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Charles and Raven
Charles XavierThe POV Character kidnapped from his country and brought to manor where he is forced on a side of a war he doesn't want anything to do with.
- Animal Motifs: Telepaths express their powers using psychic projections of birds, and Charles favorite becomes a Raven after he's taken from his sister, to the point where most people who know him know that particular thought-bird.
- Audience Surrogate: Learns with the audience about the situation between the Free West and the EBS.
- Becoming the Mask: Stockholm Syndrome aside, there's hints that Charles is developing mild PTSD (which he'd been faking after his and Erik's "honeymoon") and genuinely cares about the children and his friends at the ESB, despite claiming repeatedly that he doesn't know how to love.
- Bi the Way: Has had lovers both male or female.
- Break the Cutie: After being attacked, (thinks he's) underestimated, drained, and almost raped on different occasions.
- Broken Bird: Although he'd had his share of hardships before being kidnapped, Charles is well on his way to becoming a bitter, manipulative version of this.
- The Casanova: Charles was known as the "Oxford Casanova" who really got around.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Tries to do a toned-down version by pretending to be weaker than he really is in order to avoid drawing attention to himself. After he realizes that Frost knew how strong he was all along and belittled him in order to mock him he pretends to be an example of Does Not Know His Own Strength, going into Frosts mind from much greater distances than she believes him capable of and tricks her into thinking that he wandered in by accident while asleep.
- Cultural Posturing: When describing his disdain for the modestly laws Erik grew up with; Erik calls him out on it.
- Damsel out of Distress: Escapes (for now) in chapter 45
- Defiant Captive: No matter what happens to him, no matter how dangerous, he never gives up on trying to escape.
- Denied Food as Punishment:
- Starved Charles is not allowed to attend the victory feast.
- Frost tells Erik that he has permission to starve Charles in order for sexual services.
- Erik also makes it so Charles cannot eat without him, although more as way to "normalize" their interactions.Erik: If you dont eat with me, you dont eat at all.
- Dirty Coward: Justified with what Charles has put up with, but considering how he hates being called one, this fits.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Frost to Charles. He defies her publicly. She has him starved, beaten, chained and prepared to be raped and humiliated.
- Distressed Dude: The story begins with him being kidnapped, and Charles' main goal is usually to escape.
- First-Name Basis: Charles sometimes introduces himself or insists on being called by his first name to appear friendly (e.g., Ororo), while insisting on something more formal if he doesn't like the other person (e.g., Alex).
- Gilded Cage: Charles once he's given access to the library and not treated like a child. However, still very much a cage as he is still locked in rooms and not allowed to leave the manor unless on a mission.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Frost tries to do this, and only the fact that Erik doesn't want to be a rapist saves him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Charles to protect Raven from being found, and to the Manor's children.
- Heroic Seductress: Seduces Erik in order to protect the children
- Hidden Depths: In-story, with Charles's hidden stores of power in his mind and carefully maintained control over the othersCharles: Everyone can be deceived.
- Hot Consort: Frost wants him to be one for her.
- Important Haircut: Begins shaving his head after sleeping with Erik for the first time after the Near-Rape Experience, due to the memory of Frost combing his hair while preparing him to be raped.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Jean sees him as one, such that he sometimes appears in medieval armor when traveling in people's mind-spaces.
- Manipulative Bastard: Charles. From erasing memories to slightly adjusting how he is perceived (though he feels bad every time he does this to a friend and tries to avoid these tactics unless absolutely necessary). Probably the best liar in the story, carefully cultivating different images of himself in different people. Everyone can be deceived indeed.
- Mind Rape: Charles was literally going to rape Erik in his mind, but fortunately, he realized what he was doing and stopped.
- The Mistress: Though they have to keep it a secret, he essentially becomes this to Erik.
- Morality Pet: Becomes this to Erik.
- Non-Action Guy: Although that's because he's surrounded by people who have been trained to fight, and given non-violent care taking or telepathic jobs. Apparently he was a sharpshooter when England was still at war, but we never see these skills get used.
- Parental Substitute: To several of the children, most notably Jean, as well as Raven prior to the story's start.
- Pet the Dog: Beyond caring for the children, the fact that he goes out of his way to help Moria escape even though she can't help him- twice- shows that he's not as self-serving as he'd like to believe.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Willingly becomes one for the Finder in order to lessen the burden placed on Jean.
- Psychic Powers: Include detecting when someone is lying to him, erasing and planting memories, speaking to and reading people's minds, entering people's minds, detecting others, switching perspectives, and hiding his presence
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Erik's Manly Man as he's shorter, doesn't physically fight in battle on-screen, and takes care of the children.
- Sex for Services: Charles offers this to Erik so that the children will be protected in the battle.
- Sex Slave: Frost's intention for Charles with Erik for the "honeymoon". Afterwards, she threatens him with this should he betray her or try to run away.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Charles attempts this on multiple occasions
- Unreliable Narrator: Charles from how he views others to how he justifies his actions. Sometimes he acknowledges this when reflecting on his behavior and assumptions in the past.Erik (to Charles): "Do you only value those aspects of civilization that are fashionable, or those with which you happen to agree?"]
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Noticed by Erik
Raven / "Mallory Darkholme" / "Mystique"Charles's sister that he rescued and then protected from being captured by the EBS. This version is significantly younger than Charles.
- Morality Pet: For Charles: both his sister and his birds represent his compassion
- Parental Figure In Distress: She starts a revolution after Charles is kidnapped.
- Present Absence: Despite how often Charles thinks of her, by the end of Part 3, Raven has yet to re-appear in the story since the beginning.
- The Resistance: Leading the resistance against the EBS under the pseudonym "Mystique"
- True Blue Femininity: Charles likes wearing his blue sweater because it reminds him of Raven
Eastern Brethren and Sistren (EBS)
Armando MuñozA new recruit to the EBS as a supervisor for the children after he was rescued from the Free West.
- Adaptive Ability: As in cannon. To date, he can not only adjust to his surroundings, but tether Kurt, resist telepathy, and heat metal with his hands.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: Armando over time opens up and becomes more friendly to Charles
- Literalist Snarking: Armando does this on his introduction sceneLogan: We don't waste things here.Armando: Except my time, Wolverine. Except my time...
- Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Justified; His sexuality and preference is revealed when talking to Charles, and we never witness any actions; however, he's largely recovering from experiments and torture from the Free West and doesn't "go for white boys."
- Not So Different: Both he and Charles explore places they aren't supposed to go to try to unravel the ESB's secrets. The two of them later collaborate on this front.
- Power Nullifier: To Kurt to prevent him from teleporting away. He can also lessen the power of psychic attacks.
- Properly Paranoid: He's one of the few characters who understands just how much Charles lies to everyone, and figures out right away that there are dangers in the Manor that he'll have to figure out in order to survive.
Azazel NeyafimFriend of Emma Frost, he lives to serve her.
- Big Red Devil: Lampshaded where Erik and Azazel tried to sneak into see a soccer game "dressed" up as a priest and a devil
- Evil All Along: Azazel can at times appear friendly and helpful; but he works for Frost, he may have raped others before, and he agreed to kill a sex worker shortly after just meeting her.
- Legacy of Service: His family to Emma Frosts.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He's loyal to Emma's family, and criticizes many of her decisions but still obeys her without question. Not that he's very moral himself.
- Parents as People: He tries to protect Kurt and give him gifts, but other times Charles's notices how he doesn't visit Kurt while in the Manor
- Pay Evil unto Evil: His justification when Charles is opposed to the idea of Azazel raping Moria after he hires her services as a prostitute, as she's a human from the Free West.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Goes with his powers
Emma Morozova / "Lady Frost" / "The White Queen"Leader of the Free West, Lady Frost works hard to train effective soldiers, manipulate world leaders, and defeat the Free West, a corrupt nation. However, her actions are often cruel or unethical in order to get what she wants. She was the one who discovers Charles and kidnaps him.
- The Baroness: Don't get on Frost's bad side.
- Blue Blood: Turns out she was born to a powerful Russian family, in addition to being a powerful mutant.
- Corrupt the Cutie: What Frost does with the children by having Jean feel glad when their enemies are killed, and having Scott be present during an assault of the manor where he kills two men
- Cool Crown: In the mind-world, Frost has one that's literally painful to look at.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: How she presents herself to Charles in Part 3. Whether she's lying or deliberately allowing herself to do this due to her desire for companionship is unknown.
- Dude He's Like In A Coma: Likes her men unconscious.
- Ermine Cape Effect: Always wearing nice clothes.
- Evil Is Petty
- Evil Matriarch: Sort of, as she styles herself as Erik's adopted mother.
- Founder of the Kingdom
- God Save Us from the Queen!: To those outside her favor or don't want to work for her. Averted slightly in that the people living in the nearest cities respect her, and besides some mention of anti-human prejudice there's little indication that any citizens who aren't working for the Free West hate her or want to end her reign.
- The High Queen: What she strives to be.
- Ice Queen: She's unfriendly and cold towards Charles and the children.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Tried to do this to Charles while he was unconscious and drugged at the beginning of his capture, but couldn't get past his mental defenses.
- If I Can't Have You...: Subverted, as one of the reasons Charles never suspects she wants him is because she intended for him to be raped by Erik.
- Mean Boss: Frost in spades. If your charges temporarily escape, you'll be tortured in front of them.
- Socialite: For fun, she pretends to be merely a socialite when she's invited to the Free West for peace talks, waiting to see how long it takes the people around her to figure out who she really is.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Not so subtly expressed to Frost by the Free West, by having Stryker's wife give her a cook book. (Although it's possible that might be because of Innocent Bigotry on the wife's part.)
- Sword and Sorcerer: Thanks to the Finder, she plays the sorcerer to her entire army.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Torturing and generally giving children an unpleasant childhood will make better soldiers. It worked for her!
- Wicked Cultured: Speaks several languages fluently, goes to ballet, and has great taste.
- Winter Royal Lady: Styles herself as one, even molding her mental world, psychic presence and mind-birds to seem ice-like and cold.
Erik Lehnsherr / "Ari Binyamin" / "Erik the Red"The Terror of the Free West, Erik the Red, Emma Frost's right hand, or "Just Erik" is a leader in the EBS, guardian (and punisher) to the children, and also cleaner for the manor. He first lusts for Charles on meeting him, then hurts and threatens him, before Charles strikes a bargain.
- Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Some of the things he thinks are romantic creep Charles out (and Azazel on one occasion).
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Frost changed Erik so that she could control him. Otherwise he would have acted as Shaw instructed him. Or at least that's what she claims...
- Berserk Button: If you enter his library without permission, and Shaw's cologne.
- Declaration of Protection: Gives one to Charles
- The Dragon: Erik to the Free West (and Charles)
- The Evil Prince: Possibly, as it's not clear whether or not his status as Emma's adopted son (and therefore heir) is legal or if she calls him a prince only as a pet name.
- Felony Misdemeanor: The first time they meet, Erik strangles and tortures Charles for going into the forbidden West Wing, and later threatens to take his eyes out for returning.
- I Kiss Your Foot: Erik does this quite a few times, much to Charles's annoyance.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Pre-bargain Erik would have loved to torture and rape Charles to death before the bargain was agreed. Post-bargain Erik is fond of biting Charles's shoulder and seemed to enjoy to actions leading up to the almost-rape. He also has violent fantasies about Charles.
- Instant Sedation: Erik post-sex. Once he builds up more stamina he loses this, so Charles begins drugging him after sex to get into his mind.
- Immune to Mind Control: For the most part, Erik is able to repel Charles's mental attacks; however, this is largely a result of Frost's brainwashing
- Magnetism Manipulation: Goes with his powers.
- No Name Given: Erik at the beginning, but the audience should be able to guess it even if Charles is unwilling.
- Old-School Chivalry: Apparently picked this up from Archangel, though it's not apparent until he falls in love with Charles.
- Pet the Dog: Erik has shown to have a fondness for the children—noticeably Jean ( his daughter), John (whom he let take his lighter), and Ororo (whom he protected in the fall battles).
- Roof Hopping: Erik does this from time to time: in Part 1, chasing down Alex and, in Part 3, playing around with Azazel
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Charles' Sensitive Guy,
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Erik: lucid and talkative or violent and feral.
- Tragic Monster: Hoo boy.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Erik's character in the Free West produced film.
- Villainous Breakdown: Erik, quite a bit actually: when Charles puts him in the bath, when Charles went into his mind again without permission, when he realized he was frightening Charles post-Albany
Henry "Hank" McCoyA researcher in the Free West, Charles is first put under his charge. He has issues from time to time with his powers, but ultimately wants to help protect the children.
- Badass Bookworm: For being more of the researcher in the manor, Hank has moments of badassery helping Alex and driving the truck to Albany
- Brains and Brawn: With Logan when Charles first arrives, as the guy who Charles spends most time in the lab with.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: with Red Logan
- Sleeping with the Boss: Not that he gave his expressed consent
James "Logan" HowlettA fighter in the EBS, Logan is compassionate and tries to protect the children and Charles from the war and Erik's wrath.
- Brains and Brawn: With Hank at first, as he provides physical training.
- Catchphrase: "Don't set the place on fire."
- From a Certain Point of View: At first he has a tendency to present information inaccuratelynote , because he's trying to prevent Charles from trying to run away since that would get Charles and Angel tortured. Unfortunately this convinces Charles that he's brainwashed and leads into a few cases of Cassandra Truth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite hiding things from Charles he really does care about him and the children
- Long-Distance Relationship: with Rogue
- The Nicknamer: Loves to do this, most notably calling Charles "X-Man."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: with Blue Hank
- Team Dad: Keeping an eye for the children and trying to protect Alex from punishment
- What the Hell, Hero?: Logan to Charles on asking which side he's choosing: EBS or the Free West. Does it again when he thinks Charles ditched the others during a Free West raid, but backs off when it's made clear that the latter honestly didn't know what was going on and came as soon as he could.
Jean GreyOne of the children in the manor. Jean is around 5 years old and only communicates through her telepathy.
- Composite Character: Though it's not clear yet exactly who, Jean is mentioned to only have streaks of red unlike her movie-verse counterpart and is likely a composite of Jean Grey and either Wanda or Anya Maximoff, two brown-haired daughters of Magneto.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Jean agrees to be hooked up to the Finder and witnesses, unflinchingly, the destruction of war.
- Connected All Along: Jean is Erik's daughter.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: May qualify, depending on whether or not Erik's status as a prince is legal or just Frost's pet name for him.
- Innocent Prodigy: She is a powerful telepath, and and seems unaware of how she is mistreated.
- Morality Pet: Jean to Erik.
- Not in Front of the Kid: None of Erik's attacks to Charles occur while Jean is conscious or in the same room
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Jean was this for the Finder, until Charles volunteered to replace her.
- Psychic Powers: She speaks to others with her mind, enters people's minds and can move physical objects.
KurtKurt is brought to the manor after the new year. He is around 3 years old.
- Crying Little Kid: When he is separated by his father during the start of his stay in the manor
- Insult of Endearment: The English translation of Azazel's pet name for his son is "backbiter".
- Third Wheel: Even though they are all children, Kurt is this to Jean and Scott
OroroThe most mature of the children, Ororo decides on the social rules, and looks for ways to escape the manor. She is around 16 years old.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Unlike in the comic books, shows and movies, Ororo is described as having dark hair shot with white.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Ororo with Erik after Charles tells Erik to go back to protect her
- In the Blood: This version of her inherited her powers from her father The Rainmaker, a mutant hero famous in-universe for ending droughts in Africa.
- Mama Bear: Looks after Jean more than the other children
- Public Secret Message: When she left Charles a book and put attention on it helping her grew a spine.
- Stepford Smiler: Ororo is a caring and capable individual, but understandably has difficulty coming to terms with how she was taken away from her family
- Weather Manipulation: Goes with her powers
Scott SummersScott is brought to the manor after the new year. He is the younger brother of Alex Summers. He wears a blindfold over his eyes, and is the oldest of himself, Jean and Kurt.
- Adorably Precocious Child: He acts the most responsibly out of the other children and keeps his eyes shut for the many days while wearing only a blindfold
- Afraid of Their Own Strength: Upon blasting a a hole through the snow, he starts crying
- Blessed with Suck: Uncontrollable laser beams coming from your eyes makes it unable for him to see
- Children Forced to Kill: He was left behind when the Free West attacked the manor and in protecting himself was forced to kill two enemy soldiers. He doesn't take it well.
- Eye Beams: Goes with his powers
William StrykerLeader of the Free West, Stryker is relentless in opposing Frost and treating mutants as if they weren't human.
- The Ghost: Although being the president of the Free West, Stryker has yet to appear.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Styker's family
- Permanent Elected Official: So long as he keeps shouting about freedom and spewing hate-speech, he stays in office.
- President Evil: It's William Stryker as a president. This is a given.
Moria McTaggartA captain in the Free West, Moria first meets Charles while she is held captive at the manor. They eventually become something like allies.
- Alone-with-Prisoner Ploy: When Charles talks to Moria alone he intentionally reveals Raven's existence to convince her that he also wants to escape.
- Badass Normal: Manages to escape the inescapable ESB headquarters and Azazel with a little help from Charles.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Although she disagrees with the Free West's white-male-straight prejudices, she doesn't trust Charles despite him saving her life a few times.
- Immune to Mind Control: Due to training and being an intelligence officer
- Quickly-Demoted Woman: Justified in-story by her living in the Free West: after it's revealed she's a woman, she is striped of her rank, and then found again working in a brothel.
- The Resistance: Appearing as sex worker is a front because she is actually the leader of The Resistance within the Free West
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Moria's disguise works on Charles for a few moments.
General MacMurphyA general in the Free West. He was a major enemy in the November campaign, but is then captured, tortured, and killed.
- Dying Dream: Dreams he's in the middle of WWII again, and mistakes Charles for Archangel Michael after being informed of his upcoming death.
- Even Evil Has Standards: On his way to being tortured, also notices that Erik has washed emphasizing how abnormal that action was
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Moria still looks up to MacMurphy even though he bombed cities and killed innocent people.
- A Father to His Men: Judging from his relationship with Moria and his talk with Charles when he's dying.
- Face Death with Dignity: Inside his Dying Dream he accepts death calmly and has a pleasant conversation with Charles.
- Faux Death: When Charles first finds him on the table, he is mistaken for being already dead
- Lured into a Trap: When he tried to capture Jean, he, himself, is captured
Rick SladeA member of Moria's party. He also meets Charles while being held captive at the manor. After escaping, and Moria's demotion, he quickly rises in rank in the Free West.
- The Starscream: He always wanted to overthrow Moria's position; gets the opportunity once she's revealed to be a woman
- Unreliable Narrator: In-story, Slade apparently gave his version of the events when he was captured and it likely downplays Moria's involvement in there escape
- Vice-President Who?: Averted, his escape from the ESB HQ is a major part of Stryker's propaganda campaign, and he does some diplomatic work on-screen.