a mute for a long time.

    The Zero 

Prof. Tim Fanning AKA "The Zero"

Patient No.: 0
Sentence: N/A
Crime(s): N/A
Location: N/A

"I was called Fanning."

A renowned scientist with a string of younger ex-wives, Tim Fanning joined Jonas Lear's expedition to Bolivia, but was infected with a raw version of the virus directly from a group of viral bats. Fanning becomes the first and most dangerous of the twelve virals.

Tropes:

  • Chick Magnet: In his human life.
  • Dream Weaver: As part of his Mind Rape, Zero can enter the dreams of others to influence them.
  • Evil Overlord: Of the entire country, perhaps the whole world.
  • Hidden Villain: After he and the other virals break out, he isn't seen again for the rest of the first book.

    Babcock 

Giles J Babcock

Patient No.: 01
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder
Location: Nye County, Nevada

"I am Babcock. One of Twelve."

An insane, talkative Death Row inmate convicted of murdering his abusive mother. Babcock is given the chance to join Project Noah, and becomes one of The Twelve. He is able to influence the minds of others and creates a community of survivors called 'The Haven' that makes routine sacrifices to him.

Tropes

  • Horror Hunger: Like the rest of the Virals.
  • Informed Attribute: He's frequently described as not being able to shut up, and is always doing his little vampire clicking noises. But he never utters a single coherent sentence in the entire book.
  • Madness Mantra: In the form of a memory of something his mother said. "That boy isn't just dumb. He's been struck dumb."
  • Mommy Issues: His issues with his mother are so deep-rooted and define him so utterly that almost 100 years later it's still at the forefront of his mind.
  • Nuke 'em: How he's finally destroyed.
  • Talkative Loon: See Informed Attribute.
  • Tragic Monster: Abused severely from a young age, sentenced to death despite being clearly mentally incompetent, and then subjected to brutal experiments that turn him into a vicious, uncontrollable beast.

    Morrison 

Joseph Morrison

Patient No.: 02
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder
Location: Lewis County, Nevada

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Chavez 

Victor Chavez

Patient No.: 03
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; two counts of aggravated sexual assault with a minor
Location: Elko County, Nevada

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Baffes 

John Baffes

Patient No.: 04
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; one count of second-degree murder with depraved indifference
Location: Pasco County, Florida

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Turrell 

Thaddeus Turrell

Patient No.: 05
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder of a Homeland Security officer
Location: New Orleans Feeral Housing District

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Winston 

David Winston

Patient No.: 06
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; three counts of aggravated sexual assault
Location: New Castle County, Delaware

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Sosa 

Rupert Sosa

Patient No.: 07
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of vehicular homicide with depraved indifference
Location: Lake County, Indiana

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Echols 

Martin Echols

Patient No.: 08
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; one county of armed robbery
Location: Cameron Parish, Louisiana

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Lambright 

Horace Lambright

Patient No.: 09
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): Two counts of capital murder; two counts of aggravated sexual assault
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Martinez 

Julio Martinez

Patient No.: 10
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder of a peace officer
Location: Laramie County, Wyoming

The tenth Death Row convict and a former attorney. He was sentenced for the seemingly unprovoked murder of a police officer, but during his life it was never discovered that he was actually a serial killer/rapist.

Tropes:

  • Amoral Attorney: In life, he was a lawyer famous for taking on high-publicity cases that would bring him fame.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Alicia, who keeps having dreams about his murder of Louise. After Alicia's rape, she sinks all her hatred into him and he becomes her representation of [[spoiler:all rapists.
  • Attention Whore: He didn't much care if he won or lost his cases, he just wanted the fame that came with the high publicity.
  • Character Death: Martinez is killed by Alicia at the Homeland.
  • Enfante Terrible: As a child, he killed animals.
  • For the Evulz: Martinez does just about anything for the sheer joy of it, be it murder, rape, torture or genocide.
  • It's All About Me: His entire schtick. Martinez doesn't have time for anyone who isn't Martinez.
  • Jerkass: Martinez was always a smug jerk, and doesn't even share the same sense of brotherhood the rest of the Twelve have. He dislikes them strongly, considering them to be poor company.
  • Karmic Death: Alicia kills him in retribution for Louise, forcing him to say her name one last time.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Martinez holds a special place in his crusty black heart for rape.
  • Serial Killer: He raped and murdered women, but was never found out in his human life.

    Reinhardt 

William Reinhardt

Patient No.: 11
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): Three counts of capital murder; three counts of aggravated sexual assault
Location: Miami-Dade County, Florida

One of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.

Tropes:

    Carter 

Anthony Lloyd Carter

Patient No.: 12
Sentence: Death
Crime(s): One count of capital murder
Location: Harris County, Texas

"Man…said I got a job. Said it was important. Said…I special."

The twelfth and final Death Row convict to be subjected to human tests at the Colorado facility. Unlike the other convicts, he's innocent of his crime and merely lacks the ability to make a coherent defense. Of course, people stop pushing him around when he becomes the Twelfth Viral...

Tropes:

  • Badass: Becomes one by default after being turned into a Viral.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: It isn't the batshit insane Babcock or manipulative Fanning who kills Richards.
  • Book Dumb: Carter has a low IQ, is easily tricked and is barely literate.
  • Butt Monkey: And how! Carter was homeless to begin with, and things actually seem to look up when a pleasant lady gives him a job mowing lawns in her neighbourhood. Unfortunately, she also has undiagnosed mental issues which ultimately leads to her death and his placement on Death Row. Then he's manipulated, bullied, and trapped by his own choosing inside a streamliner for 100 years.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being injected with The Virus, he breaks out of the Colorado facility, killing Richards in the process.
  • Dream Weaver: Like Babcock and Zero, Carter has the ability to talk to people through their dreams. It's how he communicates with Wolgast and Amy.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just a Book Dumb little guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got steamrolled by the legal system.
  • Never Learned to Read: Carter isn't entirely illiterate, but he has a low education and can't read very well at all.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Like the rest of the Virals.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted. He’s kind, gentle and the only innocent in the death row inmates. The scary aspects of his character come from his transformation and subsequent Horror Hunger.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Self-inflicted. Carter knows he can't control his hunger, so he has Wolgast seal him up in an old streamliner.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the 12 Virals.
  • Tragic Monster: Carter is unable to control himself and is partially responsible for causing the apocalypse, but he was (and is) a good person at heart with a gentle soul who was manipulated by others into joining Project Noah.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Carter's life has been one long road of tragedy, culminating in his transformation into a monstrous creature that helps bring about the end of the modern world.

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