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The Secret Warriors
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While she still has a temper, she's less overt in showing it off, being more stubborn and less entitled.
- Flying Brick: She has Super Strength, Super Toughness, and Flight as her powerset.
- Has Two Mommies: She had two mothers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As impulsive and hot-tempered as she is, she's ultimately a good person who just doesn't want trouble.
- Star Power: Every time she punches, kicks, or even lands, the impact is star-shaped.
- Wrench Wench: She worked as a mechanic at a garage before the Secret Warriors were formed.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He has red hair here instead of dark, no doubt to invoke Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Because of his powers, he accidentally burned down his own home.
- Not What It Looks Like: Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel mistake his aiming a fireblast at Exile, who was behind them, for an attack on them.
- Playing with Fire: He can generate fire from his hands.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As often as he tries to help, he ends up making things worse.
- 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.
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.
Squirrel Girl's squirrel companion.
- 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.
- 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.
A high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. operative.
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.
The daughter of Shocktress and Invisibilio.
- Canon Foreigner: She and her parents were made for Marvel Rising.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Friends and Family
Captain George Stacy
- Archnemesis Dad: Unknowingly this towards his daughter, Ghost Spider.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very strict and no nonsense, but cares deeply for his daughter Gwen.
- Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: He sees Ghost Spider as nothing but a menace due to murdering his daughter Gwen's friend, not realizing that she's his daughter.
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.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The Mary Jane in the Spider-Gwen comics was more of a selfish Jerkass who only cared about attention before undergoing a little Character Development; this Mary Jane is pretty nice from the get-go.
- Mythology Gag: She sports the same straight bob-cut she had in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.
- Canon Foreigner: Wasn't a character in the comics and was created for Marvel Rising.
- Childhood Friends: Was this with Gwen.
- An Ice Person: Was able to generate ice blasts.
- Killed Off for Real: Was killed by Sheath.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death causes Ghost-Spider to become wanted by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the police.
- Secret Keeper: Knew that Gwen was Ghost-Spider and kept it secret.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Towards Peter in the Spider-Gwen comics.
- Secret Keeper: Knows Kamala's identity as Ms. Marvel.
One of Riri's friends at Empire Tech.
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.
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.
Owner of Wilson's Auto, the garage where America worked before the Avengers bought it and turned it into the Secret Warriors' base.
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.
Ember Quade (Emulator)
- 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.