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Ciro Alvarado Gardner
Raised in a low-income neighbourhood with an overworked father and two young siblings, Ciro has had to take on parental responsibilities a lot earlier than most. Desiring nothing more than to keep the peace and forge a better life for his siblings, Ciro has been trying his hardest to keep the empowering event from spiralling too far out of control.
His power is invisibility and the ability to create force-fields.
- Adaptation Name Change: His surname in the original thread was Meyer, which was changed for Oldport Blues.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In original DONA, Ciro was only recently acquainted with Zia. Here, they've been friends for years.
- Adorkable: Ciro is socially awkward, easily embarrassed, and tries a little too hard to be the responsible one. It gives him an endearing quality that's attracted multiple girls.
- Barrier Warrior: His first power allows him to create invisible force-fields, which can be utilised both offensively or defensively.
- Bi the Way: He's bisexual, but any sort of romance is low on his list of priorities. On top of that, he's still somewhat in the closet about it.
- Big Brother Instinct: As the elder brother of two, Ciro is protective of those who are younger than him. If his siblings get into trouble then he becomes single-minded in his intent to protect them.
- Childhood Friends: He and Zia first became friends when they were eight and she protected him from bullies. They've been close ever since.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Ciro labours under the belief that he's responsible for any problem that he's aware of. If someone else is in need then he'll try his hardest to help them, even if it wears him out.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: He mistakenly believes that Vivian's shyness around him is because she doesn't like him. He's also failed to notice Melissa's flirtations, or the crushes that Zia and Tamasin have been harbouring for him.
- Dark Secret: At the behest of his father, Ciro got drunk once. He's utterly ashamed at himself for it.
- Die or Fly: Ciro first discovered he could create force-fields when he used one to stop his younger siblings from being eaten by Daigo's lizard monster.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Because he's kept so busy by his responsibilities Ciro doesn't have much time to sleep, and thus always has bags under his eyes.
- Extreme Doormat: Never wanting to cause trouble or upset others, Ciro is a little too accommodating and will try to please everyone at the expense of his own feelings.
- Friend to All Children: He frequently babysits children, and enjoys doing so. His ideal job would involve working with kids, such as a teacher or day care worker.
- Genre Blindness: Having had very little exposure to superhero movies, Ciro is blind to much of the genre's conventions. He doesn't understand what his force-field power is, for example, and initially believes that they should break the masquerade. Michal calls him out for the second one."Have you... have you ever read a comic book? Or seen a TV show? The last thing you do is tell the adults!"
- Good Samaritan: During the school's evacuation, he notices that Josephine has accidentally used her ice powers to freeze herself to her desk, and take a few minutes to help calm her down so that she can escape with everyone else.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: If he doesn't mentally prepare himself then forces that act on his forcefield can have a negative effect on his mind. For example, he suffered mental heatstroke when he quickly tried to cover a naked flame with a forcefield.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: He has the ability to shape his force-fields into any construct that he can mentally picture.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Ciro is kind and motherly, likes looking after children, does most of the cooking, cleaning, and sewing around his house, and would rather avoid confrontations or otherwise settle them with words. He's a little self-conscious about his lack of masculine traits.
- Invisibility: His second power is the ability to bend light in order to turn himself or other objects invisible.
- Missing Mom: His mother left a year or two after he was born. She returned briefly and gave birth to his two siblings, but disappeared again and hasn't been seen since.
- Mixed Ancestry: He's half-Mexican from his mother's side. This is the same for his two siblings, though they look closer in appearance to their white father.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: His surname Gardner is English in origin and comes from his American father, whilst his first name Ciro is Spanish and was chosen by his Mexican mother.
- Nice Guy: Ciro is an all-around decent guy. He's amicable, cares a lot about others, and helps out when he can.
- No Sense of Personal Space: His parental nature leads to him being touchy-feely with the other characters, whether it's a subtle pat on the shoulder or an Affectionate Gesture to the Head.
- Only Friend: Because he's spent so much time looking after his siblings, or otherwise working, Ciro hasn't fostered any deep relationships with his peers. The exception to this is Zia, who's been a longtime friend since they were kids.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- His switch from insistent level-headedness to panic when he discovers his siblings are in trouble instantly ticks Michal off that something is seriously wrong.
- When Vanessa refuses to evacuate during a supposed school fire, Ciro gives her a stern talking-to that perturbs her so much that she leaves without complaint.
- Penny Among Diamonds: In contrast to most of Oldport's population, Ciro lives in a low-income household in one of the few non-gentrified parts of town. This puts him at odds with most of his classmates, and has led to him getting bullied in the past.
- Personality Powers: He has the ability to create force-fields, which are primarily a defensive power used for protection. This is reflected in his nurturing personality, and his desire to look after others.
- Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Having grown up with very little exposure to media, Ciro is confused by most pop-culture references thrown his way. Particularly if they're from less common mediums, like comic books or anime.
- Promotion to Parent: After his mother left and his father needed to work full-time, Ciro took on much of the parental responsibilities at home. This has left him with a caring disposition, though it's also made him a habitual worrier who struggles with taking things easy.
- The Reliable One: He's always willing to lend a hand to those who need it, even if it eats up what little personal time he has.
- Samaritan Syndrome: Something he suffers from quite strongly. He believes himself responsible for any problem that he becomes aware of, especially now that he has superpowers to help stop them, and is quick to blame himself if the outcome isn't ideal or if he can't perform to his best.
- Seriously Scruffy: Ciro's appearance is usually dishevelled. This is mostly due to him being poor- not only can he not afford better clothes, but he's often too busy working to spend time looking after himself.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Some characters don't buy that he's as nice as he appears, and suspect that there's a darker side to him. While he has some personal issues that he keeps to himself, he really is just a pleasant person.
- Status Cell Phone: Because he's much poorer than his peers, his cellphone is an older model with a physical keyboard.
- Supreme Chef: He's well-practised with cooking as a result of being in charge of his family's meals.
- Team Mom: Spends a lot of time acting as a mediator, and making sure the other characters don't get into trouble; in particular, he frequently has to remind Michal not to act irresponsibly. Fittingly, he has two younger siblings.
- Thought-Controlled Power: His force fields and invisibility are controlled solely by his mind, so he doesn't require any physical movement like many of the others do. On the flipside, this means his power is more likely to fail if his concentration is broken.
- Trauma Button: After his siblings are nearly eaten alive by Daigo's monster, Ciro becomes panicked when he comes across the people who were responsible for the attempted murder.
- Triple Shifter: Studying for exams, taking care of the house, and keeping an eye on everybody's superpowers leaves him absolutely exhausted when finals roll around.
- Uptight Loves Wild: While he wouldn't act on it, Ciro has felt attracted to Zia's spirited nature, in part because he's envious that she can be less uptight than him.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: His father is much more relaxed than he is, and would like nothing better than for his son to loosen up a little.
Finn N. Flannagan (formely Schwartz)
A formerly affluent teen whose father was the previous Mayor of Oldport. He was popular throughout most of his life... up until it was exposed that his father engaged in financial crimes and was thus locked away. Finn's popularity disintegrated overnight. He still remains intelligent, if very arrogant, and has been using his newfound power to wrap events around his little finger.
His power is pre-cognition, post-cognition, and astral projection.
- Ambition Is Evil: While evil is a stretch, Finn's desire to become a leader is nevertheless tied to his unlikable personality.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He acknowledges that they're dealing with the impossible when it comes to their superpowers, and yet for some reason can't believe that Katheryn could be sentient ink.
- Astral Projection: Finn can cause his self to detach from his physical body, allowing him to survey events as a ghost-like apparition.
- Best Served Cold: After Shooter makes an insensitive remark about Finn's imprisoned father, Finn decides to himself that he's going to stay quiet in the moment and then drag the principal down when he's better prepared.
- Callousness Towards Emergency:
- He shows utter indifference when Benjy is attacked by the smoke snakes, even going so far as to tell the boy to shut up and stop screaming. He rationalises it such that the empowerment is inevitable and non-fatal, but it's still very cold of him.
- When Michal lights himself on fire, prompting everyone nearby to panic and try to find a way to put him out, Finn ignores the whole debacle in favour of skimming through his phone.
- Caustic Critic: He starts the story dishing out a harsh review to an Acting Club member:"Your gestures are random and uncoordinated, and it's completely obvious you're overcompensating for your inability to roll your r's. [...] Frankly, I'm even more glad I left this dead end of a club than before! It'd be an embarrassment to be associated with someone who hasn't even mastered the basics."
- The Chessmaster: Using his abilities to glean information from objects he touches and gain knowledge about future happenings, Finn manipulates events in the current time to work out in his favour. Fittingly, he's the President of the chess club.
- Childhood Friends: In a surprising twist, Finn reveals that he and Vivian were grouped together as playmates, practically making them childhood friends.
- Disappeared Dad: Finn's father was arrested, and is stuck behind bars for the foreseeable future. Finn has thus disowned him completely.
- Evil Virtues: While Finn has a lot of jerkish qualities, one redeemable trait he does possess is a fierce loyalty to those who would stand by him.
- Fainting Seer: He's described as either going into a trance or, if he's unlucky, experiencing a spasm when he views a flashforward.
- Frame-Up: A group of students being accused of damaging the auditorium was all a set-up to place the blame on Finn and get him expelled. However, he drops out before it becomes official.
- Get Rich Quick Scheme: He plans to use his pre-cognition to win the lottery and quickly gather funds for his plan to research the powers.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Prior to the beginning of the story, Finn's father was arrested for embezzling city funds. This catapulted Finn down the social ladder, resulting in his adoring fans all abandoning him.
- Insufferable Genius: Finn believes himself to be far above his peers... and given that he's a chessmaster in training, he's not too far off the mark.
- Jerkass: It could be said that Finn is the designated jerk among the heroes. His player specifically described him as the 'obligatory antagonistic asshole'.
- Master Actor: Prior to the Chess Club, Finn was a member of the school's Acting Club. He's excellent at memorisation and putting on a false face.
- Mr. Exposition: Because Amy and Katheryn are trapped in non-human bodies and mostly confined to his room, Finn ends up expositing much of the roleplay's plot for their benefit.
- Mundane Utility: At one point, he uses his pre-cognition to win a 'friendly' game of chess against Ivan.
- Non-Action Guy: Stays away from the school during the bomb threat specifically because he realises that he's not suited for anything requiring physical prowess.
- Personality Powers: After spending his high school life glued to the grapevine, Finn gained the ability to receive information with a mere touch.
- Power Incontinence: Finn can't turn off his post-cognition, so he has to wear gloves all the time to prevent him from being assaulted by information. He also can't dictate when he receives visions of the future, meaning he can pass out at inopportune times.
- Preppy Name: Finn N. Flannagan is about as rich and obnoxious as you could expect from his name.
- The Proud Elite: A wealthy, sophisticated upbringing as the son of the city's mayor left Finn with a disdainful disposition. His father has since lost his status, but Finn's arrogance remains.
- Psychometry: One aspect of his power is the ability to see an object's past by touching it. This can work to such a degree that he can instinctively use the object in question.
- Seer: Finn also has precognition, which allows him to see flashes of the future. Not only that, but if there's a small number of outcomes for any given event, then he can predict which one will be true.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: To show off his wealth, Finn is always impeccably dressed. His usual attire is a dress shirt, tie, and light slacks.
- My Skull Runneth Over: When he first receives his power, Finn is bombarded with so much information about his surroundings that it causes him to spasm for a few minutes.
- Smug Straight Edge: Finn derides teenagers who would spend their weekends getting drunk or high, believing that they're ruining their futures by doing so.
- Smug Super: Finn's superiority complex has only gotten worse with the development of his powers, as they've allowed him to hoard information that he can use to get a step up over everyone else.
- That Was Not a Dream: Initially he convinces himself that the empowering event is all a dream, and acts like his usual haughty self until one of the snakes stabs him.
- Undying Loyalty: After being humbled at the beginning of his high school year, Finn has come to possess a deep sense of loyalty towards those who would be loyal to him in turn.
Trauma has clung to Harriet since the fateful events of her 16th birthday, when her parents took a wrong turn while driving and fell into the ocean. Blaming herself for their demise, as she'd fought with them earlier that day, Harriet has fallen down a hole of depression and self-hatred that the local child psychiatrist has slowly been trying to lift her out of. Unable to tell whether her power is a gift or a curse, Harriet has been struggling to reconcile the empowering event with what little of a life that she has.
Her power is to telekinetically control a spear called Severance. The spear in turn can inflict hallucinations, memory degradation, and sensory manipulation on people.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon, Severance, is a crude-looking spear with green and black markings.
- Blessed with Suck: After injuring Daigo with her spear, Harriet wonders to herself why she was given a power that only seems able to hurt others.
- Brutal Honesty: She has a tendency to be more straightforward than people expect. When Mirielle offered her food, she bluntly turned her down.
- Clingy Macguffin: If Severance gets more than thirty feet away from Harriet then it will instantly teleport back to her side.
- Dark Secret: She has a deep, horrible secret... she used to own a Tamagotchi, and was deeply attached to it.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Harriet has deep black hair and pasty skin. This gives her an unwell appearance and is due to her not looking after herself.
- The Eeyore: She's very gloomy most of the time, doesn't trust anyone, and assumes the worst of other's intentions.
- Excessive Mourning: The death of her parents has had a horrible and long-lasting effect on Harriet's mental health. Even with seeing a therapist, she still struggles with intense feelings of worthlessness bordering on the suicidal.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: To complement her overall haggard look, Harriet has prominent bags under her eyes. This earned her the nickname 'Bag Lady' from Rose.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Parent: Back when they were still alive, Harriet's parents dissuaded her from pursuing a career in stage performance, wanting their child to follow a more conventional career path.
- Flying Weapon: Severance will hover in the air if it isn't held. In fact, its natural state is to float alongside Harriet.
- Freak Out: Harriet suffers a severe mental break after she accidentally gives Devin a fatal wound. She feels simultaneously horrified and ecstatic, a wide grin on her face as she howls and then turns to attack Daigo next.
- Homeless Hero: Harriet technically has a home, but she refuses to stay there as it reminds her of her dead parents. At the behest of her psychiatrist, she instead shacks up in the school.
- It's All My Fault: Her parents died in a car accident, and Harriet blames herself for it because she argued with them the previous night. This has shot her self-esteem to pieces, and led her to believe that she doesn't deserve to live.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: She used to be a cheerful girl with a love of acting, but her parents' death traumatised her so thoroughly that her personality and view of the world has done a complete 180.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Through Severance, Harriet can affect the memories of others, either causing them to degrade or manipulating them.
- Master of Illusion: Another thing that Severance can do is cause hallucinations in the person that it cuts.
- Minor Living Alone: She lives in the school without any form of parental supervision (besides her meetings with her psychiatrist).
- My God, What Have I Done?: When she greviously harms Devin, Harriet freaks out, telling herself that this must mean she's destined to become a murderer since she also blames herself for her parent's death.
- Not Afraid to Die: While she doesn't actively seek out a way to die, Harriet is nonplussed if death comes to her. When the school gets rigged with bombs, she's tempted to just stay inside and let the building explode with her in it.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: Harriet is skinny to a concerning degree, her features described as angular and bony. It's another facet of her lack of self-care.
- Parting Words Regret: On her 16th birthday, Harriet got in a heated argument with her parents and stormed out the house. When she returned the next day, she discovered that they'd died in a car accident. This is her greatest regret in life.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her messy hair covers one eye, showing that she's disheveled, shy, and angsty.
- Personal Horror: After fatally wounding Devin and Daigo, Harriet is horrified to discover that she feels nothing about trying to kill them. She questions whether she's an Empty Shell, which causes her to experience severe cognitive dissonance.
- Senseless Violins: In order to bring her companion spear into school without raising suspicion, Harriet hides Severance in an old guitar bag.
- Sensory Abuse: When Severance cuts an opponent it can potentially alter their senses, either by dulling or amplifying them.
- Seriously Scruffy: Her clothing and hair are both a mess. This is partly because she's homeless, and partly because she's so self-hating that she can't be bothered to look after herself.
- Shrinking Violet: Harriet is withdrawn, self-loathing, and feels she doesn't deserve the attention or love of others. She frequently appears to be skittish, and her dialogue contains a lot of ellipses.
- Spell My Name with an "S": 'Rynhil' and 'Rynhill' have been used interchangeably for her surname.
- Thinking Up Portals: Her power allows her to create small portals that only Severance can travel through.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Harriet's dream is for an aloof young man to sweep away the angst of her past.
- Thought-Controlled Power: She can telekinetically control Severance without needing to hold it.
- Trauma Button: Bringing up her parents in any way is sure to make Harriet distressed, as she feels responsible for their death.
Hyeon "Neon Hyeon" Jung
Local bad boy, band member, and all-around troublemaker, Hyeon is one to both approach and avoid. Living on his own after his parents skipped town and his grandmother passed away, Hyeon has set his sights on a life of rock n' roll, away from the mundanity of Oldport. With his power came an unexpected friend, and a brand new world that Hyeon is prepared to face with gusto.
His power is to converse with animals. He can also shapeshift into them.
- Affectionate Nickname: Gets called 'Hy-Hy' by Longhorn, and it's probably only their friendship that stops the guy from getting called out on it.
- Animorphism: With enough exposure to an animal, Hyeon is able to shapeshift into it. This power works in degrees, meaning that he can adapt an animal's traits (such as a wolf's eyesight) right up to transforming into them completely.
- Blank Stare: His reaction when the other students freak out at him during the empowering event. Since he doesn't know what's happening, he thinks they're over-reacting.
- The Charmer: While his effectiveness varies, Hyeon is a handsome, flirtatious, and devil-may-care vagabond. He mentions in passing that he has a bad habit of hooking up with every front-runner they get for his tribute band.
- Chick Magnet: As the local 'bad boy' and member of a band, Hyeon has a slew of girls crushing on him, including Luna, Jessica, and Patty. On top of that he hooks up with Zia in a flashforward, and was previously in a relationship with Nadine.
- Cool Shades: He's almost never seen without a pair of shades. When he first meets with Josephine, he reveals that he has a pair with a US flag emblazoned on the glass.
- Delinquents: Hyeon is a rock-and-roll enthusiast who doesn't care about school, plays in a band, drinks and drives, and drags people into ill-advised nighttime ventures.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: He has bags under his eyes, which he hides with his ever-present shades.
- Failed a Spot Check: Listening to music alone caused him to miss the part where everyone freaked out about being trapped in the school. When he comes across a group of scared kids, he strolls into the scene and asks if anyone wants to help him put up flyers.
- Fearless Fool: During the empowering incident, his first instinct when seeing danger is to charge at it with a weapon rather than run or hide like the other students do.
- The Gadfly: He encourages Longhorn's shipping of himself and Nadine, purely to tick Nadine off.
- Goal in Life: As per his grandmother's dying wish, and his own desire, Hyeon's goal in life is to become a successful musician. Anything besides that is tertiary, and gets treated as such.
- Hated Hometown: Hyeon is tired of being latched to school, so when he graduates he has every intention of hitting the road and leaving Oldport in the dust.
- Hidden Depths: Whilst known for being shallow and dim-witted, his sense of concern and responsibility when his friend Amy goes missing shows that he does have a heart beyond his rock n' roll persona.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much of an asshole as he can be, Hyeon does care for his friends and will look out for them. To say nothing of his literal Pet the Dog moments with Kwang.
- Incompatible Orientation:
- Let's Get Out of Here: He beats a hasty retreat out of the school once he realises that he'll be blamed for property damage if he sticks around.
- Magic Music: Because animals communicate through sounds rather than words, Hyeon can use music to amplify his control over any animals in the area.
- Minor Living Alone: He currently lives alone in his grandmother's old house. His cousin is his legal guardian, but is out of state.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Hyeon accidentally runs over a squirrel while on the way home from the empowering event, and out of guilt adopts its child. He names the grey squirrel 'Kwang', and affectionately treats him like a pet/friend.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of Hyeon's parents are missing from the picture. Behind-the-scenes discussion implies that they left him in the care of his grandmother so they could pursue a hedonistic lifestyle.
- Raised by Grandparents: Before she passed on, Hyeon was raised by his grandmother rather than his parents.
- Recurring Dreams: He has a recurring dream involving a lounge and a female singer, the significance of which isn't yet clear to the reader.
- Rip Tailoring: Hyeon has a rock-and-roll aesthetic, and that involves clothing that's been deliberately ripped or damaged to look fashionably distressed.
- The Rival: He has two- Benedict, local rich boy and narcissist, and Jae, who Hyeon thinks is stupid for the way she's rebelling against her parents.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Hyeon aspires to be a rock star, and to that end he plays in a tribute band and leads a heavily hedonistic life.
- Social Circle Filler: He's one of the popular kids, and has a list of friends as long as his arm. However, when it comes down to finding someone to talk to about his superpowers, he realises that he's not really that close to any of them.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: His power allows him to understand and converse with animals. He does so by replicating their sounds, which looks odd to the outside viewer.
An affluent young lady who has spent most of her life being shipped from one country to the next. Having set the family roots down in Oldport, Irene has worked hard to excel intellectually and socially. The advent of her power has done little to deter her from her goals, despite the terrifying capabilities that rest within them.
Her power is to manipulate flesh and other parts of the body.
- A Lady And A Scholar: Irene is highly intelligent, and while she can become irritated if she's shown up in that department, she'll still try and remain respectful.
- Biomanipulation: Her power is fleshcrafting, which allows her to manipulate a body's biology. She could change skin tone or hair colour, mold a person's muscles and bones, or even grant them extra body parts.
- Cast From Stamina: The longer that Irene uses her power, the more tired she'll become as a result.
- Chekhov's Skill: Subverted. Irene once asked a doctor how she would treat a burn victim, but didn't pay attention to the answer. She feels guilty about it when she comes across the severely burned school nurse.
- The Drag-Along: After a serious of arduous encounters with the school staff, Irene just wants to go home. But then David arrives and repeatedly demands her attention- when she tries to ignore him, he tries to shoot her.
- Handshake Refusal: She deliberately leaves Melissa hanging for a few seconds when the girl offers her hand, to show her general indifference towards the girl.
- Gentlewoman Snarker: Her upper-class personality serves itself well to her occasionally droll remarks.What a cheery thought. The club of the damned, meetings on Tuesdays, tea and cookies provided.
- Go-Getter Girl: She strives for academic success and already has plans to move on to university education. She enjoys being smarter than others, but also works hard at being gracious to her peers.
- Insufferable Genius: Downplayed: Irene enjoys academic success and being smarter than those around her, but she still tries to remain civil and not rub it in people's faces.
- Mathematician's Answer: When asked to explain what happened to the nurse, Irene replies that she only found the nurse in her current state. While technically the truth, it leaves out the potential suspects that she witnessed at the scene.
- Nerves of Steel: She's shown to be capable of keeping her calm even under great duress, or when dealing with the inherent Body Horror of her power (such as rationally deciding to merge her hand into Melissa's neck to keep the other girl from turning to smoke). At times it can be somewhat unnerving.
- Not My Lucky Day: The day after the empowering event does not go well for her: she tries to find information and is scared off by a conspiratorial teacher, she's accused of hurting the nurse by the principal, and when she tries to go home David stops her and nearly kills her with a bullet and then a car.If Irene had suffered days worse than this one, they were not coming to mind.
- Not So Different: Melissa tries to claim that she and Irene have a lot in common, only for Irene to refute it and point out that Melissa barely knows her.
- Pastimes Prove Personality: It's shown that she enjoys reading, which fits with her intellectual and somewhat distant nature.
- Preppy Name: Melissenos is a surname that belonged to a noble Byzanite family in the 8th century. Fittingly, Irene is from an upper-class background and one of the richest characters in the cast.
- The Proud Elite: She's a rich, pretty, and sophisticated young woman. She can appear aloof from the outside, but with friends she's much more animated and at ease.
- Really Moves Around: As a result of her mother's business, Irene has lived in a multitude of countries, from China to Czechia to America. She's only been residing in Oldport for the past four years.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When the principal demands that she hand over the injured nurse, implying that he cares more about making a scene than the nurse's well-being, Irene refuses and tries to get the nurse to safety herself.
- The Stoic: Irene has a polite demeanour and a refined manner of speech. As a result, she can come off as stiff and robotic.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She feels discomfort around strangers, and so her attitude around them is distant but polite. She's more comfortable around friends, and acts warmer to them as a result.
- Terrifying Rescuer: She helps Jacob fix up his nosebleed after he exerts his power too much, but her cold attitude while doing so leads him to worry that she has it out for him.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: One sign of her wealth is her family's acquisition of a yacht. When the less affluent characters meet up in a graveyard, she questions without irony why they couldn't have hired a yacht instead.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Irene's mother is still in her life, but is so busy with work abroad that Irene doesn't get to see her much. She's willing to accept it since her mother is the main breadwinner of the family.
Despite his unnerving appearance, Ivan is a kind and quiet young lad- a little too quiet, as a genetic disorder renders him almost incapable of speech. His parents have done everything in their power to help him lead an ordinary life, and for that he feels eternally indebted to them. Granted a strange and esoteric power, Ivan has spent his time trying to better understand what he's capable of.
His power allows him to use a piece of media to represent an ongoing event, and then manipulate the media to change the event.
- Characterisation Marches On: While his initial portrayal leaned more towards amoral (including one non-canonical instance of him trying to manipulate the stock market for personal gain), Ivan has since developed into someone with a more upstanding attitude.
- Commonality Connection: He became buddies with the similarly disabled Edward when they met each other in the hospital.
- The Dutiful Son: Ivan is beholden to his parents for all that they've done to help them, and feels honour-bound to repay them for it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Finn mentions the Vice President of the Chess Club long before Ivan enters the story.
- Gentle Giant: Ivan, at 6'2, is the tallest of the teenage cast. However, despite his tall and bony appearance, he's a level-headed and kind boy.
- Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes are described as an icy blue, which match with his silent, observational personality.
- Immigrant Parents: His parents grew up in Yugoslavia, but migrated to the USA during the country's political upheaval.
- Insult Backfire: He takes Finn calling him a mute bastard as a potential sign that Finn likes him more than most, since it's not as scathing as Finn usually is.
- Nice Guy: Thanks in part to his lack of voice, Ivan is a quiet friend and a good listener. He has a tolerant outlook and is loyal to those who help him in turn.
- Non-Action Guy: A few of the guys are non-combative or got passive powers, but Ivan is the one to lampshade his lack of prowess after the confrontation with Daigo's monster.[W]hat was he going to do against a big, satanic lizard, throw books at it?
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: Ivan's physical description emphasises how skinny and frail he looks, describing his skin as porcelain and his arms as twigs.
- Pastimes Prove Personality: His piano fingers aren't just for show, as he enjoys playing the piano in his spare time. It shows him to be a tad more distinguished than the rest of the cast.
- Personality Powers: He gained the power to subtly manipulate an event from behind the scenes, which fits with how he's patient and observational.
- The Reliable One: While his personality is not as drastic as some other characters, Ivan makes up for it by being patient, clear-headed, and a good listener.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he tells himself to forgot about Daigo and his monster, and then enters the classroom where his final exam is taking place... and Daigo is right front and center. He immediately leaves the room again, having to compose himself before he can try again.
- Seeker Archetype: He's hungry for knowledge about the empowering incident, and pinballs between various leads while trying to discover the truth.
- Seer: Of a sort. His power allows him to create a representation of an actual event- which, in turn, can make him privy to information about said event that he wouldn't have known about otherwise.
- Skewed Priorities: He lampshades it when he takes a chess game far too seriously when there's other, more important issues to deal with.
- The Speechless: Ivan has a genetic condition that makes it difficult for him to speak. He communicates mainly through writing in a notebook, though he's also capable of sign language.
- Stunned Silence: Ivan doesn't really speak anyway, but the incident with Daigo's monster is so overwhelming that he notes that he'd be speechless even if he could talk.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: He has the ability to form a representation of an event through any media of his choice (i.e. using a chessboard to represent an actual battle). He can then manipulate the media, in turn affecting how the event itself turns out.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Ivan attempts to converse with a student in the library about the empowering event. However, he comes out of the gate a little too forcefully, and the student is too weirded out to talk to him.
Ivy Xuehong Havilland
If one is looking for a nerd, look no further than Ivy, a neurotic young woman with a deep love for hobbies that she'd rather you not know about. Ivy has lived an ordinary life, leaning heavily on her friendship with Luna Black and finding herself lost after they drift apart. The empowering incident has pushed them back together, which Ivy considers a silver lining in what is otherwise an endless stream of chaos.
Her power grants her moments of mechanical genius, with which she can create amazing inventions with whatever electronics are on hand.
- Adorkable: Ivy is shy, nerdy, and a little neurotic, which all lends itself to making her cute. Jae is specifically attracted to her because of her meekness.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her type is guys that are dark and brooding, without actually being dangerous. This resulted in her crush on the moody Simon.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She once hoped that her life could become more eventful than simply falling into the same routine of going to school every day. She got her wish when she was granted superpowers, just not exactly in the way she'd been hoping for.
- Blind Without 'Em: Without her glasses, Ivy's vision is a blurry mess. They briefly get knocked off during the empowering incident, and again when Zia chokes her the next day. Both times she has to paw around on the floor until she finds them.
- Brains and Brawn: Ivy is physically unintimidating and her power allows her brief bursts of genius. Her best friend, Luna, is a bruiser whose strength was enhanced by her lightning power.
- Characterization Marches On: Initially Ivy was written as being more unapproachable, and concerned with her routine. Over time she became less haughty and more shy, and her initial traits were picked up by Jacob.
- Childhood Friends: She and Luna were best friends back when they were children. Their friendship took a hit when Luna joined Nadine's gang, but they've since been working on reconciliation.
- Clueless Dude Magnet: An online chat between her and Luna reveals that she was actually pretty popular in middle school, receiving multiple Valentine's gifts that she had assumed were just out of courtesy. She's rather shocked to find out the amount of guys who were into her.
- Commonality Connection: How she and Luna became childhood friends- they both love anime and video games.
- Cradle of Loneliness: After the Dark Dragon absorbs her best friend Luna, Ivy can only respond by taking the jacket that Luna had been wearing and wrapping it around herself while she screams.
- Dissonant Serenity: A reaction she's shown in stressful situations is to display a veneer of calm. When she was accused of being a ghost, she smiled at the accuser. When a car fell from the sky just metres away from her own vehicle, she calmly asked Finn to drop her off. The freak out came afterwards.
- Don't Think, Feel: Inverted; Ivy quickly decides to never trust her intuition when she does so and it leads her to scream in the middle of a street.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Ivy's power allows her to create incredible inventions. However, she has no control over what form her inspiration takes, which could lead to her making something niche or useless.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: One sign that she's a nerd is that she has next to no knowledge about sports. When it comes up in conversation, she bluffs with what little she learned from her football-obsessed uncle.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ivy has a very close friendship with Luna, to the point that multiple other characters believe that they'd make a cute couple.
- Homemade Inventions: Her inventions can be made from whatever electronics are at hand. For example, she once turned her phone into a specialised magnet that wiped the data from all other mobiles in her vicinity.
- Hypochondriac: It's not a domineering aspect of her personality, but Ivy has a strained relationship with the school nurses due to her tendency to believe she has an imaginary illness.
- Impossible Genius: When creating an invention, she's capable of phasing parts between each other and making them perform functions that would be impossible for a regular modification.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her mother is Chinese, while her father is white. She's remarked that people tend to assume her name will be something more 'Asian' than it is.
- My Greatest Failure: She immediately feels intense regret for standing by as Dark Dragon absorbed her friend, and is able to do nothing but curl up and scream at herself in the aftermath.
- Nerd Glasses: Ivy has a pair of browline glasses to accentuate her nerdy interests.
- Nervous Wreck: She's highly neurotic, which in turn leads to her assuming the worst of others. Not only that, but it causes her to 'shut down' in stressful situations.
- Oblivious to Love: She's unaware that Jae has been staring at her dreamingly during class.
- Old Shame: When she was younger, Ivy was really into Sonic the Hedgehog- enough that she made an OC for it, Ziz the Eagle. She's now greatly ashamed of it, though she still named her robotic drone after Ziz.
- Only Friend: Luna has been her only stable friend throughout her life, and even that started to drift when Luna become embroiled with Nadine's group. They've come back together after receiving powers, though the damage to Ivy's well-being has already been done.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: She calls Ed the 'guy in the wheelchair'. Luna points out her faux pas, and Ivy spends the next three paragraphs trying to decide whether to bring it up or let it slide or apologise...
- Otaku: Ivy is a big fan of anime and manga, though in recent years has been trying to hide it out of embarrassment.
- Power Fantasy: After being victim to Jessica's Compelling Voice, Ivy imagines a tougher version of herself who has the strength to call out Jessica for being a jerk. Or at least she tries, but even her fantasy self isn't that tough.
- Power Incontinence: Her bursts of genius tend to hit her at random, and she has difficulty controlling them. This leads to her accidentally revealing the existence of superpowers to her parents. Later on, she's frightened so badly that her power instinctively kicks in and causes her to start inventing on the spot.
- Playing Sick: She tries to call in sick the day after the empowering incident. Her mother, a teacher, sees right through it and sends her off to school.
- Precision F-Strike: Ivy, recovering from a panic attack, asks Hyeon a pointed 'What the fuck is wrong with you?' when he comes up and gives her a shove. She does the same thing later when Jessica uses her Compelling Voice to puppet Ivy around.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: The inventions that she creates could revolutionize the world. Unfortunately, Ivy's power is such that her genius only lasts as long as she's making her invention. Once it's over, she's back to average intelligence with no way to replicate her success.
- Shrinking Violet: Ivy is shy, introverted, hates standing out, and has strong self-esteem issues. While she can stand up herself, or for her friends, the moments are few and far-between.
- Skewed Priorities: Crispin's conspiracy theory, the exploded nurse's office, and everything else to do with the superpowers falls to the wayside once Ivy realises the worst problem of all- her mom will be mad at her if she doesn't know where Ivy is.
- Smart People Build Robots: The first thing she does with her power is repurpose her computer into a flying drone with rudimentary A.I. She then calls it Ziz and has it serve as her companion.
- The Spark of Genius: Ivy's superpower lets her create inventions that are far beyond what most are capable of, to a degree that's almost Reality Warping. What stops her from complete domination is that the spark only works in brief spurts.
- Speech Impediment: She has a stutter, which becomes more prominent when she's anxious or excited (which is most of the time).
Control. Schedule. Routine. Jacob's life starts and ends with the regime that his mother has helped drill into him, leaving him inflexible, asocial, and apathetic to the world so long as it doesn't bother him. With the empowering event threatening to spiral his life out of control, Jacob has been desperately trying to maintain what little order he still has left.
His power allows him to rewind objects, causing them to replay their actions before returning to their original location and state.
- And I Must Scream: In one Bad Future the government got ahold of Jacob and trapped him in one of his own time loops, dooming him to repeat the same few minutes indefinitely.
- Bookworm: Jacob spends all of his free time reading, and is willing to make allowances in his schedule for books.
- Commander Contrarian: He's not shy at all about voicing his displeasure with any plan he finds a flaw with.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Jacob snaps at the kids who try to help him after he gets a nosebleed from using his power. This causes some tension between him and Irene, one of the ones who'd offered her help.
- Control Freak: He has a schedule he follows strictly and always tries to abide by the rules. If chaos is brought into his life, then anxiety quickly sets in and he seeks out any semblance of order.
- Curious Qualms of Conscience: He tries to run away from the bombs set in the school and avoid any trouble, as has been drilled into him by his mother. But Lenore's earnestness in trying to defuse the bombs and save everyone makes him feel an alien sense of guilt, and eventually convinces him to help her.
- The Drag-Along: He implores the others not to get into crazy situations because he's fully aware that he'll inevitably be dragged into them too.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: He has heavy bags under his eyes, presumably because his routine doesn't allow for a lot of sleep.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Specifically been mentioned as such by his player. Jacob is bound to the others due to their superpowers, but his rudeness turns most of them off.
- Friendless Background: Thanks to his obsession with routine and his lack of social graces, Jacob starts the RP without any friends.
- Informed Judaism: Jacob comes from a Jewish family, but his mother cut off all ties from it. As a result, he has no real connection to the identity.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He is correct when he points out that trying to sneak around with Benjy is a very reckless option, but calling Benjy an 'abomination' while doing so doesn't win him any favours with the others.
- Just Ignore It: His reaction when it becomes clear that the other superpowered kids are up to something during the final exam. His efforts only last so long before Lenore is finally able to drag him into the action.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He desires to return to his regular routine and put all of the superpowered nonsense behind him. Unfortunately for him, the others keep roping him into abnormal situations.
- Lack of Empathy: He has trouble empathising with others- more specifically, he cares more about how people might inconvenience him than how they're feeling.
- Limited Wardrobe: His wardrobe consists of multiple copies of the same blue shirt, black pants, and brown glasses. It shows how inflexible he is.
- No Social Skills: Jacob has no time to slot socialisation into his schedule, thus he acts rudely to anyone who takes up much of his time. Because his social skills are so underdeveloped, he struggles to understand when people act emotionally rather than logically.
- Personality Powers: As noted in his sign-up, Jacob's ability to create time loops is rather fitting for someone who's bound to his routine.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Overusage of his time loop power causes him great mental stress, which manifests itself as a nosebleed.
- Schedule Fanatic: Thanks to his mother, Jacob is addicted to routine and becomes distressed when it's interrupted in any way.
- Seen It All: After the fire alarm goes off in the middle of finals and he's teleported to the roof to discover a bomb threat that isn't real, Jacob is so desensitised that, when a drone flies in from nowhere and asks about the amount of people in the school, he isn't fazed in the slightest by its peculiarity.
- Skewed Priorities:
- His reaction when he hears other students screaming is to leave the building. Not because he fears what might be causing the screams, but because they're too distracting for him to study properly.
- The stress of seeing Benjy's monstrous form causes him to short-circuit and complain that Benjy doesn't look like the description Jacob had been given.
- When over-exerting his powers leads to Jacob getting a Psychic Nosebleed, he's more concerned about the blood getting on his clothes (which would earn the wrath of his mother) than his physical well-being.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: His bespectacled appearance matches with his school grades, with are examplary as a result of his strict education.
- Special Person, Normal Name: Jacob's name was specifically chosen because it's so average. His player knows three Jacob Millers in real life.
- Supernatural Angst: His inability to fully understand and control his power causes Jacob stress, which in turn makes his power even more unwieldy, leading into a spiral that chips away at his mental health.
- Tele-Frag: He can rewind objects and then have them replay their actions. Any object that he rewinds is immediately teleported back in its path to the place where the rewind starts. If something else has come to occupy that space in the meantime, then the results can be messy. Jacob first found this out when he accidentally rewound a screwdriver into Barbra, killing her.
- Time Master: Jacob's power causes objects to replay their actions, essentially trapping them in a miniaturised time loop.
- Tranquil Fury: His irritation at Barbra reaches a peak when he goes off on a rant against her, which starts off with him as eerily calm.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: While Jacob's father is still around, he's so busy with work that he rarely gets to see his son. This also means he's in the dark about how his wife treats Jacob.
Jemimah "Jem" Chen
An aspiring judoka that lives, breathes, and sweats the sport. Jemimah makes up for her lack of brains with her impressive brawn and endlessly cheerful personality, at times seeming to exist in a world entirely different from everyone else. Having not realised her superpowers, Jem has instead spent her time working towards that gold medal.
Her power is to create repulsive fields, and also to remove friction using the soles of her feet.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: For a second, it seems like she's horrified to discover that everyone has superpowers. But then she bursts with excitement, yapping happily to the girl that threw a spear at her and marvelling at the giant bug monster.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Jemimah is one of the most physical members of the cast, is highly energetic and cheerful, and also not too bright.
- Companion Cube: She has a tree at home that she's called Uke, and doesn't think it's odd to talk to inanimate objects.
- Celeb Crush: When asked if she has a crush, Jemimah replied with Kimura Masahiro... a deceased judoku.
- Doublethink: Jem's will is such that she can reconcile two completely opposing ideas, like the idea of having an ordinary life and taking exams with the existence of superpowers.
- Dumb Muscle: What Jemimah has in brawn she lacks in brain. It's mentioned that she mostly bumbled her way through classes.
- Failed a Spot Check: She didn't figure out that she had superpowers until days after the smoke snakes first attacked her.
- Hidden Depths: She's a gutsy, sporty girl with a liking for Britney Spears.
- Hot-Blooded: Jemimah is a naturally loud person, who fills any room she's in with her overabundant excitement.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: The outfit she's introduced in is ratty sweatpants matched with a lime green shirt and bright pink windbreaker.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Her mother is also an amateur judoka, and was happy when her daughter became interested in the sport.
- Literal-Minded: Ivy needs to find water, and comes across a bucket and tap. She tells Jemimah that she needs to borrow the bucket, so Jem 'helpfully' goes to pick it up sans water.
- Magnetism Manipulation: The first aspect of Jemimah's power works in a way that's similar to magnetism: by touching an object, she can imbue it with a field that repels her at speed (or repels the object, if it's smaller than her).
- Mixed Ancestry: She's Sino-Japanese, with her father being Chinese and her mother being Japanese.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: Jemimah is a biblical Hebrew name, while Chen is Chinese. She explains it's because her father pulled her first name out of the dictionary.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Described as such in her bio, Jemimah is an extroverted person who likes getting up close and personal with her peers.
- Odd Friendship: As pointed out in-thread, Jem's cheerful boisterousness is very at odds with Jae, her friend and known grouch. Their first meeting was happenstance, when Jem happened across the area where Jae liked to smoke.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She lives and breathes judo. Her dream is to become the world judo champion and to have her own dojo.
- Required Secondary Powers: Her friction removal power is sensitive enough to modulate her balance, ensuring she doesn't trip while gliding around at high speeds. It also protects her from air friction, and from skinning herself if she comes into contact with another object.
- Secret Keeper: Jae has confessed to Jemimah about the girl that she has a crush on. That said, her description of Ivy is so overblown that Jemimah doesn't have a chance of matching it to the actual person.
- Super Speed: Jemimah's second power allows her to remove friction from her soles, in turn allowing her to move at great speeds.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She's very physical, and so usually keeps her long hair tucked up in a ponytail.
- Toothy Issue: Jem is missing one of her top incisors, showing her rowdy and physically intense lifestyle.
- Training from Hell: Her regime includes old-school, hardcore tactics such as push-ups on gravel and leg sweeps on trees.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Jemimah is the first person to admit that her name is odd, and also the first to laugh at it.
Jenna Agatha Sanderson
A ridiculously average girl turned not-so-average, Jenna's life was one of completely normality until she was inflicted with her superpower. With her previous life now in shambles, Jenna has been working hard to find any way to return herself back to normal.
Her power turned her into a hive mind comprised of insects. She can also telepathically project her thoughts.
- Childhood Friends: She and Destiny were best friends when they were kids. Destiny is the one to calm Jenna down when she starts freaking out over her new body.
- Dark Secret: Jenna writes amateur romance Fan Fic starring her friends, and would be mortified if anyone ever found out.
- Delayed Reaction: Her Freak Out over turning into bugs only happens the day after she's transformed, as she spent her time until then (literally) collecting herself.
- Don't Look at Me!: After becoming a horde of bugs, she's understandably scared of people paying attention to her new form.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: She doesn't like her middle name, as she feels like 'Agatha' belongs to an old lady.
- From a Single Cell: So long as a single one of Jenna's bugs are alive, she can assimilate more of them to make up for any that she's lost. This makes her very difficult to kill if the opponent isn't careful.
- The Generic Girl: Jenna is a completely average girl, with little defining characteristics beyond being quiet and shy. At least, that was the case before she was turned into a mass of bugs.
- Guilty Pleasures: Jenna has a hidden passion for trashy romance novels.
- Heroic BSoD:
- Crispin completely freaks out at the sight of her, causing Jenna to break down and hide in the closet.
- The news of the school evacuation and Daigo's attempted murder causes her to break down again- literally this time, as her swarm loses its form and pools out into a pile.
- Hive Mind: Once Jenna takes over an insect its mind is purged so that she has full control over its body. In other words, her hundreds of insect bodies are all controlled by one mind.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Understandably, Jenna would rather spend her life as a normal girl than a sentient mass of insects.
- In the Hood: She always has to wear a hoodie to help conceal that she's not exactly human anymore.
- Madness Mantra: She can't stop calling herself a monster after Crispin screams at her and triggers a Heroic BSoD.
- Mysterious Animal Senses: She doesn't retain her human senses when she turns into a hive mind. Instead, she perceives through the myriad of senses that her insects are equipped with, which she finds to be disorientating.
- Naked Freak-Out: In order to kidnap Crispin, Jenna has to ditch her clothes so that her swarm can work at full effectiveness. Once they're back at Vivian's house she realises that she's naked, and screams and tries to cover herself up. Since she's made of bugs, and doesn't have a human body, the others don't understand what she's freaking out about.
- Noodle Incident: She mentions offhandedly that, during a Time Skip, she was able to eat for the first time since becoming a bug swarm. Whatever happened was gross enough that she suppressed the memory.
- Primal Fear: Being that she's now composed of bugs, Jenna is instinctually terrified of fire and panics at the sight of it.
- Shrinking Violet: Jenna is quiet, shy, and tends to fret over the little things. This has worsened since she gained her power.
- The Sleepless: Her swarm still needs to rest, but there's a lot of them and some are nocturnal, so she's never fully in a state of sleep.
- Supernatural Angst: Her main source of angst is being forcibly transformed into a walking pile of insects, which is a problem no-one would experience in real life.
- Synchronized Swarming: While Jenna doesn't have to take on a person-shaped form, she feels most comfortable when doing so. Thus, her bugs will pile on top of each other to form the appearance of a human body.
- Taught by Experience: Jenna learns how to control her swarm because she has to; her body disintegrates into hundreds of bugs, forcing her to figure out how to control them so she can re-assemble herself.
- Telepathy: Jenna has a low-level version of telepathy where she can psychically project her thoughts for others to hear. This compensates for her lack of vocal chords.
- Troubled Fetal Position: All the stress and panic from her transformation causes Jenna to lash out against Vivian and then curl up in a ball on the floor, rocking herself back and forth.
- Unwanted Assistance: Luna does ask her to help with kidnapping Crispin, but her swarm enveloping him and Zia only worsens the situation rather than improves it.
- The Worm That Walks: Her power has transformed her into a form of consciousness that takes control of any nearby insects and uses them to form her physical body. If any of them die, then more insects will be taken over to replace them.
Orphaned at a young age, raised by an abusive aunt, and then bullied mercilessly in her past, Josephine has had a hard life and retreated into herself as a result. She's now been adopted by a loving family, but is still working on unlearning her strange coping mechanisms that have kept her safe from trauma. The empowering event has opened up unexpected avenues of friendship for her, though she's hesitant to follow them.
Her power is to create and control ice and electricity.
- An Ice Person: One of her powers is ice manipulation. Luckily for everyone, she is not keen with ice puns... As of now.
- Artistic License Physics: She noted that ice shouldn't really be able to conduct electricity, but again, as Josephine herself knows, superpowers aren't exactly physics's greatest friend.
- Bad Dreams: Josephine experiences nightmares as a result of her traumatic past.
- Bully Hunter: She has a strong hatred of bullies after being victim to them in her past. However, she's hesitant to act on her feelings, since she believes that violence isn't the answer.
- Conspiracy Theorist: When she starts panicking, her imagination starts smoking cocaine like there's no tomorrow and comes up with conspiracies that are ludicrous at best and just plain nonsensical at worst.
- Cuteness Proximity: She sets eyes on Kwang and immediately wants to scoop him up into a hug.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Josephine has a special technique that transforms her into ice, constantly generates electricity, and boosts her other abilities by a significant degree. It's so powerful that, were she to use it, she'd likely die from the strain.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Raised by an abusive aunt, and then bullied at school and online, Josephine's past caused her to develop an unhealthy sense of paranoia. Fortunately, she's since been Happily Adopted by loving parents.
- Deer in the Headlights: When forced to pick between staying in the school, putting her in the way of a bomb, or evacuating, which could potentially put her in danger with the local government agent, Josephine freezes up- literally, her ice power freezes her hands to her desk.
- Doublethink: The paradoxical nature of Josephine's thoughts causes her a lot of internal conflict. She wants to be loved, but also feels she doesn't deserve it. She doesn't think that violence is the answer, but also thinks violence against bullies could be justified. She hates the people that bullied her, but also feels like she deserved it.
- Geek: Of the Science Fiction genre in general.
- Hidden Depths: While she appears at first to be a typical Shrinking Violet, Josephine is also a Conspiracy Theorist with a liking for sci-fi media and metal music.
- Justice Will Prevail: Josephine has a strong craving for justice as a result of being bullied in her youth. She can't stand by while others suffer, especially at the hands of bullies.
- Never Be Hurt Again: She's reluctant to let Nadine into her life, as the last time that friendship was offered to her it was just a ruse to bully her further.
- The Paranoiac: Her Dark and Troubled Past led Josephine to become paranoid and mistrustful of everyone. Her adopted parents have been helping her work on her recovery, but she still has a habit of falling into a conspiratorial mindset when she's panicked.
- Power Incontinence: After practising with her powers, Josephine experiences an unusual setback: whenever she experiences negative emotions, her body temperature lowers to an abnormal degree in response. When the fire alarm goes off, her panic causes her to freeze her hands to her desk.
- Properly Paranoid: Most of the time, her conspiracy theories are as ludicrous as one would expect. However, she's right on the money when she suspects Travers of being a government agent.
- The Quiet One: To others she might seem like this, since she doesn't speak up a lot. Insight into her mind shows that her thoughts are a lot more rambly, she's just reluctant to share them.
- Shock and Awe: Another power of hers. She can manipulate electricity, which can be conducted through her ice powers.
- Shrinking Violet: Josephine is very introverted, and suffers from a low self-esteem. She fears that people will think she's annoying if she tries socialising with them. She can barely even manage to say hello when she comes across Hyeon.
- You Are Not Alone: Nadine's show of friendship, by not hurting Josephine when she steps into the fight and then offering to escape together with her, allows Josephine to remain calm despite the chaos of the evacuation around them.
Mirielle Iris Bogdan
A girl who's grown up in Oldport despite her temperament being better suited for a Disney film, Mirielle goes out of her way to be as kind, caring, and attentive as possible. Left on the doorstop of the Bogdan bakery, she was raised by parents who are every part as sweet as she is. Her time after the empowerment has been spent trying to understand her power, and through it, the complex web of relationships that weaves around her.
Her power is to see the relationships between people, visualised as strings. By pulling on them, she can teleport people (or their fates) to each other.
- Accidental Hero: She breaks a navy string during Benjy's confrontation with the cops. No-one, including Mirielle, realises that it prevents the 'bad fate' of Benjy seriously injuring one of the officers.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While normally a nice person, she can become sharp-tongued and adamant if someone messes with her or her friends. Barbra doesn't think that anyone would want to cross her.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: One flashforward revealed a future where Mirielle had gotten together with the anti-social, moody Simon.
- Centipede's Dilemma: She realises that she won't trip over the relationship strings if she doesn't think about them. This immediately makes her think about them, and causes her to trip.
- Character Tics: Offering people food during introductions, or when they're in distress.
- Childhood Friends: She's been friends with Zia for ages, implied to be a result of their mothers being friends too.
- Cloudcuckoolander: At times, her cheeriness and pre-occupation with food can seem jarring and ignorant to her surroundings. Simon describes her as a little 'away with the fairies' when they first meet.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: The strings that she sees take on a physical form, but only in relation to her. This means that she's always tripping over them, which thus far has been played for cute slapstick.
- The Cutie: Mirielle is sweet, polite, kind to everyone, and attentive to others' needs.
- Doorstop Baby: As a newborn she was left on the doorstep of the Bogdan bakery. The Bogdans took her in, and she's been Happily Adopted since.
- Dude Magnet: Her kind personality has attracted the attention of Simon, Emmanuel, Benjy (before he turned into a bug), and Eric (before he left the RP).
- Family Business: Her parents run a bakery, which Mirielle intends to take over once they retire.
- The Matchmaker: Her ability to see and change relationships makes her primed for helping other people hook up. Even before getting her power, she was helping push Zia towards her crush Ciro.
- Meaningful Name: Her name translates to 'miracle', which is what her parents think she is after she showed up on their doorstep one night.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: Her surname is Slavic in origin, while her first name is French. The latter was chosen due to her adoptive mother being French.
- Nice Girl: Her defining trait is that she's very kind, and always has food and compliments on hand for everyone.
- Personality Powers: She cares a lot about others, and has a romantic outlook. Her power lets her view and change others relationships.
- Portent of Doom: She can see black strings, which connect a person to their possible death. She figures out that two people are dying in the school when she sees how it affects their black strings.
- Red String of Fate: Mirielle can see strings that are a physical representation of the relationships between people. Red, of course, means soulmates, but there's a variety of other colours that symbolise different connections. She trips over them a lot.
- Skewed Priorities:
"I almost died because of her! Don't just go offering food!"
- During the empowering incident, while everyone else is panicking and/or trying to escape, she sets about making bread. Granted, she's doing so because she believes food will calm everyone, but it's still very jarring.
- When Harriet breaks down Sebastian's door and nearly skews Jacob, Mirielle's first instinct is to offer her fondue. She gets called out for it by Jacob:
- Strangled by the Red String: She can invoke this by manipulating people's strings so that they fall in love, even if they've never met or barely know each other. She can do this with other relationships too, i.e. forcing acquaintances into friends or enemies.
- String Theory: Upon realising that her power allows her to see the relationships between individuals, Mirielle sets up a chart in her room that attempts to document and string together all the ones she can figure out.
- Supreme Chef: Her parents are both bakers, and they passed their skills down to their daughter. She immediately whipped up a meal when she first entered Sebastian's house.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: By pulling on specific strings, Mirielle can change whether a person is going to face good, neutral, or bad events in their future.
A life of living in the shadow of his father has left Rhys with an egotistical, misanthropic disposition. His dream is to be a writer, despite his parent's wishes, and to that end he's taken charge of the Rogers High School newspaper.
His power allows him to write a single word on his body and then have it become reality.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: He charges towards Daigo and attacks him with a bayonet, only to realise his mistake when Daigo grabs him and throws him in the way of incoming spears.It was like meeting a man in the street that holds you at knife-point only to help him out by headbutting the knife.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: In order to use his power, he must first write a word on his body and then call it out loud to have it activate.
- Chrome Champion: By writing 'Metallic' on his body, he was able to transform it into steel just in time to prevent being stabbed from a load of spears.
- Conspicuous Gloves: He wears a pair of thin gloves after getting his powers to hide the words he has to scrawl on his body to activate them.
- Follow in My Footsteps: His parents wanted him to become a defense lawyer like his father. He discovered his passion for writing in middle school, which led to a rift with his parents and helped contribute to his general misanthropy.
- Friendless Background: Doesn't have any desire to spend time with other people, and thus starts the story with no friends (with the shaky exception of Emmanuel).
- Humans Are Bastards: Wholly believes that humanity is inherently flawed and that he's the only person capable of doing 'the right thing'.
- Intrepid Reporter: Rhys first gets involved with the plot when he sights one of the students acting suspiciously, and decides to follow along to help get to the bottom of what's happening with the superpowers.
- Loners Are Freaks: While he used to socialise with his classmates, his increasing disillusionment with the world and interest in writing caused him to distance himself from everyone, eventually leading to him becoming an outcast.
- My Nayme Is: He considers his name pretentious since it's spelled 'Rhys' instead of 'Reese', and is annoyed by people asking him how it's pronounced.
- Power Incontinence: The shock of accidentally shooting Carlie causes his power to spontaneously activate on its own.
- The Quiet One: Before the empowerment he kept to himself, rarely speaking and instead staying in his own head to judge the people around him.
- Rubber Man: Writing 'Elongate' on his legs allows them to stretch to twice their length once he activates his power.
- School Newspaper News Hound: He runs the school newspaper, and dedicates most of his time to writing for it. Even though, prior to the empowering, there wasn't a lot to write about. His dream in the future is to become a writer for the NY Times.
- Semantic Superpower: Rhys can potentially summon any object that he wishes, or modify his body in an untold amount of ways. This is because his power allows him to modify reality based on what he writes on his body. Since he's limited to one word per usage, he has to get creative to make full use of it.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Rhys thinks he's better than everyone around him, and inflates his few achievements in his head to 'prove' it. The reality is that, while he's not particularly terrible at anything, he's also not much more notable than anyone else.
- Stoic Spectacles: He has a pair of black-rimmed specs that match with his withdrawn, misanthropic personality.
- Words Can Break My Bones: His power allows him to write a word on himself and then have it affect reality. For example, if he writes 'Gunshot' on his finger, it allows him to temporarily use a literal finger gun.
What he lacks in height, Sebastian more than makes up with his kind attitude and great sense of adventure. With his parents busy with work, Sebastian has had to fend for himself, but that doesn't stop him from loving them dearly. After gaining his power, Sebastian has spent most of his time learning how to harness it, with the helpful hand of a peculiar mentor to guide him.
His power, granted to him by Fesxis, is to control shadows.
- Alliterative Name: He notes that his alliterative name isn't super exciting, but does sound good for a budding author.
- As Lethal as It Needs to Be: His power to manipulate shadows allows him to alternate freely between weapons that are blunt and ones that are pointed.
- Bold Explorer: Sebastian loves adventuring, and can usually be found hiking or exploring.
- Can't Take Criticism: It's subtle, but Sebastian gets annoyed when people criticise him out of the blue and will usually try to justify his actions rather than relinquish the point.
- Cast From Stamina:
- He can expend energy in order to increase the power and range of his shadowy attacks.
- Fesxis can manifest herself in the real world, but doing so would drain Sebastian a great amount. Thus, she only does so if he's unconscious.
- Casting a Shadow: Sebastian's power allows him to manipulate his shadow to various effects, such as creating weapons, grappling opponents, etc.
- Empathic Weapon: Fesxis describes his shadow manipulation as an extension of his will. This means that the shadows he controls are semi-empathetic, and can react subtly to his mood and intentions.
- Facepalm: Sebastian's favoured technique when he thinks the people around him are being foolish.
- Gaining the Will to Kill: Fesxis believes that Sebastian will eventually have to use his powers to kill, and implies that she chose him as a host because she thinks he'll find killing easier than the other characters.
- Heroic Host: By playing host to Fesxis, Sebastian is granted his ability to manipulate shadows.
- Incompatible Orientation: He used to have a crush on Jae, a lesbian. Though it eventually faded over time, in a way that was unrelated to her sexuality.
- Invisible Parents: Sebastian's parents are often pretty busy, meaning that he doesn't see them much. He still loves them, though.
- Magical Gesture: For Sebastian's power to work, he has to make some form of physical gesture in order to direct the shadow he's controlling.
- Nice Guy: Sebastian is a naturally warm person, and accommodates others without even a thought.
- Oblivious to Love: He's unaware that Amy used to like him, or that his friend Rose likes him now.
- Older Than They Look: Because of his diminutive height, Sebastian is often mistaken for being younger than he is.
- Protectorate: As part of being symbiotically connected with him, Fesxis has sworn to protect Sebastian.
- Saying Too Much: When calling out David for blaming the voice in his head for his attempted murder, Sebastian accidentaly lets slip about the voice in his own head.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He swears a surprising amount, showing himself to be an uninhibited person.
- Survival Mantra: Sebastian mutters "Stay calm" to himself while trying to, well, stay calm and escape the locked school.
- This Means War!: Carlie getting shot as a result of Daigo's actions causes Sebastian to attack Daigo with much more ruthlessness than he'd been exhibiting up until that point, aiming at him with pointed spears rather than blunted ones.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: A platonic example. Sebastian is 4'9", tied for one of the shortest members of the cast. Fesxis, meanwhile, is 9 foot tall, almost twice his height.
When Sebastian was attacked by the power-infusing smoke, an eldritch being took notice and stepped in to protect him. A spirit that has lived for centuries and seen it all, Fesxis shacks up in Sebastian's body and dedicates herself to keeping him alive.
While she doesn't have a power, she can manifest her physical form if Sebastian is unconscious. She's much stronger, faster, and durable than a human.
- Alien Among Us: Her origin is unknown, but she came from another world and shacked up in Sebastian's body to serve as his protector. Humour is drawn from the fact that her normal method of operation is a lot more murderous than is usually required for the problems that Sebastian faces.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a very acerbic wit. Much of her time is spent being snarky towards Sebastian.
- Dem Bones: Fesxis' body is said to roughly resemble that of a human skeleton; however, she's much larger, has claws and fangs, and the actual composition of her body seems closer to chitin than to bone.
- Distinction Without a Difference: Sebastian starts freaking out when he realises that Daigo has murdered two people. Fesxis helpfully clarifies that it's attempted murder, since neither of them are actually dead yet.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: To complement her overall skeletal look, Fesxis' eye sockets glow with an unnerving red light.
- Hidden Depths: Fesxis is a pragmatic, eldritch shadow spirit with a liking for audiobooks and Bon Jovi.
- Intelligent Gerbil: While ostensibly an inter-dimensional being, Fesxis' skull is noted to resemble that of a doe.
- Intrigued by Humanity: Fesxis doesn't really understand how humans work, though she's slowly learning via living inside Sebastian's body.
- Mentor Archetype: She serves as a mentor to Sebastian, teaching him how to use his power and remain calm while doing so. She also reaches out at one point to help Zia with her newfound telepathy.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Finn lists a number of options to deal with the transformed Benjy, with the last resort being murder. Fesxis then counters that killing him is the ideal solution, insisting that Benjy's death would be beneficial to them.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Her name is pronounced "fek-zis". This wasn't made immediately clear and had to be clarified behind the scenes.
- Not Your Problem: Fesxis has advised Sebastian to stay out of situations that don't directly affect him, advice he usually ignores in favour of his heroic instincts.
- Outside-Context Problem: Fesxis isn't related to the smoke snakes that gave everyone powers. Rather, she's a completely different eldritch entity that was drawn by the disturbance the snakes caused.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Fesxis usually speaks in a formal manner, which makes it stick out when she quotes crass human idioms."I believe this situation is known as a clusterfuck."
- Spirit Advisor: She can speak to Sebastian while possessing his body, but he's the only one capable of hearing her. She's often offering him advice or tutoring him on how to use his power.
- Symbiotic Possession: Fesxis possessed Sebastian during the empowering incident. While she isn't capable of controlling him, she can manifest herself if he loses consciousness.
- Time Abyss: Fesxis has lived for so long that she's possessed hundreds of bodies, and been everything from a destroyer to a saviour. This has shaped her philosophy, leading her to develop a personal code of honour rather than act aimlessly like she's done for so long.
- The Unfettered: Fesxis' personal code is to protect her host through any means necessary. Even if this means sacrificing lives or other unethical acts. Since she's non-corporeal most of the time, this typically manifests as her giving pragmatic advice to Sebastian that he doesn't want to follow.
- Unwanted Assistance: A lot of her advice to Sebastian involves murder to some degree. Sebastian doesn't appreciate it, and ignores her in favour of less violent solutions.
Simon Barclay/The Dark Dragon
Simon is an asocial and broody young man, content with keeping himself to himself and actively avoiding socialisation with others. Originally from Britain, he was orphaned at a young age and adopted by an American couple that brought him to live in Oldport. Trauma from his past has led to him taking medication, though as of late he's been finding himself slipping off the wagon a little. Upon receiving his power, Simon has been trying his best to put it out of mind and enjoy an ordinary life.
The Dark Dragon is an alternate personality that lives inside Simon, taking over their shared body when Simon experiences intense moments of weakness. Rude, crass, and psychopathically violent, he's not one to be crossed. Upon receiving his power, Dark Dragon has been trying his hardest to flip Simon's life upside-down and leave chaos everywhere in their wake.
His power is to manipulate plasma.
- Accent Slip Up: He's still getting used to an American accent, and sometimes slips back into his native British.
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: Simon doesn't remember what happens when the Dark Dragon personality takes over. He was rather shocked when he regained control at one point and found himself stark naked and stuck in a tree.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: The Dark Dragon is a supervillain who's power allows him to manipulate fire.
- The Assimilator: Simon can absorb electricity. Luna can turn into electricity. The result, when Luna meets the Dark Dragon, is him absorbing her essence into him. He becomes even more powerful with her electricity coursing through him, but also struggles to keep her from escaping.
- Bad Dreams: Simon has to take medication to help deal with the nightmares he experiences as a result of his past. When he stops taking his meds, the bad dreams return.
- Berserk Button: The Dark Dragon (and Simon, though he represses it) is enraged by the very presence of police officers, implied to be a result of experiencing Police Brutality in their past.
- Big Entrance: The Dark Dragon specifically makes sure that he has at least one witness before he bursts through the bathroom door, making himself as intimidating as possible.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: One flashforward revealed a future where Simon had gotten together with sweet, kind Mirielle. He's been hinted at having interest in her during the present time.
- Bystander Syndrome: Struggles with the idea of getting involved when he realises that his teacher is a government agent. He first tries to distance himself from the problem, then berates himself for doing nothing whilst the other kids could be put in the danger, and then ultimately subverts the trope by warning the others of Travers' presence.
- Card-Carrying Villain: While Simon is a moody but morally decent young man, his alter ego- the Dark Dragon- revels in being as openly, bombastically dickish as he can manage.
- Casanova Wannabe: Dark Dragon considers himself sexy and suave, the reality being that his lecherous personality is a big turn-off.
- The Corrupter: The Dark Dragon constantly tries to goad Simon into using his power to hurt others.
- Dark Is Evil: Normally downplayed, as Simon's black hair and clothes indicate that he's a jerk rather than evil. This trope is in full effect when he switches to his Dark Dragon persona.
- Deadpan Snarker: Simon has a snide remark for any situation that he finds himself in. He doesn't often verbalise them, though.
- Elemental Absorption:
- He's able to absorb external sources of fire, which comes in handy when Michal loses control of his fire power.
- He can also absorb lightning, as shown when Luna transforms into her lightning form and gets trapped inside his body.
- Elemental Powers: Simon (or rather, the Dark Dragon) has the ability to manipulate plasma, which he can use to create fire and electricity.
- Enemy Within: The Dark Dragon is Simon's split personality. While Simon isn't exactly a saint, the Dragon revels in being evil and causing mayhem for the fun of it.
- Escapism: He joins the Acting Club because he's attracted by the idea of taking on a persona and escaping from himself for a while.
- Evil Brit: One of the Dark Dragon's most distinctive traits is his thick Cockney accent, which is opposed to the lighter accent that Simon has normally.
- Evil Costume Switch: One of the first things the Dark Dragon does after taking over Simon's body is insult his fashion sense and replace it with an all-black ensemble.
- Evil Is Hammy: As opposed to Simon, who keeps himself low key most of the time, the Dark Dragon loves to creates a scene and revels in the chance to laugh like a maniac or go on villainous diatribes."Oh, man, tha's just askin' for an over-dramatic speech o' malice, dread, an' bigging meself up."
- Evil Laugh: The Dark Dragon indulges in a deep bout of laughter after he successfully hijacks Simon's body.
- Freak Out: A culmination of getting superpowers, skipping medication, seeing what he believes are hallucinations, and having the nurse call his parents causes Simon to panic and destroy the nurse's office. This lapse allows the Dark Dragon to take control of his body.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: In the present, Simon is a regular boy with an evil personality that's satisfied with cruel but petty crime. Flashforwards have shown that Simon becomes the head of an FBI division dedicated to capturing superheroes, while the Dark Dragon moniker becomes an evil organisation that kidnaps and tortures the superpowered kids.
- Funetik Aksent: All of Dark Dragon's speech is written out with a strong Cockney accent, even his inner thoughts.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow with overflowing plasma after he absorbs Luna, which is a very bad sign for everyone else still in the scene.
- Grumpy Bear: Of the main characters, Simon is easily one of the most dour. He refuses to get involved with the antics of others, and would rather be left alone than take up any offer of companionship.
- Guilty Pleasures: He likes working out to exercise videos. Specifically cheesy ones from the eighties.
- Happily Adopted: Simon was adopted and moved over to the States when he was a child. While he does have a lot of hang-ups, his relationship with his parents is shown to be strong and caring.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Simon would love not to be plagued with nightmares, powers, and an evil alter ego.
- Improbable Age: Simon of the future leads the Post-Human Division when he's just 22 years old. This is lampshaded by Eddie, who's terrified at what Simon did to get his job at such a young age.
- Loners Are Freaks: He doesn't suffer fools lightly and prefers to be left alone. Other characters have tried to become involved with him, but he's vehemently denied them at every turn. His mother is working to change this, and encourages him to get involved in social situations whenever he can.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He grabs a surgical mask from the nurse's office and marks it with an evil grin. The fashion passes down to the Dark Dragon group in the future, who all wear half-masks to mark them as a member.
- Mysterious Past: Simon doesn't remember anything from before he was twelve. What hints have been offered about it haven't been pleasant: whatever happened has given him nightmares and burn marks on his skin, and is doubtlessly tied to the evil Dark Dragon.
- No Medication for Me: Simon grew so bored with his current life that he slacked off on taking his neuroleptic medication. This lapse caused him to start having nightmares, and contributed to the Dark Dragon taking control over his body.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: The emergence of his powers comes with a body temperature that would've killed a regular person, as the school nurse notes:"Mr. Barclay, I'm going to do this test again, and I hope to God this thermometer's broken. Because if these readings are correct... then you should not be alive right now."
- Not An Act: His behaviour is called out as strange by Emmanuel, who thinks that the smoke snakes did something to alter Simon's personality. He is correct that an outside force is responsible, but the Dark Dragon insists that it isn't an act and is just how he is.
- Oblivious to Love: Simon barely even realises who Ivy is, let alone that she has a deep crush on him.
- Painting the Medium: He's the only character who's written in first-person, as opposed to the third-person of everyone else. This allows a better understanding of the split personality that exists in his head.
- Personality Powers: The Dark Dragon represents the worst qualities associated with fire and electricity: volatile, unpredictable, and psycho.
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Simon puts a hand to his head in an attempt to better focus his powers. It doesn't work.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: The Dark Dragon's attitude towards females is, at best, creepy and misogynistic.
- Power High: Dark Dragon absorbs Luna's power into his body while gushing about how good it feels, how he feels pumped up and overflowing with it, all the while making his usual dirty jokes.
- Psychic Link: It's implied that the Dark Dragon has some form of mental connection to Finn, as he's able to see some of the flashforwards that Finn experiences.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": His response to seeing the smoke snakes, with the cadence and associated action of every 'no' being lovingly detailed.
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: He realises that taking his medication dulls his powers, and has to make a choice whether he wants to continue doing so or put it off and see what happens. He takes the latter option so he can experiment with his power.
- Refusal of the Call: Simon tries as hard as he can to stay away from anything related to the empowering incident. It only works for so long before the Dark Dragon takes over, and then later his mother all but forces him to meet with the other superpowered kids.
- Required Secondary Powers: So that he isn't constantly hurting himself, Simon and Dark Dragon are immune to the heat that their plasma generates. This proves to be useful when they hitch a ride with Emmanuel, as they're protected from the heat generated by the speed friction.
- Revenge Before Reason: Part of why Melissa is able to convince the Dragon to attack the people outside the high school- because the cops are also out there, and the Dragon has a deep hatred for them after an altercation in his past.
- Stupid Evil: The Dragon's original plan to attack Travers is waylaid when Melissa gives him a speech that instead convinces him to attack the public. Irene, who is listening in, is amazed that he'd be so idiotic as to fall for such a blatant manipulation tactic.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Simon isn't actually capable of accessing his power, at least not to a notable degree. The Dark Dragon is the one that can manipulate plasma, and so the personalities have to swap before the power can be used properly.
- Third-Person Person: During his transition between Simon and Dark Dragon, he refers to each personality as their name and by 'me' and 'him' interchangeably.
- Trauma Button: Dragons. A single picture of one can dreg up his nightmares centred around them.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Dark Dragon adopts a Cockney accent so thick that it baffles a camerawoman that he interacts with.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The Dark Dragon has a chance to flash-fry Emmanuel, but doesn't go through with it since he wouldn't find it fun.
- Wicked Cultured: Inverted; Simon is a formal bookworm with an interest in Shakespeare, while his evil personality is much more rowdy and coarse.
A spirited and sardonic young woman, Zia's experienced a fair amount of trauma in her life and is still fighting against the effect it's had on her mental health. When she isn't working as a music tutor, she can be found exercising or enjoying the social life she's gradually been able to carve out for herself. Zia's primary concern after gaining her superpower has been learning to control it, though flashes to the future have shown her in a more authoritative role.
Her power is telepathy, mind control, and mind manipulation.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In original DONA, Zia had only recently become acquainted with Ciro. In Oldport Blues they've been friends since they were eight.
- Band Geek: Mixed with a generous helping of punk, Zia is a multi-instrumental musician who tutors for other students at the school.
- Bi the Way: Is (privately) sexually attracted to men and women, but mostly men when it comes to romantic relationships.
- Character Tic: When concentrating deeply on her power, Zia will unconsciously tap out a 6/8 beat.
- Childhood Friends: She has two; Mirielle, who's been her friend and confidant for years, and Ciro, who she protected from bullies and has been friends with ever since (though she'd like to take it up a notch).
- Close to Home: Her murder of Daigo's monster affects her even more once she realises that the hole she pierced in its head is similar to the way that her father committed suicide by gun.
- Country Matters: It's made blatantly clear that she's not a fan of Daigo when she calls him a 'raging cunt'.
- Cry Laughing: She has a good laugh after killing Daigo's monster, which quickly breaks down into tears.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father shot himself, she was bullied at school for her bad skin, and then her mother got diagnosed with cancer and required Zia's constant care while she recovered, leading to most of Zia's friends moving away and leaving her behind. While she keeps up a cheerful facade, she's still dealing with the depression that all of the above has inflicted on her.
- Delinquents: She has the style of one, with dyed hair, piercings, punk attire, and a rebellious attitude towards society.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father was Driven to Suicide when she was young, which adversely affected her for years.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She doesn't like when people pity her; partly because it's not always genuine, partly because she feels uncomfortable talking about her feelings, and partly because she thinks she can handle herself and her business is her own.
- Dream Walker: Her telepathy allows her to view other's dreams while they sleep. Downside being that it prevents her getting a good night's sleep.
- Driven to Suicide: One time, when she was younger, her depression reached the point where she was seriously considering ending everything. Obviously she was able to work through the hurdle, and has been making a very slow recovery.
- Dude Magnet: Michal, Marko, and (before he left the RP) Hans all have crushes on Zia. Flashforwards have shown her in a Friends with Benefits relationship with Hyeon, and she has Unresolved Sexual Tension with her childhood friend Ciro.
- Dye Hard: Her hair has been dyed purple for many years and most other students don't remember her original hair colour.
- Ethical Slut: A private one.
- Flipping the Bird: Gives a salty middle finger to Simon's back as he staunchly keeps to himself and refuses to join her group.
- Friends with Benefits: In the flashforward segments it is heavily implied that she and Hyeon make beautiful music together in their spare time without being in a serious relationship.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: She has some experience with fighting from having to fend off Ciro's bullies, but no formal training. She does have a strong edge in that her telepathy allows her to read her opponent's moves.
- Hollywood Psych: Averted. Zia seems to have persistent depression, anxiety and potentially some mild OCD but are not very obvious to casual observers. Implied she is considerably better adjusted than she once was.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Having the ability to read everybody's mind all the time is quite the hassle, and if given the choice Zia would rather be rid of her power. She gets her wish in one flashforward.
- It's All My Fault: One aspect of her mental issues is the persistent idea that everything is her fault. It's a thought process that she's been trying to fight against.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Being able to read minds has exposed Zia to some gruesome sights. Reading Daigo's mind gave her the 'pleasant' image of his first victim, a man drained of all his blood.
- Mind Control: It's entirely possible for Zia to achieve this, as evidenced by when she accidentally took control of Jessica and Ivy's pulmonary systems to nearly asphyxiate them.
- Moment of Weakness: A recurring problem once she receives her power. She chokes out Ivy and Jessica in a fit of anger, and in a flashforward is shown trying to strangle Ivy again at the mention of Finn. Both times she's horrified at what she's done.
- New Super Power: One flashforward showed that her telepathy has the potential of developing further into telekinesis.
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Zia played bass in former garage bands, but generally prefers to describe herself as a pianist due to the lack of popularity that comes with being a bassist.
- Odd Friendship: She has many of these:
- Her strong, rebellious personality couldn't be more different than Ciro's gentle, conventional one, but that didn't stop her from befriending and later developing a crush on him.
- Likewise, Mirielle is a kind-hearted girl with a saccharine upbringing, but nevertheless is Zia's best friend.
- A mutual love of musicals led to Zia and Ivan becoming friends, even though he's quiet and observational and she's loud and dynamic.
- Only Sane Woman:
- Before the empowering event, she comes across a group of students about to break a window with a guitar. This is before anything has suggested that something strange is happening. She immediately steps in and calls them out for overreacting."What the hell are you talking about - the powers out and there are some locked doors and windows. It's not the end of the bloody world."
- Later on she's one of the students who actively opposes the idea of killing Benjy, perturbed at how willing the others were to jump to murder.
- Before the empowering event, she comes across a group of students about to break a window with a guitar. This is before anything has suggested that something strange is happening. She immediately steps in and calls them out for overreacting.
- Perception Filter: One possible application of Zia's telepathy is that she could alter people's minds so that they aren't aware of her, effectively making her invisible to their senses.
- Plucky Girl: Zia has gone through a higher quota of trauma than most, and has locked some of it away behind her smile, but she's determined not to let it overtake her, and has a cheerful, quirky personality.
- Power Incontinence:
- She can't turn her telepathy off, which means that she's always hearing everyone else's thoughts.
- When she first received her powers, she was so overwhelmed that she accidentally caused the other students in the vicinity to lose consciousness.
- She nearly killed two students because she lost control of her power while frustrated.
- Power-Strain Blackout: The shock and pain from using her telepathy to explode the brain of Daigo's creature causes her to collapse on the spot.
- Psychic Glimpse of Death: When Devin and Carlie are seriously wounded, Zia is able to feel all the sensation in their bodies through her telepathy as they rapidly encroach on death.
- Psychic Strangle: Zia nearly uses her psychic power to asphyxiate Ivy and Jessica. She's horrified at herself once she calms down.
- Punny Name: Zia Brayne developed the power to control people's minds.
- Rebellious Spirit: As a self-described punk, Zia has no qualms with sticking it to society and breaking the rules.
- Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Can experience what those around her are thinking, feeling and seeing.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Her speech is peppered with swears, much moreso than most other members of the cast.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's one of the tallest characters in the cast, and the second tallest girl behind Luna. She's also one of the most popular when it comes to romantic relations.
- Stepford Snarker: Zia is often cheerfully sarcastic, but it's a front for the years of depression she's suffered after her father committed suicide. This also happens in stressful situations, where she'll make wisecracks to hide her tension.
- Telepathy: Zia has telepathy directly inspired by Charles Xavier. Not only can she read minds, but she can manipulate and paralyse them.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: One future has her sporting a vacant stare similar to that of shell shocked veterans. It's one of many things that indicates something terrible happened to her.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her father's bass guitar, which she sleeps with the night after she gets her powers.
- Traumatic Haircut: It's implied that, in the future, her distinctive purple hair is forcibly shaved off during her detainment by the Dark Dragon.
A young grey squirrel that Hyeon adopts after accidentally running over its mother.
- Cool Pet: A squirrel is a somewhat unusual companion to have, and because he can talk with animals Hyeon is capable of having Kwang do various tricks and tasks for him.
- From Stray to Pet: Was a wild squirrel before Hyeon adopted him out of a sense of guilt. He now lives in Hyeon's house with him and travels around in his backpack.
- Nearly Normal Animal: Kwang is somewhat capable of understanding the world around him, particularly with Hyeon's guidance, a little moreso than most animals would be.
- One-Word Vocabulary: He's only capable, thus far, of squeaking 'Mom' in various inflections.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's as cute as you'd expect from a bushy-tailed squirrel, bolstered by his increasingly close friendship with Hyeon and his inability to say anything besides Mom.
A flying robotic drone that Ivy creates by dissassembling her computer.
- Incredibly Obvious Tail: It's tasked with following Crispin when he leaves the heroes. It makes no attempt to hide itself, perching itself on Crispin's head, so Luna gives up pretense of secrecy and warns Crispin against doing anything shady.
- Literal-Minded: Being a robot with artificial intelligence, it can struggle with understanding turns of phrases, especially when Ivy misspells them in a panic.Ivy: [texting] ok please come to teh school i need you its urgent djust lanfd on the roof and dont move off ot it until i say so pls come here tell author guy i willZiz: CREATORS MESSAGE CONTAINS TOO MANY GRAMMAR AND SYNTAX ERRORS TO BE CORRECTLY PROCESSED. I WILL CONFIRM YOUR ORDERS. YOU WANT ME TO ADJUST THE LAN SETTINGS ON THE ROOF WITHOUT MOVING BUT ALSO WHILST MOVING AND MAKING SURE THE CRISPIN HAYWARD CAN EFFECTIVELY ACCESS THE INTERNET THROUGH HIS DEVICE WHICH YOU REFER TO AS I-WILL. CORRECT?
- Meaningful Name: Ziz was named after an old Sonic the Hedgehog OC, which in turn was named after the mythical bird from Jewish mythology. Both of their names were picked because, like a bird, they're capable of flight.
- No Gender: Ziz is a drone that wasn't assigned a gender by its creator. It goes by either it/its pronouns or he/him.
- Robot Buddy: It serves as a companion to Ivy, loyally following her orders and generally helping her out with whatever problem she has on hand.
- The Speechless: It's not capable of verbal speech, instead communicating by projecting written words on any nearby surface.
- The "The" Title: Not yet having a full grasp of how human communication works, Ziz refers to Crispin as "the Crispin Hayward" when discussing him.
Elicia "Elly" Alvarado Gardner and Donato "Don" Alvarado Gardner
Ciro's younger sister and brother. They both attend the Rogers High Elementary School.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Headstrong and prideful, Elly doesn't hesitate to let her opinion be known, and often does so in an aggravating manner.
- Constantly Curious: Both of them are endowed with the natural curiosity of children their age, but Don in particular will happily spew question after question about anything that interests him.
- Correlation/Causation Gag: Elly recounts a story of her classmate, who didn't eat her carrots and then had to wear glasses. Thus, not eating vegetables makes you go blind. She's making up the connection to wind up her brother.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Elly briefly shows up in a phone call before either of them appear in person.
- Fanboy: Don is a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, particularly Donatello, in part because they basically share a name.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Both of them are much younger, and thus much less serious than Ciro. A wedge that's driven even further by Ciro essentially acting as a parent to them a lot of the time.
- Harmful to Minors: Daigo and Melissa try and use their pet monster to threaten the two kids into silence. When they instead run away, the monster gives chase, and comes within inches of eating them alive. They suffer from some bad nights afterwards.
- In-Series Nickname: They usually go by their diminutives Elly and Don. Elly sometimes gets shortened even further to El.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Elly is boisterous with a mean streak, while Don is more reserved and polite. And they're both a far cry from their responsible, overworked older brother.
- Spanner in the Works: They end up derailing Daigo's plan to use his monster to kill the rich, simply by showing up while he's testing the monster's power. The end result is the superpowered kids arriving and killing the monster before it can harm anyone.
- Super Gullible: Don, because of how young he is. He believes his sister's claim that not eating carrots makes you blind, and is just as quick to believe that Daigo's monster is just a guy in a costume.
Hyeon's older cousin, and his legal guardian. He works out of state, leading to Hyeon living by himself.
- Childhood Friend: Hyeon mentions that they've been friends since they were kids, on top of being cousins.
- Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced cussing Hyeon out for messing up the school, setting the foundation of their vitriolic friendship.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Being chronically overworked has left him with an impressive set of black bags.
- One Steve Limit: An aversion, as he shares his first name with Jae Hyung. In a bit of irony, the other Jae has a rivalry going on with Hyeon.
- Promotion to Parent: After Hyeon's grandmother passed away, he was left in Jae's custody. Whenever Hyeon gets in trouble with the administration, Jae has to be the one to deal with it.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: He's so busy with work that he doesn't have time to check on Hyeon unless the latter is causing problems.
Ivy's mother. Works as a Chemistry teacher at Rogers High School.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Downplayed, but her fond recollection of Ivy's childhood does elicit the classic exasperated "Mom." from her daughter.
- Good Parents: She's shown to be a decent mother towards Ivy, who is understanding when Ivy reveals her powers and just wants what's safest for her daughter.
- Lookalike Lovers: Downplayed; Tracy is Asian while her husband Larry is white, but they and Ivy all have matching glasses.
- The Matchmaker: A platonic variation. She's pleased when it seems that Ivy and Luna are hanging out again, and urges them to spend more time together.
- Precision F-Strike: Her Establishing Character Moment has her swear in front of her daughter, used to show that she's much more casual around Ivy than her husband or students.
- Secret Keeper: She and her husband know about Ivy's power, but keep it a secret for the sake of her safety.
- Stern Teacher: Ivy notes that her mother has a reputation for being a strict teacher.
Lawrence "Larry" Havilland
Ivy's father. Works in the technology sector out of town.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Sweetpea" for his daughter Ivy.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Moreso than his wife, Larry has a cute nickname for his daughter and has thoroughly researched the 'teenage lifestyle' so he can be prepared for whatever she throws at him.
- Lookalike Lovers: Downplayed; Larry is white and Tracy is Asian, but they and Ivy all wear similar glasses.
- Secret Keeper: He and his wife know about Ivy's power, but keep it a secret for the sake of her safety.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: He works at a software company out of town, and thus his work schedule isn't very compatible with Ivy's routine. They've had trouble connecting to each other as a result.
Jacob's mother. She gave up her job so she could dedicate herself entirely to raising her son.
- Abusive Parents: Mrs. Miller forced all her expectations onto Jacob, which eventually developed into her emotionally abusing him if he didn't match up to her standards. His obsession with routine is his way of coping with it.
- Education Mama: She won't even let Jacob in the house until he's finished his studying, and only then if he gets most of the answers correct.
- Housewife: After Jacob was born, she quit her job so that she could look after him. This gives her free reign of the house and his life while her husband works.
- My Beloved Smother: She takes this to the extreme; dictating how Jacob's life should be, demanding he tell her everything that happens in his day, and meddling in his social life until he has none.
- Villain with Good Publicity: While it's clear to the readers that she treats her son horribly, people in story remain unaware because she seems so charming and nice to talk to.
Tom Bogdan and Sabine Bogdan
Mirielle's parents. They work at the Bogdan Bakery, which doubles as the family's home.
- Affectionate Nickname: Mirielle is lovingly called 'Midget' by her father.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tom is noted to be a hulk of a man, clearing six feet with large muscles, while his wife is much slimmer and smaller.
- Red String of Fate: Mirielle's power lets her see that they have a red string connecting them, signalling that they're soulmates.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Their interactions towards each other and their daughter are pure concentrated sugar.
Simon's mother. She works as a biology teacher at Oldport's middle school.
- Anger Born of Worry: Simon going AWOL and skipping his medication makes her angry because she was so worried about what could've happened with him.
- Distinction Without a Difference: She's angry after Simon forgets his medication. When he points it out, she phrases it instead as her being 'pissed off'.
- Meddling Parents: She wants what's best for Simon, which manifests as her involving herself in his life and worrying over him more than he would like.
Zia's mother. She's the music teacher at Rogers High School.
- Good Parents: Her relationship with Zia is shown to be strong and trusting. When Zia hides her telepathy from her mother, Ms. Brayne grows concerned and urges her daughter to let her know what's wrong.
- Lamarck Was Right: Her daughter, much like herself and her husband, has a proclivity towards music.
- Struggling Single Mother: She works as a teacher, takes care of the house, and always frets over her daughter and deceased husband. Despite her tiredness from it all, she powers through.
Previous Player Characters
Characters that existed before their players dropped out or moved on to a different character. They have since disappeared from the roleplay.
A cold and calculating young man, ostracised for his aloof demeanour and intelligence. After getting his power, he races to become the most powerful of all of the empowered.
His power was the manipulation of zero-point energy.
- Artistic License Physics: Zero-point energy is a theoretical and highly debated substance that anybody lacking a physics major is going to struggle to understand. Thus, some liberties are taken with David's power to make it simpler and more accessible.
- Berserk Button: If he feels like he's being mocked or ignored, even in the slightest, then he quickly becomes spiteful and aggressive.
- Character Tics: He has a coin that he tends to bring out and flip. He also uses it to practice or demonstrate his power.
- Creator Thumbprint: His trademark coin is similar in style to the player's previous character, who carried a toothpick everywhere he went.
- Evil Gloating: When his power is mocked he drops all pretense of politeness and goes into a speech about all that he's capable of, gleefully insulting the listener as he does so.
- Icy Blue Eyes: David has a pair of glaring blue peepers, which match with his cold personality.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: David feels threatened by the amount of power that the others wield, and so tries to overcompensate by becoming as powerful as he possibly can.
- Insufferable Genius: He's cold and selfish, but he's also a Teen Genius that has the intelligence to back-up his arrogant personality.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Irene agrees with his pursuit of infinite energy for the world. However, the way he tries to force the idea on her turns her off from engaging with it.
- Karma Houdini: He doesn't face justice for his attempted murder of Irene, since him going to jail would likely expose their superpowers to the public.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: While he's tempted to stick around for the fight in the car park, he decides the smarter move is to make a break for it before he's caught off-guard again.
- Named Like My Name: His name is one letter off from David Livingstone. This has led to people calling him 'Dr. Livingstone', much to his annoyance.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His blond hair covers one eye, which is used to show that he's asocial and distant.
- Perpetual Frowner: He's described as someone who rarely smiles. And when he does smile, it's not particularly a good thing.
- Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything: A short list of the potential applications of David's power includes levitation, momentum creation, energy generation, attraction and repulsion, paralysis, liquidization... and those are only the ones that he's theorised thus far. If it can be explained away as 'quantum mechanics', then David can probably do it.
- Seeker Archetype: He has a thirst of knowledge, and his involvement with the other characters starts because he's intent on learning their various powers.
- Shorter Means Smarter: He's one of the shortest cast members at 5'3, and is also one of the ones who excels the most intellectually.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: David's power allows him to manipulate zero-point energy. However, by doing so, he can affect other energies that are adjacent to ZPE, like gravity or heat.
- Teen Genius: Despite being only 15, he has a highly intuitive mind and a prodigal understanding of theoretical physics. It's how he can understand his complex ability to control zero-point energy.
- The Unapologetic: He refuses to apologise to Irene after he tries to kill her, trying to justify it as him being Not Himself and thus not culpable for his actions.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: On the surface, David is polite and is working towards an altruistic goal. This is mostly just to hide and justify his selfish, grandeur motivations.
A scruffy, bearded teen who puts up a tough front, leaving him with little friends and little reason to care what people think. Despite this, he shows repeatedly that he will go out of his way to help people, no matter the cost.
His power was to hideously shift into a monster, with each stage of transformation more bestial and powerful than the last.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Something that he doesn't seem embarrassed about. Even though he may seem tough, he's still a teen, and there are some things that he either can't or doesn't want to hide behind a tough guy exterior.
- Painful Transformation: He suffers one every time he mutates, although repeated use of a certain Stage will eventually decrease both the amount of effort and anger required to shift into that form.
- Parental Abandonment: The primary reason he puts on his tough front. Both of his parents are heavily involved in a famous clothing business, leaving little time for them to take care of him, although they did graciously provide him with a fairly large amount of money to let him take care of himself. This forced Eric to learn how to act older than he was to survive in the world, but he doesn't show any obvious resentment for his parent's behaviour, in fact he seems to prefer it.
Hans Schultz is a troubled young man- his early tween years were spent in a Neo-Nazi organization called Heritage Battlefront, in which he committed hateful acts. By the modern day, due to an attempted frame up, he has renounced his ties to them and resolved to atone for his time in HB.
His power was Vector Control, which allowed him to control the vectors that most everything moves along.
- All Germans Are Nazis: Subverted- Hans used to be a Nazi, and still hates himself for it.
- Berserk Button: Ever since leaving his Neo-Nazi gang, Hans has come to despise that hateful ideology and anything close to it. Voicing support for the far right, using their terminology, or being one of his old "friends" is enough to push him into a more angry state.
- Cain and Abel: Hans and his sister Emma. Hans earlier was a violent Neo-Nazi, but has since tried to redeem himself and become a nicer person. Emma however is a rumor monger, spreading lies about other people, actively making her brother's life worse by making it seem he's still in the alt-right, and more recently making him fight her battles.
- Chunky Updraft: Capable of it, and when he gets particularly determined, a small scale variant shows around him.
- Deadly Disc: During the encounter with Benjy, Hans- in a rage at Benjy's horrifying feeding method and multiple murders- throws a huge disc at him made of highly condensed, extremely sharp wind.
- Elemental Powers: Most elemental powers are able to be used by him, such as conjuring a powerful gust of wind to discourage some jocks after him.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Hans has a number of tattoos, and calling them embarrassing is putting it lightly. Hans despises his tattoos, and would like to get them removed, only lacking the money.
- Light 'em Up: A future application - being able to manipulate light, forming light wings, Hard Light blades, lasers and creating blinding displays.
- Mind over Matter: His mind can allow him to control close to anything- though he has to comprehend what he's doing on some level.
- Story-Breaker Power: Vector Control in a nutshell. Hans' power basically makes him a potential One-Man Army.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's very reluctant to kill, and only willing to countenance it if people would die if he doesn't act.