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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: With Thuban, who usually looks like a humanoid dragon. As she will readily tell you, his scales are soft when they kiss.
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.
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.
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.
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 ostracised 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 see her fights against Matterhorn and Jabberwock in Boston Brawl 2; Matterhorn's power had the side effect of deflecting her usual plasma blasts, and she couldn't even lay a finger on Jabberwock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Internalized Categorism: refers to himself as "a revolting freako intersexed mutant" though he does get somewhat better as time goes on
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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: During a second assault by her former friends, she was gang-raped, but she 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
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 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.
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.
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 thatCarmilla.
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."
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.
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.
Hermaphrodite: Paige and Petra are both completely and permanently hermaphrodites
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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. 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.
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.
"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)
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.
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'.
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, because she's 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Affably Evil: He is planning to join the villain business...
Royal Brat: His mother is a countess, though her claim to the title is rather spotty at best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Adult Child: He acts like an overexcited kid, but he has the vocabulary and knowledge of a skilled adult.
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.
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.
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
Author Avatars: Unusually perhaps, most if not all of them are fairly well-rounded, fun-to-read characters. They come a lot further down on the scale of Sue-ish-ness than the main characters, for the most part.
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.
Beware the Nice Ones: She 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.
Demonic Possession: For several months, part of a spirit was bound to her soul with some kind of mission. It's been heavily implied to be part of Kodiak's bear spirit, but not proven. It's also why she's an Unreliable Narrator.
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.
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: Songbird, one of Freya's sidekicks, repeatedly raped her and brainwashed her to forget about it. Freya did not care a bit.
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: Everything involving her and Songbird is shrouded in mystery. Loophole's version of the story is most certainly not what actually happened, but she likely doesn't know that she's lying. See Demonic Possession, above.
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
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!"
Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She used her mutant gift for nanotechnology to give herself the superhuman strength and speed her mutation itself failed to provide and that she hasn't quite learned to keep from activating purely by accident yet.
Gone Horribly Right: She used nanomachines to make herself an Exemplar, but she ended up four times as dense as she should be. Combine this with super speed and super strength, and... yeah. Not good.
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.
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.
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 and powerful, 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 after dropping her 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 one of her "loyal" Girl Posse.
Pet the Dog: recently expressed actual concern for a fellow student. Headmistress Carson was pleased.
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.
The Dragon: He and Songbird were Freya's enforcers.
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.
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.)
Bluejay (Jay Blue Lake)
Ambiguously Bi: has a thing for Jimmy T despite or because of his serial Gender Bending, though it's not clear if he's being genuine or just doing it to annoy Don Sebastiano.
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
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.
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
Shifter, regenerates, super-strong, starts to slump after a few minutes. (flunky)
Leader, genius, type A, wants to be master criminal. Crush on Hazard.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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 in their code names) and his fellow Canadians, who consider him a doofus.
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.
Casanova Wannabe: Uses some of the worst pick-up lines in excistence. Depends on the law of avarages. He keeps trying till someone says yes.
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.
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.
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)
Bigger on the Inside: His superpower. He keeps it top secret, simply pretending that his only power is, well, being a dragon.
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.
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..
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.
Badass: She took on the entire Good Ol' Boyz and won.
Gravity Master: She can lift several tons, or can slam someone to the ground with several tons of force. She has (unfortunately) named herself 'Superchick' and adopted a trademark-violating costume she made herself.
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 grants them "exceptionally 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 made her immune. 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.
Butt Monkey: The universe conspires to heap horror and humiliation on Josie. She mostly copes by refusing to accept delivery.
Conditioned to Accept Horror: Josie can see multiple levels of reality at once, most of which are filled with Cosmic Horrors. Pretty much nothing scares her anymore.
Hypocritical Heartwarming: Josh's sister Melissa tormented him after his Gender Bender by giving him a very girly makeover. Turns out her true motivation was denying Josh the time to brood while teaching him things she thought a girl should know.
Older Than They Look: She looks like a hot movie starlet in her early thirties, but is actually over 70.
Retired Badass: When Syndicate dropships and the unstoppable cyborg Assassin Deathlist invade her school, the gloves come off. Oh, she turns out to be Lady Astarte, possibly the greatest superheroine still around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ones. That failure was caused by a fact that he couldn't have known: a Unknown Unknown.
The Dragon: The Necromancer treats him like this, at least.
Chess Motifs: Uses a lot of these, shockingly enough given his name. His normal mooks are called the Chessmen (cyborgs), his backup are the Rooks, his battlefield planning table is the Chessboard, and all his plans are various gambits, openers etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Rape as Drama: She repeatedly raped Loophole, and it's stated that she had a lot of other victims.
Unreliable Narrator: Whilst Any Speaks has shown that Loophole is pretty messed up in the head, so much so that we can take everything we were told about Songbird with a huge grain of salt. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polar Opposite Twins: Their schtick is to arrange their appearance so that they look like opposite halves of a whole- Nightfall is white, wears black and has black hair, while Daybreak is black, wears white and has white hair.
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.
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.
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.