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The Secret Warriors

    Ghost-Spider (Gwen Stacy) 

Ghost-Spider (Gwen Stacy)

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Voiced by: Dove Cameron


  • Adaptational Backstory Change: It's implied that this Gwen was a hero from the day she got her superpowers. When her best friend Kevin turns out to be an Inhuman, she helps train him so they can one day fight crime together. However, he becomes overconfident and goes on a patrol by himself without telling Gwen. By the time Gwen finds out and catches up, Kevin has been murdered by a Kree villain, with Gwen being framed for the crime and now out to avenge him. The comics have Gwen initially use her powers for profit before hearing her father criticize her persona for wasting her talents, which pushes her to begin crime-fighting. Her commitment to do so is only cemented after she fights the Lizard, who turns out to be close friend Peter Parker (in line with the Alternate Universe What If? nature of her comic). Peter dies from his injuries after reverting back to normal, leaving Gwen as a fugitive guilty over her role in her best friend's death and using her desire to never let a similar thing happen again fuel her heroics.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has pink strands on the end of her otherwise blond hair, seemingly in reference to Gwenpool.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Spider-Gwen calls herself Ghost-Spider instead of Spider-Woman here. However, in a piece of Ret-Canon, the Gwen of the comic would use this as a new codename upon Marvel's concurrent Fresh Start relaunch.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Take a wild guess.
  • Age Lift: Whereas Gwen is college-aged in the comics, her Rising counterpart is a teenager.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: She's the drummer in a garage band, with her friends being expies of The Mary Janes from the comics. Like in the comics, she uses the drums to vent her frustrations, much to the dismay of her fellow bandmates.
  • Clear My Name: Her modus operandi for Initiation and Chasing Ghosts, with her efforts at doing this and avenging Kevin's death having her spend weeks away from home while searching for the real killer, with her friend Glory reluctantly agreeing to hide her whereabouts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She lets out quite a few quippy remarks, as expected from a Spider-hero.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: At least to a greater extent than her comic book counterpart, as she is capable of making small tracking devices.
  • I Work Alone: She really isn't keen on accepting help. So much so that she goes through extra effort to break into The Secret Warriors' headquarters and steal the tracking technology that they were freely offering to let her use. She does lighten up on this a little, eventually.

    Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) 

Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

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Voiced by: Kathreen Khavari
Comic appearances: Marvel Rising (2018) | Marvel Rising (2019)


  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the comics, Kamala got her powers while leaving a midnight beach party that she snuck out to attend, getting hit by the Terrigen Mist cloud on the way home. In the cartoon, it happened at someone's backyard party in broad daylight.
  • Adorkable: She's really excited about being a hero, and is cute and quirky while going about it.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Her Kamala Khanfidential file on Inferno has a bit of Ship Tease with her getting flustered after she accidentally calls him "really hot". She also fangirls over Captain Marvel, giggling and blushing when she meets her.
  • Ascended Extra: The movie makes her the lead character.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She is able to beat Exile at one point by tricking him into thinking she missed a punch, only to grab a coolant pipe behind him and freeze his armor until he collapses. Hala compliments her cunning despite Exile's protests.
  • Fangirl: Of Captain Marvel, who she wants to be more than anything.
  • Healing Factor: She can heal minor wounds pretty quickly. It's not clear what the ceiling on her ability is.
  • Nice Girl: She's a nice person who will do anything for others.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She maintains a very close bond with Squirrel Girl.
  • Rubber Man: Her powers allow her to stretch herself to considerable lengths.
  • Shapeshifter: She can use her powers to take the form of others, including mimicking their voices, but it takes a lot of concentration to hold.
  • Ship Tease: With Dante. The two get close in Secret Warriors, and in Heart of Iron, she has a couple of moments where she stutters when he's around. Doreen teases her about it at the beginning of Heart of Iron.
  • Super Strength: Her strength grows in proportion to her size, so her giant-sized limbs can smash through debris effortlessly. Even at normal size, she has enough of a grip that Captain Marvel could feel it.

    Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green) 

Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green)

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Voiced by: Milana Vayntrub
Comic appearances: Marvel Rising (2018) | Marvel Rising (2019)

A friend, classmate, and fellow superhero of Kamala. She's interested in computer programming.
  • Adorkable: Like Kamala, she's really excited about being a hero, and is also cute while doing so.
  • Age Lift: In the Marvel Rising comics (and her own comic series), Doreen is college age, and volunteers to teach Kamala's class. Here, her and Kamala are the same age.
  • Dressed in Layers: At one point she rips off her civvie clothing to reveal her superhero costume. When asked how she can afford to do so, she explains that it's snap-on for easy removal. Tippy came up with the idea.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's a fundamentally good person, but can be a bit insensitive when sticking to her guns.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She's rather impulsive and quick to act.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She's the main source of humor, but she's still a capable fighter.
  • Prehensile Tail: Her tail is capable of tossing an adult Kree effortlessly.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She maintains a close bond with Kamala.
  • Ship Tease: She's pretty friendly with Rayshaun, as Kamala points out in the beginning of Heart of Iron.
  • Wall Crawl: Perhaps not to Ghost-Spider's level, but she can climb around the underside of a bridge with little effort.

    Quake (Daisy Johnson) 

Quake (Daisy Johnson)

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Voiced by: Chloe Bennet
Comic appearances: Marvel Rising (2019)

An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the leader of the Secret Warriors. Though she claims her quake powers come from her gauntlets, they're actually of Inhuman origin, but she keeps this information private.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has purple streaks in her hair. Also, her natural hair is black, while the incarnation she is most heavily based on (also played by Chloe Bennet) has brown hair.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Quake is capable of manipulating the earth itself along with generating vibrations. She raises a wall of stone to cordon off an area and levitates a boulder as a projectile.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: In Heart of Iron, her favorite thing to order at a vegan donut shop she regularly goes to is the zucchini-pomegranate crullers and she also enjoys the chia-kale cakes. Said donut shop also serves tofu-turnip twists and other "special donuts".
    Kamala: Zucchini-pomegranate? Really?
  • Daddy Issues: Implied. The way she talks to Ghost Spider about "a father's disappointment" suggests that she has some experience with that.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In Heart of Iron, she mentions that she's still dealing with her own issues and worries that this will get in the way of her being a good leader to the team.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her quake powers allow her to manipulate rock, such as raising a wall from the ground and opening and closing a hole in that wall so she can pass through.
  • The Leader: Captain Marvel appointed her as team leader.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She has purple highlights in her hair, and her civilian outfit is mainly purple.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • She pieces together that Gwen is Ghost Spider, and risks her reputation with the police to help her.
    • Decided to bypass the Council and red tape to investigate the Inhumans on her own. It bites her in the butt when S.H.I.E.L.D. finds out and arrests her for falsifying records.
  • Skunk Stripe: The tips of her hair are dyed(?) purple.
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    America Chavez 

America Chavez

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Voiced by: Cierra Ramirez
Comic appearances: Marvel Rising (2018), Marvel Rising (2019)

A princess transported to another universe by her mothers during the destruction of her world. She wants nothing to do with heroics until it comes knocking at her door.

    Inferno (Dante Pertuz) 

Inferno (Dante Pertuz)

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Voiced by: Tyler Posey
Comic appearances: Marvel Rising (2018) | Marvel Rising (2019)


    Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas) 

Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas)

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Voiced by: Kamil McFadden


  • Badass Normal: He has no powers, just Captain America's training.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He tries to stick to the rulebook. Even after breaking the rules in Secret Warriors to break out Daisy, in Chasing Ghosts he still believes that following the rules is the only way to get things done. He starts to move away from this mindset by the end, largely thanks to Squirrel Girl.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: His shield doubles as a missile launcher and a hoverboard.

    Ironheart (Riri Williams) 

Ironheart (Riri Williams)

Voiced by: Sofia Wylie
Appearances: Heart of Iron

A fifteen year-old engineering student at Empire Tech, one of the school's most youngest students. After losing her stepdad in a car accident, she's become inspired by the likes of Tony Starks and his exploits as Iron Man to use her mechanical expertise to become a superhero to help people, subsequently leading to her attending Empire Tech in hopes of creating her own powersuit.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the comics, her stepfather died in a drive-by shooting when she was thirteen. Here, he died in a car accident when she was ten. This was presumably changed due to the Lighter and Softer tone of Marvel Rising.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While she's still aloof and way into her technology, she's not entitled. More emphasis is put on her simply putting too much focus trying to do the right thing, and she is already used to being left out, not really expecting others to include her, which does visibly hurt her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Riri's stepfather died five years ago in a car accident, which she believes she could have somehow prevented. Not wanting to feel helpless when people's lives are at stake, this has become Riri's motivation in using her genius to become a superhero like Tony Stark.
  • Grade Skipper: Riri is 15 and a college student.
  • The Sixth Ranger: She is introduced in Heart of Iron, after most of the other "Secret Warriors" have already been introduced.
  • Teen Genius: Riri is a fifteen year old and already attends Empire Tech.

    Lockjaw 

Lockjaw


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    Tippy-Toe 

Tippy-Toe

Comic appearances: Marvel Rising (2018) | Marvel Rising (2019)

Squirrel Girl's squirrel companion.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Understands human speech, communicates very eloquently to Squirrel Girl, and talented enough to keep Ghost Spider from web-swinging away by herself.
  • Animal Companion: Squirrel Girl's ever-present squirrel companion, who often makes gestures in unison with her.

Other Heroes

    Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) 

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)

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Voiced by: Kim Raver


  • The Ace: One of Earth's mightiest heroes and generally beloved. She even acknowledges it when telling Ms. Marvel to be herself.
  • Flying Brick: Strong, tough, and can fly through space.
  • Flying Firepower: Energy beams are also part of her arsenal.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Daisy informs her of the Kree kidnapping Inhumans, Captain Marvel goes right along with it even though Daisy and Rayshaun just broke out of prison and stole a S.H.I.E.L.D. jet. After the battle, she helps form the Secret Warriors because she was impressed by their performance.

    Captain America (Steve Rogers) 

Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Appearances: Secret Warriors | Chasing Ghostsnote  | Ultimate Comics


  • The Cameo: In Secret Warriors, while Kamala recalls how she first got her powers, one of the heroes she accidentally transforms into during her Power Incontinence is Captain America. He later shows up at the end of the special.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears for a minute at the movie's end, but it's revealed he secretly and indirectly helped form the team to help Patriot step out of his shadow.

    Iron Man (Tony Stark) 

     Thor 

Thor

Appearances: Ultimate Comics


     Hawkeye 

Hawkeye

Voiced by: JP Karliak
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


     Blur 

Blur

Voiced by: Melanie Minichino
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


    Doctor Strange 

    The Hulk 

    Maria Hill 

Maria Hill

Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall
Appearances: Ultimate Comics

A high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. operative.

    A.M.I. 

A.M.I.

Appearances: Heart of Iron

Riri's AI in her modified Iron Man powersuit.
  • Benevolent A.I.: She is Riri's friend.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Heart of Iron, after Hala steals the powersuit, she does this to A.M.I. using a virus. She gets better.
  • Canon Foreigner: She was created for Heart of Iron.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Once she turns back to normal, she tells Riri to shut down the suit that houses her to save the city. She's reluctant and distraught, but ultimately goes through with it.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ami" is "friend" in French.
  • Nice Girl: She's willing to make sure that Riri is safe and doesn't lose sight of the important things in life.

    Shuri 

Shuri

Voiced by: Daisy Lightfoot
Appearances: Operation Shuri

    Zayla 

Zayla

Voiced by: Navia Z. Robinson
Appearances: Playing With Fire

The daughter of Shocktress and Invisibilio.

Villains

    Exile (Victor Kohl) 

Exile (Victor Kohl)

Voiced by: BooBoo Stewart

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Presents himself as a heroic figure to Kamala and Doreen at first, but it doesn't take long for his true colors to shine.
  • Composite Character: Obviously he's based on the Exile from the comics, but he also shares some similarities to Kamran, an Inhuman villain that Ms. Marvel fought in the comics, being a handsome young man trying to convince Kamala to join his side.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Hala; while she spends much of her time on her ship and only does battle with Captain Marvel and America Chavez near the end, he actively goes out and hunts down Inhuman children to serve her plans.
  • Fantastic Racism: Despite having presumably thought himself to be a normal human until relatively recently, he repeatedly shows disdain towards them.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: He can use his energy to form various constructs, such as weapons and armor. He can also give himself claws and even create a giant demonic entity which he pilots. However, his usage of this energy seems limited solely to himself, so he can't form constructs that aren't specifically centered on him.
  • One-Winged Angel: He turns into a gigantic, shadowy minotaur-esque creature during the climax.
  • Super Supremacist: Even after Hala's defeat, he keeps trying to find a way to create an Inhuman army, believing that Inhumans are superior to normal humans and deserve to rule the world.
  • Thinking Up Portals: He can generate portals to any location he pleases, which manifest as a purple glowing circle beneath his feet.

    Hala the Accuser 

Hala the Accuser

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Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen


  • Big Bad: Every problem that the team has dealt with so far (in the animated specials) can be traced back to her or her followers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Points out to Exile when he's defeated by Ms. Marvel that there's no such thing as a fair fight in war.
  • Villainous Legacy: After her defeat in "Secret Warriors", Exile tries to continue her work in creating an army of Inhumans.

    Sheath 

Sheath

Appearances: Initiation | Chasing Ghosts

  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Sheath generates blades made of electrical energy rather than pulling them from her body.
  • Arch-Enemy: Gwen has a personal vendetta against her for killing Kevin.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Kevin, who was training to be Ghost Spider/Gwen's partner.
  • Knife Nut: She battles using energy daggers that seem to drain the life energy from whoever they touch, with one graze nearly incapacitating Ghost-Spider in Initiation. The fact that they don't leave any marks is what led the police to believe Ghost-Spider was responsible for Kevin's death, since Sheath left no evidence.
  • Life Drain: Her energy daggers drain the life from whoever they cut.

     Loki 

Loki

Voiced by: JP Karliak
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


     The Wrecking Crew 

The Wrecking Crew

Wrecker voiced by: JP Karliak
Piledriver and Bulldozer voiced by: John Dimaggio
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


    Ulth-Lah-Throth 

Ulth-Lah-Throth

Appearances: Ultimate Comics

     Attuma 

Attuma

Voiced by: Dan Donahue
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


    Abomination 

    Taskmaster 

Taskmaster

Voiced by: Brian Bloom
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


Friends and Family

    Capt. George Stacy 

Captain George Stacy

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Voiced by: Steven Weber
Appearances: Initiation | Chasing Ghosts

    Muneeba Khan 

Muneeba Khan

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Voiced by: Meera Rohit Kumbhani

Kamala's mother, or "ammi".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's very strict with Kamala, but she wants what's best for her.
  • Pet the Dog: Her first scene in the movie has her being harsh on Kamala and wanting her to do more with herself. In her second scene, upon seeing her distressed and snappish, she does what she can to console her.

    Mary Jane Watson 

Mary Jane Watson

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Voiced by: Tara Strong
Appearances: Initiation | Chasing Ghosts

    Glory Grant 

Glory Grant

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Voiced by: Skai Jackson
Appearances: Initiation | Chasing Ghosts

    Kevin 

Kevin

Voiced by: Max Mittelman
Appearances: Initiation

    Yusuf Khan 

Yusuf Khan

Voiced by: Tony Mirrcandani
Appearances: Ultimate Comics

Kamala's father.

    Bruno Carrelli 

Bruno

Voiced by: JP Karliak
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


    Nancy Whitehead 

Nancy

Voiced by: Ashleigh Crystal Hairston
Appearances: Ultimate Comics


    Robert 

Robert

Voiced by: Robbie Daymond
Appearances: Heart of Iron

One of Riri's friends at Empire Tech.

    Sarah 

Sarah

Voiced by: Lisa Luck
Appearances: Heart of Iron

One of Riri's friends at Empire Tech.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Judging by her physical appearance, she may be Asian-American.
  • Canon Foreigner: She was created for Heart of Iron.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • She doesn't invite Riri to a party at a club, since Riri is a workaholic and seems to blow off anything that doesn't relate to her work, in addition to Riri possibly being too young to go anyways. As a result, Riri feels hurt from her exclusion and it further pushes Riri to believe that she doesn't need anything like friends.
    • When Hala attacks Empire Tech, she initially doesn't listen to Riri saying that they should evacuate the lab and thinks that taking shelter in place would be safer, and when other students are in danger, she tells Riri to forget about them and just watch out for themselves. Riri takes this as a Not Now, Kid and is upset that Sarah seems to value her own life over others, especially since Riri is a strong believer of helping those in need.

    Natalie Washington 

Natalie Washington

Voiced by: Daisy Lightfoot
Appearances: Heart of Iron

A friend and neighbor of Riri.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, she died in the same drive-by shooting that killed both her and Riri's stepfather. Here, Riri's stepfather died in a car accident and she attends his funeral.

Others

    Wilson 

Wilson


Owner of Wilson's Auto, the garage where America worked before the Avengers bought it and turned it into the Secret Warriors' base.

    Karl 

Karl


The owner of Excelsior!, a vegan donut shop.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: The types of donuts he serves at his shop include zucchini-pomegranate and tofu-turnip. One of the less weirder ones seems to be chia-kale cakes, although they're rather cyan.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: He is modeled after the late Stan Lee, and his shop is named for Stan's life motto, "Excelsior!". Unfortunately, presumably due to Stan's passing during the production of Heart of Iron, he does not voice Karl and thus averts Ink-Suit Actor.
  • It's Probably Nothing: He doesn't seem to find anything odd about Kamala and Daisy oddly emphasizing that they're on a team of bowlers, especially with Riri walking in loudly confronting Daisy about stealing her power suit and her being an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. while Daisy quite obviously gets Karl to go away by requesting his special donuts from the back of the shop.
  • Nice Guy: At the very least, he does value his customers.

Comics-only characters

    Ember Quade 

Ember Quade (Emulator)

Appearances: Marvel Rising (2018) | Marvel Rising (2019)

  • Deadpan Snarker: She's snarky to the gamer guys she beats after they accuse her of cheating and being lucky.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She uses her powers to get revenge on the guys who got her server-banned.
  • Gamer Chick: She games a lot and handily beats some guys at a game.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: When she first appears in Marvel Rising #0, she's wearing earphones, showing her disengagement from the class field trip as she looks at her tablet. She doesn't even notice at first when A.I.M. invades the museum.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: She can manifest just about anything she can imagine.
  • Reality Warper: As her power grows, her ability to bring video game characters into reality expands into the ability to overlay entire virtual worlds on top of it.
  • Really Moves Around: She lives with her single mom, who's always moving to a new place with her in hopes for a fresh start.
  • Shock and Awe: Her powers drain electricity to power themselves.

    Arcade 

Arcade

Appearances: Marvel Rising (2018)

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Arcade is mentioned offhand in one issue, and turns out to be the Big Bad.
  • The Svengali: Arcade grooms Ember online to become a supervillain so that he can steal her powers.

    Morgan Le Fay 

Morgan Le Fay

Appearances: Marvel Rising (2019)

    Spider-Man (Miles Morales) 

Alternative Title(s): Marvel Rising Secret Warriors, Marvel Rising Initiation, Marvel Rising Chasing Ghosts, Marvel Rising Ultimate Comics, Marvel Rising Heart Of Iron

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