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     Tomorrow's Vigil (the PCs)  

Ana Ng (Miss Trial)

  • The Big Girl
  • Bookworm: And quite a badass one too. She feels her powers require her to study up on every law she can find in an entire multiverse. Unfortunately this does isolate her a little.
  • Combat Medic
  • Crusading Lawyer: Well, technically she's more of a crusading judge, but she plays this role to the hilt during Arc 5.
  • Doomed Hometown: It's implied that civilization in her homeworld was collapsing when she left.
  • Drop the Hammer
  • Flying Brick
  • Genius Bruiser: Utterly brilliant where legal matters are concerned, and more than able to hold her own in super-powered brawls.
  • Healing Shiv: Can heal people by hitting them with her hammer.
  • The Judge: Though this one has super powers.
  • Lawful Good: And how.
  • Ominous Legal Phrase Title
  • Power Nullifier: If your powers are violating the law, Miss Trial can enforce the law... like it was a law of physics.
  • Rules Lawyer: This pretty much sums up her main ability. If there's a law that can apply to a situation, she can force her target to obey it. She spends her spare time studying the laws of alternate realities and galactic civilizations just in case.
    • Her skills as a literal lawyer are also not to be underestimated - as she demonstrated after defeating a then-still-controlled Mezlisa, and proving that the deal that granted her soul to Wailing Gesture was not correctly carried out, thus freeing her.
  • Super Toughness: Not always, but when she plants her feet, nothing can move her. In the team's first outing, she was hit by a speeding truck. The truck lost.

Daphne Miller (Doctor Menlo)

Lightning Strike

  • Badass Teacher: This applies to all the Pinnacle Academy staff, but as the only one of them to be a player character, Strike gets to see action more often than the rest.
  • Cool Big Sis: Strives to be this to the rest of the team.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: It's outright said that her Flash-tier speed, best expressed in fractions of c, is not used tactically because if she violated Game Balance with it, it would need to be taken away.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's implied that her superhero career has had its share of traumatic events.
  • Does Not Like Magic: Not to the point of having problems working with several magically-empowered teammates, but enough to frequently grumble whenever magical villains show up.
  • Doomed Hometown: For a certain value of "doomed". It's not being destroyed, but it's suffering from an endless tide of mind-controlling villains that her best efforts have failed to truly contain.
  • Experienced Protagonist: In contrast to the rest of the team, Strike has been at this for a fairly long time, and is already considered one of the greatest heroes of her world back home.
  • Flash Step
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: A common reaction of hers. Unfortunately, thanks to her metabolism, she can't get drunk without a lot of effort.
  • Intrepid Journalist: Was this for a while in her home dimension, but gradually gave it up to focus on her superhero duties.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: There's no question that she's become this.
  • The Leader: She was this for Unity (her homeworld's greatest hero team), and is voted this for the Tomorrow Vigil.
  • My Greatest Failure: Despite her best efforts, Unity was not able to stem the tide of mind-controlling villains messing with their world. Part of why she's at Pinnacle is dean Carroll promising a solution.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As a teacher at Pinnacle and as leader of the Vigil.
  • Super Speed: And fairly high-level at that.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Her feelings towards mind control seem to verge into this, to the point where she nearly froze up in the fight against Wailing Gesture.


  • Bad Powers, Good People: She's a literal succubus, with mind-control and soul-stealing abilities. She still does the right thing as best she can.
  • Benevolent Boss: She's trying to be this to the former slaves of Wailing Gesture she's liberated and is working to rehabilitate.
  • Charm Person: Part of her succubus powerset.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was turned into a succubus due to being an early mutant - thus making one particular ability of hers much stronger than it would be on most.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: For better or worse, Mezlisa is free to make her own decisions now. If only she could decide what she wanted to do with that power...
  • Forced into Evil: Back when she was Wailing Gesture's slave.
  • Horny Devils: Was turned into a succubus by Wailing Gesture an indeterminate time ago.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: A side-effect of Wailing Gesture's transformation of her; she can remember nothing from before she was freed, but still seems to be able to handle language and the essentials of modern culture just fine.
  • Made a Slave: Part of her backstory; was a mindslave for Wailing Gesture before being freed.
  • Magic Kiss: Hers are a powerful Mind Control vector.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Was turned into a succubus by Wailing Gesture. Turned against her as soon as she was freed.
  • Power Copying: Can perform this to an extent when taking someone's shape.
  • Telepathy: Often used to coordinate the team.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: An unusual ability of hers.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Mezlisa's worst fear is Strike, whose reactions to Mezlisa's abilities are so poor that Mez is afraid Strike will accidentally kill her.


  • Ambiguous Innocence: As a goddess of assassination, she can at times be disturbingly cheerful when bringing up the option of killing people. When it comes to actual practice...
  • Bad Powers, Good People: A goddess of darkness and assassins trying to do good.
  • Casting a Shadow: Can manipulate darkness over an area - selectively, even, only limiting visibility for some people.
  • Creepy Good
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • Doomed Hometown: She wasn't raised there, but her native world is Shattered Aegis, which is undergoing nuclear winter after an Annihilator Probe exploded there (and the meddling of Gargantor is not making things better).
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: The fact that she gets so little is explicitly one of the things keeping her from being stronger (and more frequently awake).
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Closer to the heroic than the sociopathic end of the spectrum, but the ever-present urge to steal and kill does make her morality a bit odd at times.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Part of her portfolio - Shade really, really wants to steal things. Including Eternium Shards worth more than the planet she's standing on.
  • Legacy Character: Inherited her power (but not her disposition!) from her grandfather, the previous shade.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Thanks to her power set, part of her mind is always trying to tell her this.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Before she became a shadow goddess, she was a drow who'd spent her whole life in human society, using magic to pass for human.
  • Physical God
  • Power Incontinence: Much to her displeasure, her power keeps making her shorter and shorter. It also prevents her from using capital letters in electronic or spoken communication.
  • Pragmatic Hero
  • The Sacred Darkness: A goddess of shadow who wants to make it so people need not fear the dark.
  • Shadow Walker
  • Teleporters and Transporters

Zygmunt "Sig" Smith (Cerulean)

     Team One  


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Well, more like "because you were nice to my people". By Kaelis's reckoning, Solaria was the only one in the olden days willing to give orcs a chance; those that don't follow Solaria almost uniformly worship Gargantor. One of the reasons Kaelis is so loyal to her.
  • Cool Bike: "Heat Vision", her paladin mount, is a sapient high-tech bike with the voice of KITT.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Part of her backstory. She was on the team that killed the previous Shade - a literal god.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her self-loathing over her mind-control fetish can make her sound a lot like a self-hating LGBT person.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Her orcish metabolism and paladin resistance to poison makes it challenging for her to get drunk... but she manages when her self-loathing gets sufficiently bad.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Averted. For all that she's a paladin from a medieval fantasy universe, she is entirely open to using modern weaponry. She used a combination of a sniper rifle and holy powers to kill the previous Shade.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: She's a paladin, so, yes. Might be more literal than most examples, considering her fondness of modern weaponry.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Kaelis is significantly more jaded than one might expect of a literal paladin. None can doubt her dedication to doing the right thing, though.
  • The Lad-ette
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Her tribe started as Lawful Evil Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Sparta ages ago, then had a collective Heel–Face Turn and joined the Sirovian Federation.
  • Paladin: Of Solaria, as a member of the Order of the Sacred Flame.
  • Shout-Out: Her 'paladin mount' is an intelligent, talking motorcycle named Heat Vision.

Iron Sights



  • Fallen Princess: Used to be a Denebian aristocrat. Is now a fugitive from the Deneb Imperium after liberating a number of slaves for reasons unknown. She does not seem to be adjusting well.


Faysal Qaram


     Pinnacle Academy Staff and Associates  

Dean Alicia Carroll

  • Anti-Villain: Trying to make the world a better place, self-described supervillain. Whether that description is accurate is up for debate.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: The Dean can see what course of action would cause someone emotional or physical pain. This power is always on and works on herself. This does not particularly help her emotional state.
  • Black and Grey Morality: The Dean firmly believes that the world works this way.
  • BlackMail: Implies that this is how she managed to become dean of Pinnacle Academy. Unsurprising, seeing as her power would make it easy for her.
  • Breaking Speech: Her powers lend themselves to this.
  • Emotion Control: The other half of her powerset, Dean Carroll can move existing emotions from person to person, while amplifying or dulling them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From abused teenager sent to a concentration camp to dean of Pinnacle Academy and feared by potentates across multiple dimensions.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Alicia likes mad science. Really likes mad science. To the point that Madman got creeped out and filed a restraining order on her.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Alicia has been described as a "mono-generosity build". She may be ruthless, somewhat sadistic, cynical as hell, cruel even... but it cannot be denied that places a far, far greater priority on helping the world than on her own wants and needs.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: According to Word of God, Alicia can safely be assumed to be violently jealous of every member of the Vigil, who get to be heroes. Even of Sig.
  • Iron Lady
  • Insanity Immunity: A bit of a reversal of cause and effect - one of the biggest pieces of evidence that Alicia Carroll is not under the control of the Neuroqueen is that she's still a bundle of anxiety, self-loathing, and hatred, when the Neuroqueen possesses the technology to fix her and the morality to be compelled to.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Cynical, misanthropic, sees the worst in everyone, and extremely difficult to work with. But with the life she leads, you want to hug her and punch her almost at the same time.
  • Mission Control: Generally acts as this for the Tomorrow Vigil.
  • My Greatest Failure: She still blames herself for the death of Erin Celeste.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hang out with Alicia, expect to hear these. Probably directed at you at some point.
  • Self-Made Orphan: To this day, she has no idea if it was intentional or not.
  • The Spymaster
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Solaria. And Sumire. And Angelmark. And Strike. And... honestly, probably everyone on her side except maybe the Avatar and Doctor Dexter Darien. Maybe.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: To what extent she can be considered well-intentioned is a major point of contention in-universe. She is extremely ruthless in her pursuit of her goals, misanthropic and cynical as hell, more than a little willing to get a number of people hurt... But also very much in opposition to much of the injustice in the multiverse.



Professor Lianis

Professor Josefine

Professor Cooper

  • Evil Counterpart: Seemingly an exact clone from another dimension of "Doctor Tesseract", a superheroine killed in Jerusalem with undefined dimensional powers. It's heavily implied that on her homeworld, she's a supervillain.

Professor Izuno Sumire

Professor Illbien

Professor Mae

Professor Angelmark

  • Badass Teacher: Possibly the most out of the entire staff. There's a reason she's the combat teacher.
  • Ninja Maid: Subverted. She is a powerful superheroine, and she dresses like a maid... because she was cosplaying as one when she got her time-based powers, and said powers have left her stuck with that same outfit ever since.
  • Power Incontinence: See Ninja Maid above.

     Other Pinnacle Academy Students  


Sally Silvestra

A student from Sikandria, a nation on Solaria's world that openly worships Sanctifer.


Margaret Desai



     Global Champions  
The greatest superhero team of Pinnacle Earth.

The Avatar

  • The Ageless: Doesn't seem to have aged one bit since his first appearance in the 1920s.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Has been active on Pinnacle Earth since the 1920s, and he's been actively involved in a lot of historic events, from participating in World War 2 to taking down the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Big Good: Is generally this to Pinnacle Earth.
  • Death Is Not Permanent: Appears to have come Back from the Dead a handful of times.
  • Flying Firepower/Flying Brick: A mix; his core powerset is Flight, immensely powerful cosmic energy blasts, and Super Toughness, only lacking in Super Strength.
  • Ideal Hero: Charismatic, altruistic, selfless, inspirational and steadfast, he literally embodies the heroic ideal in a way no human can.
  • Morality Chain: Even a number of people with questionable ethics just don't want to disappoint the guy. He might be the only living person whose respect Alicia Carroll actually craves, and her desire to harm Tagton is in no small part motivated by the fact he tortured the Avatar for years.
  • The Needless: The Avatar is active pretty much 24/7, never stopping to eat, sleep, or rest. It's noted that he only breathes to avoid creeping people out.
  • Physical God: He's implied to be one, though he's rather secretive on the subject.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: He may technically be a god, but he has neither the need nor the desire for a religious following.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: His cosmic energy manipulation is his most versatile power in his toolset, able to gift him almost any superpower he wants, from mental superspeed and matter creation to intangibility and healing. However, it's limited in its maximum output, it takes time to swap powers, and some powers are more energy-intensive than others.


  • The Archmage: The most powerful of Pinnacle Earth's good-aligned wizards.
  • Bollywood Nerd: One of her epithets is "India's Marie Curie".
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: academic. She is a scholar first and only engages in heroism because duty calls for it.
  • Magic Versus Science: Took a third option, studying magical phenomena as a physicist in order to actually understand the scientific basis underlying magic.
  • Science Hero: After a fashion.

Tracer Pulse

  • Anti-Hero: Generally considered the morally grayest of the Global Champions. Relatively speaking.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Dirty Business: May have taken it upon himself to handle this for the Global Champions - when Alicia learns a certain secret, he takes it upon himself to set her on fire to let her know it has to stay a secret. The Avatar is horrified to find out.
  • Hand Blast
  • Hardboiled Detective
  • Super Speed
  • Would Hit a Girl: Would set a girl on fire.
    • Though to be fair, lots of people in-universe have no doubt fantasized about setting Alicia Carroll on fire.
      • Alicia Carroll fantasizes about setting Alicia Carroll on fire.


  • Captain Geographic: Is a French super soldier. His codename references the French flag.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Since his only powers are enhanced agility/reflexes/physical skills, he has to rely on tactics to win against the sort of threats his job involves.
  • Royal Rapier: His Weapon of Choice; a Monomolecular Blade made of omni-metal, which is able to cut through tanks like butter. ...He'd probably object to calling it "royal", though.
  • Super Soldier: An experimental procedure gave him Super Reflexes, super agility, and coordination.
  • The Strategist: A born leader and one of his world's greatest tacticians, he routinely takes battlefield command in the Global Champions.


  • Gadgeteer Genius: With how much capability his armor gives him, he is definitely this.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Since his armor protects him by generation an invulnerability field that covers his entire body (and the armor itself), the lack of helmet doesn't actually put him at risk.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: In-universe. Most of the public sees his power armor as a miracle of engineering that lets him stand to the greatest villains in the world. He sees it as a failure - his goal was to make mass-producible armor that would allow police forces to handle supervillains. Instead, he ended up with a nigh-invincible armor that's near-impossible to duplicate.
  • Powered Armor: His main combat weapon, giving him all the capabilities of a Flying Brick.
  • The Smart Guy: Many people on Pinnacle Earth refer to him as "the smartest man in superheroics". Considering some of his teammates, that's saying a lot.


  • Base-Breaking Character: In-Universe, is a bit of one to the Japanese public. On one hand, she is one of the country's greatest superheroes. On the other hand, some of her statements have earned her the ire of the nationalist far-right.
  • Heroic Lineage: She's the daughter of a super cop and the granddaughter of a Super Soldier.
  • Nice Girl: Noted for her friendly nature and well-grounded personality.
  • Sizeshifter: Her mutant powers allow her to change size at will, augmenting her already-impressive strength and toughness.
  • Super Strength and Super Toughness: Even at a regular size, she's easily stronger and tougher than a regular human.


Mister Tomorrow

  • Comes Great Responsibility: As a mutant, he believes that those born with powers like him have the responsibility to make their world a good one. Which shows given how invested he is in politics.
  • Master of Your Domain: Has full control over his own biology, able to reshape and regrow his flesh however he pleases.
  • Healing Factor: His mutant control over his own biology has given him one, and it's a very potent one.
  • Wolverine Claws: Can reshape his own fingers into these. Monomolecular Bladed ones, to boot.



  • Energy Being: An alien being from the stars, able to pass through matter and turn invisible.
  • Mind over Matter: His telekinesis is a powerful tool and weapon.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Is this for villains in-universe. A perfectly silent, invisible hero who can go through walls, might be spying on you without your knowledge at any moment, and whose intangibility makes most fights completely one-sided. What's not to be afraid of?

     Other Allies  


Daphne's best (read: only) friend from before Pinnacle. Had to move to Pinnacle Academy at the end of the first arc out of fear of the Shadow Church targeting her to get at Daphne.


A god of freedom, hailing from the same pantheon as Solaria and Gargantor.

  • Honor Before Reason: His anarchist beliefs and disdain for any sort of hierarchy keep him from forming an organized clergy like other gods do, which hinders his ability to affect the world.
  • The Spy Master

Erin Celeste


Wailing Gesture

The succubus queen who originally turned Mezlisa into a demon, and one of Sanctifer's lieutenants.


A godlike entity of chaos and disharmony. The first arc revolves around his return from imprisonment.


A conspiratorial organization in Pinnacle Earth dedicated to the enslavement and/or annihilation of metahumans.

Senator Young

Senator for the State that Pinnacle Academy is located in, which gives him unfortunate amount of leverage on it. Open associate of Shadow.


A god of Tyranny, Fate, and Evil. Patron of the Shadow Church.

The Shadow Church


A particularly powerful and cunning demon lord, with a penchant for collecting souls and a long-standing enmity with Solaria.

The Deneb Imperium

An expansionist alien empire from the Silen dimension.

The Neuroqueen

  • Emotion Control: The Neuroqueen has hundreds of tools in her arsenal for permanently warping the emotions of others.
  • Evil Counterpart: Actually, Doctor Menlo is her Good Counterpart, but the party isn't aware of that yet.
  • Mind Manipulation: The Neuroqueen's slaves retain all of their former intelligence, memories, and in most cases their personality. They just become completely and totally devoted to Daphne, to the point where they'd die for her. They know that these feelings are artificial, but they're also made to like that Daphne made them feel this way.
  • Villain of Another Story


A god that, after Tribulation appeared, effectively took control of Yaraghiya's homeworld as the only being that could protect its inhabitants from the rampant horrors.

Doctor Trick

An infamous Pinnacle Earth mad scientist, officially dead decades earlier, but in actuality recruited by Shadow according to Alicia.

  • For Science!: Is motivated primarily by scientific curiosity, even if that means experimenting on human subjects.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Moral Event Horizon: Experimenting on live subjects? Despicable. Helping Shadow run what was effectively a concentration camp? Vile. Effectively performing "surgery" on the soul of an angel to steal her immortality for himself, then taking careful steps to completely destroy her ability to return to life and sending a letter detailing the procedure to her lover as a taunt? Event horizon firmly crossed.

Jacob Hartland

A social worker from the My Hero Academia world, responsible for "hiring out" orphan children (in particular Sig) to a variety of abusers and exploiters.


A pan-fascist organization that's been trying to take over Ranger Earth for two centuries now.

Baroness Killgrave

A high-ranking SHOCKER leader.

  • The Baroness
  • Cain and Abel: Her brother rebelled against SHOCKER and became a hero to the Ranger Corps. She, not so much.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Her plan revolved around turning the cold war between two of her enemies hot, crippling them both in the process.

Professor Cryo

The most feared archvillain of Pinnacle Earth, he's successfully organized a massive amount of supervillains to take over the Pittsburgh area, turning it into the Cryosphere - his personal fiefdom and a haven for villains all over the world.

  • Big Bad: Not necessarily for the campaign itself, but he is generally seen as this for Pinnacle Earth, being the closest thing the supervillain community has to a unifying leader. It's also been heavily teased that the story is building up to a massive battle to liberate the Cryosphere from his grip.
  • An Ice Person
  • Evil Genius
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Evil Overlord

Doctor Combat

By his real name Edmond Aurel, he's the undisputed leader of the Combat Network, one of the most powerful villain organizations of Pinnacle Earth.

  • French Jerk: Though less in a stereotypical manner, and more in
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Though he is an actual neurologist and neurosurgeon.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: The Combat Network is effectively this, due to its large number of superpowered mooks.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Very openly classist in his views, with a fair amount of racism thrown in along with a desire for the population to be culled of those he deems weak and unworthy.
  • Smug Snake: One has to question his pride and confidence when he seems certain he can keep Sanctifer on his toes.
  • The Social Darwinist: Has an entire ideology revolving around superior individuals rising above the rest through conflict and rejection of morality and compassion.
  • Super Empowering: The whole reason Doctor Combat is so dangerous. He is the only person who knows how to perform a procedure that (if it doesn't kill them) grants people superhuman agility, dexterity and reflexes. He has empowered himself an entire private army in the Combat Network.
  • Super Reflexes: He slices a man's head several times in a tenth of a second.


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