Character sheet for ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. '''WARNING!''' All spoilers for ''Literature/{{Steelheart}}'' are '''UNMARKED!'''

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!!Reckoners

[[folder:Reckoners in General]]
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* BadassNormal: A prerequisite to join, unless you want to run [[MissionControl ops]].
* CapeBusters: Their job (and their ''only'' job, Prof asserts), is to kill Epics.
* KnightTemplar: It becomes apparent in ''Firefight'' that their focus on killing Epics is not just restricted to the most dangerous of [[NighInvulnerable High Epics]], as David thought, but extends to ''any'' Epic they see as dangerous to their mission, to the point of FantasticRacism. [[spoiler:David's refusal to kill Megan just for being an Epic gets him put on probation and nearly kicked out of the Reckoners.]]
* LaResistance: Moreso after David joins.
* NotSoDifferent: As is expounded upon in ''Firefight'', they can be just as destructive as the Epics, both through [[FailureToSaveMurder inaction]] and [[KnightTemplar inability to see Epics as people who can be even potentially good]].
* SerialKillerKiller: Of a sort, the entire organization is this, through fighting Epics.
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[[folder:David]]
!David Charleston

->''My name is [[DavidVersusGoliath David]] Charleston. [[BadassBoast I kill people with]] [[CapeBusters super powers.]]''

The main character of the story, an 18-year-old orphan at Steelheart's hands.
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* {{Adorkable}}: With his comments while working and his... interesting analogies, he comes across as this. This is even mentioned up front in the second book numerous times.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: David has taken his dedication to studying the Epics ''very'' seriously. As such he is extremely effective in analyzing the situations around him.
* BadassBoast:
** His go-to boast appears to be "I'll kill you too!" after asserting that he did, indeed, kill Steelheart to some other Epic. He even makes that boast while he's [[spoiler: being choked by Obliteration.]]
** Messes up making these sometimes, like when he declared that he is a [[ItMakesSenseInContext rhinocerous astronaut.]]
---> '''Tia:''' Oh sparks. You're going delusional.
* BadassNormal: Like the other Reckoners except Prof and Megan.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:With Megan as of the end of ''Firefight'', after growing over the course of the book.]]
* BookDumb: Though he has a lot of research, he doesn't know the difference between a simile (what he actually is bad at) and a metaphor (what he calls the similes). Megan instructs him on the difference in the epilogue to ''Firefight''.
* DatingCatwoman: His relationship with Megan in ''Firefight''.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:In ''Firefight'', he essentially quits on the Reckoners as led by Prof in order to fight ''criminal'' Epics, rather than [[FantasticRacism fighting Epics for the fact they are Epics]].]]
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Slay Steelheart?]]: Yes, he did. And he'll kill you, too.
** Almost no Epic he faces afterward believes it though, due to their massive arrogance.
* {{Dissimile}}: Has a tendency to come up with very... ''creative'' analogies.
* TheDreaded: PlayedWith for other Epics after becoming Steelslayer. Most [[CassandraTruth don't believe him]], while some simply [[VillainTakesAnInterest take interest in him]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Knees", courtesy of Megan.
* FullFrontalAssault: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. He immediately finds something to wear after [[spoiler: Obliteration burns away his clothes.]]
* GuileHero: His ways of dealing with Epics tend to involve a lot of manipulation. Considering he's a BadassNormal, he has to.
* GunNut: Admits to being very obsessive about his guns.
* HopeBringer: [[spoiler:The reason why he allows Epics to remain normal around him is that he inspires them to be brave, and bravery is the mechanism behind resisting Calamity's influence. However, this is also a DeconstructedTrope, as the hope he instills in Prof leads him to begin using his powers for [[MundaneUtility small, unnecessary tasks]] as tests, leading to a slippery slope that he recognizes and [[WhatTheHellHero calls David out on]].]]
* IndyPloy: He is very good at adapting to new situations and coming up with creative solutions to problems (much to Megan's chagrin).
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Whenever he tries to explain his latest analogy. 'Brick made of porridge' for example.
* ItsPersonal: In addition to his [[YouKilledMyFather obvious feelings towards Steelheart]], a number of Epics target him specifically due to his tendency of discovering their weaknesses. Even after Nightwielder's weakness is made (relatively) public, he zeroes in on David for being the one to figure it out.
* KnightTemplar: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] As soon as he finds out that TheCorruption wears off over time, he's all for exploiting Epic weaknesses to make them unable to use their powers long enough for them to become sane. Further asserts that the only Epics that should be killed are those that didn't bother to resist the corruption at all.
--> '''David:''' We don't kill Epics.\\
'''Mizzy:''' But--\\
'''David:''' We kill criminals, Mizzy.
* MeaningfulName: [[DavidVersusGoliath The story of David and Goliath parallels his struggle against the Epics.]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade: At the beginning of ''Firefight'', his old rifle is destroyed in a fight with [[PsychoElectro Sourcefield]]. He gets a new updated model from Abraham shortly thereafter.
* NerdActionHero: He's an excellent shot with a rifle and isn't against killing, but his main boon to the Reckoners is his massive collection of notes and knowledge on various Epics and how to learn about them. Cody outright tells him he needs to get out more.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Less so within the story itself, but growing up he always struggled to hide how intelligent he was, in order to prevent himself from being taken to work for Steelheart.
* RedBaron: After the events of ''Steelheart'', he becomes known as Steelslayer.
** [[FridgeBrilliance He is addressed as Steelslayer by Epics (and sometimes normals) much like if it were his Epic handle, as though he is on their level.]]
* ScienceHero: As much as research on epics can be considered science. It's not his bad analogies or marksmanship that's the biggest advantage to the Reckoners, it's his knowledge of Epics.
* TookALevelInBadass: Over the course of the series, he goes from someone who just has a lot of research and no way to actually use it to a notorious Epic-hunter.
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[[folder:Megan]]
!Megan Tarash

-> ''I joined the Reckoners to [[AssholeVictim kill Epics that deserved it.]]''

One of the Reckoners, a beautiful young woman who helps gather information for the team. She's actually the Epic Firefight, one of Steelheart's inner circle, sent to infiltrate the Reckoners and feed him intel. Things get complicated when she finds that her sociopathy subsides the less she uses her powers.
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* ActionGirl: She's one of the team's frontline fighters. Before David joined, she was the point woman in Prof's primary team.
* AlternateSelf:
** Her power lets her bring images of alternate realities into her own. Firefight is a MirrorUniverse version of her, male where she is female, [[spoiler:with fire powers rather than a weakness to fire]].
** She's terrified that her resurrection ability is just grabbing an identical Megan from another universe who didn't die. David advises her not to think about it.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:With David as of the end of ''Firefight'', after growing over the course of the book.]]
* BigGood: [[spoiler:David considers her to be this now after Prof's unwilling FaceHeelTurn.]]
--> '''David:''' [[spoiler: I'd been right to have faith in the Epics. I'd just chosen the wrong one.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Sees her ability to [[ResurrectiveImmortality respawn]] as this, as she considers it to be the worst possible prime invincibility. Her reasoning? Dying ''hurts''.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:She faces her fear of fire trying to save David from a burning building that he's not even in. But since fire was her worst fear and she successfully conquered it (with the help of some bullets to avoid permanent death from actually being killed by the fire), she became immune to [[TheCorruption the corruption]] caused by the use of Epic powers--meaning she can use them with abandon without any fear of performing an unwilling FaceHeelTurn. This makes her the first confirmed truly good Epic (there are indications that Conflux and Dawnslight may have done this, which would make her third overall), and allows her to use her powers with abandon when fighting Prof after his own unwilling FaceHeelTurn to incredible effect.]]
* CameBackWrong: Sometimes believes that when she resurrects, she is just an AlternateUniverse version of herself that lived up to the point briefly before her death, and isn't truly her. David tells her that doesn't matter, since she has all of her memories and everything about her to that point, so why bother to think that way?
* CharacterTitle: Of the second book, as Literature/{{Firefight}}.
* DatingCatwoman: Is the "Catwoman" to David's "Batman" in ''Firefight''.
* DeathActivatedSuperpower: Of a sort. Her full RealityWarper potential is only activated shortly after her resurrection, and quickly fades back to illusions.
* DefrostingIceQueen: To David. To wit, she goes from barely tolerating him for much of ''Steelheart'', to actually liking him as a friend, to admitting he's her boyfriend by the time of ''Firefight''.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Of ''Firefight'', albeit without a viewpoint. Her attempts to work with David and subvert the will of Regalia serve as a large part of the plot, as do her struggles with her powers.
* HeelFaceTurn: Goes through this during ''Steelheart'', due to [[LoveRedeems the unknowing influence of David]], [[spoiler:and solidified in the end of ''Firefight'' when she overcomes her fear of fire]].
* FullFrontalAssault: The result of having both NakedOnRevival and DeathActivatedSuperpower.
* {{Invisibility}}: Her powers allow for a version of this, with her summoning up an identical situation in an AlternateUniverse, just with her (and potentially others) not having been present in the area.
* LastNameBasis: After being revealed to be TheMole, she calls Prof exclusively by his last name.
* LoveInterest: To David.
* ThatManIsDead: She, like most Epics, sees no worth in her human name. Which, ironically, is why Megan used her real name when infiltrating the Reckoners. Why wouldn't she? It was meaningless to her.
* MasterOfIllusion: David determines that this is Firefight's actual power. It's actually more complicated than that; see RealityWarper.
* TheMole: Her powers let her spy on and subvert various groups of Epics trying to fight against Steelheart, and the Reckoners. [[spoiler:She's actually a ReverseMole in the end, not only working against either of the teams, but primarily on David's side against [[BiggerBad Calamity]].]]
* NakedOnRevival: Her Prime Invincibility works this way. See ResurrectiveImmortality.
* PlayingWithFire: Firefight's fire based powers seem to include [[WreathedInFlames turning himself into fire]], throwing fire from his hands, manipulating existing fire and generating a [[DeflectorShields projected shield]] of heat that can melt incoming bullets. Except David determines Firefight is actually a powerful illusionist with no fire manipulation powers whatsoever. In the second book we find out that Megan isn't an illusionist, either; she can bring pieces of other possible universes into her own. Firefight is a male version of herself with fire powers.
* ThePowerOfLove: '''Hates''' this trope. She's worried that her ability to resist TheCorruption and the key to getting permanent [[CharacterAlignment good-aligned Epics]] is this trope.
** [[spoiler: While it may have helped her resist small doses of the corruption, it's not the key to becoming immune to it completely, fortunately for her. That's [[FaceYourFears facing your worst fear.]]]]
* RealityWarper: Her actual power is to bring images of other possible universes into this one, which, as she notes, [[AwesomeButImpractical is basically a really complicated way of making illusions]]. Right after she resurrects, she's temporarily strong enough to make these images completely real, making her a full-on RealityWarper strong enough to fight a High Epic on an even level and use his own abilities against him, but this fades quickly.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: Her form of Prime Invincibility. Megan mentions [[ResurrectionSickness she has trouble piecing together what happened before her death]]. She also mentions that this is the ''worst'' form of invincibility to have, since she still feels pain and has no other defensive abilities, ''and'' she has to rely on an audio file of the events just before her death in order to know anything at all, and can't record video that way.
* StockSuperpowers: Firefight has a classic, if incredibly strong, suite of fire-based powers. Part of what gives away his powers as fake; they're too stock. Every Epic has quirks and oddities, but Firefight is just a fire Epic. Period. Of course, since there actually ''is'' an Epic called Firefight (albeit from a different universe), apparently sometimes stock powersets just happen, or she didn't bother to use his other abilities.
* TokenHeroicOrc: [[spoiler:By facing her fears of fire (and thus her weakness) in an attempt to save David, the corrupting influence of her Epic powers breaks, but she keeps the powers themselves]].
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler:In ''Firefight'', she's a lot nicer than in ''Steelheart'', and even apologizes for her behavior. According to her, it's because while using her powers don't tend to make her completely homicidal, they do make her irritable.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Which confuses David to no end. It eventually turns out that the reason for her seemingly random personality switches is because she doesn't think Steelheart should actually be assassinated. And she's an Epic, so every time she uses her powers she becomes sociopathic.
* WalkingSpoiler: Firefight's actually a MasterOfIllusion (sort of). And a [[SamusIsAGirl girl]]. And [[TheMole Megan]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: [[spoiler:Her weakness, along with her nightmare, is fire. Her shadows break in fire's light, and she instinctively knows that if she burns to death, she won't be coming back. This is why she used Firefight as her disguise; who would attack a fire Epic with fire?]]

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[[folder:Prof]]
!Prof (AKA Professor Jonathan Phaedrus)

->''This isn't just about revenge or payback. It's about the survival of our race. It's about men being the masters of their own destiny. I choose suffering and uncertainty over becoming a lapdog.''

The leader of this cell of the Reckoners, and (as we eventually learn) the founder of the entire Reckoner organization.
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* AmicableExes: He used to date Tia, though it doesn't appear he does anymore, and they still are on very good terms.
* TheAtoner: One possible interpretation of his activity in the Reckoners.
* AscendedDemon: He's an Epic who makes certain not to use his powers on himself so he remains in control of himself. As shown when he does, this is extremely difficult for him to control, but he does anyway. [[spoiler:Falls again when he gives in to the Rending.]]
* {{Badass}}: When we finally see him fight, it's rather impressive. And terrifying, since he's barely keeping himself from going to be like the other Epics, and the mere prospect of using his powers unrestrained leads him to terrified anger.
** BadassGrandpa: Given his age, it's even more impressive.
** BadassInCharge: Of the Reckoners.
* BigGood: Since he's the founder and leader the Reckoners, the only known resistance to the Epics' rule. [[spoiler:Subverted in ''Firefight'' with him showing a lot more prejudice, and firmly averted when he has a FaceHeelTurn.]]
* BoomerangBigot: As expounded on in ''Firefight'', he's extremely prejudiced against ''all'' Epics, seeing killing them as putting down a rabid dog. This is in spite of the fact that he has proven through empirical evidence that by gifting his powers to others, he can stave off the corruptive influence and use the powers to help people.
* TheCynic: He doesn't believe in the idea of good Epics at all, after his attempt to form a SuperTeam with Abigail and his other friends led to disaster.
* CynicismCatalyst: His seems to have been the failure of the SuperTeam he tried to make, which led him to believe there is no such thing as good Epics.
* DeadpanSnarker: Can at times be bitterly sarcastic, mostly around the idea of either not understanding something a team member says, or being exasperated with a situation.
* DeflectorShields: One of his Epic abilities, which he disguises as the Reckoner jackets.
* {{Determinator}}: When he fights, he fights to ''win''. This is especially prominent when he fights Steelheart so effectively and persistently that he even gets BaddieFlattery from him.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:In ''Firefight'', he pushes himself far too hard, and becomes a willing High Epic due to not resolving his weakness.]]
* FightsLikeANormal: Out of necessity, since WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. He shares his powers with the team in small amounts, but if he uses them himself, he runs the risk of being DrivenToMadness. [[spoiler:After becoming a true High Epic, he abandons this, going instead to PowersDoTheFighting.]]
* GreenLanternRing: His forcefields turn out to work a lot like this. In addition to shielding, he can seal doors, conjure [[SteppingStonesInTheSky a kind of floating disk to fly on]], and literally crush his enemies in them.
* HealingHands[=/=]HealingFactor: One of his Epic abilities is to heal very quickly. As a Gifter, he can transfer this healing ability to others, acting as a healer as well. He disguises this ability as the harmsway.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:In the final fight against Megan and David, he tries to crush them with his forcefields. However, Megan keeps changing reality so that Prof is inside the forcefields, and he almost kills himself twice.]]
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: As an Epic hunting Epics.
* MagicFromTechnology: He invented the [[TrickedOutGloves tensors]], [[HollywoodHealing harmsway]], and [[BadassLongcoat jackets]]. More like [[SubvertedTrope magic from magic, as he just gives others the abilities by sharing his own Epic powers.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Almost certainly had one in the past related to being an Epic. And, judging by his hatred of his own powers, he seems to exist in a near-constant state of this.
* MysteriousPast: Two variations. In-universe, he's considered an InexplicablyAwesome scientist that worked on Epics. In reality, not much of his past is clear. He was apparently an elementary school science teacher, though this was somehow on accident, and an Epic destroyed the school while it was in session. It's also implied that after he received his powers (It's still not clear how) he had a period of arrogant amorality, but we don't know much about that.
* NighInvulnerability: He has not one but two different prime invincibilities (his shields and his regeneration).
* NotSoDifferent: Regalia calls him out (to David) on being not unlike every other Epic, what with his UnderwaterBase (in Babilar), his [[RedBaron nickname]], and his choice of "costume" (his lab coat and goggles in the pocket). Even David seems to admit [[VillainHasAPoint she has a point]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When he speaks about his technologies or uses tensors, he is much more harsh and curt with people, as opposed to his normal nice, if determined, manner. This is because he, as an Epic, hates what he is.
* PowersDoTheFighting: [[spoiler:After becoming a full High Epic and giving in to the Rending, he takes this instead of FightsLikeANormal.]]
* TheProfessor: The source of his nickname.
* ShootTheDog: He says that he views killing Epics as like putting down rabid dogs. [[spoiler: He also regards his intent to kill Regalia as this, and thinks that her challenging him may be her asking him to do this.]]
* SuperStrength: Appears to have this, if [[spoiler:the strength with which he grabbed David in ''Firefight'']] is any indication.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: He's a little too insistent that there's no pattern in the KryptoniteFactor that Epics have. Of course, being an Epic himself, he may have his own reasons. [[spoiler:Namely that it is connected to fears, and he doesn't want to say his.]]
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:As far as David is concerned, Prof is dead after he used too much power to stop the bomb Regalia made from a piece of Obliteration. All that is left is the High Epic Phaedrus.]]
* TokenHeroicOrc: He's the only known Epic who works directly for the benefit of mankind in the first book, without being forced to do evil. [[spoiler:Subverted when he undergoes his Rending in the second book, making him fully evil.]]
* TouchOfDeath: Disintegrates nonorganic matter on touch, which he disguises as the [[TrickedOutGloves tensors.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: On account of him being an Epic.
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[[folder:Cody]]
!Cody

-> ''I took an oath. Serve and protect. I ain't going to stop that because some thugs with magic powers start shoving everybody around.''

The Reckoners' odd-job man on Prof's primary team, a southerner who utterly tries (and fails) to be a True Scotsman.
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* HiddenDepths: He was a police officer in Nashville who refused to TurnInYourBadge on order of the resident Epic, nor be a part of the force under said Epic's control.
* NiceGuy: Though he is also something of a troll.
* TheGadfly: Especially to Tia.
* PluckyComicRelief: To a degree. He does lighten the mood a lot of the time.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tia]]
!Tia

The Reckoners' resident scholar who works directly with Prof most often, MissionControl, and medic.
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* AmicableExes: With Prof, as revealed in ''Firefight''. See Prof's entry for more.
* TheMedic: To the team. She doesn't do any fighting, she's just the researcher and medic.
* MissionControl: For the Reckoners.
* NumberTwo: She's essentially this to Prof, being his SecretKeeper and having known him longer than the other Reckoners.
* SecretKeeper: Is the only one with as much knowledge on the Reckoners as Prof, for plausible deniability purposes on the rest of the team. Furthermore, she is the only Reckoner on the team who knows that Prof is really an Epic.
* TheSmartGirl: She does the research for the team.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Abraham]]
!Abraham

The Reckoners' heavy-weapons man and mechanic on Prof's primary team.
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* {{BFG}}: He loves them.
* MrFixit: One of his jobs.
* RousseauWasRight: A firm believer, though he doesn't really think that Epics he's seen qualify as human.
* StraightMan: To Cody.
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[[folder:Val]]
!Valentine "Val"

The MissionControl and leader for the Babilar Reckoners team, Val is a terse, all-business woman.
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* ActionGirl: Has some elements of this, though she prefers to take a backseat to the fighting.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:She's the first victim of Prof's High Epic rampage. He generates a forcefield around her, then shrinks it down to the size of a basketball, crushing her.]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:"The only good Epic is a dead Epic."]]
* MissionControl: Had this job, though she cedes it to Tia when Prof's team comes to Babilar.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Exel]]
!Exel

->''Every organization needs good chefs and good morticians. The two great constants of life. Food and death.''

A Babilar Reckoner and former mortician pre-Calamity, he operates as the Reckoner's intelligence officer, often working at a radio in their base to pick up local gossip.
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* BigFun: As though his name being pronounced [[PunnyName X.L.]] weren't enough indication.
* BigEater: He ''is'' pretty fat.
* BusmansVocabulary: Talks a lot about death and corpses, more than David is comfortable with.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Killed during Prof's Rending at the end of ''Firefight'' in the same way as Val.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mizzy]]
!Missouri "Mizzy" Williams

-> ''Step One: find [[BigBad Regalia]], then totally [[MadBomber explode her.]] [[NoKillLikeOverkill Lots and lots.]]''

The new DemolitionsExpert on the Babilar Reckoners team, Mizzy is a very cheerful young woman who constantly wants to prove herself.
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* BadassAdorable: Extremely cute in how she speaks. Also a capable close-combat combatant.
* BuffySpeak: Prone to this. For example, the "streambeam" on the spyril.
* DemolitionsExpert: Her primary use on the Babilar team.
* GenkiGirl: ''Extremely'' cheerful for someone who's grown up AfterTheEnd. She chocks it up to growing up in a relatively good district of the old New York City.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: To David and Prof.
* NiceGirl: Barring her hatred of Firefight, which itself is [[DeadPartner justified]].
* PluckyGirl: Her upbeat attitude is so up front that David has no idea how she keeps managing it in the wake of all that happens around her. She does anyway.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:With Sam shot dead by Megan and Val and Exel killed by Prof in the beginning of his [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening Rending]], she is the last surviving member of the Babilar team from before Firefight arrived in the city.]]
* WrenchWench: She's in charge of the vast majority of the high tech equipment the Babilar team has.
[[/folder]]

!!Epics
[[folder:Epics in general]]

Superhumans who began manifesting powers following the appearance of the Calamity in the sky, every single Epic is completely sociopathic, with zero empathy for other human beings. The US Government passed the Capitulation Act shortly after they appeared, decreeing that they could do whatever they wished, and that normal humans should not even try to stop them.
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: No matter what your previous personality, use of Epic powers instantly turns you into an evil sociopath.
* BewareTheSuperman: Every single Epic that uses his powers on himself or does not transfer them to someone else is a sociopath [[spoiler:until the weakness of that Epic is resolved]].
* ComboPlatterPowers: The powersets that High Epics get are... interesting, rarely bearing any thematic parallels to each other. Steelheart's invulnerable body and ability to transform non-living matter to steel are thematically parallel, but what about his wind control and energy beams? Or Conflux's electricity powers and his transference ability? Or Prof's disintegration abilities, HealingFactor, and transference power?
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals: Called "Epics" here.
* FaceYourFears: [[spoiler:The only way to either refuse the transformation into an Epic or remove its sociopathic tendencies is to face the weakness of said Epic head on and conquer the fear of it. It is unclear if a fully awakened Epic (such as Regalia, Obliteration, Nightwielder, or Steelheart) can do this.]]
* KryptoniteFactor: All Epics have a single, seemingly random, weakness that can negate their powers. However they may also have more mundane weaknesses or limitations that can be exploited just as well. For example, an invisibility Epic may be unable to remain invisible whenever they [[KryptoniteFactor hear a trombone]] but perhaps they can also be found by someone using a thermal scanner. It's hinted that there's some kind of pattern to this. [[spoiler:Turns out that it's the Epics greatest fear, whatever they have nightmares about. Steelheart was a bully who feared people standing up to him, Sourcelight a girl whose grandparents joined a cult and almost killed her with poisoned Kool-Aid, and Megan a survivor of a house fire]].
* MeaningfulRename: Seemingly all Epics take on a new 'superhero/villain' name, one which is usually descriptive or evocative of their powers. Interestingly, the three known Epics that possess some degree of humanity all tend to use their human name, not their Epic one.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Epic-derived technology is not actually derived from Epics in research, but literally from their corpses. The "motivators" of the devices are specially treated mitochondrial DNA that allow for the control of the devices.]]
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: [[spoiler:"The Rending", as described by Regalia, is what happens when Calamity first makes an Epic. Namely, it results in "an overwhelming sensation driving you to destroy, to break", and drives the sociopathy of Epics.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: An Epic's [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite Factor]] is often something very common and easy to obtain or deploy, so they kill anyone who finds out to prevent the knowledge of what it is specifically from spreading. However, this is not often the case.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: All Epics are villainous, but it is unknown whether only evil people gain powers, or if the amount of power they wield just makes being selfish too easy an option. The truth is that using their powers ''literally'', and instantly, changes the way they think. If they are able to resist using their power for a length of time, then their minds will return to normal.
* YourWorstNightmare: [[spoiler:This is revealed to be the thing that decides what a select Epic's weakness will be.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Steelheart]]
!Steelheart ([[spoiler:Paul Jackson]])

The main villain of the first book. Steelheart is a powerful epic who has claimed the position of Emperor of Newcago.
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* AntagonistTitle: Of the first book.
* BigBad: Of the first book.
* TheCape: Deliberately subverted. His introduction makes it seem like he's a typical example, right down to the lack of a mask and the cape itself, but he almost immediately shows himself to be the exact opposite.
* TheDreaded: Makes a deliberate point of terrifying his citizens and potential enemies.
* FlyingBrick: Invulnerability, Flight, SuperStrength, and Energy Blasts
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Is a fan of killing people with their own guns. This backfires on him, [[OutGambitted quite literally, when firing David's gun sets off a detonator within it, ending up killing ''himself'' instead due to not being afraid of himself.]]
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: He can only be harmed by someone who isn't afraid of him. Unfortunately, thanks to his campaign of terror and propaganda, there is now only one person alive who fits that description.
* KryptoniteFactor: The main thrust of the plot is figuring out what it is. He's only vulnerable to people who aren't afraid of him.
* RepressiveButEfficient: The only reason he's sometimes considered the lesser of the Fractured States' evils. However, this is in a world where 'leaving a complete wasteland where Portland, Oregon used to be' is an adequate comparison for responsible Epics, so make of that what you will. By today's standards, Newcago would be a hellhole.
* ScarsAreForever: He has ''one'' scar, the one David's father gave him on accident.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: As revealed in ''Firefight'', [[spoiler:he used to be a bully and track star. Then, as shown in the first book, he got ''much'' worse]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nightwielder]]
!Nightwielder

One of Steelheart's inner circle. It is his power that keeps Newcago in perpetual darkness.
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* CastingAShadow: Using his powers he has kept the sun from Newcago for ten years and is able to control a dark mist which he uses as a weapon.
** CombatTentacles: He forms his mist into these to stab at his enemies.
* DarkIsEvil: Given his allegiance to Steelheart.
* {{Flight}}: See RequiredSecondaryPowers.
* IntangibleMan: Whenever he is seen in public he always has this power engaged, rendering him impervious to harm.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: In order that he not fall into the center of the planet whenever he turns himself intangible, he also has the secondary power of flight. David mentions that this is a common secondary ability for intangible Epics (presumably those that don't have it can be found stuck in the Earth's core).
* TeleFrag: Averted. David was curious as to what would happen were Nightwielder to be made solid while phasing through a solid object, but luckily for Nightwielder he is simply forced out of the object.
* WeakenedByTheLight: His personal KryptoniteFactor is daylight, or more accurately ultraviolet light. It forces him into tangibility, weakens his ability to fly, and also destroys his dark mist [[CombatTentacles tentacles]].

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[[folder:Conflux]]
!Conflux (Edmund Sense)

A mysterious Epic who '[[DoubleMeaning runs]]' Steelheart's enforcers, another of his inner circle. It is his power that lights up Newcago.
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* AccidentalMurder: Not long after Calamity, he accidentally electrocuted his wife to death by electrifying a stove when trying to make himself some food.
* CapturedSuperEntity: He isn't as strong as Steelheart, but he is still this for the entirety of Newcago.
* LivingBattery: Generates the majority of the power for the city.
* MadeASlave: Apparently has been one to various powerful Epics since a month after Epics started appearing.
* MeaningfulRename: {{Inverted}}. The fact that he prefers his human name to his Epic name is one of the signs of his MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch status.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: One of three known Epics with some degree of humanity. Also the first Epic to openly serve humanity instead of trying to rule them, when in ''Mitosis'' he takes up the job of Newcago Reserve Power Generator.
* NiceGuy: As David notes, the most dangerous thing about him is he might accidentally hit you with one of his hands while he's waving them around as he speaks.
* SuperEmpowering: As a Transferrence Epic, he gives energy generation powers to Enforcement members.
* TokenGoodTeammate: To Steelheart's regime, and Epics in general. [[spoiler:A conversation with David implies this is because he unknowingly managed to overcome his weakness and thus the corruption.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Firefight]]

See Megan.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Deathpoint]]
!Deathpoint

An extremely dangerous Epic seen only in the Prologue.
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* BoomHeadshot: How David's father kills him.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He points at people, and they die. He acknowledges that it's not very imaginative, but he still likes it.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Very courteous and even chats with the tellers at the bank... as he kills random people along the way.
* GlassCannon: He appears to have no defensive powers whatsoever, only offensive ones.
* InTheBack: After his primary power is shown to be ineffective on Steelheart, he attempts to use an unknown secondary power on him when his back is turned.
* StabTheScorpion: Killed this way by David's father. The fact that this shot also hurt Steelheart kicks off the plot.
* StrippedToTheBone: By simply pointing at a person he is able to instantly dissolve them into dust, leaving only their bones whole.
* WouldHurtAChild: ''Vaporizes'' a baby in his/her mother's arms.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fortuity]]
!Fortuity

A precognitive Epic, low-to-middling in the ranks of Steelheart's organization.
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* CombatPrecognition: The reason he's considered a High Epic. He can foresee any attempt to hurt or kill him enough in advance to avoid it.
* DistractedByTheSexy: His danger sense doesn't work on people he's sexually attracted to.
* SerialKiller: With at least a hundred murders to his name.
* StarterVillain: The first High Epic David is known to be involved in killing, and the source of his inclusion with the Reckoners.
* SuperReflexes: His secondary ability, which David admits is pretty useful for a precognitive Epic.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: He likes to practice Extispicy - with human entrails. Whether it works or it's just sadism (Given that he's an Epic, it could go either way) is never answered.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Curveball]]
!Curveball

A very minor Epic, his only power is that any handgun he uses never runs out of bullets.
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* BottomlessMagazines: His power. WordOfGod says that it was intentionally added as a ShoutOut to action films.
%%* EliteMooks
* GangstaStyle: Wields his handgun this way, regardless of aiming difficulties. Due to having BottomlessMagazines, this isn't much of a problem, as he's probably going to eventually hit someone.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Has horrible aim. David blames this on his using handguns, which he thinks are so inaccurate they are completely useless except at close range, and his use of GangstaStyle.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Limelight]]
! Limelight

A fictional Epic created gradually by the Reckoners as part of David's plan to take out Steelheart.
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* [[FakeUltimateHero Fake Ultimate Villain]]: He doesn't actually exist.
* SecretIdentity: Taken up by Prof as a ruse. Because he actually is an Epic.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mitosis]]
!Mitosis

An Epic who appears in Newcago after the events of ''Steelheart'' in the short story ''Mitosis''.
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* AchillesHeel: Like all Epics. His is his own music, which he hated. David theorizes that there's an important clue about a pattern of the weaknesses, but Prof insists that it's completely random, and just a coincidence that this was something obviously connected to him.
* AntagonistTitle: Of his own novelette.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: His clones are weaker the more of them there are. Not because of CloneDegradation, every single clone becomes weaker as each new one is born.
* AGodAmI: He constantly refers to Epics as gods.
* HiveMind: It's not clear to what level, but enough that he knows when one of his copies is killed, and can thereafter identify the killer on sight.
* MesACrowd: His power is to make copies of himself. There's no "prime" copy, and any copy can make more with no difficulty.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Regalia]]
!Regalia/Abigail Reed

The leader of [[BigApplesauce Babylon Restored/Babilar]], and an old acquaintance of Prof. Serves as the BigBad of ''Firefight''.
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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:She got exactly what she wanted: Prof as a High Epic to take her place.]]
* BigBad: Of ''Firefight''.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: As she can see through any surface of water touching air, and she submerged most of her area of reign, Regalia essentially causes this.
* CombatTentacles: Tends to make water-based tentacles to fight.
* TheDragon: Appears to be this to [[spoiler:Calamity]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[AvertedTrope Doubtful]] due to her bringing [Obliteration to Babilar.
--> '''David:''' You brought ''Obliteration'' here? Calamity! What is wrong with you?
* EvilCripple: [[spoiler:She's actually bedridden with cancer.]]
* FightingAShadow: Often makes water-based duplicates of herself that can also mimic color in order to fool assassins. [[spoiler:She has to, since she is actually bedridden with cancer.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:David kills her by impaling her with Obliteration's dropped sword in revenge for her corruption of Prof and the resultant deaths of Val and Exel.]]
* MakingASplash: A highly proficient water manipulation Epic, including manipulation of both water and water level.
* ManipulativeBastard: Prof admits that while Steelheart is likely the strongest of the Epics they had known of to that point, Regalia was definitely the most wily.
* PlayingWithSyringes: [[spoiler:Much like other [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Epic-derived technology]], she cuts pieces out of Epics, living ones, to replicate their abilities. Case in point, she made Obliteration's abilities into a more-controllable bomb.]]
* SquishyWizard: She's not ''technically'' a High Epic despite her massive power, since she has no special form of invincibility. Therefore, killing her revolves around not finding her weakness, but rather finding where she's hiding her real body. [[spoiler:In the end, David kills her without ever figuring out what her weakness is]].
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:A dark version. She's dying, so she manipulates Prof into becoming a High Epic to take her place as leader of Babilar.]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Not she herself, but everyone on the heroic side of ''Firefight'' deems her necessary to execute due to willingly bringing [[FourEyesZeroSoul Obliteration]] to Babilar.
* VillainousBreakdown: A relatively minor one after [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Calamity]] fails to turn David into an Epic. Or David refused Calamity's gifting. Whichever it was, Regalia [[OhCrap freaked out about it]] since that was her plan to neutralize David and make him into a new lackey. Her freakout was very justified since Calamity has '''never''' failed to turn someone into an Epic before.]]
* YouMonster: [[spoiler:On the receiving end of this from David for causing Prof's FaceHeelTurn.]]
* YouSeeImDying: [[spoiler:She's bedridden with cancer and has only weeks to live when Prof's team comes to Babilar.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dawnslight]]
!Dawnslight

-> ''[[NightmareFuel Help me.]]'' ''[[spoiler:[[NightmareFuel She has me captive.]]]]''

A comatose Epic who gained his powers whilst in a coma to begin with, Dawnslight is the reason for the greenery around Babylon Restored.
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* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:When Regalia was about to crush David with water near the end of his fight with Newton, he conjured many plants to suck up all of the water she was using.]]
* CapturedSuperEntity: [[spoiler:Regalia is holding his body.]]
* DreamWeaver: An interesting example. He creates food and light for people based upon his own dreams, and doesn't seem to realize if he's in a dream or not when he's doing so. [[spoiler:This is because, as a comatose man, he literally can't tell at all, and is truly forming his powers out of his dreams.]]
* GreenThumb: He's why Babilar is full of food.
* LightEmUp: Combines this with his GreenThumb powers to create glowing fruit, which he sometimes can blink in order to signal people for help.
* LikeAGodToMe: Many residents of Babilar worship him as a god.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: [[spoiler:He's very powerful, but he's also not even awake, as David releases when he finally sees him.]]
* NiceGuy: One of the nicest Epics in the series, up there with Edmund Sense.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: He doesn't seem to realize how creepy it is that he's having conversations with someone through fortune cookies.
* PersonalityPowers: As the nicest guy in ''Firefight'', his powers are GreenThumb and LightEmUp.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Tries really hard at this, managing to save both David and Mizzy, [[spoiler:but still doesn't manage to stop Regalia's plan]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Newton]]
!Newton

Leader of a gang in Babilar, Regalia has forced her into her service. She has the power to reverse the vector of an attack.
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* AttackReflector: Her primary power and the reason why she is a High Epic. She can reverse the vector of any attack aimed at her.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:David kills her in one when he figures out her weakness just as she tries to attack him, stopping her attack cold. He then proceeds to unload on her back when she tries to run.]]
* DarkActionGirl: A gang leader and female Epic on Regalia's side.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Her primary weapon. She sometimes carries a backup one as well.
* SuperSpeed: Her power beside her AttackReflector.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Arguably the best example of this trope in the series thus far. She's weak to [[spoiler:''compliments'']].
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]: A DefiedTrope. [[spoiler:As David realizes, she probably was afraid of actually living up to her parents' expectations, which led to compliments becoming her weakness.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Obliteration]]
!Obliteration

A High Epic who is working alongside Regalia.
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: He read John the Evangenlist's account dozens of time before vaporizing Houston, and he commonly quotes from it whenever he fights.
* DeusExitMachina: [[spoiler:When he has a conversation with David about his nightmares near the end of the books, he ''thanks'' David for giving him an answer to the secret, and disappears for the remainder of the book. Fitting, since nobody had figured out his weakness to that point.]]
* TheDreaded: Being a High Epic means he already fits the profile. Vaporizing Houston, Albuquerque and San Diego cemented him as one.
** Even other High Epics fear him. His bio states that he ''melted'' a supposedly invulnerable Epic named Endless Dreams by generating a temperature said to match that of the sun.
* ExitVillainStageLeft: [[spoiler:After learning his weakness is connected to his nightmares, Obliteration lets David live and leaves for the remainder of ''Firefight''.]]
* FantasticNuke: He basically is one, as he sets himself up in a city and stores sunlight until he has enough power to melt the entire thing. He's done this at least three times.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Talks like a kindly preacher who is just tending to and teaching his flock, but he's psycho enough to [[spoiler:have a ball and chain on hand to attach to David to ensure he sinks into the waters of Babylon Restored]].
-->'''David''': [[LampshadeHanging What kind of person had one of those handy, ready to go grab?]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: He's nearsighted, and needs to wear glasses, but he's a monster.
* HolyHitman: Commonly quotes John the Evangelist in combat. It doesn't make him any less of a monster.
* KillItWithFire: His main ability is to draw heat from his surroundings (freezing them in the process) and then expel the stored heat in powerful blasts.
* OmnicidalManiac: He melts cities (with everybody inside them) essentially as a hobby.
* PowerOfTheSun: He can absorb the heat of the sun and store up power. After a period of seven days, he can release it in one burst to vaporize entire cities. He did this to Houston, and two cities after that.
* SpiderSense: Combined with his reactive teleportation power, it makes it near-impossible to kill him.
* VillainTeleportation: He can teleport to any place he can think of within his line of sight. The power is combined with his [[SpiderSense danger sense]] to make him nearly impossible to kill.
* WorthyOpponent: Appears to think of David this way, especially in their confrontation near the end of ''Firefight''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:SPOILER CHARACTER]]
!Calamity

Initially believed to be a satellite around Earth, Calamity is an incredibly powerful Epic who creates other Epics on a whim.
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* AlienSky: Calamity ''is'' it. The first sign that something horrible was about to happen was twelve years before the start of ''Steelheart'', when Calamity rose into the sky like a second, dimmer sun.
* BiggerBad: To the entire series.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: He's identified as an angel by both [[HolyHitman Obliteration]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Regalia]]. The former calls him an archangel, and the latter calls him either "the Destroying Angel" or "the Angel of the Apocalypse". His fiery wings give the impression of a Seraph.
* RedSkyTakeWarning: A variant. The red light of Calamity is definitely not for good.
* SuperEmpowering: Calamity creates Epics by giving them powers that will be "thematically appropriate," along with weaknesses based on their nightmares. David wonders if he is just an insanely powerful Transference Epic, and all the other "Epics" merely normal people playing with his toys.
** Every Transference Epic can use the powers they gift to other people. This would mean that if David's right, [[AllYourPowersCombined Calamity would have every single power seen in the series so far.]]
* ThatsNoMoon: No, it's a ''person''.
* WalkingSpoiler: So much that even naming his entry is a spoiler itself.
* WingedHumanoid: Creates this impression, with what David believes he sees to be fiery wings.
[[/folder]]

!!Other Characters

[[folder:Diamond]]
! Diamond
An arms dealer who works with many people, and moves around the Fractured States.
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* ArmsDealer: He's noted to be immune to predations from both sides, since if anyone hurt him, no arms dealers would sell to them ever again.
* MadBomber: His enthusiasm for explosions is... somewhat unnerving.
* StuffBlowingUp: A huge fan of explosions.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mr. Charleston]]
! Mr. Charleston/David's Father

A single father raising his son after his wife died. He is noted to be calm, soft-spoken, and a hard worker, who strongly believed that good Epics would come to fight the bad ones. He firmly believed Steelheart was one, to the point of killing Deathpoint in order to save him.
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* HeroicBystander: Acts as this in the prologue of the first book, shooting Deathpoint to save [[LesserOfTwoEvils Steelheart]], saying that sometimes, people had to "help the heroes along" before they arrived.
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: A variant. It's not that he wasn't afraid of Steelheart because he was defiant or brave, he was just utterly convinced that Steelheart was a hero, and thus saw no reason to be afraid of him. But this still let him hurt Steelheart.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dies in the prologue of the first book.
* RousseauWasRight: Believed in the idea that the good Epics would come, no matter what.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roy]]
!!Roy

An old friend of David's who is working with [[{{Mook}} Enforcement]] in order to eke out a living.
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* MookFaceTurn: After the events of Steelheart, he's still in Enforcement, which is working for the Newcago provisional government and the Reckoners.

[[/folder]]
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