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Tropes applying to characters from Empathy and its sequel, Unity (Finmonster). For their respective original series, click here for Big Hero 6, here for Inside Out, here for Home, here for Monsters Vs. Aliens, here for The Incredibles, here for Megamind, and here for Despicable Me.


Warning! Late-arrival spoilers for Empathy.

Big Hero 9

  • Adaptational Badass: Besides there being more of them, their first outing as heroes is much more impressive as they stop an alien invasion rather than a madman obsessed with revenge.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Because of the increase in members, they go from Big Hero 6 to Big Hero 9. They are referred to by the former as a Mythology Gag once in Unity though.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: With the exception of Riley (a super) and Baymax (a robot), they're all normal humans who use super-suits, intelligence, and advanced technology to win the day.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The individual members (outside of Hiro, Riley, Tip, Oh, and Fred) are given names rather than simply being Only Known by Their Nickname. They're also given authentic hero code-names rather than occasionally using the names Carmie's fanfiction gave them.

    Hiro Hamada 

Hiro Hamada/Excelsior II

A fourteen year old genius and the leader of Big Hero 9 who becomes the successor to the Golden Age hero, Excelsior.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Averted. It's noted that he's the only member of the team without a nickname. He even asks Fred why he was never given one, to which Fred responds that he just never thought of one.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Downplayed in that he and Tadashi get along well, but his illegal bot-fighting gets on his brother's nerves.
  • Battle Couple: With Riley after they form Big Hero 9.
  • Big Brother Worship: He clearly adores his older brother and was devastated by his death.
  • Legacy Character: He's granted the mantle of Excelsior by Stanley Lieber, the previous Excelsior.
  • Not So Different: Megamind sees a lot of himself in Hiro, which worries him considering he used to be a super-villain.
  • Worthy Opponent: Enigma views him as one, openly admiring his intellect and even offering him the chance to join the Syndicate.


Baymax/Big Guy

Tadashi's healthcare robot. He was refitted for combative purposes to help Hiro track down Tadashi's killer. He later goes on to become the muscle of Big Hero 9.
  • Adaptational Badass: Besides the upgrades he gets over the course of the movie, he's also equipped with force-fields for better defense.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: While typically an aversion, he becomes this when he was given a program to grant him emotions to empathize with his patients. While realistic enough for Riley's empathic abilities to detect, they're so primitive and simplistic that he goes from one extreme end of the spectrum to the next.
  • All-Loving Hero: It's in his programming to save anyone who needs help. He even sacrifices himself (or at least his physical body) to save the Gorg and his children, despite him having launched an invasion of Earth.
  • Benevolent A.I.: He's a kind robot that doesn't have a single mean (metaphorical) bone in his body.
  • The Big Guy: He's the biggest and strongest of the team and is the only one strong enough to take on the Gorg. It's even his hero code-name.
  • Deflector Shields: He's equipped with force-fields for added defense, and puts them to good use against the likes of Yokai and the Gorg.
  • Flying Brick: After his upgrades, he's super strong, has impressive durability thanks to his armor and force-fields, and the ability to fly at speeds faster than sound.
  • Literal-Minded: Being a robot, he doesn't understand metaphors and sarcasm and frequently goes with what's literally being said.
  • Super Strength: Part of his design even before his upgrade was to be able to lift over 1000 lbs without issue to aid in rescues. After his upgrades, he's strong enough to take on the likes of the Gorg by himself.
  • The Worf Effect: To showcase the difference in abilities between him and Phantasma (who's actually an AI inhabiting a collective of micro-bots), he gets nearly reduced to scrap-metal.

    Riley Anderson 

Riley "Fargo" Anderson/Kitsune

A girl from Minnesota who originally struggled with living in San Fransokyo. She became one of Hiro's closest friends and eventual girlfriend while helping him with his micro-bots. Contact with a Boov neural-interface has given her the ability to communicate with her emotions and control the emotions of others, making her the only super-powered member of Big Hero 9.
  • Adaptational Badass: In Inside Out, she's only your average human. In Empathy, she gains empathic abilities after contact with a Boov neural-interface and is later given her own micro-bots to use in combat. She's also highly adept at unarmed combat thanks to her Tai Chi training.
  • Battle Couple: With Hiro after Big Hero 9 is formed.
  • The Empath: Her main power is both sensing and controlling the emotional states of others.
  • Full-Contact Magic: Incorporates her Tai Chi training into her control of the microbots.
  • Hearing Voices: The activation of her powers allows her to communicate with her emotions. They frequently tend to talk in her head and there isn't really a mute button, so this ensues.
  • Lady of War: She uses her micro-bots in an elegant combat style that incorporates Tai Chi martial arts and dance-like movement.
  • Light Is Good: Contrasting Yokai, her micro-bots and hero outfit are white, signifying her heroic alignment.
  • The Muse: Many of Hiro's best ideas, directly and indirectly, come from her, a fact that Fred lampshades more than once.
  • Nanomachines: She uses micro-bots like Yokai does, but she uses them in a manner similar to Katara's waterbending and her neurotransmitter is more advanced.
  • Offhand Backhand: When defending Margo against a group of bullies, the lead bully, Ashley, tries to punch her in the face, which Riley deflects instinctively.
  • Power Incontinence: After Mezzmerella's Mind Rape, her powers become harder for her to control. After she used them to scare away the bullies, she struggled to turn them off. From her emotions perspective, it's like the console is severely damaged and isn't responding properly.
  • Token Super: She's the only member of the team who's a legitimate super while the rest include empowered badass normals, an alien, a normal human, and a robot.
  • Touched by Vorlons: She gained her powers thanks to direct contact with a Boov neural-interface.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Riley curls up into one at the AVL base after Mezzmerella's Mind Rape.


Yuri "GoGo" Park/Torque

A tomboy and mechanical engineer who's kind of a loner.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Her canon name, while never In-Universe, was stated by Word of God to be Ethel. Here, it's Yuri.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She admits to Violet that she originally dated several guys who were bigger assholes than she was as a teenager. Averted with Wasabi, who's a Nice Guy.
  • Battle Couple: Forms one with Wasabi later in Empathy that carries over to Unity.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Has this dynamic with Riley, as she looks up to GoGo like a big sister.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's not one to hold her tongue when she has something on her mind.
  • Combat Parkour: She uses some impressive parkour with her wheels while fighting Yokai and the Gorg.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's perfectly okay with bringing an eighteen-year-old to a club despite being underage, but draws the line at bringing Riley and Tip, who are both twelve.
  • Fangirl: She looks up to Elastigirl and sees her as sort of an idol.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: When Fred goes to Wasabi's house, she answers wearing one of his large shirts and clearly nothing else.


Darron "Wasabi" Waylons/Laserblade

A plasma engineer who's also a neurotic worry-wort.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His plasma blades can cut through pretty much anything. The Gorg's armor is an exception though.
  • Actor Allusion: His real name, Darron Waylans, sounds similar to the name of his voice actor from the film, Damon Wayans.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He doesn't believe in the existence of Gru or that the moon was ever stolen, even though the existence of superheroes, aliens, monsters, and advanced tech that could achieve such phenomena is pretty prevalent.
  • Battle Couple: Forms one with GoGo later in Empathy that carries over to Unity.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He's not fond of his nickname since he only spilled wasabi on his shirt once.
  • Super OCD: He tends to be very conscious about things being orderly and neat.

    Honey Lemon 

Pamela "Honey Lemon" Rodriguez/Miss Chemistry

A perky chemist and Tadashi's girlfriend.
  • Actor Allusion: She shares her last name with her voice actor, Genesis Rodriguez.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Since she and Tadashi were a couple, his death hits her much harder here.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: She's more prone to aggressive actions and outbursts following Tadashi's death. Case and point, she was perfectly willing to go through with killing Callaghan and even tried to stab him with an ice dagger.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's the most kindhearted of Big Hero 9, but when enraged, she's outright murderous. She was fully on-board with Hiro's desire to kill Callaghan and tried to help Baymax (with his healthcare protocol removed) in murdering him.
  • Closet Key: Is apparently the first woman that Susan has ever consciously been attracted to.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In her talk with Jill, it's implied that she's not on good terms with her parents and that she was an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Male Gaze: Same-sex example. Susan comments that she couldn't stop staring at her legs.
  • She's Got Legs: She's both very tall and has very attractive legs, something that Susan takes notice of and enjoys.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's around 6'0 without heels and is highly attractive.
  • Workaholic: In Unity, she's still not completely over Tadashi's death and constantly works at the lab to distract herself.


Fredrick "Fred" Lieber/Kaiju

The SFIT mascot with a wealth of knowledge on superheroes, as well as the son of the retired hero, Excelsior.
  • Adaptational Name Change: His last name is Lieber (as his father is Stan Lee) rather than Frederickson.
  • Ascended Fanboy: A major fan of superheroes (especially ones from the Golden Age), and now he's a member of a superhero team.
  • Genre Savvy: Thanks to being a major comic-book nerd, he's well aware of the tropes and conventions associated with superheroes and their enemies. He was able to rightfully see the Gorg as a Galactic Conqueror when he first saw him. It can enter Wrong Genre Savvy at points since he thought Krei was Tadashi's killer due to him being a shady corporate owner, but he was innocent.
  • Heroic Lineage: His father was the Golden Age hero known as Excelsior.
  • The Nicknamer: He's the one who gave everyone on the team their nicknames (with the exception of Tip, as he concluded that her existing nickname was already perfect when he learned her full name, and Hiro, since he never thought to come up with one for him).

    Tip Tucci 

Gratuity "Tip" Tucci/The Driver

A teenager who befriends Hiro and Riley. She later becomes the driver of Big Hero 9's car.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. In Home, she was separated from her mother after the Boov took over the planet. Here, there is no invasion until near the very end and it doesn't separate her from anyone.
  • Badass Driver: Justified since the car controls were based on the controls for one of her video games, so she's the only one who can drive it when it turns into Slushious.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Invoked when she is shown around Gru's lab, Tip musing that it says a lot about how strange her life has become that none of this is strange to her.
  • The Team Normal: She's the only member of Big Hero 9 with no tech to back her up. Her main contribution is being a really good driver for their high-tech car.


Oh/The Strange Visitor

A lost member of the Boov who ends up being found by Hiro, Riley, and Tip after he escapes captivity. He becomes one of the technicians for Big Hero 9's equipment.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: He and his race were enslaved by the Gorg and he spent most of his life in captivity.
  • Cowardly Lion: He scares easily, but he will give it everything he's got when his back is against the wall, such as in his fight against Captain Smek.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: More so than anyone else on the team since he knows how to modify advanced alien technology, turn Wasabi's car into Slushious, and even make a more advanced version of Hiro's neurotransmitter for the micro-bots that can override the old neurotransmitter.
  • Insistent Terminology: He insists that Baymax's force-field is "a hard-light barrier created with resonant frequency that-" except that's a mouthful and force-fields sound better.
  • Token Non-Human: He's the only alien member of Big Hero 9.
  • Use Your Head: He tries this on Smek. It was more painful than he thought it would be.


Family members

    Stanley Lieber 

Stanley Lieber/Excelsior I

Fred's father and the owner of the Lieber Technology Group, as well as a retired superhero known as Excelsior. He should look familiar.
  • Adaptational Name Change: A two-fold example.
    • In The Series, his name was Fredrick Fredrickson III. His name is changed to Stanley Lieber here.
    • His superhero name was revealed to be Boss Awesome. Here, it's changed to Excelsior in reference to Stan Lee's iconic catchphrase.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike other supers, he didn't have any powers and relied more on gadgets and equipment, even against other superhuman threats. Bob considered him kinda crazy for this.
  • Happily Married: With his wife Joan.
  • My Greatest Failure: The fight with Dr. Nefario that ended up accidentally destroying a pier is this to him. In fact, he makes it a point to remember everyone he's failed, and hints that he somehow failed Mirage a second time.
  • Open-Minded Parent: He's perfectly okay with his son being a superhero. Considering his past line of work, he actually thought he'd become one eventually.
  • Retired Badass: He was a superhero and Badass Normal during the Golden Age prior to his retirement. Though he still aids in fighting crime as Big Hero 9's Mission Control and is still highly respected by heroes like Mr. Incredible.
  • The Team Benefactor: He's an old hero with a great deal of knowledge on villains and finances Big Hero 9, providing them with resources and letting them use his mansion as a home-base.


Aunt Cass

Hiro and Tadashi's loving aunt.
  • Adult Fear: One of her nephews is frequently getting involved in illegal Bot-fights, the other dies in a fire, causing the other to fall into an almost suicidal depression.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Averted. She's fully aware of her nephew's secret identity as well as his friends, and she both supports them and helps maintains the secret.
  • Nephewism: She raises both of her nephews after the passing of their parents.

    Tadashi Hamada 

Tadashi "Magic Man" Hamada

Hiro's older brother and star pupil of Robert Callaghan. He died trying to save his teacher from a fire.
  • The Ace: He's Callaghan's star pupil and was widely considered to be the best student at SFIT prior to his death.
  • Death by Origin Story: Like the movie, his death and the odd circumstances surrounding it spur Hiro and later the others into becoming superheroes.
  • Shipper on Deck: He was supportive of Riley and Hiro's developing feelings for each other.

    Riley's Parents 

Bill and Jill Anderson

Riley's parents.
  • Adult Fear: First their only daughter runs away, then she becomes completely unresponsive from trauma after watching a close friend die, then they learn she gained powers and almost died fighting off an alien invasion. Yeah, not the best time for loving parents. Even when they've accepted her hero career, they still have to worry about her getting severely hurt, like when she was horrifically mind raped by Mezzmerella.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Bill expressed some concerns over Riley dating Hiro, who was arrested for partaking in illegal bot-fighting.

Parr Family

    Mr. Incredible 

Robert "Bob" Parr/Mr. Incredible

A Golden Age hero who was inadvertently responsible for the Supers Ban and the patriarch of the Parr family. He is the leader of their family superhero team, the Incredibles. Having returned to the superhero game in the five years since he and his family defeated the super-villain Syndrome, Bob is ecstatic to join the AVL in their crusade against Enigma, but finds himself chafing against some of their recruits — particularly, the newly reformed Megamind.
  • Comes Great Responsibility:
    • One of his core beliefs, which is why he was infuriated that Wayne essentially abandoned Metro City because of a Hollywood Midlife Crisis, leading to Megamind creating Titan. Then, after Titan started destroying the city and killing people, Wayne left Megamind to clean it up instead of intervening himself.
    • It's also one of the reasons why he softens on Megamind after learning the truth — Megamind encapsulated this trope completely when he went to stop Titan despite the seemingly insurmountable odds. Unlike Wayne, he took responsibility for the problems his actions caused and fixed those issues himself.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He begins to warm up to Megamind after learning the truth about Metro Man. Part of it is due to seeing that Megamind really has changed for the better, and part of it is because most of his anger has been transferred to Metro Man for being so irresponsible.
  • Immune to Bullets: Bullets are incapable of hurting him. At best, they just cause a minor itching sensation.
  • Jerkass to One: He's only really rude towards Megamind, which is rooted in the fact that he doesn't believe that the former criminal should be so Easily Forgiven for his actions, especially the "death" of Metro Man. After learning that Metro Man faked his death so he could become a singer, that hatred transfers from Megamind to him.
  • One Steve Limit: Discussed, as he indirectly 'shares' a name with 'B.O.B.' of the Monsters, although other characters acknowledge the difference in the two names.
  • Super Strength: His main power is his superhuman strength, which lets him lift giant robots like the Omnidroid and stop trains. He also dukes it out with, and easily defeats Oni, who's The Brute of the Syndicate.
  • Super Toughness: He naturally has superhuman durability that lets him ignore gunfire and trade blows with the Omnidroid and Oni.


Helen Parr/Elastigirl

Bob's wife, the mother of Dash, Violet, and Jack-Jack, and a fellow Golden Age hero known as Elastigirl.
  • '80s Hair: Went through a mohawk phase back in the day.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: While fighting El Macho, she tries starting up a conversation on if the luchador mask makes him sweaty.
  • Rubber Woman: Her powers allow her limited shape-shifting and the ability to stretch in various ways.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's more level-headed and open-minded than her husband, since she tries to reign in his dislike for Megamind and reminds him that he's reformed.


Violet Parr/Ultraviolet

A new student at SFIT and the oldest child of Bob and Helen. While originally part of a superhero family, she's been coming into her own recently and is branching out as an independent hero called Ultraviolet.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Yuri likes to call her "Freshman", both as a nickname and because she's a freshman student at SFIT.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her new outfit as an independent hero features a long-coat.
  • Bare Your Midriff: During the Girls' Night Out Episode, she wore an outfit that left her stomach exposed.
  • Kid Hero All Grown Up: Downplayed. She was fourteen back when she first started as a hero with the rest of her family. Now she's an eighteen year old college student and an independent hero.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her independent hero costume features purple as the primary color.
  • Shooting Superman: Finds it funny that the bad guys keep shooting at her force-fields despite the futility.
    Ultraviolet (in response to thugs firing on her continuously): They never learn.
  • Squishy Wizard: While her force-field generation and invisibility powers grant her a good balance of offence, defense, and stealth, she's a normal human when it comes to durability if an opponent gets past the aforementioned force-fields.

    The Dash 

Dashiell "Dash" Parr/The Dash

The oldest son in the Parr family. Fitting his speedster nature, he's a fairly impulsive teenager.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He flirts with Torque when he saves her from Rollergrrl. She's completely unfazed, not to mention already in a relationship with Laserblade.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": His hero code-name is just his nickname with "The" in front of it. Everyone calls him out on how poor a hero name this is. His parents tried to talk him out of using it.
  • Super Speed: His main power, which he's first seen using when he runs into his home, and he typically appears as a blur to anyone who can track his movements. His father also has full confidence that he can catch up to the escaping villains while the rest of the AVL heroes can't, although uses this as a reason for his son not to do it.

    Kid Incredible 

John Jackson "Jack-Jack" Parr/Kid Incredible

The youngest child in the Parr family, as well as the most powerful.

Area 51


Susan Murphy/Ginormica

One of the monsters working with General Monger. She's normally 49 feet and 11 inches tall, but Dr. Cockroach created a watch to help her shift between normal and super-sized.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: She was straight in both her film and home series. Here, she starts to realize that she's bisexual after developing feelings for Pamela.
  • Clark Kenting: Justified. She puts no effort in putting a disguise on when out in public, but people expect her to be the size of a building, so no one suspects her.
  • Has a Type: Ironically for an (almost) 50 foot woman, she prefers her partners to be tall.
  • Immune to Bullets: Her hyper-dense skin means that bullets cannot harm her. According to her, they only tickle.
  • Sizeshifter: Thanks to an invention of Doctor Cockroach's, she can alter between her normal human size and her super-powered huge size.
  • Super Strength: Thanks to Square-Cube Law contracting the empty space of her molecules, she's as strong shrunken down as she is at over 49 feet, allowing her to spar with Mr. Incredible.

    The Missing Link 

The Missing Link

A several thousand year old fish-mutant who was thawed out years ago.

    Dr. Cockroach 

Dr Cockroach

A scientist who mutated himself into a cockroach monster.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Due to his experiments to grant him a cockroach's survivability, he can withstand practically anything.
  • Sizeshifter: He has his own size alteration watch that lets him shrink down to the size of an actual cockroach and back.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the Monsters, he's the most intelligent and creates numerous gadgets such as the Sizeshifter watch for use in combat.



A sentient gelatinous mass and The Ditz of the Area 51 heroes.
  • The Ditz: He literally doesn't have a brain, which actually comes in handy against telepathic opponents.
  • No-Sell: Mezmerella's psionic abilities have no effect on him, presumably because of his lack of a brain.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted and played with. While he shares the same name as Mr. Incredible, his name is really an acronym for Benzoate Ostylezene Bicarbonate, or B.O.B. for short.

Metro City



Former supervillain, now superhero and protector of Metro City. His genuine turn to good caused the AVL to recruit him, much to the unhappiness of the more traditional heroes on the team, especially Mr. Incredible.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Was this among the villain community for his refusal to kill, with only Gru being willing to work with him (due to sharing that conviction).
    • Averted when he joins the AVL's hero team, as except for Lucy and Mr. Incredible (who still believe he killed Metro Man) everyone is very accepting of him.
  • The Atoner: Part of his motivation for being a hero is to make up for all the destruction Titan caused after he gave him powers.
  • Big Damn Heroes: While the entire AVL team does this to save Big Hero 9 from the Syndicate, he's the one who starts it off by blasting Enigma before he can laser-blade Hiro.
  • Catchphrase: "Ollo", which is his way of saying "hello".
  • Fan Boy: He's a big fan of Dr. Cockroach, as the doctor's research in genetic re-sequencing helped change his life.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His main specialty is using various high-tech gadgets, all of which he invented.
  • Hidden Depths: While he does enjoy his new role as Metro City's hero, he is also painfully aware that he shouldn't have had to fill in that void, and so is still a little angry with Metro Man for abandoning their home.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The reason the AVL left him alone was because, when it came down to it, he wasn't really a threat to the public. The only serious crime he's ever successfully committed is "killing" Metro Man — a crime he didn't actually commit. This is a large part of why Metro City accepted his Heel–Face Turn so easily.
  • Only Sane Man: Yes. During Bob's confrontation with Metro Man, Megamind is the only one to remember they're in the middle of a public bar and try to defuse the situation before they cause a scene and make the other patrons suspicious. Unfortunately, his efforts are fruitless because Bob is too angry at Metro Man to care about where they are.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He ends up deconstructing this trope. He was never truly evil and only became a villain out of societal obligation and for the thrill of the fight. However, this made him something of an outcast among the villains of the world and also caused Metro Man to forget that not all villains are like Megamind. This contributed to Metro Man having few qualms about faking his death and leaving Metro City at Megamind's mercy.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Despite being a super-villain, he heavily adhered to this and refused to kill anyone, as the very thought of murder disgusted him. In hindsight, this was one of the first signs that he wasn't truly evil.
  • Villain Team-Up: Occasionally worked with Gru, who was one of the few other villains who shared his stance on killing.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Bob of all people gives this speech to Megamind when the latter admits he feels guilt for all the deaths Titan caused, pointing out that all Megamind did was give Titan his powers while it was Titan himself who chose to do all those things.



Megamind's best friend and "minion".
  • The Apprentice: Megamind refers to him as his sidekick.
  • Cincinnatus: Part of why Megamind thinks him to be a good sidekick is that he doesn't want the mantle of the hero should Megamind fall in battle.
  • The Straight Man: He's the more serious and down-to-Earth one compared to Megamind's zaniness.




A former assistant of Syndrome. She now works for the AVL to make up for helping her former boss wipe out the other supers.
  • The Atoner: She works for the AVL to atone for the work she did with Syndrome.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents died during a fight between Excelsior and Dr. Nefario, leading to her going through the Department of Child Disservices and eventually falling into a life of crime as she grew up.
  • Freudian Excuse: She initially despised supers because her father insisted that Excelsior would be able to save them from Dr. Nefario when they fought, only for him and her mother to be killed as collateral damage in their fight.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Stan refers to her as Ms. Li, while canon only gave us her alias.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Originally she was this when she served Syndrome. Nowadays she averts this as she's shifted into The Atoner.

    Lucy Wilde 

Lucy Wilde/Scarlet Overkill II

A more quirky and energetic AVL agent and Mirage's self-proclaimed best friend.
  • Legacy Character: Takes on Scarlet Overkill's name when undercover, pointing out that since the original is dead, the name is up for grabs.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Unintentionally. She doesn't know that Megamind didn't kill Metro Man, and both Dicker and Mirage are surprised that she doesn't know this, assuming that she never got the memo.
  • The Mole: Similar to Gru, she goes undercover with him to infiltrate the Syndicate using Scarlet Overkill's identity.

The Gru Family

    Felonious Gru 

Felonious Gru

A former villain who occasionally teamed up with Megamind who is now retired and raising his three adoptive daughters, Margo, Edith, and Agnes. The AVL approaches him in the hopes of having him go undercover among the Syndicate.

    Margo Gru 

Margo Gru

The oldest of Gru's adopted daughters, orphaned when Titan's rampage killed her biological parents.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Her parents were killed during Titan's rampage, and she suffers from nightmares about it. In canon, nothing is known about her biological parents.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Stands up to Ashley and her gang of bullies to protect her sisters long enough for them to bring Gru as backup.
  • There Are No Therapists: She has avoided therapy as a result of not wanting to seem crazy.

    Dr. Nefario 

Dr. Joseph Nefario

A retired and hard of hearing supervillain who used to fight the original Excelsior (and used to work for him as a civilian), who currently works as Gru's gadget guy.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Still rather hard-of-hearing.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Stan mentions that he suffered a "tragedy", implied to have something to do with his family, that led to him snapping and becoming a Mad Scientist villain.
  • Adaptational Origin Connection: He used to work for Fred's father Stan, and his fight with Excelsior inadvertently led to the death or Mirage's parents, which caused her to end up working for Syndrome.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: He used to work for Stan before he became a supervillain, and is happy to see him at Home Base, completely unaware that he was Excelsior, a hero that he fought against.


    Metro Man 

Wayne Scott/Metro Man

Former superhero, former Arch-Enemy of Megamind and former protector Metro City. After faking his death and passing on the duty of Metro City's protector to Megamind, Wayne has retired to pursue his true passion: music. Not everyone, however, is happy with his decision.
  • Broken Pedestal: He's this to Mr. Incredible. Bob always thought Wayne was the best of them, so learning that he faked his death and effectively abandoned Metro City to Megamind and later to Titan is quite disappointing.
  • Hollywood Midlife Crisis: What Bob accuses his current attempts to be a singer as. He knows because he's been through one himself, no doubt referring to The Incredibles.
  • Jerkass Realization: Seems to have one when Bob spells out to him how screwed up his actions have been.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has an understated moment of this when Bob makes it clear that people died because of his decision to fake his death.
  • Named by the Adaptation: His civilian name wasn't revealed in Megamind. Here, he's named Wayne Scott.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He's undoubtedly the most powerful hero in the setting, having Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, Eye Beams, flight, and so forth. Him being retired and no longer fighting pretty much keeps him from ending the plot in a few minutes.


Empathy Antagonists


Robert Callaghan/Yokai

The headmaster of SFIT, who was originally presumed dead after a fire broke out during an expo. He actually faked his death and became Yokai to aid Captain Smek and the Gorg for his own reasons.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While he was still involved in Tadashi's death, it was completely unintentional. He even warns him to leave when Smek attacks him, showing that he at least tried to save his life. In addition, he was out for revenge in the film and tried to ruin Krei, while here he just wants to get his daughter back from the Gorg and spares Krei.
  • Adaptational Villainy: At the same time, in The Series, he's completely transitioned into The Atoner and remains in jail to make amends for his crimes. He ends up serving the Big Bad of the next story, but it's downplayed in that he's only doing so because Enigma is threatening to kill his daughter if he doesn't comply.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. He's just as much a threat as he was in the movie, but he's Co-Dragons with Smek here where as, in the movie, he was the Big Bad.
  • Anti-Villain: He's only helping the Gorg because he has his daughter held hostage.
  • Broken Pedestal: Needless to say, his students don't take the reveal that he's Yokai well. His own daughter wants nothing to do with him after she learned what he did.
  • Co-Dragons: He's this to the Gorg alongside Smek, albeit more reluctantly.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Riley almost manages to get through to him, but the Gorg reminds him that he has his daughter and warns him of what he'll do to her, causing him to revert back to fighting the heroes.
  • Never My Fault: In Unity, he blames Big Hero 9 for Abigail turning her back on him, which she only did because of his actions in Empathy.
  • Papa Wolf: Deconstructed. The love and devotion he has for his daughter and the lengths he'll go through to get her back cause him to commit many atrocities. By the time he does get her back, she's definitely not happy about what he did and cuts ties with him in the next story.
  • Trapped in Villainy: He'd certainly like to just stay in jail and make up for the terrible things he's done, but Enigma has other plans for him.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Upon encountering Riley again in Unity.

    Captain Smek 

Captain Smek

The leader of the Boov race and servant of the Gorg.
  • Co-Dragons: He's this to the Gorg alongside Yokai.
  • Dirty Coward: He talks a big game, but he cowers away when Oh shows him enough backbone.
  • The Gunslinger: He's surprisingly handy with a shotgun, which catches the heroes off-guard.

    The Gorg 

The Gorg

A Galactic Conqueror who comes to Earth to find something with Yokai's aid.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Home, he was only trying to get his egg back to repopulate his species and meant no harm outside of that. In this story, he's an outright conqueror of worlds who lacks empathy for others... and is also trying to regain the egg to repopulate his species.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Averted. Unlike Oh and Smek, he starts out speaking in alien languages until his universal translator adjusts to let him speak English.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of Empathy.
  • The Dreaded: Yokai is subservient to him and he establishes himself as this upon introduction. Oh displays great fear of him, having lived his life under his rule.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted. While the heroes understand his motives, it doesn't change the fact that he tried to take over Earth without remorse, and he's sent to Area 51 for his actions.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Fred correctly pegs him as such, and he's already conquered the Boov long ago.
  • No-Sell: His armor is durable enough that Wasabi's plasma blades can't phase it.
  • Power Armor: He wears an armored suit that makes him powerful enough to shrug off anything the heroes can throw at him.

Unity Antagonists

The Syndicate



A mysterious individual and the main antagonist of Unity.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Has reverse engineered Big Hero 9's gear and equipped himself with it.
  • Artificial Limbs: He has a robotic right arm.
  • Big Bad: Of Unity.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He's pretty much shown so far to be the opposite of the Gorg. While the Gorg was a conqueror and physical threat who only relied on others to make ends meet, Enigma prefers to let others handle the situation after careful assessment and seems unimposing outside of his robotic limb.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Hiro, both being the leaders of their respective groups and mechanical geniuses with robotic companions.
  • Villain Respect: He views Hiro as a Worthy Opponent, openly admiring his intellect, complimenting his technical achievements and offering him a chance to join the Syndicate.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers Hiro a chance to join him, though once Hiro refuses he doesn't push the subject and goes back to fighting him.



Enigma's apparent chief lieutenant.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Although loyal to Enigma, she otherwise fits due to being a robotic entity who views helping people like Baymax does illogical, and is fully helping Enigma in his villainous actions.
  • The Dragon: To Enigma.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's ultimately this to Baymax as the team robot.
  • Mysterious Watcher: How she's first introduced, spying on Big Hero 9 from a distance.
  • Robot Girl: She's actually an AI with a microbot body which is disguised by image inducers.



A brute and a criminal. Though technically introduced in Empathy, he didn't become a true antagonist until Unity. He works under Enigma and was tasked with breaking Callaghan out of jail.

  • Adaptational Badass: He makes use of better weaponry and takes the PX formula to become a hulking monster. This is well above how he was in the series, where he tended to be a Butt-Monkey and was pushed to the side by Season 2.
  • BFG: During his attack on Krei Tech, he uses a massive gun that's as long as he is tall. It has enough firepower to disrupt Ultraviolet's force-fields and hurt her through the sheer backlash of its blasts.
  • The Brute: He's a clear-cut muscle head, being mostly about brute force and is an imposing physical threat. After taking PX and becoming Oni, he further turns into this, being the physical brutality of the Syndicate.
  • Hulk Speak: After he takes the PX formula and mutates, he can only speak like this.

    El Macho 

Eduardo Perez/El Macho

A luchador villain.

  • Adaptational Badass: In Despicable Me 2, he went through Badass Decay over the years and became an overweight has-been who needed the PX formula to be a physical threat. Here, he never lost his luster.invoked
  • Funetik Aksent: Mexican, in his case.
  • Macho Latino: As his name indicates. A luchador-themed Mexican supervillain who's unbelievably buff and manly.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: When trading blows with a superhero, he taunts, "My abuela hit harder than joo."

    Bomb Voyage 

Bomb Voyage

An explosives wielding villain dressed like a mime and an old enemy of Mr. Incredible. His actions led to the creation of the Supers ban.

    The Underminer 

The Underminer

A drill/mole themed villain.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In Incredibles 2, he's basically an average bank robber, but here, he's more notably sadistic. He outright tries to choke out Tip, who is a twelve year old girl.
  • Animal Motifs: Moles, fitting his underground nature.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tip, both of them piloting vehicles (his drill and Tip's car) and acting as the major means of transport for their group.
  • Large Ham: He very loudly introduces himself to Big Hero 9 and Ultraviolet when he's bringing the Syndicate to retrieve Yokai.
  • This Is a Drill: His equipment has lots of drills.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem trying with to slowly choke Tip.



A roller skater villain.

  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a low-cut crop top as part of her villain outfit.
  • Color Motif: Both her friction-altering powers and her tattoo are green.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gogo, both being themed around roller skating.
  • Rollerblade Good: Her main gimmick is that she's a skilled roller skater. In her introduction, she's described as gliding rather than walking. This is actually because she's a super whose powers seemingly allow her to manipulate friction, allowing her to skate along the ground without actual skates, as well as trip up her foes.
  • Tattooed Crook: She has a serpentine tattoo covering almost her entire body.



A psychic villain.

  • Evil Counterpart: To Riley, both being psychics.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Violet theorizes that because of Riley's empathy abilities, she's more vulnerable to mental assaults than a normal person, making Mezmerella this for her.
  • Mind Rape: Does this to Riley in their first encounter. Her attempt to do the same to B.O.B. fails.

    Balthazar Bratt 

Balthazar Bratt

A former child actor turned supervillain.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In Despicable Me canon, he doesn't appear until the third film, after Gru has met and married Lucy Wilde. Here, he shows up as an antagonist before Lucy ever meets Gru.
  • Disco Dan: Obviously. He's a Former Child Star from the 80's, and he's never grown out of that decade. Link mocks him for it when they first meet one another, calling him Freddie Mercury.
  • Instrument of Murder: He uses musically-themed weaponry, like a sonic keytar.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Obviously. He still dresses like he's living in the 80's, and his whole reason for going evil was when he got fired from the supervillain role he played on TV once he reached puberty.
  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: After the Syndicate shows up at their den, he addresses Yama/Oni as an "attack gorilla." When Oni growls at him, he then hastily adds, "some of my best friends are attack gorillas."

Past Antagonists


Hal Stewart/Titan | "Tighten"

Metro City's most dangerous supervillain. Formerly Roxanne Ritchi's deadbeat cameraman, he was accidentally infused with a copy of Metro Man's powers during a scuffle between Roxanne and Megamind at the latter's hideout. Believing this to be fate, Megamind decided to train him as Metro Man's replacement and his new nemesis — only for Hal to turn evil after Roxanne rejected him. His rampage throughout Metro City eventually prompted Megamind to finally take up heroism himself, defeating Titan and de-powering him.

  • Beware the Superman: Prior to his de-powering, he was a clear-cut example of how terrifying it would be if someone used Metro Man's powers for sinister reasons.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Megamind defeated him by de-powering him. He's currently in jail, in Megamind's old cell.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Yes. Even Mr. Incredible thinks he's a psychopath, and he has yet to even meet Titan.
  • Villainous Legacy: Even after his defeat and imprisonment a year or so prior, his actions reverberate throughout the story. Metro Man's abandonment of Metro City led to his creation, and his refusal to stop Titan's rampage is the crux of his estrangement with Mr. Incredible. Said rampage also killed Margo's parents, making him at least partially responsible for the events of Despicable Me. Most of all, Megamind's strong dedication to his Heel–Face Turn is motivated by his desire to atone for Titan's creation.



An evil alien overlord who desired to obtain quantonium to clone an army of himself for galactic conquest. He was defeated by a team of monsters years earlier.

  • The Dreaded: Oh reacts fearfully to his name and says that his race is terrified of him. Granted, the Boov are also stated to be cowards by nature, but this is the guy that destroyed his own planet for power.
  • Evil Overlord: He's a nefarious alien who destroyed his own home planet for the sake of power.
  • Villainous Legacy: His actions ultimately set the stage for the events of Empathy, as the technology his invasion left behind caused a technological and economic boom that led to San Fransokyo being the beacon of technological advancement that it is today. Said technology would also unwittingly lead to the portal disaster that caused Abigail to be captured by the Gorg, causing Callaghan's Start of Darkness.

    Scarlet Overkill 

Scarlet Overkill

A villainess from the 1960's, she was considered a pioneer in the field of female villainy. She died under unkown causes at some point prior to the series, with her name being taken up by Lucy Wilde for her undercover assignment with Gru.

  • Villainous Legacy: Her identity is used by Lucy Wilde as a means of infiltrating the Syndicate.

Alternative Title(s): Unity Finmonster


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