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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 is deeply attracted to her.
  • Adorkable: Semi-frequently, and usually around Harry.
  • All Genes Are Codominant: 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.
  • Aloof Big Sister: It's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing Cool Big Sis to Diana and others, is this to her younger brothers. She's kind enough to both of them, and extremely protective, but dealing with her own problems: she has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents (though she ends up getting on better with her mother after the two have a talk) and in the previous year has undergone several PTSD-inspiring experiences. This leads to her sometimes not noticing her brothers' own struggles and being distant. The older of the two points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time.
  • 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. However, she also observes 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 notes 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's prone to this, demonstrating it towards Diana, Mattie Franklin, and especially 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 her brothers, 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 (albeit to more realistic extents) 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 and as she acknowledges, 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, which he lampshades, 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 (and the fact that it stuck) implies Super Soldier heritage which was already semi-apparent, which Chapter 75 confirms, stating that Carol's grandmother Alison is the daughter of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Grumpy though she may be, she's a hero through and through, and willing to make the sacrifice play in a heartbeat, as shown in Child of the Storm, and in Ghosts, 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. Harry, no stranger to this himself, teases her for 'infringing' on his shtick when she indulges in being stupidly noble.
  • 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 then a full blown relationship, 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, going by Harry's startled reaction when the image came down their Psychic Link.
  • 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), who is well-used to such glares from her children, her patients, and her usually soon-to-be deceased enemies, merely filing 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.
  • Dissonant Serenity: While not so much as Harry, by Ghosts, she's astonishingly calm in some truly incredible situations.
  • 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.
  • Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: This is one of the many reasons that the Danvers family is so dysfunctional. Carol (the daughter) is a tomboy who is incredibly talented at sports (to the point she was once forced to be tested for steroids for embarrassing the male sports teams) and highly assertive. Her mother on the other hand is - apparently - the typical housewife who puts up with her husband's emotionally abusive behaviour towards their children with little complaint, without ever explaining to her daughter why. As a result, Carol initially doesn't like her at all, though in the sequel, she comes to understand her much better, Hidden Depths and all (they get on much better as a result). Her mother realising just how far Carol's father was willing to go and consequently leaving him to her own mother's total lack of mercy helped.
  • 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, which are a very particular shade of cornflower blue, along with his hair and build. This probably wasn't noticed before because no one was really looking for it.
  • 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: Personality wise, she's basically Peggy if she traded in the cool Lady of War calm for sardonic Dissonant Serenity and a fiery temper. And her looks, 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 Non-Related Guys, 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 either one of them feels in need of a hug. More generally, she tends to make an exception for him, and by Ghosts, they're actively and regularly snuggling. It helps that she trusts him implicitly.
    • 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, once she gets a chance to take it all in, 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.
  • 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.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: 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 for all that she mocks 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 isn't entirely innocent to begin with, 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, or when sufficiently startled.
  • 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 (she's got a certain ruthless pragmatism), 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 (when not traumatised) 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.
  • 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/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, and Harry can get cold and ruthlessly pragmatic/manipulative in a fashion disturbingly reminiscent of Doctor Strange.
  • 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 just as often at him as with 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, albeit on a more realistic scale, 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. It becomes a Running Gag, with her grandmother complaining that no mug of coffee is safe when she's around, and that she's even worse than Tony (if only because she's much, much faster).
  • 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. Initially, he's in shock and rejects her - though not without an explanation. After Tony's pointed nagging and Carol having a near-death experience in chapter 6 of Ghosts, he comes 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 not only fight Harry on his level but 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, she and Harry tend to snuggle following emotional distress by one or the other, and then more generally whenever they're given the opportunity.
  • 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. It doesn't hurt that by this point, she has Super Soldier abilities as well.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She likes wearing a Pimped-Out Dress from time to time, but doesn't explicitly admit it until chapter 47 of Ghosts - something presumed to be related to her father trying to make her more traditionally feminine and a Proper Lady, and her stubborn refusal to give an inch.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Hermione's Femme and Diana's Neither.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Coffee aside, it's mentioned every now and then that she has a severe weakness for ice cream: her uncle claims 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, and thinks she's this to her mother too. She certainly has a low opinion of both of them, considering her mother an Extreme Doormat. While she's right about her father, she's wrong about her mother, who's far from an Extreme Doormat (as Harry immediately notices when he sees them together, they're much more alike than either realises) and whose attitude ties back to issues with her own mother, Carol's grandmother.
    • Feels that she's this in regards to Steve's semi-rejection of her once it's revealed that she's his great-granddaughter. Once he gets over himself, he manages to explain a few of his issues (i.e. adjusting to the present/everyone he knew being dead, ancient, or Bucky has been hard enough. Facing the fact that he's got not only a daughter, but grandchildren and great-grandchildren when he's mentally only in his late twenties was even harder), they bond nicely, and he becomes something of a father-figure to her.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Though tomboyish and generally to be found far from makeup (though She Cleans Up Nicely when she actually wants to, being favourably compared to Diana - who's well on the way to being the World's Most Beautiful Woman - and Fleur Delacour), 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 - until chapter 75, when he's wielding the Speed Force. He'll be there 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, while Harry compares him to Natasha. 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 younger Spear 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.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Becomes this towards the end of the first book, and then in the sequel, when he gets a slightly more prominent role in the ongoing Clark subplot.
  • 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, when 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, he demonstrates how dangerous a speedster can be. For instance, 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 - there's a reason that Harry says he'd prefer to fight Dracula (who comfortably beat him to a pulp, twice, and could easily have killed him) than Jean-Paul.
  • 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 boy-chasing Pretty Boy Camp Gay airhead. He's also one of the most insightful, ruthlessly intelligent, and downright dangerous characters in the series, being described as a younger Spear Counterpart to the Black Widow. 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, as well as somewhat ominous in terms of what it implies he's capable of.
  • 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, at one point informing Draco that if he thought he was really a threat, they wouldn't be having their current conversation.
  • 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 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.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: At first an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who picked on Harry, he later transitioned to become one of Harry's closest Fire-Forged Friends.
  • 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.
  • 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. In the meantime, he's enjoying his Eye Patch Of Power and its effect on Jean-Paul.
  • 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 realise.
    • 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 that even Bucky, the former Winter Soldier, was at a loss for how to deal with.
  • 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 (no mean feat), 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: Defied. While most of her life has been a drawn out Trauma Conga Line, it hasn't broken her yet.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of the many ways in which she resembles a considerably less spaced out Luna Lovegood.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She comes off as this at first, partly due to her Brutal Honesty and insight drawn from her empathic abilities, though it fades somewhat with time.
  • 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 in the first book - 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 uncomfortably insightful nature, 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. Even at a year or two younger than Harry, she's already physically stronger than he is.
  • 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, and more than once has teased Harry over their very obvious Ship Tease.
  • 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, an initially inactive (mostly) talent for messing with the fabric of reality (it starts becoming much more active in the sequel) 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 - in the latter case, Harry notes that at one point, she demonstrates "a tone of detached ruthlessness" that wouldn't sound out of place coming from 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.
    • This also hobbles her when her chaos magic starts manifesting, since she's very logical and by definition it's... not.
  • 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, though it starts steadily changing. 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, while Harry's off getting other weird lessons. This understandably makes him feel a bit left out, and is explored in chapter 53, which focuses entirely on the Trio and is called 'A Path Divided', showing us Ron's thoughts on the matter as he broods over a bottle of Butterbeer, very aware that even training with Cassidy doesn't exactly make him special compared to his friends (Harry, after all, was Cassidy's former prize student and makes martial arts look easy).
  • 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, with chapter 53 having another wizard, Adam Black, remark that he's got the same kind of drive as Wisdom.
  • 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.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: He can believe that Voldemort has returned - but he is initially skeptical of Voldemort attacking Harry, Fred, and George at the World Cup since, as he says, the Avengers were all present at the time and they would all be happy to torture or kill him on sight.
  • 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.
  • The Heart: Serves as this to Harry's friends (with Diana), and to the Xavier Institute in general - though in the sequel, after Forever Red in the sequel, this is deconstructed when she opts to be a Living Emotional Crutch to Harry and her twin sister Maddie, both horribly traumatised, and generalised Cool Big Sis to all the other young mutants who are now Xavier Institute students - it takes a heavy emotional toll.
  • 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 - and she's streets ahead of him. 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, and on that scale, Jean is the Sun. 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: Initially, and inevitably, since he's based on the Smallville incarnation, prior to Season 1 - he's shown desperately wanting to meet other young superhumans, so he won't feel so alone. Once he strikes up a friendship with Jean-Paul, this tendency diminishes somewhat.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Again, he's based on the Smallville version, who took rather longer to grow into his powers than most (though he ended up as one of the most powerful versions yet encountered). For instance, where other incarnations of Clark are shown being capable of flight (even space-flight) by their early to late teens, as well as having all their other classical powers already active, this version's powers are nowhere near where they 'should' be. Word of God has hinted that there is a reason behind this, but has so far refused to say what that reason is.
  • 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, mostly just to tease 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.
  • Future Badass: Word of God and various prophecies have heavily hinted that he has a great destiny ahead.
  • 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, probably Loki (who is hinted to have figured it out), and, of course, Doctor Strange, none of the regular cast even know he exists 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 only in very vague terms as he has to explain something. As a result, they still don't know his name and haven't met him - after Bloody Hell, thanks to chance, some deduction, and a few informed guesses, Harry figures it out, but leaves him be, explaining to Jean-Paul that he agrees that Clark is better off that way.
  • 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 - though she sometimes plays it up for deadpan effect.
  • Animal Motifs: She's Sinister's Hound, initially, and is described in a number of dog-like ways (some less complimentary than others), down to the Quizzical Tilt. She also has a few cat-like traits, including classically feline reserve, a propensity for curling up (particularly when upset), and a persistent curiosity (see her initial interactions with Harry and Mjolnir, which are both primarily driven by curiosity, leading to Curiosity Causes Conversion).
  • 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: Subverted. While she technically qualifies in that she's beautiful and enslaved, 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.
  • Boring, but Practical: She's not very good at being original with her powers, and has trouble at first adapting to Harry's tactics during their battle. However, she's also tied with Jean as the most powerful human psychic ever born, and while her tactics may be predictable, she's so good at guarding herself and controlling her powers that being able to predict her attacks is, for most people, about as helpful as being able to predict the path of an avalanche when you're in its way.
  • 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.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's pretty tactless, though out of ignorance rather than malice - Sinister raised her with No Social Skills.
  • 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, flickers 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, but it ends up triggering her true Heel–Face Turn.
    • 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.
  • Curiosity Causes Conversion: This drives her Character Development, even prior to her first appearance, and even helps trigger her Heel–Face Turn.
    • Prior: She goes along with Gambit's affection for her and his coaxing her into experiencing things for herself/making her own path despite being entirely aware that it was initially feigned.
    • After: She wonders about Harry (whose power is approaches her own and has green eyes just like hers) and Jean (who looks exactly like her, and has power matching hers), which results in greater interaction with Harry, engaging his Magnetic Hero tendencies and his belief in a better nature she didn't know she had. She's also puzzled by Mjolnir, and when it initially rebuffs her as 'Not Worthy', her instant response is to enquire 'what is Worthy?', which both shows her what it is to be Worthy, and that she has performed Worthy actions in the past - trying to protect Harry from the Red Room - which had been erased from her memory.
  • Curious Qualms of Conscience: Starts developing these in Forever Red, thanks to Gambit's steadily Defusing the Tyke Bomb, and Harry's appeal to a better nature she didn't even know she had.
  • 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, but otherwise a textbook example, 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, with her being arguably the most deadpan character in the cast.
  • 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 had been quietly trying to do this on her prior to Forever Red, as part of Defusing the Tyke Bomb, and while Harry's actions provide the final straw, it's repeatedly indicated that he pushed her to the tipping point.
  • 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 initially believes that 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.
  • Expy: In her backstory (having been kidnapped at birth and raised specifically as a Living Weapon), powers, and lack of social skills, she greatly resembles an older version of Eleven from Stranger Things.
  • 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.'
  • I Am Not a Gun: While Harry and Jean helped start off her Heel–Face Turn along with Remy, she was the one who made the last steps away from being a Living Weapon, all by herself.
  • 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. This 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 human psychic who will be able to match her will be Jean.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Pre Heel–Face Turn, she does this when facing down Harry in the Red Room, after being surprised by how he broke her hold on the other Red Room prisoners. Considering that she serves as Sinister's Hound, and is described in a mixture of dog and cat-like ways, it's strangely apt.
  • "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. While Jean is an All-Loving Heroine who plays big sister to everyone, Maddie is The Spock (albeit an increasingly Adorkable one) who is just beginning to get used to the idea of a family, let alone the idea of unconditional love.
  • 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). However, she is increasingly Adorkable.
  • 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: Prior to her Heel–Face Turn she extends this to Harry, being wary of his capacity to challenge her on her own level, which combined with his adaptability and the ability for magic to change the game, makes him a dangerously unpredictable opponent.
  • 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Strange states that, if Gambit/Remy hadn't gone to Essex and the Red Room, she would have had a very high chance of becoming this.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Harry as this, pre Heel–Face Turn.
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