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     Sidestep / The Protagonist
The protagonist's Sidestep outfit.

The Player Character of the game. A powerful telepath, they were once a vigilante known as Sidestep. Eventually, they started assisting the Rangers throught their missions and were viewed as a superhero by the public. Then something happened to them during the Heartbreak Incident. Now, they plan on becoming the greatest villain of Los Diablos.

  • Afraid of Doctors: More specifically the consequences of visiting a hospital but their past means they probably have some baggage regarding the doctors themselves. As such, they're practiced at Self-Surgery and, more recently, giving themselves medical attention through their puppet.
  • Anti-Villain: You can play them as one, wishing to become a villain but still having standards and sympathetic qualities.
  • Artificial Human: Is a Re-gene, specifically one of the Inflitrator line that are designed to look like regular humans.
  • Astral Projection: Their Body Surf ability has shades of this, since they literally leave their body as an empty shell while they're possessing someone else.
  • Ate His Gun: If they try to take Heartbreak down with their gun, they'll start to do this once they fall under Heartbreak's thrall. Fortunately, Ortega manages to intervene before they can actually pull the trigger.
  • Bad Dreams: The protagonist is tormented by these, which hint at their Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Becoming the Mask: Depending on how the PC behaves while using their Puppet body, they can begin to wonder if their Puppet's persona is leaking into their own or vise-versa.
  • Body Surf: Literally jumps into the consciousness of the people they control and then jumps back out once they've achieved their goal.
  • Cloning Blues: Heavily implied in book 1, and confirmed in book 2, to be a Regene.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Or Dude Magnet. Despite not having a high opinion of themselves or their own body, the MC manages to catch the attention of not only Ortega, but also Argent and Herald. With the Puppet they also have Mortum wanting to jump their bones.
  • Covered with Scars: Their body is littered with scars at the start of the game, though they mention that whoever inflicted them made sure any obviously visible spots (such as their face) were spared. They can easily collect quite a few more over the course of the game, including a deep facial scar inflicted by Lady Argent.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Depending on how you play them, despite wishing to become a villain, they may be unable to bring themselves to seriously harm or kill others, especially Ortega.
  • De-Power: They can claim that they've lost their powers completely after the Heartbreak Incident, knowing that in the wake of them controlling Lady Argent all telepaths will be viewed with suspicion.
  • Destination Defenestration: Flashbacks reveal that they were mind controlled into flinging themselves from an apartment window after losing a mental battle with Heartbreak.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: Has a bone to pick with Herald, the newest member of the Rangers (and also their direct replacement).
  • Driven to Suicide: Played with. Sidestep never wanted to kill themselves. However, during the Hearbreak incident, they were unable to resist the suicide signal and ended up throwing themselves out a window. Despite this, they survived, however, certain choices have it be that Sidestep has always struggled with suicidal thoughts.
  • Empty Shell: Not them personally, but the Puppet was basically a catatonic coma patient they found in a hospital. Throughout the years of using them, the PC has never found any hint of a consciousness in there.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Once the superhero Sidestep, they're now trying to become the greatest villain of Los Diablos.
  • Facial Horror: Lady Argent can give them horrific facial scars during their climatic fight.
  • Fallen Hero: Duh, it's the title.
  • Genre Savvy: Can be played this way; a career spent fighting villains who regularly screw themselves over by giving a Motive Rant and the like has taught Sidestep what not to do. Of course, the player can choose to give one anyway...
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied that they're jealous of Herald because of how easy he's had it, and for representing the hero the they were unable to become.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Downplayed. While the player does have to option of choosing their actual name, villain name, as well as the name of their puppet, their superhero name before the start of the story is always Sidestep.
  • I Hate Past Me: They definitely don't like it when their past as Sidestep is brought up. At one point when having a flashback about being injured in a fight versus Psychopathor they'll lament that they were a naive idiot.
    • One of the possible motivations for the museum attack is for the PC to destroy the Sidestep exhibit, outright stating that it’s to symbolically destroy their past self.
  • In the Hood: As shown on the picture above, their Sidestep outfit included a hood.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Well, the bastard somewhat depends on the player's choices, but regardless the PC is very adept at reading and manipulating others, even without taking their telepathy into account.
  • Mark of Shame: View their Re-Gene tattoos as this, to the point of engaging in extensive self harm in an attempt to remove them.
  • Motivation Index: There are five possible motivations to choose from in the first game, and can be switched in the second game.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Back in their days as Sidestep, they genuinely wanted to be a hero and use their power to help people. Unfortunately, that brought publicity, which allowed the Special Directive to find them and kidnap them after the Heartbreak Incident.
  • Obfuscating Disability: If they claim to have lost their powers after the Heartbreak Incident.
  • People Jars: Was created in one. In Book 1 they remember a memory of people looking in at them, and in Book 2 refer to themselves as being decanted rather than born.
  • Power Armor: What they spend the majority of Book 1 preparing, gathering the necessary components for Dr. Mortum to build a suit for them, hoping to use it to jumpstart their career as a villain.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: As an Infiltrator Re-gene they specifically created them to be this, as being average means they won't draw attention. They also can try their damned hardest to be as unremarkable as possible as drawing too much publicity is what got them caught by the Special Directive.
  • Self-Harm: Implied to have engaged in multiple forms throughout their life, especially in their attempts to remove their Re-Gene tattoos.
  • Self-Surgery: Due to their aversion to doctors and hospitals, they did a lot of self-surgery even before the Heartbreak Incident. Now they usually use the puppet to carry out first aid on their unconscious body.
  • Tragic Villain: Especially if you amplify their sympathetic qualities.
  • Telepathy: Their superpower. And it's actually pretty strong; not only are they able to read people's mind, they can also take control of their bodies for a short period of time.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Regardless of where the player takes their morality, the PC is ultimately a PTSD-ridden, antisocial paranoiac who initially turns to villainy not for greed or power, but because it’s the only way they see to take back control of their life and strike back at those who hurt them.
  • Your Cheating Heart: They can romance Ortega in their own body and Dr. Mortum in their puppet body, or romance both with their puppet body. Or both at the same time.
    • The sequel will involve possible polyamorous relationships as solutions to love triangles while also further complicating matters with an extra three romance interests.
  • Younger Than They Look: They're actually around 10 years old, but look like they're in their thirties thanks to the Farm accelerating their aging.


Ortega is a longtime member and previous Marshal of the Rangers. They were partners with the protagonist when they were still working as Sidestep, being their closest friend.
  • Badass Mustache: A male Ortega has grown a mustache in the seven year gap between the Heartbreak Incident and the present day.
  • The Charmer: Is incredibly outgoing and flirty.
  • Canon Name: Their last name is always Ortega, their first name changes depending on gender, being either Ricardo or Julia.
  • Closet Key: If both Ortega and the MC are the same gender and were in a relationship in the past, Ortega explicitly states in a flashback that they've never been in a same-sex relationship before.
  • Cyborg: As a Mod they have various mechnical implants, including the ones that allows them to weaponise the abnormal electrical activity produced by their epilepsy.
  • Dashing Hispanic
  • Dating Catwoman: If they enter into a relationship with the MC. Since Ortega is still a superhero, while the MC is heading down the path of villainy. Though Ortega isn't aware of this.
  • Disability Immunity: Their epilepsy makes them immune to all forms of mental manipulation.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: If Ortega and the protagonist are the same gender and were in a relationship in the past, it's implied that Sidestep was the only same-sex partner they've ever had.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Due to being epileptic. This actually saved their life during the Heartbreak Incident.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Can happen to them in one of the ending variations of Rebirth - they're in love with the now civilian Sidestep, but view Sidestep's new villian persona as their nemesis.
  • Logical Weakness: Being an epileptic, they're weak to anything which can manage to induce a seizure. Thus the fact that they suffer from epilepsy at all is a very closely guarded secret.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: They'd actually entered a 10-Minute Retirement after Sidestep's "death", coming back largely because there was that much need for them.
  • My Greatest Failure: The Heartbreak Incident, to the point of passing leadership to Steel and (temporarily) quitting the Rangers.
  • Nice Guy: Is a pretty friendly and outgoing individual. Considering that they managed to befriend - or even romance - Sidestep, who never lets their walls down, that says a lot.
  • Oblivious to Love: If Ortega is male, Steel will have had a crush on him for some time... but due to Steel keeping his personal life completely separate from his work life, he has never brought it up and Ortega fails to pick up on any behavioral cues.
  • Only Friend: Even if the player chose to not have them be very close in the past, Ortega was the closest thing Sidestep ever had to a friend.
  • Shock and Awe: Their main offensive power.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: They quit the Rangers and superhero work after the Heartbreak Incident but rejoined them by the next year, albeit no longer as Marshal.
  • That One Case: Ortega has been obsessively pursuing Hollow Ground ever since they killed Marshal Hood, who Ortega was close with. This has been going on for 13 years by the start of the game.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the protagonist.

     Dr. Mortum 
A scientist the Protagonist is paying to build their new armor.
  • Adorkable: Their enthusiasm about capes is rather charming.
  • Affably Evil: Knowingly creates weapons and equipment for villains, but is nonetheless unfailingly polite and professional.
  • Black and Nerdy
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Speaks with a French accent and injects Gratuitous French into their speech. Though it's stated that no one knows their actual country of origin, so it may just be an affectation.
  • Mad Scientist: Well, less "mad" and more "amoral", they are willing to ignore ethical concerns and do contract work for villains.
  • Retired Monster: Used to be a full time villain, but retired after a falling out with a colleague to instead to do contract R&D for other villains.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: If you invite them to the Museum as your date.

Wei Chen, also known as Steel, is a longtime member and current Marshal of the Rangers. He and the protagonist never got along.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Not that he's much more social outside of work. But his strict adherence to this rule is why the Protagonist is so surprised when they see him walking his dog, as well as why he's never acted at all on his crush on a male Ortega.
  • Cyborg: Is a Mod like Ortega, with at least two Artificial Limbs. However he has many more implants and mechanical parts than Ortega.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He was in a program that provided therapy dogs to military personnel. He now has a dog named Spoon. In case he runs out of them.
  • Jerkass: Downplayed, but he was kind of an asshole to Sidestep when they were working with the Rangers. Even after they turn out to be alive and helping the Rangers, Steel makes sure this isn't their home. But considering Properly Paranoid below, he is somewhat justified in his behavior.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Also downplayed, but he is a hero who cares for civilian lives, behaves civilly enough, and expresses to Sidestep that, despite the bad blood between them, he is relieved they survived.
  • Mighty Glacier: Due to his heavy implants and metal armor, he is notably very heavy and slow, and has difficulty going up stairs.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: He's a romance option in the second game, although the author is debating whether his romance will be gender-locked to male Sidesteps or a case of It's Okay If It's You for non-binary Sidesteps.
  • Properly Paranoid: Flashbacks reveal he was openly suspicious of Sidestep while they were working with the Rangers, and is still distrustful of them in the present day. Considering Sidestep is implied to have ties with some rather unsavory characters and is currently going down the path of outright villainy, his concern is more than a little justified.
    • The second game reveals that he'd actually searched for Sidestep in the wake of the Heartbreak Incident, and found more than a few pieces that didn't fit the puzzle, but his duties meant he couldn't investigate further.
  • The Stoic: He's a very taciturn individual, in part because of his military background.
  • Straight Gay: He identifies as gay, but due to his keeping his work life and personal life carefully separated, his sexuality isn't at all apparent.

Herald is the newest member of the Rangers. Despite his seemingly amicable personality, the MC shows a distaste towards him.
  • Closet Key: A male protagonist can act as this.
  • Crush Blush: He's rather prone to this when in close contact with Sidestep - though even the PC can be confused about whether it's this or Hero Worship.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He constantly fawns over Argent, who seems annoyed by him at best.
  • The Face: The second game reveals him as this, as he's got a natural charm and charisma that makes him great at dealing with the press, especially compared to Ortega, Steel, and Lady Argent.
  • Flying Brick: His powerset in a nutshell.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: What the Ranger's publicity department is trying to portray him as. The protagonist is notably ticked off by this goody two shoes persona.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Ortega can reveal that Sidestep is his favorite superhero.
    • This is reaffirmed if you give him the time of day in the second game, as he exclaims how he used to watch you on TV.
  • Likes Older Women: Lady Argent is a few years older than him; so is Sidestep. If Sidestep is male, it becomes a case of Likes Older Men.
  • Love Martyr: Despite how much they bend over, Argent isn’t interested.
  • Official Couple: The protagonist notes that he and Argent are a couple. However it is also a publicity thing and while Herald is definitely head over heals for Argent, she doesn’t reciprocate.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Confirmed for the second game.
  • Superpower Lottery: Not only did he beat the odds by not suffering a gruesome death after taking the Boost drug, but he lucked out with getting a set of powers perfectly suited for hero work.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He was born in 1996. As the game is set in 2020, this makes him only 24 years old. Moreover, he's the newest addition to the Rangers, and according to Malin Ryden has been active as a superhero for only two years.

     Lady Argent 
A superhero who joined the Rangers sometime after Sidestep's 'death'. She's the least press-conscious of the team.
  • Blood Knight: Some of the few times she shows happiness is fighting. She seems thrilled at the thought of fighting Protagonist’s villain persona.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: If you successfully ambush her in the sewers during the climax, you can see that she has three pupils in each eye, instead of one, hinting that she may not be fully human.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Her body is coated an incredibly hard metal that she's able to manipulate to some degree, such as growing metal claws from her hands.
  • Ice Queen: Oh, so much. She barely shows emotions when not fighting and flat out tells the Protagonist she doesn't have a high opinion of them.
    • On the other hand, she's pretty interested in Los Diablos' newest villain.
  • Made of Iron: Quite literally, as her skin is made up of a seemingly indestructible metal. Played with, as despite her incredible durability, she can still feel every hit she takes, something the PC learns the hard way after possessing her and getting into a fight with Herald.
  • Official Couple: The protagonist notes that she and Herald are a couple. That said it seems to be a publicity thing, and she clearly isn’t interested in Herald. The second game confirms this, as the pair broke up in the wake of the Museum bombing.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Confirmed for the second game.


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