Characters: Whateley Universe
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- Amazon Brigade: Really close, considering that their team has only two boys. One was then given the appearance of a girl.
- Author Appeal: Oh, definitely. Most of the canon authors have written other TG fiction.
- Back Story: Every main character except Lancer has a novella or novel for this.
- Badass Crew: High school freshmen who have already fought The Necromancer and his Children of the Night? And won? Twice? Very badass.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Breakfast Club: They get together because they are put together on their first day since they all have a secret that makes them outsiders. They are all transgender, most of them against their will. Subversion: they rapidly become well-liked and considered heroic, after they happen to defeat a band of superpowered ninjas before the first day of school.
- Busman's Holiday: They can't go anywhere without getting attacked or fighting villains. This doesn't seem to happen to anyone else.
- Well, nearly everywhere. Phase and Vox managed to go to Miami without any chaos.
- Cool Loser: they live in Poe, which is supposedly the 'loony bin' dorm.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: they're superheroines, for Pete's sake!
- Fail O'Suckyname: 'Team Kimba'. Never going to strike fear in the hearts of opponents. You can thank Jade and Toni for that one.
- Fight Magnet: They get in fights all the time. Most peculiarly, all three times the group visited Boston, they battle The Necromancer and his Children of the Night. To date (Jan 2012), only one member has left Whateley for a significant length of time and not become involved in a fight or battle.
- Five-Token Band: Played with in the reason they come together and stay together: they're the transgender mutants in their high school grade. Chaka, the nominal leader, is black, but comes from an upper-middle-class family. Generator is Japanese-American. Shroud? Not even really alive. Phase is a WASP and the disinherited scion of one of the richest families on the planet. Lancer is an Army brat. Tennyo? Her mutation has made her look like an anime character. Fey not only looks like one of the Sidhe, she is. Other characters around them include a hermaphrodite who is Lakota (American Indian), a half-demon, a Hispanic... You get the idea.
- Gender Bender: Except Jade, who's finding ways to transition on her own.
- Part Time Hero: Since they're at the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the webfiction 'verse, and they're not supposed to be getting into superhero fights since they're minors. And they have classes they're not supposed to cut.
- Plug 'n' Play Friends
- A Shared Suffering: The original six characters (plus Bladedancer, Carmilla, and Heyoka) are all transgender in some way, some of them because of their powers, so they have a commonality.
- Superhero: Duh!
- Superhero Speciation: They're a pack of high schoolers, rather than an established super-team, but they fit this model. Like the Justice League, they also have a wide range of power levels, ranging from Tennyo (so powerful there's a school rule against attacking her) down to Generator (can animate stuff, and now has regeneration too) and Bladedancer (Badass Normal with magic sword). The team has blasters, a PK superboy, a powerful mage, a Vision-like density-changer, healers, martial artists, and a fake deviser. And there's only seven of them.
- Super Team: They're only teenagers at Superhero School Whateley Academy, but they've already beaten superpowered ninjas from the Yama Dojo, the Necromancer and his team The Children of the Night, and Lovecraftian horrors. Plus, they're not supposed to be superheroing, so they keep getting detention for this stuff.
- True Companions: Not only are they brought together by a common characteristic, but many of them have the classic family issues: Phase (disowned), Generator (mother dead, abusive father in prison), Bladedancer (orphaned), Lancer (his brother sicked an anti-mutant military force on him), Tennyo (forced to leave her family because of assassins and worse), Carmilla (mother dead, father a demon), Heyoka (orphaned)... Only a couple of them have a supportive family. This true-companion group ends up shifting quite a bit. Carmilla forms her own, loosely allied team. (Sara's Pack). Also, it is stated in Jade's stories that Poe is designed to specifically create this, and Whateley itself has some elements of it.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: This describes their life in a nutshell, what with the Boston Brawls, the Voodoo Wolves, etc. Still, the emphasis is a bit more on "Go to School" then with other things.
- Weirdness Magnets: They got into more trouble in their first six weeks at Whateley than most students do all year. See also Busman's Holiday above.
Chaka (Toni Chandler)
Genki Girl martial artist who controls Ki
- The All Solving Hammer: When all you have are Ki powers, Ki solves everything. Though she has a very large variety of weapons.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: One of her skills is the ability to see Ki flows, so she has learned several attacks by watching an expert use them.
- Badass: When it came down to a real fight, there are about four people who've been able to beat/nearly beat her: Counterpoint, simulated Majestic, Slab and Little Bee in her remote-controlled attack robot.
- Bi the Way: Less a true example than "Hey, I'm a girl now" and "I won't know unless I try."
- Bring It: This is the essence of Toni. She first did this when facing five superpowered ninjas when she was in a nightie.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: She got power gloves as a Christmas present from a teammate, and they have an activation phrase.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Chaka Chaka Bang Bang!"
- Casual Danger Dialog: She and Phase are two of the worst about this.
- Cheryl Blossom: Sums up her relationship with Thunderbird.
- The Chosen One: She's the Soke no Do, the future founder of the school of being.
- Combat Commentator: She can't help it. She's the only one who can see the Ki flows.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight against Counterpoint. He would have won if he hadn't passed out, and Toni was really banged up.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: It's still 'Mark', though she altered it to 'Marc'.
- Epic Flail: She's recently been learning how to use meteor hammers.
- Establishing Character Moment: When she gets dressed at the start of her origin story.
- First-Person Smartass: A light-hearted one.
- Fun Personified: She's constantly getting into silly adventures (being attacked by Tigger while trying to go on a date?). In the serious adventures, she's one of the ones constantly throwing out one-liners.
- Genki Girl: Although Generator is worse. Much, much worse.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Definitely. It drives several other people nuts that she can learn Ki skills just by observing, mainly those who put a lot of effort into learning and hate seeing a new kid just picking things up in seconds.
- This backfires whenever she runs into a real master capable of turning her own reflexes against her.
- The Hero: She was at the forefront of the team's earliest adventures.
- The Lancer: Her role nowadays. At one point, some of the Tigers approached her hoping that she'd be the lancer to their leader.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: When she plays darts, she uses a board the size of a coin, and darts the size of toothpicks. Even then, throwing from the far side of the room will only sometimes land her anything less than a perfect bullseye.
- Improbable Weapon User and Improvised Weapon: Playing cards and sewing needles, which she uses as throwing weapons.
- Indy Ploy: She lives by this trope, when she's not actually thinking things through enough to be The Chessmaster.
- Instant Expert: She has the power to manipulate chi instinctively without the sort of training that anyone else requires. When her powers manifest, she does the sort of thing that takes a master 50 years to learn by accident, in her judo class. In the ninja fight, she watches the leader do a really complicated chi technique that is supposed to allow a paralyzing strike, then blocks it and does it back to him, perfectly, the first time. Oh, and she paraphrases his attack name (Coiling Viper Fang Strike) as "Something something strike!"
- Despite all this, she still needs to keep working on basics — so in a sense, she has to learn backwards.
- I Shall Taunt You: In fights, her taunting is somewhere between Sassy Black Woman and Spider-Man.
- Jive Turkey: Often talks like this in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, or just to annoy Ayla.
- Jumped at the Call: She was a very unhappy transgender boy who finally got the hot (female) body she had always dreamed of, ass-kicking Ki powers, the chance to finally tell off her two older siblings, and the chance to go to Superhero School and drag her new friends into mishaps and adventures.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Yet another secret Ki technique she's stolen.
- Ki Attacks: Though she can't do the flashier ones from anime. Yet.
- Magnetic Hero: She pulled Fey and Lancer along in her wake when they first met, and then helped pull Team Kimba together. Since then, she's also pulled in more boyfriends and girlfriends than any 14-year-old could possibly handle.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: She has a Kiai shout that projects her Ki like a weapon.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: She has the superpower of Ki control, and has invented new Martial Arts and Crafts at the drop of a shuriken. When given detention, she invented (on the fly) martial arts mopping (instant cleaning by attuning her Ki with the mop), martial arts linen folding, martial arts grime scrubbing... She has used her martial arts skills for healing problems beyond medicine, like Doctor Heavy's inability to turn off his local 8-G gravity field (she turned it into a local 0-G field by accident). And she has developed all kinds of martial arts weapons for herself, including sewing needles, forks, playing cards...
- Mundane Utility: She's constantly using her Ki powers to do things like dry off after a shower, or mop the floor faster. She later finds them ideal for therapeutic massage.
- Obnoxious Snarker
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome and Noodle Incident. Her fall combat final, against a brick, a giant, and a deviser/wizard, with a tornado and an earthquake thrown in for good measure.
- Oh, Crap: Her fight with Slab. She couldn't do anything except get thrown into the wall.
- Plucky Girl: According to her author, she was envisioned as "the anti-angst girl".
- Polyamory: She's dating Thunderbird (male) and also Riptide (female). Thunderbird doesn't know about Riptide yet. Riptide is lesbian and not happy about Thunderbird.
- Power Copying: She can copy a lot of martial arts and ki techniques just by observing them.
- Power Fist: That's what the Christmas present is for.
- Psychic Block Defense: She can use her Ki powers to close her brow chakra, blocking psychic attacks.
- Red Oni: To Chou's Blue, as well as to Nikki's — except when Nikki loses her temper.
- Salt and Pepper: Toni and her roommate Nikki.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Toni was extremely transgender, and greeted her actual Gender Bender with unbridled joy.
- Sassy Black Girl: Especially to mess with Ayla.
- She-Fu: Specializes in this style of fighting. Justified in that her ki powers make it extraordinarily easy for her to do so. In her first superhero fight with a bunch of ninjas, she drives her opponent up the wall by dodging his attacks with unnecessary flips.
- Spider-Sense: Her Ki ability lets her know when someone is focusing on her.
- Spirited Competitor: She's always looking for anyone who can give her a good fight and stretch her abilities. She mostly keeps it to her martial arts classes.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Super Senses: Ki. It's always Ki with Chaka.
- Take Our Word for It: Chaka's fall Combat Final, which won't be written because it's just too awesome to be accurately depicted.
- Transsexual: Until she manifested and got exactly what she wanted.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's a black female bisexual formerly-male mutant with hyperactivity issues. Is there any other six-fer on that page?
- Waif-Fu: She's 14, female and slender, but her superpower is control of Ki, and the ability to pull extra Ki out of the Earth. In the short story "Duel Damsel", she challenges a superstrong upperclassman who looks like a blond Sasquatch, because of what the guy did to her friend. She pummels him without even using her most powerful techniques. She's also beaten an unstoppable super-werewolf, clobbered people wearing power armor, taken out a superpowered ninja..
- Wall Crawl: She also figured out how to use her Ki to stick to a wall.
- Warrior Therapist: using her Ki powers. She also teaches Tai Chi.
- Weapon of Choice: Her manrikigusari (a type of chain weapon). And her meteor hammer.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Her solution to everything is ki. This bites her in the arse occasionally when she's facing someone who isn't susceptible (like Slab or N'Dizi) or who outclasses her by far (like Counterpoint).
- Worf Had the Flu: Over Christmas, Chaka had to help Bladedancer fight off ninjas. While recovering from broken hips and confined to a wheelchair.
Fey (Nikki Reilly)
Elven Wizard of unusual power, possessed by an ancient sidhe queen. Subconsciously makes people attracted to her.
- Alien Blood: It's silver.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Fey is possessed with the spirit of an incredibly old Faerie, and yet she consistently pooh-poohs Phase's idea that some of the (far younger) Greek Gods have come back and are now at Whateley Academy. To be fair, her objection wasn't that it couldn't happen, but more that Phase had no solid evidence to support any of his theories. Until 'Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy, Part Six', nothing was proven.
- Attempted Rape: By a superpowered ninja psychopath.
- Awesome but Impractical: Magic requires time, Essence, ingredients and (usually) uninterrupted silence and focus. While Fey is incredibly powerful and versatile, she can be easily taken by surprise.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The crystal wavers found this out the hard way.
- Bi the Way: A much straighter example than her roommate, which is not surprising considering her glamour and powers.
- Blood Brothers: She makes a blood pact with Carmilla.
- Blood Magic: More than once, but most nastily in Christmas Elves.
- Blue Oni: To Toni's Red. Well, usually.
- The Chosen One: But she's OK with her destiny.
- Darkest Hour: The end of chapter 2 of Christmas Elves.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father and brother live in another state, because of her dad's important job with DARPA.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Fey has a faerie glamour that at first she couldn't turn down or turn off. Even the gay guys in the dorm were gaping at her.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Fey's boyfriend Stalwart, and his pursuit of her.
- The Empath: She's one of the most powerful mages around, has merged with an ancient Sidhe queen, but also has the ability to read emotions around her. Since she's also the most beautiful girl on earth ''and'' has a Faerie glamour that makes her even more all that, this has a downside, since every guy who sees her has the emotions you could guess.
- Even the Girls Want Her: It's that darn glamour.
- The Fair Folk: She was changed into her current appearance by an ancient Faerie spirit who now resides in her head. While she is inhumanly beautiful, in "Ill Winds" her true form is a luminescent energy form that isn't remotely human.
- Fastball Special: Done with Fey as the 'fastball' once, before she learned how to fly on her own.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Has nearly befallen her twice so far, once at the hands of Nex, and once when trapped by Hekate.
- Fiery Redhead: Usually pretty moderate as far as temperament goes, but she can get pretty scary when she's angry.
- Functional Magic: ley lines are a popular energy source for mages
- Healing Hands: She can cure serious wounds with magic.
- Hello, Nurse!: Not only possessed of the beauty of the Sidhe, but also having a Faerie glamour that (at the start of the series) she cannot turn off—though she later damps it down. Slightly.
- Insistent Terminology: She's Sidhe, not an elf. She's also rather insistent about calling Malachim's Feather a scimitar, as opposed to just 'sword'.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Fey's Instant Fan Club, which utterly embarrasses her.
- Lady of War: Fey may only be a teenager but her spirit Aunghadhail is one of the original nine Queens of the Sidhe.
- Life Energy: She can pull Essence from almost anything natural.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She can pull life energy from almost anything natural. And kill it, or knock it unconscious. She wiped out entire ecosystems without knowing it by drawing too much Essence from them.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's light, Sara is dark.
- Magical Gesture: She's done some hand movements so magical that it hurts other people to look at them.
- Magical Incantation: She's used the language of the Sidhe
- Magic Knight: Fey is currently training to move from Squishy Wizard up to this.
- The Medic: She's the Healer of the team.
- Menstrual Menace: Her first period at Whateley Academy is the stuff of legend. There were thunderstorms. In the hallways.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially after that photo shoot for that Sierra Club poster.
- Mundane Utility: Fey has enough Essence that she can waste it on things like magically drying her hair.
- Nerf: In "Ayla and the Mad Scientist", it's discovered that her powers have been killing entire ecosystems around the country with the energy she's always pulling from ley lines. Because of this, she can no longer use power willy-nilly and has to come up with energy-saving alternatives.
- My Nayme Is: Her full name is 'Nichole', not the more commonly-spelled 'Nicole'.
- New Spells as the Plot Demands: Justified because Aunghadhail knew hundreds if not thousands of spells.
- Odd Friendship: With Razorback.
- Oh, Crap: When caught in Hekate's circle in Christmas Elves and separated from Aunghadhail in It's All In The Timing.
- Our Elves Are Better
- Our Fairies Are Different
- Pardon My Klingon: She sometimes curses in languages that haven't been spoken in millennia.
- Playing with Fire: She once seduced the element of fire and had it do her bidding. She doesn't do this again, since the process is pretty embarrassing and the one time was an extreme emergency.
- Pointy Ears
- Polyamory: Stalwart/Fey/Bugs. Stalwart doesn't know about Bugs, though.
- Purple Eyes: As part of her otherworldly Sidhe beauty.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Shrinking Violet: When she first arrived at Whateley.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Fey exemplifies the justified version of the trope, as ancient forces are at work to make her accept her new gender.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: It's a curse, since Word of God says her glamour is due to the ancient Faerie wards that still provide protection.
- Squirrels in My Pants: The first magic that Nick (accidentally) does.
- Squishy Wizard: She was considered a pushover in a close-up fight. After she was nearly beaten to death by a mutant ninja, she's been learning Tai Chi and learning how to use a scimitar. It appears to have worked rather well, considering her fight against Mule.
- Superpower Lottery: She's one of the most powerful Wizard-type mutants on earth, and she has the spirit of an ancient Faerie Queen to teach her spells.
- Weaksauce Weakness: To cold iron and, to a lesser degree, synthetic materials. Yes, she can be defeated by lingerie. Now that's a Kryptonite Factor.
Lancer (Hank Declan)
Super-strong invulnerable Flying Brick hero who uses a form of personal-ranged psychokinesis to enhance his physical abilities.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: He can create these by covering paper swords with his PK field.
- The All Solving Hammer: He's a three-trick pony (his PK field, his swords and his trick of absorbing energy blasts), and while his tricks are very good, they don't change. Without his team, he's not hard to take down.
- Big Eater: Like everyone with energizer based powers.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He went through this stage early on.
- Dual Wielding: With his paper shortswords.
- Flat Character: He has no author, so he's not as developed as the others.
- Flying Brick: Being a 'telekinetic brick' with super-strength, flight, and a forcefield that he's learned to extend a bit to cover weapons he uses, but no ranged powers other than picking things up and throwing them thus far.
- Gray Eyes
- Military Brat: And it shows. He's the most likely candidate for Team Kimba's leader and their strategist, and he's damn good at it.
- Nice Guy
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He discovered the ability to absorb and redirect energy blasts at a very opportune moment.
- Only Sane Man: He's the most reasonable and rational member of Team Kimba (possibly excepting Ayla, but Hank has a point of view more aligned to average people.)
- The One Guy: Him and Ayla, but Hank is the only one who actually looks male.
- Stock Superpowers: TK supermen aren't at all rare, but most find them hard to take down.
- The Smart Guy: He's Team Kimba's tactician and the closest thing they've got to a leader.
- Straight Man: in both senses of the term.
- Team Dad: Especially in the sims.
Generator (Jade Sinclair)
A seemingly eleven year old girl who 'generates' psychokinetic copies of herself by animating inanimate objects for a limited time. When the effect wears off, the copies' memories merge with Jade's. The copies are named Jinn, Jann, Jeanie, etc. in an order known only to Jade but which never varies. She is collectively known as the "J Team. The singular/plural confusion is canon.
Shroud (Jinn Sinclair) is Jade's invented persona when her first copy (Jinn) takes human shape. Using props, she can appear as everything from an ordinary teenage girl, to a spooky eeriness and chains undead, to an empty black cloak. She pretends to be the ghost of Jade's elder sister.
- Abusive Parents: Her father.
- Asexual: A side effect of being stuck at the physical age of eleven. While she does have a lot of romantic fantasies they're mostly of the preadolescent, non-sexual "pretty princess" variety.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten Tennyo. Jade will kill you.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She will nail you to a tree. With railroad spikes. Even if you're twice her size. Then she'll burn a message into your flesh.
- Beware the Silly Ones: A prank war between her and Beltane could conceivably end all life as we know it.
- Big Stupid Doodoo Head: She's prone to using these sorts of insults. "Poopyhead" is one of her favourites.
- Chain Pain: One of Shroud's weapons.
- The Chick: In part due to her immaturity, but also a role she plays to discourage physical attacks
- Cloudcuckoolander: While parts of it are just her having fun with her 'wacky devisor' persona, she has her genuine moments as well.
- Cute and Psycho: An image she deliberately cultivates, and one her friends fear may become reality.
- Combat Pragmatist: Anything is fair game, and she's the first Kimba to escalate to lethal force.
- Deal with the Devil: She has a demon mark from the Star Stalker, and her link to said being is what granted her regeneration. Interestingly neither Jade nor Tennyo know about this, though Sara has figured it out and told Fey. The upshot is that she'll do anything for Tennyo, to the point that she's thought that if Tennyo killed her the thing she'd be most worried about is making sure Tennyo didn't feel guilty.
- The other side, is that it's hard to tell which is the demon mark, and which is just, well... Jade.
- Flanderization: Her love of Hello Kitty.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She's pretending to be one (with Bugs' assistance) in order to hide the details of her powers.
- Grand Theft Me: A variant when Tansy used her avatar powers to steal one of the copies of Jade. Since she can cast herself into living things as well, it's likely that she could also do this to people.
- Happy Fun Ball: Her Kitty Compact. Shroud is also somewhere between this and Swiss Army Weapon: she looks like a girl, who suddenly sprouts chains, blades, and liquid nitrogen.
- Healing Factor: She gets this from Tennyo -or rather, the Star Stalker- while they're inside the BIT-Splicer together. Along with a demon mark from Tennyo that neither of them know about.
- Interspecies Romance: [[Spoiler: With Thuban, who usually looks like a humanoid dragon. As she will readily tell you, his scales are soft when they kiss.]]
- Japanese Honorifics: She uses these sometimes, addressing Tennyo as 'oneesama' for instance, or Chaka as 'Chaka-sempai'.
- Kawaiiko: deliberately played up, bordering on self-flanderization
- Killer Rabbit: She's turned Tennyo's toy cabbit into this. She's also something of a killer rabbit herself.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She can put copies of herself into, say, a piece of wire... that could fly off by itself and strangle anyone. Or a grain of sand that could hear everything being said and transmit it back to Jade proper. Or a cloud of dust that could coalesce inside someone's lungs. She's actually one of the most horrifyingly lethal members of the team, because so many people underestimate her.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Towards Thuban.
- Missing Mom: Who died.
- Nigh Invulnerable: As Shroud, or any of her other combat bodies, she's only vulnerable to Avatars and Psionic attacks. Inverted in her real body, where she's just as vulnerable as any other little girl but for her regeneration.
- Older Than They Look: She's physically stuck at eleven, but she's actually fourteen.
- The Prankster: Jade's powers lend themselves to it, the fact that she's slightly deranged makes it inevitable.
- Pronoun Trouble: That's what happens when you can have up to five of you at once, in various bodies.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Noted to be weapons grade
- The Runaway: Her father was abusive and a minor criminal
- The Sneaky Guy: Her powers allow her to spy on things, get into small places, and snap back at a moment's notice, so she often does recon.
- Sociopathic Hero: She's displayed some worrying tendencies towards this. Overlaps with Creepy Child at times, and borders on psychotic when someone triggers one of her BerserkButtons.
- Most characters who have had to kill someone were upset about it to Heroic BSOD levels. Jade has killed dozens of people in fairly horrific ways and she's fine with it. She also has a rather worrying fondness for weaponry and routinely carries dozens of varieties of high explosives.
- Jade's sociopathy is due to a combination of the abuse in her background, her demon mark, the psychic shock of possessing a well-used sacrificial dagger, and her own lack of emotions when she's in her psychokinetic form. She's also well aware of her own sociopathy and it bothers her that killing people doesn't bother her.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Most of her odd behavior is played for laughs.
- Diane admits that when she writes Jade, she purposely emphasizes the Heroic part less than the Sociopath.
- Spanner in the Works: Most notably in "Christmas Elves".
- Swiss Army Superpower: Jade can "possess" objects using "spirit-selves". After a radiation accident, she can regenerate. However, within the "possessing objects" thing, she has a variety of applications of her power.
- Tagalong Kid: She's actually the same age as most of the others, but naturally comes across as one of these, especially since she lacks raw power and usually plays supporting roles in combat (not counting her 'other selves' like Shroud, since they pretend that they're completely separate beings).
- Technical Pacifist: Also referred to as 'NRA pacifism': She alternates between wearing a pacifist armband and an Ultraviolent armband. Randomly. Her point is that you should avoid violence whenever you can. But if you can't, deploy overwhelming force. She considers it Mama Bear training.
- Transsexual: Of all the Kimbas, she's the only one who didn't get the physical change. She gets it later, but not through mutant powers.
Tennyo (Billie Wilson)
Flying blasting slicing regenerating Warper extraordinaire who looks rather like Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo! as a result of how she gained her superpowers. She's so powerful Headmistress Carson has invoked Section 33 of the Whateley Charter: No student is to engage her in combat under any circumstances outside of formal instruction.
- All of the Other Reindeer: She's ostracized because people hear 'Section 33' and think 'dangerous, homicidal, wantonly-murdering psychopath'. Those who get to know her usually quite like her.
- And I Must Scream: Fey locks her in another dimension during a sim, and after the flashback caused by the Waters of Memory, she recalls having been put somewhere she didn't want to be, implying that it'd happened before.
- Anime Hair: It follows its own personal gravity. Her flight powers work on a similar principle by telling both gravity and inertia to take a hike.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: She can make her energy blasts and punches strike past a force field.
- Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: in her origin story.
- Berserk Button: She's quite protective of Jade. And god help you if you try to harm her family.
- Big Eater: It's implied that this is to compensate for a lack of proper nutrition, since her real diet is supposed to be demons.
- The Big Guy: The main powerhouse of the team and the member with the most feared reputation.
- Bizarre Alien Biology
- Bloody Murder: Her blood has antimatter in it... But only sometimes.
- Captain Ersatz: Invoked. One character even dismissed her as a Cosplay Otaku Girl before it became known that is her true appearance
- Clothing Damage: A recurring problem for her. Combat frequently leaves her nearly or fully naked because no conceivable supersuit can survive the damage her body can withstand. Unfortunately, she's also quite shy. Her Hot-Blooded nature prevents Defeat by Modesty but that doesn't mean she won't be mortified when the fight is over. Phase eventually gets her underwear of last resort: a bikini made of three disks of pure adamantium barely big enough to spare her an indecent exposure charge.
- Combo Platter Powers: Keeps finding new things she can do. Flight, ability to ignore gravity and inertia, super-strength, the ability to move through force fields, the ability to produce some form of antimatter, the ability to cast spheres of plasma, the ability to heal frighteningly fast from incredible injuries, the ability to form some sort of plasma "light saber", resistance to temperature extremes, she doesn't need to breathe air, etc. She also has thrown some sort of energy ball that temporarily acted like a neutron star, she may be able to teleport (although she was unconscious at the time), she may give off deadly levels of radiation when she's straining hard in a fight, and in one battle against over a hundred armed badguys, she warped reality all around her and opened up a rift in space-time. Oh, and she may be the avatar of some extra-terrestrial or extra-dimensional demon. We don't know yet.
- Cool Big Sis: Jade sees her this way.
- Cultured Badass: She's the Section 33 nightmare, who can take down anyone without raising a sweat... who works in the library and likes ballroom dancing.
- Cute Little Fangs: She's been told several times that her fangs are 'cute'.
- Extreme Omnivore: She's eaten ectoplasmic spider-rats, voodoo wolves, and the souls of demons. Averted when it comes to actual human food.
- Eldritch Abomination / Humanoid Abomination The Stalker of the Stars/The Scourge/The Destroyer was one before it bonded with Billy to escape...something.
- Flying Brick: She may have this as a subset of her powers, though it's easy to overlook underneath her flashy energy blasts/sword and reality-rending 'death blow'.
- Flying Firepower: Flies, hurls plasma blasts, and more
- Glowing Eyes of Doom / Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her irises sometimes go red when she's very angry. But actually, it's when they glow green that you really need to start worrying- that's when she's channeling the Star Stalker.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: several very graphic examples.
- Healing Factor: Don't blow her limbs off, it just makes her mad. And the more damage she takes the faster it works to the point where it looks like a near-instantaneous restoration from an interdimensional backup.
- Heroic BSOD: In "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy"
- Hot-Blooded: As befits her anime-inspired origin, Billie is actually the calmest and gentlest of the Kimbas - but once you get her dander up all hell is out for noon.
- Hot Librarian: right down to the reading glasses.
- Humiliation Conga: She got her job at the library after several previous student jobs went disastrously wrong, culminating a "haze the newbie" incident that accidentally ignited all of the flammable gases in the campus sewer system.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Tennyo has kept her teleportation powers secret from everyone, even Jade, because she wants to use it as an ace in the hole.
- Laser Blade: She can generate a "laser blade" made of anti-matter. How she makes anti-matter at will is a whole 'nother problem. The devisors and gadgeteers can't make working lightsabers, even though they all try, sooner or later.
- Mars Wants Chocolate: Paid a fortune for a smuggled Hershey bar.
- Mundane Utility: Billie uses her gravity-warping "flight" powers constantly, she hardly even walks anymore. Phase has come up with a list of mundane utilities for Billie's powers, including repairing satellites in orbit and operating nuclear power plants from the inside.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Star Stalker/The Scourge/The Destroyer.
- Nice Guy: Billie's actually one of the nicest people you're likely to meet at Whateley, second only to Aquerna in that regard. She probably had the least amount of personal issues on Team Kimba after Lancer and Toni, until the incident that sent her into a Heroic BSOD.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Bill's brother gave him what he thought was a food that induced hypnosis. It set the kitchen on fire, nearly killed Bill and ended up drawing the Star Stalker to him.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanks to her incredible Healing Factor.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Her higher end powers generate hard radiation as a side effect. And if the Star Stalker starts to come out, just existing causes her to start damaging reality.
- Psychic Block Defense: Probably has something to do with the Star Stalker being made to fight insanity-inducing Eldritch Abominations.
- Reality Warper: While most of her powers are ultimately based in this (for example, flying by ignoring gravity and manipulating her acceleration), they don't normally go into reality-rending territory unless she loses control of them.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Billie apparently lacked a strong male gender identity because becoming a girl was no big thing after the initial confusion. Either that or it was wiped out in her transformation.
- Shrinking Violet: Billie is actually quite shy until she gets to know you, which other people see as aloof and feeds her "All Of The Other Reindeer" problems.
- Story-Breaker Power: Or she would have, if she weren't so psychologically vulnerable. Even she has opponents she's weaker against à la rock-paper-scissorsnote .
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Super Toughness: She takes hits very well, even before you take her Healing Factor into account. At one point it's implied that she's survived a nuclear explosion.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Billie barely survived her powers awakening, though if you want to get technical, she actually didn't. The 'Billie' we see is the Star Stalker endowed with Bill's personality
- Tsundere shy, retiring, bookish, and God help you if you mess with Jade.
- Unusual Ears - anime style.
Phase (Ayla Goodkind)
An intersexed density-changer who can become intangible, super-dense, or anything in between. Comes from a very rich family of notorious mutant haters who reacted very poorly to his mutation.
- All of the Other Reindeer: A huge number of people ostracise him for being a Goodkind, or for being intersexed.
- 'Ayla and the Mad Scientist' has even more people ostracise him after rumours spread that he personally kicked Chou off the team. It gets better, though.
- Badass Bookworm
- Benevolent Boss: He spends a lot of time criticising unfair and unkind work policies, and it's made clear that he'd be a great boss to work for.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Get him angry enough, and all bets are off. He has so many weapons at his disposal that you'd be lucky if he just killed you.
- Blessed with Suck: At some point, he's going to be Circe's apprentice. And every single apprentice Circe has had died. Horribly. And Circe has always had the paperwork arranged before the death.
- Blue Blood: breeding tells, even though his family kicked him out
- Break the Haughty: His origin story.
- Character Development: Early on he is often disturbed by his fellow Kimbas due to his anti-mutant indoctrination. The implications of Jade's powers in particular disturb him greatly until he learns their limits. He hides it well and he gradually gets over it as they win him over.
- Characterization Marches On: A variation. There's the Ayla before Diane Castle started writing for him and the Ayla after. Chronologically though, they exist simultaneously, because the Diane Castle version is a Retcon via Alternate Character Interpretation.
- Childhood Friends: With Jadis and Mal. Inverted with Tansy, who bullied him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He looks so much like a girl (because of his mutation) that he can shower in the girls' bathroom... and look at everyone else in there. On the other hand, he's really considerate of his girlfriend and his female friends, even if he's only about 15 and the girls in the bathroom haven't asked him to leave (yet).
- Claustrophobia: Has some degree of claustrophobia. This is pretty reasonable, since he's: been experimented on (i.e. tortured) by a Mad Scientist while trapped in a box the size of a coffin; nearly suffocated underground; been trapped in a pitch-dark sewer with no flashlight while being attacked by a zombie army; and his own powers mean he can pass through solid objects but he can't see or breathe while he's doing it. Ouch.
- Crazy-Prepared: Though it isn't always crazy enough.
- Crimefighting with Cash: Only 14, still a freshman at Whateley Academy, and already doing this. He's paying Whateley inventors to build weapons for him, including a utility belt that has nearly zero external volume but is chock full of Hammer Space, a specialized throwing dart made out of depleted uranium, and the latest thing is a collapsing tactical baton. Made out of adamantium. With osmium for weight in the tip. It cost nearly a quarter of a million dollars. He is planning such things as courses in marketing and patent law to allow inventors (as opposed to corporations) to profit from their work. Apparently, many villainous gageteers are just in it for the money. Then there's the job creation work he's planning, including work based on Mundane Utility. He's realized that persecuted minorities are more likely to commit crimes when they're persecuted (and thus poor).
- Cultured Badass: Raised from an infant in the wealthiest family on earth, he's intelligent, urbane, well-read, and loves opera and classical music. He's a gourmet, and a brilliant businessman. This makes him utterly unprepared to be a high school girl in a Superhero School.
- Deadpan Snarker: Does this with references most of the rest of the cast doesn't get. They return the favor. Girlfriend stuffed in a fridge, anyone?
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As an appearance trope, it's more suited to pre-Diane Ayla, who was characterized by a 'punk' look.
- Fake Weakness: Phase deliberately included a fictional vulnerability to dark chocolate in his file on the theory that if anyone tried to "poison" him with it he'd know that his medical records had been hacked.
- Fallen Prince: Once a member of the richest family in the world, he becomes a mutant and gets kicked out. He ends up at Whateley Academy hanging with the Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits that is Team Kimba.
- First-Person Smartass: Phase is a superpowered mutant rather than a PI, but in the stories in which he is the narrator, he is a snarky commentator, very intellectual, well read, even for a teenager who has been to all the 'right' private schools, far too knowledgeable about food (even if he's spent his life as the heir to billions eating the finest food anywhere), and still associates with the other rich kids at the Super Hero School Whateley Academy.
- Food Porn: A big part of his stories.
- Green Eyes: Though the 'spitfire' aspect of this trope mostly applies to pre-Diane Ayla.
- Guile Hero: He is genuinely concerned for people and sincerely wants to help them, and at need is ready to fight toe-to-toe with demons, monsters and supervillains, but Phase is at heart a Chessmaster whose preferred realm is espionage, trickery, manipulation, bribery and financial pressure. As a friend puts it: "No one else quite has that when I rule the world I will not permit such behavior attitude".
- Heroic BSOD: In "Ayla and the Tests".
- Honor Before Reason: While he's a really reasonable person, sometimes he goes off on tangents.
- Hurting Hero: Even more than the other Kimbas, Ayla suffers nightmares, PTSD, panic attacks, and sometimes goes into week-long depressions. His powers scare him and he blames himself for his screwed up appearance.
- I Have No Son: His parents disown him after he manifests.
- His siblings (except Heather) still care about him, though.
- Intangible Man: when he wants to be.
- Internalized Categorism: refers to himself as "a revolting freako intersexed mutant" though he does get somewhat better as time goes on.
- Irony: Ayla's transgender sister and her friends act like reverse Heteronormative Crusaders until Ayla calls them out on it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Mutants are dangerous, do a lot of damage and need to be curtailed in certain cases. While the methods of curtailing need close examination and refinement, Ayla's not wrong when he says that the Knights of Purity are a needed force, though their crypofascist appellation is worrisome.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Having been raised by bigots, he had incredibly harsh things to say about his sister's choice to transition. About five minutes later he takes off the jumpsuit he was imprisoned in and finds out he's in a similar situation.
- On a meta level, his transgender Body Image Template is a direct result of his bigoted upbringing, combining the two things he was raised to hate.
- On yet another level, it turns out that his mutation resulted from a supervillain running a deliberate Laser-Guided Karma gambit on his family and his younger brother is the next target.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: Walking through objects? How boring. Being able to disintegrate matter by phasing back to solid within it? Not boring! Being able to fry electricity and knock people out by being partially solid? Definitely not boring! Being tough enough to slough off most attacks? Really not boring! Being able to trash the BITs of Exemplars and Shifters and turn them into monsters? Argh! To emphasize how "harmless" Phases' powers are, the only other person who has a similar powerset is Tinsnip, one of the deadliest assassins in the world.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Surprisingly averted; despite the high workloads the Goodkinds have, they all make it a point to eat dinner as a family and do things together.
- The One Guy: Him and Hank, but Hank is the only one who actually looks male.
- Not So Above It All: Constantly grumbles about being the Only Sane Man on Team Kimba, but really doesn't seem to mind playing the straight man to their lunacy. He's also genuinely hurt when he has to play the designated bad guy in the "Kimbas expel Chou" gambit, though he hides it well.
- Odd Friendship: with Harvey "Mega-Death" Calloway, the school's worst victim of Diedrick's Syndrome.
- Parental Abandonment: When Ayla manifested his parents promptly handed him over to the Whateley's universes' equivalent of Dr. Mengele for experimentation. His mother calls him "it". You could say he has issues.
- Pride Before a Fall: He describes his experiences as being "hit with a double-barrelled shotgun loaded with irony", and now realizes that on some level, he deserved it.
- Pronoun Trouble: Identifies as male, but mostly goes by female pronouns. The out-of-universe explanation for this is that Ayla's gender was retconned in long after other characters and the narration had been referring to him as 'she'. In-universe "Ayla" was supposed to be a Secret Identity to prevent gay bashing which he ultimately discarded.
- Properly Paranoid: between the Goodkind haters and the Gay Bashers, Ayla gets attacked twice as often as anybody else on campus.
- Self-Deprecation: Ayla constantly puts himself down, especially in the field of fighting- the rest of Team Kimba are so good he feels he's at a major disadvantage. Never mind the fact that he beat Chaka, nearly beat Lancer, beat Tennyo, and has managed to either win, get even if he didn't win, or get out of every fight he's been in. He's also one of the most potentially destructive members of Team Kimba. But he just can't get past that "revolting freako mutant" thing.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Born into the richest family on earth, and used to having his own way all the time. When he turns into a mutant and gets kicked out of the family, he finds out he doesn't know how to do anything, including use a can opener or a microwave. He has a coronary seeing what a real grocery store is like.
- The Smart Guy: Probably the smart one, even if Chaka seems to be best at coming up with ideas in the middle of a fight. Phase is over-educated for a freshman in high school, is most likely to use the big words, and is a smart aleck too.
- Straight Man
- Teen Genius: Naturally; he's a teen financial genius, having been learning the ways of business and high finance roughly since he was able to talk.
- Transvestite Ayla has a large lingerie collection. He admits it's twisted, but he really loves the feeling of high-quality silk.
- Uncle Pennybags: He thinks nothing of spending money on his friends (when they allow it), or on anything he sees as a good cause. Justified, especially after 'Ayla and the Birthday Brawl', when he's the richest teenager on the planet minus some who are going to inherit fortunes.
- Still justified beforehand, as Ayla has money in the millions, and most of the expenses are in the thousands. He's spending interest from the bank account.
- Unreliable Narrator: Semi-intentionally. He's got a pretty good opinion of the Goodkinds and their works, but canon has proven that they definitely aren't what Phase thinks they are- and he knows it. Take everything he says about them with a grain of salt. It's justified because they are his family, and he's only spent about a year discovering the differences.
- Utility Belt: The first character to buy one. The creator, "Mobius", had made a belt that had pockets that worked like Bags Of Holding. Phase paid Mobius several times the asking price, pointed out how much the uber-Utility Belt was really worth, and offered to help market the device for a small percentage of the huge amounts of profit he would be making for Mobius.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Averted. Phase is incredibly aware of the problems with his powers and how they can be countered, so he spends a lot of time buying or asking people to make new weapons for him.
Bladedancer (Chou Lee)
Handmaid of the Tao, superb martial artist, and wielder of the legendary sword Destiny's Wave.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Destiny's Wave.
- Action Girl
- Apocalypse Maiden: Not really, she's an agent of balance, but history tends to dwell on the spectacularly bloody incidents.
- Blue Oni: To Toni's Red.
- Breaking the Fellowship: 'Ayla and the Mad Scientist' has Team Kimba pretend to ditch Chou so she'll appear to be more vulnerable.
- The Chosen One: And is not happy with what the Tao requires
- Conveniently an Orphan: Convenient for the Tao, maybe. Chou still has not gotten over her father's death.
- Cultured Badass
- Green Eyes
- Healing Hands: Can use Taoist "chi" healing techniques through "laying on of hands".
- Heroic BSOD: In "To The Mountain".
- Ki Attacks: She mostly uses her Ki for mobility: moving a great distance with a single stride, jumping, and sometimes Wall Crawling. She's starting to use it for healing, and once she used it to induce a heart attack.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Demons kill your family, you may have to kill your friends
- Limited Wardrobe: Most of her clothing consists of mandarin tops and yoga pants.
- Missing Mom
- Orphan's Ordeal
- Polyamory: She, Molly, and Dorjee eventually decide to try this out.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Of the reluctant admission variety. Chou has the hardest time with her Gender Bender aside from the self-loathing Ayla, probably because she's a baseline human transformed through magic instead of a mutant altered by their BIT.
- Sixth Ranger
- Strong as They Need to Be: When the Tao decides to step in.
- Talking Weapon: Destiny's Wave.
- Upgrade Artifact: Destiny's Wave.
Friends of Team Kimba
Bugs (Bunny Cormick)
Seemingly airheaded gadgeteer genius whose brilliance is hidden by her obsessions with bunnies and eggs.
Riptide (Elena Neva Natividad Amicella Lucita "Rip" Obregon)
Vox (Vanessa Jackson)
City girl from a disadvantaged background who is determined to grab onto the opportunities Whateley presents with both hands and not allow foolish romantic notions to hold her back, right up until she meets Phase, who represents both.
- Abusive Parents: Her dad beat up her mother and her repeatedly. She's got serious issues.
- Compelling Voice: Well, with a codename like Vox, what would she be able to do? (There are other mutants at Whateley who are resistant to her power.)
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She can perfectly mimic someone else's voice, make them do whatever she wants and break glass with sound alone.
- Mundane Utility: goes way beyond singing harmony with herself, she can imitate entire pop songs with just her voice alone.
- Opposites Attract: Played with: On the surface she has nothing in common with Phase; deep down their personal goals differ only in scale (as in millions instead of billions).
- Purple Eyes
- The Smart Guy: She wants to become a businesswoman and not end up like her mother (i.e. working herself into an early grave.) This is mainly why Phase is so attracted to her.
Wallflower (Lily Turner)
Lancer's girlfriend, a Poe cottage legacy who's the daughter of Superheroes. She's in Poe ostensibly because her mother Tabby Cat, a former Poe t-girl herself, is afraid Lily will Gender Bend the opposite direction
- Barrier Warrior: spherical shields, invisibility, and the psychic ability to 'see' when inside her 'invisibility' sphere.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: She's the product of it, which causes her some Amazingly Embarrassing Parents moments
- Captain Ersatz: She has the same powers, family of superheroes and appearance as Violet Parr.
- Domino Mask: Lampshaded. Apparently, it takes a lot of mascara to complete the effect
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Hermaphrodite: She was born as an incomplete hermaphrodite. Her male organs were removed because her female organs were more complete and her parents wanted a daughter.
- Invisibility: Being an Expy of The Invisible Woman, she can do the 'Invisible Girl' bit with an invisible forcefield bubble around her and anyone nearby.
- Her force field uses the light-warping approach. She can still 'see' from inside the field (using a sensory power she wasn't even aware she had until it was pointed out to her), but others do find themselves in total darkness.
- Open-Minded Parent: Her parents, Falcon and Tabby Cat. Turns out they have good reasons for this.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Her BIT is unambiguously female and the real reason the faculty acceded to her mother's desire to put her in Poe was they believed she'd make a good unofficial peer counselor for some of the transitioning Poesies.
Gateway (Molly Harrington)
Other Poe Residents
Beltane (Kendall "Belle" Forbes)
Transgender British gadfly who got sent to Whately after suffering severe square peg/round hole problems in the UK Public (as in Boarding) School system. Manifests ectoplasm
- Grammar Nazi: Too many 'ands', dear.
- Only Known by Their Codename Her nickname is based on her codename, not her real name.
- The Prankster: Belle simply cannot pass up the opportunity to prank someone. She's looking for a Worthy Opponent
- What the Hell, Hero?: She makes a very harsh comment to Ayla that completely disregards everything he went through (the comment was 'Yes, yes, I'm sure it was all very traumatic, now keep up, we've got a schedule to meet!'). While she didn't know what Ayla had gone through, that's still a pretty brutal thing to say, especially coming from one TG to another. While Ayla didn't call her out on it at the time, he still gets annoyed thinking back on it, and wants to be a tour guide at least partially so he can do a better job in that respect than she did.
Mega-Girl (Marty Penn)
Geeky, scrawny fourteen year old boy who manifests a PK shell that makes him look like a statuesque blonde and is gradually changing his body to match, which Marty doesn't mind because that's exactly what she wants.
- Flying Brick: Flying, super strength and toughness
- Leeroy Jenkins: She has a bad habit of running off and doing her own thing, which is mainly why the Guard don't want her in their team.
- The Team Wannabe: She keeps trying to get into the Empire City Guard, and they keep turning her down.
- Younger Than They Look: She's only 14, which is another reason why the Guard won't take her.
Scrambler (Joanne Jackie "Jay-Jay" Jendleschmidt)
Energizer with a mouth that runs much faster than her brain. Imagine all the 'act before you think' impulsiveness of youth turned up to eleven and given super-speed.
- Alliterative Name
- Chewbacca Defense: Whenever she argues with someone, it involves a lot of strange jumps in logic and not letting them get a word in edgewise. Not that that's any different from a regular conversation with her.
- Cloudcuckoolander: does not allow anything — rules, laws, the needs of others, reality — to get in the way of her ideas.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Comes from California where there was no shortage of ultra-tanned blondes for her BIT to model itself on.
- The Ditz: Her heart is in the right place... her brain? Not so much.
- Motor Mouth: She's a speedster, and has the standard tendency to talk at a hundred miles an hour and overlook what everyone else is saying. Heaven forbid she's talking about Stephenie Meyer books or something else she loves.
- Super Speed: that she has little control over because she has zero discipline
Delta Spike (Elaine Fleischer)
Drop-dead gorgeous gadgeteer, deviser and
flying brick who unfortunately treats "Genius Ditz
" like a mission statement
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Her backstory involves being transformed by a Mad Scientist who turned her into a girl. However, said mad scientist also made all his subjects loyal to him, and while Delta doesn't appear to be affected, Phase has speculated that she might have been affected and doesn't know it, since she hasn't come into contact with the mad scientist since.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Most people see her as the Explosion Queen who can't do anything without explosions happening. Phase speculates that her super-suit is full of weaponry and she's got an Energizer power that gives her a bunch of other attacks and strategies.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Hollywood Nerd: Dressed up like a Type 2 in an attempt to look more professional for the Weapons Fair. Phase lampshaded the whole concept and speculated that she'd draw in a larger crowd if she just wore her super-suit.
- Hot Scientist: A genius who happens to be among the hottest girls in a school full of superheroines.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe, every time she blows something up. Phase doesn't want to fund her because of this.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Happens a lot with her. Her creations are known for going spectacularly wrong, earning her the nickname "Explosion Queen" around the Workshop.
- Justified Trope: She doesn't observe proper safety protocols, or think things through.
An Afgani flying brick who is sponsored by the CIA and really, really hates men
- Amazonian Beauty: She's 6 feet tall and muscular. She wears tight, skimpy outfits even though she doesn't like guys ogling her. (She does, however like girls ogling her. That's why she is in Poe cottage.)
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- Does Not Like Men: to the point where expressing concern for Lancer's burnout comes as major character development
- Healing Factor
- Honor Before Reason: Assaulted Tennyo for supposed cheating in martial arts. After she got out of the hospital she then yelled at Tennyo for pulling the blow that nearly killed her because she views holding back as a sign of disrespect.
- Only Known by Their Codename: her real name has never been revealed
Pejuta (Kayda Franks)
Part-Lakota Gender Bender
who is the avatar of Ptesanwi, the legendary White Buffalo Spirit Woman whose return foreshadows the resurgence of all Native American peoples and especially the Lakota.
- Does Not Like Men: Actually, it's more that she is mortally terrified of men approaching her in any manner.
- Gender Bender
- Magical Native American: Perhaps the most extreme case in the series, as she is bound to the Great Spirit Herself.
- Mind Rape: Cagliostro's attempt to seduce her using his psi powers led to her remembering being gang-raped by her former friends.
- Rape Leads to Insanity: she was gang-raped by her former friends during their second attempt on her life, but had repressed the memories until after she arrived a Whateley. When she does remember, she has a full-blown nervous breakdown.
Vamp (Alex O'Brien / Abby Carfax)
A former Boston street hustler turned teen supervillain who plays up her bad girl image and was considered an enemy until she showed up at Whateley under the witness protection program. Tropes relating to her villain persona are listed with the rest of the Children of the Night
- Characterization Marches On: After she arrives at Poe some of her actions while a member of The Children of The Night are revealed to be either Spanner in the Works or Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Depraved Bisexual: deliberately played up as part of her "bad girl" image.
- Freudian Excuse: her backstory is just loaded with it.
- The Gadfly: to her roommate Ayla
- Good Bad Girl: Plays up the image but has never actually slept with anyone
- Hermaphrodite: The reason she was assigned to Poe, according to Mrs Horton. She was born intersexed and surgically altered to male as a baby but that was reversed when she manifested as a mutant and constant use of her limited shapeshifting powers to present as a girl has had a permanent effect on her.
- MacGuffin Girl: She doesn't know why The Necromancer wanted her as a minion, and is very afraid she's going to find out the hard way if he ever gets his hands on her again.
- The Mole: She was a Mole for the Boston PD after being forcibly recruited into The Children of the Night, which is why she's now in witness protection at Whateley.
- Parental Abandonment: her folks are Humanity Firsters, and treated her as a freak even before her manifestation due to her hermaphroditism and albinism.
- Pet the Dog: she went to a lot of effort to set up a truly epic practical joke on Phase but called it off at the last minute when she realized Ayla was already distraught over something else.
- Scars Are Forever: still carries some horrific burn scars under her hairline from the torture The Necromancer used to keep her in line, and refuses to allow Nikki to heal them because some of the tortures were so unthinkable she's afraid she'll go insane without the scars to prove they actually happened.
- Southies she's actually from Charlestown but fits the stereotype.
- Spanner in the Works: Claims to have done this to the Children of the Night during their battles with Team Kimba.
- Vampiric Draining: she can drain her opponents' superpowers but it makes her increasingly manic until she becomes irrational.
Carmilla (Sara Waite aka The Kellith)
- Alien Blood: A purplish-black 'ichor'.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: In "Insanity Prerequisite".
- Bizarre Alien Biology
- Combat Tentacles: Not too surprising given that her father is Gothmog, demon of lust, while his mother is Shub-Niggurath - and she's related to Cthulhu on her mother's side. She can launch tentacles out of any part of her body, and those tentacles may then have mouths or eyes or worse if she wants. She has killed several people (and a LOT of animals) by thrusting her tentacles into them and eating their souls. Oh, by the way, she's one of the good guys in this universe.
- Curtains Match the Window: After "The Blood Oath", her hair turns blood red like her eyes.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Dream Walker: Often involuntarily.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her original look.
- Eldritch Abomination: Growing up into one of these.
- Even the Girls Want Her: She's a demon (or a goddess, depending upon viewpoint) of lust
- Evil Redhead: Well, she's got the look, anyways. And there are plenty of people who do think she's evil.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: She looks like this naturally, without wearing makeup.
- Expository Hairstyle Change
- Half-Human Hybrids: Genetically, she's all demon, but her mother was human. Okay, her mother is actually a Deep One, but she was human when she gave birth to her.
- Healing Factor: She once was decapitated: her head grew back while the assailant stared in shock.
- Hellish Pupils
- Kryptonite Factor: Orichalcum burns her.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's dark, Fey is light.
- Lesbian Vampire: Technically not a vampire, or a lesbian for that matter, though she does seem to prefer girls. She's clearly meant to evoke this, though; her codename is an obvious reference to that Carmilla.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Since she is a Humanoid Abomination: one of her grandparents is Shub-Niggurath, on on her mother's side she's directly related to Cthulhu and the Deep Ones. She's got the Combat Tentacles and weird shape-shifting down. In one story, she split her face open to reveal what it looked like inside, and scared a superhero so bad he wet himself.
- Oh, Crap: Sara tends to induce Oh Crap moments in others. Like the time she greeted the demon summoned for her sacrifice with "Hi, Daddy."
- Older Than They Look
- Photographic Memory: She's not the only one, but hers is especially notable.
- Physical Goddess: to the Cult of Kellith, most of whom she finds quite annoying
- Psychic Powers
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Screw Destiny: She's trying hard to become the first Pro-Human Transhuman Eldritch Abomination
- Sixth Ranger: Formerly to Team Kimba
- The Sleepless
- The Snark Knight -> Ethical Slut / Good Bad Girl: In fact, she's got her own harem, practically.
- Super Intelligence
- Super Speed: Via time-slowing. At first it appeared to just be enhanced reflexes experienced through a Bullet Time-like effect, but it turned out she could move at 'normal' speed while everything else was slowed down.
- Vampiric Draining: She drains the blood and life force from the creatures she eats, which reduces them to ashes.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Waking Up at the Morgue
- Wall Crawl
- Weakened by the Light: Until the events of "Insanity Prerequisite".
Circuit Breaker (Chad Wilson / Merry Candice Powell / Paige & Petra Donner)
- Church Militant: She was one person when she first became this. After the split, the job went to Petra.
- Combo Platter Powers: First she was a technopath and energizer. Then she gained some mystical powers when she was inducted into the Knights of the Church, along with an unremovable ring and a tattoo. Then she was turned into a werecat, but they had to cut off her left forearm (the one with the ring and tattoo) in order to do it. The arm regenerated into a clone of Merry, who kept all her abilities from before.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Electric blue.
- Happily Adopted: by the leaders of the local were tribe.
- Healing Factor
- Inside a Computer System: Merry is a cyberpath who can interface with computer networks simply by being within a few feet of a powerful CPU hooked to the network. When she does this, she's "in" the computer network. She meets a Whateley Academy kid who can do almost as much as she can, but who prefers the TRON visuals for his version of cyberspace.
- Lemony Narrator
- Literal Split Personality: By the time she was sent to ARC as a mental patient, she had four personalities: Chad, the original; Chaddy, a younger version of him; Merry, the girl, and the dominant personality; and Mai (Merry + A.I.), part of a Palm A.I. that got into Circuit Breaker's head and took on parts of the other personalities to repair itself. When a clone was split off from her, Chad and Chaddy were moved into the soulless body.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Only as a non-werecat.
- Playful Hacker
- Shock and Awe
- Split Personality: Merry has 4 personalities: Chaddy, her more innocent child self; Chad, her cynical, distrustful, early adolescent self; Merry, the most normal one and the dominant personality; and Mai, an evil AI she defeated that took up residence in and merged partially with her mind. Eventually these four were separated into pairs when Merry got accidentally cloned; Chad and Chaddy now live in Petra's head, while Merry and Mai now live in Paige's.
- Technopath: Merry is a cyberpath who can dive into computer networks and do whatever she wants.
- Techno Wizard: Even before manifesting, to a degree.
- Unreliable Narrator
Tropes specific to Paige
Tropes specific to Petra
Heyoka (Jamie Carson)
A Lakota shaman who is forced to channel some bothersome and occasionally downright unpleasant spirits
- Ambiguous Gender: His/her default form.
- Blessed with Suck: The spirits Jamie channels all tend to mess with his/her body and/or head and Jamie is often left to deal with the fallout from their Blue and Orange Morality.
- Gender-Blender Name
- Hermaphrodite: His/her default form.
- Involuntary Shape Shifting: His/her powers automatically force shapeshifting upon him/her.
- Magical Native American: A Lakota 'two-spirit' who can communicate with spirits and astral project, but can't keep from physically shifting into the form of spirits that Heyoka merges with. Deconstructed, as she was sorta dragged into this, doesn't get ALONG with said spirits and astral projections, and wasn't especially into the specifics of her religion. (Her dad was, but he got struck by lightning.) Her powers are also a pain in the ARSE. (Her gender and personality can change pretty drastically thanks to the spirits...)
- Pronoun Trouble: While she was born female, being an astral avatar makes her shift both form and gender.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
Feral (Erin Wynguard)
See their entry elsewhere on this page for tropes pertaining to them.
Four friends with severe mutations who banded together out of necessity (no one else wanted them) and proved to be a very potent team
- Badass Crew: One of the hardest sim teams to beat. Before Team Kimba started making a name for themselves, they were second only to the Grunts.
- Breakfast Club: It's as though the only reason they haven't demolished the school yet is because they have each other. Everyone on the team is either a rager, a devisor, insane or all of the above, and Diamondback and Jericho, the most sane of the bunch, have some major issues.
- Garage Band: They play in a room under Hawthorne, and people often stop by to listen to them.
- True Companions: They band together almost specifically because they are all ridiculously outcast from rest of the school due to bad fashion sense (on purpose) and severe GSD (they look like monsters).
Jericho (Joseph Turner)
- Blind Black Guy
- Blind Musician: He plays bass guitar.
- Brown Note: His wardrobe reaches this level in some stories.
- Childhood Friends: With Diamondback.
- Class Clown: plays this role hard to keep up the morale of his fellow Twainies.
- Combat Medic
- Disability Superpower: One of his powers allows him to 'see', although he can't detect light, so glass is opaque to him. He keeps this power a secret from all but his teammates.
- Handicapped Badass: He's just as deadly as the others.
- Hidden Depths: He has serious reasons for most of the goofy things he does, and intentionally plays up his quirks to distract unwanted attention from the other outcasts.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: He intentionally dresses in the most hideous combination of clothes that he can find, to the point that it's a weapon. That poor, poor mook.
- Milky White Eyes
- Nerd Action Hero He's Black and Nerdy. He's an inventor at Whateley Academy. He's working on power armor designed to help firemen and emergency medical technicians in combat areas. He's constantly combating his inherent chubbiness with fad diets. But he's also on a training team with Eldritch, Diamondback and Razorback. This training team is widely felt to be the scariest team on campus.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: he's nearly as good an inventor as Loophole but deliberately plays up the "wacky deviser" stereotype to hide it.
- Obnoxious Snarker: A notorious smart-ass.
- Powered Armor: He designed it for medics like himself to wear on battlefields.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: on the rare occasion that he wears the Whateley Uniform, like his date with Tennyo, he does it up right.
Razorback (Jack Carlyle)
A mute speedster with the appearance of a dinosaur-like raptor and severe rage issues.
Diamondback (Sandra/Ryan Carter)
An empathic Lamia (snake-woman) with two personalities
- Badass: Don't let the low Wiz-rating fool you- she pulled off a plan that fooled Hekate. She also threw a guy through the side of a truck. A metal side.
- Berserk Button: Sharisha insulting Chaka and Fey and carelessly outing them in the process was enough to make her cross the room and slap her before either of the other two could pull themselves together enough to react.
- Childhood Friends: With Jericho.
- The Empath
- Fetish: She is one, much to her displeasure, as she's been approached by guys who were only interested in her for being a snake-woman.
- Genius Bruiser: She may just be the smartest kid on campus
- Shrinking Violet: When it comes to singing in public.
- Snake People
- Split Personality: Ryan and Sandra both cooperate, and claim that it's more like a "dual processor" than an actual case of this trope. However, they do have notably different mannerisms.
- Teen Genius: Has been alluded to as having one of the highest IQ's in the freshman class, if not the whole school.
Eldritch (Caitlin Bardue)
A meld of a human and an ancient super mage-smith with severe anger issues
The Bad Seeds
"Okay. We’re the kids of some of the biggest villains in the world. Wealth and power undreamt of by mortal man. And so far our ambitions include solving roommate problems, patent development, the possible destruction of the world, and covering the campus in concrete to turn it into a giant skate park."
—Jadis, "The Bad Seeds"
She-Beast (Jadis Diabolik)
Eldest child and only daughter of the biggest supervillain on the planet. Loves her Dad and appreciates his goals but is ambivalent about his methods. Striking, but not conventionally pretty and well aware of it.
- Abusive Parents: Dr. Diabolik isn't a bad father, but she and her brother were once stuck in an absolutely awful foster home. Their father was not amused.
- Badass Bookworm: Like Phase, she reads a lot.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Zig-zagged. She knows the exact number of casualties her father has caused (17,246) and when and where they occurred, but she's become so used to relatives of these victims giving her shit for deaths that she had nothing to do with that her response in one story to a relative threatening to send her to prison was simply 'Take a number and get in line, bitch'.
- Childhood Friends: With Phase.
- Cultured Badass: She's very rich and her father did not skimp on her education
- Dark Is Not Evil: She knows she lives in the shadows and must sometimes resorts to criminal methods but she always tries to follow the spirit if not the letter of the law and a "live and let live" philosophy.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Genre Savvy: one could say it's her true superpower.
- Hollywood Homely: Not conventionally attractive by any in-universe standards, and being at Whateley, a place filled with Exemplars, doesn't help.
- Horned Hairdo
- In the Blood: She's constantly harassed by people who believe that she's a supervillain because her father is, or who blame her for the death of a loved one.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Aversion, and she's aware of it.
- Mystical White Hair
- Not So Different: also with Phase.
- Only Sane Man: Frequently.
- Psychic Block Defense: Her father bound a devil to her soul, which influenced her PK shield. It's also proven to be an effective defense against psychics- one tried to read her and freaked out.
- Rules Lawyer: As the daughter of Dr. Diabolik, she knows damn well that the law will get her on anything wrong she does, so she learns all the laws so she knows her rights in any circumstance. It's helped her out more than a few times.
- Jadis ultimately defeated Gryphon, the successor to a deceased iron-man like super hero, by simply notifying his heirs that her power armor was rightfully part of his estate.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Was actually assigned "identify your arch-nemesis" as a research paper topic in a none-too-subtle dig at her family. While Jadis was inspired to identify the one person who could be her arch-nemesis (Loophole, the only superior rules lawyer) she wasn't about to make that public because it would only make trouble for them both. So she decided to write a bunch of deliberately over-the-top Sitcom Arch-Nemesis hooey about Aquerna instead. She had a lot of fun writing it but ultimately decided not to turn it in because she didn't want to cause any trouble for Anna either.
- The Smart Guy
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Team Dad: to the Bad Seeds
- White Sheep: Her father's a super-villain, her brother's an aspiring super-villain, but Jadis doesn't plan to go either hero or villain. She wants to be a financial consultant. She'd really love to be a lawyer, but realizes that the daughter of a supervillain would never be allowed to practice law.
- Affably Evil: Sometimes. He may be one of the least likeable people on campus, but he does try, in his own condescending way, to be polite and reasonable. Since he's lacking in empathy, his good intentions are seldom well-received.
Ayla: You think that he’d try to cheat me and screw me over?
Jadis: No, I think that he would screw you over in complete honesty and sincerity.
- A Man Of Wealth And Taste: is absolutely horrified by the very thought of wearing off the rack clothing.
- Badass Bookworm: More so after his transformation, which boosted his physical attributes.
- Baleful Polymorph: He's suffering from this himself due to the lab accident mentioned below, but aside from that, he's notorious for having done this to other students.
- Code Name: More or less the only aversion: His official code name is simply "Jobe Wilkins" (he doesn't need one, nobody would dare go after his family).
- Professor Guinea Pig: does not hesitate to use himself as a test subject
- Faux Affably Evil: On a couple of occasions, when he's lectured people who were being affected by Body Horror he caused himself.
- Geek Physique: Despite having received martial arts training from a young age, his original body was not in the best of shape.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: When he's not coming across as a Literal Genie
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He created a drow serum to make the perfect girlfriend for himself. And then he accidentally injected himself with it. It worked perfectly.
- Horny Scientist: He is working on a project to create his very own Drow wife. Recent stories reveal that he has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. However, in a cruel or poetic twist of fate, depending on your opinion of him, he has become his Drow wife. And, she is the semi-official mother of her own clone.
- Insufferable Genius: In a school full of genius devisers and gadgeteers, plus the people smart enough to teach said inventors, he treats everyone else like they're a moron compared to him. He could be right.
- Literal Genie: Saved from being a Jerkass Genie only because he doesn't deliberately screw with people, he just gives them exactly what he thinks they need as seen his very singular point of view
- Mad Doctor
- Master Poisoner: Jobe creates toxins in his lab to carry around just in case somebody attacks him, and injects himself with the corresponding antitoxin to prevent self-poisoning. He creates a new toxin daily so people cannot become immune/create their own antitoxin.
- Minored in Asskicking: The NYPD once left Jobe in a holding cell with a bunch of notorious street thugs and when they came back the thugs were cowering in the corners.
- Modest Royalty: For some reason Prince Jobe is not insistent upon his royal titles, despite his massive ego.
- More Deadly Than The Male: firmly believed this even before his transformation.
- Pet the Dog: He defended his old roommate, Oak, a few times. He also helped catch the person who used a potentially deadly bioweapon against the Grunts in an attempt to affect the betting line in Vegas.
- Ayla also noted that he created an effective vaccine for dysentery that was estimated to save nearly a million lives a year and donated it to the Gates Foundation for free.
- Poisoned Weapons
- Royal Brat: emphasis on "brat" more than "royal".
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Steadily gaining ground on him due to the programing he included in his "drow girlfriend" serum, to the point where he's now considering a "drow boyfriend" serum.
- Teen Genius: Jobe's genius for bio-devising sticks out even at Whateley. He's already been considered for a Nobel Prize. He's also been placed under UN Sanctions.
- The Unfettered: plagues, vaccines, it's all the same to him. His approach to famine in Africa was a new breed of cancerous cows. That dysentery vaccine? Created through experimentation on humans. Smart people consider him the most dangerous student on campus. Jobe's attitude towards other people growing up was informed by the fact that his father frequently disassembles his mother and Jobe figures it must be true love because he keeps putting her back together again.
- Unreliable Narrator: Due to his ego, his viewpoint can be highly slanted at times. One memorable scene in "The Second Book of Jobe" had him convinced that Jadis was madly in love with him, and interpreting everything she did or said accordingly.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It grieves him that his father does not give the biological sciences sufficient credit.
Techno-Devil (Malachi "Mal" Diabolik)
Nephandus (Jean-Armand "Jay-Arm" St. Michel-du Chantraine)
Thrasher (Nathan Thurston)
- Badass: When he was a kid, his father was hunted down and nearly killed by the Dragonslayers. Eight-year-old Nathan stood up to them, powerless and defenceless, and saved his father's life in the process (though he was incredibly lucky, having faced down the one Dragonslayer who didn't want to kill a man in front of his son).
- Beware the Nice Ones: He fought fiercely when his Hooligan friends were attacked by the Lamplighter during a run.
- Cool Board: Creates one with his powers.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The "giant skate park" idea mentioned above? That was his.
- Le Parkour
- Surfer Dude: The skateboarding equivalent.
Nacht (Katrina "Kate" Margya Joszinya Tvardowski)
- Abusive Parents: Her mother treats her like a tool, purposely withholds the identity of Kate's father as a way to manipulate her daughter, raised her in what her present guardian described as a prison, surrounded by people who'd humiliate and scorn her for showing weakness, and made her the focus of a cult when she was six.
- It gets worse: the last chapter of Silent Nacht reveals that Nacht has Erebeal Magic because as a baby, her mother dipped her into the Erebos… and wasn't actually expecting her to survive. And in addition, she's not even Nacht's biological mother- the Bell Witch kidnapped baby Nacht, dipped her into the Erebos, and adopted her when she lived.
- Arch-Enemy: She's one to the Witch Hunter who pursues her throughout Silent Nacht. It's implied that he's the same one who broke up the cult focused on her when she was a kid, though she doesn't seem to know who he is.
- She enjoys tormenting Belphegor for fun.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She temporarily becomes a demigoddess in Silent Nacht.
- Berserk Button: Hurting Jadis. Kate flipped her shit when Seraphim knocked her out in "There's an Angel in Dickinson Cottage".
- Casting a Shadow: Practices Erebeal Magic, which allows her to control darkness, including teleporting with it, using it as a shield and making clones of herself to attack enemies.
- Creepy Monotone: A number of other students are utterly terrified of her.
- Cultured Badass: She knows a lot of Edgar Allen Poe's works by heart.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: She's one of the few characters who uses reason and actually tries to talk potential opponents out of fighting, and it actually works sometimes.
- A Day in the Limelight: Her story, Silent Nacht.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Glare
- Different as Night and Day: Kate's guardians. The Bell Witch is a complete bitch who really doesn't care about her daughter, while Sunburst is her complete opposite, not only being happy and friendly, but also going out of her way to do things that Kate likes.
- Disappeared Dad: Kate has no idea who he is, and her mother (i.e. the one person who could tell her) is refusing to. Because her mother isn't her mother, and probably has no idea who he was.
- The Dog Bites Back: Successfully gets away from her mother by making her own plans and turning the tables on her.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Expy: Of Wednesday Addams (the movie version played by Christina Ricci).
- Happily Adopted: As much as she complains, she genuinely likes Sunburst and enjoys being her ward.
- Hidden Depths: She likes poetry (especially Poe), classic literature and extreme sports.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The few times Kate drops the ice queen schtick shows that she actually does care about other people, and has a particular sympathy for those who have been used emotionally. (It's implied that either she was the victim of a bad relationship, or she was referring to her mother.)
- Kryptonite Factor: Sacred Moly, a rare herb that effects anyone attuned to the Erebos. It knocks her powers out of control, and leaves her unable to take control back or get away from the chaos.
- No Means Yes: She says she hates everything and refuses to admit to liking anything, so it's best to take any personal opinion she gives with a grain of salt.
- Opposites Attract: Her potential boyfriend is Thorn, an ectoplasm manipulator who is absolutely ridiculous, has a flamboyant personality and loves throwing himself into disguises. The one thing they have in common is a love of classic literature.
- Overly Long Name: Though she's happy to go by Kate or Nacht.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Compared to the talents of Jadis, Jobe and some of the other more prominent Bad Seeds, Kate isn't a heavy hitter- but she's pretty damn ingenious and can hold off multiple attackers with magical weapons, and she has a very wide wealth of knowledge.
- Pet the Dog: She talked Dr. Venus' henchmen out of fighting, told them the truth that Venus had been concealing for them and got them all into protective custody.
- The Reveal: The Bell Witch isn't her mother at all, she stole baby Kate from her real mother. It's possible that the reason why the Bell Witch kept refusing to tell Nacht the identity of her father is because she never knew.
- The Snark Knight: She has reasons why she acts this way, though.
- The Stoic: She hides her emotions from everyone except Jadis and occasionally Sunburst.
Rosethorn (Romeo LaClavar)
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Five Stages of Grief: The other Bad Seeds have their own set of these for him getting over a breakup. They're more or less the same ones, but in a slightly different order.
- Meaningful Name
- Pretty Boy: He claims that one of the reasons his girlfriends always break up with him is because "They don't like not being the pretty one in the relationship."
- Psychic Powers
- Self-Deprecation: Has a healthy sense of humor about his name, unless he's in the Unstoppable Rage phase of a breakup. He even jokes that the balcony scenes are the worst part.
- Serial Romeo: More or less his defining characteristic.
- Much to his own dismay. He'd rather find his One True Love.
- Unstoppable Rage: What happens when he reaches the "Anger" stage. He once wiped the floor with the whole Cadet Crusaders super team.
Winter (Marian Kilgareth-Donnehammer)
- The Beautiful Elite: She's not one of the most stunning in the school, but she is the most beautiful member of the Bad Seeds excepting Romeo, and has pumped up her ego to go with this reputation.
- Elemental Powers
- Small Name, Big Ego: See The Beautiful Elite, above. She thinks she's a lot more beautiful than she really is, to the point that when people outside the group try talking to or hitting on her friends, she automatically assumes that they mean her even if they didn't even look at her.
- The Team Wannabe: She wants to join the Capes, mostly just so she can say she did (and to annoy her parents).
Cheese (Victor Alexander Maria Stieglitz-Von Maas)
Dragonrider (Lindsay Fellows)
- The Beastmaster: Dragons, mainly.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She gets angry a lot, and when she does, Pern, her pet dragon, gets very, very big and very, very pissed off.
- Power Crystal: She's got a small collection of power gems, garnered by getting Jay-Arm to fall for some sucker bet or another, time after time.
- The Ingenue
- Token Good Teammate: While the Bad Seeds are not (for the most part) actually bad people, she's the only one that would never be mistaken as the villainous sort. This is partially due to her sweet nature, and partially to a protective charm her father placed on her that keeps people from making the mental connection between "girl who hangs out with the Bad Seeds" and "daughter of a super villain".
- White Sheep: She doesn't plan to be a super villain, but she loves her father nevertheless.
Render (Raymond Banks)
- Extra Ore Dinary: His TK powers allow him to cut straight through things like glass, and he can liquify it (hence his codename).
- Pragmatic Villainy: When Jobe threatens him (with a credit card, no less) Render replies that he better be able to back it up with paid vacations, profit sharing and a decent dental plan.
- Scary Black Man
- Stock Superpowers: He's a TK superman.
Silver Serpent (Laurel Hua / Hua Chu Lan)
- Extra Ore Dinary: She's a high-end avatar with a spirit of metal, giving her some control over the element. Word of God is she can pass through it as if it were water, like the T-1000. She can also destroy power armor and manifested metal with a touch.
- Friendly Enemy: She views Chou as this- Chou has no plans to hurt her in any way, but Laurel knows who Chou is, what Chou can do and is as a result absolutely terrified of her.
- Lady of War
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Substituting 'would-be global conqueror' for 'mad scientist'.
- White Sheep: She isn't against her father, but she thinks that many of his plans are stupid and will only end in disaster. She just can't do anything about it.
Belphoebe "Belphie" Blackadar-Wilkins
- Badass Bookworm: Demonstrated in "Saks and Violence"
- Code Name: To date, the second aversion, together with her "mother" Jobe. On the other hand, this is probably because she's still working out who she is...
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Really Was Born Yesterday: She's a cloned drow, so while she appears 16 and is treated as such by the administration, staff and students; chronologically she's 0.
The Lit Chix
Elaine "Doc" Nalley (Loophole)
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. She gradually grew in importance, until she eventually got her own one-shot, and then a very lengthy solo story that's actually fairly important to the main plot (As opposed to the early Lit Chix stories, which could be skipped without the reader missing anything of importance).
- She's gone from part of the Lit Chix, to the 'head' of the Alpha plots.
- Awesome by Analysis / Instant Expert: It's part of her gadgeteer power.
- Badass Bookworm
- Beware the Nice Ones: After Kodiak's spirit made her believe that Songbird raped her, Elaine got 'revenge' on Songbird by chloroforming her, tying her up, repeatedly Tasering her and fucking with her head so that Songbird believed that Loophole stole her soul and could destroy it with a button.
- Bi the Way
- Demonic Possession: Kodiak's bear spirit got into her head, altered her memories and used her like a puppet.
- Fiery Redhead
- Gadgeteer Genius: One of the most terrifying. She has a 100% success rate. Now imagine what she might build...
- See Beware the Nice Ones above. While Loophole maintains that stealing someone's soul isn't actually possible, if she actually tried, she probably could do it.
- The Gunslinger
- Mind Rape: Kodiak's spirit altered her memories of her relationship with Songbird so she believed that Songbird raped her.
- Mis-blamed: In-universe, she built a gun for Freya that was later used by another student to kill himself. While Loophole had nothing to do with his suicide besides having built the gun, this hasn't stopped the student's roommate from blaming her and being determined to prove that she did it.
- Morality Pet: to Kodiak.
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Powered Armor: She has designed and built a suit of 'Iron Man' style power armor with flight, weaponry, and spacesuit capabilities. She's about 15. Dynamaxx has a similar power armor suit, but he may have bought some of the components.
- Rape as Backstory: Ultimately subverted. Loophole was in a consensual relationship with Songbird, but after breaking up, she asked Songbird to remove her memories of their relationship, which Songbird did. Kodiak's bear spirit then altered the memories so Loophole believed that Songbird had raped her.
- Rules Lawyer: Hence the codename.
- Southern-Fried Genius: A southern belle with an accent as thick as creamed corn, who also happens to be an inventor and gadgeteer who built her own ersatz, space-worthy Iron Man suit, who got her code name by knowing the rulebook (which rulebook, you ask? ALL OF THEM) inside and out and exploiting them ruthlessly.
- Technological Pacifist: After Snapshot committed suicide with a gun she built, she refused to make any form of weapon, barring a gun she built for Ayla. She loses sleep over worrying that an invention she created might be used by the military.
- Unreliable Narrator: Kodiak's spirit fucked with her memories, so up until Whilst Any Speaks part four, everything both Loophole and Kodiak say about Songbird is incorrect, but neither knew it.
- Wrench Wench: in the traditional sense as well as the gadgeteer sense; her deceptively decrepit looking supercharged Mustang is justly feared by all of the street racers in the Berlin area.
Joanne "Jo" Gunnarson (Murphy)
Rebecca "Becky/Bekky" Corbin (Foxfire)
- Berserk Button: Threatening Boots, her familiar. She spends her Combat Final going through a long fight designed to let her humiliate and crush her opponent for sexually harassing her friend and threatening Boots' life.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Is convinced that Team Kimba has a long thought-out plan for taking over campus.
- Familiar: A young silver fox named Boots (short for Slyboots).
- The Leader: Or at least the one most likely to drag the others into shenanigans.
Loophole: Why did Bek get put in charge?
Arachne: Mrs. Savage knows who’s always behind all the naughty stuff we ever do, so she just figured she’d assign blame preemptively.
- She's shown up at least twice in non-Lit Chix stories as a spectator, with someone wondering what she's even doing there and another person saying something along the lines of "Hey, try stopping her."
- Ms. Exposition: In "The Clue of the Unseen Switch". This is apparently a thing of hers; in "The Big Idea", she commented on Reach's speech with: "Wow, and I thought that I loved exposition!"
- Skunk Stripe
- Spell My Name with an "S"
Babs Younkle (Compiler)
Dee Castle (Fractious)
- Freak Out!: She had one in her combat final after falling into a mud puddle. It ended with reality fracturing like a bitch.
- Jewish and Nerdy
- Neat Freak / Super OCD: Her OCD has made her life impossible, and she can't do anything about it unless her medications work.
- Reality Warper: And a powerful one.
Don Sebastiano (Sebastiano Lorenz Valensuera y Ramirez)
- Anything That Moves
- Big Bad: Within the school. More like Disc One Final Boss.
- Brilliant but Lazy: He's quite capable when he puts his mind to it, but usually prefers to let other people handle the work.
- Charm Person: He's used this to slowly worm his way into someone's psyche.
- Depraved Bisexual: Not openly, but he raped both Cavalier and Skybolt while they were mind controlled.
- The Dragon: To Freya, who outclassed him by a mile.
- Handsome Lech
- Latin Lover: Tall, dark, and extremely handsome, he loves the ladies. He has a long string of girls he has wooed, screwed, and abandoned (in the most humiliating way he can arrange). Campus girls still fall for him, even though everyone knows he's the biggest bastard in the school.
- Manipulative Bastard: Aided by his telepathic abilities
- Smug Snake
- Telepathy: Though he doesn't follow the rules
Hekate (Kallysta Thessellarean)
- Black Magic: Practices the darkest of black arts.
- Deal with the Devil
- The Dragon
- Evil Sorceress
- Man Behind the Man: She actually does a lot of the Don's work. In fact, The Don isn't the one who put Cavalier and Skybolt under mind control. She did that, using a thrall spell.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After her defeat, she cannot be without wards, at all, or a 'broke an oath to Fey' curse will get her. All the evils she has done shall compound upon her threefold. She's done a lot of evil.
- Would Hurt a Child: Used children for blood sacrifices, and it's implied that may not even be the worst of her crimes.
Solange (Tansy Walcutt)
Formerly ugly scion of a wealthy old New England family who hit the jackpot when she manifested, Tansy was the prettiest girl in school until Fey arrived and proof that a pretty face can cover an ugly personality.
- Abusive Parents: Apparently dad was part of the wife-a-month club
- Alpha Bitch: She tormented Ayla (then known as Trevor) at their old school, and carries on at Whateley after they both mutate
- Later subverted when it turns out that the real mastermind behind her Girl Posse was Flicker.
- Armored Closet Gay: who takes violent exception to anyone who forces her to confront her unwanted feelings.
- Back Stabbing The Alpha Bitch: one of her own Girl Posse backstabs her as soon as she becomes a liability
- Book Dumb: she's cunning but not particularly smart and thinks education is just a waste of time for a girl with her wealth.
- Evil Counterpart: In some ways, she's what Ayla could have been, had he not had a family who initially loved him.
- Freudian Excuse: She was heavily bullied as a child and had a bad family life. Now that she's older, powerful, and beautiful it's payback time.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: All of her schemes eventually backfire, and the eventual comeuppance is in direct proportion to the initial success.
- Humiliation Conga: Started out competing with Hekate for control of the Alphas, ended up on permanent detention babysitting the three little witches.
- Her attempt to use her avatar powers to kidnap Jinn Sinclair failed after Jinn figured out how to possess her body while she was sleeping and subjected her to a truly epic terror and humiliation campaign that including giving away all of her clothes, shaving off all of her hair and waking her up in mid-fall from 5000 feet.
- Karma Houdini: gets nothing more than permanent detention after her savage and near fatal assault on Greasy.
- Meaningful Name: tansy is a toxic herb that can cause miscarriages and spontaneous abortions
- Manipulative Bitch: She was, especially in the year before the Kimbas arrived, but she's slipped a lot. It's later revealed that her previous "successes" were actually due to the manipulations of Flicker, one of her "loyal" Girl Posse.
- Pet the Dog: recently expressed actual concern for someone other than herself. Headmistress Carson was pleased.
- Rich Bitch one of the richest, in fact.
Kodiak (Wyatt Cody)
- Abusive Parents: His father drinks heavily and spends his time trying to relive the past through his son's experiences, and his mother's become distant after she saw him take on a mob of Humanity First! attackers single-handedly and won.
- Affably Evil: During the Don's reign.
- The Atoner: Mainly for everything he did and was powerless to stop under Freya's reign.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Loophole. Even if you are his Avatar spirit.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He killed his Avatar spirit and subsumed it after he found out exactly what it had been doing to Loophole.
- The Big Guy: He had a friendly fight with Champion, and while he lost, he dealt out and took enough of a beating that nobody wanted to fuck with him. And he was only a freshman!
- The Brute: His role as Freya's enforcer- anyone who Songbird couldn't control then had to go up against him, and with his reputation, everyone backed down.
- The Casanova: In his earlier years at the school.
- The Dragon: He and Songbird were Freya's enforcers.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After learning that his spirit fucked with Loophole's head, he's horrified.
- Nice Guy: He's really not a bad guy, but his reputation comes before him.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He fought off a mob trying to attack a GSD woman and her baby. His relationship with his mother got very damaged after she saw him fight off over twenty people and barely get hurt.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, having taken the name of his spirit.
- Superpower Lottery: He ended up with a spirit that gives him a huge amount of strength, a body that's incredibly hard to hurt, invulnerability to cold and (most) psychic attacks, and it can even heal people under the right circumstances.
- Unstoppable Rage: He once nearly killed someone who provoked him far enough- the only thing that stopped the guy dying was regeneration (and the guy's brain regenerated completely- he wound up with an infant's personality, so whether he actually died or not is subjective.)
- Above Good and Evil: It claims that the concepts of good and evil are for 'the powerless', and thus don't apply to it or to Wyatt. He disagrees.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: It grew up with Wyatt as his 'imaginary friend', until he learned about Avatars and spirits. Unfortunately for Wyatt, it was running on an entirely different moral compass the whole time (see Blue and Orange Morality, below).
- Blue and Orange Morality: As nice and cordial as the Kodiak seemed, in the end, all it cared about was that Wyatt will apparently one day fight a great enemy, so everything it did came down to helping and preparing Wyatt for his eventual task. It helped remove the memory blanks in Loophole's mind, sure... and in the process, it altered the memories with the aim of eventually getting Loophole to date Wyatt because he liked her. It agreed to help heal Cavalier and Skybolt... because it wanted to do something similar to them because they would have been helpful to Wyatt.
- Character Death: Wyatt kills it and subsumes it in the final part of Whilst Any Speaks.
- Mind Rape: Knowing that Wyatt had a thing for Loophole, it altered Loophole's memories so she believed that Songbird, her ex-girlfriend, had repeatedly raped her, aiming to eventually drive Elaine into Wyatt's arms. It worked. It also said that it was planning to do something similar to Skybolt and Cavalier, because they would have been useful to Wyatt.
- Overly Long Name: “The Kodiak, spirit of the Untamed Earth, Duke of the Court of the Center, Master Healer and Court Physician to her Majesty, Gaia, High Queen of the Natural Realm".
- Vagueness Is Coming: It warned Wyatt that an 'enemy of life' is coming, and also gave him a vision of a nuclear bomb exploding over his home town. It hasn't been any more specific, sadly.
- Walking Spoiler: As of Whilst Any Speaks, part four.
Bluejay (Jay Blue Lake)
Hamper and Damper (James and Bradley Kenner)
Twin brothers who act as bullies for the Alphas.
Aries (Arnold Harvey)
The Don's increasingly reluctant enforcer who eventually becomes a mole and a reverse mole in the struggle between The Don and Kodiak
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: Phase tries to blackmail him by buying his parents mortgage, not realizing that Aries is actually thrilled by the chance to get out from under The Don's thumb.
- Bully Hunter: Started as one, and is appalled to realize he's become a bully himself. By then he was in too deep
- Retcon: He was just another bully until we finally got his backstory.
- Mundane Utility: He uses his powers mostly helping his father run the family dairy farm.
- Spanner in the Works: Willing to take a dive if it messes up the Don's plans
- Superpower Lottery: He's an exemplar, energizer, and speedster
The Three Little Witches
Clover (Estelle ?)
Palantir (Irene Durcell)
Abracadabra (Bethany Tarvetti)
- Only Sane Man
- The Smart Guy: Especially compared to the other two. She's easily the most rational.
- Spanner in the Works: a handful of her spell slips bollixed Deathlist's tactical computer just enough to give Lady Astarte an edge.
The Spy Kids
Officially known as the "Intelligence Corps Cadets" and derisively called "The Secret Squirrels", the Spy Kids are Whateley's own crew of 007
wannabes. They're the arch enemies of the Masterminds and convinced that the Bad Seeds must be up to something, if only they could find the evidence.
Reach (Harlan "Harley" Sawyer)
Freshman wannabe who becomes a member after an exemplar upgrade
- Abusive Parents: His father uses him as a whipping boy, his mother is a doormat who lets it happen
- Dogged Nice Guy: and it works out for him in the end.
- For Want of a Nail: It's implied that he could have been an exemplar in his male form as well if it weren't for the crippling inferiority complex his father instilled in him.
- Gender Bender: because of an deviser accident, Reach now flips between Harlan and Harley.
- Power Perversion Potential: The most explicit example after Sara. Harley can change the size and shape of any body part and it is explicitly noted in this context.
- Required Secondary Powers: he lacks them in his male form.
- Rubber Man: He has the power set, but doesn't have some of the Required Secondary Powers that would let him make really effective use of it; namely, while he can make his arm 15 feet long, doing so stretches his muscles out so much that he can't do anything with his extra-long arm. Near the beginning of the story, however, a lab accident grants Reach the "exemplar" power set, which, among other things, includes Super Strength, so she (oh, yeah, that lab accident also turned him into a girl) is now much more effective.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: Once he realizes it's an escape from the family loser identity his father's been hammering him into.
- The Unfavorite: compared to his older brother.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: but they have yet to fully nail down the trigger so it isn't entirely voluntary yet.
Ace (Andy DeWitt)
Sees himself as a hero-in-training. Absorbs skills from objects.
A-Plus (Anne Pollard)
Excels at everything! Crush on Ace, hates Hazard and Sahar
The guy who saves them in the lurch. Shrinks/grows things (mostly inanimate stuff) which allows him to keep a ridiculous array of tools and weaponry in his pockets.
Kew (Emily Anne Quentin)
Genius gadgeteer, though her gizmos are more like those in the Spy Kids
movies than the ones her counterpart provides to James Bond
Interface (Randy Welles)
Lovable troublemaker, interfaces with minds and machines but no one can figure out how he does it.
Not an official campus organization, The Masterminds are Whateley's own SPECTRE wannabes: a bunch of would-be supervillains who would be dangerous if they were actually competent. Arch enemies of the Spy Kids.
Irresponsible lazy kid, dreams of being a “gentleman rogue”
Bitter, ruthless, formerly ugly. (hates bullies, sympathy for underdogs)
Genuine career criminal. Selfish, deceitful, arrogant. (flunky)
Secret crush on spykid Ace, catty rivalry with spykid A-Plus. Secretly wants to turn good.
- Call Back: her "mastermind who turns good" ambitions echo Wallflower's mother, Tabby Cat, who was a Mastermind during her own Whateley years
Shifter, regenerates, super-strong, starts to slump after a few minutes. (flunky)
Leader, genius, type A, wants to be master criminal. Crush on Hazard.
- Time for Plan B: So severely type A (hence his Code Name) he invariably has plans A through Z with multiple roman numeral designated variations of each. They rarely work out for him.
Peeper and Greasy
- School Radio Station Newshounds: They run W.A.R.S., the Whateley Academy Radio Station. It's not uncommon to find them (or rather, Peeper, with Greasy tagging along) trying to harass pretty girls for "interviews".
- Those Two Guys
The ringleader, a megalomanical, misogynistic geek whose perverted obsessions has had the unfortunate (for him) effect of isolating him from the girls he's so obsessed with, though his real objective appears to be creeping them out.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Shows signs of being clinically deluded (if not outright Diedrick's Syndrome) but nobody has any sympathy for him because he's such a perverted jerk.
- Butt Monkey: not that he doesn't ask for it.
- Casanova Wannabe: Of the impossibly lame kind
- Combat Commentator: for the twice annual combat finals
- Jerkass: He exploits and abuses poor Greasy unmercifully
- Ungrateful Bastard: One of the school's resident queen bees decides that Peeper was responsible for something he didn't do. She attacks him. Greasy tries to defend Peeper and fight back. Peeper's response? He runs and doesn't so much as call the authorities to help Greasy.
- X-Ray Vision: And yes, he abuses it. Interestingly enough, he can't turn it OFF, explaining some of his issues. Not all, just some.
- Power Incontinence: He lies about this to get out of trouble with enraged females (aside from those in authority, who presumably already know), but his X-ray vision is always on.
Greasy (Adam Lambert)
Peeper's much put upon sidekick.
- Amusing Injuries: Right up until he tries to defend Peeper from an enraged Solange and it stops being funny very quickly.
- The Chew Toy
- Extreme Doormat: Peeper abuses him physically, mentally, emotionally, and above all, constantly.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's actually one of the best devisors at Whateley, with a real knack for combining technologies developed by others, which he obtains legitimately through trading (unlike Belphegor) Unfortunately he never gets much credit since Peeper abuses his gizmos for his own perverted purposes.
- Mad Scientist: He makes all the gadgets Peeper uses to harass girls.
- Minion Shipping
- Odd Friendship: With Loophole, who makes a point of visiting in the hospital after Tansy nearly beats him to death.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Peeper appears to be his one true love, despite or perhaps because of all the abuse Greasy suffers from him.
C.O.R.E. (Cooperation Organization for Responsible Evil)
Whateley's true clique of future super villains, all the more dangerous because they follow the team approach like superheroes instead of the "pack of wolves" approach typical of supervillains.
- Affably Evil: He and Phase seem to get along well.
- Camp Gay: Likes lounging around in colorful island clothes while reading romantic sonnets.
Once one of the shining stars of the Whateley teams, the Vindicators have now become a shadow of their former selves, mainly because most of the old teammates were assigned to other teams and replaced with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
. The result is a complete mess of a team who most of the time can barely walk into a room together, and things aren't getting much better...
Kismet (Korende Mitterand)
A moderately talented mage who leads the Vindicators, and doesn't do it well.
- It's All About Me
- The Man Behind the Man: While Cerebrex is the official leader, Kismet pretty much leads him around by his hormones.
- The Neidermeyer: To the point that when she knocks herself out early in a simulation, Sizemax takes over and the team beat the sim easily and work together really well.
- Unknown Rival: She keeps comparing herself and the Vindicators to Fey and the rest of Team Kimba. Team Kimba doesn't even consider them rivals, and pretty much everyone else considers them a laughingstock.
- She also refuses to see that she's nowhere near Fey, power-wise.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: She can manipulate probability to give herself luck, but it can backfire horribly.
Lemure (Simone Billings)
Reluctant teammate who is disgruntled because Kismet has driven her team into the ground.
Sizemax (Pam Henry)
- A Father to His Men: When she became leader for a sim.
- The Big Guy: Literally, since she's a size warper.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's a great leader, she doesn't just get a chance to show it a lot.
- Extreme Doormat: She's by far a better leader than both Cerebrex and Kismet combined, but she lets Kismet walk all over her to prevent infighting, even though it hasn't made anything better for the team.
- Nice Guy: The nicest one in the Vindicators.
Cerebrex (Alvin "Captain Canada!" Cuthbert)
The self-appointed leader of the Vindicators, Alvin is a package deal psychic who needs a focus to concentrate his powers. Alvin chose patriotism and calls himself "Captain Canada" over the objections of the Whateley faculty, who prohibit students from using titles, ranks, or degrees they have not earned, and his fellow Canadians, who consider him a doofus.
Donner (Pers Gundersson)
The Swedish Thor expy.
- Your Costume Needs Work: His costume has been described as if superheroes wanted to look like Vikings but didn’t do the research. It was a gray supersuit underneath fake Viking boots, fake Viking tunic, fake Viking arm bracers, and a fake Viking helmet.
Dynamaxx (Maximillian Dynsen)
- Casanova Wannabe: Uses some of the worst pick-up lines in existence but depends on the law of averages. He'll keep trying until someone says yes.
- Gadgeteer Genius: though "Gadgeteer Mediocrity" is probably closer to the truth.
- Powered Armor: uses one he has bought because he is not quite up to creating his own.
JT (Jimmy Trauger aka "Jimmy T.")
A shapeshifter who can assume virtually any form, and often does, involuntarily. He tends to change in his sleep, and some of his transformations are so extreme he's not allowed a roommate lest he put them in danger. A nice guy actually, if a bit lonely.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Pulled this off during the Halloween attack.
- Big Eater
- Blessed with Suck: Jimmy can easily turn into any living thing...except himself. That takes hours of concentration. And he's likely as not to wake up as a blob of protoplasm the next morning.
- Bully Hunter
- Combo Platter Powers: He was created with this in mind; his author stated that she just picked out three completely unrelated powers (shapeshifting, hearing the dead and being a psychic null)
- First-Person Smartass
- Gender Bender: Male, female, neither, both, other... Jimmy's been it all, and he never knows what he's going to wake up as tomorrow.
- He Who Fights Monsters: During the Halloween fight, he killed a lot of attackers in the form of a giant monster. A lot of people were worried that he'd play the trope straight.
- I See Dead People: According to Jimmy founder Noah Whateley's ghost is quite bemused by what has become of his school
- Never Live It Down: In-universe. In his freshman year, some guy tried to bully him. He responded by turning into a giant blob and consuming him. After security forced him to spit the guy out, he said - jokingly - that he was 'tasty'. Now people think he's a cannibal.
- Official Couple: With Chimera, though 'couple' is the wrong word, given that Chimera are two people who share a body.
- Psychic Block Defense: He's a psychic null. Nothing gets in and nothing gets out. He's about the only person around who can play chess against Fubar.
- Third Law of Gender Bending: Jimmy insists that his true gender is whatever gender he happens to be at the moment. It appears to be a psychological coping mechanism.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting / Involuntary Shapeshifting: he can change his shape any time he wants, but he often changes shape in his sleep, to the extent that he sometimes has trouble getting himself presentable (e.g. human) for his morning classes.
Thuban (Stephan Chang)
Seraphim (Kerry Ellison) aka "The Angel of Hell's Kitchen"
- Ambiguous Gender: After manifesting, s/he initially leaned towards this.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She nearly killed Father John for his betrayal and the part he'd played in her being used and manipulated.
- Curtains Match the Window: Golden blonde hair and gold eyes.
- The Empath
- Extreme Doormat: Initially, but she's growing out of it.
- Famed in Story: as "The Angel of Hell's Kitchen", a mystical healer of enormous power
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Invoked, as it turns out. Father John's idea of an angel induced the change in her BIT.
- Healing Hands: Every time she heals someone, she takes on their illness or injury. And all the illnesses and injuries she's ever healed before. At least the older healings manifest themselves to a lesser and lesser degree over time, but it's still pretty grisly when she heals a cancer victim, after healing a blind person and a person with crippling arthritis and... Even worse, near the end of her intro novel, she's being held captive and forced to do this. And she's only 14.
- Mystical White Hair: Originally after manifesting.
- Power Gives You Wings: Well, her codename is Seraphim, so it's not exactly a big surprise. Though the first time she manifests her angelic wings she flaps around and can't fly straight until she gets used to them..
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: People were going to be lining up at the doors for a healer, but as time went on her own needs were no longer being taken into consideration. It started with her being overworked and not getting breaks to recuperate, and culminated in her being drugged and imprisoned when she threatened to leave.
Aquerna (Anna Parsons)
A fairly low-powered avatar who gets her powers from the literal spirit of the squirrel and started out as something of a campus joke because of it. But she proves to be fairly competent with what powers she does have as she gets more story time.
Superchick (Misty Cooley)
Jadis' roommate. She's slightly ditzy and not too bright, but Jadis likes her because all of her previous roommates were either terrified or minion wannabes.
Belphegor (Philip "Pip" Blackadar)
One of the better Devisors on campus (though not nearly as good as he thinks), Belphegor took his name from the Demon of Sloth, Invention, and Feces
in traditional demonology, and does his best to live down to it. Notorious for stealing other people's inventions and combining them into something new.
Josie Gillman (formerly Josh Gillman, no codename)
Technically not a mutant, Josie is a survivor of a family curse which endows some men in her family with savant-level mathematical abilities which provide the ability to transverse non-euclidean space.
Unfortunately it also drives them insane
and grants them "exceptional tastiness"
making them the Eldritch Abomination
equivalent of delivery pizza. Since this only applies to males of the Gilman line, Josh's Gender Bender
to Josie saved her. Unfortunately, her non-mutant status leaves her just about the only student at Whateley without any real powers, unless you count occasionally falling through the cracks in our reality and being really, really good at math. Josie also has a "cat" named Schroedinger that is actually a baby shoggoth; just who is the pet in that relationship is up for debate.
The former Queen Bee of Josh's old school, now playing Peppermint Patty to Josie's Marcie.
- Alpha Bitch: Of her old school. Turns our she had reasons.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: has taken a Josie under her wing now that they're stuck together at Whateley.
- Fallen Princess: from a mansion to a trailer park.
- An Ice Person: She's the Paladin of an ice goddess, and has done her best to conceal this.
- Internalized Categorism: Her father joined Humanity First after the untimely death of her mother, so she was raised in an environment guaranteed to cause self-loathing when her own powers manifested.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Not so much closeted as still in denial.
Headmistress Elizabeth Carson (Lady Astarte)
Chief Franklin Delarose
Head of Whateley security.
- Dean Bitterman: Despite not having the central administrative position, she still influences quite a few student affairs. A genuine smile from her managed to seriously creep out her student assistant. She has tried to get some of the protagonists expelled, and clearly gives the Alphas preferential treatment. And she seems to be in a 'vice principal' position at Whateley Academy.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The superpowered version of this. She uses her power over computers as well as her malicious nature to be the Obstructive Bureaucrat of your nightmares, except for the chosen few who get special privileges from her.
- As the stories go on, it's shown from time to time that she does in fact have a human side as well. She's nonetheless quite possibly the most difficult actual member of the school staff to get along with, and there's not much love lost between her and Team Kimba in particular.
- Sadist Teacher: Well, school administrator, anyway. Carson briefly mentioned her having actual clinical sadism, in such a way that it was difficult to tell if she was joking.
- Techno Wizard
- When She Smiles: The effect was actually disturbing to a student who witnessed it, seeing as it was such a change from her usual demeanor.
Samantha Everheart (Hive)
- Empowered Badass Normal: Sam was already a retired Badass Normal before he took out a team of criminals looting a high-tech research facility and got dosed with nanotechnology. Now Hive is strong and fast enough to deal with the mutants at Whateley Academy.
- Karma Houdini: During her military service, she murdered a girl and boy for no apparent reason. When other people find out about it, they don't care.
- Nanomachines: Sam Everheart is walking around in the Whateley Universe because Sam interrupted an attempt to steal a nanotechnology experiment and ended up getting the nanotech, which then did a whole-body alteration. Luckily, Sam survived it.
- Older Than They Look
- Technopath: But she has merged with a nanite supercomputer called Hive so she has an unfair advantage
- Badass Grandpa: He's a little old (non-mutant) man, but a master of martial arts who is capable of beating the snot out of mutants in his classes, or even taking out a Syndicate battle-team.
- Badass Normal: A little old man, he starts every term's aikido classes by picking the most dangerous mutant in the room and demonstrating that he can kick said mutant's ass.
- Combat Pragmatist: He encourages this in all of his students.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Being a martial artist, he used to not use guns. Then one of his sparring partners beat him by pulling a gun on him in the training room and shooting him with a paint round. He got over his aversion to guns real fast, after that.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's the short, elderly Old Master who teaches aikido at the Superhero School even though he's a baseline. More than once, Phase has thought of him as an evil old midget.
- Old Master: He is a little old man without powers who teaches martial arts to teens who are mutants with superpowers. In his first appearance (the first day of classes), he schools PK superboy Lancer. In later stories, we learn that Lancer was the fourth superpowered teen he clobbered that day.
Reverend Darren Englund
- Badass Normal: Before he manifested
- Badass Teacher: You do not mess with his students. Even if you're the Lamplighter.
- Cape Buster: A former one.
- Combat Pragmatist: Before his emergence as a mutant. As one of the range instructors, he's the one who okays or used to what is and is not allowed to be used on the range. And he is a Badass Normal, and is more than capable of defending himself against most of the students at Whateley - even the ones who think it's funny to sneak up behind people and stab them in the kidneys.
- Don't Call Me Sir
- Good Is Not Nice: Coarse, angry, and clinically insane after the horrors he experienced in a Black Ops group for the U.S. Defense Department, he acts like a Jerk Ass to the students. Except he'll do anything to keep students from being hurt on his ranges, and he was willing to be brutally ripped to pieces to save a teenage girl from killing herself.
- Le Parkour
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Cat is killed at Halloween.
The Children of the Night
The Necromancer (Charles Upton Darrow)
- Ax Crazy: He flips between a Saturday Morning cartoon villain and a devious chessmaster and you have no idea when this happens...
- Big Bad
- Evil Sorcerer
- Necromancer: Are you surprised?
- Poisoned Weapons: His gauntlet darts.
- Villain Decay: It's hard to take the man seriously when he's lost to the same group of teenagers twice. he's starting to get better. Making this worse is the introduction of villains such as Mimeo, Mephisto, and to a lesser extent Lady Jettatura, all villains much more competent than him.
- Xanatos Gambit: He claims that his losses in Boston were him pulling these, but it comes off as a weak attempt to keep himself from looking bad. However, the Birthday Brawl features him masterfully executing several of these, making out like a bandit and only failing one of his many objectives — albeit, the most important one. That failure was caused by a fact that he couldn't have known: an Unknown Unknown.
Lady Darke (Sandra K. Darden)
The Arch-Fiend (Wilbur Bunsen)
Vamp (Alex O'Brien)
- Cyborg: All robot except for his brain and his face.
- The Dragon: To the Chessmaster.
- Hero Killer: He's got the name because of the huge list of superheroes he has already killed, including Champion. The only person we know of who has survived this killer cyborg is Lady Astarte in the Halloween story, and she had help from a Reality Warper, a precognitive, and a really huge blaster. She still couldn't polish him off.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Wore a black pinstripe suit during the Halloween attack.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- We Can Rebuild Him: He's been rebuilt so many times the only human part of him is his head. Supposedly, his first rebuild was after his parents stuffed him into a trash compactor, decades ago.
Prince Vlad Brâncoveanu/Lord Fredrick Paramount
- Deadpan Snarker: One critic, bemoaning the fact that they had originally hoped to simply outlive him lamented, "He will bury us all!" To which, Lord Paramount asked whether the critic had a preference to a shovel with an ash handle or a pine handle for the job.
- Psychic Powers: has both telepathy and clairvoyance.
- Retired Monster: supposedly retired from supervillainy.
- Sorcerous Overlord: superpowered overlord actually.
- Super Strength
A member (and part of the Executive Board) of the New York Chapter of the Grand Hall of Sinister Wisdom.
Dr. Diabolik (Leonides Daibliku)
- Anti-Villain / Affably Evil: Caring father, hard-working inventor, Benevolent Boss, and by his own daughter's count, directly responsible for the lives of over 15,000 people in his raids on middle-sized cities around the world. When he attacks Cincinnati, he secretly encourages the heroes to triumph over his weapons, and when highly stressful problems occur, he politely asks his minions for ideas and rewards them for speaking up. Still, he attacks cities, knowing that tons of people will be killed or injured.
- When his children were the target of protestors and media outlets, he called each one of them up, at their homes, at their workplaces, on their mobiles... and calmly, politely, and non-threateningly explained to them that while he sympathized with them, attacking children over such a thing was a decidedly cowardly act. After that, the protestors just... went away.
- Artificial Limbs: A bionic left arm.
- Benevolent Boss
- Electronic Eye
- Genre Savvy
- Herr Doktor: He deliberately plays this up.
- Horned Hairdo
- Lean and Mean
- Mad Scientist
- Older Than They Look: He's 75, but can pull off late forties.
- The Smart Guy: Jadis also mentions that he has no patience with idiots.
- Visionary Villain: He follows Timothy Leary's 'SMILE' concept (Space Migration, Increased Intelligence, Life Extension) and everything he does goes toward that aim.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's caused over 17,000 casualties
- All Your Powers Combined: Can get all the powers of up to six supers. For four hours. He fought the heavy hitters of Team Kimba and gained their powers, beating them up and getting enough powers to go rob an impregnable diamond exchange. In decades of superbattles he has supposedly been beaten only twice, one of which was when he was only thirteen.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He was one of the first students at Whateley Academy, and realized immediately that this was the opportunity of a lifetime. He took powers courses on just about everything, becoming familiar with all the common power sets and how to use them. This led directly to his MO, which involved picking a fight with a whole super team, then using their copied powers to pull of his real caper, after which he'd lay low, disguising himself with his shapeshifting abilities while planning out his next heist and enjoying the good life in some world-class resort.
- Day in the Limelight: After his first appearance, he got his own novella, "Mimeographic."
- Powers as Programs: Regular power mimics can do this with mutant powers. He can do this with any powers.
- Hero Killer: Despite not actually killing anyone, he is infamous for taking on entire superhero teams and winning.
- Technical Pacifist: He doesn't kill people. Doesn't have a problem with people he works for doing it, though.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Younger Than They Look/Older Than They Look: When he first manifested at age 12, he would often look older than he was. Later on in life, he would look younger, though without regeneration it was only superficial. At the end of "Mimeographic" his body is physically 18, but he shapeshifts to appear as if he were 28, and mentally, he's actually 55.
Mephisto the Mystic
- Affably Evil
- Arch-Nemesis: Despite stating that it's a bad idea to become to obsessed with a single hero, he really hates the Dark Avenger.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy
- Older Than They Look
- The Plan: More or less every scheme he's ever pulled.
- Unreliable Narrator: We learn about him through a story that he's telling to an Intrepid Reporter. It's obvious from the beginning that he's biasing the narrative in his favor. Then at the end, he reveals that most of what he said was made up, with enough of it true that it will pass scrutiny should someone like Doctor Amazing dig the details out of said reporter's mind.
Freya (Friedeslinge Larssen)
- A God Am I: She thinks she has done this in the climax of Whilst Any Speaks, but it was all a hoax.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She returns in Whilst Any Speaks with a plan to find the actual Brisingamen and take it for her own, as she believes that it will make her a goddess.
- Beauty Is Bad
- Benevolent Boss: Freya never gets angry, never yells, never forces people to do things her way. If someone has an objection, she explains, cajoles, slowly convinces them. If they have a legitimate point, she'll change her plan to work with their point. She's very good at making people loyal to her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Even without the Brisingamen Effect, Freya was very good at acting like a nice person to deceive people.
- This also sums up the Alphas under her role- they were still cruel, but Freya at least gave everyone a good time. The Don just crushes them.
- Book Dumb: Turns out that Freya was woefully ignorant of pop culture, meaning that when She-Beast manufactured an obvious hoax with the aim of getting Freya beaten up and humiliated, Freya took it seriously and wound up genuinely believing that she could become a goddess.
- The Chessmaster
- The Evil Genius: Freya is an incredibly smart person.
- Lack of Empathy: Freya had no personal feelings or loyalty for anyone (possibly excepting Songbird). If she did something nice, it was only to manipulate them.
- Manipulative Bastard: One of the best.
- Mind Rape: Her 'Brisingamen Effect', which made everyone it was used on want to love her and serve her.
- Meaningful Name: She picked the codename because her power mimicked an artefact of the original Freya. (She was also a tall, blonde, beautiful Scandinavian.)
- Post-Graduation Character: She graduated the year the stories begin, so we only hear about her and see her in flashbacks, until Whilst Any Speaks.
- Villainous Breakdown: When her plot in Whilst Any Speaks is revealed to be a hoax by Jadis to get back at her for humiliating her at the Alpha party, she breaks down, refusing to believe that she has not become a goddess.
- Xanatos Gambit: Everything Freya did served her purpose on at least three levels.
- One example: She sends an Alpha called Wildman, a regenerator, to pick a fight with Kodiak. Wildman ends up provoking Kodiak so much that Kodiak effectively kills him (his body survives but his brain regenerates as blank) and Kodiak ends up friendless for the rest of the year. This achieves three things: 1, Kodiak, friendless, feared and lonely, is easy for Freya to recruit; 2, Wildman is out of the Alphas, and 3, a deviser Freya favoured gets a reprieve from Wildman's bullying.
Songbird (Maria Contessa Elyssa Gomez y Ricardo)
- Abusive Parents: Her stepfather raped her, her mother knew and didn't care, and after she graduated, her mother cleaned out Songbird's bank accounts and moved away without telling her daughter.
- Compelling Voice
- The Dragon: To Freya. She was one of, if not Freya's closest friend, and she was one of Freya's enforcers with Kodiak.
- Good All Along: Admittedly nobody who worked for Freya had clean hands, but Songbird was far from the raping monster Loophole thought she was.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She can control people with her voice and wipe their memories, hence her role as Freya's enforcer.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She was in Poe and an openly out lesbian.
- Overly Long Name
- Rape as Backstory: She was raped by her stepfather.
- Unreliable Narrator: Whilst Any Speaks revealed that the entire 'Songbird raped Loophole and made her forget about it' story was bullshit. The author even pointed out that A Cold Plate Of Vengeance was being told to Ayla by Elaine, not a description of what exactly happened.
Dr. Fitzroy J. Cobb/Dr. Macabre/The Monster Maker
- Bad Boss
- The Friend Nobody Likes: To the Syndicate.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: He loses the spirit that guided him for years, and then afterwards, for abducting his kid, Mister Magic throws him into the Monster Maker and delivers the results to the California Crusaders.
- Mad Scientist
- Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: His Monster Maker changes those he puts in it by making them avatars for spirits. Nobody was able to figure it out because it was magic, but it looked like science.
- Magitek: what he wants to create. He's had little luck so far.
Marzena Twardovski/The Bell Witch
- Abusive Parents: Her relationship with Nacht in a nutshell.
- Because Destiny Says So: Nacht has her convinced that her fate is to die horribly at the hands of the Witch Hunter. As a result, she is unconcerned with other forms of death. Whether this is actually true or not is unknown, but given the power Nacht had at the time, it's entirely possible.
- Casting a Shadow: She uses Erebeal Magic, using Nacht as a power source.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: To get what she wants, she turns Nacht into a demigoddess capable of amazing things. However, what she didn't realise was that Nacht wanted nothing to do with her, and was making previous plans. In the end, Marzena ends up with nothing.
- Idiot Ball: Tries to gain ultimate power while making someone else- namely, the person making it possible- pay for it, something any competent mystic knows is just plain dumb.
- Nothing Can Stop Me Now: Believes this to be the case… right before her downfall.
- The Reveal: She's not Nacht's mother at all. She abducted Nacht as a baby, dipped her into the Erebos and, finding that she survived, adopted her.
- Would Hurt a Child: When Nacht was a baby, Marzena dipped her into the Erebos and didn't expect her to survive.
One of the Boston area superheros. He's The Protector of the Weak, and is imbued with the Power of the Hawk. He seems to talk like a parody of a bad comic book superhero.
- Big Good
- Captain Ersatz: It's made blatantly obvious from the moment he's introduced that he's a Superman equivalent. "Razzle-Dazzle" makes it even more obvious, revealing that he started out only with super strength and the ability to jump really far, but gained powers like flight and heat vision as he absorbed more power from his enemies — in other words, he followed the same progression the real Superman did.
- Kryptonite Factor: The original Champion believed that his powers could be negated by a substance called "Tartareum." No such substance exists; his reaction to "Tartareum" (That is to say, any black chunk of rock that he thought was actually Tartareum) was purely psychosomatic. Unfortunately, this was only discovered after his death, and his first successor (who learned everything he 'knew' about his powers from the original) shared this weakness; later ones do not, although we still have to meet the modern Champion in an actual story.
- Legacy Character: Champion's powers come from "The Champion Force," which can be passed on to someone else should he die. This has happened multiple times.
- Weaksauce Weakness: See "Kryptonite Factor" above. Anyone who could convince the original Champion that a chunk of rock was tartareum could take advantage of his one weakness. He was finally killed with nothing more than a glass knife, because it was carved from black volcanic glass and both he and his nemesis were convinced that it was made of tartareum.
The Dark Avenger
- Aztec Mythology: She's the paladin of Quetzalcoatl.
- Inspector Javert: Doesn't like or trust Nacht, believing that she was lying to the team from the start and working with the bad guys. (She was, but it wasn't her choice.)
- Later, it turns out that she had a bet with Sunburst over it, so she was trying to prove that Nacht was a criminal so she could win.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Bruja" or "Brujah"? The text isn't quite clear on which.
- What You Are in the Dark: Invokes this on demigoddess!Nacht, saying that she can't destroy Marzena's mind to find out the identity of her real mother because Sunny will be upset. It works.
Daybreak and Nightfall
- Embarrassing First Name: Beauregard.
- Hidden Depths: He's a very successful businessman, one who aims to support the black community by finding people like Chiller, who can become his apprentices and then become successful businesspeople like him.
- Size Shifter
SPECTRUM is the name of Cincinnati’s most recent superhero group whose members mostly act on their own rather than as a team. They were given their name by the media because of the color names of the founding members. They collectively act as the guardians of Stacy Conrad.
- Benevolent Boss
- Deal with the Devil:She gets her power from an infernal contract that she inherited from a several times great grandmother. She's the 7th in the line, and she has to cancel out the contract with a sufficient amount of Grace (good deeds) to balance the evil her ancestors have done, or she (and the rest of them) will pay the price.
- Elaborate Underground Base: her Witchcave
- Good Thing You Can Heal: thanks to her Pool of Vigor.
- Rags to Riches: she was raised by middle class parents. Then she inherited a fortune from her grandmother.
Sioux Falls League
- Big Guy
- Genius Bruiser: despite his appearance, he is quite intelligent, and an avid student of ancient history especially