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Noah Newport

The central protagonist of Hero Complex. Noah begins the story as a withdrawn, socially awkward, Ridiculously Average Guy whose life is flipped upside down once he learns he's the unlucky target of an intergalactic terrorist.


  • Adorkable: Noah is sweet and dorky, and tries his best to be positive and strong even in the darkest of circumstances.
  • Action Survivor: He's a normal, innocent bystander who is swept up in an epic, universe-threatening plot. He's also quick and agile and manages to keep a cool head when he's in danger.
  • All-Loving Hero: Noah's general attitude toward everyone. Even when faced with people who act antagonistically toward him, such as Matriarch Safir, Noah is always willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
  • Alliterative Name: A shoutout to similarly-named comic book characters such as Peter Parker, Lois Lane, Matt Murdock, etc.
  • Audience Surrogate: The workings of the multiverse and the Brotherhood are explained to Noah and all major story revelations are seen through his eyes.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Averted in that Noah is more savvy than stereotypically nerdy.
  • Badass Adorable: He may look like The Twink, but he's not afraid to throw down.
  • Badass Gay
  • Badass Normal: Gradually evolves into an Empowered Badass Normal.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Overall he's good-natured and polite, but do not insult him or cross someone he cares about.
  • Brainy Brunette: While not portrayed as academic, Noah frequently demonstrates the ability to problem solve and calmly think through situations under pressure.
  • Big Eater: Noah frequently thinks about food even after finishing a big meal, owing to his Hyperactive Metabolism.
  • Bishōnen: Grant outright tells him he's beautiful, and Henrik describes him as such using an Old Norse term.
  • Boy Next Door: Unlike most examples, he's also the central character.
  • Character Development: Noah is introduced as a timid and Ridiculously Average Guy who can't raise his voice high enough to fend off the unwanted advances of a blind date. As he learns the truth about his place in the multiverse, his confidence and sense of identity grows and sharpens.
  • Cool Sword: When he wields the Ulfbur.
  • Combat Parkour: During his fight scenes, but especially with Dark Grant.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: One that he gradually reveals over time. Despite this, he tries his best to maintain a positive (if wistful) attitude.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he is ambushed by Dark Grant and forced to watch as Captain Viking sacrifices himself to ensure his safety. Noah is broken by this, realizing that The Ascendant and his army may be unstoppable.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: His verbal diarrhea is a recurring problem for him.
  • Distressed Dude: Being the target of an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer has put him in a few dangerous situations, to say the least.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Somewhat. The multiverse follows a simultaneous timestream, so while Earth Alpha appears futuristic, it's still the present year when he arrives there.
  • Friendless Background: Noah tells Grant during "Grant and the Runaway" that most of his friends have grown up and assumed lives of their own, while he still feels like a directionless adolescent.
  • Genki Guy: Though he alternates between this and Socially Awkward Hero..
  • Grew a Spine: Noah standing up for Grant during "The Trial of the Viking Knight" surprises even him.
  • Going Native: He initially struggles to adapt to Earth Alpha culture but grows more comfortable over time. Noah even undergoes fight training with Henrik.
  • The Hero: Noah begins the story as a Pinball Protagonist but once he becomes less reactive and more assertive, his actions start to drive the narrative forward.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Noah undergoes intensive training in order to properly wield the Ulfbur. He gets very, very good at it.
  • Heroic Willpower: This is essentially what allows him to embody The Eternal and control its powers.
  • Hidden Badass: Noah certainly never expected his life to change so drastically as to let him go toe-to-toe with intergalactic terrorists, superpowered Knights, and cosmic beings.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Once Noah is taken off of Earth 1012.
  • The Idealist: Noah tells Grant that he believes all people contain Hidden Depths and deserve to have their stories told.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: A romantic example with Grant. Played straight with the other male Knights.
  • Manchild: Noah is emotionally mature and intelligent, yet he's almost 30 and spends his free time at home watching Netflix, playing videogames, and avoiding any kind of social life. His wardrobe is also pretty childlike, with ripped jeans and animal-themed sweaters.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Boy: To Grant, somewhat. While he helps Grant learn to loosen up and enjoy life, its secondary to his role as the story's hero.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Somewhat. Noah frequently witnesses the deaths of his alternate selves, although he himself remains alive.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: When he interacts with Lisette.
  • Meaningful Name: Noah is the Hebrew name meaning rest and comfort. Noah’s desire, as he reveals to Grant, is to find safety in his turbulent life. He also shepherds a handful of survivors from an apocalyptic wrath and guides them toward a new world.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Noah is half-Asian, half-European.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: Many members of The Brotherhood blow off Noah's usefulness owing to his comparatively smaller stature and inexperience, but he gradually proves himself as a Badass Normal. And once he becomes The Eternal.
  • Nice Guy: One of his defining traits.
  • Non-Linear Character: If you count his alternate selves, Noah is spread out through a vast array of dimensions, worlds, and circumstances.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: The ending leaves it ambiguous as to whether or not he's retained his powers as The Eternal
  • No Social Skills: Although he gradually gets better, he's initially tongue-tied and nervous around people he doesn't know.
  • Older Than They Look: Most characters mistake him for much younger than his actual age: 28.
  • One Character, Multiple Lives: Again, if you count his alternate selves. Played straight toward the climax when Noah as The Eternal spreads himself out across time and space.
  • Opposites Attract: Him and Grant.
  • Official Couple: Again, him and Grant.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of Noah's parents are gone from his life.
  • The Pawn: To The Ascendant. And to Matriarch Safir.
  • Pinball Protagonist: For most of the story, until he begins taking matters into his own hands.
  • Pretty Boy: Although he's rather modest/shy about it.
  • Protagonist Power-Up Privileges: First with the Ulburf, then with the Source Crystal.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: He's very uncomfortable while wearing his skintight Spider-Man costume. He's similarly bashful when he wakes up naked in front of The Keeper.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Noah invokes this when Grant or someone he cares about is in danger.
  • Secular Hero: When he learns of Earth Alpha's creation myth, he admits that he doesn't believe in God.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy compared to Grant and the male Knights.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Owing to his adorkable nature.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With the help of Henrik and Thea, who provide intensive fight training to Noah at his request. He then takes another huge level toward the end of the story.
  • Trapped in Another World: Noah once he arrives on Earth Alpha under the strict care of the Brotherhood.
  • The Twink: Especially compared to Hero Complex's more traditionally masculine male characters.
  • Twofer Token Minority: He is both gay and half Asian.
  • Waif-Fu: A rare male example. After Taking a Level in Badass, he uses agility, hand-to-hand combat and gymnastic moves during fight scenes. While he also wields a sword, his attack style is more balletic and precise than blunt and heavy.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Ulfbur sword.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: There's a lot of emphasis on his green eyes. They're the first thing Grant notices about him.

Grant Bjornlund

Noah's primary love interest and Hero Complex's supporting protagonist. He belongs to an ancient order of superpowered knights from an alternate dimension and quickly forms a romantic bond with the young man he's been sworn to protect. Grant struggles to deal not only with his feelings for Noah vs. his loyalty to the Brotherhood, but with his savage viking lineage vs. the nobility of his title as a knight.


  • Action Hero: Grant is a rugged, superpowered badass who very easily beats bad guys into a pulp.
  • An Axe to Grind: Grant's preferred weapon is a gigantic battle axe.
  • The Atoner: All the people he's killed starts to weigh on his conscience by the time he meets Noah.
  • Badass Baritone: Grant’s voice is frequently described as noticeably deep and booming.
  • Badass Beard: One that even further accentuates his chiseled features. It's a definite fetish for Noah.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Grant feels unworthy of Noah's love due to his dark past.
  • Bi the Way: It’s revealed that he was once engaged to Thea.
  • Blood Knight: Hinted at then played straight once he escapes from The Citadel. Grant's bloodthirsty way of fighting acts as a secret shame for him.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Grant with Noah.
  • Broken Ace: The Brotherhood looks up to and admires Grant for his professionalism and fighting skills, which tends to confound or outright annoy the emotionally stunted Grunt.
  • Bruiserwith A Soft Center: He may look mean and tough, but Grant reveals a tender, romantic side when he's alone with Noah.
  • But Not Too Bi: Grant’s engagement to Thea was brief and hinted to be nothing more than a beard relationship.
  • Carpet of Virility: Noah is surprised by how thick and dark Grant's chest hair is, considering he's a natural blond.
  • Chest Insignia: His chestplate armor bares the insignia of the Brotherhood of the Horizon.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He's oblivious to pretty much all advances made on him.
  • Consummate Professional: Grant's default personality. Meeting Noah puts this aspect of him into a tailspin, though.
  • Covered in Scars: Justified given that Grant has spent his entire life fighting.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Much of story revolves around Noah melting Grant’s gruff, loner persona.
  • Deep Cover Agent: His below-the-radar identity on Earth 1012 was that of a simple, quiet mechanic.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he saves Noah by punching his date-gone-wrong Colin clear across an alleyway and into a car.
  • Fallen Hero: Played with after his suspension from the Brotherhood.
  • The Fettered: Grant is a very responsible, principled man who values justice, honor, and respect.
  • Gentle Giant: When he's around Noah. Not so much around everyone else.
  • The Good Captain: He treats his squadmates well and he's highly respected within The Brotherood.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Although he means well, he has a tendency to be pretty harsh.
  • Has a Type: He shows some muted attraction to the alternate Noahs.
  • Hates Small Talk: His first few encounters with Noah invoke this, but he slowly learns to open up.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: The odd times that Grant dresses up.
  • Healing Factor: Albeit an artificial one.
  • Hunk: Despite his dark attitude and guarded personality, pretty much every character in Hero Complex agrees that Grant is ridiculously attractive.
  • Icy Gray Eyes: Grant's gray eyes definitely match the cold, strong-willed, unapproachable aspect of this trope.
  • If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him: When someone threatens Noah in front of him (also his Berserk Button).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His initial characterization.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Grant's defining character trait.
  • The Leader: He varies between the Levelheaded and Headstrong types.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Grant fights like The Heavy but he's able to singlehandedly take down an entire army in "Gods Must Die" within minutes.
  • Made of Iron: He almost always walks away from battle completely unscathed. Briefly averted when he suffers a stab wound in "Noah Takes Flight", but he quickly gets better.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: He has a very healthy sex drive, especially when under the influence of the Crystal pebbles.
  • Meaningful Name: Grant is a Scottish surname derived from the French “grand”, meaning tall or great.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Grant spends many scenes naked or in various states of undress.
  • Mysterious Protector: How he's portrayed in the first couple of chapters.
  • Not Good with People: Grant doesn't talk or interact with others unless he finds it necessary. And even then, he's usually not polite about it.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Played straight with Noah.
  • Old-School Chivalry: Grant even refers to his pursual of Noah as a courtship (which Noah finds helplessly old-fashioned).
  • One-Man Army: Grant often finishes missions on his own without the need for backup.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Grant goes rogue from the Brotherhood after he realizes that the Citadel can't keep Noah safe from The Ascendant's attacks.
  • Peerless Love Interest: How Grant views Noah.
  • Sexy Scandinavian: Somewhat. Grant is ethnically Scandinavian but speaks with a British accent and is culturally English.
  • The Stoic: Grant is usually shown to be guarded and silent.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While he fits the traditional mould of the hero better than anyone, his actual role in the story is to assist and protect Noah.
  • Super Strength: Strong enough to stop a speeding car with his bare hands. In "Gods Must Die", he outright kills people with single strikes to their body.
  • Terror Hero: Varies between The Intimidator and The Dreaded.
  • Weapon of Choice: His mighty battle axe.

Henrik

    Antagonists 

The Ascendant

Hero Complex's Villain Antagonist. He is classified as an interstellar terrorist who, for mysterious reasons, is systematically murdering or brainwashing the various alternate Noah Newports of the multiverse.


The Noah Army

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    The Brotherhood of the Horizon 

The Brotherhood

Tropes that apply to The Brotherhood as an organization:


  • Back-to-Back Badasses: During fight scenes, the Knights always have each other's backs.
  • Badass Crew: Especially Grant and his squad of Thea, Lanfred, Lisette, and Vangarde.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: The Knights gain powers and their Healing Factor from swallowing pebbles mined from the Source Crystal.
  • Church Militants: Present, but downplayed. The Knights believe in a divine creator named The Eternal and center many social events around their devotion to him, however their missions are not motivated by their faith.
  • Council Of Shadows: The High Council, a mysterious internal affairs department led by Matriarch Safir.
  • Dimensional Travelers: Their duties involve taking dangerous missions that take place on alternate Earths.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: The Knights wear sleek, black, modern battle suits as opposed to clunky chainmail armor.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Head coverings of any kind are not part of their outfits.
  • Hot Men (and Women) at Work: The Knights are all very physically attractive.
  • Matriarchy: The Brotherhood is led by Matriarch Safir, a woman. Lampshaded by Noah, who questions why the organization would have a male-centric name.
  • The Order
  • Our Knights Are Different: A group of chivalrous Brits bound by duty to fight for a female authority figure? Yes. A group of super-powered dimension-hopping Space Police whose purpose is to eradicate threats on alternate worlds? Also yes.
  • The Paragons: The Knights of the Brotherhood are highly respected and revered among Earth Alpha's citizens.
  • Professional Killers: On the scale of good. They are primarily sent to kill or assassinate threats such as political tyrants, corrupt royalty, and terrorists on their missions.
  • Super Strength: Each Knight has strength that far exceeds that of a regular human.

Matriarch Safir

The mysterious, no-nonsense head chancellor of The Brotherhood of the Horizon. Her past is a mystery to the Knights she rules over.


  • Animated Tattoo: Her face is covered in living tattoos that morph along with her mood.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: She takes no prisoners and suffers no fools as the head of the Brotherhood.
  • Comically Serious: Especially evident during her interactions with Noah.
  • Cool Crown: The Matriarch wears an intricate jade headpiece when making public appearances.
  • The Chessmaster: As revealed during "Gods Must Die", she's been working behind the scenes to ensure all the major players are moving in the right direction.
  • Dragon Lady: A mild example. She has a cold attitude and wears a kimono, but her ethnicity is left ambiguous, and her role is not overtly villainous.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Her primarily role as a cosmic mentor to Noah is only revealed toward the end of the story.
  • Evil Matriarch: Played with, but ultimately subverted.
  • Guile Heroine: The Matriarch uses secret machinations and political power plays to achieve her desired results.
  • Hidden Depths: She is introduced as intimidating Headmistress-type character who gradually reveals an unwavering desire to see the multiverse at peace.
  • Ice Queen: Her legendary frostiness has earned her this reputation.
  • Iron Lady:
  • Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She is never seen without wearing some variation of a kimono.
  • No Sense of Humor: Her Straight Man tendencies come out when she's paired with Noah.
  • Proper Lady: She at one point chastises Noah for wanting to attend a public street fair over a black tie ball.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While sometimes overly stern, the Matriarch ultimately is invested in fairness and highly opposed to tyranny.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Noah.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: How the Matriarch was able to mold Earth Alpha into its current state, and what drives her to eradicate any dystopic elements of the alternate Earths.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist

Vangarde

Thea

Lanfred

Lisette

Ella / The Keeper

    Other Characters 

Adam

Tetrarch Noah

  • Alas, Poor Villain: A much more sympathetic character than the corrupt ruler Grant was expecting.
  • Arc Speech: "So often are we guided by our devotion, our love, our relationships. A bond that pulls us from the dark and into the light. When you are staring into the bedeviling gaze of your reaper... how far will that bond carry you?"
  • Despair Event Horizon: Implied to have had one as a result of his kingdom revolting against him.
  • Empty Shell: His emotional state by the time Grant invades his castle.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He is neither surprised nor afraid when he learns Grant has been sent to kill him.
  • Killed Offscreen: His death is not described. Grant simply emerges from his bedroom covered in blood.
  • Not Afraid to Die: His last words are "I'm ready".
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: He reveals that Tetrarchs are not allowed to have families or sexual relationships.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Even though the context is wildly different, he's still Noah in physical appearance.
  • We All Die Someday: The philosophy he's resigned to.

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