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Harry Thorson né Potter a.k.a. Red Son a.k.a. Dark Phoenix

I never wanted power. I never wanted to be god. And I am done playing.

The Hero of the story, and for the most part, as sweet, kind-hearted, and Adorkable as in canon... but also as temperamental. The discovery that his father wasn't just James Potter - he was Prince Thor of Asgard, member of the Avengers and all round awesome guy, and the often chaotic ramifications of this, shape the story. Increasingly, Harry's responses to those ramifications (which, being a Doom Magnet par excellence, he's usually in the middle of) takes the role of shaping the story, and Harry himself takes centre stage in the great supernatural chess game as a player in his own right.

Needless to say, this also drastically affects his Character Development - not all of which is for the better. An increasingly snarky, increasingly confident and assertive individual, he's more proactive and thoroughly resigned to the absurdity of his life. However, he's also somewhat traumatised, occasionally ruthless, and with a darker side and a sometimes dangerous temper. Even with his struggles, however, he's still a hero at heart.

For tropes pertaining to the Red Son and the Dark Phoenix, see their respective entries here.



  • Ace Pilot: He is a natural at flying, even with a Quinjet, though somewhat deconstructed - he can fly a Quinjet once it's in the air (according to the author, flying planes once they're in the air is apparently remarkably easy) but he couldn't make it take off or land it, because that is much, much more complicated.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: A rare written version, since he's explicitly fancast as a young Tom Welling (Tall, Dark, and Handsome heart-throb) who's growing into a young Pierce Brosnan (ditto), rather than Daniel Radcliffe (short and good looking, but not startlingly so).
  • Adaptational Badass: Extends beyond the obvious (Adaptational Muscles and winning the Superpower Lottery). By Ghosts, he's lethal in close combat, but he's also - far more importantly - far more tactically adept. Canonically, he generally wandered into trouble and then pulled an Indy Ploy to get out. However, while this incarnation seeks out trouble, he's better at planning - usually, using Xanatos Speed Chess such as when he dived back into the Red Room to free Maddie and worked with her to put his mind in Laevateinn (though that still went horribly wrong), and, after Bucky's tutelage, when he kept his head and planned in advance how to counter Dracula's efforts to kidnap Carol rather than rushing straight in.
  • Adaptational Muscles: Thanks to: magical correction of stunted growth, a properly regulated diet (both courtesy of his grandmother), a son-of-Thor related growth spurt, and training with Sean Cassidy/Bucky Barnes. Thus, he's considerably taller and somewhat more muscular than his novel counterpart (who went from short and skinny to tall and a bit less skinny). The end result is that he's younger than he looks, being able to pass for 18 at the age of 14 - which, since he usually acts closer to 18, is an easy mistake to make.
  • Adorkable: Even with all his increased confidence, it remains one of his defining characteristics.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Played Straight, at first - he's downright terrified of it, especially once his psychic powers fully manifest, as he's perfectly aware of what he's capable of. By Ghosts, however, he's no longer exactly afraid of his powers, but scared witless of the thought of letting the Phoenix fragment within him off the chain. Then he stops being afraid of it and things... devolve.
  • A God Am I: While usually very much against this trope, he veers into it in chapters 14 and 15 of Ghosts of the Past when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix. He snaps out of it again shortly afterwards.
  • A God I Am Not: While he's aware that, technically speaking, he's a demigod, he's not entirely happy with the idea and is very uncomfortable with the idea of being worshipped.
    "I never wanted power. I never wanted to be god. And I am done playing."
  • All Genes Are Co-Dominant: Averted - he looks like his father (as James), eyes excepted, and he's got latent Super Strength (and he's suggested to be close to as powerful as his father as a grown man) but he acts like his mother and his Psychic Powers, which he has a greater natural affinity for, come from her.
  • All-Loving Hero: He is this, most of the time, even after his traumatic experiences result in his steady evolution into a Knight in Sour Armour. It becomes a plot point in chapter 9 of Ghosts, when the Avengers note that it would be just like him to befriend and basically adopt the possibly evil Living Weapon clone of his beloved cousin - she's not actually a clone, but that's another matter. Bucky discusses it in chapter 25, and commends Harry for it, remarking how it can bring out the better natures of people who didn't actually know they had better natures, but warns him to be careful.
  • Alternate Self: Spends most of chapter 41 of Ghosts talking to an older version of himself thanks to an enchantment malfunctioning under his powers' influence, and still present cracks in reality. The counterpart refers to himself as 'Nathan' for simplicity's sake, and comes from a timeline where Wanda adopted him after the events of his First Year. He then shows Harry a number of other alternate timelines, varying from the hilarious to the horrifying (and all apparently picked out by Harry's subconscious), in aid of teaching him a lesson or two - though he refuses to spoon-feed him.
  • Amazon Chaser: Harry's magnetic attraction to danger extends to his nascent taste in women. If he's interested, it's because the lady in question is, at the very least, formidable, if not terrifying. Of course, it helps that about 90% of the women he meets are pretty badass to start with.
  • Ambiguously Human: He starts becoming this more and more as time goes by, particularly when he gets angry, at which point he starts shading into Humanoid Abomination territory. It scares him witless.
  • And This Is for...: In Chapter 76, when ripping Gravemoss's heart out, he makes it clear it's for what he did to Sif under Paris.
    • Subverts it in chilling fashion in chapter 32 of Ghosts, when dismembering Dudley in Tranquil Fury.
  • Animal Motifs: Powerful, pyrokinetically inclined, prone to shrugging off things that should kill him and coming back if they succeed... really, the Phoenix motif is fitting.
    • He's also repeatedly described as resembling a young bird of prey, often a falcon, fitting his lean physique, aerial talents, razor-sharp eyesight, and habit of working alone.
  • Animal Themed Super Being: Is increasingly associated with the Phoenix, pyrokinesis and all. More generally, he's described as resembling a bird of prey.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Starts out as a textbook idealist, albeit with a cynical streak. After his experiences and rapidly expanded knowledge of higher beings and just what makes the cosmos tick, plus a brief dabbling with Nihilism, he comes around to this idea in chapter 35 of Ghosts of the Past.
    If you took apart the universe down to its smallest bits, I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t find any justice, or any mercy. There’s no mercy in the universe. No justice. Just us. And what we do. [..] If the universe is a dark place, then I want to bring some light into it. If there’s no justice, then I’d like to bring some. And if there’s no mercy in the universe, then I’d like to try and show some.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Part and parcel for being connected to the Phoenix, which he underlines by nearly destroying the world as the Dark Phoenix.
  • Astral Projection: Manages it once, by accident, in chapter 45, to tip Thor off to the fact that Volstagg was in danger. For a long time, he shows absolutely no sign of repeating the trick, being not really happy about the idea of leaving his body behind, underlined by his experiences as the Red Son. However, in chapter 30 of Ghosts, when Carol is kidnapped by a Grey Court strike team, he does this through their link to create a psychic construct of himself to help her out, one that functions more or less like Chamber's energy form.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: While he usually plays it smart, his strategy devolves into this in chapter 70 once Luna dies and Daken taunts him, so he quite understandably really loses his rag. He's powerful enough by this point that it almost works. Almost.
  • Back from the Dead: In chapter 71, via the Phoenix.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Carol in Chapter 76, and with his father later in the same chapter.
  • Badass Boast: He has one towards the Disir, essentially telling them that if they hurt his friends, he will destroy them. He makes a couple more in chapter 70 in the throes of Tranquil Fury that are truer than anyone, least of all him, realises. While he suffers a Disney Death at the end of chapter 70, the Phoenix instantly resurrects him and goes on a rampage.
    If there’s one thing I can guarantee, just one, it is this. You have never faced anything like me.
    Because Daken, there is no power on this Earth that can stop me now!
  • Badass in Distress: Once or twice.
    • Particularly in the Forever Red arc of Ghosts of the Past, when he's captured, then re-captured, by the Red Room, and tortured in an ultimately successful attempt to transform him in the Red Son.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Develops a habit of signalling a telepathic or telekinetic manoeuvre with one of these, something picked up from his mother, at the end of Child of the Storm. Hermione disapprovingly notes in Ghosts that it's an unnecessary piece of theatrics, and Harry admits that she's right.
  • Battle Couple: In chapter 77, Thor teases him by saying that he and Carol (with whom Harry is Just Friends) make a very fine Battle Couple. Harry lets out a wail of teenage embarrassment, but doesn't exactly deny it. This gets a Call-Back in Ghosts when Harry brings up the battle, and Thor snarks that it wasn't a battle, it was a first date. Cue another wail of teenage embarrassment.
    • By Ghosts they're frequently seen fighting side-by-side, and their psychic connection means that they're much more in-tune with each other than would otherwise be possible.
  • Battle-Halting Duel: Gets into one with Daken in chapter 70 of Book 1. It ends abruptly when Daken kills him. Then the Phoenix takes over.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: When Chthon possesses him, thanks to the machinations of Doctor Strange, and with some support from his parents, he's able cast the Elder God out.
    • He has another epic one with Maddie Pryor. She's more powerful than him, but he's got cunning to spare, and he's intentionally avoiding a direct fight, allowing him to hold his own - though it's made clear that he's fighting a losing battle. Since winning the fight wasn't ever part of his actual plan, this suits him just fine.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Briefly, when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Gets hit with this hard when he darkly remarks that he hopes the then unknown telepath who intervened to keep him at Privet Drive to study him comes around and has a go, doubtless planning to wreak horrors on his person. Then he does. Cue the Forever Red arc, in which Harry is kidnapped, tortured, his Blank Slate body is reprogrammed into the Red Son, the Winter Soldier's heir apparent, hundreds of deaths, countless cases of Mind Rape to varying degrees, the geopolitical map of the mortal and spirit worlds being turned upside down, and worst of all, the rise of the Dark Phoenix, an event which leads to more than a few mortals and gods concluding that Harry is an Apocalypse Maiden and too dangerous to live, while Harry is a slowly recovering traumatised wreck from the memories of 6 months of black ops horror. All in all, it's fair to say that that particular wish backfired.
  • Because Doctor Strange Says So: Subverted. Harry gets particularly angry and resentful about the extent of Strange's manipulations to time and him personally (and considering the suffering he gets put through, it's not surprising) and rages against Strange for it, and at one point saying flatly that he's going to do what Strange, powerful Seer, Time Master, Manipulative Bastard supreme, wants, and claims that he doesn't have a choice. Strange retorts that he only steers history - instead of controlling people, he just arranges situations that they will choose to do what he intends for them to do. All the powers, cosmic protections, etcetera that Strange arranges for him could have been done for anyone. The fact that Harry is a hero in spite of what he's got is the important part, because he will always choose to do what is right rather than what is easy.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: How he wound up as the Red Son, then the Dark Phoenix. He is, thankfully, talked down.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt or threaten the innocent in his presence. Ever. And that goes double for one of his friends. If you do so, he will remind you that he is, in fact, a demigod and very good with fire.
    • And don't ask him to use his Psychic Powers to mess with someone else's mind, especially not that of a friend. It only gets worse after Forever Red, to the point where Steve quietly concedes that if Mr Danvers had asked him to alter Carol's mind after that arc rather than before, Harry wouldn't have just scared him with a "Reason You Suck" Speech and a few intimidating effects - he would have killed him.
    • Related to the above, trying to control him is a really, really bad idea.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's Adorkable, almost unfailingly kind to the downtrodden and ignored, simply disregards prejudices of all kinds and is unfailingly respectful and polite to those below him. Even after he evolves into a Knight in Sour Armour, he's still generally kind (or kinder, at least) to those beneath him. He also, however, has a very nasty temper, an extreme intolerance for injustice and a distinct talent for wielding fire. Plus, if you push him far enough, the result is a cold rage that is disturbingly reminiscent of Magneto.
    • By Ghosts, he has graduated to 'hurt my friends and I will melt your brain.'
      • Or, 'force me to abuse my powers and I will become the Dark Phoenix and make you wish that I had killed you.'
  • Beware the Superman: He could quite easily go over the edge and become a Well-Intentioned Extremist, with some quietly comparing him to a young Magneto - even Magneto himself notes the similarities. A dark Motive Rant in chapter 61 about making people behave, hints at his darker side, as does his Pay Evil unto Evil attitude and Tranquil Fury at the start of the Battle of London.
    • The Forever Red arc illustrates this quite aptly, from his being transformed in the Red Son to his willing transformation into the Dark Phoenix.
  • Blackmail: It's not his preferred tactic, but by chapter 33 of Ghosts, he's entirely willing to use blackmail - specifically, on the Council Elite - to achieve his ends (in this case, curing Peter and saving Carol - bringing her back to life if needs be) if more conventional means don't work. Jesus and Thor point out why, in this specific situation, it would have caused more problems than it solved.
  • Blessed with Suck: See Hybrid Power. Also more generally, his new-found family and rank, while awesome, attracts trouble like nobody's business and sparks the renaissance of HYDRA, leading to the deaths of Arthur Weasley and Luna Lovegood.
  • Blood Knight: Reluctantly comes to realize that a large part of him enjoys being in life-or-death fights.
  • Blow You Away: What he's next best at, after fire magic, though again, he generally prefers his telekinesis.
  • Blue Blood: Very much so, on his dad's side. He's in direct line to the throne of Asgard, his great-grandmother was Zeus's Aunt and, also through his dad, he may very distantly be related to the House of El. It has been explicitly stated that the relation, in the latter case, is either non-existent or so distant that it might as well be, but it's interesting nonetheless.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: He borrowed the Doctor's "Geronimo!" when going into the Chamber of Secrets shortly after meeting his uncle. In a much darker example, when going up against Dracula, he gives the following Pre Ass Kicking One Liner, borrowed from his father:
    " Dracula, King of Corpses, Lord of Leeches. I, Harry Thorson, Prince of Asgard, would have words. Words, vampire, with thee."
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: How he goes from a Strong, but Unskilled Glass Cannon in Child of the Storm to Strong and Skilled in Ghosts, starting with Sean Cassidy, among others, who trains him explicitly to supplement his powers. As of Ghosts, he's also getting spycraft lessons from Bucky Barnes and during the Forever Red arc, he has programming similar to that of the Winter Soldier uploaded into his brain. From the Avengers, Bucky, Uhtred, and later Fandral, he learns hand-to-hand, knife, and sword fighting.
    • It's mentioned that he's also received fairly extensive combat lessons from the Avengers whenever he's home for the holidays.
    • And following the Forever Red arc, Doctor Strange is giving him advanced magical tutelage and arranging other lessons; among them is Magneto teaching him to open his mind and how to use his powers - particularly telekinesis - in far more unconventional and creative ways than the usual basic Mind over Matter.
  • Break the Cutie: Elements of this appear in and just after chapter 60 when he and a number of his friends come very close to death, before developing still further afterwards, with Harry being terrified of his own (considerable) Psychic Powers as well as his intermittent Super Strength. He recovers, though, under the tutelage of Betsy Braddock. Then chapter 70, in which Luna, who he'd been particularly protective of, is killed and when he goes berserk, he himself is killed shatters him into little pieces. Is it any surprise that when the Phoenix resurrects him, the immediate result is an extremely violent rampage?
    • Chapter 74 breaks him even further, though chapters 76 and 77 put him back together again.
    • Then the Forever Red arc breaks him all over again, and far more thoroughly than any of the previous arcs, and the repair process takes much longer.
  • Bring It: In chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past, beckons Dudley's gang, after flattening their new leader, Piers Polkiss, mockingly saying he'll even make it fair by not using his powers. They take his challenge. It ends badly for them.
    • He also says this to Maddie right before their epic psychic brawl a few chapters later.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre: By chapter 70, he could blow up a reasonably sized mountain. He is also, for the most part, a total sweetie.
  • Bullet Dodges You: In chapter 71 the Phoenix does this while in charge of his body, with magic and energy bolts as well as bullets. In chapter 74, he does it himself.
    • In chapter 12 of Ghosts of the Past he repeats the trick as the Red Son.
  • Bully Hunter: He is this, because he wants to protect people who can't protect themselves. However, it tends to do more harm than good.
  • Burning with Anger: After he develops a talent for Playing with Fire, when he gets really, really angry the air around him tends to get extremely hot and dry and starting wavering as in a heat haze - and, after Forever Red, the smell of wood-smoke appears when he gets extremely hacked off. The latter in particular is generally a sign that you should start running. Preferably to another galaxy.
  • Catchphrase: Burn. Fortunately, it only shows up when some supernatural monster has jumped up and down on his Berserk Button. Unfortunately, he's not always entirely discriminating once said button has been pressed.
  • The Call Put Me on Hold: He's the son of Thor, but he doesn't have the sort of powers that you might expect until around chapter 60, whereupon they start appearing and he starts learning to control them, to devastating effect in chapter 70, mowing through HYDRA troops like wheat - though his tactical intelligence left something to be desired.
  • Character Development: In spades. He goes from relatively shy, quiet and emotionally repressed boy to being much more confident, open with his emotions, as well as being considerably more cynical. On a lighter note, he also becomes considerably more worldly, mature and thoughtful. However, on a darker one, those emotions include a raging temper when his Berserk Button is pushed, combined with a lifetime of repressed anger, this is not always a good thing.
    • It's fairly subtle, but at first, he keeps his original surname, remarking in chapter 20 of the first book that he prefers "Potter" over "Thorson." As time goes by, however, he increasingly identifies as Harry Thorson, showing how he comes to accept his role as not just the Boy Who Lived, but the Prince of Asgard who will send the monsters running.
    • In chapter 70 of Child of the Storm,, he refuses to countenance taking control of the attacking HYDRA Agents and making them stop, instead opting to attack them head on. This is something he agonises over when doing so would have saved Luna's life - and technically his. In chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past, when faced with a very similar choice, he chooses to Mind Rape the Death Eaters Voldemort is using as his puppets into oblivion - though it does result in a Stress Vomit and fundamentally horrifies him. By chapter 30, he's pulling it on vampires without batting an eye - though that could be because they're vampires.
    • As part of his steady recovery following Forever Red, he demonstrates in the following arc, Bloody Hell that he's been Taught by Experience. Once, Carol and her little brother being kidnapped would've led to him charging in, relying on raw power, an Indy Ploy or two, also risking him hitting his Rage Breaking Point and the re-emergence of the Dark Phoenix. While the latter is briefly threatened, Carol quickly snaps him out of it, and once the immediate threat of Dracula's strike team is neutralised, he takes the time to grab tactical intelligence, then on waking up, his equipment, and put together a pragmatic strategy on how to deal with the problem.
    • Harry became much more cynical and rude as a result of his PTSD after his horrifying experiences as the Red Son and Dark Phoenix, but after the Bloody Hell arc, he mellows out considerably, (though his baseline is grumpier than before), and he evolves into the Anti-Nihilist, deciding that if there's no justice or mercy inherent in the universe, he had better bring some himself. However, Hermione notes a little over a month after this that while he is an inherently decent person, and has taken several levels in kindness, he's not always a nice one.
    • Chapter 45 of Ghosts has him all but flat-out lie to Ron, who (correctly) believes that the Winter Soldier is still alive, thanks to a tip-off from the Elder Wyrm. While Harry mostly uses Exact Words to dance around it (and does so frighteningly well), he also admits to his friend that there are things he won't and can't tell him, which understandably upsets Ron. While he's clearly not happy about lying and does his best to patch things up, it's a long way from the boy who once would've shared anything with his best friend.
  • Chest Insignia: The brief age up netted him some rather nice armour as well, including a Phoenix symbol on his chest. It is explicitly mentioned that he can't tap into the entity that this symbol is usually connected with. Yet.
    • It reappears when he's resurrected and possessed by the Phoenix in chapter 71 and when he taps into the Phoenix's power in chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past, and later becomes the Dark Phoenix.
    • In chapter 32, he seems to explicitly choose a version of one used by his distant ancestor, Frey; a stylised Yggdrasil with seven stars over it, in gold on a silver-white background. It reappears in chapter 43 as part of Project Galahad.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In his first sparring match against Uhtred, he flips over his opponent's head to deliver a finishing blow, albeit hurting his ankle in the process. About a year later in Ghosts of the Past, he does this again to the mutated Dudley, this time landing gracefully.
  • Chick Magnet: Due to a combination of being a) The Chosen One, b) Tall, Dark, and Handsome, and c) a literal Knight in Shining Armor, even if he's sometimes rather short-tempered due to his PTSD. He finds it very irritating, and employs a variety of means to avoid female attention.
  • The Chosen One: He is this, much to his irritation/resignation.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: If he sees someone in trouble, he'll immediately go over and help.
    • It arguably reaches its apogee in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past when, having just escaped from the Red Room, he dives right back in, as they're vanishing to parts unknown, to try and save Maddie Pryor/Rachel Grey.
    • As a result of the above incident in particular, this trait is identified as a Fatal Flaw, as it leads to him charging into trouble - often more than even he can handle - without thinking about the consequences and, noble as his intentions may be, it often has nasty consequences. By Bloody Hell, he seems to be growing out of it - at least, the acting without thinking part.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Has green eyes per canon. They fit his spitfire nature like a glove and they're even more significant than usual owing to the fact that Jean Grey is his second cousin and the fact that his mother is a host of/merged with the Phoenix Force.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: As the Ravenclaw Quidditch team found out (for their part in the bullying of Luna Lovegood), he has a proclivity for these.
  • Cool Crown: Gets a simple golden circlet with a triskelion design, which he only really wears on official occasions, with the usual connotations of Modest Royalty and someone who does stuff.
  • Cool Sword: As per canon, he's used the Sword of Gryffindor. The altered Second Prophecy, and Trelawney's unexpectedly accurate tarot reading, make it very clear that another, a 'sword of fire', 'waits for his hand'. In chapter 23 of Ghosts of the Past, Uhtred gives him a sword that he forged personally, under Tony's guidance (with additional enchantments from Loki) as a belated birthday gift. It's a sabre, on the model of Fandral's sword, and is, as Harry notes, almost perfectly balanced. At first, its design sets off some rather unfortunate memories, but he quickly warms up to it.
    • The sword later gets an upgrade thanks to a combination of Harry's and Dracula's power, an immersion in the former's magically-powerful blood, and a few enchantments from Doctor Strange. Harry names it Curtana, representing both Justice and Mercy (see Reforged Blade).
  • Combat Pragmatist: When he's actually in a fight, it becomes clear that Harry's learned from people like Black Widow, meaning that he won't fight clean and he won't fight nice. His Guile Hero tendencies (as noted below) and his willingness for an Indy Ploy when necessary, combined with his raw power, make him very dangerous when he's thinking clearly. For example, when confined inside a Power Limiter and unable to use telekinesis to affect the external world, he goes the Superboy route and uses tactile telekinesis. However, he's still got Chronic Hero Syndrome, he's still fairly impulsive, and to an extent, suffers from a non-romantic version of The Dulcinea Effect. This has absolutely horrific consequences in the Forever Red arc, after which he gets more pragmatic.
    When it came to fighting creatures such as this, Harry left his scruples at the door.
  • Consummate Liar: Develops into this by chapter 24 of Ghosts of the Past, when he smoothly lies to Ron about the details of a telepathic discussion he and Hermione were having about Harry playing Shipper on Deck for Ginny, effortlessly convincing Ron that it was about something else entirely. Hermione is disconcerted, noting that while Harry wasn't a bad liar before, as such, this is a whole new level of deceptive skill. When asked, Harry brushes it off as something he picked up from hanging around Natasha, but it's clearly more than that.
    • In chapter 45 of Ghosts, he bluntly tells Ron that he's not only a good liar, when he needs to be, but one of the best he [Ron] will ever meet. While lying - via Exact Words - about the Winter Soldier still being alive.
  • Covert Pervert: While generally sweet and gentlemanly, he's a teenager telepath with an active imagination, and to his mortal embarrassment, an increasingly active sex drive. Exceptions include Jane, Hermione (who he barely notices is female, most of the time), Jean... sort of (he sees her as the big sister he never had, but his hormones are still getting caught up, to his irritation/embarrassment) and excepting one reported excruciatingly embarrassing dream, Wanda (his drop-dead gorgeous godmother and Parental Substitute). This leads to a few reasonably serious scenes being punctuated by him trying to focus and ignore his libido: e.g. when he's mulling over a vision of multiple universes and the implications of the fact that his subconscious selected them for him to view and learn a Very Important Lesson from, a large part of his mind is stuck on one universe where an older version of him and Carol were about to have a Shower of Love and comparing Naked!AU!Carol to Sleepwear!Carol. This is actually justified - the subconscious, after all, includes the libido.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: His plans are considered in-universe to be absolutely crazy, yet surprisingly effective. It gets to the point where estimating how crazy something is tends to be considered a good way of figuring out whether or not something is one of his ideas.
  • Creepy Child: At times, particularly to those who don't know him so well - he acts far older than he is (characters frequently having to remind themselves that he's still a child because he usually acts closer to his apparent age than his actual age), he knows far too damn much/is far too perceptive for anyone's comfort, and moves just a little too gracefully to be human.
  • Crush Blush: Occasionally, usually around Carol. This happens even after he's gone Dark Phoenix and by all logic, should not be able to blush. A particularly prize-winning version pops up in chapter 33 of Ghosts after Carol kisses him on the cheek.
  • Cry into Chest: Several times in chapter 72, with good reason, first Wanda, then Thor, then Carol.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Starts handing these out after chapter 50, though he's on the receiving end in chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past from Maddie Pryor.
    • In chapter 32 of Ghosts, he both hands this out to vampire!Dudley, who he kills in three moves and about thirty seconds, while delivering a cold lecture, and then receives an absolutely brutal one from Dracula.
    • Ultimately hands this out in chapter 44 to the Elder Wyrm, although downplayed in that the latter did much better than is usual for this trope.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Though Dracula batters him from pillar to post, Harry gets several good strikes in, actually hurting the Vampire Monarch, and if he had been up against almost any other vampire, he probably would have won.
  • Cuddle Bug: He has evolved into this, now that affection is freely given.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Obliquely hinted at via references to a Raging Stiffie.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The Dark Phoenix usually functions as this.
    • In chapter 33 of Ghosts, Harry gets a short-lived power boost from Jean and Maddie - short-lived because there's no way he can sustain it for more than a couple of minutes, and it leads to him getting drunk on power. However, it's just a means to an end, to trick Dracula into thinking he's facing the Dark Phoenix again and distract him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He started out as a Stepford Snarker, then developed into a straighter version of this in response to his colossally weird life (and the bad influence of the Avengers).
  • Death-Activated Superpower: In chapter 71, the Phoenix resurrects him and goes on a rampage.
  • Defense Mechanism Superpower: His Super Strength qualifies, as might his Psychic Powers. Also, his mother's protection a.k.a. the Phoenix Force most definitely does and a key part of the end of the Forever Red arc is what happens when he decides to stop repressing it.
  • Defiant to the End: When being battered from pillar to post by the mutated Dudley, Harry refuses to give up, and his refusal to lay down and die gives him a Heroic Second Wind.
    • When Dracula considers killing him, Harry tells him to go ahead, as it can't be more painful than listening to him talk.
  • Deity of Human Origin: A complicated example, since his father was human when he was conceived, but he's now beginning to develop the usual godly powers.
    • This is actually a plot point in Ghosts of the Past, since Doctor Milbury a.k.a. Sinister states that Harry's slowly manifesting his Asgardian traits and holds the key to the transformation from humanity to divinity.
  • Demonic Possession: Is briefly possessed by Cthon during the Final Battle of Child of the Storm, but casts him out.
  • Destructive Saviour: As of chapter 60, when he blows a very large hole in a very large mountain. Thankfully, Loki fixed it.
    • While possessed by the Phoenix in chapter 71, he takes out most of the Great Hall and all of the Entrance Hall of Hogwarts fighting HYDRA.
    • Bucky and Natasha both point out this tendency in Ghosts of the Past, along with his habit of making big entrances.
  • Detect Evil: As part of his Sensor Character shtick, primarily via his Telepathy, though as chapter 74 shows, and Jean-Paul reminds him in chapter 7 of Ghosts, it's not always entirely reliable. After he studies under Magneto, it gets much better.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Like with water, it's not his thing and he prefers to use his telekinesis for anything he might use Earth Magic for, but in Ghosts he gets the basics under his belt.
  • Disney Death: He's killed by Daken at the end of Chapter 70, only to then be immediately resurrected by the Phoenix at the start of Chapter 71.
  • Determinator: He is insanely stubborn, as underlined in Ghosts of the Past when he resists psychic attacks from Sinister, brainwashing from the Red Room, and torture for two whole days without sleep, food, or water, all while simultaneously keeping his Phoenix fragment locked away inside him, despite/because he knows it could get him out of there instantly, and obliterate everything in his way.
  • Didn't See That Coming: This is usually the root of his status as a Spanner in the Works, as a lot of villainous characters either dismiss him as a child (and thus drastically underestimate his capabilities), or as he proves the threat he poses, don't expect him to get involved. The more dangerous villains tend to be those who plan specifically to deal with him, or who adapt to his involvement quickly and effectively.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: After casting Chthon out of his body, he burns out his foothold in reality, re-banishing him.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Like his canon counterpart, though starting at a rather younger age, he tends to be disturbingly calm and relaxed in hideously dangerous situations. This, and the associated Casual Danger Dialogue (which, where Carol is concerned, becomes Flirting Under Fire), is something that those around him tend to find disturbing.
  • Divine Parentage: His father is Thor. Also, his mother became the White Phoenix of the Crown and conferred upon him a fragment of the Phoenix.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: He has Super Strength, but it tends to switch on without warning whenever he's particularly stressed/angry. The worst this has done so far is crush a goblet, but Harry is not unreasonably rather worried about it. By Ghosts of the Past, he's gotten it under better control.
  • Doom Magnet: A Justified Trope, as one day, he will be King of Asgard and a Physical God with Combo Platter Powers, one who will almost certainly come down hard on any monsters who dare to threaten the innocent. And that's not even getting into the whole Phoenix thing. Therefore, a lot of mortal and supernatural beings and organizations would like to either control that power for their own ends, or to stop him before he grows into a significant/even more significant threat to them.
    • Furthermore, his Chronic Hero Syndrome means that even if monsters such as HYDRA or the Grey Court aren't explicitly interested in going after him, he's still going to get mixed up with them if they go after someone he's determined to protect, like Bobby Drake, his family, Maddie, or Carol.
  • Doting Grandparent: Has one in Frigga. Odin, too, to a lesser extent, though he's gruffer and more stand off-ish by nature, being instead more of an epic scale Papa Wolf.
  • Drama Queen: He's usually fairly serious, or at least, much more of a Deadpan Snarker than a Large Ham, with George noting in Ghosts of the Past that "understated sarcasm is his coping mechanism of choice." However, he can also occasionally be spectacularly histrionic - usually when particularly stressed out. Carol does not hesitate to point this out.
    Carol: Oh my god, you total fucking drama queen.
    • He wryly admits it in chapter 44 of Ghosts, having been a bit dramatic when slaying the downed Elder Wyrm, stating that it was to get Surtur's attention, since Surtur is pretty dramatic himself.
  • The Dreaded: By the sequel, if only because of the Phoenix fragment within, though as more than one person points out, in his own right, he's not someone to take lightly - he's repeatedly survived things that should have been outright impossible to survive, and repeatedly left supposedly far more powerful, skilled, and experienced enemies and groups in ruins behind him... and that was before he got high-end Person of Mass Destruction level powers and the skill and experience to properly use them.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: A potential Dark Phoenix related hazard.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Very, very prone to a non-romantic version of this due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome, and it frequently gets him into trouble, as the latter half of the Forever Red arc in Ghosts of the Past demonstrates.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Played With. He's a heterosexual Hormone-Addled Teenager and certainly not blind to the way women look, but mostly considers his immediate reaction to be a bit embarrassing, and understands how this can embarrass and upset the recipient. Also, having learned the psychic basics from the gorgeous Betsy Braddock means that he's much better at controlling and hiding his feelings than most boys his age.
    • In one particular example, when he sees Carol in a black tankini with a lightning bolt across the chest (a reference to her classic costume) in chapter one of Ghosts of the Past, idly wondering about how she's look if she added a pair of thigh high boots. However, sensing her discomfort and worry that like most other guys she's known he's going to try and push for a Relationship Upgrade, he sharply reels it in and states that they're Just Friends first and foremost.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has dark hair, pale skin, and from time to time is described as being 'fey', faintly unnerving, or even coming off as vaguely inhuman.
    • After the Forever Red arc, he tends to give even the least psychically inclined Hogwarts students a case of the creeping horrors when he's in a bad mood - which is most of the time. He gets better about it, but even still, he's generally considered to be more than a little unnerving.
  • Elemental Punch: Capable of the fire variant, as displayed in chapter 70. It worked on everyone who didn't have a Healing Factor.
    • Demonstrates it again in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past on the Beast a.k.a. Dudley, with additional telekinetic topspin. The results are more in the order of a Megaton Punch.
  • Emotional Powers: See Psycho Active Powers.
  • Emotion Suppression: Life with the Dursleys taught him to do this, and a key part of his Character Development is discarding this, becoming more open with his emotions and more assertive. Considering that he's got some powerful and difficult to control Psycho Active Powers as well as a truly phenomenal amount of Suppressed Rage, this is a mixed blessing.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: He's always faintly irritated by it, but he gets considerably more annoyed by it (and generally tetchier) after the Forever Red arc in Ghosts of the Past, due to his Trauma Conga Line leaving him with a nasty case of PTSD and a Hair-Trigger Temper. While he mellows out somewhat, his increased impatience with standard teenage stupidity is one thing suggested to be separating him from his peers, as he just doesn't have the patience for them.
  • Expy: In many ways, he's basically a gender-swapped Susan Sto-Helit: like her, he ultimately just wants to be normal and happy, he's got a Compelling Voice and other abilities which he inherited through slightly unusual means (Thor having been mortal when Harry was conceived) and an occasionally difficult relationship with his well-intentioned but definitely not human grandfather. Moreover, every use of his abilities takes him a little further away from normality and he's got weird black (and white, following the Chthon incident) hair that defies any attempts to tame it, along with a strange scar. Oh, and rather than get afraid, he gets very, very angry.
    • From chapter 60 onwards, his being very Strong, but Unskilled, his explosive temper, his occasionally unexpected cunning, pyrotechnics and the increasing worries about his potential to go insane and destroy the world, along with a red and gold colour scheme embossed with a legendary creature - which many people fear for its implications - leads to a pronounced resemblance to Rand al'Thor. While Rand had an Evil Mentor in the form of Asmodean, Harry has morally ambiguous ones in the form of the former Winter Soldier, Magneto, and the somewhat-less morally ambiguous Doctor Strange (emphasis on the "somewhat"). Hell, allowing for hair and eye colour differences, a this commissioned picture of him even looks a bit like Rand. Gravemoss also mentions enigmatically that he (Harry) has died and returned, also like Rand.
    • There's also a significant similarity with Nate Grey, one of the author's acknowledged favourite characters, down to the immense Psychic Powers of dubious stability, explosive temper, Knight In Shining Armour/Knight in Sour Armour dichotomy, past with Sinister, being a Momma's Boy and from chapter 79, having a Skunk Stripe in his dark fringe. This is increased in chapter 8 and 9 of Ghosts, he ends up with what is essentially Nate's Shaman/New Mutants era costume, while in chapter 14, he winds up with the metal arm and cybernetic eye of Cable, Nate's 616 counterpart, via the same means - the Transmode Virus. The former barely registers with him. The latter, by contrast, upsets him immensely. Additionally, it makes him resemble the Earth X version of Nate, who was infected with the virus and became that world's version of Stryfe.
  • Eye Colour Change: From chapter 44 onwards, his eyes flash or outright burn gold when he's seriously using his powers, pissed off, or just wants to make an impression.
    • They also go solid white when he's possessed by the Phoenix or willingly becoming the Dark Phoenix and red when he's possessed by Chthon. Neither is a particularly good sign.
  • Facial Markings: His scar.
  • Failure Knight: After Luna's death. He gets better.
  • Famed In-Story: Much to his resigned irritation. Even before the story started, he was known of among the supernatural community/the source of some curiosity, due to having Living Legends the Sorcerer Supreme as a paediatrician and the Scarlet Witch as a godmother. Then he became "the Boy Who Lived" after defeating Voldemort as a baby.note  When he went to Hogwarts, he gained another Living Legend, Albus Dumbledore, as a headmaster, and grew in stature by twice defeating Voldemort again, as well as solving the Chamber of Secrets mystery. And that's all before the Really Royalty Reveal, giving him literally universal fame as the son of Thor, heir of the Asgardian throne, and protege of the Avengers, plus his growing reputation in the supernatural community due to having fought with and survived the Disir, HYDRA, Chthon, the Red Room, Dracula, the Elder Wyrm, etc.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: As per canon, he has his mother's eyes. These become more significant when it is revealed that Jean Grey is his second cousin and she shares the famous eyes, as does The Girl With Glowing Blue Eyes a.k.a. Maddie Pryor/Rachel Grey (when they aren't glowing, obviously).
  • Fatal Flaw: His Chronic Hero Syndrome crossed with his Impulsiveness (which, while it means he's often the Spanner in the Works for the bad guys, he's also prone to being one for the good guys too - and sometimes, he's even one to himself), both of which are brutally exploited on more than one occasion. As his father sadly notes in Ghosts, a lot of what Harry's gone through is the product of his charging in without thinking - not that he blames him, quite the opposite - and paying a brutal price for it. Thereafter, under Bucky's tutelage, he learns to plan and prepare before getting involved, and communicate better.
    • He's also got a badly damaged sense of self-esteem. As Uhtred notes in Ghosts, he tends to regard himself as more expendable than just about anyone, and act as something of a Martyr Without a Cause. The latter is not strictly because he's suicidally inclined... but more because he thinks that odds are pretty good that he'll survive whatever he's throwing himself into, and if he doesn't, he'll come back anyway. To be fair, he has a point about that.
  • The Fettered: Tries very hard to be this once his Psychic Powers come in, as noted by Carol, mostly because he's downright terrified of what he'll become if he takes the other path. As Forever Red demonstrates, this is not without reason.
  • Fiction 500: Thanks to the Potter vaults which, thanks to some smart investments by Thor's mortal father, Charlus Potter, including in Stark Industries (he met Howard during WWII and was favourably impressed), are conservatively estimated at £1.5 billion. He only reveals it to Hermione after casually mentioning that he could buy her a new laptop if she wanted. Otherwise, he doesn't talk about it and is mostly vaguely embarrassed by it whenever the subject comes up.
    • Naturally, as Prince of Asgard, he also has access to an incredible amount of money, though so far he hasn't taken advantage of it.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: Masters this trick and mostly uses it to show off, with the exception of a Badass Finger Snap at the end of Child of the Storm, which he uses to banish Chthon.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Since, as demonstrated, powers don't always cut it. This is despite the fact that he develops a more than formidable array of ranged attacks. This tendency gets him killed when he fights Daken.
    • He learns from this during their rematch, and using his powers properly, wins easily.
    • Goes back to this in chapters 8 and 9 of Ghosts of the Past, though not by choice, considering that he's trapped in a Power Limiter suit. In any case, he fights much more practically that time round.
  • Fireballs: Capable of creating these, though he mostly just plays with them. In a fight, he instead opts for columns of fire.
  • Fish out of Water: In Asgard. He adjusts fairly quickly.
  • Flying Brick: Will be this, one day. Right now, however, he's a Squishy Wizard/Glass Cannon.
    • By Ghosts of the Past, he's Made of Iron and can mimic this in full if he focuses.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Occasionally gets this reaction, including from Doctor Milbury a.k.a. Sinister.
  • Game Face: Following Chapter 44, his eyes flash or glow gold when he gets annoyed. They're joined by a strange and compelling double voice that crops up when gets really angry.
    • And then there's what happens when he becomes the Dark Phoenix. The less said about that, the better.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: To Uhtred in chapter 34, with a touch of Dare to Be Badass.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Harry gets a kind of Asgardian eye surgery leading to him ditch his glasses. The reactions are broadly along the lines of He Is All Grown Up, though Hermione inwardly notes that it, among other things, makes him look dangerous.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Following Chapter 44, along with the strange double voice that crops up when gets angry. It usually means that something is about to be burned to a crisp.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Mind Rape. As Hermione observes, it's not that he can't do it, it's that he won't. And if he's pushed far enough, he will use it.
    • The Dark Phoenix is several steps further.
    • Usually, he doesn't like leaving his body (for very understandable reasons), but projects his mind and powers through Carol via their Psychic Link when she gets kidnapped.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He has, for the most part, a strong moral centre, and a severe case of Chronic Hero Syndrome, even during his Knight in Sour Armour periods. However, he's entirely capable of being extremely ruthless and when driven far enough, absolutely vicious.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His canon scar is followed by two silvery scars over his heart (from Daken), and in Ghosts, a vampire bite on the arm, and a stab mark through the shoulder.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Bludgeons one bully with another in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Guile Hero: As Jean-Paul notes in Ghosts of the Past, it's easy enough to forget that Harry's actually very, very clever - when he uses his head (he's got lots of intelligence, but not too much wisdom, at first). This is particularly apparent early on, as he doesn't have the raw power to just bulldoze his way through opponents to start with, particularly the calibre of opponent he finds himself up against, so he has to come up with something clever. When he does have that level of power and tries to Attack! Attack! Attack!, he's made to pay for it.
    • By Ghosts of the Past, he starts off prone to simply bulldozing his way through his enemies (if a bit more cautiously than before, aware that he's a Glass Cannon), only falling back on this if he's faced with a more powerful opponent or if cornered. As part of his Character Development, he develops the wisdom to start using his head again.
  • Guilt Complex: Somewhat, though nowhere near as badly as in canon - getting therapy probably helped with this.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Repeated epic level murder attempts force something of an 'evolve or die' scenario upon him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: On his return to Hogwarts following the Forever Red arc in Ghosts of the Past, he has this for a little while, terrifying pretty much all his fellow students since they have no idea what's likely to make him go off like a claymore mine, until Cedric Diggory gives him a gentle What the Hell, Hero? and inspires a Heel Realisation.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Naturally, as the son of Thor. Though, considering the somewhat ambiguous nature of his mother, he may not even be half human to begin with.
  • Hand Blast: Once he starts seriously Playing with Fire, it becomes his default form of attack until Ghosts of the Past.
  • Handicapped Badass: Briefly in Ghosts of the Past. It (losing an arm and an eye) didn't slow him down much.
  • Has a Type: He seems to have a thing for an Amazonian Beauty. And blondes, apparently - though as a crush on the brunette Betsy Braddock shows, he's not exclusive about this. Badassery is pretty much the chief requirement. It's implied more than once that a youth spent watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer might have something to do with this. It is also therefore kind of unsurprising that even relatively early on, there's more than one Shipper on Deck for him and Carol (with whom there is much sparkage), despite the fact that they have asserted that they are Just Friends - indeed, Hermione independently notes their attraction and makes the connection to Buffy. As time goes on, and his and Carol's relationship gets closer, to the point where literally everyone can see it and it's a Running Gag - even people who've barely met them and supervillains remark on it - only cementing this.
    • Though he isn't exclusively beholden to this, being noted as far from objecting to the Marsh Mallow Hell that ensues from hugging the dark haired Darcy (until he becomes too tall, anyway).
  • Heel Realisation: In chapter 22 of Ghosts of the Past, he has one when Cedric Diggory gently points out that while Harry's been through some fairly awful things (even if he, Cedric, doesn't know the details) and is understandably a bit messed up and angry over it, the Hogwarts students don't deserve to have him taking his anger out on them. It then really hits home when Harry sees just how he looks in Cedric's eyes just when he's about to go nuclear on him for nothing.
  • Heinz Hybrid: His father's an Asgardian who's one quarter Titan thanks to Bor marrying Theia, his mother was a witch and a latent mutant, and, to complicate matters further, while he was conceived his father was a human wizard, leaving him with three sets of biological grandparents and it's implied that the Asgardian side of the family intermarried with the House of El a very long way back (no one's quite sure). As it turns out, all this confluence of heritages really seems to succeed in doing is giving Harry a few Psycho Active Powers that, at best, he has limited control over (until chapter 70) and a major headache when it comes to trying to figure out his family tree.
  • Heroic Lineage: He's the son of Thor, it kind of comes with the territory.
  • The Hero: Only to be expected. Strange elaborates on this in Ghosts of the Past, when called on his manipulations by Harry, stating that Harry is not this because of all the abilities, powerful friends and family, and cosmic protections that Strange has lined up for him - if that were all that was required, Strange could have picked anyone. What makes Harry special is that he is a hero in spite of them. He is not perfect, he is not The Paragon, which means that he understands the darkness he faces and bends rather than breaks under pressure, and in the end, he will always choose to do what is right over what is easy. Strange also adds that he's seen all the heroes come and go, and compares Harry favourably to the likes of Sir Lancelot and King Arthur themselves.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: When he whips out his fire magic, the Phoenix (and possibly his latent Asgardian heritage) tends to add a certain influence to it that's inimical to evil, even if he's not consciously using it.
    • His blood is also apparently lethally dangerous to vampires, enough that some mingled blood and spit burns like acid.
  • Honor Before Reason: He will always, always do the dumb, noble thing to protect someone else, even if it means being possessed by an Elder God or chasing after Maddie and thereby putting himself at the mercy of the Red Room, who he'd just escaped, and who are now wise to his methods of escape. This results in days of physical and psychic torture and his transformation into the Red Son. It often ends badly, but he keeps doing it (even if he has got a bit savvier about it), because he tends to survive, and as Uhtred observes, this leads him to consider himself expendable. It's noted by more than one character that the crux of Doctor Strange's plan at the Battle of London hinged on this, with Harry intercepting Chthon's attempted possession of Wanda.
  • Hope Bringer: Specifically name checked as this. However, the flip side of this is that he could also become a terrifying Dark Messiah.
  • Hot-Blooded: As per canon, though it's more obvious because he's now being freer with his emotions. Uhtred and Diana note that the Warrior's blood of the Asgardian royal line flows hot in him. And cold.
  • Hot for Teacher: Develops a little bit of a crush on Betsy Braddock.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Just a bit, every now and then, developing as time passes. Especially when Carol is around.
  • Humble Hero: Mostly, being somewhat embarrassed when people start treating him like royalty - which he is. However, he does become willing to pull rank to make the average Jerkass back off.
  • Hunk: He will grow up to be this. Unsurprising, since he's described by the author as slowly growing into something like a mixture of Henry Cavill and Pierce Brosnan.
  • Hurting Hero: Gets put through the wringer frequently, suffers from Power Incontinence of varying kinds, gets physically and mentally tortured, and is terrified of losing control of the Phoenix within. Oh, and by Ghosts of the Past, he has a raging case of PTSD. This culminates in an explosion of bitter fury after he's dragged into the Triwizard Tournament.
  • Hybrid Power: On the face of it. Thanks to his parentage (James was Thor) not only will he have the advantage of being a living magical reactor that all Asgardians do and develop his father's Super Strength, he's also a relative of Jean Grey on his mother's side and inherited the vast psychic powers which, on top of everything else, will be stronger in that he can channel more energy. While this seems set to drive him straight into Mary Sue territory, this is Harry we're talking about. There are caveats.
    • The Super Strength comes through only in intermittent bursts meaning that he lives in mortal fear of shaking someone's hand and squashing it or similar.
    • The Psychic Powers come through violently, are dangerously uncontrollable for a good while, nearly getting him, Ron and Hermione killed and leave him open for Voldemort to play Power Parasite, and Word of God says that he'll never be as strong as Jean is (on the other hand, as Word of God also admits, this is not saying much) and he lacks the skill and until chapter 74, the will, to use those powers effectively. After, though, he gets a very, very rapid grip on them.
      • Oh, and Doctor McCoy theorises that the steady altering of his body and brain chemistry by his Asgardian genes could mean that his Psychic Powers will eventually short circuit his brain.
    • And when he does learn to use them effectively in combat between chapters 70 and 74, it's largely as a result of an epic case of Break the Cutie.
  • I Got Bigger: He quotes the trope to a puzzled Hulk after the Plot-Relevant Age-Up. It's temporary.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Played With. At first, it's Played Straight, until his temper starts emerging and he's put under greater strain, and it is noted with increasing frequency that he has the potential to turn into a new Magneto. And not affable, dry-witted, grandfatherly Magneto - murderous, rage-driven, borderline genocidal Magneto. More than once, he comes very close to snapping entirely. However, it seems that the only thing capable of corrupting him is his own rage - at any rate, he's enough this trope that Doctor Strange's entire grand scheme relies on him resisting Chthon's temptation to take Chthon's power and rewrite the universe into one where everything went right for him, where his mother was still alive.
    • As of Ghosts of the Past, however, this is increasingly called into question, with his dark side being brought up as something to watch out for, before the Trauma Conga Line of the Forever Red arc nearly drives him insane and does result in his briefly snapping and becoming the Dark Phoenix. While he manages to draw back from the edge, it's independently noted by several people that even ignoring the rampant PTSD, there's something of a shadow on him.
  • Indy Ploy: His hallmark, where plans are concerned, along with Crazy Enough to Work.
  • In Harm's Way: Tends to find trouble and as he reluctantly admits to himself, a considerable part of him actually enjoys the life or death fights he finds himself in.
  • Instant Costume Change: When the Phoenix is involved.
  • It's All My Fault: In chapter 72 he insistently blames himself for Luna's death, accurately pointing out that he could have telepathically switched off the HYDRA assault force as soon as he sensed them, without even getting out of bed, but didn't because he was too squeamish. Carol concedes that this is true - the could have done it part - but points out that his warning and heavy involvement in driving HYDRA off saved pretty much everyone in the school and that he made the best call he could under the circumstances.
    • He also reserves a certain amount of blame for himself after becoming first the Red Son, then the Dark Phoenix.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Discusses the trope with Hank McCoy in Child of the Storm, remarking in a light and matter-of-fact tone that while he likes the new family, he could really do without all the new and hard to control powers, new and powerful enemies and new and interesting murder attempts. As of Ghosts, he's much more bitter about it.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: While he's becoming a Flying Brick, Word of God has it that he'll only be about three-quarters as strong and durable as Superman, and though his psychic powers are incredibly vast in scale, he still doesn't have the raw power of Jean or Maddie, and Strange states he still won't have the skill of Charles Xavier. Furthermore, while Harry is becoming highly adept at magic, he will still presumably not be as good as his uncle, the actual God of Magic. However, taking all of that together still means that he's extremely formidable.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Uses this and notes the Trope Namer in chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes this in Ghosts of the Past, following the Trauma Conga Line of Forever Red. He (mostly) gets better.
  • Junior Counterpart: In terms of mannerisms and personality, he reminds people intensely of his mother. Others, though, see his father in him. More disturbingly, when he snaps into Tranquil Fury, he tends to remind people unnervingly of a young Magneto.
    • In the sequel, he's noted on several occasions as acting, and sometimes looking, very like Bucky, which, since the latter is the former Winter Soldier, is not the most reassuring sentiment in the world - though given what happened to Harry at the hands of the Red Room was very like what happened to Bucky, and he was explicitly intended to be the Winter Soldier's Superior Successor and that Bucky's being his Sensei for Scoundrels, this is not entirely surprising. When it's brought up, it tends to disturb both of them.
    • Or, when he's just done something clever to make someone evil suffer, he gets a wicked smile that makes him look disturbingly like Doctor Strange. As the sequel goes on, he takes on more and more of Strange's mannerisms and tactics, with Strange at one point specifically stating that he's worried about this happening - regarding his own actions and personality as a Necessary Evil rather than anything remotely desirable.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: In Ghosts, starts favouring this as part of his various gambits, with more than one reviewer commenting on it in relation to his becoming something of a 'Diet Doctor Strange'. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it's spectacular.
  • Kill It with Fire: Burn.
    • Then, at the end of Forever Red, he turns it up a notch, as the Dark Phoenix.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: He's steadily growing into this trope, even down to charming ladies without deliberately seducing them (in this case, Carol, though the accidental charming is mutual) and a certain susceptibility to the Dulcinea Effect. This is repeatedly lampshaded.
    • However, by Ghosts of the Past, this has veered sharply into a smoothie of this and Knight in Sour Armour - basically, he's a Knight In Shining Armour with added cynicism.
    • In chapter 32 of Ghosts, he winds up in a literal suit of this. It's silvery-white, with a gold Yggdrasil with seven stars on the chest, and a modified Corinthian helm with wings and a retracting visor. Surprisingly, it actually has a practical purpose, being transfigured by Sirius from pieces of damaged Iron Man suits and reinforced by Diana's gauntlet, so he can actually fight Dracula without his relative fragility screwing him over. Carol's somewhat dazed internal monologue refers to as looking like something from another age - which, since it was explicitly based on concept art of Numenorean armour, is unsurprising.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: Carries flavours of this by Ghosts of the Past, having become considerably more cynical thanks to his experiences in Child of the Storm. While he's largely accepted the inevitability of new and interesting murder attempts, and will unwaveringly stand in protection of what is right and good, this does not mean that he'll be particularly happy about it. Nor will it stop him providing a snarky commentary on events.
  • Lady and Knight: He and Carol develop this dynamic in Ghosts, though more of the Action Duo/nascent Battle Couple variety, interwoven with a whopping great dose of Courtly Love.
  • The Leader: A classic combination of Charismatic and Headstrong (he's working on the Headstrong part).
  • Leave Him to Me: Says this to his friends when encountering Daken - for the second time - in HYDRA's main base.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Usually, Harry's default in a fight is a combination of fire and standard telekinetic blasts, while keeping up a casual stream of conversation, snark, and if Carol is present, totally-not-flirting. However, when matters get serious (usually around the point where he gets really angry), his voice will get cold, calm, and somehow dead (if he speaks at all), what he does say will most likely be either a "World of Cardboard" Speech or a Breaking Speech, and he will discard his usual morals and cut straight to the most efficient method of destroying his opponent, whether that is Mind Rape or straight up decapitation.
    • There's also the small matter of, from Ghosts of the Past onwards, the smell of wood-smoke. It appears when Harry's on the edge of his Rage Breaking Point and means the Dark Phoenix is on the point of emerging.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Played With.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: His courage, nobility and arch-protectiveness of his friends are reminiscent of his father, though his blazing temper, compassion, skill with fire and Phoenix connection tend to remind most very strongly of his mother, even down to specific mannerisms.
  • Likes Older Women: He tends to be attracted to older (which is unsurprising, considering his age) and better endowed women, such as Darcy and Betsy Braddock. Wanda also features in one alluded to daydream, to his intense embarrassment, though this fades away as she becomes more of a Parental Substitute.
  • Locked into Strangeness: See Skunk Stripe.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Develops both the ability and willingness to do this in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Made of Iron: Already fairly tough, he becomes this by Ghosts of the Past.
  • Magic Enhancement: Undergoes this twice, though it's temporary on both occasions, when visiting Asgard for the first time and in chapter 59 when the Genius Loci of the Mountain gives him and a few others a Plot-Relevant Age-Up.
  • Magic Knight: During the first book, he learns how to fight hand-to-hand from the Avengers and Sean Cassidy. He's still an amateur, but he's visibly improving. He's not good enough to beat Daken at hand to hand when he loses his temper, though.
    • In the second book, he works with Bucky, Uhtred, Fandral, and Thor to learn knife and sword fighting, though it's noted that even with his skills, he's still not as good as an expertly trained combatant his own age and who's as stronger or stronger than he is, such as Uhtred (though in hand to hand, at least, he seems to be closing the gap). When dealing with an expert who's far, far stronger than he is, such as Dracula, he doesn't stand a chance. Additionally, he's got hand to hand and knife-fighting skills similar to the Winter Soldier, thanks to his time as the Red Son, but those memories are (at first) locked away.
  • Magnetic Hero: Partly natural, partly caused by Wanda's blessing.
  • Making a Splash: Learns a bit in Ghosts under Strange's tutelage, but he doesn't like it very much.
  • Male Gaze: Mostly downplayed and consciously resisted on his part, but he is a straight teenage boy. He is going to notice certain things.
  • Master of Illusion: He has a remarkable knack for this - enough to, in chapter 33 of Ghosts, successfully fool Dracula and impersonate the Dark Phoenix. His uncle is Loki, after all.
  • The Matchmaker: Plays this for Lex and Sue in chapter 39 of Child of the Storm, and again for Ginny and Diana in Ghosts of the Past. It's a sign both that he's a Nice Guy, and that he's got a nascent gift as a manipulator.
  • Messianic Archetype: Zig-Zags the trope. Throughout Child of the Storm he's generally the sweet All-Loving Hero of canon, willing to save those who scorn him, and ultimately saves the world by rejecting The Final Temptation. However, in Ghosts, the traumatic experiences and PTSD pile up, and he risks veering into Dark Messiah territory. As of chapter 35 of the latter, he seems to be inclining back towards playing it straight, becoming The Anti-Nihilist.
  • Messiah Creep: Over the story, he undergoes this, even more than canon - though with the flip side that he could yet become a Dark Messiah and during Ghosts is something of an Apocalypse Maiden. He's not particularly happy about it, though as Jesus points out, he can either front up to it, or run from it - and the latter never works in the long term.
  • Messy Hair: As per usual.
  • Metaphorgotten: He sometimes loses track of what he's saying, with amusing results. It's also generally a good sign that his mood's taking a turn for the better - if he's cold and precise, start running.
  • Mind over Manners: Is extremely scrupulous about this and squeamish about using anything more than passive telepathy (picking up projected thoughts), partly because of privacy, partly because of what Riddle's Diary did to Ginny, and partly because he's absolutely terrified (and not entirely without reason) that he could start on a slippery slope.
  • Mind over Matter: Develops the ability to do this following chapter 60. It quickly becomes his default power, to the point where it's occasionally noted that his teachers have to remind him to use magic rather than telekinesis, and in Ghosts, particularly after tuition from Magneto, he's absolutely lethal with it.
  • Mind Rape: He's capable of this, but knows the effects it has and violently objects to it on moral grounds, to the point where Betsy notes that it is much harder to coax him into trying something new with his telepathy than his telekinesis because he's so damn afraid of accidentally doing this. By Ghosts of the Past, however, he's developed a willingness to do this with prejudice if his loved ones are in danger - as Hermione says when correcting Ron (who had dismissed the possibility that Harry's capable of it), it's something that he won't do. That's not the same as saying that he can't.
    • This happens to him at the hands of the Red Room. He is much, much touchier about it afterwards.
  • Modest Royalty: Very much so - he tends to get embarrassed if people even bring up his rank, and even more embarrassed about songs being sung about his deeds.
  • Momma's Boy: Is very close to both his grandmother and his godmother, and is noted to respond best to women for reasons that have very little to do with being a Hormone-Addled Teenager. In chapters 78, 79 and 80, he pretty much constantly clings to his temporarily returned mother.
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Luna, invoked by Thor in the 'she wouldn't want this' way when Harry attempts to use his telepathy to torment the Ravenclaws he blames for Luna's death.
  • Motor Mouth: A lot of the time he's relatively quiet, but when he does get going, it's usually quite hard to get him to stop. Particularly if he's about to do something spectacular.
  • Nerves of Steel: After everything he's been through, very little actually fazes him, short of his loved ones being threatened.
  • Nice Guy: Vies with Chronic Hero Syndrome for the position of his defining trait, though it takes a bit of a backseat to Good Is Not Nice in Ghosts.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Of the Divine Protection kind, extending on at least one occasion to Resurrective Immortality.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Half-Asgardian Wizard who is also related to one of the most powerful telepaths in existence, is a conduit for the Phoenix Force, is distantly related to the House of El, was (for a time) a cyborg through the Transmode Virus as well as a murderous brainwashed agent of the Red Room.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Along with Royals Who Actually Do Something, what with Thor essentially giving him control of the Potter vault, which is revealed to total around £1.5 billion, he's probably the second richest character in the cast after Tony Stark. It mostly just embarrasses him.
  • Not So Different: Aside from the canon examples of Voldemort and Snape, Harry's noted to be worryingly like pre Heel–Face Turn Loki or Magneto when he gets in a real, dark rage, something that he notes. Oddly enough, though, this applies most to Doctor Strange a.k.a. Taliesin. Let's break it down:
    • They come from roughly the same part of Britain (Godric's Hollow is in the West of England, near Wales and the border regions of the Kingdom of Camelot). Both their families were killed by, or at the behest of, genocidal murderers, and both were set adrift in a small, enchanted basket in the hopes they'd be taken in and loved.
    • They're both Tall, Dark, and Handsome, generally built much the same way, with distinctive streaks of white in their hair (after the Battle of London, in Harry's case), and both have startlingly eyes that usually serve as a key identifier.
    • They both began as powerful wizards with odd powers even by magical standards (Harry being a Parselmouth with Psychic Powers, and Strange being a Seer with a gift for time magic), share a habit of taking on beings far more powerful than they are and winning, and were touched by an inadvertently summoned and indescribably ancient cosmic power (respectively, the Phoenix and the Time Stone) that drastically altered their fate.
    • Both are skilled schemers and manipulators (though Strange is the master and Harry is merely a talented apprentice) who resent being the Chosen One, but feel compelled to do what is right and prevent others suffering as they did. Additionally, both respond to stress by snarking about it, generally keep hold of their fiery tempers unless they are under severe strain (at which point the explosion is usually spectacular), and have a knack for creative punishments, especially when people they care for are threatened.
    • It's also worth noting that for a period after the Forever Red arc, Harry starts to act more and more like Strange while under the tutelage of the man himself, becoming an increasingly secretive and solitary Mood-Swinger and Broken Ace with a tendency towards dramatics, holding friends at arms length, and using his reputation as a weapon. He's even developing something like Strange's signature Grin of Audacity. This is hinted at way back in Child of the Storm, with Harry's In-Universe developed fondness for Doctor Who, and Strange's later bitter Lampshade Hanging of his resemblance to the Doctor (all previous hints that he was involved in the show's creation having been Played for Laughs). It is also not meant to be a good thing, with Strange himself explicitly stating in chapter 39 that he's trying to guide Harry away from it.
    • All these similarities led to solid speculation that Strange actually was Harry from the far future, carrying out a Stable Time Loop. Word of God has Jossed this, but also said that that was actually the original plan.
    • In addition, Harry is very like Magneto, something noted, with a certain amount of concern, by many characters, including Magneto himself: Both had a Dark and Troubled Past (though Magneto's was far worse), were gifted/cursed with truly immense powers as a teen which Sinister, among others, were interested in them for, and found Hogwarts to be a safe haven. In addition, they both have incredible amounts of suppressed rage, both are ruthlessly creative with their powers, and are capable of slipping into a Tranquil Fury that scares everyone with a brain, especially when they see people tormenting others.
      • Not only that, but both are closely tied to Xavier, (Erik's oldest frenemy, and one of Harry's mentors), who helped them with understanding and embracing their powers, and also to Wanda (Harry's godmother and Parental Substitute, and Erik's daughter).
  • Ominous Walk: Pulls this on a helpless Dudley, a vampire, in chapter 32, just before he's about to decapitate him, in a fashion designed to underline that he's the one with all the power and that he's indulging his darker side.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The end of chapter 74, most of chapter 75, and then the end of Forever Red when he's about to go Dark Phoenix demonstrate this. The general gist is that if he's angry and he's gone all calm and quiet then he's probably been pushed too far and running won't help unless you can get a long way away very quickly.
    • His personality shift following the Forever Red arc is meant to show that something is very, very wrong.
    • On a lighter note, after his First Kiss with Carol, he actually starts acting his age instead of like a Shell-Shocked Veteran. His fellow students are both surprised and, frankly, deeply relieved by this - as Seamus points out, it makes him much easier to live with.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Played With. While he bickers with 'Nathan' in chapter 41 of Ghosts, the two broadly get along well.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Uses this to steadily wind up Carol's father after the other man rubs him up the wrong way.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He's got a taste for it, one that has to be reeled in every now and then... and one that sometimes isn't. Case in point: what he does to Dudley in Chapter 32 of Ghosts. Namely, ripping out the other's voicebox, cutting off his arms, before decapitating him, while giving him a cold, savage lecture. It's well-deserved, and arguably a far quicker and more merciful death than Dudley, a vampire and a monster even before he was turned, deserved. But still... yeesh.
  • Personality Powers: Harry's preferred element is fire. Doesn't particularly enjoy the cold and wet? Check. Impulsive? Big fat check. Assertive? After some Character Development, absolutely.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: As the HYDRA troops find out in chapter 70 of Child of the Storm. Unfortunately, Daken can take everything he dishes out. In their first match up, anyway. The second, once Harry ditched the Idiot Ball, not so much.
  • Physical God: One day, obviously, as shown during a temporary Plot-Relevant Age-Up. Also to an even greater extent as the Dark Phoenix.
  • Pillars of Moral Character: In some respects. He's unfailingly polite, respectful and kind to the dismissed and downtrodden, caring even (perhaps especially) when others don't. Furthermore, he'll take up their cause without blinking twice. Authority figures, not so much. He's also got a vengeful streak a mile wide, one that's usually directed at those who harm his friends, and when he's been pushed that little bit too far, he starts acting alarmingly like Magneto - to the point where Sean Cassidy, a man who would know, remarks that one of his antics was 'straight out of Erik's playbook.'
    • This fades somewhat in Ghosts of the Past, as his darker side becomes more prominent and his idealism is tarnished. As he notes in the Bloody Hell arc, when his friends and family are seriously threatened, his desire to fight fair vanishes. However, his core morals remain intact.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Spends most of Child of the Storm as this, being only 13 and unlike the more Hogwarts based mysteries in canon, wrapped up in a conflict of far greater scope than he can really get a hold of, which means that he ends up bouncing around and unsure of which way is up. Towards the end of Child of the Storm and the start of Ghosts, he becomes much more proactively inclined.
  • Playing with Fire: it's his signature, like his namesake, from around chapter 50 onwards. Even after he expands his repertoire in the second book, fire is still usually his preferred option. As is noted, it makes him a little bit predictable.
  • Politeness Judo: Demonstrates that he's very capable of this in chapter 6 of Ghosts of the Past, with Alison later observing in relation to that incident that he's been learning from Natasha... so long as his Berserk Button isn't pushed.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He has a recurring tendency to make plans up on the spot or alter them on the fly, then fail to inform friends and family. While this unpredictability makes him a massive headache for villains to deal with, it is at least as much of a problem for the good guys - and it's even been known to play Spanner in the Works for his own plans.
    • This tendency is implied to be why Bucky, when serving as his bodyguard/mentor in Ghosts, has been given a wrist-strap based teleporter linked to Harry, so he can catch up almost instantly if (when) his charge goes AWOL.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Is an avowed Doctor Who fan and his plan for dealing with Gravemoss in chapter 76 comes straight from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (though as he admits, it's not a very good plan, and Hermione's disbelief at the latter is expressed in the sequel).
    • In the latter case, it's mentioned that he watched it at Mrs Figg's when living with the Dursleys and spent years wishing for a Buffy of his own to come save him. Which, in hindsight, probably explains a lot about his taste in women.
    • He also quotes Dark Willow to chilling effect, when turning a speechifying vampire to Ludicrous Gibs.
    Bored now.
  • Power Glows: Frequently. It appears more and more when he uses his psychic powers, and usually when he's winding up to do something big.
  • Power High: Briefly, in chapter 33 of Ghosts thanks to a supercharge from Jean and Maddie. He manages to keep it on a leash, mostly - and when he does seem to go Laughing Mad, that just adds to his pretence that he's the Dark Phoenix.
  • Power Incontinence: Develops this with his intermittently manifesting Asgardian Super Strength meaning that he lives in mortal fear of some day shaking someone's hand and squashing the bones within to powder and his Psychic Powers being potentially incredibly powerful due to the fact that Jean Grey's a maternal cousin of his. All they generally do, however, is sometimes give psychically sensitive people around him a Psychic Nosebleed or, if he tries to use his telekinesis and his focus slips, he's likely to end up breaking whatever he's holding.
    • By chapter 70, this is gone and if he breaks something - or someone - he means to.
  • The Power of Love: As per canon - though here, it conferred a fragment of the Phoenix on him as a defence mechanism. It also breaks the vicious cycle of the Dark Phoenix, calming him down.
  • Power of Trust: Bucky notes in chapter 25 of Ghosts that he's very good at using this to encourage the better natures of even people who didn't actually know that they had better natures, and encourages him to retain that trait, without being naive.
  • Power Strain Black Out: In chapter 59, and chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past - though in the latter case, he comes to shortly after.
  • Pretty Boy: He is this at the moment, to his surprise. Will still have elements of this as a Tall, Dark, and Handsome adult, from certain angles.
  • Prince Charming: Mostly of the Adorkable variety, especially when Carol's around. Betsy Braddock even name-drops the trope.
  • Pro Human Trans Human: Occasional frustrations notwithstanding, he's very pro human. However, it could very easily go the other way...
  • Protagonist Title: He is the titular Child of the Storm.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Is easily capable of this at the extreme end of his abilities and it's one of the many reasons he's very wary of using his telepathy. In chapter 74, he nearly forces the leader of a HYDRA assault force to do this when finally pushed too far.
  • Psychic Powers: Born with vast potential for them, thanks to his mother being related to the Grey family. Until chapter 63, however, they're latent and prone to Power Incontinence. However, he rapidly masters them thereafter, which in chapter 74, he demonstrates to terrifying effect. By Ghosts, he's an almost fully fledged Omega Class psychic and as the Red Son, helped the Red Room take over about half a continent in a fortnight. In chapter 30, at a real stretch, he proves capable of telepathically reaching across the Atlantic (via his connection to Carol) in his sleep. He also remarks that if wanted to, he could create his own Asteroid M - all that he lacks is the knowledge of how to do it. This puts him in a whole different weight class to most other psychics, which Betsy (herself a strong Alpha Class psychic) comments on. Even partially trained, he's capable of the following:
    • Astral Projection: First seen in chapter 45, performed accidentally, in his sleep. He doesn't do it again, mostly because after Forever Red, he doesn't like the idea of leaving his body, until chapter 30 of Ghosts of the Past, when he projects himself through his connection to Carol and despite his limitations, manifests an astral form capable of going hand-to-hand with a Grey Court Master Vampire.
    • Telepathy: Appears in the first chapter, though he's unaware of it, and doesn't really start using it in earnest until after chapter 60. He uses Touch Telepathy when he wants to be particularly precise. He's not very good with it at first and doesn't particularly want to be, since he's downright terrified of misusing it (and not without reason).
      • Becomes much more competent with it, and much more willing to use it, by Ghosts of the Past, being capable of forcing Voldemort first to use hostages, then to cut and run in two separate psychic duels. In the latter case, he didn't even get out of second gear. However, he's still better with his telekinesis.
    • Mind over Matter: Appears after chapter 60 and along with fire magic, becomes his default power. In chapter 8 of Ghosts of the Past he adapts it to provide Superboy style tactile telekinesis and de facto Super Strength - which in chapter 42, he casually remarks would allow him to arm-wrestle the Hulk and, while he would lose, still keep his arm.
    • The Empath: Related to his telepathy, though he's far less sensitive than Diana.
    • Flight: Demonstrates it when aged up in chapters 59 and 60, and then regularly from chapter 75 onwards.
  • Psychic Radar: Though as Jean-Paul notes in Ghosts of the Past, it's not always totally reliable. Magneto helps him expand this to sense other energies, and even objects, using a variant of his telekinesis.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Occasionally develops one, though only when in a very bad mood - or when he's becoming the Dark Phoenix and has thus gone off the deep end. It's described as being eerily reminiscent of Doctor Strange.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In chapter 74, Thor being shot serves as this to Harry, who comes very close to snapping completely and going full Magneto.
    • In Ghosts of the Past, regaining the memories of the Red Son has the same effect. Except that this time, he goes full Dark Phoenix.
  • Raging Stiffie: Occasionally alluded to, more in later chapters of the first book. As the A/N's point out, Harry is a teenage boy, after all, and surrounded by a lot of extraordinarily attractive women - this was inevitable.
  • Rags to Royalty: Very literally, and it is patently obvious that he's having trouble adjusting.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: When he's briefly aged up and his Berserk Button has been thoroughly pressed, he unleashes a series of punches so fast that they generate their own sonic booms.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: More so in later chapters than earlier on, as he gets Progressively Prettier (justified by a better diet, expert Asgardian medical treatment and a growth spurt), verging on Tall, Dark, and Handsome.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: At the start of the fic.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Develops a knack for handing out these by Ghosts. Unleashes two blistering ones towards the Avengers, Wanda, Xavier, and pretty much everyone in sight in chapter 14 after the Red Son incident, just as he snaps and goes Dark Phoenix, then another in chapter 15 at his father for much the same reason.
  • Reforged Blade: His sword undergoes this at the end of chapter 33 when Dracula uses it to skewer him through the shoulder, bathing it in Harry's unusually potent blood, and then as a lightning conductor, after Harry had just shoved a massive amount of power through it, before Strange completes the job with some deft enchantments. The result is a sword with a habit of glowing, a faintly golden-red sheen in the right light, and a sense of power about it - certainly, Loki warns that if someone other than Harry tries to pick it up without permission, it would... bite. At this point, no one's entirely sure what it does (though Loki suspects that it can now kill more or less anything, even that which is already dead, and compares it to the original Excalibur, in both forging and likely capabilities). Harry winds up naming it Curtana, at which point it develops an inscription, likely courtesy of Strange.
    For Justice, take me up. In Mercy, cast me away. I am Curtana. Wield me wisely.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Chapter 71 amply displays the Phoenix's willingness to resurrect him, but no one's exactly sure how far that goes.
  • Royal Blood: See Blue Blood.
  • Royalty Superpower: Along with the rest of the Asgardian Royal Family, though it's not immediately apparent.
  • Rugged Scar: Played straight and subverted with the scars he gets from Daken stabbing him in the heart - it fills the standard criteria being a claw mark, but its placement means that it's not usually visible and he avoids showing it off.
  • Scars Are Forever: His famous lightning bolt scar. Daken's claws also leave a permanent mark, as might Dracula's stabbing him in the shoulder and a vampire bite on his wrist.
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes this in Ghosts: being both smart and trustworthy, he tends to figure and be entrusted with secrets. He serves as one for Carol, in regards to her being Steve's great-granddaughter, Clark (though they have yet to meet in person) after deducing his identity through Jean-Paul's visits to Kansas, reticence about them, and all the weirdness in Smallville, Dumbledore, who entrusts him with the details of his own Dark and Troubled Past, and Bucky, regarding his past as the Winter Soldier (whose death was faked). The latter leads to him having to play Truth Twister to deceive Ron who had (correctly) been led to believe that the Soldier was still alive and was on the warpath, which he's unhappy about. He also deduces that Hermione is Wanda's daughter, but promises to keep it to himself for the moment.
  • Sensor Character: As his telepathy develops into a Psychic Radar - though it's not always reliable, as Jean-Paul points out in chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past.
    • After Forever Red, Magneto starts training him in depth on the subject, not just in relation to his telepathic senses, but in terms of a sort of telekinetic radar, sensing objects and energy, even if he can't see it. He uses the latter in combat during the Bloody Hell arc, crudely, but effectively. By the time of the First Task, he's capable of adapting the technique for magical use, which is similarly crude (he notes, for instance, that this kind of psychometry is more Maddie's thing), but relatively effective.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Starts displaying the symptoms of textbook PTSD more and more as time goes by - at first to a relatively limited extent after HYDRA's attack on Hogwarts, Luna's death, and his own brief death, then to a much, much greater extent after the Forever Red arc in Ghosts of the Past. He's recovering, but it's a slow process.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: All but quotes this trope, annoyed, in respect to Diana. Subverted in that Sirius and Tony are just suggesting that she is to tease him.
    • More frequently has to deal with assumptions of this kind about him and Carol, which have a much stronger basis, to the point where it becomes a Running Gag.
  • Shipper on Deck: When he notices that Diana and Ginny have mutual crushes, he takes steps to encourage it, as he feels it would be good for them both.
    • He also serves as a more laid-back shipper for Ron and Hermione, contemplating locking them in a room together until they get over their Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Shock and Awe: Develops a gift for this, to absolutely no one's surprise - it's pretty close to fire, and of course, it's In the Blood.
  • Skunk Stripe: In chapter 78 following his being possessed by Chthon, he develops a thick lock of white hair at the front of his head, much to his surprise. Mostly, it just attracts odd looks/serves as a reminder of what he's been through, but in chapter 39 of Ghosts it takes on additional significance when it's revealed that Krum saw memories of the Red Son in a Pensieve, and though he was wearing a mask and goggles, the Skunk Stripe and raw power meant that once he saw Harry at close quarters, he put two and two together.
  • Sleep Cute: He is semi-frequently involved in this with friends and family, especially Thor, Wanda, Jean, and particularly in Ghosts of the Past, Carol Danvers.
  • Smarter Than You Look: No one mistakes him for being stupid, but most people think that because he tends to be impulsive, he doesn't think things through. In fact, he's much more observant and on the ball than most people realise. As per canon, he's good at deduction, figuring out both Hermione's heritage from observation, and Clark Kent's identity and location, merely from Jean-Paul's having been in Kansas when contacting him at one point, his reticence on the subject (which he wouldn't have if it was just a matter of another young mutant/wizard), and the strange happenings in Smallville itself - though Clark being an Identical Stranger helped.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Does this with most of his friends and adopted family, most especially Sirius, Tony, Diana, Hermione, and Carol. In the latter case, it's often combined with Casual Danger Dialogue and Flirting Under Fire.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: At first, as per canon. Some mentoring, encouragement, and generally increased confidence mean that he's less awkward... though still frequently Adorkable.
  • Soul Fragment: Used to have a piece of Voldemort's in him, though per Word of God, his brief death and resurrection via the Phoenix burnt it out.
  • Soul Jar: Previously was one to Voldemort, unwittingly on both counts. His brief death and resurrection removed the Soul Fragment.
  • Spanner in the Works: He specialises in this, much to Lucius' annoyance.
    • It's not exclusively a problem for the bad guys either, as shown in Ghosts of the Past - Harry's tendency to go off and do things on his own schedule (without telling anyone else) can be extremely problematic for the good guys too, even putting a hole in his own plans.
  • Squishy Wizard: To begin with, though he gets steadily less squishy as time goes on - by the time Ghosts of the Past starts up, he's operating on Super Soldier level. However, this is still pretty squishy in comparison with the scale of his powers and the level his enemies are operating on.
  • Stepford Snarker: Develops into this at first as a defence mechanism, from his natural snarky tendencies, and George later notes that 'understated sarcasm' is his 'coping mechanism of choice'.
  • Stock Superpowers:
    • Demigod:
      • Super Speed: In Ghosts of the Past, after the Forever Red arc, he can run at up to 50 miles an hour for several minutes, or maintain speeds of 30 miles per hour for more than an hour - and with a telekinetic boost, he can move a lot faster. He or rather, a psychic construct of him can also go hand-to-hand with an experienced Grey Court Master Vampire.
      • Does Not Know His Own Strength: His physical strength jumps in fits and starts, usually when he's least expecting it or when he's in a bad mood, settling around Super Soldier level by Ghosts of the Past, reaching somewhere beyond that (though how much beyond is unspecified) by the Bloody Night arc. This one starts out as more a hindrance than a help and he spends a lot of his time genuinely afraid he'll accidentally squash someone's fingers when shaking their hand. By the end of Child of the Storm, however, this is gone as he develops better control over his powers.
      • Flying Brick: His aged up self is one boxing in the same weight class as Thor, Superman, etc. However, Word of God has noted that at his peak, he's only 75% as strong/tough as Superman, relying more on his other abilities, making him the Jack-of-All-Trades.
    • Powers via Possession: The Phoenix gives him Complete Immortality and turns him into a Reality Warper when She takes over or when he fully embraces the fragment within him. The fragment of her power within him also acts as a Power Crutch in Ghosts of the Past, though not without... consequences.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: He's a ludicrously powerful psychic, but while he's talented and learning fast, he's very, very raw, meaning more skilled psychics can run rings around him, such as Voldemort before Harry forces him into a contest of raw power, and Maddie Pryor, who squashes him like a bug when he's caught off-guard.
    • However, he's rather good at using what he does know, being able to send Voldemort running when he can't rely on hostages/batteries, and engages Maddie/Rachel on moderately even footing once he knows what he's dealing with and prolongs the fight for his own ends. Furthermore, after Forever Red, he's being tutored by, among others, Doctor Strange and Magneto.
    • Even with this tutoring, however, he's no match for Dracula's skill, experience, and sheer power, as the Vampire Monarch brutally demonstrates.
  • Stubborn Hair: As per usual.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes occasionally glow/flash gold. It's generally a bad sign.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: While not strictly more powerful than he is, Harry has a dark side that Carol characterises as the result of his repressing all the horrible experiences that should have driven him mad or dark, resulting in something that isn't quite another personality, more Harry with his conscience switched off. As a result, when this side of him is in charge, he tends to use his skills and powers far more ruthlessly and effectively. Additionally, if you ever see him wearing the colours of the Dark Phoenix and his eyes glowing white, you'll want to start running to the next galaxy. Or even the one beyond that.
    • Carol explicitly states later on in Ghosts that neither is some kind of super-powerful split personality that's going to take him over, despite his implication to Ron and Hermione that the combination of the two as the Dark Phoenix is one, and calls him out for masochistically letting them think so, pointing out that it only ever gets out if he chooses to let it out. After, he tacitly agrees with her when discussing his two 'inner demons' - the Red Son and the Dark Phoenix.
  • Superpower Lottery: By chapter 70, he's won big time.
  • Super Power Melt Down: Everyone's (particularly him) is worried that he'll lose control of his powers and go into one that, while it's not lethal to him, will probably be lethal to everyone around him. This abates somewhat after chapter 65 or so... then after the altered second prophecy and the start of Ghosts, the worry returns, specifically that he'll go Dark Phoenix. This worry is profoundly justified.
  • Super Soldier: The Red Room think that he's the key to the next generation of these, confirmed by chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past. He eventually more or less becomes one, going from human Squishy Wizard to Person of Mass Destruction and as the Red Son, the heir apparent to the Winter Soldier.
  • Suppressed Rage: Considering his childhood, it's unsurprising that he has an absolute shedload of this, which he locked away for obvious reasons. This is a strategy he's suggested to have followed with just about all his other negative emotions, too. Unfortunately, as Carol notes, it's festered into a rather frightening dark side, one that he refers to as one of his 'inner demons', and fuels the Dark Phoenix.
  • Talented, but Trained: In terms of raw psychic power, he's Omega-class, and he's been trained by Betsy Braddock and the Red Room (and even before the latter, he's capable of going up against Maddie, who's stronger than he is, far more skilled, and far more experienced, and fighting fairly evenly), also swapping tricks with Jean. Later, he gets advanced training in his powers from Doctor Strange and Magneto. That said, the likes of Charles Xavier, who're relatively Weak, but Skilled, can still kick the psychic crap out of him.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: See Hunk. He grows into it.
  • Technician vs. Performer: He's most definitely a Performer - he makes his strategies up on the fly and a defining trait of said strategies is that they're Crazy Enough to Work.
  • Teens Are Short: Starts out as this, a Tiny School Boy, but by chapter 59, he's done considerable catching up. By Ghosts of the Past, he's around Carol's height - 5'10.''
  • Terror Hero: A Type 5 by chapter 55 of Child of the Storm, having developed a reputation around Hogwarts for being someone you don't want to mess with. He doesn't like it very much, but he's not shy of taking advantage of it either.
    • It gets dialled up significantly following the Forever Red arc in Ghosts of the Past, on two levels - on a more general level to Hogwarts Students, Harry's wandering around with a Hair-Trigger Temper. To those in the know, there's the constant fear that he might snap and turn into the Dark Phoenix again. The first, he tries to ameliorate after a Cedric Diggory inspired Jerkass Realization. The second, he's shown to be entirely willing to exploit when it suits him, his own experience of being a Phoenix host to - with a power boost from Jean and Maddie - successfully fake a Phoenix manifestation to scare Dracula (who has his own history with the Phoenix and rightly fears Her), also stating that his Plan B, if Carol didn't survive the rescue, was to blackmail the Council Elite of Skyfathers into resurrecting her by threatening them with the alternative of his going Dark Phoenix to do it.
    • Dracula notes that he has a reputation amongst the supernatural community thanks to his various exploits, and that as one professional to another, he respects that. He then adds that while he respects Harry's reputation, and respects the fear it inspires... he does not share it.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Via a Sling Ring in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: It does, at least once, when he throws it into a training dummy and is sufficient to impress watching Asgardians. However, he did have to magically sharpen it first and was noticeably relieved when it did work - he quite clearly expected to fail. And, you know, demigod. And latent Omega Class telekinetic.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Keeps/is kept to this, particularly after chapter 70, partly because he's psychologically unstable enough as it is from PTSD and Survivor's Guilt without adding more fuel to the fire. This is a large part of why his time as the Red Son left him so furious that he was willing to become the Dark Phoenix.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He takes several.
    • By chapter 34 of Child of the Storm, he's throwing swords into targets and saving Fire-Forged Friends from undead monsters with an Indy Ploy, also willing to stand up to the Disir and order them to back off from eating his friends.
    • By chapter 59, he's capable of one-shotting reasonably powerful monsters under highly adverse conditions.
    • By chapter 70, he's a One-Man Army capable of, when sufficiently enraged, almost singlehandedly crushing a heavily armed HYDRA attack force full of trained Agents and combat wizards, which is primarily concerned with killing him (and if he hadn't tried the Attack! Attack! Attack! strategy on someone with a Healing Factor there'd be no 'almost' about it).
    • By chapter 74, he's capable of stopping 'hundreds, thousands' of bullets in mid air with no effort, telekinetically turning the weapons of a HYDRA attack force against them and nearly forcing the leader, who took a child hostage, to commit suicide.
    • In the Final Battle of Book 1 (chapters 76-78) he pretty much grinds Daken into paste, telekinetically rips out Gravemoss' heart, blasts him several miles away (in combination with Carol's Green Lantern Ring), uses two skyscraper sized zombie giants' remains as a vast and disgusting cannonball against HYDRA's Dreadnought and caps it by, with his mother and father's help, winning in a Battle in the Center of the Mind against Chthon, kicking him out of the material world and with his mother and grandfather's help, fixing all the mess caused by Chthon's entrance.
    • He's taken a big one by Ghosts of the Past, with chapter 2 showing his increasing aptitude for psychic warfare, going toe to toe with Voldemort in two psychic duels and win. Notably, the second has Harry enter the Mental World where Voldemort's controlling his People Puppets from, meaning he doesn't have to hold back, unleashing his full power. Cue a Curbstomp Battle that quite literally tears it apart and forces Voldemort to retreat (albeit pretty happy with how things have gone, since he was mostly taking Harry's measure) and, as a mere side-effect, destroys the minds of his People Puppets (which leaves Harry, normally a great respecter of Mind over Manners, greatly troubled and very unhappy).
      • In chapter 8 he shows his smarts and ingenuity, adapting his powers when fighting Dudley a.k.a. the Blob to the containment suit that prevents him from extending them beyond his body by instead directing them inwards, simulating Super Strength. This impresses both Sinister and Maddie Pryor, the latter an older and far more skilled and powerful psychic who admits that she never even considered using her powers like that. He then fights smarter and more methodically, both in taking Dudley apart and in his escape from the converging Red Room personnel, turning snow to steam, diving into the ensuing fog bank and occasionally yelling in Russian to add to the confusion.
    • As the Red Son, in chapters 13 and 14, he can (briefly) take on Magneto on even footing. That said, it should be noted that Magneto was holding back, trying not to do anything permanent to him.
    • By chapter 22, he can use a Sling Ring for Thinking Up Portals to the Mirror Dimension, and probably the Nevernever (though it's hinted that he doesn't need it to get into the latter). Soon after, he's operating at full-on Super Soldier levels, with a Healing Factor, reflexes, senses, Super Strength, and Super Speed that compare favorably with those of Steve and Bucky, with his mental faculties and raw magical power improving as well.
    • During the First Task, he effortlessly No Sells the Undines' low-level psychic manipulations, destroys all of the barrow-wights, then, with some help from MI13 and Thor, as well as a set of armor from Tony, takes on and defeats an Elder Wyrm in a duel.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Takes a few throughout Child of the Storm, then takes a whopping great one in Ghosts of the Past, following the Forever Red arc.
    • Played for Laughs in chapter 22 of Ghosts, when his immediate reaction to 'Bach'/Strange's advice to go in, have a big dinner and get some sleep is to assume that something horrible is going to happen the next day.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass/Took a Level in Kindness: Takes the former after the Forever Red arc in Ghosts of the Past leaves him a traumatised wreck with a Hair-Trigger Temper, and takes the latter after he has a Heel Realisation following Cedric Diggory's gentle What the Hell, Hero? in chapter 22. He takes another level in kindness at the end of chapter 26, going out of his way to help someone else rather than being helped for the first time in a while. Even so, however, his baseline is still a bit grumpier than before.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: He has his canonical taste for treacle tart.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His mother's brooch.
  • Tranquil Fury: In chapter 74 of CoS, doing much to evoke Magneto. It reappears in chapter 76, as well as several chapters of Ghosts of the Past, and is generally a good sign that Harry's about to do something scary.
    • He spends a good half of chapter 32 of Ghosts in this state, something typified by his response to one moderately powerful speechifying vampire.
  • Troubling Un Childlike Behaviour: Prone to this more and more as time goes on, particularly in chapter 70 of CoS, and after Forever Red in Ghosts, to the disturbance of McGonagall. Part of this, as he notes to Carol in chapter 34 of Ghosts, is that after all he's been through, he's now somewhat numb to potential threats and more or less unfazed by potential threats - though entirely aware that he's far from invincible, the sheer number of near-death (and actual death) experiences he's undergone mean that he's verging on Seen It All (though there are some things so absurd that they're exceptions to this rule, which are usually Played for Laughs).
  • True Sight: He can and has used this once or twice - though doesn't usually because you never forget what you see.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: The colour his eyes are is an excellent barometer for how much trouble you're in. Green's the baseline, and means you're probably fine. If his eyes are glowing gold for more than, say, 5 seconds, you're in trouble. If they're glowing red, or red-gold, you're kind of screwed. If they're glowing white, there are no words to adequately describe how screwed you are.
  • The Unfettered: Briefly slips into this in chapters 14 and 15 of Ghosts of the Past, when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix. It appears again in chapter 32, briefly, and dismembers a vampiric Dudley.
  • Unhappy Medium: From time to time, after his telepathic powers come in.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In chapter 70 of CoS, channelling the Tenth Doctor in the process. Daken stops it and then the Phoenix possesses him and promptly goes absolutely berserk.
    • Also in chapters 14 and 15 of Ghosts of the Past when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix.
  • Uptown Guy: Even more so after becoming royalty. It rather bemuses him, considering that he grew up kept in a cupboard and half-starved.
  • Use Your Head: Learns this from Sif, and uses it in chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: In Ghosts of the Past, thanks to Essex's Transmode Virus giving the Red Son a One-Winged Angel form and compounding his resemblance to Cable (or Nate Grey, if one counts his Earth X counterpart). It's temporary, but he's understandably extremely unhappy about it.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: He comes to realise that while vengeance feels good in the moment, it tends to feel empty at best after the initial euphoria wears off. This doesn't mean that he stops finding it tempting, however.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: To an extent with Jean-Paul, and with Carol - though in the latter case it's tempered by really-absolutely-definitely-not-flirting. After his return to Hogwarts in the second book, he goes back to this with Hermione, as well.
  • Warrior Prince: Develops into this in the latter part of Child of the Storm, and properly in Ghosts, like his father.
  • The Watson: Is usually the one to whom various things are explained.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Young Conqueror. It scares him and everyone else.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Most definitely, which makes the Magnetic Hero thing very useful, especially before most of his powers kick in. He even lampshades it to Hank McCoy in the first book:
    The more powerful I get, actually or just potentially - and mostly just potentially - the more people try and kill me in new and interesting ways. Don't get me wrong, I love having a family and the Avengers. I love being a wizard too. But I could do without the near-death experience every few months.
    • By Ghosts, he's more or less unfazed by it - though annoyed by/bitter about the Doom Magnet aspects.
  • When He Smiles: He's noted to have an absolutely lovely smile, one that makes him look very much like Jean.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Painfully subverted. He starts out as one, and a Knight In Shining Armour to boot, one of whom Godric Gryffindor would be proud. However, he gets steadily more cynical as time goes on, though retains elements of this.... until the Forever Red arc, when the Dulcinea Effect and his Chronic Hero Syndrome finally get the better of him. He eventually settles on something like The Anti-Nihilist.
  • Willfully Weak: Harry could be a lot more ruthless and efficient in combat than he usually is. Because he is abundantly aware of this, he generally favours using standard fire blasts, telekinetic blasts, or even hand-to-hand combat. It gets to the point of Obfuscating Stupidity, where some characters (e.g. Ron) think that that's all he can do, because he doesn't use the more... creative potential applications of his powers. More observant characters (Hermione) point out that just because he doesn't use them doesn't mean that he can't. The fact that he can is usually demonstrated when he's got angry enough to hit his Godzilla Threshold and decided to stop playing nice. The results are brief and usually messy.
  • Willing Channeler: Lets the Phoenix/his mother briefly possess him in chapter 58 to protect him by intimidating the hell out of Hera.
    • And does it again in chapter 76, allowing her to have a brief chat with Chthon and briefly sever his connection to Gravemoss.
    • Then, he does so for far darker purposes in chapter 14 of Ghosts of the Past after finally being pushed too far: he embraces the Phoenix fragment within him to become the Dark Phoenix. The results are not half as pretty as the first couple of times.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: On better days, by the end of Child of the Storm. Usually ends up walking the line between this and Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour. In Ghosts of the Past, it tilts sharply into the latter, before drifting back to the former.
  • The Wise Prince: Seems to be steadily evolving into this trope, cynicism and struggles with his darker side notwithstanding.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The Red Room invoke this trope by forcing him into a Power Limiter so that he can't just beat Dudley into a pulp. Once he figures out a way around it, though, he does so anyway.
    • When Syrus kidnaps Carol, Harry would have blasted him to pieces if not for the fact that he had to project his astral form through her from the other side of the Atlantic.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Delivers a short (and chilling) one in chapter 74.
    I AM LIFE. I AM FIRE. NOW AND FOREVER... I. AM. PHOENIX!
    • Later, while venting to Bucky, Ron, and Hermione, he exclaims that he lives in a "world of glass," though the trope is played with somewhat in that, in this case, he's trying to avoid breaking anything and is discussing how easy it would be for him to break something or someone accidentally.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Comes up with a clever one off the top of his head in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past - he's locked into a psychic duel with Maddie/Rachel, and while he's got very little chance of winning, if he does, great. If he doesn't, though, something that's far more likely since she's way stronger and more skilled than he is, he's powerful enough and good enough to prolong the duel and make an awful lot of psychic noise, so the Avengers can home in. It works like a charm (more or less)... right up until his impulsiveness means that he serves as the Spanner in the Works for his own plan.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Develops a knack for this by Ghosts - see Xanatos Gambit. Unfortunately, this tied in with his habit of not informing friends and allies of what he's going to do next, and an in-built knack for being the Spanner in the Works, means that he often derails everyone's plans - even his own.
  • Young Conqueror: He has all the hallmarks of this, as noticed by much of the cast. All of them note that while he could be the next Captain America, a hero among heroes, he has the intelligence, charisma, experience of the dark side of humanity and hatred of injustice to become the next Magneto and possibly one considerably more dangerous than the original, even at his worst. Part of his character arc leads to him noticing this in chapter 61 of CoS and rejecting it (with a little help from his friends) - though the text implies that it isn't going to be the last time he's going to be confronted with that temptation.
  • Younger Than They Look: Develops into this, with chapter 57 of CoS noting that he could easily pass for fifteen or sixteen and that he's starting to attract the Female Gaze.
    • Hermione notes by chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past that he looks closer to 18 than 14 (and acts it, most of the time). The white streak in his fringe helps, as does the fact that his body spent six months working for the Red Room shortly after, meaning that his body aged while his mind didn't.
    • This is discussed in chapter 39 of Ghosts, with both Betsy and Strange noting that for all Harry's maturity and apparent physical ageing, in a number of ways he is still just/barely more than a kid.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: This happens in Chapter 66 and takes on a whole new meaning when an Omega class psychic is involved.

     Carol 

Carol Susan Jane Danvers

Harry's friend and, by the start of Ghosts of the Past, arguably his best friend, going from a moderately important member of the supporting cast to a fully fledged Deuteragonist. The niece of Jack O'Neill, cousin of Sharon Carter and great-niece of Peggy Carter herself, she is, unsurprisingly, a talented athlete with a sharp strategic mind, and exceptional good looks that make her look rather older than she is, leading to a lot of sexual harassment and a severe deficit of being taken seriously. As a result, she's a somewhat spiky and abrasive teenage girl with every reason to be that way and few close friends, until she meets Harry, with whom she shares a certain daredevil mentality, a sense of humour and a love of flying. It's revealed in chapter 75 that Peggy was actually her great-grandmother, and Steve is her great-grandfather.



  • Action Girl: One way in which she is both very much like her canon counterpart and her great-grandmother. It's In the Blood, and hinted to be one of the reasons Harry thinks she's hot.
  • Adorkable: Semi-frequently, and usually around Harry.
  • All Genes Are Co-Dominant: Even though she's his great-granddaughter, Steve's blood runs very strongly in her and once her genetics get a kick in the pants, she's no less powerful a super soldier than he is, allowing for differences in age and build.
  • An Axe to Grind: Briefly borrows Uhtred's axe in chapter 60 and wields it crudely (because she's had no training with it) but effectively, as one werewolf found out.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Prone to this where Harry's concerned.
  • Antagonistic Off Spring: She really doesn't get on with either of her parents. In her mother's case, it's because Carol doesn't understand her - and once they understand each other, they get on much better. In her father's, it's because she understands him all too well.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: In chapter 33 of Ghosts, she kisses Harry gently on the cheek, as a way of acknowledging their feelings for each other. He promptly produces a prize-winning Crush Blush that she teases him mercilessly about.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Harry in Chapter 76.
  • Badass in Distress: Is nearly killed, along with the other kids, by the Slendermen, and is kidnapped twice in Ghosts, once by Sinister and Maddie (as a by-product of being around Harry when he's grabbed) and once by Dracula's henchmen.
  • Battle Couple: Thor suggests that she and Harry might be this to Harry, mostly (but not entirely) to embarrass him. He's not exactly wrong, either.
  • Berserk Button: Feeling her up and trying to hurt her friends, the latter in particular putting her into a borderline homicidal rage.
  • Best Friend: Evolves into this by Ghosts of the Past, being Harry's key confidante and companion, effectively his right-hand woman. It gets to the point where she's able to school Hermione on a point about him after knowing him for about nine months. At the same time, she notes that she has the advantages of a deeply emotionally intimate Mind Meld with Harry, and of having seen him in combat situations in a way that Hermione hasn't, which is the subject under discussion, and remarks that on the day to day stuff, Hermione still probably knows him better.
    • It reaches the point where Ron's genuinely worried that she's usurped his best friend position. Carol herself tries to reassure him, but isn't sure whether she has or not - even with a psychic connection, Harry isn't always easy to read. It's implied that she has, though the fact that they've got together in chapter 46 theoretically shifts her into a different category.
  • Better as Friends: Has decided this about her and Harry, for the time being. She changes her mind in chapter 46 of Ghosts.
  • The Big Gal: In attitude and build, if lacking superhuman physical power (at first). Her fighting style, for example, is largely based on speed and brute force.
  • Big Sister Instinct: As Harry points out in chapter 49 of Ghosts, she demonstrates this towards Diana, big time, Mattie Franklin, and her little brothers, particularly towards Stevie in chapters 29 and 30 of Ghosts of the Past, coldly threatening to behead a vampire on Dracula's strike team if he even breathes the wrong way towards Stevie. The leader of said strike team takes this threat seriously and when the vampire in question does breathe the wrong way towards Stevie in chapter 30, with Harry's help, Carol winds up beheading him and remarking, "Can't say I didn't warn you. Asshole."
    • However, Stevie also points out - and Carol admits - that while she's protective of them, previously she'd tended to ignore them, meaning that she didn't notice Joe junior (their youngest sibling) acting out/being miserable over his father being Kicked Upstairs to a job that means that he's rarely at home (which was done because he tried to get Harry to alter Carol's mind).
  • Birds of a Feather: Snarky, anti-authoritarian, protective of team members, with textbook Chronic Hero Syndrome and a love of flying... you could just as easily be talking about her uncle, a certain Jack O'Neill.
    • It's also makes her and Harry quite a lot alike, with her grandmother all but quoting the trope in reference to their relationship.
  • Boobs of Steel: Like her canon counterpart, she's got the Most Common Superpower and she kicks butt with the best of them.
  • Broken Ace: She's a highly talented leader, smart, comfortably breaks athletics records, beat her school's Football team in sequential arm wrestling contests, is captain of her school's soccer team and beautiful to boot (though this last one tends to be more of a hindrance than a help). She's also spiky, abrasive and quite defensive - before she met Harry, she only knew about two guys in her age group who didn't treat her as a ball breaker or seek to befriend her solely to get in her pants. One took it upon himself to be her Knight Templar Big Brother (which, while well meant, has been known to backfire). The other is extremely Camp Gay, with more layers than an onion. She's routinely verbally assaulted by her peers and routinely sexually harassed, by men much older than her. On top of all that, she's got an Extreme Doormat mother (who later turns out to have considerable Hidden Depths) and a verbally abusive Stay in the Kitchen father, with her only close family members being her grandmother Alison Carter (who's not nearby), her maternal uncle, Jack O'Neill (who's usually busy with work), possibly his daughter, Sharon Carter (ditto), and Steve, who takes a while to even acknowledge her as family.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre: Starts off more reserved and spiky than Harry and less enthusiastic about physical contact (though she makes an exception for Harry), but equally willing to hand out hugs to those who need them or play Cool Big Sis to smaller girls who need it (Mattie Franklin and Diana being prime examples), and be emotional support to a friend in need. She's also very fond of her little brothers (though from what Stevie mentions, she's not always good at showing it).
  • Brutal Honesty: Bluntly informs Harry that, having spent a couple of days moping in his room, he smells.
    • Also comes up with this immortal line when he's getting particularly histrionic as the Dark Phoenix.
    Oh my god, you total fucking drama queen.
    • In general, this trope is one of the things that makes her so valuable to Harry, as she will always puncture his ego whenever he's indulging in his Drama Queen tendencies.
  • Buffy Speak: Tends towards this in general, particularly post waking up and prior to her first coffee.
  • Came Back Strong: In chapter 75, when she's right in the borderlands of death and comes back with the full power of a Green Lantern.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Implied, then averted. She's mentioned as beating the entire American Football team at her school in arm wrestling contests, in succession, then breaking a number of records in an athletics fixture. However, the nature of her enhancement in chapter 60, the fact that it stuck, and the fact that she gets her blonde hair and blue eyes from her maternal grandmother, Alison Carter, the 'much younger sister' of dark eyed brunette Peggy Carter, begs a question or two, until Chapter 75 confirms that Alison is the daughter of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter. Carol had latent super-soldier genes, and that the mountain made them not-so-latent.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She's willing to make the sacrifice play in a heartbeat, as shown in Child of the Storm, and in Ghosts of the Past, throw away a chance at escape while being pursued to save a life. As Bucky remarks somewhat regretfully, she's got too much of her great-grandparents in her to be anything else.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Threatens to engage in this against anyone who hurts Stevie (specifically, she threatens Syrus, a powerful Grey Court vampire with Chinese Water Torture. With holy water. For starters. The monster in question is actually kind of impressed).
  • The Confidant: Develops into this for Harry. There's a number of reasons why, but it has a lot to do with the facts that: a) she's usually right alongside him in whatever insane (and frequently, ludicrously traumatic) scenario he's found himself in this time, so she usually has the inside track on what's happened - which is important, if whatever happened was too painful for Harry to really want to talk much about, b) they have an increasingly close friendship flavoured by UST that eventually evolves into an Anchored Ship, c) after the first chapter of the sequel, as a side-effect of her letting him in her mind to perform some well-intentioned but inexpert psychic therapy, they wind up with a Psychic Link, meaning that he doesn't actually have to say things, as such.
  • Contralto of Danger: As an adult, like Diana. She's growing into it.
  • Covert Pervert: Has, shall we say, noticed Clint's arms and the prospect of topless pics of Rhodey is sufficient to induce Instant Waking Skills when she's half asleep. And she's a bit Distracted by the Sexy when Gambit's around - though this is Gambit, so it happens a lot.
    • By the start of Ghosts of the Past, she's checking out a post growth spurt Harry with increasing frequency. She also, after waking up in Harry's bed after an entirely non-sexual (raging UST aside) Sleep Cute, she's briefly left wondering Did They or Didn't They? - and after that, rapidly imagines what would have happened if they'd gone further than a very chaste kiss Anywhere but Their Lips. The scenario is not elaborated upon, but is apparently thoroughly explicit.
  • Crushing Hand Shake: Pulls this on Ludo Bagman, and wins.
  • Cry into Chest: With her grandmother in chapter 11 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Curves in All the Right Places: Mentioned and Deconstructed. She's in her mid teens and looks like a hot coed. A peaceful life this does not make for.
  • David vs. Goliath: Ends up on the David end of most of her fights, including twice against demonic, super-sized werewolves (first time, she wins. Second time, the Winter Soldier bails her out), and in Ghosts of the Past versus Blob!Dudley. She doesn't win that one, either, but she does hurt him badly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Fairly snarky, though less than most. The tone varies from bitter to, usually where Harry's concerned, affectionate.
  • Death Glare: She has a very good one, though as the narration notes, it doesn't affect Frigga (who Carol thought was going to disturb a sleeping and traumatised Harry, who she was snuggling) - she's well-used to such glares from her children, her patients, and her usually soon-to-be deceased enemies and merely mentally files it under 'Reasons My Grandson Is Probably Going To Marry a Midgardian.'
  • Defiant to the End: See the folder quote she gives, from Dog Soldiers, when facing down a car sized werewolf. It isn't the end, however, thanks to the hurting children being the Winter Soldier's personal Berserk Button.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: While she's not especially frosty to Harry to begin with, she does relax significantly and generally defrost over time.
  • Determinator: Oh, hell yes. This is the girl who beat a supercharged, tank sized werewolf to a pulp with nothing but a metal shield.
    • In chapter 75, she takes it Up to Eleven. She is quite literally too stubborn to die. Which leads to her proving worthy of Alan Scott's Green Lantern ring, which Strange slipped to her in the guise of an ordinary enchanted ring.
  • Deuteragonist: In Ghosts, she's been steadily creeping into this role, alongside Harry.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In chapter 60, she's briefly jacked up to Super Soldier levels and promptly beats a colossal werewolf into whimpering submission. As of chapter 69, it turns out that it stuck. As revealed in chapter 75, this is because she's Steve's great-granddaughter by Peggy.
  • Enemy Scan: She pulls this off on both Gambit and the second Black Widow.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: In chapter 60, treading the line between this and Badass Normal. By chapter 69 it's revealed to have stuck, as she's the great-granddaughter of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter and the artificial ageing activated her Super Soldier genes.
    • Chapter 75 has her right on the border of death and coming back as a Green Lantern - though the ring slinging is temporary.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Much to her chagrin.
  • Flying Firepower: Temporarily, as the new Green Lantern.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Only observed after the relationship is revealed, but she has her great-grandpa Steve's eyes - his hair and build too.
  • Friendless Background: The only people that she's close to in her life prior to meeting Harry are Jean-PaulBeaubier, Lex Luthor, the former of whom is almost always wearing a mask and the latter of whom she occasionally has to play Morality Chain to and her Cool Uncle Jack O'Neill, who it is suggested that she doesn't normally see often because of his job.
  • The Gadfly: Towards Harry, something he reciprocates.
  • Generation Xerox: In many ways, she's basically Peggy minus the cool calm. And her Chronic Hero Syndrome, talents as The Strategist and inclination towards shields come straight from her great-grandfather, Steve.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In chapter 76, her eyes glow emerald green following her proving worthy of the Green Lantern Ring.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She is capable of being very, very pragmatically ruthless when she feels the need, verging on The Spock territory. She doesn't necessarily like this very much, but accepts it as part of her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Verging on Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory at times (less so as time goes by), but the heart's definitely golden.
  • Hates Being Touched: Or at least, Hates Being Touched By Guys (Who Are Into Her), because it's usually a prelude to copping a feel. She makes an exception for Harry in chapter 72 and chapters 1 and 18 of Ghosts of the Past when the roles are reversed. More generally, she tends to make an exception for him. It helps that she trusts him.
    • Previously in chapter 61, she's not particularly bothered by having been roped into the cuddle pile of kids since she's aching too much to be immediately pissed off, plus it's patently obvious that hands haven't gone wandering and that Harry's used every available appendage to pull guys and girls alike into the pile, to be sure that they're all safe.
    • By Ghosts of the Past, they're actively and regularly snuggling.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Repeatedly, where Harry is concerned, something he echoes. No one, not even supervillains who have only seen them interact for a couple of minutes, believes them. Finally, in chapter 46 of Ghosts, they get together.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Qualifies as such, much to her displeasure.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ultimately subverted, but the intent is there.
  • Holding Hands: Frequently as part of her ship tease with Harry.
  • Hot-Blooded: She has a spectacular temper, though she's usually pretty good at controlling it.
  • Holy Halo: In chapter 76 as a result of earning the Green Lantern Ring.
  • Huge School Girl: She's close to 6' tall in her mid-teens.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Harry points out more than once that she will mock his Chronic Hero Syndrome, but when it comes down to it, she has nearly a bad of a case as he does.
  • Indy Ploy: She's not as prone to these as Harry is, but she does sometimes pull them off, notably in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past.
    • The one she pulls in chapter 29 of Ghosts has to be seen to be believed. She's trapped in a subway carriage with a five superhuman (vampire) strike team, all powerful, almost all reasonably experienced, covering every exit. She's got her non-powered and Locked Out of the Loop little brother to worry about, and she's only got her football (soccer) gear and her shield. She still manages to get out of the station and very nearly away entirely, with her little brother clutched under one arm.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: She doesn't cry often, having a 'Tomboys Don't Cry' attitude, and her little brother notes that he actually can't remember the last time she cried. But during Forever Red, when she lets herself really feel all the crap she's gone through, plus her worry for her best friend, in the hands of the sort of psychopaths who make HYDRA wet themselves, plus anger at how he consciously put himself back in their hands because of his Chronic Hero Syndrome, the result is this trope. As the narration observes, 'it was not elegant, graceful, or dignified. Pain rarely is.'
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Though she herself isn't entirely innocent, despite her cynicism, she's one of the more noble characters in the fic and has the very distinctive eyes to match, if not so much as her great-grandfather Steve, who she inherited them from.
  • Instant Waking Skills: If she thinks that pics of a shirtless Rhodey are in the offing.
  • Insult of Endearment: Affectionately calls Harry a "dumbass" for not asking for help after unblocking his Red Son memories.
  • In the Blood: She takes very much after Peggy Carter, her great-aunt and her uncle Jack. Cousin Sharon shows that she's not the only one who inherited the badassery. As chapter 75 reveals, they all got it rather more directly - Peggy's 'sister' was actually her daughter by Steve, born after he crashed in the Arctic.
    • Her mother remarks on this when she notes that her attempts to keep Carol safe and away from the super-spy world of the weird represented by SHIELD and others like them were ultimately in vain.
    • Additionally, though it's not quite as obvious, she has Chronic Hero Syndrome, a certain charisma, and (of course) the Super Soldier genes from Steve.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: On the receiving end of a non-romantic version of this when a shocked Steve semi-rejects her following The Reveal that she's his great-granddaughter. He comes round in time.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Has a razor sharp tongue and sharpens it on Yelena Belova in chapter 8 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed version, as she warms up to Harry pretty quickly after the two bond. Also, he's a Magnetic Hero and a genuine Nice Guy, people tend to like him on principle. She's also kind to a young Mattie Franklin and is very protective of Diana. However, its suggested that she's not so nice to her peers (including an unfortunate Peter Parker who apparently caught her on a bad day), for obvious reasons, and until later on in Ghosts, largely ignored her younger brothers (though she is fond and protective of them).
    • Chapter 72 underlines the heart of gold part when she comforts Harry after Luna's murder and his own, temporary, death interspersed with some affectionate snark, as does chapter 1 of Ghosts of the Past.
    • She's also very protective of, and fairly sweet towards, her little brothers.
  • Lady and Knight: She and Harry develop into this, with Harry taking on more of the Knight's role - though the two can and do flip, and they're more of an Action Duo/nascent Battle Couple than the traditional version.
  • The Lancer: To Harry, being the cooler, more tactically minded one of the two. Though this is something of a relative term, since she's still pretty Hot-Blooded.
  • Laugh of Love: Though she'd probably dismember anyone who said it, she tends to laugh, even sometimes giggle, a great deal more when she's around Harry. Of course, this is often at him, but it's still affectionate.
  • The Leader: Is quite naturally this, being a mixture of Headstrong and The Mastermind.
  • Legacy Character: Takes up Steve's mantle, to an extent and more literally, as the first Green Lantern of the 21st century.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She becomes this to Harry in Ghosts after the Forever Red arc, though sometimes they swap roles.
  • Made of Iron: Super Soldier or no super soldier, she can take a lot of punishment. Even being struck by what's effectively a very concentrated lightning bolt designed to take down someone on par with a powerful Asgardian doesn't do anything permanent.
  • Male Gaze: Subject to it, much to her displeasure.
  • Messy Hair: Carol has epic bedhead.
  • Morality Chain/Morality Pet: She serves as both of these to Lex Luthor.
    • She also keeps an eye on Harry from chapter 60 of Child of the Storm, watching out for his dark side, characterising it as watching his blind-spots the same way he does for her. Also warns Hermione of said dark side in Ghosts of the Past, thinking, accurately, that Hermione's never really seen Harry snap, recruiting her to keep an eye on Harry while he's at Hogwarts.
      • Her status as such is enough to help bring Harry back from his little trip to Dark Phoenix-land in chapter 15. He also implies in chapter 33 that if the rescue of her from Dracula failed and/or she died, he'd demand the Council Elite bring her back, or face the alternative of his becoming the Dark Phoenix to do it instead - though he does add as a caveat that if he had to resort to the Phoenix, he'd at least make sure they were far enough away from the Nine Realms to avoid risking unleashing Surtur.
  • Most Common Superpower: She has this and wishes that she didn't.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Harry, at first. Then, she gets sucked into his world. And in chapter 46 of the sequel, becomes more than just a best friend.
  • Must Have Caffeine: She's really Not a Morning Person.
  • My God, You Are Serious: In chapter 34 of Ghosts of the Past when "Joshua"/Jesus shows up in person and she's told who he is, her initial response is to laugh... until she realises that the others are serious.
  • Mythology Gag: Her swimsuit in the first chapter of Ghosts of the Past bears a strong resemblance to her comic book counterpart's most famous costume. On a meta level, it also fits the author's habit of referring to said costume as a swimsuit.
  • Nay-Theist: She used to be an atheist, then the Battle of New York happened. This is suggested to be a reaction to her father, who at least acts the part of a devout Catholic.
  • Neck Lift: Pulls the one-handed variant on an unfortunate Ron who makes the ill-advised choice to barge into what he thinks is Harry's bedroom.
  • Not a Morning Person: Her response to wake up calls is mumbling 'with a considerable 'fuck off' component' and on being tricked out of bed, monosyllables, death threats, Buffy Speak and a lust for coffee.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She plays the snarky, rebellious teen so well that even the hyper-aware Jean-Paul sometimes forgets how sharp she is.
  • One of the Boys: A classic version of this, being her school's top football (the version that the rest of the world recognises as football) player, a top athlete, with a spiky, abrasive personality. The latter largely comes from the fact that, unlike most examples, she's not indistinguishable from the guys (though she probably wishes that she was). Instead, she's an Amazonian Beauty and Younger than She Looks, leading to a lot of unwanted attention.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Gets to briefly wield the Green Lantern Ring in the finale of Book I.
  • Parental Substitute: Her maternal uncle, Jack O'Neill, is pretty much the father she deserves, rather than one she has. Unfortunately, he's usually busy with work.
    • After The Reveal that she's the great-granddaughter of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, as opposed to the great-niece of the latter, she feels out Steve for this. Unfortunately, he's in shock and he rejects her - though not without a It's Not You, It's Me explanation. He does eventually come around and starts taking a more active role in her life - while admitting that he has absolutely no idea what he's doing in this regard.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Is a dedicated football (soccer) player and very good at it, captaining her school team, specifically playing as a box to box midfielder, a position requiring a great deal of energy and skill.
  • Pragmatic Hero: While she worries a lot, and is extremely upset, about Harry when he gets recaptured by the Red Room, the pragmatic part of her tests Jean and formulates plans, just in case what comes back is not Harry - because Jean's one of the very few people who can fight Harry on his level (the others including his dad and uncle) and have a good chance of overpowering him. She hates it, but someone has to do it, and it's part of her.
  • Psychic Link: Ends up developing one with Harry in Ghosts of the Past, after the telepathic therapy incident. The two of them frequently slip into telepathic conversations without realising it, and is hinted to be able to sense his presence. In chapter 30, she manages to contact him, while he was asleep, from across the Atlantic after mentally shouting at it. Both of them are rather surprised that it actually worked.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She develops into Harry's right-hand woman (and ultimately half of a Lady and Knight dynamic), supporting him no matter what and backing him up through thick and thin, providing the occasional You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech... while also gleefully deflating his ego/mocking his more melodramatic moods and serving as his Morality Chain.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She usually favours casual clothing, and is considered to be an Unkempt Beauty. But when she does go all out in chapter 47 of Ghosts, as Harry's date to the Yule Ball, she's positively stunning, and compared very favourably with Diana (a young Wonder Woman, in DC canon the World's Most Beautiful Woman) and Fleur Delacour. Harry is left gobsmacked and barely manages to use words rather than stunned gurgle.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She shows hints of this in Chapter 61. Under the circumstances, it isn't exactly surprising.
  • Shield Bash: She succeeds in beating a supersized werewolf into whimpering submission through this method.
  • Ship Tease: Recurrently with Harry. Both, however, have epic scale issues and are more than content to be Just Friends at first. The Big Damn Kiss in Ghosts chapter 46 finally seals it.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Is generally unimpressed by Monologuing and won't hesitate to make it very clear.
  • Sleep Cute: By Ghosts of the Past, she and Harry tend to snuggle following emotional distress by one or the other.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A realistic variant - she's attractive and considerably Younger than She Looks so she gets a lot of unwanted attention.
  • The Spock: Sometimes, surprisingly, and hinted at with her gifts as The Strategist, despite the fact that acts more like a fairly classic example of The Kirk - she's capable of being ruthlessly, relentlessly logical and pragmatic, even if she hates it. While most of her is worried sick as and when a friend is captured behind enemy lines, another part of her carefully plans for the scenario that what comes back is not their friend. Just in case. It might be Dirty Business, and she hates thinking that way, but it's part of her, and someone has to.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's tall, blonde, and an Amazonian Beauty.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Her father's attitude towards her, at direct counterpoint to her uncle and grandmother, who encourage her to follow her dreams to be a pilot.
  • Supporting Leader: She has shades of this in respect to Harry.
  • The Strategist: She has a natural born gift for this, to the point where the Winter Soldier remarks on it. The implication is that she gets it from Steve.
    • These tendencies resurface in Ghosts of the Past, during her time in the Red Room and after Harry's recaptured - see Pragmatic Hero for the latter.
  • Super Soldier: Briefly becomes one in chapter 60 thanks to a temporary Plot-Relevant Age-Up/enhancement. Turns out in chapter 69 that it stuck and it turns out that she's descended from Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, having previously believed that the latter was her great-aunt.
  • There Was a Door: In chapter 76, she disregards it entirely. Under the circumstances, this was not exactly wise.
    • And again in chapter 29 of Ghosts of the Past, going through a window shield first. The window of a moving subway train, to be exact. With her little brother under her arm, while being pursued by vampires. This time, it actually works... for a little while.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Deconstructed. When she tries it with a classic kite shield, while she manages to throw it effectively, it just bounces off her target and has to be retrieved.
    • By chapter 29 of Ghosts of the Past, not only does she have a circular shield like Steve's, after a fair amount of his tutelage, she can throw it and pull off the rebound just like him. Doesn't hurt that by this point, she also has Super Soldier abilities as well.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She likes wearing a Pimped-Out Dress from time to time, but rarely admits it - something related to her father trying to make her more traditionally feminine and a Proper Lady.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Hermione's Femme and Diana's Neither.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: It's mentioned every now and then that she has a severe weakness for ice cream, with her uncle claiming that her Puppy-Dog Eyes never got him to get her more ice cream, and in the sequel, she's mentioned as having demolished a 'Thor-sized' box of Rocky Road.
  • Tranquil Fury: Goes into this in Chapter 60 after Jean-Paul is hurt. She blinds a supercharged werewolf with her shield, beats it to pulp, uses an axe to prevent it from getting away/fighting back, before killing it.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Not quite as dramatic example as Harry, but definitely walks the line between this and Wise Beyond Their Years as a result of her experiences, with Hermione noting that she has a disturbingly old and cynical laugh.
  • The Un-Favourite: As per canon, she's this to her father, possibly her mother too. She certainly has a low opinion of both of them, considering her mother an Extreme Doormat.
    • She's right about her father, but wrong about her mother, who isn't the Extreme Doormat Carol sees her as.
    • Feels that she's this in regards to Steve's semi-rejection of her once it's revealed that she's his great-granddaughter.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Though tomboyish and generally to be found far from makeup (though She Cleans Up Nicely when she actually wants to), she's usually very attractive, even with spectacular bed-head.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Towards Harry, even if they aren't actually dating until chapter 46 of Ghosts, and though her role is usually more emotional protectiveness, she displays a willingness to glare down gods and goddesses alike. Sif was impressed, while Frigga merely marked it down as a reason that Carol was most probably going to be her granddaughter-in-law some day.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her standard mode with people she likes, particularly with Jean-Paul and to a lesser extent with Harry.
  • When She Smiles: Being a somewhat cynical person, she usually restricts herself to a smirk or a sardonic grin, something Harry remarks on. When she really, truly and genuinely smiles (which usually happens around Harry), it's noted as dazzling. It also seems to run in the family, going by her little brothers.
  • You Are Not Alone: Gives this to Harry in chapter 72, who returns it to her in chapter 30 of Ghosts.
  • You Did Everything You Could: Gives a speech along these lines to Harry in chapter 72.
  • Younger Than They Look: In her mid-teens when first introduced, and built like a hot college student. This gets her a lot of unwanted attention, hence the spiky attitude.

     Jean-Paul 

Jean-Paul Beaubier

Everyone blames themselves, mon cher. Even when they shouldn't.

Camp Gay mutant speedster, who is kind, friendly, and will flirt with anything male that moves. He is also much sharper and much, much more dangerous than he lets on beneath his happy-go-lucky mask. Of the teens, he's the most mature and usually plays the role of Only Sane Man. He's also the most ruthless and by far the most enigmatic, with an unknown agenda of his own, and perhaps best summed up by Harry who describes him as "a male Black Widow with Super Speed." Following chapter 60, he's a wielder of the Speed Force.



  • Adaptational Badass: After Chapter 60. Canon Jean-Paul is fast and capable enough, but as a de facto Flash, this Jean-Paul is one hell of a lot stronger (and given his nature as a Spear Counterpart to Natasha, he's dangerous for reasons that have very little to do with his powers).
  • Adaptational Nationality: Canon Jean-Paul is French-Canadian, while this version is French.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: After the Mountain power boost to his speed which seems to have tapped him into the Speed Force. Doctor Strange eventually talks him into embracing it.
  • Agent Peacock: Very Camp Gay, classically effeminate and very pretty. However, he's more than capable of almost absently performing a Sherlock Scan on someone he barely knows and while he's a Fragile Speedster, he's a Combat Pragmatist who knows the value of a well-aimed rock thrown at mach speeds, and by chapter 75 he's one of the deadliest members of the cast who isn't a cosmic entity. In chapter 37 of Ghosts, Harry explicitly states that he'd rather go another round with Dracula (who nearly killed him, twice, sparing him the first time and being stopped the second) than fight Jean-Paul, and not because Jean-Paul is his friend.
  • Aloof Ally: A downplayed version, and unusual in that he's not the most powerful at first - but by chapter 75, he's almost certainly the most powerful thanks to wielding the Speed Force. He'll be thre when matters get serious and is definitely part of the friendship group (he's dating Uhtred, for one thing), but he's a Non-Action Guy by inclination and has his own concerns. He also tends towards being rather enigmatic; for instance just why is he getting Clark's measure on his own? And when the group is together, he tends to stand at a slight remove to the others, with Lex observing that even with his friends, he plays his cards close to his chest. He's also the most mature, dirty jokes aside, and by far the most ruthless when required to be.
  • Anything That Moves: A PG variant. If it's male, he'll flirt with it.
  • Badass Boast: References Kingdom Come as he gives a suitably cool one in chapter 78 after being warned by Frigga that Chthon will see him and his Infinite Mass Punch coming and catch him.
    I live between the ticks of the second, ma reine. I'd like to see him try.
  • Badass Gay: Definitely. For all his at least partially affected Camp Gay mannerisms, he's by far the most ruthless of the teens and after accessing the Speed Force probably the most dangerous under any circumstance short of Harry going Dark Phoenix. There's a reason that Harry would rather fight Dracula than him.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: His Healing Factor helps with this. Chapter 75 uses this, describing him as having "not a hair out of place" while his opponent is reduced to Pink Mist, to underline how incredibly dangerous he is.
    • It gets to the point where Clark knows that something is wrong just by the way that Jean-Paul isn't his usual impeccably turned out self.
  • Beneath the Mask: Though only a few glimpses are offered, it's hinted both that he's much smarter (capable of pulling off an absent-minded Sherlock Scan on someone he barely knows) and much, much more dangerous than he lets on.
    • The finale of the first book reveals the extent of the latter. It's sufficient that even the Hot-Blooded Harry in the midst of Tranquil Fury makes a note to never get on his bad side.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He looks and acts harmless. Like the woman he's essentially a male Junior Counterpart to, Natasha Romanova, he is anything but.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His little comments in French occasionally qualify.
  • Brutal Honesty: Every now and then.
  • Bullet Time: In Chapter 76, he's able to grab the other kids and bring them into this, in order to avoid being obliterated by Gravemoss.
  • Camp Gay: Very, very much so. How much of this is an affectation is up for debate.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: The moment he notices Harry expressing discomfort at being flirted with, he immediately stops and apologises.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In a fight, he'll use pretty much any weapon he can lay hands on to inflict maximum damage.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: If you see the Badass part, there's a very good chance that it is the last thing you will ever see.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: More "dark and troubled present". His sister is pretty much insane and he's the only one she responds to.
  • Eye Scream: Inflicts this on a giant werewolf with a rock flung at mach speed.
  • The Gadfly: His primary role in Harry's friend group, greatly enjoying verbally poking others for his own amusement. Sometimes, it serves a deeper purpose, and he uses it to get people's measure.
  • Gay Best Friend: Appears to be Carol's at first, and it is implied that he plays up to this image to ensure that people underestimate him.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Jean-Paul is, for the most part, a genuinely nice person. But if he even thinks that his friends are being threatened, he'll kill you without a word.
  • Hidden Depths: He is considerably more than a harmless flirt - he's capable of being far more serious and insightful than he usually appears, actually pulling a Sherlock Scan on Harry and later Draco, and on other occasions proves that he's capable of killing without blinking twice.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Even before he gained the degree of Required Secondary Powers required to make him really effective against superhuman opponents, you don't want to get in the way of a rock thrown at mach speeds. Especially if it's aimed at your eye.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Chapters 60 and 75 show what it looks like when he starts playing for keeps. It's not pretty.
  • Martial Pacifist: He's a very skilled, powerful and utterly lethal fighter, he just greatly prefers to avoid fights wherever possible. When he does fight, however, he goes to the wall.
  • Megaton Punch: During the Final Battle, he runs around the world, building momentum, enough times to reach the speed of light, at which point he hits the Chthon-possessed Gravemoss, either destroying his body or launching it past Jupiter.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts the part of a shorts chasing pretty Camp Gay airhead. He's also one of the most on the ball and downright dangerous characters in the series and if you find this out beyond a vague sense that he's more than he's pretending to be, it's either because he trusts you or because you're about to die.
  • Only Sane Man: Plays this role to the other teens, often being the one to lampshade how strange things are getting and to offer the sensible solution.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Actually uses his speed to swipe some when a conversation between Harry and Carol looks to be getting interesting (i.e. entertainingly awkward).
  • Pink Mist: Harry notes in chapter 75 that all he can see of the Extremis powered Super Soldier who was fighting Jean-Paul is a few splatter marks. Jean-Paul himself doesn't have a hair out of place. Immediately afterwards, Harry makes a note not to piss off Jean-Paul.
  • Pragmatic Hero: While unquestionably a good guy, Jean-Paul can be rather ruthless, as examples above show - the comparisons to the Black Widow are not made without reason. He also notes to Jonathan Kent that he hoped to let the villains focus on Harry, who's well-connected and trained in the usage of his powers, and give Clark time to grow into his own strength.
  • Pretty Boy: To the point where the otherwise straight and not even faintly interested Harry observes that the only appropriate adjective to describe him is beautiful.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A textbook example, though he verges on Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette at times.
  • Secret Keeper: For Clark in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Sherlock Scan: He almost absent mindedly performs one on Harry.
    • Later, he is able to deduce quite a bit about Draco.
  • Ship Tease: With Uhtred. They wind up dating.
  • Spear Counterpart: Harry sums him up as being this to Natasha, with additional superpowers. It's considered surprisingly accurate, in and out of universe.
  • The Spock: Usually takes this role between him, Harry, and Carol, with the other two being The McCoy and The Kirk respectively, though they interchange (and Carol has notable Spock traits, even if she doesn't like them).
  • Super Speed: A genuine speedster and a (at first) latent user of the Speed Force. As of Ghosts of the Past, he can go at Mach 10, or even faster in a pinch.
  • Super Strength: Downplayed - he's not exactly Captain America, but he's got a lot more upper body strength than someone his size should.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted; he has absolutely no problem killing if he deems it necessary.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Carol.

     Uhtred 

Uhtred Ullrson

Come, foul beasts! Come and test yourselves against Uhtred Ullrson, Oathman of the firstborn son of Thor, Prince of the House of Odin! Test yourselves and be broken!

An Asgardian teenager who happens to be Sif's protégé, and for good reason. At first appears to be set up as The Rival to Harry, but after Harry saves his life, Uhtred swears loyalty to him, becoming his Sworn Sword (something that he takes considerably more seriously than Harry does) and effectively his right hand man, later displaying gifts as The Blacksmith. Currently dating Jean-Paul.



  • The Ace: He's the best Asgardian combatant of his generation and Sif's protégé.
  • Adorkable: Develops into this as time goes by and some of the formality rubs away - of note is the episode in chapter 22 of Ghosts of the Past when he and Diana have tracked Harry down to a Transfiguration classroom in Hogwarts and, held up by the scruff of his neck by Diana, he's just rattled on the window and happily bellowed, "Found you!" Harry promptly introduces his head to his desk.
  • An Axe to Grind: The guy likes his axes, and he definitely knows how to use them.
  • Animal Motifs: He's themed along bear-like lines, which adds a certain irony when he winds up fighting a vampire that's transformed into one.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: At first.
  • Badass Beard: His older self has a suitably shaggy one.
  • Badass Gay: He's immensely badass and it turns out that he's Bi, or rather Lol-at-your-quaint-little-categories, sexual.
  • Basso Profundo: His older self has a notably deeper voice than an aged up Harry, who is himself a Badass Baritone.
  • The Bear: He's bi, he's a big lad to begin with and his adult self is about two metres tall, fairly hairy, and conveniently, explicitly described as being 'built like a bear' (though the description refers to the animal).
  • Bi the Way: Flirts with older girls and with Jean-Paul with equal ease, winding up sort of dating the latter.
  • The Big Guy: In physical power, he alternates with Diana, though she's about half his size.
  • Birds of a Feather: Uhtred notes this of himself and Ron. Both are the youngest sons of well-known families, who held a certain amount of resentment towards Harry for his celebrity status. Both of them have Hidden Depths, and once they get over their resentment, they are True Companions to Harry.
  • The Black Smith: Has serious talent in this direction, enough to forge a Cool Sword and impress Tony Stark.
  • Blood Knight: Gleefully throws himself into combat during the first book's Final Battle.
    Carol: He has problems. Useful problems, but still problems.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: He doesn't necessarily get Earth metaphors, though he catches on fast.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loves a good fight, and reacts with interest when informed of the Acromantula colony in the Forbidden Forest.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: When he informs the others that he's being attacked by a supercharged, supersized werewolf, his tone is more one of mild irritation that they're not paying attention.
  • Character Development: Goes from an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy to a loyal friend to Harry with significant Hidden Depths.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: A meta example, since his adult self was fancast as Sean Bean, leading to many worried enquiries as to whether he would die or not. No definitive answer has been given.
  • The Comically Serious: In contrast to his friends, who, Diana excepted, snark as they breathe. However, he's a much lighter and more cheerful example than many examples of this trope.
  • Cutting the Knot: Or in this case, the neck. Specifically, Gravemoss' neck. It doesn't work, but you have to give him credit for trying.
  • Determinator: Nearly as much as Carol, which is saying something.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: At first, driving his antagonism towards Harry.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Gets a temporary one, in Ghosts, which is noted to lend him a piratical look and draw a lot of appreciative attention.
  • Eye Scream: One of his eyes is almost totally destroyed by Vampire!Dudley. Thanks to his Asgardian Healing Factor and access to advanced healing magic, it'll grow back in time.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Harry and Diana and, to a lesser extent, with Carol and Jean-Paul.
  • The Gadfly: Maybe. It's implied that he plays up the servility aspect of his oath to Harry simply because he knows that Harry finds it deeply irritating.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Once he gets over himself, sure.
  • Hidden Depths: He can set bones, he has a surprising grasp of tact and it's repeatedly hinted that he plays up his oath and servility to Harry just to wind him up. Like most of Harry's friends, he's also quite a bit more insightful than one might immediately realize.
    • As Ghosts of the Past reveals, he's also a talented enough blacksmith to impress Tony. Which, as Diana notes, is saying something.
  • Hot-Blooded: A fair bit. See Blood Knight.
  • Incoming Ham: Combines this with Pre Ass Kicking One Liner in chapter 31 of Ghosts of the Past, as he dives into a group of Grey Court vampires:
    HAVE AT THEE, FOUL WRAITHS! TASTE THE FURY OF ASGARD!
  • I Gave My Word: He takes his oath of service to Harry very seriously, somewhat to Harry's embarrassment.
  • I Owe You My Life: The reason he swore loyalty to Harry in the first place.
  • Knife Nut: By Ghosts of the Past, according to Jean-Paul, he apparently has an alarming number of knives in an even more alarming number of places.
  • Large Ham: When his blood is up, he's one of the largest in the cast. A cast, which, it should be remembered includes Thor.
  • Lighter and Softer: After his Character Development, he goes from Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy to being much more kind and cheerful.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: The Linear Warrior to the rest of the group's (particularly Harry, Jean-Paul, and partially Diana) Quadratic Wizard.
  • Literal-Minded: Tends not to get metaphors, though this is mostly a product of the fact that he's not from Earth and most of the characters are.
  • Manly Bisexual: He flirts with boys and girls alike, winds up sort of dating Jean-Paul, is an all-action axe wielding young warrior and protégé of Sif, and from a background which is the Asgardian answer to a Mountain Man or a Marcher Lord. He's also fancast as Sean Bean and said to be, when temporarily an adult, about two metres tall, with a Badass Beard and built like a literal bear. That's about as goddamn manly as you're going to get. Oh, and he even knows how to forge a sword.
  • Off with His Head!: Beheads an Extremis Super Soldier and later Gravemoss. The latter doesn't work quite as well as might be wished, but you have to give him credit for trying.
  • Original Character: Completely invented and has proved to be moderately popular.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He is twice bested in a short period of term after a long period of being the best. Since the people who bested him are Harry, who's the son of Thor and a master of the Indy Ploy and Diana, a pre-teen version of Wonder Woman trained by Athena herself, this isn't exactly surprising. He gets to strut his stuff several times afterward. Carol even comments on it in Ghosts, while Uhtred is busy going toe-to-toe with a giant vampiric bear.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: In spades.
  • Respected by the Respected: Ironically, he gets this once he stops craving it. In the second book, his skill in forging a sword is said to have impressed Tony Stark, and his combat prowess in defeating a vampire which turned into a giant bear earns him respect from none other than Bucky Barnes.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: The actual tracking part isn't difficult. The fact that he can tell that a patch of ice isn't natural simply from examining it and tapping it with his bare hands in Chapter 58 counts.
  • Servile Snarker: Subtly to Harry. Maybe.
  • Ship Tease: With Jean-Paul. They wind up dating.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Straight Man to Jean-Paul or Harry's Wise Guy, most of the time.
  • Super Strength: As an Asgardian teenager, this naturally comes into play, though he's noted as being strong even by Asgardian standards - his adult self is up there with Volstagg who is generally considered to be the physically strongest Asgardian outside of the House of Odin and possibly Heimdall.

     Diana 

Diana Herculeis of Olympus

I am Diana Herculeis. Daughter of Hercules and Hippolyta. Granddaughter of Zeus Panhellenios. I have always known I would be powerful.

An Olympian and a Ward of Asgard, she's the daughter of Hercules and Hippolyta and therefore a preteen Wonder Woman. She's much more dangerous and much wiser than her appearance would have most believe, proving Worthy of Mjolnir for a short while. Of Harry's group of friends, she's usually the most thoughtful and level-headed.



  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A nicer variant than most on this trope, being polite, gentle and friendly, she's mostly just fairly quiet and rather reserved. This reserve decreases somewhat as time goes on, though she can dial it up to full Ice Queen levels when she wants to.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She starts the story prior to any sexual interest in people, but as time goes by she notes that Harry is growing into someone rather attractive, as well as 'getting an eyeful' of Carol a couple of times. She's also, in Ghosts of the Past, mutually attracted to Ginny Weasley, something that Harry is gleefully fanning the flames of.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Implied to be a problem with her empathic powers.
  • Badass Adorable: Cute preteen/pretty teenager. Well behaved young lady. Can school Sif's physically powerful and older protégé in a wrestling match.
    • Carol notes how she made the world's most adorable teddy bear.
    • In chapter 77 she one shots one of the Mabdhara, Generals of Chthon, one of which had previously taken an orbital bombardment, being rammed by a tank at half the speed of sound, demolition charges and a considerable chunk of a major metropolitan city's electricity to its vitals to take out.
  • The Berserker: Hinted at, then finally shown in chapter 60, and holy crap is it scary.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is the kindest, sweetest person this side of Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner. The latter comparison should give you a clue as to why it isn't a very good idea to piss her off.
  • The Big Gal: She's tiny (at first), but she's got the physical power for it.
  • Blood Knight: It's In the Blood. After all, her dad is Marvel's Hercules and provides the trope image. Her mum's no slouch in that department, either. She goes to some lengths to suppress these tendencies.
  • Boobs of Steel: Not present as yet, but considering the source material, these are inevitable. They're seen during the temporary Plot-Relevant Age-Up and when she picks up Mjolnir, which has the same effect. Being normally a fairly flat chested adolescent, she finds them inconvenient at best, uncomfortable at worst, then promptly ignores them.
  • Boys Have Cooties: Observes that her mother told that she'd once enjoy the sight of two handsome boys wrestling, but for the time being cannot understand the appeal. Some months later, however, she admits that Harry is kind of cute.
  • Break the Cutie: Most of her life has been a drawn out Trauma Conga Line.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of the many ways in which she resembles a considerably less spaced out Luna Lovegood.
  • Contralto of Danger: Like Carol, her aged up self has this.
  • Children Are Innocent: A curious example. As an Empath, she's got a very good idea of what goes on inside people's heads. Yet, this is also the girl who hugged the Winter Soldier to thank him for saving her friend's life and because he felt like he needed one. She later gives Doctor Strange (who is exponentially more dangerous and, frankly, less sane) one for differing but similar reasons.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's small (to begin with), adorable and very sweet. She's also an extremely skilled warrior who will one day be about as strong as Thor and the Hulk and is already a fair bit of the way there.
  • Creepy Child: Frequently comes off as this, largely thanks to her Empathic abilities and the insight they grant her, which makes her resemble a more down to earth Luna Lovegood. Somewhat subverted, though, once people get to know her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Definitely. Because of the identities of her parents, Hera has frequently attempted to murder her. Her father then reached out to Athena and Loki, who between them concocted the solution of having her be fostered in Asgard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rarely, but she's capable of it, as her father notes. As he also notes, it can also be extremely hard to tell when she's doing it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Is entirely calm at almost all times, including when she's just pulled a Neck Snap on a HYDRA Super Soldier.
  • The Empath: Though she's not a telepath, she's an expert at reading and understanding others' emotions. Unfortunately, the Power Incontinence leads to trouble a few times in Book 1, before she receives bracers to channel and suppress her abilities during the finale of Book 1.
  • Flying Brick: She's not exactly a heavyweight yet, but she can fly and definitely possesses Super Strength, with her aged up self boxing the same weight class as Thor and the Hulk.
  • The Gadfly: Occasionally, such as when she tells Tony and Sirius that she and Harry are Just Friends... but looks him up and down and admits that he is kinda cute, or when she and Hermione tease him about his completely obvious denial of his UST with Carol.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During the melee in HYDRA's headquarters, Harry at one point sees her beating a troll to death with its own severed arm.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: When aged up, partly pulls this on one of the supersized werewolves and then fully on Project Ultimatum.
  • I Am Having Soul Pains: Her empathic powers are largely untrained and impossible to turn off, meaning that she's vulnerable to a psychic freak out, whether it's by Harry or a Genius Loci.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Sort of. They're blue, and she's undoubtedly one of the sweetest and kindest characters in the cast, but they're also described as 'slate-blue', a little more greyish, suggesting that her innocence has been tarnished.
  • In the Blood: Heroism runs in the family. Unfortunately, so do severe Blood Knight tendencies.
  • Lady of War: A increasingly less pocket sized example, being graceful, well-mannered and calmly polite at (almost) all times, as well as being capable of taking almost any opponent to pieces. Unusually for this trope, however, she's not remotely inclined towards She-Fu, preferring the notably brutal wrestling form of pankration. After all, her dad invented it.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Her identity.
  • Little Miss Badass: See above.
  • Motor Mouth: Has a bit of this, especially at first.
  • Mythology Gag: The bracers she gets in the first book's epilogue are obviously based on one of her canon counterpart's most iconic costume items.
    • In chapter 60, she briefly uses a length of rope as a lasso. In the same chapter, Lucius very subtly refers to her as a "woman of wonder."
    • In chapter 76, she briefly wields Mjolnir, as her canon counterpart did in the Marvel/DC Amalgam series.
  • Neck Snap: Pretty heavily implied to have killed her opponent this way in the fight with the Extremis HYDRA mooks.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Briefly wields Mjolnir in chapter 76.
  • Only Sane Woman: At times, though this role usually falls to Jean-Paul.
  • Pint Sized Power House: She's tiny (at first), but she can still kick your ass.
  • Proud Warrior Race Gal: Subtle, more subtle than, say Uhtred, but it's there.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: She gets this twice - once when Harry has a minor Angst Nuke moment with his own latent Psychic Powers, and the second time when she accidentally tunes in to a very powerful and very angry Genius Loci.
  • Psychic Powers: An Empath and involuntarily Wise Beyond Their Years because of it.
  • The Quiet One: She talks more than most examples of this trope, but less than those around her, and when she does speak, she tends to be very insightful.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Like her canon counterpart, she's an exceptionally pretty young woman and her adult self is literally jaw-dropping in her beauty. Her personality and uncomfortable insight, though, can lead to people seeing her as an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
  • Royal Blood: She's the granddaughter of Zeus, after all, with the expected Royalty Superpower.
  • Sensor Character: Her empathic abilities mean she can do this.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She's generally in more casual clothing, though less scruffy than Carol, but when she really does dress up, you can see that she's related to Aphrodite.
  • Shock and Awe: While wielding Mjolnir.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's a well-trained, classy and graceful lady. She can not only kick your head off without trying, but without dirtying her dress.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives a good one in chapter 76 after picking up Mjolnir. Considering her usual demeanour, this is disconcerting to say the least.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Noted to be growing into this, and when She Cleans Up Nicely for the Yule Ball, passing for a slim 16, she has most of the school staring at her.
  • Super Strength: She will one day be batting in the Thor/Hulk power range and her adult self proves capable of, under stress, ripping Project Ultimatum, a robot based on the Destroyer in half. As it is, she's already got an undefined, but considerable, amount of physical power to call upon.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Carol's Butch and Hermione's Femme.
  • Unkempt Beauty: In chapter 60, though more 'Blood Drenched Warrior-Goddess Beauty'.
  • Warrior Princess: As expected of the Princess of Themyscira.
  • Whip It Good: Briefly uses some spare rope for this purpose in Chapter 60, as a nod to her adult self's proclivity towards this.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As a product of her empathic powers.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She is a particularly skilled practitioner of pankration. Considering that she's the daughter of Hercules, inventor of the art, this is hardly surprising. She's good enough as a preteen to beat Uhtred, quite a bit taller and stronger than her and Sif's protege to boot.
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     Hermione 

Hermione Jean Granger

One of Harry's oldest friends at Hogwarts and fellow apprentice to Loki. Supportive, but her attempted adjustment to the new status quo has met with mixed success. Is also unaware that she is the daughter of Wanda Maximoff and John Constantine, also making her the granddaughter of Magneto himself. A bit of a Walking Spoiler due to a revelation or two about her that crops up in the story.



  • Always Second Best: Has this with Harry as his instinctive skill with magic (which basically means that he picks up spells quickly), particularly fire magic, and the power gap between the two becomes more obvious.
  • Badass Family: Not that she's aware of it, but her biological mother is the Scarlet Witch, her biological father is John Constantine, her biological mother's boyfriend is Harry Dresden and her biological grandfather is Magneto. That is a lot of badass.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has this in spades with Ron, to the point that Harry's usual response to them arguing is to tune it out and consider telling them to get a room.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: A highly powerful and knowledgeable witch already, she gets lessons in advanced magical theory and chaos magic from Loki and Wanda Maximoff.
  • Can't Catch Up: Harry decides this of her and Ron, on the grounds that they're just not cut out for combat. In terms of mentality, he has a point, since neither Hermione nor Ron is a natural fighter (this isn't to say that they aren't brave and won't fight, it's just that it isn't their thing) even though it's likely that thanks to her ancestry, Hermione will have more than enough power to hold her own.
  • Day in the Limelight: Gets one in chapter 18 of Ghosts of the Past, where most of the chapter is from her point of view as she tries to figure out what's happened to Harry in the wake of the Forever Red arc.
  • The Gadfly: Not usually, but she does enjoy winding up Harry when he accidentally implies that he has a crush on Ron while trying to avoid discussing his crush on Carol.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A little bit. She's quietly envious of/irritated by Harry's raw power and instinctive grasp of magic - she has to work as hard as, well, she does to get the same results that Harry gets by barely trying. While, as Harry points out, she understands theory in a way he never will, she'll never match his instinctive talents. However, this doesn't put much more of a minor roadblock in their friendship. For the moment, anyway.
  • Happily Adopted: Not that she's aware of it.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted, most of the time. Of Harry's Hogwarts associates, she's the one who really picks up on how he's changing - and not always for the better. However, in Ghosts of the Past Carol rather firmly sets her straight when she thinks she knows the full extent of what Harry's capable of when it turns out that she really doesn't.
  • In the Blood: She gets red magic, a - so far, mostly inactive - talent for messing with the fabric of reality and, as Thor notes, increasingly her looks from her mother, Wanda.
    • She also gets a certain ruthless logic from both her father, John Constantine, and her grandfather, Magneto.
  • Just Friends: With Harry. The very concept of them dating makes her laugh.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Increasingly with regards to Harry, who for a number of reasons isn't the most talkative about some of the things he goes through to people who weren't there at the time - and even among those people, he tends to confine his confiding to Carol and his father. Also due to the fact that he has to keep secrets, such as the fact that Bucky Barnes used to be the Winter Soldier.
  • Meaningful Name: She notes (correctly) that her first name means 'earthly'. Her middle name, meanwhile, runs in Lily Potter's family. This is important because Lily was her mother's best friend (and mother of her best friend, as it would turn out), her godmother and one of very few who knew the truth of her origins. The name was Wanda's oblique way of honouring her friend.
  • Nice Girl: While she occasionally has her doubts and is slightly intimidated by the sheer scale of the power that Harry's heir to (which is hardly surprising), she's consistently supportive of Harry through his numerous emotional crises and does her best to help him, even when his budding Psychic Powers make this an extremely hazardous endeavour.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She and Harry are very close friends, but nothing more. As Loki points out, Harry's about as attracted to her as he is to mould, and rarely notices that she's actually female. Hermione affirms that the feeling is mutual in chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past, explicitly stating that they're Just Friends, scoffing at the very concept of dating him.
  • Power Glows: When she starts using her wandless magic, it glows red. This is part of what tips Loki off to the fact that she's Wanda's daughter.
  • Reality Warper: One frustrated outburst of power ends up transforming a chair first into a penguin, then into an orca whale. Again, it's a sign of her heritage. Wanda starts training her in consciously using it during Ghosts, though Hermione has a long way to go.
  • Smart Girl: It's a mark of how smart she is that Harry, who lives with his uncle, Jane, Natasha, Pepper, Tony and Bruce, all geniuses in their own fields, still assumes that she knows everything and expresses wonder at it.
  • The Spock: Pragmatic, intelligent and places great value on knowledge gained from books, which can occasionally trip her up. However, it does also making her grudgingly willing to accept Carol and Draco's warnings of Harry's festering dark side.
  • Technician vs. Performer: She's the Technician, while Harry's the Performer. She has the technical knowledge, he has the instinctive skill.
    • This leads to comparisons being made by Loki to Reed Richards and Tony Stark, with Harry and Tony leaping from one mad inspiration to another, while Reed and Hermione try to break the universe down into equations and figure out how it works. However, while very clever, Hermione lacks Reed's sheer one in a billion brilliance.
  • Territorial Smurfette: Subverted. It looks like she's going to go this route with Carol, but after a rocky moment or two, they get on just fine.
  • Town Girls: Of Harry's female friends, she's the Femme, in comparison to Carol's Butch and Diana's Neither.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Harry were this up through their third year, then move back into this after Harry begins to get over his Red Room-inspired PTSD.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: To an extent - she's completely blindsided by Carol's revelation of Harry's dark side. While she's tangentially aware of it, she's completely shocked at what he's capable of, despite presumably seeing his antics with the HYDRA assault team in New York on the news. However, she's certainly not naive, as her discussions with Harry in chapter 27 of Ghosts show.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She tends to be the most insightful of Harry's Hogwarts friends, and one of his most insightful friends full stop, especially considering that unlike the others, she isn't The Empath (like Diana) and doesn't have a Psychic Link to Harry (like Carol). Jean-Paul leaves her in the dust in that regard, but he does that with pretty much everyone, literally and figuratively.

     Ron 

Ronald Bilious Weasley

One of Harry's oldest and best friends. Has a rather laid back attitude to life and his feet are quite firmly set on the ground. However, following his father's Mercy Kill by the Winter Soldier, by Ghosts of the Past, he's become considerably more focused, and has an occasionally hinted at darker side to his nature, as grief festers into a bitter hatred of HYDRA and their ilk. While he remains entirely loyal to Harry, it is not without reason that he is warned about the danger of becoming He Who Fights Monsters. And then there's the inconvenient fact that the person who gave Ron that warning is none other than Harry's bodyguard and confidant, Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier himself...



  • Action Survivor: Has this mentality, as per canon. As he later elaborates to Uhtred, he doesn't necessarily like getting into insane scrapes with Harry, but he would like the opportunity to say yes or no, rather than being excluded for his own protection.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hermione, to the point where Harry, now somewhat more worldly thanks to the influence of Tony, Sirius and Darcy, repeatedly considers telling them to get a room.
  • Best Friend: To Harry, though he worries, not entirely without justification, that he's been replaced in this regard. As it turns out, he sort of is.
  • Big Eater: As per canon, he enjoys his meals.
  • Book Dumb: Knows considerably less than the others about magical theory and the muggle world, but as per canon, he knows much more about the Wizarding World than either Harry or Hermione and as noted by both Thor and Bucky, he's a talented strategist when he puts his mind to it.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Starts taking these from Sean Cassidy and Sirius Black at Carol's suggestion, to direct his anger, with the intent of joining SHIELD and avenge his father.
  • Can't Catch Up: Somewhat aware of (and worried by) this.
  • Character Development: Matures quite a bit faster than in canon, due to the upping of the stakes. Following his father's death, he seems to have matured a lot faster, vowing to kill the Winter Soldier.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The Winter Soldier killing his father. Even though it was a Mercy Kill, this isn't immediately apparent - and besides, the operative word is "kill".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Less obvious than most of the other snarkers in the cast (which isn't saying much), but it's there.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Does not want pity towards his desire for revenge for his father's death.
  • The Everyman: By magical standards. Consequently, he worries about being left behind by Harry, now not just the Boy Who Lived, but a demigod Prince of Asgard who hangs out with the Avengers and fights colossal monsters with proto-superheroes in the holidays. It doesn't help that his next-oldest brothers and other best friend from Hogwarts are getting advanced magical lessons from two of the greatest living magical practitioners, leaving him the only "normal" one.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Hermione and Krum get together, naturally, though a timely intervention from Sean Cassidy prevents the canonical blow-up.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He doesn't think much of himself, particularly since Harry has now found new and interesting ways to outshine him.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Bucky warns him about this trope after he shows a bit too much relish at the thought of the Phoenix within Harry roasting HYDRA's raiders alive.
  • Hidden Depths: He's got talent as a strategist, which Thor explicitly mentions.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Displays more of these tendencies than Harry, in part because he's a bit further into puberty, in part because Harry is the grandmaster of emotional repression and in part because Harry generally has bigger things to worry about.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Averted in Chapter 67. He's decided that he doesn't envy Harry's life, considering what he goes through as part of it.
  • Innocently Insensitive: As per canon, leading to Hermione haranguing him on more than one occasion. By this point, Harry's started tuning it out and wondering when they'll get a room.
    • In Ghosts of the Past, this emerges again with the 'hey, Lavender, can I see Uranus too' joke. Canon Harry didn't seem to note it as anything out of the ordinary. This version of Harry, however, has grown up a lot faster, is close friends with someone often on the wrong end of sexual harassment, as the Red Son, was on the wrong end of it himself, and it's hinted that he remembers at least part of it, got the 101 on modern Feminism from Darcy, and has a much shorter temper. He promptly tears a strip off Ron in public, effectively forcing him to apologise, which leads to a brief rift between the two.
  • The Kirk: Evolves into this from The McCoy thanks to his Character Development, while Harry's own Character Development takes him in the other direction.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Increasingly with regards to Harry, who for a number of reasons isn't the most talkative about some of the things he goes through to people who weren't there at the time - and even among those people, he tends to confine his confiding to Carol and his father. Also due to the fact that he has to keep secrets, such as the fact that Bucky Barnes used to be the Winter Soldier (especially from Ron in this instance, because Bucky snapped his father's neck. While it was a Mercy Kill, he doesn't know that, and regardless, the operative word is 'kill').
  • Male Gaze: To the point that it's remarked on by Christine Everhart in her article on the Avengers, written when Harry, Ron, Hermione and the Twins were in the Tower. He is, after all, a Hormone-Addled Teenager.
  • Only Sane Man: With Harry developing new and exciting powers, near death experiences and emotional issues on a bi-weekly basis and Hermione generally being absent mindedly nose first in a book, he's the down to earth one of the trio.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Suffers from a bad case of this. Fairly justified in that he's in his early teens, and unlike, say, Harry, he doesn't have the reserve and telepathic senses to make up for it. Unfortunately, following the Forever Red arc, Harry has a Hair-Trigger Temper. A good mix this does not make for.
  • Out of Focus: Gets the least attention of Harry's expanded circle of friends.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Seems to have made his peace with this by Chapter 67. After getting an up close and personal idea of some of the absolutely insane things that Harry goes through, he decides that all Harry's fame and money aren't worth that. The girls, on the other hand...
    • He and Uhtred discuss this in chapter 23 of Ghosts of the Past, being Birds of a Feather. Uhtred's comfortable with it, Ron's getting there.
  • Perpetual Poverty: As per canon, it clearly bothers him.
  • Red Heads Are Uncool: Feels that this applies to himself, at least among Harry's circle of friends in Book 1, and to a lesser extent in Book 2.
  • The Resenter: Actually averts this trope, unlike canon, with chapter 67 having him inwardly resolving that all Harry's fame and money isn't worth it based on what he goes through on a regular basis. The girls, on the other hand... Harry explicitly notes in Ghosts of the Past how he averts it, and he and Uhtred discuss it when they meet, being Birds of a Feather.
    • However, this characteristic is not helped by Harry brushing off his offer to help in chapter 30 of Ghosts, and Bucky pointing out when he insists that he [Ron] would have almost no chance against an average Grey Court vampire, let alone one of the higher-ranked ones, demonstrating it by disarming him and pinning him to the floor during his explanation without even missing a beat. While this is true, and he softens it by noting that Ron is fairly powerful, has guts, and has potential (just isn't ready yet), it still doesn't do his self-esteem much good at all.
      • Further not helping the matter is the fact that Hermione, his other close friend at Hogwarts, is taking lessons with Living Legends Loki and Wanda Maximoff, which understandably makes him feel a bit left out.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He's remarkably loyal to Harry, as noted elsewhere. However, this doesn't stop him from snarking at Harry and complaining about the latter's Secret Keeper tendencies.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: As per canon.
  • The Slacker: To start with, as per canon, he doesn't feel particularly inclined to work hard at anything, whether it be academic work or training with Sean Cassidy, to the point where it bothers Harry slightly on Ron's behalf. Sean's response is words to the effect of 'you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink' and reckons that Ron will come around in time. He's right, as Ron's reaction to his father's death shows.
  • Start of Darkness: His father's death may or may not be this. Certainly, when he reappears in Ghosts of the Past, and shows a certain unnerving relish over the memory of the death of the HYDRA Agents at the hands of the Phoenix when they attacked Hogwarts. Bucky quietly takes him to task for it, saying that killing is never something that should be enjoyed. Ron seems to concede the point, but there's still a bit of something dark in him, one which is noted by Wanda and Sean.
  • The Strategist: Has talents in this direction, as noted by Thor.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Is aiming for this in Ghosts, training in martial arts with Sean, and Wanda guesses that he's getting advanced magical combat training from Sirius Black as well.
  • Undying Loyalty: Displays this towards Harry, with the latter noting in Ghosts of the Past that Ron has adjusted remarkably well to the way he's been left behind, and in chapter 30, is willing at a moment's notice to follow Harry into the middle of his latest violent mess - which, considering that it has by this point been made clear to him what sort of things Harry's been through and the effect it has on him, is no small thing. Harry later tells him that, even with everything they've gone through and the things he can't tell Ron, he reciprocates.
  • The Un-Favourite: Feels that he's this, though less so after a talk with Uhtred.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gets one from Uhtred (who understands Ron's jealousy and feeling of inferiority), and another from Harry in chapter 45 of Ghosts, who tells him that even though his haring off to rescue Hogsmeade refugees was ill-conceived, Harry promises that no matter who he becomes or what he does, he will always be his friend.

     Jean 

Jean Elaine Grey

The Significant Green-Eyed Redhead and Omega Class Psychic - though until Chapter 75, she's not one of the few people who knows how powerful she is/will be. Kind, sweet-natured and described as big sister to the world, she's generally absolutely lovely, with the beauty to match. Also Harry's second cousin and protected him from Dudley when her family came to visit when Harry was seven. Thanks to Sinister's intervention, she, Harry and their families forgot this and they never saw each other again, though the block finally breaks down in chapter 74, and boy is she pissed when it does. Thereafter, she treats him as the little brother she never had, much to his mingled joy and, because she's 'disconcertingly attractive', consternation.



  • All-Loving Hero: Jean is described as having epic amounts of Big Sister Instinct for Harry and Maddie, willing to support her family until the sun burns out and probably a long way beyond, and "her love and support is the sort you can balance planets on." However, it's somewhat deconstructed in that Maddie, dealing with her own self-esteem issues, worries that Jean is too perfect and won't understand the things she's dealing with.
    • Further downsides are also demonstrated in chapter 49 of Ghosts, when the pressure of being a Cool Big Sis to a horribly traumatised Harry and Maddie, as well as being de facto head girl of the rapidly expanding Xavier Institute, combined with academic, social, and sporting pressures (she's a straight-A student, and captain of her school's football/soccer team), plus keeping up a Stepford Smiler facade, finally gets to her and she snaps/burns out when Maddie reveals that her boyfriend is cheating on her at exactly the wrong moment.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • A mild variant is seen when she scolds Scott for slipping on the stairs. She'd probably have been considerably angrier if she knew he'd been distracted by her butt.
    • All but explodes with this kind of fury in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past after Harry was kidnapped and she was not informed.
  • Astral Projection: Does it for the first time in chapter 75. Since she manages to project herself into Asgard, with a little helping hand from Huginn and Muninn, at the first time of asking, she's pretty good at it.
  • Battle Aura: An amber-red one, which sometimes collapses around her, making her a sort of energy being.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's noted to have a good deal of resemblance to an angel, being beautiful, sweet, and kind. Piss her off, however, and she will stay an angel but will switch to Old Testament mode - powerful, wrathful and not someone you want to be in the way of.
  • Big Sister Instinct: See Cool Big Sis. Harry suggests that when they met, she protected him from Dudley and her immediate reaction in chapter 75 when her memories of him come back (after seeing his little display at the tail end of chapter 74 on the news) is to drop everything and go find him.
    • In chapter 15 of Ghosts of the Past, immediately after the events of the Forever Red arc, she flatly informs Coulson that she doesn't trust SHIELD and if they even breathe the wrong way towards Harry and Maddie, she will bring the organisation down around his ears.
    • The pressures of being this to Harry and Maddie, who're both hideously traumatised from their Red Room experiences, along with the other pressures described under All-Loving Hero, lead to a fairly epic burn-out. Carol, an example of this in her own right, is not surprised.
  • Cloning Blues: More 'confusion' than anything else, when she believes that Maddie/Rachel is her clone.
  • Cool Big Sis: Described in an A/N as basically being this to the world, something reiterated in chapter 4 of Ghosts of the Past. Later in the story, she starts shading into Team Mom territory - though the associated pressures eventually get to her.
    • Chapters 1 and 4 of Ghosts of the Past shows her acting this way to her baby cousin, Harry, and in the latter, offering to swap psychic tricks.
    • Even though she and Maddie are twins, Jean still acts this way towards her in many respects, being very protective and helping her to understand her new life.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: When she finally properly loses her temper in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past, she winds up quite literally screaming in Steve's face, loud enough that afterwards there's a persistent ringing in his ears.
    • On a lighter note, in chapter 47 of Ghosts, after hearing that Harry and Carol have finally got together, she lets out a deeply undignified and 'almost literally ear-splitting' shriek of delight. Once again, it leaves someone ( Maddie) with a persistent ringing noise in their ears.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's rarer than with most of her family, but occasionally. One example is when Harry's on a self-imposed guilt trip regarding mind raping the Death Eaters at the World Cup, and she suggests that maybe he should have instead snapped his fingers and taken down an immensely powerful and skilled telepath in one shot without anyone else getting hurt.
  • Dude Magnet: She's still in her late teens, but as Dresden observes, she's already this trope. She's dated Warren, a guy who fits the male equivalent of the trope like a glove (to the point where Even the Guys Want Him), has Scott Summers wrapped around her little finger (not that she realises it), and is dating the Big Man on Campus (until chapter 49 of Ghosts, when it's revealed that he was cheating on her). Even Harry, her little cousin, initially finds her very attractive, much to his dismay, since she acts like the big sister he never had - something he's very happy with. However, his hormones take a while to get caught up.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Has the exact same eyes as Lily Potter and Harry Thorson. They're also identical to the Girl With Glowing Blue Eyes, when said eyes aren't glowing, Maddie Pryor/Rachel Grey, her twin sister.
  • Fiery Redhead: While this isn't seen until chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past, she has an explosive temper. It's noted as being In the Blood and shared by Harry and Lily.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Seems to be this, judging by the way that Dresden notes she spoiled his dog, Mouse.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Dresden implies that Jean could probably make most young men do what she wanted without recourse to her psychic powers because of this, something that goes double for Scott because of his unrequited love for her.
  • In the Blood: Red hair and green eyes run in the family. So do psychic powers, it seems, with Harry inheriting them from his mother, whose aunt was Jean's grandmother. Sean mentions a shared explosive temper, something corroborated by her parents, and mentally notes that she and Harry also seem to share a taste for revenge, and her Mama Bear instincts are certainly quite reminiscent of Lily's. On a more minor note, it's noted that when Harry smiles, he looks a great deal like Jean.
  • Just Friends: States this of herself and the hopelessly devoted Scott, though quite literally Everyone Can See It.
  • Mama Bear: As Team Mom, particularly where her little cousin, Harry, is concerned.
  • Martial Pacifist: Is rarely shown fighting, and despite - or perhaps because of - her explosive temper, her displays of power tend to be related to helping, containing, or healing people. However, she certainly can and will fight if pressed, as the simultaneously crushed bodies of thousands of demons formerly attacking the Xavier Institute during the climax of Book 1 can attest.
  • Mental Fusion: Does a long distance version of this with Harry and Maddie Pryor, lending him her power via Psychic Link to help fight off Chthon's possession.
    • Ends up doing one at close range with the same participants in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past, having a psychic chat.
  • Mind over Matter: One of her powers. She uses it for carrying luggage. After chapter 75, it's ludicrously powerful, and in Ghosts of the Past, Harry, not known for hyperbole, states that she's capable of smashing the city they're in (Bayville) straight down into the heart of the planet.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Senses Harry being possessed by the Phoenix, which briefly reacts with her own connection to it. This happens repeatedly, to the point where Carol notices Jean having this sort of reaction and immediately deduces that Harry's in trouble.
  • Nice Girl: Everyone who knows her (except Warren, her ex-boyfriend), mentions her as this, and her every appearance lives up to this - she is a genuinely lovely person.
  • Not Hyperbole: When she hears that Harry got kidnapped, she literally hits the roof. And then goes through it.
  • Oblivious to Love: Her appearance makes it extremely obvious that she doesn't have the faintest idea how badly Scott is in love with her. Xavier wonders how it's even possible for a girl who is both very smart and on-course to be the most powerful psychic on Earth can miss something so obvious.
  • Physical God: By Ghosts of the Past, Harry is already pushing this category himself and it's independently noted that were it not for her and Maddie, he would be the most powerful psychic ever born. In chapter 4, he inwardly compares himself to the Moon, and every other psychic to stars of varying brightness in the night sky, i.e. he's way beyond all of them. He then goes on to note that on that scale, Jean is the Sun, and as a result, she's operating on a whole other level, way beyond even him. It's something she's still getting to grips with.
    • Then, in chapter 9, she quite literally reaches out and rips a hole through space to the Red Room's base in the Nevernever. And in chapter 10, she's just about strong enough to contain the battle between Harry and Maddie. They're both tired and neither's focused on her, but still, these are her only nominal peers, and she's just ripped a hole in reality directly to them, a feat that Fix, the Summer Knight, describes as being the sort of thing he'd expect to see from Titania, the Summer Queen and a bona fide Physical God.
  • Power Glows: A nice shade of orange-gold/amber-red, to be precise.
  • Psychic Powers: Practically the poster child for them and on course to be the most powerful psychic in history (if chapter 75 - where, with a boost from Cerebro, she reached up through the World Tree and remotely broke a sleeping enchantment on Thor that even Odin hadn't managed to break - hasn't solidified her as such already) - with the possible exception of Maddie, her twin sister, and even then, it's hinted that Jean might be the more powerful of the two. Her psychic outburst of distress at the age of six was felt all around the world.
  • Psycho Active Powers: Like Harry, though she has a far better handle on them, at least to begin with - later, he gets the hang of controlling them and her powers take a significant hike, which means that she has to readjust her control.
  • Significant Green Eyed Red Head: As per usual, for many of the canon reasons and a few more besides.
  • Stepford Smiler: Retrospectively noted as having been this between the end of Forever Red (around chapter 18 of Ghosts) and chapter 49 of the same, as various pressures, some circumstantial, some self-imposed, increasingly weighed down on her, until she finally snaps in chapter 49 after Maddie chooses the worst possible moment to tell her that her boyfriend is cheating on her.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Favours this approach, and is good at it.
  • Team Mom: To the young X-Men and younger generation in general, being the sweet, nurturing, with the traditional shades of All-Loving Hero, giving a young Bobby Drake a worried maternal scolding over putting himself in danger, favouring the Cool Down Hug/Talking the Monster to Death approach when dealing with Dark Phoenix!Harry. She's also violently protective of Harry - her pseudo little brother - and Maddie, her Separated at Birth twin sister, in particular, coolly informing Coulson and SHIELD that if they even blink the wrong way towards her family, she'll bring SHIELD down around their ears. However, the pressure of acting like this, among other things, leads to her cracking under the strain in chapter 49.
  • Telepathy: Another of her powers, as usual, on a colossal scale.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Lucius Malfoy is visibly shocked by how much she looks like Lily Potter. Later subverted, as while there's a definite resemblance, Lucius never really knew Lily all that well and overstated the resemblance, focusing on their shared (and admittedly, striking) hair and eyes. Sean, meanwhile, is loudly shocked when he sees Harry's eyes, which look exactly like Jean's.
    • She and Harry don't normally have this, eyes excepted, but when he smiles, they look remarkably alike.
  • Unhappy Medium: Her telepathic powers, like those of her canon counterpart, have caused her a fair bit of grief over the years.

     Clark 

Clark Kent a.k.a. Kal-El

The Last Son of Krypton. Currently a teenage resident of Smallville, Kansas and blissfully unaware of his ancestry - though what with all these superhumans running around, he is aware that he's not one of a kind and suspects that he isn't human, a suspicion confirmed when he sees Harry, practically his doppelganger, on television following the events of chapter 74. Starts popping up in Ghosts of the Past, chatting to/being assessed by Jean-Paul, who has yet to reveal this to everyone else for reasons of his own.



  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inevitable, since he's based on the Smallville incarnation, prior to Season 1. Here, he's shown desperately wanting to meet other young superhumans, so he won't feel so alone.
  • Adorkable: He is an absolute sweetie, dropping soft drink cans when he knows Jean-Paul is about to turn up, just to see him catch them.
  • The All-American Boy: A classic example - ironic, considering that he's from halfway across the galaxy, at least.
  • Berserk Button: Doesn't like being deceived, and snaps at Jean-Paul when he realises that the other boy has been getting his measure and finding out his secrets rather than simply befriending him as he'd hoped - though he cools down a bit when Jean-Paul points out that he's got reason to wonder about Clark's background (namely his uncanny resemblance to Harry) and with his powers, his character, and also points out that he hasn't said a word about Clark to anyone.
  • Bullet Time: Can drop into this, though all it really does is mean that he sees the blur that is Jean-Paul disappear a little slower.
  • The Chosen One/The Chosen Many: He's prophesied alongside Harry as one of three people whose emergence shall 'herald the coming of the Heroic Age'. The second is Madelyn 'Maddie' Pryor aka Rachel Grey. The third is currently unknown.
  • Contrived Coincidence: He looks a lot like Harry, despite their very different backgrounds. It's implied that Odin patterned Thor's appearance as James Potter off of the House of El's general 'look', resulting in both Harry and Clark inheriting the same looks from two different fathers. Whether there's any deeper mystery behind this (beyond a tip of the metaphorical hat to the House of El) remains to be seen.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Jean-Paul flirts with him.
  • Farm Boy: Classic Kansas farm boy, raised if not born.
  • Flying Brick: He can't fly (yet), but ticks every other box of this trope, able to move at hundreds of miles an hour, and to lift, throw, and get hit by trucks and shrug it off.
  • The Gadfly: Drops a can of coke when he knows Jean-Paul's arriving, just to see him catch it at super speed. Going by Jean-Paul's exasperated reaction, he does this a lot.
  • Happily Adopted: Loves his adopted parents to bits.
  • Hero of Another Story: Unsurprisingly.
  • Hidden Depths: By chapter 34 of Ghosts, it's clear that Lex and Jean-Paul have been rubbing off on him, and he's almost instantly able to see through Coulson's (and, as soon as she drops it, Alison's) "harmless bureaucrat/soccer mum" acts, respectively. Oh, and then there's the superpowers.
  • Human Alien: Looks human, acts human, isn't even close.
  • Hybrid Power: Not strictly a hybrid, but Word of God has confirmed that the House of El and the House of Odin intermixed a little tens of thousands of years ago and this makes Clark a teeny bit more resistant to magic than most Kryptonians - it'll still ruin his day, however.
  • Identical Stranger: Harry is this to him, somewhat to Clark's bemusement when he finds out.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: As is hinted in the show, and shown more here thanks to the proliferation of superhumans not out to kill him or those he cares about, he wants to meet fellow superhumans, people like him. This tendency is so strong that he rockets off after Jean-Paul in the midst of his charging up for an Infinite Mass Punch simply because he wants to meet another superhuman. This example is a bit more understandable when you realise that he's seen Jean-Paul before in chapter 67 and just missed him.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As per usual.
  • It's All About Me: Displays a mild case of this in chapter 76, when he ignores the world collapsing around him to stop Jean-Paul, who was kind of busy at the time, just to talk to someone like him, and is accordingly dressed down for it. Ameliorated by the fact that he had no idea of the significance of what Jean-Paul was doing, and as soon as he's called out, he sets himself to saving as many lives as he can.
  • Last of His Kind: As per usual, for the time being at least, since there's no sign of Kara. However, Odin's foster brother of the same name might still be around and the House of Odin has a little bit of Kryptonian blood in it, as the House of El has a teeny bit of Asgardian blood in it.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: By Jean-Paul, for the time being, though the other boy eventually lets him in on much of what he needs to know.
  • Long-Lived: Previous Asgardian remarks about Kryptonians suggest that he'll live for thousands of years.
  • Nice Guy: Quite possibly the archetypal example.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • A wholesome Wide-Eyed Idealist Kansas farm boy who wears his heart on his sleeve, sticks to his principles no matter what and just so happens to be from another planet and a cynical, foul-minded, reserved, deceptive Camp Gay French city boy who'll discard principle in a heartbeat if he needs to. Not two people you'd expect to hit it off, but they do - partly thanks to both understanding what it's like to keep secrets and to be different from everyone else.
    • He's also struck up a friendship with Lex Luthor, having saved the other young man from drowning. Whether it will last, given that their canon counterparts are practically archetypal arch-enemies, is unknown.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being one of the most famous characters in the story, he's received the least amount of focus. Aside from Nick Fury, Jean-Paul, Coulson, Alison Carter, and probably Loki (who is hinted to have figured it out), none of the regular cast even know he exist during Book 1.
    • This begins to be rectified in the second book, as Jean-Paul visits him semi-regularly, and tells Harry, Carol, Uhtred, Diana, and Jean about him, though they still don't know his name and haven't met him - Harry figures it out, but leaves him be.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Says words to this effect to Jean-Paul, because he's missed him once and he's desperate to meet a fellow superhuman, someone like him. He is at first dressed down for his monumentally bad timing, since the world is basically ending all around them and Clark could be helping to save people, though Jean-Paul becomes a little more sympathetic when Clark explains his reasons and later comes back to visit.
  • Pretty Boy: He's based on the Smallville incarnation and he's still a young teen, so this was inevitable.
  • Properly Paranoid: Justly wary of anyone discovering his secret. This at first leads to a bit of tension with Phil Coulson.
  • Refusal of the Call: At first, when Alison gives him the crystals from his parents, Clark decides not to find out more about his Kryptonian heritage, as he feels that it will only increase the pain of being Last of His Kind.
  • Revealing Skill: Going into Super Speed to chase Jean-Paul inadvertently reveals his powers to Chloe-and, more importantly, to Jean-Paul.
  • Super Speed: Already faster than a Formula One car, if not a speeding bullet. But he doesn't (at least, yet) hold a candle to Jean-Paul, however, who leaves him in the dust.
  • Super Strength: It's Superman (or will be). What do you expect?
  • Tangled Family Tree: His adopted father's adopted older sister was Edith Barton, previously Edith Kent, born Edith Barnes McGonagall, meaning that Clark is Clint's first cousin. Also, he's distantly related to the House of Odin, but distantly as in 'tens of thousands of years removed', not 'third cousins once removed.'
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Though he's growing into his powers, he's not yet had any training in how to use them effectively.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: He holds himself to this principle, and (mostly) succeeds in doing so.
  • X-Ray Vision: Begins to develop it in the second book.

     Spoiler Character 

Madelyn 'Maddie' Pryor a.k.a. Rachel Anne Grey

"I am no longer your experiment, your weapon, or your slave. I and I alone am the Mistress of my fate, the Captain of my soul. You have no power over me, Doctor Essex. Not any more."

A psychic equalled for power only by Jean Grey, she is Sinister's 'hound in chains' and his chief weapon, shaped as such since birth. Appears to have her canon origin of a clone of Jean by Sinister. As it happens, she's actually Jean's twin sister, Rachel, stolen at birth by Sinister - he would have taken Jean too, but Strange jumped him and forced him to cut and run. Decidedly curious about Harry and, thanks to his and Gambit's influence, beginning to question Sinister. This results in a triumphant Heel–Face Turn.



  • Adorkable: Post Heel–Face Turn. She has No Social Skills (though Remy taught her some, and she's learning), is prone to Spock Speak, and tends to be quite Literal-Minded.
  • The Atoner: From Chapter 12 onwards.
  • Badass Adorable: Appears to be a pretty teenage girl. Is a pretty teenage girl. Is also jointly, with Jean, the most powerful psychic in human history, capable of devastating the planet at the tender age of 17, and trained in the psychic arts by an expert.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: Technically qualifies, in that she's beautiful and enslaved, but Sinister doesn't even seem to notice this aspect, regarding her as a Living Weapon. And when Dudley made a move on her, she almost melted his brain and Sinister had a little chat with him. The details are unclear, but it left Sinister as one of the few people Dudley actually fears, and Maddie, at least, as someone that he's wary of.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: A major part of her duties is to guard Sinister who, to be frank, is usually more than capable of looking after himself. However, he also tends to regard physical violence as being beneath him.
  • Break the Cutie: Her entire life has conspired to cause this.
  • Broken Ace: She's an immensely powerful psychic who can comfortably overpower Harry, himself one of the strongest psychics of all time when she catches him off-guard, and with the skill to use that power effectively. She's also at a polar opposite to the warm, happy, outgoing Jean. Even after she and Harry escape from the Red Room, the emotional scars are very visible.
  • Broken Bird: A lifetime of being raised as a weapon by an Evilutionary Biologist will do that to you.
  • The Chosen One/The Chosen Many: She's prophesied alongside Harry as one of three people that will 'herald the coming of the Heroic Age'. One of the others is Clark Kent. The third is, as of chapter 29 of Ghosts, unknown.
  • Cloning Blues: Subverted. She's not a clone.
  • Composite Character: Of Maddie Pryor and Rachel Grey, having aspects of the former's backstory and association with Sinister, and the latter's background as mutant 'hound' and much of her look, too.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: She honestly believes that it's perfectly normal to think that Sinister created her to be his hunting hound, bodyguard and case study on the development of psychic powers, believing that it's her purpose in life. Harry and Jean, by contrast, are horrified.
    • However, as Harry notes on several occasions, and her internal dialogue confirms, there are flickers of an independent mind in there, ones coaxed into life by Gambit, who's been steadily trying to work on Defusing the Tyke Bomb.
    • In chapter 11, she starts seriously questioning for the first time, and twice steps forward to protect Harry. Unfortunately, Sinister uses a Trigger Phrase and shuts her down.
    • After her Heel–Face Turn, this trope and the way in which she's largely indifferent to horror, but confused and overwhelmed to the point of tears by basic decency and affection, is played for tragedy.
  • Cultured Badass: Like her mentor. She starts spouting poetry once she's free of him (mostly as a retort), with Dresden vaguely wondering if he's just walked into a Poetry Slam.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was raised as a Living Weapon by a sociopath who ensured that she was Conditioned to Accept Horror. It's pretty safe to say that she qualifies.
  • Dark Magical Girl: With Psychic Powers instead of magic, and a Tyke Bomb to boot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows a flicker of this in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past, to Harry's delight. It happens more and more often post Heel–Face Turn.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Both Gambit and Harry try this, and thanks to the former, the latter makes a great deal of headway. After her Heel–Face Turn, Jean and Jono are both playing a significant part in this.
  • Deprogramming: Gambit's been quietly trying to do this on her, as part of Defusing the Tyke Bomb. Chapters 10 and 11 indicate that, with Harry's added influence, it's working.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: A Downplayed example; she's not clingy, and perfectly self-sufficient. However, it also speaks volumes that she didn't let on about knowing that Gambit was, at first, only feigning affection towards her as a means to an end of escaping Sinister (his motives changed after he realised that she was as much a victim as he was), because that was the closest she'd ever experienced to actual affection. Having people actually care for her knocks her for a loop. When Jean lashes out at her after cracking under a number of different pressures (Maddie revealing at the worst possible moment that Jean's boyfriend was cheating being the tipping point), she's reduced to miserable tears.
  • The Dragon: To Sinister. She thinks she was explicitly made for that purpose.
  • The Dreaded: To those who know who and what she really is - Carol, who's faced down the likes of Gravemoss without fear, has a spectacular Oh, Crap! reaction to her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Several, as the 'Blue-Eyed Girl' (nicknamed for the colour her powers glow).
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For a given value of evil, she does seem to genuinely care for Gambit even before her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Twin: Of Jean, looking almost exactly like her - Harry actually confuses the two of them. And, well, she's working for Sinister. At first.
  • Facial Markings: Her distinctive tattoos, magically applied.
  • Forced into Evil: She's not especially evil, but nevertheless... fact is, she doesn't know anything different, and the closest thing to a conscience in her life is a semi-amoral thief.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Like her relatives, though hers glow an eerie blue.
  • Good Costume Switch: Goes from a black trench-coat and grey banded shirt to green and gold armour when wielding Mjolnir against the Red Room and sealing her Heel–Face Turn. After that, while she still favours darker colours, she adds blue jeans to her ensemble and ditches the trench-coat and banded shirt.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Under Gambit's influence then, to an extent, Harry's and Jono's.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Appears to have this, at first, though after Harry's Armour-Piercing Question, the answer is more 'indifference because she doesn't know anything else'. Once she starts to question it, she becomes increasingly unhappy with her situation.
  • Heel–Face Turn: On the verge of one in chapter 10, but decided against it. In chapter 11, she seems to be about to pull a Face Turn in earnest, but Sinister shuts her down with a Trigger Phrase before she can. Finally, in chapter 12 she pulls one for good and starts working to protect Harry's mind.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: She's referred to as 'gorgeous-in-black-leather-trousers' by Jono, wearing tight black trousers and a black leather trench-coat prior to her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Post Heel–Face Turn she's somewhat crippled by doubt, primarily out of fear that people, including her family, will compare her to the apparently perfect Jean and that she will - in her view, inevitably - come off worse. Jean tries to reassure her that this isn't going to happen, but it doesn't really take, since Maddie sees it (not entirely unreasonably) as a platitude, and that while her love and support is utterly sincere and 'the kind you can balance planets on', she's almost too loving. She doesn't see or understand. Hence why Maddie turns to Harry in chapter 27, who is, as he puts it, another 'less than perfect' member of the family, who states honestly that because Maddie looks so much like Jean being her twin and all, Jean will be the Grey family's immediate reference point... but they will come around and see her as her own (amazing) person. Additionally, he can listen to her worries and actually understand them from the point of view of someone who's both family and has been through/done very similar things.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Post Heel–Face Turn, she's not always very good at being helpful, or realising where certain boundaries are in respect to things like Mind over Manners - which is unsurprising, considering that she was raised as a Living Weapon by a sociopathic Evilutionary Biologist who gave her a purposefully skewed moral education, which has only been recently corrected, and that mainly by a semi-amoral thief who was busy figuring out the new headings on his own moral compass. However, under the guidance of Jean and Charles Xavier, she's getting better at it.
  • Hope Spot: At the start of chapter 11, when she makes a Sudden Principled Stand. Sinister's Trigger Phrase puts a stop to it.
  • Hunter Of Her Own Kind: As Sinister's 'hound.'
  • Long Lost Sibling: To Jean and the other Grey siblings, not that anyone knows it.
  • Literal-Minded: To Jono's occasional frustration.
  • Master of Illusion: She's good at it and tries it on Harry. Since Harry's uncle is Loki, the response is basically 'Lol, nope'.
  • Mind over Manners: Prior to her Heel–Face Turn, it's a fairly alien concept to her. Post Heel–Face Turn, she's honestly trying to get it right, bless her, but she has very little idea of where the lines are drawn.
  • Mind over Matter: She focuses on her telepathy, in direct contrast to Jean and Harry, but she's also a monstrously powerful telekinetic.
  • Mind Probe: Tries this on Harry. Once he's on his guard, it doesn't work very well.
  • Mind Rape: Pre Heel–Face Turn, she has absolutely no compunction about mind-controlling people. Which is unsurprising, because that's what she was taught.
  • More Than Mind Control: Sinister's hold on her consists of personality conditioning, though also more conventional mind control.
  • No Social Skills: She's not very good at social interaction.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Aspires to be Worthy of Mjolnir during her Heel–Face Turn, and seals it by wielding it against the Red Room.
  • Power Glows: Blue-White, to be exact.
  • Psychic Powers: Obviously, and such a scale that she can easily swat aside a psychic blast by Harry designed to tear Sinister's mind apart, and comfortably take him down (though as she notes during their rematch, she only got through so easily because he was in shock and left himself wide open). Even so, in that rematch, the only reason Harry's able to keep it going so long is because he never directly engages and instead uses hit and run tactics, acutely aware that she'd crush him in a straight fight. So, yeah, she's got game. As a matter of fact, once she grows into her full skill, the only psychic who will be able to match her will be Jean.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Post Heel–Face Turn she reveals a gift for these, giving one first to her erstwhile master, then in the form of a Shut Up, Hannibal!, to Lukin.
    Maddie: 'If I'm design'd yon lordling's slave, By Nature's law design'd, Why was an independent wish, E'er planted in my mind?' I am no longer your experiment, your weapon, or your slave. I and I alone am the Mistress of my fate, the Captain of my soul. You have no power over me, Doctor Essex. Not any more.
    Maddie: Hear me, Lukin. As I told Doctor Essex; I am not his servant, weapon, or slave. I do not belong to him. And Harry does not belong to you. I never erased his mind - I hid it. And now, I am going to restore it. I am going to take him from you. He will never be your weapon, or your slave, ever again. Your power is broken, old man. And if no one else does, I will ensure that it stays that way. For now you have nowhere to run.
    Maddie: *places Mjolnir on his chest* Perhaps. But I am Worthy. And you are not.
  • Redemption Demotion/Redemption Promotion: A strange example of both tropes. Before her Heel–Face Turn, she had no real doubts, acting with ruthless efficiency and total confidence. After, she's often stumbling over trying to be a good guy and stumbling over her lack of knowledge of basic things like Mind over Manners. However, post Heel–Face Turn, she can actually think for herself, including thinking outside the box - though of course, she's also occasionally crippled by doubt. And she proves Worthy of wielding Mjolnir, which is always a plus.
  • Rescue Romance:
    • She's got a rather complicated and semi-romantic relationship with Gambit, who tries, subtly, to get her to set herself free, and ultimately succeeds.
    • Gender-flipped somewhat with Jono - she rescued him, and he's got a bit of a crush on her.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: She's incredibly powerful, and incredibly skilled at using her power effectively, but she's also not especially skilled at thinking outside the box, being chronically Literal-Minded. Her inter-personal skills aren't that great, either.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: As Sinister's Hound. It's specifically noted by the narration that she can instinctively hone in on a psychic burst in a way that would take even the likes of Charles Xavier a few moments to adjust to.
  • Sensor Character: How she hunts. She's also particularly sensitive to especially major uses of psychic power by Harry, or uses of the Phoenix.
  • She's Got Legs: Noticed by Harry in chapter 27 when, in a night-time psychic conversation, she's wearing a nightie. Since he's her cousin, he promptly tries to ignore it.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gives a brief but glorious example of this trope to a near frothing Lukin - see "Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Jean, her twin.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: A very significant one.
  • Speak in Unison: Has a moment of this with Jean in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past, which is amusing, since they're actually twins.
  • The Spock: She's not very good with words, or feelings, and she's both analytical and logical in her outlook. This is at a direct contrast to Jean, who generally qualifies as The McCoy, and Harry, who generally qualifies as The Kirk (though he and Jean sometimes swap roles).
  • Spock Speak: Her internal monologue is along these lines, and her dialogue tends to default to this, both pre Heel–Face Turn, and post if she's nervous.
  • Stoic Woobie: She usually keeps her emotions locked down, even after her Heel–Face Turn, though cracks do periodically emerge in the facade.
  • Sudden Principled Stand: At the start of chapter 11. Pity it only gets her brainwashed again, but it's the thought that counts. In chapter 12 it's revealed that this was a stand of such significance that the guiding intelligence behind Mjolnir deems it to be Worthy, and that Maddie therefore has the potential to be Worthy.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Post Heel–Face Turn, she's a textbook example, having been raised as a Tyke Bomb and a Living Weapon, suffering enough emotional abuse to leave her utterly certain that this was all she was meant to be. As a result, she often defaults to Spock Speak and an apparently cool and emotionless demeanour, but has a softer, sweeter, and much more Adorkable side that tends to emerge around Remy, Jean, and Harry.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: She was raised to be a Living Weapon and it's incredibly hard not to feel sorry for her, especially when she's compared to Jean.
  • Talented, but Trained: Not only is she an Omega-class psychic, she's also been taught by an expert, and beats Harry in a telepathic duel (although not without effort).
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Technician to Harry's Performer. This mindset leaks through to other aspects of her life, as she's not very good at making plans on the fly, or adjusting when they go off the rails.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Curls up in one in a mental construct of an armchair in chapter 27.
  • Tyke Bomb: She's a textbook case.
  • Villain Respect: Pre Heel–Face Turn to Harry, being wary of his capacity for adaptability and the ability for magic to change the game.
  • Weak-Willed: Of a sort. She's not all that used to being independent minded, as Sinister had kept her under his thumb all her life. However, Gambit has been coaxing her towards it, and she does eventually break free of Sinister's programming.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Harry as this, pre Heel–Face Turn.
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