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Delta Students

    Bridget Baumgartner - "Lambda" 
    Eric Daniels Jr. - "Superalloy" 
    Maxwell Grayson - "Sentinel" 
    Sophia Hayes - "Devourer" 
    Tristen Madden - "Metalhead" 
    Lachtna & Fiachra Martin - " 3 A.M." & " 4 A.M." 

Lachtna & Fiachra Martin - "3 A.M." & "4 A.M."

Created by: Lady Senbonzakura

A pair of twins from Alabama who are noteworthy for their relationship with two other twins, Adair and Riada Scathan.

    Kendall Nolan - "Phantom" 

Kendall Nolan - "Phantom"

Created by: Writing Bookworm

Kendall Nolan is an 18 year old Delta student at Harwell's. Though he has a troubled past, he works to make amends for everything he's done.

  • The Atoner: The point of him coming to Harwell's. He didn't want to at first, but now he genuinely wants to change.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten Ella in front of him. Or Loretta and Sophia, for that matter.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Ella. He really does love her.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Loretta and Sophia's Gentle Girls.
  • Compelling Voice: One of his powers. The effects only last a minute, but the recipient is forced to obey for that minute, and a lot of damage can still be done (as his uncle learned the hard way).
  • Guile Hero: Kendall's abilities aren't inclined to combat, which means he usually resolves situations through other means.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He's definitely changing, and making an honest effort to get better. But with this comes a lot of shame for what he's done in the past.
  • Intangibility: One of his powers.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: One of the reasons why he rejected Loretta at the dance was because he didn't think he was good enough for her.
    • That, and because he didn't realize he felt the same way. But after kissing her and liking it, and realizing how important she was to him come her panic attack, he's starting to come to his senses.
  • Jerk With a Heart of Gold: Started out as this, being a delinquent that does genuinely love his sister underneath everything. Now the jerk part in general is being erased.
  • Morality Pet: Played straight at the beginning of the RP, where just a mention of Ella was able to get him to agree to come to Harwell's. Eventually subverted; while the idea of calling Ella still meant a lot to him, he's also trying to change for himself, and not just for his sister.
  • Opposites Attract: With Loretta.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Throughout the course of the RP.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: With Loretta and Sophia.
    Gretchen Norman - "The Seamstress" 

Gretchen Norman - "The Seamstress"

Created by: Lady Senbonzakura

A diligent student who, coincidentally, is attending at the same time as her cousin Slade. Gretchen's warm, outgoing, and motherly personality quickly made her stand out among the freshmen.

    Slade Norman - "Smokescreen" 

Slade Willoughby Norman - "Daikaiju"(formerly Smokescreen)

Created by: Comrade Squid

Slade Norman is one of many students at Harwell's Institute, though he stood out during the Gauntlet due to his strong leadership. He's relied upon by many of his fellow students, though he has a close relation in particular with his cousin, Gretchen Norman.

During the Christmas Vacation, he breaks under pressure and admits that he's a spy for ASDOM and a traitor, as well as the true identity for the monstrous Daikaiju. He promptly transforms and kidnaps Lucille.

  • Affably Evil: He's really a friendly fellow. Such a shame he's an enemy spy.
  • AntiVillain: Though he's working for a villainous organization and has committed heinous deeds, he still retains his strong moral character.
  • Attack of the Fifty Foot Whatever: Though not fifty feet tall, his monster form invokes this strongly.
  • Beneath the Mask: Subverted. His protectiveness and caring nature are both real, but it turns out they're the driving force of his antagonism.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He clearly hates what he's doing, but he has no choice.
  • Big Bad Friend: The close friend of Lucille, Gretchen, and Annie, but also The Mole. He clearly still cares about them, and even tries to willingly recruit Lucille to his side before taking her by force.
  • Big Brother Instinct: A major personality trait of his. It doesn't appear to have gone away after The Reveal, but rather, is hinted to be the reason WHY he's betrayed them.
  • Big Man on Campus: One of the most popular and respected students of the bunch, if not the best performing. Too bad he's a traitor.
  • Blackmail: Claims ASDOM is using this to make him work for them.
  • Broken Ace: Always appeared to be at the top of his game, but inside he's an utter mess. The illusion is gone after The Reveal.
  • Broken Pedestal: At one point, more than one student felt serious admiration for him. Not anymore.
  • Code Name: At first it's "Smokescreen" because of his smoke generation, but it is unofficially discarded for "Daikaiju" later on.
  • The Commies Made Me Do It: He claims that ASDOM has had a hold over his family ever since his father's death, and their implied threats to kill his mother and sister forced him to be their attack dog.
  • CoverBlowing Superpower: Everyone knows he has superpowers, though if they knew what exactly they entailed, they would have known he was a spy much sooner.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Though par for the course at a Superhero School, Slade's stands out especially. His father died when he was only fourteen and his need to look after his depressed mother and younger sister led him to becoming one of ASDOM's killers.
  • Death by Origin Story: As mentioned above, Slade’s father died when he was younger, in the same accident that took his uncle, Gretchen's father.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: "Willoughby". Gretchen includes it for extra emphasis when she shouts his full name in New York.
  • Evil All Along: Though not 100% evil, he does turn out to be a spy and a major antagonist.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: He can raise his body temperature at will. Daikaiju is also heavily associated with heat and flame, his very transformation causing an intense heat wave as well as melting the snow wherever he steps.
  • Eye Scream: When he transforms for the first time after The Reveal, Lucille throws a crystal javelin given to her by Annie into his left eye. Thankfully, he's mostly alright when he transforms back to human form, though the nerve shock leaves him blind in that eye for a few hours.
  • False Friend: Of a sort. He initially got close to Lucille just to keep an eye on her on ASDOM's orders. However, he quickly began to actually bond with her, as well as Annie and all the other students he was always going to betray. However, he was always close to his cousin Gretchen, even before becoming a spy.
  • Foreshadowing: Multiple examples.
    • When he sees Lightbringer for the first time, his jaw drops. Gretchen assumes he has the hots for her, but in hindsight, he was most likely experiencing extreme fear.
    • When Annie describes how her brother was killed by Daikaiju, Slade is seen covering his face in remorse.
    • Later on, he expresses to Gretchen that his tongue hurts. Earlier that day, Lucille had shot his tongue while he was in monster form.
  • Gentle Giant: Though he stands at an imposing 6'2", he's a kind and gentle soul. Subverted after The Reveal.
  • Heroic Build
  • Irony: Among the things Slade hates is "friendships ending." Guess what happens to all of his, because of him?
  • I've Come Too Far: At the warehouse, he remarks that he's in too deep to back out now.
  • Kaiju: Daikaiju is specifically designed to invoke this, as he breathes fire, causes havoc in cities, and retreats into the river after the battle in New York. However, considering the city was New York, his top-heavy stance, and his goal of kidnapping a young woman, he probably shares more in common with a different giant monster than the one you're probably thinking of.
  • The Leader: Might have been this among the Harwell's Students, but now he's definitely The Brute. During the Gauntlet, he leads half of the students, with Maxwell leading the other half.
  • The Mole: At the mountain resort, Slade reveals that he's a spy for ASDOM and was sent to Harwell's to keep an eye on Lucille.
  • My Blood Runs Hot: Slade is capable of raising the temperature of his body. For a while, everyone thought this was his only power, but turns out it's the priming mechanism for his real power.
  • Secret Identity: For a while, no one knew he was actually Daikaiju, the monster that terrorized the world.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Blackmailed into service by ASDOM. All he wants to do is protect his mother and sister.
  • Team Dad: Was this before The Reveal, in contrast to Gretchen's Team Mom. During his time at Harwell's, Slade felt responsible for his fellow students, always tried to bring out the best in them, and never shied away from leadership in times of crisis.
  • Tragic Villain: Perhaps the most so far.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Claims that he has no choice in the matter and that anyone else would do the same thing under his circumstances.
  • Villainous Valor: His bravery is renowned by his teammates while he's at Harwell's. This becomes a problem when he's revealed as The Mole, and he shows the same amount of determination and valor for his evil allies.
  • We Can Rule Together: Of a sort. He attempts to recruit Lucille to ASDOM under vague terms immediately BEFORE The Reveal, though neither of them are in a ruling position. He continues to offer her this as he and Harbinger kidnap her.
  • Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard the Martial as this, and expresses regret and sorrow for "having to put her down".
    Adair & Riada Scthan - "Mirror" & "rirro M" 
    Valerie Waller - "Strongarm" 

Valerie Waller - "Strongarm"

Created by: Writing Bookworm

Valerie Waller is a 17 year old Delta student at Harwell's. A former popular girl, she has a strained relationship with her mother, who sent her to Harwell's as a punishment for something she did.
  • Action Girl: A bit of an unrefined version, but she's had more training at Harwell's. Even without the training, her powers still made this trope possible.
  • Alpha Bitch: She was this before Harwell's.
  • Berserk Button: Basically everything Eric says.
  • The Big Girl: A slightly nontraditional example, but her powers suit her nicely for this role.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Deconstructed. She went to parties and even did some drugs from time to time, but it was all to get her mother's attention. At Harwell's, after she's given up on her mom, the behavior disappears entirely.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Always wears gloves to control her nigh-uncontrollable strength.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father divorced her mother shortly after he was born. Word of God is that he's still alive, and does visit her from time to time. But it's not as often as she'd like.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. Before the RP, she would act dumb from time to time whenever she was trying to get a guy's attention, because she didn't believe any guy would want a girl that was potentially both smarter and stronger than him. Otherwise, she was a straight A student.
  • Heroic Neutral: Of a sort. Valerie didn't want to ever go to Harwell's, nor become a hero. But the more the RP went on, the more she's been forced into a position of heroics, and the more she's started to acclimate to it.
  • Hidden Depths: Not too many people would guess the girly blonde girl is the one with the super strength.
  • Invincible Hero: Ultimately averted and deconstructed. She thinks she is this, due to her Nigh-Invulnerability, which makes her pretty reckless, since she believes she can't be hurt. That's not true; she can be hurt, just as long as someone's creative about it.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Her mother's the Director, which means that she's well-taken care of and got to live in a nice home, complete with servants. But that also meant her mother was never there, which led to Valerie building a lot of resentment against her.
  • Mighty Glacier: Valerie can both take and deal out a lot of punishment. She's close to the Lightning Bruiser trope, but her speed isn't particularly notable, so she errs on Mighty Glacier.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She still hasn't forgiven herself for hurting Dylan.
  • Power Incontinence: She can't control her super strength.
  • Power Limiters: Her gloves serves as this.
  • Super Strength: Valerie can lift up to four tons.
    Loretta Williams - "Puzzle Piece" 

Loretta Williams - "Puzzle Piece"

Created by: Fix-It

Loretta Williams is a 16 year old Delta student at Harwell's. Her purple hair, ditzy demeanor, and super speed have made her a recognizable character.

  • Adorkable: A ditzy, clumsy, and overall cute girl.
  • Code Name: Just like everyone at Harwell’s, Loretta has a code name: Puzzle Piece.
  • Comically Missing the Point: All the time...
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both her hair and her eyes are purple.
  • Cute Bruiser: Although she hasn't been given many opportunities to use them, Loretta has honed fighting skills as a result of Harwell's training and her own experiences.
  • Badass Adorable: In general, she’s very sweet and cute, but won’t hesitate to kick some bad-guy-butt.
  • Beneath the Mask: Loretta is happy and sweet on the outside, but on the inside she really beats herself up.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually underestimated by opponents because of her disposition and appearance, but that’s exactly how she’ll beat you.
  • Book Dumb: She’s failed nearly every test she’s ever taken.
  • Break the Cutie: Such as when all of the awful events of the Christmas party totalled up to a panic attack and her begging to have a sleeping spell put on her.
  • Damsel in Distress: Played with a few times, such as when she’s bitten by piranhas and has to be carried during the Gauntlet, or when she has a panic attack during a battle during the Christmas vacation.
  • Dead Partner: Sophia, her best friend, died during the Christmas vacation arc while Loretta was under a sleep spell.
  • Deep Sleep: How she spent a large portion of the Christmas vacation arc.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: One of the reasons she decided to attend Harwells. Before attending, she had no real reason to keep going on, and was seriously depressed.
  • Determinator: As shown in the first missions, even when she’s bruised and hurt, Loretta at least won’t stop trying.
  • Forced Sleep: What she asked for to stop a relentless anxiety attack.
  • Freak Lab Accident: Loretta has her powers all thanks to some mean kids in middle school. She drank a weird combination of chemicals out of the cabinet and BAM! Fast.
  • Friendless Background: She was frequently bullied up until her last year of middle school. This has an indirect correlation to the acquisition of her superpowers.
  • Genki Girl: Her excitability initially started off as an act, but became an actual facet of her personality after lots of pretending.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has many in her room.
  • Hair Decorations: She loves to wear bows in her hair, especially really gaudy ones.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: It’s subtle, but still there. She feels ashamed for being such a deadweight during combat, considering this is all she has ever been so far.
  • Heroic Wannabe: She's very focused on being seen as and feeling like a superhero. Her perception of superhero is very idealistic, but she still reaches for it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her BFF is Sophia.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite coming off as extremely carefree and happy, Loretta was revealed to be more solemn and anxious than one might have thought, and this was always true. She learnt how to side this side well, though.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: This thought was the driving force behind her drinking lab chemicals in middle school, and honestly, sums up her entire school experience before Harwells.
  • Messy Hair: Her hair is long, and as a result, sometimes it just isn't worth it to brush it before heading out.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She’s extremely naive, which is shown in about every single thing she says. Basically a fairy-tale heroine.
  • Nice Girl: Again, self-explanatory. She’s just a nice person!
  • Nice Shoes: Purple and pink light-up Sketchers. They twinkle!
  • Opposites Attract: Her relationship with Kendall.
  • Pink Means Feminine: While not pink, she’s got purple hair and eyes. Her superhero costume is also purple.
  • Plucky Girl: She’s fairly brave for what it’s worth, but definitely optimistic. It’s one of her defining traits.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Purple-haired, but it’s all the same.
  • Running Away to Cry: Often and actually works in her favor, considering how fast she can run.
  • Running Gag: Her light-up Sketchers serve as this.
  • Scars are Forever: Despite the healing powers of Harwell’s staff members, a burn-scar will always remain on Loretta’s right wrist from the first mission.
  • She's Got Legs: After lots of speed training on her own time and through Harwell’s, it’s only natural that she has toned legs.
  • Stepford Smiler: It was revealed during the Christmas vacation arc that Loretta has Generalized Anxiety Disorder and suffers from panic attacks, restlessness, and overall difficulty dealing with anxious thoughts especially without medication. She started by keeping up a happy facade to hide what’s really going on, but holding onto this mask for so long led her to act this way almost naturally.
  • Super Serum: Kind of. She drank lab chemicals as a dare and was lucky enough to not die, but instead, get superpowers.
  • Super Speed: Her superpower is super speed — like the Flash.
  • The Ditz: She’s somewhat of a comic relief as a result of her ditziness and naivety.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Happens often. A notable example is when Kendall rejected her romantic advances and she had to hold it together until she could get back to her room.
  • Weak but Skilled: Not the best fighter or strategist, Loretta makes up for it in her utility as a teammate and speediness.
  • What Would X Do?: Has taken to asking herself “What would they do in the movies?” or “What would a real superhero do?”
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She just wants her friends to be happy and to save people as a superhero.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In her case, pastel purple hair.
  • Younger Than They Look: She’s 16 years old, but looks more like 14.

Gamma Students

    Vincent Christiansen - "Continuum" 
    Lucille Lear - "Swiftshot" 

Lucille Lear - "Swiftshot"

Created by: Writing Bookworm

Lucille Lear is a 16 year old Gamma student at Harwell's. Though quiet and kind, her demure exterior hides a wealth of secrets.

  • Action Girl: With or without her abilities activated, she can take care of herself in a fight.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: While she's not quite on the level of an Anti-Hero, she can get pretty nasty sometimes. She's the only one of Writing's student characters with a kill count, both off-screen and on-screen.
  • Broken Bird: At the start of the RP. She got better with the influence of friends, but after Slade's betrayal, she may or may not start to relapse into this.
  • Damsel in Distress: Has been kidnapped twice, once in New York City and again in the Christmas Vacation Arc.
    • Damsel Out of Distress: She does her best to handle herself in those situations, though. The first time, she ended up killing Nixon for his trouble and she attempted to shoot Slade the second time.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Out of all of Writing's student characters, she got hit with this the worst.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gretchen and Annie. She's particularly attached to Gretchen, but she's also come to see Annie as a friend over time.
  • Professional Killer: She worked for a gang as a sniper in order to survive. She regrets it, though, and is trying to make sure she never has to go back to being one again.
  • Properly Paranoid: To the point where it's even lampshaded by Annie in one post.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She's the Yin to Lance's Yang.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played with. Lucille acts shy and timid to most people, and she genuinely is a quiet person. But when push comes to shove in a fight, Lucille is not at all timid.
  • We Used to Be Friends: For most of the RP, Lucille really liked Slade. Come his betrayal, there is no one she hates more.
    Annie Mc Callister - "Lattice" 

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