Herbert comes from a family of supers, which is either exceptionally rare, or the first example of this happening. A student who, at first, seemed to have super speed but it was actually revealed to be a delayed reaction from his parent's powers, and he is in fact a mimic.
- All-Loving Hero: Herbert is caring and sensitive and wants to help everyone. Maybe a little arrogantly, he believes he is the only chance anyone has. He may be right.
- Arch-Enemy: The Redeemer. Herbert is convinced that he is the only one that can stop him. He may be right, as no one else can fight against his time powers except for someone who can copy them (like, say, Herbert...)
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: How he intends to fight the Redeemer.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: So badly to the point where he nearly died and then actually died trying to absorb Signe's (who was dead) injuries and then heal. He had to be brought back after a dodgy deal between Margarita and the Redeemer with Lucio's help. In fact, it almost consumes his life, the amount of time he puts into this.
- Did Not Get the Girl: A straight example with Aurora, who ended up with Olem and perhaps Margarita, who is falling towards Taniel. It's sad; the guy tries his best but he always falls short.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Always falls behind others by putting himself first and losing any girl he's interested in.
- Gray Eyes: The amount of times he uses these to 'lock' onto people.
- Nice Guys Finish Last: An almost comical example.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: He absorbed the ability to see the future in dreams from his mother.
- Future Badass: Maybe, hopefully. We can only guess.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Herbert's arc is revolved around this even as the Redeemer approaches with an intent to destroy Olympus.
- Jumped at the Call: He even jumped off a building to get at it!
- Nice Guy: Herbert to a T!
- Personality Powers: His power comes from his ability to emphasise with people.
- Power Copying: More specifically, a Power Sponge, where copying abilities was his default power; Herbert just has to remember how that hero made him feel.
- Shock and Awe: He gained the ability to control electricity from his father.
- Superpower Lottery: Herbert can, eventually, access to all the powers of any other super he's ever met, making him take the most powerful card in the future. Currently, he can barely control his powers so this is somewhat inverted.
- Super Strength: He gained this from Canary and has already used it on a few occasions without meaning to do so.
- The Empath: And not in a lame way! Though it may appear like this at first, Herbert's abilities have the potential to be immense and all because he can connect with people like no-one else.
- Too Powerful to Live: One day this is what he aspires to. As of now, it is unlikely because his power is so hard to access. He just gets lucky with what he plucks out.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once he actually starts learning his powers, he's going to be one powerful guy!
- Training from Hell: Nathan is currently trying to impose it on Herbert. He's failing.
- What Kindof Lame Power Is Heart Anyway?: Originally how he views his powers when he believes them to consist of reading people's emotions only. Quite the comedown from superspeed.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Herbert certainly has this attitude.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Herbert has a multitude of powers and no idea how to use them or how to fight effectively.
A old student studying for a History of Art degree who even admits that it's a joke, and he's really here for the student loan. Luckily, he knows a lot about Herbert's ability and actually can be quite helpful. Nathan has ties to Olympus, and knows a lot more than he really lets on.
- Anti-Hero: Only because he's not exactly a hero. He used to be an Olympian though.
- Deadpan Snarker: Nathan loves a snark!
- Invisibility: His signature ability without a doubt. By manipulating colours around him, Nathan can create a chameleon effect, and so render himself invisible.
- The Obi-Wan: Nathan is fulfilling this role towards Herbert, but given his drunken, sarcastic attitude, he's not actually the best role model. Won't stop him trying though.
- Popcultural Osmosis: This is basically how Nathan lives his life, immersed in references to pop-culture (seeing the above paraphrasing of National Lampoon as one example!)
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: What frequently happens to others when he speaks.
- The Nicknamer: And he has many.
- Ability: Injury Transferal, Enhanced Durability.
- Ability: Rapid Cell Regeneration, Immortality, Healing Hands.
- Agent Peacock: Lucio likes flower crowns, cute animals and is a championship-level dancer. He is also one of two people in the University group to have any military service and is a trained martial artist.
- Berserk Button: It has yet to be pushed, but he doesn't take kindly to fascists or supporters of fascism, due to familial links that suffered greatly under the Fascist Tellasite government. To a lesser extent, being called Italian, although he mainly plays that for laughs.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Lucio is very slow to anger and is willing to help and forgive anyone. He is also immortal, so if you do piss him off, then you're in trouble.
- Bilingual Bonus: Lucio's last name, Bellatore, is a slightly modified form of the Latin word for warrior, bellator . His nickname that derives from it, Bella, is a double pun in itself: in Latin it is the plural of war and in Italian it means beautiful. His divine patron even acknowledges this, calling him "Warrior" whenever they talk.
- Conlang: His native language, Tellasite, is in fact Interlingua.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: Lucio has been dancing since a very early age, and comes from a culture where it is held in high regard. Thus he took mild offence when Aurora joking tried to buy a dance off him with a drink: his dancing cannot be bought by any one person, for it is for all to enjoy. Dancing is one of the few things that Lucio will commit himself to in an entirely serious manner.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Lucio's superhero costume is primarily gold and white, and he claims to be a divinely-appointed champion. In turn, his patron is always seen in a simple white dress and gold laurel wreath.
- Hope Bringer: As the physical embodiment of Hope, this goes without saying. Lucio fully intends to live up to this trope as an Olympus superhero, even choosing his name on that basis: Espereus is the old Tellasite word of Hope.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: How he now views himself. He is more than willing to sacrifice himself to save people, as he can return unharmed. In his own words: 'Someone has got to be an idiot, and it is best if that someone can come back from the dead, no?'
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Unlike many other superheroes who focus on fighting injustice, Lucio cares more about healing and helping people. Forcing him to fight results in this, as his opponent who only saw a softie healer or incompetent Mediterranean fool gets their arse handed to them.
- Light Is Good: Lucio wears bright colours and his healing powers create a soft golden glow. He is also a very friendly and optimistic person who is very firmly on the side of good. Lucio bleeds this trope.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Despite pledging himself to helping everyone he can, Lucio is also ecstatic about living forever, as it means that he literally has all the time in the world to do whatever he wants in the meantime. His highly optimistic nature is crucial in powering this mindset.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Lucio can speak four languages and is intelligent enough to get on a scholarship to a very good university, but he's content to let people think he's a bumbling, over-enthusiastic and well-meaning idiot. This is mainly due to laziness, as people are less likely to ask him to work if they doubt his intelligence.
- Purple Eyes: Crossed with Supernatural Is Purple, Lucio's normally green eyes change to match his divine patron's purple at times. So far, it has only been noticed when he is being resurrected.
- Resurrective Immortality: Upon dying, Lucio's soul travels to a small clearing in a wood, akin to Limbo, where he is offered the chance to 'pass on' to the afterlife or return to the world of the living, in the same body with the same powers. He has sworn to return until he is not needed. When his soul returns to his body, or what's left of it, it will rapidly and somewhat explosively regenerate to how it was before he was killed.
- Raised by Grandparents: His parents died when the military helicopter they were piloting crashed in Lucio's infancy. His paternal grandparents, Giovanni and Rosa, took him on as their own and raised him, along with help from his paternal grandfather Mario.
- Rousseau Was Right: His outlook on humanity is that all people are inherently good and are capable of redemption.
- Signature Scent: No matter what, Lucio always smells of fresh flowers. The more he uses his powers, the stronger the smell becomes, and it intertwines with the scent of wine and sex. Most of the time, though, Lucio smells like he's been rolled down a mountain pasture in the middle of Spring.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Do to his views on redeeming people, he believes that all his opponents are worthy of another chance. Thus, he is strongly against killing anyone, no matter how severe the crime.
- Ability: Can create the symptoms of diseases in others.
- Anti-Hero: Olem is grumpy and sour. Heck, it's genuinely uncertain if he actually is a hero... Leading to...
- Anti-Villain: If he isn't a hero, he's a villain. The line is so blurry they basically overlap with Olem.
- Being Evil Sucks: This is what Olem realised once he started falling in love with Aurora.
- Good Is Not Nice: Olem in a nutshell, if he's good. He's sarcastic, rude and doesn't take anything from anyone. It's amazing he has friends!
- HeelFace Turn: This occurs when when Olem turns against the Redeemer, who until then, was his closest ally.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: Olem is just as much of a d—k as he was before.
- Ability: Transformed into a huge dog; Enhanced Senses, Bite Force and Increased Speed.
- Ability: Shapeshifting.
- Ability: Gravity Manipulation.
The Redeemer of Men
The main villain of the piece, shrouded in mystery with a tragic backstory which drives him to destroy Olympus, and will stop at nothing to end it's reign. This is not all that of bad thing considering Olympus is fairly decadent and imprisons any supers who use their powers, regardless of whether they were saving or hurting someone.
- Anti-Villain: He is clearly evil and fanatic, but at the same time he is not all bad.
- Affably Evil: This comes across with how he treats the students, and he tries to convert before he kills.
- Arch-Enemy: Primarily Herbert Flynn. They fought once, with the Redeemer winning hands down, but ever since he's found out that he's alive, he has sent Reaper to watch Herbert and eventually kill him. (Using a rock as a handy analogy for crushing Herbert's head.)
- To a lesser, but growing extent, Olem, after he betrayed the Redeemer. He gave him a brutal beatdown in retaliation and was only stopped by the intervention of Aurora.
- Big Bad: He's the main villain for the story and a constant presence. It's all gearing up towards his master plans to destroy Olympus, and any in his way.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Any hero, or student, or Olympian (read: anyone!) is on the receiving end of one of these if they fight him. Of particular note are his fights (read: beatdowns) of Herbert, and then Olem and Aurora at the same time. Even Chris had to blow herself up to escape him.
- Fallen Hero: Oh so much. Poor guy tried to be a hero, and was an Olympian, but after saving a woman as one of his first heroic acts, his family was killed and he was locked away for years until he could escape as a result. He is still reluctant to kill superhumans but he has veered too far off the morally grey, into the black.
- Hero Killer: Ominously, this is true. And he isn't about to retire.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's a fanatic, but he is right about Olympus sometimes. He even sends Ed out to prove him right, using her own natural curiosity. Olympus have been trying to get rid of him for a while as a result.
- Noble Demon: The Redeemer tries to hold to his deals, gives people and chance, and really tries to stick to a code of honour. However, he is a villain. If someone annoys him, he is ruthless and will kill them without a second thought. Goodbye Lucio. Why did you spit on his face?
- The Corrupter: It's kinda his primary purpose for being on the campus; to mould new superhumans to his cause.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ever since Olem betrayed him the Redeemer is becoming harder in his attitude and moulding towards a more traditional, extreme villain.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: What with the death of his family for saving someone, then imprisoned by Olympus for hurting said murderers, he's had it tough.