An interdimensional organisation-state-civilisation founded by the Originals. Based out of a vast fleet with a minimum of fixed holdings, they wander the multiverse in search of the universe they originated from.
Aerith and Bob: Thanks to the Originals' sticking to their "usernames" and the wide variety of intermixed cultures from imported populations.
Almighty Janitor: There are thousands of Originals alone, every last one with millennia of experience. Of course there are plenty hiding in positions well below their ability.
Berserk Button: Unless you have a reason ironclad enough to take the Death Star's superlaser, there are less painful ways to commit suicide than deliberately harming a child in Forum personnel's vicinity.
Blue and Orange Morality: Forum society has very few restrictions; it condones things like ultraviolence and hyper-porn that would horrify many self-proclaimed extreme anarchist libertarians and get you multiple life sentences from anyone else. But they also practice Sinister Surveillance to such a pervasive extent that Big Brother would baulk, and there are still lines, some of which are bizarre ones like "no stockpiling". Even God may not be able to help you if you get caught crossing them. The punishments that ensue are drastic enough that any dictators of third world shitholes fortunate enough to witness them would either be appalled or inspired.
Cyborg: Commonplace even among civilians, and often necessary to counteract Forum-exclusive ailments.
Death Is Cheap: A Forum citizen that dies will "respawn" shortly afterwards, barring a certain few unusual causes of death. For some reason it only starts taking effect after hitting 18, though.
Good Is Not Nice: The Forum genuinely aims to do good for the universes it visits, but it can be harsh about things.
I Am a Monster: And some of its members are entirely too aware of how nasty their actions are.
Hero of Another Story: Not the Forum itself, but there are countless of these given the size of the population.
Mercy Kill: Invoked. Due to the respawning effects, it's often far more expedient to just end a citizen's misery.
Old Master: Past a point, almost every Forum citizen has multiple lifetimes' worth of experience in their chosen fields, and just wait till you get to the Originals...
Outside-Context Villain: Of a sorts. Its inter-universal status enables it to hang with single-universe powers its apparent greater.
Overshadowed by Awesome: There are many within the Forum who would objectively be masters of their fields anywhere else. But between the multi-millennial experience of the Originals and the sheer "imported" genius it picks up, these sorts often go forgotten.
Interservice Rivalry: In the early days after the First Incursion, they were unwilling to cede authority to the officially-designated FLEETSEC and tried to keep their rivals under-equipped and -staffed. It took Gideon's intervention before they gave up civilian policing.
The former Forum ground force, disbanded after the First Incursion.
Hero with Bad Publicity: The Black Queen War-era Flamethrower Specialists were abhorred despite (because of?) their essential role of burning the dead to prevent their being raised as zombies.
The Moderators and Administrators
The actual leaders of the Forum. Though Forum Members - Membership, with a capital M, is a position distinct from ordinary citizenship - are permitted, nay, obligated to debate and hash out Forum policy, the Moderators and their leaders the Administrators hold final veto.
The Ghost: Enforced. Due to Gideon (the author)'s insistence that only the appropriate users can "play" the characters representing themselves, and none of the actual mods deigning to join in, they will remain offscreen for the foreseeable future.
The gatekeepers of the Forum's resources, as well as the spearheads who go out and acquire more of said resources - by morally murky means if necessary. Not a part of the normal military, its commanding Colonel reports direct to the Moderators rather than to military high command. Though it is composed of four directorates, it is the paramilitary Field Operations Directorate (FOD), disproportionately powerful for its small size, that is perhaps the most (in)famous of the lot; as such, unless otherwise stated, the below generally refer to FOD.
Badass Bureaucrat: The auditors of the Financial Management Directorate, otherwise known as "Salary Men", pursue financial crime with a diligence and persistence that real-world regulators would sacrifice an unhealthy amount of organs to be able to emulate.
Bigger Stick: Due to the OSR getting first dibs on the best technology, their operatives, equipment and spacecraft are always individually superior to anything the other service arms have.
Colonel Badass: The highest rank anyone in the OSR can, in theory, hope to aspire to.
Comes Great Responsibility: In theory, the sheer amount of power and resources they command is meant to be offset by the hefty duties they must take up. In practice, some of their operatives have gotten... a little ahead of themselves.
Covert Group with Mundane Front: Would the average person without context think "Office of Special Resources" is a very powerful intelligence/paramilitary force?
Elites Are More Glamorous: OSR training is intended to test the mental, moral and physical limits of its trainees to the fullest, and the responsibilities of graduated operatives are heavy and many... but the abilities and privileges they get out of it are equally vast, such that the Office is rarely wanting for applicants.
Jack-of-All-Trades: The OSR is more than just a combat and special operations formation. Apart from the logistics concerns they really do handle, senior OSR operatives bear a wide range of responsibilities, including but not limited to counterintelligence, equipment testing, espionage, law enforcement, security and training.
The Spartan Way: OSR training is among and some say the most brutal in the Forum. Though many details are highly classified, known aspects include being made to do mined running and obstacle courses for days without rest, live-fire exercises involving artillery and replacing targets while under fire, reliving past OSR operations and close-quarters combat courses that are rumoured to include a Room 101.
State Sec: They are outside and above the chain of command of the Forum's official military services. Their leader reports direct to the Moderators. As the name suggests, they have the final word on Forum resources. They have their own intelligence and R&D arms and their technology and training is far beyond all the rest, such that even an OSR "grunt" is superior to most other Forum special forces. Only their comparatively low numbers prevent any coup attempt from being a Curb-Stomp Battle, and even then heavy casualties are expected.
The Unfettered: Though it tries to seek a subtle solution first where possible, if push comes to shove there are very few lines OSR will not cross to accomplish their goals. Gas a slave camp? Leave No Witnesses as to the Forum's passing, even if it means harming children and adolescents or any non-OSR Forumites who shouldn't have been in the way? Use themselves as Honey Traps? Anything to advance and safeguard the Forum.
What You Are in the Dark: A major issue with Lone Wolves, who are inserted alone years or decades ahead of even conventional recon troops and operate without oversight in order to accomplish their goals. Although Lilithium and her psychics do their best to screen operatives and prevent nutcases from rising high enough to get the responsibility, and anyone who does still has to go before Gideon himself, every now and then a closet Ax-Crazy slips through or someone less resilient than anticipated succumbs to the isolation and tries to set him/herself up as a warlord.
"Chief Barkeeper/Owner/Bouncer/Hammer Time Bringer" of the Sink Hole, the oldest bar/eatery in the Forum.
Cool Old Guy: Though he's probably not significantly older than the other Originals - after all, once you hit your first millennium, a decade's but a percentage point - he visually conforms to this image. Rumours are that it's a conscious invocation via augs and plastic surgery.
Drop the Hammer: Keeps a warhammer in his bar for bouncing unruly customers.
Sherlock Scan: Can very accurately pick out details of a person's personality just by observing their behaviour and clothing.
Atreidestrooper (Detective, FLEETSEC)
The Alcoholic: Gets sloshed easily and often, though the augs help if it's an emergency and he needs to sober up fast.
Flawed Prototype: He pilots the prototype for the Thoth Orbital Frame, which lags behind the production model in various ways. Due to bad blood between him and Gideon that has never really been resolved, repeated requests to upgrade to production standard or beyond have been deflected.
Butt Monkey: The inevitable result of being husband to Tabane.
Cyborg: Although cybernetics are common in the Forum, he is one of the few with a full-body replacement.
Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: His "visit" to Infinite Stratos was triggered by giving a bit more lip than wise to Yukari Yakumo.
Everyone Has Standards: Freely admits to being one of the more monstrous Originals, but still had a Sudden Principled Stand when Gideon ordered a slave camp gassed during an operation against The Draka. Also expressed discomfort with the idea of controlling and manipulating the media.
"Here's what you can do: Nothing. When the chips are down, you back out of your promises. When it really matters, you fuck up. I trusted you, puppy. You said you would protect me. You said you watch my back. But you left me to the BETA, to be eaten alive. So tell us then, why should we trust you to save me/your Rabbit when you had never kept any of your promises? That you are useless?"
Deal with the Devil: He's played the role of the devil to at least two characters, namely Blackraptor and ckk185.
Elites Are More Glamorous: He's the frakkin' head of the frakkin' OSR. That's about as elite as you can get in the Forum's (para)military forces.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Records of who he was or what he did before he stood up the OSR are scant and sketchy, other than his being a mere Flame Trooper. However, after he made that fateful proposal, he quickly became one of the most powerful beings in the Forum, both militarily and politically. Making him use that power, on the other hand...
Got Volunteered: After he proposed the creation of the OSR, the Moderators promptly shoved that responsibility on his shoulders.
Necessarily Evil: He fully expects to be considered a war criminal when the Forum returns to the Originals' universe of origin.
OOC Is Serious Business: He only calls other Originals demeaning terms like "boy" when he's seriously, seriously stressed.
Super Prototype: He is one of the 200 original OSR operatives with the X-0 augmentations, which are better than even the latest X-90s fresh out of the labs despite the gap of millennia.
Evolving Weapon: They somehow self-improve, which probably explains how they remain competitive.
Unobtainium: Apparently, this is due to them being made wholly of some material the Forum can't recreate, whereas the later models only use small bits.
Ambadassador: Formerly. The ambassador part, not the badass, that is.
The Casanova: Is somewhat infamous for this, though insists that there are several his superior in this regard. To his credit, he is entirely upfront about this, such that anyone entering a relationship with him knows what to expect.
Rei Ayanami Shepard (Commander, SPECTREs, MILCOMM)
An incarnation of Teh Rei who fell through a crack in reality into the Broken Lands. She is infamous for staging a coup that broke the Spectres from OSR control into MILCOMM hands, something Gideon and co. have never really forgiven her for.
Stealth Expert/Stealth Hi/Bye: Very good at disappearing and staying that way, even by OSR and Original standards. All the more impressive for not actually being an on-record infiltration or recon specialist.
Obfuscating Insanity: Inverted. He does a pretty good job of acting normal in front of others, but audio captures have revealed that he starts spouting Cloudcuckoolanderesque non sequitur phrases if he thinks there's no one watching.
Skilled, but Naive: She was this back in the Black Queen War. Her younger self, while still stupendously powerful, naively held out for a cure to the Plague where far more experienced and hardened Forumers had established the impossibility of doing so. Reactions varied widely from admiration of her tenacity to derision. Centuries later in "present-day" Equestria, she still clings onto that belief.
The Forum code running ckk185's cyberbrain among others has been tested and proofed against hackers and intrusion AIs over thousands of years of attempts. Thus, a successful hack, much less by someone who'd never seen Forum code before, was considered impossible. Enter Tabane, who hacked it swiftly in her Establishing Character Moment.
She does again later by managing to make a hack attempt even after he turned off the wireless.