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  • Power Trio: The protagonists.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Downplayed, since both Stina and Bela are quite handsome, both Stina and Cole are powerful warriors and all three are quite smart.
  • The Big Bad: Babbit
  • The Dragon: Leighton.
  • The Big Guy: The Governor.
  • Science Hero: 7 out of 11 major characters are scientists using their knowledge and skills ‘’onscreen’’
  • Secular Hero: Everybody except Leighton , who is vaguely Christian: Stina is agnostic, Cole is something of a snarky atheist and mentions religiosity only in jokes, and the rest of the main characters do not talk religions at all, despite encountering functional magic and violations of laws of physics.
    • The Dust Raiders are polytheistic and the rest of the tribes holds various animalistic beliefs.
  • Badass Bookworm: All three of the main heroes. Even in the manual it outright states that Cole the geologist, Bela the physicist, and Stina the biologist are respectively the best melee, missile and anti-animal units in the game. In game, that's not far from the truth given their special abilities and augmented stats. It's even more unbelievable that they achieved all this with only 3 weeks of survival and weapons training and are then thrust into a world with berserkers, ninjas, tyrannosaurs, giant robots and magical golems. See Fridge section for more.
  • Trapped in the Past: Stina has a theory, that many species, humans included, came from the Paraworld, so in a weird sense the heroes have reached the ur-place of humanity. Also, because of technology levels there.
  • Fight to Survive: Most of the game, especially Mission 11
  • Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: as the villains realize after [[spoiler: Mission 7]
  • The Three Trials:The heroes must pass them at one point or so The Governor tells them.
  • Chosen One: Played with, discussed and apparently subverted in the end as We Do the Impossible.
  • Captain Ersatz: Word of God says that James Warden is a Captain Ersatz of Darwin, and Taslow is a Captain Ersatz of Nikola Tesla. The same goes for Jarvis Babbit (Charles Babbage), Heinrich Kleeman (Henrich Schliemann)and Ada Loven (Ada Lovelace)
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: all six characters based on historical ones are implied to have been Not Quite Dead and leading very different lives, undergoing personality changes in the process.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: The hero units grow larger as they gain levels, leading up to the level 5 characters being 3 meters high.
  • Dull Surprise: Much of the voice acting (at least in the english version), also 'acting' of the cinematics, most of which is generated with in-game models which don't do any expressions beside open and close their mouths and waving their hands around.
     Cole 
     Stina 
  • Action Girl: Courageous, one of the best melee units around, frequently powerwalks in the middle of the heroes ensemble.
  • Nature Hero: Gives bonuses both to the tribe’s animals and anti-animal protection.
  • Androcles' Lion: Rides a big sabre-toothed cat.
  • Hot Scientist: Sexy Scandinavian
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Allegedly Swedish, sounds nothing of the sort.
    • Some units also don't have the same accents as the rest of their comrades do, and the Norsemen stand out as being Americans in a crowd of tribes who at least sound like their ethnicity.
    • According to the lore, she is a daughter of a diplomat, so a correct, if dull delivery might be understandable.
    • Completely moot in the case of a few other language versions, since in their case there is often not even such a thing as accents.
  • Whip It Good: Her weapon of choice.
  • Berserk Button: the killing of James Warden
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     Bela 
     Druid 
  • The Medic: You WILL want him around.
  • Regenerating Health: His primary trait. No other unit in the game can heal themselves, which makes him superior to all other healers, who need to walk in pairs.
  • Healing Hands: From level two is surrounded by an aura of healing, even for ships!
  • Magic Staff: Shoots plasma at range, hits hard in melee.
  • Seer: Immediately recognized, that the heroes came from another dimension, although it is somewhat possible, that he simply knew about interdimensional travelers and did an educated guess on the 20th century clothes of the visitors and on their possible motivation.
     Taslow 
     Babbit 
     Ada 
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     The Three Traders 
The triplets Larry, Harry & Barry:
     Leighton 
     The Governor 
     Kleeman 
     James Warden 
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