The various factions of Power Academy.
- Amazon Brigade: All-female, with the exception of Sam.
- For the player character, whereas a female!PC is accepted openly into the group, a male!PC is thought of as more of an honorary member. Quests remain the same, with some differences in dialogue.
- Badass Adorable
- Big Damn Heroines: Their job.
- Dangerously Short Skirt / Mini Dress Of Power: Part of the uniform. Alice is the only exception, wearing a combination of Modesty Shorts and Showgirl Skirt.
- Fun with Acronyms
- La Résistance: Val forms the group in response to a large crime wave in Paranorm—and as a way for her and her friends to hone their skills.
- Magical Girl Warrior: In aesthetic, if not in function.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Their team outfits are all custom-tailored to the member's powers and style, but have just enough similarities to have a group feel to them.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- The Team
- The Heroine / De Facto Leader - Valerie
- The Lancer / Squishy Wizard - Dawn
- Co-Lancer / The Gunslinger - Tala
- The Smart Girl / Genius Ditz - Layla
- The Big Girl (Boisterous Bruiser variety) - Alice
- The Chick / The Medic - Beth
- The Strategist / Support Party Member - Wendy (chooses to be more of a backup/auxiliary member)
- The One Guy / Psychic Glass Cannon / Wholesome Crossdresser - Sam
- Sixth Ranger - A PC who chooses to join.
- Acme Products: If you buy any consumer goods around Kragsmark or Paranorm, chances are they're manufactured by Normco.
- Gray-and-Grey Morality: They are decidedly neutral, at least compared to groups like Knight Research or Equinox.
- Black and Grey Morality: While not knights in shining armor themselves, they are openly rivals with Knight Research.
- Kick the Dog: Their "experiments" in learning what makes a mutant a mutant, which essentially boiled down to torture.
- Mega-Corp: More widespread than Knight Research, but with less influence.
- Playing with Syringes: See above.
Temporal Tracking and Retrieval
Major Villain Factions
Knight Research Labs
- Always Neutral Evil: Their guards.
- Big Bad: As far as the factions go.
- Evil, Inc.: While there are "legitimate" research projects going on in the company to give Knight money and power, the whole company is a front to give Jonathan a cover for his nefarious activities.
- For the Evulz: Especially in contrast to Normco and Equinox.
- Kick the Dog: Just about anything they do, really.
- Mega-Corp: Big enough to be the de facto governing body of Kragsmark.
- Playing with Syringes
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Not only their guards' uniforms, but their facilities (including their skyscraper HQ in Kragsmark) have a red-and-black color palette.
The Shadow Court
- All Just a Hallucination: The cult's membership is revealed to be entirely fake apart from Warpen and Wardson—the rest is all in the latter's head. The party actually fights members of the Shadow Court—who turn out to be members of the Church of Terminus in disguise.
- Card-Carrying Villains
- Dark Is Evil
- Faceless Mooks
- Human Sacrifice: See below.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Obviously Evil
- Omnicidal Maniacs: Unlocking the gates holding back the Shadow Daemon Lord involves leveling entire cities in mass sacrifices.
- Religion of Evil: They worship the Shadow Daemon Lord and seek to bring him into the physical realm.
The Church of Terminus
- Empowered Badass Normal: Thanks to the powered gauntlets they wield, the cultists specialize in fire, ice, and electricity powers.
- Faceless Mooks
- In the Hood: Their uniform consists of long, dark hooded robes; the Great Old Ones' insignia is stitched onto the back of the cape.
- No Ontological Inertia: Some time after Slade's death, it is mentioned that the group has completely dismantled; there was apparently no other leadership in the group apart from him.
- Religion of Evil
- Secret Circle of Secrets
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They appear to be very similar to the Shadow Court. In fact, a few of their members, skilled in illusion magic, work alongside Wardson to project the Shadow Court as larger than it really is.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Allegedly. They want to empower Terminus when she invades Earth, so that the people of the world will put their differences aside to fight her.
- White Mask of Doom
Equinox (known as the Order of the Dark Star in medieval times)
- Ancient Conspiracy: An anti-villainous version, notably.
- Cool Ship: The Indomitable.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: They include mutants and shapeshifters in their ranks, among others.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They're not exactly shining paragons of heroism, but they do oppose plenty of evil groups like Knight Research. Predilections for Playing with Syringes notwithstanding, of course.
- Expy: They take some inspiration from both the Templars and the Brotherhood of Nod.
- Faceless Mooks: All non-named members of the organization wear full face-covering helmets.
- Kill Sat: One of their plans, Operation Tabula Rasa, involves setting up an orbital ion cannon network and using it to intimidate the world into ridding itself of crime and corruption.
- Knight Templar: In the past and in the present.
- Morality Kitchen Sink: The organization's members range from true villains to people who genuinely want to do the right thing...
- Enemy Civil War: ...leading to various splinter groups fighting each other.
- The Order: Equinox is the modern-day descendant of the Order of the Dark Star, an underground cadre of knights dedicated to cleansing the world of corruption wherever they found it. The only real difference is now they don't use chainmail and claymores.
- Playing with Syringes: Particularly with Bio-Augmentation and cybernetics.
- Putting on the Reich
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Their more extreme members will justify plenty of horrific acts in the name of peace and justice.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their motives—ridding the world of war, crime, and corruption—are definitely noble. Their methods, however, certainly leave something to be desired.
The Exhumed Army
- Always Neutral Evil
- And I Must Scream
- Assimilation Plot: Half of their motivation.
- Artificial Zombie
- Body Horror: A lot of the cyborgs look like they were assembled by someone with only a rudimentary understanding of humanoid anatomy.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- FaceHeel Turn: Many of their members were formerly part of Equinox's Science Division (who are themselves very morally gray).
- Faceless Mooks: Of the members who are still relatively human.
- Immortality Immorality: The other half of their motivation.
- Playing with Syringes: Notice a pattern yet?
- Slave Mooks: To Vilhelm.
Minor Villain Factions
The Abnormal Chaotics
The Iron Skulls
- Boring, but Practical: If they want someone dead, they'll just straight-up shoot them (no Evil Gloating or anything); however, they are very straightforward to a fault.
- End of an Era: It certainly feels this way for them; they have basically become obsolete in a world where superheroes and supervillains have become much more prominent. However, they plan on going out with a bang, if nothing else.
- The Mafia
- Malevolent Masked Men: Sleek skull masks, generally, though a few Mardi Gras and Venetian carnival masks are seen here and there.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Wicked Cultured